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Your Weekly Source for News and Events

Vol. 5/Issue 25


The Columbia


P ioneer

June 20, 2008



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

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Gerry running for mayor Gerry Taft launches his campaign to be Invermere’s youngest mayor. See Page 2.


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Valley NEWS Gerry Taft first candidate to declare for mayor making Invermere even better,” he said. “We’re reaching a point where Gerry Taft is the in the future we’ll end up first person to throw his approving projects that hat into the ring as a benefit the community candidate for mayor of a great deal. We’re in a Invermere. position where we can Invermere’s youngpick and choose the best est councillor ever anof the best and we don’t nounced last week that have to accept or approve he is running to succeed everything that comes current mayor Mark before us.” Shmigelsky. Development out“I feel honoured to side Invermere is also a put my name forward for concern for him. “A lot of it has prothis important position,” he said in a press release ceeded without any planhe prepared himself. ning or with very little “The potential and public attention and yet, opportunity to maintain arguably, it has as much and enhance Invermere or a greater impact than and this region are so exdevelopments within citing and motivating it Invermere,” he said. makes this difficult deciHe added that he sion possible.” agrees with the concept Mr. Taft was first of expanding the boundelected councillor at the aries of Invermere. tender age of 20 and has Gerry has drawn fire for supporting high-density develop“I would really like ment in Invermere, along with his fellow councillors. served for two terms. At to see Invermere and 26, he would be InverWindermere and the mere’s youngest mayor, if areas between cooperelected. ate more and see if there’s any potential for sharing He said his age shouldn’t be an issue. resources or even combining,” he said. “Any kind of “Some people may view it in a negative sense,” he cooperation would have to ensure that it’s fair for evsaid. “I think the fact that I’ve served two terms on eryone and every property owner involved.” council and that I’m born and raised in the commuIn addition to his duties as councillor, Mr. Taft nity and know most of the issues and people here will also owns Gerry’s Gelati in downtown Invermere, remove a lot of those concerns.” which he opened in 2004. As councillor, Mr. Taft chairs the Development “Small business and politics are both very deServices Committee and serves on the Corporate Ser- manding but there is some connection between the vices and Operational Services committees. two in that I am very accessible,” he said. “In no way As chair of the Development committee, he has am I going to be in an ivory tower somewhere. I’m been at the centre of some controversial development very much interacting with residents of all ages on a issues, such as the Pointe of View condominiums in daily basis.” Athalmer and the downtown Vista del Lago condoMr. Taft was born and raised in Invermere. He minium project next to the arena that has yet to begin graduated from David Thompson Secondary School construction. in 2000 and obtained a diploma in hotel and resort “Some of the projects that previous councils have management from University College of the Cariboo approved were good projects and will have a place in in 2002. By Alex Cooper Pioneer Staff

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Valley NEWS

Environmental tax to raise $210,000 annually, if property-owners vote yes By Alex Cooper Pioneer Staff Valley homeowners will be assessed an extra $20 on their property taxes to help protect the environment – if voters support the proposal in a November referendum. With 10,500 properties in the valley, the fund would amount to a healthy $210,000 per year to spend on environmental issues. The elected representatives in all three municipalities in the region – Invermere, Radium and Canal Flats – as well as the directors of Area F and Area G of the Regional District of East Kootenay – have voted in favour of going to the voters with the concept of a Local Conservation Fund. “I’m extremely proud of the fact the whole valley was able to get together on this issue,” said Invermere mayor Mark Shmigelsky. The fund was proposed by the East Kootenay Conservation Program, a partnership of 40 conservation, industry and government organizations in the East Kootenay dedicated to conserving natural areas. The proposal was initially intended to cover the entire regional district. However, other elected councils outside the valley have rejected the proposal. Councils in Cranbrook, Elkford, Fernie and Sparwood refused

to carry the idea forward to their constituents. “The goals and objectives of your organization are better funded by private donations than another level of taxation,” said Sparwood mayor David Wilks in a letter to the East Kootenay Conservation Program. The City of Cranbrook chief administrative officer Will Pearce said in a similar letter that the local property tax base was not an acceptable source of revenue for such a fund. But Greg Deck, the mayor of Radium and chair of the district board of directors, said he’s willing to pay the extra tax. “I know that what makes my place valuable is everything that’s around me.” He added that it is important to have the fund approved as a regional initiative across the entire Columbia Valley, because residents make use of so much of the area beyond their towns. A survey conducted by polling firm Cameron Strategy for the conservation program polled 751 people in both the East and West Kootenays and found that local residents “place a high value on ecological goods and services, including clean water, clean air, wildlife and open spaces.” Nancy Newhouse, the program manager for the East Kootenay Conservation Program, said that if passed, money raised by the fund could be leveraged to get further support from the government, private

groups and individuals, and foundations. “It’s important there is demonstrated community support,” she said. “It sends a powerful message to other funders.” Community groups, municipalities, and First Nations groups would be able to apply for money from the fund to be put towards environmental initiatives, said Ms. Newhouse. She said money could go towards conserving fish and wildlife habitat, conserving watersheds, and conserving open spaces including family ranches and forested land. Ms. Newhouse cited conservation projects like the Dutch Creek Hoodoos, which is protected by the Nature Conservancy of Canada; and the Lake Windermere Project, an initiative of Wildsight, as examples of what could be done with the fund. It would be administered by an independent board consisting of regional district directors, individuals from the business and environmental sectors and First Nations communities, and would be in place for ten years, starting in 2009. The East Kootenay Conservation Program will promote the fund ahead of the referendum with mailouts, open houses, and other information sessions. “People care about the environment and their quality of life here,” said Mr. Shmigelsky. “I’m confident it will pass.”

Motorcyclist collides with grizzly in park Submitted by Parks Canada A male motorcyclist collided with a large male grizzly bear three kilometres north of the Simpson Monument on Highway 93 South at about 8 p.m. on the evening of June 17th. Underlying cause of the collision is not yet known. Both B.C. and Banff Emergency Medical Services were called to the scene. Banff personnel arrived first and transported the patient to Banff Min-

eral Springs Hospital, where he is being treated for a broken arm and minor lacerations. The male grizzly bear was killed upon impact. According to the Grizzly Bear Monitoring Report, 75 percent of grizzly bear deaths in the mountain national parks are caused by humans, and 12 percent of those occur on the mountain park highways. Due to snow and limited food sources at higher elevations, there are currently high concentrations of bears in the valley bottoms. Please obey all high-

way signage. Though traffic levels are lighter around dawn and dusk, this is the most active time for wildlife so please be extra cautious when traveling during these times. Please give animals the space they need at this critical time of year. Driving at reduced speed will add about two minutes’ driving time, but can save the lives of people and wildlife alike. Report all bear sightings to the Banff Warden Office at (403) 762-1470.

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On June 10th, RCMP were called to a dispute between neighbours. On arrival, police met with the caller who told them that the previous day he was with friends when a neighbour “grabbed” his young child out of a tree and brought him to the ground. The caller also told police that, in retaliation, he had cut down the neighbour’s tree. The investigators then met with the other homeowner who told them that as he was outside collecting firewood he saw the neighbour’s child in the tree and told him to get out. When he went out a second time and saw the same child in the tree, he again told him to get out and lifted him out of the tree, setting him on his feet. The neighbour said he did so to prevent the boy from falling or damaging the tree. The police discussed the various options open to the neighbours and they decided to settle matters between them. No charges are being considered in this case.

Drunk causes problems in Pano

On June 14th, RCMP were called to Panorama Mountain Village as the security staff had a fellow there who had been drunk and causing problems in one of the local pubs all night long. Panorama Mountain Village had already banned the man from their property. Upon arrival, police took a 25-year-old American man into custody for being drunk in public. He was released from police custody the following morning.

Camping gear found in Fairmont

Fairmont Hot Springs Resort have recovered some camping gear and food which was piled neatly alongside one of their campground roads. The gear is being held at the R.V. Office, but the perishable food has been discarded to avoid attracting wildlife. The owner may check at the R.V. Office to claim their belongings.

On June 14th around 8:50 p.m., the RCMP stopped a Ford truck in Canal Flats. The passenger had an open beer and the driver admitted to police that he had consumed some a bit earlier. The driver was given a demand to provide samples of his breath into an approved screening device at roadside. The driver failed the screening test and was issued a 24-hour prohibition. The truck was towed, and its occupants driven home by the police officers.

Local, Calgarian locked up for night

On June 14th around 2 a.m., RCMP broke up a fight between a Radium man and a Calgary resident in downtown Invermere. Both men were arrested for causing a disturbance by fighting and lodged in the detachment cells. They were released the following morning and were issued provincial violation tickets for “being drunk in public” as opposed to the more serious criminal charge of “causing a disturbance”.

Ball diamond draws drunks

On June 14th around 6:30 p.m., the RCMP received a complaint regarding a large group of people consuming alcohol at the ball diamond by Kinsmen Beach. The caller was concerned as there were several children in the area as well. Police attended the scene and saw several groups of people consuming alcohol. One group of individuals was sitting in a truck, drinking liquor. They also had a large cooler full of liquor, as well as cases of beer in the back of their pickup. The group was cooperative and dumped out their open liquor. In addition, RCMP seized almost six dozen containers of beer from two coolers that were in the back of another pickup. Police had witnessed this group put the coolers in the back of their truck when they first arrived on the scene. The organizer of the event was informed that he can apply to the B.C. Liquor Branch to have the liquor returned. I would have thought most people know consuming liquor in a public place is illegal. Yet some continue to do it, then act indignant when the police enforce the law after receiving complaints from the public. Here’s a tip: save the liquor for your home or a licensed establishment. If you drink in public, you draw attention to yourself. So don’t act surprised when the police show up. You brought it on yourself.

