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Vol. 11/Issue 17

The Columbia


April 25, 2014



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15 SUMMER EMPLOYMENT On Sunday, April 20th, the final day of the 2013-2014 ski season at Panorama Mountain Village, snowboarder Ben Kurtz performed a method — an aerial snowboard trick — after catching big air on Dunes, a double black diamond run in the mountain’s Extreme Dream Zone. In the background, Mt. Nelson towers above. See more last ski day of the year photos on page 10. Photo by Dan Walton



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Courageous Hearts group comes to life The valley’s newest not-for-profit group, Courageous Hearts, kicked off on Saturday, April 19th, with its Real Storage Wars event in the afternoon and an inspiring evening gala that night at Copper Point Resort. The amount raised through the two events that day exceeded the organizers’ expectations, and half of that total will go to Syndicate Boardshop co-owner Jer Donald, who is recovering after being rescued from an avalanche in early March. The other half of the funds goes to Courageous Hearts’ community loop model, in which recipients costs to attend personal growth and development sessions are covered, in the hopes they can “pay it forward” in the future. Angelika Weder, Jer’s wife, made an uplifting guest appearance at the event after returning from Vancouver earlier that day, and the crowd learned Jer is now

recovering at the Invermere and District Hospital. They also heard from three other inspiring presenters, who engaged those in attendance through entertaining and interactive exercises. Clockwise from top left: Max Fanderl loads up his plate at the kickoff event at Copper Point Resort; amidst a room packed full of upbeat guests, Courtney Allen, left, and Kari Zurbriggen share a smile; a curious crowd gathers around an open storage locker during the Real Storage Wars event at Real Storage in Windermere; an attentive crowd listen to words of wisdom from one of the speakers. Photos by Dan Walton; Storage Wars photo by Kim Baker

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Invermere property tax to increase at consistent rate By Steve Hubrecht Pioneer Staff Invermere council gave three readings to a bylaw that will raise property taxes by about 3.5 per cent this year, a similar increase to previous years, at its most recent council meeting. The increase will result in an extra $150,000 in the district’s budget for 2014 compared with 2013 and amounts to $74.60 more in taxes a year per single family dwelling, according to district director of finance Karen Cote. “It’s unrealistic to not have some kind of increase. I think we’ve done our homework and I’m okay going with this increase,” said councillor Greg Anderson at the Tuesday, April 22nd meeting. “Nobody likes to pay more taxes, but you don’t want to end up playing catch-up later on down the road,” said

councillor Justin Atterbury, who spoke of the experiences of an Ontario municipality he recently learned about. The municipality had no tax increases for years in a row, leaving no extra money to deal with infrastructure problems as they arose. Eventually the infrastructure deteriorated to the point that immediate action was necessary, and a huge tax increase was needed to fund it. “Slow and steady increases are better than a bunch of 0 per cent increases and then a big jump,” said Invermere mayor Gerry Taft. The average tax bill for a single family dwelling in Invermere is $2,900, about $1,500 of which the district keeps, with the rest going to various agencies such as schools, hospitals and provincial police, said Ms. Cote, adding that Invermere has the third lowest residential tax rate in the East Kootenay. Council also agreed at the April 22nd meeting to

give $1,000 to support an upcoming Windermere Valley Youth Centre Society fundraising gala dinner. The gala, on Saturday, May 24th at Copper Point Resort, will feature guest speakers Ash Beckham and W. Brett Wilson. The Summit Youth Centre (which the society runs) gets about 200 kids a month coming through its door, society representative Sherry Doerr told council. Council also agreed to accept an application for a change to liquor licence from Safta’s Kitchen. The previous owner of McToogle’s had a liquor licence with an endorsement for live music, which should have carried forward. Thanks to a clerical error in Victoria, that didn’t happen, said district planner Rory Hromadnik. Safta’s also wants to change the liquor licence to include patron participation. Continued on page 18 . . .

Track through our watershed at Wings festival By Sheila Bonny, Special to The Pioneer The water of the Columbia River and its tributaries, Columbia Lake, Lake Windermere and the Wetlands, supports the birds, wildlife, humans and agriculture of the Rocky Mountain Trench. To cel-

ebrate this treasured resource, the Lake Windermere Ambassadors are offering a Track Through Our Watershed Series of nine events during the 18th Annual Wings Over the Rockies Festival, on from May 5th through May 11th. On Monday, May 5th, in Canal Flats, Colin Cart-

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wright will lead a walk to the headwater springs of the Columbia River and discuss historic and current threats to the wetlands. On Tuesday, May 6th, guests will take pontoon boats to see the water intake and water delivery system for residences around Columbia Lake. Continued on page 28 . . .

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• On Thursday, April 17th at 2:19 a.m., Columbia Valley Detachment members were advised of a disturbance at Copper City Saloon. The report was of two males fighting inside and taking it outside. When police arrived, both parties had departed. One adult male was located in the area with injuries. This male advised he was jumped by an unknown male. A second male was also later spoken to who also advised that he was jumped at the bar. Both males advised they had no name or description of the suspects involved. • On Friday, April 18th at 3 a.m., a Columbia Valley Detachment member on patrol conducted a traffic stop at 7th Avenue and 5th Street. A 29-year-old female was operating a 2008 Ford Focus. Due to the observation of the way the vehicle was being operated, the officer initiated an impaired investigation. The female displayed signs of having consumed alcohol and displayed the symptoms of being impaired. The driver was given a 24hour driving prohibition. • On Friday, April 18th at 5:54 p.m., the driver of a 2011 Ford Explorer attended the detachment and reported that he had hit a deer near Lakeview Drive. The vehicle sustained damage to the front bumper. No injuries were reported. • On Friday, April 18th at 11:45 p.m., detachment members received a complaint of a male passed out in a truck on Horsethief Forestry Road. Police attended and located a 54-year-old male from Radium Hot Springs

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passed out in the vehicle. The male was wakened and, due to his state of intoxication, would not co-operate with the police. The male was arrested for drunk in public and lodged in cells for the evening. • On Sunday, April 20th at 11:25 p.m., the Columbia Valley Detachment received a report of a stolen 2006 Pontiac G6 from the parking lot of the Fairmont Resort. The vehicle was last seen at noon on the 19th. The next day, police attended to Fairmont Resort to view video of the lot and were informed the vehicle was located in a different location in the parking lot. No damage to the vehicle. • On Tuesday, April 22nd at 12:54 a.m., the Columbia Valley Detachment received a report of a male threatening to cause bodily harm. The location of the threat was in Radium Hot Springs. The investigation is continuing.





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Jumbo not exempt from assessment By Steve Hubrecht Pioneer Staff After an order-in-council issued early last week by B.C. Minister of Environment Mary Polak that exempted new ski resorts and expansions on existing ski resorts from environmental assessments sparked a slew of commentary, the minister clarified later in the week that, under no circumstances is Jumbo Glacier Resort exempt from requiring an environmental assessment certificate. She then later rescinded the order after First Nations expressed dismay at not being consulted. The ministry issued a statement on Wednesday, April 16th confirming that Jumbo Glacier Resort would be subject to an environmental assessment even if its current environmental assessment certificate were to expire this fall. “Any project that was deemed to be a reviewable project before the amendment came into effect is still a reviewable project,” the statement reads. “In the case of the Jumbo Glacier Resort, because there is a previous order stating that the project must obtain an environmental assessment certificate, it cannot be legally built without one.” Glacier Resorts Ltd. obtained its environmental assessment certificate in 2004, after beginning the assessment process in 1995. The certificate is set to expire in October 2014 if the resort proponents have not substan-

tially started the project. The project proponents have repeatedly said they are set to begin construction this summer. Local environmental group Wildsight, however, had expressed concern last week that if Glacier Resorts Ltd. did not start construction and lost its environmental certificate that, instead of needing to re-do the assessment process, the company would, thanks to the order-in-council, be able to go ahead with development next year without a certificate. The whole issue was rendered moot when Ms. Polak rescinded the order later on Wednesday, April 16th after First Nations expressed strong disappointment with the order-in-council, even kicking provincial representatives out of a meeting in Fort Nelson. “I would like to acknowledge First Nations concerns about amendments to the Reviewable Projects Regulation under the Environmental Assessment Act. Our government apologizes for failing to discuss the amendment with First Nations prior to its approval,” Ms. Polak said in a statement. “Our government is committed to a strong, respectful and productive relationship with First Nations. That is why we will rescind the amendment,” she said in the statement, adding the government would begin consultation and discussion on the matter with First Nations. Ministry of Environment spokesperson David Karn said there’s no timeline yet for First Nations consultations.

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Migration-based art show lands at Pynelogs By Jami Scheffer Columbia Valley Arts migration |mīgrāSHn| noun 1. a seasonal movement of animals, movement of people from cold climates to warm climates by motorhome, bird migration using celestial cues, movement from one part of something to another, transport of seeds away from the parent plant, cellular migration, planetary migration, movement to food sources from KFC to the Pynelogs Café! Have you ever thought about all the different ways of migrating? Wings, fins, boat, wind, legs, tires, bicycles, knees, even sneezes? Well, if you are curious about

these means of migration, you should visit Pynelogs Art Gallery from April 29th to May 11th, open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday evenings. You’ll find a variety of art genres to depict the many fascinating ways of migration, from feathers to acrylic, glue to sparkles, watercolor to slumped glass, crayon to metal, and maps showing migration routes and everything in between! Pynelogs Art Gallery welcomes you to the second art show of the 2014 season, hosting the Lil’ Peeps Art Show, featuring the trend-setting and avant-garde talents of the one to five year old local daycare children, and the grown-up art creations from the Wings Over the Rockies Art Show. Continued on page 30 . . .


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Giving ain’t easy By Greg Amos Pioneer Staff

Don’t believe everything you read — especially what I wrote last week about donating blood in Cranbrook. As it turns out, that can’t be done. Although Cranbrook is a regional hub city with a Red Cross office, blood donation is not an option there. In fact, after a quick chat with a Canadian Red Cross agent, I learned one has to travel as far as Canmore in order to donate blood — and only if you’re there on the right day. The next mobile blood clinic to hit Canmore will be on May 26th, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; call 1-8882DONATE to get more details on the location. But if you’re not available that day, your closest daily donation option is Calgary. Within B.C., only Surrey, Vancouver and Victoria have blood donation centres that are open every week. It’s understandable that blood donation centres are located within the well-populated areas of B.C. and Alberta. But it’s a shame that a generous valley such as ours has no feasible way of sharing one of our most precious resources. Many are aware of the Canadian Cancer Society’s daffodil campaign being in full swing, but not everyone draws the connection between battling the disease and donating blood. It’s an essential part of many cancer treatments, as red blood cells, platelets and plasma proteins are often depleted in cancer patients. It’s news to no one that this is a generous valley, where locals and part-time residents alike can always find a few dollars to donate to worthy causes. Volunteer labour, sweat equity and in-kind donations of expertise are all a big part of the equation that adds up to our valley-wide sense of community. A half hour of time spent donating blood should also be on that list. There’s almost no better feeling than making a contribution that directly helps to saves lives. If you feel donating blood should be a part of this equation, call 1-888-2DONATE to let them know. Better yet, contact your friends, neighbours or club members and ask them if they’re willing to commit en masse. That can result in blood donor clinics coming to the valley, rather than us having to take our physical generosity across the provincial border.

