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Your Weekly Source for News and Events

Vol. 3/Issue 52

The Columbia

December 29, 2006




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




Donna Lynne Leslie, owner of Sol Spa at Panorama, had the expanse of Lake Windermere all to herself last week. She had plans to meet friends for lunch, but was enjoying the sun and skiing so much, she used her cell phone to let them know she would be late. Photo by Brian Geis


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Christmas Tree Disposal Saturday, January 6th, 2007 Invermere Have trees out front of your house Friday night. All monies from this project go to Cystic Fibrosis. Any donations are gratefully accepted. Trees will be disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner.

VALLEY NEWS Lions get roar of appreciation Invermere Lion Don Critchley shows off a Certificate of Recognition and a Scroll of Appreciation his organization was awarded for distributing child identification kits through the local schools. It is the fourth year the group has been administering the program. Lion Don took the opportunity to remind valley parents that the identification kits will be distributed through the schools in early 2007. An announcement from the schools will precede the distribution. Photo by Brian Geis

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Cab business for sale By Brian Geis Pioneer Staff The owners of Columbia Valley Cab are looking for a driver or a buyer. According to co-owner Tonya Tombaugh, the company began phasing out service in November because she and her partner, Blair Mooney, have less time for the cab service. Mr. Mooney works full-time at Invermere Sales and Rentals and Ms. Tombaugh has a three-year-old child and another one on the way. Ms. Tombaugh said she used to be able to strap the youngster into a baby seat and go, but now that he is three, he has less interest in riding around in a taxi cab. So, the team is looking to hire a driver or sell the business. Ms. Tombaugh said it would be ideal from someone without kids or a retiree looking to keep busy. “It would be a good business for someone just starting out” Ms. Tombaugh said. “With all the development going on and it’s just getting busier, somebody could be making good money right now.” The shuttle trip to Panorama, she said, earns her a $50 fare each time. The catch, she said, is that you have to have a Class 4 driving license and be able to perform a pre-trip inspection of the vehicle. Ms. Tombaugh said it’s not difficult and that she and Mr. Mooney have trained drivers in the past, but that, like

RCMP Report • December 10th and 11th: Police received report of vandalism and two property break-ins at Panorama. In the vandalism incident, unknown culprits threw a beer bottle through the window of a vehicle parked at the resort. In the first break-in, unknown culprits smashed the front door window of a home, gaining entry. In the second break-in, entry was gained into a unit with a pry bar. It is unknown at this time if anything was stolen. • December 15: Police received report of a break-in at a cottage on Pine Cone Lane in Radium. Thieves stole a small quantity of liquor. • December 16: Police conducted a snowmobile enforcement patrol in Forester’s Creek area. Police issued ten violations for unregistered snowmobiles. • December 16: Police stopped a southbound speeding truck near Windermere. Investigation


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all businesses, they are having trouble finding help. “I feel bad about some of these old folks,” said Ms. Tombaugh. The business in large part involved driving house-bound seniors to and from adult day care at Columbia House. Ms. Tombaugh said Interior Health cut funding for the transportation without warning back in September and cancelled her service. The revenue from Interior Health, she said, was enough to cover the business’s operating expenses. However, District of Invermere Hospital Community Administrator Rose Bard said she is weeks away from establishing a new shuttle service for transportation to and from adult day care. Seniors are not prohibited from using a taxi service if they want to spend their own money, but Interior Health, she said, was just using Columbia Valley Cab on an interim basis. Mrs. Bard said she is partnering to use Columbia Garden Village’s shuttle van and staffing it with hospital employees. “It’s much more appropriate for our clients,” she said. “It will just be a safer means.” Many of the clients, she said, have complicated medical conditions that stand to benefit from medically-trained transportation staff. “It’s really sad there isn’t a better service,” Mrs. Bard said, “not just for us, but for Panorama as well.” found the driver to have been drinking and under suspension from driving from a previous impaired driving investigation. The 31-year-old male driver was charged with Prohibited Driving, issued a 24hour prohibition for drinking, and the vehicle he was operating was impounded for 30 days. The Edgewater man will appear in court on March 6th. • December 17: Police received report of an intoxicated youth passed out behind the former Home Hardware building in Invermere. Police attended and a 13-year-old female was transported to hospital for alcohol-related treatment. • December 19: Police attempted to stop a speeding pickup near Windermere. The driver attempted to flee, only to become stuck once leaving the highway. The 41-year-old driver displayed several signs of impairment and was detained for impaired driving and escorted for breath samples of 220 and 200 mg percent. The man will appear in Provincial Court on February 20th.

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February 3, 2006




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



Why is this man smiling? Page 10

It’s been quite a year at The Pioneer!