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Cranbrook to launch international flights By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff A momentous deal with Delta Air Lines will bring three international flights a week into the newly branded Canadian Rockies International Airport in Cranbrook. Signed last week, the deal will give 65 million Americans the ability to access the Columbia Valley within half a day. In reverse, valley residents will be able to connect straight into more than 200 destinations across the U.S. Starting on December 17th and running continuously until April, Delta will operate twohour flights from Salt Lake City, Utah, to Cranbrook, departing at 11:10 a.m. and arriving at 1:08 p.m. The flight will return to Salt Lake City at 3:33 p.m. Within two hours of that arrival time, connections will depart Salt Lake for 20 U.S. cities, including New York, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles. The schedule is the result of a complex arrangement between Delta and the Fly YXC Alliance, a group established specifically to appeal for international flights into Canadian Rockies International Airport. The Alliance is made up of nine representatives from businesses across the Columbia Valley who have each recognized the potential provided by an international

airport on their doorstep. Fly YXC chairman John Sheehan confirmed that the flights will open doors for local businesses. “This is a big deal,” Mr. Sheehan said. “It will have a massive impact on the Columbia Valley.” Tourist-driven organizations from across the valley have shown their support by contributing to a $784,000 revenue guarantee for Delta. “It’s a heartening effort as to getting traditional competitors to cooperate,” Mr. Sheehan said. For Panorama Mountain Village, one of the Alliance’s key supporters, the proof will be in the pudding. “Our financial support is only a part of it,” said Eric Whittle, director of sales and marketing at Panorama. “The prospect of this flight is beneficial and very exciting. The service provides easy access from a significant number of major locations that have previously been unable to get to this region.” Mr. Whittle agreed that the collaboration between businesses in the valley is a remarkable thing. “Everyone should be quite proud that across the board people have come forward with large and small amounts to support the deal,” he said. “It wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for the support of the community.” The renovation of the arrivals section at Canadian

Rockies International Airport in Cranbrook will be completed on August 15th, well in advance of Delta commencing flights. “Canadian Customs moved into the airport eight weeks ago and they are currently preparing for Delta’s arrival,” said airport managing director Phillip Elchitz. “From the airport’s perspective, everyone here is very excited about the anticipated arrival of Delta Air Lines.” According to John Sheehan, that excitement is almost guaranteed to translate into success for the businesses who have backed the venture. “The chances of us losing money are pretty slim,” he said. “If we can catch even 10 percent of the people who are driving somewhere else to fly south, then we have met the service requirements.” Eric Whittle believed the support of the community will also contribute to the service’s success. “The reason that it looks like this will be successful is the tremendous number of businesses that have put forward support,” he said. With this support behind them, Fly YXC is now speaking to WestJet about possible flights into Cranbrook from Edmonton and Toronto. “We have a can-do attitude now,” Mr. Sheehan said. “We will make this airport better yet. There’s no stopping.”

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June 20, 2008

Living off the grid By Elinor Florence Pioneer Publisher

B.C. Hydro has one thing right: the energy that we’re using has to come from somewhere. If we don’t want to dam our rivers, then we have to make drastic cuts to the amount of power we waste, or start dipping into our savings to pay for it. Some people are already trying to figure out how to live without traditional energy sources. The concept of disconnecting our homes from public utilities is gaining a small following: it’s called living “off the grid.” These homes are powered by solar and wind energy, stored in batteries and run off a generator. Second homes are a good way to try out this lifestyle, since people aren’t living in them year-round anyway. We can expect to see more of these homes in the future, although the initial installation costs are quite high, and there’s nobody to call if something goes wrong. In the meantime, as the energy crisis heats up, it’s time to put on our heavy sweaters.

Historical Lens SCHOOLMATES – This class of Grade 11 and 12 students was photographed in the fall of 1939. The source of the photo was Mr. and Mrs. Norman Collinson. Back, left to right: Breen Melvin – principal, John Peatfield, Stan Frater, Dave McGuiness, Ron Ede, Norman Collinson, Ralph Tobiason and Hans Braathen. Front, left to right: Avril Dobbie, Doreen Johnston, Lillian Blake, Margaret Ashworth, Marjory Sinclair, Shirley Newton and Doreen Sinclair. If you have more info about Photo A578, email the Windermere Valley Museum at

East side residents press for incorporation Dear Editor: It is becoming increasingly clear to the residents of the east side of the lake that incorporation must occur if residents are going to have any sort of control over the future of Windermere. It would appear that Windermere would not be the only community in Canada with a minority residential occupation and yet be incorporated. The furious pace of development and the Regional District of East Kootenay’s inability to make the necessary changes to address these developmental pressures leave no other alternative for Windermere residents. The recent Federal-Provincial denial of

infrastructure funding is just one example. An incorporated Windermere will provide access to funding assistance and access to the property taxes generated on the east side of the lake. This will undoubtedly again raise the question of joining Invermere. Absorption by Invermere is a “one size fits all” plan. Yes, we have similar goals that include protecting the environment; particularly the lake. But the rush into inadequately planned highdensity development that is evident on the west side of the lake does not fit with Windermere’s official community plan. Joining Invermere would not give the east side the same access to infrastructure funding

that a newly formed municipality has access to by provincial municipal policy. A new east side council would obviously investigate opportunities to share services with Invermere. Some concerned citizens of the east side are getting together to request that Municipal Affairs investigate incorporation. If you are intereested in joining this group to make your voice heard, please call Rod Turnbull on 342-3966 or Doug Anakin on 342-0022. M. J. and D. Anakin, G. and G. Baresco, C. Dear, A. Dunlop, M. and H. Eldstrom, R. and H. Franken, V. Page, R. and C. Turnbull.

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Regarding the family portrait picture in your May 30th issue: The two boys, George and Clement Young, together with another boy named Vivian Marples, were drowned on November 4th, 1913. This tragedy occurred while the children were playing on the thin ice of a pond close to the Young residence. A fourth boy, Ken Marples, didn’t reach the pond until the others had broken through the ice. He ran back to the farm house and got Mrs. Young, but although she plunged into the lake she wasn’t able to rescue the three boys. The source of the above information was taken from Mollie Laird’s family history, called “The Things I Do Remember”. Mollie, a sister of Vivian Marples, now resides at Burns Lake, B.C. Ray Crook Invermere

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Christopher Stringer of Edgewater was the fastest runner in Grade 5 in the 10-kilometre run at the district fun run at Laird School, held on May 23rd, not the five-kilometre run as reported earlier.

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The Lake Windermere Alliance Church Youth Group (a.k.a. Crossfire) recently took a trip to Edmonton for a Youth Conference called Y.C. Alberta. We chose to do several fundraising activities to make this trip more affordable for the kids. We were so touched by all the support from the community and wanted to make sure that those groups were recognized. Firstly, we asked the Columbia Valley Rockies hockey club if we could rent their bus for the weekend. They very generously quoted us a price and we excitedly accepted. Later, when we went to pay for the bus rental, it was much less than we expected. We were so touched! That made a very big impression. We were also given the use of the bus last year for the same event and want to express our appreciation for that as well. Thank you very much, Columbia Valley Rockies!

We also did a bottle drive and the community again pitched in and showed their support. On the May long weekend, Home Hardware provided a space for us as well as the use of their barbecue to do a “Smokie & Pop” fundraiser. Thank you, Home Hardware, and all those who donated to the cause. We are quite aware and appreciative of the very generous spirit of this community and wanted everyone to know. The Crossfire Youth consists of two alternating age groups that get together on Tuesday nights, Grades 7-9 and Grades 10-12. A total of 19 youth and six adults (including our amazing bus driver) went to the conference in May. Except for a couple of the kids getting sick, the trip was a major success and quite the experience.

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Throw away drink bottles, Laird students told By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff

Grade 7 students Katrina DuBois and Julia Stiz show off their new, stainless-steel water bottles, a graduating gift from J. Alfred Laird School.

Students at J. A. Laird Elementary School have been asked to throw away their plastic Nalgene bottles as a result of an alarming Health Canada report on the chemical Bisphenol A. Released in April, the report stated that while the chemical should not be a concern to the general public, there is a risk for newborns and infants exposed to the chemical in baby bottles. Used to make a hard plastic called polycarbonate, which resembles glass, Bisphenol A can be found in water bottles, baby bottles and tin cans. Health Canada’s report concluded that the low levels of exposure for the general public are not a significant risk. However, if polycarbonate baby bottles are filled with boiling water, infants can potentially be in danger. Tests on Bisphenol A show that it mimics a human hormone. Experiments have linked low exposure to the chemical to cancer. The report is now in a 60-day consultation period, after which the government may ban polycarbonate

baby bottles, making Canada the first county to act on Bisphenol A. The rising concern has pushed J. A. Laird principal David Gee to put a hold on students’ water bottles that may contain the chemical. “We have talked to our classes about plastic Nalgene bottles and encouraged kids to replace them,” Mr. Gee said. The school has also replaced all plastic water dispensers on its grounds with glass ones. Furthermore, all graduating Grade 7 students have been given a stainless-steel water bottle as a farewell gift. Nalgene has responded to the fears over Bisphenol A and will phase out products that contain the chemical over several months. “Based on all available scientific evidence, we continue to believe that Nalgene products containing Bisphenol A are safe for their intended use,” said Steven Silverman, general manager of Nalgene. “However, our customers indicated they preferred BPA-free alternatives and we acted in response to those concerns.” Bottles marked with a Type 07 recycle symbol may contain Bisphenol A. If the bottle also has the lettering PC, it contains polycarbonate. Visit Health Canada’s website at for more information.

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What’s Happening in the Columbia Valley

Music • visual arts • dining • Bar Scene • entertainment • performance ARTS




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Out & About Don’t miss the chance to see these talented dancers from Aspire Dance Academy and many other acts perform at Kinsmen Beach on Canada Day. For more, see Page 12. Reach · Pynelogs Cultural Centre

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Featuring the following artists: David Goldsmith, Jill Bukovnik, Paula Cravens, Jane Murray, Ronda Wood, Jon Howlett, Maggie Leal Valias. June 24 – July 6. ARTIST OPENING: June 25 from 7-9. Gallery Open daily from 11– 4 pm.

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Music • visual arts • dining • Bar Scene • entertainment • performance ARTS

Review: Be Kind Rewind

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Reviewed by Sheila Bonny The Black Tower by P.D. James “The Black Tower” is another of P.D. James’s classic murder mysteries featuring the sophisticated detective/ poet, Commander Adam Dalgliesh of New Scotland Yard. While recovering from serious illness and a brush with his own mortality, he questions his commitment to dealing daily with “decomposing flesh and smashed bone”. Nevertheless, during his convalescence, he responds to a request for a professional consultation with Father Baddeley, an elderly friend and chaplain to Toynton Grange, an isolated home for the young disabled in coastal Dorset.


