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Vol. 5/Issue 2
January 11, 2008
Serving The Upper Columbia Valley including Spillimacheen, Brisco, Edgewater, Radium, Invermere, Windermere, Fairmont and Canal Flats
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By Rachel Pinder Pioneer Staﬀ Skaters in Edgewater have been able to make the most of the new-look Frank’s Rink in the village, thanks to the eﬀorts of local residents. Shawn Ottmann, who is the yard manager at Home Hardware in Invermere, decided to resurrect the rink after Frank Schnider passed away. Shawn said Frank looked after the rink for many years, but nobody came forward to keep it going, so it was not properly maintained. Shawn got together with his neighbour Eric Friesen, Ken Smith, and Frank’s wife Erica Schnider to bring the rink back to life. “We ﬂooded the rink with water to make the ice last winter and used the Zamboni on loan from Canal Flats Arena to ﬁnish it oﬀ,” he said. “Over the summer, we repaired the rink’s surrounding boards by straightening them and re-fastening them.” Home Hardware and Radium Mill (Canadian Forest Products) donated wood and materials to make a seating area, and builders Jim Harrison and Eugene Meadows also helped make the improvements. They’ve also made a ﬁre pit with changing sheds and a porta-potty. The Edgewater Recreation Society helped to raise
money to spruce up the rink, and volunteers are still needed to help maintain it through the winter. Shawn moved to Edgewater four years ago with his wife Wendy and their daughters: Sidney, 16; and Tayler, 14. “We’ve had lots of great feedback and everyone has been really impressed with it. We’ve got an oval for kids and recreational skating which runs around the rink in the middle which is being used to play hockey. We haven’t got a team set up yet; it’s mainly being used for scrimmage,” Shawn said. “We’ve been getting a few kids coming along in the evenings, and there’s been a mixture of skaters, from young people to oldtimers. It’s been really popular over Christmas and I expect people will keep using the rink right until she melts. “We clean the rink every day and we try to ﬂood it as often as we can, at least once a week. The kids are really getting involved with helping to clean up, and some of the older kids have been showing up with quads and snowplows. “Everyone of any age is welcome to use the rink and it’s great to see it back in action,” Shawn said. Nine-year-old friends Tysen Krebs and Chase Striegel, from Edgewater Elementary School, were delighted to see the rink back in action. “I’m really pleased with the new rink, and I’ve been down here three days in a row this week,” Tysen said.
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January 11, 2008
Local trucker outruns near-miss avalanche in Paradise Bowl By Brian Geis Pioneer Staﬀ
Extreme snowmobiler Shawn Hollowink of Invermere outran a class three avalanche in Paradise Bowl on Sunday that buried his riding partner up to his waist and wrecked the sleds of two Calgarians. Shawn Hollowink The experienced snowmobiler, who is no stranger to avalanches, said it scared him so badly he’s not going back. “It was pretty big,” he said. “It actually scared me. The snow cloud was unbelievable.” With the death toll currently at 10—a 19-yearold man from Quebec died in an avalanche at Lake Louise on Sunday—the Globe and Mail has declared it the deadliest start of the avalanche season in 25 years. The death of an Australian skier at Big White in Kelowna last week also marked the ﬁrst time someone died in an avalanche within the boundaries of a ski resort in 25 years. A December rain that created an ice crust over many of B.C.’s mountains is to blame for the shifting snow, said Canadian Avalanche Centre Operations Manager John Kelly, in a telephone interview from the centre’s Revelstoke headquarters. A thin layer of sugary snow directly above the ice crust, he said, destabilized everything that has piled up above it. “It’s like ball bearings sitting on top of that crust,” Mr. Kelly commented, and the Central Purcells and Southern Rockies are no exception. In fact, two other avalanches were reported over the weekend, one on Saturday that injured Invermere
snowmobiler Chris Chasse at Pedley Pass; and one on Sunday that crashed through the frozen surface of upper Thunderwater Lake. According to the Canadian Avalanche Centre’s South Columbia Forecast, which includes the Central Purcells, the deep weakness can be triggered by light loads from weak areas, such as skiers or sledders around rocks, and can turn into very large avalanches. Mr. Hollowink said he was drag-racing Saskatchewan sledder Sheldon Martindale up Paradise Bowl. He said he passed Mr. Martindale and was leading when he saw the snow crack. “As soon as it cracked, I knew we were in trouble,” he said. By waving and pointing, he warned Martindale and put his turbo-charged sled to the test. “He didn’t realize it had released,” Mr. Hollowink explained. “I just pinned it, wide open.” If you’re pointed down, he explained, you can stay on top of it, but it’s when you are sideways or facing up that you’re in trouble. On his way down, he remembered the four Albertans who were parked at the bottom and began waving and pointing to the oncoming slide. Two of the Albertans, he said, made it clear of the slide, but the other two, who were oﬀ their vehicles at the time, got hit at the end of the slide. “They just got nailed,” he said, tumbling their sleds end-over-end. “It blew the gloves, windshield and helmet right oﬀ the guy.” Mr. Martindale, he said, was buried to the waist by the slide. Experts agree that avalanches occur in the back country on a regular basis and largely go unobserved and unreported. All of the eﬀort of Canadian avalanche experts, Mr. Kelly explained, goes into forecasting and prevention of future avalanche-related tragedies. The Canadian Avalanche Centre, and dozens
of back country resorts and outﬁtters, rely on the InfoEx network to predict avalanche-prone conditions. “We’re all about prevention and we have the ﬁnest system in the world,” Mr. Kelly commented. “It does not exist in the United States. It does not exist in Europe. Without it, we couldn’t put out public bulletins.” InfoEx, the Industry Information Exchange, is a cooperative service managed by the Canadian Avalanche Association that provides a daily exchange of technical snow, weather and avalanche information for its network of subscribers. Scott Barsby, the owner of Toby Creek Adventures which operates snowmobile tours in the tenured recreation area that includes Paradise Bowl, said he reports events and conditions to InfoEx on a daily basis. Other area subscribers include the Ministry of Transportation, Canadian Mountain Holidays’ Bugaboos Lodge, Panorama Mountain Village, Parks Canada and R.K. Heli-ski. The information pouring in from all over Western Canada, Mr. Kelly explained, is then analyzed by a team of forecasters and redistributed to subscribers and the public in the form of bulletins, incident reports and advisories. That fact that most avalanche-related tragedies befall individuals out on their own and not guided tourists, he said, means the system works. “It’s usually someone dropping into a steep chute without checking it out,” he said. “This is not the year to be testing your skills.” The Canadian Avalanche Centre’s website is packed with trip planning information, including discussion forums, for back country enthusiasts. Visit www.avalanchecentre.ca before planning your back country adventure. Avalanche Awareness Days will be held Jan. 1213, 2008 in over 30 Canadian communities.
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Man arrested for drunk driving At approximately 00:55 a.m. on New Year’s Day, RCMP observed a vehicle operating without headlights leaving the CIBC parking lot on 13th Street in Invermere. The police oﬃcer spoke to the driver, who showed symptoms of alcohol consumption. An “approved screening device” was used which resulted in a “Fail”. The driver was brought back to the detachment oﬃce where two further breath samples were taken and analyzed at 120 mg percent and 110 mg percent. The driver, a 20-year-old Alberta resident, is scheduled to appear in Invermere Provincial Court on April 8th, 2008 to answer to “impaired driving” related criminal charges. Cab ride straight to jail At around 1:40 a.m. on New Year’s Day, a local taxi driver stopped at the detachment oﬃce to report he had two belligerent passengers in his cab, and he could not control them any more. Both persons were led to the cell block and after the usual threats of violence towards the police oﬃcers on duty, the pair were lodged in cells for the night. They were served provincial violation tickets for public intoxication and released later that same day. Man arrested for drunk driving At around 4:30 a.m. on New Year’s Day, RCMP stopped a 1982 Blue Toyota pick-up, for failing to stop for a stop sign and for no driving lights on for approximately three blocks. At roadside the only occupant, a 24-year-old Winnipeg resident, displayed a number of signs of impairment. He stated he had too much to drink and police formed the opinion that his ability to operate a motor vehicle was impaired by alcohol. The driver was taken to the detachment oﬃce where breath samples analyzed at 110 mg percent and 100 mg percent were taken.
The man is scheduled to appear in Invermere Provincial Court on March 18th, 2008. “Arm bar” results in charges Police were called to the Invermere Dairy Queen on January 2nd to a report of an assault that had occurred there. A 32-year-old Calgary man faces assault charges after he allegedly placed a 13year-old in what is commonly known as an “arm bar,” which resulted in the teenager suﬀering a sprained wrist. The accused is scheduled to appear in Invermere Provincial Court on April 8th, 2008. Break-in at bottle depot RCMP are investigating two breakins that occurred at the bottle depot in Athalmer on January 4th and January 5th. Sometime overnight on January 4th, the thieves pried open a rear door and entered the oﬃce. They stole around $85 that was left insecure. Although they tried to break into the oﬃce safe with tools found at the scene, they were unsuccessful. However, the following night, another unsuccessful attempt was made to gain entry to the safe. This second attempt caused signiﬁcant damage estimated to be around $1,500. Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact the RCMP at (250) 342-9292 or Crimestoppers at 1800-222-8477 (TIPS). Domestic dispute alleged Around 5:15 p.m. on January 6th, RCMP responded to a domestic dispute in progress in Invermere. The male suspect had left the apartment. The complainant reported that she had been assaulted that morning when her common-law spouse grabbed her, and the ﬁght was continuing now as he had smashed the front window of the apartment. The complainant also told police about a previous unreported assault that occurred on November 15, 2007, which resulted in her having to attend the hospital for rib fractures. The RCMP located the male suspect, and arrested him. He was later released from policy custody with “no contact conditions.” The man, a 41-year-old Invermere resident, is scheduled to appear in Invermere Provincial Court on March 18, 2008.
