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Victim Services sees simultaneous spike in clients and a reduction in funding By Dauna Ditson reporter@columbiavalleypioneer.com Amy Lange’s role to support victims of crime is so vital that Sergeant Darren Kakuno, commander of the Columbia Valley RCMP, implored Invermere and Radium council members to consider how to restore her hours. “It’s a service that we desperately need here so I’ve come to our elected officials,” he said. “Her case load is going way up and her hours are going way down.” Ms. Lange’s contract is through Family Dynamix but she works so closely with the police that she’s based out of the detachment’s office. With a one-time provincial grant not being renewed, she is down from 33.5 hours a week last year to 25 hours a week now. Without new funding, her hours will drop even further next year. “She’s dealing with the worst files that we come across. When we have to break the news to somebody that their child has passed away or somebody that’s been victim to a sexual assault or a domestic assault, the police come in and we manage that. We conduct the investigation, but then we have to walk away and carry on to the next call and to the next one. And I couldn’t imagine if she was only available half the time for us to bring her along and stay with the victims,” Sgt. Kakuno said. Already this year and despite her reduced hours, Ms. Lange has seen more clients than she did in all of 2017. Radium councillor Dale Shudra asked if the recent spike in clients means that more people in the Valley are being victimized, but Sgt. Kakuno believes the increases are mainly due to police “doing a better job at making sure that we connect victims of crime to victim services so they can see that support.” In addition to staying behind after the police move on, Victim Services can help those who have been wronged navigate their way through the legal system. For instance, in June 2019 Ms. Lange sat beside a survivor of sexual assault in court

as the judge sentenced her assailant. Once the sentencing was complete, Ms. Lange invited the survivor and her partner into a side room to discuss the outcome. (The survivor invited the Pioneer to join them.) While there, Ms. Lange expressed empathy and encouragement and offered support. “Now what?” the survivor asked. “Now you’re done,” Ms. Lange answered gently. “You did a wonderful, wonderful job.” Later the survivor told the Pioneer that: “Having Amy help me throughout the entire process of the court proceedings meant a lot to me. She made sure I had all of my questions answered and provided me with resources available to me. She was able to attend court and provide the emotional support I needed to get through it all. It was a breath of fresh air to have her along this overwhelming journey with me, and I can’t thank her enough.” Besides helping victims move forward, Sgt. Kakuno said roles like Ms. Lange’s can also protect those who might otherwise be revictimized. “We’ve had domestic situations in the past where the police are doing one thing. They see part of the issue,” he said, adding that other agencies, social workers, councillors or government officials might see other sides of the problem that would be of interest to police. “When agencies don’t communicate, things can slip through the cracks and that’s when unfortunately lives can be lost,” he said. Ms. Lange’s role includes connecting with other agencies to minimize those cracks. Radium Mayor Clara Reinhardt reached out to the other Columbia Valley directors to add the issue of Victim Services funding to their upcoming Regional District of East Kootenay meeting. “It would be a tax item, but we do have the capacity,” she said. Ms. Lange could not be reached for comment for this story.

423 acre Edgewater property enters Nature Trust of BC ownership The Nature Trust of British Columbia

This property will complement nearby Nature Trust conservation lands that are managed as part of the Columbia National Wildlife Area and Columbia WetThe Nature Trust of BC announces the protection of the Columbia River lands Wildlife Management Area. An additional benefit for wildlife is that the Edgewater property adjoins the Columbia Wetlands Wetlands - Edgewater property in the Kootenays. Wildlife Management Area which serves as signifiLocated near the community of Edgewater these “As a multi-generational family ranch, the cant migratory bird habitat for over 200 species. conservation lands cover 423 acres (171.5 hectares) and feature outstanding habitat and connectivity for land has been well cared for over the years by “The Nature Trust of BC has been working in the Kootenay region for over 40 years,” said Nature Trust Grizzly Bears and American Badgers. They also proa conservation minded family. The Nature vide winter range for Mule Deer, White-tailed Deer Trust looks forward to carrying on the tradi- Director Bill Bennett. “As a volunteer Board member, I am proud of the many properties The Nature Trust and Moose. tion of responsible land stewardship.” “The Edgewater property has incredible diversity, has conserved for wildlife. As I look to the future, I am excited to be part of a dedicated team leaving a ranging from wetlands to grasslands and open forest Chris Bosman, legacy for future generations in the Kootenays and habitats,” said Chris Bosman, Kootenay Conservation Kootenay Conservation Land Manager across the province.” Land Manager for The Nature Trust of BC. “From the upper benches, the views across the Columbia Valley The community came together in a big way to and up and down the Rocky Mountain Trench are help The Nature Trust of BC protect the Columbia stunning. As a multi-generational family ranch, the land has been well cared for River Wetlands-Edgewater property. Key supporters of this project include the over the years by a conservation-minded family. The Nature Trust looks forward BC Conservation Foundation, Regional District of East Kootenay through the to carrying on the tradition of responsible land stewardship.” Continued on page 15 . . .


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RCMP Report Submitted by Cpl. L-P. Gendron-Fafard Columbia Valley RCMP This past week, July 15th through July 21st, the Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 71 calls for service. The following are some of the more notable files our officers responded to. • On Monday, July 15th, Columbia Valley RCMP received a report of an overdue bicyclist. The male had departed Banff, AB on July 14th, and was due to arrive in Radium Hot Springs that same day. The complainant indicated that the male did not make it to Radium Hot Springs. Columbia Valley RCMP contacted the Kootenay Park Warden who alerted all staff in the park. A few minutes later, a Kootenay Park Warden located the male in Kootenay National Park. The male had unexpectedly spent the night in the park as he became exhausted. The male was in good health and well equipped for the night. • On Tuesday, July 16th, Columbia Valley RCMP received a bylaw complaint that there was a truck idling in Invermere with dogs inside. The complainant was concerned for the two dogs in the truck as they were barking. Members joined Invermere District Bylaw Enforcement on site speaking to the complainants and the owner of the vehicle. The owner was made aware of the no-idling bylaw in Invermere and advised police that the air conditioning was on and that her animals were in no distress. Police would like to remind the public that most businesses are pets friendly in the Valley and are welcome in multiple locations. Also, do not take it upon yourself to break into a vehicle to access pets; contact police or your local bylaw service for assistance. • On the evening of Wednesday, July 17th, Columbia Valley RCMP were dispatched to assist EHS on Highway 93/95 near Radium Hot Springs for a single vehicle rollover. Upon arrival, members observed a white BMW with airbags deployed facing north in the northbound lane of Highway 93/95. The driver stated that he

was travelling north and attempted to overtake another vehicle. The driver stated that he believed he was travelling between 100 and 110 km/h when he pulled out to overtake the other vehicle. The driver said that he immediately hydroplaned, spun, and tried correcting before hitting the northbound ditch and losing control. Road conditions were wet with pooling water and the weather was cloudy with rain. The driver and passenger had minor injuries and were both transported to the Invermere & District Hospital. Police issued the driver a violation ticket for speed relative to conditions. • On Friday, July 19th, police were dispatched to a collision on Hwy. 93/95 in Fairmont at the intersection of Columbia Lake Rd. that could possibly be a hit and run. Police attended and learned that both vehicles involved in the collision were at the scene. Both vehicles were southbound on Hwy 93/95 when a truck in front of them did an abrupt slow down and made a left turn into Columbia Lake Rd. The first vehicle stopped in time but the vehicle behind didn’t stop in time and rearended the first vehicle. The first vehicle sustained very minor scratches to the rear driver side bumper. The vehicle that failed to stop had major damage to the front passenger side bumper and the front airbags were deployed. Passengers from the second vehicle were transported to the Invermere & District Hospital as a precautionary measure. • On the evening of Saturday, July 20th, Columbia Valley RCMP received a report of a loud party in Windermere. Police attended and located a wedding taking place on the property with loud music and some very happy wedding guests next to a campfire. The property owner understood the issue and turned down the music and said she would start directing the louder guests into the house to be polite to neighbours. The Columbia Valley RCMP were present during the Bull Riding in the Rockies event and are happy to report that there were no arrests linked to the event. We were glad to be able to speak with many locals and visitors during and after the event. Have a good week!