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tized and he erases all the tapes in the store. When one customer decides she wants to rent “Ghostbusters”, Mike and Jerry, in an act of desperation, recreate the movie themselves. “I’m Bill Murray; you play everyone else,” Mike says. They name their versions of Hollywood movies “Sweding”. With the help of Alma (Melonie Diaz) and the rest of Passaic, they recreate dozens of classics. They’re poorly made but become wildly popular to the point that customers are lined up at the doors. “Be Kind Rewind” could be nothing but a series of spoofs, but writer and director Michel Gondry (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”) manages to infuse the film with heartfelt whimsy. To him, VHS tapes are more soulful than the DVDs that replaced them. The whole community gets involved in Mike and Jerry’s remakes in a way they never could with Hollywood movies.

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On arrival at Toynton, Dalgliesh meets a strange community of residents embittered by their disabilities, and staff cloaked in monastic robes. He discovers his friend dead of a heart attack and the residents in shock after the recent suicide of a man who released his wheelchair over a cliff. During the week he stays on to sort books bequeathed to him by Baddeley, two more sudden deaths compel the detective to suspect malevolent intent behind the incidents. He begins inquiries in search of a hidden link between the deaths. Dalgliesh probes financial difficulties, marital infidelities, petty jealousies and maliciousness among the residents and hostile staff, finally uncovering a secret that endangers his own life.

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Music • visual arts • dining • Bar Scene • entertainment • performance ARTS Tuesday, June 24th:

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

Toby Theatre • 7:30 p.m. Wed., June 25-Fri., July 4: Iron Man. Closed Sundays.

Friday, June 20th-Sunday, June 22nd: • 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: Reach, annual high-school art show at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. • 11 a.m.-4 p.m: Royal Canadian Legion’s Poppy Poster and Literary Competition at Pynelogs.

• 7 pm: Family Resource Centre of Invermere Annual General Meeting at the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce Hall. Call 342-4242.

Friday, June 27th-Sunday, June 29th: • Time for Change Workshop. Explore what needs to occur in your life in order to experience lasting change. For more information, contact MK Facilitations on 347-2110 or

• 5 p.m.: Bull Riding in the Rockies at Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. Tickets available at Home Hardware in Invermere and Canal Flats, Dave’s Book Bar, Brisco General Store, Selkirk TV, and Mountainside Market in Radium and Fairmont. Bull-riding, mutton-busting, queen contest. For more information, call 342-2844.

Saturday, June 21st: • 9 a.m.-1 p.m.: Invermere Farmers’ Market starts for the season in downtown Invermere. Fresh produce, baking and crafts. • 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.: Card-making class at ScrappyDo’s in downtown Invermere. Please call 342-7238 for more info and to reserve your spot. • 11 a.m.-6 p.m.: Celebrate National Aboriginal Day at the Invermere Community Hall. Feasting, dancing, drumming, singing, craft table and entertainment.

Monday, June 23rd: • 7 p.m.: “My Kid Could Paint That,” part of Cinefest’s film series by the Columbia Valley Arts Council at the Toby Theatre. Tickets $10. For info, call 342-4423. • 7 p.m.: Windermere District Social Services Society AGM, Choices Building, 504-14th Street.

Tuesday, July 8th-Sunday, July 20th: • 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: Innovation, a Fresh Look at Art. Youthful Art Show, featuring the art of Japhy Shine Hunt, at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. For more information, call 342-4423.

Friday, July 11th-Friday, July 18th: Friday, June 27th: • 5:30 p.m.-midnight: Crop Night at Scrappy-Do’s in downtown Invermere. Please call 342-7238 for more info and to reserve your spot.

Saturday, June 28th-Friday, July 4th: • Angela Morgan solo exhibition at The Artym Gallery, 7th Avenue, Invermere.

Friday, June 20th:

• 9 a.m.-1 p.m.: Garage sale in Windermere, corner of Sinclair Avenue and Fairmont Street. All proceeds go to Invermere Companion Animal Network. To donate items and for more info, call 341-7247.

Sunday, June 29th: • 2-4 p.m.: Open house tea at the Edgewater Legion to celebrate Dorothy Brown’s 90th birthday, which was on June 17th.

Monday, June 30th: • Swim lessons begin at Radium Hot Springs Pools. To register, call 347-9562 or email • 7 p.m.: Panorama presents live entertainment on the Great Hall Deck. • Midnight: Kinsmen Canada Day Fireworks, sponsored by Invermere Business Committee.

Tuesday, July 1st (Canada Day): • 11 a.m.-4.30 p.m.: Canada Day parade, Invermere, followed by Mountain Mosaic Festival of Arts at Pynelogs Centre and Kinsmen Beach. Entertainment, arts and crafts by the Arts Council and Invermere Business Committee. For info: 342-4423. • Dusk: fireworks at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort.

Saturday, July 5th: • Edgewater Legion sponsors an open market, running every Saturday until September 6th. For more information, call Doreen on 347-9550.

• Maya Eventov, Heather Haynes and Natalya Romanovsky exhibition at The Artym Gallery.

Monday, July 14th-Friday, July 18th: • 9 a.m.: Vacation Bible School at the Lake Windermere Alliance Church for kindergartenGrade 6 students. $5 per child. Pick up forms at Selkirk T.V. and Appliance or call the Lake Windermere Alliance Church on 342-9535.

Thursday, July 17th: • 7 p.m.: PyneStock: two hours of peace and music by local youths at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. For more information, call 342-4423.

Saturday, July 19th: • 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.: BIG Book Sale at the Invermere Community Hall. All funds support the library. Bringing gently used books to the Invermere Library before July 17th. To volunteer, call Christine at 342-0470. • 8 a.m.: Valley Appreciation Day: free pancake breakfast, live music, information booths, entertainers and the Gagné Logging Show. To help with the event, please call Sheila Tutty at 342-9216 or email: • 8 p.m. Second Annual ‘50s and ‘60s Sock Hop at Invermere Curling Club. Tickets available at the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce office and Dave’s Book Bar for $30 per person.

Sunday, July 20th: • 12:30 p.m.: Windermere Valley Shared Ministry 40th Anniversary Community Barbecue. Fun for the whole family, games, face painting, balloons and more. No cost, just a donation to the food bank.

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Canada Day celebrations fun for the whole family By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff

NEW section at Valley Fitness Centre Come and work out in the air-conditioned privacy at the Women’s Only section. Enjoy a space to workout with friends. Our strength and cardio circuit is aimed at all levels of fitness. Come in and check out the new toning beds! You can also enjoy our cardio and yoga classes, as the Women’s Only is included in your VFC membership.

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Columbia Valley residents can look forward to two days of celebrations for the national holiday next week. CV Arts has planned a series of events in the valley to commemorate the nation’s birthday. First up is a Kick-Off Concert at Panorama Mountain Village from 7 p.m. on Monday, June 30th. The deck of the Great Hall will come alive with a performance by Shine Youth Singers, a diverse choral group from Calgary that doubles as a mucial education and performance program for young people. Also hitting the stage will be Crimson Star, a progressive folk-rock band from Victoria who are planning an acoustic-based set. This unique band was given the crown for Live Performance of the Year at the 2006 Vancouver Island Music Awards. A group of stilt walkers will also entertain spectators. That evening at midnight, the sky will light up with a fireworks display at Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena back in Invermere. On Tuesday, the traditional, vibrant Canada Day parade makes it way through downtown Invermere to Kinsmen Beach. The grand finale is the Mountain

Mosaic Festival of the Arts, held at Pynelogs Cultural Centre at Kinsmen Beach. At noon, local officials will greet the crowd, then the national anthem will be sung and the special Canada Day cake will be cut. Crimson Star and Shine Youth Singers will perform again, and they’ll be joined by the Belly Dancers from Invermere. Kimberley group The Surf Dragons will play Californian, beach-style music, after a performance by Kootenay Baton Konnection. Aspire Dance will also be on stage. Elsewhere, there will be tons of extra entertainment. Kids will have fun with face painting, clowns, jugglers and bounce castles. Adults will appreciate arts and crafts displays, and it will be everyone in for football, tennis and multi-sports events. No one will go hungry, either. Summit Youth Centre is preparing hot dogs, Pynelogs Scotty burgers will be for sale, and the Big Horn football team are offering beef jerky and popcorn. Also, the Mark Klein concession stand will have beef smokies, and Dairyland will be giving away ice treats to sports participants. Those interested in participating in the Canada Day parade should call 3424242.

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Local artists show at Pynelogs By Jessica Gowling Pynelogs Gallery

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Pynelogs Cultural Centre opens a new show featuring seven local artists on June 24th. This exhibition boasts a variety of techniques such as painting, woodworking, scrimshaw, ceramics and mixed media. A range of artists will be shown.

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This acrylic painter’s creations reflect her interests and encounters in life through “Measurements” by Paula Cravens is coming to Pynelogs. a colourful and vibrant fashion. creations seem to come alive with colour As well as her landscapes and wildlife and energy. She describes her paintings paintings, other inspirations have as “whimsical moments in time”, while been vintage prom dresses and Doreen local lake areas inspire her carvings. Lamond’s hockey team.

Jon Howlett

Acrylic painter Jon first graced the cultural centre in the Wings Over the Rockies exhibition in May. His large, dynamic and colourful compositions depict wildlife and landscapes. His move to the valley from England has allowed him to capture the mountains.

David Goldsmith

Returning artist David keeps an old North American whalers’ tradition alive by creating scrimshaws, a method of scratching into ivory, teeth or tusks to produce an image. David uses only recycled and antique ivory, such as piano keys or mammoth tusks, to create his handmade mountain or prairie scenes.

Jill Bukovnik

Coming from a family of talented artists, Jill’s painting and woodcarving

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Viewers will take a second look at the work of this Creston ceramicist. Apart from being visually stunning, Maggie’s work dissects the misconception that ceramics are glazed functional pieces, due to the diversity of her sculpting, throwing, shaping and glazing.

Jane Murray

Using her paintings and drawings, Jane “explores the essence of the female figure”. Her figures demonstrate an over-looked beauty that is always found in simplicity.

