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Vol. 7/Issue 16

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It’s here: new rescue truck finally arrives By Pioneer Staff There is a Very Important Vehicle residing at Invermere Fire Hall. On Monday, the long-awaited rescue truck arrived at the fire hall, where it was met by a dozen overjoyed fire fighters and community members. “It’s great to have it here,” said Fire Chief Roger Ekman. “It is being inspected this week then I will have the license and insurance signed,” he added. “It should be ready for service by Monday of next week.” The rig was manufactured in Wisconsin by Pierce Manufacturing. The District of Invermere authorised the purchase in February at a cost of $386,227. The seven-seater truck was moved to Calgary, where it was fitted with extra rescue equipment. Last week, Fire Chief Roger Ekman made the trip to Calgary to pick up the finished vehicle. “It was a pretty nice feeling,” Chief Ekman said. In spring 2008, the Lake Windermere District Lions Club launched its Road to Rescue campaign to

raise funds for a new rescue truck. To date, the campaign has raised around $420,000 in donations for the Lions Club, local businesses and community members. Until last December, Invermere Fire Department was performing road rescues with a 1991 two-seater pick-up truck fitted with Jaws of Life equipment. But on December 30th, the small rescue truck was itself totalled in a collision with another vehicle. An oncoming vehicle swerved in front of the truck on Highway 93/95 by the Radium Resort turn-off, causing a head-on collision. The firefighters inside the truck kicked through a window to get out of the truck and used the Jaws of Life extraction equipment on the passengers of the other vehicle. Insurance on the totalled rescue truck added $38,624 to the kitty, but more donations are needed to pay for the new truck’s fittings. The Lions Club needs another $20,000 to cover the purchase. Any money received on top of that goal will be held in trust to maintain the vehicle. To donate, call 250-3423134 or 250-342-1177.

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Invermere woman dies at Lake Lillian By Trevor Bacque Pioneer Staff Jane Hack, 49, of Invermere was found dead, slumped over beside her parked vehicle, at Lake Lillian last Friday, April 9th, according to RCMP. Police said she had been lying next to her vehicle since the previous evening. Ms. Hack was out walking her Bouvier des Flandres dog, Hope, when she collapsed due to a yet-tobe determined cause. An anonymous caller on their way to work the next morning reported the suspicious looking scene to police. Regional district dog control officer Sam Fiddler took custody of the dog — which remained beside its owner throughout the entire night — and another, a terrier, which was at Ms. Hack’s residence, the distinctive bug eye house on Toby Creek Road. According to Ms. Hack’s autopsy report, RCMP Staff Sergeant Marko Shehovac said, foul play and suicide have been ruled out as causes of death, leaving police waiting for toxicology findings to determine if she had a heart attack. Staff Sgt. Shehovac said hypothermia could not be

ruled out as it was a very cold evening. The deceased had a pre-existing condition that affected her heart, making it operate like “a 65-yearold man’s” would, according to her former boyfriend Mike Solway. Mr. Solway knew Ms. Hack for seven years and called her a woman with a heart of gold, extremely hard working and willing to bend over backwards to help anybody in need. “She was a beautiful person,” Mr. Solway said in a telephone interview. A painter for more than 20 years, Mr. Solway said he met Jane when they were both working for Lakeland Conracting. “She constantly liked to go and she was an extremely hard worker,” he said. The two developed a romance shortly after meeting and the relationship blossomed. “It went from a good friendship to boyfriend-girlfriend,” said Mr. Solway. The pair lived together for four years and, despite breaking up three years ago, they still spoke on a regular basis. According to Mr. Solway, Ms. Hack would still be pleasant and nice to people, even those that

had “wronged her” in the past. When Mr. Solway learned of the incident on Friday morning, he went to Lake Lillian to find three police cars already on the scene. Only the day before, he met Ms. Hack in Invermere, inviting her out for a drink that evening, but the meeting never happened. Ms. Hack took her dog to the lake no later than 7 p.m., according to Mr. Solway. Ms. Hack’s sister Pat lives in Kelowna. “I know she was well-loved there,” she said in a telephone interview. At the bug eye house — named for a pair of fisheye windows on either side — she was constantly chopping wood for one of her three wood-burning stoves. With two dogs of her own, Ms. Hack “loved animals way better than people,” Mr. Solway commented. A memorial will be held at the bug eye house on Saturday, April 17th, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Following the tribute a reception will be held at Ray Ray’s Beach Pub where friends are invited to raise a glass in her honour. In lieu of flowers, a request has been made to make donations to the S.P.C.A. in Cranbrook.

Regional district tightens rules on fireworks By Brian Geis Pioneer Staff Don’t bother stockpiling fireworks for your Canada Day celebration this year – chances are you won’t get to use them. On Friday, April 9th, the board of the Regional District of East Kootenay advanced a regulation bylaw that will prohibit the sale and disposal of fireworks within electoral areas A, B, C, E, F, and G at any time when an open fire ban has been issued by the Ministry of Forests and Range.

Furthermore, the board directed staff to investigate a prohibition on the discharge of fireworks through provincial legislation. The move was the least restrictive of three options under consideration that included an all-out, year-round ban. Regional District Commuity Services Manager Shannon Moskal noted that the option the board chose will be the most difficult to enforce, since the fire bans are irregular and not communicated directly with individual members of the public. The board considered letters from the

Fire Chief ’s Association of British Columbia, Windermere/Fairmont Fire Chief Jim Miller as well as Jaffray/Baynes Lake Fire Chief Dave Boreen, which outlined their concerns with fireworks and the benefits of the regulation. “Every aspect of the job I do as Fire Chief, I must continually have in place good due diligence and a safety plan,” Chief Miller wrote. “I believe in the regulation of the sale and use of fireworks. We would be doing just that.” The regional district is in the process of notifying known sellers of fireworks.

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Columbia Valley detachment members over the years have been involved with David Thompson Secondary School students in a floor hockey tournament. We are the 2009 defending champions. Twice this year we came back from being down 2-0. We tied our first game 2-2 and won last Thursday 4-3. There was excellent goal-tending from Grant Simpson. A kid came down on him on a breakaway, and Grant hurt him bad. This put a stop to other potential breakaway opportunities. I have however an open letter of protest to the school which has come up with an off-side line. I believe this rule was only set to target me and take away my advantage of cherry picking, forcing a 56-year-old, slightly overweight, slightly out of shape, slightly lazy player with a decent shot from being of any value to my team. I believe the kids realize I pose a threat to any of their three teams and are sinking to an all-time low in sportsmanship. I vigorously protest this new rule. Rules committee, tear down that offside line. Our thanks to the Invermere Rotary Club for sponsoring a trophy for the RCMP/Youth Challenge. Also, to my friends from Golden who turned me in to Trask, shame on you. What happens in the valley south of Golden, stays in the valley. I happen to know the lady friends you golf with over here and you don’t see me running to your wives, do you? (Their wives also read the paper here and that should mess them up for a couple of weeks.) Beware of phone scams Seems like the scam of the month is for people to target our elderly and claim to be a relative in trouble and in need of cash to be wired to them. In one instance the caller made contact and came on friendly and happy to make contact. When the intended victim asked who the caller was, the person would respond with, “Well, who do you guess?” The victim would make a guess and name a person – for example, a nephew or niece, as the caller sounds young over the phone. Of course the caller would confirm indeed that is who they are. The caller then would provide an urgent sob story where they are in trouble and need cash wired to them to get them out of trouble. The intended victim did not fall for the scam and contacted the relative to confirm there was no problem. Keep this in mind. If you have elderly relatives it wouldn’t hurt to make them aware of this. (If you recognize that it’s your teenage children on the phone, tell them to get a summer job.)

Weekly incidents • On April 9th at 7 a.m., a passing motorist noticed a person slumped outside a pick-up truck and unresponsive when checked on at Lake Lillian parking lot. Police attended and found a 49-year-old female, identified as Jane Hack, deceased. The deceased lived nearby and often had a habit of taking her dogs for a walk in the area. All indications at this time are that the death was natural, however police are waiting for the results of an autopsy. Detachment members would like to thank all those who assisted in our investigation. • On April 10th, detachment members responded to a complaint of assault in the 5000 block of Toby Street in Edgewater. A 30-year-old male from Invermere has been charged with assault and will appear in Invermere Provincial Court. • On April 10th at 5:30 p.m., RCMP responded to a complaint of assault at Mount Nelson Athletic Park. It was reported that a male had smashed a beer bottle in the area and was asked by another youth to clean up the mess. At that time the suspect male, described as 6 foot tall and 200 pounds, assaulted the youth. Police have a possible first name of a suspect, “Josh”, and his full identity will be obtained in the near future. Anyone with information is requested to contact the detachment. I would also like to note that many skateboard parks were initiated to provide youths with a proper and challenging skateboard park. I also note that youths worked hard to get the parks going and tend to do their best to police it themselves and have been doing a good job. We appreciate that the kids are doing this but any violations observed are best handled by the police. With the good weather coming on, members will do extra patrols, get out and talk to the kids. I may even have to show them a few moves. • On April 11th at 2:30 a.m., detachment members responded to Radium Hot Spring Pools because a number of youths were swimming in the pool. A group from Sundre, Alberta were cautioned that in the future they could be charged with trespassing. The youths appreciated the warning and departed. • On April 11th at 8:10 p.m., Columbia Valley RCMP responded to a complaint of attempted theft from the liquor store in Radium. A male attempted to steal a bottle of wine. A 22-year-old male was located and found to be intoxicated. The male was charged with being drunk in public, driven to his residence and released to a sober person.

