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Page turns on map mysteries By Greg Amos, Pioneer Staff Through cross-referencing and input from a local land surveyor, an old map of the Invermere townsite just may have gotten a little older. The “Plan of Invermere Townsite and Heights” map, obtained by project manager Bob Kelly during the crosstown move of the old CPR Lodge building in 2007, is at least as old as the 1913 date he guessed in the “Century-old map of Invermere resurfaces” in the January 3rd edition of The Pioneer — and possibly a few years older. Through a discussion with Duane Lowder, a project manager for Invermere’s branch of Focus Corp., an

engineering and land surveying company, Mr. Kelly established that his map is in fact a draft copy of “Plan 1013,” the 1911 registered plans of the subdivision that created the first freehold titles in town. In other words, the 1911 map is the original blueprint that Invermere was laid out to. “You could come here, and they would give you land,” said Mr. Kelly, explaining the significance of a freehold title. “Robert Randolph Bruce (who founded the Columbia Valley Irrigated Fruitlands Company) was over in England, selling lots, telling people you could come grow fruit around here until your head caved in.”

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Grizzly Ridge breathes new life into CastleRock By Dan Walton, Pioneer Staff A phoenix is rising from the ashes in the CastleRock neighbourhood. Years after breaking ground in 2004, the third of eleven phases was under construction in the Invermere subdivision when the global recession drove the development company into default, leaving the community’s master plan incomplete. Fifteen owners were left with empty lots with no means of obtaining a building permit due to the lack of sewer service connections. To resume construction atCastleRock, the debt holders of CastleRock Estates Ltd. have recently entered into a joint venture with Grizzly Ridge Properties – naming the new development CastleRock Estates Limited Partnership. The majority stakeholder of the new joint-development is Grizzly Ridge Properties, which will be taking on the management role. “It’s positive to see an active, hands-on developer take over the project,” said Invermere mayor Gerry Taft in reaction to the new development. “Because of the amount

of investment already put into phase three and the development as a whole, it’s fair to say that over time it would get developed.” The joint venture “marks a new chapter, and perhaps more appropriately, the very beginning of the redevelopment plans for the joint venture lands,” reads a press release from Grizzly Ridge president Mark Himmelspach. The letter adds that development plans are still to be decided, as “the joint venture agreement and completion of the debt holder initiated foreclosure actions were a first step prior to any ‘visioning’ commencing,” Mr. Himmelspach said that the new development team wants to sustain and build upon CastleRock’s existing character and positive attributes. “We will be commencing a visioning process with the CastleRock Community Association this spring to determine what makes sense going forward.” Speaking for CastleRock property owners, Mike Gagne, president of the CastleRock Estates Community Association, said it’s “a positive development to see activity again. It’s a great community and this will give confidence that the community is moving forward.”

Dave McGrath of First Choice Realty in Invermere told The Pioneer that he sees the news as an indicator for the valley. “We’re in a good position for that sort of thing to happen, as long as it’s done responsibly,” he said. “The market is definitely seeing some improvement right now. Personally, sales are up, and it would be a good time to see some new product on the market, as long as we don’t get flooded.” “There’s been questions about the future of the CastleRock development,” Mr. Gagne added. “And now with a developer in place who is looking at rejuvenating the development, I think it will be a positive for people who are contemplating buying property, whether raw land or an existing home.” And one owner of a lot in phase three, Theresa Wood told The Pioneer that she’s happy to see the subdivision continue its development. Mr. Himmelspach said that the project is now focusing on completing phase three. “We are targeting having this product available for sale in 2014,” he said. “Future phases of development will be market driven.”

Jury finds Panebianco not guilty of manslaughter By Sally MacDonald Cranbrook Daily Townsman Brian Panebianco was shaking and unsteady on his feet on Tuesday evening, January 21st, as a 12-person jury in the Cranbrook Supreme Court found him not guilty on charges of manslaughter, criminal negligence

causing death, robbery and assault causing bodily harm in connection to the death of Cory Jarock. The jury instead found Mr. Panebianco guilty of two lesser charges — theft under $5,000 for taking money out of Mr. Jarock’s pocket, and common assault for hitting Mr. Jarock in the head as he evicted him from an Invermere house party on April 2nd, 2012.

Crown prosecutor Lynal Doerksen and Mr. Panebianco’s lawyer Greg Sawchuk agreed on a sixmonth sentence for Panebianco for the lesser charges. Since Panebianco spent that long in custody awaiting a bail hearing on these charges in 2012, he was free to leave the Cranbrook courthouse. Continued on page 17 . . .

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Continued fraud alerts It seems like the emails and letters coming in to request an urgent deposit of money are continuing. With a little more of a twist, the people obviously using the social media to gain personal information are attempting to use this to their advantage. One such email actually named persons known to the intended victim requesting $1,800 as they were robbed while vacationing in another country. Another email advised that a family member was in trouble and a lawyer representing the family member needed money urgently wired to them. Do not fall for these attempts to get your money. • On January 13th, the Columbia Valley Detachment began investigating a fraud where a local company paid a male by cheque and the dollar amount was altered and presented to the bank. The investigation is continuing. • On January 15th at 8:40 p.m., the detachment received a complaint of a hit and run where an unknown vehicle believed to be a pickup truck backed into a 2007 Saturn. The Saturn was pushed back about three feet. • On January 15th at 2:20 p.m., the detachment attended to a complaint of fraud when a 35-year-old female from Golden presented a BC Care Card belonging to another person in an attempt to obtain medication. The female was arrested as she was about to depart the area when she realized police were called. The investigation is continuing and charges will be forwarded to the Crown. • On January 17th at 8:32 p.m., the Columbia Valley Detachment responded to a complaint of assault in the 200 block of 10th Avenue. A 44-year-old male from Invermere was arrested for assault. The incident was alcohol-related. • On January 18th at 3:00 p.m., while attending to a complaint in the 900 block of Government Street, Cst. Bell became aware of a young black and white cat out in the cold. The cat was vocal and continued to follow Cst. Bell to the point it followed her eventually back to the police car. It was later determined that the cat was not associated to the residence Cst. Bell was called to. As it was obvious the cat was trying to communicate as best it could that it was in distress to the point it was going to jump in the car with or without permission, Cst. Bell allowed the cat to enter and took it directly to the Invermere Companion Animal Network (ICAN), who care for many cats. They will have

placed the cat on their Facebook page. If you had a cat escape, please contact ICAN as soon as possible. If you get an opportunity to support the volunteers at ICAN, please do so. • On January 19th at 2:19 a.m., police observed a 2012 Toyota driven in an erratic manner. The driver, a 31-year-old female from Invermere, displayed signs of having consumed liquor. An ASD demand resulted in a warn. The vehicle was impounded for three days. Snowmobile patrols RCMP conducted a recent patrol in the area of Paradise Bowl. There has been some avalanche activity in the area. Patrols will continue throughout the winter. A walk around the block When I look back at the start of my career in the RCMP in 1975 to the present day, I would have to say technology pushed me in leaps and bounds. This old dog is learning lots of new tricks. Back in the day when I would get steamed up about something from up above, I would sit at the typewriter and do up a response. The nice thing about the time it takes to type up a response, proofread and mail it is that I would realize maybe I should not send it out. I had that time to cool off. Today, I would get heated up and jump on the computer, vent out my frustration, hit a button and it’s gone. The keyboard tends to get me in trouble: there’s no time for the brain to send a message to the fingers to stop. On a few occasions a boss would phone me and recommend that before I send some email, I should first take a walk around the block. One time, one of my superiors who received one of my famous texts then texted back and requested I call him immediately. I texted back that I would call him in 15 minutes to allow him time to cool down. I sometimes question their sense of humour. Every now and then I put them to the test. For example, I received an email from my boss that they hired a private consultant to come in and give a lecture on leadership. The theme of his leadership seminar was “Are you commanding a battleship or a cruise liner?” I thought of my budget and what was expected of me on the budget and my immediate email back to him was, “Sir, I’m commanding a dingy and I’m taking on water.” I hit the send button, then thought “I hope he’s having a good day.” He responded back within minutes. I was reluctant to open the email up. When I did, the answer as to what kind of day he was having was in front of me: he replied, “I’m here to help, I have a bucket.”

