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Vol. 6/Issue 16


The Columbia

April 17, 2009


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Ruault wins Ice Out competition By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff It seems that April 12th was Ken Ruault’s lucky day – especially at 12:40 p.m. That was the time that the Edgewater resident became $1,000 richer after being named the winner of the Lake Windermere District Lions Club’s annual Ice Out contest, missing the exact time by only two minutes. “It was just a lucky guess,” Ken said. This is the first year that Ken has entered the

Ice Out contest and now, he said, it will not likely be the last. “Not bad at all — it helps pay for my fishing trip,” he chuckled. The Ice Out contest has been going on since the mid-1980s. This is the latest the ice between Fort Point and the Athalmer bridge has gone out since 1989, when it melted by April 15th. This year the Lions Club raised $6,145 through the competition, which benefits the School Scholarship Fund and the Citizenship Award.

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Stimulus money to improve park road By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff The federal government will spend $6 million on road improvements in Kootenay National Park. Announced by Kootenay-Columbia MP Jim Abbott on Saturday, the funding covers two projects in the Kootenay park. A further $2.5 million will be spent on projects in Yoho National Park near Field and at Rogers Pass National Historic Site. In all, $8.5 million will be spent in the riding, but 70 percent of that spending is in Kootenay National Park. Mr. Abbott joined Pam Veinotte, Superintendent of Lake Louise, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks, Karen Tierney, Superintendent of Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks, and Dee Conklin, mayor of Radium Hot Springs, to make the announcement in Radium on Saturday. The $8.5 million funding dedication is part of the federal government’s Economic Action Plan. Aimed at creating jobs in the troubled economy, the plan focuses on infrastructure investments. “Canada’s Economic Action Plan is our government’s plan to stimulate our economy during the global recession,” Mr. Abbott said. “This investment

in iconic tourism areas and facilities in Kootenay, Yoho and Glacier national parks will not only enhance the protection and presentation of these treasured places, it will also provide local construction jobs and encourage tourism and economic activity in British Columbia.” In Kootenay National Park, $1 million will be spent along Highway 93 to repair guide rails and patch pavement. A further $5 million will be spent specifically on the Sinclair Canyon piece of road, between the hot pools and the Highway 95 intersection in Radium Hot Springs. The improvements will focus on a failing retaining wall, and guide rail replacements. “This will help beautify the entrance into Radium; as cars drive through Sinclair Canyon the ‘wow’ factor will be returned,” explained Radium’s mayor Dee Conklin. She added that the projects will be valuable to Radium’s workforce, too. “Hopefully as the contracts are handed out then local construction workers will be hired on,” Mayor Conklin said. “The government is working hard at getting infrastructure projects underway. We very much appreciate this.”

ROADS FUNDING — Jim Abbott, MP Kootenay Columbia, was joined by Karen Tierney, Superintendent of Mount Revelstoke and Glacier parks and Pam Veinotte, Superintendent of Lake Louise, Yoho and Kootenay parks, as he made the funding announcement. Photo submitted by Ross MacDonald, Parks Canada

Access to back country improved by roads grant By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff Fourteen forest service roads around the Kootenays will be improved, thanks to a $270,300 pledge from the provincial government. Bill Bennett, Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts, announced the funding injection last Saturday. Maintenance of 356 kilometres of forest service roads will include brushing, ditching, surface grading and packing. “These forest service road improvements will provide important access to extensive recreation opportunities for British Columbians,” Mr. Bennett

said. “As an important draw for tourists who covet B.C.’s back country, it’s critical to the local tourism economy that these extensive roads are maintained.” Eight of the roads cover four key routes. • The route to Bugaboo Provincial Park will get better with work on Bugaboo and Spillimacheen North forest service roads. • Heading west from Radium Hot Springs, Horsethief and Horsethief-Forster forest service roads will have improvements made. • Roads to Blue Lake Camp west of Canal Flats will be easier to drive after work on the Findlay and Whitetail Lake forest service roads. • The Whiteswan Lake and Lussier forest ser-

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Amid intense interest, the District of Invermere — which voted earlier to pass on the opportunity — is now considering an effort to save the old CPR lodge on Fort Point and keep it from being moved out of town. After reading it in The Pioneer, the CBC picked up the story and broadcast the news of efforts to save the lodge across western Canada. It featured prominently on Daybreak with Marion Barschel last week and was broadcast across Alberta on Monday. Since then, owner Nancy Ballard said, enquiries and proposals have been arriving from all quarters, including an interesting proposal to move the building to Vancouver for use as a food bank. “She said, ‘This might sound like a silly idea,’” Mrs. Ballard explained, “but I said, ‘You know, there is no such thing as a silly idea.’” A front-running proposal, she said, came from a man from Calgary who is waiting for the green light to move the lodge up to the Toby Benches for use as a dance studio. “He said, ‘I am serious and I want to move it right now,’” Mrs. Ballard commented. But before she agrees to any proposal that moves the lodge out of town, Nancy is holding out for a new proposal from the District of Invermere. At Tuesday’s council meeting, Mayor Taft advised council that it will vote on a new motion about the lodge at its April 28th regular meeting.

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“My intent over the next two weeks is to meet with the botannical gardens society and Columbia Valley Arts to discuss a site near Pynelogs Cultural Centre, on the northeast side. It could be a community facility maintained and controlled by both groups,” he said. Mayor Taft added that the district has $30,000 in its operational budget earmarked for saving the lodge. The Weir family have offered a $20,000 donation if the building is used as a community facility. The estimated cost of the move is $80,000, meaning a $30,000 shortfall. “To raise the rest is do-able if there is a need and use for the building,” Mr. Taft said. Councillor Ray Brydon, who voted against an earlier motion to save the lodge, said he might support the new idea. “It has always been my feeling that if we can find an organization to operate it, I would be prepared to provide assistance.” However, Al Miller was not as certain. “I can’t see how this could happen for those dollars,” he said. The Ballards are hosting an open house this weekend for any parties interested in helping save the old lodge. “It’s not from a real-estate perspective,” Mrs. Ballard explained. “The more people who get involved, the better the chances we have of doing something.” The lodge, located on 2nd Avenue on Fort Point in Invermere, will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on April 18th and 19th.

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Radium council ready to proceed with 14 capital projects this year By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff The Village of Radium Hot Springs has been cashing in this year and it doesn’t look as though its good fortune is about to stop. According to the 2009 draft budget, which was presented to council last Wednesday, residents will see $3,500,244 in capital projects beginning this year – with a zero percent tax increase. “We have always aimed at consistency in our tax rates and we’re proud to have one of the lowest municipal tax rates in the province,” said Radium’s Chief Administrative Officer Mark Read. “We’ve been able to hold our tax rates with careful long-term budgeting and by keeping our infrastructure well-maintained.” This year in particular, he added, is a large one for capital projects. Going forward, the village’s fiveyear financial plan has capital budgets ranging from $564,500 to $2,825,500 annually. The village has 14 capital projects scheduled to take place this year, each one costing at least $10,000.

The five biggest projects being undertaken include the construction of a new fire hall, valued at $1,465,000; a core water-main upgrade at $865,000; the completion of the Highway 93/95 beautification project at $433,000; an ultraviolet water treatment upgrade at $350,000; and the construction of a columbarium, valued at $90,000. “For me, the most significant project is the finalizing of the sidewalks and lights up to the park gates,” Radium Mayor Dee Conklin said. “It will make the walk and entrance to Radium so much more polished.” The majority of the funding for the capital works program comes from monies that the village has built up over the years for the process. The rest is generally financed by taxpayers, with the exception of water and sewer capacity upgrades, which are financed by developers. This fiscal year the village also got a leg up from the provincial and federal government, receiving $773,000 in grants, including $400,000 from the Towns for Tomorrow program to go towards the construction of the new fire hall and $12,000 from the


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Local Motion program to aid in the Columbia Avenue sidewalk project. “None of the capital budgets was a surprise; we had them scheduled,” said Ms. Conklin. “We have a wonderful philosophy of ‘plan ahead and put the money away so it will be there when we are ready to go.’” The village has also pledged a review of their Official Community Plan, bear safety program, youth summer recreation program, and park concept planning. All projects are due to be completed this year, although Mr. Read said some may run into 2010 depending on issues like weather, contractor availability and schedules, engineering and staff capacity. Feedback is ongoing, Mr. Read said, and residents and business owners seem quite pleased with our policy of maintaining both our tax rates and our infrastructure. A presentation of the five-year financial plan and tax rates bylaws will occur at the next council meeting on Wednesday, April 22nd at 7:30 p.m. at the Radium Fire Hall. Mr. Read said he hopes to have final adoption at the May 13th meeting.

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Sinclair Canyon, Radium’s gateway to Kootenay National Park, is pictured in this undated photo. Three men and two cars can be seen. Although the log railing and poles have since been replaced, the approach is the subject of a funding announcement and will be upgraded as part of economic stimulus arriving from the federal government. If you have anymore information about this photograph, email us at

By Brian Geis Pioneer Editor Three cheers to the young mayor of Invermere, Gerry Taft, for his attempt to establish a coalition to save one of Invermere’s few links to the past. It was apparent from the start that it would take a partnership of people and organizations to save the old CPR lodge on Fort Point, but no one, until now, stepped forward to organize one. Mayor Taft, who has argued passionately in support of finding a new home for the lodge within Invermere, is bringing interested parties to the table to make it happen. Like many others, I was disappointed and confused that the Windermere District Historical Society did not step up to drive the effort. The building features prominently on their “Historical Walking Tour,” a dwindling list of about 10 historical sites that needs to be rewritten as buildings are lost to time and opportunity. Quintessentially Canadian and uniquely western, the old lodge captured the imagination of concerned citizens across western Canada as our reports of its impending doom were rebroadcast far and wide. Phone calls and email enquiries have been streaming in from far and wide. If all the people who have expressed concern that the building be saved, that it remains in Invermere and that it is opened to the public rally around young Mayor Taft’s effort to save the old lodge, Invermere will have a magnetic attraction in the heart of town. Anyone interested in helping can tour the old CPR lodge this Saturday and Sunday, April 18th and 19th, as the owners Larry and Nancy Ballard host an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

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Down with the parcel tax Dear Editor: The deadline to question the fund was February 27th, the letter was dated February 11th. It reached the mailbox on March 6th, but only had to travel 75 miles. The Pony Express travelled from St. Louis, Missouri, to San Francisco in 13 days, approximately 1500 miles with one horse power, when 300 horse power took 22 days for 75 miles.

