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Liam McLean and the Fernie Secondary School band didn’t miss a beat during their Christmas concert on December 17, 2013. The band and choir performed a variety of pieces in front of over 120 audience members before leading a session of popular Christmas carols. Music teacher David Pasivirta thanked the community for their support of the music program and announced plans for the students to tour in spring to participate in festivals around British Columbia and Alberta. Photo by S. Moulton

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Council approves deer harvest in Elkford By Tamara Hynd Free Press Staff


he District of Elkford will be harvesting up to 50 deer this January under a provincial licence to euthanize deer in town limits. The licence to kill 50 mule deer was issued in October. Three separate deer counts showed there are 78 to 140 deer in Elkford. The last count in September showed deer numbers in Elkford town

limits had lowered so the District is expecting to harvest 30 animals. The meat will be prepared for local food banks. B.C. regulations dictate that no dogs (as is allowed in Alberta), no guns and no archery are allowed with the cull. A clover trap will be used to trap the deer and a captive bolt gun will euthanize each animal. The cull is expected to commence in January 2014 once the contractor is secured.

The deer harvest is motivated by public safety. Reports of aggressive deer attacking people and injuring dogs are the first concern. As the herd becomes unnaturally large there is a greater chance of a tick borne disease. The Committee held a public open house on November 26 to explain the planned deer harvest in January but only six to eight residents attended. “The deer seem to have an issue with people with attachments,”

said Bernie Van Tighem, District staff representative on the Urban Wildlife Management Council Advisory Committee. “Deer have gone after people with strollers and dogs on leashes.” One deer went into a back yard killing a nine-month old puppy and there have been instances where vehicles have been driven between a human and a deer for safety's sake.

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Ghostriders thank Iddon Area A home based business regulations for years of service do not proceed By Tamara Hynd Free Press Staff


The Fernie Ghostriders recognized the service of former club president Phil Iddon in a presentation at their game on Saturday, December 28. Iddon served as president for 12 seasons before passing the title on to Barb Anderson in 2013. Iddon now serves as the vice-president (Eddie Mountain Division) of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League. Pictured left to right are Anderson and Iddon with Aaron Neufeld, Ben Primeau, Dylan Roberton and Joel Burgess. Photo by S. Moulton

Leadership in Sustainability Congratulations to the team at our Elkview Operations for earning a Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) Leadership Award from the Mining Association of Canada, in recognition of their leadership in responsible mining. At Teck, our people are focused on making the right choices for the environment, for communities and for future generations. For more information about our commitment to sustainability, visit

fter several months of consulting with the Elk Valley municipalities and rural residents, the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Board decided not to proceed with any changes to the regulation of home based businesses in Electoral Area A. In the unincorporated areas of the Elk Valley, home based businesses are presently permitted in all residential and rural residential zones as an accessory use to a single family dwelling, and the existing regulations will remain unchanged. During the RDEK board meeting in December, Area A Director Mike Sosnowski made a motion not to adopt the major and minor bylaws and the board agreed. “During the public consultation process, really good points were made by municipalities and residents,” said Sosnowski. He heard loud and clear from constituents that “they are in support of business in their electoral area and there has to be public consultation.”

“The most resounding thing that impacted my decision was the mink farm (north of Sparwood). That showed me how zoning with little regulation can have a negative impact on a neighbour.” “With new bylaws in electoral areas, we don't have the same regulations (as municipalities). There are no business licenses to know if a new business would be compatible (in a neighbourhood).” He commented that the City of Fernie had voiced concerns that the different taxation between home based businesses in the RDEK and municipal businesses would create a different playing field. “I'm going to ask the provincial government to give the business licensing tools to regulate business.” “I haven’t changed my mind that regional residents should be able to continue garnering income.” The old home based business bylaws still stand. People can still apply for a more enhanced home based business through the development variance permit or apply for a partial commercial zoning for a portion of their property.

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AMA report reveals Grave Prairie violations

Family Literacy Day Writing Contest Family literacy is all the ways families seek learning together, it is all the ways that families learn and grow. This includes reading books, doing puzzles, singing songs, making up rhymes, baking and writing stories and letters.

B.C. Conservation Officer Service Access Guardian Report for October and November 2013 By Tamara Hynd Free Press Staff


c c e s s Management Area's (AMA) can have seasonal restrictions when road access is closed to all motorized vehicles. To monitor these areas the Access Management Compliance and Enforcement program is funded six months of the year by the Regional District East Kootenay (RDEK) and Columbia Basin Trust (CBT). Access Guardians', like Conservation Officer (CO) Patricia Burley, primary goals are to provide outreach and enforcement in the AMA’s. Burley's quarterly report for Oct. and Nov. 2013 revealed numerous users are violating road closures specifically in the Grave Prairie AMA between Sparwood and Elkford. Grave Prairie is a grassland area good for elk habitat and is open to motorized vehicles from May 15 to Sep. 30. Visitors to the area from Oct. 1 to May 14 can expect to pay a $230 fine if they are using a motorized vehicle. M o t o r i z e d vehicles include motorcycles, ATVs and snowmobiles. The seasonally opened roads in Grave Prairie AMA close on Oct. 1.  Within five days of the roads being closed, the public made a number of complaints that trucks were driving into or out of the gas line road (parallel to Hwy 43).  Burley received a BC & NARSA HD Certified

complaint that two illegal mule deer were shot and the hunters were self-reporting their violation “which is the ethical and legal way of reporting a mistake,” she said. The mule deer were seized in Sparwood and given to the food bank. Statements were obtained and tickets were issued. When hunters make mistakes, they are to report it to the Report all Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) line immediately where a CO will follow up by investigating the situation. By the end of November, at least five elk (cows and bulls) were found by other hunters that were shot and left in the Grave Prairie/ Big Range AMA area alone.  During the six point hunting season hunters had shot elk to later find upon inspection that the elk was only a five point, so the elk was left. “These animals should never have been shot or not left in the bush to spoil,” said Burley. “Self reporting is better so the animal can go to the food bank rather than be wasted. There is a basic fine but it’s the right thing to do, rather than a hunter take two animals from the population, one that is clearly wasted by a human mistake.” On Oct. 13, CO Burley conducted a road block on the Grave Prairie road where she checked 25 hunters.  Two warning tickets were issued for incorrect species licences, one



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January 27th is Family Literacy Day. The Free Press and Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy want to hear about how you and your family learn together. Contest categories: Grades 5-7: Write a story about your favorite family trip or vacation. Tell us what you did and what you and your family learned. (150-250 words) Grades 2-4: Write a story about your family and how you learn together. Who is involved? What kinds of things do you do? What do you learn? Why do you like it? (100-200 words) Kindergarten and grade 1: Colour a picture of your family learning together and label it. The winner in each category will receive a prize as well as their writing/drawing published in The Free Press!

Entries are due January 15, 2014.

Conservation officer Patricia Burley is an access guardian.

warning ticket for an AMA violation and two firearms were seized from two youth whom did not have appropriate firearms licences. A ticket issued during the May long weekend was disputed but on Dec. 10, the fine was up held by the Fernie Court. The ticket was issued as people were clearly parked and camping with two trucks and an R.V. trailer in the Grave Prairie AMA. Poor signage is often heard as an excuse by those found with motorized vehicles in closed areas; however, the Grave Prairie AMA does have a large map at either entrance. “It is everybody's responsibility to do the research before going out into the backcountry,” said Burley. “The AMCE program's trail cameras have helped with enforcement. People realize after that they have broken a rule and we encourage them to self report.” The Outdoor

Access Guide is free and provides detailed maps of the AMA road closures for RDEK Area A, Fernie, Sparwood and Elkford. The 12 page guide can be found at Service B.C. offices in Sparwood and Fernie; tourist information centres, and at The Free Press. In Elko, Grasmere and Jaffray the guide can be found at the local gas stations where hunters can also pick up their hunting licenses. 2012 was the first year that the Elk Valley had a dedicated full time CO working as an access guardian for a commitment of five years. The RDEK work in partnership with the COS, District of Elkford, District of Sparwood, City of Fernie and CBT to provide funding and support to continue with a designated CO as the Access Guardian.  For the outdoor access guide, go to accessmaps.htm.

