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Your Weekly Source for News and Events

Vol. 5/Issue 27


The Columbia


July 4, 2008




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





Everyone says the Kinsmen Club’s fireworks in Invermere are a sight to behold, and this Canada Day was no exception. For more Canada Day photos, see Page 17.


Photo by Alex Cooper





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Rescued fawn sent to Nelson By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff A baby deer found on a local forestry road has been revived, cared for and delivered to a wildlife rehabilitation centre in Nelson. Some logging workers handed the fawn in to Invermere Veterinary Hospital because they believed they had hit its mother. Veterinarian Mark Zehnder looked after the deer until earlier this week, when he drove it to Nelson. “The fawn will be raised with other deer,” This little beauty has a new home in Nelson. Dr. Zehnder said, Photo by Dave Sutherland “because hand-raised deer when construction in the area is at its peak. Of those often have problems.” The loggers’ actions were justified in this case animals, the majority are injured. “They’ve often been hit by a car or, in the case of because the fawn wasn’t safe on the road, with other trucks passing frequently. However, picking baby animals, they are dehydrated or malnourished. up abandoned baby animals isn’t what Dr. Zehnder We receive birds with broken wings, birds that have hit power lines. . . ” Dr. Zehnder said. would recommend. Coming across an injured animal in the wild is “We usually encourage people to leave young a tricky situation. “There are different philosophies animals,” he said. “The mother deer will hide her fawn in what she thinks is a safe spot, go out and graze about it,” he said. “Some people say you should let then come back for it later. So usually you don’t know nature takes it course. But it depends on the situation and how much pain the animal is in. If they need whether the mother is still around.” If in doubt, come back later. “Give it time,” Dr. medical attention, we can give it a try.” If you find an animal in need of help, call the Zehnder said. “Watch and see what happens. Usually Conservation Service at (250) 342-4266. Otherwise, a day or so is a good space of time.” Invermere Veterinary Hospital cares for about 10 the Invermere Veterinary Hospital at (250) 342-7007 rescued animals a year, mostly during early summer can assist.

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New tourism minister promises to make Jumbo Resort a priority By Alex Cooper Pioneer Staff The newly-minted Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts says the Jumbo Glacier Resort project is one of his top priorities. East Kootenay MLA Bill Bennett of Cranbrook was reappointed to cabinet last week and given the controversial Jumbo Resort file as part of his portfolio. The former Minister for Mining, who was asked to resign as cabinet minister in February 2007 after he sent a profanity-laced e-mail to a constituent in his riding, was reappointed to cabinet last week. He said the Jumbo project is no different from other big projects in B.C. and will be approached the same way. “There is a procedure in place for approving them. My position has always been to have the process run its course.”

Currently the province, Jumbo Glacier Resort, the Ktunaxa and the Shuswap native bands are in negotiations over the final project. An agreement also needs to be reached on local governance before the Master Project Agreement is reached. For this, there are two options: 1. A rezoning bylaw passed by the Regional District of East Kootenay allowing for the development of a resort; 2. Being designated as a mountain resort municipality under the province’s Local Government Act. Regional district board chair Greg Deck said he expects the proponent to use the second option. “They have expressed a desire to be designated a mountain resort municipality in the past and that would involve going through the provincial government,” he said. If they do, then the provincial government would appoint a council including representatives from First Nations groups and members of local government, said Mr. Bennett. The council would ensure the developer meets the conditions laid out in the project agreement and environmental assessment.

John Bergenske, the executive director of Wildsight and head of the Jumbo Creek Conservation Society, said the fact Mr. Bennett has made Jumbo a priority is a concern. “The public will have to be that much clearer about the social and environmental opposition to the resort,” he said. But he said he doesn’t expect the government to move forward on the resort. “I don’t think the government wants a black eye on First Nations issues and on the environment because of a resort,” he said. Columbia-Revelstoke MLA Norm Macdonald, whose riding includes Jumbo Glacier, said that the government agreed in 2004 that the decision would remain in regional district hands. “The government made a promise and it’s not acceptable to do otherwise,” he said. “The people in the valley are against it and their position needs to be respected.” Jumbo Glacier Resort has been in the works since the early 1990s when investors proposed turning the Jumbo Glacier area into a year-round ski resort spanning four glaciers. It has been the subject of controversy due to the environmental impact of the resort.

Panorama mops up mess after condo fire By Alex Cooper Pioneer Staff Fire inspectors are having difficulty determining the cause of the June 21st fire at Panorama, due to the amount of damage caused by the blaze. “The general location of the ignition was damaged by the fire, so it’s impossible to declare a source with any confidence,” said Hayley Wilson, marketing coordinator for Panorama Mountain Village. “It is most likely that a declaration of cause will not be determined in the future due to this damage.”

John Newton, owner of High Country Properties, which owns or manages three properties that were destroyed in the fire, said that several insurance companies are involved and the owners are in the process of filing claims. “My understanding is that the buildings will be torn down and rebuilt and hopefully ready for the 2009 ski season,” he said. “Presumably we’re covered for their replacement.” The fire couldn’t have come at a worse time for one owner who had just sold his property, but had yet to transfer the title when the condo burned down, so the sale was cancelled.

“It’s an insurance issue now,” said Scott Wallace of Maxwell Realty, who was handling the sale. The fire destroyed 16 townhomes in the Horsethief complex at Panorama. The fire began around midnight on June 21st and took more than 24 hours to be put out cold. “The owners have maintained a positive attitude and we are just happy that nobody was hurt,” said Kirby Brown, President of Panorama Mountain Village. “The fire was unfortunate, but everyone is ready to move forward. The resort is now open for the summer season and is fully operational.”

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Over the past week, our detachment responded to 98 calls for service, 64 of them over the weekend. Here are some of the ones we can share at this time.

Coins stolen from truck

On June 24th at around 3 a.m., culprits broke into a truck in Canal Flats and stole around $50 in $2 coins. RCMP conducted an investigation and located two young persons who were responsible for the offence. They were arrested and released on conditions to appear in Youth Court in Invermere on August 19th to answer to charges of theft.

Doing ‘the tourist thing’

On June 28th, RCMP responded to a report of an accident on Highway 93 in Kootenay National Park. Police spoke with the driver, an Alberta resident, who advised that he had been looking away from the road when he drove too close to the guard rail. His motorcycle struck the rail and skidded across the oncoming lane a short distance. Luckily, no one was injured. Police issued the driver a violation ticket.

Abandoned car set alight

On Saturday, June 28th, the owner of a blue pickup truck was forced to leave the truck on a forest service road adjacent to Westside Road because of a flat tire. Upon returning on Sunday, the owner discovered the truck burnt beyond repair.

Golf course vandalized

On June 25th at 6 a.m., RCMP received a call for service from the Copper Point Golf Course. It was reported that unknown culprits desecrated the putting greens for fairways 1 and 2. Damage is estimated at over $6,000 as the putting greens for both holes were chopped up with a golf club. The culprit defecated on site as well. Anyone with information is asked to contact the RCMP at (250) 342-9292 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477. (See more info on Page 19.)

Boat and trailer stolen

On June 30th, RCMP received a report of a stolen boat in Invermere. Sometime between 10 p.m. on June 29th and 6:30 a.m. on June 30th, unknown culprits stole a 1988 Harbour Craft Tri-hull boat and trailer. No licence number is available for the trailer. Anyone with information about any of the crimes in this report please call RCMP at (250) 342-9292 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Truck kills grizzly bear in park A 200-pound female grizzly bear was struck and killed at 5:30 a.m. on Monday, June 30th by a semi-truck near Hector Gorge in Kootenay National Park. The driver was not hurt and reported the accident to authorities. Parks Canada is asking motorists to travel with extra caution while on mountain park highways,

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particularly at dawn and dusk when animals are most active. The time saved by driving at 110 km/h vs. 90 km/h is only about 12 minutes per hour, yet this speed difference can save the lives of motorists and wildlife. Report all bear sightings in Banff, Yoho and Kootenay National Park to the Banff Warden Office at (403) 762-1470.

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Lakeview Crown land begins development process By Pioneer Staff Members of the public have until Wednesday, July 9th, to submit comments on the Crown’s application to exclude Lot 4616 from the Agricultural Land Reserve. The move is a prerequisite and first step toward developing the land, one of only two Crown lots left within the District of Invermere. Unlike the other of Invermere’s remaining Crown lots, which lies behind the Industrial Park along Toby Creek, Lot 4616 is prime real estate on the hillside east of CastleRock Estates, affording breath-taking views of Invermere, Lake Windermere and the Columbia Valley. Visible from most locations in the valley, Lot 4616 is pierced by the right-of-way which takes drivers up the steep mountainside to the CastleRock development on the southern edge of town. In 2004 a petition was circulated and signed by 300 residents opposed to developing any part of Lot 4616 and presented to the former Member of the Legislative Assembly Wendy McMahon. However, although the District of Invermere went to the province on several occasions requesting that the property be set aside for parkland, council was refused. Contentious negotiations have been taking place over the last year among four parties who are stakeholders in the land: the Akisqnuk Band, the Shuswap Band, the District of Invermere and the Crown. While the Crown and First Nations would like to profit from a partnership to develop the land, the District of Invermere is still hoping that at least part of the

property will remain as parkland. Project Managers from BC’s Integrated Land Management Bureau are facilitating the partnership and mediating the stakeholders’ competing interests. According to the chief negotiator for Invermere, Councillor and mayoral candidate Gerry Taft, exclusion from the Agricultural Land Reserve is a prerequisite for development, but would put the project in the hands of the Neighborhood Planning Process. He said neighbors would have a say on what kind of development is acceptable. Lot 4616 is still zoned parkland under the district’s Official Community Plan. Mr. Taft noted that some opposition to exclusion has surfaced since the application was filed. “Some of the neighbors are opposed to removing from the ALR,” he said. “Our best chance of getting parkland is to develop part of it. We’ve accepted that we need to compromise.” The application for exclusion, he said, is to make sure is can be excluded before proceeding any further toward a compromise. Comments on the application for exclusion are being accepted at the District Office until Wednesday, July 9th. Invermere Council is expected to take up issue at its August meeting. At which time, Mr. Taft said, Invermere can excercise one of three options: 1. proceed with the exclusion and lend support 2. oppose ALR exclusion, or 3. go back to the public for more input. The results of geotechnical, archeological and ethno-botanical surveys of Lot 4616 are expected in September.


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Valley to suffer loss if Lot 4616 is sold By Elinor Florence Pioneer Publisher Lot 4616 is a very prosaic name for one of the most beautiful spots in the valley. If you look towards the west, you can see it from almost anywhere, because the road to CastleRock Estates cuts through it. It consists of 156 acres of absolutely gorgeous, forested, mostly-flat property overlooking the lake, with stunning views to the west and south. It belongs to the Crown, meaning to all of us, and it is located within the District of Invermere and zoned as parkland. It would make a beautiful public park if properly maintained with trails and picnic areas, one that is desperately needed in an area so short of public green space. It is also the only piece of publicly-owned land left between here and the Hoodoos. But the provincial government has decided to sell this prime piece of real estate for development, in spite of repeated requests from the Invermere council to leave it alone. A few years ago, there were three pieces of Crown land left in town – one is the large area kitty-corner from Sobeys, where there are a number of buildings including the government agent’s office. Invermere tried to buy that, too, because council rightly thought it would be a dandy place for future public buildings, but we taxpayers couldn’t compete with private developers and the province insisted on selling the property for full market value to a private owner.

Now the same thing is happening again with Lot 4616. Are we being punished for voting NDP in the last election? More likely, in its zeal to restore the economy, the Liberals have lost their ability to see the trees for the forest. I am aware of Lot 4616 because I live on the south side of town, although I can’t see the lot from my house and development would not affect me directly. But naturally it is a sore point with many of my neighbours. Four years ago, I circulated a petition calling for the preservation of Lot 4616. It was signed by almost 400 people and presented to our former MLA Wendy McMahon. Although she seemed sympathetic, nothing happened. When Premier Gordon Campbell was visiting in 2005, I broached the idea to him and he brushed me off. Now the province has applied to have Lot 4616 removed from the Agricultural Land Reserve preparatory to development. I’m disappointed that there hasn’t been more opposition to this plan. Both of the local native bands, both of whom seem to be opposed to development on philosophical grounds, want Lot 4616 sold so they can receive the cash instead. Our local environmental groups in the valley have also been mostly silent on the subject, although hopefully they will make their views known on Lot 4616 before it’s too late. The District is still hoping to pressure the provincial government to retain part of the property as parkland. To assist them in this quest, please make your views known at the District Office in Invermere before Wednesday, July 9th.

