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Your Weekly Source for News and Events

Vol. 4/Issue 1

The Columbia


January 5, 2007



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



New Year’s Baby Arriving more than two weeks early, Jamie Elizabeth Wilson joined the ranks of Columbia Valley residents in the wee early morning hours of January 1. Proud parents David and Alex Wilson (pictured below), of Fairmont Hot Springs, welcomed the newest addition to their family, joining siblings Connor, age 12, and Hailey, age 7.



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As a pet owner, if your dog attacks a mule deer in the side yard, you are responsible and, according to law, could be fined. In fact, the law states that conservation officers are empowered to kill your pet if it is likely to harm persons, property, wildlife or wildlife habitat. District of Invermere Conservation Officer Andy Czemmel issued a press release this week reminding pet owners of their responsibility in the wake of a rash of dog attacks. “I myself have never shot a dog attacking wildlife and cannot speak on the behalf of other officers; however if faced with such a scenario it is an option that would be considered,” Officer Czemmel commented in a follow-up e-mail. According to Officer Czemmel, Invermere Conservation Officers have received several reports in recent months of dogs chasing and attacking deer in town. On November 19, he said, a black and white border collie attacked a sleeping mule deer fawn several times before being chased away. The attack, he said, behind the Lee Jay Motel, lasted several minutes and the deer sustained injuries to its tongue and hind areas. On other occasions, Officer Czemmel said, a pack of three dogs has been seen chasing deer. Again, a

black and white border collie was involved, aided at these times by a tan German shepherd and a black Labrador retriever. The problem is not limited to Invermere, he noted. An off-white German shepherd was reported chasing big horn sheep in Radium Hot Springs and dogs have been reported chasing deer in Wilmer. During the winter months, Officer Czemmel explained, deer and other wild animals need to exert as little energy as possible to make it through the long cold winter days. Being chased by dogs can result in death from over exertion for these animals. It is the dog owners’ responsibility to assure that their dog is not harassing wildlife, Czemmel noted. If your dog is found chasing wildlife you could be fined up to $345.00 for each incident. Furthermore, your pet might be destroyed by an officer if found chasing wildlife. Wildlife Act [RSBC 1996] CHAPTER 488 79 (1) An officer may kill an animal, other than a domestic animal, that is at large and is likely to harm persons, property, wildlife or wildlife habitat. (2) An officer may kill a dog that is (a) at large in a wildlife management area, or (b) at large and harassing wildlife.

Valley Alley’s Elford joins Berkshire office By Brian Geis, Pioneer Staff Jason Elford, a certified financial planner and owner of the Valley Alley bowling center, has joined Brendan Donahue’s Berkshire office in Invermere. Officially operating as Berkshire Investment Group, Mr. Elford will bring life insurance services, mutual fund investing, and retirement and estate planning under the same roof as Mr. Donahue’s Berkshire Securities and Bruce McLaughlin’s McLaughlin Financial Ltd. “It’s an important step for us,” Mr. Donahue commented. “Because, our goal has always been to grow and create a firm of professionals to service the growing need for financial planning in the valley.” Mr. Elford, the 10-year veteran financial planner

from Calgary who purchased the Valley Alley and Lucky Strike Gas Station last summer with his wife Danielle, said he is delighted to be joining Donhaue. “I am pretty excited to be here and to be a part of this,” Mr. Elford said. “I think it’s going to be a great fit as we will be able to cover all the financial bases and continue to be the only firm in Invermere with a truly independent product line. We want to be the elite financial planning firm in the Columbia Valley.” Mr. Elford noted that he is bringing with him a clientele from more than nine years as a financial planner in Calgary. The Elfords are also very involved in figure skating and gymnastics, Donahue noted.

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RCMP Report For the week ending December 30th, 2006, Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 86 calls for service, including 14 motor vehicle accidents. • On December 23rd: Police were conducting a roadcheck on Athalmer Road when they observed a vehicle that appeared to be avoiding the roadcheck. The vehicle was stopped in the Highlands and a 21year-old Invermere man was detained for impaired driving after failing a roadside screening test. The male was escorted for breath samples of 90 mg% resulting in a 90-day administrative driving suspension by the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles. • On December 27th and 28th: Police, fire and ambulance were kept busy responding to several accidents in the Columbia Valley as a result of heavy snowfall in the area. A northbound, red, Toyota SUV lost control on Highway 93/95 near Dry Gulch and crossed the centre line, colliding head-on into a southbound, white, Nissan sedan. The two occupants of the Nissan were transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Another incident found that a Dodge Durango was traveling down the Fairmont ski hill road when it lost control, catching the snow-packed shoulder and went off the right side of the road, overturned and slid down hill to rest against a tree. No one was injured in the accident. Another incident found that a red Ford Explorer


was traveling southbound near the Akisqnuk reserve and attempted to avoid a deer that came out of the western ditch. The vehicle lost control on the snowy road, sliding into a northbound, white Suzuki, causing front end damage. Fortunately, there were no injuries. Another incident found that a southbound, purple, Chrysler Neon lost control on icy roads, hit the ditch and overturned near Fairmont Hot Springs. The driver was transported to hospital with minor injuries. Yet another incident found that a northbound, white Ford pick-up truck lost control on icy roads near Fairmont Hot Springs. The vehicle went off the right side of the road and hit a fence. • On December 28th: Police arrested two subjects after witnessing a suspected drug transaction. The investigation lead to a search warrant being executed in Invermere with the assistance of police dog services out of Cranbrook. A small quantity of cocaine and hashish was recovered. A 49-year-old Invermere man and a 44-year-old Invermere woman face drug relate charges. • On December 31st: Police received a report of two females selling magic mushrooms outside a local bar. Police located an associated vehicle and arrested three occupants. A search of the vehicle found a small quantity of mushrooms. Two 25-year-old Calgary woman have been charged.

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Conserving is harder than preserving The Nature Conservancy of Canada digs into its new office space in Invermere The Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Hoodoos Property. Photo by Gerry George By Brian Geis Pioneer Staff Sometimes referred to as “nature’s real estate agency,” Program Manager Dave Hillary quipped, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) buys land or receives donated land or secures conservation convenants on other people’s land in order to protect and conserve the vanishing open landscapes of the Columbia Valley. Mr. Hillary and the staff of NCC’s Canadian Rocky Montains Program, recently hosted an open house to welcome Valley residents to the organization’s new offices at Frater Landing in downtown Invermere. Mr. Hillary sat down with the Pioneer last week to talk about the organization. The NCC, the leading national land conservation organization, is a little different than most conservation organizations, Mr. Hillary said. First of all, it’s activities are based on science. There is a scientific rationale behind the decisions they make, he said, and the land they acquire must be ecologically significant. Secondly, it’s not an advocacy group, Mr Hillary explained. So, they don’t take positions on any of the hotly-debated issues of the day. “So, we don’t take a stand as far as pro-development or anti-development.”

Thirdly, he said, it’s not a political group trying to affect change through legislation. And, lastly, he said, the organization works with private money on private land, instead of, for instance, using government grants or working to establish national or provincial park lands. “Conserving land is a lot harder than preserving land,” Mr. Hillary said. Many of the properties the organization manages are working ranch lands, not pristine parks with broad use restrictions. It addition to its own mandate, three things guide the NCC’s activities in the region. One is its participation in the East Kootenay Conservation Program (EKCP). The EKCP is a partnership of 30 organizations dedicated to conserving the rich biological diversity of the East Kootenay area, while balancing economic and social needs of the community and the people who live here. The Canadian Rocky Mountains Ecoregional Assessment, Mr. Hillary said, takes a scientific approach to detail a portfolio of conservation areas within the Canadian Rocky Mountains ecoregion. This hefty, four-volume, 457-page document is the result of four years of work by individuals from ten different organizations. It covers a region that starts north of Kakwa Provincial Park and dips down into the United States a little farther south than Missoula, Montana.

