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Eight-ender thrown in Invermere By Brian Geis Pioneer Staff On February 22nd, Invermere curlers Bill DuBois, Jack Keshen, and Keith Carscadden got an eightender in the Monday night league at the Invermere Curling Centre. An eight-ender, or snowman, in which all the rocks thrown by one team count, is the highest score


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possible in an end. Experts say scoring an eight-ender against a relatively competent team is very difficult. It is considered the equivalent of pitching a perfect game in baseball. Invermere’s Olympic bronze medallist in curling, Christine DuBois, who submitted the photo, said it is very rare. “In all my years of curling,” Ms. DuBois commented, “I have never seen one happen. Very cool!”



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Norbert Schab survives quake in Chile By Brian Geis Pioneer Staff Norbert Schab of Fairmont Hot Springs said he was shell-shocked and still very emotional after surviving an earthquake that struck Chile on February 27th. He paused during his description of the earthquake to keep from losing his composure while still experiencing rolling aftershocks on Monday. Scientists say the 8.8 magnitude earthquake that rocked Chile last weekend triggered a tsunami that swept away entire towns on the Chilean coast, shifted the earth’s axis by eight centimetres and may have shortened the day by as much as 1.26 microseconds. “When you see two people in the street and they are hugging and they just stay there,” he said, “it gets to you. It’s pretty tragic.” Norbert Schab and his wife Wilda, general manager of Radium Resort, have maintained a second home in Concón, Chile, north of Valparaiso, since 2004. Mr. Schab said he was sleeping when the earthquake hit.

LIONS ROAR — Norbert Schab, middle, flanked by volunteers from Valparaiso’s Mackay School purchase a shopping cart full of supplies made possible by a donation from the Fairmont Lions Club. Photo submitted. “I watched the Olympics on the computer until about 1 a.m.,” he said. Two hours later, he woke up because the bed was shaking.

“I’ve been through many earthquakes before,” he said, “but I’ve never experienced anything like this.” Disoriented, he searched for his keys before running down from the fifth floor of their 56-unit, threebuilding complex. He and his neighbours encamped in the parking lot, trembling through 90 aftershocks. “It was 3:35 a.m. and we just waited,” he said. “We didn’t dare go back into the building.” Mr. Schab said he was lucky enough to borrow a Blackberry from a neighbour and sent a text message to his wife Wilda, still sound asleep back in Fairmont Hot Springs. Concón, a resort community, was packed with weekenders who drove up from Santiago, 150 kilometres to the south, for the school holidays. There were only 14 dead and 40 injured in Concón, he said. By Wednesday, the overall death toll surpassed 800 with millions displaced from their homes. “I will never forget the noise,” he said. “You get shell shock. I have a friend who was in Vietnam and he is a little shell-shocked. Now I understand him.” Mr. Schab said friends can expect him safely back in Fairmont Hot Springs on February 14th.

Radium seeks to end contract with RCMP By Brian Geis Pioneer Staff Concerned with achieving value and efficiencies for their tax dollars, Radium council is seeking to end its long-standing contract with the RCMP to provide an officer for the village. Since August 2005, the RCMP has stationed a police officer in Radium under the contract. Village of Radium Chief Administrative Officer Mark Read said the decision was not based on a lack of revenue, but rather the culture and methodology of the RCMP. Council entered into the contract hoping to achieve a community policing model that was

unique and that clearly reflected the interests of the public and the village’s priorities for public safety, he said. “Over time, council and our residents came to realize that the service was largely influenced by the personalities of the members assigned to us and their commanders, and by the culture and methodology under which the RCMP operates,” Mr. Read commented. “We came to realize that our ‘smalltown cop’ vision, and the realities of how the RCMP functions, was not a good fit.” Subsequently, he said, the village had difficulty demonstrating to taxpayers the value and results of the supplemental policing, largely due to the nature of the reporting they received.

The RCMP reporting system is good at reporting caseload statistics, he said, while less effective at reporting results. “One area that was a challenge was getting an adequate consultative process in place to identify and adopt local priorities for policing,” he said. “We often felt detachment and provincial policing priorities were taking precedence over local priorities.” Although the contract does not expire until December 2010, the village said it would end the contract now if the RCMP agrees. Staff Sergeant Marko Shehovac of the Columbia Valley Detachment is urging communities to petition E Division Command to allow the detachment to keep the ninth member on staff.

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RCMP Report: Thor the wonder dog gets it wrong Submitted by Staff Sergeant Marko Shehovac Columbia Valley RCMP • On February 26th, members of the RCMP’s Columbia Valley Detachment responded to a complaint of Break and Enter at the Lake Windermere Pointe condominium complex in Athalmer. A television, DVD player, food and liquor were stolen. • On February 27th at 2:30 a.m., police responded to a disturbance in the 200 block of 3rd Avenue, Invermere, at a private residence. An adult female had attended the residence intoxicated and a physical altercation took place. On police attendance, a friend came forward and assisted the police by taking the female away from the scene. No charges were laid. • On February 27th at 3:55 a.m., Columbia Valley Detachment members were called to a disturbance in the 4000 block of Riverview Drive in Edgewater. A 23-year-old male who resided at the residence arrived intoxicated and initiated a disturbance. The male fled the scene when police arrived. People in the residence were concerned that the male would hurt himself. The male was located and spent the night at the Detachment. He was later taken to the hospital when sober. • On February 27th at 10 p.m., a 22-year-old male from Okotoks was charged with Hit and Run, Dangerous Driving, Threatening, Impaired Driving and Care and Control of a Vehicle While Impaired. This incident stemmed from two driving complaints about the same vehicle in town. The vehicle was located by Black Forest Trail, Athalmer. The male was being investigated for a Hit and Run as well as Impaired Driving. The male became uncooperative and was arrested. The male resisted the arrest, made threats to the police and at one point kicked one of the officers in the struggle. The male will be appearing in Invermere Provincial Court in April.

I didn’t know I have a story about Thor, a police dog from my younger days. After a bit of a chase with a suspect, we were finally able to catch up to the male and remove him from his car. He was not obliging in the arrest and, as a result, about three of us were trying to gain some control over him. The dog man arrived and he jumped out to give us a hand. Thor, the police dog, would normally mind his own business unless given the command to act but in the commotion that he was witnessing at his eye level, all he could see was a struggle and that his master was in trouble. Or so he thought. Thor concluded that his master could use some help as now a bunch of people were beating up on him. So Thor rushes up to all five pairs of feet – four good guys, one bad guy. He dives in there and grabs a foot, gives it a shake and tries to drag the foot out of the crowd. In the meantime, my corporal starts screaming bloody murder and yells out, “He’s biting me!” The rest of us think the bad guy is now biting our fearless leader and we put more pressure on. The bad guy hears this and he starts yelling, “I’m not biting anyone!” By now the corporal’s pants are ripped and he makes it clear it’s the dog that’s doing the damage. The dog man takes control and gets the dog out of the picture. Once the bad guy is secured in the car, the corporal now wants a piece of Thor. The corporal is fuming and chastising the dog handler with the fact that we had spent a great deal of money on Thor – he has intensive training and great intelligence yet he can’t see the yellow stripe on our pants and determine that the yellow stripe on the pants means a good guy. At this time the handler explains to the group that Thor is colourblind. The corporal goes on and says, “So now we take on defective dogs.” The dog man calms everyone down and explains that all dogs are colourblind. There is a long silence. Then the dog handler says, “If you guys still want a piece of Thor, I can let him out.” We opted not to harm Thor.

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New development planned for Radium Resort By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff Representatives of the Instautor Group met with the Village of Radium Hot Springs at the regular council meeting last Wednesday to discuss the possibility of a new development on the northeast corner of The Springs Golf Course. The venture is being instigated by Radium Resort Limited Partnership, which purchased both Radium

Resort and The Springs Golf Course in August last year. Headed up by golf course architect Bill Newis of Calgary, Radium Resort Limited Partnership aims to spruce up the entrance to the Springs course with a new development. The Instautor Group is well known in Radium Hot Springs and is responsible for the construction of 425 condominium units in the past seven years. The Aspen, The Pinewood and The Peaks are all

Instautor projects. The company has also built four developments in Calgary. Although no formal applications have been made, the proposed development will be modelled after Instautor’s previous developments in Radium. “We love working in Radium and are looking forward to another project,” said Kevin Blackwell, a representative of Instautor Group. For more information, contact Mr. Blackwell at 1-866-272-7134.

Group to lead Radium events By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff On the heels of the success of Winterfest, local residents have formed a Radium Events Committee to organize events that help promote the family atmosphere the Village of Radium Hot Springs portrays. “We believe that if we can organize three to four events per year, we can capture the spirit of the season with an appeal to both locals and visitors alike,” said Heather Perkull, a member of the committee. “Not only would we be providing familybased activities for local residents, we would see an increase in visitors, which would benefit our restaurateurs, accommodators and other business owners.” These proposed events include bringing back Radium Days, an annual Holiday Gala, and the continuation of Winterfest. A Movie in the Park night, family dances, and baseball tournaments have also been discussed as ideas to bring the community together. These events will also showcase everything Radium has to offer, suggesting the Village is the place to host weddings, family reunions, conferences, sporting events, and other memorable experiences, and that to visit Radium Hot Springs, as well as the Columbia Valley, is a truly unique experience. More concrete details will be determined pending financial support. For more information on any of these events, contact Heather at 250-347-9331.

