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Getting a team into the tournament takes Since it was first conceived as a long time, as a means to celebrate the Vancouver demand for the Olympics in 2010, the Snowflake tournament has Festival in Invermere has contin- built up into a ued to embrace winter in the valley lengthy wait through family entertainment on a list; a team that frozen Lake Windermere. will be playKicking off alongside it on the ing in its first weekend of January 17th through bonspiel this 19th on Lake Windermere at year will have Kinsmen Beach will be the 31st waited at least LANTERN LIGHTERS — A group of friends tries to years, set their flame-powered lantern aloft at last year’s Snowannual Bonspiel on the Lake curling seven tournament, a hugely popular event. said Invermere flake Festival. It’s back on the lake a week from now, and Club will again be teaming up with the Bonspiel on the Lake to Since the early 1980s, dozens Curling Rob produce an unforgettable weekend experience. of curling teams have been return- member Pioneer file photo by Greg Amos who’s ing to the valley for the Bonspiel Dunn, on the Lake, which spans three days competed in 29 organizing, as they’ll be operating and matches up 64 different teams. of the bonspiel’s 30 tournaments. an arts and crafts tent throughout When the Olympic Torch the event. was carried through the valley At 6 p.m., the Taste of the in January 2010, the District of Valley food sampling festival will Invermere lit up the valley for the be underway, where five local resevent by hosting the Snowflake taurants will mobilize themselves Festival, which has become a onto the frozen lake and serve up seasonal staple in Invermere. their most popular items. Passports The festival will begin at 4 for the Taste of the Valley can be p.m. on Friday, January 17th, purchased at the event for $10. when the Lake Windermere “You won’t leave hungry,” said Ambassadors will be hosting an District of Invermere events co-orinterpretive skate and walk. dinator Theresa Wood. Live music is set to begin While most of the event will ICY INVITE – Peter Holmes (left) and at 5 p.m., with Pernell Reichret happen during evening hours, the Perry Horning inspect the ice under the outdoor curling sheets on Tuesday, performing onstage. There is no skating rinks, in addition to the curling sheets, will stay illuminatJanuary 7th, as a crew gets ready to go to cost to attend. And children will enjoy ed with bright lighting until the work to preparing the surface for the 31st the activities that artists from Snowflake Festival wraps up after annual Bonspiel on the Lake. Photo by Greg Amos Invermere’s Black Star Studios are fireworks, which begin at 8 p.m. By Dan Walton Pioneer Staff

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Stability defines real estate in the valley By Greg Amos Pioneer Staff With housing and condo prices dropping only marginally in the past year, real estate in Columbia Valley is finding a floor, according to the latest numbers from BC Assessment. “A typical single family home in Invermere that was previously assessed at $346,000 was valued at $336,000 in the summer of 2013,” explained Rod Ravenstein, the Kootenay Region deputy assessor for BC Assessment. “It’s really quite consistent with the trends we’re seeing throughout the Kootenays; Cranbrook is almost unchanged, in the Elk Valley we’re seeing slight lifts in the market, and Invermere and Golden are showing stability, with a slight downward trend.” Strata units such as condominiums aren’t losing value nearly as fast as they have been in previous years,

added Mr. Ravenstein. While the average values for residential strata in Invermere dropped by 7.5 per cent, Radium Hot Springs — where there’s a more abundant supply of unsold condos — saw strata prices drop by just 1.85 per cent. All regional district areas in the Columbia Valley saw a net strata value drop of 5.7 per cent. “Strata evaluations are stable, but declining slightly more than the (overall) residential market,” said Mr. Ravenstein. BC Assessment, the provincial crown corporation charged with valuing all land and improvements in B.C., measures all values as of mid-summer. A neighbourhood-by-neighbourhood comparison around the Columbia Valley shows slight declines in single family homes values for most areas, driven by market trends. Notable exceptions include Fairmont Hot Springs (where the average assessment value rose to $373,000 from $370,000 last year) and Canal Flats (where the average home increased by $4,000 to $162,000).

A few communities on the east side of Lake Windermere saw big increases: lakefront properties rose to an average of $1.45 million from $1.35 million, while homes in Timber Ridge increased from $489,00 on average to $512,000, and Windermere properties went up to $602,000 from $580,000. Invermere’s total residential tax base now sits at $932 million, down from $961 million. Commercial and industrial properties in the area are seeing value adjustments of no more than five per cent in either direction, he added. Residential property value — including single family homes, condos and apartment buildings and undeveloped lots — was up 1.31 per cent across the entire East Kootenay region. BC Assessment also released a list of the top 100 most valuable homes in the East Kootenays: of the top 20, 16 are in the Lake Windermere area. The full list can be found at .

Whiteway wingspan Toby Creek Nordic Club member Brad Kitching produced this map of Lake Windermere Whiteway, which he maintains over four loops that span a total of 31 kilometres this year. Brad ploughs snow off the skating surface regularly, maintains a thin layer of snow for skate skiing, and pulls a cross-country ski track-setter with a snowmobile. All the work is accomplished thanks to volunteer efforts, funds from the Toby Creek Nordic Club (which provides Whiteway updates on its website, ), and a $5,000 annual amount from the District of Invermere. Whiteway users are encouraged to donate to or join the club via the website.  Image submitted by Brad Kitching International Paralympic Committee (IPC)

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For those of us that recognize the Greek Orthodox Christmas, Merry Christmas. I trust everyone had a great Christmas with family and friends and now the old grind of work and school begins. Only 249 more sleeps. • On January 3rd, the Columbia Valley Detachment was investigating a report of hit and run that happened in the rear alley behind 7th Avenue. The offending vehicle backed into a parked car. The driver of the offending car was observed and a name has been provided to the police. The investigation is continuing. • On January 3rd at 7:53 a.m., the detachment responded to a single vehicle accident on Highway 93/95 near Suncreek Road in Canal Flats. A 1998 GMC Jimmy operated by a 29-year-old male from Cranbrook was northbound when the driver lost control and the vehicle ended up overturned on its side. There were no injuries to the driver, who was charged with failing to keep right under the Motor Vehicle Act. • On January 3rd at 1:40 p.m., while conducting routine patrol in Invermere, the police noticed a 1993 Dodge Dakota driven by a driver who was known to have been prohibited from driving. Police stopped the vehicle in town and arrested the driver for driving while prohibited. The 51-year-old male from Invermere is charged with prohibited driving under the Criminal Code, driving while prohibited under the Motor Vehicle Act and driving without a valid drivers licence. The male is to appear in Invermere Provincial Court on March 10th. • On January 3rd at 9:36 p.m., staff at the pool in Fairmont Hot Springs were approached by three young girls who reported that a suspicious male appeared to be video taping them while in the pool. The male is described as being in his 60s. The male had departed the area before staff could make further inquiries. The pool area is secured by video surveillance; the investigation is continuing. December Road Check On Friday, December 13th, Columbia Valley Detachment members conducted a road check at Laurier

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Street and Panorama Drive. At the time, a 49-year-old male had his licence suspended for 90 days and his vehicle was impounded. At the end of the month, notification was provided by ICBC to the police that the driver in question on December 13th was prohibited from driving. Police will be contacting the male and he will be charged with driving while prohibited. Cram the Cruiser Just prior to Christmas to help the food bank, the detachment did an eighthour blitz with the help of Gracie from the Food Bank and Cpl. Grant Simpson. We located the police truck at Sobeys and AG Valley Foods. Pleased to report back to everyone that we filled the truck up three times and get this, over $1,200 cash was collected in that eight-hour period. If you have an event and you wish to advertise to bring items for the food bank with Cram the Cruiser present, give me a call. Thanks for your support. Year-end stats and the economy In 2013, the detachment responded to 2,825 incidents. In 2012 we responded to 2,915 calls. In 2008, when things were booming in the valley, the detachment responded to 3,401 calls. In the police world, we can make a judgement call on how the economy is doing in the valley by the calls for service volume. Things are looking up — we are not far from where we were in 2008. 2013 in review Concerned citizens in the valley have often inquired how my dream retirement boat is coming along. This should answer that question. • Bev pulled the trigger and she got the two-month renovations going in Golden, which are now into the fourth month. The dream boat is in jeopardy. • The dog was taken to the vet and found to require some urgent care. We advised the vet that Taz is family and money is not a concern: things not to say to a vet. The cost: a good kicker motor. Once recuperated, I had a one-on-one session with Taz and informed her the next time she is just a dog and will be viewed as long lost distant family. Continued on page 22 . . .

