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Your Weekly Source for News and Events

Vol. 11/Issue 24

The Columbia


June 13, 2014



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Multi-centre user groups go head to head By Steve Hubrecht Pioneer Staff The questions of exactly what Invermere’s new multiuse community centre should look like and which community groups should be included in it continues to be a hot-button issue, with emotions fraying and debate flying during this week’s fractious meeting of the new centre’s steering committee. During the June 10th meeting, the steering committee, consisting of seven voting members (the five Invermere councillors plus Radium mayor Dee Conklin and Regional District of East Kootenay Area F director Wendy Booth) and four non-voting representatives from three community groups (Helen Breau and Tiffany Gulbe

representing the Valley Fitness Centre, Kathryn Gowling representing CV Arts and Shelli Milley representing the Summit Youth Centre) got a peek at the latest draft concept plans for the centre from the project’s consulting architect company. And due to frequent comments, questions and interjections from the gallery as well as the occasional pointed exchange between the committee members, the company’s local liaison Jillian Cochrane needed the entire scheduled meeting time and more just to get through her presentation. “I’m not sure if today’s meeting was a step forward or not,” said Invermere mayor Gerry Taft at the Invermere council meeting later that night, referring to the steering committee meeting’s negative tone, although he also told The Pioneer that debate was part of the process.

At the steering committee meeting, conflict arose on everything from the exclusion of the library in the new centre’s first phase to the composition of the steering committee to the process by which the building should be designed and constructed. “This (the idea for the centre) has really changed from what was presented to voters at the referendum,” charged audience member and library advocate Bob Walker. “We need fewer politicians on the board. We have politicians from elsewhere in the valley on the board telling Invermere what we should do with our new community centre,” said Mr. Walker. Ms. Conklin and Ms. Booth pointed out their places on the steering committee are tied to the Continued on page 10 . . .

Valley schools likely to shut next Tuesday By Steve Hubrecht Pioneer Staff School in the Upper Columbia Valley will be shut five days a week, possibly for the rest of the school year, now that the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (the provincial teachers’ union) has voted to escalate their job action to a full-scale strike. In the province-wide vote conducted on Monday, June 9th and Tuesday, June 10th, 86 per cent of B.C.’s 33,387 teachers were in favour of moving to a fullblown strike.

Windermere Teachers Association (the local teachers’ union) president Doug Murray said from what he understands the earliest the full strike will start is Tuesday, June 17th. “We really would like to wrap this up as soon as possible, but at the same time we really need to get this thing done properly and not just keep kicking the can down the road,” said Mr. Murray. “Teachers are putting their money where their mouths are on important issues, because our salaries really take a hit when we strike.” The strike is centred on issues such as class size, class composition and teachers’ pay. Continued on page 10 . . .

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Citizens on Patrol At present time there is a small group of volunteers that have initiated Citizens on Patrol in the Village of Radium. There are also volunteers in Invermere that conduct patrols. This small group conducts a number of patrols mostly during the summer months and are the eyes and ears for the police. At present time both groups are wishing to expand the number of volunteers. As we are now well into our busy months I am looking for citizens that are interested in being involved. If you are, please give me a call at the detachment. • On Sunday, May 11th at 2:31 p.m., the Columbia Valley Detachment began investigating a complaint of arson when a cabin and a number of outbuildings were intentionally set on fire at Lang Lake in the Bugaboos west of Brisco. Generators and a small boat motor were reported stolen. Anyone with information regarding this arson is requested to contact the detachment. • On Wednesday, June 4th at 1:52 p.m., the detachment received an emergency call of a capsized raft involving a group of people on Dutch Creek. The water flow at the time was known to be fast. On arrival it was determined that an adult female and two small children were in the river. The adult and one child were able to get to safety while a one-year-old child was swept downstream. Fortunately the child was in a floatation device keeping their face upright which gave responders, Chris Gent and Bram Rossman from the Windermere Fire Dept. time to act. It was clear to both that normal safety procedure to cross the flowing river was not an option. They proceeded without a safety line, waded into the fast flowing river and started CPR on the unresponsive one year old. Search and Rescue were able to make contact with Bighorn helicopter pilot Greg Flowitt who was working in the area. He altered his route and picked up further rescuers, Cst. Tim Harper and J.C. Morel. Greg responded to the scene and landed his helicopter close to

Chris and Bram. The ground rescuers, in the process of doing CPR, continued their efforts and handed the child over to Cst. Tim Harper. While enroute to the hospital CPR was maintained by Cst. Harper, J.C Morel and Neil Carey from Panorama Fire Dept. All three continued with assisting the child to breathe. The end result of this team work is the child was reported to be released from the Calgary hospital on June 9th in perfect health. It was made very clear from medical staff involved, that the actions of all rescuers in their opinion saved this child’s life. • On Thursday, June 5th at 4:01 p.m., the detachment received a call that a male near Mountainside Market in Radium was causing a disturbance with customers. The male had departed before police arrived. Patrols were negative. • On Friday, June 6th, the detachment received a report of a stolen red 18 speed Supercycle bike from Lakeview Manor. Many thanks On behalf of all the officers and staff at the detachment I wish to acknowledge and thank all the people that reached out to us in numerous ways to express their thoughts in the loss of three of our members and the wounding of two others. We had flowers, cards and food dropped off at our office and if we were not in, we had flowers left at the flag pole. We have also had friends and strangers stop and express their personal feelings. We have many Calgary Police officers that vacation and have homes in the valley who no doubt enjoy escaping the big city to relax. One such officer left flowers and a note that simply said “To my fellow brothers and sisters. Thoughts and prayers with you all. We may not know each other, but we’re all family.” In the police world that statement pretty much says it all. Two of our members at the detachment will be in Moncton participating in the Regimental funeral. Our focus now is to gather in Moncton en masse and show our appreciation and support to the family members of our slain and wounded officers. Then back to business.

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Whiteway donations pour in By Steve Hubrecht Pioneer Staff The Whiteway’s recently garnered Guinness World Record title for longest ice skating trail appears to be pulling in some financial aid for the Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club as two funding announcements were confirmed last week. The Nordic Club, which creates and operates the Whiteway, is getting a $15,000 donation from the Panorama Foundation and along with $21,000 from the Columbia Basin Trust’s (CBT) community initiatives program. Both donations are to help the club’s fundraising drive to buy a new plow and sweeper for the Whiteway. The Kubota L3560 plow and sweeper will cut down the amount of time needed to keep the Whiteway up to snuff and should noticeably improve the quality of the ice track for skating, according to Nordic Club members. “We’re happy to contribute, we think it’s a great initiative for the community,” said Panorama chief executive officer and president Steve Paccagnan. The Panorama Foundation is a charitable organization set up and

run by senior Panorama staff members and community members. “The Whiteway creates a sense of place and community and broadens the offerings of the valley, making it even more of a destination.” Invermere mayor Gerry Taft had announced the District of Invermere’s $15,000 portion of the $21,000 community initiatives funding last week — the extra money has since come from the Regional District of the East Kootenay Area F ($4,500), Area G ($1,000), Radium Hot Springs ($1,000) and Canal Flats ($500). “The Whiteway is well-received by visitors and residents and this investment can make the maintenance better,” said Mayor Taft. “It’s going to benefit everybody, it’s a really exciting project.” The fundraising drive has been going well for the Nordic Club. With the latest announcements, it has so far raised $38,000 of the $60,000 needed for the Kubota. Previous donations have been made by community associations along the shore of Lake Windermere. The club is aiming to have the Kubota ready to go this December.

Preschool ponders different future By Dan Walton Pioneer staff A large turnover is looming at the Little Badger Early Learning Program, but the doors will not be closing at the Windermere preschool. Its Montessori status is still up in the air, however, as all five of its specialized instructors are slated to leave. “Without a Montessori teacher, it will just be a regular preschool,” said manager Kathleen Elphick. “We’re hoping to recruit and continue as a Montessori school, but doors are not closing either way.” Ms. Elphick and five Montessori teachers employed at Little Badgers will be finding new opportunities over the next few months. If trained Montessori teachers cannot be recruited, the school will operate in a similar fashion, but

independent of the Montessori model. By August, Little Badgers is hoping to recruit at least two teachers as well as a new manager, Ms. Elphick said. “It likely won’t have an adverse affect on the children,” she said. Montessori education allows students more freedom in its approach to learning. For example, each curriculum is partially built around student interests. “They’ll know their letters and numbers — some will be reading by the time they leave the program,” Ms. Elphick said. She hopes Little Badgers will be able to continue as a Montessori school, as many local families have become comfortable with the Montessori-based methods. There are currently 53 children enrolled in three programs at Little Badgers. Children enrolled are mainly between 30 months and five years old.

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Historical Lens

By Nicole Trigg Pioneer Staff What kind of government rips up a negotiated collective bargaining contract? Well, the previous BC Liberal government under Gordon Campbell’s leadership also sprung the HST surprise on B.C. residents and locked BC Hydro into a $55 billion debt with IPPs (independant power projects). That this same administration was found guilty by the Supreme Court of B.C. for unlawfully stripping the teachers’ collective agreement of many previously negotiated guarantees seems par for the course. Campbell’s unpopular legacy — which led to his resignation in 2010 — left his successor, Christy Clark, with a lot of clean-up work to do. Her administration had to take on the expensive task of re-instating the PST; cancelling and deferring IPPs contracts to lower BC Hydro’s cost (plus significantly raising hydro rates!); and is now appealing the court’s order of restoring class size and composition negotiation rights to teachers, claiming that it will cost school districts over $1 billion. In the meantime, B.C. teachers haven’t had a raise since 2010 and have now voted to stage a full walk out, claiming the government is refusing to bargain class size and composition and won’t offer a salary on par with that of the rest of Canadian teachers, with the exception of those in P.E.I. Unless some sort of resolution is reached, kids across our province will be denied education and the final two weeks of their school year, all in the name of justice. But how is holding education hostage in order to force the government’s hand appropriate for a union dedicated to education and nurturing young minds? So many children are being let down by a system that most, including adults, don’t even understand. The government is playing hard-ball and the teachers’ union is fighting back tooth and nail, saying they don’t have a choice. The courts can’t intervene and Google searches for private schools have lept since the strike action began. Both parties claim to put children first, and the irony of that is the only thing clear in this entire mess.

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Fitness facilities a-plenty in Invermere Dear Editor: Of course, we all acknowledge and support our pursuit of health and fitness. I think, though, that the Invermere area has enough sports and fitness facilities and we should make support of the library a priority. Yes, many communities have fitness facilities in their community centres (Canmore and Nelson, for example); but these communities have long-established, well-supported libraries as well. The library is a truly inclusive facility serving all ages, abilities and interests. J. Herman Fairmont Hot Springs

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Lesson learned at the drive-thru Dear Editor: Jeers to me for letting the blond lady in the black car get me down to her miserable level the other morning in the Tim Hortons drive thru. I absentmindedly drove through the order part (this happens sometimes, right?). I drove up and chatted with an employee who said, “No problem.” Still, three cars ahead of me — it was all good! Until I stepped out of my convertible to receive my tea, Miss Black Car was yelling at me. “Why didn’t you order? Blah blah blah… ”

I replied, “Why don’t you smile more... it’s ok.” On and on she went. So I smiled at her and said loudly, “You should smile more; it would go a long way!” I happily received my tea, apologizing to the staff if their day was about to be ruined by the customer behind me. As I pulled away, Miss Black Car could not help herself but give me a blast with her horn. Well, up went my arm and she got the Ridge/Rogal kissmy-ass salute that my father taught me. As I drove off and even before I arrived at work, it hit me. Continued on page 24 . . .

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The Columbia Valley Otters hosted their first Columbia Valley Otters Spring Invitational meet with 45 swimmers from around the Kootenay region at the Radium Hot Springs Pool on June 1st. With the weather co-operating, the unique outdoor event was a huge success and will likely be repeated in the fall. Clockwise from top left: Isabella Hul dives in with two competitors from Fernie; Erin Stockley swims her 100-metre breastroke; (left to right) Taylor Lightfoot, Grace Fitzsimmons, Claire Stockley, Olivia Fitzsimmons, Mya Spencer and Carly Nickurak hang out between races; Jaime Jenkinson (left) and Taylor Lightfoot (right) head into their backstroke turn. Photos by Ian Griffin/

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There were no empty soccer fields in Invermere last weekend, as the district was packed with more than 30 teams competing in the Columbia Valley Titans Invitational Soccer Tournament. Twenty-three of the teams came from out of town to compete among eight divisions split by age and gender. The well-attended tournament will hopefully be held on an annual basis, said event co-ordinator Cheryl Maybuck. Invermere held an annual soccer tournament in the past, but teams then became complacent with travelling to other communities for tournaments. “This year our club got together and said enough’s enough of travelling all the time,” she said. “Invermere is beautiful; why can’t we have one here.” One participating team from Calgary even pulled out of a tournament in Lethbridge to instead spend the weekend in Invermere, she said. But there wasn’t room for many

more teams as the local soccer venues were completely booked — Max Helmer Field and Kootenay Savings Field at Mount Nelson Athletic Park, and the school fields at J.A. Laird Elementary and David Thompson Secondary School. “You can only have so many teams with the four fields we have,” Ms. Maybuck said. “If we build more pitches, they will come.” And compared to many of the other communities where the Titans have competed, the local fields were in great shape, she said. “We received many positive comments from people who haven’t been here before.” The biggest challenge in organizing the tournament was recruiting referees, she said, who commonly commit to officiating already-established tournaments. “Thankfully we were able to line up enough refs for the whole weekend.” To encourage visiting families to experience the restaurants in the valley, Ms. Maybuck said the local tournament offered a snack bar with only basic refreshments. The community enjoyed the tournament, and the organizers will be working hard to bring it back next summer, she said.

