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Alive reunion connects locals involved By Joshua Estabrooks Special to The Pioneer There isn’t a Hollywood movie that inspires memories and stories around the valley like Alive. Filmed on the Delphine Glacier, in Panorama Village and the Bugaboos from March through July of 1992, the movie was a landmark film for not only the valley, but also the Canadian film industry. Stories of the making of Alive are many, as a large cross-section of valley residents assisted in all aspects of production, said local mountain film historian Brian Patton. “The whole movie was shot in sequence, and Sue Saunders was doing the catering, so it was her job to starve the actors because they had to lose weight as they were making the movie,” he said. The Windermere District Historic Society will pres-

ent Alive in its entirety at David Thompson Secondary School on Thursday, April 11th. Doors to the auditorium will open at 6 p.m. so attendees can socialize and view a display of photos, maps and memorabilia. There will be a brief introduction at 6:45 p.m., including a short segment from the documentary Alive: 20 Years Later, which highlights the difficulties of recreating the story on a remote glacier in the Purcell Range. The movie starts at 7 p.m. The historic Toby Theatre was used as a private screening venue for cast and crew during the filming of Alive, which allowed locals to rub shoulders with those involved with the production. Ron Peters, who owns the Toby along with his wife Elizabeth, said that a young man approached him in the video store during one of these events, and asked him who was starring in the film. Ron replied that Ethan Hawke was, but that he wouldn’t know what he looked like even if he ran him

over with a truck. Ron was immediately approached by a young Ethan Hawke, who introduced himself on the spot, proving Ron’s point to the youth. Hoping to bring out more of these stories, the historic society’s screening is open to the public, but will also serve as an unofficial reunion of sorts for people who worked or helped out on the film. “We wanted to create an opportunity for people to swap stories,” Patton said. “We’d love it if people brought photographs or other memorabilia to share with the museum as well.” Alive hasn’t been viewed in a theatrical setting in Invermere since its release, said Patton, so the historical society is hoping the event will be a celebratory look back at the film that meant so much to the community. The event will be officially free to the public, but donations to the Windermere Valley Museum will be welcomed at the door.

B.C. pulp producer buys Skookumchuck mill By Greg Amos Pioneer Staff Richmond, B.C.-based Paper Excellence Canada Holdings Corporation ended months of speculation on Tuesday, March 26th by reaching an agreement to buy Tembec’s Skookumchuck pulp mill for $89 million. The long-term search for a buyer will be complete once Paper Excellence completes a review of the northern bleached softwood kraft (NBSK) pulp mill’s various assets and liabilities. “We’ve been in discussions in the past months,” Linda Coates, Tembec’s vice president of human resources and corporate affairs, told The Pioneer. “They have more mills in the NBSK side; they have a stronger









position in the market than we did because we only have one of those mills in our portfolio.” Paper Excellence’s parent company, Asian Pulp and Paper, is headquartered in Jakarta, Indonesia, and owns five other pulp mills in Canada: Mackenzie and Port Mellon in B.C., Meadow Lake and Prince Albert Saskatchewan, and Pictou, Nova Scotia. The Skookumchuck mill has 290 employees – 230 unionized workers and 60 staff — many of whom live in Canal Flats and other Columbia Valley communities. Paper Excellence is expected to continue to “substantially offer the same conditions of employment to the staff; the labour agreement is part of the transaction, so Paper Excellence is bound by this agreement,” said Ms. Coates.

The transaction will likely close in late May or early June, and remains subject to certain conditions and regulatory approvals. In recent years, Tembec sold its Canal Flats and Radium Hot Springs mills to Canfor. Ms. Coates did not offer comment as to whether Canfor was also in the running to buy the Skookumchuck mill. “It’s been known it’s been for sale for a number of years, so if the buyer and seller have come to an agreement, that’s a good thing,” said Regional District of East Kootenay area F director Wendy Booth, whose area is home to several employees of the pulp mill. Tembec acquired the Skookumchuck pulp mill in 1999 as part of the acquisition of Crestbrook Forest Industries Ltd. The mill initially started up in 1968.

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The Easter Long weekend resulted in 16 calls for service. For a long weekend it was pretty calm. • On March 30th at 7:00 p.m., the Columbia Valley detachment received a report of theft from a vehicle parked at the Fairmont Hot Pools. A Buick Rendezvous had its window smashed, and a bag containing an iPad, camera and wallet was stolen from the vehicle. With our good weather and people taking advantage of our recreational sites, we have our local and traveling thieves who will take advantage of valuable items left in view in cars. Although bags may keep these valuables out of sight from prying eyes, the bags alone will tempt people. Everything should be stored in the trunk. • On March 31st at 3:15 a.m., detachment members responded to a disturbance complaint near a motel in Invermere. Two males were observed to be fighting. A third male attempted to intervene and was punched. The two males causing the disturbance departed the area. • On March 31st at 11:15 a.m., detachment members responded to a complaint at Panorama Mountain Village to assist security. A group of people were refusing to leave a room, and were not co-operating with security. The matter appeared to be resolved by the time police arrived. • On March 31st at 1:30 p.m., the detachment received a complaint of theft from a 2003 Honda that was parked in a tow compound over the last month. The window was smashed and a black Alpine stereo was stolen. ATV and dirt bike complaints With the good weather now upon us, the detachment is receiving more complaints of dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles being driven on the road, in many cases, with no insurance and no helmets. The detachment will be concentrating some effort this summer to conduct patrols to deal with these types of complaints. Due to the nature of these types of complaints, some outside-the-box enforcement tactics will have to be employed. Charges will be laid, vehicles will be seized.

Citizens on Patrol: last call for volunteers The Columbia Valley Detachment is seeking volunteers to become involved with Citizens on Patrol for both Radium and Invermere. A number of volunteers have come forward for Radium and we are seeking at least two to four more. Invermere needs at least six to eight people to become involved. These volunteers conduct patrols in the community and become the extra eyes and ears for the police in keeping our community safe. Volunteers are security cleared and trained. I would like to get this training started soon and completed by the end of April or early May. If you are interested please give me a call at the detachment at 250-342-9292. I would like to get this training started so if you are interested, call me so we can get this done. Quick thinking One thing the RCMP has taught me over the years is to think quickly on my feet, and my mouth can be my best weapon. This training and experience has often kept me safe in my marriage. I sometimes amaze myself. I recently joined the Order of the Eastern Star, a Freemasonrelated organization which Bev has been a member of for years. I have my motives for doing so. Bev and I attended a meeting in Kimberly where a close friend is in charge of their meeting. At the end of the meeting, visitors are expected to speak, and my wife was called upon to say some words and bring greetings. As Bev is the senior officer in our Chapter, there is no need for me to bring greetings or to be expected to speak. Bev gets up and she does her thing, and I go into husband mode and I’m thinking of the kind of depth finder and down rigger I will eventually want on my boat. My day dreaming is rudely interrupted when I see Bev sit down and the person in charge of the meeting is heard to ask, “and does Mr. Shehovac wish to say anything?” This is where my police training came into play. By the time I heard her say this, and the time it takes to stand up to respond, this is what I hear myself say, “It is my common practice that after my wife has spoken, I don’t speak.” I then sat down. When I did sit down, it was to a thunderous applause from all the women at the meeting. Again, I must say, at times even I am amazed at my quick thinking.

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Valley cycling just got easier Nicole Trigg Pioneer Staff Cycling in the Columbia Valley is a favourite pastime for many of those who live in and travel to the region. In recognition of this growing number of die hard twowheeling enthusiasts, the Columbia Valley Cycling Society has created the first-ever comprehensive guide of cycling and non-motorized trails in the valley. The guide, aptly titled Trails of the Columbia Valley, features all authorized riding areas from Fairmont Hot Springs to Kootenay National Park, to Panorama and Nipika Mountain Resort, society president Adrian Bergles told The Pioneer. “Basically it covers the extremities of the Columbia Valley and everywhere in between as well,” he said. “No non-official trails; these are strictly official riding areas.” Put together by the bike club with significant volunteer help from its member base and created by a Rosslandbased graphic designer, the foldable map was financially supported by a Columbia Basin Trust grant as well as Recreation Sites and Trails BC under the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, which paid for the map’s printing costs. “As a compendium of all legitimate cycling opportunities in the valley, it does actually give people a lot of information that they might not have even known existed



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in the past,” Adrian said. “It’s pretty cool.” Ten thousand copies are expected to arrive any day and will soon be available for free at all the local bike shops and tourism centres. The official launch of the trail guide is set to take place at the society’s Annual General Meeting on Monday, April 8th. “We just hope it helps foster cycling in the community and expand on what we have,” Adrian said. “We’re hoping that it gives local people a really good idea of the trails that are available and helps develop the local cycling scene.” Anyone interested in learning about what the local volunteer-based cycling association has planned for 2013 is invited to attend the meeting, which will also recap last year’s successes. In addition to the development of the soon-to-be released trail guide, the club’s accomplishments include the development of the Pump n’ Jump Park in Radium Hot Springs; hosting the Columbia Valley Bike Swap; legalization and development of the Kloosifier Trail on the Toby Bench; hosting three successful volunteer trail maintenance days and a visit from the International Mountain Bike Association Trail Care Crew; and successfully being awarded almost $100,000 to improve trails and infrastructure at Mt. Swansea. The Mt. Swansea work has not yet started, said Adrian, but will go ahead as soon as a Request for Proposals is

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Panebianco keeps bail The man charged with manslaughter over the April 2012 death of Invermere man Cory Jarock was again alleged to have broken bail conditions — and for the second time Judge Ron Webb found the circumstances were not sufficient to revoke his bail. The Crown sought to have Brian Panebianco’s bail revoked after he was charged with breach of recognizance in Invermere on Friday, March 22nd. Mr. Panebianco had been in custody awaiting this hearing since that date. The 24-year-old man was released back into the custody of his stepfather, to reside at his home in Windermere under house arrest, just after he had one count of breach of parole dropped in Invermere Provincial





Court on Monday, March 11th. Judge Webb added another condition to Mr. Panebianco’s bail: if his bail supervisor requires Panebianco to report to someone other than the supervisor, Panebianco be given instructions in writing. He is to carry those instructions whenever he leaves his residence, and give a copy to his stepfather. His next court appearance will be on June 10th in Invermere Provincial Court, where he will answer to the breach of recognizance charge, as well as the original charges of manslaughter, criminal negligence causing death, robbery, and assault causing bodily harm. Cory Jarock was found deceased on the driveway of a home in the Tunnacliffe Heights neighbourhood of Invermere on April 3rd, 2012.