January 11, 2008
Missing Lions Club citizen located as a teacher. He taught in Bella Coola for ﬁve years, and then earned his diploma in special In our Lake education from McGill Windermere District LiUniversity in Montreal, ons Club special feature and his French language on Citizenship Award diploma from Laval Uniwinners, published on versity in Quebec City. Dec. 28th, one person Mark has been teachwas overlooked - Mark ing science and special Bradshaw. education ever since in Mark was home visMission. iting his mother Gladys Mark Bradshaw For the past ten years Bradshaw of Invermere he was been a member over the Christmas holiand president of the Misdays when he read The Pioneer and was surprised to ﬁnd that sion Association for Community Livhis name was not included, although ing. For 15 years, he has also been an he received the award when he gradu- executive member and president of the ated from David Thompson Secondary Mission Teachers’ Union. Mark wrote that he got the travel School in 1975. The award is presented each year to bug from Barbara Duthie, the high a graduating student who shows all the school librarian; and Harold Yeo, the qualities of good citizenship, and it is English teacher. He chose to teach biology because of his wonderful biology accompanied by a ﬁnancial bursary. Further inquiries revealed that The teacher, Bill Thompson. His mother Gladys was a teacher Pioneer was unaware of Mark’s achievement, because his name had never made who worked with special needs children it onto the large shield bearing the for years, so he also chose that teaching area as a result. names of the other winners. “DTSS gave me a world view and “I was disappointed that Mark’s name had been forgotten because he is I’ve been working with student and a wonderful person and I’m so proud community groups ever since,” he of his achievements,” said his mother. wrote. “World justice is important to She said it is especially important to her me.” An inveterate traveller, Mark has that Mark is recognized because his sis- visited more than 30 countries and ter, Bev Hoﬀman, was killed after doing plans to travel even more extensively after his retirement. many good works for other people. Mark has another sister Linda BradMark’s sister Bev and her husband Del Hoﬀman of Invermere worked as shaw and a brother Aaron Bradshaw, volunteers for the Rotary Club. They both of whom still live in Invermere. Lions Club president Kris Borek were on a trip to Mexico when they stopped to help some stranded travel- said she doesn’t know why Mark’s name lers on the side of the highway, and were was never included, but she is taking the subsequently robbed and shot to death shield to the engraver to have Mark’s by two American men. One of them name added. There was also another skipped year died in prison and the other is still servon the permanent record of winners ing his life sentence. Before returning to his home in 1973. Was this also an oversight or was Mission, B.C., Mark dropped oﬀ an the award never presented that year? If anyone can help solve the mystery, outline of his life since 1975. Mark ﬁnished high school as presi- please call us at 341-6299. The plaque also bore two names of dent of the Student Council and editor of the yearbook. He went on to the citizens that we were unable to track University of Victoria, where he gradu- down and contact. Serge Cabelguen ated in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science graduated in 1979 and Sarah Bigelow in 1994. If you know either of these peodegree in biology and history. In 1982 he received his certiﬁcation ple, we would love to hear from them. By Elinor Florence Pioneer Staﬀ
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Your health is our business
January 11, 2008
This is the Lunar Eclipse in 1949. The photograph was a time exposure taken with a 616 folding Kodak camera with an f4.5 lens, a fairly large one for that time. This camera was given to Ray Crook by his family on his 21st birthday on September 1, 1939. Just days later was the beginning of the Second World War. Ray still lives in Invermere and still enjoys taking some beautiful photographs of the surrounding area.
By Elinor Florence Pioneer Publisher
OK, so here’s the deal: you may not care if you are ﬁt and healthy, but the rest of us do. Our health care costs are spiralling out of control, and all of us will end up sick and disabled and on huge waiting lists for treatment at some point unless we start taking care of ourselves and each other. To that end, I have made a vow to use my membership at the Valley Fitness Centre instead of allowing it lie dormant for a large part of each year — although I always renew it, with the best of intentions. Now that most of us baby boomers have passed the mid-50s mark and are looking at the next big round birthday (as they call it in Denmark), we need lots of support. For inspiration, take a look at our New Year, New You section starting today and running for the next eight weeks. There is plenty of expert advice in the valley and multiple opportunities to get active. We’ll do our best at the Pioneer to help you get healthy, or at least to get started.
Photo courtesy of Ray Crook
More information on old photographs Dear Editor: With regard to the “Identity of Cougar Hunter” article in your Dec. 21st edition, you describe me as a local historian. This isn’t quite right, as I’m not an authority on history, nor a writer of the same, and have never done much research. I’ve taken an interest in local history and, over the years, have kept scrapbooks and saved articles pertaining to it. The late Winnifred Weir had interviewed several oldtimers and wrote about them in the Valley Echo. D.A. MacDonald, together with David Kaye, used to research old copies of the Cranbrook Herald and the Cranbrook Courier, and they put together articles under the title “Come with Me to Yesterday.” Some
of these I’ve saved, together with Mrs. Weir’s. Thus, my fading memory is helped by the fading scrapbook clippings. Back to Little Jim, the cougar hunter. I remember him as being a soft-speaking person who wore his hair in braids. The original picture may have been taken by a Mr. Montgomery, who had photographed a number of First Nations people. May I also oﬀer some information about the Barbour family picture that you ran in the Dec. 21st issue. Actually, it was the Chris Hynes family and the father took it with a camera that used a glass plate negative. The children are: Henry, Ellin, Orin, Ervin and Dave. The picture was taken on Christmas Day, 1915. I would like to suggest that the team and sleigh
picture in your Jan. 4th issue was taken on Settler’s Road in Kootenay Park, and the owner of same was the late Robert Tegart, wh owned the Richter Ranch which was just south of Kootenay Park, where he picked up Helen Richter and her children. Frank Richter, the head of the family, had met with an accident while on a trip to town for mail and was in the Invermere Hospital, and the family was alone on their isolated ranch. This would have been sometime in the 1930s. I wish you and all the Pioneer staﬀ a Happy New Year. Ray Crook Invermere
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January 11, 2008
Timely letter urges new road, bridge at Dutch Creek Editor’s Note: This is a copy of a letter sent to Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon in Victoria after the Dutch Creek bridge was damaged in an accident. Since the letter was sent on December 11th, a seven-year-old boy was killed in an accident near the temporary bridge and another woman was killed on the stretch of highway near Fairmont on Christmas Eve. Dear Mr. Falcon: Re: Dutch Creek Bridge: Columere Park Community Association would like to thank you and your Department for the quick response to address the Dutch Creek bridge situation. The temporary Bailey bridge is now open and equipped with lights, which is quite amazing considering the accident occurred only 11 days ago. We would also like to compliment the ﬂag “persons” who were incredibly dedicated and always pleasant despite the very cold weather and long hours. I am a full-time resident of the Columere Park community and also serve as the Vice-President on the Board of Directors of the Columere Park Community Association. There are 260 lot owners in our development and we feel it is critical that we share some of our concerns regarding the location of the present damaged bridge. The accident was indeed unfortunate and has resulted in considerable disruption to many people and to many businesses in the Columbia Valley; however, it also presents the opportunity to correct a wrong. The present bridge was built in 1955 and with the traﬃc at that time the location may have been acceptable, however today with the increased tourism and industrial traﬃc it is very dangerous. The speed, length, and sheer load of some of the transport trucks that negotiate this turn can really be frightening as you merge together on this narrow bridge. This recent accident did not cost any lives but if the traﬃc pattern and type of bridge are not changed it is only a matter of time before that happens.
The Hoodoos are quite spectacular and as a result, cars, holiday trailers, motor homes and tour busses are often parked on the shoulder of a very tight corner as people endeavour to cross the highway and bridge to take pictures. It is especially hazardous as northbound logging trucks and other big trucks with tandem trailers come down the Columbia Lake hill going a good speed, and traﬃc from the north comes around a blind corner just prior to the bridge. The fact that there is no left or right turning lane into Dutch Creek south of the present bridge creates another hazard. Highway 93/95 is also very popular with cyclists, runners, and naturalists who add another element of danger in the crossing of the present bridge which is narrow and the sight lines are such that there is little warning of oncoming traﬃc. As a result of the accident, considerable resources have already been spent to build a temporary bridge. We strongly urge you to not spend taxpayer dollars to repair this old bridge but to invest wisely in a new bridge to the east of the old one and at the same time straighten out the road access from both directions. In your upcoming assessment of this length of road we also advocate a close look at the turn-oﬀ going south into Columere Park from the highway, only a short distance from the bridge. Through our previous letters and discussions with the Ministry of Transportation this has been recognized as a road in need of a proper turning lane. Please take advantage of this opportunity and plan wisely for the future, for the sake of the future development in the Columbia Valley, the increasing number of tourists and for the residents of Columere Park and the surrounding area. Please don’t let someone be killed in this area if making the right decision now can reduce the risk. Judy Roggeman Columere Park Community Association
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Cathy Cavanagh remembered By Rachel Pinder Pioneer Staﬀ Tributes have been made from the family of an Invermere woman who was killed a week before Christmas. Cathy Cavanagh died when the eastbound Mazda Tribute in which she was travelling collided with a westbound Chevrolet Tracker SUV, which had crossed the centre line on the Trans-Canada highway west of Golden. The driver of the truck, who was from Chilliwack, also died. Golden RCMP Traﬃc Services were called to the two-vehicle collision at 2:20 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 18th. The accident happened in the Beaver Valley area of the Glacier National Park. It is believed that Ms. Cavanagh was riding in the back seat of the vehicle, which was being driven by her brother-in-law. Her sister was a passenger in the front seat. They were heading home after her mother’s funeral in Williams Lake. Both the other occupants were injured and taken to the Golden General Hospital, where they were later released. The family has requested that the names of everyone else in the car be withheld.