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In this image from the early 1920s, four men (left to right: Dick Gold, Alex Gilmore, Walter Williams, and Gordon Palmer) and a horse pause for a photo by a log structure on an unidentified property in the Columbia Valley. If you have any more information, e-mail us at . Photo A1404 courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Keep the agricultural reserve intact Dear Editor: I am writing to comment on the surprise move by the provincial government to amend the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR). The act to protect agricultural land was implemented in the early 1970s. It was a visionary move that is the envy of countries worldwide. We couldn’t duplicate it today. It’s not our pension, but it is our food basket security. Climate change forecasters say that B.C. will be the recipient of more precipitation. Drought plagues the southwestern U.S., their food basket!

We must protect our agricultural potential. Kill Bill 24! This bill is bankrupt in terms of vision. It may serve a few private individuals, but it certainly won’t serve the larger community of B.C. Agriculture grows jobs and small business that are the backbone of our economy from generation to generation. There is no downside; the government should leave the ALR alone. It is working very well and it does not need fixing. Helen Eldstrom Windermere

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A note on the Ice Out contest With the ice on Lake Windermere having receded south of Fort Point on Sunday, April 13th at exactly 2:46 p.m., the Lake Windermere District Lions Club have chosen Calgary’s Loren Snyder as the winner of the 2014 Ice Out contest. Ms. Snyder will receive $1,000, while proceeds from the contest will also support two $2,000 scholarships and a $500 Citizen of the Year award for David Thompson Secondary School students. In all, $5,500 in awards are being given to DTSS students. According to Lions Club members, this year’s ice recession was one of the latest ones since the Ice Out contest began. Look for a photo of the winner in the Friday, May 2nd edition of The Pioneer.

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Rising energy costs prompts appeal Editor’s note: the following letter was sent by Mr. Nickurak to Columbia River-Revelstoke MLA Norm MacDonald and Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett. To date there has been no response from Mr. Bennett. Mr. Nickurak asks those with similar concerns about energy costs to send emails to Mr. Bennett ( and to CC Mr. MacDonald ( Dear Mr. Bennett:

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Recent trends in propane costs have many residents in areas with only propane-fuelled heat sources in financial peril. Residents in Invermere, for example, do not have access to natural gas to heat their homes. This, combined with rapidly rising electrical utility costs, can push families into dire straights. Since October 2013, propane prices have more than doubled due to market conditions as a result of unseasonably cold temperatures in the U.S. This means a doubling of home heating costs in places like Invermere. Our last propane fill cost was over $800 dollars at 94.9 cents per litre. In September, the cost was 44 cents per litre. These types of market conditions warrant further review and action by the provincial government to assist families where they can. Electrical utility costs also continue to increase dramatically, giving few options for families trying to heat their homes here in Invermere. The combination and timing of these two increases to fundamental base necessity expenditures has left many families with the only option of reducing expenses in food costs to offset these increases. Other families have paid fuel bills on credit hoping to catch back up in summer. Mr. Bennett, I respectfully request this issue be brought

to the attention of the provincial government and some type of tax deduction program be implemented for families with a family income of less than $100,000 per year living in communities with no access to natural gas. The offset would be available subject to the submission of home heating propane fuel receipts. The amount of the tax deduction would be 50 per cent of propane expenses from October 2013 to December 2013 for the 2013 tax year and the allowance would continue for expenses incurred in 2014. The maximum deduction in a year would be $2,000. Alberta provides rebates when home heating costs become extraordinary. B.C. is rich in hydro so another (unfortunately more complicated) option would be to offer an electrical utility rebate to offset the propane home heating costs. This would again be a rebate subject to submission of a home heating propane receipt. Your attention to this matter is greatly appreciated in the interest of families struggling with these extraordinary utility cost increases. Brian Nickurak, Invermere Mr.Nickurak also included the following points for Pioneer readers to ponder: In Alberta, fuel is less expensive as the source is close. In Vancouver, goods are less expensive as manufacturing is close and ports are close. In the Columbia Valley (and river systems in southeast of B.C.), a significant portion of the province’s hydro is generated. It is less costly to get to hydro customers in this area as transmission networks are much shorter. Is hydro less expensive here to help offset some of the other higher costs (propane) and arguably, lower incomes, that we endure here? Perhaps not, and only because we make up a smaller portion of the provincial electorate and we are not vocal enough about this issue.

. . . ‘RCMP’ on page 4 I am doing my best to get myself out of this when my son announces, “Uncle Roger has a tattoo, do you want me to think he’s cooler than you?” Once he tells me what he wants tattooed, I’m surprised and actually quite pleased at the suggestion. I buy in and accept. I tell my wife and her response is, “Really.” She’s not in the buy-in. More reason for me to do it! No boat, I’ll tattoo my whole body. I didn’t actually tell her that as I feel her response would be I should tattoo my boat to my body and call it even. I told you, I have some degree of intelligence. I will update once I go through with it — or not!

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TM joint study announcement Dr. W. F. Louw is currently doing a study on pain and dysfunction associated with the TM (Temperomandibular) joint. If you have suffered more than 3 months of pain and associated problems such as chewing difficulty, jaw tension or stiffness, jaw tension, fatigue with eating or a grinding noise in one or both TM joints, you are invited to participate in this study. If you are interested, please get in touch with his office. The office telephone number is 250-341-6900. Please note that there is no financial compensation, but also no cost involved in being part of the study.

Easter excitement A mob of 360 children stormed the field by the Windermere Community Hall on the morning of Sunday, April 20th, as the annual Easter Egg Hunt got underway at 10 a.m. With parents and grandparents looking on, the youngsters uncovered caches of candy and specially-marked eggs they could cash in for prizes. Clockwise from top left: Rahne Stanbury smiles as she gets a hug from the Easter Bunny (photo by Mark Jenken); mom Adrienne Benediktsson gathers kids (left to right) Maggy Benediktsson, 6, Jakob Benediktsson, 3, and Quinten Miller, 7, who are all smiles after their haul (photo by Greg Amos); kids raced around on separate courses for zero to three-year-olds, four to six-year-olds, seven to nine-year-olds, and ten to twelveyear-olds (photo by Pat van Regen); youngsters scurry for candy (photo by Mark Jenken). The Windermere Community Association put on the annual event, and are looking for more board members. If interested, call Gracie Boake at 250-341-1548.

Waterless wonder Lake Windermere Ambassadors had their first “Lake-friendly Car Wash” on Saturday, April 19th. Cars were cleaned while the public was educated on how to wash their cars in a way that won’t cause runoff into the lake. The Ambassadors plan more of these car washes throughout the summer. Cleanline Automotive provided the group with GoClean Waterless car wash concentrate, a non-toxic product that allows one to wash their car without water. Left: high school student Daylen Bidinger’s efforts to make a pickup truck shine are shown by his reflection off the paint. Photo by Steph van de Kemp

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The Roller Derby Spring Smash is on a collision course with the Canal Flats Arena on Saturday, April 26th, when Invermere’s Killer Rollbots will be taking on Elkford’s Wildcat Brawlers, and Kimberley’s Bavarian Barbarians will do battle with Calgary’s Cut Throat Car Hops. The action begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door, $5 for kids, and kids under age five get in for free.

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Movie Review: Ride Along Reviewed by Dean Midyette Revisiting the cop couple genre that made movies like 48 Hours and Lethal Weapon fan favourites, Ride Along follows the travails of Ben (Kevin Hart), a school security guard. Ben is dating the sister of James (Ice Cube), a tough as nails cop who is less than impressed with this video game-loving policeman wannabe. After trying for two years to impress his future brother-in-law, Ben qualifies to enter the Atlanta City Police Academy, and James decides to take him out on patrol to see if he he has what it takes to be worthy of his sister’s affections.

The evening begins as a set up with James asking his dispatcher for all the “126s” (cop speak for annoying situations that no one is interested in dealing with). Ben, failing miserably, becomes the laughing stock of the station house. Never a quitter, Ben accompanies James to an altercation at an adult dance club where the pair unwittingly stumble across clues that could lead to James breaking a case that he has been working on for months. This is a movie that abandons plot and relies almost completely on the comedic chops of its two protagonists and succeeds modestly due to the fact that it doesn’t take itself too seriously. The director’s approach, it seems, is as follows: throw in a bit of action and some ridiculously manipulated plot twists, then let the leading men act their

way out of uninspired premises. Thankfully, for those that enjoy the stand-up of Kevin Hart, there are enough entertaining moments that keep the audience from face-palming (although to be honest, I did — often). The movie trips and stumbles to an all-too-predictably, and less-than-action-packed feel-good conclusion with Ben’s girlfriend (Tika Sumpter) finally getting into the action. I must admit that I am a comedic snob, so if you enjoy overacted slapstick, gross-out humour and the absence of substance, then this movie will give you exactly what you are looking for. Make sure to check out the out-takes; pure comedic genius (again: face-palm).



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Submissions must be received by the Monday prior to publication. We may only run an entry for two weeks prior to the event. Please limit your submission to 30 words. Priority is given to one-off events, so weekly events may only run occasionally. Friday, April 25th • 5 p.m.: Hospice Society of the Columbia Valley Annual General Meeting at Copper Point Resort. 5 p.m. Registration, 5:30 p.m. AGM.   • 6 - 7 p.m.: Hula Hoop Jam at Peak Dancework every Friday. By donation, hoops provided. Contact for info. • 6 - 11 p.m.: Movie and popcorn at the Summit YC. • 7 p.m.: 2nd annual Hospice Butterfly Gala at Copper Point Resort. Features a three-course meal, live entertainment by Valley Forged, silent and live auctions. Tickets $50, all proceeds to benefit the Hospice Society of the Columbia Valley. Tickets at: Meet on Higher Ground (Radium), All Things Beautiful and Columbia Garden Village (Invermere), and Smoking Waters Coffee Co. (Fairmont).