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Public apology By Brian Geis Pioneer Editor

Although corporations, professions and nations often ignore society’s norms, among friends and neighbours we still apologize when we do something wrong. Among the former group, there are rare exceptions: JetBlue Chief Executive Officer David Neeleman’s apology for stranding patrons, Pope Benedict’s apology to followers of Mohammed for implicitly linking Islam to violence; and Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s apology to former students of Indian residential schools. I would be remiss — and downright unneighbourly — if I did not follow Mr. Harper’s good example. Public apologies result when mistakes are made in the public eye, and making mistakes is part of being human. Last week’s editorial was a study on being human. This week’s is a study on making public apologies. I planned to apologize personally, via email. However, because the mistake was printed in the newspaper for all to see, so too must the apology. In last week’s editorial, I was unfair, rude and disrespectful in comments made about The Honourable James Abbott, M.P., on the occasion of announcing his retirement and to the area politicians he identified as his possible successors, including B.C. Minister of Community and Rural Development Bill Bennett, Cranbrook Mayor Scott Manjak, Regional District Board Chair David Wilks and our own Mayor Taft, by suggesting they were something less than honourable and motivated by something more than love for their community and their country. In particular, I apologize to Mr. Abbott and his family since my comments may have taken the shine off the otherwise celebratory tone of his announcement. I regret having made those comments, especially since The Pioneer was founded on the cornerstones of compassion and empathy. I understand apologies won’t appease those who don’t forgive, but I am confident that is not the case in this instance and I promise to be fair, polite and respectful in future installments of this column.

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1927 Chevrolet This photo from the early 1930s shows Simon Ronacher climbing into his 1927 Chevy. Leaning against the door with shovel in hand is Bob Tegart. Bob’s sons Allan and Billy stand in the foreground. The man in the back is unidentified. If you have any more information about this image, e-mail us at Photo (C450) courtesy of the Windermere Valley Museum.

Change will happen; have a say Dear Editor: I would like to thank Mr. Dave Wilker for his letter in a recent edition of The Pioneer. One of the biggest problems of this great country is apathy. We care, but not enough to say or do anything. That is why politicians and other figures in authority, at times disregard the public opinion. It’s not like we’re going to do anything about it. If you’re going to complain, do it to the right

people. If more people contacted their representatives — whether a Member of Parliament, Member of the Legislative Assembly, Mayor or council member — change would occur. More importantly, the change we want would occur. Continuing on Mr. Wilker’s theme, change will happen. Whether we have a say in it or not is up to us. Tonie Minhas Radium Hot Springs

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Calgary man was Jock Blakley’s neighbour Dear Editor: Walking through the Calgary City Hall, I ran across a copy of The Pioneer. Wished I’d known there was such a paper before, and where I could get a copy, as I used to live in Radium Hot Springs. On Page 6 of the February 12th edition, the picture of Blakley’s Hotel jumped out at me. John Blakley was known locally as “Jock” Blakley. Before building this hotel, he had been the Captain of the Selkirk, a Columbia River ferry boat. In her book Tales of the Windermere, Winnifred Weir — an Invermere resident during my time in the valley — writes (after a description of his marriage to a Miss Jessie Weston), “with the era of the sternwheelers on the Columbia over, John Blakley cast his eyes on other enterprises. He guessed that the hot springs at Sinclair (Radium) would attract many people to the valley, once

the war (World War 1) was over. He was the first to set up a hostelry there.” See pages 135 and 184 of that book. On a hillside overlooking Blakley’s hotel were Charlotte Armstrong’s cabins. See Part 1 of the same book. Across the road was Oliver’s Gateway Lodge where I lived with my uncle, H.C. (Casey) Oliver. Between his hotel and the Radium Hot Springs pool — the original pool before the new pool was built — was the gateway entrance to Kootenay National Park, which has since been relocated to the edge of the park boundary. In World War 2, during the Blitz of London, England, I was evacuated and came to stay with my uncle. In October 1940, “Winnie” Weir wrote about me in the Cranbrook Courier. I hope this gives you a little background info on Blakley’s hotel.

We read with amazement, then disappointment, your editorial in the February 26th issue of The Pioneer. The Pioneer and your readers deserve much better. We were puzzled to say the least as to whether you were ranting about pensions, attacking politicians in general, feeling sorry for yourself, or perhaps personally attacking Mr. Abbott (“people of your ilk”?). Either way, it was a petulant, disrespectful and barely readable jumble of thoughts . . . and the sarcasm was completely unnecessary and detracted from

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the subject (“whatever that might be”?). As far as the pensions are concerned, many might agree with you, and had you taken the subject further it all may have been more readable and less offensive. Your rambling and pessimistic comments regarding Minister Bennett, Mayor Manjak, Director Wilks and Mayor Taft were beneath even an editorial. Surely, Mr. Geis, you have a better command of the English language than you produced in this article.

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Politicians not motivated by money ‘We expect better’ Dear Editor: Although the Canadian political system is not ideal, let us all be thankful that it is not as bad as Mr. Geis would suggest. According to Mr. Geis, long-term service from elected officials (who continually get the support of the electorate) is a bad thing because it is boring. And, according to Mr. Geis, elected officials (specifically those in this area) are flimsy, B-grade, and bound to disappoint — and our only motivation is money. I think that seeking elected office is motivated by a love for country and community and, as naïve as it may be, a belief that as an individual you can affect some change from within the system (or in some cases, ensure that what is working is not changed). Politicians — unlike newspa-

per editors — have to answer to the public on a regular basis, and based on their performance, policies, and political beliefs, run the distinct chance of losing their jobs in (apparently boring) things called elections. I have no intention of seeking the Conservative nomination at this time, and I feel extremely proud and privileged to be involved in representing the residents of Invermere and helping to make this community the best it can be. The cynicism of Mr. Geis is a great example of why some of the best and brightest potential leaders in our country never seek elected office or do not pursue politics as a full-time career. It seems ridiculous to me that the term “career politician” should be considered shameful and dirty. In any other occupation, experi-

ence and dedication are rewarded and respected. The wages and benefits of elected officials are afforded to every Canadian citizen. Any Canadian citizen (18 years or older, not a judge or a prisoner) can run for elected office. Since Mr. Geis has such a vivid memory of the political history of this riding, has the desire to make more money, and has determined that wage vastly outweighs the sacrifices, I would suggest he put his money where his mouth is and run in the next Federal election. Of course, to run for political office, or even to vote, he would need to be a Canadian citizen. To critique, complain, and insult — no citizenship is required.

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We expected better of the Columbia Valley Pioneer! We have been supporters of The Pioneer for many years, as have many other people in our valley. That is witnessed by the success The Pioneer has had. Mr. Geis’s editorial pertaining to Jim Abbott’s retirement was both rude and sarcastic, and undeserved! I do not believe that Mr. Abbott created his own pension fund, and — say what you will about the Canadian MP Pension Fund details — the fact is that the voters in Mr. Abbott’s riding kept him elected for all the years he spent in Ottawa. Our outrage does not come from political partisanship, Mr. Geis, it comes from our embarrasment in supporting a newspaper that would condone this type of editorial license. Yes, we expected better. Shame on you!

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Invermere Cadets facing termination By Pioneer Staff Dwindling numbers have forced tough times upon the Invermere Cadet Corps. In July 2006, the platoon had 23 members. Now, there are just six members, aged between 12 and 19. “I have just been informed that unless recruiting numbers are raised significantly before June 2010, the Windermere District Cadet Corps will not exist in September 2010,” said platoon commander, Second Lieutenant Megan McConnell. Windermere Cadet Corps #2757 was originally formed on January 1st, 1964, sponsored by the Invermere Legion Branch. It was disbanded on December 31st, 1970, but approximately four years ago #2757 was re-formed and by July 2006 it had a strength of 23 members. “Since 2006, we have seen Cadets advance in their skills and they have greatly helped us out in Remembrance Day parade representation, serving dinners for veterans and other notable deeds,” said Second Lieutenant McConnell. “Our Cadets have worked hard to become a vital part of our communities.”

But a drop in numbers saw the Invermere corps amalgamated with Fernie and Cranbrook in April 2008 to form the Fort Steele Company. “Now in 2010, it has gotten to the point that numbers have so drastically reduced that the future of our Invermere Corps is severely threatened. Whether the war in Afghanistan has been the big deterrent is not known. What is also not known is the future of cadets in this area,” said Second Lieutenant McConnell. The command is planning a meeting to discuss last-ditch survival methods for the Cadet Corps. On Tuesday, March 16th at 7 p.m., downstairs at the Invermere Legion, Fort Steele Commander Captain Dina Gri and Training Officer, Chief Warrant Officer Jim Ingram, both from Creston, will meet with Invermere platoon command “to determine methods to prevent closure of Invermere Cadets by initiating a massive outreach advertising campaign,” Second Lieutenant McConnell said. To save the Cadet Corps, non-monetary help from the public is needed. “Since the Invermere Cadet Corps serves all of Windermere District, it is requested that local

Invermere and Radium mayors and council, Edgewater and Fairmont area directors, First Nation elders and David Thompson Secondary School assist in a recruiting drive,” Second Lieutenant McConnell said. “In addition anyone who has been involved with Cadets in the past who could get involved with a Cadet Sponsoring Committee Executive or cadet training would be very welcome,” she said. “No special qualifications or military background is needed to help out on this committee – just people with interest who could meet once a month.” Last December, the Invermere Cadets set up a dedicated meeting area in the Invermere Legion, after using the Community Hall for many years. There are also plans to form a pipe and drum band. “Unless Cadet numbers increase, all the work of providing a new facility and all the advances in equipment and training will be in vain. In addition, we will not see Cadets either on parade or manning the Cenotaph on Remembrance Day,” said Second Lieutenant McConnell. For more information, contact Megan McConnell at 250-342-9267.


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Beads of Glory Glass artists Debbie Armitage and Dee Connell pose next to a table of jewellery-making supplies at Invermere’s Bavin Glassworks. The popular bead-makers of Bavin will expand their class offering to include instruction on making wearable art. See story on Page 16.