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PERSPECTIVE Historical Lens

Inquest sheds some light By Greg Amos The Coroner’s inquest that wrapped up in Invermere last Wednesday produced more than just a few ways to prevent the next fatal car accident on Highway 95 north of Radium Hot Springs — it should also spur authorities to think harder about the dangers of bureaucracy. The fatal crash that claimed the lives of three Lower Mainland men on January 19th, 2011 was caused by human error — but with a few changes to how we maintain and design our highways, it’s possible to engineer our way past one mistake that costs three lives. Ultimately, this crash was about what happens when a deluge of traffic diverted from the Trans Canada Highway encounters winter driving conditions on the Class B twolane Highway 95 between Golden and Radium. The jury, comprised of four men and one woman from the valley, came up with four recommendations: • That if the Trans Canada Highway is closed for any length of time and Highway 95 is used as alternate route, that Highway 95 should be deemed a Class A highway. • That an acceleration and deceleration lane should be built at the Spillimacheen Rest Area. • When Highway 95 is used as alternate route, that portable road information signs be placed both south of Golden and north of Radium Hot Springs. • Considering the location of Highway 95, that the speed limit should be reduced to 90 kilometres per hour between Golden and Radium. These are all worthwhile suggestions, so cheers to our local jury for coming up with some positive steps. Cheers is also due to our departing reporter, Kristian Rasmussen, who’s going out with style by winning the gold medal in the Best Historical Story category at the 2013 Canadian Community Newspaper Awards. Kristian’s story in The Pioneer, titled “War survivor smuggled refugees to safety” tells the tale of Invermere’s Leida Peepre, who rescued Estonian refugees from the Nazis during World War II. Congratulations, Kristian!

Students on the steps Ten students pose for this 1926-1927 class photo at the Invermere School. Back row, left to right: Jack Jones, Frank Foyston, Ernest Stillings, Jim Ashworth, Gordon Lake. Front row, left to right: Frances Ashworth, Mabel Doyle, Kathleen McGuiness, Minka Sandwell, and Lucy Pennington. If you have any more information, e-mail us at . Photo A1262 courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

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Rallying towards the relay

The Columbia Valley Relay for Life is being held on Father's Day weekend, June 15th and 16th at the David Thompson Secondary track. This day is a wonderful community event which raises an incredible amount of money for cancer research. We have a committee of caring people who put this event together, but we need more volunteers. Whether you can spare an hour or two to do some phone calling, or whether you want to take on a more involved role, we would welcome you. During the relay, we run a PowerPoint presentation

on the wall of the tent as part of our Luminary Ceremony. This presentation is a pictorial of family and friends from the valley who have had cancer. Some are survivors, some are still fighting, and some have lost their battle. I encourage each and every one out there to submit a photo of a loved one, along with their name and any information you want included. To submit a photo, volunteer or help out in some other aspect of this event, please call me at 250-342-9059 or email . Sheila Tutty Relay for Life co-ordinator

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Trust leaks greenhouse gases Tom Fletcher Black Press The Pacific Carbon Trust orchestrated a months-long campaign of calls and letters to discredit a report from B.C.’s Auditor General on its first two big carbon offset projects, before it could be released. Just as the audit report was about to be made public, the trust, a Crown corporation created at taxpayer expense, participated in the leaking of selected critical letters to media outlets. Then the Speaker of the B.C. legislature, Bill Barisoff, made a final, clumsy effort to delay the release of the report. As soon as it was out, Environment Minister Terry Lake tried to discredit it, by blustering about all the highly paid experts who swore up and down that a forest reserve near Kootenay Lake, and a gas flaring reduction project near Fort Nelson, were bona fide carbon offsets worth $6 million of taxpayers’ money. The audit states in plain language, with charts and timelines, that the $6 million was basically given away for nothing.

I look forward to further audits on this carbon offset scheme, assuming it survives after the May election, because these two projects aren’t the only boondoggles. The Pacific Carbon Trust was set up in 2008 as part of former premier Gordon Campbell’s climate change program. To make the B.C. government’s operations “carbon neutral,” the government and all of its agencies were required to pay the trust $25 per tonne for their carbon dioxide emissions from fuel use. In 2011 alone, B.C. universities paid $4.46 million to the trust. B.C.’s 60 school districts paid a total of $5.36 million the same year, and the province’s six health authorities paid $5.79 million. The money is supposed to go to projects that capture carbon, thus “offsetting” the heating of schools, the fuel burned by ambulances and so forth. The 55,000-hectare forest reserve is known as Darkwoods. The audit shows that the Nature Conservancy of Canada decided in 2006 to buy it, using $25 million of federal taxpayers’ money. Continued on page 15 . . .

Correction and clarification

In the story titled Provincial grant brings hovercraft home in the Friday, March 29th edition of The Pioneer, Dave Oaks and Steve Mantyka were incorrectly identified as members of the Windermere Fire Department. In fact, both are members of the Kinsmen Club. We apologize for the mistake.

Columbia Valley Food Bank is holding a fundraiser at North Star Hardware/RONA on Saturday April 6th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Furnishings recovered from the Panorama fire will be available for a cash or food donation.

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Spirits Reach resident Deb Foley displayed prowess in both the alpine and aquatic environments during an ambitious — or is that amphibious? — multi-sport day on Saturday, March 30th.  Photos submitted

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Cleanup on the agenda for new councillor By Pioneer Staff A village clean-up effort in Canal Flats will be among the first issues raised by new councillor Dean Midyette, who claimed victory in last weekend's byelection. “While campaigning and speaking with people in Canal Flats, I heard overwhelming support for a town cleanup,” said Mr. Midyette, who edged candidate Roy Webb by a 79 vote to 47 vote margin on Saturday, March 30th. “I’ll be pushing for the town resources to aid in this effort.” Canal Flats will resume meeting with a full fiveperson council at the village’s Monday, April 8th meeting.

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“I'm looking forward to resolving the water system issue in Canal Flats, and doing my best to make sure the existing municipal projects, such as the hockey arena renovations and the Columbia Discovery Centre, are brought in on time and as close to on budget as possible,” said Mr. Midyette. For Canal Flats to have seen 124 people coming out to vote on a byelection during a long weekend was “huge”, he added, noting the village boasts a total population of about 700. “I want to thank those who came out and voted, and hope that I can earn the support of those who voted for my opponent,” he added. Desiderata Dance Academy, along with Peak Danceworks and Colleen McKee Irish Dancers present

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Saturday, April 20th, 1 p.m. Key City Theatre in Cranbrook. Tickets must be purchased at Key City Theatre 250-426-7006. For more information contact Colleen Wagner at 250-342-1438.

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Picture perfect The shoreline of Lake Windermere gives way to glass-smooth water framed by still snow-capped Rockies peaks in this shot taken from James Chabot Provincial Park on the evening of Sunday, March 31st. Photo by Greg Amos

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undeniable, but I was left wanting to see the legendary Hemingway, an ubermensch whose magnetism could captivate with the simplest of sentences or gestures. Also distracting was Kaufman’s editing, which interspersed archival newsreel footage with black and white scenes that flowed into gaudy 1970s technicolour for no apparent reason. Ultimately, Hemingway and Gellhorn is entertaining and historically accurate but the viewer is left thinking, “Ask not for whom the bell tolls… it tolls for thee”.

covered the drama and horror that is war. The story is interspersed with actual black and white footage of the fascist Franco’s pursuit of power, and their relationship is consummated as bombs rain down around them. Director Philip Kaufman takes us on a war-riddled historical tour, from the suffering of the Finns in the 1930s to the Chinese being persecuted under Japanese command, then the Normandy invasion and the liberation of Dachau. While their brilliance as writers and their desire to share the horrors of war with the world brought them together, it is ultimately their egos that shatter their marriage. As Hemingway used the Spanish Civil War to leave his second wife, he uses World War II to leave his third. The chemistry between Kidman and Owen is

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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, so weekly events may run rarely. Toby Theatre • 7:30 p.m.: April 5th-6th showing Escape from Planet Earth.

Friday, April 5th • Panorama’s Spring Festival starts and runs through the weekend. Free tobogganing on Friday and then two days of food and drink specials, live music, themed activities, costumes, Rail Jams, special dinners, family photos and prizes! Call 1-800-663-2929 for more information. • 7:00 p.m.: Fresh Fridays Open Mic Nite at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. All ages welcome.

Saturday, April 6thZ • 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Columbia Valley Food Bank Fundraiser at North Star Hardware RONA. Items rescued from the Panorama 1000 Peaks Lodge fire will be available with a cash or food donation to the Columbia Valley Food Bank. • 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: Big Momma Sale and Swap at the Invermere Community Hall. Early bird entry at 9:00 a.m. • 10:00 a.m.: Windermere Community Association Annual General meeting at the Windermere Community Hall. For more information, call Gracie at 250341-1548. • 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Killer Rollbots car wash fundraiser at Arrowhead Brewing Company. Minimum $10 donation per vehicle. Support local roller derby! • Season’s Passholders Appreciation barbecue at Panorama Mountain Village.

• 6:00 p.m.: Brisco Riding Club Annual Spaghetti Dinner at the Brisco Hall. $8 per person, or $20 per family, ages 6 and under are free. For more information call Amanda at 250-347-2125 or Virginia at 250342-8739.

tion at the Invermere Community Hall. • 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.: Windermere Valley Museum “Movie Night Series” presents the 20th Anniversary of the 1993 film Alive at the DTSS Auditorium. Location photos, memorabilia and introduction by film historian Brian Patton. Admission by donation.

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• Locals’ Free Day at Panorama Mountain Village. Present valid driver’s licence, student card or B.C. Hydro bill and receive a free lift pass. Last day of the season at Panorama. • Fun Activities All Day at the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort ski area. Last day of the ski season at Fairmont. • 8:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.: Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies: Landscape Your Life workshop with Elizabeth Shopland, personal leadership coach at Copper Point Golf Club. The event is an ICAN fundraiser, and tickets are $95. Call Jackie 250-341-3190 for more information and to buy tickets.

Monday, April 8th • 7:00 p.m.: Columbia Valley Cycling Society Annual General Meeting and trail map launch at the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Tuesday, April 9th • Art from the Heart opens at Pynelogs Cultural Centre and runs until April 28th. • 7:00 p.m.: Cinefest at Pynelogs Cultural Centre, showing Moonrise Kingdom. • 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Lake Windermere Ambassadors’ This is Our Watershed workshop at the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce. Lunch will be provided. RSVP at or 250-3416898.

