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Your Weekly Source for News and Events

Vol. 4/Issue 34


The Columbia


August 24, 2007




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




Having a ball! Sarena Tschudin celebrates with her teammates, the Flaming Red Merkins, after an inside-the-park home run during the inaugural Columbia Valley Ballfest. See Page 20 for more.


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VALLEY NEWS Famous face at the fair

Canada’s very own Preston Manning, first and only leader of the Canadian Reform Party, was having a great time browsing around the Invermere Farmers’ Market on Saturday morning. Mr. Manning, who lives in Calgary, was in the valley with his family while his grandsons were attending hockey camp at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. Mr. Manning, looking much younger than his 65 years, said that Invermere was beautiful and he was much enjoying his stay when he spoke to The Pioneer. He also had a taste of Dave’s Hot Pepper Jelly and pronounced it delicious.


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Kootenays could lose another MLA cision-making behind it is not. “It’s not driven by anything but numbers,” he said. In a growing province where the The Kootenays could see the numpopulation growth is not spread evenly, ber of local MLAs drop from four to the goal of the commission, he said, is three, if plans to redraw the boundaries to keep the disparity between the numof provincial electoral districts are adber of voters in the various constituenopted. cies within a defined range of about 25 The independent, three-member percent. B.C. Electoral Boundaries Commission Mr. Deck said technical advances recommended in its 454-page prelimiand modern efficiencies in the resource nary report issued last week that the four industries require fewer and fewer peoKootenay ridings be reduced to three. ple to bring those resources to market. Citing across-the-board declines “It used to take many people to in permanent population in all four bring timber out of the bush and mill Kootenay districts, the recommendait,” he said. “Faller-bunchers and comtions create a mammoth Kootenay East puterized head saws now do it all with riding that extends all the way to the relatively few.” U.S. border in the south and completeIt helps, he said, to remind provinly absorbs the current West Kootenaycial officials that even though there are Boundary riding into adjacent districts. fewer people working in the resource West-Kootenay-Boundary MLA sector, the provincial economy still deKatrine Conroy (NDP), who appears pends on them. to be the odd-man-out in the reshuf“I think you’ll find that urban fling of districts, said she is worried that MLAs often think that we rural conrural B.C. will be under-represented in stituents get consideration beyond our the legislature. “It’s really a concern to me. We lose REDISTRICTING—The map above, taken from the B.C. Electoral Boundaries Com- numbers,” Mr. Deck commented. “We all snickered a bit at the Libera voice from the Kootenays,” she said. mission preliminary report, shows the three proposed districts: Kootenay East, Kootenay als’ many references to the “Heartland,” “We’re losing representation in the ru- West and Kootenay South. If approved, the Kootenays would lose one MLA. but it was genuine evidence of a recogral areas. It takes away a voice from the nition of the Interior’s importance to rural people.” officials amplified the voices of rural MLAs in the Legthe provincial economy.” Columbia-Revelstoke MLA Norm Macdonald— islative Assembly. Mr. Deck and Mr. Macdonald agreed that the who, if relected, would preside over the sprawling, but MLA Macdonald said the danger is that the resparsely-populated Kootenay East—said he accepts duction of electoral districts which follows a decline physical size of the proposed Kootenay East electoral the recommendations of the commission and that he in permanent population, will be followed by by a re- district will make it difficult to represent. “Cranbrook to Nelson isn’t too bad,” Mr. Deck is confident that the findings were arrived at without duction in the numbers of schools, courts, police and observed, “but Revelstoke to Elkford is brutal. Those political interference. The redistricting occurs every health care funding. second election, he explained, and each time, there is Current government policies, he said, are partly to are long and mountainous miles. It will make potenconcern that the district lines are redrawn in order to blame for making it hard to live in B.C.’s rural areas. tial candidates think a little longer about seeking the consolidate political power. It used to be that if you cut trees in a specific area, you job, and it will be less often that those communities see their members of the legislature.” “This one I have a lot of confidence in,” he said. had to mill them in the same place, he said. Mr. Macdonald said it currently takes about five “that it was free from political interference. There is a “We should be tryng to strengthen our rural comconcern that the rural areas are losing representation, munities,” he argued. “It would help the entire prov- hours to drive his district from end to end. Under the proposed plan, he estimates it will take seven. but, in terms of the process, I have confidence in it.” ince.” MLA Conroy, who would lose her entire constituMr. Macdonald said that it is possible, under the By pouring resources into the rural areas, he said, proposed boundaries, that government will be con- the government can take pressure off the Lower Main- ency, says she is not sure of her political future. “Where do I go?” she asked rhetorically. “I don’t trolled by an MLA winning in the Lower Mainland land, which is the best agricultural area of the provknow. It is important that people get out, if they have and that it is more important than ever for local gov- ince. ernments and non-governmental organizations to The loss of another MLA continues a declining concerns, and make sure their voices get heard.” Public hearings on the proposed changes will be work together to make their voices heard in Victoria. trend that began in 1968 when there were eight elecUsing the child daycare funding cutbacks earlier toral districts within the Kootenays. Regional District held from Sept. 5 to Nov. 14. For more information on the proposed changes this year as an example, Mr. Macdonald said the town of East Kootenay Chair Greg Deck said the responses hall meetings organized and attended by parents, day- to the redistricting can be emotional, but that the de- and how to comment, see care providers, business leaders and local government By Brian Geis Pioneer Staff

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• August 15: At 7:45 a.m., RCMP responded to a complaint of an abandoned vehicle on the mining road at Mount Swansea turn off. Upon arrival, police learned that the vehicle had, in fact been stolen. It had body damage all over, a hole in the radiator, a broken windshield and a large dent on the roof. The truck had been parked in the owner’s driveway and the theft was only discovered that morning. • August 15: Columbia Valley RCMP were called to a “theft in progress” in that wooden pallets were being stolen from the parking lot of the Invermere Inn. The caller was following a suspect vehicle up Pine Ridge Drive towards the gravel pit on Toby Creek Road in Invermere. RCMP located the suspect truck and arrested two adults and one youth for theft. The adults were later released to appear in court at a later date. The young person returned the pallets to their rightful owner. RCMP met with the parents of the young person. Under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, arrangements were made to have the young person diverted to the local Restorative Justice program as there had been no history of similar behaviours in the past. • August 17: Dave’s Book Bar reported that overnight their shop had two windows smashed out. The front door window of the business looks like it was smashed with a stick, bat or club. The second window on north side of building in the alley appeared to have been smashed with brick. • August 17: At 8:30 p.m., RCMP and Conservation Officers were called to the Wilder Loop Road in

regards to a complaint of the residents drinking beer and throwing rocks at two bears. The officers spoke with two residents, who stated they were just trying to get the bears off their property. The proper way to persuade the bears to leave was explained to them and they were cautioned about harassing wildlife. • August 17: At 11:30 p.m., while dealing with a party complaint on private property, RCMP checked a vehicle that pulled up to the property. A partiallyfull bottle of liquor was situated on the on the floor of the back seat. The passenger, a 17-year-old male, claimed it was his. He was issued a violation ticket and the liquor was destroyed. • August 17: At about 11 p.m., RCMP were called to a party on the Toby Creek Cutoff Road Gravel Pit in response to a report of loud noise and bonfire in contravention of the fire ban. While there, RCMP arrested one male for possession of a controlled substance and breach of probation. He is to appear in court at a later date. The fire was extinguished and the remainder of the group left the area. • August 18: RCMP were called to a report of damage to the building which houses the Penner Shoe store. Overnight, somebody had gotten onto the roof and tossed boulders, some roof shakes and a bucket of sand off the roof, which damaged the building. Anyone with information on these or other outstanding crimes is asked to contact the Columbia Valley RCMP at (250) 342-9292 or Crimestoppers at 1800-222-3477 (TIPS).

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Robin’s beautiful smile will be long remembered by her loved ones.

Kochorek family says a heartfelt thank you to the valley By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff The family of a Calgary woman killed at Panorama Mountain Resort last month would like to extend a very warm thank you to the people of the Columbia Valley for their outpouring of support. Robin Kochorek’s life tragically ended when she was attacked and killed by a bear while mountain biking at Panorama on July 22nd. “On behalf of our family we would like to thank all the wonderful people who sent us food, flowers, cards and their heartfelt condolences,” said Bob and Mary Kochorek of Windermere, in an email message to The Pioneer. “Your support for our family at this time is deeply appreciated.” Her brother Michael of Calgary told The Pioneer in a telephone interview that the family is “hanging in there.” “The honest truth is that we are having a really difficult time for obvious reasons,” he said. “The loss is tragic and the circumstances are very difficult, too.” Meanwhile, the family is getting

through each day by holding on to their fond memories of Robin. “I am just trying to deal with the reality of what happened,” Michael said. “It still doesn’t seem real to me.” Adding to the comforting memories, Robin was also recently honored in the August 13th issue of Maclean’s magazine. One feature article is done each month to celebrate people who lived extraordinary lives that were cut short. “My parents were generally flattered,” Michael said. “But my brother and I were not surprised. When she was alive we knew how special she was.” The Kochorek family has owned a home in Windermere since 1980, and Bob and Mary retired to the valley permanently from Calgary nine years ago. The couple has two sons, Michael, 36; and Pat, 39. Robin was 31 at the time of her death. “The members of this community and this place are very important to us, and they were very important to my sister,” Michael added. “We just want to acknowledge that and say thank you.”