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Being loved in return Dehli 2 Dublin’s Punjabi-Irish-electronic fusion mix part of 2019 Invermere MusicFest lineup By Dauna Ditson reporter@columbiavalleypioneer.com Since Delhi 2 Dublin started up 14 years ago Sanjay Seran said he felt “like being a teenage girl waiting for her boyfriend to say ‘I love you’ back” as he kept wishing for his band to make it big. “The reality is that west-coast ghetto-based funk stuff is awesome, but the whole world does not necessarily relate to that,” he said. “Two summers ago we were in Alaska and we just basically kind of felt that we’d reached a kind of glass ceiling.” As they considered how to make their Punjabi-Irish-electronic fusion band more relatable and to broaden their appeal from college radio and CBC radio to a mainstream audience, Delhi 2 Dublin decided to give pop a shot. They modified their sound, put more emphasis on their lyrics and switched to singing almost exclusively in English. “Pop has this kind of negative connotation especially when you come from an electronic world or a like a world where you think you’re cooler than what’s out there. And you’re not because those songs that you hear on the radio get stuck in your head and they’re catchy,” he said. Although he was initially skeptical of the genre, the band tried one pop song which grew into an album called We Got This and which has been resonating with a wider crowd than the band’s long-time fans and which has landed them on mainstream radio in Vancouver. “I went to go drop my kid off at daycare this morning and I heard my song on the radio and it was the first time he heard it on the radio and we were both like ‘this

is so cool,’” he said. “It’s something you dream about forever.” That song My People includes Mr. Seran’s aspiration to be loved back, with the lyrics including: “My people, my people, my people, my people, my people are everywhere.” It turns out that his people really are everywhere. At a recent show in the United States with a “99 per cent older white audience” he suspected were Republican voters, Mr. Seran was taken aback by the crowd’s enthusiasm since they weren’t Delhi 2 Dublin’s usual demographic. “It was a vibe and it was rad,” he said. “There’s so much love and so much compassion and so many awesome people out there.” And increasing numbers of them are being drawn to Delhi 2 Dublin’s new more-inclusive sound with English lyrics that allow audiences to sing along. “We have a message. We’re a very positive band, and we wanna hit as many people as possible and feel this feeling with as many people as possible,” Mr. Seran said. As far as their upcoming performance at Invermere MusicFest on Saturday, August 17th he said: “You just know it’s going to be great and the vibe is going to be on point.” Invermere MusicFest will run from August 16th and 17th. Weekend passes are $55 and are available at www.invermeremusicfest.com. In addition to Delhi 2 Dublin, the other featured bands and performers to love in return are: Garifuna Collective, Danny Michel, Steve Brockley, Marble Canyon, Alex Cuba, Shred Kelly, and Big Little Lions.

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PERSPECTIVE Historical Lens

A brief look at Pioneer survey results By Lorene Keitch Lorene@columbiavalleypioneer.com

We launched a survey in the spring of this year to gather input on what matters to you, our readers. The survey is still open as we are hoping for more responses. The more we hear from you, the more we can make sure that every week’s edition reflects what our readers want to read about and see in the Pioneer’s pages! Peering into survey respondant’s views on the paper in general, and specific areas, has been fascinating. I have loved each and every response, from the ones that feel everything should stay as is, to those who wish to see broad, sweeping changes. Like anything in life, it is always good to take time to reflect on where we have been, where we are now, and where we should go next. This survey has been no different. Here, for your interest and inspiration, are some of the responses we have received so far when we asked the question, “What are we missing”: • Conscious contemplative musings / commentaries • More coverage of high school sports • More detail of council plans • Poetry • Wildlife reports • Travel pages • Stories in outlying communities • Historical recollections • Gardening / food • Personal growth • Youth section • Entertainment - puzzles / comics • In-depth parks coverage • Good Samaritan stories • More investigative journalism • Pet stories

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These are just a sampling of the dozens of responses we have received so far. Do YOU like these ideas? Do you have others? We at the Columbia Valley Pioneer strive to reflect our community. But without your voice, what matters to you could get lost in the shuffle. Make your voice heard today, and fill out a survey. We will be tabulating all the responses and sharing some more feedback this fall. To fill out the survey, go here: https://surveyhero. com/c/ca6afa6d

Clarification In the bikepacking story of July 18th, a race called The Lost Elephant was referenced, which lists Brewer Creek as part of its route. This trail is in fact designated non-mechanized, which means no mountain bikes are allowed. For more information, visit http://www.sitesandtrailsbc.ca and search for ‘Brewer Creek’.

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Information on species living here and how to attract them Submitted by Wildsight Golden Did you know that we have three different species of hummingbirds in the Columbia Valley, including the smallest bird in Canada and the U.S., the Calliope Hummingbird? The other two species are the Rufous and the Black-chinned Hummingbird. For all three species, males have a brilliantly coloured patch on their throats, which can be seen in the right light, while female and immature hummingbirds lack this patch and are duller in colour. The Calliope Hummingbird can be identified by its green back and head and the magenta on the male’s throat. It weighs as much as a ping pong ball and is the smallest long-distance migrant worldwide, travelling about 8000 km each year! The Rufous Hummingbird has an orangey-coloured back, with the male having an iridescent red throat and the female and immature hummingbird rustier in colour. This is the most common and territorial of our hummingbirds and can often be seen aggressively defending its territory. The Black-chinned Hummingbird has a greenish back and head. The male does look like it has a black chin, but in the right light this can turn into a strip of brilliant iridescent purple. This is one of the most adaptable of hummingbirds, found both in urban areas as well as in pristine natural habitats. Adding nectar plants to your garden is a wonderful way to attract these diminutive birds. However, hummingbirds not only feed on nectar. It is thought that insects make up a large portion of their diet and they will catch them while zipping through the air. Many people enjoy feeding hum-

mingbirds with specially designed feeders. Most hummingbird feeders have red on them because the birds seem to be more attracted to red than to other colours, but you do not need red dye in the liquid. In fact, the red found in commercial nectar may be toxic to hummingbirds and is not necessary to attract them. If you don’t have a red feeder, you could put a red ribbon on it to make it more easily seen by the hummingbirds. The most important thing about selecting a feeder is to choose one that is easy to clean and refill, as it is very important to keep feeders clean. Sugar water is a very rich growth medium. Yeasts like to eat it, causing fermentation. Mould and bacteria can also grow in sugar water, all of which can be harmful to the birds. That is why it is important to keep the feeder clean and the nectar fresh. You must change the nectar frequently to avoid these contaminants. In cooler temperatures we recommend changing it every seven days. In warmer temperatures the recommended guidelines are as follows:

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Dance the night away at annual Hospice barn dance

By Lorene Keitch lorene@columbiavalleypioneer.com The Hospice Society of the Columbia Valley is committed to walking with families facing loss of a loved one and the grief surrounding the experience. But it takes time to train up volunteers, and space to host services, and a paid director to manage operations. The society relies on several fundraisers through the year to help manage the costs. Tickets are on sale now for one of the most popular of its fundraisers, the Butterfly Barn Dance. Event chair Daneve Mcaffer says fundraisers like the barn dance go a long way to supporting the hospice society’s annual programming. The society offers end of life vigils, bereavement support through group sessions and one on one walk and talks, anticipatory grief support for friends and family facing a loved one’s imminent death, specialized support for children and youth, as well as for First Nations. And it is all offered for free. There are approximately 48 volunteers working through the hospice society right now. Ms. Mcaffer says they continually see transformation in the people they help, as clients get the assistance they need to move forward after a death in their lives. She

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Tickets are $50 each and are available at Sobeys, the hospice society office, or Mountain Styles in Fairmont Hot Springs. Brady Creek Ranch is located seven km south of CastleRock at 2175 Westside Road. Be sure to mark your calendars now for October 17th, when the Hospice Society will be putting on a brand new fundraiser – a fashion show featuring Avenue clothing and Summit Shoes, happening at the Columbia Valley Centre. More details to follow on this event.