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Local cop to learn about policing in Spain By Trevor Bacque Pioneer Staff Leading a charge into northern Spain as part of the Invermere Rotary Club’s Group Study Exchange is RCMP Constable Derek Balderston of Invermere. The exchange will begin May 8th involving five members of the RoCst. Derek Balderston tary District 5080, whose boundaries begin in the Tri-Cities area of Washington, and extends north to Golden. “It’s a short-term cultural and vocational exchange program between districts and clubs,” said Rotary President Les Zuffa. Cst. Balderston, the only successful applicant from Invermere, has a passion for travel. “I love to travel. When I’m home I work and when

I can get time off I leave,” said the Victoria native. After hearing about Rotary’s exchange program, Cst. Balderston applied last summer. Soon after, he was called to an interview in Spokane before a panel of Rotary members from the district. “I’m always nervous before an interview,” said the third year RCMP member with a laugh. “It was a fun experience.” Cst. Balderston said the questions ranged from simple to complex. He was asked on the spot to provide an explanation of the differences between world governments. Mr. Zuffa remembered thatwhen the district was being solicited to invite people to apply, he felt Cst. Balderston had the acumen to be a part of the exchange. “It was no doubt he was going to make a good candidate,” Mr. Zuffa said. Only hours after the interview, Cst. Balderston received a call letting him know he had been accepted into the program. Cst. Balderston will spend his days in Spain shad-

owing local police officers. In the evening, he and his fellow team members will deliver presentations to Spanish Rotarians in the native tongue. Studying Spanish at the College of the Rockies since last year, Cst. Balderston has been working relentlessly at his language skills. Still, he admitted he has room for improvement. “It comes and goes,” he said, adding that he is now taking private lessons to ensure he speaks Spanish well before his May departure. While Cst. Balderston is off touring the Spanish countryside, Invermere will host a member of the corresponding Rotary Club in Spain. The guest Rotarian will tour around the Columbia Valley to learn about the district and the day-to-day goings on in the community. The host district in Spain will cover Cst. Balderston’s travel costs, including airfares and other travel expenses. The next exchange for the Invermere Rotary Club will be to India in 2012 and applicants must be 25 to 40 years old.

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Make every day Earth Day By Brian Geis Pioneer Editor

Happy Earth Day, April 22nd. Earth Day is a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Earth Day in Canada, the 40th in the United States. Doing your part to appreciate the Earth isn’t that hard. In fact, if everyone practiced a few simple rules, we would be well on our way to a healthier planet. Here are a few things you can do to make every day Earth Day. Stay close to home. Don’t travel so much and when you do, walk, hike and bike. I know an old guy from Brisco who throws his bicycle in the back of his pick-up when he comes to town. He parks the truck and pedals around town to run his errands. If you have to drive, drive slowly in a well-maintained car with the correct tire pressure and don’t let it idle. As your incandescent light bulbs burn out, replace them, one by one, with compact flourescent bulbs. Use aerators on faucets and shower heads and weatherstrip windows and doors. Wash full loads of clothes in cold water and hang to air dry. Turn down that thermostat in winter. Choose natural, non-toxic cleaning products. Make simple, natural cleaners with ingredients like vinegar, baking soda and water. Using natural cleaners sometimes requires a little more elbow grease, but it works just the same. Lastly, don’t buy so much stuff from so far away. Choose local and organic foods that are in season, and support local producers. See if you can find used items from garage sales and thrift stores, instead of buying new. And if you are finished with something, don’t throw it out. Donate, reuse and recycle items so they don’t end up in the landfill.

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Good day for a swim From the collection of Cathie Findlay-Brook, this image depicts a busy day at the hot pools in Radium in 1951. In the upper left, you can see the old gateway to Kootenay National Park. If you have any more information, e-mail us at Photo (1873) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Haiti needs homes not highways Dear Editor: I don’t often write letters to the editor, but Brian Geis’s editorial in the March 26th edition of The Columbia Valley Pioneer has prompted me to write this. If one of the objectives of a good editorial is to spark thought and discussion, the above editorial probably served that objective well. If, on the other hand, one of the objectives is to propose something useful, then I think Brian’s suggestion

that the International Olympic Committee should choose Port-au-Prince for the next summer Olympics, so that Haitians could be “. . . heartened to see the world gather around them in a shiny new stadium,” is a bit misguided. Haitians just might be more heartened by having that kind of money spent on new homes, schools and hospitals. Keep stirring our thought and discussion, Brian. David Goldsmith, Spillimacheen

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RCMP’s war on drugs misguided Dear Editor: Regarding your article in last week’s edition, “RCMP declares war on grow ops,” the people most pleased about this eradication policy are the 90-95 percent of growers who will never be caught. This colossal waste of time and money is not only failing to fix things, it is, in fact, outrageously counterproductive. If the police busted twice as many grow ops this year as last year, they would still only get about 20 percent of them, one fifth — probably less. Every time they bust one grow op — indoor, outdoor, small or big — all they do is make the ones they don’t catch that much more valuable. Not only is the illegality of pot the very thing that makes growing it so lucrative, the police are actually subsidizing the entire industry by busting only a minority of them. The cops know they are subsidizing criminals because the evidence to support what I say is widely available. They do it deliberately to secure their jobs. And don’t tell me the cops don’t make the laws. The police have been

lobbying government for decades to keep the war on certain plants going. They lobby constantly — with our tax dollars, no less — and have way too much influence over our governments, at all levels. They also like to tell the public this is somehow interfering with organized crime or preventing pot from reaching your kids, but informed people know better. Every year, the cops bust more and more people and, every year, organized criminals grow stronger and pot becomes more widely available. All this over a medicinal plant that recent science suggests actually fights cancer. Is this the Canada you want to live in? A country where cops help gangsters and deprive people of valuable medicine and billions in tax revenue? Because that is the Canada you live in right now. Russell Barth, federally licensed medical marijuana user Drug reform analyst and consultant, Educators for Sensible Drug Policy Ottawa, Ontario

Boat licenses a step back Dear Editor: I, like all boat operators/owners, have taken the steps to get my boat operator’s license according to the new law. You can’t even drive a fishing boat with an electric motor without it. At first I thought, “Good, this will mean all operators will have a clue what they are doing. This will eliminate all the 14-year-olds with Daddy’s powerboat swamping us.” Then I read further and realized that if I rent a boat then I don’t need a license. I just have to sign a waiver. You don’t have to know what you are doing

if you don’t own the boat. Again, one step forward, two steps back. Now I realize the boaters operator’s license is just a means for another cash grab from our government, rules and regulations for the people who take it seriously and really don’t need the licenses. It’s the ones that don’t know what they are doing that don’t require a license! The people making up these laws should have to write an IQ test, because these laws are irrational! L. Lesmeister Invermere

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Invermere Cadets still seeking new members more parents to help,” Second Lieutenant McConnell explained. The future of the If numbers don’t improve, Windermere Cadet Corps rethe Invermere Cadets and inmains uncertain following a structors will become part of meeting held last month to the Cranbrook platoon until boost membership numbers. they are able to boost local The platoon was notified membership. Second Lieutenin February that unless the ant McConnell hopes it won’t membership was raised to 20 come to that. from the current six members “I think here in Invermere by June, the Invermere Cadets it’s really important because would be disbanded. there aren’t many youth proA meeting was held at the grams,” she said. “I think CaInvermere Legion in March to dets is important. It is a wondiscuss the announcement and derful program that teaches to generate enrollment for both leadership and fun. There is RESPECTED – Corporal Justin Lynch and the Cadet Corps and the volunalso a great sense of belonging his fellow cadets take part in Invermere’s teer-driven Cadet Sponsoring when you are in a cadet proRemembrance Day services. Committee. gram.” “The meeting didn’t go If the Invermere branch is quite as we wanted it to, so we’re going to try again,” able to continue, its members will have the opportunisaid Second Lieutenant Megan McConnell. ty to join a pipe and drum band, something not avail“We did get a few new cadets calling in, which is able locally until now. Someone came forward after great, but we need to get a few more people. I’m very last month’s meeting and offered to instruct the band. much hoping that we can get at least 15 Cadets in “To have someone here who can give them more total. If we can show that we are gaining Cadets and practice and more ability is really exciting,” Second that there is interest, then there is a greater chance we Lieutenant McConnell said. can remain operating here in Invermere.” Any interested aspiring Cadets or parent volunIn order to stay operational, the Cadet Corps teers are asked to attend a meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesneeds volunteers to help with their Cadet Sponsoring day, April 27th, in the downstairs Cadet area of the Committee. Royal Canadian Legion in Invermere. “There is a committee right now, but we only have For more information, contact Megan McConnell three members on it, so we’re trying to set up a few at 250-342-9267. By Kelsey Verboom Pioneer Staff


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Invermere advances environmental agenda and moves to curb greenhouse gases By Trevor Bacque Pioneer Staff Just in time for Earth Day, April 22nd, District of Invermere council this week resolved to become carbon neutral by 2012 and to reduce certain greenhouse gas emissions by 33 percent in 10 years. According to a report to council, four targets in total have been set, including a 4.5 percent community-wide emission reduction by 2015. In the five years following, that number will jump to six percent. Invermere Mayor Gerry Taft calls the numbers achievable and would rather start small instead of laying out daunting figures for people to meet. “In some ways, it’s better to set realistic targets,” he said. Mayor Taft said if the district adheres to their plan and reaches their goals, more aggressive targets would be established in the future. Council has been working in subtle ways to sustain a greener community, including the recent antiidling bylaw, regulation of non-essential pesticide us-

age within the district, and a detailed bylaw outlining the collection and disposal of garbage and recyclable materials. Despite the unanimous decision to adopt the carbon-neutral motion, there was some unrest on council about the figures. “I think that most people support these kinds of things in principle,” said Councilor Bob Campsall, adding that once it becomes official there is often dissent among people it affects. “I’m not sure where I stand in terms of these being realistic.” Similarly, Councillor Spring Hawes felt the target could be higher but still supported the resolution. “I believe in general our community is supportive of these things,” she said. Wildsight is a partner in the reduction initiative and received funding to help study effects of the reductions on the district. Chief Administrative Officer Chris Prosser believes these are steps in the right direction and wants to focus on reducing the carbon footprint of some valley businesses.

