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Grade 3 student Nikolai Fiessel reacts with dismay as Columbia Valley RCMP Staff Sgt. Marko Shehovac and Kool Country Towing’s Ivan Mackey impound his bicycle during the Eileen Madson Primary Bike Rodeo on Thursday, April 25th. Staff Sgt. Shehovac had wryly warned the Grade 3 students at the start of the day that even a small slip up on the bike rodeo course could be grounds for impounding. The joke got even better when Mr. Mackey showed up with his tow truck. See more photos from the event online at Photo by Steve Hubrecht

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New York-based comedian Darryl Lenox brought down the house when he performed his act at Bud’s Bar last Thursday, April 25th. Mr. Lenox’s comedic barbs took aim at the differences between Canadians and Americans — a unique persepctive offered by the comedian, who lived in Vancouver for much of the past decade and has been featured on CBC’s The Debaters radio show. Mr. Lenox, who is visually impaired, also waxed comedic on subjects of gender and racial differences, with jokes that can’t be printed in The Pioneer.  Photos by Dan Walton

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Answers awaited after abattoir hearing By Greg Amos Pioneer Staff Food security, local food production, and cost savings for farmers were weighed against the potential eyesore and possible reek of a proposed abattoir (slaughterhouse) during a packed public hearing meeting in Windermere on Wednesday, April 24th. “The intent of this thing is a small-scale micro-abattoir,” explained John Zehnder of the Windermere District Farmers Institute to the crowd of more than 170 at the Windermere Community Hall, many of whom were hearing for the first time the details of the proposed abattoir at the crossroads of Highway 93/95 and Athalmer Road — the main point of entry into Invermere. “We’re not trying to create one of these monster plants out in Alberta,” he added. “No tanneries, nothing crazy.” The Farmers Institute explained why they are pursuing a micro-abattoir to be built on 9.2 hectares (roughly

20 acres) of property they own on the southwest corner of the intersection, 300 metres from the highway in the area near Town and Country Feeds store and the BC Hydro substation. The public hearing was required for a proposed text amendment to the Upper Columbia Valley zoning bylaw. A text amendment to the rural residential (A-2) zoning would allow that kind of zoning to include an abattoir, specifically for the site in question. Arguments for and against a zoning change that would allow it to be built near the crossroads began shortly after 7 p.m. during a question-and-answer period, and lasted into the public hearing that followed. The comments, delivered directly to a board consisting of Regional District Area F director Wendy Booth, Area G director Gerry Wilkie and Invermere Mayor Gerry Taft, came in addition to a mountain of letters and emails that have poured in already. Last Wednesday’s meeting lasted nearly three hours:

those in attendance heard the abattoir concept compared to one found within an urban area in Duchess, Alberta, and to small abattoirs in Summerland and Enderby in B.C. Third and final reading of the bylaw amendment will be considered at today’s Regional District of East Kootenay board meeting in Cranbrook, where a lengthy discussion is likely given the amount of concern shown. The board may also consider what specific restrictions need to accompany the zoning bylaw change. (All comments can be found on today’s agenda at — start at page 47 of the agenda to see the written comments.) “The local food industry is a growing tourist draw,” Invermere Coun. Spring Hawes told the public hearing panel, while Lions Club member Ray Brydon said he was concerned water used at the abattoir could contaminate a well on Lions property leased to the nearby Copper Point Golf Resort. Continued on page 30 . . .

Bagri deadly driving case to resume in nine months By Steve Hubrecht Pioneer Staff









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A trial confirmation hearing will be held on February 10th, 2014, for a Vancouver man facing four counts of dangerous driving causing death in connection with a fatal crash in Kootenay National Park on July 22nd, 2011. Jaswinder Singh Bagri, 41, will be in Invermere Provincial Court for the hearing. The trial is expected to start next March and last for several days, possibly as many as seven. “Part of the reason the hearing and trial is so far off is that it’s a seven-day trial and it’s harder to

find trial time,” said Lynal Doerksen, Bagri’s defence lawyer. “The other part of it is that cases are already backed up in the courts.” Mr. Bagri requires a Punjabi translator, which only makes it harder to find court dates, said Mr. Doerksen. Another complicating factor is that provincial court in Invermere usually only takes place one day at a time. The trial will run from March 17th through March 20th, 2014 and could possibly spill over to April 28th and April 29th of next year. Mr. Bagri was driving his unloaded flatdeck Btrain commercial tractor trailer southbound on Highway 93 through Kootenay National Park on July 22nd, 2011. Near Olive Lake, Mr. Bagri lost control

of his vehicle, which crossed the highway’s centerline and jackknifed directly into the path of a northbound Dodge campervan towing a Suzuki SUV. In the camper was a family of four — Robert Howard, 48, his wife Ana-Maria Dias, 50, and their two children Veronica, 9, and Samantha, 11 — from Palo Alto, California on vacation in B.C. The tractor trailer smashed into the camper and SUV, pinning the two smaller vehicles against the highway barrier, which ignited all three vehicles and trapped the family inside the blazing camper. All four died in the fire. Mr. Bagri has pleaded not guilty to all charges. His next appearance in court will be at the February 10th, 2014, confirmation hearing.

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• On Wednesday, April 24th at 10:00 p.m., the Columbia Valley RCMP detachment responded to a single vehicle accident involving a 2005 Dodge Neon that collided with a deer. Damage to the vehicle was under $1,000. There were no injuries to the driver or passenger. • On Wednesday, April 24th at 11:50 a.m., detachment members responded to a domestic dispute on Madsen Road in Radium Hot Springs. An investigation revealed that no assault had occurred. The adult male agreed to depart the home for the time being and no further action was required. • On Thursday, April 25th at 9:45 a.m., the detachment received a complaint regarding the theft of a mountain bike on 6th Street in Invermere. The bike is described as a blue Norco Samurai 12-15 speed. • On Friday, April 26th, the detachment was called to investigate an internal theft at the Horsethief Pub. The investigation resulted in a 38-year-old male being charged with theft under $5,000. • On Friday, April 26th at 7:00 p.m., the Columbia Valley detachment responded to a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Invermere. It was determined that a 2000 Dodge van driven by a 17-year-old male failed to yield after stopping at a stop sign, before pulling out and hitting a 1996 Honda Civic which was being driven by a 22-year-old female. There were no injuries to either driver, but the driver of the van was charged with failing to yield. • As a result of observing a driving infraction on Saturday, April 27th at 9:37 p.m., a 67-year-old female from Calgary operating a 2013 Toyota was stopped near 10th Avenue and 13th Street in Invermere. The driver displayed signs of having consumed liquor. A breath alcohol demand was given to which the driver blew a warn. Her vehicle was impounded for three days.

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RCMP detachment open house The detachment’s third annual open house will be held next week, on Wednesday, May 8th from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Windermere Lions Club will be hosting a beef on a bun dinner and drinks. Tim Horton’s is going to be supplying the coffee and donuts. The Lions Club will also be at the detachment to fingerprint the kids. Detachment toys will be set up for the kids, who can also enjoy touring the cell block area, which will be plastered with the posters completed by all the Grade 3 classes in

the valley. Thanks to Canadian Tire and Home Hardware for prizes to the following six poster winners: Chris B., Zoe Gray, and Hannah Fullerton of Eileen Madson school, Emile Blanchard of Canal Flats, Aurora Sam from Windermere, and Hayden Howse in Edgewater. I will be coming around to hand out the prizes. Three shot Kennedy: the conclusion As I was preparing for the wounded bear to come around the corner, I was about to demonstrate how a nine millimetre single-shot Smith and Wesson pistol with 15 rounds can sound like a machine gun. To my relief, the bear in fact rounded the corner of the house, but on the opposite side of where I was standing. We now have a wounded, ticked-off bear roaming a busy neighbourhood. We got into tracking mode and followed the trail of blood, however, we lost the trail. With all the gun shots, police cars and officers present, descending on this subdivision, one would think, “Lock your doors and stay inside.” Not in Golden. My friend Ray Johnson came flying out of the house, rifle in hand, wanting in on the action. Mr. Johnson is from a small town, and his Mounties were in trouble; as we say in hockey, “He’s over the boards and wants in.” We could have been in a fire fight with a bank robber for all he knew. I love small towns. As I was deputizing Ray, a pickup truck came barreling down the road. A fellow jumped out of the truck and advised me that he was listening in on the scanner, and said he had a dog that could track the bear. Before he opened the back door of his truck, I expected a large bloodhound-type dog to come bouncing out. The driver reached in, picked up the dog, and put it on the ground. Before me was a small Jack Russell Terrier. It gets worse, it had a bandana around its neck. The only thing that was missing were booties on its feet, I thought to myself. The response from the owner was, “Honest, he can track.” So I deputized the dog and sent him and his master off while I tried to figure out how we were seriously going to track the bear. We had the area cordoned off and I was holding down the outer edge of the road. About 20 minutes later, this fellow and Jack Russell Terrier come out from behind me. He said the dog is indicating that the bear came up behind me, thus crossing the road. As if I would allow a bear to get in behind me. The next thing I knew, the terrier was barking — he found the bear. It turned out it indeed did get behind me. Unfortunately, someone other than Cpl. Kennedy took the final shot. The Jack Russell received numerous pats and praises. Cpl. Kennedy on the other hand, I sent on remedial range training.


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Pano goes all-inclusive By Steve Hubrecht Pioneer Staff Panorama Mountain Village is offering a new deal this winter, an all-inclusive pass that offers skiers and boarders free access to cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, tobogganing and snow tubing in addition to the ski hill. “We feel that including these other activities with the lift ticket will encourage guests to experience more of what Panorama has to offer and get more value for their dollar,” said Scott Morgan, Panorama’s marketing manager. The all-inclusive deal is valid for season’s passes, regular lift tickets and Snow Cards (which likely will be back next season, according to Panorama marketing co-ordinator Jamie Hurschler). Season’s passes are $50 more expensive than they were last year, but Mr.

