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Vol. 7/Issue 12

The Columbia


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March 19, 2010

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Locals injured in Revelstoke avalanche By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff Two Columbia Valley residents were injured in a deadly avalanche near Revelstoke on Saturday, March 13th. The men wish to remain anonymous, but one dislocated his leg and is on crutches. The other was buried up to his waist and had to dig himself out. They were attending the Big Iron Shootout at Boulder Mountain, near Revelstoke, when a giant avalanche swept down the mountain, engulfing 200 sledders and spectators. Two Albertan men died and 30 people were injured. Rescuers are amazed there weren’t more fatalities. After the avalanche, RCMP set up a large temporary morgue at a private air hanger. “It is with a feeling of great relief and somewhat disbelief that all we saw it utilized for was the safe storage of broken snowmobiles waiting to be retrieved by

owners, and not rows of bodies waiting to be identified by loved ones,” said Corporal Dan Moskaluk. Kimberley avalanche expert Dave Quinn said it is a miracle the tragedy wasn’t worse. “It really could easily have been the other way around – two injured and 30 dead,” he said. The tragedy should show how important it is for those using the back country to have basic avalanche awareness, Dave added. “Those involved chose to ignore the basic risks associated with standing or parking their machines at the bottom of a very obvious, open avalanche chute, when avalanche conditions were well-known to be dangerous, and with multiple large, powerful machines rumbling around in the start zone of the avalanche above them,” Dave said. The avalanche occurred when two sledders were competing to see who could reach the highest point on the mountain, an activity known as “high marking.”

“This is equivalent to sprinting across a busy freeway – sure, it’s fun and sure, it will work out most of the time. But odds are, eventually something dangerous will happen,” Dave said. But Barry Lightfoot, president of the Windermere Valley Snowmobile Club, said sledding is no more dangerous than heli-skiing. “When you’re heli-skiing, you can trigger the avalanche and those guys, they’re the crazy ones. At least we have the horsepower – you can stay on top of it with your sled,” Barry said. “They are going to try to place blame but it’s nobody’s fault; when you go into the back country, that’s the risk,” he added. The RCMP Major Crimes Unit has launched an investigation into the deaths. “If evidence to support a charge under the Criminal Code is obtained, a report will be forwarded to Crown Counsel recommending criminal charges,” said Corporal Moskaluk.

Edmonton teen dies after skiing into tree By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff Staff at Panorama Mountain Village are reeling after the tragic death of a 16-year-old skier. Skyler Lockwood of Edmonton was on a school field trip to the resort last Monday, March 15th, and was skiing down the blue Rollercoaster run at about 10 a.m. “He lost control and collided with a tree, which resulted in head and internal injuries that were fatal,” said Columbia Valley RCMP Staff Sergeant Marko Shehovac. “The young male was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident,” Staff Sgt. Shehovac added.

A school mate skiing with Skyler saw the collision and stopped a passing skier. “The first adult on the scene to provide assistance happened to be a trauma doctor who immediately started resuscitation,” Staff Sgt. Shehovac said. Panorama Ski Patrol were at the scene within minutes and rushed Skyler off the mountain. “He was placed in a helicopter and flown to Invermere and District Hospital, where shortly after he was pronounced deceased,” Staff Sgt. Shehovac said. Skyler and thirty class mates from J. Percy Page High School were on a two-day field trip with three teachers. The trip was cut short after the tragic ac-

cident. Monday was a sunny day at the ski hill, according to Jamie Hurschler, marketing coordinator for Panorama Mountain Village. “It was sunny and calm, minus eight degrees,” Jamie said. The entire staff has been affected by the tragedy, he added. “It’s a tough time for us and we are dealing with it by supporting the boy’s family and friends and working through it as a resort,” Jamie said. There hasn’t been a fatality at Panorama Mountain Resort since July 2007, when 31-year-old Robin Kochorek was attacked by a black bear while she was mountain biking.

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RCMP Report Submitted by Staff Sergeant Marko Shehovac RCMP Columbia Valley Detachment • On Wednesday, March 10th, members of the RCMP’s Columbia Valley Detachment received a complaint of a green Toyota that had a window smashed while parked at the rear of Radium Esso. • On March 10th, RCMP members attended a fire in the 8000 block of Dehart Road. A trailer was burned and destroyed. No one was in the home at the time. The fire is suspicious in nature. Columbia Valley Detachment was assisted in the investigation by Cranbrook Identification Section and a Cranbrook RCMP fire investigator. • On Thursday, March 11th at 1:30 a.m., Columbia Valley Detachment received a complaint of mischief after a rock was thrown through the window of Inside Edge on 7th Avenue, Invermere. • On March 11th at 4 a.m., police attended a single vehicle accident on the 5000 block of Highway 95 in Edgewater. A 2001 Western Star logging truck was southbound on some curves when it lost control


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and left the road. Power lines were taken down. The 38-year-old male driver from Parson was not injured in the accident. • On Saturday, March 13th at 6:30 a.m., Columbia Valey RCMP assisted Panorama Security on a disturbance call involving an intoxicated male. A 28year-old Edmonton man was arrested and lodged in cells. He was issued a violation ticket for being drunk in public upon his release. • On Sunday, March 14th at 4 a.m., police, again, assisted Panorama Security on a disturbance and assault complaint. Upon arrival, police dealt with a 22-year-old Cranbrook man. The victim of the assault did not request charges. The man was cautioned and released to friends. • On Monday, March 15th at 8 a.m., Columbia Valley Detachment Members attended to a complaint of Break and Enter at KÜnig Meats on 7th Avenue in Invermere. An undetermined amount of money was stolen and the investigation is continuing.


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Stevens family to block runway at Invermere airport By Brian Geis Pioneer Staff Basil and Mildred Stevens announced this week they intend to form a human blockade on the north half of the runway at Invermere Airport this Saturday, March 20, and anyone who attempts to use it could be arrested for trespassing. According to Basil Stevens, the north end of the runway crosses land he owns. After 23 years of nonpayment for use of the land, he said, he’s had enough. “It’s quite a mind-boggling thing, really,” Mr. Stevens commented. The Stevens family, he said in a statement issued this week, are the legal owners of 81 hectares of land used by the Invermere Airport, which is located within the Shuswap Indian Reserve, north of Invermere. Babin Air, the company which operates the airport, he said, has failed to make any payments to the Stevens family for the use and enjoyment of the airport and the airport runway. “This matter is currently before the court,” he said. “So, effective March 19th, 2010, the airport runway



will be blocked until further notice. Anyone attempting to use our portion of the airport runway will be guilty of trespass.” Both Mr. Stevens and Norm Babin, of Babin Air, are pointing to Shuswap Band Chief Paul Sam and council in the dispute. “We are the operators of the airport and for the past 20-some years, we’ve been paying the Shuswap Band for use of the airport and our relationship has been fair and good,” Mr. Babin explained. “I feel for the Stevens family if they are not getting what they deserve, but the Department of Indian Affairs have told us that any dealings must go through the chief and council.” Mr. Babin said he is not sure if it will be business as usual for the airport on Saturday. “It’s a concern for us,” he said, “especially when it comes to medical evacuations. We don’t knw when flights are going to come in, so there is some liability there. Calls to Shuswap Chief Paul Sam and the Shuswap Band office were not returned by press time. An office worker said the office was closed for vacations.

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Invest in a better diet By Brian Geis Pioneer Editor

A friend of mine who is a physician in Calgary said she is convinced the rise in the prevalence of cancer is linked to a decline in the quality of food we eat. After watching the Oscar-nominated documentary Food, Inc. — available for rent at Gone Hollywood in Invermere — I tend to believe she’s right. Although a stroll down the aisles of any grocery store leads you to believe there is a virtual cornucopia of variety available, the film purports the opposite is true. In fact, a dogged pursuit of agricultural efficiency has resulted in less variety, more products engineered in laboratories from fewer ingredients and a factoryfarmed food supply that has the wholesome goodness of nature engineered right out. Our food supply, the film depicts, is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We now have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, herbicide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won’t go bad, but we also have new strains of E. coli — the harmful bacteria that causes illness and death. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults. Deaths from cancer are projected to continue rising, with an estimated 12 million deaths in 2030. Grocery stores pay extremely close attention to what you buy. Research what you are eating. Find out exactly what is in it, and where and how it is made. Seek out items that are natural, wholesome, organic and sourced close to home. Invest in a better diet. The more you buy, the more they will stock. The more they stock, the more they will produce. By doing so, the humble consumer can reverse a trend and create a healthier world.

