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Your Weekly Source for News and Events

Vol. 11/Issue 12

The Columbia


March 21, 2014



Serving The Upper Columbia Valley including Spillimacheen, Brisco, Edgewater, Radium, Invermere, Windermere, Fairmont and Canal Flats




18 HOME RENOVATIONS Defencemen on the Bantam Rockies react to a shot from the point during second-period action against the Langley Eagles on Tuesday, March 18th. The Rockies scored with a minute left in the game to earn a 3-3 tie, meaning they would need to win their game on Wednesday afternoon to stay in the hunt for the tier 4 Bantam provincials championship. Left: Rockies leading scorer Jake Gudjonson battles for the puck after a faceoff. See more photos on page 30.


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Collision analyst takes stand at Bagri trial By Steve Hubrecht, Pioneer Staff The trial stemming from a fatal crash in Kootenay National Park in 2011 got underway in Invermere provincial court earlier this week, with a Vancouver man facing four counts of dangerous driving causing death. Jaswinder Singh Bagri, the driver of a semi involved in the collision, has pleaded not guilty to all charges and was in court, more than two and a half years after the crash occurred, for the first four days of the multi-day trial this past week. Mr. Bagri was driving his unloaded flatdeck B-train commercial tractor trailer southbound on Highway 93

through Kootenay National Park on July 22nd 2011, when, according to the testimony of several witnesses on the trial’s first day, near Olive Lake Mr. Bagri lost control of his vehicle, which skidded, then jackknifed and crossed the centre line. Although none of the witnesses could see it, a northbound Dodge campervan towing a Suzuki SUV was now in the path of the jackknifed semi. In the camper was a family of four — Robert Howard, 48, his wife Ana-Maria Dias, 50, and their two children Veronica, 9, and Samantha, 11 — from Palo Alto, California on vacation in B.C. The tractor trailer smashed into the camper and SUV, pinning the two

smaller vehicles against the highway barrier, which ignited all three vehicles and trapped the family inside the blazing camper. All four died in the fire. On the morning of the third day of the trial, RCMP collision analyst Corporal Jeff Burnett testified about investigating the crash scene after the collision. Cpl. Burnett testified that tire marks from the scene indicate that of the three lanes on the highway at the crash site (two in the direction the camper van was driving and one in the direction the semi was driving) the camper van was in the slow lane or possibly even on the shoulder at the time of collision and that the semi was across the centre line. Continued on page 30 . . .

Proposed flood service area sees support in Fairmont By Steve Hubrecht, Pioneer Staff Fairmont Hot Springs residents are encouraged by a proposed community-wide flood and landslide service area, which would help control floods and mitigate debris flows, after hearing about it at two open house meetings and presentations in Fairmont last week. The proposal for the Fairmont-wide service area comes after two straight years of significant debris flows or flooding in late spring in the area. Currently there are two flood control service areas in Fairmont — the Fairmont Creek service area and the Cold Spring Creek service area, but each only covers a small portion of the community. The new proposed area would amalgamate

the two areas and expand the service areas to the entire community. “I don’t think it’s fair to have the cost borne by two small service areas when the benefit is to the whole community,” said Regional District of East Kootenay Area F Director Wendy Booth at one of the open houses on Thursday, March 13th. Attendees heard that the Regional District of East Kootenay, in conjunction with the province, commissioned a debris flow hazard and risk assessment for Fairmont Creek after the 2012 landslide in Fairmont. The assessment lead to several recommendations, to be implemented in three or four phases over several years. The first phase (essentially rebuilding what was lost in

the 2012 event) included reconstructing bank protection infrastructure in the Marble Canyon area of Fairmont Creek, and was completed in April 2013 at a cost of $320,000. The second phase, which has yet to begin, involves improvements beyond what existed before the 2012 landslide, including creek channel widening and rock armouring from Marble Canyon down to the Mountainside golf course. The new service area would help fund the second phase starting next winter and, in future years, the next phases and would also help build a reserve fund to deal with flood and debris flow problems.  Continued on page 28 . . .

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New fraud scams reported Citizens have come forward with emails received. First is an email pretending to be from Canada Revenue, supposedly a Notice of Tax Return 2013. You will get $452 back; you just need to click here and register. Don’t. The other is sent by email requesting you purchase some Remote Desktop Software. They just need you to give them your computer ID number. Once installed, this will allow the person at the other end to have the ability to remotely control your computer and have access to your unprotected information. Cheers and Jeers We appreciate the recognition received in our efforts to conduct our school patrols. We took note of the complaint of speed and failure to obey the stop sign in the evening in the same area. Serious concerns brought forward in the jeers that may be police-related will be looked at to tackle a problem identified by a concerned citizen. In a period of half an hour in the evening, four charges were laid for failing to obey stop sign under the Motor Vehicle Act. I have no doubt that the officer that took notice of this will keep this as a pet project when time permits. As you read this, Christmas is only 279 more sleeps away, so it’s time for some of us to put our traffic grinch hats back on. My pet peeve is people taking up the handicapped parking spot when they are fit and able. One day soon we will do a special on distracted drivers talking on the phone; this should attract some jeers. Go big or go home Sometimes in police work, some citizens think we are heartless or have a mean streak when it comes to enforcing some of the laws. “Why can’t you give me a break?” they ask. I have to tell you that mean streak or the art of being heartless is perfected amongst our own fellow officers. Hence it becomes easy when dealing with the public. Case in point: while working in Rossland, it became a tradition that when one of our fellow officers went on holidays, we made his return home interesting. Continued to page 5 . . .

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Community centre can fit judo ments were not as big as he had thought. “In our conversation, Hermann talked about mat requirements of 10 metres with a four-metre safety zone,” The Invermere Judo Club will most likely be able to reads the letter. “This was not meant to be taken as the fit in the new community centre after all. area that would be needed for martial arts training. That Consulting architect Bruce Carscadden had told In- 10-metre by four-metre area is an Olympic size fighting vermere council at council’s February 25th meeting — as area and certainly not what would be required for holding subsequently reported in The Pioneer — that it would be classes. A training area of about eight metres by 15 metres difficult to fit the judo club into the new community cen- would be ideal, but not absolutely essential.” tre since the club required a 10-metre by 10-metre fightThe letter also mentions the space used by the judo ing space, surrounded by a four-metre perimeter, which club could be an ideal complement to fitness centre acMr. Carscadden said would account for about 75 to 80 tivities and would be suitable for kids’ play groups, school per cent of the whole size of the new centre, adding that groups and seniors’ exercise classes. A specialized floor the club also required a specialized floor, which would need not include a shallow, sunken pit, but could be built make it difficult to accommodate other uses. up from the permanent floor, the letter adds. With appro“It is an exclusive, dedicated use. It’s not like you priate planning, the martial arts club believes their space could have judo in there one hour and then kids’ play the could fit in one of the rooms on the plan. next,” Mr. Carscadden said. “It would be appreciated if the misconceptions would All of this is inaccurate, said judo club head instructor be relayed to the public as the judo club was presented in Hermann Mauthner. an unfavorable light,” read the letter, in reference to The “It was absolutely, completely wrong. I don’t know Pioneer story. where he (Mr. Carscadden) got that idea,” said Mr. Mr. Carscadden responded quickly with a letter apoloMauthner. “Our space requirements are no bigger than gizing for the misunderstanding of the space requirements. what we have now (in the existing judo club building).” “We now understand that on a day to day basis you The specialized sunken floor that Mr. Carscadden might have lesser requirements — (of) 8.1 metres by 14 described could easily be replaced with a floating floor, metres (for training and classes, instead of the 10-metre by which could be applied to (and 10-metre with four-metre safety removed from) any normal floor, zone tournament-size space),” said Mr. Mauthner. wrote Mr. Carscadden in his letter. “We are willing to share; the “This was not understood. Your only thing we are requesting is if practice needs could be accompossible, we would like to keep modated in one of the multipurthe mats down as permanently pose spaces, assumed to have 12as we can since continually packfoot high ceilings. We understand ing them up and down will make however the mats still need to be them wear out a bit faster,” he protected, cannot be stored daily said. “You could easily use the and other uses of the space would area for many other activities need to be respectful of this.” such as jujitsu, tai chi, tae kwon JUDO IN ACTION — In blue, judogi Marcia Mr. Carscadden was in Inverdo, kick boxing, dancing, tum- Paget (left) of the Invermere Judo Club avoids mere in late February to present an opponent’s attack. Invermere Judo Club head several design concepts of the new bling or gymnastics.” Bob Gadsby and Karen instructor Hermann Mauthner is happy to have centre for community feedback Sharp sent a letter from the judo the same amount of space allocated to the club and to consult with various likely club to Mr. Carscadden convey- in the new centre as what the club enjoys in the user groups about how they can be Valley Echo file photo accommodated in the new centre. ing that the club’s space require- current hall.

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Curling, coffee and a collision

Historical Lens

By Greg Amos, Pioneer Staff I never thought I would take up the sport of curling — yet now I can tell you what it means to hurry hard, curl it to the button, throw a raise or perform a takeout. For myself and my Runty’s Wild Card teammates, the Invermere Curling Club turned us from skeptics to believers over the course of just a few months. These were winless months until we caught on to some playoff magic, making a (lucky) run that was stopped only by the eventual recreation league champions, the Sofa Kings. Congratulations to them, and thanks to the club and all those we played against — we’ll see you on the sheet next year. As of today, it’s spring — a great season for sipping Invermere Contracting Co. Ltd. in the late 1930s coffee on a sidewalk or at a scenic locale around the valley. Cue the Invermere Coffee Fest, on from April 4th In this image, Hubert Taylor, Tom N. Weir, James Dunn, W.H. Cleland and Ian Weir (sitting on the tractor) gather in to 6th — it will be a fantastic showcase for the emerg- front of the garage of Invermere Contracting Co. Ltd. in Invermere in the late 1930s. The source of the photo is J. McIsaac. ing local coffee culture. The schedule is now ready; see If you have any more information on this or any other historical photo, e-mail us at . for the details. Photo A1417 courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society We’re looking forward to taking in all the action! But we must look back as well, as this week marked the begining of one of the most important and tragic court cases ever to take place in the valley. When a family of four from California perished in a fire on Highway In addition, CV Arts has a number of events Dear Editor: 93 in Kootenay National Park after being struck by a coming up in the next month starting with the tractor trailer, the tragedy was obvious. Two and a half Please come and help us celebrate — the Grand “Music on Film” festival at Pynelogs this weekend years later, we can only hope the justice system will find Old Lady, built by Lord Randolph Bruce in 1914, (see the Out and About listings), a jazz and blues not only whether a truck driver is guilty, but how such has served many roles over the years, and is about show, a piano concert, the irrepressible comedy of a heart-rending accident can be prevented in the future. to turn 100! It was Lord Bruce’s home until 1926, Lorne Elliott and more. Please visit our website at and was later a hospital, seniors’ residence and home to get all the details to upfor the mentally challenged. Since 1990, CV Arts has date your calendars. Call Jami at 250-342-4423 to operated Pynelogs as a Public Art Gallery, and un- get on our email distribution list for events notices; dertook a major renovation in 2005. Just this month, Jami can also help you sign up for your 2014 CV Arts we gave this wonderful heritage building a fresh coat membership. It’s a key fund-raising initiative to bring of paint in anticipation of the 100th Anniversary cel- more events to our community. Please come and be ebrations. In fact, the gallery season starts on April part of our season long Pynelogs’ celebrations! As of Tuesday, March 18th, the access to 8th with the ninth annual “Art From the Heart” Lake Windermere from Kinsmen exhibit, featuring art from all of the elementary Chris Evans Beach has been closed. schools in the Columbia Valley. President, Columbia Valley Arts Council

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Deer advocates should pay for damaged traps Dear Editor: As a former Conservation Officer that had to deal with the aftermath of interactions between deer and humans, I applaud the efforts of councils to cull the deer population: it’s long overdue and needs to continue. It’s a necessary part of wildlife population management. The attacks on people and pets are well documented in communities throughout B.C. and a cull is the only option that is viable. Deer do not belong on urban streets and in backyards. They have ample room to habituate outside of the communities. All the rhetoric about “they were here first” is historically wrong. The early explorers of this area wrote of lean times trying to find wildlife to hunt. It’s only been through proper management and continuing efforts of hunters and conservationists that deer have been allowed to thrive in the Kootenays. It’s been nearly three weeks since Mr.