Mark Himmelspach is the chief owner of Grizzly Ridge Properties, adjacent to Invermere’s town limits. Photo by Bob Ede

MORE IS NOT ALWAYS BETTER. EXCEPT WHEN IT COMES TO RETIREMENT SAVINGS. More is definitely good. Start with a modest savings plan and watch your money multiply. Ask us how to get started today.

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In February, we changed our name to The Columbia Valley Pioneer, changed the size of the newspaper, and moved our printing to the Calgary Sun, allowing us to print full colour on every page.

The Pioneer’s Dragon Boat team trained valiantly for this year’s Dragon Boat Races in July, but alas! the event was cancelled due to wind and The Pioneer team will have to wait until 2007 to defend the champsionship paddle we won in 2005.

In June, graphic designers Bob and Lisa Ede dressed in Western garb for this year’s Bull Riding in the Rockies event.

In September, Elinor Florence, the owner of The Colum- In April, we were thrilled to be named the 2005 Entrebia Valley Pioneer, purchased the Columbia Valley Map preneur of the Year by the Columbia Valley Chamber of Book from Marlene Chabot of Mackena Creative. Commerce.

In August our summer student Kelsie Ede, who is studying photojournalism in Calgary, climbed to the top of Mount Swansea for a panoramic view of the valley.

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Happy New Year from The Pioneer! Advertising sales associate Dave Sutherland wed his sweetheart Kathy Degenhardt in October 2006.

Not to be outdone, advertising sales associate Bob Friesen remarried his sweetheart Darlene in honour of their 50th wedding anniversary in December 2006.

Our new reporter Brian Geis drove across the continent from Raleigh, North Carolina to Invermere take up his new job in November.

Sarah Turk drove The Pioneer’s truck in our third annual Standing, left to right: Reporter Brian Geis, Publisher Elinor Florence, Advertising Sales Associate Bob Friesen. entry in the Santa Claus Parade on Super Sunday, spon- Seated, left to right: Advertising Sales Associate Dave Sutherland, Office Manager Sarah Turk, and Graphic Designer Zephyr Rawbon. sored by the Invermere Business Committee.

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Predictions for 2007

December 29, 2006

Historical Lens

By Elinor Florence Pioneer Publisher You don’t need a crystal ball to forecast what will come to pass in 2007. Change is in the tsunami which is about to descend on our valley this year. The valley will see a record year for development. Many local residents won’t like all the changes. They will sell their homes, make a bundle and move to a smaller community, most likely in the Creston area or someplace where they have family members. For every one that leaves, there will be three newcomers who think this place is heaven on earth. There will be a record summer for tourism, which will make business owners happy. The fly in the ointment will be the shortage of staff to wait on the tourists, who will express mounting frustration at the short opening hours and lack of service. The local police force will be even more taxed by the number of obnoxious drunks who come here to party and leave in their wake a legacy of black eyes, wrecked cars, and tedious and costly court cases. The local hospital will be even more taxed by the number of visitors who fall off cliffs, fall into rivers and fall down ski hills, injuring themselves and creating long waits at the emergency department. The influx of people and money will also bring benefits to the community. There will be jobs available for anyone who has a place to live, including our young people. Many of the newcomers will be clever and interesting people with a variety of talents who will find ways to make our valley a better place. Some of them will be retired from their jobs and will devote themselves to non-profit activities. Fundraising will get underway for facilities such as a new skate park, a new library and a new performing arts centre. Some of the newcomers will have children, which will bolster our flagging school enrollment. Our community’s ability to deal with the changes ahead will provide the real news stories in 2007. Happy new year and all the best!

Sanda Rickter as a little girl hides her face behind her mother Helen Rickter and four bachelors who were fortunate enough to be invited to the Rickter family home for Christmas dinner in 1933. The men, who look as if they have had a few already, are raising their cups in a toast. See Sanda’s story on Page 12.

LETTERS Cardel proposal questioned Dear Editor: I am responding to the article in the Dec. 15 issue of The Pioneer about the postponement of the Cardel Homes request for the District to vacate a portion of Ninth Avenue. I am a resident and taxpayer in Invermere. I live right in the area where this condominium development is going to be built. I would like to know why the council of Invermere

doesn’t have a Town Hall meeting with all the residents who live beside or near this development. I am concerned that the change in zoning from residential to commercial will increase my taxes and force me out of my home. And whose home will be next? It seems this development is only going to benefit the rich, screw the little guy. Who are you going to screw next? Dave Stewart, Invermere

