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Interior Health presentation sparks council discussion By Steve Hubrecht, Pioneer Staff An Interior Health presentation at Invermere’s most recent council meeting prompted discussion about declining health services, or at least the potential of such decline, in the valley. Golden and Invermere Health Services Director Deborah Austin told council in an update presentation at council’s Tuesday, January 28th meeting that some of the major challenges facing Interior Health include increases in chronic conditions, severe mental illness, severe disability, cancer, and end-of-life care. “What can we do to support the people (working in health services) here to ensure these services remain in our community?” asked Invermere mayor Gerry Taft, citing the recent example of the loss of the community dialysis unit. “You need to have people using the services and need to have a group of people who can remain skilled, confident

and comfortable in delivering those services. This is a big challenge,” said Ms. Austin, adding that Invermere has one of the smallest maternity programs in the province. “Our numbers are pretty low. The reality is if you are delivering 20 babies a year (in a given location), that may not be enough for people to stay confident and comfortable in their skills,” she said. “Can I honestly say this is a safe place to have a baby if I’ve got nurses and physicians saying ‘Hmm, I don’t know about this, I really haven’t done it for awhile’?” Several councillors were quick to commend the newborn program in Invermere, but also said most expectant couples they know are advised to go to Cranbrook to deliver, since there is no operating theatre in Invermere should complications arise during delivery. “It’s more than an hour away (to Cranbrook); if you have complications, do you want to risk giving birth while strapped down in an ambulance?” asked councillor

Paul Denchuk. Losing health services becomes an impediment to building the community, said councillor Greg Anderson. “If we cut services or offer services perceived as lesser in some ways, we just drive potential Invermere residents to Cranbrook and Golden instead and that’s bad news because fewer people means less service and it becomes a cyclical trend that just grows and grows,” said Mr. Anderson. “There’s no sign that we’re going to cut it (the maternity program) out, but it is a soft spot and I do worry about it in terms of sustaining services,” said Ms. Austin, clarifying. Mr. Taft added that there may be no sign of cutting the program, but it still pays for a community’s council and citizens to be proactive rather than reactive about keeping health services. For more coverage of the January 28th council meeting see next week’s Valley Echo.

Family jubilant after Thomsen makes Olympic ski team By Greg Amos, Pioneer Staff Invermere downhill skier Ben Thomsen is bound for Sochi after an electrifying 12th place finish under intense pressure at a World Cup race in Kitzbühel, Austria last weekend — and his family in the Columbia Valley couldn’t be happier. “That blew me away,” said Ben’s uncle, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort ski hill manager Peter Harding. “It was his last opportunity to get qualification, on one of the toughest courses in the world. He said it perfectly in

an article: it was his mindset. It plays with you quite a bit and you lose your confidence.” Ben, who is 26, earned his spot on the Canadian Olympic team by battling through the difficult course after starting in a less-than-ideal position, recalled his father Glenn Thomsen, who watched the race live at 4:30 a.m. local time. “He was started in 50th, but it’s his type of course, being tough and bumpy,” said Glenn, who was the head coach of the men’s downhill ski team at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. “He’d had a re-

ally good inspection run, and knew all the bumps, and was prepared for the track that he was going to be running. He just nailed it all the way, top to bottom. In one of the tougher sections he had the second fastest split; when I was watching the split times, I knew there was something special happening.” “Everything had to go just right,” added Glenn of his son’s career-defining run. “There was still the selection process, but this gives him hard criteria, no questions asked.” Continued on page 15 . . . *Conditions apply.

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• On January 23rd at 8:30 a.m., the Columbia Valley RCMP detachment received a report of a single vehicle accident, with the vehicle hitting an elk on Highway 93/95 south of Bella Vista Heights. The 2005 Ford driven by a female estimated to be in her 30s from Golden was not injured. (That’s self-preservation, not giving the actual age.) • On January 23rd at 7:30 p.m., the detachment received a report of two half cords of wood stolen from two lots in the 4800 block of Riverview Road in Fairmont Hot Springs. • On January 24th at 7:54 a.m., the detachment attended to a single vehicle accident on Highway 93/95 near Windermere where a 2009 Honda driven by a 77-year-old male collided with an elk. The vehicle received a considerable amount of damage while the driver received minor injuries. • On January 24th at 7:40 p.m., the detachment received a report of a residence broken into in the 4000 block of Timber Ridge Road. A door was broken into, and some electronic equipment was stolen from the residence. Anyone with information is requested to contact the detachment. • On January 25th at 12:14 a.m., a detachment member observing traffic near the intersection of the A&W restaurant observed a vehicle operating in an erratic manner. The 52-year-old driver, observing the police, appeared to make an attempt to lose the police and quickly entered a driveway on Borden Street. The driver quickly got out of the vehicle, but stumbled against the open door. The driver threw his keys in the snow. Barroom lawyer advice: if you don’t have the keys, you must not have been driving. The male displayed signs of being impaired and was read the breath demand, which he refused. The male spent the evening in custody and was released with a court date of March 10th, and is charged with impaired driving and refusing a breath demand. • On January 25th at 8:30 a.m., the detachment responded to a complaint of a 1998 Ford Expedition driving on Lake Windermere near the ice shacks and hitting one of the huts. Police were in the area and located the vehicle

on 5th Avenue near the lake. (See full story on page 25). The 36-year-old driver from Invermere displayed symptoms of having consumed liquor. An ASD demand was given, at which time the driver blew a fail. His licence was suspended for 90 days and the vehicle was impounded for 30 days. • On January 25th at 7:37 p.m., the detachment received a complaint of an intoxicated male causing a disturbance in the Windermere area. The male entered the White House Pub and due to his state of intoxication, was requested to leave. The male refused to co-operate at which time police were called to assist. The 26- year-old male from Invermere was arrested and lodged in cells. The benefits of small town policing At my first small town posting at the Agassiz RCMP Detachment, down the road from Chilliwack, I got my first experience of what it’s like to work small town policing and how we interact with our youths — even with our troubled youth that would every now and then cause us grey hairs. One incident resulted in one of the officers having to arrest and get physical with a male from Chilliwack. We were on the winning end of the battle, as it should be. At the time, I was just out of training and partnered up with a more senior officer. While on patrol a week after the incident with the Chilliwack male, a group of Agassiz youths we were well familiar with flagged us down. They informed us that they had heard that a group from Chilliwack, along with the fellow that we had arrested, planned on coming into town and were looking for revenge and were planning to pick a fight with the police. The Agassiz kids commented to my partner and I that only they had the right to mess with their Mounties, and maybe we should take a ride and disappear as they would take care of the problem. I know that the officers here have experienced that same support when they have found themselves in the position of making an arrest with large groups in the vicinity. Many have received assistance. Even to simply advise the officer that they are watching their back is very much appreciated. That evening in Agassiz, we had no problems and never encountered the group from Chilliwack. I wonder what happened?

