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Vol. 5/Issue 3


The Columbia

January 18, 2008



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





This Juniper Heights home was destroyed by fire, and a man’s remains were found inside. See Page 3.


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Hundreds of curlers from across B.C., Alberta, and around Canada have descended on Invermere for this year’s Bonspiel On The Lake, which kicked off today. The Bonspiel, now in its 25th year, attracts people from many provinces to pit their wits against each other on the ice. A total of 64 teams are signed up, with 30 teams on a waiting list for a possible spot. It will be a hectic weekend, with curling starting at 4 p.m. today until 2 a.m. Saturday, then resuming again at 7 a.m. on Saturday until 6 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., when prizes will be announced. Rob Dunn, manager at the Invermere Curling Club, explained that any team who loses their first game will have to play one game indoors. “There are 64 teams, so once they start winning or losing they will be put into different events, as everyone is of different ages and abilities,” he said. “I’ve been in a team for 19 years and I’ve won it three times, but this year I’ll be helping out more behind the scenes. All the prizes have been donated by local businesses so a big thank you to everyone involved,” he said.

Rob explained the weather can play a big part in the bonspiel, as play can grind to a halt when temperatures dip to minus 20 degrees or a big snow fall dumps powder all over the ice. Temperatures are expected to plummet from three degrees on Friday to minus ten degrees by Sunday, although conditions look bright and sunny. On Saturday night, there will be a banquet at Invermere Community Hall, with music from Cranbrook band Kenny and the Cruisers. A lot of hard work has gone on behind the scenes over the past two weeks. Fred Christensen and his team of volunteers — Les Kazai, Perry Horning, Al Pepper and Al Mullin, flooded the lake to smooth off any bumps and uneven surfaces. Fred has been helping out every year for the past 20 years, and this is his last year as chief ice-maker. “We drilled a hole in the ice using a chainsaw and then we pumped up the water into a tank, which we then tipped onto a piece of cloth pulled by a zamboni. We took the zamboni up and down the ice to smooth it out, and we flooded it most days, unless the weather was milder, otherwise it wouldn’t freeze. Mother Nature really controls that. “The ice was 17 inches thick when we started, but we’ve probably only added an inch to that,” he said.

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January 18, 2008


Local man dead, house burned Chief Ekman said he ruled out arson, but couldn’t determine the cause of the fire. The police were called in to Columbia Valley Coroner Shawn investigate. According to RCMP Columbia Jestley is investigating a Saturday morning blaze that consumed a home in Ju- Valley Detachment Staff-Sergeant Doug Pack, an RCMP service dog was niper Heights, killing its occcupant. Although records show the home at sent in to search the debris Saturday af9392 Pinto Road was owned by Derrell ternoon after the fire had cooled. The canine, he said, located the reCobetto, Mr. Jestley said the identity of the victim killed in the fire cannot be mains of a male in the debris. “At this confirmed withtime,” he said, out DNA testing or dental record “At this time, foul play has “foul play has analysis, and it been ruled out in the death, but been ruled out could take up to the cause of the fire has yet to be in the death, but the cause of the two weeks before fire has yet to be the results are in. determined.” determined.” Invermere —RCMP Staff-Sergeant Doug Pack Staff-Sgt. Fire Chief Roger Pack said police Ekman said it’s discovered no evthe first time someone has ever died in a house fire idence to suspect that anyone else was involved in the fire but found the door around here. “I’ve been here for 32 years,” he of the wood stove hanging wide open. “Why it was open, we do not said, “and it’s the first one I’ve seen.” According to Chief Ekman, the fire know,” he said. Although Coroner Jestley and the department got the call at 5:19 a.m. and, upon their arrival, found the house en- RCMP are “reasonably certain that they know the identity of the deceased,” gulfed in flames. “It probably started between 4 and positive identification, he said, through 5 a.m. The neighbor who called it in was either dental records or DNA analysis, awakened by his barking dog,” he said. needs to be done before this can be Chief Ekman said he shifted fire confirmed. The man’s next-of-kin has been suppression tactics after discovering that fully updated on the situation. someone was in the house. The last house fire in the valley “By talking to friends and neighbors at the scene, we learned there was occurred last May, when a discarded cigarette in a planter caused a fire that probably someone in there.” To preserve evidence, Chief Ekman consumed the home of Sidney-Anne ordered the fire to be misted with water Porter at 800-4th Avenue in Tunnato cool down the fire and let it burn out, cliffe Heights. Fortunately, none of the four faminstead of blasting away with hoses. “It’s a different method of control,” ily members who shared the house was he said, “used to keep evidence intact.” home at the time of the fire. By Brian Geis Pioneer Staff

FIRE FATALITY—Police say the open stove door above might be a clue in the investigation of the early-morning blaze that killed a man in Juniper Heights on Saturday., January 12th. Although police cannot confirm the identity of an individual killed in the fire, the home was owned by Derrell Cobetto. Photo by Brian Geis

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The Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 60 calls for service during this past week. Domestic disturbance RCMP were called to a report of a domestic disturbance in Windermere on January 12th. Based upon the facts presented to them, RCMP arrested and released a 52-year-old Windermere male for assault. He has been placed on no contact conditions pending his ďŹ rst appearance in Invermere Provincial Court on March 18th, 2008. Guest skips without paying RCMP began their investigation into a fraud that occurred at Fairmont Resort on January 8th. Police learned that a customer left room 156 in the morning without checking out. The room bill of $2,162.62 was not paid, and the credit card that was left was invalid. There were additional charges as well for the clean-up of the room be-

cause of the state in which it was left. The guest left a name but the address for a Vancouver residence was invalid. Police do have a vehicle and are conducting enquiries to locate it and the owner. Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact the RCMP at (250) 342-9292 or Crimestoppers at 1-800222-8477 (TIPS). Two vehicles collide On January 13th at 3:50 p.m., RCMP were called to the scene of a two-vehicle collision with injuries. A red Chevrolet truck is believed to have turned left across the path of an oncoming blue Ford. Collision damage, witnesses and driver statements all came to the same conclusion. One driver was taken to hospital by a friend at the scene as he was bleeding from the head. The second driver needed to be extricated from the vehicle and was taken to hospital by the B.C. Ambulance Service. The driver of the red truck was issued a Motor Vehicle Act violation ticket for driving without due care and attention and failing to wear a seatbelt.

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Former mayor wins council seat Uncertain if he will run again, Mr. Woodbury has to wait only ten months to get another chance to run for Canal Former, one-term mayor Flats Council. of Canal Flats, Emile Morin, The byelection was held successfully fended off a chalto round out the municipal lenge for the open council seat government in the wake of the vacated by former Councillor unexpected death of former Colin Cartwright, who was remayor John Tilley who died cently acclaimed mayor. in office last year. A regularly Former Canal Flats Chief scheduled election will be held Administrator Bruce Woodin November. bury came within a few votes “I don’t know,” Mr. Woodof winning the election in the bury commented. “I will assess 84-80 defeat to Mr. Morin. it at that time.” “It was a very close one. It Mr. Morin said improving could have gone either way,” Emile Morin communication will be the foMr. Morin commented after cus of his tenure on council. the election. “It emphasizes Mr. Morin said he would how important it is for everyone to get out and vote. People always say, ‘My vote like to improve communication between council and doesn’t make a difference,’ but it does. It makes a big the citizens of Canal Flats and, secondly, to improve difference. Two votes would have made it a tie and communication and understanding of the village’s financial situation. three votes could have won it for the other party.” Although the village is in good financial shape, he Although any candidate or elector has until Monday, January 21st to challenge the results of the elec- said, there are some challenges around the bend. Mr. Morin will be officially sworn into office at tion, Mr. Woodbury said he would not. “There were no spoiled ballots,” he said. “They the next regular meeting of Canal Flats Council on January 28th. would have to be pretty off on their count.”

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Cougar spotted in Radium Radium residents in Radium should be warned as a cougar was spotted on Saturday, January 12th near the south end of Jackson Avenue. It is hoped the cougar was just passing through the village, as most of the sheep are spending winter on the steeper slopes above Radium. Kent Kebe, manager of Radium Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Centre, said this cougar was the first one to be seen since the summer. “Cougars are attracted into the village because the sheep are here, and this may be one that’s been into Radium before and is using the same travel path. No further sightings have been made since

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By Brian Geis Pioneer Editor We need a new civic centre. Admit it, Invermere is growing. As much as we’d all like it to stay a little bit Copper City, nay, Canterbury, heck, even the District of Invermere, eventually it will be the City of Invermere. Or my submission for the name of the new super-municipality we might someday become— Canvermere. Windermere, Radium, Fairmont and the rest of Areas F and G are growing. And Invermere, despite or because of it being just a few clicks off the beaten path, has always been the Columbia Valley’s capital city. Admit it. We need a new civic centre and we need a new library. We need a replacement for the aging Community Hall, home to at least three generations, each one more surprised than the last how much things have changed. We need a hall for assemblies, weddings, public hearings and political rallies, and, yes, the performing arts. We definitely need a world-class library. Forget about a world-class performing arts centre, we need a world-class library. And we need lots of multi-purpose rooms to accommodate all activities the great citizens of Canvermere (sleep on it) ever dream up. Good on them for undertaking such a project. But, even if you agree with some of the worst cynics among us who suggest that Invermere Council dropped the performing arts centre—the catalyst that energized a 10-year ambition for a new civic anchor in the heart of the Columbia Valley’s Capital City—and attached a suite of municipal offices to the project because it had a chance of succeeding at referendum, you have to admit, we still need a world-class performing arts centre as magnificent as the visionaries described it, something to rival the Banff Centre and establish Invermere as the mountain arts capital of B.C. After all, “We put the Columbia in British Columbia!” (© 2008 by Brian Geis. Call me if you want to license use of that slogan). So, I challenge the visionaries behind the proposal to go it alone and build a performing arts centre without a library and city hall attached. If you build it, they will come.