Hurschler said that since there will no longer be a five per cent HST on the passes, the cost is not really much more than it used to be. “You’re saving that five per cent, which covers the increase in the cost of the ticket,” he explained. The pass is part of Panorama’s attempt to reposition the mountain village as an all-inclusive resort. A few activities are not included on the new pass, however, such as the Euro bungy and the hot pools, which will remain available only to overnight guests. Season’s passes are on sale for $749 instead of the usual $999 until Wednesday, May 15th. The all-inclusive pass is expected to be particularly useful for guests enjoying multi-day stays on the mountain. “Anyone with a season pass might stay out here for a week and take a day off from downhill to go cross-country skiing,” noted Mr. Hurschler.

One less peak There’s a new view in Panorama Mountain Village these days, after the fire-scorched and water-soaked 1,000 Peaks Lodge, left, was torn down to its building foundation on Thursday, April 18th. The condo was destroyed in a Wednesday, February 27th blaze, that was ruled not to have been caused by human activity. Photo by Nicole Trigg

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Leaders debate hardly inspiring By Greg Amos, Pioneer Staff

Against my better judgement, I watched the B.C. party leaders debate on TV on Monday, April 29th. In doing so, I subjected myself to 90 minutes of bafflegab, spin, false conviction, hyperbole, attempted interruptions, and mad dashes for the moral high ground. It’s hard to say who emerged as the winner, though NDP leader Adrian Dix’s zinger on BC Liberal leader Christy Clark running a “fact-free campaign” seems to have generated a buzz on Twitter. Note to readers: do not interpret that as my support for any one political party! My observations below shall demonstrate that I can find plenty of fault with all of them. First up is Mr. Dix. In listening to his earnest delivery and repetition of key accusations and phrases, the comparison that sprung to mind was that of Jacob Two Two in Mordechai Richler’s famous novel, Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang. His ability to blink like an owl when confronted with questions about his past did not add to my confidence in the man who may be our next premier. Ms. Clark answered a question on how to reach female voters by waving her left hand, then her right, extending both arms, and delivering a message track about growing the economy. Conservative Party leader John Cummins appeared to have only the foggiest notion of what Google is, when questioned by others as to why four candidates who yielded embarassing results in Google searches were even brought aboard by the party. It speaks volumes that Green Party leader Jane Sterk appeared to be the only character on stage — which itself was bizarrely decked out like the transporter room on Star Trek — who was not a cardboard cutout. At some point, pollsters must have found B.C. voters don’t care about charisma, because there was precious little on display. For those able to take the morning of Monday, May 6th off, round two of our local all-candidates debate will take place at the David Thompson Secondary school, with all four candidates involved this time. My challenge to them: show us some signs of life!

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Young wanderers of Windermere Two boys and a girl roam the hills of Windermere in this circa 1920 photo. Left to right: Bruce Achenback and Madge Achenback and Charlie Crook. Photo provided by Ray Crook. If you have any more information on this or any other historical photo, e-mail us at . Photo A1337 courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Dealing directly with deer Dear Editor: I read with interest in The Pioneer that Kimberley has rejected a deer hazing plan. I do not understand how anyone would expect to keep the deer out of town by hazing them, unless it was done on a daily basis, over and over again. I don’t think this is what they had in mind. I have chased, or hazed, if you like, hundreds of deer out of the yard. I don’t think they were all different deer, but were repeat offenders. I think we have approximately 12 deer that come on a regular basis. So, build a fence, you say. My other half says she

does not want to live in a prison. Not only that, but the bylaw regarding fences is too low to keep the deer out; the deer just jump over it. Last fall I removed 67 piles of deer droppings from the same area. Anyone who thinks Invermere does not have a deer problem is living in a dream world. It will only get worse. Perhaps all those with a deer problem could put an ad in The Pioneer stating “Free venison, no hunting required. Just bring a skinning knife and a lasso.” Len Burkitt Invermere

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Close call for historic church

By Dan Walton, Pioneer Staff

There are many churches in the valley that are rich with history, but the valley’s oldest, St. Mark’s church located between Brisco and Spillimacheen in the old hamlet of Galena, had a new chapter added last month after a close call with a chimney fire on Wednesday, April 17th. While the cause of the fire has yet to be determined, many assume a passerby used the unlocked building to keep warm, naively firing up an old woodstove with a clogged stovepipe. “Someone fired up the stove and I guess there was a nest up in the chimney,” said Warner STILL STANDING — After existing for well over a century, St. Mark’s church beEiner, the president of Brisco tween Brisco and Spillimacheen had a close call in mid-April, but didn’t suffer any fire and District Recreation Com- damage thanks to the quick action of a passerby. Photo by Dan Walton mission. He noted cycling fire sparking up in the woods nearby. groups are sometimes known to The construction of St. Mark’s began in 1895 and use the church for shelter. “We certainly don’t advertise it; it just happens to be finished in 1896. The project was spearheaded by pioa church in the rural area, and people like to check it out.” neers Thomas and Agnes Pirie, who relocated from OnThankfully, a passerby noticed an unusual amount tario shortly before the construction of the church. Agnes was raised Presbyterian and missed her church of smoke and called the authorities. Before emergency workers were on scene, the Good Samaritan was able to after moving to the valley. She inspired the communiextinguish the flames with tools he had on hand. Once ty to come together and bring St. Mark’s to fruition. the hazard had been taken care of, forestry workers There was no shortage of logs in the area, but the raw tended to the scene, ensuring there was no chance of a materials needed processing to construct the building. Continued on page 32 . . .

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Students create second candidates debate By Dan Walton, Pioneer Staff Only adults are allowed to participate in B.C.’s democratic process, but that isn’t stopping the students at David Thompson Secondary School from having their say. A non-partisan organization at the school, Student Vote, becomes active during every provincial and federal campaign period. The day before an official election occurs (May 13th for the upcoming provincial contest), every student has the opportunity to cast a ballot and express their political beliefs. Some students also have the chance to manage the election, as Student Vote is run entirely by students. To prevent voters from making uninformed decisions, Student Vote is hosting an all-candidates forum, which is open to the public, at the school’s theatre on Monday, May 5th at 10 a.m. All four candidates running in the Columbia River-Revelstoke riding (BC Conservative Earl Olsen, Green Laurel Ralston, BC Liberal Doug Clovechok and NDP incumbant Norm Macdonald, will be there.)

“They’re giving us a chance to have a voice,” said Student Vote organizer Jacob Marchant, “They’re giving our generation the chance to show what we believe in before we can make it official.” While the outcome of the mock election is for trivial purposes, students can find themselves more engaged than many adults. “On the days leading up to a mock election, you hear a lot of kids lobbying other kids to vote a certain way,” said Social Studies teacher Werner Kopp said, who oversees Student Vote. “It’s really neat to hear them try to convince their friends to vote for the party they think is best. That kind of hallway discussion is magic, because it shows that they’re engaged.” Monday’s all-candidates forum will begin with questions posed by Student Vote, before students are invited to take their questions directly to the floor. “People our age have strong opinions on [these] matters,” student organizer Jelena Emirch told The Pioneer. “It will be more interesting with students moderating instead of having it organized by the teachers.”

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Youngsters pave the way for inclusive playground By Dan Walton Pioneer Staff

With a heap of generosity from throughout the local and provincial community, the school was in a healthy Equal opportunity should be no concern for any purchasing position. child, including on the playground. “The surfacing is one of the biggest expenses, and it’s a Students and staff from Eileen Madson Primary rubber rebound surface, so that a child in a wheelchair can School in Invermere agree, and they’ve put strong efforts actually maneuver around the playground,” Mrs. Tenta said. into the purchase of an accessible playground for the “Right now we have peat gravel in our main playground.” school yard. She said the “A Grade 3 student hosted a equipment has ““It’s important for all children to feel included birthday party and asked for dobeen purchased, nations instead of gifts,” Principal in play, and having social connections with their and the school Lisa Tenta told The Pioneer. “She peers, and to also feel that sense of independence” board will be incontributed the donations towards stalling it this an accessible swing for the school’s summer. The exact -Principal Lisa Tenta playground. From there she suglocation is still begested that we do more fundraising ing determined by to have more accessible equipment.” maintenance staff, as they figure out the most practiMrs. Tenta said the Grade 3 student’s charity had cal layout for the new playground. a snowballing effect — two other students decided to And once the equipment is constructed, all chilhost a similarly themed birthday. Between the three dren will be able to use it any time of day, including generous primary students, $900 was donated toward weekends and after school. the accessible playground. “It’s important for all children to feel included in play, “And that put me on the lead to the Panorama Foun- and having social connections with their peers, and to also dation,” she said, explaining that a presentation of hers feel that sense of independence,” Mrs Tenta said. “Not just assisted the school’s efforts by $30,000. for our students, but for all children within our valley.” “Kootenay Savings also donated $1,270 toward the The playground will feature an accessible swing; a playground when they caught wind of the birthday party suspended giant rubber saucer. There will also be somedonations,” Mrs. Tenta explained. thing called a Tippy Canoe, a rocking canoe-themed The Badgers hockey team also contributed $226. platform accessible through ramping systems. An additional $25,000 in funding came from the Min“Eileen Madson Primary really is a community playistry of Education School Playground Equipment Up- ground,” she said. “It’s attached to the school, but it’s grade, and $8,750 in support from the School Com- constantly being used by community members.” munity Connections Grant.

The Edgewater Recreation Society says


to the following people: • ALL the ladies who came out to Galarama! •Vendors: Shawna, Ruman, Carolyn, Amanda, Ruman’s friend. • Bartenders Dan and Martin, shooter boys Tyrel and Brady • Inside Edge, Fashion Show • Shawn Murray, DJ • John Wolfe Construction and an extra “thank you” to Brady Z for providing a safe ride to and from the event. • Prize donations: Fire Vixen, Majestic brewerey, Pip’s General Store, Radium Hotpools, and Tanya Smith. Though a simple thank you is just not enough, your contribution brings us that much closer to a new ball diamond and rink! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! See you all next year!