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Movie Review: Where the Wild Things Are feature-length film. The star is 12-year-old newcomer Max Records, and the voice cast includes Forest Whitaker, James Gandolfini and Canadian Catherine O’Hara (who said “We’re Sorry” in the Olympics closing ceremony). I didn’t completely understand the film’s themes, and at first I found it too surreal. But then, when Max cried out to his kingdom of monsters, “Let the wild rumpus begin!” the penny dropped. As Max is transported to a mythical land inhabited by wild but insecure crea-

Reviewed by Sally Waddington Where the Wild Things Are, to put it simply, is a lesson in abandon. The screenplay is written and directed by innovative film-maker Spike Jonze, who is known for Being John Malkovich and Adaptation. He was an unusual but ultimately ingenious choice for the role. That choice was made by Maurice Sendak, the author of the 1963 children’s classic. No one else could have turned the spirit of the 10-sentence book into a

tures, the viewer is transported back to childhood. For the first time in a long time, I remembered what it felt like to build a cardboard fort, crawl in and imagine faraway places and fantastic creatures waiting inside. It is not an idyllic childhood – there are frightening, haywire moments that young kids may find too much – but it is true to the book. If you leave your grown-up perspective at the door, and give yourself up to childhood imagination, Where the Wild Things Are is refreshing and liberating.


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Toby Theatre • Closed until March 10th • March 10th-13th, 7:30 p.m.: It’s Complicated

Friday, March 5th: • 1:30 p.m.: World Day of Prayer service at All Saints, Edgewater. For info: 250-347-9344. • 6 p.m.: Back Country Jacks’ Mama Mia Party in aid of Deb Neault. Ladies only event with cocktails, dinner, entertainment and karaoke. Tickets $25. For info: 250-347-0097. • 6 p.m.: Invermere District Curling Club is hosting a Sponsor and Volunteer Appreciation Night. All volunteers and sponsors from the past season are invited to participate. For info: 250-342-3315. • 8 p.m.: Klim and Kyle perform at the Bear’s Paw Lounge, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. No cover charge. For info: 250-345-6311. • March 5th-7th: Hart to Heart Ministries from Chickasaw, Alabama, speaks at Radium Christian Fellowship. Friday and Saturday 7 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. For info: 250-347-9937.

Saturday, March 6th: • 6 p.m.: Snowflake Gala at Eagle Ranch, hosted by Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club and Panorama Mountain Freeride Club. Buffet, silent and live auctions, dancing. For info: 250-342-6504. • CANSI Level I Instructors Certification Course at Nipika Mountain Resort. For info: 250-342-6504.

Wednesday, March 10th: • Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena closes for renovation. Expected to reopen after August 28th.

Thursday, March 11th: • 1-3 p.m.: Panorama Mountain Village spring and summer job fair at Copper Crown, Panorama. For info: 250-341-3063. • 6-7 p.m.: Nordic pole walking classes begin with Columbia Valley Life Sports. For info: 250-3428737.

Saturday, March 13th: • 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies Women’s Workshop with personal development

coach Sue Bawden at the Lions Hall, Invermere crossroads. A fund-raiser for the Family Resource Centre. Tickets $50. For info: 250-347-9199. • 10 a.m.: ICAN’s Annual General Meeting at Invermere Seniors Hall. For info: 250-341-7888. • 10 a.m.: Columbia Valley Life Sports introduces free Saturday morning runs. For info: 250-3428737. • 2-4 p.m.: St. Patrick’s Day Tea at Christ Church Trinity, hosted by the Invermere Go-Go Sisters, in aid of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. For info: 250342-6488.

Sunday, March 14th: • 10-11:30 a.m.: Nordic pole walking classes begin with Columbia Valley Life Sports. For info: 250342-8737.

Tuesday, March 16th: • 7 p.m.: Departures screens in the Cinefest @ Pynelogs film series at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. For info: 250-342-4423. • 7 p.m.: The documentary Crash Course screens at David Thompson Secondary School Theatre, part of the Chicken Little film series, hosted by the Columbia Valley Botanical Garden Society and Centre for Sustainable Living, and the College of the Rockies. • 7-9 p.m.: Steamboat Mountain Quilters meet at Edgewater Community Hall. New members welcome.

Thursday, March 18th: • 7 p.m.: Columbia Valley Arts’ Annual General Meeting at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. Election of officers, review of financial position and reception to follow. • Maria in the Shower performs at Bud’s Bar and Lounge. For info: 250-342-2965.

Wednesday, March 24th: • 6:30 p.m.: Columbia Valley Search and Rescue Annual General Meeting at Eagle Ranch. Election of directors and annual reports.

Thursday, March 25th: • 5-6 p.m.: David Thompson Secondary School Leadership Class hosts a presentation on the Stephen Lewis Foundation in the school theatre. • 7 p.m.: Columbia Valley Cycling Society’s Annual General Meeting at the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce. Free pizza and beverages. For info:

Saturday, March 27th: • 10 a.m.-noon: Windermere Community Association’s Annual General Meeting at the Windermere Community Hall.

Wednesday, April 7th: • Scotch seminar at Bud’s Bar and Lounge. Learn about what makes a great scotch. Only 30 spots available. Tickets $30. For info: 250-342-2965.

Tuesday, April 13th: • 6 p.m.: Is Anybody There? screens in the Cinefest @ Pynelogs film series at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. For info: 250-342-4423.

Wednesday, April 14th: • Opening event for Art From the Heart: Part 6 art show at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. Featuring over 500 pieces of art from our talented and diverse group of elementary-school-aged kids. Exhibition runs from April 6th-24th. For info: 250-342-4423.

Other: • Mondays 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Gym Play at the old Radium School gym. Drop in with your oneto four-year-old for a coach-supervised free-time experience. $5 per child. For info: 250-342-3023. • Mondays 1:30 p.m.: Carpet bowling at Invermere Seniors Hall. For info: 250-342-9893. • Mondays 6:30-8 p.m.: Yoga at Radium Hall. All abilities welcome. $10. For info: 250-342-9765. • Mondays 6:30 p.m. and Fridays 1 p.m.: Duplicate Bridge at Invermere Seniors’ Hall. Cost $2. Visitors welcome. For info: 250-342-9893. • Tuesdays 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: Join Purcell Mountain Painters at the Invermere Seniors’ Hall. For info: 250-688-0220. • Tuesdays 1:30 p.m.: Floor curling at Invermere Seniors Hall. For info: 250-342-9893. • Wednesdays 6 p.m.: Weight Watchers meetings at the Lions Hall. Weigh-in and registration at 6 p.m., meeting at 6:30 p.m. For info: 1-800-682-8011. • Wednesdays 7-9 p.m.: Lake Windermere District Rod and Gun Club archery at Invermere Community Hall. For info: 250-342-9033. • Thursdays 1:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m.: Gym Play at the old Radium School gym. Drop in with your oneto four-year-old for a coach-supervised free-time experience. $5 per child. For info: 250-342-3023. • Fridays 10:30 a.m.: Story Time at Invermere Public Library. • Fridays 7:30 p.m.: Crib Whist at Invermere Seniors Hall. For info: 250-342-9893.

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REQUEST FOR QUOTATION PARKS AND GROUNDS MAINTENANCE The District of Invermere invites qualified companies to submit three separate Quotations for the following lengths of term (1) one year term (2) three year term (3) five year term Individually Sealed Envelopes Clearly Marked: REQUEST FOR QUOTATION: “One Year Term Parks and Grounds Maintenance” “Three Year Term Parks and Grounds Maintenance” “Five Year Term Parks and Grounds Maintenance” District of Invermere will receive all quotations in separate envelopes up to 12:00 noon, local time, Monday, March 15th, 2010 at the District of Invermere Office (914 - 8th Avenue). Three copies of the terms of the draft agreement can be obtained at the municipal office (914 - 8th Avenue) starting Monday, March 1st, 2010. The District of Invermere reserves the right to reject all Quotations at Councils request or accept all and/or parts of the items identified in the terms in the quotation deemed most favorable in the interest of the District of Invermere. Inquiries should be addressed to: Grant Gyurkovits Engineering & Infrastructure Supervisor District of Invermere, 914-8th Avenue P.O Box 339, Invermere, BC V0A 1K0

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Pioneer reporter Cayla Gabruck says goodbye By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff It’s tough to sum up all of the great experiences I have had here with The Pioneer and the people of the Columbia Valley, especially in a short newspaper article. As you might have guessed from the headline, I am leaving The Pioneer – but, even so, there is no better place to have begun my career. I started at The Pioneer in the summer of 2007 for my very first practicum, fresh out of the classrooms of Mount Royal College. By then, I was two years into the program, had spent some time in the newsroom and figured I had a pretty good handle on the business. But, among the house fires, forest fires and animal attacks, I can honestly say I learned more in my first four months at The Pioneer than in my first few years of schooling. However, my work here at the paper involved more than unforgiving fires and vicious animal encounters. I have also had the chance to connect with many great people, including George McLean, a grain farmer living outside of Edgewater who works his entire field using a horse and plough; Romalda Hodosi, the owner of the Gable Motel in Radium Hot Springs,

who cooked me a traditional Lithuanian Christmas dinner – one of the best meals I’ve ever eaten – and Donna Hazelaar, owner of Hi Heat Insulating, an accomplished business woman with an iron will. I have also had the honour of writing about some of the valley folk who are no longer with us, except in spirit. I hope I accomplish as much in life and inspire as many people as Dennis Hemus and Al “The Legend” Mullin. So, what’s in store for me? A few days after leaving The Pioneer, I am catching a plane to Costa Rica for a month of sun, surfing and exploring the beautiful jungles. Then, if the lovely people of Costa Rica haven’t convinced me to stay, I will wind my way back to the Columbia Valley to work at Copper Point Golf Course for the summer. When the golf season is over, I’m hitting the road again and moving over to Australia for an undetermined period of time. I am looking forward to my trips, but I am sad to be leaving the Columbia Valley and its beloved Pioneer. I have had a great time working with all of you. Thank you for making me feel so welcome in your community and allowing me to share in some of your amazing stories.

