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PHOTO BY NICOLE TRIGG/THE ECHO Premier Christy Clark takes time before her formal presentation to individually greet many of the women who attended the the Women's Town Hall that took place at the Lions' Club in Invermere on Tuesday, July 28. Clark delivered a strong message about her party's commitment to the private sector, education, the environment and tourism in British Columbia.

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An impassioned Premier Christy Clark spoke to a gathering of about 50 Columbia Valley women on a range of

topics at the Lions' Club in Invermere on Tuesday (July 28). At a Women’s Town Hall organized by the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce (CVCC) Women in Business Committee, all eyes were glued on the most powerful woman in the province as soon as she walked into the room and began moving from table to table, introducing herself with a hearty handshake and dazzling smile to as many women as possible before taking to the podium for her formal presentation.

Her message was clear, and her energy and anecdotal sense of humour were infectious, despite having had already spoken to constituents in Revelstoke and Golden earlier that day. “We don’t have a democratic process if people don’t believe their government listens to them,” Clark emphatically told the room, “because if people don’t believe CONTINUES TO 'LIQUIFIED' ON PAGE A3

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ANDREA KLASSEN the Jumbo and the BC Liberal MLA closest to editor@invermerevalleyecho.com allow area, said he hoped the decision would to heal. communities divided by the issue When the Canal Flats arena opens we want"It's divided our communities and for the winter in 2013, skaters and governed it over. We wanted a decision from hockey players may find they have enough ment and I can't thank my friend Steve up to six extra weeks to hit the ice. decision," for having the courage to make this A long-awaited upgrade of he told media. the arena is now going ahead, lays out The master development agreement thanks to an $800,000 Community Serving the Columbia Valley from under which the reCanal Flats to Spillimacheen since the terms and conditions 1956 Program grant doled out 956 Recreation proponents sort can be developed and allows to the village this week by the B.C.

munities around the province this week as part of a $30 million program to promote healthy lifestyles. According to Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett, who met with members of village council and arena staff today, the Canal Flats grant is likely to the largest single payment given any community in B.C. "Certainly for a community of this size, it's huge," he added. Arena manager Matthieu Fournido with the plenty July 4, 2012 er, says there's Vol. to 56 Issue 27 oor, fl cash. First off is replacing the which is well past the end of its

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The Canada Day parade in Invermere took place under a hot summer sun on Sunday PHOTO BY NICOLE TRIGG/THE ECHO (July 1) with crowds lining the streets to the heart of downtown to Kinsmen Beach view the assortment of creative patriotic where the Mountain Mosaic Festival of the floats head down 7th Avenue through Arts entertained kids and adults alike for the rest of the afternoon. For full photo coverage, turn to pages A16 and A17.

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Windermere Creek began running directly through “My business has been devastated Shadybrook Resort in Windermere with immeasuron Saturday (June able damage,” DuBois said. “Everyone knew it 20) morning, after rising 10 inches was in just 48 hours and coming for a year, but environmental rules won’t spilling over the top of both natural let and man-made me do much to protect my property.” barriers due to a buildup of gravel and sediment. The creek first burst through its boundaries After notifying provincial government in August officials, own- of last year after a spring landslide was suspected er Mike DuBois was awaiting an offi of cial declaration of a local state of emergency as of press deadline. CONTINUES TO 'SHADYBROOK' ON PAGE A5

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out into the field to learn about diff erent jobs, from ghost hunting to tugboat driving. "The idea is it's kind of an average The (unofficial) world's largest outdoor guy, who's not particularly smart, goes skate track will hit the small screen on off and tries different things," Miller Discovery Channel's Daily Planet TV explained to local media during a break show in the coming months, after the in filming. "The thing today was to come film crew for Embedded with Mark out and learn to make ice for a big pond Miller stopped in Invermere Thursday, hockey tournament and learn how you February 2. maintain what is allegedly the world's Embedded, which runs on Daily Planet largest skating rink." every Tuesday, features Miller heading Joined by Whiteway maintainers Brad

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station) is being used — the amount of garbage, and what’s being dumped there.” The bins at the transfer station have been removed and the gates are locked with signage informing residents that the station will be closed until October 31 due to bear activity and misuse. Residents are instead CONTINUES TO 'BEARS' ON PAGE A5

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PHOTO BY STEVE JESSEL/THE ECHO The Columbia Valley Rockies Junior B hockey team joined the Fairmont and District Lions' Club for a community clean up on Saturday (October 13). Participants fanned out into small groups up and down the highway picking up garbage, in what's a biannual activity for the club. The Lions' thank Cindy and staff at Smoking Waters Coffee Company for the tasty lunch afterwards.

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As Invermere's deer cull plows forward, not everyone is sitting by to wait it out. As reported by the RCMP and by District of Invermere (DOI) mayor Gerry Taft, there have been a number of cases of traps either being tampered with, or individuals letting deer out of the traps invermerevalleyecho.com when found.

"Charges have already been submitted in a few cases," RCMP Cpl. Shane Parker told The Echo. "I wouldn't call it vandalism, but people are letting deer out of the traps, and they will be charged for that. We are taking it very seriously, and as far as the RCMP are concerned, we're trying to remain neutral, or impartial, but obviously when it comes to a criminal offense, we're going to pursue that." Taft says that at this point he believes 13 deer have been trapped and killed, and that he and councillors Spring

Hawes and Justin Atterbury have each had a chance to witness a killing. "From my perspective there is nothing to hide," Taft said. "When I watched it was extremely smooth, there was no suffering of the animal." The district has up until March 15 to kill 100 deer, but district Chief Administrative Officer Chris Prosser says that they are unlikely to reach that number. "It's very slow progress," Prosser said. "We will be nowhere near what our permit allows, those almost three weeks of

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delay cost us dearly." Traps have been placed almost exclusively on private property to this point, however there have been complaints from the community that the traps are too visible in some cases, with one man telling council at their last meeting that as a parent of a disabled child, he is afraid seeing a trap "would just destroy her."

