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Parks to remove last of old Radium By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff The clock is ticking for a valuable piece of Radium’s history. The old superintendent’s house, located on the north side of Highway 93 in Kootenay National Park just above the Radium hot pool, is the last remaining building from the original Radium Hot Springs townsite – and according to Parks Canada, it is slated for removal. “As far as when it will be removed, it’s not something that’s going to happen immediately but it will occur within the next few years,” said Pam Veinotte, Superintendent for the Lake Louise, Yoho and Kootenay Field Unit of Parks Canada. “At the same time, the fact that it’s not going to happen immediately gives us the opportunity to look at potential uses or locations for that house into the future.” The former superintendent’s house, located just east of Radium Hot Springs Lodge, is a striking 1.5-storey wooden building, with a magnificent stonetrimmed main entrance featuring a round-headed door made of fir planks and fitted with leaded glass windows. The residence was built in 1929, following National Parks’ acquisition of the facility in 1922, and was part of a group of buildings that became known as the Radium Hot Springs townsite, which also included the hot pool and a registration building. The removal of the building is made necessary by the Red Streak Restoration project which began in 2003. The project involves tree cutting and removal, as well as the use of prescribed burns



in order to reduce forest fuel loads and restoring the fire-maintained grassland and winter range for the benefit of the area’s bighorn sheep. This is not the first building to be removed to make way for the project. Addison’s Bungalows, Blakley’s Bungalows and Mount Farnham Bungalows were all removed in 2002. It cost $3.6 million to purchase and remove the buildings. According to General Manager Patricia Kilback, the Radium Hot Springs Lodge, located on the north side of the hot pools, is also currently in legal negotiations with Parks Canada regarding the renewal of their lease. In the mid-1960s increased traffic and parking problems led to the removal of all early Parks buildings, with the exception of the superintendent’s residence. It was later converted into offices for park wardens in 1977. Canadian Rockies Hot Springs moved into the building in 1999 and used it as an office until 2004. It has been vacant since then. In 1984, the building failed an application for recognition as a federal heritage building by the Federal Heritage Building Review Office in Quebec. According to Ms. Veinotte, federal heritage buildings are judged on a number of criteria, including age, exterior and interior appearance, setting and the history of the building. Continued on next page . . . CLOCK IS TICKING­—This home, the old superintendent’s house in Kootenay National Park, is slated for removal. Photos by Cayla Gabruck

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The superintendent’s building, she said, failed because the interior was renovated, and because it’s not the only example of a park superintendent’s residence in Canada, but one of many. “Although it wasn’t deemed a federal heritage building, it doesn’t take away from the fact that the building has cultural significance,” said Ms. Veinotte. “We are still concerned and want to look at the building further ourselves.” This investigation will involve evaluating the physical qualities of the building in order to find out if it is possible to move the structure. “Once we determine the physical possibilities of this removal we would talk with the community, especially the chamber, the heritage groups and the mayor, to determine if there was any joint use for the house,” Ms. Veinotte said. Ron Verboom, long-time councillor from the Village of Radium, said it would be unfortunate to see the building go. “It would be a shame to lose such a beautiful historic building that has been in the park for that many years,” he said. “We don’t have that many historic buildings in the valley of that make and that quality.” Doug McIntosh, president of the Radium Chamber of Commerce, agreed. Mr. McIntosh cut the grass

passenger door of the Mercury. The motorcycle operator received injuries to the arm and leg and was eventually flown to Calgary. Other injuries are unknown at this time. The investigation is continuing. • On July 11th, RCMP received a complaint of a theft from a logging truck that was parked on Hwy 93/95 one kilometer north of Fairmont. A spill kit, 50-ton hydraulic jack, chains and tie-downs were stolen. • On July 11th, RCMP received a report of a shed broken into on Thretheway Road in Windermere. Surfboards were stolen. • On July 12th at 11:30 p.m., Columbia Valley RCMP members attended to a complaint of an intoxicated male refusing to leave a residence on Kootenay Road. The 30-year-old male was arrested and lodged in cells. He was released without charges when sober.

and tended flowers around the building while working for Parks Canada as a teenager. “I would find it very regretful if a heritage building like that was to be removed without good reason,” he said. “I fully support the restoration and if it does have to be moved for progress, it should at least be restored and history should be preserved.” David Wilson, vice-chairman for the Columbia Valley Heritage Building Society, said that although it is a shame the building is slated for removal, the society will not be involved in efforts to save the building. “The CPR lodge is a large project and we’re only able to take on so much at a time, unfortunately,” he said. Federal Kootenay-Columbia Member of Parliament Jim Abbott told The Pioneer that he will support saving the building if it can be moved — structurally and at a reasonable cost — and if there is a useful purpose for it. “We can’t be cavalier and just throw things away, but, on the other side of the coin, there’s a practical side to it,” Mr. Abbott said. “If two or three individuals or families determine that this is something they wanted to involve themselves in, then I would suggest they contact the current superintendent.” To reach Pam Veinotte, call the Office of the Superintendent at 403-522-1279; or send a proposal to Box 213, Lake Louise, Alberta, T0L 1E0.

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Valley grocer in blue heaven rior makes very little difference to me personally – it’s what goes on inside that counts. “The policy is rather ambiguous in terms of Sydney-Anne Porter is living her dream. colour,” he added. “Consequently it is not something On Tuesday night, Invermere council voted unan- that we have to go by because it is not clear and preimously to allow the exterior of AG Valley Foods to be cise. I think council should look at that policy again.” painted midnight blue. Councillor Al Miller agreed with Ms. Porter’s ar“We’re thrilled,” Sydney-Anne said. “It has been a gument. long time coming, but we are very pleased.” “The dark blue does blend with the mountain After renovating the interior of the supermarket landscape around it,” Councillor Miller said. she owns at the corner “Quite honestly, havof 7th Avenue and 9th ing been through towns Street in Invermere, that have kept to a strict Sydney-Anne met with earth-tone colouring, it council to discuss paintgets really boring really ing the exterior blue. quickly.” However, on June Sydney-Anne agreed. 8th, she was told that “I have been saying that her choice of colours was all along!” she told The prohibited in the downPioneer. town zone. According “A retailer should be to the District of Inverable to show by the outmere’s Official Commuside what they are.” nity Plan: “Design and Now AG Valley colours should reflect Foods can continue its the range of colours and renovation. Sydney-Anne tones present in the sursaid the next step will be rounding natural envifor the stucco to be reronment.” touched, then painting Sydney-Anne Porter, owner of AG Valley Foods in Ms. Porter submitcan begin. ted a formal application Invermere, celebrates council’s decision to allow her to “It will make it look paint her store blue. Photo by Cayla Gabruck for the exterior improvelike a brand new buildment on June 16th, ing,” she said. arguing that midnight blue is the colour of distant The success with council is largely due to the supmountains. She also presented council with a petition port of the community and her staff, Ms. Porter said. in favour of the facelift, signed by 903 people. “The community has been awesome,” she said. Council asked Sydney-Anne to paint part of the “Our customers are coming in every day and asking, building with the desired colour so they could see ‘Shall we go home and get our paintbrushes?’ what it would look like. “The staff have been a great source of support and The southeast wall was painted midnight blue last that’s the energy that kept us going. There were times weekend and on Tuesday night, council made its deci- when we thought maybe we should give up and just sion. paint it beige, but we encouraged each other to say, “I would move that the application be approved as ‘No, let’s keep going, we have a dream.’ And now we’re submitted,” said councillor Bob Campsall. “The exte- living our dream.” By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff

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By Brian Geis Pioneer Editor In a telephone conversation with an advertiser the other day, I officially declared the end of the Great Recession in Canada. A day later, a columnist in the Globe and Mail followed suit. I know that is cold comfort for someone who is waiting out the lull in the forestry sector or has otherwise lost a job, or worse, their home. South of the 49th parallel, it is estimated the jobless rate will top 10 percent, but the jobs market is always the last indicator to show improvement. I know five people in the U.S. — all seasoned professionals in their fields — who have lost their jobs and are temping, freelancing or furiously filing resumes. One friend said she sends about five resumes per day and shuffles back and forth between temporary assignments. But, here in Canada, things are starting to looking up. Despite what economists called the worst recession since the Great Depression, this summer’s tourist economy doesn’t look that different from last year. Home sales and housing starts are beginning to show improvement. There might be fewer tradespeople dashing back and forth, but things are beginning to look like something closer to normal, compared to what came before, which in my rear-view mirror looks a lot like a bubble. It sure felt like a bubble. As jobs, the markets and industries hard-hit by this recession slowly catch up, heed the lessons we’ve learned and incorporate them into your lives moving forward. It’s OK to wait for the economists to officially declare the end to the Great Recession, but it’s pretty clear we’ve hit bottom. And from down here, everything looks like up.

Wooden lock controlled the canal in Canal Flats This old photo shows the canal that gave Canal Flats its name. Built in 1889, the Baillie-Grohman Canal connected the Kootenay River and Columbia Lake. It was part of a scheme by entrepreneur William Adolph Baillie-Grohman to open up a north-south navigational system from Golden all the way to Montana. There isn’t a date on this photo of the Baillie-Grohman Canal lock,

but it must have been taken before 1902. That was the year that Captain Armstrong brought a 130-foot-long sternwheel boat called the North Star through the canal. The boat was too wide to go through the lock, so many of the lock’s timbers were removed. The canal was in poor condition due to the very high water that had flooded through it in 1894. Photo courtesy of Ray Crook

Kudos to parking engineers Dear Editor, Further to a letter published in your July 10th publication about handicap parking, I would like to make the following comments. The letter writer states that the wheelchair ramps are in the middle of the nice yellow curbs. Well, the nice yellow curbs signify “NO PARKING.” The blue curbs are for “Disabled Parking,” with the wheelchair ramps just off to one side, where they should be. Perhaps,

if it’s been a while since the letter-writer read the B.C. Driver’s Manual, he might revisit it so as to be aware of the significance of the various colours that are used. Kudos to the District of Invermere (and their high-priced engineers) for installing these facilities in an internationally-recognized manner. Bob Hawes Invermere

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New rifle range for Canal Flats By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff The Columbia Valley could soon have a second place for hunters to hone their skills. The Canal Flats Wilderness Club is seeking government approval to build a rifle range on Crown land seven kilometres northeast of Canal Flats. The 35-acre parcel is at the nine-kilometre mark of Kootenay River Forest Service Road. If the application is approved, the club will clear land, build fences and a driveway, and construct a covered, open-sided structure for shooters. The rifle range will be used for turkey shoots, firearm training, trap shooting, handgun and rifle target shooting, and adjusting sites in rifles prior to hunting season. It is an amenity that Canal Flats really needs, said club member Bill Doroshuk. “In my opinion, this is something that has been needed for a long time. It is a great opportunity for a little town,” he said. Mr. Doroshuk, who is also the Village of Canal Flats public works coordinator, put the idea forward two years ago. The village has been without a rifle range for 15 years, he said, since the last

range was closed down by a new landowner. “Now there isn’t any option for hunters. The biggest problem is that target shooters need a place to shoot safely. “Unless there is a designated area, there is always the problem that something might happen,” Mr. Doroshuk said. An application for a nominal rent tenure is currently before the Integrated Land Management Bureau. On July 3rd, the Regional District of East Kootenay board of directors voted to support the tenure. Canal Flats director Ute Juras told the board, “You have just made a lot of Canal Flats hunters very happy. Thank you very much.” The bureau will now consider the proposal and make its decision. Mr. Doroshuk is hopeful that the range will be up and running in January. The Canal Flats Wilderness Club was formed in 1982 and now has about 50 members. The closest rifle range is operated by the Lake Windermere District Rod and Gun Club and is located near Radium, 45 kilometres from Canal Flats. “It seems ridiculous not to have a rifle range because of the amount of shooters that live around here,” Mr. Doroshuk said.