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A Night at the Rock Opera: “Tommy” and “∞+1” Submitted


night at the Rock Opera is coming to Fernie on Saturday Jan. 11, Kevin Armstrong has forged a career in both Canada and Europe, performing everything from traditional opera and musical theatre, to one-man-shows where he pairs his 4-octave vocal range with his skills as a guitarist. Armstrongs latest project, “A Night at the Rock Opera” is amazing on two fronts: in the first half, he performs a one-man version of the classic rock opera “Tommy” by The Who.    The second half features an original piece of conceptual rock music entitled “∞+1”.  The show will be enhanced with interactive visuals, creating a spectacular listening experience.  Tickets are $12 to $15 on a sliding scale. All shows begin at 7:30 PM.  Armstrong grew up in the richly artistic community of Nelson, British Columbia. He started music lessons by age 10 and by college, had already studied classical, jazz and rock guitar, drums and voice. After completing a master's degree

in vocal performance at McGill University in Montreal, Armstrong moved to Zürich, Switzerland, where he did an apprenticeship at the Zürich Opera house. There he had the opportunity to perform onstage next to some of the biggest names in the opera world. Armstrong’s show "Opera for Heathens" was a hit at numerous Fringe Festivals (Edmonton, 2011/ Vancouver, 2012/Toronto, 2013), playing to sold-out houses and rave reviews.    Some of his other recent credits include the worldpremiere of the opera “Khaos” with the Nelson Community Opera, the roles of Pilate and Judas in numerous productions of Jesus Christ Superstar, as well as opera performances in Frankfurt, Wiesbaden and Zürich. Armstrong also recently completed a 60-city tour of Germany, Austria and Switzerland with “Night of the Musicals”, Europe’s longestrunning touring musical show, as well as a recital tour of the B.C. interior with internationally renowned organist Robert Kwan. The Who’s “Tommy,” released in 1969, was a milestone recording,

virtually inventing the genre of rock opera. The story follows the titular character’s mystical experiences after losing all senses after a childhood trauma. He eventually becomes a messianic figure through his amazing pinball prowess, and he builds a hue cult following, only to eventually see it collapse from under him. “∞+1” is a new work created by Armstrong (music/concept/ lyrics), and Doug Normal (lyrics).   It tells the story of a man so desperate to lose himself in a dream world, he creates a computer powerful enough to upload his consciousness, with life-changing consequences.    It’s a concept-album in the style of Yes and Genesis and musically covers the spectrum from grandiose progressive rock, acoustic ballads, and jazz-influenced heavy metal. “A Night at the Rock Opera” is being presented with the support of the Columbia Basin Trust and the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance and will be great opportunity to a see a world-class talent on the local stage at The Arts Station in Fernie.  

Kevin Armstrong is performing “A Night at the Rock Opera” Saturday, Jan. 11 at The Arts Station. Submitted photo


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What the Dickens Christmas Festival all wrapped up


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he Arts Station would like to extend a huge thank you to all those that supported and enjoyed some of the great What the Dickens Christmas festival events. From advent calendars to cardmaking workshops to festive jazz and musical nativities, we had a little bit of everything this year! What the Dickens is a thank you to the community for the support that they give to The Arts Station all year round. We would not be able to achieve the high level of programming that we offer without the support and encouragement of residents and visitors to the Elk Valley. A huge thank you goes out to our generous sponsors Teck, the Stanford Resort, the City of Fernie and the Resort Municipality Initiative as they let us achieve our goal of making the season bright once again. Also, thanks to the many people who attended events and donated $780.50 to the Public Art Fund. We look

Coming to the Fernie Campus February 2014 About the program What the Dickens is an annual festival organized by The Arts Station. Submitted photo

forward to bringing new and accessible art to Fernie as a result of your kind donations. After 20 days of caroling, Shred Kelly-ing, button making, felting and performing the festival ended December 22 with the third annual Shortbread Showdown. The results are in and… 1st – Margaret Berard (for the third year in a row!)

2nd – Barbara Smeed 3rd – Sara Jane Nelson We do truly have some amazing shortbread bakers in this town! The Arts Station is already thinking of what to do for the fourth annual What the Dickens but until then have a safe and lovely holiday season. All the best in 2014!

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Winter Parking Bylaw The District is unable to deliver the best level of service when vehicles are parked on highways, roadways or lanes. The District asks you to please park your vehicle(s) in your driveway or parking lot, as empty roadways allow snow plows to do a better job and ensure room for sanding equipment to cover more space. To achieve efficiencies in snow removal and to reduce unequal windrow distribution while plowing, onstreet parking is prohibited from 6:00 AM to 4:00 PM, November 1 to March 31. Parking on the street during snow plowing, snow removal, snow hauling, or sanding is prohibited. It is an offence to push, place or throw snow or ice upon a highway, roadway or lane.

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Editorial by Andrea Horton

Tis the season for new year’s resolutions. The two most common resolutions involve financial and health goals. Losing weight, quitting smoking, exercising more, saving money and paying down debt are all common goals. Unfortunately most of us don’t make it to the end of January before falling back into old habits. Lack of accountability is a goal crusher so make your resolution known to others. Join a gym or commit to walking or jogging with a friend or partner: if losing weight is your goal think about joining weight watchers so you have someone other than yourself to be accountable to. Post your results on a social media site and let everyone know you will be updating your progress weekly. I usually don’t even bother making a resolution - why set myself up for failure? But this year I have a couple of things that I want to accomplish so I have decided that I will start on New Year’s Day and make a commitment to stick with it. One of my resolutions is to make time to exercise. With all of my work and family commitments I rarely take the time to do anything just for myself. My husband and I bought each other crosscountry skis for Christmas and I am proud to say that we have been out three times so far. My resolution for the new year is to get out at least three times a week. I have also signed up for 10 sessions with a personal trainer and although I have only made it to one session so far, this is another part of my resolution - to find the time to go to the gym for my training sessions. The key to accomplishing our goals is not only making a resolution but also coming up with an action plan. It’s easy to say that you are going to quit smoking, lose weight or find time to exercise but if you don’t sit down and really think about how you are going to work this into your schedule you are destined for failure. In turn, not only have you not succeeded in accomplishing your goal, you also feel bad about yourself for not following through. New year’s resolutions give us hope for a great new year but they can also be hard on our selfesteem if we do not follow through with them, so think hard before you resolve to make one and be sure it is attainable. And when you see me on the street, keep me accountable and ask me how my resolution is going. Happy New Year!

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Letters to the Editor Elkford deer cull To the Elkford Wildlife Committee, I am sad to see the deer cull in Elkford scheduled for this January 6. I am writing this to say I am extremely disappointed in the way it has come about, as I was a member of the wildlife committee this year.  When I joined the committee the deer cull was already planned and approved by the District office and Council.  The existence of the committee is a mere window dressing.  It purported to provide community involvement but this was not true. I am left with the belief and am extremely disappointed that the committee was one-sided, created to support decisions that were already made.  The committee, district council and offices were not open to other viewpoints, ignored other viewpoints and limited public response. I believe that once my opinion was established as being opposite to what the committee was created to prove, my opinions were unwelcome.  For example, I voiced an unwanted opinion about the deer count declining over the past

three years from 120 to 70 and the option of doing a hazing in the spring after the deer had fawned. This was successfully done in Kimberley. After that, I was not notified of meeting dates or the so-called public meeting about the cull and had a hard time getting copies of the minutes, which were not complete or at all informative of what actually transpired at the meeting. The above explains the reasons for my resignation from the committee. Some good may come for the notyet-shot wildlife in our community. There is a bylaw that may protect some of the remaining wildlife in the district.  I ask you to support this bylaw and put pressure on those expected to see it is enforced – not treated with the disrespect of the democratic procedure that has allowed killing 40 out of the remaining 70 animals in the district. There are some familiar faces I will mourn when I no longer see them in my neighbourhood on my daily walk with my dog. Sincerely, Robert MacKenzie, Elkford, Wild At Heart, wilderness capital of B.C.