What is this parcel tax being used for and who can apply? Who is administering it and are they being paid wages from the fund? Just wondering, will it be used for digging holes for homeless gophers or a house for widowed beavers? R.P. Wismer Brisco

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Urbanization of Jumbo Valley is shortsighted Dear Editor: It was disheartening to read Mr. Pacey’s vitriolic accusations against Dave Quinn. By supporting the proposed Jumbo Resort development, Mr. Pacey is expressing his own short-sightedness and lack of understanding of how inextricably the economy is tied to the environment. The financial and the environmental crises are linked, as they are both crises of excess. Greed and over consumption are at the root of both. Until we realize that we cannot continue to use up the world’s natural resources and damage natural ecosystems, we cannot have any lasting recovery. Natural areas provide us with numerous goods and services, such as clean water, water-flow stabilization, greenhouse gas mitigation, erosion control, nutrient cycling, genetic resources, biodiversity, pest management, habitat, recreation, and cultural pursuits. Recent economic

studies suggest that the economic value of these natural areas to society far outweighs any gains from converting them for human uses, such as intensive agriculture or urbanization. Until we can create clean air, clean water, and biodiversity as well as Mother Nature does, I suggest we are indeed shortsighted if we allow urbanization in the Jumbo Valley. We only have this one planet to sustain us and all other species into the future. Scientists warn that extinction of other species threatens our own survival (dropping bee populations now threaten much of our food supply for lack of fertilization). Wilderness is the most rapidly diminishing resource. We need to preserve all we have left and leave Jumbo wild. This we owe future generations. Taoya Schaefer Invermere

Support STV at referendum Dear Editor: On May 12th, B.C. will be given an opportunity to change our voting system to the “single transferable vote” (STV) or stay with our current system. The choice of voting systems on the referendum is as follows: (1) current system — fails to accurately reflect voters’ choices (percentage of votes cast is not accurately represented by seats in government); allows a minority of votes to elect majority governments; restricts new parties and independent candidates from fair competition; entrenches power in established political parties; narrows voter choice; and (2) system proposed by the citizens assembly, “single transferable vote” — more accurately reflects

voters’ choices by seats in government; ensures that majority governments are not formed without a majority of voter support; allows new parties and independent candidates to fairly compete; increases voter choice. STV is a voter empowering system. Do not expect a wave of support to come from our elected politicians. In Ireland, where STV is used, the politicians held two referendums to get rid of the system. Both times the public voted to keep it. As more people become aware of the advantages, support increases. Support this initiative for progressive change to our democratic system.

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The Radium Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce is pleased to report that this past weekend has been blessed with great weather, golfing and skiing. The valley enjoyed a strong start to the season with most of our accommodators, restaurants, stores and retail services reporting robust business over this Easter weekend. We are fortunate to have many friends and repeat customers from Alberta and the prairies that are only three hours from our valley. Our hotels, motels, resorts, restaurants, golf courses, ski areas, national park and other natural at-

columbia basin water smart initiative Columbia Basin Trust is seeking proposals from qualified project teams to coordinate and manage all aspects of the Columbia Basin Water Smart Initiative (CBWSI). The CBWSI is a multi-year project that is working to establish a comprehensive approach to Basin-wide reduction in domestic water consumption. The successful project team will work closely with CBT staff, the Water Conservation Steering Committee and other project partners. The Request for Proposals can be viewed online at or by contacting Heather Mitchell at 1.800.505.8998 or Deadline: April 27, 2009, 3:30 p.m. PST • 1.800.505.8998 •

tractions continue to provide the business activity and employment needed for our valley. The grass is turning green and the back country snow is starting to melt for those who like to hike. Please give either the Radium Hot Springs Visitor Centre a call at 888-347-9331 (our website address is or the Columbia Valley Visitor Centre at 250-342-2844 for the latest updates on Columbia Valley hiking trails, fishing and other outdoor activities and local area business information. Radium Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce

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I always read the RCMP report, and “A Day in Court,” as it gives you a good idea of how many bad actors – and some are horrible – are in our beloved area. This particular time, I observed how the judge short-changed you and the law-abiding citizens that are the back bone of this great country. I read the summary twice to ensure what I perceived as being correct: that this man’s alcohol content was 200 mg, a mere two-and-a-half times over the legal limit. The defendant received a patsy sentence, plus a huge $100 fine. It’s either a misprint or the judge was smoking the wrong tobacco. Just to give you an example of our grossly inefficient judicial system, a man whom I know personally in Cranbrook had to make a quick, short trip and failed to click his belt. Sure enough, he was nailed and fined $175. That’s right, 175 bucks. Now, was he a severe threat to the driving public? Maybe to himself for possible injury. Whereas, the defendant was a serious threat, actually a time bomb, possibly crippling or killing numerous innocent people. He gets a disgusting — for lack of a better word — meaningless fine. Obviously, the right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing. Our judicial system is virtually non-existent for you and me. It’s designed

for the criminal and the majority of the misguided and money-hungry lawyers. History has proven this time and time again. There’s been a lot of noise lately on the two-forone policy, which is rather unbelievable and has been going on for decades. There’s no doubt who the instigators of this major swindle were. It’s a direct avenue to extending the trials and hearings. This adds time for the lawyer fees and extends their hands into the gold pot. You would think the politicians would be ashamed of being part of this misnomer from day one. Really, is this something to be proud of? It makes you want to barf. You would think it would be embarrassing to realize you had been sucked in and sweet-talked into this misguided scheme. Now, the would-be judicial systems and politicians are jubilant that they finally saw the light and are in the final stages of aborting this gross misdemeanor. Hooray for our side – it’s about time. Mind you, it took decades for it to come about. Maybe now, they will realize who the good guys are and start working for us. We’re paying the shot and deserve to be first in all aspects of the system. But that’s not always been the case. G. Guimont Fairmont Hot Springs

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Pete’s Marina will expand boat launch By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff Expect to see more organized use of the boat launch under Athalmer bridge this summer. Doug McIntosh, the owner of the land and the marina lease, approached council last December with an idea to clear up congestion at Invermere’s main boat launch facility. Between May and September, Pete’s Marina will offer a secure boat storage facility for up to 60 vessels. The storage area will use existing fences, but the height of the fences will increase to six feet. Thirteen large Black Ash trees will be planted around the compound. In addition, Pete’s Marina will offer a boat concierge service that will use a lift to transfer boats from the storage into the water. Mr. McIntosh will continue to provide public park-

During summer, the marina houses multiple leisure craft. ing on his land to enable public use of the launch. “It was absolute insanity last summer,” Mr. McIntosh told council. “I think we can do a better job.

We might fall on our face but I’d like to have a shot at this.” Council voted on Tuesday to allow a two-year temporary use permit for the land. However, three amendments were made to the application. Mayor Gerry Taft stipulated that the storage only be used between May and September, and required a $500 annual rent for use of the district’s lane ways around the land. Councillor Spring Hawes asked that no criteria be placed on who could use the service so it was available to the general public. The vote passed four to one. Councillor Hawes did not support the overall lease. “I think our long-term direction should be towards managing the traffic on the lake. I feel we should be doing that now, rather than move in a direction we will have to undo at a later time,” Ms. Hawes said.

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PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE BYLAW AMENDMENTS - WINDERMERE The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Board of Directors is considering an application by Barbara Moller to amend the Lake Windermere Official Community Plan and the Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw. If approved, the amendments will change the designation of the existing three lots to allow residential use. The subject properties are located on Birch Street in Windermere as shown on the attached map and legally described as: • Amended Lot 3 (See 186103I), Block E, District Lot 8, Kootenay District, Plan 2975 • Lot 4, Block E, District Lot 8, Kootenay District, Plan 2975 • Lot 5, Block E, District Lot 8, Kootenay District, Plan 2975 Bylaw No. 2144 cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – Lake Windermere Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 2061, 2008 – Amendment Bylaw No. 4, 2009 (Windermere / Moller)” will change the OCP designation of the properties from C, General Commercial to R-SF, Residential Low Density. Bylaw No. 2145 cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw No. 900, 1992 – Amendment Bylaw No. 230, 2009 (Windermere / Moller)” will change the zoning designation of the properties from C-1, Community Commercial Zone to R-1, Single Family Residential Zone and R-2, Two Family Residential Zone. A public hearing will be held at:

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The Board has delegated the holding of this hearing to the Directors for Electoral Area F, Electoral Area G, and the District of Invermere. If you believe that your interest in property is affected by the proposed Bylaw, you may prior to the hearing: • inspect the Bylaw and supporting information at the RDEK office in Cranbrook from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday; • mail, fax or email written submissions to the addresses/numbers shown above; or • present written and/or verbal submissions at the hearing. SUBMISSIONS CANNOT BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE PUBLIC HEARING All written submissions are public information pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This notice is not an interpretation of the Bylaw. For more information, contact Jean Terpsma, Planning Technician, at 250.489.0314 or toll free at 1.888.478.7335. Andrew McLeod, Manager Planning & Development Services April 3, 2009


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As the warmer weather arrives, so do the ticks. Interior Health reminds people to take steps to prevent tick bites, especially if walking or hiking in tall grass or wooded areas. Ticks are tiny bugs that feed on the blood of humans and animals and can sometimes transmit disease. Kent Kebe, manager of the Radium Visitor Centre, said they have been getting reports that the ticks seem to be worse this year. The best protection is to wear appropriate clothing in areas where ticks may be present, especially from May to November. Anyone spending time outdoors in tall grass or wooded areas should take precautions: • Walk on cleared trails wherever possible when walking in tall grass or woods. • Wear a hat, long sleeves and pants, and light coloured clothing. • Tuck pant legs into socks or boots. • Put insect repellent containing DEET on all un-

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KAIN FILM FEST The The second second annual annual Conrad Conrad Kain Kain Mountain Mountain Film Film Night Night will will take place at J. Alfred Laird take place at J. Alfred Laird School School on on Friday, Friday, April April 24th. 24th. This This painting painting of of the the storied storied mountaineer mountaineer by by the the noted noted local local artist artist Pat Pat Bavin Bavin will will be be raffled off as a fundraiser. raffled off as a fundraiser. See See Page Page 18 18 for for more! more!





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Art From the Heart • Pynelogs Cultural Centre Art From the Heart: Part 5 · Open daily from 11 am to 4 pm.

Pynelogs Café Open • Wed to Sun 11 am - 4 pm Build a House for Community Birds • Workshop Saturday April 18, 10 – 1 pm.

What does ART mean to you? Montreal Guitar Trio Concert • Christ Church Trinity Friday April 17 at 7:30 pm.

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

Movie Review: Cassandra’s Dream cessful uncle, the two brothers have dreams and aspirations that exceed their ability to actually achieve them. Driven on the one hand by a love interest (played by Hayley Atwell) and on the other by mounting gambling debts, the two brothers appeal to their rich uncle for financial help. Uncle Howard (played by Tom Wilkinson) is willing to help, if the brothers can solve one of his own problems: quiet an accountant who is threatening to bring down his financial house of cards. In Greek mythology, Cassan-

Reviewed by Brian Geis I like Woody Allen. In fact, I like Woody Allen so much I’ve seen most of his movies and even own some of his published work. I think he is funny . . . very funny. Cassandra’s Dream, however, is not one of his funny movies. It’s a morality tale involving two goodhearted, working-class brothers, played by Ewan McGregor and Colin Farrell, who make one wrong, fateful decision. The sons of a weak father who are pushed by their mother to identify with their more suc-

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Music • visual arts • dining • Bar Scene • entertainment • performance ARTS Wednesday, April 22nd

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• 7:30 p.m.: Food Matters: The Importance of Our Community Greenhouse by Lin Steedman. The lecture is part of the Wild Voices Speaker Series at David Thompson Secondary School Theatre. Admission $7, students free. • Kootenay Savings would like to challenge you to walk or carpool to work on Earth Day. Visit the bank to make an Earth Day pledge and take part in our clothing swap. For info: 250-342-6961.