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Be it resolved . . . By Sandra Kelly Special to The Pioneer Have you noticed that the New Year’s resolution has become a quaint old custom? I’ve lately been asking friends and family what resolutions they’ll make this year, and I’ve been getting pretty much the same response: Why bother? I won’t keep them anyway. Wasn’t there a time when we all resolved to make some kind of progress in the coming year? We were going to quit smoking, which, to our credit, most of us did. We were going to get more exercise, which, to our shame, most of us did not. We were going to eat less sugar and drink less alcohol and spend less time lying around. We were going to get self-discipline, if we could just locate it. Barring that, we were going to get better with money. Cut back on luxuries. Increase our savings. Conquer our debt. The federal government reports that we Canadians are carrying more debt now than at any time in our history. The New Year’s resolution is older than you realize. The Babylonians are credited with inventing it 4,000 years ago. However, March 23rd was the first day of their calendar year, and self-discipline wasn’t an issue. Typically, they vowed to return something borrowed from a friend during the previous year. As we would say, no biggie. The Romans named January 1st as their first calendar day, after the mythical figure of Janus. Apparently they set such dubious goals as getting forgive-

ness from their enemies. This custom declined but, then again, so did Rome. Chinese New Year falls on the first full moon after the sun enters Aquarius, in late January or early February. It too has been celebrated for thousands of years. The ancient Chinese usually vowed to “clean house.” Presumably that involved more than dusting. I’m still a fan of the New Year’s resolution. For one thing, January is the best time of year to acquire restraint. The pastry that fattened us in December abruptly vanishes, taking temptation with it. There are fewer parties. And, the days get longer—you start to visualize your fat, alcohol-saturated body at the beach. Many a person, myself included, has failed at dieting in July. Let’s face it: the custom of going out for ice cream on a hot summer night will never decline. What disturbs me most about the demise of the New Year’s resolution is how poorly it speaks of us. It says that we have lost the will to better ourselves. It announces that we have become lazy and belligerent—sloths with attitude. To be sure, our lousy track record for keeping resolutions has a lot to do with that. But that’s in the past, isn’t it? Shouldn’t we look to the future? I’m making a few resolutions this year. I will eat less and get more exercise. I will balance my checkbook and set more money aside. Finally, I will give thanks every day for the friends and family who won’t hold me to any of it.


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Concert pianist Inga Lipkov, who trained in St. Petersburg, Russia, now lives in Fairmont Hot Springs. See Page 17.


Romanza Three Canadian Tenors · Christ Church Trinity Wednesday January 10th at 7:30 pm.


Happy New Year · from the Columbia Valley Arts Council Pynelogs Cultural Centre Office will be closed from December 23 to January 2nd.

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Movie Review: The Devil Wears Prada By Elinor Florence Pioneer Staff



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The best part about The Devil Wears Prada is actress Meryl Streep. In short, I found every scene with Meryl in it to be interesting, while every scene without her seemed bland. Roles for talented but mature actresses are dwindling, so it’s wonderful to see the great Meryl, looking classy and beautiful as always, back in action. She plays a truly detestable tyrant named Miranda Priestly who publishes a glossy fashion magazine. The character is said to be modelled after former Vogue editor Anna Wintour, which makes the movie even more interesting. Miranda is a venomous viper on a power trip. One of the most effective devices used by the actress is a voice so quiet that it is almost a whisper, more deadly than a scream. By some fluke a rookie journalism student named Andy Sachs (played by Anne Hathaway from the Princess Diaries) is hired as her assistant. Miranda Priestly is abrasive and ridiculously demanding. One of Andy’s tasks is to find the next unpublished Harry Potter manuscript and deliver it

to Miranda, which is a little over the top as we all know it’s locked in an underground vault somewhere. Andy has “principles” which are gradually eroded as she is seduced by the fashion industry and the power and majesty of Miranda Priestly, not to mention all the great clothes. In the process her relationship with her longsuffering boyfriend (hottie Adrian Grenier) takes a downward spiral. The movie has strong supporting roles for Stanley Tucci as the magazine's art director, and Emily Blunt as the magazine's publishing assistant and wanna-be Miranda Priestly. This movie is a fluffy chick flick that will appeal mostly to women, but has enough funny lines that men will enjoy it, too. My husband watched it with me and he actually laughed out loud a few times, although he didn't even get the reference to Prada, let alone all the other designer names that were bandied about. Did I mention that the clothes are great, too? RATING: 4 OUT OF 5 HEADS

Lucky winners! Recently, members of the Lake Windermere Lions Club have been out around town selling their “Cash raffle” tickets as a fund-raiser for the Columbia Valley Food Bank. The club has been holding a “twoonie draw” for the Food Bank for the past five years, and is pleased this year to have made the largest donation yet. This year, the community support allowed the Lions to present $3057.33 to the Food Bank.




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The three prize winners were: Third prize of $150 was won by Evelyn Earl of Calgary, second prize of $250 went to Ann Burnett of Invermere, and the first place prize of $500 was won by Jaidi Charette, also of Invermere. The Lions Club congratulates the winners and thanks all the supporters. If you need assistance from the Food Bank, call 342-0850 or visit the rear entry to the basement of the library.