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Arson suspected in Lang Lake cabin fire By Steve Hubrecht Pioneer Staff A log cabin that has stood in Upper Columbia Valley backcountry for decades recently burned to the ground to the utter dismay of its owners, who are offering a substantial reward if the people responsible are caught. The incident happened at Lang Lake (known to locals as Lang’s Lake), west of Brisco, a popular spot for fishing, hunting and recreating that has played host to two prime ministers. “It kind of feels numb, because you’re not sure if it’s real. It’s shocking. How could it be and how could the destruction be so complete? How could somebody have the rage or mental state to so totally destroy something that’s stood there for 50 years. Every day you wake up and you can’t conceive of how somebody would do that,” said coowner Neil Bowker, who suspects the fire that destroyed the cabin was lit intentionally. “I can’t be 100 per cent sure that it’s arson, but I have a strong belief it is. The burn-down was so complete,” he said. “I’m no expert on fire, but certainly it looks intentional. It’s clear that people broke into the place and stole stuff. It’s scary to think that kind of stuff can happen.” He said the incident was likely well-planned since it appears zip-cutters were used to cut away parts of the main gate to gain access to a storage shed full of valuable maintenance and recreation equipment. Although the entire lake is privately owned, the own-

ers have continued to allow ter John Diefenbaker and his public access to one of the wife, who came sometime in lake’s corners. “Everybody the 1960s (during their stay, was always welcone,” said Mr. he managed to fall into the Bowker. “It was a fabulous lake while getting out of a fishthing for us and also, I’d like ing boat). Pierre and Margaret to think, a fabulous thing for Trudeau then stopped in at the the community.” cabin years later. Mr. Bowker and the other Mr. Bowker said the poowners are offering a $22,000 lice told him there have been reward for information leadseveral similar incidents of ing to the conviction of the break-ins and arson in the valguilty party/ies for arson and BEFORE AND AFTER — The owners of a cabin ley during the past few years, theft, payable upon convic- at Lang Lake that was destroyed by fire are offering a although none on this scale. tion. The cabin was insured. $22,000 reward for any information leading to an ar- “So this may not be the first, The burned-out wreck rest and conviction in this case. Photos submitted just the biggest,” he said. “You was discovered around Mothalways have hope (that someer’s Day by Brisco contractor Clayton Mattson, who recent- body will be caught), but we’re not optimistic.” ly built an extension on the cabin for the owners and often According to Mr. Bowker, there had occasionally been checks in on the place while the owners are gone. problems in the past with parties at the lake’s campsite get“The scenery is just beautiful out there,” said Mr. ting out of hand, and locals acting hostile when confronted, Bowker, adding that it has been the site of countless happy but these incidents were more than a decade ago. A new memories with family and friends. extension to the cabin built by Mr. Mattson made it imThe lake and surrounding land was purchased by the possible for ATVs to drive along the lakeshore right by the Stone family in 1963 and the family built the cabin in cabin, which “may have annoyed some people, but we don’t 1964, hand-peeling each log. The family sold the cabin in know,” said Mr. Bowker. 1977 to the group of people who continue to own it today. The Columbia Valley RCMP could not be reached for Lang Lake has been visited by former prime minis- comment prior The Pioneer’s Wednesday press deadline.

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Regional District of East Kootenay recreational services tax that will be funding the new centre to the tune of $125,000 a year for five years. “I was beaten up pretty bad (by Radium constituents) for supporting this funding,” said Ms. Conklin. “The only part of it that sells anybody in Radium is having some recreational facilities. Recreation is one of the few things that can bind the valley together. If we had been talking about just a community hall and library in Invermere, regional support would not have happened, guaranteed.” “If the decision is made to include Invermere’s library, then we (the RDEK board of directors) would need to revisit the decision to give that regional recreation funding,” said Ms. Booth. “Does that mean we use that funding as a tool to block the library?” said Invermere councillor Paul Denchuk. “Yes, because it’s a different pot of money for libraries and for recreation services,” responded Ms. Booth. “Why aren’t they (the library) even at the table, they should at least be part of the discussion,” shot back Mr. Denchuk. Mr. Taft later pointed out that although the $125,000 for five years may not initially seem like a huge amount, it could be renewed on a continuing basis and would quickly add up to almost $2.5 million for 20 years. He also asked how many of the 11 audience members actually lived in Invermere. Only three people put up their hands, although some of the rest protested that they still pay tax in the district. A heated back-and-forth on the design and building process, whether it should be design-build or designtender, ensued between Mr. Taft and Mr. Denchuk. “We are putting the cart before the horse,” said Mr. Denchuk. “If we include these concept plans in the request for proposals process, I think it is a flawed process.” Mr. Taft disagreed, saying leaving it to bidding builders to completely come up with their own designs would result in the companies duplicating the entire process of consulting with user groups. . . . ‘Valley’ on page 3 In a statement issued after the vote, provincial education minister Peter Fassbender said he knows teachers would prefer to be in the classroom than on strike. Columbia River-Revelstoke MLA Norm Macdonald expressed sympathy for the teachers. “At some point class sizes get too large to func-

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“Until we decide on how many square feet and what groups we can include, we can’t get any more firm pricing. We first need some terms of reference,” said Mr. Taft. The charged atmosphere of the meeting continued, as audience members sought to have their opinions heard. “It’s presumptuous for the Valley Fitness Centre board to be here; the fitness centre members were not even asked if they would be interested in a new building,” said audience member and fitness centre member Rod Turnbull. “We’re just here having a discussion, so the fitness centre has a voice at the table; we have no potential operating agreement to ask members about,” said Ms. Breau in response. “I am amazed that nobody has come to us (Columbia Valley Arts Council) to ask us how come we couldn’t run the centre? I feel like arts is being overlooked,” said audience member Helen Kipp, her voice strong with emotion. Mr. Taft responded that the District of Invermere already gives Pynelogs to CV Arts and that, in terms of the new centre, the main room is being designed for the arts community to have a performance centre. “It’s really frustrating to hear people think we do nothing for arts,” he said. Invermere councillor Justin Atterbury pointed out that continued conflict between user groups could easily hold up the whole project. “It’s been 15 years just to get to this point. We keep getting derailed because we keep trying to throw in libraries, swimming pools and every other dream item,” he said. The new centre is still in the early conceptual stages of the design process. However, these latest concept plans are already at maximum square footage and maximum budget, with neither the library nor the fitness centre included. “At one point there was some hope about getting the main room, the multi-use rooms, the fitness centre and the second phase, including the library, done all at once,” said Mr. Taft. “Clearly these plans indicate this is not the case. In fact, it seems we can’t have the main room, the multi-use rooms and the fitness centre.” The next steering committee meeting is scheduled for June 24th at 5 p.m. at the district’s municipal office. tion properly and when that happens it’s a tremendous disservice to kids. Education is a great equalizer and is really important,” said Mr. Macdonald. Although school will be shut, final report cards will still be sent to parents, albeit possibly with shorter written comments than normal. Secondary schools will likely be opened temporarily to administer exams.

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Upright and outta sight Vancouver-born musician Brandi Disterheft, who now resides in New York, is putting on a show at Pynelogs on June 17th with her touring quartet featuring local jazz success, drummer Morgan Childs. Brandi is a renowned stand-up bassist, composer and vocalist. Turn to page 14 to learn more.




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Movie Review: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Reviewed by Dean Midyette We were first introduced to Tom Clancy’s character, Jack Ryan, in his 1984 novel The Hunt for Red October. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is a prequel to that novel (and the movie that followed) and follows our hero from the ivied walls of the London School of Economics through his recruitment by the CIA as an analyst to his first mission as an active agent. The movie plot mirrors Jack Ryan’s history as laid out by Clancy with some notable modernizations: Jack is studying for his PhD in Lon-

don and not Boston and he is drawn to enlist in the Marines based on the events of September 11th rather than accepting his commission after earning an undergraduate degree. Assigned to lead a platoon in Afghanistan, he is shot down and saves the lives of two of his fellow Marines while almost being paralyzed. Returning to America, he begins a long rehabilitation regimen and it is during his stint at National Naval Medical Centre that he is recruited by William Harper (Kevin Costner). As a longtime fan of Tom Clancy’s novels and especially the Jack Ryan character I was more than impressed that Shadow Recruit respected Ryan’s moral code so evident in the novels whilst providing an intelligent backstory with smart, introspective characters and enough

adrenaline to satisfy the diehard action thriller fans. Whether dodging assassins’ bullets or holding the love of his life in his arms, Chris Pike plays the part of Ryan with exceptional authenticity. And while director and co-star Kenneth Branaugh’s Russian accent leaves a bit to be desired, the pace and sequencing of the movie is first rate. If you enjoy a well-scripted and superbly acted and directed international spy thriller, then this movie is a must-watch. And if you’re not... then spend some time cheering for England during this summer’s World Cup extravaganza in Brazil.



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Out & About Please call 250-341-6299 or e-mail us at to enter your event in our FREE listings.

Submissions must be received by the Monday prior to publication. We may only run an entry for two weeks prior to the event. Please limit your submission to 30 words. Priority is given to one-off events, so weekly events may only run occasionally. Friday, June 13th • 6 - 11 p.m.: Hang out night at the Summit Youth Centre. • 7 - 9 p.m.: Artist’s Opening for REACH: DTSS Student Art Show at Pynelogs. Show runs from June 10th - 22nd.

Saturday, June 14th • 12 - 7 p.m.: Fairmont and District Lions Club’s 25th annual Charity Golf Fun Day (golf and BBQ) at Coys Par 3. All ages welcome. Please register at Coys prior to the 14th. Cost $30. For more information, visit • 3 - 5 p.m.: Permaculture Garden Community Open House at the Community Greenhouse, hosted by Groundswell. Come for a guided tour and meet the leaders of GNS and Verge Permaculture, who have been building the permaculture garden at the greenhouse. • 4 - 8 p.m.: 3rd annual Beer Festival at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. More that 50 beers to sample, live music by Oak Republic, free souvenir tasting glass. Individual tickets, Lodging and Camping Packages available at • 6 - 11 p.m.: Glow bowling with the Summit YC. $5. • 7 - 9 p.m.: Legend Nights at Lakeshore Resort and Campground. Listen to Ktunaxa legends as told by a First Nation Elder. Free, open to the public, traditional food available for purchase. Also June 28th, July 12th and 26th, and August 2nd, 23rd and 30th.

Community Greenhouse, presented by Groundswell. By donation. Tuesdays through to June 24th. Visit: • 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.: OPT clinic at the Invermere Health Unit. 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. Confidential service: low-cost birth control, and STI testing. • 6:30 - 9 p.m.: Installation and Use of Automated Irrigation in Greenhouses and Gardens, presented by Groundswell. Guest speaker Greg Fisher, owner of Top Crop Garden, Farm & Pet. At the Community Greenhouse. $35, please register online: • 7:30 p.m.: JUNO Award winning Brandi Disterheft Trio, featuring local drummer, Morgan Childs, live at Pynelogs. Tickets $20 at the door.

Wednesday, June 18th • 4 - 9 p.m.: Substance Abuse Awareness Evening at the Summit Youth Centre. • 6 p.m.: Facebook for Beginners at the Invermere Public Library. Contact 250-342-6316 to register.

Thursday, June 19th • 7:45 - 8:45 a.m.: Sun Riser Yoga at the Community Greenhouse, presented by Groundswell. By donation. Thursdays through to June 26th. Visit: • 3 - 5 p.m.: EK Senior Caregiver’s Network in the Columbia Garden Village dining room. Caregiver support group meets the third Thursday of every month. For info call Darla at 250-342-2808. • 5 - 9 p.m.: Hang out night at the Summit Youth Centre. • 7 p.m.: Adult Drop-in Ultimate Frisbee, at the DTSS field every Thursday. Free, beginners welcome. • Lake Windermere District Rod & Gun Club Windup BBQ and General Meeting. For more info, visit or call 250-341-3254.

Friday, June 20th • 4 - 7 p.m.: Dance for the Grade Sevens of the Columbia Valley at the Invermere Community Hall, hosted by the Summit Youth Centre. $5 entry fee. For more info, call 250-342-3033 or email • 4th annual Branch Out Bike Tour at Panorama. Help make sense of neurological nonsense. 1 day 100 km bike ride. $110 registration. For more info, visit

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• 7:45 - 8:45 a.m.: Yoga for the Early Bird at the

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at the Radium Ball Diamond. Free event, no experience necessary. Bring a yoga mat and water, snacks and tea provided. If possible, please register by contacting Drop-ins welcome. • 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Invermere Farmer’s Market opens for the season. Every Saturday in downtown Invermere. • 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.: ICAN’s 7th annual Garage Sale at Deck Properties. Proceeds go towards the operation of the ICAN Rescue and Adoption Facility. Also Sunday, June 22nd. Visit • 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Imagine Invermere is hosting an Electro Recycle Day at Lake Auto, downtown Invermere. Bring your unwanted appliances for recycling, see for a full list of eligible items. • 1 p.m.: Shuswap Band National Aboriginal Day Celebration. Under the Big Top next to Three Voices of Healing Treatment Centre on Capilo Way. Dance performances 1 - 6 p.m. Drum group Crow Lodge from Lethbridge, Alberta. Magician “The Amazing Jeremy” at 5:30 p.m. Indian Tacos for sale. Bingo starts at 7 p.m. Door prizes, vendors and crafts. • 1 - 3:30 p.m.: Growing Orchids and other CAM Plants for Clean Air and Enhanced Health at the Community Greenhouse, presented by Groundswell. $35, $55 if you’d like an orchid to take home. Please register online: • 5:30 p.m.: Summer KickOff Party at the Invermere Community Hall. Dinner catered by Anne Riches, dance to the sounds of Will C Productions, live and silent auction. All proceeds to the Canadian Cancer Society. Tickets $45/person or $80/couple, available at The Book Bar, or from Sheila Tutty at 250-342-9059. • 6 - 11 p.m.: Cooking quiches at the Summit YC.

Sunday, June 22nd • 1 p.m.: Giving Back Community Golf Tournament at Windermere Valley Golf Course. Presented by The Valley Echo and The Hospice Society of the Columbia Valley. Four person scramble, entry is $125/person or $500/team. Includes golf, dinner, tee gift and prizes. Silent auction, long drives, closest to the pin, chipping and putting contests, hole-in-one prizes, mulligans, and on-course massage by High Altitude Therapy. Proceeds go to The Hospice Society. Register at 250-342-3004.

Monday, June 23rd • 7 p.m.: Windermere District Social Services Society AGM, lower level of 1210 9th Avenue, Invermere. Please contact Donna Jefferson at 250-342-3699 for more info.

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Bid big at Summer Kickoff By Dan Walton Pioneer Staff Summer officially begins on Saturday, June 21st, and the local chapter of the Canadian Cancer Society will be kicking the season off with a party at Invermere Community Hall. Beginning at 6 p.m., the society will host the Summer Kickoff — an evening of dinner, dancing, and bidding. Food will be provided by Anne Riches Catering, music will be delivered by Will C Productions, and auction items have been generously donated by people and businesses in the valley. Donations will be auctioned both silently and live, with auctioneer Tex Lortscher calling bids with his popular fast-talking style. “This event is our big fundraiser this year as we are not having a Relay for Life in our valley,” said event organizer Sheila Tutty. “I would sure appreciate people at-

tending this event and bidding on the wonderful selection of auction items.” Some of the items already collected for the auction include two one-week Interval vouchers from Fairmont Vacation Villas; one night’s accommodation at Copper Point Resort; $100 gift cards from AG Valley Foods and from Sobeys, a $250 gift certificate from Kimberley Rae Sanderson Photography; and an incredible $700 gift voucher from Nipika Mountain Resort. With the change in fundraising format, the Summer Kickoff is assuming the role as the largest fundraiser for the local branch of the Canadian Cancer Society. Anybody still able to donate an item or service can contact Sheila at 250-342-9059 to arrange a pickup. Tickets are $45 per person or $80 per couple and can be purchased at The Book Bar in Invermere. All proceeds from the evening will support the Canadian Cancer Society.

