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Car accident in Kootenay Park claims life One of three accidents results in fatality, two in minor injuries STEVE JESSEL

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cidents over the weekend with at least three separate accidents, one of which, in Kootenay National Park, resulted in a fatality. First, on Friday (September 21), RCMP attended a scene where a 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe had driven off of a 10 foot embankment near 6th Avenue in Invermere. The car was found laying on its roof in the wetlands near John Chabot Provincial Park. RCMP surmise

the driver, a 71-year-old woman from Edmonton, had mistakenly hit the gas instead of the brake and subsequently crashed down the rock embankment. RCMP, Invermere Fire Rescue and a tow truck were required to extract the driver and the 66-year-old passenger from the vehicle, with each suffering only minor injuries . CONTINUES TO 'VEHICLE' ON PAGE A2

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the RCMP were called to another accident, a two-car collision on the hill on 13th Street, also in Invermere. A 2004 Dodge Caravan driven by a 40-year-old Invermere male was struck when a 1997 Buick Skylark driven by an 84-year-old failed to yield at a stop sign, proceeding through the intersection and striking the Dodge Caravan. Only minor injuries were reported, and the 84-year-old driver was charged with failure to yield. Finally, Columbia Valley RCMP were informed of a fatal single vehicle accident on Highway 93 in Kootenay National Park, about 8 kilome-

tres west of the B.C.Alberta border on Sunday (September 23). A 2001 Volvo driven by a 67-year-old man collided with a moose while in the eastbound lane, at which time the vehicle exited the roadway. It was determined at the scene that a 73-year-old passenger was deceased, while the driver was taken to Banff hospital before being flown to Calgary. The Columbia Valley RCMP detachment will continue to assist the Coroners Service as this investigation continues, according to Columbia Valley Staff Sgt. Marko Shehovac.

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Bears destroyed after home invasions

PHOTO SUBMITTED BY BEAR AWARE Bears forced their way through this screen window in Wilmer to gain access to a kitchen.

Bear Aware co-ordinator urges residents to keep doors, windows closed NICOLE TRIGG

Three more bears were destroyed on September 19 after a sow and her two cubs damaged a home just outside of Wilmer in their attempts to enter it while foraging for food. The bears had entered the same house the day before through a sliding door that had


been left open for a cat, lured in by a fresh batch of muffins cooling on the kitchen counter. When they returned, the sliding door was closed so they broke a couple of window screens and the sliding door, and demolished a balcony railing. "We need to reiterate that residents must keep all windows and doors shut," Invermere and Radium Bear Aware community co-ordinator Crystal Leonard said in an email. Recently, The Valley Echo reported that a bear or bears had entered another house, also near Wilmer and also through a sliding door left open for a cat, and had rummaged through garbage, cupboards and the fridge. A male black bear was trapped at that location and killed.

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Waterton casts doubt on hazing In report to District of Invermere council, Alberta park officials present findings STEVE JESSEL

photo submitted by Grace Sander The 2nd annual Invermere Parkinson Superwalk was held at Pothole Park on Sunday, September 16 and attracted 24 walkers who participated in the walk to raise research money for finding a cure for Parkinson's. The total raised was $4,832 with Grace Sander raising $3,000. John Wingert of Brisco raised $370 and won a $100 Roots gift certificate for raising the most pledges (Grace Sander was not eligible).

Séance d’information publique Négociations du Conseil de traité des Ktunaxa-Kinbasket (CTKK) Le Conseil de traité des Ktunaxa-Kinbasket, le Canada et la Colombie-Britannique ont réalisé des progrès dans les négociations sur l’entente de principe dans le cadre du processus de négociation des traités de la ColombieBritannique. Les négociateurs des trois parties invitent la population à une séance d’information lors de laquelle des renseignements sur les négociations relatives au traité seront disponibles. INVERMERE Lundi 1er octobre 2012 Les portes ouvrent à 18 h 30. La présentation commence à 19 h. Salle des fêtes 709, rue 10e Pour de plus amples renseignements : Affaires autochtones et Développement du Nord Canada Diane Gielis 1-800-665-9320 Ministère des Relations et de la Réconciliation avec les Autochtones Bill Armstrong 1-800-880-1022 Conseil de traité des Ktunaxa-Kinbasket Garry Slonowski 250-919-2848

A recent meeting between Invermere Deer Committee member Brad Malfair and Waterton Lakes National Park ecosystem scientist Barb Johnston to discuss Waterton’s ongoing issue with town deer may shed some light on how alternative deer management programs could work in Invermere in the future. “I’m not the kind of guy, if I have the chance to find out the truth from the source, I go for it,” Malfair said.

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In a report that was delivered to District of Invermere council on September 11, Malfair noted that according to data from 2005, there were an estimated 80 to 90 deer in the approximately 1.5 kilometre by 2 km township of Waterton, AB. In 2005, multiple dogs had been injured from contact with deer, some to the extent of being put down. There were also unrecorded cases of people seeking help from the local hospital, again from contact with deer. As the years went by, attacks and deer aggression were reported to have increased. In one case, a blind man with a seeing eye dog was attacked, and in another a woman was forced into a lake by an aggressive deer. According to the report, Waterton began a management program in 2009, where it was originally speculated that only a handful of deer were aggressive. Offending

deer would be shot with an oil-based paintball gun, however after a short time there were a significant number of deer around town with multiple paintball shots. Initially, once a deer received three paintball shots, it was captured and relocated, which happened with seven different deer. The deer were moved out of town, across a river and up to 10 km away. Three came back and were shot and killed, and as a result, Waterton now immediately kills any deer with three paintball markings. It was also noted that aggressive behaviour was not always related to does with fawns. Dry does (without fawns) and young bucks had also shown signs of aggression by advancing on people, and Johnston stated that there was simply no biological reason for the deer to behave that way, and that it had become a normal response, learned from their habituated mothers. A tender was then put out for a contract to haze the deer using dogs, which was taken by a woman with border collies that she used on her own livestock. The first

year, 2011, she was contracted for one month, seven days a week at a cost of approximately $300 a day in June, to coincide with fawning season. She would patrol the town in a golf cart looking for deer, then shepherd them out of the town boundaries. Malfair noted in his report that many times the deer would return by the end of the day, and does with new fawns would often refuse to be driven off. This year, she has been contracted for six weeks, which will cost roughly $13,000 plus the golf cart and Parks time to manage the program. When asked if the hazing program would work in Invermere, the contractor stated that she did not think it would, as there are too many obstacles and too much distance to cover, and Johnston agreed. Both were surprised to hear that the Invermere Deer Protection Society (IDPS) had touted the Waterton hazing program as successful when they haven’t come to any conclusions of their own as of yet. Malfair also stated in his presentation to council that no one from the IDPS has ever contacted them about the program.

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Neighbourhood Station Pub opens on October 1 with redone interior, new menu



ing the interior and cleaning up the exterior of the building, something Page said hasn't always come particularly easily to them. "We're not construction guys," Page joked. "It gives us a lot of pride in the place, because we've all put a lot of hard work and time into it, but we're excited to get back to doing what we do, which is customer service, taking care of people, and food and beverage." Inside, 11 television screens, including two 60 inch behemoths grace the walls, while fresh paint and redone flooring give the pub a very clean and modern look. All of the tables and chairs have also been been refinished and reupholstered respectively, and a redone bar top and some interesting new indoor features give a very warm and inviting feel, something Page said they had been striving for. "We really just want it to be inviting, to provide a comfortable and fun environment for people,"

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PHOTO BY STEVE JESSEL/THE ECHO Jason Powers (left) and Josh Page sit in front of one of the 60 inch televisions they've set up in the refinished dining area of the Station Neighbourhood Pub, which opens on October 1.

Page said. "We want people to come in and feel welcome." Along with the new look and new feel comes a brand new menu that hopes to cater to palates of every description. Two dishes that Page highlighted included a french onion ale soup made with Arrowhead Brewing Company Ale, and a delectable vegetarian dish of roasted mushroom and garlic stuffed ravioli. The pub will also have the usual assortment of pub fare, from wings

to ribs, and will aim to have as many local beers on tap as possible, including offerings from the aforementioned Arrowhead Brewing Company. The pub will not be open to minors to start as liquor will be served on the premises, but Page said that they are looking at how to best serve families in the future. "It's such a tightknit community, it's going to feel like the bar has been here forever once it opens," Page said.

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It's been several years since the Station Neighbourhood Pub graced the area of Kinsmen Beach, but come October 1, one of the most scenic locations in Invermere will once again be open for business. "How many places in the world can you sit and see all these things from one vantage point on a patio," manager Josh Page said. "This is such a happening little spot for the valley… this is really a hub, and we're very happy that we are fortunate enough to open a restaurant here, it's a dream come true." With a view overlooking Lake Windermere and a stunning backdrop of the Rocky Mountains set behind, the pub, located at 1701 6th Ave in Invermere in the former Ray Ray's Beach Pub building, has staked a claim to serve one of the most popular Invermere destinations in Kinsmen Beach. Set just above the beach across the railroad tracks, Page and partners Justin Atterbury and Jason Powers have spent the last couple months redo-

The College of the Rockies is losing one of their most senior administrators, as College of the Rockies President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Nicholas Rubidge announced during the September 13, 2012 regular meeting of the College Board of Governors that he will retire from his position in July of 2013. “College of the Rockies is an amazing place to learn and work and is highly respected throughout BC, Canada and the world,” said Rubidge in a release. “This College has a remarkable past and an exciting future. Its success is due to the passion of our management, faculty and staff for the success of our students. College of the Rockies truly is a student-centred college where students come first.” Rubidge, a veteran of over 40 years in the postsecondary system in British Columbia and Canada has been President and CEO since April of 2001. Prior to accepting his position with the College of the Rockies, Rubidge served as Director of the Colleges and Institutional Planning Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education Training and Technology in Victoria. Rubidge received a Commemorative Medal in 2003 during Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee in recognition of his significant service to fellow citizens and the community.

Those That Can’t, Those That Don’t and Those That Don’t Care For the sake of making my point, I’m going to divide traffic rule violators into three categories; those that don’t know the rules, those that make honest mistakes and those who are selfish and don’t think about what their actions might result in. I know that I try my best not to be in the first category and despite my best efforts am occasionally part of the second category. Hopefully I am never in the last category. The holder of a valid BC driver’s licence should not be included in the first category. When we are licensed we are expected to know the rules and keep up with them even as they change. That is not always easy to do, but worth the effort because you cannot use “I didn’t know!” as a defence in traffic court. We all make mistakes, even when we don’t want to. I accept that and try not to repeat them when I find that I am the culprit. I am very fortunate that I have not had to ask for someone’s forgiveness, nor give it, through involvement in a significant traffic incident. Thank goodness! This leaves us with the last group, those that don’t want to be bothered to follow the rules unless it suits them to. Individuality, civil disobedience, I should be able to do this and other justifications have no place on our highways, they lead to collisions and they hurt people. If you drive like this, shame on you! Perhaps if you hear this often enough from others you will consider not being a bad example. The author is a retired constable with many years of traffic law enforcement experience. To comment or learn more, please visit

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With National Sports Day in Canada coming up on Saturday (September 29), you might notice The Valley Echo is doing our best to support sports in our country by showing off the jerseys of some of our favourite teams. Now, ironically enough, in our photo we happen to be wearing, for the most part, NHL jerseys, and with the recent lockout of the players by the league, in retrospect, it's probably not the best example of harmony and the intrinsic value of sport after all. Regardless, we here at The Valley Echo feel strongly about the role organized sports play in out communities, whether it be the resident Columbia Valley Rockies invigorating the community with a winning streak or amateur sport paving the way for future Columbia Valley sports celebrities. Sport has the power to bring even the bitterest of enemies together — perhaps no greater example of which is from the 1967 Nigerian Civil War, when the two rival factions agreed to a 48-hour ceasefire so they could watch soccer superstar Pelé play an exhibition game in Lagos. Perhaps, more importantly, sport has the ability to forge some of the greatest friendships we may ever experience. Additionally, for our youth, sport can impart some of the greatest lessons we may ever have the opportunity to learn. The ability to make sacrifices for the good of the larger group, or learning the benefits of hard work and dedication and then seeing the tangible rewards, drill home lessons that endless of hours of schooling may never accomplish, because sport actively engages the player in every moment. Here in the Columbia Valley, we have no shortage of events and leagues to help us learn exactly those lessons. From adult slo-pitch to youth soccer in the summer, from highschool sports like volleyball to competitive skiing in the winter, there is no shortage of ways to get out and stay active, and maybe forge some new friendships along the way. Above all, sport helps us stay healthy in mind and body, and in an age where computers and the internet seem to run every aspect of our everyday lives, sometimes it can be nice to get back to the basics.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR More information please Dear Editor, Re: MLA Report by Norm Macdonald, The Valley Echo (Sept. 19, 2012) When offering the truth you actually have to speak the truth! Gary Peck wrote that “lies of omission are every bit as bad as lies of commission” and based upon Norm Macdonald’s recent article about citizen’s right to truth, it seems that we need to fill in some blanks. He wrote of an HST-generated “tax burden on consumers” but failed in any way to provide us with any facts describing what this burden looks like and his “You just need to believe me” approach to issues is wearing thin. What he also chose to omit is the fact that the BC Liberal government has done exactly what we said we would do which was to hold an HST referendum and respect the simple majority decision of British Columbians. As a result of that referendum, the province is returning to the combination of five percent PST and seven percent GST system on April 1, 2013. He told us that “BC Hydro rates have increased dramatically” without telling us what dramatically actually looks like; another “You just


need to believe me” moment. What he omitted telling us was that one of the first actions taken by BC Liberal Premier Clark was to appoint a panel of senior government officials to conduct a formal review of BC Hydro’s operating and capital requirements. This review reaffirmed that B.C. currently enjoys one of the lowest electricity rates in North America. As a direct result of this panel’s work, BC Hydro will file a revised application later this year to the BC Utilities Commission with the intention of a 50 per cent reduction to its earlier announced rate increases spanning the next three years. One of the most complex tasks facing our government is balancing a provincial budget. It is fraught with agonizing decisions that must be made by a Finance Minister and staff charged with the allocation of our tax dollars. Norm, of course if you sell your home you still have to live somewhere; however, sometimes it simply makes sense to downsize. If you are smart about it, you’ll make a profit and live somewhere more manageable and suitable for your current needs plus have some money left over to help improve your lifestyle. He then offered yet another “You just need to believe me” moment by

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telling us that MSP premiums have increased since 2001; again without offering any substantive evidence. He omitted telling us that our government continues to work hard to ensure that B.C.’s health care system is sustainable and will be there for our children and grandchildren. Our government has increased the total investment in healthcare by over 92 per cent since 2001 and funding for health authorities will be increased by $1.1 billion over the next three years. And, Macdonald omitted any reference to our government’s on-going commitment of $137 million of investment to overhaul our primary health care system to strengthen delivery, ensuring patients are full participants in their own care and providing every British Columbian who wants a family doctor with one by 2015. Finally a glimmer of hope; he spoke a supportable truth. He told us that the actions of government could impact our financial future for decades and he is correct. He knows this because he belongs to the NDP who in 2001 left behind a $3.8 billion structural deficit. He knows that, during the 1990s, the NDP brought in eight consecutive deficit budgets. Continues to 'letters' on Page A8

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ECHO PHOTO Friday (September 28) is national Jersey Day and Canadians across the country will be wearing their favourite sport jerseys to show their support for National Sports Day on Saturday (September 29). Everyone in the Columbia Valley is encouraged to participate and Valley Echo staff show how it's done (l to r): production manager Jess De Groot, interim publisher Dave Hamilton, office manager Renice Oaks, editor Nicole Trigg, reporter Steve Jessel with office dog Star. For the full story on National Sports Day and Jersey Day, turn to page A22.