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Mother and baby stranded on cable car Continued from Page 12 Sanda’s mother also told her about hanging for hours at nightfall in a primitive cable car about 60 feet above the Kootenay River. During low water, people crossed the river by horse, but in high water the cable was the only safe way. During their first trip, Frank, Helen and 18-month-old Sanda were partway across when “the wheel cracked and got stuck on the cable and it wouldn’t pull any more.” The only recourse was for Frank to crawl hand-over-hand across the cable and search for help. He hoped he would be able to locate one of the old bachelors that lived “up the Kootenay.” He found old Bert Schofield at his cabin and the two made a sling from ropes and gunny sacks. In the meantime, the terrified mother sat in the cable bucket, which was comprised of some old boards nailed together with an edge railing no higher than her hip. She sang to calm her wiggly child and keep herself from fainting. Her fear was that both would slip out of the flimsy contraption into the raging waters below. Her father took her off first, but “how he had to strength to carry both himself and her off I’ll never know!” Shortly after that near disaster the government had a new cable car installed higher up the bank and it hung 100 feet above the water. The family became ill when visiting Helen’s parents in Lacombe. Frank believed it would be better for the family to get away from all the germs and get back to the healthy air of the mountains. But by the time they got to Calgary, sevenyear-old Sanda had developed pneumonia and was too ill to go further. Frank left Helen in Calgary with Sanda and their infant son, and took toddler Diana home. To complicate matters, Helen came down with scarlet fever and had to be quarantined. Sanda recalls the first time she ever spoke on the telephone, isolated in hospital, to her mother whom she was forbidden to see. Part of Sanda’s three months in hospital included reaching her eighth birthday, perhaps her last. The medical people told Helen to prepare for the worst. The saving grace was the newly discovered sulfa drug which brought her back from the brink of death. The depression was on and there wasn’t much to eat. “Dad would take horses to town and pack in 100-pound bags of flour, rice, oatmeal, sugar. Mom would bake and Dad would shoot deer and elk when we needed meat . . . we would have a lot of char and trout,” from his fishing. Now, it was against the law to shoot geese. But people had to eat. Once Frank waited until two birds were lined up and then he got them both with one shot. One day the game warden stopped by, as it was

Sanda today, with her husband Joe Taylor. his habit to check on the isolated family. It was customary to feed visitors and the family found themselves in a bit of a dilemma. They decided on the gracious thing and offered the meal, perhaps wondering exactly whose goose was being cooked. The warden responded appropriately by commenting, “Forget it, let me eat the goose.” Frank enjoyed telling the story over the years, interpreting the man’s comments as, “Shut up, shut up and let me eat!” The health nurse also used to come out and check on the family. Helen took her down into the root cellar to view the food storage. “She just about fainted; she couldn’t believe how mom could put that much stuff away for the winter: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries. Eggs in water glass . . .” Sanda explained that hens never used to lay in the winter, needing all their energy to survive the cold, so eggs were put in crocks with a powdery substance called eisinglass mixed into the liquid to keep them from spoiling. Supplies were brought in by horse or car as the years went by, as far as the cable. One time they even took a cow across. It was high water in June so they

tied the milk cow underneath the bucket and pushed it out and, “the cow bellered all the way across!” When Sanda was about six, a fire raged through the area, nearly burning down their house. They took all their furniture and bedding out to the field, thinking if they lost the house, at least they would have something. They had an old Marconi radio and Sanda used to listen to the Oldtimers on Saturday nights, sitting in a big chair her father made from rods and covered with a bear hide. The Marconi also made the trip to the field. The family was relieved to be able to bring it back inside. Sanda recalls a blueberry field grew up after the fire. She was out there a few years ago and the berries have remained. The challenges of life in the wilderness were too great and the children needed to attend school. They moved just outside of Invermere and lived on a small rented acreage where Zehnder’s farm is now. Then Frank talked Helen into going back out to the Kootenay. Two or three years passed but, “The government was on our backs because we couldn’t complete our home studies. We realized we couldn’t live out there anymore.” Helen was so busy picking and canning berries, baking for her family and looking after livestock that she had little time to supervise schoolwork. A group of five men, one of whom was Dix Anderson, wanted to buy the Kootenay for hunting purposes and use the buildings as a lodge for the hunters. With the money from the sale the Richters purchased the Little Royal Antler from Alex Ritchie. (The property is up past the CastleRock subdivision. Sanda remembers walking four miles to school and back each day.) Frank carried on his career as a hunter-guide and worked for Ronacher’s mill part time. He was considered one of the best guides in North America and had his pictures in Field and Stream magazine. After the marriage ended, Frank returned to Germany to live near his family and died in 1965. Helen later married a local man, Tom Richardson. They had twenty happy years together before she died in the Cranbrook hospital at the age of 98. Meanwhile, Joe Taylor’s parents arrived in the valley in 1938 and had a strawberry and vegetable farm in Edgewater. In fall and winter Joe worked away with a seismic crew on the Mica Dam, but would return to help with the farm in the spring. He and Sanda met at a dance in 1950. Sanda and Joe spend their time now camping in their fifth wheel, golfing and are looking forward to more leisurely days now that they have a smaller home. The couple has four grandchildren and enjoy com-