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Support ski programs at the Snowflake Gala Submitted by Panorama Mountain Freeride Club On March 6th, the Panorama Mountain Freeride Club and the Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club will once again be combining forces to host the Snowflake Gala and Silent Auction at the Eagle Ranch clubhouse. The gala event is a celebration of the youth programs provided by these non-profit clubs. It will begin with a Mexican, Italian and salad dinner buffet at 6 p.m., followed by an impressive silent and live auction from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Live music, provided by Duncan McDonald and friends, will entertain the crowd and encourage them to dance the night away. The Panorama Mountain Freeride Club was formed three years ago and is running the non-competitive Jumps and Bumps program with great success! We are a proud member of the Canada Freestyle Association and now also offer a youth freestyle terrain park team. In cooperation with Panorama Mountain Village, the club will also host a mogul event, including slopestyle events, at Panorama from March 19th to 21st. The Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club is focused on providing opportunities for all those who live in this

beautiful valley to get out and enjoy the sport of crosscountry skiing. Our club offers a children’s Jack Rabbits program and an adult learn-to-ski program. Annually, we host a skate loppet race event at Nipika Mountain Resort, and we run and maintain the Lake Windermere Whiteway. Our clubs have come together for practical as well as social reasons. Local businesses have generously donated auction items, ranging from weekend getaways at Nipika Mountain Resort to yoga sessions and ski clothing. Well over 100 items are available for auction. Proceeds raised will go towards ensuring the affordability of these club’s children’s programs, as well as the maintenance of the Lake Windermere Whiteway. Come out and support this important fund-raiser! Tickets are $25 and are available from either club or at Crazy Soles. If you would like to support the Snowflake Gala by either purchasing a ticket or donating an item or service to be auctioned, please contact Shelley at 250342-6504 or Andrea at 250-342-9082. Thank you and we hope to see you there!


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Bavin studio to offer jewellery classes By Brian Geis Pioneer Staff



After training an army in Lampwork – the fine art of making glass beads by working glass rods over an open flame – Bavin Glassworks is now teaching glass bead artists how to apply their skills to make jewellery. “It developed from the bead making,� Bavin Glass artist and instructor Dee Connell explained. “We’ve developed a lot of good bead makers here and they want to learn more and get more involved. We’ve always offered the supplies, but not the instruction to go along with it.� The Glassworks is now booking a monthly schedule of new classes designed for kids, teens and adults. “We’ve been working on this for four or five years. This is just a first step,� Ms. Connell commented. “We’re really going to expand it over the next 18 months.�

The classes, she said, will change monthly, depending on the whim of the instructors, all of whom have been invited to design their own classes. For instance, she said, the classes currently being offered to kids are designed for their abilities. “We’ve designed projects for their attention span, which is about an hour. After an hour they start to lose interest,� Ms. Connell explained. “We’ve noticed, though, that after showing them how to do it, their attention span extends and they want to do more.� Components such as glass beads, Swarovski crystals, lead-free pewter, sterling silver and more will be offered at the jewellery assembly table. Part of the back shop, she said, will be converted into a jewellery-making studio. Classes for kids, teens and adults begin this month. To book your class or to get details about the programs, call Bavin Glassworks at 250-342-6816 or e-mail

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Pioneer readers take a holiday These vacationing Columbia Valley residents have been entered in the Pioneer’s Travel Contest to win a trip for two to a Calgary Flames game, including one night’s accommodation, courtesy of Invermere Travel World. Pictured, clockwise from top left: 15-month-old Cara Jaskela, daughter of Shelly and Brent Jaskela, in Cancun, Mexico; Shelley Tamelin in front of Big Ben in London; Mariah Honigman in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Rod and Christine Turnbull on a Rotary mission in Ghaziabad, India; Shirley and Gordon Massie in Ochos Rios (Dunn’s Falls), Jamaica. E-mail your travel photos to, drop in to #8, 1008-8th Avenue or mail to Box 868, Invermere, V0A 1K0.

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Old Zone: signing off for the season By Harold Hazelaar Pioneer Columnist Another season comes to an end for the OldTimers. As usual, no one really cares about the winners and losers except for the winners and losers. Way to go, Huckleberry’s and Hi Heat. It’s extremely difficult to finish in last place. Just ask the Wolves, who thought they had

that trophy all sewn up! The only significant and noteworthy award for our season belongs to the annual recipient of the CVOHA Most Sportsmanlike Award. This year, Erwin Kloos earned the honour because of his sheer determination each week to play while also battling personal health issues. I am proud to know you, Erwin!

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KICKING HORSE COFFEE JUNKIES – Thanks to Leo Johnson, co-owner of Kicking Horse Coffee, for sponsoring the Junkies. We did our best to be worthy of the Kicking Horse jersey, but even though our attendance each week was the best in the league, we came up a goal or two short a few too many times. Maybe next year.

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Wilmer holds it first ever broomball tournament “I would like to extend many thanks on behalf of everyone who was involved in the Wilmer Broomball Tournament, held from February 19th to 20th,� Gord Fullerton wrote to The Pioneer this week. Over $1,600 was raised for the Wilmer Community Club for its continuing efforts to revitalize the aging community centre and is earmarked to help restore the rink. The Lubers beat out

a field of seven teams to claim this year’s title. The club gives special thanks to Stu Kennedy for being the manin-charge, Byron Gray of Bike Works, Brady Zuback of Napa, and Sobeys for their generous donations to help raise funds. Pictured here: Gord Fullerton (left) attempts a centering pass by Greg Scheffer (middle). Photo submitted by Dennis Wass

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Getting ready for retirement Each year thousands of Canadians retire. As they prepare for the big day, many soon-to-be retirees have questions about their finances. How will I use my Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSPs) to supplement my income? Should I collect my Canadian Pension Plan (CPP) or wait? What should I do with my investment in retirement? These are all common questions that Canadians ask as they await their retirement party. Here is a list of helpful items to review as you approach retirement. Review your income requirements You can never over-budget in retirement. Probably the most important financial aspect of retiring comfortably is making a budget of household expenses you will need to pay in retirement. Having a very close estimate of how many everyday expenses — such as property taxes, house insurance, vehicle costs and others — you will carry in retirement is key to knowing how much income you will need. Review your investments To some extent, your retirement will only go as far as your investments will take you. You should carefully review your investments and how much risk you need to take. If guaranteed investments will generate enough income, then there might not be any sense in


holding many risky assets. On the other hand, if you find you need more returns than guaranteed investments, then pre-retirement is a great time to reassess. Review your pensions Call Human Resources Development Canada to find out how much of the Canadian Pension Plan and Old Age Security you will qualify for and if there are any other programs for which you may be eligible. Review any employment pension plans and find out your options and how much you can expect to receive in retirement. Review your healthcare and benefits Many Canadians lose some or all of their healthcare and benefits plans when they retire. There are government programs such as B.C. Fair Pharmacare and private insurance options for retirees. Review what your personal situation will be and then start exploring alternatives if needed. Plan for major expenses You might want to fix up the house for retirement, buy a new motor home or travel extensively. Whatever major expense you plan, be sure to set aside the cash, in advance, so you don’t have to rely on the market value of your investments.

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Women’s Day on March 8th Submitted by Joyce Rhodda Family Resource Centre March 8th has been set aside as International Women’s Day to celebrate the progress toward women’s equality and our full participation in all aspects of life. This year, the theme is: Strong Women, Strong Canada, Strong World. The Family Resource Centre will celebrate by inviting community members to a luncheon and presentation by Anne Picton of her journey in Papua New Guinea. The luncheon will be held at the Valley Connections Building of the Family Resource Centre on Monday, March 8th from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. A small donation for the lunch and presentation is asked so that funds are generated to help support women’s progress in New Guinea. RSVP to the Family Resource Centre at 250-342-4242 by March 4th.


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An Application by the British Columbia Transmission Corporation for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the Columbia Valley Transmission Project


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Wednesday, March 17, 2010 9:00 a.m. Commission Hearing Room Twelfth Floor, 1125 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC

THE APPLICATION On January 22, 2010, the British Columbia Transmission Corporation applied pursuant to sections 45 and 46 of the Utilities Commission Act, to the British Columbia Utilities Commission (the “Commission�) for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to construct and operate the Columbia Valley Transmission Project (the “CVT Project�) as described in its Application. The proposed $154 million CVT Project is comprised of a 112 kilometer (“km�) long 230 kilovolt (“kV�) transmission line between Invermere and Golden, British Columbia; a new 230/69 kV substation near Golden including a new 3 km long 69 kV transmission line connection to the existing Golden substation; and related upgrades at existing substations in Cranbrook, Invermere and Golden. The CVT Project is planned to be in service by the fall of 2012.


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The impact of the CVT Project is forecast to be $18.2 million or 3.01 percent on the BCTC Transmission Revenue Requirement and 0.60 percent on the British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority Revenue Requirement in F2014. THE REGULATORY PROCESS The Commission will hold a Procedural Conference commencing at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 in the Commission Hearing Room at Twelfth Floor, 1125 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC to hear submissions on the regulatory process for review of the Application. The initial Regulatory Timetable for the Procedural Conference can be viewed on the Commission website at INTERVENTIONS Persons who expect to actively participate in the BCTC proceeding should register with the Commission as Intervenors. Persons not expecting to actively participate, but who have an interest in the proceeding should register with the Commission as Interested Parties. Both groups should identify: the nature of their interest in the Application; the nature of the issues that they may intend to pursue during the proceeding; the nature and extent of their anticipated involvement in the review process; and if possible recommend the regulatory process for the review of the Application.

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Intervenors will each receive a copy of the Application and all correspondence and filed documentation and should provide an e-mail address if possible. Interested Parties will receive a copy of the Executive Summary in the Application, and all Orders and Decisions issued. Intervenors and Interested Parties will register in writing no later than Monday, March 15, 2009. Notification by mail, courier delivery, fax or e-mail is acceptable. All submissions and/or correspondence received from active participants or the general public relating to the Application will be placed on the public record and posted to the Commission’s website. PUBLIC INSPECTION OF THE DOCUMENTS The Application and supporting materials will be available for inspection at the following locations: British Columbia Transmission Corporation Suite 1100, Four Bentall Centre 1055 Dunsmuir Street PO Box 49260, Vancouver, B.C. V7X 1V5

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• SNOW REMOVAL • Trucking • Property • All Grading Maintenance • Mini Track Hoe

Kari & John Mason

250.270.0821 Invermere • Panorama

Dunlop Contracting Bruce Dunlop

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Doors Windows Flooring Painting/ Interior/Exterior • Kitchen Renovations

Specializing in ALL types of stone!