Jazz geniuses on their way to Pynelogs By Dan Walton Pioneer Staff During her Canadian summer tour, New York’s Brandi Disterheft will be bringing a quartet through Invermere where her drummer — Morgan Childs — will feel right at home. The two met many years ago when Brandi was living in Vancouver. The two are family friends, as Morgan used to drum for Brandi’s mother. “Morgan swings really hard, we hear the music the same way and we like the same type of jazz,” Brandi said. “Because we’re friends, it’s really easy to work together.” While she shares ambient vocals through her music, Brandi leads her band on double bass, which offers a strong presence amid her music’s mellow moods. Fans of the Netflix series Orange is the New Black may be familiar with one of Brandi’s songs, as she made a cameo in episode 11 of season two, “Take a Break from Your Values.” A scene in the episode features Brandi performing Blues for Nelson Mandela, which was on her latest recording, Gratitude — the focus of her current tour. Not surprisingly, Blues for Nelson Mandella was

inspired by the man himself. “His perseverance really made an impression on me,” she said. “All odds were against him and he still came out on top – even after 30 years in jail he still came through with his message.” Adding inspiration to Brandi’s career in jazz, she said Nelson Mandela’s legacy has shown her new ways of creating emotion and tension in her music. She’s taken those feelings around the world, having toured Asia, Europe and North America. “It’s a beautiful thing to share your music with people,” she said. More recently, she’s found herself touring the Great White North. Between jazz festivals throughout western Canada, Ms. Disterheft found a night off — Tuesday, June 17th — between stops in Regina and Banff. After being put in touch with Pynelogs Cultural Centre, she was able to make a concert out of the unscheduled evening, which will allow Mr. Childs to work from home. In addition to Mr. Childs on drums, the quartet will also feature pianist Joshua Goodman and William Sperandi on trumpet. The show is happening at Pynelogs Cultural Centre and begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 17th. Tickets cost $20 at the door and the bar will be in service.

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Homegrown talent at Steamboat By Anne Jardine Steamboat Mountain Music Festival For some babies, life is a song. Abby Wells was such a child. Her mother and grandparents recall Abby joyously singing away in her car seat whenever her family drove anywhere. Abby sang in the bath, in bed, at meals, out in the yard. She sang with the radio or television. She recalled songs easily. She made up her own songs to relate the narrative of her days. Abby lived her little life inside her music. Abby’s mother, Trudi, knew her little girl had a gift. There was no question about music lessons. Edgewater music teacher Carol Wilkie, who has tutored many gifted children, has worked with Abby for the past few years and is impressed by the range, clarity, and consistency of Abby’s voice, and her enthusiasm for music. In 2012, thirteen-year-old Abby appeared for a brief set at the Steamboat Mountain Music Festival. She was all set to do one or two songs a cappella. Backstage, she met seventeen-year-old Elijah Beingessner who offered to accompany her on one of the songs. Abby stepped up bravely to the mike unaccompanied and sang The Rose with a plaintive purity that sent an appreciative hush over the festival grounds. Then, with Eli on electric guitar, she delivered a powerful rendition of Rollin in the Deep, an Adele song. The crowd went wild.

Last year, she played on the Steamboat stage and captured the hearts of the audience once again. Her vocal confidence had grown noticeably, and she teamed up with Marty and Eli Beingessner as her back-up band for a pair of country numbers, One Time Around, Abby Wells and A Thousand Years. Asked about her musical influences, Abby is quick to name her mentors Carol Wilkie and Marty and Eli Beingessner. “The Beingessners have been especially kind and supportive, and they’ve helped me overcome my shyness,” she says. This year, as a mature fifteen-year-old, Abby will perform for her third time at the Steamboat Mountain Music Festival. She’ll have four songs in her set, with her back-up band Abby Road. She plans to reveal a different side of herself with material by Pat Benatar, Guns N’ Roses, and Alannah Myles. She says she is taking things up a notch, “This year I’m coming out of my shell.” Don’t miss Abby Wells at Steamboat Mountain Music Festival on Saturday, July 5th in Edgewater. For more information and tickets, visit .

‘Look Outside’ and connect to nature By Pioneer Staff If you connect to nature through a camera lens, Wildsight is inviting you to participate in its newest initiative, Look Outside. “Throughout 2014 and into the winter season, Look Outside will encourage people to share freshlytaken photographs of their experience in the Purcell region,” said Wildsight Invermere Branch coordinator, Andrea Smillie. A free, community event planned for Tuesday, June 17th at the restored CPR Lodge by Kinsmen Park in Invermere will introduce Look Outside to the public. Light appetizers will be provided and a cash bar will be available. There are two ways to participate — through a photo contest and social media sharing. Photos submitted to will vie prizes and “Photo of the Week” as well as possible 11th n A nual

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inclusion in a region-wide Look Outside multimedia community tour that will be carried out next year. Or you can submit photos through social media, tagged #WildLookOutside. Categories include Wander, Wonder, Woods, Water, Wild, Mighty, Little and Mighty Little. Advanced photographers and professionals are also invited to participate and send in their best for consideration. “This contest will provide the impetus for all the talented amateurs and pros in the region to explore new horizons and revisit favourite haunts in the Purcells, “ said Pat Morrow, award-winning local photographer and mountaineer who is helping coordinate the project. “We are also interested in edited video clips that tell a short story, or that capture a singular moment in time.” For more information, contact Ms. Smillie at the Wildsight Invermere Branch at andrea@wildsight or by calling 250-432-5422.

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nouncement of the Summer Reading Club (SRC); this year’s theme will be Funny Business. SRC is a weekly program for Grades 1 to 4 running on Fridays from 1:30 The Invermere Public Library is launching a new, to 3:30 p.m. starting July 4th. Depart on an adventure weekly program aimed to ease your technology woes. Ev- full of experiments, games, crafts, jokes, all wrapped up ery Thursday from noon to 1 p.m., you are invited to drop with the fun of literacy. Space is limited and sign-up is into the library for basic help on computers, tablets, eRead- required each week by calling the library at 250-342ers, phones, social media, or any other tech device. If you 6416 on the Friday morning that your child would like have a specific problem that you need help solving, drop to attend. As part of SRC, a spein Thursday and a librarian cial musical performance by will be available to work it Kootenay children’s enterthrough with you, giving tainer, Mr. Mojo, will take in-person direction. Inspired by suggesplace at Columbia Garden Village on July 11th at 2 tions from patrons, the lip.m. This free performance brary will also be hosting is open to all ages and we a Facebook for Beginners welcome you to come enjoy presentation on Wednesthis event with the commuday, June 18th at 6 p.m. nity. Attendees are encouraged The library will also to bring laptops or tabbe continuing regular prelets with them to enjoy a school story times on Frimore interactive workshop. days at 10:30 a.m. and, Please contact the library to pre-register. TECH TALK — The library in Invermere is offering a new during the summer, a SatA sure sign of the tech series to help people become more at ease with technology urday craft will be provided changing seasons is the an- devices. Photo submitted each week. For more info

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Imagine Invermere OCP Update

OCP in a week: June 16-20, 2014 - right in the heart of Invermere Over the next few months, The District of Invermere will be updating its Official Community Plan. Drop by and see us throughout the week to learn more and to share your thoughts on Invermere’s future growth.

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Personal help with life’s necessities By Dan Walton Pioneer Staff There’s more value in the role of a personal assistant than completing the required duties. One valley entrepreneur has begun offering the service, and she’ll be building her business around camaraderie. Leanne Brooks is the founder of Heartfelt Companion Services. Since April, she’s been offering her services through transportation, personal care, housekeeping, cooking, and most importantly – companionship. “I needed to put my best qualities to use in a job that is meaningful,” she said. “It’s not just about completing errands or transporting to appointments – it’s about spending time with people who need that emotional connecting.” Leanne easily opens up with new people she meets, and is able to quickly engage in meaningful conversation. “I have a kind, nurturing personality and truly care for another’s well-being. I can apply these traits while working with those that are feeling alone or unable to get out.” With a strong interest in healthcare, Leanne appreciates that Heartfelt Companion Services will allow her to develop a greater understanding of older clients. “With the clients I’m getting to know I’ve begun to appreciate what it’s like for seniors in our community,” she said. “I’ve learned more of what seniors’ needs are, which

ones are being met and where there’s an outlet for needs being met.” Heartfelt Companion Services was founded two months ago, and Leanne has already noticed that often times, most physical needs are being met, but there is a void in emotional needs. “Even if it’s just an hour, it’ll be Leanne Brooks a good quality hour – possibly the highlight of their day.” But aside from the invaluable sentiment Leanne can offer, she’s also very skilled as a personal assistant. Whether the errands and chores need taking care of at home or in town, Leanne can meet any personal or nonmedical needs. “Whatever my client wants or needs, I am there to be flexible, cheerful and undemanding; it is all about my client’s wishes.” The mother of two also spends time volunteering at Columbia House Long-Term Care Facility, and Mount Nelson Place. Heartfelt Companion Services costs $20 per hour. Leanne is certified in First Aid, will provide a current criminal record check and is happy to share her references. To learn more about Heartfelt Companion Services, give Leanne a call at 250-341-5683, or email

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YOUR MONEY Do you own foreign assets?

Recently, the Canadian government has made it a priority to pay stricter attention to those engaging in international tax evasion and aggressive tax avoidance. To do this, they have made several changes to the Foreign Income Verification Statement, also known as Form T1135. Who has to file a T1135? With minor exceptions, a T1135 must be filed by all Canadian resident individuals, corporations and trusts that, at any time during the year, owned “specified foreign property” costing more than $100,000. The $100,000 requirement is based on the adjusted cost base of the asset in Canadian currency, not the fair market value. What is included? The most common examples of specified foreign property include funds in foreign bank accounts; shares of foreign corporations; foreign debt instruments such as bonds, debentures and mortgages; shares of Canadian corporations held with a foreign broker; interests in foreign mutual funds; foreign rental land and buildings; and life insurance policies issued by a foreign insurer. Stocks or bonds of Canadian public corporations that trade on a foreign stock exchange are considered exempt as long as they are owned with a Canadian broker. This may seem confusing but it’s quite straightforward: the Canadian government only cares about whether the issuing corporation is Canadian. It does not care about the currency of the

investment or the stock exchange where it is bought or sold. What is exempt? Specified foreign property does not include foreign property held in a Canadian-based mutual fund or exchange-traded fund (ETF), foreign property held within registered plans such as Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs) or Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs), and foreign registered pension accounts like a 401K plan. Other exempt assets include foreign property held for personal use and enjoyment only, such as a vacation property. It is likely that these exceptions will exonerate many Canadians from completing a T1135; however, care should be taken to ensure one does not incorrectly assume their foreign assets are exempt. How to report The T1135 should be completed and filed with one’s annual tax return. While the form has been around since 1997, reporting requirements became more onerous for the 2013 tax year. Due to increased disclosure details, the filing deadline for the T1135 has been extended to July 31st, 2014 for the 2013 tax year. The penalties for filing incorrectly or not filing at all can be substantial so it’s important to ensure filing is done right. Those who missed filing in previous years may be able to do a Voluntary Disclosure and thus avoid penalties, but this will first have to be cleared with the Canada Revenue Agency.

For investment accounts To legally avoid filing a T1135, Canadian individuals, corporations or trusts with significant non-registered assets will have to be extra vigilant to ensure they do not exceed the $100,000 foreign asset threshold. Luckily, there are several ways to do this. As stated above, foreign property held in Canadian based mutual funds and ETFs is exempt from reporting requirements. This is because the investor is actually buying shares of the mutual fund or ETF, not the foreign companies themselves. Using managed product for foreign investments should not be thought of as a hindrance to Canadian investors. A very well diversified, cost-effective foreign portfolio could be easily constructed using Canadian-based foreign equity ETFs and mutual funds. Investors with RRSPs or TFSAs could simply own more foreign stocks and bonds in these accounts and their Canadian stocks, bonds, mutual funds and ETFs in their nonregistered accounts. This is perfectly legal and compliant. Final thoughts If you have any questions, or if you suspect that you should file a T1135 or that previous filings were incorrect, consult with an accountant. If filing is necessary, ask he or she to do so on your behalf. Foreign asset reporting can be very complicated and in almost all cases is best left to a professional.

Investments, Insurance & Financial Planning Brendan Donahue BCOMM, CIM, FCSI

Senior Investment Advisor Insurance Agent

Offering the valley… Investments

Stocks, Bonds, GICs, Income Trusts, Preferred Shares, ETFs, Mutual Funds and more.


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Call us for professional, free consultations! • Ph: 250-342-2112 • Fax: 250-342-2113 • 712-10th Street, Invermere

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Mountain Village calling all PanoKids

Columbia Valley

By Dan Walton Pioneer Staff Adventuring in the Purcells will be common practice for local children this summer as Panorama Mountain Village is offering its PanoKids activity programs again. PanoKids will run throughout the summer season at Panorama, which begins on Friday, June 27th and goes until the Labour Day long-weekend, ending on Sunday, August 31st. Participating in PanoKids is “basically a day of activity, arts and crafts, Eurobungee, riding lifts and shooting archery,” said director of village operations Sean Wall. “They’ll be water parking and swimming — parents will have no trouble putting their kids to bed that night.” PanoKids is open to any child six years or older. For parents of younger children, Wee Wascals Childcare will continue offering its services for those between 18 months and five years of age. Pre-registration is recommended for those taking part in PanoKids, but the Wee Wascals require pre-registration three days before. After last year’s success, PanoKids will again be inviting kids to its three-days camps. There will be specialty programs exposing youngsters to different assets belonging to the resort — tennis, wilderness survival, cooking and cupcake decorating, and arts and drama. Each camp is scheduled separately, which allows parents to fully enrol their child in one specialty camp, or spend one day in each program. The cost to participate in one day of specialty programming is $59, and just $147 to register for all three days. Taking a standard adventure through PanoKids costs $49 per day, and a full lunch is part of each day of the program. Panorama has made commuting to PanoKids convenient and safe for campers. Driving up to the resort is always an option, but parents can instead simply take their children to one of the shuttle stops in Invermere, where the youngsters will be met by a councillor to join them on the bus. Councillors will also ride the bus home with the little campers in the afternoon. To register or find out more, call the Panorama Adventure Centre at 250-341-3044.



PANORAmA KIDS CLUbS & CAmPS There’s mountains of fun and programs for kids. From bouncy castles to waterslides, pools and chairlift rides, kids have lots to smile about. And parents do too! Panorama’s children’s programs are brilliantly staffed and organized, so while the kids are away parents can play!

FREE SHUTTLE! Chaperoned shuttle available from Invermere to Panorama. Call 1.866.601.7384 or see

PANORAmA KIDS CLUb Full day: 9.30 AM - 4.30 PM including lunch $49 Half day: 9.30 AM - 1 PM or 1 PM - 4.30 PM $29 Ages 6 - 16yrs.