Kazakoff and Mr. Sikora were charged and released for their alleged part in tampering of deer traps in Kimberley. The BC Deer Protection Society’s only response has been to ask for donations to fight the charges against their spokesperson. The societies act is fairly clear that donations have to be used to further the goals of the organization. In my view, this is clearly outside of a not-for-profit society function. The directors of the BC Deer Protection Society should be the ones paying, not the general public. Are they condoning criminal actions while building a war chest for future actions? Instead of a defense fund, the BC Deer Protection Society should pay for the damaged traps and the contractor’s lost wages. It’s only fair considering all the financial damage they have inflicted on municipalities and individuals. Paul Visentin Cranbrook

Antiques man is missed Dear Editor: We will miss Joe Klein very much. We watched them build their log home just above ours in Juniper Heights; we had many great times together. He

was a joy to be around. We now live in Deming, New Mexico, but miss our dear friends in Invermere very much. Walt and Carol Hoefer Deming, New Mexico

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Exchange planned between Invermere and Quebec youth about 80 kilometres east of Montreal. “Quebec is like a little country; it’s a different culture and language, and we Teenagers in the valley have been pre- don’t have to travel far to experience it,” sented an affordable opportunity to spend said Magali. a week in Quebec this July. The exchange begins when youth The Summit Youth Centre has from the Summit fly east to Granby on teamed up with the Society for Educa- Thursday, July 3rd. After spending a week tional Visit and Exchange in Canada, an with their Quebec counterparts, the local organization which teens will return for pairs members of “Quebec is like a little country; it’s some down time bedifferent youth a different culture and language, fore welcoming their centres throughout Francophone friends and we don’t have to travel far Canada. Teens takon Thursday, July to experience it.” ing part in the val24th for a week-long ley will have hosexperience in the valMagali Larochelle, pitality arranged ley. Summit Youth Centre through a family It’s important from Quebec, and that both groups will then provide hospitality for the Que- engage the other in their home commubec teen later in July. The non-profit or- nity, Magali said, adding that the youth ganization pairs groups of youth among involved with the program will be responsimilar age and gender ratio, and also sible for planning activities and entertaintakes care of the most difficult part – cov- ment while hosting the other group. ering the cost of the flight. “They’re taking the lead and I’m supThose who enrol through the Sum- porting them in the planning; they’ll also mit won’t be paired at random however, decide how to fundraise and where to as the program co-ordinator, Magali La- take the other group,” she said. “Transrochelle, has organized for the exchange portation will be a big part of the budget.” to take place with the youth centre in her Continued on page 23 . . . hometown of Granby, Quebec, which is By Dan Walton Pioneer Staff


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With her replica of the painting “Strange things done in the midnight sun,” by Ted Harrison, J.A. Laird Grade 7 student Abby Wagner was the winner of this year’s poster contest for Art from the Heart, which will see her work featured on the series’ promotional poster. The pre-show for Art from the Heart begins at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort on Friday, March 28th and lasts until Sunday, April 6th, then goes on display at the Pynelogs Cultural Centre from Tuesday, April 8th to Sunday, April 27th. See page 12 for the full story. Photo by Dan Walton; poster by Abby Wagner


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Movie Review: American Hustle

Reviewed by Erin Knutson From the beginning of David O. Russell’s American Hustle to its conclusion, viewers are hooked into a world of scandal, crime, and outlandish behavior. From obscene comb-overs, extreme cleavage, to gratuitous cocaine use during the 1970s early 1980s, American Hustle invites the audience to experience the unreal. This fact-fiction montage follows the journey of the convergence of FBI agents and con artists working together to catch white-collar criminals. This sexy, smart, feverish film showcases the talents of Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, and Jennifer Lawrence. Christian Bale plays Irving Rosenfeld, a pot-bellied,

balding con artist from Long Island. His shady schemes involve selling art forgeries and fake bank loans. Owning a chain of dry-cleaning stores, Irving imagines a more elegant life for himself. Then into his life walks Sydney (Amy Adams) a chameleon-like woman with a shady past looking to reinvent herself. An ex-stripper, Sydney is striving to become anyone but herself. She and Irving begin a scandalous affair, and Sydney quickly becomes the brains behind the operation, as Lady Edith Greensley, a supposedly English woman with “royal banking connections.” Glory seeking FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper) walks onto the scene and quickly disrupts the couple’s crooked bliss. Busting them for fraud, Richie and his tightly wound curls offer the pair an ultimatum: work for him busting white-collar criminals, or

spend three to five years behind bars. Thus begins the quirky chase. A whole new cast of characters is introduced to the viewer including the mayor of New Jersey (Jeremey Renner,) a cunning Florida mobster (Robert DeNiro,) and Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence), Irving’s trash talking wife. Rosalyn oozes contempt for Sydney and manipulates and cajoles Irving into doing her bidding. Lawrence’s performance is seething as she absently stumbles into a sting operation threatening to dismantle it. The characters in this film are sad, desperate and compelling. The entire cast has the opportunity to shine in American Hustle. The performances are layered, generous, endearing, and very human.


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Sunday, March 23rd

• March 24th - 29th, 7:30 p.m.: Disney’s Frozen.

• 2 - 9 p.m.: Music on Film Festival Weekend, presented by CV Arts and Cinefest. All films at Pynelogs cultural centre. March 23rd films as follows: 2 p.m., The Sapphires. Set in 1968, the story is based on the true story of an allAboriginal female soul quartet that entertained American troops during the Vietnam War; 7 p.m., Muscle Shoals. Tucked along the Tennessee River, the town of Muscle Shoals barely registers on a map. But thanks to a visionary producer and a group of unknown session musicians, this tiny backwater served as a recording capital for rock, pop and R & B artists throughout the 1960’s and 70’s. • 11 a.m.: Spring Shakedown V at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Ski Area. Slope style and rail competition for ages 10 and up, Kids Rail Jam for those under 10 years. $10 entry fee, does not include a lift ticket.

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Tuesday, March 25th

• 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.: Spring Break activities at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, including a daily scavenger hunt, Paddle Painting ($19 pp), outdoor fires in the courtyard, guided Snowshoe Tours, guided Historical Hot Springs Tours, campfire desserts, wine tasting ($10 pp, ages 19+), and a free family-friendly movie night each evening. Pools are open every day from 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. For details, go to Contact BC Rockies Adventures to register for events. • 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Effusion Art Gallery and Glass Studio’s spring and summer creative series gets going as Calgary painter David James Veres presents new work and gives an art demonstration. Go to www. for more info. • 2 - 9 p.m.: Music on Film Festival Weekend, presented by CV Arts and Cinefest. All films at Pynelogs cultural centre. March 22nd films as follows: 2 p.m., Twenty Feet From Stardom. Filmmaker Morgan Neville shines the spotlight on the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the late 20th century; 7 p.m., Good Ol’ Freda. As a Liverpool teenager, Freda Kelly was plucked from her desk and taken to music club The Cavern, where an up-and-coming local group, The Beatles, were playing. From that fateful trip, Freda fell into a job as personal secretary for the biggest rock band in history. Festival continues March 23rd. • New Contemporary artist exhibition at the Artym

• 7:30 p.m.: Jazz singer Melissa Lauren live at Christ Church Trinity, hosted by CV Arts. Tickets $20/adults, $10/students, available at The Book Bar and Pynelogs, or call 250-342-4423.

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Wednesday, March 26th • 1:15 - 2:15 p.m.: Seniors’ Day at the Invermere Library on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.

Friday, March 28th • 12 p.m.: Soup, bun and dessert at the Edgewater Legion for $6. • 7:30 - 9 p.m.: Ladies Clothing Swap fundraiser for the Killer Rollbots. Drop off good quality, clean clothing donations to Her Public or Arrowhead Brewing Company March 24 - 27. Shop at Arrowhead Brewing Company. $5 per bag taken, bags will be supplied. Visit for more info. • 9 p.m.: Iron Mountain Theatre Presents - Electro Social Club at Bud’s Bar and Lounge. DJs at 9 p.m., show at 11 p.m. Electro Social Club invites you to the dance floor where DJs spin stories and you are the show. More info at Tickets $12 in advance, available at Bud’s, The Book Bar and Arrowhead Brewery. • Canadian Cancer Society spring daffodil sale at Radium and Invermere grocery stores.  Fundraising for life-saving research, patient support and public

education. Also March 29th.

Saturday, March 29th • 12:30 - 9:30 p.m.: Hawaiian Luau at Panorama Mountain Village. Events include a carnival (12:30 - 4:30 p.m., also Sunday, March 30th), lei-making and hula skits in the drama club ( 4 - 6 p.m.), and live music by Shred Kelly at the T-bar ( 9:30 p.m.). Events continue on March 30th. For more information, go to • 6:30 p.m.: 8th annual Mountain of Hope Gala at Chopper’s Landing, Panorama. Silent auction, cocktails, dinner. The Mountain of Hope society assists people in our community that have suddenly come upon difficult times and do not have other resources to call on. Tickets $40, email, or

Sunday, March 30th • 5 p.m.: Panorama Adaptive Sports Society will host its first AGM at Panorama’s Great Hall. For more info contact Catrien at

Wednesday, April 2nd • 4 - 9 p.m.: Experiment night at the Summit Youth Centre. • 7 p.m.: Columbia Valley Cycling Society begins the 2014 cycling season with their AGM at the Lions Hall behind the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce. • 7:30 p.m.: Pianist Duke Thompson live at Christ Church Trinity, hosted by CV Arts. Tickets $20/adults, $10/students, available at The Book Bar and Pynelogs, or call 250-342-4423. Visit

Thursday, April 3rd • 5 - 9 p.m.: Let’s play outside at the Summit Youth Centre. • 7 p.m.: Wildsight Invermere’s AGM and film night at DTSS. Cold Amazon film on the Mackenzie River Basin at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 4th • Invermere Coffee Fest. A weekend of workshops for home brewers and baristas, kids art classes, and competition to celebrate Invermere’s Coffee Culture. Some events include barista skills, Frog Friendly workshops, a guided tour of Kicking Horse Coffee, and a Latte Art competition. Special guests include Karla from Frog Friendly Wild Coffee, Jeremey Ho, 2012 Canadian Nationals Barista champion, and Wes from Eight Ounce Coffee. Runs through to April 6th. Visit for more details. 

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Contemporary comes to Artym By Deanna Berrington, The Artym Gallery Some of the most interesting shows that the Artym has hosted have hinged directly on the unexpected. There was the “Out of the Ordinary” show, which asked their artists to paint something completely different in subject or technique to their usual style. The “Black and White” shows asked those same artists to create paintings without the colour that so many of them are renowned for. Most recently, the gallery has hosted the “Top Secret Show,” where a selection of new artists vied for a space in the Artym’s select group of represented artists. This show follows in the footsteps of these previous shows, and comes from a desire to focus on a style that is a little different for the Artym. “People were coming in and asking for more ‘contemporary’ paintings” says co-owner Connie Artym-Bradatsch “but it is a term that many people find difficult to describe.” So she decided to have a show. On their quest for new artists and in defining this elusive term, owners Connie and husband Grey Bradatsch did some travelling. “Wherever we went, people would suggest different artists, different styles. No one could exactly define it, but we were able to gain a clearer idea of what people were looking for.” What they ultimately decided on is a collection from some of the best artists from across Canada, and a wildly different look from much of the work that can usually be found in the Artym. Although it won’t agree with everyone’s idea of Contemporary (for example, there are no abstract pieces included in the show), it is a colourful cross-section of the style that, in its variation and scope, is hugely exciting.