Ramble On — Marilyn Berry, Columnist

Creating a winter destination It's fall... there is no denying it. The leaves are turning and frost will soon be on its way. There are two sides to every coin and this one is no different than any other. The area becomes beautiful in an entirely different way from summer's warmth and lake experiences. The type and quantity of visitor we receive is also different. Numbers are down, especially during the week, and the age range is visibly higher. It's a bittersweet time; folks are able to catch their breath and relax a little but worry about the coming-off season setting in. The recent Columbia Valley Show & Shine in Radium was a big hit once again bringing large numbers of both new and repeat visitors. We greet these returnees like the old friends they've become and

welcome the new ones with great hopes that they'll be back next year. The addition of the Columbia Valley Rockies Alumni game to the weekend brought a number of other returnees as well. These visitors are the lifeblood of this valley. Last winter's major new event was the pond hockey championship. It was successful for a first-year event and brought a large number of new visitors here. The numbers, however, are going to have to increase in order for it to continue to be successful. This is not a charity event and so the extra dollars brought into the community by attendees aren't the only criteria to judge its success. There are dollars that must be raised that actually leave the community in the hands

of the organizers as well. How do you plan to contribute to the success of this event? If we all invited one or two people that we know to come and take part in it and a quarter of them showed up, what do you think would happen? I'm hopeful the recent alumni game may have spurred some interest in some of our former stars to come back to participate in this fun and unique event during the first weekend of February 2013 as well. Let's hope Mother Nature is co-operative this year and we will see the expansion of the Whiteway project that received a lot of national attention last winter. Unfortunately, the weather didn't CONTINUES TO 'RAMBLE' ON PAGE A8

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The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Board of Directors is considering an application by Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Ltd. to amend the Fairmont Hot Springs Area Official Community Plan and the Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw. If approved, the amendments will change the OCP and zoning designations of the subject properties to recognize the existing use as a recreational vehicle park and facilitate expansion of the park. The subject properties are located at Fairmont Hot Springs and are shown on the attached map. Bylaw No. 2382 cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – Fairmont Hot Springs Area Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1734, 2004 – Amendment Bylaw No. 21, 2012 (Fairmont Hot Springs / Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Ltd.)” will amend the OCP designation of the subject properties from GC, General Commercial to Res-R, Resort Recreation. Bylaw No. 2383 cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw No. 900, 1992 – Amendment Bylaw No. 272, 2012 (Fairmont Hot Springs / Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Ltd.)” will amend the zoning designation of the subject properties from C-2, Service Commercial Zone to RES-1, Recreation Accommodation Zone. A public hearing will be held at: Windermere Community Hall 4726 North Street Windermere, BC Monday, October 1, 2012 at 7:00 pm The Board has delegated the holding of this hearing to the Directors for Electoral Area F, Electoral Area G and the Village of Canal Flats. If you believe that your interest in property is affected by the proposed Bylaw, you may prior to the hearing: • inspect the Bylaw and supporting information at the RDEK office in Cranbrook from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, excluding statutory holidays; • mail, fax or email written submissions to the addresses/numbers shown below; or • present written and/or verbal submissions at the hearing. Submissions cannot be accepted after the public hearing. All written submissions are public information pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This notice is not an interpretation of the Bylaw. For more information, contact Jean Terpsma, Planning Technician, at 250-489-0314, toll free at 1-888-478-7335, or email

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Bylaw Amendment - Rohrick The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Board of Directors is considering an application by Larry and Karyn Rohrick to amend the Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw. If approved, the amendment will change the text of the zoning bylaw to permit a Bed and Breakfast use to be carried out in an accessory building on the applicants’ property located at 2740 Westside Road. Bylaw No. 2387 cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw No. 900, 1992 – Amendment Bylaw No. 273, 2012 (Rushmere / Rohrick)” will amend the text of the A-2, Rural Residential (Country) Zone to allow for the proposed use specifically on Lot 1, District Lot 346, Kootenay District, Plan NEP88457. A public hearing will be held at: Windermere Community Hall 4726 North Street Windermere, BC Monday, October 1, 2012 at 7:00 pm The Board has delegated the holding of this hearing to the Directors for Electoral Area F, Electoral Area G and the District of Invermere. If you believe that your interest in property is affected by the proposed Bylaw, you may prior to the hearing: • inspect the Bylaw and supporting information at the RDEK office in Cranbrook from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, excluding statutory holidays; • mail, fax or email written submissions to the addresses/numbers shown below; or • present written and/or verbal submissions at the hearing. Submissions cannot be accepted after the public hearing. All written submissions are public information pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This notice is not an interpretation of the Bylaw. For more information, contact Jean Terpsma, Planning Technician, at 250-489-0314, toll free at 1-888-478-7335, or email 19 - 24th Avenue South, Cranbrook BC V1C 3H8

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One recreation service area established for valley Radium Hot Springs council rescinds opposition as long as northern bounday extends NICOLE TRIGG

The two skating rinks in the Columbia Valley will now be maintained by tax dollars from one regional recreation service area instead of two. At a Columbia Valley Directors Committee meeting on September 6, bylaws to merge

the Canal Flats Recreation Service with the Columbia Valley Recreation Service, and to dissolve the Canal Flats Recreation Service were passed after it was discovered residents in Canal Flats and the southern portion of Area F were pay-

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ing decidedly higher property taxes than their more northern neighbours towards the upkeep of their respective arenas. While the new regional recreation service area still doesn’t include the entire valley — residents from Edgewater, Brisco and Spillimacheen are still not required to contribute to arena maintenance — this is something that the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) is looking to change in 2013, said RDEK Electoral Area G director Gerry Wilkie. “Definitely the RDEK is committed to discussing the issue with residents of Edgewater, Brisco and Spillimacheeen in the new year,” Wilkie said, who will be holding public meetings at that time to discuss extending the northern boundary of the Columbia Valley Recreation Service Area.

It was around the time when the Village of Radium Hot Springs was incorporated in 1990 that Radium voted to pay towards the Columbia Valley Recreation Service while Edgewater voted not to. However, this situation is no longer acceptable to Radium residents, according to Village of Radium Hot Springs mayor

like to see all players at the table, because we all should pay for recreation, all of us.” While her council supported the creation of one single recreation service for the whole Columbia Valley in principle, they initially didn’t support the bylaw because the new service area still did not represent the entire popula-

“How can we call this a Columbia Valley service area when the whole Columbia Valley isn't in it?” DEE CONKLIN VILLAGE OF RADIUM HOT SPRINGS MAYOR

Dee Conklin. “We’re calling it the Columbia Valley recreation service, Spillimacheen to Canal Flats, and there had been no discussion about the three communities not being part of it yet they should be; if we’re paying, everybody should be paying,” Conklin said. “We’d

tion it served. But after the September 6 directors’ meeting whereby the bylaw was passed without Radium’s support, Radium council opted to rescind its opposition and approve the adoption of the RDEK bylaw on the basis that the three Area G communities will be brought into

the Columbia Valley Recreation Service in the new year — effectively making it clear to the Province that the entire area supports the bylaw, which has been forwarded to the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development for approval. The two other communities in Area G, Wilmer and Dry Gulch, are already paying for the recreation service. “How can we call this a Columbia Valley service area when the whole Columbia Valley isn’t in it, and that’s what Radium’s initial statement was; we agreed in principle but we’d like to see all players at the table, because we all should pay for recreation, all of us,” Conklin said. The inclusion of these new tax dollars will drop the current recreation service tax rate by just one cent per $1,000 of assessment yet these

residents will see an annual increase of $25 to $35 depending on the assessments, said Wilkie. But the bonus of having a co-ordinated recreation service for the Columbia Valley area will be higher quality recreation amenities across the region should the service expand beyond the two arenas to include, for examples, ball fields that are currently maintained by volunteers, he said. This sets the foundation for a more comprehensive regional service, agreed Conklin. “It’s just we needed to start with something and the two arenas was a wonderful way to start,” she said. “And in future… hopefully we’ll get in the baseball diamonds and a few other facilities down the road but we needed to get this one done and done quickly so it could be initiated in January 1.”


He knows that the B.C. economic disaster of the ‘90s is the only legacy left by the NDP. Finally, he knows that the BC Liberals continue to stimulate a strong and measurable economic recovery from the mismanagement of the NDP ‘90s. So in the end and when it comes to telling the truth, Macdonald’s continuous commission of “omission” is a trait he seems to be OK with as he attempts to tell us we actually deserve the truth; I believe when telling the truth we all deserve the whole truth. Phone 250-688-1178 or email doug. Doug Clovechok BC Liberal Candidate Columbia River-Revelstoke

Invermere commended Dear Editor, September is always a beautiful month. This year I would thank the District of Invermere for their improvement efforts in the past spring and summer. We now have about a score of new trees — on the corner by the one old high school, and on the hill down to Tayton Bay (Kinsmen Beach); also in town in several of the curved flower beds which serve as traffic “slow down” areas. The road side (west) at Pothole Park also has new trees and a walkway, a fence and many attractive plants. Altogether a definite plus, including new banners on the lamp posts here and there!! Extra benches all over town are another plus. Includ-

ing the staff wages (seasonal) to maintain after planting the colourful beds of flowers, this has been a reasonable way to spend some of our tax dollars — for colourful and cheerful results. Shirley Campbell Invermere

Cats have GPS Dear Editor, Scruffy the cat and longtime resident of 7th Avenue, Invermere was moved to Wilmer on Sunday, September 16 about 5 p.m. but he must have immediately zoned in on his old home because just after lunch on Wednesday, September 19, Scruffy was seen lying on his regular spot on the couch on 7th Avenue so maybe cats do have GPS? Marilyn Kraayvanger Invermere


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allow for the proper building of the new, wider track and village that was envisioned but this year could be much different. It would go a long way when combined with all the events

and amenities Panorama, Fairmont and Radium have to offer to make this valley a continual winter destination community.   Do we have something else in the works? A "new" event to attract returning visitors? Are you ready to

volunteer your ideas and energies to working towards something new, or for an existing event for that matter? This is a community that those who live in love, it needs the assistance of all of its residents to further its growth and

livelihood. I'm sure the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce would love to hear from those of you who are willing to step forward, not just with an idea but with a strategy of how to make it work. Think about it... A9

The Valley Echo Wednesday, September 26, 2012


Columbia Basin Trust takes new approach Columbia Valley to receive $200,000 per year for three years to shape its future STEVE JESSEL

The Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) is introducing a new way to deliver funds within the Columbia Valley, by putting decision making into the hands of groupings of communities so that money can

be allocated where it will be most effective. "We're pleased the residents of the Columbia Valley are ready to work in this way," said Garry Merkel, CBT Board Chair in a release. "We've been talking

to communities over the years about ways to support communities to make their own decisions about their priorities. This is not new funding; it is another way to access existing funds that will support people across community boundaries to work together to shape their futures." The Columbia Valley will receive $200,000 a year for three years to fund valley-wide priorities, and funds will

be administered through the Regional District of East Kootenay. CBT is also looking at following a similar approach elsewhere within the Columbia Basin, based on interest of community groups and a general readiness of communities to work together. "We now have a committee consisting of elected RDEK directors and community members from the Columbia Valley, coordinating

Police Files — Staff Sgt. Marko Shehovac

Bears in the valley From September 11 to 13, the detachment had been receiving numerous complaints of a large bear roaming the area around Eileen Madson school. This bear seemed to have at its disposal a great deal of food available, as well as garbage. This is the time of year that bears and their cubs are beefing up to prepare for the winter. A number of people were walking about the area as well as kids departing school. Patrols were made and people cautioned as patrols were unable to locate the bear. In the evening, the bear was spotted in a tree and people were advised to leave the area in hopes the bear would depart on its own. The bear continued to remain in the area and we received numerous sightings. On September 13, again with kids departing school and the amount of foot traffic, there was a serious probability that our luck would run out. A decision was made to destroy the bear. The detachment and the Conservation Office are also receiving reports of bears coming into the village area in Radium. September 11 At 9:35 a.m., the Columbia Valley detachment received a report of an abandoned vehicle at the rest stop on Highway 93/95 at Brisco.

A detachment member attended and determined that the 2011 grey Chevy Silverado was reported stolen the same day from High River, Alberta. September 14 At 4 p.m., the Columbia Valley detachment received a report of an assault on a 13-year-old youth that appeared to be family related. The investigation resulted in a 44-year-old adult male being charged with assault. The male will appear in Invermere provincial court on December 10. September 15 At 2:15 a.m., Columbia Valley detachment members attended to a group of youths located behind one of the local bars in town. A backpack was located on the ground that went unclaimed by anyone. A small amount of white crystal powder was in the backpack that was later claimed. The substance was seized, but no charges were laid. At 4:35 a.m., the Columbia Valley detachment attended to a call to assist the local ambulance attendants in regards to an intoxicated male found on the ground near the Heron Point condos. The male was checked by BC Ambulance and it was determined that he could return to his unit in the same condo. At 9:59 p.m., Colum-

bia Valley detachment members were called to a complaint of disturbance and possibly a fight in the Windermere area. Patrols in the area at the time proved negative. At 11 p.m., detachment members received a complaint of a possible gunshot being fired near Dincey Road. Patrols at the time proved negative but a witness came forward advising that a bear banger was discharged around the same time. September 17 At 5:10 p.m., the Columbia Valley detachment received a complaint of what was described as a home invasion where an assault was ongoing in the Industrial Park. Police were familiar with the probable persons involved. Attendance was made and the suspect vehicle was seen leaving the area. This vehicle was stopped and five people were arrested and detained at the scene — three adult males and two females. Police attended to the residence while the subjects remained in custody and, as a result of the investigation, a 19-year-old male from Invermere was charged with mischief and his licence was suspended CONTINUES TO 'POLICE' ON PAGE A13

the planning for the use of these funds," said Wendy Booth, Chair of the Columbia Valley Community Directed Funds Committee and RDEK Electoral Area F Director. "After comprehensive consultation to set valley-wide priorities, we will be allocating funds to appropriate projects. It's a great

opportunity to work collaboratively toward common goals for the valley." CBT supports efforts to deliver social, economic and environmental benefits to the residents of the Columbia Basin. To learn more about CBT programs and initiatives, visit or call 1.800.505.8998.