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Learn about lake during interpretive skate Watershed Wanderings By Kirsten Harma Pioneer Columnist Next Friday, January 17th, brings fun, food and friends to the shores of Lake Windermere during the annual Snowflake Festival. Before you head down to get something to eat during the Taste of the Valley or head out to watch the curling bonspiel, consider joining in on the Lake Windermere Ambassador’s interpretive skate tour on the lake. You’ll get some exercise, learn something, and be right at the water’s edge in time for the festivities. Here’s a sneak preview of what we’ll be talking about: • Life is still teeming beneath the lake surface even though it’s frozen. Burbot and mountain whitefish are two species that live in Lake Windermere during the winter. • Other fish species don’t do so well when the lake is frozen, so they seek refuge in the nearby Columbia Wetlands.

• Creatures in the water tend to slow down in the winter. Micro-organisms living in the water don’t grow or reproduce or feed as fast, which means less food is available for fish. But with the fishes’ metabolism also slowing, they don’t need to eat as much. How all of these foodwebs work is still uncertain – there is still a lot scientists don’t know about what happens in lakes in the winter! • Plants affect lake processes, even in the winter. Microbes feed on decayed plants and other organic matter in the soil. In low-to-no-oxygen conditions, those microbes produce methane gas (CH4). Those gases then rise to the lake surface, possibly affecting ice thickness. • Temperature under the frozen lake isn’t uniform. Water is the most dense at 4 C, so it’s 4 C at the bottom of the lake. But what about the lake temperature between bottom and top? During the lake tour, we’ll bring thermometers and you can find out for yourself. Want to learn more? The tour will depart from Kinsmen Beach at 4 p.m. on January 17th. Bring your own skates, but be prepared to walk if the ice isn’t in good condition. This event is free. Kirsten Harma is the program co-ordinator for the Lake Windermere Ambassadors.

Joguary inspiring resolution jump-starts By Steve Hubrecht, Pioneer Staff Invermere residents are set for some snowy steps again this year as Joguary is back. The January-long challenge is to jog — or run, walk, snowshoe, ice-skate or nordic ski (either classic or skate) at least one mile (1.6 kilometres) every day for the whole month. The challenge is put on by Crazy Soles running and yoga store and this is its second year. “It may sound pretty easy to do but it will shock you,” said Crazy Soles co-owner Beva Kirk. “Some days time gets away on you and then you have to squeeze in a mile somehow.” Last year, the first-ever Joguary had people squeezing in that mile in some creative ways, she said. “One lady last year was stuck in an airport so she walked the airport until she got her mile in. Last year Jordie and I ran out of daytime and did our mile in ski boots after a day at the hill,” she said. The challenge is free to enter and all you need to do is log your activity on the Crazy Soles Joguary

2014 Facebook page. Crazy Soles co-owner Beva and Jordie Kirk say they put the event on to get more people out and being active. The couple got the inspiration for the event from their good friends who run Strides Running store in Calgary and put on a similar event each December. The Strides Streak, however, is only running; the Kirks decided to have a range of activities in their event to open it to a larger group of people. Last year 170 people signed up for Joguary and the group totaled its miles to do a virtual tour across Canada on the Facebook page, making it all the way across the country from east to west and then up to Alaska. This year 70 people are already signed up and the virtual tour will take the group as far south as possible. “My favorite part about Joguary is reading about the people who are motivated to get out when the weather just sucks and it’d be so easy to not do it,” said Mrs. Kirk. Those looking for others to log some of their miles with can join the Crazy Soles Saturday group trail run.

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Historical Lens

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By Greg Amos, Pioneer Staff

Thanks to some tremendous efforts from a few dedicated locals, the 31-kilometre Whiteway on Lake Windermere is a fantastic attraction for the region this year. I learned a few of the nuances of maintaining such a vast trail system by speaking with the Toby Creek Nordic Club’s Brad Kitching last week. (Check out the superb map Brad made, printed on page 3 of this paper.) While consistent winter temperatures are a big part of the equation, so too is being vigilant in keeping the ice track clear with a plow and sweeper. “If it snows, I go,” said Brad, noting the importance of clearing the highly-reflective snow off the surface in order to allow the right amount of solar radiation and cold-air contact on the icy surface of the six-metre wide path. That reminded me of a mind-blowing study conducted by researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UC Berkeley: if the 100 largest cities in the world painted their roads and rooftops white, the reflective power of all that whiteness could offset 44 metric gigatons (44 billion tons) of greenhouse gas. The study claims that over the next ten years, construction of dark roads and roof tops will account for an equivalent 75 per cent increases in greenhouse gasses in those cities. Coming out of a year where the planet’s crossed a dangerous threshold into 400 parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, tools like this could prove very important in keeping Whiteways around the world available to skaters of the future.

ICE UPDATE As of Monday, January 6th, the ice thickness on Lake Windermere was 17.5 inches offshore from Kinsmen Beach.

Driver on the set, 1922 Film director Edward Griffith stops valley resident and driver Godfrey Vigne for a chat during the filming of Unseeing Eyes, a 1923 “northern adventure” film produced by William Randolph Hearst and starring Lionel Barrymore, Seena Owen and Charles Byers. This photo was provided by Robert Vigne . The 90-minute silent movie, about the sister of a silver mine owner who hires a renegade pilot to fly her to her brother’s rescue, was filmed near the Paradise Mine and on the frozen Lake Windermere — note the snow chains installed on the car’s rear tires. No copies are thought to be in existence today. Later, in 1939, the motor from this car powered Walter Nixon’s drag saw in Wilmer. Photo A1437 courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Windermere Creek mouth is dangerous

Dear Editor:

Thanks to The Pioneer for taking a step forward to bring awareness to the hazards on Lake Windermere. My husband and I have been the first responders to two injury accidents on the lake involving quads. We have also seen many vehicles crash into the lake in the last few years. It was almost a daily occurrence this year around Christmas time. All of these

accidents have happened at the same place on the lake — where Windermere Creek feeds into Lake Windermere by Shadybrook Campground. It is only a matter of time before someone dies at this spot. I really hope the government wakes up to the seriousness of this problem. Gail O’Reilly Windermere

A literary correction — The Pioneer mistakenly reported the Invermere Public Library’s hours in last week’s Out and About. The library is currently open for it’s usual hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Our apologies for any confusion due to this error.

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Commerce in Canada isn’t all that bad Dear Editor: Interesting letter, Mr. Stawychny, (in the January 3rd Pioneer) regarding free trade and the post office. However, a few things seemed to be missed in your rant against everything dealing with commerce and people and how the government is after our lives and our souls. For instance, you rail against NAFTA as a means for Pitney to sue the feds over Canada Post and its profitable operations. For one, anyone can sue anyone for anything, it’s simply a matter of whether they might succeed. Canada Post gets close to $1 billion per year in subsidies and you state it’s profitable? I will grant you that having 22 vice presidents would be insane but then, that is not government but bureaucrats doing what they do best: feather their own nest. Do you really think, Bryan, that anyone that is negotiating multi-billion dollar agreements is going to let anyone know what the nitty gritty is during those negotiations? It will be debated in Parliament prior to being finalized, that’s the way the system works in Canada and the U.S. and Britain. Privatize Parks? Again, I don’t think so. Privatize the hot pools, not even close. Allow private enterprise to long-term lease the hot pools, yes, absolutely. Public Health and education being privatized? You know, that might be

a good thing given how poorly the two systems work when compared to other jurisdictions such as France and Germany. Take a look some time as to their systems and weep in frustration for what is current in Canada. We already have privatized and alternative health care systems in place in Canada – see the Armed Forces system, WorkSafeBC, and private MRIs and CAT scans that work so well. Privatizing, at least to some extent, should be good for citizens in the long run. And no, I’m not advocating the U.S. system, heaven forbid that scenario. As to education, have you seen how the Montessori system works? That’s private and works far better than what the teachers’ union is always advocating. Or at home schooling, that is the max of private schooling and look how good that is relative to the public system. I realize that you don’t like the concept of being out of the loop and feel there are conspiracies everywhere, but maybe it’s time to think a little deeper on actions of others and the overall benefits to the whole. It’s not all bad Bryan; in fact what is happening in Canada and B.C. is really really good versus what’s happening in Africa, South America and many parts of the U.S.