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says, for example, she recently ran into a woman who had been in her support group about three years ago, who is now living a fulfilling life. Another has been able to make small but steady steps forward into life without her spouse. “People come in and they’re devastated,” she says. But after working with hospice society volunteers, Ms. Mcaffer has seen people learn how to “get on with this new normality.” The 7th annual Hospice Society Butterfly Barn Dance will be at Brady Creek Ranch, a restored barn in Windermere on Saturday, August 24th. Brady Creek Ranch has been owned by the Davidson family since 2010, but was established by James Brady in 1885. It is a rustic venue with a stunning backdrop of Lake Windermere and the Canadian Rockies. The owners have very generously donated their space for use by the Hospice Society for this year’s event, reports event coordinator Dodie Marcil. Ms. Marcil urges the public to pick up their tickets soon for the event, which promises to be a good old fashioned barn dance and dinner. “It’s a great way to kick up your heels and have a great time. It’s a gorgeous view, and it’s for a very worthy cause,” she says. The dance features the much-requested band Valley Forged, a classic rock crew that has played for the barn dance five years running. Attire is comfortable dance wear. Dressing in gingham or denim to fit in with a barn dance is encouraged, but the idea is to dress for fun and hopefully for some fancy footwork. The event starts at 5 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Edibles Acres is catering this year, with hamburgers, greens, fresh salads and homemade brownies. There will be gluten free and vegetarian options available. Tinhorn Creek Wine and Over Time Beer Works will be for sale. There are 150 tickets available for the barn dance.



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The Edgewater Legion was packed for the return of Quinta Kalavera, the band that first came to Edgewater for this year’s Steamboat Mountain Music Festival, then returned for a one-night performance Friday, July 19th. Their unique blend of reggae / ska, with a Mexican flair, had the appreciative audience up and dancing in no time. Photo by Lorene Keitch

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Kickin’ it Invermere style The Invermere Womens Soccer team placed 2nd overall in the Womens “A” division at Julyfest in Kimberley last weekend and also took home the win at their home tournament in June. The team plays teams from all across B.C., Alberta and the USA and are always looking for new girls to come join! It is open to any skill level ages 16+. Anyone interested can join our facebook group “Invermere Womens Soccer” for more details. The team is especially grateful ot Taynton Bay Distillery for their sponroship and jersey donation for the season. Submitted photo

Run / swim race this August at Lake Windermere By Lorene Keitch lorene@columbiavalleypioneer.com Lorin Inglis has been swimming in Lake Windermere’s clear waters and running the trails in the area for a long time. So when he contemplated starting a new race, there was no doubt in his mind he wanted it to be in the Columbia Valley. “It’s just such a beautiful area,” Mr. Inglis says. “When you get into the water or out on the land, it really has the power to bring you closer to nature. It removes some of the separations we can feel with our busy lives. If you view yourself as a part of the natural world then it’s easier to recognize a reciprocal ethic to nature.” The first Lake Windermere Aquathlon takes place August 3rd and 4th. The aquathlon, which includes a lake swim and foot race, stands out for its off-road trail run, Mr. Inglis notes. It’s not your typical road race. The trails are on the Akisq’nuk First Nation land and they’ve been gracious enough to open this up to us for this event,” he says. The trail gains elevation over Lake Windermere, leading to

stunning views of the Valley. There is also a trail-run only option, as well as a family category and a relay choice. “It’s going to be a whole lot of fun, and a good challenge,” he says. “It’s an event that’s meant to be inclusive and open to everybody.” Participants have registered from close to home, down to Cranbrook, over to Kelowna, Kamloops, Airdrie, Victoria, and even a couple coming from Maryland, USA. The Lake Windermere Aquathlon will be supporting Ktunaxa language restoration through the event. “There is an incredibly rich, interesting and unique culture right here in the Columbia Valley and that is something we want to recognize and celebrate through with this event,” Mr. Inglis says. The event is capped at 400 racers. Mr. Inglis, who regularly participates in the Heart of the Rockies Triathlon and Loop the Lake, urges racers to sign up for this new event as part of their summer race itinerary, and for new participants to step up to the race line too. For more information or to register, see https://www. lakewindaqua.com.

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LOOKING FOR A GREAT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE YOUR COMMUNITY? Invermere Council is looking for people to participate in a single use plastic shopping bags Advisory Committee. WHAT DOES AN ADVISORY COMMITTEE DO? The Advisory Committee members will be tasked to develop a report for Council consideration on the potential implementation of a single use shopping bag ban. The Advisory Committee will be comprised of One (1) member from a large scale retailer / grocery store within the boundaries of Invermere; Two (2) members from small businesses within the boundaries of Invermere; and three (3) members at large from the public. HOW TO APPLY: People who are interested in participating in this Working Group are invited to submit a resume to: Chris Prosser, Chief Administrative Officer District of Invermere 914 8th Avenue, Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 cao@invermere.net The deadline for the submission of all resumes to the municipal office is August 8th, 2019. A copy of the terms of reference can be picked up at the municipal office for more information.

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WHAT’S HAPPENING in the Columbia Valley

Submissions must be received by the Monday prior to publication. We may only run an entry for two weeks prior to the event. Please limit your submission to 30 words. Priority is given to one-off events. Call 250-341-6299 or e-mail us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com to enter your event in our FREE listings

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Looking for summer adventure? We have you covered! Come explore our beautiful trail system, open daily to the public. Bike, hike or run, come explore! Check out our daily guided activities: ~ Guided White Water Paddling ~ Guided Alpine Hikes ~ Guided Horseback Riding

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Thursdays • 9:30-11:30 a.m.: Parent and Tot program running at the Canal Flats Civic Centre. On until the end of August • 10:30 a.m.: Stretch and Move Classes for Seniors at Invermere Seniors Hall. Cost $2. • 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Pickleball at Pineridge Courts. • 10:30 a.m. -12 p.m.: Summer reading club at the Radium Public Library. Everyone welcome! • 1:30-3 p.m.: Invermere Library ‘Imagine the Possibilities’ summer reading club for kids K-4. • 1:30 p.m.: Seniors Carpet Bowling at Radium Hot Springs Centre. • 2 p.m.: Seniors Tea at the Invermere Library 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month. Need a ride? Contact the library at 250-342-6416. • Board game night, $5/person (for game playing), family-friendly, Scotty Burger (hosted by Main Street Fun & Games), 5:30-8 p.m. (every Thursday July & August). • 6 - 8 p.m.: Columbia Valley Youth Network at the Canal Flats Civic Centre. See Facebook page for details. • 6:30 p.m.: Texas Hold Em’ Tournament at the Invermere Legion every Thursday. $35 buy in. • 7 p.m.: Horseback Archery Club at Luxor Corrals in Spur Valley every Thursday. Contact 250-347-9048 for details. • 7:30 p.m.: Rod & Gun Club meet the 3rd Thursday of each month at Invermere Legion. • 9 p.m.: Karaoke at Horsethief Creek Pub & Eatery every Thursday through the summer.

Fridays • 9 to 10 a.m: Pickleball Classes at the Columbia Lake Recreation Centre. • 1 p.m.: Duplicate Bridge at Invermere Seniors Hall, $2. • 1 - 2:30 p.m.: Summer Reading Club at the Radium Library. Everyone welcome! • 5 - 8 p.m.: Climbing Wall at JA Laird open to the public every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Drop in, $5. • 6 p.m.: Meat Draw and 50/50 at Branch 71 Legion in Invermere. Every Friday and Saturday. • DJ every Friday and Saturday night at Copper City Saloon.

Saturdays • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Invermere Farmers and Artists Market in downtown Invermere. • 10 a.m. to 12 noon: Pickleball at Pineridge Courts. Everyone is welcome! • 10 p.m.: Karaoke at Horsethief Creek Pub & Eatery Saturday evenings from 10 p.m.: on, all summer.

Sundays • 1:30 p.m.: Seniors carpet bowling at the Radium Hot Springs Centre.

• 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.: July Sunday Market @Shasta Wellness Studio, located behind laundromat in Invermere

Mondays • 10 a.m.: Senior Singalong Group meets every Monday at Garden Village. • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Indoor Walking at the Columbia Valley Centre in Invermere. Every Monday and Wednesday. All ages. Indoor shoes required. • 10:30 a.m.: Stretch and Move Classes for Seniors at Invermere Seniors Hall. Cost $2. • 1:30 p.m.: Carpet Bowling at Invermere Seniors Hall. • 7 p.m.: Monday Night Drum Circle at Pynelogs. No experience or drum required. Call Patrick for more info 250-4094110. • 7-9 p.m.: Live music every Monday at the Horsethief Creek Pub and Eatery in Radium Hot Springs.

