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Vol. 4/Issue 29


The Columbia



July 20, 2007



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


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2 FIGHT FOR 4616



A recent sunset looking north from Westside Road shows smoke from forest fires in the West Kootenays hanging over the valley. For more on area fires, see Page 27. Photo by Brian Geis



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July 20, 2007

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An Old Fashioned Garden Party In Support of the Canadian Cancer Society


eep Saturday, July 28th free to attend an old fashioned Garden Party at the home of Chester and Pat Allen. Pat has very generously offered to host the party in her beautiful garden in Radium. Entertainment and refreshments will be provided and members of the local Canadian Cancer Society will be on hand to serve the guests. The admission fee will be collected at the entrance to the garden.


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hicle accident, along with two STARS helicopters. The highway was closed to allow the helicopters to land. Here volunteer firefighter Rick Magri guides one of the helicopter pilots to a landing position even though the helicopter landed only a few feet away from him. Invermere fire chief Roger Ekman said his crew had just completed helicopter training. For a complete description of the accident, see the RCMP Report on Page 4.

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Thankfully, there were no fatalities in a spectacular accident near Edgewater last Saturday that sent two adults and their four young children to hospital. All the children were injured but are reported to be recovering. The mother was driving and lost control of her 2005 Ford truck when she became distracted, left the road and hit an embankment. Four ambulances attended the scene of a single-ve-






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Elevate Your Dining Experience The main entrance at Eagle Ranch Trail is now open making it even closer for you to elevate your dining experience in our new Clubhouse. Reserve your spot on one of our patios and enjoy the best new views in the Valley, exceptional food, and our commitment to Service Beyond. Trader’s Lounge is open everyday for breakfast, lunch and dinner and Saliken Fine Dining is open 5-9 Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Call 1-877-877-3889 or 342-0562 to make a reservation or book a tee time Eagle Ranch Golf Course, proud winner of SCOREGolf Magazine’s “Best Course Conditions in B.C.”

The Columbia Valley Pioneer • 3

July 20, 2007

Invermere, First Nations face off over Lot 4616 By Brian Geis Pioneer Staff Representatives of both First Nations bands want to squeeze as much profit as possible from the sale and development of Lot 4616, while the District of Invermere wants to retain at least part of the 150-acre lakeview property as parkland. A recent meeting of all four parties interested in Lot 4616 – including the province – became heated during the discussion about one of the last remaining pieces of Crown land in the area. The District is firm that it wants half the property dedicated as public parkland, with some portion set aside for low-cost or “non-market” housing. The Shuswap and Akisqnuk negotiators want to see any heritage sites protected, but otherwise, to sell the property to reinvest in lands closer to the heart. The aboriginal representatives said they consider parkland and non-market housing as long-term assets for the District of Invermere that do not benefit the First Nations people. “I don’t see First Nations people crossing over the river to use this as parkland,” said Shuswap negotiator and Kinbasket Development Corporation Chief Executive Officer Dean Martin. But District of Invermere negotiator, Councillor Gerry Taft, said he is firm on parkland requirement. “I do see people crossing the river to use the parks in Invermere,” he argued. “Green space benefits everyone in the valley, no matter where it is.” Lot 4616, he reminded the negotiators, is currently zoned parkland. The public, he said, would never allow a zoning variance to develop part of Lot 4616 without a significant dedication of parkland. Mr. Taft said that when the district inquired at the provincial level for ideas on how to develop non-market housing, he was asked whether the district contained any crown land. Lot 4616 immediately came into play, he said. “I think compromise is a good word,” Mr. Taft said. “We’re willing to take some development to get

the parkland we want.” The Crown, represented at the negotiation table by Lorraine Schmidt and Bob Brodie of the Integrated Land Management Bureau, jumped into the role of mediators as the discussion began to sound like an argument. “It’s not a fait accompli,” Mr. Brodie commented. “The partners still have to agree to work together on this.” The goal of the meeting, he said, was to polish off a statement of intent describing “the highest and best use of the land” in the subdivision of Lot 4616. “For us, the highest and best use is the short-term economic benefit,” Shuswap representative Lorne Shovar. “You can’t ‘maximize the benefits’ of this land if you’re talking about non-market housing.” Shuswap negotiator and Kinbasket Development Corporation Chief Financial Officer Matt Ney said the negotiations were a big step toward building good working relationships among levels of government. “We’re building this relationship and using 4616 as the catalyst. I think this is a huge opportunity for the partners to work together to solve some of the other larger issues,” he said. “Nobody said, ‘don’t compromise.’ We just don’t know what we’re compromising.” According to Mr. Brodie, each party’s claim to the lot has yet to be determined. The province, he said, is in the business of creating partnerships for the sale of crown land. “The revenue is not the big thing,” he said. “Mainly we’re a partner, we’re the neutral party. We’re here really to facilitate.” Hammering out a compromise that all the parties can live with can be challenging, he said, but rewarding. “You could see how positive everybody was. Everybody really wants to see this go through,” he said. “People are just stating their positions, and from that comes compromise.” While the partners continue to shape their statement of intent, they will also seek bids for an archaeology survey. The next meeting of the partners is tentatively scheduled for the end of August.

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Community Groups Columbia Valley Bighorn Football Team Summit Youth Centre Imagination Station Rhythm Band Jam Sessions with Jaia Improv Dance by Charlotte’s Web Transformation Station Meka Jensen & all the crew who painted faces, created punk hairdos & tattoos PlanetArtz Craft Centre Shelly Stricek and assistants who helped children create Mosaic Masterpieces Artists at Work Acrylics by Marj Gibb Members of the Purcell Painters – Pat Bavin,Vivianne & Heinz Crebo Annual Pynelogs Gallery Show Entertainment Gord Askey, John Cronin, Aspire Dance, Mike and Fraser Smith, As the Crow Flies, Deb Ede, Kurt Reichel, Brian Hoffas, Marty Beingessner, O’Sullivan Group, Sandra Mercer School of Belly Dance Carol Spence Band, OSO Simple, Shawn Maloney. Clowns DOC and Stubby, High Point Performers the Stilt Walkers.

Volunteers A hardworking crew of over 100 volunteers who smiled, laughed and made this festival so special!

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July 20, 2007

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From July 10 to 17, the RCMP responded to 141 incidents. Among these calls were 11 motor vehicle crashes, five “persons crimes” which were mainly assaults, 13 “property crimes”, which were mainly vandalism, and break and entering. RCMP are still seeing above-average numbers for municipal bylaw violations, which are mainly “noiserelated” complaints. This past week saw 43 reported instances of municipal bylaw infractions. Some of the more notable cases were as follows: • July 8: RCMP were called to a domestic disturbance in Invermere. The suspect had reportedly just left the house and was believed to have been drunk at the time. Upon arrival at the house, police noted the victim had blood in her hair, a cut on her cheek and a bite mark on one of her shoulders. The following day, the suspect turned himself into police and he was arrested for Assault Causing and Breaching Probation. Charges were laid and the man was taken to Cranbrook to appear in court. • July 12: At 10:20 a.m., a lady was driving southbound near Spur Valley north of Edgewater when she was distracted by the children in her back seat. As she looked back at the children, her vehicle caught the gravel just off the shoulder of the road and she lost control, rolling down an embankment. All occupants were taken to Invermere hospital for check-up. All were treated for minor injuries and released. July 14: At approximately 2:30 p.m., Columbia Valley RCMP member were called to a single-vehicle multiple injury motor vehicle accident on Highway 95, approximately five kilometres north of Radium


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Hot Springs. Upon arrival, police noted that the B.C. Ambulance and Fire rescue were on scene. STARS from Calgary and another helicopter from Golden were also en route. Police investigation determined that a southbound 2005 Ford pickup went off the paved portion of the road, but recovered only to shoot across the highway and into the left side ditch, hitting flush against an enbankment. The truck had six occupants in total; the female driver, one male passenger in the front and four children. The driver apparently turned away for a moment to check on one of her children and when she looked up she saw a sign and cut over to avoid it. She oversteered and lost control. She advised she was driving, one daughter aged three years and son aged five years were in the front middle seat, double-buckled, and her husband was in the front passenger seat. Her seven-year-old son was behind her and her six-year-old son was behind her husband. The driver told police she was also seven months pregnant. STARS arrrived and immediately took one of the children to the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary. A second child was taken by Golden helicopter to Alberta Children’s Hospital as well. The five-year-old boy was initially brought to Invermere Hospital and was later transported to the Alberta Children’s Hospital via STARS. Mom, Dad and the youngest child were brought to Invermere via B.C. Ambulance Service for treatment. Continued on next page

July 13, 2007

The Columbia Valley Pioneer • 5

Continued from Page 4 As of July 15th, police confirmed with Alberta Children’s Hospital that it appears the children are doing all right. One was just going into surgery to repair a broken femur and the more seriously injured five-year-old boy was faring better than expected. Their father was with them at the hospital. The other two boys Six people riding in this truck were not seriously injured. were reported to be in pected to provide this service within stable condition. The three-year-old girl ended up with a bro- existing staffing levels, and without reken tibia and fibula, but was reportedly muneration to offset the costs. Therefore, our turnaround time on doing well. The RCMP are continuing their in- these checks will take longer than in the past. vestigation. People who require Criminal Records checks be done can expect the re*** Lately Columbia Valley RCMP sults to take up to three to four weeks. have been receiving more than the usual Therefore, they should anticipate this number of requests for Criminal Re- time frame when applying. Any local resident requiring Crimicords checks. nal Records checks may make applicaMany employers and volunteer agencies require these be done as a con- tion in person at the Columbia Valdition of employment or in order to ley Detachment office 4936 Athalmer Road, Windermere between the hours serve with a particular organization. Unlike municipal police depart- of 8:30 to 4:30 Monday to Friday. You may check on the results durments or RCMP Detachments who provide policing services to cities and ing regular business hours by calling our municipalities, our Detachment is ex- main office number at 342-9292. Regional District of East Kootenay

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Tuesday, July 24 – 7:00 to 9:30 pm Saturday, July 28 – 1:00 to 3:30 pm The workshops will be held at the Windermere Community Hall located at 4726 North Street, Windermere BC. Registration for all the workshops is required and can either be done online through the RDEK website at or by phone at 250 489-2791. If you have any questions about the workshops please contact Karen Higgins, Planner at 250 489-0313 or

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Praise for our hospital staff

July 20, 2007

Historical Lens

By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff In a world of overworked hospital staff, disgruntled patients and long waiting lines, you have to appreciate the efficiency of our health care staff here in Invermere. I recently got the opportunity to view our local health care professionals in action when a friend of mine visiting from Calgary (apparently allergic to the smog-free air in the valley) broke out in a body-engulfing bout of hives. By 12:30 a.m. Friday we were off to the hospital. Nothing like a trip to the emergency room to kickstart your weekend. Having been in an emergency room in a hospital about the size of Invermere’s once before on a Friday night, I thought I knew what was in store. Begrudgingly, I walked into the hospital, prepared to spend at least a couple of hours sitting in a crowded waiting room with bad television. Much to my delight, this was not the case. My friend was in and out in less than 20 minutes. Just like anyone else, I have experienced long wait times. But like most people, I understand that there is nothing the nursing staff at the hospitals and the clinics can do about the large number of patients. More irritating than the wait are those few people who push themselves to the start of the line and take their frustrations out on the hospital staff - especially when they cannot seem to get it through their heads that the people with the most serious injuries/illnesses will be treated first. Like many I am sure, I have fought off urges to tell these select few to grow up. It has just been suggested to me that when a person has a bad experience they tell ten people, whereas if they have a good experience they tell three. So this is my good experience. Tell your friends and show some respect for the people out there that are trying to make you a healthier person.