Each property the NCC acquires, he said, gets what is called the Baseline Inventory Report. This report is an environmental assessment, a snapshot in time, that NCC staffers use to direct the management of the property and evaluate its characteristics over time. Typical land donors, he said, range from thirdgeneration ranchers who work the land and don’t want to see it go to developers, to the nouveaux riche, flush with oil money, pouring in from Alberta. “They’re investing in the landscape,” Hillary said of the Albertans. “We try to capitalize on that interest that’s already there.” What’s the common denominator? “I think it’s a connection to the land,” he said. “They all share a connection to the land.” Conserving land in the Columbia Valley, he said, is a race against time. Due to rapid development and skyrocketing prices, he said, the open landscapes are quickly disappearing. According to Hillary, the NCC has lost projects to time and opportunity before. Due to limits on time, money and resources, the NCC has focused its efforts on conserving land in the Rocky Mountain Trench and the Elk River Valley. With 29 properties on the waiting list, the group has more opportunities than money, Mr. Hillary said.

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January 5, 2007 Continued from page 4 Since 1962, according to its web site, the NCC and its partners have helped to conserve more than 1.9 million acres (768,900 hectares) of ecologically significant land nationwide, but the organization has had a presence in the Columbia Valley for only the last 14 years. Over the last five years, Mr. Hillary said, the organization has invested $9 million in East Kootenay real estate, including the acquisition of the iconic Hoodoos along Highway 93/95 south of Fairmont Hot Springs.

The group is also focusing on communication, he said, joking that, when he started, the organization’s credo was “quietly conserving nature.” Now, he said, it’s time to reach out to the community. “After all is said and done, we need to build relationships. It’s about trust.” he said. “That’s the critical element to all conservation.” Mr. Hillary said he also hopes to make an impact on the local economy by creating jobs and project work. Currently the staff includes Program Associate Hillary Page in the Invermere office, Elk Valley Project Manager Bob Forbes, Rocky Mountain Trench Project Manager Gary Tipper and one

or two summer interns. The best part of the job, he said, is that it produces a tangible result, you can go see it. “I think I’ve got the best job in the world. It’s fulfilling.” VIEW FROM THE TOP — Dave Hillary, below left, sits atop the Hoodoos south of Fairmont Hot Springs. Right, a map showing some of the NCC’s properties in the Columbia Valley. Photo by Stephanie Stevens courtesy of Dave Hillary. Map courtesy of NCC.

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Drive slow in the snow By Brian Geis, Pioneer Staff

Having grown up in the Midwestern United States, I used to think I was pretty good at driving on the snow and ice, especially after moving to the Southeastern United States. Southern drivers slow down in the rain like they are driving on snow and ice. It’s really quite funny to see southern traffic slow down in the rain. And I, with my Midwestern driving skills would fly by, speeding like I was moving on dry pavement. When I moved to the Columbia Valley, I knew I was in for some snowy driving, but thought I was prepared for the worst the Rockies have to offer. I wasn’t cocky about it. I figured, since I was from south of the border, I had a thing or two to learn from the local drivers. After a light, early snow, I was driving from Cranbrook to Invermere and passed no less than three vehicles that hit the ditches—one of which was completely upside down. I immediately began driving slower and more carefully. A month later, on an early-morning run to the Calgary Airport, my car started going sideways on the Trans-Canada Highway. I let up on the accelerator and gently steered into the skid. After a little wiggle, I was back under control and busy processing the additional adrenalin that just pumped into my system. Once, coming back down the hill from White Swan Lake on hard packed snow with my spouse behind the wheel, a deer darted out in front of us. My wife hit the brakes and steered away from deer, which led to bad fish-tailing, which she expertly navigated out of by wheeling it back and forth each time our tail wagged. After the news of all the crashes in the post-Christmas snowfall (see page three), I am extremely cautious at the hint of snow and ice. I realize now that even Canadians wipe out in the snow, something I thought could never happen. When I was a kid, my father drove so slowly and cautiously, even in good weather, it would drive me crazy. Now, he would feel perfectly comfortable riding shotgun with me. I never thought I would say this, but I drive like my dad!

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Historical Lens

EARLY TRANSPORTATION — In this historical photo, Dave Frisch pilots a horse-drawn sleigh in Windermere. Two children and a dog appear to enjoy the ride. If you have more information about this photo or would like to submit a historic photo for this feature, contact us at the Pioneer. Photo courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

LETTERS Dear Editor: It never fails to amaze me how wonderful the people of this valley are. Every week we open up our local papers and read about some event that has happened that people have volunteered their time and energy for. All year round these Angels spend their time helping out others and come Christmas time, the love and giving that they show just overwhelms us at Columbia House. Being the Volunteer Coordinator gives me the opportunity to meet these very special people and with a core group of about 60 people, there are many who care and help without thanks. Many do things behind the scenes that few recognize, and many are there front and center every time we call. The local businesses

that support our Shop at Home, All the Entertainers: (they are unbelievable) the Auxiliary groups, Church groups, Tea ladies, our local papers, students, teachers, and parents. Those who supply us with movies, crafts, Christmas trees, baking, crosswords, birthday cakes, bus trips, etc. we have volunteers who read, visit, listen, and share their time with us. Fortunately for us we have so many caring people in this community they are too numerous to name. On behalf of the staff and residents of Columbia House we wish to thank all of you who take the time to volunteer. Thank you! You are all our Angels. Laurie Lesmeister Activities and Volunteer Coordinator

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RESCUE RAM — District of Invermere Firefighter Danny Mackenzie demonstrates a new piece of equipment for fellow firefighters. The Amkus hydraulic ram, which has been modified to work with the department’s Hurst extraction equipment, is designed to push a crumpled dashboard off a victim trapped behind the wheel. The ram is the first of a series of equipment to be updated. Firefighter Tom McNeil said no district money was used to purchase the factory-refurbished ram. “Rescue work is an art which is constantly evolving,” McNeil said. “To keep up with modern vehicle construction and safety equipment placed in automobiles, rescue equipment must continually be updated. New equipment is only as good as the operator so we will be training to keep pace.” A vehicle stabilization kit, used for stabilizing precarious placed vehicles, was also acquired. Photo by Brian Geis

LETTERS To the Invermere Mayor and Council: Re: 9th Avenue Land Exchange In two different articles recently reported in the Valley Echo, chief administrative officer, Chris Prosser is quoted as saying “currently 9th Avenue is being used for non-public purposes”. Strands Restaurant is a business open to the public. As a previous longtime employee of Strands Restaurant, I

almost always parked on 9th Avenue, as do a lot of the staff. Service people, delivery people and most importantly customers of Strands use 9th Avenue as an access. Is this different than most other businesses in town? What constitutes public use if not how 9th Avenue is currently being used?

