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Your Weekly Source for News and Events

Vol. 5/Issue 30


The Columbia



July 25, 2008



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




The old Thunderbird Mine is located up Delphine Creek, southwest of Panorama. This is one of six remaining buildings. The words“July 1937� are inscribed in the concrete floor.


Photo by Joe Lucas


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Windermere residents lined Sinclair Avenue outside the historic White House Hotel to watch the self-proclaimed shortest parade in the world. The paraders, some of them in outrageous costume, marched down the street playing “When the Saints Go Marching In.” When they got to the end of the two-block route, they turned around retraced their steps walking backwards, while continuing to sing and dance.

The White House Classic began Friday night with a live auction at the White House Hotel. Activities continued on Saturday, with a six-hole golf tournament on the course behind the pub, a silent auction, and the parade. The water balloon fight, which has been a popular feature at the Classic in past years, was toned down with only several kids squirting the crowd during the parade. Photo by Alex Cooper

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Stoneset withdraws request for higher roofline By Alex Cooper Pioneer Staff Stoneset Equities has withdrawn its request for an additional two metres of height for its Vista Del Lago development in downtown Invermere. The decision came after a meeting last week in which District of Invermere staff raised the public’s concerns over the request with representatives from Stoneset. “After the discussions, we determined we could find a new design to meet everyone’s interests,” said Tammy Schuling, marketing director for Stoneset Equities. “Our goal is to not only build in Invermere, but be a part of the community, too.” The initial development bylaw confines the height of the building to 15 metres above the finished grade on 4th Avenue. However, the developer Stoneset Equities Ltd. requested a variance to increase the height to 17 metres in order to accommodate the district’s request for a

more attractive roof design. “We came up with a happy medium that meets the community plan and has architectural interest,” said Ms. Schuling. Mayor Mark Shmigelsky said he was disappointed in the public’s reaction. He said the request wasn’t about adding more hotel rooms to the complex, as some people feared, but about creating a more attractive building. “You expect people to react that way,” said Mayor Mark Shmigelsky, “but you also ask people to phone and find out why decisions are made. We don’t hold a townhall meeting every time something changes.” Stoneset’s initial design for Vista del Lago met the height requirements, but the District asked that it be revised in order to incorporate a more attractive roof design. Invermere town planner Rory Hromadnik said the request for the variance came from Stoneset’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Tony Argento after the revised plans were reviewed and found to be non-

compliant with the development bylaw. At that point Stoneset directors withdrew the application. “After discussions with Chris Prosser, myself, councillors, and public feedback they decided it was possible to meet the height requirements, which it always was,” said Mr. Hromadnik. “They whipped people into a frenzy for no particular reason.” The revised design requires changes to the pitch of the roof and some of the architectural structures. “The design complies with the Official Community Plan, and we’re happy to do so,” said Doug Haines, project management director for Stoneset Equities. The proposed development will include a conference centre, 144 hotel rooms, 570 condominiums, and 45,000 square feet of commercial space when completed. The development was first proposed in November 2005 by Octagon Development and labelled “Waterside.” It was later sold to Stoneset Equities and relabelled “Vista del Lago.”

Tourist injured by black bear at Lake Louise By Alex Cooper Pioneer Staff A Belgian women received minor injuries after being attacked by a black bear near Lake Louise last Wednesday evening. Charisse D’hamers, 23, of Antwerp, who is living in Lake Louise for the summer, was out for an evening jog along an abandoned stretch of Highway 1A near the Great Divide day use area when she was attacked by the bear. Ms. D’hamers backed away from the bear for about 500 metres, clapping and waving her hands and making lots of noise in an effort to scare it off. When that didn’t work, she lay down on the

ground and played dead. The bear approached her and licked her legs and then bit her on the thigh and back. Ms. D’hamers jumped up and continued to back away and make noise for another kilometre before the bear finally lost interest. She was able to run back to the Lake Louise Drive area about six kilometres east of where the incident occurred, where she encountered a park warden and received assistance. She was transported to the Banff Mineral Springs Hospital and treated for her wounds. Wardens evacuated the area, sectioned it off and issued a closure. An investigation of the incident is currently underway and the wardens have set three

traps in an attempt to capture the bear. The future of the bear will be decided if the bear is captured. The likelihood for a bear encounter at this time of year is high. Parks Canada encourages people to travel in groups, make lots of noise, carry bear spray and know how to use it, and keep all pets on a leash while travelling in the mountain parks. If you do encounter a bear, slowly back away from the animal. Talk to the animal in a calm tone, and group together with others if possible. If carrying bear spray have it ready to use, and always leave the bear an exit out of the area. Report all bear sightings at (403) 762-1473 for Banff, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks.

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Motorcycle last insured in 1980 On July 14th, RCMP were patrolling southbound on Pioneer Avenue in Radium Hot Springs, when they observed a northbound motorcycle duck into a back alley just south of the Pinewood condos. The motorcycle accelerated quickly, with the rear tire spinning, as though the vehicle was attempting to flee. The motorbike then pulled into a parking stall. RCMP spoke with the driver, who was identified as a 46-year-old Invermere man, known to police. The investigating officer noted the man had an odour of liquor, poor balance, and bloodshot eyes. The man told police that he did not have any insurance on the vehicle nor had he ever insured it. The vehicle was last found to be registered in 1980. The man was directed to provide a breath sample which indicated a “fail” reading. He was then taken back to the detachment office to provide breath samples which were analyzed below the limit required to pursue criminal charges. The man was issued a 24hour driving suspension and a violation ticket for No Insurance.

Gunshot fired into kitchen ceiling On July 16th at midnight, RCMP went to a house in Invermere in response to a complaint of a gunshot having been fired. As they approached the scene, through one of the windows, police saw a man and woman arguing. Both appeared to be quite intoxicated. The woman had blood on her. RCMP entered the house and arrested the man, a 49-year-old Invermere resident, for assault. As the second officer accompanied the woman to get some clothes for the man, he

noticed an unsecured rifle with ammunition strapped to it in the bedroom. RCMP learned from the woman that she’d actually had a consensual fight with another person, not with her common-law spouse. Police seized the rifle for improper storage and also seized a single shell casing. RCMP also learned that the arrested man had fired a single shot in the house, and this was confirmed by the police when they discovered a small bullet hole in the kitchen ceiling. The man was taken to the detachment where he was held until sober. He was released from custody with conditions to abstain from alcohol, to have no direct or indirect contact with his spouse, and not to possess firearms. He was issued a Promise to Appear in Invermere Provincial Court on December 15th, 2008.

Audi rear-ended by Monte Carlo On July 16th, at 9:29 a.m., RCMP and B.C. Ambulance were called to a two-vehicle collision on Highway 93/95 by the Lakeshore Resort Campground in Windermere. A red Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven by a 24-year-old Canal Flats man had apparently rearended an Audi Q7, driven by a 30-year-old Invermere woman, then gone off the road to the left. Several witnesses told police that the Monte Carlo had been speeding as it travelled north on the highway. The female driver of the Audi said she had made a left turn from the gravel road going to Lakeshore Campground onto the highway travelling north, when she was hit from behind. She thought she had ample time to make the turn. The driver of the Monte Carlo was issued a violation ticket for driving without consideration. Both vehicles were towed. Luckily, no one was injured in this incident. Continued on Page 31

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Fire hazard rating high in valley By Alex Cooper Pioneer Staff The largest forest fire in southeastern British Columbia so far this summer sent a smoky haze into the Columbia Valley on Tuesday, and closed a section of Highway 93/95 at Fort Steele for almost 24 hours. The wild fire, on Lakit Mountain between Wasa and Fort Steele, was estimated at 350 hectares in size. It was first reported at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 22nd. Along with the wildfire that threatened the town of Edgewood, it is the largest fire reported in southeastern B. C. so far this year, said Adam Brayford, information officer for the Southeast Fire Centre. The fire suppression crew in the southeast were quick to respond to the situation. Three helicopters and 55 personnel combatted the blaze. “The fire was approximately 90 percent contained as of Tuesday night,” said Mr. Brayford on Wednesday. “Currently fire crews are focussing on mop-up and going within the fire perimetre to extinguish any hot or smouldering areas.” Scattered rain Tuesday night contributed to efforts to combat the fire, said Mr. Brayford. The fire affected highways and local roads in the area. A three-kilometre stretch of Highway 93/95 north of Fort Steele was closed on Tuesday because of the fire. Traffic was diverted onto Highway 95A until the highway was re-opened on Wednesday. The cause of the fire was unknown.

Despite rain overnight on Tuesday, the wildfire threat level for the Columbia Valley remains high, with some areas listed at an extreme threat level, said Asa MacLaurin, a forest protection assistant in Invermere. Since July 7th, category one, two, and three open fires have been banned throughout the Southeast Fire Centre, an area which includes the Columbia Valley. The ban prohibits the burning of piled materials, rows of hay, and areas of grass. Fireworks and burning barrels are also prohibited Small campfires for recreational or cooking use are still allowed. On July 17th an illegal barrel fire in Columere Park almost got out of control after it was left unmonitored. According to Windermere Fire Chief Jim Miller, the fire escaped onto the grass, up a hill and into trees. It spread into a neighbour’s yard, scorched the roof of his garage, and burned down his fence before being put out. It could have been worse if not for the effort of local women and children who fought the fire with their garden hoses, said Mr. Miller. “They should be commended for their efforts,” he said. “They helped save the day.” So far this year there have been 191 wildfires in the southeast, which have burned about 1,000 hectares. The majority were contained while less than 0.2 hectares in size, said Mr. Brayford. Eighty-one fires were caused by people, and the rest resulted from lightning.

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

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Invermere motorcyclist killed Invermere man Gordon Steel was killed in a motorcycle accident on Friday, July 18th after being hit by a car on the Trans-Canada Highway near Golden. Mr. Steel was heading westbound about 15 kilometres west of Golden when he was hit head-on by a car that was attempting to pass a motorhome, said Golden RCMP.

It was a straight stretch of highway where passing was allowed when safe. The car had pulled out into the westbound lane as Mr. Steel was approaching. He was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital in Golden. A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 26th at the Legion Hall in Invermere. Just a reminder… The classified deadline is 12 noon Tuesday.

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The comforts of home

Summer wedding

The bride carried a beautiful bouquet of flowers in this wartime wedding in 1942. Summers are always a popular time, especially in the days when weather and roads made travel even more difficult. This photograph of Connie Fuller and Ernest Gover was donated to the museum by the late Jaryl McIsaac. If you have any information about Photo A612, please email the Windermere Valley Museum at

By Elinor Florence Pioneer Publisher Returning from a family reunion in Saskatchewan on Sunday night, we were once again filled with joy at the prospect of coming home. As we passed a chain of cars heading back to the city, we felt blessed to be allowed to live in our little paradise. At the same time, it was wonderful to be back on the farm, where I was able to sleep in my childhood bed in my old room, papered with the yellow roses I chose myself when I was 12 years old. The old farmhouse, now uninhabited except for family visits, contains furniture that nobody wants, old family photographs hanging on the walls, a mounted deer head, an old metal Coca-Cola sign, stacks of dusty jigsaw puzzles and Archie comics, farming-related cartoons from the Western Producer stuck to the refrigerator with magnets, a calendar from1970 with notations about the first crocus and the first robin hanging over the old wood stove, a sampler reading Home Sweet Home cross-stitched by my mother when she was a child, and other familiar icons. We are so fortunate that my brother decided to tackle the family farm, and even luckier that his son is poised to become the fourth generation of Florences to till the soil. But it was still great to come home to the valley, where friends were waiting. In spite of all the goodnatured grumbling about summer company, it’s nice to live in a place that people want to visit, because it allows us to see old friends. For some reason, these friends are even more precious now than they were a few years ago. As time marches on, it’s comforting that we can share our memories with people who knew what we looked like when we were 17, and reassure us with evident sincerity that we haven’t changed a bit. Our valley friends are equally valuable, because we share the great common denominator of having been clever enough to move here in the first place. It’s kind of like belonging to a secret valley society called “The Local Club.” New members are always welcome.

