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Vol. 7/Issue 21

The Columbia


May 21, 2010

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Grizzly bear spotted in Windermere By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff Windermere residents were startled to see a large grizzly bear making its way through town on Thursday, May 13th. Spotted at 10.30 a.m. the bear, thought to be a big silvertip male, was seen travelling towards the centre of town from Windermere Creek. “I was out on the lawnmower when one of the neighbours indicated to look over at a certain area,” said Paul Tate, who works at Shadybrook Resort. “A large grizzly bear was coming across Victoria Avenue towards me.” Fearing for the safety of the resort’s guests, Paul jumped in his car and followed the creature, hoping to scare it away. But each time he drove closer, the bear cut across the street and started back towards the campground. “One of our guests stepped out of the door with a cup of coffee and the bear ran straight by, a few feet from him,” Paul said. “You can’t get any nearer to a bear with it being some kind of a close encounter.”


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Grizzly bears are B.C.’s largest bear, often weighing in at over 1,000 pounds. They are usually solitary creatures that avoid people and populated areas. “This is very unusual in the townsite,” said Invermere Conservation Officer Lawrence Umsonst. “In fact, it is only the second reported grizzly sighting in town. The last was six years ago.” When Mr. Umsonst arrived on the scene the grizzly bear was barely visible through the trees. It was scared away by two dogs and continued to run up towards Windermere. “The last sighting was at 12.40 p.m.,” Mr. Umsonst said. “We stayed around the area searching for quite a while, but it probably went out the way it came in, along the creek.” The bear has not been seen in Windermere since May 13th. It is thought to have accidentally wandered into town. Grizzlies are normally not seen in urban areas except when there are bear attractants like open garbage cans, pet food and greasy barbecue grills. Anyone encountering a bear, or any other potentially dangerous wildlife, should call Parks Canada conservation officers at 877-952-7277.

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May 21, 2010

Valley NEWS

Invermere home consumed by fire By Brian Geis, Pioneer Staff Photos by Steve Ostrander Invermere landscaper Rick Ferrier said he was working at the computer in the basement suite of the house at 1704-15th Avenue in Invermere when all hell broke loose. Looking up from his rear-entry suite, he discovered the upper floor engulfed in flames. “I smelled something and ran around to the front of the house,” he said. “The door was open, so I made sure no one was home.” Mr. Ferrier said he reported the fire at midday on Tuesday, May 18th, then started rescuing his belongings. According to family friends, Janine Wiggins, who rents the upper floor with her 18-year-old son and pre-teen daughter, was home for lunch less than an hour before. Invermere Fire Chief Roger Ekman said he responded to the fire with two engines and 13 firefighters and was backed up by another engine from Windermere with five firefighters. Chief Ekman said they had knocked down the fire in 30 minutes, but firefighters didn’t leave the home, which is owned by a Canmore couple, until 8 p.m., and left a security guard through the night. Mr. Ferrier, owner of Ferrier’s Waterscapes, used the home as his office as well. “The greatest obstacle here is to keep my business going,” he said. “It will be like starting from scratch.” Support from friends and neighbours, he said, has been overwhelming. “I’ve read about it, over the 11 years I’ve lived here – how warm and generous this community can be,” he said. “I just never thought I would be on the receiving end. Invermere Sobeys, Ms. Wiggins’ employer, has established a relief fund for her at Kootenay Savings and donations are being accepted at the store. Call 250342-6919 for more information.

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By Staff Sergeant Marko Shehovac Columbia Valley RCMP • On May 14th, members of the RCMP’s Columbia Valley Detachment received a complaint of theft of the licence plates off a trailer in the 1600 block of 13th Street in Invermere. • On May 15th, police responded to a complaint of an attempted break-and-enter of a seasonal home on Columbia Lake Road in Columere Park. No entry was gained. • On May 15th at 7:45 p.m., police received a complaint of a disturbance and assault at Lake Enid involving a number of youths, which started as a verbal altercation and fight. A male later returned with a family member and friends and the verbal altercation continued with more fighting. However, during the fighting, a female struck a male with a heavy object resulting in a quick visit to the hospital. The investigation is continuing. • On May 15th at 10:45 p.m., police received a complaint of two females skipping out on a bill at Horsethief Pub in Radium and damaging a ceramic pot. Staff are able to identify the females and the investigation is continuing. • On May 17th, police received a complaint of an erratic driver when a family stopped near Dolly

Varden in the national park to watch a mother bear and her cub. A pick-up truck was observed to swerve off the road and intentionally drive towards the bear, nearly hitting them. The family was able to obtain a licence plate and a photo. Police are looking forward to speaking to the registered owner. ********** Golf is in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics?! I would have responded sooner but they had to talk me down from the roof. They have to let the girls jump in the next Winter Olympic Games if that’s the case. Good rebuttal, Steve. I like to stir things up just a little. Wait until you read about my encounter with hockey parents once again interfering with the good game of hockey in regards to dropping the gloves. Got some good news and bad news: Tony and Vivian of Tony’s Greek Grill are back in business for the summer in Fairmont Hot Springs. That’s good news for those who want more police visibility in the area. You will have it. And for those that don’t want so much visibility, Tony’s Greek Grill is open only for the summer.

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Invermere council wants town deer killed By Trevor Bacque Pioneer Staff A surge in Invermere’s urban deer population has led District of Invermere council to take steps toward destroying the animals. A resolution was adopted by council to write a letter to the province’s Minister of Environment, Barry Penner, explaining the plight of the district, according to corporate officer Kindry Dalke. Councillor Bob Campsall brought up the issue in council on Tuesday, May 11th. Invermere’s deer population has grown exponentially in recent years, Mr. Campsall said, suggesting that there are now between one hundred and two hundred deer in town, and they have become habituated from people feeding them, he explained. Mayor Gerry Taft said sterilization is expensive and unwise, suggesting that killing the deer is the best choice. “There is only one option and it’s not a pleasant one,” he said. Referring to them as “herds,” Mayor Taft said he commonly sees upwards of a dozen deer on his front lawn when he comes home. “I think it’s time action is taken to do something about reducing the number of animals in our town,” said Mr.