Cathy, 52, was a well-known, longtime resident of Invermere, and spent the past 30 years in the Columbia Valley. She was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on June 14th, 1955, and was the daughter of Ron and Dorothy Cavanagh. Cathy was a loving mother, who sacriﬁced everything for her son, Joe, 29. She always had time for a smile, a “hi” or a quick wave when riding her bike downtown. Cathy loved to make people laugh. She was a prankster, and often played jokes on her family members. Her hobbies included camping, ﬁshing, gardening and a recentlyfound love for ceramics. She was last employed at the Best
Western Invermere Inn, where she very much enjoyed working, and will be sadly missed by her colleagues. Her family would like to thank everyone for their support, and for making the funeral go so smoothly. They will all be forever grateful for everyone’s generosity at a diﬃcult time. Cathy is survived by her father Ron; her son Joe; and siblings Bryan, Fred, Tom, Sue, Wendy, Nancy, Jan and Rochelle, as well as her many extended family. A Celebration of Cathy’s life was held on Christmas Eve at 10:30 a.m. at Wilmer Hall. Cathy Cavanagh
Invermere proceeds with civic centre By Brian Geis Pioneer Staﬀ Despite concerns that the municipality’s concept for a new civic centre is too diverse, the District of Invermere Council voted to solicit designs for a complex that will include a library, community hall, an indoor recreation facility, multi-purpose meeting rooms and the municipal government oﬃces. The concept mirrors designs envisioned a decade ago and detailed in Invermere’s oﬃcial community plan, and will not include a performing arts centre as proposed by the Columbia Valley Arts Council. While the exact design and speciﬁc uses of the structure are still a topic of discussion, councillors agreed to put out a request for proposals based on the results of community needs assessment undertaken by the community facility steering facility last year. “It’s really hard to talk about something you can’t see,” Councillor Sarah Bennett commented. “I really think it’s going to engender dialogue.” Councillor Bob Campsall agreed, explaining that
he expects the architects to deliver a plan based on the community’s needs—including a menu of options that council can bring before the public for comment. “At last,” he said, “this is the next step toward getting something going. If the public doesn’t like it, it can be turned down at referendum.” Invermere Councillor Gerry Taft, who voted against the inclusion of a performing arts centre for fear that a watered-down version would fall short of the arts council’s world-class ambitions, said he thought that a concept too diverse would fail to attract all the user groups it attempts to accommodate. “I don’t want something too wishy-washy,” he said. “I think we need a little more information for a full design. I just don’t know, yet, what we’re designing.” Councillor Ray Brydon, who presided over the steering committee and directed the needs assessment, disagreed, stating that the committee’s recommendations are enough to inform a request for proposals. “I don’t disagree with what councillor Taft has said, but I think we did do a pretty good job,” he said. “I’m
not sure we need to go back and re-write the book.” Invermere Mayor Mark Shmigelsky said that he expects a lively public debate over a proposal based on the steering committee’s recommendations. “I don’t make any apologies for trying to include a lot of uses,” he commented. “We have some sense of what’s been asked for. I certainly believe there is enough information to put out a request for proposals. But there will be opportunities for public comment throughout the process. I fully expect there will be a lot of public meetings and public discussions,” he said. Although council hopes to have plan ready for a public referendum to coincide with the municipal election in November, Invermere Chief Administrative Oﬃcer Chris Prosser said it would be a long shot unless the municipality dusts oﬀ the original plan from a decade ago. However, Mayor Shmigelsky said, having the right plan is more important than having it by the next election. “If we have to delay it for a few months, then, so be it. A referendum is not that expensive.”
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE COLUMBIA VALLEY
MUSIC • VISUAL ARTS • DINING • BAR SCENE • ENTERTAINMENT • PERFORMANCE ARTS MOVIE REVIEW
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Out & About Local nature photographer Brad Hill’s shot of a very black female black bear resting her head on the shoulders of her very white spirit bear cub was selected as the 2007 Photo of the Year (fauna) by Nature Photographer’s Magazine. The limited edition print is currently on display at Interior World in Invermere. See also: www.naturalart.ca
Cinefest · Toby Theatre · Into the Wild
Showing at the Toby Theatre on Monday January 21st at 7 pm.
Pynelogs Cultural Centre • Gallery & Gift Shop closed for the season. Open for functions, ticket sales, rentals and concerts. Office hours: 11 – 4 pm Monday to Friday. For ticket sales and all other info please call 342-4423.
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Applications are available for those artists interested in showing at the Pynelogs Cultural Centre for the 2008 Gallery Season. Call 342-4423 for more information.
Visit columbiavalleyarts.com for our current events calendar, or call 342-4423.
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It’s a wonderful summer night for a concert on the shore of Lake Springﬁeld. But then lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong of the band Green Day suggests to his audience that they speak about the environment. Uh, oh! After a moment of silence, the audience shifts into mob mode and begins to accuse Green Day of preaching. “We’re not preaching! The pollution in your lake is dissolving our barge,” cries bassist Mike Dirnt, as the camera pans to show the stage dissolving. “They have a point,” says Lisa Simpson. But her opinion is too little too late, as the audience throws whatever is on the beach at the ﬂoating stage. In a moment of futility, the members of Green Day grab their violins and begin to play “Nearer, my God, to thee,” and sink to their deaths in the sludge. At this point of the movie, I’m asking myself, is this the producer’s way of telling me that, like the Titanic, this long-awaited movie is about to sink? No, I don’t think so. The Simpsons movie has been a long time in coming and worth the wait. In short, Homer causes an environ-
mental disaster within the community. In retaliation, the community turns on him and his family. Said family narrowly escapes the mob, leaving Marge and the kids wondering why they’re still with this joke of a father ﬁgure. Then, when all seems lost, Homer has some great epiphany and returns to Springﬁeld to save his family from certain death. A totally recycled plot? Yes, but then again, what movie being produced today doesn’t have a recycled plot? The Simpsons Movie is only doing what the television show does best: poke fun at pop culture. And certainly, the writers/producers of this feature have done just that. The storyline even goes so far as to have Homer face the audience and say that we are a bunch of morons for paying to see something we can see at home for free. Overall, The Simpsons Movie is pretty much a two-hour version of its television self with better animation and raunchier situation comedy. But, in the end, it made me laugh and I’m sure most of you will do the same. RATING: 7 OUT OF 10 HEADS
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Local photographer Brad Hill has this to say about his winning photograph on Page 9: “Many biologists question the existence of emotions in animals, but this possessive and protective female Kermode Black Bear seemed almost forlorn when I shot this image. And with good reason - sadly, she had lost her second cub (also white) a day or two before this image was shot. Here she seems determined not to lose this one! These black bears are of the Kermode subspecies. The recessive gene producing white coats occurs in comparatively high proportions in this subspecies. This female had to be a
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carrier of the gene, and mated with a bear that was a carrier or a white “Spirit” bear. The white-coated bears are extremely rare. It is estimated that there are only 200 in existence, most of them along the northern B.C. coast. More luck than good management helped produce this shot. We were bobbing in choppy seas in a small Zodiac with light horizontal rain (really windy) when I shot this. We had no light. It was real tough to keep the bears in the viewﬁnder, let alone hold the lens steady. This is about the only non-blurry image of the batch.” To see more of Brad’s photos, go to www.naturalart.ca/galleries.
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MUSIC • VISUAL ARTS • DINING • BAR SCENE • ENTERTAINMENT • PERFORMANCE ARTS Wednesday, January 16th:
Out & About Please call 341-6299 or Email us at email@example.com to enter your event in our FREE listings.
Toby Theatre • 7:30 pm: January 2-5: Walt Disney’s Enchanted • 7:30 pm: January 16-19: Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium
• Junior Curling for Grades 4 to 12, starts 3:30 pm for Beginners, 4:30 pm for Intermediate. For info call the Invermere Curling Club, 342-3315.
Friday, January 18th: • Belly Dance six-week lessons start, every Friday except Feb. 1st. Noon to 1:30 pm, and 6 to 7:30 pm, Beginners; 5-6:30 pm, Moms and Daughters; 7:30-9 pm, Intermediate. Cost $50 for Valley Fitness Centre members; $60 for non-members. Drop-ins welcome at $12 per class. For info, call 342-2131.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 18th-20th:
Friday, January 11th : • McCuaig performs at the Hoodoo Grill, Fairmont, along with Thinking Man. New winter menu available. For info: 345-2166. • 7-9:30 pm: Sacred Circle Position One: Pioneering, A Study in Risk Taking. Circle led by Maria Kliavkoﬀ of MK Facilitations, Radium. For more info: 3472110 or www.mkfacilitations.com.
Saturday, January 12th : • 8 am-8 pm: Byelection to elect a new councillor for the Village of Canal Flats. Vote at the Canal Flats Community Hall. Candidates are Emile Morin and Bruce Woodbury. • 10 am-noon: Grandparents Brag Book Scrapbooking Class, Scrappy-Do’s. For info: 342-7238. • 10 am: Baby/Toddler Story Time, a variety of rhymes and chants for the very young, at Radium Public Library.
Monday, January 14th : • 7:30 pm: Information Session & Registration, Valley Fitness Challenge. This is a six-week program that includes assessment, weight training sessions, program ﬁtness classes, and group meetings. For info: 342-2131.
