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Vol. 6/Issue 38

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September 18, 2009


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A Calgary couple embarked on quite an adventure while vacationing at Lake Windermere this summer. In late July, Gerry and Jody Raby of Calgary decided to bicycle from the Lakeshore Resort to Windermere, taking along a cloth grocery bag for some fruit or vegetables they might find there. “As we turned onto the highway, I noticed a few cans on the side of the road,” Gerry said, “so I decided to gather them in my grocery bag. As we proceeded I collected more cans, and soon my bag was full.” The couple then stopped at Hopkins Harvest to pick up some fresh produce. On their way out of the store, the staff offered them three plastic bags and a small box to carry their goods. “On our return trip I found still more cans and bottles which I collected,

and yet again filled the three bags,” Gerry said. Intrigued, the couple decided to pursue their cleanup even further and the next day walked from Lakeshore Resort to Fairmont and then from Windermere to Invermere. They gathered 996 bottles, cans and plastic water bottles. At the end of August, they returned for another two weeks and spent four days covering the roadside from Radium to Coy’s Par 3 golf course, including the same area they had cleaned a month earlier. “In the area we had already covered, Windermere to Fairmont, we collected another 660 items,” Gerry said. In total, the couple amassed a total of 3,337 beer bottles and cans, pop cans, water bottles and milk cartons during their four-week stay. A big thank you to Gerry and Jody for helping to keep the valley clean and tidy!

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September 18, 2009

Valley NEWS

Angry parents fight for school bus By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff Several parents living north of Edgewater are outraged at the lack of return school bus service for their six young children. Stacy Schan of Spur Valley said that if his child continues to be neglected by the school district, he will pick up his family of four and move. “I just wonder why my child isn’t taken care of by the district as others are, and for me, that’s the sticking point,” he said. “Who says our kids aren’t as important as others because of where they live? But the school board has made that decision, and made it clear.” Stacy and his wife Katherine have two children: Lukas, 6, and Nathan, 2. Every day the school bus picks up Lukas and takes him to Edgewater Elementary School. However, at the end of the day, his mother has to fetch him from school because there is no return bus. “The school district’s priorities need to be re-evaluated,” Mr. Schan said. “Getting the children to school and educating them should be their number one goal – anything other than that should be secondary.”

But Mr. Schan isn’t the only parent up-in-arms about the bus route. Every afternoon expectant mother Luraina Oddy, who lives east of Brisco, has to pack up her two young children, Nevaeh, 3, and Sephira, 23 months, and drive a 70-kilometre round trip to pick up her daughter Bellavee, who is attending Grade 1 at Edgewater Elementary.

“I feel totally abandoned by the school district. I don’t feel the Radium kids should be provided with transportation and the Brisco kids should be left in the dark because we have a few less numbers.” —Luraina Oddy, Brisco

Mrs. Oddy said she is seriously considering homeschooling her children. “I feel totally abandoned by the school district,” Mrs. Oddy said. “I don’t feel the Radium kids should be provided with transportation, and the Brisco kids should be left in the dark because we have a few less numbers.”

According to Bendina Miller, Superintendent for Rocky Mountain School District Number Six, legislation requires the school district to support children who live outside the walking distance. The walking distance is defined as four kilometres from the nearest bus stop for children in kindergarten to Grade 3, and 4.8 kilometres for children in Grades 4 to 12. The district provides either a school bus or financial assistance: a subsidy of 20 cents per kilometre up to $10 per day, plus 30 cents per child. Another parent, Vicki Roberts of Spillimacheen, said providing transportation assistance helps, but that’s not good enough. “It’s very frustrating,” she said. “Every day at 2:30 p.m., you have to be at the school and drive your children home. Yes, they subsidize us, but what they subsidize doesn’t cover gas, time, and wear and tear on our vehicles.” Two other families – the Nygrens of Spillimacheen with one school-aged child, and Brooke Tegart of Brisco with one school-aged child – are also affected. The return bus route north of Edgewater was dropped in 2002 due to the shortage of riders. Continued on Page 29 . . .

Radium residents to be fined for feeding bears By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff Residents of Radium Hot Springs now risk a $200 fine for leaving fruit on their trees or open garbage in their yards, according to a new bylaw. At a meeting last week, Radium council voted unanimously in favour of the new bylaw, which was tightened in order to reduce human conduct that makes food or other attractants available to wild animals. “I think it’s a good thing because it gives the village the opportunity to react to situations in the village when it comes to animal safety,” said councillor Brent Frederickson.

The new animal safety bylaw prohibits individuals from knowingly or willingly feeding or providing access to food to any wild animal. According to the bylaw, a wild animal is defined as any nondomesticated mammal, including deer, elk, bears, coyotes, fox, cougars and skunks. Individuals also must pick their fruit when ripe, keep animal-resistant containers closed and secure, and refrain from leaving or storing items such as cooking grills, pet food and bird feeders in any manner that would attract a wild animal. “It’s a safety factor for both the animals and the people in the village,” Mr. Frederickson said. “We have become fairly accustomed to seeing undomesticated animals coming through the village and we

have to be prepared. The onus is on us to try to protect not only ourselves, but the animals that are coming through here as well.” Local Conservation Officer Lawrence Umsonst said he thinks the village’s initiative should be applauded. “I think it’s great that a community has passed safety regulations to reduce human-wildlife conflict,” he said. “I assume the village has done their research and they are absolutely right – habituated animals, like bears, have to be destroyed because there is no place to relocate a habituated bear.” So far there have been 10 reported bear sightings and six cougar sightings this year. For more information on the bylaw, call 250-347-6455.

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By Staff Sgt. Marko Shehovac Columbia Valley RCMP • On September 7th, at 7:30 a.m., members of the Columbia Valley detachment of the RCMP responded to a report of a vehicle partially submerged in Lake Windermere near Cemetery Road in Windermere. Upon investigation, police found a gray Chevrolet Malibu. By all indications, the vehicle was pushed into the lake, not driven in. A check with the owner indicated that the vehicle had been stolen. • On September 7th, RCMP received a report of the theft of a Lumix camera, silver in colour, and some money stolen from a vehicle in the 800 block of 14th

Street in Invermere. • On September 12th, Columbia Valley RCMP received a report of damage done to the Stations of the Cross display behind St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Radium Hot Springs. • On September 12th at 1 p.m., police were dispatched to a complaint of threats. As a result of the investigation, a 14-year-old youth has been charged with threatening with a weapon. The youth was given a court date. The weapon was not used and no one was hurt. • School Patrols: With school starting up for 2009/2010, patrols were conducted in the area of the elementary schools.

Abandoned fires cause alarm Submitted by Gwendolyn Eamer Southeast Fire Centre A surge of abandoned campfires across the Southeast Fire Centre has fire officials concerned, as the risk of wildfire is high to extreme for much of the region. Fire wardens patrolling recreational areas have responded to 21 abandoned campfires since September 10th, when the last campfire ban in the region was lifted for the Boundary Fire Zone. Campfires must be treated with caution. If officials continue to find abandoned fires, additional restrictions may be necessary. Of the 21 abandoned campfires found, 10 of them were in the Invermere Zone. At this time there are no active fires in the area, but the danger rating is high for most of the East Kootenay. Unseasonably warm and dry conditions continue across the Southeast Fire Centre and central British Columbia, leading to aggressive fire behaviour and continued fire starts. All of the region’s sustained-action unit crews are currently engaged in wildfire suppression outside of the Fire Centre. Initial response capability is also limited, with only



11 of 28 initial attack crews available in the Southeast Fire Centre. With lightning storms and hot, dry weather conditions, it is critical that the public remains vigilant. Although the days are becoming shorter, summer fire conditions persist and the fire season is not yet over. To prevent a campfire from escaping, be sure it is contained within a metal or rock ring, have sufficient water and hand tools nearby to fully extinguish it, and never leave it unattended. Campers are reminded that failure to properly extinguish a campfire can result in a fine of $173. In addition, if their campfire escapes and causes a wildfire, they may be held liable for all resulting suppression costs and damages. Crews from the Southeast Fire Centre have responded to 567 wildfires since April 1st, which together have burnt 3,966 hectares. At this time last year, 502 fires had burnt 1,730 hectares. Almost half of all fires in B.C. are reported by the public. Please report smoke or flames by calling the emergency line at 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on most cellular networks. For further information, please visit the B.C. Wildfire Management Branch website at


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September 18, 2009

Fairmont residents to vote on proposed trail system By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff Fairmont residents will have their say on a proposed parks and trails system on September 19th. The upcoming referendum will ask property owners whether they agree with a maximum tax of 20 cents per $1,000 of assessed value to maintain the parks and trails. Norm Macdonell, acting president of Fairmont Area Recreation and Trails Society, is reminding voters that they wouldn’t be paying to build the trails. “The property tax is not to raise funds to build the system,” he said. “It is to ensure that the Regional District of East Kootenay has adequate funds to maintain the trails and keep them safe.” If the property tax is approved by residents, the society will raise funds to create the parks and trails. “Our first goal is to set priorities, secondly to fundraise through grants and matching funds,” Mr. Macdonell said. “We’ll start small with a few improvements and move on to major projects in the next few years.” Area F Director Wendy Booth pointed out that the community will decide what is built and when. “The community would also have a clear say in where the trails would be. Decisions on where, when and how trails would be built or developed would be made locally by the Fairmont Area Recreation and Trails Society, but would be dependent on other agency approvals,” Ms. Booth said. “The conceptual plans that we have at the moment are just that: conceptual.” The 20-cent property tax rate is the maximum that would be charged, she said. “Initially, if passed, the tax rate would be set at

5 cents per $1,000, which would equate to less than $25 a year for a residential home valued at $500,000,” she said. The system would contribute a great deal to the community, Ms. Booth added. “There are several benefits that this parks and trails system would provide to the community, not the least of which is the concept that this would encourage a more active and environmentally-friendly community, with more people walking or biking within the community,” she said. The Fairmont Area Recreation and Trails Society was formed in 2006 when the idea of a parks and trails system first came up. “We quickly came to realize that without the regional district’s involvement, we wouldn’t get anywhere,” Mr. Macdonell said. The idea of a parks and trails system first went to residents through an alternative approval process in 2006. The regional district received enough letters opposed to the plan that the idea was put on hold. A lack of planning was cited as the reason for the dissent. Last year, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort donated the time of an architect to draw up plans for the trail network. “The plan covers everything from sidewalks in the core of Fairmont, all the way up to hiking trails and pathways linking the community of Fairmont to Dutch Creek, Columere Park and Columbia Ridge,” Wendy Booth said earlier this year. Now with concrete plans to show voters, the regional district will hold a referendum on the issue. General voting will be held at Fairmont Fire Hall from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on September 19th. Visit for more information.

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September 18, 2009

We’re celebrating!

By Elinor Florence Pioneer Publisher

The Pioneer is five years old this week. I feel a little reluctant to pat ourselves on the back, because most valley businesses have been around a lot longer. I admire each and every one of them. However, I am extremely proud of the fact that we have survived in an unusual situation. While independent newspapers all over the world are closing up shop, laying people off and selling out to the chains, we have bucked the trend. Not only have we survived, but we’ve come through the first difficult five years with all flags flying. Obviously the credit for our success goes to our staff, both past and present. We have an accomplished bunch of people on board, with work and life experience in various cities and countries, all of whom want to live in the valley and aren’t just on their way somewhere else. Everyone really tries hard to make each week’s paper better than the one before. Our special thanks goes to the business community, for giving us their support. Without the advertisers, our free newspaper would have withered and died, like so many other independents. Business reaction back in 2004 showed us immediately that there was a pressing demand for our services. Finally, our thanks go to the readers. We like to think of The Pioneer as being a real interactive product – the result of reader interest, compliments, complaints, story ideas, suggestions, photographs, submissions and general all-round feedback. Believe me, your comments are heard, discussed and taken to heart. Please join us in a birthday celebration at our Hot Dog Sale outside The Artym Gallery on Saturday, September 19th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Lions will be helping out, and all proceeds will go towards the Road to Rescue campaign. We look forward to being able to serve the valley for many years to come. Again, thank you from all of us at The Pioneer!