Ronda Wood

The work of ceramicist and sculpture artist Ronda emphasizes “the basic sources of the body: earth and nature”. Sculpted fragments of bodies are made from clay, then suspended with rawhide from driftwood.

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Rivers at Risk sees red over hydro plans By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff Run-of-river hydro facilities like the proposed Glacier/Howser plant 50 kilometres southwest of Invermere will not only cause devastating environmental damage, but will eventually cause the demise of B.C. Hydro, according to former politician and broadcaster Rafe Mair. Last week Mr. Mair was in Invermere to speak at a Rivers at Risk rally at the community hall. Attended by 130 local residents, the rally put the spotlight on the provincial government’s Energy Plan and the resulting 25 water-license applications currently seeking approval in this political constituency alone. The closest – and largest – of these applications is the 125-megawatt Glacier/Howser project that would remove 80 percent of mean annual flow from the Glacier and Howser river systems in the Purcell Mountains. A 16-kilometre tunnel will be drilled through the adjacent mountain, and a 90-kilometre transmission line

will travel across the Purcells into Invermere, surrounded by 30 clearings, each 100 metres wide. Mr. Mair said the damage to the Purcells will be devastating. “Once you do what they plan to do to a river, you lose the valley. The whole thing is adversely affected.” And Columbia River-Revelstoke MLA Norm Macdonald added that the plant would not benefit residents. “If this was really for the public good, the Minister of Energy and the Minister for the Environment would come here to convince the public that this is in their interest. But they won’t do that because they can’t make a convincing case. “They will not take responsibility for their decisions,” Mr. Macdonald went on. “It’s easier to stay away. There is no leadership and no accountability.” Rivers at Risk say that under the 2007 Energy Plan, B.C. Hydro will purchase energy from run-of-river organizations for about $100 per megawatt hour. It will sell energy for about $35 per megawatt hour, and export at about $50 per megawatt hour.

The resulting debt, according to Mr. Mair, will “bring about the end of B.C. Hydro.” “They will end up with $7 million of debt and no way to service the debt,” Mr. Mair said. However, B.C. Hydro finds the cost unavoidable, stating that the demand for electricity in British Columbia is increasing. “We need to acquire that energy from somewhere and it all costs money, whether we get the electricity from independent power producers, create it ourselves or import it,” said spokesperson Simi Heer. “Conservation is a cheaper option and residents will need to play a part to make a difference.” But exacerbating environmental concerns is the lack of power that is now invested in local governments to approve or disapprove the proposed plants. In 2006, the controversial Bill 30 was introduced and it gives the right to a final decision to the province. And Mr. Macdonald says this is perhaps the crux of the matter. “This is fundamentally a

democratic issue,” he said. If the proposals are approved and projects like Glacier/Howser go ahead, Mr. Mair said the consequences will be permanent. “What usually happens is that if people put in power a lousy government who messes up everything, someone will come along to fix it. Well, this is irreparable. Once the eggs are scrambled, they can never be put back on the shelves.” Those opposed to local run-of-river facilities are being urged to exercise their democratic power. “I hope every voter will insist that their candidate pledges for public power,” Mr. Mair said. Rivers at Risk have come up with a list of actions that residents can follow, including writing to the Premier and B.C. Hydro, talking to friends about the issues and joining Rivers at Risk’s Facebook group. And Mr. Mair said no one should be complacent. “This issue goes to the root of what the people of B.C. are supposed to be,” he summed up.

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June 20, 2008

Baseball fundraiser planned for cancer victim Denise Reid By Alex Cooper Pioneer Staff Denise Reid, coach of the Columbia Valley Figure Skating Club, is an active athlete, a lifelong local resident and well-known to many people in the community. That’s why it came as such a shock to so many in the valley when they learned she had been diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 35. “It’s not supposed to happen to someone this young,” said her life-long friend Brandi Ponych. “She’s in great spirits and always has a positive attitude.” She was diagnosed on May 7th and underwent a half-masectomy less than two weeks later, on May 26th. Despite that, she was still able to attend the Relay for Life five days later. She will be starting chemotherapy treatments in Calgary on July 14th. Ms. Reid was born and raised in Invermere. Her parents are Marion and Don Reid, and she has two brothers – Dalton, 37, and Melvin, 32. She works as an administrative assistant at Berkshire Securities. To help with her fight, her friends are organizing a baseball tournament fundraiser that will take place from July 4th to 6th. “She loves to play ball and we wanted to do something active and fun to support Denise,” said Jodi Lawrick, her friend and the tournament’s organizer. So far 15 teams have signed up, but organizers are hoping for as many as 24. There will also be a raffle and a silent auction, with prizes and items donated by Copper Point Golf Course and Home Hardware, among others. “The support from the community has been overwhelming,” said Ms. Ponych. Ms. Reid will be at the tournament and has asked everyone taking part to wear something pink to show their support for breast cancer research. There is also a barbecue being held for Ms. Reid


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The Little Badger Early Learning Program

Is pleased to announce: • OPEN HOUSE for interested parents on Friday, June 20th, 10-noon.

• Summer Day Camp enrollments for July 7-10 and July 14-18, ages 4-8 years. Application forms can be picked up at Monkey’s Uncle or Mustard Seed Health Foods.

HELP FOR COLUMBIA HOUSE – Norbert Schab, president of Fairmont Lions Club, presents $7,300 to Sharyn Schmidt, president of Windermere Hospital Auxiliary, for a patient lift at Columbia House. The money was raised at the Lions Fun Day of golf at Coy’s Par 3, organized by Nelda Harker, right. Photo by Sally Waddington

• Preschool class enrollments for September 2008. Ages 30 months-school age. Only a few spaces left. Call the centre at 342-6331 or Maxine at 341-3521 Fridays and evenings Akisqnuk’s Eva Joseph Centre, #3050 Hwy 93/95 Windermere

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Exclusive Nike Junior Camps at Copper Point. Our Nike Junior Golf Camps are an ideal place for young golfers of all abilities to get better at golf. These three day camps cover all aspects of golf and provide a great opportunity for juniors to develop their skills and bolster their confidence. It’s a perfect mix of fun, learning and golf. Ages 5–9 / 9:00–10:00 am / $69 per junior Little Tigers Three day camp is offered every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in July and August


Ages 10–16 / 10:30 am–noon / $89 per junior Three day camp is offered every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in July and August All Nike Junior Camps are held at the Copper Point Golf Academy and include a welcome gift, golf instruction, refreshments and golf clubs if required.

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June 20, 2008

A place of our own The new women’s only area at Valley Fitness Centre opened last week and the gym’s female patrons didn’t waste a second trying it out. With sixteen stations, the area takes participants through a 28-minute workout. Here six gym-goers test out the facility. From left, top row: Mary Jean Anakin; gym manager Helen Rose; Charleen Evans; and Candy Dear. Bottom row: Colleen Ellingson and Helen Eldstrom.

Photo by Sally Waddington

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Are you confident in your ability to save for a long, fulfilling retirement? How you answer that says a lot about your ability to achieve your retirement goals. A recent study issued jointly by the American Savings Education Council and the Employee Benefit Research Institute asked a variety of behavioural questions of a number of people close to retirement. They found the soon-to-be retired can be categorized into five broad groups, based roughly on their emotional responses to the process of saving for retirement.


These are the risk-takers: fully confident they will reach their retirement goals, they build portfolios of aggressive investments and cut back on their saving because they believe their portfolios will pick up the slack. This puts them at risk of a serious financial shortfall in retirement.



These people have spent considerable time thinking about retirement and have a plan to save and invest what they need to achieve their goals. They are comfortable with most elements of financial planning and are optimistic about their financial futures.

These people find financial planning distasteful and boring, and rarely take the time to think about their retirement savings. As a result, few feel confident they will attain their goals or have a secure financial future.


So which category do you belong to? If you’re not in the first category, it’s time to talk to your financial professional. Those who lack confidence in their ability to save for retirement probably have good reason. Maybe they don’t sit down with their financial advisor often enough to discuss the track they are on. Some people complain that their advisors only want to see them when they have something to sell them. These relationships can lead to client approach avoidance and can be damaging to the retirement planning process. Either way, having a plan is the best way to ensure your retirement goals are met, and finding a financial professional who takes the time to discuss your future is very important.

These people share much in common with the first group, but are somewhat more cautious about the future. They are disciplined savers, but tend to avoid risk with their investments. As a result, their portfolios often lag behind the performance of other investors.


For these people, saving for retirement is something of a battle. It’s not always clear why: they are often disciplined savers and spend ample time thinking about their financial wellbeing. However, they lack a coordinated plan to see them into retirement. That leads them to be more anxious than planners and

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June 20, 2008

Learn the laws of the lake

By Mike DuBois Shadybrook Marina

This week I will cover the laws associated with operating a boat. The newest legal requirement is the Pleasure Craft Operator Card. This is a federal government program to educate and license all boat operators. There is a range of requirements for operators to provide Proof of Competency. This can be a Pleasure Craft Operator Card, proof that you have completed a boat safety course before April 1, 1999, or a completed rental-boat safety checklist. At the moment, all operators born after April 1, 1983, and all operators of watercraft less than four metres require Proof of Competency. By September 15, 2009, all other operators will also require Proof of Competency.

Minimum required equipment

Safety equipment that is required by law depends on the size and type of boat. The following list is a summary of required equipment for the power boats that are most common on Lake Windermere. For

non-powered and smaller boats, the requirements will be different. • One Canadian-approved lifejacket in the appropriate size for each person on board. • One buoyant heaving line of at least 15 metres. • One paddle. (Two paddles are better.) • One fire extinguisher. • One bailing bucket or manual water pump. • One watertight flashlight. • One whistle or one air horn. • Lights if you operate at night.

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On Lake Windermere, routine patrols are conducted by members of the RCMP with assistance from the Canadian Coast Guard. The officers will check that your boat contains the required equipment. They will also check for your Operator Card where applicable. You must have the card on board when driving. Officers can issue tickets for: careless operation of a boat, towing a skier without a spotter, operating an unseaworthy vessel, not having the required safety equipment, and operating a boat while impaired. It is illegal to have alcohol on your boat on Lake Windermere. Also, in B.C. it is illegal to drive more than 10 km/h within 30 metres of shore. For more info, go to

This 12-month certificate program is designed to help prepare graduates to give qualified nursing care in a variety of healthcare settings. Starts January 2009

Limited Seating - Register Early! Application packages are available now and can be picked up at the Invermere Campus.