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The pull of Panorama growing stronger By Greg Amos, Pioneer Staff The next time 30 centimetres of Purcell Mountain powder falls overnight at Panorama Mountain Village, this skier will be prepared. After a December day spent sampling all 4,000 vertical feet the mountain has to offer, here are some findings that can guide any mountain addict in taking full advantage of the 3,000 acres of terrain between the summit and the village. “Wind in the valley, snow on the mountains is the old saying,” explained marketing co-ordinator Jamie Hurschler on the way up the Mile One Express Quad. “Here, that usually means really good things happening on the mountain.” The day’s first tour stop off the summit was a new feature: a painless access point to Taynton Bowl. Skiers and boarders familiar with the short uphill walk to access the bowl can now opt to build up speed on blue run Get Me Down, before hooking left at the run’s first sharp right turn, allowing one to cruise into the steep powder zone without walking. Glading in Taynton Bowl last summer vastly improved the C-Spine and Ktunaxa runs, thanks to the expert work carried out by heli-ski guides. “They had a really good eye for the terrain as to which trees they should take out and which ones they should leave, for the longevity of the run,” said Mr. Hurschler. After cruising down the enjoyable Roy’s Run, a return trip to the summit led from the always-great View of 1,000 Peaks to Messerli’s Mile (named after one of the mountain’s pioneers, amidst other runs in the popular intermediate Founder’s Ridge area). Later runs on World Cup Way and Pod’s gave us a chance to sample the new grade that connects Pod’s to Downhill and Showoff, which offers the mid-mountain corduroy groomed runs that many speed-demon skiers and boarders crave. Those runs are better than ever this year, as Panorama has done extensive work to perfect the grades for the International Paralympic Committee’s World Cup races that began earlier this week. A treed section that used to divide Skyline and Roller Coaster has been removed, with Roller Coaster now widened to skier’s left. The improvements mean Panorama is now suited for all five alpine ski racing disciplines, as opposed to the two disciplines offered in past para-skiing races at the mountain. In addition to the alpine upgrades, Panorama is now catering to those seeking the full mountain experience: the new all-inclusive Pano Pass has replaced the lift tick-

VAST VILLAGE — A picturesque Panorama Mountain Village as seen from the Founders Ridge area, in this shot taken on the second ski weekend of the season. Photo by Jamie Hurschler et, and includes limitless access to day and night alpine skiing and boarding, nordic skiing, tubing and tobogganing. If choosing whether to ski is a morning decision, Panorama’s sharp new summit webcam (found online at can help. The camera records a time-lapse video scrolling back to 24 hours earlier, allowing one to check out the previous day’s weather, scope out the size of the ski crowds, and take a visual observation of how much snow fell overnight. Anyone looking to upgrade their gear can also cruise to the resort’s new ski gear website, , which offers massive discounts on Nordica gear from years past, including race and freestyle skis, boots and accessories. Orders made online can be picked up at The Final Gate store in the mountain village. The website launched last summer, honouring Panorama’s long-standing partnership with Nordica.

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Movie Review: Closed Circuit Reviewed by Dean Midyette An explosion rips through Borough Market, leaving dozens of Londoners dead. A terrorist mastermind is quickly apprehended by British authorities, setting the stage for one of the most high profile trials in the country’s history. The legal proceedings will involve hearings before a court, through both open court and private in-camera sessions reserved for cases where sensitive classified intelligence is discussed, which requires two lawyers to be appointed. Enter Martin Vickers (Eric Bana) and Claudia Simmons-

Howe (Rebecca Hall), respectively the defence attorney and Special Advocate who will be representing alleged terrorist Farrouhk Erdogan (Denis Moschitto). Vickers earned the appointment after the suspicious death of the original barrister, foreshadowing the drama to come. As Special Advocate, only Claudia is allowed access to the top secret files and she and Martin, who conveniently are ex-lovers, are given strict instructions by the presiding judge that no contact between the two lawyers can be made once the secured files have been opened. What follows is a shadowy tale wending its way through the murky recesses of the intelligence community. As Vickers uncovers incriminating tidbits of information during his investigation, he is forced into covert trysts with Simmons-Howe in defiance of the court ordered sequestration.

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Gone Hollywood’s TOP FIVE OF THE WEEK Last Week’s Top 5 Rentals New Releases January 14 1 2 3 4 5

The Family Lone Ranger Elysium We’re the Millers Red 2

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The Butler Riddick Carrie The Spectacular Now I’m In Love With a Church Girl



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Director John Crowley provides a master foundation for the unfolding plot in the opening half of the movie as layers of the onion are peeled away. As an avid fan of political thrillers I found myself awaiting the crescendo of action that was sure to follow. Instead, the threads of the side plots failed to be woven, characters of import disappeared from the story without explanation, and veiled threats were never executed. As a result, what began as a tale where I found myself hanging on every word and nuance finished with a dull thud, plot holes galore, and disappointed thoughts about what could have been.

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Captain Phillips Machete 2: Kills Instructions Not Included Blue Jasmine Charlie Countryman

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Out & About

Tuesday, January 14th

Toby Theatre

• 9:50 a.m.: The Para-Alpine Panorama IPC World Cup at Panorama. 9:50 a.m.–3 p.m., Giant slalom race, men and women; 9:50 a.m., Run 1; 1:30 p.m., Run 2; 3:15 p.m.; Awards in front of the day lodge. • 6 p.m.: Swimming at Radium Hot Springs with the Summit Youth Centre, 5 - 9 p.m. Please register by January 13th, 7:00 p.m. Leaving the Summit at 6:00 p.m. • 7 p.m.: Cinefest movie night presents Storm Surfers, marking Australia Day (January 26th). Runner-up for the 2012 Blackberry People’s Choice Award, this awe-inspiring film follows two Aussie best mates (Tom Carroll and Ross Clarke-Jones) approaching their 50’s who travel the southern hemisphere pursuing one of the world’s most deadly and exhilarating sports: big wave surfing. At Pynelogs Cultural Centre. Tickets at the door, $10. Cash bar and light refreshments. All ages. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., film begins at 7 p.m.

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Wednesday, January 15th

Friday, January 10th

• 5 - 9 p.m.: Experiment night at the Summit Youth Centre.

• 10:30 a.m.: The Para-Alpine Panorama IPC World Cup at Panorama. 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Downhill race, men and women. 2:15 p.m., Awards ceremony in front of the day lodge. For more information: www. • 6 - 11 p.m.: Chain story and Exquisite Corpses at the Summit Youth Centre. • Windermere Valley Minor Hockey 2014 Female Midget “A” Tournament, January 10th - 12th at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. Invermere Rockies play at the following times: January 10th, 4:45 - 6:45 p.m. vs. Lomond; January 11th, 7 - 9 a.m. vs. Salmon Arm and 5:25 - 7:25 p.m. vs. Okotoks. January 12th games TBD.

Thursday, January 16th

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Saturday, January 11th • 10:30 a.m.: The Para-Alpine Panorama IPC World Cup at Panorama. 10:30 a.m.–3 p.m., Super combined race (downhill and slalom), men and women; 10:30 a.m., Downhill race; 2:25 p.m., Slalom race; 3:15 p.m., Awards ceremony in front of the day lodge. • 6 - 11 p.m.: Fast and Furious movie marathon at the Summit Youth Centre.

Monday, January 13th • 10:30 a.m.: The Para-Alpine Panorama IPC World Cup at Panorama. 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m., Super-G race, men and women; 2:15 p.m., awards in front of the day lodge.

• 3 - 5 p.m.: EK Senior Caregiver’s Network at Columbia Garden Village dining room. Caregiver support group meets every third Thursday of every month. For info call Darla at 250-342-2808. • 7:30 p.m.: Lake Windermere Rod & Gun Club AGM at the Invermere Legion. Guest speaker Tara Szkorupa, Senior Biologist for the East Kootenays.

Friday, January 17th • 6 - 11p.m.: Challenges and hang out night at the Summit Youth Centre. • Windermere Valley Minor Hockey 2014 Atoms Tournament, January 17th - 19th at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. Invermere Rockies play at the following times: January 17th, 4 - 5:25 p.m. Blue vs. Banff Bears, 5:25 - 6:50 p.m. Orange vs. Banff Bears House; January 18th, 7 - 8:25 a.m. Blue vs. Canmore Eagles, 9:50 - 11:15 a.m. Orange vs. Rocky Mtn Rockets, 12:40 - 2:05 p.m. Blue vs. Elk Valley Wild, and 3:30 - 4:55 p.m. Orange vs. Indus Hurricanes. January 19th games TBD. • Annual Snowflake Festival at Kinsmen Beach, Invermere. Taste of the Valley menu sampling from local restaurants, hockey, skating, food, games, fireworks and more. Visit

• 31st Annual Curling Bonspiel on the Lake at Kinsmen Beach and the Invermere Curling Centre, January 17th - 19th. Email invermerecurlingclub@ for more information.

Saturday, January 18th • 6 - 11 p.m.: Birthday dinner of the month at the Summit Youth Centre.