Historical Lens

Photo courtesy of the Windermere Valley Historical Society

Thanks for the great event! Dear Editor: As a performer in the recent Hoodstock 2008, I just wanted to express my thanks to the organizers as well as the whole community for the incredible hospitality we experienced while we were there. Myself, my wife and my son along with our friends and their kids, had a great weekend full of singing,

dancing and seeing old friends as well as meeting new ones. Congratulations to all of the organizers of this year’s Hoodstock, Rory Sinclair, The Hoodoo Grill and all of the entertainers for making this a truly topnotch event. Paul Sexsmith, Lead Singer Hip Replacements

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Please don’t ruin our beautiful waterfall in Fairmont Dear Editor: For those of you who have had the pleasure of using the waterfall and hot pools behind Fairmont Hot Springs swimming pool, you will be able to sympathize with me. Picture this. You and your family are enjoying these natural pools. Your children are swimming under the waterfall. Next time they surface, they are holding beer cans, a full glass bottle of beer, numerous bottle caps and other debris. Beer cans litter the entire area and cigarette butts are crushed on the rocks and tree stumps. Soon after we arrive, a group comes along. You guessed it: they are loaded down with beer and other spirits. They make their way to the pools. While sitting on the edge, they flick their ashes into the pool and guzzle their drinks. This is just after we have gathered up the mess that was left from the first group.

This has nothing to do with being against drinking or smoking, if that’s your lifestyle. But the blatant abuse and disregard for this beautiful place is a real raw spot with me. You know it is inevitable that more people are going to complain. Law enforcement will be contacted, the owners of Fairmont will be approached to clean this up, and these beautiful pools are going to turn into a restricted area. It happens again and again because there are some folks out there who just don’t get it. They abuse and destroy and then are the first ones to complain when rules are made and privileges taken away. They don’t get that the rules are made because of uncaring, abusive people such as them. So those of you who have enjoyed this spot, get your fill, because it won’t last for long. What a shame. Margaret Bashnick Fairmont Hot Springs

British visitors return to the valley Dear Editor: We came to Canada in 2006 to visit family and to meet family from my Dad’s side who moved out many years ago. While on holiday we visited many places, but did not have a lot of time to stop and enjoy. We did get to Radium Hot Springs for a dip – that was great, being in the hot springs, then going into the cold water. We also went past both Windermere and Invermere but did not stop and look at the lake. We did a lot of driving last time and enjoyed all the sights we saw on the way. This year we are over for three

weeks and staying in Calgary for three days, before driving to Kimberley where we are are staying in a condo for 14 days. I shall be on holiday with my husband and two children – Oliver, 12, and India, 10. We shall have more time to visit the delights of Canada and the new edition of your Columbia Valley Map Book will make it easier to visit certain places of interest, and find out the opening times and prices. Thank you for sending us a copy of the map book. We did not realize how far some places are, as on the map they look quite close! Sara Bennington-Flair East Sussex, U.K.

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Heart of the Rockies Last Saturday, 350 people swam 1.5 kilometres in Lake Windermere, bicycled 40 kilometres down Westside Road, and ran 10 kilometres to Wilmer and back. “There’s not a racing venue in the world like this,” said race organizer Bruce Stroud. “The setting is beyond belief.” Ryan Kohlenberg had the top individual men’s result at 2:06:15. Kristina Schultz had the top women’s time at 2:12:05. Neal Gregory, with Ian and Paul Richardson, were the top team, with a time of 2:12:21. The top local male was Ryan ‘Exquisite Family Dining’

Bavin of Bavin’s Glassworks, with a time of 2:30:54. He also created the winners’ trophies. The top local female was Michelle Taylor at 2:50:46. The participants included Dwight Kroenig, a recent heart transplant recipient. Mr. Stroud praised volunteers from the valley and Calgary for making sure everything ran smoothly. Lake Windermere Pointe sponsored the event. Photo by Alex Cooper

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Visit artist Lynne Grillmair on Arts Tour For more on the first annual Tour of the Arts, see Page 13.


Out & About Your Weekly Guide to What’s Happening Around the Columbia Valley

Photo by Sally Waddington

Pictured here at her home on Lake Lillian, clay artist Pauline Newhouse will host a stop on August 3rd’s Tour of the Arts. See Page 12.

Columbia Valley Tour of the Arts • Various Locations

Artist Studio Tour. Visit 6 Studios, featuring over 30 local artists. Sunday August 3. Purchase tour passport at Pynelogs or call 342-4423.

RETROSPECTIVE · Pauline Newhouse • Pynelogs Cultural Centre Celebrate the work of ceramic artist, Pauline Newhouse. Show dates: July 22 – Aug 3.

What does ART Summer Workshop for Kids & Adults • Pynelogs Cultural Centre mean to you? Planet Artz, Painting, Jewelry Making, Raku. Call 342-4423. Visit for our current events calendar, or call 342-4423.


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Review: 21 Reviewed by Dave Sutherland

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Odds are you’ll be mightily entertained by 21. Loosely based on a true story, 21 tells the tale of an MIT professor and a group of his star pupils who take a number of Vegas casinos for millions. Jim Sturgess plays Ben Campbell, a bright student who is woefully short of tuition cash. His troubles seem to disappear when he is recruited by amoral math prof Mickey Rosa, played with panache by Kevin Spacey. Rosa convinces Ben to join him and his other handpicked protégés in an elaborate cardcounting scheme, which they employ to win hundreds of thousands of dollars at a time from Las Vegas casinos. Almost overnight, Ben’s troubles seem to disappear. He’s living the high life, jetting to Vegas, living in comped suites, drinking comped booze and enjoying a romance with one of his gambling partners, the beautiful Jill Taylor, played by Kate Bosworth. Of course, when things seem to be too good to be true, it’s because they are too good to be true. Rosa and company’s winnings are too substantial to go unnoticed, and at one of their target casinos

they attract the attention of high-tech security expert Cole Williams, played by Lawrence Fishburne. Although not strictly illegal, card counting is, shall we say, frowned upon by casino owners, who normally respond to it with intimidation and banishment from the casino, or worse. Combined with tension between the card-counting students and Rosa, and a growing sloppiness in their methods, the pursuit by Cole may be enough to make Ben’s world collapse around him, like the proverbial house of cards. The mainly young cast of 21 are good, but it’s the presence of old hands Spacey and Fishburne that gives the movie some oomph. The performances of Spacey as the academic-cum-thug and Fishburne as the determined security pro are assured and assuring. The direction by Robert Luketic (Legally Blonde) is fast-paced and flashy, as befits a movie set mainly in Las Vegas. Written by Peter Steinfeld and Alan Loeb, 21 is a sure bet for an entertaining couple of hours in front of the tube.


Yukking it up! There was a packed house at the Sportsman’s Lounge in Fairmont last Thursday to watch Scott Dumas perform. The Calgary-based comedian told jokes about Tim Hortons, Saskatchewan, driving in blizzards, and his last name (pronounced Dumbass by Calgarians). He and James Moore performed as part of the Yuk Yuk’s comedy tour. The pair will be back at the Sportsman’s Lounge on July 30th.

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

Toby Theatre • 8 p.m. July 26-29: What Happens in Vegas July 30-August 5: Kung Fu Panda • Closed Sundays

Now until Sunday, August 3rd: • B.C. in a Box-Finger Play: Potters Guild of B.C. featuring a travelling exhibition, plus works by Gabriele Bridgwater, Pauline Newhouse, Alice Hale and Margaret Metcalf. Exhibition at Pynelogs 11 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. For info: 250-342-4423.

Friday, July 25th: • 7:30 p.m.: Female mud-wrestling at the White House Pub in Windermere. Entry fee $10. First prize $200. For info: 250-342-9540. • 5 p.m. to midnight: Crop Night at Scrappy-Do’s. Reserve your spot by calling 250-342-7238.

Saturday, July 26th: • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Invermere Farmers’ Market open in downtown Invermere every Saturday. • 9:30 a.m.-noon: Flag Football for all ages, every Saturday at the Bighorn field behind the old high school. • Kimberley Summer Theatre on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Live musical theatre. For info: Kimberley Chamber of Commerce, 250-427-3666. • 8 a.m.-3 p.m.: Volunteers are needed at a work bee, at the Community Greenhouse beside the high school, to shovel, rake and tamp the backfill. Come for as long as you like, but please contact ahead of time. Refreshments served. For info: Bill Swan at • 80s Nights at Bud’s Bar and Lounge, located in downtown Invermere. Dress up to win tons of prizes, including an electric guitar. • 11 a.m. Windermere Community Association’s Summer General Meeting, open to all full-time and seasonal residents, to discuss many topics including

Windermere Fall Fair and Emergency Evacuation Plan. Family memberships cost $20. Meeting followed by free hot dogs and family fun time. For info: 250-342-2811.

• Volunteers needed for boat counting on August 2nd and 3rd. For info: Lake Windermere Project at 250-341-6898 or e-mail

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Monday, July 27th: • 6-8 p.m.: Every Monday and Wednesday, Ladies’ Night Kayak or Canoe. $15/person, $5/person with boat. Meet at Columbia River Kayak and Canoe next to Pete’s Marina in Athalmer. Dropins welcome. Call 250-342-7397 or email www.

Tuesday, July 29th: • 2-5 p.m. and 7-10 p.m.: East Kootenay Integrated Management Partnership Open House, to discuss the Lake Windermere sensitive shoreline assessment. Windermere Community Hall. For info: 250-3416898 or email • 10 a.m. to noon every Tuesday and Friday: Junior Naturalist Program for kids at Kootenay National Park. Cost is $5 per child. Meet at the Redstreak Campground. Register at the Radium Hot Springs Visitor Centre or call 250-347-6525.

Wednesday, July 30th: • 10 a.m.: Every Wednesday, The Red Hat-Foxy Red Bonnets of Invermere meet at Tim Hortons for coffee. For info: call Denise at 688-0198.

Thursday, July 31st: • 6:15 p.m.: Crazy Soles group trail runs, meet at the store near the crossroads. All abilities welcome, free. • 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.

Friday, August 1st: • Every Friday shop late in downtown Invermere. A total of 18 businesses will be open until 8 p.m. on Friday evenings.

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 a.m. For info: 250-341-6898.

• Columbia Valley Arts Tour: Showcasing local artists in creative settings. Includes Pauline Newhouse, Cathy Dalrymple, Alice Hale, Pat Luders, Cam Berry and Lynne Grillmair. Finishes with a cocktail reception at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. For info and advance tickets: Columbia Valley Arts Council, 250-342-4423. Tickets $20 each. • Sweatshop Union (Hip Hop) at Bud’s Bar and Lounge located in downtown Invermere.

Monday, August 4th: • Fred Eaglesmith in concert at Pynelogs, sponsored by On Top Productions. First performance is sold out; second performance at 9 p.m. Tickets are $30 each: call 250-342-5873 or 250-342-7108.

Saturday, August 9th: • 13th Annual Loop the Lake, sponsored by the Invermere Rotary Club. Includes 10-km, halfmarathon, full marathon and ultra-marathon. Register at • 32nd Annual Lakeside Event, hang-gliding and paragliding splash landing contest, James Chabot Provincial Park. Visit • 8 p.m.: UFC 87 St-Pierre vs Fitch. At Copper City Saloon and Bud’s Bar and Lounge, both in downtown Invermere.

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.

Other: • Invermere Veterinary Hospital summer hours: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. until August 31st. • Thrift Shop summer hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday until Sept. 30th.

Sunday Afternoons Have Just Become a Little More Enjoyable! Be our guest every Sunday after 3:00 p.m. as we host the Nine and Dine special for just $49. Play 9 holes of golf on the immaculate Eagle Ranch Golf Course, and Elevate the experience with dinner to follow. Included in the package is 9 holes of golf, GPS equipped power cart, driving range use, and a $10 dinner voucher. Offer expires October13th, 2008.

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e would like to introduce new work by the following artists.