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Pioneer cabin This image depicts the homestead cabin of John Brothers, located about 22 miles north-east of the Kootenay National Park gate. Pictured here are (left to right) Walter Nixon, Evelyn Stoddart, Annie Crook, Charles Crook Jr., Charles Crook, John Brothers and Esther Nixon. The picture was taken in August 1915. Submitted by Ray Crook

McKay house is really Hanson house By Pioneer Staff Earl Hanson of Windermere stopped by this week to inform us that the McKay house depicted in last week’s Historical Lens is actually the Hanson house. Although it was built in 1911 by James Lorenzo McKay, Earl’s parents, Mike and Leah Hanson, lived in it for at least a generation. In fact, Earl said he was born in the room behind the third

window on the south side of the house in 1940 and lived there for 22 years. The photo, he said, must have been taken during the flood of 1948, not in the early 1920s as noted by the Historical Society. Earl said you can see his boat tied up out back and noted the car in the side yard was the Hudson Terraplane (manufactured 1932-1939), which was up on blocks at the time.

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RCMP responds to park traffic complaints Dear Editor: I would like to respond to the letter in last week’s paper regarding traffic in Kootenay National Park. I can answer some of the questions and concerns and provide a brief explanation on the detachment’s side of this issue. Kootenay National Park, from Radium Hot Springs to the Alberta border, is in the jurisdiction of the Columbia Valley Detachment and it is our responsibility to patrol and attend accidents. Highway 93 also falls under the jurisdiction of the East Kootenay Traffic Section, based out of Cranbrook. Prior to Cranbrook taking care of this highway it was the responsibility of the Traffic Section in Golden. We were fortunate for a while to have traffic members living in Invermere and Radium. Back then, the park received a great deal of attention. Those members are no longer living in the valley. One officer retired and another moved from the area. The detachment does not have the human resources to tackle the problem as often as we would like. Sending a member to patrol the highway, given the immediate priorities and work load each officer has, would be a luxury or something we are able to do when we have some down time. The General Duty Member is taking care of investigations that require immediate attention. During his working day, this officer actually takes on the new complaints that come in while balancing on average 15-20 other ongoing investigations. We are not a traffic-dedicated unit as Traffic Sections is. Having said that, there is good news for those that want to see traffic enforcement. (Personally, when I am in my 1981 Corvette, I’m not all that eager to see them. Any other time, I have no problem. Truly, it’s the Corvette’s fault and not the driver.)

The sergeant-in-charge of East Kootenay Traffic Section is well aware of the complaints and concerns about the speeds on this portion of the highway. He has sent units en masse to patrol the highway and will have the members do frequent blitzes. The units will actually spend several nights staying in the valley. This will continue throughout the year. The next blitz is this month and it will continue throughout the summer. The Columbia Valley Detachment also receives additional seasonal funding that allows me to have officers come in on their days off to work seasonal policing. Part of this will go to traffic enforcement in the park. However, I have to save a great deal of this money to send policing to the Radium car show. East Kootenay Traffic Services also has extra funding and they will also pay for members to work the park on their days off. This was done recently and resulted in 90 charges over a two-day period. Also, East Kootenay Traffic Services works hand-in-hand with the Integrated Road Safety Unit, which is provincially funded in large part by ICBC. You can see that through different ways of tackling the problem, Highway 93 is getting attention. It could always get more attention, but the reality of police work is, we can’t be everywhere all the time. The letter writer made a suggestion that Parks Canada buck up and throw some money into the pot to allow members to work the highway in their jurisdiction. I can explore that idea, but I think a push from the public to the proper Minister would go a long way. I hope I was able to answer some of the questions generated by last week’s letter and provide some insight into what the RCMP is doing. Staff Sergeant Marko Shehovac Columbia Valley RCMP


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Think twice about reckless behaviour Dear Editor: On Saturday, March 6th, at approximately 10:30 a.m., an adult snowboarder hit my eight-year-old daughter. She had stopped on the hill with her coach to wait for the other children in her group to catch up. This snowboarder was in a blind spot area and chose to take a jump without a spotter, not knowing that my daughter was stopped on the other side. He crashed right into her, knocking her down so severely that she has some internal injuries. She has contusions on her liver and one kidney, and internal bleeding. She had to spend the night in the Cranbrook hospital, undergoing several procedures. My daughter is a high-energy child and loves to be active. She is now unable to participate in all the things she loves to do for a three-month period of time. She cannot finish her ski season, which means she cannot compete in the final races that she was so excited about. As well, she cannot do any of the following: ride her bike, swim, run, do gymnastics, play on the school playground, participate in gym class or the soccer lessons that she loves so much, or do any other activity that could strain her — all because an adult (who should have known better) chose to ‘catch five seconds of air,’ rather than behave responsibly.

I’m not writing this letter to start a discussion about how snowboarders are a menace, or how they should be banned from the ski hill. I have seen many skiers skiing completely out of control as well. I’m writing this letter in the hope that another snowboarder or skier will think about what could happen if they choose to behave in an unsafe manner while skiing or boarding. I’m hoping this information will be taken to heart by other skiers and boarders, and that people will consider the implications of acting in an unsafe and reckless manner while enjoying the ski hill. I’m hoping all skiers and boarders will choose to ski or board in control at all times, and to always use a spotter while jumping. My daughter is lucky, as her injuries could easily have been more severe. I am grateful that she did not need to have surgery, and that the damage will heal in time. I’m hoping the snowboarder who did this to her reads this. I hope that the next time he has the chance to ‘catch some air’ where he can’t see his landing that he’ll think twice about it. Is five seconds of fun really worth the risk? Sandy Kalesnikoff Invermere

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Dear Editor: How much solemnity does the vainglorious announcement of a retiring politician deserve? I would like to loudly protest the decision made by the editor of this paper to apologise for what he said in his wrap-up editorial about our departing Member of Parliament, and good ol’ boy, Jim Abbott. Once upon, oh about a century ago, newspapers in Canada had big, worldly subjects to discuss on their editorial pages. Subjects like the merits or deficiencies of socialism, nationalism, imperialism, or America’s gunboat Manifest Destiny or Isolationism. Not to mention all the editorial pages devoted to talk about that potent narcotic being snorted worldwide, made up of one part evolution, four parts Nietzsche. Yes, all those big subjects are ancient history now (and seemingly no longer taught in school, so difficult to discuss in a public forum anyway), leaving editors nothing left to discuss but the modest, perhaps slightly tinged with

compromise, but mostly uneventful career of our MP. So I’ll respectfully contradict the obviously under-informed but overly emotive opinions expressed in the Moores’ chastising letter to the editor. What The Pioneer’s readers need is exactly what you gave them. Yes, The Pioneer is known for sponge-cake editorials, but now with Ian Cobb gone from The Echo I was pleased to read editorial with some bite in The Pioneer. But there is a qualitative difference between Mr. Cobb’s bite and that of this paper’s editor. Mr. Cobb often gnashed wildly at anything or anyone associated with “the system.” This paper’s editor was biting directly for the bone; and would likely have hit it had it not been for either space limitations, or his sense of appropriate decorum given the auspicious occasion, or both. Please, dear God, don’t let them name a park after him! Mr. Abbott, not the editor. Ken Cooper Spillimacheen

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Hospital district budget approved: 2.6 percent tax decrease Submitted by Loree Duczek Regional District of East Kootenay The Kootenay East Regional Hospital District has adopted its annual budget for 2010. The total budget is $5.5 million, which includes new approvals for $886,000 in capital expenditures. “This budget is good news for the citizens of the region,” said hospital board chair John Kettle, who was recently re-elected for another term as chair. “We will focus on new equipment and facility upgrades which will improve patient care and we are able to accomplish this without increasing taxation.”

The 2010 budget represents a 2.6 percent tax decrease over the 2009 budget. Some of the capital projects for the coming year include a contribution to a replacement of the cooling tower and a physiological monitor for the Creston Valley Hospital, and a new CT scanner and ultrasound machine for the East Kootenay Regional Hospital. Work will continue this year on the Invermere Hospital Emergency Room Upgrade Project. “This board has strongly supported this project for some time,” Kettle added. “We are thrilled that construction is well underway and look forward to the project’s completion.”

The average tax rate for the hospital district will work out to about $22 on a $100,000 property. As well, Regional District of East Kootenay residents will continue to see a levy for the hospital district on their tax notices to pay off debt incurred before January 1996. The rate for this year will be at about $1.30 on a $100,000 residence. The hospital district includes the regional district, the towns of Creston and Golden, as well as their surrounding rural communities. The district provides up to 40 percent of the funding for equipment and construction projects at health care facilities, with the remainder covered by Interior Health.

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Conrad Kain Mountain Film Festival On Saturday, March 27th, the Conrad Kain Centennial Society will host the third annual Conrad Kain Mountain Film Festival at J. Alfred Laird School. Funds raised at the film night will help sponsor another Bugaboos Teens outing, like the one 16-year-old Stephanie Von Neudegg is participating in here. See Page 15 for more.