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only Though the District of Invermere the killed approximately a quarter of deer it originally aimed to cull, mayor for Gerry Taft says there is no appetite extending the operation. apWhile the district had the option to ply for a five day extension of its provinup cial permit, which allowed it to cull aubusy a told Taft deer, urban 100 to dience at Invermere's March 13 district won't council meeting the community be taking that step. "We're pretty tired. It's been a really difficult process. It's been a hard couple the of months,” Taft said. "It's just to for it the elementary point where I think we're all ready some common household ingredients at some fun trying to make a jello volcano using STEVE JESSEL/ECHO PHOTO to be over." Grade 7 J.A. Laird student Tannia Tallis had proAs of March 15, when the district's school science fair on Tuesday, March 13. convincial permit for the cull expired, for "nuisance and emotional fewer against the district, which pensation tractors had put down 19 deer — during a presenta- ing lawsuit killed Laphier told council settled — and which could pain." be to yet has trythan the City of Cranbrook, which "With working together, and with members 100 tion on behalf of the IDPO. trust, you hamper reconciliation efforts, 25, and Kimberley, which put down ing to have a position of mutual “I would be willing to work with deer. for us and I think with of council said. that there is some awkwardness of and come up with solutions. “How do we share with someone With the cull complete, members for us... if up with good soluThat's potentially some legal issues Orga- talking we can come wants to sue the pants off us? the Invermere Deer Protection against us stays in to tions for this problem.” about," said the lawsuit which is was something we have to think nization (IDPO) were also at council IDPO the year, Taft. this added earlier Formed one of sever- place,” invermerevalleyech on both sides of the o.com halt- councillor Greg Anderson, discuss how those responsible for an injunction that about whether issue could work together on dealing ed the deer cull for nearly three weeks al who quizzed the group STORY CONTINUES TO suit, it would be willing to drop its civil with deer. 'LAWSUIT' ON PAGE A9 comof at its outset. teamraven.ca which seeks unspecified financial “We really need to address the vision That legal action was part of an ongothe community over this issue," Charles

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The local conservation officer service is asking for public assistance after a series of illegal hunting incidents took place in and around Invermere over the last two weeks. “Hunting and poaching are prohibited within the boundaries of the community  and I think it’s very unacceptable for anyone to do that,” said District of Invermere mayor Gerry Taft, “and it’s extremely dangerous with the potential for bullets or arrows to go to private property, potentially domesticated animals, if not a person.” The first report, called in on Tuesday, October 2, was

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a resDistrict of Invermere council passed opposiolution on Tuesday (May 8) voicing tion to a change in the Local Government mounAct that will allow the creation of a with no tain resort municipality in an area residents at the time of incorporation. in The proposed amendment was buried which a miscellaneous list under Bill 41, the B.C. was introduced for first reading to Legislature on May 1. op“This isn’t about opposing or not Mayor posing Jumbo, that’s not the issue,” meetGerry Taft said at Tuesday’s council ing. ‘It’s about governance.” Paul The resolution, penned by Coun. Denchuk, states “the District of Invermere opposes the creation of an undemocratic Jumbo Mountain Resort Municipality in the provValley and in any other region of the that ince” based on council’s understanding the Jumif a mountain resort municipality in it would bo Valley were to be incorporated, for an have a provincially appointed council set elecindeterminate length of time with no powers tion date and may be granted all the a seat at of a normal municipality, including the Regional District of East Kootenay. Coun. It passed with Taft, Denchuk and Spring Hawes in favour while councillors

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tionships with a diverse group of French government officials, mayors, entrepreneurs, and corporate executives all of whom are interested in exporting their knowledge and experience to North America through the gateway of the Kootenays," he wrote in an email, adding a reciprocal visit to B.C. is in the

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A large scale landslide that coursed through the Village of Fairmont Hot Springs and across Highway 93/95 at about 4:30 p.m. on Sunday (July 15) left over 600 peo-

“It literally blew through, it was immediate, it was like a wall of water coming through the community,” Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) communications officer Loree Duczek said at the scene on Sunday night. “It happened very quickly,” RDEK Electoral Area F director Wendy Booth said.

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try. A glacier ski resort being proposed for the Valemont area was also under discussion. While no agreements or memoranda of understanding were signed on the trip, Costello told The Echo the week of meetings was a success. "In a short period of time we were able to build new rela-

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about a seriously injured mule deer buck by the Invermere Home Hardware. The buck, walking with its intestines hanging out, made its way to the RCMP detachment where police saw it was seriously injured and put it down. Invermere conservation officer Greg Kruger confirmed it had been shot with an arrow, either from a bow or cross bow. “It was shot through its stomach and the arrow boardhead was lodged in its ankle,” Kruger said. “We don’t know who (did it) or where that deer was shot.” Next, a partially butchered first-year fawn was discovered on the outskirts of the Wilder subdivision on the morning of Tuesday, October 9 and Kruger suspects poachers were responsible for the kill. “The way it was butchered,

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For those who have ever been frustrated by the downtown parking situation, or feel like there's an idea no one else has thought of yet, the District of Invermere (DOI) has a new public survey to help lay the groundwork for future projects. Available either online on the district website or in hard copy at either the library or the district offices, the Downtown Invermere Parking Survey 2012 is a chance for anyone who is interested to have their say about future parking projects in the downtown of Invermere. The survey is a joint effort between the DOI and consulting company Opus International, who were awarded a contract earlier in the year. "The scope of it is that they are looking at downtown parking, the existing parking, and considering the community enhancement plan," Director of Development Services for the DOI, Rory Hromadnik said. "They're taking a look at the direction for the downtown and at our parking options, but more importantly really evaluating what we have, what's working, and what's not working." While Opus International has provided the survey and will be taking a look at the results, they worked closely with the

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district to provide relevant questions and solutions for Invermere's parking problems, both during shoulder seasons as well as the busier summer days. Included with the four-page survey is a chance to win one of four $50 shopping vouchers at downtown Invermere businesses. The survey itself asks how satisfied one is with the current parking situation, as well as questions regarding parking preferences and short term cost-effective options that could be implemented for this upcoming summer.

Hromadnik says while it's nearly impossible to plan for some of the busier summer days, they would like to see a few changes this summer, including improved signage, to help alleviate congestion. "There are certain days of the year where it is just physically impossible to have enough parking spots," Hromadnik said. "It's about organizing, and I think the problem is we're not sure what we actually need." While the survey itself likely won't

serve as a precursor to any major immediate changes, what it will do is help the DOI come up with a vision of what they would like to eventually see happen. While Hromadnik says the district does have some ideas already, he says that this is a great opportunity for the community at large to have their opinions heard and to have a say in the document Opus International will produce to be presented to council later in the STORY CONTINUES TO year. 'CLARITY' PAGE A10

MP David Wilks was in Invermere this past Thursday after being invited to address the Rotary Club, and during his visit took the time to stop by The Echo's offices for an impromptu talk on a few federal decisions that could have far-reaching impact on the Columbia Valley. Of particular interest to Wilks was a recent announcement regarding the Shuswap Band. As a member of the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, Wilks was pleased to share his thoughts about the news that the Shuswap had been added to the First Nations Land Management Regime. In short, the First Nations Land Management Regime is a new management application put on by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development which allows the Shuswap to opt out of the 34 land-related sections of the Indian Act. "It's huge because this allows [the Shuswap] to proceed with economic development, and allows them to do things with their land that they could never do before," Wilks said. "Now, they can move forward freely with economic development... it provides them with great opportunities, and I think that you'll see [the Shuswap] blossom over the next several years into something that they couldn't do before this time." As a former RCMP officer, Wilks also shared his opinions regarding the newly-introduced omnibus crime bill C-10. Opponents of the bill are most critical of the increased mandatory sentences for certain crimes, such as drug trafficking and sex crimes, but are also concerned about increasing sentences for young offenders, and the lifting of publication bans on names of young offenders convicted of violent offences.

