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Highlights of the 2013 festivities - Page 16 SPARWOOD

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The 2013 Extreme Griz contestants take a break from pancake eating, axe throwing, and snowshoe racing to smile for a photo.

‘Shakey Dave’ gets mountain culture award


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ong-time avalanche forecaster and educator, David Aikens, was awarded the Fernie Mountain Culture Award at the 2013 Fernie Mountain Film Festival on Saturday, February 23. The award celebrates the accomplishments of an inspiring individual and recognizes their contributions to Fernie’s local mountain culture. Dave moved out west in 1974, after completing a degree in Geography at the University of Guelph, Ontario. He worked summer seasons with the B.C. Forest Service in the Sicamous area, before starting with Parks Canada in the SRAWS program (Snow Research

and Avalanche Warning Section). In February 1979, the Griz Chair at Snow Valley (now Fernie Alpine Resort) was hit by an avalanche, causing serious damage. The B.C. Ministry of Transportation decided that a more formalized avalanche control program was necessary at the resort to ensure public safety. Heiko Socher invited Dave to Fernie and offered him the new position of Snow Safety Analyst and Pro Patrol Director. Dave advanced the development and implementation of snow safety practices and procedures at the resort including avalanche safety planning, avalanche mapping, blasting protocol, and first aid and emergency response. He hired and trained staff, encouraged volunteers, developed policy and procedure manuals, and repre-

sented company interests with various outside agencies. Through the years as Pro Patrol Director, Dave was able to hire, mentor and retain a high quality of professional patrol. He also fostered a dedicated group of CSPS volunteers. Alumni mentored through Dave’s programs have gone on to establish careers in the Canadian and International avalanche and snow research community. Dave, also known as ‘Shakey Dave,’ has instructed Avalanche Awareness courses through the College of the Rockies since 1980. He was instrumental in the successful recovery of Ryan Radchenko in 2000 after he was buried by a slide for over 20 minutes in ‘Shakey’s Acres,’ a part of the resort named after Dave.

David Aikens is the winner of the Fernie Mountain Culture Award.

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he Raging Elk Dummy Downhill at Fernie Alpine Resort was another big smash this year. A highlight of Fernie’s winter Griz Days festival, this competition features imaginative and hilarious “dummies” on skis launching themselves off a gigantic jump beside the Timber Chair. Dummies can be made from a variety of materials and creativity is stressed. Dummies are judged based on their construction, creativity, distance they fly off the jump and the carnage factor when they land.


The competition raised $800 for the Canadian Cancer Society. The results: 1st Place Biggest Air – North Korean (Miss Cake) 2nd Place Biggest Air - 3 Winger Flying Machine 3rd Place Biggest Air - X-Wing Fighter Most Fundraising – Dexter The Texter 2nd Most fundraising – Pink Floyd Concert Best Dressed – Downhill Dave Honourable Mention - Snowligar Best Premature Explosion – The Griz Best FAR Department – Mastercraft


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Sparwood considers Wolff is Coach of the Year false alarm bylaw By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff

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he Elk Valley RCMP is asking the District of Sparwood to consider implementing a bylaw that would fine residents of the community for an excessive amount of false alarm calls. Since 2010, false alarm calls in the area have increased by 53 per cent, and Constable Chris Mahoney said that many of them have been repeat visits to the same home or business. Just two months into 2013, the Elk Valley RCMP have already responded to 13 false alarm calls. “I’ve only been in the Elk Valley area for the last six months, but I have noticed that false alarm calls are a significant problem within Sparwood,” said Mahoney. “It is a problem and it’s not just commercial, it is residential addresses as well.” Mahoney went on to explain

that the District of Elkford already has a false alarm bylaw in place. The first two false alarm calls in a calendar year are free, while the third comes with a $150 fine, and a fourth would result in a $300 fine. Mayor and council agreed that it would be worthwhile to look into a bylaw to ensure that time spent by RCMP answering false alarms isn’t taking away from necessary community policing. “For me, it was a real eye-opener to see that it’s 130 hours spent on answering false alarms,” commented Councillor Sharon Fraser. “The last time you guys were here to speak there was a downturn in the number of members available for work, so to me, it makes good sense to do something about it.” District staff will prepare a report outlining a possible bylaw and bring it back to council at a future meeting.


ead Coach of the Fernie Ghostriders Barry Wolff has been named the Eddie Mountain Division Coach of the Year. Wolff returned to Fernie this season after spending the last few years coaching at the Junior A level in the B.C. Hockey League and the Alberta Junior Hockey League. He previously coached the Ghostriders when the Junior B hockey club was part of the North American Hockey League. It’s been a fantastic season so far for Wolff and the team. The Ghostriders finished the regular season in the top of their division and have now moved on to the second round of the KIJHL play- Ghostriders Head Coach Barry Wolff has been named the Eddie offs. Mountain Division Coach of the Year. Photo by N. Liebermann

Sparwood Chamber of Commerce hosts AGM By Jenna Jensen Contributor


2013 Sparwood Chamber Board of Directors (left to right): Treasurer, Eric Johnston; Director, Tammy Davy; Director, Craig Hanzel; Director, Tammy Ogden; Director, Meghan Tonner; Director, Jenna Jensen; Vice-President, Marge Templin; and President, Alex Miller.  Submitted photo

embers of the Sparwood business community gathered together last Wednesday for the Sparwood Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting. The noon hour event was very well attended, and many new faces were seen in the crowd. Guests were treated to a free lunch hosted by Overwaitea Foods and Snow Valley Catering, before tackling the full agenda. After the meeting was called to order the current Chamber Board of Directors, Staff and Management were intro-

duced. Guest speaker, Scott Manjak, Economic Development Advisor for Sparwood, addressed the group speaking about key projects completed in the District in 2012 as well as tasks projected for 2013. "Something that is really exciting this year is the review of the Official Community Plan. It will be a great thing for those involved in the Chamber to take part in," he said. At the close of the meeting, the new Board of Directors was elected. Letting his name stand again for President was Alex Miller Intermountain who was elected by acclimation, as well as Marge Templin -

Overwaitea Foods in the seat of Vice-President. Eric Johnstone - EKC moved from his current position as a Director to the seat of Treasurer. Current Directors returning with one year remaining are Tammy Ogden - Teck, Tammy Davy - Remax Elk Valley Realty, Chris Eklund - Cashtown, and Ryan Doehle - Isosceles. Newly elected were Jenna Jensen - The Free Press, Craig Hanzel - Kal Tire and Meghan Tonner Majic Purdy Law. The Chamber expects a busy and successful 2013 and encourages everyone to check out their new website and all the benefits of being a member.

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Ski racing off the slopes By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff


he Fernie N o r d i c Society held their third annual community race recently. The non-profit society started in 2006 and, thanks to the hard work of volunteers, they now have more than 12 km of pristine groomed nordic track in Fernie. Through the Jackrabbit development program, the Society now has 65 young skiers from four to 12 years old improving their skills during the winter season. 