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No more development, please! Dear Editor: Our greatest asset in this valley is its supernatural beauty. We are writing this letter to express our displeasure over the building projects that are going up in this valley. We are grieved by the loss of the spectacular lakeview on the approach into town, which is now obstructed by unsightly condos. They are built on wetlands and on a flood plain. We are known worldwide for these wetlands. Why are we allowing our wetlands to be ruined? We have natural beauty that needs to be preserved. These wetlands were filled each spring with the migrating birds. Then the Canada Geese would bring their young here when they moulted, so the whole family of geese could use the lake for safety.

There is another development project in the works over by the arena which is rumoured to be many storeys high. If this is true, this will seriously compromise more lake view and could become another unsightly project. Haven’t we had enough unsightly development already, put in place? We cannot erase these mistakes, but we can learn from them. It is obvious that we need people who have a heart for this valley to use their voices to say NO MORE - enough is enough! It’s time to wake up and count the loss. If we want tourists, we need to keep our precious views. Gabe Senger Lucille Campbell Gayla Hanna Heidi Johnson

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July 20, 2007

Thought for the day Dear Editor: Here is a thought for the day. In British Columbia, we have a 24hour roadside suspensions for drunk or impaired drivers. Maybe we could extend that 24-hour suspension for further duty. We have a problem with people speeding. We have a problem with people driving through stop signs and traffic lights in the cities. What happens if we assume that everyone is allowed one mistake for speeding or running a light. Okay, then do the fines trick what ever that might cost. However, on a second speeding or running of the lights infraction, how about a 24-hour roadside suspension and a very healthy fine – pick a number $ 200/300? The penalty then happens immediately. On a third occasion, how about a one-week roadside suspension and a very healthy fine before getting your car back; say $500/700? And if the driver is really stupid,

which would be inherent from the above history, how about a one-month roadside suspension and a fine of $1,000 before you get your car back. Oh yes, and you pay the storage and towing fees. All of the above would then hit the speeder or lights and stop sign runner in that which will hurt them the most - in their impatience. It would not incur the delays of the court system – especially the 24-hour roadside suspension. It is simple and clean. It is immediate. Oh, I will be late for work – too bad, don’t speed and leave early. Oh, I’m trying to get to an appointment – too bad, leave earlier. Oh, if you take my car away tomorrow I won’t be able to get to work. Too bad, don’t speed. Figure it out. We as a society are sick to death and literally dying from these speeders. Let’s use the 24-hour roadside suspension to slow people down to at least a reasonable level of traffic flow. Just my thought for the day. David Pacey Radium Hot Springs

Let’s fight smoking Dear Editor: The Canadian Cancer Society is pleased to see the BC Government taking steps to protect the health of British Columbians, and to regain the leadership position that BC once held in tobacco control. The BC Government recently amended the Tobacco Sales Act to ban smoking in indoor places and workplaces (including spaces near doorways, windows and air intakes); restrict places where tobacco can be sold; restrict retail tobacco displays in places where youth can enter. The proposed Regulation accompanying the Tobacco Sales Act, while a good start, falls short in a number of areas. The Regulation does not prohibit smoking on outdoor patios of bars and restaurants, or the sale of cigarettes in pharmacies; and only prohibits smoking in areas three metres from entranceways. Without further restrictions, nonsmokers are not assured the health benefits of avoiding exposure to secondhand smoke.

The Canadian Cancer Society proposes amending the Regulation to include a ban on smoking on the patios of all hospitality suites; an extension of the buffer-zone (the distance away a smoker must be) to 7.5 metres in entranceways; restricting the sale of cigarettes in pharmacies; and expanding retail restrictions to include all premises, not just those that youth can enter. Tobacco consumption remains the largest single preventable cause of death and disease, killing more than 6,000 British Columbians each year. In addition, second-hand smoke is linked to the deaths of 110 non-smoking British Columbians every year. Now is the time to let your voice be heard. The BC Ministry of Health is accepting public comment on the Regulation until July 19, 2007. The Society encourages everyone who would like better protection from second-hand smoke to act now by sending an email to the Ministry of Health at Patti Moore Canadian Cancer Society

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July 20, 2007

Doctors urge safety in scorching summer heat By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff Temperatures around the valley are skyrocketing into the high 30s and health authorities are urging residents and visitors to enjoy the heat safely. According to health records, there were numerous cases of heat-related illnesses reported last weekend alone. “Avoid getting overheated. I mean, that seems like such obvious advice,” said local physician, Dr. Maria Dibb, “but it is so hot out now, it is hard to get out of the heat.” The people most susceptible to heat-related illness are the elderly and young children. “Every year, we hear of children being left in vehicles and this is one of the most dangerous behaviours during the summer months,” said Dr. Andrew Larder, Senior Medical Health Officer at Interior Health. “Leaving the windows open does not prevent serious harm to children left in hot cars, even when the outside temperature is in the mid-30s, tem-

Sydney Edlund, aged 5, of Wilmer, playing at Kinsmen Beach in Invermere. peratures in a car can rise to over fifty degrees within twenty minutes.” Nevertheless, even healthy, fit people can suffer from heat-related illnesses. The effects of heat stress include general weakness, tiredness, poor muscle control and headaches. Heat exhaustion, a less serious form of heat stroke, might also include nausea, pale,

cool and clammy skin, excessive sweating, rapid pulse, rapid shallow breathing and muscles cramps. Heat stroke, the next stage, can occur very quickly and without warning. Symptoms include hot, dry, flushed skin, usually with no sweating, agitation and confusion, headache, nausea and vomiting.

“If you think someone has heat stroke, you should take them to the hospital or call an ambulance as soon as possible,” said Dr. Dibb. “If you do not have immediate access to a hospital, you should get them cooled down right away.” She said ways you can do this include putting the individual in cold water, such as a lake; and putting ice under their arms and in their groin; but most importantly, get them out of the heat and sunshine. Dr. Dibb said that the best cure is probably to act preventatively. This includes staying hydrated—but not over-hydrated—and wearing light-colored, lightweight, loose clothing such as cotton. More tips to beat the summer heat involve limiting outdoor activity to early morning and late afternoon. If you must go outside, protect yourself with sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher. For more information on heat-related illness and preventative measures you can visit


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Out & About Your Weekly Guide to What’s Happening Around the Columbia Valley

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July 20, 2007


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like about this movie is the number of times the scene finishes with Sandra staring into the abyss, saying nothing. This also happens for the first bit of the movie, after the initial shock of her husband's death. Premonition is listed as a thriller, and even though Sandra Bullock does an amazing job acting, there are very few things that an actor can do to patch up a script filled with holes. I personally thought the movie was good. I have a bad habit of competing with the movie itself to see if I can figure out the ending before the end actually comes. In this case, I found myself more engrossed with my task of winning than in the movie itself. Do not rent this movie unless you are ready to think and keep an open mind.

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in the loft. While his colleagues urge Green’s arrest, Murdoch struggles to determine a motive for the murder. He is further confounded by the discovery of another body, a black former owner of the same livery stable shot and trussed as if he were a slave being punished. Murdoch’s inquiries uncover illegal gambling, clandestine prize fighting, slave trading and the northern terminus of the underground railway beneath the upright façade of Toronto society. Despite the dark mystery investigation, Jennings entertains her readers with the comic predicaments in Murdoch’s personal life: his love for a “New Woman” who does not believe in marriage and his promise to hide his Inspector’s secret treatment for alcoholism.

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

Toby Theatre

Friday, July 20th

Thursday, July 26th

• White House Classic, at the white House Pub in Windermere. Proceeds to support Keira Neal. Auction 9 p.m. includes two-week holiday in Belize, dinner for 20, and more. Dance to Johnny Tornado and the Blue Tones. • 4 pm: Columbia Basin Trust AGM, St. Eugene Mission, Cranbrook. For info: 1-800-505-8998. • DJ Stylists Crew at Bud’s Bar & Lounge.

Saturday, July 21st

• July 18-23, 23-24: Evan Almighty • July 25-27: Surf ’s Up

Throughout the Summer • 10 am-12:30 pm: Edgewater Legion Open Market with crafts, baked goods, vegetables, canned goods, and more. For info: Doreen 347-9550, Vi 347-0044, or Dorothy 347-9493. • 9 am-1 pm: Invermere Farmers’ Market, downtown every Saturday. • 11 am-4 pm: Pynelogs Cafe open, serving Kicking Horse Coffee and homemade treats. Open seven days a week. For info: 342-4423. • Summer Red Cross lessons running July/August, Radium Hot Pools, Windermere Public Beach, and Invermere Kinsmen Beach. To register: 347-9562. See:

June 23rd - December 2nd • 6th Annual Radium Hot Springs Glass Art Show & Sale, ‘The Brilliance of Birds’, Radium Hot Springs Pool lobby. Open pool hours. For more info: 250347-9485, 1-800-767-1611.

July 5th - August 9th • The Summer Fun Program for youth entering Grades 7, 8 & 9, funded by the Columbia Valley Community Foundation. Activities include wetlands tour, laser bowling & ice cream party, gondola ride in Banff, t-shirt workshop, day hike, and beach party! For more info: Shelley Smith, 342-9213 ext. 112.

July13th-August 31st • 10 am-noon: Tuesdays and Fridays, Junior Naturalist Program, Friends of Kootenay National Park, Redstreak Campground. Call 347-6525 to preregister.

• 7 am: Wakeboarding Tournament, Kinsmen Beach. Registration at 7 am. For info: Ellen Lang 342-3401, or Michael Lang (403) 540-2808. • Valley Appreciation Day, 20th Anniversary! Pancake breakfast in downtown Invermere, entertainment by Gord Askey & Friends, Gagne Logging Show, Search & Rescue demos, skateboard demos. For info: 3422515. • Pig Roast at the Royal Canadian Legion in Invermere to celebrate completion of lounge renovations. Activities start at 5 p.m., meal to follow. Call 3426044 for more info.

July 20th, 21st, 22nd • Kimberley JulyFest: Bocce, Soccer, Volleyball Tournaments, Parade, Kids’ Party. For info: 1-866913-3666.

• Pynestock ‘07, Pynelogs Cultural Centre, peace, love and music by local youths. Call 342-4423.

Saturday, July 28th • 2-5 pm: Old-fashioned garden party at the home of Chester and Pat Allen, 8038 McIntosh Loop Road, in support of the Canadian Cancer Society. Entertainment by violinist Wanda Seel and harpist Sharon Morgan. Everyone welcome. Tickets $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under. • 3:30-6 pm: Mountain Pine Beetle presentation and hors d’oeuvres at Earl Grey Lodge, Panorama. Tickets are $10 and must be purchased in advance. For more info: 341-3641.

August 10th - 12th • Arts on the Edge: Art exhibits, public reception and silent auction, Friday at Chateau Kimberley; artist and artisan demos and workshops, live music, theatre and children’s entertainment in the Platzl, plus an openair concert and dance at Coronation Park Saturday; and family picnic, Sunday at Coronation Park.

Saturday, August 11th • 12th Annual Rotary Club of Invermere ‘Loop the Lake’. For info:

New Video Releases Tuesday, July 24th

Sunday, July 22nd • Heart of the Rockies Triathlon, Invermere. For info: • 2 pm: “My David” one-act play at Edgewater Legion. Adults $12, Seniors and Students $10, Children free. For more info: 347-9668 or 347-9860

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Monday, July 23rd • 7 p.m. Windermere Community Hall - Lake Windermere water quality test results presentation. For more information, call Heather at 341-6898.