As the fans go wild, the Columbia Valley Rockies celebrate a goal against the Fernie Ghostriders that briefly pulled the team ahead during its last home game of the 2011-12 season. For more on the night and our pick for this year's MVP, check out pages A18 and 19. STEVE JESSEL/ECHO PHOTO Celebrity impersonator Tracey Bell took her show, "8 Divas in 44 Minutes" to the stage at the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards Tuesday, April 17, at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. For a full list of winners from the event, see page B6. STEVE JESSEL\ECHO PHOTO

"C-10 comes with its challenges," Wilks said. "With respect to minimum mandatory sentences, I have no problem with it because I think it targets the types of crimes we expect people to go to jail for." The war on drugs and the legalization of marijuana have also been hot topics as of late, with Prime Minister Stephen Harper notably telling leaders at a Latin American Summit that "the current approach isn't working." "The drug part of (C-10) is interesting," Wilks said.

"I'm not in favour of legalizing marijuana, I don't think it's the way to go personally, however I don't speak for the party on that. With regards to the drug laws, I would encourage people to go and read the legislation." Lastly, Wilks discussed the recent government investment in the Rockies International Airport in Cranbrook. The airport received $187,043 through the Airports Capital Assistance Program for the purchase of new runway sweepers for the airport, and Wilks says CONTINUES TO 'GROWTH' PAGE B2

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French investors will visit B.C. this spring to investigate the Jumbo Glacier Resort, following up on a trip to France made earlier this month by Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett and sev-

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try. A glacier ski resort being proposed for the Valemont area was also under discussion. While no agreements or memoranda of understanding were signed on the trip, Costello told The Echo the week of meetings was a success. "In a short period of time we were able to build new rela-

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STEVE JESSEL/ECHO PHOTO (L-R) Carla Schneider, Jazlyn Oaks and Jess de Groot hit the ice on Lake Windermere with hockey sticks in January in preparaton of the 2012 BC Eastern Regional Pond Hockey Championships that took place in Invermere from February 3 to 5.

outdoor ice rink) and Ottawa (whose Rideau Canal boasts the largest outdoor ice rink) alerting them to Invermere’s plan. “We sent letters to both Ottawa and Winnipeg, both their councils and the organizations that

actually organize their ice rinks... sort of challenging them in good sport, saying we’re after them and after the record,” Taft said. And the winners are… The Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce Invermere Busi-

ness Committee wrapped up its inaugural Window Display Decorating Contest. The contest had 30 entries and brought much festive cheer to Invermere’s downtown core. River Gems gallery came out in first place

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with its quartz garden display; Mercer & Company nabbed second; while Black Star Studio picked up third place. No ice is safe ice A biker plunged through the ice of Lake Windermere in the early afternoon of January 7 about 125 feet from shore and local emergency services issued a thin ice warning for the lake, while cautioning the public to practice extreme caution when out on the ice. “We want people to be aware of these unseasonable, dangerous conditions, as many people have no idea the ice is so thin in places,” said Windermere Fire Department deputy fire chief Drew Sinclair. “We cannot stress enough how dangerous it can be out there.” District seeks public's help The District of Invermere began collecting names of property owners willing to have traps

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‘Stop the Slaughter of Invermere’s Urban Deer’ were attracting hundreds of members and over 30 people packed a DOI council meeting.

February “Culling the town deer puts a bad taste in my mouth. Those who cannot coexist with wildlife should consider moving to a bigger city,” Marie Pike told council. Josh Page, mean-

while, told council he had come forward to defend the cull after his own experiences with aggressive deer, including multiple attacks on his two large dogs and incidents where he and his girlfriend had to chase deer off with golf clubs and a lawn mower. Discovered by Discovery Channel Skiers, skaters and other Lake Windermere users were asked to hit the lake for a Discovery Chan-

nel TV shoot. Embedded with Mark Miller, which runs on Discovery Channel’s weekly science news show Daily Planet, was in Invermere to film the Lake Windermere Whiteway for a special “Gigantic Things” segment. Embedded features Miller heading out into the field to learn about different jobs, from ghost hunting to tugboat driving. Miller, who said his producer on the West Coast had heard

about the Whiteway through the media, spent his day on Lake Windermere with Whiteway maintenance crew Brad Kitching and Jason Bentley learning how to keep outdoor ice level, driving a snowplow and even laying cross country track, among other things. “What else did I learn? I learned Mother Nature is probably the best ice maker,” said Miller. CONTINUES TO PAGE A4

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ing to 715 from 700 in 2006. Fairmont Hot Springs also declined slightly with its population at 476, down from 501. The Windermere area (including homes between the Invermere crossroads and the Windermere Valley Golf Course) lost more than 200 people between census counts, falling from 1,259 to 1,019. Electoral Areas G and F lost more than 400 people between them. In Area G, which includes communities such as Wilmer, Edgewater and Brisco, the population shrank from 1,563 to 1,412. In Area F, it dropped down to 2,635 from 2,939 in 2006. The population of the Akisqnuk First Nation dropped slightly to 131 from 153 while the Shuswap First Nation posted the highest growth numbers seen in the valley, adding 124 people to its tally for a count of 293. France beckons Bennett Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett headed to France to speak with potential investors about the proposed Jumbo Glacier Resort. “The purpose of the trip is generally to get B.C. on the radar in France, to convince