Invermere beautified with 160 trees By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff Starting in September, the District of Invermere staff will be busy planting 160 trees in public spaces. In Athalmer, both Laurier Street and Cartwright Park will be given a green boost. Elsewhere in Invermere, Pothole Park, Kinsmen Beach, Mount Nelson Athletic Park and David Thompson Secondary School will benefit from the leafy additions. “I think 160 trees will be very

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Charity for youth still going strong nerals,” Floyd said, “so we decided we would get together for a fun day, once a year. Then, every year we just A local charity is going above and started to get more and more people beyond to lend a hand to families in coming out.” need throughout the East Kootenay. In 1996, the family decided In its 17 years, the Verge for to use the golf tournament to raise Youth Society has distributed more funds for local youth. The first year than $185,000 to 100 recipients from they raised $800, which was donated Golden to Cranbrook. to Scouts Canada. In 2000, Verge for “We have a lot of kids who need Youth became a registered charity in help on a regular basis,” said Floyd British Columbia. Verge, President of the Verge for Since then, the tournament has Youth Society. grown by leaps and bounds. Once Floyd Verge, president of the “I have a strong belief that if you seeing only 12 participants, the Verge Verge for Youth Society help kids out today, later on they’re for Youth Charity Golf Tournament going to come back and help their now registers about 80 golfers and community.” raises between $16,000 and $20,000 every year. The 17th annual Verge for Youth Charity golf tourEach year, the society gives between $7,000 and nament will be held August 2nd at the Windermere $9,000 to David Thompson Secondary School, inValley Golf Course. cluding two $1,500 bursaries; the Michael Verge MeBorn and raised in Invermere, Floyd has been morial Bursary, in honour of Floyd’s brother; and the married to his wife Shelan for 17 years. Verge for Youth Entry Bursary. The Verge family started the golf tournament in In addition to their commitment to the local high 1993. school, the society also donates funds to local families “We were tired of getting together only for fu- in need. By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff

This year, they have donated money to a young girl to help her to continue practicing baton twirling and $500 for a special bicycle helmet for a child in Parson. Funds from this year’s golf tournament will be donated to a 16-year-old boy in Golden, an avid mountain biker who was forced to have his leg amputated due to osteogenic sarcoma or bone cancer. The case hits close to home with Floyd, as he lost his own leg in workplace accident when he was 15 years old. “I keep doing it because I get a reunion every year with my family, and I get to see the gratitude from the recipients and their families – I believe in the community,” Floyd said. Tee times will start at 8 a.m. and dinner will start at 2:30 p.m. The fee for this year’s tournament will be $85, which includes 18 holes of golf, dinner and prizes, among other things. Those not wishing to participate can still attend the dinner for $20. Floyd is looking for donations for the live and silent auctions as well as volunteers. If you would like to donate, volunteer or participate in the tournament, contact him at or at work at 250342-2995.




he article in the July 10 issue of the Columbia Valley Pioneer titled “Federal Government proposes to ban high-powered boats in the wetlands – again” continues to promote an incorrect understanding of the situation. To set the record straight Transport Canada has in place a regulation, soon to become law, which will restrict all powered vessels from operating in the wetlands. This is a done deal! By definition the wetlands are “areas of marshy lands”. The wetlands are where waterfowl breed, nest and raise their young away from the main channels of the river. Transport Canada is additionally proposing to restrict powered vessels with motors in excess of 20hp on the main channels of the Columbia River. To our knowledge there is no other boating restriction along the 2000 kilometre stretch of the Columbia River from its headwaters at Columbia Lake to Astoria, Washington. The federal government website justifying this new 20 hp proposed restriction, as quoted in the article, states “the proposed restriction aims to provide protection for plant communities, dramatically reduce harmful interference with the life process of wildlife, and specifically protect the nesting and rearing sites of up to 95 percent of the nesting waterfowl in the Columbia River complex”. The main channels of the Columbia River are completely separate and distinct from the nesting and rearing sites in the wetlands. This type of statement is incorrect and purposely misleading. There are no waterfowl, of any kind, that nest along the main channels of any river.

This is because the water level of the river naturally rises and falls quite dramatically and would flood and destroy nests. The statement in the article “Transport Canada hopes to protect wildlife in the Columbia River wetlands with a boating ban”” is also incorrect because, as stated above, there already is a restriction for the wetlands. The proposed 20 hp ban decided by Transport Canada, along with the BC Ministry of Environment and Wildsight, is for the main channels and has nothing to do with protecting wildlife. Why is it being proposed then? The Federal Cabinet Directive on Streamlining Regulation ensures that “any regulatory action results in the greatest net benefit to Canadians. The policy requires regulatory authorities to ensure that; A problem or risk exists and can be clearly demonstrated, federal government intervention is justified and regulation is the best alternative”” In this case a regulation for the main channels has been decided before the consultation process which is contrary to federal policy. How could there be a problem when use by power boaters is so negligible? There is a perception (deception) by Wildsight that there will be a problem in the future when more powered vessels use the main channels but over the past 12 years use of the river by powered vessels of any horsepower rating has diminished rather than increased. This will not change in the future, and if for some reason it did, why not deal with it then? If there are very few boaters operating on the main channels of the river (less than a handful) why do we need an expensive regulation? Why create regulation for the sake of doing so? Those

powerboat operators that do use the river help remove junk and pollution, help rescue capsized floaters on occasion and keep an eye on things. They do no harm and are not a problem. To highlight the low level of use………. between Radium and Golden, which is 85% of the proposed restricted area, in an average year there would not be a single power boat make this journey. This proposed 20 hp restriction to the main channels of the Columbia River is a sham. It is based on local politics, not scientific or common sense facts. Our Society made it very clear 12 years ago that we supported the restriction of watercraft in the wetlands. We also made it clear that if there were any negative environmental impacts from a small number of respectful boaters operating in the main channels of the river we would cease going there. To be forced out now by a political process that has not followed regulatory process is not acceptable. We invite you to attend the Transport Canada hosted consultation meetings advertised in the local papers for July 28 & 29. Please keep in mind the information above and try to differentiate between politics and science. We think you will agree the science and low levels of use do not warrant a 20 hp restriction on the main channels of the Columbia River. Columbia Valley Protection Society Dean Kupchanko, Director

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Shuswap Gathering to host 17 native bands in Invermere By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff Two local girls will be competing for a crown at the 27th annual Shuswap Gathering held in Invermere from July 24th to 26th. Kayla Eugene, 12, and Sasha Eugene, 14, are two of more than 20 contestants in the 2009 Shuswap Gathering Princess Pageant, and the winner will represent the Shuswap at numerous pow-wows throughout the province over the next year. “I enjoy dancing and I wanted to learn more about my culture so I can teach other people,” Sasha said. “I am getting really excited for it!” The Shuswap gathering originated in 1982, when 17 band chiefs signed the Shuswap Declaration – a mandate to work in unity to preserve the Shuswap language, history and culture. The local Shuswap band has 230 members and is one of two local native bands in the Columbia Valley, the other being the Akisqnuk band based at Windermere. This will be the first time the Kinbasket First Nation – which is the official name of the local Shuswap band – has hosted the event, and organizer Audrey Eugene said she expects up to 1,500 people from bands at Chase, Cache Creek, Kamloops, Barrier, Savona, Enderby, Hundred Mile House, Dog Creek, Williams Lake and Clinton. “It’s exciting because we’ve never had anything like this before,” Audrey said. “It is a chance for the community to learn more about our culture and see how everyone can come together and have a good time.” The gathering will be held from July 24th to 26th at the Shuswap band office near the crossroads. It is open to the entire community and will feature events for all ages including a talent show, birchbark basketmaking, storytelling and a golf tournament. Although the weekend is jam-packed with activities, there are a few must-sees. Firstly, there’s the bannock baking contest. Ban-

nock is a Native American bread traditionally made with flour, baking powder, water and occasionally dried fruits or spices, and then fried in oil or baked in an oven. The contest will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 25th and will be judged at 4 p.m. The winning entry will be served at the pow-wow later that evening. The pow-wow is another must-attend event. Held at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Invermere Community Hall, it will feature traditional native dancing and music – including performances by local dancers – and the crowning of the pageant princess. “I am really hoping to show the young people to be proud of their heritage and who they are – that they are unique and they should show that by practising their culture,” Audrey said. But perhaps the most exciting event of the gathering will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 25th. The Battle of the Bands is a competition between the 17 sister Shuswap bands. Each band will play Lahal or the stick game. Lahal is a gambling game where two opposing teams try to outwit each other to gain control of 11 sticks. “It’s great because there is no age group,” Audrey said. “Three generations can come together and do something.” Audrey and seven family members will be competing in the Battle of the Bands on behalf of the Kinbasket First Nation. The team placed fourth in 2007 at the World Championships held at the Siksika First Nation in Gleichen, Alberta, so she has high hopes for the team at the gathering. “I am hoping we can take some people down,” she laughed. Audrey is still looking for volunteers to help out with the gathering. She is also looking for donations, a public address system, generators, a lighting system for the tent and a refrigeration truck to store the food. For more information or to volunteer or donate, call Audrey at 250-347-9401 or Clarissa at 250-3426361.

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“What do you appreciate about the Columbia Valley?” “The lifestyle, the mountains, the lake and the recreation, right on our doorstep.”

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Invermere adopts plan for pathways and bike lanes By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff It may take a while, but the District of Invermere has committed to creating $3.3 million worth of pathways and bike lanes throughout the community. At last week’s council meeting, the District of Invermere adopted its Active Transportation Network Plan. “The key part of the plan is the overall project list which has a total cost of $3.3 million,” said Chris Prosser, chief administrative officer. That list has 16 projects. The Westside Fitness Trail System is already underway. The district received $198,000 from the province’s Local Motion Grant in April, which was matched with district funding. Currently being laid out, the Westside project includes: • the extension of the sidewalk near the parking lot and a raised crosswalk on 15th Avenue outside

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west side of 10th Avenue between 4th and 13th Streets, and a sidewalk along 4th Street; • a pathway from the Industrial Park along Panorama Drive, connecting to 6th Avenue near the museum; and • hiking trails from the corner of 7th Street and 13th Avenue through the Toby Creek area to Panorama Drive, including parking, a directory kiosk, and benches. Councillor Bob Campsall said that the plan fits into the district’s pedestrian charter. “We do have a list of principles that support safe and healthy living,” he said. Councillor Al Miller agreed. “We want to create a walking, biking community,” he said. He also pointed out that the plan will consider accessibility issues. “Accessibility is a big part of the whole plan,” Councillor Miller said. “It is very important to consider in the trail system.”