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Historical Lens

The passage of time

By Elinor Florence Pioneer Publisher

The waning of summer always brings with it a sense of loss, and this year more than ever. For the first time I will become an empty-nester. As an older mother, my time is long overdue, but somehow that makes it all the more painful. Not only will our youngest daughter be leaving home, but the whole atmosphere of noise and excitement and telephone calls and friends running in and out of the house, and just feeling like a peripheral part of her teenage world, will disappear like a light switched off the minute she walks out the door. Since our oldest child started school in 1985, for the first time in 22 years, we will no longer be part of the public school community and it will seem decidedly strange not to know the teachers, students and other parents on a first-name basis. Like all parents, we have spent part of our lives living vicariously through our children, and now we won’t be privy to dinner-table conversation about the news, the gossip and the events that take place at our local high school. True, we won’t be subject to the ongoing drama that surrounds a teenager’s life - the fights with girlfriends and boyfriends, the pre-exam jitters, and even the unspeakable tragedy of a bad hair day. We’re taking comfort in the fact that we will no longer have to lie awake nights worrying about where she is, especially on the rare occasions when she violated her curfew, because she will be far away in Calgary. Our household expenses will probably take a nosedive - our friends even noticed a significant drop in their hydro bill when their teenage daughter left home, along with her mountains of laundry. And there will be only two people to fight over the remote control, instead of three. Nevertheless, it’s a wrench. My mother tells me she cried for weeks when my youngest sister left home. Something tells me I’ll be making a lot of trips to Calgary over the next few months.

In September 1919, the first airplane landed in Golden, after flying from Vancouver to Calgary. The Ladies’ Auxiliary paid $300 to have it land in Golden and give the residents a chance to see their first airplane. Unfortunately, it crashed when taking off! The pilot was unhurt and souvenir hunters had a field day. Here the wrecked plane was photographed with this little boy, the son of Captain and Mrs. John Blakley. Photo courtesy of Windermere District Historical Society

Please use respect: landowner Dear Editor: Since purchasing the land in 2004, Grizzly Ridge Properties has accommodated ongoing non-motorized public access to its lands around Invermere. We share with you an appreciation for the beauty of this property and the amenities that it provides to both the residents of and visitors to the Columbia Valley. Unfortunately, there are a few individuals who have demonstrated a complete lack of respect for the land and the improvements thereon. Specifically, we are experiencing situations where gates are being smashed, fences are being cut, fires are started, garbage is dumped, animals are being let loose and our equipment is being stolen and vandalized. We are engaged in initiatives that might secure longer term public access to some of the trails on our property. In the interim, we would ask that

people please use respect so that the lands might be left open for continued public use. If this access is important to you, we would ask that you please use respect and immediately report to the RCMP any acts of unauthorized motor vehicle access, vandalism and theft that you witness on our property. If you see vehicles, quads or motorcycles on the property or people acting irresponsibly we would ask that you please speak with the operator and report this to Grizzly Ridge at the email address provided below. We look forward to working with you to make the Invermere Valley a very special place. Should you have any questions or comments in this regard, please contact Mark Himmelspach by e-mail at Mark Himmelspach Invermere

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Why aren’t developers paying for pipeline? Dear Editor: During the summer of 2005 there was serious concern that Invermere’s water supply would not be able to support any NEW development. Water supply and quality for the existing community was not a problem. At that time, it was decided, that a new water source was to be found and that the costs were to be shared by some of the developers. Sometime later, water was found in Athalmer. Things make sense so far. “Developers pay for Development.” Fast forward to 2007. Has the situation changed? Is the current community suddenly short of water or are the words in your article “water quality . . . diversifying . . . reliable” justification for the fact that the local taxpayer is picking

up a tab ($2 to $3 million) that should be paid by developers? What we do know is that a pipeline is being built (from the new water source in Athalmer) and that thousands of new residential units are slated for future development. Council will be looking for taxpayer approval for about $800,000 to cover a water expenditure shortfall. Let’s first find out whether or not the mantra “Developers pay for Development” is still alive and how much the developers are contributing directly and separately to this project? In other words, why wasn’t this project handled like the 2005 project? Victor Hogg Invermere

Bikers raised $2,000 for Family Resource Centre Dear Editor: We found the Trans Rockies experience an epic journey of spirit, camaraderie, determination and, above all, magnificent teamwork. The riders, especially Europeans, were as inspired by the beauty of the country as the race day which created waves of excitement. Our success was due to Bike Mechanic Dr. Don Miller, Technical Coach George Oliver, Massage Therapist Deanna Empey, and our faithful watchdogs Heather McKnight and Nancy Nester, and followed by the support van “Butterscotch” driven by my parents. We feel

all the volunteers in the Trans Rockies were amazing. They dedicated hours to making our experience unforgettable. What started for Rob and me as a fun challenge to complete uninjured turned into a race for third-place podium. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their donations to the Family Resource Centre for our Pedal for People Challenge. Our Trans Rockies race raised over $2,000. Thank you so much for your donations.

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Gymnastics club has new coach Dear Editor: On behalf of the Columbia Valley Gymnastics Association, I would like to extend our gratitude to Cayla Gabruck of The Pioneer for sharing our story. A short time ago, Cayla reported on the need for a coach and from that article, an interested candidate from Calgary came forward! We have since hired her and are extremely excited to start the fall session. Stay tuned for registration dates. Mia Ciona Invermere

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Goodbye from Cayla - until next year By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff Well all, the time has come and I am sad to say that this is my final week at the Columbia Valley Pioneer. My friends in Calgary said that nothing happens in a small town and that I would be ridiculously bored. I cannot wait to go back and prove them all wrong. They will be envious to know that some of the articles I had printed in The Pioneer this summer even made their way into The Calgary Sun, complete with my byline! Even though it has been busy, in the midst of the bear encounters and forest fires and even house fires, I have fallen in love with the beauty of this ever-changing town and most of all the people. Especially my co-workers at the Pioneer. You will never find a group of people who works harder to tell you exactly what you need to know, in

ways that you will actually want to read. My biggest fear when I embarked on my work term was that I would end up working under someone who knew only as much as I have learned in my two years of college. Thankfully, I have learned more from Elinor, Brian, Dave and Zephyr, than I have learned in all my years of schooling. I am definitely going to miss all of the odd and sometimes jungle-like office music mixed with witty banter that I have come to look forward to every day. But it’s time to get back to the real world. As of this weekend, I am heading back to Calgary to continue my schooling at Mount Royal College. If you asked me what the best part of my summer was, I honestly would not be able to tell you. There have been so many highlights, it would be impossible to name just one. Some of the most memorable moments that come to mind if I had to name some, would include the day I showed up at the very first Bighorns football game. I have to confess, I was not a football fan. I love sports, but have never really been exposed to football. I must say I walked off that field with a hoarse voice and a general love for the game. If you come across someone proudly rocking a Columbia

Valley Bighorns T-shirt in Calgary, there should be no doubt in your mind that it will be me. Another amazing thing I have noticed about this area is the people, especially the way the whole community comes together when something tragic happens. That fact became visible to me my first week here when the Porter house burnt down, and has continued throughout the summer as the entire valley rallies around little Keira and the Neal family. Another highlight of the summer came within the first month. After meeting cancer survivor Michelle Tremblay, I can honestly say that I have met someone whose personality and admirable strength changed my outlook on life. I am very lucky to have met all of you, this community is very lucky to have such extraordinary people in its midst, and I want to thank you for inviting me with open arms into your community. I do have some good news. Although you may think of it as a goodbye column, this is actually more of a “See you later” column. I will be back late next summer when I return from my final semester of schooling in New Zealand, for good. So until then, stay classy, Columbia Valley.

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Out & About Kimberlee Whyte’s paintings use rich oils and passionate colours, part of the group show starting this week at Pynelogs. See Page 10.

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Six artists display work in group show at Pynelogs Alexandra Sellers Pynelogs Cultural Centre The summer is nearly over, the kids nearly back in school, but the fun organized by Columbia Valley Arts never stops! Kimberlee Whyte, Susanne Forth, Trezlie Brooks, Marg Metcalf, Jan Zora and Sebastian Bell’s works are all featured in the upcoming gallery show at Pynelogs. This week I have some information on three of the six: Kimberlee, Susanne and Trezlie and next week you can look forward to a word or two from the others. The Artist’s Opening for this show is August 29th from 7 to 9 p.m. Kimberlee Whyte has been cleaning out her yard by recycling everything in it into art! Unique mosaic pieces have sprung from her imagination and beautiful oil paintings have come to life. She has been working

with Susan Marie Forth, a self-described “Apprentice of Life” and mentoring her in the creative process. Now, they are finally ready for their first show together. Susan says she is “watching, living, learning, experiencing . . . and now expressing what I perceive.” Look forward to fantastic mosaics, rich oils and lots of passion in their pieces! Trezlie Brooks “works with porcelain, glass and metal to achieve colour, line and pattern, light and shadow, purposefully to interact and encourage a sense of play.” She wants her pieces to be used daily and handled daily; her plates used at the dinner table; her “tea service to be part of an intimate conversation between friends” and “a mug caressed during a stroll through the garden.” The Secrets of Beading Workshop (August 24th, 6 to 9:30 p.m.), Creating Birch Bark Frames Workshop (August 25th, 1 to 4:30 p.m.), Building a Rus-

tic Armchair Workshop (August 26th, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) and Digital Camera Workshop (September 9th, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) are all fun and informative classes where participants come away with a lot of hands-on knowledge and, in many cases, an actual product. There’s the distinct smell of Murder in the air at Pynelogs - Murder Mystery, that is. The arts council is planning a Murder Mystery Dinner for September 29th, and next week I’m going to speak to the man behind all these deadly plots, Chris Evans, President. Luckily, since Pynelogs was once a hospital, there’s a morgue in the basement where the actors can lounge once they’ve been offed. Lovely. Sean Cronin and Morgan Childs will be playing in their Quartet “Muhledy” at the Christ Trinity Church on August 30th, so get your tickets before it’s sold out! Tickets are available through Pynelogs, so give us a ring at 342-4423 or stop by to pick up yours today.

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Hands down, this movie was fantastic. But I must warn you, this sexy thriller is not for the modest. The plot is strewn with some pretty graphic sexual images and dirty internet banter. The movie begins with Rowena Price ( Halle Berry), an undercover journalist, breaking a huge story about a gay governor. Her celebrations are cut short when she learns that the newspaper she works for is pulling the story because her source mysteriously "clams up." They are also backing the governor's campaign. A furious Rowena quits her job and starts the entire film off with a bang. The twists keep coming when her childhood friend turns up brutally slain after an affair with married ad tycoon Harrison Hill (Bruce Willis). The unemployed journalist then vows to bring justice to Hill, whom

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she suspects is the killer. She goes undercover at Hill's ad agency posing as an alluring temp named Katherine while attempting to catch him in the act. At the same time, she also tries to trap him online by posing as ex-employee Veronica, a seductive temptress he had an office affair with before Hill's crazy wife put the kibosh on her marketing career. Rowena's search for justice soon turns into an intense and deadly game of cat-and-mouse with an ending not even I saw coming. As in most of her films, Berry is enchanting and Willis plays a role that will have even happily married ladies eager for more. The bigwigs say this movie sucked, but I give it nine heads.