Need to upgrade your skills? Talk to our advisor about options for starting Biology 12 (BIOL 090) today.

Call 342-3210 for more information.

Public Information

914 – 8th Avenue, PO Box 339, Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 Ph: 250-342-9281 • Fax: 250-342-2934 • E-mail:


Pursuant to Section 98 of the Community Charter, the Annual Report for the District of Invermere will be presented during the June 24, 2008 regular meeting of Council. The meeting will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers located at 914 – 8th Avenue. Council invites comments from the public and will allow submissions and questions from the public at this meeting. The annual municipal report will be available for public inspection starting on June 11, 2008 during regular business hours.


for District of Invermere Council Meetings Tuesday, July 8th & Tuesday, August 12th, 2008 For the months of July and August the District of Invermere will hold only one Regular Meeting of Council on the second Tuesday of each month. Council meetings will be held in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Office (914 8th Avenue, Invermere, BC ) at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8th, 2008 and Tuesday, August 12th, 2008. For further information please contact Kindry Dalke, Confidential Secretary at the 250 3429218 ext#228.


√ Pickup is every other Thursday (check your calendar for dates) √ No sorting necessary √ Please rinse and clean out containers, bottles and cans √ Recycling is unlimited


Call: 250-342-9281 or Email:

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Ways to spend your green bucks

June 20, 2008

Submitted by Wildsight There are a million great ways to make a positive difference with your upcoming $100 Climate Action Dividend from the government. Wildsight is providing 100 fun and easy ways – one for each dollar. Part of the B.C. Carbon Tax, the provincial government will give every B.C. citizen $100 as a Climate Action Dividend in June. “This is a great opportunity for B.C. residents to put this money into action and make it work towards reducing energy use

and climate change,” says Wildsight Executive Director John Bergenske. “There are lots of everyday little things we can all do to help this effort. Our list will help people find out what they are.” For example, try out these helpful tips: • Renovating your bathroom? Put $100 towards a low-flush or dual-flush toilet. • Buy an insulating blanket for your hot water tank. Or better yet, put $100 towards an on-demand water heater. • Try a cooking class that teaches the best ways to use local produce.

• Purchase Forest Stewardship Council certified wood and build something. • Buy new hiking boots and go climb a hill – it doesn’t matter if it’s big or small, just get out there! Wildsight is encouraging Kootenay citizens to visit to see the entire list. “It’s too bad the government isn’t giving us each a million dollars, but their pledge towards addressing climate change is a good first step,” says Mr. Bergenske. “Now, the real change starts with everybody doing their part.”


19 – 24th Avenue South Cranbrook BC V1C 3H8 Phone: (250) 489-2791 or 1-888-478-7335 Fax: (250) 489-1287 Email:

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE BYLAW AMENDMENT – WINDERMERE The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Board of Directors is considering an application by Kicking Horse Coffee Co. Ltd. to amend the Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw. If approved, the amendment will change the zoning designation of the subject property to accommodate a tea and coffee manufacturing facility. The property is located at 4807 North Street in the Windermere area as shown on the attached map. Bylaw No. 2064 cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw No. 900, 1992 – Amendment Bylaw No. 213, 2008 (Windermere / Kicking Horse Coffee Co. Ltd.)” will change the zoning designation of Parcel 3 (See 23943I) of District Lot 20, Kootenay District, except Plan 18607 from A-2, Rural Residential (Country) Zone to I-1, Light Industrial Zone.


A public hearing will be held at:

WINDERMERE COMMUNITY HALL 4726 North Street Windermere BC MONDAY, JUNE 23, 2008 at 7:00 pm

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The Board has delegated the holding of this hearing to the Directors for Electoral Area F, Electoral Area G, and the District of Invermere. If you believe that your interest in property is affected by the proposed Bylaw, you may prior to the hearing: • inspect the Bylaw and supporting information at the RDEK office in Cranbrook from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, excluding statutory holidays; • mail, fax or email written submissions to the addresses/numbers shown above; or • present written and/or verbal submissions at the hearing. SUBMISSIONS CANNOT BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE PUBLIC HEARING. All written submissions are public information pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This notice is not an interpretation of the Bylaw. For more information, contact Jean Terpsma, Planning Technician, at 250 489-0314 or toll free at 1-888-478-7335. Karen MacLeod, A/Manager Planning & Development Services

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A Day in Court The following cases were heard in Adult Criminal Court at the Invermere Court House by Judge Ron Webb on July 11th, 2008: • Kanwarranbir S. Dhuna pleaded guilty to driving over the legal limit of 80 mg of alcohol. He was sentenced to 14 days in jail and given a two-year driving prohibition. • Ronald J. Halladay of Alberta was found guilty of driving over the legal limit of 80 mg of alchohol. In the early morning of May 12th, 2007, at about 2 a.m., police conducting a road stop observed Mr. Halladay driving north on 7th Avenue. Cst. Francis, who was conducting a road stop at 7th Avenue and 4th Street, told the court that he observed Mr. Halladay accelerate. Cst. Parson, who had just arrived on the scene, stopped Mr. Halladay and brought him to the detachment for a breath test.

Invermere Physiotherapy Clinic is pleased to welcome GRAHAM MATHEOS for July & August

The first sample taken was invalid, but the next two gave readings of 160 mg. Mr. Halladay was fined $600 with a $90 victim surcharge, and given a one-year driving prohibition. The following case was heard in Adult Criminal Court at the Invermere Court House by Judge Ron Webb on July 12th, 2008: • Amanda C. Cox pleaded guilty to assault with a weapon. Ms. Cox was on anti-depressant medication at the time of the offence and Judge Webb accepted the defence’s conclusion that the medication affected her actions. She was given a conditional discharge and placed on one year’s probation with the condition that she follow the suggestions of her probation officer in regard to counselling and consent to take any medication prescribed by a medical practitioner.


19 – 24th Avenue South Cranbrook BC V1C 3H8 Phone: (250) 489-2791 or 1-888-478-7335 Fax: (250) 489-1287 Email:

Graham is an owner and operator of a busy 5 person practice in Calgary, Alberta. He brings with him extensive expertise in manual therapy and inter-muscular stimulation. We look forward to having Graham join us in serving our community health needs this summer. Wallace Ross and Ruth Zehnder

Phone 342-0415 for an appointment

Just a reminder… The classified deadline is 12 noon Tuesday.


19 – 24th Avenue South Cranbrook BC V1C 3H8 Phone: (250) 489-2791 or 1-888-478-7335 Fax: (250) 489-1287 Email:



The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Board of Directors is considering an application by Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Ltd. to amend the Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw. If approved, the amendment will create a new zone that permits secondary suites within single family dwellings and change the zoning designation of the subject property to the new zone. The property is located on Highway 93/95 in Fairmont Hot Springs as shown on the attached map.

The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Board of Directors is considering an application by Mark and Robin Shmigelsky to amend the Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw. If approved, the amendment will change the zoning designation of the subject property to accommodate subdivision to create one 2.0 ha lot and a 4.2 ha remainder for rural residential use. The property is located at 9455 Toby Ridge Road in the Toby Benches area as shown on the attached map.

Bylaw No. 2065 cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw No. 900, 1992 – Amendment Bylaw No. 214, 2008 (Fairmont / Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Ltd.)” will change the zoning designation of Sublot 118, District Lot 4596, Kootenay District, Plan X32, Except Plans 3005, 5742, 6103 and R320 from R-1, Single Family Residential Zone to R-1(C), Single Family Residential – Auxiliary Dwelling Unit Zone.

Bylaw No. 2074 cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw No. 900, 1992 – Amendment Bylaw No. 215, 2008 (Toby Benches / Shmigelsky)” will change the zoning designation of Lot 47A, District Lot 375, Kootenay District, Plan 1232 except Plan NEP67333 from A-2, Rural Residential (Country) Zone to SH-3(A) Small Holding Rural (Open Space) Zone.

A public hearing will be held at:

FAIRMONT HOT SPRINGS RESORT BIRCH ROOM 5225 Fairmont Resort Road Fairmont BC TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 2008 at 7:00 pm

The Board has delegated the holding of this hearing to the Directors for Electoral Area F, Electoral Area G, and the Village of Canal Flats. If you believe that your interest in property is affected by the proposed Bylaw, you may prior to the hearing: • inspect the Bylaw and supporting information at the RDEK office in Cranbrook from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, excluding statutory holidays; • mail, fax or email written submissions to the addresses/numbers shown above; or • present written and/or verbal submissions at the hearing. SUBMISSIONS CANNOT BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE PUBLIC HEARING. All written submissions are public information pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

A public hearing will be held at:

WINDERMERE COMMUNITY HALL 4726 North Street Windermere BC MONDAY, JUNE 23, 2008 at 7:00 pm

The Board has delegated the holding of this hearing to the Directors for Electoral Area F and Electoral Area G. If you believe that your interest in property is affected by the proposed Bylaw, you may prior to the hearing: • inspect the Bylaw and supporting information at the RDEK office in Cranbrook from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, excluding statutory holidays; • mail, fax or email written submissions to the addresses/numbers shown above; or • present written and/or verbal submissions at the hearing. SUBMISSIONS CANNOT BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE PUBLIC HEARING. All written submissions are public information pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

This notice is not an interpretation of the Bylaw. For more information, contact Rob Veg, Planner, at 250 489-0306 or toll free at 1-888-478-7335.

This notice is not an interpretation of the Bylaw. For more information, contact Jean Terpsma, Planning Technician, at 250 489-0314 or toll free at 1-888-478-7335.

Karen MacLeod, A/Manager Planning & Development Services June 6, 2008

Karen MacLeod, A/Manager Planning & Development Services June 6, 2008

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June 20, 2008

HERE TO SERVE YOU Excavator, Dump Truck and Grader Services

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• Portable Screener • Screen On-site • Gravel, Topsoil, etc.