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Report poor road maintenance By Norm Macdonald, MLA Columbia River-Revelstoke The issue of road maintenance on our Provincial highways is again a very common concern being raised with me. There is no question the workers employed maintaining our roads are dedicated and skilled, but there is a consistent stream of complaints about what appears to be a reduction in the level of service which is affecting the safety of our highways. In our area we learn how to drive on winter roads but we rely on those roads to be dependably and adequately maintained. British Columbia taxpayers pay private highway maintenance contractors over $300 million every year to maintain our highways. British Columbians expect that job to be done properly, but people tell me that they are not happy with the state of their roads. Despite all the complaints last winter from the

Regional District, local governments, trucking associations, Chambers of Commerce and many individuals, the Minister of Transportation claims that maintenance contractors are meeting the necessary standard for road maintenance. When contractors meet these standards they receive a bonus, a bonus that most constituents do not think they deserve. Many people in our area feel either the standard set by the Ministry is not high enough, or the true state of the highways is not being reported. I am pushing the government to review the standards that are in place, but constituents need to take the time to report road conditions. The Minister of Transportation needs to hear your concerns about your safety when you travel. The Minister’s email address is and you should also c.c. to my office at Also contact the contractor in your area and register your concerns; in the north you can contact HMC, and in the south, Mainroads.

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Jumbo Resort will help local ski hills Dear Editor: I read the long letter from Karen Paynter of Kimberley the other day with amazement. For a person so versed in skiing and volunteer issues on hills, I found her scenario of doom and gloom for the ski hills of the Kootenays to be shocking in how she missed the real market characteristics. One need only look at the success of the ski hills and resorts of the Okanagan area to see how well skiers utilize different locations during a ski holiday. Not only do local skiers (both cross-country and downhill), snowboarders and snowshoers benefit, so do the local merchants and the working guys and gals. When a person takes a week’s holiday into a new area for the first time, they tend to sample a ski hill over a couple of days, travel to another resort to sample for a couple more days, etc. The following year, they might say, gee, we really enjoyed our experience at the second hill, let’s go back there and do that one for a week or three days or four days and try ski resort number three the following year. They definitely don’t handle things in such a mind-boggling minutae as laid out by Ms. Paynter. Yes, they rent a car or take the ski

hill’s transit bus to the hill; yes, they leave lots of money behind; yes, they help employ those working on the hill and in the restaurants and then they do it again and again at that same or different local mountains. They help me and you pay for our grocery bill from our wages, they help us pay our mortgage and rent costs and also our own recreation. Every ski hill in the O Kay Valley has benefited from its association with other ski hills in the same area all the way up to Kamloops. So, too, will the ski hills of the Kootenays and Revelstoke and Fernie enjoy the benefit of world-class resorts in the same geographic area. So, too, will the residents in each area benefit from multiple ski resorts. I’m sorry, Ms. Paynter, but I cannot agree with your half-empty glass scenario, but rather I see this as a completely full-glass opportunity for so many people for so many areas. When the multiplier effect of skier dollars is at, I am told, 1.4 dollars for every dollar spent by skiers, how can your kids’ working life or other ski hills be negatively affected? It cannot. They will all benefit for years to come. David Pacey Radium Hot Springs

Don’t spend the money on Hoodoos corner Dear Editor: I just wanted to comment on the letter about the Hoodoos corners, and to let everyone know that the accident that took place on December 24th had nothing to do with the damaged bridge, whomever might think so. Besides that, I have been visiting this valley all of my life and have become a full-time resident for the last 13 years, and I am strongly against wasting our hard-earned tax money on something that was never broken in the first place. Why build a new highway route when we could just make what we have right now even better? Fill in the ditches and put up a nice rest stop there, maybe

put up a info board about our wonderful Hoodoos. We could even look into keeping the second bridge for onlookers and those who love to bike our beautiful highways. I drive that bridge about four times a day and my favourite part about driving our highways is taking the Hoodoos S corner, and I know that I’m not the only one who can’t wait to feel the pull of those corners again. So let’s take the money that we don’t need to waste and put it into something that really needs attention. Tabatha Liesbeth Mercer Canal Flats

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The Columbia Mountain Open Network—the organization established with funding from the federal government to create and manage a high-speed fibre optic backbone in the Kootenays—must receive an emergency cash injection from its member communities to continue viable operation. At a special meeting in December, a transitional board was appointed to guide the firm through the financial crisis and reposition it in the market place. All of the employees except for one, manager of finance and administration Kim Martin, have left the organization, including chief executive Dan McCarthy. A letter from the transitional chairman, Mayor Dieter Bogs of Trail, said almost $24,000 is being sought from the Regional District of East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs, Shuswap and Ktunaxa First Nations and Nanofibre Networks to help make up a $125,000 operating shortfall. According to Ms. Martin, the mandate of the organization was to create an advanced telecommunication network for the rural communities of the Columbia Basin. The organization has succeeded in doing so, she said, but the rural communities, by and large, have declined to use the network. “They took a vote,” she said. “If they decide they don’t want it or don’t need it, there’s nothing we can

do about that. Our mandate is to supply the resources and we’ve already done that.” An initiative of the Regional District of East Kootenay to deliver network access to residents in Electoral Areas C, E, F and G failed at referendum in October. Initiatives like it would create the revenue needed by the Columbia Mountain Open Network to sustain itself. So far, she said, Kootenay-Columbia School District No. 20 has been using the network full-time for a year. The Ktunaxa Nation is connected. The City of Trail is in the process of connecting, and the City of Castlegar has been using part of the backbone. “As in the East Kootenays, we meet a lot of resistance in the West Kootenays,” Ms. Martin commented. “They just don’t understand it’s not just about internet.” The work of the transitional board, Ms. Martin explained, will be to reposition the firm away from its rural mandate, to take advantage of opportunities where they exist: individual communities, new construction and private industry. Despite the reluctance of voters, new housing developments, like Copper Point and Spirits Reach, and some rural communities, like Edgewater, are pursuing access on their own. In Edgewater, 36 residents have banded together to form the Edgewater Broadband Society in order to bring access to the isolated mountain town.

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Toby Theatre • 7:30 pm: January 18-19: Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium • 7:30 pm: January 23-26: The Golden Compass

Friday, January 18th: • Belly Dance six-week lessons start, every Friday except Feb. 1st. Noon to 1:30 pm, and 6 to 7:30 pm, Beginners; 5-6:30 pm, Moms and Daughters; 7:30-9 pm, Intermediate. Cost $50 for Valley Fitness Centre members; $60 for non-members. Drop-ins welcome at $12 per class. For info, call 342-2131.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 18th-20th: • Bonspiel on the Lake. See invermerecurlingclub@ or story on Page 2 for details.

Monday, January 21st: • 7 pm: Into the Wild: Cinefest Independent Film Series shows the “Viewer’s Choice” film from 2007 Toronto Film Festival. $10/person at the door, Toby Theatre. For info: 342-4423. • 7-9 pm: Open house at Windermere Community Hall to review the draft Lake Windermere Official Community Plan. For info: Karen MacLeod, Regional District of East Kootenay planner, at 1-888-478-7335. If you are unable to attend, comment forms will be available on the website at on January 21, 2008.

Wednesday, January 23rd:

• 7-9 pm: Open house at Windermere Community Hall to review the draft Lake Windermere Official Community Plan. For info: Karen MacLeod, Regional District of East Kootenay planner, at 1-888-478-7335. Comment forms available on the website at www.rdek. • 70s night at Angus McToogle’s. Wear your best outfit from the 1970s and win a prize. For info: 341-6868.

Friday, Jan. 25th-Sunday, Jan. 27th: • Panorama Mountain Villages hosts Bettygohard, a weekend retreat for women with dinner, yoga, photo shoot and two days of skiing. For info: 342-6941.

Saturday, January 26th: • Fire and Ice Festival, annual all-day family event at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. Includes snow sculpture, snow snake hunt, skating, skiing and dining. Evening concludes with a live fire-spinning show. For info: 1-800-663-4979. • 10:30 am: Fifth Annual Nipika Classic Loppet, at Nipika Mountain Resort. For info: 342-6516 or • 6 pm: Annual Chilli Night hosted by Lake Windermere District Rod & Gun Club, Meeting Room, Invermere Legion. Open to hunters and their families.

Monday, January 28th: • Robbie Burns Night at Angus McToogle’s with roast beef, haggis, bagpipes and Celtic music. For info: 341-6868.

Tuesday, January 29th: • 7:30 p.m. Columbia Valley Food Bank Annual General Meeting at the Family Resource Centre. Everyone welcome. For info: 342-6488.

Wednesday, January 30th:

• 7 pm: Live, Love and Laugh - Resolve to Manage Stress in 2008: a seminar by Registered Massage Therapist Tony Berryman at Valley Fitness Centre. For info on this and four other seminars starting this month: 342-2131. • Juno award-winner Cara Luft performs at the Hoodoo Grill, south of Fairmont. New winter menu available. For info: 345-2166.

• 7 pm: Achieving Resolution in 2008: a seminar by osteopathic practitioner Julie Brown at Valley Fitness Centre. For info: 342-2131.