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the Athalmer area. Her map is drawn at a scale that appears to be smaller (i.e. more magWhat he found out was our nified) than the Invermere townsite map. spring’s too late and our fall’s too She has no idea how it ended up in her early, so it didn’t work out. But that’s home in Athalmer, where she’ve lived what the fruitlands company was for 25 years. doing for the longest time,” he said. “It was in an old metal suitcase, in “On the map that I found, it the old basement,” she said. “We found shows probably an experimental it when we were down there in probfarm where they planted all the trees ably 1989,” she said. Ms. Jefferson has to find out if it was going to work; all used the map in her own dealings that’s marked on the map,” he said. with the District of Invermere, as far The map is familiar to staff at the as establishing the boundaries of the Windermere Valley Museum, who five lots she and her husband own. have a copy made from the same blueOf interest on Mrs. Jefferson’s print. old map is the fact that the noto“Our Bversion rious S-curve near the entrance to IRD was owned by Y L R A E land surveyor DRAW! by Oswald McGuin- BLAST FROM THE PAST — The final the Invermere industrial park is ness with hisrveysignature and the date simply marked as an abrupt pair Complete su 1 of 10 . 15 to Win handwritten on one version of the map unearthed by Bob Kelly of 90-degree turns. “Aug. Nov1925” ROCERY $20 GWindermere DS side,” said Valley Mu- was officially filed in 1911. “My folks came here in 1954 T GIf CAR Photo by Greg Amos and built a house in Athalmer; seum liaison Alex Weller. “We also have similar copies of this map used my dad was a carpenter and built into the 1950s — it seems to have houses, and he’s worked on a been the official blueprint of the town and therefore was number of the old houses that were down there,” she said. reused many times.” “I love seeing stuff like this (old map); it’s kind of where “The lack of Pynelogs on the (1911) Invermere map we began, isn’t it? Everything started in Athalmer, because is not unusual,” she added. “As a private residence, there that’s where the boats came in.” was no more reason to include it than any other house. The many historic maps “offer important insight into Enter In fact, none of theatmaps we have feature Pynelogs, even early settlement in Invermere,” added Ms. Weller. “Some into the 1970s (long after it became a public building).” copies include handwritten labels as to who lived on “For interest’s sake, we also looked at earlier plans certain pieces of land, while (other) maps had land titles for the Invermere townsite (these ones dated), including and certain features included in the official document. They a blueprint from 1910. It is interesting to note that at certainly offer a fascinating study and a glimpse into that time the Fort Point piece of land was not included the past.” on the map at all, and the Kootenay Central Railway line is also not present. The map of the InverComplete the survey for your chance to… mere townsite was only extended to include the point as the town grew and the David Thompson Fort and Bungalow Camp were built.” The final version of the map Mr. Kelly$1,000 found, depos…five cash prizes! ited at Enter the land office in Nelat son on July 31st, 1911, has a scale of 200 feet to one inch. But that’s not the only map memory to be jogged by the January 3rd story . After reading the piece, Athalmer resiAGE-OLD ATHALMER — This India ink on linen map of dent Jane Jefferson came forward with her own Athalmer shows a plethora of lots, most still undeveloped, in the discovery: a map stamped with a date of 1913, Athalmer area. Photo by Greg Amos drawn on linen with India ink, that is focused on . . . ‘Page turns’ from page 2

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Wrapping your head around numbers

Hanging out at Hanging Glacier Creek, 1924

By Greg Amos, Pioneer Staff There’s no shortage of budget numbers for any journalist in Canada to contemplate. Just for fun, let’s take a look at the latest number-crunching arising from the B.C. government’s June budget update. The Frontier Centre for Public Policy has looked at the province’s balance sheets, and conveniently scaled the provincial government spending habits down to that of an average family in British Columbia. The results: it would earn $68,733 this year — the provincial average household income. It would spend $68,200 this year — leaving $467 for savings. It would own $118,781 in assets, but $116,646 in debt – i.e. nothing overall. It would spend $28,405 on healthcare — more than 40 per cent of the total budget. And it would spend $3,894 paying off debt, but earn $1,631 from investments. It looks like this family is planning about as far ahead as the next paycheque, which is becoming a frighteningly common scenario even for real-world Canadians. Here are a few numbers I like as a result of last weekend’s 31st Bonspiel on the Lake in Invermere: 64 curling teams from around western Canada and the U.S., 256 players competing, 81 more teams on the wait list for next year, and easily in excess of $5,000 raised for the Invermere Curling Club after the weekend. Shooting photos from a hilltop overlooking Kinsmen Beach, I captured the bonspiel, an ice rally race, Whiteway activities and ice fishing all happening in one shot. Numbers were the furthest thing from my mind; instead, I was focused on just how great a valley this is to live in.

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In this image, dated September 6th,1924, A. Richie lends a serious expression as this photo is captured with him in front of the waterfalls that lead into the Hanging Glacier Creek. The trail Mr. Richie hiked begins at Horsethief Creek Forest Service Road. If you have any more information, e-mail us at Photo A1416 courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society.

Snow golf and ice fishing loom Dear Editor: Two exciting events are coming up soon in the valley. The annual ice fishing derby is on January 25th, and tickets are $35 per person. The all-ages derby is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is for pikeminnows and suckers (no game fish). Register at the Station Pub at 8 a.m before the event. There are prizes for the three longest fish, dependant on number of participants, but likely first place $500, second $300 and third $200. There will also be door prizes donated by local businesses. Last year’s longest fish was a 18 and 3/4 inch pike-


minnow. The event usually draws 80 participants, most of them happy to share their ice augers with others. The next weekend is the annual snow golf tournament on February 1st on Lake Windermere. Golfers should bring a full set of clubs for the 18-hole snow course, with holes from 75 to 180 yards in length. Tournament is scramble format (best ball) with teams of four, and great prizes will be donated by local golf courses. Come out and enjoy both events! Steve Kuffler Windermere Valley Kinsmen Club


As of Friday, January 17th, the ice thickness on Lake Windermere was 19 inches offshore from Kinsmen Beach.

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More value should be placed on lives of cougars Dear Editor: After reading Michael Tilling’s poignant account of his cougar encounter (in the January 3rd edition of The Pioneer), I’m prompted to write and also express my concerns about the treatment of our feline neighbours. It is such a shame when humans feel that the only solution to a perceived threat is to condemn an animal to die. Consider our treatment of murderers; it is very rare that even those who have committed the most heinous of crimes are ever put to death. In fact, some are convicted only to serve a few years and then they are back on the streets. And yet a cougar dies because it performs the most natural of acts such as killing bighorn sheep. And another animal loses its life because it came too close to an elementary school, when it hadn’t harmed anything or anybody! Don’t get me wrong: the life of a human should always take precedence over an animal. But why do we need to take the life of some creature because it just might injure somebody? My spirits were lifted recently when conservation officers were called to a nearby house here in Juniper Heights, after a mountain lion made a deer kill. Their dogs treed the errant cat, but it was allowed to go free. As your paper reported, there have been no further problems with the animal. That is typical of most cougars throughout history. In all of North America, from 1890 to 2011, there have only been 20 documented cases of cougars causing human fatalities! That means that statistically

speaking, mountain lions are less dangerous than bees, snakes, dogs and even lightning. Parents would be well advised to be more concerned with the dogs near their kid’s schools. From 2005 to 2012, 245 people were killed by dogs in the U.S. alone — an average of over 30 a year! And yet, people are more terrified of a wild creature that has caused only 20 deaths in 121 years. Fear of the unknown makes humans do strange things. We just can’t accept the fact that there is some creature “out there” that has fangs and claws and is big enough to eat us. Yet, we don’t have a qualm about hopping in our cars and heading down the highway, which is probably the most dangerous experience in our lives. Cars are familiar; cougars are not. Like Mr. Tilling, I once had a close encounter with a cougar. It only served to reinforce my belief that they are little more than overgrown, curious cats. (Just don’t try to pet one.) It was late summer in Kootenay National Park and I was on my knees in the elbow formed by two fallen trees, taking photos of a colourful flower, when some sixth sense made me look up. Peering over the trunk of the tree to my left, I found myself staring into the unblinking yellow orbs of what had to be the largest cougar in the world (That would put it over 125 kilograms.) The only movement was the black tip of the cat’s thick tail, swinging back and forth like an upside down pendulum.

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Paragliding snowmobiler combines hobbies By Dan Walton, Pioneer Staff Extreme sports are as deadly as they are exciting – and the stakes have doubled in the valley. Eric Oddy from Brisco has combined the aerial aspect of paragliding with the thrust and power of snowmobiling, calling his innovation para-sledding. As enjoyable as para-sledding may seem to thrillseekers, Mr. Oddy said that the sport is not ready for the general public yet. He is, however, in the process of developing a kit for those willing to give para-sledding a try. “If you grab a snowmobile and glider and figure you’ll go flying on your own, you’ll find yourself in deep trouble.” He said that if somebody is going to give parasledding a try, they would be best to contact him first. Should the sport become more popular, he envisions an organized race on Lake Windermere. “We’ll be lifting off, touching down, turning, tricking, touching wing tips – that kind of thing,” he said. “We’ll race together to add some excitement – unless we end up wrapping sleds around each others’.” But first, more athletes need to become comfortable on a para-sled. He cautioned that extreme sports come with risks, adding that “insurance companies don’t like anything. We don’t use them.” Mr. Oddy has survived a few hiccups since founding the sport.

“I once piled up huge, endoed – by the time the sled was done it was gift wrapped around the paraglider like a Christmas present,” he said. “That’s why I don’t tie myself to the sled.” Para-sledding was innovated in the valley in recent years, but Mr. Oddy formed the idea over twenty years ago, he said. It was then, along with a buddy, when he had a snowmobile shuttle him atop a mountain in Golden with plans to glide down. “The snow was really deep,” he said. “I couldn’t run in it, so I said let’s launch off the sled.” Mr. Oddy sat on the sled with his paraglider ready, and had his friend gas the sled over one of the mountain’s top cliffs. “And when I flew away from that sled, I always thought, what if?” He added that his friend and the snowmobile survived. Having dreamed about making the sport a reality since the snowmobile-assisted launch, “it was just a matter of making it happen, and I made it happen.” The valley offers a vast array of suitable terrain for the sport, he said, but Mr. Oddy focuses most of his flying near Chatter Creek in Golden, which he considers his biggest sponsor, having encouraged para-sledding and allowing the use of their grounds for experimental purposes. Much interest has been paid to para-sledding. He was once featured on the Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet, and garnered over 350,000 YouTube views

from a video he uploaded 13 months ago, which can be viewed at . He’s since become even more comfortable, and has reached the point where he can ascend a mountain by sled and glide down – with the snowmobile intact – thousands of feet in the air. “And I’ll ride back up and do it again,” he added.