SPECIALTy CAmPS Choose from 1, 2 or 3 day camps such as Tennis, Art & Drama, Wilderness Survival, Cooking & Cupcake Decorating and more! Ages 6+ 1 day $59 \ 2 days $118 \ 3 days $149

ON-mOUNTAIN DAy CARE Age 37mth – 5yrs. Pre-booking required. For dates and information on children’s activities:

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Lose the out-of-school blues at Blue Lake Centre

Kids Camps

By Brandy Adams Blue Lake Centre

Canada’s Favourite Family Resort

Day Camps Chipmunks ages 5 – 7 Wolverines ages 8 – 12

3-Day Camps Golf & Adventure Horse & Adventure To register or for additional information call 250-345-6049


This summer, Blue Lake Centre Summer Camps will provide youth with an opportunity to unplug from technology, explore the outdoors, meet new friends, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Programming focuses on outdoor education, the environment, and sustainability. Whether kids are first time adventurers or seasoned veterans the magic of camp will inspire an appreciation of the outdoors. An outdoor education centre located in the Purcell Mountains just 45 minutes south of Fairmont Hot Springs and 90 minutes north of Cranbrook, Blue Lake Centre is a top destination for outdoor education programming. Through the Residential Summer Camp program, children seven to 13 years old learn about the environment in a hands-on way that makes exploring the world exciting. Campers benefit from living in a supportive camp community developing independence, confidence, self esteem and skills to succeed in life. Traditional camp activities such as swimming, canoeing, hiking, skit nights, arts and crafts, games and campfires make learning fun. Registration includes interactive programming, nutritious meals, and accommodation in cozy log cabins. The Outdoor Youth Leadership school is designed


Stephanie Stevens Summit Youth Centre

kinder dance (3-6 years) 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Summertime, and the living’s easy! But what to do with the kids? Well, luckily in the Columbia Valley there are lots of options to keep the battle cry of “I’m bored” at bay. This feature section has ads from a variety of valley organizations that offer opportunities and events for all ages. From summer soccer and dance camps to art

Dance Camp 7 yrs + 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. August 4th –8th Looking for a fun activity to do this summer?

Want to meet new friends?

Ballet Tap Acro Jazz Lyrical Hip Hop Musical Theatre

Register online at

for youth 14 to 17 years old with an interest in gaining outdoor skills and learning more about themselves in the process. Through the challenges of wilderness outtrip expeditions, these programs take participants on a journey of adventure, leadership development, and personal growth. This multilevel program prepares youth to become a camp counsellor or a young leader within their community. Parents can register their children for camp online at or by calling 250426-3676. Early registration is recommended as space is limited.

Never nothing to do in the valley

Summer Dancing 2014

Want to try some new dance styles?

ECO-CAMP — Summer programming at Blue Lake teaches children about sustainability and the environment in a hands-on way. Photo

250-342-3033 Upstairs, 709 10th Street Box 133, Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0

SUMMER AT THE SUMMIT YOUTH CENTRE Please come and join us every Thursday evening for various activities at the youth centre. We are open at 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Youth Membership is $1 and is available for youth ages 12 to 18.

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July 14 - 17th Cooking Workshop in the AM July 19th - Come visit us at Valley Appreciation Days and help us create a mural July 23rd - Day Hike August 2nd - “Movie in the Park” - community event August 3rd - “Music Fest” - community event August 13 and 27th - Day activity - to be announced August 20 - Day Hike

For more information, bookings and cost please visit our website or contact: Magali Larochelle Program Coordinator Summit Youth Centre 250-342-3033

classes, from adventure days in Radium Hot Springs to the Summit Youth Centre drop-in program for youth age 12 to 18, there is always something going on in which to involve the kids. The College of the Rockies has an entire calendar of events to peruse, the Summit Youth Centre has drop-in nights as well as organized events like their cooking workshops running daily from July 14th to 17th, 9 a.m. to noon each day. Continued on page 22 . . .

Learn the game of soccer camp July 21st-25th and August 25th-29th Invermere HALF DAY CAMP 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Ages 6-14 • $ 145

HIGH PERFORMANCE 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. Ages 11-16 • $ 145

Jurgen Striegel Soccer School (licensed coach) with over 40 years experience in soccer Call 250-342-5650 or email

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Keeping kids busy all summer long at COTR Network Society, our half-day Garden Detectives program July 14th or August 11th will provide kids ages seven to 12 an opportunity to investigate local gardens, farms and waterways for plants, bugs and more! Kids ages eight to 13 are invited to explore their culinary curiosities with Chef College of the Rockies Invermere Campus is inviting kids to fill their summer days with fun and excitement in one (or more) of our fantastic summer programs. This hot Lara McCormack. The Kids in the Kitchen program has a great selection of workshops summer lineup includes over 15 different activities offered over the months of July and to get kids cooking. From sweet and savoury treats (July 8th), and cheese-filled favourites (July 22nd), to beloved breakfasts (July 29th) and delicious cupcakes (August August. Programs range from half-day activities to multi-day camps. 5th). Even the pickiest of eaters will be asking “Summer is a great time for kids to explore for seconds! new interests, make new friends and play outside,” A perfect blend of arts and culture, our Absays Jessica Fairhart, Invermere Campus Program original Crafting workshops, taking place every Co-ordinator. “We designed a variety of camps to Wednesday in July and August will teach particimeet the needs of full and part-time residents as pants ages eight to 14 the application of traditionwell as visitors to the valley.” al methods and materials into craft production. There is something for everyone… from the Workshops include birch bark and pine needle outdoor enthusiasts to the arts and craft fanatic. basket-making, beading and printmaking. Take part in outdoor treasure hunts during Start your directing career and learn the the three-day Orienteering Camp from July 7th basics of making, directing and editing movies to 9th or August 11th to 13th. Participants age during our four-day Junior Director’s Movie nine to 13 will learn to use a map, compass and Camp, from July 21st to 24th. Designed for GPS to search adventure and treasure. Join Kim Sanderson on July 10th or August youth aged nine to 13, experience is not necessary and digital video cameras are provided. 7th and learn to take fun outdoor photos. ShutFor more information or to register your terbugs is designed to teach kids aged seven to 12 camera basics and allow them to discover their COLLEGE KIDS — College of the Rockies Invermere will be offering half- child, call the College of the Rockies at 250342-3210 or check out the full camp schedule creativity through the lens. day and multi-day programs for kids aged seven to 13 this summer. Offered in partnership with Groundswell Photo Steph Van de Kemp online at . College of the Rockies Contributed

Summer Camps

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Come and join the fun!

Kids Summer Programs In Invermere!

Orienteering Camp

Red Cross Babysitting Course

Jul 7-9 & Aug 11-13

Jul 7-8 & Aug 20-21

Junior Director’s Movie Camp

Aboriginal Crafts for Kids

Jul 21-24

Jul 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 & Aug 6, 13 & 20

Shutterbugs – Kids Photo Walk

Home Alone

Jul 10 & Aug 7

Jul 17 & Aug 14

Garden Detectives

Awesome Acrylics for Kids!

Jul 14 & Aug 11

Aug 7

Kids in the Kitchen!

Teen Music Recording Camp

Jul 8, 22, 29 & Aug 5

Aug 11-15

Register early to avoid disappointment – classes will fill up quickly!

Call us at 250-270-0273

Contact the Invermere Campus today: 250.342.3210

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– August 15th, 2014

Our unique wilderness setting and outstanding environmental education programs make Blue Lake Centre a top destination for summer camp and outdoor youth leadership development.

Phone: 250-426-3676 Toll Free: 888-328-9998 Fax: 250-426-3933

Campers benefit from developing independence, confidence, self esteem, and skills to succeed in life. Traditional camp activities such as swimming, canoeing, hiking, skit nights, arts and crafts, games and campfires are all part of the fun! Make new friends, explore the outdoors and experience an adventure you’ll never forget! •

Registration is now open!

INVERMERE SUMMER KIDS CAMPS 2014 At Rocky Mountain Sports Camp we emphasize teamwork, skill development, and most importantly, FUN! ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPORTS CAMP FOR KIDS AGES 6-12


Activities include volleyball, basketball, soccer, floor hockey, lacrosse, ultimate Frisbee, dodge-ball, Frisbee golf, archery, belly-flop baseball, survivor, mini Olympics, and so much more.

The Athlete Training Camp is a fun camp where we focus on physical activity such as plyometric training, swimming, hiking, gymnastics and trampoline skills (including a day at the gymnastics club in Radium), mental training and a lot more.

Cost: $125/week or $30/day

Cost: $120/3 days or $45/day

Registration forms can be found at the schools in lnvermere and Windermere or email regarding both camps. Spaces are Limited! For more information please call Karen MacDonald at 250-270-0355


Are your kids looking for something interesting and different to do for a few hours during the summer? If so, then sign them up for the Village of Radium Hot Springs’ summer program – Adventure Radium! Your kids will enjoy a variety of activities supervised by our four energetic, enthusiastic, and experienced leaders!


Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Beginning Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 until Thursday, August 21st, 2014 Time: Ages 5-8 - 9:30 a.m. to noon Ages 9-11 - 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Where: Meet at the Radium Hot Springs Skating Rink/Brent’s Shack Fee: Drop-in fee - $5/child Summer fee per participant - $25/child Summer fee per family of three or more siblings - $50 Registration forms are available at the Village office or online at

the ADVENTURE begins in

The adventure begins in Radium! By Adventure Radium Adventure Radium is a summer youth program supported by the Village of Radium Hot Springs. The program runs three days a week — Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday — from July 2nd until August 21st, 2014. Participants meet at Brent’s Shack in Radium, near the Community Hall. There are four energetic and eager leaders who create a jam-packed calendar of events for the summer. Activities include games (Capture the Flag!), creative arts and crafts, short field trips around Radium, and many more exciting activities. If numbers allow, there also has been, in past years, an overnight camp for the older group at Redstreak Campground. The program winds up with the ever popular “Water Day” followed by a light lunch and often tearful goodbyes. The morning session runs from 9:30 a.m. to noon, and is geared towards kids five to seven and eight years old. The afternoon session runs from 1 to 3:30 p.m. and is best suited for kids eight and up. This is a drop-in program, thereby allowing parents the flexibility to choose the days their kids attend. However, many sign up for the entire summer! This year, the drop-in fee is . . . ‘Never’ on page 20 Youth are also welcome to suggest activities and help organize them with the staff at Summit. Other events include Valley Appreciation Day on July 19th (come visit us and help us create a mural!), a day hike on July 23rd, the “Movie in the Park” community event on August 2nd, the Invermere MusicFest on August 3rd, TBA day activities on August 13th and 27th, and a second day hike on August 20th. The Community Greenhouse also has events geared toward the whole family, and you can view their calendar at You can also check out the Wild Voices for Kids programs offered by the Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network at www.cbeen. org . Free programs offered to kids that inspire environmental stewardship are going on all summer.

$5 per child. We also offer a summer fee of $25 per child. If you have three or more siblings attending, then there is a family fee of $50 for the summer. If you have a child (or children) looking to burn off some energy for a few hours, who love to run, play games, create something cool, meet new friends, and who can turn off their devices for a few hours, then this program is for them! Please provide a light snack, water, sunscreen, hat and, if need be, bug spray. Registration forms are available at www., or by calling the Village of Radium office at 250-347-6455.

SLIDING INTO SUMMER FUN — Adventure Radium’s “Water Day” is always a popular highlight of the summer program. File photo As well as having a ton of fun stuff to keep young imaginations going, Main Street Fun and Games also hosts Thursday game nights as well as weekday summer activities so keep an eye out for postings at the store and around town for those. Other local businesses, like Black Star Art Gallery, Painted Aspen Art Gallery and Scrapper’s Cove also have plenty of ideas and offer workshops to keep your youngsters’ creative juices flowing. For a family night out, the Toby Theatre still has the best popcorn ever, and movie times are listed on the boards for perusal. You can always head to one of the beaches and play in the sand and water or check out the hiking trails if you want a more adventurous family outing. Check out the ads, keep an eye on the events page and find something that fits you and your kids for a happy, active summer.

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Kids will golf like pros at Windermere Valley Golf Course By Windermere Valley Golf Course “Shot Shapers” Golf Academy at Windermere Valley Golf Course will be running junior camps for the months of July and August. Our “Little Shooters” programs offer two levels of instruction: beginner and intermediate. The beginner level camps run from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Tuesday to Thursday. At this level the children are introduced to putting, chipping and full swing as well as being taught the basic etiquette and rules of the game. The beginner level camps are designed for kids who are looking to try the game for the first

time and want to do so in a fun group environment. The intermediate level camps run from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Tuesday to Thursday. Instruction at this level is more advanced and is designed around children who already have some experience with the sport. The advanced camps will cover the same areas as the beginner camps, but more in depth. Each camp includes instruction, refreshments and a welcome gift. The camps run at a student-to-instructor ratio of 6:1. Our goal is to create a fun learning environment where kids are given the opportunity to flourish. The camps will be run by Regional Apprentice of the Year winner Michael Midyette and three-time Kootenay Teacher of the Year winner, Head Professional Dale Moore. Registration costs are $74 for the beginner camp and $94 for the advanced camp. Please call the pro shop at 250-342-3004 to register as availability is limited. Visit our website at .

BE OUR GUEST FREE 7 DAY PASS! Unlimited cardio/weight room, Women Only room, unlimited classes! See our schedule at Enjoy 10% off all memberships when you purchase during your trial. Valid thru June 30th, 2014. Must be used in consecutive days. Limit one per person.

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Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Eddie Mountain Arena Lobby

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

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Summer • • • • • •

Check out our Mountain Skills School!

Intro to Kayaking Weekend Learn to Rock Climb Map & Compass Navigation GPS use Trip Planning/Survival 20 & 40 Wilderness First Aid


Join us for a guided adventure this summer

• Day Hikes • Multi Day Camp based trips • Backpacking

• Mountain Bike Shuttles & Tours • Rock Climbing • Rappelling

Custom trips and transportation available as well • Find us on Phone: 250-341-1552 • 1988







one whole week getting CREATIVE

7-11 & havingfun July July 21-25

at the beach!

August 11-15


workshops Invermere, BC

Lake Windermere Alliance Church Invermere July 7th – 11th, 2014 9 a.m. – 12 noon daily Ages 4-12 | $15/child

ages 7+

Monday to Friday 10am -2.30pm



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FATHER’S DAY SPECIALS 30% off All men’s clothing

25% off All men’s shoes • 250-342-3004 for tee times

JUMBO GLACIER MOUNTAIN RESORT MUNICIPALITY The public are invited to comment on our annual report.

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An opportunity for discussion will be held Tuesday, June 17th, 1 p.m. in Council Chambers, 4836 Radium Blvd.

Copies of the document can be viewed at or upon request at the Village of Radium Hot Springs office or by email to Mark.