Pipeline benefits Some taxpayers are not thinking of the positive sides of what pipelines can do for them financially. If the pipelines do go ahead, large royalties will be paid to the B.C. government, which is really us. B.C. taxpayers could have a few options: eliminating the provincial sales tax or medical premiums or even receiving an annual royalty cheque. In Alaska, the Alyeska pipeline has provided the average citizen an annual cheque of $1,108.45 a year for 30 years.

It’s better than buying lottery tickets. Some people ask, what’s the risk of an oil spill, which is real. But these same people get up every morning and do not know what will happen to them. Going on a vacation? What if the plane goes down? You might have a car accident. Some of us have jobs that can end in an accident. Our health can suddenly deteriorate. In summary, we all take chances every day. So why not take the benefits of the pipelines? Joe Sawchuk, Duncan, B.C.

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Letters to the Editor continued from page 6 Recovering grizzly populations are not a threat to humans Wildsight has been engaged with grizzly bear population surveys as well as efforts to assure healthy grizzly bear populations in the region for several decades. While it is true that grizzly bear numbers are recovering in this region, it is a simplistic misrepresentation to suggest that recovery is complete and that a hunt is necessary to avoid grizzly encounters with humans. These conclusions are not supported by either detailed grizzly population data or the science of humanbear conflict. Population numbers can easily give the false impression of an overabundance of bears roaming the region. While approximately 900 grizzly bears do inhabit the Purcells and Rockies between the U.S. border and Golden, these are sometimes broken into small isolated populations—particularly in the southern Purcells. Isolated populations are threatened with extinction. Fragmentation of populations remains a significant issue and there remains a dire need to create and  maintain connectivity corridors with adjoining bear populations. The suggestion that hunting is necessary to protect people from grizzlies is misinformed and counter to all research on human-bear incidents.  It has been consistently demonstrated that guns and the attempted use of lethal force lead to increased injuries of both humans and bears and are far less effective than bear spray. A recent human-bear conflict conference in Missoula, featuring leading researchers from across North America, concluded that hunting does not reduce human-bear conflict. Most encounters arise when people come in

proximity to bear food sources. Bear sightings have steadily increased in the valley since the return of kokanee to our river systems, but the vast majority of bears are neither encountered nor seen by residents, particularly if people practice bear smart management of waste and fruit trees. The incident of watching a bear consume a horse carcass is the result of poor livestock disposal and it creates a risk to anyone unaware of the feeding site. Gut piles left by hunters also lead to humanbear interactions.  Bears do their best to avoid humans, unless it becomes a choice between food and confronting people. It is everyone’s responsibility to avoid bear habituation to human food sources. Increased sightings in urban areas are often associated with the failure of berry crops, and only a bear aware community will reduce conflicts. The majority of recorded grizzly mortality is not from hunting, but hunting does unnecessarily increase mortalities.   Currently, collisions with trains and highway vehicles represent significant causes of grizzly bear mortality. Human-bear interactions arising from poor management of waste and fruit trees also contribute.    Wildsight’s vision for healthy wildlife populations calls for select wildlife sanctuary areas in the Rocky and Purcell Mountains, combined with habitat protection and corridor management. Grizzly bears remain threatened despite healthy populations in some areas of the East Kootenay. There is much work to be done to maintain connectivity. Wildsight focuses efforts on maintaining critical habitat and recovery corridors, particularly across Highway 3 in the Purcells and the Rockies. Hunting will not make people safer. There is no evidence to suggest that opening the hunt will address problem bears wandering near human habitation. We all need to become bear smart and take action on how we influence wildlife behavior.

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• 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 at 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 • 4:00 to 5:30pm – Theatre Sports Workshop, 8-14 years, The Arts Station • 6:00pm – Bridge at Fernie Seniors Drop In Centre • 6:30 to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 7:00pm – Mahjong at 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 4:30pm – After School Pottery I, ages 5-12, The Arts Station

• 3:30 to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 6:30 to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 6:30 to 8:30pm – Opt Fernie Clinic at the Elk Valley Hospital • 7:00 to 8:00pm – Public Skating in the Sparwood Arena • 7:30pm – Cribbage at 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 at 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 – Free Dance Lessons in the Fernie Legion Hall • 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 • 6:00 to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Elkford Pool • 6:30 to 9:00pm – Public Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 7:00pm – Drop-in Curling at the Fernie Curling Club • 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 • 1:00 to 3:00pm – DnD for Teens at the Fernie Library • 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 2:30pm – ‘Game On!’ board games at the Fernie Library • 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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Winter Fun Dropin program, Fernie Library, 2-4pm Gallery Opening – “Along These Lines” by Katherine Russell, The Arts Station, 7pm Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, Vogue Theatre, 6pm & 9pm Fernie Ghostriders vs. 100 Mile House Wranglers, Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm Fernie Ghostriders vs. Kimberley Dynamiters, Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm ‘Game On!’, Fernie Library, 1-2:30pm “The Disappeared” Indie Film, Vogue Theatre, 7pm Opt Fernie Clinic, Elk Valley Hospital, 6:30-8:30pm Fernie Ghostriders vs. Revelstoke Grizzlies, Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30pm Kinky Rail Jam, Fernie Alpine Resort ‘Game On!’, Fernie Library, 1-2:30pm Opt Fernie Clinic, Elk Valley Hospital, 6:30-8:30pm “Run Stop Run” Jazz Band, The Arts Station, 8pm 6th Annual Reel Canadian Film Festival, Vogue Theatre Pajama Party & Movie Night, Fernie Aquatic Centre, 6-8:30pm Friends of Opera – Don Giovanni by Mozart, The Arts Station, 7pm Avalanche Awareness Day, Fernie Alpine Resort

THE FREE PRESS Thursday, January 2, 2014

Opt Fernie won’t get weird By Tamara Hynd Free Press Staff


exual health doesn’t have to be hidden. The Opt Fernie Clinic at the Elk Valley Hospital is an allinclusive clinic addressing the sexual health needs of people including a larger winter population of seasonal residents. Opt Fernie’s goal is to “provide comprehensive e ducat i o n , accurate information, support for sexual expression and reproductive choice, and confidential clinical services that help British Columbians enjoy healthy sexuality throughout life.” The demands have increased since the clinic opened in 2006. Opt Fernie had 47 clients the first year. In 2012, the clinic had 185 clients. January through March, the clinic will be open weekly every Tuesday night from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 meet clients’ growing demand. Clinics are typically the first and third Tuesday of the month but there is a greater need in the winter months. The Opt Fernie clinic is available to all ages, genders and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered – “all ages, all genders, all orientations”. Organizations and clinics that are connected to Opt are pro-choice, pro-youth, and queer-friendly. This means that regardless of your question, they will answer with respect and knowledge. While many still maintain the WGW certification (Won’t Get Weird), Opt cannot

vouch for the certification of each staff member and every organization. “Volunteers are warm and welcoming,” said Sue Bannatyne, a registered nurse supervisor who works at the clinic and provides education in the community. “We realize that it might be a stressful personal situation.” The most common request at the clinic is birth control and testing for sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy testing and HIV screening. Clients can see a doctor plus there are nurses and trained volunteers. People are able to access sexual health resources for free with a Provincial Health Care plan. For residents of Quebec or non-Canadians, the costs are $30-$50 depending on the services and tests. Receipts are issued for those clients. Some clients don't have a general practitioner, some health care costs are prohibitive for out of country clients, and other clients are simply working during the day. For non-Canadians, lab costs are $287 if a patient comes through the hospital; however, at Opt there are no lab fees. There are 12 trained volunteers. Some prescriptions from Opt can be filled onsite during the clinic. Opt Fernie began in 2004/5 when a group of concerned individuals from the Fernie Women’s Resource Centre and Public Health Nursing searched