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The Old Zone By Harold Hazelaar Invermere Due to my injury, I was not able to play in “The Re-Match” earlier this month. Of course, I refer to Super Mario vs. The Incredible Bulk. The Warwick Wolves had only eight players show up for the game. Being the late game, I am sure that some of my teammates were either asleep on the couch at home or already tucked into bed for the night. At least I had a good excuse! The Valley Vision Vulture squad had a few more players and therefore they were able to rest a bit between shifts and this ultimately helped them keep the game close. The domineering line of Ron Woods along with Nev Anderson and Lyle Barsby led the Wolves. This trio scored three of the four goals and had goaltender Buddy Dearin shaking in his skates. Every time the puck was near any of these guys, a goal was a legitimate possibility. The scoring depth of the Wolves is mind-boggling!

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Russian concert pianist at home here By Sandra Kelly Special to The Pioneer On a wintry Sunday afternoon, a very Canadian afternoon, Inga Lipkov took me to the music studio behind her home in Dutch Creek and played Rachmaninoff for me. Outside the window near her grand piano, shafts of sunlight fell between the trees. It was an extraordinary experience. Inga has led an extraordinary life. She was born into a musically gifted family in St. Petersburg, the city Russians call their citadel of culture. Her grandfather was a composer, her father a cellist, and her mother a pianist. The family shared one room in a communal apartment, furnished with a sofa and a grand piano. By day the piano was Inga’s passion. By night it was both her dinner table and her bed. She began playing at age four. Soon she was admitted to a school for musically gifted children. For the next ten years she juggled regular classes with a grueling schedule of music lessons given by the best teachers in Russia. “It was very strict, very demanding,” says the classical pianist. “But there were twenty applicants for every seat, so you didn’t complain.”

After graduation, she enrolled at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory. Five years later, in 1961, she earned a Master of Arts degree, with honours, and certification as a soloist, accompanist, ensemblist and teacher. Then came the grim reality of life in the Soviet Union—an oppressive government, meager pay, a scarcity of food, and poor living accommodations for Inga and husband Lev, daughter Marianna and son Yuri. Lev wanted to immigrate to Canada. “It was impossible to live in Russia,” he told me. “We wanted to be free.” A geologist, he chose Canada because it was a northern country with four distinct seasons. The Lipkovs became Canadian citizens in 1982. They have never looked back. “We are more Canadian than some of you,” Lev jokes. Inga knew only a few words of English when the family got to Calgary in 1979. She worked hard to learn the language and make new friends. One of those was Francis Miller, who operated a school for vocalists. Inga found work there and elsewhere, as a teacher, accompanist and ensemblist. She formed close ties with opera singer Lucy Pyldish and Cenek Vrba, concertmaster of the Calgary

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Philharmonic Orchestra. The trio gave 20 sold-out recitals, the recordings of which were played on the CBC program Alberta in Concert. Inga recorded two acclaimed CDs with Mr. Vrba: Slavonic Fantasies, and Fragments of Time. With Ms. Pyldish she recorded a collection of Russian love songs titled The Dreams. The Mount Royal College Conservatory of Music offered a teaching position. Inga accepted—and stayed for 20 years. “I loved teaching there,” she says. “I enjoyed the young students so much.” Many of those students earned high marks in the Royal Conservatory of Music examinations and won first-place awards at the Kiwanis Festival. After 20 years of vacationing in the valley, Inga and Lev moved to Dutch Creek in 2002. “This is as close to paradise as you can get,” says Lev, gazing out the window at his forested property. He is retired now. Marianna lives in Portland, Oregon and Yuri resides in Calgary. They both play the piano, of course. Inga performs in public only occasionally now. She has four students but would like more. “I would enjoy teaching two or three more young people who really want to learn.”

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The fam ily of Hubert Statham would like to thank Dr. Theresa Ross, the hospital staff and nurses, the Columbia house staff, the Legion, the Wilmer ladies, Reverend Sandy Ferguson, and all the family and friends who were there in our time of need. Thank you, Eleanor, David, Wayne, and families.

BIRTH Shawna and Brett Rehaume are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Kayley Brooke Rehaume, born on December 8th, weighing 6 lbs., 4 oz. Proud grandparents Dale and Lois Elliott of Edgewater, Larry and Shirley Rehaume of Fairmont. Great-grandparents Esther Elliott of High River, Blanche Rehaume of Grande Prairie, and Helen and Herb Cook of Mayerthorpe.