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Thank you, firefighters! Dear Editor: Thank you for publishing this letter regarding the recent fire which destroyed many properties in the Horsethief Lodge at Panorama on June 22nd. This very unfortunate incident could have been far worse if it was not for the fast acting fire protection crews that risked their lives to save the hundreds of other properties that were at risk. High Country Properties manages several of the properties that were destroyed in the fire and, as a result, have been helping owners

manage their loss. Although the properties are second homes to most, the mental anguish and stress of losing something they worked hard for and have a personal connection to, is the same. I would like to thank the responders to this disaster for their brave and fast action; it is because of their dedication and expertise that we are dealing with 16 lost residences rather than hundreds. Thank you! Excellent Job! Julie Neville High Country Properties

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Knights of Columbus continue good works Dear Editor: The Invermere/Radium Knights of Columbus would like to take this opportunity to thank all who assisted in our sixth annual golf raffle. The draw was made on Father’s Day at the Windermere Golf Course. The Knights take pleasure in announcing the following winners: Package 1, Jim Ashworth of Fairmont; Package 2, Dave Smith of Calgary; Package 3, Paul Northrup of Invermere. The Knights of Columbus would like to thank the following golf courses for their kind donation of a pass for two with cart: Eagle Ranch, Coy’s Par 3, Fairmont Riverside, Fairmont Mountainside, Windermere Golf Course, Radium Resort Course, Radium Resort

Springs Course, Greywolf, Edgewater Hilltop par 3, Copper Point and The Ridge at Copper Point, Th’ Flats at Canal Flats, and Spur Valley Greens. Without their generous donations, this raffle would not have been possible. As a result the Knights of Columbus will be able to donate funds to the RCMP’s drug education program in schools, the safe homes for battered women, a bursary for a valley student entering secondary education and the advancement of local Catholic religious programs, such as the construction of the Stations of the Cross located on the mountainside east of the Radium Catholic Church. Don Jumaga 2008 Golf Raffle Chairman

Ray recalls phone boxes

DISTRICT OF INVERMERE NOTICE OF TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE A Contractor for the Municipality will be blasting and installing sewer lines from Pine Ridge Mountain Resort to the entrance of West Ridge Drive off the old dump road. Unfortunately this will require the entire road to be closed from July 2nd, 2008 to July 25th, 2008. The District apologizes for any inconveniences caused by this operation. For further information, please telephone the municipal ofce at 342-9281 Monday to Friday and 3425957 on the weekend.

Dear Editor:

I point out one error? “The phone was a black box.” I was misquoted. Sally Waddington’s story about The phone boxes that I remember the first phones in this area was very were made of wood with a light oak well-written. The quality of the re- finish. production of my tattered old photo of the work crew was amazing. May Ray Crook, Invermere

Corrections • In the article on Spring Health Foods in our June 27th issue, we inadvertently added an “s” to the name of the business owned by Spring Hawes. Our apologies and we wish Spring and her business all the best in the future. • Coy’s Par 3 Golf Course offers an

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Don’t write off District Lot 4616 without putting up a fight Dear Editor: I am responding to the application by the Integrated Land Management Bureau of the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands to make application to exclude a portion of District Lot 4616 from the Agriculture Land Reserve. District Lot 4616 is a large piece of undeveloped Crown land. It is located within the District of Invermere. The Official Community Plan for Invermere has DL 4616 indicated as parkland – the last time I saw the plan. The level of residential and commercial development currently going on in Invermere is unprecedented. DL 4616 is completed surrounded by private land in all directions; the private land WILL be developed eventually, leaving no large open space for the enjoyment of the people of Invermere. To remove this land from the Agriculture Land Reserve, assumedly as a first step towards rezoning for development, is ludicrous and extremely short-sighted. DL 4616 needs to remain intact as it is. In the future, it will be an extremely valuable piece of parkland for the neighbouring residents of Invermere. I liken it ‘Exquisite Family Dining’

to Stanley Park in Vancouver. If our forefathers didn’t have the foresight to set it aside, Stanley Park would not be there to enjoy today. It would instead by an extension of downtown Vancouver, compete with concrete, asphalt and high-rises. Our elected government officials and government employees are obliged to protect the best interest of the people of B.C. It is not in our best interest to remove this area from the ALR to allow it to be eventually developed. We all have an opportunity to voice our opinions in this matter. Those of you who enjoy biking, jogging and walking in large open spaces near your homes should be vocal on this issue. Smaller parks do not provide enough space for many of our recreational activities. I encourage residents to go and view this beautiful piece of land; it is truly an asset to our community as large parkland. Don’t let government politics dictate what happens to land within Invermere. It is time for council to get to work and carry out the wishes of Invermere taxpayers on this important issue. Greg DuBois Invermere

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Out & About Cathy Dalrymple of Toby Creek Custom Woodworking is one of the artists featured in the Columbia Valley’s first Tour of the Arts on August 3rd. For more, see Page 14.

Pynelogs Gallery Show • Pynelogs Cultural Centre 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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LIBRARY OPEN – Left to right: Library board members Ron Verboom, Nancy Mullin, board chair Linda Dickerson, and librarian Jane Jones watch as Mayor Greg Deck officially opens the new Radium Library on main street.

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Bruges in Belgium is one of the most beautiful towns in the world. Its medieval churches, great squares, and canal-lined streets have made it one of the biggest tourist draws in Europe. That is, unless you are a loutish Irish hit man whose boss forces you to spend two weeks there for no given reason. In Bruges is a dark comedy starring Colin Farrell as Ray, said loutish hit man. He and his senior partner Ken (Brendan Gleeson from Harry Potter) have been sent to hide out in Bruges after botching a hit against a Catholic priest, resulting in a kid getting killed. While in Bruges, Ray and Ken take in the sites. Ken appreciates the beauty and history of the town. Ray would rather be at the pub drinking a pint. The highlight of his day is coming across a film shoot involving a midget. He also meets a Chloe (Clemence Poesy), a beautiful Belgian girl who robs tourists, but falls for Ray.

It all comes apart when Ray and Ken’s boss Harry (Ralph Fiennes) lets Ken know why they’re there – and it isn’t pretty. The result is a stylish and funny crime thriller in which the characters each face his own morality crisis. Ray is wracked with guilt over killing that boy, and Ken also reaches his epiphany at one point in the movie. Writer and director Martin McDonagh does a great job of showing off the beauty of Bruges and leaves you wondering how anyone could not be enchanted by the place. He also manages to keep it funny throughout despite the dark subject matter and he does so without forcing the laughs. They just come naturally, through the banter between characters and the somewhat absurd situations they find themselves in. In Bruges isn’t suitable for kids, but everyone else should enjoy it.

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Toby Theatre • 8 p.m. July 5-11: The Chronicles of Narnia Prince Caspian.

Friday, July 4th-Sunday, July 6th: • Edgewater Homecoming: Ice cream social, pancake breakfasts, supper, dance, pioneer tea and church. Adults $40, 5-12 years $15, 4 years and under free. For info: Ann at 342-6678 or Mimi at 347-9868. • Horsethief Hideout Memorial Rally: camping, music, tattoos, poker, breakfast, $30/weekend. For info call (403)755-1545 or (250)347-6871 or see • Every Friday shop late in downtown Invermere. A total of 18 businesses will be open until 8 p.m. on Friday evenings. • Starting July 4th to August 19th, Junior Naturalist Program will be running on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 am to noon. Cost is $5 per child and will be taking place at the Redstreak Campground, Kootenay National Park. Register at the Radium Hot Springs Visitor centre or call 347-6525

Saturday, July 5th: • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Invermere Farmers’ Market open in downtown Invermere every Saturday. • 9:30 am- 12 noon: Flag Football every Saturday for all ages at the Bighorn’s football field behind the old high school. • 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Open Market at the Edgewater Legion: crafts, baking, produce. • 9 a.m.-1 p.m.: Garage sale, corner of Sinclair Avenue and Fairmont Street, Windermere. All proceeds go to Invermere Companion Animal Network. To donate items and for more info, call 341-7247.

Monday, July 7th-Sunday, July 13th: • Take-A-Kid to the course week. Kids under 15 will play free with a paid adult each day after 3 p.m. Call Riverside Pro Shop at (250)345-6346 ext. 22.

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Saturday, July 19th:

• Lions Golf Day at Copper Point Golf Course. Golf costs $65 and all proceeds go towards the new road and rescue vehicle for the Invermere Fire Department. Call 250-341-3392 to book a tee time. • Infected, Fiesta Finger, and The Class War Kids play at the Invermere Community Hall. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door. • 7:30 p.m.: Summit Trail Makers society annual general meeting, Lions Hall at the crossroads.

• 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.: BIG Book Sale at the Invermere Community Hall. All funds support the library. Bring your 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, 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 each. Call 342-2844.

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: • Maya Eventov, Heather Haynes and Natalya Romanovsky exhibition opens at The Artym Gallery and runs until July 18th. • Yoga Retreat at the Clear Sky Centre near Fort Steele. Runs until July 15th. For info email maureen.

Sunday, July 13th: • Volunteers needed for boat counting on July 13, August 2nd and 3rd. Contact Lake Windermere Project for more information, 341-6898 or e-mail

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 at 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. • 7-9:30 p.m.: Every Thursday: Block Parties in Radium. Everyone welcome to enjoy street music, and the company of friends and neighbors on Main Street West, in the Village of Radium Hot Springs.

Sunday, July 20th: • 10:30 a.m.: Special guest speaker Lisa Rohrick, missionary to Niger, West Africa, at Lake Windermere Alliance Church. • Heart of the Rockies triathlon, Invermere. Visit • 12:30 p.m.: Windermere Valley Shared Ministry 40th Anniversary Community Barbecue on the Museum grounds. Fun for the whole family, games, face painting, balloons and more. No cost, just a donation to the food bank.

Saturday, August 2nd: • Non-motorized day on the lake sponsored by the Lake Windermere Project. Bring out all your nonmotorized vessels. Official start time is 11 am. For info: 250-341-6898.

Saturday, August 16th: • Kootenay Savings Credit Union, the Windermere Ladies Health Care Auxiliary, Copper Point Golf Course and East Kootenay Foundation are joining together to celebrate health care with its first annual golf tournament to be held at Copper Point Ridge Course. All monies raised will be held in trust by the East Kootenay Foundation for Health for the Invermere & District Hospital. Sign up at Kootenay Savings Credit Union or the Pro Shop at Copper Point.

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Artym Gallery is pleased to present a show of 15 new paintings by local artist Pat Bavin. Based on trips to Mexico, Arizona and Thailand, this exhibition opens on Saturday, July 5th and Pat will be in attendance from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. About as local as they come, Pat Bavin and his family are well known for the Bavin Glassworks Studio. Pat has been a glass artist for many years, but he is always trying new things, so it is not surprising that about five years ago he started painting in earnest. Pat has done exhaustive research into Canadian art, focusing on Western Canadian women and Inuit artists, but learning about whichever style or time period catches his attention. The amount of knowledge Pat has amassed is truly impressive and indicative of his passion for painting. Pat began his painting working from photographs of local scenes, particularly landscapes, and soon moved on to painting in acrylic en plein-air (as the Group of Seven did). From here, Pat shifted his subject matter to local historical buildings, feeding his love and

Pat Bavin’s Arizona is showing at Artym Gallery. knowledge of local history. Then Pat discovered the medium of collage. Last year, he took a course in Los Angeles with artist Jerry Brommer, who helped Pat develop his ability to paint intuitively. This technique is one in which you work in layers on the piece, just allowing the ideas to come, without a preconceived idea of how the painting will end up. “Often that is the hard part for painters; they will rework and rework a piece, then get frustrated. If you are painting intuitively, that is an essential part of the process,” Pat says. “[When painting in

this way] you should never know the outcome until the outcome arrives.” This show is a wonderful collection of work Pat has done exploring this style. He is unmistakably both comfortable and very excited about these paintings, saying “the work is more personal than it has been in terms of my own energy and heart.” Artym Gallery invites you to take a look at these incredible new paintings by Pat Bavin. Pat will be available to answer any questions about his techniques or subjects on Saturday, July 5th.