Saturday, April 26th • 9 a.m.: Columbia Valley Cycling Society annual bike swap at the Invermere Community Center. Bring in gear from 9 - 11 a.m. There is a toonie charge to bring in gear.   Sale is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.   Pick up money and/or unsold gear from 1-2 p.m.  • 10 - 11 a.m.: Valley Pride cleanup in Invermere (Pothole Park), Windermere (Community Hall), Edgewater (Community Hall), Wilmer (Community Hall) and Radium (Meet at Higher Ground). Bring gloves and enthusiasm. Bags and refreshments provided. • 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Birthing From Within, presented by founder Pam England and hosted by Groundswell.

Two day prenatal workshop (Also May 3). Preregistration required, space is limited. For more info, go to: • 6 p.m.: Roller Derby Spring Smash at the Canal Flats Arena. Bavarian Barbarians vs. Cut Throat Car Hops and Killer Rollbots vs. Wildcat Brawlers. First bout at 6 p.m., second bout at 8 p.m. Tickets $10 at the door, $5 for kids, 5 and under free. • 6 - 11 p.m.: Spring Cleaning/Pizza at the Summit Youth Centre. Help us and get free pizza!

Sunday, April 27th • 7 p.m.: Movie at the Museum for both members and guests at the Windermere Valley Museum.

Monday, April 28th • 12 p.m.: Soup, bun and dessert at the Edgewater Legion for $6.

Tuesday, April 29th • 5 - 9 p.m.: Swimming at Radium Hot Springs with the Summit Youth Centre, leaving at 6 p.m. • 6 - 7:30 p.m.: Global Buckets container gardening workshop, presented by Groundswell. Build a Global Bucket (self-watering, weedless growing system). $30, register at • 7 p.m.: Vanessa Farnsworth, author of Rain on a Distant Roof, a personal journey through Lyme Disease in Canada, presents at the Radium Hot Springs Public Library.

Thursday, May 1st • 11:45 a.m.: The Rotary Club of Invermere meets every Thursday at the Curling Rink. • 5 - 9 p.m.: Hang out Night/Bring your ideas at the Summit Youth Centre. • 7:30 p.m.: AGM for the Columbia Valley Rockies at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena in the mezzanine.

Friday, May 2nd • 6 - 11 p.m.: Pool tournament at the Summit YC. • 7 - 10 p.m.: Fresh Fridays open mic night at Pynelogs. All ages, licensed bar. $2 at the door. Visit www. for more information. • Planet - Constellation Tour at the DTSS Track, hosted by Invermere Under the Stars. All ages, starts at dusk. Kids, come out and try the kid-friendly telescope!

Saturday, May 3rd • 6 - 11 p.m.: Cool Craft at the Summit Youth Centre .

• 5:30 - 9 p.m.: Artist’s opening at Pynelogs Cultural Centre for the Wings Over the Rockies/Li’l Peeps art show. Show features the fun and fantastic artwork from the Young Artists of our Columbia Valley Childcare Programs, as well as work from artists on this year’s Wings theme: The Mystery of Migration. Show runs April 29th - May 11th, daily from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Wednesday evenings until 9 p.m. • 7:30 p.m.: DTSS Big Band Dance at the Invermere Community Hall. Cocktails at 7:30 p.m., dancing starting at 8 p.m., buffet at 10:15 p.m. Tickets $25 per person, available at DTSS.

Sunday, May 4th • 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Edible Hanging Basket workshop, presented by Groundswell. Build a basket with your mom, filled with herbs and produce. $30 a basket, register at (Mom not required, but encouraged!) • 6:30 p.m.: Birdsong Singalong Dinner at the Windermere Community Hall. A pre-Wings Over the Rockies event. Dinner and singalong with the Valley Voices Choir. Door prizes, silent auction and raffles. No minors. Tickets $45, or two for $80, available at the Windermere Pantry and Selkirk TV.

Monday, May 5th • 7 p.m.: Bingo at the Canal Flats Civic Centre, on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month. • 18th Annual Wings Over the Rockies festival begins. Runs May 5th - 11th. A week of events celebrating birds and nature, including a themed gallery show at Pynelogs. This year’s theme is “The Mystery of Migration”. For a full listing of events and to register, visit, Pynelogs Cultural Centre or pick up a program at The Pioneer office. • The Lake Windermere Ambassadors will be offering a “watershed track” of water related themes during Wings Over the Rockies, including tours of Lake Windermere on Thursday, May 8th and Sunday, May, 11th. For more info, go to .

Tuesday, May 6th • Tuesdays from May to September, the Lake Windermere Ambassadors need volunteers to help with lake water testing. Go to www.lakeambassadors. ca for more info.

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The Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce presented a high-profile speaker at a luncheon last week, as the president of the provincial chamber stopped by to check in on the East Kootenays. Between stops in Kimberley and Golden, BC Chamber of Commerce president John Winter was at the local chamber’s home next to the Visitor Information Centre on Thursday, April 17th. As the keynote speaker, Mr. Winter spoke about how the province’s business climate affects the local economy. The provincial government has approved a Packaging and Printed Paper Stewardship Plan to be run by a new agency called Multi Material BC (MMBC) starting on May 19th. Many B.C. businesses object to the plan, as they will be responsible for paying the costs as of May 19th, with those costs being contingent upon how much waste they create. The new regulations will require B.C. businesses to pay the highest recycling rates in Canada. Mr. Winter said that the provincial chamber was not consulted by the Ministry of Environment (the body that approved the program) before committing to the program, and noted the ministry thought the program was a “neat idea,” but didn’t consider the implications. It may change the way newspapers publish news content, he said. Currently, home and business owners cover municipal recycling costs through property tax. Under Multi Material BC, small businesses will be exempt from the costs. Initially, small businesses were to be included in the change, but successful lobbying brought about the exemptions, which brought the number of businesses effected from 30,000 to 3,000, he said. (To qualify as a small business, the enterprise must produce no more than a ton of paper each year, earn less than $1 million in annual revenue, or operate from just one location.) There was no exemption made for newspapers because nobody asked early WINTER’S WISDOM — BC Chamber of enough, Mr. Winter told The Pioneer, Commerce president John Winter provided his adding there is no possibility of new extake on Multi Material BC and business training needs among other topics at the Columbia Valley emptions coming about. Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, April 17th. Continued on page 18 . . . Photo by Dan Walton

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By Dan Walton Pioneer Staff More than 20 years after her last game of b-ball, Andrea Schnider, a basketball prodigy from Edgewater, has been recognized for her tenure with Simon Fraser University. On Monday, March 31st , Andrea was inducted into the Simon Fraser University Hall of Fame for excellence in athletics at the campus in Burnaby. While studying at Simon Fraser, Andrea played in an American basketball league called the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics from 1988 until 1992. Despite all the time that’s passed since she was a student, Andrea still leads the league in all-time assists. It was here in the valley where her skills were originally developed, as Andrea began playing when she was a Grade 4 student at Edgewater Elementary. “I started really early on and I loved it,” she said. HOOPS HERO — Alongside her coach Alison McNeil, A strong interest led Andrea to involve herself in ex- (left) former basketball point guard Andrea Schnider (right) tracurricular basketball programs. She was then encour- was recognized for her four years of play at Simon Fraser aged to try out for the Basketball BC Provincial Team, University, as her former school has inducted her into the and had no trouble landing a position as point guard. Athletic Hall of Fame. Photo submitted Andrea continued playing for the provincial team until she graduated from David Thompson Secondary School, fer to play in Germany, but knee injuries prevented her and was even featured in The Valley Echo in July 1986 be- from continuing with basketball. fore competing at an international tournament in PhoeAfter she stopped playing professionally, Andrea nix, Arizona. came back to B.C., became employed with Canada Post, It was through representing the province in basket- and turned to coaching. She fondly remembers seeing ball that led Andrea to Simon Fraser — her impressive Michael Jordan play when the Chicago Bulls took on the skills were noticed by scouts, then she was on her way to Vancouver Grizzlies. play at the university level. At her Hall of Fame induction in March, Andrea And as a testament to her skills, was among five other athletes seAndrea was given a starting posilected by a panel to be inducted. tion in her first year of university. “When I got the call I was “I was very fortunate to be pretty excited, but I was also very able to start as a freshman,” said humbled,” she said. “Our team was Andrea. an anomaly with women’s sports.” She continued as a point Her parents made it all possiguard at Simon Fraser, and held ble, said Andrea, as they supporther starting position for all four ed her athleticism and installed a years in school, where she was basketball net in the backyard of studying education. She had the the family’s Edgewater home. stamina to play basketball for There were also teachers in Simon Fraser even longer, but the valley who helped Andrea reached the league’s eligibility cap. grow her sport. She expressed The university retired her jerthankfulness toward Grant Macsey along with that of one of her donald who taught her at Edgeteammates in 1993. They were water Elementary, and David Gee among the first women to have a who was always at school early to jersey retired and Andrea said that let her in to practice. Her David it marked one of the biggest acThompson Secondary School PROVINCIAL PRODIGY — In 1986, complishments in basketball. coach Derek Syinnard and vice Following graduation, she The Valley Echo reported on Andrea Schnid- principal Brian Stade were also played professionally in Hong er making the Basketball BC Provincial instrumental in her success, Valley Echo Archive she said. Kong and was then given an of- Team.

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Prescribed Ecosystem Restoration Burn planned for Kootenay River Ranch The Nature Conservancy of Canada is planning a prescribed ecosystem restoration burn on Kootenay River Ranch. The 2-day burn will occur between April 21st and May 2nd, 2014, weather permitting. Where is this happening? Kootenay River Ranch is located 8km south of Canal Flats, on the west side of Hwy 93/95. What is the purpose of the prescribed burn? The controlled use of fire is a commonly-used restoration tool to help maintain forest health, restore wildlife habitat and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires. How will this affect the public? • Hwy 93/95 will remain open. • Burn operations and smoke will be visible to motorists driving from Canal Flats to Skookumchuck. • Visibility may be reduced, especially overnight and in the early morning hours, when smoke tends to settle in valley bottoms. • During periods of reduced visibility motorists should slow down and expect highway delays and possible short-term, temporary closures. • Flagging operations will be on site if required. • Access to Kootenay River Ranch will be restricted during burning and mop-up activities. What about people who are highly sensitive to smoke? The Nature Conservancy of Canada maintains a smoke notification list for those who are extremely senstive to smoke and would like advance warning of prescribed burn operations. To be added to this list or for more information, please contact the Invermere office, below. About the Nature Conservancy of Canada The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is the country’s leading land conservation organization. Since 1962, NCC has helped to conserve over 1 million hectares of ecologically sensitive land and water nationwide, including over 400,000 hectares in British Columbia. Media Contact Trish Blackstock, Nature Conservancy of Canada, Invermere office: 250-342-5521 or

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Filling the job gaps By Pioneer Staff Resorts and large-scale employers around the Columbia Valley are finding ways to meet the annual challenge of a big spike in seasonal employment, and the difficulty in finding bodies to fill a variety of summer-long roles. With spring in full swing, golf season getting underway and rooms booking fast for the summer holiday season, employers are using any and all means of putting the word out that jobs are available. The valley has seen a plethora of job postings this April, said Columbia Valley Employment Centre self-help host Jim Jenkinson, who counted 150 job ads posted at the centre last week. Employers have been challenged to fill jobs, particularly in food and beverage positions, he said. The draw of well-paying jobs at the two thriving Canfor sawmills in the valley play a role in that dynamic, but so does declining enrolment in local schools, which has meant fewer graduates entering the work force each year. “For the most part, people who are looking for a job are savvy,” he said, noting many now go directly to a potential employer’s website. With most jobs posted at the emnployment centre being entry-

level or seasonal, “those who are looking for work will find employment,” he said. Despite some suggestions that valley employers should raise their wages in order to fill positions, Mr. Jenkinson cautioned that approach does not always work for a business. “It seems like a simple solution, but it really depends upon their business model,” he said. With minimum wage having risen to $10.25 per hour in 2012, entry level jobs in B.C. are among the most lucrative in Canada. With a No Frills job fair having taken place at the centre earlier this week, there are even more positions to fill — many that are part-time jobs, he said. One resort’s approach Fairmont Hot Springs Resort recruits students through several Internet job postings, including the online BC Job Bank, and through job fairs in Edmonton, Nelson, Cranbrook and Vancouver, explained David Sheedy, the resort’s human resources manager. “We’ve had a little less success filling positions in the past two years; I don’t know what to chalk that up to,” he said. “Part of it is we set our standards a little high.”