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Friday, August 24th:

Tuesday and Wednesday, September 4th - 5th:

• 6-8:30 pm: Secrets of beading workshop at Pynelogs, instructed by Jami Scheffer, $55. For info: 342-4423.

• Columbia Valley Oldtimers Hockey registration needs to be in by Tuesday, September 4th. Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, September 5th. Ages 35-plus.

Friday August 24th - Sunday September 2nd: • 7 pm: Bighorn Football fall tryout camp at DTSS. Boys aged 13-18 are welcome to try out. Call Bruce 342-8852 or George 347-9513.

Saturday, August 25th:

Toby Theatre • August 25, 27-28: Live Free or Die Hard • August 29- September 2: The Simpsons Movie

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. • 10:30 am Story Time for Preschoolers, Invermere Public Library, Fridays until August 24th. • 11 am-4 pm: Pynelogs Café open, serving Kicking Horse Coffee and homemade treats. Open seven days a week. For info: 342-4423. • Summer Red Cross lessons running in August, Radium Hot Pools, Windermere Public Beach, and Invermere Kinsmen Beach. To register: 347-9562. See: • Kids golf free at Copper Point, after 2 pm, when accompanied by a paying adult. For info: 341-3392. • Stained glass art show hangs in lobby of Radium Hot Springs Pool until December 2nd.

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: 250-347-9485, 1-800-767-1611.

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

August 14th - August 26th: • Fusion Delirium Art Show at the Pynelogs Cultural Centre. Fused Glass, Wood Turning and Painting.

• 8 am: John Dunnebacke Memorial Ride. Meet at Huckleberry’s, call 688-4825 for breakfast reservations. Leave for ride at 9 am sharp for Golden, Castle Junction and Hwy 93/95. • 10 am: Radium Public Library – Annual Teddy Bears Picnic at the Radium Park. Preschoolers welcome. • 1 pm - 4:30 pm: Create a birchbark picture frame with Dean Spence at Pynelogs, $90. For info: 342-4423.

Sunday, August 26th: • 9 am - 5:30 pm: Build a rustic armchair in bentwillow style with Dean Spence at Pynelogs, $225. For info: 342-4423. • 12 pm: Chili Pot Luck lunch, Christ Church Trinity. For info: Eileen, 342-6149.

Tuesday, August 28th: • 7-9 pm: Optimal Health During Menopause, presented by Naturopathic Physician Marika Geis, College of the Rockies, no charge.

Thursday, August 30th: • Muhledy Jazz Quartet at Christ Church Trinity. Book your tickets by calling 342-4423. • 7:30 pm: Understanding your dreams seminar, led by Crisanna Macleod, Fairmont Vacation Villas. For info: 342-8947.

Saturday September 1st: • 10 am: Fairmont Community Association Annual General Meeting, Fairmont Hot Springs Lodge.

Sunday September 2nd: • 6:30 pm: 6th annual Cliffhanger shootout event, Greywolf Golf Course. All proceeds to the Columbia Valley Arts Council. Call Greywolf Golf Course. • 11 am: 3rd Annual Family Fun Day Copper Point. All proceeds go towards the Windermere Fire Department.

Friday September 7th : • 9 pm: Regional District of East Kootenay monthly general meeting, Cranbrook.

Friday and Saturday, September 7th - 8th: • Tiger Open Golf Tournament. Registration cut-off is August 21st. Call Tiger 342-6950 or Reg 342-2152. • Columbia Valley Twirlers square dancing, Radium Community Hall. Call Albert 347.6573

Saturday, September 8th: • Windermere Fall Fair & Scarecrow Festival. Information flyers are in grocery stores and post offices. Book your table by phoning Margo, 342-2018.

Sunday, September 9th: • 12 pm: East Kootenay BC SPCA Paws for a Cause - Walk for the Animals, Kinsmen Beach Parking Lot. BBQ, games and prizes. Call Candace at 341-1263 or email

Friday and Saturday, September 14th-15th: • Columbia Valley Classics Classic Car Show and Shine: Springs Golf Course in Radium. Registration Friday 6 pm-9 pm at Radium Hall or Saturday 9 am at the Springs golf course. Call Mitch at 342-1245.

Tuesday, September 18th: • 7-9 pm: A gathering of book club members, or those who want to know more about book clubs, at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. Includes a special reading by Newfoundland/local author Joan Clark. Free of charge. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by Friends of the Invermere Public Library.

New Video Releases Tuesday, August 28st: • Air Guitar Nation • Kickin it Old Skool • The Prince and Me 2

• Blades of Glory • Year of the Dog • Fay Grim

Invermere Library Hours: • 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.

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Bighorn Sheep in the area, like this one on a hillside above Columbia Lake, need our protection. Photo by Brian Geis

Slow down traffic near Radium to protect Bighorn Sheep Dear Editor: Re: “Adopt your own Bighorn Sheep” Columbia Valley Pioneer, August 10, 2007. The “Adopt a Bighorn” program to help protect these magnificent animals is a great idea. I will most certainly stop by the Radium Visitor Centre and make a donation. However, the proposed program does not go far enough. As the subject article accurately states, many of the Bighorn Sheep fatalities occur on Highway 93/95 just south of Radium. Therefore, wouldn’t it make sense to reduce the speed limit in this short section from 90 kilometres per hour to 60? This would also make this area safer for people who enter and exit the lookout area that runs along most of this section. Unfortunately, it would take some intestinal fortitude (“guts”) on the political side within the responsible ministry to make this happen. I spoke with one “official” who suggested that moving the animals is “a better idea.” Such nonsense! Do we not “want” to see these ani-

mals on a regular basis? Are they not a draw for tourists who spend their money in the valley? And, would the sheep not just instinctively return anyway? Or is the proposal to move them so far we would not see them again? According to this official, “they,” “them,” “those people” at the ministry who are responsible for making such speed limit changes, want to keep traffic moving. Good grief, do the math! The reduction in speed over the required three kilometers would impact a driver only 60 seconds. Isn’t this a small price to pay for the safety of “both” the valley’s Bighorn Sheep and the people viewing the Columbia Valley from the lookout? In summary, I would encourage people to donate AND to lobby their politicians by phone, e-mail, or personal letter. Let’s see if they have the “guts” to preserve these beautiful and precious animals. Eric Peter Panorama

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August 24, 2007

Taking a bike ride in John’s memory By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff The first annual John Dunnebacke Memorial ride will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday from Huckleberry’s. John Dunnebacke was a wellknown and respected businessman who owned Diamond Heating and Spas. He was taken by brain cancer on January 12, 2007. “We were always talking about having a ride and there was usually more talk than action,” said friend Paul Roggeman. “We just decided to take action and do one.” The ride will go from Invermere to Golden, then to Castle Junction and Highway 93/95 back to Radium. “We are doing the full triangle,” Paul said. “He loved motorcycling and was friends of tons of people in this valley,” Paul added.

“Everyone who knew John was aware of his dilemma of balancing a busy business against the desire to take some time off to go for a motorcycle ride with friends,” he and Grey Bradatsch, organizers of the event wrote in a press release to The Pioneer. “It seems we all are caught up with work taking more and more of our time, and that time away from working is increasingly valuable and harder to find.” “The ride is just making time,” Paul said. Paul and Grey are inviting all friends of John, old and new, to enjoy the mountains as John loved them from the saddle of a motorcycle. If you are not able to ride, you may want to join the crew when they return at Bud’s Bar and Lounge around 3 p.m. For more information on the ride, please call Paul at 345-0095 or Grey at 342-7566.

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Ten reminders during a downturn 1. Stick with your long-term plan. Short-term market fluctuations should not be a concern when you have a sound financial plan – one that includes a welldiversified portfolio to meet investment objectives in an appropriate time horizon. 2. Look beyond today’s markets. No one can predict what the market will do and when, so think of it as a store – prices increase when demand is high, and drop when demand is low. The long-term trend, however, is up. 3. Don’t let media headlines distract you from your plan. The media focus on market declines because these events get more attention than steady climbs. The basic human psychology that losses always loom larger than gains is alive and well in the media when it comes to the stock markets. 4. Avoid chasing the latest trends. Citing a U.S. example: “The average U.S. stock mutual fund posted a 12.3 percent annual return between 1984 and 1995. The average investor in such funds earned just 6.3 percent. This suggests that by jumping from one investment to another, investors leave a lot of money on the table.” (National Post, December 1999) 5. Invest regularly. The benefit of dollar cost averaging, which enables you to spread out the average cost per unit of buying mutual funds, is that it reduces the risk of buying at the wrong time. 6. Remember that short-term success is often just that: short. Short-term performance in some sectors may cause investors to be overly confident about their investment abilities. Survey results from Money, a U.S. personal finance magazine, warn that investors tend to

be overconfident about their investment abilities and far too optimistic about the prospect of continuing returns. Almost a third of investors claimed their funds had beaten the market by at least five percent, and one-sixth of investors stated they had outperformed the market by more than 10 percent. When actual performance was compared, it turned out that 88 percent of people had exaggerated their returns, with a quarter of those portfolios lagging the index by at least 15 per cent. (National Post, January 2000) 7. Accredited professionals are the best managers. Your portfolio is diversified among a number of investments, managed by the most highly qualified portfolio managers. They spend 365 days a year trying their best to achieve top results. Their careers and their business depend on it. 8. If your objectives haven’t changed, neither should your investments. The investments in your portfolio were purchased because they were compatible with your long-term goals. So, unless your investment objectives have changed, there is no reason to stray from the equity mutual funds you’ve invested in simply because of a market correction. 9. Diversification can help cushion the blow. A properly diversified portfolio will limit any loss suffered by investors in a market correction. Advisors and their clients should review a portfolio’s weighting of equities, bonds and interest-bearing investments to ensure that it suits the clients’ risk tolerance. 10. Repeat these messages to your clients over and over again. The only way you can help reassure them that they are on the right track is for you to pass on consistent information on a regular basis.