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Friday, April 17th:

• 9 a.m.: Ministry of Forest Fire Suppression free refresher course at Brisco Community Hall. For info:

• 7 p.m.: Montreal Guitar Trio at Christ Church Trinity. For info: 250-342-4423. • 7:30 p.m.: Ben Atherton-Zeman and his performance, “Voices of Men – a One-Man Play Working to End Men’s Violence Against Women” at David Thompson Secondary School Theatre. Donations to the Women’s Services of the Family Resource Centre would be gratefully accepted at the door. NB: The performance includes scenes depicting violence against women.

Saturday, April 18th: • 10 a.m.: Wings Over the Rockies Build a House for Community Birds workshop at the Community Greenhouse. For info: 250-342-0539. • 26th Annual David Thompson Secondary School Big Band Dance. Tickets available from Dave’s Book Bar, Sears, and any senior band member. For info: Greg Constable at 250-342-9213, ext. 136. • Experienced Trail Runner Camp at Nipika Mountain Resort. Tips, yoga, lunch, Parks Canada presentation, cross-fit session and training schedule included to get you trained for the Crazy Soles Nipika Trail Run on May 30th. For info: 250-342-2074. • UFC 97 and Ring Girl Tryouts at Bud’s Bar & Lounge. For info: 250-342-2965.

Monday, April 20th: • 7:30 p.m.: Friends of Kootenay National Park AGM at Radium Visitor Centre.

Tuesday, April 21st: • Quebec soul band Madcaps at Bud’s Bar & Lounge. For info: 250-342-2965.

Friday, April 24th: • 9:15 a.m.: Learning From the Land – Linda Peterat and Stacy Friedman lecture at the Community Greenhouse. For info: 250-342-0539. • 4:30-7 p.m. and 7:30-10 p.m.: Ladies’ Night Out “Celebrating Women” at Pamper Yourself Spa. Free admission. For info: 250-341-6266. • 5:30 p.m.: Crop Night at Scrappy-Do’s. Please call 250-342-7238 to reserve your spot. • 7 p.m.: Second Annual Conrad Kain Mountain Film Night at J. Alfred Laird School. Tickets $12 adults, children under eight free.

info: 250-345-6346. • Swollen Members at Bud’s Bar. For info: 342-2965.

Sunday, April 26th: • 9:30 a.m.: Living Roofs and Walls with Geneviève Noel – seminar at the Community Greenhouse. For info: 250-342-0539. • 5 p.m.: Pajama Party at Lake Windermere Alliance Church, Invermere for girls aged 12 to 17. Special guest Charmaine Champion, recording artist and speaker. Cost is $35, including food and drink, concert, speaking session and free gift.

Monday, April 27th: • 7 p.m.: Ladies’ Night Out at Lake Windermere Alliance Church. Theme: Women Under Construction. Tickets $8. For info: 250-347-7750. • Matt Anderson, blues, roots and rock hybrid, at Copper City Saloon. For info: 250-341-3344.

Tuesday, April 28th: • Wings Over the Rockies: Art Show at Pynelogs Cultural Centre until May 10th. Artist opening Wednesday, April 29th, 7-9 p.m.

Wednesday, April 29th: • 7 p.m.: An Evening in Niger with Lisa Rohrick at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. Free admission.

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Thursday, April 30th:

• 10 a.m. to noon: Valley Pride Day, valley-wide cleanup day from Edgewater to Canal Flats, sponsored by Columbia Valley Service Clubs Alliance. For info: Steve at 250-342-3825 or Milt at 250-342-3353. • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Grand Opening of the Community Greenhouse. Guided tours, food for sale, prizes, expert gardeners’ advice. Ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1 p.m. with Invermere and Windermere Children’s Choir. For info: 250-342-0539. • 1 p.m.: Kain Krank Bouldering Festival at J. Alfred Laird School. For info: • Columbia Valley Cycling Society Bike and Gear Swap at Invermere Community Centre. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Drop your gear. 1-4 p.m. Come and buy gear. 4-5 p.m. Come get your unsold gear. For info: www. • Country music star Larry Berrio at Rockies at Riverside, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. Tickets $30 show only/$65 including southern BBQ buffet. For

• 7 p.m.: Author Carole Rubin will explain how to go pesticide-free at David Thompson Secondary School Theatre. Admission is free. For info: 250-341-6898.

Saturday, May 2nd: • 8 a.m.: Brisco Community Clean Up and Work Bee. For info:

Monday, May 4th-Sunday, May 10th: • Wings Over the Rockies bird festival. Forty-five high-quality, creative and educational events. For info: 250-342-4423.

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Montreal rock band comes to Bud’s Bar Two earlier albums, 2003’s Whole World and 2006’s High, and extensive cross-country touring (seven tours and over 600 gigs Montreal rockers the Madcaps will perunder their belt) have already earned this form at Bud’s Bar & Lounge on April 21st. hard-working posse a loyal fan base across The band has just come home to Canada Canada. from an amazing tour in France and you can They also scored commercial rock and feel their European vibe in the new sound. college radio play and Musique Plus and They rock! MuchMusic exposure for such tracks and Bud’s is doing a great service to our videos as No Way Out and What Goes On. community by not charging a cover – call The Madcaps’ audience now stands to it the Bud’s Stimulus Package! This affords expand dramatically with Kiss The Lion, a the community the chance to come out and disc which truly captures the fiery energy connect, enjoy the fantastic venue that Bud’s that has made them such favourites on the is and have an evening that isn’t going to club circuit. empty out the wallet. Vocalist, guitarist and songwriter FréAs a promoter, I can enthusiastically say déric Pellerin formed Madcaps back in Bud’s is the place to really get your groove 1997. The group has undergone personnel From left: the Madcaps are René de Montigny, Frédéric Pellerin, Jonathan on. So come down and let go of the day’s changes since then, as well as a gradual shift Gagné and Marie-Anne Arsenault. worries and fill your world with the love that in sonic emphasis. In it, they display all the controlled agression and only great live music provides. “When we started, it was more funky leonine grace associated with the king of the jungle. It The Madcaps released their third album, Kiss The and bluesy, but it is now more rock,” explained Frémarks them as a band to be reckoned with. Lions in February 2008. déric. Submitted by Debbie Fenton On Top Productions



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Thank You… so much to all who helped make the 2009 Windermere Community Easter Egg Hunt so special and successful!

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OPEN FOR BUSINESS – NDP candidate Norm Macdonald flung open the doors of his Invermere campaign office in Parkside Place on April 9th, and celebrated with a gathering of his supporters.

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READY, SET, LEARN Children born in 2005 and 2006 and their parents/guardians are invited to your local elementary school Please check specific dates and times for each school below

Enjoy…… • story time • parent information session • snack, • meet teachers and early childhood specialists All children will receive a special book and parents will receive a resource kit Windermere Elementary School; Wed., April 22, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. Register by phoning: 250-342-6640 Eileen Madson Primary School; Tuesday, April 28, 9:00 a.m. Register by phoning: 250-342-9315 Martin Morigeau Elementary School; Tuesday, May 5, 9:30 a.m. Register by phoning: 250-349-5665

Dapper’s Landing (formerly The Atrium) is the Valley’s newest family dining destination. Chefs Lara and Adrian McCormack’s menu includes flavourful selections for breakfast, lunch and dinner and special menus just for kids! Come for a grilled burger, a Black Angus steak, or one of our signature dishes—cioppino, baby back ribs, antipasti, and much more. We look forward to serving you soon. Located at the Riverside Golf Course Clubhouse (250.345.6346). Everyone is welcome! Images courtesy Windermere Valley Historical Society.

To assist with planning, please advise the school if your child has any food allergies Sponsored by: Ministry of Education, Ministry of Children and Family Development, Ministry of Health Services Hosted by: School District No. 6 (Rocky Mountain) in partnership with the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy

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New moms start cloth diaper business that the micro fleece in the cloth diaper held onto the contents of the diaper better then the disposables.” Did you know that it takes So the two friends started spending around 300 years for a disposable time sewing cloth diapers together. diaper to biodegrade? “We started sewing for own kids That means that since disposand our friends’ kids eight months ago,” able diapers came on the market Melissa said. some 60 years ago, not a single one “Then we decided a couple of has ever truly been “disposed”. months ago to start offering them on a New moms Crissy Stavrakov broader scale,” Crissy said. and Melissa Loverock are trying to Since then, the two have honed their do something about diaper trash on basic home-economics sewing skills. a local level. “It took a little trial and error but The two friends started a busiwe’ve come to perfect our diaper sewness, HoneyBugs Cloth Diapers, ing,” Crissy added. in February. Starting from $18 per Now they are offering cloth diapers diaper, Crissy and Melissa will hand to moms around the Columbia Valley. make customized diapers for your “We already have a lot of local suplittle one. port in our baby group circle but not The customer can choose the Melissa Loverock, left, with Trevor, and Crissy Stavrakov, with Mya, love sewing together. from pregnant moms or moms with size and colour of the diapers, older children,” Crissy pointed out. Crissy explained why she first tried cloth diapers which can be made from natural As well as being better for the enproducts such as hemp, bamboo and cotton using the when Mya was five months old. vironment, cloth diapers are better for the child’s and “There is an ease to using disposable diapers, but I the mother’s skin. FattyCakes pattern. “The pattern is tested and loved by thousands of always felt really guilty,” Crissy said. And they’re economical. It can cost up to $3,000 “The environment is in the forefront of all of our moms,” Melissa said. to dress a child in disposable diapers from birth to Stay-at-home mom Melissa and her husband Sean, minds and it’s a small piece that I thought my family potty training. an electrician, had their first child Trevor 13 months could do.” But cloth diapers can cost as little as $100 to $500 Melissa tried the first cloth diaper on Trevor when ago. for three years. And they can be reused on other chilA registered nurse, Crissy is married to physician he was three months old. dren. “I found that Trevor had more blow-outs in the Chris Gooch and they have a one-year-old daughter, To order HoneyBugs Cloth Diapers, call 250-342disposables than the cloth,” she explained. “I found 0797 or look for the HoneyBugs group on Facebook. Mya. By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff


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Conrad Kain Mountain Film Night coming By Pioneer Staff Mountaineers and film lovers rejoice: the Conrad Kain Mountain Film Night has become an annual event, and the second installment promises a feast of films – nearly four hours of mountain adventure – on Friday, April 24th. Festival director and famous Canadian mountaineer Pat Morrow said the evening is comprised of local premieres from the best of the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival. It is presented by the Conrad Kain Centennial Society, which helps raise money for and awareness of this year’s centennial of the arrival in Canada of the storied mountain guide and Wilmer resident. Two of the longer films this year are his favourites, Mr. Morrow said. In Borealis, filmmaker Frank Wolf embarks on a 3000-kilometre canoe journey from Winnipeg to Ontario to raise awareness about the vulnerability of the Boreal forest. “This is very much a hand-made film, written, shot, edited and narrated by one person, who appears in the film along with his somewhat reluctant paddling

partner,” Mr. Morrow commented. “It’s a heavy-duty backwoods trip put together in a lighthearted way.” Journey of a Red Fridge is the story of a 17-yearold boy named Hari Rai and his extraordinary journey through the Himalayan mountains of Nepal. This slow-moving film gives the viewer an intimate look at the tough life of a porter through Hari’s eyes. Sandwiched between these two films, Mr. Morrow said, are a range of peppy mountaineering, unicycling, big mountain skiing and environmental films that will both entertain and inspire. Artist Pat Bavin (also a CKCS member) has created a Kain-themed painting (see left and page 11) and donated it to the society as a fundraiser. Raffle tickets will go on sale on the eve of the Conrad Kain Mountain Film Night, April 24th, and continue to sell until the draw on July 11th at the Conrad Kain Memorial Cairn unveiling ceremony in Wilmer. Tickets will be available through the Kain website (www.conradkain. com), as well as at Bavin Glassworks and Columbia Valley Trading Company in Invermere. Door prizes range from overnight passes to Alpine Club of Canada mountain huts, to a backpack from Ortovox Canada, and a stunning, framed aerial photo of the Bugaboos by photographer John Scurlock. Mike Mortimer, president of the UIAA and a representative of the Rocky Mountain Section of the ACC, will be a presenter.