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Harpooning the harvest In this undated photo provided by Dorothy Brown, four men in Edgewater perform the back-breaking labour of getting the hay crop in. Two of them are Geoff Smith and Arndt Luschnat; the others aren’t named. They are using this device called the harpoon fork to lift the heavy hay loads from the wagon onto the haystack, which sure

beat throwing it up there by hand with a pitchfork! If you have any more information about this photograph, please email us at Photo (C1108) is provided courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Thanks for the small-town attitude Dear Editor: We want to say thank you to the owner of the Apple Tree Inn in Radium for providing us with assistance when our car experienced brake problems and we had to use their parking lot. John and Laurie (hope we have the names right) came to our aid and tried to help in any way they could. This included looking for the right length of bolt for the brake calliper, providing a towel to wipe my dirty hands on, through to taking us to the Esso Station to find Brent, the mechanic who loaned me his tools and found the right bolt on an

old motor behind the service station, and got us back on the road home safely! We were feeling overwhelmed by our situation at the time and all of you came to our aid. This was truly a great thing for us to experience! We can’t say thank you enough for your kind assistance and consideration! This really was the best in the small town attitude of helping out a neighbour or stranger, and we feel fortunate to have experienced it. Wishing you a safe and successful season! Ed and Diana Reuther, Calgary

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September 18, 2009

Cheers and jeers to District of Invermere Dear Editor: I would like to extend a couple of bouquets and a prickly thistle to the District of Invermere. The verbal flowers are: first, for allowing AG Foods to paint their store blue; it is a tremendous compliment to our tourism-based community and the new colours blend well against the background of the surrounding blue mountains. To quote the queen, “It is simply smashing, isn’t it”? The second bouquet is for the vision and development of Pothole Park. This is an attraction that will allow travellers one more fine experience in a community that is not only scenic but also culturally rich. I am certain that this addition will attract and expand the interest of others from elsewhere and encourage them to be even greater boosters for Invermere. This park is a tremendous gateway at the entrance of our village. It is source for genuine community pride. Westside Road is another story. I drive the road four times a day. There used to be a three-way stop-sign located on Westside Road in an utterly useless location. From the time the sign was put in place until its demise, I had to stop for intersecting traffic only twice. One day enroute home, I saw the district workers removing the sign. (Here insert music from the Hallelujah Choir.) However, the next morning I ob-

served that the workers had re-located the three-way stop signs just a block north on the same road. The three-way stop-sign is now on Westside Road at a street one-third of a block long where the intersecting traffic is as scarce as Ogopogo in Lake Windermere. I have never met an intersecting car at this new three-way stop location. This sign would have equal value half-way between Yellowknife and Iqaluit. The great philosophers of Invermere now need to contemplate whether something can be more useless than useless. They may conclude that useless is total and cannot be negated further. Too bad the district has chosen to prove them wrong. In a town that prides itself in being green, we now have, without purpose, a sign that stops hundreds of cars and trucks every day, only to make those 3,000 pounds of mass re-start from a standing stop for no logical reason. This impediment results in more fuel and more emissions without observable benefit, and annoys the drivers who hold the sign to be meaningless. To quote Charlie Brown: “Oh, good grief ”. The speed bump further down the road towards the school likely has a logical safety purpose, but surely they didn’t need to give us one named Everest. Arnold Malone, Invermere

I read, with considerable interest, the letter from Robert Hage, “Earl Grey Cabin deserves better care,” in your September 4th edition. The government agencies must have their responses in a file to be reproduced whenever they receive a suggestion/ observation of this type. Three years ago, I contacted the provincial department of parks and was given an identical message. One additional comment was made that, should a local group elect


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Don’t overlook historic significance of CPR lodge

Petition calls for referendum Dear Editor:

trains, garden sheds and the like? You of Invermere have a rare specimen of Canada’s national history, in a rare state of preservation. Its era has passed, and such a building will never be built again. Look at the drawing-power of each preserved building elsewhere, e.g. Banff Springs Hotel, Orpheum Theatre, Craigdarroch Castle (Victoria). Many were saved from destruction at crucial points. Know that Invermere can join the lucky ranks of cities who have a vital link to its own and Canada’s past, in original condition and uniquely available both to the community and to tourist multitudes. If I were an Invermere resident, I would spare no effort to preserve this great structure for community benefit and public access. Future citizens will thank those with the foresight at this historic turning point to maintain it.

Dear Editor:

On August 7th, the directors of the Regional District of East Kootenay stripped the democratic process from the hands of the people who elected them. Led by Sparwood mayor David Wilks, who is closer to Lethbridge than he is to Invermere, the board voted 8-7 to hand over the Jumbo decision to Victoria. I started a petition to present to the regional district directors that would have the decision rescinded and keep the decision-making power here in the East Kootenay, where it belongs. We would like to see that followed up with a public referendum on the land-use issue. To sign the petition, send an email to with your name, phone number, town/province, and email address. Steve Tersmette, Kimberley

People of Invermere: do you appreciate the CPR lodge in its proper context? I have been inside it; the state of period preservation is superb, and for many reasons this building is on a par with Victoria’s Empress Hotel in Invermere-scale importance. How unfortunate that history is usually valued only in retrospect. We of Kimberley have lost many significant buildings, and all over North America the people of today mourn great theatres, hotels and other edifices which were thoughtlessly destroyed before their status changed from “old” to “historic.” Nowadays, people go to amazing lengths to preserve or rebuild our history. A prime example is the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel in Cranbrook. And what exhaustive efforts are needed to bring back these priceless rolling artifacts from barely recognizable wreckage following their past transformation to work

Arne Sahlen Kimberley

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September 18, 2009

Mayor’s plan for CPR lodge inadequate Dear Editor: This letter is written in response to the article prepared by Mayor Taft in last week’s Pioneer regarding the relocation of the CPR Lodge. There are two parts to my response. The first part, contained in this letter, discusses the plan. The second part, which will be submitted for the next Pioneer edition, discusses the process by which staff and council reached the decision presented by Mayor Taft. Mayor Taft’s article misses the mark because it overlooks the key first step in a heritage project. That is, you decide what provides the heritage value first and then you build the rest of the project around maintaining that heritage value. The group of citizens that met to discuss preservation of the lodge included two general building contractors with experience in heritage restoration, one hardwood flooring specialist with experience in heritage structures, the owner of an antique store, and a professional civil engineer. In addition, this group provided access to an architectural technologist, and two structural engineers. The group also included the heritage planner for the East Kootenay region, the Land Conservancy, the Columbia Basin Trust, the Windermere Valley Museum, Columbia Valley Arts Council, numerous specialty contractors and the

Botanical Gardens Society in their discussions. This group of citizens determined that the following were the key elements for the preservation of the lodge: • the entire structure should be preserved, even if it required a phased restoration project; • the new location of the lodge should be in rela-

“These heritage values have not been met in Mayor Taft’s plan, which appears to be a concoction of restroom, club house, and ‘anti-competition’ with pseudo-heritage as an afterthought.” – Nick Berzins, Invermere tively close proximity to the current location on Fort Point; • the new location of the lodge should provide a clear connection to the themes of water and railway; • the appearance of the lodge at its new site should match its current appearance; in other words, it should appear as a ranch-style structure from all common vantage points; and • the new location should be selected such that it maximizes synergy with other nearby user groups and minimizes potential public opposition. To minimize

public opposition, the new location: should not impair sightlines; should not occupy space currently used for recreation; and should not occupy space that may be subject to alternate use via a long-term park plan. These heritage values were focused and realistic. These heritage values have not been met in Mayor Taft’s plan which appears to be a concoction of restroom, club house, and “anti-competition” with pseudo-heritage as an afterthought. The plan proposed by Mayor Taft appears to be developed on the premise that Invermere will “stop the clock,” remain frozen in time and have no future development or growth. There are many restoration projects that take years to accomplish and are phased according to the availability of funds. These projects are successful because the driving vision is an appreciation of heritage and a true belief in the social and economic value of heritage. I hope the residents of Invermere will visit the area around Pynelogs, the Rotary ball diamonds and the tennis courts; read the articles about the lodge that are available at the museum and will be available at the open house; and attend the open house to voice your opinion to the mayor. Nick Berzins, Invermere

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September 18, 2009

Vote yes to Fairmont trails: they enhance property values Dear Editor: The pros and cons of the Fairmont and Area Parks and Trails proposal are easy to list, yet difficult to place specific values on. But there is almost certainly a net benefit to community residents (i.e. taxpayers). This benefit arises largely because residents are not even being asked to contribute to the cost of developing these parks and trails: “The Regional District of East Kootenay does not intend to develop the system, only to maintain it after the trails and other assets are developed.” Private developers and community groups are footing the bill to build the parks and trails. Voting yes to the parks and trails proposal is a prudent choice. There are a myriad of benefits arising from trails and parks such as attracting investment, boosting tourism, improving health, protecting green spaces, fostering community pride, and so on. But let us simplify the analysis by only considering how the trails and parks affect a representative $400,000 property in the Fairmont Hot Springs area. Does the increase in property value due to three new parks and 56 kilometres of trails exceed the $80 in

annual taxes ($0.20 tax per $1,000 of assessed value)? There are surely some “not in my backyard” naysayers and legitimate protestations. But it is hard to argue with the marketplace: home values increase in the vicinity of parks and trails. The Canadian Royal Commission (1992) estimated land value increases approximately +5.0 percent. Numerous studies find similar quantitative results (Moore and Bathlow, 1998; Nicholls and Crompton, 2005; Karadeniz, 2008). If the $400,000 property sees a one-time one-percent value increase to $404,000, that is a $4,000 return on a $80/year investment. Even after 25 years of $80/year payments, the net present value of investing in Fairmont trails and parks is $2,750 (assuming a six-percent discount rate). Remember, private developers and community groups are paying to build the $1.8-million trail and park system. All residents need to contribute to its maintenance: a yearly contribution to local amenities that enhance your property value. Lucas Rosnau Fairmont

The drinks were on us!

Windermere Water & Sewer would like to take this opportunity to thank the following for making our sneak preview of the new plant so successful! Anne Riches & Terry Pal - for all their help and the delicious catering Tex Lortscher/Tex’s Party Rentals - for the tables and chairs

Lori Watt/Sign Artists – for our banners and signs Our Experts: Doug House - TRUE Consulting Group, Mark Edwards – Siemens and,

Will McKenzie/Pixel Planet Design – for designing our ad

Our Operators: Ken Mitchell, Mathew Macala, Doug Underwood - for their knowledge and help touring people around the plant

The Valley Echo, The Columbia Valley Pioneer, The Valley Peak & Columbia Valley News - for covering and advertising our event

Our Employees: David Grocutt, Katarina Grasic, Jill Pawlyshyn and their significant others for volunteering and helping out wherever needed.

Bruce Dehart/Dehart Sewer & Drain Ltd. – for the most important ‘facilities’

All of the Contractors who helped to prep the plant for the Saturday event.

And of course a big thanks to all our neighbours and friends who showed up to see the new Water Treatment Plant in action!

School district hires energy manager By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff Rocky Mountain School District is going the extra mile to reduce its carbon footprint. This month, engineer Craig Edwards began work with School District No. 6 in the new position of energy manager. The position was created thanks to a $100,000 grant received from BC Hydro for the school district’s Energy Management Plan. “The intent of our program is to reduce utility consumption in all school district facilities and the associated CO2 emissions,” said Steve Jackson, Director of Operations. “Saving electricity will be a major focus for us.” Craig Edwards is a mechanical professional engineer with a master’s degree in architecture, specializing in environmental building design. He is also a certified energy manager with the Association of Energy Engineers. Mr. Edwards will go through each of the school district’s buildings and audit their energy consumption. He will also add energy-saving principles to the school curriculum.

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THE PIONEER IS 5 YEARS OLD! Come and celebrate with us at our

HOT DOG SALE outside the Artym Gallery 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., th Saturday, September 19



Phone: (250) 341-6299 • Fax: (250) 341-6229 Email:

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We would like to extend our appreciation to th riders and supporters of the…

3rd Annual Toy Run. Special thanks should go to the Valley Peak, daisyblu Designs, Monkey’s Uncle, Konig Meat, Your Brezel Bakery, The Columbia Valley Pioneer and The Valley Echo. Main St. (7th Avenue), Invermere, B.C. • 250-341-5370

Children’s Beginner Dance and Movement Classes

4:00 p.m. at the Columbia Valley Fitness Centre

Phone Baya Lightfoot: 250-342-0241

Invermere Kyokushin Karate Starts September 17th at Kicking Horse Coffee Tuesday & Thursday 7-9 p.m. Call Jeremiah Breeze at 250-342-5385

GOING PLACES – Construction at the rear of Kicking Horse Coffee at the Invermere crossroads will triple the facility’s floor space and add further packaging and roasting capabilities.

Kicking Horse Coffee building triples in size By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff

We would like to thank all our customers and our great staff for a fantastic summer season. We will be closing at the end of September and reopening mid-December.

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Invermere’s little engine that could is chugging on to greater and greater heights. Kicking Horse Coffee, which started in the garage of owners Leo Johnson and Elana Rosenfeld in 1996, has grown from those humble beginnings into a 20,000-square-foot building near the Invermere crossroads. Now Kicking Horse Coffee is expanding again. New construction at the rear of the existing building will triple its size, with a floor plan measuring 60,000 square feet when complete. “It is further production space,” Elana explained. “It will include a warehouse, roasting and packaging facilities and a larger staff area.” The construction started this summer and is slated for completion in the spring fo 2010. Kelowna-based company Metal Structure Concepts is managing the project, using local contractors as much as possible. “We have great people here, so we are keeping it local,” Elana said. Last December, Kicking Horse Coffee was denied

permission to have land it owns in Windermere rezoned to build a packaging facility there. Residents were concerned that the facility would not fit into the rural nature of the area, as designated in its Official Community Plan. “This expansion is not taking the place of the construction we planned in Windermere,” Elana said. “That was taking precautions so we were ready for future growth.” Despite the economic slump, business for the organic, fair trade Kicking Horse Coffee is expanding, too. “It is slower than it would have been, but we are still getting accounts and building our name,” Elana said. “We’re up about 15 percent from last year.” As well as adding close to 10 staff in the last 12 months, bringing the total up to almost 40 staff, the coffee company is reaching into new sales terrain. “We are still growing in our existing markets in Canada through Alberta and B.C. In addition, we are expanding into Quebec, Ontario and all over the U.S.,” Elana said. Last August, Elana and Leo were selected by World Vision Canada as among the top five Canadians to watch. They are certainly living up to the honour.

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What’s Happening in the Columbia Valley

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






Out & About Juno-winning, platinum-selling Canadian artist Bif Naked will be playing at Bud’s Bar & Lounge on September 27th. Check out this section next week for our interview with Bif.

ART Show @ Pynelogs Cultural Centre

ART Show September 15 to 27 featuring: Kyle Burley, Rita Rankin, Lori Lees Stout, Sharon Routley & Kyla Brown.

What does ART mean to you?

Symphony of the Kootenays • Christ Church Trinity Symphony of the Kootenays Sunday September 27 at 2pm. Call for more information 250-342-4423.

Visit for our current events calendar, or call 250-342-4423.