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New owner for The Local View Rob accepted and began working with Steve to learn the tricks The Local View has of the trade. a new editor and Rob He is finally getting Dunn is looking forthe hang of it and is very ward to the challenge. much looking forward The colourful little to his new position. newsletter called The Rob moved to the Local View and distribvalley from Calgary. He uted at restaurants and chose Invermere because Rob Dunn businesses around the it was right in the centre valley was started by of the trip between CalSteve Mantyka in 2003. gary and Castlegar, where his mother After finding himself too busy this lives. year with his regular job at Palliser Steve thinks a fresh face like Rob is Printing, he decided to pass along the just what the paper needs. torch. “He’s a community-oriented guy,” “I think somebody needs to take it Steve said. “He’s approachable and he’s a little further,” Steve said, “and Rob is just the perfect guy to do it.” the guy to do that.” When Steve started The Local Rob has lived in Invermere for four View four years ago, he envisioned an and a half years and in his short stay entertainment paper, geared towards he has held a variety of jobs. You may having a positive influence on its readrecognize him as the tall and friendly ership, and so it has become. Doc the clown who makes you laugh Rob does not intend to change the at many of Invermere’s festivities; or focus of the paper, but does plan on you may know him better as the kind adding a few recipes and some curling gentleman working with people who and figure skating trivia. have disabilities. You may also see him Steve is giving up the paper, but around the curling rink come Septem- he is keeping his publishing company ber when he takes over as manager. called Local View Publishing. This Rob first got involved with The has prompted Rob to hold a contest Local View a year ago, when a lady in to come up with a new name for the his recreation program began to help publication. Steve deliver the paper. If you think you have the winning “I was familiar with it from that name, you can forward your submisand then he basically just stopped me sion, along with your name and teleon the street and asked me if I would phone number to, be interested,” Rob said. or call Rob at 342-8869. By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff


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HEADWATERS OF THE COLUMBIA RIVER - The southern end of Columbia Lake near Canal Flats presents a portrait of stunning beauty.

Photo by Brian Geis

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Canal Flats granted $400,000 for water system By Brian Geis Pioneer Staff B.C. Community Services Minister Ida Chong made her first visit to Canal Flats last week, to present a big plastic cheque and erect a sign celebrating a grant of $400,000 from the provincial government’s Towns for Tomorrow program. The grant is aimed at improving water quality for the residents of Canal Flats, specifically the 138 residents living in the Eagle’s Nest subdivision and the Canal Flats Provincial Park, which have been under a boil water advisory for the past four years. “It is, in fact, a good project, a good program for the town,” Minister Chong told a crowd of onlookers gathered at the edge of Columbia Lake. “Through Towns for Tomorrow, our government is providing B.C.’s smaller communities, like Canal Flats, with the means necessary to act on their capital infrastructure priorities,” she said. “By supporting these projects, we’re working to reduce greenhouse gases, improve air and water quality, and improve energy conservation.” Canal Flats Councillor and Acting Mayor Tricia Doherty received the check on behalf of Mayor John Tilley who could not attend the event. Continued on Page 18 . . .

Canal Flats councillor Tricia Doherty accepts the cheque from Community Services Minister Ida Chong.

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Eagle’s Nest to get long-needed water system upgrades . . . Continued from Page 18 “The funding from the Towns for Tomorrow program will go a long way to provide accessible and clean drinking water to a portion of our residents,” she said. “An adequate source of clean water is vital for the health and safety of residents of our area and visitors to the provincial park. “It is also a very good investment for both the province and the village, one that will pay strong dividends for years.” A Ministry of Community Services press release circulated at the event said the money will be used to connect the Eagle’s Nest water system to the Canal Flats water system and for upgrades including the construction of a new groundwater well, a reservoir, a water treatment plant, monitoring equipment and the necessary pipelines to connect it all. However, Canal Flats Chief Administrator Rob Sabine said those are all options on the table at the moment and that an engineering study is currently underway to determine the best use of the money. Former Canal Flats Mayor Emile Morin, who spoke at the event on behalf of his fellow Eagle’s Nest residents, lobbied for connecting the two water systems. “It seems to me to make sense to make that upgrade

at once,” he said, “but we’re not here to talk about those details.” The event marked Minister Chong’s second visit to the Columbia Valley in as many weeks, arriving earlier this month to sign Radium Hot Springs to a Resort Municipality Revenue Sharing Agreement. Many in Windermere are hoping she will return in a few more weeks with another check, the result of a funding application currently under consideration by the Ministry of Community Services. The Regional District of East Kootenay has applied to the Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund for $10 million needed to upgrade the Windermere water system to meet standards recommended in the federal Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality. According to Regional District Utilities Superintendant Brian Funke, about 1400 residents served by the Windermere water system and about 850 residents of Timber Ridge are being advised to boil water for children, the elderly or people with weakened immune systems due to excess turbidity in water being drawn from Lake Windermere. The Ministry of Community Services is behind schedule in their consideration of the funding applications. According to ministry spokesperson Kathy Vinton, a decision is expected in the coming months.

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A Day in Court The following individual was sentenced in Adult Criminal Court in Cranbrook on August 13th before the Honourable Judge D.C. Carlgren. • Jeffrey M. Ukalchuk was sentenced to nine months in jail and one year of probation, and was prohibited from driving for five years on a charge of operating a vehicle or vessel with more than 80 mg of alcohol in the bloodstream. On a second charge of operating a motor vehicle while disqualified, Mr. Ukalchuk was sentenced to an additional nine months in jail, another year of probation and prohibited from driving for five years. The following individuals were sentenced in Adult Criminal Court in Invermere before the Honourable Judge D.C. Carlgren on August 21st. • David G. Fraser, a siding installer from Calgary, received a $1,000 fine, a Victim Surcharge of $150 and was prohibited from driving for a period of two years on a charge of operating a vehicle or vessel with more than 80 mg of alcohol in the bloodstream. The court heard that Mr. Fraser was observed by police on Athalmer Road swerving, and cutting sharply from side to side. After pulling the defendant over, the officer observed: “You’re impaired,” Mr. Fraser responded, “I know.” Judge Carlgren noted that it was Mr. Fraser’s third alcohol-related offence before pronouncing his sentence. Mr. Fraser accepted full responsibility for the offence, stating that he intended to rejoin Alcoholics Anonymous. “I can only thank God that (RCMP Corporal) Dale Morgan pulled me over when he did,” Mr. Fraser told the court. “I am fully prepared to be accountable for what I’ve done.” • Derek A. Hutchinson pleaded guilty to a charge of operating a vehicle or vessel with more than 80 mg of alcohol in the bloodstream in an incident that occurred in Burns Lake, B.C., when police pulled him over for a malfunctioning tail light. “I made my bed and now I’ll sleep in it,” he told the court. Judge Carlgren fined Mr. Hutchinson $800, a $120 Victim Surcharge, and disqualified him from driving for one year. • Treck F. Wood was prohibited from possessing firearms for five years on an application to limit access to firearms in the interest of public safety.

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2007 Columbia Valley Ballfest SWINGERS — A team calling itself Balls Out took top honours from a field of eight teams entered in the first annual Columbia Valley Ballfest Mixed Slow-pitch Tourney on Saturday and Sunday at the Lions’ Park at the crossroads. Clockwise from top left, a member of the Humdingers enjoys a double; Christine Bay of the Ringers waiting to be hit home; Devyn Jeffery coaches her Humdingers during a second-round game; libations were standard equipment on field two; Steven Cain warms up in the batter’s box before a turn at bat.

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Mixed Slow-Pitch Tourney

HEAVY HITTERS —Top left, Erica Baltrus swings for the Flaming Red Merkins. Above, MarieClaude Jobin covers second base for the Humdingers. At bottom left, players shake hands after a game between the Ringers and the Legends. Bottom right, Lenny Laframboise of the Humdingers looks to the third-base coach for direction. The 2007 Columbia Valley Ballfest was hosted by Fundamental Event Marketing with the support of Bud’s Bar & Lounge, Lauron Holdings Ltd., AG Valley Foods, Hoodoo Grill & Hoodoo Mountain Resort; and Copper Point Golf Club.

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Green Zone column over until next spring By Harold Hazelaar

Land Act: Notice of Intention to Apply for a Disposition of Crown Land FrontCounter BC Cranbrook has accepted an application made by The Beaches Property Development Ltd., 11 Tuscany Hills Terrace NW, Calgary, AB on behalf of the Integrated Land management Bureau (ILMB), Kootenay Region, for a Licence of Occupation for the purpose of a commercial marina (0.3654 hectares) situated on Provincial Crown foreshore in the vicinity of Windermere Lake, adjacent to upland parcel Lot 1, DL 8, KD, Plan NEP80948. The ILMB File Number established for this application is 4404527. Written comments concerning this application should be directed to the Natural Resource Officer at FrontCounter BC, 1902 Theatre Road, Cranbrook BC, V1C 7G1 or email to www.lwbc.cranbrook@ Comments will be received by FrontCounter BC until September 20, 2007. FrontCounter BC may not be able to consider comments received after this date. Please refer to our website and follow the link to Crown Land Applications – Applications and Reason for Decision Database for more information.