Campsall. He said he expects extreme statements to be made as a result of this discussion from residents. Councillor Al Miller supports the decision and said he has fielded many questions about deer from residents. “It’s the one issue I have a lot of people talking to me about,” he said. Mr. Campsall said the district has to deal with the deer. “This isn’t intended to be a surreptitious activity — it’s a fact of life, we have to do something about it and everyone should know what we’re doing,” he said. Council briefly discussed relocating the deer but the idea garnered little support. The idea of other East Kootenay towns writing similar letters to the minister and their respective MLAs was also discussed. Mr. Campsall said speaking to Tom Bell, regional wildlife manager in Nelson, would be a good place to start in looking at options to kill the deer. Invermere resident Becca Wright doesn’t mind the deer and wonders what will be done to the second and third batches after the first is killed. “I think it’s a little bit futile,” she said. “It’s part and parcel with living in a mountain community.”



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All media is social By Brian Geis Pioneer Editor

Newspaper owners — especially the owners of independent community newspapers who strive to keep costs low — have been reluctant to invest too much in new media, including social media, until a viable revenue stream emerges. Forays into new media have proven to be black holes of time and money so dense that not even light can escape, leaving newspaper executives scratching their heads, wondering how to make money on something that everyone expects for free. However, the print media — and businesses in general — are encouraged to listen to and participate in the conversation taking place on social networking sites around the world. Engaging in the conversation taking place on social media is a way of establishing, growing and maintaining a community of interest in our products and services. For newspapers, in particular, social media facilitates a more casual, socially driven, two-way conversation. Social media can help tell stories, make new connections with readers and involve readers in ongoing stories as they evolve. As individuals, here at The Pioneer, we have all engaged in social media. Look us up on Facebook – except for Trevor, who maintains an exellent Twitter feed (@trevorbacque). Now, for the first time, we have created a Facebook fan page for The Pioneer, so look us up and let us know what you’re up to, what you like and dislike and topics you’d like us to cover. Also follow my Twitter feed (@V0A1K0). I promise to keep it entertaining and you will find more than just the headlines.

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Valley generosity raises $14,000 Dear Editor: On behalf of the Columbia Valley Unit of the Canadian Cancer Society, I would like to thank all the valley residents who contributed to our April canvass. Your generosity resulted in almost $14,000 to help support cancer research, patient services, public education and advocacy.

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LETTERS Are valley gas stations profiteering on the long weekend? Dear Editor: Here we are, coming up to another May long weekend, and every gas station in the Columbia Valley has already raised their rates to $112.9 per litre. Why would they do such a thing to their neighbours? Ask the question of the owners and they will say: (A) “We are just matching the competition,” (B) “Head office makes us do it,”or (C) “The demand for gas in the summer is greater than in spring.” Oops, we know it’s not C, because summer is not here yet nor is the May long weekend. Oops, we see all the gas stations raise the price the same day to match the competition in the valley, so none of them are trying to outsell the other. Oops, it cannot be head office that makes them do it. Why? Read on. We just returned from a quick trip to Edmonton and the difference is glaringly evident. Here are the towns we passed through and their gas prices between May 9th and May 11th. Radium/Invermere: $1.13 per litre. Canmore/Lake Louise: 99.9 cents per litre (13 percent lower). Olds/Ponoka/ Red Deer/Rocky Mountain House: 96.9 cents per litre. Leduc/Edmonton/ Calgary: 94.9 cents per litre. Mind you, it was about a week and a half ago that our prices went up and all those other towns have remained the same for the last three months. So, we know head office didn’t make them raise

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their prices. We know demand did not do it. There is no increase in demand as May long weekend has yet to arrive. So where does that leave us? During the war, I am told, this was called either profiteering, price gouging, or greed. The name does not matter. Maybe someone should rent a billboard on the Shuswap Reserve and post comparative prices and ask our visitors why on earth Albertans would pay such prices for gas, more than 13 percent higher in Radium and Invermere than the prairies? Maybe someone could change the prices each week comparing them to gas prices in the next highest town. Why should Albertans pay these inflated prices? Just fill up your tanks in Alberta and top them up again in Alberta on the way home at the end of a weekend. Makes sense to me. These prices? Not! Where are the Chambers of Commerce when needed? It would certainly help all the folks here in the valley. I, for one, am very embarrassed for our valley’s reputation. Most of the guests at our bed and breakfast comment on the profiteering. What can we say in defence of these prices? Nothing, except to agree. The policy sucks and it is not caused by head office or demand or competition.

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RCMP defends letter writer in pot debate Dear Editor: In the last while we reported on some of our drug seizures and it has seemed to catch North Americans attention, resulting in numerous responses from many that want to see the laws change in regard to marijuana. Some people have been more vocal than others. It’s nice to see people are interested in what’s happening in the valley. It seems Mr. Shier, who commented in support of our efforts, is being attacked from all sides. So, I would like to set a few things straight. The phrase “war on drugs” is not mine. The only war is the fighting our soldiers are doing overseas that, to date, has cost 143 young Canadian lives. Any discussion of marijuana is going to elicit strong debate over its negative or positive effects. I have been reading some of the comments from those who support the legalization of marijuana — from the medical point of view to the biblical — and the comments from those that just like to stay high for the sake of being high. The product of marijuana grow operations, outside of medical licences, is sold for profit. We have

taken down grow operations inside homes where children are living. No big deal right? Their parents want to take this on and it’s a game of catch-me-if-you-can. Right now, our focus is to catch you, and if it is confirmed there are children in the house — who are not able to make safe choices for themselves and depend on the adults to keep them safe — it’s not viewed as a game for us. Profit takes priority with some people over the safety of children. When we become aware of a grow operation and confirm there are children in the house, it’s just an added incentive for us. I have seen electrical nightmares that cause us to fear for our own safety, not just the children’s. Chemicals are usually found throughout the house. Fire becomes a higher possibility. The possibility of home invasion for the drugs and money exposes the children to even more danger. The greatest potential for danger comes in the first few minutes of a drug search entry by the police. The entry can be dynamic and we prepare for the worst case scenario. Is it a victimless crime? A great deal of the crime in the valley is attributed to drugs and alcohol dependencies and craving. If you think thefts occur just to


support cocaine or alcohol habits and not marijuana, think again. We have dealt with numerous people involved in the drug culture who steal regularly to support their marijuana habit. If they don’t pay off a drug debt, we deal with the assaults and threats that result. We have even documented assaults on people growing medical marijuana. True, alcohol is more often the cause in many violent incidents. Families are often victims when dealing with youth and marijuana. In most cases, it’s just part of growing up and fades away with time. And to conclude this with a bang, here is a statistic often quoted by supporters of legalization: “Recent studies show daily users experience less ‘impairment’ than casual users. Studies also show pot users drive slower and more cautiously than non-users.” As most people know, if I can find humour in something I will run with it. The quote above is great material; I will save it for another time, but if you are looking for proof that long-term marijuana use destroys brain cells, that quote does it for me. Staff Sergeant Marko Shehovac RCMP Columbia Valley Detachment






