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A sow black bear and her three cubs of the year took a rest in the shady limbs of a fir tree in the alley between 4th and 5th Avenue and 10th and 11th Street on Tuesday afternoon. Pictured is one of the three cubs. For the full story turn to page 3. Photo by T. Hynd

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In a two-hour drive, the only time I dropped the anchors was when one of Amsterdam’s kazillion cyclists cut in front of me. Keith Morgan

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The future is electric joined the AMSTERDAM – BMW has race for the electric car dollar. driving On the evidence of two days i3 through the funky-looking all-electric the narrow streets of old Amsterdam of canals and alongside the picturesque manufacturrural Holland, the German er may have a winner. fun to For starters, it is simply great encased drive. The lithium-ion battery, the in an aluminum cage below enough infive-seater cabin, provides to propel stant zap to the electric motor in less klicks 100 the car smoothly to stopwatch than eight seconds. Left the

at home, but counting “one-and-two lips barely etc.” to count seconds, my speedo leapt mouthed “six” before the passing. from 80 to 120 km/h while speed and It handles beautifully at any technolohugs the road; thanks to the that gives gy-laden aluminum platform, Turns it a very low centre of gravity. during the on a Euro too, as we found streets. many U-turns made on blocked suck the Of course, F1 take-offs will quickly but battery dry somewhat more the so-called you need not be a snail in the adverComfort mode to achieve on a full tised 160 kilometres range


tank, sorry, fully-charged battery. Plug it in at home overnight and you are ready to roar; go for the enhanced charger and raring to go in three

hours. The remarkable efficiency is largely due to two factors. The carbon-fibre body is light and regenerative braking generously juices up the cells. In a two-hour drive, the only time I dropped the anchors was when one of Amsterdam’s kazillion cyclists cut in front of me. Ruined my score, the


The lithium-ion battery provides enough instant zap to the electric motor to propel the car smoothly to 100 klicks in less than eight seconds.

you have a car for the Interior and beyond. Way beyond. As the battery runs low, a two-cylinder, 647cc gas engine, which sits neatly by the side of its electric brother, kicks in and generates power to top up the battery. Push it and gas stops will be frequent because only a minuscule nine-litre tank feeds it. However, most folks will get a chance to recharge before too many visits to

the pump. There is another hope for those living beyond Hope. Private companies blighter. are seriously evaluating Accepting the more slug- Keith Morgan the supply of fast chargish EcoPro and EcoPro+ gers that top up batteries modes will add 20 and in less than half an hour. Highway 40 km to the range. Eyes will be on the Sea-to-Sky the i3, is at BriFrankly, in this configuration where chargers are now found between popping up good for any daily commute tannia Beach. And they are and most and breadth Vancouver and Abbotsford in parking lots the length Island. of journeys in southern Vancouver of the province as the popularity to expects BMW other brands The very areas where plug-in hybrid models by do the most business. grows. luxury for and read The i3 offers premium brand View our BMWi3 gallery Shell out car at few dollars short of $45,000. more about the electric the unimaganother $4,000 grand for and inatively named ‘range-extender’


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employers – announced the $19 million sale late Thursday, October 17. Within the next two months, three parcels of land will be transferred to Teck's ownership. The Grave Prairie property is 3,059 hectares in size, located 7.5 kilometres northeast of Sparwood, and, according to environmental group Wildsight, is an important wintering area

for elk. The Alexander Creek parcel, 3,098 hectares in size, is 10 kilometres east of Sparwood, on the north side of Highway 3 next to the Alberta border. The property allows wideranging wildlife such as grizzly bear and lynx to move between WatertonGlacier International Peace Park into the Rocky Mountains.

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Finally, Teck purchased 992 hectares known as the Flathead Townsite, in the Upper Flathead Region, 28 kilometres southeast of Sparwood. “These lands are not amenable to mining,” said Nic Milligan, Teck's manager of community and aboriginal affairs. “They were purchased in order to work in cooperation with First

Nations, communities and other stakeholders to ensure they are used to protect key wildlife and fish habitat in the Elk Valley and Flathead River Valley now and for the future.” The sale has been applauded by conservation groups in B.C., Alberta and Montana who are working to protect the Flathead Valley. Continued on page 26

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THE FREE PRESS Thursday, October 24, 2013

Polar Peak Books celebrates 20 years as a treasured gem By Tamara Hynd Free Press Staff


ookstores are a treasure chest for book lovers. Bookworms celebrated at Polar Peek Books and Treasures with owner Patty Reedyk and staff as they celebrated the store’s twentieth anniversary on Saturday, October 19. Pumpkin spice cake and balloons welcomed visitors inside to a treasure hunt and a draw to win various books donated by local publisher Oolichan Books owner, Randall Mcnair. Reedyk was the

first employee when the shop opened in 1993 by locals Anne Anderson and Laura Nelson. Reedyk has been the sole owner/ operator for the last five years. In front of a crowd Reedyk thanked her staff for their help. “This anniversary is about celebrating community,” says Reedyk. “This place wouldn't be what it is today without the support of my wonderful employees, past and present, the public who shop here and the authors who have held literary events here.” Original store creator and owner Laura

Nelson was there to congratulate Reedyk. A photo collage painted a picture of two decades of fun including bikes and costumes. More than books can be found in a store that is as pleasing to the eye as the contents are to the mind. Children’s games, ornate journals, unique cards, stationary and original artwork are a few of the gems to be found in Polar Peek. As a locally owned and independent bookstore, it has been a cornerstone in the community, supporting literary events at the Fernie Heritage Library, the

Sparwood Library, and the Fernie Writers' Conference. The shop supports authors and has hosted many reading events and book launches over the years, hosts a monthly book club and supports local charities. There is a great selection of local hiking and biking trail maps and guide books, local history books, a large selection of local and Canadian authors and the store is renowned for its selection of award winning children’s books and toys. Come see for yourself. They are open seven days a week or check out their new website

MP David Wilks comments on the Throne Speech By Tamara Hynd Free Press Staff


he federal government is back in its second session of the fourty-first Parliament after the Governor General David Johnston’s Speech from the Throne on October 16. “Two and a half years ago, Canadians gave our government a strong mandate: a mandate to protect jobs and our economy; a mandate to keep taxes low; a mandate to make our families

and communities safe,” said Johnston. Kootenay-Columbia Member of Parliament (MP) David Wilks was in Ottawa and pointed out three key points he thought pertained to Kootenay constituents. “We’re focusing on new jobs for Canadians and further reducing the youth unemployment rate,” said Wilks. “One of the ways we want to try to do that is by giving them real life work experiences in high demand jobs. In our area, that is certainly in

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the natural resource sector with the trades. We really want to encourage those who want to go into the apprenticeship programs for whatever trade they want to look into because whether it is companies like Teck, Finning, or Cummings, they are dying for apprentices. It’s one thing we could really take advantage of.” A job grants program is coming forward where the federal and provincial governments and the companies will each provide up to $5,000 towards apprenticeship programs for young people. “Certainly we’re hoping that the provinces will buy into this,” said Wilks. “It will provide youth with an opportunity to get into the skilled trades or the apprenticeship programs plus they get up to $15,000 from the governments and the employer to go toward their apprenticeship.” The small business and tourism sector is significant in Fernie regarding tourism. “As government we recognize one of the things that impedes small business is all of the rules that are put in place so we are

going to enshrine what we call the One-for-One rule.” It means that for every new regulation governments adds, one rule must be taken away. “This is very important for small business,” said Wilks. “I own a small business. The less forms a business owner has to fill out the better. It doesn’t sound like a big deal but it’s huge. Every form that they don’t have to fill out is time in their pocket. Time is precious in small business.” Minister of National Revenue Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, P.C., Q.C., M.P., has already started to put this in place. The third topic of drug labeling is more global. New drug labeling will ensure when a person receives a prescription, it will be written in plain language the potential side effects of themedication and that they are accurately indicated. “What we found, in the past, is that some people take prescribed medicine not understanding what some of the side effects are. Some of the side effects can potentially result in death if you don’t clearly understand what that drug could do,” said Wilks. “Some of the drugs can make

some people be depressed to the point of contemplating suicide. We need to make sure that these drugs that are being issued by the drug companies clearly state the side effects so when you receive a medication in the future, it will be clearly identified in large print, potentially on an eight by 11 piece of paper that’s going to say here are the side effects that could potentially effect you. “It has never been in law and as a result some drug companies have side stepped it by writing the side effects in small print. There’s some important stuff in the small print and people glare over it. The fact of the mater is the small print is extremely important so we have to ensure that people can see that in plain language and in big print.” As far as the justice issues brought up in the Throne speech, Wilks is very supportive of all of them. On October 21, Parliament heard the second reading of the budget. Following the vote on the budget, implementation of the new initiatives began.

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Minister of Energy and Mines and MLA for Kootenay East Bill Bennett (left) and Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk touring the Elkview Mine.  Submitted photo Submitted


inister of Energy and Mines and MLA for Kootenay East Bill Bennett and Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk toured the Elkview Mine recently, following a hands-on demonstration of a haul-truck simulator at the College of the Rockies. “The province is expecting thousands of jobs in the mining sector to open up over the next few years – particularly in the Kootenays – and we need to ensure we are training students in the right region with the right skills,” said Virk. The college bought four stationary haultruck simulators and one mobile simulator

through funding totaling more than $2.8 million. Funding sources included $580,000 from the Province, $560,000 from the Columbia Basin Trust, and more than $1.7 million through Western Economic Diversification. “With over 4,000 employees working at the five coal mines here and many of them approaching retirement, the opportunities for my constituents to find wellpaying work with Teck Coal are excellent,” said Bennett. “The only hitch is that you need skills. This truck simulator is a terrific way to provide skills for a job that is in demand at the mines.” A 2012 report by the Mining Industry Human Resources

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Council, in conjunction with the Mining Association of BC, showed that heavyequipment operators and truck drivers will be the top two mining sector in-demand occupations in the next 10 years. The forecast shows that of 11,330 workers needed in the B.C. mining industry, 6,370 will be needed in the Kootenays.

onservation Officer Service (COS) is asking people to be careful and keep their eyes open for bears in town. On Tuesday, a sow black bear and her three cubs of the year were resting in the shady limbs of a fir tree in the alley between 4th and 5th Avenue and 10th and 11th Street. COS asked people to avoid the area for safety reasons. “It’s not likely they’ll come down in the daylight,” said Conservation Officer Frank DeBoon. “But when they do come down, we will try to follow them to move them out of town.” COS was called at 3 am Tuesday morning about bears eating garbage in the neighbourhood. The bears went up the tree before daylight. WildSafeBC found garbage strewn around 5th Avenue. If the bears linger, COS will likely have to destroy them. “They have been in town for three weeks,” said DeBoon. “They started out on the fringes of town attracted by garbage and fruit trees. They started in Ridgemont, were in the Airport and the Annex. They have become bolder and more conditioned. Now they are in the middle of town close to schools. There could be preschoolers playing in backyards.” “Trapping’s not really an option in a town setting due to lack of cover. If we trap one cub but not the sow, there is potential for a very upset sow, which could make things worse,” said DeBoon. “Tranquilizing is not really an option either as the bears can fall asleep intertwined in the branches or they could fall from the tree and be injured. If they come down

during the day, they will run into people.” Sadly, this story is not unique. COS destroyed a single female black bear caught in a trap in the Annex last Thursday, October 17. On the same day in Hosmer, a black bear was also destroyed, after it had gotten into a freezer and was trying to get into resident’s homes. “It’s an offense to provide food to a wild animal, intentional or not, and a fine can be imposed,” said Kathy Murray from WildSafeBC. “Empty garbage cans are a visual cue for bears to investigate plus the bin still smells. Store your full and empty garbage cans and coolers inside your home or garage.” If you have a small home or don’t have a garage, the transfer station is open seven days a week from 9 am to 5 pm. It’s a big responsibility to own a fruit tree. All of the fruit must be removed from the trees and ground. Wildsight has an apple press people can use for a small fee and apple tree owners can have a supply of their own apple juice. Both DeBoon and Murray commented that one of the worst places they have seen for garbage is Slalom Drive off Castle Mtn. Road where “it seemed like every second house had a garbage can outside or garbage had been strewn around by bears.” “People are afraid to call COS when they see a bear because they think it will be destroyed,” said DeBoon. “But the sooner we know about a bear, the sooner we can try to deter it from moving closer into town and prevent it from becoming more conditioned.” COS currently has a bear trap placed on Dicken Road and another on Canyon Trail in the Parkland Terrace area. If you see any wildlife in town, please report it to the RAPP hotline, 1-877-952-RAPP (7277).

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THE FREE PRESS Thursday, October 24, 2013

Winter job fair at Fernie Alpine Resort By Tamara Hynd

Roxanne Beaton, Free Press Staff FAR executive a s s i s t a n t , ernie Alpine Resort’s welcomed job (FAR) day lodge was all seekers at the a buzz over the weekend. Fernie Alpine FAR held a job fair for their Resort job fair 2013/14 winter season on held over three October 18 to 20 interviewing days on October potential employees. Catering 18-20. to the youthful social media


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savy, FAR accepted two to three-minute video applications through YouTube and Vimeo

from applicants who could not be present. With an enticing invitation like “Want to work at Fernie Alpine Resort this winter and experience a Legendary Winter?” who wouldn’t want to apply? About 200 people participated in the group interviews. One man drove all night from the interior of B.C. to make it to his Saturday interview. “Almost all of the applicants seemed to be from other

countries, “ said Roxanne Beaton, executive assistant. “We’re hiring for outgoing and friendly staff. We can teach a skill but not a personality. Last winter was a standout for customer service as we had so much positive feedback from our guests.” Last year was FAR’s first time using the group style interview; with so much positive feedback they kept it for this winter season’s hiring.