Monday, July 23td - Sunday, July 29th • Golf Kimberley BC, Bootleg Gap Golf, Kimberley Golf Club and Trickle Creek Golf Resort are hosting the 3rd Annual Festival of Golf in Kimberly. For event details visit or email

• Tuesday & Friday: 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. • Wednesday: 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. • Thursday: 12 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. • Saturday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. • 1:30 pm: Summer Reading Club, Fridays until August 24th.

Windermere Valley Museum • Open 10 am-4 pm, Tuesday - Saturday. Come and see the new displays!

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Love for gardening turns into business By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff Lynda Taylor has the gift of green and will share her secrets with anyone who stops to visit her beautiful gardens. Lynda is the owner of Creekside Flower Gardens, a “mini-Butchart gardens” located in Windermere. “ I like seeing people happy, joyful, smiling and learning something new,” she said. Lynda moved to Invermere in 1980 from Los Angeles, California. After graduating from the University of California, she came here to visit the Taylor family, whom she met at a conference in L.A. After her very first visit, she was hooked. “I just fell in love with the beauty,” Lynda said. Lynda married Rod Taylor and the couple has two children - Claire, 29 and Andrew, 31. Before opening up Creekside Gardens 16 years ago, Lynda worked as a

teacher’s aide at David Thompson Secondary School. Rod is employed as an excavator/ landscaper and is responsible for much of the beautiful rockwork in her garden. Lynda decided to create a career out of her passion after helping a friend with her landscaping. “She said to me: ‘Why do you keep this beauty to yourself? You should share it with others’,” Lynda said. Lynda decided to give it a shot. She took a leave of absence from her regular job and the first summer got very good response; she had more than 300 people

show up for tours. “I thought OK, I can do this as a business,” Lynda said. Since then, she has been sharing the beauty of Creekside Gardens with the public for 16 years. In that time, she has had visitors from all over the world, including special visits by folks from National Geographic Magazine, Gardens West magazine and the Royal Horticultural Society of London, England. Lynda enjoys swapping tricks with her visitors and has compiled a long list of tips for landscaping, rockwork, tree pruning, plant placement and plant his-

Summer garden party While you’re thinking about gardens, don’t forget to visit Radium for an old-fashioned garden party on Saturday, July 28th. Chester and Pat Allen are hosting the party to raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society on their one-acre property at 8038 McIntosh Loop Road (just turn left at the entrance to Radium Resort). Violinst Wanda Seel and harpist sharon Morgan will add music to the floral backdrop. Delicious sandwiches, sweets, iced tea and lemonade will be served. Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for kids under 12.

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tory. Creekside Gardens is composed of 14 separate gardens linked together on 2.5 acres of land. On your visit, you can take a guided tour of the gardens, or simply walk alone and enjoy the serenity they offer. The soothing creek and the aroma of flowers will put you in a relaxed state even if you are not a flower-lover. “I have seen men who aren’t happy to be coming here with their wives, and when they leave they have a smile on their face,” Lynda said. Along with her guided garden tours, Lynda has been host to various weddings and other special events including Wings over the Rockies. Creekside Gardens also boasts a bed and breakfast. There are two suites - the Lois Hole garden suite, and the Ernest Hemingway suite. Guided garden tours run Thursdays and Saturdays at 11 a.m. and reservations are appreciated. For more information on Creekside Gardens, visit or call Lynda at 342-6354.



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Saving for your child’s education Registered educational savings plans are an excellent way to save for children or grandchildren. Following is some general information about the RESP program in Canada. 1. Who can be a subscriber to an RESP? A subscriber can be an individual or a Public Primary Caregiver. On a family RESP the beneficiaries must be related to the subscriber by blood or adoption. 2. Is there a maximum I can contribute to an RESP? The lifetime limit is $50,000. This applies for each beneficiary on an RESP, not the plan as a whole. There is no longer a yearly limit to RESP contributions. 3. Can a grandparent and a parent have separate plans for a child? There are no limits to the number of plans an individual can establish for a child, or the number of RESPs a child may have. However, the annual and lifetime contribution limits apply to each child across all RESP plans regardless of where they are held. 4. What are the tax consequences when the subscriber withdraws contributions early? There are no tax implications when a subscriber withdraws any of their contribution early. However, they may be required to repay the Canada Education Savings Grant or Canada Learning Bond. 5. Who is eligible to receive the Savings Grant? And for how long? To receive the grant, the RESP beneficiary must be a resident of Canada at the time the contribution is made and have a valid Social Insurance Number. Beneficiaries are eligible for the grant up to the end of the calendar year in which they reach 17 years of age. You should note that certain contribution conditions apply at age 16 and 17. 7. How much Canada Education Savings Grant

is available to a beneficiary? The basic Savings Grant can be up to $500 per year per beneficiary, with a lifetime limit of $7,200 per beneficiary. 8. Can I “catch up” on the missed savings grant from previous years? Yes, if a beneficiary has an unused Savings Grant from previous years, the grant room gets “carried forward.” If a $4,000 contribution was made, the first $2,500 would receive $500 for the current year, and $300 from one of the previous year’s unused grant. Additional funds cannot be carried forward. 9. What is the Canada Learning Bond? Amounts are paid to children born after January 1, 2004 whose family is entitled to the National Child Benefit Supplement. There is an initial payment of $500, then an annual $100 payment until age 15 if the family income continues to qualify for the supplement. It is not necessary for the subscriber to make an initial contribution to the RESP in order to qualify for the Learning Bond. 11. What school expenses are eligible for an Educational Assistance Payment? An Educational Assistance Payment could be composed of income, plus all of the above sources of funds, and issued to the beneficiary to assist with the cost of post-secondary education. There is no set list of eligible expenses, but any reasonable expense related to post-secondary education would be accepted. 12. Which educational institutions qualify? For the Educational Assistance Payment to be paid to a beneficiary, he/she must be in full-time attendance at an accepted post-secondary institution (part-time if the student has a disability). Full-time attendance means the program must be not less than three consecutive weeks with at least 10 course hours per week.

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Submitted by Alexandra Sellers Carney Oudendag, a watercolour, mixed media and collage artist, strives to give a “sense of place” to her pieces. She reflects that “even though the viewer may not have been to the actual place, they relate to it,” and it seems that each artist in the newest exhibition, running from July 17th-29th at Pynelogs, wants their viewer to experience a very different special sense of place. Half of the gallery is filled with the work of talented young adults Jaik Olson, Mara Pratt, Matt Quick and Denai Bell while the other half presents the established talent of Pauline Newhouse, Dale Hunt and Carney Oudendag. I had a wonderful chat on a sunny Tuesday with artist Dale Hunt, also featured in this show, about his work and inspiration. Dale’s family has been here since 1910 and were some of the first pioneers to the valley, and he was born here. In 1996, a friend on Venice Beach, California taught him what is now his primary medium: relief work on canvas

with industrial plaster. He’s had a passion for creation ever since, and works frequently with automotive paint, aerosol, acrylic and sometimes latex, to create different effects from metal to leather. Dale’s main inspiration comes from his many travels and he finds that his work is “never really planned; just whatever feels good.” Something quite rare, and actually also encouraged by Mara, is that Dale is okay with viewers touching his pieces (delicately, of course). They have a lot of depth to them and Dale puts no limits on how they are supposed to be understood: “Just see how I see things in an abstract world; it’s in the eye of the beholder. People often tell me that they look into my art instead of just at it.” Artist’s Openings are every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Pynelogs. Come meet the artists, have some freshly baked cookies, and enjoy a glass of milk (or wine) as you take in all the different ideas, desires, and perceptions captured in a multitude of mediums.



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Drug use declining among adolescents, survey says By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff The results from the 2007 East Kootenay Services Adolescent Drug Use Survey are in and the results show an encouraging trend. When compared to the 2005 results, there has been an overall decrease in substance use with a significant decrease being shown for alcohol, mushrooms, LSD and amphetamines. “I think overall we were pleased to see there was a decline on substance abuse,” said Dean Nicholson at East Kootenay Addictions Services. “But what concerns us is that the percentage of youth who are using marijuana are using it three days a week or more.” Regular marijuana use in the teen years can have a negative impact on short term memory, motivation and problem solving. This is the third region-wide drug use survey that East Kootenay Addiction Services has conducted for all students in Grades 7-12. The surveys are conducted every two years and this year more than 4,000 students completed the survey, which asked questions about alcohol and drug use patterns. Although many drug patterns are decreasing, one substance showed an increase from 2005 - Ecstasy. Youths numbering 6.6 percent said they have used it in their lifetime compared to 4.7 percent in 2005. The percentage of youth who reported drinking five or more drinks per occasion has also increased. The survey also found that with many drugs, girls

are more likely to report having used than boys. This is particularly true for prescription or over-the-counter medications, inhalants, cocaine, ecstasy and amphetamines. Boys who do use, however, tend to have used more times in their life and tend to use more frequently than girls. Another interesting fact turned up by the survey was that kids who are current tobacco-smokers have a much higher drug use rate, ten times higher to be exact, than those who do not smoke. “We are not seeing much evidence that kids are addicted out there,” Mr. Nicholson said. “But there are a small percentage of youth that are engaging in some pretty risky behavior that could get them into other trouble.” Risky behavior includes things such as over-drinking, driving after using and using on school days. More troublesome than that, however is the fact that the 2007 results showed a greater percentage of youths who said they had been a passenger in a vehicle with someone who had been using alcohol or other drugs. Further, among youths who report having used a variety or substances, over 40 percent said they have driven a vehicle after drinking or using drugs. Mr. Nicholson said that although there are encouraging signs that substance use is declining among East Kootenay youth, there are still real concerns about the impact that use is having on young people. For more information on the survey or the results, contact him at East Kootenay Addiction Services at 489-4344 or

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New Rotary president elected By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff

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The Invermere Rotary Club has recently inducted its second-ever female president, Yvonne Redeker. The first female president of the Invermere Rotary Club was Patricia Yvonne Redeker Brown-John. Yvonne’s induction marks the 20th anniversary of women being admitted into the International Rotary Club, which has been in existence since 1905. “I love it,” Yvonne said. “I am totally scared and enthused all at the same time.” Yvonne and her husband Eric have four children: Sonja, 24, Warren, 22, Jolanda, 18, and Ian, 11. The two moved here from Sicamous, B.C and own Windermere Valley Property Management “I always say we moved from one little paradise to another,” Yvonne said. Yvonne initially became involved with the Rotary Club because of her husband and began helping with a number of Rotary activities such as Loop the Lake. “Eric was a member first,” Yvonne said. “I found it

really rewarding to work in the community like that.” The two became even more involved with Rotary because of the outstanding youth exchange program. This was of particular interest to Yvonne and Eric because their children were around the right age to participate in an exchange. Not long after they became more involved, in 1999 their daughter Sonja was selected to take part in an exchange to the Netherlands. This was also the year that Yvonne officially became a Rotarian. Since then, the Redekers have hosted nine students from countries suchas Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Germany, France, the Netherlands and Finland. The Invermere Rotary Club is a group of business people networking together to work in the local community and the world community. There is also a Rotary Club in Radium. Many people may assume that the Rotary Club is no different from any other community service club. The difference is their commitment to the world community. For example, Rotary Club members around the world have raised over $650 million to use towards the eradication of polio. “One person at a time, if that’s what it takes,” Yvonne said. There are 1.2 million members and over 32,000 clubs worldwide.

Parkside Place is downtown living, Invermere style. Stroll to the Farmer’s Market or to the lake... enjoy a capuccino just steps from your front door... and live in the heart of BC’s recreational paradise. Move in for summer! Come visit our new showhome this weekend, and see for yourself: • the remarkable quality and attention to detail put into every Quiniscoe home. • homes as healthy as Invermere’s mountain air, built to R-2000 EnviroHome standards and beyond.