EVENTS Spread the word! All DTSS grads of 1997, it’s time to plan our 10 year reunion. Please e-mail your contact information to

STORAGE New•House Multi-storage, various sizes available, now with climate controlled units. Call 342-3637. Fenced storage in Canal Flats on Hwy 93/95. RVs, boats, autos, ski-doos, etc. 250-349-8212.

OFFICE SPACE Professional office space for rent in Invermere. Large view office with negotiable services. Please call 342-9450 for more info.

N/S, N/P, laundry, cable, private phone included. $500/month, 342-4811.

SUITES FOR RENT CONTRACTORS: self-contained cabins by the week or month, 250-345-6365, Fairmont Bungalows. 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom, N/S, N/P, Stein Apartments, 1 block from downtown. Available immediately, 342-6912. 2 bedroom basement suite in Invermere, Wilder subdivision. W/D, available December 1st. 342-6842. Available February 15th or March 1st. Fairmont, bright, 2 bedroom, 1 bath walkout basement suite w/laundry, LR w/fireplace, kitchen, separate dining/den area. $1000/month + utilities and DD. N/S, pets negotiable. Call Teresa, 3454595. 2 bedroom basement suite, $400/month. Share huge kitchen, clean, comfortable, internet, TV’s. Female only, 3425845. Kootenay Apartments in Radium (Kootenay Motel) has clean, furnished, and all inclusive 1 and 2 bedroom units $600 - $800 for long or short-term

monthly rental. N/S, N/P, DD and references required. Contact Don or Sue Miller 342-6908 (day), 342-3709 (evenings).

HOMES FOR RENT Available February 1st. Fairmont executive home, 3 bedroom + den, 2.5 baths, LR w/fireplace, FR, DR, beautiful kitchen, hardwood and slate throughout. $1500/month + utilities and DD. N/S, pets negotiable. Call Teresa, 345-4595. Athalmer 1 bedroom upper level of home, includes W/D. Available immediately, $750/ month plus utilities. Long-term, call 342-8933. Invermere, Wilder subdivision. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, available immediately to June 30th. N/S, N/P, references required. $1200/ month, DD, + utilities. 3428848. Windermere, 2 bedroom furnished executive house with fridge, stove, d/w, w/d, fireplace, satellite service, heated garage. N/S, N/P. $1500.month plus utilities. Available February 1st, 2007. Sandy, 342-0020.

HOMES FOR SALE Looking for an affordable home? This one won’t last! Located in central Canal Flats, 3 bedroom


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RE/MAX Invermere Independently Owned and Operated

mobile home with 25x28 shop/ garage on large landscaped lot. Complete with F/S, W/D, woodstove. Take possession immediately, asking $199, 000. Phone 342-3481, or 342-1017.

VEHICLES FOR SALE 2005 VW Jetta TD1 (diesel station-wagon), 5-speed, 25,000km, sun-roof, leather, winter and summer tires, $25,000. Call Peter 342-1073, 342-0665, or


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Simes Painting: interior and exterior, woodwork finished, stain, laquering, and clearcoating. Valley resident, call Barry 342-0572, Windermere.

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RECREATIONAL FOR SALE ‘04 900 King Cat snowmobile, $8,000 OBO; ‘01 800 RMK snowmobile, $3,500 OBO. Phone 347-0035 or 342-1377.


HAY, top quality round bales, alfalfa grass. Call Elkhorn Ranch 342-0617.

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When the going gets tough

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342-3366 Happy New Year to all sports fans!

Ice fishing season opens B.C. Parks is seeking the co-operation of ice fishing enthusiasts to promote conservation and ensure public safety during the annual ice-fishing opening in Whiteswan and Premier Lake Provincial Parks. In past years, the popular ice fishery has attracted hundreds of people, especially on opening day, Jan. 3. B.C. Parks officials and the Conservation Officer Service are reminding the public that Park Act Regulations prohibit the off-road use of motorized vehicles, including snow machines and ATVs, in all provincial parks. However, at Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park, off-road use of motorized vehicles is allowed only on the ice surface of Whiteswan Lake and only for the purpose of access and transportation of equipment during a legal fishery. Anglers are reminded to check ice conditions before venturing out on any lake. Park officials say the continuance of this exemption depends on observation of the rules by all motorized users. Park users are also reminded that:

• On-road use of motorized vehicles is restricted to properly licensed and insured vehicles. • Consumption of alcohol in any provincial park is prohibited in all public areas. • Campfires are only allowed in fire rings that are provided for that purpose. • Garbage and debris must be removed from the ice surface and taken out of the park. • Anyone over the age of 16 years of age requires a valid B.C. fishing licence. Patrols by Park Rangers, Conservation Officers and RCMP will be ongoing for the duration of the winter ice fishery in provincial parks to ensure compliance with all park, fishing and motor vehicle regulations. The Conservation Officer Service encourages the public to Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) by calling the 24-hour hotline toll free at 1877-952-7277 (RAPP), 7277 on the Telus Mobility Network or by visiting the RAPP website at