FATHER’S DAY SPECIAL 10% off services for Dad’s favourite toy with this coupon


DAD’S TOYS: Boat • Truck Bike

4836 Athalmer Road, Invermere, B.C.


June 13, 2014

GM foods unwrapped Fresh old ideas By Arnold Malone Pioneer Columnist Editor’s note: This is the first column in a two-part series by Pioneer columnist Arnold Malone on genetically modified foods. The opinions expressed are solely his own. In the maddening world of news outlets, where science is displaced and the underdog is a champion, too much attention is given to fear and too little to fact. Too many news reporters believe that giving a voice to a noisy minority while dismissing mainstream research is the road to advancement. It is not. Giving voice to the minority is worthy but, in today’s world, the minority too often have the full attention while reason and balance is snubbed. This year, again, CBC will likely run more programs instilling fear and claiming that it is dangerous to eat foods that were genetically modified (GM). If we did not have biotechnologically developed foods, millions more people would have died from starvation. Not one human in the history of humankind has ever eaten a food that wasn’t genetically modified. Our foods have been modified by nature and by our intent for a very long time. Yesterday, more than a billion persons went hungry. There are, however, only two sources for food — soil and water — and there are no others. We either eat from the land or from the sea. So, while the world’s population grows, the food capacity of the oceans decrease and our agricultural lands shrink because of erosion, degradation, urban sprawl and transportation corridors. Still, there are groups seeking to smear fear over the success of biotechnology. Any hope of being able to feed the world must come from science along with our determination to produce food safely and efficiently. There is very little food-producing land left to develop. Daily, we use cell phones, back-up cameras, coffeemaker timers and Skype to talk to loved ones in far-off places. . . . ‘Lesson’ on page 7 I should have paid for her coffee; I should have paid it forward. Surely, it was not just me who ruined her mood; maybe she was tired (been there), stressed (been there), sick (been there), in pain (been there).

Our admiration for technology is strong. Yet, media have a propensity to champion fear when science is applied to food. Images are created suggesting that genetically modified food will produce humans with four ears and a single compound eye. More than 70 per cent of American food is already genetically modified. The most effective use will be in feeding the Third World. In 1996, there were 1.7 million hectares of GM crops. By 2010, GM crops had expanded to 148 million hectares, a 87-fold increase, making it the largest technology increase in modern agriculture. A United Nations University report stated, “Over this period of time… no study has indicated that GM foods are less safe than the traditional counterparts.” Imagine a magical worldwide transport system that distributes food equally and without cost. Today, then, each human would have just barely enough carbohydrates and a woeful shortfall of protein. What we have is a full planet with too many empty plates. Yet, in spite of such facts, journalists report, falsely, that there is a dangerous risk in biodeveloped food. Nearly all persons reading this will have consumed a pharmaceutical product. Yet the same group that regulates our pharmaceutical industries — the Canadian Food Inspection Agency — also regulates gene manipulation in plants and animals. Canada Food Services and Health Canada along with a host of International organizations, such as the World Health Organization, set the protocols for testing. Canada is fourth out of 193 Countries for food safety and is rated higher than the U.S. Furthermore, GM products require about 13 years of testing before being released. A news article dated May 17th, 2014 spoke of testing a measles virus for the treatment of bone marrow cancer. Why would we accept this out-of-character research as progressive for medicine, but assume that manipulated foods are dangerous? Worldwide health organizations find no harm from GMOs. If we can’t use our hearts to stop starvation, then we must use our knowledge. Noise should not trump reason. Arnold Malone served as MP for Alberta’s Battle River and Crowfoot ridings from 1974 through 1992. He retired to Surely there had to be more to her misery. Miss Black Car lady, should we meet up in the drive thru again, your coffee is on me. Teresa Rogal Invermere

You’re Invited to the 7th Annual

Golden Team Redline Car Show Open to all Makes and Models

July 1st, 2014 from 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm • 9th Avenue N. Downtown Golden, B.C.

Registration 11:00 am - noon (First 50 registrants receive a FREE show T-shirt!)

Contact Lisa @ 250-344-4883

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Reap the rewards at RONA By Greg Amos Special to The Pioneer North Star Hardware and Building Supplies Ltd., located at 410 Borden Street in Athalmer, is more than just a successful local business — it’s a window on the history of Athalmer and the entire valley. “We started off as basically a sawmill and just progressed into building supplies,” explained co-owner and manager Leo Bukovnik Jr., who’s been at the helm since 1986, a year after the business came under its current ownership. But the business’ roots run deep, going back to an era when the valley was all about timber and rail. “We did a lot of railroad ties in the 1970s and 1980s; that kept the whole valley going at that time,” said Mr. Bukovnik. The original business, a planer mill that ran in the late 1950s, was located next to the railway to be able to transport lumber easily. “We had up to 23 sawmills in the surrounding area that would supply us; we were kind of a staging area for all the ties,” he said. “We had the planing mill that could plane their lumber, then we’d ship their lumber; we were selling mainly to CP Rail.”

On Saturday and Sunday, June 20th and 21st, the store is holding its Anniversary Sale and Customer Appreciation Day. The family-owned enterprise will offer special discounts on quality products, and significant supplier discounts on power tools and air tools, made possible by the volume of equipment the store is able to sell. The expansion of Home Hardware and establishment of Canadian Tire near the crossroads of Highway 93/95 and Athalmer Road forced North Star Hardware to reevaluate its business model over the past decade, and to focus more than ever on the quality of customer service they can offer thanks to their experienced staff. “We do have the walk-ins, but we focus on the contractor business, and it’s been working well; we just offer really, really good service,” said Mr. Bukovnik. “We’re a smaller operation, so we can look after people personally. Most of our staff have been with us for an average of eight to 10 years. They’re good people, and knowledgeable.” The on-site sawmill — originally focused around cutting railroad ties almost exclusively — still offers custom-cut beams and timbers to a customers’ specifications.


Fresh Meats, Produce, Bakery & Deli, Hunting/Fishing Licenses, Household Hardware, Summer Toys and Automotive Supplies.


Whacky Wednesdays


Come in EVERY WEDNESDAY to receive 20% off all regular priced items in store. 20% discount also applies to fresh meat on sale. Some exceptions apply. (Tobacco, liquor, gas, lottery, Shaw Direct are exempt from the discount). Also come in on your birthday for the same deal! Proof of birth date is required.


Huge savings • Prizes • Demonstrations Join us for smokies, brats and pop.

CONTRACTOR DAY Friday, June 20th • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY Saturday, June 21st • 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Interior, exterior and stain

Meet our vendors: • • • • • • • • •

AFA Forest Products Inc. All Weather Windows Alliance Door Products Boyd Distributer CanWel Building Material Freud Canada GRK Fasteners Milwaukee Tools Metrie Canada


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Prime Fasteners Paslode Prime Source Building Ply Gem Building Products Resisto – Water Proof Solutions SICO Taiga Building Products Trinitec Distribution

3.78 litre cans only

Let’s celebrate… RONA North Star Hardware Customer Appreciation Day. Lunch is on us!

North Star Hardware & Building Supplies Ltd. • Independently owned 410 Borden St., Athalmer • Ph: 250-342-6226

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Certified General Accountant “Your key ingredient for business health and success”

Mark Digney, CPA, CGA

Phone: 250-342-8404 Email:

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

Lions Charity Golf Day Tuesday, July 8 7 a.m. till dusk Copper Point Golf Course th



all inclusi


Phone 250-341-3392 to book your tee time. “Play a round of golf and help the Lions support our community”

picture framing • lighting •home decor

For all your framing needs, we are the professionals. 905 7 Ave, Invermere • 250-342-0012


Combining acupuncture with physical therapy. 2-month program, twice weekly. For further information phone


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PIONEER ON THE ROAD Travel tales Travel World, our local travel agency in Invermere, has generously donated a night at a Calgary hotel and two tickets to a Calgary Flames game to the winner of our annual Pioneer Travel Photo Contest. Simply take a copy of The Pioneer with you on your holidays, take a photo, send us a copy and have it published in The Pioneer. At the end of the year, we will draw the winning name. Submit your photos online at, email them to, or drop by our office, #8, 1008-8th Ave. Invermere. Pictured, clockwise from top left: Connor Williams retiring forward with the Olds College Broncos; Barry, Roberta and Christopher Hall, Jacquie Schnider and Theresa Schnider in Las Vegas; Rod and Christine Turnbull on top of Gibraltar; Brett and Daryl Johnston at the World Junior Hockey Championship in Malmo, Sweden; Mason and Brylie Yeats at a baseball game in Phoenix, AZ.

Local golf pros swing for a cure By Pioneer Staff Local golf professionals will golf from sunrise to sunset on Tuesday, June 17th to support those living with ALS. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a fatal neurodegenerative disorder. Brian Schaal, Casey Johnson, Tyler Hawthorne and Scott McClain from Copper Point Golf Club at the Ridge will golf as many holes as possible to raise awareness and funds for the ALS Society of BC. On the same day Dale Moore, Alex


• Full and partial dentures • Repairs • Relines • Rebases

Invermere B.C. • 1-250-999-9191 Donald MacDonald – D e n tur is t

Parsons, Michael Midyette, Dave Dakin, Jake Cameron, Ken Litchfield, Vic Briar and Phil Burke will be hitting the green at Windermere Valley Golf Course for the cause. Copper Point Golf Club and Windermere Valley Golf Course are two of 37 golf courses located across B.C. participating in the PGA of B.C. Golfathon for ALS. Proceeds from the Golfathon for ALS provide important support services to ALS patients and research to find a cure. To find out more and make a donation, visit .

Patty’s Greenhouse and Market Garden

Father’s Day Special 10% off

Saturday and Sunday

We are open in Brisco

Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Really good times

Counter-clockwise from top left: The Radium Days parade on Saturday, June 7th took place under sunny skies (Photo by Kris McCauley); Michelle Lapointe Cox tries her hand at axe blade throwing during the 2014 Canal Days. (Photo by Dan Cox); Busy traffic was swayed by the students of David Thompson Secondary School on Saturday, June 7th, who held a Dry Grad car wash fundraiser outside of Syndicate Board Shop. (Photo by Dan Walton); Last summer, the Panorama Foundation committed $50,000 toward the Rotary Club of Invermere’s Splash Park project and the official cheque presentation took place on Monday, June 9th with Panorama Foundation representatives Neil Carey, Scott Morgan (2nd and 3rd from left), Catrien Dainard, Melissa Altmann and Steve Paccagnan (3rd, 2nd and 1st from right) with Rotary members Peter McIsaac (far left), Barb Smith, Peter Evans and Kerri-Anne Thomas (4th, 5th and 6th from left). (Photo by Cheryl Williams); (l-r) Olivia Fitzsimmons, Raina Schnerch, Emma Bernicot competed in their first-ever competition this past weekend in Kimberley. Olivia tumbled her way to Silver on the floor exercise and 6th on vault. Raina brought home a Bronze on the vault, 6th on beam and 9th all around and Emma got a choreography award for the floor exercise out of 29 kids, 6th on vault, 7th on uneven bars, 8th on balance beam, and 7th on the floor exercise. (Photo submitted); DTSS students Layla Chouchene (in pink) and Samantha Tyrrell helped out with the Lake Windermere Ambassadors’ Yellow Fish project on Tuesday, June 3rd. (Photo by Kirsten Harma)

Father’s Day Special! Sunday, June 15th, 2014

Braised Lamb Shank ~ $22 In a Rosemary-Merlot Demi glace, served with your choice of potato and fresh vegetables.

Three course special ~ $32

Call 250-347-6553 for reservations. Windermere District Farmers’ Institute

Centenary Celebration & Summer Fair at the Agri Park Sunday, July 27th, 2014 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Invitation to participate in our celebration. Who: Local youth and Not-for-profit organizations Local Gardeners and Food producers Local Artists and Craftsmen How: Organize a show Put on a fundraiser for your organization Sell your product Promote your organization How Much: There will be no charge for the use of the grounds. Register to Participate: Name/Organization_________________________ Contact __________________________________ Phone & Email ____________________________ Space needed ______________________________


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To reserve space and for further information contact:

All Concrete Work Guy Fournier


Forming Finishing Repair Demolish

Hedi Trescher, WDFI Projects Coordinator, P.O. Box 44, Brisco, BC, V0A 1B0 250-346-3227 -

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


Phone: (250) 341-6299 • Fax: 1-855-377-0312 • Email:

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Trail runners can’t go wrong in the valley COLUMBIA VALLEY Columbia Valley Greenways Trail Alliance


The Columbia Valley TRAIL ALLIANCE is an awesome place to be a trail runner! We have trails that are snow-free at the end of March, trails we can run OLUMBIA VALLEY all winter since it doesn’t snow tooCmuch and, of course, all the great mountain runs we can do in the summer. Pretty much any trail can be used for running so keep your eyes on this column for other great trail running locations. Being sandwiched between the Rockies and the Purcells, we are blessed with an abundance of options for TRAIL ALLIANCE mountain runs. For those unfamiliar with the term mountain running, let me give you an explanation. Mountain running is typically done on trails that have a significant


Imagine Invermere

change in elevation, are longer than your usual run, and around here tend to be remote. They are not your standard hour-long run just outside town! Sounds fun, doesn’t it? Now is the time of year to pick a mountain run goal for later in the summer or early fall and start preparing. Let me tell you about a great mountain run right out our back door. The route from Brewer Creek, through Hopeful Pass and down to Panorama, is incredible. The trailhead to Brewer Creek is about 27 kilometres up Hawke Road, south of Invermere. You will finish at Panorama Mountain Resort so make sure you have stashed a vehicle there or have someone available to pick you up. The trail is 20 kilometres from point to point and has a wonderful variety of terrain to RUNNING WILD — The scenic mountain run from Brewer Creek keep you entertained. Alpine meadows, lakes, leads you to Panorama Mountain Resort. Photo submitted scree slopes, old cabins, wide open larch forest — it is all jammed into that 20-km. sure of running through. At kilometre five, you arrive The trail starts in an at Brewer Lakes — this is a necessary photo and snack old cutblock then ascends stop. By this point, you have climbed a few hundred meinto the trees. Around ki- tres and are about half done your elevation gain. After lometre two, you pop out the lakes, you traverse high above Brewer Creek where onto the meadows along you get to look down on the trail you were on earlier the meandering Brewer in your run. The traverse crosses numerous scree slopes Creek. It is the first spot and passes by a tarn that is always an incredible blue. At you get a good view of the around kilometre 12, you hit Hopeful Pass. area you have the pleaContinued on page 39 . . .