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Artists explore new realms of creativity By Jessica Gowling Columbia Valley Arts Pynelogs is eager to open Innovation: A Fresh Look at Art on July 8th, with an official opening on Wednesday, July 9th, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Innovation aims to showcase emerging and established artists whose creations are a new and inventive twist on older techniques and ideas. Whether through the visual outcome of their final piece or the technical process in which they create it, these artists will cause you to think differently about art. From collage to acrylic, metal-working to print-making, book alteration to sculpture, this show is an exciting blend of ideas from artists who embrace innovation. Japhy Shine Hunt is the talented 10-year-old son of artist Dale Hunt. He draws inspiration for his paintings from Tim Burton and Mexico’s Day of the Dead. His quirky artworks often depict his own fascinating characters in strange, comical settings. Japhy’s father Dale is an abstract artist whose work constantly evolves through the use of a variety of mediums and a boundary-free approach to creating. His everyday inspirations are revealed through the layers of his mixed media reliefs. Casja Fredin is a metal and iron-worker whose designs often make use of second-hand materials. With a focus on the interaction of society and environment,

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Cajsa’s sculptures create harmony between the natural and the industrial through her union of various resources. Sylvia Power is a woodworker who also uses recycled materials to create her innovative pieces. In recent bodies of work, she has rebuilt found materials – such as chairs – to create sculptures which speak of space, relationships and negotiation. Carney Oudendag is a prolific artist and teacher whose work shifts original understandings of collage and watercolour. With unique approaches to applying mediums, each of Carney’s artworks is a truly unique and beautiful original. Jim Robertson is an inventive painter whose passion for bold colour and negative space create unusual scenes of emotion or humour. Painting completely in acrylics, Jim approaches the canvas unlike many: he begins with a black canvas instead of white so his colours can pop and vibrate. I am honoured to also be showcasing my talents with these groundbreaking artists. Life-sized etchings and drawings of wildlife have been the focus of my work, but recently I have been exploring book alteration. Using an old book as my canvas, I choose my own narratives from the existing text and allow these words to inspire the mixed-media artwork on each page. This diverse art show also exposes several emerging

Carney Oudendag’s watercolours use vibrant tones. youth artists such as Mara Pratt, Gabe Jablanczy, Melissa Lochhead and Lorissa Vanderkruk. With almost a dozen names, Innovation is an ingenious show not to be missed.





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By Eloise Berry Columbia Valley Tour of the Arts Sunday, August 3rd, is the first annual Columbia Valley Tour of the Arts. This exciting event is a self-guided tour of six studios and gardens spread from Lillian Lake to the Hoodoos at Dutch Creek. The resident artist at each site – as well as guest artists – will demonstrate, explain and display their artistic crafts. The Columbia Valley Arts Council is very pleased to present 31 participating artists chosen by a juried process. The artists work in a variety of media, including wood, paints, glass, clay and metal. Artwork is offered for sale at each site. Tour of the Arts sites will be easy to find with a map highlighting each of the sites. The map is part of a $20 Passport that will be your admission to each site. Travel at your leisure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. with your Passport, which will be stamped at each site. At the end of the afternoon, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tour patrons and artists are invited to a reception at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. Passport holders who collect all six Tour stamps are eligible for a special draw prize (Tin Horn Creek Winery and golf package in the Okanagan). Passports are available at Pynelogs, Essentials, One Hour Photo and Bliss Hair & Esthetics in Invermere; Trims and Treasures in Fairmont; and N’Deco in Radium. Passports can also be bought at a kiosk on the corner outside Dave’s Book Bar on Saturday



for: THE CUTTING AND SPLITTING OF LOGS INTO FIREWOOD FOR PARKS CANADA at the following location, Kootenay National Park “Redstreak Pit” . Wood to be split and cut into lengths as specified in the information package at the above site with contract completion by August 15, 2008 . All material equipment and labour required to complete the said works will be supplied by the successful bidder.

visant L’APPROVISIONNEMENT ET LA LIVRAISON DE BOIS À BRÛLER POUR LE COMPTE DE PARCS CANADA à l’endroit suivant, la carriére Redstreak dans le parc national Kootenay. Le bois doit être fendu et coupé tel que spécifié dans la trousse d’information. Le travail doit être terminé et le bois livré à l’endroit susmentionné le 15 août 2008 au plus tard. Le soumissionnaire retenu sera responsable de fournir l’ensemble du matériel, de l’équipment et de la maind’oeuvre nécessaires à l’exécution des travaux.

INFORMATION PACKAGES, BID REQUIREMENTS AND TERMS OF REFERENCE OUTLINING THE WORK TO BE DONE AND SPECIFICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE KOOTENAY NATIONAL PARK SUPPLY CENTRE AT (250) 347-6622 . The Agency retains the right to negotiate with suppliers on any procurement. Proposals will be received up to 2:00 P.M. (14:00 hours) M.D.S.T. July 10, 2008 at the Supply Center in Kootenay National Park. P. O. Box 220, Radium Hot Springs, B.C. VOA 1M0 Please phone (250) 347-6622 for more information. Reference # KKP - 2824.

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mornings. All proceeds from the Tour support the programs of CV Arts. Cathy Dalrymple is the resident artist at her home near Lillian Lake, which will be featured as one of the six sites. She became interested in working in wood at her father’s knee in Sault St. Marie, Ontario, helping him build their cottage and other projects. She went on to attend Architectural Technical School in the Sault and then George Brown College in Toronto for Furniture Design. She found her passion working and designing furniture and eventually moved to the Invermere area in 1997. Her large workshop, which she designed and built herself, is a beautiful, large space situated amongst the pines near Lillian Lake. Her handsome log home holds several furniture pieces that Cathy has designed and built. Inside her workshop are the many projects that Cathy is working on. Her artistry is a mixture of custom design and building of new furniture, along with furniture restoration. Her client base reaches from Toronto to Vancouver Island. Recently, she volunteered to work in Nicaragua, building a clinic/youth centre for a small community there. As well, Cathy writes for Canadian Home Workshop Magazine and will be featured on the cover in a future publication. Cathy is just one of the 31 artists featured during this fascinating tour. If any residents or part-time residents would like to volunteer four hours of their time to this exciting event, call Pynelogs at (250) 342-4423.

ON PEUT OBTENIR LES TROUSSES D’INFORMATION, LES CONDITIONS D’OFFRE ET LE CADRE DE RÉFÉRENCE DÉFINISSANT LE TRAVAIL À EXÉCUTER AU CENTRE D’APPROVISIONNEMENT DU PARC NATIONAL KOOTENAY AU (250) 347-6622. L’Agence se réserve le droit de négocier avec les fournisseurs pour tout besoin d’approvisionnement. Les offres seront acceptées jusqu’à 14 h (HNR) le 10 juillet 2008, au Centre d’opprovisionnement du parc national Kootenay, P.O. Box 220, Radiuim Hot Springs, B.C V0A 1M0. Pour plus de détails, téléphoner au (250) 347-6222 ou (250) 347-6620. No de référence KKP - 2824.

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EXPLOSIVE SOUND – Long a favourite for their live gigs, Standby for the Bomb has a debut album under their belts. From left: Graeme Martin, Aaron Cameron, Ben Cameron and Fraser Smith. Photo by Leah Shoemaker

Stand by for this up-and-coming local band By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff Local rock favourite Standby for the Bomb released their debut full-length album with a crashing rock concert at Bud’s Bar & Lounge on Sunday, June 29th. “We had an incredible night,”said drummer Aaron Cameron. “The place was packed with familiar faces and everyone had a blast. By all accounts, the band delivered its most polished and energetic set to date. All in all it was a wonderful debut for our self-titled album. It’s onward and upwards from here.” The four-piece band has been playing together since 2005 but have only released demos prior to this self-titled album. The build-up has been long and the boys are ecstatic to have finally launched the tracks. “We’re really excited about it,” said lead singer, keyboardist and rhythm guitarist Ben Cameron. “I think it’s a strong album and we’ve been working on it for about three years.” The album, Standby for the Bomb, was recorded over a six-month period at Sundae Sound Recording Studio in Calgary. Because the band members have “day jobs,” they hired the studio for a series of threeday blocks. “We would rehearse for two months, then record for three days, then go back and rehearse the next tracks,” Ben explained.

The Cameron brothers moved to the Columbia Valley with their family in 1979 and are now coowners of Pinnacle Creek Custom Woodworks. Bass guitarist Fraser Smith also grew up in the area and is a carpentry apprentice at Pinnacle Creek. In addition, Fraser is a luthier – he builds acoustic guitars under the business name of FMS Guitars. Australian Graeme Martin, who plays lead guitar in Standby for the Bomb, moved to Canada in 2002 and currently lives in Windermere. Like his bandmates, Graeme works at Pinnacle Creek as a cabinet-maker, and he too is a luthier under the company name Sexsmith Guitars. The guitar Graeme plays with is his own creation. “So we all work together during the day and we have very similar interests, which greatly adds to the chemistry of the band,” said Aaron. Next step for the band is to record their followup album, which is already in its early stages. “We’re right on the heels of starting our next album,” Ben explained. Influenced by artists as diverse as Tool, Radiohead, Led Zeppelin and The Beatles, their sound is rocky with some catchy melodies and driving rhythms. You can listen to samples at www.myspace/ standbyforthebomb and pick up the album at Syndicate Boardshop, Toad’s Hole Café, The Inside Edge Sports Store and Hippichic Boutique in Invermere.

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

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

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Waiting list for French class in Windermere By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff The proposed Intensive Core French curriculum will go ahead at Windermere Elementary School next school year. A huge response from parents of prospective Grade 6 students has seen the class fill to 30 students, with more on a waiting list. “We’re very excited by the response,” said the school’s principal, Jill Jensen. “It will be good to try something new and different.” In September the class of 30 will begin a fivemonth semester where 80 percent of their instruction will be in the French language. The other 20 percent will be in English instruction, with math taught in English. The following five months will consist of 20

percent French instruction and 80 percent English instruction. After Grade 6, the students will have daily 60-minute French classes. School District No. 6 has hired a teacher for the program who has taught Intensive Core French for two years previously. Ian Brown will arrive in the Columbia Valley in August, after finishing at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Academy in Canmore, Alberta. “Ian will bring a lot of enthusiasm and excitement to the class and that really works for kids,” said Ms. Jensen. The program’s reception is partly due to a 15year effort by a collection of Windermere families who joined together in the Parents for Intensive Core French community group. Member Karen TaylorBrowne said the new curriculum could play a vital role

in the future of Windermere Elementary. “Currently there is a strong class of Grade five and six students but there’s a drop-off in enrolment after that,” Mrs. Taylor-Browne said. “Intensive Core French provides an attraction point. This program may ensure Windermere’s continuity for some time.” Jill Jensen is less certain. “It will make a difference to the future of the school, but how much of a difference we don’t know yet,” she said. Almost half of the students who have enrolled in the program are from Windermere, with the remainder coming from Invermere, Edgewater and Canal Flats. A bus will operate between Invermere and Windermere, and students from the other communities will receive a transportation allowance. A bus service from Canal Flats is still being negotiated.

Left: greens were hacked with a golf club; centre: a hole was dug into the ground; right: the culprit brought toilet paper to use after he performed his nasty business.

Culprit attacks Copper Point greens with club By Alex Cooper Pioneer Staff A frenzied attack caused $7,000 worth of damage to the putting greens on fairways one and two at Copper Point Golf Course last week. “They hacked up the greens pretty bad,” said Brian Schall, general manager at Copper Point. “It looked as if they used a golf club, and maybe

a spade or shovel.” To add insult to injury, the culprit also defecated on the site as well. He must have planned ahead for the disgusting act, because he brought a roll of toilet paper with him. The act of vandalism occurred overnight on Tuesday, June 24th and was discovered by the grounds crew early the next morning. The local RCMP detachment was notified of the

incident on June 25th, at 6 a.m. The culprit left a beer can behind, which the RCMP took as evidence. Mr. Schaal said they are hoping to get a fingerprint from the can. No one has been charged yet. The grounds crew was able to repair the greens using sod from the golf course’s nursery in time for the start of the golf day. “We just hope they catch the culprit,” he said.