Tuesday, January 15th : • 1-3 pm: East Kootenay Brain Injury support group meets every third Tuesday at Valley Connections Centre, Invermere. Everyone welcome. • 7:30 pm: Rockies Hockey Team plays Golden Rockets, Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena.
• Bonspiel on the Lake. See invermerecurlingclub@ shaw.ca for details.
Monday, January 21st: • 7 pm: Into the Wild: Cinefest Independent Film Series shows the “Viewer’s Choice” ﬁlm from 2007 Toronto Film Festival. $10/person at the door, Toby Theatre. For info: 342-4423. • 7-9 pm: Open house at Windermere Community Hall to review the draft Lake Windermere Oﬃcial Community Plan. For info: Karen MacLeod, Regional District of East Kootenay planner, at 1-888-478-7335. If you are unable to attend, comment forms will be available on the website at www.rdek.bc.ca on January 21, 2008.
Wednesday, January 23rd: • Juno award-winner Cara Luft performs at the Hoodoo Grill, south of Fairmont. New winter menu available. For info: 345-2166.
Thursday, January 24th : • 7-9 pm: Open house at Windermere Community Hall to review the draft Lake Windermere Oﬃcial Community Plan. For info: Karen MacLeod, Regional District of East Kootenay planner, at 1-888-478-7335. If you are unable to attend, comment forms will be available on the website at www.rdek.bc.ca.
Friday, Jan. 25th-Sunday, Jan. 27th: • Panorama Mountain Villages hosts Bettygohard, a weekend retreat for women with dinner, yoga, photo shoot and two days of skiing. For info: 342-6941.
New Video Releases Tuesday, January 15th: • Family Guy - Blue Harvest • Good Luck Chuck • Mr. Woodcock • The Ten
• Boogeyman 2 • Love Lies Bleeding • Girl Next Door • Wedding Daze
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.
Radium Public Library Tuesday & Thursday: 7 - 9 pm Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday: 2 - 4 pm Saturday: 10 am - 12 pm
Invermere Thrift Store Hours: • 10 am-4 pm: Thursdays. • 1-4 pm: Fridays and Saturdays.
Other: • 5 pm - 8 pm Saturdays & Sundays: Public indoor rock climbing, JA Laird gym, $5 drop in. For info: 342-9413 or 342-6232. • 7:30-10 pm Sundays at the high school, and 8-10 pm Wednesdays at Laird School: Badminton. For info call Audrey at 342-3825. • 7 pm: Community Hymn Sing at Alliance Church, second Sunday of the month. For info: 342-9580. • 2 pm Sundays: Crib every Sunday at the Brisco Hall. For info: 346-3294. • 1:30 pm Sundays: Carpet Bowling, Radium Senior Centre. • 8:30-10 pm Mondays: Men’s Basketball at the high school, $20 for the year, drop-ins welcome. • 7 pm Mondays: Duplicate Bridge, Invermere Seniors’ Hall, $2. For info: Gerriann, 342-9893. • 6:30-8:30 pm Tuesdays: Options for Sexual Health, a conﬁdential service oﬀering lower cost birth control methods, counselling, and access to doctors, at the Invermere Health Unit. For info: 342-2362. • 1 pm Tuesdays: Bridge and crib, Community Hall in Radium. Visitors welcome. For info: Florence, 347-0084. • 7 pm - 9 pm every Tuesday: ADHD Parent Support Group. Drop-ins welcome, School Board District Oﬃce. For info: Lynda, 342-9243, ext. 234.
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By Rachel Pinder Pioneer Staﬀ Artists in the Columbia Valley have put their heads together to come up with a new course to help budding new entrepreneurs get into business. The Business of Art course is due to kick oﬀ at the College of the Rockies over the coming months, and is designed to give emerging artists the essentials they need to market their work. This new course is split into several workshops, which can be taken as separate courses; or students can choose to take all nine courses to qualify for the Continuing Education Certiﬁcate. The courses cover Pricing and Marketing Your Art; Artist Proﬁle Writing I - Gallery Perspective; Artist Proﬁle Writing II - Artists Perspective; The Artrepreneur: Artist Marketing and Self-Promotion; Marketing for Artists and Craftspeople; Portfolio Development; Networking Skills and a Computer Workshop Series. Established artists Pat Luders, Lynne Grillmair, Alice Hale and Joan Manz were instrumental in getting the course underway. Pat is a renowned sculptor in bronze and reclaimed wood, and moved to the Columbia Valley in 2000 from Red Deer because she was attracted to the creativity of the area. She decided to go back to school in later life to study ﬁne arts, and she said the demand for a Business of Art course in the valley was really high. “There are so many artists out there who are exploring their art and wanting to take it to the next step. I plan to take in all of the courses available, as I think it would be nice to get the Continuing Education Certiﬁcate,” she said. Pat chairs the Visual Arts Advisory Committee for the Columbia Valley Arts Council, and she said many
artists had voiced a need for a course like this during a symposium staged two years ago. This got the wheels turning and the arts council decided to get involved by coordinating the new course at the College of the Rockies, Invermere campus. Brisco-based Lynne Grillmair is a well-established mixed media artist who is instructing the Portfolio Development course. This one day course is designed to help artists understand how to write and present artist statements and biographies. Lynne explained the class will help artists put together a portfolio and present it for display in a gallery. “This course is for artists who are ready to take the plunge, and market themselves ready for an exhibition,” she said. “When I ﬁrst started out I had to do a lot of my own research to ﬁnd out about the business side of things. I’m not that into the networking and marketing part, as I’m not that good about talking about myself and beating my own drum. But I believe that the more tools you can arm yourself with, the more conﬁdent you can be,” Lynne said. “This program is going to be very exciting, and will be something diﬀerent that will really foster the artists in our community.” Invermere potter Alice Hale agreed that the course will be a godsend for artists in the valley. “There is absolutely nothing available to educate people about the business of art in the valley. There were some good courses available 20 or 30 years ago, and there are certain elements of the certiﬁcate which I ﬁnd very interesting,” Alice said. Watercolour and acrylic artist Joan Manz of Invermere also said the course is a welcome addition. “After the symposium back in 2005, we got in touch with the artists involved to ﬁnd out what they were interested in, and the majority wanted to know how to go about marketing their work, so this new program is just what we need,” she said.
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Setting retirement goals can sometimes be tricky. If goals are too vague, they won’t provide any motivation. If goals are too detailed, your plan becomes inﬂexible. If your goals are too ambitions, they can create disillusion; too modest and they can create complacency. For these reasons, get into the habit of setting reasonable, speciﬁc goals for your retirement funds. Your goals can be simple and immediate (maximize your contributions for this year), or long-term, more complicated projects (establish an asset allocation mix and a regular rebalancing schedule). It doesn’t matter. What does matter is that you get into the habit of constantly seeking to improve the state of your retirement portfolio, rather than accepting the casual complacency that can settle over us when it’s not RRSP season.
For the past several years, Canada has been a good place to invest. The Canadian stock market has outperformed many of its international counterparts, due in no small part to the performance of oil and gas and other resource companies. But nothing lasts forever. Those who maximize their foreign content, spreading their wealth among several regions of the world, will be better protected if the Canadian market cools down. Always remember: a diversiﬁed RRSP is a stronger RRSP.
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Asset allocation In a similar fashion, investors who overloaded their RRSPs with stocks over the past few years have probably been pleased with their performance. But there’s no guarantee that it will always be that way. It’s pointless to try to predict which asset class will perform best over the short term—more important is to select the right mix of equities, ﬁxed-income investments and cash to suit your long-term RRSP goals. You’ll likely want to review whether your current asset mix is aligned with those goals, and whether you need to ﬁne-tune your portfolio. Of course, each of these topics deserves more careful consideration than the brief overview we can give here. If you ﬁnd yourself wanting more information on any of these topics, talk to your ﬁnancial advisor. A little professional help today can make a big diﬀerence to the long-term health of your RRSP.
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Michelle Walsh, dietitian at the Invermere District Hospital, helps valley residents learn how to eat healthy.