District of invermere 914 - 8 Avenue • Box 339 Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0 Tel: 250.342.9281 • Fax: 250.342.2934

Notice of Intent Temporary Use Commercial Permit DP 12.05 Lots 3,4,5, Plan NES3335, District Lot 375 Kootenay District Lot 3 PID: 027-281-728 Lot 4 PID: 027-281-736 Lot 5 PID: 027-281-744 The District of Invermere is considering a Temporary Use Commercial Permit application by Skookum Properties Inc. for the operation commercial business, Effects Hair Salon, at the above noted address within the M-1 Light Industrial Zone of Zoning Bylaw No. 1145, 2002. The applicant has applied for a Temporary Commercial Permit having a two year term with a possible one term renewal of equivalent duration for the following property: 1361, Industrial Road #4, Invermere , B.C.

Council will consider the Temporary Use Commercial Permit DP 12.05 at its regular meeting on October 9, 2012. If you believe that this permit affects your interest, you may submit written comments to the District of Invermere, Box 339 Invermere B.C., V0A-1K0 by October 9, 2012 - 4:30 pm. You may fax written comments to (250) 342-2934, email to planning@ or or drop off comments at the District of Invermere Office 914 – 8th Avenue, .Invermere by Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 4:30 pm. You may inspect the proposed DP 12.05 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays from Wednesday September 19, 2012 to Tuesday October 9, 2012 at the Municipal Office, District of Invermere, 914 - 8th Ave. Invermere. To obtain more information, please contact Rory Hromadnik, Director of Development Services at (250) 342 9281, ext 235 or planning@invermere. net DATED this 6th of September 2012. Rory Hromadnik,Director of Finance


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Support literacy with Reach-A-Reader BLACK PRESS STAFF Special to The Valley Echo

CBAL helps hundreds of adult literacy learners in the region Every year throughout the Columbia Basin and Boundary regions, hundreds of our citizens work with literacy instructors and tutors to improve their reading, writing, math, English language and computer skills. These adults are seeking out CBAL (the Columbia Basin and Boundary not-for-profit literacy organization) programs to improve their skills, knowledge and ability so they can participate more fully in their lives and communities. The program benefits and the learners’ commitment are having a positive impact in towns and villages in our the regions. “We work closely with libraries, schools, colleges, businesses, and other community partners to develop, promote and deliver adult literacy and learning services,” said Ali Wassing, CBAL Executive Director. “The Canadian Council on Learning reported that 60 per cent of Canadians do not have the necessary literacy skills to manage their health adequately. We know the health benefits individuals and communities gain when a commitment is made to

life-long learning.” said: “Your teacher is very good teacher. The Adult Literacy and Life Skills in- I learn lots how to speak, to write and to ternational survey found approximately read English; “The ESL class helps me to 40 per cent of Canadians need greater practice my English and my tutor helps knowledge and skills to effectively find me with many things in my life and I and use basic written information for have the conversations with her.” daily work and living tasks. Selkirk College works with CBAL and “Research shows us the need for the Kootenay Family Place in Castlegar increased adult literacy,” says Betty to bring high school upgrading courses Knight, CBAL Regional Program Man- to parents.
 ager, East Kootenay. “We see the effects “This program is such a pleasure to on individuals, famibe part of,” said Allies and communilison Alder, Chair, ties, and are commit- “We know the health benefits School of Academic ted to helping people individuals and communities Upgrading and Dechange their lives gain when a commitment is velopment, Selkirk through small group College. “While inclasses, one-to-one made to life-long learning.” structors help partutoring and services ents brush up on ali wassing CBAL Executive director at our centres.” math, learn a new “Our learners gain biology concept or much-needed skills in reading, writ- polish their writing skills, they can reing and speaking English,” said Linda lax knowing their children are cared for Steward, Creston Community Literacy nearby. Bringing learning opportuniCoordinator. “They also find friendship ties to people, where and when they are and emotional support to combat the comfortable, is community learning at isolation immigrants experience. It is so its finest.” rewarding to see them start with little or “The program gave me an opportunity no English and, within a few years, be to complete my schooling by providing working, joining community organiza- excellent childcare, career counselling tions, and settling into a happy full life and an awesome tutor. But most imporin our valley.” tantly, I received positive encourageLearners expressing their appreciation ment to follow through with my career

plans,” said Charity Barbour, a past ABE program participant. In Cranbrook, CBAL partners with College of the Rockies to offer the Young Parent Education Program. Young parents, who face multiple barriers, can complete their high school education, and, focus on learning new life, work and parenting skills. “Learners make new and sustaining friendships, support each other, and, with improved self-esteem are empowered to move on to vocational, academic or employment opportunities when they graduate,” said Katherine Hough, Cranbrook Community Literacy Coordinator. Literacy statistics affecting our communities: 26 per cent of Canadians with the lowest literacy skill levels are unemployed; 80 per cent of those with low literacy skills earn less than $27,000 a year; 33 per cent of employers report challenges because some staff need better literacy skills. On Wednesday, October 10, support literacy in your community by taking part in Black Press and CBAL’s Reach-A-Reader campaign. Buy The Valley Echo from a volunteer who will be out in the town. All proceeds raised will go to support literacy programs in your community. By learning together, we will grow strong together.

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Invermere ValleyTimes Echo and the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy are The Trail Daily partnering on a great new event for Invermere. Trail. highest people On Wednesday, Wednesday,October October10, 5, some some of ofInvermere’s Trail’s highest profiprofile le people willwill be be outout onon thethe street with forfor donations to help support literacy initiatives in ourin street with our ournewspaper newspaperasking asking donations to help support literacy initiatives community. AlongAlong with your we willwe give you a copy your community newspaper our community. with donation your donation will give you of a copy of your community for FREE (plus a few extrabe promos go along withtothat). newspaper for there FREEmight (plus be there might a few to extra promos go along with that). Absolutely all funds raised from the day will go towards CBAL and all funds will stay in the community in which they are raised to support literacy programs in our community. Help Promote Literacy and Lifelong Learning in our Community Help Promote Literacy and Lifelong Learning in our Community


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Local MLA takes tough stand on timber MLA Norm Macdonald discusses his work with Special Committe on Timber Supply NICOLE TRIGG

Columbia RiverRevelstoke MLA Norm Macdonald had a busy summer as the deputy chair of the Special Committee on Timber Supply. The Committee, which was appointed by the Legislative Assembly in May earlier this year, had the aim of examining the loss of timber supply in the central interior and make recommendations. Over the last 13 years, the outbreak of mountain pine beetle has affected an estimated 18.1 million hectares of forest throughout the province, and continues to present major challenges to B.C.’s forest industry. “The pine beetle epidemic hit here but not nearly as hard as it hit in the Cariboo,” Macdonald told The Valley Echo. “In the (BC) Interior where you have these huge pine forests, the pine beetle hit very hard there… and there is a massive dieoff that took place; the government reasonably decided to harvest as much of that as possible, now what’s happening is that wood that was being harvested has run out, so you have milling facilities that have been set up and their supply of fibre is now coming to an end. Now what hap-

pens to those facilities, what happens to the people that work there, what happens to the communities that depend upon them.” Macdonald is critical of the B.C. government’s handling of the situation, pointing out that the situation was predictable enough yet not enough work has been done to anticipate the inevitable decline in timber. He said the government’s legal obligation to replant areas disrupted by disease or by fire was removed about ten years ago under the Liberal administration of premier Gordan Campbell. “Then they cut the provincial replanting budget by 90 per cent,” he said. “Now what that led to was huge parts of the pine beetle infected areas that haven’t been properly replanted.” To make matters worse, cost-cutting measures has also meant that a proper inventory of public lands has fallen by the wayside, and without the appropriate surveys, it’s impossible to determine what needs to be replanted, Macdonald said. “Whereas in the 1990s, they would spend about $21 mil-

All Seniors of the Columbia Valley are invited to The 18th Annual Seniors Harvest Tea at DTSS Friday, September 28 2:30 - 4 p.m. Join us for tea and coffee, delicious food, and great conversation. Please call 342-9213 ext. 110 by September 27 to reserve your seat. This event is hosted by the DTSS Cook Training and Leadership and is complimentary to Seniors of the Columbia Valley

SUBMITTED PHOTO Columbia River-Revelstoke MLA Norm Macdonald at a mill site this summer as deputy chair of the appointed Special Committee on Timber Supply.

lion doing inventory each year, they’re now down to $6 million,” he said. “So they have inventory that’s completely out of date.” The Committee — which was made up of four Liberals and three NDP — released its report on August 15 to the Legislative Assembly and essentially concluded that, without an accurate inventory, correct decisions on land management cannot be made with data that’s out of date. “If you don’t know what’s there, how do you set accurate cut levels, how do you do anything?” said Macdonald. “Allowable cuts went way up to

deal with the pine beetle wood and now they’re going to have to come down, but when you’re setting the cut, obviously you need accurate information. How do you set a cut that’s sustainable? “That’s a very poor way to manage your resource. It just doesn’t make sense.” The Committee toured about 20 communities impacted by the pine beetle, and Macdonald said they consistently heard the same concerns from community members and professional organizations, that what’s happening on the ground is degrading the forest resource.

“On top of that, people were saying that the land use planning that was done in the ‘90s was valid and that we need to get back into place where we’re centring decisions on the land back into communities,” he said, noting the process in the ‘90s whereby stockholders had a say in land use planning ended in 2001 when the BC Liberals came to power. And the dual-party Committee came forward with recommendations that mirror what the NDP has been saying consistently in the House of Commons for years, he said. “It’s basically that

we have to get inventory that’s right , we have to do the replanting, we have to involve communities and be respectful of First Nations rights before we make a decision, we have to do nothing on the land that hurts certification and basically that’s what the report deals with,” said Macdonald. “All of that has implications for this area.” Now that governments from the United States to Europe and now China have decided on a green agenda, it’s starting to reflect in their purchasing and although B.C. is marketing its timber as a sustainable product coming from a jurisdiction that has the world’s best practices, independent parties such as the Auditor General, the Forest Practices Board and forest professionals are saying the government’s current forest management plan is not consistent with good practice, said Macdonald. “We don’t have a forest office here anymore, we don’t have people on the land looking after what is our most valuable asset and it could be worth a trillion dollars, that’s the estimate for the public

land across B.C. so if it’s worth that much, it’s crazy not to look after it properly,” he said. “We have a care for the land, we want to look after it properly, and that means, that what has happened over the past years can’t continue and it is a call to the government to change what it is doing.” In a press release issued on September 21 to commemorate National Forest Week (September 23 to 29), Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson stated his ministry will be working closely with communities, First Nations and stakeholders to implement all 20 of the report’s recommendations. “A number of the recommendations reflect actions already underway by the ministry,” Thomson said in the release. “”I can assure you the ministry’s response to the committee’s recommendations will provide a solid foundation for us to move forward and will address the needs of communities and families in the region.” To learn more about the Committee, visit

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Non-wildlife proof trash cans removed across district Briefs from the District of Invermere council meeting on September 11 STEVE JESSEL

A motion was brought before council by Councillor Paul Denchuk regarding the use of Invermere trash cans by wildlife as a food source. The motion proposed that all District of Invermere trash cans be wildlife proof or

removed, including the bins within the transfer station in the Invermere industrial park. In particular, the trash cans located at Kinsmen Beach were noted as particularly troublesome, as they are often seen overflowing with gar-

bage, which is then spread around the area by wildlife such as crows and deer. Council decided to remove the Kinsmen Beach garbage cans that are not wildlife proof, yet there will still be a bin that is wildlife resistant available for use at the beach. The decision on what to do with all other Invermere garbage cans was moved forward to be discussed during budget meetings.

Bylaw officer Next on the list was a discussion regarding the ongoing process of hiring a bylaw enforcement officer for the district. Since the previous bylaw officer left, the district has been advertising for someone to fill the position; related duties in the meantime have been performed by district staff. There was extensive discussion among councillors regarding how bylaws

District of invermere 914 - 8 Avenue • Box 339 Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0 Tel: 250.342.9281 • Fax: 250.342.2934

2013 Proposed Permissive Tax Exemptions

In accordance with the notice requirements and authority of ss. 227 and 224 of the Community Charter, the following properties are proposed by bylaw, for permissive property taxation exemption for the 2013 calendar year. Also included are required estimates of exemption amounts for the following two years.

Property Holder

District of Invermere

Estimated Exempted Municipal Taxes Organization

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1720 4th Avenue





The Family Resource 1317 7th Centre of Invermere Avenue





525 13th Street





Invermere District Curling Club

Invermere District Curling Club

509 13th Street





Valley Fitness Society

722 14th Street

Windermere District Social Service Society

Valley Fitness Centre

Christian Zehnder

Columbia Valley Arts Council


Royal Canadian Royal Canadian Legion #71 Legion #71




Windermere District 1210 9th Social Service Avenue





Windermere District Social Service Society

Mount Nelson Place 750 6th Avenue





Lakeview Manor Lakeview Manor Society Inc.

600 6th Avenue





District of Invermere





Synod of the Diocese of Kootenay

Windermere District 222 6th Avenue Museum Windermere Valley Shared Ministry

120 7th Avenue





Synod of the Diocese of Kootenay

Family Resource Centre of Invermere

120 7th Avenue





Sonshine Children’s Centre

320 10th Avenue





Alliance Church

326 10th Avenue





Christian & Missionary Alliance

The District of Invermere received a letter regarding the proposed Jumbo Glacier Resort from the outgoing Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Ida Chong. The district had originally sent the minister a letter regarding the proposed incorporation of a mountain resort municipality in relation to the Jumbo Glacier Resort, and in her response, Chong wrote that “municipal incorporation of an area prior to the arrival of residents is not new in British Columbia” and that “government supports a similar approach to benefit mountain resort

Canadian Martyrs

712 12th Avenue





Columbia Garden Village

800 10th Avenue





District of Invermere

Invermere Seniors Hall

1309 14th Street






$30,371.01 $30,978.40 $31,597.97

development.” “Government remains of the view that incorporating an area prior to the arrival of residents can, in limited circumstances, support the early development of mountain resorts by providing the strong foundations necessary for well planned resort communities,” Chong wrote. Council decided to send a letter to new Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Bill Bennett congratulating him on his appointment and asking that when First Nations are consulted on the decision to incorporate a mountain resort municipality in the Jumbo Valley that the District of Invermere be consulted as well.

Community policing eyed Briefs from the Village of Radium Hot Springs council meeting on September 12

The Village of Radium Hot Springs will be holding a public safety meeting on Saturday, October 13 with a female RCMP officer as the guest speaker. The RCMP officer is familiar with both the Neighbourhood Watch and Community on Patrol community policing programs, and will be addressing problems specific to the Radium community. While the information session will focus on Radium-related problems, invitations to the event have been extended to other communities in the valley who may be interested to learn more about these community programs and steps Radium is taking to address any issues.

Restaurant expansion

Roman Catholic Bishop of Nelson Columbia Village Enter prises Ltd.

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have been enforced in the past, and it was noted that there has been a focus on education and prevention as opposed to punishing offenders. District chief administrative officer Chris Prosser told council that the idea of ticketing more frequently would only cost the district more money in the long run in legal fees, and Mayor Gerry Taft said that the goal should be about compliance, as ticketing more frequently wouldn’t benefit any of the parties involved. Again, a final decision was deferred to a later date, pending further discussion among councillors regarding bylaw enforcement philosophy during budget meetings.