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FREE HOUSE The District of Invermere is giving away a free house. What’s the catch? It’s up to the new owner to have the house moved off the site. The house is located at 214 – 10th Avenue, Invermere, B.C. and is available to the public for free in “AS IS CONDITION”. Those interested in a free house must apply as soon as possible. The house must be moved by JUNE 15, 2013 with the moving permit fees waived by the District within the District of Invermere boundaries. All other costs related to the move are those of the new owner. The District will be responsible for the cleanup of the site once the house has been moved. Contact: Chris Prosser or Kim Leibel at the District office, 250-342-9281.

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As part of the Mini We Day held at David Thompson Secondary on Thursday, April 25th, student Japhy Hunt transformed into the character Napoleon Dynamite, from the 2004 film of the same name. After performing his famous dance moves at the We Day assembly, the actor stayed in character to experience Invermere through the eyes of the awkward and defiant Midwestern U.S. teenager.

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Movie Review: Silver Linings Playbook

Reviewed by Dean Midyette

Harvey Weinstein has a magic touch. With nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor (Bradley Cooper), Best Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), Best Supporting Actor (Robert DiNiro) and Best Supporting Actress (Jacki Weaver) one gets a very strong hint that, when preparing to watch Silver Linings Playbook, we will bear witness to one of the most special movies of the year. The movie begins with Pat Solitano (Cooper) residing in a psychiatric facility as part of a plea bargain deal with the courts. Director David O. Russell gently uncovers the depth of Solitano’s mental illness as his mother (Weaver) claims him from the hospital and tries to settle him in his childhood home. We learn that he has lost everything: his job as a teacher, his home and his adulterous wife, and that he is obsessed with rebuilding his

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marriage. He believes that if he gets himself in shape and reads every book that his wife teaches to her high school English class, she will take him back. After being invited for dinner at a friend’s home, we meet his sister-in-law Tiffany (Lawrence), another damaged soul who has recently lost her husband. One of the best scenes in the movie is when Pat and Tiffany, during dinner, compare a laundry list of anti-depressants and antipsychotics that they have been forced to take as part of their respective therapies. Making a romantic comedy about mental illness is


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like walking a tightrope, which the cast and director do brilliantly, exposing us to the manic episodes and the struggles to regain normalcy whilst never losing that which makes us all human. As Pat slowly heals, the manic episodes diminish, culminating in a series of intertwined plots orchestrated by his father Pat Sr. (DeNiro), an obsessive compulsive gambler whose life revolves around the Philadelphia Eagles football team. Silver Linings Playbook succeeds on every level, exposing us to broken lives and flawed characters, engaging the audience with powerful performances and unyielding imagination and culminating in something simple and beautiful.



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Out & About Please call 250-341-6299 or e-mail us at to enter your event in our FREE listings.

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 • May 9th - 11th, 16th - 18th, 7:30 p.m., showing the Croods.

Friday, May 3rd • Radium Hot Springs mineral pools to re-open, weather-dependent. • 7:30 p.m.: Pool tournament at the Summit Youth Centre. • 7:30 p.m.: Valley Voices in concert “I’m Going to Fly” at Christ Church Trinity. Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for adults, and available at Essentials, Picture This Fotosource, Meet on Higher Ground, and Fairmont Gift Shop. Also performing Saturday, May 4th. • 7:00 p.m.: Fresh Fridays Open Mic Night At Pynelogs Art Gallery, with a cash bar.

Saturday, May 4th • The Invermere Thrift Store will be closed and will re-open with regular hours on Thursday, May 9th. • 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Yard sale at Windermere Valley Saddle Club grounds, rent a spot $10 (contact 250688-1407). To donate goods, please contact Lisa Lehr 250-341-3983 or Kathleen Campbell 250-688-1407. There will be a lunch stand and baked goods available as well. Members are welcome to bring their horses. • 1:00 p.m.: Summit Youth Centre hike up Mount Swansea, departing from the Youth Centre. • 5:30 - 9:00 p.m.: Artist opening event at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. Celebrate Lil Peeps and Wings Over the Rockies Art Show.

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• 9:00 p.m.: Killer Rollbots 2nd birthday, The Terrible Two’s, at Bud’s Bar & Lounge. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with specials, raffles, 50/50, derby shooter girls and more. $5 cover, proceeds to the Killer Rollbots. For more information, email thekillerrollbots@gmail. com

• Karaoke night at the Summit Youth Centre.

Monday, May 6th • Wings Over the Rockies festival begins, runs until May 12th. • 5:00 p.m.: Columbia Valley Otters Swim Club Annual General Meeting at the Radium Hot Springs Pools.

Tuesday, May 7th • 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.: Summit Youth Centre yoga at Defining Yoga.

Wednesday, May 8th • 4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.: Columbia Valley RCMP detachment third annual open house. Windermere Lions club will be hosting a beef on a bun dinner and drinks. Tim Hortons coffee and donuts. Lions club will also be available to fingerprint the kids. Detachment toys will be set up for the kids. • 5:30 p.m.: Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN) Annual General Meeting at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. Complimentary snacks and refreshments.

Thursday, May 9th • 12:00 p.m.: Walk with your Doc at Pothole Park. Join your doctor (Invermere doctors) for a fun, social 30-45 min walk. Get started on making steps to better health. Rain or shine! • 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.: National Victims of Crime Awareness Week presentation, Canal Flats Civic Centre. There will be speakers and panel discussion, as well as refreshments. Admission is free. Call 250-341-3963 or 250-342-5566 for more information. • 6:00 p.m.: Basketball night at the Summit Youth Centre.

Friday, May 10th • 12:00 p.m.: All Saints Church Guild Mother’s Day Luncheon at the Edgewater Legion. Quiche, soup, and dessert for $6.

Saturday, May 11th • Brisco Riding Club’s Annual Poker Ride. Call Amanda at 250-347-2125 for more information. • 10:00 a.m.: Canal Flats community garage sales, pick up map from Civic Centre. Lunch also available. Call 250-349-5447 for information.

Monday, May 13th • 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.: National Victims of Crime Awareness Week presentation, Invermere Legion. There will be speakers and panel discussion, as well as refreshments. Admission is free. Call 250-341-3963 or 250--342-5566 for more information. • 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.: Access in the Community for Equality presents AbracaDAZZLE! Magic Show at DTSS. Pledge to see Mayor Taft, Staff Sgt. Shehovac, Principal Danyluk or Teacher Gauthier get sawn in half! Tix at Rainbow Donkey or Monkey’s Uncle. or

Invermere Library hours • Tuesday to Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. • Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Canal Flats Community Library Hours • Tuesday: 7- 8:30 p.m. For info: 250-349-5360.

Invermere Thrift Store hours • The Invermere Thrift Store will close on May 4th and re-open with regular hours on Thursday, May 9th., 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Radium Thrift Store Hours • Thursday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. • Friday and Saturday: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. For info call: 250-342-6633.

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.

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Celebrating Business Excellence Decoy steps it up on design Submitted article Special to The Pioneer

course specialty, Decoy was pleased to assist in the construction of 3 holes, which were added to reconfigure the 18 holes at Radium Resort. “I take pride in the quality of my end product. Good, challenging jobs aren’t necessarily the big ones”, said Ms. Coy. “I love working with rock. The right rock in the perfect place, for instance, incorporates the homeowner’s colour palette and creates a warm, complete vision.” When a property owner considers hiring any contractor for any home improvement, Ms. Coy strongly recommends ensuring that the respective proposals are, in fact, comparable in their use of product. “Not all irrigation pipes, top soil, and sand are created equal. The contractor should explain the choice of each, so the consumer is best equipped to make the final decision. “ Sue Coy and Lloyd Wilder are co-owners of Decoy Landscaping and Contracting based in Fairmont Hot Springs. For further information, please contact them at (250) 345- 0090, , or .

Decoy Landscaping and Contracting understands renovation of a property demands innovation. Along with decades of hands-on and consulting experience, proprietor Sue Coy now offers clients virtual creative design services for the 2013 season. Ms. Coy understands that, when done properly, exterior landscaping can bring the in doors outside to increase a home’s useful living space, create private spaces to complement lifestyle and enhance a property’s curb appeal. “The welcome to your property starts at your driveway and is a reflection of your own personality”, noted Ms. Coy. “A home’s value increases significantly when you invest in an exterior vision”. To provide landscaping a client with her “full meal deal”, Ms. Coy prepares an initial computer-scape based on the discussions with the homeowner, taking the design from drainage issues, recommended irrigation, elevation changes, and the final placement of natural features. Consultant designs are available, should the homeowner have a strong “do-it-yourselfer” “Creative landscaping is like painting”, Ms. Coy confessed. “A comprehensive plan includes colour, texture, size. It should be unique and complementary”. The amount of detail, Ms. Coy cautions, depends on the homeowner’s budget – an integral consideration throughout the process. With business partner Lloyd Wilder, Decoy also provides a wide variety of contracting and heavy excavating services, including road building and golf course work. “Decoy’s hauling services include the use of a pup- DECOY, BUT NO FAKE — Sue Coy gives her clients a trailer extension. So, with large deliveries, the pup can, “full meal landscaping deal” which includes creating comin reality, save the client charges.” With respect to its golf puter models. Submitted photo

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RONA / North Star up to the challenge By Pioneer Staff Here in the Upper Columbia Valley, RONA is partnered with family-owned and operated North Star Hardware, exemplifying the concept of local business excellence and boasting a dedicated team that is sure to meet all customer needs. The key to North Star’s success is their problem-solving approach. The company doesn’t arrive at solutions by simply plugging in products, but rather takes the extra time to look at your specific application to fully understand how best to meet your needs. In the modern economy every business decision, no matter how small, can turn out to be a vital one. The building industry is no different and these days contractors spend countless hours tracking down the best product deals, selling their own services and handling multiple pruchase orders instead of actually building. Dealing with North Star can simplify that process immeasurably since it is an abosultely excellent local one-stop suplier. Its extensive hardware department is top-ofline, the lumber yard is stocked with everything you could possibly need, it has a first-class lawn/garden department and it operates an onsite planing mill so you can custom-cut timbers and beams. All in one stream-lined location. North Star makes considerable effort to be as energy-efficient and green as possible, especially as consumer demand for these products grows.