Wednesday, April 10th • 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.: All Candidates Forum for MLA for Columbia River/Revelstoke. Forum takes place at the DTSS Auditorium. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 11th • 3:00 p.m.: Columbia Valley Food Bank Annual General Meeting at the Family Resource Centre. Accepting applications for board members. All interested people welcome. For more information, call 250-342-3196. • 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.: 2013 Little League Registra-

• 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.: CV Arts presents Part 8 of Art from the Heart Artist Opening Event at the Pynelogs Cultural Centre. Refreshments, entertainment and silent auction. Over 600 pieces of artwork from Elementary students in the Valley will be on display.

Sunday, April 14th • 5:00 p.m.: Royal Canadian Legion Branch #199 Edgewater Honour and Awards Dinner. Cocktails are at 5:00 p.m., dinner is at 6:00 p.m. Adults are $15, seniors and ages 12 and under are $13, and under age 6 are free. For more information, call Vi at 250-3470044.

Other • 1:30 p.m.: Radium Seniors’ Carpet Bowling every Monday, Radium Seniors’ Hall. • 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.: Public indoor rock climbing at J.A. Laird School, $5 drop-in. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. • 6:30 p.m.: Duplicate Bridge at the Invermere Seniors’ Hall, $2/person, every Monday. Visitors welcome. • 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.: East Kootenay Brain Injury Support Group meets at the Family Resource Centre, every Monday. For information call 250-344-5674. • 6:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.: The 3066 Invermere Army Cadets runs every Monday night at our local Legion # 71. Contact Second Lt. Megan McConnell at 250409-4455 for information. • Invermere Badminton Club: Wednesdays at JA Laird gym from 7-9 p.m. Sundays at DTSS from 7:30 - 10 p.m. Anyone interested can contact Colin Sherk at Everyone is welcome. Children should be accompanied by parents. • 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.: OPT clinic every Tuesday at the Invermere Health Unit, 850-10th Avenue. Confidential service: low-cost birth control, and STI testing. • 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: CBAL Baby Goose program for parents and babies up to 18 months at Eileen Madson Primary, every Friday. Email kandruschuk@ for more information.

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Echo and Pioneer, I would likely have capsized. The personal connection to our community exhibited by sales team members Dean Midyette and Angela In a valley where change is as inevitable as the cy- Krebs, the immense organization skills and quick wit of cling of seasons, no man is an island. With the blooms office administrators Amanda Diakiw and Renice Oaks, of spring bringing new life to our little the endless creativity of graphic designers corner of Valhalla, I must announce that Emily Rawbon and Jess de Groot, the guidI am leaving The Columbia Valley Pioneer ance and integrity of editorial managers Greg and Invermere Valley Echo newspapers. Amos and Nicole Trigg, the enthusiasm of Although documenting the living new reporter Dan Walton and the leadership history of my new home has been both of publisher Rose-Marie Regitnig: these are exciting and challenging, I am movthe reasons I have enjoyed coming to work ing on to live the dream of a mountain every day. man with an exciting opportunity in the In addition to the wealth of experiences forestry sector. that I have been blessed to share in durWhen I first arrived in the East Kooing my time as a reporter, I have also been tenays from the Vancouver area, I was given mountain-sized opportunities behind somewhat of a fawn in the world of press the camera. The colourful hues of valley life Kristian Rasmussen deadlines, interviews and news photogseem to explode through the lens: from comraphy — my previous employment had munity fairs to ski racing, pictures would been as a construction worker in the rather detonate into vibrant expressions of excavation and drainage field. Although I was inexperi- emotion and passion than come out typical or bland. enced, the team at The Pioneer immediately offered shelBeing born and raised in the White Rock area, I ter and tutelage in the ways of community journalism. grew up near the ocean fulfilling the typical requirement At first I was anxious and still a little wobbly in of community spirit. I enjoyed living near the sea and my writing, but I began to grow into my role as a re- appreciated the features that my hometown had to offer, porter and discovered the seemingly-infinite choir of but it was not until packing up my belongings and movvalley voices that make up our local ensemble. My ing 800 kilometres away that I discovered a community dinner conversation topics at home have ranged from immersed in local pride and tradition. the courage of war survivors and those facing tough A wise man whom I interviewed for a story on his illnesses to the immense generosity and hard work of globetrotting adventures told me of Valleyitis, which bevolunteers in our area. gins when a person sets foot in our area. The condition Despite a rich ensemble of exciting story conver- requires two years of exposure to incubate before besations, the life of a reporter can be tough. Journalist coming terminal, trapping the subject in the captivating are constantly untying themselves from the safety of beauty of our mountain community forever! Although I anonymity and pushing off into an ocean of positive and have only called Wilmer and Radium home for one year, negative feedback, depending on the topic of a story. I am finding that I may have a lesser immunity than I Without the navigation skills of the team at the Valley first thought. By Kristian Rasmussen Pioneer Staff

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Applications are currently being accepted for paid-on-call Volunteer Firefighters. Training is FREE and no experience is necessary. Contact Invermere Fire Rescue at 250-342-3200 or visit the Fire Hall at 626 – 4th Street, Invermere B.C.

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Calling all birders By Sheila Bonny Special to the Pioneer From a small birding festival 17 years ago, Wings Over the Rockies Festival has evolved into a celebration of the entire Columbia Valley: mountains, wetlands, and wildlife. Still, birding treks are among the most popular of the week’s events, and we’re fortunate to have a wealth of knowledgeable leaders in the Columbia Valley. Randy Hopkins is such an enthusiastic birder that he is leading nine birding expeditions to various habitats during Wings week. On Monday, he’ll point out how wise waterfowl know where the water is warm: in the Invermere sewage lagoons! He’ll will cruise for curlews in the grasslands on Tuesday and, on Wednesday, roam habitats from Invermere to Spillimacheen on an all-day blitz. Thursday will find Randy at Dorothy Lake at dawn, in bottom-land habitat “birding by ear and eye” with naturalist Peter Jonker, and at the Wilmer Ramsar wetlands. On Friday, after another visit to Dorothy Lake, he’ll guide birders to Toby Creek in search of Harlequin Ducks and American Dippers. Finally, along with festival keynote speaker, George Sirk, Randy will paddle into the Columbia Wetlands on Sunday. Birders Cam Gillies, Hillary Page, Michael Den

The public are invited to comment on our five-year financial plan and annual report. An opportunity for discussion will be held Wednesday, April 10th, 7:30 pm in Council Chambers, 4836 Radium Blvd. Copies of the document can be viewed at www. or upon request at the Village office or by email to

BIRD AND BOAT — Local birder Randy Hopkins takes part in a paddling and birding outing during the 2008 Wings Over the Rockies bird festival.  Photo by Pat Morrow Otter, Irene Manley, Howard Heffler, Ellen Zimmerman and Dean Nicholson will also be leading expeditions to bird habitats from Wasa Lake in the south to the Moberley Marshes north of Golden. Register early to capture the infectious enthusiasm of these keen naturalists. Wings Over the Rockies Festival dates are May 6th to 12th and registration begins April 8th on-line at www., by telephone at 250-3422473, or in-person at Pynelogs Cultural Centre.

Water conversation to resume

By Kirsten Harma Special to The Pioneer

The Lake Windermere Ambassadors are pleased to announce that they will be hosting another Watershed Conversation on Tuesday, April 9th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Invermere Lion’s Hall. The workshop will build on discussions started during the Water Conversation event held last December. During that talk, Okanagan Basin Water Board executive director Anna Warwick Sears shared two key messages with our community: • Things are changing, so communities need to come together now to talk about water; • If there’s something we want to achieve, we can do it. Dr. Sears told us what The Okanagan is doing to manage their water resources. The April event will provide an opportunity for our community to discuss is-

sues and opportunities we have in our own watershed. The line up for the half-day event includes presentations by experts who will talk about water for people, water for fish, forestry and water quality, and hazards in our watershed. Participants will have the opportunity to visualize changes in our watershed and then come up with ideas for a desired future. For more information e-mail or call (250) 341-6898. The Lake Windermere Ambassadors are a Society representing a cross-section of community stakeholders who share the vision of a healthy Lake Windermere with balanced management that supports recreational and traditional uses, fish and wildlife values, and economic prosperity in the region. Funding for the community water conversation has been provided by the Columbia Basin Trust and the Real Estate Foundation of BC.

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Coordinator – Downtown Summer Music Program Are you interested in increasing entertainment within Invermere? Do you have a love of music? Are you enthusiastic and a strong organizer? The District of Invermere is looking for an individual who has these interest and traits to coordinate our Summer Music Program in Downtown Invermere. The individual will be required to coordinate and host weekly evening music events within the Downtown core. The successful applicant will be responsible for the following: • Booking musicians for the weekly series; • Coordinating all technical sound requirements to facilitate the events; • Liaise with the District of Invermere for road closures, seating and other required amenities; • Assist in developing and disseminating marketing information to publicize the music program; The District has allocated funds to coordinate, host and advertise the Summer Music Program and will provide staff support where required. The successful applicant will be paid an honorarium based upon running the program for a minimum of 13 Sunday evenings. Please submit your resume by April 26, 2013 at 4 p.m. to: Chris Prosser, Chief Administrative Officer, District of Invermere PO Box 339, 914 8th Avenue, Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0 Phone: 250-342-9281 ext 225 • Fax: 250-342-2834 • E-mail:


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The impact of mortgage rates The issue of ultra low mortgage rates has been a hot topic in Canada recently. It started in early March when the Bank of Montreal lowered 5-year fixed rates from 3.09 per cent to 2.99 per cent, with some reports saying lenders had the discretion to go as low as 2.89 per cent. Shortly afterwards Manulife Bank followed suit, offering 2.89 per cent on a 5-year fixed mortgage, only to rescind the offer a day later amidst reports of pressure from Finance Minister Jim Flaherty. The Bank of Montreal rate expired on March 29th. These events have caused many Canadians to wonder why the government is so worried about low mortgage rates. Those who have a lot of debt or are trying to get into the housing market are likely grateful for low mortgage rates. So what is the problem? Government concerns It’s no secret that Canadians are drowning in debt. According to Statistics Canada, the average household debt load has now risen to a record 165 per cent of disposable income in spite of or perhaps due to interest rates falling to rock bottom levels. With this in mind, it seems quite clear that the government is concerned that a price war on mortgage rates could encourage more debt taking. Given our country’s track record of rising debt levels over the last decade or so, it’s easy to understand this apprehension.