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Cowboys and cowgirls of all ages got in the Mountain Stampede spirit at Panorama Mountain Village in March when “It never ceases to the resort hosted its third winter festival of the season. amaze me how awesome these kids are,” a few cases. The dis- most exclusively join strike walkout in support of said coach Becca trict had until March on private property Members of the their teachers. Wright. “I look up to my Tampering charges 15 to kill 100 deer ac- yet there were com- Windermere Valley Flash mob they’ve As Invermere’s deer cording to its permit plaints from the com- Teachers’ Associa- teachers, For the last Co- cull plowed forward, but because of delays, munity that the traps tion joined a three- taught me everything lumbia Valley Rock- there were a number DOI chief adminis- were still too visible or day provincial strike I know, and they do ies home game of of cases of traps being trative officer Chris that owners of neigh- beginning March not deserve to be bulthe season, a fan- tampered with or in- Prosser said it was bouring properties 25 and on their last lied like this. We want organized flash dividuals letting deer unlikely the number were not being duly day of classes before to show the governmob stormed Eddie out of the traps, with would be met. Traps notified. the strike, 40 DTSS Mountain Memorial charges being laid in had been placed alContinues to Page A6 Valley teachers staged their own Arena in Invermere, creating an electrifyDistrict of invermere ing atmosphere that 914 - 8 Avenue • Box 339, Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0 helped the Rockies Tel: 250.342.9281 • Fax: 250.342.2934 play what was arguinfo@invermere.net www.invermere.net ably one of their best games all season, deWinter Operations spite losing 4-2 to the The District of Invermere would like to remind everyone to take extra care while travelling during the winter season. Fernie Ghostriders. Deer cull moves The District of Invermere strives to maintain municipal streets and sidewalks in as safe as possible condition. During the winter season however, Snow & Ice Control services are not intended to eliminate all hazardous conditions on District streets or sidewalks at all times. They ahead are intended to assist vehicles and pedestrians that are properly equipped for winter travelling. The Supreme Court It is expected that under normal winter conditions, there will be situations when the immediate demand for Snow & Ice Control services will of British Columbia exceed the available resources. In order to maximize the benefits of operations, Snow & Ice Control staff shall conduct operations according to denied a request by the the priorities determined by emergency requirements and traffic volumes listed in the Snow and Ice Control policy. Invermere Deer ProSnow and Ice Control Operations will be available on a 24 hour a day basis, 7 days a week during the winter season. tection Organization Residential and commercial driveway entrances and sidewalks are the responsibility of the owner to be cleared of windrowed snow and ice to (IDPO) to extend the the degree that the mobility of vehicular and pedestrian traffic shall not be compromised. injunction that halted We remind all residents that it is unlawful to pile, throw or shovel snow onto District roads or rights of ways when clearing snow. the proposed cull of Here’s how you can help... 100 deer within the • Be a good neighbour. Clear snow and ice from sidewalks as soon as possible after a snowfall to ensure that they are safe for all residents. District of Invermere. Lend a hand to those who may not be physically able to shovel. “We’re happy that • Do not park on the street during a snowstorm or while snow clearing operations are underway. Parked cars make plowing difficult, and a further injunction sometimes impossible. With your help, winter maintenance crews can plow snow faster and more efficiently and you will reduce the has not been grantchances of having to dig your car out of a snow drift. ed,” said DOI mayor • Please make sure that your car is parked within your driveway. Please do not let it extend onto the street or sidewalk. Gerry Taft. “ We’re • Keep children safe - don’t let them play in snow piles, or build snow forts in the snow banks at the side of the road. hoping to start (the • Snow plows have no place to push the snow except to the curb or shoulder of the road. Sometimes this happens just after you have cull) as soon as posfinished shoveling. We appreciate this can be frustrating; however, we ask for your cooperation in clearing this snow without placing it on sible… there will be the roadway. If you hire a private contractor to clear your driveway, make sure the contractor does not push snow into the traveled portion traps set tonight.” of the roadway, or fill in sidewalks. Para-Alpine intro • Pile snow on the right side of your driveway (when facing the road) if possible when shoveling. This helps reduce the amount of snow Students in Invercreated by the snowplow at the end of your driveway. mere schools re• Remove snow from around fire hydrants on or near your property to enable quick access by emergency personnel if the need arises. ceived an introduc• Do not place your garbage cans on top of snow banks. If possible place them on your driveway near the edge of the road. tion to the world of The District apologizes for any inconveniences caused by snow removal operations. For further information, please telephone the municipal disabled skiing when office at 250-342-9281. most of the Canadian The District of Invermere thanks you for your co-operation! 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The year of 2012 has certainly tried the patience of many Columbia Valley residents who have struggled to make ends meet and recover from the global recession that has dominated the scene for the last several years. Not only has there been the financial challenge of a lingering sagging economy, but Mother Nature seemed to work against the region as well, with heavy rainfalls at the start of the summer that resulted in flooding, infrastructure damage and the now-infamous mudslide in Fairmont Hot Springs, which may have had a hand in turning potential tourists away from the valley when they were needed the most. Th e Raven Sadly, there were also a number of tragedies. Bernie Su The unspeakable death of Invermere resident spi cio us Ric ALLEY Invdeath Cory Jarock in addition to a number of tragic k erm in Ha Re ere lay nse int n accidents that took the lives of several indiT he o r rollin Be 15 Re rni egi lay ne $ g eR ett Ja for o go M Scarlvermere n ave viduals well before their time, leaving behind Lif dy to udslide In er n to d rea etu comes up an d rns Bernie Ra evastate A ith otted P w L A ve & LEY C n loved ones mourning their loss. o Q Suzuki ey Ech residents s all$ David The V H 1 O O 5 Protests were also a theme, with several taking Y CH $ 15 Provin place in opposition of the District of Invermere'sALLE $ c e 1 1 15 yes to Ju says Eg gh mbo un deer cull and the proposed development of t Moratoriu Jumbo Glacier Resort respectively. And divisive lifted on mm to be arinas politics even derailed talks around the establishment of a backcountry management plan, rk something much needed for the valley but op“For the size of Invermere, we do re- vamp the portion of 7th Avenue rpanear wate r o C f a Continued from Page A5 n al Flats posing sides couldn't agree on how to get it done. Pothole Park by bthe arena gally well for ourselves,” said bantam eginMay long weekets big g to pedestrian crossings, bhead ucks coach Brian Hoobanoff. n i s But despite all the adversity — and perhaps even boys end with better i a undr that it’s not just the teachers because of it — our Columbia Valley community ‘Gigment The female midget team also placed a Froadway expansion allowing for a antic' e for care, we want to show this affects seemed to grow even stronger. Great strides were famwho first, despite playing the entire season future bike lane, and more plants and y hitewa taken in organized community events and festi- Weveryone,” said DTSS student and stu- with only 12 skaters. “It’s pretty cool street lighting. vals, with more arts and culture offerings than dent walkout organizer Alisha Trozzo. and the girls are pretty pumped,” said First place for Grasic B.C. teachers had been without a con- manager Louise Helmer. ever before. Charity events broke fundraising Invermere native Martin Grasic was records and many projects that stand to benefit tract since June 2011 and on a work-toThe boys proceeded to place second crowned the Canadian J1 Giant Slathe valley as a whole gained traction with funding rule mandate since September 2011. overall while the girls tied for fourth. lom Champion in Whistler at the FIS Windermere water upgrade eyed coming in from many different sources. Deer cull falls short J1 National Championships with a fiThe Regional District of East KooteThe outcome of the provincial election in The District of Invermere killed only nal time of nearly a second and a half May will be the biggest and best indicator of nay (RDEK) decided to take another roughly one quarter of the deer it ahead of his nearest competitor. Grawhere popular opinion lies on many of the is- stab at bringing potable drinking wa- originally aimed to cull and DOI may- sic then followed up with another first sues that made the headllines in 2012. But no ter to Windermere after its last plan or Gerry Taft said the district would place finish in an FIS race in Sunday matter what the end result, the biggest chal- was voted down by area voters. not apply for a five-day extension for River, New England. “The ultimate goal is to get proper, its provincial permit. lenge of 2013 quite possibly will be finding a Fairmont resort goes green common ground and respecting all points of compliant drinking water to the com“We’re pretty tired. It’s been a reFairmont Hot Springs Resort view in order to make togetherness, not divi- munity of Windermere,” said Area F di- ally difficult process. It’s been a hard achieved carbon neutral status for rector Wendy Booth. “It’s a blank page couple of months,” Taft said. The dis- 2011, purchasing sufficient offsets to siveness, the new year's overriding theme. and we need to decide as a community trict’s permit allowed for 100 deer to balance out all the resort’s operationwhat we’re going to write on it.” be killed and only 19 were put down, al emissions after joining the EcoStay Hockey championships compared to 25 in Cranbrook and program, a carbon neutral program The Valley Echo welcomes all letters to the ediBoth the Windermere Valley Minor 100 in Kimberley. By that point, over for Canadian hotels. tor and submissions from community and sports groups, as well as special community columns. Hockey Association boys’ bantam $25,000 had been spent by the district “Becoming certified as officially Please keep your signed, legible submissions unteam and the Windermere Valley on legal fees associated to the Inver- carbon neutral during our first year der 500 words. We reserve the right to edit for clariRockies female midget team made it mere Deer Protection Organization’s in the national EcoStay program is ty, taste, legal reasons and brevity. Each submission to their respective provincial cham- lawsuit against the DOI. a great accomplishment,” said COO must contain a daytime phone number and place of pionships. The boys bantam team A prettier Pothole residence. Send email submissions to editor@inverplaced first in their division. Continues to Page A7 Almost $800,000 was allocated to remerevalleyecho.com.