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Canal Flats cowgirl claims bronze at national rodeo finals in Edmonton By Dan Walton Pioneer Staff After graduating in 2011 from David Thompson Secondary School, 19-year-old valley horseback rider Cariann Breton packed her belongings along with her her top horse, Rowdy, and headed to Lakeland College in Vermillion, Alberta. Less than two years later, she found herself competing in the Canadian National College Finals Rodeo, which took place in early April. Lakeland College supports a rodeo team, and offers its members the use of a stable, where Cariann keeps Rowdy, a six-year-old Quarter Horse, during her studies. Cariann has been raising and training the horse for the past four years. As Cariann is an avid horseback rider, Rowdy is one of four horses that she takes care of at her home in Canal Flats. She decided to take Rowdy to Vermillion because, “he’s the younger one; he showed the most potential,” she told The Pioneer. During a modest season competing in the Canadian Intercollegiate Rodeo, Cariann found herself placed 35th of 80 competitors. A strong four-week push toward the end of the year boosted Cariann to sixth place overall — qualifying her for the Canadian National College Finals Rodeo in Edmonton, an event to which only the

lemma after a rocky start. top ten competitors in each event are invited. Partially because of poor ground conditions, Rowdy “I only ran Rowdy this spring,” she said. “As I was heading into the first spring rodeo, I only had 20 points suffered a minor back injury during day one of finals in and was deep in the standings. After his first four rodeos, the first round. “I wasn’t willing to risk his legs and he wasn’t feeling I was sitting 6th in the standings and qualified for finals.” Her college rodeo opponents travelled from colleges 100 per cent,” she said. Thankfully, a friend of Cariann’s shared another throughout Saskatchewan and Alberta. And while Cariann was studying in her first year of horse with her for the second night, allowing Cariann to follow through on her strong start. Animal Health Technology, Rowdy was On the final day, Rowdy was back racing competitively for the first time. in good health, and competed to carry “College rodeo ins’t too expensive his jockey to an overall average 3rd so I figured that was a good place to place finish, proving himself as a topseason him,” she said. “I took my time notch barrel horse. with him, and eventually decided it was “In the next five years, I intend to time to take him to rodeo.” go pro,” Cariann said. “And I know he Cariann said Rowdy found success can take me, but I need a second horse during his very first rodeo competition. so it’s not all him.” “I wasn’t expecting to place, and I She says she’ll save Rowdy’s legs placed at every single rodeo.” by not running him too much over After a surprising boost in the colsummer, “and then go hard college rolege rodeo ranking, the stakes had been deoing him in the fall.” raised for Cariann and Rowdy; the two Cariann Breton Before entering her second year were in Edmonton for the Canadian National College Finals Rodeo on the weekend of April of Animal Health Technology next fall, Cariann will spend much of her summer training her horses, as well 4th, 5th and 6th. It was there where Cariann and Rowdy faced a di- as working full-time at the Canal Flats sawmill.

Where do we go from here: Mr. X’s journey Second Opinion By Andrew Watt, Pioneer Columnist Being a rookie columnist, I’ve determined that a great article needs to be just like a lady’s dress – long enough to cover the subject, but short enough to keep it interesting. So with that literary smirk out of the way, let’s see if I can, well you know, pull this off. Today I challenge the age-old question of whether or not there is an afterlife or spiritual world after death. Of course, being alive doesn’t help much in the sense that it would seem helpful to be dead in order to be an expert on the matter. And to complicate the issue further, there seems to be a shortage of miracles in the form of resurrection these days, but I must soldier on. First of all, what I am about to say should not be taken seriously — by anybody. This is not a question of did Gawd (American spelling) create man or did man create Gawd, nor is it an attempt to learn whether or not we rest in peace or rust in peace. So don’t worry about having your beliefs mocked or tested. Trust me, the last thing I want to do is offend somebody’s grandmother. The story goes like this: “Mr. X” is driving around town after supper. Whistling along to an old Beatles

tune, he brushes the hair back from his eyes and blows straight through a red light. The next thing he is aware of is the unmistakable sound of gravel hitting the lid of a coffin: his coffin. Enter my “Invisible Clerk Theory.” Mr. X is now surrounded by a vast silence. There is no time and there is no space, not even a horizon. But there is light and darkness. He briefly thinks that the temperature is like Mexico, but without the humidity. Mr. X thinks this is funny, but then he remembers that he is dead. Suddenly, a powerful voice is right there, speaking only to him: “Greetings. It seems we’ve lost your paperwork, so a few questions are in order before you are to be sent, for eternity, in the direction that you deser ve.” that Thoroughly stunned, Mr. X hopes the “did you inhale” question doesn’t come up as it did back in 1994 when he ran for public office. Alas, The Invisible clerk only wants to know his mother`s maiden name and how fast he was going when he blew the red light. Then, two huge images appear. One seems,

well, heavenly. It reminds Mr. X of the five-star hotel suite he stayed at last year in Manhattan, but without the bed bugs. There is a message written above the threshold. It says: “Hospitality that includes the whole human race is not desirable.” The other image is clearly hell. It looks like a supercrowded Wal Mart with only two tills open. Mr. X also knows it is hell because he saw Jim Morrison trying to steal a pair of leather pants. If he needed more proof, the message above read: “Please wait to be heated.” Before Mr. X can inquire as to his status as a newly dead person, he is startled by a loud buzzing sound. Then he smells pancakes. Mr. X wakes up , scratches his nose and realizes that it is Saturday morning. The powerful dream was not lost on Mr. X. He swore that from now on, he was going to be a better husband, father, friend (and driver). Mr. X was happy, so he celebrated. He ate six pancakes, two eggs and half a pound of bacon, all the while humming that old Beatles tune. He couldn’t wait to start living life as the new, better Mr. X. Andrew Watt is the owner of Bishop`s Book Cafe in Fairmont Hot Springs, is married and has two kids. And like everyone else, no matter what they think happens after death, is just like Mr. X. Gawd Bless.

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Travelling in twos Fern Oglestone (far left) and Marlene Adams (near left) of Invermere enjoyed their October 2012 trip to Dollywood theme park in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. The pair also romped through Nashville, Memphis, and Branson, Missourri; right: Karen and Rob Bedford of Radium Hot Springs visited the Mission in San Diego earlier this year. These intrepid travellers will be entered to win two tickets to a Calgary Flames game if picked as winners of our annual Pioneer Travel Photo Contest. Simply take a copy of The Pioneer with you when you are away on holidays, send us a copy and have it published in The Pioneer. At the end of the year, we will draw the winning name.

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without going all the way to Invermere,” said Scott McLean, Clayton’s father. Juraj and Adriana Fabian said they want to open a bed and breakfast on their lot, right next to the empty lot, but now must rethink their plans. “We were quite shocked when we received this letter about the proposed amendment,” said Mrs. Fabian. “It’s hard for us — it’s been our dream.” “I understand the need for a repair shop, but why in the centre of town,” said Mr. Fabian. “There is a playground, a ball diamond and skating rink nearby — how safe is it to have a commercial truck lot on the main street,” said Ms. Bernard. “This town was built around industry,” said Scott McLean, adding Edgewater has precious few local businesses and can certainly use more, along with the jobs they bring. Others said they believe Mr. and Mrs. Ruault’s business will help increase property values around town by giving a much-needed boost to the local economy. “A ghost town’s not worth anything,” said Dave Wheeler. A brief exchange of words between Ms. Bernard and a few supporters of the bylaw change outside the hall after the meeting quickly escalated into a heated yelling match. “Given the fact that the only commercially zoned property in Edgewater is the half block on the main street, it really doesn’t matter what will be built, it will be controversial to some people,” Mr. Wilkie said prior to the meeting. “We did expect the community support we got,” said Mrs. Ruault after the meeting. “But we don’t want problems, we don’t want any drama — we should be able to get along.” “Edgewater can be vocal,” said Mr. Ruault. ll th g a es

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A second public hearing in Edgewater on Tuesday, April 30th on a proposed change to a zoning bylaw went more peacefully than the first, although emotions still ran high on both sides of the issue. Ken and Diana Ruault applied to amend Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw 2440 so their currently empty lot on Edgewater’s main street, directly across from Pip’s Country Store, can be rezoned from commercial one (C1) to commercial two (C-2), allowing them to park commercial vehicles on the lot and potentially one day build an automotive repair shop there. The first hearing on March 26th became heated, so much so that local government officials felt it best to hold a second meeting. “Frankly, the first meeting became somewhat boisterous,” said Gerry Wilkie, Area G director for the Regional District of the East Kootenay. “The atmosphere at the first meeting was not what it should have been, and some people felt intimidated.” Mr. Ruault, who already works on commercial trucks at his yard, explained to the approximately 75 people gathered in the Edgewater Community Hall for the second meeting that he primarily wants to use his new empty lot as a place to park trucks, some as long as 80 feet — too big to fit in his yard. He said he wants to keep open the possibility of building a small auto repair shop there at some point in the future, but that would be five or 10 years off. He dismissed rumours there will be many extra trucks

in town and engines and tires lying around the empty lot. “Go down to my place. There’s no engines, there’s no tires, no nothing down there — it’s clean,” said Mr. Ruault. “I can only work on one truck at a time.” “Where is this really going?” Edgewater resident Dawn Bernard asked Mr. Ruault during the hearing’s question period, adding she believes an auto repair shop may devalue residential properties in the area. Shortly after people in the hall — the overwhelming majority of them in favour of the bylaw change — began clapping and cheering loudly in support of Mr. and Mrs. Ruault. “We’re not getting into an argument here,” said Rob Gay, Regional District of the East Kootenay chair, who was also chairing the hearing. “No cheering, no jeering, no yelling.” At the end of the hearing, 39 Edgewater residents stood up and individually presented their support of the proposed bylaw amendment to the officials in charge of the hearing. Three residents then stood up and individually voiced their lack of support. Tracy Van de Wiel, a Regional District of the East Kootenay planning technician, said the regional body had received 228 letters on the issue: nine in opposition, four in support and 215 expressing support by way of a signed form letter. “Why wouldn’t you support a new local business,” said Clayton McLean, a logging truck driver, after the meeting, adding that most new trucks these days put out cleaner fumes and make less noise than most average cars. “It’ll be nice for the older people here if there’s an auto repair shop one day, so they can get their vehicles serviced