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51st season wraps up at Panorama Clockwise from top: Willem and Gee de Ruyter (left) help Mathilde and Francois de Jager celebrate Mathilde’s 50th birthday at the Summit Hut; Jelena Jensen and Danica Jensen from Cranbrook let their capes fly in the wind; Windermere residents Jan Leslie and Brooke Langdon (left) enjoy the day with Fairmont Hot Springs residents Sue Coy and Ally Coy. In the ski hill’s 51st season, Panorama had a grand total of 505 centimetres of snow. Photos by Greg Amos

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1-877-646-5890 . . . ‘Job gap’ from page 16 “The biggest one for us this year is housekeeping, finding people who are willing to stick around,” he said. He noted there are now more big employers competing for people, with Copper Point Resort and a few more golf courses that opened within the last five years. The Fairmont resort draws strongly from a local pool of people, including many from the Village of Canal Flats, he noted. “We try to really maintain a strong local base,” he said. “Even the people we bring here seasonally, we encourage and help them move into local accommodations so that they in effect become locals. A lot of kids came from Ontario for a season, and two years later they’re living in local houses and working for us year-round.” Mr. Sheedy said turnover varies with culinary positions at the resort, but cook jobs are always tough to fill, as the job requires a certain skill level that can’t be trained quickly. While the area most in need of workers at the resort is cook positions, temporary foreign workers haven’t been a big part of the equation in filling that role, he said.

“The restrictions have made it almost not worth it anymore,” he said, noting the costs of paying for flights, accommodation and wages of up to $14 per hour — in addition to needing to prove no Canadians are willing to do the same jobs for the same pay — add up to a financially exhausting process. Wage scales in general have gone up for some key positions at the resort, said Mr. Sheedy, who explained he sends a spread sheet out every January to five or six employers in the valley as a means of making pay comparisons. “I say, ‘Here’s our rates, if you’d be willing to share, please let us know what you’re paying for similar positions’,” he said, noting most of the valley’s major employers are willing to share that information. One of the incentives Fairmont Hot Springs Resort uses to entice potential employees is a benefits package for permanent staff after six months, a free hot lunch daily, free use of all amenities – including golf, pools, and the ski hill, and staff trips that seem to appeal particularly to Ontarians exploring B.C. for the first time. Continued on page 18 . . .

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By Pioneer Staff A musician’s visit to a Windermere woman’s home set the wheels in motion for a fundraising evening set to rock Windermere’s White House Pub on Friday, May 2nd. Diana and Barb Cote are the daughters of Sabina Cote — the person featured in The Pioneer’s story titled “Legacy of an Indian Princess” on HOLLER HELP — The Hollers will perform rock August 30th, 2013 — who passed away from liver and blues songs at the White House Pub on Friday, cancer last June. May 2nd. Photo submitted Mrs. Cote’s family had the opportunity to use the palliative care room at the Invermere and having Mr. Ney’s band (from Kimberley) to come to District Hospital, a positive experience that sisters the valley and do a fundraiser for the cause. Diana and Barb say left an impression on them. “The White House is a perfect venue, and they “It was so wonderful for our family to be togeth- jumped at the chance to support such a great event,” er with our Mom in her last final hours,” said Barb. said Barb, who explained the event is a fundraiser “There was a place to sleep, watch TV and have ac- for needed renovations at the Windermere District cess to food and not have to leave our mom, Sabina. Palliative care unit. We were able to put on drumming music, pray and “The Hollers are a band that keeps you dancing support one another through this difficult time. We all night long,” said Barb. just want to be able to help in some way, so that The music starts at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 2nd, other families have a place to be with their loved one with toonie auctions and door prizes to be handed when they leave this world.” out during the breaks. A midnight snack will be ofDrumming and music will be one means of fered. Tickets cost $10, and can be bought at the Secrealizing that goal, after Matt Ney, a member of a ond Hand and Collectables store in Windermere, at rock and blues band called the The Hollers, paid a the White House Pub in Windermere or the Kinbasvisit to Diana in January. That sparked the idea of ket Development Corporation office on Arrow Road.

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Fairmont Hot Springs Resort is proud to have the largest mineral hot springs in all of Western Canada. As part our effort to create the best and safest guest experience possible, we are hiring for senior positions in our pools department. All of our pool personnel are required to have current National Lifeguard Certification.

POOL SUPERVISOR Oversee the operation of the public pool complex, assist in staffing, safety, cleanliness and most importantly, take a leadership role in the care and monitoring of our hot springs source. Must have a current First Aid certificate, 3 years’ experience and a Pool Operator’s Certificate. This position has a wage of $18.00/hour and we currently have two openings.

HEAD LIFEGUARD Provides safety in and around the facility on each shift. Must be an expert and the leader of our safety efforts, including in emergency situations. First Aid designation Level 3. Applicant will have CPR-C and/or AED training (Level 3), excellent guest skills and the ability to function under pressure. This position has a wage of $16.00/hour and we currently have four openings. As with all of our positions, you enjoy the following benefits: • Staff pass for all amenities of the resort • Free lunch on shift • Eligibility for health and dental benefits after six months employment • Staff accommodation available Please forward your resume to, attention David Sheedy, or call 250.345.6004. SHOP







PRODUCE PROFESSION — Applicant Michelle Rievaj came prepared to be interviewed for a new job at Joe’s No Frills during a job fair held by the grocery store on Tuesday, April 21st at the Columbia Valley Employment Centre. The store will have its grand opening in Invermere on Friday, May 16th. Photo by Dan Walton Opportunities on the mountain Panorama Mountain Village also sees high staff turnover year-to-year, as the resort transitions from the ski season to an emerging summer mountain bike season, however they’re seeing a good return rate for employees wanting to experience summer in the Columbia Valley, said Adam Hopper, a human resources manager at Panorama. “They come for the winter and stay for the summer, . . . ‘Property tax’ from page 3 That would allow for people to dance or sing karaoke until midnight, and for events such as weddings. “I think it’s a great idea,” said councillor Paul Denchuk. “Having a wedding down there would be awesome, it would probably spill over to other businesses and create an atmosphere of success downtown.” . . . ‘Chamber president’ from page 14

We are hiring for the following positions:

• Room Attendants • Houseman • Guest Experience Agents

• Porter/ Bellman • Servers • Bartenders • Cook • Night Auditor

Copper Point Resort is the newest luxury four season destination located in Invermere, B.C. We are looking for those strong candidates who are energetic and passionate about providing an exceptional guest experience. We are committed to bringing together the industry’s best talent to create a diverse team of innovative thinkers. All those applying must be able to have fun! Resumes can be emailed to, faxed to 250-341-4001 or dropped off to 760 Cooper Road.

However, Newspapers Canada, which represents many publications including Black Press, Postmedia, Globemedia, Sun Media and Glacier Media, had a memorandum of understanding with Multi Material BC to exchange in-kind advertising rather than pay the fees. Multi Material BC changed course last November and sought cash payments instead. On Monday, April 14th, the BC Chamber sent a letter to B.C. Environment Minister Mary Polak requesting extra exemptions for community newspapers. The letter contrasted the cost of recycling for B.C. businesses, which will be 20 cents per kilogram newsprint, compared to 15 cents in Quebec, four cents in Ontario and two cents in Manitoba. But as the cost becomes the responsibility of each business, municipalities will be able to take a load off. “Tax savings are up to the municipalities; most of them will be getting a hefty cheque,” Mr. Winter told The Pioneer. The amount of money divvied out

so we do see some retention of employees,” he said. “We have a pretty short (summer) season, so we do a lot of online employment postings. We go down to a smaller crew here during the offseason, with lots of work around cleaning and prep for the next season.” Panorama’s downhill mountain bike park opens on June 27th this year, which gives the resort ample time to fill their employment needs for the summer. Panorama also struggles to fill culinary positions, and despite jobs posted through the resort’s website (www., “word of mouth is probably our best recruitment tool,” he said. “Sixty to seventy per cent of people we employ knew others who work or worked here, and that encourages us to provide a good work environment for our seasonal employees.” The resort has recently hired a new executive chef, Kelly Yarrow, and is serving up a range of incentives to attract more staff to keep the kitchens going. “Staff have full access to the amenities, a free biking pass, and other discounts,” he said. “There are different types of people looking for work in the winter than summer.” Panorama also maintains a small staff of full-time tradespeople, divided between village operations and onhill trades positions. Council also discussed the Multi Material BC(or MMBC) recycling program after receiving a letter expressing concern from The Pioneer and Valley Echo publisher Rose-Marie Fagerholm. “We see huge problems with the entire program and how it is being administered,” said Invermere mayor Gerry Taft. “We signed on because it saves our taxpayers some money, but we are not in support of it.” to each community will depend upon the amount of recyclable waste produced by local businesses. Another change from the provincial government that the BC Chamber felt should be amended was the Micro Business Training program. Businesses with five employees or less were offered $1,500 in professional training. However, only micro business owners with no post-secondary education were eligible. “People were being penalized for trying to improve their skills after high school – even if it was 25 years ago,” Mr. Winter said, adding the BC Chamber was able to convince the province to relax the qualifications. Micro business owners with some post-secondary education are now eligible for the program. A well-trained workforce will be especially important in the near future, as there will be around one million new jobs created over the next six years in B.C., he said, which is expected to create a skills shortage. “Immigration is the key, but the challenge is that we’re competing with the rest of the western world for them,” he said.