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Trio to perform at Trinity The Galena Trio — left to right: Nicola Everton, Susanne Ruberg-Gordon and Johanne Perron — are bringing their clarinet-piano-cello chamber music to Invermere for the first time next Friday, January 31st at Christ Church Trinity. Submitted photo

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Movie Review: Captain Phillips Reviewed by Dean Midyette Two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks (Philadelphia, Forrest Gump) stars in this modern biopic as Richard Phillips, captain of the MV Maersk Alabama, the large container ship that was transporting goods off the East African coast when it was hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009. Interestingly, the U.S. Maritime Administration, following advisories from NATO, had recommended a few months earlier that ships stay at least 1,100 kilometres away from the coast of Somalia due to increased pirate activity in the area. The Maersk Alabama was caught by the Somalians a mere 440 kilometres off the coast.

The opening scenes of the movie revolve around the pirates as they organize their armada prior to taking to the sea. Director Paul Greengrass artfully introduces us to the renegades, and a happy and cohesive group they are not. The story moves quickly to the cat-and-mouse game played out between the crew of the Alabama and the pirate scows before the larger ship is finally boarded. The story is beautifully woven as the interpersonal play between Phillips, who is taken hostage after the African privateers abandon the Alabama and the rest of her crew, and the pirate leader (Barkhad Abdi) reveal real world perspective from both men. There is no black and white, only stylistically crafted shades of grey.

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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 only run occasionally.

• Bingo at the Canal Flats Civic Centre, 7 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month.

Tuesday, January 28th

Tuesday, February 4th

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

• 5 - 9 p.m.: Swimming at Radium Hot Springs with the Summit Youth Centre, leaving the Summit at 6 p.m. • 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.: OPT clinic at the Invermere Health Unit. 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. Confidential service: low-cost birth control, and STI testing.

Wednesday, January 29th • 5 - 9 p.m.: Astrology night at the Summit Youth Centre.

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• January 24th - 25th, 7:30 p.m.: Thor: The Dark World. Also showing January 27th - February 1st.

• 5 - 9 p.m.: Ice skating and walking on the lake with the Summit Youth Centre. Leaving the Summit at 6:15 p.m.

Friday, January 24th

Friday, January 31st

• 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.

• 12 p.m.: Soup, bun and dessert at the Edgewater Legion for $6. • 6 - 11 p.m.: Chinese New Year Dinner at the Summit Youth Centre. • 7 p.m.: The Galena Trio performs at Christ Church Trinity, Invermere. Hosted by CV Arts. Tickets $20 or $10 for students, available at The Book Bar, Pynelogs, or by calling 250-342-4423. • 3rd Annual BC Pond Hockey Championships on Lake Windermere. Runs through February 1st. Four on four hockey, no goalies, no icing and no off sides. $550 entry for a team of 6 players. Contact John Reed at 250-368-1136 or For more information:

Saturday, January 25th • 9 a.m. -12 p.m.: Indoor garage sale at the Invermere Community Hall. Proceeds go towards local events. Set up from 7 - 9 a.m. To book a table for $10 contact Theresa at 250-342-9281 ext 1227. • 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.: 14th Annual Fishing Derby on Lake Windermere. Sponsored by the Kinsmen Club of Windermere Valley. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Lots of prizes: 1st place $500, 2nd place $300, 3rd place $200. Tickets $35, available at The Station pub, 250-342-5557. • 11 a.m.: Preschool Story Time at the Invermere Public Library, on Saturdays at 11 a.m. as well as Fridays at 10:30 a.m., beginning January 25th. For info visit • 2 - 3 p.m.: “The Magic of Reading” show with Richard Young the Magician at the DTSS theatre. Admission is free. Presented by the Columbia Basin Alliance for

leaving the Summit Youth Centre at 6:15 p.m. We will be back at the Summit around 8:30 p.m. • Nipika/Toby Creek Loppet weekend at Nipika Mountain Resort, February 1st and 2nd. 30 km Classic on Saturday and 20 km Skate on Sunday. Recreational & Kids distances. Come & enjoy this great family weekend event. Register at

Literacy and Kootenay Savings Credit Union. For info contact Katie Andruschuk, 250-688-2115 or • 2 - 4 p.m.: A member of the W.D.F.I. will be available to give updates and information on our local Abattoir project at the Town and Country Feed Store. You can also access our web-site • 6 - 11 p.m.: Hang out night at the Summit Youth Centre. • 6 p.m.: Lake Windermere Rod and Gun Club annual Chili night and antler scoring at the Invermere Legion. For more information, contact Charlene at 250-341-1118.

Saturday, February 1st • 10 a.m.: Crochet Lessons for adults and Children ages 12 & up at the Radium Public Library. Also February 15th and 22nd. • 12 p.m.: 13th Annual Snow Golf Tournament on Lake Windermere. Presented by the Kinsmen Club of Windermere Valley. Registration from 11 a.m. - noon. Shotgun start at noon, scramble golf format. Prizes and a great time for everyone. Tickets $35 (must be 19 years or older), available at The Station pub: 250-342-5557. • 6 - 11 p.m.: Climbing at Laird from 6:30 to 8 p.m.,

Monday, February 3rd

Wednesday, February 5th • 7 p.m.: CWL meeting at Columbia Garden Village. All women welcome.

Thursday, February 6th • 5 - 9 p.m.: Documentary Night at the Summit Youth Centre.

Friday, February 7th • 6 -11p.m.: Pool tournament at the Summit Youth Centre. • Fire and Ice Festival, hosted by the Fairmont Business Association. Includes events throughout the weekend. Friday night kicks off the Starlight Challenge at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, followed by live music by Al Lukas at the ski chalet, tubing, and other entertainment. Saturday features the Olympic Tapas Gala at the Hoodoo Grill. Sunday there will be a pancake breakfast hosted by Smoking Waters Cafe. • 31st annual Starlight Challenge at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, Friday nights through February. Skiers, boarders and telemarkers of any ability are welcome, as long as you’re confident on blue runs. Teams of four compete based on the smallest difference between two runs on a dual slalom style race course. Team winner is chosen based on overall team consistency over the four-night series. Nightly awards. Adult League Race start: 7:15 p.m. Four-person teams of skiers, boarders, or mixed. Individual racers welcome. Starlight Challenge Package price $89 per person, including night lift tickets. Nightly drop-in racers are welcome too. Register: 250-345-6037 or email

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The nearly quarter-century old Nipika Loppet is back again this year and promises to be bigger and better than ever. The loppet (or Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club’s Nordic Weekend, as it’s also called) at Nipika Mountain Resort, located 15 minutes north of Radium Hot Springs on Highway 93, features classic cross country ski races on Saturday, February 1st and skate ski races on Sunday, February 2nd. “We have everybody from LOPPET LOVER — A skier beams her way through the start of the 2013 loppet’s ex-Olympians to people who skate skiing race.  Photo by Brad Kitching are just out to enjoy the day and ski on a wonderful trail system,” said Mr. Wilson. “It’s a have fun,” said organizer Lyle Wilson.“There’s a real stigma with people feeling they really festive day and it’s a great, healthy way to get fit.” Money raised during the event goes to the Toby can’t participate in these events unless they are accomplished athletes, and it drives me crazy, because that’s Creek Nordic Ski Club. “It’s one of the the biggest fundraising events for the not the case.” Mr. Wilson is aiming to double local participation club,” said Mr. Wilson. The classic races include a 30-kilometre competiin the race this year, something he thinks could easily tive race, a 15-kilometre recreational race as well as fivebe possible given the resurgence in popularity of cross kilometre and one-and-a-half-kilometre races for kids. country skiing in the Upper Columbia Valley during the past few years and given the nordic ski club’s exception- The skate ski races include a 20-kilometre competitive race, a 10-kilometre recreational race and five-kilometre, ally high membership (300 people) this year. “Interest in cross country skiing was strong (in the three-kilometre and one-and-a-half-kilometre races for valley) 25 years ago and then it kind of petered out. Now kids. Spectators are welcome and organizers are always with the Whiteway, Lake Lillian and our trail system out looking for volunteers. here at Nipika, cross country skiing has grown exponenThose interested in volunteering can contact Beva tially in the valley because it’s more accessible. It’s really Kirk at Crazy Soles at 250-342-2074. Those wanting to taking off,” he said. Mr. Wilson said he and his wife began the loppet 23 register for the race can do so online at or by contacting Mrs. Kirk at Crazy Soles or by contacting years ago because they simply loved nordic skiing. “It’s (the loppet) a great chance to go for a pleasant Nipika at 250-342-6516.

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Other options worth considering Dear Editor: Once again, I’m writing to you about a costly issue very important to the residents of Windermere: a provinciallyapproved water filtration system. The fire hall treatment system provides us with the only known fully-costed option. Windermere homeowner Steve Lackey, who has more than 30 years experience in design engineering in water and sewage treatment plants, came up with an

estimate that was $2 million less then the fire hall proposal. Obviously, the Regional District of East Kootenay will need to take a more in-depth look before moving forward for financial approval. If an even cheaper alternative comes along, we can cross that bridge when we come to it.