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Movie Review: Did You Hear About The Morgans? The next day, the contract killer finds Meryl at home and tries to shoot her. Although she escapes, the FBI forces them to join the witness protection program. Barely talking, Meryl and Paul are flown by the cover of darkness to small-town Wyoming. The big-city folk – of course, Meryl is a vegetarian – deal with grizzly bears, hunting trophies and the lack of cable TV. Along the way, they learn to shoot, deter a bear, and make

Reviewed by Sally Waddington Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant partner to capture laughs in this romantic comedy. Set in a fictional town called Ray in Wyoming, the plot of this film is basically, “Yer not from round these parts.” Meryl Morgan is a successful Manhattan realtor who has been separated from her husband Paul for two months after catching his infidelity. Trying to win her back, lawyer Paul invites Meryl to dinner, but as the couple parts ways, they unwittingly witness a murder.

friends with the locals. Meanwhile, their ailing marriage is the real centre of attention, and this might be exactly what they need to heal its wounds. It’s a worn concept, but this feel-good film is easy to digest and pleasantly diverting. The fish-out-of-water jokes poke fun at the city slickers, not the down-to-earth rural dwellers. Still, some of the jokes have a little bite to them. Watch it to wile away a slow country afternoon.


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Toby Theatre • March 17th-20th, 7:30 p.m.: The Tooth Fairy • March 24th-27th, 7:30 p.m.: Dear John

Friday, March 19th • 9 a.m.: The Akisqnuk Amazing Race, a community event for Nation members. Activities are part of the Ktunaxa culture and history. Dinner and dance will follow. For info: 250-342-6379.

Saturday, March 20th • March 20th-21st: Canada Post Showoff Freestyle Skier Weekend at Panorama Mountain Village. Saturday: 10 a.m. Kootenay Zone Freestyle Championships – children aged 15 and under compete in moguls and slopestyle; 7 p.m. Syndicate Rail Jam for skiers and snowboarders. Sunday: 10 a.m. Canada Post Canadian Series Slopestyle. For info: 250-342-6941.

Monday, March 22nd: • 7 p.m.: The Council of Canadians, Columbia Valley Chapter, is hosting a showing of the film Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World’s Water at David Thompson Secondary School, room 201. Free entry.

Tuesday, March 23rd: • 5:30 p.m.: 5th Element Fitness presents Spring Training boot camp/circuit program at Mount Nelson Athletic Park. Twelve week program held Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30 p.m. Classes by donation; 50 percent of all proceeds goes to help Deb Neault. For info: 250-688-8355.

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: • 7:30 p.m.: Managing Fire in the 21st Century by park specialist Rick Kubian at the David Thompson Secondary School Theatre, in the Friends of Kootenay National Park’s Wild Voices speaker series.

Saturday, March 27th: • 10 a.m.-noon: Windermere Community Association’s Annual General Meeting at the Windermere Community Hall. • 7-10:30 p.m.: Conrad Kain Mountain Film Festival at J. Alfred Laird School. Tickets at the school or Dave’s Book Bar. For info: • 7 p.m.: Meet on Higher Ground Coffee House’s Supper and Sounds. Enjoy Mediterranean cuisine, music by Oso Simple. Tickets $25 per person. Reservations required. For info: 250-347-6567.

Sunday, March 28th: • Indian cooking with Anahata Foods at Spring Health Foods. Learn how to make authentic vegan Indian cuisine. For info: 250-342-2552.

Monday, March 29th: • New spring sessions of Tamela’s yoga classes. For info: 250-342-5136.

Wednesday, March 31st: • 7 p.m.: Adult Slo-Pitch Invermere League General Meeting at College of the Rockies. For info: 250342-2808 or

Friday, April 2nd: • April 2nd-3rd: Closet Frenzy will be hosting its second semi-annual Ladies Consignment Sale at the Lions’ Hall. Quality clothing for women of all sizes. Friday: 4-9 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For info: 250-341-5022 or 250-342-2270.

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Tuesday, April 6th: • 7-9 p.m.: Steamboat Mountain Quilters meet at Edgewater Community Hall.

Wednesday, April 7th: • 11 a.m.: Pynelogs Cafe featuring the Scotty Burger re-opens. Open Wednesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. until October. For info: 250-342-1445. • 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.

Friday, April 9th: • 6 p.m.: Benefit and Silent Auction at Eagle Ranch to help Debbie Neault in her fight against cancer. Cocktails, buffet dinner, silent auction. Tickets $50, available at Skookum Inn and Details by JoAnne.

Saturday, April 10th: • Four-on-four ball tournament. Sign up at the White House Pub. For info: 250-342-9540.

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.

Thursday, April 15th: • 6:30 p.m.: Relay for Life Kickoff Party at Copper Point Golf Club. For info: 250-342-9059. • 7 p.m.: Christmas Bureau of the Columbia Valley Annual General Meeting at the Family Resource Centre. For info: 250-342-6752.

Saturday, April 17th:

• 9 a.m.-noon: Annual Edgewater garage sale at the Edgewater Community Hall. Tables are free but limited. Call Mimi at 250-347-9868 or Tammy at 250-347-9324 and book today.

• April 17th-18th: Invermere Badminton Club hosts the inaugural Birdie Fest, a team event in badminton and golf. For info: 250-342-0737.

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Wednesday, April 21st:

• 9 a.m.: Free continental breakfast at Lake Windermere Alliance Church to celebrate Easter. • 10 a.m.: Free Easter Egg Hunt in the Windermere Elementary School field and at the Windermere Community Hall.

• 6-9 p.m.: Brain Gym at Lake Windermere Alliance Church. Explore the practical workings of the brain with exercises. $5 per person, RSVP prior to April 7th to 250-341-6224.

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Columbia Valley Arts seeks volunteers Submitted by Silena Ann Ewen Columbia Valley Arts Council Columbia Valley Arts’ Performing Arts Series will be taking a break this spring. There are several reasons for this. We are currently planning the fall season and are re-evaluating what our community wants and needs in terms of cultural performances. We have received a lot of feedback this year from the community, and are looking at ways to diversify from exclusively musical acts to a variety of types of performances, including theatre, spoken word, and more local performers. The fall season is shaping up to be an exciting one, and I hope everyone will come out and enjoy the shows!

Another reason for our brief hiatus is a lack of volunteers. I’ve really enjoyed my work with the performing arts over the past year, but I’ve also come to realize that without more volunteers, the healthy state of the performing arts in our community is in danger. We are hoping to use the time this spring to do a little preventative medicine and to find more people interested in bringing the performing arts into our community. At the moment, we need people for a variety of tasks with various levels of commitment. However, we are looking for individuals who are willing to work with the performing arts committee for at least a full season. This usually involves a commitment of one concert per month. We are looking for:

• People to distribute posters in Invermere and Fairmont; • Someone to help with publicizing the shows (contacting newspapers and radio, submitting articles); • Someone who is willing to take care of the technical needs of the performers; • People to look for sponsorship for the shows and series; • Ticket takers and distributors. Volunteers for the performing arts committee are permitted to come to most performances free of charge. This is a wonderful way to be involved in your community and to enjoy the arts in action! If you think that having the arts in your community is important, please e-mail Silena Ann Ewen at or call 250-342-7088.

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More early opening dates, just in time for Easter! Mountainside Golf Course and Creekside Par 3 open April 1st; Dapper’s Landing Family Restaurant at Riverside Golf Course opens March 29th; and the Mountainside Clubhouse Restaurant opens March 30th. *Opening dates are weather-dependent.

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3rd Annual Kain Film Night to show best of mountain films Submitted by Conrad Kain Centennial Society The Conrad Kain Centennial Society is, once again, pleased to host the Conrad Kain Film Night at J. Alfred Laird Elementary School in Invermere. The evening’s entertainment is comprised of films from the best of the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival, and society spokesperson, filmmaker Pat Morrow, assures movie-goers none of the films have been seen in Invermere before. Mr. Morrow said he is pleased with this year’s selection of films: “My wife Baiba and I had the pleasure of sitting on the jury of the film festival this year, and can say with confidence that these are top-notch documentaries, with something to suit everyone’s taste. “We’ll show the core films first, most of which were winners at the film festival. As a bonus, at the end of the program, we’ll leave it to the diehard film buffs who wish to extend their evening by choosing one from three equally enticing films.” There are two films that stand out in the climbing category — the palm-sweating Welsh Connections showcases a climber’s acrobatic performance on a 100-metre-high wind-swept sea cliff in the United Kingdom. Contrast this with a three-week alpine-style siege on a 6,600-metre granite peak. Samsara meshes imaginative hand-drawn graphics and fast-paced edit style with “in your face” reportage of what it’s like to hang it all out on the near vertical flanks of a Himalayan giant. Freedom Riders is a mountain bike story set in Jackson Hole, Wyoming — yet another mountain community with tremendous environmental challenges. It combines enough action scenes to hold even the most ardent bikers’ attention, with a back story on how the biking and non-biking communities came together to develop a responsible trail-building plan for a limited land use area. INCANtations takes a quirky cultural look at the Quechuan natives of the Peruvian

