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2 â€˘ The Upper Columbia Pioneer
December 31, 2004
Predict your own future: psychic
By Elinor Florence Pioneer Staff
Laurelie Martinson knew the minute she walked through the door three years ago that she would buy Meet at Higher Ground Coffee Shop in Radium Hot Springs. The Regina native, who was visiting the valley with her parents, has been operating on intuition for most of her life. So she purchased the coffee shop and has run it ever since. Now she is ready to pursue another goal - helping people predict their own futures by reading Tarot cards. She is hanging up her shingle as The Neighborhood Psychic. Predicting the future is something we can all learn, she says. â€œFor example, we have all had that feeling of thinking about someone and suddenly the phone rings,â€? she says. â€œThatâ€™s our intuition at work.â€? Laurelie says we can increase our level of intuition by being in tune with our gut feelings. â€œBefore you call your friend, close your eyes and visualize whether she is
at home, and whether she feels like talking. Then call her and find out.â€? However, Laurelie cautions that people shouldnâ€™t spend much time fretting about the future. â€œThe most powerful we can be is living in the present,â€? she says. â€œYes, we want to plan, we want to make practical decisions, but it depletes our energy to be constantly dwelling in the past or worrying about the future.â€? She said when people have a dream or a vision, they should write it down before the details are lost. The 16thcentury French prophet Nostradamus recorded his predictions for posterity and we still marvel at their accuracy. For example, he predicted the fall of the twin towers in New York City. And Laurelei also says that astrology should be used only as a general guideline. Newspaper horoscopes are helpful but should not be taken literally, she says. â€œThe stars, Tarot cards, any of these things - they are excellent tools for getting a sense of who you are, where you are in your life,â€? she says.
Downtown development unveiled
Laurelie uses her Tarot cards as a tool for helping people to preduct their future.
A major new project northeast of the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena will be unveiled at a public open house on Tuesday, January 4th. Arson suspected in trailer fire Developers are tight-lipped about the scope of the project, preferring to wait until it is seen by the An un inhabited trailer was the scene of a myspublic before being discussed with the newspaper. terious fire in the Athalmer industrial park at 7 p.m. However, rumour has it that the development on Boxing Day. The fire is under investigation of the dwarfs anything seen in the valley to date. fire chief Roger Ekman. The open house will be held at the Best Western â€œWe believe it was deliberately set by someone,â€? Invermere Inn from 5 to 7 p.m. Mr. Ekman said. â€œThere was nothing around the trailer and yet it was completely burned.â€?
Helicopter crash kills Colorado pilot
RCMP have confirmed that a man from Boulder, Colorado was en route from Cranbrook to Revelstoke when his helicopter crashed in the mountains northwest of Canal Flats. The local RCMP, Transport Safety Board investigators and the B.C. Coronerâ€™s Service were all at the scene Wednesday of the crash site after the manâ€™s remains were discovered.
SAAN chain of stores sold Local SAAN management is not allowed to reveal any plans for the store after it was announced recently that the Canadian department store chain has been sold to an investor group in New York. The Canadian owner named Gendis, a publicly-traded company based in Winnipeg, sold its
money-losing SAAN and Red Apple Clearance stores on Dec. 16. Founded in 1947, it grew into a chain of 240 stores across Canada and employs 3,000 people. The SAAN here has 12 employees.
Local Snowbird died in 1972 The very first Snowbird pilot killed during a flying performance was Lloyd Waterer from Invermere, back in 1972. Recently two airplanes collided in mid-flight, resulting in the fifth fatality since the precision flying team was formed in 1971. The Snowbirds had been flying together for just one year when they lost their first member - Captain Lloyd Waterer of Invermere. He was just 24 years old. His funeral was held at the former Anglican Christ Church. â€œIt was one of the biggest funerals this town has ever seen,â€? recalls Any Stuart-Hill. â€œThe church was full and so was the yard.â€? As well as people from the community, several Snowbirds and flying friends attended the funeral.
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December 31, 2004
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Family escapes tidal wave The next day the Saunders took several buses to get to the far side of the island and are staying in an area as far away from the disaster zone as possible. A Windermere family is trying to enjoy whatâ€™s Faith has since called her mother several times. left of their holiday in Thailand after narrowly esThe Saunders have decided not to fly home becaping a tidal wave which swamped the southwest fore their scheduled departure on January 7th as the coast on Boxing Day. airports are crammed with stranded tourists. Gordon and Faith Saunders and their two sons Ryan and Tanner were mere minutes from being swept away by a wave that killed 77,000 people at last report and devastated several countries. â€œThey could easily have been killed,â€? said Faithâ€™s mother Sandra Taylor. Mrs. Taylor said she got a long-distance call on Christmas night. She and her husband Joe had been out for dinner and had not yet turned on their television set. The time difference between here and Thailand is 14 hours. â€œIt was Faith. She said: â€œMom, I just called to tell you weâ€™re all right.â€™ I was surprised because we hadnâ€™t watched the news and we didnâ€™t know anything about it. â€œIâ€™m so glad she called me right away because we would have been just sick if we had seen it on TV first.â€? Mrs. Taylor said the Saunders family had been staying on the island of Phi Phi but left on Boxing Day morning to take a ferry back to the city of Krabi on the mainland. â€œThe boys wanted to stay and go snorkelling but Faith just insisted that they get up early and catch the first ferry over to the mainland. â€œThey had just docked and were getting off the ferry when they saw people on the shore shouting and pointing and making a big commotion. They looked out to sea and saw the tidal wave coming on Gordon and Faith Saunders the horizon. â€œThey grabbed their luggage and ran onto the Gordon Saunders is a landscape contractor and shore. There was a taxi waiting there so they jumped Faith works in the office at David Thompson Secin and the driver raced up the hill towards higher ondary School. Their oldest son Ryan is an engiground. neering student at the University of Alberta in Edâ€œWhen they drove over across the river, they monton. could see the water under the bridge swelling up as Their youngest boy Tanner graduated from high the wave hit the shore and started to come inland. school in 2003 and spent a year working in Calgary. They got to the other side and drove up the hill to a While employed at Joey Tomatoâ€™s, he met his grilhotel - just any old hotel. They took the elevator to friend Sarah Passegger and the two decided to travel the sixth floor and from there they could see what together. was happening down below.â€? Tanner and Sarah left for Thailand at the beMrs. Taylor said the Saunders were quite safe, ginning of November. The rest of Tannerâ€™s family but the hotel where they had been staying originally decided to fly to Thailand and meet with him for a was swamped. family vacation. The family, including Sarah, spent By Elinor Florence Pioneer Staff
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