“We have some real pigs when it comes to power consumption,” he said. “These targets can easily be achieved through simple things.” Mr. Prosser said he would like to explore other options such as electric and solar heating in the community if it proves feasible. Councillors agreed that, at the start, there will be costs associated with cutting emissions and greenhouse gases but the targets will save money in the long term. The largest hurdle, according to Mayor Taft, will be informing the owners of second homes and seasonal residents — Calgarians, he said, who come here in the warmer months and might not know or care about the emissions reduction targets. “There are some different philosophies and behaviours,” Mayor Taft said. “Even with zero people in those homes, there is still consumption going on.” The mayor said despite many options on greenhouse gas reductions, the district has chosen one of many paths, all of which have no clear end in sight. “There’s no silver bullet or one magical solution which will solve our problems.”

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Giant bird cage rehabilitates raptors By Trevor Bacque Pioneer Staff District of Invermere council last month threw its support behind a proposal to build a giant bird cage that will provide a rehabilitation habitat for the valley’s injured raptors. Organizers behind the project say large birds are being injured at greater rates — including Lillian (a bald eagle) and Horton (a Great Horned owl), two famous cases from last summer — and the project is necessary to reintroduce rehabilitated birds back into the wild. “It seems like a very worthy cause,” said Mayor Gerry Taft. The aptly-named Take Flight raptor enclosure project — estimated to cost $60,000 — is currently going through the fund-raising and permitting process and is encountering little opposition. Proposed by Invermere veterinarian Mark Zehnder, the structure is intended for construction on land on the Toby Benches, owned by veterinary assistant Judy Burns. “We’ve had an incredibly positive reaction from

everybody,” Ms. Burns said. Dr. Zehnder treats injured raptors at the Invermere Veterinary Hospital. Until recently, a Windermere couple operated and maintained a small rehabilitation cage, but that facility is no longer accessible since the land has been sold. Ms. Burns offered her land to give the creatures proper attention and to foster a calming environment. “If they were in a smaller enclosure you have to tether them,” Ms. Burns said, adding that it is stressful for the recovering raptors when they are constantly being harnessed. Within the confines of the previous cage in Windermere, birds had to be caught daily and were hand-flown for exercise. The new cage’s dimensions of 100 feet long, 20 feet wide and 18 feet high will be adequate room for raptors to fly around without human interference. “We’re not having to exercise them, so they don’t get habituated to humans,” Dr. Zehnder said. “Our goal is to keep it as wild as possible and have as little interaction with it as possible,” Ms. Burns said. For a successful return to the wild, birds need as little habituation with humans as possible.

Rescued birds have about a 20 percent rate of return into the wild, Ms. Burns said, lamenting that the remaining portion either never fly again, die or are euthanized. “Nobody’s under the illusion we’re going to save a species from extinction,” Dr. Zehnder said. According to Dr. Zehnder, most injured birds suffer wounds to their wings, after hitting power lines or being struck by a vehicle. The Take Flight project aims to promote habitat stewardship, increase release success rates and mitigate the effects of the human footprint in the Columbia Valley. “More and more we’re encroaching on their territory,” Ms. Burns said. The report listed 14 people and groups who have been solicited for money, including Columbia Basin Trust, Mark Kingsbury Foundation, Village of Radium Hot Springs, BC Hydro, and the Ministry of Environment. Columbia Basin Trust has been asked to provide $15,000 towards the project. According to the report, the Columbia Valley is part of the Pacific Flyway, the longest system of uninterrupted wetlands in North America.

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Wildsight and the District of Invermere invite you to celebrate Canadian water at a special presentation by Bob Sandford, Canadian Chair of the U.N. International Decade “Water for Life” Partnership on Tuesday, April 20th at 7:30 p.m. in David Thompson Secondary School Theatre. See Page 21 for more.




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Art From the Heart – Part 6 April 6 to 25 at Pynelogs. Gallery Open Daily from 11 to 4 pm.

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Movie Review: Pirate Radio tion by DJ’ing on a ship with an illegal radio station. The pack of degenerate miscreants is led by Phillip Seymour Hoffman as The Count, a do-what-he-wants-when-hewants American. The story revolves around one youth, Young Carl, played by Tom Sturridge, and his voyage of self-discovery after being sent onto the boat for some “straightening up” by his mother, Charlotte, played by the lovely Emma Thompson. As it turns out, Young Carl meets this bevy of outcasts and finds acceptance

Reviewed by Trevor Bacque The year was 1966. Music was rocking, youth were driven by the scintillating sounds coming from the audio juggernauts of the day, The Kinks, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and more. Just one problem: the British government had banned the new, impulsive beats from the airwaves, forcing the musical uprising out to sea. Cue the pirates. Pirate Radio is about a swashbuckling group of eight who properly rebel and throw out all conven-

among the dregs of society while listening to some great music. Trouble on dry land befalls the eight DJs as British legislation makes it illegal to sell advertising on pirate radio channels. The perils are further augmented when a British fishing boat sends out a distress call and cannot reach help due to the pirate radio broadcasting signals on the the air space. Bill Nighy, as the ship captain, is the saving grace for this film. The English actor’s charm and prowess shine through in even the most bleak of situations.



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Friday, April 16th: • 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: The Catholic Women’s League hosts a soup and bun luncheon and bake sale at Christ Church Trinity. Adults $5, children $3, under six free. Proceeds go to Catholic Women’s League Scholarship. For info: 250-342-2456. • 6-9 p.m.: Spring Fling Family Dance at the Windermere Community Hall. Music for all ages, pizza concession, face painting, and special dance performances by Colleen Wagner’s School of Dance. For info: 250-341-3383. • 7:15 p.m.: An Evening in Turkey and Niger: Pastor Trevor and Lisa Hagan host a presentation on their recent trip at Lake Windermere Alliance Church. For info: 250-342-9535.

Saturday, April 17th: • 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Jumbo Creek Conservation Society hosts a clean-up of Pothole Park in downtown Invermere. Wear old clothes and bring work gloves. • 7:30 p.m.: 27th annual Big Band Dance with the David Thompson Secondary School Stage Band at Invermere Community Hall. Cocktails, dinner and dance. Tickets $20. For info: 250-342-9213. • White Trash Jager Party at Bud’s Bar and Lounge. For info: 250-342-2965. • April 17th-18th: Invermere Badminton Club hosts the inaugural Birdie Fest, a team event in badminton and golf. For info: 250-342-0737.

Sunday, April 18th: • 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Invermere Companion Animal Network hosts an adoption event to help feline friends find forever homes. For info: 250-3417888.

Monday, April 19th: • 7 p.m.: Columbia Valley Otters Swim Club’s Annual General Meeting at the Rocky Mountain School District’s board office in Invermere.

Tuesday, April 20th: • 7:30 p.m.: Wildsight and the District of Invermere host a presentation by Bob Sandford, Chair of the Canadian Parnership Initiative of the U.N. Decade of “Water for Life” at David Thompson Secondary School Theatre. For info: 250-342-3039. • Matt Anderson performs at Bud’s Bar and Lounge. For info: 250-342-2965.

Wednesday, April 21st: • 2 p.m.: The start of golf season for the Windermere Valley Ladies Golf Club. New members and friends are more than welcome. • 6-8 p.m.: Knitting Night at the Invermere Public Library. Learn to knit, get help on those tricky patterns. All levels of knitters welcome. For info: 250-342-6416. • 6-9 p.m.: Brain Gym at Lake Windermere Alliance Church. Explore the practical workings of the brain with exercises. $5 per person, RSVP to 250-3416224. • 7 p.m.: Deadline to bring rosters and registration fee for Invermere Slo-Pitch League to the College of the Rockies. • 7 p.m.: Travel Talk – Africa with Andy Stuart-Hill at the David Thompson Secondary School Theatre. Tickets $5. For info: 250-342-3210.

Thursday, April 22nd: • 7:30 p.m.: Aquatic Connections presentation by Shelley Humphries at David Thompson Secondary School Theatre in the Wild Voices Speaker Series 2010. Tickets $7 at the door, students free.

Saturday, April 24th: • 9:30 a.m.: Wilmer Wetlands Clean-up. Meet at Wilmer Community Hall. Bring water, rubber boots and work gloves. • 10 a.m.: Valley Pride Clean-up. Meet at Pothole Park to receive directions to designated clean-up areas. For info: 250-342-3353.

• 10 a.m.: Valley Pride Operation Clean Sweep in Edgewater. Meet at Edgewater Community Hall. Free BBQ/pop/chips for all volunteers at noon.

Monday, April 26th: • 7 p.m.: Ladies Night Out at the Lake Windermere Alliance Church. Enjoy music, humour, special speeches, food, fun, and fellowship. Tickets $8. For info: 250-342-4454.

Tuesday, April 27th: • 5-7 p.m.: Panorama Foundation Annual General Meeting at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. • 7 p.m.: Book Launch of Friends of Kootenay’s book “Sheep in the Village” at the Prestige Inn, Radium Hot Springs, followed by the Annual General Meeting. For info:

Wednesday, April 28th: • 7-9 p.m.: Wings Over the Rockies: Art Show opens at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. More than 20 distinct artists presenting their works of art on the theme, “Wings Over the Rockies.” For info: 250-342-4423.

Sunday, May 2nd: • 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: The Columbia Valley Cycling Society will be holding its 3rd annual Bike and Gear Swap at the Invermere Community Hall. Bring your gear in between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The sale will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For info: www.

Monday, May 3rd: • Wings Over the Rockies Festival. Activities include guided nature walks, Columbia River floats, voyageur canoe trips, hikes in the grasslands, workshops and Wings gala banquet. For info: 250-342-4423.

Thursday, May 6th: • Birdsong Singalong Dinner at Windermere Community Hall. A “fowl” dinner, catered by Anne Riches, entertainment by the Valley Voices, and a fun-filled evening of birdsong. Joint fundraiser between Wings Over the Rockies and Windermere Community Association. For info: 250-341-3833.