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highlands, and Rowing the Atlantic portrays a grim solo crossing of the stormy seas by a British woman with an exceedingly stiff upper lip. Like the Freedom Riders film, What Would Darwin Think? Man vs Nature offers some valuable lessons to us here in our own small, crowded valley. It’s about tourists and entrepreneurs in the industrial tourism industry “loving” nature to death in the Galapagos Islands. Further film details can be found on the Kain website, Mr. Morrow said the event is the perfect opportunity for budding filmmakers to stock up on inspiration for their own projects. “We’ll be sure to encourage members of the audience, particularly the youth, to begin planning their own ‘mountain-themed’ films for next year’s event since none were submitted this year.” At intermission, a representative of the Rocky Mountain Section of the Alpine Club of Canada will present door prizes ranging from Alpine Club of Canada mountain hut overnight passes, a backpack, avalanche probe and shovel from Ortovox Canada, an adult pass and instruction/gear loan on the Conrad Kain Climbing Wall at J. Alfred Laird, and copies of the Centennial Edition of Conrad Kain’s biography, Where the Clouds Can Go. Dave’s Book Bar will offer a special discount of 30 percent on Where the Clouds Can Go at the show and in their store in the days leading up to the show. Funds generated from the film night go toward the maintenance of the climbing wall at J. Alfred Laird, as well as a society-sponsored opportunity for local teens to the pristine granite of Conrad Kain’s mountains. Doors open at 7 p.m. on March 27th. Films run promptly from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., including intermission. Tickets $15. Children grade 7 and under with parent free of charge. Advance tickets: J. Alfred Laird School, Quality Bakery and Dave’s Book Bar.

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New Map Book here before spring break By Pioneer Staff The 2010 Columbia Valley Map Book is available now, ready for spring break visitors and ahead of schedule for the summer crowds. And for the first time in its 15-year history, the entire Map Book is now online to download. This detailed guide book for our beautiful valley includes maps of every community between Golden and Cranbrook. This year, maps for Edgewater, Radium, Dry Gulch, Invermere, Panorama, Wilmer, Windermere, Fairmont and Canal Flats have all been updated and expanded. In Invermere, the map now shows roads in Pine Ridge Mountain Resort and Castle Rock Estates. The map for Wilmer has been completely overhauled; and the Canal Flats map has been doubled to include the beach park. Now 100,000 copies of the Map Book are whizzing their way to visitor centres in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. In the States, tourists in Idaho, Washington and Montana will see the Map Book and choose to visit on their next vacation.

High-quality printing and a handy digest size mean the glossy guide book will wow those who pick it up. Stunning photos show off the valley’s astounding scenery. The artwork gracing the cover of the 2010 Columbia Valley Map Book is “Kootenay Bull” by Cameron Bird. The Map Book Cover Project continues this year, with The Artym Gallery selling giclée prints of Kootenay Bull. As in previous years, part of the proceeds from those sales will benefit the community. This year, those proceeds will go towards equipment upgrades for the Invermere and District Hospital Emergency Room. The hospital is currently undergoing a $4.3 million redevelopment, and new equipment is needed to bring the emergency room up to a high standard. The Together for Everyone! campaign is a collaboration between the Health Care Auxiliaries of Invermere, Windermere, Edgewater and Radium Hot Springs, and the East Kootenay Foundation for Health. Meanwhile, the entire 104 pages of the Map Book can now be downloaded online at www. Not only that, but advertisers have the extra bonus of a web link from their ad in the downloaded Map Book to their website. Readers can instantly follow through on their interest in a business. Inside the Map Book, this year’s great features include: • A description of each valley community; • An introductory article describing the history of the Columbia Valley; • A two-page guide to enjoying the beauty of Kootenay National Park; • Information about the Akisqnuk First Nation; • Tips for day-long excursions to the north and south of the Columbia Valley; • An article about Radium’s ever-popular Classic Car Show and Shine; • A guide to snowmobiling trails in the Columbia Valley; • A description of every golf course in the valley; • A list of local accommodations, ranging from campgrounds to resorts. For a copy of the 2010 Columbia Valley Map Book, contact 250-341-6299 or


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For seniors who are house rich but cash poor, deferring property tax is good option Deferring property taxes can be a great idea for seniors who are house rich but feel cash poor due to hefty property tax bills. Unlike home equity loans or reverse mortgages that need to be paid back monthly or charge high interest, deferring property taxes is a very low-interest way to free up some monthly cash. The British Columbia Property Tax Deferment Program is a loan program that allows you to defer your annual property taxes on your home if you meet certain eligibility criteria. The program is available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents who have lived in British Columbia for at least one year prior to applying for the program. You must occupy the home as your principal residence. Second residences, such as summer cottages or rental properties, do not qualify for tax deferment. After deducting your Home Owner Grant, you can defer all or part of the unpaid balance of your residential property taxes for the current year. All penalties, interest, previous years’ property taxes, and utility user fees must be paid to your municipal tax collector or the surveyor of taxes (rural properties), as


these cannot be deferred. You can defer your taxes as long as you own and live in your home and continue to qualify. The deferred taxes must be fully repaid with interest: • before your home can be legally transferred to a new owner, other than directly to your surviving spouse; • upon the death of the agreement holder(s). If you refinance your home, your mortgage holder may require full repayment of the deferred taxes upon refinancing. You may repay all or part of the deferred taxes, fees and interest at any time without penalty. To qualify for the Property Tax Deferment Program, you must: • be the registered owner(s) of the home; • be 55 years of age or older, a surviving spouse or a person with disabilities as defined in the Regulations to the Land Tax Deferment Act; • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident under the Immigration Act (Canada); • have lived in British Columbia for at least one year immediately prior to applying;

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“Making Connections” A literacy program for parents.

Learn how to build your children’s school success with “How-to-Help” strategies for parents. A free program for parents with school-aged children (Kindergarten to Grade 6). Edgewater Elementary School: Mondays, March 29th to May 3rd, 5:30 to 7:30 PM Martin Morigeau Elementary School (Canal Flats): Thursdays, March 25th to April 29th, 5:30 to 7:30 PM

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The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts – Recreation Sites and Trails BC invites proposals from parties interested in managing and maintaining a fee-for-service recreation site (campground) at Whitetail Lake under a 5 year agreement. The Ministry will arrange for General Comprehensive Liability Insurance for successful proponents at no cost. The intent is to: • Retain the site in public ownership • Provide a safe, sanitary and rustic public recreation opportunity • Recover operational costs through overnight fees Requests for Proposals (RFP) can be obtained from Recreation Sites and Trails BC located at the Rocky Mountain Forest District office at 1902 Theatre Road, Cranbrook, BC V1C 7G1 starting March 10, 2010. Mandatory viewing and information meetings will be held on March 30 at 14:00 local time at the Whitetail Lake Recreation Site

GO EAGLES — Pictured here in Canmore after a first-place finish are: (top row, left to right) Allissa Marchand, Tyler Osborne, Jayden Jefferson, Aidan Knuckey, Seth Bjorkman, Christian Meena; (middle row) Erich Harbich (goalie), Jake Zehnder, Nic Hoobanoff, Cooper Dunlop, Koeye Hart-Mcallister, Trystan Hart, Justin Kinnersly, Dane Veldboom, Layne Boutot; (in foreground) coaches Brian Hoobanoff, Scott Dunlop and Jon Jefferson. Photo submitted by Julia Dunlop


The proponent or representative must attend the meeting to be eligible for submitting a proposal. Proposals will be received until 16:00 local time on April 13, 2010 at the address specified in the proposal package. To obtain further information, contact: Lisa Cox, Recreation Officer -Or Aina Cernenoks, Recreation Officer Tel 250 426-1763 Tel: 250 342-4222 Recreation Sites and Trails BC Rocky Mountain District 1902 Theatre Road Cranbrook, BC V1C 7G1

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Community Foundation has been busy Seona Helmer (centre) presented a $4,000 cheque from the Columbia Valley Community Foundation last month to Pat Cope and Karl Conway of the Family Resource Centre. The grant will fund a program on safety in relationships. It was just one of five recent grants: $1,000 to Columbia Valley Arts for new computer equipment; $2,000 for the Headwaters community facility in Canal Flats; $2,295 for new carpeting at Windermere Valley Child Care Society; and $2,000 for the lending library at the Family Resource Centre.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS The Village of Canal Flats is accepting proposals for the following project: STREET SWEEPING INCLUDING THE REMOVAL AND HAULING OF GRAVEL FROM VILLAGE STREETS (17.5 km in length) Unless otherwise specified, the Contractor shall supply all labour, materials, equipment, tools or incidental items not specifically mentioned, but necessary for the completion of the project. The successful bidder will possess Worker’s Compensation Insurance and liability insurance. The Village of Canal Flats reserves the right to accept or reject any or all proposals, to waive defects in any proposal and to accept any proposal which it may consider to be in the best interest of the Village. The lowest proposal will not necessarily be accepted. The Village will not be responsible for any costs incurred for preparation of the proposal. Any enquiries or written proposals may be directed or submitted to: Bill Doroshuk, Public Works Co-Ordinator Village of Canal Flats Box 159, Canal Flats, BC V0B 1B0 Telephone: 250-349-5462 • Fax: 250-349-5460 Cell: (250) 421-0164 • CLOSING DATE FOR PROPOSALS IS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24, 2010 @ 4:30 P.M.