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Eileen Madson Primary School; • a fitness trail connecting Eileen Madson Primary to J. Alfred Laird Elementary, including fitness stations and furnishings; and • separate cycle lanes and a major sidewalk along 13th Street between 7th and 13th Avenues. Now that the Active Transportation Plan has been adopted, work on the Westside project will commence. “Once the plan is adopted we can formalize the Westside project for council,” Mr. Prosser said. Other projects in the plan will take longer to achieve. They will be written into the district’s 20-Year Capital Plan, then reviewed during the budgeting process each year. The projects in the long-term vision include: • separate cycle lanes and a multi-use path with treed boulevard along 13th Avenue, between 7th Street and Stark Drive, and along 14th Street to David Thompson Secondary School; • a separate cycle lane along the

A study into making Invermere more accessible has been received by council. The Measuring Up study was conducted for the District of Invermere by Glenys Snow Dymond, using a $15,000 grant from 2010 Legacies Now. The grant included funds to create more accessible parking spaces in downtown Invermere. The district’s public works staff are currently doing that work. “I had a number of complaints this week about the cuts to downtown parking,” Councillor Bob Campsall pointed out. “I think it is time that the citizens of our town put up or shut up.” Mayor Gerry Taft said that

the age of infrastructure means that in some cases it is taking two or three parking stalls to create one accessible stall. “I understand and sympathize with concerns, but we are doing our best with what we have,” he said. The Measuring Up report, which council has now received, comes with 12 recommendations, including: • encourage businesses to improve access and increase accessible employment opportunities; • promote a self-registration form for people at risk in case of emergency evacuation; • have better snow removal from streets, sidewalks and curbs in the downtown core; and • replace a ramp at the Se-

niors Hall that was removed. Mayor Taft said that not all of the recommendations can be achieved. “We are not going to take action on every single recommendation because I don’t think we can,” he said. However, he is hoping that the district’s actions will encourage other organizations. “The district has taken the stance of fixing our own infrastructure to create a climate of change in business owners. We are taking positive steps and working on it piece by piece.” Councillor Ray Brydon said the report is significant. “Although it seems small, the district is making pretty giant steps toward accessibility compared to other communities,” he said.

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rockin’ at hoodstock Marion Garden Garden and and her her son son Olen Olen Berry, Berry, 2, 2, of of Canal Canal Flats Flats were were Marion among the the hundreds hundreds of of music music fans fans who who visited visited Fairmont Fairmont last last among weekend for Hoodstock music festival. Bands such as 54-40 weekend for Hoodstock music festival. Bands such as 54-40 and Mudmen Mudmen kept kept the the crowd crowd rocking rocking late late into into the the night. night. and Photo by by Sally Sally Waddington Waddington Photo

PyneStock Concert • Pynelogs Cultural Centre Two nights of peace and music – July 23 and 24.

Tour of the Arts • Various Locations

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Movie Review: The Haunting in Connecticut Reviewed by Elinor Florence Thora Harvey, who owns Gone Hollywood, talked me into reviewing this movie because she said it is definitely a nine. Although I don’t usually like the horror genre (my phobia about seeing blood, for one thing, prevents me from enjoying many gory but otherwise excellent movies), I decided to give it the old college try. Well, I’m not awarding the movie

nine heads, being a strict critic who’s getting even harsher in my old age. But the movie was well-acted, did not have gouts of blood (in fact, barely any) and included a number of those moments where you jump so violently that your body lifts off the couch. Supposedly based on a true story, The Haunting in Connecticut charts the Campbell family’s real-life encounter with the dark forces of the supernatural. There are echoes of The Amityville Horror, if anyone still remembers that old flick, which was remade in 2005.

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The Campbell family moves to upstate Connecticut so they can relocate near the clinic where their son Matt is being treated for cancer. Matt is played by Kyle Gallner, who looks appropriately pale and ethereal. They soon learn that their charming Victorian home (which has suspiciously cheap rent) has a disturbing history: it is a transformed funeral parlor with all kinds of ghastly equipment in the basement for embalming. Matt starts seeing ghosts, but blames his hallucinations on his experimental cancer treatments. He doesn’t want to tell his long-suffering mother Sara (played by Virginia Madsen, a lovely actress who gives a professional performance and doesn’t do enough movies these days) because he doesn’t want to frighten her. Without giving away the plot . . . the ghostly appearances increase, Matt is driven half-mad with fear and the

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Toby Theatre • 8 p.m.: July 18 & 20-21: X-Men Origins: Wolverine • 8 p.m.: July 22-24th: Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

Friday, July 17th: • July 17th and 18th: Live music by Colt 45 at Ray Ray’s Beach Pub. For info: 250-342-8346. • 4-8 p.m.: Market on Main in Radium. For info: 250-347-6871. • 6-9 p.m.: Opening reception for the Maya Eventov solo exhibition at Artym Gallery. Exhibition runs until July 23rd. For info: 250-342-7566.

Saturday, July 18th: • 8 a.m. Free pancake breakfast kicks off 22nd annual Valley Appreciation Day in downtown Invermere. Live music and, entertainment. • 7-9 p.m.: Music on Main in Radium, featuring Late. For info: 250-347-6871. • 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: BIG Book Sale at the Invermere Community Hall. Friends of the Invermere Public Library need books and volunteers. Call Christine at 250-342-0470 or sign up at the library. • 6 p.m.: Music in the Mountains at Panorama Mountain Village. Kenny Holiday as Rod Stewart and Bon Jovi. For info:

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Saturday, July 25th:

• Summer Dance Workshops with Lynette Lightfoot begin. Ballet, modern, choreography – children to experienced juniors and intermediates. For info: 250-342-0241. • 4-6 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday: Summit Summer Sports Program for youth ages 12-18 meets at Laird School, free. For info: 250-342-3868. • 7 p.m.: Cinefest presents Summer Shorts, nine short films at Pynelogs. Tickets $10 at the door. For info: 250-342-4423. • 7 p.m.: Public hearing on Mountain Shadows Resort zoning bylaw at Windermere Community Hall. For info: 250-489-2791.

• Blue Grass Social at the Edgewater Community Hall. Entertainment, food, kids’ corner and beer gardens. Festivities start at noon. For info: Tammy 250-347-9324 or Mimi 250-347-9868. • 6 p.m.: Jungle Fiesta at Panorama Mountain Village. Dress as Tarzan or Jane and dance the night away while participating in activities on the Great Hall Deck. For info: • 7-9 p.m.: Music on Main in Radium featuring Combo Akimbo. For info: 250-347-6871.

Wednesday, July 22nd: • 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Stamping Mad Workshop with Paula Cravens at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. For info: 250-342-4423. • 8:30 p.m.: Heather Blush and the Uppercuts at Bud’s Bar and Lounge. For info: 250-342-2965. • 7-9 p.m.: Opening reception for Innovation: A Fresh Look at Art show at Pynelogs. Exhibition runs until August 2nd. For info: 250-342-4423. • 6:30 p.m.: RCMP Musical Ride presented by Golden Rotary Club, Golden Rodeo Grounds. Adults $10; ages six to 12, $5; under six, free.

Thursday, July 23rd:

• 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Acrylic Painting Workshop with local artist Lebeau. $10/person, materials and lunch provided. For info: 250-688-1179.

• July 23rd and 24th at 7 p.m.: Pynestock at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. Two nights of peace and music. For info: 250-342-4423. • 7-9 p.m.: Music on Main in Radium, featuring Surf Dragons. For info: 250-347-6871. • 6 p.m.: Watch Cathy Dalrymple of Invermere on the Handyman Superstar Challenge on HGTV, cable channel 17, every Thursday. Visit the show’s website to vote for Cathy: • 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, visit the Invermere Health Care Auxiliary Thrift Shop. • Open Stage Night with Oso Simple at Bud’s Bar and Lounge. For info: 250-342-2965.

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Friday, July 24th:

• The Regional District of East Kootenay is hosting two workshops to discuss Lake Windermere Management Plan. Held at 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at Windermere Community Hall. For info: 250-4890313.

• July 24th and 25th: Live Music by Surf Dragons at Ray Ray’s Beach Pub. For info: 250-342-8346. •10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Meet Olympian Sara Renner at Rona North Star Hardware, Athalmer. For info: 250342-6226.

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Sunday, July 26th: • 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Collaged Creations! Workshop with Carney Oudendag at Pynelogs Cultural Centre, Invermere. For info: 250-342-4423.

Monday, July 27th: • 8:30 p.m.: The Good Lovelies perform at Bud’s Bar and Lounge. For info: 250-342-2965. • 1-4 p.m.: Artist Trading Card Workshop with Paula Cravens at Pynelogs. For info: 250-342-4423.

Tuesday, July 28th: • 8:30 p.m.: The Roger Marin Band performs at Bud’s Bar and Lounge. For info: 250-342-2965. • 7 p.m.: Public hearing on CastleRock Estates zoning bylaw at Invermere council chambers. For info: 250342-9281.

Wednesday, July 29th: • 1-4 p.m.: Mask Mania with Carney Oudendag, Pynelogs. Ages 9-12. For info: 250-342-4423. • Open Houses on restriction of motorized vessels on Columbia River. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Brisco Hall. 4-8 p.m. at Invermere Community Hall. For info: regulations/crwbc.htm.

Thursday, July 30th: • 1-4 p.m.: Arts Ventures! with Carney Oudendag at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. Ages 9-12. For info: 250342-4423.

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Delphine Lodge to host Tour of the Arts visit Submitted by Eloise Berry Tour of the Arts The heritage theme of this year’s Second Annual Tour of the Arts on August 2nd will bring visitors to the historic Delphine Lodge in Wilmer, plus four other heritage sites in the valley. In 1899, George Starke built the Delphine Hotel with money he made from the Delphine Mine, up Toby Creek. Both were named after his wife, Delphine. The lodge was built in a few months using local timber. In the early days, miners arrived in droves on weekends. They slept three to a room for 75 cents a night. Full board was $1.35. Drinking and gambling were the main pastimes of the guests. So many Bill DuBois leads pack horses down the street in Wilmer past the Delphine Lodge, part people wanted to play poker that tables of the Kain Centennial celebration last Saturday. Photo by Pat Morrow were often set up outside on Main AvIn the early part of the last century, As mining declined in the 1920s, enue, and the RCMP officer, Colin Cameron, found that keeping order was Wilmer was the ‘capital’ of the central the hotel ceased operations. Through much easier if he joined in! Cameron part of the Columbia Valley with three the 1930s and into the 1960s, the was posted to Wilmer following the hotels, a hospital, a court house, a police building housed stores, the post office, murder of a banjo-playing Romeo. He station with a jail and St. Andrew’s Pres- and a gasoline pump. In 1972, Mrs. was shot dead on the Delphine balcony byterian Church. The latter four build- Dorothea Dean acquired the buildings ings still survive as private houses. and renamed them the Delphine Lodge. while serenading his sweetheart.