A brief talk on Conrad Kain’s life and times and a selection of films from the festival will be shown to the students of J. Alfred Laird prior to the evening’s program. This year, a climber’s meet — the Kain Krank Bouldering Festival — will be held the day after the film festival in the same location. Mike Baker (, a CKCS member, is organizing the event. Six lucky kids will be chosen to spend three days and two nights at Conrad Kain Hut in the Bugaboos. Plus 15 more, Pat Morrow said, will be chosen to hike in to Appleby campground area above the hut to be exposed to the spectacular scenery, which he hopes will trigger a natural desire to come back for more with family and friends. About Conrad Kain Conrad Kain was a mountaineer and a man of nature. He had many admirable characteristics, which included a positive attitude, friendly demeanour, physical strength and ability to find his way to the top of nearly everything he laid his eyes on. The CKCS thanks the Eleanor Luxton Historical Foundation in Banff which has, once again, provided a grant to support the efforts to educate the public about Conrad Kain’s legacy.

What’s the Kain Krank Bouldering Festival? The Kain Krank Bouldering Festival is a fun day out for climbers of all abilities. On April 25th, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the Conrad Climbing Wall at Laird School, participants will learn new skills, be challenged on the wall and will have a chance to win one of many draw prizes. Although the event is primarily non-competitive, there will be a challenge for participants with a competitive nature. This is one of many events involved in the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Kain’s arrival in Canada. The price of admission is $10 for adults and $5 for

students. All of the funds raised will support the Conrad Kain Climbing Wall and the Conrad Kain Centennial Society. According to organizer Mike Baker, bouldering is mentally and physically challenging and, most importantly, fun. “Last year, I participated in a bouldering competition and had a blast!” Mr. Baker said. “This year, I decided to organize a bouldering event at the Conrad Kain Climbing wall in order for local climbers to experience the fun. Bouldering is ropeless rock

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climbing at heights that will usually not result in injury if the boulderer should fall. I enjoy both the mental and physical challenges that bouldering offers. I find that, more often than not, the most creative (and flexible!) climber fares better than the climber with greater strength and physical ability. “Bouldering generates an extremely positive and social atmosphere among climbers. I love the cooperation of climbers who gather to solve a problem. In such an atmosphere camaraderie is easily achieved among climbers who may have only just met.”

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Candidates respond to the issues Question 5, three weeks to go: The Columbia Valley relies heavily on two industries, forestry and tourism. In this economy, it is clear some diversification is necessary. If elected, what will you do to foster a more diverse economy in this riding? Norm Macdonald, Golden, New Democratic Party Tourism and forestry are vital industries in the Columbia Valley, and both these industries have been hit hard. This has had serious consequences for the area, with the loss of jobs affecting not only individual families but the wider community. It is during these tough times that our economic development plans are put to the test, where we see just how effective our strategies were. One of the best economic development strategies is to ensure that we retain the jobs that we have, and work to protect existing industries that have provided economic opportunities for our communities for so long. Too many jobs have been lost in forestry. The forest industry is in crisis in British Columbia. Previous governments understood the value of this industry and they understood the role that government plays in promoting policy that supports and protects this industry. Unfortunately, the Campbell government has taken the completely opposite approach, leaving forest-dependent communities in the lurch. We can diversify economy by supporting other struggling industries, such as agriculture and the arts. A few simple things could be done to make it easier for farmers and other agricultural producers to make a living. And cultural activities in our communities have proven to be very successful economic generators.

We also have to be sure that we put in place both social and physical infrastructure. These are the amenities that encourage lifestyle entrepreneurs to move to our communities and develop their businesses here. We need to address the lack of childcare, the shortcomings in seniors’ care, and the lack of access to broadband internet in rural areas that can keep people from choosing this area for their businesses. Building a vibrant and diversified economy requires a real economic plan. A plan should protect existing jobs and work to provide the necessary public infrastructure to promote a healthy lifestyle. That will draw entrepreneurs who have the choice to live anywhere but will choose to live here. Mark McKee, Revelstoke, Liberal Party Let’s be realistic: fostering a more diverse economy is the work of years, not months. However, there are things that we can do to improve. The most important thing is fostering entrepreneurism. We need to encourage people who have great ideas. Only the Liberals have the policies of reducing taxes and red tape. The NDP, with its high-taxation policies and ideological blinkers, is not equipped to foster and nurture a business environment. Encouraging the establishment of green industries in our riding is extremely important. Green energy is key — something opponents of IPPs


may not wish to hear. Not only should we continue to consider thoughtful, sustainable and low-impact IPPs, but our municipalities and existing forestry companies should consider working together on co-generation plants that use wood chips and sawdust to generate electricity. I’m not certain which budding, green industries might locate here, but, unless we begin now, we could see them developed in other parts of B.C. We must sell them on our lifestyle, our natural environment, and the availability of clean, green power. (Note: The David Suzuki Foundation buys its power from the Alkokolex IPP near Revelstoke.) We should continue promoting exports of our timber products to other markets like China. We should be producing a wider range of wood products designed for the truly environmentally aware. Encouraging higher utilisation of fibre and a strong commitment to bioenergy will provide incentives to invest and prepare for our economic rebound. B.C.’s forest industry will recover faster and go further. Look at this great region and province. It’s an extremely desirable place to be. The premier has made a commitment to double tourism by 2015. The B.C. Liberals have more than doubled the tourism budget to approximately $60 million. We’re having the greatest sporting event in the world next year and it will pay huge dividends. We’re rebuilding our economy and creating jobs — challenging and exciting times, working together on positive solutions.

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Take control of debt: A four step formula Over the last decade, Canada has become addicted to debt. According to a March 2004 report issued by Statistics Canada, for every $100 in disposable income, Canadian households owed an average of $102.90 in debt, including consumer credit and mortgages. The Vanier Institute of the Family says the average level of household debt in Canada has now risen to $90,000 – $24,800 more than the average annual household income. Among the biggest contributors to personal debt? Credit cards. Obviously, owing more than your income is rarely a good way to achieve financial independence. So if you find yourself having difficulty staying ahead of your bills, take heart. There are ways to reduce your debt and take back control of your finances. Here are four simple steps to help get you started.

Assess your situation The first step to getting out of debt is to assess your current situation. Answer the following questions for yourself: what debts do I owe? When are they due? At what rate of interest? After you’ve compiled a catalogue of your obligations, ask yourself how much you can reasonably put toward each of those debts each month. Writing this information down will put your situation into perspective, and provide you with a road map for regaining control of your finances.

Control spending It’s hard to reduce your debt without setting limits on your spending. Give yourself a specific amount of money to spend each week on essentials as well as miscellaneous expenses. Withdraw this amount in cash at the beginning of the week—do not use credit cards! Once you’ve spent your allowance, you’re done for the week. This “get tough” approach will slowly wean you off of credit.

Track your spending To prevent yourself from sliding into debt again, you must understand how you got into trouble in the first place. You can do this by tracking your expenses for a specific time period—say, one month. Keep a small notepad with you and make a note of every dollar that leaves your wallet. Once you see how you’re spending your money, you’ll be in a better position to change spending habits and trim unnecessary expenses.

Consider a consolidation loan If your debts are substantial, consider a consolidation loan. By lumping smaller debts into a single, large debt, you can keep better track of your progress. More

importantly, consolidation loans are often available at lower rates of interest than credit cards and other loans. That could help you shave months off your payment schedule. Be wary off consolidation addiction, however! Consolidation addiction has been created by cheap and easy credit from banks and mortgage brokers. Individuals spend money they don’t have, get depressed at how long it will take to pay it off, consolidate the debt against their house and great rates and generous terms and then start all over again.

Staying debt-free over the long term Understand that financial freedom isn’t a one-time event. Rather, it is an ongoing process that requires patience and discipline. In the end, whether you’re successful or not at reducing your debt depends largely on making a lifelong commitment to being responsible with your money.

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Invermere to build a disc golf course By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff Pothole Park could have a free frisbee or “disc” golf course installed before it is completed in October. Last week council discussed the idea and agreed it would be a great contribution to the park. “I am as excited about disc golf as I am about the rest of Pothole Park,” said Mayor Gerry Taft. “It is a small amount of money and it’s such a unique thing.” Local disc golf enthusiast Jesse Tomalty got the idea going. After playing a home-made course off Westside Road south of Invermere, Jesse thought it’d be a good idea to build a course closer to home. He approached the Lake Windermere District Lions Club,

who were excited about the idea but couldn’t find a suitable location. Last summer Tim Goldie heard about Jesse’s idea and offered to start a petition at his restaurant, Peppi’s Pizzeria. More than 150 people signed the petition. “There are already lots of people into disc golf,” Tim said. “It’s a great spot for frisbee golf. It’s right in the centre of town and there are some nice trees. It would be a destination.” The idea brought the attention of a Parson man, Infinity Solstice. Infinity operates a disc golf course at Go Organic Sports Ranch in Parson, just south of Golden. With input from Jesse and Tim, Infinity submitted to the District of Invermere a plan and budget for a disc golf course in Pothole Park.

The nine-hole course would be built in the southern, deepest part of the park. There would be no cost to participate, but players would bring their own frisbees. Directional arrows and benches would mark the tee-off points and some kind of target would mark the “hole”. “It will help make Pothole Park alive and active,” said Mayor Taft when council reviewed the plan at a special meeting on Wednesday, April 1st. “Free recreation is also exciting. The more recreational activities we have, the better.” The District hopes to find $34,100 in surplus funding for the Pothole Park project to build the course this year. Failing that, the disc golf project would be pushed back to next year.

