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A local couple is reeling after a pair of cougars snatched their beloved family pet from their front steps early on Tuesday morning. At around 1:30 a.m. on August 11th, Janet and Michael Potekal of Edgewater rushed outside their home and found their cat Princess covered in blood and lying on her side with a large bite on the side of her neck, but still breathing. “She never made a sound,” Janet said. “We never heard growls, screeches, howls – nothing – and the dog next door didn’t even bark.” The couple, both in their late 50s, live in a small house on Crescentwood Drive on the outskirts of Edgewater. Michael works for Back Country Jack’s and Janet works for Bighorn Meadows in Radium. They were just sitting down for a very late dinner when there was a loud “thump” on the front steps. Janet flung open the screen door to see what caused the commotion – and that’s when she saw Princess. “She was basically in her last throes – she was covered in blood and flopping her paws around,” Janet said. “I was panic-struck – I hollered for Michael because he had gone out the other door. I don’t even remember what I yelled, something like, ‘Come here, come here, there’s something wrong with Princess!’” Meanwhile, Michael had spotted a cougar from the front window, standing beside the wishing well in the front yard. Immediately Michael ran onto the couple’s elevated deck to scare off the animal. As he slammed the screen door, the cougar took off across the street into a wooded field to the north of the house. Then he heard a sound. “I looked over the rail and there was another cougar looking up at me,” Michael said. The cougar’s golden eyes were gleaming at him through the darkness. “So I hissed at it. Guess what? It hissed back. So I said, ‘That’s enough of that,’ and I growled at it and then it took off.” The second cat crashed through their neighbour’s wooden gate, running to the west of the house.

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When he heard his wife’s cries, Michael turned and ran to the front door, where he found his wife staring in horror at their wounded pet. He picked up Princess and brought her into the house. “When Michael brought her into the house, he was covered in blood,” Janet said. They laid the dying animal on a towel in the middle of the living room floor. No more than five minutes later, she died. “I think, all and all, the whole thing was very quick, but very vicious and very horrible,” Janet said. “Then I couldn’t help it, after she passed, as she started to cool off, I covered her up in the towel because I didn’t want her to get cold.” The couple alerted the Interior Region Conservation Officer Service and were advised by dispatch to bring any other animals inside. After the call, Michael was surprised to see one of the cougars return around 2:45 a.m. “It was standing in our neighbour’s front yard,” he said. “I ran to get my camera to take a picture of it, but as soon as I opened the screen door, it ran off again.” Conservation Officer Lawrence Umsonst of Invermere responded to the incident later that morning. He said that since cougars don’t hunt in packs, he believes that the two cougars are siblings. “This time of the year, juvenile cougars are often separated from their female parent and left to find their own territory and their own food,” he said. Also, because the attack happened at night when there were no people around, he does not believe the cougars are a threat to the public, although he did post warnings around the small community. But this news is no comfort to Janet. “I’m paranoid now,” she said. “I told our other cat Angel last night that she is not going outside ever again.” Mr. Umsonst advised everyone to bring pets in at night, not to leave food outside and, most importantly, not to feed wildlife – especially deer – because they are natural prey for cougars. To report a cougar sighting, call 1-877-952-7277. So far this year there have been three reported cougar sightings in Radium, one in Edgewater and nine in the Invermere area.

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Jumbo decision sent to province By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff Jumbo Glacier Resort will be deemed a mountain resort municipality if the Regional District of East Kootenay has its way. On Friday, August 7th, eight of the 15 directors of the regional district voted to advise the provincial government that it prefers a new municipality be established to host the proposed $450-million all-season ski resort. Seven directors were opposed to the motion. The vote was so close that Chair Norm Walter asked for a second show of hands to confirm the result. Four of the five Columbia Valley directors voted against the motion. Only Radium Mayor Dee Conklin was in favour of designating Jumbo Glacier Resort a mountain resort municipality. Area G Director Gerry Wilkie implored the other directors to consider the Columbia Valley residents. “The people of the Columbia Valley have put years and years of effort into this issue,” he said. “In fairness, we should own up to our responsibility of making land-use decisions. We should deal with this resort if, and only if, they make an application.” In opposing the motion, Director Wilkie was joined by Area F Director Wendy Booth; Canal Flats

Councillor Michael McDonald, standing in for Ute Juras; and Invermere Mayor Gerry Taft. They were backed up by board chair and Area E Director Norm Walter, Fernie mayor Cindy Corrigan and Area B Director Heath Slee. On the other side of the fence with Mayor Conklin was Sparwood Mayor David Wilks, who tabled the motion; Elkford Mayor Dean McKerracher, Cranbrook Mayor Scott Manjak and Cranbrook Councillor Liz Schatschneider, Kimberley Mayor Jim Ogilvie, Area A Director Mike Sosnowski, and Area C Director Rob Gay. The directors who voted for Jumbo to become its own municipality did not want the regional district staff to be caught up in administration for rezoning and an official community plan for Jumbo Glacier Resort – should the province finally grant the developer a Master Development Agreement. “I have quite a few projects in the Elk Valley that are on the regional district’s priority list for 2010 and 2011,” said Director Sosnowski. “If the Jumbo rezoning is considered here, those projects could be shoved way down the list. I was elected by the constituents of my area to look after their best interests. Having those projects slowed down is not in their best interests.” The decision about Jumbo Glacier Resort was the

first item on the agenda, and it took two hours of delegations and discussion among the directors before the decision was reached. Outside the board room, chairs had been set up to provide seating for more than 100 people, who listened to the discussion over a speaker system. Inside the room, 17 speakers lobbied the board, both supporting and opposing the development. Columbia River-Revelstoke MLA Norm Macdonald and members of Jumbo Creek Conservation Society and Wildsight implored the board to consider due democratic process and retain the zoning decisions for Jumbo Glacier Resort. “This is your job,” said Norm Macdonald. “You were elected to come here and make land-use decisions. Passing this motion would be a betrayal of the people who put you here.” John Bergenske, executive director of Wildsight, pointed the finger at Jumbo Glacier Resort for bringing the topic to the board table. “It is clear that the project proponent seeks to deny the public consultation period in the most critical stage of the process,” he said. Fernie Mayor Cindy Corrigan told the anti-Jumbo spokespeople that it is time to come up with a different strategy. Continued on Page 19 . . .

Jack Ward’s memorial fund used for defibrillator By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff Just five years after Jack Ward of Invermere died of a heart attack, a fund set up in his memory will soon be saving the lives of others. Using money from his memorial fund, the Windermere Valley Minor Hockey Association will foot the cost for a defibrillator to be installed at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. “Jack was a tireless supporter of youth activities in our valley until his passing in 2004,” said his widow Laurie Ward of Invermere. “He recognized the need for essential equipment such as the newlyacquired defibrillator, and he would be pleased to

know it is now in place.” Jack, a long-time local, was serving as a director of the minor hockey association when he passed away suddenly at the age of 53. A defibrillator is an electronic device that administers an electric shock to the heart through the chest wall in order to restore its normal rhythm. The model being installed at the arena will cost around $2,500 and should be in place just in time for this year’s hockey season. “We felt it was time, with the number of users that the arena gets, and the different activities they participate in,” said Wallace Ross, co-president of the Windermere Valley Minor Hockey Association. “The users of the arena are getting a little older,

and when they are there, they’re exercising quite vigorously. Also we have a lot of older people watching the games – it’s just a convenience we should have. “Hopefully we never have to use it, but the fact that it is there gives everyone a leg up on surviving any heart attack.” The motion to have the defibrillator installed was put through just over a year ago by former treasurer Murray Davidson. “We just thought this would be a great way to put money to good use within the community,” Mr. Ross said. The defibrillator will be purchased this month and arena users will be properly trained as to how to operate it.

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Community to benefit from local forest By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff Three Invermere men, passionate about forestry, are pitching an idea for a community forest in the Columbia Valley. With potential to span an area from Radium in the north to Canal Flats in the south, the Upper Columbia Community Forest could be one large contiguous area of Crown land, managed by local citizens for the benefit of the community. In November 2008, retired conservation officer Rick Hoar approached former Canadian Forest Products employee Steve Ostrander with an idea. “I have been interested in community forests for a couple of years,” Rick said. “After my retirement, I took some time off, then I thought I’d get involved. I approached Steve at a Lions Club meeting.” Next, the pair spoke to Rory Hromadnik, the District of Invermere’s town planner. Rory was so interested that he signed on to help them iron out the details. Between them, the men have three forestry degrees and 59 years of experience in the industry. There are currently 32 community forests around British Columbia. The largest forest covers 210,000 acres around Burns Lake. Nearby Creston has a 44,000-acre community forest.

While the definition of a community forest can be broad, Rick said there are five criteria used to discuss and indicate its location and purpose: • the area is connected to the community; • the area contains an important source of water for the community; • there are viewscapes in the area that are valuable to the community; • fuel management is important in the area to prevent wildfire threat to the community; • the community feels a sense of stewardship over the area. “A large percentage of the community forest would harvest some timber as well as protect the watershed,” Rick said. “There would be community involvement on many different levels,” Steve added. The forest could be used for recreation and educational purposes, he said, as well as utilizing non-timber products such as huckleberries. However, profit would exist only as a means to an end. “I don’t want to be part of anything that is driven for the buck,” Rory said. “There has to be a profit or it won’t last long, but that is not the sole purpose.” In April, the three men began meeting with stakeholders in the community. Since then, they have met

with Radium, Canal Flats and Invermere councils, both Regional District of East Kootenay directors, representatives of the Akisqnuk and Shuswap First Nations, Panorama Mountain Resort, Tembec and Canfor. The toughest to convince are the forestry companies, Rick said. “Canfor and Tembec support the idea of a community forest. They feel that the area identified does have community values. “However, they are cautious about how well any harvesting could take place and cautious about giving up part of their turf. They are concerned that a community forest could reduce the amount of wood available to them, and they want to ensure that is dealt with before a community forest is established.” Steve pointed out that a community forest would not necessarily be better managed than Canfor’s and Tembec’s forests. “We are not saying they aren’t doing a good job managing those tenures and that we can do better,” he said. “It is more about increased community involvement and that community objectives will be paramount, not corporate or provincial objectives.” The public stakeholders also have some concerns. Continued on Page 27 . . .

