While many know Laura Nelson as the face behind Polar Peek Books (which she recently sold), as a talented local artist, and/or as a born and raised Fernie girl (previously Laura Kennedy), many are not aware of her recent success as the President of the Fernie & District Historical Society.
Photo by Chad Chicilo
Fernie Alpine Resort has some excellent skiing, but just outside the boundary ropes lie something even better. The slackcountry. What is slackcountry? A backcountry experience with easier access. But just because it is easier doesn’t mean it doesn’t carry with it the same risks as the real backcountry. It should never be accessed without the same training and gear, and remember these areas are not controlled or patrolled.
In some cultures, three is a lucky number and now it has become mine! Yes, I am embarking on the journey to my third Olympic Games. At the ripe old age of 29 I feel that I am finally ready to compete at home in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. It will be a dream come true and an honour beyond words.
I started eating raw food seven years ago, when my Mom was first diagnosed with cancer. I’d heard of the healing miracles of eating raw, and I eventually convinced Mom to try a juice cleanse with me.
Have you ever been stared down by a grizzly? Have you looked into a free-flowing river so clear you can make out every grain of sand on the bottom?
Have you ever seen the Flathead River Valley?
When I asked people this question their answer was often “no”. Even people who have lived in Fernie their whole lives. Outside of Fernie, people had never even heard of the Flathead.
The Raven’s Gift: A Scientist, A Shaman, and Their Remarkable Journey through the Siberian Wilderness by Jon Turk
In December, I had the privilege of reading a pre-publication version of Jon Turk’s The Raven’s Gift in manuscript form. This month, we all get the privilege of having Jon launch the real thing right here in Fernie. On January 22, you can hear Jon speak about the trials and tribulations that led to his startling and revelatory third book – a memoir that questions some of Western culture’s primary modes of thought and being.
Zombies and film go together like peanut butter and jam. They are a mainstay of the horror movie genre.
The first modern zombie movie, Night of the living Dead, was created independently in 1968 by George Romero. The film is considered a classic and spawned a number of other splatter-flicks including Hell of the Living Dead and Return of the Living Dead.
Romero’s version of the zombie-monster has inspired numerous film-makers in recent times to create such movies as 28 Days Later, a post-apocalyptic gore-fest starring Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccelston, and Naomi Harris.
While Emily Brydon is omnipresent in Fernie conversation of late, her mother - the pillar of strength supporting this resilient Olympian – remains far from the forefront, hard to believe when you meet her. Taller than Emily with a witty sense of humour that takes you by surprise and a personality that fills the largest of rooms, Rosemary is hard to miss.
“That’s the real work: to make the world as real as it is, and to find ourselves as real as we are within it.” Gary Snyder, interview summer of 1977
Maybe you’ve seen the posters around town regarding the possibility of a French school in Fernie. You may have noticed Isabel’s name and number at the bottom? Isabel is part of a group of Francophone parents looking to start this French school. She came to Fernie several years ago for a winter of skiing and a summer of paddling and as they say, one thing led to another. With the birth of her son two years ago, the idea of having his education be primarily in French became a priority for her and her partner and she found several other like-minded families here in our community.
2010 started under the lunar shadows of an auspicious occurrence, a blue moon on New Year’s Eve, not to be repeated again until August 2012. This unusual celestial event, a second full moon in a calendar month, got me thinking about some of the exceptional local nature experiences that happen “once in a blue moon”. Sometimes perceived as commonplace to us, these are truly rare for many people around the world.
Ah New Years. There are few days as laden with the burden and hope as the first day of a new year. The hope of course is the promise that this, this new year, this year could be better than last year. And thus is the burden created. The responsibility of carrying the promise of an entire better year. Well, let me tell you, it's more than most days could bear. And if you're the kind of person that puts stock in the idea of making a commitment, a promise, a resolution on this day, well that's where a little technology just might come in handy.
The date is September 2, and I am sitting in the Cranbrook airport nervously awaiting a sister I’ve never before met. Little do I know what an amazing impact she and others like her will have on my school, my community and myself. But in the back of my mind maybe I do know. Every six months people disappear and return home, leaving a home behind. They leave a space, sometimes never to be filled. Do we regret that?
It’s winter, it’s dark, it’s cold, and we’ve all just come out of a season of excess only to be faced with numerous viral enemies: flu viruses, cold viruses, stomach viruses…and the list goes on. With few exceptions, most winter illnesses are the result of viruses, not bacteria and thus are immune to antibiotics. Our only true defenses against these organisms are prevention and having a strong immune system to reduce the impact they have on our health and our lives.