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Local groups help pave the Road to Rescue On Tuesday, Invermere Fire Department received another $45,000 for its rescue vehicle through the Lake Windermere District Lions Club’s Road to Rescue campaign. Another $12,000 was donated by the Regional District of East Kootenay last week, taking the current total up to $125,000. According to Lake Windermere District Lions Foundation president Rick Hoar, the latest funding announcements mean the organization is well on its way to raising the $475,000 it needs. “Right now, as it stands, we have a little over $125,000, which includes money in the bank and committed funds,” he said. “We have another $120,000 presently in applications before various groups. Our strategy this year is to apply for grants where matching funds can be applied as well as local fundraisers,” he said. “The lo-

cal community is coming on strong this year with various events planned, with every second weekend in May, June and July having something. There has been a shortfall in large company support towards the campaign.” Top: the Invermere Health Care Auxiliary donated $20,000. From left: Tom McNeil, Invermere Fire Department; Liz Hercina, Evelyn Baertschi and Mariane Comis, Invermere Health Care Auxiliary; Rick Hoar, Lake Windermere District Lions Club; and Roger Ekman, Invermere Fire Department. Bottom: the Columbia Basin Trust donated $25,000 through the Community Development Program. From left: Tom McNeil and Roger Ekman, Invermere Fire Department; Katherine Hamilton, Columbia Basin Trust; and Rick Hoar, Lake Windermere District Lions Club. Photos by Sally Waddington

The RDEK is soliciting interest from members of the public to represent the Columbia Valley (Electoral Areas F & G) on the RDEK’s Board of Variance. The preferred candidate will have experience in land use planning, land development or the construction industry and be willing to occasionally travel to Cranbrook to attend meetings. The Board of Variance is a decision-making body that considers minor variances to bylaws to relieve hardship or extend non-conforming uses. The operation of the Board is governed by the Local Government Act and RDEK bylaws. The Board is composed of three members, one from each RDEK subregion. There is presently a vacancy for the Columbia Valley position. The Board meets about once per year to consider applications. There is no compensation for sitting on the Board or attending meetings, other than for travel expenses. If you are interested in applying for the position please submit a letter indicating your experience no later than May 1, 2009 to: Regional District of East Kootenay Attn: Andrew McLeod 19 – 24 Avenue South Cranbrook BC V1C 3H8 or For further information contact Andrew McLeod, Manager of Planning & Development Services at 250.489.2791, toll-free at 1.888.478.7335 (RDEK) or

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New café opens beside Interior World seven years of operation. Now the space is a café again. Kootenay Coffee on Main is more up-scale than Chris’s original café, with leather chairs, handmade wood tables and a rustic log counter. The menu will be similar, though, with “good, home-cooked fare,” Chris said. As with Kootenay Coffee Works, Kootenay Coffee on Main will sell favourites like breakfast bagels and hearty sandwiches. With 22 years’ experience in the food and beverage industry, Chris makes all the food himself on-site. Since coming to the valley in 1993, he has worked as a chef at RK Heliski and Radium Resort. “I like the valley and it’s conducive to my lifestyle,” Chris said. “I can go home at the end of the day and spend time with my

By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff

A new coffee shop opened beside Interior World on 7th Avenue, Invermere, on Wednesday, April 8th. Kootenay Coffee on Main is an offshoot of Kootenay Coffeeworks, the valley favourite located next to Bavin Glassworks on Athalmer Road. Owner Chris Boulton took over Tex’s Coffeeworks last June when owner Tex Lortscher retired. “I heard Tex was retiring and I looked at the business and thought it was a good fit,” Chris said. Now Chris has expanded his coffee shop into a second location in downtown Invermere. After 22 years in the food and beverage industry, café owner Chris Boulton knows his beans. He and business partner Karl Conway, who also owns Interior The location has been a part of Interior World’s World, had long thought about it. floor space for the past two years, but prior to that it family.” “When we purchased Tex’s, we talked about starting a café from scratch. We have always planned to was The Gallery Café. Previous owners Alison Bell and Kootenay Coffee on Main is open from 7 a.m. to Joyce Hutchinson closed up shop in March 2007 after 5 p.m., seven days a week. open a second one,” Chris said.

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Fine Homeservices adds showroom By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff

in during construction. Now they offer a full range of bags and filters in their home-based showroom. Fine Homeservices also specializes in vacuum repairs and is an official warranty depot for Vacuflo, Aqua-Air, Electrolux, Beam, Eureka, Sears Kenmore and Broan Nutone. “Basically we are now covering all aspects of vacuum cleaners – commercial and residential,” Glenda said. Sheldon and Glenda moved to the valley in 1992 from Saskatchewan. They have one child, Savannah, 15. The couple opened the company in 2001 after Sheldon learned of the opportunity when he was approached by Vacuflo operations in Calgary and Toronto. “We really saw a need for it here in the valley with all the new construction,” Glenda

For many, the thought of dragging out the vacuum cleaner inspires only groans, but not for Sheldon and Glenda Lindsay. The couple, owners of Fine Homeservices located just north of Windermere, have just added a whole new avenue to their central vacuum installation business. “Our goal is to provide a high level of customer service to our existing and future clients,” Glenda said. So when the valley’s main supplier of vacuum bags and filters went out of business last fall, opening up the retail and repair end of their Sheldon Lindsay and his wife Glenda are now selling and repairing business seemed only natural for the couple. vacuums at their home outside Windermere. Photo by Cayla Gabruck A central vacuum system involves installing a vacuum canister and attaching it to tems are environmentally friendly – they use no bags pipes which run throughout the walls of a home, like or filters, but are simply vented outside, eliminating said. plumbing. According to Glenda, a central ‘vac’ system the majority of the allergens in your home. The business was successful from the start and has eliminates the the hassle of carrying around a heavy The price isn’t bad, either. According to Glenda, been growing steadily ever since. Eventually, Glenda vacuum, as you simply use the hose and wand. installing a complete central vac system into an aver- said, they would like to open a retail store in down“It’s also a lot easier on your furnishings and age-size home at the time of construction would cost town Invermere. woodwork,” she said. “You’re not bumping into things less than $2,000. For more information on Fine Homeservices call with the canister and you’re not leaving wheel marks Previously, Fine Homeservices only sold and in- Sheldon or Glenda at 250-342-9207 or visit their on your hardwood.” stalled central vacuums into homes, whether that showroom located at 1265 Sunridge Road/Highway And, Glenda added, Vacuflo central vacuum sys- meant retrofitting existing homes or putting pipes 93/95, just outside of Windermere.

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Redstreak ready after prescribed burn Submitted by Karen Lassen Parks Canada On Wednesday, April 8th, burning conditions were optimal and fire crews and equipment from throughout the Columbia Valley were in place. At noon, Bruce Sundbo, Incident Commander on the Parks Canada Fire Management Team, gave the signal to IGNITE! Jamie Kroeger, Ignition Team Crew Leader, lit her drip torch to the dry grasses. This set into flame the 100-hectare Redstreak Restoration Area on the lower bench of Redstreak Mountain above Radium Hot Springs. With winds from the northeast fanning the flames, the fire moved progressively through this open forest and grassland area. Water supplies with hose lines were in place. Crews monitored and professionally tended the fire. Helicopter support with a bucket on a long line was used to wet down perimeter areas crews could not

reach with the hose line. The burn was completed by the end of the afternoon. Good venting conditions lifted the smoke out of the Columbia Valley trench. Patches of unburned grass will serve as natural seed sources for the surrounding blackened areas. In 2005, when the area was last burned, green-up occurred within three weeks. Rick Kubian, Fire and Vegetation Specialist for Kootenay, Yoho and Lake Louise Field Unit, Parks Canada and a research team were very busy gathering fire specific scientific data. This information gathered will be used to plan future prescribed fires with more understanding. A network of heat sensors and cameras was in place to record surface and subsurface temperatures as well as flame heights throughout the Redstreak study area. “We are attempting to really fine-tune this prescription for burning,” Mr. Kubian commented. “We

IGNITE!—Parks Canada’s Karen Lassen snapped these photos of the prescibed burn of the 100-hectare Redstreak Restoration Area to maintain Bighorn Sheep habitat and reduce the risk of wildfire to the Village of Radium. The area is ready for use again and should be green again in as little as three weeks. Photos submitted by Parks Canada

want detailed knowledge of the specific fire effects so we can mimic optimal natural fire cycles. This will best serve to maintain the open historic forest-grasslands previously found extensively in the Columbia Valley.” If burn temperatures become too high and deeply scorch the soil, he said, it can hinder native bunchgrass establishment. This Restoration Area will be burned every five years. The goals are to maintain Bighorn Sheep habitat and reduce the risk of wildfire to the Village of Radium. The upper slopes of Redstreak Mountain are also planned for a prescribed fire, with planning and fireguard placement work currently being done. The area was open to the public immediately after the burn and is as safe as any wildland area can be. To Radium and Columbia Valley residents, a big thank you is extended for the support and tolerance of the thinning and pile burning work done during the past winter.

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Locals top Fairmont’s Jibs and Rails contest Submitted by Paul Whittle On a wet, grey, snowy Sunday in March the Jibs and Rails snowboard contest took place at Fairmont Hot Springs. Despite the rain down low in the valley, spirits were not dampened as preparation and warmups for the competition took place. After a strong warm-up from all the riders, the contest started at noon. The snowboarders were split up into three age categories: 12 and under, 13-16 and 17+. With strong levels of riding in all groups, the standard was set high right from the start. The cloud was looming and the snow was falling but the contest was heating up. Snowboarders in the 12 and under age group went first, with almost all tackling and riding the bigger rails. Some of the smaller riders were the same height as the rails but that didn’t stop them. Young snowboarders Oliver Orchiston and Maxim Bouianova really impressed the judges, stepping up the contest and laying it all on the line in the search for victory. Competition in the 13-16 age group was highly anticipated, with the level of riding being pushed after each run through the park. Local snowboarders Adam Elwakeel and Colby Bracken showed that the practice and training were worthwhile, pushing each other all the way down to the last run, with only two points separating them in the final standings. The eldest age group, 17+, featured local riders John Bianhanc and Phillip Boyer, as well as riders from

Medicine Hat. These riders were the last to drop into the terrain park so the pressure was on after watching the younger riders impress the judges with their bags of tricks. The competitors went all out with everything to win. Local rider John Bianhanc set the standard with a variety of technical rail tricks, while Mike Stadnyk put it all on the line, winning Best Crash and earning the nickname “Method Man� from the judges. After a good, fun snowboard competition the riders made their way down the mountain to the ski lodge, where the scores were added up and awards were handed out. In the 12 and under category, Noah Scott won first place, while Jon Downey and Kyle Mclean came second and third respectively. Taylor Scott secured victory in the 13-16 age group, with Adam Elwakeel taking second place and Colby Bracken in third. First place in the 17+ age group was won by John Bianhanc, second place was Mike Stadnyk and third place was local Fairmont snowboarder Phillip Boyer. Other awards were Best Rail Trick, won by John Bianhanc, Best Jib by Noah Scott, King of the Mountain awards given to Oliver Orchiston and Maxim Bouianova, and Mike Stadnyk was awarded Best Crash. Many thanks to Lone and Peter Harding at Fairmont Ski and Snowboard Rentals, Jeremy at Syndicate Boardshop and Fairmont Hot Springs Resort for their support and donation of prizes, as well as everyone who helped to make the contest possible. See you next year.