Council unanimously approved a development permit to expand Helna’s Stube, the casual European cuisine gourmet dining restaurant at 7547 Main Street West in Radium. Improvements to the building will include replacing the current mansard style flat roof with a peaked roof, adding an

entrance foyer and office space, as well as enlarging the internal storage space upstairs. The exterior finish will also change, to an earth-tone CanExcel-style siding. Council expressed excitement at the prospect of an improved facade and modernized look to the building, but imposed one requirement — that gables be included in the new roof’s design to break up the sightline.

No properties auctioned Council accepted staff correspondence to the effect that there will not be a single tax sale for any properties within the Village of Radium Hot Springs this year on September 24. This is quite rare, commented VORHS chief administrative officer Mark Read, and credited chief financial officer Karen Sharp for her diligence in encouraging residents to pay the required amounts.

Campground bylaw In response to a request by the Regional District of East Kootenay for comments, Radium council will support an RDEK campground bylaw that is intended to regulate the establishment, extension, design and servicing of campgrounds within the RDEK. The bylaw covers the entire RDEK, including zoned and unzoned areas, and over the last six to eight months, campground owners have been providing input.

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POLICE FILES continued... Bear Aware — Crystal Leonard, Community Co-ordinator

Habituated bears Locations of several bear sightings last week: a lone bear was found consuming garbage on Radium Valley Road; a lone bear was seen roaming around and eating apples on Kirk Street in Radium; a lone bear was reported in multiple times consuming garbage from local businesses on Highway 93 in Radium; a lone bear was scene roaming around Forester’s Landing in Radium; a sow and three cubs have been seen in Invermere around 13th Avenue and 4th Street; signs of a bear and garbage scattered around on 13th Street and 7th Avenue. Please report all bear sightings and/or property damage caused by a bear to the RAPP line at 1-877-952-7277. It has been a very busy September with a high number of bear sightings and many bear related incidences. About two weeks ago, a 200 to 300 pound black bear was destroyed on 13th Avenue in Invermere due to becoming human-food conditioned and human-habituated.

When RCMP found the bear, it was eating garbage on residential property. Residents mentioned the bear got garbage out of the back of their pickup truck and took it to a nearby bush to consume. When RCMP approached the bear, the bear didn’t scare off and for public safety the bear was destroyed. I want to make clear this is neither the RCMP’s nor the Conservation Officers’ fault; it is the fault of residents welcoming a bear into the community by letting it eat our garbage, fruit trees, birdfeed, etc. When a bear comes into town during the day and is not scaring off easily, it is obviously very used to being around people and getting food from us. When a bear passes through a community and finds garbage or other easy food sources and doesn’t feel threatened, they are bound to stay and get comfortable. They become accustomed to being around us, associating us with food. Relocation would not work in this situation; bears travel far distances and will end

up coming back to the same community or find another community in which to access food. Over 500 bears are destroyed a year in B.C. due to humanbear conflicts. The solution is an easy one — manage bear attractants (garbage, fruit trees, bird feeders, and pet food) so that bears can’t access them; then they will have no reason to remain in town and will avoid coming into conflict with us. Bear Aware is currently looking for volunteers, please call the Bear Aware Community Coordinator at 250-688-0561. BCCF’s Bear Aware gratefully acknowledges funding by Columbia Basin Trust, the Ministry of Environment and the communities of Invermere and Radium. To report a bear sighting or incident call the RAPP line at: 1-877-9527277 For more information on Bear Aware contact Leonard, Bear Aware Community Coordinator at 250-688-0561, or


and the vehicle impounded for 90 days as a result of blowing a fail. It was determined the other people were not directly involved in a window being broken. The investigation is continuing to determine if further charges should be laid. The 19-year-old male remained in custody until the following morning to sober up.

On a Personal Note... Weapon of Choice I have found that over the years my best weapon to get myself out of any potential problems has always been my mouth. Not that I often have to talk myself out of trouble but I can usually talk someone else out of trouble. They calm down and the matter is resolved. I just never know when the problem is going to surface and you have to be prepared. Case in point — I am driving down the highway and my wife for obvious good reason is talking on my passenger ear side, making a point and correcting me on something I was once again

wrong with. Her point was well-articulated as they normally are, and I agreed. I capitulated (surrendered) and told her, "Point made, no need to continue her words of wisdom." Problem is, after I concede she wants to do a victory lap and carry on for another 30 seconds. As I am in the habit, after 15 seconds I will finally turn my head for eye contact and verbally wave the white flag indicating I agree, no need to continue. Around the 30-second mark, if she carries on with the victory lap I will snap. Now she’s ticked and comments, “Well, I guess we are off to a bad day, are we?” Without hesitation (don’t know where this came from, husband instincts or police training), my immediate response was, “Even a bad day with you is always a good day for me.” I get a smirk indicating she’s happy with that. Inside, I am giving myself high fives. ("You da man, where the hell did that come from? Great comeback.") You never know when your training comes in handy. Husbands in the valley, feel free to plagiarize.

The Killer Rollbots thank every person and organization that supported our team this 2012 year, enabling us to skate hard all season, and become the first East Kootenay Roller Derby League Champions! We’re proud to represent the Columbia Valley in our league and we owe much of our success to the support from our community!

Thank you!

Our Official Sponsors: the Valley Echo Arrowhead Brewing Company Doodlebug Bud’s Bar & Lounge Panorama Scizzor Sisters Andrew Scott The Book Bar Brady Zubach Canal Flats Arena Carl McColl Carly Flanagan Coach Lime Cody Courtney Columbia Valley Pioneer Cut-Throat Car Hops and CRDA East Kootenay Roller Derby League Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena

Fire Vixen Tattoos Fundamental Events The Garage Sport Training Center Geoff Muir Gilberta and Fred Corey Glacier Peaks Gracie Oaks her Public High Altitude Therapy Inside Edge Invermere Curling Club James Lazarus John Wolfe Construction Ltd. Joe Helmer Kicking Horse Coffee Kill Jills and CCRD “The Officials” Lions’ Club Local View Printing & Design Palliser Printing Revelstoke Derailers

Rocky River Grill RONA North Star Hardware Sign Artists Shara Ruth Syndicate Board Shop Super Nova 007 Valley Peak YPC A special “thank you” to all the volunteers from our Invermere June 2 bout and Sept 23 Canal Flats scrimmage. A loud derby cheer to all of our friends and fans! And the biggest THANK YOU to our families, because without their constant support, we could not play this sport we love! We sincerely apologize if we missed anyone that should be on this list!


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Community Calendar

Lake Windermere Pulse Check #12*

Submit your events:

WED SEPT 26 •Flower picking day! Pick flowers from the beds downtown, no digging, leave all roots, and only cut annual flowers. THURS SEPT 27 •Open meeting at Community Greenhouse to discuss the issues around GMOs (genetically modified organisms) in the valley. 7 p.m. For more info: FRI SEPT 28 •Columbia Valley Community Foundation presents the film "Happy, DTSS Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Admission is by donation. •The 18 th Annual Seniors Harvest Tea at DTSS, 2:30 pm-4 p.m. 250-342-9213 ext. 110 by Sept 27. •CV Arts presents La Cafamore String Quartet with guest clarinettist Nicola Everton, Christ Church Trinity Invermere, 7:30 p.m. SAT SEPT 29 •Hockey Referee Clinic, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mezzanine at the Eddie Mountain Arena, 250-342-6253. SEPT 2830 •Columbia Salmon Festival, various locations, childrens actvities, lectures and presentations, cultural performances, local artisans, live music, dinner and more! Visit TUES OCTOBER 2 •Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club AGM, Lakeview Meadows Rec Centre, 7 p.m. WED OCTOBER 3 •Free Public Talk about Cancer Prevention Presented by InspireHealth doctors. Copper Point Resort 7 -9 p.m.

THUR OCTOBER 4 •Invermere Curling Club AGM, 7:30 p.m. OCTOBER 45 •Two day Inspire LIFE BC Program for those afffected by cancer. Copper Point Resort 9-4:30. For more info 250342-6688. To register call 1-888-734-7125. EVERY SUNDAY •Public Indoor Rock Climbing, Laird School, 5-8 p.m., $5. •Radium Seniors’ Carpet Bowling, 1:30 p.m., Hall. 2nd SUNDAY •LW Alliance Church Sing and Celebrate, 7 p.m. For more information call Clarence Stauffer, 250-3429580. EVERY MONDAY •Gentle drop-in carpet bowling, 1:30 p.m., Seniors' Centre. •Cadets, 6:30-9 p.m. for boys and girls, ages 12-17. Cost: FREE (includes uniform). Info: Rick Dendy 250-3411509. •Duplicate Bridge, 6:30 p.m., Invermere Seniors’ Hall, $2/ person. Visitors welcome. •EK Brain Injury Support Group, 1-3 p.m., Family Resource Centre. Info: 250-344-5674. 1st & 3rd TUESDAY •OPT clinic, 6:308:30 p.m., Inv. Health Unit, 85010th Ave. Confidential service: low-cost birth control, and STI testing. 1st TUESDAY •Invermere Camera Club 7 p.m. Tanya, tanyadeleeuw65@ EVERY TUESDAY •Yoga THRIVEYoga for Cancer Survivors. Hot springs studio, Fairmont

Village Mall. For info Jan Klimek 250-3421195. •Shuswap Bingo at the big white tent on Capilo Way, old Eagle Ranch entrance, early bird at 7 p.m. 250-341-6361. 1st & 3rd WED •Scrabble Night at Invermere Public Library. 6 - 8 p.m. Bring your boards! Call 250-342-6416. 2nd & 4th WED •Senior's Day at the Invermere Library. Bus transportation provided. EVERY THURSDAY •Cadets, 6:30-9 p.m. for boys and girls, ages 12-17. Cost: FREE (includes uniform). Info: Rick Dendy 250-3411509. •Children's Air Rifle Program, with the LWDRGC, Inv. Community Hall, 7 - 8:30 p.m., free of charge, ages 6-15. Learn safety, marksmanship, equipment provided. EVERY FRIDAY •Baby Goose program for parents and babies up to 18 months. 9:3011:30 a.m. at Eileen Madson Primary. kandruschuk@cbal. org •Public Indoor Rock Climbing, Laird School, 5-8 p.m., $5. •Preschool Story Time at the Invermere Public Library, 10:30 a.m. For info visit invermere. EVERY SATURDAY •Public Indoor Rock Climbing, Laird School, 5-8 p.m., $5. •Hip Hop Flip Flop class, Scrappy Do's, 5:30 p.m. THRIFT STORE •Thursdays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, 1 - 4 p.m.

Volunteer of the Week: Loreen Jacobs

The lake and the air are now the same temperature! Water sampling on September 11 found air and water to both be 16 degrees Celsius. Volunteer Loreen Jacobs, of Invermere, said she enjoyed her day sampling water quality because of "fun science and lots of laughs. And we saw a blue heron on the way back to top it off!"

*To volunteer, call 250-341-6898 or email

Empowering cancer victims We are also pleased that Copper Point Resort has graciously agreed to host this event in their new facility. Their chef is presently working with the InspireHealth’s nutritionist to ensure that the food to be served will be made with the finest quality food using local ingredients when possible. CONNIE WATSON One of our committee members, Donna TailLIFE Committee Chair lon, recently traveled to Kamloops to attend the Exciting news for our valley! InspireHealth’s LIFE program there. The program is designed two day cancer care LIFE program is coming to provide attendees with not only the two-day to our valley on Thursday, October 4 and Fri- workshop but with courses similar to those ofday, October 5. Although InspireHealth has fered in their permanent clinics. These include been in existence since 1997, anyone wanting videos on nutrition, recipes, weekly online to take the program has had to travel to Van- meditation and doctor consultations via Skype couver to do so. Now a new venture, called or by phone. Technology allows this connecInspire LIFE BC, has begun to reach out to tion with the InspireHealth staff and also promore rural areas of our province, made pos- vides members a personal connection. In addition to the two-day LIFE Program, all sible in part through additional funding by the BC Ministry of Health. The first out- reach pro- cancer participants receive a one year membership to InspireHealth which gram was held in Terrace in includes weekly email inforMarch with the second one “The program gives mation, a 90 minute consulin Kamloops in June. We are tation with an InspireHealth thrilled that we will be the participants the tools to physician with online followthird BC location to receive empower them to improve ups as needed, online classes, this program. their recovery and free membership in Tyze, a seAnyone who has been afcure online support program, fected with cancer is invited survival.” as well as access to a database to attend this program to learn how to live well and support themselves of the latest research. Participants are encourin addition to their traditional treatments. In- aged to bring along a support person who can spireHealth is of benefit to anyone at any stage attend for $95. In addition, health care providers, of their cancer journey whether recently diag- such as massage therapists, physiotherapists, nosed, undergoing treatment or having fin- and health food providers, will find the program ished treatment and wanting to learn strate- valuable for assisting those who have had cancer gies to prevent recurrence. The program gives with the cost to attend being $95. If you know of anyone who has been affected participants the tools to empower them to imby cancer we ask that you bring this program prove their recovery and survival. We are pleased to announce that we have to their attention. We encourage anyone who received financial support from four service currently has cancer or has had cancer at any clubs in our valley: the Lake Windermere Lions, time to register for this integrative cancer care the Fairmont Lions, the Kinsmen and the Ro- program by calling 1-888- 734-7125. In addition, the team of InspireHealth doctary Clubs, both of Invermere. This has allowed us to offer the LIFE Program for $250 for cancer tors who will be coming to present the LIFE participants and $95 for their supporters. The program have offered to give a Free Public Talk cost to take the program in Vancouver is $445 about Cancer Prevention. This will be held on October 3 at 7 p.m. at Copper Point Resort. so this is a very significant saving.

Copper Point Resort hosting innovative cancer program at discounted price

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Arts & Entertainment Myriad of musical styles meets fire Former Invermere musician returns with unique performance and fire dancing at Strands Old House Restaurant STEVE JESSEL

For Mariah Mennie, becoming a musician wasn’t really always the plan. “I don’t know if I actually made a choice that I’m going to be a musician,” said Mennie, a classically trained pianist and singer. “A lot of my steps just kept taking me in that direction.” Mennie, a former resident of Invermere, will be returning to the Columbia Valley for a special performance at Strands Old House Restaurant on Friday (September 28) at 7 p.m. after spending the last four years living in Vancouver. She will also be joined by special guest cellist Brian Deans for a night of classical, jazz and contemporary music with a bit of an unexpected twist at the end, when Mennie will show the art of fire poi, or

fire dancing, once the sun sets. “[The fire dancing] is kind of a meditative thing,” Mennie said. “Everything has to keep moving, and it’s also a visual performance. It’s always growing, and that’s the great guarantee about music or poi dancing or any of the arts, if you put time into it, you’re guaranteed to get better and to grow.” On the musical side, Mennie will be playing a mixture of piano and African drums to go along with her vocals, backed up by Deans. Both are part of a larger group called the Plastic Acid Orchestra, but with only two members performing Mennie said they’ll likely have a much lower-key show. “I like to express emotion,” Mennie said. “Also, it’s nice to

get this beautiful exchange of energy that happens when you’re performing, and you’re giving something to people, and it’s making them feel good and then they’re giving that back to you.” For that reason, Mennie said she prefers smaller venues and smaller audiences because it’s easier to establish a strong connection with her audiences. “Music is always a really great way for people to connect, especially when I was travelling,” Mennie said. “You could be a stranger in a different city and nobody would talk to you, but pull out an instrument and start playing and all of a sudden people are coming up to you… it sparks this really cool thing.” Mennie is on a bit of a hiatus from school at the moment, but said in the future she can see herself getting more serious in the teaching side of music. She said she’d like to continue with the Plastic Acid Orchestra in the future as well. There will be a $8 cover charge at her show this Friday. For reservations, call 250-342-6344.