Sunday, January 19th • 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.: 2014 Winter RallyCross “ICE Cup” event presented by the Calgary Sports Car Club(CSCC), as part of the Invermere Snowflake Festival. To participate, register online at ($50 per participant) or at the site ($60 per participant).Driver’s meeting at 10:30 a.m., timed runs from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Wednesday, January 22nd • 5 - 9 p.m.: Mural night at the Summit Youth Centre. Let’s make a mural for the Summit!

Thursday, January 23rd • 5 - 9 p.m.: Hang out night at the Summit Youth Centre.

Friday, January 24th • 6 - 11 p.m.: Pool and foosball tournament at the Summit Youth Centre. • Windermere Valley Minor Hockey 2014 Bantam Tournament, January 24th - 26th at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. Invermere Rockies play at the following times: January 24th, 7 - 8:45 p.m. vs. Lethbridge Titans; January 25th, 7 - 8:45 a.m. vs. Trail West Wolves and 5 5:45 p.m. vs. Elk Valley Wild. January 26th games TBD.

Other • The Whiteway is open! The Whiteway is a 15km groomed track that runs all the way around Lake Windermere and connects the towns of Invermere and Windermere. The Whiteway has tracks for classic crosscountry skiers, a groomed skate skiing track, and a cleared ice-skating track. There are three official entry points onto the Whiteway; one at Kinsmen beach in Invermere, one at the Invermere Bay Condos in Invermere, and one at Windermere beach. Visit The Toby Creek Nordic Club for a map and more information.

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OUTDOOR ORDER — Juri Peepre (middle) examines a map with Wildsight’s John Bergenske (left) and Canfor’s Ken Streloff (right) during an October 2013 field trip along Horsethief Creek in which local residents and conservationists joined Canfor professional foresters and biologists to learn more about the company’s forest harvesting practices and development plans in the region.  Photo submitted by Pat Morrow

Local conservationist honoured

By Steve Hubrecht Pioneer Staff After a lifetime dedicated to preserving wild places, Windermere resident Juri Peepre was recognized for his efforts by being awarded membership in the Order of Canada two weeks ago. “I was surprised, as there’s a lot of worthy people across the country who could get the award. I’m grateful and humbled to have been chosen,” said Mr. Peepre. “Environmental advocacy does not often get recognized at the national level,

so I’m personally pleased that the Order of Canada program recognizes that conservation is important.” Mr. Peepre is the regional chair of local East Kootenay environmental group Wildsight and has been working on wilderness conservation for non-governmental organizations and government organizations in northern British Columbia and the Yukon for decades. He was one of 90 people given the Order of Canada this year and was cited specifically for his role in protecting Canadian wilderness for future generations. Continued on next page . . .

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Retired surgeon inducted as Order of Canada member

By Steve Hubrecht Pioneer Staff

Retired surgeon and Fairmont Hot Springs resident Mort Doran has been named a member of the Order of Canada for his efforts to raise awareness about Tourette’s Syndrome and for his contributions to medical education. “It’s a bit embarrassing; somehow I feel I don’t match up to the criteria of others in that league (members of the Order of Canada). But I’m honoured and grateful that people would think I deserve it,” said Dr. Doran, who’s lived with Tourette’s Syndrome his entire life. But for almost four decades, he was unaware of the neurological disorder, having never even heard of Tourette’s — even though he had gone through medical school, been a general practitioner of medicine for five years and done his surgical residency. It was only when listening to a neurosurgeon in Halifax being interviewed on CBC radio’s Quirks and Quarks about Tourette’s Syndrome that he realized the symptoms being described matched those he’d had since kindergarten. “In the 10 minutes I just happened to listen to it, it was like a life description of me,” he said of the moment. He had previously assumed his symptoms were just an unexplainable part of his personality. Growing up, Dr. Doran worked hard to hide or camouflage his Tourette’s symptoms — which include tics (non-voluntary motor movements, some of which have associated vocal sounds), ritualistic obsessive behaviours and compulsions, as well as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder type behaviours (impulsiveness, distraction, non-compliance, and low tolerance for frustration).

“It was difficult in the sense of teasing and bullying,” said Dr. Doran. “I just kept away from everybody as much as I could. I had my own little world.” Although having Tourette’s complicated Dr. Doran’s life, it STEADY HANDS — Part-time valley resident Dr. Mort Doran hasn’t prevented has been honoured as a new member of the Order of Canada. him from being a Photo courtesy of The Province top-notch, laserfocused surgeon in the operating room. He likens his tics to an itch on your nose – when one arose while he was operating, he’d pause, deal with it by taking a quick micro break and then immediately pick up the scalpel again and continue with the surgery. Like the tension from an itch being relieved from a quick scratch, the tension from the tics would dissipate with a break. “What I would do is every so often, sometimes every three or four minutes, I would just step back and adjust my gloves or adjust my gown and then go back to cutting and dissecting,” he said.

Soon after the Wild Rivers Survey, Mr. Peepre joined Parks Canada, then later switched to working for non“Wilderness has been a passion of mine since I was a governmental organizations including a stint as the Outkid,” said Mr. Peepre, adding he grew up on the edge of a door Recreation Council of B.C. chair, and sitting as the town near Guelph, Ontario and spent founding chair and then countless hours in the woods around executive director for the his home. Yukon branch of the Cana“As I saw the maple sugar bush dian Parks and Wilderness around my home slowly get mowed Society (CPAWS), and later down for development, it had a really became the group’s national profound effect on me as a kid,” he president. said, adding his love of wild places was Mr. Peepre also worked further enhanced by the many wilderwith World Wildlife Fund ness trips his family took. Canada, the Yellowstone Mr. Peepre began working in the to Yukon (Y2Y) Conservaconservation field immediately after tion Initiative, the Training he graduated, joining the Wild RivResources for the Environers Survey done by Parks Canada in mental Community and Northern British Columbia in 1974. was a member of the MinisAn Order of Canada “I realized this was my niche,” ter’s Panel on the Ecological member pin he said. “What drives me is that wild places are Integrity of Canada’s National Parks. being steadily eroded and wild critters are having a Some of the major conservation harder time living on the landscape. I’ve always felt a campaigns in which Mr. Peepre has participated include connection to wild and beautiful places and I’ve always efforts to protect the Tombstone Mountains, the Peel Rivfelt driven to help protect them.” er watershed and the Tatshenshini River, all in the Yukon. . . . continued from previous page

Continued on page 22 . . .

These days he continues his passion for protecting wild spaces here in the East Kootenay with Wildsight and with Y2Y he is working on conservation in B.C.’s Peace River Break region. After almost 40 years dedicated to preservation Mr. Peepre said he’s particularly satisfied with the success in establishing Tombstone Territorial Park and with the ongoing work in the Peel River watershed, which began in 1990. “Those two places are the ones that really stick in my mind,” he said. “And of course the Columbia Valley is really amazing too.” Mr. Peepre said he feels fortunate to have been able to turn his personal passion into a career. “When I do conservation work, I’m loving every minute of it,” he said. “It is a challenging time to be in conservation, but if you stick with it, change for the better will come. Political and economic climates change, governments come and go, but a strong belief in conservation is a constant for Canadians and I think a really important constant.” Mr. Peepre is also co-author of Three Rivers: The Yukon’s Great Boreal Wilderness (a B.C. Book Prize finalist in 2005), plus two Yukon guidebooks with his wife Sarah Locke. He has been Wildsight’s regional chair since 2012.

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of net income. For 2013, the deductible is calculated as the lesser of three per cent of one’s net income, or $2,152. Charitable donations The tax credit for donation is two-tiered, with a higher credit for donations above $200. Spouses can pool their donation receipts or carry them forward for up to five years. New donors take notice: in the 2013 federal budget, a temporary First-Time Donor’s Super Credit was established. The Super Credit supplements the Charitable Donations Tax Credit with an additional 25 per cent non-refundable tax credit for first-time donors of up to $1,000 in donations, and is available for donations made on or after March 21st, 2013, and may be claimed only once during the 2013 to 2017 taxation years. There are a couple of constraints for claiming the Super Credit. Firstly, the donation must be in cash and cannot consist of in-kind items. Secondly, the definition of a first-time donor is limited to individuals and their spouses who have not claimed the Charitable Donations Tax Credit or First-Time Donor’s Super Credit in any taxation year after 2007. Final thoughts An important part of good money management is knowing how to keep more of what you earn. Be sure to discuss any tax strategies with your accountant or financial advisor to ensure suitability and compliance with federal and provincial tax laws.