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in the heart of Invermere. Quiniscoe Homes is proud to introduce Carpenter’s Lane, Invermere’s newest community! Enjoy walking distance to schools, parks and recreation. Two- and threebedroom homes and townhomes featuring Craftsman-inspired architecture are pre-selling now. Priced from $410,000. You and your family will appreciate: • the remarkable quality and attention to detail put into every Quiniscoe home. • homes as healthy as Invermere’s mountain air, constructed to Built Green Gold standards and beyond. The location of Carpenter’s Lane is shown in the map at left. For more information, please visit Quiniscoe’s Sales Centre at Parkside Place, 901-7th Avenue (Main Street), open daily noon until 5:00 pm. Or call (250) 342-7561.

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Edgewater honours explorer with music, story and dance Submitted by Barry Moore Paddle Songs, a celebration of David Thompson and Charlotte Small in music, story and dance at the Edgewater Hall, will be held on Sunday, July 22nd. Following are the performers who will entertain: Joseph Lehman and Glenys Snow-Dymond A long-time resident singer-songwriter, Joseph has written many touching ballads on life in the Columbia Valley and in the mountains where he often worked. Both he and Glenys sing and play these and other songs on several different instruments, including, sometimes, the Hammer Dulcimer. Les Jigeurs Mechif This Golden-based troupe of 26 dancers and seven fiddlers, has travelled to several events within the Kootenays. They have been well-received everywhere, with people especially appreciating that they are a family troupe with dancers from five to 75 years of age, and fiddlers with the same age range as well. The children introduce the dances and fiddle songs, often embellishing the stories of their origin with delightful details of venison stew and statements like “no Metis can resist the temptation to dance when the fiddle music begins.” A few of these dances are the butterfly, the red river jig , the broom dance, the heel and toe polka, and more. There has been much attention to the “Red River” fiddle heritage in the last few years - and the results show in the rebirth of the joy and spirit of groups like Les Jigeurs Mechif. The Lockwood A long-established “resident ensemble” based in the Columbia Valley, the Lockwood grew from the work of Wanda Seel on violin, Barry Moore on piano, Sharon Morgan on flute, and Lorne Bueckert on cello (since departed for the Coast.) Nowadays the core

musicians have found exceptional additions - Susanna Walker and Shelagh Gunn from Calgary; Jeff Moss and Jeff Delinsky from Golden; and cellist and conductor, Bryan Deans from Vancouver. My David, a one-act play by Sharon Wass The vital role of the Native American “country wives” of the fur-trade factors in the exploration and fur-trade economy of early Canada has not been widely appreciated. These women would ‘”hold the fort” while their husbands were out on the land, contribute their language skills, traditional knowledge of herbal medicine and provide sustenance from Nature’s larder. Local writer, Sharon Wass, had been keenly interested in these women from the standpoint of her own Metis heritage and was inspired by the book “Many Tender Ties,” on “country wives” in the fur trade, 1570-1870, by Sylvia Van Kirk. Over the course of five years, she thought out a dramatic portrayal based on a prototypical Canadian folk-hero, Charlotte Small, country wife of David Thompson, the great mapmaker. Charlotte’s father left her mother and their family to return to his native England, a common occurrence in those times. David Thompson and Charlotte Small had different ideas. Not only were the pair married for 58 years, raising 10 of 13 children to maturity, but Charlotte and the young family came over the mountains with David to build Kootenae House. Sharon has found time over the course of a year to write this one-woman, one-act, three-scene play as part of the celebration of David Thompson’s and Charlotte Small’s great contribution to Canada’s exploration. The doors open at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday - far from “the madding crowd” in the little hamlet of Edgewater, north of Radium.

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Open Seven Days a Week GREEN FOR GREEN - Shizu Futa, left, accepts a $2,000 cheque for the Columbia Valley Botanical Gardens and Centre for Sustainable Development from the Kootenay Savings Community Foundation, presented by Janice McGregor, right, manager of member service at the Kootenay Savings Credit Union in Invermere. Photo by Cayla Gabruck

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Another centennial baby surfaces By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff There are only 20 centennial babies in all of Canada - and two are living here in Invermere. Alberta’s centennial baby Scott Neumann also celebrated his 40th birthday in the valley on July 1st. “I am happy to be 40, I am glad to be 40 and I am happy to be alive at 40,” Scott said. On Canada’s 100th birthday, the first boy and the first girl born in each province were named “centennial babies.” Scott was the first baby boy born in Calgary on July 1, 1967.

He shares his birthday with Saskatchewan’s centennial baby boy Chris Moncur, also of Invermere. Coincidentally, B.C.’s centennial girl baby is television star Pamela Lee Anderson. Scott moved to Invermere six years ago and now lives here with his wife Stacey. He has been spending his summers in the valley since he was 13 years old. Finally one of his clients made him an offer he could not refuse, and he made Invermere his home. Scott owns and operates, does marketing and internet-related tasks for a number of clients in the area. As for his 40th birthday, Scott spent it having a barbecue with friends and just plain relaxing.

Notice of Vegetation Management Work Timber Ridge Neighbourhood

Where: When:

Along the electrical right-of-way through Timber Ridge; Between Windermere and the Hwy 93/95 turn-off to Invermere Mid-July 2007 to Mid-September 2007 B.C. has some of the tallest and fastest-growing trees in North America. When these trees grow along the edges of powerline rights-of-way, they can grow or fall into power lines, causing electrical outages, public & worker safety hazards and even fire. In order to maintain public safety and electrical system reliability, BC Transmission Corporation (BCTC) needs to identify and remove hazardous vegetation growing under the transmission lines that run through the Timber Ridge neighbourhood, as well as remove or alter identified hazard and edge trees along the transmission line rights-of-way. Proactively removing trees and branches that are at risk for causing outages helps to ensure electricity supply remains safe and reliable. This circuit is essential for providing power to the residents and businesses in the Columbia Valley, and is considered a high priority for vegetation management. Consultants with professional expertise in assessing hazardous trees have been working on behalf of BCTC to evaluate the vegetation on and beside the right-of-way. If trees on your property are affected by the work, we will contact you in advance to discuss the proposed work and answer any questions you may have. If you would like more information about this work, please contact: Diane Tammen, BCTC Community Relations Office: 250.489.6862 E-mail: Kevin Dalgarno, BCTC Vegetation Management Office: 250.549.8549 E-mail: BC Transmission Corporation is the Crown corporation that plans, operates and maintains the province’s publicly-owned electrical transmission system. BCTC 07-30

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Without fanfare, provincial project manager Psyche Brown announced this week that the Jumbo Glacier Resort Master Plan was approved. Ms. Brown manages the application for the proposed 6,000-bed ski resort at the Resort Development Branch of the Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts. “Absolutely, it’s a major milestone. There’s no doubt about it,” resort proponent Grant Costello commented. “It really confirms the vision.” The Master Plan approval, Ms. Brown explained, follows the environmental assessment. Our technical review says “yes, it could work as planned. It does confirm that at a technical feasability level, the resort plan is approved, based on environmental, social and economic considerations,” she said. But the document has no legal teeth, according to Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts spokesman Charles Suenderman. “This doesn’t approve anything,” he said. All of the legal authority, conditions and commitments, he said, are contained in the Resort Master Development Agreement. The Ministry of Tourism and Glacier Resorts, the proponent, are negotiating the terms of the master development agreement, which is the legal agreement between the province and the resort owners.

Ms. Brown said the master development agreement provides the framework for ownership, fees and operational issues of the resort. It will include all the conditions and commitments that came from the Environmental Assessment Certificate, as well as those that came from the Master Plan review, which was referred to First Nations, the public, and Provincial and local government agencies. In a letter to investors, Mr. Costello and partner Obero Oberti describe the master development agreement as “the next key step” and say they plan to have it in “the next few months.” Jumbo’s master development agreement is missing two key components, Ms. Brown explained, an Accommodation Agreement with the First Nations and a model of local governance. “(The Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts) has been consulting with First Nations,” she said, “and we will continue to meet to have discussions about accommodation measures, which the First Nations communities will choose to accept or not.” Secondly, a local governance model for Jumbo Glacier Resort has yet to be determined. Ms. Brown said Jumbo Glacier Resorts will work with Ministry of Community Services and local governments to make that decision. “The Master Development Agreement is conditional upon completion of local government approvals being in place,” she said.




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From top left: Alex McKay at the top of Mount St. Helens, with a copy of The Pioneer showing a photo of himself on the cover; Linda Watmough, Kelsey Pattersen and Bonita Hosking, all of Radium, each with her own Pioneer in Yuma, Arizona; Brenda and Madeleine Mitchell in Hawaii; Mike and Pauline Haltman, and Margaret and Eric Rasmussen at the Panama Canal; Jessica Chabot and her mother Marlene in Hawaii; Brian and Sandy Meyers, Dave and Jill White, Mary and Dennis Hoobano and Donna and Ivar Larson in Costa Rica; and Sheila, Tom and Jennifer Cope at the Great Wall of China. Anybody who sends us a photo of themselves on holiday with a copy of The Pioneer during 2007 will be eligible to win two free nights at the Fantasyland Hotel in West Edmonton Mall, courtesy of Travel World in Invermere.

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July 20, 2007

Lake Windermere Project to unveil water quality results Area residents are invited to attend a public meeting to learn more about the health of Lake Windermere. Lake Windermere is currently the most studied lake in the province, due to an overwhelming increase in development and recreational pressures within the Columbia Valley. At the Windermere Community Hall at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 23rd, Wildsight’s Lake Windermere Project will release the findings from the first two years of scientific water quality monitoring. The lake-specific analysis has been created through the Lake Windermere Project’s partnership with the B.C. Lake Stewardship Society and focuses on changing trends in water quality over the study period. The presentation will also include information on the impacts of motorized recreation on lake and wetland health. Lake Windermere Project Program Assistant Kalista Pruden says: “Recreational boating can radically change habitat conditions for the organisms that live in aquatic ecosystems, usually resulting in a loss of adequate habitat.” Ms. Pruden will also identify ways that motorized recreationalists can reduce their impact on the lake environment. Wildsight Invermere branch member, Arnor Larson will share a visual presentation illustrating the lake’s biological processes after dark and how we can change our outdoor lighting habits to benefit wildlife. The Lake Windermere Project is a long-term, comprehensive stewardship program dedicated to safeguarding the health of our lake. The program is a partnership of local, provincial and federal government, First Nations and community groups. The Lake Windermere Project is made possible by support from Wildsight, Environment Canada, Columbia Basin Trust and the B.C. Real Estate Foundation.

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In addition, the Lake Windermere Project needs volunteers for the following activities. Please contribute to the health of our lake by committing your time on one or more of the following dates: July: Saturday, July 21: Boat Counts Sunday, July 22: Boat Counts Monday, July 30: Beach Bacteriology Tuesday, July 31: Lake Testing August: Saturday, August 4: Boat Counts Tuesday, August 7: Beach Bacteriology Wednesday, August 8: Lake Testing Saturday, August 11: Water Wonders Workshop Sunday, August 12: Water Wonders Workshop Monday, August 13: Beach Bacteriology Tuesday, August 14: Lake Testing Monday, August 20: Beach Bacteriology Tuesday, August 21: Lake Testing Saturday, August 25: Boat Counts Sunday, August 26: Boat Counts Monday, August 27: Beach Bacteriology Tuesday, August 28: Lake Testing September: Tuesday, September 4: Beach Bacteriology Monday, September 10: Beach Bacteriology Tuesday, September 11: Lake Testing Monday, September 24: Beach Bacteriology If you are interested in volunteering for any of these days or would like a more detailed description of the activities, contact Kalista Pruden, Project Assistant, Lake Windermere Project at (250) 341-6898.