Howl-O-Ween 2013 coming to Barkside By Tamara Hynd Free Press Staff


arkside is getting into the spooky spirit of Halloween with a costume party for dogs and their owners. Howl-O-Ween is Saturday, October 26 from 2 to 6 pm at Barkside. It is the second annual fundraiser for a fenced in, off-leash dog park. It’s a chance for pet owners and dogs dressed in their Halloween costumes to have their photos taken by photographer Kyle Hamilton who is donating his time and proceeds to the cause. The social on leash event will include a fenced off bone garden for the canines beside the store. Blue Toque diner is

donating people treats, providing hot chocolate and goodies. Prizes will be awarded for costumes being the most original, best handmade, best theme and best owner and dog look alike. “We do encourage both humans and pets to dress up,” said Barkside owner Maren Esch. “Last year it was a lot of fun. The entire Shopland family dressed up as super heroes, including their pets so they won best theme.” “All the proceeds are going to the Fernie Pet Society,” said Esch. “We are raising funds for a fenced in off-leash dog park. It’s in the City Recreational Plan. We have Leslie Lowe from Beargrass Landscape Architecture involved. She designed the dog park in Whitefish and it’s the most visited park in that area.” T h e

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Mink farm may be in the works for the Elk Valley By Tamara Hynd Free Press Staff


mink farm may be developed on a rural property 13 kilometers north of Sparwood. Mark Bernemann was issued a license for more than 26 mink for $24 by the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) in 2012. Licenses do not restrict the number of animals a farm can have. Some people are questioning the mink farm. Nordstrom Creek runs through the Bernemann property. With five water licenses downstream, three for irrigation and two domestic, the question of water quality has come up. The Ministry of Environment (MOE) will be involved if there is a problem but Director Area A Mike Sosnowski is concerned that by then it will already be too late. Sosnowski was referring to issues Nova Scotia is having with the mink farming industry which is now that province’s largest agricultural industry. Many people are blaming mink farms for the cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) blooms on lakes in Yarmouth County. “Mink farms are the most likely source of water quality problems in nine lakes in western Nova Scotia, according to an Acadia University report released by the province's E n v i r o n m e n t Department,” reported CBC news in April 2012. “We’re not talking about a mink farm of that scale,” said mink

farm license holder Mark Bernemann. “Those farms in Nova Scotia have a million mink.” Bernemann would not comment on the number of mink that would be on his farm. “It’s unfortunate that people think it’s the same thing. Fur farming is a little bit different (than what people are used to here.) People are scared of it. I’ve been involved in the business for 30 years, as I’ve been raised with it. I haven’t heard any complaints from my neighbours. There are government rules and regulations and I’ve gone to great lengths to follow them.” According to the B.C. MOA, the Fur Farm Act and regulations require all licensees to install and maintain secure caging and fencing. The fencing requirements are designed to ensure the farmed mink do not escape. Some people living on neighbouring properties are concerned and have questions regarding the farm. Blair Chatterson lives on an 80-acre parcel of land adjacent to the Bernemann property. “We’re finding out what we can about mink farming,” said Chatterson. “Is there going to be a strong smell so I won’t be able to enjoy being outside on my property? From what I understand about mink farms isthere can be a smell. ” Diane Plessis is another concerned property owner in the area. “Where we live, it is a travel passage for grizzlies in the spring

but it’s not a problem because they don’t stay,” said Plessis. “But if there is a reason for them to stay, they could become a problem. I have kids. “I don’t want to live next door to a fur and pelt industry,” said Plessis. “Personally, I don’t like the thought of animals being skinned.” According to the MOA, there have been two odour related complaints in B.C. since 2011. oth were to do with animal waste, and were easily remediated through the owner applying sawdust and gravel. The ministry has not received any complaints in which mink farms have attracted predators such as bears, wolves or coyotes. There are 13 active mink farms in B.C., all in the Fraser Valley. Across Highway 43 is the Nature Trust of B.C.’s reserve for elk habitat that ensures elk have a place to spend

the winter. Other predators like wolves and coyotes may be an issue for elk that use the reserve for winter foraging and calving in the spring. “I have a real concern about the negative impact on the whole environment because of this farm,” said Mike Sosnowski, RDEK Area A director. “We were zoned for it (fur farming) and we didn’t know about it. Who thinks about fur farms?” “The zoning was in place from the 1970’s. With a letter confirming proper zoning, the landowner was able to apply for a fur farm license. I am bringing the issue of fur farming to the next RDEK board meeting in November to explain and alert other rural directors in the area to look into their zoning bylaws to see if it allows fur farms. I will suggest they restrict their zoning and us as well. Restricting zoning

allows there to be public consultation.” The MOA did confirm that each application must submit a letter of permission from their local government to operate a fur farm on their premises as a condition of their license being approved. MLA Bill Bennett has spoken with the B.C. Ministry

of Environment in Victoria to learn about the regulations for the industry including its effects on water quality and predators. “I am concerned and I’m speaking with the Ministry of Forests, Land and Natural Operations and the MOA in Victoria,” said Bennett. “It’s my job to find out what to do. Job number one is to see if base

line water samples can be taken. I have to believe there must be some provincial regulations.” According to the Fur Council of Canada 65,000 Canadians work in the fur trade, contributing $800 million to the Canadian economy, including more than $300 million in exports.

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With Halloween just around the corner, now is a good time to make sure you are taking safety precautions for your children. I remember as a child thinking that my mom was over-reacting when she would tell me not to eat any candy until she went through it, then I had my own children and told them exactly the same thing as I watched the news and heard of people finding razor blades in their kid’s apples. So precaution number one is to check your kid’s Halloween treats before they eat any. Beforehand when you are choosing or making a costume, make sure to use light coloured clothing and place strips of reflective tape or stickers along the back and the front so drivers can see your little goblins and princesses and do not use masks that can impair a child’s vision. Make sure costumes fit properly so there are no tripping issues. If your child is going out with a group of friends think about giving them a flashlight or - welcome to 2013 - a cell phone with a flashlight on it. It can never hurt for your child to carry a cell phone, that way you have direct contact with them at any time. Set a curfew and a pick up spot if your kids are trick-or-treating in an area such as the Airport subdivision or Ridgemont and are not close to home. Make sure to remind your children that they should never enter a house or get into a stranger’s car. The promise of candy or the lure of a haunted house can tempt even the most aware children. With all of the excitement kids can easily run across the road without looking both ways so drivers beware, take extra precautions on Halloween night while driving your vehicle. You never know when a little ghost or goblin might jump out in front of your car. For those that are giving out candy, do not invite a child in out of the cold or to see the really cool skeleton you have in your foyer. It puts children in an awkward position because they know they shouldn’t enter a stranger’s house but they don’t want to insult the person giving them the treats. Don’t forget to check out the haunted house at 822 9th Avenue with your children, it’s as fun for adults as it is for kids. Happy Halloween!

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Jaffray Community Hall Jaffray BC, by the Vendors of the Jaffray-Baynes Lake Farmers’ Market Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. “Over 36 tables of Christmas shopping at its best!”

95 Staff at Rocky Mountain Optometry supported World Sight Day on October 10. Photo by S. Moulton Submitted

A rider crosses the new bridge over Gorby Creek. By Tamara Hynd Free Press Staff

World Sight Day

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Submitted photo

follow.” “As president, and an active member of the Alliance, I can say that I am very proud to have the privilege of working with such a great group, and being acknowledged for our efforts only reinforces this pride.” B.C. Parks Ranger Craig Gentle nominated the Fernie Trails Alliance for this prestigious acknowledgement of cooperative Trail Stewardship.

he Fernie Trails Alliance (FTA) has been nominated for the B.C. Parks Volunteer Group of the Year, for their trail stewardship efforts in Mt. Fernie Provincial Park. Projects included environmental restoration of the Stove Trail, installation of the Stove Creek and Gorby Creek bridges, placement of directional trail signage throughout the park, and many trail surface improvement work parties. Also celebrated is the partnership to have the new Lizard Creek Crossing bridge spanning from the Gorby parking lot to connect Lizard Lake Pizza & Pasta Trail and Gorby Trail with Cedar Valley Road. “Having been nominated for such a prestigious award, being recognized as a contributor to the enhancement of the park fabric, reinforces the value TAKE OUT OR DELIVERY of a trail stewardship partnership with the Fernie Trails Alliance,” said Terry Nelson, Lunch Only-Pick Up Only FTA president. “With Monday to Friday, 11am-2pm thousands of volunteer trail maintenance hours offered unselfishly by HOURS: the dedicated members Sunday to Thursday, 4pm-10pm of the Fernie Trails Alliance, the long term Friday & Saturday, 4pm-11:30pm sustainability of this community amenity Located at 1227 7th Avenue, Hwy. 3 - Unit B, Fernie will be enjoyed by many future generations to

Now Open 250-423-4231


taff members at Rocky Mountain Optometry wore t-shirts in support of the World Sight Day Challenge on October 10. The World Sight Day Challenge is a major fundraising campaign coordinated by Optometry Giving Sight which is designed to raise funds for projects that provide training, establish vision centres and deliver eye care services for people who are blind or vision impaired due to uncorrected refractive error – simply the need for an eye exam and a pair of glasses. Rocky Mountain Optometry donated all eye exam fees they received on October 10 to the challenge.

The War Amps legacy of “amputees helping amputees” continues, thanks to public support of the Key Tag and Address Label Service.

The War Amps

years 1918-2013

Elizabeth and Annelise

Order key tags and address labels at:

The War Amps 1 800 250-3030 Charitable Registration No.: 13196 9628 RR0001

We need refs!

Free training! No Dues! Training camps paid for by us! No experience necessary

Pizza by the Slice

Opportunity to be involved with the fastest growing sport in North America, as well as a group of amazing athletes, paid travel for games, and much more! Email: or stop by at 6pm on Thursdays at Max Turyk gymnasium in the Airport subdivision.



THE FREE PRESS Thursday, October 24, 2013

Starting Friday, October 25 to Thursday, October 31

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

Captain Phillips

Rated: 14A 7:00 & 9:00 pm

Rated: PG 6:45 & 9:10 pm


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3:00 pm Matinees on Sat & Sun $6.50 per person

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Around the Valley

Around the Valley is a free listing to any local service. Please send an email to or drop off a brief description of your event at The Free Press office.


• 6:30am to 1:00pm – Public Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 7:00 to 10:00am – Early Bird Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 8:30 to 9:15am – Active Fit at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 8:30 to 9:30am – Gentle Fit at the Sparwood Pool • 8:45 to 10:15am – Adult Shinny at the Fernie Memorial Arena • 10:00 to 11:00am – Aqua Fit at the Sparwood Pool • 12:00 to 1:00pm – Skate & Shoot at the Sparwood Arena • 1:00pm- Dominoes Fernie Seniors Drop In Centre • 1:00 to 3:00pm- Sonrise Healing Rooms Open for Prayers 1361 Eighth Ave. Fernie • 3:30 to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 6:00pm – Bridge Fernie Seniors Drop In Centre • 6:30 to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 7:00pm- Mahjong Fernie Seniors Drop in Centre • 8:00 to 9:00pm – 14+ Swim at the Sparwood Pool


• 6:30am to 1:00pm – Public Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 8:45 to 10:15am – Adult Shinny at the Fernie Memorial Arena • 9:00 to 9:45am – Aqua Blast at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 9:30 to 10:15am – Co-ed Aquafit at the Elkford Pool • 10:00 to 11:00am – Kindergym in the Holy Family Centre, Fernie • 10:00am to 1:30pm- Crafts Fernie Seniors Drop In Centre • 10:00am to 5:00pm- Elkford Library Open • 10:00am to 8:00pm- Sparwood Library Open • 10:30 to 11:15am – Gentle Fit at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 10:30 to 11:15am – Free Public Skating at the Fernie Memorial Arena • 10:30am to 12:00pm - Toonie Swim at the Elkford Pool • 11:00am to 6:00pm- Fernie Library Open to Public • 11:15am to 12:00pm- Storytime at the Fernie Library for ages 3-5 years • 12:00 to 1:00pm – Skate & Shoot at the Sparwood Arena • Afternoon – Seniors Curling League Play, Fernie • 1:30 to 2:30pm – Parent & Tot Skating in the Sparwood Arena • 3:30 to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 6:30pm- Ladies Archery, Fernie

Elks Hall • 6:30 to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 7:00 to 8:00pm – Public Skating in the Sparwood Arena • 7:30pm – Cribbage Fernie Seniors Drop In Centre • 8:00 to 9:00pm – 14+ Swim at the Sparwood Pool


• 6:30am to 1:00pm – Public Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 7:00 to 10:00am – Early Bird Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 8:30 to 9:15am – Active Fit at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 8:30 to 9:30am – Gentle Fit at the Sparwood Pool • 8:45 to 10:15am – Adult Shinny at the Fernie Memorial Arena • 9:30 to 10:15am – Co-ed Aquafit at the Elkford Pool • 10:00 to 11:00am – Kindergym in the Holy Family Centre, Fernie • 10:00 to 11:00am – Aqua Fit at the Sparwood Pool • 10:00am to 5:00pm- Sparwood Library Open • 10:00am to 5:00pm- Elkford Library Open • 10:30 to 11:15am – Free Public Skating at the Fernie Memorial Arena • 10:30am to 12:00pm - Toonie Swim at the Elkford Pool • 11:00am to 6:00pm- Fernie Library Open to Public • 11:15am to 12:00pm- Toddlertime at the Fernie Library for ages 2 & under • 12:00pm- Fernie Rotary Meeting Park Place Lodge • 12:00 to 1:00pm – Skate & Shoot at the Sparwood Arena • 1:00pm- Cribbage Fernie Seniors Drop In Centre • 1:15 to 2:30 pm – Skate & Shoot at the Fernie Memorial Arena • 3:30 to 4:45 pm – Lego Club & Board Games at the Fernie Library, ages 6-10 years • 3:30 to 5:00pm – After School Rec Hockey in the Sparwood Arena • 3:30 to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 6:30 to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 7:00pm – Dancing in the Fernie Legion Hall (free lessons available) • 7:00 to 9:00pm- Sonrise Healing Rooms Open for Prayers 1361 Eighth Ave. Fernie • 7:00 to 9:00pm – Adult (19+) Badminton, Fernie Community Centre • 7:30pm- Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting, Christ Church Anglican, 591 4th Ave. Fernie • 8:00 to 9:00pm – 14+ Swim at the