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Invermere Library Hours: • Tuesday & Friday: 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. • Wednesday: 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. • Thursday: 12 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. • Saturday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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Other: • 5 pm - 8 pm Saturdays & Sundays: Public indoor rock climbing, JA Laird gym, $5 drop in. For info: 342-9413 or 342-6232. • 7:30-10 pm Sundays at the high school, and 8-10 pm Wednesdays at Laird School: Badminton. For info call Audrey at 342-3825. • 7 pm: Community Hymn Sing at Alliance Church, second Sunday of the month. For info: 342-9580. • 2 pm Sundays: Crib every Sunday at the Brisco Hall. For info: 346-3294. • 1:30 pm Sundays: Carpet Bowling, Radium Senior Centre. • 8:30-10 pm Mondays: Men’s Basketball at the high school, $20 for the year, drop-ins welcome. • 7 pm Mondays: Duplicate Bridge, Invermere Seniors’ Hall, $2. For info: Gerriann, 342-9893. • 6:30-8:30 pm Tuesdays: Options for Sexual Health, a confidential service offering lower cost birth control methods, counselling, and access to doctors, at the Invermere Health Unit. For info: 342-2362. • 1 pm Tuesdays: Bridge and crib, Community Hall in Radium. Visitors welcome. For info: Florence, 347-0084. • 7 pm - 9 pm every Tuesday: ADHD Parent Support Group. Drop-ins welcome, School Board District Office. For info: Lynda, 342-9243, ext. 234. • 7:30-9:30 pm Wednesdays: Adult Volleyball at the high school, $25 for season or $3 for drop-ins. • 7 pm - 9 pm Wednesdays: The Purcell Painters Studio, College of the Rockies. For info: Victoria, 342-9053.

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By Rachel Pinder Pioneer Staff Reaching a 20th anniversary milestone is a fantastic achievement for anyone. But even more so for Wildsight, an organization set up in 1988 to protect biodiversity and encourage sustainable Gerry Wilkie, President communities in Canada’s Columbia and Southern Rocky Mountain region. The group will celebrate its achievements next Saturday, January 26th, at Pynelogs Cultural Centre in Invermere, starting at 7:30 p.m. The evening will include a slide show from awardwinning nature photographer Brad Hill, who will present and comment on his work. Wildsight’s executive director and dedicated conservationist John Bergenske will also be speaking about Wildsight; and there will be beer, wine and refreshments available. Wildsight works locally, regionally and globally to protect the area, which is internationally recognized as a keystone to conservation in western North America. Wildsight received the 2005 Canadian Environmental Award for Conservation in recognition of its successful work to protect the region’s wildlife and land values. The organization focuses on three core areas — the southern Rockies, the upper Columbia River Valley, and the Columbia Mountains. This ecoregion provides critical genetic connectivity for western North America’s wildlife populations. Wildsight has branches in Invermere, Golden, Fernie covering the Elk Valley, Kimberley/Cranbrook and Creston.

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Gerry Wilkie is president of the Invermere branch of Wildsight, and has been involved with the organization for the past 10 years. He has seen a lot of changes and helped with many achievements in that time. “I really think Wildsight is reaching some significant goals for environmental organisations generally. “Wildsight has maintained its solidarity and in the end its impetus, which has a lot to do with the people involved, and the people who founded it in the first place. “I was first involved with Wildsight in Alberta, and I’ve noticed things have really changed, especially in the Upper Columbia Valley, over the years. Invermere seems to be expanding before our very eyes, and ironically along the way there has been a very significant change in the public perception about the environment. “People are more conscious about the environment and doing something about it. We’re having these massive developments, but people are now wondering if there’s any way we can slow things down,” Gerry explained. Many people have been invited to the celebrations on Saturday, including mayors and councillors of Invermere, Radium and Canal Flats, as well as the Regional District. The event is also open to the general public, and it is hoped that many of the 120 Wildsight Invermere branch members will attend. Heather Leschied, program manager for Wildsight’s Lake Windermere Project, has been involved with preparing the event. “There’s been so much enthusiasm from the community about it which is great. It’s been so much fun to organize, and I hope lots of people will help us celebrate on Saturday,” she said. For more information about the event, call 3424423. For more information on Wildsight and its conservation programs, check out

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GLOBETROTTERS—Retired airline pilot Peter Bartman and Sandi McAllister, who split their time between homes in Columbia Ridge and Indialantic, Florida.

Travel contest winner a valley pioneer By Brian Geis Pioneer Staff Peter Bartman and Sandi McAllister were excited to learn they were the lucky winners of the Pioneer’s 2007 Travel Photo Contest, the grand prize being a two-night stay in Edmonton, sponsored by Travel World in Invermere. Despite having travelled the world together, Sandi, a Chicago native, has never been to Edmonton. “She has been after me to go,” Mr. Bartman explained from their second home in Florida. Mr. Bartman grew up in the valley on 28 acres of land that is now Spruce Grove Campground and RV Park. His father, Reuben Bartman, managed Fairmont Hot Springs Resort for William Heap Holland from 1921 until it was sold to the Wilders in the 1956. “My father was instrumental in making sure the Wilders got it,” he said. The elder Bartman was interested in buying the resort when Holland’s son, Bill Holland, put it up for sale, but, at age 73, would need the support of the entire family. By then, Peter was well into his career as a commercial aviator. He went to work for Trans-Canada Airlines in 1951 and retired from Air Canada in 1990.

“No one else in the family wanted to have anything to do with it,” he said. “Of course, we knew the Wilders. They had been doing business in the valley. One day they came and knocked on my father’s door and that was that.” Peter made his home in Toronto and had a boy and a girl with his first wife, and they later divorced. Peter met Sandi in Florida. Both owned sailboats and met each other searching for a crew. Back in the 1990s, he said, they started making regular trips back to B.C. to visit his sisters in the Okanagan. On one trip through the valley, he said, they saw a “for sale” sign at Columbia Ridge south of Fairmont and stopped to check it out. “(Owner) Dave (Rae) was standing there with a smile on his face,” he said. “We bought a lot the next day and built the house the following spring.” Peter and Sandi will be back in the valley before the end of the ski season and leave for a tour of Japan in March. Meanwhile, Travel World owner Russ Daggett has announced the prize for the 2008 Travel Photo Contest. The winner will receive a night for two at a Calgary hotel and pair of tickets for a Calgary Flames game. Good luck, everyone!

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Yoga relaxes both muscles and mind

the brain triggered her to pursue teacher training in yoga and she now has many hours of yoga practice. Stretching and relax“The more I experience, ing are an important part of the more I’m interested in exexercise, and can be of huge ploring,” Joanne explained. benefit when combined with “I take into consideration other cardio workouts. the brain function in my flow Since I started yoga sevclasses. The mind/body coneral years ago, I’ve found nection is so important for it’s not only a great way of balance in everything we do, switching off and clearand I am really interested in ing my mind, it’s also an sharing that experience with excellent thing to do to reothers. Selfishly, I also learn so ally stretch out muscles and much each time I teach a class. completely relax. Teaching is constantly chalSo I was pleasantly surlenging me to new levels of my prised to find such an amazown practice,” she said. ing choice of classes when I The yoga Joanne currently moved here last September. teaches focuses on awareness There are more than five of movement through breath, yoga teachers in the valley which is known as Flow Yoga. offering a variety of classes. Working on maintaining disEach teacher brings their ciplined breath, she moves own unique delivery of a through a continuous series of yoga practice and class. And yoga poses. All of these poses I’ve found it’s great to expecan be adapted so students can rience different classes and go at their own pace and comdecide what’s best for you fort level through these series and your body. of movements. Classes are offered at the For Joanne, yoga is an opValley Fitness Centre; Fuportunity for her to maintain sion; College of the Rockies; her active sports lifestyle. the Yoga Mountain Studio Yoga instructor Joanne Bragg demonstrates asanas, or poses, which offer a full body stretch. “As I’m in the over-50 catin Fairmont, Radium and egory, it’s important for me to Edgewater; and the Circle be able to continue the sports of Life at Columbia Ridge Rockies, and Fusion. She also offers classes to secondI love to do and keep up with my friends. Community Centre. ary school students at David Thompson Secondary “It has helped me maintain my strength and flexGenerally, a class will go through asanas (poses) School and Open Doors. ibility so I can continue to do all my outdoor sports that offer a full body stretch addressing most muscles Joanne remembers doing yoga many years ago activities, and helps me be focused and calm in my in the body. Other classes focus solely on relaxation, while she was going to university in Montreal. or specifically align the spine (critical alignment thera“Back then it was a challenge to find yoga practi- challenging work as a secondary school teacher. “Yoga is a discipline, not a competition. You are py), while some (Fusion) combine yoga with Pilates or tioners who were offering classes,” she said. there to go to the level of breath, awareness and movesome other form of workout. The constant in all these She also remembers offering a yoga class upstairs classes is breath and awareness. at Lambert-Kipp Pharmacy when it was the East ment you are ready for. It’s not about looking around the room and seeing who’s doing what,” Joanne exAs there are so many classes offered in this valley, it Kootenay Community College campus. would be best to take a class to understand the breath Her interest in yoga was rekindled about 15 years plained. You don’t need any fancy equipment to do yoga. It and mechanics of each pose. ago when she started studying the brain and moveInvermere-based Joanne Bragg teaches Flow Yoga ment, and how certain movement enhances brain takes very little space to practise, so if you have room classes at the Valley Fitness Centre, College of the function and helped improve learning. The study of in your house to stretch out, then you can do yoga. By Rachel Pinder Pioneer Staff