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Smoking pot is not a victimless crime Dear Editor: I would like to address the two individuals whose letters appeared in The Pioneer on April 30th. Mr. Givens and Mr. White should really take a sober look at the world around them. I am not writing this letter from a Christian point of view, or from an anti-marijuana standpoint. I just don’t feel comfortable that views were expressed twisting the word of God and lacking in knowledge about our governing body to even grant an opinion. I am taking a moral stand, so to fight fire with fire let us begin. The fact that Mr. Givens uses the Bible to support his opinion – “punishing victimless crimes violates the standards of justice that God commands” – is misguided as he neglected to start from the beginning of that verse. Exodus 21:23 begins with, “If any harm follows . . .” Harm is not directed to any one person in this verse but indeed implies a victim. To declare marijuana as a victimless crime is ignorance at its best. People that I have loved have fallen victim to this “natural herb” or “God-given plant” as Mr. White refers to it. I am sure that God’s intent for cannabis was to use it for the hemp fibre and not to

inhale, just as rye was intended for bread and not for excess alcohol consumption. Many loved ones have succumbed to an addiction over which they no longer have control. Families of these individuals are victims crying over a son or daughter, father or mother who was once so full of energy, insight and life, and who is now altered, unmotivated and damaged by its use. This drug is in our schools, involving our youth and ultimately having an adverse effect on not only their futures but ours as well. It continues to victimize our schools, towns and communities. Okay, so there are no verses that talk directly about marijuana. Is that surprising? The only smoking that was going on at the time the Bible was written was caused by burning wood, houses, sacrifices and ultimately people (at the judgement). So smoking of cigarettes and marijuana are not mentioned in the Bible. Although the Bible does not address marijuana directly, it does discuss other mindaltering drugs. Specifically, the Bible addresses the use of drugs in the book of Galatians: “Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, en-

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vying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practise such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” (Galatians 5:19-21) To further address Mr. White on his views about the laws and how they are made, I feel that he is sadly misinformed. Regardless of religion or who makes the laws, “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities . . .” (Romans 13:1). The legal status of marijuana in Canada is under dispute, but until that is settled in our Supreme Courts, the law is the law. One can debate until they are blue in the face that the law is biased or unjust, but the fact of the matter is the use, abuse and trafficking of marijuana is illegal and punishable under law. This is not a debate on the legalization of pot, or to ignore the many individuals who use marijuana for medicinal purposes. I could no longer stand by and ignore my own morals and values with regards to how these two individuals justified their beliefs on this issue. Laws and religion aside, we have a moral obligation to ourselves, our families and our communities.



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Green energy projects threaten trout Dear Editor: Selkirk Power’s 44-megawatt independent power project proposals northwest of Golden on Ventego and Cupola Creeks raise serious concerns that have yet to be satisfactorily addressed. While Selkirk Power has informed the community that these proposals are on the table, the cumulative ecological threats presented by diverting a six-kilometre stretch of water in two creeks that border Glacier National Park have yet to be addressed. One of these watersheds (Ventego) is still pristine. There is reason for concern with the blue-listed, pure strain, westslope cutthroat trout fish translocations that Selkirk Power performed in the fall of 2009. There are very few populations of genetically pure trout of this kind left in B.C. due to impacts such as habitat loss and hydroelectric developments. One of these populations exists in Cupola. The transfer of 50 trout from Cupola to Ventego holds the possibility of an increase in the fish population, but what is the risk to the native population in Cupola after an independent power project is developed? Westslope cutthroat trout are known to be highly

susceptible to changing flows. It is reasonable to assume that if Selkirk Power diverts a large portion of the water from Cupola, the native population will be negatively impacted. Introducing these predatory fish into Ventego could negatively affect several native species, including amphibians and native bird species. Due to global concern over amphibian decline from disease transmission, it was suggested to Selkirk Power that they test frogs for disease in both creeks. A fungus linked to world-wide amphibian decline was found on frogs in Cupola, but not on frogs from Ventego. According to an environmental assessment funded by Selkirk Power, “if appropriate disinfection procedures are followed the risk [of the fish transfer] could be deemed acceptably low.” Mitigation measures were put into place that were considered acceptable and Selkirk Power was issued a translocation permit to move 50 trout into Ventego. How is it possible that a risk that could potentially extirpate amphibian populations from a pristine watershed be considered “acceptably low”? These ecological concerns are in addition to negative consequences associated with building new roads

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Michael Bernard Fitzgerald The darling of the Calgary music scene, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, tops the bill at this year’s resurrection of the Boogie Bash at Invermere Curling Club on Saturday, May 22nd. See page 14 for the story.


Out & About Your Weekly Guide to What’s Happening Around the Columbia Valley Page 13

Gallery Show at Pynelogs Featuring Karla Pearce, William Croft, Sharon Routley, Stan Lukasiewicz & Sandra Brown. May 18 to 30 - 11am to 4 pm daily. What does ART Artist Opening on Wednesday May 19 from 7 – 9 pm. mean to you? Visit for our current events calendar, or call 250-342-4423.

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Movie Review: Invictus ment, which is equally charged with emotion. However, the two-time defending Rugby World Cup Champions, the New Zealand All Blacks, are poised for a three-peat. With South Africa playing host to the tournament, expectations are heightened for the ninthseeded Springboks. The team deals out defeats to Australia, Canada, Romania and Western Samoa and France in order to advance to the finals. The story within the story follows Nelson Mandela (Morgan

By Trevor Bacque Pioneer Staff Imagine living in a world where blacks and whites hate each other. Now, imagine in that world the greatest rugby tournament ever with a lot more at stake than just winning or losing. Invictus delights and thrills audiences with its true-to-life story of the 1995 South African rugby team, the Springboks. Captain François Pienaar (Matt Damon) leads the emotionally charged team into the tourna-

Freeman) as he tries to unite the country’s black and white populations. The movie doesn’t deviate from the real events. If you follow the sport, you already know how it ends. As far as sports films go, it has more emotional appeal than sports content. Producer Clint Eastwood still managed to capture key moments in the Springboks run to the championship, while weaving the story of South Africa’s sordid political history into the narrative.