Community Sustainability Plan

GRANT OPPORTUNITIES Invermere – What kind of community would you like Invermere to be in the future? How can we get there together? What are the steps we can take right now? These questions were used to create Invermere’s Integrated Community Sustainability Plan, known as Imagine Invermere. The plan was adopted in 2011, and a committee was formed to help move it forward. This committee, called the Imagine Invermere Implementation Team, has been working hard, and several exciting projects have been completed or are underway. One of the Team’s goals is to develop partnerships within the community with engaged citizens and community groups who are inspired to work together on initiatives that create a sustainable future. To help these partnerships happen, the Team, along with the District of Invermere, is excited to announce the second grant stream intake of the Imagine Invermere granting program aimed at providing funding for projects that support the initiatives of the Imagine Invermere vision. Funding is available and will be awarded annually to registered not-for-profit societies or unincorporated local community associations, groups and service clubs who wish to further sustainability as outlined in the Imagine Invermere plan. The Imagine Invermere Implementation Team is now accepting Letters of Intent from groups interested in accessing the partnership fund. It is important that any proposals align well with the priorities in Imagine Invermere. The complete document can be found online at Letters of Intent will be accepted up to June 30, 2014 at the District office, Box 339, 914 8th Avenue, V0A 1K0, or by email at For more information, please contact Rory Hromadnik at the District of Invermere, 250-342-9281, extension 1235,, or Councillor Spring Hawes DISTRICT OF INVERMERE

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

We would like to wish everyone a

Happy Father’s Day weekend.

And while out and about enjoying family fun, come in and enjoy a free bag of popcorn.

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From Framing to Finishing Al Tallman

Call Al at

We Do It All!

• PROPERTY MAINTENANCE • Trucking • Mini Excavator • Residential/Commercial

• LANDSCAPING & DESIGN • Skidsteer Services • Mini Track Hoe 250.270.0821

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

Serving Invermere & Panorama

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

Phone: 250-342-6452 • 250-342-3773 • Cell: 250-270-9444

Dale Elliott Contracting

We use the most successful products available. ALL WORK

Environmentally-friendly integrated pest management. Ask about our maintenance programs.

Visit our online store at: GUARANTEED 250-426-9586 1-888-371-6299

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Columbia Chiropractic Dr. Karen Fahrni DC Dr. Meghan Haggarty ND

Certified ART® & Graston® provider #4 1008 8th Ave, Invermere BC 250-409-9628 •

All products are available at 9120, Hwy 93/95 which is five kilometres north of Tim Hortons

Cranbrook Pest Control

“Proven and successful Management and Marketing Services for your Vacation Home” “Trip Advisor Vacation Rental of the Year 2011 and 2012”

Interior Finishing Kitchen and Vanity Cabinets Counter tops Small Renovations Decks and Interior Railings

250-341-7098 Invermere, B.C.

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

Bruce Dehart 250.347.9803 or 250.342.5357


Phone: 250-342-7100 Email:

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


Doors Windows Flooring Painting/ Interior/Exterior • Kitchen Renovations


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


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Landscaping Ltd.

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

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HERE TO SERVE YOU Your Local Pest Control Professionals

Scott Postlethwaite

CVCC Contractor/ Trade Builder of the Year 2008

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



1710 10th Avenue – Invermere, BC V0A 1K0

Kootenay Cribbing, Ltd. Established 1976

Lakes & Mountains Exterior



• Siding Hardie / CertainTeed Fiber Cement / Vinyl / Cedar • New Windows / Doors • Wood Decks • Trex composite Decking • Sun Rooms • Vinyl Decking Membrane • Aluminum Canopies • Railings Wood / Glass / Aluminum • Custom Exterior Wood Work • Asphalt Shingles / Metal Roofing • Complete Rain Screen Building Envelope Systems • Leak Investigation and Repair • Full Building Exterior Restorations Services • 15 years serving the Kootenays and Okanagan Region

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

J. Douglas Kipp, B. Sc. (Pharm.) Laura Kipp, Pharm D., Irena Shepard, B.Sc. (Pharm.) Your Compounding Pharmacy

Hourly or Contract Rates Available

Open Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. 1301 - 7th Avenue, Invermere

Darrel Anderson


Trevor Hayward (Owner/Operator)


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

For competitive prices and prompt service, call: 250-342-3268 (plant) 250-342-6767 (office) Ogilvie Mountain Construction Ltd. Framing • Finishing • Decks Custom Builds • Renovations Big & Small

Phil Bibby

Journeyman Carpenter


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General Contracting Renovations Property Value Enhancement Decks & Fences Painting ~ Interior & Exteriors Landscaping Irrigation • Bobcat

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

Dean Hubman

Certified Technician


Toll Free: 877-342-3052

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(250) 270-0345 (403) 870-7558


in Calgary since 2002 in Invermere since 2004 • 250-342-2001

Patco Developments Ltd.

Box 802 | 422 – 14th Street | Invermere B.C. V0A 1K0



Tavis O’Rourke Box 336, Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0 Phone: 250-688-0138 • Email:

Plumbing • Heating • Electrical

Rigid Plumbing Ltd. Quality you can see!

E: P: 250-341-5179

Aaron Sherban

Sheblime Roofing

Invermere and East Kootenay Region

Phone: 250-341-8009

P.O. Box 678, Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0

New Home Construction

• Journeyman Carpenter • Contracting • Framing/Siding/Finishing • Timberframe • Custom Log Railing & Decks Scott Wilisky • cell 250 270 0745

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

Paint Specialists in:

Automotive Repairs

• Interior/Exterior • Commercial • Residential • Custom Woodwork Finishes

7 days a week


7507 Main St. West, Radium Hot Springs

(250) 347-9726

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

Darren Ross

Painting the Columbia Valley

Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 250.342.1641 Box

24 hours a day • 7 days a week




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

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Freight & Passenger Depot

Journeyman Carpenter

Ashphalt Shingles Repairs - Replacement – New Insured Call for Quote

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


Andy Charette

Residential & Commercial Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

Dwight Nelson

Up to 3,000 PSI Line snake with crawler nossle Culvert steaming Up to 350 F Environmental cleanup Office 250-342-6886 Cell 250-409-4700


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

WINDERMERE 250-342-6805

Skandia Concrete

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

Kootenay Paving

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

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

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HERE TO SERVE YOU Toby Creek Sales, Service & Rentals

• Furnaces • Heat Pumps • Fireplaces • Full Heating and Ventilation Systems

Fully authorized dealers for

“Serving the Columbia Valley”

Call for your FREE consultation and estimate



250-341-6887 / Fax 250-342-2644 / 1360 Industrial Rd. 4, Invermere B.C.

After Hours Call: 250-342-3830 Email: Fully Insured & WCB Covered


Chimney and Eavestrough Cleaning and Repair Specialists

You name it! I’ll take care of it! YOUR ONE-STOP SHOP for all home maintenance from raking your lawn to renovating your entire house.

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Window Cleaning




Jim Detta


250-349-7546 Canal Flats, BC

Keep your local companies alive. Why go to Golden when you can get your tree services right here in Invermere!

● Free Estimates ● Fully Insured

Please call Steve ~ a real local you can trust! 250-342-1791 Sales ~ Service ~ Installation



• Roller Shades • Roman Shades • Cellular Shades

Arnold Scheffer 250-342-6700

• Pleated Shades • Horizontal Blinds • Shutters

• Vertical Blinds • Automation • Residential & Commercial

Come visit our showroom, •

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Industrial ~ Commercial ~ Residential

Kitchen cabinet & counter top SpecialiStS Westridge Cabinets Dealer ~ Granite and Quartz Counter Tops Come visit our showroom,

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Wildland Custom Construction • Renovations • Fine Finishing • Custom Woodwork

What makes you proud to be Canadian? Contact us by email and let us know! Submissions and photos will be published in our June 27th long weekend edition along with our contest winners. Send your submissions to Please include your first name and last initial. $50 gift certificates from Sobeys and Canadian Tire will go to our lucky draw prize winners.

Happy 147th birthday Canada!

Brian Smith

Journeyman Carpenter 250-272-6740

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PIONEER CLASSIFIEDS The Legion Saturday Morning Marketplace will start June 28th and runs Saturdays throughout the summer. Spots are still open for vendors. Call Elizabeth at 250-688-0640.

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Phone: 250-341-6299 Fax: 1-855-377-0312 Email:






Order of Eastern Star garage sale Sat. June 14th, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. 1025 5th Street.

Columere Park, Sat. June 14th, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 4650 Purcell Drive, 4488 Columbia View Road, look for balloons throughout the community. East on road into Coy’s Par 3.

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.

Cheers to everyone who had a hand in making the Whiteway the world’s longest skating trail.

Cheers to Scott and BA for passing their PATs. Scott great job! BA what took you so long?

Cheers to everyone who helped me raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society. I reached my goal but it was a close shave.

A HUGE cheers to the DTSS Senior Theatre class and everyone involved in the presentation of The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon! What a great show! Congratulations to all of you!

Invermere Legion, Branch #71 garage sale. Sat. June 14th, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., rent a table for $10. Call 250-688-0640.

ANNOUNCEMENT The Windermere District Social Service Society will be holding its


Lower level of 1210 9th Avenue, Invermere B.C. June 23rd, 2014 at 7 p.m. All public members are welcome to attend. Please contact Donna at 250-342-3699 for more information.

Multi-family, Sat. June 14th, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 200 10th Ave. Lochend Lane. Please park on 10th. Garage Sale: Multi-family, Sat, June 14th 9 a.m. – 12 noon. BC Hydro parking lot near the Crossroads. Lots of great stuff! Furniture, exercise equipment, clothes, books, vacuum cleaner. Multi-family Garage Sale Saturday June 14th 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 1815 14th AVE. Please no early birds.



Come join us to celebrate

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.

Isabel’s 90th Birthday

Saturday, June 21st 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Come and go tea and light lunch at her home in Wilmer. No gifts.

Narcotics Anonymous meeting now available. Thursdays at 8 p.m. Call 250-342-1071 for more info. Lakeview Manor Society Annual General Meeting June 17th, 2014 at 3 p.m. In the lower lounge at the Manor 604, 6th Street Invermere.

CHEERS & JEERS Cheers to the men who understand that their ego about being a “real” man is not as important as a woman’s right to equality. Jeers to poor math: Spending money on building a new gym in the community centre... so the taxpayers “save” by not paying an employee to unlock the door. Cheers to a successful Weller Run! All volunteers were so greatly appreciated, and our SD6 runners in Grades 1-7 were flying!

Cheers to Josh from the flower sisters, the coffee kept us going! Huge cheers to family and friends for showing support while Dave was in the hospital. To Greg, Sharon and Chris for doing yard work and driving me to and from Cranbrook to visit him. To Ron for rototilling the garden. To family and friends for keeping his spirits up through visits and phone calls. We are very appreciative and Dave is home and doing well! Cheers to Dawn Hunt and Leanne Godlien at CIBC. Each of them did a special task for me within a week of each other. They did these tasks within the hour and both took some searching out I am sure. You ladies are exceptional! Cheers to the members of the Invermere RCMP detachment. We stand with you in mourning the loss of your colleagues.

A great big cheer to Al Miller and Gerry Taft for gamely taking pies in the face in support of kids. A second cheer to Marty who has tirelessly sung on behalf of these kids. A third cheer to everyone in the Columbia Valley who came out to support us on Camp Day. We have a great community that knows what it means to give back. The cheers could go on. Huge CHEERS to Sarah Young, and Dwight for rescuing me when I was being totally dominated by recycling! You guys are my HEROS! Cheers to the Bottle Depot Staff for handling the recycling MADNESS on Monday afternoon. YOU GUYS ROCK! Cheers to the 4 kids who saved the lives of 8 little ducklings in Athalmer. The ducks went across Highway 93 and almost got hit. They found them hiding under an abandoned car.




The Kinsmen Mini Golf was a huge success!

In Loving Memory of

ArenA ConCession AvAilAble for leAse

15 teams raised just under $4,000! Thanks to our sponsors: • Akisqnuk Band • Arrowhead Brewing Company • Barb Cote & Franz Grasegger • Bank of Montreal • Bugaboo Creek Trading • Canadian Tire • Columbia Valley Rockies Hockey Club • Copper City Amusement Park & Staff • Copper Point Golf Course • Copper Point Resort • Coy’s Golf Course • DCS Plumbing • Diamond Heating & Spas • Dominion Creek Gold • Eagle Ranch Golf Course • Fairmont Hot Springs Resort • Farside Pub • Fairmont Pizza & Ice Cream

• Fifth Avenue Collection Jewelry • Grant’s Foods • GLH Vending • Invermere Home Hardware • Jory Hegan • Kicking Horse Coffee • Kinsmen Club of Windermere Valley • Kootenay Bough & Cone • Lakeshore Resort & Campground • Lambert Insurance • Local View Printing & Design • Lulu & Fritz Innovations • Majestic U Brew & Wine • Manulife Securities • Marty & Eli Beingessner & Elke Bennett • Max Helmer Construction

• Nipika Mountain Resort • Okanagan Springs • Peacock Printing & Embroidery • Pharmasave • Purple Cow Gift Store • Radium Resort • Rona Northstar Hardware • Rocky River Grill • Saunders Family Farm • Second Hand Collectibles • Sobeys • Syndicate Boardshop • The Station Pub • The Trading Post • The Valley Peak • Tim Hortons • Valley Foods • Windermere Valley Golf Course • Zehnder Beef

Our Parents, Lawrence and Vi Sholinder Our Sister, Georgina DuBois Locked in our hearts, You will always be Loved and remembered, For all eternity

We miss you. Carol, Arlee, Ralph, Larry, Linda, and our families.

The concession at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena is available for lease for the 2014-2015 skating season. • The concession is operated for hockey school during two weeks in August, all Rockies games, weekend Minor Hockey games, figure skating shows and any other special events during the lease period. • The main season runs from mid-September to mid-March. • Prior to operation, the successful applicant will be required to purchase liability insurance, obtain a health permit, pay a damage deposit and pay the first month’s lease fee. Interested parties can pick up an information package, which contains a sample lease, at the arena between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday - Friday. Deadline for submissions is 12 p.m. on Monday, June 16th, 2014.

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Found at the Trading Post, during the last two weeks of May. One gold earring with blue stone. One key on chain with the Number 129 on it. Call The Pioneer at 250-3416299.

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.

Wanted furnished condo to rent for retired person, long term for Aug. 1st, 2014. Excellent local references. Call 250-341-3541.

2,425 sq. ft. prime commercial space located at 1313 7th Ave., across from the Invermere Inn. Phone Leo at 250-342-3134.

Long-term rental 3-bdrm + 3.5 bath Townhouse fully developed and centrally located right in Invermere. Single car garage, great deck, and yard. Very quiet location close to schools, parks, churches, downtown, and local grocery stores. Seeking a small family or professionals new to town. References mandatory. N/S, N/P, $1,400 + utilities. Available August 1st. Contact 250-341-1413.



Shared Accommodation, house on acreage approx. 18 km from Invermere. Fully furnished. No pets. $600/mo includes utilities. Call 250-342-7692 after 5:00 p.m.

Canal Flats - Jade Landing Condo 3-bdrm, 2.5 bath, $775/mo, all appliances, no smoking. Call 412398-5737.