ARTYM ARTIST — Wild Horses by Canadian painter Pietro Adamo is one of the mixed media available for purchase at the Artym Gallery in Invermere. Image submitted “This is a very exciting show for us – we planned it before we even knew what it would look like, so it is a huge surprise for everyone,” says Connie, “but I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out!” Check out the new exhibition this Saturday, March 22nd from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and see if it agrees with your definition of “Contemporary Art”. If you can’t make it into the gallery, you can still see all the new work and new artists on the website at .

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By Dan Walton Pioneer Staff Attracting audiences to the 2014 Art from the Heart show at Pynelogs will be a centrepiece by Grade 7 student Abby Wagner, whose pastel picture was chosen to be featured on the event poster. As a project through her language arts class at J.A. Laird, Abby used pastels to recreate an image from the poem of Robert Service’s “The Cremation of Sam McGee,” which was illustrated by Ted Harrison. Each student in her class chose a picture from the book, and Abby decided upon “Strange things done in the midnight sun,” as she was already a fan of Mr. Harrison’s illustrations. The image illustrates a protagonist journeying towards a shipwreck which had been cemented into place amid a frozen lake. The goal is to use the wooden boat as a crematory to give a deceased companion a proper burial. Abby’s been reading the book since Grade 3, and says she finds it a little strange. While the image is similar in design, Abby applied her own colour scheme to present the picture

with striking contrast. In addition to being featured on the poster, Abby’s work will be on display at Pynelogs Cultural Centre where Art from the Heart takes place. The exhibition, which displays the best art from elementary school students around the Columbia Valley, begins its week-long pre-show at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort on Friday, March 28th, and continues on Tuesday, April 8th until Sunday, April 27th at Pynelogs. There is no cost for admission. “Every available inch of Pynelogs Art Gallery is filled with the creative, wacky, entertaining and original art from these children that haven’t yet experienced the usual confines of art,” reads a description of the show on the Columbia Valley Arts Council website. The show will feature more than 600 pieces of work. Once the show has concluded, Abby said that her mom will want to hang the art up at home. The image spans about 30 centimetres by 45 centimetres. Abby’s next artistic expression will come from downtown Invermere, as she and her art class will take sketchpads in front of their favourite business to illustrate the storefront. The shop of choice for Abby will be Black Star Studios.

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By Greg Amos, Pioneer Staff A high-profile mountain tradition of a marvellous meal and great music is setting the table for low-profile giving aimed at getting those who need help back on their feet quickly. The eighth annual Mountain of Hope Gala will be held at Chopper’s Landing (at the RK Heliski compound) in Panorama Mountain Village on Saturday, March 29th, where generous donors will contribute funds through the $40-a-plate meal, silent auctions and more. “We have had many local businesses that have supported us every year, along with some from Calgary,” said Mountain of Hope Society co-founder Neil Carey, who’s also known to many as Panorama’s ski patrol manager. He and some close friends started the Mountain of Hope Society in 2006 when friends were in a crisis and needed help. “Their situation, at the time, was very sensitive and private; therefore, rather than having their name on posters all over town,we held the first annual Mountain of Hope Gala,” he said. “We know that asking for help is one of the most difficult things to do, therefore we try to make it a little easier.” The evening consists of a delicious dinner, two bottles of wine on each table (Sponsored by Shane McKay at TXN Installations), Music by Oso Simple with over 60 silent auction items and three live auction items. “The money raised at the gala does not go to one specific person or cause,” clarified Mr. Carey. “Over the last seven years we have helped over 30 families in the


KEEPING IT SIMPLE — Those who need help in the valley often receive it through Mountain of Hope. Musician Oso Simple, seen here at last year’s event, will be providing entertainment once again this year.  Photo by Nigel Perry community, giving out over $100,000. We have five board members who make the decisions and all of the information that is brought to us, and the outcome in how we help, stays completely confidential.” While Syndicate Boardshop co-owner Jer Donald (who’s recovering in Vancouver after being rescued from an avalanche at the Paradise Basin on March 6th) may seem like an obvious recipient, the society helps more than one person every year, and never reveals who the recipients are. Tickets for the charity’s 7 p.m. dinner and silent auction cost $40, and can be purchased by sending an email to .

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Christ Church Trinity Tues. March 25 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $20 Students $10 Tickets available at: The Book Bar & Pynelogs or call 250-342-4423

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Pynelogs planning for Party of the Century

LOG LOUNGE — An early shot of Pynelogs patrons enjoying the building’s grounds. Photo submitted By Jami Scheffer, Pynelogs administrator With 100 pieces of original art and 100 candles, we

are beginning the year-long celebration of Pynelogs turning 100 years old! What a wonderful and exciting time for this historical building and the important role that Pynelogs has played in this valley for so many residents and visitors. Pynelogs has celebrated many milestones, between the construction of this gorgeous residence by Randolph Bruce as a love-offering to his English bride, Lady Elizabeth Bruce, to providing medical care as the local hospital, offering a safe home for a special group of locals, and more recently, serving as the home to the Columbia Valley Arts Council and the regional art gallery for our many talented artists, both visual and performing. CV Arts is planning centennial events throughout the


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year to celebrate this occasion. And we are asking the community for assistance. Do you have a story, a memory, or a photo of a moment in Pynelogs? Perhaps you were born here. Maybe you experienced a ghostly occurrence, or possibly you remember a story from your grandfather, perchance an old photo, poem or short story? If you do, please send it to . We are compiling all things Pynelogs to honour this old building. We are also building a time-capsule that will contain some special old things. So please send us your story, drop by with your old photo, draw a picture or tell us how you feel about this historical building. And mark your calendar for the Party of the Century on Saturday, July 19th.

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Arnold Ellis, a long term resident of the Columbia Valley, provided a generous bequest to the young people of the Valley, through the Columbia Valley Community Foundation. Mr. Ellis left a legacy to support students in reaching their potential through education, as well as ultimately benefitting their community and country. Who Can Apply This grant is for people between the ages of 17 and 35 who resided in the Columbia Valley between Canal Flats and Spillimacheen in their youth. It is intended to support current and former residents who wish to pursue accredited post-secondary education or training (in the trades, college, technical school, university and any other education required for upgrading). Community Organizations with a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) charitable status designation may also apply for funding for a project dedicated to enhancing skills and capabilities of local youth. How To Apply The application and relevant guidelines, including full eligibility criteria, can be found on the Columbia Valley Community Foundation website at or by contacting Please feel free to contact us for assistance in completing the application through the above noted email address. The Foundation reserves the right to request additional information if it considers it appropriate to do so.

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Invermere teacher named trail runner of the year By Pioneer Staff Eileen Madson Primary teacher and Invermere resident Nadyia Fry has been named Canada’s female trail runner of the year. Ms. Fry was a solid contender in both the trail and road running scenes in 2013, having captured a victory at a very difficult and competitive six-day stage race at TransRockies Solo Run in Colorado. She followed that up by winning the very competitive 50-mile Meet Your

Maker race in Whistler, finishing in sixth place overall. If that wasn’t enough, she also won every trail race she ran in 2013 while finishing high in the overall placings as well — reasons why Trail Running Canada and not-for-profit organization Impossible2Possible chose her as the top female runner of 2013. “It was a great season and a lot of fun,” Ms. Fry told The Pioneer. “There’s some other incredible women out there, it jusy happens that someone noticed me.”

Ms. Fry’s wins included the Nipika Crazy Soles 25-kilometre run (where she also placed third overall) and the Kimberley Round the Mountain 20-kilometre run (where she placed second overall). She was part of the top female team (with Alyssa St. Lauret) at the TransRockies Heli Run, and was on the second place team with partner Jakub Sumbera, also of Invermere, at the Sinister Seven run — where the pair comprised a FLEET FEET — Nadyia is seen here team of just two runners instead of seven running in Fernie’s Tears and Gears race. like many teams.  Pioneer file photo

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FOREST STEWARDSHIP PLANS AMENDMENTS Canadian Forest Products Ltd. (Canfor) is advertising for public review amendments to its Kootenay Region’s Forest Stewardship Plans (FSP) prepared under the Forest and Range Practices Act. Canfor has timber harvesting rights within the Rocky Mountain Forest District that extends from Parson to the north, east to the Alberta border, west to the height of the Purcell Mountains and south to US border.

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The proposed amendment to the Radium FSP #17 is the addition of new Forest Development Units (FDU’s) in the Invermere TSA, inclusion of Shuswap Indian Band’s Replaceable Forest License (RFL) A90310 and the addition of the Akisqnuk First Nation (AFN) as co-signator. The proposed amendment to Canfor’s (formerly Tembec’s) Kootenay FSP, is to include the AFN and St-Mary’s Indian Band (SMIB) as co-signators, the addition of the AFN’s Non-replaceable Forest License (NRFL) A88225 and SMIB’s NRFL A84738 . There are no changes to the results and strategies of the FSP’s. Timber Supply Area

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Harvesting, road building and silviculture activities to facilitate the harvest of timber including infested and damaged timber from beetle, windthrow or fire.

The plan specifies results or strategies that are consistent with: 1) objectives set by government in the Kootenay Boundary Higher Level Plan, and 2) objectives prescribed by the Forest and Range Practices Act or otherwise established by government. The FSP also specifies measures for preventing the introduction or spread of invasive plants and to mitigate the loss of natural range barriers. Finally, the FSP specifies the regeneration date, free growing height and stocking standards necessary to actively establish and reforest harvested areas. The FSP is available for public review and written comment at: Canfor Woodlands Office - Radium Radium Plaza building, 7585 Main St. West, Radium Hot Springs, BC. Or Canfor Woodlands Office – Cranbrook 1000 Industrial Rd #1, Cranbrook, BC Persons may review the FSP during regular business hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, From March 14th, 2014 to May 13th, 2014 A Canfor representative will be available to discuss the proposed plans and receive comments. If you are unable to review the proposed plan during these times, arrangements can be made with Canfor to view the plan at a mutually agreeable time. Written comments about the plan must be submitted by mail or in person by May 13th, 2014 to: OFFICE




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Use caution with variable rate mortgages When renewing, refinancing or establishing a mortgage, there are many decisions to be made. Aside from deciding how much to borrow, homeowners need to choose the amortization period, term, interest rate, and interest type of the mortgage. While all these components are important, most people tend to focus on the lowest posted interest rate and ignore other factors such as the term and interest type. Often, the offer with the lowest interest rate ends up being variable rate. With interest rates set to rise, however, it might be wise to look beyond the lowest posted interest rate to find the most cost-effective option. Historical data It has been widely reported that in recent history, variable rates trump fixed. According to a recent report by BMO Nesbitt Burns, “fully 85 per cent of the time since 1975, the cost-effective route for borrowers was to stay variable.” This is likely true, as Canada has generally experienced falling interest rates since 1981. As interest rates declined, so did the variable rate paid by homeowners. Today, interest rates are at historical lows. Rates are so compressed that there is now only a 0.5 per cent spread between fixed and variable mortgage rates at many institutions, instead of the historical average of 1 per cent or higher.

The dilemma Interest rates may be at historical lows but they won’t stay there forever. According to some experts, interest rates are likely to begin rising in mid-2015. If we get a lot of inflation, rates will rise more rapidly. Still, it can be difficult for many homeowners to commit to paying more than the lowest rate available. One institution is currently offering five-year mortgages at 3.49 per cent fixed, and 3.00 per cent variable. On a principal amount of $400,000, a difference of 49 basis points is $1,960 per year. That’s a lot of money. However, assume that the $400,000 mortgage was taken out in 2014 with a five-year term and an initial variable rate of three per cent. If the prime rate rises at a rate of 25 basis points per year during years two to five, the homeowner will end up paying about $100 more than they would have if they had taken the 3.49 per cent fixed rate. If prime rises by more than 25 basis points per year, the homeowner would end up paying substantially more than someone who took the fixed rate. The BMO Nesbitt Burns report agrees: “Considering the likely upward trend in interest rates as the global recovery picks up speed in 2014, this may be one of those rare periods when a fixed rate turns out to be the superior choice.”

