Diggin’ Into Spring
Does your dog love to dig? Puppies love to dig, and some grow into dogs who remain determined diggers, but the human end of the equation doesn’t always appreciate their digging “art.”
May 2023 Editor's Fix
Spring has long been thought of a time of rebirth. A time of hope, playfulness, fresh air and childlike wonder.
Sid Marty Launches New Book in Fernie
On the evening of May 25, Sid Marty returns to Fernie to launch Oldman’s River: new and collected poems (NeWest, 2023), his latest volume, at Bramasole in the Garden Venue. For almost 20 years, Sid has been part of the writing and musical community in Fernie.
Fernie Brewing Co. to Launch a Non-Alc Line
Just like the best adventures, they may take time to plan but are always worth the wait. Fernie Brewing Co.’s latest adventure is no different. After lengthy market exploration, recipe testing, and brand development, Fernie Brewing Co. is excited to announce the arrival of their new non-alcoholic brand hitting shelves next month. Raise a glass to your newest adventure-bud, LOGOTM by FBC®.
Oddfellows and Strange Bedfellows
A long-unoccupied building in Fernie collapsed recently. Gratefully nobody was hurt, and it is now moving toward orderly demolition. In my memory it was a commercial storefront. When I was a boy, it was it was a Pop Shoppe, where you excitedly took your plastic crate of empties and, after returning them, you refilled the crate with a selection of your favourites like Cream Soda and Black Cherry, flavours the thought of which today make my teeth ache in my jaw.
Wildfire Risk Prompts Community Action
From buying portable water tanks and equipment trailers, to providing specialized training and gear to their wildfire-fighting crews, 12 small communities and First Nations are taking action to reduce the threat of wildfires. These projects are being done with support from Columbia Basin Trust.
The Cleansing Mind
As an actor, a soliloquy is that inescapable moment you have playing a character where their true feelings are exposed. It’s a vulnerable opportunity to let the audience into the internal world you create within the drama of the play. This month, I thought I’d dive deep into the world of drama and present a soliloquy for Fernie.
Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on May 6th
Saturday, May 6th is Wildfire Community Preparedness Day and residents across the East Kootenay are being asked to take action to help protect their homes and properties from the risk of wildfire.
Predator was the first installment in the Predator franchise. It was directed by John McTiernan and was released in 1987, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as the leader of a paramilitary rescue team who encountered a deadly technologically advanced alien warrior in a Central American rainforest. The warrior, known as the “Yautja,” stalked the soldiers in order to take them as trophies. Initial reviews of the film were mixed, but it has since been considered a classic of the science fiction genre. Predator was followed by three sequels: Predator 2 (1990), Predators (2010), and The Predator (2018).
Keep ‘em Connected: Homegrown Solutions to an International Problem
We all want to get where we’re going, safely. Animal strikes are a major road safety issue, and an expensive one. No one wants to experience an elk suddenly crashing through their windshield. Yet, each year at least 200 collisions with large mammals occur on Highway 3 between Hosmer, BC and the Alberta border, costing society $2.8 million annually in injuries and property damage. Further east near Rock Creek in Alberta, 38 collisions a year are reported. More go unreported.
The Art of Change
There are times when artists’ roles in our community, and in our society, feels a bit insignificant. The curse of our sensitive personalities is that we tend to see things that need changing—coupled with the curse of the desire to want to improve, grow and share what we learn—means there is a constant tension in our lives between what is, and what we think could be. As I stand at the easel, I’m often thinking about why I’m painting. What good is another mountain scene when there is war in Ukraine? How can I make things that help shift ideas and perspectives? How can I make my art relevant to the climate crisis?