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Curling, drifting and laughing on the lake It goes without saying that the 31st Bonspiel on the Lake was a hit, but this year the festivities were revved up with the addition of an ice rally race in the background. Clockwise from top left: Invermere curler Blair Robinson launches out of the hack during the finals on Sunday, January 19th (photo by Greg Amos); on Thursday, January 16th, bonspiel volunteers laid down a smooth sheet of ice using their home-made zamboni, which utilizes an old blanket to lay down a smooth layer of frozen water that instantly transformed the surface into a curling sheet (photo by Dan Walton); a Calgary driver piloted his Mitsubishi around the course during the 2014 Winter RallyCross ICE Cup on Sunday, January 19th, put on by the Calgary Sports Car club (photo by Dan Walton); an overview of the action on the four sheets used in the bonspiel (photo by Greg Amos); intense finals action necessitated the use of a measuring device to find out which rock was closer to the centre (photo by Greg Amos).

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Nordic novices Youngsters enjoyed a day of fun and skill-building on Saturday, January 18th, as the Toby Creek Nordic Club carried out its annual Costume Day ski session on Lake Lillian. Left: club instructor Emily Paget gives pointers to Isobel Zehnder (left) and Lilla Gillies (right).

Left: Michael den Otter oversees a herd of eager young skiers; above: Michael Johnson (as Darth Vader) and Andrew Dehart (as a lion) got into the spirit of things. All photos by Cam Gillies

A few tips on how to drive greener UNDER THE HOOD By Steph Van de Kemp Pioneer Columnist When the words “sustainable” and “automotive” cross paths, most of us think of electric vehicles — their technology is improving and prices are becoming more accessible to the average consumer. While we wait for electric vehicles to hit the mainstream, most Canadians continue to drive vehicles with internal combustion engines. Even if you aren’t driving a plugin yet, there are many ways to drive greener. Self-propel The best way to drive greener is to not drive at all. Walking or biking can contribute to your quality of life and help you work off the apple fritters. Invermere has an excellent network of paved trails, making it safe and easy for self-propelled commuters. Carpooling and car-sharing are also effective ways to cut back on your fossil fuel intake – and your costs. Consistent car care A simple way to reduce your environmental impact is to keep your vehicle well maintained. A neglected car runs inefficiently, producing more emissions and consuming more fuel. Plus, it costs 42 per cent more money to fix what’s broken versus performing regu-

lar, preventative maintenance. So how do you know if your car is not running optimally? Sounds and smells are obvious indicators. Black smoke coming from your tailpipe is a clue. Fire coming from under the hood is definitely a sign (this actually does happen from time to time). Oh yes, and that little engine light actually means something. Although wishful thinking tells you it’s just a faulty sensor, 90 per cent of the time that’s not the reality. The sensor is telling you that the car needs some TLC.

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How do currency rates affect the economy? Many Canadians know the current value of a Canadian dollar versus a U.S. dollar. Over the past year, Canadians have watched the dollar fall from parity to 91.2 cents U.S. as of January 17th; that’s its lowest level in four and a half years. While Canadians understand how a lower dollar will affect their upcoming vacation, many have no idea of the role currency exchange rates play in the larger economy. This article focuses on the effect of currency rates on the economy. Next week’s article will discuss how changes in currency rates affects one’s investment portfolio. What influences exchange rates? Before discussing the effects of exchange rate differences, it’s important to understand the causes. Exchange rates are directly related to the trading relationship between two countries. In other words, the Canadian dollar only goes up or down relative to another currency. Generally, a country with a consistently lower inflation rate relative to another country will experience a rising currency value, as its purchasing power increases relative to other currencies. Further, interest rates, inflation and exchange rates are highly correlated. Higher interest rates offer higher returns to lenders; therefore, higher interest rates attract foreign capital, causing the exchange rate to rise. This effect is mitigated if inflation in the country is much higher than others. Conversely, lower interest rates tend

to decrease exchange rates. Foreign investors are also attracted to politically stable countries that have low public debt. Political stability increases confidence and low public debt usually results in tempered inflation. For example, as a result of global nervousness following the credit crisis of 2008-2009, foreign dollars flooded into Canada, namely into our bond market. This was chiefly due to foreign investor’s confidence in the safety and stability of Canada.

2002, just as the Canadian dollar was plunging to nearly 60 cents against the U.S. dollar. But there is good news for Canada. The world needs our exports, which consist mostly of raw materials including oil, gas, coal and lumber. While the majority of manufacturing business can theoretically be done anywhere in the world and shipped to its final destination, few countries have the abundance or variety of materials and natural resources that Canada has.

The Canadian economy Canada is a trading nation. The total value of our exports comprises over two-thirds of our gross domestic product (GDP). The United States is our largest trading partner, receiving about 77 per cent of our exports. With the Canadian dollar currently almost 10 per cent below parity, U.S. dollars can buy more Canadian goods, and in theory, this encourages more exports. The opposite is true for imports. The less a Canadian dollar is worth against another currency, the fewer items it can buy. Though economists are divided on what constitutes Canada’s most advantageous currency rate for trade, it is generally accepted as between 70 and 80 cents U.S. A strong dollar can negatively affect our manufacturing sector. Kellogg’s, Heinz, Caterpillar and Novartis have recently closed Canadian plants. The reasons given are varied, but many analysts say it’s likely no coincidence that manufacturing employment in Ontario peaked in

Final thoughts Currency exchange plays a role in almost every aspect of the Canadian economy. Not only does it affect how much we pay for things, its effects are as far-reaching as our federal and provincial tax revenues, prevailing interest rates, even the unemployment level. The majority of emerging market economies, such as China and India, are built on export-driven businesses. These economies are growing because their currencies are much less expensive, on a relative basis, than the currencies of the countries that buy their goods. In other words, a lower currency drops the price of goods that are sold to some other economies. Whether some developing market currencies are naturally or artificially lower than those of more developed economies such as the United States or Canada is another topic, however. Next week’s article will explore the effects of currency rates on investment returns.

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Chamber trio to play first Invermere show By Steve Hubrecht, Pioneer Staff The Galena Trio will soon be arriving for the group’s first show in Invermere on Friday, January 31st. The chamber music trio — cellist Johanne Perron, pianist Susanne Ruberg-Gordon and clarinet player Nicola Everton — formed two and a half years ago. The three musicians met at the Valhalla Summer School of Music in the Slocan Valley where they all teach at the school’s one-week chamber music program. “We were playing together in the faculty concert and we really enjoyed it,” said Ms. Everton, adding the repertoire of music for the group’s specific formations (cello, piano and clarinet) is quite beautiful. Chamber music is music written by composers (either contemporary or classic) with the specific intent of being played by a few musicians, instead of a large orchestra, for a small audience in an intimate setting, such as a home, a small theatre or a small church. “You can relate to the audience members and talk to them, rather than when you’re in a big concert hall with the lights on,” said Ms. Everton, who used to play with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. “With chamber music I have a bit more room for my own personal expression. When you are part of a . . . ‘Not guilty’ from page 3 He must provide a DNA sample to the Columbia Valley RCMP detachment within a week and will also pay a $200 victim fine surcharge within the next six months. “Mr. Panebianco’s present thoughts are sorrow for Mr. Jarock’s family at the death of their son,” Mr. Sawchuk said after the trial. “I’m not surprised. It’s been a difficult case and the facts weren’t easy,” said Mr. Doerksen. During the six-day trial, the jury heard from a

symphony, you’re part of a big machine. It’s an amazing sound and I love it, but I also enjoy having my own voice and to be able to be a bit more creative.” The group plays together infrequently as Mrs. Perron is from Montreal, Ms. Ruberg-Gordon is from Canmore and Ms. Everton is from Nelson. They get together when they can, usually in Calgary where both Mrs. Perron and Ms. Ruberg-Gordon teach at Mount Royal University. Their repertoire includes everything from the work of classical composers to contemporary pop music. The group is the trio-in-residence of the Valhalla Fine Arts Society and earlier this year did a two-week residency at the Banff Centre. Ms. Everton was a member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra for 20 years before moving to Nelson, where she is director of the Kootenay Gallery concert series. The Swedish-born Ms. Ruberg-Gordon is a member of the Land’s End Chamber Ensemble in Calgary and has taught at Mount Royal for more than 20 years. The Quebec-born Ms. Perron has played as a cello soloist with the Montreal, Mexico and Lisbon Symphonies, among others, and has done recitals around the world. The trio is playing at Christ Church Trinity at 7 p.m. on Friday, January 31st as part of an East Kootenay tour. Tickets are $20 and can be bought at the Book Bar or at Pynelogs. pathologist who found Mr. Jarock died of hypothermia on the night of April 2nd to 3rd, 2012, as he lay on the driveway of his friend’s house after being kicked out of a party there. Mr. Jarock was extremely drunk, became a nuisance, according to testimony, and refused to leave. Mr. Panebianco struck the side of Mr. Jarock’s head and carried him out the front door. He at first denied but then later admitted taking money from Mr. Jarock, and left the party 30 minutes later. See for a longer version of this story.

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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


Plumbing • Heating • Electrical

Commercial – Residential Installation – Maintenance – Repairs

Rigid Plumbing Ltd.

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

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

Andy Charette

Quality you can see!

E: P: 250-341-5179

• Gel Nails & Pedicures • Coloured Gel • Nail Art Call Judy ~ 250-341-5245 • Days, Evenings, Weekends


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

WINDERMERE 250-342-6805

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

Local company, local service.


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HERE TO SERVE YOU RADIUM HOT SPRINGS ESSO Automotive Repairs 7 days a week


Residential & Commercial Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

Freight & Passenger Depot Bus: 250-342-9692

7507 Main St. West, Radium Hot Springs

Cell: 250-342-5241

(250) 347-9726

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

building & renos

Fax: 250-342-9644

(250) 341-7283


Full service printer for the Columbia Valley DESIGN, PRINT & BINDERY 250-342-2999

P H A R M A C Y LT D .