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College rolls out new summer camps Submitted by Jessica Fairhart College of the Rockies – Invermere Campus Cool Camps for a Hot Summer — the popular summer camps program — is back again this year with a couple new additions. College of the Rockies Invermere Campus and the Kootenay Rockies Innovation Council is inviting kids to fill their summer days with fun and excitement in one (or more) of our fantastic summer camps. There is something for everyone this summer — from the film enthusiast to the video game fanatic. This hot summer lineup includes seven camps scheduled throughout July and August allowing kids to enjoy some fun summer learning. A new addition to this year’s line-up is the World Cup Soccer Camp, held from July 5th to 9th. It will be kicking off this year’s summer camp schedule. This fun-filled camp will allow kids, aged 6-12, to further develop their passing, receiving, shooting, dribbling and juggling skills. All skill levels are welcome and there is a halfday option for kids aged 6-8. Back again this season is the popular Bike and Skate Camp from July 12th to 16th, delivered in part-

nership with the Purcell Mountain Bike School. This multi-environment camp will help kids aged 8-12 work on the fundamentals of biking, enjoy a day of lift-access downhill mountain biking and gain rad skills on their bike in the skate park. After three days of biking, grab your deck and hit the park for a twoday skateboarding camp. Kids will need their own equipment including: bike, skateboard, helmet and other protective gear. RoboCamp, from July 12th to 16th, for kids aged 8-12, introduces you to the world of robotic technology and provides hands-on experience. Bring virtual and reality together by discovering the basics of programming, engineering, and construction so you can create a robot and program software that brings it to life. Whoever thought science could be so cool? Way Cool Gamer School, running July 19th to 23rd, is back again and this camp teaches kids between 9 and 13 years old to build their very own video games! Instruction will include designing characters, objects and levels. Be sure to bring your imagination! Art Adventures camp, which runs July 26th to 30th for kids aged 9-13, will let kids’ creativity soar. The camp will include a variety of activities, including

painting, drawing and crafts. Another new camp addition is the Gardens, Bugs & Beach camp, running August 9th to 13th for kids aged 8-12, delivered in partnership with the Columbia Valley Botanical Gardens. It will be five days of insects, vegetables, playing games, making art, strolling the beach and big garden fun. Hunt creepy crawlies, befriend bugs and harvest your own meal from the garden. Our summer camps close out on August 16th to 20th with Junior Director’s Movie Camp for ages 9-13. During this creative hands-on week you explore the basics of making movies, directing, and editing. Experience is not necessary, equipment is provided (digital video cameras), and you get the chance to create a movie of your own, inspired by your favourite extreme, action or comedy flick. Each camp is $195, plus GST, but book before June 1st and pay only $165 plus GST. Camp activities run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and early registration is recommended as camps fill up quickly. Call 250-342-3210 or visit our website at www. for more information or to register today.

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Thank you for Daffodil Day Submitted by Eileen Fiell Daffodil Coordinator Canadian Cancer Society Another spring and another triumph for the daffodil, the symbol of hope for all persons suffering or recovering from cancer. Shops and homes have been blanketed with the bright golden blooms of the daffodil and we hope this has brightened the day for all our residents. Your local unit of the Canadian Cancer Society has worked hard to bring these flowers to everyone and the response from the community has been overwhelming as usual. We are so pleased that the public has also shown enthusiasm for the new pin which is available throughout Invermere, Radium and Fairmont.

On Daffodil Day, April 9th, we asked B.C. residents to wear their pins to show those affected by cancer they are not alone in their fight. There is one more week to obtain your pin from these locations: Home Hardware, Dairy Queen, A & W, North Star/Rona, AG Valley Foods, Kootenay Savings, The Book Bar, Bank of Montreal, C.I.B.C., Lambert/Kipp Pharmacy, Bargain Store, Best Western Off License and the B.C. Liquor Store in Invermere. There are also three locations in Radium and Fairmont, as well as the Family Pantry in Windermere. Many thanks from your friends and neighbours who volunteered hours of time towards this campaign. Without your support, our efforts would be in vain.

Library to host knitting night Submitted by Leah Shoemaker Invermere Public Library After the success of the popular Lego Night, the Invermere Public Library is excited to announce their next Wednesday evening event: Knitting Night. On Wednesday, April 21st, from 6 to 8 p.m., the library is inviting every level of knitter to join them for this free event. “Just imagine the Christmas gifts you can give next year,” Librarian Liz Robinson commented. “A simple hand-knitted scarf holds so much more value to your loved ones than any store-bought item. “We would also like to banish the idea that knitting is just

for women. Sailors, fishermen and shepherds were among some of the first knitters and there was even a time that only men knit and women were restricted to spinning.” According to library staff, the night will be set up in a way that beginners can follow in easy step-bystep stations. Needles and yarn will be provided for the evening, but feel free to bring your own. You are encouraged to bring in patterns and projects to inspire others. The library will also provide free patterns to share with the community. To learn more call the Invermere Public Library at 250-342-6416 or visit

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Golf ladies get into swing COLLEGE OF THE ROCKIES

Ladies of Radium Resort tee off in May By Pioneer Staff

Please be sure to register with the club by noon on Sunday, May 2nd, if you are planning to play. Windermere Ladies start swinging

The first official game for the 2010 Radium Resort Ladies Golf Club will be held on Tuesday, May 4th, at 10 a.m. and the club is excited to start. “We are looking forward to seeing all of our members again this year,” Vice Captain Doris Walker commented. “We welcome new members and guests.” Anyone interested in joining the club, or anyone with questions about the group, should call Doris at 250-342-2649 or Bonnie at 250-347-9069.

Submitted by Ann Way Spring has — hopefully — arrived and with it, golf! The start of the golf season for the Windermere Valley Ladies Golf Club is 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21st. New members and friends are more than welcome. Come and play a game of golf and stay for dinner – no cooking!

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Preferred shares gaining popularity With today’s low interest rates, many investors are stuck looking for ways to get yield from their investments. While the capital gains in the markets over the last 12 months have been great, not all investors want to move all, or most of their investments, into growth stocks. Seniors, retirees and other conservative investors who traditionally use a portion of GICs or government bonds to solidify their portfolio and generate some interest income have been struggling during this period of low interest rates.

Benefits Preferred shares rank ahead of common shares in the event of bankruptcy or a dividend cut. Common shareholders own the company and the shares rise and fall. Dividends paid to common shareholders are a bonus and don’t have to be paid by the company. Preferred shareholders don’t own the company in the same way and can’t vote on company matters, meaning their prices do not rise and fall like common shares. Dividends to preferred shareholders are not a bonus but an obligation of the company.

Preferred shares Preferred shares offer investors a quarterly dividend payment from a corporation in the form of a debt obligation and this can become a fantastic way to bolster income in a portfolio. While many common shares also pay dividends, buyers of these shares must deal with large swings in the market value of their investments. which can be alarming. Preferred shares on the other hand, are less volatile. CIBC common shares, for example, hit a high of $108 in the summer of 2007 and fell to $39 by the spring of 2009, while their class D preferred shares went from $27 to $17 during the same time frame.

Drawbacks Preferred share dividends can still be cut by the company during hard times and are not guaranteed. All dividends to common shareholders would have to be cut first but nonetheless this can still happen. Preferred shares, while more stable than common shares, are interest rate sensitive and in times of rapidly increasing interest rates, they can decline in value.


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percent. Preferred shares pay dividends, not interest. Dividends are treated more favourably than interest by the Canada Revenue Agency. There is currently quite a gap between the yields on highly rated preferred shares of companies the Royal Bank, Power Financial Corporation and five-year GICs that are yielding approximately three-and-a-half per cent.

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MR. CLEAN — Bob Jamieson, chair of the Columbia Wetlands Stewardship Partners, pulls tires from the Wilmer wetlands as a warm up for the clean-up day on April 24th. Photo by Pat Morrow

Clean up the valley on Earth Day By Trevor Bacque Pioneer Staff Stewards of the planet, rejoice; Earth Day is upon us and celebrating its 20th anniversary. The April 22nd event initially began as a grassroots movement in the United States and has subsequently ballooned into a worldwide phenomenon involving 190 countries and a billion people, according to Earth Day’s website. Citizens of the Columbia Valley, too, feel the pull of nature and have donated their time and efforts for conservation and awareness. “I’m a born-again environmentalist,” said Ron Clarke, president of the Wildsight Invermere branch. “I spent most of my life destroying the environment.” The Windermere resident used to be a lawyer acting on behalf of oil companies and land developers. Now he and others are the driving force behind a large Wilmer wetlands clean-up happening in conjunction with Earth Day. “We’re looking for people that don’t mind being out in the elements,” said Pat Morrow, a Wilmer resident and the first man in the world to scale the highest peaks on each of the world’s seven continents. The mountaineer lives a stone’s throw from the wetlands and believes it is essential to maintain the region for animals and visitors alike. On April 21st and 24th, Pat Morrow, Ron Clarke and others will venture down to the wetlands for a

true spring cleaning of the area. A class from David Thompson Secondary School will be assisting in the process for a few hours on Wednesday. “They realize these things have an impact on them, too,” said Mr. Clarke, adding the youth of today are more conscientious stewards of their natural environment than when he was growing up. This restoration effort comes on the heels of some real action being taken as government involvement has been occuring in recent months. Sanctioned assistance has been implemented via government funding since the steep precipice from the roadside leading down to the wetlands could prove fatal for inexperienced volunteers. Scalers hired with government grant money spent a couple weeks in March rapelling down and clearing the cliff face of almost all of the debris and garbage. Among the refuse found in the wetlands were large tires, coffee pots, tin cans, hubcaps, children’s toys, and even whole automobiles. The area had a large scale clean-up about 15 years ago, but is in dire need of a clean-up again to restore some semblance of natural balance, Pat Morrow said. Mr. Morrow has suggested stockpiling larger items until winter then dragging them across the frozen lake to a service road where they could be loaded onto trucks and taken to the Columbia Valley landfill. For more information or to volunteer to help, contact Pat Morrow at 250-341-3554.