Eating right: the first step to health Editor’s Note: This is the ﬁrst in an eight-part series helping you to become healthy during 2008. For more information about the New Year, New You series, see Page 16. By Rachel Pinder Pioneer Staﬀ Most of us know the basics of healthy eating, right? We’re brought up to eat our greens and we’re told an apple a day keeps the doctor away, supposedly. We know it’s important to eat a variety of things from all the main food groups — proteins, ﬁbres, fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, grain and dairy. So why does fat-loaded chocolate, chips, biscuits and ice cream keep sneaking into our shopping basket
when we know it’s bad for us? Well, a little bit of what you fancy in moderation is ﬁne. It’s when your diet starts resembling a fast food menu that you should start to panic. Registered Dietician Michelle Walsh at Invermere District Hospital knows only too well about the struggles people face with food on a daily basis, as she is kept busy with a steady stream of doctor referrals from people across the valley who need her help. “The number one piece of advice when it comes to healthy eating would be to follow the principles in moderation. There are lots of diﬀerent lose weight quick schemes out there, but in the long term, most successful weight loss schemes should include moderate lifestyle changes, healthy eating and moderate exercise,” Michelle said. The latest edition of Health Canada’s Food Guide
oﬀers a wealth of information about sensible healthy eating, at www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/food-guide-aliment/ index_e.html. It’s a very interactive site, and can be tailored speciﬁcally to you and your needs. You can even create your own food guide, using the foods you would normally eat on a daily basis to see if you are eating enough of the right food groups. Michelle has plenty of tips for people hoping to make some healthy lifestyle changes this year. “Some people are still not eating enough fruits and vegetables in a day, and balance is very important. If people could add just one piece of fruit or vegetable a day it would go a long way to tapping into some of the convenience foods available, such as pre-washed lettuce and ready to eat peeled carrots,” she said. Continued on Page 20
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Begin the New Year by aiming for the New You By Rachel Pinder Pioneer Staﬀ Well, it’s that time of year again. You’ve made it through the excesses of Christmas. The oﬃce parties, the endless ﬁnger buﬀets, stacks of mince pies, fondues, turkey sandwiches . . . the list goes on. So while you enjoyed the indulgence at the time, now your waistline is telling the tale. Bulging buttons and zips that don’t quite ﬁt in the middle are some of the symptoms you might be suﬀering. But all is not lost. It’s January, and that means time for a new start — a new perspective on looking and feeling great in 2008. The mistake you don’t want to make is looking for a quick ﬁx and going on a fad diet to shift those unwanted pounds in a jiﬀy, only to watch them pile back on as soon as you stop munching on cabbage soup three times a day. We all know those diets don’t work in the long
term, and it’s all about creating a healthier and more active lifestyle. Over the next eight weeks, The Pioneer will be featuring ways for you to look and feel better throughout 2008—including ways of getting active, healthy eating, advice on how to quit smoking, ways to manage stress, and the many forms of alternative medicine available. There are plenty of businesses, activities and health experts right here in the valley, so make the most of what we have on our doorstep. The Columbia Valley oﬀers a wealth of outdoor activities to get stuck into over the winter. With two awesome ski hills nearby, there’s no excuse not to take advantage of what’s around us, not to mention the numerous back country trails just waiting to be explored. From skiing, snowboarding and ice climbing to curling, cross country skiing and snowshoeing, there are plenty of things to do here. I’ll be giving some of these activities a
try over the coming weeks, so get ready to hear my tales of learning how to downhill ski and my attempts at Nordic pole walking. And of course, there are lots of free and really cheap ways of keeping ﬁt in the valley. Just strapping on a pair of skates and heading out on the lake or on one of the local rinks is a great way of embracing the great outdoors. If you’re more of an indoors person, I’ll be looking at ways of exercising in the warm. From taking up the Valley Fitness Challenge to enjoying relaxation and stretching through yoga, you can shape up without even leaving the house. I’ll also be investigating the beneﬁts of alternative treatments such as acupuncture, naturopathy and osteopathy. So there’s so much we’ll be covering over the next eight weeks, which will hopefully help ﬁnd a happier, healthier you in 2008. And that can only be a good thing.
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BELLY DANCERS IN LONG JOHNS - In response to our joke that the local belly dancers needed long underwear for Christmas, the group donned their warmest and most colourful tights and sent us this photograph. Note that a new set of lessons is beginning on January 25th. For information, call 342-2131.
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Are you ready GET IN SHAPE WITH THESE GREAT DEALS FROM for the Challenge? By Helen Rose Valley Fitness Centre It’s that time of year again. We’re putting away the holiday decorations for another year. How will your life have changed next time you get them out to decorate for Christmas 2008? What will 2008 hold for you? Will it be just another year or will you make some changes? Will you ﬁnally commit to a healthier and more active lifestyle? Building on the success of previous boot camps, the Valley Fitness Centre is launching Fitness Centre Coordinator Helen Rose works out. the Valley Fitness Challenge this year on January 14th. weight room training sessions with perRather than a diet program, this chal- sonal trainer Brandon Bloom, group lenge is aimed at families and individu- meetings, with an end-of-challenge asals who would like make their lifestyle sessment and prizes, including a yearmore healthy and active! Going on a gym membership and spa packages. We diet is not the answer to losing weight will follow up with you after the chaland maintaining health. This is because lenge to see how you are continuing on the weight is soon regained after you your goals. The challenge will include “go oﬀ” your diet. If diets really worked, before and after photos to show in real there wouldn’t be so many of them! terms the new healthier you! Instead, your usual eating and exIs now the time to make some real ercizing patterns need to be changed so changes? If not now – then when? We your weight stays right for you. The ﬁt- look forward to an exciting challenge ness challenge program covers how to meet new people, get inspired and make make healthy changes to your lifestyle, a real commitment to put your health and tracks your success with weekly tar- and wellness ﬁrst! gets and check-ins. Participants will be The Valley Fitness Challenge will placed in teams, to get the competitive also incorporate a further focus on juices ﬂowing and spur you on to higher health and wellness, with the “VFC goals this year! Wellness Seminars” from January 23rd If you are new to exercise, the pro- until February 20th. These sessions are gram includes weekly beginner step welcome to everyone free of charge. We classes, and weight room training so have invited diﬀerent complementary you’ll be a pro in no time! Exercise has therapists to show us how they can enso many beneﬁts for people who want hance our health and wellness in 2008. to be healthy and shed pounds. Regular Presentations will cover topics such exercise helps you burn calories faster, as stopping smoking, managing your even when you’re sitting still. Exercise stress in 2008, rehabilitation from indoes this by raising your metabolism. It jury and self-healing. Presenters inalso helps you burn fat and build mus- clude Shilo Cameron from Balanced cle. So, even if you don’t lose pounds, Health Acupuncture, Osteopathy with you may lose inches. Exercise also tends Julie Brown,Tony Berryman BC Registo curb your appetite, reduce stress and tered Massage Therapist, Jean-Luc Coris good for the health of your heart and tat, Hellerwork practitioner and Clare bones too. Craig, Licensed Naturopath. The ﬁtness challenge program inJoin us for the ﬁrst seminar on Jancludes assessment at sign-up; four uary 23rd at 7 p.m.
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January 11, 2008
The Old Zone By Harold Hazelaar Pioneer Columnist First oﬀ, I would like to thank both of the people who actually read this column for sending me a Christmas card! It is very much appreciated. Have I mentioned yet this year, that I think we need another ice rink in this community? Over the holidays, in a moment of total relaxation or possibly boredom, I perused our league roster and stumbled across a couple of things I ﬁnd remarkable: We have people playing in our league with names that are very hard to spell or pronounce like Shmigelski, Postlethwaite, Hromadnik and Wrazej. More amazingly, we have a couple of guys with the name Stewart who vehemently claim they are NOT related! But what I ﬁnd absolutely astounding is that we have a Smith, a Jones, a Johnson and an Anderson playing in the league this year. How bizarre is that? What are the odds of that and who would think it even possible? Actually, I wonder if we have had an Anderson playing in this league since its inception? I can think of four diﬀerent ones that I have played with or against. I guess I will have to comb through the archives! Can you tell that I don’t have anything to talk
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Bufflehead duck falls from sky, rescued by passerby By Rachel Pinder Pioneer Staﬀ Invermere resident Jim McGilvery had a bit of a shock as he was driving through Althamer — when a chunky ball of feathers dropped out of the sky and tumbled onto the pavement in front of his vehicle. “I just remember seeing this black thing coming down over the top of my car. It wiped out on the road, so I put my emergency lights on and stopped to see what it was,” he said. Jim soon realized it was actually a duck, so he quickly stopped traﬃc to prevent it from getting run over. Then he picked up the little duck which couldn’t ﬂy, drove home and put it in his bathtub. But this wasn’t a regular rubber ducky in the tub, as he soon found out. Luckily for Jim, his friend Larry Halverson is a naturalist at Kootenay National Park and is also involved with the annual Wings over the Rockies event, so was the perfect person to call. Larry quickly made it over to Jim’s place to identify the bird — a female Buﬄehead, the smallest diving duck in North America. “Buﬄeheads are agile swimmers and divers but awkward on land because their legs are set well back on their bodies,” Larry said. “This leg placement also hinders their ability to get airborne. Instead of springing straight out of the water into ﬂight, as puddle ducks do, diving ducks must run across the water to build up speed before taking oﬀ. This explains why the duck couldn’t get airborne from the road,” he said. “It is not known why the duck landed on the road.
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Expert advice for a healthy diet
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2008 Travel Photo Contest launched! By Elinor Florence Pioneer Publisher The 2007 Pioneer Travel Photo Contest contest was an unqualiďŹ ed success. More than 200 families and individuals remembered to pack The Pioneer in advance, take it with them on their holidays, and then send us their travel photographs. In fact, it was so successful that we are oďŹ€ering it again this year. The winners of our 2007 draw are Peter Bartman and Sandi McAllister of Columbia Ridge south of Fairmont. We were unable to locate these inveterate travellers by press time, since they areâ€”where else?â€” on a holiday. Our contest attracted photographs from around the world, literally. We were amazed at how well-travelled valley folks have become. We published pictures of people standing beside the Great Wall of China; on a mountaintop in the French Alps; on safari in Kenya; riding a camel in Egypt; on a boat in Thailand; hiking in Cambodia; in downtown Singapore; on a boat in Vietnam; in a pub in Chile; wearing kimonos in Japan; in a bazaar in Morocco; with the fabled Easter Island sculptures; and from almost every country in Europe plus Poland, Estonia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Turkey, Montenegro and Macedonia. Many people took with them issues of The Pioneer that had special meaning. Frank and Nan Jones
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Bob and Barb Shaunessy, with friends Jan and Craig Bacher, went on holidays together to Barbados and took four diďŹ€erent issues with them so each person could hold a diďŹ€erent newspaper. We had a number of group photos, the biggest of which pictured 22 adults and children standing in front of the magic castle at Disneyland. Judging by our photographs, Mexico and the Dominican Republic continue to be the favourite hot spots, followed by Cuba and Hawaii.The Pioneer staďŹ€ was tormented, especially at this time of the year, by photos of people frolicking in the sunshine on beaches and at resorts. But I guess weâ€™ll just have to keep on suďŹ€ering - because Russ Daggett of Travel World liked the contest so much that he has generously oďŹ€ered to host it again in 2008. He is currently pondering which prize to oďŹ€er this year. So the 2008 Pioneer Travel Photo Contest is hereby launched. Donâ€™t forget to pack The Pioneer, take it with you, and send us your travel photos. Anyone who entered last year is eligible to enter again in 2008. All photographs will be published. Conditions for winning are that you must be a valley resident or homeowner, and that you must be travelling outside Western Canada. If you are sending digital photos, remember to create them at high resolution, or else your picture in the paper could be small. Send them to upioneer@ telus.net. We look forward to your entries!