Wow, I can’t believe how time flies. It seems like only a couple months ago that I was golfing on Maui in Hawaii and being one of the spectators of the Mercedes Championship at Kapalua, watching Vijay Singh and Adam Scott battle it out in the first PGA Tour event of the year. It actually was early January! Now it is the end of August and golf season here in the valley will start winding down over the next few weeks. Tomorrow, Tom Brooks and I will host our ninth annual Contractors’ Golf Tournament, played this year at Radium Resort. Always played on the last Saturday of August, it is a sure sign of the beginning of the end for another year of golf. Over the years, this little tournament has grown from about 40 players to close to 80. The focus is definitely more about fun than playing good golf, but we do manage to come up with some very nice prizes and even offer three or four Hole-In-One prizes worth a thousand bucks or more every year. I would like to thank all of our prize donors for their generous support each year, especially Home Hardware, Bighorn Resort and Marble Canyon Resort and of course Hi-Heat Insulating. Plus, I must thank all the players, who by registering to play, are actually contributing to my personal

retirement fund each year! Donna and I really, really appreciate that!! This year, I did manage to play just about every week, except for the three straight months of rain we had from April through June! I got to play frequently with Donna, I played with Casey and even with Mom, plus several times with work clients and buddies, so I guess I can’t complain too much. All the different courses I played this year, 19 by my count, were in excellent condition and I enjoyed them all. Most of them I have told you about and the ones I didn’t mention were because my game sucked that day, and I choose to forget everything about it. I have also enjoyed writing this column for you each week. I do not try to be too serious with it very often and I hope I was able to bring a smile or chuckle your way once in a while. If I didn’t, I promise to try harder next year! Or not! Until then, keep your head down and remember to follow through. The Green Zone Quote of the Week is by U.S. President, Ulysses S. Grant: “It does look like very good exercise, but what is the little white ball for?”

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Tap dancing for Keira Four local tap dancers performed recently at the Invermere Farmers’ Market, and donated $230 to the Neal family. They are, from left: Graham Kinley, Melyssa Hecher, Michelle Jensen and Dominique Jensen. All four dance with Aspire Dance Academy here in Invermere. The four have been dancing together since 1997.

Swim club dives into fall Submitted It’s starting to feel as if summer is ending and that’s OK for the Columbia Valley Swim Club. “We’re getting ready for a new and exciting fall/ winter season and are kicking it off with the return of Karen Fahrni and the Rookie camp,” says swim coordinator Nicci Mellis. In case you are wondering what Rookie camp is all about, it just the beginning of the swim season at Radium Hot Pools. Rookie camp is offered to swimmers level 5 and up for the week of August 27-31. It’s a great opportunity to introduce younger swimmers to the world of recreational and competitive swimming. The five-day camp focuses on learning to streamline, attempting flip turns and race starts, and trying all four competitive strokes. There will be games, drills and fun activities to help young swimmers get excited about the sport.

“Swimming is just a great activity. It’s gentle on the body and uses every muscle, and it’s a sport that can be done for life,” says Nicci. Starting in September, the club is welcoming Sonia Otis. She will be coaching the pre-competitive and competitive swimmers for the Columbia Valley. We will be offering programs for the younger swimmers as well as those who know how to swim. The swim club focuses on developing and learning new skills, increasing strength and stamina and discovering what it means to be a competitive swimmer. In addition, the club will be offering Red Cross Swim pre-school classes and Master’s programs throughout the fall and winter. To find out more information about upcoming classes and events you can visit our website, To register please contact Nicci Mellis at or by phone at 3479562.

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Paving begins on road to Panorama By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff

A washout in late spring destroyed this portion of Toby Creek Road. Photo by Cayla Gabruck

Visitors to Panorama Mountain Village will have a much smoother drive as Toby Creek Road is scheduled to be completely re-paved by early October. The construction is slated to begin in the next two weeks and will cost roughly two million dollars. “The goal is to improve ride quality and reduce maintenance costs,” said Jeremy Zandbergen, a district engineer with the B.C. Ministry of Transportation in Cranbrook. The proposed changes include drainage improvements, base repairs, improved ditching and replacing the tired old guard rails. The proposed paving is planned to go from Muskrat Road right up to Panorama. However, the paving is only a short term fix for the complete reconstruction of the road, planned for sometime in the near future.

“It’s great, especially with the World Cup coming up,” said Haley Wilson, media contact for Panorama Mountain Village. “We know we will have a much better road up the mountain and it will be a much smoother drive.” Full-time Panorama residents Clare Marshall and Nancy Brush, who drive their children to school every day, say they are relieved that the road’s poor conditions are finally being dealt with. “It’s well needed and it’s been a long time coming,” Nancy said. “For us personally as a family we are really happy they are going to improve it,” Clare said. “The road is pretty decrepit in parts.” Mr. Zandbergen said that the road will not be closed because of the construction. However, it will be restricted to single lane alternating traffic, which may cause considerable traffic delays.


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Panorama resort planning busy season best equipment is grooming long cruisers to perfection. In addition to skiing and boarding, Panorama offers a host of guest activities, Put simply, last year was epic. It including a new dog-sledding program. was a record snow season, and for Two-hour tours allow guests to familiarguests, this meant day after day of ize themselves with the dogs and learn the powder. With the return of winter, basics of mushing. Interested participants skiers and boarders will notice several are encouraged to drive the team home improvements aimed at making their themselves! The tour can also be booked as mountain experience even better. a snowmobile/dog-sledding combo. This year, we start winter off Solspa is now offering a terrific sewith a bang! On November 24th lection of body care products, includand 25th, Panorama Mountain Viling hand-made soaps, lotions, and facial lage hosts the FIS Alpine Ski World products. All products are from Canadian Cup, with Ladies’ Giant Slalom and companies. Slalom events to be held on Hay FePanorama’s signature slopeside lodging ver and Old Timer. Athletes from See Panorama Mountain Village in summer by taking a ride on the chair lift. is looking better than ever. Condominiaround the world will participate in Photo by Cayla Gabruck ums in Ski Tip, Tamarack, and Panorama the races, which will be broadcast to Springs have been repainted and rental over 30 countries to 35 million-plus ing on steep runs, we installed an advanced line floodcondos will be equipped with DVD players. viewers each day. ing system,” explains Director of Mountain OperaAlready recognized for efforts in the area of enviVolunteers for Panorama’s World Cup event earn tions, Brad Brush. This computerized system starts up credit towards participation in the Vancouver 2010 automatically in minutes when temperatures are cold. ronmental stewardship, Panorama continues to proWinter Olympic Games. Hay Fever was also widened for the World Cup, mote sustainable slope initiatives. For the first time, the mountain map is printed on recycled paper. Panorama’s Snowmaking Department worked enhancing recreational skiing and boarding. Panorama Mountain Village looks forward to anhard this summer to prepare Hay Fever for the World With the purchase of a third BR-350 Snowcat, Cup. “Due to the operational challenges of snowmak- Panorama’s fleet continues to grow, ensuring that the other great season. See you on the slopes! Submitted by Haley Wilson Panorama Mountain Village

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Shuswap Band opposes sale of Panorama Resort By Brian Geis Pioneer Staff The Shuswap Indian Band issued a press release this week stating that the band directly opposes any transfer of any Crown licences, leases, permits, or tenures issued to Intrawest Corporation, the current owner of Panorama Mountain Resort, until historic and ongoing damages to their land rights have been addressed. Panorama General Manager Mark Woodburn denied a report in The Calgary Sun, quoting Invermere Mayor Mark Shmigelsky as stating that the sale of Panorama to Urbacon Corporation of Ontario is a done deal. Mr. Woodburn said Intrawest has entered into exclusive negotiations with Urbacon, but that the deal is still in the due diligence phase. The Shuswap Band is attempting to assert retroactively the Crown’s duty to consult and accommodate the band with respect to the ongoing operation, as well as the transfer and sale of Panorama Resort, operated upon and within traditional Shuswap territory. “The Crown breached its duty to consult and accommodate the Shuswap Indian Band when the Crown initially granted licences, permits, and approvals under a Master Development Agreement when they initially set up the resort,” Shuswap Chief Paul Sam was quoted in the press release. The Shuswap also assert that the Crown has a continued duty to consult with the Shuswap in dealings associated with Crown approvals operated as Panorama Resort, and confirm that if the Crown proceeds with approvals or consents associated with transferring Panorama Resort in the absence of fulfilling the past and continued duty to consult the Shuswap, the Crown will perpetuate the impacts on the Shuswap and the infringement. “The Crown cannot be allowed to perpetuate an historic and ongoing breach of the duty to consult the Shuswap. They must address these past infringements before moving forward to designing and engaging in a direct and meaningful consultation and accommodation process with respect to Intrawest’s proposed

transfer and sale of Panorama,” Chief Sam explained. According to the band’s position, Panorama lies within the traditional territory of the Shuswap Indian Band and has suffered significant impacts on the rights and title of the Shuswap, including disrupting the Shuswap’s preferred use of their traditional territory. Panorama is operated on land that is situated directly within and upon the trapline area of the Shuswap. “We are currently seeking advice from our legal counsel to determine what actions we may take against the Crown for past infringements of our aboriginal rights and title with respect to the operation of Panorama Resort on our traditional territory,” said Chief Sam. In a recent letter to the province, he stated: “Until historic and ongoing infringements of their aboriginal rights, title and interests have been adequately addressed and the duty to consult fulfilled, it is necessary to withhold our consent to the transfer of Panorama by Intrawest.” Mr. Woodburn said the issue is outside his realm of expertise and that any problems the Shuswap have are between the Shuswap Band and the province. Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts spokesman Charles Suenderman said his department, which administers resort tenures on Crown land, confirmed a meeting this week with a delegation from the Shuswap Band to discuss the matter. “The Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts staff met with the Shuswap Indian Band Tuesday to discuss the proposed assignment of the Panorama Master Development Agreement. This was the second meeting in that regard,” he said. “The ministry expects to enter into a consultation agreement with the band so that the province may satisfy its duty to consult by determining the potential impacts of the assignment on the band’s aboriginal interests. The tone of the meeting was positive and respectful among all those present.” According to Mr. Suenderman, the province must approve the transfer of the Master Development Agreement for Panorama Mountain Resort when the sale becomes final. Mr. Woodburn said he hopes to be able to make announcement about the sale in about a month.