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The Spring Trade Show held at the Shuswap Band’s bubble tent north of Invermere drew hundreds of onlookers on Friday, April 18th and Saturday, April 19th. More than 50 vendors from the valley and beyond set up booths to demonstrate their products and services. Clockwise from top right: Dirty Blinds co-owner Doug Cowan demonstrates the ultrasonic cleaning equipment used by the business; Powerseed entrepreneur Eileen Teslenko displays her cellphone charger battery packs; Invermere’s Wolfpack Art Studio and General Store owners Jodi and Tyler Neufeld / put their woodworking and artistic prowess on display; Kinsmen Club of the Windermere Valley president Dave Oaks spins a barrel full of 50/50 draw tickets, as Jared Oaks and a Kinsmen Club member look on. Photos by Greg Amos

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Couples and long-term care Canadians are living longer than ever. In 2013, the World Health Organization reported that the average life expectancy in Canada is 82.5 years. And with increased longevity comes a greater chance that people will require long-term health care services. In fact, it’s estimated that about 40 per cent of people over age 65 will eventually need some form of longterm care. Long-term care in Canada is either fully private or publicly subsidized. Those who opt for fully private care pay their facility’s going rate. Those who choose publiclysubsidized care in B.C., however, will have to pay up to 80 per cent of their after-tax income. Fortunately, there is an opportunity for couples to potentially reduce the cost of one spouse’s long-term care. How is my rate calculated? As mentioned above, long-term care rates are income-tested and are based on one’s tax return from two years prior. This means that someone entering care in 2014 would use their 2012 tax return — specifically, Line 236 less the amount in Line 435. If a person’s after-tax income is less than $19,500 per year, their monthly rate is calculated as their after-tax income less a $3,900 deductible divided by 12. For example, someone with $19,000 of after-tax income would pay about $1,258 per month. For those earning even

less, the minimum monthly rate is $970.50 per month. If a person’s after-tax income is equal to or greater than $19,500 per year, their monthly rate is calculated as their after-tax income multiplied by 80 per cent divided by 12. For example, a person with $40,000 of after-tax income would pay about $2,666 per month. For 2014, the maximum monthly rate for subsidized long-term care is $3,092.60 per month. Income Splitting Most people aged 65 or older have pension income, or the means to create some. In most cases, if one spouse is entering long-term care, it makes sense to fully split that spouse’s pension income, even if it pushes the other spouse’s income higher than theirs. For example, consider a husband and wife with identical incomes — $50,000 pre-tax of which $35,000 is pension income. Each has the option to allocate up to $17,500 pension income to the other. The husband is entering long-term care. If the husband does not elect to split his pension income, his after-tax income will be about $45,850 and his long-term care rate would be $3,056 per month. If he decided to income-split, his after-tax income would be about $30,100 and his monthly rate would be reduced to $2,006. Their combined tax bill, which would normally be

$15,016 per year, would increase to $15,934 with income splitting. On the other hand, they would save $12,600 per year on the husband’s reduced bed rate for a net savings of $11,682. This would greatly assist his wife with the household expenses, especially those that don’t change whether or not her husband lives at home. Re-file past returns You may be thinking “this all sounds good, but if my current long-term care rate is based on my 2012 tax return, there’s nothing I can do to lower my rate during the first year or two.” Not so! Previous year’s tax returns can be re-filed with pension income fully split, and those new figures used to determine one’s monthly rate. Unfortunately, due to attribution rules, income from joint accounts can’t be allocated completely to one spouse or the other. Additionally, nothing can be done about personal investment accounts unless the owner gives away their money, but doing so could trigger unwanted taxation in the form of capital gains. Final thoughts The income-tested nature of long-term care rates means that every effort should be made to lower one’s taxable income. To find out what options are available to you, speak to your local long-term care case manager and consult with your financial advisor and accountant.

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Volunteers and directors wanted at Rockies AGM By Dan Walton Pioneer Staff The Columbia Valley Rockies were eliminated in the first round of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) playoffs last season – and like every spring, the organization will be performing a post-mortem and looking ahead to next year at the annual general meeting. On Thursday, May 1st, the mezzanine at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena will be the site of the yearly gathering, which is open to anybody who’s interested in attending. The board of directors will be elected, operations will be discussed, and volunteers and hockey fans have the opportunity to learn about the organization and become involved. “It’s for new people or familiar faces that would like to come out and be part of our directorship, or just come out and see what’s going on,” said Rockies president Al Miller. “This is the time to come out.” The meeting will include a review of highlights from last season and a report on the organization’s financial status, which Mr. Miller referred to as “solid.” The board of directors has twelve positions to fill and anybody that attends the

meeting is eligible to run. The positions require a one-year commitment and will be chosen by the Rockies booster society. Favourable candidates will have a strong interest in junior hockey and the drive to move players to the next level of success, Mr. Miller said. He said that because of the team’s ability to help advance talent – through college scholarships, European hockey leagues, and Junior A leagues – players are becoming more attracted to the Rockies. “We’ve been quite successful in doing that,” he said. “We’ve certainly provided a good venue for the players.” In addition, the coaches and general manager have been working very hard to recruit and strengthen the abilities of the players, he said. “You’re seeing improvements, and you’re going to continue seeing more — I can guarantee you that,” he said. Whether you’re looking to volunteer, become a director, or just learn the ropes of the Rockies, Mr. Miller said that the meeting will appeal to young and old, and hopes to see a large turnout. “It’s important to the town that we have a healthy junior B (team) going forward, and it’s a lot of fun.”

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April 26th come to Radium: multiple sales along Jackson Ave. and Rivercrest Rd. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Tons of baby gear, clothes, Lulu, maternity, furniture, tools, bath reno items, bikes, lots brand new.

1229 7th Street, Invermere, Sat. Apr. 26th, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., near the Catholic Church. Furniture, craft supplies, Christmas ornaments, many household items.

Cheers to those that are educated and open minded to both sides of the Jumbo debate. Jeers to those that aren’t. Best argument for: Lift access skiing in Canada needs to move to higher elevations. Best against: I like the way it is now, without lifts!

Jeers to Johnston road for all of its 2 year old pot holes and to its sink holes which could swallow a car. And jeers to the culverts, which have heaved up creating a “raised cross walk”. If only there were someone who knew how to fix old Johnston road.

Large garage/shop for rent right in town. 35’ x 40’ with 12ft ceilings. On large lot so plenty of space outside and lots of storage inside as well. Perfect for contractors with equipment etc. $1,000/mo, damage deposit required. Call for more info. 403-819-7494.


Cheers to the incredible teacher in our community. Jeers to chronic underfunding.

Cheers to Jonathan Welsh, the best bike mechanic in the valley! For the tune-up to get my riding season started, you provide awesome service!


Moving Sale: April 26, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. 121 7th Ave. Tools, yard items, household and camping gear.

ANNOUNCEMENT Alcoholics Anonymous. If alcohol is causing problems or conflict in your life, AA can help. All meetings are at 8 p.m. For more information, please call 250-342-2424. Columbia United AA, Invermere: Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, 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.

ANNOUNCEMENT Al-Anon. Are you concerned about or affected by someone else’s drinking? If so, please join us. Al-Anon meets EVERY Monday in Invermere at 7:15 p.m. at the Canadian Martyrs Catholic Church, 712 – 12th Ave (behind the Invermere hospital). For information, please call 250-3428255. Narcotics Anonymous meeting now available. Thursdays at 8 p.m. Call 250-342-1071 for more info.

CHEERS & JEERS Jeers to depression. No more blahs!

S OBITUARY S Waite, Stephen James

Cheers to the mighty Ian Wilson. You rock… with or without your guitar and/or harmonica! Cheers to Shelly at Hair Benders for being the best stylist/hair therapist ever. Cheers to the Rocky River Grill for their delicious gluten-free meals. Triple cheers to the wonderful doctors, nurses, staff and ambulance crew at Invermere and Cranbrook Hospitals. Also to my friends in Radium who helped with my recovery from an unexpected back surgery. A very grateful Albertan. I appreciate everyone of you!

LOST AND FOUND Lost: Set of keys on Highway between Windermere and Radium on April 8th. 250-342-8708.

August 13th, 1965 – April 17th, 2014.

Cheers to members of Rotary. Again the snappy handsome flags at the museum.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Stephen (Steve) James Waite on Thursday, April 17th, 2014 at the very young age of 48 years. He will be so dearly missed by his loving wife Joanne (nee Boker) of 19 years and his beautiful children, Alyssa (15), Andrea (11) and Derek (7), his parents Jim and Iris, his Grandma Nell Amies, his Brother Mike, Sister Leslie, In-laws Don and Helga Boker and families.

Cheers to Kayleigh, Don, Timmy, Raeleen, Britt and everyone in Ivy House! You guys are so much fun to work with and always know how to make the residents smile! Keep it up!

Steve fought a heroic battle with brain cancer the past 15 months but succumbed to this disease.

BIG CHEERS to the Windermere Community Association, what a beautiful wonderful morning with so many little ones, you gals and guys sure know how to organize one of the greatest egg hunts, what a treat. Much love, The Easter Bunny. P.S. See you again next year!

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

Cheers to the killer rollbots, for being so amazing, each and every one of you!

We need RV storage for 2 RV’s, 14’ and 32’. Prefer graveled surface near Radium. Call 403-601-0368.

A celebration of Steve’s life will take place on Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. at Eden Brook Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home, Calgary, AB, 24223 Township Road 242 (intersection of 17th Ave SW & Lower Springbank Road). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to his children’s future; www. Donations may also be made in Steve’s name to Hospice Calgary ( or the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada (; Condolences may be forwarded through


Jeers to the gravel and dirt on all the streets of Windermere. Overkill is right! Cheers to all the drivers who go through Fairmont who don’t know the difference between 80km and 80 miles an hour. You are doing a great job on keeping our deer population in check. Also cheers for using your jake breaks to scare the remaining live deer.

Lost on Lower Lake View Rd. car keys for a Mercedes Benz. If found contact Barry at 403-819-4886 or 1-800-308-0025.

Right in the middle of the new grocery store, Home Hardware, Kicking Horse Coffee and Canadian Tire. #4-492 Arrow Rd. currently Nature’s Floors. Please call 250-342-5089.

1,200 sq. ft. expandable, 3 offices plus reception. 712 - 10th street Invermere. Contact Bruce at bruce@ or 250-341-1940. For Lease: Micro office space, Panache Bldg., 250 - 300 sq. ft. each. All new, available immediately. Phone 250-342-5805.

