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“Dedicated To Communicating With The Community” CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE AT For all of your personal, commercial or industrial automotive repair needs! We wish all of our valued customers and clients a safe and happy holidays! Thanks for your support and we look forward to continuing to serve you in the New Year.

Our business is built on a foundation of quality concrete & dependable service! Fernie: 250.423.7719 • Sparwood: 250.425.7772

Sparwood - 743 Douglas Fir


Mountain Mechanical has more than met the challenge of giving back to the community, donating $400 to each the Sparwood and Elkford Food Banks.

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Your quick find for local business and services! Automotive ( Commercial & Industrial) • Mountain Mechanical Services - 743 Douglas Fir, Sparwood 250.425.6535 or 1 Front Street, Elkford 250.865.4622 • Mangled Radiators - 717 A Douglas Fir, Sparwood 250.425. 6413 • McRae’s Auto Electric - 5 Intata, Elkford 250.865.4395 • Elk Valley Glass - 115 Industrial Rd 3, Sparwood 250.425. 6922 • Nightcrawler 4x4 - 6 Front Street, Elkford 250..865.7778 Accountants • Melanie Wortley - 101 Centennial Square, Sparwood 250.425.0800 • Lahue’s Bookeeping & Tax Service - 95 101 Red Cedar, Sparwood 250.425.2822 Air Conditioning • Mountain Mechanical Services - 743 Douglas Fir, Sparwood 250.425.6535 or 1 Front Street, Elkford 250.865.4622 Banks • RBC Royal Bank - Greenwood Mall, Sparwood 250.425.3360 Beauty Salons • Alayna’s Place - 114 Centennial Square, Sparwood 250.425.0770 • Hot Gossip Salon & Tanning - 203-120 Upper Centennial Square, Sparwood 250.425.0333

• Kutoffs Hair Styling - 379 Red Cedar Crescent, 250.425.7007 • Shear Paradise Salon - 1-127 Centennial Square, Sparwood 250.425.2001 Bed and Breakfasts • Blue Collar B&B - 124 Pine Ave, Sparwood 250.425.2952 Bowling Lanes • Sparwood Bowl & Billiards - 101-1290 Ponderosa, Sparwood 250.425.2522 Bus Lines • Leyden Bus Lines - 7 Water Street, Elkford 250.865.2343 Café • Middletown Café - 141 Aspen Drive, Sparwood 250.425.6644 Cell Phones (Two Way Radios & Ind. Electronics) • Sparwood Communications - 370 Red Cedar Crescent, Sparwood 250.425.2242 Chambers Of Commerce • Elkford Chamber - 4A Front Street, Elkford 250.865.4614 • Sparwood Chamber - 141 A Aspen, Sparwood 250.425.2463 Chiropractors • Sparwood Chiropractic - 102-101 Red Cedar, Sparwood 250.425. 6330 Coal • Teck Coal - 609 Douglas Fir, Sparwood Office 250.425.6204

• Teck Coal - Hwy.3 Central Recruiting Office 250.425.8800 Concrete • Garrett Ready Mix - 3507 Hwy 3, Sparwood 250.425.7772 Contractors Equipment and Material • Finning - 749 Douglas Fir, Sparwood, 250-425-6282 • Mountain Mechanical Services - 743 Douglas Fir, Sparwood 250.425.6535 or 1 Front Street, Elkford 250.865.4622 • Wajax Industries - 675 Michel Creek, Sparwood, 250.425.9900 Dentists • Sparwood Dental Clinic - 139 Centennial Square, Sparwood 250.425.7081 Excavation Contractors • Down to Earth - 5840 Hwy. 43, Sparwood, 250.425.2324 • Redneck Contracting Bobcat Service Sparwood, 250.425.5909, 250.425.0166 Fireplace / Heating • TM Ventilation - 6016 Diamond B Ranch Road, Sparwood, 250.425.9119 First Aid Service • Staying Alive First Aid - 101 Centennial Square Rear, Sparwood, 250.425.6962 Fitness • Sparwood Recreation Department - 367 Pine, Sparwood, 250.425.0552