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Bylaw 2206

Bylaws 2208 & 2209

The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Board of Directors is considering an application by William and Doreen Ruault to amend the Lake Windermere Offi fficial Community Plan and the Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw. If approved, the amendments will change the designations for a portion of Lot 1, District Lots 21 and 5118, Kootenay District, Plan 8594 to facilitate a four lot subdivision to bring the existing use into compliance with the Bylaws. The property is located at 2280 Ruault Road in the Rushmere area, as shown on the attached map.

The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Board of Directors is considering an application by Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Ltd. to amend the Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw. If approved, the amendment will change the zoning designation of the subject properties to facilitate future light industrial use associated with the airport. The properties are located at 5310 and 5193 Fairmont Airport Road, as shown on the attached map. Bylaw No. 2206 cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw No. 900, 1992 – Amendment Bylaw No. 245, 2010, (Fairmont / Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Ltd.)” will change the designation of: 1. Lot 2, District Lot 52, Kootenay District, Plan NEP20036 except Plan NEP21465; and 2. That part of District Lot 52, Kootenay District, except 1) RW Plan 1203, 2) Parcel A (Reference Plan 101503I) and 3) Plans 17112, 17733, NEP22036 and R320

Bylaw No. 2208 cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – Lake Windermere Offi fficial Community Plan Bylaw No. 2061, 2006 – Amendment Bylaw No. 7, 2010, (Rushmere / Ruault)” will change the designation of the subject property from RR, Rural Resource to SH, Small Holdings. Bylaw No. 2209 cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw No. 900, 1992 – Amendment Bylaw No. 246, 2010, (Rushmere / Ruault)” will change the zoning designation of the subject property from A-1, Rural Resource Zone to SH-2, Small Holding Semi-Rural Zone.

from A-2, Rural Residential (Country) Zone to I-1, Light Industrial Zone. A public hearing will be held at: Fairmont Hot Springs Resort – Birch Room 5225 Fairmont Resort Road - Fairmont, BC Monday, March 22, 2010 at 4:00 pm The Board has delegated the holding of this hearing to the Directors for Electoral Area F, Electoral G, and the Village of Canal Flats. If you believe that your interest in property is aff ffected by the proposed Bylaw, you may prior to the hearing: • inspect the Bylaw and supporting information at the RDEK offi ffice in Cranbrook from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, excluding statutory holidays; • mail, fax or email written submissions to the addresses/numbers shown below; or • present written and/or verbal submissions at the hearing. • Submissions cannot be accepted after the public hearing. All written submissions are public information pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This notice is not an interpretation of the Bylaw. For more information, contact Jean Terpsma, Planning Technician, at 250-489-0314 or toll free at 1-888-478-7335.

A public hearing will be held at: Windermere Community Hall 4726 North Street, Windermere, BC Monday, March 22, 2010 at 7:00 pm The Board has delegated the holding of this hearing to the Directors for Electoral Area F, Electoral Area G, and the District of Invermere. If you believe that your interest in property is aff ffected by the proposed Bylaws, you may prior to the hearing: • inspect the Bylaw and supporting information at the RDEK offi ffice in Cranbrook from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, excluding statutory holidays; • mail, fax or email written submissions to the addresses/numbers shown below; or • present written and/or verbal submissions at the hearing. • Submissions cannot be accepted after the public hearing. All written submissions are public information pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This notice is not an interpretation of the Bylaws. For more information, contact Jean Terpsma, Planning Technician, at 250-489-0314 or toll free at 1-888-478-7335.

Attention Dog Owners in Areas F and G It is a requirement under the Regional District of East Kootenay Dog Control Bylaw that you must have your dog licenced.

2 0 10 20 1 0 Do D o g Li L i cen ce n ce Co Costs sts Spayed or Neutered Unspayed or Unneutered Pit Bull Terriers or Cross Breeds

(includes Pit Bull Terrier, Staff ffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staff ffordshire Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier)

$10.00 $30.00 $1,000.00

Proof of spaying/neutering is required - either by bringing in your old licence for renewals or by providing a letter from a veterinarian for new licences. Dog Control is actively enforced in Electoral Areas F and G. For more information or to obtain a 2010 licence for your dog, please contact the Columbia Valley RDEK office ffi or Dog Control Offi fficer Sam Fiddler at 347-9793. Main Oƥce 19 - 24th Ave S. Cranbrook, BC V1C 3H8 Phone: 250-489-2791 Toll Free: 1-888-478-7335 Fax: 250-489-3498


The Regional District of East Kootenay has an excellent opportunity for a qualified fi and motivated individual to work within the Building & Protective Services Department as its Secretary (Temporary) located at the Columbia Valley Offi ffice. This one year employment term will commence on or before April 19, 2010. The Building Secretary performs general secretarial, receptionist, and cash handling duties related to building inspection, utilities and dog control. Essential elements of this position include strong organizational, analytical and mathematical skills; thorough knowledge and experience with computer software; and rapid and accurate word processing. Essential Qualifications: fi • Completion of Grade 12 with two or more years experience in general office ffi work with a concentration on utilities and customer service. • Ability to type 60 wpm. • Experience with handling cash. • Ability to communicate effectively ff both orally and in writing and to deal courteously, tactfully and diplomatically with other employees and the public. • Thorough knowledge and proficiency fi in the operation of Microsoft Office ffi Suite. The ideal candidate is a highly organized individual who has the capacity to multitask, coordinate information and takes great pride in attention to detail and preparation of professional documents. This is a temporary, part-time (17.5 hours per week) Union position with a starting salary of $1,561/month ($20.59/hour). If you possess the necessary qualifications fi and experience, we invite you to submit a resume and cover letter, with references, no later than Friday, March 26, 2010 to: Lori Engler, Human Resources Manager Email: [MS Word format or PDF] Please quote: BUILD-02 Visit our website ( for the complete job description and information about the RDEK. We thank all who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. The RDEK is committed to reducing our environmental impact so will run this competition as a paperless process. Please submit your application via email.

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Go, speed racer! Windermere Valley Ski Club K1 racer Courtney Hoffos, aged 12, of Windermere, earned silver and bronze medals at the BC Winter Games in Terrace from March 4th to 7th. Photo submitted.

VILLAGE OF RADIUM HOT SPRINGS NOTICE OF PROPOSED ZONING AMENDMENT Notice is hereby given that the Council of the Village of Radium Hot Springs is considering an amendment to the Zoning Bylaw. The proposed bylaw (Bylaw Number 364) will affect the following property as highlighted below, with the following zoning change: Property description: • Lot 5, Plan 2885, District Lot 486, Kootenay District, located at 4924 Thouret Rd. The property is located within the C3 Tourist Recreation Commercial Zone. The zoning does not include a permitted use of ‘Secondary Suite’. This amendment will allow a permitted use of ‘Secondary Suite’ for this Lot only.