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Dean Prentice. Province approves Jumbo The Province of British Columbia announced its approval of a Master Development Agreement for the controversial Jumbo Glacier Resort project. Minister of Forests, Lands and National Resource Operations Steve Thomson and Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett made the announcement in Victoria, which drew criticism from Columbia River-Revelstoke MLA Norm Macdonald who has opposed the project. “It’s incredibly disrespectful to go pretty much as far from Invermere as you can to make this announcement,” said Macdonald. But Bennett said making the announcement in “neutral” territory was part of the government’s plan. Had the announcement been made in Invermere, “it would have perpetuated the sort of dynamic that has existed in our communities and we’ve had enough of that,” he said. Several local groups pledged to continue to fight the resort, including the Jumbo Creek Conservation Society, Wildsight and the Ktunaxa Nation, while the Shuswap Band said it was pleased with the decision. Cash for Canal Flats arena The Village of Canal Flats received an $800,000 Community Recreation Program grant from the B.C. government for muchneeded upgrades to its arena.

April Airport runway off limits In an ongoing land dispute, siblings Louise and Mildred Stevens sent notices to the Invermere Airport, the RCMP and the Shuswap Indian Band that the northern part of the airport’s runway was no longer available for use by aircraft. This came after talks with the Shuswap Indian Band broke down. The Stevens own a Certificate of Possession for the land and were

never compensated for its use. According to the Stevens, the airport runway would remain unobstructed but anyone using its northern end would be prosecuted for trespassing. Cougar warning Cougars were spotted twice along Highway 93/95, prompting Parks Canada officials to issue a cougar warning for three Radium-area trails. In both cases, a cougar was spotted attacking sheep in the Sinclair Canyon area of Kootenay National Park. “This is really common and normal behaviour for a cougar,” said conservation officer Brianna Burley. “This one just becomes unusual in the sense that people have seen the cougar activity because it’s so close to the parking lot and trails.” Avalanche surprises skiers An avalanche near Panorama left one woman with non-life threatening injuries and an entire community shaken up. According to the RCMP, two adult skiers were skiing in an outof-bounds zone called Jessie’s Monster near Taynton Bowl when the female skier triggered the avalanche when she followed the male skier down the slope. The male skier was able to ski out of the slide’s path while the female skier was caught in the avalanche. Roughly 60 people and four search dogs combed the area for four hours without any sign of additional skiers and no one was reported missing. Jumbo Wild greets French visitors French ski industry experts were greeted by more than 80 Jumbo Wild supporters when they toured the site of the proposed Jumbo Glacier Resort. “There were signs and banners and there was some chanting and it was all very peaceful and respectful,” said Robyn Duncan of Wildsight. “They accepted the information and asked questions and were somewhat surprised to hear the level of opposition.” Jarock death shocks community Thirty-year-old Cory Jarock was discovered dead in the driveway of a private residence in Continues to Page A8