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Valley-raised physicist follows trail of neutrinos to Antarctic research lab By Greg Amos Pioneer Staff

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Invermere-raised Tania Wood spent her January immersed in a frozen world almost beyond comprehension, in order to study a particle that sheds light on even more mysterious high-energy events in deep space. Checking on data collected through 5,000 modules strung through a cubic kilometre of incredibly dense Antarctic ice, Ms. Wood took on the role of on-ice calibration lead as part of a team of about 200 international researchers at the IceCube laboratory, the world’s larg- POLAR PHYSICS — Invermere-raised Tania Wood, a University of Alberta est detector of a kind of sub-atomic graduate student in particle physics, pauses for a snapshot at the South Pole particle called a neutrino. amidst a three-week long research stay at the IceCube laboratory, the world’s The 29-year-old University of largest detector of neutrinos. Photo submitted Alberta graduate student in particle said, ‘She was here, and now she is at the South Pole!’,” physics — and David Thompson Secondary class of 2002 graduate — has been studying she added. “We’re grateful to Tania for her persistence in helping us join the web conference and wish her neutrinos as she pursues her Ph.D. The idea is that neutrinos, which are so small and tremendous success as she and her colleagues analyze nearly massless that they normally flow right through particles passing through the ice to better understand the objects, can be detected in the thick ice, after arriving cosmos.” The Antarctic is nice this time of year, Tania told the there from distant galaxies. Their presence helps inform physicists about astrophysical events in space, such as the Edmonton Journal, noting it’s a consistent -25 C with 24 hours of sunlight. (To view images from the IceCube laboformation of stars and galaxies. It’s “the beginning of a new kind of astronomy,” she ratory and area, go to .) As a girl, Tania “was interested in anything and told Edmonton’s Breakfast Television in an interview before the trip. On January 15th, Tania and a colleague everything to do with space,” said her father, Tony Wood, shared their insights with David Thompson Secondary owner of Strands Old House Restaurant. Her mother teacher Heather Wood’s Earth Science 11 class via a web Romy recalls Tania, at age 7, telling her that she was going to build a spaceship. conference from the South Pole. “I said ‘that’s nice, dear’,” recalls Romy. After high “My students were amazed to be able to speak live with someone at the South Pole and were interested school, she earned degrees in Astrophysics and Earth Scito learn of the research on neutrinos and a researcher’s ence at the University of Alberta before pursuing her Ph.D. Tania began to travel home from the IceCube on general way of life in such an extreme climate,” she said. “Perhaps the most profound impact was their realization January 24th, and due to the time-consuming logistics that a student from David Thompson Secondary had of Antarctic travel, won’t arrive back in Edmonton until made her way to the South Pole — the realization that Sunday, February 2nd. The Pioneer couldn’t reach Tania at the Iceanything is possible, even when growing up in a rural Cube, but will attempt to follow up on her Antarctic community.” “One of my students captured the moment when he experiences soon.

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Historical Lens

Idiots on ice need oversight By Steve Hubrecht, Pioneer Staff

On almost any weekend visit to Lake Windermere (to ice fish, skate or cross-country ski the Whiteway, or to simply enjoy the lake) you are bound to encounter the lake’s idiots on ice — those drivers who feel the need to rip around the ice at high speed, purposefully fishtailing and sliding for kicks or to display how infinitely cool they really are. So this week’s news (see page 25) that an allegedly drunk driver hit an ice-fishing shack is hardly surprising. Unfortunately, it’s not so easy to prevent equally dangerous but more sober drivers from behaving in a similarly foolish manner, in part because jurisdiction over the ice is a real grey area. When the lake surface is unfrozen, it’s Transport Canada’s jurisdiction. When the ice is there, some say jurisdiction lies with the district of Invermere, some say with the regional district, and others say with the province — but nobody really knows. Needless to say this confusion makes enforcing rules much less straightforward, and into this jurisdictional vacuum roar the idiots on ice. It’s a situation that needs sorting out. Sadly it will likely take a much more dramatic situation — an out-of-control vehicle hitting a skater, skier or ice shack full of people — to prompt any quick action. A story of such a truck sliding through a hockey game on the lake a few years ago (apparently missing but scaring the players) is unverifiable and may not be true, but is no stretch of the imagination and is believable enough to give chilling pause. You just have to hope it won’t be a similar incident with a bad ending that finally cuts the idiots’ engines.

Athalmer waterfront, circa 1890 A well-heeled group relaxes and a Chinese cook stands on the porch of one of Athalmer’s first buildings. Though historical records are spotty, there are a combined 28 names of clearly Chinese origin on the 1901 and 1911 censuses for the area. With the Chinese New Year underway, now is a good time to reflect on the contributions Chinese people made to the valley’s early history. If you have any more information on this or any historical photo, e-mail us at . Photo C564 courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

ICE UPDATE As of Friday, January 24th, the ice thickness on Lake Windermere was 20 inches offshore from Kinsmen Beach.

Wolverines worth considering Dear Editor: Jumbo Wild voices express only ovations for the intrepid Citizens for Democracy campers, who were well within the letter of the law as they successfully hindered all attempts by the proposed Jumbo Resort personnel to make any progress toward their intended goal of conducting public activities on the Farnham Glacier, one of the four glaciers assigned to the Jumbo Resort development proposal. Wolverines are extremely sensitive to human encroachment in their habitat and are becoming the

benchmark species for large connected ecosystem preservation. (Males need 1,500 square kilometres each.) If we can meet their survival needs, we should be able to meet those of many other species. Currently, wolverines are federally listed in Western Canada as a Species of Special Concern and the U.S. is considering listing them as Endangered. Where are they? What’s their population? Ground DNA identification was done from the Southern Purcells up to the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy. Continued on page 7 . . .

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LETTERS . . . ‘Wolverines’ from page 6 (Ground studies also were done in the Selkirks and Rockies.) Going further north of the conservancy, including the Jumbo area, rough terrain demands helicopters. But there’s no helicopter money. Studies show wolverines within large undisturbed areas: outside those areas, little to none. The Jumbo area is considered perfect habitat. In the recent past, wolverines were identified there. The province responded to the West Kootenay Eco-Society’s Judicial Review, which challenges government creating the Jumbo Mountain Resort Municipality without residents. Now it is up to the society to respond. No court time is scheduled. The Ktunaxa Nation’s Judicial Review was allotted two weeks in Vancouver Supreme Court. The judge, now out of sight, is deliberating lawyers’ submissions plus additional information no doubt. Judicial reviews are known to have long timelines. Government lawyers posited that the Ktunaxa were not emphatic enough about the cultural and spiritual importance of the Jumbo area. Ktunaxa lawyers

posited that the Ktunaxa have strongly asserted the Jumbo area holds environmental, cultural and spiritual values for their nation. They have consistently reiterated their opposition to the resort development proposal since it was originally announced and reiterated continuously outside of, and within, government’s consultation process. Mitigating environmental values was predominantly the subject of the Consultation Process. I maintain it is impossible to mitigate environmental values, much less cultural and spiritual values — how can consistent opposition do more than reiterate? In 2012 it became clear to government that the Ktunaxa were firm in their opposition so it signed the Master Development Agreement. Immediately the Ktunaxa made their historic journey to Victoria officially presenting their Qat’Muk Declaration - nation to nation. Rowena Eloise Argenta West Kootenay Coalition for Jumbo Wild

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#9 Matt Houston Matt Houston joined the Columbia Valley Rockies last November, after coming from the Drumheller Dragons. He is enjoying his time in the Columbia Valley as well as fulfilling his role as an alternate player for the Surrey Eagles in the BCHL, where he has played three games. His hope is to be

a regular member of that team next season, and he sees that as a “stepping stone to a scholarship to a Division One school in the NCAA” in the U.S. As a member of the Rockies, Houston has tallied 17 points in 18 games and was named player of the month for December.

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Removal of the existing wood siding, flashings and building wrap. Disposal of all materials that will not be reused from the site. Installation of a new fiber cement siding material, c/w building wrap and required flashings. The verticals will be board and batten with the horizontals being lap. (Colors to be chosen later). Please indicate manufacturer on quotation? All corners will be clad with an approved product. All exterior penetrations to be framed with an approved material. A minimum of two (2) coats of paint is required over primer; c/w required colored chalking or as required by manufacturer.

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Existing electrical and plumbing fixtures to be reused. Existing wood soffits will remain and are to be refastened where required and repainted. (Color to be chosen later). Existing cap flashings and mechanical grills are to be reused chalked and painted. (Colors to be chosen later). All existing signage is to be replaced. (Locations will be determined later). All work must conform to the 2012 BC Building Code. Amendments to the scope of work may occur. Those who submit quotations prior to the due date will be notified of such and will be given a chance to amend their quote or pull it.