Your last chance at affordable living in Invermere! Priced from only $145,000 to $165,000 for a limited time. Finally, a place you can call home–or your home-away-fromhome–in the heart of the beautiful Columbia Valley! Phase One of Cedarwood Glen Estates is now selling. Eighteen twobedroom condominiums are now offered for sale, from only $145,000 to $165,000. Arrange a viewing or request more information by calling (250) 341-1182, or emailing Act quickly - these units are selling fast!



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• Juniors golf free with a paid adult at any Kimberley golf facility • Kimberley Golf Club Men’s Night (tee times: 427-4161)

Thursday July 26

• Juniors golf free with a paid adult at any Kimberley golf facility • 9am East Kootenay Telus Jr. Tournament at Bootleg Gap Golf • 5pm Disc golf tournament at the Kimberley Riverside Campground

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• Juniors golf free with a paid adult at any Kimberley golf facility • 4:00- 7pm -Uphill Long Drive at The Marriott • 7pm Kokanee Open Kick Off Party

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• 1st round of the Kokanee Open • 4:00-5:30 – Registration at Kimberley Golf Course • 6:00 -Qualifier for $1,000,000 hole in one at Kimberley Golf Course • 8:30 -$1,000,000 hole in one at Kimberley Golf Course

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Keep checking your pet all over for pesky ticks By Louise Platiel Invermere Veterinary Hospital One worry of pet owners from March to September is ticks. While most cannot survive winters, over 800 kinds exist worldwide, and of that about a third can be found in our type of climate. There are speciesspecific ticks that infest farm animals, wild animals, or pets, but some use more than one species of host in their full cycle, including people. Ticks live in tall grass, woods, brush, and weeds, so if you both enjoy the wilderness around Invermere, check your pet around the head, in the ears, between the toes, and under the belly, after walks. Outdoor cats are also at risk and should be checked daily. Ticks are of the arachnid family, along with scorpions and mites. There are three to five life-stages from larvae to adult, depending on the type of tick. In some cases they attach to the host for longer than others,

but in the last phase they always drop off. They do, however, lay eggs on the surface and are considered to be blood-sucking parasites. Ticks can go for long periods without food and are able to survive under water. There will always be a portion of the tick’s body protruding from the skin. To remove, use tweezers and wear gloves to protect yourself against disease. There are a variety of ways to ensure the entire body is out and reduce the possibility of infection, including special tweezers designed for maximum traction. Some will tell you to twist and pull while some say pull straight out, but simply removing most of the tick with your fingernail is in fact adequate. Clean the wound, apply ointment to prevent infection, and save the tick in alcohol for identification by your veterinarian. Ticks that stay attached for 24 hours or more can become a serious health threat, potentially causing paralysis as a result of the saliva they excrete. Other concerns are infectious bacteria transmitted by deer ticks

Notice: The District of Invermere is proceeding with a water transmission main project. Construction will occur from July through October as per time frames outlined in diagram. There will be traffic and temporary water disruptions associated with this major construction project. This project is the first phase of the District’s comprehensive water strategy. Its benefits to Invermere residents include: • Improvements to water quality; • an alternate water supply source in the event of emergency or drought; • an increase in domestic and fire suppression water supply. It involves the construction of water transmission main to carry well water from the Athalmer Wellsite to Mount Nelson Athletic Park Water Reservoir and resulting road reconstruction and improvements. This project will be substantially complete this construction season with well water available to residents in the lower elevations of Invermere in early 2008. If you have any questions regarding this project please call Brian Nickurak, Director of Municipal Works, District of Invermere, at 342-9281 ext 227. TIMELINE A – JULY/AUGUST B – JULY/AUGUST C – AUGUST/SEPTEMBER D– SEPTEMBER E – END SEPTEMBER F – SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER


that cause Lyme disease, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever carried by dog and wood ticks. There have been no cases in Invermere’s recent history of tick-induced disease or paralysis, although the possibility remains. If you suspect your pet is sick due to fever, has difficulty walking, vomits, is fatigued, and you have found a feeding tick, contact your veterinarian. To reduce the threat, there are shampoos, powders, sprays, collars, and drops that kill adult ticks. There are “all natural” and holistic bug repellents also, but the most effective treatment is available at your veterinarian, and protects your pet for about four weeks. Staying on trails is one way to avoid ticks, and a summer shave-down for long-haired dogs will make them easier to see. Ticks crawl very slowly and do not have wings, so don’t be afraid of them jumping off the pet and onto you. Wear light clothing on your hike, including socks, and you should be able to spot them before they bite.

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July 20, 2007

Smoke no cause for alarm By Brian Geis Pioneer Staff Forest Service firefighters say the haze hanging over the Columbia Valley is a combination of smoke from fires in the United States and West Kootenay floating here on the prevailing south winds. Invermere Fire Zone Forest Protection Officer Cy McConnell said there are a few small fires burning, but the Columbia Valley tends to get a lot of smoke because of the usual southerly winds. Two small fires—one near Findlay Creek in the Purcell Wilderness and one near the Kindersley Creek area, 23 kilometres north of Invermere—are being monitored as they burn toward set boundaries. However, the fire danger rating remains high or extremely high throughout the Columbia Valley. According to Southeast Fire Centre Information Officer Corwin Odland, firefighters are being called in from Fire Centres across the province to attack multiple lightning-caused fires are burning around the Kaslo area since last weekend. On July 16, Mr. Odland reported, 27 new fires were discovered, bringing this year’s total fire count to 202 fires. So far, 124 of these have been contained or extinguished and crews continue working on the remaining fires.

Good progress continues to be made on the Naumulten Mountain Fire. It is now roughly 30 percent contained and 40 firefighters continue to work with helicopter support and excavators to build fire guards. Crews are also still working on the Deer Creek Fire near Kaslo. Access issues have made it difficult to contain this fire; however, crews are building helicopter pads and are starting to build a fire guard along the north side of the fire. The fire has shown almost no growth earlier this week and is holding at 10 hectares. The main source of this smoke is a 3,200-hectare fire 16 kilometres northeast of Riverside, Washington and other smaller fires are also contributing. As smoke is likely to remain in the area for the immediate future, the Southeast Fire Centre is advising anyone having trouble breathing to visit a medical professional. The Southeast Fire Centre encompasses the area extending from the U.S. border in the south to Mica Dam in the north and from the Okanagan Highlands or Monashee Mountains in the west to the B.C./Alberta border in the east. This includes all of the Arrow-Boundary, Kootenay Lake, Rocky Mountain and Columbia Forest Districts. To report a wildfire call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on most cellular networks. For more information on current wildfire activity, visit

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NOTICE OF EXCLUSION APPLICATION REGARDING LAND IN THE AGRICULTURAL LAND RESERVE I, James Carl King of Box 2835 Invermere, BC, VOA IKO, intend on making an application pursuant to Section 30(1) of the Agricultural Land Commission Act to exclude from the Agricultural Land Reserve the following property which is legally described as, KR 42447 Lot 1, Block K, DL 1092, Plan 1052 and located at 2221 13th Ave., Invermere BC. Any person wishing to express an interest in the application may do so by forwarding their comments in writing to Meredith Hamstead, District of Invermere, Box 339, (914-8th Ave) Invermere, BC, VOA IKO by August 10th, 2007.

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The Green Zone: What were the Lions able to do now? Surprisingly, a couple of groups later, someone put their shot a few inches from the same hole. I wonder if there was a ball magnet in that cup? I spent a total of eleven hours on the eighteenth green that day, thanking all the participants for supporting our fund-raiser. The words of support for what we do that I received was encouraging and made my 16-hour marathon day all worthwhile. I personally want to thank Brian Schaal and his magniďŹ cent sta at Copper Point along with my fellow Lion guys and gals for helping make the day possible. Also it wouldn’t have happened if 260-some people didn’t want to golf for a cause, so thanks for playing. Also, all of our hole sponsors and prize contributors: it wouldn’t work without you, either.

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I need to tell you about the Lake Windermere Lions’ Club Charity Golf Day held at Copperpoint Golf Club on July 10th. If you are thinking, “Why is he on about the Lions again?â€? – quit reading now. If you’re thinking “What were the Lions able to do now?â€? – keep reading. The day began for us at 5:45 a.m. and ended at 10:30 p.m. During that span we managed to see 264 golfers play eighteen holes of golf on a beautiful, hot day that would have been a killer if it HOLE IN ONE—From left to right, Darren Ottenbreit, Al Lynch, Russ Daggett, Bev wasn’t for a slight breeze that moved Ostermann, Ida Daggett, Don Critchley, and Brian Schaal. the air most of the afternoon and evening. For the second year in a row, the highlight of the From the bottom of my heart . . . THANKS! That is a great day of golf; just ask any of the day turned out to be a hole-in-one scored mid-day golf course sta around the valley. Two hundred and on hole number seven. sixty-four is a huge number! A trip to Hawaii, courtesy of Travel World, will The Green Zone Quote of the Week is by Mark CalWhen all the paperwork has been done, a total of be the reward for Bev Ostermann of Calgary and cavecchia: “If I had hit it like I wanted to I’d have holed it.â€? just under $20,000 was raised for our re-furbishing Windermere. eorts at Lions’ Park on 12th Avenue in Invermere. I’m told that the “bump and runâ€? type of shot One new set of playground equipment, some under- that found the cup was not picture-worthy, but who ground sprinkler upgrades, along with an improved cares, the pictures from the beaches of Hawaii will be walking path, will be the ďŹ rst items attended to. constant reminders of the feat.


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First annual Antique Sale and Flea market at the log barn just north of Skookum Inn. Saturday and Sunday, August 4th and 5th, (9am - 4pm).

JEERS to the folks who are dumping their garbage and boxes along the Kootenay Road #3. It is not going unnoticed.

2/3 bedroom walk-out, very clean, bright, tile, W/D. N/S, N/P, references. $1000 plus utilities. Close to beach and all amenities in Invermere. 342-8388, or 6887798. Available August 1st.

3 bedroom home. Full basement. Between Invermere and Radium, Hobbit Rd. New exterior paint. View Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Or call (250)424-5518. ___________________ New log cabin on Sandy Beach at beautiful Kootenay Lake (Creston). $825,000. (250) 2238686.

New lots along Crescentwood coming. Commercial lots available NOW for less! Acreage west of town – Edgewater Developments. Call: 347-9660, ___________________ Fully serviced 60’ x 135’ lot in Edgewater. Beautiful view of the Rockies. $120,000. Call 3479813 or 341-1581. ___________________ 20-40 acres, with creek, in the Invermere/Toby Benches area. Contact ___________________ 1032 scenic, quiet acres, between Kimberly and Cranbrook. Close to skiing and golf. $525000. 422-9201. ___________________ Commercial/Industrial lot for rent. Invermere Industrial Park. Phone: 342-5297 or 346-3011.


LOST & FOUND FOUND: Black w/tan miniature daschund. Neutered male, blurred right eye from old injury. Please call Evelyn, 342-3600.

SHOP FOR RENT Ann-Cay Zurbriggen and Bruno Stappers are pleased to announce the birth of their son

Byron Zurbriggen

June 26, 2007, weighing 7lbs, 3 oz, 19¼ inches long. Proud grandparents are Anne & Vince Zurbriggen, Annamarie Rohr & Jan Stappers. Special thanks goes out to Anne for her help in the first week and to the staff at Rockyview General Hospital.