Pros to going fixed Aside from potential cost savings, fixed rate mortgages offer cost certainty. There is no danger of one’s mortgage payment increasing because of changes in interest rates, or any other factors. Secondly, the longer the term of one’s mortgage, the more important it is to choose a fixed rate. For example, if a person wants to go variable they should choose a shorter term, for example, one to three years. Locking into a five-year variable mortgage in a rising interest rate environment could be disastrous if we experience a lot of inflation. Final thoughts Now more than ever in recent history, due to low spreads between fixed and variable mortgage rates, even a moderate increase to the prime lending rate could quickly result in a market environment where variable mortgages end up costing some homeowners more than their fixed-rate counterparts. Most experts agree that interest rates are not expected to soar over the short-term. However, on the heels of a prolonged period of stagnation coupled with improved economic circumstances, interest rates have nowhere to go but up. While inflation will increase costs for those with debt, it will also cause bond yields, asset values and wages to increase, which will help create a more vibrant economy as a whole.

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Real estate data difficult to pin down By Erin Knutson Pioneer Intern The real estate market in the Columbia Valley remains difficult to read, despite some promising data from recent months. “Land prices generally range from $60,000 to $100,000 depending on the market climate,” said realtor Scott Wallace of MaxWell Realty. “(Prices) are all over the map and there are never enough sales to get good data,” he added. The fluctuating prices reflect a market that is unstable, but there is a silver lining in the projections for the future of local real estate. “We have bottomed out and realized that it won’t go down any further,” said Mr. Wallace. The elusive “bottom” to the market indicates that things are looking up and real estate authorities are confident that the market will begin to climb. “There are lots of showings for homes in the $300,000 to $500,000 range; hopefully the people who have been waiting for the market to tank in the past five years will come around and start buying,” he said. This would help boost the market and breathe life into the economy. A slight increase in the purchase of building permits for 2014 in comparison to previous years is a sign things are going in the right direction.

According to Kim Leibel, manager of building and protective services for the District of Invermere, in 2012, 59 permits were issued for a total value of $11,906,021. In 2013, 54 building permits were taken out for a total value $8,132,127. Thus far in 2014, 26 permits have been issued or are about to be issued, and it’s only March. As things now stand, real estate in the Columbia Valley is among the most reasonable in terms of affordability in Canada, said MaxWell Realty co-owner Daniel Zurgilgen. “The prices here are phenomenal compared to anywhere else. The average DEALS ABOUND — As the Columbia Valley catches up with national house price in Canada has now reached housing prices, there is good value to be found in homes in the valley, says $400,000 according to Stats Canada, but Daniel Zurgilgen of MaxWell Realty. Photo by Erin Knutson you can still pick up a nice home here for $350,000,” confirmed Mr. Zurgilgen. they’re good for everybody.” “Prices are starting to climb.” With the increase in building permits and the steady The saturation of the market in Canmore bodes well traffic of potential buyers, it likely won’t be long before for the Columbia Valley as well, he added. more solid data on pricing is readily available in the valley. “People will start moving further,” he said. “If CanAccording to Mr. Leibel, these waters are still murky. more is sold out, then people are going to go the extra “The trend right now is renovations; that’s where distance and come here. When things are good for us, people are going,” he said.

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By Greg Amos Pioneer Staff With nearly 30 years of experience building in the valley, Chuck Newhouse Builders Ltd. are familiar with constructing custom-built homes and renovations to suit local tastes and styles. That doesn’t mean the builders are locked in to the same methods they’ve always used — with advances in renewable energy technology, the company is increasingly incorporating green features into their work. Solar hot water panels, for example, are mounted on a roof facing south, with an antifreeze fluid circulating through the panels. The naturally-heated fluid cir- LAKE LUXURY — This spacious home on Lake Lillian is an example of the craftsculates through a secondary hot manship incorporated into any Chuck Newhouse Builders home. Photo submitted water tank, heating it without any riod (in terms of energy costs savings) for such a system assistance from gas or electricity. “The only time the regular hot water tank comes installed on the shores of Lake Windermere has dropped on is during three months of the winter; in the summer, to about 10 years from 15 years, said Chuck. His company typically takes on just one large projit would provide all your needs,” said company owner ect at a time — “several crews going usually means a Chuck Newhouse, 62, who came to the valley from Edmonton in 1985, after having been trained in build- lot of complaints,” said Chuck — and does its own ing construction technology at the Northern Alberta home foundations using styrofoam insulated concrete forms. The forms, about a foot wide, with hollow cenInstitute of Technology. Ground source geothermal heating systems are also tres filled with concrete, provide insulation R-values of a feature his company is pursuing more often. For those 25 or more. “They make for a wonderful, warm basement instead living near the lake, tapping into the freshwater, which acts as a heat source in the winter and a heat sink in the of the usual,” said Chuck, who can also draft and design summer, makes a geothermal system fairly simple to set the homes he builds. Chuck is able to complete drawings up. Though it’s a high initial capital cost, the payback pe- done for permits, which can mean savings of more than five per cent on a job’s total costs for clients, who might otherwise need an architect to complete the drawings. “It’s something I really enjoy doing,” he said. Chuck Newhouse Builders are completing a home and garage this spring, but are otherwise available to take on new homes, renovation projects and even dock construction. Next spring, the company will be pursuing a new multi-family development near Fort Point. The company can be reached at 250-342-1137 or by email at chucknew@ TOBY TERRAIN — The timber-heavy design of this modern yet rustic home in the Toby . Benches’ is a testament to the well-designed houses Chuck Newhouse produces. Photo submitted

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Tackling small jobs proves rewarding for local mason By Steve Hubrecht Pioneer Staff Columbia River Masonry operates as a one-man show, and owner Chris Howse plans to keep it that way for the time being, as it gives him more control of what he sees as the art of stonework. “It’s just like a piece of art. Every rock is unique when you’re using real stone. You’ve got to make it look nice,” said Mr. Howse. “Everybody has their own style when it comes to laying rocks, you can tell somebody how you want it done, but at the end of the day, everybody has their own artistic flavour that they add, maybe without

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even being aware.” “I like running things with just me laying the stone, since I’m pretty picky,” he added. “I even pull out my own rocks sometimes if they aren’t fitting in just the way I like.” Mr. Howse has been running Columbia River Masonry on his own for four years. He began working for Findlay Creek Masonry, then worked for another masonry company with two other coowners, before buying them out to become the sole owner. The business has been gradually growing in the four years since. If you’re looking to renovate your home, Columbia River Masonry has all your stone work needs covered, whether large or small. Fireplaces, chimney chases, wainscoting, pillars, stone walls inside homes or creative bits such as stone backsplashes or stone hood fans for stoves are all within Mr. Howse’s expertise “Basically we do any job, nothing is too small,” he said. “A lot of local people, you tell them you’re a stone mason, they turn the other cheek and think they’ll never be able to afford you. I try to keep it affordable and am happy doing the little jobs. WhatHOT HEARTH — River rocks used by Columbia River ever people want, really.” Mr. Howse is also happy to install rocks that Masonry to build a chimney and mantle can create a nice rustic effect. Photo submitted customers themselves have picked.

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Peaceful rural setting. 1.9 acres of woods, garden and lawn for your dream lifestyle. Modern hot tub included with a private view of nature at its best. This home is built to last and has the character and features you will appreciate for years to come. Four bedrooms, walk-out basement, large double-attached garage, play house, wood shed. It’s a must-see! MLS#10062432

Builder’s four bedroom plus den home! Heat pump, heated floor in tiled areas, huge ensuite, real stone fireplace and kitchen island. Hickory floors and solid fir stairs. Walkout basement. Adjacent to five acres of park land. MLS#2393129

Quality townhouse condominium in Invermere features nine foot ceilings. Craftsmanship throughout including shaker style wood cabinets, stainless steel appliances, over the range microwave, and hardwood floors. MLS#2395196

This very well maintained cozy full-time or recreational home is located in Timber Ridge III. Situated on a large corner lot with great mountain views, landscaped yard, garden shed, hot tub, upper sundeck and a finished patio below. Fully finished up and down with 5 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Access to the private beach, tennis courts and walking trails of Timber Ridge. MLS#2395491

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This 8.8 acre gem has fantastic views of both Columbia Lake and Windermere Lake. Not to mention the rest of the Columbia Valley. Easy access adjacent to Mountainside Golf Course. The home is custom built with an eye to detail that will astound you. Multiple decks, enclosed porch to enjoy the views. Irrigated gardens surround the home and there are restful places to enjoy your views. Fenced vegetable garden too. Subdivision possibilities. MLS#2395143

Seclusion, privacy and nature. Off the beaten path 156 acres, quaint but modern cabin on solar and propane. A labour of love. Wildlife at your doorstep! MLS#2390567

Magnificent view of Lake Windermere, Rocky Mountains and Invermere from your living room, deck or hot tub. Best location in town. Four fireplaces. 5 bedrooms, four bathrooms. Deep double garage will fit boat trailer. MLS#2395508

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You won’t be disappointed when viewing this custom built home in Lakeview Meadows. Beautiful vaulted wood ceilings with timber frame accents, hardwood throughout, granite counter tops, heated floors, feature wood burning fireplace, stainless steel appliances. Open design with a massive gourmet kitchen and eating bar. With 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms there is plenty of room for everyone. MLS#2395515


Open-concept living, including large kitchen with oak cabinets and living room with vaulted cedar ceilings with a wall of windows for plenty of natural light. Share an evening by the outdoor fireplace, gather for a meal in the gazebo, or just soak up the sun and views from your deck and landscaped yard. Approx 5.389 acres of usable land, plus walking distance to school, park and country store. Perfect for the full-time or recreational homeowner, so let your dreams come true today! MLS#2210066


This home is in great condition inside and out. The main level offers 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, open living space, freshly painted and new laminate flooring. The lower level has a fully developed rental suite. With 2 bedrooms, 4 piece bathroom, storage, laundry, separate entry, open design and propane fireplace. Detached garage and RV parking. MLS#2395136

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Corner unit with Mountain views! This wonderful 3 bed 3 bathroom unit shows like new. 3 Floors and double garage. Paved roads and fully landscaped. Open concept living with lots of day light. 2 fireplaces. Extra large Master with ensuite on top floor. MLS#2395281

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Home renovation done right By Erin Knutson Pioneer Intern The strong voice of Home Renovation Centre owner and specialist David Ridge is impressive as he candidly speaks of the business he and his wife Genevieve built and share together. “We’re a family business,” said David of their company, the largest design centre and general home renovations facility in the Columbia Valley. Specializing in design and kitchen and bath renovations, Home Renovation Centre works with several top brands including Westridge Cabinetry and Cambria Stone Counter Tops. The impressive 3,000 square foot showroom encompasses the best of what they have to offer their clientele. “We really pride ourselves on doing what’s right for our customers. We want to have the materials they’re going to love; it’s an investment, a change you want them to love,” said Genevieve Ridge. Genevieve emphasized the importance of building SHOWROOM SHINE — Invermere’s Home Renovation relationships with their customers. Centre prides itself on an extensive showroon. “I love the interaction with the customers. I don’t  Photo submitted take any of our customers for granted. The renovation process is about change; anything can be changed— customer doesn’t have to go to multiple stores and try to made beautiful. A tired old look can be changed to a piece things together. “We wanted to create something where our clients new updated look,” said Genevieve. could see everything and design in one space,” said DaThe vision behind the business is to “make people comfortable in their homes.” Home Renovation Centre vid of their remarkable facility. What differentiates Home Renovation Centre from promises to help simplify the process for their clientele. their contemporaries is their “brick and mortar” pres“My job is to keep it simple and guide them through the process. It’s a big step for them and at the end of the ence in the valley, and their dedication to customer satday it’s about giving them the end result they will love. isfaction. “We are well grounded, well established and we’re It’s important that our customers know that somebody’s here to stay,” said David, a father of two whose roots in on their side,” said Genevieve. The centre allows the customer to have it all, while the valley extend over 40 years. “People walk in and we promising to deliver results, said David, who emphasizes receive them equally, whether it’s big or small, it could be the importance of a holistic shopping experience where a a leaky faucet or an entire renovation.”