The District is to review the exterior sheathing materials after removal of the siding and building paper materials. No new materials are to be applied to the exterior without District approvals. Should budget be available the District may also have the contractor repaint the exterior doors and frames, panels below window glazing and any other areas requiring such. The District of Invermere reserves the right to reject any and all quotes and/or to accept any quote which may be in the best interest of the District of Invermere. The lowest quote will not necessarily be accepted. If you wish to contact the District of Invermere in regards to the awarding, please do so on the following business day after the closing date specified.

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Pondering Jupiter’s Great Red Spot Valley Skies By Brian Fenerty Pioneer Columnist Welcome to the first monthly Valley Skies column in The Pioneer, after its migration from the Valley Echo. There’s high overhead these evenings, when pesky clouds move away, and bright Jupiter continues to dominate our evening sky. Later this month, the bright International Space Station sails overhead; its location can be found at . Jupiter is much larger than Earth, yet our bar graph shows Earth outpaces Jupiter in going around the sun. Into spring, Jupiter appears more and more toward the sunset as it tarries behind. The further from the Sun, outer giant planets like Jupiter and dwarf planets like Pluto orbit ever more slowly. Comets that have looped far away from the sun may linger many years in the remote Oort Cloud. The dynamics of orbits in space is fascinating: flying a space probe around behind massive Jupiter to gain speed on

the way to Pluto, or flying in front of Venus, for example, to slow down enough to get into Mercury’s orbit, is just scratching the surface of the physics involved. Kids, ask your parents and teachers for more details; they will love it. A question I leave for you to ponder — what if Earth were larger, even just a bit bigger? What effects might that have on geology, biology, or even climate? More clouds? Jupiter holds onto such a thick atmosphere, as no mountains stick up to disrupt its fast counter-moving bands and swirls of chemical-coloured clouds. Even the Great Red Spot, big enough to swallow Earth and then some, hasn’t been broken up over maybe several hundred years. (To find out how to view the Great Red Spot through a telescope, go to http:// , and set the lattitude to 50.5 north and longitude to 116 west.) If Earth was close to it, you can imagine the view of the spot over the Purcells; on second thought, being that close would put us far inside Jupiter’s powerful magnetosphere — which is not a good place to be!

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JUMBO JUPITER — The ancient unbroken storm that is the Great Red Spot on Jupiter is large enough to swallow several Earths — and it can be seen through a powerful telescope set up in the valley at this time of year.

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The popular Starlight Challenge is back again this year at Fairmont Hot Springs ski hill. The night skiing series of recreational races runs on Friday nights throughout February. Skiers and riders compete in teams of four, trying to have the smallest time differential on a dual slalom course. The top team is the one with the best time consistency throughout the four-night series. There are also nightly prizes for the most consistent and fastest racers. For more information contact 250-345-6037. Pioneer file photo

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Movie Review: Bad Grandpa

Reviewed by Lizzie Midyette

Bad Grandpa is a crude, rude, and immensely satisfying offering from the crew of misfits who brought Jackass to pop culture all those years ago on MTV. Johnny Knoxville reprises his role as Irving Zisman, a.k.a. Bad Grandpa, for this feature-length romp through the heartland of America. Unlike scenes from the original Jackass offerings, this movie is all about Bad Grandpa, and we’re treated to an actual plot. Irving is recently widowed, and becomes forced into taking his grandson on a roadtrip to see his son-inlaw after his daughter is incarcerated. Load up the sea foam-coloured Lincoln, because we’re in for a treat.

Like the expert faux-documentary style of Sasha Baron Cohen’s earlier works, much of the humour comes from laughing at unsuspecting Americans falling prey to the antics where there are few boundaries. Most of the action is in the form of hidden cameras to catch every candid moment. Bystanders are filmed unknowingly as they shuffle away in embarrassment, gawk, videotape, and laugh at Knoxville and his grandson. From trashing a thrift store to various anti-social antics in a bingo hall to scatalogical outbursts, Knoxville explores the limits of impolite behaviour with an unrivalled passion. What’s refreshingly unexpected and hilarious are scenes where Knoxville and his grandson Billy (Jackson Nicoll) are either unwittingly set up in pranks

they weren’t privy to, or improvise, and the action made the cut. Some of the moments are so impeccably timed that there’s no way they were planned. This spontaneity reminds long-time Jackass fans why we hate to admit that we love every second. In addition, Nicoll is cast perfectly into the role and fits perfectly into the immature shenanigans! Playing out like Jackass meets Borat on the set of Toddlers and Tiaras, this movie is sure to make the audience laugh with embarrassment, but laugh all the way through. With just enough plot to ensure it doesn’t feel like a series of sketches, this is a surprisingly funny gem.




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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., 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

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Friday, January 31st • 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. Delicious desserts by Treats will be available (cash only). 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, February 1st • 9 a.m. - 6:15 p.m.: Windermere Valley Minor Hockey 2014 Novice Tournament, February 1st - 2nd at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. Invermere Rockies play at the following times: February 1st, 9 - 10:45 a.m. vs. Golden Rockets, 3:30 - 4:45 p.m. vs. Banff Bears; February 2nd, 9:30 - 10:45 a.m. vs. Midnapore Mavericks. Finals held February 2nd from 11 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. • 10 a.m.: Crochet Lessons for adults and children ages 12 and up at the Radium Public Library. Also February

• 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, 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. Call the Hoodoo Grill at 250-345-2166 for more information. • 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. The team winner

is chosen based on overall team consistency over the fournight series. There are nightly awards for fastest and most consistent. Adult League Race start: 7:15 p.m. Fourperson teams of skiers, boarders, or mixed. Individual racers welcome. Starlight Challenge Package price $89 per person, including night lift tickets (rentals not included). Don’t worry if you can’t race all four nights — nightly drop-in racers are welcome too! Register: Call Snow School at 250-345-6037 or email

Saturday, February 8th • 9:15 a.m. - 6 p.m.: Windermere Valley Minor Hockey games at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. 9:15 11:15 a.m. Atoms Orange vs. Kimberley 2 (league). 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Atoms Blue vs. Elk Valley (league). 4 -6 p.m. Midget Boys vs. Cranbrook (league). • 10 a.m.: Children’s Valentine Crafts at the Radium Public library. • 6 - 11 p.m.: Valentine cards at the Summit Youth Centre. • Panorama Snowflake Festival. Also February 9th. Tobogganing, a host of activities and events, a barbecue and a pancake breakfast round out this three-day fest. For more information, check out • 6 p.m.: Brisco Riding Club’s Annual Chili Dinner at the Brisco Hall. $8 /person $25/family. There will be an auction for a handmade rocking horse. This year marks the Brisco Riding Club’s 25th anniversary. Come out and celebrate with us! • 6 p.m.: Syndicate Rail Jam series at Panorama. Open to both skiers and snowboarders. Cost $10. Come out, show your skills and have some fun. Competitors must be registered at Guest Services by 5 p.m. Prizes provided by Syndicate Boardshop. Also runs March 8th and April 12th. For more information, contact events@panoramaresort. com or go online to • 6:30 p.m.: Olympic Tapas Gala at the Hoodoo Grill, as part of Fairmont’s Fire and Ice festival. Champagne reception, Fire and Ice action stations, silent auction, door prizes, entertainment by Al Lukas, lots of fun and festivities. Tickets $30, call the Hoodoo Grill at 250345-2166 for more information.

Sunday, February 9th • 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Free Pancake breakfast at Smoking Waters Cafe as part of Fairmont’s Fire and Ice festival. • 11:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.: Windermere Valley Minor Hockey games at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Bantam Boys vs. Cranbrook (exhibition). 1:45 - 3:45 p.m. Midget Girls vs. Elk Valley (league).