Drawbacks Perhaps the biggest problem with ultra low mortgage rates is the sense of urgency they can incite in people. In particular, this might be visible in those looking to upgrade their home or buy a first home. It’s a common fear among young people that if they don’t enter the housing market now, they may never get in. Unfortunately, these fears can cause some people to make snap decisions or face affordability problems in the future. Benefits Having thoroughly discussed the downside of low mortgage rates, it should be noted that there are positive implications for society as well. Paying less interest on a mortgage can help prudent people get out of debt faster than if rates were higher. Being debt-free sooner can help people to move on with their lives and focus on saving money and planning for retirement. Low mortgage rates can also help people to make investments in residential or commercial real estate, therefore encouraging entrepreneurialism and general growth in the economy. When will rates increase? Barring any new forms of government intervention, the most common way to force mortgage rates upwards is an increase to interest rates. This will cause bond issuers to offer higher interest rates on new bonds and exist-

ing bond prices to fall in order to generate a similar yield for buyers. As banks and other lenders need to earn a certain amount of profit between what they pay in bond interest and collect in mortgage interest, rates on mortgages and other loans would have to rise. Theoretically, another way to increase mortgage rates would be if Canadians stopped buying bonds and found something else to do with their money. In order to entice buyers back into the bond market, bond issuers would have no choice but to raise interest rates, therefore raising mortgage rates. However, since the majority of the wealth in our society resides with seniors and baby boomers, many of whom are willing to accept low investment returns in exchange for preservation of capital, this scenario is unlikely to play out. Final thoughts It may seem like the government is picking on banks and consumers by turning up the heat on institutions that offer ultra low mortgage rates. In its defense, the government is simply trying to avoid further irresponsible borrowing behaviour from Canadians. As long as bond yields remain low, this will be an ongoing concern. Further compounding the problem is that due to low interest rates in general, Canadians are not being rewarded for saving their money either. Until interest rates return to normal levels, low savings rates are sure to be an ongoing concern for Canadians as well.

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. . . Continued from page 7 The deal closed in 2008, the same year the Pacific Carbon Trust was formed. From 2008 to 2010, the trust bought 450,000 tonnes of carbon offset, based on independent evaluations that all rested on the assumption that Darkwoods would be clear-cut logged. Since the forest was already owned by Canada’s leading conservancy, this assumption makes no sense. Was the conservancy going to log it, or flip it to someone who would, after accepting $25 million in tax money to acquire it? Legally, it could not. (I would add that the assumption that logging releases all of the carbon in a forest is also false. Lumber actually sequesters carbon for longer than trees, which eventually die and rot.) The audit found a similar case against EnCana’s flare reduction program, which the company used on many wells before the trust started offering money. EnCana was saving money as well as reduc-

ing emissions without collecting offsets. Therefore, the audit concluded, neither of these projects was a credible offset because the emissions savings would have occurred anyway. Here’s the next Pacific Carbon Trust project that should be audited. In a complicated transaction, the trust bought offsets from something called the Great Bear Carbon Credit Limited Partnership. Yes, this is the world-famous forest on B.C.’s North Coast that was subject to a preservation deal hammered out between the Coastal First Nations, the B.C. government and three U.S.-backed environmental groups. That was in 2006. The offset purchases were in 2009 and 2010, years after detailed preservation areas were mapped and codified in law. Again, the trust paid for forest that was already preserved. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press.

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Invitation to Tenderers Owner: District of Invermere Contract: Laurier Street Bridge Upgrades Reference No. 0953.0105.02 The Owner invites tenders for: • Replacement of expansion joints and abutments and piers •Crack repair to roadway surface •Repair of settlement to abutments •Sidewalk connection improvements Contract Documents are available during normal business hours at: Contract Documents, Contract Drawings and Reference Material for this project will only be distributed electronically in digital format (pdf) through the Merx tendering website at www.merx. com. Information will be available on or after April 15, 2013. The Contract Documents are available for viewing at: District of Invermere PO Box 339 Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0 Tenders are scheduled to close: Tender closing time: 2:00 p.m. local time Tender closing date: May 6, 2013 Address: District of Invermere PO Box 339 Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 NAME OF OWNER’S REPRESENTATIVE: District of Invermere Sara Anderson, P.Eng. Urban Systems Ltd. 101-2716 Sunridge Way NE Calgary, AB T1Y 0A5 Telephone: 403-291-1193 Fax: 403-291-1374

Nicole Trigg Pioneer Staff Copper Point’s Biggest Loser presented by Fitness 4 Life is now in its third and final month, and the tenweek health challenge is producing awesome results. At the last group workout (when I returned after two weeks off due to a bad virus), I was amazed to see that everyone had visibly shed inches. And when we had our second set of measurements taken that same night, I discovered I had lost six inches overall myself, with others having lost anywhere from eight to fourteen. As the saying goes, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. For any disbelievers, good nutrition combined with exercise actually does result in weight loss. But why is such a simple concept still so challenging to implement in our daily lives? This is something I’ve been grappling with ever since the Biggest Loser started back in early February. Each week, our Fitness 4 Life personal trainers have been arming us with enough information about clean eating and fitness training to fill a small encyclopedia. I have a binder bursting with metabolism-boosting tips, nutrition rules, recipes and workouts; my inbox is full of motivational emails from the friendliest trainers you could imagine; I have new friends who, when we meet . . . ‘Cycling,’ continued from page 5 issued and a contractor is selected. Also coming up for the bike club is its annual bike swap on Thursday, April 25th at the Invermere Community Hall and the first trail maintenance day of the year on Sunday, April 28th at the Lake Lillian (Kloosifier and Johnson) trails. A second volunteer trail day is already scheduled for Sunday, May 26th at Mt. Swansea, and a return visit by the IMBA Trail Care Crew in Kootenay National Park is set for Saturday, June 22nd.

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With help from the staff at Decoy Landscaping & Contracting, homeowners are limited only by their imagination when it comes to redesigning the outside of their home. “I treat each project as if I owned the property,” said Sue Coy, co-owner of Decoy Landscaping & Contracting. Decoy Landscaping & Contracting offers “the full meal deal”, says Mrs. Coy, by landscaping from start to finish on time and on budget, focusing strongly on quality over quantity. And after becoming familiar with the computer-aided design program Dynascape, Mrs. Coy says the team is now capable of even more. “I’m now able to provide the client with virtual plans; taking their ideas and mine to create a landscape that will compliment their property and enhance the value of their property,” she said. “There’s nothing more rewarding than to take an idea or concept that I’ve created in my mind and be able to execute it and build someone a project for the outside of their home.” Able to deliver landscaping from scratch, Decoy Landscaping & Contracting owns a sand and gravel pit, along with tough trucks to carry the raw materials to the job. There is one particular material Mrs. Coy especially enjoys working with. “I love working with natural rock because I am a rockhound, creating unique layering throughout a plan while blending colour, texture and contrast using a variety of grasses, shrubs, junipers and trees,” she said. “Properly amending the plant soil to provide essential nutrients is key to a mature beautifully landscaped home.” The business is run by Mrs. Coy and her husband, Lloyd Wilder, who was born and raised in the valley. More than 60 years of landscaping and contracting experience are shared between the couple. And with decades of experience under her belt, Mrs. Coy has begun offering her expertise in landscape design as a consultant. Decoy Landscaping & Contracting is based out of Fairmont Hot Springs. For landscaping work or consultation, call the office LANDSCAPE LOVE - Sue Coy of Decoy Landscaping and Contracting poses with her shovel and laptop, as she’s prepared to offer landscaping customers “the full meal deal” with labour and or 250-345-0090, or contact them personally at 250-342-5326 computer-aided design software. Photo Submitted (Lloyd) and 250-341-5353 (Sue).


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PST should be good news on the homes front The five per cent HST rebate on homes up to $850,000 under the old system actually knocked it back to paying the equivalent of a two per cent embedded tax under the PST system, he explained. The demise of the harmonized sales tax (HST) on April 1st, 2013, has been the “So for the new home market, there’s not much of a change unless you’re cause of much confusion and consternation among B.C. residents who have become building a home that’s valued over $850,000; then you’ll be better off under the accustomed to a single tax. PST regime,” Mr. Muir said. “If it’s under $850,000, then you’re likely going to But with renovations and landscaping numbering among the items that will see little change at all.” cost seven per cent less now that the provincial sales tax (PST) has returned, homeAny initial change will be due to builders not putting through their PST costs owners have something to look forward to under the newly revived dual tax system. due to market conditions that warrant a squeeze on pricing, he said. “Probably the largest impact of the change from “For most, if you’re a new home buyer and you’re HST to PST will impact the renovations sector,” BC buying a home for less than $850,000, there’s not go“Probably the largest impact of the change from ing to be a change in terms of what you actually pay Real Estate Association chief economist Cameron HST to PST will impact the renovations sector.” at the bottom line,” Mr. Muir said. Muir told The Pioneer. Under the old system, HST was charged on an Where homebuyers will see some savings is around Cameron Muir entire renovation, but because labour costs are not services related to the purchase of real estate, he said. Chief Economist, BC Real Estate Association subject to PST, fewer taxes will now be paid on a A resale home was never subject to HST but the serhome renovation moving forward. vices around it were, such as real estate commissions, And labour typically amounts to half the cost of a appraisal fees and home building inspections. Now renovation, said Mr. Muir. these services will be subject to just GST, and while this doesn’t amount to a “Of course, on the PST side, PST is a hidden tax so it will still be paid by the tremendous amount of money likely to change anyone’s purchase decision, there consumer,” he added. “It’s just you won’t see it in the bill.” are some cost savings there, said Mr. Muir. For example, when buying a new home, the homeowners will not see a line A flat two per cent transition tax applicable on homes under construction 10 per item that states “PST”; only GST will appear. cent or more complete as of April 1st would either have been counted as an embedHowever, because the PST is paid by a contractor on all building materials, ded tax, or the PST, or the tax payable under the HST regime net of rebates, he said. from lumber to nails, the tax winds up embedded in the end price of a home, and ‘The market itself is likely not going to change as a result of this,” said is about two percent of its entire value, Mr. Muir said. Mr. Muir. By Nicole Trigg Pioneer Staff


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liability for homeowners. Some of those pieces have already found their way to the transfer station in Windermere. Except for a few leather chairs, most of the upholstered furniture from the building was also damaged beyond repair by the moisture in the building, which made the covering materials soggy and prone to ripping. Mr. Hubman credited condo owners, Mountain Creek Properties and various insurance companies, notably Wawanesa, for coming together to see the items go to fundraising for a good cause. “The building owner and the strata council were pretty adamant we have some kind of program for these things,” he said. The sale will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the RONA store in Athalmer. Aside from cash, furniture and kitchenware can also be purchased through donations of canned goods and other food items. The fire-ravaged condo building is slated for demolition next week, said a Panorama spokesperson.