Tuesdays • 9:30-12 p.m.: Pickleball at Pineridge Courts, every Tuesday. The first ½ hr is for lessons – rest open play. Everyone welcome! • 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Coffee Break at Women’s Resource Centre in Invermere. • 1:30 p.m.: Games Afternoon at Invermere Seniors Hall. • 6:30 p.m.: Seniors card games at the Radium Hot Springs Centre. • 10 p.m.: Karaoke at the Farside Pub in Fairmont.

Wednesdays • 9:30-11:30 a.m.: Parent and Tot program running Wednesdays at the Edgewater Community Hall, from now until the end of August. • 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Indoor walking at the Columbia Valley Centre. • 10:30 a.m.: Chair Yoga at Invermere Seniors Hall, $ 2. • 11:45 a.m.: The Rotary Club of Invermere meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday at the Rocky River Grill/Kanata Inn. • 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.: Happy Hands Knitting and Crocheting group meeting every Wednesday at Columbia Garden Village. • 1:30-3 p.m.: Invermere Library ‘Imagine the Possibilities’ dropin summer reading club for students going into gr 5-7 • 5 - 7:30 p.m.: Agri Park Farmers Market every Wednesday at the crossroads from July 3rd to Sept. 4th. • 6 - 9 p.m.: Ladies Nights at Columbia River Paddle. Snacks and beverages provided! $25/person or $12.50 with your own paddling gear. Meet at Athalmer docks. • 6:30 p.m.: Open Ultimate Frisbee every Wednesday at JA Laird Elementary School. Those looking for more information are encouraged to contact Justin at invermereultimate@gmail.com. • 7 p.m.: Play Cribbage at Invermere Seniors Hall. • Musical bingo every Wednesday evening at Ullr Bar



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Upcoming Events

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Thursday, July 25 • 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Summer reading club at the Radium Public LIbrary. Everyone welcome! • 1:30 - 3 p.m.: Invermere Summer Reading Club for kids finished Kindergarten-gr.4 at the Invermere Library • The Gravity Festival is being held July 25th and 26th at Panorama Mountain Resort. Canada’s best downhill and enduro mountain bikes race against the clock for a spot on the podium in the Canadian Championships.

Friday, July 26 • The 2019 Norco Canadian Enduro Championship is being held July 26th thru 27th. • 9-12 p.m.: Lake Windermere Ambassadors free summer kids camp (ages 8+) at James Chabot beach. Fishing for fun - kids get to learn about life as a fish in the Columbia watershed • 10:30 a.m..: Pop-Up Story Time. Today’s location is the Mount Nelson Skate Park (Note: weather dependent). • 1-2:30 p.m.: Radium Summer Reading Club at the Radium Library. Everyone welcome! • 1 p.m.:Children’s Author Pamela Maxwell will debut her new book I Want To Be A Writer. Craft to follow. The Radium Hot Springs Public Library. 4863 Stanley St, Radium • 4 to 9 p.m.: Music & Market on Main in Radium Hot Springs. Music from 7 to 9 p.m. Weekly thru August 30th. • 7-9 p.m.: Live music at Market & Music on Main in Radium Hot Springs. Minimum suggested donation $2. This week’s band: Fairwater 54 • 7-9 p.m.: Crystal Journey with David Hickey Please pre-register for events by emailing shastawellnessstudio@gmail.com • 12th annual slo pitch softball tournament runs July 26-28th at the Lions Crossroads Diamonds. For more info, see www.ballfest.ca. • 9-11:30 p.m.: Playboyz, $19/29, 19+, Copper City Saloon

Saturday, July 27

• When dark (late): Movies in the Mountains. Incredibles 2. Cash concession on site.

Wednesday, July 31 • 1:30-3 p.m.: Summer Reading Club for kids finished grade 4-grade 7. • 1:30 p.m.: Movie at Museum “The Pathfinder” David Thompson and other explorers of western Canada 1670 to 1850. By donation, make reservations 250-342-9769. Possible second showing same evening.

Thursday, August 1 • 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Radium Summer Reading Club at the Radium Library. Everyone welcome!

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• 10:30 a.m.: Pop-up storytime hosted by the Invermere Library. This week at Edible Acres in Windermere (weather dependent). • 1-2:30 p.m.: Radium Summer Reading Club at the Radium Library. Everyone welcome! • 4 to 9 p.m.: Music & Market on Main in Radium Hot Springs. Weekly thru August 30th. • 7-9 p.m.: Live music at Market & Music on Main in Radium Hot Springs. Minimum suggested donation $2. This week’s band: The Pickups.

Summer Reading Club Wednesdays 1:30-3 p.m. For kids finished gr.4-gr.7

Thursdays 1:30-3 p.m. for kids finished K.-gr. 4


Saturday, August 3 • The inaugural Lake Windermere Aquathlon is on today and Sunday, August 4th. For more information visit www.lakewindaqua. com.

Sunday, August 4 • Art in the Park at Pothole Park in Invermere. 16 artists and artisans on site. 10-4 p.m. Free.

Don’t miss: Toby Creek Race The fifth annual Toby Creek Race is coming up this weekend with paddlers set to splash down the creek in kayaks and on SUPs (stand-up paddle boards) on Saturday, July 27th and Sunday, July 28th. There are plenty of viewing places along Toby Creek (accessible from Toby Creek Road between Panorama and Invermere), but spectators should be


• 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.: “Good-bye to Ju-ly” barbecue on the lawn at Spilli Station in Spillimacheen.Burgers, smokies, salads and desserts. Call 250-346-3081 for more information. • 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.: Brunch Al Fresco at Panorama Mountain Resort. Picnic Brunch in the Mountains. The Great Hall Deck will be transformed into a beautiful picnic brunch party. Call 1-800663-2929 for tickets.

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Sunday, July 28

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Toby Creek whitewater race is this Saturday and Sunday.


• The 2019 Canadian Downhill MTB Championship is being held July 27th thru 28th. • The 4th annual Toby Creek whitewater paddling event is being held today and tomorrow. Visit www.tobycreekrace.com/eventdetails/ • 10 a.m.: Invermere cenotaph free drumming circle with Columbia Valley Drumming • 1-4 p.m.: Frenzy Skate Competition at Mt. Nelson Skate Park today. BBQ, face painting, prizes. $5 entry for competition. • 8 p.m.: Tyler Del Pino: Head Over Wheels Tour plays at Arrowhead Brewing Company. $10 cash entrance.


prepared to scramble down the creek bank for the best vantage points. All levels of whitewater paddlers are welcome, and there is a discounted fee of $40 for intermediate racers. The fee for elite races is $80. For more information or to register, visit www. tobycreekrace.com.

Market Music &

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July 25, 2019

Imagine the Possibilities

BC Farm & Ranch is pleased to announce that Barry Brown-John has opened a Virtual Office from his acreage home on the Toby Benches near Invermere. Barry arrived in the Valley in 1966 and has lived here since then. With more than 30 years of Real Estate experience, he looks forward to serving new and past clients whose interest is in Rural properties: Ranches, Farms, Hobby Farms and Acreage Parcels in the Kootenays. Based in Invermere, he will serve the East Kootenay and Columbia Valley. If you are looking to BUY…Or wanting to SELL that “Special” Rural Property, please call or text 250-342-5245, or email: b.brownjohn@gmail.com www.bcfarmandranch.com

Tee-Times call 250-347-6500 Or Email: golf@spurvalley.com #SpurValley

All memberships now on half price, including twilight! Juniors golf free on Sundays! Midweek special = $20! 8-9 am Cantina open 9am - 8pm with new menu items!