She repaired the foundations, planted the garden, made furniture from felled trees and served legendary feasts. Pierre Trudeau was among those who stayed at the Delphine Lodge. He came to hike and climb in the Purcells. In 1988, Jeff and Cindy Callaghan acquired the buildings and restored them. In 1991, Anne and David Joy bought the lodge, and ran it as a country inn for nine years. The present owners, Jill and Sebastian Bell, offered bed-andbreakfast at the Delphine Lodge from 2000 to 2007. They retired and the old building has become their home. Jill and Sebastian are also artists and their quilting, fabric arts and painting will be displayed, along with works by other artists, at the Tour of the Arts on August 2nd, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Passports can be ordered by calling 250342-4423 or by visiting Pynelogs at 1720-4th Avenue (at Kinsmen Beach). Passports are also for sale at Village Arts, Essentials, Details, One-Hour Photo, N’Deco (Radium) and Smoking Water (Fairmont). If you would like to volunteer, call 250-342-4423.

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Artym Gallery unveils new paintings by Maya Eventov By Deanna Berrington Artym Gallery The Artym Gallery is excited to present a solo exhibition of the work of Maya Eventov. Maya will be in attendance at the gallery on Friday, July 17th for an evening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Maya will also be at the Artym on Saturday, July 18th from 1 to 4 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend the show and meet this world-renowned artist. Maya Eventov has established herself as a painter of great repute – she exhibits her work across Canada, the U.S. and the United Kingdom. Eventov has annual exhibitions in Toronto, London, Atlanta, Dallas, and attends the New York Art Expo every year. Once again she is featured at the Artym Gallery in Invermere. This will be Maya’s fourth trip to Invermere, and she has been preparing this show for months. Featuring many paintings from each of her three best-known series, this show will be an event to remember. In her decades of painting Eventov has established a technique using a palette knife and acrylic paint that is very rich with colour and texture. In her latest series of work, she uses this unique application to create wildflower paintings overflowing with brightness and vibrancy. Using the long knife strokes from the skies in her Tuscan series and combining them with the textured and sculptural strokes from her birch paintings, Maya’s floral landscapes celebrate the joy and

excitement that is evident in all of her work. Featuring poppies, delicate bluebells, daisies and tall grass blowing in the wind, these scenes appear both dramatic and calming, creating a bold statement and a strong visual focal point. Many of the new works for this solo exhibition will be from Maya’s floral series. The style of Maya Eventov’s paintings most familiar to collectors is her birch series – she uses her palette knife technique to create the effect of bark on the trees coming right off the canvas. She was inspired to paint Canada after a trip she made to Invermere for an exhibition several years ago. Maya creates these landscape pieces using incredible contrast with the thick texture and bright colours that she is famous for. The style of paintings that first earned Eventov recognition are her Mediterranean paintings: these Spanish and Tuscan scenes are filled with images of streets and patios on sunny days, cafés overlooking canals, cobblestone walkways, flowers on terraces, and clotheslines down alleyways. Although almost none of this series has been available for years, Maya is painting a special few just for this exhibition in Invermere. What is most evident in all of Maya’s work is her love of art – with her unabashed exuberance and joyful representation of whatever subject she is painting. Take this opportunity to meet this passionate and internationally-known artist at the Artym. If you can’t make it down to the gallery, you can see Maya’s work online at

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Innovative artists open new show at Pynelogs By Jessica Gowling Pynelogs Art Gallery As the hot weather continues to blaze, the artistic flair of Pynelogs Cultural Centre also heats up. ‘Innovation: A Fresh Look at Art’ returns to Pynelogs with a fascinating line-up of visual artists who create in unconvenJessica Gowling tional ways. The exhibition runs from July 21st until August 2nd with an artist opening reception on Wednesday, July 22nd from 7 to 9 p.m. Also heating up is Cinefest’s Summer Shorts – a selection of short films including Academy Award and World Short Film Festival winners to be shown at Pynelogs. This is a one-evening event happening July 21st. For more information, please call 250-342-4423. Heather Van Riesen gave us a taste of her sculptural talents during the ‘Wings Over the Rockies’ show, but is back with more in ‘Innovation’. Her creations are sculptural pieces that inject new

life and purpose into old and forgotten objects, which in turn magically create functional pieces that speak both of present and past. Jim Robertson is a seasoned artist at Pynelogs who, not surprisingly, will be featured in ‘Innovation.’ With his bright and colorful palette and interesting selection of imagery and inspiration, Jim’s acrylic paintings have always possessed a certain vibrant and youthful edge. Kimberlee Whyte’s newest creations are well-suited to this exhibition, as her body of work is a constant evolution and exploration of media and imagery. A visual artist of many facets, Kimberlee has created works in mosaic, sculpture, painting and photography while also often creating her own media out of hand-mixed natural pigments and dyes. Lindsay Dakin returns from her fine art studies on the coast to show her original creations in her home town. Her photographs hold a delicate sensibility for light, form and composition and are a testament to her talent as a photographer. Most of her images are evocative, non-traditional portraits. Japhy Shine Hunt is a valley favorite, and it is easy to understand why: tied into the rich local history of the Hunt clan, talent was destined to flow through his veins. Japhy is a young, eccentric performer who displays

his flair at the Invermere Farmers’ Market each weekend and is also a seasoned painter at Pynelogs which exhibits his yearly creations at ‘Innovation.’ His exploration in media along with his quirky sense of humour makes for a body of work that nearly sells out each year! A collaborative effort comes to Innovation this season: four gifted ladies who create artwork with fire have combined their artistic abilities to construct a fascinating body of work. ‘FourFire’ is comprised of Natalie Ruby, Cajsa Fredin, Leah Duperault and Sheena Lindsay, and will feature several pieces that wouldn’t have been possible without each of their unique fire-wielding skills of glass, metal and other material. Also featured in this exhibition will be my newest work which includes my newest etchings, silk-screen prints, drawings and book art. As a print-maker, I find people are often unfamiliar with my process and techniques, and therefore ‘Innovation’ offers me a great venue to explain the tedious, time-consuming method of print media. Come down and see what I create when I’m not working at Columbia Valley Arts during the summer. And don’t forget, the Pynelogs Café is open for dining on the deck overlooking Lake Windermere. For more information, call 250-342-4424.


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BIG Book Sale held July 18th Submitted by Lynda Tutty Friends of Invermere Library Hundreds of boxes of books are stacked and ready for the BIG Book Sale on Saturday, July 18th, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. at the Invermere Community Hall. Friends of Invermere Library have sorted thousands of books over the past few months in preparation for the second annual used book sale which coincides with Valley Appreciation Day. “We’re very pleased with the number and quality of the books donated for the BIG Book Sale this year,” said Susan Webster, a Friend of Invermere Public Library. “For example, we have at least four times as many children’s books as last year. There are beautiful toddler books, story books, and chapter books of all levels right up to young adult.” Susan, a retired school librarian, sorts the children’s books into categories so

families can easily find what interests them. The supply of books for adults is also impressive. The number of books in the best seller category will please readers looking for recent publications. Collectors will discover real treasurers in the Antiquarian section. History buffs will find lots of variety in both fiction and non-fiction. Many popular authors have their own sections. Science, biography, health and wellness, business, travel, and gardening are just a few of the more that 50 categories to browse through. “Book-lovers were lined up when we opened the doors last year, so plan to come early for the best selection,” advises Susan. The BIG Book Sale is an opportunity to stock up on great reads at low cost. Books are not priced but customers are asked to make a donation to the Friends of the Library. All funds raised support materials and programs for Invermere Public Library.

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About the Project Growing demand for power in Golden and surrounding communities means that new transmission infrastructure is needed. To ensure safe and reliable electricity, BC Transmission Corporation proposes to build a new transmission line between Invermere and Golden.

Notice is hereby given that the Council of the Village of Radium Hot Springs is considering an amendment to the Zoning Bylaw. The proposed bylaw (Bylaw Number 356) will affect the following property as highlighted below, with the following zoning change: Property description:

Next Steps

Our project team is continuing to study the best way to build the proposed transmission line from Invermere to Golden, and your input is important. Over the coming months we will continue to talk with municipal and regional district officials and staff, First Nations, property owners, environmental and recreation groups, and other interested parties. We welcome the opportunity to meet with individuals and organizations to discuss the project and gather your feedback.

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BC Transmission Corporation (BCTC) is the Crown corporation that manages the province’s publicly owned electrical transmission system.

More open houses will take place in the fall to gather community input on proposed routes for the transmission line.

It’s BCTC’s job to move electricity from where it is generated to communities where it is needed.

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Strata Lot 9, Plan NES2367, District Lot 486, Kootenay District, located at 109 – 7369 Prospector Ave.

The property is located within the C3 Tourist Recreation Commercial Zone. The zoning does not include a permitted use of ‘Secondary Suite’. This amendment will allow a permitted use of ‘Secondary Suite’ for this Strata Lot only. All persons who believe that their interest in the property is affected by the proposed bylaw may submit written presentations to the Village of Radium Hot Springs, PO Box 340, Radium Hot Springs, BC, V0A 1M0 or Fax: 250-347-9068 prior to the regular Council meeting to be held on July 22nd, 2009 at 7:30 PM.

You can also contact our Community Relations department: Email: Phone: 1.866.647.3334 (toll-free)

The full bylaw and zoning map may be inspected at the Village Office, 4836A Radium Blvd., during regular office hours. For further information, contact 250-347-6455. BCTC 09-70

Arne Dohlen Approvals Officer

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Gold: a safe haven, or a risky investment? You can’t eat gold Gold prices have been on a tear the past few years and some analysts say it could rise in value much higher. This leaves many investors wondering if they should be buying more of the yellow shiny precious metal.

What influences gold prices? Gold prices are influenced by three main factors: the supply of gold around the world, the demand for gold around the world, and inflation and fear in the world economy.

and jewellery use of gold fell by six percent and nine percent respectively, while gold investing grew by approximately 99 percent.

Gold supply Gold supplies to the market come from a surprisingly low percentage from mining. In 2007, gold mining only supplied 60 percent of the world’s gold. The remaining 40 percent came from recycled scrap gold (26 percent) and from net sales from central banks (14 percent). There were 82,700 tonnes of gold in the form of jewellery around the world, or 51 percent of the total above ground supply as of 2007, and it’s easy to see why so much recycling of gold takes place.

Gold demand Gold demand comes from a variety of sources. Jewellery, coin minting, electronics, dentistry, and gold hoarding for investment purposes are the main drivers of demand. It may come as a surprise, but since the fall of gold as a backing of paper currency around the world, jewellery is by far the biggest source of gold demand the past several years. According to the world gold council, in 2008, jewellery accounted for 57 percent of demand for gold, while industrial use accounted for 23 percent and retail investing accounted for 20 percent. While gold demand was up in 2008, industrial

Fear and inflation Gold is thought of as a safe haven in times of uncertainty. Inflation, which is essentially the devaluation of current money, can cause gold to be sought after as an investment. When governments print money and add to the supply of money already in existence, gold is thought of as an investment that will hold its value better than paper money. When interest rates are low and inflation is on the rise, many investors will seek to add some gold to their portfolios as a measure of protection.