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Fernie residents voice opinions for the future of the community’s leisure services By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff


ernie residents came out to an open house last Wednesday to share their thoughts on the city’s current leisure services. Fernie is revamping its Leisure Services Master Plan, which guides the City’s decision making when it comes to recreational programs, services, and facilities. The plan was last updated in 2004 and the revision process relies heavily on community input. LEES and Associates, a landscape planning and design firm, has stepped in to help guide the development of the Master Plan. The open house was held on February 27 and John Kirbyson, with LEES and Associates, was impressed to see just how many community members came out to weigh in on what they would like to see included in the new plan. “I think things are going very well, we’re quite excited about the response we’ve got from the community. People were lined

up at the door here today waiting to get in to give us their thoughts and opinions about the process,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of responses from our online questionnaire, so we’re sensing there is a lot of excitement and energy in the community for this. We spent last night meeting with a number of user groups, so we also have some good feedback on the needs and wants of the larger groups.” Leisure services covers everything from the community centre, arena, and pool, to parks, playgrounds, and community trails. The hope is that the revised plan will reflect the values and needs of the community, and provide the City with direction for managing and developing Fernie’s leisure services over the next 10 years. While Kirbyson said he heard a wide variety of comments from residents, he felt there was a common theme amongst them. “I think what we’re hearing overall is a desire to have the opportunity for lots of recreational amen-

Fernie residents came out to an open house on February 27 to share their thoughts on the city’s current leisure services. Photo by N. Liebermann

ities in the community.” He went on to say, “There is a recognition that facilities are aging and we need to do some improvements. People also acknowledge that there are some tough decisions that need to be

made about how we decide to move forward.” LEES and Associates will take the feedback they receive at the open house, along with background information provided by the City, and bring back

their initial recommendations at a second public open house in the spring. A final document is expected to be presented to council by the end of June.


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Friday is International Women’s Day. The theme for 2013 is Working Together: Engaging Men to End Violence against Women, a theme that touches the lives of people from all age groups, ethnic backgrounds and economic classes, as well as both men and women. Overall, crime rates in Canada are falling. However, statistics show violence against women remains a serious problem. Consider the following statistics from the Canadian Women’s Foundation: • On any given day in Canada, more than 3,000 women — along with their 2,500 children — are living in emergency shelter to escape domestic violence; • Every six days a woman in Canada is murdered by her boyfriend or husband; • More than 40,000 arrests annually are a direct result of domestic violence, or about 12 per cent of all Canadian violent crime. Since only about 22 per cent of all incidents are reported, the real number is higher; • About 67 per cent of all Canadians personally know at least one woman who has been sexually or physically assaulted; • In just one year, 427,000 women over the age of 15 in Canada reported they had been sexually assaulted. Only about 10 per cent are reported; and • About half of all Canadian women have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual abuse since age 16. With statistics like these, it is fair to assume there is violence against women happening right here in the Elk Valley too. Men have a vital role to play in ending violence against women. Much of it is about changing the attitudes of our peers. It is important to be a good role model, especially with children and young adults. Emphasize the importance of treating women and girls with respect. Offer support to victims of abuse and violence. Encourage them to get help. If you have a friend or family member who is abusive, call them out on it. Encourage them to face the roots of their own personal problems, which lead to the abuse. Don’t ignore what you see, or think it is none of your business. No one deserves to be a victim of abuse, physical violence or sexual assault. But they deserve to be helped.


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Letters to the Editor Be a hero, not a bully I find it quite disheartening that today, dubbed "Anti Bullying Day" I come forward to share my sister's experience with bullying. But then again, I guess there couldn't be a better day to tell our story. My sister, Cora, is 43-years-old and has Downs Syndrome. Cora and her husband, Chris, who also has Downs, have managed to live independent, happy lives and manage quite well with minimal support from caregivers and family. Cora is very well known in Fernie, always greeting others with a big smile and engaging in friendly conversation. But sadly, my happygo-lucky little sister has recently become the victim of bullying.

Within the past couple of months she has been targeted by three teenage boys who I am guessing to be 13-15 years old. There have been multiple episodes including following her to and from her workplace, and bothering her outside a local convenience store. They have bullied Cora to the point that she is now suffering from nightmares and is afraid to walk down the streets alone. How sad that my sister, who would never intentionally hurt anyone, is being treated this way. Physically my sister is an adult; mentally and emotionally she is a child who doesn't understand what she has done to deserve this. Cora loves Hannah Montana, Reba McIntyre and her favourite colour is purple. If you took the time to get to know

her, you would see that her heart is full of love, pure and simple. Her spirit is genuine and you will never meet anyone more sincere. She is incapable of defending herself from her tormentors. Unfortunately Cora doesn't know who these boys are and is unable to provide accurate descriptions. I can only hope that parents might use this to reiterate the anti bullying message with their

children. And maybe, just maybe, one of the boys will read this for themselves and decide that this is not who they want to be. Today the news showed video of a remarkable young basketball player who passed the ball to a disabled youth on the opposing team, allowing the boy to score his first basket. The entire gymnasium erupted in cheers of pure elation. The teen

didn't classify himself a hero, he just did something he was raised to do, to treat others as we would like to be treated. While no one will remember the final score of that basketball game, they will never forget how one small act of kindness changed so many lives. Instead of being the bully, why not try being a true hero. Lynda Gawryluk Fernie

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A vision for future generations By Brad Bennett OBC


n February 12, Premier Christy Clark’s government introduced a visionary idea that we should all seriously consider – a B.C. Prosperity Fund that would ensure the bounty from our natural gas revenues is protected for future generations. A tremendous opportunity stands before British Columbia – the creation of a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) industry. Successfully attracting LNG plants to northwest B.C. could be transformational for our province. Natural gas companies have already invested billions in natural gas development and pre-development work for LNG. Shell, Chevron, Petronas (a Malaysian energy giant), and British Gas are already on the scene. The scale of just one of these plants eclipses the largest private sector investments ever made in B.C. Projections by industry experts and finance officials are staggering in terms of the economic potential for B.C. That means jobs and opportunity for our children and grandchildren – throughout B.C. It also means a lot of new revenue to help make B.C. a better place to live. We could put this potential revenue into day-to-day government operations and watch the size of government grow, much like Alberta where they squandered resource wealth on bigger government. Or we can, as Premier Christy Clark suggests, steer new resource rev-

enues into a Prosperity Fund that address inter-generational equity - a fund that ensures that what we leave behind for our children and grandchildren is a stronger, better B.C. One way we do that is to have the Prosperity Fund pay down B.C.’s debt, which would reduce interest payments, help make life more affordable for B.C. families, and enable greater investments in health care and education. Premier Christy Clark’s visionary idea opens the door to a broader discussion about the future of resource development in B.C. – new mining opportunities, growing our forest industry, and developing clean power with the Site C hydroelectric dam – and steering more of our existing resource wealth into a futurefocused Prosperity Fund. The B.C. NDP are sitting on the fence, afraid to commit strongly to

LNG and all the steps necessary to realize this opportunity. Fence-sitting will not build these plants and we risk these opportunities passing us by. Slowing down the process in B.C. is just what our competitors in Australia, the U.S. and the Middle East want. B.C. is more than just natural resources, but our natural resources are still our ‘core business.’ It allows us to dream big and to address long-term priorities like diversifying our economy and providing for future generations. Dreaming big also means opening more doors for First Nations economic opportunities and developing our resources with the best technology and in the most environmentally responsible way possible. We have a premier who gets our core business and she has a vision how to turn that to our future advantage. The B.C. Prosperity Fund is

exactly what we need to capture and protect the bounty from LNG and other natural resources. This May, we have the opportunity to support a Premier who is demonstrating the leadership qualities necessary at this critical time. Her vision and determination is what we need to seize this opportunity now for future generations. Brad Bennett is a Kelowna businessman, director on the boards of private and public companies not-for-profit organizations, and former Chair of the University of British Columbia.