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The Columbia Valley Pioneer • 25
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The Electoral Boundaries Commission will hold public hearings to receive public input on proposals contained in the Preliminary Report of August 15, 2007. Six public hearings will held between January 14, 2008 and January 23, 2008 in various locations around the province. The ﬁrst of these hearings will be a province-wide conference call hearing open to the public on January 14, 2008 from 10 a.m. to noon (Paciﬁc Standard Time).
The hearing will be organized to simulate a typical hearing in that presenters will be provided with an opportunity to make their presentation, and will accommodate participants who wish listen to the presenters. Presenters must register for this session using the proper registration procedure. Hearings will be held in New Westminster, Castlegar, Kelowna, Quesnel and Nanaimo. All hearings are open to the public. People wishing to make a presentation are invit-
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Notice of Public Hearings
www.bc-ebc.ca The British Columbia Electoral Boundaries Commission is responsible for proposing the names, number, area and boundaries of electoral districts in the province by February 15, 2008. The commission’s Preliminary Report was submitted to the Speaker of the Legislature and circulated throughout the province. The report can be viewed on the commission’s website: www.bc-ebc.ca. A printed copy or a DVD of the Preliminary Report can be obtained by calling 1 877 660 1203. A province-wide conference call and five other public hearings will take place this month to obtain feedback on the report. To register to make a presentation at a hearing or participate in the conference call, visit www.bc-ebc.ca or call 1 877 660 1203. You may also visit our website to make a written submission or call 1 877 660 1236 to make an oral submission. The deadline for all submissions is January 23, 2008.
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Protect yourself from ﬂu Interior Health is asking the public to help reduce the risk of spreading Gastroenteritis illness caused by Norovirus, which is most common in winter. Outbreaks are most common in health care facilities, but they also occur in day care centres, schools and restaurants. • Wash your hands with soap and water for 30 seconds after using the washroom and before preparing food. • Stringently clean hard surfaces. The virus is not readily killed by regular household cleaners, so use diluted bleach (1 part bleach to 50 parts water) to disinfect doorknobs, hand rails and other surfaces. • Throw out any food that has come in contact with an infected person. • If you are ill, rest in bed, drink ﬂuids, and stay home from work or school for at least two days after symptoms have gone. • Discourage visitors if someone at home is ill. Norovirus, or stomach ﬂu, causes sudden onset of vomiting, diarrhea and fatigue. Symptoms begin 18-36 hours after exposure.
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P IONEER C LASSIFIEDS THANK YOU
CONDO FOR RENT
HOUSE FOR SALE
MISC. FOR SALE
On behalf of the Windermere Community Association we would like to thank the following for a wonderful Children’s Christmas Party due to their contributions. Bill Ayrton, Windermere Pantry, Race Trac Gas, Canal Flats Family Pantry, the Stanbury families and the Windermere Community Association members who baked cookies!
NEWHOUSE MULTI STORAGE Various sizes available. Now with climate controlled units. Call 342-3637
Roommate wanted to share with professional female, 2 bdrm house, male or female, N/ S, N/P, $500/month. Call Rachel, 688-5305.
One bdrm luxury condo for long term rent in Sable Ridge Resort, Radium. Fully furnished and stocked with amenities. Just move in. For pictures please see www.ownerdirect.com. Unit # 96922. Furnished with Penthouse furnishings, gourmet kitchen, ensuite laundry, queen bed, flat screen TV, 3rd floor, fireplace, BBQ, underground parking, outdoor hot tubs, clubhouse, seasonal pool. Long term rental, $995/month including utilities. Karen 403710-4448.
Edgewater house and garage on .75 acre corner lot. 4 bdrm, 2.5 bath, call 250-347-9321.
Top soil, call Elkhorn Ranch at 342-0617.
LOST & FOUND FOUND: 1 very nice chain on 8th Avenue in Wilder subdivision, Jan 02. 342-9337 between 10am4pm touchingtranquility@ yahoo.ca FOUND: On Boxing Day, digital camera in the middle of Lake Windermere, call 342-5806.
CHEERS & JEERS Cheers to the people who helped the seven females out of the ditch south of Skookunchuck on the evening of Sunday. Dec. 23rd.
COMMERCIAL FOR LEASE OFFICE OR STORAGE 2 units approx. 10’ x 12’ Each $125.00/month 342-0603, 341-5845.
Shared apartment in Radium, $500/month, utilities included, 341-5084. Invermere: furnished, 2 bdrm walk-out, $550.00, includes everything, 688-7798.
BUSINESS FOR SALE
SUITE FOR RENT
ANGLZ HAIR and TANNING STUDIO is for sale. Located in the Windermere Valley in Invermere BC, it’s just 21/2 hours from Calgary. Anglz Hair & Tanning Studio is a well established salon for 10 years with high traffic, full retail and full clientele. It has 4 stations, a tanning room, manicure/massage room, laundry/bathroom, and a large seating area, 1100 square feet of total space. If you think this is for you, act now before it’s too late! Call Maria, 250-342-3227
CONTRACTORS: Self-contained cabins by the week or month. (250) 345-6365 Fairmont Bungalows.
OBITUARY Jeffrey Aaron Verge Born September 21, 1967 in Fort Carson, Colorado passed away suddenly at his parent’s home in Vernon, BC on December 31, 2007. A Service celebrating Jeff ’s life was held on January 8, 2008 in Edmonton, Alberta. Jeff was raised in the valley, but for the last 18 years, lived in Edmonton with his wife Debbie. He leaves behind his wife and three children; Trish (Todd), Christine (Sandy) and Frankie; and five grandchildren. Left to remember and love are his parents Walter and Glenda; two brothers Shawn (Pamela) and Steve (Amber). There are also many nieces and nephews, uncles, an aunt and his grandma (Grace). A memorial for Jeff will also be held at a later date in Edgewater.
Monthly or weekly units available for working couples or individuals with or without kitchens. Call Motel Bavaria in Radium, 347-9915. 1 bdrm, 2bdrm & studio apartments available immediately in Radium. Contact Don or Susan Miller 342-6908 or 342-3709 (evenings). Kootenay Rentals. 2 bdrm basement suite, long term, available Feb 1st, $975/ month. Call Scott at 250-2700745. 2 bdrms in basement to rent. Separate entrance. $450.00 per room, 1-888-227-2024.
CONDO FOR RENT Canal Flats: Brand new condo in Jade Landing. Kitchen, nook, and living room, deck, 2 bdrms & bath upstairs, unfinished basement. Fridge, stove, dishwasher, microwave. N/S, N/P, prefer mature individuals. Rent is $1000/month plus utilities and damage deposit of $1000. Call owner at 1-403251-5996.
Radium, 2 bdrm new condo, 2 bath, 6 appliances, gas fireplace, underground parking, locker storage, includes utilities. N/S, N/P, credit check, references required. 1 month free with 1 year lease. Unfurnished $1250.00, luxuriously furnished $1650.00, 347-9060.
WANTED Secondhand skates and snowshoes, size 9 and 11. Call Rachel, 688-5305. Secondhand downhill & cross country skis, boots size 11 (Euro 42) and poles. Call Rachel, 6885305. Wanted to rent: Boat slip for 22’ boat. Call Tony at 403-6067797.
MISC. FOR SALE Hay for sale, round bales. Phone Elkhorn Ranch 342-0617. Support “Rockies” Hockey. Pine, Fir & Poplar – dry & split order 342-6908.
HOUSE FOR RENT
HOUSE FOR RENT
Furnished 4 bdrm home in town of Windermere. Cable, D/W, W/D, central heating, W/S, N/S, N/P, D.D. plus references. $1150/month plus utilities, 403-650-6884.
New 3 bdrm house, Westside Park, Invermere. 4 new stainless appliances, w/d, 2 ½ bath, open plan, sunny, warm, gas fireplace. Quiet family neighbourhood, near schools. Strictly N/S, N/P. Looking for responsible, quiet tenants. References. Multi unit dwelling. $1580/month incl. hydro, gas, free wireless internet. D.D. Available mid January. Phone 341-7246. Executive 5 bdrm duplex for rent in Fairmont. Double car garage, 5 appliances, N/P, N/S, available Jan. 1st. $1700/month D.D. $1700.00 plus utilities. Call 1-888-227-2024, references please.
Black Forest Heights 2 bedroom suite, unfurnished long term, couple or single preferred, available January 1. $1,200 incl. heating
Office furniture, desks, chairs, tables. Reasonable offers accepted, call 342-1177. New unused Lenovo PC: CPU, key board, mouse, and Dell flat screen monitor. Asking $750.00. Call for details 342-0020 4 new bi-fold doors, 24” wide. Laminate flooring, 125 sq’. Antique barn wood, c/w under padding, 342-1384. Pair of good quality leather sofas. Medium brown, rustic look, 77” long. $350.00 each or $600.00/pair. 1960 oak side table, 30” wide x 42-66” long, rectangular, good shape, $300.00. Small wooden table $50.00, 342-3205.