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• May 19th-22nd, 7:30 p.m.: The Bounty Hunter • May 26th-29th, 7:30 p.m.: Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Tuesday, May 25th:

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

Saturday, May 22nd: • 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.: The Radium Public Library is holding a book sale on Radium’s Main Street. • 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.: Spring Fair at Invermere Community Hall. For info: 250-342-0822. • 1-4 p.m.: Valley GoGo Sisters host a sale of handmade Kazuri Jewellery from Africa in aid of the Stephen Lewis Foundation at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. For info: 250-342-8392 or 250-342-6688. • 5 p.m.: Patio grand opening at the Bear’s Paw Lounge, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. Open mike jam session with Darren Trapp. Barbecue and drinks specials. Everyone welcome. For info: 250-3456016. • 6-9 p.m.: Effusion Art Gallery celebrates May long weekend with a stunning exhibition entitled “An Unrestrained Expression of Emotion” with art by Murray Phillips, Leslie Rowe-Israelson, Heather Cuell, Galen Davison and Fraser McGurk. For info: 250-341-6877. • 8 p.m.: Boogie Bash featuring Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, String Bridges and Friends of Otis at Invermere Curling Club. Tickets $21, available at Gerry’s Gelati, or $25 at the door. • Rock Star Party at Copper City Saloon. For info: 250-342-2965. • May 22nd-23rd: Armand F. Vallee exhibition at the Artym Gallery. Also featuring sculptor Vance Theoret. New works and demonstrations all weekend. Exhibition continues until May 30th. • May 22nd-23rd, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.: Grand opening of the Fireside Tea Shop at the Village Country Inn, Radium. For info: 250-347-9392. • May 22nd-23rd, 12-3 p.m.: Live music at Smoking Water Cafe in Fairmont Hot Springs. Acoustic guitar on Saturday, live DJ on Sunday. For info: 250-3454008.

Sunday, May 23rd: • 10 a.m.: Windermere Lakeshore clean-up. Everyone is to meet at the Hidden Bay Marina. Please bring trucks, trailers, rakes, and tools. • 11 a.m.: Fast draw handgun demo, featuring world

• 7-8 p.m.: Columbia Valley Botanical Gardens and Centre for Sustainable Living’s Annual General Meeting at the Community Greenhouse by David Thompson Secondary School. All are welcome.

from coffee sales during the 24-hour period, as well as money raised through special events and activities, is donated to the Tim Hortons Children’s Foundation. This year, more than 14,000 children will attend one of the six Foundation camps.

Thursday, June 3rd: • 7-9 p.m.: Artist opening for REACH: David Thompson Secondary School art show at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. Exhibition continues until June 13th. For info: 250-342-4423. • 7 p.m.: Brisco and District Recreation Commission General Meeting at Brisco Hall.

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• 6 p.m.: Free family yoga at Invermere Public Library. Ages 5 and up. For info: 250-342-6416.

• 6-9 p.m.: Cooking in the Mountains culinary experience at the Residences at Fairmont Ridge with Steve Smee, owner of UNA Pizza and Wine. Tickets $70. For info: 1-877-646-5890.

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Friday, June 11th:

• 5-7 p.m.: Asparagus celebration at David Thompson Secondary School cafeteria. Celebrate the delicious food grown in our region: Sutcliffe Farms asparagus and Organic Kootenay Alpine Cheese from Creston, greens from the Community Greenhouse, Invermere, and Edible Acres, Windermere, wheat from McLean’s farm, Edgewater. Fund-raiser for the cook training program. For info: 250-342-9213. • 5 p.m.: Access in the Community for Equality Committee annual general meeting at the Best Western Invermere Inn.

• 5:30 p.m.: Crop Night at Scrappy-Do’s. For info: 250-342-7238.

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Friday, May 28th: • 5:30 p.m.: Crop Night at Scrappy-Do’s. For info: 250-342-7238.

Saturday, May 29th: • 2 p.m.: Windermere Valley Museum opens for the season. Come for tea, explore the 10 buildings, enjoy the salute to the arts of the First Nations and try your hand at the museum quiz! Everyone welcome, no charge!

Tuesday, June 1st: • 7-9 p.m.: Steamboat Mountain Quilters meet at Edgewater Community Hall.

Wednesday, June 2nd: • Literacy Charity Golf Tournament at Radium Resort. Registration $125. For info: 250-347-6266. • Tim Hortons Annual Camp Day. Every penny

Saturday, June 12th: • 7 p.m.-7 a.m.: Columbia Valley Relay for Life at David Thompson Secondary School. Survivors’ reception at 5 p.m. at the survivors’ tent. Register at • June 12th-13th: Wilmer Work Bee to renovate the park and skating rink. Meet at the Community Hall at 9 a.m. Bring rakes, shovels and wheelbarrows. Food and beverages available. For info: 250-3417148.

Tuesday, June 15th: • 7-9 p.m.: Steamboat Mountain Quilters meet at Edgewater Community Hall.

Saturday, June 19th: • Columbia Valley Cycling Society’s Brian Johnson Poker Rally Memorial. For info: www. • Fairmont and District Lions Club sponsors the Coy’s Fun Day of Golf. Tickets available at Coy’s Par 3 golf course. For info: 250-345-6675.

Invermere Library hours: • Tuesday and Friday: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. • Wednesday: 12 p.m.-8 p.m. • Thursday: 12 p.m.-5:30 p.m. • Saturday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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M.B.F. to headline Boogie Bash By Trevor Bacque Pioneer Staff Calgary singersongerwriter Michael Bernard Fitzgerald — or M.B.F. as his throng of followers lovingly refer to him — will take centre stage at Invermere’s resurrected Boogie Bash this weekend, kicking off the summer fun in the Columbia Valley. Jeff Parry’s legendary Boogie Bash — which makes its return to the valley after 15 years on hiatus — played host to Blue Rodeo, Harlequin, the Good Brothers, Trooper and Barney Bentall among others during its heyday in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Although early posters for this year’s event indicated The Dudes would headline, Mr. Parry said Michael Bernard Fitzgerald will headline the show instead. Accompanying M.B.F. to the Boogie Bash stage are upand-coming progressive folksters String Bridges.