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• 6:30am to 1:00pm- Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre • 8:45am to 10:15am- Shinny Hockey Memorial Arena • 9:00am to 10:30am- Indoor Walking Fernie Community Centre • 10:00am to 8:00pm- Sparwood Library Open to Public • 10:30am to 11:15am- Public Skating

Fernie Memorial Arena • 10:30am to 11:15am- Gentle Fit Fernie Aquatic Centre • 10:30am to 11:30 am – Sparwood Seniors Drop In Centre • 10:30am to 12:00pm- Toonie Swim Elkford Pool • 11:00am to 6:00pm- Elkford Library Open to Public • 11:00am to 8:00pm- Fernie Library Open to Public • 12:00pm to 1:00pm- Skate & Shoot Sparwood Leisure Centre • 1:00pm to 3:00pm- Shinny Elkford Arena • 3:30pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre • 5:00 pm- Baby Back Ribs Night Max Restaurant • 6:00pm- Youth Archery, Fernie Elks Hall • 6:00pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Elkford Pool • 6:30pm to 9:00pm- Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 7:00pm- Drop-In Curling Fernie Curling Club • 7:00pm to 8:00pm- Public Skating Sparwood Leisure Centre • 7:00pm to 10:00pm- Video Game Arcade Vogue Theatre • 7:00pm & 9:00pm- Movie Time Vogue Theatre • 9:30pm-11:00pm- Adult Rec Hockey Sparwood Leisure Centre


• 6:30am to 1:00pm- Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre • 7:00am to 10:00am- Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 8:30am to 9:15 am- Aqua Blast Fernie Aquatic Centre • 8:30am to 9:30am- Gentle Fit Sparwood Leisure Centre • 8:45am to 9:30 am- Aquafit Fernie Aquatic Centre • 9:00am to 11:00am- Adult Badminton Fernie Community Centre • 9:30am to 10:15am- Aquafit Elkford Pool • 10:00am to 11:00am- Aquafit Sparwood Leisure Centre • 10:00am to 5:00pm- Sparwood Library Open to Public • 10:15am to 11:15am- Aquafit Fernie Aquatic Centre • 10:30am to 11:15am- Gentle Fit Fernie Aquatic Centre • 10:30am to 12:00pm- Toonie Swim Elkford Pool • 11:00am to 6:00pm- Elkford Library Open to Public • 11:00am to 6:00pm Fernie Library Open to Public • 11:15am to 12:00pm- Storytime Fernie Heritage Library • 12:00pm to 1:00pm- Skate & Shoot Sparwood Leisure Centre • 3:30pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre • 4:00pm to 5:30pm- Free Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre

• 6:00pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Elkford Pool • 6:30pm to 9:00pm- Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 7:00pm to 10:00pm- Video Game Arcade Vogue Theatre • 7:00pm & 9:00pm- Movie Time Vogue Theatre • 7:00pm to 8:15pm- Public Skating Fernie Memorial Arena • 7:30pm- Jitney Darts Fernie Legion • 7:30pm – Cribbage Fernie Seniors Drop In Centre • 8:00pm to 9:00pm- Teen/Adult Swim Elkford Pool


• 10:00am to 5:00pm- Sparwood Library Open to Public • 12:00pm to 5:00pm- Elkford Library Open to Public • 1:00pm to 3:30pm- Public Skating Elkford Arena • 1:00pm to 5:00pm- Fernie Library Open to Public • 2:00pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre • 2:00pm to 3:45pm- Public Skating Fernie Memorial Arena • 2:00pm to 5:30pm- Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 2:30pm to 4:30pm- Public Swim Elkford Pool • 3:00pm- Movie Matinee Vogue Theatre • 4:00pm to 6:00pm- Meat Draw & 50/50 Fernie & Sparwood Legions • 4:30pm to 10:00pm- Video Game Arcade Vogue Theatre • 5:00pm- Prime Rib Night Max Restaurant Park Place Lodge • 5:30pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Elkford Pool • 6:30pm to 9:00pm- Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 6:45pm to 8:15pm- Public Skating Fernie Memorial Arena • 7:00pm & 9:00pm- Movie Time Vogue Theatre


• 12:00pm to 2:00pm- Family Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 1:00pm to 3:30pm- Public Skating Elkford Arena • 1:00pm to 5:00pm- Fernie Library Open to Public • 1:00pm to 5:00pm- Public Swim Elkford Pool • 2:00pm to 4:30pm- Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 2:00pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre • 2:15pm to 4:00pm- Public Skating Fernie Memorial Arena • 4:30pm to 10:00pm- Video Game Arcade Vogue Theatre • 3:00pm- Movie Matinee Vogue Theatre • 3:00pm to 4:45pm- Public Skating Sparwood Leisure Centre • 7:00pm & 9:00pm- Movie Time Vogue Theatre


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Pursuant to Sections 890 and 892 of the Local Government Act R.S.B.C. 1996, c.323, notice is hereby given that Public Hearings will be held on Monday, March 11, 2013 at 7:00pm at the Fernie Aquatic Centre, located at 250 Pine Avenue, Fernie BC with respect to the following proposed bylaw amendments:

City of Fernie Contact Info: City Hall

Anyone wishing to address either of these Amendment Bylaws will be afforded the opportunity at the public hearing to be heard in person, by a representative, or by written submission, on all matters contained in the proposed Bylaws.

Ph: 250-423-6817 Fx: 250-423-3034 Email: Website: 501-3rd Avenue, Box 190 Fernie, British Columbia V0B 1M0 Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Closed statutory holidays) After Hours Phone: 250-423-4226 Fernie Aquatic Centre 250 Pine Avenue Phone: 250-423-4466 Fernie Memorial Arena 991-6th Avenue (Highway 3) Phone: 250-423-2254 For all Police, Ambulance or Fire related emergencies: Call 911

Pursuant to section 26 of the Community Charter

Notice is hereby given that the City of Fernie intends to dispose of municipal property (sell the freehold title, subject to permitted encumbrances) located at 13 Kutenai Road and 28 Manitou Road (Lots 21 and 13, District Lot 4136 Kootenay District Plan 12864, respectively) subject to the terms of an approved Purchase Contract. 13 Kutenai Road will be sold for the sum of $110,000 and is zoned CS-1 Service Commercial and is a reasonably level 27.62m X 61.37m lot (0.1684 ha.) serviced with sewer and water located in the gravel of Kutenai Road. This property backs onto Dicken Road to the west. 28 Manitou Road will be sold for the sum of $120,000 and is zoned C-HWY Highway Commercial and is a reasonably level irregularly shaped lot comprising 0.1853 ha serviced with sewer and water from an easement area in the back. An information package regarding the lots for sale and the required Purchase Contract may be obtained from the undersigned. The Purchase Contract includes an Option to Purchase in favour of the City at 90% of the sale price that may be exercised if: the purchaser fails to obtain a building permit and development permit for construction of a commercial use building on the land of at least 1600 square feet on one floor with 12 months of the date of registration of the Option; and if the purchaser fails to substantially complete (be granted a certificate of occupancy) that building within 36 months of that date. For more information contact: Jim Hendricks, CAO at City Hall (501 3rd Avenue), by telephone at 250-423-2223 or by e-mail at

2. Zoning Bylaw No. 1750, Amendment Bylaw No. 141, Bylaw No. 2205, 2013 (Subject Property “B”) proposes to change the zoning of Lot 14, Block 83, District Lot 4588, Kootenay District, Plan 734A from R1 - Single Family Residential to R2 - Duplex Residential. This change would allow for the construction of a duplex containing two dwellings with separate titles. A copy of the proposed amendment bylaws and other relevant documents may be viewed until Monday, March 11, 2013 at City Hall, 501–3rd Avenue Fernie, BC, during normal business hours of 8:00am to 5:00pm or online at

Regular Council meetings are open to the public and held at City Hall at 7:00 p.m.

Notice of Proposed Property Disposal (land for sale)

detached garage with a second-storey secondary dwelling unit on the lot.