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Holiday season busy for valley retailers By Sandra Kelly, Special to the Pioneer It has been a long and lucrative holiday season for retail businesses in the Columbia Valley. Schools across Alberta and British Columbia let out December 22nd and won’t reopen until January 8th, making for an extended shopping season. For valley stores, Christmastime is the most important period during the winter. This year, the week before Christmas was especially busy, said some retailers. “I had a record day on Saturday, December 23rd,” said Mary-Lou Delesalle, owner of Dave’s Book Bar in downtown Invermere. “I don’t have the actual figures yet, but it was definitely busier

than the same shopping day last year.” Ms. Delesalle said she expects “the usual slowdown” in January. “In a town like this, you live for Christmas and the summer season.” The Konig Meat & Sausage Company also had a busy December 23rd, said store owner Barbara Konig. “It was a huge day for sales. Of course, this year people had an extra day for which they needed groceries, so that made a difference.” Diana Moore, owner of Fairmont Village Gift Shop, said the week leading up to Christmas was both busier and different than the same week last year. “I didn’t notice much difference in visitor traffic this year, but we definitely had more local customers. We had hoped for that, and it was really

good to see it.” She said that Boxing week also was busier this time around. “Last year we had just taken over the store, and we had only existing inventory. This year we have new and different inventory. I feel that has made a difference.” The Monkey’s Uncle Toy & Gift Shop had its “best ever” pre-Christmas week, said store owner Paul Christy. “It was a very busy week. We had a lot of visitors in the store. Boxing week wasn’t as busy, but it was still very good.” Carrie Rickards, owner of Essentials Department Store, said Boxing week sales were brisk. “We had a lot of traffic in the store, especially out-oftowners. Sales were really good.”

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Leo Grillmair works beautifully with wood By Sandra Kelly, Special to the Pioneer All artists and craftspeople cherish their chosen mediums, but woodworkers are especially enraptured with wood. It offers great possibilities—and great challenges. “Each piece of wood has its own unique characteristics,” says Leo Grillmair in the woodworking shop on his acreage in Brisco. “It is what it is and you can’t outsmart it.” Perhaps not, but with passion and patience you can learn to make beautiful things with it. Leo has been doing that for 25 years. Strictly a hobbyist, he



cut his teeth on small things such as vases and bowls— keepsakes for friends and family. He calls himself “an amateur,” but his work says otherwise. His signature pieces are the chess tables he’s been making for about ten years. On request, he is building one now, a beautifully crafted specimen with curved black walnut legs and a body made of curly maple. The blonde wood provides an interesting contrast to the much darker walnut. When the legs and body of the table are finished, Leo will install a walnut tabletop inlaid with a regulation-size chessboard made of maple and ebony squares. He will sand it and stain it and lacquer it—and then search the globe for unique chess pieces. He brings out a set made from metal, with a faintly medieval design. “These are from Czechoslovakia. I have found interesting sets in Malaysia and parts of Europe, in Calgary and Vancouver.” Leo was born and raised in Austria. From an early age he wanted to be a carpenter, but his mother assigned that ca���� reer to an older brother. ��������� ����� “She told me I was going to be a plumber,” he says.


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“It definitely wasn’t my choice.” In 1951 Leo took advantage of a governmentsponsored program to bring certified tradesmen to Canada. He traveled by boat in late October, through “violent storms” all across the Atlantic Ocean to the St. Lawrence River. “My first view of Canada was the spectacular Frontenac Hotel in Quebec City. It was impressive.” In company with his Austrian friend Hans Moser, who came later, Leo worked at a variety of jobs in western Canada, including plumbing, building an air force base and lumberjacking. Of the latter job, he says: “We were always getting fired. We just couldn’t keep up.” Eventually he moved to Calgary and went back to plumbing. But it was a living, not a life, he says. Seduced by the mountains, he and Hans became ski guides and avid climbers. Hans passed away last year. “It was a hard blow,” says Leo. “We were friends for 68 years.” In 1967 Leo built the Bugaboo Lodge, which he owned and operated for 28 years. He met his wife, Lynne, there. A talented mixed media artist now, she was a chef back then. When Leo retired in 1995, he owned a total of nine ski lodges. “It was an exciting business,” he says. “Especially the heli-skiing.” At 76, Leo says he’s not game to start a new business of any kind, including woodworking. He’s happy to make a few nice things, like the elegant jewelry box he made for Lynne this Christmas. “I work just for pleasure now.”

Movie Review: The Covenant If you like witchcraft and the occult, this movie is for you. Although obviously designed for the teenage market, fans of New England witch stories will enjoy it. The Covenant is the story of the modern-day descendants of a 300-yearold family of warlocks, the Sons of Ipswich. The good-natured quartet of teenage boys struggle against the addictive nature of their magic powers when an evil newcomer — a long-lost offspring of the original family — returns to consolidate his power. This film is beautifully shot, with lots of interesting angles, superb light-




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ing and spooky wisps of fog that float through. The hard rock soundtrack will appeal to younger viewers. The actors are all beautiful, but there is only trace amounts of partial nudity (more of the guys than the gals) and no coarse language. Rated 14A for violence, there are some great car chases and fight scenes that involve the warlocks hurling translucent balls of energy at each other. RATING: 3.5 OUT OF 5 HEADS

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presented by the Columbia Valley Arts Council at Christ Church Trinity. Tickets available at Dave’s Book Bar, Essentials, Pynelogs, and Trims & Treasures in Fairmont. For info: 342-4423.

January 13th • 7:30 pm: Summerland vs. Columbia Valley Rockies, Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena.

January 15th Toby Theatre • January 3 - 6: Santa Clause 3: The Escape • January 10 - 13: The Nativity Story

January 5th • 9 am: Regional District of East Kootenay Board meeting. Committee meetings are held immediately preceding board meetings, and both are open to the public. For info: (250) 489-2791 • 7 pm: Laws of the Spirit Circle - The Laws of Balance, facilitated by Maria Kliavkoff, explores The Laws of the Spirit month-by-month based on Dan Millman’s book. For info: 347-2110, or visit mkfacilitations. com.

January 6th • Christmas tree pickup; leave your tree at the curb. • 7:30 pm: Nelson vs. Columbia Valley Rockies, Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena.

January 8th • 3 pm - 5 pm: Columbia Valley Gymnastics winter registration. Classes also begin. For info: 342-3023, or • 7 pm - 8 pm & 10:30 am - 11:30 am: Aquajogging with Rjfit, Radium Hot Springs Pools. For info and to register: 342-5979. • 3:30 pm - 5 pm: Columbia Valley Figure Skating Club registration day, Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. For info: 342-3213.

January 9th • 8 pm: Windermere District Farmers Institute Annual General Meeting, Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce. For info: 3.42-6071.

January 10th • 7:30 pm: “Romanza,” Three Canadian Tenors,

• Parry Pilates group sessions begin. For more info:, or 342-5979.

January 20th • 9 am - 12 pm: Broadband Open House, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. For info: 1-888-478-7335. • 1:30 pm - 6 pm: Broadband Open House, Windermere Community Hall. For info: 1-888-4787335.

January 27th • 9 am - 12 pm: Broadband Open House, Brisco Community Hall. For info: 1-888-478-7335. • 1:30 pm - 6 pm: Broadband Open House, Edgewater Community Hall. For info: 1-888-478-7335.

Student News • Monday, January 8: First day of public school classes in the valley for 2007. • Elkhorn College is now accepting applications of interest for September 2007. Apply to: Elkhorn Ranch Ltd., Box 128, Windermere, BC V0B 2L0. • 9 am: Parent Advisory Council Meeting, Martin Morigeau.

Hot Springs Hours of Operation Hot pool, Sunday - Thursday 12pm - 9 pm; Friday - Saturday 12 pm - 10 pm. Cool Pool, Friday 6 pm - 9 pm, Saturday - Sunday 12 pm - 9 pm. For info: 347-9485. • Fairmont Hot Springs Hot Pool Hours: 8 am - 10 pm daily. For info: 345-6311.

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Invermere Thrift Store • Thrift Shop closed for renovations for two weeks. • Flatware for rent “For All Occasions”, Invermere Health Care Auxiliary. $2.50/dozen, 300 place settings available. For info: Karla Schager, 342-9981.