COMMERCIAL SPACE Retail opportunity in Invermere. 2,100 sq. ft. located on Main St. Rare vacancy in the busiest area of town. Don’t miss out on this golden opportunity, call now 250-2700570, ask for Josh. Short or long term okay.

20 x 25 heated shop $450/mo, first and last D.D. required. 24 x 36 shop power included, propane heat at tenant’s expense, $650/mo first and last D.D. required. Contact New House Multi Storage 250-342-3637. Koffee Kweens coffee shop space in Invermere available for lease effective April 1st. All leaseholds in place. Contact Karl at 250-2700049. Shop space for rent, Industrial Rd. 1, 30’ x 70’, available May 1st. Phone Miko at 250-342-9526. Small retail storefront, commercial space in downtown Windermere, $450/mo, call 250-342-6255.



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

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Wanted to rent: Preferably a 2-bdrm house. I have a twelve year old lab with arthritis, who sleeps most of the day. N/S, have to move by the end of May. Well known with many excellent references. Please phone 250-347-9692. Anything from Edgewater to Windermere.

Invermere: Near schools and downtown. 4-bdrm, 2 bath house on a large triple lot, with outside hot tub. $1,600/mo + utilities + D.D., N/P, N/S. Available May 1st. Call 403-874-1273.

SUITE FOR RENT Invermere: affordable 1-bdrm and 2-bdrm apartments. $600 - $800/ mo. Includes all utilities. 250-3411182. 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. INVERMERE CENTRE: 1-bdrm apartment, available immediately, central location, parking at your door, laundry on site, one year lease, N/P, N/S. Call Sharon 250688-1365. Fairmont, on Riverside Golf Course: 2-bdrm, bright walkout suite. Furnished, W/D, dishwasher. Backs onto 1st tee box. $800/mo plus util. non-smoking, no pets. References required, 403-710-1275. Downtown Invermere large 4-bdrm, 2 bath upstairs, all included, $1,500/mo. 2-bdrm walk in basement, all included, $900/mo. invermerehomerentals@ or 250-341-1650.

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Wanted players for co-ed slowpitch in Invermere. Contact Scott at 250-342-1202.


2-bdrm, F&S, close to downtown. N/P, N/S. Must be mature and quiet. Available immediately. Min. 1 year lease. $800/mo + $400 D.D. and utilities. 250-342-9446.

Three bedroom duplex in Invermere, $204,999. Phone 250342-7528. Motivated to sell: All offers will be considered. Property features 3.82 acres; 1,900 sq. ft. home with attached double garage and covered deck, 2,200 sq. ft. workshop, fenced garden, storage sheds and more. For more information please call 250-3426967. Bright, clean modular home on full basement in Edgewater. 1,352 sq. ft. per floor. 3-bdrm, 2 full bathrooms, wood stove in basement. $269,000, for more info call 250-347-2343.


For rent in Invermere: 2-bdrm apartment, close to schools and hospital, large yard. $775/mo, phone 250-342-3790.

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

Two 2-bdrm suites available immediately in Windermere 4-plex, one furnished. All appliances. Large decks, yard, lake views. Pets considered $800/mo. 250-4097435, email shellimilley@gmail. com.

2-bdrm, 2 full bath, W/D, F/S, dishwasher and microwave. R2000 certified. All on one floor. Located downtown close to shopping and beach. Asking $285,000. Serious inquiries only. Call 250-3422274.

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250 US gallon tanks for sale. Very versatile, plastic w/ metal 6” opening, 2’ discharge, 125 lbs. $200 for 1 or $300 for 2. Call George. 250347-9500. Quality Top Soil and Manure. $160 per dump truck load, $90 per pick-up load. Well-aged cow manure, $100 per pickup load. Delivery extra. Call 250-342-1268. For sale; New oil tank. Purchased for $800. plus $600 of oil. Both for $1000. Changed heating in home. In Windermere, please call 250342-3630 or email momfourever@ 30” propane cokestove - 1 year old. Never used, 4 burner. $950 - was $2200 new. 250-341-6043 130 ft. chain link fence includes one gate, posts and cross bars, asking $200. KUMHO 225-55r19, 85 to 90% left on tires, $300 for all four. 250-347-0033.


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





3 piece slate pool table, 4’x8’ with cues, balls etc., disassembled and ready to move, $450, 250-3426922. 2001 Kawasaki 800 Vulcan. 12,000 km. saddle bags, crash bar. Beautiful shape. Asking $4,800 O.B.O. To view, contact 250-3415524.


12x60, 2-bdrm Mobile Home with addition and deck in very good shape, propane furnace and modern wood stove for $4,000 O.B.O, Must be moved. To view call 250-347-6420.


2004 Blue Water Malibu 19 feet. Red and white, very good condition. 4.3 litre EFI 225 hp. Includes tandom trailer and boat covers. $ 13,500. Located in Invermere. Contact 403-689-5519.

VEHICLES FOR SALE 2000 E450 Ford Van, Diesel, Automatic, 16’ Box, 376,000 kms, good condition. Perfect for mobile billboard or contractors. $3,000, phone 250-342-2044. Hank the Tank is for sale, 1997 Chevy 4x4 long box, $2,500 O.B.O. Only 5,000 kms wear on new tires and new exhaust system. Call 250342-0337.

CAMPING 2007 19ft Skyline Layton Trailer for sale. Dual axle. Excellent condition. Separate washroom and shower. All pots and pans, bedding. Ready to go! $7,500. 250-342-0453.



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

SERVICES Dryer Vent and Furnace Cleaning and inspections. Call AQUAIR today! 250-342-5089. Water treatment and purification, includes drinking water systems, softeners and conditioners, iron filters. Call AQUAIR, 250-342-5089. Heaven’s Best Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning. Environmentally friendly products. Dry in 1 hour! Call 250-688-0213 or visit . 20% off Wood Blinds expires April 14th “Wonderful experience & pleasure working with Shannon and her team. I would highly recommend Shannon’s blinds.” Karla New – “Drapery & much more” Phantom Retractable Screen Doors Shannon’s Blinds & Designs 250-342-5749.

Rockies West Realty Independently Owned and Operated

492 Highway 93/95, Invermere, BC

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250 gm Fettuccine Pasta 250 gm Cream Cheese, Cubed 1 cup Basil Pesto

1 container (280 gm) Grape Tomatoes, sliced in half ¼ cup fresh Parmesan Cheese, grated

Cook pasta according to package directions and drain well. Return pasta to pot and heat over medium heat. Stir cream cheese into cooked pasta; add pesto and tomatoes. Cook, stirring often until warmed through, about 2 minutes. Garnish with parmesan cheese and serve immediately. See all my recipes at

Home Of The Week Townhouse in downtown Invermere Built in 2005, fantastic views in a quiet location. No strata fees, 5 appliances, 1,467 square feet.

Asking $234,900

• Call 250-342-0371

Hand Crafted Log Home!

The perfect cottage at the lake on an oversized lot backing onto green space for added privacy. With 3 bedrooms, wrap around deck, private beach, boat launch and marina.




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photography studio picture framing passport photos …look for the red door behind the Invermere Dry Cleaners!

250-342-5102 Guitar lessons and Mac computer tutoring. Available most evenings and weekends. Call Emily at 250409-4104. MADDY EDE MAKEUP ARTIST Specializing in Weddings, Graduations and Special Occasions. Invermere, B.C. and Calgary, AB Contact Information: Cell/Text: 403.808.3381 Email:

HELP WANTED 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. Summer Housekeeping attendant wanted? Looking for a summer student 30 hrs per week to work at a small family Motel in Radium Hot Springs for the 2014 summer season, July to August. Wage $11 - $12. For more info or to apply email radiumgatewaymotel@ or drop of resume at Gateway Motel: Hwy 93/ Box 301 Radium B.C. V0A 1M0, or call 250347-9655.

Employer: Gerry’s Gelati 1045 7th Ave Invermere BC Position: Food Counter Attendant Job Duties: Serving customers, preparing food, preparing drinks, cleaning Terms of employment: Full-time, year-round, permanent Wage: $11/hr Benefits: N/A Location: Invermere Contact: Apply in person or send resume to Skill requirements, education, experience: None required Care giver needed for 82 year-old gentleman, part-time. Must be certified and male. Call 250-3420743. Peppi’s Pizza is accepting resumes for employment. Cooks, servers, dishwashers. Email to p.fuel@ Attn: Tim and Laura 2014 and call or drop by in person. Riko’s Family Restaurant is seeking F/T and P/T line cook, cook helper and dishwasher. Apply in person, 7513 Main St. West Radium Hot Springs, ask for Yuni or Riko. CRYSTAL CONCIERGE, Looking for a full-time housekeeper, $14/hr, experience is a plus but not required, preferably male, responsible and hard working. Job duties includes cleaning of property vacation rentals, lawn care and running errands. Email your resume to Full-time positions at Leo Burrito. Positions starting in May and June. Starting at $11/hour + gratuity. Fun atmosphere to work in and free meals! Submit resume to crystal@


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HELP WANTED 899599161 PDQ HOLDING LTD. O/A RADIUM SUPERMART/ PETRO CANADA Box 206, 4929 HWY 93 RADIUM HOT SPRINGS, B.C. V0A 1M0 IS CURRENTLY HIRING FOR FULL-TIME AND PART-TIME CASHIER Starting wages $11:50 per hour JOB DUTIES: Customer service, operate cash register and Lottery machine. Check freight, stock shelves, cleaning and outside maintenance. NO FORMAL EDUCATION REQUIRED Please send your resume to the above address or drop it to Radium Petro Canada/Radium Supermart or email to or fax 250-347-9921. Windermere Valley Childcare Society LOVE KIDS? Come and work with our out-of-school age children. Must be 19 years or older, First aid certificate, 20 hours of related course work. Start date June 14th, 40 hours per week, $12 per hour. Please apply at (ask for Arlee) 250342-3168, Strands Old House Restaurant is accepting resumes for evening servers P/T and F/T. P/T evening bar tender, evening kitchen help/ dishwasher and a chef with formal training with 3 to 5 years experience in fine dining is an asset. Apply to Tony Wood at tony@ or 250-3426344 or 250-342-5745. Kootenay Coffee Works is now hiring full and part time staff. Must be available to work weekends. Duties include: serving customer, preparing food and drinks and cleaning all in a fun friendly fast paced environment. Please drop off resume at Kootenay Coffee Works located beside Canadian Tire. RADIUM SUBWAY Is currently hiring for FULL-TIME/ PART-TIME FOOD COUNTER ATTENDANT Please drop your resume to Radium Supermart/ Radium Petro Canada or email: or fax :250-347-9921.