Sparwood Pool


• 6:30am to 1:00pm – Public Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 8:45 to 10:15am – Adult Shinny at the Fernie Memorial Arena • 9:00 to 9:45am – Aqua Blast at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 9:30-11:30am - MOMs Group at the Fernie Library • 10:00am to 8:00pm- Sparwood Library Open • 10:30 to 11:15am – Gentle Fit at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 10:30 to 11:15am – Free Public Skating at the Fernie Memorial Arena • 10:30am to 12:00pm - Toonie Swim at the Elkford Pool • 11:00am to 6:00pm- Elkford Library Open • 11:00am to 8:00pm- Fernie Library Open to Public • 12:00 to 1:00pm – Skate & Shoot at the Sparwood Arena • 3:30 to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 6:00pm- Youth Archery, Fernie Elks Hall • 6:00 to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Elkford Pool • 6:30 to 9:00pm – Public Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 7:00 to 8:00pm – Public Skating in the Sparwood Arena • 9:30 to 11:00pm – Adult Rec Hockey in the Sparwood Arena


• 6:30am to 1:00pm – Public Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 7:00 to 10:00am – Early Bird Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 8:30 to 9:15am – Aqua Blast at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 8:30 to 9:30am – Gentle Fit at the Sparwood Pool • 9:00 to 11:00am- Adult Badminton Fernie Community Centre • 9:30 to 10:15am – Co-ed Aquafit at the Elkford Pool • 10:00 to 11:00am – Kindergym in the Holy Family Centre, Fernie • 10:00 to 11:00am – Aqua Fit at the Sparwood Pool • 10:00am to 5:00pm- Sparwood Library Open • 10:30 to 11:15am – Gentle Fit at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 10:30am to 12:00pm - Toonie Swim at the Elkford Pool • 11:00am to 6:00pm Fernie Library Open to Public • 11:00am to 6:00pm- Elkford Library Open • 11:15am to 12:00pm- Storytime at the Fernie Library for ages 3-5 years • 12:00 to 1:00pm – Skate & Shoot

at the Sparwood Arena • Afternoon – Seniors Curling League Play, Fernie • 1:15 to 3:15pm – Public Swim at the Elkford Pool • 3:30 to 4:45pm – Word Play at the Fernie Library, ages 11-13 years • 3:30 to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 4:00 to 5:30pm – Free Public Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 6:00 to 8:00pm – $3.00 Swim at the Elkford Pool • 6:30 to 9:00pm – Public Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 7:00 to 8:15pm – Public Skating at the Fernie Memorial Arena • 7:30pm- Jitney Darts Fernie Legion • 7:30pm – Cribbage Fernie Seniors Drop In Centre • 8:00 to 9:00pm – Teen Swim (Grades 7-12) at the Elkford Pool


• 10:00am to 5:00pm- Sparwood Library Open • Noon to 5:00pm- Elkford Library Open • 1:00 to 5:00pm- Fernie Library Open to Public • 2:00 to 3:45pm – Public Skating at the Fernie Memorial Arena • 2:00 to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 2:00 to 5:30pm – Public Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 2:30 to 4:30pm – Public Swim at the Elkford Pool • 4:00 to 6:00pm- Meat Draw & 50/50 Fernie Legion • 5:30 to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Elkford Pool • 6:30 to 9:00pm – Public Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 6:45 to 8:15pm – Public Skating at the Fernie Memorial Arena


• 12:00 to 2:00pm – Public Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 1:00 to 5:00pm- Fernie Library Open to Public • 1:00 to 5:00pm – Public Swim at the Elkford Pool • 2:00 to 5:30pm – Public Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 2:00 to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 2:15 to 4:00pm – Public Skating at the Fernie Memorial Arena • 3:00 to 4:45pm – Public Skating in the Sparwood Arena (most Sundays) • 7:30pm- Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting, Christ Church Anglican, 591 4th Ave. Fernie






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Community Job Fair, Fernie Community Centre, 2-5pm Columbia Basin Trust, Think Elk Valley Open House, Sparwood Council Chambers, 4-5:30pm Fernie Community & Business Excellence Awards Gala, Clubhouse FG&CC, 5:30pm Columbia Basin Trust, Think Elk Valley Open House, Elkford Community Conference Centre, 7-8:30pm Seniors’ Computers, Sparwood Seniors’ Centre, Fridays 10am-12pm (Oct. 25-Nov. 29) Seniors’ Computers, Elkford Public Library, Fridays 1-3pm (Oct. 25Nov. 29) Fun with Clay, Fernie Arts Station, 6-7pm Kid’s Halloween Pool Party, Elkford Pool, 6-8pm East Kootenay Community Credit Union Free Swim, Sparwood Pool, 2-5:30pm Mixed Media Workshop at the Fernie Arts Station, 9am-4pm English as a Second Language (Conversation Café), Sparwood Public Library, 10am-12pm Elkford Council Meeting, 6pm Sparwood Committee of the Whole Meeting, 7pm Fernie Council Meeting, 7pm Dance Party (Ages 8-12) 6-7pm, Swamp Swim (All ages) 7-8pm, Fernie Aquatic Centre Fernie Curling Club Orientation Night for Beginners, 7pm Jazz – Turboprop at the Fernie Arts Station, 8pm Seniors’ Computers, Trinity Lodge, Fernie, Fridays 10am-12pm (Oct. 31-Dec. 5) Halloween Howler, Fernie Heritage Library, 3:30pm

THE FREE PRESS Thursday, October 24, 2013




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

City of Fernie Contact Info: City Hall

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

Public notice is hereby given that Council is gathering the views of residents that may be affected by the application for a permanent change to the Liquor Primary Licence of the Kodiak Lounge to extend their hours of liquor sales. The applicant has applied to the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch (LCLB) for a permanent change to their existing Liquor Primary Licence. The application, if approved, will allow liquor service to 12:00am under the amended Licence. As part of the application process for a change to a Liquor Primary Licence the local government must gather the views of residents that may be affected by the proposed change. Council will consider written submissions with respect to the change at the regular meeting to be held on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 7:00pm in the Council Chambers, in City Hall, 501-3rd Avenue, Fernie BC.

Proposals will be received in a sealed envelope, clearly marked with the name and address of the proponent and the name of the Project: "City of Fernie Event Infrastructure" and be addressed to Mr. T L Holt, Director of Finance, no later than 2:00 pm (MST), October 30, 2013 (the "Closing Deadline"), at the following address: The City of Fernie 501-3rd Avenue P.O. Box 190 Fernie, B.C. V0B 1M0

Persons who feel they may be affected by the Kodiak Lounge’s application to change their Liquor Primary Licence to extend their hours of liquor sales are invited to submit written comments to Michelle Martineau, Director of Corporate Administration Services no later than 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 12, 2013.

For more information, please visit the City of Fernie website at

Fernie Aquatic Centre

250 Pine Avenue Phone: 250-423-4466

• •

Fernie Memorial Arena 991-6th Avenue (Highway 3)

For all Police, Ambulance or Fire related emergencies: Call 911

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, Director of Corporate Administration Services, PO Box 190, Fernie BC V0B 1M0; or By EMAIL: E-mail submissions should be sent to cityhall@fernie. ca

For more information, please visit the City of Fernie website at

Fernie Aquatic Centre

SCARy SWAMP SWIM & DANCE PARTy Wednesday October 30, 2013

Dance Party 6-7pm (Ages 8-12) Swamp Swim 7-8pm (All Ages) Join us for an evening of spooky fun!

With games, goodies, music and more, we will make your night one to remember

Regular Admission Rates Apply 250 Pine Avenue 250.423.4466


Adult Shinny

Skate &  Shoot

Youth Shinny

8:45 am  –  10:15  am 10:30  am  –  11:15  am 8:45  am  –  10:15  am

Tuesday Free Wednesday

8:45 am  –  10:15  am

1:15 pm  –  2:30  pm

10:30 am  –  11:15  am 8:45  am  –  10:15  am

Thursday Free No School  Fridays Friday

Noon –  12:45  pm

10:45 am  –  11:45  am

7:00 pm  –  8:15  pm 2:00  pm  –  3:45  pm

Saturday 6:45 pm  –  8:15  pm *Please  note  public  ska;ng  will  be  cancelled  during  home  Ghostrider’s  Hockey  Games*

The City of Fernie is now accepting applications for grant funding for the 2014 budget year. Any community groups or organizations that are interested in requesting grant funding from the City for the upcoming year and can demonstrate financial need are encouraged to submit an application. Application forms and guidelines for obtaining grant funding are available for pick-up at City Hall at 501–3rd Avenue and can also be found on our website at Completed applications can be faxed, mailed, emailed or dropped off at City Hall. The deadline for submission of completed application forms is Wednesday, October 31, 2013. Phone: (250) 423-6817 Fax: (250) 423-3034 Email:

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITy Gain Experience. Get Involved. Become a Volunteer!

Winter Public  Program  Schedule Public  Ska4ng


Terry Holt, Director of Financial and Computer Services

Fernie Memorial  Arena

Days of  the  Week

City of Fernie Event Infrastructure

The City of Fernie is requesting proposals from companies with proven experience and expertise in the business of providing special event equipment and services for special events. It is the intent of this Request for Proposals that the Proponent in working with the City, shall provide core pieces of festival/event infrastructure to improve the professional look and city branding of events.

The Kodiak Lounge - 892 – 6th Avenue

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Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, gain valuable experience, have fun, and get involved in your community. The City of Fernie currently has a vacancy on the Design Review Panel for one member to serve a one year term as a representative of the community-at-large. All who are interested are encouraged to apply. Experience in the building/architectural industry with knowledge of local history is considered an asset. The Committee is responsible for reviewing development applications within the context of the Official Community Plan, Building Design Guidelines for all permit areas within the City. Visit the website at under “City Hall/ Civic Boards and Committees” for more information. Written applications 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, Director of Planning, PO Box 190, Fernie BC, V0B 1M0; or • BY EMAIL: email submission should be sent to cityhall@ The deadline to apply is 4:00PM on MONDAy, November 4, 2013. Thank you for your interest in serving the civic needs of your City.



THE FREE PRESS Thursday, October 24, 2013

d is tr i c t o f spa rwo o d Box 520, 136 Spruce Avenue, Sparwood, BC V0B 2G0 Phone: 250.425.6271 | Fax: 250.425.7277 Email:

Upcoming Meetings of Council Monday, October 28 Monday, November 4 Monday, November 18 Monday, November 25

(in Council Chambers)

Committee of the Whole Meeting at 7:00 pm Regular Meeting at 7:00 pm Regular Meeting at 7:00 pm Committee of the Whole Meeting at 7:00 pm

Department of Community & Facilities Services

POSITION: Permanent Full Time - Recreation Maintenance Operator DATE OF POSTING: October 17, 2013 NATURE OF POSITION: Performs a variety of general and specific labour type tasks requiring agility and physical effort related to the operation and maintenance the Sparwood Leisure Centre including the maintaining of the arena physical plant, leisure pool filtration systems, parks and other recreation facilities. The successful candidate will be responsible for janitorial services, facility maintenance including carpentry and plumbing work. Other duties include installing and maintaining ice surfaces, general work on HVAC and DHW supply systems, horticultural work, servicing and maintaining sports fields, walking trails and related recreation areas and equipment. The successful candidate will be responsible for shoveling and removing snow; cutting grass; inspecting facilities and equipment; prepares required reports and performs other duties as assigned. REQUIRED SKILLS AND ABILITIES: • Be physically fit and able to perform labor-intensive work. • Ability to complete janitorial duties related to the care and maintenance of district facilities including toilets, change rooms, floors, walls, windows, etc. • Ability to complete moderately skilled carpentry work including construction & finishing, cabinetry, drywall install & repair, tile work, painting etc. • Ability to complete moderately skilled plumbing work including copper pipe install & soldering, pvc pipe install, repair& gluing, toilet, sink, faucet, flush valve, mixing valve install and repair, etc. • Ability to operate and maintain small equipment including ice resurfacer, edger, tractors, trucks etc. • Ability to make evaluated and initiate repairs to parks and playground equipment • Ability to operate power tools including a chain saw, mowers, and snow blower • Ability to do basic maintenance work on vehicles, including the changing of tires, checking oil, transmission fluid, coolant, wiper fluid, and brake fluid. REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND EDUCATION • Valid Class 5 Drivers License • Grade 12 Certificate or equivalent • 5th Class Power Engineer or Ice Facility Operator Certification OTHER CERTIFICATIONS & QUALIFICATIONS Preference may be give to applicants with the following certifications and experience. • Pool Operators Level I & II • Arena Ice Makers Certificate • Building Service Worker Certificate • First Aid Certification • Parks and Sports Fields Certification • Electrical & Mechanical Training JOB SPECIFICATIONS Complete job descriptions are available at the District of Sparwood Municipal Hall. Written applications, with an attached resume and coving letter, will be received by the undersigned until 3:00 p.m. Tuesday November 12, 2013. Applicants will be required to demonstrate the required skills and abilities listed above. Wages, benefits and conditions of employment are governed by the current collective agreement with CUPE Local 2698. Duane Lawrence Director of Facilities and Community Services District of Sparwood, P.O. Box 669, Sparwood, B.C., Canada, V0B 2G0, Phone (250) 425-0552 Email: Copy: CAO, C.U.P.E., Payroll


District of Sparwood “Sparwood Traffic, Parking and Highways Regulation Bylaw No. 472, 1987, Amendment Bylaw 1106, 2012” prohibits on-street parking from six o’clock a.m. to four o’clock p.m. October 1 to March 31 inclusive. Residents should note that: • Parking on the street during snow plowing, snow removal, snow hauling, or sanding operations is prohibited; • It is an offence to push, place or throw or allow to be pushed, placed or thrown any snow or ice upon a highway or lane; • That no advance warning is required under the bylaw and the Motor Vehicle Act and offending vehicles will be towed. Please make appropriate arrangements for parking your vehicles. The Bylaw Enforcement Department would like to thank all Sparwood residents for a productive and successful on-street parking period last winter and we look forward to working with you again this year.


Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be held on Monday, November 4, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers, 136 Spruce Avenue, Sparwood, BC, to consider a proposed amendment to the District of Sparwood “Zoning Bylaw No. 264 1981”. Applicant: District of Sparwood Property affected: Residential Properties within the RR-1, RR-1a, RR-1b, R-1, R-1a, RR-MH, R-MH, R-2 and S-RR zones. In general terms, Bylaw 1132 cited as "Zoning Bylaw No. 264, 1981 Amendment Bylaw 1132, 2013” will primarily address the side yard setback requirements in most single-family residential zones. However, additional housekeeping changes have been added to this Bylaw amendment proposal that affect other areas within Zoning Bylaw No. 264. These include clarifying some of the language surrounding density, secondary suites, and building height. All persons who believe that their interest is affected by the proposed bylaws shall be afforded a reasonable opportunity to be heard in person, by a representative, or by written submission on the matters contained within Bylaws 1132 at the Public Hearing. Written submissions may be sent to the District of Sparwood, Box 520, Sparwood, BC V0B 2G0. Electronic submissions by email should be sent to Please note that due to potential email issues, all submissions sent by email should be confirmed by phone at the number listed below. These submissions must be received by no later than 4:00 p.m. on November 4, 2013 in order to ensure their availability to Council at the Public Hearing. All submissions must include your name and street address and are considered public information, pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Following the close of the Public Hearing, no further submissions or comments from the public or interested persons can be accepted by members of Council. The above Bylaws and related staff reports and background information may be inspected at the Municipal Office, 136 Spruce Avenue, Sparwood, B.C., from October 18, 2013 – November 4, 2013 during regular office hours of 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. local time, Monday to Friday. Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Planning Department at 136 Spruce Avenue or (250) 425-6271. Nelson Wight Manager of Planning Dated October 18, 2013

Halloween Health and Safety Tips

For many people, Halloween is a fun time to dress up in costumes, go trick-or-treating, attend parties, and eat yummy treats. This is also an opportunity to provide nutritious snacks, get physical activity, and focus on safety. Below are tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for trick-or-treaters and party guests. Going trick-or-treating? before bedtime to prevent possible skin and • eye irritation. • Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories • Look both ways before crossing the street. Use should be short, soft, and flexible. established crosswalks wherever possible. • Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or • Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not with a trusted adult. wearing decorative contact lenses. • Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help • Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on drivers see you. the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe. • Examine all treats for choking hazards and • Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls. • treats you eat. • Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating • Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you homemade treats made by strangers. see and others see you. Always WALK and don't • Enter homes only if you're with a trusted adult. • run from house to house. • Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure • Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it to wear flame-resistant costumes.

Be Bear Smart!

It is that time of year again! Bears are bulking up for hibernation and eating as much food as possible. Bears have a very keen sense of smell and garbage or other food sources can easily attract bears to your property. • Keep garbage in a secured shed or garage until pick up day. Never leave fish or meat remains outside or in your compost. Instead, put them in your freezer or a cold place until garbage day; • Cooking oil, grease, dairy products or fruit should never be left outside or put in your compost; • Try using lime to cut odour from your compost; • If you have fruit trees, pick the fruit as it ripens and clean up windfalls immediately. Remove any unwanted fruit trees; and remember that • A fed bear is a dead bear – by ensuring that there are no attractants in our community the bears do not become habituated to human food sources.

Introduction to Driveway By Keith Morgan Driveway Editor


hat does your vehicle say about you and what do you look for in a new car? Whether it's lux style, heavy-duty performance, safety or savings, we're bringing you the best insight and offers each week in our new Driveway feature. Our local auto businesses are essential contributors to our economy and supporters of the Elk Valley. In addition to custom stories, Driveway showcases what's hot on the local lots plus parts and service offers. I'm pleased to introduce our new Driveway Editor, Keith Morgan, who welcomes your input at - Andrea Horton Free Press Publisher Today, we are excited to introduce Driveway – our new weekly automotive feature, designed to inform and entertain with brightly written stories from our Made in B.C. team. Zack Spencer, co-host of Canada’s highestrated auto show Driving Television and voice of a nationally syndicated radio show, will tell you

what is hot and not among the new models. Women play a decision-making role in more than 80 per cent of car purchases; Alexandra Straub will help them make the right decision. In Near New, technical wizard Bob McHugh will pick out the best in ‘previously loved’ cars. Ian Harwood will join us soon with his column Just Trucks. Yours truly will bring you the latest news from all of the international launches and auto shows and make sure Driveway speaks to all of our readers, not just car nuts. Blair Qualey, President and CEO of the BC New Car Dealers Association, shares our enthusiasm: “The launch of Driveway is good news for readers as well as the B.C. auto industry, which is a $10 billion business that employs 34,000 direct and indirect jobs in the new car industry in this province.” “Car buyers throughout the province will now get the sort of auto news and information previously enjoyed only by residents of the larger metro areas. The breadth of the coverage will benefit new car dealerships of all brands by exposing a large new readership to their products. A knowledgeable buyer is good for all brands.”

THE FREE PRESS Thursday, October 24, 2013

Thank you The Sparwood Coal Miner Days Society would like to say thank you to the following for their support of the Hypnotist event held on October 19: East Kootenay Security Services JR Matthew - Hypnotist Sparwood Chamber of Commerce Sparwood Esso Teck The Free Press And of course the fantastic handful of volunteers that helped to make everything possible!

Tips for East Kootenay Outdoor Enthusiasts By Trish Burley Conservation Officer


nder the Wildlife Act of British Columbia, all hunting and

shooting in British Columbia is prohibited within 100 meters of a church, school yard, play ground, residence, or farm or ranch building occupied by persons or domestic animals.

The only exception to this is the owner or occupier or person with permission from the owner or occupier may discharge a firearm in the aforementioned area.

District of Elkford 816 Michel Road P.O. Box 340 Elkford, B.C. V0B 1H0 P.250.865.4000 • F.250.865.4001 • •

Turn On Bleeder Valves As per District Bylaw No. 428, residents must turn ON the bleeder valve in their residences from October 1, 2013 to May 1, 2014. Please ensure that your valves are in working condition before you turn them on. It is the resident’s responsibility to ensure that their water systems do not freeze. Any thawing of lines will be at the homeowner’s expense

Get Active this Fall Teen Swim (Grades 7 to 12) Fridays from 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM $2.00 Kid’s Halloween Pool Party Friday October 25th 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Regular Admission

Upcoming Council and Committee Meetings •October 28 •November 12

Regular Council @ 6 pm Regular Council @ 6 pm

These meetings will be held in the Council Chambers at 816 Michel Road and are open to the public.

New Hours: Elkford Transfer Station The Elkford Transfer Station, operated by the RDEK, is located in the Elkford Industrial Park and is open 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM Tuesdays to Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Closed Sundays, Mondays, and all Statutory Holidays. The Following Items are Accepted at the Elkford Transfer Station: • household waste • homeowner renovation and demolition • household yard and garden waste • clean wood waste • scrap furniture • tires (not larger than 25") • auto batteries • scrap metal • white goods (major appliances) • commercial (ONLY in pick up truck

sized loads or smaller) • institutional (ONLY in pick up truck sized loads or smaller) • industrial (ONLY in pick up truck sized loads or smaller) • commercial demolition (ONLY in pick up truck sized loads or smaller)

We’re on the prowl for adventurous spirits: • Custodian, Temporary (Part-time) • Lifeguard 1 – Casual For more information:



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901 5th Ave Fernie 1-877-426-0079

TURN UP LIFE, not the volume.


ike sight, smell and touch, the ability to hear is an essential part of daily life. Hearing loss can affect communication and quality of life, but technology is making significant headway to alleviate impaired hearing. That’s where Dynamic Hearing Solutions comes into the picture.

“Hearing aid technology is constantly improving and the success rate is much better than five years ago. Even the lower levels of technology are performing much better, so it’s important to stay on top of new developments,”he said.

Founded in Cranbrook five and a half years ago, Dynamic Hearing Solutions made its way onto the stage in Fernie in 2009. Having identified a demand for hearing related services in the area, audiologist and owner Brad Meulenbeld set up shop in the Rocky Mountain Health Centre and now offers hearing services for patients aged from 4 to 104. Hearing evaluations and hearing aid assessments form the core of the practice, but patients can also drop in for programming adjustments, on-site repairs and education seminars.

While the majority of patients who walk through the doors are over 65 years old, Meulenbeld also sees a number of younger people including school aged children with hearing impairments or middle ear infections. He is also the only credited audiologist in Fernie who is certified to deal with veterans and Worksafe claims relating to noise exposure from the military or work. And as the only independent audiology clinic in town, Dynamic Hearing Solutions has access to the latest equipment from over 20 manufacturers across the globe.

While the process of hearing loss can be quite confronting for patients at first, Meulenbeld says there are a number of steps in place to make the transition to hearing aids as smooth as possible. Beginning with a hearing evaluation, patients undergo audiometric testing to determine their precise hearing levels. The results are then analysed to see if listening devices are required, and those who are opt to go ahead receive round the clock care to ensure hearing aids are tailored to suit their needs.

“As the only audiology-based clinic in the area, we offer more services than other hearing clinics. We can use a wider range of hearing aid products, treat a broader base of clients, and ultimately provide the best care for our patients,” Meulenbeld said.

Meulenbeld admits that treatment can be a significant investment from the outset, but with no ongoing costs for adjustments or follow up treatments, he says the value speaks for itself. “Getting hearing aids is a process, but there’s no charge for ongoing services whether you come in once a year or 5 times a year,” he said. “It’s not until people make their first purchase that they see the value of that.” The good news for patients is that hearing aids are now much smaller and more responsive as technology moves forward with rapid pace. In fact, Meulenbeld attends regular courses to keep up with the access to the latest technology and ensure his skills are up to scratch. He also belongs to three audiology associations and remains in close contact with manufacturers to tap into the latest software and diagnostic services.

HEAR MORE OF WHAT YOU WANT, less of what you don’t

With over 15 years under his belt as an audiologist, Meulenbeld is passionate about the science of hearing loss and how it affects people in their daily lives. He is also committed to providing long term care including coaching and educational services so patients can rest assured they are receiving the best care. And ultimately, he’s dedicated to improving his clients’ quality of life. Dynamic Hearing Solutions has offices in Fernie, Cranbrook and Nelson. Learn more about what they do by visiting

Call 1-877-426-0079 today to start hearing like you want to.

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Fernie’s Famous Haunted House

Halloween Safety

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Haunted house doors open

H Keep your little monsters safe and sound


hosts, witches, and superheroes of all kinds are getting ready to invade the streets in your neighbourhood. For a safe, enjoyable Halloween celebration that is filled with laughter and fun, here are a few magical tips to follow.

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• C h o o s e costumes that aren’t too long and that are made of pale coloured, fire-retardant fabrics with reflecting bands. Don’t forget to put reflecting ribbons on bicycles, skate boards, and accessories such as brooms and swords. Makeup is safer than a mask. Keep a flashlight handy when walking the streets. Ensure that your children know where the

Neighbourhood Watch houses are in your area and plan their route with them if you won’t be accompanying them. Tell them it isn’t a race, that they should walk on the sidewalks and not on the road, and that they should only cross the street at intersections and crosswalks. Ensure that they only visit houses where the porch light is on and that they accept their treats from outside the door. Remind them not to step into strangers’ houses or get into cars. Make sure they understand that you will be checking all the treats they collect before they can eat any and that you will be throwing away any with opened wrappers.

Halloween Hooowler October 31 3:30 - 5 pm Free Halloween party At the Fernie Library Puppets Guess the Goo Freeze dance Photo booth Hotdogs and snacks

alloween is more than just a fun holiday for one Fernie man. Archie Shade has been scaring adults and kids for over 30 years with his “Halloween house.” Every year, Archie spends a month setting up his garage on Ninth Avenue with skeletons, spiders, ghosts and goblins to give people a fright on Halloween night. Every year, he buys more ornaments and displays and now has motorized pulleys and lighting that control snakes that jump out, spiders that dangle down and a skeleton that pops out from a coffin. “It’s great fun,” said Archie. “It all started with Christmas decorations, which I used to make myself, but then I gave that up and started doing Halloween stuff instead. “It’s more fun and it’s interactive. You can look at Christmas lights, and they are pretty, but you can actually come inside here and there’s way more to see on Halloween.” Archie doesn’t know how much it has cost him over the years

collecting all the items but said it is worth it. “It’s great to make people smile,“ he said. “It’s not just kids, although on Halloween night I sometimes get up to 300 kids coming through. Senior citizens love it too.” He said if younger children might find the displays a bit too scary they can come earlier in the night and he will turn off the motorized displays. “I hope everyone enjoys it,” he said. “I have spent more than $200 on candy so I’m expecting a good turnout!”