Septic systems craving care from Dehart Sewer and Drain By Dan Walton Pioneer Staff

April 5, 2013

To prevent a septic tank mess from ruining your day, regular maintenance and proper flushing practices will ensure your system keeps running smoothly. Any septic challenge can be averted by Dehart Sewer and Drain, the ideal professionals for keeping any stinky problems at bay. While they offer the staple services of pumping and cleaning tanks, they can also diagnose uncommon problems with their sewer camera — a visual feed spouting from the end of a snake-like tube. The sewer camera can be sent through piping networks to identify underground infrastructure and pinpoint problems.


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Depending on the size of your septic tank, Dehart Sewer and Drain recommends units should be pumped every two to five years in order to experience trouble-free service. Septic tanks should be pumped during warmer times of year, but emergency winter pumping has been done, owner Bruce Dehart told The Pioneer. As your septic tank collects waste from grey water deposits from your home, it fills with solids from the bottom up before the liquids are delivered through a perforated pipe into the ground. While the septic cycle offers a practical solution for human waste, mistreatment can reduce the life of your tank, said Mr. . . . Continued on page 21

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Clearing out the household clutter Submitted by Real Storage Solutions Clutter can be a chronic source of stress. The stress of being surrounded by clutter often isn’t realized until the clutter is removed and we feel the relief of being clutter-free. Having too many things lying causes one’s brain to be bombarded with excessive visual stimuli. Clutter makes it difficult to relax or to focus on anything because it is an irritating distraction. Even those who seem oblivious to their surroundings are aware of everything in their environment on a subconscious level. Your brain is constantly filtering messages from all your senses. The more clutter a person has, the more overwhelming the thought of removing it becomes – but there’s a great sense of relief when it is gone. Clearing clutter can be very cathartic, taking away the feelings of helplessness that are fostered by inaction. Taking action, even if it only involves committing to 15 minutes of your time each day to organize, is empowering and relieves stress. Attempting to organize your life may take a little time and effort. Here are some things to ask yourself before getting started: • Do I have a well balanced life?

• Do I know what I really need to survive? • Do I appreciate what I have? • What is truly important to me? Achieving an organized life, is simply taking an efficient, common sense approach to the way you live. Organization has a great deal to do with how well you know and understand yourself. An organized life starts on an emotional level and manifests itself through your outward style of living. Determine the areas in which you want to improve organization, such as better use of space in your home, office, garage or storage unit and commit to 15 minutes each day to tackle that area. When you feel as though you have regained control in that space, you have attained your goal, and can then move on to the next area. In order to make organizing easier, try to curb what’s coming in the house. Nobody needs that many towels! Instead of buying books, sign up for a library card or try giving experiences instead of things for birthdays and anniversaries. Remember, you are looking for peace in your home and office: whether it is new stuff or old stuff, it’s still stuff that can lead to stress in you and your families lives.

Here are some suggestions to help you get started • When storing items that you use on a fairly regular basis, use clear bins. They’re not quite as durable as the colored Rubbermaid ones, but being able to see what’s in them makes it easier to sort and locate items at a moment’s notice. • Schedule a household or office purge once every 6 months. Go through each area of the home, garage or office and get rid of any items that you no longer need, use or want. • If there are things of value that you don’t want or use seldom, put them in a storage unit, or consider donating the items to a thrift store. • Don’t store rarely used items in high traffic areas of the house. For instance, household manuals should not be stored in kitchen drawers. Store them in a separate, clear bin in a storage area of the home. • Storing seasonal items can be tricky (and messy). Look for specialty organizers early in the season to keep things tidy (i.e. wardrobe boxes for winter clothes, wrapping paper bins, shelving for ski boots). These can be found at bargain stores and storage facilities.

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bumps, bruises, sprains and pains that accumulate and slow us down at the end of the day. Immersion in warm water dilates our blood vessels, dramatically increasing blood flow to our tissues. This remarkable process forms the basis for many of the benefits of time spent in a hot tub. As circulation increases, so do the healing effects that are a result of cell repair and replacement. Additionally, the likelihood of having deeper and less interrupted sleeping cycles (which has been related to the flow of blood back to the core from the extremities) allows extended periods for this healing to effectively occur. Sharing the planet: green initiatives Leaving a smaller environmental impact is not a destination but an ongoing journey, and Arctic Spas is committed to constantly making steps that further this cause. Not only has Arctic Spas met all current

efficiency legislations across the globe, but it has also taken a leadership role, and has lobbied for more rigorous regulation and legislation of energy efficient requirements for the future. Arctic Spas has also partnered with PEFC (Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) for the ethical and responsible management of the forest areas that produce wood product for its spas. Through this partnership, the company works to provide beautiful and functional cedar cabinets from highly sustainable sources. The right insulation saves you money every day The investment in constructing a self-supporting shell allows Arctic Spas to insulate differently than everyone else. Arctic Spas’ insulation stops heat from escaping, and ambient heat from the pump penetrates the spa shell and heats the water. To learn more, visit

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use, he said. Recently, Dehart Sewer & Draining Ltd. has expanded to include hydro vaccing and jetrodding. Hydro vaccing is the service of liquid vacuuming; and is capable of cleaning wells. The practice of jetrodding cleans out septic fields and sewer lines. Special offers are available — seniors can take advantage of their ten per cent discount, and neighbouring customers can team up for greater savings. “It makes it more feasible for both of us, so there’s a 20 per cent discount if you

Dehart. Women’s hygiene products and baking oils are noted for causing problems. Also, too much antibacterial soap can slow the bacterial breakdown. Septic tank users are also reminded

Regional District of East Kootenay Timber Ridge Pump House Decommissioning Project 2013 REQUEST FOR QUOTATION SEALED ENVELOPES marked, “Regional District of East Kootenay - Timber Ridge Pump House Decommissioning Project” and submitted to the attention of Jim Maletta, AScT., Engineering Technician, Regional District of East Kootenay, 19 – 24th Avenue South, Cranbrook BC V1C 3H8 will be accepted until 2:00 pm MDT on Monday, April 15th 2013. Quotations will be publicly opened immediately after the closing hour at the Regional District office. Pre-Quotation Mandatory Site Meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 9th 2013 at 2:00 pm MDT at Timber Ridge Road and Ridge Drive in the Timber Ridge 1 subdivision. The principle items of work include, but are not limited to: • Filling in an underground wet well, pump house & reservoirs; • Capping the wet well access with concrete, placing a level wooden floor within the pump house containing the wet well and landscaping around the wet well pump house; and • The breaking of concrete roofs for the underground pump house and reservoir, removal of reinforing steel, filling both voids and landscaping the surface of the filled pump house and reservoir. Request for Quotation documents will be posted on the RDEK website at, and available for viewing at the Cranbrook and Columbia Valley RDEK offices. For further information, please visit or contact: Jim Maletta, AScT Phone: 250-489-2791 or 888-478-7335 Email: 19 - 24th Avenue South, Cranbrook BC V1C 3H8 Phone: 250-489-2791 Toll Free: 1-888-478-7335 Email: Website:

to avoid using salt in water softeners, as concrete corrodes when too much sodium is present. “It costs a lot of money if you don’t get it done,” Mr. Dehart said. A full septic tank — most noticeable by its odour — will likely pollute the surrounding area. Tanks that are used only part-time don’t experience the same rate of bacterial breakdown, which causes a need for pumping equally as frequent as tanks in full

get together with a neighbour,” said Mr. Dehart. Dehart Sewer & Draining Ltd. also rents portable toilets, which are ideal for parties, construction work and weddings. More than 100 Johnny on the Jobs are available. Three full-time employees and one part-timer make up the team behind Dehart Sewer & Draining Ltd. The septic service operates during regular business hours, but can be called to emergencies 24/7. Call 250-347-9803 for more information.

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Workshop for healthy minds and bodies By Joshua Estabrooks Special to the Pioneer For those valley residents who want to increase the health of their minds and bodies, an upcoming workshop at Copper Point Golf Club on Sunday, April 7th, may just be a step in the right direction. Operating under the understanding that living a full and healthy life is as much about what we feed our bodies as it is about what we feed our minds, local healthy living consultant Jackie Lysak is excited to be presenting local entrepreneur and certified professional solution-focused coach, Elizabeth Shopland, for the full-day workshop. “A healthy mind is what it takes to succeed in life,” Lysak said. “When we are not living a life with a positive attitude, we are not living fully. A healthy mind can help you with your business relationships, personal relationships and

most importantly the relationship you have with yourself.” Personal leadership coaching can help an individual discover more clarity and balance, and can empower them to create a plan and start moving towards personal or business desires, she added. “Solution-focused coaching is based on the principle that each of us has the resources, inner wisdom and our own answers for our specific situations,” she said. This is Ms. Lysak’s third Healthy Minds – Healthy Bodies workshop to be held in the valley since March 2010. Her goal for the past three years has been to bring together like-minded individuals who want to learn and grow personally and professionally, she said. “I organize smaller monthly events aimed at education and growth in a variety of areas of life, but the larger full day workshops have always been my way of giving back to the community,” said Lysak.

Proceeds from the event will go to help the Invermere Companion Animal Network, and can be purchased by credit card by calling Lysak at 250-3413190 or emailing jrlysak@ Tickets for the event cost $95, which includes the workshop, refreshments and a healthy lunch, Ms. Lysak said, as well as a sneak peek at some innovaJackie Lysak tive health products to assist in keeping participants moving forward when they return home from the conference.

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In loving memory of

KICK OFF TO GARAGE SALE SEASON! Edgewater Community Hall. Sunday, April 7th, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Call 250-270-0340 to book a table.

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 250-342-2424. Columbia United AA, Invermere: Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday (closed), and Wednesday at the BC Service Building, South End – 624 4th St., Invermere. Radium Friendship Group: Friday at the Catholic Church, East Side of Main St. With the exception of Tuesday, all meetings are open.

Piano tuner, Art Gieck, coming the valley at the end of April. Call Rowena at 250-347-9039 for an appointment.

A big cheers and a thank you goes out to all of the Columbia Valley locals who support us in our rezoning efforts. Your support is greatly appreciated! Ken and Diane.

Cheers to my neighbor who spent his Saturday afternoon sweeping our street. We appreciate it. Thank you.

Jane Barbara Hack

who left us on April 8th, 2010. “Come on now. I hear you’re feeling down. I can ease your pain, get you on your feet again.” You are with me everyday. Stephanie.