The darling of the Calgary music scene, Mr. Fitzgerald, a Calgary native, just finished a spring tour and is soon to release his next single Movie Life, which will be accompanied by an ambitious video complete with 3D effects. His parents, Mr. Fitzgerald said, vacationed in Fernie during his childhood summers so he never made it to Invermere when he was growing up, but he has since spent time mountain biking in the valley, as recently as last summer. “It’s a pretty rad place,” the 24-year-old commented. His May long performance will be the Invermere debut for M.B.F., who just got back from Vancouver with his current six-piece band, playing alongside The Barenaked Ladies. Over the years, M.B.F. has branched out musically, blossoming from a solo act to riding herd over a sprawling 120-member backing ensemble. “I took theatre in university and I really appreciate the idea that something sounds so amazing — the big sound.” He said sound is one of the most important components of a performance but it’s only half of the presentation. “At the same time,” he said, “what you see is really

important.” That sentiment inspired Mr. Fitzgerald to tour with entourages including a 30-person choir, dancers, horn players and orchestras. “Having a great show with a four-piece band is just as important as having a great show with a 150 piece band,” he added. His latest release, The M.B.F. Love LP, is an 11-track burst of emotion and soul. With songs like Suzie and Amazed, it’s clear M.B.F. is a man full of love, and if you don’t think he has a sensitive side and pop sensibility, just look at the daisy affixed to the head of his guitar. The record was produced by Juno Award-winning songwriter Russell Broom, and M.B.F. said he had a great time recording the album. “He and I are a lot alike which causes us to butt heads, but it makes a better product,” he said. Mr. Fitzgerald and his six-piece entourage are excited about entertaining the valley. “I like to believe that when they tell us to get rowdy, we get rowdy,” he said. “I think it’s going to be a pretty incredible party.” M.B.F. and the String Bridges will take to the Boogie Bash stage at 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 22nd, at the Invermere Curling Club.

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EXHIBITION “an unrestrained expression of emotion” See Galen Davison’s Rest and Reflect at Effusion Gallery this weekend.

Unrestrained expressions of emotion at Effusion Submitted by Caren Gibb Effusion Art Gallery Once again, Effusion Art Gallery celebrates the May long weekend with their collaborative works of art in a stunning exhibition entitled “An Unrestrained Expression of Emotion”, featuring artists Murray Phillips, Galen Davison, Fraser McGurk, Heather Cuell and Leslie Rowe-Israelson. Beginning May 22nd, “An Unrestrained Expression of Emotion” kicks off at 10 a.m. with featured artists in attendance demonstrating and discussing their unique techniques, followed by an artists’ reception from 6-9 p.m. Heather Cuell, owner of Effusion Art Gallery and Glass Studio, is a glass artist who strives to translate the gifts of nature in her work. The earth’s rich textures of rock, land and sea inspire her to create art through glass, evoking emotion and energy. Kiln-formed glass is a versatile and wondrous material that has been held in high regard from the Bronze Age to the present. It is one of the oldest forms of glass art with abilities to create rich colours not found in other mediums, along with limitless qualities of transparency, brilliance and reflection. Leslie Rowe-Israelson, a very passionate glass artist and jewellery designer, is always expressing her artistic “voice” through her development of unusual techniques. Leslie is truly unique in her approach to her glasswork and her passion shows in every stunning piece she cre-

ates. Leslie’s passion is also visible in her jewellery design, which she will be demonstrating on Saturday in the courtyard. Murray Phillips, well-renowned artist and member of the Western Lights Group, will be featured once again at Effusion Art Gallery. Murray is the rare artist who allows himself to get lost in the wild, “to let the rhythm and texture get into his soul” and then captures it all on canvas so that we can experience the worth of wilderness forever in the beauty he creates. Treat yourself to a few moments and interact with this wonderful talent. Murray will be painting in our courtyard on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Galen Davison’s art promotes three prominent principals: texture, material and colour that result in works which are bold and beautiful. His works of art are created with the use of plaster, zinc, copper, wood ceramics and oil paint. A member of the Victoria-based “Café Destination” cyclists, Galen’s passion for cycling is evident in his most recent works. Come in and enjoy speaking with this unique talent. Fraser McGurk’s passions are his art and mountain biking — one, his vehicle of expression and the other, his vehicle of discovery. Fraser’s unique style incorporates new wood materials with traditional woodworking techniques. He blends these together with intense colours and bold simple lines, creating beautiful images. The expressions of strength and majesty exhibited in his mountain landscapes are truly breathtaking. Fraser will be available on Saturday to answer questions.

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Leslie Rowe-Israelson

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Join us May 22nd featuring Murray Phillips, Leslie Rowe-Israelson, Heather Cuell, Galen Davison and Fraser McGurk. Come watch and listen as they talk about and demonstrate their individual techniques. Visit our on-line gallery at Monday – Saturday • 10 am – 5:30 pm Sunday • 12 pm – 4 pm

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Invermere celebrates the grand opening of Pothole Park Council and residents of the District of Invermere turned out to welcome the newest addition to the community’s park system on Saturday, May 15th. Pothole Park was completed last fall but wasn’t officially opened until this month to allow grass and plants to settle in before heavy use. Photo by Kate Irwin