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By Elinor Florence Pioneer Publisher This time next year, we might all be paying something called a Harmonized Sales Tax in B.C. The “harmony” reflects the marriage of the current five percent Goods and Services Tax with the current seven percent Provincial Sales Tax. Businesses that formerly collected and itemized both taxes will now charge a single 12-percent tax. And businesses that didn’t have to charge Provincial Sales Tax in the first place – businesses like ours, for example – will now have to collect an extra seven percent from their customers. Newspapers are among a host of businesses that will be forced to charge and remit a tax they never did before. Among the most vocal opponents of the new tax are restaurants and home builders. Previously restaurant meals and new homes weren’t subject to the provincial tax. And many other services will now be subject to the extra seven percent, such as haircuts, accounting and dry-cleaning. There are also some exemptions, such as groceries. The rationale by the B.C. government is that the new “harmonized” tax will pass more of the tax burden onto consumers, and relieve the tax burden on businesses by allowing them to claim additional business input tax credits. According to government: “This measure will reduce taxes on business investment by as much as 40 percent or $1.9 billion annually. It will dramatically reduce business administration costs by $150 million annually. It will increase B.C.’s competitiveness, attract new investment and stimulate job growth.” That’s why the B.C. Chamber of Commerce supports the measure, although many individual members disagree. The HST — which requires the approval of both B.C.’s Legislative Assembly and the Parliament of Canada — can still be defeated if enough people raise their voices in protest. You have one year to complain, and the clock is ticking.

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Kudos to council for bumps Dear Editor: I find it interesting to hear everyone complain about the new speed bumps and raised crosswalks around town. I, for one, applaud council for taking a stand against speeders. Drivers in this town are not able to regulate themselves and go the posted speed limit, and there seems to be very little presence from the RCMP along 13th and 15th Avenues. How else are we supposed to get people to slow down? While Mrs. Fiell would have preferred a speed limit reduction, I am certain it would fail miserably. The stretches of both 13th and 15th are 30 km/hr, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., throughout the school year, but hardly anyone slows down. And many of the speeders are parents of students whom the school zone is supposed to protect.

I have children who walk and ride bikes around the neighbourhood. It makes my stomach turn to see how fast people drive as they pass them by. It’s a shame children’s lives are put at risk because someone is trying to get where they’re going a minute or two faster. Someone driving onto the sidewalk to avoid a raised crosswalk is appalling. If that isn’t enough to garner some policing in the area, I guess we’ll just have to wait for an innocent pedestrian to be struck by a speeder. Wouldn’t that be a shame. Since the RCMP seems to be experiencing a “quiet” summer, maybe they will consider doing some traffic control in the area. Thank you to the District of Invermere for trying to do something about it. It’s not your problem that drivers don’t follow the rules. Dianne Spencer, Invermere

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If everyone else is speeding, slow drivers are hazards view bears, get off the highway and park in a safe area, not on the side of the road. This is a highway, and by parking on the side of the road, you are creating a hazard by your actions. I view speeders as those who are travelling at a higher rate of speed than the general flow of traffic. However, if it is you that is holding up this general flow of traffic, why not just pull to the side and allow everyone to get by you, rather than hold this lineup until someone has to wait for a passing lane, or decides to get overly aggressive and pass you in an unsafe manner? My overall point is that there are two types of hazards that are out there on the highways. The first one is those who drive with a complete disregard for the safety of themselves and others; the second, being that of the driver that goes much slower than the normal traffic flow, and refuses to pull over, or let anyone by, thus having themselves leading a pack of frustrated drivers. While I don’t think pulling off to the side of the highway is a safe alternative for campers, motorhomes, and fifth wheels, most people will be happy to wait for a safe passing zone to get by the camper people. It is understood that these units will be a little slower than most traffic as well.

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Parks Canada slashes services, hikes fees Dear Editor: I’m a week late in expressing my pleasure at seeing the well-written article by Cayla Gabruck on Juniper Trail in Kootenay National Park. The pictures were also excellent. The only glitch was “moving” the “Place of Silence.” It’s actually on the Redstreak Campground Trail. As well, an “activity guide for the whole family” should also include a plug for the programs presented in the Redstreak Campground Theatre, at 8 p.m., every evening except Friday. Two veteran naturalists, Sharon Morgan and Marla Oliver, continue to entertain and enlighten park visitors, as they have for years. And, best of all, the programs are free. You don’t get much of that “free stuff” from Parks Canada anymore. The free programs used to be offered every night in every park campground, but the “bean-counters” in our mountain parks decided that wasn’t “cost-efficient.” So, now the only action is in Redstreak and the number of programs has declined from 21 per week to six! Of course, cutbacks are old stuff now. People are used to it. Parks Canada just got a head start. Also, visitors used to take the same walk that Cayla did in the company of a trained naturalist at no cost. But, apparently, that wasn’t “cost-efficient,” either, and

interpretive hikes were dropped — but only in the mountain parks. Ironically, the government spends millions of dollars to lure people from all over the world to our spectacular mountain parks. And then the visitors are told,

“What makes the state of Kootenay and other mountain parks so disappointing is that while cutting out most ‘frivolous’ activities, such as teaching people to understand and appreciate our natural wonders, the cost of just being in the parks continues to rise.” — Bob Hahn, Juniper Heights “Sorry, we don’t have any guided walks like other parts of Canada. You’ll just have to learn about these parks on your own.” What makes the state of Kootenay and other mountain parks so disappointing is that while cutting out most “frivolous” activities such as teaching people to understand and appreciate our natural wonders, the cost of just being in the parks continues to rise. However, Jim Abbott recently announced that park fees had been frozen “. . . to encourage Canadians to visit these wonderful places.” As the saying goes,

too little, too late. My family and I recently returned from a stay in one of Alberta’s provincial parks. We paid $20 per night for our site, which included electrical hook-ups and the option to have a nightly campfire. To enjoy the same camping experience in Kootenay Park would cost $60.70! And the only additional benefit would be hot showers. Cleanliness is next to godliness — but at triple the cost? I love the parks, but can’t afford to stay in them, and our camping friends also go elsewhere. It’s a dirty shame. Why should Canadians have to pay the same as visitors from Mongolia or Timbuktu? Aren’t they our parks? In countries like Costa Rica, the “Ticos” pay much less for a visit to their numerous national parks than foreign visitors. But we only have to look to the U.S. to see how some other countries reward their taxpayers. I was born in the States, but have been a Canadian citizen for 33 years. Yet, with my Golden Passport, a visit to any national park in the U.S. costs nothing. I paid $10 for the Passport — just a little more than the fee for a single day in Kootenay National Park. Does that make sense? Bob Hahn, Juniper Heights

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August 14, 2009

Jumbo opponent still has confidence in democracy Dear Editor: As a comparison between Vancouver voting and Regional District of East Kootenay voting, I found that on February 22nd, 2003, 64 percent of Vancouver voters approved the Olympic bid in a city-wide referendum. Turnout was a record 50 percent. On reviewing the Valley Echo report of November 2nd, 2007, of an official Regional District of East Kootenay non-binding opinion poll regarding the proposed Jumbo Glacier Resort, I found that 80 percent of residents and homeowners in Area F disapproved of the plan to develop the 6,000-bed resort in the Jumbo Valley. Response was from 1,084 voters. On two occasions speaking with Premier Gordon Campbell, one at the 2008 B.C. Winter Games and the other at a B.C. Olympians gathering in Vancouver, I told him that I greatly supported the Olympic bid because of the local support and because of the great positive influence of the Olympics for our youth. I then pointed out plainly that I did not support the proposed Jumbo development because the great majority of residents in Area F oppose it and because the area is so precious as is, for the wildlife, human recreation and ecotourism. The premier acknowledged my concerns and I wished him well with the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Even though I oppose the proposed Jumbo development for what I think are valid concerns, if the majority of people in Area F voted to approve it, I would endorse it and try to mitigate the negative impact on the environment as much as possible. Now we get to the heart of the matter – the way the vote went on Friday, August 7th. Directors were from Cranbrook, Kimberley, etc. where no public opinion poll had ever been made. Far and away from Area F, they voted to approve the project in Area F in spite of powerful logical and accurate presentations by many delegates and some directors from nearby areas. As I listened outside the regional district building on the lawn, with over a hundred people quietly opposed to the project, my heart sank as I heard the results. The motion passed eight to seven. However, when I heard that four out of five directors in the valley area had voted to keep the Jumbo decision local, my confidence in our democratic way of life rebounded. Refreshed with that knowledge, here I go again, doing what I can to keep democracy alive and to keep Jumbo Wild. Doug Anakin Windermere For more letters on the Jumbo issue, please turn to Page 25.

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Illegal excavation at Lake Lillian prompts government investigation around a culvert on the south side of Lake Lillian. After dredging the land, the individual then placed the material on shore. Officials are probing a case of illegal excavation “The intent was to increase the water flow through at Lake Lillian, located on the Toby Benches between the culvert to reduce the lake level,” Mr. Holmes said. Invermere and Panorama. Two provincial departments “By doing this, the individual disturbed shoreline veg– the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of etation and aquatic substrate.” Forests and Range – are investigating three separate Several concerned residents living around Lake infractions of the WaLillian alerted the auter Act, the Forests and thorities. Range Practices Act, and “One of the neigh“The intent was to increase the water flow though the Federal Fisheries Act. bours saw him digging the culvert to reduce the lake level.” Lake Lillian is sourced it out and went down from Neave Creek and to see if he had permis—Peter Holmes, Ministry of Environment the lake’s outlet flows into sion,” said Norm Henthe Toby Creek, which is dricks, a resident of the a salmon-bearing stream. Toby Benches. “The fisheries act is the most stringent of the three “He said he didn’t need permission to excavate in acts,” said Peter Holmes, ecosystem biologist with the the creek outlet of a lake, which is not the case. People Ministry of Environment. “We’re looking into it and get fined for driving a machine through a creek or outit could result in significant fines.” let of a lake – they can’t dig in it, that’s for sure.” According to Mr. Holmes, evidence suggests that His biggest concern, Mr. Hendricks said, is how in early May, the individual used an excavator to re- the increased flow will affect the water levels. move a quantity of earth and shoreline vegetation “We don’t want to have the levels down in early By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff

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New Windermere fire hall will cost less than thought in the decision – it was just the numbers,” Wendy Booth said. Work on The regional W i n d e r m e r e ’s district received new fire hall 14 proposals for will start within the fire hall. weeks, now that “We received the Regional a wide range District of East HOW IT WILL LOOK – An architectural rendering of the new fire hall. of bids and the Kootenay has closest to the sucawarded the contract for construction. cessful firm was within approximately $100,000,” said The contract went to the lowest bidder, MDG communications manager Loree Duczek. Development Corporation, which quoted $2,230,000 “The low bid is an indication of the current marto build the 10,000-square-foot building. ket, and as we set the original budget it’s always a plea“The bid from MDG Development came in ap- sure for us when our clients can save some money,” proximately $73,000 under budget,” said Wendy explained architect Richard Cordner, who was comBooth, Director of Area F in the regional district. “It missioned to design the new Windermere fire hall. was the lowest bid and it’s a local company, so it was It will be located on a one-acre lot adjacent to the an easy decision.” existing headquarters on Highway 93/95. MDG Development is headed by Ron Mason, a The building will contain seven bays to hold fireColumbia Valley businessman who was instrumental fighting and water-rescue apparatus. Downstairs will in the construction of Copper Point Golf Club and a be office space and training rooms. A separate builddirector of the Resort at Copper Point. ing at the rear of the property will be used for training The resort entered receivership in February, but exercises. Windermere Fire Chief Jim Miller said Mr. Mason’s Last August, Windermere residents narrowly apbackground should not reflect negatively on his cur- proved the construction of a new fire hall, with 53.6 rent endeavours. percent of voters in favour. “He was caught up in the Resort at Copper Point The referendum authorized the Regional District and he took the brunt of the collapse himself,” Mr. of East Kootenay to borrow $2,385,000 over 25 years Miller said. “He took some bad flak when he really to construct the new fire hall. shouldn’t have.” Ron Mason was unavailable for comment, but Mr. Miller added that he has had many positive Richard Cordner said work could start very soon. dealings with Mr. Mason. “I would suspect we would see some kind of start “I have no concern with Ron Mason at all,” he in the next few weeks and construction will take maysaid. “I have dealt with him quite a bit. His companies be 10 months,” he said. have always been very solid and good to work with.” Jim Miller was overjoyed by the news. The regional district does not have any concerns, “It’s fantastic. We’ve been anxiously waiting for either. this day. Now we can see the light at the end of the “Ron Mason’s background was not a consideration tunnel,” he said. By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff


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What’s Happening in the Columbia Valley

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When light shines through

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Friday, August 14th: • 7-11 p.m.: 2nd Annual Edgewater Ladies’ Night or Galarama: Glitz and Glammer at the Edgewater Community Hall. Entertainment, raffles, games, appetizers and a cash bar. For info: 250-347-9324. • August 14th-15th: Jonbone and the Karuna Movement perform at Ray Ray’s Beach Pub. For info: 250-342-8346.