SAT JAN 5 • Annual Kinsmen Christmas Tree Pick-up. Put tree out front of your house to be picked up early Saturday morning. Donations also accepted. • Youth movie night, Windermere Community Hall, "Lock In", 7 p.m. MON JAN 7 • Bingo, Canal Flats Civic Centre TUES JAN 8 • Cinefest at Pynelogs Cultural Centre, "Hysteria" will be playing, 7 p.m. EVERY SUNDAY • Public Indoor Rock Climbing, Laird School, 5-8 p.m., $5. • Radium Seniors’ Carpet Bowling, 1:30 p.m., Seniors' Hall •Drop-in roller or inline skate, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Practice basic skating skills. $5 drop-in fee. Roller derby track, Glacier Peaks Gymnastics building. 250-342-5321 for more information. 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 250-341-1509. • 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@ gmail.com EVERY TUESDAY • Yoga THRIVEYoga for Cancer Survivors. Hot springs studio, Fairmont Village Mall. For info call Jan Klimek at 250-342-1195 • Shuswap Bingo at the Shuswap Indian Band Office downstairs, doors open at 5:30 p.m., early bird at 6:45 p.m., regular games at 7 p.m. • Cubs (8-10 year olds) and Beavers (5-7 year olds), JA Laird, 6 - 7 p.m. 1st & 3rd WED • Scrabble Night at Invermere Public Library. 6 - 8 p.m. Call 250-342-6416

2nd & 4th WED • Seniors' Day at the Invermere Library. Bus provided every wednesday • Indoor soccer, DTSS gym. Drop-in, $2, 8:30-10:00 p.m. EVERY THURSDAY • Cadets, 6:30-9 p.m. for boys and girls, ages 12-17. Cost: FREE (includes uniform). Info: Rick Dendy 250-341-1509 • 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.bclibrary.ca EVERY SATURDAY • Public Indoor Rock Climbing, Laird School, 5-8 p.m., $5. Invermere Thrift Store • Thursdays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, 1 - 4 p.m.


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The lot is surrounded by a provincial NICOLE TRIGG/ECHO PHOTO park and a wildlife management area An orphaned baby black bear was captured just off Westside Road on May 29 then flown to a and has long been viewed as the final wildlife centre in Smithers for rehabilitation, but unfortunately did not survive. piece of the puzzle to creating an uninterrupted conservation area in the area. versary with a wide range of activities in- the medal, which was created in honNew employment centre cluding the inaugural Steamboat Moun- our of the 60th anniversary of Her MajFor unemployed Columbia Valley tain Music Festival, historical walks, a esty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to residents needing help finding work, pancake breakfast, a parade and more. the throne as Queen of Canada. the new WorkBC Employment Servic“The celebration shows pride in our Valley Appreciation Day feted es Centre opened its doors at the same community, and really it’s a momenValley Appreciation Day celebrated location as the old employment centre, tous occasion – the town is still stand- its 25th anniversary during the 2012 but under the new management of the ing after a hundred years,” said Elke Summerlude festival. The highlight Family Resource Centre for a more ho- Bennett, one of the event organizers. of the anniversary celebration, which listic approach. “It connects the Family Barn dance booty also included a community breakResource Centre as a non-profit orgaThe Invermere Family Resource fast, a logging show and soap box cart nization to the business community,” Centre was the surprised recipi- races, was the return of the Invermere said director Pat Cope. ent of a large sum of money raised town crier who regaled festival goers Flight cage opens by K2 Ranch owners Barb and Bob with his classical call outs. A new flight cage for rehabilitating Shaunessy, who held a barn dance for Not again larger injured birds was opened after Barb’s 60th birthday bash featuring Just days after a mudslide blasted hundreds of volunteer hours and do- the award-winning Canadian coun- through Fairmont Hot Springs, a secnations from local groups including try band Corb Lund and the Hurtin’ ond torrent of mud engulfed a Fairmont $30,000 from the Panorama Founda- Albertans. By collecting donations neighbourhood after a bank collapsed, tion and discounted building materi- at the door, the Shaunessys raised further devastating its residents. als from Home Hardware helped real- $10,700 that went towards supporting “We basically had a river running ize the project. The new 100-foot long the local women’s shelter. down the side of our house and across facility allows injured birds the freeMudslide in Fairmont Hot Springs the street,” said Bill Brown, whose dom of independent, unassisted flight A large scale mudslide blasted parents’ yard had disappeared under while recuperating from their injuries. through the Village of Fairmont Hot three feet of mud. “The devastation Heavy rainfall Springs and across Highway 93/95, was just incredible.” Windermere Creek began running washing out the access bridge to Hockey hero in the making directly through Shadybrook Resort the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort RV Hockey player and Invermere local in Windermere after rising 10 inches campground and leaving over 600 Robert-Tye Rice left to begin filming a in just 48 hours and spilling over both people temporarily stranded while brand new television series called Hit natural and man-made barriers due to numerous others were evacuated the Ice after he was discovered at the a buildup of gravel and sediment. Other from their homes. Other damage in- National Aboriginal Hockey Champiareas in the valley also suffered from the cluded a ruptured 1,500 litre propane onships in Saskatoon where he had heavy rainfall including Kinsmen Beach tank and ruptured main water lines for played for Team BC earlier in the year where flooding from Lake Windermere the resort’s hot pools and golf course. in April. The two-week series is to air on nearly engulfed the entire parking lot; Luckily no injuries were reported. the Aboriginal Peoples Television NetCastlerock Estates on Westside Road “All of a sudden … there was this work in January 2013 and will feature 20 where the retaining wall collapsed; and huge mudslide coming down with aboriginal hockey players from across Kootenay National Park where eight trail trees coming with it, boulders,” said a Canada between the ages of 16 and 18. bridges were damaged or destroyed and shaken visitor, Ron Patry. forced the closure of a number of trails. 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formal decision to challenge the B.C. government’s approval of the development of Jumbo Glacier Resort in the heart of one of its principal sacred sites with an application for judicial review. Called Qat’muk, the area is known in Ktunaxa culture as the home of the grizzly bear spirit and has tremendous cultural, spiritual and religious significance to the Ktunaxa Nation. “This is one process available to us to continue to raise our concerns,” said Ktunaxa Nation chair Kathryn Teneese. “What we’re trying to do is influence anybody we can so that the project doesn’t go ahead.” Arrest made Following over three months of investigation, Columbia Valley RCMP assisted by the South East District Major Crimes Unit made an arrest in relation to the death of Invermere resident Cory Jarock, who was found unresponsive on the driveway of a private residence in Invermere in April. Twenty three-yearold former Radium Hot Springs resident

Brian Panebianco was arrested on unrelated drug charges then was subsequently charged with several offences relating to the death of Jarock, including assault, robbery, and breach of recognizance. NHL to the rescue Former NHL goalie and Invermere native Wade Dubielewicz agreed to become the new goaltending coach for the Columbia Valley Rockies. Dubielewicz entered the NHL as an undrafted free agent with the New York Islanders in 2003 and went on to play for three NHL teams over his career, recording a .914 save percentage in over 2,000 minutes of NHL action. “I recently retired and I took a little time away from hockey, so I’m starting to get the itch to get involved again,” Dubielewicz said. Premier Clark in the Columbia Valley An impassioned Premier Christy Clark spoke to a gathering of about 50 local women on a range of topics at a Women’s Town Hall meeting organized by the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce

Women in Business Committee. Clark introduced herself to as many women as possible before taking to the podium where she delivered a passionate presentation that covered everything from families to liquefied natural gas. “Clark is a fantastic public speaker, she’s very good, she’s to the point, she knew all her stuff, and I could quite frankly see people changing their vote if they met her in person for the next election,” said Invermere resident Kim Harris. In the running College of the Rockies Invermere campus manager Doug Clovechok was nominated as the official BC Liberal candidate for the Columbia River-Revelstoke riding in the upcoming May 2013 provincial election. Premier Christy Clark called Clovechok “the best possible candidate to win this riding for the BC Liberals.” “This has historically been a Social Credit riding and was a BC Liberal riding and we should never have lost it,” Clovechok said. Backcountry talks derail The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations pulled its staff

out of grassroots talks around beginning a recreational access management plan for the Columbia Valley because the process – neither commenced or endorsed by the Ministry — didn’t appear to have the consent of all the community’s stakeholders, a Ministry spokesperson told The Echo. The two other East Kootenay recreation access management plans in Golden and Revelstoke had occurred five to eight years ago in a more favourable fiscal climate, the spokesperson said. Smart meters arrive BC Hydro’s new smart meters finally arrived in the Columbia Valley with the first one being installed at Casa Vino Wine Bar, the business owned by Village of Radium Hot Springs mayor Dee Conklin. “(The meters) give customers a whole lot more information about what’s going on in their home and actually puts them in a position to make some small changes that can save a lot of electricity and of course money on their bill,” said Cindy Verschoor, the communications manager for the smart meter program. No water upgrade

for Dry Gulch An upgrade to Dry Gulch’s water system proved too costly for property owners in the tiny community, forcing the almost $1.8 million in provincial government funding intended for the project to be reallocated. The system does not meet Interior Health standards and has remained on a boil water advisory. “It just boils down to the fact that it’s too small a service area to be affordable,” said RDEK Area G director Gerry Wilkie. Charges stepped up The RCMP announced that further charges had been laid against Brian Panebianco in relation to the death of Cody Jarock of Invermere. In addition to the previous charges of robbery, assault and breach of recognizance, Panebianco was charged with manslaughter and criminal negligence causing death. Panebianco was well known to police before his arrest and wanted on other outstanding warrants. Local women honoured Two more Columbia Valley residents were recognized with the Queen’s Jubilee Medal

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10 kilometres west of Fairmont Hot Springs resort, believed to have been started by a lightning strike, was being contained at 25 hectares by roughly 40 personnel. Memorial tree salvaged after vandalism After vandals severely damaged a memorial tree at Windermere Beach Regional Park, a local landscaper stepped up to help. The tree was planted in June in memory of Jay Carscadden who had passed away in January. Upon inspecting the tree, Rick Ferrier of Ferrier’s Landscaping said the tree had a good chance of surviving with the proper care and sealant.

gust, visitor numbers were lower than in previous years. Undoubtedly due to the mudslide that closed Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, according to local business owners whose businesses suffered. Ron Looye of Beachbound in Fairmont said that in the weeks leading up to the mudslide, his numbers were actually higher than the previous year, yet once the resort closed he lost 50 per cent of his business, and a month after the resort reopened his numbers still hadn’t fully recovered. Funding for schools The Rocky Mountain School District

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allowed it to scramble out and scamper off. “The bins are really only as bear resistant as the people using them,” Leonard said. Water protection The DOI completed drinking water source assessment protection plans for both its drinking water sources and because the protective measures to the groundwater source located in Athalmer could affect nearby property owners and industrial uses, community members were asked to get educated at an open house. “In order to effectively protect the water source in Athalmer, we need to ensure that property owners are aware of the potential impacts of drilling wells and disposing of contaminating materials,” said DOI CAO Chris Prosser. The protection plan for the second source, the Continues to Page A13


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and GM and said he was confident he would be able to put out a solid product on the ice with the help of the assistant coaching staff. Securities breach The principal in the Invermere Deer Protection Society (IDPS) lawsuit agains the District of Invermere, Shane Suman, and his wife, Monie Suman, were found guilty of insider trading to the tune of $1 million in illegal profits by the Ontario Securities Commission. "Of course I'm concerned it might dis-

credit this case," said IDPS president Devin Kazakoff,"(but) to me it's something completely separate from the deer." New partnership The Valley Echo and the Columbia Valley Pioneer announced they were joining forces to create an innovative new partnership that will allow both of the valley's newspapers to thrive and continue to serve their communities. Rose-Marie Regitnig took over as publisher for The Valley Echo in addition to her longterm posi-

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Thinking of the New Year A few years ago, there was a saying going around, that went, “If you don’t know where you want to go, any road’ll getcha there.” Another version went, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different results.” When you really look at them, in fact they are nearly the same thing. Both are true. If you don’t know where you’re going, and you do the same thing over and over and expect to get different results, you sure will drive yourself insane. So it really doesn’t matter what ‘road’ you take, you will get to the same place in the end. This topic comes up because it is the New Year. Since we are human, it is in our nature to think of the future, and we like to do this at special, sort of ‘start-over’ times of our lives – like New Year. We make lists of things we think would make our lives better, and call them ‘resolutions’ with the idea that we are ‘resolved’ to do them this time. Like most of our resolutions in years past, we don’t usually get very far down the road of the new year before they have been waylaid or forgotten and never get done. Yet it is worth looking at the list and seeing if there are some things that have been on that list year after year. If there are, write them down in a clear statement? Then, once you have that clear statement, you can ask yourself

if you really want to write the same old thing over and over again, each year expecting you will do things differently? Perhaps it is time to pick one of those things and look at it as though it was really significant. Examine

That bit of knowledge is ‘as old as the hills’, but it has also been verified by modern brain research. Since we are dealing with modern research, here is another fact, verified in the same way – it takes 21 days to change a habit so it will be com-

how life will be if you let it slide as you have every year, and how it will be if you really change just that one thing. Making change deliberately is a very hard thing to do. Another characteristic we humans have (it’s not just you!) is that we like to develop patterns to our thoughts and our behavior. It makes it easier to do the same thing over and over again.