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January 18, 2008

Rachel tackles the bunny hill zig-zagged towards them before pulling a detour towards the trees. After several more attempts on the easy Cowboy run, Simon suggested I Learning to ski as an adult is a lot tried coming down on the Short Cut hill. more difficult than when you’re kneeBut that was a completely different ball high to a grasshopper. game. It just looked so much steeper and Well, you’ve got much further to more terrifying than the relatively gentle fall, for starters. As I soon found out Cowboy trail. But, as Simon said, it was when I went along to Fairmont Ski all about confidence. I just had to let myHill to try it out. It wasn’t my first self go, little by little, down the hill. But time, as I’d taken a couple of lessons in as soon as my skis were facing forward New Zealand about 18 months ago, ready to turn, I started picking up speed, but to say I was still a bit rusty would lost control, and crashed. be a huge understatement. Perseverance was definitely the key. Getting kitted up was pretty And learning how to get back up on straightforward. I got my feet measkis when you’re half-way down a hill is sured for boots, then I was given my a skill in itself. After several attempts at skis and poles, and I was all set. wobbling on one leg and hovering over So after hobbling up the hill the other ski, which kept creeping down clutching my new weapons excitedly, the hill, I got my boot back in. Finally. I met my instructor Simon Flint, who Simon pointed out that because I turned out to be another Brit. Somekept stopping after every turn, I was times it’s just such a small world. making it more difficult for myself, as I As I made my way to the line-up was not allowing myself to build up any at the poma tow, I soon realized I was Pioneer reporter Rachel Pinder takes a lesson at Fairmont Ski Hill. momentum. I had to keep the rhythm one of the taller and older beginners going and keep surging forward. So depreparing to hone their skills. Lots of as you take the corner, then crouch down as you ski spite several more crashes I kept making eager, bright-eyed youngsters circled around my knees as I joined the line-up ready to as- across, and always lean forward. OK, so it was time to myself do it, time and time again. I looked over eagerly put it in motion. at the easier Cowboy slope a few times, but was detercend the hill. Next thing I knew I was heading down the hill, mined I was not going back there and would conquer Managing the poma tow was a bit tricky at first — just catching it at the right time and leaning back pretty gently at first, then I started picking up a bit of the Short Cut hill. And conquer it I did. After an hour on it was an art in itself. Watching the sprightly four- speed. And that’s when I panicked. “Ski back up the I could make it the whole way down with few stops. And by the end of the day, I’d done the High and-five-year-olds before me, I thought it should be a hill and snowplow,” Simon shouted. I tried my best but ended up in a crumpled heap, face down in the Plains Drifter and Easy Rider runs, which while still breeze. So I was quite impressed when I coasted it up to the top without actually falling off — although I did powder. Nice. But at least my landing was pretty soft. ranked as easy, was a pretty awesome achievement. Just like getting back on a horse when you’ve been Not only had I managed to get off the triple chair see a little boy clinging to a tree on the way up who’d thrown off, it was a case of get back up, dust off the without collapsing in a heap, I had also conquered my lost his ski instructor. But he seemed happy enough. fear of the steeper slopes, and made it down on my last So I’m at the top of the hill. And I have to say I snow and try to get down the hill in one piece. That’s when I learnt about the key factors involved run in one go without stopping. I was disappointed to was blown away by the amazing views over the valley, and made sure I took a couple of pics. But then it was in stopping safely without crashing or hitting anybody see the “Closed” sign up on the triple chair at 4 p.m. time for action. Simon explained the concept of skiing or anything. “Watch out below” just doesn’t work ef- — but I know I’ll definitely be back. For more info about lessons at the Fairmont Ski across the hill and turning by putting all the weight fectively, as I soon found out, as I yelled at a bunch of bewildered children who stood watching me as I Hill, call 345-6037. on the outside ski. Sounded simple enough. Stand up By Rachel Pinder Pioneer Staff

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Local players win volleyball scholarships Four local volleyball players have been awarded scholarships by The East Kootenay Volleyball Club, which is the local volleyball club for athletes ages 13 to 18. Teams are composed of players from throughout the East Kootenays. Each year the club offers scholarships to two male and two female athletes who have signifiTaylor Verboom cantly contributed to the success of the club, and who are attending a post-secondary institution as a full-time student athlete in the sport of volleyball. The club would like to congratulate the 20072008 scholarship recipients: Brittany Harkess, Sarah Luscher, Brett Holmgren and Taylor Verboom. Brittany Harkess was a member of the local club

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A new series of wellness seminars are set to kick off at the Valley Fitness Centre this month, which are set to benefit anyone struggling with the stresses and strains of a fast-paced busy life. The seminars will be held on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. from January 23rd until February 20th. • January 23rd: Join registered massage therapist Tony Berryman for Live, Love, Laugh –Resolve to Manage Stress in 2008, as he talks about how to better handle the stress that comes your way each day. Find out just what stress is, the effects on your body and life, and what you can do about it. He’ll also offer advice on how to keep your New Year’s resolutions. • January 30th: Osteopathic practitioner Julie Brown will look at Achieving Resolution in 2008 using osteopathy, which is both a corrective and preventative approach to health. Osteopathy is a holistic and natural medicine, which focuses on understanding the complex inter-relationships between the various systems of the body. Treatment is a combination of gentle handson techniques, aimed at the cause of dysfunction and pain. This seminar will cover how osteopathy can bring resolution to your life for 2008.

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Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack in Kamloops. Prior to beginning the season, his team had the opportunity to play several professional teams throughout Europe including teams from Belgium, Holland, Denmark, and Germany. Taylor is enrolled in the Business Administration program. All four recipients have credited being involved with the club as contributing to their current success in post-secondary volleyball programs. Club volleyball is a great way to improve skills for the next school season, participate in provincial tournaments and make new friends. The club welcomes new members – both players and volunteers. The season runs from mid-February to mid-May depending on the age group, with most tournaments being at the end of March through the first part of May. The registration deadline for the 2008 season is January 18th. More information about the club, as well as a link to the registration form, can be found on the club’s website:

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Bighorn sheep wanders far from home “One or two female sheep have gone 30 to 35 kilometres north of Radium during lambing Most of us have seen season, so in terms of disbighorn sheep at the side tance covered it’s not too of the road in Radium, unusual. but one plucky sheep “But this is definitewent on her own amazly the first time a sheep ing adventure out of the has headed west of the village last summer. Columbia River. SomeNew footage released times, a female sheep will from Parks Canada bigadopt similar ranges to horn trackers has shown their mother, so maybe one radio-collared female this is something that has sheep from the Radium been passed on from one herd spent six weeks in generation to another. the Purcell Mountains. “We’ve certainly And this is a first, heard from hunters and since no animal has ever observers who have seen been tracked travelling sheep occasionally in the west of Radium. Purcells. When the sheep The adventurous are in the high country sheep left Sinclair Canthey are quite hard to yon on May 20th, swam the Columbia River Although the bighorn sheep usually travel in a herd, one lone female was tracked crossing the Columbia River and find,” he said. Photo by Brian Geis “We weren’t able to sometime shortly after 9 making her solitary way throughout the Purcell Mountains. visually locate this wana.m. on May 23rd, and dering sheep until fall, by 11 p.m. that same day the Radium area on October 1st. They speculated the she was high in the Purcell Mountains between Forster lamb may not have been able to manage the perilous and it wasn’t clear whether she’d had a lamb or not, and Frances Creeks. but her movement patterns from late May to early return crossing of the Columbia River. She spent the entire month of June in the high Reliable observers have reported occasional sight- June are typical of a female sheep getting ready to country in the Purcells, reaching a point approximate- ings of bighorn sheep in the Purcell Mountains in the lamb. We’ve been tracking bighorn sheep since 2002. ly 25 kilometres west of Edgewater on July 7th. past, particularly on Steamboat Mountain and in the We radio-collar 10 each year, out of the herd of 150By July 13th, she had re-traced her route across Horsethief Creek drainage area. 200 sheep,” Alan said. the Columbia Valley and was back in typical sheep Anyone who has spotted bighorn sheep west of Wildlife specialist Alan Dibb, who works for Parks range in the Brisco Range of the Rocky Mountains. Canada, said most sheep usually stay within the Co- the Columbia River can contact Alan Dibb at 347It is likely that she gave birth to a lamb while in lumbia River and Kootenay River range. 6158 or Shelagh Wrazej at 347-6168, or by e-mail to the Purcells, but Parks Canada trackers were unable to So this plucky adventurer was a real first for stray- For more, see: she still had a lamb when she arrived back in ing west of the Columbia River. np/bc/kootenay/natcul/natcul35a_E.asp. By Rachel Pinder Pioneer Staff




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Mom’s Hockey Moments By Cheryl Bachinski Pioneer Columnist Happy New Year to everyone, and welcome to the second half of our Minor Hockey season. Over the holidays the kids did an awesome job preparing some rinks on the lake and set up some pretty exciting “pick-up” games. Thank you to Donna and Wes, who were a great help with keeping the ice in great playing condition. Our Pee Wee A team attended a tournament in Kimberley the first weekend of January. Friday they opened with a game against the home team, pulling off a decisive 9 – 2 victory. Damon Raven opened up the scoring for Invermere, with other goals coming from Colin Ross, Stephen Hawes and Hunter Ede putting in two each, and singles coming from Daniel Smith and Conrad Marshall. The boys put in a solid performance with Eddie Ede leading the way with player of the game. The next game was against Cranbrook, with Invermere victorious again, 9 – 5. Kellan Marchand contributed to the win with four goals, Stephen Hawes with two, and single goals coming from Mitchell Prentice, Eddie Ede and Levi Konchak. It was another solid team performance from the boys, with everyone playing well. Brody Nelson played solidly between the pipes, and was rewarded with a win and player of the game. The Whitefish team was next up, and fell to the

powerhouse Invermere A team. The game was a close one, with Invermere pulling off a 6 – 5 victory. Goal scorers were Damon Raven, Stephen Hawes and Kellan Marchand who had another four-goal game. Way to go, Kellan! Player of the game went to Colin Ross who played a solid game and contributed to the team win by his performance throughout the game. The three wins put Invermere into the finals against Golden. The teams battled hard throughout the game, and Invermere was up by one goal going in to the third. With just 26 seconds left in the game, Golden managed to sink one, forcing the game in to overtime. Unfortunately the boys were defeated in overtime and fell to a 4 – 3 loss. Tough way to end the weekend, but excellent job, boys! We have some home tournaments up coming that I will cover: our Bantam Boys host January 11th through 13th, Bantam and Midget Girls January 18th through 20th, and Midget Boys February 1st through 3rd. January 13th through 18th is Minor Hockey Week, and our minor hockey teams will be donating their time to a “Fill Up The Food Bank” drive. The kids will be collecting food items for our local food bank, focusing on some of the staple type items which our local food bank is always in need of, such as peanut butter, pasta, jams, and cereal. If you would like to assist us, we will have a dropoff box set up at the arena on the weekend, or if you know someone in minor hockey, feel free to pass your contribution on to them. Call Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena at 3426712 for information on all the hockey action including minor hockey tournaments, and Columbia Valley Rockies home games.