• Residential • Commercial • Jesse Vader – Ken Johnson Call:




• Bathroom Renovations • Additions • Decks • Finish Carpentry • Basement Renovations


Need Blinds? Interior World

PO Box 22, Canal Flats, BC V0B 1B0

Quality Stonework in the East Kootenays Competitive Rates

Workmanship Guaranteed


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FREE ESTIMATES • 250-688-0959 • 250-342-2087




BOX 2228 BOX 459 742 - 13th STREET 7553 MAIN STREET INVERMERE, BC. RADIUM HOT SPRINGS, BC V0A 1K0 V0A 1M0 PHONE: 342-3031 PHONE: 250-347-9350 FAX: 342-6945 FAX: 250-347-6350 Email: • Toll Free: 1-866-342-3031

window fashions

Call Bill Cropper (250) 342 4406

• Structural Timbers and Posts • KD Tongue & Groove (Pine, Cedar and Fir)

• KD Bevel & Channel Sidings • Radius Edge Cedar Decking 5/4 and 2” • Wide Plank F/L Flooring

Box 80 SKOOKUMCHUCK, BC V0B 2E0 PHONE (250) 422-9229 FAX (250 422-9227) Email:

Your search for quality and dependability ends with us.

Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Specialists Truck Mounted System • Customer Satisfaction Guaranteed

Dean Hubman

Certified Technician


Toll Free: 877-342-3052

Invermere, BC V0A 1K3

Time to Clean the Winter Sludge Out of Your Eavestroughs!

Time for Spring Pruning!

Please call Steve for a free estimate • 250-342-1791

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HERE TO SERVE YOU RADIUM HOT SPRINGS ESSO Automotive Repairs 7 days a week


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GAS • PROPANE • DIESEL Freight & Passenger

7507 Main St. West, Radium Hot Springs

WINDERMERE 250-342-6805

(250) 347-9726

Industrial ~ Commercial ~ Residential • Garage Doors • Passage Doors • Truck Doors • Sun Rooms • Patio Covers • Vinyl Decking • Aluminum Railings • Gutters • Siding • Soffit • Fascia • Window Capping • Renovations

Phone: 250-342-6700 Q Q



Insured and WCB

Warbrick Towing & Salvage

Quality Hand-crafted Steel • Structural Steel • Welding • Fabricating & Machining • Custom railings and ornamental iron #117 Industrial Rd. #2, Invermere, BC Ph: 250-342-9926 • Fax 250-341-3956 e-mail:


P H A R M A C Y LT D . J. Douglas Kipp, B. Sc. (Pharm.) Laura Kipp, Pharm D. Your Compounding Pharmacy Come in and browse our giftware

Open Monday - Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm 1301 - 7th Avenue, Invermere


Professional Window Cleaning • Snow Removal • Carpet Cleaning • Janitorial Services • Chimney Sweeping • Gutter Cleaning • Parking Lot Sweeping • Pressure Washing • Moving & Deliveries Fax 250-342-0488 • Email:


LIFE’S BRIGHTER under the sun. Pierre E. Trudel Bus 250-270-0363 Fax 250-347-6948 4798 Selkirk Ave. Box 108 Edgewater BC V0A 1E0

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Call Judy: (250) 341-1903

ROSS’S POOLS & SPAS Commercial – Residential Installation – Maintenance – Repairs

Darren Ross 4890 Stoddart Creek RR#2 Invermere, BC V0A 1K2

Cell: 250-341-7727 • Fax: 250-347-6363 •

READY MIX CONCRETE Concrete Pump • Sand & Gravel Heavy Equipment Rentals • Crane Service Proudly Serving the Valley for over 50 years

For competitive prices and prompt service call: 250-342-3268 (plant) 250-342-6767 (office)

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Fine Homeservices

•Shower Doors•Mirrors



Telephone: 250-342-3659

Jeff Watson

Sales • Repairs • Warranty

Phone: 250-342-9207

Serving the Valley since 1995• #3, 109 Industrial Road #2, Invermere

Cranbrook Pest Control We use the most successful products available.

• Trusses • Engineered Floors • Wall Panels Tel: 250.341.6075 Fax: 250.341.3427 Email:


1320 Industrial Road #3 Box 159, Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0

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Sewer/Drain Cleaning

Septic Tank Pumping Portable Toilet Rentals • Complete sewer/drain repair • Reasonable rates - Seniors’ discount • Speedy service - 7 days a week • A well-maintained septic system should be pumped every 3-5 years • Avoid costly repairs

Bruce Dehart 347-9803 or 342-5357

Serving The Valley for over 15 Years

Complete Automotive Repairs (Beside the Petro Canada Car Wash)

Phone: 250-342-6614 •

• Drinking Water Systems • Duct Cleaning Service • Water Softeners • Whole House or Specialised Filtration including iron lters that really work! Call (250) 342-5089 385 Laurier Street Invermere, BC V0A 1K0

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• FURNACES • HEAT PUMPS • AIR CONDITIONING • FIREPLACES • HOT TUBS • CHEMICALS • SERVICE & MAINTENANCE 385 Laurier Street, Invermere, BC Phone: (250) 342-7100 PO Box 86, Athalmer, BC V0A 1A0 email: Fax: (250) 342-7103

Scott Postlethwaite

CVCC Contractor// Trade Builder of the Year 2008 0

Residential, Commercial Electric Furnace and Hot Water Tank Repair and Service For All Your Electrical Needs

1710 10 Avenue – Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 th

Commercial and Hospitality IT Your premier choice for restoration and carpet cleaning service

David Hessel

PO Box 2903, Invermere BC V0A 1K0 250-342-0090 • 250-342-0098 Independently owned and operated franchise

Computer Consulting, Service and Support 100% Satisfaction Guarantee

250-342-6008 @ With four service Technicians and two support staff we have the resources to solve your computer problems.

Computer Networks Remote Backup Services Custom Programming

Data Protection Computer Repair IT Consulting

3D Modeling and Virtual Rendering Home Automation and Green Technology Computer Sales and Support

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24 hour emergency service

(250) 341-6888

250-342-5047 • 1-888-357-4449


Senior Discount


Granite & Quartz Countertops Custom Kitchen Cabinetry


High quality products, quick turnaround & contractor’s discount

403-277-1132 Email: #603 - 36 Ave. N.E. Calgary, AB T2E 2L8

• Plumbing, Repair and Installation • Drain Lines • Hot Water Tanks


1422 12A Avenue, Invermere B.C. Serving Calgary and the Kootenay area since 2003

• Furnaces • Heat Pumps • Fireplaces • Full Heating and Ventilation Systems


250-341-5096 VJ (Butch) Bishop Owner/Operator

4846 Holland Creek Ridge Rd. Invermere, BC V0A 1K0

Call for your FREE conultation and estimate

Corporate Logos: Trade Name + From Framing to Finishing Al Tallman

Cell: 250.341.7227 Toll Free: 1.877.342.4426 Fax: 250.342.4427 1484 Hwy 93/95 Windermere, BC V0B 2L1 next to Skookum Inn • Excavators • Mini-Excavators • Bobcats • Dump Trucks • Water Trucks • Compaction Equipment • Snow Plow • Sanding Equipment • Crane Truck • Mobile pressure Washing & Steam Cleaning • Underground Services • Site Prep & Demolition • Road Building • Land Clearing • Controlled Burning • Rock Walls • Rip Rap • Top Soil • Sand & Gravel


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Shiatsu & Acupressure Relaxing - Comfortable - Therapeutic

Farron Chandler Registered Shiatsu Therapist Over 12 years of experience

#106, 901 7 Ave. Parkside Place Downtown Invermere V0A 1K0 th

Phone : 250 342-6347 Mobile : 250 688-0364

Available Monday–Wednesday at Mei Mei’s Asian Market. Make an Appointment Today, let your worries melt away!

Your Weekly Source for News and Events Worried about providing income in 1/4" Minimum size to be used on the standard sized brochures your retirement? N E W S PA P E R MANULIFE SECURITIES INSURANCE AGENCY

See our ad on Page 20 for more details.

Dave Sutherland Sales Associate

#8, 1008 - 8th Avenue Invermere, BC 250-341-6299 •

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thank you


Moving/ downsizing sale

REWARD for information leading to the recovery of a Laser sailboat hull (green with ivory deck) recently stolen from Ft. Point, Invermere. Call Jack, 403-2678282 or Milt, 250-342-3353.

Alcoholics Anonymous. Open to all. Regular meetings of the Columbia Valley A.A. are held at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday at the Valley Connection, far end of the Service B.C. building, 625-4th Street, Invermere. The Radium Friendship Group meets at 8 p.m. Friday at the Catholic Church, east side of Main Street, Radium. Call 250-342-2424 for more info.


Thank you to my family, relatives and friends for coming to celebrate my 90th birthday. Thank you to Reverend Sandy Ferguson for the blessing. To the ladies of the Edgewater Legion, the Edgewater/Radium Health Care Auxiliary, and the All Saints Guild. The Edgewater Senior Citizens for the always great lunch. To Joel and Gayleen for the slide presentation, to Barry Moore, Anne Jardine, John Wright, Paul Chalelle, Geraldine Cablegeun for the musical telegram. To Pat Allen for your generosity and Glen for being the M.C. Thank you for the cards, flowers, and gifts. A special thanks to my family for the family dinner and all you have done to make my 90th birthday special. God Bless you all, Joan Shelstrom

STORAGE SPACE – assorted sizes, easy access, immediate availability, long-term or short-term. Deck Properties Warehouse, Industrial Park, 250-342-3166.