pletely new and not return to the old pattern. That’s three weeks. The old habit is gone, for good – as long as we have something to put in its place. That’s why it’s so difficult to quit smoking. It’s not the chemical addiction – that’s gone in three days. From there on, it’s the patterns of behavior we had when we smoked – the things we did at the same time. A cup of coffee. Stepping outside. A

social gathering. Or whatever other pattern in which we used to use a cigarette as a tool to ease us into the situation. Those patterns are habits which persist for that 21-day period. If you stay with it for longer than the 21 days, and if you have something other than a cigarette in your hand, chances are pretty good that the habit will be gone. So, here’s the thing. Instead of making a whole list of things you want to change, pick just one, it doesn’t even have to be the largest one. Then write that in big letters, set it up in a visible place, and set out to change the pattern. Remember, pick just the one thing, and you need a new thing to take its place. Then, set out to do that one thing in that new way for three weeks. There is a New Year resolution that is going to be kept! Can you imagine what your life would be like if you had started doing that 10 years ago? A good starting place would be to examine all the things that are essential to having a good life for you and your family. Be serious and be realistic. Ask yourself, “do I want to be in the same financial situation next year, in three years and in five years that I am in now?” Then, get some advice from your independent Certified Financial Planner® who can help you figure out where to go from there. And Happy New Year!


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Horoscope First week of Januar y

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 Aries, there are some things that need to be accomplished this week despite the your reservations. Find a way to make the best of the situation.

CANCER Sarcasm is not the right approach this week, Cancer. Focus on being amiable to all of the people you interact with the next few days and reap the rewards.

TAURUS Taurus, enjoy an active week ahead that includes a very busy social schedule. Instead of trying to swim against the tide, let it take you along.

LEO Secrets have a funny way of catching up with you, Leo. Although it can be hard to be honest, upcoming situations will work out much more easily if you are.

GEMINI Take care of things on your own this week, Gemini. Others around you will be just as busy, so put your head down and get started on the many tasks at hand.

VIRGO You have no reason to question your confidence this week, Virgo. Give yourself a pep talk to make it through a sticky situation, and things will turn out alright.

LIBRA You are coasting on a high of good fortune, Libra. Don’t worry, it isn’t going to slow down anytime soon. Enjoy all of the opportunities that come your way. SCORPIO It takes more than just good ideas to find success, Scorpio. There is also a lot of followthrough and legwork that goes into every scenario. Start working through the particulars. SAGITTARIUS You won’t be able to rest until you solve a problem that has been bugging you, Sagittarius. But the solution won’t immediately present itself.

CAPRICORN Sometimes it takes more time and money than it’s worth to follow through with something that originally seemed like a good idea. Don’t think of it as giving up but redirecting. AQUARIUS It may take a little more time to work through the long to-do list, but that will make the satisfaction of getting the job done that much more worth it, Aquarius. PISCES Words can be interpreted in many different ways, Pisces. Choose what you say wisely so you don’t give anyone the wrong impression.


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MECHANICAL REPAIRS AVAILABLE 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 7 Days A Week

250-347-9726

7507 Main Street West

Sholinder & MacKay

Septic Tank Pumping Portable Toilet Rentals NEWER SEW ERA CAM

• Complete sewer/drain repairs • Reasonable rates - Seniors’ discount • Speedy service - 7 days a week • A well-maintained septic system should be pumped every 2-3 years • Avoid costly repairs

Sand & Gravel

Complete line of aggregate products for construction and landscaping

Snow Removal Service

The WaTer & air Company!

Ph: 250-342-5024 Cell: 250-688-5594 24 hour service

RR#3, 954 Swansea Road, Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K3 www.equityrepair.ca • rjennix@hotmail.com

CONTRACT OR HOURLY MACHINE RENTALS AVAILABLE

DCS Plumbing & Heating Universal Doors & Exteriors Sales • Service • Installation

24-Hour Emergency Service

DOUG

250-341-8501 Senior Discount

Lambert-Kipp Pharmacy Ltd. J. Douglas Kipp, B. Sc. (Pharm.) Laura Kipp, Pharm D. Irena Sedlakova, B. Sc. (Pharm.) Your compounding pharmacy Come in and browse our giftware! Open Monday - Saturday • 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 1301 - 7th Avenue, Invermere • 250-342-6612

• Garage Doors • Passage Doors • Truck Doors • Windows • Sunrooms • Patio Covers • Vinyl Decking • Aluminum Railings • Siding • Soffit • Facia • Window Capping • Renovations Invermere

Phone

Water Treatment: filtration and purification Furnace and Duct cleaning

Equity Repair & Maintenance Ltd.

• Excavators • Mini-Excavators • Bobcats • Dump Trucks • Water Trucks • Compaction Equipment • Snow Plow • Sanding Equipment • Crane Truck • Mobile Pressure Washing & Steam Cleaning • Underground Services • Site Prep & Demolition • Road Building • Land Clearing • Controlled Burning • Rock Walls • Rip Rap • Topsoil • Sand & Gravel

• Plumbing, Repair and Installation • Drain Lines • Hot Water Tanks

250-342-6452 • 250-342-3773 Cell: 250-342-5833

Office:

Bruce Dehart 250-347-9803 or 250-342-5357

Hot Shot • Furnaces • Heat PumPs • air conditioning • FirePlaces• Hot tubs • cHemicals • service & maintenance • gas Fitting 385 Laurier Street Phone: 250-342-7100 Invermere, BC Fax: 250-342-7103 www.diamondheatingandspas.com

To advertise, call: 250-342-9216

250-342-6700

Purify the water you drink and the air you breathe! Kerry Colonna

QUALITY QUALITYAUTO AUTOSERVICE SERVICE YOU YOUCAN CANTRUST TRUST

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250-426-9586 • 1-888-371-6299

to give your business maximum exposure for your advertising dollar?

Call 250-342-9216 for more information.

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Carpet System & Upholstery Cleaning Specialists Guaranteed Truck Mounted • Customer Satisfaction

TruckHubman Mounted System • Customer Satisfaction Guaranteed Dean Toll Free: 877-342-3052

Dean Certifi ed Hubman Technician

Certified Technician 250-342-3052

250-342-3052

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odysseyrestoration@telus.net

• CONCRETE PUMP • SAND & GRAVEL • HEAVY EQUIPMENT RENTALS • CRANE SERVICE

Proudly serving the Valley for over 50 years. For competitive prices and prompt service call:

250-342-5089

Located in the Diamond Heating & Spa building in Athalmer

250-342-3268 (plant) 250-342-6767 (office)


Invermere Valley Echo, January 02, 2013