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Village seeks bylaw changes By Dan Walton, Pioneer Staff


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Enforcement of municipal bylaws has been stepped up over the past year in Canal Flats, but with a petition requesting a complaint-driven enforcement process and the recent resignation of their bylaw officer, council must now decide how the village will move forward. “We’ve asked each councillor to think about what the people are complaining about and what the issues are, and then we’ll have a look at each corresponding bylaw,” said Canal Flats mayor Ute Juras. Over the next three to four months, existing bylaws will be undergoing amendments, which will deal with traffic, unsightly premises, and some components of the zoning bylaws, which Canal Flats inherited when the village was incorporated in 2004. In the past year, unsightly properties and derelict cars were the most common issues, having been loosely

enforced before the hiring of a bylaw officer. Bylaws were enforced at his discretion, which saw mixed reactions in the village, Ms. Juras said. “There have been a lot of derelict vehicles that have been cleaned up over the past year,” she said, “but there have been some hiccups and we learned from them.” Council was recently presented with a 170-signature petition which asks for a complaint -driven system of bylaw enforcement. With the position of bylaw officer vacant, for now complaints are being followed up on by Canal Flats chief administrative officer Brian Woodward. “Council wants to step away from that; we will most likely go with another method” Ms. Juras said. She worries that animosity between neighbours could ensue under a complaint-driven process. During the interim, if a Canal Flats resident files a complaint, a letter will be sent out to the homeowner whose property is in potential violation, and an investigation will follow.






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New pet groomer ready to pamper paws in Invermere By Steve Hubrecht Pioneer Staff For one of Invermere’s newest business owners — Stephanie Fitch — there has never been any doubt about what kind of business she’d like to open, as she’s loved dogs for as long as she can remember. Ms. Fitch opened her pet-grooming business, Fitchie’s Fuzz, this past summer. “It’s really rewarding. I love working with animals,” she said. Ms. Fitch lived in Invermere for eight years before moving to Edmonton to study professional dog grooming, eventually earning her certificate when she graduated from the Alberta School of Dog Grooming.


After graduating, Ms. Fitch was an assistant teacher at the school, before she decided to come back to the valley. “I missed the mountains, so I decided to come back,” she said, adding she also heard there was demand for a grooming business right in town after the owner of a similar business left. “For me, the best part is seeing the owner’s face when they come to pick up their freshly groomed fuzzy friends,” said Ms. Fitch. “And it’s also nice to get constant kisses from the dogs as they are getting treated.” Fitchie’s Fuzz takes a one-on-one approach, which allows Ms. Fitch to spend more time with her furry clients than the pets would get at a bigger, high-speed grooming centre.



Ms. Fitch takes dogs of all breed and sizes and occasionally some other animals too. Fitchie’s Fuzz offers all kinds of professional pet grooming services with a range of techniques. The business uses eco-friendly products that are suited to each pet’s specific needs. A full groom includes cutting of nails, tidying of underpads and sanitary areas, cleaning of ears, a bath, brush-out and a hair cut. The cost of grooming is dependent on a dog’s coat condition and behaviour. Ms. Fitch is also happy to offer tips and educate about pet health and welfare, to help owners keep their pets’ coats beautiful. For more information, call Ms. Fitch at 250-270-2333.

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Matt Willox, left, and Trevor Wareham, along with their locally-famous fish-catching dog, Tito, look down into the depths of Lake Windermere from inside of their cozy ice-fishing shack during the 14th Annual Fishing Derby on Saturday, January 25th.  Photo by Dan Walton

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Bobsled champion recalls By Steve Hubrecht Pioneer Staff Before Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky and other highly-paid professional athletes were part of the Olympics, long before anybody wanted to “own the podium” — almost 50 years ago this week, in fact — there was Doug Anakin and his three bobsled teammates up at the top of the 1964 Olympic bobsled course in Innsbruck, Austria. If you want to see the Olympic spirit, there it is. Doug, Vic Emery, John Emery and Peter Kirby were amateurs competing for the love of the game. Canada didn’t have any kind of bobsled program, didn’t even have a track to train on. Doug and the boys had to drive from Montreal (where they were based) to Lake Placid just to do a practice run. Doug didn’t even have a real bobsled helmet – try as he did, he just couldn’t find one that fit, so he went to Innsbruck wearing a plastic football helmet instead, grabbed from the school gym where he worked as a teacher. “It worked just fine and when I came home, I put it back on the shelf for the team to use,” said Doug, who sat second in the sled and was affectionately nicknamed Mickey Mouse, on account of being the shortest on the team. Vic, the driver, was a passionate, go-go-go athlete. John, who sat third, was a strapping, top-notch boxer and the social butterfly of the bunch, always enjoying music and a good time. Peter, on the brakes, was an elite skier and a hardworkDoug’s fiftying, nose-to-the-grindstone year-old type. Olympic gold “Going fast down an medal. icy run, there’s no speed limit. Every time you go around a corner you want to go faster and faster. It’s an exhilarating experience,” said Doug, describing the lure of bobsledding. The four-man bobsled race is a four-day event, with

each team doing one run each morning and results de- turns and head fast — really fast —into the Burlepautz cided by total overall times. While the heavily-favoured curve. But they’re going too fast, coming out of the turn Italian and Austrian bobsled teams would spend the too high. Suddenly, the banked ice built up for the corafternoons after the morning runs obsessively polish- ner plum runs out as the track transitions from a coring the sled’s runners (the Italner back to straightaway. The sled ians drinking wine and singing as drops down, smashing into the they did so), the Canadians would opposite wall and starts riding up leave the sled with grooves in its alarmingly on the right side. Both runners and instead hit the ski rightside runners are a foot in the slopes for the afternoon, followed air: the sled is about to tip. by a bit of dancing and music — The four Canadians lean with Doug strumming the ukelele — all their weight, breathlessly hopin the evenings. And why not? ing they don’t totter over. The Olympics should be fun, after The sled stays upright — all. But make no mistake, while barely — and the team rides on, the boys were having fun, they rounding the final two corners were also giving it their all on the and crossing the finish line with bobsled course. the fastest time of the day. Lining up at the top of the “If we’d crashed, that would’ve course on the third day, Doug, ended it,” said Doug. Instead, Vic, John and Peter start by they shocked the world by setcrouching, sprinter-like, and in an ting a course record time (a surinstant they are off, feet churning prise even to them) and jumped solidly on the ice, sled gliding into into the lead, putting them on the motion and then all four of them brink of one of the greatest Olympop, one-by-one, into the sled. pic upsets ever. The first corner, the Start- Doug Anakin celebrates on the shoulders of his “That was pretty exciting; kurve, is no teammate, Peter Kirby, after winning gold in we’d really realized we had a problem, then Olympic bobsledding in Innsbruck in 1964 chance,” said Doug. “It was hard come the high to sleep.” S-curves. The The other teams quickly went team gets progressively faster and the from surprise to emulation. The Italian team began to corners get higher through the next think perhaps the grooves in the Canadians runners were six turns, building to the renowned advantageous and actually started trying to work grooves high-speed Hexenkessel (the Witch’s into their sled’s runners. Cauldron) — perhaps the toughest “We laughed, because we knew it was the pushing spot on the course — which sends and Vic’s driving that gave us the lead,” said Doug. Doug and the boys (as it does all Just three more steady runs during the next three other teams) whipping around its big days, with no mistakes was all the boys needed and that’s banks with intense centrifugal force, and they come blis- exactly what they got. The last team down the course on tering out of the turn at more than 90 miles per hour the final day (the Italians) couldn’t quite catch them, and (130 kilometres per hour). the boys slid to Canada’s only gold medal at the games. They hold their momentum through the next two Continued on Page 15 . . .