Saturday, March 13th, 9 am – 12 pm, 1722 8th Avenue, Invermere.

s obituary s Dorothy Phyllis Spetz 1938 - 2010

Dorothy Phyllis Spetz, born December 1, 1938 at Riverhurst, Saskatchewan passed away comfortably at home on Saturday, February 27, 2010 following a courageous battle with colon cancer. Dorothy was predeceased by her parents Jack and Myrtle Gibson, and infant brother, as well as her adoring canine companion Ringo. She is survived by her loving daughters: Brenda Spetz of Burnaby, British Columbia and Marie Spetz of Cranbrook; son Grant Spetz of Calgary, Alberta and her one grandson Cameron Lister of Cranbrook. Also surviving her are her sisters Helen Houston (Erich Mintzler) of Cranbrook and Diane (Denis) Madson of Victoria; her nephews Duane Houston of Invermere, Heath (Michelle) Houston of Buck Creek, Alberta and Derek Madson of Campbell River, British Columbia and grand nephew Jordan Houston of Buck Creek, Alberta and numerous relatives and friends. Comforting and assisting Phyllis through her long struggle was her long time friend Marjorie Wood of Innisfail, Alberta. Phyl’s love and passion of photography and scrapbooking are well known and enjoyed by many. Her diligence in genealogy resulted in the eventual discovery of her mother’s many “lost relatives”. Phyllis spent the last few years traveling on many bus tours to England, Scotland, New York City, Scandinavia. In her earlier years she travelled to Australia, Hong Kong and New Zealand. When she was not travelling, she spent her summers in Riverhurst, Saskatchewan in her “Glorified Tent”! Please drop by to join us in a celebration of Phyllis’ life on Saturday, March 6, 2010 between 1:00 and 5:00 pm at 805A - 24th Avenue North in Cranbrook. A memorial service and Interment will be held at a later date in July 2010 in Riverhurst, Saskatchewan. Anyone wishing to make a donation in honour of Phyllis’ memory may do so to the SPCA or a charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service. Condolences for the family can be offered at:

29% of female students have been the victims of unwanted sexual contact at their school over the past 2 years and 18% have experienced sexual assault. WISH can be reached 24 hours a day 7 days a week by calling the emergency help line at 1-800200-3003 and/or during the day at 250-342-4242.

Spring is just around the corner and it’s time to clean out your closet! Closet Frenzy will be having its semi-annual ladies consignment sale April 2 & 3. Currently accepting spring and summer clothing in excellent condition. Call Layna at 250-342-2270 or Carmen at 250-341-5022 or email Check us out on Facebook.

CHEERS & JEERS Cheers to Diane Madson Lee for being such a great neighbour and for hostessing the AGMs. All the best as you move away from your beloved valley, closer to your sons on March 20th.

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Lost & Found Lost, car keys with Discovery Motors and Club Sobeys Tag. Phone 250-342-6653.


Joyce Lum

May 3, 1931 - February 27, 2010

David Lum

June 8, 1946 - December 16, 2009

Together again A Celebration of Life for Dave and Joyce will be held at Canal Flats Community Hall on Saturday, March 6, 2010 at 1:00 pm. Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service. Condolences for the family can be offered at:

NEWHOUSE MULTI STORAGE Various sizes available. Now with climate controlled units. Call 250-342-3637 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. For lease, 2400 square foot main floor Panache building. Perfect for office or retail. Long term lease available. 250-342-5525. 864 sq.ft. warehouse space with loading dock, unheated, $656.25/month includes GST, available immediately. Call 250342-3637.

rental wanted The Pioneer requires a minimum 3 bdrm, 2 bath condo or townhouse in Invermere w/insuite laundry. This is for employees who will be travelling to work on special projects. Can enter into longterm lease. We are good tenants and have this arrangement in other communities, can provide references. The catch is Bob Doull, the president, has a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever that occasionally accompanies him. If you have something suitable, leave message at The Pioneer, 250-341-6299 or email Pioneer graphic designer seeks affordable 1 bdrm unfurnished apartment for April 15th or May 1st, $500 - $650. Quiet, N/S, N/P, no parties. Please call 250-3416299 days or 250-342-9438.

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house FOR RENT

condo FOR RENT

condo FOR RENT

D/T Radium, fully furnished bedroom, shared bathroom, kitchen, laundry, available immediately, $475 all inclusive. Call or text 250-688-0954.

2 bdrm lower walk-out suite in Invermere. Very bright, clean, large lot, N/S, N/P, $875/month, includes utilities, available Jan. 1st. 2 bdrm, 2 bath upper suite, large decks and lot, very clean, N/S, N/P, $1000/month, includes utilities, available immediately, 250-342-9770.

Invermere, central, quiet neighbourhood. Spacious, bright newly renovated 1 bdrm suite, private entrance and patio, furnished. N/S, references required, $900/month including utilities, cable and internet, available April 15th, 250-3420399.


1 bdrm condo on Radium Golf Course. Fully furnished, including all utilities & cable, $800/month, 250-427-4997.

Invermere, 2 bdrm townhouse, 1 ½ bath, garage, 5 appliances, available March 1st, 403-2759653.

Panorama, 1 bdrm, fully furnished, includes utilities and cable, $900/month, available May 1st, 250-341-6031.

house FOR sale

1 bdrm, large walk-out, bright, large windows, high 10’ ceilings, new quiet home, private backyard, walk D/T, D/W, N/S, N/P, $850, inclusive, 403-9228518.

Radium, large, bright, new, 1 bdrm, 1 bath, walkout suite. Private entrance, 6 appliances, $700/month + $700 DD + utilities, except water, N/S, N/P. Call 403-288-1287 or email

Room available in awesome large house in Invermere, $550 + split utilities, 250-342-0420.

SUITE FOR RENT 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, $600/month, 2 bdrm units, $800/month. 250-341-1182. Affordable accommodation in Invermere, $550 and up. Furnished, utilities, phone, cable, and some housekeeping/ laundry service included, 250342-6618. Radium, 1 bdrm furnished apartment, $650 including cable & utilities. 2 bdrm apartment, $800, including cable and utilities. Bachelor efficiency, $550, available immediately. DD, N/S, N/P, references required. Call Don or Susan, 250-342-6908 or 250-347-7775. Columere Park, bright, 1 bdrm furnished upstairs suite, private beach, quiet, $650/month, 250345-6524.

Downtown Invermere basement suite, newly renovated, all utilities included, $550/month, available now, 250-342-8954, after 6pm. Wilmer, bright 1 bdrm walk-out basement suite, $700 includes utilities, cable, private entrance, W/D, available immediately, 250-342-0035. 2 bdrm basement suite, bright, close to D/T, $725, utilities included, available immediately, 403-613-3953. 2 bdrm furnished apartment, close to D/T, W/D, cable, all utilities included, $900, references & DD. For more info call 250-342-9636. Westside Park, bright 1 bdrm walk-out, W/D, $650, utilities included. Upstairs suite used some weekends only, 403-3750200. 2 bdrm large walk-out. Bright, large windows, private backyard, near Windermere Beach, N/S, N/ P, W/D, cable & internet, $700/ person, $850/2 persons, 250342-6162.

1 bdrm basement suite, walking distance to D/T Invermere, private entry, recently renovated kitchen, fridge, stove, open plan living, W/D, pets negotiable, insulated floor and ceiling, $675 includes hydro, satellite TV, available immediately, 250688-0843. Downtown Canal Flats apartment, new renos, F/S, W/ D, 2 bdrm, unfurnished, N/P, N/ S, reference required, available immediately, $650 + $325 DD + util, 250-342-3345 after 6pm.

house FOR RENT 1/2 duplex in Radium, 3 bdrm, 3 full baths, beautiful patio, BBQ, patio furniture, available immediately, 403-288-3743 or email for information and pictures. Invermere, 2 bdrm older furnished home with garage. All utilities & cable included, no W/D. References & DD required, $900/month. Call 250-3429636, 250-341-5555.


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

3 bdrm home in Windermere. Upper suite with lake views, just renovated including new appliances. $975 + ½ utilities. 250-342-8662. Downtown large 4 bdrm, available immediately, N/S, N/P, $1200/month + utilities, 250341-1650.

condo FOR RENT 3 bdrm, 2 bath + garage, N/P, N/ S, available now, $1350/month, 250-341-1182. Radium, Stanley Street, 2 bdrm, 2 bath + den, insuite laundry, laminate flooring, fireplace, A/C, 2 underground parking stalls, N/ P, N/S, available November 1st, $1100/month + DD, utilities included, 403-472-8992. 2 bdrm + den condo in Radium. Fully furnished, 6 appliances, granite, cast iron fireplace, hot tub, pool, underground parking, long or short term rental, 403861-7754. Invermere Townhouse with lots of upgrades, 3 bdrm, 3 bath, developed basement, single garage and large communal yard, 5 min. walk to downtown. Furnished or unfurnished, $1300/month + util, N/S, N/P, references required, 403-6974319.

New, 3 bdrm, single garage, insuite laundry, 1400 sq. ft. townhouse in Borrego Ridge, Radium. Available March 1st, $1300 + util, 403-875-0214. 1 bdrm + den, The Peaks, 6 appliances, fireplace, underground parking, storage, $850, includes all utilities, longterm, senior discount, 403-8166007. Invermere, 2 bdrm, 1 bath, behind hospital, next to playground, clean, secure building, laundry, N/S, N/P, $800 + DD, includes utilities, but not electricity, avail. April 1st, 250342-7547. Black Forest Village unit available for rent immediately, 2 bdrm with garage, N/S, $1100/ month. Call Keith for more info, 250-341-1400. Bright & Spacious Upgraded 2brm Townhouse, laundry, single garage. Call 250-3421534, or email remi.plante@ to move in today! 2 Bedroom Furnished Condo, majestic mountain views, 1.5 baths, single garage, 6 appliances, rent weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. $1000/ month + util. 250-342-1475.