• 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Acrylic painting workshop with local artist Lebeau. $10/person includes materials and lunch. For info: 250-688-1179. • Noon: 2nd Annual Summer Slam! Sound Off and Show and Shine at the Super 8 Parking Lot, Invermere. Presented by Essence of Sound and Rocky River Grill. Registration from 11 a.m. Product sales, raffles and give-aways. For info: 250-270-9393.

Monday, August 17th: • August 17th-19th: Char’s Web presents: Gaia – Dancing for the Web of Life at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. Kids aged five to 12. Instructor Charlotte Streicek. Cost $250. For info: 250-342-4423.

Tuesday, August 18th: • 7 p.m.: Mariah Mennie and special guests perform at Strand’s Old House Restaurant. $10 cover. For reservations: 250-342-6344.

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Wednesday, August 19th:

• 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Columbia Basin Culture Tour including Windermere Valley Museum. Explore artists’ studios, museums, art galleries and heritage sites through a free self-guided tour. For info: 1-877505-7355. • 6-9 p.m.: Pirate and Princess Costume Dance at the Windermere Community Hall. All families welcome! Face-painting, concession, games, prizes and music. For info: 250-341-3383. • 6 p.m.: Rock and Roll Fiesta on the Great Hall Deck at Panorama Mountain Resort. For info: www. panoramaresort.com. • 7-9 p.m.: Music on Main in Radium featuring Kathleen and Scott. For info: 250-347-9331. • Celebrating Health Care Charity Golf Tournament at The Ridge Course at Copper Point. Funds raised go toward Invermere District Hospital Emergency Department. To register, call 250-341-3392. • Connie Geerts and Sandra Chapman’s Summer Strokes exhibition at Effusion Art Gallery. Painters’ demonstration in the courtyard from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Opening reception from 3 to 6 p.m. For info: 250-341-6877.

• 7:30 p.m.: Edgewater’s MidSummer’s Eve Musical at the Edgewater Community Hall. Musicians include Inge Lipkow, Jade Bowen, Oso Simple, Bryan Deans, Mariah Mennie, Wanda Seel and Barry Moore. For info: 250-347-9668. • 7-9 p.m.: Opening reception for exhibition at Pynelogs Cultural Centre, featuring Angelique Gillespie, Susan Fahrni, Marg Metcalf, Pat Luders, Jane Tevelein Doel and Val McPhee. Exhibition runs until September 1st. For info: 250-342-4423.

Thursday, August 20th: • 7-9 p.m.: Music on Main in Radium featuring Stacey and Bud Decosse. For info: 250-347-9331.

Saturday, August 22nd: • 9 a.m.-noon: Windermere Community Association’s fundraising garage sale at the Windermere Community Hall. For info: 250-342-0580. • 10:30 a.m.: Teddy Bears’ Picnic for preschoolers at the Radium Village Park, hosted by Radium Public Library.

• 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Registration for the Columbia Valley Bighorns football team at the Bighorns Field, Invermere. Open to boys aged 13-18. For info: 250342-8767. • 6 p.m.: Music in the Mountains with 47 Parker at the Adventure Centre at Panorama Mountain Resort. For info: 250-342-6941. • 9:30 p.m.: Blues Riders perform at The Whitehouse Pub, Windermere. For info: 250-342-3145.

Sunday, August 23rd: • 2-4 p.m.: Free fun-filled information session on Girl Guides of Canada at the Lions Hall at the crossroads. Find out what Girl Guides has to offer. No commitment required. For info: 250-426-6174.

Monday, August 24th: • 2nd Annual Lorne Rowe Memorial Charity Pro Am Golf Tournament at Mountainside Golf Course, Fairmont. For info: 250-345-6268.

Saturday, August 29th: • 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Electronics Drop Off in the Invermere Community Hall parking lot. Recycle computers, printers, fax machines and televisions. For info: 1-888-478-7335. • 11 a.m.-3 p.m.: Ikebana: The Art of Japanese Flower Arranging with Chizuko Purschwitz at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. Cost $39. For info: 250-342-4423. • 6 p.m.: Music in the Mountains with Gary Kehoe’s Walk the Line Tribute to Johnny Cash at Panorama Mountain Resort. For info: 250-342-6941. • 7-9 p.m.: Music on Main in Radium featuring Oso Simple. For info: 250-347-9331.

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EXHIBITION “Summer Strokes” August 15 - 24 Connie Geerts

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‘Summer Strokes’ exhibition sparkles at Effusion Gallery Connie usually works on two or three paintings at any given time to keep Come and enjoy the the momentum going. works of Connie Geerts Sandra Chapman was and Sandra Chapman born in Winnipeg, Maniin our Summer Strokes toba and moved to Britexhibition, to run from ish Columbia in 1991. August 15th to 24th. The Sandra’s paintings reception will be held reflect her interpretation Saturday, August 15th of the relationship she from 3 to 6 p.m., with sees in nature, with the artists in attendance. Group of Seven having Join us in the Effua large influence on her sion Art Gallery courtwork. yard on Saturday from “When I look at the 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with trees, I see not only the Connie and Sandra, and This painting by Sandra Chapman, Last Light, will be trees but spaces between watch how they trans- on exhibit at Effusion Art Gallery until August 24th. them and the way they form a blank canvass into relate to each other and a work of art. other aspects of the landscape. To me, nature mirrors Connie started her professional art career with and reflects universally experienced emotions – joy, her move to the West Coast in 1987. She worked as passion, solitude, connection and disconnection. I a video editor for over 20 years at CTV News. attempt to capture the essence of these relationships After exploring many materials, she fell in love in my paintings.” with acrylic painting and has been working in the Sandra loves to paint on a large scale using bold medium ever since. She works in washes that are colour and dramatic composition. multi-layered, gradually moving towards an opaque View Connie and Sandra’s work on-line at finish, starting on a cadmium red background. www.effusionartgallery.com or call 250-341-6877. Submitted by Effusion Art Gallery

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Six creative women showcase work at Pynelogs Pat Luders will be exhibiting her three dimensional creations. As a bronze portrait Pynelogs Cultural Centre is artist, we are used to having excited to announce a beautiful upher impress us with her sculpcoming exhibition featuring six taltural skills, and this exhibition ented women who produce breathwill expand our notions of her taking creations. talents. Using reclaimed wood Angelique Gillespie, Susan Fahand construction remnants of rni, Marg Metcalf, Pat Luders, Jane the McKim school demoliTevelein Doel and Val MacPhee extion in Kimberley, Pat has also hibit for two weeks, in a new show been creating abstract sculpstarting August 18th. Please join us tures, using found objects as for the artist opening reception on the canvas. Wednesday, August 19th from 7 to Jane Tevelein Doel returns 9 p.m. to Pynelogs after a long hiatus Angelique Gillespie is an acrylto exhibit her newest raku and ic figurative painter who graces us wood-fired clay vessels, sculpwith her talents this exhibition. She tures and slip-cast forms. has created portraits of friends and As an immigrant to Canfaces that she has met here in the ada, Jane finds herself influvalley, in a series she calls her “Valenced by natural forms, arley Time.” chetypal roles and her English Escape Warriors, by Jane Tevelein Doel Angelique’s visual renderings background. With an attention hold a beautiful likeness to her subto form and suggestion, Jane ject, while still being infused with her creative, colour- also heavily explores the technical potential of clay in ful and bold style. her body of work. Susan Fahrni is emerging as a solo artist this year, Partial funding for Jane’s Escape Series project with a suite of picturesque acrylic paintings. Although was provided by a grant from the Columbia Kootenay having lived in the Columbia Valley for over four de- Cultural Alliance. cades, Susan has never lost her appreciation for the Val MacPhee is known for her pioneering in wabeauty of the landscape. Her pieces are highly-detailed ter media, as she constantly explores the capabilities acrylics that attempt to capture the place she calls of her art making materials. Often inspired by what home. surrounds her, Val’s renditions of nature are stunning Marg Metcalf is an incredible artist who also ap- in their bold mark making and well considered compreciates nature. As a gifted watercolour, acrylic and positions. pastel artist, Marg has always been drawn to illustratPynelogs Gallery and Gift Shop is open daily ing what she calls “nature’s quiet places,” and it is her from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the Pynelogs Café is open creations that ensure these places will be preserved and Wednesday to Sunday. For more information, please treasured for a long time to come. call 250-342-4423. Submitted by Jessica Gowling Pynelogs Cultural Centre

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BLUES RIDERS at THE WHITEHOUSE

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The Windermere Valley Museum is pleased to be included in the Columbia Basin Culture Tour on Saturday, August 15th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum will be featuring the photo display of many of the mountains climbed by Conrad Kain, as well as works of art by early local artists which have been donated to the museum over the years. It has been a busy summer at the museum. The children’s programs have been very successful thanks to the work of our summer employees Lisa and Tanya and, of course, the support of the Regional District of East Kootenay. Our display featuring Conrad Kain, the arrival of the new buggy for the Wagon Shed and the completion of

the Implement Shed have added to the richness of the museum experience. The museum was also part of the recent Columbia Valley Tour of the Arts and we hope those who dropped by will return for a longer visit with us. The members of the Windermere District Historical Society were saddened to learn of the recent passing of Mollie Laird. Mrs. Laird was a keen supporter of the museum and even though she had moved to Burns Lake, she had kept in contact with the members and with the growth of the museum complex. Mollie’s input will be sorely missed. A memorial gathering will be held shortly to celebrate her life in the Windermere Valley. Remember the museum is open daily in the summer. Admission is by donation. See you soon!