This year we are offering a more interactive BC Summer Reading Club (SRC) Program at the Radium Public Library. We are currently offering a 1.5 hour program twice per week, from July 4th to August 16th on Thursdays and Fridays. Our program includes stories, special guests, fun activities and a new theme every week! This program is appropriate for ages 5-8, although everyone is welcome. Please note that parents are required to register their children for Summer Reading Club. It runs on Thursdays from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and Fridays from 1-2:30 p.m. Our SRC wind-up party will be held on August 17th from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. On both July 25th and August 8th our SRC participants will have the opportunity to become certified Junior Rangers through our friends at WildSafe BC. Participants will be introduced to the concept of human-wildlife conflict and encourage them to take an active role in reducing human-wildlife conflict at home by helping their families identify backyard wildlife attractants. Our next special guest will be local children’s author and retired principal Pamela Maxwell. At 1 p.m. on July 26th she will be debuting her new children’s book I

Want to Be a Writer. The story follows a character named Pencil, who is trying to achieve his dream of becoming a writer. The artwork in this story was illustrated by the author’s daughter –  Amy Maxwell. The story will be followed by a craft and SRC activities. On August 15th  at 11 a.m. we will be hosting another guest performer –  Picos’ Puppet Palace. This performer creates their shows from  re-purposed and recycled materials, and it is designed for contemporary young audiences. Please note that children do not need to be a member of the Summer Reading Club to attend these special events. We will also be hosting our annual Teddy Bear Picnic on August 10th at 10 a.m. Bring the kids out for a fun afternoon of games, music, snacks and a Teddy Bear Picnic! We would like to express our gratitude to the CBT for their generous sponsorship of this family favourite event! We are also excited to announce that there will be a two-week general interest course on early Canadian Explorer and Fur Trade history offered at the Radium Library on the 10th  and 17th  of August from 2-3:30 p.m. The course will be taught by Dr. Rod Martin, a retired Canadian History professor from Calgary. Admission is free and there are no examinations or quizzes. This week’s column was written by Jacqueline Wagner, director of the Radium Public Library. Call 250-347-2434 for more information.

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Columbia Valley Spa & Wellness would like to welcome

Denise Gagne to our team.

Massage practitioner Denise Gagne grew up in Ontario and moved to Alberta to attend the College of Massage in Calgary. She has been in this industry since 2005 and has since worked in numerous spas specializing in hot stone massage, with a combination of Swedish relaxation and deep tissue. Denise is passionate about helping people find rejuvenation and renewal amidst the stresses of life.

Call 250-341-4030 and book your appointment with Denise today! Located Lower Level of Copper Point Resort, Invermere, BC

The Invermere Library’s Summer Reading Club Thursday, July 18th was super hero themed, with mask painting, lego creating, and comic-book writing super friends fun. A ladybug (Myah, 7), and Kylo Ren (better known as Lukas, 7), use their super skills to create some stupendous lego creations at the event, while Élodie, 5, makes a superhero mask for her super secret identity. Photo by Lorene Keitch

July 25, 2019

The Columbia Valley Pioneer • 15 DISTRICT OF INVERMERE

914 – 8th Avenue, PO Box 339 Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0 Tel: 250-342-9281 • Fax: 250-342-2934

IMPORTANT NOTICE Industrial Park Transfer Station Hours of Operation Starting July 4th, 2019 the Invermere Transfer Station will no longer be open 7 days a week. The District will be operating a pilot project that will see the Invermere Transfer Station fully supervised and operated between set days and hours of operation.

A scenic and unique piece of property, the Columbia River Wetlands - Edgewater property features outstanding habitat and connectivity for Grizzly Bears and American Badgers. Photo submitted by Nature Trust of BC . . . ‘423 acre’ from 3 Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund, Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program, Golden District Rod & Gun Club, Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, Kootenay Wildlife Heritage Fund, Lake Windermere Rod & Gun Club and the Canal Flats Wilderness Club as well as individual donors. The acquisition of this property included a generous landowner donation from Denis and Rosemary Tegart. “The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) is very pleased to support The Nature Trust’s purchase of this conservation property, which provides

important connectivity to the Columbia Wetlands,” said HCTF CEO Brian Springinotic. “Since 1981, HCTF has invested millions to help purchase over 20 conservation properties in the Kootenays, using funds provided largely by anglers, hunters, trappers and guides – the Edgewater project is the latest in a long history of investing for conservation in BC.” The Nature Trust of British Columbia is a leader in land conservation in the province. We conserve and care for BC’s most critical natural habitats for vulnerable wildlife and plants. Since 1971 we have protected more than 175,000 acres (71,000 hectares) with our partners.

The Station will be open as follows: • Thursdays, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. including statutory holidays • Fridays, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. including statutory holidays • Saturdays, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. including statutory holidays • Sundays, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. including statutory holidays; and • Mondays, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. including statutory holidays Site staff will direct users to bins available for use. This site will only be used to drop off household waste. Furniture, appliances, contractor waste and yard waste will not be accepted at this site. Only waste in residential bags that will fit through the bear resistant lids will be accepted. The Transfer Station will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday and all users will be required to take solid waste to the Columbia Valley Landfill located on Windermere Loop Road. The Columbia Valley Landfill is open 7 days a week 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Household garbage is free. Please contact the DOI office for more information: 250-342-9281.

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Specializing in all heating, electric, gas and wood. • Fireplaces • Commercial and residential • New builds • Renovations. We also offer roundthe-clock service calls.

A licensed, registered and bonded company

Give us a call! James, 250-688-1267 or Jerry, 250-342-5299 Email: jeffersoncontractingltd@gmail.com



• Ready Mix Concrete • Commercial concrete sealer • Concrete Pumping retarder for exposed • Over 50 colours available aggregate and in stock • DELIVERED ON TIME • Concrete stamps for rent at a fair price • Full range of coloured release • Full range of sand and agents for stamping gravel products.

Phone: 250-342-5833 • Cell: 250-270-9444

All products are available at 9120, Hwy 93/95 which is five kilometres north of Tim Hortons

READY MIX CONCRETE Concrete Pump • Sand & Gravel Heavy Equipment Rentals • Crane Service

Columbia Concrete Inc. 20 years’ experience • Anything concrete! • • • •

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For competitive prices and prompt service, call: 250-342-3268 (plant) 250-342-6767 (office)

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• Manufacturers & suppliers of quality concrete & gravel products • Experienced, professional operators and the right equipment to get your job done • Serving the valley for over 30 years

• Environmentally responsible • Steamed aggregate beds for top quality year-round concrete supply • We stand behind our service, quality and products

1756 Hwy 93/95 Windermere B.C. TILE AND GROUT CLEANING Business: 250-342-9692

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Cell: 250-342-1273 Fax: 250-342-9644

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#8, 1008 - 8th Avenue PO Box 868, Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0 Ph: 250-341-6299 ext: 101 www.columbiavalleypioneer.com lerissa@columbiavalleypioneer.com

Office: 250-342-6500 • Batch plant: 250-342-2812 Toll Free: 1-888-341-2221

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RE/MAX Invermere Independently Owned and Operated 1022B - 7th Avenue, Box 459 Invermere B.C. V0A 1K0 E-mail: wendebrash@telus.net Fax: 250-342-9611

Office: 250-342-6505 • Cell: 250-342-1300

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In loving and cherished memory of

Grant Polier Dec. 18th, 1953 – July 23rd, 1978

Partings come and hearts are broken Loved ones go with words unspoken. Deep in our hearts there’s a memory kept, For a Son and Brother we will never forget. Loving and Missing you always, Mom and Family

GARAGE SALE Saturday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. All NEW items up to 1/2 original Price! At Mountain Style in Fairmont Village Mall. Summer Savings while they last!

Book Arrowhead Brewing Company as a unique venue for your event! Email info@abcbrew.ca for details. Alcoholics Anonymous. If alcohol is causing problems or conflict in your life, AA can help. All meetings are at 8 p.m. For more information, please call 250342-2424. Columbia United AA, Invermere: Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at the BC Service Building, South End – 624 4th St., Invermere. Thursday at the Firehall Building, 8853 Grainger Rd., Canal Flats. Radium Friendship Group: Friday at the Catholic Church, East Side of Main St. With the exception of Tuesday, all meetings are open.

Garage Sale Sat. Jul. 27th, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. 8152 Binnie Rd. Radium. Household items, small FREE furniture, Goodyear set of 4 17” M&S tires, tools, baby quilts, FREE: 50 year-old Mobile table with free items. Home, 14 x 68. Must be picked up without damaging trees. Held Over! Christmas in July- Viewing by appointment only. Saturday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. only. Brian 403-860-3644. All New Stocking Stuffers, Ornaments and such. Santa CHEERS & JEERS Approved! Mountain Style in Fairmont Village Mall. Cheers to the Invermere Soaring Centre and the Canadian Rockies Garage Sale Saturday July Soaring Club for providing 27th. 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. 7369 scholarships and sponsoring Prospector Ave. Radium. young students who want to Numerous items, household, become glider pilots. They clothes, antiques. do this every summer at the Invermere Airport.