Hugh Rice

Sonja Kobrehel

Jeanette Obbink

Karyn Chopik

July 25, 2008

International artists shine at Effusion Art Gallery land after leaving high school. Working with paint, brushes and colour felt natural. She focuses on Effusion Art Gallery land and waterscapes. Havwould like to add five new ing worked with watercoCanadian artists to their lours, acrylics and even the spectrum. computer as a painting tool, Hugh Rice is a recent she now works primarily in newcomer to Canada and oils. he is moved by the vastness Karyn Chopik has exof the prairies. plored the jewellery indusHe has been living in try for longer than two deWinnipeg since 2004 but cades. spends a few months every Her free spirit creates year painting in his native a new look each season, retown of Ballycastle, Northflecting her inner essence. ern Ireland. Her sculptural work exHis paintings are very plores a variety of materials, much influenced by his enfrom ivory to hand-forged vironment. Hugh’s vibrant metal chunks of semi-predepictions of the Canadian cious stone, antique beads prairie contrast strongly and her own sterling silver with the small, quiet Irish and bronze castings. landscapes. Sonja Kobrehel uses Andra Ghecevici hopes Calm Rebellion, by Andra Ghecevici drawing, acrylic and oil on to provoke a statement of canvas to create collages of revelation to her viewers, symbols, texture and colour as they uncover details reflecting personal aspects of her life and Yugoslavian never noticed before. She was born and educated in Romania. Trees and heritage. Her creations are a mixture of daily occurnature are part of her belief and understanding of art rences, from the floating present to endless archetypal and life. Visual energy explodes with each whirl of her symbols of the past in iconographic style. Everyone is welcome to explore this new work, brushstroke! Jeanette Obbink discovered her passion to paint along with over 40 other emerging and established artwhile working as a Delft blue pottery painter in Hol- ists from coast to coast at Effusion Art Gallery. Submitted by Effusion Art Gallery


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July 25, 2008

Lynne Grillmair featured on Tour By Eloise Berry Tour of the Arts Showing on the first annual Tour of the Arts on August 3rd is paint artist Lynne Grillmair, who grew up in Mission, B.C., and went on to graduate from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Art History. Little did she realize how her life would turn out when she came to the area in 1969 to work for the summer at Lake O’Hara Lodge. At the end of that summer, Lynne heard about a position at the newly-opened Bugaboo Lodge and jumped at the chance to learn to ski. She was hired as a chef, met her future husband and stayed for 20 years. Upon retirement, multi-talented Lynne looked for an outlet for her creative personality and decided on art. At 40 years of age, she attended Alberta College of Art for a year and decided that art would be her medium. She has attended workshops in Vancouver and Calgary, and is a member of the Canadian Federation of Artists. She describes herself as a colourist and experimental painter, using lots of texture, including sand, paper, metals and found objects on the surface of the canvas. Her inspiration is colour, textures and music. Recently, she was asked to produce 16 illustrations of animals and figures to accompany ancient stories of the Sto’lo Peoples of

the Coast Salish First Nation. This book will be published in March 2009. Her work is shown in the following galleries: Elevation 1309 in Canmore; Odin Gallery in Silverstar, near Vernon; Federation Gallery in Granville Island, Vancouver; the Boutique Kimberley Hotel in Kimberley; and Pynelogs. Lynne is married to fine woodworking artist Leo Grillmair, who is also featured on the Tour of the Arts. The Tour of the Arts is a selfguided tour of six studios from Lillian Lake to Dutch Creek, sponsored by the Columbia Valley Pioneer and Lake Windermere Pointe. Thirty-one artists working in various media were chosen by a juried process. Artwork is for sale at each site. A map is part of a $20 Passport that is your admission. Travel at your leisure from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with your Passport, which will be stamped at each site. Tour patrons and artists are invited to a reception at Pynelogs from 4-6 p.m. Collect all six Tour stamps and become eligible for a draw prize, a Tinhorn Creek winery and golf package. Passports are on sale at Pynelogs, Essentials, One Hour Photo, Bliss Hair & Esthetics, and Dave’s Book Bar in Invermere; Trims & Treasures Esthetics Studio in Fairmont; and N’Deco Interiors and the Information Centre in Radium. All proceeds support the arts council.


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The Lake Windermere Lions Club and the Invermere Fire Department would like to thank the following businesses for their support at the July 8th Lions Golf Day. All proceeds of the day,which exceeded $20,000 are going towards the purchase of the new Road Rescue Vehicle that both groups are currently fund-raising for. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

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A reader’s paradise The first annual BIG Book Sale for Invermere Public Library was held on Valley Appreciation Day last weekend. A massive 12,000 second-hand books filled Invermere Community Hall in categories ranging from classics to science fiction. There was even an entire John Grisham section! When the doors opened at 8:30 a.m., there was already a queue at the door and the crowd didn’t let up all day. About $7,400 was raised for the library – thanks to a huge effort by the Friends of the Library. Start saving your books for next year’s sale! Photo by Sally Waddington

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July 25, 2008

Works in paint and ceramics displayed at Pynelogs extraordinary talents of Alice Hale, Gabriele Bridgwater, and Margaret Metcalf. Alice Hale is Pynelogs Cultural a ceramist who has won Centre opens yet another numerous awards at the original art exhibition BC Festival of the Arts. featuring work from two Vibrant colors and texpainters and a ceramist, ture in nature are impora retrospective of a local tant inspirations for her potter, and a travelling work. Working in reducshow titled FingerPlay. tion and also in Raku, This exhibition, Alice enjoys knowing demonstrating a balance that her functional crebetween beauty and hisJapanese Peony by Gabriele Bridgwater. ations can become a part tory, runs until August of daily life or ritual. 3rd. Margaret Metcalf has The travelling show, BC in a Box 2008: FingerPlay, will be making its third painted for years, but has committed herself to her art stop on its tour at Pynelogs. Ceramics have journeyed since early retirement. Never shying away from a chalaround the world and been valued as goods, commod- lenge, Marg constantly attempts to capture the beauty ities and beautiful objects. The Potters Guild of British of the valley. Her strong use of color defines her mounColumbia has put together a ceramic show inspired tain landscapes, wetland views and floral gardens. Gabriele Bridgwater is also a prominent figure in by the medium’s travelling history. BC in a Box is a collection of over 50 small ceramic artworks created the local arts scene. Apart from having served as President for the Columbia Valley Arts Council in 1999, by B.C. artists. Pauline Newhouse is an accomplished potter who Gabriele still attends almost every artist opening held has dedicated her life to ingenious clay creations. Since at Pynelogs. For almost 30 years Gabriele has been retiring at her beautiful home at Lake Lillian, Pauline exploring her love of painting through watercolors has become a true asset to the local arts. Since Pynelog’s and acrylics. Gabriele’s creations dance with light and first exhibition almost 18 years ago, Pauline’s work has color, capturing magic in seemingly ordinary scenes. been admired and purchased within these historic Although Gabriele’s paintings speak of her close atwalls. Columbia Valley Arts would like to honor the tention to elements of form and composition, she still ingenious and ever-creative mind of this committed remains playful and through her children’s watercolpotter with a retrospective of her work, displaying ce- or classes. Gabriele will teach two ‘Painting Dreams’ Workshops in August, so call 250-342-4423 for more ramics from the past 40 years of her artistic career. Along with Pauline’s creations will also be the information or to register. By Jessica Gowling Pynelogs Centre

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July 25, 2008

Christina Lustenberger retires from competition By Alex Cooper Pioneer Staff Christina Lustenberger has retired from the Canadian National Ski Team. The decision came after the Invermere native underwent her fifth surgery. “I decided I wanted to ski for the rest of my life, and not just for the next two years,” said Lusti, as she is known to her friends and fans. “I love skiing, but I’ve come to understand there’s a lot more after it.” Lusti’s first time down the slopes was in her dad’s backpack, when she was still an infant. She was placed on skis when she was three and hasn’t looked back since. She began racing with the Nancy Greene program before joining the Windermere Valley Ski Club. She spent three years on the British Columbia ski team before joining the national team at the age of 18. “When I was younger, I didn’t set any goals,” she said. “I was out there because I loved to ski. I got good results and was able to move up.” Lusti spent a year on the national development team before moving up to the big team. She made her World Cup debut in the Giant Slalom on November 28, 2003 at Park City, Utah when she was only 19. Unfortunately she fell on the first run. “I crashed a lot,” she admitted. “I would just get back up and fix what I did wrong.” Her best year was in 2005/06. Coming off a knee injury that kept her off the slopes for a year, she didn’t start skiing that season until November.

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“I was coming off an injury and just wanted a healthy season,” she said. In fact, she had the most highlight-filled season of her career. Her breakthrough came in the last two races before the Olympics in Ofterschwang, Germany. In the first GS race of the weekend she completed her first World Cup race ever and finished 18th. One day later she one-upped herself with a careerbest 10th place finish. The two results qualified her for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. The Olympics was a crazy experience, she said. “It was a mix between a circus and Halloween – there were so many people and they all had different costumes,” she said. “To see all the athletes was pretty neat and the opening ceremonies were quite a show.” Later that year she won the Giant Slalom NorAm Cup finals at home in Panorama. For her efforts that year she was named the Alpine Canada Breakthrough Female Athlete of the Year. She also took part in the 2008 World Cup Race at Panorama, an experience she described as exciting and hectic. “It was hard to perform in my backyard,” she said. “It was hard to have so many people around. I definitely felt the pressure.” Lusti is spending her first summer after retired working for a landscaper in Invermere. When winter comes around she’ll be moving up to Revelstoke to coach the ski team there. Next year she hopes to attend college in Kelowna for adventure tourism. She said she’s going to miss being around the team and seeing her teammates have so much success leading up to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. However, she is confident with her decision. “My grandfather skied until he was 92. I want to do the same,” she said. “A day of powder skiing is just as rewarding as racing to me.”

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The Columbia Valley Pioneer • 19

July 25, 2008

Glass artist using creativity to cope with cancer By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff Invermere artist Leslie Rowe-Israelson underwent surgery this week to treat a malignant melanoma on her ankle. Diagnosed a month ago with Stage Three skin cancer, Leslie is dealing with the news the way she knows best: by organizing a performance-art project to raise awareness of the destructive disease. Drifting Leaves: Healing Through Art has grown from a project between Leslie and her twin sister Melanie Rowe, who lives in Vancouver, to an international collaboration involving 75 people. Artists from as far as Israel, the Netherlands and Australia are sending sculpted leaves to Leslie Leslie Rowe-Israelson, right, with her twin sister and fellow artist Melanie Rowe, left. here in Invermere. of Drifting Leaves was born. Leslie was driving home The dozens of leaves will be strung on a seven-metre metal tree. The structure from a glass artists’ conference in Portland. “I was exhausted and I kept pulling over to rest,” will be transferred to the Corning Museum of Glass in upstate New York. To the tones of Leonard Cohen’s Leslie explained. “I was watching leaves drift and fall Hallelujah, eight of the artists will dance around the around me and I thought, ‘Where else can you find base of the tree holding three-metre leaves. In the this peace and tranquility?’” Since then the artwork has taken on a life of its background, the names of cancer sufferers known to the artists will be read out. At the conclusion of the own, and it has made a big difference to Leslie. “This performance, audience members will be given a small project is helping me completely forget about the leaf off the tree. All but one leaf will be taken from melanoma,” Leslie said. “I fall asleep thinking about it, I think about it at 4 a.m. and I wake up thinking the tree. “Like cancer, this project has no borders,” Leslie about it.” Leslie grew up in Victoria and moved to Invermere said. “It can touch anyone. Anyone can be involved. 12 years ago with her husband Gerry Israelson, who There are no parameters.” Leslie’s hope is that the project will also be seen at works for Parks Canada’s search and rescue unit. They a Warm Glass event in Portland, Oregon. Following have two grown children, John and Katie. Often working with her sister, Leslie has been a this performance, the project will be transported back glass artist since the mid-1980s. to Invermere, where Effusion Gallery will show it. Her work has been shown locally at Artym Gallery, Pending a successful application to the Cancer Research Society, the larger leaves will be auctioned in Edmonton, Vancouver and Victoria, in New York and Portland, and in the Czech Republic. She won off, with the funds going to cancer research. An abnormal growth on her leg six weeks ago sent first place at the 2005 BC Glass Artists Association Leslie to her doctor. Over a week, the growth changed Show in Vancouver. Monday’s operation in Kelowna was to remove dramatically; it was removed and she was diagnosed melanoma from Leslie’s ankle. Any further procedures with melanoma. It was not long after the diagnosis that the idea will be decided after she has recovered from surgery.