Happy Halloween to all the ghouls and goblins out there.

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WE SCARE HUNGER at Fernie Secondary

By Shacarra Orr Submitted


id you know that from 2008 to 2012 there was a 31% increase in the use of Food Banks? Did you know that due to this increase – 14% of food banks ran out of food in 2012? On Halloween the Fernie Secondary Social Justice group will be going around your neighbourhoods collecting nonperishable food donations for the Salvation Army food bank instead of candy. This event is called WE SCARE HUNGER and is affiliated with Free the Children. Our overall goal is to collect 1000 food items, beating last year’s total of 800 donations. Collection boxes will also be left for donations during the week before Halloween at the following locations: Fernie Secondary School City Hall – City of Fernie Overwaitea Fernie Physiotherapy We look forward to seeing you this Halloween to help us SCARE HUNGER.


October 24 – October 31- Fernie’s haunted house by Archie Shade, open every evening until Halloween. There is no charge to go through. 822 9th Ave, Fernie. October 26- Halloween Party with DJ Jody at The Fernie.

October 29- Kids Halloween Dance Party at The Arts Station, 6:00 – 7:30 pm. Entrance by donation October 30- Scary swamp swim and dance party at the Fernie Aquatic Centre. Dance party 6:00 – 7:00 pm (ages 8-12), Swamp swim 7:00 – 8:00 pm (all ages). Regular admission rates apply.

October 31- Halloween Howler at the Fernie Library for kids ages 6-10, 3:30 – 5:00 pm. Come as you dare.

October 31- FSS We Scare Hunger at Fernie Secondary School, 5:00 – 10:00 pm – Donate your non perishable food items to FSS students for the local food bank.

October 31- Monster Mash at The Livery Restaurant, 8:00 pm – 1:00 am. Costumes are mandatory, and there are prizes to be won. Tickets are $60, purchase them at The Livery in advance. October 31- Halloween Fright Night with Cona & PJ, hosted by The Central. Best costume wins a free seasons pass to Fernie Alpine Resort.

October 31- Super Natural Halloween Ball, hosted by The Royal. Enter before 10:30 pm and you could win a $500 bar tab! Free entry. October 31- Halloween Howler with DJ Marty Funkenhauser hosted by The Pub. Best costume wins a free seasons pass to Fernie Alpine Resort.


October 31- Halloween Story Time at the Sparwood Public Library, 1:30 – 2:30 pm. Ages toddler – 5 are welcome to join the Sparwood Library as they read a Halloween story.


October 25- District Halloween Party at the Elkford Pool, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. There will be games, crafts and more! Regular admission.

Fernie Aquatic Centre

Scary Swamp Swim & Dance Party Wednesday October 30, 2013 Dance Party 6-7 pm (Ages 8-12) Swamp Swim 7-8 pm (All ages) Join us for a fun evening of spooky fun! With games, goodies, music and more, we will make your night one to remember! Regular Admission Rates Apply.



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he band is blazing a path through contemporary jazz with smart new ideas and a burning intensity that shouts to be heard. - The From October 23 to November 4, Turboprop will be going on tour across Canada in advance of recording their debut album. The tour includes stops in Edmonton, Saskatoon, Fernie, Vancouver, Vernon and Courtenay. Turboprop is Tara Davidson on alto/soprano saxes, Joel Frahm on tenor sax, William Carn on trombone, Adrena Farrugia on piano, Dan Loomis on bass and Ernesto Cervini, charismatic bandleader, on drums. Drummer Ernesto Cervini has quickly become in demand as a sideman and also as a bandleader in North America because of his unique and deep musicality. Ernesto released his debut CD as a leader, “Here”, in 2006 to critical acclaim: “‘Here’ is a wonderful debut that showcases Cervini's monster chops and compositional abilities," Budd Kopman, All About Jazz. In 2009, his sophomore release, “Little Black Bird”, featuring Joel Frahm on saxophones was released on Orange Grove Records, and is being distributed by ANZIC Records (both based in New York City.) "Drummer Ernesto Cervini plays with such conviction and fire that

it's easy to give him your ears and time," says Glen Hall from Exclaim Magazine. Ernesto's diversity as a musician (he is also an excellent pianist and clarinetist) has allowed him to travel throughout the world, performing in some of the world's greatest concert halls and jazz clubs. Ernesto has been featured as a leader and sideman at the legendary Birdland, Sweet Rhythm, The Jazz Standard, The 55 Bar, The Montreal Bistro, The Top Of the Senator, The Rex Jazz and Blues Club and has also been fortunate enough to perform in concert halls such as Massey Hall, The Glen Gould Theatre, The St. Lawrence Center for the Arts and the Sugita Theatre in Yokohama, Japan. Ernesto received his Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto, and a Masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Ernesto is continuing to push musical boundaries with his innovative compositions, as well as his imaginative and explosive drumming. He will be a constant in the global jazz scene for decades to come, through his love for musical performance and education. Visit to read more. For more information on this event, or other Arts Station events please contact Courtney Baker at 250-423-4842 or info@

Howl-o-ween 2013 Saturday, October 26th, 2013 2-6 pm at Barkside 791-A 2nd ave. Fundraiser for Fernie Pet Society off leash dog park.

Incredible prizes for Most Creative, Best Costume, Best Theme, Owner/ Dog Lookalike and Cat. Big thank you to our sponsors: Petcurean, Barkside, RC pet products, Happy Hounds, Le Grande Fromage, Happy Cow, Giver Shirtworks, Blue Toque Diner, The Free Press, Big Bang Bagels, Kyle Hamilton Photography, and Rebecca Vaughan.

* This is an on leash event *


he twenty-third Christmas In the Country market and sale will be held next Saturday, November 2 at the Jaffray Community Centre. Sponsored by the vendors of the Jaffray-Baynes Lake Farmers’ Market, it will be held all day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Among this year’s selections will be Christmas wreaths, centerpieces, ceramics, artworks, handmade sweaters, Christmas ornaments, baking, handmade jewelry, knitted items, dried flowers, pottery, toys, painted saws, chocolate, candles, woodcrafts, B.C. fruit

and much, much more. There is always something new and unique offered at the market. Over 36 tables of the best ever selection of crafts and gifts for the Christmas season will offered by vendors from Cranbrook, Kimberley, Fernie, Sparwood, Creston, and western Alberta as well as Jaffray, Baynes Lake, and the South Country. The concession will again be offering great soups, sandwiches and other goodies during the day. The Christmas Market is a great outing for all members of the family as well as a great beginning for this year’s Christmas shopping.

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he Fernie Heritage Library announced a new literary reading series today: Booked! The Fernie Writers’ Series will bring some of Canada’s bestloved authors to our mountain town. Emma Dressler, the library director, is excited about the new series, describing it as, “An amazing opportunity for the whole community. It is not every day you get the opportunity to spend time with authors such as Fallis, Lawrence, Taylor and Bowen. I can’t wait.” Terry Fallis, CBC Canada Reads 2011 champion, is kicking

off the series on November 1 at the Fernie Heritage Library. Fallis is coming to town hot on the heals of his new book Up and Down. He will no doubt have Canada Reads winner Best Laid Plans in tow. Best Laid Plans has spawned a CBC television series of the same name, so be sure to bring some pointed questions about that process for the ever-witty author. Lined up to complete the series are Grant Lawrence, Timothy Taylor and Gail Bowen. Lawrence is coming December 12, touring with his newly released The Lonely End of the Rink, chronicling his turbulent and often darkly hilarious

relationship with the game of hockey. Taylor and Bowen complete the series in February and April respectively with exact dates to be announced by the library. Support for the series came in part from Teck who have a long tradition of support for the arts. Dressler hopes that this is just the first year of something that will become part of Fernie’s cultural fabric. “I believe that Fernie is poised to become a spot on Canada’s literary landscape,” Dressler said with enthusiasm. “Booked! will help attract authors from across the country to Fernie.”

Want more business for your business? TOURISM FERNIE SALES & SERVICE TRAINING with Twitchy presenting the 1-800 Mastery and How To Wow seminars created for Whistler prior to the Vancouver Olympics. THURSDAY 5TH OR FRIDAY 6TH DECEMBER 2013 SCHEDULE (Both Days): 9am-11am: Resort Sales  1-800 MAS-TERY is a one-of-a-kind reality based inside sales/call center leadership training program. Created and presented by Stuart Ellis-Myers to well over 5,000 people. This program celebrates and showcases the real life ‘Howto-wow’ selling insights and actions as shared by Whistler’s top 1-800 reservation inside sales/call center performers. Select this program to refresh, refuel and refocus your inside sales/call center sales team. Appropriate for all front line staff, but geared towards sales staff & reservation agents. 

2pm-4pm: Triple Trip Advisor – How to Over-Wow every Fernie Visitor! Resort Service Mastery is now a one-of-a-kind based program that video-captures, celebrates and showcases the real life ‘How-to-Wow’ Service Mastery’ insights and actions that Whistler’s top performing front line housekeepers, front desk clerks, waiters, bartenders and ski mountain staff use every day to ‘WOW’ their guests. Discover the immediately transferable team strengths, communication and guest experience skills of today’s top performing Whistler Resort hospitality employees. Geared towards ALL staff who come into contact with visitors, clients & guests- from maintenance crews to servers to sales agents and every other employee in your company!

LOCATION: Best Western PLUS Fernie Mountain Lodge

COST: $50 per day per attendee, Tourism Fernie Members • Daily rate applies regardless of whether attendees attend one session or both sessions  (AM and/or PM.) • Please specify which day when booking - December 5th OR December 6th. $75 per attendee, Non-members • Daily rate applies regardless of whether attendees attend one session or both sessions  (AM and/or PM.) • Please specify which day when booking - December 5th OR December 6th. Early booking group discounts for companies sending more than 5 employees – please call for more info.

VIDEO LINKS FOR MORE INFO: On Tourism Fernie's Youtube page: watch?v=xM0HqFnrKek& 1-800 Mastery: How To Wow: SPACE IS LIMITED! BOOK NOW  for more information please contact the Tourism Fernie Office: 250 423 2037

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Tourism & Hospitality Workplace Training • FREE; funded through the Canada-British Columbia LMA for the purpose of training a skilled workforce in British Columbia

• 4 Days in length • Receive a Certificate of Completion • Upon completion, participants are eligible for $250 (issued via cheque)

Who should apply?

• If you are employed (f/t or p/t) in the tourism/hospitality sector • If you are unemployed and not on employment insurance (EI)

What will this program will provide?

Participants of this 4 day professional development course will gain enhanced skills for “real life” on the job tasks; Foster innovation, motivation and increase job satisfaction; Develop transferable skills; Provide opportunities for advancement with employer and within industry.

When is it?

Fernie: November 4- 7, 2013

Funding provided through the Canada - British Columbia Labour Market Agreement To enroll contact: Rachel Loganberg, Coordinator Toll Free: 1•877•489•2687 ext: 3359


alloween is coming. As a parent, Halloween has taken on an entirely different form than it had just a few short years ago. Pre-kids, my friends and I manipulated Halloween into the one day of the year you can wear as little clothes as decently possible, while still clinging to your status as a ‘good girl’. Once you chose your costume it wasn’t your fault if that person, or creature, was scantily clad…you just had to emulate it. Shelby Cain Blame it on Lil’ Kim, Hula girls, most female characters from comic books, or all those sexy kittens roaming the streets out there. Hallo-what was I thinking? As a parent of two little girls, those costumes are my worst nightmare. Luckily, my kids are still in the stage of wearing round, bulbous costumes that make them look like a walking stuffed animal. Perfect. With these new puffy costumes, you don’t even have to cram them into their snowsuit with the costume over top, like our parents did to us. Remember that? Sweat streaming out the eyeholes of your plastic Smurfette mask, blurring the 40 per cent of your vision you did still have. The thin plastic dress stretched so tight around your huge jacket it started to shred after the third house. Ahhh…the good old days. So gone is the era of getting ready for three hours and heading to the bar, replaced by three hours of complete mayhem, and then making your own bar. It starts at about 4:30 when we try to combat the huge sugar rush they are about to experience with a layer of something healthy. They eat two bites, Hallo-why do we bother? Then, as soon as the light dwindles we stuff them into their minimascot suits and out we go. I’ve bought the candy, (three times, because I ate it all twice), and we leave it in a bowl on the porch. I know this is a rarely effective method of distributing the treats evenly to all trick-ortreaters, but we don’t want to miss anything. They start strong, end weak, and it’s all over but the crying. Now I know where that saying comes from. Once everyone comes down from the high, we do my favorite part. Sit on the kitchen floor and sort everything into piles. And here’s the big bonus of now being the parent. You get to ‘check’ stuff to make sure it’s ok. At this point I’ve already gained five pounds from the twelve bags of chocolate bars I consumed the week leading up to this night…so what’s one more binge. Hallowhen will I stop? So go get your Halloween on, no matter what era you’re in.

The Parent Trip

Fernie Koffee Klan turns 50


group of Fernie women celebrate 50 years of meeting for coffee.