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Sunday, September 27th

Movie Review: X-Men Origins – Wolverine Reviewed by Dave Sutherland X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a rousing adventure tale and a worthy addition to the X-Men franchise. Hugh Jackman reprises his role as the gruff mutant Wolverine, the sole Canadian member of the X-Men team. Origins gives his character a backstory, rationalizes his behavior, and explains how he got those talons. It seems that, as a young boy in the 1840s Northwest Territories, Logan (Wolverine) and his brother, Victor, were forced to flee their home after a tragic incident. A montage shows the brothers fighting side by side, year after year, through many wars. Finally, in Vietnam, working with a special unit that includes other mutants, the two split, acrimoniously. After living peacefully as a logger for years, Logan is drawn back into the fray, and with the help of the requisite near-mad scientists, is transformed into the nearly indestructible Wolverine. Wolverine’s battles against military forces, his evil brother, and the other mutants provide everything an action fan could want. There are brutal fisticuffs, feats of athleticism that could

only be performed with the help of computer graphics, and an array of new mutant characters with strange and terrifying powers. And, of course, there is a compulsory shot of a helicopter robustly detonating into a mushroom cloud of flames behind the hero, as he determinedly walks towards the camera. Jackman and Liev Schreiber, who plays his brother, look like they are having a lot of fun with their roles. Between them they get to do more snarling than you’ve heard since the last Call of the Wild re-make. Ryan Reynolds plays a character named Deadpool, who, despite his fate in Origins, may end up with his own movie. Danny Huston is suitably nasty as the amoral Stryker, and there’s even a cameo by a creepily plastic-looking Patrick Stewart. Written by David Benioff (The Kite Runner) and Skip Woods (Hitman), and directed with aplomb by Gavin Hood (Rendition), X-Men Origins: Wolverine is sure to provide tons of fun for those with a taste for action.


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Our local Tim Hortons will sell special smiling double-sized chocolate chip cookies for a limited time with proceeds going to the Together for Everyone! Campaign. Along with the East Kootenay Foundation for Health and the Invermere Health Care Auxiliary, the Tim Hortons Smile Cookie Cam-

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paign is working to raise $500,000 to purchase critically-needed medical equipment for the emergency room at the Invermere Hospital. You can show your support by purchasing the cookies, individually or by the dozen, from September 21st to 27th. Order them by phone from Tim Hortons at 250-341-3777. Invermere Health Care Auxiliary members will be selling these cookies during the week as well.

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Out & About Please call 250-341-6299 or Email us at to enter your event in our FREE listings.

and Virginia Boulay exhibition at Effusion Art Gallery. Runs until October 3rd. For info: 250-3416877. • September 19th-20th: Lake Windermere Rod & Gun Club Sporting Clay Shoot at Rauch Homestead Range. For info:

Monday, September 21st:

Toby Theatre: adults – $8; under 13 – $5 • September 16th-19th, 7:30 p.m.: G-Force • September 23rd-26th, 7:30 p.m.: The Ugly Truth

Friday, September 18th: • 2 p.m.: Close of the season at Windermere Valley Museum and Archives, after the monthly members’ meeting. For info: 250-342-9769. • 4 p.m.: Columbia Basin Trust’s Annual General Meeting at the Prestige Mountainside Resort in Golden. For info: 1-800-505-8998. • 6:30 p.m.: Dinner and a Concert at Pynelogs Cultural Centre, featuring Flora Ware and dinner by Randy MacSteven, sponsored by Columbia Valley Arts. For info: 250-342-4423. • 7-9 p.m.: Music on Main in Radium featuring the Surf Dragons. For info: 250-347-9331. • September 18th-19th: Shine Thru festival at Nipika Mountain Resort to help raise awareness about victims of child sexual abuse. Barbecue, athletics, games, live music. For info: 250-342-5937.

Saturday, September 19th: • 8 a.m.-8 p.m.: Referendum on Fairmont Area Community Parks and Trails. Voting will be held at Fairmont Fire Hall. For info: 250-489-2791. • 10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Lake Windermere Shoreline Cleanup, part of a national coastal clean-up day. Sign up for the 14th annual clean-up by calling 250-3416898 or visit the clean-up base at Kinsmen Beach. • 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Opening of Mountain Sketches IV exhibition at the Artym. For info: 250-342-7566. • 10 a.m.: Classic Car Show and Shine at The Springs Golf Course, Radium. For info: 250-347-9331. • 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Come and celebrate The Pioneer’s fifth anniversary with a hot dog sale outside Artym Gallery. Funds raised go towards the Road to Rescue campaign for the Invermere Fire Department. • 3-6 p.m.: Opening reception for Murray Phillips

• 3:30-5 p.m.: Registration for Columbia Valley Figure Skating Club at Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. For info: 250-342-3213. • 4:30-7:30 p.m.: District of Invermere’s open house on the relocation of the old Canadian Pacific Railway lodge at 1555-2nd Avenue, Invermere. For info: 250342-9281. • Kootenay Savings Credit Union Radium branch closed for training. • September 21st-27th: Tim Hortons Smile Cookie Campaign. Buy special smiling double-sized chocolate chip cookies to raise money for Invermere Emergency Department equipment. For info: 250-341-3777.

Tuesday, September 22nd: • 2:30 p.m.: Bus departs Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce for Canmore Blood Donor Clinic. Forty-three spaces to fill! For info: 250-342-2859. • 7 p.m.: Public hearing on Dry Gulch/Petrowitsch rezoning at Windermere Community Centre. For info: 250-489-2791.

Wednesday, September 23rd: • 11:30 a.m.: Veterans’ Appreciation Lunch at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 71 Hall, Invermere. For info: 250-342-2681. • 1:30-3:30 p.m.: Dementia Education for Caregivers, free eight-session series begins at Invermere Mental Health office. For info: 250-342-2363. • 6-8:30 p.m.: Open house on Columbia Valley Transmission Project at Brisco Hall. For info: 1-866647-3334.

Saturday, September 26th: • 10 a.m.: Headbanger Trail Challenge at Radium Hot Springs. For info: headbanger. • 7 p.m.: A reading by Angie Abdou, winner of the One Book One Kootenay writers contest, at Radium Public Library, from her book The Bone Cage. For info: 250-347-2434. • Kootenay Savings Credit Union Invermere branch closed for staff training.

Sunday, September 27th: • 2 p.m.: Symphony of the Kootenays perform To Everything There is a Season at Christ Church Trinity. For info: 250-342-4423. • 8 p.m.: Bif Naked performs at Bud’s Bar with Soul Side In and Enterlude. Tickets $30. For info: 250342-2965.

Tuesday, September 29th: • Noon: 7th Annual Turn Copper Into Gold Golf Tournament at The Ridge at Copper Point Golf Club. $125 per person includes green fees with power cart, hot buffet dinner, followed by a live auction. For info: 250-342-2844.

Thursday, October 1st: • Local Harvest 2009 four-course meal at Eagle Ranch Golf Resort, prepared with local, seasonal ingredients by local chefs and apprentices from David Thompson Secondary School. Tickets $65, available now at Spring Health Foods.

Friday, October 2nd: • 2:30-4 p.m.: Seniors-Meet-Seniors Harvest Tea at David Thompson Secondary School. Senior citizens are invited to join the graduating cook training classes for tea and coffee, delicious food and great conversation. For info: 250-342-9213 ext. 110.

Thursday, September 24th:

Saturday, October 3rd:

• 6-8:30 p.m.: Open house on Columbia Valley Transmission Project at Prestige Inn, Radium. For info: 1-866-647-3334. • Chris Whiteley and Diana Braithwaite perform at Bud’s Bar and Lounge in the Fall Bluez Concert Series. Tickets $40 for four-show series or $15 per show. For info: 250-342-2965.

• 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: How to Grow a Child’s Brain and How to Care for the Caregiver’s Brain seminars at the Lions Hall, Chamber of Commerce. $60 per person. For info: 250-342-9576. • 7-10 p.m.: Opening of Annual Pynelogs Art Show, celebrating 95th birthday of Pynelogs. Exhibition runs until October 11th. For info: 250-342-4423.



Casual and Fine Dining – Enhanced

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Pynelogs Cultural Centre th Birthday Celebrate 95 years of the historical facility, built in 1914. Private home of Sir Randolph Bruce and Lady Elizabeth Northcott · 1914-1936 Lady Elizabeth Bruce Memorial Hospital · 1937-1956 Nursing Home · 1965-1968 Residents of Mt. Nelson Place · 1970-1989 CV Arts Council & Art Gallery 1990 -present

Annual Pynelogs Art Show September 29 – Oct 11, 2009 Gallery Hours: 11 - 4 pm daily

Pynelogs Birthday Party & Artist Opening Event Saturday October 3 from 7 - 10 pm Celebrate Pynelogs Cultural Center’s 95th Birthday with featured art from local artists: a collaborative celebration of the past, present and future of Pynelogs.

September 18, 2009

Love my Scotty Burger! The Pynelogs Café is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. Pynelogs has to 4 p.m. and are been a hub of acopen Fridays for tivity this summer. dinner until 9 p.m. It shouldn’t really However, their last come as a surprise, day of operation is as this beautiful log September 27th, so building on Kinsmake sure to visit men Beach is sandPynelogs soon! For wiched between more information Lake Windermere about the café or to and Lake Dorothy make a reservation, and is surrounded please call Kristine by a beautiful green at 250-342-4423. Jessica Gowling’s rendition of the Scotty burger. space and botaniAlthough Cocal gardens. Inside, lumbia Valley Arts there is a spacious gallery showcasing gorgeous local gallery season is getting ready to hibernate for the winartwork and — who could forget — the delicious res- ter in order to plan for our upcoming season, we still taurant and patio of the Pynelogs Café. have a few exhibitions for your enjoyment. Currently Like the arts season, Pynelogs Café runs seasonally on display at the gallery are creations by Sharon Routand will, unfortunately, serve their last scrumptious ley, Rita Rankin, Lori Lee Stout, Kyla Brown and Kyle features on September 27th. Owned and operated by Burley. This exhibition will run until September 27th two talented individuals, The Pynelogs Café prides it- and will be followed by our Annual Pynelogs Show. self on quality and consistency. Each visit offers up Each year all visual artists involved with Columbia innovative, delectable choices for customers, as there is Valley Arts are invited back to participate in a final a new soup, quiche, salad and flatbread feature created wrap-up show. This year however is a special invitafresh each day. tion, as it is Pynelog’s 95th birthday and time to celThe most important feature, though, is their ebrate! We have asked all the artists participating to stuffed burgers! The Pynelogs Café is famous for their create work inspired by the idea of Pynelogs. Look for Scotty Burgers, a variety of delicious eight-ounce next week’s Pynelogs article for a detailed overview. burgers with the toppings stuffed directly inside the Although the gallery season is slowing down, Comeaty centre. lumbia Valley Arts Performing Arts Series is heating This marriage of toppings and beef allows the up. Symphony of the Kootenays will be in Invermere cheddar, bacon and onion or the havarti, roasted red on September 27th at Christ Church Trinity. pepper and roasted garlic to infuse the meat with flaThis year, the symphony will be playing some of vor during its time on the grill, and is what makes the most loved classical pieces of all time: Saint Saens’ it, quite possibly, the best burger you will ever have. Carnival of the Animals, Benjamin Britten’s Simple Try either the classic or gourmet in house, or choose Symphony, and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. The concert from their four different varieties of packed and frozen begins at 2 p.m. For more information, please contact Scotty Burgers. 250-342-4423. Jessica Gowling Pynelogs Cultural Centre

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Will Be Closing for the Season Tuesday, September 22nd Thank You All So Much See you Next April.

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Artists paint scenes we know and love Submitted by Deanna Berrington The Artym Gallery It is a beautiful day – you have been outside all day enjoying the sunshine and soaking up all the fresh air. You crest a hill and the vista that unfolds before you takes your breath away. You pull out your camera and take a snapshot, even though you know that the photograph can’t do justice to the scene. It won’t capture the scope of the landscape, the way the colours catch your eye, but most of all, that photo won’t be able to recreate the mood, the way you feel as you gaze over the scene that you will remember in your mind’s eye. Capturing that moment forever on canvas is what it means to be a ‘plein air’ painter. In the words of artist Cameron Bird, it means “getting out and being a part of nature. The work becomes a true portrait of our personal response, it’s immediate.” This Saturday at the Artym Gallery you can see the fourth annual “Mountain Sketches” exhibition, featuring artists Cameron Bird, Denise Lemaster, Min Ma and Susan Woolgar. For this show the four artists will travel around Invermere, painting on location at several sites, returning to the gallery on Saturday to exhibit their new works and paint from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. Painting on location, in the words of artist Susan

Denise Lemaster of Invermere paints on location. Woolgar “is far more demanding, but far more rewarding . . . you form a relationship with nature that you don’t get in the studio.” Working in a studio, with consistent light, a constant temperature and no bugs or wind seems like a pretty good idea, but as Cameron Bird said, painting outside “gives an artist a shake-up and gets them out of the safety of the studio and challenges them.” Min Ma agreed that painting en plein air “is more

refreshing . . . than painting in a studio. It’s a great opportunity to explore the wonders of nature and, at the same time, capture it on canvas.” The actual technique of painting en plein air varies greatly from studio work. “It can be challenging to isolate subject matter for inclusion in a painting. There are endless possibilities and you must make quick decisions as the light is constantly changing” said local artist Denise Lemaster. Selecting the right subject can also be a challenge when painting a particular scene: “Timing and location are very important, and sometimes it is difficult to capture that specific moment,” said Min Ma. “Every site is special and unique in its own way.” These four professional artists will be painting local and familiar locations from the Columbia Valley: Invermere, Panorama, Lake Windermere and the Columbia River are just a few possible locations. As in past years, the artists of ‘Mountain Sketches IV’ will be painting outside the Artym Gallery on Saturday, September 19th from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Take this opportunity to meet Cameron Bird, Denise Lemaster, Min Ma and Susan Woolgar and watch them create a painting from start to finish – what an opportunity to experience the process! Paintings done on location will be on display at the gallery on Saturday, September 19th, and can also be seen online at


Mountain Sketches IV September 19th – 30th Exhibition Opening & Painting Demonstrations: Saturday, September 19th 10-5 pm Cameron Bird, Denise Lemaster, Min Ma & Susan Woolgar will be in attendance!