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Are interest rates going up or down? That’s an important question for anyone who’s thinking about buying a house – or those who are still paying down their mortgage. Conventional wisdom suggests that if interest rates are headed up, it’s a good move to choose a “fixed-rate” mortgage. If interest rates are flat or headed down, then a “variable-rate” mortgage is the way to go. But is this really sound advice? Before you make a decision on which kind of mortgage to choose, it makes sense to know a little more about each type and the difference between them. Fixed vs. variable As the name suggests, a fixed-rate mortgage is just that: one where the interest rate is locked in for a given period of time (also known as “the term”). A variablerate mortgage, on the other hand, has an interest rate that fluctuates with your bank’s prime lending rate. For example, if you choose a fixed, five-year mortgage at a five percent rate of interest, your interest rate remains five percent for the full five years, no matter what happens to the prime lending rate. If, on the other hand, you choose a variable five-year mortgage at an interest rate of five percent, your interest rate will start out at five percent, but will then move up and down over the course of five years in lockstep with prime. However, comparing fixed-rate and variable-rate mortgages is rarely so simple. In general, fixed-rate mortgages cost more than variable-rate mortgages, sometimes considerably more. To understand why, consider what a bank is doing when it guarantees a fixed interest rate to you for a number of years. Essentially, they are tying up their capital for that period of time. The longer they do so, the greater the possibility that interest rates could go up. If rates go up dramatically, the bank could lend out money at a higher rate – but they can’t, because the money is already com-

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mitted to you. To compensate for this risk, they charge you more. The difference between the fixed and the variable rate for a comparable term (a five-year mortgage, for example) is known as the “spread.” Generally, the spread has favoured those who choose variable-rate mortgages, although there have been some notable exceptions over the years. However, over the past 35 years or so, these exceptions have been few and far between, and they have not lasted very long. As of this summer, a five-year mortgage at one of Canada’s “big five” banks ranges from 6.95 percent to 7.15 percent. Meanwhile, a variable five-year mortgage at these same institutions ranges from 4.25 percent to 4.75 percent. That makes for a spread of anywhere between 2.20 percent and 2.90 percent. Which mortgage should you choose? So does that mean that all homeowners should choose a variable-rate mortgage? Not necessarily. While a variable-rate mortgage is usually a good idea financially, numbers don’t always do justice to an investor’s peace of mind. Knowing your mortgage payments are guaranteed for a given period of time can be very welcome, particularly in times of financial challenge or hardship. Trying to predict the future of interest rates is always a bit of a gamble. So why try? Instead, base your mortgage decision on your investment personality. If you place a high value on predictability, or if your personal financial situation fluctuates considerably from year to year, chances are a fixed-rate mortgage is a good choice. If, on the other hand, you can handle fluctuations in your mortgage payments, then choose a variable-rate mortgage. Your decision may save you a good deal of money over the life of your mortgage. If you’re like most people, however, you’re probably somewhere in the middle.

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July 25, 2008

Website, print designers set up shop in valley By Alex Cooper Pioneer Staff Will McKenzie and Dan Robideau have joined forces to provide their customers with a full range of graphic design and website services. The two men have opened their offices on main street Invermere, above High Country Properties at 1006-7th Avenue. “We looked at it as a challenge and opportunity,” said Dan. “There’s a definite need for web development and design here. We thought it would be a great opportunity to start our own companies.” Will has launched Pixel Planet Design, which offers a wide range of design services, from brochures to magazines and books, logos, posters, rack cards, billboards, business cards and packaging, photo-retouching and image enhancing. Some of Pixel Planet’s clients include Panorama Mountain Village, Greywolf Golf Course, CastleRock Estates, Effusion Art Gallery, Palliser

Printing, and the Radium Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce. Dan started GhostriderWeb, a fullservice website development company that custom designs websites ranging from single-page sites to fully dynamic, database-driven websites. Some of his clients include NanoFibre Networks, Palliser Printing, Columbia Valley Arts Council, Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy, and the Lake Windermere District Lions Club. Each has his own business, but their offices are right next to each other, they share a similar client base, and collaborate as well. “It also lets me listen to my heavy metal while Dan plays his country music,” Will joked. Each professional brings a great deal of experience to his business. Will studied advertising art at Red River Community College in Winnipeg and has 30 years of experience in graphic design. Meanwhile, Dan has a computer science degree from the University of Calgary and has been doing web development since the mid-nineties.

Will McKenzie, left, and Dan Robideau, right, have offices on main street Invermere. They’ve been helped out by a loyal client base that has followed them from Harrison McKay Communications, which closed last month when Harrison moved to a new position at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. They have also taken over the website hosting duties from the previous business. And they’ve been

able to draw on the knowledge of their friends and fellow small business owners in the community. To discuss your graphic design or website needs, Will can be reached at (250) 342-1718 or Contact Dan at (250) 3411961 or

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By Tammy Schuiling As many local residents may already be aware, Vista Del Lago is a resort development that will be situated on the shores of Lake Windermere on over twelve acres of land behind the Eddie Mountain Arena in Invermere. The proposed development includes a four-star 144-room hotel, conference centre, approximately 570 condominiums and 45,000 square feet of retail space to be built over ten phases in a span of six to eight years. The condominiums will range from 1000 – 1200 square feet with mid-level pricing and high quality construction and finishings. The interior design packages will be “Craftsman meets Alpine” and are inspired by the natural surroundings of the area. Tony Argento, Stoneset Chairman and CEO describes the project as “a study of lifestyle, architecture and design blended to emulate the mountain resort village and accommodate the four-season activities of the region.” Situated on beautiful Lake Windermere, residents can indulge in popular summer activities such as boating, fishing, swimming or relaxing on the shores. Land lovers can take advantage of more than a dozen nearby golf courses, miles of nature trails or simply stroll downtown for a coffee. There is something for everyone and plenty of ways to spend quality time with friends and family. The recent designation of the Cranbrook airport as an international gateway to the Columbia Valley will only increase the demand for hotel and convention facilities in the area. The increased tourist and convention traffic directly translates to increased revenue for downtown Invermere businesses. Invermere’s Town Council supports the economic benefits of the project. “It’s great from our point of view because it is a huge project for the downtown and it will be important for the long-term financial viability of the community,” states Mayor Shmigelsky.

The developer, Stoneset Equities Ltd., is a Calgarybased real estate investment company and property developer with a vision to create a balance of consistent growth for investors, minimal environmental impact and value to the community. Vista Del Lago is a perfect example of how Stoneset is able to blend economically and ecologically viable practices. Stoneset Equities is comprised of experienced individuals in property acquisition, design and project management, marketing, investments and securities law. Besides having over 300 years of combined real estate development experience, the Stoneset team also has over 80 years of experience in environmental projects. The Stoneset team has been involved in many innovative projects utilizing smart architecture for energy conservation, including the 1994 awardwinning Alberta Eco-Home in Scenic Acres, Calgary. Sustainable features are incorporated into every project - from the materials used for interior design options to the larger scale components such as grey water management, co-generation power and alternative building materials. “Our focus is developing real estate that has a positive impact on the environment and the community as a whole,” adds Mr. Argento. “Each project is different and we carefully evaluate the sustainable features on a case-by-case basis. Invermere is such a spectacular location, so we want to ensure we minimize our impact on the environment and enhance the area.” The company recognizes that a project of this magnitude must incorporate environmentally responsible design principles to protect the lake and water supply. Pursuant to the Development Services Agreement (pending approval at press time), Vista Del Lago will incorporate several initiatives to ensure Invermere’s water supply is respected and some ways, enhanced. This includes upgraded sanitary lines, a new water service line, grey and black water management and improved fire flows and storm

water management. Water management is only a piece of the overall eco-puzzle. Vista Del Lago is proposing to use co-generation and potentially tri-generation systems for power, heating and cooling. This type of power generation system is highly efficient by capturing and re-using generated heat from the mechanical components. As with every project, Stoneset Equities Ltd. works closely with District Planners and Council to ensure that Vista Del Lago will benefit the community. One important aspect of the development is how Vista Del Lago will connect the downtown to the lakeshore, where people can see the improvements to the lakeside boardwalk. Stoneset is committed to expanding and enhancing the boardwalk to enable residents and tourists to enjoy a stroll by Lake Windermere. Stoneset Equities recognizes that every community deserves a gathering place. Vista Del Lago’s plaza has been dedicated to the community for use as a public gathering place. The design will encourage outdoor art exhibits or music performances for everyone to enjoy. Several of the Stoneset staff have truly enjoyed becoming a part of the community. Residents may have met a few of them during numerous events that were supported by the company. Light up the Night and Valley Appreciation Days come to mind as a few of the favourites. “As a company, we want to participate and become part of the community. We are members of the Chamber of Commerce and we frequently work with the Kinsmen and other organizations because we truly care about Invermere,” states Doug Haines, Project Management Director for Vista Del Lago. “In fact, some of our staff intend to call Invermere their home.” For more information on Stoneset Equities Ltd. or Vista Del Lago, please visit their website at www.

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Windermere native saves island dogs Dog Beach, near the town of Yabucoa, where Mr. McGarva began caring for them. In addition to feeding them and dressing their wounds, he worked to socialIt was supposed to be a regular day at the beach. ize them. He had as many as 100 dogs under his care. He also worked on educating people about aniSteve McGarva was in Puerto Rico looking to kick back, work on his sculptures, and have fun while his mal abuse and promoting spay-and-neuter programs in order to create a long-term solution to the problem. wife worked at her new job for a biotech ďŹ rm. It was October 2005. The native of Windermere With the help of rescue groups Save a Sato and Amigo had dropped o his wife Pam at work and was scout- de los Animales, Mr. McGarva was able to get 270 dogs o the island to famiing the beaches for a place to lies and shelters in the United kite-surf. That’s when he had a States. tremendous shock. “As I unloaded my gear and His work wasn’t welcome “As I unloaded my gear and looked at the surf, I saw looked at the surf, I saw a dead by local politicians, who dog lying in the sand.â€? thought he was shedding too a dead dog lying in the sand,â€? much light on the dark side of he said. the “Island of Enchantment,â€? It turns out the dog wasn’t Puerto Rico’s slogan. dead. It was alive, but just He was referred to as “the face of the oppositionâ€? barely. Its skin was burned and bloody, and it had no hair, just skin and bones. Mr. McGarva had discovered and even received a death threat from the spokesperDead Dog Beach, as it was known to the locals. He son of Angel Garcia, the mayor of Yabucoa, on his ran to get some dog food and Gatorade. By the time voicemail – a message he was quick to give to the local media. Eventually, after his house was broken into in he got back, a crowd had gathered. “There were 16 dogs with wagging tails looking at the summer of 2007 and all his art stolen, he and his wife left and moved to Rhode Island. me with Bambi eyes,â€? he said. He has since joined the group Island Dog Inc., a Standing there in the sand, he resolved to save rescue group started by Katie Block. They are working them all and do something about Dead Dog Beach. “It was an obvious need I couldn’t turn my back on long-term solutions such as education programs and opening up an animal sanctuary on the island. on,â€? he said. “The education program is the key to success,â€? he His work has attracted some attention and landed him in the pages of People magazine last April and an said. Mr. McGarva, now 42, was born in Windermere appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show in May. He got to shake hands with U.S. presidential candidate and grew up in the Columbia Valley until he graduated from David Thompson and took o to south-east John McCain. But it was a long road to get there. After discovering Dead Dog Beach, Mr. McGarva Asia for three years. He then came and went until he ďŹ nally left for called his veterinarian friends for advice. He and his wife began spending their money on food and medi- good in January 1993. “I love the valley, but I always thought there was cine for the dogs and he used the basic medical training he learned as an alpine guide to doctor the mutts. something bigger out there,â€? he said. “I was dying to get out. I didn’t realize how amazing it was until after He also contacted several local vets to no avail. “They said it was such a problem they couldn’t I left.â€? In the wake of all the media attention, Mr. Mcdeal with mangy street dogs,â€? he said. “Their attitude Garva has received an overwhelming outpouring of was really disgusting to me.â€? He had tapped into a larger issue in Puerto Rico. support. Boxes of letters, many donations and countAccording to animal rights groups, there are as many less oers for volunteer help have poured in. He has as 100,000 strays roaming the streets of Puerto Rico. also heard from many of the old friends he grew up The problem, he said, is that families love to keep with in the valley. “It’s been amazingly heartwarming, all the people puppies around, but once they grow older and less who have reached out after reading about me,â€? he cute, they get thrown away. He also witnessed horrendous acts of abuse. Some said. The media attention is beginning to pay o in a dogs still had collars on from when they were puppies. The collars were so tight around their necks that he change of attitude in Puerto Rico. “For the ďŹ rst time in three years, I’ve felt some had to cut them o using wire cutters. He also saw dogs with machete wounds, and some that had hot oil optimism that the government there will change,â€? he thrown on them. Many of the dogs were left at Dead said. “This experience has changed my life forever.â€? By Alex Cooper Pioneer Sta