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Cathy’s Workshop: putting away your tools By Cathy Dalrymple The kids will be gearing up soon, I can tell. It’s on every television station and in every flyer; they’re going back to school. Although this may be a celebratory time for many parents, it also means the end of summer. Packing away those floaties and putting the boat away for another year. This task is more daunting to those of you who are summer residents and need to pack it up until next year. Well, don’t forget about your tools, odd bits of hardware and other home repair essentials. In order to make an easy transition back to your cottage to-do list next year, you need to organize your projects. This applies all year round, but if you must leave a job unfinished it will be easier to get back to if you know where you left off. I like to put project pieces in a box or bucket and label it with the project, and include a note on what has been done or what I’m to do next. If, for example, you are repairing a piece of furniture you could put all the hardware together with a note of the stain used and the repairs made or any

special technique used on the project. I usually have half a dozen projects on the go at once and this helps me not confuse which hardware goes to which project. When I work around the house the same applies. Perhaps you are in the midst of changing light fixtures or are replacing switches with dimmers - you don’t want to be looking for those little screws or other ridiculously small pieces. By keeping a bucket next to your job, everything will stay together, and if you don’t finish the job, label the bucket so you can go to it at your next opportunity. Besides organizing specific jobs, you can make it easier on yourself by sorting hardware and fasteners in the same manner. When you get home from the hardware store with a brown paper bag of deck screws or nails, throw the bag away and put the fasteners in a tub. Old margarine tubs work well for small quantities

and plastic ice cream tubs are good for larger amounts. Take a marker and label the gauge and length of the fastener on the tub. I use the same approach to electrical and plumbing bits. If you keep like project pieces together, your search will be minimal next time you tackle a job. For plumbing jobs, keep Teflon tape and plumber’s glue in the kit with parts. For electrical jobs, keep electrical tape and wire cutters together with assorted mars fasteners. It is sort of like a first aid kit for each task. Be sure once again to label each bucket or bin. If you manage all your work projects this way, you will find you won’t be spending so much time searching for parts and more importantly, buying things you already have somewhere. This time saved can be used relaxing and going over that to-do list. Cathy Dalrymple is the owner operator of Toby Creek Custom Woodworking in Invermere. She is a custom designer and builder of furniture and cabinets. Cathy also restores and refinishes furniture. She is a regular contributor to Canadian Home Workshop. Call 342-3022 or e-mail

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4846 Holland Creek Ridge Rd. Invermere, BC V0A 1K0


Julie St. Amand (250) 342-5564 or cell (250) 688-5564 Email:


Sunday, 12 noon – 10 p.m. Monday – Wednesday, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Thursday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 a.m. Saturday, 12 noon – 4 a.m.


250-342-5262 Serving Golden to Cranbrook, Banff and Lake Louise



Phone: (403) 287-0144 Fax: (403) 287-2193 #200, 6125 - 11 Street S.E. Calgary, AB T2H 2L6

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

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


• Dangerous Tree Removal • Tree Topping & Disposal • Pruning • Hedge Trimming • Lot Clearing

Al Smith

Cell: (250) 342-5850 email:

(250) 342-2611

The only place t’s w he re i 30 minute circuit training for women only.

cool to be a loser!

Now Open 24/7 What are you weighting for?


Verna Jones • pacegal@ • Tel: 342-6010

Now taking bookings for cleaning and repairs!


Phone: (250) 342-9866 Fax: (250) 342-9869 Email:

Box 423 Invermere, BC V0A 1K0



Construction Ltd.

Columbia Valley District

Phone: (250) 342-2195 Cell: (250) 341-1288

• Topsoil • Sand • Gravel Owner/Operator

Independent Consultant

STEVE GUTSCHE, Project Manager

Phone: (250) 341-7388

VJ (Butch) Bishop

Serving the Columbia Valley “Place orders, Host a party, Fundraising, Replacements and Warranties”


Marie Mason

25+ Years Experience

(250) 341-1012


Mabe Mason

Smitty’s Tree Service

Valley Wide

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a reliable contact person for your BC home?

M&M Cleaning Services

Bob Mashford, President

Phone: (250) 341-7188 or (403) 923-2427 Fax: (403) 720-5789




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


at Mustard Seed Health Foods,

(250) 341-6888

#103 Parkside Place, 901 7th Avenue, Invermere, BC


Please phone (250) 342-2552 for an appointment


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SPOTTED HORSE ENTERPRISES Compact Excavator Services Harvey Harris

Phone: (250) 347-9108 Mobile (250) 688-0272


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Edgewater, BC

Telephone (250) 342-4426

(Next to the Skookum Inn)

Structural Integration Deep Tissue Bodywork Movement Education – Dialogue

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CertiďŹ ed Hellerwork Practioner

locally owned and operated


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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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Columbia Valley Oldtimers Hockey C.V.O.H.A. Wednesday Night Hockey League 2007/2008

Ages: 35 & up (must be 35 before Dec. 31/07) • Deadline for registration Tuesday, Sept. 4/07 • Annual General Meeting - Wednesday, Sept. 5/07 7 pm arena mezzanine • Shinny game following AGM, Sept. 5/07 • 9 - 10 pm • League play begins Wednesday, Sept.12/07 • Attend the AGM to vote on important changes to our constitution.


Must be received with completed form prior to Tuesday, September 4/07 to be eligible to play. Cheque may be post-dated no later than October 31/07.

MAIL TO: C.V.O.H.A., Box 323, Windermere, BC V0B 2L0 or DROP OFF AT: Home Hardware Building Supplies, D.R. Sports or Inside Edge Name: ______________________________________________________________ Address: ____________________________________________________________ Phone: ________________________________ Date of Birth: ________________ Position:_______________________________ Years of Experience: __________

Anyone interested in entering as a team or an individual in the Keira Neal Benefit Hockey Tournament September 7–9. Please call Glen Sage at 342-3015 or Grant Kelly at 342-7318 HOT DOGGING - Jack Crook, 8, son of Edward Crook and Marie Tourangeau of Invermere, enjoys a hot dog served by Sonia Kinney at the Bank of Montreal Barbecue in support of the Windermere Valley Fire Department on Wednesday, August 22. Photo by Cayla Gabruck

Tel. 342-0707 Email:

NEW SHIPMENT HAS ARRIVED Quality antique furniture and collectibles from Canada, Europe and Asia. Architectural items for home & garden.

Open Seven Days a Week Monday - Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Sunday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm Invermere Industrial Park (just off the road to Panorama)



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We wish to thank the Gagatek family, Cst. Robert Parsons, Kirk Pitaulis, Jason Steinke, Shawn Jestley, Tony Woods, and the staff at Strand’s Old House Restaurant, our friends, neighbors, and the community for their kindness and support during our recent loss.

Sincere thanks to everyone who called and sent cards and flowers following our loss of a much loved Husband , Dad, Uncle, and Grandpa: Lawrence Bergen. We will cherish our memories of him always. Special thanks to the Lions club and the Lady Lions for their help with the reception in honor of Lawrence. All of us would like to express our appreciation for the condolences and hugs we have received at this sad time.

Understanding your dreams: Increase your immediate and long term serenity. Enhance your self-acceptance and so improve all your relationships. Learn a proven formula to Recall, Record and Understand the important information in your dreams.

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

Executive type house on Toby Creek Road (near town), Solarium, steam room, etc., N/S. Suitable for working lady. Owner travels considerably. $1,000/month. Stan 341-3134.

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.

The Family of Robert Futa.

PETS Needed foster homes for cats. If interested please call Lana at ICAN at 342-5859. For Sale: Female Pom-Bichon Cross Pup. Small, Sweet, 3 ½ months, second shots, vet check. $425.00. Phone 342-6200.

The Bergen & Lazette Families

PETS Kittens To Give Away! Ready to Go! Call 342-6967.

Thursdays: 7:30 PM. Fairmont Vacation villas.55% off Season Special $30.00 per person. Men, women, teens 14 +. To preregister (250)342-8947 or info@ subject: dreams.

COMMERCIAL SPACE FOR RENT 1100 sq. ft. – behind dry cleaners. Avail – Sept. 1, 2207. $600/month + GST + utilities. Call 342-6790 to view. For Lease on Main Street in Radium, 2500 sq.ft. commercial or office space with a view. Call Cathaleen at 347-9631, 3479848.

OBITUARY Mettie Elizabeth Charette

OBITUARY Foyston, Lillian Grace Foyston, Lillian Grace (nee Blake) passed away peacefully at Invermere District Hospital on August 15, 2007 at the age of 85. Predeceased by Tom Foyston in 1996, by her mother Mary Blake in 1955, her father Alec Blake in1990, her sister Jean Kemble in 1988 and her brother Jack Blake in 2001. Lillian will be lovingly remembered by her daughter Linda (Marvin) Bidinger, son Don (Jackie) Foyston and daughter Kyle (Gordon) Kellough, sister Dorothy Cameron of Westbank, B.C. Grandchildren Shannon (Keith) Kendall, Ross Bidinger, Keith (Carissa) Foyston, Fred Foyston, Shane Foyston and Erin Kellough. Great grandchildren Michael, Meghan, Ryan, Matthew Bidinger, Jesse Kendall Cameron Foyston, Courtney and Caitlin Bjornson. Lillian was born on February 11, 1922 at Rapid City, Manitoba. She came to Invermere with her family in 1932 at the age of 10. They arrived at Delphine Lodge in Wilmer and they stayed there for one week before moving into Invermere where they resided at the old Experimental Farm which is now the site of the Catholic Church. Lillian lived in Invermere the rest of her life and raised her children there. She worked at the Town and Country Dress Shop, Robinson’s Store, and The Food Basket. She also leaves behind many friends from her school days, Lakeview Manor and Columbia Gardens. Also many nieces and nephews whose visits she enjoyed over the years. A tea with light refreshments will be held on Sunday August 26, 2007 at the Columbia Garden Village from 2 P.M. – 4 P.M. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

Mettie Elizabeth Charette (nee Dalke) was born July 7, 1927, and raised near the small farming community of Leroy, Saskatchewan. She passed away August 10th , 2007 at the home of her recently deceased son (Greg) in Stony Plain, Alberta. Growing up in Saskatchewan with her 7 brothers and sisters, Mettie developed a love for nature and the outdoors. She received her early education in Illinois, SK and completed school in Leroy. Initially she was a nurse, along with her sister Ruth and worked in Toronto where she met her husband of 57 years, Leo. She had many different careers in her lifetime: nurse, factory worker, Christmas treeing, and finally, for many years, in the tourist industry feeding many in the valley. Together Mettie and Leo raised 7 children, first in Saskatchewan and then in the Windermere Valley. Mettie was known for her kindness and generosity towards all sorts of strays…from lost pets to friends of her children: lots of valley children grew up calling her “Aunt Mettie”. Mettie and Leo’s home always reflected her love of gardening; she had wonderful displays of roses, begonias and geraniums. And as well as gardening, she and Leo enjoyed this valley by spending many wonderful weekends at White Swan, fishing and enjoying the beautiful setting with close friends. Mettie was predeceased by two sons: Ron in 2001 and Greg in May of this year. She leaves behind her husband Leo, sons Glen (Michelle), Rick, Roddy (Dana), and Bradley and daughter Cindy (Tim). She had 26 grandchildren 5 great grandchildren. Her remaining siblings – Ruth Gionette, Wes (Dorothy) Dalke, Adele (Archie), Cole and Roscoe (Helen) Dalke and her sisterin-law Aggie, Barb and Hazel – will also miss her. A family service was held Sunday August 19 at Invermere District Cemetery followed by tea in Mettie’s garden.