EVENTS “MY DAVID,” one act play by Sharon Wass Joseph and Glenys Canadian Balladeers Li Jigeurs Mechif, Metis Dancers from Golden FIDDLE MUSIC by the Lockwood EDGEWATER HALL Sunday July 22nd , 2PM Adults $12, Seniors and Students $10 Children Free COLUMBIA VALLEY MUSIC AND FESTIVALS 347-9668, OR 347-9860

News Tips? Let Us Know! 341-6299

Approximately 1000 sq.ft. shop space for rent. $850/mo. Power and property taxes not included. Available immediately includes heat. D/D required. Newhouse Multi Storage, Athalmer 3423637.

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

STUDIO SPACE FOR RENT Studio space for rent at Kicking Horse Coffee. Perfect for yoga, Pilates, meditation, or karate. Excellent hourly rates, flexible schedules, lots of open time slots available. Call 342-4489 for details.

SUITES FOR RENT CONTRACTORS: Self contained cabins by the week or month. (250) 345-6365 Fairmont Bungalows. ___________________ Brand new 1 bedroom suite for rent in Windermere. Utilities included, separate phone. Washer/dryer access. Can be partially furnished. $850.00/ month. Available Sept 5. ___________________

CONDO FOR RENT 2/3 bedroom deluxe Invermere condo, private deck, huge windows & skylights, tile, bar, W/D. N/S, N/P, quiet, references. Close to beach & all amenities, long-term. $1200, call 6887798, or 342-8388. Available August 1st.

HOUSE FOR SALE For Sale by Owner. Ideal starter home. Large fenced yard. Close to schools. By appointment only. Call 342-9260. ___________________ Lochend Gardens, 130 - 11th Ave, Invermere. Gorgeous homes starting at $349,900. Mountain views, river rock, cedar, porches/ patios, gas FP, laminate, maple, A/C, garage, low condo fees and much more. Show home open. (250)-342-5229. ___________________ Lovely 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom, open concept home. Wilder Subdivision. ½ a block from Kinsmen Beach. $459000. 3427396 ___________________ 2 Bedroom, luxury furnished suite for rent 5 minute walk downtown. Available September 1, $1000/month. (403) 6053283 for details.

HOUSE FOR SALE 3-bedroom cedar home w/ garage and outbuildings. Large fenced, treed, corner lot. 4829 Riverview Drive, Edgewater. 347-9678. ___________________

MOBILE HOME FOR SALE Double-wide 1975 mobile home. 1100 square feet with 3 bedroom, 1 ½ bathrooms, kitchen, separate dining room and family room. Comes with fridge, stove/oven, washer and dryer. Must be moved from lot in Windermere. $10,000 OBO. Call Mo at (403) 585-4605. ___________________ 1979 Ford 23’class C Motorhome. 460 Auto runs great, good shape, sleeps 6. Bunk model. Built in generator. Call 342-7664 or 270-0180. $6500 OBO.

CONDO FOR SALE LUXURY CONDO BY OWNER at Bighorn Meadows on the Springs Golf Course in Radium Hot Springs. 2-bedroom w/ lockoff unit, fully furnished, 2 years old, 1305 sq.ft. $590,000 no GST. Call Sharon at 270-0088 or Albert at 1-866-281-2183.

ACREAGES & LOTS Here’s a rare opportunity to own a choice, secluded 40 acre parcel, less than 10 minutes from Invermere. Mostly fenced with productive hayfield, pasture and forest. Good access and surrounded by crown land on 3 sides. Close proximity to Lake Enid. Choose your favorite mountain view and build your dream home. $679,000. (250) 342-6042.


Lot 10, Windermere Loop Road Large 0.41 acre, level, well in place, no building commitment, beautiful mountain and golf course views. $329,000 + GST (250) 342-3147 “Life is good on the 18th hole.”

Spectacular R-2 Lot

Lake & mountain views. Buy with family or friends & build a home/cabin or a 2/3/4 plex... No building commitment. 2 blocks from the heart of Invermere, 910-15 A Crescent, is walking distance to Kinsmen Beach & Lake Windermere. Adjacent Properties also for sale.


(250) 688-7798 or 342-8388


699,900 (250) 688-7798 or 342-8388 $

MISC. FOR SALE CHIKON STH8BL leather upholstery sewing machine c/w tools and 12 spools thread. $1,500 OBO. 349-5512. __________________ Webber 2-burner barbeque, direct propane line feed as well as tank, valve, and cover. Excellent condition, $300. 3479345. ___________________ GOLFERS 5 sets of men’s right-hand quality irons for sale due to garage clear out. Includes Calloway, Taylor-Made, Wilson, and miscellaneous items. $100300. Call 345-6603.


699,900 (250) 688-7798 or 342-8388 $

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Clean “gravel” fill delivered to Industrial Park. Will assist in trucking costs. Phone Leo 3423134. ___________________ Aluminum fishing boat 12’ + w/ trailer, no motor. Phone 341-1128.

2003 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 SLT. 82,000 kms. Mint. $21,500. 342-5229. ___________________ 2001 Ford Focus 5-speed. Excellent condition. 102,000 km. $6,900 OBO. 342-1117. ___________________ Ford Explorer 1997 V8. Allwheel-drive, leather interior, sun roof, CD player, 220000Km, great condition, $6000. 3422053. ___________________ 1985 BMW 735I, loaded, no winters, excellent condition, must see, $8000 OBO. 489-0872. ___________________ 1994 Isuzu Trooper, power windows & doors, tilt, cruise, good tires, body damage in small rear door. $3,500.00 OBO. 342-2081.

2003 VW Jetta TD1. Turbo diesel, A/T/C, power windows, heated seats and mirrors, sun roof, AM/FM/CD, alloy wheels, winter tires and rims, bra. Excellent condition. 65 miles/gallon. Asking $19,500. (250) 3463011.

14-foot fiberglass fishing boat and trailer, three swivel feet, 50hp, Johnson outboard, asking $2200 OBO. Ex-el canopy, tinted windows, rear lift door, fits 1992 Ford full-size, asking $500 OBO. 349-5403. ___________________ Wabbaso 15’ Cedar/Canvas canoe. One of a kind, complete with noiseless electric motor and battery. Excellent shape. $1,500. Firm, 342-9074.

ODD JOBS ENT HAULING Garbage, brush and construction Disposal. Mulch deliveries. Call Dale Hunt @ 342-3569 ___________________ Flooring, installations including lino, carpet, vc tile, laminate and hardwood. Plus handyman work including new decks, renovations, framing and roofing. Call 347-9192 or 341-1235.



SIMES PAINTING Interior and exterior, new homes and existing, quality woodwork finishing, lacquers, staining and clearcoating. Call Barry. 342-0572, Windermere. ___________________ PHIL’S CARPENTRY – Everything from roofs to decks, completion of basement & bathrooms. Phone 341-8033 cell or 3428474 home. Not on valley time.

Located in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia. Well established, successful giftware and custom picture framing business on the beautiful downtown Platzl in Kimberley, BC Winner “Best Business-Silver Award 2006. Approximately 2,200 sq. ft. offering Canadian made clothing, jewelry and giftware. Selling price $150,000 includes inventory, assets and fixtures. Phone (250) 427-2661 between 10:00-5:30 Monday-Saturday.

Experience preferred but willing to train. Apply to Sydney-Anne at AG Valley Foods, 906 – 7th Avenue, Invermere, BC or call (250) 342-3330. ___________________ Framing/Siding crews, labourers, carpenters helpers. Call Scott (250) 270-0745 or email: ___________________ RANCH HELP/JACK OF ALL TRADES needed for haying, farm work, carpentry, lawn mowing, etc. References required. Salary negotiable. Private house provided. Quiet single or couple preferred. Phone Elkhorn Ranch 342-0617. ___________________

GARAGE SALE Saturday, July 21. 8am to 12pm. 790 Westridge Drive. ___________________ 797 WestRidge Drive, 9 am – 12 pm. Gardening, tools, kids clothes, ladies clothes, electric quad, toys, kids bike, multifamily. ___________________ #11-640 Upper Lakeview Rd, 9 am, Saturday, July 21st. Furniture, miscellaneous great stuff. ___________________ Green Acres Mobile Home Park. Saturday, July 21 and 22. Miscellaneous household furniture. Some collectables.

HORSES FOR SALE 2 nice QH/TB mares. 1-6 yrs. Sorrel Paint, 16 HH, $1,500. 1-10 yrs Dark Bay, 15.2 HH, $1,800. 342-7005.


in vehicle inventory. Go to to view complete inventory.

FOR SALE Fabulous Waterfront Property Kootenay Lake East Shore 13405 Hwy 3A • • • • • • • • •

480’ waterfront including 125’ beach Vehicle access to beach Extensive landscaping Septic/water infrastructure in place Beautiful building sites 17 ft. trailer with covered deck 320 sq. ft. new cabin Deep water moorage Located 20 minutes south of Crawford Bay and Kokanee Springs Golf Course





Century 21 Veitch Realty, 250-428-9331 Rocky Mountain Realty, 250-342-5245

RV FOR SALE 1979 24’ 5th wheel. King/twin bed option. Sleeps 4-6. 3-way fridge, stove w/oven, forced air furnace, storm windows, 3 piece bathroom, and hitch. Good condition. Asking $5,000. Call 342-9889.

2004 Terry 39FT Park Model. 2 slides, rear master front bunks, air winter package, large fridge, double tinted glass, patio door, washer dryer. Only used 4 months. Mint condition. Located at Skookum RV Park. Phone: (250) 342-3317 or 342-1217.


BOATS FOR SALE 1981 Peterborough 115 Merc Outboard. Clean, well maintained. $4,500. 342-5229.

TOTAL HEATING SYSTEMS Full Heating & Ventilation Systems


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



On Gas or Diesel Reduce Emissions by 30% Call Wolf @ (250) 688-0044

CAREERS Outgoing responsible people required for in-store and yard employment. Come to Rona (Ace Hardware) with resume. 410 Borden Street, Invermere. ___________________ Meat Cutter (or wrapper). Part-time or Full-time positions available immediately.

A.R.K Concrete Great wages and benefits Vehicle an asset. Call Ryan 342-1457 ___________________ FREE MOVIE RENTALS -- F/T or P/T. Join our team; receive good wages, free rentals, benefits and retention bonus. Please call Thora at 342-0057, email ghvinvermere@hotmail. com or drop off resume at Gone Hollywood. ___________________ La Cabina Ristorante in the Prestige Inn, Radium requires cooks and dishwashers. Drop off resume or call 347-2340. ___________________ Syndicate Boardshop is looking for qualified retail sales person. Apply in person with resume. __________________ Local Taxi business is needing a part-time Class 4 driver. Must provide a driver’s profile, character references, and CRC. 342-5262. ___________________ Experienced housekeeping staff. Make up to $15/hour. Fax resume to (250)347-2311. Attention Pearl.

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Hairstylist wanted at Valley Hairstyling. Permanent or seasonal. Phone Susan, 3429863.

Skookum Family Restaurant is hiring cooks. Full time position. Call Lori. 341-3336.

Windermere District Social Service Society

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES Within 3 local businesses all positions available. 2 grocery stores •1 coffee shop. Located in Fairmont and Radium Hot Springs. To apply: Phone Ryan 250-345-0045 • 250-341-7345 Fax: 250-345-0075

• Windermere Room Wait Staff • Copper City Wait Servers & Bartenders • Housekeeping/Room Attendant $12/hr. to start • Front Desk Clerk $12/hr. to start • Line cooks $12/hr. to start

Mount Nelson Place Manager

The successful candidate will have a minimum of 3 years of Human Services, proven related experience in group home environment including the administrative development, an understanding of nancials, First Aid and CPR certication and a clear understanding and knowledge of union policies and procedures. Qualied candidates should send letter of interest and resume including references to:

C. Burke, Box 558, Windermere BC V0B 2L0 Thank you to all applicants, only those considered for an interview will be contacted.