For more information on these applications, please contact the Planning Department at (250) 423-6817. If you are unable to attend the Public Hearing, written submissions must be received NO LATER THAN 5:00PM, MARCH 11, 2013, to ensure their availability to Council at the Public Hearing. Written submissions can be provided by any of the following methods: • IN PERSON: Drop off written submissions at the reception desk, City Hall 501–3rd Avenue; • BY FAX: to (250) 423-3034; • BY MAIL: City of Fernie, Planning Department, PO Box 190, Fernie BC V0B 1M0; or • BY EMAIL: E-mail submissions should be sent to cityhall@fernie. ca. 1. Zoning Bylaw No. 1750, Amendment Bylaw No. 140, Bylaw No. 2204, 2013 (Subject Property “A”) proposes to change the zoning of Lot 2, Block 87, District Lot 4588, Kootenay District, Plan 902 from R1- Single Family Residential to R1B - Single Detached Plus Residential. This change would allow for the construction of a new

All submissions must include your name and street address. Submissions cannot be accepted after the Public Hearing. All written submissions are public information pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This Notice is published in accordance with Section 892 of the Local Government Act. Notice given by the Corporate Officer.

CITY OF FERNIE – DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND COMPUTER SERVICES “Scenic Fernie - In the Mountains, by the River”

The City of Fernie, located in a spectacular natural setting in southeastern British Columbia, is seeking an experienced

Director of Finance and Computer Services (Treasurer)

Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer and working with City Council, Staff and the Community, your primary responsibilities will be to effectively fulfill the duties of the financial officer as set out in section 149 of the Community Charter and the City’s Officer Establishment Bylaw. As the preferred applicant, you have a sound understanding of municipal financial reporting and requirements set out for the public sector and possess the necessary hallmarks of a treasurer: a strong commitment to accountability, financial integrity and ethical conduct. The ideal candidate will possess a professional accounting designation (CMA, CGA, CA) and have a minimum of five years of senior management experience. A track record of success as a Corporate Controller, Director of Finance or in a similar strategic financial planning role in a complex organization with an understanding of public sector context is important. See our website ( for the complete job advertisement including desired skills, knowledge and abilities for this exciting opportunity. The City of Fernie offers a competitive compensation package, including comprehensive employee benefits and a defined benefit pension plan. Resumes and a covering letter detailing your interest in working for the City of Fernie should be forwarded in confidence by 4:00 p.m. MST, on March 22, 2013 to: Jim Hendricks, Chief Administrative Officer City of Fernie, Box 190, Fernie, BC V0B 1M0 The City of Fernie thanks all applicants for their interest. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

OFFICIAL COMMUNITY PLAN UPDATE: WORLD CAFE JOIN US March 12 at Freshies From 6-9pm (632-2nd Ave)

Our Official Community Plan Update project is picking up steam! Join us at Freshies for a beverage, some yummy snacks and discussion around topics associated with the OCP, why we need to update it and what that means to you. We need to hear from you! Come out and tell us what your concerns and interests are and what YOU think of the proposed changes so far? Hosted by the Whistler Centre for Sustainability and the City of Fernie.

Notice of Council Meeting LOCATION CHANGE

The Regular Council meeting; Committee of the Whole meeting and the Fernie Citizens Housing Society meeting scheduled for Monday, March 11 2013 shall be held in the meeting room at the Fernie Aquatic Centre located at 250 Pine Avenue. Please note all subsequent meetings shall be held in Council’s normal meeting place in Council Chambers at City Hall unless otherwise resolved by Council.



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Upcoming Meetings of Council (in Council Chambers) Monday, March 18, 2013 Regular Meeting at 7:00 pm Monday, March 25, 2013 Committee of the Whole Meeting HAS BEEN CANCELLED Tuesday, April 2, 2013 Regular Meeting at 7:00 pm


TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the District of Sparwood proposes to amend the existing Revitalization Tax Exemption Program pursuant to Section 226 of the Community Charter. In general terms, Bylaw 1116 amends Bylaw 1095 which was adopted May 14, 2012. The amendment will remove the office complex designation and add mixed use commercial/residential development at the “Old RCMP Building” and mall redevelopment at the Greenwood Mall. An opportunity for the public to provide input on the amendments will be provided at the Council Meeting held on March 18, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. The proposed Bylaw is available for inspection at the District Office at 136 Spruce Avenue, Sparwood, B.C. on regular business days between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:00 pm. Raeleen Manjak Director of Corporate Services

Public Consultation Meeting: Five Year Financial Plan

The District of Sparwood hereby gives notice that a Public Consultation Meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 18, 2013 in the Council Chambers, to discuss the District’s Financial Plan for the years 2013-2017. Council invites and encourages the public to attend and assist in setting priorities for our community over the next five years. The meeting will be broadcasted on Community Channel 10 on Wednesday March 20, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Barbara Nunes Director of Finance

Congratulations! Congratulations to Mayor Lois Halko upon Receipt of the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal Mayor Lois Halko is the latest Sparwood recipient to receive the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) nominated Mayor Halko for her exemplary efforts to make the District of Sparwood a great place to live. At a presentation during the Regular Ron Saad, Margaret McKie, Mayor Halko, Meeting of Council on February 4, Sharon Fraser, Joanne Wilton, Andy MacIntyre 2013, Councillor Sharon Fraser and Councillor Margaret McKie presented Mayor Halko with her certificate and medal. Councillor Fraser read aloud the letter that FCM sent with the medal stating, “Your peers in local government across the country admire your accomplishments as a community leader, and congratulate you on earning this prestigious award…” The Diamond Jubilee medal was created by the Government of Canada to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s 60 years of service to the country. During the year of celebrations, 60,000 deserving Canadians will be recognized.

STUDENT EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT At the District of Sparwood, we believe that students entering the workplace are the people who will shape the future of our community. If you are a highly energetic student with initiative and are looking for summer employment, this could be the job for you. At the District of Sparwood, you will be given the opportunity to learn, gain hands-on experience and make our community a better place to live, work, play, and do business. The District of Sparwood is looking for an enthusiastic individual this summer to fill the Administrative Assistant position within the District Office from Monday, May 6, 2013 to Friday, September 6, 2013. In addition to attractive wages, the student will receive an Active Living Pass which entitles the employee to full access to all municipal recreation facilities, such as the leisure centre pool, arena, weight room, racquet courts, climbing wall, and select programs. Students who have been enrolled on a full time basis in a post secondary institution during the 2012-2013 Winter/Spring term and returning to school in the Fall of 2013 are eligible to apply for this position. Please apply by Friday, April 5, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. local time with a cover letter, resume and a complete Administrative Assistant application package which can be found at Grade 12 students who will be entering post-secondary school in the fall can apply, however, preference will be given to post secondary students who are in a program area applicable to the position being applied for. Applications and any inquiries should be directed to Miranda Tomera at 250. 425.6816, or by email to

Request for Proposals Proposal for:

Consultant for District of Sparwood Official Community Plan 2013 Update

Proposals will be received in a sealed envelope, clearly marked with the name and address of the proponent and the name of the Project: “Request for Proposal: Consultant for District of Sparwood Official Community Plan 2013 Update” and be addressed to Nelson Wight, no later than 3:00 pm (MST), March 22, 2013 (the “Closing Deadline”), at the following address: District of Sparwood - Municipal Office Box 520 136 Spruce Avenue Sparwood, BC V0B 2G0 The District’s current OCP Bylaw No. 869c was completed in 2002. The desire for a new OCP is a result of the inadequacy of the current OCP, the need to develop a future land use strategy that corresponds to anticipated growth in various sectors, as well as an interest in improving the livability of the community. Although the District fully intends at this time to proceed through the RFP, the District is under no obligation to award a contract or to proceed to any other stage and reserves the right to terminate the Request for Proposal process at any time, and to withdraw from discussions with all or any of the Proponents who have responded. As it is the purpose of the District to obtain a Proposal most suitable to the interests of the District and what it wishes to accomplish, the District has the right to waive any irregularity or insufficiency in a Proposal submitted and to accept the Proposal which is deemed most favorable to the interest of the District. Documents and amendments, if required, are listed on BC Bid ( *Please note that courier service to our location typically can take two days or longer to arrive. Contact your courier in advance to ensure your proposal will be received prior to closing. Inquiries regarding this Project shall be directed to: NELSON WIGHT, Manager of Planning District of Sparwood Direct Line: (250) 425-6828