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Newspaper clipping recalls fatal drowning of three boys By Elinor Florence Pioneer Publisher When Dale Hunt of Wilmer saw the photograph of his great-grandmother in a recent issue of The Pioneer, it brought back some unhappy family memories. Mary Phillis Young is pictured with her two little boys, George and Clement Young, who later fell through the ice and drowned in a nearby pond. Mrs. Young and her husband, Captain Frederick Benjamin Young, also had a baby daughter Phyllis at the time, who later became Phyllis Falconer. The bereaved parents and their baby moved back to England during the First World War, but later returned to their home on the Toby Benches. Their second daughter, who later became Helen Annis, was born in England in 1914. Phyllis bore just one child, a son named Fred Hunt, who married Shirley-Mae Appleby and had four sons. Dale is the youngest of the four boys and the only one who still lives in the valley. He is married to Athena Hunt and has a 10-year-old son Japhy Hunt. At one time Dale and his family lived in the original Young home on the Toby Benches, which was built in 1912, just one year before the tragedy occurred. The old Young house now belongs to another family. Dale is the custodian of many Young family mementos, among them the clipping from the Columbia Valley Times newspaper at the time of the fatal drownings. He also has an envelope containing locks of their hair, which were kept by their grieving mother. The story from the Columbia Valley Times with the headline “Appalling Ice Fatality” reads as follows: November 4, 1913 – “Late tonight intelligence was received from the western benches that a calamity unparalleled in the history of the district had occurred, entailing the loss of three lives under most distressing circumstances. The scene of the accident was a small pond, thinly covered with a coating of new ice, close by the ranch of Capt. Young.

The two sons, George, aged five and a half, and Clement, aged seven, of the latter, accompanied by Vivian, aged eight, and Kenneth, sons of N. M. Marples, were playing in the neighbourhood of the ice when George Young, becoming separated from the others, ventured out on the frozen surface to reach some object he had thrown on the ice. He had gained the middle of the pond when the ice gave way, and his cries attracting the attention of the others, Clement Young and Vivian Marples heroically attempted to cross the treacherous surface to his assistance, but they had only gone a short distance when the ice gave way again and they also were engulfed in the freezing water. Kenneth Marples, with great presence of mind, had meanwhile given the alarm and was on his way to call the Youngs when he heard the crash of ice and saw the last of his brother and Clement Young as they disappeared beneath the surface. Capt. Young was some distance off and Mrs. Young, being first on the scene, made a determined effort to rescue her son, George, who could be seen struggling in a hole in the ice near the centre of the pond. With remarkable courage, crawling bodily over the cracking ice, she succeeded in grasping his hand, but again the ice gave way and now her life was in jeopardy. Capt. Young, aided by Mr. Atchison, effected her rescue after a perilous struggle with the breaking ice, although had it not been for the fortuitous arrival at this juncture of Messrs. Legoult, Midford and Byers of Athalmer, who happened to be passing, it is more than probable that Capt. and Mrs. Young and Mr. Atchison, exhausted by their exertions and frozen numb by their immersion in the ice cold water as they were, would never have been able to reach safety without assistance. As it was, when the boy, George, was brought to land, life was found to be extinct and Mrs. Young was unconscious. The party now endeavoured to reach the other two boys, of whom no signs

could be seen save for an ominous hole in the ice, and it was only after much difficulty and danger to the rescuers that they were eventually brought out. In both cases life was extinct. They had laid down their young lives in endeavour to save each other, a record of heroism that forms the one lustrous spot in this episode of tragedy that has wrought such desolation in two homes and cast a gloom over the whole district. All honour and praise is likewise due to Messrs. Legoult, Midford and Byers for their timely aid and plucky daring. The funeral of the three boys took place on Friday and was largely attended by residents of the district whose heartfelt sympathy goes out to the parents in their grief.” Right: Mrs. Young with her two boys, George and Clement. Below: Mrs. Young’s great-grandson Dale Hunt, and her great-great-grandson Japhy Hunt.

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July 4, 2008

Invermere welcomes new planner Rory Hromadnik By Alex Cooper Pioneer Staff

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Rory Hromadnik, Invermere’s new planner, comes from a family with a tradition of serving Invermere. His father was mayor of Invermere in the 1970s and that was partly what attracted him to the job. “Because of my family history, there was a pull to have an impact on Invermere,” he said. Mr. Hromadnik was born and raised in the town and graduated from David Thompson Secondary School. After high school he went to the University of Lethbridge where he studied general science. He spent his summers back in Invermere working for the British Columbia Ministry of Forests. He enjoyed the work so much that he switched paths slightly and transferred to the University of Alberta. In 1986 he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry. Mr. Hrodmanik returned to the valley after graduating and landed a job as a woods manager for Slocan, now Canfor, in Radium. He married his wife Julie, and had two daughters – Jessica, 11, and Madison, 9. For the past decade Mr. Hromadnik was the planning superintendent at Canfor, a position he said prepared him for his new job. “I started to look at planning models, concepts of smart planning, issues of sustainability and multiuse planning, and thought they were very familiar to forestry issues,” he said. “The zoning issues at the district are similar to land use issues and they’re also both heavily regulated with lots of laws.” Currently Mr. Hromadnik is going through the learning process at his new job and just figuring out how things work and where to find the right files. “I haven’t been thrown into the large developments like Vista del Lago yet,” he said. He is impressed by the Community Enhancement Plan that was unveiled to the public last week, and will be going through public hearings in the coming months. The plan calls for the rejuvenation of Athalmer, Pothole Park, the downtown area, and Kinsmen

Rory Hromadnik, born and raised in Invermere. Beach, and a network of paths connecting the different parts of Invermere. “I think it’s exciting, especially the parks and trails system initiative,” he said. “Those recreation options are an important part of why people live here.” Part of his consideration for taking the job was being able to bike to work, instead of commuting to Radium every day. He hopes the new initiatives will get people out of their cars and onto their feet and bikes instead. When it comes to controversial issues such as high-density development, he said it has its place. “You need to maintain a good balance between recreation and moving forward on development to support the community,” he said. “You need a variety of housing forms. Single-family residential only takes up too much space and leads to sprawl.” And he’s prepared for the criticism that comes with the job: “There’s emotion tied to things. As much as you can sympathize with someone, you have to go where people and council want to go.”

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The Spillimacheen post office has closed its doors. The outlet, located in the home of former postmaster Frances Dunne, was closed down by Canada Post on June 13th. “Closure is always a last resort,” said Lillian Au, Canada Post’s manager of media and community affairs for the Pacific area. “It’s a serious matter we don’t take lightly, but sometimes it’s unavoidable.” The Spillimacheen post office was in limbo after Mrs. Dunne retired last March and moved away following 56 years of service as postmaster. She ran

the post office out of her own home, which had no running water and was heated by a wood stove. Liz Williams, Mrs. Dunne’s assistant for the past five years and her replacement as postmaster for the past few months, said the building was just not sufficient to keep operating. To replace the post office, temporary boxes have been installed outside the former post office site. Permanent boxes should be installed within the next week, said Ms. Au. For full postal services, Spillimacheen residents have to drive to Brisco.

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July 4, 2008

High school graduates 84 students Another successful year was completed on June 26th, 2008 when 84 students graduated from David Thompson Secondary School, in a moving ceremony attended by loving family and friends. The valedictorian, chosen by his classmates, was Brett McDonald. The official grad song, when all the grads throw their hats in the air, was “Raise a Little Hell.” Part of the ceremony is the awarding of many bursaries and scholarships donated by community groups and businesses. Following is the complete list. • Verge for Youth Society Bursary: Shawna Tegart, Trevor Rose, Amy Letourneau • Frey Frederickson Memorial Scholarship: Steven Small, Jamie McKersie, Ben Frank • Class of 1978 Bursary: Ben Duncan • Carly Jones Memorial Scholarship: Melanie Carlow, Brett McDonald • J. Alfred Laird Bursary: Bianca Trescher • Mollie Laird Bursary: Jaydon McCarthy • Valley Musicians Foundation Scholarship: Emma Milligan • Alicia Raven Memorial: Kirby Burk • Barbara Duthie Scholarship: Bailey Mitchell • Certaineed Gypsum Canada – Windermere Mining Operations Bursary: Ashton Myers • Brisco Riding Club Scholarship: Bailey Mitchell • Buffalo Scholarship Fund, RCMP: Sean Reiter • Canadian Martyrs Catholic Women’s League Bursary: Charlie Smith • Mary Hoffman Memorial Scholarship: Christi Robertson • Ministry of Education District Scholarships: Emma Milligen, Bailey Mitchell, Ben Duncan, Caitlin Sharp, Brett McDonald, Jaydon McCarthy • Ian Jack Memorial Scholarship: Kalie Widmer • Canadian Mountain Holidays Bugaboo Lodge Bursary: Kelsey Prichard • Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 440 Bursary: Abigail Reisle, Kyle McKenzie • Employees of CANFOR Bursary: Kayla Ferguson • Columbia Basin Trust and Community Involvement Scholarship: Spela Grasic • Columbia Power Corporation 20072008 Bursary: Kelsey Prichard • Columbia Valley Arts Council Bursary: Abigail Reisle

• David Thompson Secondary Bursary: Jordyn Franson • David Thompson Secondary Scholarship: Caitlyn Sharp, Amanda Brash • Debbie Seel Memorial Scholarship: Caralyn Reisle • Edgewater/Radium Ladies’ Hospital Auxiliary Bursary: Caralyn Reisle • George Deck Memorial Scholarship: Christi Robertson • Governor General’s Academic Medal: Alexandra Weller • Invermere Health Care Auxiliary Scholarship/Bursary: Kirby Burk • Jeremy Chambers Memorial Bursary: Logan Anderson • John Wolfe Construction Bursary: Amber Seel • Kootenay Savings Community Foundations Bursaries: Chantel Diakiw, Brianne Shaw • Lake Windermere District Lions Club Scholarship: James Bootsma, Charlie Smith • Masonic Bursary – Columbia Lodge 38: Shawna Tegart • Valley Musicians Foundation: Emma Milligan • Panorama Mountain Village Bursary: Josh Wall • Public Service Alliance of Canada Local 20113: Kristina Hann • Ronny Barck Memorial Bursary: Erich Kohlweg • Rotary Club of Invermere Bursary: Becky Olson, Kodie-Lee Logan • Rotary Club of Radium Sunrise Scholarship: Kelsey Prichard • Royal Canadian Legion & Ladies Auxiliary Scholarship (Branch 71): Kirby Burk • Royal Canadian Legion & Ladies Auxiliary Bursary (Branch 71): Melanie Carlow • Royal Canadian Legion Branch 199: Becky Olson • School District No. 6 (Rocky Mountain) Scholarship: Robin Gadsby • Shannonbrook Kennels: Kalie Widmer • Sobeys Invermere Bursary: Rachael Martin • Taren Archer Memorial Scholarship: Kristina Hann • Tembec Aboriginal Scholarship: Rachel Martin, Kyle McKenzie, Steve Doucette, Bailey Mitchell • Tom Sanders Memorial Scholarship: Logan Anderson Troy Kendall Memorial: Ben Duncan • Tyral Hemmelgarn Memorial: Scott White • Valley Echo Bursary: Ben Frank • Windermere District Teachers’ Scholarship: Teryl Brenneman • Windermere Zone Administrators’ Bursary: Caitlin Sharp

Top: Emily Jones, Bailey Mitchell and Christi Robertson wait in the hall for the ceremony to begin; Charlie Smith takes a moment away from all the commotion to pose with his mom, Louise Smith; Steven McNeil wraps his arm around Principal Darren Danyluk while receiving his graduation certificate on stage; Brett McDonald makes his valedictorian speech to his peers. Photos by Leah Shoemaker

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Grizzly attack! A Drama in Real Life

One year ago today, on July 4th, 2007, a forestry worker was attacked by a grizzly bear near Whiteswan Lake, east of Canal Flats. After being released from hospital he and his rescuers were interviewed by Chris Davis of Reader’s Digest. With permission from Reader’s Digest, here is their story:

July 4, 2007, was stiflingly hot, even up in the Whiteswan Lake area of the Canadian Rockies, about 30 kilometres southeast of Canal Flats.

Maple Leaf Forestry Consulting crew leader Jeff Ray, 31, had led two teams up to the area that morning. Al Ray (no relation), Rob Marshall and Gilbert Frenette had taken one truck to the western hump of the mountain, where they would spend the day surveying a stream.