‘Galarama’ for ladies only Submitted by Mimi Price The second annual Ladies Night or Galarama will be held at the Edgewater Community Hall on Friday, August 14th from 7 to 11 p.m. This year’s theme is “Galarama, Glitz and Glammer” and we encourage everyone to put on the bling, bling, although dress-up is optional. We have invited an expert in facepainting and decorating! The Columbia Valley Belly Danc-

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August 14, 2009 JUMBO: Continued from Page 3 . . . “It needs to come out that those opposed to Jumbo Glacier Resort have to move past their opposition. I do believe that the resort will move forward, one way or another. “It makes more sense for Columbia Valley residents to be part of the process that makes the development the best that it can be.” She voted against the motion to defer to the province for that reason. “If we keep the decision at this table, then we have the ability to take the processes that have already been completed and ensure the development looks after the concerns of Columbia Valley residents.” Kathryn Teneese spoke to the board as the chair of the Ktunaxa Nation Council. She pointed out that the regional district’s decision is premature since the Master Development Agreement has not yet been signed because no accommodation agreement between the province and the Ktunaxa has been reached. “If this motion is passed, it will negatively impact on negotiations between the Ktunaxa Nation Council and the province,” she said. Former board chair and Radium mayor Greg Deck spoke to the board in favour of the motion. “This project was well conceived from the start, it is better for all the review and it deserves to move forward. They have earned the right to move forward without further delay,” Mr. Deck said.

Oberto Oberti of Vancouver, president of Glacier Resorts Limited, made a rare appearance to direct an appeal to the board of directors. “Your vote must certainly be democratic, but I am asking that it be just, also. You must ensure that justice prevails at the end of the day. Justice is the most important aspect of the democratic process,” Mr. Oberti said. After the board voted, Chair Walter called a recess and the stunned attendees moved outside for a break. Later, the board meeting continued with other matters. At the very end of the meeting, Mayor Gerry Taft expressed his concern over the as-yet-untested mountain resort municipality designation. Under the designation, the province will appoint a three-person council to govern Jumbo Glacier Resort. Mayor Taft will make a motion at the September 4th board meeting that the province be asked not to allow someone from that council to sit on the regional district board. “There is the potential to have an appointed councillor sit on this board with an equal vote, although they were in no way elected,” he told The Pioneer. “That doesn’t make a lot of sense.” Mayor Taft also pointed out that creating another municipality in the Columbia Valley is counter to discussions of a regional government for Area F and Invermere. “We are trying to look at a model that limits instead of increases the number of small councils or villages in the Columbia Valley,” he said.

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Eligibility will be family-based. A family will generally be considered to consist of an individual or an individual and his or her spouse or common-law partner, including children who will be under 18 years of age at the end of 2009. A family will be allowed a single credit that may be shared within the family. If two or more families share the ownership of an eligible dwelling, each family will be eligible for their own separate credit (i.e. each up to $1,350) that will be calculated on their respective eligible expenditures.

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Homeowners who renovate between January 27th, 2009 and February 1st, 2010, will be eligible to receive the tax credit of up to $1,350.

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Are both my house and cottage eligible for the tax credit?

How is the tax credit calculated?

If you own and use your home and cottage personally, eligible expenditures incurred for both properties will normally qualify for the tax credit. Please note that the maximum amount of eligible expenditures you can claim in respect of the tax credit is $10,000 per family.

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Can I hire my brother-in-law and still be eligible?

When homeowners spend more than $1,000, the next $9,000 of eligible expenditures will qualify to receive a tax credit of 15 percent. Someone spending $15,000 on eligible expenses would receive a $1,350 tax credit. To be eligible, expenditures incurred in relation to a renovation or alteration to an eligible dwelling (or the land that forms part of the eligible dwelling) must be of an enduring nature and integral to the dwelling, and includes the cost of labour and professional services, building materials, fixtures, rentals, and permits.

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Windermere garage sale planned for August 22nd Want to make some cash out of your clutter? Windermere Community Association is holding its garage sale on Saturday, August 22nd and donated goods are very welcome. Dig out your used, clean, useful or decorative items and call Anne Picton at 250-342-0580 to organize a drop-off. You can secure your own table, too. The garage sale will be held at Windermere Community Hall from 9 a.m. to noon on August 22nd. The Pioneer previously printed the wrong date for the event but this time it is correct. With the bottle depot no longer running, the Windermere Community Association is in dire need of funds to do all its other free events, such as the Easter Egg Hunt and the Pirate and Princess family night. Coffee and cookies will be available. Anyone who is able to help out on the day can contact Anne, as well. In the meantime, the community association is hosting a Pirate and Princess Costume Dance on Saturday, August 15th from 6 to 9 p.m. Families are welcome to visit the hall for games, face-painting, prizes and a concession. For information, call 250-341-3383. It’s all leading up to Windermere’s biggest event of the year: the annual Fall Fair and Scarecrow Festival. The day-long celebration will be held on Saturday, September 12th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Windermere Community Hall and in the Windermere school grounds. The entry fee will be unchanged for the 10th year in a row. The beloved Wife Carrying Contest lives on – where men race around an obstacle course carrying their ladies. There is also the Best Dressed Pet competition. Dogs, cats, hamsters, even goats – any pet is welcome. There will be a selection of food and craft stalls, artisan demonstrations and live performers. For information, call 250-341-5185.

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Fairmont sports field moves closer to goal Fairmont Hot Springs is one step closer to having its own sports field. The Society to Enhance Fairmont received $10,000 from the Regional District of East Kootenay towards the Gordon Wilder Memorial Sports Field. Located in the meadows, off Wills Road, the 10 acres is being donated by Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. It was originally offered to Fairmont and District Lions Club by the Wilder family prior to the sale of the resort to Ken Fowler Enterprises in 2007. “We have honoured that agreement and are continuing on with the transfer of lands,” Richard Haworth, the resort’s vice president of development, told The Pioneer last December. The Lions Club established the society in 2007 to facilitate the donation. In July, chair person Norbert Schab approached Area F Director Wendy Booth to request a donation to cover the land transfer tax on the property. Although the land is donated, the society must still pay land transfer tax to the province when the property’s title is transferred to them. On Friday, August 7th, the regional district board agreed to provide $10,000 to cover the tax. “Since we now have the tax covered, we will be proceeding with the transfer of the title,” Mr. Schab said. “We are delighted to receive support from the regional district, but even more so about getting land for nothing from Fairmont Hot Springs Resort since land is so valuable in the valley.” The resort took care of rezoning of the property last year. The 10 acres are split by Wills Road. Once the property transfer is complete, the society will evaluate the cost to construct a sports field, then raise funds to cover it through the Lions Club. “It will have a great benefit to the community,” said Wendy Booth. “We don’t have a park in Fairmont and we are one of the only communities in the whole region without one.”

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Sporty residents enjoy active weekend It was a jam-packed weekend for residents of the Columbia Valley with three major events — Loop the Lake, the Lakeside Event and Ballfest — kicking off on Saturday. The 14th annual Rotary Loop the Lake drew record numbers, boasting more than 600 participants this year. The Lakeside Event also went off without a hitch. The beach at James Chabot Provincial Park was packed with eager spectators watching the action and enjoying the hot summer sun. The third annual Ballfest, a slo-pitch tournament hosted by Fundamental Event Management, also boasted big numbers this year. There were eight teams registered for the tournament, including some from Alberta. Pictured here, clockwise from top left: Sean McCormick Wilde, of Invermere, makes a big save while playing in Invermere’s firstever beach volleyball league held at Kinsmen Beach; nine-year-old Barend Leverkus of Windermere crosses the finish line at the 2009 Loop the Lake; Eric Oddy of Brisco tied for first place in this year’s Lakeside event, but after closer inspection by the judges was bumped to second; Tyler Dow of Invermere puts some thought into his first pitch at Ballfest; Marion Labrie of Invermere, right, races a Calgary woman across the finish line; this participant of the Lakeside Event favours hang-gliding over para-gliding.

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LETTERS

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Regional board abrogated responsibility 2) Why was there no chance given for public input? The public was not even allowed inside the buildOn Friday, August 7th we were witness to a dis- ing, with a security guard at the door preventing anygusting display of backroom political sleaziness at the one other than preauthorized delegations to enter. Regional District of East Kootenay monthly board 3) Why was the motion put on the board’s agenda meeting. with such short notice? What was the hurry to pass By passing Sparwood Director Wilks’ motion to it? have the regional district board request the provincial 4) Why, when four out of five of the directors in government declare the Jumbo resort project as a resort the Columbia Valley were opposed to the motion, did municipality, the citizens of the Columbia Valley, the a majority of the other directors disregard this? What area most affected by the do they know that the proposed development, rest of us don’t? “Friday was a very sad day for local have lost their right to 5) Why, when there have input. has not even been a redemocracy in the East Kootenay.” In addition, the request for resort municigional district has abro– Norm and Lori Funnell, Edgewater pality status from Jumbo gated its responsibility to Glacier Resort, was the make land-use decisions. board even willing to enOf even greater imtertain such a motion? portance is the precedent which this motion sets. Peo6) Whose interests does the board of the regional ple have fought long and hard to have decisions made district (specifically those directors who supported the locally. This has now potentially been lost. motion) represent – the citizens of the regional disThis fiasco raises a number of very troubling ques- trict, the provincial government or the proponent? tions: 7) What has changed since 2006 when Director 1) Why was the motion put forward by the direc- Wilks tried and failed to have an almost identical motor who represents the area farthest from the develop- tion pass? ment? Why not by a Columbia Valley director? 8) Is it a coincidence that all but one of the direcDear Editor:

tors supporting the motion are in Bill Bennett’s riding, and that he is the Minister of Community and Rural Development? It is difficult not to come to the conclusion that some underhanded political deal-making had gone on before the meeting. We would suggest that those citizens of the regional district who are represented by the directors who supported the motion need to thoroughly question their directors as to their position about local decision making. Thank you to the directors who value and support local decision-making and who voted against the motion. Friday was a very sad day for local democracy in the East Kootenay. Oberto Oberti, the Jumbo Glacier Resort proponent, was the last delegate to speak on August 7th before the directors made their decision. He asked for justice to prevail. His determination and his frustration with the required approval process for the project have culminated in an injustice to East Kootenay residents. We believe justice will prevail. Our voices will be heard. Norm and Loni Funnell Edgewater

Most environmentalists gentle, polite and civil Dear Editor: I moved permanently to this valley about five years ago. Being struck by the beauty of our natural environment, I became interested in joining various environmental movements in order to protect a wilderness that is becoming increasingly rare in our developing world. I am definitely an environmentalist, but I am not an ‘enviro-radical’ nor am I a bully. I attend meetings, rallies, open houses and write letters. I was at the Glacier/Howser open house in Invermere and I recall a few cases where emotions were not kept in perfect check. However, contrary to the image conveyed in a recent letter, the majority of the people at the meeting listened attentively and politely. The questions asked after the presentations were intelligent requests for clarification, and the comments critical of the project were supported by an impressive knowledge of environmental issues and clear reasoning.