Leave your Christmas trees beside the curb Not sure how to dispose of that bedraggled Christmas tree after all the festivities are over and the decorations are packed away for another year? The Kinsmen Club provides a great service by driving all over Invermere and picking up any old trees that are lying beside the curb. There is no need to call them for an appointment. Just make sure your trees are outside and visible. Place your tree outside on Friday night, January 5th and it will be picked up sometime on Saturday, January 6th. The Kinsmen don’t charge for this service, but they would appreciate a donation. They will knock on your door, and if you aren’t home they will leave an envelope for your convenience. All funds raised will go towards Cystic Fibrosis. If you aren’t home, please remember to support the Kinsmen by mailing your donation after the trees have been removed.

P IONEER C LASSIFIEDS CAREERS To start immediately: Line cook, wage depending on experience. Call 342-8346 or apply in person at Station Pub. Approximately 16 people required for inventory count, one day only. Call Kathy at Saan, 342-7359. We are looking for lumber yard and store staff who are energetic, outgoing, self-motivated, fast learners and work well with others. Bring resume to Ace Hardware. Employment opportunities for male or female to apprentice with stone mason, $13 - $18/hr depending on learning curve and experience. 342-5845.

Dusk Construction, a local framing company, is currently seeking framers and labourers. We offer excellent wages and benefits package. Please fax resume to 250-345-2191, or email to CLASSIFIED DEADLINE: Tuesdays at noon Phone: 341-6299 Fax: 341-6229 Email: All classified ads must be prepaid by cash or cheque unless client has an existing account. Please read your ad carefully the day it comes out to ensure the information is correct. If you find an error in your ad please let us know immediately by calling 341-6299. The Columbia Valley Pioneer is not responsible for errors appearing beyond the first insertion. The newspaper’s responsibility, if any, for errors of any kind is limited to the amount paid for that advertisement. We reserve the right to censor, re-classify, revise, edit or reject any advertisement not meeting our advertising standards.

Kootenay Savings Kootenay Savings, the region’s leading credit union with 13 branches in the West and East Kootenays, $597 million in assets and more than 39,000 members, is seeking a qualified and flexible candidate to provide part-time coverage as a service representative in our Invermere/ Edgewater Branches.


By January 5, 2007 Paul Kendall Branch Manager PO Box 2580 1028 7th Avenue Invermere BC V0A 1K0 Fax 250 342 6963

Part-Time Service Representatives Invermere/Edgewater Branches At Kootenay Savings, we pride ourselves on building successful relationships with our members - success that results from our employees’ genuine interest in helping people to meet their financial needs and goals. We have the same genuine interest in providing our employees with opportunities to grow and develop in meaningful careers. We currently have an opportunity to hire a part-time service representative to work in our Invermere/Edgewater Branches. If you are a team-oriented individual interested in growing with an organization where you can demonstrate your talent for building strong member relationships, we’d like to hear from you!


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Valley Churches

Now we have time to reflect on the meaning of Christmas Sandy Ferguson Windermere Valley Shared Ministry What is the meaning of Christmas? It may sound odd to ask this after the event itself, but maybe now that we are free from all of its stress and busyness, maybe we actually have the time to explore this question. And I would like to share with you my own thoughts about Christmas. In the past, I have to confess that I had little time for Christmas. To me it was too much of a commercial holiday that had little in common with the Good News proclaimed by the person it was supposed to celebrate. Instead, it was a holiday focused on celebrating the materialism of this world. Before Christmas we are surrounded with relentless advertising telling us we must spend, spend, to ensure that we have a merry Christmas. An odd way to celebrate the birth of One who reveals the Good News of a vision of the world which will be free from the evils of materialism and calls us all to share the gifts of creation with each other. But in time, I discovered that there is a deeper truth to the Christmas story, a story that celebrates the coming of God into our lives. What should have made this story all the more significant for me was its timing. After all, it was in the

Christmas season that God came into my life. It was one of those moments when with 20-20 hindsight something I should have realized before became blindingly obvious, and I finally understood the true meaning of Christmas for me. After all, my faith journey began at Fort Massey United Church in Halifax on the Sunday after Christmas in 1995. On that Sunday I came into the church, looking for answers to some questions that I was beginning to explore around the meaning of faith. As I sat in the pews, I heard from the minister, Trent Cleveland Thompson, a very powerful sermon on the need for the church to reach out to new members, that it would be through such people that the church would continue to have a future. On that Sunday, God entered my life and I was born anew. Finally I understood that Christmas is a celebration of how God loves us so much that God is willing to become one of us. And it is also a time for reflection. What does this mean for us? Why is it necessary for God to do this? Why does it continue to be necessary that God continues to come into our lives, to remind us of the vision that is yet to be fulfilled? And what can we do, as the creation of God, to help fulfill God’s hopes for this world? It is when we wrestle with these questions that is when we are confronted with the true importance of Christmas. It is not about materialism or overly romantic visions of family. It is about the coming of God into our lives and how we become a people born anew. It is simple as that. Surely this is the meaning of Christmas!