Jeff and Thea Baily, 38, who were about two kilometers away from the rest of their crew, would try to ribbon off a possible road into the heart of a twosquare-kilometre swatch of lodgepole pine woods. Jeff had been at this spot two weeks earlier, laying out the standard “wildlife patch,” a shaded green corridor that the loggers would leave untouched for the animals. He had seen a silver-blond grizzly with a black mask; it was lazily holding court, sitting chestdeep in a brush-choked ravine. Jeff and Thea parked the company truck on the fringes of a cutblock that had been harvested two years earlier. Between them and their objective was an avalanche chute snarled with dense alder brush. The air was hot, 30C at least, and the bugs were out. The bush vests felt like sweltering armour, and their reinforced caulk boots, with bristles of metal spikes on the soles, weighted down their steps. They worked quietly, wanting to get this grueling part of the job over with. Jeff had promised to take his fiancée, Rachelle, swimming at Wasa Lake that evening after work. He couldn’t wait. Thea had other things on her mind. Even since seeing huge paw prints in the snow the previous spring, Thea, who was born and raised in rural British Columbia, had been wary of bears. Now bear signs such as scat and broken and disturbed logs were everywhere.

With a diploma in forestry and ten years of field experience, Jeff was a tall, confident and strong outdoor guy with a respect for the wilderness.

In his bush vest, he carried most of the standard-issue gear, including compression field bandages – but no pepper spray. He felt no need. His philosophy was that this was the animals’ home. He tried to do his work quickly and quietly, disturbing nothing and getting out. Thea, on the other hand, was carrying a full can of spray. Three hours after parking the truck, they reached the perimeter of the wildlife area Jess had marked off in June.

They arrived at a creek – it was barely a trickle. Jeff liked what he saw: the logging road could cross the creek here, with minimal disruption. “Thea,” Jeff said, pointing uphill, “follow the creek until you reach the wildlife ribbon line, then use your string box to measure the distance back to this spot. I’ll meet you here in 15 minutes.” Thea was surprised at how quickly she reached the creek head; it was less than 200 metres, she guessed. She spotted the ribbon Jeff had told her of, tied her measuring line to the tree and started back down. Nearing their rendezvous, she heard a rustling noise in the brush. Jeff’s back already? She wondered.

Then she saw it: a bear, less than ten metres away, on the opposite bank of the creek, heading uphill towards where she had just been. She froze and waited. The bear turned and saw her. He was a mountain of yellow fur, with black snout, head, stockings and paws.

Easing backwards, Thea groped in her vest for her spray. The bear moved towards her, picking his way through the deadfall. “Bear!” Thea yelled. “Jeff! Bear!” Almost immediately, she heard something charging through the bush, about 20 metres away. It was Jeff, hollering, “Yo, bear! Hey, bear!” and making a racket. Startled and angry, the bear charged up the creek bank and into the woods after him. Thanks to the metal spikes on his boots, Jeff was able to scamper up a log that lay against an embankment. The bear charged by, a metre below, snorting, huffing and growling. Jeff prayed the bear would keep going. It didn’t. Jeff spotted a big spruce log lying across the ground, with a clear space beneath it. He dove for the log, belly-crawling and scrambling to scrunch his body underneath. When he looked out, the bear was about 30 centimeters from his face, mouth wide, teeth and gums exposed, pointing its nose up to make the coughing, humphing sound of territorial aggression. With his right hand, Jeff poked at his predator’s eyes. But the bear took Jeff’s hand in its mouth, fangs sinking deep into his flesh, then spit it out. Jeff raised his forearm as a shield, and the bear bit there, too – below the elbow, reaching bone, tugging and twisting – but again let go. Then the grizzly took Jeff’s right upper thigh in its mouth, pulling and shaking, trying to drag Jeff out from under the log. Jeff started to scream. The bear released him and stepped back. It then reached in and hooked its claws into Jeff’s right inner thigh, lifting the six-foot-one, 180-pound man from under the log like a rag doll and laying him flat on his back, completely exposed. Continued on Page 25

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When the bear came at him again, Jeff waited for his best shot: he lifted his good leg, cocked at the knee, and kicked up and out, nailing the grizzly on the nose with the spiked sole of his boot.

The animal dropped its head, lumbered back a few metres and stopped. Jeff could tell the bear was hurt. It paused, as if weighing its options. Then it turned and took off through the brush towards Thea, who had been trying all this time to get to her partner. “He’s coming for you!” Jeff yelled. “Hose him!”

Hearing Jeff’s screams, Thea doubled her efforts to get to him. But suddenly, the grizzly was about three metres away from her. Without hesitating, she fired the pepper spray directly into its face. Instantly, the bear turned and dashed into the underbrush, coughing, sneezing and snorting.

Jeff somehow got to his feet and hobbled towards the cloud of red-pepper spray mist rising through the woods. By the time he reached the creek, Thea was there. He grabbed her shoulder for balance. “Let’s get out of here,” he said. They headed downhill along the creek bed. Thea could hear the bear gagging and trying to free itself of the repellant. She shook the can – still half loaded. After walking about 100 metres, they stopped to take a closer look at Jeff’s wounds. He ripped off what was left of his right pant leg. Thea held her hands to her mouth: his inner thigh was sliced open like a load of bread, muscle, tendon and skin dangling, bone exposed. Thea helped Jeff get an elasticized support bandage around his thigh, tying the rest of his leg wounds with scraps of his pant leg and wrapping his arm in his T-shirt. They pressed on, but Jeff became queasy, seeing how much blood he was losing. Still 600 metres from the road, he sat down and told Thea to go on ahead. “You keep the pepper spray,” Thea told Jeff, then hurried off. Jeff found a patch of sunlight where he could stretch out, with a small bush for a pillow. He drifted into unconsciousness, waking to find swarms of flies crawling in and out of his wounds. Disgusted, he tried to swish the pests away with a branch before passing out again. Half a dozen times he repeated this fruitless cycle.

Once she reached the road, after about 25 minutes, Thea kicked off her boots, stripped to her vest and ran – all the way to the turnoff and then up the old logging road to the fork where they had split with their team. After running flat out for three kilometers, she met the others heading out in their truck. “Jeff got attacked by a bear!” she gasped.

Climbing into the cab, Thea burst into tears. She led them to where the wildlife corridor met the road, and described where she had left Jeff. After arming themselves with pepper spray and axes, Al and Rob left Thea and Gilbert with the truck so they could go for help, then nervously climbed through the underbrush. “Jeff!” they called out continually. For all they knew, they would find a bear devouring their friend’s body. About two hours after settling into his nest along the creek bed, Jeff heard Al and Rob calling his name. A garbled moan was all he could manage in response, but it was enough. “Keep yelling!” they said. They could hear his voice but didn’t see him until they were within a couple of metres: he was lying on his back, drenched in sweat, every cut covered with flies. Al stood lookout for the bear while Rob redressed Jeff’s wounds. Then, with Al bushwhacking a trail in front, Jeff leaned on Rob’s shoulder and made his way through the woods. Gilbert helped open up the trail to the road, where a squad of rescuers was waiting. A helicopter arrived about 20 minutes later. Among the crowd was an armed hunter who offered to go in and kill the bear. The bear was just being a bear, Jeff thought, and declined the offer.

Dr. Alex Chan, the surgeon who patched up Jeff at East Kootenay Regional Hospital in Cranbrook, says not one of Jeff’s 15 penetrating wounds had caused any major blood vessels to open up – a minor miracle.

Today, Jeff is back working in the bush. And while he still prefers not to, he now totes pepper sprays. He also adopted a floppy-eared mutt from the pound who accompanies him on his jobs – dogs are Mother Nature’s early warning system for large predators. Thea has decided to try her hand at a desk job, for the time being.


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High school band Infected to perform here July 8th By Alex Cooper Pioneer Staff Hot off the heels of a successful headling gig three weeks ago, local rockers Infected are back at it. They’re organizing another show at the Invermere Community Hall on July 8th with Fiesta Finger, from Cranbrook, and The Class War Kids, who are on tour all the way from Newfoundland. “We’re just trying to bring the music scene back to Invermere,” said bassist Tom Clinton. In addition to Clinton, the band consists of Shane BraundRead on drums, Johnny Waters on lead guitar, Mike Wolfe on rhythm guitar and lead vocals. Landon Kazakoff is their tech guy and handles lights and sound. They came together two years ago when Mike and their original drummer decided to play together. Tom and John joined up, and Shane eventually took over on drums. They describe their sound as “hard rock on the punk side” and cite influences ranging from heavy rockers Tool to punks Rise Against to sixties folk duo Sonny & Cher. “I have one influence and one influence only. Well, two, actually, if you include women, but musically it’s Radiohead,” said Shane. “It sounds good though because since we have all these different musical influences, it kind

From left: Johnny Waters, Landon Kazakoff, Shane Braund-Read, Tom Collins, and Mike Wolfe won the high school talent show two years running. of groups all together and makes a really good sound,” added Mike. “Except for the drums, they’re a little off,” he added jokingly. Infected have gained some momentum playing around the valley. They won the high school talent show two years in a row and performed at last year’s Relay for Life although their drummer had a broken leg. The band said the local music scene is lacking. “Our crowd isn’t here,” said Tom. “Everybody asks where the chairs are so they can sit down and

watch.” Their show on Tuesday came together after their last show when the band was approached by members of Fiesta Finger about putting something together for them and The Class War Kids. They were quick to agree. “We just get a rush out of it. It’s fun for us,” said Mike. Infected, Fiesta Finger, and The Class War Kids play at the Invermere Community Hall on Tuesday, July 8th. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door.

Sonshine kids graduate! Congratulations to the 2008 Preschool Graduates of Sonshine Children’s Centre, who are now off to kindergarten in September. Their teachers Rebecca Enns, Lisa Lehr and Pat Guenther are wishing them all the best in the years to come!!

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July 4, 2008

Driving the ski boat takes some skill By Mike DuBois Shadybrook Marina Windermere Greetings, fellow boaters! This week I will cover more performance driving tips and explain who has the right of way in various situations. I’m sure everyone has struggled with a deepwater start at some part in their watersports career. Unfortunately, many failed attempts at getting up could be just as much the fault of the driver as the skier. These tips will improve the driver’s success rate. 1. When getting prepared to pull a skier, it is difficult to find a straight path. While the skier is getting prepared, put the boat in and out of gear constantly. This will keep tension on the rope, get the skier directly behind the boat and find the straight path in the steering column. Once the skier is ready,

remind them to say “hit it” or “ready” and to avoid the word “go” as it sounds like no. 2. “How much punch?” is the million-dollar question. A driver needs to be familiar with the amount of throttle required for each person and this comes with practice. A slalom skier in a double boot requires much more punch out of the water than a wakeboarder, so practice with the pull-up power before you have someone behind the boat. A common mistake for drivers who pull slalom skiers is to overaccelerate for wakeboarders or combo skiers. Children and beginners are especially delicate when pulling out of the water. Be sure to use a very slow and steady pull and try not to accelerate to the point where you have to decelerate quickly as that might cause slack. The best way to do this is to rest the elbow of your throttle arm on the edge of the boat so your arm is supported, which allows very smooth throttle adjustments. If you have perfect pass, use it! 3. Always circle around or pick up a fallen skier on the driver’s side as there is a blind spot on the passenger side.

4. Remind your crew to pull in the rope immediately if the skier is finished to decrease the chances of your boat – or someone else’s – driving over your rope. I recommend keeping a mask and snorkel in your boat in case you get a rope tangled in your prop. Now on to right-of-way rules. Have you ever been on a collision course with another boat and not been sure who should turn or which way to go? These simple rules should help avoid a close call on the lake. • Paddle and sail boats, including windsurfers, have the right of way over a power boat. • Boats towing skiers have the right of way over power boats not towing. Outside of these rules, use common sense and be courteous to everyone on the water. If you find yourself on a collision course with another boat, the boat with the right of way remains on course and the other boat alters course in order to avoid an accident. Be boat smart and respectful of all other drivers on the lake. Happy boating and keep it shady!

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BC is taking action against global warming. Many parts of BC have been warming at a rate that is twice the global average. It isn’t hard to see the impact that climate change has already had on our province: the mountain pine beetle epidemic, the storms that devastated Stanley Park, the floods of 2007, the loss of water supply to over 900,000 people in 2006, the wildfires of 2003 and the depletion of our glaciers.