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The 15-minute financial plan There’s no question that Canadians have been overspending and under-planning for the past decade. Now that our economy has entered a slow growth phase, many people feel there is a greater need for financial planning in their lives. Where does my money go? How do I save for the future? These questions are addressed in a financial plan. Why do I need one? Simply put, people have not been planning. As a result, personal debt levels in Canada are at all-time highs, despite record low interest rates. At the same time savings rates are at all-time lows, with the average Canadian saving less than 5 per cent of their annual income per year. These statistics demonstrate a widespread need for financial planning. The reality is that many people feel they are too busy working, raising kids and managing their day to day schedules to find time for much else. Perhaps it may even be difficult to find time to visit a financial advisor. For these people, there is a solution for at least starting the financial planning process on their own time, which can be done in as little as 15 minutes. Step 1 – Budget The best place to start is to list all sources of income and expenses to see how much is being earned and spent in a given month. A simple spreadsheet program on your computer is a good asset for budgeting.

When calculating expenses, start with major or fixed expenses; things that you can’t live without. Mortgage payments or rent, utilities, insurances, car payments, groceries and health care premiums all fall into this category. Save discretionary expenses such as entertainment for later. Step 2 – Savings Next, add a component for emergency and long-term savings. If you are currently not saving any money on a regular basis, start with 5 per cent of your monthly income. Over time as you become more comfortable with tucking money aside each month, try to increase the amount to 10 per cent. Investing the funds in a Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) is a good way to start. The money in your savings account will eventually form three basic components: emergency, retirement and long-term savings. First, 3-6 months of income should be saved in the emergency account, after which the retirement and long-term savings accounts should be added to on a regular basis. Step 3 – Review Compare your income, expenses and savings columns. Do you have anything left over for extras such as entertainment, vacations and other luxuries? If so, allocate some funds to these categories. Are you spending more than you’re earning? In this case, examine your expenses for areas you can cut back on, or consider taking on extra work.

The second component to the review process is to decide if your 15-minute plan is enough for now, or if you require something more comprehensive. Give yourself a few months to decide before contacting a financial advisor. Since you are now familiar with your basic financial situation and getting used to budgeting, you are already taking an important step towards better financial management. Final thoughts Having a financial advisor create a comprehensive financial plan can be a good idea for some people, but it’s not for everyone. Some people find the process to be time consuming and invasive and the resulting plan to be too complicated or onerous. Financial planners should take some of the blame, as the average financial plan often ends up being a fancy looking but overwhelmingly long and convoluted document gathering dust in people’s homes. This is because many financial planning software programs are created by companies that want to steer people into buying their products. While most families will benefit from savings and insurance products, it’s important that these decisions are appropriate. The reality is most people just need something simple to start with. After all, we must learn to crawl before we can walk. Consider creating a healthy foundation of budgeting and saving regularly, get comfortable with it, and then seek out more advanced advice.

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Changes affecting avian environments By Sheila Bonny Special to The Pioneer The theme of the 2013 Wings Over the Rockies Festival is change: changes to climates and natural environments, and adaptation of birds and animals. On Tuesday evening, biologists Ian Adams and Cam Gillies will delve into the upside and downside of change to local environments. Bird surveys indicate that many bird populations are decreasing, and new diseases are challenging wildlife. However, the news is not all negative. As climate change shifts ecosystems northward and upslope, ranges of some species are expanding. On Wednesday evening, Juliet Craig will discuss threats to B.C.’s bat population, and on Thursday morning, Morley Winnick will explain the environmental stresses affecting bees. Successful adaptation of plants and animals to change in the Canadian Arctic will be the focus of George Sirk’s

keynote address at the Wings Gala Banquet on Saturday, May 11th. George is a birder, naturalist guide and polar bear specialist whose presentation, Blue Ice, White Bear – Arctic: The Raw, The Bleak, The Beautiful, promises to mesmerize us with images of incredible beauty in one of the world’s harshest environments. The gala will be a stimulating evening with a prime rib and chicken buffet dinner served in the Fairmont Hot Springs Ski Lodge, Sirk’s keynote address, and live and silent auctions. Highlights of the auctions are a Kowa spotting scope, a stay at Talus Lodge in the Rockies, and a Heart of the Arctic expedition with Adventure Canada, with George Sirk as a guest naturalist. Seize the opportunity to gain perspectives on environmental change, and enjoy an incredible Gala evening. Wings Over the Rockies Festival dates are May 6th to 12th. Register now on-line at, by telephone at 250-342-2473, or in-person at the Pynelogs Cultural Centre.

Wings art show to take flight By Matthew Brummitt Pynelogs Art Gallery With the lofty Purcell Mountains, the dominating Rockies, and the snow-capped Selkirk mountain range, it is hard to forget that we are surrounded for hundreds of kilometres around by these towering glacier-made mammoths. The theme for this year’s Pynelogs Art Gallery’s Wings Over The Rockies Art Show is Celebrating Mountains, Wetlands, & Wildlife, three things we have in abundance here in the Columbia Valley. This annual show will be comprised of 19 artists, all of whom are local to the East Kootenays. It is quite a diverse selection of artwork with artists working with

oil, acrylic, and watercolour paints, photography, ceramics, leatherwork and mixed media. Each artist has operated under the theme which ties each of the pieces into one really great show. The show will run from April 30th to May 12th, and we hope to see you at the show opening on Saturday May 4th, from 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Concurrent with the Wings Over The Rockies Show is the annual L’il Peeps Art Show. From the young artists within the Columbia Valley Childcare services will be a variety of artwork on display. There will be a silent auction for a selection of the pieces that will be held throughout the dates of the show. The kids range from young toddlers to five years old. It’s sure to be a fun and interesting show; be sure to peep in.

FLYING FRIENDS EVENT For students in Grades 5-7. Wednesday, May 8th from 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

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PUBLIC NOTICE 17th Street will be closed due to utility and road work starting immediately and continuing through to July 2013. 7A Ave will be closed from April 30, 2013 until May 8, 2013 at the railroad crossing. Access to the Station Pub will be maintained. Kinsmen Beach may be accessed via 4th Ave. Vehicles exceeding the posted maximum weight limit on 4th Ave bridge may contact Max Helmer Construction Ltd. at 250-342-6767 to make alternate route arrangements. Please watch for further announcements.

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The Village is seeking a creative and outgoing individual as a Camp Leader for the 2013 ‘Adventure Radium’ program. The program runs three days per week, starting July 2nd to August 22nd. To receive details about this position and the program, please pick up an information package at the Village Office (4836 Radium Blvd) or via email request to Applications will be received up to May 24th at 4:30 p.m.


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Jumbo Glacier Mountain Resort Municipality Public Hearing Notice The Council of the Jumbo Glacier Mountain Resort Municipality is considering Farnham Glacier Zoning Bylaw No. 0006, 2013. A public hearing to receive submissions will be held: TIME: PLACE:

Monday, May 13th, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. Best Western Plus Prestige Inn 7493 Main Street West, Radium Hot Springs.

In general terms, the Farnham Glacier Zoning Bylaw No. 0006 will regulate the use of land to permit snowsports, sightseeing, and ski lifts. The bylaw will also regulate buildings and structures to permit hotels, lodges, restaurants, retail, offices, employee housing, service and maintenance buildings and related infrastructure. This notice is not an interpretation of the bylaw. For more information, refer to the bylaw available for inspection at the Village of Radium Hot Springs municipal office (4836 Radium Boulevard) Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. All persons who consider themselves affected by the adoption of the proposed Farnham Glacier Zoning Bylaw No. 0006, 2013 and who wish to register an opinion may do so by: 1. Providing a written submission by mail, fax or email to be received by 4 p.m. on Friday, May 10th, 2013 (contact information below), or by; 2. Presenting written and/or verbal submissions at the public hearing. Please note that legal considerations prevent Council from receiving any representations or submissions after the close of the Public Hearing. A speakers list will be available at 9 a.m. on May 13th at the Public Hearing for persons wishing to speak at the Public Hearing.

Hospice society to launch By Maria Kliavkoff Special to The Pioneer On Friday, May 10th, the Hospice Society of the Columbia Valley is celebrating our launch with our first annual general meeting at the Black Forest Restaurant, followed by our first Hospice Society Butterfly Gala. The newly formed Hospice Society of the Columbia Valley will break out of our chrysalis and step into our first year of operation with our first annual general meeting and fundraising event, the Hospice Society Butterfly Gala. A hospice volunteer is someone who walks with the client and their family through that end-of-life process, supporting them in whatever that journey looks like. You may wonder why there are all the references to butterflies. It’s because the butterfly is the international symbol for hospice. It seems only natural that we equate our coming out party as a breaking free from the chrysalis. We are ready to fly and are thrilled by all

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David Thompson Secondary students don their voting apparel as the high school looks forward to its own all-candidates meeting on Monday, May 6th. Photo by Dan Walton

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Garage sale, Saturday, May 18th. The Invermere Curling Club is hosting a indoor garage sale and open market. Rent a table for $20. Vendors welcome. Set up will start at 8 a.m. with doors open to the public from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Call 250-342-3315 or email

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

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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.

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 immediately. Phone 250347-7775 to view.

Multi-family garage sale. Toys, kid’s clothes, books, and household items. May 4th, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 1001 5th Street. May 4th, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lots of baby clothes, household, etc. Williams Trailer Park, #19 4775 Woodlane, Windermere.