CITIZEN OF THE YEAR Nominations are now open for the Invermere Rotary Club’s annual Citizen of the Year Award. Anyone who wants to nominate a person they feel has made a significant contribution to the community is asked to write a letter outlining their reasons. All nominations are to be mailed to the Rotary Club of Invermere, Box 877, Invermere, BC V0A 1K0. Anyone can be nominated. Contributions to the community can mean many things. It does not have to mean someone in the public eye. Many contributions to the community are accomplished in quiet unassuming ways. Take the time....write a letter of nomination. It’s an honour just to be nominated. Deadline for nominations is Friday, February 22nd, 2008. More information concerning the Citizen of the Year Award can be obtained from any Rotary member.

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The Old Zone: Wolves triumph over ‘misfits’ By Harold Hazelaar Pioneer Columnist So, ten weeks had finally passed by and the re-match between the Warwick Wolves and Huckleberry Hawks happened last week. For the Hawks, it was the most anticipated game of the year so far, due in large part to the comments made by the Incredible Bulk, the Wolves goalie, who stated after their loss in October: “This band of misfits outperformed a team that is far superior to them. They themselves probably cannot explain what actually happened. When you skate around the ice with that many horseshoes shoved up your butt, sooner or later even the worst team can fluke off a win.” Being labeled “misfits” was unacceptable and rather insulting as far as the Hawks were concerned and we came prepared for a battle. We jumped out to an early 2-0 lead and I’m sure panic and urgency helped the Wolves fight back to tie the game. From there the score see-sawed back and forth

for the remainder of the game with the Wolves luckily finding themselves on top when the final buzzer sounded. They had to work pretty hard to squeak out a win over a bunch of “misfits.” Personally, I take a great amount of satisfaction from the beautiful goal I scored against the Bulk early in the second period. During a sequence of intense pressure in the Wolves end, I parked myself at the side of the goal and played a perfect bank shot off the Bulk’s goal pad into the net. The look of dismay on his face was very enjoyable to see. Speaking of goal pads, the Incredible Bulk wears these fancy all-white pads that were generously given to him by Wade Dubielewicz last year. Obviously, this was a very kind gesture on Wade’s part and a fantastic gift for the Bulk, but I must point out that these pads are considered to be illegal equipment in some hockey leagues. Seems to me, Rick DiPietro almost got into a bit of hot water for wearing some similar-looking pads a few weeks ago and there was talk of a suspension! As a member of our Old Timers’ league executive, I know our league follows these same guidelines. Therefore . . . you know where I’m going with this. Series score is Hazelaar 1 - Raven 1. Rubber match will be played March 12 at 10:30 p.m. Once

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Single mother wins Radium condo By Brian Geis Pioneer Staff Calgary bus driver Sarah Folvik is Radium’s latest homeowner, thanks to a Calgary Herald contest in which she won a brand-new $450,000-condominium in Sable Ridge. “Usually, it’s some retired couple with a million dollars in the bank who wins these things,” Sable Developments Project Manager Brian Anderson said just before Christmas, when he handed over the keys to the fully-furnished, three-bedroom mountain retreat. Ms. Folvik, a Calgary Transit bus driver and single mother of six, wasn’t even a homeowner when she was picked as one of seven finalists in the Herald’s Home Free contest last April. She’s still a renter, she said. “It still hasn’t sunk in yet,” Ms. Folvik commented after being contacted by Mr. Anderson. Offered her choice of five condominiums, including one in a Statesman Group development in Phoenix, Arizona; Ms. Folvik chose the scenic Sable Ridge resort for its proximity to Calgary and central location for family members spread out around the west. With a daughter in Kelowna and her father in Sparwood, she said, the Radium location will be the perfect meeting spot for family gatherings. “And, it’s in a location the kids can get to on their own when they are old enough to drive,” she said. “It’s a big honour that she picked Sable Ridge over all the others,” Mr. Anderson said. “We were really ex-

cited, because this project is all about families.” Sable Ridge is a three-building project situated around a 1,700-square-foot clubhouse with a 30-foot ceiling, fireplace, full kitchen, seasonal swimming pools, hot tub and barbecue. Calgary-based developer Sam Boguslavsky said everything from the location to the materials was designed for Calgary families. “We identified the key elements of what Albertans are looking for and part of that, too, is the geographical proximity to Calgary. Radium is less than three hours away allowing for the spontaneity of a weekend getaway,” he said. “Through our multi-family experience, we understand the consumer, so that our layouts, standard features and finishings very much speak to family needs. We know what it takes to make people comfortable and, if the layout is right, that can be done in as little as 1,000 square feet.” Ms. Folvik said her family scoffed as she faithfully clipped entry forms from the pages of every copy of the Calgary Herald that fell into her hands. Her boyfriend, Colin Nicholson, taught her how to clip an entry form from the middle of a page using a credit card, sparing the rest of the page. Still, she said, to everyone else, it seemed like a long shot. It was the biggest contest ever held by the Herald. The 250,000 entries received were piled into a box the size of shipping pallet, four feet deep. But her optimism never wavered. “She was so sure,” Mr. Nicholson said. “She had to

have a sixth sense about it.” Said Ms. Folvik: “I honestly prayed about it. If it is God’s will that it go to someone more deserving, then so be it.” The dream started to look more like a reality when her entry form was picked along with six other finalists to vie for the grand prize. Ms. Folvik said she was working a split shift and only had a few hours to participate in the contest, but organizers assured her she would be back to work on time. The contestants were each given a key and a chance to try it in the door of the show home. The contestants, she said, were told that if the key fit in the lock to twist it to the left and, if it turned, they were holding the winning key. Ms. Folvik was the fifth in line and, as each one before her tried and failed, he said, her odds began to look better and better. When her turn finally came, she said, the key wouldn’t go in at first. After it slid into the lock it turned a little. When it went over all the way, she said, her heart stopped. “I just froze,” she said. “Then I heard people screaming behind me and it snapped me back into reality.” Breaking the news to family and friends was met with continued incredulity. “Even Colin didn’t believe me,” she said. Continued on next page . . .


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January 18, 2008 Continued from last page . . . Her 15-year-old daughter, Jamie-Lee, she said, responded with screaming and tears, then flopped onto the floor once finally convinced. Her eighteen-year-old son Alphonsus, who was living in Ontario at the time, said he heard the news second-hand. “It’s nice to see a break go our way for a change,” he said. True to their word, Ms. Folvik was back at work an hour later, but the good news didn’t stop there. The corporate sponsors of the contest pitched in to lighten the burden of owning the condominium. The Herald, she said, covered the lawyer’s fees, transfer fees and closing costs. The Brick stepped up with $20,000 for home furnishings and—fearing that Ms. Folvik would be forced to flip the property—developer Sam Boguslavsky paid the first year’s condominium fees and property taxes. Ms. Folvik, with the help of Mr. Nicholson, and four of her six children, drove over from Calgary in December with all the ingredients for a turkey dinner and a mattress and boxspring tied to the roof of Mr. Nicholson’s truck. “The first thing she did,” Mr. Nicholson said, “was turn on the oven.” With a professional management company on hand to rent it out when not in use, the unit will be an income producer for the Folviks. “It was an early Christmas for us,” she said. “How do you say thank you for something like this? We will be eternally grateful for everyone’s generosity.”

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Wooden Maple table with leaf and four chairs, hutch and buffet, $300.00 OBO, 342-0889, 342-1776.



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ANNOUNCEMENTS Robin and Brenda Carlson of Edgewater are pleased to announce the engagement of their youngest daughter Shawnna Carlson of Edgewater to Mike Warriner of Dry Gulch - formally Cold Lake, Alberta. Wedding to take place in November, 2008. Jumbo Creek Conservation Society annual general meeting, Tuesday, February 5, 2008 at DTSS, 7:30 pm.

LOST & FOUND FOUND: Found money on 7th Avenue in Wilder Subdivision between 1740 and end of cul de sac. Call 342-9337. FOUND: a Telus cell phone by the Saan store. Call 688-5305.

Invermere new 2 bdrm condo, 1 room available, $600.00. Includes everything, 688-7798.

SUITE FOR RENT Monthly or weekly units available for working couples or individuals with or without kitchens. Call Motel Bavaria in Radium, 347-9915. 2 bdrm basement suite, long term, available Feb 1st , $975/ month. Call Scott at 250-2700745. Compact, newer one bedroom daylight suite in Invermere. $700 + hydro, N/S, available January 31. 342-4416


2 bdrms in basement to rent. Separate entrance. $450.00 per room, 1-888-227-2024.



