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.
I asked Christian Hawkins, a five-time racer, “How scared were you the first time you dropped off the ramp?”
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shamelessly I was perusing Facebook this summer and came across a race called the Furious 3. In Fernie?
THIS AUGUST 7 the Fernie Museum is launching a biking exhibit alongside the TransRockies celebrations and Fernie Mountain Bike Guide book launch. Here is a sneak peak of some of the intriguing gear, individuals and races Fernie has celebrated over the years.
A couple of Saturdays ago, Leeroy Stagger and the Wildflowers played The Art Station as the last stop on their national tour. I dragged out a friend who’s been housebound for several months with the promise of great music. Leeroy did not disappoint and the small crowd kept him going for a good half an hour, maybe 45 minutes after his ‘last song’.
Having lived in Britain for most of my life, where the most dangerous thing you’ll encounter in the wild is a badger, I have to admit that the prospect of having a bear wander into my Fernie garden was a bit alarming!
Last fall, I had the good fortune to meet Sarah Smith, Elk Valley Bear Aware Coordinator. When I asked her advice on how I could be a good bear neighbor she kindly offered to educate me with a night reconnaissance to Elkford.
Kurt Adams is a name you probably know if you’re a keen biker in Fernie. He’s been involved in the Fernie Mountain Bike club over the years and has been el presidente for the last two to three. While you may realize this, you may not realize the amount of time and effort Kurt and others involved dedicate to the mountain bike community.
The ski area closed with stacks of snow left high on the hill. The bottom devolved to a chaotic exercise in broken snow skiing, while the top remained stellar. The last two days of operation were 20-degree gifts of springtime. Digging out shorts. Finding sandals. Hanging out in the Plaza and watching great fiddle and a crowd celebrating the last of the year. Cold nights followed by warm days made all the warmer by five months of winter.
Apparently Kirsty Morris, the inventor and author of Unsung Heroes, thought I needed to start my day a little earlier. I wasn’t so sure, but agreed nonetheless to track down a Fernie Unsung Hero of the Street Cleaner variety. Or should I say Beautification Attendant. That’s how Adam McNaughton, a Fernie resident and dedicated sweeper, shovel’r and pick-er up’r describes himself and his vital role that he unfailingly performs here in the heart of Fernie.