• Sparwood Curves - 112 Centennial Square, Sparwood, 250.425.6412 • Living Fit - Sparwood, 250.425.6218 Florists • Greenwood Florist - 52-101 Red Cedar, Sparwood 250.425.2065 Grocers • Overwaitea Foods - #2 101 Red Cedar Drive, Sparwood, 250.425.6489 Industrial Equipment & Supplies • Mountain Mechanical Services - 743 Douglas Fir, Sparwood 250.425.6535 or 1 Front Street, Elkford 250.865.4622 • Sparwood Hose & Fittings - 721 Douglas Fir, Sparwood, 250.425.2501 Insurance • ICBC - Sparwood 250.425.6634 • ICBC - Elkford, 250.865.2261 Libraries • Sparwood Public Library - 110 Pine Ave., Sparwood, 250.425.2299 Loans • Cash Town - 113 Centennial Square, Sparwood 250.425.0440 Lumber/Hardware • Alpine Lumber - 628 Sparwood Drive, Sparwood, 250.425.2411 Massage • Reflections Massage - 102-101 Red Cedar Drive, Sparwood, 250.425.6330

Meat Cutting • Rocky Mountain Meats - 109 Centennial Square, Sparwood, 250.425.4401 Mobile Home Dealers • Elk Valley Homes - Box 1056, Sparwood 250.425.5432 Notaries • Marian Gravelle - 114 Centennial Square, Sparwood 250.425.2114 Oil & Fuel • Sparwood Esso - 111 Aspen Drive, Sparwood, 250.425.2118 Painting & Renovations • Splash of Colour & More - 250.425.0806 or 250.425.5971 Pet Washing And Grooming • Poodle Perfection Spa & Groom - 1312 Cypress Drive, Sparwood 250.425.6905 • Earthdogs Groom & Gear - 1336 Alpine Drive, Elkford 250.865.2005 Pet Sitting • Happy Pets & House Sitting 250.425.5754 Pizza & Restaurants • Funkys Pizza & Donair - 74-101 Red Cedar Drive, Sparwood 250.425.2200 • Kapps Pizza - 418 Boivin Rd, Elkford 250.865.2999 • Middletown Café - 141 Aspen Drive, Sparwood 250.425.6644

• Rosies Pizza - 104-1290 Ponderosa, Sparwood 250.425.0277 • A&W - #3-131 Aspen, Sparwood 250.425.0345 • Shali’s Diner & Concession - 367 Pine, Sparwood 250.425.2622 Real Estate • Remax Elk Valley Realty - 106-101 Red Cedar, Sparwood 250.425.7711 & 814 Michel, Elkford 250.865.2621 Realtors • Bruce Gilmar, Remax Elk Valley Sparwood 1.800.661.4662, 250.425.5440 Truck Lines • Rosenau Transport - 612 Sparwood Drive, Sparwood, 250.425.7858 District Offices • District of Sparwood 250.425.6271 • District of Elkford 250.865.4000 *For Emergencies Please Call 911* • Sparwood 250.425.6233 Police Ambulance

• Elkford 250.865.2232 • Sparwood 250.425.6500 • Elkford 1.800.461.9911

Sparwood Food Bank • Carol Walmsley 250.425.6435 Better Babies (Serving the East Kootenays) • 250.489.5011

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My most memorable moments of 2011

JANUARY 2011 After much anticipation Sparwood launched its new branding. Yours & Mine. Together. Unlike many community brands, Sparwood’s brand has not been developed primarily to increase tourism or attract destination visitors. Rather, its brand development is to strengthen its distinctive characteristics, demonstrate a desire to continue to develop economic diversity, and to continue to provide a solid foundation to increase community spirit.

January 2011 - Sparwood launches its new brand. 