Invermere Campus

Upcoming Courses Sept 22 Sept 22 Sept 23 Sept 28 Sept 28 Sept 29

Lasagna Gardening Beginner Conversational Spanish Strawberry Harvesting Home Buyer Education Into to MS Word Movie Night in the Community Greenhouse Sept 30 Healing with Heart Oct 1 Introduction to Quickbooks Oct 7 Back Yard Chickens Oct 13 Conquering your Camera Oct 14 Worm Composting Oct 15 Smart Investor Series Oct 19 Intro to Excel

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Nature artists demonstrate their techniques at Effusion EXHIBITION

Sept. 19 – Oct. 3 th



September 19th, 3 – 6 pm Artists in attendance.

Bugaboo series by Murray Phillips

Nature’s Muse series by Virginia Boulay

Visit our online gallery at Monday - Saturday 10 am – 5:30 pm Sunday 12 pm – 4 pm

Submitted by Effusion Art Gallery Once again Effusion Art Gallery will offer the opportunity to watch artists at work. Virginia Boulay and Murray Phillips will demonstrate their technique Saturday, September 19th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A reception will follow from 3 to 6 p.m. Virginia Boulay has been expressing her passion for the natural world for more than 25 years. Her love of design and colour are evident through her work as a corporate graphic designer and illustrator for children’s books. “Inspiration has come to me from many people and places, but it is Anne Savage, Emily Carr and Georgia O’Keefe whom I consider my ‘mentors in spirit’ — courageous women unafraid of looking deep within themselves. My landscape and illustration paintings are held in both private and corporate collections throughout North America as well as internationally.” Murray Phillips is an accomplished painter and feature artist at the Calgary Stampede and a member of the Western Lights Group. Be charmed by Murray as he shares his collection of the beloved Bugaboos in this life-changing scenery, which is captured so vividly by the celebrated naturalist painter. Often painting his canvas on site at the source of inspiration, the qualities of light, air and nature’s mood exist ever so vividly, drawing viewers in . . . up pathways, through trees, downstream by creeks. You can also visit Murray’s and Virginia’s work online at The hours are Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, call 250-341-6877.

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Top: At the Side of the Road, by Murray Phillips. Bottom: Evening Reflections, by Virginia Boulay. DISTRICT OF INVERMERE Tel: (250) 342-9281 • Fax: (250) 342-2934

Jet Rodding of Sewer Lines We will be Jet Rodding the sewer lines from September 21st – September 25th in the north area of town and Fort Point. This program is carried out a number of times during the year around town and is necessary to maintain the quality of sewer system. The District apologizes for any inconvenience caused by this operation. If you have any questions, please contact the District office at 250-342-9281.

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Quality antique furniture and collectibles from Canada, Europe and Asia. Architectural items for home and garden. Open Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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Beloved volunteer bids valley goodbye Friends and coworkers gathered to give Kemp and Norma Hastewell a proper send-off at the Invermere Legion on Sunday, September 13th. The couple moved to the valley in 2000, and since then Norma has been instrumental in several volunteer groups, most notably the Invermere Seniors. She worked for the Ministry of Children and Family until her retirement in 2004, while husband Kemp retired after 30 years

with Telus in 2001, and has since worked part-time for Panorama Mountain Resort. The Hastewells are moving to Norton Dale, New Brunswick, to the farm where Norma grew up. Their daughter Pam lives in Calgary. The Columbia Valley Pioneer wishes Norma and Kemp all the best in their new (but familiar) home. Photo by Sally Waddington

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Tuesday – Burgers & Beer Wednesday – Dance Rockies 8:00PM - Midnight LIVE DJ, no cover! Every Wednesday during September.

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sunday – Roast Dinner & Guinness Pints Enjoy a warm welcome in a cozy atmosphere, surrounded by breathtaking views. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Knowing your household budget As the recession drags on, many families are starting to feel the squeeze of having less money and often wonder where all their income went by the end of the month. Often households don’t have a solid understanding of what their expenses are month to month and feel like they can’t seem to get ahead financially. The most important thing that families can do if they find themselves in this situation is to create a list of their household incomes and expenses. This allows families to understand where they may have room to make changes and get a handle on how much money they spend on essentials like rent or mortgage payments, and discretionary spending like entertainment and holidays. The hardest part of creating a list of income and expenses is remembering the items that don’t occur every month, such as buying new tires or taking a holiday. The following example can be used as a template for families who want to understand their situation.

Essential Expenses

Monthly Income and Expenses of Mr. and Mrs. Budgeters Monthly After-Tax Income

3,000 3,000

Total Income:


Mortgage Property taxes House insurance Hydro Car payment Car insurance Auto repairs and maintenance Gas Home phone Home repairs Life insurance Groceries BC Medical Prescriptions/dental Clothing Toiletries Credit Card Payment

2,000 100 75 100 450 100 100 175 75 100 100 500 100 100 50 50 100

Total Essentials:


Discretionary Expenses


Mr. Budgeters Mrs. Budgeters



Restaurants Clothing Entertainment Pets Recreation

200 100 200 50 50

Cable Cell phones Holidays Gifts Charities

75 100 200 100 50

Total Discretionary:


Surplus funds:

$ 700

What if I don’t have a surplus? Some families might find that they don’t have a surplus at the end of every month. With the high cost of raising kids, food, heating, auto insurance and other expenses, it’s no wonder. If this is the case for your family you will need to either earn more income or cut out some expenses. This may not be easy, but it will be necessary because the days of taking out home equity loans to catch up the family finances are running out quickly as banks tighten their lending standards. What if I always seem to go over budget? If you find that you always seem to go over budget and you are having a hard time getting your financial affairs in order, then you should consult a financial advisor. There are plenty of experienced and qualified offices that can help get you on track.

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September 18, 2009

Headbanger race in Radium brings real runner’s high By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff Time is running out to register for the second annual Headbanger Trail Challenge, a unique trail run in support of the Friends of Kootenay National Park Association. Spearheaded last year by long-time Radium councillor Ron Verboom, Ron Verboom the trail run received rave reviews from participants last year and with 20 additional spots, Ron is hoping for an even bigger turnout this year. “We’ve had great feedback,” he said. “Everyone loved the course, they said it was very challenging and they would tell their friends and be back next year.” The course, 10.8 kilometres in length with a cumulative elevation gain of 751 metres, travels through three different ecological zones. It begins in the heart of Radium Hot Springs at the Visitor Information Centre on Main Street East. From there runners travel to the Juniper Trail, located just across from the park gates, into the lush Sinclair Canyon Creek bottom. From the creek, runners hit uphill switchbacks

and move into dry grasslands. From here runners enjoy a beautiful view of the Columbia River Wetlands, while running high above the Sinclair Canyon. From there the course drops, and runners are led down to the hot pools, across the highway and onto the Redstreak Loop Trail. Here another uphill battle awaits, as runners make their way to the Redstreak restoration area, then down through the campground to the viewpoint overlooking the Village of Radium Hot Springs, the Columbia Valley and the Purcell Mountains to the west, straight to the finish line back at the Visitor Centre. “I’ve been running those trails for over 20 years,” Ron said. “It always been in the back of my mind that they would make a great race.” This year’s Headbanger Trail Challenge will house spots for 100 runners. So far, Ron said, there are 73 registered. The run will be held on September 26th and the cost to enter is $55, which includes a long-sleeved running shirt, Radium Hot Springs Pool Pass and post-race meal. All funds will be donated to the Friends of Kootenay National Park, an organization dedicated to the protection and understanding of the cultural and natural history of the Kootenay National Park and its surrounding ecosystem. For more information or to register online visit

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Museum closes for the season, after volunteers log 9,000 hours Submitted by Dorothy Blunden Windermere Valley Museum The Windermere Valley Museum and Archives will close for the summer season on Friday, September 18th following the 2 p.m. monthly meeting. Members are invited to come along to the meeting. Bring a Show and Tell item for others to view, and the harvests from the seed potatoes which were given out for planting when the museum opened for the season! The summer was very successful as more than 150 youngsters took part in the “Meet Me at the Museum” program held each Wednesday afternoon. The children took a look at the history of the valley through games and activities offered by Tanya and Lisa. The most popular activity seemed to be the roping and lassoing learned during the day devoted to ranching! The numbers of visitors was up. The guest

book showed an increase in local folks visiting with their guests, and we thank you for your support. Over the past few months our handy, dandy volunteers have logged over 9,000 hours closing in the sides of the implement shed to make it more habitable for displaying farm and forestry items. By the time spring rolls around, we will have nine buildings plus the main station to display our many acquisitions. We are looking for an individual with knowledge about bellows. The museum owns two large bellows and we need to repair and restore them for display. If you have any information which might help us, please call the museum at 250-342-9769) or drop by. We need your help. The winter hours at the museum will be each Tuesday noon to 4 p.m. with the evening archival group meeting on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. starting October 6th. See you soon, and remember to share your family story with your children and grandchildren!

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September 18, 2009

Local foundation gets $30,000 for local grants grants, funding projects like the cardiac monitoring equipment Several groups for the Fairmont Fire could be getting a nice Department, and the chunk of change in the storytime program at next year, courtesy of the Invermere Public the Columbia Valley Library. Community Founda“We, as a foundation and Columbia Bation, are small enough sin Trust. that we can assist in This spring, the smaller projects,” Ms. foundation was awarded Helmer said. “This is $30,000 from Columan advantage the founbia Basin Trust through dation has over bigger the Regional District of granting bodies because Seona Helmer East Kootenay’s Comwe are more at the munity Initiatives and grassroots level.” Affected Areas Programs to distribute to Because of the economic downturn, organizations in the Columbia Valley. this year has been particularly tough for “We are really excited about it and the foundation, and many others across also very flattered because it shows the the country, Ms. Helmer said. community has a lot of trust and faith Receiving the funds from Columbia in us,” said Seona Helmer, chair of the Basin Trust allows the foundation to reColumbia Valley Community Founda- main active and stay in the public eye. tion. “We feel like we are there in the The Columbia Valley Community good times for the community and we Foundation is a charitable organization should be there in the bad times, too,” dedicated to enhancing quality of life in she added. the Columbia Valley. The grants will be distributed this It was developed in 2001 by a few fall and in the spring of 2010. local residents with help from Columbia The foundation has submitted a Basin Trust and the Vancouver Founda- call for applications for grants. See the tion. September 11th issue of The Pioneer for Throughout the past eight years, more information, or contact Seona at it has given more than $195,000 in 350-342-9813. By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff


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INVERMERE StrongStart Drop-In Early Learning Program: Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30 Eileen Madson Primary School Play & Learn Drop-In Program: Thursdays, 9:30-11:30 Eileen Madson Primary School (Starts Oct. 1st to Dec. 3rd) For parents and caregivers with children from birth to school-age. Baby Goose/Baby Talk: Fridays, 9:30-11:30, Pre-registration required Valley Connections Building (Starts Oct. 2nd to Dec. 4th) For parents with babies aged 0-18 months.

WINDERMERE StrongStart Drop-In Early Learning Program: Fridays, 9:30-11:30 Windermere Elementary School For parents and caregivers with children from birth to school-age.

CANAL FLATS Play & Learn Program: Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30 Headwaters (Starts Sept. 22nd) For parents and caregivers with children from birth to school-age.. 3’s and Under Program: Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 Headwaters (Starts Sept. 16th) For parents and caregivers with children from birth to 3. StrongStart Drop-In Early Learning Program: Thursdays, 12:30-2:30 Martin Morigeau Elementary School

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Grant provides job for forestry workers federal government’s effort to offset impacts of the global economic recession. Galloway Lumber, Tembec, S&D Hunt Logging and Purcell Resources have also reThe provincial government has awarded ceived grants over the past 12 months to hire another Job Opportunities Program grant laid-off loggers, mill workers and forest technito the Rocky Mountain Trench Natural Recians to perform ecosystem restoration. sources Society. Mr. Murphy said the grants support East The Trench Society will use the $400,000 Kootenay forestry workers and the local econoto employ 12 forestry workers on ecosystem my, while contributing to restoration work. restoration projects this fall and winter. “Restoring the dry forests and grasslands of “With Canfor’s Radium sawmill on inthe trench provides better forage for wild ungudefinite closure, we are targeting their laid-off lates and domestic cattle, improves habitat for employees as well as local loggers affected by species at risk, makes forests less vulnerable to the shutdown,” said society coordinator Dan insects and disease, and reduces the risk of wildMurphy. “We hope to have a crew hired by fires,” he said. late September.” The crews have thinned dense stands of juON THE JOB: Curtis Dodds of Radium, left, and supervisor Geordie The Trench Society is a coalition of nine Driscoll of Kimberley at work near Canal Flats. venile trees on sites totalling about 2,000 hectPhoto submitted hunting, ranching, environmental and wildares. Another 1,500 hectares are scheduled for Cranbrook last February. A second crew of 12 was life organizations dedicated to the restoration treatment over the next six months. hired in the Canal Flats/Invermere area in April. The and conservation of grassland and open forest ecosysMurphy recognized the contribution of Rocky new crew will also be based in the Columbia Valley. tems in the East Kootenay. Mountain Forest District staff who have prepared the The Trench Society has received a total of $2 mil- site plans and prescriptions required before work on “With this latest funding, we’ll have three crews working until March 2010,” Mr. Murphy said. “That’s lion in grants from the provincial Job Opportunities the ground can go ahead. “It’s really been a cooperagood news for the restoration program and for people Program, which assists workers affected by the ongo- tive effort all around,” he said. ing downturn in B.C.’s forest industry, and from the who need work.” If you are interested in a temporary job with the The society hired a 12-person crew based out of Community Adjustment Fund, which is part of the Trench Society, email Submitted by Susan Bond Rocky Mountain Trench Natural Resources Society

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The Redstreak Store, pictured here was demolished last week by Dominion Gold, along with the Tuk Inn motel, both located on Main Street West in Radium. Photo by Cayla Gabruck

Tuk Inn succumbs to wrecking ball By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff The walls came crashing down – literally – for two former businesses in Radium Hot Springs last week. The Tuk Inn Motel and the Red Streak Store, located at the intersection of Stanley Street and Main Street West, were both demolished at the request of their owner, Armik Babakhanians of Manitoba. Mr. Babakhanians operates under numbered company 5281769 Manitoba Inc. He is also the president and chief executive officer of Caspian Construction in Manitoba. The company is responsible for building many large-scale projects around the country, including Winnipeg’s mail-processing plant at Winnipeg’s international airport. Mr. Babakhanians could not be reached for comment, but Arne Dohlen, Approvals Officer for the Village of Radium Hot Springs, told The Pioneer that an application for demolition was received on September 2nd, following an environmental assessment of both buildings. Mr. Babakhanians did not state a reason for the demolition. The destruction began September 9th, supervised by former property

manager Dave Wing, with Dominion Gold doing the actual demolition and removal of debris. The two lots will now be cleaned up and levelled. “No formal application has been received for any future development at this point in time,” Mr. Dohlen said. The demolition of the Tuk Inn has many Radium residents breathing a sigh of relief, including Darren Thompson, owner of the Sunset Motel, which was located directly behind the Tuk Inn. “I‘m glad they are cleaning everything up,” he said. “They didn’t manage the property right and it caused problems for other businesses. There were lots of noise complaints and the RCMP were there, off and on, just about every week all summer long and all winter long.” Columbia Valley RCMP Staff Sergeant Marko Shehovac said although it is unfortunate that the residents were evicted, members of the detachment are glad to see that the community of Radium is working with the owners to tear it down. “Some of the people who lived in the motel were trying to get funds through illegal means,” he added. “We are glad to see that portion of it is no longer around – whether it moves somewhere else, we’ll have to wait and see.”