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Vallée and Theoret showing at The Artym This show features work from 1951 to 2007 and has been highly anticipated by devoted This weekend, the collectors. This is an opArtym Gallery presents portunity to see work a very special exhibition from many of his series: of the work of world-rethe Kananaskis, Desert, nowned artist Armand F. Northern Alberta, LasVallée and the sculpture caux and Monumental of Vance Theoret. Power (Haida) series, A regular visitor on along with paintings that the May long weekend, defy categorization. guest sculptor Vance Armand Vallée dediTheoret will create one of cated his life to his art, his signature bears from and spent decades pera block of soapstone on fecting artistic mediums, the sidewalk in front of including pencil, ink, Artym Gallery. watercolours, and oils. Creating a bear from Armand’s love of life, a block of stone is a faspeople and the landcinating process. Stop by scapes around him is evithe gallery throughout dent in each line of his the day to see how his composition and stroke work progresses and to of his brush. meet the bear as its per- MONUMENTAL POWER — A rare sale of Armand Vallée’s work takes place this weekend at The Artym Gallery. The show opens at sonality emerges. The show includes paintings spanning Vallée’s artistic career, featuring a cross-section of his diverse styles and subjects. 10 a.m. on Saturday, Vance uses soapstone May 22nd (no pre-sales) and alabaster from all over the world to make his and other bears. In fact, these little guys (according and will continue until May 30th and you can view whimsical sculptures. This provides for endless varia- to many of their owners) get lonely and need another the show in its entirety online at www.artymgallery. tion in colour, texture and pattern of the bears. Each bear for company! com. All paintings become available at 10 a.m., on bear is named by the artist according to its posture, coSince his passing in 2009, there have been very Saturday, May 22nd. And, of course, you can’t neglect louring and attitude. Vance gets to know each one and few Armand Vallée paintings available. This is the first Vance Theoret’s soapstone bears; come by and give names them accordingly. Each bear is one of a kind, substantial release of his work, and many were part of these endearing creatures a pat. They just might capand each loves to form social groups with both people Vallée’s personal collection. ture a piece of your heart! Submitted by Deanna Berrington The Artym Gallery

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Armand F. Vallée (1921 – 2009) Also featuring sculptor Vance Theoret New works and demonstrations all weekend. Exhibition continues until May 30th

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Old faves, new finds at Pynelogs By Kate McKenna Pynelogs Cultural Centre In the wake of the wildly popular Wings Over the Rockies exhibition, Pynelogs Cultural Centre is gearing up for more. The next exhibition is a two-week show featuring the artistic achievements of five talented artists — William Croft, Sharon Routley, Stan Lukasiewicz, Sandra Brown and Karla Pearce’s Impasto. The show will run from May 18th to May 30th,

with an opening reception on Wednesday, May 19th from 7-9 p.m. William Croft, a retired chemical engineer from Calgary and occasional painter, moved to Windermere upon his retirement to enjoy the beauty of the Columbia Valley. He was able to further develop his painterly abilities through an intensive nine-month course under the Calgary-based instructor Kui Wang. Croft easily transitions between oils on canvas and his more recently discovered medium of acrylics,

which are instrumental in his discovery and utilization of colour. Another acrylic painter, with a twist, to be shown in this exhibition is Sharon Routley. Doubling as a singer-songwriter, her works are equal parts paintings and performance pieces. Her background is in painting sets for community theatre, which naturally developed into painting on canvas. Many of her works depict sunflowers, and as a result her work is often described as “Van Gogh-like, Narnia inspired.” Originally from Poland, Stan Lukasiewicz moved to Calgary in 1981, acquiring a job as a professor at the University of Calgary in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. Upon his retirement, he was able to pursue his hobby of oil painting at his once-vacation destination of the Columbia Valley and present home near Columbia Lake. His works consist mainly of landscapes of British Columbia and Alberta, and are a testament to his wish to preserve “both true image and emotional expression.” Passionate about drawing since childhood, Sandra Brown put her interest in painting on hold to raise a family and attend university, subsequently working as a counsellor all over Canada, from St. John’s, to Toronto, to Vancouver. She has since been able to pursue her passion full-time as a result of her retirement, and though her mediums of choice are oil painting and watercolours, she has experience in many other mediums, including pastels, acrylics, and water-soluble oils. Karla Pearce’s ‘Impasto’ consists of a number of her works done with acrylic paint and knives, resulting in paintings that are very Expressionist in nature. Done on a miniature scale of eight by ten inches, her paintings focus on the Kootenay landscape, including rivers, streams, lakes, and a variety of the region’s plant life. Her biography describes the product of her interest in this area, as her goal is for people to “see what is unique within their own backyard not only in terms of natural environment but also through the subjective eyes of the artist.” Visit Pynelogs to enjoy the pieces by each of these talented artists, and don’t forget to grab a bite to eat in the café. Pynelogs Cultural Centre, on the shores of Lake Windermere at Kinsmen Beach, is the heart of arts and culture in the valley and home to the Columbia Valley Arts Council. For more information about this and upcoming exhibitions, please call 250-342-4423 or visit www.

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The A. C. E. Committee’s (Access in the Community for Equality) AGM will be held Thursday, May 27th at 5:00 pm in the Best Western Invermere Inn on Main Street. REFRESHMENTS will be served! We value your participation and hear your voices. We would like to see you there. ACE seeks additional directors and members. DISTRICT OF INVERMERE

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OCP Amendment NOTICE is given of a Public Hearing to be held at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, June 1, 2010, in the Council Chambers at the District of Invermere Office, 914 - 8th Ave., , to amend the Official Community Plan Bylaw 1085, 2001. Bylaw No. 1409, 2010 will change the Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1085, 2001 as follows: • •

By amending the Land Use Plan – Residential, referred to in section 3.2 of Bylaw No. 1085 is amended by changing a portion of: Lot 21, Block R, KD Plan 1013, DL 216


The above synopsis is not intended to be, nor should it be interpreted as the full text and content of the proposed “Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 1409, 2010”. A copy of the proposed bylaw and relevant background documents may be inspected at the District of Invermere municipal office at 914 - 8th Ave., Invermere from May 19, 2010 to June 1, 2010. Office hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. All persons who believe that their interest in the property is affected by the proposed “Official Community Plan amendment Bylaw No. 1409, 2010” may: Send written briefs to the District of Invermere prior to the hearing; Fax written briefs to the District of Invermere prior to the hearing; or Present verbal or written briefs at the hearing. NOTICE is also given that the Council will not accept any written or verbal presentations after the close of the public hearing. Chris Prosser Chief Administrative Officer

Just a reminder… The classified deadline is 12 noon Tuesday.