Your search for quality and dependability ends with us. Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Specialists Truck Mounted System • Customer Satisfaction Guaranteed

Unit 4, 108 Industrial Rd #2 Invermere, BC

Dean Hubman


Toll Free: 877-342-3052

Certified Technician

Invermere, BC V0A 1K3

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

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

Your Local Pest Control Professionals

250-688-1235 Insured-Bonded-Licensed

Scott Postlethwaite

CVCC Contractor/ Trade Builder of the Year 2008

Residential, Commercial Electric Furnace and Hot Water Tank Repair and Service For All Your Electrical Needs

Come in and browse our giftware

J. Douglas Kipp, B. Sc. (Pharm.) Laura Kipp, Pharm D., Irena Sedlakova, B.Sc. (Pharm.) Your Compounding Pharmacy Open Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. 1301 - 7th Avenue, Invermere




BOX 2228 BOX 459 742 - 13th STREET 7553 MAIN STREET INVERMERE, BC. RADIUM HOT SPRINGS, BC V0A 1K0 V0A 1M0 PHONE: 250-342-3031 PHONE: 250-347-9350 FAX: 250-342-6945 FAX: 250-347-6350 Email: • Toll Free: 1-866-342-3031


Insulated Concrete Forms Call 250-342-2001 •

1710 10 Avenue – Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 th


Landscaping Ltd.

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Doors Windows Flooring Painting/ Interior/Exterior • Kitchen Renovations


• Bathroom Renovations • Additions • Decks • Finish Carpentry • Basement Renovations


Fall Cleanup/ Winter Servicing

Everett Frater Enterprises Phone: 250-347-9228 • Cell: 250-342-5645

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HERE TO SERVE YOU East Kootenay Electrical Services Licensed Contractor

Certified General Accountant

Cell: 250.341.1342 Fax: 250.342.8733 E-mail: ekelectric

“Your key ingredient for business health and success”



Box 2206 Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0


Phone: 250-342-7100 Email:

• Trusses • Engineered Floors • Wall Panels Tel: 250.341.6075 Fax: 250.341.3427 Email:

1320 Industrial Road #3 Box 159, Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0

Mark Digney, CPA, CGA

Phone: 250-342-8404 Email:

1022A 7th Avenue Box 1084, Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0

DCS Plumbing

Septic Tank Pumping Portable Toilet Rentals • Complete sewer/drain repairs • A well maintained septic system NEW should be pumped every 2-3 years SEWER • Reasonable rates – Seniors’ discount CAMERA • Speedy service – 7 days a week • Avoid costly repairs

Bruce Dehart 250.347.9803 or 250.342.5357 • Ready Mix Concrete • Commercial concrete sealer • Concrete Pumping retarder for exposed • Over 50 colours available aggregate and in stock • DELIVERED ON TIME • Concrete stamps for rent at a fair price • Full range of coloured release • Full range of sand and agents for stamping gravel products.

Phone: 250-342-6452 • 250-342-3773 • Cell: 250-270-9444 All products are available at 9120, Hwy 93/95 which is five kilometres north of Tim Hortons

• Plumbing, Repair and Installation • Drain Lines • Hot Water Tanks • Over 30 years experience • 24 hour emergency service • Seniors’ Discount


Complete Construction Services

Call or visit online









250.270.0821 Kari&&John JohnMason Mason Kari 250-270-0821 • 1-780-970-7040 Serving Invermere & Panorama Invermere • Panorama

Al Tallman

Call Al at

We Do It All!

SERVING SMALL BUSINESSES IN THE COLUMBIA VALLEY Call 250-341-6299 to discuss your advertising needs. N E W S PA P E R


From Framing to Finishing


PH: 1-888-711-ESCAPE (3722) • WEB:


Renovations • Additions Kitchen/Bathroom Re-Face Basement Development • Foundation Repair

BOUTIQUE VACATION HOME MANAGEMENT RENTAL SERVICES “Proven and successful Management and Marketing Services for your Vacation Home” “Trip Advisor Vacation Rental of the Year 2011 and 2012”

250-341-8501 • E-mail:

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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.

Cheers to our awesome Radium neighbours Bruce, Marlene and Grant Pirie and Dale Flemming for coming to our rescue after our car accident on Dec. 27th!

Cheers to Mort! A great guy who saved my life 20 years ago!

Cheers to the Source for their amazing customer service!

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

Black Forest Village Apartment, 2-bdrm, washer/dryer, dishwasher, garage, N/S, N/P. $875/mo. 250342-3790.

Radium: 4-bdrm, 2-bath basement suite. W/D, N/P, N/S, no partiers. $1,100/mo, + utilities. References required. 250-342-6010.

Newly renovated, main floor and upper 2-bdrm + den. Large master. Large kitchen, 5-appliances (all new), deck, downtown Invermere. 1,000/month + utilities. Available March 1st. 403-874-0483.

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

CHEERS & JEERS Cheers to Finn on January 26th - Australia Day. Oh wait you’re a Canadian now... never mind. Jeers to the people who saw the need to break their glass bottles Monday night near the Radium fire pit below the rink while partying. Never mind the noise and mess and driving your vehicle into the park. Cheers to the kind gentleman who acted as a “Tow Truck” to help me and my summer tired piece of junk, I really do appreciate it. Cheers to the Trask family for rescuing me on the weekend when I spun out my car Saturday night! And jeers to my mom that just happened to be out of town that very same weekend! Cheers to Grandma for being the best!

Jeers to the woman who purposely swerved at a deer on 10th Ave. in the hole. The deer wasn’t even on the road! If you don’t like living with wildlife, then don’t live in a wildlife corridor. If we run all the animals out of the Rocky Mountains, where do you expect them all to live? Cheers to the Hoodoo Grill for the best fish and chips in the valley! Jeers to those folks who have the entire surface of the lake to drive on but choose to do donuts on the Whiteway instead. Cheers to Jimmy for caring so much about the lake and what goes in it. We need more people like you!

Cheers to random acts of kindness. Lizzie, you’re awesome! CHEERS to Loni Funnell for her hard work and expertise in chairing the Steamboat Mtn. Music Society through its inception and two successful festivals. Although Loni has stepped off the board, she’s left a healthy organization with a “plan for success”. Three cheers! A BIG Cheers to a couple of Kashuba boys for pulling me out of the lilac bushes last week! Ryland and Garrett, you rock!

Cheers to Suzy for her random act of kindness on Sunday night!

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


Cheers to the family that cleared the pond near Radium for skating and pond hockey. Radium’s own personal Whiteway and rink!

For Lease: Micro office space, Panache Bldg., 250 - 300 sq. ft. each. All new, available immediately. Phone 250-342-5805.

Cheers to making the final tuition payment for my son’s post secondary education. Please, no graduate school!

Cheers to Bob Kelly for his remarkable dedication, effort and perseverance in restoring the historic CPR Lodge in Invermere and for his wonderful history lesson on CBC.

Big CHEERS to the roasting crew at Kicking Horse Coffee for creating the best blends you could ever hope to lay your lips on. Double cheers for being such a sexy bunch of bean jockeys!

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.

Cheers and more cheer to Edel for sweeping our walkway from snow while visiting us (The Antiques) in her Sunday best. You shine girl!

The BIGGEST cheers possible to whoever maintains (shovels, sands) the path between 8th Ave and the Red Apple road. Because of you, I get to sleep in 15 extra minutes before work! Cheers to Dave and Bryan for interesting, if sometimes inscrutable discussions! Cheers to the people who help me across the icy roads, give me short rides and are so friendly. The help from everyone in the valley is greatly appreciated. It makes my day!

Cheers to Bucky for going out of his way to gravel an 85 year old man’s drive way! You made his day! Cheers to my husby, who is equally adept at fixing computers and side tables, doing the dishes, giving pets antibiotics or making a beautiful chocolate mousse. Here’s to the next 16 years together! Jeers to the parents setting a poor example for their children. Ducking out on paying and butting your kids in line in front of others is not just being a bad person, it’s being a poor parent. Your kids will learn to repeat your rudeness.

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.

ACCOMMODATION WANTED Professional couple seeking executive home with double car garage ASAP. Contact Denise at 250-409-4449.

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

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. Radium: 1-bdrm apartment on upper floor. $600/mo including utilities. Please call 778-527-0020. Apartment for rent 2-bdrm, washer/dryer, fridge/stove, N/S, N/P. Mature people only. Rent includes heat and hydro, close to downtown with half fenced yard. Damage deposit required. Call 250342-6349 for appointment to view. Invermere: brand new 2-bdrm, 1-bath, fully furnished basement suite with private entrance. 6 appliances, N/P, N/S, $1,100/ mo, utilities included. $550 D.D. References required. Available Feb. 15th, 250-342-7323. WALK TO DOWNTOWN AND KINSMEN BEACH: 3-bdrm, main floor of house, separate entrance, 5 appliances, deck, view. shed, yard, N/P, N/S, no partiers, references/deposit required. Rent negotiable, water/hydro/heat included. Available Mar. 1st call 250-342-7590. Fairmont 2-bdrm apartment, very large bedrooms, private entry/mud room, lots of storage. New kitchen, flooring and paint. Large yard with patio. Private washer and dryer. Half hydro. Internet and cable included, $850/mo. Call 250-2700035 or 250-345-6462.

2 Bdrm Suite Windermere Bright, with large windows, private with separate entrance and its own laundry and covered parking too. Quiet house, suitable for mature tenant. $775/month + utilities.