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PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE BYLAW AMENDMENT – DRY GULCH The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Board of Directors is considering an application by Monica Petrowitsch to amend the Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw. If approved, the amendment will change the zoning designation of the subject property to accommodate a two-lot subdivision for rural residential use. The property is located at 4974 Stoddart Creek Road in the Dry Gulch area. Bylaw No. 2178 cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw No. 900, 1992 – Amendment Bylaw No. 235, 2009 (Dry Gulch / Petrowitsch)” will change the designation of Lot 6, District Lot 288, Kootenay District, Plan 15932 from SH-3, Small Holding Rural Zone to SH-2, Small Holding Semi-Rural Zone. The public hearing will be held at:

WINDERMERE COMMUNITY CENTRE 4796 North Street Windermere BC TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2009 at 7:00 pm

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

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Dentist building moves “When it is filled, sanded and painted, it will knock people It’s not every day out.” you look out your Meanwhile, Stondoor and see a buildeset Equities put their ing moving through support behind the your back yard. move of the dental But that’s exclinic. actly what happened “Stoneset is very for residents on 14th happy the dentist has Street in Invermere last a place to go. They Wednesday evening have been nothing when Lakeview Dental but encouraging and Clinic was moved to cooperative,” Nick its new location – not said. only the business, but Dr. O’Sullivan the building in which closed on Friday, Auit was located, too. SMOOTH MOVE – Lakeview Dental Clinic has a new home. gust 28th and, if all Dr. Patrick goes to plan, will reO’Sullivan’s practice was slated to be demolished to open on Thursday, October 1st. make way for the Vista Del Lago development, ap“They just shut the door and walked out,” Nick proved for downtown Invermere beside and below the said. “If we had a hose and a power cord hooked up, hockey arena. Stoneset Equities is reconstructing 4th Patrick could be drilling into someone’s tooth right Avenue so it runs perpendicular between 13th and now.” 14th Streets, rather than at an angle. After a week of preparation, Hank Pronk and four “At some point, every building in that area has to of his staff loaded the 90,000-pound house onto a logbe relocated or demolished,” said Nick Jeffery. ging truck and hauled it across three back yards to its But Nick, a residential designer, hatched a plan. In new location. 2001 he purchased the property on 14th Street behind “Hank is excellent. It was a very difficult move and Angus McToogle’s. At the rear of the property is a 1911 a very heavy building. He had to be creative and react log house. It is set so far back from the road that Nick very quickly to unusual structural issues,” Nick said. decided to use the front portion of the yard. Notably, one corner of the house was heavier than He approached Dr. O’Sullivan and Stoneset Equi- the rest, owing to the heavy dental equipment inside. ties, then applied for a development variance permit Now the exterior will be renovated to “bring it from the District of Invermere. into compliance with modern architectural designs,” “I spent 12 months getting a development vari- Nick said. ance permit on this site,” Nick said. The three-bedroom apartment on the second floor The permit includes the restoration of the old of the building has already been rented. house, which was built by Canadian Pacific Railway Although Lakeview Dental is now located directly road master Gus Erickson in 1911 and later owned by behind orthodontist Dr. Richard Kanan at Invermere naval officer Commander J.C. Powles, who used to fly Dental Clinic, Nick said there is no competition. a naval flag in front of the house. “They work together, so they are both very happy “It will be a high-end renovation,” Nick said. that they are going to be located next door.” By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff


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TIMBER RIDGE WATER SYSTEM INFORMATION MEETING The Timber Ridge Utility Commission and the RDEK invite residents of the Timber Ridge Water System to an information meeting regarding the provision of filtered and treated water to resolve the Water Quality Advisory.

Saturday, September 26th, 2009 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Windermere Lions Hall 611 Hwy 93/95

NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO THE COMPTROLLER OF WATER RIGHTS UNDER THE WATER UTILITY ACT AND THE UTILITIES COMMISSION ACT NOTICE is hereby given by Parr Utilities Ltd. that an application has been made to the Comptroller of Water Rights for: A Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the proposed construction and operation of a waterworks distribution system to serve residents in the area of District Lot 705, Kootenay District. Any person wishing further information in connection with this application should apply directly to Parr Utilities Ltd., PO Box 121, Athalmer BC V0A 1A0. Any objections to this application are to be forwarded to the Deputy Comptroller of Water Rights, Water Utility Act, PO Box 9340 Stn Prov Govt, Victoria BC V8W 9M1, to be in the Deputy Comptroller’s hands on or before October 9, 2009. Parr Utilities Ltd.

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REGISTRATION DAY Monday, September 21st, 2009 • 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena

PRE-SCHOOL – Ages 3-5, Wednesday or Thursday, 12:30–1:00 p.m. Starting September 30th & October 1st. CANSKATE – Ages 5 and up, Monday and/or Wednesday, 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Starting September 28th STARSKATE – Level above Canskate Recreational/ Competitive, Monday, Wednesday & Friday.

POWERSKATING – Initiation to Novice, Wednesday’s 5:30 –6:30 p.m. September 30th – December 9th (must be able to skate backwards) Pee Wee to Bantam, Wednesday’s 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. January 9th – March 3rd. ADULT – Thursdays 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Starting October 1st NEW – ADULT SYNCHRO TEAM – Thursday’s 9:1 5 – 10:30 a.m. Call for more information, 250-342-3213.

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$60/person (Register by September 21st and save $10) The Windermere Valley Early Childhood Development (ECD) Team is pleased to host Gary Anaka, The Brain Coach. Join us for a day of interactive learning about the brain. Learn more about how to nourish the young brain, how the brain learns best, and much more. Participants will also learn about brain wellness for themselves as caregivers and how to use it before you lose it! Included in the workshop fee will be a healthy lunch that fuels the brain. Contact Nicole Pawlak at 250-342-9576 or at to register.

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Food Action group hosting dinner of local produce es from David Thompson Secondary School will be doing just that on OctoIt’s that time of year ber 1st at Eagle Ranch again. Our gardens are Golf Resort, under the brimming and our local leadership of head chef farmers are working long Drew MacDonald and hours harvesting fresh Eagle Ranch clubhouse fruits and vegetables, and manager, Pete Bourke. producing honey, preThe fourth annual serves, and pies. and premier fund-raising Many of our local event for the CommuAlison Bell ranchers are now selling nity Greenhouse, Local locally-raised meat that Harvest 2009 is sure to has been processed in Cranbrook and be an evening you won’t want to miss. farm-fresh eggs are being turned into Enjoy a four-course meal using loomelettes around the valley. cal, seasonal ingredients and, for the Anyone who has visited the first time this year, featuring locallyInvermere or Edgewater Farmers’ Mar- raised meat. kets on a Saturday morning or the new Tickets for Local Harvest 2009 are Radium Farmers’ Market on Friday $65 and are available at Spring Health evenings has seen the bounty of locally- Foods in Invermere. grown food that is available. Given the speed that our past dinThe sublime sweetness of a fresh ners have sold out, you won’t want to strawberry picked under the summer wait to purchase tickets! sun or a cob of freshly-picked corn, The Local Harvest 2009 celebration slathered with creamy butter are two of food is brought to you by the Cothings that make summer so terrific. lumbia Valley Botanical Gardens and For chefs, there is nothing more sat- Centre for Sustainable Living, David isfying than preparing a dish made from Thompson Secondary School, Eagle the finest and freshest of ingredients. Ranch Golf Resort and Slow Food CoA team of local chefs and apprentic- lumbia Valley.


OLD CPR LODGE OPEN HOUSE Monday, September 21st, 2009

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District of Invermere Council wishes to gather the views of all residents of Invermere. We invite you to attend a Public Open House regarding the relocation of the C.P.R. Lodge.

Open p House Location Mapp

When: Monday, September 21st, 2009 From 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Where: C.P.R. Lodge (1555 – 2 Avenue, Invermere)

Open House 1555 2nd Ave.


What: The District is requesting public input on the proposal to relocate the C.P.R. Lodge. Format of the meeting will be drop in with short presentations each hour. Why?

Council wishes to provide the public with: • An opportunity to view the actual lodge; • To look over the future placement of the lodge; • To review the costs associated with placement, moving, restoration and operation; • To discuss the importance of preserving buildings that reflect our history and • To gather your views as it relates to the proposed relocation

This is an open meeting and we encourage all interested persons to attend and provide input on the proposed relocation of the building. The District encourages all residents to provide their views, comments and concerns. Comment sheets will be available on September 17, 2009 and at the Open House. Please note it is anticipated that Council will be reviewing comments and discussing the proposal at the September 22, 2009 regular meeting of Council. Please submit all comments by email:, fax: 250-342-2934 or drop it off at the District office. For more information, please contact

thurs 1st october 2009 at eagle ranch

Chris Prosser, Chief Administrative Officer

DISTRICT OF INVERMERE dinner features locally grown food : Tickets at Spring Health Foods & Eagle Ranch Eagle Ranch Head Chef Drew MacDonald guest chefs (TBA) & dtss chef training students Proceeds to The Community Greenhouse columbia valley food action a working group of the Columbia Valley Botanical Gardens and Centre for Sustainable Living


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FIESTA MEXICANA WAS A HUGE SUCCESS Very special THANKS to our major donor and host Wayne Holmgren and staff at Radium Valley Vacation Resort We are so appreciative of the wonderful spirit of kindness and charity of the following businesses and persons right here in the Columbia Valley, many which have remained anonymous. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

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Al & Diana Sorrenson Don and Annette Sabo Steve & Connie Hodgetts Jay and Carol Amatto Alan and Gayle Bushfield Maurice Fournel Bryce and Casey Thomas Mary-Lou Leitch Joanne Gillette Allan and Debbie Smith Frank and Joyce Metcalf Wayne and Joyce Holmgren Deana Leitch Ester Lagter Roy and Marian Scarlett Mike and Angela Petrillo Bernie and Betty Carol Donna Scheffer Sandra Stettler Vern and Billy Dobell Michael and Anne Lozinski

Plans are already underway for next year’s event, which will be held at Radium Valley Vacation Resort, Friday and Saturday, September 10th &11th, 2010

See you there and Thanks again to all! ~ Casa Connor, The Oudman Family and Friends.

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Golf briefs Radium Resort Ladies The Radium Resort Ladies club championships were held September 1st- 2nd. Club champion: Gayleen Lang; low net champion: Doris Walker; first flight low gross: Myrnie Bergeson; first flight low net: Pat Andruschuk; second flight low gross: LeeAnn Barsby; second flight low gross: Joan Gallaway; third flight low gross: Bonnie Hosking; and third flight low net: Joyce McLeod. The deuce pot was shared by Myrnie Bergeson, Susan Boker and Gayleen Lang and our PIN round winner for August was Dee Veen. – Submitted by Doris Walker

for review by the end of the month, but until then, the district’s hands are tied. “The bus routes are reconsidered every year but the reality is that five or six students may not be an adequate number for a bus,” she said. Ms. Miller admits there is a bus that transports four students from Columere Park to school in Canal Flats, and home again. She said the number of students riding that bus has declined since the route was first developed. It has been running with four riders since last year. “I can promise you that all bus routes will be reviewed at the end of the month and that route is part of the review,” Ms. Miller said. Currently, Mrs. Oddy and Mrs. Roberts have collected more than 90 signatures in support of a two-way bus service to the communities north of Edgewater. “I will fight it until the end. I’m a competitive person, and I don’t give up – I will take it to Gordon Campbell if I have

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A bus runs from David Thompson Secondary School to Spillimacheen both morning and afternoon, but doesn’t reach Edgewater until long after the elementary school has been dismissed. Currently six children from north of Edgewater ride the bus to the school in the morning. According to Ms. Miller, this is too few children to warrant a return trip. However, she admits that board policy does not specify a minimum number of riders to require a school bus. “I’m sorry they feel they’ve been abandoned. I’ve met with the parents, our operations manager Norm Julien has also been in communication with the families, and so has the principal of the school, and we have not been able to give them the answer they are hoping for,” Ms. Miller said. She said that the route will come up

to,” Mrs. Oddy said. “We’re not the only community struggling with this problem.” Columbia-River Revelstoke MLA Norm Macdonald, who met with the two women last week, agrees. “I think these are two examples of rural parents struggling with what is a consistent lack of funding from the B.C. Liberals,” he said. “We have really had no increase in the transportation budget and we are now seeing shortcomings not only with transportation, but across the district in a lot of ways, and that’s been a long-term trend.” Mr. Macdonald has lent his full support to Mrs. Oddy and Mrs. Roberts. “To me it’s completely wrong,” he said. “The first priority we should have is our children’s education – it doesn’t make sense.” Mr. Macdonald said he will bring the issue before the Minister of Education in the coming week.