Dry Gulch Bungalow, 2 bdrms, 2 bath, clean, affordable, renovated, upgrades, $169,000. Call 250-342-9813. Family home in quiet area of Wilder subdivision, some renos. Priced to sell at $325,000. call 250-342-9446.

condo FOR sale Brand new 1600 sq.ft. D/T Invermere, 3 bdrm, 2 bath + garage. Reduced to $299,900 + GST,, 250-341-1182. Affordable condo downtown Invermere, fully furnished, 2 bdrm, 1 bath, $139,900, 250341-1182.

MOBILE HOME FOR SALE FREE 1960s model 12’ x 52’ house trailer, to be moved, everything in working condition. Was occupied until November, some renos done in 1996, 250-3456270. Beautiful 12’ x 64’ trailer, 12’ x 48’ addition on large pad. 4 bdrm, 1 bath, island kitchen, large dining area. New D/W, paint, laminate, tile, curtains and more. Wood burning stove, covered front deck, 2 enclosed outbuildings, large wood shed. Baja 250 quad included. A must see., must sell deal! Windermere, $119,900, 250-342-5506.

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Pioneer Classifieds MOBILE HOME FOR SALE Fully renovated 2 bdrm mobile home in quiet park in Juniper Heights. Slate/hardwood floors, large ensuite with custom slate/travertine shower, jet tub, seperate laundry room, central vac, hot water on demand, large lot, private deck to enjoy beautiful views. Motivated to sell, $117,500, 250-342-0454. 12’ x 68’ 2 bdrm mobile home in Canal Flats trailer park. W/D, F/S, new floors & cupboards, jetted tub. Will consider rental purchase. For more info phone 250-421-7189 or 250-3497576.

TIME SHARES Priced to sell! Enjoy a 2 week share, (Name on Title), Marble Canyon Condo in Fairmont Hot Springs, BC. Unit is 2500 sq. ft., 3 levels, 4 bdrms, sleeps 11, 3.5 baths, 2 family rooms and billiard room. South facing large deck, BBQ, A/C. Enjoy your summer week this year! Offers, call 780463-3654 or email hmlwarner@ for more details.

LOT/ACREAGE FOR SALE 4967 Spruce Avenue, Canal Flats. Mobile home zoned lot, in quiet location, close to school, golf course, convenience stores and beach, $72,000. Call 250-3427179. 48 acres of view property overlooking the Columbia Valley, south of Golden, BC, with 2 rental homes and considerable timber value. This property offers longterm income as well as many building sites for the retirement home of your dreams. Asking $750,000. Reply to


Misc. For Sale

2 budgies; one white, one Fine glass punch bowl with 24 yellow, includes cage, 30”x 16” matching cups, $125 OBO, 250x 36”. Must go to good home, 342-3175. $100 OBO, 250-347-9556. Acer Extensa, 5420 laptop with 10 gallon fish tank complete blue tooth, and crystal eye with pump and filter, plus 8 fish. camera, 3 years old, personal Must go to good home, $100 use only, 250-342-6655. OBO, 250-347-9556. 3 use day passes for Panorama. WANTED Regular $61, selling for $45. 1992 Yamaha Ovation CS340 WANTED, glass mason jars, will snowmobile, great condition, pick up. Call 250-348-2431. $1200, 250-342-7324.

Misc. For Sale

Vehicle FOR SALE

The Junkie Shop “All kinds of stuff” Romance paperbacks, 4/$1.00 Other books $.50 - $3.00 2000 titles Website, 8288 Hobbit Road, Dry Gulch Free pickup and delivery Recycle reuse.

1997 Chev, 9 passenger Astro Van, less than 25km on $3000 new engine, $5500, 250-3421354. 1997 Pontiac Firefly, 1.3 l, auto transmisssion, 256,000 km, needs nothing, great vehicle, $1250, 250-347-6941.

1995 Land Rover Discovery 4.0L, V8, dark green, seats 7, electronic Architectural Shingles, 3000 sunroof, anti-lock brakes, all sq.ft. dark green, used 16”x36” seasons, asking $4200. Call panels, $4800 OBO. 2’ x 8’ x 10” Glen, 250-270-0666. white Styrofoam insulation panels, best offer. Call Bob, 250BUSINESS FOR SALE 345-6668 Fairmont. Invermere Sears established business. Quality Top Soil & Manure. retail/catalogue Interested parties please contact Top Soil $160/dump truck load, $70/pick-up load. Manure $100/ Mary Frances, 250-342-6901 or pick-up load, delivery extra. Call, email invermeresears@telus. net. 250-342-1268. Apartment style washer and dryer, like new, $200, 250-3425309. Wood burning stove, Regency model M2100, in excellent condition. Gold plated door, 2 speed fan, built in ash box, $950, 250-345-0065.

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

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ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES Do you need help generating professional looking presentations, letters, reports, spreadsheets, and other correspondence? I will provide you with administrative services from my home office. Over 13 years experience, advanced courses taken in many MS Office applications, extremely detail oriented, and professional. Call Carmen at 250-341-5022 for more information.

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

Fairmont Creek Property Rentals is accepting applications for Reception and Reservations. For a detailed job description and to apply contact info@

Phil’s Carpentry – Everything from roofs to decks, completion of basement and bathrooms. Phone 250-341-8033 (cell) – 24/7. Not on valley time. Furnace & duct cleaning services using the patented rotobrush system. Call AQUAIR for free estimates, 250-342-5089.

Blinds, Drapery, Bedding a savings! High quality & lifetime warranty Commercial or residential Shannon’s Blinds & Designs Call a professional today; for a free consultation 250-349-7507 or 250-342-5749

Qualified chef required in Mediterranean Greek cuisine. Also experienced grill cooks, prep cooks, kitchen help, and ice cream servers. Apply to Tony’s Greek Grill in Fairmont. Good wages, seasonal from April to October. Please call 250-6522569 or fax 250-544-3475.


Natural stone mason supervisor needed. Not cultured / stick on. At least 3 years experience. Send resume to Holland Creek Homes, P.O.Box 743, Windermere BC, V0B 2L0.

For complete restoration & auto body repair. Vintage & classic models, domestic & import, custom body & paint, licensed with over 30 years experience. For a FREE estimate call SHAWN 250-347-9872.

Heaven’s Best Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning. Dry in one hour! Call 250-688-0213. DK Woodworks Kitchen refurbishing, furniture repair/refinishing, custom cabinets, mantles, bookcases, benches…etc. for all your woodworking needs 250-688-1335.

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

Dog Grooming. Call now to make your appointment 250-342-6178. New nail technician wanting to enhance skills and clientele using CND gel and liquid and powder, hypo-allergenic products at my home salon. Get pampered in a clean and casual atmosphere. Limited offer, $30/ set. Call Tracy at First Hand Nails, 250-688-0286.

Spring Health Foods is Hiring! Someone who is passionate and knowledgeable about natural health. A positive, energetic person who enjoys people. Well organized, detail oriented and independent. Able to work on his/her feet for long periods of time, and lift and carry heavy objects occasionally. We offer: a permanent, year-round position with regular day shifts; a competitive wage, based on experience; an excellent staff discount program; a healthy, flexible and creative work environment. Please contact Spring, 250-342-5596 or email resume to springfeevah@ Home Renovation Centre is looking for skilled mudders/ tapers. Experience required, wages negotiable. Drop off resume at Unit B, 492 Arrow Road, or email don@

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Full time service station manager required to work shifts and start immediately at Gas Plus, in Fairmont, BC. $20.30/ hour, duties include managing staff and assigning duties, good customer service relations, motivated and flexible. Must have at least 1 year minimum related experience, have knowledge of Versa POS, and info net systems, able to handle cash registers and Lotto machine, able to resolve customer complaints. Fax resume 250-245-6600, attention Mr. Muhammad Azeem Jutt.

Call 1-888-55EKIPC or go to for full ad. EKIPC is looking for contractors with pesticide applicators certificate and experience with integrated pest management. Must have excellent organizational skills. Tender deadline 9:00 pm (MST), March 18, 2010. The successfukl candidates will enter contract agreement with EKIPC, works completed November 15, 2010.

Job Opportunities Leading the way in asphalt maintenance Operating in Invermere, Cranbrook and Nelson, B.C. We are currently looking for an experienced Rakerman and Labourers for the 2010 season. While maintaining a high level of professionalism, successful applicants would be self motivated, hardworking and able to work in a fast paced environment. Attention to detail a must. Some travel will be required. Wages depending on experience. Please send resume to: or to arrange an interview Phone: 250-341-8510

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

Looking for a job or career?

The Trades Industry Wants You!


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Check out one of our upcoming sessions to get information on specific trades. Next information session: Wednedsay, March 24th, 7:00 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

Blackline is an equal opportunity employer.


Windermere, B.C. -- Akisqnuk First Nation

Addictions Worker The Akisqnuk First Nation seeks a full-time Addictions Worker. This challenging position requires self-motivation, knowledge and experience in the addictions field, and strong interpersonal/ counseling skills. Effective workshop facilitation is required.

Kari’s Kitchen at Windermere at Windermere Valley Golf Course is currently looking for qualified individuals to join their food and beverage team. We are looking for both serving staff and kitchen staff. Positions are seasonal, (approx. March 15th – October 15th). We have both full-time and part-time openings. Contact Kari, 250-342-3004 or email resumes to

For the Bargain Hunter In All of Us

DUTIES • Counsel, assist, and supervise clients and families who are coping with substance abuse and addiction issues • Assist with community social programs • Prepare intake reports and ongoing case management and after plans • Liaise with staff to provide a coordinated approach to wellness • Develop community plans that involve elders and youth • • • • • •

QUALIFICATIONS Diploma in a relevant field such Human/Social Service Worker or equivalent education and experience Successful completion of Chemical Addictions Worker Diploma program Minimum 2 years sobriety Excellent interpersonal skills; a mature attitude, emotional stability and a genuine concern for the welfare of others is essential A proven record of project management Previous experience working with First Nation’s communities preferred For a complete job description please visit To apply, please submit a cover letter and a current resume to:

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Akisqnuk First Nation 3050 Highway 93/95, Windermere, B. C. V0B 2L2 Fax: (250) 342-9693 • Email: Attention: Patsy Nicholas, Director of Social Programs Deadline noon (MST) March 12, 2010 We wish to thank all who apply, however only short listed candidates will be contacted.