HOUSE FOR RENT 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 Black Forest Heights: Renovated upper floor of duplex. 2-bdrm, 1 1/2 bath, 6 appliances, open concept, custom blinds, balcony, yard, satellite TV. N/S, N/P, professional couple. $850/mo + hydro. 780-668-4924, gschuller@


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. 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.

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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




Queen sized sofa bed. Excellent condition and comfortable sleep. Rearranging home. $200, 250-3426752.

Home Building and Renos

Veli Holdings Ltd DBZ Dairy Queen Invermere located at 350 Laurier St., Invermere. HIRING!!! 2 Fulltime Counter Attendants for DQ Invermere. Permanent, full time, on call, shift, overtime, weekend, day, evening. $10.25/hr for 40 hours/ week with life insurance benefits. Some high school required, credentials is not applicable, not required, will train. Speak, read and write English. Some duties include: taking customer orders, serving customers food, working the drive thru, making and serving ice cream, general cleaning, and handling cash. Contact Neal VanBeers by emailing resume to vanbeersneal@ or fax to 250-342-9933 or mail to 350 Laurier St., Invermere, BC V0A 1K7, Canada.

FIREWOOD Support Rockies Hockey firewood. Larch, fir, and pine split and delivered. Call 250-342-6908. Seasoned firewood for sale, $200 per cord delivered. Call 250-3413544. Firewood for sale cords and half cords. 250-342-9390.


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. 1,800 sq. ft. 3-bdrm Townhouse for rent fully furnished or not, heat, electricity, water and condo fees included. Underground parking. $1,600/mo call 403-936-2330. 3-bdrm suite, includes 5 appliances and utilities. $1,050/mo. Call Bob 250-432-5261.

MOBILE HOME FREE singlewide mobile home, you move it by April 15th, call 250-3424660.

MISC. FOR SALE 60” claw foot tub. Inside needs refinishing. $250 0.B.O. Call 250342-3205. Fridge, stove, freezer, washer, dryer. $100 each O.B.O. Propane furnace, electric hot water tank, prices negotiable, also FREE large shed, cute mobile home addition $500, call 250-342-4660. Sectional couch with recliner and fold out bed, $350. Various dressers, $10 - $25. Glass corner desk $50. Coffee table and end tables, $50. Call or text 250-342-5189, pictures available.

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Chuck Newhouse Builders 250-342-3637 Guitar lessons and Mac computer tutoring. Available most evenings and weekends. Call Emily at 250409-4104. Affordable and experienced ecofriendly residential cleaning services. 250-342-5321. The Valley Shine Shop is open with great deals on early spring auto detailing. Call or text 250-3427611 to make an appointment. Serving the valley since 1999.


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.

We are now accepting resumes for full-time positions for qualified first-cook chef for a 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@

Water treatment and purification, includes drinking water systems, softeners and conditioners, iron filters. Call AQUAIR, 250-342-5089.

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.

Heaven’s Best Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning. Environmentally friendly products. Dry in 1 hour! Call 250-688-0213 or visit .

Black Forest Restaurant is looking for a FT Server. Previous experience in fine dining required. Email or drop off resume. 250-342-9417 careers@ .

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.

Citadella Restaurant in Radium Hot Springs, BC is looking for two Hungarian Ethnic Cooks in 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@ . FAIRMONT SUBWAY IS SEEKING A FULL/PART-TIME FOOD ATTENDANT PLEASE APPLY IN PERSON.

Pioneer Classifieds


250-341-6299 •


Fiona Wilfley, AEP Intuitive Reader

Fairmont Hot Springs Resort is now accepting applications for the position of:

Spa Manager The successful candidate will be responsible for: • Setting and monitoring the budget for the outlet • Hiring, Coaching and Inspiring Spa staff, including estheticians and massage therapists • Contributing to the marketing initiatives involving the Spa • Integrating with a professional team of managers, toward implementing the overall vision of the Resort The successful candidate will have the following qualifications: • Success in running a Spa Operation • Experience with budgeting, cost control, and managing staff • 4 to 5 years managing experience Interested? Please forward your resume with references to the attention of David Sheedy: hr@, fax 250.345.6616, or call 250.345.6004.

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

Recipe Of The Week

CHEESY BEER BATTER BREAD 3 cups Flour 1 cup Old Cheddar Cheese, shredded 1 tblsp Baking Powder 3 tblsp Sugar 1 bottle Beer, 1 tsp Salt room temperature 2 tblsp Margarine, melted Heat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl mix the dry (first 4) ingredients until blended. Stir in the cheese. Add the beer; stir until dry ingredients are moistened (should be lumpy so don’t over mix). Pour into a greased loaf pan and drizzle with margarine. Bake 30 - 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool in pan then remove to wire rack. See all my recipes at

Home Of The Week


Meditation Mondays with Allison Bowen

Drop-In rate $15 or discounted pass available. Defining Yoga Studio, Invermere • 7 p.m. • 250-341-5788

Best Value in the Bighorn Meadows Resort!

1/4 share ownership in this stunning 2-bedroom lock-off condo being offered fully furnished. With on-site amenities and the option to trade your weeks at resorts worldwide!




Just a reminder… The classified deadline is 12 noon Tuesday.

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Join our winning team! When you work at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort you don’t just get a job, you get a passport to all the amenities of our facility. Enjoy complimentary golf, hot springs and skiing — as well as generous discounts at our spa, retail, seven restaurants and other ski resorts. Here are some of the positions available immediately: • Lifeguards • Massage Therapists • Night Cleaner • Housekeeping Supervisor • Dishwasher While experience is desired for certain roles, the key requirement for all positions is a positive attitude, relentless enthusiasm and a passion for great service. We can teach you many things, but we can’t teach you that! Interested? Please forward your resume with references to the attention of David Sheedy:, fax 250.345.6616, or call 250.345.6004.

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Office Manager The Columbia Valley Community Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to enhancing the vitality, dignity and quality of life in the Columbia Valley. We are seeking an energetic, self-motivated individual with highly developed computer skills, excellent interpersonal skills who exhibits keen attention to detail to fill our part-time position of Office Manager.



The Park Inn at 4873 Stanley St. in Radium is seeking a housekeeper to clean rooms, public areas and assist with laundry. $12 - $15 per hour, experienced persons only need apply. Email resume to info@

Looking for a Licenced Heavy Duty Mechanic. Competitive wages, Health and Dental and RRSP Plan available. Please contact by email: wolfecon@ or phone 250-347-9263.

Duties for the position include: • • • •

General administrative and office support Administrative, practical and logistical support to the Board Meeting preparation including preparing agendas for Board meetings and taking minutes Managing several granting programs, including developing databases, advertising, accepting applications, ensuring applications meet grant criteria and following up to ensure all documentation is in order All facets of communications, including networking with local organizations and individuals, website maintenance, creating public awareness of the Foundation and advertising

This is a part-time position with a flexible work schedule with a guaranteed minimum of 20 hours per week. Additional information about the Foundation and a detailed job description can be obtained by emailing . Resumes will be accepted until 4 p.m., Friday February 14th, 2014. Resumes may be forwarded by email to or by mail to ‘Office Manager’, Columbia Valley Community Foundation, PO Box 991, Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0.


The Foundation thanks all those who apply; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Seeking confident self starter to join our

Cabinet Finishing Team Duties include sanding, staining and general help in our modern cabinet shop.

If you have an eye for detail and enjoy the rewards of being a part of a quality product, please contact Kevin. e-mail: Ph: 250-342-6264 Fax: 250-342-3546

There’s a reason they’re called “CLASSY”. Pioneer Classifieds…


Phone: (250) 341-6299 • Fax: 1-888-377-0312 • Email:

Feeling hot? It’s not the flu.

GREYWOLF GOLF COURSE EQUIPMENT TECHNICIAN Greywolf is located at the base of Panorama Mountain Village Ski Resort, 20 minutes from Invermere, B.C. Designed by Doug Carrick and opened in 1998, Greywolf’s accolades range from #2 Public Golf Course in British Columbia to #22 on the Score Golf Top 100 in Canada. New ownership Totem Golf Ltd. began transforming and improving Greywolf during the 2013 season. In addition to on course work, currently a new clubhouse is undergoing new construction as well as additions and upgrades to the Turf Care facility. Job Description: The Equipment Technician is responsible for the maintenance and repair of all turf equipment, 90 electric golf carts, and year-round regular maintenance duties. Necessary Skills/Responsibilities: • Knowledge of light and heavy maintenance equipment • Hydraulic/electrical diagnosis and repair • Basic computer knowledge, record keeping skills • Assist in operation of equipment training • Maintaining safety as a top priority at all times • Welding/fabricating abilities an asset • Knowledge of reel set up/maintenance/grinding (training can be made available) • Reporting and keeping a constant open line of communication to the Superintendent

Qualifications: • Turf technician or comparable mechanical certifications • 5 years experience minimum repairing/maintaining equipment • Previous experience in the golf industry a major asset • Excellent teamwork skills • A constant positive attitude • Valid B.C. Drivers License Compensation: • $48,000-$54,000 based on experience • The position is full-time, year-round and includes benefits and golf privileges

Application Closing Date: February 7th, 2014 Please submit a cover letter and resume to: Cory Mossing Golf Course Superintendent

You Have Olympic Fever!

Win an iPad Mini!

From January 22nd thru February 26th the Valley Echo will be running an Olympic contest. It’s free to enter and will offer 5 weekly prizes with an iPad Mini being awarded in our February 26th edition to our Grand Prize Winner. Email us at with your answers to the following questions. Please include your name and daytime phone number with each entry.