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Submitted byWindermere Valley Ski Club Windermere Valley Ski Club’s strengthened coaching team and volunteers continue to provide opportunities for local youth to develop their skiing, athleticism and sportsmanship, as well as discover and participate in regional and potentially international Helmut Spiegl ski competitions. As the last snow patches were melting on the slopes at the end of April, the athletes and families got together for a farewell for Igor Zagenik, who had been the club’s head coach for the last two years. Igor has had many successes with the club. The biggest one might be that all the athletes he directly coached greatly improved their skiing, but even more importantly, started to recognize the importance and rewards of disciplined work over a period of time while increasing their love and enjoyment of the sport. Being a small club with very limited resources, we are extremely excited that a local, renowned worldclass coach has taken the job of head coach. Helmut Spiegl brings years of experience ranging from coaching grass roots clubs like the Red Mountain Racers and regional and provincial ski teams, to Olympic teams bringing home Olympic medals. His vast experience and knowledge, and his

thoughtful and friendly approach make him a perfect fit for this job. The complexity and physical demands of the scope of the job are just too great for one person to do well over an extended period of time. This is why we have enlisted the expertise, enthusiasm and drive of another highly-qualified local into our coaching list. Wil Comrie comes with the highest certification in the Canadian Ski Instructions Alliance and years of experience in working with all levels of skiers preparing them to confidently tackle the double diamond runs, 360s, race gates and half-pipe. Helmut will be working with K (11 to 14 years) and FIS (15+ years) level athletes. He will also work with Wil, who will be responsible for Nancy Greene and non-competitive program (age 5+ years). K and FIS level programs have been conducting regular bi-weekly dryland programs during the summer months run by ski club alumni Andrea Lustenberger, plus a week-long dryland camp just like last year, which was also attended by athletes from Cranbrook’s ski club North Star. The dryland program will continue through the fall and winter and will be expanded to accommodate the Nancy Greene and non-competitive programs starting in the beginning of October. Other snow programs will start in November for K and FIS level athletes and in December for Nancy Greene and non-competitive programs. To register for one of the programs and for more information about the Windermere Valley Ski Club, visit or call 250-342-6104.

Panorama offers early bird deals Submitted by Panorama Mountain Village Panorama’s winter season passes are now on sale, and early bird pricing is available until October 12th. “We at Panorama Mountain Village remain focused on ensuring that snow sports remain accessible to all,� explains Marke Dickson, marketing manager. “The Earlybird Season Pass Sale, with savings of up to $200 off our regular season pricing, shows that we’re serious about playtime in the mountains and about providing the very best value.� Panorama’s flexible program has a pass that’s right for everyone, including a full season adult pass, a transferable parent’s pass (which can be used by either mom or dad), and a family plan pass. To purchase a winter season pass, visit Panorama’s online store at or call Panorama Central Reservations at 1-866-601-

7388 to order by phone. Panorama Season Pass holders can ski all winter at the Greywolf Nordic Centre for half the price! Panorama opens its doors to the public on December 11th. But before guests return, Panorama will host a number of ski teams as they prepare for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, including the Canadian Women’s Alpine Ski Team, the Canadian Para-Alpine Ski Team, the Canadian Alpine Snowboard Team, and local Olympian Nick Brush, the guide for para-athlete Chris Williamson from Blue Mountain. This winter, Panorama will continue to provide outstanding grooming and snow conditions in the Founder’s Ridge area. During the summer, both Strobl Strasse and McIntosh Way were cleared and re-graded to improve intermediate terrain. For advanced skiers and riders, Panorama is also opening a new ski run to the right of Stumbock’s, which means more powder turns for everyone.

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September 18, 2009

Rockies begin season shorthanded McNaney assisted by goalie Scott Ismond). The Braves managed two The Columbia Valley Rockgoals before the period ended, ies opened the first weekend while Columbia Valley added of the Kootenay International a power play goal (Cody Tress Junior Hockey League season from Boldon and Leslie). The with three losses, but by having period ended 3-2 Spokane; the a short bench – five players in all shots were 25 to 8 Braves. three games – one can see where In the second, the Rockies the trouble began. blasted out of the gate (Kevin The good news is, the RockDunlop at 19:36 from Geofies are only six points out of first frey Wolfe and Boldon), but place. Spokane counted four in a row The Rockies were on the before Julian Fraser’s power-play wrong end of scores 6-3 (Cresgoal from McNaney and Dunton), 12-4 (Spokane) and 10-1 lop. (Nelson). Spokane added one to It didn’t help that we played round out the period. Shots in Steve Mantyka three games in less than 48 hours, the second were 20-4 for the never mind the travel, since Sunhometown Braves. day’s game in Nelson was played in the afternoon. In the third period, Spokane got their power play You were probably one of more than 350 fans in rolling, getting goals at 15:19 and 7:26. They added attendance on Friday, so let’s jump to the game in Spo- two more to end with a 12-4 final score. Shots were kane, where the Braves put the pressure on early, get- 66-19 for the Braves. ting a shorthanded goal by Joel Stewart, and the RockRockies goalies Cameron Dagg, seeing his first ies replied 43 seconds later on the power play (Briar regular season action, stopped 30 of 36, and Scott IsBy Steve Mantyka Columbia Valley Rockies

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Pioneer Classifieds GARAGE SALE Friday, September 18th , 6-9pm. Saturday 8am - 1pm. 4884 St. Mary’s Street, Radium. Moving sale - Friday, September 18th, 5-8pm. Saturday, 8am12pm. Washer/dryer, antique dressers, pine post queen bed, lots of stuff! Newhouse MultiStorage in Industrial Park. Saturday, September 19th, 8amnoon. 1710-9th Ave. Invermere. A bit of everything! Ski gear, household and kitchen items, electronics, clothing. Moving Sale. Furniture and miscellaneous items. 102, Edelweiss Street, Radium. Friday, September 18th, 3-7pm and Saturday, 10am-2pm.


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The family of Ken Gordon would like to take this opportunity to thank the doctors, nurses, paramedics and staff of the Invermere and District Hospital for their wonderful support and care of Ken recently and during the past few years. In particular, the family greatly appreciated the attention and gentle care shown by Dr. Walsh, who was Ken’s family doctor. A heartfelt thank you is also extended to the staff and residents of Columbia Garden Village for their care and kindness. We are also very grateful to valley friends who helped and supported Ken’s recent hospitalization and passing. We truly live in a very caring community. Thank you all very much.

Jeers to whoever is coming into our yard and letting our dog off its dog run. Please stop.

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Stephen Dolinski 1924 – 2009

Stephen Dolinski went home to be with the Lord on the 9th hole at Radium Resort Golf Course in Radium Hot Springs on September 10, 2009 at 85 years of age. Stephen was born on January 21, 1924 in the Ukraine. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who was always involved in his church. His passions in life were golf, music and sports. Stephen leaves to mourn his passing, his loving wife of 54 years Edna; his 3 children: Orlando (Dianne), their daughter Amber, and her children Donovan and Kiera and their son Rory; Edwin (Gillian) and their children Emerson and Siena; Melodie (Brent) and her children Matthew and Mitchell; 2 sisters: Nettie and Kay; 1 brother Walter plus numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers: John and Michael. There was a celebration of Stephen’s life on Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 2:00 pm at Lake Windermere Alliance Church in Invermere, British Columbia. Interment followed in Mount View Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service. Condolences for the family can be offered at:

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. The Windermere Valley Youth Centre Society welcomes all community members and youth to an open house on September 25th from 3-6pm. The yearly AGM will follow from 6-7pm, all are welcome to stay. For further information contact Joanne Horkoff at joannehorkoff@

Badminton DTSS, Sundays at 7:30-10pm. JA Laird, Wednesdays at 7-9pm. Call Audrey for more info: 250342-3825. ART GIECK of Country Piano House will be tuning pianos September 28th. Call Loni 250347-9882 for an appointment.

s Memoriam s In memory of Tom Foyston Who passed away September 17, 1996. Remembered with love by his family.

thank you Thanks to Wendy, Matt and Derek of Columbia Rafting Adventures for making Michele’s stagette so much fun!

Cheers and Jeers Cheers to the man who let us know our camper door had swung open. Cheers to Wyatt Miller for cracking the Sunday Night Fun League. Good on ya! ~RM Cheers to the organizers of the first Sunridge Music Festival. Top notch music, ideal location and great family fun. Cheers to those motor boat operators who respectfully slow down around kayakers and canoeists. Jeers to those who make a sport of causing great wakes around them!

Better late than never! Cheers to the gentleman in the yellow truck who offered assistance to me on the long weekend while arresting an uncooperative thief. It’s nice to see some people care about the wellbeing of the local RCMP and their community. ~Cst. T. Harper


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. You own it, we can store it! Secure, fenced compounds any size up to one acre. Secure containers available. Would also build building to suit for long term tenant. Zoned heavy industrial. Invermere Industrial Park. Phone 250-342-5297, 250346-3011 or 250-342-2100.

COMMERCIAL SPACE Financial professional looking for other professionals to share space with. I have a great location with excess room. Please call 250-270-0270. Panache Building, Invermere, B.C. 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. 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 Roommate wanted to share 3 bdrm townhouse in Radium. $400/month including laundry, hydro, high speed internet. Available immediately, 250347-7787.

SUITE FOR RENT ATTENTION CONTRACTORS! One or two bdrm bungalows, by the week or month! Call 250-3456365, Fairmont Bungalows. 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. Available immediately, 250- 342-8781. Hillcrest furnished apartments, utilities included. 1 bdrm units - $700/month, 2 bdrm units $900/month. 250-341-1182. 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 suites in Black Forest Heights, Invermere. 2 bdrm, 2 bath upper suite, 2 decks, large yard, $1000/ month, utilities included, N/S, N/P, avail. Oct. 1st. 2 bdrm lower walkout, very bright and roomy, $875/month, utilities included, N/S, N/P, avail. immediately. Call 250-342-9770.

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New 2 bdrm + den/3rd bedroom. All appliances, N/S, N/P, $975/month, utilities not included. 5 mins from downtown Invermere. References required. 403-874-0483.

Radium bright modern 1 bdrm suite, $600. Call 250-341-1577 or 250-347-6420.

1 bdrm walk-out suite, very clean, fully furnished, close to DT. W/D, N/S, N/P. $600/month including utilities. Available November 1st. 250-342-3790.

Edgewater house on 5 ½ acres. Heated shop, other out buildings, set up for horses, pets welcome, immediate occupancy, references required, $1200 + util. 250-226-7660.

Invermere, 2 bdrm, lower suite, W/D, stove, fridge, N/S, N/P, adults only. $850/month includes hydro and heat. Avail Aug 15th, ref. req. 250-3426349 or 250-342-3418. INVERMERE - 2 bdrm basement suite. Separate entry, shared W/D, close to downtown/ beaches/grocery. N/S. $660/ month + utilities. Available now. Call Grant 403-493-1245 2 bdrm apartment for rent in Invermere. N/P, N/S, references required. Available immediately. $775/month + DD. Call 250342-6912. Mountain Creek Properties. Invermere, 2 bdrm lower suite. Clean, quiet, N/S, laundry. $850/month includes utilities. Available immediately, 250342-5581. Stand alone 1 bdrm apartment, partially furnished, big yard, 250-341-6018. Spacious 2 bdrm upper suite. Fully furnished including WD, DW, wireless, cable & hydro. Large deck, 3 blocks from beach and Invermere’s main street. Available October 1st, 250-6220244. Large 2 bdrm suite, 5 appl, pets negotiable, util. included, available Oct. 1st, 250-3411099. Windermere bachelor suite, furnished, electric heat, $500/ month includes everything. Available immediately, 250342-6734 or 250-341-1578 (c).

1 bdrm 600 sq.ft. fully furnished suite in Upper Lakeview, $850/month, utilities/wireless included, 250-270-0164. Columere Park - bright, 1 bdrm furnished upstairs suite. Private beach, quiet, $700/month. 250345-6524.

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

Invermere, 2 bdrm upper level. Gorgeous mountain views from private deck. Feels like country living and a short walk to town. One large bedroom with ensuite (shower), one smaller bedroom/office. Spacious living, dining, kitchen with skylight. Mud room/laundry/half bath. Non-smoking. $1100/month + utilities. Best for a couple. First and last payment by post-dated cheque. References. Call 250342-3790.

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

2 bdrm fully furnished, ground floor apartment. All utilities, cable and laundry facilities included. $950/month + DD. N/S, references. Long term preferred. Only 1 ½ blocks from downtown Invermere. Available Oct 1st. 250-342-9712.

Duplex - 1100 sq.ft. 5 appliances, 2 bdrm, storage shed, utilities included. $900/month. 250347-9629.

Invermere, central, quiet neighbourhood. Spacious, bright, newly renovated 1 bdrm suite. Private entrance and patio. Furnished or unfurnished, N/S, references required. $975/ month including utilities, cable and internet. Available October 1st. 250-342-0399. WALK TO DOWNTOWN & KINSMEN BEACH - 3 bdrm main floor of a house, separate entrance, 5 appliances, deck, view, shed, yard, N/S, N/P, no partiers, references/deposit required. Rent negotiable, water/hydro/heat included. Available December 1. 250-3427590. “Available Now” Rockies West Realty Independently Owned & Operated

Invermere, 3 bdrm, 3 bath duplex. Central location, F/S, D/W, W/D, N/S, $1200/month + utilities. Available September 15th. Call DK, 250-342-5935.