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385 Laurier Street, Invermere, BC PO Box 117, Windermere, BC V0B 2L0 Phone: (250) 342-7100 email: Fax: (250) 342-7103

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Executive Housekeeping Service Professional Service Now Taking New Clients Call today for your FREE Cleaning Consultation References Available

Elin (403) 399-5550 or John (250) 342-5832 email:

Will help you stay on top of your world. Shizu E. M. Futa, Touch for Health Level 2 at Mustard Seed Health Foods, #103 Parkside Place, 901 7th Avenue, Invermere, BC


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• Drinking Water Systems • Water Softeners • Whole House or Specialised Filtration Call (250) 342-5089

• Light Framing • Renovations • Decks • Odd Jobs Kristoffer Bennett (250) 341-5030

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INVERMERE GLASS LTD. •Auto • Home • Commercial • Mirrors • Shower Doors • 27 years glass experience

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June 20, 2008

Notice of Annual General Meeting The Annual General Meeting of the Family Resource Centre of Invermere will be held on Tuesday, June 24th, 2008 at the Chamber of Commerce at 7:00 p.m. All members, as well as the general public are welcome to attend. For further information, contact; Executive Director Pat Cope at 342-4242

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The Green Zone By Harold Hazelaar Foreign Correspondent Pebble Beach. We have all heard about the place and most of us have seen portions of it on TV. A few of you may have been there. It is everything and more than what you imagine. The lone Cypress tree at the seventh hole, the daunting par three 17th that can be very unforgiving, and the rocky shoreline of the 18th hole are impressions stuck in our minds, and I must tell you they are incredible places to be standing. This par 72, 6737-yard (blue tees) golfing masterpiece was built in 1919 and, with very few changes, has stood the test of time and continues to challenge even the best golfers with their 21st-century equipment. Maybe it’s the wind, maybe the strategic placement of bunkers or trees, maybe the aura of times gone by, or just maybe because it is a fabulous design that keeps Pebble Beach in the Top 5 Best Courses in the World. In 1999, the Pebble Beach Company was purchased by a group of investors led by Arnold Palmer, Clint Eastwood and Peter Ueberroth. A plaque commemorating this is located on the 5th hole. Their vi-


Bernie Raven

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Paul: (250) 341-5300

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Sean: (250) 341-5445 Invermere Office – 526B – 13th Street Fairmont Office – #4, Fairmont Village Mall Phone (250) 345-4000 •

The Green Zone Quote of the Week is by the late golf instructor, Harvey Penick: “What a beautiful place a golf course is. From the meanest country pasture to the Pebble Beaches and St. Andrews of the world, a golf course is to me holy ground. I feel God in the trees and grass and flowers, in the rabbits and the birds and the squirrels, in the sky and the water. I feel that I am home.�



sion has been to make each and every visitor to their resort feel like a celebrity, and I am here to say, they have accomplished this in spades. At $495 per round it’s no bargain, but it is worth every single penny of the cost. The experience, the atmosphere and the walk up eighteen makes it a “bucket list� item for every avid golfer and I’m thrilled to be able to cross it off my list! The day I played this gem, I wore my pink Copper Point golf shirt and one of the guys in the proshop wanted to buy it, because even though they have about half a million dollars of inventory in their three on-site golf shops, they didn’t have any men’s pink shirts!! Go figure. Just for the record, I shot 97 including a solid bogey on the eighteenth. The greens are slick, but I had a handle on it from the first hole and finished with 32 putts. Next up on my list is Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio . . . Jack’s place!!


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For professional management of your strata corporation or rental property, overseen by a Certiďƒžed Property ManagerÂŽ, please contact Bill Weissig CPMÂŽ, RI, RPA, CPRPM, CLO, SMA, CRES. Our property managers are licensed under the Real Estate Services Act of B.C. For more information regarding their extensive qualiďƒžcations and experience, please visit our web site at Phone: 250-341-6003


Daniel Zurgilgen MaxWell Realty Invermere 926-7th Avenue, Inveremere, BC

Cell: (250) 342-1612 Office: (250) 341-6044 Fax: (250) 341-6046

Paul Glassford Sales Consultant $FMMt

Rockies West Realty 230 Laurier Street, Invermere, BC Tel (250)342-5599 Fax (250)342-5559 Cell (250)341-1733

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June 20, 2008

ASPIRE DANCERS – This is just part of the large, talented and energetic group of local girls and boys, under the leadership of Michelle Navratil, that are a joy to watch. They have competed in many local and regional competitions and have come away with

many awards. Spectators report being moved to tears by their beautiful dancing. Now everyone has the opportunity to see them perform at the Mountain Mosaic Festival of the Arts on Canada Day, at Kinsmen Beach. Photo by Mike Emery

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BC Parks in your life.

With more than 600 diverse playgrounds to explore, BC Parks can put so much more into your life. More exploring. More walking on inviting trails. A little more majestic forests and picturesque sunsets. More picnics on the beach. And, above all, a little more family. Don’t wait for the dog days of summer to enjoy our natural treasures. Now is a great time to enjoy a day visit, a weekend escape or a mid-week adventure in a B.C. park. Learn how you can put a little more BC Parks in your life.

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Found Gift Certificate for Portabella Restaurant. Call the Pioneer at 341-6299 to claim.

HEALTH & NUTRITION Arthritis? Aches & Pains? Battling Cancer? Cancer Survivor? Over weight? Need more Energy? Increase protein intake? 100% safe solutions for various solutions. HERBALIFE! Call Nikki, 250-346-6811, 250270-0664, Not from town? No problem, give me a call!

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

Room in apartment in Radium. $600/month,includeseverything, 341-5084.

Found life jackets at Lake Enid. Call 347-9886. LOST CAT, 2 yr old orange/white neutered male from Woodlane, Windermere. Affectionate and vocal. We miss him!! Call 3416163 with information.

obituary John Reimer Feb. 21, 1938 – June 5, 2008 John was born on a trap-line near Sandy Lake, Sask. This brave and courageous Cowboy took his final ride on June 5th , and passed peacefully with family by his side. He worked as a faller and had a special love for trees and the wilderness. John also loved hunting and had great respect for wildlife. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Memoriam In Loving Memory of Tyral Hemmelgarn Aug. 19, 1986 – June 22, 2003 There is always a bridge of memories From here to Heaven above. That keeps you very close to us It is the bridge of love. As time goes by without you And the days are now years They hold a million memories And a thousand silent tears. To us you were so special What more is there to say? Except to wish with all our hearts That you were here today. Loved and remembered forever Dad, Harmony, Grandpa, Gramma, Auntie Teryl and Al.

cheers and jeers CHEERS to Kimberly (Dalke) McIntosh who volunteered at the Literacy Charity Golf Tournament with Dad, Roscoe…all day on June 4, taking wonderful photographs of all the golfers. What a team!

garage sale Radium, Mountain Springs Motel (Radium Blvd.), Saturday, June 21st , 9:00 am. 24” stoves, 19” & 28” TVs, corner entertainment unit, oak half barrel planters, 17’ Northwoods canoe, household & misc. items, 347-9654. Saturday, July 5th , Windermere (corner of Sinclair Ave. & Fairmont St.). All proceeds go to ICAN. To donate items please call 341-7247. Sat, June 21, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm, home renovation sale. Neo– angle shower, sinks, taps, plus many more household goodies. 2330 – 13th Ave. (Chasse’s). Moving sale, Sat. June 21st, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Furniture and other household items, 606 4th Ave. Multi-Family Garage Sale, 4833 Mackay St, Radium, June 21st , 9:00am. NO Early Birds. Baby, kids, household items.

commercial for lease 1000 Sq. ft. shop/retail space. $940/month. Minimum 1 year lease, 342-3637. 2700 sq. ft. building for rent in Canal Flats. 2 commercial spaces, laundromat, 2 apartments, $1,500.00/month, 341-1030. OFFICE SPACE FOR LEASE. 1550 sq ft, elegant improvements, high-visibility location in Athalmer. Available June 15. $1,400/month includes property taxes, heat/cooling and utilities. Call 342-1137 for details and to view. Business space on 8th Avenue, next to the Pioneer, 342-6912. 800 sq. ft. 2nd floor commercial space for rent in Radium, 403559-9625.

shared accomodation Furnished room for rent in Canal Flats. Fully furnished, brand new home, $700/month, includes util. N/P, 1st and last month due. Available immediately, 2700273.

suite for rent CONTRACTORS: Self contained cabins by the week or month. (250) 345-6365 Fairmont Bungalows. Radium Rentals, furnished suites, $425.00, call 341-7022. Fully Furnished 2 bdrm, 1 bath, small kitchen and livingroom, quiet area, close to DT. $1050.00 utilities & cable included. Storage space available, N/P, N/S, 403-366-0165, 403-9714402. Available immediately. Bright 1 bdrm furnished upstairs suite. Parking, private beach, $700/month + DD, no partiers, N/P. Columere Park, 345-6524. Available immediately large 2 bdrm suite. New appliances (5), N/S, N/P, long-term. Call for appointment 347-6367.

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. 3 bdrm house, Invermere. 6 appliances, $1635.00 includes utilities, free internet, N/S, N/P, available July 13th . View this Sunday, 341-7246.

condo for rent 2 bdrm, 2 bath condo, facing golf course, furnished, swimming pool, hot tub, granite counter tops, etc. Short or long term rental, 403-861-7754. 2 bdrm condo, $1,200/month + util. N/S, N/P, available immediately. Call 342-1475.

2 bdrm townhouse w/all appliances. Very clean, quiet, N/ S, N/P, $850/month, 342-9035 or 688-4848. Available Sept 1.

suite for rent

For Rent Radium A selection of 1 or 2 bedroom condos. Furnished or unfurnished at the Pinewood available for non-smoking mature tenants with excellent references, no pets. Rent starts at $1,150 incl. utilities. Underground parking for one car. Call Eric Redeker at 342-5914 for further details. Rocky Mountain Realty, Property Management Division 250-345-4000

3 bdrm plus 1 bdrm suite. Large lot on quiet street. Close to schools, single garage, $345,000.00, 342-7329. Invermere, 1301 20th Street. Mountain and lake view home on acreage with own buoy in Columbia Lake, near Fairmont Hot Springs. See #34571. Call 345-6226. 1 min. to Columbia Lake Beach. 60’ x 120’ R-1/M-H property, just renovated, $199,900.00. For details see listing #34636,, 250-688-7798.

vacation rental wanted This nicely finished recreational/ Accommodation wanted for family and friends coming to Invermere for our wedding. Camper, Trailer, basement suite, condo or house - August 15 – 25th. Contact Helen at 3422454.

family home offers 3 bdrms, 3 baths, hardwood and tile flooring, awesome mountain and lake views. 2 minutes from Kinsmen Beach. A must see! Open House Sat. 1:00 – 3:00 pm, 1710-6th Avenue.