Grand Prize Question

How many medals will Canadian athletes win at the Sochi Olympics? (team medals count as one medal!) _________

Tie Breaking Questions

How many gold medals will Canadian athletes win at the Sochi Olympics? (team medals count as one medal) _______ By the end of the Games, how many athletes will be disqualified for doping infractions? ________ Beginning on January 20th, weekly prizes will be drawn with the winner’s name published in the Echo in our Olympic feature section. Entrants may win only one weekly prize. Our Grand Prize winner will be decided after the closing ceremonies based on the official Olympic results. Weekly prize winners are eligible for the Grand Prize.

Enter early. Enter often.

Deadline for entries is Wednesday February 5th at 4pm.

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Public Notice

As part of Canfor’s Forest Stewardship Council Certification and Sustainable Forest Management Plan, the public is invited to comment on the updated harvesting plans in the following areas. In addition and as part of the ongoing treatments to limit the spread of Mountain Pine Bark Beetle, small scale harvesting and single tree fall and burn treatments identified in the 2013 Rocky Mountain Forest District Forest Health Overview flights will also be implemented. Forest License A19040- Elko/Sparwood/Cranbrook Area

Landscape Unit/Location

East Flathead

C18- East Flathead

Upper Flathead

C17-Upper Flathead

West Flathead

C16- West Flathead

Wasa/Jeffrey lakes

C33- Wasa/Picture Valley

North Aldridge

C22- Upper Elk River

Upper Stoney

C01- Moyie

Upper Linklater

C37- Linklater/Englishman

Gold Face

C10- Bloom/Caven


C09- Yahk

Forest License A20212- Creston Name

Landscape Unit/ Location

Upper Irishman

K05- Kid Creek

Contact Ian Johnson, RPF @ 250-529-7211 ( Ext 220)

Forest License A18978- Canal Flats Area

Landscape Unit/Location

Lake Creek

I02- Buhl creek

Dry creek


Larson Lake/Premier


Upper Doctor creek

I12- Doctor

Whitetail Mtn


Forest License A18979- Radium Area

Landscape Unit/Location

Lower Fenwick

I-19 Fenwick

Cochran Creek

I21- Cochran

Cross River

I23- Cross

McMurdo Bench

II36- McMurdo

White Rock

I09- Grave


I24- Pedley


I33- Luxor

Tree Farm License 14- Parson Name

Landscape Unit/ Location

Upper North Fork Spillmacheen

I37-Upper Spillmacheen

Twelve Mile

I38- Twelve Mile

Contact Ken Streloff, RFT @ 250-529-7211 ( Ext 225)

Please contact the appropriate Planner at the numbers listed above to arrange a mutually agreeable time to review the plans. Comments received by February 28th, 2014 will be considered in the planning, permitting and harvesting phases.

Our deadline to book advertising is Monday at noon. N E W S PA P E R

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January 24, 2014

Exploring the Paradise Basin by snowmobile a thrill By Dan Walton, Pioneer Staff Of all the ways in which one can manoeuvre through the mountains, having a snowmobile underfoot has to be the most empowering. Ask anybody who’s taken a ride with Panorama’s Toby Creek Adventures. There’s no feeling of being leashed during one of their group rides. After a two-minute tutorial around some pylons, riders are on the trails at moderate speeds. Before you can get the thrill of the throttle out of your system during a mountainous ascent, several peaks come into view, forcing spectacular views upon each rider, with the captivating sight BASIN BEAUTY — Riders on the tour enjoyed fantastic views evolving en route to the Paradise Basin. during lunch at an old mining cabin.  Photo by Dan Walton Getting around the valley for me involves a four-cylinder sedan or bicycle, so uphill travel is is required to put into steering. The sleds have a lot more the bane of my existence. Not on a snowmobile: there’s kick than just about any car, but the steering requires a a strong feeling of confidence to be found when it’s lot of leaning by the rider, much like on a bike. obvious that gravity can’t compete with your machine. After familiarizing ourselves during the trip up While the trails exposed our group of riders to incred- the mountain, we became surrounded by cliffs as we’d ible views of vast mountain landscapes on Saturday, January reached the basin. 18th, our guide, Jonathan Martel, also showed us the nooks That was timed for lunch, which was served at an and crannies of the area. After a short hike away from the old mining cabin. Hot chocolate was in our hands as our trail, we were led to a large frozen waterfall. Riders can take lunch was cooking on the barbecue, while we were treaton the challenge of a short climb on the icy slope into a ed to an incredible view of the basin, including some crawlspace formed by the frozen water. industrial ruins of the old silver mine. After some photos, we were back to launching ourWe toured through some of the ruins en route to the selves up the trails. While sledding gives one a sense of heart of the basin, where John took us on a short tour to invincibility, the group was reminded of the mountain’s mark the perimeter. Then it was free play time. hazards along one section, where riders spaced out to Surrounded by the basin, riders have a massive area mitigate the risk posed by an avalanche. in which to rip around. I felt like I could have easily To try some new things during the day, I rode at the spent hours burning through all the gas in that tank, and back of the pack, eased off the gas and allowed the next then some, but we were at the mercy of the sunlight. closest rider to gain a fair bit of distance on me, creating There’s no question that Toby Creek Adventures trumps enough space for me to avoid tail-gating and to better my only other experience with a snowmobile tour, when a acquaint myself with the machine. rinky-dink resort in Ontario stopped me after two minutes My sled had wide front skids, which have their of riding, claiming ten-year-olds advantages, but the wide turnare too young to ride. ing radius was a drawback. After The Paradise Basin route negotiating dozens of corners, my was a perfect place for my first comfort level exceeded my skills at real snowmobile experience, one turn, and I had to leap sideand would be ideal for any firstways off of a rolling snowmobile. time or novice rider, whether And since I was riding at the back you’re a speed demon or a more of the pack, there was a brief period easy-going rider. where it seemed as though I went But if you’re beyond my levmissing. I was able to right the mael, Toby Creek Adventures has a chine after a considerable struggle, handful of other routes available but snowmobiles are heavy: it’s best for more advance riders. to keep them upright. Full details of their tours On that note, I was surprised INTO THE WILD ­— A valley blanketed in are listed on their website, at by how much of one’s body a rider fog added to the trip’s allure.  Photo by Dan Walton .

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Literacy celebrated at the Invermere Public Library Submitted by Leah Shoemaker Invermere Public Library Family Literacy Day is fast approaching, and the Invermere Public Library is excited to announce the launch of a weekly Saturday story time just in time for the celebration. Now you can join us every Saturday at 11:00 a.m. in addition to the regular Friday 10:30 a.m. story time. This year’s 16th annual Family Literacy Day falls on Monday, January 27th and the theme is encouraging families to spend 15 minutes of fun with each other every day. Telling jokes, reading recipes, and playing board games together are some great ways to encourage learning as a family. As a free resource, the library has put together a limited supply of Family Literacy Packages which include games, crafts, and fun ways to include literacy into everyday activities. With the New Year in full swing, the library would also like to remind the community of some of the new and familiar

events and activities we will be hosting. PJ Story time takes place on the second Wednesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. Seniors’ Tea with free transportation to and from Lakeview Manor is the second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. This month’s Adventure Club for students in Grades 5 through 7 will be experimenting with ice sculptures in a carnival-inspired theme on February 7th from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Genealogy at the Library will be running on Wednesday, Feb 19th and pre-registration is required. The library is also hosting eReaders: An Introduction Workshop on Wednesday, March 5th; pre-registration is required. The library will also be running a sixweek Lego club. Follow our Twitter and Facebook pages for date announcements and registration requirements for this and all other events. You can also visit our website at .

WOMEN IN BUSINESS Calling all women! Our most popular advertising feature is back! The Pioneer’s annual directory and celebration of Women in Business will appear in the February 7th edition of The Columbia Valley Pioneer. Your advertisement will contain your photo, a brief description of your services, and contact information.

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Dog Control Services SCOPE OF WORK – The District of Invermere is requesting statements of qualifications, proposals and performance data from interested firms or persons to provide dog control services. Contractors will be considered for this project based on their qualifications and proposals to perform the following work. PRIMARY ROLE – The contractor will report to the Manager of Protective Services of the District of Invermere, and will need to work closely with the public and respective agencies. PROJECT DESCRIPTION 1. The contract is period from April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2017. A two year extension will be considered upon successful completion of the initial term. 2. The contractor is responsible for investigation, reporting, resolving violations, issuing violation tickets and warnings and the collection of fees for all aspects of dog control services. In addition to the responsibilities outlined above, the District wishes to provide increased proactive seasonal enforcement. 3. The successful contractor handles correspondence, enquiries and complaints regarding dog licencing and dog control and attempts to gain voluntary compliance in adhering to municipal bylaws and regulations and collects documentation necessary to begin prosecutions for cases involving the Provincial Court and others; swears information and appears in Court as a Crown witness as required; investigates and gathers evidence for presentation in court, including entering buildings or property; and stays informed on enforcement procedures used in other jurisdictions. 4. The Contractor must be prepared to offer 24-hour coverage if required. The contractor must become familiar with the District Bylaws to be enforced. 5. The position will be on an on-call complaint basis. The District will require increased random patrols through the summer season at various park spaces

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and throughout the community. The contractor must prepare and submit monthly reports of activities. The contractor is responsible for the day to day operations and cleaning of the Invermere Dog Pound. The contractor should be trained in enforcement procedures and evidence gathering. The contractor must provide the following: A vehicle maintained in good working order and be of an acceptable appearance to the District including the supply of gasoline, oil, servicing and insurance and a valid B.C. Class 5 Driver’s License; • Vehicle signage as deemed appropriate by the District; • A uniform which clearly identifies your position as the Dog Control Officer for the District; • A telephone answering service and email contact; • A minimum of $2,000,000.00 liability insurance indemnifying the District; • A current District Business License; • A digital camera with print capabilities; • Excellent conflict resolution skills and demonstrated ability to solve problems fairly and sensitively; • Be physically fit; and • RCMP security clearance.