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Invitation for Proposals Kinsmen Beach Swim Lessons The District of Invermere (“Owner”) invites Proposals for the 2010 to 2015 Kinsmen Beach swimming lessons contract. Documents may be viewed at or obtained from the Municipal office at 914 8th Avenue Invermere, BC Proposals delivered no later than 2:00 p.m. local time, May 14th, 2010 clearly marked Kinsmen Beach Swimming Lessons 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 Box 339, Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 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. Kindry Dalke, Corporate Officer District of Invermere Office: (250) 342-9281 ext. 228

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April 16, 2010 Wild Voices Speakers Series 2010

Aquatic Connections! Presentation by Shelley


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Earth Day events around the valley By Trevor Bacque Pioneer Staff

Aquatic Specialist Parks Canada

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Many events are happening around the valley to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22nd. Here is a list of people and groups actively involved in the celebration: • Pothole Park will be the site of a community clean-up on Saturday, April 17th. • Bob Sandford is giving a speech at David Thompson Secondary School on Tuesday, April 20th at 7:30 p.m., on behalf of Wildsight and the District of Invermere. He will address the environment, water and the effects it will have in coming years for Canadians, specifically in the Columbia River Basin. Sanford is an official delegate for the United Nations and has published three books on environmental topics. Following the speech Pat Morrow, local resident and activist, will give a presentation on the Wilmer wetlands and the clean-up effort happening there all week long. See Page 21 for more information. • Students at David Thompson Secondary School will assist in trash removal in the Wilmer wetlands on April 21st. The students will also participate in Pitch-In, a community involvement initiative cleaning up trash around

Invermere on April 22nd. • Eileen Madson Primary School will also be participating in Pitch-In. • J.A. Laird Elementary School is taking part in Pitch-In and students will be working in their new school garden on April 22nd. • On Saturday, April 24th at 9:30 a.m., volunteers are meeting at Wilmer Community Hall and heading down to the Wilmer wetlands to clean up the area. • The week of April 18th, Mountainside Markets in Radium and Fairmont will be introducing 100 percent degradable plastic bags in conjunction with Earth Day. General Manager Ryan Haynes said that the stores – with his Kaslo store, Front Street Market – use approximately 1.6 million non-recyclable bags annually. • Sobeys in Invermere will be handing out a free re-useable bag to every customer who purchases $50 or more in groceries on April 22nd. • AG Valley Foods is advertising sales on natural products such as environmentally friendly cleaning agents and recycled bags. • Spring Health Foods will be having a sale on earth-friendly products. There will be free samples of local and organic foods and a contest testing people’s environmental knowledge.

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20TH ANNIVERSARY OF EARTH DAY • 1990 - 2010 PRIUS DRIVER — U.N. spokesperson Bob Sandford will speak about water conservation in Invermere and Radium in Earth Day events.

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Bob Sandford to address vital Basin water issues By Trevor Bacque Pioneer Staff United Nations’ spokesperson Robert Sandford will be speaking twice in Invermere next week on water’s importance and other vital environmental topics for people living in the Columbia River Basin. The Canadian Chair of the International Decade of Water for Life will return to the Columbia Basin, an area of particular interest to him. “I will be demonstrating why what happens in the Columbia Basin matters, not only to locals but the entire region,” Mr. Sandford explained. “We need a new water ethic in Canada.” Much of the research and field work Mr. Sandford has participated in over the last 40 years has involved the Columbia Basin and areas near mountains with natural watersheds. The author of more than 20 books is now in the process of penning a new book coming out next spring, Cold Matters, which delves into the state of Canada’s snow and ice and has an entire chapter devoted to the Columbia Basin. His latest effort, Ecology and Wonder, has just been released. The book tackles the subject of Rocky Mountain preservation and the ecosystems around the peaks. It attempts to assess the impact of climate change in the region. According to Mr. Sandford, people often forget the crucial link between water and land management. It’s impossible to separate the two, he said, yet it has

been happening more and more. Mr. Sandford said the “myth of limitless water abundance” in this province is reaching a pivotal threshold. He admonishes particular areas of B.C. for being “the world’s biggest wasters.” Many communities in and around the Columbia Basin take their water supply for granted, according to Mr. Sandford. That attitude must change if the region is to have a healthy and sustainable future, he added. Similarly, he said, the Okanagan “is an area of concern” and the area may be in the “first stages of deep and persistent drought.” As for global warming, a heated topic of conversation for many, Mr. Sandford said the jury is out in relation to the Columbia Basin, saying it is too early to accurately predict the impact here. “That remains to be seen,” he said. Last year, Canada had its warmest winter weather according to Mr. Sandford, who stressed that it is not something people can merely sweep under the rug. “I think we ought to pay attention to what’s happening,” he said, adding the snow packs in the upper Rocky Mountains are changing and that affects the region’s water supply as well. “What will happen next is hard to determine,” he said. The first speech by Bob Sandford will take place at David Thompson Secondary School on Tuesday, April 20th at 7:30 p.m. The second will be on Thursday, April 22nd, at Radium Resort at 9:45 a.m.

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Degradable grocery bags coming to valley By Trevor Bacque Pioneer Staff Mountainside Markets in Radium, Fairmont and the Front Street Market in Kaslo are introducing 100 percent degradable plastic bags beginning the week of April 18th. General Manager Ryan Haynes said the move will really cut down on plastic bag usage and show a greener attitude of the stores. “Our goal is to help people find an alternative way to tote groceries,” Mr. Haynes commented. “It’s a good thing in our small communities.” Last year, Mr. Haynes’ stores went through 1.4 million bags between the three locations. He said he drummed up the idea for degradable bags after checking out other business models and B.C.’s Plastic Bag Reduction Initiative that began in 2008. Debates about the prohibition of plastic grocery bags rages in cities and towns across Canada. Mr. Haynes said he is happy to be doing his part by cut-

ting out unnecessary plastics. “This is such a big deal,” he said of the change to usher in an environmentally friendly bag. Believing there is no point waiting for legislation, he said he wanted to be ahead of the curve. Kaslo’s Front Street Market is the only food store in the village and will now be plastic free, a “huge step,” he said. With no recycling facility in Kaslo, the company sorts all of its own refuse and knows the value of cutting down on unneeded waste. “We have the opportunity to do something,” said Mr. Haynes, who plans to implement the same policy in Fairmont. The trio of markets are also going to sell re-useable polyfabric bags for 49 cents. “It’s probably as cheap as you’ve ever seen it,” he said. “It’s terrific,” said Max Logan, spokesperson for the Retail Council of Canada. “We like to see retailers taking a look at their own environmental footprint.”

After the first year of the province’s Plastic Bag Reduction Initiative, the government said B.C. grocers distributed 723.7 million plastic bags to shoppers throughout the year. Now, with recycling efforts ramped up provincewide, more than 120 million plastic bags were diverted from B.C. landfill sites between 2007 and 2008. Mr. Logan said the 8.4 percent decrease in plastic bag usage in the initiative’s first year is a trend he hopes will continue, calling the final goal — reduction by 50 percent (394 million bags) by 2013 — “absolutely” achievable. “The vast majority of retailers that I come in contact with are doing something,” he said. Mr. Haynes said the new bags are just as strong as the previous type. “You won’t even notice a difference,” he said of the new bag, created by Clorox. All three markets will phase in the new bags on April 18th and by Earth Day, April 22nd, all stores will use the new degradable bags exclusively.

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The Green Zone: back and ready for great golfing By Harold Hazelaar Pioneer Columnist I was sure enjoying the break between the Old Zone and the Green Zone. Surely, it wasn’t almost two months! Time flies with no deadline pressure, I guess. This space in the paper is used loosely for a golf column. I use the term “loosely” because sometimes it is hard to recognize a sport behind my words. I aim for a bit of fact, laced with more humour than commentary. Certainly, no tips will come forth from this space. Sometimes, it works and, well, sometimes . . . So, here goes Volume 6 (the sixth year) of the Green Zone. Over the winter, I managed to play seven or eight rounds of golf and I am looking forward to playing throughout the Columbia Valley again this year. After struggling all winter with my short game, I believe I have watched enough golf on television to provide the

necessary cures. I will keep you posted. For those of you who haven’t played Shadow Mountain in Cranbrook yet, I recommend you give it a try. It will test your driving accuracy and short game while providing some awesome views. I will give you notice throughout the season of up-coming local golf tournaments that you should participate in. Your support of the various causes these tournaments support is important, but the enjoyment of the day with fellow golfers on any of our great courses is worth the effort. Finally, I believe that I am the only sports columnist (another loose term) who has not wasted any newsprint writing about the recent debacle of the American cheetah. The Green Zone quote of the week is by author Bruce Lansky: “I used to go to the driving range to practice driving without slicing. Now I go to the driving range to practice slicing without swearing.”

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A chorus of hammers and saws could be heard on Fort Point last weekend as a crew of volunteers began preparing the old CPR Lodge for relocation. Under the direction of Bob Kelly and David Wilson, the crew removed the old carport on the south side of the structure and detached the wrap-around verandah. Next, the team will begin deconstructing the roof of the 1920 historic structure in preparation for its move to Kinsmen Beach at the end of the month.

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FAR AND WIDE – These travellers have been entered in The Pioneer’s Travel Contest. Pictured, clockwise from top left: Rebekah, Joy, Stacy and Brianna Falk in Dubai in front of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa; Dominique, Michelle and Denise Jensen in Rose Hall, Jamiaca; Frankie Ronacher with her daughter Brandy and grandsons Riley and Caleb on a cruise in Mexico; Sue and Richard Miller cruising on the Sapphire Princess.

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IN THE DRAW – Travel World has donated the grand prize of our travel contest: one night’s accommodation in Calgary and tickets to a Flames game. Pictured, clockwise from top left: David and Marilyn Goldsmith with Nola and Dennis Alt in Veradero, Cuba; Ken and Carol Cameron in Tulum, Mexico; Eric and Margaret Rasmussen in Texas; Diane and Lorne Kochorek on a cruise in the Bahamas; Mackenzie, Olivia and Delaney Rad in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Craig Wilcock and Tammy Eccles at Rhodes Ranch Golf Course, Las Vegas.