Columbia Valley Food Bank Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 pm - 2 pm To donate, mail a cheque to: Box 2141, Invermere, BC, V0A 1K0.

OTHER SATURDAYS: • 5 pm - 8 pm: Public indoor rock climbing, JA Laird gym, $5 drop in. For info: 342-9413 or 342-6232. SUNDAYS: • 7 pm: Community Hymn Sing at Alliance Church, second Sunday of the month. For info: 342-9580. • 2 pm: Crib every Sunday at the Brisco Hall. For info: 346-3294. MONDAYS: • 7 pm: Duplicate Bridge, Invermere Seniors’ Hall, $2, visitors welcome. For info: Gerriann, 342-9893. • 8 pm - 10 pm: Men’s basketball, DTSS. For info:, 342-5588. TUESDAYS: • 7 pm - 9 pm: Crossfire Youth Nights, Alliance Church, Grades 7-11. For info: • 7 pm - 9 pm every Tuesday: ADHD Parent Support Group. Drop-ins welcome, School Board District Office. For info: Lynda, 342-9243, ext. 234. WEDNESDAYS: • 7 pm: Archery, Invermere Community Centre, sponsored by the Rod and Gun Club, $2. • 7 pm - 9 pm: The Wannabe’s Art Studio, College of the Rockies. For info: Vivian, 341-3140. THURSDAYS: • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm: Options for Sexual Health, a confidential service offering lower cost birth control methods, counselling, and access to doctors, held at the Invermere Health Unit. For info: 342-2362. • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm: Pioneer Clubs, Alliance Church. Ages 4 and 5, Grades 1-4, cost $60/child. For info: 342-8948, or • 7 pm-9 pm: every Thursday, Second Winds Community Band, DTSS Band Room. All levels of woodwinds, brass, and percussion welcome. For info: 342-0100. • 7 pm: Every 2nd and 4th Thursday: Bingo, Seniors’ Hall, 1309-14th Street. Welcome all over 18. For info: 342-6478. FRIDAYS: • 6 pm: Meat draw followed by dancing at 7 pm, Royal Canadian Legion. • 7 pm: Dart Tournaments, Sportman’s Lounge. For info: 345-6346.

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Meet the Luyendyks, Phyl & Tony By Dorothy Isted Special to the Pioneer

Phyllis and Tony Luyendyk were both born in Calgary and are now 83 and 82 respectively. When Phyl, the middle of three daughters, was six her parents decided to place her temporarily with neighbours in a foster situation while they tried sugar beet farming in Coaldale. Money was very tight for Phyl’s family, and the King’s had no children of their own and were happy to have her. Two years later her parents, having no success with farming, returned to Calgary. They were surprised to find the King’s were not prepared to give the child back. Phyl recalls, “There was quite a disturbance.” The King’s accused her father of only wanting her back in order to get more ‘relief money,’ which is what welfare was then called. Of course, there was much more to it than that but Phyl laughingly recalls her sister commenting many years later that, knowing her father as she did, there may have been a grain of truth to it after all. Phyl remained with the King’s until she was married. When Tony was about seven years old his family drove in a Model A Ford from Calgary to Burnaby to visit relatives. There was no highway along the southern part of BC so they had to jog down through the States both ways. On their return they crossed the border back into Canada and went to Cranbrook to gas up. The fellow at the pump told them a road had just been completed that went through to Banff. Tony’s father asked the family if they were up for it and they were. The road was so rough it broke the spring in the old Ford. The service station in Windermere couldn’t help them and directed them to the Ford station in Invermere, located where Bud’s and Portabella Restaurant is now. It was known then as the Cleland garage. The part had to be ordered in and took two days to arrive. Tony recalls saying to his father, “This is the nicest place I’ve ever been to!” Phyl laughed at this and commented it was an unusual thing for a small boy to say but Tony explained, “There wasn’t much else to do but look around at the scenery.” Tony served as a wireless operator in the Air Force during World War Two. However, he was posted to the Marine Squadron and did rescue work

CURTAIN CALL — Phyl and Tony, the couple on the left, pose for a photo with fellow players Alice and Philip Geiger. The couples appeared in many local productions. Photo courtesy of the Luyendyk family. on the Atlantic coast. One of his responsibilities was taking supplies into Air Force stations up and down the Nova Scotian coast, because trucks couldn’t get to the isolated spots. He recalls one time a whole flotilla returning to harbour, damaged by a German submarine, which had in turn been destroyed though there was no loss of life on the Allied side. Another time he was on a vessel headed into St. John’s harbour in Newfoundland. A code was changed every four hours to confuse the enemy and when approaching Allied areas they were to beam the particular code by lantern. This was Tony’s job, who had not realized the four hours had passed. He used the wrong code, which resulted in a warning shot being lobbed over their bow and landing in the water at their side. The captain told him to go below and check the code and he subsequently returned and got the correct one off and they were allowed into the harbour without further incident. In 1947 Tony and a friend from the Air Force decided they would like to start up a business in the

tourism sector. His friend saw an ad in the paper for a property owned by a woman in Banff. He said to Tony, “Here is a place in Windermere that sounds good.” Tony, whose boyhood impression remained, told him it was beautiful country and they bought it sight unseen. They came and built two lodgings in Windermere just above Coldstream Campground near Indian Beach. They named it Hillcrest Cabins. Money ran out and they decided to return to the city, his friend to Vancouver and Tony to Calgary where he got a job for Calgary Linen Supply. Part of Tony’s job was to replace clean washroom hand towels for used ones at the Calgary Film Exchange and that is how he met Phyllis. The building housed offices for Universal Studios, Twentieth Century Fox, Metro-Goldwyn Mayer, Paramount and English film enterprises as well. Phyl’s job was at Universal’s office. Owners or managers of movie theatres from Alberta and parts of British Columbia and Saskatchewan would come in or mail in their choices of films for six month stretches. Phyl was a stenogra

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How to milk a cow named Val in less than three hours Continued from page 12 pher and contractor, making up the contracts to arrange for the delivery and return of the movies with the theatres. Films were transported back and forth by bus. For their first date they went ‘double’ with friends of Tony’s and enjoyed dinner and dancing at Calgary’s Alsan Club. The band leader there was Jack Friedenberg who was also a visual artist. The couple has several of his paintings displayed in their home. They married in 1951 and bought out Tony’s partner, whose wife did not want to leave Vancouver. Oldest son John lives with his wife Marilyn in Calgary. John works from home as an electronics broker, selling equipment to foreign countries. Daughter JoAnn works in real estate and also lives with her husband Tony Stewart in Calgary. Youngest son Rick lives in Windermere with his wife Darcel and operates Lakeland Contracting. There are eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Tony and Phyl put up some more buildings and ran Hillcrest Cabins for about 15 years. As well, Tony worked for the British American (BA) bulk plant. Over time it became Gulf and then the Petro-Can bulk plant as it is today. Charley Wolfe was the agent when Tony started, then Tony took it over and retired from it after running the operation for 22 years. Phyl also worked there for a time before she retired. The couple has many fond memories of running their camp and made lifelong friends and acquaintances through it, some of whom they still exchange Christmas cards with. BC Hydro wasn’t yet available so they ran their own gas generator. The water pumps needed electricity in order to run. Phyl said most of the time when she went to turn on the tap she worried about whether or not there would be water. It was common to not have any. Water was pumped up from Jane Creek in Coldstream. The pump would break down or kids would have been playing in the little dam and clogged up the works. Once when this happened, Phyl remembers a family who were regular guests who just “laughed and