for funding to start the drop-in clinic. The clinic is funded by the provincial government, the United Way, grants, donations, fundraising and pharmacy grants for special events. Bannatyne has visited schools from kindergarten to grade 12 educating and encouraging the theme of healthy bodies. She focuses on decision making and birth control with the grade 12 classroom. In the past Opt Fernie has offered the Askable Adult program talking about sexual health and healthy bodies for caregivers of children from preschool to teens,” said Bannatyne. “We discuss how to talk to children about public versus private, decision making and how to pass on your family values.” Education for the Fernie area has been funded in the past by CBT, City of Fernie, Emily Bryden Foundation, TECK, fundraising and donations, and fee for service. Based in British Columbia, Options for Sexual Health is Canada's largest non-profit provider of sexual health services through clinics, education programs, and the 1-800 SEX-SENSE information and referral line. For a thorough list of services offered at Opt Fernie call (250) 423-8274 or visit




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January 17-19 Vogue Theatre

Presenting Five Feature Films:

Fernie’s 6th Annual

Pet Therapy Christmas pet parade By Andrea Horton Free Press Staff


he Pet Therapy Christmas pet parade took place at Rocky Mountain Village on the afternoon of Dec. 20. Several dogs and the rag doll cat, Precious, were all dressed up to entertain the group of seniors that had gathered to greet the animals.

5 Feature Films Shorts & Childrens’ Programming Opening & Closing Receptions Get your Festival Passes NOW for just $40 each at the Arts Station Single show tickets at the door.

Chip is a purebred registered yellow Labrador Retriever. He is five months old and owned and bred by Kim Kennedy of Fernie.

Cathy Smith-Clark with Dianne Blondeau holding Shorty the Lhasa Apso that has been coming to Pet Therapy every month for her entire life of 14 years.

Robson, the big Golden Retriever, gives Alicia Clark five. Photo by A. Horton

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Operation Christmas Cheer Fernie Ford drives one for the Ghostriders


(Left to right) Courtney Bell, Darcy Zuffa, Benno Hart, Major Gwen Hagglund Salvation Army, Easton Elia and Kyle Maclean. Submitted photo Submitted


very year the students at Fernie Secondary look for ways to spread the warmth of Christmas cheer within the community and beyond. Many students spent their afterschool hours and weekends ringing The Salvation Army kettle bells. To increase the warmth of Christmas, many students took the initiative to sing happy Christmas carols and songs while ringing the bells.

The students also realized many people in the community and the world are in need. The students conducted bottle drives, sold hotdogs at Overwaitea, had raffles, bake sales, coin drives, and used the proceeds from the last school dance to collect money to buy food items for the Fernie food bank. In addition, the money raised also went to help with typhoon relief in the Philipines with the ShelterBox program. Happy holidays everyone!

The Ghostriders began their December 14 game by accepting a cheque for $4,800 from David Thompson of Fernie Ford Sales Ltd. The money was raised during the ‘Drive One 4UR Community’ event in September, where Ford allocated $20 for each test drive of their vehicles. The generous donation will contribute to the team’s scholarship fund. Accepting the cheque here are Dylan Robertson, Ben Primeau, Aaron Neufeld and Austin Hirano. Photo by S. Moulton

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Steve Droste, Regional Manager for Joy Global, presents Carol Walmsley and Edie Holland with a donation to the Sparwood Food Bank and Toys for Tots. A total of $1,015 was raised at Joy Global’s Christmas party and the funds were donated to the Sparwood Food Bank, Toys for Tots and the Elkford Food Bank. Submitted photo

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Adam Doka playing piano at The Bean Pod on Dec. 21. He was the last entertainer of the Jingle Jams entertainment for the month of December.  Submitted photo

Snow royalty crowned By Paul Chow Submitted


ernie Secondary School held their annual Snow King and Queen festival on Dec. 20.

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Food keeps bears Deer harvest in Elkford from hibernating Continued from page 1

Black bears have been seen in Fernie neighbourhoods in December when they should be hibernating. Photo by T. Hynd By Tamara Hynd Free Press Staff


ears are normally nestled in their winter dens but Fernie has had two resident bears roaming the streets and backyards near Park Avenue and Ridgemont Drive for the last month during the night. “It is abnormal for these bears to still be around town at this time of year,” said Conservation Officer Patricia Burley. “They should be hibernating like the other bears.” As a result a black bear bore was removed from the Ridgemont area and euthanized on December 25, Christmas day.  The same evening a second bear had returned to peoples’ backyards looking for food.  A trap has been set to remove the second bear, since it is not leaving town at this time of year.  The bear is reported to be brown, small and skinny. “This type of behaviour demonstrates wildlife’s dependence

on human food,” said Burley. “These bears would rather be eating holiday treats than sleeping somewhere out of town like they are supposed to be.” This is a good reminder for residents in the Elk Valley to contain their garbage, bird food and any other attractants inside their home, garage or storage shed year round. A Fernie resident was charge under the Wildlife Act 33.1 (2) $230 (Attract dangerous wildlife to land or premises) on December 21 for leaving human food outside and available for the bears.    “The legislation is not seasonal,” said Burley. “It is same as contained garbage/attractants during the summer and fall months. This is a year round habit that Elk Valley residents need to follow.” Members of the public are reminded to call the RAPP line 1-877-952-7272 for problem wildlife, hunting, fishing and pollution violations. 

Elkford Council approved the recommendation from the Urban Wildlife Management Advisory Committee to create a new bylaw to deal with broad wildlife issues at the Nov. 25 regular council meeting. This bylaw will replace the existing Deer Feeding Prohibition Bylaw No. 676, 2006. The current bylaw fines individuals $100 for feeding wildlife. The new bylaw is intended to include all wildlife and match provincial fines. Residents could see a new bylaw in early 2014 that will continue to fine unintentional wildlife feeders $100 for putting their garbage out too early. New changes could involve individuals intentionally feeding wildlife, such as placing salt licks, or repeatedly leaving garbage out in a non animal proof container, resulting in a $300 fine. “It appears we have an indigenous deer herd with two or three generations that have never left the townsite,” said

The District of Elkford has a liscence to cull 50 mule deer.  Photo by T. Hynd

Van Teigm. “It’s an unnatural herd. I think they live here because they are successful. We have created a predaciousfree zone so they stay.” There have been many reports of deer eating garbage

and people habitually feeding the deer too. In 2012, 433 Elkford residents participated in an online survey about the deer population in the townsite. Deer aggression towards humans, pets, threat of vehicle collision, damage to plants and trees and over population of the herd were the top concerns. Over 55 per cent of those surveyed had been threatened or a member of their immediate family had been threatened by a deer in town limits. Of those cases, 78 per cent reported it was by a doe in summer or spring. Residents have used fencing, netting and screening, repellant and scaring as deterrents for deer. 24 per cent also said they knew of someone who fed deer. In dealing with the population, capture and relocation was the top option, followed by controlled public hunting and education. Only seven per cent selected the capture and euthanize option. Sixty per cent of the people surveyed had lived in Elkford for more than 20 years.

Alvater family update By Tamara Hynd Free Press Staff


he Altvater family from Coaldale, Alberta continues to heal after their vehicle accident west of Fernie on Dec. 1. A Fernie couple helped rescue the family members from their

minivan that was overturned in the icy waters beside Highway 3. Kunthea Altvater, wife of Richard and mother of three children, died as a result of her injuries at the Elk Valley Hospital in Fernie. The couple's youngest son Ben, 4 years old, is still struggling

to recover. Ben has been in a medical induced coma for weeks and he has suffered a stroke. A trust account has been set up with the Royal Bank of Canada under the name of the children’s grandfather, Norbert Altvater. The funds will be used for the kids.