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They broke out the bubbly and the celebrations began. “We were pretty happy and proud,” said Doug. The Canadian bobsled boys came home to cheering crowds and fanfare and, after a few years, moved on to other things. Doug married later the same summer (1964) and kept at ice track sports for awhile, bobsledding at the 1966 world championships and returning to the Olympics in 1972 at Sapporo, Japan, coaching the Canadian luge team. But evenutally Doug went back to teaching outdoor and physical education and in 1990 he and his family moved to the Columbia Valley, where he, his wife, one of their daughters and two of their grandkids reside to this day. Doug’s love of the outdoors is undiminished (biking, hiking, skiing — you name it, he does it) and, even 50 years later, that Olympic spirit — that love of the game — is OLD OLYMPIANS – A portrait of the team and pit crew that still alive and well in him. took home gold from the 1964 Innsbruck Olympic Winter Games. BOBSLED BONANZA – As the world’s best bobsledding team in 1964, Doug Anakin and his team were given an overwhelming reception after returning to Montreal with a gold medal from the Innsbruck Winter Games in Austria. Photo submitted

On Monday, January 27th, Ben became one of the nine skiers officially nominated to the Canadian Olympic ski team. He’s now in St. Moritz, Switzerland, competing at the final World Cup event before the Olympics. With Ben having finished second at a World Cup race in Sochi two years ago, the possibilities for him at the Winter Games are intriguing. “(Sochi) is a course very much like Kitzbuhel: it’s steep, it has lots of turns, it’s icy, with huge air and high speeds,” said Glenn, adding it’s also a long course in that most skiers take more than two minutes to complete it. “His physical fitness is pretty good, so he’s always got something left for the bottom part of the course, and that’s usually where he makes up ground,” he added. Last year, Ben had five top-20 finishes, while this year has been a struggle, as his start numbers were far back in the pack, and his best result prior to the Kitzbuhel race was a 37th place finish. “It was a real uphill battle; it’s really tough to score (points) when you’re starting back in the 50s and 60s, and that’s what he was dealing with this year,” said Glenn, who coached Ben when he was on the B.C. alpine skiing team. Ben was a forerunner skier at the 2010 Olympics, but has never competed in the Games before. “We could be seeing things coming up here at Sochi,” added Peter. “He’s technically fine-tuned, and he loves skiing fast,” he said, noting Ben was clocked at 159.3 kilometres per hour in a race last year. Ben grew up skiing at the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, before transitioning to Panorama Mountain Village, where both his parents were ski coaches. At Fairmont, young Ben was “kind of a free spirit,” recalls Peter. “He loved the sport of skiing, and once he picked it up he was top to bottom, no questions asked; usually he had his grandma skiing behind him, telling him to slow down.”

Valley residents to mingle with former Olympians By Steve Hubrecht, Pioneer Staff Upper Columbia Valley residents will have a chance to meet and greet several valley-based former Olympians on the eve of the Sochi Winter Games. Former Olympian and Invermere resident Doug Anakin and two (Vic Emery and John Emery) of his three teammates from the 1964 gold-medal-winning Canadian bobsled team will be at the Columbia Valley Rockies hockey game on Friday, February 7th, along with former Canadian Olympic nordic ski

coach Lyle Wilson and 2006 Torino Olympic bronze medal women’s curling team member Christine Dubois. “It’s going to be a social thing; during the intermissions, people are welcome to go and see the medals and chat with the former Olympians,” said Invermere events coordinator Theresa Wood. “There will be some announcements and maybe a bit of a ceremony, but mostly it’s a casual thing. People can meet and mingle (with the Olympians) in the foyer.” The group of Olympians will likely also be at Pan-

orama Mountain Vilage either the day before the Rockies game or the day after, and will visit a school in Golden and probably one here in Invermere as well. “They’ll be doing a few things in the area,” said Ms. Wood. “It’s going to be a great opportunity, because we don’t have that large a population here in the valley, but we have a surprising number of worldclass athletes.” This year marks the 50th anniversary of Doug and his teammates’ bobsled win — Canada’s only gold medal at the Innsbruck, Austria games.

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How do currency rates affect investment returns? Many years ago, investing money outside of Canada’s borders was an exotic strategy for the very wealthy. Nowadays, foreign investment is at an all-time high. Many Canadians own real estate south of the border, and many Canadians have exposure to foreign stocks or bonds in their investment portfolios. Even the Canada Pension Plan has 63.3 per cent of its equity holdings in U.S. and foreign stocks. Foreign investments can be very good for an investor’s bottom line; however, many people don’t pay attention to the role currency risk could play in their returns. How it works An investment portfolio is impacted by exchange rate movements when foreign securities or investments that hold foreign securities, such as a mutual fund, are owned. These investments are typically purchased using Canadian dollars. For example, if a U.S. stock is purchased in a Canadian dollar account, the funds needed to pay for the stock are converted to U.S. dollars on the spot. If a U.S. stock is sold in a Canadian dollar account, the funds are instantly converted back to Canadian dollars at the spot price. Most mutual funds in Canada, even foreign funds, express their unit prices and rates of return in Canadian dollars. This is for simplicity, but can sometimes make

it difficult to tell how much of the return or loss on an investment is attributed to growth of the investments within the fund or exchange rate movements. Rate of return Currency can have a huge impact on a foreign investment’s rate of return. In Canadian-dollar terms, when the dollar rises, the value of a U.S. investment falls. On the other hand, if the dollar declines, the value of a U.S. investment rises. For example, ignoring all other factors, if a Canadian investor owns a U.S. stock that rises 10 per cent, and the Canadian dollar rises 2 per cent, the net profit is 8 per cent. However, if the Canadian dollar fell 2 per cent, the net profit would be 12 per cent. Over the past year, Canadians have experienced the latter. After hovering around parity for the better part of two years, our dollar fell almost 10 per cent during 2013, during which time the S&P 500 index posted a 30 per cent gain. As a result, a Canadian investor who bought the S&P 500 index when the dollar was near parity have likely seen a hefty return on both the stocks and the currency exchange. What should I do? There are a few ways to make currency rates work

for you. Firstly, if you like the prospects of the U.S. economy and believe the Canadian dollar will fall further, U.S. stocks or a U.S. equity mutual fund might be a good investment. On the other hand, if you believe that the Canadian dollar will improve over the next few years and that U.S. stocks are overvalued, you might want to direct your investment dollars elsewhere. An important caveat to remember is that the impact of exchange rates lessens over time. That means that it still makes sense for people to invest in the companies and economies they believe will perform well over the long term. The only people who should be concerned with exchange rate movements are those who are investing for the short-to-medium term. For example, during the past five years, mostly due to abnormally low prices, many Canadians bought real estate in the United States. Many plan to own their real estate for a long time, but those who are considering selling in the next few years should, in addition to price, consider the exchange rate they paid at the time of purchase and the rate at the time of sale. If the exchange rate is unfavorable, it might make sense to keep the proceeds in U.S. dollars for a while. If you would like some advice on how to manage currency risk, speak to your financial advisor who will be happy to help.