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January 3rd edition of The Pioneer. risk is apparently the need for the Regional District of There are several pertinent issues stemming from East Kootenay to approve the use of the firehall for a this meeting that should be brought to the attention water treatment site. of Windermere residents. The first issue is the Parr This building and site has been purchased and Utilities purchase option: it was presented without paid for by residents of the Windermere Fire Proteceven an established purchase price! Why on earth were tion area that pre-dates most of the development on those who attended the meeting asked to choose a pre- the east side of Lake Windermere. This being the case, Dear Editor: ferred option without knowing the price? Who signs a why does Windermere have to ask for its own building blank cheque? and land back, and why would it be considered a risk? I read with interest your write- up entitled “WinSecondly, the option to use the old firehall as a I’m sincerely troubled and puzzled. dermere residents ponder water at meeting” in the water treatment plant has been discredited because of the time it would take to Helen Eldstrom construct. In fact, it could Windermere be the quickest option due to its “off the shelf ” Editor’s note: those at the meeting were given an modular design! information handout that included cost estimates for each of Nineteen-year-old The report analysis in- the four options being considered; the total purchase price for Stephen Pratt is a skilled dicated that approval for Parr Utilities was estimated to be anywhere from $822,000 forward playing his secthe firehall option had a to $1,004,000. ond year for the Columbia moderate risk level. The More letters on page 24 . . . Valley Rockies. He and his twin brother Stewart began playing hockey on an outdoor rink at about the age MORTGAGE RATES of eight. He would like to January 8 , 2014 combine hockey with edu3 year .....................................2.89% 10 year ...................................4.39% Bill & Andrea Rainbow, Mortgage Brokers cation; although he sees 5 year .....................................3.39% Variable Rate ..................... 2.55% 250-342-3453 | hockey as a significant part *Rates subject to change without notice. Purchase | Renewal | Refinance | Debt Consolidation | Lines of Credit of his life, he says school is MARKET UPDATE YEAR END 2013 much more important. SteLevel Ytd phen plans to study engiS&P/TSX 13622 9.6% Jason A. Elford, CFP , Certified Financial Planner neering. Averaging a point Dow 16577 26.5% 250-342-5052 | per game, he has added Nasdaq 4177 38.3% Investments | Retirement Planning| Insurance CAD/USD 0.941 -6.6% strong offensive skills to the Rockies lineup since TIP OF THE WEEK his return in late Parents – Gather your receipts to November after a stint with Katie Wells, P.Eng, Business Coach and Consultant claim your children’s fitness tax credit up to $500 of qualifying expenses the Junior A Mustangs 250-342-0056| per child are eligible. Bookkeeping | Accounting | Management | Administration | Business Centre in Calgary. . . . ‘Letters’ from page 7

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Scott Postlethwaite

CVCC Contractor/ Trade Builder of the Year 2008



Invermere, BC V0A 1K3


250-342-2999 Unit 4, 108 Industrial Rd #2 Invermere, BC

READY MIX CONCRETE Concrete Pump • Sand & Gravel Heavy Equipment Rentals • Crane Service Proudly Serving the Valley for over 50 years

building & renos

For competitive prices and prompt service, call: 250-342-3268 (plant) 250-342-6767 (office) Myth: Change your ads all the time. Readers get tired of the same thing. Reality: Develop a good campaign, or theme for your ads. Stick with that one campaign, and only make small changes of headlines or details. Call Dean at 250-341-6299 to find out more.

(250) 341-7283

RADIUM HOT SPRINGS ESSO Automotive Repairs 7 days a week


8, 1008 8th Ave. Invermere, B.C. Ph: (250) 341-6299 Fax: 1-855-377-0312 • Email:

Residential & Commercial Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

Bus: 250-342-9692 Cell: 250-342-5241

RR#4 2117 - 13 Avenue Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K4

GAS • PROPANE • DIESEL Freight & Passenger Depot

Fax: 250-342-9644

7507 Main St. West, Radium Hot Springs

(250) 347-9726

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HERE TO SERVE YOU RFE ALARMS Monitoring includes guard and keyholder service • Surveillance Systems • Home Theatre • Analog & Digital Background Sound Systems

ROSS‛S POOLS & SPAS Commercial – Residential Installation – Maintenance – Repairs


4890 Stoddart Creek RR#2 Invermere, BC V0A 1K2

Cell: 250-341-7727 • Fax: 250-347-6363 •

WINDERMERE 250-342-6805

Skandia Concrete

Kootenay Paving

• Serving the valley for over 30 years • Commercial • Industrial • Residential • All work is guaranteed • Free estimates

• Gel Nails & Pedicures • Coloured Gel • Nail Art Call Judy ~ 250-341-5245 • Days, Evenings, Weekends Invermere and East Kootenay Region

Septic Systems Installed ~ Pumped ~ Repaired Prefab Cement Tanks Installed Water Lines Dug and Installed Basements Dug

Darren Ross Local company, local service.

1756 Hwy 93/95, P.O. Box 2700, Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0 Phone: 250-342-6500 • Toll Free: 1-888-341-2221 • Fax: 250-342-3484

Kitchen cabinet & counter top SpecialiStS

New Home Construction

• Journeyman Carpenter • Contracting • Framing/Siding/Finishing • Timberframe • Custom Log Railing & Decks Scott Wilisky


Westridge Cabinets Dealer ~ Granite and Quartz Counter Tops Come visit our showroom,

492 arrow rd., unit 1b 250-342-hoMe (4663) • cell 250 270 0745

• Furnaces • Heat Pumps • Fireplaces • Full Heating and Ventilation Systems Call for your FREE consultation and estimate

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VJ (Butch) Bishop Owner/Operator

4846 Holland Creek Ridge Rd. Invermere, BC V0A 1K0

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


TRAPPEUR HOMES.COM Visit us online for more details about our innovative building techniques

Complete, Ready-To-Assemble, Highly Efficient Dovetail Log Home Kits

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UNIVERSAL DOORS & EXTERIORS Arnold Scheffer 250-342-6700

Top Value, Highly Efficient, Healthy & Natural Building System for Home Owners, Developers and Contractors.

Call Aaron: Call Max:

Sales ~ Service ~ Installation • Standard or Custom Plans Available

■ Lockout Service ■ Lake Recovery ■ 24 Hour Towing ■ Prompt Service

Industrial ~ Commercial ~ Residential

Also offering FREE year-round pickup of unwanted vehicles

Wildland Custom Construction

Warbrick Towing & Salvage

Journeyman Carpenter 250-272-6740 • Cell: 250-342-5851

• Renovations • Fine Finishing • Custom Woodwork

Brian Smith

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PIONEER CLASSIFIEDS ANNOUNCEMENT TO BOOK The (upgraded) Windermere Community Hall please phone 778-562-0092 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, 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.

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Phone: 250-341-6299 Fax: 250-341-6229 Email:






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

Very big cheers to the Kinsmen Club for making our Christmas a lot brighter! Jeers to the impending death of the old Wilmer school! A part of our heritage that could have been maintained, even restored, is about to be gone forever! To be replaced by a shop? Right in the heart of Wilmer. What a shame.

STORAGE SPACE – assorted sizes, easy access, immediate availability, long-term or short-term. Deck Properties Warehouse, Industrial Park: 250-342-3166.

Invermere: affordable 1-bdrm and 2-bdrm apartments. $600 - $800/ mo. Includes all utilities. 250-3411182.

The Kinsmen Club of the Windermere Valley would like to thank all those people who supported the Christmas Tree pick up this year. Your donations will be sent to the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. See you again next year!

Cheers to Roberta and Marcel of Castle Rock for going above and beyond on the evening of January 4th. Your kindness was greatly appreciated. A huge cheers to BA and Jordan at Fairmont Ski School, not only are you guys great instructors but the extra work you do making the Terrain Park is awesome. You guys rock!


CHEERS & JEERS Cheers to Peppi’s Pizza for an unsolicited act of kindness to a family in need. Laura, you rock! Happy New Year! Cheers to Calgarians for embracing our community and supporting local businesses. Your patronage helps to keep us in business. Cheers to Dave at Rainbow for the use of your shop over the holidays. Your generosity is only ever exceeded by your charm and good looks. The bed isn’t quite finished... but it’s close!



Take notice that miscellaneous goods and chattels belonging to the following person(s) and stored at Real Storage LP (Windermere) will be sold due to unpaid charges:

Mrs. Gauthier’s Grade Six students at J. Alfred Laird Elementary School and their little buddies in Ms. Fry’s Grade One class at Eileen Madson Primary school would like to give three big cheers to the Pioneer and all of the local businesses supporting our Buddies Building Beginnings microcredit project. Cheers to Palliser Printing for donating set-up costs to print our Buddies Building Beginnings calendar, to Kootenay Savings for agreeing to set up an account to manage our microcredit loan, to CIBC for donating to our cause. Cheers to the following businesses which have already begun promoting our Buddies Building Beginnings calendars in their shops: Brisco General Store and Greenhouse, Columbia Garden Village, District of Invermere, Home Hardware, Invermere Veterinary Hospital, Luminescence Salon, School District 6, Sears – Invermere, Sobeys, and Village Arts. Your support in empowering young people to help our community is greatly appreciated!