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The Crowsnest Pass Free Press has an immediate opening for a part-time Advertising Sales Representative. The successful candidate will be part of a dynamic and fun, but resultsoriented team and must have the ability to close sales and maintain good relationships with clients. The position is 20 hours per week serving customers in the Crowsnest Pass. A car allowance is provided. Candidates considered for the position will be results oriented, strong communicators, and be willing to learn and adapt in an ever-changing business environment. The successful candidate will also be an active member of the community and be willing to get behind community initiatives and events with a positive and helpful attitude. A vehicle and a valid driver’s license is required. Black Press has over 170 community newspapers across Canada and the United States and for the proven candidate the opportunities are endless. Thank you to all who apply, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Please send your resume and cover letter to: Andrea Horton PO BOX 2350 342 2nd Avenue Fernie, B.C. V0B 1M0 No phone calls please.

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City of Fernie CONNECTION | Community Information and Opportunities | NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

City Council Meeting Schedule

Monday, January 13, 2014 at 7:00pm

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

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

1. Bylaw No. 2228, cited as Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1923, Amendment Bylaw No. 27, 2013 proposes to change the Official Community Plan: •

Schedule “B” Future Land-Use map for a 0.891 hectare portion of Parcel 1 (Reference Plan 7224I) of District Lot 4136, Kootenay District, Except Parts included in plans 4328, 5716, 6601, 7200, 7617 and 13248 from Service Commercial to Natural Open Space; and Schedule “P” Multiple Family Development Permit Area map by designating a 16.206 hectare portion of Parcel 1 (Reference Plan 7224I) of District Lot 4136, Kootenay District, Except Parts included in Plans 4328, 5716, 6601, 7200, 7617 and 13248 to “Multiple Family Development Permit Area”.

2. Bylaw No. 2229, cited as Zoning Bylaw No. 1750, Amendment Bylaw No.154, 2013 proposes to change the zoning of Parcel1 (Reference Plan 7244I) of District Lot 4136, Kootenay District, Except Parts included in Plans 4328, 5716, 6601, 7200, 7617 and 13248 as follows: • a 12.493 ha portion from RR – Rural Residential to R1 – Single Family Residential; • a 1.761 ha portion from RR – Rural Residential to R3 – Medium Density Residential; • a 1.952 ha portion from RR – Rural Residential to R4 – Multiple Family Residential (High Density); and

LEISURE SERVICES BYLAW NO. 1891 Use of Snowmobiles, All –Terrain Vehicle, Quads, and Motor vehicles within the City of Fernie.

Did you know that it is unlawful for any person to allow a motor vehicle, including a snowmobile or motorbike to enter or occupy park lands other than those constructed and maintained as road surface, public parking areas, or designated and signed as motor vehicle, snowmobile or motor-bike areas. Violators will be ticketed under the Municipal Ticket Information Bylaw. A fine amount for first offence is $100.00. Further to this the Motor Vehicle Act Regulations Act / (B.C. Reg. 26/58) states: •

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A copy of the proposed amendment bylaws and other relevant documents may be viewed during normal business hours of 8:00am to 5:00pm on January 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 13, 2014 at City Hall, 501 – 3rd Avenue, Fernie, BC or online at

Applicant: Matrix Planning (O/B 0781609 BC Ltd.) Location: 95 Brickers Road

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

• a 0.891 ha portion from CS-1 Service Commercial to P2 – Parks and Open Space

Pursuant to Sections 890 and 892 of the Local Government Act R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 323, notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be held on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 7:00pm at Fernie City Hall located at 501 – 3rd Avenue, Fernie BC with respect to the following proposed bylaw amendments:

A snowmobile must not be driven or operated on a highway unless the owner of the vehicle has (a) Registered and licensed the vehicle under the Motor Vehicle Act or Commercial Transport Act, and (b) Obtained for the vehicle an owner's certificate under the Insurance (Vehicle) Act. A person who drives or operates a snowmobile, snow vehicle on a highway must have an operation permit for the snowmobile, snow vehicle. Unless specifically provided in a permit issued in accordance with sections 24.05, no person shall drive or operate a snow vehicle, snowmobile or air cushion vehicle between 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise.

Fines under the Motor Vehicle Act for these types of violations can exceed $500.00 Save your money and play safe on designated trails. Please ensure that you are using your all terrain vehicles, quads, snowmobiles etc on designated trails only.

Anyone wishing to address the above Bylaws will be afforded the opportunity at the public hearing to be heard in person, by a representative, or by written submission, on all matters contained in the proposed Bylaws. For more information, please contact the Planning Department at 250.423.6817 or via email at If you are unable to attend the Public Hearing, written submissions must be received NO LATER THAN 5:00pm, January 13, 2014, to ensure their availability to Council at the Public Hearing. Written submissions can be provided by any of the following methods: • • • •

IN PERSON: Drop off written submissions at the reception desk, City Hall 501 – 3rd Avenue; BY FAX: to (250) 423-3034; BY MAIL: City of Fernie, Planning Department, PO Box 190, Fernie, BC V0B 1M0; or BY EMAIL: E-mail submissions should be sent to

All submissions must include your name and street address. Submissions cannot be accepted after the Public Hearing. All written submissions are public information pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This notice was given on December 23, 2013 in accordance with Section 892 of the Local Government Act.

TOWED VEHICLES SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS IN For Information regarding towed vehicles please contact City THE DOWNTOWN CORE SURVEY Hall at 250 423-6817 or the Aquatic Centre at 250 423-4466. Do you support the use video surveillance cameras in the downtown core to assist with crime control? As part of our public engagement process, the City of Fernie is inviting you to share your comments on the use of this technology.

Please visit the City’s website at for more information. This survey shall remain open until 9:00AM on Monday, January 6, 2014, the results of which shall be formally presented at the Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday, January 13, 2014.

Mon – Fri between the hours of 8:00AM – 5:00PM After Hour and Weekends Contact the Aquatic Centre at 250 423.4466 ext. 0 during the following hours to pay for your towing fees: Sunday, 2-8PM; Monday, 5-6PM; Tuesday, 5-8PM; Wednesday, 5-8PM; Thursday, 5-8PM; Friday, 5-8PM; and Saturday, 2-8PM.

Michelle Martineau, CMC, RP® Director of Corporate Administration Services

Vehicles are available for pickup Sunday – Saturday 7:00AM – Midnight. ONLY FOLLOWING PAYMENT OF FEES.


If you have paid the tow fees at City Hall or the Aquatic Centre please contact the Fire Hall at 250 423.4226 to arrange for the collection of your vehicle.

Request for Proposals – Fernie Trails Master Plan The City of Fernie is inviting proposals for the development of a comprehensive strategy for our community wide trail system. Request for Proposal quotations should be clearly marked “Request for Proposal: City of Fernie Trails Master Plan” to the City of Fernie, City Hall, 501- 3rd Avenue, Box 190, Fernie BC V0B 1M0. Please contact Cam Mertz, Director of Leisure Services, at 250-4301766 or for more information or visit the City's Bid Opportunities webpage to download the Request for Proposals (RFP) documents. The deadline to submit proposals is 4:00pm on Friday, January 10, 2014. The City of Fernie reserves the right to waive informalities in, or reject any or all tenders, or accept the Quotation most favorable in the interest of the owner. For more information, please contact: Cam Mertz, Director of Leisure Services City of Fernie, 501-3rd Avenue, Box 190, Fernie BC V0B 1M0 T: 250.430.1766 | F: 250.423.3034 | E:

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A LIFEGUARD? Register for our upcoming Assistant Water Safety Instructor Course to learn about teaching swimming lessons! January 11/12 and 18/19 Requirements: Ages 15+, Level 10 or equivalent Cost: $305 + GST (includes manual) Equivalent to 2 grade 10 high school credits! 250.423.4466 / 250 Pine Ave


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R 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 (in Council Chambers)

Monday, January 6 Monday, January 20 Monday, January 27

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

Time to renew or purchase a new dog licence The District of Sparwood’s Animal Control Bylaw requires every dog to have a current year licence by January 15th. A neutered or spayed dog tag, with vet certificate, is $10.00 or $30.00 for an unaltered dog.