“We’re an incredible community,” says Terry Melcer, Sparwood’s Chief Administrative Officer. “We want to clearly tell that story.” Sparwood’s newbrand simply tells a historic and contemporary story of a strong, authentic, hardworking mountain community. The brand speaks in a fresh manner to unpretentiousness; a proactive approach to developing relationships; and pride in the industry, community relationships and recreational opportunities afforded by their location.

FEBRUARY 2011 Elkford held its 15th Annual Sled Dog Derby. The Derby is one of Elkford’s biggest events of the year and attracts

visitors from all over the world. Fifty sled teams competed this year and the furthest team traveled from the Yukon. One of the World Champion teams from The Streeper Kennels attended for the first time.

smoothly and professionally. We feel that at no time our students were in any danger and hope and pray that they never will be. We believe that if we err, it must be on the side of safety." MARCH 2011 Black Rock News commemorates one Year of Crime Reports with a special section where Elk Valley RCMP Members were interviewed and introduced the public.

February 2011 - Elkford’s Annual Sled Dog Derby draws in competitors from around the world.  Photo by Eriki Filipe

Sparwood Secondary School is Students and staff of were abruptly startled on the afternoon of February 21 after the SSS staff were notified that a student in the school had a handgun in his backpack. SSS went into a full school wide lock down. Due to the close proximity, Frank J Mitchell Elementary School was also in full lockdown. Sparwood Secondary School Principal Jason Tichauer stated, "This is the first time our school has experienced an incident of this nature. Immediately, we went to intercept the student and ascertained that he had in fact left the building. The school went quickly into a level one lockdown where classes resumed as normally as possibly but students were not allowed to leave the building for any reason and visual contact with the grounds were blocked. We practice lockdown drills on a regular basis and our students and staff followed protocol

The Sparwood Fish & Wildlife Banquet & Trophy Presentation was at full attendance as it was the first trophy presentation in years. This event held a special significance in presenting historical and memorable trophies and encouraging the participation of youth hunters. Matt Huryn, president of the Sparwood Fish and wildlife club estimates that over 150 members attended.




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Bus - 250.425.6413 Cell - 250.425.5283 Answering service after hours

RADIATORS LTD. “For all your cooling or heating requirements come on over and see the professionals at Mangled Radiators Ltd!”

COMPLETE RADIATOR SERVICE INDUSTRIAL TRUCK & HEAVY EQUIPMENT * Automotive * Gas Tank Repairs * Aluminum Welding * Steam Cleaning

Box 1767 Sparwood, BC V0B 2G0


Sparwood Towing

24 Hours

“Proudly Celebrating 30 Years In Business” Watch this ad for dates on upcoming open houses!

Towing / Recovery / Storage Glen & Jeanette Leyden

Chad Bowen accepts a trophy from Fish & Wildlife President Matt Huryn at the 2011 Fish & Wildlife Banquet and Trophy Presentation.  Photo by J.Jensen

(250) 425 2721 / 866 425 2721 Fast service at competitive rates, serving all emergency road service clubs. 155 Ind. Rd 3 Box 68 Sparwood, BC


Tuesdays, January 10 - March 6, 2012 Registration: $63.00 Sparwood Leisure Centre Hall

Parent & Tot (5:15 - 5:45 pm) A special time for parents and tots (2 yrs and under) to come and try 1st time gymnastics. Come out for the opportunity to learn gymnastics with your child in an interactive and educational setting. Preschool (4:30 - 5:15 pm) First time gymnastics for preschoolers without their parents. Kindergarten to Grade 2 (3:30 - 4:15 pm) Grades 3 & Up (3:30 - 4:30 pm)

Kinder Gym

January 12 - March 8, 2012, Thursdays, 10:45 - 11:45am An active outing for children aged 0-5 years. Ride on toys, push/pull toys, slides and climbers. Parents are required to supervise their children and help with clean-up of mats/equipment. Please bring your own water to drink. No Charge but Registration is required. Recreation Centre Hall