SUBMITTED PHOTO Musician and performance artist Mariah Mennie will be accompanied by a guest cellist for her show at Strands Old House Restaurant on Friday (September 28).

Willhorse delivers original gritty sound Band from Golden finishing up tour at Bud's before hitting the studio STEVE JESSEL

Coming to the end of a four-month tour, Golden-based rockers Willhorse will visit Invermere one last time on Thursday (September 27) at Bud’s Bar and Lounge before they hit the studio later this year, and guitarist Jeremy Borschneck is happy with the reception they’ve seen in the towns they’ve been visiting. “It’s gone really good, we’re slowly kind of building a fan base in all these towns,” CONTINUES TO 'PRAIRIE' ON PAGE A16

SUBMITTED PHOTO Willhorse will be playing Bud's Thursday (September 27) night.

Cinefest @ Pynelogs Another season of Cinefest @ Pynelogs featuring 7 great films starting October 9 with Monsieur Lazhar. What does ART Tickets at the Door. Doors open at 6pm · film at 7pm. mean to you? Call 250-342-4423 for more info. Visit for our current events calendar, or call 250-342-4423.


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Prairie flair coming to Bud's Pynelogs presents eighth show CONTINUED FROM PAGE A15

Borschneck said. “I guess the main idea of this summer tour was to leave our fingerprint.” The four-man band has been together for about eight months although cousins Borschneck and bass player Todd Menzies have been playing together for much longer than that. Three of the members are originally from Saskatchewan with the fourth from Ontario and Borschneck said that since transplanting to British Columbia they’ve brought a little bit of that Saskatchewan flair with them. “We’re a different sounding band than most indie bands that come through,” Borchneck said. “There’s a lot of bands coming through that are based out of Vancouver, and because three of us are based out of Saskatchewan, we sort of have a more Saskatchewan rock sound… it’s gritty old rock and roll.” Borschneck describes the band as having a decidedly southern rock

feel, and lists some of their influences as the Black Keys, Eric Clapton and Steve Earl. They perform almost entirely original content, much of which they plan to feature on their upcoming album, which they plan to record once the current tour concludes. Following 10 days in the studio, the band plans to have the album out by December and will tour extensively in support of the album shortly thereafter. “This tour is more about letting people know who we are, so that once we release our CD we’ll have some people that are going to hopefully support that,” Borschneck said. “I think the motivation is the idea that maybe we can get to a level of success where we want to be, but just the music itself is our main motivation.” For their show at Bud’s with opener Otter, Borschneck said they plan to deliver a high-energy performance and after a positive experience in Invermere earlier this year, are looking forward to returning. Visit www. to hear their music.


JOSHUA ESTABROOKS Columbia Valley Arts Council

The leaves are turning and people are preparing for the not-too-distant winter, but that doesn’t mean things aren’t still happening down here at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. We’re set to unveil our eighth featured artist showcase, which kicks off tonight, Wednesday, September 26 and will run until October 7. The show includes work from Elizabeth Stuart, Laila Jensen, Janice Edwards, Sandra Howard, Maureen Leitch and Sharon Routley. Award-winning painter Maureen Leitch comes from a long line of artists and musicians, and has had a lifelong passion for artistic endeavours. She works in oil, acrylic, watercolour and encaustic, creating distinctly original works full of unique textures and values. Windermere-based mixed media, oil and acrylic painter Sandra Howard uses her background in landscape design to help with the composition and design of her pieces, which focus on a diverse array of subjects from her many travels around globe.

Rushing Water by Janice Edwards

Cranbrook’s Sharon Routley works primarily in oils, to create pieces that seem to come from another world. Her work often gives the audience a feeling like they are looking into Narnia, or a boldly coloured dreamscape. Her recent use of distressed frames creates the perfect compliment to her popular creative works. Watermedia painter, Fernie’s Janice Edwards, considers herself a colourist. Her recent work has a definite semi-abstract style, inspired by the dramatic landscapes of Western Canada. Since 2006, Invermere’s Laila Jensen has been rediscovering her creative side. The more she paints, the more

she loves the creative space she finds herself in. Her work is inspired by landscapes, which give her the basis for her unique impressionistic and abstract expression of the world around her. Elizabeth Stuart loves painting the mountain landscapes that she sees in and around her home in Invermere. Her work in acrylics is a representational style that incorporates expressive colours and shapes from the natural world. The show kicks off tonight with an artist opening evening from 7 to 9 p.m. down here at Pynelogs complete with the artists themselves, as well as food and beverages.

Saturday, October 27, 2012 Black Forest Restaurant

doors open at 5:30

• 3-course dinner 6:30 • fashion show 7:30

all models are breast cancer survivors. Fashions by Details by JoAnne, essentials, Inside edge and tiffany’s thredz.

Live entertainment by Marty and elijah Beingessner to follow. exciting door prizes!

This is NOT a fundraiser, it is a Celebration! The 2-year campaign to bring a digital stereotactic mammography unit to the East Kootenay Regional Hospital has reached its $1,000,000 goal in less than a year.

Advance tickets only $30 available at Kootenay Savings Credit Unions in Invermere and radium, or by calling Sheila Tutty 250-342-9059

Joe and Elizabeth have retired from the store but we still have some beautiful stock left. We are having a warehouse sale in the bay behind the old store. Great deals to be had, drop by. Friday, Sept 28 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept 29 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept 30 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct 5 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct 6 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Industrial Park, Invermere (just off road to Panorama)

Ph: 250-342-0707 Email:

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Meet the 2012/2013 Rockies! and he's dishing it off and getting into the open," Kascak said. "It's give and go, quick touch passes, get the puck and then shoot it, and that's what he's been doing, is shooting." In net, the situation is much more cloudy with three goaltenders battling for only two roster spots. Invermere native Brody Nelson has had two spectacular games in wins over Golden and

Columbia Valley Rockies are raring to go with strong coaching staff, board of directors behind them STEVE JESSEL

It's hard to contain the excitement that's pouring out of the Columbia Valley Rockies dressing room this year. With a full roster and a dedicated group of players and coaches, the Rockies have opened the 2012 campaign atop the KIJHL standings through six games. "This season is great," assistant coach Jan Kascak said. "From last season it's like night and day." With two consecutive wins over Golden to open the year and some highly

competitive games the week after, it's safe to say the entire league is likely talking about the sudden turnaround of the Columbia Valley Rockies. Following a year where the team only managed to win three games all season, to have reached that total after only six games is truly a noteworthy accomplishment, and it's not uncommon to hear fans from opposing teams marvelling at the new and improved Columbia Valley Rockies.

"We have scoring ability that we didn't have last year, we can put the puck in the net," Kascak said. "We're not done tweaking this team‌ we have until January 10, so nobody has made the team until January 10." One player who has likely boosted his stock through the first six games would have to be secondyear forward Ryan Henderson. After six games, Henderson sat third in the KIJHL in scoring with five goals and three assists, and Kascak said the best way for Henderson to continue with his torrid pace is to continue to play within the team system. "I think he's doing the things that we've asked him to do, he's not handling the puck as much



Age: 16 Position: Winger Hometown: Penticton, BC Height: 6'0 Weight: 190lbs Fave player: Milan Lucic



Age: 16 Position: Goalie Hometown: Invermere, BC Height: 6'1 Weight: 175lbs Fave player: Carey Price

Kelowna, while goalie Scott Legault is the only returning goalie on the squad from last season, when he played well. Stewart Pratt is the wildcard of the three, capable of unseating either of the other goalies before the team goes down to two goalies later this week. "We've got some real hard (roster) decisions to make," Kascak said. This season, the Rockies



Age: 19 Position: Defence Hometown: Surrey, BC Height: 6'2 Weight: 200lbs Fave player: Niklas Kronwall



Age: 18 Position: Forward Hometown: Aldergrove, BC Height: 5'9 Weight: 160lbs Fave player: Phil Kessel

are supported in the community by a board of 12 members beginning with President Al Miller. The vice-president this year will be Graeme Anderson, and secretary and treasurer will be filled by Raylene Oram and Iris Rolla, while Ross Bidinger, Dave Tomalty, Angie MacKenzie, Claude Oram, Greg Geiger, Glen Sage, Roger Dubielewicz and Noelene Anderson will serve as directors.



Age: 18 Position: Defence Hometown: Invermere, BC Height: 6'0 Weight: 200lbs Fave player: Zdeno Chara



Age: 18 Position: Left wing Hometown: Surrey, BC Height: 6'0 Weight: 150lbs Fave player: Ilya Kovalchuk

September Golf Special Bring this coupon in and receive 2 green fees and a cart for $59 (+tax) after 2 p.m.

Book your tee time today: 250.342.3004


COLTON GRAVES 2 km east of Hwy 93/95 on the Windermere Loop Road

Age: 18 Position: Defence Hometown: West Kelowna, BC Height: 6'2 Weight: 170lbs Fave player: Scott Stevens



Age: 17 Position: Center Hometown: Invermere, BC Height: 5'10 Weight: 180lbs Fave player: Alex Ovechkin



Age: 18 Position: Center Hometown: Calgary, AB Height: 5'10 Weight: 160lbs Fave player: Steven Stamkos

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jake fardoe

Age: 18 Position: Defence Hometown: Edmonton, AB Height: 6'2 Weight: 185lbs Fave player: N. Lidstrom


liam neary

Age: 17 Position: Left Wing Hometown: Penticton, BC Height: 5'10 Weight: 175lbs Fave player: Marion Gaborik A19


James price

Age: 18 Position: Winger Hometown: Calgary, AB Height: 5'10 Weight: 160lbs Fave player: Patrick Kane


nolan dyck

Age: 19 Position: Forward Hometown: Aldergrove, BC Height: 6'0 Weight: 170lbs Fave player: Sidney Crosby


jerome thorne

Age: 18 Position: Center Hometown: Kamloops, BC Height: 5'11 Weight: 172lbs Fave player: Doug Glatt


racey red crow

Age: 19 Position: Right wing Hometown: Siksika, AB Height: 5'7 Weight: 165lbs Fave player: Alexander Semin


jordan stimpson

Age: 20 Position: Defence Hometown: Chestermere, AB Height: 6'3 Weight: 215lbs Fave player: P. Bissonnette


ryan henderson

Age: 17 Position: Center Hometown: Calgary, AB Height: 6'0 Weight: 185lbs Fave player: Claude Giroux



josh haley

Age: 19 Position: Right wing Hometown: Calgary, AB Height: 6'2 Weight: 205lbs Fave player: Shane Doan

kellen marchand

Age: 17 Position: Right wing Hometown: Canal Flats, BC Height: 6'0 Weight: 195lbs Fave player: R. Nugent-Hopkins


Ryan woodhouse

Age: 18 Position: Defence Hometown: Calgary, AB Height: 5'10 Weight: 170lbs Fave player: Drew Doughty


scott legault

Age: 17 Position: Defence Hometown: Sechelt, BC Height: 6'4 Weight: 177lbs Fave player: Jonathan Quick

Best of luck to you this season, Rockies! #12

stephen pratt

Age: 18 Position: Center Hometown: Calgary, AB Height: 6'0 Weight: 175lbs Fave player: Kris Letang



stewart pratt

travis thomsen

Age: 18 Position: Goalie Hometown: Calgary, AB Height: 6'1 Weight: 155lbs Fave player: Carey Price

Age: 17 Position: Defence Hometown: Galloway, BC Height: 5'8 Weight: 175lbs Fave player: Kevin Bieksa

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The Valley Echo has put together a 12 month community calendar for the Columbia Valley. Each month, we'll print the following month's page. To add your community event to the page, email the date, time and location to by the third Sunday in each month. For additional information about the calendar and participating in the 2013 edition, please call 250-342-9216.

Photo by John M. Kellogg

Every year we recycle over 3500 dump truck loads of recyclables in the yellow bins alone. October is National Waste Reduction Month. Reduce your waste-line. To learn how, visit

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Every year we recycle over 3500 dump truck loads of recyclables in the Wednesday yellow bins alone. Tuesday Thursday

October is National WasteScrabble Reduction Month. Reduce your Night at Inv. Creek Nordic Curling Club AGM,waste-line. 1 Toby 4 2 Library, 3 Inv. 6visit - 8 Ski Club AGM, 7 p.m.,To learn 7:30 p.m. how, Inspire Health Cancer Lakeview Meadows Rec Centre.

LWDRGC Turkey Shoot


Thanksgiving Day

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CV Arts Cinefest “Monsieur Lazhar”, 6 p.m.


Seminar, Copper Point Resort, 7 -9 p.m.



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Invermere District 250-342-3315 Curling Club PHOTO BY STEVE JESSEL Rockies forward Bradley Palumbo does his best to get around the reach of a Kimberley player during the Rockies 4-3 overtime loss to Kimberley on Tuesday, September 18.

Rollercoaster week for Rockies As of Sept. 24, Rockies still sit atop KIJHL standings STEVE JESSEL

After a perfect start to their season, the Rockies appear to have lost a little bit of momentum, losing three of four games in what proved to be a whirlwind week. “I think it was that our consistency wasn’t there, we know we can score goals,” said assistant coach Jan Kascak.

“Any team can beat any team on any given night, it’s just that type of year.” After consecutive wins over Golden to open the season, the Rockies first faced the Kimberley Dynamiters on Tuesday, September 18 in a battle of division foes on home ice. The Rockies led for much of the game on a first period goal by rookie forward Racey Red Crow, and after a scoreless second period the two teams exploded to combine for five goals in the final frame, sending the game to overtime with the score all knotted up at three apiece. This set up a tense overtime frame where each team was only

able to manage one shot and unfortunately, the one Kimberley shot was enough to win them the game. Kimberley forward Jared Marchi managed to get one by Rockies goalie Stewart Pratt with three minutes remaining, handing the Rockies their first loss of the season. Rockies forward Ryan Henderson, who by press deadline on Monday (September 24) sat third in the KIJHL in scoring with five goals and three assists over six games, managed a goal in the loss. “It’s just about who comes out

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And they're off

Minor ball reserve funds put to different use Canal Flats council to decide how to allocate funds STEVE JESSEL

Photos by Steve Jessel/The Echo The 5th annual Headbanger Trail Challenge took place on Saturday (September 22) in Radium Hot Springs. Featuring two different distances, an 11.8-km race for more serious competitors and a 3-km track for kids and families, the event raised money for the Radium Public Library and featured dozens of runners both young and old.