Should I buy gold? Never has a question brought up so much debate in the investing world. Those in favour of buying gold will argue that world governments (particularly the U.S.) are spending unprecedented amounts of money and that these actions will surely cause future inflation. They argue that gold will keep rising in value as more and more countries and investors start buying gold as an alternative to holding foreign currencies in their reserve accounts. Others argue that industrial and jewellery demand for gold is the real fundamental driver of gold prices and that they are falling in use during the recession. They argue that gold speculators will be caught holding the bag similar to those that bought oil at $150 a barrel last year when investors find something else to do with their money. Some even argue that we are on the brink of financial disaster around the world, worse than the great depression, and gold will be the only financial asset to hold its value. They predict the bankruptcy of the U.S., the European Union and the world banking system as we know it. If these Armageddon thinkers are correct, they must be forgetting a few simple facts. When push comes to shove, gold isn’t medicine, you can’t use it to hunt or fish, or to get from point A to point B, nor can you drink gold and you surely can’t eat it.

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The Green Zone: why the old guys rule! By Harold Hazelaar Pioneer Columnist So, why do I think old guys rule in golf? We’re an aging society, and the baby boomers who once played softball and basketball are working their way into golf, a slower, safer sport. Only in golf can a 70-year-old whip a 20-something. It’s all about accuracy. Distance is an advantage, but it’s easier to play out of a fairway than water. It seems that by the time you figure that out, you’re old! On the PGA Tour, the old guys have class. You never saw Arnie or Jack swear like a drunken sailor whenever they hit a bad shot. Craig Stadler probably came the closest to losing his temper when he hit a bad shot. Nowadays lots of the pros cuss when they screw up. Speaking of Tiger, he’s less than 20 years away from the Senior Tour! There’s another thing Arnie did that the younger tour players should emulate. He shook fans’ hands and looked them in the eye while walking between holes. Whether it was true or not, he looked like he was happy to see you. It’s a bitch getting old. You could see it in Arnie’s eyes at the Bay Hill tournament a few years ago. Arnie punching a three-wood with that apoplectic swing of his. The ball soaring about two feet off the ground for a lousy 150 yards. You could see the frustration and fire in his eyes. You knew he’d probably sell his soul and give up his zillion-dollar bankroll just to be able

to hitch up his pants, flip his cigarette to the turf, draw a 5-iron 200 yards and land it next to the cup for an eagle putt. Oh, well, you can’t go back. So . . . The Top 10 Reasons Why Old People Play Golf 10. Golf is unisex. When you turn 50, even 50year-old women start to look attractive. 9. You can flirt with a 20-year-old beer girl and not be beat up or arrested. 8. You can smoke those god-awful cigars and no one complains. 7. You can pee in the woods – again, without being arrested. 6. Your wife acquiesces because she’d rather have a root canal than play golf with you. 5. You can tell all those dirty jokes you used to tell at the office. 4. You can pass gas and it only affects the players on the other fairway. 3. With a well-oiled handicap, you can be king of the world. 2. There’s none of them young whippersnappers around to annoy you. 1. And the number one reason why old people play golf: Because it’s expensive as hell and they can afford it – so nyah! The Green Zone Quote of the Week is by Arnold Palmer: “Putting is like wisdom – partly a natural gift and partly an accumulation of experience.”

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“No, we’re not giving away pairs of flowery summer shorts,” laughed Cathy Howard, Cinefest Co-ordinator, speaking about Summer Shorts. “Cinefest is showing a selection of short films including Academy Award and World Short Film Festival winners. On Tuesday evening, July 21st, we’ll be screening nine films. They run the gamut from comedy to poignancy, animated, and live action – something for everyone. The common thread of Summer Shorts is that all of the films are, well . . . short. Some only four minutes long; the longest is 17 minutes.” Madame Tutli-Putli was nominated for a 2007 Academy Award for best short film. This is a stunning, stop-motion animated film that takes the viewer on a fantastical journey, inspired by travel on Canada’s railways. In Green Door, Brenda loves Rob, and Rhonda also loves Rob. Bob loves Rhonda. And Darrell . . . well, Darrell

just needs an apartment. Starring Tracy Wright and Don McKellar, this comedic tale explores mistaken identities, rental living, and unrequited love. “I Met the Walrus may be familiar,” said Cathy. In 1969, 14-year-old Jerry Levitan snuck into John Lennon’s Toronto hotel room and convinced him to do an interview that is now the soundtrack to this visually dazzling short, an animated rendering of Lennon’s musing on peace, war, and society. “We’re delighted that Will McKenzie of Pixel Planet Design is partially sponsoring the evening,” she said. “I remember going to movies when two or three short films were shown before the feature. That seldom happens now. The films of Summer Shorts are mini-gems of filmmaking that pack a lot of punch into a very short timeframe,” she said. Summer Shorts will show at Pynelogs at 7 p.m., on Tuesday, July 21st. Tickets are $10 at the door. Seating is limited, so get there early.

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NOTICE OF CORPORATE RE-STRUCTURING RADIUM RESORT INC. NEWS RELEASE The Shaw Family Group (“SFG”) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with the Newis Group to acquire and manage the assets and business operations of Radium Resort Inc. in a jointly-owned limited partnership (Radium Resort Limited Partnership “RRLP”). The assets and business operations of Radium Resort Inc. are currently owned by SFG and include two major golf course properties in the Radium Hot Springs area of British Columbia. Radium Resort consists of an 18-hole regulation golf course, a resort lodge, 90 accommodation units and approximately 220 acres of undeveloped land base. The Springs Course is an 18-hole golf course complete with clubhouse and over 50 acres of undeveloped lands. The assets and business operations will be owned by RRLP (SFG and Newis). The effective date of the ownership transaction is August 1, 2009. Operation and management of the facilities by the RRLP will begin immediately. SFG has been a proud owner and operator of Radium Resort and the Springs Course for fifteen (15) years and has enjoyed the resort-style environment of this enterprise. In appreciation of the current economic times and the more competitive market that is now prevalent, SFG has recognized the need to move forward aggressively with partners that will plan and manage the growth and development of the business. The Newis Group is comprised of experienced business principals, who have been active in the East Kootenays of British Columbia for a number of years. Some members of the group are resident to the area. The assembled credentials of the Newis group include the design, construction, management, operation and ownership of golf course and resort facilities; and the design, construction, ownership and build out of residential developments in a golf course setting.

Kicking back at Kicking Horse Café Kicking Horse Café, located at the crossroads in Invermere, is a popular place to enjoy a cup of local freshly-roasted and freshly-brewed coffee. Pictured here, Brandon Bloom and his fiancée Jolaine Under-

shute, both of Invermere, enjoy their coffee and the beautiful morning on the patio at Kicking Horse Café. Photo by Cayla Gabruck

The immediate objective of the partnership is to develop a business plan for the Springs Course, which includes continued improvements to the golf course and clubhouse, along with the implementation of high end residential in-fill development opportunities. The business plan will also address medium to long term improvements to the Resort golf course and lodge including; golf course expansion, hospitality upgrades, and various forms of residential land development. The Board of Directors for the RRLP will consist of equal representation from SFG and Newis, with William J. Newis as President. The Newis Group will oversee the implementation of the strategic policy and objectives, as set forth by the Board of Directors.


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Adair Morgan golf benefit set for Coy’s By Brian Geis Pioneer Staff The Adair Morgan Memorial Golf Tournament is set to tee off on Saturday, July 25th, at Coy’s Par 3. According to event organizer Pinky Nantais of Columere Park, prizes and silent auction items are piling up and the event is ready for registrations. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Windermere Ladies Auxiliary to help furnish the hospice room at the Invermere and District Hospital, where the tourney’s namesake spent her final days. Adair Morgan, née Pederson, an employee at Coy’s Par 3 Golf Course, died of pancreatic cancer last year. “Adair had a heart as big as the valley,” Ms. Nantais said. “She adopted her eldest son when she was only 17. She and her husband Marvin got married so that they could adopt him. They went on to have three more kids – a son and

two daughters. Adair has lived off and on in the valley for many years.” For a fee of $50, golfers get green fees, hamburger, fries, a choice of beer, wine or pop and a chance to win a prize. So far, more than 40 silent auction items and more than 40 $5-balloons are up for grabs (buy a balloon, pop it and the number inside the balloon will correspond with a prize worth between $5 and $30). The donors for prizes and auction items include: Canterbury Florist, The Stem, Babin Air, Valley Hair, McGinty Landing of Kimberley, Black Forest, AG Valley Foods, Kovacik Dental, Fairmont Goldsmiths, Pamper Yourself, Brewster’s Columbia Ice Fields, Strand’s, Tim Hortons, Gerry’s Gelati, Village Arts, River Gems, Canadian Tire, Coy’s Par 3, Lambert-Kipp Pharmacy, Fitz Flooring and The Bistro. For more information, contact Pinky Nantais at 250-345-4589 or 403681-2323.

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Take-a-kid to the Course Week All Summer – July & August Eagle Ranch is this summer’s Family Playground Take-a-kid to the course week, extended for July and August – Any junior under the age of 18 plays free of charge when accompanied by an adult green fee player. Some restrictions may apply.

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This year Tim Hortons’ annual fundraising “CAMP DAY” was held on Wednesday the 3rd of June. The chain as a whole raised $9.4 million cdn. These funds are raised every year to send deserving kids to camp. This year nearly 14,000 children will get to experience a summer camp adventure. Our store has selected two deserving children to go to one of the six Tim Hortons camps across the country. This year our store raised $4,864.85. Thank you to all of our customers and staff for making this possible, without all of your support this could not have happened. We would like to thank all the members of our great community who volunteered their time to pour coffee on Camp Day as well as all the businesses who donated items for our carnival and silent auction. • The Coumbia Valley Chamber of Commerce • Candyland • Copper Point Golf Course • Eagle Ranch Golf Course • Radium Hot Springs Pools • Dairy Queen • Helna Stube Restaurant • The Prestige Inn • Invermere Glass • Scrappy Do’s

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• The Bargain Shop • Max Helmer Construction • Konig Meat and Sausage Company • AG Valley Foods • The Stem • Walt Healey Sports (Calgary, AB), • Royal Lepage Real Estate • Schickedenz

GREAT BIG THANK-YOU to all these businesses for making this happen. Also a big thanks to Tom McNeil and Roger Eckman from the Invermere Fire department, Bobby Stewart, Max Helmer and Bucky Dalke for assisting with the setup of our dunk tank. Thanks to Donna Chen, Gerry Taft, and Tom McNeil for their “willing participation” in getting dunked. This was a great success and we are so grateful to be a part of such a supportive community like Invermere. We hope to see you next year.