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2 bdrm walk-out, quiet, N/S, N/P, $1100/month includes everything. Available July 15. Call 688-7798.

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Golfers Dream! 1733 Windermere Loop Rd. on W.V. Golf Course. 4 bdrm, walkout bungalow. Info sheet available. New reduced price! 342-9249.

Beautiful 1248 sq. ft. new home in Radium. 2 bdrm, 2 full baths, jetted corner tub, double sinks. Open lay-out. Full unfurnished basement, attached garage, $379,000.00 + GST, 250688-3374

storage Boat, RV and Industrial Equipment Storage Fenced Compound Boats and RV’s from $50/month

Call (250) 341-1395

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P ioneer C lassifieds mobile homes for sale ACREAGES/LOTS FOR SALE 13 yr. old mobile w/4 yr old large addition. Mountain views, close to school & parks, 4 bdrm, sunken livingroom, jet tub, shed, 5 appliances. On its own lot, no pad rental. Escape the summer crowd, come live in Edgewater. Asking $240,000.00, 347-6388.

Large R-2 view lot. #613 13th Avenue. Close to all amenities, 342-9035 or 688-4848.

1975, 2/3 bdrm mobile on beautiful large lot, deck, sheds, close to beach and golf course. $139,000.00, Canal Flats, 3495865.

8 acres of hay meadow. Beautiful mountain view with great building opportunity. Near Wilmer, Toby Hill Road, $450,000.00. Call 342-2802.

1992 mobile home, 14’ x 70’, 2 bdrm, 2 bath, 5 appliances, vaulted ceiling, skylight, must be moved, $65,000.00, 342-9079 or 3417282.

Canal Flats, near new 2006 moduline home. Huge lot along golf course, mint condition. Includes appliances, deck, boatshed, storage shed. Pad rental $225/month. Asking $129,000.00. Call 349-5439 or 421-4790.


Lot 10 Windermere Loop Road Large 0.41 acre, Level, well in place, No building commitment, Beautiful mountain & golf course views. $289,000.00 + GST (250)342-3147 Worth Checking Out! “Life is good on the 18th hole.”

MISC FOR SALE Top soil, screened, $160/dump truck load, unscreened, $100/ dump truck load, $50/pick-up load. Call Elkhorn Ranch at 3420617. Manure, well-aged. Will load, $100.00 per pick-up load. Phone Elkhorn Ranch, 342-0617. 18 cu.ft. fridge, 3 years old, white, small dent in door, perfect working condition, $300.00, 342-5591. MUST SELL! Cultured stone, 400 square feet and 100 linier feet of sil-stone, 250-345-6350. Beautiful natural stone for sale. Lots of colour and variety. Call 250-426-8132. Peavey acoustic guitar w/furlined hard shell case, new $600.00, 342-6722. Renovation sale. One 5’ tub (bone), plus shower door w/ brass trim. Two 36”, 8 light, fixtures for bathroom, chrome. One 48” ceiling fan, 4 lights. One electric furnace, works. One 18” satellite dish. One skylight, 4’x6’, 342-6421. Samick bass guitar, Crate amp, soft guitar case, $350.00. Call 342-2296.





1990 Chev Dually, gas/propane. 24’ RV Vangard, sleeps 6. Apartment size stove & fridge. Captain bed, glass/chrome kitchen table, 347-6367.

1997 Dodge Neon, good on gas, automatic, A/C, $1,700.00 OBO, 347-0077 or 341-5164.

Phil’s Carpentry – Everything from roofs to decks, completion of basement and bathrooms. Phone 341-8033 cell or 3428474 home. Not on valley time.

Bookkeeping Services available. Short or long-term. Simply Accounting, payroll, GST/PST and more. Diane, 342-7105.

French Provincial Couch, chair & foot stool, coffee table. Dining table, 6 chairs & sideboard. Pine bedroom suite – Queen bed, 2 night tables, dresser & mirror, 342-3641.

BOATS FOR SALE 2006 Chaparral 190 SSI $24,500. Like New only 30 hours run time. 19 ft., 7 passenger, Merc V-6 225 HP. Premium interior, white w/yellow decals, canvas tops, canvas travel top swim platform, Shorelander Trailer. Call Don, 403-862-6878. 10’ Zodiac style boat. Made in France. Comes w/2 sets of oars, rowing platform, $300.00, 3426722.

MOTORCYCLES FOR SALE 2002 Yamaha 1100 V Star. $7,000.00 OBO. Call 342-3159.

VEHICLE FOR SALE 1985 black 735I BMW. Loaded, excellent condition. Asking $6,500.00. Call 250-489-0872. 1992 AWD Plymouth Voyageur, 224,000 km, 2 sets of tires, $1,500.00 OBO. Call Steve 3425123. 1998 Mustang Cobra Convertible, 27,000.00 km. Asking $28,000.00, call 250345-6350. 1998 16’ Cube Van GMC, 6.5L turbo diesel, 108,000 km, ramp, shelves, translucent roof, $15,000.00, 342-2994. 2003 Ford F150 ½ ton Super Crew, Lariet. Loaded, asking $18,500.00, call 250-345-6350.

MOTORHOME/RV FOR SALE 1985 26’ Royal Classic, hard side class C motorhome, Ford 460. New brakes, recent tune-up, 120,000.00 km, 70% tires, new awning, new fridge, new toilet, upgraded furnace. Overall good condition, $12,000.00 OBO, 342-3773. 1999 19’ Terry Trailer, sleeps 4, $9,500.00 OBO, 342-9055. 27’ 5th Wheel for sale, 1994 Kit Sunchaser, fully loaded, $9,500.00 OBO, 688-0208. 1981 tent trailer, 2-way fridge, stove, furnace, sleeps 6, $2,000.00 OBO, 342-9079 or 341-7331.

TOY SALE! 1974 Scamper Trailer, 21’, dual axle, sleeps 6, bathroom. Fridge needs repair, $3,000.00 OBO. 1981 Vanguard Camper, 8’ 9”, bathroom, fridge, stove, furnace, sleeps 4, $2,000.00. 1985 250 TRX Honda Quad w/ cover, winch, $2,000.00 4x8 utility trailer, can haul quad or boat, $450.00.

ODD JOBS ENT HAULING Garbage, brush and construction disposal. Mulch deliveries. Dale Hunt @ 342-3569 Warbrick Towing and Salvage. Free unwanted vehicle pick-up, year-round. 24 hour towing. Doug, 342-9514 or 342-5851. Wallace, 342-6294 or 688-5083. PETE’S WIFE, PAINTING Exterior – Interior Small jobs. Experience & tools. Quality that lasts 688-0705 or 250-420-1157 Cheryl A. Hudema Clean, with drop sheets.

Compact Excavator Service. Save your back, hire a hydraulic shovel for all your digging needs. Spotted Horse Enterprises. Harvey Harris, owner operator, 347-9108, 688-0272. Handyman Connection, for all your home needs, exterior painting, carpentry and yard work! Clean your house with a power wash. Call 342-1437 (cell).

ALPINE CLEANING residential, commercial, move in and move out. Daily, weekly service available. Flexible appointment hours. Reliable and experienced, 270-0326.

business for sale Invermere residential auto window tint And auto/boat detail shop for sale. Call 342-5591.

career 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, or fax 3426583, email ghvinvermere@ or drop off resume at Gone Hollywood. Housekeeper required. Fulltime, part-time at Fairmont Bungalows. Call 345-6365, fax 345-6348, or email bungalows@ Housekeeper needed for Motel Bavaria. Permanent P/T with excellent starting wage and flexible hours. Call Shirley, 3479915 for interview.

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1 set of quad ramps (folding) $90.00. Call after 6:00 pm, 342-3832.

services A.J. Siding/Eavestroughing your continuous eavestrough specialists. We do repairs, renovations, new constructions throughout the Invermere Valley. Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00pm, 342-7177.

supply We We supply part parts service andand service FORFOR ALL MOST MAKES of: MAKES OF: • snowmobiles motorcycles •• snowmobiles • quads • motorcycles • quads

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Part-time taxi cab driver needed for Invermere. Must have class 4 restricted drivers license (minimum). $12/hour plus tips, 342-5262.

Crystal Springs Motel seeking full-time housekeeping staff. Please apply in person with resume to Grace, 347-9759.

Housekeeper/Front Desk Clerks required for permanent parttime positions. Competitive starting wage and flexible hours. Please drop your resume off at Mountain View Lodge, 747 12th Street, Invermere, BC.

Store Clerks needed. Must be enthusiastic and enjoy people. $13/hour, store discounts and advancement opportunities. Apply in person to Invermere Petro-Canada. Experienced part/full- time tandem dump truck driver wanted. Must have Class 1 or 3 license. $25/hour DOE. Call 3425654. SWIM FOR FREE… Poolside Café at Radium Hot Springs pools are looking for part-time and full-time help. Competitive wages. Call Hal 347-9376 or drop off resume at the café.

Motel operator needed for Golden 60 room motel. Starts July 1st . Excellent opportunity. Contact Marlene Zaharichuk at 403-313-5309 Looking for F/T or P/T nanny to look after 3 yr old boy & 1 yr old girl, 3-4 days/week, some weekends required. Some light housekeeping, meal prep as required. Having a driver’s license would be an asset. Salary negotiable DOE. Start ASAP. Please call 342-6850. Framers and framing labourers required. No experience necessary, will train. Phone 270-0744, anytime.

SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 6 (ROCKY MOUNTAIN) Edgewater Elementary School -

Secretary - Permanent School District No.6 (Rocky Mountain) Windermere Zone is now accepting applications for the following permanent Secretary – Secondary School position: 1. David Thompson Secondary School, permanent, full-time (35 hrs/wk), Monday to Friday, effective August 18th, 2008.

Live-in homecare person needed from June 27 - August 24. Room and board included. Job is to care for disabled senior. Experience and training preferred. Call 342-0743.