ANNOUNCEMENT Narcotics Anonymous meeting now available. Thursdays at 8 p.m. Call 250-342-1071 for more info.



August 13th, 1948 - March 30th, 2013 The family and friends of Gladys Luck are sad to announce the passing of Gladys the evening of March 30th, 2013. A memorial mass will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Radium Hot Springs at 2p.m., on April 6th, 2013.

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 250-3428255.


Agnew, Barry Wayne

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Barry on March 29th, 2013. His memorial tea will be held at the Windermere Hall on Saturday April 13th, 1 p.m.

RAYMOND CLAUDE HALVERSON June 26, 1922-March, 30 2013

Ray went home to be with The Lord this Easter. He will be greatly missed by all. Left to cherish are his loving wife Mary, his two sons Larry (Karan), Richard (Susan) and daughter Diane (Eric), 11 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and his siblings Gladys King, Ila Hlasny, Charlie Halverson. He was predeceased by Fred Halverson. We extend our gratitude for the exceptional care and support received during the brief stay in the Invermere Hospital and Ivy House. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to charity of your choice.

Introductory course starting Friday April 12th (evening). If you are interested, and for more information, contact Max at 250270-0396 or Penny at 250-342-7397 or penny@ Additional courses throughout the spring and August/ September will be offered.

GALARAMA - DIVA STYLE! Ladies night out to bring out your inner diva! Music, vendors, entertainment, treats and prizes! April 13th, 7 p.m. - 1 a.m. $15 ticket includes bus ride to and from event. Available at Picture This Foto Source and Pip’s Store in Edgewater. Bus leaves Invermere from CIBC at 6:30 p.m. and Radium Prestige parking lot at 6:50 p.m. For more details go to or call Jesse , 250-341-1821.

LEGAL NOTICE Notice to: Debtor’s name: Bekerman, Breanne. 1990 Honda Civic, 2-door, white. VIN #2HGED6302LH026075. AB plate #BBT9850. The Radium Hot Springs Esso will sell this vehicle for $487.20 in unpaid repairs. The sale will take place 09:00, April 26th, 2013 at the Radium Hot Springs Esso in Radium Hot Springs, BC.

CHEERS & JEERS Cheers to Michelle the new dog groomer. Sam and Max look great. Good job!

S IN MEMORIAM S In memory of

Cory William Jarock As you hold me close In memory Even though we are a part My spirit will live on There within your heart I am with you always Love you more and more. Love Mom, Gord, family and friends. Miss you honey.

Cheers to the great turnout at the town meeting in Edgewater last night. It’s too bad that the community doesn’t have this much support for all meetings and events. Let’s work together to promote cleaning up our town and encouraging business so we have some positive growth and can be proud to live here! Cheers to Phoebe at the VFC for organizing a very successful spina-thon and silent auction to raise money for a much-needed sound system in the studio. You did an amazing job and everyone is very thankful and proud of what you accomplished. The members will be very happy with the new sound system once it is complete! Cheers to the leaders of the 2013 Wings over the Rockies festival! What an amazing program you have lined up! Best wishes for a great event, and thanks for all of your hard work in its organization. Jeers to those who have dumped an engine block and old tires in the Wilmer Wetlands again. How ironic we are celebrating the environment in the Wings over the Rockies event and we see such insensitivity to our wildlife and natural areas with that move.

Cheers to Dave Dakin and his staff for having Windermere Valley Golf Course in spectacular early season condition. Cheers to the Canadian Immigration for taking 17 weeks to process visas. Keep up the great job, as it is making much needed jobs open to Canadians rather than going to travelers. Cheers to Kristian Rasmussen for the fantastic reporting and photography that he contributed to our newspaper over the last year. You will be well missed around the office! Cheers to my good friend who was man enough to do something good for the Women’s Shelter. You are the best and I’m so glad to have you as my furry friend. BJ. Cheers to AG Foods for using biodegradable plastic bags and cardboard trays to put bakery goodies on. Also, you have the friendliest staff, cleanest store, and the best selection of organic and locally sourced food in town! You guys really are an awesome supermarket! Cheers to V.K.W. for helping out the Gals! You rock!

ANNOUNCEMENT Columbia Valley Cycling Society

Annual General Meeting Monday April 8th, 7 p.m.

Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce.

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A big cheers to Shawn at Eggplant Studios for lending us his truck, to the many people who stopped to offer help when our trailer blew a tire on the highway, and to John from the U-Haul in Windermere for coming out and fixing the tire in record time. You all made our moving day so much less stressful than it could have been. Thank you!

Cheers to “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” what a great time I had reading you from cover to cover. Nothing beats a long weekend tucked up in bed with a good book.

Big cheers to Jen for lending me her rig this long weekend. I definitely have some improved parking and shifting skills. Still unsure about talking into the radio though. Cheers to the employee from the hardware at the crossroads, who suggested I try the hardware in Athalmer to purchase a shower for a reno project! Cheers to Ray, who went above and beyond to get the shower I needed. The bathroom looks great! Wonderful customer service!

Brand new large, bright, 2-bdrm basement suite in downtown Invermere. Private entrance and enclosed patio, all new appliances, N/S, $750/month + utilities. Available immediately. Call 403874-0483.

Windermere: 1-bdrm house. Cozy and clean, $700/month + utilities. 250-342-3790.

An overdue Cheers to Charlene Diakiw at Kootenay Savings Credit Union. Even now my eyes are filling with tears of gratitude for your help in January when I called with an emergency from Ontario. I will never forget how you went above and beyond.

For lease: former Legacy Kitchens unit. 492 Arrow Road, across from Kicking Horse Coffee. Busy, high exposure and growing commercial area. Must see. Please call 250342-5839.

Cheers to the kind Timmy’s customer who found my purse and took it to the counter. Cheers to the cheerful, caring staff for keeping it safe and calling to let me know. Jeers to my terrible memory! Cheers to local paramedics, nurse, support staff or doctors. I just got back from Asia. You do not know how good you have it here. A massive cheers to the organizers, volunteers, sponsors, and riders that made the 2013 Easy Rider Cup such an amazing success! I can only imagine all of the time and energy put into such an event, and your hard work did not go unnoticed or unappreciated. What an incredible event for riders of all levels. Can’t wait for next year! Jeers to the gatekeepers at the Easy Rider competition who had their shirts off. How distracting. I missed gates and speed-checked a few times to check you out and I’m fairly certain that’s why I didn’t win first. Jeers to that Rasmussen for leaving us. Now who do I blame for the dirty dishes? Cheers to Don and Robert Stober from H2O for their prompt reply to customer phone calls and showing up on time. We appreciated your courteous service. Well done! Cheers to the awesome cake artists at Dairy Queen for the fantastic roller skate cake! Jeers to a certain person who left several bags of garbage in front of the already-overflowing dumpster by the Invermere Community Hall. Maybe you didn’t notice the crows that were ripping the other exposed bags apart? Don’t be lazy. Go down to the bins in the industrial park.

An amazing cheers goes to Adam for coming back to Canada and the valley for a weekend. Town and dinner has not been the same since you left. Cheers to Ming and Joyce for making him. A week was not long enough. Cheers to Jo-El for bringing back the Easter Bunny for another year at the Windermere Community Association’s Easter Egg Hunt. Although you’ve moved away from the valley, you managed to bring plenty of smiles to all the kids who participated in the Easter egg hunt. Jeers to the teens in Fairmont who annoy everyone with their dirt bikes up and down the street with no helmets, not to mention the cursing. There is a whole bush to have fun in, why do you have to disturb our peace and quiet? Respect and common courtesy go a long way! Cheers to the Windermere Community Association and the Hahn family on another incredible Easter Egg Hunt! The Easter Bunny. Cheers to the person who found my purse in the public bathroom on Good Friday and passed it along to the RCMP. Double cheers to the officer who personally delivered it to me at the White House less than an hour after I realized it was gone! I love this valley! Cheers to my awesome mom who always goes an extra mile for friends and strangers. Your kindness and huge heart is inspiring. The world would be a wonderful place with more people like you. Love, Amanda!

Cheers to the person who returned my friend’s lost wallet and purse to the police station on Friday. Thank you! Wish more people were like you!

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

COMMERCIAL SPACE For lease: 1,200 sq. ft. finished office space. Available immediately. Call Scott at 250-342-5758. For lease: newly renovated, beautiful office spaces. Street level. From 250 sq. ft. to 1,200 sq. ft., air-conditioned. Available immediately. Panache Building across from the A&W. Call 250-3425805. Unique commercial space for lease. Located on Main Street, downtown Invermere. Great for cafe or retail space. Contact Rob at Davidson Power Service Ltd. 250-409-7514. For lease: 2,000 sq. ft. office and warehouse space located at #5 108 Industrial Road #2. Available July 1st. $1,350/month + utilities and HST. Ideal for relocating veterinarian. Phone Leo, 250-342-1177.

SHARED ACCOMMODATION Private room with cable, phone, laundry access, internet, and all utilities included, $400/month + $200 D.D., N/P. 1-866-222-0325. Invermere: furnished room for rent in Westside Park. Available immediately. Call 250-688-7787. Downtown Invermere: across from hospital. 2 big rooms available any time. Shared kitchen, big bathroom. N/P, N/S. $525/month, includes hydro and internet. Call Siarez at 250-409-4445. Downtown Invermere by the Lake: groovy 4 + bedroom, 3-bath home, fully furnished. Very healthminded roomies looking for two more to share a cozy cottage. Non-smokers only, N/P. $450. Available May 1st and June 1st. Phone or text 250-342-5937. Invermere: roommate needed to share large, 3-bdrm house on the lake. Fully furnished. 250-3421791.

SUITE FOR RENT CARRIAGE COURT APARTMENTS! Conveniently located behind Sobeys within walking distance to downtown. 2-bdrm townhouse units, outside entrance. Sliding glass doors open onto balcony, overlooking private courtyard. Fireplace and W/D included in each unit. Long-term preferred, N/P. Utilities not included. $750/month. Available immediately. 250-2700729. Windermere: Upper Hilltop Road. 1-bdrm walkout basement suite. $675/month, utilities included. 250-342-3790. Invermere: affordable 1-bdrm and 2-bdrm apartments. $600 - $800/ month. Includes all utilities. 250341-1182.

Canal Flats: 2-bdrm apartment on second floor. N/S, N/P. $525/month + utilities and D.D. 250-342-3345.