How you can benefit from BC’s carbon tax shift. On July 1, 2008 we’re introducing a carbon tax on fossil fuel emissions. What this means to you is 2.34 cents per litre added to your cost of gas. In BC, 36% of all greenhouse gas emissions come from transportation. It’s estimated that BC’s carbon tax will save up to 3 million tonnes of CO2 emissions annually, this is equal to taking nearly 790,000 cars off the road each year. With even small adjustments you can reduce your fuel usage. In fact, most drivers can offset their carbon tax with one less fill-up per year.

These ef fects of global warming have

By law, every penny of the carbon tax must be used to cut other taxes.

already taken a heavy toll on our economy,

In fact, over the next 3 years, over $1.8 billion will be returned to individuals and

our natural resources and people’s homes

businesses in reduced taxes.

and livelihoods. It’s clear that it’s hurting our

You choose, you save.

province. It’s time for all of us to take action. • 11 of the last 12 years were among the warmest ever since 1850. • Over the last century, BC has lost up to 50 per cent of its snow packs, and glaciers have melted away. • Warm winters have created the mountain pine beetle epidemic. • 80 per cent of our pine forests will be “red and dead” by 2013.

• If you drive only 5% less a year, you can typically save twice what you will pay in carbon tax over the next two years. • If you drive a Ford Ranger 30,000 Km per year, you can save $535 on fuel by driving 10% less. That’s over five times more in savings than the $84 you would otherwise pay this year in carbon tax. • If you are buying a new car or truck, you can save up to $4,000 this year in sales tax by choosing a fuel-efficient vehicle. • Trade-in your old vehicle for a cleaner one and you can save up to $2,000 or more under the expanded province-wide “Scrap-it” program. • Keeping your car or truck tuned up and your tires properly inflated can save you $200 a year in fuel costs.

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July 4, 2008

Income taxes go down on July 1st.

It’s time to lead on climate change.

New tax relief is a key part of the carbon tax shift. On July 1st, 2008

Together, we can meet BC’s new legal target to reduce our provincial

we are reducing income taxes. On July 1st, 2009 they will be reduced

greenhouse gas emissions by 33% over the next 12 years. It won’t

again. While pollution will cost more, income will be taxed less and

be easy and it will oblige us all to change. But, we can achieve

take-home pay will grow. Lower income earners will be eligible for an

that target in ways that will save us energy, time and money, while

additional tax credit and every woman, man and child in BC will receive

also improving our air, water quality, and stimulating innovation,

a $100 cheque from the Climate Action Dividend.

investment and job creation.

Businesses will also see their income taxes cut over the next few years to

We can’t wait for others to tackle

become the lowest in Canada. As well, other new measures will provide new

global warming. Waiting for

sales tax exemptions, financial incentives and cash rebates to reward “carbon

others to act is not a solution;

smart” choices. These are all in an effort to conserve energy, reduce waste,

it’s just an avoidance of our

increase fuel efficiency and promote cleaner transportation.

responsibility. Unless we act today, it will be our children and

• British Columbia has the lowest personal income taxes in Canada at every level up to $111,000.

their families who will pay the

• New tax cuts will save most families between $100 and $400 this year, net of the carbon tax, even if they do nothing to reduce their emissions.

The time has come to act – to

• A single parent earning $30,000 per year, with one child, will typically save $285 net of their carbon tax this year and will save $196 net next year.

That is what BC’s new carbon

• Since 2001, over 100 tax cuts have been introduced in British Columbia. • All taxpayers earning over $30,000 a year have had their provincial income taxes reduced by at least 30-37%. • Low income taxpayers earning under $20,000 a year have had a 75% tax cut since 2001. • Provincial income taxes were eliminated completely for everyone earning under $15,500 a year; 250,000 more citizens now pay no provincial income taxes at all.

biggest price. reduce our own emissions and lighten our carbon footprint. tax shift is all about.

It’s our choice, It’s their future

To learn more about how you can benefit from BC’s climate action plan, check out

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HERE TO SERVE YOU Shawn’s Landscaping

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Kids get into summer at sports camp Rocky Mountain Sports Camp, organized and run by Owen LeBourdais and Kristi Denby, will be running again for the seventh consecutive summer starting July 14th. The pair of locals graduated from David Thompson Secondary School in 2000 and started the camp in the summer of 2001 after both finished their first year of university. Designed for kids between the age of 7 and 12, the camp’s main emphasis is on teamwork, skill development and, most importantly, fun. Five-day camps will run from July 14-18, July 21-25, July 28August 1, and August 11-15. The camp meets at J. A. Laird Elementary

school each morning at 9 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m. The cost for the program is $100 per week or $25 per day, and drop-ins are always welcome. Kids will enjoy a mix of sports which have made the camp successful in previous years, from the classics such as soccer and basketball all the way to archery, mini-Olympics and Quidditch. Owen and Kristi have always done a great job of creating activities that not only keep kids active, but also introduce them to other people who share the same interests. Their love of sports shows through during their camp, and both Owen and Kristi have a knack for making kids of all skill levels feel

at ease. Owen graduated from university as a teacher in 2004 and has been substitute teaching and travelling since then. Next year he will be moving to Cairo, Egypt, to teach Grade 5 at an American International School. Kristi took International Business at Thompson Rivers University and graduated in 2007. She has been travelling and will be returning to Invermere on July 7th. Registration forms for the Rocky Mountain Sports Camp can be picked up at D.R. Sports. For more information, e-mail rockymountainsportscamp@ or call Owen at (250) 341-5919.

Owen LeBourdais is committed to kids and sports.

The Green Zone

By Harold Hazelaar Pioneer Columnist

A few weeks ago, I told you about the Lions’ Golf Day at Copper Point on July 8th. So have you booked your tee time yet? Why not? There are still a few tee times available. All the proceeds from a day of golfing are going towards the new Road Rescue Vehicle that the Invermere Fire Department desperately needs. Can you think of a better cause? Can you afford NOT to play? It’s only sixty-five bucks for crying out loud. What are you waiting for? Invermere Fire Rescue is a thirtymember on-call volunteer department that operates the JAWS Rescue Vehicle for extrication of trapped persons. Although most calls are to motor vehicle incidents, attendance has also been made to aircraft and industrial accidents. Due to the growing recreational nature of the area, response to many diverse type calls is on the rise. The volunteers respond to more than 100 calls per year, over half of which are rescue calls. Although the District of

Invermere supplies the fire-fighting equipment, the equipment for road rescue is not provided by any government agency, therefore creating the need for us to fundraise. Like I said, “Can you think of a better cause?” This area receives thousands of visitors each year, and many of these visitors are possibly our relatives or friends. What if they are in an accident? Wouldn’t you want them to have the best possible care? What if you yourself are in an accident yourself? Doesn’t playing a round of golf seem like a pretty good way to help raise funds to buy a vehicle this area needs? Hey, it’s a pretty good golf course too! If you have already booked your tee time, thanks and I will see you there. If you haven’t, phone 250-341-3392 to book your tee time. NOW. The Green Zone Quote of the Week is by Seve Ballesteros: “I’d like to see the fairways more narrow. Then everybody would have to play from the rough, not just me.”

FOUR GENERATIONS OF GOLFERS – Jack Elenko of Fairmont hosted a special Father’s Day round of golf at Creekside Golf Course. His greatgrandson Jackson, 3, was visiting from Calgary with his dad Clint. Jackson’s grandfather Phil from Saskatoon was on the course, too. Jackson shot a double bogey on his first-ever hole of golf and wound up with a score of 59 on the par-three, nine-hole course. Way to go, Jackson!

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Mountain Flowers highly recommended vours which were accentuated by a hint of lemon. We would have been happy to stop right there, but Chef Abdel Chouchere, There are grand changes in store for who has been a chef at the resort for 25 Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. years, wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hear of it. He had preI had dinner there recently at the pared a dessert of checkerboard sponge venerable Mountain Flowers restaurant. cake, capped with a creamy mangoThe food and the service were, as usual, smoothie ice-cream and topped oďŹ&#x20AC; with wonderful. a golden sugary confection that remindMy partner and I dined on appetized me of a sail. ers of duck prosciutto and cornmeal enChef Abdel joined us for coďŹ&#x20AC;ee as crusted prawns, main courses of lobster we ďŹ nished up. He is, he said, happy ravioli and rack of lamb, and ďŹ nished with the near-epic scope of the changes our meal with a refreshingly light desunderway at the resort. sert. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is time for a change here,â&#x20AC;? said The duck was succulent, served with Abdel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ken Fowler and his people have a strawberry, in a neatly wrapped packa unique vision for Fairmont, and are age of frisee lettuce and crispy cucumdeďŹ nitely up to the challenge it entails.â&#x20AC;? ber, and was accompanied by a balsamic Abdel embraces change. He makes port reduction. A light cornmeal coatchanges to his menus to reďŹ&#x201A;ect seasonal ing lent the prawns a little crunch and culinary favourites. He often creates spea cocktail sauce with a hint of wasabi The main couse of lamb, roasted potatoes and grilled vegetables cial menus for such themes as Chocolate complimented them perfectly. Week or the recent Avocado Mania. The entrees were equally impressive. wine, garlic and fresh basil. The lamb, cooked meAnd, as Chef Abdel demonstrates, when change is My partnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ravioli were ďŹ lled with delicately ďŹ&#x201A;a- dium-rare and served with roasted potatoes and grilled voured lobster, and topped with a tomato sauce with vegetables, was seasoned with rosemary and garlic, ďŹ&#x201A;a- undertaken by creative hands, it can be a great thing. Restaurant Review by Dave Sutherland

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PIONEER ON THE ROAD Clockwise, from top left: Carol Geyer of Fairmont and Peter and Christine Zoeller from Germany on Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island; Kathy Broadfoot, Tammy Heisler, Kerri Jones, Ashley Ramsey and Carrie Ferguson at Niagara Falls; Mary Tristram, Thora Casey, Frankie Ronacher and Anne McSheffrey at Bay Bulls in Newfoundland; Bob and Marlene Depledge visit their daughter, Elizabeth, in Grand Cayman Island.

Their names will be entered in a draw for two tickets to a Calgary Flames game, plus a night at a Calgary hotel, courtesy of our friendly local travel agency, Travel World. The draw will be made at the end of 2008. Please email your photos to or drop into our office at 1008-8th Avenue, Invermere. All photos will be published, but only valley residents and second homeowners will be eligible to win.

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PIONEER ON THE ROAD Clockwise, from top right: Fern Oglestone of Invermere at the top of the Copper Canyon, about 8,000 feet above sea level in the Chihuahua region of Mexico; Kelly Brown, Steve Wilson, TJ Neault, Megan Macadam, Ryan Olson, Kimberly Olson, and Lainey Frederickson striking their best belly dancing positions after ďŹ nishing the West Coast Trail; Chloe and Natalie Potter of Calgary with Katie Caldwell of Invermere in Maui, Hawaii; Alice Stewart at the Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska; Rob and Karen Bedford of Radium Hot Springs at Denali Wilderness Lode on a land excursion as part of their Alaskan Cruise; Hans and Lilo Fuhrer in Versailles while visting their son Martin in Paris. They will be eligible to win a free night at a Calgary hotel and two tickets to a Flames game, courtesy of Travel World in Invermere.

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P IONEER C LASSIFIEDS THANK YOU Thank you to Colleen Wagner for giving our girls a wonderful opportunity to shine in their dance. We are able to dream because you “dared to dream”. We love you and thank you from the bottom of our hearts. The Townsend & Feldmann Families

NOTICE Vehicle to be sold under the Warehousemen’s Lien Act by D. Clowers dba Club Towing. 1992 Black Chev 1500 4x4 Pick up. Vin. 2GCDK14K9J1212902 Date of Sale: July 14th , 2008 Location of sale: 455 Borden Street, Athalmer, BC. Club Towing’s Impound Lot Time of Sale: 5:00 pm Name of Debtor: D. Clowers, dba Club Towing Amount of Debt: $1,963.00 plus GST

OBITUARY Vernon Roy Kreye of Qualicum/Parksville BC. Born June 11, 1919 Passed away June 28, 2008. Roy lived his life with dignity and humour. He leaves behind to remember and celebrate his life, his wife of 58 years Margie, sons Don (Bonnie), Ross (Jeanie), daughters Shelley Shoemaker (Kent), Joan O’Toole (Tom); grandchildren Sarah Marcotte (Ian), Zoe Kreye, Ashley, Leigh and Erin O’Toole, Nolan, Leah and Dan (Kaleigh) Shoemaker, Emma Kreye; great grandchildren Ella and Isaac Marcotte. Predeceased by his beloved grandson Matt Shoemaker in 2005. Roy greatly enjoyed his time in the Radium valley.