Al-Anon. Are you concerned about or affected by someone else’s drinking? If so, please join us. Al-Anon meets EVERY Monday in Invermere at 7:15 p.m., at the Canadian Martyrs Catholic Church, 712 – 12th Ave (behind the Invermere hospital). For information, please call 250342-8255.

Cheers to Trevor for investing a big wad of cash on an upgraded exhaust system for his Pawnee tow plane. Significantly reducing noise while towing gliders over the Invermere Airport. Cheers to Margaret Radermacher my very special Chiropractor. You are truly the best.

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Cheers to Sylvia Walkers family for the generous donation of yarn to our Happy Hands group. It will be put to good use helping others.

Cheers to Keara at the Library. She’s always a smiling face right as you walk in and is so willing to help. We have wonderful people in our Valley!

Jeers to the person who stole the street signs that tell drivers to slow down on Lakeview Drive. These signs are there for a reason: to protect our children, our pets, and all other pedestrians that walk along this road. Speeding in residential areas is already selfish, disrespectful and a danger to the public, no matter who you are, how much money you make and what car you drive. But stealing someone’s property on top of that is just pathetic.

Found: Canister of bear spray. Call to give particulars. 250342-9233.


Dairyland milk is once again available at…

Cheers to Invermere Soaring Center and the Canadian Rockies Soaring Club for having passion to experience the joy of soaring over our beautiful mountains without engine power. Cheers to Jessie McKerchie for being such a kind, caring home care nurse. Your bedside manner is exceptional, and you have a very comforting way with your patients. We are very lucky to have you in our community.

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Cheers to Jim Harrison for being so prompt and professional when completing work in our house. You return phone calls, complete the work when promised and cleanup when the work is done. First class! Cheers or Jeers. Not sure.... for the gentleman who is not happy with our Drum group at Pynelogs. That’s not good, our drumming is meant to create community and connections. There is a complimentary ticket at Monday night group, with a sincere invitation to come join us. You are welcome to come, or give the ticket to another; come experience who we are and our delight in drumming. Cheers to all those strangers, paramedics, nurses and doctors who took care of me after I was hit by a vehicle in the crosswalk by Sobeys on July 6th. I greatly appreciate your attention and kindness at that time.


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Cheers to everyone in the Valley who helped make our wedding day so special! Randy and the team at Edibles Catering, Winderberry Farm for the beautiful planters, Michele Neider, Ryan Murton, David Gulbe, Darryl, Brian at Red Eye, and the neighbours of Baltac and Timber Ridge! Cheers to the RCMP Officer that pulled over her car, in front of Gerry’s Gelati, to show her car to about 8 young girls. She showed them, among other things, how all the sounds and lights worked and let them sit inside. These girls will grow up with a great deal of respect for the officers that keep our streets safe.

Cheers to Crisanna! In the many years I’ve known you, you’ve always had such a terrific, positive attitude. I hope everyone has read your letter to the editors in the July 18th paper and some of that attitude rubs off. The world needs more Crisanna! Cheers to the 45 volunteers who came out for the Rushmere FireSmart work day this past Saturday. You worked through the rain and cut, slashed and disposed of three large bins of wood waste material. Your effort made Rushmere a safer place from the threat of wildfire and you have assured that Rushmere will keep its FireSmart Community status, first earned in 2015, again in 2019. Great work and great neighbours. Mountains of Cheers to my friend, T. Your commitment to others is humbling and inspiring. As mother, wife, auntie, firefighter, community activist, and friend you rock! We are so fortunate to have you in our lives.

STORAGE NEWHOUSE STORAGE Various sizes available. Now with climatecontrolled units. Call 250-342-3637. STORAGE SPACE – assorted sizes, easy access, immediate availability, long-term or short-term. Deck Properties Warehouse, Industrial Park: 250342-3166.

COMMERCIAL SPACE Office/Commercial Space for rent in historic McKay House 2nd floor 613 12th Street, Invermere, approx. 1,300 sq. ft. Furniture included if wanted. 250-3415111 or rkmc@telus.net.

CONDO FOR RENT For rent in Radium, 2-bdrm, 4 bath, ground level condo. Beautiful views backs on to Springs Golf course. All appliances, fireplace, fully furnished. 2 car garage. N/S, N/P, references please. $1,650/mo, call 250-342-3790.

Don’t Miss an Issue!

LOST AND FOUND Found: Boat key on 10th Ave. across from Hospital. Please call the Pioneer or drop in to see if it is yours. Lost: One pair of women’s glasses on the path between Home Hardware and Tim Hortons. Please call 778-526-5256.


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Condo for rent in Radium. Pinewood building on Stanley Street. 2 bdrm, 2 bath, parking underground, laundry room in the condo. $1,250/mo fully furnished. Available September 1st. Please phone 403-999-2783 or 403-264-2782.

Three level townhouse in quiet Invermere development close to all amenities. 3-bdrm, 3 bathrooms, single garage and 2 vehicle driveway. Bright, open main floor and large rear deck, have great mountain views and directly access attractive landscaped yard. Call 250-3413131 or 250-341-1974.

16” 1999 Harbercraft aluminium welded fishing boat, 50HP Mercury 2 stroke + EZ Loader trailer. $5000 250-342-1545

LOT/ACREAGE FOR SALE ELKHORN COUNTRY ESTATES Phases 1 and 2 sold out. Selling Phase 3 now. 2.5 to 4.7 acre parcels. Starting at $159,000 + GST. Phone Elkhorn Ranch. 250-342-1268. www.elkhornranches.com. For Sale: Nice building lot. Close to Eileen Madson School. R1- 1/4 acre, New Price $65,000. 211 Pine Tree Road. Call 250-341-7051.

CONDO FOR SALE 2-bdrm + den, 2-bath, lake/ mountain view, heated garage, top floor. Walk to beach. 1-403968-9222.

MOBILE HOME/ ACERAGE FOR SALE $489,000 or partial trades may be considered, 1995, 1,500 sq. ft. modular home with a 1,200 sq. ft. shop situated on 2.345 acres in Windermere, BC. 3-bdrm, 2 bath, all appliances, wood heat, propane furnace. Serious inquiries only. 250-342-1370.

FIREWOOD Support Rockies Hockey firewood. Contact email cvrockies.firewood@gmail.com or call 250-342-1624 for more info or to place an order.


Notice of Intention to Apply for a Disposition of Crown Land Take notice that, Windermere Valley Snowmobile Society, from Invermere, BC, has applied to the British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD), Kootenay Boundary Region, for a License of Occupation for a community facility situated on Provincial Crown land located in the vicinity of Forster Creek. FLNRORD invites comments on this application, the Lands File is 4406036. Written comments concerning this application should be directed to Authorization Specialist, FLNRORD, Kootenay Boundary Region, at 1902 Theatre Road, Cranbrook, BC V1C 7G1. Comments will be received by FLNRORD up to August 25, 2019. FLNRORD may not be able to consider comments received after this date. Please visit the website at http://comment.nrs.gov. bc.ca/ for more information. Be advised that any response to this advertisement will be considered part of the public record. Access to these records requires the submission of a Freedom of Information (FOI) request. Visit www.gov.bc.ca/freedomofinformation to learn more about FOI submissions.

Santee Kayak, next to new 14 foot 2-person converts to one person. Includes paddles and bailer. Barely used. $1,000. Located in CastleRock; Dave 403815-1882.

VEHICLES FOR SALE 2003 Oldmobile Alero, 189300 kms, manual transmission, good condition, $1,200 O.B.O. Call 250-342-5650. 2014 Honda Fit, automatic, 104,500 kms, excellent condition. Winter tires, remote starter included. $10,000. Call 250-342-5536 (Home) or 250341-1526 (Cell). 1994 Mercury Sable STN WGN. Every Available option. A1 Condition inside and out, Rust free. Must see & drive $2400 in upgrades asking $3750.00 Call 250-342-1217.

CAMPING 2017 25F Trail runner by heartland sleeps 10 used 2 nights by 1 person. Nice unit smells new. Paid 22,000 Selling for $18,000 Call 250-342-1217.

SERVICES Heaven’s Best Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Environmentally friendly products. Dry in 1 hour! Call 250-688-0213 or visit www.heavensbest.ca. Shannon’s Blinds & Designs Thank you for your votes - Best of Business Awards! Blinds, Drapery, Phantom Screens & more 250-342-5749, shannonsblinds@yahoo.ca. B.B.’s Home & Lawn Care Services: Handyman Services, Renovations, Moving, Dump runs. Yard/Eaves-troughs/ House Cleaning. 250-688-2897 or 403-861-8782.