All proposals must include: • A complete description of the applicant’s qualifications and experience; • A list of services and equipment to be provided by the applicant; • Expected fee for service for the term of the contract; and • Minimum of 3 references. The total contract amount is not to exceed $15,000. SUBMITTAL – Submittals should include the following information: • Name of firm or person; • phone and fax numbers; • principal contractor. Submittals will be evaluated and ranked based on the following criteria: 1) Key personnel; 2) Firm experience in bylaw enforcement; 3) Firm experience in administration, and public relations; 4) Ability to satisfy job duties; and 5) Past performance/references. Please submit TWO copies of your Proposal and Qualifications to: Chris Prosser, Chief Administrative Officer District of Invermere. PO Box 339 Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 e-mail: Phone: 250-342-9281 ext 1225 Fax: 250-342-2934 Interested firms are encouraged to submit by e-mail as well as by hard copy. E-mail submittals may be submitted to No written or electronic submittals will be accepted after February 21, 2014. Any questions regarding this project should be directed to Chris Prosser at 250-342-9281 ext 1225.

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January 24, 2014

Black belt accountant returns to Invermere and opens practice By Steve Hubrecht Piomeer Staff Invermere’s newest accountant isn’t afraid to get tough — be it crunching numbers or in the judo ring. Mark Digney has recently re-located back to Invermere after running his own accounting company in Williams Lake for the past eight years. “It’s nice to be home. It’s nice to be around family and old friends and get back into the outdoor lifestyle,” said Mr. Digney. Part of his active lifestyle includes practicing and teaching judo, in which Mr. Digney holds a black belt. “I do like judo,” he said. The accountant first moved to Invermere as an elementary school student and eventually graduated from David Thompson Secondary School. He then studied physical education in Calgary, came back to the valley for a few year and then got his certified general accounting (or CGA) qualification in Williams Lake. Mr. Digney worked in public practice accounting in Williams Lake while also running his own accounting company. “I just sold that (the company he started) and

am back to try and get things up and running here,” he said. Mr. Digney is currently running his own accounting practice here as a joint venture with local accountant Barb Smith, in their office on 7th Avenue in Invermere, right below the ReMax office. While in Williams Lake, Mr. Digney also owned a bookkeeping franchise and said he has a few interesting concepts from his time there that he thinks might work well in the Upper Columbia Valley. “I learned a lot from running two businesses in Williams Lake. We’ll introduce some new twists in products here and see how people like them,” he said. “Really we focus on small and mediumsized business and help them make the transition to being profitable,” said Mr. Digney, adding he makes sure the taxes these businesses pay is a low as possible. Mr. Digney’s website offers people several free financial tools, which can, CRUNCHING NUMBERS — Mark Digney is glad to be back in for instance, help them figure out if they are on Invermere with his own accounting practice, a joint venture. track for retirement.  Photo by Steve Hubrecht

JOHNSON, Elizabeth Pamela 1928 – 2014

Sunchaser Vacation Villas is all about providing excellent vacation experiences to the families that visit us year after year; and we need talent to provide it! We are currently seeking a:

Recreation Director

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES • hiring, training and managing Recreation Department staff; • planning fun, exciting and safe activities for guests to enjoy; • analyzing cost/benefit of conducting recreation activities; • purchasing and budgeting supplies needed; • conducting recreation activities; • performing necessary administrative duties associated with activities and management; • performing regular maintenance checks on all recreation equipment; • assisting with or undertaking any other reasonable duties as required. QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS • Ability to instill a customer service attitude. • Bachelor’s Degree strongly preferred. • Class 5 Driver’s License. • Food Safe Certification. • Current Level 1 First Aid with CPR and AED endorsements. • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office. We offer competitive salary and benefits packages and a great working atmosphere. Our found talent will have full use of our pools, hot tubs, fitness centre and more. Come on, join the Sunchaser team. Apply now! Send your resume and cover letter to • Fax 250-345-6250

In the early morning hours of Monday, January 13th, 2014, Elizabeth (Betty) Pamela Johnson passed away at her home in Invermere with her daughter by her side. She was 85 years old. Betty was born on January 26th, 1928 in Lulworth Cove, England to Reginald and Evelyn Parnaby. Over 35 years ago, Betty travelled to Invermere for a visit, loved the valley so much that she made it her home. She became a nanny to Lark Kohli who she lovingly called her second daughter. For many years she was also the hostess at the Invermere Inn until she retired and devoted her life to her friends, her pug TiTi, playing bridge and, with her green thumb, tending to her summer container garden. She leaves to mourn her passing her beloved daughter Elizabeth (Sue) Hastings and many dear and cherished friends in the valley as well as family in England, who she would enjoy visiting yearly. Her daughter would like to gratefully thank her Interior Health home caregivers and those at Columbia Garden Village for their care, concern and love for Betty. Her love for them all was returned in equal measure as she looked forward eagerly to their daily visits to see who would be coming through her door. There will be no funeral service at this time but there will be a summer Garden Tea Party in Betty’s honour to celebrate her life. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Betty’s memory to ICAN, (Invermere Companion Animal Network), PO BOX 2448, Invermere, V0A 1K0 Mark Memorial Funeral Services in care of arrangements 250-426-4864.

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Lunch or dinner with God By Father Gabriel St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Have you ever dreamt of having either a lunch or a dinner with God? Leo Tolstoy, a Russian novelist and Nobel Laureate for literature, captured this fascinating idea in a wonderful way when he wrote, “Whenever we do or perform simple acts of kindness to strangers and people in need, we do that to God himself ”. In the gospel of Matthew we read, “I tell you solemnly, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these sisters and brothers of mine, you did it to me”. (Mt 25:40) The New Year is a pleasant time to rekindle our passion for good works. Good people will always share their time, talents and resources for making others happy despite their own pains, struggles and challenges. It’s a commendable act of kindness to share what we have with others without expecting anything in return, even a thank-you note or card.

William Shakespeare wrote, “ The quality of mercy is not strained. It blesseth him who gives and blesseth him who receives.” In Acts of the Apostles 20:35 we read, “There is more happiness in giving than in receiving”. The Bible is very clear that we would be repaid for all at the resurrection of the just. On that day, God will provide us with a rich banquet of the finest food and the best of wine strained clear, with all other delicacies. Isaiah 25:6 would like to update our understanding: “God will prepare for all peoples a banquet of rich food, a banquet of fine wines,” to share with all our loved ones and with humankind. Kindness to people will always be remembered in the sight of God, especially to those who are most vulnerable in our societies, communities and families. There are ample opportunities given and available for all to respond to the needs of our suffering humanity. If we do not rise up to the occasion and willingly share with others, we would be considered “not mindful and people who turned deaf ears to the cry of those in need.” Probably we have all missed our golden opportunities or chances to reciprocate our good will. Shall we rekindle our passion for doing good works at the dawn of this New Year 2014 and beyond? Let us be passionate about sharing and caring. May God Bless all the cheerful givers!

LAKE WINDERMERE ALLIANCE CHURCH Sunday, January 26th 10:30 a.m.: CELEBRATION SUNDAY “GOD Is...Soverign”...Pastor Trevor ministering. The Lord’s Supper will be served.“K.I.D.S.” Church for children age 3 to Grade 1, and Grades 2-5 during the morning service. 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 • 1-250-426-7564 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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Old timers in action in Canal Flats The Invermere Badgers (in red jerseys) take a faceoff against Team Dunlop — wearing borrowed Grant’s Foods jerseys to prevent both teams from playing against each other in red jerseys — during an old timer’s tournament game in the Canal Flats arena on Saturday, January 18th. Team Dunlop won the game and later won the tournament in the finals game against Team Benson. Photo by Lizzie Midyette

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January 24, 2014

LETTERS . . . ‘Cougars’ from page 7


After the initial shock wore off, my first thought was what a terrific opportunity for a picture, but that was more easily thought than done. It involved taking my camera off the tripod, and changing the close-up lens for a normal one, without taking my eyes off the reclining cat! There was one tense moment when the feline seemed to be bunching its muscles in preparation for the single leap which would put it in my lap, but, thankfully, that didn’t happen. And I did take a picture, before the cougar got bored and slipped down off the log. It was then that I stood up, hoping for another shot, but the big cat was too fast. One bound and it disappeared into the trees. And I let out a bloodcurdling scream to help it on its way. I doubt if my words will change the attitude of many people, which

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is too bad, especially with the high number of “urban deer” in the area. Cougars can be dangerous and we are very likely to see more of the cats in town. Has anyone considered having a deer cull to keep the cougars out? But that’s only a stop-gap measure. There doesn’t seem to be any good solution to the influx of any of these wild creatures. All I know is that if any more cougars are killed, I’m going to form an organization called C.A.T. (Cougars Are Terrific) and file an injunction against somebody. Otherwise, I won’t be able to eat, sleep or perform any other normal bodily functions!

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