House for rent: Invermere, 5-bdrm, 3-bath. Fridge, stove, dishwasher, W/D. Close to all schools and walking trails. N/S, pets negotiable. $1,400/month + utilities and D.D. Available April 1st. Phone 250-3477775 to view.

INVERMERE CENTRE. 1-bdrm apartment, available immediately. Central location, parking at your door, laundry on site. 1-year lease. N/P, N/S. Call Sharon, 250-6881365.

Large 4-bdrm, 2-bath house with large yard in downtown Invermere. W/D, dishwasher, microwave, N/S, fireplace, internet, $1,150/month + utilities or $1,500 all included. Available April 1st. 250-341-1650 or

Radium: 4-bdrm, 2-bath basement suite. W/D, N/P, N/S, no partiers. $1,100/month, utilities included. References required. 250-3426010. 2-bdrm, 2-bath near Kinsmen beach. Walk to downtown. Fully furnished, 6 appliances, $1,000/ month includes utilities. N/S, N/P. 250-342-8787. 2-bdrm apartment, close to downtown Invermere. Furnished, balcony, shared laundry, N/S, pets considered, $850/month. Available immediately. 250-426-5454. Invermere: 2-bdrm, quiet, lots of light, new! Couples or singles welcome to apply. References required, W/D, N/S, N/P, $900/ month, hydro included. 250-3423381. Bachelor suite for rent. $350/ month, utilities included. Available May 1st. Call 250-347-6420.


Juniper Mobile Home Park, just north of Invermere has one pad rental available for April, 2013. Contact the manager, Tim Eugene, to see if you qualify for approval. Pad rental is $270/month. 250342-2949. Downtown Radium: 2-bdrm house. Adjacent to Rockies. $650/month. Please call 250-342-5755 or 250342-1760. Edgewater: very clean 3-bdrm mobile. New baths, 1 full and 1 ensuite. Newer carpet, laminate, appliances and fixtures. W/D, double carport, shed, 2 decks, quiet. $750/month + hydro. No smoking, pets negotiable. 403230-1903 to view.

CONDO FOR RENT Invermere: 2-bdrm, 2-bath furnished condo. Close to downtown. N/S, N/P, references. No partiers. $1,025/month, utilities included. 403-978-4559 or 403251-4556.

3-bdrm, semi-detached home with carport in Invermere close to all schools. Available immediately. N/S, pets negotiable. $850/month + utilities. Call Joan at 250-3427517 to view.

For rent to own. 2-bdrm, 2-bath townhome with garage at Black Forest. Upgraded flooring, looking onto green space. $1,000/month including utilities. Owner, Ken Becker, realtor in B.C. Call 250-3421161.

Pine Ridge: 3-bdrm, 3-bath, 2 office/bedrooms. All appliances, wood stove, large deck, fenced yard two-car garage. N/S. References please. $1,475/month. 250-3423790.

Castlerock: 3-bdrm, 3-bath duplex. 3 floor, 6 appliances, garage, deck and yard, N/S, pets ok! $1,500/ month + utilities. Phone 250341-1108 or email sheabear_4@

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Registered Luing Bulls for sale. Telephone: 250-346-3100.

AUTOWYZE SERVICES. The season is here and so is the weather. We are servicing and can order parts for RVs and holiday trailer. Furnaces, fridges, hot water tanks! Awnings, and all the little parts. 250-342-6614.



INVERMERE Wilder Subdivision: Furnished 2 bedroom suite including electricity at $1,100/per month

For sale: refurbished Arctic Spa. Great condition. Inquire at Valley Spas.

RADIUM The Aspen – Furnished 2 bedroom with two parking stalls, at $1,100/per month including electricity ATTENTION PROPERTY OWNERS! Our inventory is getting low. Please contact us if you need help renting your home or recreational property. Please call…

Eric or Dave 250-342-4040

Canal Flats Condo, Jade Landing Development: 2+1 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and partially finished basement. 6 Appliances. 12 minutes to Fairmont. $750/month + utilities. Available April 16th. Contact Mike at 403-804-6937. Canal Flats: 2-bdrm, 1.5bath condo with in-suite laundry. 1,000 sq. ft. of beautiful, comfortable, living space in quiet neighbourhood. $700/month + utilities. Available immediately. Call 403-873-8158 or e-mail . Serious inquiries only.

HOMES FOR SALE Mountain Home For Sale 3 bedroom bungalow on deadend street near schools. Newly renovated, lots of storage, fenced yard and garden. A must-see for first time homeowners! $215,000. Call 250-341-7190. Newly renovated 3,000 sq. ft. home for sale in downtown Invermere, just blocks from the beach. 4-bdrm, 2-bath. Open-concept living, older home, zoned R2. Asking $299,000. Why rent when you can own for $1,400/month? Call 250-342-5148.

Hay - round bales, $30 - $80/bale. Elkhorn Ranch, 250-342-0617. Quality Top Soil and Manure $160 per dump truck load, $90 per pick-up load. Well-aged cow manure, $100 per pickup load. Delivery extra. Call 250-342-1268. Teak coffee table with slate counter top, $490 OBO. Teak leather sofa, $190. Wrought iron coffee table, with glass top, $150. Kid’s sit-on electric Razor scooter, $190. Kid’s stand-on electric Razor scooter, $70. Junior golf clubs, $125. Phone 250-342-1268. Reese distribution hitch. 10,000 lb hitch weight. 1,000 lb spring bars and chains. $160. 250-342-1710. Rocky Mountain freeride/downhill mountain bike. $600. 250-3421354.

RECREATIONAL VEHICLES 2001 Kawasaki 800 Vulcan. 12,000 km. saddle bags, crash bar. Beautiful shape. Asking $5,000 OBO. To view, contact 250-3415524.

BOATS FOR SALE 2001 Bayliner Capri Sport 19.5’ inboard, 175 horse motor. Great condition. Asking $10,000 OBO. To view call 250-342-1143.

VEHICLES FOR SALE 2008 Ford F-150. Extended cab, full box, running boards, power everything, remote start. 86,000 kms. Well maintained. Must sell, need a bigger one! 250-347-9909 or

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FITNESS Zumba Fitness – Julie Parent Classes are Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. at J.A. Laird school gym. $50 for the entire month or drop in for $10/class. Please note classes are cancelled April 1st and May 20th. For updated class times, please contact Julie at 250-341-5474, email japarent@, www.julieparent.zumba. com or on Facebook at Zumba Fitness - Julie Parent.

SERVICES Home Building and Renos Chuck Newhouse Builders 250-342-3637 Dryer Vent and Furnace Cleaning & inspections. Call AQUAIR today! 250-342-5089. Water treatment & purification, includes drinking water systems, softeners & conditioners, iron filters. Call AQUAIR, 250-342-5089. Heaven’s Best Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning. Environmentally friendly products. Dry in 1 hour! Call 250-688-0213 or visit . Psychic Intuitive/Tarot Consultations with Level 2 Psychic. Reconnect with yourself and your higher purpose to reach full potential. Answers and insight into life issues/patterns/questions. $20: 15 minutes. $35: 30 minutes. $50: 45 minutes +. Contact 250-409-4433 or


photography studio & custom picture framing …look for the red door behind the Invermere Dry Cleaners!

250-342-5102 Shannon’s Blinds & Designs Check Us Out at the Spring Trade Show See our display stand and play with a motorized shade. Free Draws. Saturday, March 30th Invermere Curling Club Shannon’s Blinds & Designs 250-342-5749 Covering the Valley – One Window At A Time



TRUCK DRIVER Dehart Sewer and Drain Ltd. is experiencing very positive growth with an expanding client base. We are currently seeking a full-time seasonal pump truck operator. Applicants must have a Class 3 licence with Air Certification, be physically fit and mechanically inclined. A good driver’s abstract is a must. Good communication skills are important while serving our valued and satisfied customers. We have a great team and are willing to train a successful candidate for this employment opportunity and will reward them with an excellent wage. This position is available immediately. Interested applicants may forward resumes c/w references to the attention of Bruce Dehart at dehartseweranddrain@ or fax them to 250-3472274. Please call 250-342-0286 for further information.

(4) FOOD COUNTER ATTENDANT( FOOD SERVICE ATTENDANT) 675485 BC LTD O/A DAIRY QUEEN (INVERMERE) LOCATED AT INVERMERE, BC. Permanent, full-time, some high school, will train. $10.50/hour, 40/week. Must be flexible and reliable, good communication skills and customer service. Duties: take customer orders and receive payment; prepare, heat, and finish simple food items; serve customers at counter or buffet tables; use a manual and electrical appliances to clean, peel, slice, and trim food; portion and wrap food; package take-out food; stock refrigerators and salad bars; keep records of the quantities of food used; clear and clean tables and trays; remove dishes before and after courses; other related duties. Fax resumes to 250-342-9925, Attn: Mr. Michael Richards.

Dave’s Gardening Service and large property caretaking. 250-3413541.

Rockies West Realty Independently Owned and Operated

HELP WANTED FUNTASIA - FAIRMONT FUN PARK is OPEN for the season and looking for YOU! We are building a team of high-energy, fun-loving, outgoing people. Accommodation available. Full and part time, open to the confident in sales, service, cash register, and light food prep. A variety of indoor and outdoor tasks on keeping a clean, organic and eco-sensitive environment, one of the most beautiful laughterfilled places in the valley. www., resumes to, fax 250-345-4542. Room cleaners needed. Competitive wages. Available immediately. Submit resume to or call 250-347-9305.

492 Highway 93/95, Invermere, BC

Kim Collens


toll free: 1.877.342.3427 cell: 250.342.1671


1 lb Lean Ground Beef ½ cup Milk 1 Egg 1 Garlic Clove, minced 1 cup Soda Crackers, crushed 1 medium Onion, chopped

1 teaspoon Salt ½ teaspoon Pepper ¼ cup Chili Sauce ¼ cup Honey 2 tablespoons BBQ Sauce ½ cup Grated Cheese

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix all the above ingredients together and place in an ungreased loaf pan. Cover top with additional grated cheese. Bake for 50 – 60 minutes or until done; drain grease and let stand for 5 minutes. Slice and serve. See all my recipes at

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Great family home with never ending lake and mountain views. Private beach, tennis courts and a garage for all the toys makes this a winning combination. .




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3.25” x 2.7”

Black Forest Restaurant is hiring.

Cook, $12 - $14 per hour. 40 hours per week. Email resumes to or drop off resumes between noon and 5 p.m.