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LAKE WINDERMERE ALLIANCE CHURCH 10:30 a.m., Sunday, December 29– Worship and Life Instruction, “With Eyes Wide Open”

Sunday School, for ages 3 to grade 7 during the morning service.

Senior Pastor Rev. Dieter Magnus • Associate Pastor Rev. Jared Enns 326 - 10th Avenue, Invermere • 342-9535 WINDERMERE VALLEY SHARED MINISTRY 10:30 a.m. - Invermere - Christ Church Trinity, Worship & Sunday School. Rev. Sandy Ferguson • 110 - 7th Avenue, Invermere • 342-6644 VALLEY CHRISTIAN ASSEMBLY Sunday • 10:00 a.m. Children’s church during the message part of the service. Children 4 - 12 years. Sunday, 7:00 pm Prayer Meeting Senior Pastor Rev. John Cuyler • Highway 93/95, 1 km north of Windermere • 342-9511 ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH Canadian Martyrs Church, Invermere Saturday, 7:00 p.m. Mass • Sunday, 9:00 a.m. Mass St. Joseph’s Church, Hwy 93/95 Radium Sunday, 11:00 a.m. Mass St. Anthony’s Church, Canal Flats Sunday, 3:00 p.m. Mass Father Jose Joaquin • 712 -12th Ave., Invermere • 342-6167 ST. PETER’S LUTHERAN MISSION OF INVERMERE Regular weekly worship services every Sunday at 1:30 pm at Christ Church Trinity 110 - 7th Ave., Invermere Pastor Rev. Fraser Coltman • 1-866-426-7564 RADIUM CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP Every Sunday 10:00 am Pastor Wayne and Linda Frater • Radium Seniors’ Hall • 342-6633 THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTERDAY SAINTS Sunday, 10:00 am President Grant Watkins • Columbia Valley Branch 5014 Fairway, Fairmont Hot Springs • 345-0079

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Columbia Lake Views

Lot is located on Highway 93 in Radium Hot Springs. Over 200 feet of highway frontage. A great opportunity to get your business started. MLS#K151914

This one bedroom is located in Tamarack Lodge and is just minutes from the slopes and the pools. It is close to all the activity that a resort has to offer. Ample sun exposure and a fabulous view of the slopes! A great vacation property! MLS#K115095

Views to die for from this gently sloped lot in Bella Vista Estates. Almost ½ acre gives plenty of room to build the country lake and mountain home of your dreams. Lake access community, with community water system. MLS#K150700

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Columbia Ridge, Country Estates

Large lot in Timber Ridge Phase III. Full access to Timber Ridge beach and all other amenities Timber Ridge has to offer. Partially treed and perfect topography for a walk-out basement. No building commitment. MLS#K150249

Lock and leave at its best. Well appointed and upgraded unit in Castlerock. Walkout basement. Spacious yet cozy. Minutes to all the valley has to offer. 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom. Cathedral ceilings and upgraded kitchen. MLS#K118875

Lot is affordable and sits close to Columbia Lake. You have until Nov 2011 to build your dream home/cabin at the lake. Almost half an acre, underground service for water and power. MLS#K119150

Two Bedroom, Top Floor

View Lot

Panorama Springs – No GST

Watch the sun set over Monument Peak after a day of skiing, golf or biking. Ideal for your family with 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, sleeps 6. Intrawest rental pool helps pay the way to your vacation home. MLS#K118873

Great view lot in Invermere�s newest and best development at Castle Rock. Ledrock Ridge is the highest view point there. This lot requires very little work to build on. No GST. MLS#K118654

Live on the hill. Great view of the slopes. No GST! One bedroom, furnished condo; a great opportunity to buy at an unprecedented low price in Panorama Mountain Village. MLS#117446





This Panorama home is in a great spot! Close to the Toby chairlift and the Greywolf Clubhouse. A fantastic view of the 10th fairway out your living room window. Sunny location you will enjoy anytime of the year. Rental suite with year round tenant in place. MLS#K115093




Country Estate Home on over 6 acres. Open oor plan “great room” living space on main level, gorgeous cooks� kitchen, screened porch to take in the cool views below to the back deck and in ground pool. Horse paddocks, fenced grazing area. Lower level walkout basement to back yard has plenty of room for guests with rec room, 4 bedrooms, extra kitchen and laundry room. MLS#K119313




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