Columbia Lake, 3 bdrm house, fully furnished, D/W, W/D, no pets, N/S, DD + references required. Available Oct. $750/ month + utilities. 403-2398715, 3 bdrm home in Windermere, close to school, $1050/month + utilities, pets negotiable. Call for info and showings, 250-3428662. 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, $1800 + utilities. Call Mark 403-8037306 or Neil, 250-341-7084.

Radium 1 bdrm cabin, $625 utilities included. Call 250-3411577 or 250-347-6420. Wilder subdivision - quiet, open floor plan, nice deck, 3 bdrm, single car garage, walk to town and school. N/P, N/S, $1200/ month + utilities. References required. Available immediately. 250-342-2052. TWILA, PLEASE CALL Windermere, lovely 1 bdrm home, N/S, pets considered, great yard, $750/month. Available immediately. 403851-2043. Edgewater - 4 bdrm, 1 ½ bath, 5 appliances, wood/oil heat, $800/month. 250-347-9768 or 250-342-3417. Invermere winter rental! Fully furnished, newly renovated, 4 bdrm house (incl. 2 bdrm separate suite), Kinsmen Beach area, N/P, N/S, available starting November. $1500/month + DD + hydro. Includes cable and wireless, W/D, wood stove! A little bit of ‘cabin’ heaven! 250342-9290. Near Edgewater, 1 bdrm house on shared acreage for responsible, employed, nonsmoking person. No pets, preferred long term, quiet pastoral surroundings, good water, great views, 5 appliances, $575/month, 250-347-6592. Very well maintained, meticulous, clean, 2 bdrm house. Fully furnished, close to DT, W/D, N/S, N/P, beautiful mountain view. Available November 1st. $1000/month + utilities. 250342-3790.

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Invermere, 1262 sq. ft, 2 bdrm townhouse, garage, 5 appliances, 403-275-9653.

2 bdrm townhouse in Black Forest Village $1300/month. Call 250-342-0838. Invermere on the lake, new luxury fully furnished condo. 2 bdrm plus den, 2 baths, facing lake, underground parking. Avail. immediately. Weekly, monthly or long-term. Call 403561-0111. 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 RADIUM - FULLY FURNISHED TOWNHOUSE, large windows and deck. 2 bdrm, 1 bath, bungalow-style in Eagle Crest Villas. Single car garage. 6 months minimum lease, $950 + condo fees/utilities/DD. N/P, N/S. References required. 403519-2216 or 403-981-1551. 2 bdrm condo, near Sobey’s, N/S, N/P, quiet folks only need apply. $800/month. 250-342-6255. 2 bdrm condo, The Aspen, Radium, main floor, 2 bath, fireplace, heated parking, N/S, references, $975/month, 403328-2944 or 403-892-2731 (c).

Luxury fully furnished condo in downtown Invermere. 2 bdrms, 2 baths, W/D, D/W, cable, wireless and hydro included. Hot tub and gym access. $1250/month. N/S, N/P. Available October to May. 250-688-0244. Invermere fully furnished, 2 bdrm, newly renovated, 2 blocks from town & beach, D/W, cable, hydro included, 250-833-0196 or 250-341-5855 (c). Radium (Sunrise), 1 bdrm, fully furnished lower unit condo, N/P, N/S, $700 includes everything but internet and DD, 250-3479093. Akiskinook Resort, 1 bdrm condo, fully furnished, indoor pool, hot tub. Long or short term, $750/month includes cable, 403-281-3991. Radium Townhouse, fully furnished, 2 bdrm, 2 ½ bath, N/S, N/P, $1000/month includes power and water. Available immediately. 403-240-9357 or 403-237-4698. Invermere, new, furnished 2 bdrm, 2 bath condo. Underground parking, available immediately, long or short term. $1150/month + DD. 403-6501238.

mobile home for sale

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

Call for more details call Charlotte


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1 & 2 bdrm fully furnished condos, $675 & $1050/month, includes utilities & cable, N/ S, N/P, 403-860-4810, email Radium fully furnished condo, 2 bdrm, 2 bath, 2 decks, gas BBQ, gas fireplace, in suite laundry, pool, 2 hot tubs, 2 heated indoor parking stalls, 6 month min. lease, N/S, N/P, $1100/month includes utilities, 780-2881441. Brand new 2 bdrm townhouse on 3rd floor. D/T Radium, 2 full baths, F/P. $900 includes utilities + DD. Available Sept. 1st, 403828-1678.

VACATION RENTALS Akiskinook Resort - 1 bdrm, fully furnished condo, pool, hot tub, beach, tennis courts, deck, gas BBQ, $550/week, $89/night, 3 nights minimum. 403-2933870.

TIMESHARE FOR SALE Marble Canyon 2 week share. Name on title, approximately 2500 sq.ft. on 3 levels. 4 bdrm, 3.5 baths, sleeps 11 people. RCI eligible, $25,000 OBO. Call 780995-1107.

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PRICE REDUCTION! 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, $449,000. Call Elkhorn Ranch at 250-342-0617 or 250-3421268.

$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 or call 250-3429505. Peaceful Creekside, 2.5 acres. 4950 Stoddart Creek Road. 5 bdrm, 4 bath home between Invermere and Radium. See - listing #40848. $659,000, 250-347-6532. REDUCED! 3 bdrm, 2 ½ bath, 2 storey duplex, 1 year old, $225,000, 250-341-3447 or 250-341-1389.

Open House 1733 Windermere Loop Road Windermere Valley Golf Course Saturday and Sunday 11 am - 5 pm Contact Glenn Pomeroy 250-270-0666 Maxwell Realty Invermere.

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Misc. For Sale

Magnificent, serene, beautiful area. 5 bdrm, 3 ½ bath with decks and 3 storeys, 2 fireplaces, 3 mountain ranges to view. Creek, pond and sprinkler system. 5 mins to beach and golf + 2 acres. Optional - furnished. 10 car asphalt parking lot, zero maintenance and spacious walkout rental suite. Million dollar home and view. $537,000. 250-342-6162.

Exclusive Private Gated Acreage Absolutely spectacular surroundings with unobstructed view straight down the snow capped Fairmont Rocky Mountain Range. Very private yet only 2 mins to the beach & Windermere. Services to lot. Architectural controls ensure your investment, as well as no building commitment. See Invermere. Must be seen to be appreciated, 250342-1167.

ICAN is in need of a 10’ x 10’ or smaller insulated shed. Please call 250-341-7888.

¾” road gravel - $10/cubic yard; bedding sand - $14/cubic yard; drain rock - $12/cubic yard; landscaping rock - $12/cubic yard; well rock - $12/cubic yard; pit run gravel - $6/cubic yard; clean fill - $6/cubic yard. Pick up or delivery available. 250-3472130 or 250-342-1782 (c).

CONDO FOR SALE Affordable downtown Invermere condo, 2 bdrm, $149, 000 + GST - REDUCED! 250-341-1182. 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. 1 bdrm, 1 level, near hospital, adult building, asking $160,000. No agents please. 250-6880083.

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


REDUCED! OPEN HOUSE September 19th, 2009. 1 pm-4 pm. 137, 10th Ave, Invermere. 4 bdrm, 3 baths, office, finished walk-out basement, large fenced back yard, walking distance to all amenities. Asking $440,000. 250-342-3100 or 250-342-1092

9140 Smith Street (off main avenue). Nice mountain view, large walk-out lot, older 3 bdrm manufactured home currently on lot, $120,000. Contact 250341-1656.

4 bdrm, 2 bath, 2 storey fully furnished house. Country garden, decks and views. All new upgrades. $595,000, 250342-6354.

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


Our one remaining commercial/ residential lot in “Town Square.” 50’ X 120,’ W&S on frontage, $62,500. Ranchland Estate, Canoe “Rendezvous,” or “Air Park.” ¼ mile river frontage, 121 acres, 2 level airstrips possible, 1830’ up valley, or 1950’ cross valley. IN EDGEWATER FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT. Municipal water & sewer, 3 phase power and independent road access possible. Info: Edgewater Developments, 250-347-9660,

pets for sale Cute happy puppies. Mom is Boxer, Dad is Newfie/Border Collie cross. Black, brindle & fawns. Dewclaws, shots, some with tails docked. Ready Sept. 17th to good homes with room to run, $250. View on Youtube at sadiesutube, 250-347-9616. Pony, very quiet, great for kids, $700 OBO. Call 250-342-3029 or 250-342-1466. Fancy Brindle pure bred Boxer puppies will be looking for new family homes. Parents will be accepting applications and deposits. Call parents at 250342-9810.

wanted Logging truck load of firewood. Please leave message. 250-3425299.

Misc. For Sale Top quality Hay, Alfalfa, grass mix, round bales. Call Elkhorn Ranch, 250-342-0617. 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. Support Rockies Hockey! Pine, fir, dry and split. To order call 250-342-6908. Iraqi Dinars - current value approximately 1/12th of one US cent or 100,000 equals $130 CDN plus fee equals $140. Up to 250,000 available. Call Stan, 250-409-9049. Large school chalk board $50. Washer/dryer $200. Free Spirit recumbent bike/rowing machine $275, 250-342-6625. Power tools for sale. Table saw, Mitre saw, compressor 1HP, electric welder, electric drill, battery drill & sander. Call 250345-6666 or 250-270-9091. No longer needed electric power scooter, 2 new batteries, 2 spare front tires (new), $2300 OBO, 250-341-1088. Silver flute with case, $250, 250341-5668. Firewood - Cut, split and delivered. Fir and pine mix. $150/½ cord, $275/full cord. Birch $275/½ cord, $400/full cord, 250-688-0143.

Antique wood cook stove - $200; Fisher grandfather wood stove - $350; ¼ yard cement mixer - $250; carved antique rocking chair - $225; 4” Delta edger $75. Call 250-347-2130. Marble Travatine tile - 18”x 18”, 317 sq.ft. of composite decking, antique claw foot tub, stationary bike trainer, baby crib, playpen and collapsible stroller. 250342-2052. Minn Kota Electric motor, 12V, 36lb thrust. Heavy duty deep cycle battery, 10 amp charger. All like new - $450. 250-3426157.

boats For Sale 2006 Bayliner 17 ½’, 3L Mercury, great family boat, one owner, fish finder, tube and jackets, $13,900 OBO. 250-341-1182.

RECREATIONAL VEHICLES Honda CRF 250X 2007, $4900 OBO, 250-341-1182. 1994 Kit Companion 24’ travel trailer, furnace, water, heater, stove, shower, A/C, awning, 2-way fridge, queen sized bed and more, excellent condition, $7000 OBO, 250-342-6925.

VEHICLE FOR SALE 2006 Ford Fusion SE, V6, 40,000 km, nonsmoking senior owned, not driven winters, $14,500. 250-345-0270. 1985 Cutlass Supreme. 4 door, low mileage, good condition. $1000. 250-688-0143.

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ANGLZ HAIR AND TANNING STUDIO - Located in the Windermere Valley, BC, just 2 ½ hours from Calgary. Anglz Hair & Tanning Studio has been a well established salon for 14 years. Busy salon with high traffic, full retail and full clientele. 4 stations, tanning room, manicure/pedicure/waxing room, laundry/bathroom and large seating area. Total of 1100 sq. ft. Staff is willing to stay on. Serious inquiries only. PRICE REDUCED. Maria 250-342-3227.

Custom installations of ceramic, mosaic, quarry tiles, slates, glassblocks, repairs, etc. For estimates, call 250-341-6869.

Wanted-RecreationProgrammer - Valley Alley Bowling Centre (Invermere). Main duties include the development, planning and coordination of a youth bowling league, a pool table league, and a golf simulator league. Also responsible for the development, planning and delivery of special weekend events for the public as well as the development of a school program for a busy, multi-use private recreation facility. A degree or diploma in recreational programming is required as well as several years experience in this area. Other duties will include cash handling, opening and closing duties, reservations and serving alcohol. (Age 19+.) Wage $13/ hr. Please send resume and cover letter to danielleelford@shaw. ca. Only qualified applicants will be contacted.

Qualified hotel front desk/ cleaning staff, $14/hour to start + bonus, accommodation available, nice boss! Beautiful location. Call now, 403-4722617 or 250-347-9305.

Helna’s Stube is accepting applications for permanent P/T evening kitchen help/ dishwasher. Please call 250-3470047 or email

Hair Salon for sale in Radium. Turn key operation (everything included). If you are a stylist this is an incredible deal! If interested and would like more info, please call Karen 250-347-2480 or the salon cell 250-688-0249.

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, Furnace & duct cleaning services using the patented rotobrush system. Call AQUAIR for free estimates, 250-342-5089. Water treatment & purification, includes drinking water systems, softeners & conditioners, iron filters. Call AQUAIR, 250-3425089. Drywall repair and renovations, painting available. Call Julie, 250-341-5375.

Gregg the Repair Man specializes in small/medium repairs/ renos, plumbing, painting, electrical, carpentry, tiling plus. References, $30/hour, 2 hour minimum. Flexible rate for seniors. 250-688-2233. ODD JOBS ENT HAULING. Garbage, brush and construction disposal. Mulch deliveries. Call Dale Hunt @ 342-3569. Chimney Sweeping for clean burning woodstoves & fireplaces. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Call Clarke, 250-342-6443. Patty’s Greenhouse has red potatoes. 50 lbs for $30. Call 250346-3399 or 250-341-1087. Certified home support worker available for private care. Elderly, respite, surgery recovery. Call 250-688-0733.

careers Thank you to all the people who responded to the job opening at Spring Health Foods! We have now filled the position.

Helna’s Stube is accepting applications for year round F/T or P/T evening servers. Phone 250347-0047 or Bartender/Server, part time evenings and weekends year round. Experience in full service an asset. Apply to Tony Woods at Strands Old House Restaurant or call 250-342-6344.