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

COMMERCIAL FOR LEASE Office OR Storage 2 units approx. 10’ x 12’ Each $125.00/month 342-0603, 341-5845.

Canal Flats: Brand new condo in Jade Landing. Kitchen, nook, and living room, deck, 2 bdrms & bath upstairs, unfinished basement. Fridge, stove, dishwasher, microwave. N/S, N/P, prefer mature individuals. Rent is $1000/month plus utilities and damage deposit of $1000. Call owner at 1-403251-5996.

Executive 5 bdrm duplex for rent in Fairmont. Double car garage, 5 appliances, N/P, N/S, available Jan. 1st . $1700/month D.D. $1700.00 plus utilities. Call 1-888-227-2024, references please. New 3 bdrm house, Westside Park, Invermere. 4 new stainless appliances, w/d, 2 ½ bath, open plan, sunny, warm, gas fireplace. Quiet family neighbourhood, near schools. Strictly N/S, N/P. Looking for responsible, quiet tenants. References. Multi unit dwelling. $1580/month incl. hydro, gas, free wireless internet. D.D. Available mid January. Phone 341-7246. 4 bdrm, 4 bath house in Windermere, N/S, no pets, long term rental, $1,200/month, plus utilities, references, DD required, 342-6211. Invermere 3 bdrm, wood stove, N/S, N/P, $1200 plus utilities, avail. Feb. 1st, 688-7798. 3 bdrm, 2 bath house for rent in Pineridge Estates. Close to all schools. View of the lake and mountains. $1500/month plus utilities, family preferred, available immediately. Call 780406-6898 or fax 780-406-6897.

Open House!

Jan. 19 & 20, 1-4 pm. 142117A St., 4 bdrm, 2 bath, must be viewed to be appreciated, minutes to the beach, large lot, great revenue potential and affordable. $349,900. Call Clare McArdle at 250-341-5335. Thinking of buying or selling property in 2008? Questions about the Columbia Valley real estate market? Find out the advantages of selling your home with an agent licensed in BC AND Alberta. Call Clare McArdle for a no obligation home evaluation. Hometown Advantage, CrossBorder Freedom. 250-3415335. 1975, 14x70 mobile on large well-treed lot in Canal Flats. Beach and golf course in walking distance. 3 bdrms, 1 bath, covered deck, $140,000.00, 417-5282.


Black Forest Heights 2 bedroom suite, unfurnished long term, couple or single preferred, available January 1. $1,200 incl. heating

Valley’s Edge Resort in Edgewater Only minutes from Radium Hot Springs, Seasonal Rental, Furnished, References required, No pets, No smoking. $1,100/month plus utilities.

Luxurious living at the Riverside Golfcourse in Fairmont Hot Springs 3 bdrm., furnished, seasonal, no pets, no smoking: $1,800/month plus utilities.

Call Eric Redeker Rocky Mountain Realty • 342-5914

Spectacular mountain views, 5 acres with an immaculate rancher, $689,000. 347-6301.

WANTED Secondhand skates and snowshoes, size 9 and 11. Call Rachel, 688-5305. Secondhand downhill & cross country skis, boots size 11 (Euro 42) and poles. Call Rachel, 6885305. Wanted to rent: Boat slip for 22’ boat. Call Tony at 403-6067797.

Weider Universal Gym, like new, $375.00. Recumbent exercise bike, $50.00, 347-9399. Washer & dryer, work great, $300.00 OBO, call 688-7798. Motorized wheel chair, joy stick control, $700.00, call 342-9702

SNOWMOBILE FOR SALE 2005 Polaris RMK 800, brand new rebuilt motor, bumper to bumper warranty valid until Feb. 24/08. $8,500.00 OBO, 3421527.


2005 Polaris 900 RMK, 151” track, 1,700 miles, one owner, exhaust canister, travel tarp, $6,800.00. Call Ryan 306-9467063, Panorama.

Hay for sale, round bales. Phone Elkhorn Ranch 342-0617.


Support “Rockies” Hockey. Pine, Fir & Poplar – dry & split order 342-6908.

2000 Honda Foreman ES, windshield, backseat, good tires, snowplow, asking $5,000. 342-7235

Top soil, call Elkhorn Ranch at 342-0617.


New unused Lenovo PC: CPU, keyboard, mouse, and Dell flat screen monitor. Asking $750.00. Call for details 342-0020

1994 Mercury Villager mini van. Well maintained, high kilometers, good around town vehicle, 342-9482.

4 new bi-fold doors, 24” wide. Laminate flooring, 125 sq’. Antique barn wood, c/w under padding, 342-1384.

1995 Ford F-150 XL extra cab 4x4, 5.8 litre V8, 171,000 km, blue/grey exterior, cloth interior, after market wheels and tires, matching canopy bed liner, step bars, etc. Well maintained, $10,000, OBO, 342-6954.

Pair of good quality leather sofas. Medium brown, rustic look, 77” long. $350.00 each or $600.00/pair. 1960 oak side table, 30” wide x 42-66” long, rectangular, good shape, $300.00. Small wooden table $50.00, 342-3205.

1997 2WD Chevy pick-up, V6, standard, aftermarket wheels and tires, aluminum tool box, lots of accessories, $4,900.00, Scott 347-9399.

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1999 Nissan Pathfinder, 188,000 km, runs great, lots of extras, $9,700.00 OBO. Call 342-0530, leave message.

Residential cleaning, home checks. Excellent references, 20 years experience. Dianne Peterson, 342-9702 or email

Residential Care Worker. Temporary, full time position. RCA or PCA or HSW or equivalent. Union membership, HEU. See posting, Mt. Nelson Place. Manager: Donna Jefferson 3423699.

Ranch Hand, good wages, experience preferred, willing to train. Housing available. Call 347-9234.

Early morning delivery driver

Beekeeper with minimum 5 years experience

2002 Jeep TJ, 73,000 km, leather interior, hard & soft top, excellent condition. $16,500.00 or take over payments, 341-7081.


TOTAL HEATING SYSTEMS HEAT PUMPS FURNACES DUCT WORK 342-1167 Phil’s Carpentry – Everything from roofs to decks, completion of basement and bathrooms. Phone 341-8033 cell or 3428474 home. Not on valley time.

CAREERS Playwest Decks is growing and requires skilled labourers. If you like working outside and are a team player, please call Chris at 341-7283, or forward a resume to Store Clerks needed. Must be enthusiastic and enjoy people. $13/hour, store discounts and advancement opportunities. Apply in person to Invermere Petro-Canada. Anglz Hair Studio is looking for a full time/part time Hair Stylist. Call Maria, 342-3227.


$10,000,000 2002 Jeep Liberty Limited Edition V6, fully loaded, 4x4, 85,000 kms



in vehicle inventory. Go to

to view complete inventory.

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

Skookum Family Restaurant is now hiring P/T evening cooks and P/T servers. Please contact Lori at 341-3336.

Valley Hawk Security is seeking full-time and part-time security guards. Night/day shifts in Invermere and Panorama area. Call 250-688-4295 or email resume to valleyhawksecurity@

required for delivery of the Calgary newspapers. The delivery is for stores and boxes from Radium to Fairmont. Must have a clean driver’s abstract. P/T position, 3 plus hours each morning. Call 1800-352-8236 or fax resume to 1-403-253-6810.

in Queen Bee and Honey Bee rearing. Compensation subject to experience. March to October. Jubilee Mountain Apiary, Spillimacheen, 250-346-3306.

Grizzly Mountain Grill

First Aid – Level II First Aid, Level II Attendant required. Construction experience necessary. General construction duties. Please call Darren at (250) 688-4104 or e-mail resume to

in Radium

Requires Experienced Cooks and Servers Call 342-1666 Fax: 341-3453

or send resume to: PO Box 1079, Invermere, BC V0A 1K0

Brilliance in Packaging… We Got it in the Bag! Without question, our Packaging Team Members are the best baggers in the biz! Focusing on the safe and efficient operation of machinery to package, box, prepare and ship the best coffee in the country, their duties also include daily clean-up, room staging and relentless quality control. It is tough work in a team setting demanding a high set of standards.

Packaging Department Full-time (5 days/week) and Part-time Shifts Available In return we provide the stability of a positive, year-round work environment, competitive wages, extended health and wellness benefits, recreation allowance, professional development opportunities, paid day-off birthdays, and a steady pipeline to satisfy the most discerning addiction! If you: • Work best in a fast paced, ever-changing environment • Are a team player with a “glass half full” outlook on life • Hate complacency and mediocrity and possess a critical eye and attention to detail • Are physically fit, can maintain a high level of energy (while on your feet for an 8 hour period) and still keep a good sense of humor

THE GATEWAY TO THE ROCKIES The NOHELS GROUP is a Crushing and Construction Contractor based in Sparwood, BC. The NOHELS GROUP is presently recruiting for the following positions: • • • • • • • •

Construction Superintendent – roads and deep services Construction Estimator Pipelayer Supervisor Construction Surveyor Construction Project Coordinator Manager of Crushing and Washing Equipment Operators Heavy Duty Mechanics

Email us at or fax 250-342-4450. We will contact successful applicants.

Nohels Group offers a competitive compensation and benefits package. Qualified applicants should forward a resume and cover letter in confidence to or fax (250) 425-0144, attention: Maureen Smith

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

Call 341-6299 to place your classified.

Then we have a spot for you on our Team!