Remembering the Crow’s first Griz

The Crow was a character costume designed as a mascot for the now defunct Crows Nest Resources Ltd. Submitted photo By John Kinnear Contributor


ot long after moving to Fernie in 1980, I noticed The Free Press carried an ad announcing a Griz Days Committee meeting at the Olde Elevator. Being new to town curiosity got the better of me and I attended only to find out that since 1978 Fernie had been hosting this crazy winter festival with all kinds of fun events. It smacked of zaniness, my kind of action, so I got into it, big time! And so of course did Mr. Crow. The "Crow" was a character costume designed as a mascot for the now defunct BC & NARSA HD Certified

Crows Nest Resources Ltd (now Line Creek Mine). Crow saw a lot of action throughout the Elk Valley for many years in parades and special events.

The first event the "Crow" hit that Griz Days weekend was the Friday night parade down main street which was a big one. It had black powder rifles going off periodically, half loaded firemen dressed in women’s clothing wandering the route menacing the crowds and a sheriff named Tiny Shatosky prowling the streets with a gun, a pouch of Griz pins and an attitude. The streets were packed with half frozen Fernieites and tourists who, for the most part, seemed amazed to see a parade in winter, at night, in sub zero temperatures. The next day, Saturday, the Crow decided to visit the black powder shoot up Coal Creek as it was rumoured that his eminence, the Lieutenant Governor of B.C. was hanging around up there. These black powder goofs were something else again, all decked out in leathers, Crocket hats, powder horns and really big guns! The Sunday started off quietly enough with a Lions pancake break-

fast at the community centre. Later that afternoon the Crow made his way back to the centre where ice cold beer was on sale and the local loggers and tough guy miners were priming their egos for a serious arm wrestling competition. Two mischievous local merchants who ran a cafe downtown called "Cravings" showed up at the com-

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The Elk Valley Snowmobile Club would like to announce their 1st annual Poker Run taking place on March 24. Details to follow in next week's Free Press. For more info call Dan at (250) 423-1372. For more information visit:

munity centre that day and set up a table and a sign that read "Whipped Cream Pies - $2 each.” It seems they had invited local dignitaries (i.e. councillors, mayors, mine

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managers, etc) to come and take a pie in the face to raise money for Griz Days. The dignitaries foolish or brave enough to show up were dressed in paper coveralls and seated on stools in front of the stage to await their fates. During all the cream pie flinging and cheering a local RCMP appeared at the centre's doorway most likely to check out the now well juiced crowd. Upon his arrival a young fellow at the back of the hall became visibly upset and being primed with the nectar of the glaciers, began haranguing the officer. It was obvious to the Crow and to others that these two had met before, no doubt very recently in a situation in which some illegality was involved. This RCMP, bright fellow that he was, decided to turn a negative into a positive and proposed the following

to the upstart: "If you can raise $500 in the next half hour and turn it over to the girls I will take a cream pie in the face from you, in full uniform!” Well, a more inspired performance the Crow has never witnessed and when that half hour rolled around bang went the $500 down on the table and the upstart stood defiantly in front of the officer with an enormous cream pie in hand. The officer bravely folded his arms in front of him and prepared to meet his fate. The upstart drew back his arm, pie in hand, and then much to everyone’s surprise, including the RCMP's, swept his arm, not overhand but underhand driving that pie right into the officer’s crotch! The crowd went wild. As the Crow sat at home the next day reminiscing about that wonderful weekend and nursing a swollen

John Kinnear with the Griz at this year’s Griz Days celebration. Submitted photo

right arm that Frank "Killer" Pilosio had wrecked in the arm wrestle the day before, he realized something rather funny. Not only had that RCMP officer taken money off of that upstart on their first meeting courtesy of a

fine but he had managed to take him and all his friends for $500 more the next day! Long live Griz Days.

John Kinnear wrote for The Free Press for 10 years starting in 1995.

Archery Programs underway at the Indoor Archery Range (Elks hall - Fernie)

FRGC annual awards night and fundraiser April 27th - Fernie memorial arena.

To reserve tickets contact Kevin at

2013 memberships are now due

Membership mail outs have been sent out Please return ASAP.

Memberships can also be purchased online at, at Back Country Meats and Sausage in Fernie, Gear Hub in Fernie or at Elk Valley Precision in Sparwood.

Youth Archery

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Stephen Fearing returns with a new album By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff


fter seven years, Juno Award-winning folk artist Stephen Fearing is back with a new solo album. He’ll be showing it off in Fernie at The Arts Station Monday night. Born out of several lifechanging events, ‘Between Hurricanes’ is both the document and result of many significant changes for Fearing, following

the release of ‘Yellowjacket’ back in 2006. “Though I didn’t know it at the time, it marked the end of many things and the beginning of so many more,” said Fearing. “My marriage of 14 years ended shortly after the record came out. Hard on the heels of this devastation, True North Records, my home on record for over a decade, changed hands. “Around the same time, my dear friend and manager Bernie Finkelstein started to make

noises about cutting back on his workload. Bernie and I had been together through thick and thin for over 16 years, but I realized that it was time to let go of the old ties and step out into the brave new world of true independence.” In 2008, Fearing moved from his home in Guelph, Ontario to Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he completed work on albums with Blackie and The Rodeo Kings and Belfast’s Andy White. He also got remarried, became a father, and

still managed to tour relentlessly. New songs had begun to emerge and plans were finally made to return to studio. Fearing shaped the 11 songs on Between Hurricanes with the idea of crafting a solo record, while not employing a traditional folk approach to the music. Fearing will take the stage at The Arts Station at 8 p.m. on Monday. Tickets: Members – adult, $20, youth, $14. Non-members – adult, $25, youth, $18.

Stephen Fearing will play The Arts Station Monday night.  Submitted photo

Shred Kelly needs your help and your vote! By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff


ernie’s own Shred Kelly are through to the third round of a CBC talent search competition, and need your vote! The local folk band just found

out on Monday night they made it through the second round of the CBC Searchlight competition, and now need fans to get behind them and vote online to make sure they make it through their next round, where they are up against four other bands from the

region (Kelowna). About 3,000 bands entered the competition, and there are now about 120 left. The winning artist will be featured in a CBC Music video session, paid to perform at a high-profile music showcase in

Toronto, and will receive $20,000 in music equipment courtesy of Yamaha Canada Music. Fans can vote once per day, and voting is open until 10 p.m. tonight (Thursday). The regional band with the most votes will go on to further

rounds against the rest of the country until the winner is found on April 12. To vote visit Searchlight. Once you've voted, enter for a chance to win $1,000 in gear for yourself at


Award Categories Artist of the Year Song of the Year Album of the Year Best Rock/Metal/Punk Best Roots & Blues

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The Kootenay Music Awards are open to any resident of the Kootenays. Please make all submissions mp3 format. From there they will be shortlisted by our panel of judges that includes Christine Hunter from Shambhala, Ryan Martin of The Hume Hotel, Lea Belcourt of Starbelly Jam Music Festival, Jay Hannley Program Director of Kootenay Coop Radio and Paul Hinrichs of the Royal on Baker. Nominations are open to all, you can nominate your self or favourite artists or acts, we want to make sure we have a great representation of the talent that the Kootenays have to offer. Nominations are open from March 1 to the 29th.