thought it was a great joke. They all took saucepans down to Coldstream, went down in their cars and came back up the hill holding the saucepans outside the car windows so it wouldn’t spill in the car!” On another occasion, the Oulton’s went to Calgary and asked Tony if he would milk their cow Val while they were away. It was only neighbourly to help out and he didn’t hesitate, figuring it should only take him twenty minutes. Things got a little complicated for him, never having milked a cow before. Tony was off struggling with the milking issue and Phyl was home, repeatedly reassuring some guests her husband should be back soon to get the water going again. He returned three hours later, fixed the pump and then went back to finish the milking job. Once BC Hydro did arrive, it was unreliable and the power went off quite often and would stay off for days. People often lost all the stuff in their freezers. After a better system was installed things improved dramatically. The family got their first TV in the mid 1960’s. Reception was made possible by Charlie Osterloh, who went up a mountain to set something up that would bring in the signal. Before then, community people found other ways of entertaining themselves. Tony and Phyl got involved in several plays that were put on at Windermere Community Hall: Guys and Dolls, Salad Days, L’il Abner. People would dress up for parties and play crib too. Phyl has over fifty years of volunteering with the hospital auxiliary and was a lady Lion. Tony held various positions with the Lions and was on the hospital board and is a Mason. They also both held many positions with the Windermere Community Association over the years. The couple traveled to Greece, Rome, Great Britain, New Zealand and even drove to Alaska in their motor-home. These days, they are LUYENDYK FAMILY PHOTOS — Phyl, inset, content to visit with their many old friends who, played the violin. Above, around the camp, from top to like them, are not as active as they used to be. It is bottom, Phyl, Tony and Phyl again. enough to be happy and share memories and good times together. Photos courtesy of the Luyendyk family.

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2006: The year in review By Jim Abbott, Member of Parliament December 28, 2006—Canadians voted for change last January and 2006 marked the first year under a Conservative government in 13 years. Throughout this past 10 months, I have met and talked to a tremendous number of constituents in Kootenay Columbia. It gives me great pride to know that the issues important to them have been brought forward, as promised, by this New Government. Let me take this opportunity to look back on the fall session of the 39th Parliament and provide you with review of a busy session. We kept our election promise to hold a truly free vote on the issue of same-sex marriage. Accountability was our first priority: we promised it, and we delivered with the introduction of the Accountability Act. And, after a century and a half, democracy will finally come to the Senate of Canada. We introduced legislation to elect future Senators. This will make the Senate more accountable, more credible, and more democratic. Through the Expenditure Review, Canada’s New Government reviewed government programs to ensure that tax dollars are invested in programs that deliver results, provide value for money, and meet Canadians’ priorities. This will have long-term positive impacts, such as reducing the tax burden for future generations and the cost of financing debt. We took a principled stance on Income Trusts, ensuring all Canadians pay their fair share of taxes. And, we offered income splitting for pensioners. Justice was a priority this session. We held consul-

tations with the provinces and territories, stakeholders and the Canadian Firearms Advisory Committee on making gun control more effective. This government announced $10 million for a National Crime Prevention Centre to support community-based crime prevention. We introduced legislative reforms to strengthen the laws against alcohol- and drug-impaired drivers. The Prime Minister appointed Deputy Commissioner Beverley Busson to serve as Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on an interim basis. We proposed real results on curbing smog and greenhouse gas emissions through Canada’s Clean Air Act. We resolved the softwood lumber dispute - returning more than $5 billion to Canadians. Canada’s New Government announced $591 million for over a dozen projects that are part of the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative. We announced $307 million in new settlement funding to provinces and territories outside Quebec. The funding will ensure services and supports are in place to give immigrants every opportunity to succeed in their new home. We announced the development of pilot projects to establish and test Patient Wait Times Guarantees for specific federal health services on reserve. And, on World AIDS Day, Minister Verner announced that Canada’s New Government will provide an additional $120 million to combat HIV/AIDS. These are just some of our accomplishments in 2006. Canadians are seeing a real change. Change we promised, and change we’re delivering. May I take this opportunity to wish you and your family a health and happy 2007.


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Right tool for the job By Louise Platiel Invermere Veterinary Hospital There is something to be said for having the right tools, regardless of the job. For the job of walking your pet, you might be using a piece of rope and belted collar without knowing what is available to best suit your animal and yourself. There are many more options available through pet supply retailers today, especially since obedience and agility training have become mainstream activities. Specialty collars and leashes are also available in breed-specific designs, such as the wide Greyhound collar for delicate necks. Start by taking stock of your dog’s disposition and inherent behaviors, and then consider the activities you enjoy and your needs as the leader. Beginning with the collar, is it helping you control the animal or simply holding the tags? A clip-on harness is a great alternative, especially for small dogs. When adjusted properly you should not see friction spots under the arms, and this can be worn all day. A step-in harness clips on easily for walks and works well for a medium-sized dog; however, put one on a Husky and he might interpret this as a signal to pull harder. A face-halter is designed to lead your dog in a manner that brings the head into a submissive position if pulling occurs. Expect protesting at first, but

be firm and familiarize your dog with the new lead through treats, praise, and walks, and soon you’ll see why it is such a popular design. Collars that retract to “choke” the neck should be used properly or not at all. The idea of this style is the ability to give short, firm, and attention getting jerks – not to actually choke a dog that won’t stop towing you around town. Determined pullers will continue despite the lack of oxygen and both of you will be frustrated. If you are not having good luck with this style, the most effective alternative is the face halter. Next examine your leash. A short “training” leash gives great control for a hard to handle dog through improved leverage. Wrapping up a long leash around your hand is not as effective, and is discouraged for large, strong dogs that might end up dragging you through the grass after a squirrel. Recoiling leashes are great for small and highly obedient dogs but do not provide control over a puller. The short leash is basically just a loop that makes it easy to walk a strong and difficult dog, especially when used in combination with the face harness. Whether you are shopping for yourself or a friend, a new leash and collar set makes a great gift that will be enjoyed by both pet and owner for years to come. Ask your veterinarian or pop in to your local pet supply store to check out the latest colors and styles.

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The Old Zone By Harold Hazelaar, Invermere I can’t believe it has already been a year since I wrote this column on the beach! It’s already been a year since Donna had her emergency gall-bladder surgery on Margarita Island. It’s almost been a year since we quit smoking and it’s almost been a year since my hair went all curly because of the humidity. This year, rather than Venezuela, I am writing from the beaches of Maui. I know what you are thinking... “same stuff, different pile.” Oh well! So, today, I sit here in my beach lounger and I watch a couple of small kids building sand castles and digging holes in the sand and I’m amazed at their conversation. “My castle is bigger than yours.” “I can dig my fort deeper than you and it will be cooler than yours.” Where does this need to be better or the winner or the champion come from? Surely, it isn’t a bi-product of eating all our vegetables? Can it be that being breast-fed will cause life-long competitiveness? Whatever it is, it seems to develop very early in our lives and I have come to believe that, maybe, it never leaves us or we never outgrow it. Case in point: Our OldTimers had the annual Christmas game and party on December 20th and at this party we had the vote regarding playoffs and the

use of spare players. It turns out that playoffs and getting as many people as possible playing are equally important. A vote of 43-42 in favor of using spare players—instead of having playoffs— tells me that it is now important that our membership shows up at our AGM in September in order to change some constitutional rules that we have recently outgrown. Who would have thought, 30 years ago, that our community of three thousand people would be able to not only have enough members for eight OldTimer teams, but we probably could have ten. That’s 140 people wanting to play recreational, no-contact hockey! If you figure half the population is female and half the population is not thirty five years old yet, that means about 20% of the eligible males want to play in our league. I don’t see that as abnormal or un-realistic, so why are we not equipped to accommodate this requirement. Maybe we need to consider playing later into the night or on another night or continue to lobby for a second rink. (I wonder if I am the only guy lobbying? I could use some help here!!!!) Whatever the answer is, we need to get as many people who want to play playing and we need to change some antiquated rules because it is time. We don’t like change, but sometimes even us old guys are ready for some new tricks. Have you guys seen my between-the-skates backhand flip pass from the off wing? Aloha!