To brand environmentalists as rude and bullies is an insulting generalization. Most of us are gentle, polite and civil. We are passionate about our cause, and we have a difficult challenge as we confront powerful and influential corporations. Many environmentalists have been engaged in the protection of our natural treasures for years. They devote countless hours and energy in this mission, in addition to managing their families, full time jobs or other community services. They are respected and valuable citizens in our community. Then there are hundreds of environmentalists, a large majority of valley residents, who have been shown by recent polls, to be in support of Jumbo Wild. We follow the democratic processes but are continuously faced with obstacles and impromptu bills introduced by the government that effectively cut off any local input. We are also dealing with a regional board that

fails to follow procedure in dealing with land-use rezoning. They have chosen to evade their responsibility and pass it on to Victoria, even before the proponent submits an application! Who is not following procedure here? RK Heli-Ski, a local ski company in the valley for the past 40 years, spoke against the motion at the meeting despite the fact that Jumbo Glacier Resort threatened them with lack of future cooperation if they did so. Who is the bully here? It is grossly undeserved to describe those who care for the conservation of our beloved back country as ‘radical enviros’ who intimidate and bully. I feel a need to defend our image, but then I also wonder how many people really take these comments seriously. People would do better to state their position and reasons, to which they are entitled to, without denigrading or discrediting their opponents. Nory Esteban Invermere


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Recycle your old electronics: drop them off in Invermere Submitted by Regional District of East Kootenay Valley residents will be able to recycle some of their old electronics later this month during a one-day Electronics Drop Off in Invermere. The event is being organized by Encorp, the company that oversees the Return-It Electronics Program across the province, and will be held on Saturday, August 29th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Invermere Community Hall parking lot. “We have been asking to have an electronics recycling depot established in the Columbia Valley for some time; however, Encorp has been having difficulty finding a location, so they are organizing this Drop Off Event as a means of providing a level of service to the valley,â€? says regional district communications manager Loree Duczek. “We are certainly excited to see this event happening and encourage all valley residents to take advantage of this opportunity to recycle their acceptable electronics.â€? Only certain electronics will be accepted at the Drop Off Event. These include: • Desktop and notebook/laptop computers – including Central Processing Units, mouses, keyboards,

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August 14, 2009 . . . Community Forest: Continued from Page 5 “Local government and First Nations generally support the idea,” Rick said. “The communities’ big concern is how governance will work.” Rory added that governance will be the most important aspect of the planning. “Governance would have to make sure that all interests in the community are met,” he said. The creation of a community forest would, at the very least, localize decisions. “We hear so much concern about decisionmaking being taken away from locals,” Steve said. “A community forest would bring that decision-making back to the community for those forests that are important to the community.” Within the next two months, Rick, Steve and Rory will meet with representatives from each of those stakeholder groups. “We will all come together in a round-table discussion and see if there is an appetite to move forward,” Rick said. After that, community input will be sought for a management plan. Even if all goes according to plan, it would still be at least three years before the Upper Columbia Community Forest is a reality. No matter what happens, these early steps will be positive for the community. “Almost everyone we have talked to has said the discussion is worthwhile, even if it doesn’t result in a community forest,” Steve said. “The idea might crash and burn – who knows?” Rory said. “But it has huge potential.”

can people in Invermere take Q: Where end-of-life electronics for safe recycling without charge?

A:

THE

DROP OFF EVENT:

Invermere Community Hall (Debbie Seel Centre) 709 – 10th Street Saturday, August 29 10AM - 3 PM

Q: What are the regulated electronic items included in the program? DESKTOP COMPUTERS Includes Central Processing Units (CPUs), mouse, keyboards, cables and other components within the computer. This includes desktop computers, desktop computers acting as servers, and all associated keyboards and cabling.

DESKTOP PRINTERS AND FAX MACHINES This includes printing devices that are designed to reside on a work surface, and includes various printing technologies, including Laser & LED (electrophotographic), ink jet, dot matrix, thermal, dye sublimation, etc. and “multi-function” or “all in one” devices that perform different tasks such as copy, scan, fax, print, etc.

COMPUTER MONITORS A display device used for displaying images from computers or other sources that does not meet the definition of a television. This includes traditional Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) and flat panel display technologies. Please note, computer monitors with damaged screens will not be accepted.

TELEVISIONS A video display device with an imbedded television tuner. This includes various display technologies, such as traditional Cathode Ray Tube (CRT), flat panel or rear projection. Please note, televisions with damaged screens will not be accepted.

NOTEBOOK COMPUTERS Includes portable computers such as notebook, laptop and tablet PCs.

Q: What is the Return-It Electronics program? A: A province-wide end-of-life electronics recycling program available to BC consumers and businesses. You can drop off regulated products without charge, and be assured they will be recycled responsibly.

Q: Can I return my stereo/DVD player/cell phone? A: No, at this time stereos, CD players, DVD players, cell phones, computers or televisions that are part of, bolted to, or built in to vehicles, marine vessels, or commercial/industrial equipment are not included in the program.

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Endeavor Fitness promises results By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff

Brandon Bloom and Jolaine Undershute of Invermere are operating a business called Endeavor Fitness that promises results. “It’s training for life,” Brandon said. “You never know what you’re up against, you never know what’s around the corner – this prepares you for anything.” By implementing “CrossFit” methodology into every workout, Brandon and Jolaine are committed to improving the fitness level of all their clients. CrossFit is a method of training designed to enhance an individual’s competency at all daily physical tasks. Unlike other workouts, CrossFit is a type of training that does not use machines. Working out with a trainer, people use free weights and a variety of exercices. The exercices work 10 athletic domains: cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, agility, balance, coordination, and accuracy. Both Brandon and Jolaine are certified level one CrossFit trainers, but their passion for fitness didn’t start there. Jolaine, 38, was named champion at the British Columbia Amateur Bodybuilding Association Western Canadian Championships in 2006, and in 2007 she received a silver medal in the British Columbia Amateur Bodybuilding Association provincial championships. Before moving to the Columbia Valley last year, Jolaine lived in Vancouver, where she was employed as a district manager for a Owners of Endeavor Fitness Jolaine Undershute and Brandon Bloom, both retail chain. certified CrossFit trainers, are committed to helping their clients see results. Brandon, 28, has been a personal trainer Photo by Cayla Gabruck in the Columbia Valley for three years, but

he has been weight training for 13. Prior to moving to Invermere in 2003, he graduated from Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops as a meat-cutter. It is no surprise that the two met for the first time at Valley Fitness Centre in Invermere. “At the time I was living in Brisco and driving in every day to work out,” Jolaine said. “Brandon stood out to me because of his unique training approach and his dedication.” United by their passion for fitness, it wasn’t long before the couple began training together, challenging each other in their workouts. The two teamed up in April this year to form Endeavor Fitness. By helping clients to improve their fitness, Jolaine said, the business is also helping them improve their overall quality of life. “No matter what else is going on in your life, if you take care of yourself it is a source of strength for everything else that you do,” she said. Brandon added, “There is not one aspect of your life that fitness will not improve.” Since the inception in the spring, the couple said that Endeavor Fitness has been very successful and well-received. “So many of our clients have come back to us and said that they love it – they are feeling stronger, losing weight and improving their general well-being,” Brandon said. Endeavor Fitness also offers one-on-one training, two-on-one training and group training. This fall they will offer classes in the Manulife Se training facility next to Kicking Horse Café. Manulife Se For more information, call 250-342Manulife Se 5856, 250-688-0783 or email endeavorfitness@live.com.

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Green Zone: newest gem in the valley By Harold Hazelaar Pioneer Columnist On July 1st, Shadow Mountain Golf Course opened for play but, if you can’t hit a straight ball, you will struggle. If you can only hit straight putts, you will struggle. If you don’t play well in the sand, you will get lots of practice! Shadow Mountain, located just outside of Cranbrook, is a 7,400-yard championship golf course, practice facility, clubhouse, gated RV storage compound and a 600-lot real estate development. It even has nineteen holes. I haven’t figured out why this nineteenth hole comes after the seventeenth, but never the less, it has an extra hole. There are two great holes that have an elevation drop of more than 140 feet from tee to green. Holes like that are fun to play. The view from these tees are spectacular, and if you are not careful you can lose focus on your game. The fairways are narrow and many sand traps litter most of the holes. Like I mentioned earlier, if you can’t hit straight or your sand shots suck, you will be rewarded with some over-par scores. When you do find the green, you will need to know how to read your putt as there are many undulations on quite a few of the greens. There are even a few bowl-shaped greens which, when you know the course, can be utilized to your advantage. When I played, I struggled a lot, unfamiliar with the layout of the course. I seemed to have a multitude of shots where I couldn’t see what was coming up ahead and usually found the trouble spots. All carts are now equipped with global positioning systems and, assuming they have been calibrated, this problem shouldn’t affect you. With all the golf courses in our valley, Shadow Mountain realized it must go above and beyond in order to pry those golf dollars out of our pockets. From Rob Anderson, Director of Golf, to Jorge, the friendly and informative starter, to Giovanni, who will clean your clubs and thank you for playing from his post beside the eighteenth green, everyone at Shadow Mountain is looking forward to your visit. The menu at the restaurant/lounge is second to none. Choices are plentiful and the taste is fabulous. With green fees priced at $115 on weekends, Shadow Mountain is not the cheapest track, nor is it the most expensive. What it is, though, is an adventure along the side of a mountain that I highly recommend you try. The Green Zone Quote of the Week is by South African Golfer Simon Hobday: “Golf giveth and golf taketh away, but it taketh away a hell of a lot more than it giveth.”