Pictured from left to right: Barb Hamilton, Joyce Letcher, Nola Sedrovic, Irene Letcher, Audrey Buliziuk, Frances Clark, Betty Varosi and Sue Wright. Missing from photo is Mary Arnesan and three of the ladies from out of town who couldn’t make it in for the 50th anniversary party: Sonia Thrun, Theresa Oliver and Camille Hyrchuk. Submitted photo

fernie SubStAtion upgrAde project Site Activity commencement The Fernie Substation is reaching capacity and in order to meet future demand and provide reliable power for generations an upgrade and expansion is needed. BC Hydro would like to advise the public about site activity in the immediate area around the Fernie Substation. Geotechnical, environmental and archaeological testing and assessments are expected to begin in late October and completed by the end of November 2013. The preliminary site testing will involve testing equipment and contractors will manage the work in order to minimize the impact on the environment and the community.

Free English as a Second Language Tutor Training

BC Hydro will complete the work safely and as efficiently as possible. This important improvement project is necessary to meet current demand and future growth in Fernie. Upgrading the substation with new equipment will allow BC Hydro to continue to provide clean reliable power to Fernie business and residential customers now and in the future. Opportunities to learn more about the project will be provided and advertised. If you have any questions, or would like more information about the Fernie Substation Upgrade Project, please contact Sue Foster, Program Manager at 604 699 9095 or Sally Masters, Community Relations at 250 489 6841.

If you are interested in training as a volunteer English as a Second Language tutor, please register for our free course! 4054


When: Saturday, November 9th, 10am-5pm Where: Sparwood Public Library Cost: FREE! For more information or to register, contact: Meghan Morton Community Literacy Coordinator 250-946-6474 CBAL is grateful to our funders including: Ministry of Advanced Education and Decoda Literacy Solutions

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n a sport with many ups and downs, local wakesurfer Caroline Villeneuve literally fell just short of becoming a world champion last month. The thirty-year-old Elko resident rode her way to second place at the World Wake Surfing Championships at Lake Las Vegas in the Women’s Pro Skim division. As always, the two one-minute passes made by competitors held many surprises. “My first pass was pretty good but I fell on a big trick at the end of the pass,” Villeneuve explained. “On my second pass, I fell on something I never fall on, my signature trick. It threw me off, so I just did two out of three of the big tricks I had planned after that.” One of those tricks was one she had never before landed in competition, so although her passes weren’t perfect, Villeneuve was “very stoked” to end her longest competitive season ever by completing the ‘front-side shove it’. Her main competitor from California also had two nail-biting passes, falling three times Elko wakesurfer Caroline Villeneuve rode her way to second place at the on her first, which meant that with even one World Wake Surfing Championships at Lake Las Vegas in the Women’s Pro more fall on her second pass, she would have Skim division. Submitted photo been done. However, she managed to avoid another fall and remained in the competition which requires surfers to perform tricks on waves made by a boat, without being attached by a rope. “We knew it was going to Elk Valley Superleague be tight with the judges, and we had to wait hours for the eek one of Elk Valley results,” the local wakesurfer Superleague saw Kal described. “When they Tire jump out to an early announced it, I was a little lead over Rocky Mountain Driver disappointed, but at the same Training defeating them 10 to 4. Elk time being second in the world Valley Bighorn Outfitters stealing a is pretty good.” as of October 21, 2013 W L PTS win over A & B Liquor Store by a 7 to It was Villeneuve’s third trip Alpine Lumber 1 0 2 6 score that came down to last rock. to the World Wake Surfing Alpine Lumber with a five ender Championships, and her bestCoal Valley 1 0 2 in the fourth gave them a lead that ever showing, netting her an EV Bighorn Outfitters 1 0 2 Sparwood Esso could not overcome $8,000 cash prize. With nine Kal Tire 1 0 2 winning that game 10 to 6. Coal events this season held all Valley Motor Products over Falkin’s over North America, the local A&B Liquor Store 0 1 0 Insurance 9 to 7 in a tight match up. athlete’s winnings will just Falkins Insurance 0 1 0 Elk Valley Superleage action takes cover the rather steep expenses Rocky Mtn Dr Trng 0 1 0 place Monday nights at the Sparwood of her six-month training and Curling Club. Sparwood Esso 0 1 0 competitive season. With an accident causing a

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Abi Moore

Fernie resident Abi Moore is now a two time winner of the Sinister 7 women’s solo category. She won the race for the second time in a row this year with a time of 19 hours, two minutes and 33 seconds. Nicely done, Abi!

groin injury only six days before the World Wake Surfing Championships, Villeneuve lost some precious training time and had to rally both physically and mentally just to compete. “I was super nervous about riding,” she elaborated. “Two days before the competition, I tried to ride but after five minutes I had to stop because it was too painful.” The wakesurfers invited to attend the World Championships still have to qualify once they arrive by placing in the top five after performing two passes the day before the big event. Villeneuve successfully strategized to take it as easy as possible on the qualifier runs while still doing enough tricks to advance. “Once I got through that, the day of the championships was a different kind of stress,” she explained. “I wasn’t caring about my injury - I could deal with it later. Now the stress was about doing the best I could.” Villeneuve also volunteers as a judge for other divisions of the sport, and when planning her passes, tries to see them from the eye of a judge. Nonetheless, even with a good plan, a wakesurfer never knows what will happen. “There’s quite a lot of strategy behind it. You can’t have the exact same routine every time because it’s always a different wave, and you can’t plan where you’ll fall,” she said. “You need a plan, but once you fall, you have to decide do you repeat that trick or do something else. It takes a lot of experience just to deal with different waves every time.” Villeneuve, who also runs the H20 School for wake surfing on Lake Koocanusa, is already looking ahead to her next season. “This year was the first time I felt I had the chance to become world champion,” she concluded. “Maybe next year my strategy will be to be more relaxed, don’t rush. You know you can do it, so you just keep working towards those perfect runs.” Although it wasn’t the world championship, recently Villeneuve was elated to win an online wakesurfing video contest. Her top-prize video can be seen at ufOQ3MHBSfY Another local wakesurfer, Emily Agate, also competed at the World Wake Surfing Championships last month, winning the Outlaw Surf division, which is between the Amateur and Pro divisions.

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CAR vs WILDLIFE Everybody Loses

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Sinister 7 raises the bar with 100 miles By Tamara Hynd Free Press Staff

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86% of 2.5 ft collisions

High risk times of day: 6 - 8 am and 5 - 8 pm 6 wildlife vehicle collisions occur every day on east and west Kootenay highways in the fall For driving tips go to Sponsored by ICBC and the Wildlife Collision Prevention Program

Thank you! Eric and Christine Kwok from the Ginger Beef Restaurant would like to thank all of their customers for the 24 years of continual support.

There will be an indoor garage sale on

Saturday, Oct. 26th from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

inside the Ginger Beef Restaurant

Fernie resident Abi Moore has won the Sinister 7 women’s solo category in both 2012 and 2013. Her time this year was 19 hours, two minutes and 33 seconds. Submitted photo

outhern Alberta's epic mountain running event, the Sinister 7 Ultra, has something more in store for competitors in 2014. The race directors hinted at the awards ceremony of the 2013 event that they would be making a big announcement regarding the race. “We’re making the Sinister 7 a 100miler,” says course designer Andrew Fairhurst. At 148 km (92 miles), the race was already close to the 100-mile mark and adding the extra distance is prompted by ongoing requests from endurance runners. “We listened to our competitors. We had been brainstorming on doing something bigger with the race for over a year, and this was it”, adds Fairhurst. 100-mile races are held by many in the running community as a pinnacle - the grand achievement in trail running. Fernie resident Abi Moore has won the women’s solo category in 2012 and 2013. In 2013 her time was 19 hours, two minutes and 33 seconds. The change brings the total elevation gain of the race to 5,687 metres making it one of the highest climbs in any ultra marathon in Canada. The previous cutoff time of 27 hours has been adjusted

to 30 hours to give racers extra time to complete the gruelling course. "Finishing in 30 hours on this course is going to be tough,” states race director Brian Gallant, "but that's part of the challenge." For those who are not up to the full 100 miles, organizers also have options for teams of two to seven members, each competing one of the seven stages of the course. The race takes runners on several different loops through the backcountry around Crowsnest Pass, each featuring a different peak or highlight of the area. The update comes as the Sinister 7 Ultra enters its seventh season. The race attracts 1,400 registrants each year, including several hundred soloists who run the full distance on their own. The organizers have welcomed runners from across Canada, the U.S.A., Europe, and as far away as Australia. Many are drawn by the reputation of the race but most simply come for the unique challenge and the stunning scenery around the Crowsnest Pass. The 2014 Sinister 7 Ultra will be held on July 5-6, 2014. For further information, please contact Andrew Fairhurst at 403-563-0382 / Please visit for an overview of the course and full details on the race.

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hree competitive skaters from the Fernie Skate Club (FSC) attended the Sask Skate Open and Invitational competition in Regina, Saskatchewan. “This was a great way to start the season and see where the girls are after their summer training,” said Krisztina Koltai FSC president. The competition ran in three Olympic size rinks for four days with skaters from all over Canada on October 5 and 6. The girls kept their energy and focus and skated well despite the fact that some of them had late night events. They returned home tired, but very happy with their performance. Abby-Anne Hughes finished in third place in Juvenile U14 Ladies with a strong, wellestablished program. Jodi Stemberger skated a great long program and ended up third in Pre-Novice Ladies, while Anna Koltai finished eleventh overall in Pre-Novice Ladies with two


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he Fernie Ghostriders experienced their most difficult weekend of the season last Friday and Saturday, losing two games in a row to the Creston Valley Thunder Cats. The away game on Friday, October 18 was this season’s worst result so far for the Ghostriders, as Creston used their home ground advantage to win the match, 8 goals to 2. The following night’s game at Fernie Memorial Arena was hard fought by the home team, but at the final siren it was again Creston who emerged victorious. While the 6-4 result was much more favourable than the outcome on the road, Ghostriders captain Ben

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Primeau believed that the home game could have ended differently. “Last night [in Creston] was unacceptable,” said Primeau, speaking after Saturday’s game. “I think there’s just a few things we need to change a little bit. We bounced back pretty well tonight; we put in a good effort, but we could’ve been better.” Although Saturday’s match began with a sluggish first period that saw Creston score two goals in quick succession, the second period looked much more promising for the home team. A goal by Kurtis Bond (assisted by Primeau) jump-started the Ghostriders, and though Creston managed to slip another one into the net, Aidan Geiger (assisted by Spencer Bender and Cole Keebler) promptly answered the call to deliver a second goal seconds later. Keebler (assisted by Primeau and Josh Teves) scored an equalizer towards the end of the second period, with a roar from the crowd to encourage the Ghostriders for the final segment of the game. Both teams worked especially hard throughout the third period, but Creston came out swinging and had scored two more goals by the time Dylan Robertson (assisted by Joel Burgess) managed a short-handed goal for the Ghostriders. The final goal of the night went to Creston with only minutes left in the game, sealing the result in favour of the Thunder Cats. Fernie’s Head Coach and General Manager, Dale Hladun, and Assistant Coach, James Ouimet, were eager to leave the weekend’s results behind them and focus on future games. Primeau was also remaining positive about the team’s prospects in their upcoming matches against Columbia Valley and Golden next weekend. “It’s been an off week… you learn from losses,” said Primeau. “But we have a good group of guys and we’re gelling well together. We’ve just got some work to do.” The next Ghostriders home game will be against the Golden Rockets at 7:30 pm on Saturday, October 26. This will be their last match wearing pink jerseys in support of breast cancer, and fans are invited to participate in the silent auction to raise funds for Friends for Friends. See for more details and current bid amounts.


Senior’s Lifestyle Community Keeps Winter at Bay

Life in winter can be daunting for seniors. The cold temperatures can make the simplest of tasks much more difficult. Chores like shoveling the drive-way or picking up groceries can turn into momentous tasks. Ice and snow represent real physical dangers that can not only cause a nasty fall but also get in the way of activities outside the house. There is always the worry of a broken or failing heating system that can result in all manner of bills and troubles, adding more unnecessary stress. Combine these stresses and it may lower quality of life, causing family members endless worry. Fortunately retirement housing at Rocky Mountain Village can provide plenty of peace of mind for both the residents and the family members, with apartments designed to take the worry out of winter. Not only are the studio, one and two-bedroom suites appointed for comfort and independence but also include many key features to help with each resident’s individual wants and needs. Independent heat and air-conditioning controls allow them to set the apartments temperature to whatever will be most comfortable for them. Full kitchens and large wheelchair accessible bathrooms can help residents maintain their independence while weekly housekeeping services and 24-hour assistance is available for complete peace of mind. Since the Village boasts many leisure opportunities, residents don’t have to worry about braving the harsh winter weather in search of relaxation and fun. Just outside of their front door they will find many amenities such as a games room, library, and spa, as well as many lounge areas which are certain to be filled with friendly

faces and familiar smiles. There are also special recreational and social activities such as live entertainment, exercise programs and excursions to local attractions, which are all covered in the affordable monthly rent. Also included in the rent are the delicious meals which are prepared by the onsite chef in the warm central dining room where residents can enjoy meal next to a cozy fireplace where friends and family are always welcome to join. Rocky Mountain Village also understands just how much pets are a part of the family. Residents are encouraged to share their apartments with their companions in the totally pet friendly building. With all of these wonderful features the Village relieves worries not only for residents but also for family members. “I had the best winter last year because I live three hours away and didn’t have to worry about my mom being alone.” said Linda Frew, whose mother is a resident at the Golden Life location in Kimberley. “I have total peace of mind knowing there is staff on site 24 hours a day, that she has company for dinner every night, and she is being well cared for. But most of all I have peace of mind knowing she is very happy.” No longer should seniors have to worry about shoveling the walkway or what they’ll do should a maintenance emergency befall them. Cold weather is no reason that seniors shouldn’t be free to enjoy the many activities, freedoms, and quality of life. Rocky Mountain Village provides just that and much, much more. Open daily; call Rocky Mountain Village at (250) 423-4214 for more information or to book a tour.