Proposed site 19km Forster Service Rd

Handyman: Small projects around the house. Tune-up Golf Carts, Ride on Lawn Mowers etc. Call Jeff 250-341-8146 leave a message.

SERVICES NEW IN THE VALLEY! LEE’S SMALL ENGINE REPAIR SHOP Specializing in chain saw, lawn mower & trimmer repairs and maintenance. Industrial #2 Road across from NAPA Hours: Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 250-341-2551 Offering Excellent Service & Fair Pricing call for a quote!



Invermere Petro-Can is currently accepting resumes for F/T and P/T employment. Wages starting at $15/hr. Apply in person to 185 Laurier Street, Invermere between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Wanted 2 F/T Restaurant Cooks, Rocky River Grill, 8888 Arrow Road, Invermere, B.C. Permanent, F/T shifts, overtime, weekends, days and evenings, $16/hour for 40 hours per week. Overtime after 40 hours. Minimum several years’ experience and completion of Secondary School. DUTIES: Prepare and cook full course meals, prepare and cook individual dishes and foods, ensure quality of food portions, work with minimal supervision, prepare dishes for customers with food allergies or intolerances. Inspect Kitchens and Food service areas. Please forward resume to Justin Atterbury by fax 250-342-8889 or email justatterbury@hotmail. com.

Cafe Allium is looking for servers, busser, dish washer and a line cook. Experience needed. Please email to cafeallium@gmail.com or drop off resume. Everett Frater Enterprises now hiring Lawn maintenance employees for Mon-Fri, weekends off. Call 250-3425645.

SOLÉ DECOR N’ MORE Custom blinds/drapery/ upholstery/flooring/ renovations. Call 250-688-2897 or 403-861-8782, soledecor@shaw.ca, www.Studio222calgary.com. Journeyman Electrician, Red Seal Certified No job to small Give me a call ask for Rob@ 250342-3235 Pike Contracting Excavating and Skid Steer services. Call Jason 250-342-5277.

LESSONS/TRAINING Rocky Mountain Swim Lessons is open for registration. Sign up now for the weeks you want. Red Cross Swim Lessons, Bronze Level Lifesaving Lessons and new this year DIVING lessons. Come and learn to swim at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. Email info@ rockymountainswimlessons.ca.

Ozzie’s Amusements Mini Golf & Go-Karts in Windermere. Join our fun team. No experience needed. call Cris at 250-409-5500.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Part-time, permanent www.valleyfoundation.ca

Reporting to the Chair of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have managerial and operational responsibility for the Community Valley Community Foundation and the execution of its mission. The successful candidate will: • • • • •

Ensure continued growth of CVCF’s donations and major gifts, and consistent quality of administration, finance, communications; Seek out and act on leadership opportunities that fit the Foundation’s goal of being a proactive community leader; Deepen and refine all aspects of communications, from web presence to external relations; Provide on-going support to the board and committees; and Maintain and honour established connections with donors, the charitable community and CVCF’s strategic partners.

The ideal ED candidate will have proven management, finance, administration and communications experience, including the following qualifications: • • • • •

Post-secondary education or equivalent professional courses or experience in the charitable, not-for-profit sector or business administration preferred; Strong marketing and public relations experience; Exceptional written and oral communications skills; Previous experience with fundraising, gift management, granting, financial reporting for the charitable sector preferred; and Proficiency with technology and related software, including accounting, database, website maintenance, social media and communications systems. Interested in this opportunity? Please email a cover letter and resume to info@valleyfoundation.ca by 12 p.m., Friday, August 9th, 2019. Remuneration based on skills and experience.


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Still waters Water lilies beginning to bloom on Columbia Lake on Tuesday, July 9th. Photo by Bruce Toohy

Sobeys Invermere is now accepting applications for the following positions:

Deli, A la Carte Clerks (Two full-time positions) Grocery Clerk



Online Automotive is looking for licensed mechanic, 2nd or 3rd year apprentice, must be independent and able to deal with customers, wages dependent on experience. Call 250-342-0058, or e-mail cooder@hotmail.com.

Strands Old House Restaurant is accepting applications for P/TF/T evening and weekend Servers and Bar Tender and F/T Chef/cook. Stdendent cook. Experience would be an asset. Apply to Tony Wood at tony@ strandsrestaurant.com or 250342-6344.



Please apply at customer service. Must be willing to work evenings, and weekends. “People Helping People in our Community”

Safe Homes Program – Support Worker Casual Position:

Hours: Scheduled on call Shift schedule: On call Start date: Approximately the 1st of August, 2019 Duties: The Safe Homes support worker is part of a team of casual staff that agrees to carry a cellular phone and serve scheduled on-call duty for the Safe Homes Program. Support workers are on call on week days and evenings, weekends and statutory holidays. When called out, the support worker provides a confidential emergency service for the provision of temporary, safe and supportive accommodation for women and their children who have experienced or who are at risk of abuse, threats or violence. Support workers will provide transportation, information, support and, when appropriate, follow-up support for women. Qualifications: A Grade 12 diploma, along with excellent verbal and written communication skills, and some knowledge of women’s issues with a feminist perspective. A valid B.C. driver’s license is essential. Application process and deadline: Submit a resume and cover letter to Purnima Gosavi, Director of Program Management pgosavi@familydynamix.ca, by 4 p.m., July 18, 2019.

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Volunteer Columbia Valley

A new website connecting volunteers with local organizations. Check it out at

www.volunteercv.ca Create your volunteer profile today. Watch this section for upcoming volunteer opportunities!

Columbia Valley Rockies Booster Society

is looking to fill the following volunteer positions:

Volunteer Coordinator Event Coordinator and Billet Coordinator For more information visit www.volunteercv.ca




BLASTERS ROCK requires blasters for BC. Must have WSBC and BC Mines tickets. Travel to various locations is required. Industry best wages and benefits. Please send resumes to resume@rcmi. ca

HEAVY DUTY MECHANICS ROCK requires a Heavy Duty Mechanic for work at a mine project in Ontario, Canada. The successful candidate must be experienced with hydraulic systems and CAT engines. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in Atlas Copco drills. Must have the ability to work independently and diagnose problems. Industry best wages, benefits, travel and camp accommodations. Please send resumes to resume@rcmi. ca DRILLERS. ROCK requires experienced Down Hole Drillers for work at a mine project in Ontario, Canada. Industry best wages, benefits, travel and camp accommodations. Please send resumes to resume@rcmi. ca


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”SUMMER OVERSTOCK SALE BLAZING HOT DEALS!” 20X21 $5,828. 25X25 $6,380. 28X29 $7,732. 32X33 $9,994. 35X33 $12,120. One End Wall Included. Pioneer Steel 1-855-212-7036 www.pioneersteel.ca

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July 25, 2019

Confronting a nightmare in “grandiose fashion”

By Dauna Ditson reporter@columbiavalleypioneer.com Derek Dymond lives out “one of humanity’s most-common nightmares” every time he goes to work. In his 15 years as a stripper, he’s disrobed before crowds so many times that he no longer experiences even a flicker of nerves. “Being in front of an audience without your clothes on, it’s a very common nightmare and we confront that every single day in grandiose fashion. We’re being lauded and applauded as we’re doing it,” he said. “It’s thrilling. I mean there’s nothing more thrilling than having a roomful of ladies adore you.” He said he got into the business of exotic entertainment because of the ladies he could meet, because he “used to work out religiously” and because of the income he could earn. “I’ve learned that you can make money from nothing,” he said disarmingly, adding that he and his muscled and tattooed colleagues can keep their audiences enthralled for hours on end. Mr. Dymond, who does over 200 shows a year and who lives in Calgary when he’s not on the road with Magic Mike Playboyz Dance Crew, will be coming to Copper City Saloon with Austin Stone and Bobby Drake to entertain the ladies of the Valley on Friday, July 26th. “It’s fun. A lot of people are intimidated by it. They have preconceived ideas... but all the guys at our show are super friendly, super outgoing, and ladies of all ages can come out and have a blast,” he said.