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Radium Hot Springs Public Library plans for 2007 Submitted by Jane Jones, Radium Hot Springs Librarian Radium Hot Spring’s newly formed Public Library Board of Trustees have developed an exciting package of programs and services for 2007 that will involve the entire community. The library is still operating in its tiny, cramped quarters with a well-stocked variety of books for adults and children serving the various interests for all. Despite the present site our next-door friends in the Senior Centre have offered us space to initiate some programs. We will continue our monthly Saturday morning preschool reading programs. The ‘Summer Teddy Bears Picnic’ in August will become an annual event due to the wonderful response we received this year. Book clubs are very popular and are always an enjoyable pastime in all communities and an ‘Adult Reading Club’ for book lovers provides an opportunity to discuss a book and to socialize and meet readers. This will be a monthly meeting in the Seniors Centre as well.

Library to publish book

An exciting fundraiser is being planned to involve the entire community. The publishing of a book on Radium called “Big Horn, Small Talk” will take a light-hearted look at the lives and events of Radium residents past and present by weaving a personal portrait of their history and stories. We are asking residents to submit stories using the following title chapters as a guide: • First pioneers to the valley • First Nations • Wildlife encounters • Crime stories (What were they thinking?) • Mountain sheep stories • Silly questions (asked by tourists) • Guardian angels (assistance give to residents) • Other suggestions We think the book can be personal and especially comical, as well. We will compile a list to be included of service groups, village councillors, etc. The articles should be a maximum of 750 words, although it might be edited and shortened by mutual consent. We

are planning to complete the book by June 2007 to be available for the tourist season. Submissions can be directed to : Jane Jones, Box 23, Radium Hot Springs, B.C., VOA 1MO, Fax-3477748, e-mail Our summer book sales will continue during the long-weekends on Main Street. As well, a huge garage sale will take place on the May long weekend. We will be asking for donations from the public for this event. All money collected from these events will be used for our “New Library Fund”.

Library gets computerized

A volunteer in our community has offered her expertise to design a computer program for the library. This program will enable us to catalogue all our books according to title, author and category. The system will also give us the opportunity to keep an update on the enrolment of members and the ages of children. It also will enable staff to use this information for the purchase of books and materials. A new membership drive to boost interest in reading will be undertaken for all Radium residents and new families moving into our area. We will begin with the promotion of ‘Early Literacy.’ A baby’s first experience with language might begin by the Books for Babies Program. The books are made with quality board and sturdy pages. We will be inviting parents with their babies to have the baby’s picture taken when they receive their membership in the library.

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The next few years will be a very exciting time. We would appreciate any person who has extra time and loves to read to volunteer to help us reach our goals. This includes working at book sales and helping with special events. The Village of Radium council and staff have been very supportive of our future plans and the trustees, staff, and volunteers of the library wish to thank them for their efforts to establish a new Municipal Public Library for Radium. Any further suggestions for programs or for information about the Library would be greatly appreciated as we look forward to a great 2007.

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B6 Juniper Heights Invermere, BC V0A 1K2


We will heat your home before you arrive for your winter holiday, start your fireplace, and tidy up! Experienced housesitter and home security while you are away.

Jacob Watchel Construction

Phone: (250) 341-3240

Associated with Clarica Financial Services Inc. and Clarica Investco Inc.

Kane Co.

Need Blinds?

RR#4 1700 Canyonview Rd. Invermere, BC V0A 1K4

(250) 342-5654 (250) 341-3636 Shawn & Mel Hollowink

Phone: 250-341-3616 Fax: 250-341-3617


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

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:

342-3268 (plant) 342-6767 (office)

Rug Cleaners •

Residential & Commercial • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Flood Restoration • Window Tinting

Jason Roe

RR #4, 2117 -13 Ave. Invermere, BC V0A 1K4

Bus: (250)342-9692 Res: (250) 342-7327 Fax: (250) 342-9644 Cell: (250) 342-5241

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January 5, 2007


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


will help you stay on top of your world Shizu E. M. Futa, Touch for Health Level 2

Mustard Seed Health Foods,

#103 Parkside Place, 901 7th Avenue, Invermere, BC During January Fridays 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please phone (250) 342-2552 for an appointment

Great Selection of:

Fine Homeservices


*Wood blinds *Sunscreens *Woven Woods *Pleated Shades *Roller Shades and more!

Floor Covering & Cabinets Blinds & Paints 335 - 3rd Ave., Invermere, BC Telephone 342-6264 • Fax 342-3546 Email:

(250 ) 3 4 2 - 9 2 0 7

For all your interior decorating needs.

Tamara Osborne Brenda McEachern.

Phone /Fax


Bennett Construction Growing with the Tradition of Quality

• Framing • Renovations • Decks • Exterior Finishing

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

Dean Hubman

Kristoffer Bennett (250) 341-5030

RR3, 4874 Ridge Cres. Invermere, BC V0A 1K3

Certified Technician


Homefront Essentials

Invermere Electrical Services



Elizabeth Shopland


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Reasonable rates Residential - Commercial Electric furnace and hot water tank repair Maintenance and service Central vacuum systems

4966 Fairmont Frontage, Fairmont Hot Springs

For all your electrical needs call:


LAMBERT-KIPP PHARMACY LTD. J. Douglas Kipp, B. Sc. (Pharm.) Laura Kipp, Pharm D. Your Compounding Pharmacy Come in and browse our giftware

Open Monday - Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm 1301 - 7th Avenue, Invermere


Free Estimates!

(250) 342-8878


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Sunflower Café located in the ‘Little Big Mall’ Downtown Canal Flats

Soup•Fresh Deli Sandwiches•Baked Goods Fresh Ground Coffee•Teas•Hot Chocolate

Karlene LePan, Owner/Operator



Residential and Commercial Lighting

Dan Emms General Manager

Complete Automotive Repairs

P.O. Box 1079 Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 Ph: 250.342.1666

(Beside the Petro Canada Car Wash)


342-6614 •

Sewer/Drain Cleaning


Septic Tank Pumping Portable Toilet Rentals

(250) 341-1779

• Complete sewer/drain repair • Reasonable rates - Seniors’ discount • Speedy service - 7 days a week • A well-maintained septic system should be pumped every 3-5 years • Avoid costly repairs


Bruce Dehart 347-9803 or 342-5357



Automotive Repairs

Construction Ltd.



7 days a week


• Road Building • Land Clearing • Logging • General Excavating

Freight & Passenger Depot

7507 Main St. West, Radium Hot Springs

(250) 347-9726


STEVE GUTSCHE, Project Manager

HEAD OFFICE Columbia Valley District Phone: (250) 342-9866 Phone: (403) 287-0144 Fax: (250) 342-9869 Fax: (403) 287-2193 Email: #200, 6125 - 11 Street S.E. Calgary, AB T2H 2L6


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Jeff Watson

Telephone: 342-3659

Serving the Valley for over 11 years • #3, 109 Industrial Road #2, Invermere

to all of our customers and friends from Bob, Bryan & Families

We’re The Pioneer has a circulation of 6400, reaching more people than any other publication in the valley

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Happy New Year!