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Tembec passes the baton to Teck Continued from page 1

“We’re very excited that Teck has made a significant investment to purchase and work towards conserving this important wildlife and fish habitat,” said John Bergenske, Wildsight's executive director. In 2010, the B.C. government and Canadian government signed an agreement with the state of Montana and the United States government to protect the Flathead, which is adjacent to the WatertonGlacier International Peace

Park, a designated World Heritage Site. In November 2011, the B.C. government passed the Flathead Watershed Conservation Act, which bans mining, oil and gas activity in the Flathead. Teck said it is invested in maintaining the East Kootenay's environmental values. “Our employees live and work in the Kootenays and they want to ensure its vibrant economy and natural splendour is maintained for future generations,” said Milligan.

“We strongly believe that by working in partnership it is possible to have both world-class mining and a world-class environment.” In coming months, Teck will discuss how the properties should be managed with First Nations and other Elk Valley stakeholders. This is the second sale of East Kootenay lands that Tembec has announced in the past month. On September 30, it revealed the $4.2 million sale of 1,875 hectares west of St. Mary Lake to Nanaimo-based

company Jemi Holdings Ltd. Tembec hopes to sell off 64,500 hectares of land in the East Kootenay, with the goal of making $75 million by the end of 2014. The remaining properties are in the St. Mary Valley, near Canal Flats, and south of Cranbrook. Tembec has had a presence in the East Kootenay since 1999 when it purchased the Elko and Canal Flats sawmills from Crestbrook Forest Industries. In November 2011, Tembec sold those mills to Canfor.

This March, Tembec sold its Skookumchuck pulp mill to Vancouver-based Paper Excellence Canada. The site of Cranbrook's shuttered planer mill still belongs to Tembec. The mill was shut down in 2010 and destroyed in a fire last year. A sawmill on the same site was closed in 1999. Tembec also announced this week that its Cranbrook-based vice president of the Forest Products Group, Dennis Rounsville, is retiring this year. Rounsville began his career with Crestbrook

and worked for Tembec in Cranbrook until it sold its East Kootenay mills, then relocating to the company's headquarters in Quebec. “Dennis Rounsville has been a valuable member of our executive leadership team, and a significant contributor to Tembec and the forest products industry through his long career, and we wish him a fruitful and happy retirement,” said Tembec's President and CEO James Lopez.

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ROSE HUCHULAK: The family of Rose Huchulak (nee Rusnak) wishes to announce the passing of their beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother on Thursday, October 10 in Nanaimo, B.C. She is predeceased by her mother Doris Rusnak (nee Brucinowsky) and father George Rusnak; her husband, Nick Huchulak; her brothers, Steve, Jack, Alex, Tommy, and sisters, Lena and Annie; and her son, Eugene Huchulak. She is survived by: her son Delmor Huchulak, her daughters Geri Elchuk, Genevieve Huchulak and Colleen Dunn; her grandchildren Mark, Kevin, Jody (Jackson); Zane, Zackery, Avery, Nik (Dunn) and Peter (Dunn); her great grandchildren Samantha, Courtney, Megan, Nicole, MacKenzie, Spencer, Tanner, Rayelle, and Jardin Huchulak. Rose Huchulak (nee Rusnak) was born on July 4th, 1920 in Smoky Lake, Alberta and attended school at Ruthenia. She married Nick Huchulak on July 28, 1938 and the family lived in Andrew, Edmonton, Shandro and Warspite. Her final seventeen years were spent in Fernie, B.C.. Rose was an avid gardener, a gourmet cook and a superb seamstress. Her family was her life’s work and she worked tirelessly to provide them with all the modern comforts. She was devoted to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will live on through their fond memories and by living their lives with the same integrity and family values that she exemplified. A funeral service was conducted in Nanaimo on October 15th, 2013. A memorial service and burial at Sachava is planned for the spring of 2014.

WILCHUK: It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Wayne Vincent Wilchuk who passed away on Monday, October 14, 2013 at the age 54 years. Wayne was best known to always be in the company of his family and friends. One of his greatest passions was cooking for everyone; his big soup pot was always on and a tea towel slung over his shoulder. He was also passionate about the outdoors; hiking, taking pictures, walking the dogs and camping, but most of all Wayne enjoyed getting firewood. Many may be surprised to know Wayne was a shopaholic; anything from plaid shirts to Windex! Wayne and Elleda were not only father and daughter, they were best friends. He taught Elleda the quality of life’s simple pleasures; kindness, respect and strength. Wayne showed Anna-Marie what true love was all about; Megan and Cianna finally knew what a real family should be. Wayne was a hardworking man who was meticulous in everything he did, and in Wayne’s words, “that’s no BULLSHIT!â€? He is the most FAMOUS GRADER OPERATOR IN THE VALLEY! Wayne is survived by his daughter Elleda and Poppa George, his fiancĂŠ Anna-Marie and her children Megan and Cianna. Also left to mourn his passing is his mom Bessie, and his siblings: Marilyn (George), Elaine (Don), Diane (Gary), and Danny (Renee) as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father Martin Wilchuk, his brother Martin and his stepfather Dan Kubos. Messages of condolence may be made to the family at www. Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services Ltd.


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Fully Certified Fernie Based Contractor Needs: Carpenter: framing, concrete, roofing experience. 2 Labourers: general construction experience. We offer: travel allowance, ITA Training, opportunity to get Red Seal Certification. You will be: accountable, punctual, honest, energetic. Pay Scale: Union rates based on experience & certification. Phone 250-4230272 for appointment.

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Retail Store Manager: Dollar Tree, Cranbrook This position is responsible for overall store operation, sales, merchandise ordering, and presentation initiatives. Major Responsibilities Customer service and management of all store personnel. Hiring the most qualifies candidates to meet the store’s needs. Creative problem solving in a way that improves store service efficiency and productivity. Performing all opening and closing procedures as well as weekly scheduling. Maintaining a high standard of merchandising, placement, and store signage. If interested, please email with your resume.

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Canada Revenue Agency

L’Agence du revenu du Canada accepte actuellement des candidatures en ligne pour des postes d’analystes du soutien de la technologie de l’information.

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A-1 FURNACE & Air Duct Cleaning. Complete Furnace/Air Duct Systems cleaned & sterilized. Locally owned & operated. 1-800-5650355 (Free estimates)

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Household Services

Place of Worship

Pets & Livestock

Feed & Hay

Canadamoves. House removals, clear-outs, shipping & deliveries. Based in Fernie & working throughout the Kootenays. Please call for a free quote. 250-430-7628.

HAY FOR SALE small square $160/ton 250-428-4316

Place of Worship

Place of Worship


WELCOMES YOU Sunday Meeting 11:00 am


201 2nd Avenue, Fernie Sunday Service 10:00 am Sunday School 10:00 am Nursery Available UCW Women’s Group 1st Tues each month 7:00 pm Clergy: Jane Clarke D.L.M. 250-423-6010 YOU’RE WELCOME AT KNOX

(formerly Fernie Baptist Church)

1622 10th Avenue, Fernie 250-423-4112 Sunday Services 9:00 am & 10:45 am Contact Pastor Shawn Barden

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Cleaning Services

Fernie Office 250-423-4661 Fx 250-423-4668

The Canada Revenue Agency is currently accepting on line applications for Information Technology Support Analysts.


Home Improvements


Morning Services

Agence du revenu du Canada, Direction des services de l’infrastructure cliente Kingsgate (Colombie-Britannique)

Tree Services

STK# UT0613

CRIMINAL RECORD? Don’t let it block employment, travel, education, professional, certification, adoption property rental opportunities. For peace of mind & a free consultation call 1-800-347-2540.

Corps Officers: .. Majors James & Gwen Hagglund

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AUTOMATED TANK Manufacturing Inc. located in Kitscoty, Alberta, is looking for experienced welders. Competitive wages, profit sharing bonus plus manufacturing bonus incentive. Full insurance package 100% paid by company. Good working environment. Keep your feet on the ground in a safe welding environment through in hole manufacturing process. No scaffolding or elevated work platform. Call Cindy for an appointment or send resume to: cindy@ 780-846-2231 (Office), 780-846-2241 (Fax).

2011 F150 FX4 SUPERCREW 4X4

INCOME TAX PROBLEMS? Have you been audited, reassessed or disallowed certain claims by Canada Revenue Agency? Call Bob Allen @ 250-542-0295 35yrs. Income Tax experience, 8.5yrs. with Revenue Canada. Email: C- 250-938-1944

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YOU ARE INVITED! Mass Times: Saturdays: St. Michael’s ~ 7:00 pm Sundays: St. Michael’s ~ 11:00 am St. Bernard’s Mission, Elkford ~ 4:00 pm Thursdays: St. Michael’s ~ 6:30 pm Fridays: Lilac Terrrace ~ 11:00 am Confessions: Following each mass, or by appointment. Pastor: Father Bart Van Roijen 250-425-6444

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



Sunday Worship & Children’s Ministry ...10:30 am Wed; Fellowship & Bible Study...7 pm Friday Youth Group...7 pm Pastor Dennis Williamson Office 250-423-4114 Res. 250-423-4102

HOLY FAMILY PARISH Catholic Church 521 4th Avenue, Fernie

Parish Office 250-423-6127 Masses:

Tues. & Wed. 9:00 am Saturday 5:00 pm Sunday 9:00 am Confessions: Before 5:00 pm Mass on Saturday or by appointment Father Bart Van Roijen

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

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

Christ Church Anglican Fernie

Sunday Service

8:30 am BCP

Sunday Service & School 9:30 am BAS Wednesday Service

10:00 am

The Rev Trevor Freeman, Parish Priest

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Merchandise for Sale

Merchandise for Sale

Real Estate






Misc. for Sale

Business for Sale

Apt/Condo for Rent

Apt/Condo for Rent

Apt/Condo for Rent


Scenic Downtown Elkford

Sparwood Heights Condo for rent, 2 bdrm, 1 bath, fully furnished. Call 250-9101227 or 250-423-9144

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Food Products

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Commercial Tanning Bed For Sale

BC INSPECTED GRADED AA OR BETTER LOCALLY GROWN NATURAL BEEF Hormone Free Grass Fed/Grain Finished $100 Packages Available Quarters/Halves $2.60/lb Hanging Weight Extra Lean Hamburger $4.00/lb TARZWELL FARMS 250-428-4316 Creston

A-STEEL SHIPPING DRY STORAGE CONTAINERS Used 20’40’45’53’ in stock. SPECIAL 44’X40’ Container Shop w/steel trusses $13,800! Sets up in one day! 40’ Containers under $2500! Call Toll Free Also JD 544 & 644 wheel loaders JD 892D LC Excavator Ph 1-866-528-7108 Delivery BC and AB

Misc. for Sale STEEL BUILDING - The great super sale! 20x20 $4,070. 25x26 $4,879. 30x32 $6,695. 32x40 $8,374. 35x38 $9,540. 40x50 $12,900. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800668-5422. or visit us online at:

10-71� bi pin bulbs, 22-59� bi pin bulbs, 3 facial bulbs, 400 watt snap in. Electrical requirements, 220 volt combinations are: 220 volt dedicated circuit. 12 AWG SJT power cord, 25 AMP rated breaker. Excellent condition. 1206 total minutes on bed. Full size. Call 250425-5218. HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 newspaper? Michel-Natal Memories “TIMES TO REMEMBER� New copies 222 pages, photos & text Great gift. $40 shipped. Arlene Gaal 250-765-9960 email: STEEL BUILDINGS/metal buildings 60% off! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100 sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-4572206 or visit us online


Old fashioned clothes closet, solid wood $249; 5 piece Lionel train set (as new) 1983 Pennsylvania flyer $359; youth saddle tooled leather $299; turntables $79-$149; antique coin sorter USA $279, used lariats $10 ea; dressers $99-$979, old treadle Singer sew machine $179, 4 drawer desk $49, 4 filing cabinets, 4 drawer $49 ea; long sled Yankee clipper $159; free-standing natural gas fireplace $350; good selection Lois L’Armour pocket books $1 ea; Star Trek pocket books $2.50 ea; good selection fridges $250-$495, pine china cabinet $249; large oak china cabinet $475; 2 beer signs, 1 Olympia $125, 1 Burgermeister $225; area rug 6X9 (new) $49, 5 Gibson guitars (antique) 70’s, 2 Martin’s – 000XL and 1960-08; exercise bike (new) $225; wood & coal stove Enterprise good condition, warming oven, water reservoir $695; wood & coal heater Canadian made 30’s, 40’s $495, good selection of guitars, electric & acoustic; musical instruments, accessories, pictures 50% off, lots of antiques, DVDs, CDs. Come in and take a look.

Apt/Condo for Rent

Apartments for Rent 1 & 2 Bedroom Units Furnished & Unfurnished From


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Houses For Sale

Mobile Homes & Parks

Fernie Exchange New & Used & Pawnbrokers

Apt/Condo for Rent

STK# UT0555

FOR SALE - SPARWOOD 512 Buckthorn - $239,000 with $15,000 CASH BACK!!! Put cash back into your pocket when you purchase this 3 bedroom home. Contact Tammie Davy with Custom Real Estate & Property Management at 250-425-2968 for more information.


Heavy Duty Machinery


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STK# UT0577

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695 per month

1422 & 1462 – 6th Avenue, Fernie Located behind the Best Western

For more information call



RETIRE IN Beautiful Southern BC, Brand New Park. Affordable Housing. COPPER RIDGE. Manufactured Home Park, New Home Sales. Keremeos, BC. Spec home on site to view. Please call 250-4627055.