Contact: Todd Mitchell 341-1946 or 342-9246 or drop off resume at front desk, 1310, 7th Ave


PROGRAM COORDINATOR Family Resource Centre Duties: To manage a program and supervise staff of a 24-hour emergency service which provides temporary, safe and supportive accommodation for women (and their dependent children) that have experienced, or are at risk of, abuse, threats or violence. In addition, by offering information and support services, the program aims to reduce some of the stress on families resulting from the incidence of violence or abuse. Responsibilities include training, scheduling and supervising emergency support workers, maintaining a confidential network of voluntary safe homes, and providing information and advocacy services for women. Hours: 16 hours per week regular duties, plus 80 hours per year for additional meetings, projects, training, etc. Location: Family Resource Centre of Invermere (FRC). Rate of pay: As per collective agreement BCGEU Application process and deadline: Submit a resume and cover letter to Pat Cope, Executive Director, Family Resource Centre, Box 2289, Invermere, B.C., V0A 1K0, by 4:00 p.m., July 23, 2007.

We at the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort are currently searching for outgoing, customer focused employees to join our exciting Fairmont summer employment team! The following opportunities are currently available:

• • • • • •

IT Support Specialist Servers Bartenders Cooks Sous Chefs Front Desk Attendants • Bell Persons

• Grounds Maintenance • Golf Course Maintenance • Pro Shop Attendants • Café Attendants • Housekeeping • Lifeguards • Skilled Laborers

Should any of these positions interest you, please feel free to submit your resume with references to Ashley Davis, Human Resources Manager at


Functional Responsibilities: Maintain the financial and payroll records for all FRC departments and employees. Generally assist the executive director in maintaining a smoothly-operating organization. Hours: Approximately 24 hours per week Location: Family Resource Centre of Invermere (FRC). Rate of pay: Depends upon education and experience. Benefits package will be provided to successful applicant. Accountability: The bookkeeper and payroll manager is accountable to the executive director.

Successful candidates will be provided with a sports pass after two weeks of service. Sports passes include access to the ski hills, hot springs pools, golf courses and much more. Discounts in our Mountain Flowers dining room, Natural Springs Spa and more are also available.

Qualifications: Completion of Grade 12, post-secondary education in bookkeeping/accounting and a minimum of 2 years bookkeeping and payroll experience is required for this position. A combination of other relevant educational credentials and work experience may be considered Applicants must agree to under go a criminal records check.

Staff accommodations are limited so hurry and apply now!

Application process and deadline: Submit a resume and cover letter to Pat Cope, Executive Director, Family Resource Centre, Box 2289, Invermere, B.C., V0A 1K0, by 4:00 p.m., July 30, 2007.

For more information go to!

COME JOIN OUR TEAM We are now accepting resumes for these positions:

Is currently seeking individual for the position of

As the manager you will be directly accountable and responsible in providing excellent care for a diverse clientele residing at Mount Nelson Place. As manager you will effectively lead the team of caregivers by motivating and developing staff in a demanding client care environment. Ensuring the utmost quality of care is given at all times to our clients.

Invermere Inn

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY East Kootenay Realty Insurance Division has an immediate job opening for a full-time Level One general insurance salesperson. Insurance experience would be an asset but not required. This position requires dependability, a willingness to learn and good communication skills. The individual should be self-motivated, organized and enjoy working with the general public. Please drop off resume at East Kootenay Realty Insurance Division, 1225A-7th Avenue, Invermere, B.C. Attention Rose Marie Ball. Closing date: July 31st, 2007.

SAFE HOMES PROGRAM SUPPORT WORKER Duties: The Safe Homes support worker is part of a team of casual staff that agrees to carry a cellular phone and serve scheduled on-call duty for the Safe Homes Program. Support workers are on call on week days and evenings, weekends and statutory holidays. When called out, the support worker provides a confidential emergency service for the provision of temporary, safe and supportive accommodation for women and their children who have experienced or who are at risk of abuse, threats or violence. Support workers will provide transportation, information, support and, when appropriate, follow-up support for women. Application process and deadline: Submit a resume and cover letter to Pat Cope, Executive Director Family Resource Centre Box 2289, Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0 by 4:00 p.m., July 27th, 2007.

Family Resource Centre 625 – 4th Street Invermere, B.C.

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has an immediate opening for an

Assistant Graphic Designer This is an excellent opportunity to work in a creative environment and enjoy everything our resort community has to offer. You will lay out pages for our award-winning independent newspaper, design advertising and work on several glossy tourist and real estate publications. Best of all, we have access to skiing, golfing, swimming and thousands of miles of back country. Our community is an easy three-hour commute from Calgary. The key requirements are strong design skills and an ability to work under pressure. A graphic design diploma is preferred, but experience may be considered instead.

Please forward your resumé and cover letter to: Elinor Florence, Publisher The Columbia Valley Pioneer, Box 868, Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0 Tel: (250) 341-6299 • Fax: (250) 341-6229

We Work At Play! Voted “Best Conditioned Course in B.C.” in 2005, Eagle Ranch Golf Course is an 18-hole championship golf course located in picturesque Invermere, British Columbia. This season Eagle Ranch proudly unveiled a magnificent clubhouse, complete with an expanded Golf Shop, full service dining room, meeting room and lounge. At Eagle Ranch, our approach to golf operations is simple - we strive to provide the ultimate guest experience - which means hiring and retaining employees who strive for excellence in all that they do. We are looking for team players with a ‘can do’ attitude to contribute positively to our continued growth. Our ideal candidates will possess characteristics that reflect our corporate values of caring, integrity, excellence, team spirit and financial responsibility.

Beverage Cart Servers Spend the golf season outdoors, interacting with our guests each day! Eagle Ranch Golf Course is accepting resumes for seasonal full-time or part-time beverage cart servers. This position requires excellent communication and customer service skills, the ability to work independently and a strong attention to detail. Serving It Right is a requirement; Food Safe is an asset.

Restaurant Hostess Saliken Fine Dining and Trader’s Lounge requires a full-time hostess. Providing efficient and courteous service to our guests, candidates must possess superior communication skills and professionalism. Strong organizational skills, a keen attention to neatness and cleanliness are also required. Previous F&B experience as a bartender and/or server would be considered an asset. Resumes may be sent confidentially to: Eagle Ranch Golf Course RR#3, M-2, C-11, Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K3 Email: • Fax: 1-250-342-2563

We Work At Play!


Your Dream Job Awaits at the Clubhouse at Eagle Ranch

We are looking for experienced cooks for year round positions. This is your opportunity to develop your career and work in a professional kitchen on a “from scratch” fine dining menu under acclaimed Executive Chef Eric Wood. Be a part of the premier culinary team in the Columbia valley, with a competitive salary, great perks and room for personal and professional growth in our rapidly expanding business. This is your opportunity to put your creativity and love for food to work. Resumes may be sent confidentially with cover letter describing interest to: Eagle Ranch Golf Course RR #3, M-2, C-11 Invermere, BC V0A 1K3 Fax: 250-342-2563 Email:

Weed Warriors wanted Become a Weed Warrior and have some fun chanting the anthem: “We pulled noxious weeds right out of the ground. We want native plants to stick around. No soil erosion, let the animals eat. These are good reasons we took on this feat.” Spirits Reach is hosting Weed Warriors and inviting you to join them for a free event Saturday, July 28th. Meet at 5 p.m. at the Spirits Reach sales office. There will be free food, information on invasive plant identification and methods of control, and all garbage bags, gloves and seed are provided by donations from Home Hardware, Saveon-Foods, Top Crop and Interior Reforestation. Along our highways we are starting to see what look like fields of beautiful wildflowers but are in fact noxious weeds. Help hand-pull a patch of knapweed along the shores of Columbia Lake near Canal Flats. This location is close to water and therefore is designated a pesticide free zone. Invasive plants like knapweed are becoming an ecological concern in the East Kootenay. An imported pest from Europe, knapweed thrives in disturbed and dry areas. Under those conditions, knapweed spreads rapidly both because it produces a huge number of seeds and because it releases a chemical that retards the growth of other plants. Go to for more information or call 1-866weedwar.

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OUR VALLEY LOCATIONS Invermere: A Touch of Dutch Flower & Gift Shop A&W Restaurant AG Foods All Things Beautiful Anglz Hair Salon Autowyze Services Bavin Glassworks Berkshire Bliss Hair & Esthetics Blue Dog Café Bruce McLaughlin Financial Chisel Peak Medical Centre College of the Rockies Columbia Garden Village Columbia House Extended Care Columbia Valley Employment Centre Columbia Valley Trading Company Columbia Valley Visitor Centre Dairy Queen Dave’s Book Bar Details by JoAnne DTSS Duthie Medical Clinic East Kootenay Insurance East Kootenay Realty Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena Essentials Department Store Fitz’s Flooring Gallery Cafe

Gerry’s Gelati Gone Hollywood Grant’s Foods Great Canadian Dollar Store Greyhound Bus Depot O’Sullivan Dental Clinic Harrison McKay Communications High Country Properties Home Hardware Hubbard & Blakley Law Office Huckleberry’s Restaurant Inside Edge Sports Interior World In-Tune Music Invermere and District Hospital Invermere Barber Invermere Curling Rink Invermere Dry Cleaners Invermere Family Chiropractic Invermere Inn (every room) Invermere Physiotherapists Invermere Public Library Kelly’s Restaurant Konig Meats Lake Auto Services Lakeside Pub Lambert Insurance Lambert-Kipp Pharmacy Lordco Majestic U-Brew Maria Dibb Medical Clinic Mark Moneo, Optometrist Meridian Mortgage Monkey’s Uncle

Mustard Seed Oasis Gifts Pamper Yourself Spa Penner’s Shoes Pharmasave Pieces From the Past Quality Bakery Ray Ferguson Realty RCMP Re/Max Reddi-Mart Esso Rob’s Bicycle Works Rocky Mountain Realty Royal Lepage Selkirk TV - The Source Sobeys Station Pub Subway Sunsations Spa Super 8 Motel Superior Propane Syndicate Board Shop Tasty Tex’s Coffee Works The Back Door Wine Cellar The Book Cellar The Place Furniture Store Tiffany’s Thredz Tim Horton’s Toby Theatre Two-For-One Pizza Valley Hair Styling Warwick Interiors

Windermere: Columbia Lake Band Office Copper Point Golf Course Skookum Inn Valley Alley Bowling Centre White House Pub Windermere Family Foods Windermere Valley Golf

Fairmont Hot Springs: Bigway Foods Fairmont Hot Springs Resort

Fairmont Lodge Fairmont Recreation Centre Farside Pub Jeffers Esso Mountainside Rec Centre Race Trac Gas Riverside Golf Riverside Recreation Centre Rocky Mountain Realty Smoking Waters Coffee

Canal Flats: Canal Flats Family Foods Gas Plus Home Hardware

Radium Hot Springs: Back Country Jacks Bighorn Meadows Canyon Campground Horsethief Creek Pub & Eatery Lambert Insurance Meet on Higher Ground Coffee Mountainside Market Prestige Inn Radium Hot Springs Pool Radium Husky Radium Liquor Store Radium Petro Canada Radium Hot Springs Esso Red Valley Resort Park Motel Wildrose 2-4-1 Pizza

North of Radium: Brisco General Store Edgewater Post Office Pip’s Country Store Spillimacheen Post Office


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Chalks Billiards 15150 Bannister Rd SE