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Funeral Services for the late Archie Romane will be held at All Saints Church in Edgewater on Saturday, July 6, at 12:30 pm

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.

Invermere, 2 bdrm walk-out, quiet, N/S, N/P, $1100/month includes everything, furnished, internet and cable. Available Aug 1. Call 250-688-7798.

2 bdrm, 1.5 bath condo for rent in Canal Flats. Beautiful 1000 sq ft, newly built in 2007, in suite W/D, kitchen has 4 appliances, laminate flooring & 9’ ceiling on main floor. Unfurnished, 10 min from Fairmont, 25min from Invermere. Must see! $750 OBO plus utilities. Available August 1st. Call 403-873-8158 or e-mail

This nicely finished recreational/ 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.

CHEERS AND JEERS Jeers to those who smashed glass and left garbage behind after the Canada Day Eve Celebration, Monday night. Where are your manners?

GARAGE SALE Saturday, July 5th , Windermere (corner of Sinclair Ave. & Fairmont St.). All proceeds go to ICAN. To donate items please call 341-7247. ROTARY GARAGE SALE, Saturday, July 5th , 8:00 am – 12:30 pm. “Piles of stuff.“ Next to Invermere Court House, opposite Sobeys. Fairmont & District Lions garage sale, Saturday, July 12, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. At StorEdge in Windermere. Antiques, tools, furniture, and household items. Mult-family garage sale, Saturday, July 5th , 9:00 am – noon, 617 – 10th Avenue.

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

COMMERCIAL FOR LEASE 1000 Sq. ft. shop/retail space. $940/month. Minimum 1 year lease, 342-3637. 1700 sq. ft. prime commercial building for rent in Canal Flats. Subdividable, 2 to 3 slots, 1 café, laundromat, $700/month + util. 250-341-1030.

Business space on 8th Avenue, next to the Pioneer, 342-6912. 800 sq. ft. 2nd floor commercial space for rent in Radium, 403559-9625. Commercial space for lease, 3300 sq. ft. High exposure and traffic, next to Home Hardware. Build to suit. Call 341-5211.

WANTED TO RENT Professional couple looking for 2 bdrm condo/duplex/house in Invermere for August 1. Long term renters. Call Katherine at 416-485-0778 or email

SUITE FOR RENT CONTRACTORS: Self contained cabins by the week or month. (250) 345-6365 Fairmont Bungalows. Radium Rentals, furnished suites, $425.00, call 250-3417022.

Bright 1 bdrm furnished upstairs suite. Parking, private beach, $700/month + DD, no partiers, N/P. Columere Park, 250-3456524.

HOUSE FOR RENT Remote 2 bdrm cabin in Spillimacheen. Rent negotiable. Fax 780-485-5140, attention Jack. New 3 bdrm house – Westside Park, Invermere. 4 new stainless appliances + w/d. 2 ½ bath. Open plan, sunny, warm, gas fireplace. Quiet family neighbourhood, near schools. Strictly N/S, N/P. Suit responsible, quiet tenants. Multi Unit Dwelling. References req’d and DD. Available now. $1450/month incl. utils. Phone 341-7246. 2 bdrm townhouse w/all appliances. Very clean, quiet, N/ S, N/P, $850/month, 342-9035 or 688-4848. Available Sept 1. House & Suite for rent in Windermere, 3 bdrm home $1150/month, 3 bdrm suite $750/month, pets negotiable, avail. July 10th , 250-342-8662.


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

Brand new 1200 sq. ft. condo on first floor. Nice view, close to downtown, 2 bdrm, 2 full baths, $1150/month + DD, enclosed utilities. Call Julie, 403-8281678, 403-235-1805. 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, 2 bath, furnished condo in Peaks in Radium, $1100/ month, includes everything, 250-341-7022.

HOUSE FOR SALE 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.

Pioneer Classieds call: (250) 341-6299

3 bdrm, 2 bath home in Canal Flats. Like brand new, 74’x 150’ lot, 24’x 26’ garage, boat storage shed, and storage shed. A must see, $257,000.00, 250-3497554, 250-417-9579. Mountain and lake view home on acreage with own buoy in Columbia Lake, near Fairmont Hot Springs. See #34571. Call 250-345-6226. WEEKENDER, SINGLE, OR FAMILY HOME Well constructed sound 3 bdrm, 16 year, 1400 sq.ft. home with R20 walls, R40 insulated and vaulted ceilings. Separate additional 500 sq.ft. soundproofed suite, could be rejoined with main house. Big yard and garage. No fix ups required, ready to go. Best value at $345,000.00. Invermere, 1301 20th Street, 342-7329.

ACREAGES/LOTS FOR SALE Want a mountain view? Build on this easy, serviced walkout lot! #1, Cottages at Copper Point. 600 M2. Reduced to $135,000.00. 403-630-2375.

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

Call (250) 341-1395

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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.”

Manure, well-aged. Will load, $100.00 per pick-up load. Phone Elkhorn Ranch, 250-342-0617.

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, 250-342-3773.

Phil’s Carpentry – Everything from roofs to decks, completion of basement and bathrooms. Phone 250-341-8033 cell or 250-342-8474 home. Not on valley time.

Compact Excavator Service. Save your back, hire a hydraulic shovel for all your digging needs. Spotted Horse Enterprises. Harvey Harris, owner operator, 250-347-9108, 250-688-0272.

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, 250-3427177.


FREE MOVIE RENTALS – F/T OR P/T. Join our team; receive good wages, free rentals, benefits and retention bonus. Please call Thora at 250-3420057, or fax 250-342-6583, email ghvinvermere@hotmail. com or drop off resume at Gone Hollywood.

8 acres of hay meadow. Beautiful mountain view with great building opportunity. Near Wilmer, Toby Hill Road, $450,000.00. Call 342-2802. Beautiful treed R1 lot in the new gated Estates at Copper Point. 1/3 acre with panoramic views of mountains and ”the Ridge” golf course. $269,900.00, 3429841. Spectacular Private Gated Acreage only 10 prestigious estate lots in this community. Minutes from Windermere, 100% privacy with the absolute best mountain views in the valley. 2 minutes to the beach & boat launch. Well on site, all services to property line, no building commitment or will build to suit. Only 2 lots available. See Invermere. $499,000.00 each, 250-342-5367.

MISC FOR SALE Top soil, screened, $160/dump truck load, unscreened, $100/ dump truck load, $50/pick-up load. Call Elkhorn Ranch at 250342-0617.

New Polaris ATV. Craftsman lawn mower 20’ cut, $60.00. 3 piece multi-colour blue couch, $200.00. Rocker love seat, $50.00. Striped pink stuffed chair, w/ottoman, $40.00. 2 seater bike, like new, $300.00. Propane gas dryer, $275.00, 250-342-8621. Portable gas generator, 8500 watts, 5500 continuous, 10HP Briggs and Stratton OHV engine. As new, low hours, $1215.00 new, $850.00 firm, 250-342-1354. Babies are growing up and got some stuff for sale, all in excellent shape! - Car seat, double stroller…. etc. Michelle 347-9399. 2 door fridge, Englis, white, approximately 10-15 years old, works well, $50.00, 250-3413304 or 403-282-5612. 2 Captain twin beds w/mattress. Great shape $150.00 ea. 250341-3304 or 403-282-5612.

VEHICLE FOR SALE 1995 Chev ½ ton 4x4, regular cab, new transmission, front end, starter, Dayton mud terrain tires, 325, 000 km, runs excellent, $5500 OBO, 250-3425172. 1999 Hyundai Tiburon, 4 cyl, 5 speed, all options included, hatch back, sun roof, power everything, pioneer stereo, 10” sub, good mechanical condition, 155,000 km, $6,950.00 OBO, 250-342-9817. 2002 Chevy Cavalier, black, 2 door, 82,000 km, 5 spd, ABS, folding rear seat. Excellent condition, $6,000.00, 250-3422475.

1972 26’ Airstream. Sleeps 4, $4,000.00 OBO. Call 250-3476420. 25’ 5th Wheel in good condition and well maintained. Includes hitch, tailgate, bike rack, $6500.00, 250-342-9482. 2005 Carson Trailer, 8’ x 8’ flat bed, drop axle, 15” rim, new spare, 3500 lb. GVW, bearing buddies, custom built $1,350.00 OBO, 250-347-9939. 1999 Okanagan 80W lightweight, hardwall truck camper. Equally suited to long and/or shortbox pickup. Exceptional condition, $9,300.00. Call Dave, 250-3420241. 1981 Bigfoot, 18ft lightweight travel trailer. 3-way fridge, stove, furnace, shower, toilet, new battery, $5,300.00 OBO, 250-342-3654

Warbrick Towing and Salvage. Free unwanted vehicle pick-up, year-round. 24 hour towing. Doug, 250-342-9514 or 250342-5851. Wallace, 250-3426294 or 250-688-5083.

Store Clerks needed. Must be enthusiastic and enjoy people. $13/hour, store discounts and advancement opportunities. Apply in person to Invermere Petro-Canada. Housekeeper required full-time, part-time at Fairmont Bungalows. Call 250-345-6365, fax 250-345-6348, or email

Housekeeper needed for Motel Bavaria. Permanent P/T with excellent starting wage and flexible hours. Call Shirley, 250347-9915 for interview. Part-time taxi cab driver needed for Invermere. Must have class 4 restricted drivers license (minimum). $12/hour plus tips, 250-342-5262.


ALPINE CLEANING residential, commercial, move in and move out. Daily, weekly service available. Flexible appointment hours. Reliable and experienced, 250-270-0326.

Do you want to grow? Both personally and professionally? Come to Invermere, BC and join our amazing team. Just because we are small, it doesn’t mean we think small. Invermere, BC – the place with room to grow!


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Grade 12, a certicate from a recognized ofce administration certicate program, plus one year recent related experience; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Current valid BC Driver’s License.

Skills & Abilities: • • • • • • • • • •

Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing Ability to prioritize and organize work Ability to multi-task Ability to type 50 wpm Physical ability to perform the duties of the position Ability to problem solve Ability to work independently and in a team environment Ability to deal with the others in a professional manner using tact and good judgment Ability to perform basic mathematical calculations Knowledge of general ofce procedures and the ability to operate related equipment including computer applications

CLOSING DATE: July 20th, 2008

We invite you to apply on-line to – posting #EK-EK COMM-COM-08-0066845 or submit a resume to:

Debbie Mandryk, External Recruiter East Kootenay Health Service Area 1212 Second St. N. Cranbrook, BC V1C 4T6 ph: 250-420-2442 fx: 250-420-2425

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Crystal Springs Motel seeking full-time housekeeping staff. Please apply in person with resume to Grace, 250-3479759.

Skookum Family Restaurant in Windermere is hiring P/T servers. Must have positive attitude and be available for weekends. Apply in person or call Lori, 250-341-3336.

Portabella Restaurant requires the following staff : Cooks, F/T evenings; Dishwashers, F/T, P/T, evenings, $12/hour; Servers, F/ T, P/T evenings. Please call 250342-0606.

Melting Pot Eatery in Radium is now hiring full-time and part-time servers for days and evenings. Please drop resumes off after 5 pm, 250-347-9848.

Licensed ECE Staff Required For Sonshine Children’s Centre. Cheerful work environment, flexible hours, starting wage $16.50/hour. Contact Lisa, 250341-6224.

The Wildside Gift Shop is offering a job opportunity for a mature and enthusiastic person 4 – 5 days weekly in a beautiful and clean gift shop in Fairmont. Experience is an asset, but not a necessity. Deliver resume to Wildside Gift shop, 5006 Frontage Rd. Fairmont Hot Springs BC. V0B 1L1. Att: Angela White or email awhite@

Westfield Homes Ltd. currently has an opening for a F/T carpenter with a minimum of ten years’ of experience. Framing and finishing skills are essential. You must have strong leadership skills and your own vehicle. Contact Daniel Bassard at 250-341-6212 or email dan.

Wanted, partner or partners for new cleaning business. Call 250-347-9877.