David and Alex Wilson are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Jamie Elizabeth, born January 1st, weighing 6 lbs, 5 oz. Little sister to Connar and Hailey.

IN MEMORIAM In Loving Memory of our friend and colleague

Dave Forest

January 8, 2005 In our thoughts, Jan and Ed.

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.

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). 1 bedroom basement suite, newly renovated, very large, separate entrance, Canal Flats. $550/month, plus 1/2 utilities. Call 403-235-5507. 2 bedroom, 2 bath furnished suite sleeps up to seven. $950/ month, includes cable and

utilities, N/P. Call John, 3426293. New two bedroom suite. All appliances including dishwasher/dryer, large lot. N/S, N/P, $865/month. Heat and utilities included, available February 1. 342-9770.

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.

garage on large landscaped lot. Complete with F/S, W/D, wood stove. Take possession immediately, asking $199, 000. Phone 342-3481, or 342-1017.



New Condo/Townhouse close to lake


View at: WELIST.COM listing #23877

(250) 342-8388 Invermere, B.C. Ski/Golf/Boat/Skidoo...

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. Available immediately. 2 bedroom condo plus bonus room at Black Forest Village. All appliances and window coverings. $1100/month plus utilities, N/S. 342-3826.

HOMES FOR SALE Looking for an affordable home? This one won’t last! Located in central Canal Flats, 3 bedroom mobile home with 25x28 shop/


100% Quality – High Standard of maintenance free living with recreation facilities & private beach. Fully finished 3 bdrm/2bath, wood & slate flooring. Furnishings incl. Amazing mountain views. MLS#151803



For more information or to view call....

342-5935 or toll free 1-866-501-8326 Your Listing or Purchase will support the Childrens Miracle Network.

DK Rice - 342-5935

Rob Rice - 341-5935

RE/MAX Invermere Independently Owned and Operated

2004 Moduline Landmark 14x70, 3 bedrooms, sunken LR, vaulted ceiling, f/s, w/d, d/w, comes w/addition and deck. $115,000, 347-9381, Radium.


New lots along Crescentwood coming. Commercial lots available NOW for less! Acreage West of town - Edgewater Developments 347 9660,

Spectacular R-2 lot in Invermere, rare find, only 2 blocks to Kinsmen Beach, and 2 blocks to the heart of Invermere. Lake and mountain views on a very private end of a cul-de-sac. No building commitment. Build 2 cabins and only $150,000 each. Build with a friend/family, 2/3/4-plex, or build your own home/cottage. There are no other lots in the valley with this proximity to the lake in this price range, $300,000. View at:, listing $25567, or call 342-8388.

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Half beef, cut and wrapped. Natural grass fed, no chemicals. $2.50/lb, 342-5303. HAY, top quality round bales, alfalfa grass. Call Elkhorn Ranch 342-0617. Support Rockies Hockey Firewood: pine, mixed, and birch. 342-6908. White refrigerator w/bottom freezer, 3 years old, excellent condition, $500; beer fridge, $100; two electric ranges, white, $200 & $100; newer oak dining room table and six chairs, $500. 342-0665, 7.5 cubic foot RCA freezer; fridge/freezer 5’x32”x26.5”. Both $75.00, 345-6272.




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

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

Windermere 342-9022 CLASSIFIED DEADLINE: Tuesdays at noon 341-6299

We supply part and service FOR ALL MAKES of: • snowmobiles • motorcycles • quads

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Deer found wounded in town A deer was found in downtown Invermere dying from a single arrow wound to the hind quarters. District of Invermere Conservation Officers are looking for information that might help them identify the poacher. According to Invermere Conservation Officer Andy Czemmel, the deer was found behind the Lake Auto Ford dealership on Main Street at about 4:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Officer Czemmel said the mule deer fawn was alive but appeared to be in great discomfort. The arrow, he said, was in deep enough to eventually kill the deer, so the animal was destroyed. The arrow was made of wood and had a blunt tip, which, he said, is not common among hunters. Anyone with information regarding this or any other wildlife crime are encouraged to call the poachers and polluters hot line at 1-877-952-RAPP (7277) or visit the RAPP web site to file a report on line at

Maria, Dayna & Michelle are pleased to welcome Kandi Krebs to the team. • Kandi will be offering colouring, highlighting and waxing, as well as cuts and perms. • See Dayna for unique, painless, tooth jewellery • Ask Michelle about eyelash tinting.

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Hair & Tanning Studio • 342-3227

Canal Flats gets web site

By Brian Geis Pioneer Staff

The Village of Canal Flats has joined the District of Invermere and the Village of Radium Hot Springs on the Worldwide Web at www.canalflats. com. Sylvie Hoobanoff, the Canal Flats administrator charged with updating the site, said it has been up and running for a few weeks now. The site, which closely resembles the Radium Hot Springs web site, differs in that it will also host advertising. In fact, Ms. Hoobanoff said there has already been some interest in the single banner-sized slot at the top of the home page. Currently, visitors can get information about the village history, council, organizations, industries, annual events, recreational opportunities, pathways, businesses, emergency response and public safety. There is also a download section

with bylaws, council notes, agendas and minutes, forms, maps, and newsletters. “There’s lots of new stuff being added so it’s a work in progress,” she commented. Canal Flats residents and visitors will want to check out the public forum section of the web site. After registering, visitors can post questions and comments. Already there are several questions, with responses from Village Councillor Uta Juras and Chief Administrative Officer Bruce Woodbury. Comments range from concern about local eyesores, to calls for repairs, to sharp criticism of the town’s vision and mission. There are also links, contact information, and an interactive on-line calendar. The other two municipal web sites are and The Regional District of East Kootenay also has a comprehensive web site at

P IONEER C LASSIFIEDS CAREERS To start immediately: Line cook, wage depending on experience. Call 342-8346 or apply in person at Station Pub. 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 Fairmont Creek Property Management is looking for housekeeping staff. Mature, responsible person with at least 6 months experience. $11/hr wage, full time, year round employment. Medical & Dental benefits and staff housing is provided. Please call Carmen at 250-345-6116.

RESIDENT CARE WORKER Full-time and casual, Union membership, HEU. See posting, Mount Nelson Place. Please contact (250) 342-3699, Stephanie Healy, Manager.

Come join the Kick Ass Team! In our ongoing quest to provide the world with the ultimate wake-up call, Kicking Horse Coffee continues to build it’s legendary Production Team! Current opportunities include:

Material Handler/Labourer – Full Time Working hand-in-hand with packing and roasting, your key responsibilities will include organization, material handling and cleanliness in the warehouse and roasting areas. Tasks may include, but are not limited to receiving and managing green bean and production inventory, organizing materials for daily roasts and production runs, assisting packing with the shipping of nished product, cleaning and preventative maintenance of roasters. Although previous warehouse shipping/receiving experience would be preferred, if you live, breathe and dream coffee; are highly organized and detail oriented (to the point of being called anal); are energetic, physically t, capable of short periods of heavy lifting and can remain on your feet for an 8 hour period; are a team player and have a “glass half full” disposition; have a sense of humour, even while wearing a hairnet, earplugs and steel toed footwear… Then nd out for yourself why Kicking Horse Coffee is such a great place to work! We provide a positive and supportive year-round work environment, excellent 100% employer paid extended health and wellness benets (pending successful probationary period), competitive wages, professional development opportunities, legendary staff “fun days”, paid day-off birthdays, a steady pipeline to satisfy the most discerning addiction, not to mention an awesome product and a team dedicated and committed to producing the best coffee in the country! To apply, please email your application to or fax 250-342-4450. We will contact successful applicants.