Penner Insulation is seeking a selfmotivated, energetic individual, who is looking for a career in the insulation industry. We offer full time, long-term employment with health & dental benefits. Spray foam training provided. Applicant must have valid driver’s license. Starting wage $18/ depending on experience. Submit resume to

FAIRMONT GAS PLUS is accepting resume for P/T and P/T. Please apply in person.

HIRING FOOD COUNTER ATTENDANT FULL/PART-TIME WAGES $11.00 HR DUTIES: MAKE SANDWICHES, SERVE CUSTOMERS, PREPARE MEAT AND VEGETABLES, CHECK FOOD TEMPERATURE, CLEAN AND SANITIZE, HANDERING INVENTORIES ETC PLEASE DROP OFF RESUME OR EMAIL TO or Fax 250-345-6600 FAIRMONT SUBWAY 844310730 4966 FAIRMONT FRONTAGE ROAD FAIRMONT HOT SPRINGS, B.C. V0B 1L1 Helna’s Stube is looking for kitchen help/dish washer and part-time evening server. Please call 250347-0047 or email mail@helnas. com. Fairmont Creek Property Rentals seeks a full-time Housekeeping Manager ($16/ hr + depending on experience, 12 month maternity position with an option for extended employment) and Full/Part-time Summer Staff ($13/hr + incentives) to join our housekeeping team in Fairmont Hot Springs. Learn more and view current opportunities at forward your resume to info@ or call 250-3456116 for more info. Attention Valley Residents and Contractors! The Painted Porch upcycles and re-purposes unwanted wooden furniture, old wooden character doors and windows, mirror, louvered closet doors and shutters, wooden cabinet doors and knobs. All items can be dropped off at the shop in front of Canadian Tire or call Teresa 250-688-0388 to arrange pickup. Together we can make a difference.

GET PAID TO PLAY! Rocky Mountain Safaris is looking for P/T, casual and contract help for the summer season. Hiking, climbing, mountain bike guides and class 4 and 5 drivers needed. Potential for F/T and subsidized accommodation and wilderness first aid training. Email info@

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Quality Bakery Retail Store If you possess Management experience, proficient computer skills and a proven ability to model, motivate and encourage a team in a retail environment, then we have a position for you in our busy bakery in Invermere. In this full‐time, year round position you will assist our Store Manager and it requires excellent communication skills and the ability to effectively handle the wide range of challenges that arise with confidence and imagination. A competitive wage and benefits package offered. Starting date is negotiable. Please email your resume to or fax with cover letter to 250-342–4439. Serving treats to the Valley since 1981

Quality Bakery (1981) Ltd 1305 7 Avenue Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0 Phone: 250-342–4422

Serving treats to the Valley since 1981


Quality Bakery Retail Store If you have Management experience, proficient computer skills and a proven ability to lead, motivate and encourage a team in a retail environment, then we would love to hear from you. This full-time, year round position of Store Manager requires excellent communication skills and the ability to effectively handle challenges, with confidence and imagination. A competitive wage and benefits package offered. Starting date is negotiable. Please email your resume to or fax with cover letter to 250-342-4439.

Quality Bakery (1981) Ltd 1305 7 Avenue, Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0 Phone: 250-342–4422

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Casual Insurance Salesperson Casual insurance salesperson needed at Kootenay Insurance Services in Invermere. Please call Kerry at 250-342-2175 or email or drop in.

Showroom Manager Full-time Permanent

Are you a people person, with an outgoing personality? The Home Renovation Centre is looking for a combination of customer service within the showroom, along with general office skills. A working knowledge of Excel, Word and Quickbooks is required. We are a thriving organization, centered around a beautiful showroom environment. If you want to become a part of a positive, team environment and are a quick learner, we’d be happy to have you on board. Please email resume to or call David at 250-342-5682 for a confidential inverview.

April 25, 2014 . . . ‘Letters’ from page 7

Jumbo municipality is a farce Dear Editor: It’s important to recognize the Jumbo municipality’s money grab for what it really is. This is not just the run-of-the-mill waste of tax dollars that we all take for granted as the status quo with our semi-competent governments and their bureaucracies. This is much more and much worse than that. The BC Liberal government has arbitrarily created a vacuous facade of local government, which they are blatantly using to transfer muchneeded public money to serve the unpopular agenda of a private corporation. This is shameless political farce. In Canada, we elect those who hold political office — they are not appointed by anyone. They answer to us through the ballot box and they spend our money according to a budget for which they are held accountable to us through the ballot box. This farce of a council is nothing of the sort. It is an abuse of the fundamental values of our society. The councillors of the Mountain Resort Municipality of Jumbo do not even have the token vote of a single token resident to give them


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


Employment Opportunities at the Springs Golf Course, one of BC’s best! Golf Shop Attendants Cart Attendants

Cook Server (part-time)

Please apply directly to Brent Taylor, Director of Golf, the Springs Course Online at Or in person at the Springs Golf Course Training provided. Golf privileges. Staff meal discounts. Radium Hot Springs, BC • 800.667.6444 • Brent Taylor 250.347.6220

For more employment ads please see our summer employment feature on pages 16 thru 18.

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The Council has directed staff to prepare permit applications under the Provincial Wildlife Act to cull deer within the boundaries of the District of Invermere. The intent is to target aggressive deer and neighbourhoods that have high concentrations of deer. The permit that the District is considering to submit will include the following: • To apply on an annual basis for a deer cull permit; • To cull up to and not exceed 30 deer per annum; • That staff are not to exceed $30,000 in costs per annum; and • That the process be included in the District annual operational plans. The District is notifying all residents within the District of Invermere that written public comments will be received until May 9th, 2014. Comments must be submitted in writing from residents of Invermere. Submissions must include the following: • Name; • Mailing or e-mail address; • Phone number; and • Address of property within the District of Invermere boundaries. Written submissions can be sent to the following: District of Invermere PO Box 339, Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 e-mail: Fax: 250-342-2934

some legitimacy. They were not elected for their principled positions or opinions; they were handselected and appointed for their compliance. Let’s not even pretend that anyone opposed to the corporate agenda behind the political facade was ever considered for the job. This council and those who put them there disrespect the essence of our democracy with every meeting and every motion, and now with this budget. Let’s get one thing clear — this issue is not about being for or against Jumbo Glacier Resort. This is about being for or against the fundamental principles for which Canadians fought and died. Those very principles are the torch handed us to hold high. Here in our heartland communities is where we do that before we ever take it to distant lands. If supporting the development of the Jumbo resort means selling out Canadian democracy, then the cost is far greater than a mere $1.2 million. We should not pay that price; it’s far too high. Chris Conway Radium Hot Springs . . . ‘Watershed’ from page 3 Wednesday, May 7th’s tour moves north, as Oliver Egan, manager of Edible Acres Organic Farm, will show guests the irrigation system drawn from Windermere Creek and discuss the impact of water quality on the farm’s organic certification. On the morning of Thursday, May 8th, and again on Sunday, May 11th, Kirsten Harma will lead a pontoon boat tour of Lake Windermere and describe lake ecology and water quality testing procedures. Thursday afternoon’s tour will journey to the Paddy Ryan Lakes, one source of Invermere’s water. District of Invermere staff will explain how land use in the upper watershed affects the area’s water quality. Friday, May 9th’s tours will migrate further downstream. In the morning, Bill Thompson will provide a Stream Flow Measuring Demonstration at the Spillimacheen Dam and Generating Station where BC Hydro regulates adequate flow to preserve fish and aquatic habitat. In the afternoon, Mark Read and Gerry Wilkie will discuss stewardship of the Forester Creek watershed that supplies water for the village of Radium Hot Springs. On the afternoon of Saturday, May 10th, people who have participated in four or more of the Track Through Our Watershed Series events are invited to a free gathering at Pynelogs Cultural Centre to discuss their learning and to enter a prize draw. Registration on-line at www.wingsovertherockies. org or by telephone at 250-342-2473.

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Pynelogs making plans for 100 years By Kathryn Gowling Special to The Pioneer

residence for Randolph Bruce alone. The house was built on industrial-gauge foundation beams from the Thunder Hill mine concenThere is much to celebrate about this very spe- trator. Details of the original residence included evcial historical building and its grounds. Pynelogs is ery convenience of the time — electric light, indoor set in an oasis of pleasant gardens and lakeside scen- plumbing and a sewer system. Bruce worked tirelessly and with enthusiasm on ery just a short walk from the south edge of downthe grounds of Pynelogs. However, after a decade of town Invermere. The parkland setting includes Dorothy Lake, the living alone, Randoph Bruce moved to Victoria to beBotanical Heritage Gardens, District Gardens and is come Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. Following a number of health adjacent Kinsmen Beach and Fort care uses, Pynelogs became the Point. The Community’s Greenhome to the Columbia Valley Arts way Trail commences at Pynelogs. On the Pynelogs property unCouncil. Now it lives on strongly, actively and gracefully fulfilling its expectedly lies the stone enclosure role as the cultural heart of Inverand plaque marking the grave of mere. Its historical significance in Lady Elizabeth Bruce, for whom the development of this area and Pynelogs was originally built. Her its place in the history of British husband, Robert Randolph Bruce, built the beautiful Victorian log PICTURESQUE PYNELOGS — Columbia warrant maintaining the building as their first home, fol- Pynelogs, one of Invermere’s most vis- legacy. As of April 20th, we are now lowing their marriage in England. ited historic buildings, is celebrating its into our 100-day countdown to the 100th birthday party on July 19th, However, after Lady Bruce’s unex- 100th anniversary in July. Image submitted 2014. Mark it on your calendar! pected death, Pynelogs became a

Local swim club prepares to make a splash By Steve Hubrecht Pioneer Staff The local swim club, the Columbia Valley Otters, are headed down to Cranbrook for an annual swim meeting this weekend. The club is also getting set to host a swim meet here in the Columbia Valley for the first time ever, in Radium Hot Springs in June. This weekend’s swim meet, which runs from Friday, April 25th to Sunday, April 27th, will feature nine Otters with some of them having a chance to move on to even bigger meets, according to Otters head coach Karen Fahrni. “A couple kids will be trying for their provincial times. We already have one swimmer provincially qualified.” The June 8th swim meet in Radium will be a big step for the Otters, as it is the first time the club has ever hosted a sanctioned swim meet. “We’re really excited,” said Dr. Fahrni. “It’s been three years building up to this, with a lot of fundraising, grant application writing and training.”

Village of Radium Hot Springs

Annual Report

The public are invited to comment on our annual report. An opportunity for discussion will be held Wednesday, May 14th, 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, 4836 Radium Blvd. Copies of the document can be viewed at or upon request at the Village office or by email to .