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PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE BYLAW AMENDMENT – DRY GULCH The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Board of Directors is considering an application by Mountain Shadows Resort Ltd. to amend the Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw. If approved, the amendment will change the zoning designation of the subject properties to accurately reflect the existing recreational vehicle park land use. The properties are located at 8492 Highway 93/95 and 8561 Eacrett Road in the Dry Gulch area. Bylaw No. 2161 cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw No. 900, 1992 – Amendment Bylaw No. 232, 2009 (Dry Gulch / Mountain Shadows Resort)” will change the designation of: • Lot 1, District Lot 7913, Kootenay District, Plan 10489 from C-2, Service Commercial Zone and R-MP, Mobile Home Park Residential Zone to RES-1, Recreation Accommodation Zone; and • That portion of Parcel A (See 142971I) of District Lot 7913, Kootenay District from R-MP, Mobile Home Park Residential Zone to RES-1, Recreation Accommodation Zone. A public hearing will be held at:

WINDERMERE COMMUNITY HALL 4726 North Street Windermere BC TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2009 at 7:00 pm

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

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Loop the lake approaching By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer staff Invermere’s most anticipated race is back in town in three weeks, and already excitement is starting to build. The 14th annual Loop the Lake, a fundraiser for the Invermere Rotary Club, will take place on Saturday, August 8th. “We’re a little ahead of last year as far as registration goes,” said Yvonne Redeker, treasurer for the Rotary Club of Invermere.

“It seems everybody is well with the changes we’ve made, and that’s exciting.” Those changes include a revision of race categories. Loop the Lake will now only consist of the 10-kilometre race; the half-marathon, which is 21.1 kilometres; and the five-kilometre Octogenarian Relay. Also new this year is the route for the half-marathon. For more information on the 2009 Loop the Lake event, visit


NOTICE is given of a Public Hearing to be held at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, July 28, 2009, in the Council Chambers at the District of Invermere Office, 914 - 8th Ave., in the District of Invermere, to amend Zoning Bylaw No. 1145, 2002. Bylaw No. 1399, 2009 will amend the Zoning Bylaw No. 1145 as follows: • By amending the designation of the following lands RR-2 RURAL RESOURCE to R-1 SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL, R-3 CLUSTER DEVELOPMENT (MEDIUM DENSITY) and P-2 PARKS AND OPEN SPACE for Lot 3, Plan NEP74923, District Lot 7158, Kootenay Land District, Except Plan NEP 75975 & NEP 80168. The above synopsis is not intended to be, nor should it be interpreted as the full text and content of the proposed “Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1399, 2009”. A copy of the proposed bylaw and relevant background documents may be inspected at the District of Invermere municipal office 914 - 8th Ave., Invermere from July 8, 2009 to July 28, 2009. Office hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. All persons who believe that their interest in the property is affected by the proposed “Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1399, 2009”. may: • Send written briefs to the District of Invermere prior to the hearing • Fax written briefs to the District of Invermere prior to the hearing; or • Present verbal or written briefs at the hearing. NOTICE is also given that the Council will not accept any written or verbal presentations after the close of the public hearing. Rory Hromadnik Director of Devlopment Services

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Bombs away! This beautiful photo was captured by Larry Halverson at Lake Enid. “Osprey talons are specially adapted to allow one of the front toes to rotate backwards, so that there are two talons pointing forward and two in reverse on each foot,” he said. “This helps secure a good grip on the flopping fish. The bird is also very quick at adjusting its grip on the fish so that the fish’s head is facing forward to maintain an aerodynamic profile.”

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Wilmer salutes legendary mountaineer Hundreds of spectators descended on the hamlet of Wilmer to witness the Centennial Celebration of Conrad Kain last Saturday, July 11th. The day marked the 100th anniversary of the storied mountaineer’s arrival in Canada from his native Austria. Kain, who settled in Wilmer, was the first professional guide hired by the Alpine Club of Canada and compiled an impressive record of first ascents around the world, including Mt. Robson in 1913. The Conrad Kain Centennial Society celebrated the event by officially dedicating Conrad Kain Memorial Park and unveiling a memorial cairn built from rocks collected from some of the peaks around the world that Kain was the first to ascend. Pictured here, clockwise from top left, actors Phillip Nugent and Laurie Schwartz, who portrayed Conrad Kain and Elizabeth Parker (a founding member of the Alpine Club of Canada) look on as the cairn is unveiled; Guide/ Outfitter Bill DuBois leads a team of pack horses into town; Kain family descendents Barb Neraasen, Phyllis Christensen, Sylvia McLean, Laurel Corrigan and Carmen Da Costa Klassen (seated, the last living family member to see Conrad alive); Leo Grillmair and Helmut Spiegl lead the audience in a round of yodelling songs; Dusty Dehart reads a statement from her grandmother Shelagh Dehart, a Shuswap elder who knew Conrad Kain; and actor Phillip Nugent performs a historic one-act play based on the life of Conrad Kain. Photos by Brian Geis

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Pioneer Classifieds s obituary s Betty Lou Dreyer November 4, 1924 July 8, 2009

Betty was born on Nov. 4, 1924 in Goodrich, Idaho, the first of four children to Lester and Ethel Thomason. In 1941 she met and married Merlin Dreyer in New Meadows, Idaho. They had three children: Bill, Merlina and Bob. In 1955 the family immigrated to Canada, settling in Donald, BC. The family moved again in 1963 to a ranch on the west side of the Columbia River near Brisco, BC. Betty loved the rural lifestyle. When not busy with the ranch work she was active in the community. She was awarded a lifetime membership to the Brisco United Church Ladies Aid. Betty always looked forward to the quilting held by the ladies’ group. She also enjoyed crocheting and gardening. Another interest of Betty’s was the Rebekah Lodge, which she joined in Idaho in 1947, and then joined the Canadian group in 1957. She remained an active member until moving to Brisco in 1963. You could often find Betty relaxing at the end of the day with a good book to read. Betty, in her younger years, liked to travel and has been as far north as Alaska. She also enjoyed camping and picking wild berries. In 1976 her husband Merlin passed away but she still continued to manage the ranch with help from a friend and neighbor, Mike Gabry. In 1979 she decided to sell the ranch and she bought a small acreage just south of Brisco. She and Mike made Brisco their home until 2006 and when the property became too much to look after they moved to an apartment in Golden, BC. Betty passed away suddenly on July 8, 2009 in Golden, BC. Betty was predeceased by her husband Merlin Dreyer (1976), great-granddaughter Anna Marie Dreyer (2000), daughter Merlina Snell (2004), brother Howard Thomason (2008) and her long-time companion Mike Gabry (2009). She will be greatly missed by her sons Bill (Annie) Dreyer of Golden, BC, Bob (Carol) Dreyer of Sicamous, BC, her 6 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by two brothers: Tom (Lucille) Thomason of Baker City, Oregon; and Jim (Lenore) Thomason of John Day, Oregon. The celebration of life service will be held on Sunday July 26, 2009 with a graveside service at the Galena Church Cemetery at 11 a.m., followed by a luncheon at the Brisco Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Diabetes Association.

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lost and found


WEDNESDAY, July, 22nd, Invermere, 10:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m., 727 + 725 15th Street, South of Bargain Store. Assorted household goods, furniture, CDs and fun!

Players, volunteers, vendors wanted for BALLFEST. Fun slow pitch tournament, festival weekend. August 7-9. Call Lindsay 250-342-0420 or visit

Lost in Windermere- Garmin GPS, translucent blue. Phone 250-342-9436.

Multi-family garage sale, July 18th, 8 a.m. to noon. Rivercrest and Kirk Streets in Radium. Lots of goodies!

Columbia River Outfitters ladies night kayak/canoe trip to Radium, Wednesday, July 22. Rate TBD, please be there by 4:45 p.m., departs at 5 p.m. For more info or to register ahead of time call 250-341-5144. Dropins also welcome.

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.

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. Scrapbooking Supplies, local, Creative Memories consultant for traditional and digital scrapbooking. Call Kathy, 250270-0254.

thank you Thank you for donating to the Food Bank. The need for food has increased substantially this year. There is always a need for peanut butter.

cheers & jeers Cheers to Conrad Kain’s Wilmer Celebration. Fabulous! Thank you for a fun day!

Lost, green and white striped beach bag. Inside was a white camera with a black carry case. If found, please call Erin, 250347-7787, reward offered. Found: set of keys in front of the Oriental Palace on Sunday, July 12th . Call 250-341-6299. Lost: 2 boat docks from North end of the lake. One has grey carpet with white bumper rails approx 3x16’. The other is a swim dock approx 10x12’ with broken boards on deck. Please call Mom’s Upholstery, 250-3420355.

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 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

Prime Radium office space, 8002400 sq.ft. 403-559-9625.


Lost: 66 Marmot red/grey sleeping bag in front of AG Foods. Call 250-347-6420, 250341-1577, reward.

Female workaholic looking for a roommate. 1600 plus new home in Canal Flats. N/S, wireless cable, $600. Leave message, 250-349-5488.



Jeers to the person who made NEWHOUSE lewd, demeaning comments MULTI STORAGE in last week’s (July 10th) ‘Jeers’ Zehnder’s Local Beef Various sizes available. Including smokies, pepperoni, section about the hard-working Now with climate garlic coil & jerky young women who tend the controlled units. (Raised without antibiotics & flowers downtown. How would Call 250-342-3637 artificial growth hormones) you feel if you had a daughter Now available at Grant’s Foods and someone said those things STORAGE SPACE – assorted 503 – 7th Avenue about her? sizes, easy access, immediate availability, long-term or ANNOUncement short-term. Deck Properties Warehouse, Industrial Park, 250-342-3166.


Commercial space for rent, 1800 sq. ft. plus compound, prime location in the Industrial Park. Call Deck properties, 250-3423166.

COMMERCIAL SPACE Financial professional looking for other professionals to share space with. I have a great location with excess room. Please call 250-270-0270. Attention Contractors! Secure 20-foot storage container in fenced yard. Larger lots also available. Invermere Industrial Park. Call 250-342-2100 or 250346-3011.

One or two bdrm bungalows, by the week or month, 250-3456365 Fairmont Bungalows. Super nice, bright 1 bdrm basement suite. Heated tile, carpeted, new W/D, 4 stainless appliances, sound insulated, N/S, N/P, available early July to mature responsible tenant. Ideal for single person. $700/ month including utilities and wireless internet. Westside Park. 250-341-7246. CARRIAGE COURT APARTMENTS. Conveniently located behind Sobey’s within walking distance to downtown. 2 bdrm townhouse units, outside entrance. Sliding glass doors open onto balcony, overlooking private courtyard. Fireplace and W/D included in each unit. Long term preferred, N/P, $750 - $850/month + DD. Utilities not included, 250- 3428781.

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Pioneer Classifieds

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Phone: 250-341-6299 Fax: 250-341-6229 Email:



house FOR RENT

house FOR RENT

condo FOR RENT


2 bdrm lower level suite for rent. 5 appliances, great location in Invermere, awesome landlord! N/S. $800 incl. utils. + DD. 250342-2870.

1 bdrm front walk-out suite. Private entrance, fully furnished or not. Separate laundry, 1 bath, renovated kitchen, all appliances, 5 minutes to Kinsmen Beach and D/T. N/S, N/ P, $700/month utilities included. 403-287-1755.