Geordie Stevens

Cheers to Doctor Mark and his beautiful staff for all their LOVE and support with Spirit. You’re amazing and have huge hearts!

The sale will be on Monday, January 27th, 2014 at Real Storage LP (Windermere) 1508 Highway 93/95, Windermere, British Columbia, V0B 2L1. The goods may be viewed at 12 p.m.. All bids are sealed and are for the entire contents of the storage unit. Payment can be made with cash, debit card or credit card.

Cheers to the great person that saved my dog from the attack of the killer Lottery sign in front of Valley Foods. Definitely my bad. Hope you bought a ticket!

Cheers to the men and women of Emergency Services, Fire Department and Hospital Emergency staff for rescuing and taking such fine care of my husband on Christmas Eve. Cheers to Panorama for advertising and attracting tourists from all over the world. Our local economy benefits hugely. Cheers to Juri Peepre of Windermere for his recent appointment to the Order of Canada for conservation work. Wildsight is proud to have you as its chair! Cheers to Al Miller, owner of Home Hardware, for boosting our car in the parking lot of the store. Your kindness reminded us of why we love living in a small community that takes care of its own. You’re a class act, Al.

For Lease: Micro office space, Panache Bldg., 250 - 300 sq. ft. each. All new, available immediately. Phone 250-342-5805. Retail opportunity in Invermere. 2,100 sq. ft. located on Main St. Rare vacancy in the busiest area of town. Don’t miss out on this golden opportunity, call now 250-2700570, ask for Josh. Short or long term okay. NEW HOUSE MULTI STORAGE 20 x 25 heated shop $450/mo, first and last D.D. required. 24 x 36 shop power included, propane heat at tenant’s expense, $650/mo first and last D.D. required. Contact New House Multi Storage • 250-342-3637.

SHARED ACCOMMODATION Private room, phone, laundry access, internet, and all utilities included, $400/mo + $200 D.D., N/P. 1-866-222-0325.

JEERS to the girl that dumped her garbage out of her car onto the ice. CHEERS to her friend who told her to get out and pick it up - after I yelled at you a couple of times to pick it up. The lake is not a garbage dump!

Spacious downtown shared apartment. Blocks from main attractions of town, shared kitchen, laundry, living area. Single room, internet and utilities included, $500/mo. Contact Leigha at 250409-4390 or leigha.jade.30@gmail. com.




Radium: Fully furnished units for rent. Bedsitting, 1-bdrms, 2-bdrms. N/S, pets negotiable. Call Joan at 250-342-7517 to view and check availability. Rent includes heat, hydro, cable and all linens. STARTING AT $500/mo.

Various sizes available. Now with climate-controlled units. Call 250-342-3637.

Radium: 4-bdrm, 2-bath basement suite. W/D, N/P, N/S, no partiers. $1,100/mo, + utilities. References required. 250-342-6010. Brand new large, bright, 2-bdrm basement suite in downtown Invermere. Private entrance and enclosed patio, all new appliances, N/S, $775/mo + utilities. Available immediately. Call 403-874-0483. 1-bdrm apartments available Feb. 1st. Quiet 55-plus building, N/S, N/P, shared laundry, centrally located at 604 6th Ave. $470/mo, including cable TV. Please pick up an application at the front door. Contact Jacob with any questions: 250-341-3546. Fabulous view, 1-bdrm nicely furnished walkout suite on Riverside Golf Course at Fairmont. W/D, dishwasher, microwave, stereo. Patio/B.B.Q, $650/mo, available Jan. Cable/internet, 250342-1629. Lovely large 2-bdrm suite in Invermere with private entrance. Very close to downtown and schools. Washer, dryer, fridge, stove, $700/mo + utilities. Available. Jeff 250-688-1105. Fairmont: Spacious 2-bdrm suite. Walkout basement, own yard. Quiet single person or couple needed. N/S. Good references essential. $800/mo, utilities included. 250752-7277. Radium: 1-bdrm apartment on upper floor. $600/mo including utilities. Please call 250-347-6420 or 250-688-1582. Please email classified ads to

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3 bdrm. furnished home in Pineridge Mountain Resort. $1,650 /month.


2 bdrm. furnished condo in Copper Horn Towne $1,050/month. 2 bdrm. unfurnished condo. $900/month plus utilities.


2 bdrm. home on the river. $1,150/month. Available long-term only.

Eric Redeker 250-342-4040

Invermere home for rent, 6-bdrm, 3-bath, close to downtown, N/S, fenced yard. $1,600/mo, for info please call 250-342-1249. Sunny, 3-bdrm., 2-bath home in Wilder subdivision. Hardwood floors, new kitchen, 6 appliances. $1,150/mo. Call Gord at 403-8081995. Charming 2-bdrm house, excellent location, valley view, W/D, dishwasher. $850/mo + utilities, call Jeff 250-688-1105. Fully furnished town house in Radium, 2-bdrm, 2.5-bath, large bright kitchen, A/C, fireplace, deck and BBQ, N/S, N/P, available immediately, $800/mo. 403-2409357 or



Canal Flats: 2-bdrm, 1.5-bath 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.

Firewood for sale, cords and half cords. 250-342-9390.

Invermere furnished condo. Close to downtown, 2-bdrm, 2-bath on two levels. N/S, N/P, no partiers. References, $1,000/mo + utilities. Call 403-978-4559. Available immediately. 3-bdrm 1.5 bath condo conveniently located and close to schools in Invermere. $1,200/mo + hydro. Call to view 250-341-5951. Radium, 1,200 sq. ft. 2-bdrm, 2-bath, fireplace, 2 underground stalls, unfurnished, available Feb. 1st, $1,025/mo includes power and heat. Kevin 403-816-6007.

CONDO FOR SALE Riverstone Villas Condo in downtown Radium. 3-bdrm, 5 appliances, fireplace, large soaker tub walk in shower, garage. Priced 10% below assessment, will take quad or camper as down payment, $177, 000. 250-342-7608.

MISC. FOR SALE NFL Football memorabilia. Footballs, helmets and more. Call 250-342-0530.

Bright, clean and newly renovated 3-bdrm, 1-bath house located in Athalmer. Open concept living space with fenced back yard and storage shed. The house is shared with a bachelor suite, which has a tenant. Laundry is shared. $850 mo + utilities. N/S, N/P. Available Feb. 1st. 250-342-5584.

60” claw foot tub. Inside needs refinishing. $250 0.B.O. Call 250342-3205.


Seasoned firewood for sale, $200 per cord delivered. Firewood for sale cords and half cords. 250-3429390.

Radium 2-bdrm fully furnished condo. Fireplace, two-person soaker tub and shower in large bathroom. BBQ and two balconies. $800/mo + utilities, call Mardi at 250-688-0884.

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FIREWOOD Support Rockies Hockey firewood. Larch, fir, and pine split and delivered. Call 250-342-6908.

Firewood delivery right to your doorstep. Split or whole I can do it all, call Franz at 250-347-6553.

FITNESS Come out and get fit in 2014 by joining Zumba Fitness With Julie Parent! Classes run Mon., Wed. and Thurs. at 5:30 p.m. at J.A. Laird School Gym and Friday morning classes at 9 a.m. at the Dance Studio across from the Post Office In Invermere $50/mo or drop in $10/class for current class schedules check out my website at or my Facebook page Zumba Fitness – Julie Parent for more information call or text Julie at 250-341-5474.


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

250-342-5102 Dryer Vent and Furnace Cleaning and inspections. Call AQUAIR today! 250-342-5089. Water treatment and purification, includes drinking water systems, softeners and 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 . REMOTE STARTERS SOLD AND INSTALLED AUTOWYZE SERVICES Starting at $379.99 (Majority of Vehicles) Extended Warranty Available. Call 250-342-6614. Guitar lessons and Mac computer tutoring. Available most evenings and weekends. Call Emily at 250409-4104.



Home Building and Renos

Fiona Wilfley, AEP

Chuck Newhouse Builders 250-342-3637 The Price is Right “The best investment I ever made! I purchased two blinds for each window. A shade with an outward view and 97% UV and a beautiful wood blind, a great combo. Thanks Shannon. Diane Roberts (Canal Flats) New – “Drapery and much more” Phantom Retractable Screen Doors Shannon’s Blinds & Designs 250-342-5749.