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Valley a good fit for fat bikes By Dan Walton Pioneer Staff Traditional transportation often doesn’t cut it in the valley – especially in the winter – which is why some local cyclists are pedalling on mountain bikes with extra-thick wheels, also known as “fat bikes”. “Riding in the snow on a regular bike is painful to say the least; you get on a big fat bike and you end up grinning the whole time,” said Jordie Kirk, who owns a Surly Pugsley model of fat bike. “They’re just plain old fun.” After finding out about the winter-capable bikes online, Jordie had no experience on a fat bike, but decided to head to Bicycle Works in Invermere and placed an order. “You don’t get anywhere fast, but you sure have a good time – they float BELUGA BIKE — There aren’t many places she can’t pedal – and Lake nicely in the snow and the traction’s Windermere poses no challenge for Margaret Radermacher, one of Invermere’s great,” he said. “It’s the same as any few fat bike owers. She and her dog Kodie enjoyed a pedal along the Whiteway other bike, just bigger tires.” on Saturday, January 25th. Photo by Dan Walton Jordie doesn’t use the fat bike to ing the Juniper Trail in Radium Hot Springs, and this commute, but he has taken it in a few races, such as the Kootenay Krusher at Nipika Mountain year’s favourite – the Johnson Trail near Lake Lillian. With some caution, the bike can be taken on a Resort. frozen ice surface, though some snow on the surface “It was a good time,” he said. There was no special helps greatly with traction. For riders that are adamant category for fat bikes in that race, meaning Jordie was about riding on Lake Windermere’s Whiteway, there are racing alongside riders on normal mountain bikes. Fat bikes have heavier frames and offer a slower ride studded tires available for fat bikes. After acquiring the fat bike last year with no preduring the warm months, “but in the winter, there’s no real tradeoff – it’s the only kind of bike that really works.” vious experience, Jordie said he’s feeling no buyer’s reThe fat bike allows valley cyclists to ride the same morse, and encourages other cyclists to give the rugged trails in the winter as they would in the summer, includ- bikes a try.

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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.

Fire and Ice makes fifth appearance in Fairmont By Dan Walton Pioneer Staff Fairmont’s Fire and Ice Festival will be rocking out while focusing on flood prevention and mitigation this year. “We’re raising money with a bit of a more serious undertone this year with regards to the flood mitigation project,” said Steven Page of the Fairmont Business Association, which puts on the event each year. In reaction to flooding in recent years, he explained that the Regional District of East Kootenay has proposed a plan which would widen the creek to avoid future flooding, and requires one third of the funds to be raised on a local level. The Fire and Ice Festival is happening for the fifth year next weekend all throughout Fairmont Hot Springs. Blues rocker Al Lukas will arrive for the first night on Friday, February 7th at the ski hill, where he’ll be performing during the Starlight Challenge. Then, during the weekend’s main event, Mr. Lukas will take the stage again on Saturday, February 8th at the Hoodoo Lounge and Grill during the gala reception dinner, with tapas being served and gifts to be won through door prizes and silent auctions. The Fire and Ice Festival wraps up on Sunday morning, when Smoking Waters Cafe is hosting a free, all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. The Fairmont Business Association used the funds from last year’s Fire and Ice Festival to purchase a tourist information booth. Tickets cost $30 and can be purchased in person or over the phone from Rory Sinclair at the Hoodoo Grill at 250-345-2166. And it’s a good idea to buy them ahead of time – Mr. Page said that the event typically sells out early.

Museum invites history hounds

Curator’s Corner By J.D. Jeffery Museum Curator

Just down from the Sobeys, located behind the library, is a cluster of ten buildings. All but two of the buildings are unique and original, and each one has a story to tell. This is not the beginning of a novel, but rather the beginning of the monthly column, Curator’s Corner. Every month I will be covering the things that go on at the Windermere Valley Museum. We’re not trying to make history come alive again, but we are seeking to make it fun and interesting so you will want to come and experience it yourself. Everyone can be a part of the museum

with a yearly membership of $20. This allows members to attend monthly meetings where guest speakers discuss topics related to the valley. April marks the beginning of the third year of Movie Night at the Museum; silent and talkie movies, from different decades, are shown one Sunday a month. During the winter, our hours are Tuesdays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. We want to invite you to check out our display for BC Heritage Week, from February 17th to 23rd. The museum will be celebrating this year’s theme: “Heritage Afloat! before roads and railroads, there was the boat.” If you want to know more details on the museum activities, call us at 250-342-9769.

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Panorama hot pools rated among world’s best By Pioneer Staff The slopeside hot tubs at Panorama Mountain Village could soon be warming up an international crowd of tub tourists, after being named one of the most spectacular ski resort pools in the world by USA Today. The valley ski resort’s 1,258-foot warm pool checked in at number eight in a top-ten list published by the widely-read magazine on Friday, January 17th. “The Panorama Springs Hot Pools sit so close to the nearest lift line, you could hit skiers with a water gun,” declares the article. “Skiers know Panorama for its 4,000-foot vertical drop, but the Powder Highway resort should probably be just as recognized for the largest complex of heated slope-side pools in Canada.” The hot tubs are normally heated to 90 degrees F (32 C), while the upper and lower hot tubs are 101 F (38 C) and 98 F (37 C) respectively. (A

test soak by a Pioneer staff member last week found cooler temperatures, as the pools had recently been drained and re-filled.) “As a sales and marketing team we meet people from around the world while promoting the resort,” said Jamie Hurschler of Panorama. “We tell them about the skiing, the location and the village, but it’s the extra wow factor of the Panorama Springs Pools that wins them over every time,” A Google Maps inspection of the resort shows the Red Carpet beginner’s ski lift lies right next to the pools, while the Mile One Express quad chair is about 150 metres away. The top nod went to the Aspen Ritz Carlton Club in Aspen, Colorado, where the hot pools sit amidst luxurious POOL PRIDE — There’s no better time than the winter to enjoy surroundings just a snowball’s throw from passing skiers. the hot pools at Panorama Mountain Village, which USA Today Other top tubs noted in the article are found in Switzer- recently named the 8th best slope-side pool in the world. land, Italy, Chile, Virginia, and Lake Tahoe. Photo submitted

ATTENTION DOG OWNERS IN AREAS F AND G It is a requirement under the RDEK Dog Control Bylaw that you must have your dog licenced.

2014 Dog Licence Costs

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

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

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Alcoholics Anonymous. If alcohol is causing problems or conflict in your life, AA can help. All meetings are at 8 p.m. For more information, please call 250-342-2424. Columbia United AA, Invermere: Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at the BC Service Building, South End – 624 4th St., Invermere. Radium Friendship Group: Friday at the Catholic Church, East Side of Main St. With the exception of Tuesday, all meetings are open.

Al-Anon. Are you concerned about or affected by someone else’s drinking? If so, please join us. AlAnon 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.

I wish to thank 911, the ambulance paramedics, Dr. Gallagher and the emergency staff at our wonderful local Hospital for the very professional care I received last Saturday. I was impressed and I am very grateful! Many Thanks, Gunner.

Cheers to everyone, for bringing their donations to the Blessings thrift store, in Radium. We greatly appreciate them and you!

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S IN MEMORIAM S Diane Kebe 1945 – 1998

Remembering She had a special way that warmed the hearts of everyone who knew her and the qualities that made her the wonderful person she was have left us all with many beautiful memories… Ed, Jen, Jim & Friends

NORMAN C.J. KENNEDY July 25th, 1925 – January 20th, 2005

REMEMBERING DAD I remember a time so long, long ago, with you to the forest us kids we would go. The beauty of mountains majestic and grand, wild flowers and grasses as we trekked across land. You took us and taught us of plants that do grow, eight children wasn’t easy as most folks would know. Fighting and bickering sometimes we would do. You’d turn it around with a good laugh or two. Then God saw your job on earth here was done, we’ll always remember days with you in the sun. We love and miss you! - your family

A HUGE CHEERS! To all the ladies at the Little Badger, Badger Den, and Baby Badger’s. You ladies do an amazing job with all the little ones. Next time you pick up your child, make sure these ladies get a big hug or high five for all that they do. Cheers to the friendly and accommodating staff at the Invermere Petro Canada! Cheers to Kinky on his 60th birthday. Cheers to all the nice people I have known for 49 years. You all make me smile! Cheers to Wayne, Brandon and the guys at Shaw Enterprises, over the years you have given outstanding service, a friendly place to do business in and confidence knowing my vehicle is well serviced. You exceeded your usual high standards when helping me with a breakdown, guiding me to a resolution, then refusing payment. I am very grateful!