ANNOUNCEMENT 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. 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. C.O.R.E Hunter Training Course in Invermere. Evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. on May 27th, 28th, and 31st. Saturday, June 1st from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and testing on Sunday morning. $150 includes C.O.R.E manual. Call Alan to register. 250342-9245.

Jeers to the part-timers or visitors to Radium who don’t respect the valley or its people enough to take their waste to the proper place. Leaving your garbage outside of our work along with bags of rotting produce is asking for trouble. If you can enjoy our home you should respect its residents, people and wildlife alike. Cheers to Canada Post Invermere for getting my silver coins. Very much appreciated. Jeers to the guy who keeps kicking my yard lights in Fairmont. I am trying to light up the world so no danger comes to those who walk at night. Jeers to the guy who parks in front of AG Foods every morning with his car idling. A huge cheers to Dianne for returning my Britney Spears wallet after finding it on a hike around Lake Lillian. After it was stolen at Panorama I didn’t expect to see it again! Thank you! Cheers to elections. You may not like everything that’s said but at least we have the freedom to say it. Cheers to the U.N. for the World Charter for Nature! Cheers to Dian Fossey, David Chang, Chico Mendez, Joy Adamson and George Adamson! Cheers to Fred and Claudia Becker. I will gladly contribute to your fund! Let’s help those that don’t appreciate the natural attributes of our valley move somewhere they will be more comfortable. I think this is the best solution I have heard yet for the deer problem! K. Baker.

Cheers to Eagle Ranch Resort for the best webcam in the B.C Interior. Cheers to reporters Dan and Nicole for writing articles to assist job seekers and to inform employers about opportunities and services in our region. Cheers to the person who turned in my purse at Tim Hortons on April 24th. Thank you for your honesty. A big cheers to all the wonderful people who have helped with the work on the renovations at Village Arts. Artists and partners. You are an amazing team! Warwick Interiors thank you so much. Cheers to everyone who bought earrings to raise money for GALS at Fire Vixen Tattoos. Your support and donations are much appreciated! Cheers to Amanda and staff at Copper Point Resort for being so supportive and welcoming to our swim club. Thank you! Otters. Cheers to Blaine and your sage advice on the GDMBR. You are helping us greatly in getting this trip idea off the ground! Cheers to Josh Estabrooks for being absolutely right about the town deer. They’re nothing else than dirty, filthy rats! Jeers to the inconsiderate thief who stole my 11-year-old brother’s bike last week right from our driveway. Return it to 6th Street and buy your own bike. Grow up. Jeers to whoever took my Buddha from my yard. Better hope you return him before I find you!

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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.

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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. 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.

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.

Radium: 4-bdrm, 2-bath basement suite. W/D, N/P, N/S, no partiers. $1,100/month, utilities included. References required. 250-3426010.


Radium: bachelor suite for rent. $350/month, utilities included. Available May 1st. Call 250-3476420.

Private room with cable, phone, laundry access, internet, and all utilities included, $400/month + $200 D.D., N/P. 1-866-222-0325. 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. Roommate needed to share 3-bdrm house in Wilder subdivision near the beach. $475/month + shared utilities. 250-341-5646.

Windermere: 2-bdrm suite in 4-plex. All appliances. Large yard, close to beach, pets considered. $725/month. Call 250-409-7435 or

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. Invermere townhouse with lots of upgrades. 3-bdrm, 3-bath. Developed basement, single garage and large communal yard. 5 minute walk to downtown. Furnished or unfurnished. $1,300/ month + utilities. N/S, N/P, references required. Available July 1st, negotiable. 403-697-4319. Large 4-Bdrm house. Invermere. N/S, $1,200/month + utilities. Available May. 250-341-1650 or

CONDO FOR RENT Canal Flats: 2-bdrm, 1.5-bath 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.

Invermere: 1-bdrm walkout basement suite. Close to downtown. $725/month. Utilities, cable, internet included. Available May 1st. Call 250-341-1209.

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 immediately. Contact Mike at 403-804-6937.

Black Forest: 2-bdrm basement. $750/month, utilities included. N/S, pets negotiable. Available June 1st. Call 250-270-0745.

Sable Ridge: 4-bdrm condo available for long-term rental. $1,400/month + utilities. Call 403241-3928.

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7’ 7” Junior kayak. $350. 250-3416043.

1999 Tahoe trailer, 30 ft. Front bedroom, bunk beds, slide-out, AC, new awning, stored locally. $13,500. 403-249-4643.


Dryer Vent and Furnace Cleaning & inspections. Call AQUAIR today! 250-342-5089.

FOR RENT INVERMERE Lake Windermere Pointe 2 bedroom, unfurnished. $1,000 plus utilities. Available June 1st or sooner. 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

Invermere: beautiful condo close to downtown. 3-bdrm, 3-bath, 5 appliances, large storage room and attached garage! Will go fast at $1,150/month + utilities. Call Kevin for showing at 780-9821140. Radium: 2-bdrm, 2-bath unfurnished condo. $800/month + hydro and damage deposit. Hydro to be transferred to renter. Minimum 6-month lease required. Contact 403-809-4372 for info or viewing. Beautiful 930 sq. ft. unit at Sable Ridge in Radium. 2-bdrm, 2-bath + den. On main floor with a view. Access to private pool, hot tubs and clubhouse. Underground parking. Call 250-342-0200 or email kristi. Radium: The Pinewood. 2-bdrm, 2-bath. Fully furnished, fireplace, BBQ, 5 appliances, 2 TVs, underground parking. N/S, N/P. Available immediately. $1,100/ month, utilities included. D.D. required. Call Joanne, 780-9143497.

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Composted aged horse manure, loaded. $50/half ton truck. 4 km south of Invermere. 250-342-1526. Like-new three bedroom home with mountain views. $298,000. Call Mike 250-241-6150 or log on to ID:266065. 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. 3.82 acres. 1,900 sq. ft. home. Attached double garage, and 2,200 sq. ft. workshop. Property is ideal for a home-based business and for storage of recreational vehicles. Large garden area. Call 250-3426967.

CONDO FOR SALE Riverstone villas condo. 3-bdrms, 1.5 bath, large soaker tub, walkin shower, fireplace, 6 appliances, large open kitchen/dining, carpet, hardwood and lino, deck, gas heat, garage. Never smoked in, no pets or renters, shows like new. $199,000. 250-342-7608.

MISC. FOR SALE 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. Canon Rebel XTi DSLR camera body plus various lens options available. Price will vary on what package fits your needs the best. Phone 250341-6150. Teak coffee table with slate table top, new price $2,000 asking $290. Teak leather sofa, $150. Wrought iron coffee table with glass top, $125. 2 sets of junior golf clubs (Ping and US Kids) $125 and $95. Phone Elkhorn Ranch, 250-3420617.

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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 foot inboard, 175 horse motor. Great condition. Asking $10,000 OBO. To view call 250-342-1143. 18 foot DORAL Spirit. Open bow, 325 HP 5.7L V-8, dual exhaust, electronic trim tabs! Boat is fun, reliable and powerful. $9,500 OBO. Call 250-688-1495. 1998 Campion 535. Approx. 400 hours. 4.3L Merc-cruiser. Excellent condition. $10,000. 403-850-3383 or 250-342-2500. Boat and trailer. 18.5 foot Sea Ray. 240 HP inboard, very few hours on the motor. Self-locking trailer. Ready for summer and ready to go. Located at Real Storage in Windermere. $13,750. Call Richard, 403-286-8092 or 403-874-6581.

VEHICLES FOR SALE 1994 Dodge Dakota pick-up 4wd extended cab. Runs great, $1000.00 OBO. Call 250 342-1245. 1988 GMC pick-up 2wd regular cab. 4 new tires, new starter, no rust. Runs great. $1500.00 firm. 250 342-1245. 1994 Nissan king cab 4x4 pickup. Runs great. $1,000. 250-919-0788. 2008 Chev Uplander LT $9,900 OBO. 95,000 kms, 3.9L V-6. Many extras. One owner. Phone 250-341-3498. 1998 GMC Yukon SLT. Fully loaded, 20,9694 kms, 2 sets of tires on rims. $4500. 250-341-7041.

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 Monday May 20th. Come join us on Saturday, May 25th for “Zumba in the Park” at Mount Nelson Athletic Park from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Class is by donation and all proceeds go to the Hospice Society of the Columbia Valley! For more information please contact Julie at 250-341-5474, email japarent@, www.julieparent.zumba. com or on Facebook at Zumba Fitness - Julie Parent.

Answers and insight into life issues/ patterns/questions. $25 a reading. Text or call 250-409-4433. The Valley Shine shop has a new number. Phone or text 250-3427611 to book your vehicle or boat for spring cleaning. Hands-on Discovery Program licensed for children 2.5 to 6 years. Instruments, dance, games, art, animals, and much more! Drop-ins welcome with group rates www.

TEGART SAWMILLING Rough-cut dry fir. Beams, lumber, all dimensions up to 20 feet. Competitive pricing and delivery available. Located in Invermere, B.C. 250-346-3363.

HELP WANTED MacStevens Fresh Foods (operating our of Hopkins Harvest) Student required for kitchen help. Full-time. Food-safe preferable. Send resume to The Best Western Plus Prestige Inn Radium Hot Springs is currently accepting resumes for Housekeeping Professionals and Guest Service Agents to join our friendly work environment. Successful candidates will be provided with on-going training in industry-leading cleanliness and customer service, will receive competitive wages and a unique benefits program. Please apply in person.