HELP WANTED We are now accepting resumes for full-time positions for qualified first-cook chef in Mediterranean Greek cuisine in Fairmont, minimum three years experience. Also, experienced prep cook, and kitchen help, ice cream attendants. Seasonal work from April to October. Please fax resume to 250-5443475 or email tonysgreekgrill@ Strands is seeking a chef with 3 to 5 years experience in European and Canadian fine dining to start immediately. This is a hands on position. Apply to Tony Wood at or 250-342-6344. Citadella Restaurant in Radium Hot Springs, B.C. is looking for two Hungarian Ethnic Cooks for full-time seasonal work position from April to October 2014. A minimum of two years experience requested as a Hungarian cook. Salary offered $15/ hour. Duties include preparation of ethnic Hungarian dishes. Please send resume to Steven at info@ . The Park Inn at 4873 Stanley St. in Radium is seeking housekeepers to clean rooms, public areas and assist with laundry. $12 - $15 per hour, experienced persons only need apply. Email resume to info@

Intuitive Reader


Meditation Mondays with Allison Bowen

Winter Session starts Monday, January 20th Defining Yoga Studio, Invermere • 7 p.m. • 250-341-5788

Rockies West Realty Independently Owned and Operated

492 Highway 93/95, Invermere, BC

Kim Collens


toll free: 1.877.342.3427 cell: 250.342.1671


½ cup Semi-sweet Chocolate Chipits 28 grams Dark Chocolate, chopped 3 Skor Chocolate bars, Chopped

½ cup Butter, cubed 1 cup Sugar 2 tsp Vanilla 2 Eggs ½ cup Flour Pinch Salt

In a saucepan, melt the semi-sweet and dark chocolate with butter over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally; cool for 10 minutes. Whisk in sugar and vanilla; then eggs one at a time. Add flour and salt; fold in chopped chocolate bars. Scrape into parchment paper lined 8” cake pan; smooth top. Bake 350 degrees for about 25 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack; cut into bars. Cut in half and serve. See all my recipes at

Home Of The Week Location! Location! Location!

Overlooking the Riverside Golf Course this beautifully upgraded 3 bedroom condo enjoys a premium location with wrap around deck and views. Priced to sell!




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take y our dol lar With 6,400 copies far the in circulation each week, r! your message is resonating with residents and visitors alike. Phone: (250) 341-6299 Fax: 1-855-377-0312 Email: N E W S PA P E R

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Backyard bonspiel High Country Properties has been in the Vacation Rental Property Management business for over 26 years in the Columbia Valley. We specialize in short term rentals of privately owned condos, town homes, and homes in Fairmont, Invermere, Kimberley, Panorama, Radium, and Windermere.

Hermann Mauthner and his extended family (daughter Karen Sharp, son-in-law Kevin Sharp, granddaughter Colleen Sharp and more) started a new tradition on Munn Lake near Wilmer on January 1st, 2014: a new kind of curling that involves curling rocks made from short sections of log, slid along a perfectly frozen lake surface.  Photos by Colleen Sharp

We are seeking applicants for the following position


Please forward your resume before January 17th, 2014 to High Country Properties Management Ltd. at or mail to PO Box 760 Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0.

VILLAGE OF RADIUM HOT SPRINGS 2014 Event Coordinator (Contract) The Village of Radium Hot Springs is inviting applications for the position of Event Coordinator. This creative, outgoing and independent individual will be responsible for the development, coordination and facilitation of select tourism events during 2014. This is a one year part-time contract position with the possibility of renewal in 2015. The job description and position overview are available upon request. Interested candidates can send their cover letter and resume to by 4 p.m. January 17th, 2014. We thank all candidates for their application but only suitable candidates will be contacted.


BAKER CREEK MOUNTAIN RESORT, LAKE LOUISE, AB Baker Creek Mountain Resort has 19 Cabins and 2 Lodges located on the Bow Valley Parkway in Banff National Park. We are seeking an energetic, mountain couple to manage and operate the resort. These two positions will be responsible for the daily operations, guest relations, reception and reservations, housekeeping, maintenance, staff, and coordinating with the Bistro.

LIQUOR STORE MANAGER The Radium Liquor Store is now accepting applications for the position of Manager. The Manager will be responsible for the daily operation of the store. Duties will include maintaining appropriate levels of inventory and supervising inventory control, entering and reviewing all invoices for accuracy, directing and setting of prices for all merchandise sales to assure profit margins are met, selection of new products, liasing with Liquor Reps, participating in selling and stocking of products, daily cash reconciliation, reviewing all of B.C. liquor laws as they change and ensuring all staff are kept current, hiring, training and developing of store staff and review all time cards and scheduling. Candidates must have excellent customer service skills, be able to work flexible shifts, including nights and weekends, have a strong knowledge of computers, POS systems and possess a Serving it Right Certificate. This position can be physically demanding in the receiving and restocking of products. Please submit resume, in confidence to Bob Fowler at

Managers are “hands on” and possess strong communication skills, both verbal and written and demonstrate outstanding leadership. Must live on the property, be flexible with work shifts and on-call as required to manage the business and maintain high quality standards. REQUIREMENTS • Professional knowledge and experience in all departments of the hospitality industry. Knowledge of front desk/guest services, sales and marketing, housekeeping and maintenance • Strong communications • Hands on managers • Previous hotel manager experience • Valid Driver’s Licence and copy of driving abstract Salary based on qualifications with bonus. Housing and car provided. Please send your cover letter and resume via email only. ATTN: Jan Huminuik Thank you to those that apply. Only those considered will be contacted for an interview.

Sales Representative


( 1 year maternity leave)

you love computers? Are isyouseeking creative?an Advertising TheDoInvermere Valley Echo Would you like to combine those two skills Sales representative for our weekly newspapers and into a career as an ad designer? Then weValley. might We have magazine publications in the Columbia anhave opening for a full-time, one year maternity the perfect job for you. The Golden Star leave fill position commencing immediately. is currently seeking a full-time ad designer for our award-winning newspaper. Excellent

We are looking for someone with prior experience in a typing skills are needed, and preference will be sales position, with a strong knowledge of sales and given to candidates advancedtrack computer marketing and with awith successful record; someone skills in programs such as Adobe InDesign and who has strong written and verbal communications, Photoshop. However, an ability to think outside organizational and exceptional customer relations skills; profias ciency in team MS Offi the box,knowledge be flexible and work part our arece/MAC OS is a requirement. The ideal candidate equally important skills in this position. We are must be motivated and taketoinitiative sellcandidate. multiple products, definitely prepared train the to right work with existing customers and find ways to grow This is a full-time, Monday to Friday position. sales and income.

Black Press is Canada’s largest privately held, A valid driver’s licencecompany and a reliable independent newspaper with morevehicle are a must. than 150 community newspapers and associated publications and 19you, dailies, located in B.C., If this describes please submit your resume and Alberta,letter Washington State, Ohio cover to the attention of:and Hawaii. If you are community focused, success-oriented and Publisher want to live Rose-Marie in one of B.C.’sRegitnig, most beautiful areas PO Box #8,Send 108-8th Avenue we want to hear from70,you. resume with V0A1K0 cover letter andInvermere, work relatedB.C. references by June 11, to: Janet Crandall-Swaffield, Publisher The Golden Star ALLEY 413AN 9th Ave. N. (Box 149) E W S PA P E R CHO Golden, B.C. V0A 1H0 • Fax: 250-344-7344 e-mail:


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New House Multi Storage

1/2 Price Winter Storage Sale

8x10s or 10x16s ~ 1/2 price for 6 months, from now till March 31st, 2014. 250-342-3637 • DISTRICT OF INVERMERE

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

Are you hosting a Special Event in 2014? Come pick up a Special Events Application at the District office. Each year the District receives many requests from community groups and organizations to operate special events on municipal property. These events vary in scope, purpose, size, cost and complexity all of which require the coordinated efforts of staff to ensure safe event operation and adherence to applicable bylaws, policies and procedures, therefore, the District is has implemented a policy for “Special Events” held within the municipality. What is a Special Event? A Special Event is an event that takes place in a municipalowned park space, pathway, road or open space and the activity may include, but is not limited to: • • • • • • •

Parades Festivals Street fairs Outdoor music concerts Block parties Athletic events such as bicycle races, walks and runs Carnivals

Do I need a Special Event Authorization? Yes, Council authorization is required for an event that takes place in a municipal-owned park space, pathway, road or open space. How do I apply? Each year all organizations will be required to submit an application for their special event. Applications received are evaluated on a first come first serve basis and must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the event date. Application forms and copies of the Special Events Policy are available at or at the municipal office. Please submit your application to the municipal office to: District of Invermere 914 8th Avenue Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0 We look forward to working with you toward a successful event! Just a reminder… The classified deadline is 12 noon Tuesday.