Cheers to Don at Kool Country Towing for both tows AND driving me home! You helped turn a bad day into one of gratitude.

Cheers to Rylan Kashuba of Reel Axe Adventures for a great day ice fishing. Cheers to Pierre, Dan, Jenn and every one else for your help and generosity when our Tacoma was run off the road. Jeers to my husband for not letting me put in a jeers. Cheers to Uncle Rusty for catching the winning fish at the derby five minutes before 3 p.m. Now that’s how it’s done! Huge CHEERS to Cst. Bell for caring enough about a kitten in distress, to take action and bring her to safety. Also to S/Sgt. Marko for your follow-up. Our police do not get enough credit for the job they do, which, obviously goes far beyond the job description. Cheers to Jayne from It’s a Wrap Gift Baskets for always spoiling us with tasty treats.


Thank you to everyone for making my farewell unforgettable! -Irene Walker

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CHEERS to Jocelyn and Richard Brunner from Summit Footwear for their generous donation of shoes that were delivered to Almadies, Senegal, Africa. The joy and happiness that your donation brought can’t even be measured. Cheers to our Edgewater neighbour who ran over to tell us our chimney was on fire a couple of weeks ago. We are new to the community and are happy to know that people look out for each other. We appreciate it very much! Jeers to the Canuck fan who welches on his bets. Double or nothing, eh!


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

COMMERCIAL SPACE For Lease: Micro office space, Panache Bldg., 250 - 300 sq. ft. each. All new, available immediately. Phone 250-342-5805. Retail opportunity in Invermere. 2,100 sq. ft. located on Main St. Rare vacancy in the busiest area of town. Don’t miss out on this golden opportunity, call now 250-2700570, ask for Josh. Short or long term okay.

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.

SUITE FOR RENT Invermere: affordable 1-bdrm and 2-bdrm apartments. $600 - $800/ mo. Includes all utilities. 250-3411182. Radium: 4-bdrm, 2-bath basement suite. W/D, N/P, N/S, no partiers. $1,100/mo, + utilities. References required. 250-342-6010. 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 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.

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SUITE FOR RENT Black Forest Village Apartment, 2-bdrm, washer/dryer, dishwasher, garage, N/S, N/P. $875/mo. 250342-3790. 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 and includes water/hydro/heat. Available Mar. 1st call 250-3427590. 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. 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/mo + utilities. Call 250-342-1508. Windermere spacious 1-bdrm apartment now available, unfurnished, very private, storage. Includes all utilities, $700/mo, D.D., N/S, N/P. Call 250-341-6018. Invermere, fully furnished 1-bdrm suite available Mar 1., $650 includes utilities, cable and internet. Private entrance, parking and backyard. N/S, N/P, no laundry. Quiet street, quick walk into town/ beach. Call 250-342-0533. WALK TO DOWNTOWN AND KINSMEN BEACH Spacious, clean 2-bdrm, basement suite, separate entrance, 4 appliances, backyard amenities, N/P, N/S, no partiers, references/ deposit required. Rent includes water/hydro/heat. 250-342-7590.

HOUSE FOR RENT 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. 780668-4924,

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


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

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. Radium,1,200 sq. ft. 2-bdrm, 2bath, fireplace, 2 underground stalls, unfurnished, available Feb. 1st, $1,025/mo includes power and heat. Kevin 403-816-6007.

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

MISC. FOR SALE 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.

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

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

250-342-5102 Dryer Vent and Furnace Cleaning and inspections. Call AQUAIR today! 250-342-5089. Water treatment and purification, includes drinking water systems, softeners and conditioners, iron filters. Call AQUAIR, 250-342-5089. Heaven’s Best Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Environmentally friendly products. Dry in 1 hour! Call 250-688-0213 or visit . 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. 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.





The Old Salzburg Restaurant is seeking a Head Waitress/ Front Manager. Previous experience required. Email info@ or drop off resume.

Looking for a licenced Heavy Duty Mechanic. Competitive wages, Health and Dental and RRSP Plan available. Please contact by email: or phone 250347-9263.

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, B.C. V0A 1K7, Canada. Strands is seeking a chef with 3 to 5 years experience in European and Canadian fine dining to start immediately. This is a hands on position. Apply to Tony Wood at or 250-342-6344. Citadella Restaurant in Radium Hot Springs, 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@milliondollarview. ca . 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@ Black Forest Restaurant is looking for a FT Server. Previous experience in fine dining required. Email or drop off resume. 250-342-9417


Power Facilitation and Counselling “Supporting Mindful Living”

Donna Power 250-270-2727


Meditation Mondays with Allison Bowen

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

Fiona Wilfley, AEP Intuitive Reader


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

AVOCADO, TOMATO AND MANGO SALSA 1 Mango, peeled & diced 3 cloves Garlic, minced 1 Avocado, peeled & diced 1 teaspoon Salt 4 medium Tomatoes, diced 2 tablespoons fresh Lime juice 1 Jalapeno Pepper, ¼ cup Red Onion, diced seeded & diced 3 tablespoons Olive Oil ½ cup fresh Cilantro, chopped

In a medium bowl, combine the mango, avocado, tomatoes, jalapeno, cilantro, and garlic. Stir in the salt, lime juice, red onion, and olive oil. To blend the flavours, refrigerate for about 30 minutes before serving. Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy!

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Home Of The Week Gorgeous View Lot!

Oversized lake view lot with no building time commitment in Bella Vista Estates. Enjoy this gated community with walking trails, water features and a fabulous owner’s clubhouse.




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Ice fishing shack struck by driver By Greg Amos, Pioneer Staff An Invermere man on his way to an early start at last Saturday’s Ice Fishing Derby on Lake Windermere found quite a surprise — before the first hook hit the water, his ice fishing shack had caught a sport utility vehicle. When he set out towards his shack set up offshore from Kinsmen Beach at 8:30 a.m., amidst a cluster of about 10 other ice fishing structures, he found a 1998 Ford Expedition bashed into the side of his hut, with a passed-out driver sleeping behind the wheel. The man, who wishes not to be named, then called the police. Columbia Valley RCMP Const. Peggy Bell responded, and an ambulance also attended the scene. The 36-year-old driver from Invermere was given a breath test and blew a fail, resulting in a 90-day

licence suspension and a 30-day vehicle impoundment. The ice fishing shack owner and his partner both say they’ve never heard of a vehicle hitting an ice fishing shack before. They later demolished the shack, which had been built just two years ago, as the impact of the vehicle made the building structurally unsafe. The pair will be borrowing a friend’s hut for the rest of the ice fishing season. No one was injured in the impact, and the hut’s owner was satisfied with the RCMP’s prompt response to the situation. There were no skid marks seen near the vehicle’s point of impact, suggesting that the driver had possibly fallen asleep at the wheel before the impact. DAMAGE DONE – The impact from a Ford Expedition While there’s no maintained road on the surface striking a fishing hut rendered the building structurally of the lake nearing that ice fishing neighbourhood, an unsound, and it was later demolished. informal road is well-travelled by fishers in the area. Photo submitted

Office Manager

First Cook

The Columbia Valley Community Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to enhancing the vitality, dignity and quality of life in the Columbia Valley.

Please send resume to

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. 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 month. 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.


For all your advertising needs, call Dean or Bette at 250-341-6299

(Permanent full-time)

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.