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Apply in person, or mail resumé to: Subway Sandwich and Salads 305-3rd Avenue P.O. Box 73, Athalmer, B.C. V0A 1A0 (250) 342-5055

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Paul Carriere, Assistant Superintendent School District No.6 (Rocky Mountain) P.O. Box 70, Kimberley, B.C. V1A 2Y5 Phone: (250) 427-2245 Fax: (250) 427-2044 E-mail : Successful applicant will be subject to Criminal Records Review Check.

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Northstar Hardware Full-time Self-motivated In-store Help Competitive wages, benefit plan, submit resumes in person 410 - Borden St.


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Required by a large established local business. A full time career is available for a responsible, self-motivated individual with a professional appearance. A suitable candidate should have knowledge of B.C. Installation Codes as well as service and maintenance of fireplaces, however training may be provided to the right applicant. Must have a valid BC Driver’s License. Please fax or e-mail resumé with references to: Diamond Heating and Spas FAX: (250) 342-7103 Mail to: Box 86, Athalmer, BC V0A 1A0 Email:


The Village Arts Store has summer employment available June 27th – August 30th, 2008.

If you have an interest in the arts then read on…

This position is part of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 440. This is reception, clerical, secretarial and bookkeeping work of considerable variety and complexity in the operation of a secondary school office. Considerable independence of judgment and action in dealing with the public, staff and students on a variety of matters relating to school operations is required. Completion of 12th school grade and completion of an Office Administration Program from a recognized Post-Secondary Institute and/or equivalent training and experience is required. Applicants must be able to achieve 60 wpm minimum keyboarding skills. If you are interested in this position, please submit a resume, including three references, by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 24th, 2008 to:

Subway Invermere requires full and part-time sandwich artists. Some high school education required. Salary: $9.50 per hr., training available.

The ideal candidate will: • Be a student returning to school in the fall of 2008; • Possess outstanding people skills; • Have a keen desire to learn; • Be organized, energetic, positive and self motivated We offer you: • $10.00/hour; • 30 hrs/week; • Fun environment; • Working with artists; Current openings for: Kitchen Assistants, Lodge Help, Bartenders, Massage Practitioners, Chefs and Pastry Chefs.

Apply in writing with resume and cover letter to: The Village Arts Society, Box 2852, Inveremere, BC V0A 1K0 Deadline for applications June 27th, 5:00 p.m.

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The Columbia Valley Pioneer • 33

All aboard B.C.’s birthday train

CHOO CHOO – To mark British Columbia’s 150th birthday this year, the Canadian Pacific Spirit of 150 Rail Tour chugged through Invermere and Radium this week and it was given a big valley welcome. The train featured two vintage passenger coaches, a business car, a stage car and a heritage baggage car converted into a travelling museum. Visitors were treated to entertainment by the Spirit of 150 band and the BC150 players. At the Invermere stop, the district provided food, birthday cake and balloons. In Radium, members of the Rotary Club, Bighorn Meadows, and Village of Radium staff dressed up in period costume to greet visitors, while the Rotary Club sold lunch in aid of local projects. Clockwise, from top left: the Inukshuk at the end of 13th Street looks over the train at its Invermere stop; in Radium, the BC150 players tell historical tales to a crowd, some of whom are also in period costume; Ryker Dunlop, with dad Bruce, thought his balloon was almost as exciting as the train; the CP 2816 Empress Steam Train takes a break; train mechanic Jarrod Hoskins dressed in a conductor’s uniform to welcome visitors; schoolchildren from Windermere and Edgewater elementary schools visited the Radium stop to sing songs in period costume from the stage car. Photos by Dave Sutherland and Sally Waddington

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David Thompson Secondary School’s top athletes gather after receiving their awards Monday, June 16th. Logan Anderson was the biggest winner on the day, taking home four new trophies for his cabinet.

High school hands out top athletic awards The Athletic Awards for the 2007-2008 school year were presented at David Thompson Secondary School on Monday, June 16th. The overall best girl athlete was Melanie Carlow, and the overall best boy athlete was Logan Anderson. Award winners are as follows:

Major Awards:

• Grade 8 Girl: Ellen Wilker • Grade 8 Boy: Max Regitnig • Jr. Girl: Kali Tourond • Jr. Boy: Michael Brush & Gavin McNeil • Sr. Girl: Amber Seel • Sr. Boy: Jaydon McCarthy The following winners are listed first as the Most Valuable Player and secondly, the Most Improved.

Fall Sports:

• Sr. Girls Volleyball: Melanie Carlow, Olivia Rasilianen. • Sr. Boys Volleyball: Logan Anderson, Jesse Thies. • Jr. Girls Volleyball: Christine Carlow, Carly Dobbs. • Jr. Boys Volleyball: Derek Wolf, Tyson McCarthy. • Grade 8 Girls Volleyball: Ellen Wilker, Blayr Lightfoot. • Grade 8 Boys Volleyball: Max Regitnig, Ben Carlow. • Sr. Boys Soccer: Jaydon McCarthy, Tyson McCarthy.

• Cross Country: Kali Widmer, Miranda Oglestone.

Winter Sports:

• Sr. Girls Basketball: Emily Jones & Amber Seel, Abigail Reisle. • Sr. Boys Basketball: Logan Anderson, Justin Woodman. • Jr. Girls Basketball: Kali Tourond, Carly Dobbs. • Jr. Boys Basketball: Gavin McNeil, Tyson McCarthy. • Grade 8 Girls Basketball: Sawyer Ellingboe, Lily Smith. • Grade 8 Boys Basketball: Max Regitnig, Hayden Logan. • Skiing: Michael Brush, Cody Klim. • Badminton (Junior): Elesha Atwood, Sammie Anders. • Badminton (Senior): Caitlin Sharp, Jenny Brown.

Spring Sports:

• Sr. Girls Soccer: Kris Hann, Stephanie Konig. • Jr. Girls Soccer: Ellen Wilker, Rachelle Braund-Reid. • Sr. Track & Field: Jaydon McCarthy, Kendra Shaw. • Jr. Track & Field: Mary-Eve Trudel, N/A. • Golf: Lee Klas, Logan Anderson. • Sr. Baseball: Logan Anderson, N/A. • Jr. Baseball: Brody Myers, T. J. Bone.

“A Celebration of Belly Dance” June 28th, 2008 – 8:00 p.m. Invermere Community Hall

Featuring Hala Jamal & Martina Schnelle Also performing: Golden Navel Academy, Colette & Invermere’s own Arabian Mountain Spice

Tickets available at Grant’s Food Bins, The Mustard Seed, The Source/Selkirk TV and The Valley Fitness Centre.

$20 in advance • $25 at the door. Presented by Arabian Mountain Spice Dance Co. of Invermere.

DAVID THOMPSON SECONDARY SCHOOL RR4, 1535 – 14th Street, Unit 1 Invermere, BC V0A 1K4 Telephone: 250-342-9213 Fax 250-342-4499

AWARDS DAY CEREMONY Thursday, June 26th, 2008 DTSS Gym 9:30 a.m. Ceremony

COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES Thursday, June 26th, 2008 DTSS Gym 3:30 p.m. Ceremony

Everyone is Welcome!

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Valley Churches


The role of our church in First Nations residential schools By Sandy Ferguson Windermere Valley Shared Ministry Last week, the prime minister of Canada issued a historic apology to the First Nations for the government’s role in First Nations Residential Schools. Residential schools are a reminder of the history of Canada, a history based on an attempt to silence the voices of the First Nations. It was part of a 200-year process to turn the First Nations into a version of Euro-Canadians through forced assimilation. This was supposed to be accomplished by taking native children away from their families and putting them in residential schools where it was hoped their own culture and beliefs would be replaced by the language and beliefs of European Canada. Government officials were open about their hopes that this program would remove the presence of the First Nations as a separate people in Canada. Fortunately, despite their sufferings, the First Nations survived, but at such a great cost. The residential schools were part of a partnership between the government and the churches of Canada. The Catholic, Anglican, Presbyterian and United Churches of Canada all participated as willing

partners with the government as part of their mission to “convert the heathen.” The children were educated in the morning, then worked in the afternoons to pay for their keep and education. As the schools did not receive much funding from either the churches or the government, there were many reports of children dying from neglect, disease and accidents. We now know that, although there were many dedicated people who believed they were working for the good of the children, there were also many who were not. These people would prey on lonely children far from home. Eventually, we, the churches, came to terms with the reality of the residential schools and their legacy, and began a process of asking for forgiveness from the First Nations for our role in this tragedy. In 1986, the United Church of Canada began its journey of searching for reconciliation by issuing an apology. For the United Church, it has been a difficult journey, as we are confronted with the pain and anguish endured by the First Nations through our failure to live up to the vision of faith in the Good News revealed through Christ Jesus. Instead of offering an open hand of faith, we believed we had the right to tell a people their culture and beliefs were worthless. Yet there is also hope. The First Nations have endured, despite the challenges they continue to face. They challenge many of our assumptions of the history of this land that has tried to forget that Canada was not empty when the first Europeans arrived. The First Nations people are now able to confront us about what was done to them in the name of Christ Jesus.

Lake Windermere Alliance Church June 22nd: 10:30 a.m. Celebration Sunday, Volunteer Appreciation Sunday. The Lord’s Supper will be served. Summer Sunday School, pre-school-age 7, during morning service. For sermons online: Pastor Jared Enns • 326 - 10th Avenue, Invermere • 342-9535 Windermere Valley Shared Ministry June 22nd: 8:30 a.m. Morning worship at All Saints, Edgewater 10:30 a.m. Morning worship at Christ Church Trinity, Invermere Rev. Sandy Ferguson • 110 - 7th Avenue, Invermere • 342-6644 or 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 Saturday: 5 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Church in Canal Flats 7 p.m. at Canadian Martyrs Church in Invermere Sunday: 9 a.m. at Canadian Martyrs Church in Invermere 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church in Radium 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. 7 p.m. Evening service the first and third Sunday of the month, Brisco Community Hall. Pastor Wayne and Linda Frater, Associate Pastor Linda and Mike Paradis • Prayer Centre, 4-7553-Main St. Radium • 347-9937 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Worship Service, 10 a.m. • Sunday School, 11 a.m. Relief Society, Noon. President Grant Watkins • Columbia Valley Branch 5014 Fairway, Fairmont Hot Springs • 345-0079

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