Join the national support for sport Wear a jersey on September 28 for Jersey Day NICOLE TRIGG

National Sports Day may not be a national celebration that many folks are in the habit of observing since it’s only in its third year, but groups and individuals across the country are working to change that. Sponsored by Sport Canada, and with a first time provincial partnership with B.C.’s Ministry of Health, the third annual celebration of sport is bigger than ever.

On September 29, Sports Day in Canada will be an opportunity for all Canadians to celebrate the power of sport — to build community, fortify our national spirit and facilitate healthy, active living. In the week leading up to, and including, September 29, over a thousand local organizations, communities and schools across Canada will be celebrating sport at the local level. Locally in the valley, Eileen Madson Primary School on 15th Avenue in Invermere will be hosting a sports day called “Just Try It” on Friday (September 28) from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., which happens the day after the school’s

Terry Fox Run on Thursday (September 27) at 11:15 a.m. “Just Try It” will be a sport station event in which all students will have the opportunity to try out a variety of sports offered by local leaders, experts and volunteers. The “Just Try It” event will coincide with National Jersey Day — also on Friday. All Canadians are encouraged to show their love and support for sport by wearing a sport jersey, team or club uniform to school, work or play. The vision is for a sea of Canadians to wear their support for sport in offices, classrooms, workplaces, public spaces, etc. across the nation. Last year in 2011, 1,300 organizations and

nearly one million Canadians got in the game and took part. This year the hope is for more people than ever before to get involved. The national day of sport celebration will be marked by a CBC Sports television event that will profile standout community events from across Canada that embody the Sports Day experience, unified by award-winning national sports anchor, Scott Russell. The broadcast will include local community stories, live hits from local events, interviews with key personalities and engaging discussions. For more information about Sports Day in Canada, please visit www.

After roughly five years of inactivity, Canal Flats Minor Ball will be hanging up their batting helmets — at least temporarily — and donating reserve funds in the amount of over $4,000 to the Village of Canal Flats to be used to promote youth sports in the village. “I wanted the monies to go to something for the children of Canal Flats to keep them active in sports and keep them busy with outdoor activities,” said Vivian Bond, who had helped run the baseball association for a number of years. “I think it’s important for all kids to be outdoors and to be active. It’s about a healthy lifestyle and I’ve always encouraged it.” A lack of volunteers and a general lack of interest have meant the league has stayed dormant for a number of years, but Bond

said there is always opportunity for it to start up again, provided that new volunteers do step forward. “I’m very grateful,” said Canal Flats mayor Ute Juras when asked what she thought of the donation. “I’m a little sad too that there is not enough interest that we can’t have minor ball in Canal Flats, and I’m hoping that someday that will change.” Juras said the funds will be allocated during budget meetings this fall, and that several ideas had already been tossed around by town council, including upgrades to some of the town playground equipment. For her part, Bond had made the suggestion that the funds could be used to help children who may not be able to afford entering team sports such as hockey.

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PHOTO SUBMITTED BY JOAN GALBRAITH Members of the BC Senior Games Society for the East Kootenay (Zone 7) wearing T-shirts that read "Active Seniors Getting Involved" for the first-ever BC Senior Games held in Vernon, BC in 1988 that attracted 640 participants. Local seniors in this photo include Ev McGilvray (second row, third from left with cap in hand), Nellie Hrdlicka (first row, farthest left), Joan Galbraith (second row, sixth from left) and her husband Art Galbraith (third row, fifth from left wearing cap and suspenders). This year's games, held in Burnaby from August 21 to 25, saw over 4,000 seniors from 12 zones across the province involved.

Seniors get active for games Local resident urges other seniors to sign up for 2013 BC Senior Games in Kamloops

ies bus with the volunteer driver,” she said. But Galbraith plans to participate again now that she’s learned a bus will be chartered to transport local seniors to Kamloops next year, and she would like to see an overwhelming number of seniors from the Columbia Valley NICOLE TRIGG get involved as well. “I really enjoyed it and I’d like other people to think that they’re not finished,” she said. Valley senior Joan Galbraith is wanting to en“When you’re old you think, ‘Oh I’m old and courage local seniors to start preparing for next finished,’ but you’re not; you have a lot to give.” year’s BC Senior Games that will be hosted by The valley is part of Zone 7, the BC Senior Kamloops from August 20 to 24. Galbraith was Games Society for the East Kootenay. Local one of the first 640 seniors to participate in the seniors must compete with the rest of the East first-ever BC Senior Games back in 1988 in Kootenay zone in order to qualify, and any Vernon, and has since cominterested should contact peted many times, winning “It's a great adventure; once area rep Ray Neratko at multiple medals in table 250-342-9701 or by email at tennis, carpet bowling and you're retired and you're floor curling. looking for something to do, “Try out for it, try,” Gal“It’s a great adventure; braith said. “You just have this is really exciting.” once you’re retired and to be a resident of B.C. and JOAN GALBRAITH you’re looking for someyou have to be 55 and up.” INVERMERE SENIOR thing to do, this is really Nor do you have to belong exciting,” Galbraith said. “A to a seniors’ organization, she added. lot of people think they can’t do it.” The 25th annual BC Senior Games may have This year was the 25th anniversary of the taken place back in August but it’s never too games, which took place in Burnaby from Aulate to recognize the local seniors who made gust 21 to 25, but Galbraith and her husband the trek to the Lower Mainland to compete. Art, who is 91, don’t own a car nor do they Not only did they compete, but our Columbia drive so they gave the 2012 games a miss as Valley participants fared extremely well in the the distance to the Lower Mainland proved to be too challenging. CONTINUES TO 'COLUMBIA' ON PAGE A33 “For two years now, we haven’t had the Rock-

PHOTO SUBMITTED BY JOAN GALBRAITH Joan and Art Galbraith proudly wearing their BC Senior Games uniforms with their grandson Art Galbraith on the family farm in Spillimacheen in 1988 (above) and again in 2009 (below), 21 years later.

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Rockies forward Henderson sits third in league in scoring CONT'D FROM PAGE A21

and makes the least mistakes,” Kascak said. “We’ve got lots of work to do and we know that.” Next up for the Rockies was a visit to Summerland, for a rare matchup with the Summerland Steam on Friday, September 21. In what was a largely forgettable night for Rockies faithful, a three-goal first period deficit turn into a 6-1 edge for Summerland after two periods of play, a gap that proved insurmountable for the Rockies as they fell by a score of 8-3. Rockies goalie Scott Legault was pulled in the second period after allowing three goals on 14 shots, and his replacement Brody Nelson didn’t fare much better, al-

PHOTO BY STEVE JESSEL/THE ECHO Rookie Liam Neary reaches for the puck amid a mess of opposing Kimberley players on Tuesday, September 18.

lowing the final five goals in the loss. “We were in the game, but it comes down to execution,” Kascak said. “We have to be consistent in our execution and we didn’t do that in Summerland.” The Rockies played their third consecu-

tive game on the road against the Kelowna Chiefs the very next night, Saturday, September 22, and managed to squeak out a 3-2 victory on the back of goaltender and Invermere native Brody Nelson. Nelson made 44 saves and was instrumental in

killing off five Chiefs powerplays as the Rockies were outshot 48 to 27 in the game. Rockies rookie Jerome Thorne scored the game-winner, a second period marker with assists by Nolan Dyck and Kellen Marchand as the Rockies did not allow

a third period goal to preserve the victory and remain atop the KIJHL standings. “It was a team effort,

and I thought (goaltender Brody Nelson) played a heck of a game,” Kascak said. “He played well, but I thought everybody played well, we were getting pucks deep, playing positional hockey and doing the little things right, and we got rewarded for it.” Finally, the Rockies played one final game this past week, as they faced the Penticton Lakers on Sunday (September 23) for their third game in as many nights. The Rockies actually outshot the Lakers 44 to 28, but exceptional goaltending from Lakers netminder Stephen Yesavage stoned the Rockies time and

time again en route to 5-1 loss for the Rockies. Josh Haley scored the lone goal for the Rockies late in the third period. With the loss, the team dropped to 3-2-0-1 through six games. “We outshot Penticton, but we were snakebitten… we just couldn’t put the puck in the net,” Kascak said. Coming up next for the Rockies is a trip to Creston to take on the Thunder Cats on September 28, followed by a visit to Golden the next night. The Rockies don’t play at home again until Saturday, October 13 when they host the Fernie Ghostriders.

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PHOTO BY STEVE JESSEL/THE ECHO The Rockies defenceman Brandon Lijdsman looks for the pass against Kimberley.

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1) Built Rotary Park at the junction where Highway 93 meets Highway 93/95, 2) Provided funds for the construction of one of the bridges on the Sinclair Creek trail system 3) Sponsored student exchanges between local high school students and those of other countries such as Brazil and Japan 4) Provided bursaries for graduating students. 5) Partially funded the lovely lights and trees that decorate the main streets of Radium each Christmas time 6) cleaned Radium’s mile-long hill of debris twice a year with local Rotarians and friends 7) Raised funds to support an internationally project to eradicate polio worldwide 8) Helped support an orphanage in Honduras.

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Hole in one

PHOTO BY STEVE JESSEL/THE ECHO Dan Shorr takes on a shot at Copper City Amusement Park in Windermere as (l-r) Chris Pratt, John Cain and Vernon Victoor look on during the Kinsmen Mini-Putt and Silent Auction on September 21. Proceeds from the event went to benefit the Kinsmen Club of the Windermere Valley.

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With age comes wisdom, maturity... and the need for exercise! one happen. As we age, your balance, and then reour bones begin to lose peat on the other leg. Try density, which is what can this a few times a week lead to osteoporosis. and you’ll see improveExercise is known to in- ments in no time! crease this density, which So how much is enough? is especially beneficial for According to the Centers the hips and spine. When for Disease Control and you lift weights or even Prevention, aim for two walk briskly, the move- hours and 30 minutes a ment puts stress on your week. bones, which actually enAlthough that seems like courages and stimulates a big amount of time, fear growth. not; you With age, can split your body’s “By keeping your it up into body mobile, you m o t o r 10-minute nerves also have a greater blocks. On begin to dea scale of t e r i o r a t e , chance of not only one to 10, thus slowing avoiding slips or falls, one being your reac- but recovering faster sitting on tion time, the couch should one happen.” balance and and 10 behand-eye ing working coordination. The only at your hardest, you want way to improve these to feel like you’re at a five things, no matter your or six, or in other words, age, is by putting them to as though your breathing the test! A simple exercise and heart rate have into test your balance is to creased slightly. stand on one leg (stand Examples of aerobic near a wall or sturdy activities include lawn chair) and once you get mowing, stair climbing, your balance, close your brisk walking, and danceyes and start a timer. See ing. When it comes to how long you can hold resistance training, try

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* 1. How do you generally read the Valley Echo?

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 The printed newspaper  Online on my computer or laptop  On my tablet  On my smartphone

Research online prior to store purchase? Make online purchases? Use your smart phone for shopping?

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Business Profile New yoga studio helping redefine yoga Defining Yoga offers classes for everyone desiring better health NICOLE TRIGG

A new yoga studio has opened in Invermere and owner Kelly Carlson is eager to welcome students from all walks of life. From youth, to seniors, to pregnant moms and experienced yogis, Defining Yoga has something for everyone, and this is precisely why Carlson chose the name that she did. “The name comes from the idea that I think that some people take yoga in a certain way but I believe that there’s yoga for every walk, for every shape and form, whether you want to connect with your physical connection or find mind relaxation, or take an internal journey,” Carlson said. “I think that the classes I want to provide at Defining Yoga speak to all of those things.” The Defining Yoga studio is located at 507B 7th Avenue behind Grant’s Food next to Kimberley Rae Sanderson Photography. The artistically designed space is akin to a dance studio, with wood laminate flooring and floor-to-ceiling mirrors. Carlson assumed the space on August 15, but held her grand opening just last week on Wednesday, September 19, which consisted of a yoga class followed by a talk on yoga’s seven power centres in the human body (known as chakras) and a help-yourself meal of delicious Indian cuisine. The class, which was co-taught by Carlson and three other instructors, attracted 26 students and Carlson said she thinks yoga could get really big in Invermere and the rest of the valley. “I think that there’s a shift going on. By seeing all those youth come to the opening was very exciting for me,” she said. “It makes me think that people are starting to think differently.” The practice of yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual discipline that originated in ancient India, and it was actually in India that Carlson realized her passion for yoga would end up shaping her career, not law school, which was her original plan. After graduating univer-

photo by nicole trigg/the echo Defining Yoga's grand opening took place on Wednesday, September 19 at its studio location at 507B 7th Avenue behind Grant’s Food.

sity in Edmonton with a business degree, Carlson decided to take six months off and made arrangements to do her Moksha yoga (a form of hot yoga focused on the breath) teacher training in Kerala, India simply to broaden her yoga practice. By that point, she’d be practicing yoga for almost a decade. “I just realized how much I needed yoga in my life to feel good,” she said. “I didn’t really make a decision to be a teacher. It just kind of came to me. After a one-month, three hundred-hour intensive teacher training, she knew she wasn’t going back to school. “It had changed me so much and realized that I was only down that path for other reasons,” Carlson said. After returning to Canada, she spent the next year doing her next 200 hours of Moksha course work in Edmonton, followed by a 60-hour Yin (a less athletic style of yoga that focuses stretching connective tissue) training under Bernie Clark, a renowned Vancouver-based yoga and meditation instructor. She moved to the Columbia Valley in the fall of 2011 to start a yoga studio, which led to the creation of Desiderata Yoga in the Desiderata Health & Wellness Studio in Invermere. “I had an urge to connect in a smaller community,” Carlson

photo by nicole trigg/the echo Defining Yoga's owner, Kelly Carlson, discovered her passion for teaching yoga while training in India.

said. “I just love the outdoor environment here, and then I just saw this as a potential, like a good spot where yoga hadn’t taken off yet.” But sharing the space with a full dance program was challenging, so when the opportu-

nity to rent her own space came up, Carlson jumped at it. Defining Yoga offers a full range of yoga classes, for beginners to those more experienced, and everyone in between. Carlson recommends first-time students to take the

dynamic flow class, because it’s taught in such a way that anyone who walks through the door who hasn’t done yoga before feels comfortable and can do it, while someone who has a yoga practice will still find it interesting. “I want to provide another modality that people can take care of their health with. I want to help youth with their self-esteem and I want to help people deal with stress,” Carlson said. “I want people to unlock their potential.” Yoga can do this because it teaches people to be present in the moment and connect with their true inner selves, she said. And to do this may require a transition period, for which Carlson has some sage advice: “To transition gracefully, ground yourself, remain calm through the discomfort, notice how you feel, move freely and resist any desire to cling, and that’s yoga poses or life.” Maureen Thorpe, Jeanette Riches, Jody Leblanc, Janelle Brown and Alison Brown join Carlson in offering classes at the studio, and Carlson said she’s always on the lookout for new teachers in order to accommodate a wide variety of yoga disciplines. For the full schedule, contact information, class descriptions and more, visit the studio’s website at