January 10, 2014 . . . ‘Retired surgeon’ from page 13 “I was never concerned nor were any of the other doctors concerned that I would go and uncontrollably cut something I shouldn’t. You could certainly control,” said Dr. Doran. “It wasn’t holding me back, it wasn’t putting patients at risk; it was just a minor hassle for me and for those around me,” he said, adding he later learned that his behaviours were enough of a hassle that when working in Whitehorse (before he or anybody else knew he had Tourette’s Syndrome) his secretary was paid an extra $10 a week to put up with him. The former surgeon has spoken all across the continent about Tourette’s Syndrome, often on behalf of the Tourette’s Syndrome Foundation of Canada, and likes to tells BROADENING MINDS — Mort Doran delivers a lecture at the others who have the disorder (as well as their University of Calgary’s Faculty of Medicine in this shot from 2010. families) not to let it prevent them from do-  Photo by Carlos Amat ing what they want, saying that if he’d been want to do. You can be pretty well whatever you want to diagnosed with the disorder as a kid or early on as a medical student he, or those around him, might be — as much as it’s difficult, you barge on ahead,” said have thought surgical residency impossible for him — Dr. Doran. “At least if they can show me as an example, I’m showing them they don’t need to let other peoples’ something that’s clearly untrue. “I probably wouldn’t have gotten into surgery. It was ideas of what they can and can’t do hold them down.” Raising awareness about the disorder among not my ignorance of Tourette’s — and everybody else’s ignoonly those who have Tourette’s Syndrome and their famrance about it — that helped me to become a surgeon where otherwise I might not have. I didn’t know I had Tourette’s ilies, but also among the general population is imporso I thought I could do it (surgery) just as well as the next tant, according to Dr. Doran. “People are often not so kind and accepting of person and then showed I could,” said Dr. Doran. Perseverance was a lesson Dr. Doran learned well at mental aberrations or any kind of abnormal behaviours,” high school, when he would, owing to some of his symp- he said. “Nobody laughs at somebody in a wheelchair, toms, need to spend three or four hours doing home- but they will laugh at people who display physical tics.” Dr. Doran also hasn’t let Tourette’s stop him from work that took other students one hour. “I knew not all these kids were so much smarter than pursuing hobbies such as becoming a licensed pilot and me, so I thought if they can do it, then so can I,” he said. he flies his own 182 Cessna. These days, he divides time between his Columere Park “I tell kids, and their families and teachers, having Tourette’s is not easy and it’s not great, but don’t let it home and Calgary, where he has taught part-time at the be the factor that holds you back. We (those with To- University of Calgary’s medical program for the past 25 urette’s) are just as worthy as anybody else to do what we years, usually making the commute by flying his plane. . . . ‘RCMP Report’ from page 4 • Just when my prohibition from attending Pro Bass was to expire for getting the wife’s car impounded, I rear end an innocent driver while operating a police vehicle. I advised the investigating officer to lay the ticket on me. Cost: a good fishing rod and reel. Pro Bass prohibition extended. • The pickup truck had major work done at the cost of a good electric motor and marine radio. • The Corvette work and assistance by Cpl. Simpson caused severe injury to him and made my mechanic once again happy. Cost: good fish finder with GPS. • Bev found that her fridge in Golden was sitting with the power off and ended up with a great deal of mold on the inside, and she is now getting a new fridge to go with her renovations. Cost: a good traveling tarp for, you know, the boat. • New basement, new furniture. Cost: a good

bow electric motor with GPS capability. • I scraped off some of that mold and will be taping it onto my aluminum boat. I am practicing my frantic “Oh God, look honey, mold on the boat, it can kill me” routine. • I have discovered new friends, Angie being the exception at the Thursday evening poker night at the Royal Canadian Legion. • I renewed the insurance on the truck and learned I’m still paying an administration penalty for getting Bev’s vehicle impounded. This was not expected. Bev was standing beside me and made it known that my Mario Andretti routine is closing in on $4,000. I will write a letter to Pro Bass requesting they keep me on their mailing list. • Ten days into 2014, I’ve had no impoundments, no accidents, no tickets, got into the money round in poker, the dog is healthy, and renovations are pretty much done. 2014 is looking good.

January 10, 2014

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Don’t run from challenges Pastor Wayne Frater Radium Christian Fellowship Here we go again, another year gone, and an unblemished year ahead of us. A year full of opportunities to fulfill dreams, and new chances to fulfill the God-given desires of the heart. I don’t know about you, but I am excited in what God did last year, and I am even more excited in what God is going to do this year. No matter how bad we messed up in the past, God is willing to forgive, and give us a new chance. “But God is so rich in mercy, and He loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, He gave us life when He raised Christ from the dead,” is written in Ephesians 2:4-10. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) “For He raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of His grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all He has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.” God saved you by His grace when you believed.

And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things planned for us long ago. The new year is a time to reflect on years past, a time to plan for years ahead, but most importantly, to start doing the good things God has planned for us this year. What is God’s vision for 2014? We need to find His vision — we need to set goals, then work towards fulfilling those goals. We need to start by asking the Lord to lead us and then have faith that He will. My number one resolution for 2014 is to spend more time with Him, seeking His direction. I am going to conclude with Paul’s prayer in Ephesians, chapter 3 verses 16-21: “I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit. Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.” Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to Him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.

Healthy goodwill The Columbia Valley Food Bank recently donated $10,000 to the Healthy Eating program, which is a partnerhsip between the Windermere Valley Early Childhood Development team and the Family Resource Centre. Shown here, clockwise from far right, are development team members Cherie Hagen, Megan Fazackerly, Kathy Pederson, Gina Mannheimer, Siri Tilling, Family Resource Centre program manager Michele Neider and Food Bank treasurer Steve Ostrander. Photo by Steve Hubrecht

LAKE WINDERMERE ALLIANCE CHURCH Sunday, Janauary 12th 10:30 a.m.: Worship and Life Instruction “Your Kingdom Come”...Guest Speaker Lisa Rohrick (International worker to Niger, West Africa). “K.I.D.S.” Church for children age 3 to Grade 1, and Grades 2-5 during the morning service. 7 p.m.: “SING and CELEBRATE” L.W.A.C. Pastor Trevor Hagan 326 - 10th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-9535 • WINDERMERE VALLEY SHARED MINISTRY ANGLICAN-UNITED 9:30 a.m.: Bacon, Friends and Faith 10:30 a.m.: Worship at Christ Church Trinity, Invermere Reverend Laura Hermakin 110 - 7th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-6644 • VALLEY CHRISTIAN ASSEMBLY Sunday, 10 a.m.; Worship service. 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, 5 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m.: at Canadian Martyrs’ Church in Invermere Sunday, 11 a.m.: at St. Joseph’s Church in Radium. 712 -12th Ave., Invermere • Father Gabriel • 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

You can remember someone special with your gift to the Canadian Cancer Society To donate In Memory or In Honour: | 250-426-8916 or call toll-free 1-800-656-6426 or mail to: #19, 19th Avenue South Cranbrook, B.C. V1C 2L9 Please include: Your name an address for tax receipt Name of the person being remembered Name and address to send card to

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Upgrades done but not finished Dear Editor: May I, through you, advertise the fact that the Windermere Community Hall upgrades are done, but not finished. The grants that the Windermere Community Association accessed have enabled us to redecorate the main hall and stage area, fix some problems with the kitchen and bathrooms, and create a separately accessed and very attractive meeting room downstairs, complete with kitchenette, office space, and handicapped bathroom. A considerable number of non-visible infrastructure upgrades were also completed. Thanks go to the federal Western Economic Diversification program, the Columbia Basin Trust, the Kootenay Sav-

ings Credit Union, BC Hydro, and the Regional District of East Kootenay. Projects remaining to be done when we acquire some more funding include a medi-chair lift to allow handicapped persons to access the basement meeting room, and a double front door system to keep the outside weather out. The Windermere Community Association will hold an open house in the spring or early summer. Meanwhile, anyone wishing to rent our spiffy new place, please note the new telephone number: 778-526-0092. Anne Picton Past president, Windermere Community Association

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call for project proposals Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs The Regional District of East Kootenay is accepting project proposals for funding consideration from Columbia Basin Trust’s Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs for the areas of: City of Cranbrook City of Fernie City of Kimberley Village of Canal Flats Village of Radium Hot Springs

District of Sparwood District of Elkford District of Invermere Electoral Area A Electoral Area B

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For information about preparing your project proposal or to have an application form forwarded to you, please call Nikki Bradshaw or Shannon Moskal at 250-489-2791 or 1-888-478-7335 (toll-free). Deadline for project proposals is 4:30 p.m. Monday, February 17, 2014. Late applications are not eligible for consideration. Administered and managed by the Regional District of East Kootenay.

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