Lost: Pink LG cellphone downtown on Saturday May 31st. Please contact Rachelle at 403-352-2489.


Dick Damron and The Stoney Creek Band Los Morenos The Static Shift The Cumberland Brothers Combo Akimbo Siofri The Bruise Brothers The Halfsacks Cousins


Bill Cropper Beard’s Creek Mickey Maione Masters of Nun The Pickups Abby Wells Emily Rawbon Sheberdeen Paige Ellerton

July 5th TICKETS:

$35 adults / $5 youth


Pip’s Country Store Meet on Higher Ground Bliss Hair Studio Hoodoo Service Station The Purple Cow Essentials Department Store Kicking Horse Coffee Kootenay Coffee Be Gifted ...and online through PayPal

Lost: Brown Spalding softball glove at Canal Flats tournament on June 8th. 250-688-7245.


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

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

COMMERCIAL SPACE Commercial space for rent, 503 7th Ave., currently Valley Spas, 1,950 sq. ft., call 250-342-0603 or 250-341-5845. Artisan/entrepreneur: Spaces available on secured lot, great location, main street Invermere. Available for short/long-term lease. Call 250-342-3178 or 250-342-6369.

NEWHOUSE MULTI STORAGE 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.

Radium: Mature, clean roommate wanted to share 1,200 sq. ft. condo. 2-bdrm, 3 bath. Partially furnished. $525/mo. 250-409-4029.

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: 2-bdrm ground level suite, close to hospital. $800/ mo + utilities, N/S, N/P. Available immediately, references required, 250-342-9446. 2-bdrm apartment in Edgewater. Yard, deck and laundry. $550/mo includes heat. 250-342-2898. 2-bdrm furnished suite available immediately in Windermere 4-plex. All appliances. Large deck, yard, lake views. Pets considered $800/mo. 250-409-7435, email

HOUSE FOR RENT Two-bedroom cottage. $550/mo. Telephone: 250-346-3100; 250342-1375.

Summer Vacation Rentals

Akiskinook Resort, 1-bdrm Condos, ground level, sleeps six, fully equipped, sandy beach, marina, indoor pool, hot tubs, recent reno’s and updates. For pictures and info call 403-281-3991 or myronk@ Invermere: beautiful condo close to downtown. 3-bdrm, 3-bath, 5 appliances, large storage room and attached garage! Will go fast at $1,150/month + utilities. Call Kevin for showing at 780-9821140.


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. 14 x 70 mobile home in Windermere on own lot. 2-bdrm, 2 bath, garage, hot tub/gazebo. Close to school and beach, for more information call 250-688-1472. $239,000.

CONDO FOR SALE 3-bdrm condo with garage for sale at 122-4835 Radium Blvd., Radium Hot Springs, Riverstone Villas. One owner condo, clean, end unit, deck onto green space, large soaker tub, great view, open kitchen, fireplace, appliances, etc. REDUCED to $170,000, 250-342-7608 for info.


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. TENDER ZEHNDER BEEF. Natural local beef, free of antibiotics and hormones. Government inspected, custom-cut, wrapped and delivered. Raised on the open range west of Lake Windermere. Now taking orders for halfs and quarters. Call John Zehnder, 250342-6781. Moving sale: bedroom set, dining table, dishes, sofa, coffee table, end tables and much more. Call Julius at 250-270-0317. 5th Wheel Hitch, Reese, like new, 16,000 lb., 2 inch pin. $450 O.B.0. 250-688-0644. Frigidaire stainless steel side-byside frost-free fridge 22.6 cubic ft., with ice and water dispenser, asking $300. Call 403-660-1392.


2001 Kawasaki 800 Vulcan. 12,000 km. saddle bags, crash bar. Beautiful shape. Asking $4,500 O.B.O. To view, contact 250-341-5524.

BOATS FOR SALE Older ski boat with 80 hp motor and trailer. Runs really well. $1,500 250-688-8800.

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2008 Jeep Wrangler convertible, manual trans., 4 wheel drive, great condition, silver in color. $12,000 O.B.O. Call Joanne 250-342-1479.

1978 Toyota Motorhome, 98,000 kms. Renovated interior, new rubberized roof, no leaks, mechanically great. $2,800, call 250-341-8105.

2010 Dodge SLE 1/2-ton 4x4 Extended cab, 70,000 kms, 250342-1384. Toyota 4x4, 129,000 kms, 250-3423996.

Six-toed kittens looking for a good home. Please call 250-342-3609.

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


Fiona Wilfley, AEP Intuitive Reader


Rockies West Realty Independently Owned and Operated

492 Highway 93/95, Invermere, BC

Kim Collens


toll free: 1.877.342.3427 cell: 250.342.1671

Recipe Of The Week

MANGO MARINATED PRAWN SKEWERS 1 ½ cups Mango Juice 4 pieces thinly sliced Ginger 1 tblsp Fish Sauce 2 sprigs of Mint, torn 1 tsp Salt ¼ tsp Black Pepper ½ tblsp fresh Garlic, 16 – 18 Prawns, minced shelled & deveined Combine ingredients for marinade. Marinate prawns at least 15 minutes and up to 1 hour. Skewer prawns with metal or bamboo sticks (soaked). Grill at 165 degrees for 2 minutes each side or until opaque. Serve over lettuce, garnish with fresh mangos and jalapenos. See all my recipes at

Home Of The Week

photography studio picture framing passport photos


CAMPING 1979 Empress Motorhome. Fridge and furnace work. Good tires, $2,000. Also 11-foot fiberglass boat free. Call 250-341-2154 or 250-270-0097.


…look for the red door behind the Invermere Dry Cleaners!

250-342-5102 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

All blinds 20% off, plus save the PST expires: June 23 “We are very pleased with our new blinds. Your professionalism and experience in color, texture and style was most helpful & appreciated. Thank you very much.” Fred & Pat Riddell New – “Drapery & much more” Phantom Retractable Screen Doors Shannon’s Blinds & Designs 250-342-5749. 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 Location, Location, Location!

Captivating views from this 4-bedroom bungalow on the 16th green at the Riverside Golf Course. Landscaped, triple garage, paved driveway . . . this one has it all!





Environmentally friendly products. Dry in 1 hour! Call 250-688-0213 or visit .




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

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.

Lordco Auto Parts in Invermere is looking for a shipper/receiver. F/T with benefits. Must have valid class 5 drivers licence. Apply in person with resume and drivers abstract.

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY Head start for the right person. Low risk turn key opportunity. Well established hair and tanning studio with good visibility on high traffic street. 4 chairs, tanning bed, all supplies, equipment and great clientele. Selling for 1/3 of annual gross, $37,500. Call Ken, MaxWell Realty Invermere 250-342-1565


Strands Old House Restaurant is accepting resumes for evening servers, Trainee chef. Apply to Tony Wood at tony@strandsrestaurant. com or 250-342-6344 or 250-3425745. Black Forest Restaurant is looking for F/T kitchen help. Summer busser and hostess. Email or drop off resume. 250-342-9417, careers@ Full time summer worker for miniature animal farm and kids activity area needed. Send resume to .

Helna’s Stube is looking for kitchen help/dishwasher and part-time evening server. Please call 250347-0047 or email mail@helnas. com. Looking for a summer gig! From June - September. Busy downtown cafe looking for a manager to look after the day to day operations. Must be flexible with hours and able to work weekends. Please email resume to t.thredz@telus. net. Cleaning services required for private vacation rental. $25/hr plus bonuses for right individual. Send info and references to Experienced housekeepers required to clean vacation homes. Call/text 403-383-0600,

P/T Receptionist required for busy dental office in Invermere. Strong computer and math skills required. All applicants kept confidential. Please send resume to drkanan. Only successful candidates will be contacted. Canfor Radium is looking for casual Trades people; Certified Millwrights. If you are looking for part time work, or a retiree looking for part time work, please email your resume to Christy.Olson@ RADIUM PETRO/SUBWAY is now hiring for FULL-TIME/PART-TIME Please drop off your resume to Radium Petro Canada or email: or call: 250-3479988. Fairmont Bungalows requires housekeeper and maintenance worker full or part-time, suitable for students, apply at 250-3456365 or email to bungalows@


The Columbia Valley Golf Association (CVGA) is conducting research with golf travellers over the course of the 2014 summer season. As a tourism research interviewer you will:

•Effectively approach and recruit visitors for participation in the research project •Conduct face to face interviews at different golf course locations using a tablet •Perform other survey administration duties •Provide regular updates to the CVGA Marketing Manager about the progress of the visitor survey


•Completion of high school •Good computer skills including working knowledge of internet & email, use of tablets an asset •Excellent communication and interpersonal skills •Ability to work independently and as a team player •Enthusiastic, personable and approachable •Available for the duration of the employment term •Willing to work a varied schedule, including weekdays, weekends, evenings and statutory holidays •Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation

Rate of Pay: $15/hour (30-35hrs/week) Employment Term: June 30 - September 30, 2014 Interested candidates should send cover letter and resume to:

Andrea Tubbs, Marketing Manager, Columbia Valley Golf Association Via email: or mail: Box 861, Invermere, BC, V0A 1K0


Resumes will be accepted until June 18, 2014. We thank all applicants for their submissions, however only successful candidates will be contacted.

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Now Hiring We currently have immediate seasonal full-time and part-time openings for experienced

• Dining/Lounge Server • Server Assistant • Hostess Please send resumes to

A&W Restaurant, Invermere, has immediate openings for FULL-TIME permanent Food Counter Attendants. 4 Full-Time Day & Evening Positions – Kitchen and Front Counter (up to 40 hours/week) $10.25 - $11.50/hr (based on experience) We offer a friendly work environment, shared benefits plan, scholarship program and opportunities for advancement. Successful applicants will be required to perform the following duties: • Cook and assemble food such as sandwiches, hamburgers, salads, milkshakes, portion and wrap food or place it on plates for service to patrons, package food for take-out orders, cleaning of production area. • Serve customers at counter and in drive-thru, handle payment transactions, cleaning of dining and front counter area. • Stock refrigerators and follow A&W and B.C. Provincial standards for food safety and quality, and record keeping. • Pleasantly and honestly interact with customers and fellow team members. Please apply in person or online at

Legal Assistant Wanted in Invermere Rockies Law Corporation requires a Legal Assistant for our Invermere location. The successful candidate will have 3 to 5 years of general office experience and preference will be given to those with experience in real estate conveyancing. Candidates should have a high level of competency in Microsoft Office and the ability to work in a fast paced environment. Rockies Law Corporation offers competitive remuneration and provides a progressive and flexible work environment. Please forward your resume with cover letter to Rockies Law Corporation, #201 – 290 Wallinger Avenue, Kimberley, B.C. V1A 1Z1, Attention Steve Brine, or by email, Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

North Star Hardware & Building Supplies Ltd.

Delivery Driver Must have valid Class 3 licence + air brakes. Crane certification needed. Must be fit and strong and like working in a team environment. Must be good with customers and contractors. Wage negotiable based on experience.

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

Email resumes to

We are currently seeking a reliable and experienced individual to fill the following position:

Groundskeeper 1 position available Duties include: Watering lawn, plants and shrubs; Trimming and pruning trees and shrubs; Planting and cutting grass; Planting flowers, trees, and shrubs. Operating and performing basic maintenance on power lawn mowers. Fast paced work environment. We offer competitive salary and benefits packages and a great working atmosphere. Our found talent will have full use of our pools, hot tubs, fitness centre and more. Come on, join the Sunchaser team. Apply now! Send your resume and cover letter to Fax: 250-345-6250

MAINTENANCE HANDYMAN What you’d be responsible for • • •

• • • • • •

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

Part and Full-time Positions Available Start date: ASAP

Food Service Supervisor Permanent, Shift

Food Counter Attendant Permanent, Shift

Job description available in store 7 positions available No education required One to two years experience required. Nights/early mornings/weekends $12.12/hour + medical/ dental/group benefits.

Job description available in store 12 positions available No education or experience required. Nights/overnights/early mornings/weekends. $11.05/hour + medical/dental/ group benefits.

Apply in person, via email ( or by fax (250-341-3177) for both positions.

Representing Cobblestone Creek Cottage and Lodging Co. with a professional and thorough maintenance ethic when working on our vacation properties and with our guests, owners and clients Complete seasonal and preventative interior and external maintenance Complete some custodial duties as required from time to time such as changing light bulbs, patching, repairing and painting walls, setting up furniture, tile repair, minor carpentry work and finishing, HVAC/air conditioning service, minor plumbing, electrical repair, etc. Order required parts through vendors and source out required products and parts Ensure accurate reporting logs for completed maintenance Report and monitor missing items from and damage to vacation homes Maintain a safe and hazard free work environment following industry work safe practices Manage and be point-of contact for trades in consultation and assist tradesmen as needed Maintain vacation home inventory supply levels when required

What we’re looking for • • • • • • • • • • •

Minimum of 5 years of work-related experience in a maintenance/handyman position Basic knowledge of carpentry, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, HVAC and appliance repair Experienced in adjusting and repairing household furniture Skilled working with a variety of power and hand tools Strong mechanical inclination and a keen attention to details Can solve problems, troubleshoot and identify solutions Able to work flexible hours with an altered work schedule as required Able to use personal vehicle and tools as required Able to complete physical requirements of position including occasionally lifting up to 50 lbs, climbing steps and ladders etc. Must possess a valid Canadian driver’s license Be located in the Columbia Valley of British Columbia or able to relocate Interested in applying? Please submit your resume and a cover letter to before June 15th, 2014. For more information on the position you can access the job posting on

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

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Now hiring cooks, servers and beverage cart servers





Looking for an extra income? Columbia Valley Taxi is looking for a class 4 driver. Must have clear criminal record check, drivers abstract and health check. Mostly late night driving. $15/hr. plus tips. Phone 250342-5262, 250-341-3521.

Peppi’s Pizza is accepting resumes for full or part-time servers. Email to Attn: Tim and Laura 2014 and call or drop by in person.


Kootenay River Runners is looking for full and part time bus drivers with Class 4 restricted or more advanced licenses. You will be driving guests to and from the Kootenay river for daily rafting trips. Must be able to drive manual transmission. Please email resume to

Learn how to cook amazing food! Full/Part-time positions at Leo Burrito and Gerry’s Gelati in Radium. No experience required. Wage dependable on experience + gratuity. Fun atmosphere to work in, free meals and mini-golf! Submit resume to crystal@box100. com .

We work 10 a.m. till about 4 p.m. Pay is $14-$15 per hour.

Love Golf? Honest, hardworking, outgoing person required for part time sales work at local golf course. Flexible hours, 250-308-1163.

Send resumes to or call 250-347-6290

We are looking for a Housekeeper to join our team for the summer season. We need someone who is energetic and can work weekends as well as weekdays.