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In Memoriam

In Memoriam


Nicholas Paul Sam July 9, 1961 - Sept 24, 2007

Five years ago we lost our dad Our rock, our spirit, our soul It’s so hard to not be mad For it left a gaping hole There’s not a day that goes by That we don’t think of you, We never got to say good bye Still can’t believe it’s true! You’re in our thoughts each passing day, Every day missing something new! What a debt we had to pay, The day that we lost you Please know that we think of you And One day we all will meet We miss you more then you’ll ever know In our hearts you will stay deep! Love always, Candice, Dominique, Nicholas & Sophie and Mom & Dad

George Lechuk 1932 - 2012 George passed away peacefully on Friday, September 14, 2012 at Columbia House in Invermere. He will be greatly missed by his wife Leona; children Marianne, Joanne, Steven, Julianne; grandchildren Winter, Finn, Eve; and sister Milly. Thank you for the excellent care and compassion shown by the staff at Columbia House in Invermere. Prayers for George were held at the Canadian Martyrs Catholic Church in Invermere (712 12th Avenue) on Friday, September 21, 2012 at 7:00 pm. A Celebration of George’s Life was held on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at the Canadian Martyrs Catholic Church at 10:30 am. Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service. Condolences for the family can be offered at:

Henry Gerald Karperien 1943 - 2012 Henry Karperien, beloved father, passed away on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 in Invermere, British Columbia. Henry is survived by his son Darcy Karperien, daughter Jodi Behrendt, grandson Jake Henry Behrendt and his son in law Rick Behrendt. He was predeceased by his parents John and Rita, sister Ricky and brothers Herman and Gerry. Henry started his work life early working at the Hays Farm in Calgary then at Christie biscuits. From there Henry started working in the warehouse at Fyfe Smith and eventually made his way into sales. Throughout his life Henry has tried his hand at many different careers including Canfor, The Vancouver Stock Exchange and various entrepreneurial ventures. Henry planted roots in the beautiful Columbia Valley in British Columbia where he worked at Fairmont Resort Properties. Henry stayed in the Valley for the better part of 25 years. Throughout his life Henry has made a tremendous number of friends and always made a huge impact on the people he met and loved. Henry’s zest for life and his willingness to try anything new and his passion for having fun are the qualities he is known best for. A Celebration of Henry’s Life was held at St. Anthony’s Church in Calgary, Alberta on Saturday, September 22, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. A second Celebration Of Henry’s Life will be held at the Columbia Inn in Canal Flats, British Columbia on Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 3:00 p.m. onward. Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service. Condolences for the family can be offered at:


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Wednesday, September 26, 2012 The Valley Echo

Career Opportunities


Graymont’s Pavilion Plant is accepting applications for an Industrial Electrician. Candidate must possess current B.C. Red Seal certification. Preference will be given to well-rounded individuals willing to also perform other nonelectrical maintenance work as part of the maintenance team. A background in lime or cement industry along with computer and or PLC skills is preferred as well as a proven track record of developing and maintaining a safe work culture. Additional skills required: t&MFDUSJDJBOXJUIJOEVTUSJBMFYQFSJFODFSFRVJSFEUPXPSLBUUIF(SBZNPOU1BWJMJPO Lime Plant. t.VTUCFDPNFFOHBHFEJODPOUJOVPVTJNQSPWFNFOUBOEXJMMJOHUPXPSLJOBUFBN environment. t3FHVMBSTIJGUTXJMMCFISTEBZGSPN.POEBZUP'SJEBZoTUFBEZEBZTIJGU t.VTUCFXJMMJOHUPXPSLPWFSUJNFXIFOSFRVJSFE t8BHFTBOECFOFÜUTBTQFSUIFDPMMFDUJWFBHSFFNFOU t-PDBUFEJO1BWJMJPO#$TJUVBUFECFUXFFO$BDIF$SFFLBOE-JMMPPFU #$ Qualified applicants please submit your resume to: or Graymont Pavilion Plant Attn: Dan Buis P.O. Box 187 Cache Creek, BC V0K 1H0

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Join a team that values and recognizes the power you have to create success . We offer the stability and resources of a leading locally based organization ,an employee focused culture that values your individual contribution and encourages work/life balance plus a commitment to serving and helping our community. The ideal candidate will possess a combination of skills, ability, education, experience, and motivation: t-FWFM**OTVSBODF-JDFOTF t.JOJNVNZFBSFYQFSJFODFTFMMJOH*$#$QSPEVDUT t"WBJMBCMFUPEBZTQFSXFFLJODMVEJOHTPNF4BUVSEBZT Kootenay Insurance Services offers a competitive wage and beneďŹ t package. Forward Resumes by October 1, 2012 to Kerry Reilly – Branch Manager 250-342-2175 101a 1028 7 Avenue Invermere B.C.

SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 6 (ROCKY MOUNTAIN) School District No. 6 (Rocky Mountain) Windermere Zone invites applications from persons interested in being on our Casual Employment List for the following classifications: 1. School Bus Drivers – This is bus driving work in the operation of school buses used to transport students on prescribed routes within the School District; the employee may also participate in the busing of students on curricular and extracurricular field trips both inside and outside the district. Applicants must have completion of the 12th school grade, or equivalent, minimum 5 years driving experience and an acceptable driving abstract; valid Class 2 Drivers license for the Province of British Columbia with an air brake endorsement (may be required); First Aid training would be an asset. 2. Custodians – This is manual work involving the cleanliness and security of district buildings. The work may include dealing with public use of school facilities. Once an employee becomes familiar with a clearly defined work schedule, the work is performed with minimal supervision. Usually, this job is performed after regular school hours and generally alone. Applicants must have completion of the 12th school grade, or equivalent is required as well as completion of the Board provided training program. If you are interested in being considered for the above casual position(s), please send a complete resume, including three references, by Friday, October 5, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. to: Meghan O’Neill Human Resources Co-ordinator P.O.Box 430 Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 250-342-9243 (tel) / 250-342-6966 (fax) e-mail: We would like to thank all applicants for their interest, but only those under consideration will be contacted. All successful applicants will be subject to a criminal record search.

Help Wanted An Alberta Construction Company is hiring Dozer and Excavator Operators. Preference will be given to operators that are experienced in oilfield road and lease construction. Lodging and meals provided. The work is in the vicinity of Edson, Alberta. Alcohol & Drug testing required. Call Contour Construction at 780-723-5051. Black Forest is looking for a full time server. Previous experience required in fine dining. Email or drop off resume at (250)-342-9417 Black Forest Restaurant is hiring Cook. $12 - $14 per hour 40 hours per week. Email resume to: careers@ or drop off resume between Noon-5:00pm. Black Forest Restaurant is looking for part time kitchen help. Call 250-342-9417 or drop off resume. EXPERIENCED servers and cooks required at The Farside Pub in Fairmont. Resumes to INVERMERE PETRO CANADA is currently accepting applications for full time and part time employment. Apply in person to 185 Laurier Street, Invermere, BC between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Truck Driver Class 3 w/air required immediately in the Columbia Valley, full time, includes curbside garbage & recycle collection. Competitive salary & benefits package. Submit resume with references to Southeast Disposal, 1425 Industrial Road 2, Cranbrook or email to

Employment Help Wanted VJ Bishop Excavating is needing a heavy duty mechanic F/T or P/T. Automotive experience is an asset but not necessary. Fax

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Help Wanted

SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 6 (ROCKY MOUNTAIN) School District No.6 (Rocky Mountain), Windermere Zone is now accepting applications for the following Custodial position: J. Alfred Laird Elementary School – Permanent, full-time (40 hrs/wk), effective October 9, 2012. This is manual work involving the cleanliness and security of district buildings. The work may include dealing with public use of school facilities. Once an employee becomes familiar with a clearly defined work schedule, the work is performed with minimal supervision. Usually, this job is performed after regular school hours and generally alone. Completion of the 12th school grade, or equivalent is required as well as completion of the Board provided training program. First aid training would be an asset. If you are interested in this position, please submit a resume, with three references, by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 4, 2012 to: Ms. Meghan O’Neill Human Resources Co-ordinator School District No.6 (Rocky Mountain) P.O. Box 430 Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0 Phone: 250-342-9243 Fax: 250-342-6966 e-mail: Successful applicant will be subject to a criminal record search.

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AT # 5 - 492 ARROW ROAD, INVERMERE, B.C. (by airport) Sat, September 29, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. SHARP! Complete liquidation of all showroom displays, appliances and interior decorating items as well as their office and lunch room fixtures and displays. All showroom items are new and were used for display only! Also up for sale are all shop contents, such as molding, side panels and cabinet doors, tools and misc. as well as 1 TCM forklift, 1992 Chevy 3500HD Cube Van and 1997 GMC 4WD pickup w/canopy. FOR COMPLETE LISTING AND PICTURES GO TO Sale conducted by HIGH COUNTRY AUCTIONS, Invermere, B.C., 250-341-5316.

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Hauling & Salvage ODD JOBS ENT. HAULING garbage, brush & construction disposal, mulch deliveries Call Dale Hunt 250-342-3569

Misc Services Cresteel RV Services Appliances, accessories, parts and repairs Mobile Service

250-342-6312 HAVE A PILE OF GARBAGE to get rid of? Give Odd Jobs Ent. a call. 250-342-3569

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Livestock JERSEY/HOLSTEIN milk cow for sale with calf; excellent quality and temperament. Freshened Sept 14; second calf; $1,900 Call 250-428-6264

Merchandise for Sale

Fruit & Vegetables FARM FRESH SUPER SWEET CORN Locally grown in Creston, taking bulk orders now. Avail. starting Aug 28th 250-428-0044 or cell 250-254-8390

Garage Sales Annual Garage Sale: Saturday Sept 29th 9 a.m. - 12 noon at Christ Church Trinity 1st & 7th Ave. All proceeds to Nicaraguan Outreach Project

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Misc. for Sale HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 SAWMILLS FROM only $3997 - Make money and save money with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. Free info and DVD: 400OT 1-800-566-6899 Ext:400OT STEEL BUILDINGS. Reduced prices now! 20x22 $4,455. 25x26 $4,995. 30x38 $7,275. 32x50 $9,800. 40x54 $13,995. 47x80 $19,600. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800668-5422.

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Apt/Condos for Sale FULLY furnished, 2 bdrm, 2 bathroom newer condo at Lake Windermere Pointe, outdoor pool, 2 hot tubs, exercise room in amenities building, 2 minute walk to beach, close to shopping, restaurants. One underground parking stall. No pets, non smoking unit. Call Sandi 403-888-5318. Email

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Rentals Acreage Build your ranch land getaway on 1/4 mile river frontage-121 acres in Edgewater Fire District. Municipal water and sewer, 3 phase power available, level airstrip site nearby. Has access but independent road exists. info avail at RedWillow Ent. Ltd.250-347-9660.

Apt/Condo for Rent Condo for rent Invermere - 1 block from downtown. Fully Furnished, 2 bdm, 2 bath, 2 level condo. Avail Sept 20. $1000/mth plus utilities. N/S, N/P. References please 403554-4798 Invermere Centre Apartments Avail Oct 1st. 1 bdrm, 4 piece bath, central location. Laundry on site, NP N/S 1 yr lease. Call Sharon 250-688-1365 Radium - Two units Pinewood W building. 2 bdrm, 2 bath, underground parking, nicely, fully furnished. All inclusive. Avail now. $900/mth/$1100/mth. Call Lina @ 403-239-6389 or 403-999-2783

BEAUTIFUL NEWER HOUSE FOR RENT IN THE SLOCAN LAKE AREA. AVAILABLE OCT 1st • 4 Bedroom-2 Bath on 2 Acres • Red Mtn. Road above SILVERTON w/ Valhalla views + quiet privacy • N/S , Open to animals • 10 min. drive to Slocan Lake and Village amenities • Storage, treehouses, good access all year round • Minimum 6 mnth Lease • W/D Hookups, F/S plus Earth -Woodstove • $1100 negotiable with proper care of house, land + gardens • Open to work trades on property • References Required • Secure Income Essential • Serious Inquiries Only Call: 250-362-7681 or Mobile 250-231-2174 Email: monikas_2010@

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Your Cabin on the Lake

Suites, Lower Misc for Rent Room avail for a boarder in home in Columere Park. By appt. only 342-1195. N/S; problem drinker, rec substance user etc need not apply.

Homes for Rent 3 bdrm, 2.5 bathroom house for rent, located at #4, 200 10th Ave in Invermere, at Lochend Lane, right behind Sobey’s. Walking distance to everything. 2 storey, full basement, large master bedroom with ensuite bath and walk in closet, 5 appliances plus garburator, covered front porch, fully fenced backyard patio, side grass yard, single attached garage plus driveway, still like new, built in 2005. Looking for mature couple or single, kids ok, no pets, non smoker. $1100/mth + utilities. $1100 damage deposit. Available after October 1, 2012. For appointment to view, please call 403-472-6684 or email CHARMING 2 BEDROOM HOUSE! Excellent location, Valley view. W/D, DW, $850 + utilities. Available. Call Jeff 250-688-1105

The Kootenay Queen

Fairmont - 1 bdrm walk-out bsmt suite on golf course. Great view. Fully furnished. W/D D/W stereo, utilities & cable incl. Barbecue $650/mo 250-342-1629. Two bdrm, close to Kinsmen beach & d/t. $1000 incl util, F/F 6 apl 250-342-8787. N/S, no pets


1976 30ft cabin cruiser with a 185 merc • Full galley (fridge, stove, sink, furnace, toilet) • Fold down table for a queen sized bed • Fold up bunk beds • VHF radio • Hull is sound, galley is dated. • Low draft • 200 hrs on new engine • A great boat that needs some TLC $12,000.00 invested $8000 OBO Call 250-362-7681 or Cell 250-231-2174 email monikas_2010@ 4 more information & to view


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Fairmont - 4 bdrm, furnished, main floor on R/S Golf Course, 2 full bath, dbl garage. W/D, cable & hydro incl. Nice view. $1200/mo. Vacant. 250-3421629.

CHURCH SERVICES DIRECTORY ST. PETER’S LUTHERAN MISSION Of INVERMERE OF Worship Services every Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at Christ Church Trinity 110 - 7th Avenue, Invermere

fraser Coltman Pastor Rev. Fraser Pastor Rev. David Morton 1-866-426-7564

WINDERMERE VALLEY SHARED MINISTRY ANGLICAN-UNITED 250-342-6644 100-7th Avenue, Invermere Reverend Laura Hermakin

CANADIAN MARTYRS CATHOLIC CHURCH Roman Catholic Parish Pastor: Father Gabriel Pastor: Father James McHugh 250-342-6167 Invermere 250-344-6328 Golden

Confession: 1/2 hour before Mass

Canadian Martyrs Church 7p.m.: Worship at St. Peter’s, 712 - 12 Ave, Invermere Windermere (1st Sunday of the Saturday at 7 p.m. month - June-Oct.) Sunday at 9 a.m. Sept. 2nd, Oct 7th St. Joseph Church 9 a.m.: Worship at St. Peter’s, Highway 93-95, Radium Hot Springs Windermere (3rd Sunday of the Sunday at 11 a.m. month - June-Sept.) Sept 16th Sacred Heart Parish 9 a.m.: Worship at All Saint’s, 808 - 11 Street, Golden Edgewater. Sunday at 5 p.m. (1st, 3rd and 4th Sunday) St. Anthony’s Mission 9:30 a.m.: God’s Breakfast Club 10:30 a.m.: Worship at Christ Corner of Luck and Dunn, Canal Flats Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Church Trinity, Invermere. (served from Kimberly) (Every Sunday)

RADIUM CHRISTIAN fELLOWSHIP FELLOWSHIP For more information call 250-342-6633 or 250-347-6334 Loving God, Loving People #4 - 7553 Main Street West, Radium Sundays at 10 a.m. Bible Studies #4 - 7553 Main Street West, Radium Wednesday 7:00 p.m. Kids’ Church Edgewater Hall Thursday 6:30 p.m.


