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New Round of Energy Efficiency Upgrades for Basin Community Buildings

Community buildings in the Columbia Basin will see upgrades this year as part of the Trust’s Energy Sustainability Grants program. Nearly $634,000 will support 15 projects to increase energy efficiency and generate energy to reduce costs and improve sustainability in public buildings. 

Posted by admin on Feb 25, 2021 in Community

Bent On Art Returns to Kootenays as a Virtual Festival

Sorely missed in 2020, Bent On Art: Kootenay Queer & Trans Art Festival returns for 2021 in an online format. Join us virtually for a series of events designed to promote the work of LGBTQ+ artists in the Kootenays (and across British Columbia) while creating educational opportunities, fostering community connection & promoting resilience through the arts. The festival was founded by Samonte Cruz in 2018 & is now delivered in partnership with Samonte Cruz Studios and the West Kootenay Regional Arts Council. 

Posted by admin on Feb 24, 2021 in Art and Entertainment

Volunteer Tax Program

The Volunteer Tax Program at the Fernie Seniors Drop-In Centre will once again be operating every Tuesday from March 9 to April 27 from 10am to 2pm. This service is available for people with a modest income and a simple tax return. A modest income, for example, would be a family of four with an income under $50,000.00; for individuals a modest income is $35,000.00 or less.

Posted by admin on Feb 24, 2021 in Community

Turn a WRT54G into a Wireless Extender

WiFi is broadcast in a torus (doughnut) shape from your antenna. This means that the signal is strongest with the furthest reach along a perpendicular axis from the antenna. So, ideally, you have your WiFi router in the centre of the house about computer high and that should get most of it. Of course, not every house is configured that way. And that’s why we sometimes need a WiFi repeater or extender.

Posted by Kevin McIsaac on Feb 21, 2021 in Art and Entertainment

Hillbilly Elegy

Hillbilly Elegy became insanely popular, as the public grasped for some understanding of what was happening to their democracy, rising to the top of the New York Times’ best seller list, and cementing J.D. Vance’s reputation as an “expert” on white poverty.

Posted by Andrew Vallance on Feb 21, 2021 in Art and Entertainment

Multi-Tasking Success

In these busy times, carving out time for yourself, for anything, really, requires a little creativity. Multi-tasking is not something I typically condone, neither is it something I have ever been any good at! But being a new mom has forced me to dabble in it more than ever before. Sometimes intentionally, often not; sometimes successfully, mostly not.  

Posted by Kate Richardson on Feb 20, 2021 in Health

Carving Out a Life

When life goes according to plan it feels like we are writing the script ourselves. Other times an unknown director is pulling our strings and we can only react to the circumstances presented to us. It’s pleasant when we are in charge of the pageant and driving the plot. It’s annoying and frustrating when we feel like powerless participants in someone else’s show. 

Posted by Kerri Wall on Feb 18, 2021 in Community

The Last Day

We get to the turn around and shut off the snowmobile. The stillness that follows is like music to my ears and I feel a tickle of pride knowing that I haven’t turned into the “sled neck” my friends were 
sure I would become when I bought the machine four years ago. It is still simply a necessary tool. 

Posted by Shona Rubens on Feb 16, 2021 in Outdoors

EBYF Launches Community Initiative to Support Legacy Fund

The Emily Brydon Youth Foundations launches six-week Community Initiative to raise funds for its Million $ Legacy Fund.

Posted by admin on Feb 15, 2021 in Community

The Important vs. The Urgent

A colleague of mine many years ago introduced me to the well-known saying, “don’t let the urgent get in the way of the important.” I think about it all the time. Like a lot of these well-used quotes its origins are a little murky, but it is regularly attributed to former US President Dwight D. Eisenhower. 

Posted by Brad Parsell on Feb 15, 2021 in Business

Six Books to Carve-Load

Carving it up is the practice of going after what you want with absolute. It can also be the simple task of carving out time for your passion. 

Posted by Jessica Bozoky on Feb 14, 2021 in Art and Entertainment

Artfully Improving Your Health

What are the benefits of art? Well, when it comes to art, there are two aspects to consider: creation and consumption. Most of the health benefits we see come as a result of producing art, regardless of the outcome. Here are the benefits of art in three different populations.

Posted by Dr. Taina Turcasso on Feb 12, 2021 in Health

February 2021 New Business

Drift + Sonder
672D 2nd Ave

Posted by admin on Feb 10, 2021 in Business

44th Annual Griz Days Modified to Meet all COVID-19 Guidelines and Keep Fernie Safe

Fernie’s beloved winter festival Griz Days will be celebrating its 44th year the first weekend of March, but in a completely different format due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. All activities planned will be either completely virtual (streaming Griz Days video content to people at home) or self-guided, COVID-safe activities people can enjoy while keeping it local with their household.

Posted by admin on Feb 10, 2021 in Community

Brian Bell

When I moved back to Fernie, I was hired to teach Entrepreneurship at the College of the Rockies as part of the Mountain Adventure Skills Training (MAST) program. It was the first I had heard of MAST, but over the next five years I discovered and appreciated the diversity and adventure of this program, its students and the master mind behind it, Brian Bell who has been sharing his passions through MAST as an instructor or program coordinator the last 25 years. 

Posted by Krista Turcasso on Feb 10, 2021 in Community