Framers and framing labourers required. No experience necessary, will train. Phone 250-270-0744, anytime. 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. Mountain Springs Motel is looking for F/T, seasonal housekeeping attendants. Apply in person, 250-347-9654.


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Pick-up your copy at local news stands throughout the valley and in Calgary. Or read us online at: E-mail: • Phone: (250) 341-6299

Objective, Creative, Informative! The Position: Building Inspector

The ideal candidate for this vacant position will have completed the Level 1 Certication exam provided by the Building Ofcials Association of BC, and hold a valid BC driver’s license. Applicants with a proven technical background may be considered in a development capacity for this position.

Fitz Flooring Ltd. is a company about people - people working together to provide our customers with outstanding service, advice and assistance.


I H E R ’ E W

Fitz Flooring, Invermere, is seeking a dynamic individual to join the warehouse and sales team. The ideal candidate will assist in Sales, warehouse organization, shipping and receiving of flooring materials, deliveries and forklift operation.

Reporting to the Manager of Building and Protective Services, the successful applicant will have a thorough knowledge of the B.C. Building Code, Plumbing Code, and Municipal Bylaws. Primary duties include examining and reviewing building plans, drawings and applicable documentation to ensure adequacy and conformance to bylaws, codes and standards. Perform regulatory work including inspections of ongoing construction and property to ensure conformance to bylaws, codes and standards; and taking the necessary action to ensure all deciencies and/or requirements are corrected. The work involves the input and retrieval of information from our computer system for the issuing of permits and the performance of inspections.

How to apply: Please forward your resume stating the position you are applying for no later than

4:00 p.m. on Thursday July 31st, 2008 to:

Please forward your resumes or by fax attention HR 403-686-3371

District of Invermere 914-8th Avenue PO Box 339 Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 For information on these positions you can contact: Chris Prosser Chief Administrative Ofcer 250.342-9281 ext #225



Kindry Dalke Condential Secretary 250.342-9281 ext #228

This opportunity may remain open until suitable candidates are found. We appreciate your interest however, only those candidates invited for an interview will be contacted.

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P IONEER C LASSIFIEDS Fairmont Hot Springs Resort is now accepting applications for the position of: FIREPLACE INSTALLER, SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN 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:


We require a full time shipper, receiver, delivery person. Must be strong, energetic, self-motivated, organized & have good communication skills. Must have good driving record Must be prepared to lift & move heavy furniture Great benets Fun environment Please bring resume to 926-7th Ave or e-mail

SALES REPRESENTATIVE In this role, key responsibilities include: • securing new and repeat accommodation/food and beverage business from corporate clientele • researching client needs and developing customized resort package solutions • participating in tradeshows and special projects. Creativity is key, as is consistency and follow-through. The successful candidate will possess a strong track record of success in relationship-based sales, exceptional time management and problem-solving skills, a creative aptitude, and a mature, service-oriented approach to professional sales. Fairmont Hot Springs offers a competitive salary and benet package with access to all resort amenities. This position offers salary plus commission. Interested? Please forward your resume with references to the attention of:

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


Fairmont Hot Springs Resort is now accepting applications for the position of:

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE CLERK The successful candidate will possess experience, superior organizational and communication skills, strong computer skills (including Great Plains), and the ability to multi-task. This is a 3-month, full-time temporary position, with the possibility of becoming permanent.

Kitchen Help/Server

• Position available immediately for part time kitchen staff/table servers. Positions and shifts to suit your Columbia Valley lifestyle or College schedule.

David Sheedy: or call 250.345.6004

• We offer a competitive wage and benets package, lots of opportunity for advancement. We invite qualied applicants to send resume to:

Columbia Garden Village Phone 250.341.3350, Fax 250.341.3340 e-mail

Fairmont Hot Springs Resort is now accepting applications for the position of:

NIGHT AUDITOR – PART-TIME The successful candidate will possess customer service experience, excellent communication skills and strong organizational and computer skills. All applicants must have basic bookkeeping experience. This position requires night shifts.

Fairmont Hot Springs offers a competitive salary and benet package with access to all resort amenities.

Fairmont Hot Springs offers a competitive salary and benet package with access to all resort amenities.

Interested applicants should forward their resume with references to:

Interested? Please forward your resume with references to the attention of:

David Sheedy: or call 250.345.6004

David Sheedy: or call 250.345.6004

Fairmont Hot Springs Resort is now accepting applications for the position of:

POOL MANAGER This position is responsible for all aspects of management and maintenance of our hot springs pools, aquatics programming, employee supervision, guest relations and facility maintenance. The successful candidate will possess a minimum two years of post secondary education, preferably in Recreation or Leisure Management, and a minimum three years of experience in recreation or aquatics supervision. Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, are required along with knowledge of common computer applications. Applicants must also have solid knowledge and skills in basic facility maintenance. Experience in water park facilities is preferred, but not required. Fairmont Hot Springs Resort offers a competitive salary and benet package with access to all Resort amenities. Interested applicants should forward their resume with references to:

Got an entertainment or news tip? Give us a call! 341-6299

David Sheedy: e-mail, fax 250.345.6616, or call 250.345.6004

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Junior Naturalists enjoy national park The Junior Naturalist program is looking for kids ages six to 12 to come and have fun exploring the park and learning about wildlife through games, hikes, crafts, activities and special park guests. Tuesdays and Fridays from July 4th until August 19th, between 10 a.m. and 12 noon, Jackie Leppington and Caitlin Woods will be on hand at Redstreak Campground in Kootenay National Park to help your children have fun in the park. The cost is only $5 per child for this two-hour program. Drop by to pre-register at the Friends of Kootenay National Park “Nature’s Gifts and Bookstore” in the Radium Hot Springs Information centre or call 347-6525. The Friends of Kootenay National Park Association is a non-profit organization, which promotes awareness and appreciation of the cultural and natural history of Kootenay National Park and its surrounding ecosystem. Their gift store is located inside the Radium Visitor Centre in the town of Radium Hot Springs, which is the gateway to Kootenay National Park, a

World Heritage site. Friends’ events and programs include summer Junior Naturalist Children’s program, winter “Wild Voices Speakers Series,” “Sponsor a Bighorn” project, and new this year the September 27th “Head Banger Trail Challenge.” If you would like to help support these programs and projects, you can do this in several ways: 1. bring your children to a Junior Naturalist program; 2. join up as a member; 3. check out the Friends’ gift store anytime you are looking for a great gift; 4. make a donation to the “Sponsor a Bighorn” program; 5. sign up as a volunteer for the Head Banger Trail Run, by calling Ron Verboom at 347-9556; 6. get involved as a board member. For more information about store products or to become a member call at 250-347-6525 or email the Friends of Kootenay at: friendsofkootenay@gmail. com. Have a fun summer in and around Kootenay National Park!

Kids will love learning about the great outdoors from an expert.

Lisa Rohrick leaves West Africa, for now By Lisa M. Rohrick I am sitting in the “community hall” of my favourite little village, about an hour from where I live. This is a great place for group meetings, in the shade of a big tree with fantastic spreading branches. Grass walls around the circle of shade provide a windbreak, keeping out clouds of dust and preventing animals from parading through the meeting room. Thankfully the walls aren’t airtight and are allowing a life-saving breeze to stir the air. It feels a bit like I’m sitting in front of a big hair dryer, but I know it would be much worse without the breeze. My thermometer is dead so I can’t whine about the temperature with accuracy. However, I’m guessing it’s over 40ºC in the shade and 50ºC in the sun. But the heat doesn’t seem to be troubling anyone else. A group of animal herders are listening intently while a city vet is teaching them about animal care. This is part of the community health program we’re helping the village to establish. When we dis-

cussed the problems they face, animal care was high on the list. The Fulani people are known across West Africa as animal herders, valuing highly their cattle. Cattle are central to Fulani culture and livelihood, thanks to the sale of milk (both fresh and sour), as well as small-scale production of cheese, yoghurt and butter. A man’s herd is also his bank account. And there’s a joke around that Fulani men love their cattle more than they love their wives. I confess that I’m not too interested in the treatment of ringworm in calves, so my mind is wandering. I thought it would look better if I’m writing than nodding off—maybe they’ll think I’m taking notes? I really shouldn’t be struggling to stay awake since I had a good sleep last night. I came out to the village yesterday and planned to pitch my tent in front of my friends’ hut as is my habit (I usually spend one night a week in the village). The man of the house informed me that his wife was away and he would be spending the night at the mosque for a night of prayer in honour of Muhammad’s birthday. So he invited me to sleep in their hut instead of “building my house.” I couldn’t think of a polite way to get out of it. So at ten o’clock last night I found myself in a hot and stuffy hut that smelled like leftover millet paste.

I shared the place with a hen and her chicks, a few frogs and a cat. It was a toss-up between leaving the door open and thus extending an invitation to the family goats, or closing myself in with the heat. I opted for the heat. Closing the door also decreased the volume of the Arabic chanting coming from the mosque. They had rented loudspeakers for the holiday. As I stretched out on the uncomfortable bed (thankfully with my own sheets and pillow), I was thinking that it wasn’t looking too good for a restful night. That’s when I remembered the sleeping pills in my backpack, left behind by a recent visitor from Canada. I got up and took one. Between that and the earplugs, I was gone for eight and a half hours, and woke up this morning ready to face the day. Here I am, six hours later, ready for a nap. Must be the heat! A nap would be pretty rude, though, so I’m “taking notes” while the vet talks. We’ve moved on from ringworm and are now discussing how to clip hooves . . . Editor’s Note: This is Lisa’s last column from Niger, as she will spend the next year in Canada. She will speak at Lake Windermere Alliance Church at the regular service at 10:30 a.m. July 20th, for anyone who would like to see and hear her in person.

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Valley Churches


Marketplace ministry at work in Radium By Wayne Frater Radium Christian Fellowship I would like to take a moment to welcome Pastor T. Scott Peterson and his family to the Columbia Valley. I look forward to getting to know you. From the article you wrote in last week’s Pioneer, I would say that your vision and ours will work well together. Those of us at Radium Christian Fellowship believe in moving forward, getting out of the box and taking the Good News of Jesus Christ to the people. We call it marketplace ministry. This is why we believe God laid it on our hearts to open a prayer centre on main street in Radium Hot Springs, which is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. More recently it was laid on the ladies’ hearts to open Blessings Thrift Store next door. I would like to thank all those who have donated to the store to get it started. I would like to thank the Edgewater Community

Club and the Radium Rotary Club for their generosity. Blessing Thrift Store is now open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donations are gladly accepted. Something else the Lord has laid on our hearts is to host a Healing Room Conference. From August 7th to 10th, Cal and Michele Pierce from Healing Rooms Ministries in Spokane, Washington, will be ministering at Radium Christian Fellowship. The name of the conference is “Springs of Living Waters,” based on Ezekiel 47:8-9. We look forward to seeing you there. For more information on the prayer centre, the thrift store or the conference, give us a call at the centre at (250) 347-9937, reach pastors Wayne and Linda at (250) 342-6633 or pastors Mike and Linda at (250) 342-6359. I would like to conclude with the words from one of the songs our choir sings. I believe every word and I hope and pray that you do too. I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold. I’d rather be his than have riches untold. I’d rather have Jesus than houses or lands. I’d rather be led by his nail-pierced hand. Remember to visit the new Blessings Thrift Store on main street Radium, and donate your used items.

DTSS would like to sincerely thank the following sponsors of our Awards Day. Your continued support is greatly appreciated. Bridgebrand Food Services Chisel Peak Medical Clinic CUPE Local #440 Columbia Valley Arts Council Dr. Maria Dibb Dr. Pat O’Sullivan DTSS Band Parents Essentials Department Store Harvey & Co. Ltd. Home Hardware Inside Edge Interior World Innovations Council of BC Invermere Judo Club Invermere Medical Clinic

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LAKE WINDERMERE ALLIANCE CHURCH July 6th: 10:30 a.m. Worship and life instruction. “Heart Perspectives.” Elders Jacob Bergen and Eric Vanderkruk leading. Summer Sunday School, pre-school-age 8, during morning service. For sermons online: Pastor Jared Enns • 326 - 10th Avenue, Invermere • 342-9535 WINDERMERE VALLEY SHARED MINISTRY July 6th: 8:30 a.m. Communion service at All Saints, Edgewater 10:30 a.m. Communion service 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. Pastor T. Scott Peterson • 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 Church. 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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