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Panorama Vacation Retreat at Horsethief Lodge is professionally managed by Grand Pacific Resorts Canada. Grand Pacific Resorts is a leader in the timeshare ownership and vacation industry in the United States. Our company is now established and growing in Western Canada where we manage two properties; Banff Gate Mountain Resort in Canmore AB and Panorama Vacation Retreat at Horsethief Lodge, in Panorama B.C. At Panorama Vacation Retreat at Horsethief Lodge we are seeking applicants for a Guest Services Assistant. The successful candidate will assist the General Manager with daily operations, guest relations, reservations and some administrative functions. This position is part-time. Scheduled days and hours of work are flexible and will include 20 hours per week. Candidates must have excellent guest service skills, solid computer skills, and previous experience in the hospitality industry. Interested candidates please forward your cover letter and resume to before February 8th, 2014.

Manager of Accounting MDG Contracting Services, a dynamic, growth-oriented general contractor is recruiting an experienced Manager of Accounting for our operations based in Sparwood, B.C. Reporting to the President and CEO, the Manager of Accounting will be responsible for the company’s accounting and financial activities, and the overall direction of the existing accounting department. Mandatory skills and qualifications for the position include: • Certified Professional Accountant (CPA) designation • Construction accounting experience is an asset • Ability to prepare monthly, quarterly and annual financial statements • Proficient QuickBooks and Microsoft Excel skills • Experience in dealing with, and accounting for joint ventures and partnerships • Experience in the preparation of corporate and project budgets • Proven record of strong interpersonal skills • Ability to work in a fast paced environment and adapt to change. The position is available immediately and offers long term growth potential with a competitive salary and benefits. Please forward resume, including education, experience and references to .

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Columbia Valley’s unique lake culture By Jami Scheffer Columbia Valley Tourism Marketing Committee At any given moment, on a sunny bluebird East Kootenay day when you can see the deep valley of the Rocky Mountain Trench from Steamboat Mountain to the Fairmont Range, standing on the frozen surface of Lake Windermere, you will experience the unique and unrivaled “Lake Culture.” You’ll see people from all walks of life experiencing all that comes with ice and snow. The first time I encountered this cultural experience it was apparent that I was seeing something unique and magical that only few destinations could intentionally create. And I thought everyone should see this and bring all their friends! Standing in the middle of Lake Windermere, taking in a full 360 degree view, you can see, smell, hear and almost taste the experience. From modern-day sports to historical and long-standing traditions, everyone can enjoy some part of the lake culture. From ice fishers, cross-country skiers, skaters, polar bear plungers, four-by-four riders, snow bike riders, hockey players, snow-angel architects, paragliders, golfers, winter highway drivers, curlers, marshmallow

toasters, tailgate partiers, walkers and runners, and dogs, everyone is saying hi, waving, laughing, and visiting! People are smiling and getting their dose of Vitamin D and loving the open space and the ruggedness of the Rockies and Purcell Mountain Ranges and the limitless views of blue meeting white. There are also the ice-themed events that happen annually: the long-standing Invermere Bonspiel on the Lake, the BC Western Regional Pond Hockey Championships, the annual Snow Golf Tournament and Fishing Derby, and the Rally Car Race. I can think of other potential events too, like a New Year’s Day polar bear swim, bike races, a fishing hut building competition, ice sculpture fiestas, and a snow angel design competition. As locals we are so fortunate to have this cultural open space to share with others. And what a unique destination for visitors to experience! If only they all knew the frozen gem we have on our local Lake Windermere! If only they could see what we see on a sunny bluebird day. Spread the word, take a photo and post it on your Twitter account (using the hashtag #cvtourism) or on Facebook: tell your family and friends how you skated the 31-kilometre Whiteway trail, while passing by

fishing huts and campfires, children and dogs running through the snow, and rinks filled with hockey players, pucks and nets. So dust off your skates, put on your toque and sunglasses, text your friends, invite your neighbours and get down to our frozen-water gem of the Columbia Valley — then share it with the world! Jami Scheffer is on the Columbia Valley Tourism Marketing Committee, a sub-committee of the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce. Go to for a listing of the latest events and all your product and services needs in the Columbia Valley.


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on obtaining your Electrical Certification.

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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.

Entry deadline February 5th at 4 p.m.

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A grandfather’s hope for the future By Pastor Murray Wittke Valley Christian Assembly If all the warnings prove correct, our future looks grim. Have you heard the news? Catastrophic climate change is upon us. There have always been doomsday prophets and different religious groups predicting “the end is near,” but today the loudest voices of doom are not wild-eyed prophets but rather a growing number of concerned scientists. It’s these calm, rational folks who study the earth, air, and oceans that are sounding the alarm. In fact, they’ve been trying to get our attention for some time, but I haven’t been listening. Have you? Like most people, I cross the street when I see the prophet with the sandwich board sign. And, like many people, I tuned out these earnest messengers with the lab coats and degrees. But over the last while I’ve been listening to their message, and wrestling with their con-

clusions. It’s not good news. Scientists speak of a future filled with intense heat waves, vast forest, bush and grass fires, drought, and expanding deserts; smog from vehicle fumes and airborne industrial pollution; more extreme storms and floods; the Arctic Ocean being ice-free, rising sea levels, ocean acidification, vanishing coral reefs, and rapidly declining fish stocks; the mass extinction of species, insect infestations and the decline of biodiversity; food and fresh water shortages; wars over water, and vast human migration. They say difficult days are coming. It’s deeply disturbing to imagine the world my grandchildren and their children could face. But despite the bleak forecast, this grandfather has hope for their future! It’s a hope built on the fact “Christ Has Died, Christ Has Risen, and Christ Will Come Again.” Jesus’ resurrection reveals God’s intention for ruined lives, our damaged world, and those who’ve died. God is putting all that’s gone wrong in this old world right again. He’s making all things new. And Christ’s return will be His finishing touch. In anticipation of that day, I’ll display my hope for the future by working to bring healing in our wounded world wherever I can. With God all things are possible. Christ has risen and the future looks bright!

Otters empire Isabella Hul, left, holds her silver medal (in the 100-metre breaststroke event) and gold medal (in the 50metre freestyle event) won in an exciting finals race last Saturday night at a swim meet at the Talisman Centre in Calgary. With her top-notch results, Isabella qualified for the B.C. AA Provincials in Victoria in June. Her Columbia Valley Otters teammates Mya Spencer, Erin Stockley and Taylor Lightfoot were also among the 500 swimmers in the competition, and each posted their personal best times. The girls are also close to their provincial qualifying times and will be training for their next big competition in Fernie in April. Photo by Karen Fahrni

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Valley Churches LAKE WINDERMERE ALLIANCE CHURCH Sunday, February 2nd 10:30 a.m.: Worship And Life Instruction, “H20...Thirsty”...Pastor Trevor ministering.“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

You can remember someone special with your gift to the Canadian Cancer Society To donate In Memory or In Honour: | 250-426-8916 or call toll-free 1-800-656-6426 or mail to: P. O. Box 102 Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 Please include: Your name and address for tax receipt Name of the person being remembered Name and address to send card to

Let’s Make Cancer History

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Ski under the



The ever-popular Starlight Challenge runs each Friday night in February. Enjoy the night skiing recreational league for teams of 4! Don’t have a team? Why not go solo? Includes night lift pass, weekly races and awards dinner.

PLUS Amazing prizes to be won! Only $89 per person.


Every Friday evening in February the Ski Area features fabulous public night skiing! Night skiing runs from 4pm to 9pm each Friday, with only the main Sundance Triple Chair running.

Adult (18-64) $17 • Youth (13-17) $15 • Senior (65+) $15 • Child (5-12) $12 Regular full Day Lift Pass purchased on the day after 1:00pm is valid until 9:00pm.

TUBING The Tube Park will be open until 8:00pm each Friday in February. Please note the Snowbird Platter Lift will not be operating. Magic Carpet open for tubing. Tax not included.

Register today! 250.345.6037



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