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MaxWell’s makeover makes for a bigger presence By Erin Knutson, Pioneer Intern With a steadily growing business and a roster that’s expanded to seven realtors from the original founding duo, MaxWell Realty has grown up and moved on. The real estate office’s beautiful new location at 926 7th Avenue (on Invermere’s main street) reflects their growth and state-of-the art approach to real estate. “Our business is all about exposure, advertising, being on the frontline, and being seen — that’s how we sell. The original location was great but we were kind of hidden there and we weren’t on the frontline,” said Daniel Zurgilgen, who founded the business in 2006 with realtor Scott Wallace, and later became a trio of partners with Bernie Raven. “The issue of room came up,” he added. “We obviously couldn’t house everybody, so we were looking for a better location where we would have better exposure.” Top of the line in terms of functionality, modernity and elegance, the new office, whose interior was designed by Pam Nairn at Panache Interiors, reflects a maturity and undeniable presence in the valley.

MaxWell Realty has arrived and the prime location is more than sufficient. The new office is bustling and full of life as people drop in on a consistent basis. “It’s the best location in town; the compliments are overwhelming — it’s another feather in the hat.” The bright location on Main Street (7th Avenue) is hard to miss and inviting with its big glass windows, and roomy interior and exterior. “It’s very accessible for everybody and there’s lots of room in front where people can look; business has definitely picked up and we have way more calls.” Boisterous and outgoing in nature the current team at MaxWell Realty emulates a certain bravado necessary in a business that is all about communication, sales, and listings. The warmth and candor of the people on the interior of MaxWell Realty is as bright and effervescent as the remodel it underwent in February. According to Daniel, the office that was once a One Hour Photo store was gutted from the inside out and largely remodeled on their own. This was clearly an impressive feat for the charming and multi-talented realtors that line the halls of the new space.

MaxWell dedication to excellence is clear in the presentation and pride so evidently put into their new home. The upscale image of MaxWell befits the prestige it holds for cornering the market in B.C.; MaxWell is the only one here. “We want people to know we’re here and we want to serve clients better with our new location. We want the best.”

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Curling clansmen Invermere Curling Club recreational league schedule maker Dave Hessel (left) and club president Vic Brier were satisfied on Thursday, March 13th after the end of an active season that saw many new curlers gain aptitude in takeouts, raises, hurrying hard and drawing to the button. Photo by Greg Amos

Sustainability plan giving projects lift-off Submitted by the Imagine Invermere Committee Imagine your best Invermere! What do you see? A metropolis? A tourist town? A resilient, close-knit community? How do we work together to make our shared vision a reality? With an Integrated Community Sustainability Plan! Invermere’s Integrated Community Sustainability Plan is known as Imagine Invermere. A committee was formed in 2012 to help move the plan and its ideas forward. Recently, four new members (Tiffany Gulbe, Eden Yesh, Crissy Stavrakov, and Pat Cope) were appointed to the committee. Three previous members (Rick Hoar, Kris McCleary and Alison Bell), along with two members of council (Spring Hawes and Paul Denchuk) make up the current nine-member team. The District of Invermere would like to welcome all the members of the team, and thank them for their participation. The committee has been busy. In November, community groups were invited to a special event at Pynelogs to learn more about Imagine Invermere. Local brewery Arrowhead Brewing Company provided samples of their beer. It

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Panorama product and Nipika newcomer shine in Sochi By Dan Walton Pioneer Staff It wasn’t until one week before the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi that ski guide Nick Brush from Panorama found out he would be part of the worldclass competition. Nick retired as a ski guide after barely missing the podium four years ago, leading visually impaired skier Chris Williamson to two fourth place and two sixth place finishes at the 2010 Winter Paralympics in Vancouver . But when the team underwent a lineup shuffle just one week before the games, Chris found himself without a guide. Thankfully, Nick was able to come out of retirement just in time. He was rushed to Sochi and the pair had onlyfour days of training to get re-acquainted before racing and winning bronze. Chris earned third place on Thursday, March 13th in the men’s visually impaired slalom event, registering a two-run total time of 1:48.61. “It’s so cool and such a great experience to be able to come to the Paralympics again and race with him, and to win a medal makes me even happier,” said Nick, who was raised at Panorama and has been a life-long skier. And their bronze-medal win was Chris’s first race of the season, as the 41-year-old had just recovered from an injury. “It’s a monkey off our backs from 2010,” Chris said. “We’re a successful duo, and it’s nice to be able to prove that again.” Chris was guided by Nick through his final competition, as Chris decided that Sochi would be the finale of his 16-year athletic career.

a team when done well can add 10 to 15 per cent improvement in a single performance.” Robbi is a year-round professional athlete, and competed in road cycling during the 2012 London Paralympic Games. The games in Sochi was their first time competing together, but because they both have experience with skiing and cycling, they had little trouble synchronizing. “Similar to pace lining in a bike race, if I can ski close enough to Robbi to provide a wind relief for her as well as making it easier for her to see me yet not getting too close to her or pushing her above her abilities, then she can have the fastest race possible.” Phil said that he and Robbi had no problem adjusting their speed to the slopes and varySEE AND SKI — Robbi Weldon and her guide Phil Wood ing weather compete in Cross Country Skiing Women’s five-kilometre conditions in free, visually impaired event at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Sochi. Games in Sochi, Russia. Photo by Matthew Murnaghan/  Canadian Paralympic Committee Continued While Nick still has a lot of gas left in the sports on page tank, he wasn’t the only guide at the Paralympic 30 . . . Games who spends time in the valley. Phil Wood from Canmore works seasonally at BRONZE BROS — Canadian skier Chris Williamson Nipika Mountain Resort and led para-nordic skier and guide Nick Brush celebrate their Bronze medal win Robbi Weldon. in the men’s slalom, visually impared at the Sochi 2014 “I use a micro phone in a waist belt to help her Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi Russia. Photo by Scott hear my directions and give her technique point Grant/Canadian Paralympic Committee ers and keep her motivated,” Phil said. “Skiing as

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UNDER THE HOOD By Steph Van de Kemp Pioneer Columnist

In the mountains, March is like an all-you-can-eat weather buffet — snow, rain, hail, wind, sun showers, snorkel-deep puddles, sun, snorkeldeep snow. It’s shorts versus snow pants and you simply can’t get dressed without consulting a weather app or listening to the forecast on CBC radio. March brings a sigh of relief, especially after a cold winter like the one we just had. If you feel like you had a rough winter, imagine how your car feels! It’s been waking up in the dark and listening to you complain about how

cold it is while driving you around in minus who-knowswhat and letting you put your mucky, wet feet all over it. We know spring is near because potholes are in full effect. We all become pseudo-rally car drivers, making split second decisions. Swerve and avoid or maintain course? It’s thrilling. I suppose we can’t get too mad at potholes. After all, we are partially to blame for their existence. Potholes are created when water seeps into porous roads, freezes and expands, causing the asphalt to crease. But you, oh car driver, are the straw that breaks the camel’s back. The weight of your automobile breaks apart the road’s surface and leaves a glorious, gaping hole. This hole, affectionately referred to as a “pothole,” can cause damage to your vehicle’s undercarriage and alignment. In general, winter can be harsh on vehicles, causing wear and tear on brakes, batteries, shocks, struts, tires and other parts. ‘Tis the season for spring tuning! A properly maintained vehicle provides better fuel efficiency, increases dependability and ensures your vehicle

operates safely. Worn tires or brakes, wonky steering and low fluids can all lead to costly — and possibly dangerous — mechanical breakdowns. After months of driving your car through snow, sand, ice, salt and slush, having a spring check-over by your friendly automotive technician is the least you can do. Also, nothing says “dear car, I love you” like an all-expenses paid visit to the car detailer. A little shampoo and some waxing can go a long way. Same goes for you. Winter is the season of hibernation and procrastination, and sometimes we let things get a little rickety and squeaky on our vehicles. Fret not, springtime is just around the bend, and you still have time to get everything tickety-boo before road trip season arrives. Your car’s spring check-up is only a few potholes away. Stephanie and Aaron Van de Kemp own Cleanline Automotive (, an earthfriendly, full-service automotive maintenance and repair business in Invermere.

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Performance at Safta’s to be among Windborn cellist’s final shows By Dan Walton Pioneer Staff There will be a rare opportunity to see guitar and cello rocking in tandem at Safta’s Kitchen in Invermere. Kelowna musician Jeff Pike is bringing his project Windborn to Invermere on Friday, March 28th – and after two years as a duo, cello player Nils Loewen will be part of just two more shows with Windborn after their performance in the valley. The combination of guitar and cello “really rounds out the bass,” Jeff said. “They’re great tones that seem to go together really well.” Nils incorporated the cello into rock-androll after moving westbound from Manitoba. As he was earning a degree in music at the Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg, Jeff was performing in town and Nils took notice. He lined up another show for Jeff and figured the two should keep in touch. Nils traveled to Smithers, B.C. to work as a tree

planter after school. He brought with him a guitar, but wanting to stand out from the crowd, he wasn’t happy to find out that dozens of his colleagues were also acoustic guitarists. To swim against the current, Nils rented a cello for three months while planting trees full-time, which provided him several guitars to jam with. On his road trip back from Smithers, Nils stopped in Kelowna to play as a touring member of Windborn. He decided during that visit to move to Kelowna, and has since spent two years with Windborn. The addition of Nils on cello adds rich variety – with it, he can perform a bass line, a rhythm, harmony, and percussion all at once. Jeff initially chose the name Windborn seven years ago while searching backwards through the dictionary for cool words, he said. The show begins at 8:30 p.m. and there’s no cover to get in. To listen to a sample of Windborn’s sound before they arrive in Invermere, visit their website at .

Spring and Summer Creative Series lighting up Effusion Art Gallery Submitted by Effusion Art Gallery + Glass Studio It is said that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb, but at the Effusion Art Gallery + Glass Studio the reverse holds more truth. As whipping winds and cold temperatures made Invermere a truly winter wonderland at month’s onset, Effusion is now countering that by offering moments of warmth and discovery as it starts its in-house Spring and Summer Creative Series. First out of the gates is Calgary, Alberta painter David James Veres. Mr. Veres, 53, received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Calgary in 1985, after which his gradual experimentation with acrylics started. Interested in the possibilities acrylic paint offered, Mr. Veres quickly delved into the world of landscape artistry, excitedly searching for new and innovative ways to manifest his creativity. The 1990s had Mr. Veres working hard exploring his personal interpretation of modern painting, which eventually lead to a move outdoors, and into “plein air” work, focusing on what transpired in real time, before his very eyes. His avid appreciation for the outdoors coupled with his creative endeavours were a match made in painterly heaven as his love for hiking, canoeing and camping all became fodder for his creativity. Always forward-looking, Mr. Veres now texturizes

his landscape work through the use of cutting, shaping and adhering various gel mediums. Inspired by the Group of Seven (which originally included Franklin Carmichael, Lawren Harris, A. Y. Jackson, Frank Johnston, Arthur Lismer, E. H. MacDonald and Frederick Varley), Mr. Veres seeks to evoke a physical presence, akin to sculpture, through his work. A visual linguist, Mr. Veres attempts to produce his own, unique, pictorial vocabulary and artistic representation of nature. “It is our instinct to reflect on nature, and to interpret, capture and create all that influences us,” he said. David James Veres will present new work at the Effusion Art Gallery + Glass Studio on Saturday March 22nd, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. A C R Y L I C CLOUDS — Painter David James Veres offers an alternate view of natural landscapes and skies.  Photo submitted

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New staff area launched at Horse Submitted by Stephanie Van de Kemp Kicking Horse Coffee Kicking Horse Coffee hosted a ribbon cutting celebration on Wednesday, March 12th, officially launching their new staff area. Located in the Invermere facility, the funky and modern space is equipped with lockers, showers, a library and a WiFi room. The main feature is a bright kitchen and lounge area where staff can gather for meals and downtime. The kitchen leads out to a deck, which will be equipped with picnic tables and barbecues, just in time for summer. Instead of gathering around the water cooler, employees can make use of a state-ofthe-art espresso maker, enjoying the fruits — or coffees — of their labour. Kicking Horse Coffee chief executive officer and co-founder Elana Rosenfeld was excited to cut the ribbon, joined by chief operating officer Chris Wrazej and Larry Reinhart of Reinhart Construction. The Kicking Horse Coffee team — now numbering 70 employees, and growing – raised glasses of champagne in celebration of the new space, with Rosenfeld expressing her appreciation in a short speech. “After 17 years of Kicking Horse Coffee, this is one of my Elana Rosenfeld and a member of the roasting team proudest moments, being able to celebrate with a big hug at the staff room’s grand open- create a work environment like ing on Wednesday, March 12th. this,” she said. “I am grateful for Photo submitted the hard work, passion and com. . . ‘Exchange planned’ from page 8 Taking part in the exchange costs only $200 (plus a $1 membership at the Summit for non-members), but fundraisers will be organized in both communities to enhance the experience.