SNOWMOBILE FOR SALE 2005 Polaris RMK 800, brand new rebuilt motor, bumper to bumper warranty valid until Feb. 24/08. $8,500.00 OBO, 3421527.
Valley’s Edge Resort in Edgewater Only minutes from Radium Hot Springs, Seasonal Rental, Furnished, References required, No pets, No smoking. $1,100/month plus utilities.
Luxurious living at the Riverside Golfcourse in Fairmont Hot Springs 3 bdrm., furnished, seasonal, no pets, no smoking: $1,800/month plus utilities.
Call Eric Redeker Rocky Mountain Realty • 342-5914 www.ericredeker.com
DEALS Pioneer Classieds
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P IONEER C LASSIFIEDS CAREERS
1994 Mercury Villager mini van. Well maintained, high kilometers, good around town vehicle, 342-9482.
Store Clerks needed. Must be enthusiastic and enjoy people. $13/hour, store discounts and advancement opportunities. Apply in person to Invermere Petro-Canada.
1995 Ford F-150 XL extra cab 4x4, 5.8 litre V8, 171,000 km, blue/grey leather exterior, cloth interior, after market wheels and tires, matching canopy bed liner, step bars, etc. Well maintained, $10,000, OBO, 342-6954. 2002 Jeep TJ, 73,000 km, leather interior, hard & soft top, excellent condition. $16,500.00 or take over payments, 341-7081.
SERVICES TOTAL HEATING SYSTEMS HEAT PUMPS FURNACES DUCT WORK 342-1167 Phil’s Carpentry – Everything from roofs to decks, completion of basement and bathrooms. Phone 341-8033 cell or 3428474 home. Not on valley time.
CAREERS Skookum Family Restaurant is now hiring P/T evening cooks and P/T servers. Please contact Lori at 341-3336.
Residential Care Worker. Temporary, full time position. RCA or PCA or HSW or equivalent. Union membership, HEU. See posting, Mt. Nelson Place. Manager: Donna Jefferson 3423699. Trims and Treasures Esthetics Studio Is looking to expand its already amazing team of professionals! We are looking for an energetic, self motivated Stylist to start immediately. Health benefits available. Stop by and ask for France or email resume to info@ trimsandtreasures.ca Valley Hawk Security is seeking full-time and part-time security guards. Night/day shifts in Invermere and Panorama area. Call 250-688-4295 or email resume to valleyhawksecurity@ shaw.ca. Anglz Hair Studio is looking for a full time/part time Hair Stylist. Call Maria, 342-3227.
VEHICLE FOR SALE
$10,000,000 2002 Jeep Liberty Limited Edition V6, fully loaded, 4x4, 85,000 kms
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Grizzly Mountain Grill in Radium
Requires Experienced Cooks and Servers
An energetic, hardworking person with a strong housekeeping background and a keen eye for detail is required in our operations department. This position involves assisting the Operations Manager and Supervisor in the care of approximately one hundred local vacation properties. Numerous tasks include regularly visiting properties to maintain quality control, responding to guest concerns, scheduling cleaning and repairs, completing property inventories, performing errands, organizing and distributing linen, providing support to cleaning staff and some administration duties.
Call 342-1666 Fax: 341-3453
or send resume to: PO Box 1079, Invermere, BC V0A 1K0
The successful candidate will possess a positive attitude, be self motivated, detail oriented and capable of consistently performing multiple tasks. You must be organized and efﬁcient and have excellent people, telephone and computer skills. Must be able to work weekends. This position offers a competitive starting wage and a health beneﬁts plan. Join Canfor where innovative leadership and a commitment to the highest standards of safety, environmental and operational excellence have secured our place as a national and global leader in the forest products industry. The Radium Sawmill produces 170,000 Mfbm of dimension lumber annually. Located within the Columbia Valley of the East Kootenays, Radium Hot Springs (www.adventurevalley.com) is sited in one of Canada’s most desired living areas.
www.highcountryproperties.com Forward resume to the General Manager, Julie Neville at email@example.com or fax 250-342-0294 Only interview candidates will be contacted.
Brilliance in Packaging… We Got it in the Bag!
Junior Accountant Reporting to the Divisional Controller, you will be responsible for the correct and timely information flow of data. Specifically you will: ● assist with month-end duties ● perform reconciliations of accounts ● provide reports ● prepare weekly cost analysis ● coordinate hourly time processing ● check coding/hours ● process A/P invoices ● provide back-up to accounting/administrative staff.
Without question, our Packaging Team Members are the best baggers in the biz! Focusing on the safe and efﬁcient operation of machinery to package, box, prepare and ship the best coffee in the country, their duties also include daily clean-up, room staging and relentless quality control. It is tough work in a team setting demanding a high set of standards.
You are a highly motivated high school graduate who has outstanding computer skills including the MS Office suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook). You thrive in a team setting and have strong communication, organizational and interpersonal skills. Preference will be given to those who have a minimum of 3 years’ experience working in an office environment and are enrolled in a recognized Accounting program.
Packaging Department Full-time (5 days/week) and Part-time Shifts Available In return we provide the stability of a positive, year-round work environment, competitive wages, extended health and wellness beneﬁts, recreation allowance, professional development opportunities, paid day-off birthdays, and a steady pipeline to satisfy the most discerning addiction!
We offer a competitive salary/benefit package. We wish to thank everyone for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Please forward your résumé to:
If you: • Work best in a fast paced, ever-changing environment • Are a team player with a “glass half full” outlook on life • Hate complacency and mediocrity and possess a critical eye and attention to detail • Are physically ﬁt, can maintain a high level of energy (while on your feet for an 8 hour period) and still keep a good sense of humor
Canadian Forest Products Ltd. Radium Laura Curnow Fax: 250.347.9630 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Then we have a spot for you on our Team! Email us at email@example.com or fax 250-342-4450. We will contact successful applicants.
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28 • The Columbia Valley Pioneer REGIONAL DISTRICT OF EAST KOOTENAY 19 – 24th Avenue South Cranbrook BC V1C 3H8 Phone: (250) 489-2791 or 1-888-478-7335 Fax: (250) 489-1287 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
OPEN HOUSE NOTICE LAKE WINDERMERE OFFICIAL COMMUNITY PLAN You are invited to attend an open house to review the draft Lake Windermere Ofﬁcial Community Plan. The open house will provide an opportunity to review and pick up a copy of the draft plan. Comment forms will also be provided to assist in gathering feedback from area residents and property owners. Two open houses will be held at:
Windermere Community Hall 4726 North Street Windermere BC
MONDAY, January 21st, 2008 from 7:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m. and THURSDAY, January 24th, 2008 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. If you are unable to attend an open house the draft OCP document, map schedules and comment form will be available on the RDEK website at www.rdek.bc.ca on January 21, 2008. For further information contact Karen MacLeod, Planner, at 250-489-0313, toll-free at 1-888-478-7335 (RDEK) or email@example.com.
} RECEIVED YOUR NOTICE? Assessment Notices were mailed to all owners of property in British Columbia on December 31, 2007.
If you own a property, and do not receive your notice by January 17, please contact BC Assessment. Toll Free: 1-866-499-9980 email: firstname.lastname@example.org If you DO NOT require a new notice, but would like to change your address online, use the new form at www.bcassessment.ca
January 11, 2008
Jumbo Glacier Resort will threaten local ski hills Dear Editor: I would like to comment on the proposed Jumbo Resort as someone who has worked in the ski industry (pro patroller at Kimberley Alpine Resort) for the past 25 years; as someone who has raised two sons who have been Canadian National Ski Team members and who have competed at Olympic and World Cup levels; and as someone who has volunteered over the past 30 years at amateur and pro snow sports events. Many residents in our Kootenay communities are dependent on their local ski resorts for their livelihoods. Our athletes are dependent on local ski resorts for training and competitive opportunities. The proposed Jumbo Resort threatens the economic viability of existing Kootenay resorts. A dozen ski resorts within a three-hour drive of Invermere are working hard to survive and will be aﬀected by Jumbo. Visitors fall into three groups: Group A – local skiers; Group B – day and weekend visitors; Group C – destination, multi-day visitors. Jumbo is planned as a “mega-resort” with 20 ski lifts, 6,000 hectares of terrain, 6,500 beds, restaurants, shops, etc. All brandnew and enticing. Consider Group A – local skiers. Will they choose to spend some of their ski time away from their local resort to go and check out Jumbo? Of course they will, and local revenue will be lost. Consider Group B – day and weekend visitors. Currently, a large percentage of these come from Alberta and Saskatchewan. Will they be enticed to a new mega-resort like Jumbo, especially with a shorter driving time from Calgary? Of course they will, and more local revenue will be lost. Consider Group C – destination multi-day visitors. They book a holiday on a package plan that typically includes lift tickets, accommodation, parking, ski storage, rentals, lessons, meals, discount coupons, etc. Ski resorts are in the business to make a proﬁt. All kinds of perks are oﬀered in their multi-day packages to keep their visitors at their resorts.