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Lions distribute P IONEER C LASSIFIEDS identification kit to local students REGIONAL DISTRICT OF EAST KOOTENAY 19 – 24th Avenue South Cranbrook BC V1C 3H8 Phone: (250) 489-2791 or 1-888-478-7335 Fax: (250) 489-1287 Email:

OPEN HOUSE NOTICE LAKE WINDERMERE OFFICIAL COMMUNITY PLAN You are invited to attend an open house to review the draft Lake Windermere Official Community Plan. The open house will provide an opportunity to review and pick up a copy of the draft plan. Comment forms will also be provided to assist in gathering feedback from area residents and property owners. Two open houses will be held at:

Windermere Community Hall 4726 North Street Windermere BC

MONDAY, January 21st, 2008 from 7:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m. and THURSDAY, January 24th, 2008 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. If you are unable to attend an open house the draft OCP document, map schedules and comment form will be available on the RDEK website at on January 21, 2008. For further information contact Karen MacLeod, Planner, at 250-489-0313, toll-free at 1-888-478-7335 (RDEK) or

Calls For Expressions of Interest The Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) is seeking expressions of interest from qualied contractors interested in working with CBT Youth Initiatives on upcoming projects, workshops, and other opportunities. Candidates will possess experience in Community Youth Development, working with youth, and have a broad knowledge of the Canadian portion of the Columbia Basin. Closing date for submissions is 3:00 p.m. PST on February 15, 2008. Inquiries may be directed to: Megan Catalano Columbia Basin Trust Suite 300, 445-13th Avenue Castlegar, BC V1N 1G1 Phone: 1-800-505-8998 Email:


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

We Work At Play! Stone Creek Resorts, an established real estate developer and golf course operator, is looking to further bolster its resort operations team. We are seeking qualified and enthusiastic individuals to join our team. Stone Creek’s resorts – SilverTip Resort in Canmore, Alberta and Eagle Ranch Resort in Invermere, BC - include world-class golf courses, rated 4.5 stars by Golf Digest, and highly sought after recreational real estate in Western Canada’s hottest markets. These resorts will also encompass premier hotels and state of the art conference facilities. Our approach to resort development and operations is simple – we strive to provide the ultimate guest experience - which means hiring and retaining employees who strive for excellence in all that they do. We are looking for team players with a ‘can do’ attitude to contribute positively to our continued growth. Our ideal candidates will possess characteristics that reflect our corporate values of caring, integrity, excellence, team spirit and financial responsibility.

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Retail Supervisor-Eagle Ranch Golf Course

We are seeking a proven retail professional with 3 or more years of retail sales and organizational experience, preferably in the clothing or sporting goods industry. Demonstrating a flair for merchandising and providing exceptional customer service; you will be responsible for the day to day operations of our high-end golf shop in a spectacular new golf clubhouse. Exemplary organizational skills, a focus on maximizing profitable sales and the ability to inspire the sales team are required characteristics. This is a year round position.

Tee Time Reservations Agent

We are seeking a responsible, detail-oriented individual to reserve tee times, answer resort question, handle fax inquiries and administrative duties. A self motivated candidate with strong interpersonal, communication and organizational skills are a must. This is a full time, seasonal position.

Application Deadline: Friday, February 8, Resumes may be sent to: Eagle Ranch Golf Course RR #3, M-2, C-11 Invermere, BC V0A 1K3 Email: Fax: 250-342-2563 If you would like to view this employment opportunity as well as the position description online please visit

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By Rachel Pinder Pioneer Staff Children in the Columbia Valley are set to get a complete safety lesson, thanks to personal identification kits which are being handed out to elementary pupils across the region. The kits are being distributed by Lake Windermere and District Lions Club, and will be delivered to children from kindergarten to Grade 7 at Eileen Madson School, J. A. Laird School, Edgewater Elementary School, Windermere Elementary and Canal Flats Elementary School. Lion Don Critchley has been the driving force behind the project since it started five years ago. He explained the kit is intended for parents to complete the information inside, attach a school photograph and a hair sample for DNA, do fingerprints in the booklet with the attached kit, and place the completed book in a secure place in the home. This completed kit would become a vital document in the event of a child being lost or abducted, as it could be presented to the RCMP to assist them. School principals across the valley have welcomed the initiative. Carolynne Muncer, principal at Eileen Madson Primary School, said it is a great idea. “The identification kits are a really good thing. The nice thing about them is that parents can chose to update them every year, and keep all their children’s details on file,” she said. Don, who has two children and four grandchildren, first got involved with the project after receiving a mailout from the Victims of Violence Canadian Centre for Missing Children, and he decided it would be a worthwhile program to help. The project is funded by the Lake Windermere and District Lions Club, which has covered the cost of printing close to 1,000 kits in the first year, and now prints 200 copies a year, at $5 each. The identification kit has been fully endorsed by the RCMP, and Staff-Sergeant Doug Pack said the kit was a good insurance policy. “In the event that something unforeseen should happen, this kit could reduce the amount of time it takes for us to bring it to a conclusion. Fingerprints and a hair sample could prove to be very useful, and it would even be worth keeping a blood sample on a tissue as well,” Sgt Pack said. Bendina Miller, superintendent of Rocky Mountain School District Six, said the kit is an excellent resource. “As a school district we really appreciate our partnership with the Lions. But while I would hope that parents would never have to use the kits, it would be comforting to know they have all the details on their child in one spot,” Mrs Miller said.

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Immunization really works Submitted by Carolyn Hawes Invermere Health Unit When a baby is born, he or she has disease protection that is passed directly from the mother’s immune system. This passive protection helps protect the child from many diseases for a few months. Breastfeeding increases the period of disease protection to about six to 12 months, due to the immune qualities in the mother’s milk. After this time, babies rely on their own immune action to fight off disease. The vaccinations given to a child are started at two months of age so that he or she has protection when the child’s immune system has to work on its own. A vaccine contains weakened, inactivated or killed versions of the virus or bacteria and this stimulates the body to produce antibodies (infection-fighting protein molecules) to the disease in question. The body builds up immunity to the disease without the child getting sick. The child may have mild side effects such as a sore arm or leg, feeling tired or irritable or have a mild fever. More severe side effects are extremely rare. Many diseases included in the vaccines are rarely seen because of the success of the vaccination programs. This table shows the rate of disease before and after immunization programs became widespread: Diptheria Measles Rubella Polio Mumps

9000 300,000 69,000 20,000 52,000

1 17 9 0 32

A healthy lifestyle allows a child to live a better quality of life, but the risk of these vaccine-preventable diseases are only kept away by over 90 percent of people who are immunized. This creates a herd immunity effect and keeps these diseases from showing up, even in the population that doesn’t immunize. The problems begin when an increasing number of people choose not to immunize, which can allow the diseases to re-surface. This appears to be occurring with mumps and measles. There are increasing numbers of mumps outbreaks that have originated in the Maritimes and are spreading across Canada. Mumps can lead to testicular atrophy in one third of males. Severe side effects of measles are ear infections, pneumonia or encephalitis (inflammation of the brain). More severe polio consequences are permanent paralysis—some of us may remember a relative who was paralyzed from polio many years ago. Canada’s successful vaccination campaigns have made polio a disease only found in a few Third World countries. Without these vaccination programs, thousands of our children would succumb to these diseases, yet some parents seem to worry more about the side effects of the vaccines, rather than the diseases they prevent. Below are some resources that can help us make informed, educated, vaccine related decisions to protect ourselves and those around us. • Canadian Coalition for Immunization Awareness & Promotion – • British Columbia Centre for Disease Control – • Books: The Canadian Immunization Guide, Your Child’s Best Shot

S ol i d W o od Bl i n d s Call The Blind Guy!

Interior World

(250) 342 4406

WATER CO. LTD. • Drinking Water Systems • Water Softeners • Whole House or Specialised Filtration Call (250) 342-5089 385 Laurier Street Invermere, BC V0A 1K0

Thank you! The Edgewater Volunteer Fire Department would like to thank everyone who came out to support us and enjoyed the New Year’s Eve party that we put on at the Edgewater Community Hall. We would especially like to acknowledge the following people and businesses who donated so generously to help us put on this event and raise money for the Fire Department.

GREAT RESPONSE—Ray Brydon and Leo Kienitz with the 1971 Imperial classic car which was auctioned to raise more than $10,000 for the Columbia Valley Rockies Hockey Club. This year’s vehicle was won by J. Corrigal of Invermere. Treasurer Ray Brydon said it has been a huge success. “We didn’t advertise it, we’ve just been getting out on the street and selling tickets at Sobeys.The car’s previous owner was George Comis, former member of Invermere Rotary Club. The car was purchased by the Rotary Club, which generously donated it to us to raffle off,” Ray said. Another classic car raffle will be held in May, with a 1970 El Camino up for grabs.

• Edgewater Recreation Society • Pip’s Country Store • Nick Pasowisty • Elke Bennett (Partylite) • Barney’s Appliance • Sandra/Serenite • Windermere Valley Freight • Sobeys • Prestige Inn • Details by JoAnne • A.G. Valley Foods • Bavin Glass

• • • • • • • • • • • •

Sharon Kamphuis Tim Hortons Radium Video Crystal Cabelguen (Avon) Eclipse Hair Salon Tanya Smith Quality Bakery Old Salzburg Restaurant Konig Meats Helna’s Stube Restaurant Majestic U-Brew Radium Esso

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B.C. issues new birth certificates

The new cost of breaking traffic laws will make this really handy.