Chief executive officer and co-founder of Kicking Horse Coffee Elana Rosenfeld finally cut the ribbon after renovations to the cafe’s staff kitchen, joined by chief operating officer Chris Wrazej (left) and Larry Reinhart of Reinhart Construction. Photo submitted mitment of our Kick Ass team. This is what makes Kicking Horse Coffee Canada’s number one organic, fair trade coffee!” Employees shared Elana’s excitement, enjoying the first of many meals together in the new space. The staff area represents Kicking Horse Coffee’s fun, unique culture and the company’s commitment to employees. It’s a space truly designed with their needs in mind. Here, employees can rest, eat and socialize together — and of course, horseplay is permitted.

Though it’s up to the youth to decide, Magali cited Banff and the Lussier Hot Springs south of Canal Flats as appealing destinations for their guests. Magali doesn’t know what the youth from Granby will plan as entertainment for the Summit juveniles, but said that there’s a zoo, a nice beach, and a water park within a short drive.

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Anybody between the ages of 12 and 17 is eligible to participate, and home inspections are required before families are permitted to host other teens. To find out more, visit the Society for Educational Visit and Exchange in Canada’s website at, or call Magali at 250-4094386. The deadline to apply is on Tuesday, March 25th.

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Huge garage sale. Camping, hunting, misc. items. 2044 13th Avenue, Invermere. (back parking lot of EMP school) Sat. Mar. 22nd from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

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

Al-Anon. Are you concerned about or affected by someone else’s drinking? If so, please join us. Al-Anon meets EVERY Monday in Invermere at 7:15 p.m. at the Canadian Martyrs Catholic Church, 712 – 12th Ave (behind the Invermere hospital). For information, please call 250-3428255.

Jumbo Glacier Mountain Resort Municipality Council hereby gives notice that the proposed 20142018 Financial Plan is now available for public review by obtaining a copy from the administration office (4836 Radium Blvd, Radium Hot Springs, BC) or website: www. Written submissions are invited from the public up to 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 10th.

Cheers to Glenn, Al, John, Tony, Steph and boys for their consideration and help with our flood!

A big cheers to Dallas of Edgewater! A fellow stranded motorist at 10 miles outside of Golden on March 9th. The BBQ was great (my first time for a BBQ on the TransCanada Hwy) and the supply of water, it was very much appreciated! Safe travels in the future!

Indoor/outdoor sale, Saturday 22nd, 1602 8th Ave, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., toys, tools, books, clothes, stereo, small flat screen t.v.’s, and more.

ANNOUNCEMENT ReVamped in Windermere is relocating. Upcycled furniture, clothing and accessories, 30-70% off. Everything must go! March 2123, Noon to 5 p.m.

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

S OBITUARY S DIANA THOMPSON March 4th, 1916 – March 13th, 2014

It is with sadness that the family of Diana Thompson announces her passing on March 13th, 2014 at the age of 89 years. Diana was born on March 4th, 1916 in a little log cabin in Brisco to George and Sidney Mitchell, who had immigrated to Canada from England in 1911. Diana is predeceased by her husband Jim and brother Hector. She is survived by her brother Robin (Claudia) and their family in Brisco. Diana attended the country school in Brisco and in 1938 married Jim Thompson. After their marriage, they moved to the coast where Jim learned to be a barber and Diana learned hair dressing. In 1941 they moved to Kimberley, B.C. where she set up a beauty parlour for two years before moving back to Brisco. In 1947 they moved to Edgewater. They built a new home on a small farm outside of Edgewater and moved there in 1976. Jim passed away in 1990 and Diana bought the old church on Selkirk Avenue in Edgewater. In 2003 she purchased a new home on Cordilleria Avenue and lived there until she moved to the Columbia Gardens, Invermere. In 2010 she moved to Columbia House and resided there until her passing. Diana was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br#199 Ladies Auxiliary for over 50 years and was a Life Member. She also belonged to the Edgewater Seniors, Edgewater Radium Hospital Auxiliary and the All Saints Guild. Diana loved to play the piano. For many years Diana, Jim and whoever wanted to join them, played at the Saturday night dances at the Legion; Diana on the piano and Jim on the drums. In her spare time she loved to paint, but failing eyesight had put an end to that. For numerous years, she did hair dressing out of her home. She was, however, always a homemaker first. Diana loved Columbia House and the family are grateful for all the wonderful care that Diana received during her time there. A funeral service for Diana will be held on Saturday March 22nd, 2014 at 2 p.m. at All Saints Church in Edgewater, B.C. A reception will follow the interment at the Edgewater Legion. Funeral arrangements are in the care of Hindman/Bowers Funeral Home, Golden, B.C.

CHEERS & JEERS Cheers to Ilona and her crew at Fairmont Rentals for being so good to my son and me. You are great! Jeers to the cash dance. From bubble boy.

CHEERS & JEERS Cheers to Herb Weller for his incredible dedication to the Invermere climbing wall. We all really appreciate the hard work you put in to allow for such a facility!

S OBITUARY S CHRISTOPHER HENRY DEARIN September 11th, 1960 – February 5th, 2014 It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of Chris Dearin on February 5th, 2014 at the Salmon Arm Hospital due to a heart attack.

Cheers to the men who pulled me out of the snow bank up at the Flats dump road. Your help was greatly appreciated. Cheers to being able to read the Pioneer on-line while sitting at my desk 43 floors up in Calgary, love that I can stay connected!

Jeers to people who watch YouTube at work with the volume up so that no one else can concentrate!

Cheers to our new intern for jumping in with both feet.

Cheers to Harrison for managing the Windermere school talent show. Good job!

Jeers to Karma! It’s love hate relationship. Do you think?

Cheers to MY punkin for actually thinking I’d clean the bathroom:)


Columbia Valley Figure Skating Club If you were registered in any CVFSC skating program in 2013/2014 you are invited to attend our

“Bring a friend” Fun Skate Thursday, March 27, 2014 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Chris was born September 11th, 1960 in North Vancouver, to Bob and Carol Dearin. Shortly after his birth, the family took up residence in Windermere where Bob was the principal of Windermere Elementary School.

at the Eddie Mountain Arena. All children skating are required to wear a CSA approved helmet.

Chris received his schooling in the valley and upon graduation from DTSS he moved to Calgary. He got a job with Standen Springs where he worked for many years. While living in Calgary, Chris met and fell in love with Charmaine Jobin. On April 4th, 1986 Chris and Charmaine were married and Chris became Dad to Charmaines’ two boys, Kyle and Danny. They moved back to Windermere where they lived for several years before moving back to Calgary where Chris went back to work for Standen Springs. Chris battled with diabetes and during this time it attacked him to the point that he was forced into permanent disability.

Annual General Meeting at 6:40 p.m.

While living in Calgary, Chris and Charmaine saw their two boys get married, and not too long after, grandchildren arrived. Chris lived for his grandchildren, so much so, that when his boys and their families moved to Salmon Arm, B.C., Chris and Charmaine soon followed. Sadly, his beloved wife Charmaine passed away unexpectedly on January 8th, 2010.


Chris was also predeceased by his father Robert (Bob) Dearin and his mother Carol Dearin. Chris is survived by his brothers, Bud (Bev) Dearin, Dennis (Stacey) Dearin, his sisters Karen (Fritz) Reisle, Beth (Chris) Sandor, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Chris is also survived by his two boys, Kyle (Santina) and Danny (Bonnie) and of course his beautiful grandchildren, Ashanti, Suraiya and Zach.


A celebration of life will be held for Chris on Saturday, April 5th, 2014 at 2 p.m. in the Legion Hall in Invermere. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Diabetes Foundation.

During the fun skate the parents are invited to our

in the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena Mezzanine.


1,000–1,400 square feet of

Fairmont Village Mall.

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Found: Nokia Phone by AG Foods. Contact DOI office, 250-342-9281.

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

Executive 1,600 sq. ft. 2-bdrm, 1 bath, fully furnished with washer and dryer, 2 fridges, right down to sheets. Private and on the water to play. 1st growth fir beams/wood ceilings and floors. Large private yard and space for toys. $1,000/mo + utilities with wood for the winter at the house. D.D. required. Call 587-436-8828.

Fully furnished town house in Radium, 2-bdrm, 2.5-bath, large bright kitchen, A/C, fireplace, deck and BBQ, N/S, N/P, available immediately, $850/mo. 403-2409357, 403-660-1823.or otis27@

Newly renovated half duplex, main floor and upper 2-bdrm + den. Large master. Large kitchen, 5-appliances (all new), deck, downtown Invermere. 1,000/mo + utilities. Available April 1st. 403874-0483.

Found: Ring on West side area on the trail around December. Call 250-342-9284 to identify.


NEWHOUSE MULTI STORAGE Various sizes available. Now with climate-controlled units. Call 250-342-3637. STORAGE SPACE – assorted sizes, easy access, immediate availability, long-term or short-term. Deck Properties Warehouse, Industrial Park: 250-342-3166. Garage for rent right in town. 35’ x 40’ with 12ft ceilings. On large lot so plenty of space outside also. Perfect for contractors with equipment etc. $1,000/mo, damage deposit required. Call for more info. 403819-7494.

COMMERCIAL STORAGE 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.

NEWHOUSE MULTI STORAGE 20 x 25 heated shop $450/mo, first and last D.D. required. 24 x 36 shop power included, propane heat at tenant’s expense, $650/mo first and last D.D. required. Contact New House Multi Storage 250-342-3637. Koffee Kweens coffee shop space in Invermere available for lease effective April 1st. All leaseholds in place. Contact Karl at 250-2700049.

Shared accommodation, 2-bdrm, washer, dryer, fully furnished right down to the sheets. Large private yard and space for toys. $500/mo + utilities, wood supplied for wood heater. Call 587-436-8828.

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. 1-bdrm apartment in Radium, fully furnished, available immediately. Call 250-409-4100.

In Athalmer, 2-bdrm home with huge kitchen, yard and parking. N/S, pets negotiable. $900/mo + utilities. 250-341-5639.

CONDO FOR RENT 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.

BEAUTIFUL 1-bdrm luxury condo for long term rent in Sable Ridge Resort. Fully furnished and stocked with amenities. Just move in. Furnished with Penthouse furnishings, gourmet kitchen, ensuite laundry, queen bed, 3rd floor view, fireplace, B.B.Q., underground parking, outdoor hot tubs, clubhouse and seasonal pool. Long-term rental. $875/mo including utilities. Please contact JOE at 1-403-909-5544. 2-bdrm condo near Sobeys, N/S, N/P. $700/mo, call 250-342-6255.

• Fully furnished • All appliances including dishwasher and washer/dryer • Secure/heated/ underground parking

• Fireplace - Electric • Outdoor heated pool + 2 hot tubs • Includes heat, power, and air conditioning • 5 minute walk to main street

ONLY $875/month

Two 2-bdrm suites available immediately in Windermere 4-plex, one furnished. All appliances. Large decks, yard, lake views. Pets considered $750/mo. 250-4097435, email shellimilley@gmail. com.