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Vacation Bible School raised funds to buy goats in African village By Leah Shoemaker Pioneer Staff This summer’s Vacation Bible School stepped up to a whole new level of giving back. Last week 68 children from prekindergarten to Grade 6 attended the camp themed: “Trek to Africa – Safari of Love.” Lisa Rohrick, a local missionary working in Niger, Africa, was present for the week to teach the children about her experiences in another country, comparing the differences between the lives of children here and those from Niger. To help Lisa with her work in Africa, the children raised $613 by bringing in cans and donations over the week. The money they raised will be used to buy about 12 goats in Niger. These goats will be lent to women until the goats have kids and the women can use them to sell milk and make cheese and support themselves financially. The original goats are then returned to Lisa, who can continue the process by lending the goats to other women. Cherie Hagen, Vacation Bible School coordinator, said this whole experience was a very positive one for the children, especially since they were able to see the results of their hard work.

“Sometimes when you give you don’t see where it goes,” said Cherie. The children even named each goat themselves; they were able to be very involved in the whole process. “A big focus this year was for children to learn to serve the community,” said Cherie. Not only were they learning about helping other countries, but they were taught that giving can start at home, in your own community. Groups spent time with seniors at the Columbia Garden Village or helping out at the local food bank. These visits were designed so that every age group could participate, whether it was making someone a greeting card, or spending time to chat with an elder. Vacation Bible School was organized by volunteers and had older students helping out. “We enjoyed it as much as the kids,” said Cherie. This year’s Bible School will shape next year’s program, adding more community-oriented activities. Starting in September, Lake Windermere Alliance Church will run another program every Thursday. The program, called the Friends Club, will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and is for young people from four years old to Grade 6. Registration will be Thursday, September 17th at the church at 6:30 p.m. Call Joy “Pinkie” Falk at 250-342-8948. I did g never e autog t their raphs !


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Fort Point: that was then, this is now CHANGES—Shown here in a Beautiful B.C. magazine photo from 1966, left, and again in 2007 from the cockpit of Norm Babin’s airplane in a photograph by Brian Geis of The Pioneer, Fort Point and greater Invermere has changed dramatically in the past 40 years. The mud banks where kids used to slide into the water at the end of Fort Point are now covered with private docks. David Thompson Memorial Fort, the large brown building on the point, has been taken down. Some thing haven’t changed, however. Pynelogs is still standing in the same spot beside Dorothy Lake, and a few residents can still pick out their homes.

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People are ignoring the real issues Dear Editor: I am a cottage owner on the Columbia River in the Fairmont Hot Springs area of the Columbia Valley Wetlands. I have read through the entire report with the proposed changes. While I am in support of protecting the Wetlands and restricting boating traffic in the Wetlands, I fail to understand how passing special regulations on river traffic will achieve any real impact. The traffic from my experience has been minimal in the area of Mud Lake south to Columbia Lake, perhaps 50 trips over a 90-day peak summer season period. Non-resident boaters find the river channel tight, dangerous and difficult to navigate. I am writing because I am confused. How can

people be so narrowly focused on this issue while ignoring more relevant issues facing this wetland? 1. I have noticed over the years a significant increase in overgrowth in the river and at the south of Windermere Lake. It manifests in the form of massive layers of aquatic plants growing to and covering the surface to the point where no traffic can pass. Have we looked into the use of fertilizers, weed and insect control chemicals by the golf courses, resorts, cottage, cabin and homeowners along the Columbia River and on Windermere and Columbia Lakes? 2. I have noticed and can provide evidence of human and animal feces floating and pooling in quiet corners of the river, especially as the river level lowers throughout the summer. Have we looked into the adequacy of public and private waste treatment systems?

3. I have noticed considerable river bank alterations, especially in the golf course/airport community. Have we looked into the effects this has on spawning beds for fish species? These river course alterations are underway currently. My point is there is so much more to this complex system and people are ignoring the real issues in favour of their own agendas. Picking this insignificant regulation is almost pointless. I suspect if we truly wanted to be responsible for saving this Wetland there are bigger issues to be addressed but economic, political and personal agendas will likely prevent any real progress. Peter Lafontaine Fairmont Hot Springs

Float your boat on Lake Windermere August 2nd Submitted by Wildsight The Lake Windermere Project invites all individuals, families, organizations and businesses to participate in non-motorized activity on the lake on Saturday, August 2nd, 2008. Lake Windermere Non-Motorized Day is an initiative of the Lake Windermere Project and is supported by the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce and the District of Invermere. Lake Windermere is a resource that is being

heavily used by the motorized-based recreation community, and those who wish to kayak, canoe or sail are finding it increasingly difficult. “We feel that by arranging a day to encourage these low-impact sports, we will create an atmosphere that welcomes traditional recreation on the lake,” said Heather Leschied, Lake Windermere Project Program Manager. “Although the lake is still available for use by motorized vessels, we are encouraging people to try human or wind-powered recreation on Non-

Motorized Day,” added Kalista Pruden, Program Assistant. Although the whole day is dedicated to nonmotorized recreation, try to have your vessel on the water at 11 a.m., the official start time. Lake Windermere Project volunteers will conduct boat counts every hour, on the hour, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Non-Motorized Day. Sailboats, canoes, kayaks, paddleboats, rowboats, water-wings and all other motor-free vessels are welcome and encouraged to participate.

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Watersports athletes heading to B.C. Games By Sally Waddington Pioneer Sta Two local high school boys are attending the B.C. Summer Games in Kelowna. Friends Stephen Bagan and Michael Brush will compete in wakeboarding and water-ski jumping events. Stephen, 13, and Michael, 15, won’t face each other, though, as they fall into dierent age groups. The B.C. Summer Games brings together 3,500 competitors from eight regions across British Columbia. The B.C. Games Society has been running the Michael Brush, left, and Stephen Bagan are shooting for B.C. medals. province’s biggest multiThompson Secondary School. His parents, Brad and sports event since 1978. This year’s event, from July 24th to 27th, is not Nancy, work at Panorama Mountain Resort and the the ďŹ rst for either Stephen or Michael. Both boys family have lived there for more than 20 years. He has participated last year, too, with Michael picking up two older brothers and one younger brother. As well as his coach, James, Stephen has two silver in the ski jump and Stephen close behind in younger sisters. His dad Gordon is a realtor for fourth place. Two boys from Creston join Stephen and Michael Coldwell Banker and his mum Mary is a dental in the towed watersports team for the Kootenay receptionist. The family has lived in Invermere for 18 region. Stephen’s 23-year-old brother James, himself a years. Soon to start high school, Stephen has competed national wakeboarding competitor, is the head coach in two national wakeboarding events. In Vancouver in for the team. In total, the Kootenays are sending 177 2004 he came second in the 10 and under age group. In Edmonton in 2006 he came second in the 10-13 athletes and 40 coaches. Last year Michael won ďŹ rst place in the Lake age group. Both boys have been participating in water sports Windermere wakeboarding competition’s intermediate since they were seven years old. level. He is about to begin Grade 10 at David

Please help local stroke victim Dear Editor: As many people now know, Norm Gagatek, a well-known and loved volunteer and member of this valley had a stroke on July 5th. He is doing well, but he has at least six months of rehabilitation in front of him. In order to help ease the ďŹ nancial pinch for him and his family, an account has been set up at the Kootenay Savings Credit Union under Norm Gagatek & Kimberley Munn BeneďŹ t, for any and all who may wish to help out a man who has done so much for our community. Kim has set

up the Norm Gagatek Support page on Facebook (which is a free site to sign up on) for daily updates and information on Norm’s progress, and also acts as a place to post any good wishes you may want him to hear. There are also going to be group cards at Reection’s Consignment Store for anyone who wishes to sign, as well as a drop-o for any cards or items you may like to have forwarded to Norm. Thank you to all for your concern, kind words, and support for our friend.



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Tips for water skiers By Mike DuBois Shadybrook Marina Here’s some interesting Lake Windermere trivia. High water for this year was reached on July 5th. It peaked at 55 inches above the freezing level last fall. The average high water over the past 35 years is 56 inches and this normally occurs during the last week of June. The highest water recorded was 78 inches in 1974, when record-keeping started; and the lowest high water was 34 inches above the freezing level in 1977. The temperature of the water now is 71°F (21°C). The warmest water recorded was 75°F and normal temperature during the summer is 71-74°F. This is a great time to enjoy the lake! Learning How to Water Ski The basic stance once you are up is the same whether you are on two skis, a slalom ski, or even a wakeboard. Concentrate on pushing your hips as far forward as you can and holding your shoulders back. Your arms should always be straight. Try to squeeze your lifejacket with your elbows. This will give you a stance where your chest is pointed more at the sky than at the water. Also, the tow handle will be very close to your hips. Now I’ll cover the common problems that are encountered, and how to fix them. Problem: The beginner skier cannot control the skis in the water to get pointed at the boat.

Solution: Have someone hold the skier straight and pointed at the boat. This problem is often caused by skis that are too big. Add weight to the tails of skis so they float in the tails down, tips up position. Problem: The skier gets up and immediately falls backward. Solution: Keep the arms straight at all times. Backwards falls are usually caused by pulling the handle into the chest. This causes the skis to accelerate. Problem: The skier falls when trying to cross the wake. Solution: Cross the wake with some speed. Get a run at it and be aggressive. You are more likely to lose your balance when going slowly. Again, remind the skier to keep their arms straight. Problem: When trying to drop a ski, the skier immediately falls. Solution: Keep your bare foot very still after dropping the ski. Do not make any sudden movements. Let the bare foot drag in the water, and then slowly move it toward the rear toe piece. Problem: When slalom skiing, the rope goes slack when turning. Solution: Before turning, ease up on the pull and let the ski coast. This allows the ski to slow down and flatten out. The ski turns better when more of it is in the water. The line will stay tighter and you can exit the turn with more speed.

The District of Invermere would like to advise the public that the Development Variance Permit Application for Phase 1 of Vista Del Lago has been retracted. The Phase 1 building project, located at 1329, 4th avenue, consists primarily of a hotel, conference center and associated amenities. Bylaw 1274 connes the height to 15 meters above the nished grade on 4th avenue and in order to enhance the character of the building, specically the roof lines and water front design the developer, Stoneset Equities, had made a request to Council for a 2 meter variance. Stoneset Equities has withdrawn the variance request and the height will remain at 15 meters above the nished grade on 4th avenue.