Furnished or unfurnished room for rent in shared 2 bdrm, ½ duplex in Black forest Heights. $500/month. $250 DD. Available Sept. 1st , call 341-7063.

SUITE FOR RENT Available Oct. 1st. 3 Bdrm. basement suite. Close to downtown Invermere on tenth. Fireplace, D/W, storage, $950/ month plus 1/2 utilities. Damage deposit. 342-9334. Unit for rent in Windermere, 2 bdrm, all appliances, includes washer/dryer, wood stove, has large deck and large front/back yard. $995/mth call (403) 8034540, 1 Bdrm walk-out.Lakeview Road, Invermere. Fully furnished. W/D, N/S, N/P, Available Sept 1, $695 plus 1/3 hydro. $350 Damage deposit. References. 342-7245. CONTRACTORS: Self contained cabins by the week or month. (250) 345-6365 Fairmont Bungalows. 2/3 bedroom walk-out, very clean, bright, tile, W/D. N/S, N/P, references. $1100. Close to beach and all amenities in Invermere. 342-8388, or 6887798. Available Sept.1.

CONDO FOR RENT 2 Bdrm. 1 ½ bath condo in Canal Flats. Available Sept. 1. 403873-8158. Condo for Rent. 2 bedrooms with bonus room and garage in Black Forest for Sept. 1st . End unit with extras. 342-3826.

HOME FOR RENT Furnished 3 bedroom – black Forest Heights. Available: Sept. 1, 2007 to March 31, 2008. Contact Rhonda for details: 3420562. 5 bdrm. house in Windermere near the beach, double garage, small pets okay. Available Oct 1st . $1900/month. Call 3423630 or 403-389-9499. Windermere: 2 bdrm. furnished, adult, N/S, N/P, references required. Oct.1st to May 30th. Monthly or full term. $900.00 plus DD, plus util. 342-6368. Invermere, 2 bdrm. ½ duplex, 4 appliances, N/S, N/P, 5 mins. to downtown. $1,100/ month plus util. References. 403-874-0483


3 bedroom bungalow in Invermere. Mountain view, 2 car garage, carport, large shed Phone (250) 342-6197 $549,900

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P IONEER C LASSIFIEDS OFFICE SPACE FOR RENT 4,000 sq ft. space available in Chisel Peak Centre at $6–$8/ sq. ft. plus triple net. Contact Francois, 342-5899

HOME FOR SALE Lovely 3 bdrm, 3 bath house. Open concept, hardwood floors, tiled baths, large jetted tub. Family room with woodstove. Gorgeous mountain views. 2 mins. from Kinsmen Beach. A must see. 250-342-7396. $459,000. Open House Sat 1-3. Three-bedroom home with loft and self-contained basement suite. Three years old. Call 3426649 for details. Newer 2400+ sq. ft. 3-bedroom and den. On Columbia River, Fairmont Hot Springs. For more information visit website, www. (250) 3456350 3 bedroom home. Full basement. Between Invermere and Radium. New exterior paint. View by appointment. Call 250424-5518. Edgewater, 5 bedrooms, 3baths, garage, hot tub, privacy deck. Home 347-2270. House for Sale. 1629 Woodlane, Windermere, BC. $310,000.00. Call 250-498-6298.

ACREAGES & LOTS For Sale or Lease,10 minutes north of Invermere. 80 Acres, 2800 sq. ft. house, garage, and Quonset. Large creek runs through property. The well has 200 g.p.m. For more info contact Larry at 132 acres between Cranbrook and Kimberly, panoramic view, quiet location, close to skiing and golf. $499,000 plus GST. 250-422-9201.






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.

Commercial cappuccino machine, coffee grinder, and coffee brewer. $600.00 for all. 342-2552 Days, 342-5596 Eves.

2003 Volkswagen Jetta 1.8 Turbo station wagon. 103,000 km, fully loaded with leather, heated seats, sunroof and more. Alloy wheels, nearly new tires, includes winter tires on rims. Excellent condition, faithfully maintained, asking $14,900 OBO. Please call 342-2115.

CHEAP secondhand car needed by end of September, good runaround, excellent fuel economy, $1,000-$2,000. Email Rachel at: rachelpinder@yahoo.

ODD JOBS ENT HAULING Gargage, brush and construction disposal. Mulch deliveries. Call Dale Hunt at 342-3569

Fully serviced 60’ x 135’ lot in Edgewater. Beautiful view of the Rockies. $120,000. Call 3479813 or 341-1581. New lots along Crescentwood coming. Commercial lots available NOW for less! Acreage west of town – Edgewater Developments. 347-9660,

MISC. FOR SALE 31 sheets of glass shelving, $200.00 call 342-3630.

U-BLT, 4x5’6” 1’ sides, all painted, lights, 15” wheels. Good shape; takes a “ton” 341-6043. Cultured Stone, 400 square feet and 100 linear feet of sil-stone. Asking $2200.00 OBO. (250) 345-6350.

VEHICLE FOR SALE 1990 F250 4x4 Custom Vehicle. Standard shift, crew cab, long box, premium condition. 116,00 km, $5,500. Stan 341-3134. 2005 CRF-150. Low hours, renthal bars. $2900. 342-5952. 1995 Yamaha RT – 180. Runs. $350. 342-5952. 2004 CRF- 450R. Too much to list. Must see. $5500.00 3425952.

Casio digital PS-20. Earphones, near new $400 firm. Yamaha digital piano, touch, earphones, seat, near new, $1,800 firm. Stan, 341-3134.

2000 Ford F-150, regular cab, 4X4, 8-ft box and canopy. 143,000 km, $10,500.00. 3423207.

Schwinn mountain bike. New, Tim Hortons Ltd. Edition. $800.00 firm. Stan 341-3134.

1986 ¾ Ton Ford Diesel. $700. OBO. Motivated to sell. 3429045.

New pellet stove for $1,300.00. Electric fireplace $100.00. 3429044.

2003 Jeep TJ 80,000 Km, 40l, 6 cyl, 5 speed, factory 4” lift kit. $2000 stereo system. $17,500 firm. 347-2270.

Bunk Bed, double on bottom, single on top. W/mattress. $275. Call 342-0118. 45 gallon, tall fish tank, nice stand, complete, w/heater, filter, lights, and misc. items. $250. 342-5952. Two sofa beds, good shape. $95. each 341-6043.

$10,000,000 in vehicle inventory. Go to to view complete inventor y.

2007 Ford Freestar S Van. V6. 4.2 liter FWD, 7 passenger, automatic, silver, A/C, P/S. P/W, roof rack, power locks, warranty package. No cash, assume $435/ mo through Ford credit (OAC). 60 mo plan. 9 mo paid, 26,000 km plus; 4 goodyear Ultra Grip Ice winter tires. Front/rear rubber floor mats. Rubber cargo cover. Excellent condition. Call 3420399. 1996 Chev Corsica 4 door, A/C, P/S, non-smokers, low Km. Excellent condition. 5,000 OBO. Please call 342-5220 days, 3423838 evenings. 1985 BMW 735I, loaded, no winters, excellent condition. Must see. $8000 OBO 489-0872. 1990 Cutlass Ciera SL. 4 door, low kilometres, fully powered, well kep, excellent condition. Must see. Phone 347-9325.

MOTOR HOME FOR SALE 1986 Chev Motor Home Frontier. New motor, new heavy duty transmission. 97,000 original km. Propane and gas, mint condition, must see. $12,500.00. 342-5952.

WANTED: NEW BRIT IN TOWN looking to rent one-bed furnished apartment or room in shared house from late September until June. Nonsmoker. References available. Email: rachelpinder@yahoo. Clean “gravel” fill delivered to Industrial Park. Will assist in trucking costs. Phone Leo 3423134.


SAVE UP TO 19% On Gas or Diesel

Reduce emissions by 30% Call Wolf @ (250) 688-0044 http://www.4planetearth. com/wolf

SERVICES SPECIAL DISCOUNTS ON AIR CONDITIONING Book your A/C or Heat Pump by July 6th and receive a special discount. Call today. TOTAL HEATING SYSTEMS Full Heating & Ventilation Systems 342-1167

BOATS FOR SALE 2005 Crowling 180BR, 135HP, Volvo Penta. Matching Prestige Trailer, wake board tower, low hours, all covers and bimini top included. New boat has arrived. Must sell. Cost $33,000.00, asking $26,500.00. 403-5360397.


Interior and exterior, new homes and existing, quality woodwork finishing, lacquers, staining and clearcoating. Call Barry. 342-0572, Windermere.

Chimney Sweeping for clean burning woodstoves and fireplaces. Don’t wait until It’s too late. Call Clarke 342-6443. Phil’s Carpentry- Everything from roofs to decks, completion of basement & bathrooms. Phone 341-8033 cell or 3428474 home. Not on valley time.

CHILD CARE After school in Windermere required for a 5 year old boy. 1:30- 2:30. Monday – Thursday. 342-5004 / 341-5813.