PARKS CANADA AGENCY INDETERMINATE APPOINTMENT (EXISTING RESOURCES) PLUMBER – GL PIP 10 LAKE LOUISE, YOHO & KOOTENAY FIELD UNIT SUMMARY OF DUTIES: This position provides plumbing, gas fitting and related mechanical services in industrial/ residential settings throughout the Lake Louise, Yoho & Kootenay Field Unit. Responsibilities of this position include: the installation and maintenance of plumbing, gas, and mechanical systems, procurement of materials, providing technical advice and guidance, coordinating work schedules and dealing with emergencies, monitoring and reporting on work crews/ contractors and maintaining records. LOCATION: WAGE: OPEN TO: CLOSING DATE:

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How to apply? Email application (resume) quoting selection process number 09-PKS LLYK-OC-044 to: Krysta Helmer Human Resources llyk.hr@pc.gc.ca **The results of this process may also be used to fill specified period appointments as well as similar positions.** Parks Canada is committed to the principles of diversity and employment equity under the Employment Equity Act and strives to ensure our workforce reflects the diverse nature of Canadian Society. Parks Canada encourages members of Aboriginal, disabled, visible minority groups and women in non-traditional occupations to please self identify on your application. Parks Canada Agency is a separate employer and is not subject to the Public Service Employment Act. Parks Canada Agency considers applications from all individuals who have legal status to work in Canada and does not give preference to Canadian citizens. **La version française de cette affiche est disponible sur demande.**

AGENCE PARCS CANADA NOMINATION POUR UNE PÉRIODE INDÉTERMINÉE (NOUVELLES RESSOURCES) PLOMBIER OU PLOMBIÈRE – GL-PIP-10 UNITÉ DE GESTION DU SECTEUR DE LAKE LOUISE ET DES PARCS NATIONAUX YOHO ET KOOTENAY RÉSUMÉ DES FONCTIONS: Le ou la titulaire du poste assurera des services liés à la plomberie, aux installations au gaz et aux systèmes mécaniques connexes dans des milieux industriels/résidentiels de toute l’Unité de gestion de Lake Louise, Yoho et Kootenay. Ses responsabilités comprendront les suivantes l’installation et l’entretien des systèmes de plomberie, des installations au gaz et des systèmes mécaniques, l’achat de matériel, la prestation de conseils et d’avis techniques, la coordination des horaires de travail, l’intervention en cas d’urgence, la surveillance des travailleurs et des entrepreneurs, la préparation de rapports connexes et la tenue de registres. LIEU DE TRAVAIL : SALAIRE : ADMISSIBILITÉ : DATE LIMITE :

Le poste est situé à Lake Louise (Alberta) et des tâches quotidiennes seront effectuées dans les parcs nationaux Banff, Yoho et Kootenay. 26,97 $ l’heure Les personnes habitant dans un rayon de 175 km de Lake Louise (Alberta). Les candidatures doivent nous parvenir p au plus p tard le 19 août 2009 à 16 h. Veuillez indiquer le numéro du processus de sélection (09-PKS-LLYKOC-044).

CRITÈRES DE PRÉSÉLECTION La présélection des candidatures sera faite en fonction des critères suivants. Vous devez indiquer clairement que vous répondez aux critères établis, à défaut de quoi votre demande pourrait être rejetée. ÉTUDES : Diplôme d’études secondaires obtenu conformément aux normes provinciales, ou équivalence. (Une attestation d’études doit être jointe à la demande d’emploi.) ACCRÉDITATION PROFESSIONNELLE : Certificat de compagnon plombier ou compagne plombière et carte de qualification pour installations au gaz (classe B minimum) émis par la Colombie-Britannique ou l’Alberta. (Des attestations d’études et de formation doivent être jointes à la demande d’emploi.) EXIGENCES LINGUISTIQUES : La maîtrise de l’anglais est essentielle. EXPÉRIENCE : • Expérience *vaste et **valable de la plomberie (tuyauterie, commodités et systèmes de chauffage). • Expérience des recherches sur les codes, lois et règlements à jour liés à la plomberie, aux installations au gaz et aux services publics, ainsi que de l’application de ces codes, lois et règlements. • Expérience des systèmes de chauffage et de leurs éléments. CONDITIONS D’EMPLOI : • Conserver la cote de sécurité associée à une vérification approfondie de la fiabilité. • Conserver les accréditations professionnelles exigées. • Conserver un permis de conduire valide. • Accepter de porter l’uniforme de Parcs Canada. • Accepter de travailler selon un horaire irrégulier, de faire des heures supplémentaires et de travailler la fin de semaine, les jours fériés et lors des congés provinciaux et territoriaux. • Accepter de voyager dans diverses conditions météorologiques un peu partout dans l’Unité de gestion. *On entend habituellement par vaste expérience une expérience de plus d’un an continu acquise dans les cinq dernières années et englobant la gamme complète des responsabilités liées au critère en question. **On entant par expérience valablee une expérience de travail dans le cadre de laquelle les fonctions en question constituaient les principales responsabilités du poste. Remarque : Le jury de présélection ne peut présumer de votre expérience. Il est donc important de démontrer clairement en quoi vous respectez les critères d’expérience susmentionnés. Pour obtenir des renseignements, communiquez avec :

Gary Sears Gestionnaire des biens p. i. 403 522-4232 gary.sears@pc.gc.ca Pour postuler : Faites parvenir votre demande (curriculum vitæ) par courriel, en précisant le numéro du processus de sélection 09-PKS-LLYK-OC-044, à : Krysta Helmer Ressources humaines llyk.hr@pc.gc.ca **Les candidatures obtenues dans le cadre de ce processus pourraient également servir à faire des nominations pour des durées déterminées ainsi qu’à doter des postes semblables.** Parcs Canada souscrit aux principes de diversité et d’équité en matière d’emploi de la Loi sur l’équité en matière d’emploi, et il cherche à se doter d’une main-d’œuvre qui reflète la diversité de la société canadienne. Nous invitons donc les Autochtones, les personnes handicapées, les membres de minorités visibles et les femmes occupant des emplois non traditionnellement féminins à s’identifier comme tels sur leur demande. L’Agence Parcs Canada a le statut d’employeur distinct et n’est pas assujettie à la Loi sur l’emploi dans la fonction publique. Elle prendra en considération les demandes de toutes les personnes qui ont le droit de travailler au Canada, sans donner la préférence à celles qui possèdent la citoyenneté canadienne. **This poster is available in English upon request.**

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COMMERCIAL SPACE

SUITE FOR RENT

SUITE FOR RENT

SUITE FOR RENT

In memory of Lillian Foyston who passed away on Aug 15, 2007 ~Remembered with love by her family.

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

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

CHEERS & JEERS

2 bdrm suite in Athalmer. Walking distance from town. Upper level large deck and yard. W/D. Must be quiet and clean. N/S, no dogs. Long term, references required. $800 + DD + utilities. Available Aug 15th or Sept 1st. 250-342-8933.

Hillcrest furnished apartments utilities included. 1 bdrm units $700/month, 2 bdrm units $900/month. 250-341-1182.

Attention Contractors! Secure 20-foot storage container in fenced yard. Larger lots also available. Invermere Industrial Park. Call 250-342-2100 or 250346-3011.

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.

In loving memory of Mike Boburczak August 12, 1920 to September 25, 1996 Always in our thoughts and hearts ~Emma, Renate and Ilona

garage sale Saturday, August 15th, 7:30 am3 pm. Misc. All priced to sell, lots of new stuff and samples. 153710th Street, Invermere.

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. Windermere Valley Ski Club AGM. September 16th, 6:30 p.m. @ the Rocky Mountain School District Board Room. 250-3420753 for info. Scrapbooking Supplies, local, creative memories consultant for traditional and digital scrapbooking. Call Kathy, 250270-0254.

Zehnder’s Local Beef Including smokies, pepperoni & garlic coil (Raised without antibiotics & artificial growth hormones) Now available at Grant’s Foods 503 – 7th Avenue

Cheers to the operators of the land fill in Windermere! You do an excellent job. Cheers to the Farmer’s Market and to Eva and Rosemary! Jeers to the lady in the white Escalade who on June 30, 2009 around 7pm threw her garbage out the window of her car by the Windermere Hall. Who do you think is picking up after you? Cheers, a warm blanket of recognition to Karen and Kevin for their swift, calm, focused assistance on the water.

LOST AND FOUND Found! Grey Norco bike on Main Street, Invermere. Call 250-3425035. Found: silver hoop earring with stones. Hospital parking lot. Call Russ 250-341-1779. Found: Ladies chain link watch at Hidden Bay Marina in Windermere. Call 250-3429436.

storage NEWHOUSE MULTI STORAGE Various sizes available. Now with climate controlled units. Call 250-342-3637 STORAGE SPACE – assorted sizes, easy access, immediate availability, long-term or short-term. Deck Properties Warehouse, Industrial Park, 250-342-3166.

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. Commercial space for rent, 1800 sq. ft. plus compound, prime location in the Industrial Park. Call Deck Properties, 250-3423166. Office/Retail Space for lease on 8th Ave. Three 600 sq.ft. units, large store front windows, on street parking, 1 year lease. Call 250-342-6912, Mountain Creek Properties.

SHARED ACCOMMODATION GOING AWAY TO SCHOOL? Shared accommodation close to SAIT and U of C. Fully furnished house in great neighbourhood, $600/month includes utilities, wireless hi-speed internet, cable. Call 250-345-0004 for more info.

SUITE FOR RENT ATTENTION CONTRACTORS! One or two bdrm bungalows, by the week or month! Call 250-3456365, Fairmont Bungalows. 2 bdrm suite. $800/month including utilities. Available Aug 15th. Call 250-341-5534.

Invermere, large, clean 2-3 bdrm upper duplex. New appliances, large yard, shared laundry, available Aug 15th. N/P, N/S, DD req. $975/month + 60% util. 250-341-6096. Brightly coloured, happy, 2 bdrm 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 bdrm (one big with ensuite, one small), spacious living, dining, kitchen. Mud room/laundry/guest bath, N/S, $1100 + utilities. Best for a couple. First and last; payment by post-dated cheque. References. Call Sarah, 250-3411083. Black Forest Heights, Invermere, 2 bdrm, clean, quiet, N/P. $950/ month all inclusive, available Sept.1st. Call Scott 250-2700745. 2 bdrm upper suite, $900 OR 4 bdrm bsmt suite, $1000. Rent includes utilities. N/P. Donna, 250-342-6010. Invermere, bright, unfurnished, 2 bdrm, ground floor suite, walking distance to downtown and beach. All new appliances, large backyard, N/S, N/P, DD, references. Long-term, mature renter preferred. $1000/month, utilities and cable included. Available immediately. 403801-5168, John.

Invermere, 2 bdrm suite in new log home. F/S/W/D. Available Sept. 1st. N/S, N/P. $850/month + DD + utilities. 250-342-1010. Two 2 bdrm apartments in Invermere. N/P, N/S, references required. Available immediately, $775/month + DD. Call 250342-6912, Mountain Creek Properties. 2 bdrm basement walk-out suite available in Windermere. September 1st . 1 bath, partially furnished, includes appliances, stunning lake views, large yard, $700 + utilities. 403-651-2002. 3 bdrm main floor Invermere, year round rental, lake and mountain views, close to beach, D/W, shared laundry, $975 + part utilities, N/S, references required, available immediately, 250-342-9600. Brand new, large, bright 2 bdrm basement suite in D/T Invermere. Private entrance, all new appliances, N/S, N/P, $875/ month utilities not included. 1 year lease, references required. Available immediately, 403874-0483.