A Jumbo proponent has suggested to me that visiting skiers will behave as visiting golfers do – i.e. visit diﬀerent golf courses in the area. The analogy does not apply. Area golf courses are all similar, most of them oﬀering 18 holes and one club house. Here’s what destination skiers would have to do to visit a diﬀerent ski resort: arrange a vehicle rental; get up early to pick up, warm up, gas up and load up the vehicle. Hit the road in the dark, with icy winter driving conditions being the norm here. And let’s not forget the ubiquitous deer and elk on our highways. Stop for breakfast – more money spent. Arrive at a local resort, park, pack all the gear to the base area, rent a locker – more money spent; stand in the line-up and buy lift passes – more money spent; arrange for a lesson – more money spent; ﬁnally, go skiing. Our local resorts are awesome; but there will not be 20 lifts and 6,000 hectares of terrain to choose from; or a huge selection of dining options. Once the vehicle is retrieved from the parking lot and all the wet gear loaded up, the return drive will include all the joys of the early-morning drive: deer, ice, dark, plus exhaustion from a day’s skiing. On return to Jumbo the vehicle will have to be unloaded and returned before the visitors can once again relax in their hotel, add up all their expenses and wonder whatever possessed them. This scenario is all conjecture, of course. Skiers know in advance what is involved with a day trip to another ski resort and they are not going to do it. Destination visitors to Whistler/Blackcomb don’t visit Grouse or Seymour Mountains. And destination visitors to Jumbo are not going to grace our existing local resorts with their presence. Let’s support our local ski resorts. They have provided livelihoods to our residents for decades. Let’s support the value of Jumbo as a wilderness area – this is a unique gift we have, on a planet where wilderness and wildlife are rapidly diminishing. Karen Paynter, Kimberley
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Valley-wide hiking trail system planned ed by December 2008. Once the trail is completed, it will be a key piece of the group’s trail network. “The parking lot and kiosk have been installed, and the grant will be used to develop signage and trails at Dry Gulch. The trail goes up to Mile Hill, and we’re in negotiations with the Village of Radium and the hot springs to continue the trail right into the village. We’re also in negotiations with the Shushwap Band for trails on their property, which will allow us to take a trail directly into Invermere, crossing the river on a pedestrian bridge and continuing along the foreshore by the Pointe of View condo development. And we’re hoping to have a Wetlands Information Centre in the future as well,” Mr. MacDonald said. There is already a short trail at the James Chabot Dragonﬂy Boardwalk which has interpretive signs. Mr. MacDonald explained Greenways are holding talks with stakeholders and developers from Pointe of View, but they are still in the early stages of meetings. “We’re also thinking of extending the walkway further south along Lake Windermere, and we’ve certainly been in discussions with a number of players,” Mr. MacDonald said. Many groups have been consulted about the trail network, such as the Department of the Environment, B.C. Parks, as well as inviduals representing diﬀerent geographic areas and aboriginal communities.
By Rachel Pinder Pioneer Staﬀ Walking enthusiasts are set to beneﬁt from a range of trails being constructed across the valley, with 15 kilometres of routes set to be completed next year. It’s all thanks to the Ross MacDonald Columbia River Greenways Alliance, which has a variety of projects on the go. Chairman Ross MacDonald said the overall goal is to install both a greenway and trail network that spans the length of the Upper Columbia River Valley from Canal Flats to Donald, north of Golden. He explained they just receieved a boost after receiving a grant of $2,000 to construct the Dry Gulch Trail (Radium to Dry Gulch segment), plus two signs at the Dry Gulch Kiosk. The grant was awarded by the Columbia Valley Community Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to enhancing the valley’s quality of life. In May 2006, ground trail construction began and the Radium to Dry Gulch section should be complet-
And the Columbia River Greenways Alliance beneﬁts from grants which are distributed by many diﬀerent providers such as the Columbia Basin Trust, Sonoran Institute and the Mark Kingsbury Foundation. Another part of the trail under development is the area north of Radium Hot Springs. Genesis Development and Spur Valley Development have agreed to put in trails on land adjacent to the golf course, with discussions still underway. The section of Columbia Trail at Canal Flats is also nearing completion. Colin Cartwright, former board member of the Columbia River Greenways Alliance, has been involved with developing 1.5 kilometres of trails, including several bridges and picnic sites, with wildlife viewing opportunities, and interpretation signs which explain the natural and cultural history. Mr. MacDonald said when all the trails are completed, there will be a total of 15 kilometres of walking tracks by next year. “What we’re trying to do is recognize that the valley is inter-connected between diﬀerent human communities and adjacent wetlands, grasslands and forest. And that is something we should be celebrating and educating people about. If we take this opportunity to inter-connect through wise use of our footprints, we can reduce the impact on the environment,” Mr. MacDonald said. For more information, visit www.greenways.ca.
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Living in a condo in Radium has made life easier for us to pursue our interests of traveling, golﬁng, skiing and hiking. When we want to go we just lock the door! Radium has a lot to offer because of its location and of course the national park hiking trails and hot springs are within walking distance. The library right across the street from The Pinewood has a great selection of books and all the latest best sellers to read in your leisure time. Condo living is worry free as far a outside maintenance is concerned. The inside has all the features that make everyday living in a condo a delight. We have also met many neighbours in the condo who have become friends. We have lived in two condo developments by Instautor Group and couldn’t be happier in our choice to live full-time here!
Rob & Karen Bedford Full-time residents in Radium
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Respect our lake
The new cost of breaking traffic laws will make these really handy.
Dear Editor: Further to Ms. Zimmerman’s letter of last week, I wish to complain also about drivers of snowmobiles and other wheeled vehicles, this time on the lake at Windermere. Don’t drivers of such snow toys realize that when they drive over the island, they destroy the grasses, small shrubs and trees growing there? Do they not know they shouldn’t drive trucks onto the ice, unload snow vehicles, and then ﬁll them up with gas? Where do they think the spillage is going? The domestic water intake for the village is only metres away! It seems that as soon as some people acquire snow vehicles, they also lose all common sense and consideration! Anne Picton, Windermere
Thanks for your help Dear Editor:
Bad driving habits will soon cost you more. Starting January 1, ICBC introduces the Driver Risk Premium. It makes drivers with bad habits pay more. For very bad habits — a lot more. The decisions you make, including whether or not to speed, drive recklessly, or drink and drive, are all within your control. Whether you pay more to drive is now up to you as well. For more information visit ICBC.com.
YOU’RE LOCAL , YOU GET IT ! The Columbia Valley Pioneer
On behalf of the Christmas Bureau of the Columbia Valley Board, I would like to thank the entire Columbia Valley community for their generous Christmas spirit. Valley businesses, employee groups, service clubs, schools, sports teams, families and individuals supported the Christmas Bureau by making ﬁnancial donations, sponsoring food hampers and angel gifts and contributing countless hours of volunteer time. Their generosity enabled the Christmas Bureau to distribute 157 food hampers and 439 Christmas gifts to needy families on December 19, 2007. Thank you for brightening the holidays for your neighbours.
Sheila Bonny, Invermere
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January 11, 2008
Cuddle time with God Pastor Wayne Frater Radium Christian Fellowship With Christmas behind us, and a new year ahead of us, I would like to take the time to wish all those who take the time to read our articles, a very blessed and prosperous 2008, a year of new beginnings. The other day, Linda and I had the awesome opportunity to have our grandson visit us for an afternoon. Jesse, 19 months old, was scurrying around, full of curiosity; checking this out, into this and into that, always on the go. Suddenly, as I was relaxing on the couch, I had the most amazing experience. Jesse, in the midst of his busyness, stopped what he was doing, gathered up his blanket, came over to me, climbed up on my lap, and laid his head down on my shoulder. It wasn’t as if he was tired. He didn’t go to sleep. He just lay there for a while with his eyes open, looking at me, showing me, I think, his love for me. I believe I experienced for a few minutes how God must feel, when we take time out of our busy schedule to spend time with Him. When we put aside our agenda, get out His Word, talk to Him and tell Him how much we love and appreciate Him. We love God for who He is and we give thanks and praise to Him
for all He has done for us. Take time this year, to set aside some time, each and every day. Go to God. Get up on His lap. Lay your head down on His chest. Listen to his heartbeat, and say “Daddy, I just want to spend time with you. You are great and wonderful, and I love you, because you ﬁrst loved me.” You see, God does love us. Each and every one of us. No matter who we are, or what we have done. He showed that love, one cold Christmas day, over 2000 years ago, when He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to be born. Then 33 years later, to die on a cross for you and for me. That is love! God knew, that when He sent His son, that was the only way that sin and death could be defeated. That was the only way mankind could get out from under the curse. Jesus defeated death and rose on the third day. If you know God’s love, that is wonderful, and I encourage you to get to know Him even better over the coming days. If you don’t know this wonderful love that I am talking about here today, then I encourage you to spend time getting to know Him. If you don’t know how, or if you need a Bible, or if you just want to talk or pray about something, drop in and visit us at our prayer centre, at Number 4, 7553 West, main street in Radium. There is somebody there, most Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; or give us a call at 347-9937.
Valley Churches LAKE WINDERMERE ALLIANCE CHURCH Sunday: 10:30 a.m. Worship and Life Instruction: W.W.W.W.W.U. Sunday School, age 3 to Grade 7, during morning service. 7 p.m. Sing and Celebrate. For sermons online: www.sermonplayer.com/lwac Pastor Jared Enns • 326 - 10th Avenue, Invermere • 342-9535 WINDERMERE VALLEY SHARED MINISTRY Sunday: 10:30 a.m. Morning Worship Christ Church Trinity, Invermere Rev. Sandy Ferguson • 110 - 7th Avenue, Invermere • 342-6644 www.wvsm.info or www.christchurchtrinity.com VALLEY CHRISTIAN ASSEMBLY Sunday: 10 a.m. Sunday Service Children’s Church during the message part of the service. 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 • Sunday 4 p.m. Father Jim McHugh • 712 -12th Ave., Invermere • 342-6167 ST. PETER’S LUTHERAN MISSION OF INVERMERE 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. Pastor Wayne and Linda Frater • Radium Seniors’ Hall • 342-6633 THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTERDAY SAINTS Sunday Service, 10 a.m. • Sunday School, 11 a.m. President Grant Watkins • Columbia Valley Branch 5014 Fairway, Fairmont Hot Springs • 345-0079
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