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Wear your helmet! These six bright children were colouring contest winners for the East Kootenay Brain Injury Association’s bike helmet awareness campaign. From left to right: six-year-old Olivia Fitzsimmons, seven-year-old Dylan Emms, seven-year-old Madeleine Sherk, six-yearold Luke Matsalla, sevenyear-old Jake Wilkins, and seven-year-old Ashton Chilton, all of Eileen Madson Primary School. Photo by Trevor Bacque

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Pioneer Classifieds s obituary s Jane Hack April 20, 1960 – April 8, 2010 Jane left us before we could say good-bye on the evening of April 8th. Please join us at the Bug Eye, Saturday, April 17th from 1:30pm – 3:00pm at an open house to celebrate her life. Immediately following, a reception will be held at Ray Ray’s where we will raise a glass in her honor. All who knew and loved her are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Cranbrook S.P.C.A. Please note that the date of the open house and reception may

be subject to change but we will post any change by Wednesday,

April 14th.

Dolores I. Kambouroff 1927 - 2010 It is with deep sorrow that the family of Dolores Kambouroff announces her passing on April 5, 2010 in Invermere, British Columbia at 83 years of age. Dolores was born on February 20, 1927 in Ankerton, Alberta. She was a loving and caring wife and mother. She raised 4 children. Dolores got her drivers license at 63 years of age and found her freedom! She loved visiting with her family and had a passion for shopping. She will be greatly missed and we love her with all our hearts. Dolores is survived by her children: John (Margo) Kambouroff and children Christopher and Micheal; Dawn (Ivan) Mackey and their children Alaina (Lorne) Shovar and Crystal; Kathy Kambouroff (Roger Crimes) and children Danielle (Glen) Landers, 1 great grandchild and another on the way and Dustin (Michelle) Boag and 2 great grandchildren; Susan (Arnie) Vaugeois and their children Phil (Annabel) Vaugeois and 1 great grandchild and Jacque (Miles) Tubu and 2 great grand children; 1 brother Russ Krausert plus her nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents Lawrence and Betty Krausert; her husband Rene Kambouroff; brother and sister-in-law Sam and Eunice Krausert; and her brothers and sister-in-laws Georgette and Gerry Thibault and Bob and Marg Milne. Dawn will make a final road trip with Dolores to White Rock, for a Family Celebration of Life Gathering at John’s, on May 23, 2010. Dolores’ Interment will take place on May 26, 2010 at Holy Cross Cemetery on St. Albert Trail. Those wishing to make a memorial donation in honor of Dolores may do so to the: Alzheimer Society of B.C., #300 - 828 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C., V5Z 1E2; ph: 1-800-667-3742 or online at Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service. Condolences for the family can be offered at:

s obituary s Therese Francoeur 1931 - 2010 It is with deep sadness we mourn the loss of Therese Francoeur (Martin) on April 9. Therese was born in New Brunswick on July 13, 1931. She will be sadly missed by her loving husband of 57 years, Roger, children Monique (Joe), Robert (ex-wife Cindy), Richard (Diane), Joanne (Tom), Carole (Stan) and Rose (foster daughter), 15 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Leonard of Balfour, and sisters, Irene and Marie-Jean (Jeanot) of Quebec. The family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to her granddaughter Sara, and also daughters Carole and Monique who have done so very much over the past months. A memorial service will be held Thursday April 15 at Marks Memorial, 2024 Industrial Road #2, Cranbrook. In lieu of flowers donations can be made directly to the Canadian Lung Association. In Loving Memory of

John Raymond Hemmelgarn 1932 - 2010

Born on February 1, 1932 in Medstead, Sask. Passed away March 29, 2010 in Invermere, B.C. A dear brother and uncle, you will always be missed. The families of John Hemmelgarn would like to thank the ambulance service, doctors, and nurses on duty at the hospital for all their helpful support. We would also like to thank McPherson Funeral Services, Canterbury Flowers, Royal Canadian Legion #71, and the Legion Ladies Auxiliary for the very nice lunch you put on. A special thanks to Bob Ede for doing the eulogy once again, you have a magical way with words. Also Gordon Larrabee for your phenomenal stories, John would have been impressed; thank you all again. John Hemmelgarn is survived by sisters; Laverna, Irene, Maryanne, and Margaret. Brothers; Tony, Melvin, Bill, Wilfred, and Joe. Predeceased by his father Martin Hemmelgarn, mother Rose Hemmelgarn, 3 brothers, and 3 sisters.

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GARAGE SALE 1600 15th Ave. Saturday, April 17 from 9am to 2pm, major appliances, bunk-bed, furniture, and other goodies.

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 With the passing of my mother Dolores Kambouroff, I would like to say thank you, thank you, thank you to all the staff and volunteers at the Columbia House. Getting her in there was the best thing I ever did for her. She had the greatest care ever. You are all fantastic people, she loved all of you. A special thank you to her wonderful care aide, Shauni Dow, your time with her was so greatly appreciated. She loved you too. Thank you again, Dawn & Ivan Mackey & family. Thank you to all the businesses that helped put together the SpaGETti us to China dinner (Sobeys, AG Valley Foods, Quality Bakery, Family Pantry, and the Pioneer) and to Grizzly Ridge and Dusk Building Systems who helped me raise the remaining funds I needed. – Caitlin

Men’s participation as fathers and mentors can be positive for the lives of women, men, and children. 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 Jeers to the local business owners who forget how INVALUABLE their employees really are. You tend to forget you couldn’t do it without them. If you really want people to “payit-forward” you should start in your very own establishment.

s Memoriam s In Loving Memory of

Margaret Case April 19, 2003 If tears could build a stairway, And memories a lane, We’d climb right up to Heaven, And bring you home again. Remembered always, With love, Ray, Robbie, Chuck, Babe, Heather & families.

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RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) ARE YOU 18 TO 25 YEARS OLD? OR DO YOU KNOW A YOUNG ADULT WHO POSSESSES an OBVIOUS (or perhaps notso-obvious) POTENTIAL FOR LEADERSHIP? The Rotary Club of Invermere offers a scholarship to attend a one-week leadership-training program, with all expenses, accommodations, meals and transportation provided. The camp will be held, at Selkirk College Campus in Castlegar, B.C. July 3 to 10, 2010. To qualify, applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 25, have graduated from high school, and have the whole week, Saturday July 3rd to Saturday July 10th to attend RYLA. Deadline to apply: April 30th, 2010. If you would like further details, please contact any Invermere Rotary Club member, or Crisanna MacLeod at 250-342-5561, more@ (subject RYLA) or Andy Stuart-Hill at 250-342-0186 or pick up a RYLA application at Bank of Montreal, 7th Avenue (Main Street), Invermere. RYLA, c/o Rotary Club of Invermere, Attn: C. MacLeod, A. Stuart-Hill, P.O. Box 76, Invermere, BC, V0A 1K0.

Jeers to the local business owners who forget how INVALUABLE their employees really are. You tend to forget you couldn’t do it without them. If you really want people to “payit-forward” you should start in your very own establishment. Cheers to Liz for a fun winter in the Rockies riding, bring on the summer!


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.

Bright 1 bdrm, $600/month, includes utilities, available May 1, DD required, 250-341-1577.


Edgewater, upstairs unit, 3 acres of land, 3 bdrm, 2 bath, all utilities included, 5 appl., available immediately, $1200/ month, call 403-650-8654.

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Cheers to Rocky River Grill for going above and beyond and providing environmentally friendly take-out containers. Styrofoam has to go because it is harmful to us and the environment. Cheers to Panorama for having a Locals Ski Free Day. Cheers to Windermere Golf Course for their humane treatment of elk. Jeers to the elk fences that make our valley look like a prison camp. Jeers to the paint-ballers who trespass on private land, nail things into trees, smoke when it’s tinder dry out, leave empty booze cans and garbage lying around. Go ruin your own backyards.

Jeers to the people continually smashing bottles on our beautiful beaches. Please pick up after yourselves so we may all enjoy them. Cheers to the people that share their land with people and wildlife. Jeers to those that don’t.

Lost, Harold, a 2 year old Husky cross, recently had a litter, last seen in Westridge. Please call 250-342-0831. Reward.

Various sizes available. Now with climate controlled units. Call 250-342-3637 STORAGE SPACE – assorted sizes, easy access, immediate availability, long-term or short-term. Deck Properties Warehouse, Industrial Park, 250-342-3166. You own it, we can store it! Secure, fenced compounds any size up to one acre. Secure containers available. Would also build building to suit for long term tenant. Zoned Heavy Industrial. Invermere Industrial Park. Phone 250-342-5297, 250-346-3011 or 250-3422100.

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. Office/retail space for lease, street front location in Invermere, 1 to 5 office layouts, incentives available with year lease. Competitive rates starting at $550/month. Mountain Creek Properties, 250341-6003, Local 108.

Hillcrest furnished apartments, utilities included. 1 bdrm units, $600/month, 2 bdrm units, $800/month. 250-341-1182. 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 250347-7775. 2 bdrm lower walk-out suite in Invermere. Very bright, clean, large lot, N/S, N/P, $875/month, includes utilities, available immediately. 2 bdrm, 2 bath upper suite, large decks and lot, very clean, N/S, N/P, $1000/ month, includes utilities, available immediately, 250342-9770.


Brand new large, bright, 2 bdrm basement suite in D/T Invermere. Private entrance and patio, all new appliances, N/S, N/P, $800/month + utilities, references required, available immediately, 403-874-0483.

Roommate wanted to share clean 2 bdrm basement suite, fenced back yard, pet friendly, W/D & utilities included, $450/ month, 250-342-1749.

Large 2 bdrm main floor suite in central Windermere, five appliances included. $850/ month + utilities. Call 403-2392017.