SERVICES Home Building and Renos Chuck Newhouse Builders 250-342-3637

Triple J Window Cleaning Residential. For a brighter outlook call Jim, 250-349-7546. 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 . Shannon’s Blinds & Designs “The service and install was superb. Thank you.” ~ Dale. Phantom Retractable Screen Doors – Sale Shannon’s Blinds & Designs 250-342-5749 Covering the Valley – One Window At A Time

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492 Highway 93/95, Invermere, BC

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2 teaspoons Chili Flakes Ground Black Pepper ¼ cup Vegetable Oil Spaghettini or Vermicelli, cooked 2 Grated Carrots 4 Green Onions, thinly sliced

In a medium bowl, whisk soy sauce with vinegar, chili sauce, sugar, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, chili flakes and pepper. Slowly whisk in vegetable oil in a thin stream. Refrigerate until ready to use; whisk again before using. Toss with cooked pasta, carrots and green onions. See all my recipes at

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

250-342-5102 HELP WANTED Peppi’s Pizza is accepting resumes for summer employment. Cooks, servers, dishwashers. Email to Attn: Tim and Laura 2013 and call or drop by in person. University student looking for landscaping, grass cutting jobs. Reliable. Have own equipment. 250-341-7022. Pleiades Massage at Radium Hot Springs Pools is looking for P/T and F/T massage personnel for spring and summer months. Phone 250347-2100 or drop by most days, 12 - 6 p.m. The Horsethief Pub is hiring F/T or P/T servers. Must be available weekends and evenings. Apply in person to the Horsethief Creek Pub & Eatery, by email to or fax 250-347-9987. Black Forest is looking for a P/T daytime cleaner. Also kitchen helper/ dishwasher. Call or drop off resume. 250-342-9417. Kootenay Coffee Works is now hiring full and part time staff. Must be available to work weekends. Day shifts only. Please drop off resume at Kootenay Coffee Works located beside Canadian Tire.

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

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. P/T Secretary. Letter writing, data entry, bookkeeping, sales and follow-up for artist/teacher. Computer skills, Windows 7, marketing and social media knowledge. Windermere home office. Call 403-519-8268 or Copper City Amusements is looking for front-end staff, gokart operators, and bumper boat operators. Contact Trisha, 250-6880711.

OPERATORS Woodex Industries is now accepting resumes for Operators. Please send resumes to or drop off in person to Trevor Young at 5711 Seel Road, Edgewater, B.C.

Acting Director, Communications CBT is seeking an Acting Director, Communications to direct all matters related to communications and public affairs activities throughout the organization.

HELP WANTED Everett Frater Enterprises is looking for lawn maintenance staff. Experience preferred, drivers licence a must.

With a department staff who are very competent in the technical areas of communications and public relations, the emphasis in this position will be on identifying, managing and resolving communication issues as well as providing managerial oversight and supervision to communications staff.

Please call: 250-342-5645

CBT will therefore be willing to consider a broader, more generalist range of management experience in making a selection for this position. This is a 1215 month term executive management position reporting to the CEO, and is based in Castlegar.

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Graphic Design We have an opening for a graphic designer in our Invermere newspaper office. We are looking for someone with a graphic design background, who has a solid understanding of production principles, advertising design and lay-out. The selected individual will have knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, be proficient with the internet and e-mail/ FTP protocols, MAC OS; hardware and software. High organizational skills with knowledge of pre-press and technical requirements, excellent multi-tasking skills and self-motivated, some typesetting and copy writing. We are looking for an individual with strong PR skills and an ability to translate verbal requests to print concepts. Please send resumé with cover letter by April 30 to RoseMarie Regitnig, Publisher: rose-marie@ The Valley Echo PO Box 868 #8,1008-8th Avenue, Invermere, B.C. VA1K0 • 1.800.505.8998

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MAY 2013

GENERAL ELECTION Get ready to vote. Identification Rules for Voting Voters must prove their identity and current residential address to get a ballot or register to vote at the time of voting. Any one of the following pieces of identification is acceptable:

In the 40 th Provincial General Election, British Columbia’s voters will vote for their Member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. BC Has More Ways to Vote All voters can:

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Vote in any district electoral office from now until 4 p.m. (Pacific time) on General Voting Day, Tuesday, May 14, 2013. Vote by Mail You can ask for a Vote by Mail package from your district electoral office or through the Elections BC website at


Get our App for iPhones and iPads to find the closest voting place and for information you need to vote.

BC drivers licence BC identification card BC Services Card Certificate of Indian Status

Any Questions? For further information visit Elections BC’s website at or call toll-free 1-800-661-8683.

If you don’t have any of the above, bring two documents that together prove your identity and current residential address. A complete list of acceptable identification is available from Elections BC.

Vote at advance voting Voters can attend any advance voting location in the province from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (local time), Wednesday, May 8 through Saturday, May 11. All advance voting locations are wheelchair accessible.

Or, contact your district electoral office. Hours of operation Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Voters without identification can be vouched for by a voter in their electoral district who has identification, or by a direct family member, or by someone who has legal authority to make personal care decisions for the voter.

Vote on General Voting Day Voters can attend any general voting location in the province from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Pacific time), Tuesday, May 14, 2013.

The following persons have been nominated as candidates for Kootenay East for the 40th Provincial General Election.

Kootenay East Electoral District Candidate’s Name:

Financial Agent:

Official Agent:

Bill Bennett BC Liberal Party

Bill Brock 104 24th Ave N, Cranbrook, BC, V1C 4X2

Norma Blissett BC NDP

Rezin Butalid 2620 3A St S, Cranbrook, BC, V1C 5B1

General Voting Places:

Advance Voting Places:

District Electoral Offices: 240-1113 Baker St Cranbrook, BC (250) 417-6006

Baynes Lake Comm Club 468 Jaffray-Baynes Lake Rd, Baynes Lake, BC

Fraternal Order of the Eagles Hall 715 Kootenay St N, Cranbrook, BC

Prestige Rocky Mtn Resort 209 Van Horne St S, Cranbrook, BC

Elkford Comm Conf Centre 750 Fording Dr, Elkford, BC

College of the Rockies - Gym 2700 College Way, Cranbrook, BC

Grasmere Pioneer Hall 5880 Grasmere-Dorr Rd, Grasmere, BC

Sparwood Rec Centre 367 Pine Ave, Sparwood, BC

Fernie Family Centre 521 4th Ave, Fernie, BC

Elkford Comm Conf Centre 750 Fording Dr, Elkford, BC

Hosmer Comm Centre 7431 6th Ave, Hosmer, BC

St. Mary’s Band Hall 7470 Mission Rd, St. Eugene Mission, BC

Fraternal Order of the Eagles Hall 715 Kootenay St N, Cranbrook, BC

Elko Comm Hall 5445 Bate Ave, Elko, BC

Jaffray Village Hall 7375 Jaffray Village Loop Rd, Jaffray, BC

Steeples View Rec Assn 6211 Cartwright St, Wardner, BC

Sand Creek Senior’s Centre 7205 Rosen Lake Rd, Jaffray, BC

Fernie Comm Centre 901 6th Ave, Fernie, BC

Moyie Comm Hall 9322 Tavistock Rd, Moyie, BC

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MAY 2013

GENERAL ELECTION The following persons have been nominated as candidates for Columbia River-Revelstoke for the 40th Provincial General Election.

Columbia River-Revelstoke Electoral District Candidate’s Name:

Financial Agent:

Doug Clovechok BC Liberal Party

Kirsha Campbell PO Box 2697, Invermere, BC, V0A 1K0

Official Agent:

Norm Macdonald BC NDP

Glen Ewan PO Box 429, Golden, BC, V0A 1H0

Earl Olsen BC Conservative Party

Joan Olsen 531 30 Ave NE, Calgary, BC, T2E 2E5

Laurel Ralston Green Party of BC

William Green 716 5th Ave, Kimberley, BC, V1A 2T4

General Voting Places:

Glen Ewan PO Box 429, Golden, BC, V0A 1H0

Advance Voting Places:

District Electoral Offices: 423 9th Ave N Golden, BC (250) 344-3400

Brisco Comm Hall 2808 95 Hwy, Brisco, BC

Invermere Comm Hall 709 10th St, Invermere, BC

Resker Hall 660 306th St, Kimberley, BC

Invermere Comm Hall 709 10th St, Invermere, BC

Canal Flats Civic Centre 8911 Dunn St, Canal Flats, BC

Kimberley Centennial Centre 100 4th Ave, Kimberley, BC

Revelstoke Comm Centre 600 Campbell Ave, Revelstoke, BC

Kimberley Centennial Centre 100 4th Ave, Kimberley, BC

Edgewater Legion Hall 4858 Cordillera Ave, Edgewater, BC

Mt. 7 Rec Plex 1310 9th St S, Golden, BC

Springbrook Motel Resort & Campground 4527 93/95 Hwy, Skookumchuck, BC

Mt. 7 Rec Plex 1310 9th St S, Golden, BC

Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Nicholson Fire Hall 5225 Fairmont Resort Rd, Fairmont Hot Springs, BC 801 95 Hwy, Nicholson, BC

Wasa Comm Hall School House Rd, Wasa, BC

Revelstoke Comm Centre 600 Campbell Ave, Revelstoke, BC

Field Comm Centre 315 Stephen Ave, Field, BC

Parson’s Kids Club 3437 Parson Frontage Rd, Parson, BC

Windermere Comm Hall 4726 North St, Windermere, BC

Fort Steele Visitor Centre 9851 93/95 Hwy, Fort Steele, BC

Radium Senior’s Hall 4863 Stanley St, Radium Hot Springs, BC / 1 - 8 0 0 - 6 6 1 - 8 6 8 3

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The Columbia Valley Pioneer and Azure Massage & Wellness are pleased to be sponsoring a Mother’s Day contest! Simply draw a picture of Mom and drop it off at The Pioneer office for a chance to win a Mother’s Day gift package from Azure Massage & Wellness. Deadline: Tuesday, May 7th by 12 noon.