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A Day in Court On July 10th, 2008, in Adult Criminal Court at the Invermere Court House, Shane B. Plato was found guilty of operating a motor vehicle while impaired and for failing or refusing to provide a sample. He was sentenced to seven days in jail and a one-year driving prohibition. On July 17th, Douglas A. Oaks was found guilty of operating a motor vehicle over the legal limit of 80mg. Mr. Oaks was returning from a softball game in Edgewater on May 15th, 2007, when he was stopped on Highway 95 north of Radium. He said he had drunk two beers. He was brought to the RCMP detachment where a breath test read over the legal limit. He was fined $600 and given a one-year driving prohibition. On July 22nd, in Adult Criminal Court, Ryan Franson was found guilty of operating a motor vehicle over the legal limit of 80mg. The court heard that on May 19th, 2008, Mr. Franson was pulled over at a police road check in Radium. Police observed symptoms of impairment and consecutive tests gave blood-alcohol readings of 210mg and 220mg. He was fined $750


and prohibited from driving for one year. Vincent Luttman pleaded guilty to care or control of a vehicle while impaired. RCMP responded to a civilian complaint on June 4th, 2008, and pulled over a vehicle driven by Mr. Luttman in Invermere. Two samples were taken, showing 120mg and 110mg, above the 80mg legal limit. Mr. Luttman was fined $600 and prohibited from driving for one year. David Pascal was given a suspended sentence for assault with a one-year probation, 25 hours of community service and a ban on contact with the Invermere resident he assaulted. His sister, Whitney, was given a conditional discharge on charges of assaulting and wilfully resisting or obstructing a peace officer. She was also put on one year’s probation, given 25 hours community service and ordered to formally apologize to the police officer she assaulted. On February 16th, 2008, police were called to a residence in Athalmer and found Mr. Pascal engaged in a fight. He was arrested and his sister intervened, striking the constable in the face. Officers used pepper spray to regain control.

The open house will provide an opportunity to learn about EKILMP, the activities that have been undertaken to date and future projects. The partnership will also be presenting information about proposed Shoreline Management Guidelines for Lake Windermere. The Guidelines are intended to direct and facilitate shoreline development in areas of least disturbance and promote protection of key sh and wildlife habitat values. Come learn and take an opportunity to comment on the draft Guidelines and provide input into the direction of the future management of Lake Windermere. The open house will be held at: Windermere Community Hall 4726 North Street Windermere BC TUESDAY, July 29, 2008 2:00 to 5:00 PM and 7:00 to 9:00 PM If you are unable to attend the open house and would like further information about the activities undertaken by EKILMP or copies of the reports that have been prepared for Lake Windermere the information is available on the Regional District of East Kootenay website at under the Planning and Development Services page.


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Valley Appreciation Day 2008 A huge crowd turned out to Valley Appreciation Day in Invermere last Saturday. The day, put on to recognize the unique spirit and beauty of our area, was sponsored by Stoneset Equities. Visitors shared a free pancake breakfast while they listened to bands play, and strolled the expanded Farmers’ Market. Local businesses had stands set up along main street, and logging demonstrations enthralled the crowd. Clockwise, from top left: three generations of the Gagné family obliterate a log; Deb and the Dreamers kick off the tunes during the pancake breakfast; pancake chefs extraordinaire Steve Mantyka, Kelly Love and Steve Kuffler flip a big one for the hungry hordes while Al Turner strolls past; Beth Neale, owner of Rainbow Donkey, enjoys the day; Franz Schwabl from The Old Salzburg restaurant in Radium Hot Springs dusts two fine, supersized strudels. Photos by Sally Waddington, Dave Sutherland

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Clockwise, from top left: Ashley and Melyssa Hecher pictured with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at Madame Tussauds’s Wax Museum in Las Vegas; Allison Coy and Nathan Edwards at Niagara Falls; Todd and Brenda Mitchell with Madeleine (behind paper) and Alexandra in Maui; Alex and Aidan Sinclair at Martello Tower while visiting Saint John, NB, with their parents Drew and Valerie; Lynda and Geoff Sams in front of St. David’s Cathedral in the “city” of St. David’s, Wales 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.

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Flying tire hits vehicle On July 18th, 2008, RCMP were called to a report of a collision. Upon arrival, the police officers learned that a black pick-up was being driven by a 49year-old Invermere man northbound along Highway 93/95 at Windermere, when the front driver’s side tire fell off and struck a passing truck and trailer. The truck and trailer was being driven by a 56-year-old Windermere man. He told RCMP that he was southbound on Highway 93/95 when he saw a black pick-up lose the front tire. He then swerved to the shoulder of the road to avoid the tire, but the tire hit the side of the trailer, causing more than $1,000 damage. The pick-up’s driver told RCMP that the lug nuts came off and the tire went flying. He also stated that this had happened to him two weeks ago with his two rear tires. The papers produced for the black pick-up truck did not match the vehicle being driven. The Invermere man said that the ownership papers and plate of the truck was for another vehicle. The driver of the black truck was charged with No Insurance, Wrong Number Plate, and his truck was immediately removed from the road as a safety hazard.

Family feud remains mystery On July 19th, at 2 a.m., RCMP received a call from Panorama Security that one of their staff heard a woman screaming.The RCMP responded immediately and at the scene, noticed a broken beer bottle and blood on the floor of the entrance to the condo building. The trail led the investigator to a room unit in the building. The RCMP questioned the intoxicated occupants of the room, who said there had been a fight at the entrance to the building but would not provide any further information. The security staff member told the RCMP that he saw a man wearing a white golf shirt earlier in the same room, who had a cut on his hand. RCMP

checked extensively for this man but was unable to locate him. RCMP finally thought they were getting somewhere when they spoke to a woman, who said her husband and her brother had been fighting. She told police that she tried to get them to stop but ended up with a small cut on her right hand. This “witness” would not provide the RCMP with any other information on the event, her family or anything. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the RCMP at (250) 342-9292 or Crimestoppers at 1800-222-8477 (TIPS).

Picnic table set on fire Sometime overnight on July 18th19th, someone set fire to a picnic table at the beach area near Lake Street and Cardiff Avenue in Windermere. RCMP also noted about 100 empty beer bottles scattered about the area. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the RCMP at (250) 342-9292 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

Bicycle stolen Sometime overnight on July 20th, thieves stole a men’s dark green Norco Atomic bicycle valued at $2400 from under the deck of a residence in Edgewater. The serial number has been added to the RCMP database and can be verified against any similar item. Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact the RCMP at (250) 342-9292 or Crimestoppers at 1-800222-8477 (TIPS).

RCMP warn people to keep vehicles locked at all times RCMP are reminding folks to ensure they keep their vehicles locked when unattended, even if it’s in your driveway. There have been at least three reported incidents of theft this past week, and among some of the items taken were a digital camera, prescription sunglasses, satellite radios, loose change, GPS units and personal audio equipment. Thieves take advantage of opportunity. Don’t give it to them.

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NOTICE OF VOTING WINDERMERE FIRE HALL VOTE PUBLIC NOTICE is given to the electors within the Windermere Fire Protection Local Service Area in Electoral Area F of the Regional District of East Kootenay that a vote will be held on the following question: “Are you in favour of the Regional District of East Kootenay adopting Bylaw No. 2072 which authorizes borrowing $2,385,000 over an amortization period of 25 years to construct a new fire hall for the Windermere Fire Protection Local Service Area?” GENERAL VOTING will be held on: SATURDAY, AUGUST 16, 2008, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Windermere Community Hall - 4726 North Street, Windermere BC ADVANCE VOTING will be held on: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6, 2008, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm and THURSDAY, AUGUST 14, 2008, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Windermere Community Hall - 4726 North Street, Windermere BC

ELECTOR REGISTRATION If you are not on the list of electors, you may register at the time of voting by completing the required application form available at the voting place. To register you must meet the following qualifications: • 18 years of age or older, • Canadian citizen, • resident of BC for at least 6 months immediately preceding voting day, • resident of OR registered owner of real property (land) in the Windermere Fire Protection Local Service Area for at least 30 days immediately preceding voting day, and • not otherwise disqualified by law from voting. Resident electors will also be required to produce 2 pieces of identification (at least one with a signature). Picture identification is not necessary. The identification must prove both residency and identity. Non-resident property electors • Must produce a non-resident property elector certificate and 2 pieces of identification (at least one with a signature) to prove identity. • Non-resident property elector certificates can be obtained from the Chief Election Officer at the Regional District of East Kootenay office during regular office hours prior to 4:30 pm on Friday, August 15, 2008. On advance and general voting days, certificates can be obtained at the voting places during voting hours. Please bring proof of property ownership. Also, if more than one person owns the property, only one may vote in relation to it and a majority of the owners must consent to that person voting.

SYNOPSIS OF PROPOSED BYLAW BYLAW NO. 2072 – “Windermere Fire Protection Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 2072, 2008” – This Bylaw authorizes borrowing a sum not exceeding $2,385,000 for the purpose of constructing the fire hall within the “Windermere Fire Protection Local Service Area”. TAKE NOTICE that the above is a synopsis of the proposed bylaw and that this synopsis is not intended to be and is not to be understood as an interpretation of the bylaw. The full bylaw may be inspected at the Regional District of East Kootenay office, 19 – 24th Avenue South, Cranbrook BC, during regular office hours, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday, excluding holidays. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION on these matters, the following persons may be contacted at 250-489-2791 or toll-free at 1-888-478-7335: Lee-Ann Crane, Chief Election Officer Anita Charest, Deputy Chief Election Officer Lee-Ann Crane Chief Election Officer

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Windermere ladies golfing under sunny skies

Submitted by Dorothy Blunden Windermere Ladies’ Golf

Summer is underway and the ladies of the Windermere Golf Club are teeing off each Wednesday at 9:30 a.m., a big change from their spring and autumn times of 2 p.m. The golf gods have responded and the ladies have been playing under mainly sunny skies. On June 25th the ladies played the dreaded Orange Ball game, with each player in succession using the coloured ball and posting that score towards the team total. Ruth Gordon, Sherry Avery, Lorna Scott and Sharyn Schmidt won the title for the day. Ruth Gordon also took the honours in Putting while Donna Edgar and Mary Jean Anakin shared the Deuce Pot. On July 2nd the Ladies played Tee to Green, counting their fairway shots. Winners for this day were Sherry Avery, Ann Way, Deb Plato and Helen Franken. Cathy Howard claimed the Deuce Pot and Lorna Scott was the Putting heroine.

July 9th was Pin Round and it was a good day for Diane Kochorek, Donna Edgar, Norma Piche, Cathy Howard, Deb Plato and Dorothy Anders. The Deuce Pot was shared by Cathy Howard and Diane Kochorek while Mary Jean Anakin and Donna Edgar shared the Putting Pot. Match Play is underway and ladies are reminded to meet the completion dates for each round. Please don’t keep your opponent waiting. A reminder, too, that the Club Championships will soon come and those wishing to enter must have played six ladies’ days. Have you ever wondered, especially when your putt lips out, why the golf hole is not bigger? Well, in 1891 the Royal and Ancient Golf Course at St. Andrews decided that hole size should be uniform. The good folks at Musselburgh, near Edinburgh, had invented a hole-cutter in 1829, the first known such instrument, and had been using it since that time. They were firm in their belief that it should be the size used. NICE SHOT – While a golfer at Spur Valley Greens The hole has been 4.25 inches since. So nothing has searches in vain for his ball, it’s lodged in a tree stump. changed in nigh on 117 years. Happy putting! Photo by Dave Sutherland

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The Green Zone By Harold Hazelaar Pioneer Columnist Last week my Sandbaggers golf group climbed on our bus and headed for Post Falls, Idaho for a weekend of relaxing golf. This was the weekend that the British Open was held and I’m sure many of you watched as Padraig Harrington played steadily enough, while Greg Norman struggled to claim his second Open title in as many years. In order to create our own Open Championship style golf, the Sandbaggers played The Links at Post Falls on Friday afternoon. For those of you who have never played a Linksstyle course, it is exactly like you see on TV, where the fairways and greens are dried-out, barely-green terrain and the rough is high, wild, gnarly fescue that is almost impossible for the average golfer to play from. Nevertheless, we average golfers more or less played the entire round from the stu! If this is supposed to be the true form of golf as

originally conceived in Europe, they can have it and keep it. It is the most frustrating, humiliating, humbling nonsense I have ever had to endure. I also speak for ďŹ fteen other guys who were equally beat to death by this course. If you’re looking for a reason to quit golďŹ ng, go play this course. If your idea of golf is a pleasant stroll around a course that has some water hazards and a few trees along the way, don’t bother making a trip to this course. Saturday and Sunday were more in line with our expectations and ability. Prairie Falls is a course similar to what we have to oer here and The Highlands has a lot of tight, narrow fairways that force you to hit straight if you want to play well and the greens are consistent and don’t break very much at all. All three courses are in excellent condition, the costs are very aordable ($50-$65), and we had exceptionally nice weather once again. This year our master Sandbagger was Je Watson. Congrats from the rest of us, and next year your handicap is 10! The Green Zone Quote of the Week is by former Nato Secretary-General, Lord Robertson: “My favorite shots are the practice swing and the conceded putt. The rest can never be mastered.â€?