EXCELLENT LOCATION. Very nice Invermere home on quiet cul-de-sac, walking distance to Kinsman Beach and Downtown, 3 bdrm up, 2 down, large private backyard, wood and electric heat. Dishwasher, Stove, Fridge, W/D included. Available June 1st, $1400.00 + util. 250-2700270.


3 bdrm, 2 bath townhome plus garage in downtown Invermere, $1350 + utilities, N/P, 250-3411182.

3 R.V. timeshare weeks (shoulder season) at Radium Valley Vacation Resort. For price and information call 250-804-1048.

Radium, new 2 bdrm condos. Furnished, $1250, unfurnished, $1050, long-term lease required, 403-816-6007.

house for sale

Gorgeous 2 bdrm, 2 bath + den condo @ Sable Ridge, Radium, access to underground parking, clubhouse pool & hot tub, 250342-0200.

Wanted: home in Columbia Valley to trade for new, modern, furnished house in Calgary, reduced. Adjacent to Elks Golf Course and close to D/T. Call Ray 403-920-3359, google MLS C3366099.

One bdrm suite. Nice size, shared W/D, semi-furnished, hydro and cable included. N/S, N/P. Looking for someone that works evenings, avail. Aug. 1st , $600/month, 250-688-0566. Small one bdrm suite, very private, detached from main house. Hydro included, semifurnished, ideal for a single person. N/S, N/P, $575/month, 250-688-0566. Columere Park, bright 1 bdrm furniture upstairs suite, private beach, quiet, $700/month, 250345-6524. Beautiful basement suite, newly renovated, separate entrance, 2 bdrm, large yard, shared garage, $1050/month all included. New kitchen, new floors, call Jessica 403-473-7828. 1 bdrm basement suite walking distance to D/T Invermere, private entry, recently renovated kitchen, fridge, stove, open plan living, W/D, pets negotiable, insulated floor and ceiling. $675 includes hydro, satellite TV, available immediately, 250688-0843. 2 bdrm suite, ground level, bright and airy, quiet neighborhood, adults only. 5 appliances, N/S, N/P, pay own hydro. $850, 250342-7096. Blackforest Heights, 2 bdrm walkout bright and comfortable with large windows, great views and yard. 6 appliances plus centralvac. N/S, N/P, quiet tenants only. Available immediately. $925/ month including utilities, 250342-3057, 250-341-5574(cell).

Brand new large, bright, 2 bdrm basement suite, D/T Invermere. Private entrance, all new appliances, N/S, N/P, $975/ month utilities not included. 1 year lease, references required. Available immediately, 403874-0483. 1 bdrm ground level suite in Wilmer, high ceilings, hardwood floors, big yard, W/D, $700/ month includes utilities and cable. Available Aug 1st, N/P, N/S, 250-342-0035. Brightly coloured, happy, upper level suite, seeking same quality in occupants. Gorgeous mountain view highly enjoyable from back deck. Live in town but feel like you’re out of town (Invermere that is). 2 bedroom (one big with ensuite, one small), spacious living, dining, kitchen. Mud room/laundry/ guest bathroom, N/S, $1100 + utilities. Best for a couple. First and last; payment by post-dated cheque. References. Call Sarah, 250-341-1083. 3 bdrm main floor Invermere, year round rental, lake and mountain views, close to beach, D/W, shared laundry, &1050 + part utilities, N/S, references required, available Aug 1st , 250-342-9605 evenings, 250342-8640 days.

house FOR RENT Radium duplex, 2 or 4 bdrm, all appliances included, N/S, N/P, new building. Call 403-2576253 or email

Invermere townhouse with lots of upgrades. 3 bdrm, 3 bath, developed basement, single garage and large communal yard. 5 min walk to downtown. Furnished or unfurnished. $1500/month + utilities. N/S N/ P, references required. Avail Sept 1st, 403-697-4319. Great deal on 4 bdrm Jade Landing, Canal Flats. 2 bath, partially furnished, all appliances, $1200/month OBO. (250) 801-0209. Avail Aug 1st . Radium, 2 bdrm trailer, fenced yard with out-building, partially furnished. $900/month + utilities, N/S. Call 250-342-3841 1 bdrm cedar cabin in Edgewater. $550 + utilities. N/S, N/P, available Aug. 1st . 250-3479385. Edgewater house on 3 acres, ground level, 3 bdrm, 2 full baths. Never lived in, 5 brand new appliances, available immediately, $1050 + util, 403650-8654. Mobile Home for Rent. 3 bedroom mobile home, new carpets, 4 appliances, large deck with awesome view. $750/ month, $350 damage deposit. Absolutely no dogs allowed. Propane heat. 250-342-4400 days, 250-347-9242 evenings. Windermere, 4 bdrm, 3 bath, beautiful, furnished. $950/ month + utilities, from SeptJune for 2 people. 250-3423067.


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

Windermere home, large corner lot, 2-3 bdrm, 2 bath, 5 appliances, propane forced air, laminate flooring, wall to wall carpeting, closed in porch, unfinished basement and double garage. Close to school. N/S. Available July 1st , $1200/ month + utilities and DD. Longterm family preferred, 780-8830550. Newer upper suite of duplex for rent in Invermere. 2 bdrm, 2 bath, large yard and decks, N/S, N/P, $1050/month includes utilities. Available Aug 1st. Call 250-342-9770. 4 bdrm, 2 bath house with large yard, W/D, heat included. N/P, N/S, 2 mins. walking distance from D/T Invermere, 10 mins. to beach, available immediately, references required. $1400/ month, 250-341-1650. Fairmont/Columbia Lake, 5 bdrm, 3 bath, furnished, Nanofibre internet, very clean, very private, N/S, N/P, references required, $1300/month + util. + DD, 250-342-8626. 3 bdrm, 1.5 bath, fully furnished house for rent in the Invermere/ Windermere area. $1350/month + utilities. N/S. Pets negotiable. Available Sept 1st. 403-2879968. Windermere, lovely 1 bdrm home. N/S, pets considered, great yard. $775/month. Available Aug. 24th. 403-6191540.

3 bdrm, 3 bath home in immaculate condition. Open concept, hardwood, ceramic, Radium “The Pinewood” carpet. Gorgeous mountain professionally furnished 1200 & lake views, 2 min walk to sq.ft., 2 bdrm, 2 bath, in suite Kinsmen Beach. A must see laundry, deck, BBQ, underground $419,000, 250-342-7396. parking, N/S, N/P, references, vacation or long-term rental, House for 780-467-9220 or 780-9143497. Trade or Sale

Condo in Blackforest Village. $1100/month + utilities. 250342-3826. Invermere on the lake, new luxury fully furnished condo. 2 bdrm plus den, 2 bath, facing lake, underground parking. Avail. Immediately. Weekly, monthly or long-term. Call 403561-0111.

RANCH HOUSE OPEN HOUSE Sunday, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

2 bdrm, 2 bath, Radium end unit. 2nd floor, 7 appliances, A/C, pool, underground parking and storage, all inclusive $1000/ month, 403-663-0446.

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, recently appraised, $485,000. Call Elkhorn Ranch at 250-342-0617 or 250-3421268.

Beautifully designed 2 bdrm condo. 3 blocks to the beach and bakery. $975 includes utilities. Contact Sue or Rodel, 403-7101010.

Price reduced, $250,000 older home, 2 bdrm, 1 bath, needs exterior work, large corner lot. Offers taken, 780-633-0595, 780-993-1579 (cell).


Beautiful home and 1.34 acres by the lake in Windermere, BC. Great opportunity for revenue and other options. $650,000. 250-342-6162.

2 bdrm condo near Sobeys, N/S, N/P. Quiet folks only need apply, $800/month, 250-342-6255.

R.V. lots to rent. Daily, weekly, monthly and yearly, 250-3498212 or 250-349-7568.

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Pioneer Classifieds

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house for sale


Misc. For Sale

Misc. For Sale



OPEN HOUSES Saturday, July 18TH Noon -2 p.m. 2146 Westside Park View, Invermere. 2:30 p.m. -4:30 p.m. Revelstoke Avenue, Radium Contact Glenn Pomeroy, 250-270-0666 Maxwell Realty Invermere.

2 bdrm, 2 bath manufactured home. 1144 sq. ft. 22’x 52’. Ready to be moved, $20,000, 250-342-8895.

Excellent screened sandy top soil. $150/truck load, $50/pick up. Aspen Meadows, 250-2700590.


Sportuccino’s Lifestyle Company Has used gear! We want your good quality summer gear, too. Consign your bikes, water sports, camping supplies, racquets, clothing, etc…at our store across from the liquor store or call 250-342-3669.

Furniture for sale: 27” flat screen TV, antique drop leaf desk, antique school desk, computer table. Buy 1, 2 or 3 pieces of teak wall unit (bookcases), 3 windows 18”x46”, exterior door with opening window, 250342-3424.

2000 Chev 1500 LT extended cab 4x4, 195,000 km, 2 sets of wheels & tires, 6” lift, good shape, $10,900 OBO, 250-3415628 or 250-342-5224.

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

condo for sale Affordable downtown Invermere condo, 2 bdrm, $159, 000 + GST, 250-341-1182. 3 Bdrm condo with single car garage in a 50+ complex. Ground floor entry, completely updated interior with finished basement. Each floor 1040 sq. ft. Close to hospital and downtown. Underground sprinklers, air conditioning, in-floor heating, tile and hardwood floors. Carpet in MB and basement, main floor laundry – too many updates to list. $379,000. Please call for more information. 250-3425105 or 250-342-3838. Priced for quick sale! 2 bdrm, 2 bath unfurnished condo in Pinewood, Radium, fireplace, A/C, 403-560-5603. 1 bdrm, great for independent seniors, newly renovated, behind hospital, beside park, south facing, small pet allowed, laundry, dishwasher, parking. Call 250-342-3103 (eve), 250688-0083 (cell). No agents please.


Exclusive Private Gated Acreage Absolutely spectacular surroundings with unobstructed view straight down the snow capped Fairmont Rocky Mountain Range. Very private yet only 2 mins. to the beach & Windermere. Services to lot. Architectural controls ensure your investment, as well as no building commitment. See Invermere. Must be seen to be appreciated, 250342-1167. 1.5 acres close to Windermere Golf Course. Views of Chisel Peak and Sawtooth range. $259,900. 250-342-0285. WILMER PROPERTY 9140 Smith Street (off main avenue) nice mountain view, large walk-out lot, older 3 bdrm manufactured home currently on lot, $120,000. Contact 250-341-1656.

Curtis Hawk Windsurfer. Good condition, $375 OBO. 250-3479385. Moving! Like new, 2 twin headboards with bookshelves, 1 night table, 5 drawer dresser (oak veneer), $125. Corner TV/Ent. unit with 30” Sony TV and bookshelf (oak veneer), $250. Rarely used double bed/ boxspring and frame, $75. Call to view in Lakeview Meadows, 250-342-2595.