DISTRICT OF INVERMERE JANITORIAL CLEANING SERVICE The District of Invermere invites applications from qualified persons for the janitorial cleaning service of municipal buildings during a 3-year period from February 1st, 2007 to January 31st, 2010. Copies of the contract can be obtained at the Municipal Office (914 - 8th Avenue) on Friday, January 5th, 2007. Sealed proposals, marked “JANITORIAL CLEANING SERVICE CONTRACT” will be received by the undersigned up to 12:00 noon, local time, Thursday, January 18th, 2007 at the District of Invermere Office 914 – 8th Avenue, Invermere, BC, V0A 1K0. Quotations will be opened at 12:05 on January 18th, 2007. The District of Invermere reserves the right to waive informalities in any quote, or reject any or all quotes, or accept the quote deemed most favourable in the interest of the municipality. Questions regarding this Request for Quotations may be directed to: Brian Nickurak Director of Municipal Works District of Invermere 342-9281 ext 227

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January 5, 2007


Valley Churches

New Year challenge for area churches Sandy Ferguson, Windermere Valley Shared Ministry I hope everyone had a good New Year! With the New Year often comes the question what lies ahead for us? It is a question that many of us will be asking, as we start getting used to writing 2007 instead of 2006. It’s certainly a question facing the church. And the United Church of Canada is certainly exploring it. The Church is facing the challenge of how to be relevant and how to ensure that we continue to proclaim the Good News of Christ Jesus in today’s world. One programme the United Church has launched to try to be more relevant in today’s world is the Emerging Spirit programme. You might have already heard of the United Church’s plan to place advertisements in a variety of magazines to challenge Canadians to explore the nature of faith in their lives. And some of those ads are quite effective in challenging people’s assumptions of what a Christian believes. For example, one of the ads shows a “bobble head” Jesus in motion, and asks the question, “Is it funny or a ticket to hell?” Just for the record, I thought it was funny. The point of this campaign is to direct people to a web site and forum called the “Wondercafe” (www. The web site is meant to reach out to

young Canadians and offer an opportunity and place to explore questions of faith. The research tells us that many young people want to explore their spirituality, but are unsure that a traditional church is the place to do so. They are unsure that they will be welcome in the church with their questions about life, spirituality and faith. The Emerging Spirit programme is a good start, but it’s only a beginning of the journey of faith, because the programme does not direct people to a church, only to the website. But the real learning happens when we share our questions and stories face to face as part of a body of faith in our community. Jesus and his followers created such communities of faith to help people explore their faith, because once they had heard the call to follow Jesus, many would asked themselves, “What happens next?” It was in these early churches that people would discover the answers that guided them deeper into faith. Through sharing they challenged each other and, together, learned something new. They were able to strengthen each other during their difficult times. This is the challenge that lies ahead for the church, to be a place where people feel welcome to ask their questions and become a community that can be part of their faith journey. It is a challenge that we in the Windermere Valley Shared Ministry welcome. In the upcoming year, as well as our regular Sunday worship, we are planning to offer a variety of evening worship services, with different styles of music and prayer. And we will be offering a number of study groups exploring a variety of issues that affect our faith. We invite you to be part of our journey!

YOUR PRIVATE CONNECTION Darryl Stettler Owner Professional Window Cleaning Lawn Maintenance Carpet Cleaning • Janitorial Services Staining & Painting • Gutter Cleaning Condo and Residential Cleaning Fax 250-342-0488 • Email:

Tel. 342-7622

Great rates, products and service

Step by step, professional mortgage support. Bill Rainbow Mortgage Broker (250) 342-3453


LAKE WINDERMERE ALLIANCE CHURCH 10:30 a.m., Sunday, January 7– Worship and Life Instruction, “Are We God’s People?”

Sunday School, for ages 3 to grade 7 during the morning service. 7:00 p.m., Evening Service – Special guest speaker: Rev. Bob Rose

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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At Panorama: 250-341-4898 Toll Free: 1-888-258-9911

Independently Owned and Operated


Wende Brash 342-1300

Bernie Raven 342-7415

Daniel Zurgilgen 342-1612

Ed English 342-1194

Horse Lover’s Paradise

Jan Klimek 342-1195

John McCarthy 342-1758

Lynda Kirkpatrick 341-1907

Scott Wallace

Andy Smith



Your Patience is Now Rewarded

This 11.5 acre property is perfect for getting away from it all. Solitude is instant when you arrive with views of the Kootenay River, as the property sits just above it. Comfy, warm country style home, fenced parcel. MLS#K151923

The perfect Ski Hill View, two bedroom condo at Panorama�s Taynton Lodge is now available! Vaulted ceilings with huge windows to soak up the view. Morning sunshine on your two decks. Lots of space for the family and friends. Ski in – ski out. Rental pool too. There won�t be another one like this. MLS#K151955


$425,000 + GST

Great Opportunity

Studio unit, top oor, Tamarack Lodge at Panorama. View of the swimming pools, mountains and ski hill. Comes with all furnishings, appliances and dishes. Priced to sell! Compare with other ski resorts. Don�t wait on this one! MLS#K152021


Bryan Hookenson 341-1266

Rob Rice 341-5935

Deborah-Kim Rice 342-5935

Katie Wallace 342-5785

A�ordable Opportunity

Paul Glassford 341-1395

Phase 3 now selling in Canal Flats, 1 and 2 bedroom townhomes, with full developable basements. Get in the market under $200,000 while you still can! Includes kitchen appliances and air conditioning. MLS#New Jade Landing

Starting at $189,900 + GST


Spectacular Property, Spectacular Views

No need to climb stairs or take an elevator. This main oor 2 bedroom poolside corner unit is the best location in Panorama Springs. View of ski hill and Monument Peak. Put your skis on outside the door and you are on the mountain. Very rare, don�t wait. MLS#K115036

Larger, nearly new home located above Radium on a peaceful cul-de-sac. Self contained 1 bedroom suite with walkout basement, expansive deck to enjoy the views. Heated tile oors in kitchen, vaulted ceiling, hardwood oors and low maintenance yard! MLS#K118875

$389,900 + GST


Historic Charm

Fairmont Riverside

Start Here

Enjoy vaulted ceilings, open living, large country kitchen and lots of room for a family. Great yard with mature trees sheltering the yard giving it privacy. Well built home with many unique details that will be sure to capture your eye and heart. MLS#K150315

Beautiful building lot backs onto Cold Spring Creek in bare land strata development. Located just high enough to offer spectacular mountain views of the Fairmont Hoodoos and the magnicent Fairmont Sawtooth Range.MLS#K150487

The lowest priced single family home in Invermere. Move in condition, close to the beach, only 10 years old and clean as a whistle. This is not on leased land. Call today. MLS#K151026

$281,900 Mountain Paradise

50 acres right across from Panorama Mountain Village. Property is self contained with its own water and power system, two newer log chalets fully furnished and used for upscale rentals. The owner has created ski runs, skidoo access up to Paradise Mtn., trails and roads through out the property. MLS#K152016


$139,900 + GST A Home with Everyone in Mind Over an acre with a creek. Hand crafted logs, vaulted ceilings and oor to ceiling river rock replace set the stage for this large, bright two and a half storey home with a huge detached shop. Open design with 36 inch doors and an elevator to all 3 oors makes this home handicap accessible for family or Bed & Breakfast guests. MLS#K117252




7 4 # Arriving more than two weeks early, Jamie Elizabeth Wilson joined the ranks of Columbia Valley residents in the wee early morning hour...