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Eco-rocking for the planet By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff

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indil Beach Markets’ ability to adapt their sound has allowed them to play with acts ranging from Nazareth to Bedouin Soundclash to Del the Funky Homosapien. Though their music is laced with elements of funk, hip-hop and reggae, at the heart is a true passion for rock and roll. The band’s passion for music goes hand in hand with their passion for the

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environment. In 2011, the boys founded The Jellyfish Project, an environmental initiative targeted at BC high school students to spark conversation about ocean sustainability. The Jellyfish Project consists of a live performance by the band followed by a presentation on the declining health of our world’s oceans. Topics include overfishing, marine plastics and sustainable solutions. The Vancouver Aquarium, Youth for Environmental Stewardship Society (YesBC), and dozens of high schools in western Canada

have shown support for the Jellyfish Project, which was presented to more than 10 BC high schools in 2011/2012. Members Daniel Kingsbury and Rod Campbell recently travelled to San Francisco for a training session with former Vice President and Nobel Laureate, Al Gore. Since attending, they’ve added a section on climate change to their presentation. Catch these eco-rockers at The Northern in Fernie on Saturday at 10 p.m.

Goddess rising in the valley By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff


Support for adoptive families and those considering adoption across B.C.

p to 100 women from the Elk Valley will gather together to take part in numerous and varied workshops and to hear inspirational women from the community speak in a day of sharing, empowerment and enlightenment on International Women’s Day (IWD) tomorrow. Goddess Rising will take place at The Clubhouse, Fernie Golf Course from 1 to 9:30 p.m. with guest speakers, some of which include world renowned author Angie Abdou, Grace Brulotte, Mary Giuliano and Dawn Deydey. The free event will also include a range of workshops designed to unite and enhance the women’s cultural and

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educational experiences; from drums, journaling, yoga, belly dancing and photography to life coaching, as well as the premiere of the multi-award winning women’s film ‘The Moon Inside You.’ Rachel Cline, one of the organizers said, “I am so excited to be involved in this new and wonderful event for the women of the Elk Valley. As a newcomer to the Fernie community it is so exciting to see such companionship and sisterhood amongst the women of the Elk Valley. I have been involved in IWD events back in the UK for the last few years, and being able to continue with similar events here is very exciting for me.” For more information about Goddess Rising contact Rachel Cline, at 778-519-1238.

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Upcoming Council and Committee Meetings • March 11 • March 25

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Fernie parades and parties

2013 Griz Days Parade, CP Rail Jam and By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff


owntown Fernie turned into a celebration Saturday evening as businesses and community groups marched down Second Avenue in honour of the Griz. Leading this year’s annual Griz Days Parade as Parade Marshalls were Citizen of the Year Stephanie Rogers and Fernie Mayor Mary Giuliano. Kids and grownups alike bundled up to brave the weather and watch the floats as they glided down Fernie’s Victoria Avenue. Following the parade, the crowds stuck around for the CP Station Street Party. Featuring live music by 60 Hertz and Flatline, the CP Rail Jam Finals, and fireworks, the evening was jam-packed with fun for everyone.


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it up in honour of the Griz Extreme Griz competition By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff


he Griz represents Fernie’s best qualities – fun-loving, at home in the outdoors, and someone who will do anything to get to Fernie’s fantastic powder. Every year Fernie men and women come out during the Griz Days festivities to compete for the title of the Extreme Griz Champion. This year’s competition kicked off with a pancake eating contest at the Fernie Community Centre on Saturday morning. Griz wannabes chowed down before heading up to the ski hill for an afternoon of axe throwing, ski and snowshoe racing, and a talent show. Extra points were also awarded for the best beard! The 2013 Extreme Griz winners are: Mens: 1st place - Alex Hutton – Top-O 2nd place - Ben Moffitt 3rd place - Vince Barbaro Womens: 1st place - Kat Spencer 2nd place - Britta Plaas 3rd place - Katie Kwasnicki

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Griz babies crawl to the finish By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff


From left: Jeff Lukiwsky with baby Elise, Heather Lewis with baby Penny, Leilani Hall with baby Kale, and Sarah Smith with baby Eben.  Photo by N. Liebermann 

Photo by K. Harstaad

ernie babies crawled their way to the finish at the 2013 Baby Griz Crawl. Held during the Griz Days Craft Fair at the Community Centre on Saturday, parents and onlookers cheered and coaxed the tiny contestants towards the finish line. After a lively competition and a close call between the four finalists, baby Eben Curtis was named the winner.

Craft Fair draws crowds By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff


ernie residents and out-of-towners packed the Community Centre on Saturday for the 2013 Griz Days Craft Fair. Dozens of booths displayed everything from local arts and crafts to home made baking and treats. 

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wo young bowlers have just returned from putting Sparwood on the map at provincials. Portia Eldaun, 11, travelled to Vernon, B.C. on the weekend for the bantam competition while Maddison Graham, 14, went to Kelowna, B.C. for the junior competition. Portia blew away the com-

The Ghostriders hope to bounce back after losing the first game of round two against the Golden Rockets. Photo by Andrea Horton By Matt Laurin Sports Contributor


he Fernie Ghostriders fell to the Golden Rockets 3 – 1 in game one on Tuesday night, as the second round of the KIJHL playoffs got underway. A rested Golden team got goals from Connor Beauchemin and Marc Lepine early in the first period, while outshooting the Riders 18 – 8. “It wasn’t the start that we needed,” said Ghostriders captain Josh McKissock. “I think we responded well in the last two periods, but there’s no excuse. The playoffs are a whole new season, and you have to be ready to show up every night.” The Riders pushed back in the second period, firing 18 shots at Rockets goaltender James Leonard and generating all sorts of chances around the visitors’ net. “We had a couple of tough breaks where the net was knocked off when the puck went in, and a couple of empty nets we could have bared down on a bit harder,” McKissock

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said. Ben Primeau scored the lone Riders goal on an early third-period powerplay, to cut the lead to one. That was as close as the home team would come, as Blake Roney scored an insurance marker with just under four minutes to play. The Ghostriders will look to build off the final two periods, where they outshot the Rockets 34 – 18. “It’s a good match up for us. They’re a really disciplined team, so we have to keep that in mind, but once we started playing our game I thought we were the better team,” McKissock said. The captain said they are already setting their sights on game two. As The Free Press went to print the game was scheduled for last night (Wednesday) at Fernie Memorial Arena. “Short memory, learn from it, and get back to it. We’ll be ready to go,” he said. Check and follow us @ferniefreepress for game updates throughout the second round.

he said. “We have an awesome program at Sparwood bowling. It’s now three years in a row that we have sent kids to provincials.” Portia is now getting ready to head to nationals in Vancouver in May. This will be her second time going to nationals. Last year she qualified with a bantam girls’ team and went to Newfoundland.

Judo club’s successful Invermere medal haul By Fred Gietz Fernie Judoka


he weekend of February 23 proved to be very busy for a number of Fernie Judoka who travelled to Invermere to participate in the Invermere Invitational Tournament as well as attending competition clinics conducted by Judo B.C.’s Provincial Coach on Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday morning. Competing in the U18 girls division were Megan Hammer who was narrowly defeated by teammate Hannah Thomson who came home with bronze and Sidney Koevoet winning silver. In the U18 mens division Liam Teetzel won silver. In the junior boys division were Ben Gilmet winning bronze and Noah Teetzel winning gold. Junior girls were Anna Koevoet winning gold with sister Megan narrowly missing bronze. Senior competitor Michael Teetzel brought home silver after fighting off against a

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petition, throwing 1038 for five games, winning by over 200 pins, while Maddison finished second, losing by 43 pins. Coach Bob Stockey could not be more proud of the young girls’ achievements. “Bowling might not be the most popular sport out there, but it’s still incredible that two girls from a town like Sparwood could get so far,”


Fernie Judoka competed in the Invermere Invitational Tournament on the weekend of February 23. Submitted photo

black belt competitor. The Fernie club’s next competition will be on March 23 when they are invited to Raymond, Alberta to compete in the Katsuta Kup, bringing over 100 junior competitors .