The doors will open around 8 p.m, and there will be a fully-clothed meet-and-greet before the show. “We’ll mingle with the girls as they trickle in...We just make our way around the room and flirt with the ladies and make suggestive conversation,” he said. “They’re free to cut loose.” It’s not awkward and reluctant observers don’t have to hide at the back of the room, he said, because the performers are respectful and pretty attuned to each woman’s body language and interest or lack thereof in interacting with them. “You become almost like a shade-tree psychologist,” he said. “You can kind of gauge who’s conservative, who’s outgoing, who kind of wants to be left alone to enjoy the show.” When the show begins around 9:30, the men will do a few group numbers, get rid of some clothing and offer boxer-clad lap dances for any of the least-abashed ladies. Next up: “a full-monty portion of the show.” For a few of their biggest fans, the show might not end when the saloon empties. Mr. Dymond is single. As far as he knows, so are the other performers. And it’s not uncommon for them to date their fans. “You meet a lot of ladies through this occupation so you’re bound to meet someone that you feel compatible with or that you’re attracted to or what not. That comes with the job for sure,” he said with a laugh. Tickets are $17 on Facebook at www.facebook. com/events/423560981792429/ if purchased before 6 p.m. on Friday, July, 26th or $22 if purchased later that evening.

Circus for a cause

Market and music


Radium Hot Springs is the place to be Friday nights in the summer, when Market and Music on Main takes place. Each Friday night the village transforms into an outdoor market, complete with live music. Friday, June 19th fetarued the band N.O.W. This Friday, July 26th Fairwater 54 plays from 7-9 p.m. Photos by Lorene Keitch

Frenzy skate competition

On Saturday, July 20th, The Amazing Show took place at Ullr Bar where about 40 people were treated to circus themed entertainment organized by Kalista Pruden to raise funds for the Columbia House Healing Garden. “Those who know me know I have a love for gardening, community, and organizing fun theme parties! I organized this event to mark my birthday and to give a little back to my community in celebration,” said Ms. Pruden, owner of Avalily Permaculture and The Earthskills Institute, who initiated and coordinated the event. “I chose to support the Columbia House Healing Garden as this project is near to my heart and I believe it will be a very important asset to our community. The healing benefits of gardens and connection to nature are well documented, and after visiting my grandfather at a specialty clinic in Calgary and seeing the rooftop garden they had there, I really feel that garden spaces should be incorporated at all health care facilities. I am ecstatic that this project is happening here in Invermere, not just for those in care, but for the entire community.” The Amazing Show featured hooping performances by locals Spun Sugar (Crisdon Chaisson) and Rachel Hagan, renowned local magician Jeremy Coyote, clowning acts by Golden entertainer Pablo (Paul Desgranges), a tribal fusion belly dance performance by Ms. Pruden herself, and fire dancer Sarah Elizabeth from Golden, who spun a flaming parasol and blazing poi. Entry to the show was by donation, and the event raised a total of $374 for the Columbia House Healing Garden. If you didn’t make it to the show and would like to contribute to the project, you can make donations online at cohogarden.org, or by cheque (details on website), or purchase tickets for their ball drop fundraiser until the end of August by calling 250-342-5723. “I’d like to send out a huge thank you to all the performers who volunteered their time, to Ullr Bar for hosting the event, Rich for running sound and lights, and to everyone who came and donated so generously,” stated Ms. Pruden.

Feeling peckish?

The Rite to Ride Foundation is hosting its first ever skateboard competition this Saturday, July 27th, from 1-4 p.m. at Mt. Nelson Skate Park. The event includes several different skate-themed challenges, barbecue, face painting, and more.

Check out Let’s Eat magazine, on racks around the Columbia Valley and online at www.columbiavalleymagazines.com

July 25, 2019


Thank you Lord By Pastor Wayne Frater Radium Christian Fellowship Church One of the praise songs we sometimes sing, is A Don Moen Song called “Thank You Lord”. We have so much to praise and thank the Lord for, in the business of life we often forget who is the giver of life, and we forget to thank Him for it. The first couple of verses of Psalms 107 tells us to “Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He isgood! For His mercy  endures  forever.  Let the redeemed of the Lord say  so, Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy”. 1 Thessalonians chapter 5 verses 16-18, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” I believe one of the keys to living a fulfilled life, is to remember to give thanks to God each and every day. God listens to our needs and responses to our prayers, sometimes ways that are confusing and mysterious, sometimes not the way we expect, sometimes not in our time frame, but if we have faith enough to follow through, He always

answers. We have to learn to, not only “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” but we also have to as it says in Proverbs 3:5,6  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;  In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” And Psalms 37:4 “Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.” Our joy comes from the Lord, when we accepted Jesus Christ into our lives, all the blessing of Heaven come available to us, everything from eternal salvation, to healing, to prosperity, it is Gods will, and it is in Gods timing. 2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning Hispromise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” So first repentance, accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior. Then making Jesus the Lord of our lives, leaning on Him, trusting Him, and not ourselves, and as we do. Rejoicing always, praying without ceasing, and in everything giving thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for us. He will direct our paths, and give us the desirers and secret petitions of our heart.   Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Lake Windermere Pulse Check www.lakeambassadors.ca

• Average Water Temperature: 19.6 °C July Objective: <25 °C • Average Water Depth: 4.14 m 2018 July Average: 4.18m • Average Turbidity: 0.91 NTU Objective: <5 NTU • Average D.O.: 10.8 ppm Objective: >8 ppm • Average pH: 8.6 Objective: 6.5 to 8.5

LAKE WINDERMERE ALLIANCE CHURCH Sunday, July 28th 10:30 a.m. Worship Service 326 - 10th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-9535 • www.lakewindermerealliance.org

WINDERMERE VALLEY SHARED MINISTRY ANGLICAN-UNITED Worship every Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Christ Church Trinity, Invermere 1st and 3rd Sunday, 9 a.m. March - December All Saint’s, Edgewater 2nd Sunday, 7 p.m. July-Sept St. Peter’s, Windermere Reverend Laura Hermakin 110 - 7th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-6644 • www.wvsm.ca

VALLEY CHRISTIAN ASSEMBLY Sunday 10 a.m.: Worship Services. Pastor Murray Wittke 4814 Highway Drive, Windermere 250-342-9511 • www.valleychristianonline.com

ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH Saturday, 4:30 p.m.: St. Anthony’s, Canal Flats. Saturday, 5 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m.: Canadian Martyrs’ – Invermere Sunday, 11 a.m.: St. Joseph’s – Radium. Father Jojo Augustine • 712 -12th Ave., Invermere 250-342-6167 ST. PETER’S LUTHERAN MISSION OF INVERMERE Lay Worship Services, Sundays at 1:30 p.m. Christ Church Trinity, 110 - 7th Ave., Invermere (Small Chapel) Pastor Doug Lutz, 250-464-0100 Email: mtzionlc@hotmail.com

RADIUM CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP Sunday 10 a.m. Worship service Pastor Wayne and Linda Frater • 250-342-6633 No. 4, 7553 Main St. Radium • 250-347-9937

CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS Worship Service, Sunday, 10 a.m. • Relief Society, 11:15 a.m. President Rick Daniels • Columbia Valley Branch 5014 Fairway, Fairmont Hot Springs • 250-421-3756

Citizen Scientist of the Week: Shelley Hopkins Thank you to this week’s citizen scientist volunteer, Shelley Hopkins from Windermere. To join the Ambassadors out on the lake on a Tuesday morning this summer, please contact Keri Malanchuk at (250) 341-6898 or intern@lakeambassadors.ca Thank you to the Columbia Valley Pioneer, District of Invermere, Regional District of East Kootenay, Columbia Basin Trust, Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund, RBC Foundation and the Columbia Valley Community Foundation for their support of our lake monitoring program!

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We finally had a clear, sunny Tuesday morning for our lake sampling. We were lucky to have Shelley Hopkins joining us on the water. Shelley has lived in the valley for 24 years and alongside her husband, they opened Hopkins Harvest in 1995. Now run by their daughter and her partner, Hopkins Harvest offers a local produce market and artisan pizza. Before retiring, Shelley also managed a local medical clinic for many years. In her free time, she enjoys paddling on the lake as well as down the Columbia wetlands. Shown in the picture, Shelley was the first person to try out our brand new VanDorn. A VanDorn is a piece of equipment used to collect water samples at lower depths in the lake. Our previous one was beginning to leak and break apart. We would like to thank the Columbia Basin Watershed Network for providing funds to help pay for our brand new VanDorn.

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