Why licensing your dog should be your #1 priority:

1. If your dog gets lost, even in a neighbouring community, a licence is the fastest way to reunite you with your dog. Even if your dog is microchipped, a licence tag is immediately visible and doesn’t require a scanning device. Dogs are often returned by contacting the dog’s owner at their address on file with the District. 2. Your dogs licence shows that you are a responsible dog owner. When you walk your dog people will notice the licence on your dog’s collar and know that you really care about your dog’s welfare. 3. Licensing lets others know that your dog is not a stray. Often found dogs are kept by the people who find them, who assume an unlicensed dog is a stray. 4. It’s the law! Failure to licence your dog by the 15th of January may result in tickets and impound fees. For more information, or to renew or purchase a dog licence please contact the District Office at 250.425.6271 or at 136 Spruce Avenue.

Notice of Council Meetings 2014 Notice of Regular Council Meetings for 2014 January 6 January 20

July 7 - Cancelled July 21

March 3 March 17

September 2 (Tuesday) September 15

February 3 February 17

April 7 April 22 (Tuesday) May 5 May 20 (Tuesday)

June 2 - Cancelled June 16

August 5 - Cancelled August 18

October 6 October 20

November 3 November 17 December 1 December 15

Items for the agenda must be received at the Municipal Office by noon Wednesday preceding the meeting. Anyone wishing to address Council must submit an Application to Appear Before Council, available on the District's website, by fax or request at the front counter.

PAY YOUR UTILITIES EARLY AND SAVE! The 2014 Utility rates for single family dwellings and strata units are set out below. A 10% discount, is available for the whole amount, or any portion thereof, provided it is paid no later than January 31, 2014. Single Family Residence 2014 Water/Sewer/Garbage IF PAID BY JANUARY 31, 2014

$819.00 $737.10

Save $81.90

$786.60 $707.94

Save $78.66

Residences receiving Garbage services only 2014 Garbage $352.20 IF PAID BY JANUARY 31, 2014 $316.98

Save $35.22

Strata Unit 2014 Water/Sewer/Garbage IF PAID BY JANUARY 31, 2014

Residences receiving Water and Garbage Services only 2014 Water/Garbage $554.40 IF PAID BY JANUARY 31, 2014 $498.96 Save $55.44

Discounts apply only if 2013 utilities have been paid in full, payment will be applied first to any outstanding 2013 utilities transferred to tax accounts. Discounts are available to all commercial accounts as well

Discarding Christmas Trees You may drop off your old Christmas trees behind the No. 1 Fire Hall on Pine Avenue or behind the Sparwood Heights Fire Hall. The District will provide pick up service for those who are unable to drop them off. Leave the tree at your curb for pickup any time up to January 10, 2014. Please ensure that you have removed the tinsel before discarding tree. For further information, please contact the Public Works Department at 425-7760.

PLEASE BE A SNOW BUDDY in your neighbourhood this winter... Many of our senior citizens and persons with disabilities find it difficult to remove the snow from their driveways in the wintertime. Please look around your neighbourhood and lend a helping hand to those who may not be able to clear their own driveways. It’s the neighbourly thing to do and one of the things that make Sparwood such a great community in which to live. At the end of the winter season the District accepts nominations from residents for their “Snow Buddy”, who will be recognized at a Council Meeting.

All Regular Meetings commence at 7:00 pm in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Office, 136 Spruce Avenue, Sparwood, BC and are televised on Shaw Cable at 7:00 pm on the Wednesday following the meeting or at other times as advertised. Meetings will also be available on our website at and on our facebook page at sparwood.bc

Toilet Replacement Rebate Program Ending Soon

Notice of Commitee of the Whole Meetings for 2014

Since 2011 the District has operated the Toilet Replacement Rebate Program in which we will give you up to $100 back when you install an eligible toilet as a replacement for your old 13L per flush (or greater) model.

January 27 February 24 March 31 April 28 May 26 June 30

July 28 - Cancelled August 25 - Cancelled September 29 October 27 November 24

All Committee of the Whole Meetings commence at 7:00 pm in the Council Chambers of the Mnicipal Office, 136 Spruce Avenue, Sparwood, Bc.

The schedule of Regular and Committee of the Whole meeting dates is available throughout the year on the District's website at and at the District Office. Raeleen Manjak Director of Corporate Services

The program will be ending on December 31, 2013 but residents and commercial businesses have until January 15, 2014 to submit a form for a toilet purchased in 2013. What to do? 1. Purchase and install any brand new CSA-approved, 6L or dual flush toilet; 2. IMPORTANT: Take your old toilet to the Sparwood Transfer Station; 3. Obtain a Signature from an Attendant at the Sparwood Transfer Station confirming that you have dropped off a 13L (or greater) toilet for recycling; and 4. Bring Signed Application and Original Receipts to the Main Office, or the Engineering Department by January 15, 2014. Questions? Please contact the Engineering Department at 250.425.6271 for additional information.

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Ghostriders set to play four games in four days Joel Burgess) opened the scoring with a seemingly effortless shorthanded goal towards the end of the first period, leading the way to an entertaining and evenly matched game. The Ghostriders remained ahead for the entire game despite a great effort by the Dynamiters, with goals being scored back and forth between the two teams. Kimberley answered the call with a goal of their own before the end of the first period and continued working hard to keep pace with

By Sara Moulton Free Press Staff


he Fernie Ghostriders came back from a short Christmas break to defeat their main rivals, the Kimberley Dynamiters, 4 goals to 3 in front of a full house on Saturday, December 28. The game was the first of four in a row for the Riders. With almost 1,200 spectators watching, the energy of the game was some of the best seen at the Fernie Memorial Arena this season. Dylan Robertson (assisted by

Standings as of December 31, 2013 DIVISION: Kootenay Conference: Eddie Mountain


Creston Valley Thunder Cats Kimberley Dynamiters Fernie Ghostriders Columbia Valley Rockies Golden Rockies

GP W L T OTL Pts 31 36 33 36 35

21 19 16 11 9

10 16 12 19 23

0 1 0 3 0

0 0 5 3 3

42 39 37 28 21

Beaver Valley Nitehawks Nelson Leafs Castlegar Rebels Spokane Braves Grand Forks Border Bruins

GP W L T OTL Pts 35 34 36 36 32

26 25 16 13 10

6 5 16 20 18

1 1 1 0 2

2 3 3 3 2

55 54 36 29 24

DIVISION: Okanagan/Shuswap Conference: Doug Birks


Kamloops Storm 100 Mile House Wranglers Chase Heat Sicamous Eagles Revelstoke Grizzlies

GP W L T OTL Pts 35 35 35 32 33

28 17 17 13 7

6 14 16 17 23

0 0 0 0 0

1 4 2 2 3

57 38 36 28 17

DIVISION: Okanagan/Shuswap Conference: Okanagan


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relieved with the result, which followed a series of overtime losses for the team. The performance is what the coaches expect to see more of as the playoffs rapidly approach. “That was your typical play-off style hockey game; it was a matter of inches and breaks and we battled really hard until the end,” said Ouimet after the match. “They were playing with heart tonight.” Ouimet also praised the performance of goalie Phoenix LoganHill, who stopped 37 out of 40 shots on goal by the Dynamiters. The effort of Gilbert was also a standout as he scored his first ever goal for the Riders, putting the

defenceman onto the team’s points board this season “If I’m putting out 100 per cent every time, and as long as the team is clicking, I’m not too worried about the points,” said Gilbert. “If I can be beneficial (in defence), then that’s great.” On the notorious reputation of grudges between the two teams, and particularly of Kimberley forward Dallin Wolf, Gilbert was less generous. “I wouldn’t even worry about him (Wolf), to be honest,” said Gilbert. “But we’re definitely going to be getting energy off this win; we’re excited and our aim right now is just to get points.” The Ghostriders

Defenceman Anthony Gilbert scored his first goal for the Ghostriders on Saturday, Dec. 28.