The last swim meet in the Upper Columbia Valley was hosted by the old Radium Silverfins in 1994. The Otters, who train mainly in the heated outdoor pool at Radium Hot Springs, have almost 100 kids in the year-round swim club, 400 kids in swimming lessons and 40 kids in lifeguarding leadership programs. “We are the only team in Canada that trains outdoors year-round. We swim in the sun and in the snow,” said Dr. Fahrni. “It’s a fun program to teach and we have some fantastic coaches.” The Otters are looking for volunteers to act as ondeck timers and in other roles for the June 8th meet. Those interested can contact the Otters at and need to attend one of two officials clinics, on either May 10th or June 7th.

Wilmer Waterworks District PO Box #747, Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0

Notice of 2014 Annual General Meeting The annual general meeting of the

Wilmer Waterworks Improvement District is scheduled for Thursday, May 8th, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the Wilmer Community Hall (Conrad Kain Park).

All Wilmer residents are welcome and encouraged to attend. The Trustees Wilmer Waterworks Improvement District

Public Input Meeting Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs Project applicants for Columbia Basin Trust’s Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs are presenting their proposals to the public. Feedback received at these meetings will assist in identifying the proposals that are important to the communities. The meetings are open to everyone and the meeting for proposals affecting the Columbia Valley will be held: April 28

6:00 pm

Columbia Valley - Invermere Community Hall 709 10th Street Proposals Affecting: District of Invermere, Village of Canal Flats, Village of Radium Hot Springs, Electoral Area F (rural Canal Flats to rural Invermere), and Electoral Area G (Wilmer to Spillimacheen)

Administered and managed by the Regional District of East Kootenay.

19 - 24th Avenue South, Cranbrook BC V1C 3H8 Phone: 250-489-2791 Toll Free: 1-888-478-7335 Email: Website:



Box 159, 8853 Grainger Rd., Canal Flats, B.C. V0B 1B0 Phone: 250-349-5462 • Fax: 250-349-5460 •

The Village of Canal Flats is seeking quotes to stain the exterior of the Columbia Discovery Centre, 8866 Grainger Road. The scope of the project would include preparation work such as pressure washing, stain removal and protection of the log walls. The project would apply to the older walls of the building and not the newer construction completed in 2013. Quotes must be submitted to the Village of Canal Flats, PO Box 159, Canal Flats, B.C. V0B 1B0 or by email at on or before May 2nd, 2014 at 4 p.m. Brian Woodward Chief Administrative Officer

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Watershed Heroes: K2 Ranch’s Bob and Barb Shaunessy Watershed Wanderings By Kirsten Harma Pioneer Columnist If you are a mountain biker, you are likely familiar with the SRL trail on the K2 Ranch land along Westside Road north of Rushmere. What you might not know is that the trail system is just a small publicly accessible section of an even larger block of private land being maintained and restored for the benefit of fish and wildlife. This month’s “watershed hero” story is about K2 Ranch owners Bob and Barb Shaunessy and their extensive watershed restoration work. Restoring streams, protecting fish Fish in the Lake Windermere watershed need cool water to live in, clean gravel to spawn in, and plenty of streamside vegetation to provide them with food. The area immediately around a stream, known as its riparian area, is particularly important in maintaining the environment that fish need. When the Shaunessys bought the land in 2003, the 10,000-acre parcel was degraded due to recent poor logging practices, which compromised the stream habitat. The loggers had driven trucks directly through the

streams, removed trees and smaller plants in the streams’ riparian areas, and failed to protect the soil during upstream logging. These activities caused the creeks to fill up with sediment, covering important fish spawning gravel. Bob Shaunessy, an avid fisherman, could not let the streams remain in that condition. With the help of a fisheries biologist, the Shaunessys came up with a plan to bring Brady Creek, the major stream system on this land, back to its former state. The goal was to have this stream become good home for westslope cutthroat trout once again. To reach that goal, they planted trees along the stream margins and brought in fresh, clean gravel to cover the previously silted beds. They also added 75 culverts and deactivated many old logging skid trails to reduce erosion into small creeks. Since 9,500 acres of this ranch are still actively used as a cattle ranch, to prevent further damage, they constructed fences around 1,000 acres of land in the Brady Creek watershed so that cattle wouldn’t trample the stream or its riparian area. The fish are the best ones to attest to the success of these efforts. The fish have returned, and are thriving. Restoring land, protecting water Soil and vegetation play a very important role in maintaining water quality and regulating flows. Soil stores and releases water like a sponge, and filters out contaminants. Vegetation keeps that soil in place, and also helps filter water. Poor logging practices remove soil and vegetation’s ability to perform these functions.

Lyme disease memoir presented By Steve Hubrecht Pioneer Staff A Kootenay author will be at Radium public library next week to give a presentation on her book Rain on a Distant Roof: A Personal Journey Through Lyme Disease in Canada and to answer questions about Lyme disease. The book by Creston-based Vanessa Farnsworth is part memoir, and part scientific examination of the disease. “Lyme disease is an emerging disease, not just in Canada, but worldwide. So after I was diagnosed back in 2007, fairly quickly I realized nobody could really answer my questions. That’s the genesis of my book,” said Ms. Farnsworth. “To put all the information in one place so people don’t need to go to so many sources. I’ve investigated it (Lyme diseases) from just about every angle possible.” There are big divides in the scientific and medical communities on the disease, which can have negative consequences for those who get it, said Ms. Farnsworth. “What we know is just a fraction of

what we need to know. It’s difficult to get a diagnosis and it’s difficult to get treatment,” she said, adding many people with advanced Lyme disease end up getting diagnosed and treated outside Canada. If caught quite early, Lyme disease can be easily treated with antibiotics, but if left for several months (as it was for Ms. Farnsworth) it can spiral into a much more severe, chronic form, which includes symptoms such as seizures, paralysis, hallucinations, severe cardiological problems and permanent brain and nerve damage. “People who read the book who do not have Lyme disease usually say ‘Wow, I had no idea it could be like that,’ while readers who are Lyme disease suffers usually say ‘Thank you for telling it like it is,’” said Ms. Farnsworth. The author said the lack of comprehensive information on Lyme disease often makes the question and answer session quite popular, usually taking up half the presentation or more. Ms. Farnsworth’s presentation at the Radium public library is on Tuesday, April 29th at 7 p.m.

The Shaunessys have been doing work on the rest of their land to protect the soil and vegetation. They removed slash left from the logging, which had been preventing new trees from growing back. They also spread native grass seed to stabilize the soil. With the soil in better condition from these two actions, natural re-seeding from the trees remaining on the property have allowed young trees to start regenerating the land back into a forest. When asked why they undertook the work they did, Bob Shaunessy replied: “As the oldest working cattle ranch in the Columbia Valley, dating to 1898, the K2 Ranch deserved to be restored to her former glory.” This incredible work on the K2 Ranch has now restored 12,000 acres of the watershed to a better condition. While not all of us have so much land to care for, the Shaunessys provide good examples of protecting and restoring soil, vegetation and fish habitat that can be applied anywhere. Even small efforts such as planting a tree can help make our watershed a better place. If you or someone you know has a watershed hero story you’d like to share, please contact me at 250-3416898 or by email at . * The land in the Salter Creek area and between Westside Road and the lake are being graciously offered for non-motorized recreation, including biking, hiking, and horseback riding. Motor vehicles are not welcome, and trespassers are not permitted on the rest of the ranch. Kirsten Harma is the program co-ordinator for the Lake Windermere Ambassadors.

. . . ‘Migration’ on page 5 Plan to attend the Artist-in-the-Gallery Evening on Saturday May 3rd from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. for your chance to rub elbows with the esteemed artists and discover the meaning behind their interpretation of migration. It’s sure to be a “moving” event! Speaking of migrating to delicious food sources, the Pynelogs Café, featuring the Scotty Burger, will be opening on Tuesday, April 29th at 11 a.m. Fly like a flock of seagulls to Pynelogs to enjoy a taste of art and food. Please visit our website, , for more CV Arts events or call us at 250-342-4423.

BIRDS OF A FEATHER — ­ Pynelogs hosts its annual Wings Over the Rockies art show starting April 29th. Image submitted

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PIONEER ON THE ROAD LAKE WINDERMERE ALLIANCE CHURCH Sunday, April 27th 10:30 a.m.: CELEBRATION SUNDAY, “The Sinner’s Friend”... Pastor Trevor ministering.“K.I.D.S.” Church, for children age 3 to Grade 1; and Grades 2-6, during the morning service. 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 •

Pioneer piloting the planet

Clockwise from the left, Lawrence and Judy Miller from Invermere at Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica; Fern Oglestone with her family – Howie, Joanne, Dave, Kaleigh, Miranda and Ryan. They had a wonderful all inclusive holiday on the beach in Ixtapa, Mexico with The Pioneer; Shelley Steel, Donna Armstrong, Karen Hatalcik, Verna Barnes and Sherry Warne all enjoyed Cabo San Lucas in February. All will be entered into a draw for two tickets to a Calgary Flames game in 2014-2015, courtesy of Invermere Travel World.

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

Landscaping a new look for Invermere’s entrance District employee Christine Vallee works the soil while a bobcat pushes dirt at the District of Invermere’s new sign at the crossroads of Highway 93/95 and Athalmer Road on Thursday, April 17th. By June, there will be a retaining wall and flower bed with flowers including rutabagas, salvia, and lulus, said Ms. Vallee, who also selects and orders all the flowers for Invermere’s downtown flower beds. The fresh flowers “will add some colour to the entrance,” including blues and yellows, said Ms. Vallee. Photo by Greg Amos

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

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Feature of the month for May

airport runway!

Fairmont Hot Spring Resort’s LONG DRIVE COMPETITION! Saturday, April 26 • 12:00 Noon – 3:00pm Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Airport



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All proceeds will go to Fairmont Creek Restoration Fund

APRIL 26th, 2014


Join with other communities from Windermere to Edgewater to clean up our valley!

Schedule of Events: Invermere

BBQ • Bouncy Castle • Prizes • Lots of fun!

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Directions: Heading south from Invermere, turn right after the Columbia River bridge on Highway 93/95 in Fairmont Hot Springs and turn left onto the Airport road.

9 a.m. 10 a.m. 12 p.m.

Windermere Home area pick-up Meet at the Pothole Park for bags and directions Return to Pothole Park for a drink and snack

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12 a.m.

Home area pick-up Meet at Community Hall for bags and directions Community Celebration at Community Hall


Edgewater 9 a.m. 10 a.m.

9 a.m. 10 a.m.

Home area pick-up Meet at Community Hall for bags and directions Community Hall for refreshments

9 a.m. 10 a.m. 1 p.m.

Home area pick-up Meet at Higher Ground Coffee Shop for bags and directions Light lunch at Higher Ground

Wilmer 9 a.m. 10 a.m.

Home area pick-up Meet at Community Hall for bags and directions

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