May 21, 2010

School drugs and alcohol worker cut from budget “From what we understood, the money was going to be re-disbursed in the valley,” said Ms. Chaney, adding that the high school believed her position would A high-school staff member is out of a job after continue but they were “way off” in their estimation. Interior Health restructured school funding to bring a Ms. Allen said changing the job structure “feels broader scope to children’s health. exciting” and Interior Health is moving toward “a Shelley Chaney will cease to be the drugs and al- comprehensive school health approach.” cohol prevention worker at David Thompson SecondThe generic scope of Interior Health’s restructure ary School in Invermere concerns Ms. Chaney, as of June 30th. who argues the program During the past four won’t have an impact on years Ms. Chaney has substance abuse without filled the role, she estaba strong focus. lished many programs “If it’s become within the school. She something that’s hugely fears those programs will broad, the messages just disappear unless parent get missed,” she said. committees pick up the The high school reslack. ceived $57,816.13 last Her initiatives have year for the position and included I Am Beautiful Principal Darren Danyl— borrowed from the uk said between $30,000 Dove soap campaign — and $35,000 was paid to aimed at helping Grade 7 Ms. Chaney as salary. girls prepare for the tranThe rest of the fundsition to high school. ing went to travel costs A similar program and programs such as for boys, Campaign of the annual dry graduStrength, will also be cut. ation for grade 12s, a “The funding has movie night in Banff, I just disappeared,” Ms. Am Beautiful and CamChaney said. paign of Strength. All of Ms. Chaney, who these programs are at risk has worked at the high without Interior Health school since 2006, said funding. she might leave InverHigh school adminmere after her job ends. istrators can reapply to “That’s the part that fund the position for the OUT OF WORK – Shelley Chaney’s position as the my kids aren’t very happy high school’s drug and alcohol worker has been removed. 2011-2012 school year. about,” she said. Invermere resident According to spokesperson Heather Allen, Inte- Hilda Jensen has two daughters attending the high rior Health doesn’t see the budget change as a job cut school and said she was “shocked” to hear the position and high school administrators knew last June that the is being removed. She called Interior Health’s decision contract would expire at the end of this school year. “stupid.” The high school hasn’t sought funding for the “I’m really sad to think they are going to lose her,” 2010-11 school year, Ms. Allen said. she said. Drugs and alcohol are a problem among stu“What we’re moving to is more of a district-level, dents and need to be deterred, she added. healthy school coordinator position,” she said. Ms. Chaney’s popular movie night in Banff transMs. Chaney’s position, Ms. Allen said, was too fo- ported a bus-load of students to Banff for a day. cused on substance abuse. The new position will be “It’s a nice evening out where they are not bored,” more general when it comes to children’s health. Ms. Chaney said. By Trevor Bacque Pioneer Staff

May 21, 2010

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Meet Pioneer reporter Kate Irwin By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff Hi, my name is Kate and I am The Pioneer’s newest reporter and photographer. I’m doing my part to add to the array of accents at the paper, as I hail from Cambridge, England. I graduated last June from the University of Sheffield, U.K., with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. An avid traveller, I decided to reward myself with a fourth trip to my favourite country, Canada. I arrived in the valley last December to teach skiing in Fairmont and fell in love with the beautiful scenery and friendly community. When the chance came to make this place my

home and to work at a great community paper, how could I say no? I have one brother, Jonathan, who was always the science and math guy, leaving me to wander down the creative path. He moved to Boston, Massachusetts, a couple of years ago and I’ve now followed suit by settling down out here. My poor parents, Mike and Suzanne, have a bit of a trek on their hands to visit their offspring! They are looking forward to their first trip to the valley in the fall. Whether it’s summer or winter, I always find a way to get out and about in this gorgeous countryside. Winter sports are one of my passions and I’ve been

a qualified ski instructor for six years now. During the summer I can usually be found near the water, either relaxing with my fishing rod or paddling a kayak. I’m also a big fan of the arts and took years of singing and acting lessons. Journalism was a natural career choice for me, as I love words and language and always enjoyed writing. While I was at university I ran the news department of my student radio station and wrote for the student paper. I also worked weekends at the BBC in London, on entertainment TV shows like Dancing With The Stars. Once my video camera arrives from England, I’ll be returning to another favourite pastime – making short films and documentaries. I am so pleased to be working at The Pioneer and to have the opportunity to meet and chat to so many of the interesting people who make up this community. Thank you for your kindness and generosity with your time so far and if you see me out and about with my camera, be sure to give me a big smile!

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Pineridge Mountain Resort now offering GeoSpectrum Energy’s Eco-Design Series Submitted by Pineridge Mountain Resort Life in Invermere is all about the beautiful valley, majestic mountains and abundance of recreational opportunities; there is virtually something for everyone. Just ask Sherry Huether, Sales Manager of Invermere’s Pineridge Mountain Resort. “Natural hot springs, ski hills, snowmobiling, ATVing, whitewater rafting, Lake Windermere and her beaches, mountain fishing lakes, hiking, biking, spas, shopping, and so much more — we have it all!” she said. A short, picturesque three-hour drive west of Calgary will find you in one of the most beautiful areas in all of B.C. At Pineridge Mountain Resort, we believe we have what most people wish for and dream of – the perfect getaway vacation destination, second home or retirement-residence. “This resort, by Calgary-based Statesman Group of Companies, is poised to become western Canada’s ultimate resort destination,” said Marlene Chabot, di-

rector for VIP services and rentals. The Statesman Group has a proven track record of leading innovative and award-winning developments throughout North America. With over 30 years of experience from condominiums to resort developments, Statesman is a trusted name and one of Alberta’s most respected builders. Pineridge Mountain Resort offers an amazing 152-acre sustainable ‘green’ community bordering Toby Creek Canyon with sweeping views overlooking Lake Windermere. The tiered property has almost 40 percent of its total area dedicated to forest and green space. When completed, Pineridge Mountain Resort will feature 700 residential units — 300 single-family cottages and 400 alpine villas, chalets and terrace lofts. Three amenities buildings will include a first-class fitness facility, recreation centre, conference centre, beach volleyball and tennis courts, pool, hot tubs, a par-54 putting course and more. Eight kilometres of natural trails that meander through the Douglas fir forests of Pineridge will be

enjoyed by all with public access for everyone. “It’s very exciting to see the changes take place. Lot owners are commencing the building of their cottages,” Ms. Huether said. “The lots in these two phases have no building commitment, but taking advantage of low mortgage rates and low building costs, combined with the new eco-designs offered, means we will see a bustle of construction going on.” Curbing and paving of the roadworks for phases one and two are well underway; as well as Canyon View, the main road leading up to the resort is being improved. The majority of the paving should be done in time for the May long weekend. “Statesman Group is working together with GeoSpectrum Energy to define a portfolio of integrated and compatible systems to meet the new frontier of green buildings and globally accepted green communities,” Project Manager Milton Kielbauch said. Continued on next page . . .