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Sunday, September 30 23thrd 10:30 a.m. Sunday Service CELEBRATION SUNDAY Worship and Life Instruction, 10 a.m. Worship & Word Kid’s Church Provided ‌ Pastor TrevorFrom leading. “Truth For Today The Lord’s Supper OldThe Testament: It’s Time will be To D.T.R.â€? ‌ served. Pastor Trevor Call the office at 250-342-9511 ministering. for more information. “K.I.D.S.â€? Church, for children Age 3 to Grade 1; and Grade 2 to Grade 5, Sharing Truth during the Morning Service.

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35. Dog’s tail action 36. Friends (French) 38. Lessen the force of 39. Dermaptera 42. Views 44. From a distance 46. Bleats 47. London Games 2012 53. Let the body fall heavily 54. Collect a large group 55. Aba ____ Honeymoon 57. Give over 58. Glue & plaster painting prep 59. Middle East chieftain 60. Removed ruthlessly 61. AKA bromeosin 62. A dissenting clique CLUES DOWN 1. Formerly the

ECM 2. A native nursemaid in India 3. Ribosomal ribonucleic acid 4. Ironies 5. Peaceable 6. Between 7. Cessation of activity 8. “Little House” actor Merlin 9. Lying in one plane 10. Joins the military 11. Knock out 12. British School 13. Puts on clothing 21. Radioactivity unit 22. Helps little firms 25. Podetiums 26. Fluid accumulation in tissues 27. Backed seat for one 29. From farm state

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47. Prevents harm to creatures 48. Gorse genus 49. A method of doing 50. Young Scottish woman 51. Latticework lead bar 52. Invests in little enterprises 56. The products of human creativity

Answer to September 19:

Horoscope First week of October

Sudoku puzzles are formatted as a 9x9 grid, broken down into nine 3x3 boxes. To solve a sudoku, the numbers 1 through 9 must fill each row, column and box. Each number can appear only once in each row, column and box. You can figure out the order in which the numbers will appear by using the numeric clues already provided in the boxes. The more numbers you name, the easier it gets to solve the puzzle! Last week’s Sudoku answer -->:

ARIES Someone is not telling you the entire story, Aries. However, you will find a way to fill in the missing details. What you learn will come as a big surprise.

CANCER Cancer, this week is not the time to harbor secrets. It’s a good policy to always be open and honest with the people with whom you interact on a regular basis.

TAURUS Taurus, reach out to friends and family members for some support. A helping hand always can lift the spirits, and those closest to you will be happy to help.

LEO Leo, allow a friend to be the center of attention so he or she can enjoy his or her moments in the sun at an upcoming social event. Your magnetism can be addicting.

GEMINI Gemini, you are strong and determined, so the obstacles that arise this week will be no match for you. Just keep up the positive thinking and you will prevail.

VIRGO Virgo, all that time and effort you put into past projects is certainly paying off now. It probably feels good to be back in the game and going along successfully.

LIBRA Libra, you are ready to take a leap of faith, but make sure your parachute is on before you do so. Sometimes you tend to err on the side of risky. SCORPIO Scorpio, sometimes you take on too much. But you have a funny way of making it all work out. You will find this to be the case with a situation that presents itself this week. SAGITTARIUS Sagittarius, if you keep pushing someone to their limits you may not be happy with the results. It might be a better plan to go with a softer method of inspiration.

CAPRICORN Capricorn, you are ready for a change, but haven’t zeroed in on just what to do as of yet. A deep conversation later this week just might reveal all of the answers. AQUARIUS It’s best to act while your motivation is high, Aquarius. Otherwise you are prone to extended periods of inactivity. Make the most of your productive moments. PISCES Pisces, you serve as educator this week, and it suits you just fine. It boosts your spirits to help others in unique ways.

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Remember When? A look back at what's happened in the valley over the last 50 years STEVE JESSEL

50 years ago: Mystery surrounded the finding of a number of large pieces of transparent, white plastic in the area of Horsethief Creek. Art Godlien of Invermere said the plastic rained down around him as he worked about one mile east of the Mineral Creek Mine. The extra-strength plastic had very strong seams and was speculated to be pieces of a weather balloon. 45 years ago: A strike of more than 8,000 members of the Interior Woodworkers of America (IWA) seemed imminent after 91.8 per cent of voters voted against recommendations from a British Columbia judge regarding an ongoing labour

ECHO FILE PHOTO September 2007 — Kids and teachers banded together in colour at David Thompson Secondary School for the Sea of Pink campaign against bullying, showing solidarity with a student bullied in Nova Scotia for wearing pink to school.

dispute. The judge had recommended an increase of 44 cents per hour from the prior base rate of $2.26, which was rejected, meaning about 250 IWA workers from the region were

set to man the picket lines. 35 years ago: The Lakeside Inn held a hang gliding event, where seven pilots took off from Mt. Swansea aiming to land in a small inner tube afloat

on Lake Windermere, about 15 feet from the Athalmer beach. Four pilots made it to the beach while two others found themselves at the airport, and one pilot landed at the top of

Athalmer hill. 25 years ago: Canadian Airlines was faced with some stiff competition in the East Kootenay after it was announced that Air B.C. would start servicing Cranbrook as a Liaison Air Canada Connector, offering mid-day flights to Calgary and Vancouver. Air B.C. had been purchased by Air Canada earlier in 1987 and was meant to feed into regular Air Canada service. Air B.C. was the biggest carrier in Vancouver at the time, carrying approximately 850,000 people the year before. 20 years ago: The Province committed another $416,000 towards the construction of a new sewage treatment plant in the Village of Radium Hot Springs. This money was on top of a $447,500 grant request that had been approved when the system was still under RDEK jurisdiction. The project carried a total price tag of $2.1 million, which Kootenay National Park, the Ministry of Environment and a number of other organizations were contributing to.

Columbia Valley seniors stand out at 2012 senior games CONTINUED FROM PAGE A23

Silver Jubilee event that attracted 4,000 senior athletes from across the province, and two local individuals in particular were recognized for their longevity in sports. Nellie Hrdlicka from Invermere has in fact participated all 25 years and was formally recognized at this year’s games with a special presentation for her longterm dedication and involvement. She also competed in a bridge event with her bridge partner Fran Jeffries and placed fourth. A gold medal went to Ed Kluczny from Invermere in the 5,000 metre power walk in the Men 90+ division. Kluczny, who turns 91 on November 14, was awarded first place as he was the only one in his age cat-

egory, which — at his age — is an accomplishment in itself. This isn’t is his first medal. In fact, Kluczny has about 39 BC Senior Games medals displayed on a board in his home at Columbia Garden Village. Not all of them are gold, but he earned them all in power walk events, either the 5,000 metre or the 10,000 metre. Because his back is giving him problems, he was only able to compete in the 5,000 m event this year, but hopes he will be ready to take on both distances again next. “I’m not planning on retirement (from the games),” he said, laughing. “Five kilometres isn’t much for me to do.” It’s the same distance as what he used to walk to school when he was younger, one way, Kluczny added. The complete results for senior

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athletes from Columbia Valley in the 2012 BC Senior Games is as follows: Ed Kluczny from Invermere won gold in the 5,000 metre power walk in the Men 90+ category; bridge partners Nellie Hrdlicka and Fran Jeffery from Invermere placed fourth in bridge in the Men and Women 55+ Duplicate - 0 to 300 Master Points event; the team of Herta Tacha (Radium), Myrtle Holden (Invermere), Bess Spark (Radium) and Arnold Wassing (Radium) placed sixth in carpet bowling in the Men and Women 55+ 1 Team of 3 category; and the team of Aly and Kathy Mederer (Radium) and Margaret Hodson (Radium) placed seventh in carpet bowling in the Men and Women 55+ 1 Pair category. For more information on the games, visit Sonnet is a 1 yr old Border Collie/Shepard x. Sonnet is from a recent spay and neuter clinic we attended and was living at the dump. It was decided that she was much too nice of a girl to return there and she would flourish in a home setting. Which she has!

PHOTO BY NICOLE TRIGG/THE ECHO Columbia Garden Village resident Ed Kluczny, 90, was the only one to compete in his age category in the 5,000 metre walk in this year's BC Senior Games, landing him a gold medal, which he's added to his collection from previous years. Pet overpopulation, surrender to shelters and animal euthanization are preventable problems with a rational solution: SPAY & NEUTER! Find us on Facebook, and see who else we have up for adoption!


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Moving from an RRSP to a RRIF All good things must eventually come to an end, and all those years of tax deferred investing and RRSP generated tax refunds are no exception. The Canada Revenue Agency eventually wants its taxes back. That is why, although you can make the change any time prior, by the end of the year that you turn age 71 you must close your RRSP. For most, this takes the form of a conversion from a RRSP into a RRIF. While not a taxable event on its own, this conversion means you must take taxable withdrawals from your RRIF. Here are some questions you should ask your financial advisor prior to making the change. Whose age should I use to calculate the RRIF minimums? This is a good example of when being married to a much younger spouse can be very beneficial. When you set up a RRIF, you have the option to make the payment calculation based on your age or that of your spouse or commonlaw partner. If your goal is to continue to receive as much tax deferred growth as possible, by calculating the payments on the younger spouses age you will have smaller mandatory withdrawals. Of course you can always take more than the minimum if you wish, but you don’t have to.

Should I make one last RRSP contribution? The answer here really depends on a number of variables your advisor will look at. In simple terms, assuming you still have contribu-

er you are going to be in a lower tax bracket in the future. If this is the case, it may in fact be beneficial to make a very large contribution. If you are over the age of 71, and still have that all important RRSP contribution room, you may want to consider a spousal RRSP. This will give you a tax deduction and allow more money to work for your family on a tax deferred basis. It can work as an excellent income-splitting vehicle, but there are some conditions that must be met for this to work effectively.

cannot be carried forward to future years, so be sure that you use the credit when it is available. If you are eligible for the Pension Credit, you may also be eligible for pension income-splitting. If your spouse is in a lower tax bracket this could be an effective means to reduce household tax.

Have I named the correct beneficiary on my RRIF application? In most instances, if you don’t specify who you want to be as beneficiary, the assets will go to your estate upon death. This can create some unintended fee, tax and creditor issues. In many cases, naming your spouse as beneficiary can be the most efficient way to transfer assets upon death.

Should I Increase withholding tax on my RRIF payments? Withdrawals from your RRIF can be subject to withholding tax depending on the amount you redeem. If you regularly receive other forms of taxable income that are not subject to withholding tax at source, you may want to increase the withholding tax taken from your RRIF payments so you don’t end up with a large tax bill at the end of the year. As I mentioned in last week’s article, you want to be careful here that you don’t hold back to much. Generating a tax refund can be a sign of poor tax planning.

Am I entitled to the Pension Credit for RRIF Income? If you are age 65 or older and receiving (or are about to receive) RRIF income, you should contion room available, If you are 71 sider claiming the pension credit this will likely be your last oppor- on your federal tax return. This tunity for a RRSP contribution in tax credit can be used to offset tax your name. Consider first wheth- payable on any form of income. It

Of course, because everyone’s financial situation is different, all of these strategies should be reviewed by and discussed with your advisor. If not done properly with a thorough understanding of your entire financial picture, you could end up with negative unintended consequences.

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Who and what is living in Lake Windermere? DANNY OSBORNE, KIRSTEN HARMA Lake Windermere Ambassadors

Editor's note: This article is part of a series of informational articles on fish that inhabit Lake Windermere. Keep an eye out for red fish in the lake — the Kokanee are spawning! Some of our fish are native to these waters, while others have been introduced by humans and compete with native species for habitat and food. In this article we will tell the story of one of the native residents, the Kokanee (Oncorhynchus nerka). Are they salmon? Many salmonids are “anadromous”, which means they spend time in salt and fresh water. Kokanee are the same species as sockeye salmon but they don’t make it back and forth to the sea. Kokanee live exclusively in fresh water and reproduce in lakes and streams. Kokanee have long been a part of the Columbia River culture. Their name comes from a now-extinct Salishan language, which was spoken among the First Nations inhabitants of the Columbia River basin. What do they look like? They have a silver body and are bluishblack on top and white on the stomach. During the spawning season they turn red, which is how you will see them now. Males’ backs and sides are bright red to dirty red/gray and their heads are bright to olive green, with a green to black tail. The females’ colours are not as bright, but are red above the lateral line. How big do they get? Adult Kokanee range from eight to 20 inches. Most reach a size of nine to 14 inches.

SUBMITTED PHOTO The Kokanee salmon can currently be seen spawning in Lake Windermere. Their names comes from a now-extinct Salishan language, which was spoken among the First Nations inhabitants of the Columbia River basin.

Can this fish smell? Kokanee, like other fish, can detect smells by pumping water through their olfactory system via tiny hairs called cilia. This system is used for avoiding predators, figuring out how to find their spawning grounds, and choosing a mate. They need this good sense of smell. Large rainbow trout feed exclusively on Kokanee so the Kokanee must avoid trout in order to survive. Lake Windermere has plenty of Kokanee as well as small to medium-sized rainbow trout. Where and when do they reproduce? Kokanee generally spawn from September through as late as December. Popular spawning locations on our lake include the start of the Columbia Wetlands at Athalmer as well as up Windermere Creek.* Females prepare a nest

in the gravel and lay from 350 to 1,750 eggs! Several days or weeks later the adults of both sexes die. Juveniles hatch between March and May. *Residents of the Windermere Creek watershed might be particularly interested to keep an eye out for the Kokanee this year. Despite the newly transported sediment from higher up in the watershed, if the fish can make a nest in any coarser gravel remaining below the sediment, they may be able to spawn. How can I catch them? In other parts of British Columbia, anglers enjoy catching Kokanee as a sport fish. They are not typically sought out by anglers in Lake Windermere. For more information, contact the Lake Windermere Ambassadors at 250341-6898 or

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or visit our office located in the south annex of the Service BC building in Invermere. The Lake Windermere Ambassadors are a society representing a crosssection of community stakeholders committed to directing water quality monitoring and lake stewardship.Their work is made possible by the generous support of the Columbia Basin Trust, Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund, Columbia Valley Community Foundation, Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program, Habitat Conservation Fund, Real Estate Foundation of BC, TD Friends of the Environment, District of Invermere, Regional District of East Kootenay, and member donations. For more information, visit www.



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September 26, 2012 edition of the Invermere Valley Echo