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Newbies Guide: Which way to the hitching spot?

You’ve made it to Fernie, by one varying form of circuitous transportation or another. Whilst others headed to Whistler, you picked a destination that although increasingly popular in your small hometown, is unknown to most Canadians you’ve so far met. But trusting the Fernie rumors and with work visa safely stapled in passport, stuffed somewhere in your 80L backpack along with the rest of your life, you arrive in the valley. Snow Valley.

Posted by Abi Moore on Oct 21, 2010 in Community

Fernie... Change?

When people meet a “born and raised” local, they automatically say, “Wow, Fernie has probably changed a lot since you were a kid.” And typically the response is, “Actually not much has changed,” and it’s never thought of again.

Posted by Fix on Oct 21, 2010 in Community

A Sense of Time

At about 7:30 in the evening Tuesday after the September long weekend, I was walking the couple blocks to my house after shopping at Overwaitea. The sky was half dark and the sun still reflected off the clouds over the Lizard Range.

Posted by Keith Liggett on Oct 03, 2010 in Community

Event Volunteers

What did you get up to last month? Did you go to the Demolition Derby? Visit the last Mountain Market of the season? Take part in the Dirt Diggler or Project 9 races? Run for a Tears and Gears team? Take your dog on the Paws for Cause walk? Watch an Indie Film? Or maybe pressed your apples at the Eco Garden?

I tried to count the number of events we had in one year here in Fernie and got lost once I started getting in to triple figures! We really are spoiled for choice and entertainment here - It’s quite extraordinary.

Posted by Kirsty Morris on Oct 03, 2010 in Community

Mark Lento

Coming across the finish line, caked in mud and happy day one of the TR3 was over, I was instantly greeted by my family… and Mark Lento. Well isn’t that sweet, he came out to cheer me on. It wasn’t until later that my dad informed me that Overwaitea was an official sponsor of the TransRockies start in Fernie and was handing each and every racer a gift bag at the finish line. Wow, Mark stood there from 9am to 4pm handing out bags in the pouring rain? Impressive.

Posted by Fix on Oct 03, 2010 in Community

Growing Fernie - Community Events

One thing that many people notice about our town is the number of babies, preschoolers and expectant mothers on our streets every day. Whether it’s the great air or the active lifestyle or the sense of community, it’s clearly a popular location for raising children.

Posted by Rebecca Hall on Oct 03, 2010 in Community

Sharing Space with Bears

So far this year, communities throughout BC including Fernie have seen an increase in the number of bears in residential areas. This can be attributed to a combination of factors. Productive berry crops the last couple of years have resulted in an increase in birth rate and black bear population. It is not uncommon to see a female bear with three cubs. With more people choosing to visit and live in bear country and sharing habitat, it is especially important that we make an extra effort to ensure peaceful coexistence.

Posted by Kathy Murray on Sep 01, 2010 in Community

More Than a Box and Wheels

I asked Christian Hawkins, a five-time racer, “How scared were you the first time you dropped off the ramp?”

“Really scared.”

“And the second time?”

He shrugs his shoulders. “Not at all.”

So here’s the scene. .

You climb onto “The Ramp” with your cart. “The Ramp” is a trailer with four painted wood and metal ramps dropping steeply off the downhill side. Each individual ramp has side rails to keep you on track and a metal stop bar sticks up in the middle. You put the nose of your cart against the metal stop bar on your assigned ramp and slide into the seat.

Posted by Keith Liggett on Sep 01, 2010 in Community

Trailblaizers

Now that biking season is well and truly here I’m constantly amazed at the extensive network of trails that surely makes Fernie one of the best mountain bike destinations in the world.

Every time I climb a trail I have plenty of time to wonder, “How did these trails get here?” and “How come they look so good?” - the answer to that is, of course, a whole community of unsung heroes.

Posted by Kirsty Morris on Sep 01, 2010 in Community

Chris Moulton

Chris Moulton and hockey go hand in hand. Heading to a Ghostrider game in High School, you knew you would see Chris at some point. Whether he was at the door, selling 50/50 tickets or helping out the team, there he was and with his loud and witty personality he was hard to miss. At the time Chris was working for the Ministry of Children and Family as a childcare worker, but as a director on the Ghostrider board and a huge hockey fan he did “every odd job imaginable” for the local hockey team.

Posted by Fix on Sep 01, 2010 in Community

Community Events - Driving Fernie Forward

Fernieites are often asked what their favourite time of year is. If you’re not from Fernie, you might be surprised to learn that fall wins hands down every time. And if asked which is their favourite fall month, my guess would be September.

Posted by Rebecca Hall on Sep 01, 2010 in Community

A Recollection of the Fernie Arts Station by Karla Germaine

What does Fernie’s Arts Station mean to you? Artists and Arts Council members past and present concur – The Fenie Arts Station is “a home” and “a common space” for all Elk Valley residents and visitors.

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Posted by admin on Jul 30, 2010 in Community

Sow's Ears and Silk Purses

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Rehabilitating Old Bones into New Charm by V. Croome

All too often, standing in front of a major remodel, I hear the comment, “They should have just torn it down and started over.”

Shaking my head, I reply, “But it has good bones.”

More often than not, the comment falls on stone-deaf ears.

Posted by Keith Liggett on Jul 30, 2010 in Community

Guest Services at FAR

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Posted by Abi Moore on Jul 30, 2010 in Community

Feature Visitor - Mark Kaltenbach

Shamelessly I was perusing Facebook this summer and came across a race called the Furious 3. In Fernie?

Posted by Fix on Jul 30, 2010 in Community

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