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The family of Denise Reid would like to thank all the wonderful people of the Valley for their generosity, compassion, and support. You are the greatest! Thanks from the bottom of our hearts.

2nd Annual Barn Sale. Antiques and flea market, Friday, Aug. 1st 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Saturday, Aug. 2nd , 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. North of Skookum Inn at log barn, Hwy 93/95.

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ANNOUNCEMENT Gordon Steel January 18, 1961 – July 18, 2008 Was taken suddenly from family & friends. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, July 26th , 2008 at 2:00 pm in the Royal Canadian Legion Hall 525 – 13th Street, Invermere, BC.

OBITUARY In loving Memory of Dean Russell Coulter Loving husband of Wendy and father of Jesse and Jodie. Born January 18, 1964 in Lynn Lake, Manitoba. He passed away suddenly at his home on June 30, 2008. There was an outdoor memorial gathering in Pipestone, Manitoba on July 4, 2008. He will be sadly missed by all his family and friends.

CHEERS AND JEERS JEERS to whoever stole all the Kid’s Camp prizes out of the back of our car last Tuesday night. CHEERS to the kind lady who found some of the Kid’s Camp prizes and returned them to the Dollar Store. CHEERS to the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce for the Sock Hop balloons that continue to bop and smile at Columbia House.

STORAGE NEWHOUSE MULTI STORAGE Various sizes available. Now with climate controlled units. Call 250-342-3637

COMMERCIAL FOR LEASE 1000 Sq. ft. shop/retail space. $940/month. Minimum 1 year lease, 250-342-3637. 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. 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. Now accepting expressions of interest for commercial/retail/ office space in exceptional high traffic location in Athalmer. Call Steve, 250-341-1965 or email steve@stratumdevelopments com


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Rent to own newly renovated 3 bdrm, 2 bath, full basement, large deck home in Edgewater, $298,750.00. Reasonable down payment required. Call 250-342-5332.

Small cute 3 bdrm, 2 bath house, close to schools. Mature, responsible tenants wanted for long-term, N/S, no dogs, $1150.00, 250-342-0291. Available Sept. 1st .

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Executive duplexes in Fairmont, 5 bdrm duplex + office, 3 bath, 5 appliances, double garage, 2 decks, N/P, N/S, $1700/month + utilities, $1700 DD. Available August 1st , 1-888-227-2024. References required.


FOR RENT Canal Flats: 2 bdrm. unfurnished townhome at Jade Landing. August 1 at $1,050 plus utilities. • Radium: 2 bdrm. unfurnished condo at Sable Ridge August 1 at $1,200 plus utilities • Radium: 1 bdrm. second floor at Pinewood 2, longterm at $1,100 incl. utilities. • Invermere: 2 bdrm. Deluxe suite, furnished, longterm at $1,200 incl. and Luxurious 3 bdrm. upper floor suite at $1,800 incl. Avail. Sept. 1. References required, non smoking and no pets. Rocky Mountain Realty, Property Management Division 250-345-4000


Exciting Rental Opportunity - Guaranteed Money! Panorama Mountain Village wants to rent your furnished apartment, condo, or house. If you have something that you are not using from mid-November to mid-April, we want to hear from you. Here’s what’s in it for you: • Guaranteed income • Hassle free property management. • We select appropriate tenants, collect the rent and damage deposit, perform weekly inspections, maintain quality (do all the leg-work) • Guaranteed replacement or repair of any damage. • We’ll return it in the same shape you left it. • The satisfaction in knowing you’ve helped us operate your ski hill to the standards you expect.

Sit back, relax, and let us do all the work. You can rest assured that your property will be well taken care of. If you are interested please contact Janessa Johnston for more details: (250) 341-3065 or

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1 bdrm condo in Sable Ridge Resort, Radium, available August 1st . Fully furnished with Penthouse furniture, fully stocked gourmet kitchen, all appliances, queen bed, flat screen tv, dvd, fireplace, full use of pool, hot tubs and clubhouse. Heated underground parking w/storage. Private balcony, BBQ. Built in 2007, 3rd floor. To view pictures go to www., unit #96922. Long-term lease, $950/month + utilities. Call Karen 403-2836662.

Beautifully furnished 1 & 2 bdrm condos available at Sable Resort in Radium. Seeking long-term tenants. Please call 888-2923332.

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.

Approx. 850 – 1000 sq. ft, 2 & 3 bdrm apartments for long-term in new building. Now taking expressions of interest for rental units in new building in Athalmer, $1000.00 - $1200.00/ month, limited # avail. Call Steve, 250-341-1965, or email steve@stratumdevelopments. com 2 bdrm 2 bath, 1,045 sq.ft. in the Peaks, Radium. 6 appliances, swimming pool, air conditioned, underground parking. $1150/ month, includes utilities. Aug 1. 403-801-4356 2 bdrm, 2 bath, 4th floor, Pinewood,Radium.Unfurnished, $1200/month, utilities included, long-term, avail. Immediately, 780-903-0900. Fully furnished 1 & 2 bdrm units. Rent by the week or month. Call 403-238-2543.

Sable Ridge, 4 bdrm, very spacious top floor corner unit for rent. 2 decks, luxury furnishings, $2500/month, 403-630-7564. Like new condo in Radium at Sable Ridge, long-term, 2 bdrm + den, 2 bath, N/S, N/P, $1295/ month, 403-256-0694.

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.

VACATION RENTALS Lake Windermere Vacation Chalet. 4 bdrm, Panorama Mountain view, beach, Hot Springs, golf, weekly/daily rentals 403-293-3870 or 403383-0600, Akiskinook water front family resort on Lake Windermere. 1 or 3 bdrm condos, private beach, pool, hot tub, tennis, golf, 403-293-5659, 403-383-0600, 1 bdrm, kitchen, livingroom, bright open concept, very clean, own yard, BBQ, ½ block to beach. Weekly $600.00, nightly $100.00, 250-342-5367.

HOUSE FOR SALE Mountain and lake view home on acreage with own buoy in Columbia Lake, near Fairmont hot Springs. See #34571. Call 250-345-6226.


BUSINESS FOR SALE In the Columbia Valley, B.C.

Well established irrigation and landscaping business for sale. Equipment included. For inquiry please call: 250-270-9091 or 250-345-6666


4770 Timber Ridge Road, Timber Ridge I • Timber Ridge I with beach and boat access/ 1 block • 2,500 sq. ft. bungalow, 5 bedroom, 2 bath and sauna • 2 bedroom granny suite with private entrance • Large corner lot • 52 ft insulated workshop/garage • New everything ,kitchen, windows, roof etc • Old classic stone fireplace and pool table games room, 2 newer wood burning fireplaces New reduced price of

795,000 FSBO

$ Open House July 12 and 13 12 Noon-4 p.m. 1733 Windermere Loop Rd., on WV Golf Course. 4 bdrm, walkout bungalow. Info sheet available. New reduced price! 250-342-9249.

Directions – turn into Timber Ridge I and drive till the road ends. House on Right.

Call (250) 342-2422 Classied Deadline is Tuesday at Noon BOAT FOR SALE

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P IONEER C LASSIFIEDS HOUSE FOR SALE Spectacular Windermere home and acreage estate, optional 1, 2, or 3 acres. Investment and business opportunity. Panoramic mountain views, natural creek, minutes to beach and golf. Co-ownership starting at $739,000.00, 250-342-6162, Perfect starter or retirement home. 2 bdrm, 2 bath, some renovations and very clean, $440,000.00. No agents, 250342-9446. Wilmer, older 3 bdrm Mobile on 3 Wilmer lots, $140,000.00 firm. Call 250-342-3109, leave message.

Invermere Heritage Home For Sale on .27 acre lot, very private yet central to all schools. Heated, insulated shop/garage, 2 bdrm, well-loved with many upgrades, $355,000.00. Call 250-342-3258 for appointment to view.

MOBILE HOME FOR SALE 1975, 2/3 bdrm mobile on beautiful large lot, deck, sheds, close to beach and golf course. $129,000.00, Canal Flats, 250349-5865.

ACREAGES/LOTS FOR SALE 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.”




Spectacular Private Gated Acreage

Frigidaire Galaxy, double door, side x side, 24 cu. ft, 67” x 35” x 34”, w/water filter. Travatine marble tiles, 315 sq. ft. 18” x 18”. Claw foot bath tub, 250-3422052.

2 small female Poodle/Bichon/ Shih-tzu, 7 weeks old. First shots and Vet checks, $375.00 each, 250-342-6200.

Harvard Foosball Table, solid construction $450. Home gym, Wieder Pro 9640, $500. OBO. Call 250-688-0175

1997 Jet boat, SeaDoo Speedster, twin 717 Rotax motors, $7,500.00, 250-342-3269

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. 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, 250342-9841. Interested in 5 acres on the Toby Benches? Beautiful mountain views 5 minutes from D/T Invermere, 10 minutes from Panorama. Call 250-342-1186. RESORT PROPERIES FOR SALE Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden www. 250-344-8447

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. Manure, well-aged. Will load, $100.00 per pick-up load. Phone Elkhorn Ranch, 250-342-0617. JEEP SOFT-TOP Bestop Supertop w/o door skins, black, fits TJ Wranglers 1997-2006, used for only 1 1/2 years, paid $1000.00 asking $400.00, 250-341-3778.

Treadmill, top of the line, digital, new $1400.00. Sell for $350.00. 13 cu. ft. car-top carrier, brand new, never used, $300.00, 250347-0070. Dog kennel, 12’ x 12’, $500.00 OBO. Call Amy or Chris, 250-3424436. McClary wood cookstove, $300.00. White kitchen cabinets w/countertops, $200.00. Propane cookstove, $30.00, 250-347-6420, 250-347-2121. Captain twin bed w/newer mattress, great shape, $150.00. Call 250-341-3304 or 403-2825612. Heavy duty 5 hp garden tiller. 32” x 80” exterior glass & screen door. $100.00/ item, 250-3479345. Folding wheel chair ramp, $400.00. Call 250-342-9983. Roxton solid maple, 6’ dining table & 6 chairs, $800.00. 2 chaise lounges, perfect for livingroom or bedroom, $100.00 each. Hide-a-bed, $100.00. Computer desk, $100.00, 250342-9720.

PETS FOR SALE 2 female Pomeranian puppies, ready to go. Call Jennifer 250342-4469.


1994 Bayliner Capri Bowrider (17ft.), Mercury 120 outboard, power tilt, seats 7, well maintained w/low hrs. Trailer and other extras (tubes, tow ropes, spare tire etc.) included. Good clean boat, $9,000.00 OBO. Call Chris 403-613-4890, Fairmont. Fiberglass Formula 18. Cadillac of Kayaks, 3 hatches/skeg $2200.00. Tracks beautifully. Wilderness Tsunsmi, Sunami Duralite, $1700. Both Kayaks come equipped with everything needed incl. carriers! 403-6689813 (Invermere)

Ofce Assistant

Busy property management company is in need of an ofce assistant. We are looking for a team player who is exible and energetic. Duties to include reception, ling, data entry and would require excellent computer skills, with knowledge of Word, Excel and Outlook. Accounts receivable/payable experience would be an asset. This would be a full-time position to start immediately. Please send resume with salary expectations to: or fax to 250-342-2029 or mail to Box 249, Invermere, BC V0A 1K0. Mountain Creek Properties Ltd.