Taylor Scott was top in the 13-16 age group at Fairmont’s March snowboarding event. Photo submitted.

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April 17, 2009

Local skiers head to Whistler Cup By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff Four local ski teens travelled to Whistler last week to compete with the world’s best 11 to 14-yearold ski racers at the 2009 Whistler Cup. Martin Grasic, Courtney Hoffos, Stephen Bagan and Barbara Jenkinson, all members of the Windermere Valley Ski Club, were among 390 athletes chosen to participate in the annual event held at Whistler Blackcomb Resort. Martin was as one of nine boys from across the country selected to represent Canada in the event, but he said, the fact that he was joined Top, left to right: Martin Grasic, Courtney Hoffos, Barby three of his teammates, who bara Jenkinson and Stephen Bagan travelled to Whiswere picked to compete unofficially, tler last weekend. Right: Martin was selected to race for made the experience much better. Team Canada at the event. “It was lots of fun and a good learning experience,” said 14-yearPhotos by Cayla Gabruck (above) and Curtis Ritz old Martin Grasic. “It was really fun to have my teammates there, too.” Now in its 17th year, the Whistler Cup brings Windermere, competed Giant Slahundreds of young athletes from around the world to lom, placing 47th; Slalom, placCanada for what is one of only eight annual world- ing 32nd; and 45th in the Kombi class international events in the world for skiers aged course. The following three racers competed in the K2 11 to 14 years. All four racers from the area competed in three category, designed for racers aged 13 to 14. Barbara Jenkinson, 14, of Invermere, also competevents, some placing higher than others, but all agreeing that competing in the Whistler Cup was a great ed in the Giant Slalom, placing 68th; Slalom, placing 40th; and 50th in the Super G. learning experience. Martin Grasic, of Invermere, competed in SlaK1 racer, 11-year-old Courtney Hoffos of

lom, placing 17th; and the Super G and Giant Slalom race. Stephen Bagan, 14, of Invermere, competed in the Slalom, Super G and the Giant Slalom race. No matter what their individual results, the four still finished on top as Canada claimed the Whistler Cup for the first time since 2007. This has been a busy season for the four teens. Just a week before their Whistler Cup debut, Martin and Stephen competed in the President’s Choice Canadian K2 Championships at Silver Star Mountain Resort in Vernon, B.C. Martin took home a bronze medal in the Super G race. Barbara competed in the K2 Western Championships held in Jasper. She was named top overall female athlete, finishing with two silver medals and two fourths. Courtney also competed in the K1 Western Championships. Igor Zagernik, coach of the Windermere Valley Ski Club, said that he is very proud of the team’s performance at the Whistler Cup. “I think they all did a really good job just to qualify for this race,” he said. “I am really happy with our club. It is really small, with only 11 kids in the K1 and K2 level, so to have four of them there – that is really good for a small club like ours.”

Snow Scene: a great year for freestyle skiing By Mike Meadus Panorama Mountain Freeride Club Can you believe it? Another winter has passed and spring is on the way! Panorama Mountain Freeride Club would like to thank Panorama Mountain Village for keeping the mountain in great shape for an excellent year of riding. We saw a few changes this year at Panorama: the moving of the terrain park and ramping up of the slopestyle competition to a freestyle weekend. The Showoff Freestyle Weekend, held March 13th to 15th, consisted of a Jr. Slopestyle (6-11), Open Slopestyle, (12 and up) and Big Air competition. The weekend brought B.C. Freestyle team athletes, clubs and independent athletes together for a competition which determined the best of the best. Slopestyle is a mix of rails and jumps and it is up to the athlete to put together the most outstanding

run. In the Big Air competition, athletes hit a jump, getting as high as 35 feet and travelling more than 75 feet from jump to landing. This allows them a huge amount of air time to do manoeuvres. We would like to congratulate the following local athletes on their success in the Slopestyle event. Category M2: Gavin Crowley, 3rd; M3: Michael Brush, 1st; M4: Zak Opheim, 4th. Jr. Slopestyle, female: Zoe McGrath, 1st; Isabella Hul, 2nd; Aspen Ranger, 3rd; Mikayla Wood, 4th; and Kaleigh Meadus, 6th. Jr. Slopestyle, male: Elijah Chilton, 4th; Connor Woodworth, 7th; Ethan Wood, 8th; Bradley Thomas, 11th; and Cameron Brush, 13th. Big Air: Seamus White, 4th. Panorama Mountain Freeride Club is now moving into its third year of operation. Next season we will have two certified “air” coaches and will be running a full park/air program for kids aged 11 and up. This will include jump training, which is critical

for the development and safety of our athletes. Athletes will then compete in B.C. freestyle events and have the opportunity to move onto the provincial team. Another addition to our programs will be the Big Mountain Tour. These competitions simulate on a smaller scale the big mountain skiing. In this competition the athlete starts at a gate at the top of a mountain face and finishes at the bottom, in between facing around 300 metres of vertical drop anywhere from 35 to 50 degrees steep with hits, trees and cliffs featured on the descent. The most creative lines and spectacular skiing win the competition. Thanks to Panorama Mountain Village for their ongoing support in the development of freestyle skiing in our community. They provide youth with so many winter sport options and what better way to endure the winter than to get out and be active?

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P ioneer C lassifieds ANNOUNCEMENT

SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 6 International Student Program

HOMESTAYS NEEDED School District No. 6 (Rocky Mt.) requires host families in Invermere to accommodate International students for David Thompson Secondary School immediately and also starting September 2009. Host families provide a family environment with a private bedroom, three meals a day, a study area, transportation assistance and high speed internet access. Remuneration of $600.00 per month per child 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

Obituary Karen Dagny Lautrup January 22nd, 1908-February 23rd, 2009 Karen Dagny Lautrup passed away peacefully in the early hours of February 23rd, 2009, at Columbia House in Invermere, B.C. at the age of 101. Born in Denmark, she immigrated to Canada in 1930. Working first in Acadia Valley, then Calgary and later in Radium Hot Springs where she met Valdemar Lautrup. They married in 1933 in Calgary and left to reside in Moncton, New Brunswick, where their first son, Kenneth, was born in 1934. The next year they arrived back in the valley and in 1940 their second son, George, was born in Invermere, B.C. Karen had a strong entrepreneurial spirit and worked hard doing many things related to farming, along with building and operating a motel. She had a green thumb and her flower display was a tribute to that. She was a resident of Edgewater for 73 years, predeceased in 1996 by her husband, Valdemar. They had been married for 63 years. She lived in her own home until March 2008. Karen is survived by her two sons, Kenneth (Lisbeth) and George (Jeanette), seven grandchildren, Laurie (Leena) Lautrup, Karen (David) Peacock, Bruce (Kelly) Lautrup, Keith Lautrup, Joanne (Dale) Steedman, Lynnell (Jesse) Hudey, Gale (Nick) Gemmell, 16 great grandchildren, a niece Bente Petersen and a nephew Niels (Marie) Molbak and several nieces and nephews in Denmark. The family would like to express their thanks to the staff of Columbia House. A service will be held in Edgewater at the All Saints Church on May 2nd at 2 p.m. Interment to follow. Memorial donations can be made to Edgewater Cemetery Fund, PO Box 16, Edgewater, B.C., V0A 1E0



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In loving memory of Margaret Case April 19, 2003 If tears could build a stairway And memories a lane We’d climb right up to Heaven And bring you home again. Remembered always, With love. Ray, Robbie, Chuck, Babe, Heather and families.

Options for Sexual Health Clinic in Invermere is looking for volunteers. Interest in sexual health and youth is a must. Commitment is as little or as much as you would like. Contact Crissy Stavrakov, clinic supervisor at 250-341-3241 for more info.

Financial professional looking for other professionals to share space with. I have a great location with excess room. Please call 250-270-0270.

Affordable accommodation in Radium. $425 and up. Call 250341-7022.

ANNOUNCEMENT Alcoholics Anonymous. Open to all. Regular meetings of the Columbia Valley A.A. are held at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday at the Valley Connection, far end of the Service B.C. building, 625-4th Street, Invermere. The Radium Friendship Group meets at 8 p.m. Friday at the Catholic Church, east side of Main Street, Radium.

Zehnder’s Local Beef (Free of antibiotics & growth hormones) Now available at Grant’s Foods 503 – 7th Avenue Scrapbooking Supplies, local, creative memories consultant for traditional and digital scrapbooking. Call Kathy, 250270-0254.



Royal Canadian Legion, Invermere Hall rental and catering. Reasonable rates. Contact Sylvia at 250-342-6559.

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

PAMPER YOURSELF SPA, INVERMERE Ladies’ Night Out. “Celebrating Women”. Ladies, you are invited to dress up and join your women friends for complimentary hors d’oeuvres, martinis, music, prizes and gifts. Demonstrations of latest spa technologies. Friday April 24th , 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm _OR_ 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm. By reserved ticket only. Phone or come in to reserve and pick up your tickets. Percentage of sales of gift certificates and products a fundraiser for Windermere Valley Child Care Society, 250341-6266, 1-877-341-6266. FREE admission.

380-square-foot garage available immediately. Great contractor location. Reduced to $300/month. Call Mom’s Upholstery, 250-342-0355.

WINDERMERE LADIES’ CLUB Opening day April 22, 2009 2:00 pm tee off. Come out and golf 18 holes and stay for wine & cheese.

commercial space Attention Contractors! Secure 20-foot storage container in fenced yard. Larger lots also available. Invermere Industrial Park. Call 250-342-2100 or 250346-3011. Panache Building, Invermere, BC. Beautiful building near public beach and walking distance to hundreds of condos in Canada’s most perfect fourseason town! 2400 feet on main, with two 1200-foot world-class apartments up. Perfect location for restaurant or retail. For info, call 250-342-5525.

suite for rent One or two bdrm bungalows, by the week or month, (250) 3456365 Fairmont Bungalows. 2 bdrm + den/3rd bdrm, all appliances, 5 mins. from D/T Invermere, N/S, N/P, $1250/ month + util, references required, 403-874-0483. 2 bdrm basement suite w/ private entrance, all appliances, 5 mins from D/T Invermere, N/S, N/P, $950/month + util. References required, available April 1st , 403-874-0483. Basement studio in Westside Park, $600/month, utilities include, W/D. 1 year lease, avail. May 1st or June 1st , 250-2700422. Panorama 1 bdrm, fully furnished, walk-out basement suite + garage on Greywolf Dr. $1200/month includes utilities, W/D, 403-861-1800. Invermere large 2 bdrm, 2 bath, upper suite in Black Forest Heights. Large lot, 2 decks, N/S, N/P, available April 23rd , $1050/ month, utilities included, 250342-9770. Invermere basement suite available Apr 1st to Sept 1st . Semi-furnished, good location, N/P, N/S, $575/month, cable, hydro, W/D included, 250-6880566. Private entrance, small detached suite, very quiet, good for single person, N/P, N/S, $575/month, hydro included, semi-furnished. Available May 1st , 250-3427000.