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Invitation for Proposals Kinsmen Beach Concession The District of Invermere (“Owner”) invites Proposals for the 2010 to 2015 Kinsmen Beach concession contract. Documents may be viewed at or obtained from the Municipal office at 914 8th Avenue Invermere, BC Proposals delivered no later than 12:00 noon local time, April 2nd, 2010 clearly marked Kinsmen Beach Concession Proposals in a sealed envelope. Proposals received after the stipulated time will be rejected and returned to the individual unopened. Faxed Proposals are not acceptable and will be rejected. If mailed use the address provided below: District of Invermere 914 – 8th Avenue Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 The municipality is organizing a mandatory Bidders’ Meeting to be held at the concession stand on Wednesday March 31 @ 2:00pm local time. There will be no public opening for this Invitation for Proposal. Proposals will be opened privately by District of Invermere after the closing time specified for receipt of Proposals. If you wish to contact District of Invermere in response to the awarding, please do so after the closing time specified above. The Owner reserves the right not to award a contract at all, and the highest or any Proposal will not necessarily be accepted. The following criteria will be determining factors in the award of the contract: • food safe certification • hours of operation • previous experience

• type of service offered • number of jobs created • amount offered

Grant Gyurkovits Engineering & Infrastructure Supervisor District of Invermere Office: (250) 342-9281 ext. 226

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Great entertainment coming to Relay for Life Submitted by Sheila Tutty Relay for Life Coordinator The Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life is taking place in Invermere from 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 12th to 7 a.m. Sunday, June 13th at the David Thompson Secondary School track. The wonderful group of individuals organizing this event have been busy putting together some great entertainment and activities for the relay. We promise to do our part, as long as you do yours. And your part is to come and participate, donate, sponsor, volunteer, and contribute in any way you can. To kick off this annual event, there will be a Kickoff Party on Thursday, April 15th at Copper Point Golf Club. Brian Schaal and his wonderful staff have again stepped up and will be the hosting sponsor of the Kickoff Party. I encourage every business out there to donate either a product, service or cash to help support these efforts. We are hoping to shatter the $7,390 that we

raised last year. And with your help we can do it. Call 250-342-9216 days or 250-342-9059 evenings. We have willing volunteers available to pick up items. I invite each and every one of you to attend the Kickoff Party. There will be entertainment, great appies and wonderful items to bid on. This year, there will be a children’s auction, where the items will be geared to, you guessed it, children. The kids will be able to bid on what they want. We hope to have face painting and children’s entertainment, so you can bring the whole family up to the Copper Point Clubhouse. We are hoping to see a lot of family involvement this year, in both the Kickoff and the Relay, and as many survivors as can possibly attend. It is wonderful to see the yellow shirts of survivors. It shows how our fund-raising dollars are working. So mark it on your calendars. Thursday, April 15th, 6:30 p.m. at Copper Point and Saturday, June 12th at the high school for the Relay for Life. And if you have not registered yet, go to, click on Columbia Valley and join us.

Blanket the valley with daffodils this month Submitted by Rosemary Clarke Canadian Cancer Society Daffodils, daffodils everywhere! Not only are they a sign of spring, the Canadian Cancer Society uses the daffodil logo as a symbol of hope for people and their families living with cancer. This year we are launching an additional focus to our Daffodil Campaign with the introduction of daffodil pins. They will be available at various venues throughout the valley for a small donation and can be worn on your lapel to show your support for loved ones with cancer. We hope that all our citizens will wear them up to and including our first annual Daffodil Day on April 9th. Of course, we continue to offer our live daffodils in bunches of 10 for a donation of $5.

These will be in the stores the weekend of March 25th to March 27th. We hope that you will brighten up your homes and workplaces with these yellow blooms. The third phase of our Daffodil Campaign encompasses the month of April for our door-todoor volunteers. The money raised supports the Canadian Cancer Society in the areas of continuing research for better treatments and cures, information and support services and promoting healthier lifestyles and healthy public policy. Please welcome them into your homes when they knock on your door. Let’s blanket the valley with daffodils and show that we are continuing our fight against cancer. Please call Eileen Fiell at 250-342-6149 or Sheila Bonny at 250-342-3112 if you can help make this Daffodil Campaign a success.

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Blue Gold to be screened on World Water Day Submitted by Taoya Schaefer Council of Canadians March 22nd is World Water Day and to mark the occasion, the Council of Canadians, Columbia Valley Chapter, is hosting a screening of the film Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World’s Water. The Council of Canadians is Canada’s largest citizens’ organization, and works to protect Canadian independence by promoting progressive policies on fair trade, clean water, energy security, public health care, and other issues of social and economic concern. We all depend on clean water to survive, and yet in Canada there is no federal leadership to conserve and protect our water. Our fresh water faces crises including contamination, shortages and pressure to export water to the United States through pipelines and diversions. Humans require 20-50 litres per day just to meet our basic needs. Canadians on average use 343 litres per day: • Bathing: 120 litres per day • Toilet: 102 litres per day • Laundry: 69 litres per day • Kitchen/drinking: 34 litres per day • Cleaning: 17 litres per day There is a myth that Canada has a surplus of water. We do have 6.5 percent of the world’s renewable water but most of that flows north, out of reach of 90 percent of our population, which is along the Canada-United States border. Through mismanagement, climate change, and overuse, much of the water we depend on is in jeopardy. Melting glaciers, wetland and forest destruction, and the waste of water in energy production and mining extraction all endanger our water supply. Between two and 4.5 barrels of water are required to extract one barrel of oil, and 90 percent of that water is permanently removed from the hydrological cycle. The production of one new car and four tires requires 144,633 litres of water. Blue Gold will be shown at David Thompson Secondary School in room 201 at 7 p.m., free of charge. Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be served.

Environmental Assessment of the Proposed Line Creek Operations Phase II Project Open House and Invitation to Comment Teck Coal (Proponent) is proposingto expand its existing Line Creek Operations (LCO) through the development of two new mining areas, referred to as Burnt Ridge North and Mount Michael (proposed Project). The proposed Project would be located within the East Kootenay region in southeastern B.C. immediately north of the existing Line Creek mine. The proposed Project would provide an estimated aggregate total of 52 million metric tonnes of clean coal and would extend overall mine life by approximately 20 years. The proposed Project would not result in an increase in the operational productive capacity of the Line Creek Operations.

The comment period will begin on March 16, 2010 and end at midnight on April 14, 2010. All comments received during this comment period in relation to the Application Information Requirements will be considered.

The proposed Project is subject to review under British Columbia’s Environmental Assessment Act and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.

After taking public comments into account, the EAO will finalize the Application Information Requirements and issue them to the Proponent.

The Proponent must obtain an environmental assessment certificate before any work can be undertaken on the proposed Project. However, prior to submission of an application (Application) for a certificate by the Proponent, the Environmental Assessment Office of BritishColumbia (EAO) must first approve Application Information Requirements.

The EAO accepts public comments through the following ways:

The Application Information Requirements will specify the studies to be conducted and the detailed information to be provided by the Proponent in its Application. The EAO has now received draft Application Information Requirements from the Proponent andinvites comments on this draft. In order to provide information aboutthe Application Information Requirements, and to receive comments from the public, the EAO invites the public to attend an OpenHouse. There will be two Open Houses, to be held as follows: at:

Elkford Recreation Centre (Banquet Room) 816 Michel Road Elkford, B.C. on: March 24, 2010 from: 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at:

Causeway Bay Hotel (Ballroom) Sparwood, B.C. on: March 25, 2010 from: 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. At 6:00 p.m. there will be a presentation by the EAO on the process with an opportunity to ask questions about the process. A second presentation will also be given by the Proponent in relation to the proposed Project. If you are unable to attend an Open House, you may still wish to make a written submission. There are 30 days for the submission of comments by the public in relation to the draft Application Information Requirements.


The intention of seeking public comments is toensure that all potential effects – environmental, economic, social, heritage and health – that might result from the Project are identified for consideration as part of the assessment process. At this stage of the process, the primary intent is to receive feedback about the studies or information required for a comprehensive environmental assessment.


By online form: By mail: Karen Christie Project Assessment Director Environmental Assessment Office PO Box 9426 Stn Prov Govt Victoria, B.C. V8W 9V1 By fax: 250-356-6448

If you are unable to participate at this time, there will be an additional comment period during the Application review stage when you will also be able to provide comments to the EAO on the proposed Project. An electronic copy of the Application Information Requirements and information regarding the environmental assessment process will be available at on March 16, 2010. Copies of the Application Information Requirements are also available for viewing at these locations during the comment period:        

District of Elkford Municipal Office (816 Michel Road, Elkford, B.C.) District of Sparwood Municipal Office (136 Spruce Ave, Sparwood, B.C.) Fernie City Hall (501-3rd Ave, Fernie, B.C.) Municipality of Crowsnest Pass Town Office (8502-19 Ave, Coleman, AB) Elkford Public Library (816 Michel Road, Elkford, B.C.) Sparwood Public Library (110 Pine Avenue, Sparwood, B.C.) Fernie Heritage Library (492-3rd Avenue, Fernie, B.C.) Crowsnest Pass Library (2114-127 Street, Blairmore, AB)

All submissions received by the EAO during the comment period in relation to the proposed Project are considered public and will be posted to the EAO website. While EAO will withhold your name and location upon request, all comments will be posted. EAO does not accept confidential submissions.

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AG gives away $5,000 Karen Coggins of Invermere was the lucky winner of AG Valley Foodsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Great Grocery Giveaway. On Monday, March 15th, owners Sydney-Anne Porter (front left) and Eric (back left) and Greg Lapointe presented Karen with $5,000 in Sears vouchers that will go toward a kitchen makeover. Congratulations, Karen!

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Pioneer Classifieds

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






house FOR RENT

Moving Sale, Saturday, March 20th, 9 am. Back row in Westside Park. Lots of freebees.

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

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

Radium, 1 bdrm furnished apartment, $650 including cable & 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.