Stucco Mesh, 2 rolls 2”x2” 16gaX16ga, 48”x112,” $100. Air hockey game $150. Ping-pong table $80. Bunk bed, single on top and double on bottom, Sunny south-facing 59’ x 120’ white, mattresses included. Call level lot, zoned R1MH in Canal 250-342-0118. Flats. Located on Spruce Avenue, between cedar fence and huge Roxton solid maple 6 ft. dining tree, $65,000. 250-342-7179. table, 4 side chairs, 2 armchairs,

Wanted Large Chest Freezer in good working order. 250-342-1526

Misc. For Sale

2003 Double Wide, 3 bdrm, 2 bath, Estate Sale. Excellent condition, ready to be moved. $90,000 OBO. 250-347-7770.

Top quality Hay, Alfalfa, grass mix, round bales. Call Elkhorn Ranch, 250-342-0617.

2002 Winfield Mobile Home occupied 4 years, good condition, must be moved, porch and propane tank included. $50,000. 250-342-6188.

Quality Top Soil & Manure. Top Soil $160/dump truck load, $70/pick-up load. Manure $100/pick-up load. Call, 250342-1268.

boats For Sale Cobra Kayak. Sit on top Touring Kayak complete with backrest, hatches, straps, adjustable foot pedals & rudder system, $750.00. Please call 250-3426369 or 250-342-1795. 1998 Chris Craft 20’ Bowrider. Inboard Volvo Penta 5.0 Litre V8 power trim/tilt. Snap in carpet, full canvas package plus travel tarp, twin axle trailer, low hours. $17,500 OBO, 403-613-4551 or 250-342-2591. 12’ Harbour Craft aluminium boat. $700 firm. 250-347-6491.

RECREATIONAL VEHICLES 2 Sport Quads, 350 Yamaha Warrier and 250 Kawasaki, $2500 each. Both in mint condition. Please call 250-3420350 or 403-701-3344 (cell).


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2 new riding helmets, small, medium $40 ea. Casio table top electric organ $30. Black metal single bunk with desk underneath $50. Single adjustable medical bed $1500, 250-342-0640.

1997 Jeep Cherokee Ltd. Fully equipped, 145,000 km, ready for off road with Warn winch for front & back, raised suspension & protective plates, great condition, $7900 OBO, 250-3417155.

Country style armoires, round kitchen table with 4 chairs, large mirror, $750. Futon couch, walnut frame, navy fabric, great shape, $275. Please call 250688-0521.

1998 Ford 4WD ½ ton, $5000. 1999 Chev Van, diesel, $6500. 2000 Ford F350 4x4 XLT, $11,500. All reasonable offers considered. View at 1101 6th St, Invermere or call 250-688-0950.

2002 Pontiac Sunfire, yellow, 2.2 L, 4 cylinder, 5 speed manual, 120,000 km, 2 door, CD, great on gas, excellent condition, $4750 OBO, 250-342-6918. 2006 Dodge Power Wagon. V8 quad cab, fully loaded, 75,000 kms. Call Dave, 250-341-7203. 2007 Subaru Forester Special Edition, AWD, 5 speed manual, A/C, cruise, tilt, P/W, P/L, panoramic moon roof, ABS brakes, alloy wheels W/4 near new snow tires mounted on steel rims, CD, keyless entry, auto dim rearview mirror w/ electric compass, cargo cover & mat. Excellent condition, $19,900 OBO. Call 250-342-2805 for more info. 2002 Impala, 175 HP, no rust, 40 MPG, $4400 OBO. 250-3476404. 2002 Chevy Tracker. Silver, 5 speed, A/C, cruise, new windshield, brakes and tires. 180,000kms, great condition. $6500 OBO. Call Chris for details 250-688-1626. 2001 Toyota Corolla, auto, air, 2 sets tires, 165,000 kms, good condition. $6000. 250-3476916. 2000 Acura EL, one owner, 230,000 kms, all highway driving. $3500 OBO. 250-3495488, leave a message.

Services Phil’s Carpentry – Everything from roofs to decks, completion of basement and bathrooms. Phone 250-341-8033(cell) – 24/7. Not on valley time.

Furnace & duct cleaning services using the patented rotobrush system. Call AQUAIR for free estimates, 250-342-5089. Water treatment & purification, includes drinking water systems, softeners & conditioners, iron filters. Call AQUAIR, 250-3425089 Flooring Installations, lino, carpet, laminate and hardwood. 30 years experience. Call 250347-9192 or 250-341-1235. ODD JOBS ENT HAULING Garbage, brush and construction Disposal. Mulch deliveries. Call Dale Hunt @ 250-342-3569 Peak Recovery Counseling. Stress, change, anxiety, addiction, relationship, confidence building. 250-3423474 or 250-857-4705, www. Prefer a house clean? Contact Tamara, 250-342-5035. Drywall repair, renovations and small projects, painting available. 250-341-5375. Custom installations of ceramic, mosaic, quarry tiles, slates, glass blocks, repairs, etc. For estimates call 250-341-6869. NO JOB TOO SMALL for college student with truck. Yard clean, gutter clean, debris hauling or extra helping hands. 250-3429446.

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Dennis Wass of Wilmer goes to nationals in judo A local athlete took his training to the next level last weekend at the 2009 Canadian Judo Championships at the Olympic Oval in Calgary. Dennis Wass, aged 16, finished eighth in the Dennis Wass Under 17, 90-kilogram weight class. He also participated a four-day national training camp held after the tournament. “It was a learning experience for me,” he said. “I met a lot of new people and had a lot of fun.” Dennis, a Grade 11 student at David Thompson Secondary School, is the son of Sharon and Robin Wass of Wilmer. He has been a member of the Invermere Judo Club since he was seven years old. The judo season in Invermere normally runs from September to March and practices are held at the Invermere Community Hall. During this time athletes participate in up to eight tournaments around the province. Because Dennis did so well this year, his season was extended in order to train for the tournament. Dennis first became involved in judo because his

older brother Chris, now 20, was participating in the club. “I stuck with it because it’s challenging,” Dennis said. “There is always something new to learn and it’s fun!” This is the first year that Dennis has been invited to attend the national championships. He qualified by placing first in two selection tournaments held this spring in Prince George and Vancouver. Although putting up a good fight at nationals, Dennis lost his first and second matches in the tournament – it was double knockout format, meaning an athlete must lose two matches before he is knocked out of the tournament. He fought against a boy from Alberta and another from Quebec. “The biggest thing I learned was how to handle the pressure of participating in a large tournament,” Dennis said. “I also learned a few new techniques.” His long-time coach Hermann Mauthner of Invermere said he is especially proud of Dennis’s progress this season. “He did really well at the tournament – he gained so much experience,” he said. “From the start of the season to now, it’s like day and night. At the beginning he was really reluctant, but as the season went on he really improved his judo fantastically and I am really looking forward to next year already.” Now sporting a green belt, Dennis has high hopes for his judo career. He plans to attend the national tournament again in the future and also obtain his black belt.

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Copper City Saloon requires full time cook. Email invinn@ or fax 250-342-6079 or apply in person to Brenda Gingrich.


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Mountain Springs Motel seeking housekeeping staff. F/ T, P/T. Must be willing to work weekends. Apply in person with resume.

Poolside Café in Radium Hot Springs looking for P/T, F/T summer help. Call Hal 250-3479376.

Hole in one! Rebecca Spence, age 15, from Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, made a hole-in-one at The Ridge at Copper Point on Hole 6 from 184 yards on Friday, July 10th. It’s her first ace and she has been playing for three years. According to general manager Brian Schaal, both courses at Copper Point are participating in the annual “Take a Kid to The Course” initiative promoted by the National Golf Course Owners Association. Rebecca took part with her parents and younger brother. The program gives free golf to kids 16 and under with a paying adult. The program runs until the end of August, Mondays to Thursdays, at The Ridge.

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Ladies golf club news

July 17, 2009

Submitted by Jane Geiger Fairmont Mountainside Ladies Golf The monthly cup winner for April was Fran Lapinski; for May, Lil MacPherson; and for June, Fran Lapinski, by retrogression over Donna Zedic. June 2nd was Pin Day – Low Net won by Rosemary MacDonell with Michael Ann Boyer scooping the deuce pot. The June 9th competition was cancelled due to the weather. On June 16th, Mountainside Ladies hosted players from Golden, Radium Resort, The Springs at Radium, Windermere and Riverside for an interclub

mixed-team competition. Winners were Michael Ann Boyer, Cheryl Alfonso, and Donna Carlson. Michael Ann Boyer and Sue Nikirk shared the deuce pot. June 23rd was Cha-Cha-Cha with the winning team of Marlene Wasylyk, Sandy Helmsing, Donna Zedic and Anne Skibo bringing in a score of 123. Deuce pot was shared by Jayne Geiger, Myrt Wilder and Fran Lapinski. The Riverside and Mountainside Ladies hosted the annual Fairmont Ladies Amateur Team Event on July 6th and 7th. Overall winners were Connie Nixon and Marilyn O’Connor from Calgary with a low gross score of 75, and Sharron Taillieu and Pat

Slack from Mountainside with a low net score of 54. Two-woman teams came from all over the Kootenays and Alberta; 108 ladies participated, with the Monday round called due to lightning. Tuesday was a better day and a complete round was played prior to the rain setting in again. Fairmont Flight winners were as follows: 1st Flight – Nelda Harker and Loretto Keenan – 3rd Low Gross; Susan McAfee and Wilda Schab – 2nd Low Net; 2nd Flight – Michael Ann Boyer and Maggie Boyer – 3rd Low Gross; 4th Flight Marlyn DesBrisay and Barb MacDonald – 1st Low Net; Bev Maye and Jayne Geiger – 2nd Low Gross.

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July 17, 2009

Valley Churches


Marriage: a joyful struggle By Rev. Trevor Hagan Lake Windermere Alliance Church There are three words I like to encourage in people’s marriage relationships that I believe are becoming endangered species of our day.


Trust is probably the most important ingredient in building an intimate relationship between husband and wife. Trust is one thing that takes a long time to build and a very short time to destroy. Be careful how you treat each other. Many people wrongly believe that in a good marriage, you can “relax” and not have to monitor everything you say and do. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Trust needs you to communicate, express yourselves, and most definitely, to love.


This is the most excellent way. First Corinthians 13, says: “If I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing . . . Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is

not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres . . . Love never fails.” Love is first of all a decision you make . . . feelings are too overrated. I don’t believe that people fall in love or fall out of love. It is a conscious decision, a choice we make to direct our affections toward someone. Honour: This is about the value we place on each other. Matthew 6:21 says, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Couples need to tell each other regularly how valuable they are! Marriage is about an unconditional commitment to them for life! So there needs to be time set aside to pay attention to the other person! Often the deepest relationship is developed during the simplest activity. Marriage never fails – people fail. They fail when they expect more than they are willing to give. They fail when they talk more than they work and when they dream more than they do Marriage is not held together by one person. Two made it and two maintain it. Marriage does not solve problems – people do. Marriage does not do anything for people . . . People do something for marriage. Marriage is not some extended honeymoon. It is rather a fact, a task, a test, a happy struggle. Marriage is an opportunity to give yourself away. Marriage is like an empty box . . . Partners can’t take out what they haven’t put in.

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