2 bdrm suite, furnished, living room,TV/cable, walking distance to town. Couple preferred, no partiers, references, long term for winter. $895/couple all inclusive, 3 people possible for $1075/month, 250-342-8651. Newer 2 bdrm walk-out suite in Black Forest Heights, Invermere, N/S, N/P, $875/month utilities included. Available September 1st, 250-342-9770. 2 bdrm front walk-out private entrance, 5 mins to Kinsmen Beach and DT. In suite laundry, 3 piece bath, new kitchen, all new appliances, N/S, N/P, $900/ month utilities included. Couple preferred, 403-836-1755. Black Forest Heights, 2 bdrm walk-out, bright and comfortable with large windows, great views and yard. 6 appliances plus central-vac. N/S, N/P, quiet tenants only. Available immediately. $925/ month including utilities, 250342-3057, 250-341-5574 (cell). Invermere, 2 bdrm basement suite, separate entry, shared W/ D, close to downtown/beaches/ grocery, N/S, $660/month + utilities. Avail Sept.1st, Call Grant 403-493-1245.

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SUITE FOR RENT

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condo FOR RENT

condo FOR RENT

condo FOR RENT

New 2 bdrm + den/3rd bdrm. All appliances, N/S, N/P, $975/ month utilities not included. 5 minutes from D/T Invermere, references required. 403-8740483.

2 bdrm, one block from downtown Invermere, covered parking, all appliances, W/D, $900 + utilities, fenced in area for small pets, available Sept 1st , 250-342-3214.

BeautifulInvermereTOWNHOUSE, hardwood, S/S appliances, 3 levels, finished garage. Great location close to downtown. $1200/month including utilities. 403-995-8127, email neider22@ yahoo.ca.

3 bdrm deluxe completely furnished condo in Riverside, Fairmont. Available September 1st. $1250/month or $700/ week, 780-435-8433.

house FOR RENT

Available Sept.1st brand new furnished 3 bdrm townhouse, hardwood floors, granite, 2 bathrooms, N/S, N/P, Purcell Point, downtown Invermere. 403-686-6903, annams@telus. net.

4 bdrm, 2 bath, large rec room, upgraded kitchen and great room, W/D, wood stove, garage , corner lot, large backyard, walking distance to schools, hospital and town. Pets negotiable. Avail Oct 1st $2000 + utilities. Call Mark 403-8037306 or Neil, 250-341-7084.

Invermere, fully furnished, 2 bdrm, 2 bathroom on 2 levels. Close to downtown. N/S, N/P, $1100/month including utilities. Avail Aug. 15th. Please call 250342-6440 or 403-978-4559.

Gorgeous 2 bdrm, 2 bath + den main floor condo in Sable Ridge, Radium. View of valley, access to pool, hot tubs, clubhouse, underground parking, storage lockers, insuite laundry. N/S, N/P. $1200. Call 250-342-0200.

FOR RENT Contact

250-342-5914 for seasonal or long term rentals or go online at

www.EricRedeker.com “Available Now” Rockies West Realty Independently Owned & Operated

Radium duplex, 2 or 4 bdrm, all appliances included, N/S, N/P, new building. Call 403-2576253 or email bradyh@telus.net 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. 3 bdrm furnished duplex in Fairmont. 6 appliances including washer and dryer, 2 bathrooms. N/S, N/P, attached garage, $1200/month includes utilities. DD required. 1-888-227-2024. Exclusive, completely furnished home on Fort Point with Lake view. Available Aug 16th, references required. N/S, N/P. $1200/month + util. 250-3420477.

Windermere, lovely 1 bdrm home, N/S, pets considered, great yard. $750/month. Available August 24th. 403-8512043 or 403-619-1540.

condo FOR RENT PET FRIENDLY CONDO! 2 bdrm townhouse in Black Forest Village $1300/month. Call 250-342-0838.

RADIUM – FULLY FURNISHED large windows and large deck overlooking the 13th hole of The Springs Golf Course, available immediately. 2 bdrm, 1 bath, bungalow style in Eagle Crest Villas. Single car garage, 6 mo. minimum lease. $1190 (includes condo fees) + util + DD. N/S, N/P, references req. 403-5192216 or 403-981-1551.

Invermere townhouse with lots of upgrades. 3 bdrm, 3 bath, developed basement, single garage and large communal yard. 5 min walk to downtown. Radium “The Pinewood” Furnished or unfurnished. professionally furnished 1200 $1400/month + utilities. N/S, sq.ft., 2 bdrm, 2 bath, in suite N/P, references required. Avail laundry, deck, BBQ, underground Sept 1st, 403-605-6717. parking, N/S, N/P, $1000/month incl. utilities. Long-term rental, 2 bdrm condo near Sobey’s. N/S, references, 780-467-9220 or N/P, quiet folks only need apply. $800/month. 250-342-6255. 780-914-3497.

1 bdrm cedar cabin on acreage in Edgewater. $550/month + utilities. N/S, N/P. References. 250-347-9385.

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.

New duplex, 1200 sq.ft., 3 bdrm, 2 bath, attached garage. D/T, close to beaches and schools. D/W, W/D, N/S, pets negotiable. $1650/month, utilities included. Available Sept. 1st. 250-3423790.

Invermere, new town home, one block from downtown. 2 bdrm, 2.5 bath, hardwood and tile floors, single garage, all appliances included. Available Aug 30th. $1000 + DD + utilities. 403-615-7640.

Spacious 2 bdrm, 1.5 bath, Willow View condo in Canal Flats. Beautiful 1000 sq.ft, newly built in 2007, in suite W/D, kitchen has 4 appliances, laminate flooring, 9’ ceiling on main floor. Furnished with dining set and futon. 10 min from Fairmont, 25 min from Invermere. Must see! $700/month + utilities. Available immediately. N/S, small pets negotiable. Call 403873-8158. Email canalcondo@ live.ca for photos.

Radium Hot Springs Sable Resort, fully furnished, 2 bdrm, 2 full baths with den, in-suite laundry, deck with BBQ, pool and 2 hot tubs, heated underground parking, N/S, N/P, $950/month not including utilities. Call 888292-3332, Brent. Windermere – Akiskinook. 1 bdrm, furnished condo. Available September to May. N/S, N/P, indoor pool, hot tub, beach and cable TV. $795/month + hydro. 403-640-1518. Radium luxury townhouse, 3 bdrm, 3 bath, fireplace, hardwood floors, 6 appliances, N/S, N/P. $995 + utilities + security deposit. Available immediately. 403-651-4093 or lcouture@shaw.ca. Radium Riverstone, 3 bdrm, fully furnished, air conditioned, comes with all linens/TVs etc. Sleeps 10, long term only for $995/month. Free long distance anywhere in the world also included as well as cable. 403617-1122. Radium Townhouse, fully furnished, 2 bdrm, 2 ½ bath, N/S, N/P, $900/month includes power and water. Available immediately. 403-240-9357 or 403-861-2155.

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.

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

HOUSE FOR SALE House for Trade or Sale 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. RANCH HOUSE Completely renovated house on 2.5 acres located outside of Windermere, in Elkhorn Country Estates, an exclusive private gated community, one of only 11 estates included in phase one. 4 bdrm, 2 bath, security system, working shutters, all services underground, furniture included, recently appraised, $485,000. Call Elkhorn Ranch at 250-342-0617 or 250-3421268. Beautiful 4 bdrm, 3 bath home near lake and 1.34 acres by the lake in Windermere, BC. Newly renovated and landscaped. Revenue options. $537,000. Evenings 250-342-6162. 3 bdrm, 3 bath home in immaculate condition. Open concept, hardwood, ceramic, carpet, gorgeous mountain and lake views. 3 mins walk to Kinsmen Beach. A must see. $419,000. 250-342-7396.

HOUSE FOR SALE

$289,900 1201-9th Street, Invermere. ½ duplex in excellent location close to park, schools and downtown, 3 bdrm, 1½ baths. Recently updated and painted inside and out. Ideal starter home or for retirement. Nice mountain views from kitchen and entrance-way windows. No strata fees. View online at kboss.ca or call 250-3429505. HOUSE FOR SALE IN CRANBROOK. 2200 sq.ft. home full of updates and upgrades. 4 bdrm, 2.5 bath, tile and hardwood floors throughout. 2 large decks with private hot tub. Large fenced yard, detached double garage, new windows, paint and floors. Too many extras to name! Asking $330,000. Call 250-421-0838. Great family home. 6 bdrm, 2 bath, 2 living areas, sitting area, large yard, Fort Point. Mountain views, 2 blocks to Kinsmen Beach, $480,000. Call Cathy 250-341-5443.

condo FOR SALE Affordable downtown Invermere condo, 2 bdrm, $149, 000 + GSTREDUCED! 250-341-1182. 3 bdrm condo, single car garage, in a 50+ complex. Ground floor entry, completely updated interior, finished basement. Each floor 1040 sq.ft. Close to hospital and downtown. Underground sprinklers, A/C, 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: 250-3423838 or 250-342-5220.


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ACREAGES/LOTS FOR SALE

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VEHICLE FOR SALE

Heron Point, Invermere. ¼ share available. Best unit in the complex. FULLY FURNISHED. Ground floor, walk out to yard. 2 min. walk from both beach and downtown. 3 bdrm, 2 bath, pool, hot tub, fitness room, storage. Great view of the lake and the beach. $137,000. 250688-2667.

8 Acres of hay meadow, beautiful mountain views with great building opportunity near Wilmer-Toby Hill Road.$425,000. Call 250-342-2802.

Looking for a second hand propane hot water tank, any size, 250-342-6073, leave message.

1985 GMG 7000 Dump Truck. $5500. 250-688-0143.

LANDSCAPE HELP REQUIRED

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

ACREAGES/LOTS FOR SALE

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 welist.com. Invermere. Must be seen to be appreciated, 250342-1167. 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.

Misc. For Sale

Top quality Hay, Alfalfa, grass mix, round bales. Call Elkhorn Ranch, 250-3420617.

Quality Top Soil & Manure. Top Soil $160/dump truck load, $70/pick-up load. Manure $100/pick-up load. Call, 250342-1268. Excellent screened sandy top soil. $150/truck load, $50/pick up. Aspen Meadows, 250-2700590. Firewood – fir and pine mix. $275/cord, $150/half cord. Cut, split and delivered. 250-6880143. Men’s downhill mountain bike. Giant Faith III. Full suspension, new tires, excellent condition. $850 OBO. 403-816-9279. Fuel tank 1100L. Regal oil tank certified 2004 + 200L of heating oil. Best offer can pick up in Windermere. Mike, 403-8269327.

13” Dewalt planer $300. 4” Delta edger concrete power trowel with gas motor $300. Portable Sunny South facing 59’ x 120’ cement mixer $300. Pottery level lot, zoned R1MH in Canal wheel $100, 250-347-2130. Flats. Located on Spruce Avenue, between cedar fence and huge Hot tub, good condition. 6-8 tree, $65,000. 250-342-7179. person. $3750 OBO. 250-3426899. 1.6 acre lakeview lot for sale in Rushmere community 12 kms Whirlpool stacked washer-dryer, south of Invermere. $230,000. 8 years old, $75, 403-860-1165. Call 403-238-7723.