1 bdrm furnished basement suite, close to all amenities, quiet mature person, N/P, N/S, no parties, references, $700/ month + DD, utilities included, 250-342-9328. Radium 1 bdrm apartment, D/T location, $650/month. Call 250341-1577. 1 bdrm walk out basement suite, W/D, N/S, N/P, close to D/T Invermere and beaches. $600/ month, includes utilities and electricity, $300 DD, available May 1st , 250-342-7547. Large 1 bdrm walk-out basement suite, fridge, stove, W/D, N/P, N/S, ($650/1 person, $800/2 persons) + DD, utilities included. Available May 15th , 250-342-3474. Beautiful basement suite, separate entrance, newly renovated, new kitchen, new floors, 3 bdrm, large yard, shared garage, $1050/month, all inclusive. Call Jessica, 403473-7828. Invermere, large I bdrm, 2 level lower suite, partially furnished, private entrance, shared laundry, off-street parking, fireplace. N/P, N/S, available May 1st , $825/ month + DD, includes utilities, 250-341-6096.

Wilder Subdivision Front walk-out suite, separate entrance, own laundry, 2 bdrm, 1 bath, renovated kitchen, all appliances, 5 mins. to Kinsmen beach & D/T, N/S, N/P, $800 + ½ util. 403-287-1755.

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Wilder subdivision, 3 bdrm, 1 ½ bath house, N/P, N/S, long-term rental only. References required, $1100.00 + utilities, 250-3422052.

Spacious 2 bdrm, 1.5 bath, Willow View condo in Canal Flats. Beautiful 1000 sq. ft, newly built in 2007, in suite W/D, kitchen has 4 appliances, laminate flooring, 9’ ceiling on main floor. Furnished with dining set & futon. 10 min from Fairmont, 25 min from Invermere. Must see! $725 + utilities. Available May 1st , but can move in as early as Apr 16th . N/S, small pets negotiable. Call 403-873-8158, email for photos.

Invermere on the lake, new luxury fully furnished condo. 2 bdrm plus den, 2 bath, facing lake, underground parking. Avail. May 1. Weekly, monthly or long-term. Call 403-561-0111.

Canal Flats 2006 Moduline home next to golf course. Mint condition, plenty of room for R.V. etc. Pad rental $225/ month. $119,000 OBO, 250349-5439 or 250-4214790. Email for pictures.

1120 sq. ft. bungalow, 3 bdrm, 1 ½ bath, single detached garage, storage shed, main floor completely renovated, quiet neighbourhood, 7501 Revelstoke Ave, Radium. Asking $385,000, 250-347-2429.


250-342-5914 for seasonal or long term rentals or go online at “Available Now” Rockies West Realty Independently Owned & Operated

Windermere, Timber Ridge 1, 3 bdrm, 1.5 bath, fully furnished & stocked, N/S, N/P, available Sept. 1st , $1400/month +util on 12 month lease. Call 403287-9968. Brand new 4 bdrm, 2 bath home in Edgewater, all appliances. Right price for right person. Leave message, 250-341-3225. Radium duplex, 2 or 4 bdrm, all appliances included, N/S, N/P, new building. Call 403-2576253 or email Radium, 2 bdrm trailer, fenced yard with out buildings, partially furnished, N/S, $1200/month, includes utilities, 250-3423841. Invermere cozy 4 bdrm, 2 bath, lake view, near schools, 5 appliances, hot tub, N/P, N/S, $1600/month + util. + DD. References required, available April 1st , 403-246-6680. Wilder subdivision, 1500 sq.ft. 3 bdrm, 1 ½ bath, central A/C, fireplace, large yard, south balcony w/great views, 2 blocks to beach, 5 mins. to D/T, N/S, small pets okay. $1250/month + util, 403-287-1755. Invermere, quiet, clean, great open floor plan, 3 bdrm, 3 bath, large family room, nice deck and yard, walk to school, 2 car garage. $1500/month + util. references required, available May 1st , 250-342-2493.

3 bdrm, 2 ½ bath luxury ½ duplex w/ single garage. Fireplace, large deck, vaulted ceiling, 5 min. walking distance from Columbia Lake @ Spirit Reach. $1500/month, N/S, N/P +DD + Util. Available immediately 403678-0245 2 bdrm, 1 bath in Radium, $1100/month + util. + DD, references. Available May 1st , 780-633-0595, 780-993-1579 (cell). Available to view on April 25th & 26th . Athalmer, 2 bdrm house, completely furnished, N/S, $1250/month includes utilities, 250-342-3841.

condo for rent Radium Condo for sale or rent, 2 bdrm, 2 bath + den. Open to offers, 250-347-2252. Radium­-FULLY FURNISHED. Large windows & large deck, backs onto 13th hole of The Springs Golf Course. Available now, 2 bdrm, 1 bath, bungalow style in Eagle Crest Villas. Single car garage, 6-month minimum lease. $1,250 (includes condo fees) + utilities + DD, N/P, N/S. References required. 403-5192216 or 403-981-1551. 2 bedroom unfurnished condos, 5 appliances, garage, NS, NP. Were $1200 now $1000 + util, 403-764-6263 (Sara). Sable Ridge, Radium, 2 bdrm, 2 bath w/den, fireplace, A/C, granite, pool, 2 hot tubs, heated underground parking, $1,195/ month includes utilities, 403256-0694 or 403-650-5503.

Lakeview Meadows townhouse. Over 1700 sq. ft. 2 bdrms up, fully finished basement, 2.5 bath, 6 appliances, gas fireplace, A/C, garage, access to private beach, tennis courts, rec center (indoor pool, gym). Avail May 1st , $1300/month + util. + DD. N/S, N/P, 250-341-3214 or 250688-0516. Radium, new 2 bdrm condo, fireplace, W/D on main floor, underground parking, N/S, references, $1000/month, 403328-2944, 403-892-2731 (cell). 2 bdrm, 2 bath condo on Pinewood, Radium, 3rd floor, corner unit, fireplace, $1000/ month, includes util. Avail May 1st , 403-560-5603. Invermere on the lake, new luxury fully furnished condo. 2 bdrm plus den, 2 bath, facing lake, underground parking. Avail. May 1. Weekly, monthly or long-term. Call 403-561-0111.

Sled Heads/ Skiers Special, furnished house, rent by the night or week. 20 mins. from your paradise, N/S, 250-3423841. Vacation or short term rental, 5 blocks from beach, close to D/T, available May 1st – June 30th . Rent for golfing with buddies, during the week for families, or by the month. Rates start at $200/night, fully furnished & equipped with all bedding, 6 appl, hot tub, BBQ, N/S, N/P. Call John at 403-274-4561.

417 6th St. 3 bdrm, 2 ½ bath, attached double garage, 100’ x 200’ lot, walking distance to all amenities. Asking $450,000, 250-342-2802. House for Trade or Sale Wanted home in Columbia Valley to trade for new, modern, furnished house in Calgary, adjacent to Elks Golf Course and close to D/T. Call Ray 403-9203359

condo for sale Affordable downtown Invermere condo, 2 bdrm, $159, 000 + GST, 250-341-1182.

ACREAGES/LOTS FOR SALE Sunny South facing 59’ x 120 ‘ level lot, zoned R1MH in Canal Flats. Located on Spruce Avenue, between cedar fence and huge tree, $75,000, 250-342-7179.


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HERITAGE RANCH HOUSE Completely renovated house on 2.5 acres located outside of Windermere, in Elkhorn Country Estates, an exclusive private gated community, one of only 11 estates included in phase one. 4 bdrm, 2 bath, security system, working shutters, all services underground, furniture included, $485,000. Call Elkhorn Ranch at 250-342-0617 or 250342-1268.

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MOBILE HOMES FOR SALE Developing land (Canmore, AB). Must go quickly. Ranging from $3K - $12K!

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INVITATION TO TENDER POTHOLE PARK PHASE ONE SITE DEVELOPMENT (No. 0953.0077.02) Please be advised that the tender closing for the above noted tenders has been extended until April 22, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. local time. The opening of the tenders will take place at the office of the District of Invermere at the following address District of Invermere 914 – 8th Avenue Invermere, BC

POTHOLE PARK WASHROOM BUILDING (No. 0903) Please be advised that the tender closing for the above noted tenders has been extended until April 22, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. local time. The opening of the tenders will take place at the office of the District of Invermere at the following address District of Invermere 914 – 8th Avenue Invermere, BC If you have any questions, please contact the Director of Development Services, Rory Hromadnik at 250-342-9281 ext. 235

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P ioneer C lassifieds ACREAGES/LOTS FOR SALE

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8 acres of hay meadow. Beautiful mountain view with great building opportunity. Near Wilmer, Toby Hill Road, $425,000.00. Call 342-2802.

Simplicity small ride on roto tiller tractor, $500. Call Shawn, 250-341-1860.

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.

Furnace & duct cleaning services using the patented rotobrush system. Call AQUAIR for free estimates, 250-342-5089.

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

Water treatment & purification, includes drinking water systems, softeners & conditioners, iron filters. Call AQUAIR, 250-3425089

Spectacular Private Gated Acreage One of only 10 prestigious 3 acre estate lots in this private community. On a hill with 360degree mountain views, minutes from Windermere beach. See Invermere. 250-3425367.

Brand new white bunk bed, twin over double, $800. Brand new Harley Davidson leather jacket, medium size, $350. Frigidaire front load washer and matching dryer, will stack, $800, 250-3495424. Like new, sofa and matching loveseat, $750. Call 250-3415742.


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Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden 250-344-8447

1984 Honda Magna, 4 cylinder, 18,000 km, $995. Goes like a rocket, 250-342-3264.


2006 Honda CR-R85-R, mint condition, 250-342-9025.


Boat slip to rent for 2009 boating season on Lake Windermere. Contact Linda, 403-519-9240.

Lund 12’ aluminum boat, w/ oars, $800 firm, 250-342-3058.



2 female Shih Tsu/Chihuahua cross puppies. Born Jan. 28/09, 1st shots and Vet checks, $350 ea. 250-342-6200.

2001 Ford F150 Ltd. 7700 series, super cab, complete tow pkge, custom Tonneau cover, $12,500. Call 250-342-6464, 250-3425370 (cell).

Registered AQHA. 4 year old Sorrel, brood mare potential, great temperment, $1500, 250346-3167.

Misc. for Sale Top quality Hay, Alfalfa, grass mix, round bales $160/bale. Call Elkhorn Ranch, 250-342-0617. Quality Top Soil & Manure. Top Soil 160/dump truck load, $70/ pick-up lad. Manure $100/pickup load. Call, 250-342-1268. Older tandem trailer, 5000 lb. axels, new brakes, tires, paint, looking good, $2300, 250-3425264, leave message.

2002 yellow Pontiac Sunfire, 2.2L, 4 cyl, great on gas. Asking $4995, 250-342-6918. 2002 Chev Impala, like new condition, $5800 OBO, 250-3476404.