After School Rec Hockey Wednesdays & Fridays 4:00 - 5:00pm **NOW OFFERED TWICE A WEEK!** Cost: Regular Drop-in admission or ALP

Adult Rec Hockey (19 & Over only) Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:30 - 11:00pm **NOW OFFERED TWICE A WEEK!** Cost: Regular Drop-in admission or ALP


January 9th - February 8th Monday & Wednesday - $37 11:00 - 11:30am Sea Otter 11:30 - Noon Salamander 3:30 - 4:00pm Level 3, Level 4, Level 5 4:00 - 4:30pm Salamander, Sunfish 4:30 - 5:00pm Sea Otter, Crocodile, Whale 5:00 - 5:30pm Level 1, Level 2

Bronze Medallion

January 9th – February 8th Mondays & Wednesdays 3:30 - 5:30pm Bronze Medallion teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water rescue education - judgment, knowledge, skill and fitness. Rescuers learn self-rescue techniques, defense and release methods, and tows and carries in preparation for challenging rescues involving conscious and unconscious victims of various types, including spinal injuries and circulatory emergencies. Lifesavers develop stroke efficiency and endurance in a timed swim. Bronze Medallion includes the CPR-A certification. Cost: $166, Prerequisites: 13 years old by last day of course if candidate does not have Bronze Star

Young Adult & Adult Swim Lessons

Mondays: 8:00 - 9:00pm January 9th - February 6th Tuesdays: 10:30 - 11:30am January 10th - February 7th Each participant will get to choose what they would like to learn. The idea is for each participant to tell us what they want to learn and within each class they will be given the individual instruction needed to learn that skill or stroke. All skills and strokes can be modified to suit the individual needs. So don’t be afraid to let the instructor know what you are looking for! Cost: $37.00

Private Swim Lessons

Private and semi-private swimming lessons are ideal for those families with busy schedules. If your child learns better one on one, wants to learn faster, needs to master a couple of skills to advance to the next swim level or likes the privacy of one to one lessons then private or semi private lessons might be for you. Lessons will be arranged with participant and instructor. Cost: $22.50 per Half Hour Lesson or $99 for 5 Half Hour Lessons

Kayaking **NEW PROGRAM** January 17 - March 6th, 2012 Tuesdays: 8:00 - 9:00pm This course is the place to start if you have little or no experience in kayaking. You will get everything you need to know to safely and confidently paddle on flat water and to build skills for paddling whitewater. Cost: $52.00


All classes cost regular admission or are covered by an Active Living Pass, unless otherwise specified. MONDAYS 9:30-10:30 am 1:15 - 2:15 pm 3:30-4:30 pm 4:30-5:30 pm 7:15-8:15 pm

Circuit Training Afternoon Strength Training Weights for Boys Women on Weights Ball & Balance

TUESDAYS 6:00 - 7:00 am 9:30-11:00 am 3:45-4:45 pm 6:00-7:00 pm 7:15-8:15 pm

Morning Hustle Ladies’ Morning Wallyball “Girl Power” Fitness Basic Step Kickboxing

WEDNESDAYS 9:30-10:30 am 1:15 - 2:15 pm 3:30-4:30 pm 4:30-5:30 pm 7:15-8:15 pm

Triple Fit Afternoon Strength Training Weights for Boys Women on Weights Belly & Bounce

THURSDAYS 6:00 - 7:00 am 9:30-11:00 am 9:30-10:30 am 3:45-4:45 pm 7:15-8:15 pm

Morning Hustle Ladies’ Morning Wallyball Sculpt and Tone Girl Power” Fitness Strength & Stretch

FRIDAYS 9:30-10:30

Body Burn

After School Swim Club Thursdays, January 12th - March 8th 3:30-4:30pm Beginner Level 4:30—5:30pm Advanced Level

For more information please call 250 425-0552. Cost: $10 PLUS Program fee of $50 or ALP

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APRIL 2011 Thanks to your support, Black Rock News grew and grew. Due to high time demands and the need for increased readership and distribution Black Rock News partnered with The Free Press. Your stories began to be printed weekly, and have tripled in distribution.