Apply at: Crystal Springs Motel 4852 Radium Blvd., Radium Hot Springs Phone: 250-347-9759

High Country Properties has been in the Vacation Rental Property Management business for over 26 years in the Columbia Valley. We specialize in short term rentals of privately owned condos, town homes, and homes in Fairmont, Invermere, Kimberley, Panorama, Radium, and Windermere. We are seeking applicants for the following position: Contract Cleaners – Do you enjoy a flexible schedule, take pride in your work and have your own vehicle? Come join our team! $19/hr. cleaning privately owned vacation homes and condos at Panorama and throughout the valley. Please forward your resume before June 20th, 2014 to High Country Properties Management Ltd. at or mail to PO Box 760 Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0.

Buying or selling… Your greatest investment is worth a second opinion! Cell: 250•341•1395 Toll Free: 1•888•258•9911

Wende Brash Broker/Owner

RE/MAX Invermere Independently Owned and Operated 1022B - 7th Avenue, Box 459 Invermere BC V0A 1K0 E-mail: Fax: 250-342-9611

Office: 250-342-6505 • Cell: 250-342-1300

Wanted full-time and part-time sales staff for home furnishings store, July and August. Must have sales experience and spectacular personality. Phone 250-342-5525 for interview.

Summer Student Visitor Centre Counselor The Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce is seeking an individual with an outgoing personality, good computer skills, knowledge of the Columbia Valley and transportation to and from work. Retail experience is an asset. Must be a fulltime student (Secondary or Post-secondary) and returning to full-time studies in the fall. Must be able to work weekends. Term of employment June 1st to August 31st. Please send resume with cover letter to, drop off at Visitor Centre or call 1-250-342-2844.

All Things Racing! The Valleys Echo’s upcoming June 18th “All Things Racing” special feature is the perfect opportunity to promote your upcoming event! From marathons and obstacle courses to rally car racing, the valley has it all!

Montessori creative development pre-school program accepting registration for September www. Black Forest Restaurant is hiring. Cook, $12 - $14 per hour. 40 hours per week. Email resumes to or drop off resumes between noon and 5 p.m. Workers needed to help on a fulltime basis at the Kiosk in front of the BMO. Great outdoor gig for the right people. Please call 250-3426605. Local plumbing company requires experienced journeyman plumber. Must have problem solving skills and service experience. Some on-call duties required. Please email resumes to

Our deadline to book advertising is Monday at noon.

For more information, contact

Cheryl Williams 250-341-6299

Looking For Summer Work?… But still want time to enjoy the summer? Busy Small Resort in Windermere requires helper. Varied duties include housekeeping, grounds and building maintenance, trail work. Training and supervision will be provided. 6 hour day, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., 5 days per week. $12 per hour. June 29th to August 30, 2014. You must be a full time student, 15 years of age or older and returning to school full time in the fall of 2014, as the position is partially funded through the Columbia Basin Trust 2014 Summer Works program. Contact Scott at 342-0356 or email me at


To place an ad please call: 250-341-6299 or e-mail:


Professionals Over 10 years of real estate experience!

Glenn Pomeroy

MaxWell Realty Invermere 1214-7th Avenue, Invermere, B.C.

Cell: (250) 270-0666 Office: (250) 341-6044 Fax: 866-600-0673


492 Highway 93/95 Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0 CELL: 250-342-5889 TOLL FREE: 1-877-347-6838 FAX: 1-866-788-4966

Ken MacRitchie

MaxWell Realty Invermere 1214-7th Avenue, Invermere, B.C.

Cell: 250-342-1565 Office: 250-341-6044 Fax: 250-341-6046

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Regional District of East Kootenay BYLAW 2520 & 2521

BYLAW 2520 & 2521

Bylaw Amendment - Elkhorn Ranch Ltd.

Covenant Release - Elkhorn Ranch Ltd.

The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Board of Directors is considering an application by Elkhorn Ranch Ltd. to amend the Lake Windermere Official Community Plan and the Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw. If approved, the bylaws will amend the OCP and Zoning designations of the subject properties to accommodate a proposed subdivision creating approximately 37 parcels between 1.0 ha and 2.5 ha in size (Area 1). The amendment will also “downzone” an area where no subdivision is proposed (Area 2). The subject properties located on Windermere Loop Road and Kootenay No. 3 Road as shown on the attached map are legally described as: • Sublot 111, District Lot 4596, Kootenay District, Plan X32 except Parcel A (Ref. Plan 73775I) and Plans NEP20959, NEP61871 and NEP69058 – Area 1; and • That part of Lot C, District Lot 108, Kootenay District, Plan 1386 except part included in Plan 18737; • That part of Lot B, District Lot 108, Kootenay District, Plan 1386; • That part of those parts of District Lots 19, 41 and 218 included in Explanatory Plan 26302I, Kootenay District, except from District Lot 19, Parcel A(Reference Plan 101916I) to be hereafter known as Parcel 1 (See W4380) – Area 2 Bylaw No. 2520 cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – Lake Windermere Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 2061, 2008 – Amendment Bylaw No. 16, 2014 (Windermere / Elkhorn Ranch Ltd.)” will amend the designations of the subject properties as outlined on the attached Schedule A, which is incorporated in and forms part of this Bylaw, from R-SF, Residential Low Density, R-MF, Residential Multi-Family, OSRT, Open Space, Recreation and Trails and RR, Rural Resource to SH, Small Holdings and RR, Rural Resource. Bylaw No. 2521 cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw No. 900, 1992 – Amendment Bylaw No. 292, 2014 (Windermere / Elkhorn Ranch Ltd.)” will amend the designations of the subject properties as outlined on the attached Schedule A, which is incorporated in and forms part of this Bylaw from R-1, Single Family Residential Zone, R-5, Multiple Family Residential – Community (Cluster) Zone, P-2, Public Parks and Open Space Zone and A-2, Rural Residential (Country) Zone to SH-2, Small Holding Semi-Rural Zone and A-2, Rural Residential (Country) Zone. A public hearing will be held at: Windermere Community Hall 4726 North Street Windermere, BC Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 7:00 pm The Board has delegated the holding of this hearing to the Director for Electoral Area F, Director for Electoral Area G and the District of Invermere. If you believe that your interest in property is affected by the proposed Bylaw, you may prior to the hearing: • inspect the Bylaw and supporting information at the RDEK office in Cranbrook from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, excluding statutory holidays; • mail, fax or email written submissions to the addresses/numbers shown below; or • present written and/or verbal submissions at the hearing. Submissions cannot be accepted after the public hearing. All written submissions are public information pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This notice is not an interpretation of the Bylaw. For more information, contact Jean Terpsma, Planning Technician, at 250-489-0314, toll free at 1-888-478-7335, or email

The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Board of Directors is considering a request by Elkhorn Ranch Ltd. to release two restrictive covenants currently registered on title. The two covenants require the provision of community water and community sewer services to any parcels created by subdivision. If the release of the covenants is approved, the RDEK servicing requirements for parcels created by subdivision will be in accordance with Subdivision Servicing Bylaw No. 1954. The area subject to the covenants is shown below. The RDEK Board of Directors has authorized a public hearing to gather the views of the public. The public hearing will be held in conjunction with the public hearing authorized for Bylaws 2520 and 2521. A public hearing will be held at: Windermere Community Hall 4726 North Street Windermere, BC Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 7:00 pm The Board has delegated the holding of this hearing to the Director for Electoral Area F, Director for Electoral Area G and the District of Invermere. If you believe that your interest in property is affected by the proposed Bylaw, you may prior to the hearing: • inspect the Bylaw and supporting information at the RDEK office in Cranbrook from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, excluding statutory holidays; • mail, fax or email written submissions to the addresses/numbers shown below; or • present written and/or verbal submissions at the hearing. Submissions cannot be accepted after the public hearing. All written submissions are public information pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This notice is not an interpretation of the Bylaw. For more information, contact Jean Terpsma, Planning Technician, at 250-489-0314, toll free at 1-888-478-7335, or email jterpsma@rdek.

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


To the Tour participants, their parents, the golf courses, their staff and their volunteers! Also to our program supporters:

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When troubles overwhelm you By Pastor Wayne Frater Radium Christian Fellowship Church James 1 verses 2-4 from the NLT tells us: “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, (notice, it doesn’t say, if troubles come your way, it says when they come) consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” If you stopped there, it would sound like the impossible dream, but James goes on to verse 5: “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and He will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.” In other words, when troubles come our way, and they will, we are to ask God for His wisdom on how to handle them. Abraham Lincoln once said, “I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for the day.” A couple of weeks ago, in our prayer time after church, there was 6 or 7 men praying for each other. As we were . . . ‘Trail’ on page 28 There are two old cabins in the meadow that are worth a look. Take the time to tighten your shoes at this point: you are about to start a 1,000-metre descent to Panorama! The upper portion of the downhill is incredible — mossy forest floor, open larch forest, perfect switchbacks. If you time it right in the fall, the colours here will be awesome! The final portion of the descent

praying, the statement was made, “there is a lot of wisdom represented here.” It was meant in the natural, as at least three of the men were in their 80’s, but the real truth was in the fact that God’s wisdom, God’s direction was being prayed for. Are troubles overwhelming you? Do you have a problem which seems to have no answer? The answer is found in Proverbs 3:5-8 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil. Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones.” And in Jeremiah 29:11-13 “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find Me.” Everybody experiences troubles, disappointments, setbacks, and heartache. God is bigger than our biggest problem, He can take us from where we are today and lead us into His path, His plan of blessing. God can take whatever mess we have made of our life and turn those messes into a life with a hope and a future. Jesus tells us in John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” Correction: Last week’s column was written by Pastor Trevor Hagan, not Father Gabriel. Father Gabriel’s column will appear next week. crosses some of the mountain bike trails on Panorama so make sure you keep your eyes and ears open. The beauty of ending at Panorama? Hitting up one of the fine establishments for post-run beverages and burgers, oh yeah! This week’s column was written by Jordie Kirk with Crazy Soles, part of the Columbia River Greenways Alliance, a non-profit organization working to develop a network of trails in the Columbia Valley. Visit Happy Trails!

Valley Churches LAKE WINDERMERE ALLIANCE CHURCH Sunday, June 15th 10:30 a.m.: Worship and Life Instruction, “Love is a Verb...Love is Not”...Pastor Trevor ministering. Pastor Trevor Hagan 326 - 10th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-9535 • WINDERMERE VALLEY SHARED MINISTRY ANGLICAN-UNITED 9 a.m.: Worship at All Saints, Edgewater 9:30 a.m.: Bacon, Friends and Faith 10:30 a.m.: Worship at Christ Church Trinity, Invermere Reverend Laura Hermakin 110 - 7th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-6644 • VALLEY CHRISTIAN ASSEMBLY Sunday, 10 a.m.: Worship service. Kids’ Church provided. Pastor Murray Wittke 4814 Highway 93/95, Windermere 250-342-9511 • ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH Saturday, 4:30 p.m.: at St. Anthony’s, Canal Flats. Saturday, 5 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m.: at Canadian Martyrs’ Church in Invermere Sunday, 11 a.m.: at St. Joseph’s Church in Radium. 712 -12th Ave., Invermere • Father Gabriel • 250-342-6167 ST. PETER’S LUTHERAN MISSION OF INVERMERE Worship services every Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Christ Church Trinity, 110 - 7th Ave., Invermere Pastor Rev. Fraser Coltman • 1-250-426-7564 RADIUM CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP Sunday 10 a.m. Worship service Pastor Wayne and Linda Frater • 250-342-6633 No. 4, 7553 Main St. Radium • 250-347-9937 CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS Worship Service, Sunday, 10 a.m. • Relief Society, 11:15 a.m. President Barry Pratt • Columbia Valley Branch 5014 Fairway, Fairmont Hot Springs • 250-341-5792

Imagine Invermere OCP Update

Over the next several months the District will be updating its Official Community Plan (OCP): 

to align with the Imagine Invermere 2030 ICSP and other key strategy documents

to ensure it reflects the community’s vision and supports sustainable growth for all seasons

To that end we’ll be in Invermere to start the community conversation from June 16-20th. Drop by and see us throughout the week at the Lake Auto Garage - 1005 7th Avenue.

OCP in a week: June 16-20, 2014 - right in the heart of Invermere

Stay tuned for a schedule of events in the coming weeks

June 13, 2014

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June 13, 2014 On behalf of Peak Danceworks and the Columbia Valley Arts (CV Arts) Council, thank you to all of our generous sponsors and donors who made An Evening of Dance on May 23rd a huge success! Gold Sponsor

Mortgage Alliance West Toby Creek Adventures Jeannette and Norman Hendrickson Inside Edge Invermere Physiotherapy Moutainside Market Fairmont/Radium Marvin Jefferson Trucking Ltd. Rocky Mountain Cranes Mr. and Mrs. Lindsay Fairmont Construction Mortgage Alliance West Mrs. Helen Kipp Kootenay Savings Credit Union Sweetpea Midwifery

CV Arts

Silver Sponsors Canwest Propane Toby Creek Electric Dr. Teresa Ross Pharmasave

Bronze Sponsors McBlain Plumbing and Heating NCM Construction Dr. Michael Walsh John Wolfe Construction Sobeys Pip’s Country Store First Choice Realty 2 Boyz Bins Inc. Zehnder Consulting Helna’s Stube Restaurant

Special Thanks Kim Sanderson Photography

Friends of Dance Donations

Friends of Dance Sposnors A&W David and Roxann Dunlop Effusion Art Gallery Kootenay Savings and Credit Union Objectech Software Solutions

Bank of Montreal Breyanna Murray Yoga Canfor Canterbury Flowers Columbia River Kayak & Canoe Copper Point Golf Club Copper Point Resort Fairmont Construction Fairmont Pizza

Fit for Life Green Door Property Management Invermere Chiropractic Jason Smith Co. Kicking Horse Coffee Jan and Dexter Lindsay Local View Printing and Design Inc. Cal and Deb Manz Dr. Mark Moneo McIntosh Appraisals and Consulting Norman Hendricks Painted Porch Panorama Mountain Resort Peak Danceworks Pepsi Pilates Pursuits Ptarmigan Rugs Radium Hot Springs Pools Radium Esso Clara and Reg Reinhardt Rocky Mountain Cranes Rocky River Grill Scizzor Sisters Stacy Fair Tim Hortons Valley Fitness Centre Village Arts

KickOff Party co-sponsored by

Saturday, June 21, 2014 Invermere Community Hall Doors open at 5:30 p.m.


Buffet Dinner catered by Anne Riches Catering. Desserts lovingly prepared by the ladies of the Columbia Valley Unit of the Canadian Cancer Society.


... the night away to the tunes of Wil C Productions


Many wonderful services, items and gift certificates generously donated by individuals and businesses throughout the valley. Live auction by Tex Lortscher. Tickets $45/person or $80/couple Available at The Book Bar, Invermere • Cash Bar •

For more info, or for tickets, please call

Sheila Tutty 250-342-9059


Online edition of The Columbia Valley Pioneer for June 13th, 2014.