Skandia Concrete

Kootenay Paving

Kootenay Paving / Skandia Concrete a Division of Terus Construction Ltd. is searching for full time Concrete Mixer Truck Drivers to work out of our Invermere location. The successful candidates must possess a class 1 driver’s license. Drivers must be willing to work days, evenings and weekends. Successful candidates must have a positive attitude, and a willingness to follow our environmental and safe work practices. Kootenay Paving / Skandia Concrete offer a competitive compensation package with a comprehensive benet plan. Please send your resume by fax to 250-342-3484

RECREATIONAL VEHICLES 1985 250 TRX Honda quad, w/ cover and winch, $1800.00. Call 250-342-3832, after 6:00 pm.

VEHICLE FOR SALE 1952 Fargo, green, ½ ton, running condition, $500.00. 1947 Dodge Power Wagon, blue, snow plow & winch, running condition, extra truck for parts, $700.00. 1965 Mercury school bus, $300.00. Call 250-347-6420 or 250-347-2121. 1990 Ford Ranger, runs good, $750.00. 1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue, in very good shape, $3500.00, 250-347-9237.

Guest Services Supervisor We are currently seeking a customer service, detail orientated person to oversee daily operations of our Welcome Center. Weekend and evening shifts are required. Scheduling, Check ins / check outs, training, maintaining accurate records, daily audits, revenue management and employee relations are all important aspects of this position. We offer a competitive salary/health benefit package and an exciting work environment. Our team is committed to providing a superior guest/employee experience. We are located in the Village of Radium Hot Springs, on the Springs Golf Course. Interested applicants for the following positions please forward your confidential resume to: #10 Bighorn Blvd., Radium Hot Springs, BC V0A 1M0

The Pioneer: 250-341-6299

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1990 Oldsmobile Cutlass, 4 door sedan, excellent condition, 1 owner in 18 years. 204,000 wellmaintained kms, p/windows, p/seats, air, tilt. Asking just $2200.00 OBO. Will consider fishing boat on part trade. Call 250-346-3322, Spillimacheen.

1981 Ford Frontier. 23 ½’ motorhome, good condition. Bunk model, tub, shower, etc. $7500.00, 250-342-3505. Car dolly separate.

ODD JOBS ENT HAULING Garbage, brush and construction disposal. Mulch deliveries. Dale Hunt @ 250-342-3569.

2006 Fleetwood Bounder motorhome, 36’, 2 slide-outs, Ford 6.8 L VT motor and chassis, convection oven, microwave, 3 burner countertop stove, 10 gal. w/heater, DVD/VCR 2 tvs, tv antenna and satellite dish, rear vision camera and display, electric, heated adjustable mirrors, auto levelers, power front shade, electric awning + 3 awnings over larger side windows. W/D, 4 year extended service agreement on appliances, water system, LP gas system and slide-outs. Just over 15,000 miles. Asking $90,000.00. Call Martin, 403866-2476.

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.

Handyman Connection, for all your home needs, exterior painting, carpentry and yard work! Clean your house with a power wash. Call 250-342-1437 (cell)

FREE MOVIE RENTALS – F/T OR P/T. Join our team; receive good wages, free rentals, benefits and retention bonus. Please call Thora at 250-342-0057, or fax 250-342-6583, email or drop off resume at Gone Hollywood.

1996 Ford F150 single cab, long box, 5 speed, 200,000 km, $5000.00 OBO, 250-421-8542 or 250-349-8244. 1997 GMC Sierra SLE 1500, 3rd door, 2WD, 163,000 km, & $8,000.00 OBO. Call 250-3427547. 1997 Ford Explorer XL, auto, 4wd, 210,000 km, 2 sets of tires, $4,800.00 OBO, 250-341-5912. 1999 Mazda B4000, V6, 4x4, extended cab, auto, trailer package, 163,700 km, $9900.00, 250-347-9021. 2000 Chevrolet Impala, new windshield, new tires, very clean, great car. Call 250-6880501. 2006 Toyota Camry Solara V6 SLE, 8,000 km, like new, $24,900.00. Call 250-341-3281.

MOTORHOME/RV FOR SALE 1985 26’ Royal Classic, hard side class C motorhome, Ford 460. New brakes, recent tune-up, 120,000.00 km, 70% tires, new awning, new fridge, new toilet, upgraded furnace. Overall good condition, $12,000.00 OBO, 250-342-3773. 1993 25’ Custom Coach 5th wheel w/1993 F250 truck. Both units in good condition, $14,000.00, or trade for small motorhome of equal value, 250342-9439.

1974 Scamper, 21’ dual axle trailer, sleeps 6, $2500.00. 1981 Vanguard camper, 8’ 9”, bathroom, fridge, stove, furnace, sleeps 4, $1500.00. Call 250342-3832, after 6:00 pm. 1981 Lionel tent trailer, 2way fridge, electric, propane, furnace, stove, sleeps 6, good shape, no leaks, $2000.00 OBO, 250-342-9079, 250-341-7331. 39’ Terry Park model, 2004. Parked on RV lot at beautiful Valley’s Edge Resort. Move in ready, all work done, complete w/deck & landscaping, $155,000.00. For more info call Randy, 403-828-8402.

SERVICES A.J. Siding/Eavestroughing your continuous eavestrough specialists. We do repairs, renovations, new constructions throughout the Invermere Valley. Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00pm, 250-3427177.

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. Serving Invermere and the Columbia Valley

AIR CONDITIONING Sales and Service Call today 250.342.1167

CAREER Store Clerks needed. Must be enthusiastic and enjoy people. $13/hour, store discounts and advancement opportunities. Apply in person to Invermere Petro-Canada. Servers and experienced cooks wanted at La Cabina, Radium. Please drop off resume, 250347-2340. Housekeeper required. Fulltime, part-time at Fairmont Bungalows. Call 250-345-6365, fax 250-345-6348, or email

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

Mountain Springs Motel is looking for F/T, seasonal housekeeping attendants. Apply in person, 250-347-9654. Busy small resort in Windermere requires helper. Varied duties include housekeeping, grounds maintenance, and trail work. 6 hours/day, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, 5 days/week, $15.00/hour. Call Scott, 250-342-0356, or email


a. 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 resumeto Wildside Gift shop, 5006 Frontage Rd. Fairmont Hot Springs BC. V0B 1L1. Att: Angela White or email awhite@ Construction laborer and cribbers required immediately for F/T or P/T. 250-342-1341 or 250-688-2927 Valley Hawk Security is seeking a part-time security guard. Basic Security Training 1&2 required. Please email resume to or call 250-688-4295.

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

CONTROLLER/COMPTROLLER This position is responsible for the nancial management of the Resort, encompassing hotel, spa, ski, golf, pools, RV, food and beverage, and airport operations. Experience in the Hospitality Industry and an accounting designation is required. The successful candidate will be responsible for forecasts, budgets, nancial analysis, nancial statements and assisting with escalated payroll issues for six companies. The organization has undergone numerous software changes in the past year, so a strong systems background is required. This position requires exceptional organizational and managerial skills. Fairmont Hot Springs Resort is a four-season recreational paradise located in the Rocky Mountains of Southeastern British Columbia. We offer a competitive salary and benet package with access to all Resort amenities. Interested applicants should forward their resume with references to: David Sheedy: e-mail, fax 250.345.6616, or call 250.345.6004

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P IONEER C LASSIFIEDS 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. Interested? Please forward your resume with references to the attention of: David Sheedy: or call 250.345.6004

Kitchen Help/Server

Columbia Garden Village in Invermere Is seeking part time kitchen staff and for our growing team. Positions and shifts to suit your Columbia Valley lifestyle or College schedule. We offer a competitive wage and benets package, lots of opportunity for advancement. We invite applicants to send current resume stating to:

Columbia Garden Village Alison Loewen Phone 341.3350, Fax 250.341.3340 or e-mail

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:

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: David Sheedy: or call 250.345.6004

School District No. 6 (Rocky Mt.) requires host families in Invermere to accommodate International students for David Thompson Secondary School starting next September 2008 for a few weeks, months to a full school year. Host families provide a private bedroom, three meals a day, a study area, transportation assistance, high speed internet access and a friendly supportive, caring home environment. Remuneration is paid for hosting a student. We need your support now! Homestays are required to submit a criminal records check. If interested please contact Lori Sluth (Homestay Coordinator Invermere) at 250-346-3377.

Call 250-341-6299

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:

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.

Interested applicants should forward their resume with references to: David Sheedy: or call 250.345.6004


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.

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

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


Hotel & Hospitality Room Attendants We are currently seeking room attendants for our all suite resort to perform some or all of the following duties: Sweeping, washing floors and vacuuming of carpeted areas, furnishings and draperies. Change beds, towels and re-stock amenities. Wash windows, walls and ceilings. Maintain and stock housekeeping supply room. Pick up garbage on site and clean outside stairs and walkways. Report and store lost and found items. May provide basic resort information to guests. No specific educational requirements. Ability to work weekend and shift work We are located in the Village of Radium Hot Springs, on the Springs Golf Course. We offer a competitive salary/health benefit package. Interested applicants for the following positions please forward your confidential resume to: #10 Bighorn Blvd., Radium Hot Springs, BC V0A 1M0


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Valley Churches


Special 20-year celebration By Sandy Ferguson Windermere Valley Shared Ministry The United Church of Canada loves to celebrate anniversaries, and this year we have a big one! In August 1988 during its General Council meeting in Victoria, the United Church of Canada passed a resolution with a clear majority stating: “A) That all persons, regardless of their sexual orientation, who profess Jesus Christ and obedience to Him, are welcome to be or become full member of the Church. “B) All members of the Church are eligible to be considered for the Ordered Ministry.” With this simple statement the church was changed forever. The United Church of Canada was one of the first of the mainstream Protestant churches to accept members of the gay community as people who were fully entitled to serve the church through the sharing of their gifts of ministry that they had been blessed with by God. This decision would have a profound effect on the United Church. They were many in the church who were so unhappy with this decision that they left the church. Others would stay, but would form groups that would continue their opposition to the decision. But others would work to create faith communities in which the gay community would feel welcome. And so the church endured, because with the 1988 deci-

sion, the church had renewed its commitment to be an open and inclusive body that would welcome a diversity of membership. The United Church continued its journey of being open to the possibility of encountering God in places where our prejudices had closed our hearts. Part of the struggle that the United Church faced was the reality that the words of the Bible seem to be clear in its condemnation of the nature of the relationships within the gay community. Yet through this struggle we embraced the spirit of the Bible which makes clear that all creation is good, and that all humanity is blessed with the opportunity to enter into a relationship with God. When we engaged with scripture, we came to understand that although the Bible is a word of God, it is the word of God shaped by the people who wrote it, and the world they lived in. As we learn more about the world of the people of the Bible, we understand more why they believed what they did. And we also understand that we now live in a different world; for example, science explains to us that being gay is not a matter of choice or lifestyle, but is part of humanity’s genetic code. Today the United Church continues its journey. We are blessed with many members of the gay community serving openly as ministers. At the General Council meeting of 2005, the United Church stated its support for members of the gay community to celebrate their relationships through marriage. There are still challenges ahead, yet through being a welcoming community of faith we are strengthened with the potential of gifts that a diversity of people can offer to serve the Body of Christ.

~ Springs of Living Water~

LAKE WINDERMERE ALLIANCE CHURCH July 27th: 10:30 a.m. Celebration Sunday. The Lord’s Supper will be served. Summer Sunday School, pre-school to age 8, during service. For sermons online: Pastor Jared Enns • 326 - 10th Avenue, Invermere • 342-9535 WINDERMERE VALLEY SHARED MINISTRY July 27th: 10:30 a.m. Morning Worship at Christ Church Trinity, Invermere 8:30 a.m. Morning Worship at All Saints, Edgewater 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 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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