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2 bdrm, fully furnished ground floor apartment. All utilities, cable, laundry facilities included. $900/month + DD, N/S, references. Long term preferred, only 1 ½ blocks from downtown Invermere! Available May 1, 250-342-9712. For rent, 2 bdrm furnished apartment near Laird school, all utilities included, $850/month, references, DD, 250-342-9636. Invermere 2 bdrm & or office bright walkout. Quiet person or couple. All inclusive: utilities, hydro, internet, W/D, new appliances, yard maintenance, garbage removal, slate tile floors, huge windows, close to Kinsmen Beach. Outside patio, beautiful huge yard facing south. Pets possible? Depends on owner. N/S, $950, available May 1st . Long term. 250-3426899 or 250-688-7798. Invermere, 2bdrm, spacious 1400 sq.ft. suite, 2 min walk to schools, all appliances included, $750/month + ½ utilities. Call 250-270-0906 on April 19th or after. Available immediately, great for Panorama staff, 2 bdrm, large fully furnished suite, couple/ single, walk to town, beautiful view, $425 each, utilities included, no partiers, references, for summer. 250-342-8651 or



3 bdrm, 2 bath home, available May 1st, $1350/month, pets negotiable, N/S, 5 appl., Call 403-460-1764. Invermere 2 bdrm, D/T location, spacious yard, great view, W/D, N/S, N/P, available immediately, $1000/month + utilities + DD, references required. Call 250347-9086. For rent in Windermere, 3 Bedroom House, available May 15, $900.00/month + ½ DD. Hydro and satellite TV included, W/D, furnished. Quiet individuals or couples only. Please contact Connie or Doug at 250-342-3047 in the evenings. Fairmont executive house on golf course, 4 bdrm, 2 bath, fully furnished, $1550/month, including all utilities, cable, and internet. Professional people only, N/P, N/S, 250-342-7682. In Radium, partially furnished 2 bdrm trailer with yard and out buildings, N/S, references required, $950/month + utilities, 250 342-3841.

condo FOR RENT 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.

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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.

Downtown Invermere, 2 bdrm, fully furnished, all utilities included, $900/month, N/P, N/S, available May 1st, 250-3411182.

Must sell, 3 bdrm mobile on pad in Juniper Heights. Only $30,000 OBO, 250-342-6813.

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.


Busy seasonal cafe for sale in Invermere, B.C. Serious inquiries only, 250-341-5370.

Radium 2 bdrm, 2 bath, 2nd floor unit, 6 appl., F/P, BBQ propane hookup, secure underground parking, w/ storage, N/S, N/P, $1000/month, includes utilities, DD and references required, available May 1st . Call 250-3476917. Panorama, 1 bdrm loft condo, fully furnished, available April 15th to November 30th, $1050/ month, includes utilities. 250347-9017. Black Forest Village unit available for rent immediately. 2 bdrm with garage, N/S, $1100/ month. Call Keith for more info, 250-317-1400. Black Forest condo available May 1, N/S, pets on approval, W/D, D/W, F/S/M, 2 bdrm + office space, garage, $1100/month, minimum 6 month lease. Call Cynthia 250-341-5602. Sable Resort, large 1 and 2 bdrm units avail. both with a den, 2 bths, 6 appliances, insuite washer/dryer, fireplace, gas bbq, secure underground parking w/ storage. N/S, N/P $775 (1bdrm) and $900 (2 bdrm) per/month incl. utils, fully furnished. Unfurnished option available. Call Brent at 888-292-3332 ext 2 or email Fairmont deluxe 3 bdrm in Riverside, completely furnished, located on the 10th green. $850/week, $1250/month. Call 780-435-8433.

house FOR SALE House for sale, 3 bedroom plus in-law suite, $379,000. To view, 250-342-8621.

condo FOR sale Affordable condo downtown Invermere, fully furnished, 2 bdrm, 1 bath, $139,900, 250341-1182. 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 at 403-256-0694.

2006 Modular home, immaculate condition, wood stove, boat shed, and storage shed. Pad rental $225/month, drive by 8814-7 Shaunessy Street, Canal Flats. $118,000 OBO. Call 250-349-5439 or 250421-4790.

Timeshare for sale Radium Valley Vacation Resort, RV Site, Lot #100, weeks 28 & 29, peak time, $4500 for each week. Call 403-948-2625.

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

Architectural Shingles, 3000 sq.ft., dark green, used 16”x36” panels, $4200 OBO. Bob, 250345-6668, Fairmont. MOVING SALE, selling everything, piano, electric piano, dining room table and chairs, king sized split bed, ¾ mattress, TV’s. plants, lamps, drapes, and rugs. 250-342-8621. 2006 Woodmizer LT40 28hp Kohler Bandsawmill; 257 hrs; factory debarker & log deck pkg; excellent condition; $14000 + GST; 250-342-6634. For sale: new car top carrier, 13 cu.ft., $200; Bike Carrier, fits 2 bikes on hitch, $75; 4 tires P52, 14”, 60% remains on tread, $250; new golf bag and assorted clubs, $100; round glass patio table, $50. Call 250-347-0070.

Brand new 1600 sq.ft. D/T Invermere, 3 bdrm, 2 bath + garage. Reduced to $299,900 + GST,, 250-341-1182.

4967 Spruce Ave., Canal Flats, $72000. Mobile home zoned lot in quite location, close to school, golf course, convenience store, and beach. 250-342-7179.

Canal Flats Townhouse for sale, rent to own, $1450/month. Call today 250-344-5594.

2 fully serviced lots, 82’ X 100’ Carmel model harp, D. Schmitt each, north end of Invermere. builder, 34 string with extra set, beautifully hand crafted Call 250-342-6152. carrying case, $3500. Call pets Margaret 250-347-6885.


Male Ragdoll kittens, blue-point bi-colour, born February 25, Beautiful 12’ x 64’ trailer, 12’ 2010, sire is King Tut, Dame is x 48’ addition on large pad. 4 Tia. Asking $400 each, all have bdrm, 1 bath, island kitchen, first shots. Call Margaret 250large dining area. New D/W, 347-6885. paint, laminate, tile, curtains, AQHA REGISTERED, 5 YEAR OLD and more. Wood burning stove, BROOD MARE OR COMPANION covered front deck, 2 enclosed She has a kind and gentle outbuildings, large wood shed. temperament. Owner is moving Baja 250 quad included. A must overseas and wants to find a see, must sell deal! Windermere, loving, responsible home. Let’s $110,500 OBO, 250-342-5506. talk, 250-346-3167.


8 X 20 metal shipping container, makes great secure storage, very good condition, $3500.00, phone 250-342-4665. Twin bed mattress w/ brass headboard & frame $150, office desk w/ 4 drawers & chair $40, antique working Singer sewing machine $50, colonial coffee table w/ 2 end tables, solid wood $150 all in exc. shape. Call 250-342-7057.

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CALL 250-342-9246 For sale, rototiller, 5 HSP, Briggs Motor, needs work. $50 OBO, 250-342-9636. Crary Bear Cat wood chipper/ shredder, 8HP Honda motor, $1100, 250-688-0143.

RECREATIONAL VEHICLES 16’ solid trailer, great for timber, can build walls, $2200, call 250688-0463. 1996 Drifter, Cana Vista 23.5 ft. travel trailer, 4 bunks, full bath, double bed, microwave, stove, fridge, and freezer. $7500, call 250-342-1143. 2005 5th Wheel Durango 28.5’, with 2 slides, light weight aluminum frame, 2” hard foam walls, auto hot water heater, extra fridge, built in pantry unit, new tires, $19,500, 250-3423898 or 250-341-7328.

VEHICLES for sale 1978 GMC 6500 single axle dump truck, nice shape, $11,500 OBO. Call 250-349-5659 after 8pm. 1986 F-250 XLT Lariat, $800 OBO, call 250-342-5024. Black 1995 GMC Suburban, rebuilt engine, $4900. Call 250688-0463.

services For hire, Tandem axle gravel truck with high-lift. Cell 250919-2957 or Home 250-3495659. Phil’s Carpentry, Everything from roofs to decks, completion of basement and bathrooms. Phone 250-341-8033 (cell) – 24/7. Not on valley time. Vacuums Parts, repairs & accessories, All makes & models Central Vacuums – sales and installations Bonded & licensed Fine Homeservices 250-342-9207, Furnace & duct cleaning services using the patented rotobrush system. Call AQUAIR for free estimates, 250-342-5089. Water treatment & purification, includes drinking water systems, softeners & conditioners, iron filters. Call AQUAIR, 250-3425089. Heaven’s Best Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning. Dry in one hour! Call 250-688-0213. Blinds, Drapery, Bedding Customized…plus 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

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Tile & Slate Installs

CashCashCash We buy houses any price, any condition. Quick close. Call 250-344-5594.

Journeyman Tilesetter 30+ years experience Custom Steam Rooms, Showers and Floors All work Guaranteed Competitive rates. Call 250-341-5645. SMT Construction Available for all your home building needs from start to finish including renovations. Call or email for your free quote today. (250) 341-5529 or Working locally since 1997. 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. Red Rock Contracting, Custom installations of interlocking paving-stones, for your patio, driveway, etc. Retaining wall systems. For estimate call 250341-6869. Flooring installations, lino, carpet, laminate and hardwood. 30 years experience. Call 250347-9192 or 250-341-1235. Your Fender Bender Mender 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, 250347-9872 or 250-342-9696.

College Student with a truck is back! Book now for your spring yard clean, trash hauling, furniture moving, exterior painting, or the extra hands you need to complete any household job. 250-342-9446.

help wanted Fun loving, adventurous, physically able person to work with young man with cerebral palsy. For more info, call Debbie at 250-342-6907 or 250-3425341.

careers Experienced Hungarian Cook required for seasonal work at Citadella Restaurant in Radium, BC. $15/hour, May to October, accommodation available. Email Experienced Hairstylist, full/ part time. Good communication skills, organized, reliable, honest. Please send resume with references to Sandra at Bliss Hair and Esthetics. info@ Helna’s Stube is accepting applications for permanent p/t evening kitchen help/ dishwasher. Please call 250347-0047 or email mail@

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STRATA ASSISTANT Strata Assistant required for high paced property management company. You must be a detail oriented, highly organized and an energetic team player, with excellent communication and computer skills. A background as a real estate assistant is preferred, however we are willing to train the right candidate. Remuneration includes a benefit package. If you wish to work with a fast growing company that offers potential for your own growth, please email your resume to or fax to 250-341-6009.