Photo by S. Moulton

will play the 100 Mile Wranglers at their first game of the new year on Friday, January 3 before hosting

Kimberley again on Saturday, January 4. The puck drops at 7:30 pm both nights.

60 Minute Club is all about fitness, fun By Don Fennell Black Press

DIVISION: Kootenay Conference: Neil Murdoch


the Riders. The everreliable Aaron Neufeld (assisted by Robertson and Kurtis Bond) scored his tenth goal of the season in the opening minute of the second period, which was soon followed by another from Anthony Gilbert (assisted by Ben Primeau). Kimberley scored two more on either side of a great shot by Bond (assisted by Spencer Bender and Blake Arcuri), and the crowd were on their feet for the final minute of the game as the Dynamiters battled to even the score. As the Riders gained their first win at home for several weeks, the roar of their fans at the final siren was deafening. Assistant coach James Ouimet was


n hour a day of fitness can be made fun, especially when it is coupled with other healthy choices like eating right. That’s the goal of the 60 Minute Kids’ Club, a fun and engaging online program designed to help get elementary schoolaged children active. The 60 Minute Kids’ Club is now looking to expand its community reach by partnering with Black Press. “Our strong commitment to healthy communities is well-served in our partnership with the 60 Minute Kids’ Club” says Randy Blair, president of Black Press’ Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island divisions. “The benefits of active families are so numerous, it will deliver increasingly great news.” “We want to make (children being healthy) even more of a community

effort,” says Gillian Thody, Western Canada manager of the 60 Minute Kids’ Club. And that means engaging more parents on the importance of their children making healthy choices, while demonstrating healthy choices themselves. These include physical literacy (playing for at least 60 minutes each day), eating healthy (including five or more vegetables and fruits daily and eliminating sugar and sweetened drinks), and cutting back on computer and TV time (two hours or less). Two 60-day challenges and one 45-day challenge are held throughout the school year, skipping over busy times and holidays. The first challenge of the year from Oct. 1 to Dec. 1 has just wrapped up, with the second challenge set to begin Jan. 15. Schools across Canada participate at the same time. Schools can sign up for the challenge at

Phoenix Logan-Hill Phoenix Logan-Hill stopped 37 of 40 shots on goal by the Kimberley Dynamiters on Saturday, Dec. 28 and has been a solid performer this season for the Ghostriders.

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Each student logs in and tracks their own progress, receiving points for each log in, which aggregate under their school. This enables organizers to determine the most active kids, grades, schools, districts, regions and provinces across Canada. The 60 Minute Kids’ Club, which is aligned with Canadian Sport for Life, originated in 2009 with Innovative Fitness, a personal training business. At that time 5,000 Kindergarten through Grade six students in five schools in B.C., Ontario and Nova Scotia participated in a pilot program which produced encouraging results. In 2012, 70 schools in B.C. were involved and the program has now expanded to Alberta and Manitoba. “We hope this year to engage 100 schools in B.C.,” says Thody. To learn more about the 60 Minute Kids’ Club, visit  www.60minkidsclub. org.

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Congratulations Sylive Ann Hulburd!

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Graduation for MYCA Scholarship Award Senior Cadet Status University of Montana Western Acceptance

We are so proud of you! We love you, Mom & Dad

Seniors’ light up Sparwood Submitted


he Sparwood Chamber held their annual Senior Night. On Tuesday December 17 the Seniors toured Sparwood to look at all the lights and decorations then returned to Lilac Terrace for a night of entertainment including cake, refreshments , music , door prizes and judging. All prizes were supplied by the Sparwood Future’s Society. The Chamber would like to thank Black Gold Bus Lines, Lilac Terrace and the Future’s Society for helping to make it a fun night for Sparwood Seniors!

Best Decorated Sparwood 2013: Best overall winner: Bob and Darlene Nickerson, 1247 Valleyview Drive Best home: 1st Tammy and Jack Doratty, 316 Lodgepole Place. 2nd Rae and Colleen Morandini, 488 Pine Ave. 3rd Cliff and Marlene Shipley, 402 White Oak Place Best condo: Denis Crowe, 76 Juniper Court Best mobile home: 1st Henry Volkman, 113 Spardell 2nd Yvonne and Chuck Samatte, 395 Red Cedar Cres. 3rd Cathy Cary, 108 Spardell Best tree: Joe and Jenny Tress, 411 Engelmann Best balcony: Verle Woods, Ponderosa Manor Best business: Vantage Point

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In Loving Memory Raymond Augustus McIntyre December 23, 2009 Fernie, B.C.

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HOATH: Larry Fredric William Hoath passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at the age of 72. Larry is survived by 2 daughters: Debbie (Richard) Berubé of Falkland, BC and Kimberley Hoath of Saskatoon, SK, 14 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, his brother Ron (Susan) Hoath and his sister Phyllis (Albert) Johnson. He was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Isabel Hoath, sons Larry Hoath Jr. and Carl Hoath, and his brother Fred Hoath Jr. Larry spent his youth on the family farm at the base of Fernie Mountain. At the age of 19 he joined the Navy, serving on the aircraft carrier Bonaventure. He wore many hats during his working career; logger, fisherman, beachcomber, and house mover. Larry was a great “backyard” mechanic and given a piece of wire, he could fix anything. He had a great love for the ocean and because of that requested his ashes be scattered there. A Celebration of Life was held at the Trinity Pentecostal Tabernacle on Saturday, December 21st. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at www. Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services Ltd.

Holy Spirit, You who makes me see everything and who shows me the way to reach my ideals. You who gives me the divine gift to forgive and forget all that is done to me and You who are in all the instincts of my life with me. I want to thank You for everything and confirm once more that I never wanted to be separated from You, no matter how great the material desires may be. I want to be with You and my beloved ones in Your perpetual glory. A person may pray this prayer three consecutive days without asking for their wish, after the third day their wish will be granted, no matter how difficult it may be. Promise to publish this dialogue as soon as your favour has been granted. JH

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City Driver (Flat Deck Driver) $5,000 Signing Bonus (paid in installments over the first year) Our Drivers must possess a Class 1 license, a clear and recent abstract, a clear criminal record search, and 2 years of experience. This will be servicing the local mines in and around Sparwood and this person MUST have verifiable Flat Deck experience. In exchange for your efforts, we offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits program, as well as a Profit Sharing Program. Please reply to the Terminal Manager, Brad Wilson at or by fax to (250) 425-2844. Equal Opportunity Employer