3 bdrm home in Windermere. Upper suite with lake views, just renovated including new appliances. $975 + ½ utilities. 250-342-8662.


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. In 70% of sexual assault incidents, the victim knew the accused; 62% were under the age of 18. WISH can be reached 24 hours a day 7 days a week by calling the emergency help line at 1-800-200-3003 and/or during the day at 250-3424242.

CHEERS & JEERS Cheers to Susan & Amy at Rona for the fun and all the help in the copying room. Gordon. Cheers to you very thoughtful dog owners that pick up your dogs poop. Jeers to the idiots who would turn around and drop it - shame on you. Cheers to Debra for the excellent customer service you give to me every morning when I come into Tim Hortons. You are always smiling, friendly and efficient. From, chicken noodle soup lady.

STORAGE SPACE – assorted sizes, easy access, immediate availability, long-term or short-term. Deck Properties Warehouse, Industrial Park, 250-342-3166. You own it, we can store it! Secure, fenced compounds any size up to one acre. Secure containers available. Would also build building to suit for long term tenant. Zoned heavy industrial. Invermere Industrial Park. Phone 250-342-5297, 250346-3011 or 250-342-2100.

COMMERCIAL SPACE Financial professional looking for other professionals to share space with. I have a great location with excess room. Please call 250-270-0270. 864 sq.ft. warehouse space with loading dock, unheated, $656.25/month includes GST, available immediately. Call 250342-3637. 800 sq.ft. of prime retail space for lease in downtown Invermere, Lake Auto Building, (fenced lot available as well). Call 250-3426369 or 250-342-3178. Office space available. Rent 1 room in a natural health practitioner’s office. Available May 1st. Ideal for an acupuncturist, homeopath or any other natural health practitioner. Email radmarg@

Roommate wanted to share 3 bdrm townhouse in Radium, available immediately, $390/ month, includes laundry, utilities, high speed wireless internet, 250-347-7787.

SUITE FOR RENT 2 car garage for rent. Can be used for workshop or storage, price negotiable, 250-341-1099. 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. 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.

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. 2 bdrm basement suite, bright, close to D/T, $725, utilities included, available immediately, 403-613-3953. 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. 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. Brand new large, bright, 2 bdrm basement suite in D/T Invermere. Private entrance and patio, all new appliances, N/S, N/P, $825/month + utilities, 1 year lease, references required, available immediately, 403874-0483. 2 bdrm furnished apartment, all utilities, cable included, $900/ month, references, DD, near Laird school, 250-342-9636.

Basement suite, available NOW! 2 large bdrms, open floor plan, W/D, N/S, covered deck, $600/ month, 250-341-3236. 2 bdrm suite, 5 new appliances, $800, includes utilities, available now, 250-341-1099. 2 bdrm apartment in D/T Radium, 5 appliances, $850, includes utilities, DD and references required, N/S. Call 250-347-6420, 250-341-1577. 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. 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

house FOR RENT STOP RENTING - No Qualifying owner. Financing or rent-toown, 3 nice homes to choose from, 250-984-7787 or www. 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.

Downtown large 4 bdrm, available immediately, N/S, N/P, $1200/month + utilities, 250341-1650. Windermere, 3 bdrm house, 2 bath, wood stove, fenced yard, 7 appliances, references required, $1100 a month + utilities + DD, 250-498-6298. Cozy older furnished 2 bdrm house in hospital area. Cable, utilities included, $900/month + DD, references required, 250342-9636. Swansea Road, 2 bdrm house in Invermere area on ½ acre lot, W/ D, N/S, $900/month + util, 250342-9466 (Don or Laurie). Invermere 2 bdrm home, close to downtown. 5 appliances, carport, side yard, small pets negotiable, available April 1st, $900 + utilities, references required, 250-342-5901 or 250342-3214. Invermere, 3 bdrm, ½ duplex, $1050/month, available immediately, 250-342-3195. 3 or 4 bdrm + 2 baths, close to town, $1200/month + utilities, 250-342-1249. Invermere, 2 bdrm older character home, central, walk to D/T, huge yard, views of Mt. Nelson, W/D, N/S, N/P, available April 1st, $1000/month + utilities + DD, references required, 250-347-9086.

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house FOR RENT

condo FOR RENT

condo FOR SALE


Misc. For Sale

Misc. For Sale


Invermere, 2 bdrm townhouse, 1 ½ bath, garage, 5 appliances, available immediately, 403275-9653.

Affordable condo downtown Invermere, fully furnished, 2 bdrm, 1 bath, $139,900, 250341-1182.

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.

Radium, Sable Ridge condo, 2 bdrm, 2 bath, den, A/C, F/P, granite counter tops, heated parking stall, swimming pool, hot tubs, club house, asking $269,900 OBO. Contact Roger, 403-256-0694.

8 acres of hay meadow, beautiful mountain views with great building opportunity, on town water, near Wilmer, Toby Hill Road. Price reduced $395,000, on town water. Call 250-342-2802.

The Junke 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.



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Looking for house/cat sitter for May, June and July. 3 bdrm, close to beach and downtown, 250-342-2053. 2500 sq.ft. house, 5 bdrm, 3 bath, new appliances, garden, acreage, $1500 + util.(negotiable). Available May 1st, 250-341-1099. FREE month, FREE cable, $885/month, view on YouTube, search “riverparkbc”, in quiet development, a couple minutes to Tim Hortons, new 2 bdrm house, ½ garage, all appliances, W/D, N/S, N/P, 250-345-2104.

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. New, 3 bdrm, single garage, insuite laundry, 1400 sq. ft. townhouse in Borrego Ridge, Radium. Available March 1st, $1300 + util, 403-875-0214. 2 bdrm condo near Sobeys, N/ S, N/P, $600/month, 250-3426255.

Sable Ridge, fully furnished, top floor units, 1 bdrm facing mountain and courtyard,$795/ month. 3 bdrm + den, $1300/ month. Weekly rates available. Please e-mail or call 403 630 7464. Bright, spacious, upgraded 2brm townhouse, laundry, single garage. Call 250-342-1534, or email to move in today! Canal Flats, Jade Landing condo, 3 bdrm, 2.5 bath, F, S, D/W, M/W, W/D, $950 /month + DD, or 724869-3171.

HOUSE FOR SALE 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.

Choice location, spectacular view, furnished, 2 bdrm, 2 bath, 210 Poplar building, Peaks, Radium. Hot tubs, pool, $239,000, 250-342-3234. Canal Flats Townhouse for sale, rent to own, $1450/month. Call today, 250-344-5594.

MOBILE HOME FOR SALE 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. 1996 trailer, 14’ x 70’, 3 bdrm, 2 bath, on subdividable lot, 100’ x 150’, 4904 Burns Ave, Canal Flats, $229,000, 250-349-5659. Must sell, 3 bdrm mobile on pad in Juniper Heights. Asking only $29,500 OBO, 250-342-6813. Beautiful 12’ x 64’ trailer, 12’ x48’ 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. Must sell deal! Windermere, $117,500, OBO, 250-342-5506.

PETS 2 ponies, 1 Mare, 13.3 HH, Halflinger. 1 Gelding POA, 13.2 HH, 1 Paint Gelding, 15.2 HH, all Western/English, 250-3424665. 4 year old Arab cross POA Gelding, approx. 13.3 HH, very sweet, ready for training and shows, $800, 250-342-4665. 3 standard female adult Goldendoodles and 1 miniature chocolate poodle for adoption to guardian homes. No fee, but under contract. Call for details, 250-342-4665, Tammi. Goldendoodle puppies, mid-size, 25-35 lbs, full grown, 1 male, 2 females, available now, includes first vaccination, 2 year health guarantee, vet documentation, $1200, 250-342-4665, www.

wanted Wanted, boat slip on Lake Windermere for the summer. Call Brad, 403-512-1754 or 403241-2669.

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

Quality Top Soil & Manure. Top Soil $160/dump truck load, $70/pick-up load. Manure $100/ pick-up load, delivery extra. Call, 250-342-1268. 2006 Thurobuilt, 3 horse angle haul trailer, mats, drop windows, tack room, $6500, 250-3424665. Entire store inventory for sale: cabins & cottage country style accessories. Antique armoires, pottery, ornaments, original carvings, artisan coffee tables, beds, dining tables, blankets, rugs, jewelry, chairs, log bar stools, pendelton accessories, pictures, mirrors, loads of adorable bear, moose, frog and dog carved collectibles. Ideal for start up store or to supplement your inventory. Call 403-8083201.