Wanted used 14’ or 15’ fiberglass boat without motor in good condition. 250-342-6440 or 403-978-4559.

boats for sale $2000 reduced from $3500, Campion Bowrider, 70HP. Columere Park (close to Coy’s 6th hole), 403-271-0937, 403397-1746 (cell). Double Necky Kayak. $500 OBO. 250-342-0089 or 403-8504227. 2003 Seadoo supercharged 185HP, 3 seater, only 70 hours, $9500, must see. 403-8601165.

RECREATIONAL VEHICLES Golf carts (2), both electric, one 1996 Yamaha c/w rain curtains, $2500; one 2001 Club Car c/w head and tail lights, $3000. Both in excellent condition. Karl 250342-3752 or 403-650-2284. Honda CRF 250X 2007, $4900 OBO, 250-341-1182.

VEHICLE FOR SALE 2002 Impala, 175 HP, no rust, 40 MPG, $4400 OBO. 250-3476404. 1998 Subaru Legacy. Good condition. Call 250-342-6555, Meghan or Erik. 1995 Ford F-350, 4x4 crew cab, diesel, high mileage. $2500 OBO. 250-688-0143. 1995 Chevy Diesel truck, ¾ ton, 4x4, 260,000 kms. $2000. 250341-1076.

2006 Dodge crew cab. 146,000 kms. New motor, turbo, injection pump, injectors, air to air radiator @ 120,000 kms. Warranty to 160,000 km. All mechanical work complete as needed. Original price was $52,000, asking $19,500 OBO. Phone Ron 250-342-9817 or 250-342-1492 (cell).

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AAnn eexperienced xpp landscaper iss required for the Columbia Valley area. They should have equipment experience, able to build rock walls and install paving stones. Only those with the above experience need apply. Please fax resumes to:

Now Hiring

VEHICLE FOR SALE 1991 Dodge one ton with dump box. 5 speed, Cummins $6500. 250-342-5264. 1996 GMC Jimmy. 4x4, automatic, good condition, $1950, OBO, 250-688-0165. 1965 Ford Galaxy XL Convertiblebody work all done, excellent project car, $4500; 1977 Lincoln Continental Town Coupe, excellent condition, $8500 OBO; 1956 Lincoln, 2-door, H.T., parts car, $500; 15 ft canoe + oars, nice condition, $400; 10 ft. Vanguard Camper, needs roof repair, best offer. 250-342-1217.

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. Vacuums Parts, repairs & accessories, All makes & models Central Vacuums – sales and installations Bonded & licensed Fine Homeservices 250-342-9207, fhs@telus.net Furnace & duct cleaning services using the patented rotobrush system. Call AQUAIR for free estimates, 250-342-5089.

4895 Hot Springs Road PH: 250-345-4008 Join the team at Radium Resort. We are currently accepting applications for the following positions:

Food & Beverage Operations Cooks Halfway House Attendant Servers Contact: Ginger Wolsky Email: restaurantmgr@radiumresort.com

Golf Course Maintenance Grounds Maintenance Staff Contact: Garry Haynes Email: Garry.Haynes@radiumresort.com

Front Office Front Desk/Reservation Agent Night Auditor Contact: Torri Warawa Email: frontdesk@radiumresort.com

Housekeeping Housekeepers Contact: Dawn Pederson Email: housekeeping@radiumresort.com


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

We will pick up all recyclable cans and bottles at your location between Radium and Fairmont. Call K + C Pick-Up at 250-3429503.

High Country Properties requires contract cleaners to work weekends and Monday, Tuesdays.Earn$15/hourcleaning privately owned vacation homes and condos in the Windermere Valley and at Panorama. If you have your own vehicle and enjoy a flexible schedule, please forward your resume to Heather at operations@ highcountryproperties.com or fax 250-342-0294.

Valley Fitness Centre, Part Time Desk Agent – Positive, customer service oriented individual, with strong communication and organizational skills. Great work ethic and conscientious. Must be able to work evenings. $10/ hour to start. September 8th start date. Please come in with resume or call 250-342-2131 for more information.

Peppi’s Pizza needs servers, cooks and dishwashers. Parttime positions available. Call Tim or Laura at 250-342-3421, drop off resume or email p.fuel@ yahoo.ca.

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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Garbage, brush and construction Disposal. Mulch deliveries. Call Dale Hunt @ 342-3569.

Gregg the Repair Man specializes in small repairs, plumbing, painting, electrical, carpentry plus. References, $30/hour, 2 hour minimum. Flexible rate for seniors. 250-688-2233.

CAREERS La Cabina restaurant requires experienced cooks and servers. Call 250-347-2340 or email lacabina@nanonow.ca.

Landscaping Helper needed near Fairmont. $15/hour. Call Bob 250-345-6668.

Ski Home is hiring construction labourer/carpenter helper. Please call Richard at 250-3422555, or fax resume to 250-3422580.

Farside Inn in Fairmont is accepting applications for a kitchen manager and experienced cooks. Fax resumes to 250-342-8880.

Experienced Mason needed or hardworking individual willing to learn the craft of stone masonry. Must have vehicle. Call 250-341-1076.

Store Clerks needed. Must be enthusiastic and enjoy people. Store discounts and advancement opportunities. Apply in person to Invermere Petro Canada. Part time/full time employee required for lawn maintenance at Everett Frater Enterprises. Call 250-342-5645.

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Are you a creaƟve thinker? Do you have the ability to nurture, moƟvate, teach, and inuence children? We are looking for qualied people to work in a friendly, informal atmosphere at our daycare. Sonshine Children’s Centre is a government licensed facility, a community iniƟaƟve of Lake Windermere Alliance Church that oīers care to children 8 months to 12 years of age. Our compensaƟon is both compeƟƟve and aƩracƟve. Please e-mail your resume to sonshine@cyberlink.bc.ca

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Couple to donate funds raised By Brian Geis Pioneer Staff

Child-sized chairs will be sold at the Farmers’ Market.

In a pay-it-forward scheme to create something from nothing and raise funds for local charities, Al and Nancy Brown of Calgary hit on a novel idea. “After a run along the highway, we couldn’t help but notice the large number of beer, pop, and water bottles littering the ditches. Not only was it disgusting, but there was an opportunity there!” Nancy said. “Over the next many weekends, we walked the ditches from Edgewater to Brisco, collecting all of the refundable containers. We quickly amassed a few

hundred dollars and wanted to make the money continue to grow. We chose to use the refund money to purchase wood, fabric, wool and other materials, and use our own talents, such as they are, to produce items which, in turn, could be sold for profit.” The couple , who own a home in Spur Valley, will sell the fruits of their labour — 12 child-size Adirondack chairs, quilted and knitted items and “just plain fun stuff” — at the Invermere Farmers’ Market on Saturday, August 15th. Proceeds will go to the Invermere Food Bank and the Family Resource Centre. “We’ve always enjoyed the valley,” Nancy said, “and felt it was time to give something back.”

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Use time out to rest your spirit By Father Jim McHugh Canadian Martyrs Church Recently I returned from a short vacation. During that time away I found that much of my mind wandered back home, something I have often noticed happens while I am away. For most people, a vacation is something that is looked forward to, the time to “get away” and relax is anticipated with growing excitement and planning. For some – myself included – a vacation is appreciated but perhaps not with the excitement that is found in the lives of others. Vacations are, at this stage of my life, necessary to take for my own health and ministry. At the same time, however, I find that I love the people and the community I live with and in, so why would I wish to be parted from them? That’s the million-dollar question: “Why would I want to be parted from them?” The answer lies in the scripture to an extent and in our own humanity as well. First, in Sacred Scripture we find that after Jesus had sent out the 12 disciples with authority to heal, proclaim and work wonders in His name, they returned to him with joy and told him all that they had done (John 6). And what did he do? Jesus called them apart from the crowds in order to rest (John 6:31). So

The Faith First Club at Canadian Martyrs Roman Catholic Parish Canadian Martyrs Parish is offering Christian education, catechism, and Sacramental preparation for children. Classes are for all children from grades K-7. Features include small group discussion, Q&A with the Pastor and activities. Faith First Club will begin in mid-September. Classes run from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. every other Monday. Please call 250-342-2475 or 250-342-6167 to register.

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even in Scripture we find the need for rest and time away. Perhaps part of the answer is also found in our human make-up as well: human beings are indeed made for work, but as with all things we need regular maintenance. To be continually working without a break for months and even years is not healthy for us. I remember years ago I would not take vacations if I could avoid them because they were a waste of time, I enjoyed my work, and the cheques that came with it, and I sure didn’t want to stop. Then it happened. I began to be irritable and standoffish and I lost the effectiveness I previously had. I was depressed and even exhausted at that point and I didn’t even realize that I was. It was only then that I sought rest and healing. It is only when we are able to step back from our daily lives, come away from the everyday, and truly take the time we need to rest and strengthen our spirit and body for the work ahead, that we can do God’s will always. During my vacation I went fishing and visited some old friends and I did relax, but I am still glad to be home. Now I am looking forward to my next little vacation. Many of you are on vacation now. Enjoy it, have fun with your families and friends and live in the moment. Look up at the mountains and marvel at God’s work, and give thanks.

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Lake Windermere Alliance Church Sunday, August 16th, 10:30 a.m.: Worship and Life Instruction. “How To Shine! Anger, Revenge and Murder.” Pastor Trevor ministering. Pastor Trevor Hagan • 326 -10th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-9535 • www.lakewindermerealliance.org Windermere Valley Shared Ministry ANGLICAN-UNITED Sunday: 8:30 a.m. at All Saints, Edgewater 10:30 a.m. at Christ Church Trinity, Invermere Rev. Sandy Ferguson • 110 - 7th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-6644 • www.wvsm.info or www.christchurchtrinity.com Valley Christian Assembly Sunday 10 a.m.: Worship and Word. Children’s Church provided during the message. Pastor T. Scott Peterson 4814 Highway 93/95, Windermere 250-342-9511 • www.valleychristianonline.com Roman Catholic Church Saturday: 5 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Church in Canal Flats 7 p.m. at Canadian Martyrs Church in Invermere Sunday: 9 a.m. at Canadian Martyrs Church in Invermere 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church in Radium Father Jim McHugh 712 -12th Ave., Invermere • 250-342-6167 ST. PETER’S LUTHERAN MISSION OF INVERMERE Worship services every Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Christ Church Trinity, 110 - 7th Ave., Invermere Pastor Rev. Fraser Coltman • 1-866-426-7564 Radium Christian Fellowship 10 a.m. Worship service 7 p.m. Special Praise, Special Prayer and Especially the Love of God Pastor Wayne and Linda Frater • 250-342-6633 No. 4, 7553 Main St. Radium • 250-347-9937 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Worship Service, 10 a.m. • Sunday School, 11 a.m. • Relief Society, Noon. President Barry Pratt • Columbia Valley Branch 5014 Fairway, Fairmont Hot Springs • 250-341-5792

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