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ALDERWOOD PLACE Comfortable apartment units

1 Bdrm - $775 (& up)-month 2 & 3 Bdrm - $850 (& up)-month

Includes: covered parking, sauna, heat, lights & hot water


Apt/Condo for Rent




1 Bdrm - $775 (& up)- month 2 Bdrm - $850 (& up)- month

Hot Water Included

Walking Distance to Mall



Legal Notices

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2 Bdrm:$850 (& up)-month

SPARWOOD 1 condo available. 2 bdrm, $850/month Call 250-425-5432.

Call sales at 250-423-9211


CONDO for rent - Fernie, BC. Immediate possession, spotless, fully furnished 2 bedroom condo. $1300 a month includes utilities. No pets, no smoking. Phone 403-527-4664 Elkford - Furnished 2 bdrm condo, 2 full bathrooms, 3 appliances, nice view & balcony. Covered parking, quiet building, for only responsible people. No pets. Available immediately. $1000 per month + DD includes all utilities. Call 403-938-6779.


NEWLY renovated 3bdrm duplex in Sparwood DD req. avail immed. (250)425-2732


1 Bdrm:$775 (& up)-month 2010 FORD F150 SUPER CREW XLT 4X4

1 Bdrm - $775 (& up)-month

Includes heat, lights, & hot water

NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS Notice is Hereby Given that Creditors and others, having claims against the Estate of Rosina Marie Galla, also known as Rosina Galla, Rose Marie Galla and Rose Galla, deceased, formerly of 55 Cokato Road, Fernie, BC, V0B 1M0, who died on January 9, 2013, are hereby required to send the particulars thereof to the undersigned Administrator at Suite 1201 – 510 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1L8, on or before November 28, 2013 after which date the estate’s assets will be distributed, having regard only to the claims that have been received. Solus Trust Company Limited, Administrator



You are a daughter of GLADYS ERNST who died on May 29, 2013. Jennet Anna Sleighthom, has applied for a Grant of Probate because she was the Personal Representative named in the deceased’s Will. Please contact the solicitors for the estate at the following address: Davidson & Williams LLP 501 – 4th Street South Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4X2 Phone: (403) 328-1754 Attention: KRISTIN AILSBY-WOOD

SPARWOOD - 2 condos available. 2 bdrm, 2 bath, unfurnished in newer complex. Inc. fridge, stove, d/w & in-suite washer & dryer. $1150-$1250/month. Call 250425-5432.

SPARWOOD, B.C. Pine Crest Apartments Move in SPECIAL Half off/First month Under New Management Fully Renovated 1 & 2 bedrooms available 1-778-518-2253 To view: Sparwood Heights - 1 bdrm furnished condo. Main floor, paved parking with plug ins, heat, water, laundry. Non smoking. Available immediately. $800/month plus DD. 250-425-5071.

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Cottages / Cabins Fernie - cabin for rent. Available Nov. 1st. Call 250946-6699 after 6pm.

2 & 3 Bdrm- $850 (& up)- month


0025 or email:

Spacious NEW apartments

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Subsidized Seniors Housing - 1 & 2 bdrm units - Sparwood, Fernie & Jaffray. Call 250-531-

Duplex / 4 Plex

SPARWOOD - 1/2 duplex, 3 bdrm, $1000. Call 250-4255432.

Misc for Rent Furnished & unfurnished properties available for rent in Sparwood & Elkford. Call Lindsay 250-425-1180 or

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Storage SELF STORAGE: Personal & commercial. Call Finnigan’s Storage. 250423-3308 or 250-423-4207.



SPARWOOD, ELKFORD & FERNIE - Furnished & unfurnished rentals available. Contact Tammie Davy at 250-425-2968 or apply on line:


Modular Homes




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SPARWOOD - mobile homes for rent. Two: 3 bdrm, 2 bath & one: 3 bdrm, 1 bath. $850$1000. Call Rick 250-425-5432.



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Homes for Rent ELKFORD - 3 bdrm, jacuzzi & central vac. Utilities inc. No pets. No smoking.Available immediately. $1950/month. Call 250-865-2670.

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SPARWOOD, 2-storey, 3bdrm townhouse for rent w/full basement, close to school & rec centre. (250)425-4448 Sparwood, 4-bdrm, 2-1/2 bath, deck, workshop, large yard, much more, n/s, n/p, References required. Call for more info, (250)425-2732

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Wise customers read the fine print: •, *, ‡, ∞, §, € The All Out Clearout Event offers are limited time offers which apply to retail deliveries of selected new and unused models purchased from participating dealers on or after October 2, 2013. Offers subject to change and may be extended without notice. All pricing includes freight ($1,595–$1,695) and excludes licence, insurance, registration, any dealer administration fees, other dealer charges and other applicable fees and taxes. Dealer order/trade may be necessary. Dealer may sell for less. •$16,998 Purchase Price applies to 2013 Chrysler 200 LX (24H) only and includes $3,600 Consumer Cash Discount. $19,998 Purchase Price applies to 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan Canada Value Package (29E) only and includes $8,100 Consumer Cash Discount. $19,998 Purchase Price applies to the new 2013 Dodge Journey Canada Value Package (22F+CLE) only and includes $2,000 Consumer Cash Discount. *Consumer Cash Discounts are offered on select new 2013 vehicles and are deducted from the negotiated price before taxes. ‡4.19% purchase financing for up to 96 months available on the new 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan Canada Value Package/2013 Chrysler 200 LX (24H) model to qualified customers on approved credit through Royal Bank of Canada, Scotiabank and TD Auto Finance. Examples: 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan Canada Value Package/2013 Chrysler 200 LX (24H) with a Purchase Price of $19,998/$16,998 (including applicable Consumer Cash Discounts) financed at 4.19% over 96 months with $0 down payment equals 208 bi-weekly payments of $113/$96 with a cost of borrowing of $3,555/$3,021 and a total obligation of $23,553/$20,019. ∞$5,125 in Total Discounts available at participating dealers on the purchase of a new 2013 Dodge Journey SXT with Ultimate Journey Package (JCDP4928K). Discount consists of: (i) $2,000 in Consumer Cash, (ii) $2,500 in Bonus Cash that will be deducted from the negotiated price after taxes; and (iii) $625 in no-cost options that will be deducted from the negotiated price before taxes. Some conditions apply. See your dealer for complete details. §2013 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew shown. Price including applicable Consumer Cash Discount: $29,495. §2013 Chrysler 200 S shown. Price including applicable Consumer Cash Discount: $26,895. $9,250 in Cash Discounts are available on new 2013 Ram 1500/2500/3500 models (excluding Reg Cab & Chassis models) and consist of $9,250 in Consumer Cash Discounts. See your dealer for complete details. ¤Based on 2013 EnerGuide Fuel Consumption Guide ratings published by Natural Resources Canada. Transport Canada test methods used. Your actual fuel consumption will vary based on powertrain, driving habits and other factors. 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan – Hwy: 7.9 L/100 km (36 MPG) and City: 12.2 L/100 km (23 MPG). 2013 Dodge Journey SE 2.4 L 4-speed automatic – Hwy: 7.7 L/100 km (37 MPG) and City: 11.2 L/100 km (25 MPG). 2013 Chrysler 200 LX – Hwy: 6.8 L/100 km (42 MPG) and City: 9.9 L/100 km (29 MPG). ^Based on 2013 Ward’s Middle Cross Utility segmentation. ¥Based on 2013 Ward’s Upper 00 km (36 MPG) Highway. Based on 2013 Ener Middle Sedan segmentation. ≠Based on Automotive News classification and 2013 Ram 1500 3.6 L V6 4x2 and 8-speed transmission. 11.4 L/100 km (25 MPG) City and 7.8 L/100 EnerGuide fuel consumption guide ratings published by Natural Resources Canada. Government of Canada test methods used. Your actual fuel consumption will vary based on powertrain, ations LLC, used under license. ❖Real Deals. Real Time. Use yyour mobile device to build and price any model. TMThe SiriusXM logo is a registered trademark of SiriusXM Satellite Radio Inc. ®Jeep is a registered trademark of Chrysler Group LLC. driving habits and other factors. Ask your dealer for complete EnerGuide information. The Best Buy Seal is a registered trademark of Consumers Digest Communications

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Sparwood Chiropractic welcomes new addition

THE FREE PRESS Thursday, October 24, 2013

Employees meet employers here…



By Tamara Hynd Free Press Staff


parwood Chiropractic is welcoming chiropractor Dr. Ryan Hoetmer to the team that has been serving residents of the Elk Valley since 1999. The satellite clinic in Elkford has been re-opened with the addition of Hoetmer. Hoetmer recently relocated back to Canada after living and working in New Zealand. During his time in New Zealand, he worked at a large multidisciplinary sports clinic as well as a smaller rural community clinic. In addition to working at the clinics Hoetmer also served as the team chiropractor for the local representative ice hockey team as well as the New Zealand national ice hockey team “Ice Blacks”. His time in the USA and NZ has also given him the chance to work with local recreational/ representative rugby, soccer, netball, and baseball players as well helping to keep swimmers, runners, triathletes, and cyclists doing what they love. To help correct the alignment of the spine Hoetmer uses manual adjustments as well as the activator and drop table. Over the last few years he has also completed extra certification in kinesiotaping, Active Release Technique (ART) and craniosacral therapy.

1-855-678-7833 Dr. Ryan Hoetmer is the latest addition to the Sparwood Chiropractic team.  Submitted photo

When Hoetmer is not busy working, he can be found hiking, running, rock climbing, fishing, golfing, skiing and exploring everything that his new home in the Elk Valley has to offer. Hoetmer enjoys treating everyone from newborns to grandmothers, professional athletes to weekend warriors and everyone in between. He looks forward to work everyday with the goal of helping each person to live a healthier, happier, and more productive life. Dr. Eden MacGregor is the owner of Sparwood Chiropractic and has been practicing in Sparwood since 2002. Dr. Amanda Wyss joined Sparwood Chiropractic as an

associate in 2008. With over 20 years in practice Dr. Wyss has experience in many different chiropractic techniques and enjoys treating all that come her way. MacGregor, Wyss and Hoetmer firmly believe in providing the best possible care for their patients. “When you visit our clinic, you can expect a thorough consultation and examination before we proceed to chiropractic care,” said McGregor. Sparwood Chiropractic is open Monday thru Friday from 8:30-6 pm. Hoetmer is working at the Elkford Aquatic Centre every Tuesday and Thursday. For more information, go to and facebook. ◾

FAMILY LAW Rella & Paolini, Lawyers, is proud to present a full service family law practice now offered by Donald Kawano, QC. Mr. Kawano has over 30 years of legal experience in family law. The services now offered by Mr. Kawano include:

• Cohabitation Agreements • Family Law Litigation • Separation Agreements

If you or someone you know requires legal representation on a family law matter we invite you to contact Donald Kawano QC at: Second Floor, 6 - 10th Avenue South Cranbrook, BC V1C 2M8 Telephone: 250-426-8981 Toll free: 1-866-426-8981 Email:

Teck donates to sports field

City Council representatives Randal Macnair, Mayor Mary Guiliano, and Williard Ripley accept a $100,000 donation from Teck representative Nic Milligan for the new Max Turyk Sports Field. Photo by A. Horton By Andrea Horton Free Press Staff


n October 15, Nic Milligan, manager of community and Aboriginal affairs for Teck, presented the City of Fernie with a cheque for $100,000 to help fund the Max Turyk sports field. “On behalf of Teck, we are delighted to contribute to the soccer fields,” said Milligan. “Facilities like this really do create sustainable

communities.” The sports field, located adjacent to the Max Turyk Community Centre, is currently under contruction. When completed the project will provide 20,000 square metres of multipurpose sports field. Funding for this project has been provided by the City of Fernie, the Province of British Columbia Community, Sport Culture Development, Teck and the Fernie Youth Soccer Association. The project is expected to be completed as early as June 2014.

• Divorces • Collaborative Family Law • Mediation



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Take a Look area a Area A Town Hall Meeting Monday, October 28, 2013 Fernie Family Centre

7:30 pm - Volunteer of the Year Celebration for our Area A Volunteer of the Year Judith Johannssen. 7:50 pm - Town Hall Meeting with presentations on the proposed Home Based Business Regulation, EK Energy Diet, West Fernie Servicing Update and more.

For more info, contact the RDEK at 888-478-7335


THE FREE PRESS Thursday, October 24, 2013

Elk Valley Water Quality Plan Consultation Open Houses Teck is working with communities, First Nations and governments to create an Elk Valley Water Quality Plan that will maintain the health of the watershed and support continued, sustainable mining in the Elk Valley. We Want to Hear From You The objective of the Elk Valley Water Quality Plan is to stabilize and reverse the increasing trend of selenium and other substances related to mining activity in the watershed. The process to develop the plan will include three formal public consultation periods, with the first period taking place from October 28 to November 29. Further public consultation periods will take place in 2014. We are asking for your feedback on the framework we are using to develop the Elk Valley Water Quality Plan. Your input during this public consultation period is an important part of the development of the Plan. More information and an online feedback form are available at

Consultation Open Houses: You are invited to learn more, provide your input and ask questions at a public open house in your community: Elkford Community Conference Centre 750 Fording Drive November 12, 2013 4:30-8:30 p.m. Sparwood Senior Citizen’s Drop-In Centre 101 4th Avenue November 13, 2013 4:30-8:30 p.m. Fernie Senior Citizen’s Drop-In Centre 562 3rd Avenue November 14, 2013 4:30-8:30 p.m. A presentation will begin at 7 p.m. for each open house, followed by a question and answer session.

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October 24, 2013 edition of the The Free Press