Parts, repairs & accessories, All makes & models Central Vacuums – sales and installations Bonded & licensed Fine Homeservices 250-342-9207,

Computer Technician A+ certified, Microsoft certified, systems engineer, software support, network specialist. Very reasonable rate/tune-ups/virus/ prevention/removal/hardware/ trouble shooting/replacement. All computer problems. Phone Russ, 250-341-1779.

KISS Landscaping & Bobcat Services. Parking lot and sidewalk sweeping. Great rates, call 250-347-9385 or 250-342-5912. Installations of ceramic mosaic quarry tiles, slate glassblocks, etc. For estimates call 250-3416869


Sonshine Childrens’ Centre has space available in the Infant Toddler, KinderCare and Out of School programs. Please call 250-341-6224 for more information. Driving lessons for class 5 – GDL. Individual for learner or brush up lessons for preparation of road test. Professional driving instructor June, 250-342-8651.

business opportunity Barber Shop in Invermere, BC. Business only, nice sized clientele. For inquiries please phone 250-341-3240 or 250342-0655. Would you like to have more time? More money? More freedom? Find out how. Call 1-888-249-5356 today!


Operations Department

USED VEHICLES FOR SALE School District No. 6 (Rocky Mountain) is accepting sealed bids for the purchase of the following vehicles. All vehicles are sold on an “as is where is basis”. No warranty or condition of roadworthiness is expressed or implied.

Golden Zone • One (1) 1998 Bluebird School Bus - 72 Passenger GMC Chassis, 366 V8 Engine, Manual Transmission, Propane Powered, 227,000 kms. • One (1) 1977 Ford F-250 2WD, 351M Engine, Manual Transmission, Flat Deck For further details or to view please contact Bryan Moyer, Operations Supervisor at (250) 344-8643

Invermere Zone • One (1) 1993 Bluebird School Bus - 84 Passenger 8.3L Cummins Engine, Diesel, 5 Speed Manual Transmission, Air Brakes, 345,000 kms. • One (1) 1991 Bluebird School Bus - 84 Passenger 8.3L Cummins Engine, Diesel, 5 Speed Manual Transmission, Air Brakes, 320,000 kms. • One (1) 1991 Chevrolet Van 2WD, 350 Engine, 3 Speed Auto Transmission, Gasoline, 212,000 kms. • One (1) 1987 John Deere Lawn Tractor Gasoline, comes with snowblower attachment, cab, mower deck and bagger. For further details or to view please contact Norman Julien, Operations Supervisor at (250) 342-5527. The highest or any bid will not necessarily be accepted. Closing date: Friday, April 24, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. (MST). Please quote individual bids for each vehicle. Clearly mark your bid envelope with “Used Vehicle Tender” and submit sealed bids to: Steve Jackson, Director of Operations School District No. 6 (Rocky Mountain) 620 – 4th Street, PO Box 430 Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0

EMPLOYMENT POSTING Temporary Labourer The District of Invermere has an opening for a Temporary Labourer Position within the Public Works Department. The temporary position will be part of the public works staff. To be eligible you must possess a valid class 5 driver’s license. Special consideration will be given to individuals with previous construction or municipal works experience. An air brakes endorsement or a valid class 3 driver’s license would be an asset. Under the supervision of the Public Works Foreman, the labourer performs a variety of manual labour duties. Work involves the general maintenance of municipal infrastructures including roads and streets, storm drainage, water and sewer systems, parks, cemetery and buildings. Applicants must possess sound communication and interpersonal skills. Knowledge of WCB regulations would be an asset. This position is within C.U.P.E. 2982 bargaining unit and wages follow the 2009 Collective Agreement. Hours 8:00am – 4:30pm Hourly Rate; as of April 01, 2009 - $23.33 Present wage $22.66 Applicants are invited to submit their resumes to: Grant Gyurkovits Engineering & Infrastructure Supervisor District Of Invermere P.O. Box 339 (914 – 8th Avenue) Invermere, BC, V0A 1K0 Fax: (250) 342-2934 Applications must be received by 2:30 p.m. Friday April 24, 2009

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Landscaping Ferrier’s Waterscapes offers a rare opportunity for an experienced landscaper in the Invermere area. If you have equipment experience, positive attitude, good communication skills along with related industry and safety courses, this established company would like to talk with you. Some travel may be involved. Wage dependent on attitude and experience. Fax resume to 250-342-8860

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Housekeeper required. Fulltime, part-time at Fairmont Bungalows. Call 250-345-6365, fax 250-345-6348, or email Helna’s Stube is now accepting applications for kitchen help/ dishwashers and servers. F/T or P/T, evenings. Call 250 347 0047 or New Station Pub requires wait staff, bus people, hostess, dishwasher and prep cook. Apply in person with resume and ask for manager. Patty’s Greenhouse is looking for staff for our Invermere location. Call 250-346-3399. Professional, maintenance immediately. Enterprises at

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School District No. 6 (Rocky Mountain), Windermere Zone, invites applications from persons interested in working with the Windermere Transportation Department as a permanent, part-time (21 hrs/wk) Bus Driver, effective as soon as possible. This is a CUPE Local 440 position. The successful applicant will have: 1. Completion of the 12th school grade, or equivalent. 2. Minimum 5 years driving experience and an acceptable driving abstract. 3. Experience working with youth would be an asset. 4. Valid Class 2 Driver’s license for the Province of BC with an air brake endorsement (maybe required). 5. First aid would be an asset. For further information please contact Norm Julien, Operations Supervisor, (250) 342-5527. Applicants must include a copy of their Driver’s Abstract and at least three references. Please forward your application, by Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. to: Mr. Paul Carriere School District No. 6 (Rocky Mountain) Department of Human Resources PO Box 70, Kimberley, B.C. V1A 2Y5 (tel) 250-427-2245 / (fax) 250-427-2044 / e-mail: We would like to thank all applicants for their interest, but only those under consideration will be contacted. All successful applicants will be subject to a criminal record search.


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School Custodian

School District No. 6 (Rocky Mountain), Windermere Zone, invites applications from persons interested in working with the Windermere Operations Department as a temporary, full-time (40 hrs/wk) Custodian at Eileen Madson Primary School, effective as soon as possible until May 29, 2009 or return of the incumbent. This is a CUPE Local 440 position. This is manual work involving the cleanliness and security of district buildings. The work may include dealing with public use of school facilities. Once an employee becomes familiar with a clearly defined work schedule, the work is performed with minimal supervision. Usually, this job is performed after regular school hours and generally alone. Completion of the 10th school grade, or equivalent is required as well as completion of the Board provided training program. First aid training would be an asset. If you are interested in this position, please submit a resume, with three references, by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. to: Mr. Paul Carriere School District No. 6 (Rocky Mountain) Department of Human Resources PO Box 70, Kimberley, B.C. V1A 2Y5 (tel) 250-427-2245 / (fax) 250-427-2044 / e-mail: We would like to thank all applicants for their interest, but only those under consideration will be contacted. All successful applicants will be subject to a criminal record search.

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REGISTERED NURSE - COMMUNITY CARE Permanent full-time position and LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSES – Casual – INVERMERE, BC QUALIFICATIONS: RN: • Graduation from an approved school of nursing with current practicing registration with the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC) plus a minimum of 2 years recent related experience in community nursing or acute/residential OR an equivalent combination of education and experience. • Valid driver’s license LPN: • graduation from a recognized program for Licensed Practical Nurses and one (1) year of recent, related acute care or residential experience; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. • current, full practising licensure with the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of BC • certification in CPR and First Aid We invite you to phone or apply online at to #123255 (for RN positions) and to #48149 (for LPN positions) before May 1st, 2008 or submit a detailed resume, in confidence to:

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Doubt can be a path to faith By Reverend Sandy Ferguson Windermere Valley Shared Ministry During the Easter season, we encounter Thomas the doubter, a follower of Jesus who we meet in the Gospel of John. Thomas becomes an object lesson throughout history in the importance of faith, because of his demand that Jesus prove to him that he has truly been raised from the dead, while others will accept the resurrection of Jesus as an act of faith. I have a confession to make: I have always had great sympathy for Thomas, because if I was in his sandals, I probably wouldn’t have acted any differently. After all, Thomas is being asked to accept something which the rules of the world say is impossible. And, if we actually look closer at the passage from the Gospel of John that describes the incident, I am not so sure if the other followers are such paragons of faith themselves. They are described as being huddled together in fear of their lives; the door is locked against potential enemies. It’s clear that they too have not fully embraced the truth that Jesus has truly risen from the dead.

So it seems to me that initially there is no real difference between Thomas and the other followers, apart from the fact that he is open with his doubts. When Jesus does appear to his followers, he shows them his wounds, as a confirmation that he was truly who he said he was. Then, as we are told, the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Thomas just happened to be unlucky enough not to be there, and the rest is history. Poor Thomas. Even though the tradition of the church talks of Thomas taking the long journey to India to proclaim the Good News, for many he continues to be the doubter. But maybe, if we are to be honest with ourselves, we have more in common with Thomas than we would be willing to admit, and maybe the doubts of Thomas can be a path to faith. Our doubts can be the beginning of the journey of faith, because they give us the opportunity to ask the questions. God gave us the gift of free will for a reason, so we would ask questions and explore new ideas. The challenge for us is to be open to the answers we receive. And it is a two-way street: it is not just the person who asks the questions who can learn, but also the person who is asked the question, because then together we become part of a dialogue, and hopefully everyone involved can learn from each other. So if you have any doubts, feel free to give us a call at the church and share your questions with us!


The District apologizes for any inconveniences caused by this operation. For further information, please telephone the municipal office at 250-342-9281.

Windermere Valley Shared Ministry ANGLICAN-UNITED 10:30 a.m. at Christ Church Trinity Rev. Sandy Ferguson • 110 - 7th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-6644 • or Valley Christian Assembly Sunday 10 a.m.: Worship and Word. Children’s Church provided during the message. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Adult and Children’s Programs Pastor T. Scott Peterson • 4814 Highway 93/95, Windermere 250-342-9511 • 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 • 250-342-6167 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 10 a.m. Worship service 7 p.m. Special Praise, Special Prayer and Especially the Love of God Pastor Wayne and Linda Frater • 250-342-6633 No. 4, 7553 Main St. Radium • 250-347-9937 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Worship Service, 10 a.m. • Sunday School, 11 a.m. • Relief Society, Noon. President Barry Pratt • Columbia Valley Branch 5014 Fairway, Fairmont Hot Springs • 250-341-5792

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NOTICE OF WATERMAIN FLUSHING The municipality will be flushing its community water system the months of April and May. This program, carried out twice yearly, is necessary to maintain the quality of our water supply. There may be some short interruptions in the water service and temporary discoloration of water as a result of the sediment and organic materials that are being flushed from the water mains. During this period, disinfection by chlorination will be continued. To assist the Public Works Department during the flushing operation, users are advised that if they are experiencing persistent discoloration or odour problems with the water, to immediately notify the Municipal Office and explain the nature of the problem.

Lake Windermere Alliance Church 10:30 a.m.: Worship and Life Instruction. “The Ultimate Bridge.” Pastor Trevor ministering. Sunday School, pre-school to Grade 6, during service. For sermons online: Pastor Trevor Hagan • 326 -10th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-9535 •


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