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

Pioneer Classified Advertising 250-341-6299

Full-Time Year Round

Greywolf Golf Administrative Assistant IT Technical Support


Front desk, Housekeeping, Reservation Agents, Food and Beverage Severs, Cooks, Retail and Rental Clerks, Bike Mechanic, Mountain Operations Lift Attendants, Bike Patrol, Trail Crew, Bike instructor Guest Services Desk Agents, Lifeguards, Camp Counselors, Greywolf Equipment Coordinators, Turf Care, Player Assistants, Golf Shop Attendants, Servers, Cooks, Grounds and Pool Maintenance Full-time, Year-round opportunities offer comprehensive benefit plans. Seasonal & full-time positions receive reciprocal ski/mountain bike passes for resorts through British Columbia and Alberta. Great resort privileges are also offered. Day and Location: Thurs.Mar.11th.Panorama Mountain Village. Copper Crown. 1:00pm-3:00pm. Sign up required: Please email Nicole Morgan @ to reserve your interview spot. *please bring your resume and written references with you to the interview.

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Grannies to host St. Patrick’s Day Tea

March 5, 2010 Submitted by Luana Gillies Go-Go Sisters Our local grandmothers’ group, supporters of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, is hosting their annual St. Patrick’s Day Tea on Saturday, March 13th, at Christ Church Trinity, from 2 to 4 p.m. A bake table full of homemade goodies will also be available. The Stephen Lewis Foundation funds small, front-line projects

throughout sub-Saharan Africa to assist women, orphans, grandmothers and people living with HIV and AIDS. The Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign directly connects with the African grandmothers who are holding the continent together by becoming parents again to their grandchildren who have been orphaned by the AIDS pandemic. It is predicted that, in the near fu-

Pioneer Classifieds Our focus is on giving people room to grow, room to impact, room to make a significant, personal contribution and room to make a difference in the lives of others.

Housekeepers/Room Attendants Bighorn Meadows Resort is currently seeking detail oriented, energetic, room attendants and laundry personnel. Related experience will be considered an asset. Full or part-time hours are available. $12.05 – $12.50/hour. Eligible candidates must have the ability to work weekends. Bighorn Meadows Resort is an equal opportunity employer and offers a competitive salary/ health benefit package and is committed to providing a superior employee experience.

INTERIOR HEALTH, INVERMERE is accepting applications for the following positions:

Casual Nursing Unit Clerk Competition #176134 By combining your experience and education you can begin advancing your skills on our team. For detailed qualifications, more information and to apply online visit:

Interested applicants please forward your confidential resume to: or by fax to (250)-347-2311 attention Pearl.

Roger 29r, incoming customer wanting to connect to NanoFibre, Oh – Mrs. Brown wants to change her password, here comes a request to change billing information, and yes Mr. Jones – you can keep your phone number. You won’t actually be landing aircraft – but it will feel like it. You are charming, smart and the kind of person who looks forward to answering every call. Everyone starts things – you finish them. You are restless until you’ve returned that missed phone call. When something doesn’t work as expected you are itching to find out why and fix it. You have several years of support experience where you performed above the level of your colleagues. Not by processing more calls - but by ensuring the customer has a positive experience. You understand technology, have no problem assisting with mail configuration, router issues, etc. If this describes you, email your resume, cover letter and salary expectations to We will contact qualified applicants.

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ture, 10-15 percent of the population will be orphans. All of the money raised by our Invermere Go-Go Sisters is sent on to directly support grandmothers of Africa. The funds provide food, housing grants, school fees for their grandchildren and grief counselling. For more information about the local Go-Go Sisters group, please contact Marilyn Kraayvanger at 250-3426488.

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

JOB POSTING ExecuƟve Assistant The Kootenay Rockies InnovaƟon Council (KRIC) has an immediate opening in Invermere for an ExecuƟve Assistant. The successful candidate will report to the ExecuƟve Director of KRIC and have the primary responsibility of enhancing the execuƟve director’s eīecƟveness by providing informaƟon management support, administraƟve support and represenƟng the execuƟve director to others. Some travel within the region will be required. KRIC is a not-for-prot organizaƟon whose mission is to foster a vibrant, diverse and resilient economy in the EK through science and technology. Deadline for applicaƟons is 9 am March 22, 2010. For a full job descripƟon and instrucƟons for submiƫng a resume please visit

www. and look for job posƟng under our news secƟon.

First of all – you believe in technology. Second – you want a role in fostering high tech jobs this network can bring to the Valley. With those two guiding principles, you will be ready to keep track of our financial relationships.

You’re a geek and although you don’t wear this in public - its fits you very well. Friends invite you over because you fix everything. Windows, Mac, TCP/IP, MPEG-4, whatever, you know it but don’t show it - you are a modest Canadian.

With a head full of numbers, MicroSoft Dynamics - GP experience and post secondary training in accounting or bookkeeping, you will further your career at fibre optic speed. Your references glow, your integrity is solid and balancing everything the first time is who you are.

But what makes you different is your personality. Technically sharp, you don’t tell people what is wrong, you teach them how to do it right. And now you have the opportunity to stop fixing problems with old technology and work with a rock solid fibre optic network.

And now for the most important part - the team. You are ready to join a hard working group and strengthen our team with your personality and attention to detail. If this describes you, email your resume, cover letter and salary expectations to We will contact qualified applicants.

And now for the most important part - the team. You are ready to join a hard working group and strengthen our team with your personality and attention to detail. If this describes you, email your resume, cover letter and salary expectations to We will contact qualified applicants.

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Jesus will give you rest By Pastor Wayne Frater Radium Christian Fellowship If you were asked, “What more could you do for Jesus?” what would your answer be? I was asked something very similar the other day. As I thought about it, as I prayed about it, Matthew 11:28-30 came to mind. “Then Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.’” This could be because these were the verses I was going to be talking about the following Sunday, but I believe that God wanted me to realize that I am doing what He would have me do. But maybe I wasn’t resting in Him as much as I should. Maybe I wasn’t trusting Him as I should. Maybe I needed to be refreshed. We all have priorities; we all have needs; we all have cares; we are all busy; and we all need to be refreshed from time to time. How about you? Jesus wants to refresh you. He says, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry

Family ministry speaks in Radium

heavy burdens.” Are you weary today? Are you concerned? Are you burdened by the cares of the world? Jesus wants to give you rest. He wants to teach us, so we will find rest. His burden is light. What if you knew without a doubt that every thing will work out – finances, health, relationships, marriage, family situations – whatever you are going through? Let me tell you: if you trust God, if you submit your life to Him and truly make Jesus the Lord and Ruler of every area of your life, you will find rest. We have to trust Him. Maybe it will not work out the way we have it planned, but it will work out – if we trust Him – the way God has it planned. If you know Jesus but you don’t have the kind of rest we are talking about here, maybe there are some areas of your life you need to make Jesus Lord over. If you don’t know Jesus, and all these cares and worries are over-running you, now would be a good time to put your trust in Him. Come to Jesus today. Give Him everything that is a burden to you. Receive His peace, receive His love, and trust Him to show you a better way. Trust Him to show you “The Way”. His Way. Thank Him for His faithfulness and go on, carry on, with an attitude of hope and expectancy. Be confident in the fact that Jesus is working behind the scenes on your behalf. Rest in that fact that Jesus says – and Jesus is the truth and the way – “I will give you rest.”

HART to HEART MINISTRIES from Chickasaw Alabama

Mike, Denise & Michelle Hartmann-Echterling

Submitted by Pastor Wayne Frater This weekend, Hart to Heart ministries is returning to Radium, and we are expecting some very special times. Mike is a dynamic speaker who flows in a manifestation of God’s love that results in hearts being touched with God’s love. Denise has authored several books and has six music CDs. She is a gifted speaker who touches the heart with a life-changing message. Michelle always has something to share that will lift your spirit. Come on out and bring your friends. You will be blessed, more than you can imagine.

Valley Churches Lake Windermere Alliance Church Sunday, March 7th, 10:30 a.m.: Worship and Life Instruction. “Your Story Matters . . . God’s Story About You.” Special guest speaker, Mr. Matt Wilks. K.I.D.S. Church, 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.: Worship at All Saints, Edgewater 10:30 a.m.: Worship at Christ Church Trinity, Invermere Rev. Sandy Ferguson • 110 - 7th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-6644 • or Valley Christian Assembly Sharing Truth, Showing Love Sunday 10 a.m.: Worship and Word Kids’ Church provided. Pastor T. Scott Peterson 4814 Highway 93/95, Windermere 250-342-9511 • Roman Catholic Church Sunday: 9 a.m. at Canadian Martyrs Church in Invermere 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church in Radium 11:30 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Church in Canal Flats 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 Sunday 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, Sunday 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

• Books • Music • Stationary • Children • Educational


Selkirk TV & Appliances Ltd. “Serving you since 1971” MAIN STREET • INVERMERE (250) 342-6415


OVERLOOKING LAKE WINDERMERE Lots of windows, full front deck, huge garage, big lot, 3 bedrooms – a simply SUPER BUY!


Friday, March 5th & 6th – 7:00 p.m. Sunday, March 7th – 10:00 a.m.

Radium Christian Fellowship

#4-7553 Main Street West, Radium Hot Springs, BC 250-347-9937 • 250-342-6633 • Everyone Welcome

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• Radium • Invermere • Panorama • Windermere • Fairmont Call 250-341-6151 or 1-888-341-6155

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