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Conversations with Mary: Grace Brulotte By Mary Giuliano Mayor of Fernie


ixteen years ago I wrote about the birth of Grace Brulotte. At the time arthrogryposis, a condition that stiffens body joints, was little known to the general public. Grace tells me it affects one in 3,000 live births. The community knows Grace well. Others may get gloomy about a bad day but for Grace each day is a bad day full of challenges. Grace is fiercely independent, apart from on her specialized wheelchair. Grace may be physically challenged but she has a quick, bright mind and is a pleasure to speak with. Articulate and knowledgeable about her condition and the latest project she founded, FIRE, Fernie Inspire the Race to Empower, is the sit-ski program now available at Fernie Alpine Resort. Two years ago she was feeling emotionally down, “trapped, like a hobbit” she says with a smile. Her friend Katy Gibbs from Invermere told her she needed to try sit-skiing, saying it was simply amazing. Grace recalled how during ski days in school there was nothing for her so when she was told about this and discovered that there wasn’t anything

available in Fernie she went to Kimberley. Instructors Nip Bradford and Steve Norton took her out. “When I first saw it I was skeptical, I was scared but the instructor said too bad, I needed that first push to get past my fears. I really needed to step out of my comfort zone. The instructors were very enthusiastic in getting me in the sit-ski. Usually I feel like a have a 400 pound weight strapped to my butt, but with this what I experienced was a freedom from being disabled, something I never experienced before, a feeling of happiness, of being really free. I feel like I can fly, a release I don’t get often. My muscles tense but I can relax emotionally. I don’t have to worry about my life or my problem, this makes me face my fears. Although I was strapped in it didn’t feel like it. I fell in love with sit-skiing. “With some kids the instructor holds onto a bar in the back to direct the sit-ski, but they can also hold on to tethers, sort of like a horse. In my case I can tip my head from side to side to steer the sit-ski.” Grace mentions how instructor Allan Watson takes her on steep inclines and off jumps. “I am terrified but happy; it’s like scuba diving in powder.” It didn’t take long to find vol-

FIRE, Fernie Inspire the Race to Empower, is the sit-ski program now available at Fernie Alpine Resort.  Submitted photo

unteers like Andy Cohen and Jennifer Gross. FIRE has Grace as president, her mom Janice secretary and Jennifer as treasurer. Grace says many helped but she needs to mention how Glenn Purdy donated his services to set up the society. Anita and Dave Brunker, Marilyn Baker, Diane Costerton, David and Nelda

Carruthers all became involved. 10 instructors plus two to set up equipment and banner maintenance on the sit-ski plus five other volunteers to help out. Three sit-skis were purchased. A green one named Samson, a red one named Maximus and a yellow one dubbed Ben Hur. The program runs Sundays

from 2 to 4 p.m. The program is for those with any type of disability. For more information contact Grace at 250-423-4488 or at

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1. Saving for a child’s education just got a little easier with the help of Budget 2013’s new BC Training and Education Savings Grant. 2. For every child born after January 1st, 2007, and once the child turns six, government will give parents a one-time $1,200 grant to invest in an RESP for post-secondary education. 3. Nearly one million job openings are expected over the next decade and most of those jobs will require some form of post-secondary education and training. Families can simply open an RESP account and apply for the grant before the child turns 7 years old. Bill Bennett MLA, Kootenay East

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he Scotiabank Bright Futures Program has once again assisted the Fernie Elks Lodge with their fundraising, recently presenting the Elks Lodge with a $2,000 cheque.

Downtown historic districts By Joni MacFarlane Editor, Crowsnest Pass Promoter


f proposed changes go through, new construction in downtown community cores will have to adhere to standards of historic style and design. Revisions to the land use bylaw include recommended Historic Commercial Areas Overlay Districts (HCOD) in Coleman, Blairmore and Bellevue. An open house held by the municipality last month included a brief overview of the changes that would regulate development and architectural guidelines on new buildings,

renovations and additions in downtown districts. Architectural and design features of concern are those that are visible to the street and to the public such as signage, building profiles, awnings and facades. Residential homes within the district will be allowed to continue as they are, including new construction, additions and renovations, but redevelopment of residential parcels within the districts will be “strongly encouraged to employ historical themes and to be designed in a style and manner complementary to adjacent historical buildings.”

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The moment that you died, Our hearts split in two. One side filled with memories, The other died with you. Often lay awake at night, When the world is fast asleep. And take a walk down memory lane, With tears upon our cheeks. Remembering you is easy, We do it every day. But missing you is a heartache, That never goes away. We hold you tightly within our hearts, And there you will remain. Life has gone on without you, But it will never be the same.

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CALDWELL: With tremendous heartache we announce the death of 38 year old Grant Edward Caldwell who died suddenly on Monday, February 18, 2013. He was born in Fernie on February 5, 1975. Like many kids born and raised with the mountains as their playground, Grant developed a passion for anything that involved spending time outside. Given the opportunity, Grant could be found with either a gun or fishing pole in hand. Summer months provided many fun times around the campfire, cold beer on ice and great conversation carrying on into the evening. From bush cruising to sledding, Grant was always ready for the next adventure! Grant will be remembered for his zest for life, his friendly smile and his terrific sense of humor. He will be dearly missed. Grant is survived by his son Mike Caldwell, his parents Don and Colleen (nee Pachara) Caldwell, his sister and brother-in-law, Brenda and Calvin Hesketh with their son William, and his girlfriend Jess Holland with sons Shaymus and Tyson as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and good friends. He was preceded in death by uncles Ted Pachara and Victor Caldwell. The Funeral Service was held at the Mountainside Community Church on Thursday, February 28th with Pastor Trevor Freeman of the Christ Church Anglican officiating. Following the service Grant was laid to rest at St. Margaret’s Cemetery. Memorial tributes may be made in Grant’s memory to the Cranbrook SPCA, PO Box 2 Cranbrook, BC V1C 4H6. Messages of condolence may be sent to www. Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services Ltd.

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Fay Georgina Mary Burden died peacefully in her sleep at the Creston Valley Hospital in the early hours of February 13, 2013.

Fay was born on May 16, 1935 in Ashford, Kent, (nJOand and OiYed in +aPstreet, Kent for the Àrst eiJhteen years of her Oife 6he then OiYed brieà y on the island of Malta, where she was married to Jack Burden, before moving back to England. In 1964, she and her husband and two children immigrated to Red Deer, AB, Canada. They later lived in Rossland, BC before moving to Elkford, BC and then retiring to Creston, BC. Fay loved to sing and had a natural ability to do so. She sang in the church. She sang in concert. She had professional training as a singer and as a teenager she made a recording that was pressed into a 45 rpm record. She encouraged her children and grandchildren to sing and play music. Fay was also active in the church and in the Girl Guides of Canada and became district commissioner of Girl Guides for a period of time. She was a loving mother and grandmother and a devoted wife. Fay was predeceased by her husband, Jack Burden; her father George Huggett and her mother Eleanor Huggett. She will be lovingly remembered by her son Jonathan Burden (Jane, Holly, Saul, Aszjeca and Siarrah) and her daughter Lorraine Leduc (Don, Doug, Val, Ryan, Annaka, Lorissa, Kara, Michael, Sam, Jace and Melody (Colin)). Fay will be sadly missed. A Memorial Funeral Service was held Saturday, March 2, 2013 at Christ Church Anglican with 5ev 5oEin 5uder Celi] oIÀciating Any friends wishing to make a memorial contribution may do so to Alzheimer’s Society Box 796, Creston, BC, V0B 1G0.