CALL 250-341-1966 250-342-9246 Vehicle FOR SALE

1995 Mercedes S320, loaded, everything power, new batteries, tires and brakes, 294,000 km, good shape, $8300. Call Guido, 250-342-6866 or 250-342-7378 2009 16’ car flat deck trailer, $3000 OBO. 2004 Jeep TJ, Columbia Edition, 2 tops, snowplough, low kms, $14,000 OBO. 2000 Mustang convertible, excellent shape, cobra brakes, 18” rims, $10,000 OBO, 250-342-5249. 1997 Chev, 9 passenger Astro Van, less than 25km on $3000 new engine, $5500, 250-3421354. 1998 Ford Windstar Luxury Edition, 7 passenger, leather interior, $3000, 250-342-0718.

Misc. For Sale

Lot for sale

Moving sale. Craftsman 27.0 HP electric start, 48” mower automatic garden tractor with dump wagon, $1200. Rototiller, $125. 12 x 60 older mobile home with 12 x 34 addition & 12 x 26 deck, peaked roof over all. Great for storage, must be moved, $2500, 250-688-0452.

LARGE GOLF COURSE VIEW LOT Large (.24 Acre) flat lot in Radium (#35 Pinecone Lane) bordering fairway and a nice quiet developed neighborhood. On Silver Springs Golf Course. The picture is one view from the rear of the lot. No building commitment.

Call 250-341-5996

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Pioneer Classifieds Vehicle FOR SALE 1995 Land Rover Discovery 4.0L, V8, dark green, seats 7, electric sunroof, anti-lock brakes, all seasons, asking $4200. Call Glenn, 250-270-0666. 2002 Subaru Outback Ltd. wagon, 179,000 kms, black, awd, auto, leather interior, $7750, 250-342-4808. 1985 Oldsmobile Cutlass supreme, 4 door, low mileage, $1000, 250-688-0143. 1991 Buick Park Avenue, good condition, must sell, $2000, OBO, 250-341-7366.

RECREATIONAL VEHICLES 2003, 24-foot Travelaire travel trailer, head wall, rubber roof, walk-around clean bed, excellent condition in and out. bought new in 2004, non-smokers, sleeps 6, asking $14,800, 250342-5224.

BUSINESS FOR SALE Busy seasonal cafe for sale in Invermere, B.C. Serious inquiries only, 250-341-5370. Invermere Sears established retail/catalogue business. Interested parties please contact Mary Frances, 250-342-6901 or email invermeresears@telus. net.

Services DK Woodworks Kitchen refurbishing, furniture repair/refinishing, custom cabinets, mantles, bookcases, benches…etc. for all your woodworking needs 250-6881335.

Services Tile & Slate Installs Journeyman Tilesetter 30+ years experience Custom Steam Rooms, Showers and Floors All work Guaranteed Competitive rates. Call 250-341-5645. Dog Grooming. Call now to make your appointment 250-342-6178. Vacuums Parts, repairs & accessories, All makes & models Central Vacuums – sales and installations Bonded & licensed Fine Homeservices 250-342-9207, Phil’s Carpentry – Everything from roofs to decks, completion of basement and bathrooms. Phone 250-341-8033 (cell) – 24/7. Not on valley time. Furnace & duct cleaning services using the patented rotobrush system. Call AQUAIR for free estimates, 250-342-5089. Water treatment & purification, includes drinking water systems, softeners & conditioners, iron filters. Call AQUAIR, 250-3425089 Heaven’s Best Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning. Dry in one hour! Call 250-688-0213.

*Cash*Cash*Cash. We buy houses any price, any condition. Quick close, call 250-344-4890 or www.

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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

Your Fender Bender Mender

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

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. Home daycare has full time spot available for age 3 years or older. Also available for March break and after school care. Reasonable rates, 250-3420718.

For any auto body repair & much more. Domestic & import, vintage & classic models, custom body & paint. Located next to Valley Shine Shop. Stop in for a free estimate, see Shawn, 250-342-9872 or 250-342-9696. Flooring installations, lino, carpet, laminate and hardwood. 30 years experience. Call 250347-9192 or 250-341-1235.

careers Experienced Hungarian Cook required for seasonal work at Citadella Restaurant in Radium, BC. $15/hour, May to October, accommodation available. Email

CAREERS Rohit Communities ~ 2010 Builder of the Year

Sales and Marketing


for the Resort at Copper Point in Invermere, British Columbia

e are a firm that believes in continual renewal and reinvention – pushing the envelope is second nature to us. As we evolve, becoming a larger competitor in the marketplace, so do our requirements for recruiting valuable new team members. Within the group of companies, Rohit Communities, our most recognized sector, is our residential construction. Other divisions in the corporate structure include Rohit Land, Rohit Commercial, Rohit Capital and Rohit Charities. 2009 was a record breaking sales year – best in the last 20 years! 2010 has started out equally powerful with Rohit Communities expanding their portfolio into innovative new territories. With the addition of Resort at Copper Point in Invermere, British Columbia, a recreational resort we will be completing this winter.

Fairmont Hot Springs Resort is now accepting applications for the position of:

STAFF ACCOUNTANT Fairmont Hot Springs Resort is a four-season resort located within the magnificent British Columbia Rockies. We have multiple outlets and lines of business including Food and Beverage, Golf, Ski, Pools, RV Parks, Retail and Lodging. We are currently seeking an experienced Staff Accountant on a year-round, full-time basis. Responsibilities for this position include: t

Reconciliation of monthly balance sheets


Fixed Asset organization and input into Great Plains accounting software


Acting as Project Leader on financial issues


Re-allocation of Permanent Accounts in Maestro


Calculation of Depreciation for all company assets


Other duties as assigned from time to time


Preparation of year-end schedules


Assisting in budgeting process


Creating financial statements using Great Plains FRX

The successful candidate must have a solid understanding of accounting principles and practices, a knowledge of accounting controls and current accounting principles as it relates to the company, and must have a CMA/CGA/CA designation or be in the process of obtaining it. The ability to learn new software programs is required, along with a knowledge of hospitality accounting and construction accounting, a strong attention to detail, and the ability to work independently. Fairmont Hot Springs Resort offers a competitive salary and benefit package with access to all Resort amenities. Interested applicants should forward their resume with references to: David Sheedy: e-mail, fax 250.345.6616, or call 250.345.6004.

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The Pioneer travels near and far Whether it’s a mini break or a faraway location, these Pioneer readers proudly displayed their local newspaper on vacation. Clockwise from top left: Rich Paradis, Judy Burns, Michele McGrogan and Mark Zehnder heliskiing in the Jumbo valley; Verna and Donna took the Jones girls and Wyatt to Cabo San Lucas and had tons of “fun”; Karen Gratton in Bergen, Norway, for the World Baton Twirling Meetings; and Judy Moore, daughter Brandie and grandson Jaden at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. Entrants in The Pioneer travel contest could win a trip for two to a Calgary Flames game, including one night’s accommodation, courtesy of Travel World.

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Valley Churches Lake Windermere Alliance Church Sunday, March 21st, 10:30 a.m.: Worship and Life Instruction. “Your Story Matters . . . The Significance of My Story.” 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

AMBASSADORS – Trevor and Lisa Hagan visited the Mediterranean Sea on their way to Antalya, Turkey.

Christians are called to be ambassadors for Christ By Trevor Hagan Lake Windermere Alliance Church I have been thinking a lot these days about being an ambassador. When a king or president sends an ambassador to a foreign land, he is taught what to say and what to do. The ambassador does not promote his own agenda, but he presents the ideals and plans of the one who sent him. He does not act on his own, but is merely a representative of the king or president. An ambassador’s job is to be a representative of his or her own country, sharing its benefits and opportunities. An ambassador represents, in his or her life, conversation and decisions, everything that is good about home. The Mirriam-Webster Dictionary defines an ambassador also as an authorized representative or messenger and an unofficial representative travelling abroad as ambassadors of goodwill. In order to be a good ambassador, I believe it is important to be a good citizen. I am proud to be a Canadian, especially after watching how well we were represented to the world at the Vancouver Winter Olympics. I am also proud to be a citizen of our beautiful Columbia Valley and the District of Invermere.

As I am writing this, my wife Lisa and I are somewhere over Europe on our way to Antalya, Turkey. We have the privilege to represent our country and our community while we are abroad. What a great privilege indeed – not only to be an ambassador of such a place of beauty, but also one of good character and wonderful people. The Apostle Paul challenges me, in 2nd Corinthians 5:20, “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.” As a Christian, I am also an ambassador for Christ. I am His representative here on Earth until He returns. Now, is that important? Yes, it is. And here’s why. As His ambassador, I represent Him. What I do, what I say and the way I act all reflect on the character of God. When the world looks at me, they should not just see me, but see Christ in me. And I should represent Him in such a way that they want to become a Christian themselves. I want to represent Jesus well in all I do and say. There is a phrase that I have heard over and over again: “If that is the way a Christian acts, then I do not want to be one.” If those who say they are “Christian” would represent who Jesus is and what he has done for the world in a good way, I think the world would be a different place.

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

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