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DORATTY: With loved ones at his bedside, 97 year old Robert Owen Doratty was called to his eternal rest on Monday, December 16, 2013. He was born in Natal, BC on December 3, 1916 to parents Benjamin and Teresa Doratty. Bob graduated from the MichelNatal High School and in 1940, enlisted with the Canadian Scottish Regiment. On D-Day, June 6, 1944, Bob was one of many Canadian soldiers that stormed Juno Beach on the coast of Normandy; the victory that became the turning point for WWII. At war’s end, Bob returned to Canada and began employment at the Michel Colliery. He met his soul-mate, Marie Larson, and the two were married in 1947. Bob was very disciplined in his life and loved to go for walks outdoors, surrounded by nature. His family was the joy of his life, and spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren brought him a lot of pleasure. Molly was the love of his life; he knew from the moment they met that she was the one for him. They enjoyed 66 wonderful years together and raised five children. His son and four daughters adored him and what he represented in their lives. They will cherish many fond memories of their time together. Bob is survived by his beloved wife Marie (Molly) and their children: Bob (Rose) Doratty, Lorna (Roland) Perri, Judy (Roger) Berdusco, Kathy (Andy) Wilson, and Nancy (Rob) Roulston, 13 grandchildren: Russell (Annie), Robert, Lauren (Christian), Alana (David), Diana (Brett), Kirsten (Rob), Jeff (Tegan), Dan (Melanie), Jillian (Zoltan), Kayla, Cara, Brett and Pearce, 9 great grandchildren: Zoe, Desmond, Hazel, Gus, Chase, Sydne, Julius, Mia and Seren, his brother Brian Doratty and his sister-in-law Sheila Little as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Teresa and Benjamin, and his brother Jack Doratty. Bob’s life was celebrated during a Memorial Service at St. Michael’s Catholic Church on Saturday, December 21st with Father Bart van Roijen, Celebrant. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Elk Valley Senior Housing Society for the Lilac Terrace Building Fund. The family would like to thank Dr.’s Michal & Clark for their kind care for Dad over the years. We would also like to thank all the wonderful staff at Lilac Terrace in Sparwood; his home for the last four years. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at www. Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services Ltd.

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Mobile Down Town Sparwood 373 Red Cedar - Clean 4 bedroom, 1 bath mobile close to the Rec Centre and walking distance to all the stores. Includes a fridge, stove and washing machine. Has a large porch, oversized paved driveway, garage and shed for $850.00 a month. Please call Rick @ 250-4255432 or Erin @ 250-425-7711 Mobiles in Spardell MPH


Real Estate Lots LAKEVIEW LOT FOR SALE ON BOWRON LAKE, B.C. 2.58 acres, unserviced, small trees on it. 100 ft. from lake. $250,000. Call: 1-250983-2594

Rentals Apt/Condo for Rent Condos in Sparwood Heights Well-kept condo for rent in Sparwood Heights: 411A Carbanado - 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom condo that includes fridge and stove. $850.00 per month. No pets or smoking. References required. 205 Ponderosa: FULLY FURNISHED & DECORATED 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom condo ready to be moved into just bring your clothes. Comes with all appliances including an in suite washer and dryer $1200.00 a month. No smoking or pets. References required. Please call Rick @ 250-4255432 or Erin @ 250-425-7711


Spacious NEW apartments

Comfortable apartment units

1 Bdrm - $775 (& up)-month 2 & 3 Bdrm- $850 (& up)- month Includes heat, lights, & hot water

250-865-2722 New Condos in Sparwood Heights 2 bedroom, 2 bathrooms in new complex comes with stainless steel fridge, stove, dishwasher, microwave and in suite washer and dryer. Building comes with elevator, onsite storage plus much more. No smoking or pets. $1150.00 to $1250.00 per month. Please call Rick @ 250-4255432 or Erin @ 250-425-7711 references required.


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

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

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87 Spardell - 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom mobile home. Includes pad rent for $650.00 a month. Please call Rick @ 250-4255432 or Erin @ 250-425-7711


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SPARWOOD, 2-storey, 3bdrm townhouse for rent w/full basement, close to school & rec centre. (250)425-4448

WELCOMES YOU Sunday Meeting Morning Services

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


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

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

Centennial Square, Sparwood

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


1 & 2 Bedroom Units Furnished & Unfurnished Place of Worship

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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

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2 Spardell - 2 bedroom, 1 bath mobile reasonable rent $650.00 per month 13 Spardell - Clean 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom mobile home. $650.00 per month including pad rent 23 Spardell - 2 bedroom, 1 bath mobile for $500.00 per month

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he holiday season is upon us and with it comes get-togethers. Many, many get-togethers. Some with family, some with friends, all tons of fun. If you have young kids, these Shelby Cain events and subsequently your children are wild. They’re up late, under supervised, and jacked up on sugar. Anything can happen. In my case, since I have two daughters, we have begun referring to these outings as Girls Gone Wild. And like the college crazed video franchise that also bears this name, there are certain occurrences that seem inevitable. 1. Clothes come off – I don’t know what it is, but every time we get together with anyone who has girls in the three to six range, the same thing happens. The kids disappear. Blissful. Too quiet. Kids re-appear. The girls have changed dresses, added more dresses, put on princess gowns, or tried on half the summer wardrobe. Sometimes the boys may lose a shirt, but I think it’s more of an over-heating issue. My condolences to the party hostess, who has to deal with the closet that looks like it served as Britney Spears’ dressing

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room during a major hissy-fit. 2. Blatant over-consumption – For the kids, it is the highly addictive substance known as sugar. They can’t get enough, and when you’re at a house party with plates of cookies and sweets abound, they’re guaranteed to sneak a few without you seeing. Last night we had an entire tray of chocolate macaroons go missing from the fridge. Unfortunately by the time the first guilty chocolate face reappeared it was too late. The damage had been done. 3. Bad decision-making – Stuff they would never attempt at home suddenly seems worth a try. Jumping from the fourth stair, flipping off the back of the couch, running full speed on the treadmill, eating a plate of stolen macaroons. They know these things are wrong, but the combination of being under the sugar influence and the mob mentality spurs them on. As they scamper through the kitchen in hot pursuit of the family pet (last night it was poor Beaver-Face the hamster), you think to yourself, is that flash of flesh covered in chocolate and sequins my child? I guess I can now relate to the parents who accidentally catch a glimpse of their spring-breaking teenage daughter on one of those terrible Girls Gone Wild videos. I really hope this is the one and only time I can say that. Happy Holidays!

Boxing Day bout for Elk Valley Bulls

Family Literacy Month January 2014

Story Daily programming for children and adults of all ages. Sing, read, play and take part in the story. Join in the celebration of literacy at Story Fest, January 28, 2014 Call the Library at 250-423-4458 or check our website for details at W W W .EK EM PLO YM E NT .O RG

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he Elk Valley Rugby Football Club started a new tradition on Boxing Day with the introduction of their inaugural “Eggnog Cup” match in Fernie. Initially intended to be a touch game, the five-a-side bout quickly escalated into ‘snowballtouch’ before becoming full contact with plenty of tackles in the snow. A generous helping of supercharged eggnog powered the men through the chilly conditions at the fields next to the Fernie Aquatic Centre. The game highlighted the enthusiasm of the club, which was formed in February 2013 by Dan Parker and Pete Dudman. The team went from fledglings to provincial champions in just six months when they won the Saratoga Cup last September. Training for next season will begin in February 2014 and new recruits are encouraged to get in contact via the Elk Valley R.F.C. Facebook page.

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Ronan Mac Con makes a run with the ball during the Eggnog Cup. Photo by S. Moulton

Debit card fraud warning for Fernie By Sara Moulton Free Press Staff


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ustomers of at least one financial institution in Fernie are being advised to visit their local branch to change their personal identification number or replace their card as a precaution on their debit card accounts. Reports of phone notifications on Monday, December 30 stated that automated messages from CIBC were recommending action in response to a fraud threat. At the time of publication, it is unclear whether the issue is locally centred or part of a larger scale threat. Representatives from CIBC were unable to be reached for further comment and the RCMP were not aware of any specific

fraudulent activity in the area. General advice to minimize the risk of debit card fraud includes following some simple steps when using your card to make transactions. Individuals should not lend their card to others or allow anyone else to know their PIN. Account history should be checked regularly through online banking or on monthly statements. If anything about a terminal or automated banking machine appears to be unusual, do not continue with the transaction and notify the merchant, institution or the RCMP of the concern. Further advice can be found by clicking on the “Scams and Fraud” quick link at

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