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OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR Expanding Computer Services and IT company requires a full-time Office Administrator. The successful candidate will have outstanding communications skills, be highly organized, flexible and capable of performing tasks without supervision. This position requires excellent computer skills that include MS Word, Excel and Outlook, as well as bookkeeping experience, with knowledge of Simply Accounting being preferred. Duties to include phone reception, bank deposits, invoicing, work order preparation and internet research for hardware quotes. A familiarity with the Information Technology business would be an asset. Remuneration includes a benefits package. Please send resume with salary expectations to or fax to 250-342-2029 or mail to Box 249, Invermere, BC V0A 1K0. Please do not call the office to inquire about this position.

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914 – 8th Avenue, PO Box 339 Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 Tel: (250) 342-9281 • Fax: (250) 342-2934

Summer Student Public Works Department The District of Invermere is accepting applications for a Summer Student to work as part of our Public Works staff. To be eligible, you must be a full-time student returning to school in the fall. This position is within the CUPE Local 2982 bargaining unit. This position is temporary, full-time, 40 hours per week. Duties include semi-skilled, manual labour, flowerbed planting and maintenance. To be eligible you must be in good physical condition, and possess a valid Class 5 Drivers License. Knowledge of small engines would be an asset. This position within C.U.P.E. 2982 bargaining unit and wages follow the 2009 Collective Agreement. Hours of work: 8:00am – 4:30pm Monday – Friday With the possibility of weekend work Hourly Rate: as of April 01, 2010 Student $14.79 per hr • Returning Student $18.04 per hr Applicants are invited to submit their resumes to: Grant Gyurkovits Engineering & Infrastructure Supervisor District of Invermere PO Box 339 (914 – 8th Avenue) Invermere, BC, V0A 1K0 Or via email to: Fax: (250) 342-2934 Applications will be received by 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, 2010

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Temporary Gardener II The District of Invermere has an opening for a Temporary Gardener II Position within the Public Works Department. This position is primarily focused on flowerbed planting and maintenance. Typical duties include designing and preparation of flowerbeds, gardening tasks involving the cultivation of a variety of flowers and plants in large garden areas, planting, weeding, fertilizing and pruning numerous varieties of plants, flowers, shrubs, bushes and trees and assists with scheduling, training and supervision of parks staff. The preferred candidate will possess Horticulture Certificate(s) or equivalent experience. Valid BC drivers license, WHMIS training and Muscular-Skeletal Injury Prevention training. In addition, the preferred candidate will possess a working knowledge of Work Safe BC regulations and safe work procedures. Applicants with exceptional knowledge and experience in safety practices are encouraged to apply. The preferred candidate will have the ability to work in a team environment, but with minimal supervision while being self-motivated. The preferred candidate will require excellent public relation skills. Applicants should have the ability to make independent decisions and be physically able to carry out work of a heavy manual nature in all weather conditions. This is a Temporary position expected to commence May 01, 2010 and end October 10th, 2010. This position within C.U.P.E. 2982 bargaining unit and wages follow the 2010 Collective Agreement. Hours 7:00 – 3:30 Monday – Friday Hourly Rate: as of April 1, 2010. Temporary Rate $23.61 Modified Work Week. Weekend work is required @ an additional $0.27 per/hr. Qualified applicants are invited to submit their resumes to: Grant Gyurkovits, Engineering & Infrastructure Supervisor District Of Invermere P.O. Box 339 (914 – 8th Avenue), Invermere, BC, V0A 1K0 Or via email to: Applications must be received by 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 20, 2010

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

JUNIOR 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 Junior Accountant on a year-round, full-time basis. Responsibilities for this position include: •

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

SPLISH-SPLASH — Members of the Columbia Valley Swim club show their enthusiasm.

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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Swim club making a splash in the Columbia Valley By Kelsey Verboom Pioneer Staff Don’t be nervous if you see a few Tadpoles, Frogs, or Otters float by during your next swim in the Radium Hot Springs Pool. They aren’t slimy amphibians; they’re members of the Columbia Valley Otters Swim Club (CVOSC). The club, founded in 1992 and formerly known as the Silver Fins, is a non-profit organization that offers competitive swimming and non-competitive swim lessons for both youth and adults. They operate out of the Radium Hot Springs Pool in Kootenay National Park, which earns them a unique distinction: they are the only swim club in Canada that swims year-round in an outdoor pool. During balmier summer months the club ventures outside the pool and heads for wilder waters when they hold summer sessions at Kinsmen and Windermere beaches. “We’re trying to create year-round programming experiences for everyone in the Columbia Valley,” program director Shelly Kochorek said. On average, 45 swimmers participate in the competitive swim program from September to June, practicing one to two times per week with head coach Sonja Otis of Radium. “The program works mostly on endurance and strength, with the option to be competitive. It’s mostly to create the opportunity,” commented Ms. Kochorek.

The club also sees 100 to 120 participants pass through its waters from May to September for the non-competitive swim lesson program. Swimmers sign up as Otters, Tadpoles, Polliwogs, or Frogs according to their abilities. If you’re more shark-sized than tadpole, the swim club holds adult lane swimming every Monday and Thursday nights. Ms. Kochorek said, “At this point we’re just starting to grow our adult swim program.” As a non-profit organization, the club sometimes faces challenges other swim clubs don’t. A board of volunteer parents runs the Otters, and the club has to hire their own coaching staff and lifeguards for the time they get at the facility. They also rent space at the pool facility. “It makes it a unique challenge,” Ms. Kochorek said. Despite the challenges, the club brings something important to the Columbia Valley, she said. “It brings out team spirit and enjoyment of the sport. It’s an introduction to competitive sport in the bigger community of our province.” The swim club will host its yearly wrap-up party and fun swim meet on June 12th at the Radium pool. Also, the club’s annual general meeting will be at 7 p.m. on April 19th at the Rocky Mountain School District’s board office in Invermere. The public is welcome to attend, and swim lesson registration will be available. For more information, visit

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Submitted by Friends of Deb Committee

Friends of Deb say thanks

We live in a remarkable community! On Friday, April 9, more than 150 friends, family, and supporters came together for the Debbie Neault Benefit, hosted at the Eagle Ranch Clubhouse. Deb suffers from a rare, aggressive form of cancer. The outpouring of love and sup-

port shown to Debbie was tremendous. Guests enjoyed the talented Bill Cropper emceeing the night, along with the gifted and lively entertainment from L8 Music. Thanks go to Bill, Franz Grasegger, Pat Hess, Kurt Reichel, Brian Rogers, Wayne Diakiw and George Blishner. You guys are the best! On behalf of the Friends of Deb Committee, we would like to thank everyone involved for

their generosity! Businesses, residents and visitors of the valley never cease to amaze us with their kindness and understanding to those faced with life-altering situations. Be proud of your involvement and for helping Debbie on her road to recovery. You have all helped Debbie greatly, and touched many hearts along the way. Love and thanks to everyone involved!

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April 16, 2010

Valley Churches


Lake Windermere Alliance Church Sunday, April 18th, 10:30 a.m.: Worship and Life Instruction, “Heaven is a Real Place.” Pastor Trevor ministering. Special guest singers, “Second Chants” Ensemble. K.I.D.S. church for children aged 3 to 12 during the service. Pastor Trevor Hagan • 326 - 10th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-9535 •

My friend Bobby Let me introduce you to my friend Bobby. He is a little shy to talk to, but he has a smile that grabs your heart. Let me share with you the story of meeting my friend Bobby. Our team was planning to visit a village in Niger, West Africa, where we spent the day meeting some of the beautiful Fulani people of this area. As we prepared to go to the village that day, I remember a conversation I had with Jesus. I asked him to help me get the most out of this opportunity and to break my heart with the things that break his. We met many people on that trip and experienced some of their life and culture. I learned that the simple task of drawing water for the garden and goats was not as easy as it looked. I now have a renewed appreciation for the taps and toilets we so easily take for granted. As we walked around the village, a spectacle to behold for so many of the children, we came to one of the leader’s huts. We were invited in to see how this man and his family lived. Out of the corner of my eye I saw a boy hobbling

across the yard out front. He came in and sat down on a little stool. I asked my friend to translate as I asked a few questions. “What happened to your leg?” I asked. I was told that he was climbing a tree and fell, impaling his leg on the tree and leaving a nasty wound. Ouch! I was then also informed that little Bobby’s dad had died the year before, and that his mother had left the village some years before that. My heart broke. Here was a boy that was fatherless, motherless and in pain. “Who does he go to? Who cares for him?” I asked. The answer was very interesting and encouraging. The whole village is his family; they take care of him – he belongs. Bobby now has a special place in my heart. The prophet Isaiah challenged the people in regard to their empty religion, saying, “Stop doing wrong, learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.” (Isaiah 1:16-17) My Father in Heaven cares deeply for the fatherless in our world, so I should as well. Jesus has asked me to be His hands and His feet in this world and to go and tell the good news of His salvation that is for everyone who would believe. There are so many fatherless children in this world who need love and care, even just the basics. We who have so much can help. Check out how you can support fatherless children around the world through or through

Book now for Birdsong Sing-along Dinner

Ladies Night Out

By Pastor Trevor Hagan Lake Windermere Alliance Church

Windermere Community Association is spreading it wings with a “fowl” dinner catered by Anne Riches and featuring the songbirds of Valley Voices for an evening of “birdsong” on May 6th at Windermere Community Hall. A joint fundraiser between the association and Wings Over the Rockies, 65 people must book before April 29th for the event to take flight. Tickets — $35 per person or $60 per couple — are available now through all Wings Over the Rockies outlets.


April 26th @ 7 p.m.

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

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