CAREERS Store Clerks needed. Must be enthusiastic and enjoy people. $13/hour, store discounts and advancement opportunities. Apply in person to Invermere Petro-Canada*. Part-time position at Valley Fitness Centre, weekend and evening shifts. $10/hr. Apply in person with resume. 342-2131. Part-time front desk position at Pleiades Massage and Spa. Call 347-2100. Part-time or full-time cook wanted. Starting at $15.00 / hour. Call 341-7333. Dusk Construction, a local framing company, is currently seeking framers and labourers. We offer excellent wages and benefit package. Please fax resume to 250-345-2191 or email to Fitz Flooring requires full-time, experienced, blind sales and window covering specialist. Call 342-6649

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Home Care, Part-Time for elderly gentleman. Call 347-0743.

Legal-MacDonald Thomas Law Office Requires friendly. Efficient, detail-oriented, multi-tasker immediately for receptionist position – permanent, full-time – salary DoE. Submit resume by fax: 250-342-3237 / by mail: Box 2400, Invermere, V0A 1K0.

Chamber Maid required. Full or part time. Rate $10- $12 per hour plus bonus. Apply in person to Motel Tyrol at 5016 Highway #93 Radium or phone 347-9402. Ask for Duane or Myrna.

Dishwasher, part-time, or full-time, evenings. Apply in person to Tony Wood at Strand’s Restaurant, 342-6344.

Windermere Valley Shared Ministry is seeking permanent, part-time Office Assistant. Contact Christ Church Trinity for info and job description, 3426644. Send resume to Box 700, Invermere, V0A 1K0. Journeyman/Woman electrician position available September 1st in Invermere. Residential experience an asset. $30.00 to $34.00 per hour plus benefits. Please send resumes to 1-866673-5175. Bobcat and operator for hire. Experienced and responsible. Call Carl at 342-7333

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

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. Experience preferred but willing to train. Apply to Sydney-Anne at AG Valley Foods, 906 – 7th Avenue, Invermere, BC or call (250) 342-3330.




at Meet on Higher Ground Coffee House, Radium Hot Springs Two openings: • 1 full-time permanent (5 days / week, Tuesday to Saturday) • 1 part-time permanent (3-4 days / week, varying/flexible) • Starting between $9 & 11/hr with 3 month review • Benefits available after 3 months employment • Positions available immediately


Preferred Qualifications/Duties: • Mature hire • Service industry experience • Food prep & service

Pioneer Classieds

For information and to apply call 347-6567 or email Just a reminder… The classified deadline is 12 noon Tuesday.

Automotive Sales Representative Required Established franchised car dealer is looking for a sales representative for their proposed new location. Fantastic opportunity for the right candidate, must be self motivated with great people skills and a dedication to customer satisfaction. Training allowance, demo allowance, salary guarantee and health benefits available. Above average earnings and potential for advancement. Please send resumes to: The Columbia Valley Pioneer Invermere, Fax: (250) 341-6229 • E-mail: or The Golden Star Fax: (250) 344-7344 • E-mail:

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.

Positions for September 2007 Looking for an opportunity to earn some extra money and to join a team of outstanding service providers? Eagle Ranch Golf Course is looking to hire individuals in the following departments for the month of September:

• • • •

Beverage Cart Servers Customer Care Golf Shop Restaurant Hostess

• Restaurant Servers • Turf Maintenance • Kitchen – Line Cooks and Prep Cooks

We offer competitive wages, a complete staff uniform and golf privileges at one of the most beautiful golf courses in the country! Full-time and part-time positions available.

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

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P IONEER C LASSIFIEDS Ferrier’s Waterscapes Inc.


is looking for an experienced landscape person for September and October.

Please call 341-1589

Invermere Inn

COME JOIN OUR TEAM We are now accepting resumes for these positions: • Wait servers • Bartenders • Housekeeping/Room Attendant $12/hr. to start • Line cooks $12/hr. to start Contact: Todd Mitchell 341-1946 or 342-9246 or drop off resume at front desk, 1310, 7th Ave

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A wedding in the rain By Lisa M. Rohrick Last Saturday was a big day for Gazoul, the young man who cleans my house every Wednesday morning. It was his wedding day. As his employer, I got the job of transporting the bride in my car. Try to erase your mental images of a decorated church filled with family and friends, and my car pulling up in front with the bride in her gown. That’s not quite the way it works here. The religious ceremony actually took place around 8 o’clock Saturday morning, with neither the bride nor groom present. I wasn’t present either. But I can tell you what happened, since I’ve been to a few of these. A crowd gathered at Gazoul’s older sister’s house, the imam (Muslim leader) said some prayers and that was it—they were married. The whole thing takes about five minutes. Every time I’ve gone to one of these, I’ve wondered why I bothered! The bride spent the day hiding out at the home of a family member in a village just out of the city. The groom spent the day hosting friends and family at his sister’s home. People came and went, dressed in their best robes, visiting and drinking tea. The atmosphere was festive. I stopped in for an hour or so. A big meal was served to whoever happened to be there in the middle of the afternoon when it was ready. Gazoul confirmed with me again that I would be there at 8 p.m. to go get the bride. Several vehicles would go, but he wanted her to ride in my car. I told him I planned on bringing my motorbike instead, to give her a memorable wedding night. The poor guy looked horrified until he realized I was joking! Our plans were interrupted at 7 p.m. when the skies opened and let loose a torrential downpour. I called Gazoul at 7:30 and asked him what we were going to do. He said he’d call me back when the rain stopped. Around 8:45, the rain slowed and he called and said the caravan was going. So off I went to meet with

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the others. Four vehicles finally left around 9:15 to go get the bride (my colleague Daniel’s and mine being two of them). It was still raining, but more gently. The roads were a terrible mess, with monstrous lake-like puddles everywhere. We arrived where the bride had spent the day, and waited around in the rain, getting totally soaked. Daniel and I stood talking while everyone else was rushing around doing whatever they were doing. An old lady came by waving her flashlight and yelling at us. Apparently we had committed the big offense of walking on her bean plants! Finally the bride’s baggage was brought out (including the traditional bed mattress—the bride can’t arrive without her bed, even in the rain). It got tied on top of one of the vehicles—at least it was partially wrapped in plastic! Then, at last, came the bride, entirely wrapped up in a sheet, being carried by one of the guys in our bridal-search party. He put her in the back of my car, two other women got in with her, and off we went. The bride cried all the way back to the party, which is also tradition, whether she feels like crying or not. We arrived around 10:30, with lights flashing and horns blowing. I felt a bit sorry for the neighbours until I got out of the car and heard that the party was already well underway. They’d set up a big tarp under which a well-known local band was playing very loud music, so the car horns probably didn’t disturb anyone after all! Some guys came running and carried the bride (still all wrapped up) into Gazoul’s sister’s house. She was taken into the bedroom and laid on a bed, where she spent the rest of the party with her girlfriends. I never did see her face. I stood around outside for awhile watching people dance under their umbrellas. And then Gazoul showed up, being escorted by some friends. He was wearing traditional robes and turban, and I wouldn’t have recognized him except for his voice! Daniel and I followed the guys into the house. They went into the bedroom, saw that the bride was there, then sat down in the living room. At that point I went home. The party would go well into the night. I imagine the couple were eventually left alone to do what newlyweds do, but I’d had enough. I was wet and tired, and my duty was done. Lisa Rohrick, formerly of Invermere, is a missionary in Niger, West Africa.

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Valley Churches


Change in a changeless world By Fraser Coltman St. Peter’s Lutheran Mission In a few weeks time our family will see our oldest child off to her new home – a dormitory room at Concordia University College of Alberta in Edmonton. For over a year now my wife and I and our five children have been preparing for this time of change. We are excited for our daughter, for this is a new chapter in her life as she prepares for a career in teaching (at least that is her goal for now). We are also anxious and sad because our family is in a time of change. Of course, every time is really a time of change, but we are more acutely aware of that now than we have been at other times. Change is really the one constant we live with in life. No day is ever really the same as the last. From our first moment to our last day we change: we are conceived, we grow, we are born, we learn, we fail, we fight, we give in, we celebrate, we mourn, we sleep, we work, we suffer, we heal, and finally we die. Change is unchanging. Yet despite the constancy of change in life, we long for stability. Most of us have a penchant for nostalgia, living with the wish that things might stay the same. Sometimes our desire for something other than change is simply motivated by fear, and we struggle to avoid the inevitable, to live in denial. But I believe there is more to that longing than mere fear. A great Christian thinker named Augustine once

prayed, “You have created us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” When we find ourselves struggling to accept life’s changes, and we feel like ships being blown back and forth by life’s billowing waves, we long for an anchor to hold us, something unchanging that we can count on. Whether we realize it or not, we long for God. And God longs for us. We were created to love and rely on God, yet none of us can ever really do that. We give ourselves to our ambitions and work. We rely on our achievements and possessions to give us value. But none of the things we naturally rely on in life can give us that stability for which we long. Possessions lose their value, or they can be stolen and broken. Our achievements don’t give us a sure sense of our worth; they are forgotten over time, eclipsed by the efforts of others. Nor do they tell the whole story of our lives, for all of us do things that cause us shame instead of pride. But God longs for us, and He has reached out to us to help us to find our rest in Him. He became a man named Jesus. By His life of teaching and healing He made it clear that God wants us to find our rest, to meet our longing for the Changeless, in Him. Jesus offered His life as a sacrifice to earn forgiveness for the wayward way that we give our love and trust to things that aren’t God. He rose from the dead to assure us that the way is open for us to return to the God who made us and find what evades us in this ever-changing world. God, His truth and justice and His mercy and love, does not change. If you are looking for some stability in your life, there are people in this community who can tell you more about the unchanging God who longs for us to find our rest in Him. I invite you to visit one of the Christian congregations in this area.

Rusting away This old truck, once belonging to the National Parks of Canada, according to the crest on the door, now lies in the summer sunshine near Edgewater, a colourful reminder of an active past.

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LAKE WINDERMERE ALLIANCE CHURCH 10:30 a.m. Sunday, August 26th – Celebration Sunday. Communion will be served. Children’s Program, for ages 30 months to age 12, during the morning service. 326 - 10th Avenue, Invermere • 342-9535 WINDERMERE VALLEY SHARED MINISTRY 8:30 a.m. August 26th – Edgewater – All Saints 10:30 a.m. August 26th - Invermere - Christ Church Trinity Noon August 26th - chili pot luck lunch - 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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