Grad, Triathlon, Coal Miner Days and more! Ground breaks and construction begins for the Sparwood Water Spray Park. JULY 2011 Elkford Secondary School Grad, Wildcat Days, Canada Day. Elkford celebrates it 40th birthday.


OCTOBER 2011 Rare white bears in Elkford are in danger due to their closeness with humans. These bears are mysterious and currently being studied as to why their coat is white. The first ever Sparwood and Elkford Guide is released! NOVEMBER 2011 Sparwood elects its first ever female Mayor in the 2011 Municipal Elections. DECEMBER 2011 Volunteers and Search and Rescue teams are recognized in a Public Recognition Ceremony for their outstanding efforts in the Kienan Hebert Case.

A young girl celebrates Elkford’s 40th, splashing on the slip and slide.  Photo by J.Jensen

Black Rock News partnered with the award winning Free Press.

MAY 2011 For Sparwood Mayor David Wilks, one chapter was now closed as another was opened when Council bid farewell to their Mayor and congratulated Wilks’s on his new role as MP during his last official Council Meeting. Wilks thanked Council for their kind words and spoke of his new position. “I have had the privilege of working for Sparwood for the past eight and a half years,” says Wilks. “This will be my last official council meeting and I am proud and humbled of my successes as being elected as MP,” he noted. “This was a once in a life time oppourtunity and I couldn’t let it go.”

AUGUST 2011 Sparwood receives their new fire truck that will service Sparwood and the extended areas north of Sparwood. Karl Ehrler, Sparwood's acting Fire Chief, explains some of the special features. "The truck has four wheel drive, it is capable of holding 1800 gallons of water and also has a water bladder which can hold the 1800 gallons in the event that there is no water source, the truck then will act as a water hauler. Also, the truck is equipped with a pump so water can be drawn from a creek or pond," he notes. The truck has taken almost a year to be built. It's chassis was built in the United States and the rest of the truck was assembled in Red Deer. The cost of the unit was approximately $320,00 and it has a service life of twenty years. It was purchased in full from the Regional District from mine tax funds. SEPTEMBER 2011 Gunnar Khan, Chris Bissonette, Wilf McKechnie and Pat Rookes are commended for their wins at the Senior Games.

Wilks attends his last council meeting as Mayor of Sparwood before he takes on his role of MP. .  Photo by J.Jensen

Twenty -three Elkford, Fernie and Sparwood grade eleven and twelve students had the opportunity of a lifetime participating in the Elk Valley’s Project Heavy Duty 2011. With incredible sponsorship and numerous skilled and dedicated volunteers students gained knowledge in various aspects of safety training / certification and equipment operation. JUNE 2011

Coal Miner Days 2011.  Photo by J.Jensen

Tons of summer fun! Sparwood Secondary School

The Elk Valley goes through a very trying and emotional week with the disappearance of three year old Kienan Hebert. The community rallied together in an effort that would be recognized around the nation. Days later Kienan Hebert was returned home safely and his abductor was captured and arrested.

Poodle Perfection Spa & Groom

10 Years Experience. Hydro Surge Bathing System, Breed Clips, Nail Clipping and much more! ALL Breeds Welcome.

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Happy Holidays. The Elk Valley generously gives to local Food Banks and Toys for Tots ensuring all families have a Merry Christmas.

Safety is at our core At Teck, we’re committed to ensuring everyone goes home safe and healthy every day. Make sure your tires are snow tires. Our weather conditions are too challenging for anything less. Proper tires are the law. Ensure you and your family are safe this winter.


Thurs December 29 2011 Black Rock News