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Calling all crafters Submitted by Elinor Florence Special to The Pioneer Donations of fabric, yarn and craft supplies from as far away as Cranbrook and Calgary are flooding in to Granny’s Craft Cupboard. “We are so impressed with both the quantity and quality,” said organizer Val James of the Valley Go-Go Sisters, who are hosting the one-day event. The most popular item offered in the sale are the Granny’s Rainy Day Kits, which consist of bags full of craft supplies such as feathers, pipecleaners, styrofoam balls and artificial flowers to make a perfect gift for the grandkids. Quilting fabrics, including pastels and flannelette for baby quilts, are also popular. Huge amount of yarns in every colour of the rainbow, Christmas items including ribbons, kits and books, and lace — much of it donated new from a store in Cranbrook — will also be among the most sought-after items. Doll-making supplies including heads, hair and bodies will be available, as will pieces of upholstery fabrics, large enough for throw pillows. Wedding decorations, including masses of silk flowers, will be offered, as wells as boxes and boxes of craft books, knitting and clothing patterns. The giant one-day sale will be held at the Invermere Community Centre, at 709 10th Street, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 18th. All proceeds will go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation, a Canadian charity assisting African grandmothers whose families are affected by HIV and AIDS. “Many people have donated craft supplies that belonged to their mothers, and told me how much they appreciate these things going towards a good cause,” Val said Ms. James. Donations are being accepted at the Invermere Public Library until May 15th. Val emphasized that only craft supplies will be sold, not finished crafts. For more information, call her at 250-3413781 or email

Mothers Day SUNDAY BRUNCH 11:00PM – 2:00PM :00PM

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Reservations Recommended 11-250-341-4000 Copper Point Resort 760 Cooper Road

May 3, 2013 . . . ‘Abattoir’ from page 3 The facility would process a maximum of six animals per day twice a week during peak periods in the fall and the spring, with blood and offal to be collected and cooled on site. The mention of a slaughterhouse was enough to pique the concern from homeowners in Lakeview Meadows and the Black Forest Heights condominiums on the east side of the intersection. Many condo owners also felt there was a lack of notice about the proposal. “We have a little over 2,000 head of cattle in this area; we would have to slaughter them all at one time to have a concern,” Farmers Institute member Hedi Trescher told the packed room. The facility itself would consist of a 1,000 to 1,700 square foot abattoir building and a livestock storage area, covering a combined 0.8 hectares. “I see no evidence-based reason this abattoir would not fit into the crossroads,” said Juri Peepre of Wildsight, who noted the traffic should not be an issue, as “two dozen ore trucks go by each day, and we accept that.” “This is exactly the type of local economic development this valley needs,” he added. Local realtor Dave McGrath said local agriculture should be celebrated as a point of pride in the valley, but could not support putting the abbatoir at the crossroads, which already needs work, he pointed out to the panel. “It’s our welcoming mat, but it’s a disaster, really,” he said. An abattoir there “might not be a negative, but it certainly won’t be a positive to the entrance of our town.” As the quasi-legal public hearing got underway, regional district planning technician Jean Terpsma noted that prior to last Wednesday, more than 100 letters were received, with 63 people expressing opposition, 33 writing in support, and 7 taking a neutral stance on the proposal. Nearby businesses including the Crossroads Collective and the Copper Point Golf Course had plenty of questions to start the night about the property, which the Farmers Institute has owned since the early 1970s. “The District of Invermere needs to have an entrance that’s good,” said Crossroads Collective gallery owner Jessie Blakely, who questioned why the abattoir needs to be in such a high-profile location. Mr. Zehnder replied

the Farmer’s Institute looked at five sites before determining the three-phase power, access to water and the central location made the current site the best choice. The lot itself is within B.C.’s Agricultural Land Reserve, and has received permission for non-farm use. The most important factor, he added, is that the land would be donated by the Farmers Institute. Several audience members questioned why that high-priced land, adjacent lots of which have sold for well over $300,000 per acre, should be used, and at least two people proposed swaps for other agricultural land. In response to several questions asked by a Copper Point Golf Course representative, Mr. Zehnder explained the bylaw doesn’t restrict how many animals can be killed, how long they can be stored at the site, or what kind of animals can be processed. “These carcasses can go to any cut and wrap facility after,” he said. As things now stand, ranchers must drive 133 kilometres each way to get to the nearest licensed abattoir; driving that distance is not only costly but also quite stressful for the stock, explained Mr. Zehnder. The proposed abattoir has received support from local governments in Invermere, Radium Hot Springs, Canal Flats, the Town of Golden, and the Regional District of East Kootenay. Similar small abattoirs have shown they don’t cause odors, and there will be no cooking, rendering or smoking on site, Mr. Zehnder affirmed. The Farmers Institute agreed they have a responsibility to the community to make the building, which would likely be a metal or wood frame building with metal cladding, as attractive as possible. Mr. Zehnder noted having local quality beef grown and sold in the valley could result in a culinary experience for tourists, while others argued the potential effect on conventional tourism is being taken too lightly by the Farmers Institute. One man remarked he would “rue the day when friends ask me how to get to the Copper Point Golf Course, and I have to tell them to ‘turn right at the abattoir’”. “This isn’t just a resort valley, by the way,” said Mr. Zehnder. “There are other things going on, such as agriculture.” FARMER FRONT — Windermere District Farmers Institute members (left to right) Katie Wells, Hedi Trescher, Richard Halverson, Petra Downey and Peter Trescher fielded questions from the public prior to the public hearing on a bylaw change that would allow an abattoir (slaughterhouse) to be built near Invermere’s crossroads with Highway 93/95. The meeting at the Windermere Community Hall lasted nearly three hours. Photo by Greg Amos

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How I arrived at my faith By Pastor Rev. Fraser Coltman, St. Peter’s Lutheran Mission of Invermere “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” I believe this. I can’t prove it. I may be in a minority to believe that God made us and everything else. People with much more intelligence than I interpret fossils, landforms and stellar formations to propose theories of origins that require no god. These all have the stamp of scientific authority that my faith lacks. The Bible is not a collection of human thoughts about God. It claims only to be God’s thoughts revealed through its writers. It offers no arguments to prove its points, only testimony that we may believe or reject. I wasn’t raised to believe in a God-created world. I arrived at that faith in my first years as an adult. Through childhood and youth I had occasionally wondered about God, but never deeply. I always thought that that could wait until I got old. The untimely deaths of two of my school friends confronted me with the reality of my own mortality. Up to then I had only

worried what I might do in my life vocationally. Now I wondered if that even mattered, given the uncertain length of life itself. Earlier attempts at reading the Bible by myself had left me confused. The people included in its stories aren’t examples of strong moral character. That confused and disappointed me because I had thought that a person who knew God would have to be very good. The only really good person I found in the Bible was God; He was forever going after people when they got into trouble, like lost sheep. I began to go to a church to learn more about God. I got to know people who were much like me, though at many different stages of life. We worshipped together, listening to Bible readings and sermons and then singing and praying to God in response. I saw that they believed that God is, and that He was good to them. They trusted Him. They also disobeyed Him and got into trouble, but God seemed to be the person they counted on for forgiveness and life. They thanked Him for life’s good and they asked Him for help with life’s bad. In that community of faith, I began to believe in God. I still had many worries, but I found that I could ask God for help. I no longer felt so alone in the world. I learned to trust that God is still at work in life creatively, providing for us generously and protecting us from danger. I came to believe that God’s greatest gift to us is His Son, Jesus, for He is true God and true man, come to restore us to faith in God our Creator.

Valley Churches LAKE WINDERMERE ALLIANCE CHURCH Sunday, May 5th, 10:30 a.m.: “Multiply: The Disciple and the Bible” The Lord’s Supper will be served. Pastor Trevor ministering. “K.I.D.S.” Church provided for children age 3 to Grade 1 and Grades 2 to Grade 5 during the morning service. Pastor Trevor Hagan • 326 - 10th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-9535 • WINDERMERE VALLEY SHARED MINISTRY ANGLICAN-UNITED 9:00 a.m.: Worship at All Saint’s, Edgewater 9:30 a.m.: God’s Breakfast Club for Children and Youth 10:30 a.m.: Worship at Christ Church Trinity, Invermere 7:00 p.m.: Workshop at St. Peter’s, Windermere 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 Rev. Fraser Coltman • 1-866-426-7564 RADIUM CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP Sunday 10 a.m. Worship service Pastor Wayne and Linda Frater • 250-342-6633 No. 4, 7553 Main St. Radium • 250-347-9937 CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS Worship Service, Sunday, 10 a.m. • Relief Society, 11:15 a.m. President Barry Pratt • Columbia Valley Branch 5014 Fairway, Fairmont Hot Springs • 250-341-5792

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. . . ‘Church’ from page 8 The church was restored in 1990 with support The logs used were sent up the river to Golden’s mill in exchange for shingles and building supplies. from local volunteers and the B.C. Heritage trust. While it was originally furnished with makeshift The cemetery was revamped, and the building was renovated and repaired. seating, St. Mark’s Church opened in June 1896. Six years later in 1996, St. Mark’s hosted a cenFramed in the historic church, dated from Thursday, June 18th, 1896, is a letter from one tenary celebration of the church, an event which church wife to another which was sent in prepara- drew more than 250 people. Since then, the church has been aesthetically tion for the grand opening. “The church is to be finished for Sunday and to maintained. To avoid vandalism, the church doors celebrate the opening the ladies that were at the service remain unlocked, allowing passers by to take a peek last Sunday proposed I have a lunch after the service is without breaking in. over,” reads the letter. “And for fear you do not get word any other way, I thought I would send this note for we want everyone to turn out and make as large a congregation as possible.” Not long after Agnes’s vision of a Presbyterian church became a reality, she became ill and passed away, shortly after the birth of her fifth child in 1903. Agnes’s body was the second to be buried at St. Mark’s cemetery, and the Pirie family moved back to Ontario that same year. After many years passed, the building became an Anglican church, and remained a landmark for decades after weekly service ceased. The church is still used for funeral and wedding ser- OLD FAITHFUL — St. Mark’s Church has stayed well vices on occasion. looked after thanks to volunteer efforts. Photo by Dan Walton

Measure of a man Columbia Valley Rockies returning player Damon Raven, right, has his height measured by volunteer Madison Ukass during a Rockies Spring Camp fitness session at the Invermere Curling Club on Saturday, April 27th. Below, Rockies hopefuls compete in a scrimmage game at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena.

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