Estate Sale

3-bdrm, 2 bath, washer and dryer. Unique water front location plus large yard to play and privacy and space for toy storage. D.D. required. Call 587-436-8828.

2-bdrm rancher on beautiful 5 acres with spectacular mountain views.

Open House March 21, 22, 23. 11am - 4:30 pm. 122-4835 Radium Blvd. Riverstone Villas, Radium Hot Springs. 250-342-7608 for information.

New roof (November 2011), 5 minutes north of Radium. Asking $325,000. 250-347-9692. Price below assessed value.



Three bedroom duplex in Invermere, $204,999. Phone 250342-7528.

Local family looking for a private sale building lot in Invermere or Windermere. Ideally .5 of an acre or more, but will consider smaller for the right place! Bare land is ideal, but a modest house already on site works too. Please contact: 250-342-8713.

CONDO FOR SALE Unit 122, Riverstone Villas, Radium Hot Springs, 3-bdrm, garage, $170,000. Call 250-342-7608.

2 Bedroom Condo for Rent- Radium Hot Springs

Call Sherry 250-342-5855 • 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.




Invermere: bright furnished 1-bdrm basement suite, $650/mo + DD, utilities included, shared W/D, N/S, N/P, 250-342-3595.

2-bdrm furnished suite, 5 appliances, adults, N/P, N/S. Quiet neighbourhood, walking distance to downtown. $750/mo + utilities, 250-342-7096.



March 21th – April 15th

• Building materials • 68’ single wide mobile home plus addition • Composite crosstimber (selling each seperately) • Deck materials ‘used’ • Metal siding 20” x 16’ • New window glass • 8 custom-framed cedar windows

• 2 solid wood doors (Excellent condition) • Small utility trailer • 18’ x 12’ shed • Vice and stand • Washer and dryer • Patio doors • STIHL Chainsaw Magnum • 6 heavy 3” x 19’ metal pipes

Everything is negotiable Call Keith at 250-342-4660

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Kim Collens


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APPLE AND BLUE CHEESE SLAW 2 Red Apples, 1 cup Blue Cheese cored and sliced Salad Dressing ½ cup Green Cabbage, 1 tblsp Sweet Onion, grated shredded 1 tblsp Red Wine Vinegar ½ cup Red Cabbage, ¼ cup Blue Cheese, Crumbled shredded Combine apples and cabbage in a medium bowl. In a small bowl, mix salad dressing, onion and vinegar. Pour half of the dressing over the salad and stir to mix. Toss in crumbled blue cheese. Add more dressing if desire. Serve chilled. Makes 4 – 6 servings. See all my recipes at

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Buckskin larch firewood for sale, birch, fir and pine also available. Call 250-409-9259.

Kootenay Bayou Hot Sauce is now available online at Check out our online special for six or more bottles.

LANDSCAPING A unique opportunity arises for an experienced landscaper in the Invermere area. This established company seeks someone who can operate equipment, be punctual and non-smoking. Please email resumes to: rickferrier@hotmail. com .

Radium Valley Vacation Resort is looking for a part-time housekeeper. Must be able to work weekends. $15/hour plus an incentive plan for the person who is dedicated and dependable. Resumes accepted by fax 250-3479808, email: or in person.

The Old Salzburg is looking for P/T and F/T front end serving staff. Join our dynamic Canadian and Austrian team. Call 250-347-6553.

VEHICLES FOR SALE FOR SALE: 1979 black VOLVO, 264GLE SPECIAL EDITION, 2.7liters. 80,293 Kms, open to offers, 250342-9636. New 15” snow tires on rims, and or 1994 Jeep Cherokee for parts. Best offer a.s.a.p. 250-342-3110.

SERVICES NEED A PASSPORT or VISA PHOTO? ...guaranteed to meet Passport specifications or your money back or complimentary re-take! Walk-ins accepted; appointments preferred. Ready in an hour. KRS Photography Printing - Picture Framing 505-7th Avenue Invermere Open Tuesday-Saturday 10-5 or by appointment. Look for the red door behind the Invermere Laundromat! or 250-342-5102 Home Building and Renos Chuck Newhouse Builders 250-342-3637 Buy One – Get One 1/2 Off “You were a lovely person to do business with. Very reliable, accommodating and efficient. Would recommend Shannon’s Blinds any time. Thank you for such a great job.” Lisa New – “Drapery & much more” Phantom Retractable Screen Doors Shannon’s Blinds & Designs 250-342-5749.

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

HELP WANTED 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. Black Forest Restaurant is looking for a F/T Server. Previous experience in fine dining required. Email or drop off resume. 250-342-9417, careers@blackforestrestaurant. com. FAIRMONT GAS PLUS AND SUBWAY IS SEEKING F/T, P/T EMPLOYEES PLEASE DROP OFF RESUME Invermere Petro-Can is currently accepting resumes for F/T and P/T employment. Apply in person to 185 Laurier Street, Invermere between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.


The District of Invermere is seeking applications for our Casual Employee list for the 2014 season in the Public Works Department. To be eligible you must possess a valid class 5 driver’s license. Special consideration will be given to people with previous construction or municipal works experience including Environmental Operators Certification. An air brakes endorsement or a valid class 3 driver’s license would be an asset. Under the supervision of the Public Works Foreman, the casual employee performs a variety of manual labour duties and equipment operations. Work involves the general maintenance of municipal infrastructures including roads and streets, storm drainage, water and sewer systems, parks, cemetery and buildings. The primary tasks considered for this posting involve buildings, parks, roads and utility maintenance and repair. Applicants must possess sound communication and interpersonal skills. Knowledge of WCB regulations would be an asset. This position is within C.U.P.E. 2982 bargaining unit. A full job description is available for this position. Applicants are invited to submit their resumes to: District of Invermere PO Box 339 (914 – 8th Avenue) Invermere, BC, V0A 1K0 Fax: (250) 342-2934

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Service Change Effective March 31, 2014


Power Facilitation and Counselling “Supporting Mindful Living”

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We are growing! Valley Spas is looking for the right individual to help us to expand our ever-growing business. The qualified applicant would learn the trade, the product and the business that we hold to very high standards. We offer complete training with very competitive wages and great room for advancement to the individual that can be hands on and a team player. This is a full-time position, serious inquiries only. Must have a valid BC drivers license. Please drop off resume with references in person to 503B 7th Avenue, Invermere.


OPPORTUNITY POSTING Summer Students The District of Invermere is accepting applications for Summer Students to work as part of our Public Works staff. This position is within C.U.P.E. 2982 bargaining unit. This position is temporary, full-time, 40 hours per week.

One additional trip for routes 1 and 2 Minor schedule changes Pick up a new Rider’s Guide on board or visit

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

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Duties include semi-skilled, manual labour, flowerbed planting and maintenance, beach and public washroom checks and cleaning. To be eligible you must be in good physical condition, and possess a valid Class 5 Driver’s License. Knowledge of small engines would be an asset. This position is within C.U.P.E. 2982 bargaining unit and wages follow the Collective Agreement. General Hours of work: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday, with the possibility of weekend work. Applicants are invited to submit their resumes to: District of Invermere PO Box 339 (914 – 8th Avenue) Invermere, BC, V0A 1K0 Fax: (250) 342-2934

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First Cooks Second Cooks Kitchen Helpers Please send resume to

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A.K.A Regional Sales Manager, Western Canada Saddle up with Canada’s #1 selling Organic Fairtrade Certified coffee brand! As a member of the Kicking Horse Coffee sales team, you will share our compelling story throughout the Wild West (A.K.A Western Canada). Work with a dynamic, “Kick Ass” team, representing a bold, fun, world-friendly brand. Reporting to VP of Sales, your daily mission will be to build the Kicking Horse Coffee brand in your region by developing strong key relationships, growing sales and increasing the quality of accounts. If you are motivated by results, driven by details and possess a passion for sales, then we would love to hear from you! We provide a competitive salary and Kick Ass benefits, plus the opportunity work with one of the finest teams in the country!


A.K.A Administrative Assistant 0911611 BC LTD o/a Tim Hortons 496 Highway 93/95 Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K2


Are you creative, dynamic, energetic and love working with youth? If so, the Windermere Valley Youth Centre Society is currently hiring part-time/casual Youth Workers for the Summit Youth Centre in Invermere. This individual will work with youth ages 12 to 18 years old providing supervision at the Summit Youth Centre and other related programming. Evening and weekend shifts. The successful candidate will be organized, self-motivated, creative and willing to work as a team member. Experience working with youth is an asset, training provided. Wage is commensurate with experience. Clean RCMP criminal record check a must. Apply with resume to: Magali Larochelle at or by mail Box 133, Invermere, BC, V0A 1K0. For more information visit our website Dealine for application to be received by March 28th, 2014. Potentially successful applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Part and Full Time Positions Available Start date: ASAP

Food Service Supervisor 7 positions available

No education required One to two years experience required. Nights/early mornings/weekends $10.25 - $12.41/hour + medical/dental/group benefits.

Food Counter Attendant 12 positions available

No education or experience required. Nights/overnights/early mornings/ weekends. $10.25/hour + medical/dental/group benefits. Apply in person, via email ( or by fax (250-341-3177) for both positions.


Assistant Manager Campground Attendants Customer Service Clerks Night Security Persons

These positions are 40hrs/week and require persons that are available evenings and weekend shifts, with a performance bonus available at the end of the season. Students are also encouraged to apply. Training will be provided once you are hired. To apply for one or more of these positions, please submit your cover letter and resume by March 28th, 2014 to: LAKESHORE RESORT AND CAMPGROUND ATTENTION: KAYLENE EARL 3050 HIGHWAY 93/95 WINDERMERE, B.C. V0B 2L2 Phone: 250-342-6301 ext 3808 Fax: 250-342-9693 Email:


A.K.A IT Technician You laugh in the face of troubleshooting and say “giddy up” to network problems and diagnostics. As Kicking Horse Coffee’s IT Technician, your daily mission will be to monitor and maintain our computer systems and networks. When things go hay-wire, you get down to business, prioritizing tasks and resolving issues quickly and efficiently. This isn’t your first rodeo; you know technology inside and out and have the passion and patience required to teach and train those who are less technologically endowed. If you have a desire to be part of a dynamic team, possess a knack for all things techy and never settle for anything less than the highest of quality – then we would love to hear from you! An IT diploma and previous experience in client/customer service would be considered an ASS-et. You can find more details and application information at Thank you to all applicants for your interest in our company. We will contact successful candidates!


Looking for a way to spend the summer at the lake and get paid doing it? There is an opportunity for you at Lakeshore Resort and Campground as long as you have a positive attitude, are physically fit, have a superior work ethic, team focus and the ability to laugh; you may enjoy working with our team.

Our Customer Experience Team is growing; dynamic trio will soon become “Kick Ass” quartet! This is where you come in. As part of our team, your daily missions will be varied and dynamic, demanding a highly organized Administrative Assistant who can think on his/her hooves. You say “giddy up” to scheduling, account reconciling, proofreading and problem resolution and pride yourself in delivering a high-quality customer experience. If you have a strong administrative background, a passion for people and are energized by a fun, ever-changing work environment, then we would love to hear from you! We provide competitive wages and Kick Ass benefits.

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You’re not just any workhorse; you can troubleshoot and perform minor repairs on just about everything and have a knack for all things mechanical. Your daily mission: Safely and efficiently troubleshoot, repair, and maintain the interior and exterior of our KHC facility. You have experience working with minor plumbing, electrical, HVAC and carpentry. If you are looking for a part time opportunity to work with an amazing group of wranglers – then we would love to hear from you! You can find more details and application information at Thank you to all applicants for your interest in our company. We will contact successful candidates!


a.k.a. Maintenance Technician, Full-time You’re not just any workhorse; you can handle weight of up to 50lbs, work fearlessly from heights of 30 feet and have a knack for all things mechanical. Your daily mission: Safely and efficiently troubleshoot, repair, maintain, install and upgrade equipment within the KHC facility. You have experience in a mechanical maintenance role and perhaps a formal mechanical education or ticket. If you have a basic knowledge of HMI and PLC equipment, possess an understanding of pneumatic air systems and never settle for anything less than the highest of quality – then we would love to hear from you! You can find more details and application information at www. Thank you to all applicants for your interest in our company, We will contact successful candidates!