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When you work at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort you don’t just get a job, you get a passport to all the amenities of our facility. Enjoy complimentary golf, hot springs and skiing — as well as generous discounts at our spa, retail, seven restaurants and other ski resorts. Here are some of the positions available immediately or for summer 2013: RSS

Part-time and on-call basis, some weekend work required. Fax resumes to 250-341-6006



• Security Officer • Health, Safety & Training Coordinator

Hiring for Heavy Duty Mechanic, Truck drivers and small equipment operators including skid steerer, excavator, etc.

The Crystal Springs Motel in Radium is looking for a Head Housekeeper for the upcoming season. This could be year-round. Competitive wages. 10 a.m.– 4/5 p.m. at the latest. Must be able to work weekends. Please call 250 347-9759 or drop in and meet us!

While experience is desired for certain roles, the key requirement for all positions is a positive attitude, relentless enthusiasm and a passion for great service. We can teach you many things, but we can’t teach you that! Interested? Please forward your resume with references to the attention of David Sheedy:, fax 250.345.6616, or call 250.345.6004.

Work and play at one of Canada’s premier golf resorts, while enjoying a Rocky Mountain lifestyle. We are currently accepting applications for the following positions:

Housekeeping Supervisor

Under the direction of the Housekeeping Manager, the Housekeeping Supervisor provides for the comfort of guests by ensuring that guest rooms and public areas are clean and properly presented. In the absence of the Housekeeping Manager, the Housekeeping Supervisor assigns Room Attendants with their duties and inspects work for conformance to Radium Resort prescribed standards.

Group Sales & Events Coordinator Maternity leave replacement position available now through the end of September.

Night Audit – Part-time Please submit resumes to or apply in person to the front desk. 250.347.9311


Sunchaser Vacation Villas o/a Resort Villa Management is one of Canada’s largest timeshare resorts, located in Fairmont B.C.

CasaVino Wine Bar in Radium is looking for a server. Experience and knowledge of wines an asset. Also looking for a sous chef, experience an asset, but willing to train. Call Aaron, 250-341-5938.

The property management is currently seeking a part-time Administrative Assistant for three days per week.

Village Country Inn

This individual will work in an office environment, lending support to our Management team. The successful candidate will possess excellent written skills, be highly proficient with Microsoft Office, well organized, being able to adapt to a variety of tasked when assigned. Example of some of the duties would be writing letters, entering inventory, creating and adding to current policies and forms. Processing payroll entries, reconciliation of daily cash-outs are some of the required duties on a daily/semi-monthly bases. We have 3 openings within our Maintenance Department. Two are permanent full-time positions that offer year-round employment with full benefits after 6 months. The other is seasonal full-time until the end of September 2013. Successful candidate(s) will possess the ability to perform general maintenance and repairs to our villas and recreation centre. Some of the duties will include, but are not limited to, troubleshooting and performing minor repairs on plumbing, appliances, paint, repair drywall, performing routine maintenance checks daily. Work with minimal supervision. Able to lift weight up to 45kg (100 lbs). Candidate must have valid B.C. licence, with own transportation. This position is ideal for a “handy” type of person; experience would be an asset, however we are open to train a suitable candidate. Interested applicants can fax or email their resume with references to or fax resume to the confidential fax line 250-345-6250.

Eagle Ranch is hiring

• Prep Cooks • Line Cooks • Dishwashers To apply please send resume to

is looking for part-time housekeeping staff. Offering competitive wages plus a seasonal bonus. Employees will work in a clean, air-conditioned work environment, have their own transportation and be able to work weekends. Work is available immediately. Please apply in person to 7557 Canyon Ave, Radium Hot Springs. Marketing Representative required to assist with planning and executing our weekly wineand-cheese event and scheduling appointments for our on-site office in Fairmont Hot Springs. We pay by commission with a $14/hr guarantee. Email resume to kathy.

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We are an Easter people By Laura Hermakin Reverend Christ Church Trinity From my earliest recollections, I can remember hearing this phrase in church:“We are an Easter people.” Huh? What does that mean? Easter is about the death and resurrection of the Christ. It’s about eggs, bunnies, chocolates, and pretty pastel colours — but what does any of that have to do with who I am? There is a question Jesus’ disciples ask of him that we can ask as well: “Is it I, Lord?” Is it I whom you are calling to feed the hungry? Is it I whom you call to care for the elderly? Is it I who needs to speak up for the vulnerable? Judas, the disciple who betrayed Jesus, asks the question again later, a bit differently. It betrays a deep seated belief about him and perhaps us. He asks: “Surely, it is not I, Lord?”

I think that many of us don’t think that God expects much from us or even that we are capable of much. But the good news is twofold — the first is that although we all are broken people, God loves us intensely and has already forgiven us and we have the opportunity to celebrate that. The second is that we are — perhaps at this time of year more than any other — people of hope: an Easter people. Throughout Lent, we’ve hopefully been able to find a part of ourselves that we don’t like, and we’ve been able to work on that and move into a healthier way of being. We’ve had to die a bit in order for us to truly be resurrected by Jesus. Walking the way of the passion (what church folk call Holy Week) involves remembering how Jesus served his disciples, recalling his tragic walk to his cross — and re-visioning his death and burial. But we can’t forget that we already are an Easter people! We know what Judas could not fathom — that despite our brokenness, God offers us unlimited forgiveness and Good Friday did not end in hopelessness. Accepting that is all we need to do. And when we do, we get to live forever. Thanks be to God! Alleluia!

Valley Churches

LAKE WINDERMERE ALLIANCE CHURCH Sunday, April 7th, 10:30 a.m.: Worship and Life Instruction “K.I.D.S.” Church for children age 3 to Grade 5 during morning service. Sunday, April 14th, 10:30 a.m.: Worship and Life Instruction 7 p.m.: Sing and Celebrate — an evening of hymns, food and fellowship Pastor Trevor Hagan • 326 - 10th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-9535 • WINDERMERE VALLEY SHARED MINISTRY ANGLICAN-UNITED Sunday, April 7th, 9 a.m.: Sunday Service at All Saints Edgewater. 9:30 a.m.: God’s Breakfast Club Sunday, April 7th, 10:30 a.m.: Sunday Service at Christ Church Trinity, Invermere Reverend Laura Hermakin 110 - 7th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-6644 VALLEY CHRISTIAN ASSEMBLY Sunday, 10 a.m.: Worship and Word Kids’ Church provided. Pastor Murray Wittke 4814 Highway 93/95, Windermere 250-342-9511 • ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH Saturday: 4:30 p.m. at St. Anthony’s, Canal Flats. Saturday: 7 p.m. and Sunday: 9 a.m. at Canadian Martyrs’ Church in Invermere. Sunday: 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church in Radium. Father Gabriel • 712 -12th Ave., Invermere • 250-342-6167 ST. PETER’S LUTHERAN MISSION OF INVERMERE Worship services every Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Christ Church Trinity, 110 - 7th Ave., Invermere Pastor Fraser Coltman • 1-866-426-7564 RADIUM CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP Sunday 10 a.m.: Worship service • Thursday 7 p.m.: Fun Night 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 Sunday 10 a.m.: Worship Service • Sunday 11:15 a.m.: Relief Society, President Barry Pratt • Columbia Valley Branch 5014 Fairway, Fairmont Hot Springs • 250-341-5792

Seek and ye shall find Easter Egg hunters had their fill in a series of events staged up and down the valley on Sunday, March 31st. Above: sweet-toothed youngsters throng the field at the start of the Windermere Community Association’s Easter egg hunt at the Windermere Elementary field; Makayla Gibson (right) scoops up one of the treats left by the Easter Bunny at the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. Pictured, was one of the many hunters at the resort on hand to scoop up the goodies. Photos by Mark Jenken and Dan Walton

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Playing the name game

Fresh old ideas By Arnold Malone Pioneer Columnist You wear the name you have. Some names can sound sweet, powerful, gentle, tough, or effective while others are more non-descript. Years ago, as a freshman at university, I worked for a sign painter. My employer was Marlow Urdall. Too frequently I left the painting room because I couldn’t control my snickers. Marlow would be on the phone restating his name repeatedly to someone who couldn’t make sense of it. Marlow Urdall sounded like Marlowurdall on speed. He said his name quickly and the repetitive vowels smudged any understanding. The name Susan Green is crystal clear. Both her names are familiar and the mix of vowels and constants makes it easy to hear. Some people say their name and it is understood. Others say it once and then quickly start to spell. They know from experience that their name requires a boost. Sometimes they merely spell a single letter as with, “That’s Kathy with a ‘K”.

Some names sound important. If “Dr.” precedes a name the name is enriched. Sometimes initials prior to a family name might give it more strength. J. P. Thornton has a feel of strength more powerful than Jimmy Thornton. Some hyphenated names also have an added power. Sheila Huston-Smith rings stronger than either Sheila Huston or Sheila Smith. Some people get stuck with names that haunt them until they die. Ima Hogg is not a great name to have in grade eight or any time before or thereafter. Ura Hagg isn’t any better. The daughter of the man who invented the Lear Jet was named Shandra. Shandra Lear likely had more skill than being suggested to be a lighting store clerk. Frank Parts was an OK name until he joined the army as a Private. You can guess what his military name became. There are names that work well in childhood but are not great professional names. Dolly, Candy, Cookie, Johnnie, or even Billy Bob can be names that a person might grow away from. Cookie Carter might be a sweet name in grade four but Cookie Carter, Director of Finance sounds like she might crumble under pressure. Billy Bob may be a dandy name when one is a boy, or even as a man if he stays on the ranch. However, Dr. Billy-Bob Boychuck will likely cause you to ask, “Are there

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any other doctors available today”? There are those persons who don’t like their name. They feel their name just doesn’t work for them, so they have it changed. That is what happened to Arnold Dorsey. He re-named himself after a German opera composer. Henceforth he was known as Engelbert Humperdinck. Now there is an improvement over Arnold. Most people build their name by the quality of their character. The fact is, if you don’t like your name, live beyond your name and your name will transform into a symbol of pride. Dolly Parton had a name that had an opportunity to be seen as trivial but through talent and intelligence she powered her name into respect. Many people do that. The name that a child is given requires a lot of thought and sensitivity. The following names did not have that luxury: Ada Burger, Al Bino, Al O’Moaney, Hoo Flung Poo, Ben Dover, Bill Melater, Doug Graves, Faye Kinnitt, Inga Hootz, Justin Hale, Isabel Ringing, Lucinda Head, Robin Banks and Helen Wheels. However, in this valley, Tim Burr could be a wonderful name. So, think first and save a kid. Also, watch for possible nicknames and what the initials might spell. Once a name is given it needs to work for a lifetime. So, Ms. Carrie DeKoffin, do you understand what I am trying to say?

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