FREE MOVIE RENTALS – Parttime. Join our team; receive good wages, free rentals.. Please call Thora at 250-3420057, or fax 250-342-6583, email ghvinvermere@hotmail. com or drop off resume at Gone Hollywood. Stylist, P/T, F/T to start immediately at Anglz Hair studio. Please contact Maria at 250-342-3227. Fairmont Creek Property Management is accepting applications for a part-time accounting clerk position. For a detailed job description or to submit a resume please contact


Duties: The Women’s Information and Safe Homes support worker is part of a team of casual staff that agrees to carry a cellular phone and serve scheduled on-call duty for the Safe Homes Program. Support workers are on call on week days and evenings, weekends and statutory holidays. When called out, the support worker provides a confidential emergency service for the provision of temporary, safe and supportive accommodation for women and their children who have experienced or who are at risk of abuse, threats or violence. Support workers will provide transportation, information, support and, when appropriate, follow-up support for women.

Application process and deadline: Submit a resume and cover letter to Pat Cope, Executive Director, by 4:00 p.m., Sept 28, 2009.

Family Resource Centre PO Box 2289, Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0


Branch Manager Invermere BC Kootenay Insurance Services provides a full line of general insurance products and services to the Kootenays with locations in Trail, Nelson , Crawford Bay, Cranbrook and Effective November 1, 2009 Invermere


By October 2, 2009 We supply parts and service FOR ALL MAKES of: • snowmobiles • motorcycles • quads

Call 250-341-6299 to place your classified ad.

John Sullivan CEO Suite 100-890 Schofield Hwy. Trail BC V1R 2G9

This position will lead our new Branch in building a team , modeling professionalism, promoting excellent service and fostering teamwork in a community that offers exceptional lifestyle opportunities. If you are a results driven team player interested in growing with an organization with the qualifications below, we would like to hear from you ! • Strong communication and leadership skills combined with a high attention to detail and accuracy • Minimum 5 years experience in General Insurance and familiar with ICBC Fax# 250-368-5283

• Minimum Level 2 license with the ability to obtain a Level 3 in accordance with the Insurance Council of BC

Kootenay Insurance Services Ltd is owned in equal partnership between East Kootenay Community Credit Union,Kootenay Savings Credit Union and Nelson and District Credit Union.

• Strong computer and technical skills We offer a competitive salary and benefit package together with a superior work environment.

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Pioneer Classifieds Looking for a job or career? SOUTHERN INTERIOR CONSTRUCTION ASSOCIATION

The Trades Industry Wants You! Check out one of our upcoming sessions to get information on specific trades. Next information session: Thursday, October 14th, 7-9 p.m. College of the Rockies #2 - 1535 14th Street, Invermere

Call Today! Roy Cimolai, Trades Assistance Program Ph: 250-421-9212 • E-mail: Funded in whole or part through the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Development Agreement

Golden Life Management is looking for the right person to join our Columbia Garden Village team as

Assisted Living Worker

This exciting and rewarding career opportunity offers a fresh and caring workplace environment as well as opportunity for advancement. We invite applicants to send a resume stating qualifications along with references to:


SUMMARY OF DUTIES: Providing administrative support to the Human Resources Manager of the Lake Louise, Yoho & Kootenay Field Unit. You would be involved in all aspects of the Human Resources function.

RÉSUMÉ DES FONCTIONS : Fournir un soutien administratif au gestionnaire des ressources humaines de l’Unité de gestion de Lake Louise, et des parcs Yoho et Kootenay. Dans le cadre de vos fonctions, vous prendrez part à tous les aspects des ressources humaines.

LOCATION: Lake Louise, Yoho & Kootenay Field Unit

LIEU DE TRAVAIL: Unité de gestion de Lake Louise, et des parcs Yoho et Kootenay

WAGE: $45,779 to $51,199/year

SALAIRE: De 45 779 $ à 51 199 $ par année

OPEN TO: Persons residing within a 250 km radius of Lake Louise, AB.

ADMISSIBILITÉ: Les personnes habitant dans un rayon de 250 km de Lake Louise (Alberta)

CLOSING DATE: Applications must be received by 4:00 PM on September 30, 2009 Quote selection process number 09-PKS-LLYK-OC-026

DATE DE CLÔTURE : Les demandes doivent nous parvenir d’ici le 30 septembre 2009 à 16 h. Veuillez préciser le numéro du processus de sélection suivant : 09-PKS-LLYK-OC-026.

SCREENING CRITERIA Applicants will be screened against the following criteria and must clearly indicate they meet those established criteria. Failure to do so may result in your being screened out.

CRITÈRES DE PRÉSÉLECTION : La présélection des candidatures sera faite en fonction des critères ci dessous. Vous devez indiquer clairement que vous répondez aux critères établis. À défaut, votre demande pourrait être rejetée.

EDUCATION: Successful completion of secondary school according to provincial standards.

ÉTUDES: Diplôme d’études secondaires selon les normes provinciales.

EXPERIENCE IN: • Provision of administrative and support functions; • The use of various software applications; • Providing service to clients. **Preference may be given to candidates with Human Resources experience** How to apply? Email application (resume and cover letter) quoting selection process number 09-PKS-LLYK-OC-026 to:

EXIGENCES LINGUISTIQUES : La maîtrise de l’anglais est essentielle. EXPÉRIENCE : • Expérience de la prestation de services d’administration et de soutien. • Expérience de l’utilisation de diverses applications logicielles. • Expérience du service à la clientèle. **La préférence pourrait être accordée aux candidats et candidates qui possèdent de l’expérience de travail en ressources humaines.** Comment postuler? Veuillez faire parvenir votre demande ainsi qu’un curriculum vitæ et une lettre de présentation par courriel, en précisant le numéro du processus de sélection 09-PKS-LLYK-OC-026, à :

Rennée Lamontagne, CHRP Human Resource Manager Lake Louise/Yoho/Kootenay Parks Canada Agency Telephone 403-522-1210 renné

Rennée Lamontagne, CRHA Gestionnaire des ressources humaines Lake Louise, Yoho et Kootenay Agence Parcs Canada Téléphone : 403-522-1210 renné

For more information, and a complete Statement of Qualifications, please visit

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Phone: 250-341-6299 Fax: 250-341-6229 Email: Golden Life Management is looking for the right person to join our Columbia Garden Village team as

Cook/Prep Cook The successful applicant should be team oriented, able to work a flexible schedule and have their FoodSafe certificate. Interested applicants can send their resume, stating qualifications to: 800-10th Avenue, Invermere BC V0 A 1K0 800-10th Avenue, Invermere BC V0 A 1K0


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September 18, 2009

By Pioneer Staff

Chamber golf tourney coming up The Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce is holding its 7th annual Turn Copper into Gold golf tournament on September 29th. The tournament will be held at Copper Point Golf Club and the entry fee is $125, including dinner. There will be a live auction hosted by Don Deputan, with proceeds going to the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Centre. For more information, please contact the Chamber at 250-342-2844.

Knights invite youth to soccer challenge The Knights of Columbus in Invermere invite children aged 10 to 14 to participate in the Youth Soccer Challenge. Entry forms are available at J. A. Laird Elementary or Windermere Elementary. The competition will be held on Saturday, September 26th at J. A. Laird at noon. For more info, call 250-342-5251.

COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE BC Transmission Corporation is planning for electric transmission system improvements in the upper Columbia Valley. The existing transmission line serving the communities from Invermere to Golden is reaching its capacity limit due to increased electricity demand in the Golden area. New transmission infrastructure is required to bring additional power to this region. To address this near-term need and the long-term electricity requirements in the upper Columbia Valley area, BCTC is proposing to build a new transmission line between Invermere and Golden and a new substation near Golden. BCTC held community open houses on the Columbia Valley Transmission Project in June 2009, providing an opportunity for people to learn more about the project, share their knowledge of the area and communicate their thoughts and ideas as we plan a route for the proposed transmission lines and a site for the new substation. BCTC would like to invite you again to attend our second round of open houses on the Columbia Valley Transmission Project this fall to discuss two corridor options for the new transmission line. Please drop by any of these events:

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Terry Fox runners raise $3,000 Runners at the 29th Annual Terry Fox Run in Invermere raised $3,000 for cancer research. There were about 41 participants in the run on Sunday, September 13th. Staff of Kootenay Savings and their family volunteered to make this event happen. Organizer Terri Lightfoot would like to note the generosity of the participants: “Even though there were other events on, the people who participated were extremely generous!”

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If you are unable to attend this round of Community Open Houses and would like more information or to share your thoughts, please contact our Community Relations Department at 1.866.647.3334 or You can also learn about the project on our web site at BC Transmission Corporation is the Crown Corporation that manages the province’s publicly owned electrical transmission system. BCTC 09-87

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2009 Windermere Fall Fair

Hundreds of festival-goers descended on Windermere last Saturday to enjoy a beautiful morning and the spoils of the annual Fall Fair and Scarecrow Festival. Pictured here, clockwise from top right, are Darren and Melanie Ackerman, who competed in the famous wife-carrying race; a very life-like scarecrow; Mariah Honigman and Kyra Babin, who enjoyed the face-painting booth run by the high school’s leadership class; from left, Leigh Thompson, Jasmine Montgomery, Zac MacDonald, Elizabeth Weber and Michael Brush; and Jim Watt, a man who can now claim he grows the biggest pumpkins in the Columbia Valley. Photos by Cayla Gabruck and Dave Sutherland

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Faith without good works is dead, said Saint James By Father Jim McHugh Canadian Martyrs Catholic Church For some, summer is a time of rest and recovery from the busy time of the year. It means that we are able to take a rest from our regular routine and pace to slow down and refresh our tired spirits. Last weekend’s readings from Mark 8:27 and the following remind us that we are not to overdo our recreation, however, especially in regard to our faith lives. After asking his disciples who they say that he is and receiving Peter’s answer: “You are the Christ,” Jesus tells his disciples that anyone who wishes to be a true disciple must take up their cross and follow him. This means that we may not rest from being a disciple, even during the slowest times of the year. In the letter of Saint James we read about the necessity of concrete action in living out our faith. When I was a young priest, the parish coordinator came to me and said: “Father, in your ministry you will meet many people who are good and faithful; you

will also meet those who will want to spend all of their time praying before the Blessed Sacrament – especially when there is work to be done! These people are so heaven-bound they are no earthly good! Watch out for them.” Saint James is quite clear that in order to be truly faith-filled we must have a living and active faith, which means that it must be “faith in action.” Faith without works is dead, said Saint James in Chapter 2:17; it is only when our actions and words match that we can claim to have true faith, and sometimes, more often than not, we will actually meet opposition and ridicule for it. In living our faith actively, we will encounter opposition; the Prophet Isaiah calls us to remember that we are to be steadfast in our lives. “. . . I was not rebellious, I did not turn backward. I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I did not hide my face from insult and spitting.” (Isaiah 50:5,6) This means that even when we are undergoing ridicule and opposition, we must still live our faith by doing good and forgiving others, especially those who persecute us. As summer winds down and we return to our busy schedules, may the Lord give us the courage and the strength to overcome anything that may challenge our willingness to put our faith into action.

Auxiliary raises funds for ER Submitted by Donna Grainger East Kootenay Foundation for Health The beauty of having an organization with only about a dozen members and an average age of over 75 is that you have experience, dedication and commitment. Those three amazing attributes were put to task recently when members of Edgewater/Radium Ladies Auxiliary hosted a bake table at the Edgewater Farmers’ Market in August, with a goal of raising money for the Together for Everyone! Invermere District Hospital Emergency Department. Items including freshly baked pies, homemade salsa, pickles and cookies tempted the tastebuds of the visiting public. When all was said and done, the energized group of women are dedicating $453 to this Columbia Valley redevelopment project. “We may be a small group but we remain

dedicated to helping our local hospital. We are very proud to be working with the East Kootenay Foundation for Health, and the Invermere and Windermere Health Care Auxiliaries to raise $500,000 for equipment for the soon-to-be new emergency department,” said President Dorothy Brown of the Edgewater Radium Ladies Auxiliary. Other upcoming events in support of Together for Everyone! include the late September Tim Hortons Smile Cookie Campaign, and the Invermere Health Care Auxiliary Fashion Show in October. The contribution shown by the Edgewater/Radium Ladies Auxiliary is a prime example that it is not always large donations that make a difference to health care. Every penny adds up to the goal. If you wish to make a financial donation to this worthy fundraiser, visit, drop by the Invermere District Hospital or call 1-877-4896481.

Valley Churches Lake Windermere Alliance Church Sunday, September 20th, 10:30 a.m.: “How to Shine! – 57 Words That Change The World (Part 2).” Pastor Trevor ministering from The Lord’s Prayer. Sunday School, for children ages 3 to 12, during the service. Pastor Trevor Hagan • 326 -10th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-9535 • Windermere Valley Shared Ministry ANGLICAN-UNITED Sunday 8:30 a.m.: Communion at All Saints, Edgewater 10:30 a.m.: Communion at Christ Church Trinity, Invermere Rev. Sandy Ferguson • 110 - 7th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-6644 • or Valley Christian Assembly Sunday 10 a.m.: Worship and Word. Wednesday 7 p.m.: Adult Group Life First and third Thursday: Youth Home Group Pastor T. Scott Peterson 4814 Highway 93/95, Windermere 250-342-9511 • Roman Catholic Church Saturday: 5 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Church in Canal Flats 7 p.m. at Canadian Martyrs Church in Invermere Sunday: 9 a.m. at Canadian Martyrs Church in Invermere 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church in Radium Father Jim McHugh 712 -12th Ave., Invermere • 250-342-6167 ST. PETER’S LUTHERAN MISSION OF INVERMERE Worship services every Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Christ Church Trinity, 110 - 7th Ave., Invermere Pastor Rev. Fraser Coltman • 1-866-426-7564 Radium Christian Fellowship 10 a.m. Worship service 7 p.m. Special Praise, Special Prayer and Especially the Love of God Pastor Wayne and Linda Frater • 250-342-6633 No. 4, 7553 Main St. Radium • 250-347-9937 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Worship Service, 10 a.m. • Sunday School, 11 a.m. • Relief Society, Noon. President Barry Pratt • Columbia Valley Branch 5014 Fairway, Fairmont Hot Springs • 250-341-5792

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