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March 21, 2014 RAGING WATERS — A flood rips through Fairmont Creek last summer, in what’s become a serious concern for residents of that area. A proposed new flood service area could provide a means of funding measures to prevent it from happening again.

Pilot’s plan Young Jim Ashworth of Invermere wanted to become a fighter pilot – so badly that when the Royal Air Force ordered him to become a flight instructor, he deliberately failed the test twice! His plan worked. He was sent to India to fly a Hurricane 11D fighter over occupied Burma. Jim still lives in Invermere; you can read his story on www. columbiavalleypioneer. com — click the “Wartime Wednesdays” link on the left side of the page.



Children whose 5th birthday occurs on or before December 31, 2014 (born in 2009) are eligible to enter Kindergarten in September 2014. We will be accepting registrations for Kindergarten children at the following schools: Edgewater Elementary School, (Esther McHarg, Secretary) Eileen Madson Primary School, (Judy Dow, Secretary) Martin Morigeau Elementary School, (Holly Pietrosky, Secretary) Windermere Elementary School, (Robin Myers, Secretary)

250-347-9543 250-342-9315 250-349-5665 250-342-6640

Registrations will be accepted at each school on the following dates: Edgewater Elementary – anytime during the first 2 weeks of April Eileen Madson Primary – morning of April 2, 2014 (parents only). Please phone Judy Dow (342-9315) or e-mail ( to book an appointment. Martin Morigeau Elementary – anytime during the 2nd week of April Windermere Elementary – anytime during the first 2 weeks of April For further information please call the school. Please note that registering at a particular school does not guarantee attendance at that school.


Photo by Dan Walton . . . ‘Flood service area’ from page 3 The second phase will cost about $467,000 and the grant and other funding for it totals a bit more than $417,000, leaving roughly $50,000 to be paid for by taxes collected from the new service area, said regional district chief financial officer Shawn Tomlin. The proposed bylaw to create the new Fairmont-wide flood control and landslide service area includes a maximum tax rate of 20 cents per $1,000 of assessed residential property value, but the actual tax rate to raise the needed $50,000 is expected to be 13 cents per $1,000 of assessed residential property value, said Mr. Tomlin, adding that commercial property would be taxed at 2.45 times the rate of residential property. “In this case, for phase two, we are talking about just Fairmont Creek, so if that cost of $50,000 falls only on the 134 properties in the current Fairmont Creek flood and landslide service area, then their taxes for the service (currently averaging about $124 per property) would go up about 12 times to around $1,500. And probably, with that kind of tax increases, phase two just wouldn’t go forward,” said Mr. Tomlin. “If we spread the cost around a bit more, it’s not so much for each property.” The current Cold Spring Creek flood and landslide service area covers 93 properties, with average service tax of about $93 per property. The new amalgamated and expanded Fairmont flood control and landslide service area would cover 1,013 properties and the expected tax would work out to about $77 a year for a $600,000 home, $64 a year for a $500,000 home, $51 a year for a $400,000 home, $38 a year for a $300,000 home and $26 a year for a $200,000 home. “The money raised from this would

stay in the community and would only be used for this specific service (flood and landslide control and mitigation), not for streetlights or anything else,” said Ms. Booth. “There are other streams of funding available for flood control and mitigation from both the federal and provincial governments. The catch is most of these grants are funded one-third by the federal government, one-third by the provincial governments and onethird by the local government and we don’t have our (local) one-third ready to go, so we can’t apply. If we have our one-third available (in the form of the reserve fund), then when these opportunities come up, we can go for it and grab them.” Open house attendees also learned that an aerial investigation conducted by Clarke Geoscience Ltd. in 2013 found that the Fairmont Creek has an unlimited source of material with the potential to result in debris flow given the right climatic conditions and that Cold Spring Creek has an abundant (although not unlimited) source of such material. The open house ended with attendees expressing their opinions on three questions pertaining to the proposed new service area using electronic voting devices similar to remote controls. Asked if they thought it was important for the regional district to go ahead with flood control and debris management 91 per cent of attendees of the second (evening) openhouse voted yes, while nine per cent said no. (Earlier at the afternoon open-house, 79 per cent said yes and 21 per cent said no to the same question). Asked if they thought the entire Fairmont community was negatively affected by flood events 83 per cent said yes, 17 per cent said no in the evening session, where 87 per cent said they would support the expanded service area, and 13 per cent said they wouldn’t.

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How to satisfy your thirst By Pastor Trevor Hagan, Lake Windermere Alliance Church The search for truth and meaning is like thirst; it’s an inner desire that demands satisfaction. All people are thirsty for truth and meaning. Each of us have concerns about finding satisfaction in life and hopes for a happy ending. People all around us are thirsty for something that can’t be satisfied with the stuff of this world. You’re acquainted with physical thirst. Your body, according to some estimates, is 80 per cent fluid. A man my size lugs around 180 pounds of water. Apart from brains, bones, and a few organs, we are walking water balloons. We need to be. Stop drinking water and see what happens. Coherent thoughts vanish, skin grows clammy, and vital organs wrinkle. Your eyes need fluid to cry; your mouth needs moisture to swallow; your glands need sweat to keep your body cool; your cells need blood to carry them; your joints need fluid to lubricate them.

Your body needs water like a tire needs air. In fact, your maker wired you with thirst — a “low-fluid indicator.” Let your fluid level grow low and watch the signals flare — dry mouth, thick tongue, achy head, and weak knees. Deprive your body of necessary fluid, and your body will tell you. Deprive your soul of spiritual water, and your soul will tell you. Dehydrated hearts send desperate messages, such as snarling tempers, waves of worry, and growling beasts of guilt and fear. Do you think God wants you to live with these? Hopelessness. Sleeplessness. Loneliness. Resentment. Irritability. Insecurity. These are warnings. Symptoms of a dryness deep within. Treat your soul as you treat your thirst. Take a gulp. Bring in the moisture. Flood your heart with a good swallow of water. Jesus had a conversation one day with a woman at a well. There are many interesting things about this story — yet in the middle of it, sitting at a well, he tells this woman about a drink he could give her that would satisfy the cravings of her soul. You can find the story in John’s Gospel Chapter 4. It’s worth a look. John 7:37-38: “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”

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LAKE WINDERMERE ALLIANCE CHURCH Sunday, March 23rd 10:30 a.m.: Worship And Life Instruction, “H2 0...Clean..Pastor Trevor ministering.“K.I.D.S.” Church for children age 3 to Grade 1, and Grades 2-5 during the morning service. 3 p.m.: “Wills and Estate Planning” seminar, with Rev.Ben Kononoff. 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

The David Thompson Secondary senior girls basketball team traveled to Creston for the East Kootenay finals in early March and finished third overall. Pictured from left to right, back row: Coach Ken Mitchell, Madeleine Wrazej, Jamie Jones, Denise Jensen, Micaela Mauthner, Courtney Faulkmann, Juran Kanno, Coach Stephanie Botterill. Front row, left to right: Rachel Hagan, Miranda Raven, Dakota Collins, Hannah Nygren, Natasha Hul. Photo by Hilda Jensen

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. . . ‘Bagri trial’ from page 3 Using toy trucks to visually reconstruct the incident, Cpl. Burnett testified that based on his analysis, the truck of the semi initially hit the camper van on angle, catching the left front corner of the camper van and pushing it back from the exact spot of first impact. The semi continued jackknifing, with its two trailers then contributing to pushing the truck and the camper van out as well, which according to Cpl. Burnett, is why the barrier was pushed out back from the point of initial contact. Court heard testimony from truck driving school owner and instructor Rocky Korchinski on the trial’s second day. Mr. Korchinski described the process of checking brakes at designated brake check stops and was then asked by Crown prosecutor Lynal Doerksen how long a check should take. “It should take 10 minutes,” said Mr. Korchinski. “We make them do it fully and completely at the top of every mountain pass, not just once as they go through a mountainous area.” Mr. Korchinski also testified that drivers should not really use their jake brakes at all if conditions are snowy,

slick or wet, and should use jake brakes minimally if their trucks are unloaded. He also testified that a yellow speed advisory sign reading 60 kilometres an hour — the last such sign before the curve in which the collision occurred — gives the recommended speed for cars during good conditions. “It’s the fastest you should go,” said Mr. Korchinski. One of the witnesses on the trial’s first day, Guy Daigle, testified he was driving behind Mr. Bagri on the day of the crash and said he noticed Mr. Bagri pull into and out of a brake check stop before beginning the descent down from the pass near Olive Lake — the same descent on which the crash occurred. Mr. Bagri pulled into the brake check stop, some lights on the semi flashed and then the semi came back out on the road quickly, according to Mr. Daigle. “I don’t think he stopped. I can’t imagine he did. We saw some lights flashing as if he had hit the brakes, but I don’t think he stopped completely,” said Mr. Daigle. “I was chatting with my wife and we said ‘that’s strange, I don’t know what a truck stop is supposed to be, but that seemed quite quick.’” Mr. Daigle and other witnesses traveling in his car and

Hockey hosting by bantams The B.C. Tier 4 Provincial Hockey Championships were held at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena last week, which brought bantam hockey teams from around the Kootenays to compete in the fourday tournament. To the left, Windermere Rockies goaltender Wyatt Kress kept his eye on the puck after it was fired past his net during the matchup against the Langley Eagles on Tuesday, March 18th. Bottom left is Malcolm Turner, whose teammates had a prime view as he blasted a shot from the blue line en route towards the Eagles’ net. Below, Brennan Nelson is seen moving fast and swift to evade his backchecking opponents. Play ended in a 2 – 2 draw. For a recap of the game, visit Photos by Dan Walton




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FATAL CRASH — Firefighters deal with the aftermath of the crash in July 2011, for which Mr. Bagri is now on trial.  Pioneer file photo . . . ‘Shine in Sochi’ from page 18 Another impressive Paralympian taking part in the Sochi games was Kimberley’s Josh Dueck, who was profiled in The Pioneer before the International Paralympic Committee’s World Cup races at Panorama in January. In Sochi, Josh captured a gold medal in Men’s Super Combined Sitting, a silver medal in Men’s Downhill Sitting, and was selected as the flag bearer to represent Canada in the closing ceremonies. Readers may also recall 16-year-old Mac Marcoux, who was also profiled in prior to the World Cup at Panorama in January. Guided by his brother B.J., the visually impaired skier earned Paralympic silver in the Men’s Super-G. Guided again by his brother, Mac stepped up his level of competition in Sochi, earning Canada a gold medal in Men’s Giant Slalom and two bronze medals for Men’s Downhill and Men’s Super-G. Calgary’s Kurt Oatway, a sit-skier who trains regularly at Panorama, was also in Sochi, and competed in Men’s downhill sitting and finished 5th, as well as 9th in Men’s Super-G Sitting. From accessible venues, and hotels to logistics, and field of play, the Russian hosts organized their Paralympic Games very well, added Phil.

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in another vehicle parked at the side of the road at the time of the crash testified that the weather the day of the collision was wet and rainy, and from their best estimates that Mr. Bagri had likely been driving about 60 kilometres an hour to 70 kilometres an hour just before the collision. The trial continued through Thursday, past The Pioneer’s Wednesday press deadline. It may continue on April 28th and 29th as well.

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Limited number of memberships available 18 holes from $27 Kids golf free (some restrictions apply) Book of 10 passes available (for a limited time) • 250-342-3004 for tee times

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A Home for All Seasons

Nelson Commons offers the best of urban living in our beautiful mountain community. We have a wide selection of units available to purchase - contact us for more information.

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“This small town will make you reassess what you think civilization should be like” - The Guardian “Up here, it’s all about community: Networking takes place on the sidelines of the kids’ soccer field, folks tend to boycott big chain stores, and if you choose work over family here, you stick out” - Sunset Magazine

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