Bad driving habits will soon cost you more. Starting January 1, ICBC introduces the Driver Risk Premium. It makes drivers with bad habits pay more. For very bad habits — a lot more. The decisions you make, including whether or not to speed, drive recklessly, or drink and drive, are all within your control. Whether you pay more to drive is now up to you as well. For more information visit


YOU’RE LOCAL , YOU GET IT ! The Columbia Valley Pioneer

British Columbia has started to issue one of the most high-tech and durable birth certificates in the world. The new B.C. birth certificate is made of high-security plastic, making it extremely durable and enabling more than 20 security features. Some visible security features include: • When held to the light, irregular marks on the front and back of the certificate align to form a maple leaf; • Two transparent windows one with a colour shifting property and one with three floating maple leaves; • Unique watermark/shadow features; and • Larger size makes it impractical to carry in a wallet or purse, reducing the chance of loss or theft. The new certificate is similar in format to a passport and British Columbians have the option of choosing between two types of certificate - one with individual information only and one that includes parental information. Both certificates are the same size and replace the former large and small size of birth certificate. The introduction of this certificate will not invalidate existing B.C. birth certificates for the foreseeable future and the cost of a birth certificate in B.C. will remain at $27. People born in B.C. can apply for a birth certificate at any Vital Statistics or Government Agent office or they can print an online application form and fax or mail the form along with the applicable fee to the Vital Statistics Agency. Additionally, later this month, the Vital Statistics Agency will introduce a new online ordering system so that British Columbians will have the convenience of being able to order birth certificates online. For more, visit

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January 18, 2008

FAITH God is near

Pastor Fraser Coltman St. Peter’s Lutheran Mission of Invermere Sometimes people speak of having an epiphany experience. What do they mean? Usually they are referring to some kind of experience in which they have made a discovery, often an unexpected one. Like the cartoon pictures in which a light bulb flashes above a person’s head, epiphanies are those “ah-ha!” moments when we suddenly understand something that was once hidden from us. The word epiphany is also used by Christians to name a period of time following the season of Christmas. Epiphany is the season in which we celebrate God’s great determination to be known by us. God wants all of us to know who He is. In a sermon preached in the city of Athens two thousand years ago, a Christian missionary by the name of Paul said this about God: “The God who made the world and everything in it, this Master of sky and land, doesn’t live in custom-made shrines or need the human race to run errands for him, as if he couldn’t take care of himself. He makes the creatures; the creatures don’t make him. Starting from scratch, he made the entire human race and made the earth hospitable, with plenty of time and space for living so we could seek after God, and not just grope around in the dark but actually find him. He doesn’t play hideand-seek with us. He’s not remote; he’s near.” (Acts 17). While Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, Epiphany is the season in which we learn


Counselling topics include: Marriage Counselling • Anger Management Personal Growth • Life Transitions Grief Counselling • Work Related Historical Abuse Concerns Issues for Men • Fertility Issues Counselling Fees may apply Family Resource Centre, 625 – 4th Street Invermere, B.C. • 342-4242

who Jesus is and why He was born into our world. Jesus is the son of Mary and the Son of God; He is true man and true God. Jesus chose to become a human being, to give God “a human face”, so that we might know God for who He truly is. Despite the fact that most of us sense that God exists and that we depend on Him in some way, we do not really have a clear picture of who He is. The history of religion is the confusing story of man’s futile attempts to know God through his own reason. The story of Jesus is the good news that God is able to cut through our confusion and enable us to truly know Him. In the New Testament stories of Jesus known as the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) we catch glimpses of Jesus at work, and we see very quickly that He is unique. He spoke of God in ways that made Him real and approachable to people who thought they could never be near to Him. He acted in ways that made God’s love tangible – healing sick people and befriending outcasts. Through Jesus, God was reaching out to people to let them know that He really cared for them, so that they might rely on Him. The word “epiphany” means “to shine upon”, and in this season we Christians rejoice in God’s great act of “shining upon” us the revelation of His care for us in Jesus. As we hear the stories of the wise men led by a star to worship Jesus in Bethlehem and stories of Jesus’ truth-filled teachings and life-giving miracles God shines the light of His love upon us. He lets us know that He is not playing hide-and-seek with us. He is not remote; he’s near, and He wants us to know and rely on Him forever. If you would like to know God more clearly, you are welcome to visit a Christian church this Epiphany season (or any other time of the year). Come join us in seeking God through Jesus. May a true epiphany experience be yours!

Identifying and Understanding Generational Curses Bible Study, Weds. 6:45 p.m. Hosted by Radium Christian Fellowship held at the Prayer Center. #4-7553 Main St. W. Radium Hot Springs Info: 250-347-9937

Valley Churches LAKE WINDERMERE ALLIANCE CHURCH Sunday: 10:30 a.m. Worship and Life Instruction: “ . . . And how?” Sunday School, age 3 to Grade 7, during morning service. For sermons online: Pastor Jared Enns • 326 - 10th Avenue, Invermere • 342-9535 WINDERMERE VALLEY SHARED MINISTRY Sunday: 10:30 a.m. Morning Worship Christ Church Trinity, Invermere Rev. Sandy Ferguson • 110 - 7th Avenue, Invermere • 342-6644 or VALLEY CHRISTIAN ASSEMBLY Sunday: 10 a.m. Sunday Service Children’s Church during the message part of the service. Highway 93/95, 1 km north of Windermere • 342-9511

ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH Canadian Martyrs Church, Invermere Saturday 7 p.m. Mass • Sunday 9 a.m. Mass St. Joseph’s Church, Hwy 93/95 Radium Sunday 11 a.m. Mass St. Anthony’s Church, Canal Flats • Sunday 4 p.m. Father Jim McHugh • 712 -12th Ave., Invermere • 342-6167 ST. PETER’S LUTHERAN MISSION OF INVERMERE Worship services every Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Christ Church Trinity 110 - 7th Ave., Invermere Pastor Rev. Fraser Coltman • 1-866-426-7564 RADIUM CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP Every Sunday 10 a.m., Sunday School 10 a.m. Pastor Wayne and Linda Frater • Radium Seniors’ Hall • 342-6633 THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTERDAY SAINTS Sunday Service, 10 a.m. • Sunday School, 11 a.m. President Grant Watkins • Columbia Valley Branch 5014 Fairway, Fairmont Hot Springs • 345-0079

Selkirk TV & Appliance • Kitchenaid • Inglis • Whirlpool • Roper

Panasonic Pioneer Cell Phones Electronics & Service Christian Books, Music & Misc.

1229-7th Ave., Invermere


• Radium • Invermere • Panorama • Windermere • Fairmont


Call 341-6151 or 1-888-341-6155

DREAM ACREAGE Home, barn, paddocks all on 7.72 rolling acres. Between Invermere, Lake Lillian and Panorama, Fabulous 360-degree unspoiled vistas.

$849,000 MLS# K165392

Call 341-6299 to place your classified.

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Toll Free: 1-888-258-9911

Independently Owned and Operated


Wende Brash 342-1300

Bernie Raven 342-7415

Ed English 342-1194

Endless Possibilities

Jan Klimek 342-1195

John McCarthy 342-1758

Andy Smith

Bryan Hookenson



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Rob Rice

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Paul Glassford 341-1395

Radium Beauty

Jill Hall 688-5675

Huge potential – from the investment buyer to the first time buyer. Perfect for a home-based business. Double garage/workshop, open living room, dining room and kitchen, 2 bdrms., 2.5 bathrooms, fenced and landscaped yard, decks and patios. Close to shopping, beach, convenience stores and restaurants. MLS#K166592

The business of your choice to comply with the commercial zoning applicable to this property. 4 separately titled lots each 33x100 ft. Parcel size 132x100 ft. Located on the main road leading to the provincial beach park and boat launch on South Columbia Lake. MLS#K3700569

Open floor plan with alpine accents on treed and quiet area lot next to The Springs Golf Course. Year round residence or cottage living. 2 bedroom main floor with fully-finished basement with separate entrance. Close to downtown and all the amenities of Radium. MLS#K167253




Mountainside Subdivision

Parkside Place

Designed with Distinction

Large, flat building site in Mountainside Subdivision. Walk to shops, hot pools, golf course and more. You are at the foot of the Rocky Mountain Range and have views of the Purcell Range. No building timeline. MLS#K167295

Parkside Place is the newest of the downtown retail spots in Invermere and a fantastic place to set up your new or old business. Very high visual and traffic area, built as an R2000 enviro unit, easy to maintain. Triple net lease. MLS#K3700579

Brand new with professional interior decorating and furnishings. Enjoy all the finer details; rock fireplace, mountain views with pool and beautiful recreation centre. Northern view of both mountain ranges. MLS#K167403


$16.00 sq ft


Perfect Family Home in Invermere

Choose What You Want

Make it Yours in Eagle Crest

4 bdrm. house in Wilder Subdivision. Perfect home for a growing family or for those who enjoy entertaining. Close to Kinsmen Beach and within walking distance to town. Hardwood floors, jetted bathtub in the ensuite and wood-burning fireplace in the family room. Call today for a showing. MLS#K166583

Affordable alternative in The Cottages at Copper Point. Fully serviced with no building commitment, this rectangular property is currently treed and flat, allowing you to choose what you want. With mountain views, this is a great investment. MLS #K166298

Townhome backing onto The Springs Golf Course. Slate entry, laminated flooring and single car attached garage. Lots of windows to take in the stunning mountain and golf course views. Fully developed means no extra work for you. Within walking distance to the shops and restaurants of Radium. MLS#K166236



Revenue Producer This awesome ski-in, ski-out condo is just steps away from the base of the Toby Chair. It is the only condo that sleeps 16 people and features its own indoor hot tub, sauna and solarium. Includes all furnishings. Recently upgraded featuring granite counter tops and leather furniture. Rental revenue statistics available from 2000 to present. A rare turn-key opportunity. MLS#K167346


Columbia River View Property

Almost 5 ½ acres with new home beautifully sited to take advantage of some of the most incredible views of the Columbia River and wetlands. Comfortable two-level home has 2 bedroom/1 bath on main level and self contained 1 bedroom mother-in-law suite on lower level walkout. MLS#K165783




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