Fortune Car Wash 4715 Mac Tr SW

London House 5 flr, 505-4 Ave SW

Planet Organic 100, 10233 Elbow Dr SW

Alexander Centre 922-9 Ave SE

City Hall 800 Mac Tr SE

Long & McWade 105-58 Ave SW

Prince Donair 301-, 3132-26 St NE

Alta Theatre Projects 2 flr, 220-9 Ave SE

Coco Brooks 640-42 Ave SE

Francesco’s Italian Food Store 3413-26 Ave SW

McKenzie Meadows Golf Course

Amaranth Whole Foods 7 Arbour Lk Dr NW

Coco Brooks M 2020-32 Ave NE

Rainbow Pride Resource Centre 1230A-17 Ave SW

Artspace 2 flr 1235-26 Ave SE

Coffee & Screams 555 Northmount Dr NW

Bad Ass Coffee 109, 683-10 St SW

Craving Bagels N Tower Graces Centre Foothills Hospital

Bad Ass Jacks Subs N Wraps 400 Crowfoot Cres NW

Fresh Blends 311, 46-25 Varsity Dr NW Gallery Cafe 608-7 St SW Gondola Pizza 2758 Glenmore Tr SE Gourmet Coffee 7674-8 St NE

Mediterranean Grill 6008 Mac Tr SW Milky Way 1104-1 Ave NE

Saigon Vietnamese Palace 460, 5255 Richmond Rd SW

Mongolie Grill 1108-4 St SW

Skaters 40, 6130-1A St SW

Mount Royal House 140-10 Ave SW

Sunterra Market 1851 Sirocco Dr. SW

My Sub 100, 744-4 Ave SW

The Grind 908-8 Ave SW

Nellies In The Loop 2015-33 Ave SW

The Other Place 840-6 Ave SW Triwood Community 2244 Chicoutimi Dr NW

Crossroads Market 1235-26 Ave SE

Green Bean 601-1 St SW

Big 4 Casino Stampede Park

Danish Canadian Club 727-11 Ave SW

Greyhound Courier 833 Greyhound Way SW

Big Rock Brewery 5555-76 Ave SE

Decidedly Jazz 1512-4 St SW

Hages 212 1440-52 St NE

Blue River Bistro 227-11 Ave SW

Devonian Gardens 4 flr TD SQ

Hard Disk 1441-17 Ave SW

Oakridge Community Centre 9504 Oakfield Dr SW

Bow Valley College 1st flr 332-6 Ave SE

Dino Rosa 9136 Mac Tr S

Harry Hays 220-4 Ave SE

Oh Canada 815-7 Ave SW

Buy Low Foods 11, 200-52 St NE

Divine Decadence bsmt 720-17 Ave SW

Harry’s Pub 105-60 Crowft Cres NW

Pharaoh’s 17 2008-33 Ave SW

By The Cup 2 flr, 736-8 Ave SW

Dome Sports Pub 5703-3 St SW

Haworth 10 Smed Lane SE

Phoenix Comics 1010-16 Ave NW

Cafe 411 102, 1015-4 St SW

Eat A Pita 4602-17 Ave SE

Holy Cross Campus 2204-2 St SW

Calgary Jewish Centre 1607-90 Ave SW

Eau Claire Market Info

Hometown Kitchen 4068-Ogden Rd SE

Pies Plus 611, 12445 Lk Fraser Dr SE

Calgary International Hostel 520-7 Ave SE Calgary Multi-Cultural Centre 835-8 Ave SW

Eighth & Eighth Cafe 855-5 Ave SW Encana Place mn flr 150-9 Ave SW Extreme Bean 3333 Bowness Rd NW

Campers Village 7208 Mac Tr S

Fairs Fair 1609-14 St SW

Cappuccino Company 924A-7 Ave SW

Fairs Fair 4 7400 Mac Tr S

Casablanca Video 2100-4 St SW

Fairs Fair 907-9 Ave SE

Casablanca Video 2101-33 Ave SW

Family Foods 819-19 St SE

Cedars 3103 Edmonton Tr NE

Fitness on Fifth 320-5 Ave SE

Infusion Cafe 1212-31 Ave NE LaCay Vietnamese Subs 119, 920-36 St NE Lake Bonavista Community Centre 1401 Acadia Dr SW

Pita Stop 6 11027 Elbow Dr SW Planet 101 83 Bowridge Dr NW Planet Organic 4625 Varsity Dr NW

Video World bsmt 1010-6 Ave SW VRRI 3305-33 St SW Wayne’s Bagels 2 flr, 777-8 Ave SW West Hillhurst Community Centre 1940-6 Ave NW Wrapture 1208-17 Ave SW You & I Coffee 2 flr 400-4 Ave SW You & I Coffee Mn Flr 700-4 Ave SW

Lambada Market 1423 Centre St NW LaVienna 2139 Kens Rd NW Lil Big Horn 3716-61 Ave NE Little Chef 400, 555 Strathcona Blvd SW


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July 20, 2007

Lisa helps one village set up a grain bank By Lisa M. Rohrick Imagine a truck rolling into Invermere loaded with sacks of wheat. It pulls into the parking lot of the community hall. The caretaker jumps on his bicycle and takes off to find Mayor Shmigelsky, who drops what he’s doing and comes running. He welcomes the driver and they sit together and drink water under the shade of a tree while they wait for the village councillors to join them before the grain is unloaded. People are running around town announcing the arrival of the grain. Men, women and children flock around the truck, chattering excitedly. Not a very likely scenario, is it? Trucks of food arrive in Invermere all the time, and for most of us, our only reaction is that they slow down traffic. Imagine that you go for groceries and come home with nothing but grain that you have to pound by hand into flour before making a gruel for the evening meal, cooking over the open fire. You stop on the way home to pull a bowlful of leaves from a tree, with which you will make a simple sauce. And this is on the menu day after day after day . . . until there is no more grain. Niger is the world’s poorest country, which holds the Number One spot on the United Nations’ list of “Least Livable Countries.” And this is where I live.

Millet is the staple of the diet here. Some wealthy people buy up lots of millet when it is plentiful, and then when the supplies run low, they sell it at three or four times what they paid for it. People can’t afford it, but they are given “credit” at exorbitant interest. One solution to the problem is grain banks. Two of the villages I visit asked for my help in getting grain banks started. Here’s how it works. The village stocks up on millet when the price is low (let’s say $25 for a 100 kg sack). The price will soon climb as high as $75 for that same sack, and the creditors will be selling it for $100. But the villages that have grain banks can sell it for $30, making it affordable for their people. The village of Lambounti is only 13 kilometres off a main road, but it’s 13 torturous kilometres of four-wheeling through the sand. Several months ago we hosted a group of Canadian doctors and nurses at a three-day clinic in Lambounti. The Nigerian government requires that we charge for medical services, so it’s about a dollar for adults and 50 cents for children to see a doctor. The money goes back to the village. A few weeks after the clinic, I returned to Lambounti and met with the chief and village elders to discuss where they wanted this money to go. They reached a decision quickly: a grain bank to help them through the lean season before the harvest.

I went back to them with my list of requirements. First, they must build a hut with a cement floor and a solid door with two locks. Then they must choose three people. Two of these people will keep the keys. They both must be present before grain can be sold—this decreases the temptation they may experience to give grain to friends or family members without receiving payment. The third person is the treasurer. The chief readily agreed. “We need to have a part in this too,” he said. “It is not good if we ask for help and then sit and wait for you to do everything. We will work together to have a grain bank.” As promised, they made mud bricks, dried them in the sun, and built a circular hut. They bought cement and made a floor. A grass roof topped the structure and a sturdy metal door was put in place. Then came delivery day. The excitement and anticipation in the village was palpable—a bit like the day of the Christmas parade in Invermere. It took three trips in a Toyota Hilux. Each time we pulled into town, a cheer rose from the crowd. People were tripping over each other trying to help unload it. And I can’t tell you how many times I was thanked. I wish you could all have as much fun at work as I do. I am so privileged to be able to bring life-giving grain to the poor in the world’s least livable country.

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Surprised by Invermere Rev. Gerry Teichrob Lake Windermere Alliance Church My wife Ruth and I were recently invited to assist Lake Windermere Alliance Church this summer while their Pastor, Jared Enns, takes a break. The last time we visited Invermere was ten years ago - a quick stop for ice cream while on our way south. We have been surprised by Invermere! While out for our morning walks, or having coffee in your wonderful bakery, we have noticed how friendly people are. Compared to where we live in the lower mainland, the casual friendliness is refreshing. Now I admit, we don’t know who is a local and who is a visitor, but, if the folks at Lake Windermere Alliance Church are any indication, then we are certain Invermere is very friendly place. Why is this a surprise to us? We used to live in Kelowna. We are familiar with the “summer invasion” experience, and we tired of it rather quickly. From what I understand the invasion is even larger here than in the Okanagan. But we observe that the friendly spirit remains. Another reason this is surprising is because this community is undergoing an incredible amount of nearly unstoppable change. A stop by at the local real estate display provided a serious reality check about the economics of this kind of growth. I am sure there are a variety of feelings about the growth explosion happening here. Some people might be feeling some resentment now that Invermere has been “discovered” a little too much. Waves of change, perceived

as good and bad depending on one’s perspective, is the result. Even so, the general friendliness of the community seems to prevail. Even the deer are friendly, perhaps too friendly! Being hospitable (even if it gets wearisome) is commended as an admirable quality in the Bible. (I Peter 4:9) Invermere seems to be rather “biblical” as a hospitable community. Thank you, Invermere, for your hospitality! One last thought from a guest in your community, maybe a surprise for you. It’s about being “biblical” in another way. My father served on city council in his community for four terms. I was able to get a window into the many hours of service and some of the stresses he experienced as an alderman. With the development happening in Invermere I am sure there are some significant pressures on those who serve on this community’s municipal council. Now here’s the surprise, various surveys report that 60-70 percent of Canadians (whether religious or not) say they pray at least once a week. Besides being hospitable, the Bible also encourages us to pray for our leaders. (I Timothy 2:2) How about saying a prayer or two for your municipal leaders during this time of change and growth in your community and then letting them know you prayed for them? They might just be surprised by Invermere, too. Rev. Gerry Teichrob assists churches and non-profit groups with leadership transitions and organization health as a Transitional Pastoral consultant.

Valley Churches LAKE WINDERMERE ALLIANCE CHURCH 10:30 a.m. Sunday, July 22nd – Worship and Life Instruction. Guest speaker: Rev. Gerry Teichrob. Children’s Program, for ages 30 months to age 12, during the morning service. 326 - 10th Avenue, Invermere • 342-9535 WINDERMERE VALLEY SHARED MINISTRY 10:30 a.m. Sunday – Invermere – Christ Church Trinity Rev. Sandy Ferguson • 110 - 7th Avenue, Invermere • 342-6644 or VALLEY CHRISTIAN ASSEMBLY 10 a.m. Sunday Children’s Church during the message part of the service. Sunday 7 p.m. 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 p.m. Mass • Sunday 9 a.m. Mass St. Joseph’s Church, Hwy 93/95 Radium Sunday 11 a.m. Mass St. Anthony’s Church, Canal Flats Saturday 4 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 p.m. Christ Church Trinity 110 - 7th Ave., Invermere Pastor Rev. Fraser Coltman • 1-866-426-7564 RADIUM CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP Every Sunday 10 a.m., Sunday School 10 a.m. Every Wednesday 7 p.m., Bible Study Pastor Wayne and Linda Frater • Radium Seniors’ Hall • 342-6633 THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTERDAY SAINTS Sunday Service, 10 a.m. • Sunday School, 11 a.m. Noon Sunday: Relief Society President Grant Watkins • Columbia Valley Branch 5014 Fairway, Fairmont Hot Springs • 345-0079

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