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ST. MICHAEL’S PARISH Centennial Square, Sparwood

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TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH 691 4th Avenue, Fernie Sunday Worship...1:30 pm Pastor Fraser Coltman

cell 250-417-5016 Pastor David Morton cell 250-417-5017 or 1-866-426-7564


250-425-7787 Affiliated with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC) Services: Sunday 10:30 am Wednesday Bible Study: 6:47 pm Everyone Welcome Pastor: Rev. R.G. (Ross) Powell


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HOLY FAMILY PARISH Catholic Church 521 4th Avenue, Fernie

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CHRIST CHURCH ANGLICAN 591 4th Avenue, Fernie 250-423-6517 Christ Church Anglican Fernie

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Fernie Ski Hill OpensPage 14 ELKFORD

First Elkford Council Sworn in - Page 17 SPARWOOD

Sparwood Mall concept- Page 16


The Free Press in 1908, printed out of a tent in the same location as the office today.

Warsing Murders Page 22


We’ve had The Elk Valley covered for 115 years By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff

T Eight died doing what they loved - Page 30

he Free Press is one of the oldest business in Fernie. Almost as soon as people were settling in the area and starting to build the town, they wanted a community newspaper to spread the local news, events and everything else

that was happening, and so, out of a tent, The Free Press was born. In August 1898 Mr. G.G Henderson arrived in Fernie. Although the town didn’t look like much back then, Mr. Henderson had a hunch that it was going to grow into something amazing, so he and his brother Mr. R.L. Henderson bought a lot

with the intention of starting a newspaper business. The Free Press is still in the same lot, on Second Avenue. He then went east to buy the plant and stock necessary to build a first class newspaper and job printing office, returning late in November of the same year. The railway was then in

office. It was in this shack that all the equipment was unpacked, the cases were laid and the first type set for The Free Press. It was also home to the editor and his family for quite a few weeks, in the dead of winter, as hotel accommodation was hard to come by in the early days of Fernie.

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It was in this shack but no station office. of starting operation all the equipment was so, with the intention shed had been that that was happening, and business. The or freight all the materials unpacked, the cases were Press a newspaper type set for same built. When out of a tent, The Free had laid and the first Free Press is still in the and equipment he was born. Free Press. G.G lot, on Second Avenue. to ordered finally arrived, it The the In August 1898 Mr. It was also home to he Free Press is one He then went east in Fernie. for thrown out of the train editor and his family plant and stock was of the oldest business Henderson arrived dumped into two feet town didn’t buy the in the quite a few weeks, to build a first and in Fernie. Almost as Although the as hotel of snow. much back then, necessary newspaper and job Free dead of winter, soon as people were settling look like The first home of The to Mr. Henderson had a hunch class was hard in the area and starting printing office, returning Press was in a 12 foot x accommodation early days want- that it was going to grow the of the build the town, they shack, to come by in amazing, late in November 12 foot rough board Fernie. of ed a community newspaper into somethingbrother Mr. same year. present in in the rear of the news, so he and his to spread the local The railway was then else R.L. Henderson bought a lot events and everything

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RCMP REPORT Saturday, January 26

• In Sparwood at 7:19 p.m. a vehicle slid into the ditch. No injuries were reported. • In Sparwood at 8:14 p.m. a vehicle went off the road. No injuries were reported.

• In Sparwood at 8:38 p.m. a possible fraud was reported when intoxicated people left a restaurant without paying. Police located the people and they were guests of the hotel, and they were

down. • In Elko at 6:36 a.m. a vehicle hit the edge of the tunnel. No injuries were reported. • In Fernie at 9:22 a.m. a complainant notified police they had found the front

sent back to pay the bill.

Sunday, January 27

• In Fernie at 12:24 a.m. there was a noisy party complaint. Police attended and the party was quieted

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bumper of a vehicle. • In Fernie at 2:21 p.m. there was a minor two vehicle accident. No injuries were reported. • In Elko at 3:28 p.m. an erratic driver was reported. The vehicle was not located. • In Fernie at 5:36 p.m. a vehicle slid off the road and went into the ditch. No injuries were reported. • In Sparwood at 7:45 p.m. a suicidal individual was reported. The individual was located and the person was not suicidal. • In Sparwood at 8:09 p.m. a possibly impaired young driver was reported coming into Sparwood from Alberta. A partial plate was given, and the vehicle was not located.

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vehicle was reported when left abandoned at the ski hill for days. The individual decided to park there and went into the backcountry on his own. He was located safe and sound, and not in any distress and it was a case of him not informing friends and family of his whereabouts. • In Sparwood

In Fernie at 10:03 a.m. a vending machine was tampered with and broken into. Over $80 was taken. This incident is under investigation as video surveillance is being viewed. Monday January 8

at 9:13 a.m. a lost decal was reported. • In Sparwood at 11:34 a.m. a break and enter to a business was reported when a suspect cut the lock on a compound and went inside. The suspect was interrupted and fled the scene. • In Fernie at 11:56 a.m. a lost wallet was reported. • In Fernie at 4:46 p.m. there was a report of a wallet being

stolen over the weekend and the credit card being used. Follow up is being done with the credit card company. • In Fernie at 4:47 p.m. there was a report of suspicious phone calls. Police services were cancelled after it was found out to be a Skype issue. • In Elkford at 7:48 p.m. a bike was found. • In Fernie at 7:50 p.m. there was a report of a possible impaired driver. A plate was given and the vehicle was located but not occupied. • In Fernie at 9:17 p.m. there was a false residential alarm. • In Sparwood at 9:26 p.m. an erratic driver was reported. No plate was obtained.

Tuesday, January 29

• In Fernie at 9:32 a.m. police assisted the Ministry of Children and Families over the wellbeing of a child. All was fine. • In Sparwood at 3:29 p.m. a lost dealership licence plate was reported. • In Fernie at 4:20 p.m. a neighbour broke another neighbour’s window with skis. • In Sparwood at 5:22 p.m. a vehicle hit a deer. The animal was dispatched. No injuries were reported.

Thank you from the Fernie Jr. Ghostrider Timbit Pre-Novice Teams who hosted a tournament on March 2nd & 3rd Thank you to the following businesses for their contributions: City of Fernie Kootenay Ice Coco Pazzo, Lethbridge Fernie Firefighters Teck Tim Hortons Overwaitea – Fernie & Sparwood Canadian Tire Side Street Sweet Shoppe Gear Hub The Northern Hotel The Central Hotel Vogue Theatre Woz Mechanical The Source Ghostrider Motorsports Fernie Alpine Resort Fernie Golf & Country Club Scotia Bank Freshies Elk River Guiding Company Polar Peek Books & Treasures The Green Petal Ginger Beef Restaurant

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Players Bench EK Credit Union CIBC Bank TD Bank Sears 7-11 Food Store Best Western McDonald’s Koocanusa Campsite & Marina Coal Valley Motor Products Fernie Ford Extra Foods Grow Children & Maternity Park Place Lodge Spokane Chiefs (Chris Moulton) ET Hair Studio Giv’er Shirt Works Royal Bank of Canada – Sparwood Straight Line Boston Pizza A&W United Steelworkers 9436

And thank you to all the parents, teams, refs & volunteers for making our tournament a huge success.

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The good old Canadian hockey game By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff


ockey teams came out for a few good old games of street hockey at Saturday's 14th annual Classic Canadian Street Hockey tournament. Held during the Griz Days weekend, Fernie folks and visitors came out to watch the action take place behind Park Place Lodge between noon and 6 p.m.

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