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. . . Continued from last page Commissioned by Statesman, the GeoSpectrum Eco-Design series is responding to the future of communities, with geo-thermal technology for the heating and cooling, eco-intelligent and earth-friendly components that have a long life-cycle, utilization of natural light, and open cottage designs. We will have the patented eco-designs on display at the downtown office, located two doors down from Lordco Auto Parts on Invermere’s main street, 7th Avenue. All are welcome. “I am very excited and proud to be involved with this resort sommunity and their mission to integrate key technologies to adapt to the realities of our future,” Ms. Huether commented. FUTURE OF COMMUNITIES — Pineridge Mountain Resort is now offering the GeoSpectrum Eco-Design series homes with geo-thermal technology for heating and cooling, eco-intelligent and earth-friendly components that have a long life-cycle, utilization of natural light, and open cottage designs. Pictured here are the GeoSpectrum Eco-Series Stratus (top: front view; bottom: deck view).

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Time is running out: register now for Relay for Life By Sheila Tutty, Coordinator Columbia Valley Relay for Life Time is running out to get registered and raise funds for the Columbia Valley Relay for Life. Less than a month, and the big event is here. If you are unsure of how to go about registering, call me at 250342-9059 or Marion Labrie at 250-342-6369 and we will be happy to help you. If you want to register, but can’t do it online, just drop by The Columbia Valley Pioneer to be registered

while you wait. Someone will be at AG Valley Foods on the long weekend, as well, with all the information you might need. This is a very fun and energizing event. It is not a race and you do not have to run. You can do as many laps as you can. The idea is to raise much-needed funds for valuable cancer research and to enjoy an evening with family and friends with entertainment all night. We encourage families to get involved as well, and the first couple of hours of entertainment will be

geared to the little ones. Singer/guitarist Oso Simple will be on hand to keep the little ones singing and dancing. If you have collected funds and want to deposit them in the Relay for Life account, come to CIBC in Invermere on Bank Night, Tuesday, June 8th. T-shirts will also be available for pick-up at CIBC on Bank Night. This event will be great. I encourage you to join in the festivities. Call me if you want more information. Celebrate! Remember! Fight back!

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Lot 28 Phase III Westside Park Invermere, B.C.

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• Double attached front drive garage with paved driveway • Large deck to rear of home, facing on to greenspace and walking trail • 9’ ceilings on main floor • Open living spaces • Fireplace with niche above • Flooring on main – tile and laminate • Flooring up – tile and carpet • Heat mats under all tile floors • 6 appliances included: Fridge, stove, microwave, dishwasher, washer and dryer • All appliances stainless steel and superior quality • Washer and dryer on upper bedroom level • Granite countertops in kitchen • Pantry in kitchen • Deck at entry to home • Large open area on bedroom level suitable for office • Bonus room behind garage has roughed in plumbing

• Upgraded trim package • Upgraded carpet, tile and décor glass tile in kitchen • Vacu flo and appliances included with sweeper outlet in kitchen island • Kitchen island has electrical outlets • Main level: foyer, living space, dining space, kitchen, entry at back, and powder room • Upper level: 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, open office area, laundry • Master bedroom has large walk-in closet and ensuite bath with soaker tub and separate shower • Lower level: Double car garage and bonus room • Views: Living room and master bedroom are both east facing with excellent views of the Rocky Mountains. Kitchen faces west and has views of green space and walking trail. • Approximately 1,955 sq. ft. of finished living space, not including garage or bonus room

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A flood of biblical proportions Pioneer advertising sales manager Dave Sutherland isn’t taking any chances after staff arrived at work last Monday to find water raining from the newsroom ceiling. A water leak in the apartment above forced the removal of a section of the ceiling, some of the walls and the entire laminate floor. Fortunately for us, Mountain Creek Properties sent in Dean of Odyssey Cleaning and Restoration who had us dried out and back up and running in short order. It was a good thing, too, because we needed all hands on deck to prepare this extra-large May long weekend edition.

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Windermere writer publishes book By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff A local author has published her first book, about her adventures with wildlife in the Columbia Valley and across the world. Lynda Taylor, owner of Creekside Flower Gardens in Windermere, has always felt a strong connection with nature. It was this affinity with animals and plants that inspired her book, A Journey into the Soulful Garden. The work is a collection of 11 essays detailing her encounters with different animals, from bears to hummingbirds. “The book is about up-close and personal moments with creatures and nature,” Lynda said, “talking with them, touching them and feeling what they are trying to say.” Her motive to write came from Miel, a Canada goose that Lynda rescued as a gosling and raised for several months. Friends encouraged her to tell the tale of her ex-

While there, she met Orangy the orangutan and Kekaimalu the wholphin (an extremely rare whale/ dolphin hybrid), who inspired two more chapters. Turning her journal notes into book form went smoothly. “It wasn’t really a challenge,” Lynda said. “The hardest part is the proof-reading and flow, how it all fits together.” She used self-publishing company, iUniverse, to turn the finished writings into book form. The company offers a custom publishing and printing service, with the writer choosing the level of help they need. “They help you with anything from designing a cover to proof-reading,” Lynda said. ANIMAL FRIEND – Lynda Taylor was inspired by Miel, a “I finally got the book off the presses two weeks goose she raised, to write A Journey into the Soulful Garden about her animal encounters. Photo submitted ago. Now I’m excited for people to read it.” The horticulturalist is already inspired to start periences with Miel — and more animal encounters writing her next book — about another Canada soon followed. goose that she raised and taught to fly. She is hoping “I read this book recommended by a friend of to publish the work next year. mine about how to become a writer,” Lynda said. Lynda is holding a book signing for A Journey “Then I went straight to Hawaii for two months to into the Soulful Garden on Saturday, May 22nd, from put it into practice.” 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Book Bar in Invermere.

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From Kenya with love: Kazuri Beads By Trevor Bacque Pioneer Staff Swahili people have a way with words. For instance, the word Kazuri means “small and beautiful,” an apt definition after one sees Kazuri beadwork. In 1975, two women in Kenya began plying their artistic craft, constructing jewellery. Humbly starting in a shed, the grassroots bead business now has its own store and has expanded beyond the typical bijoux, moving into hand bags, ceramics and dinnerware. Now, after a Columbia Valley couple ventured to Africa, patrons in Invermere will be treated to the unique treasures over the May long weekend. Connie Watson and husband Skip travelled to Kenya, Africa, in November 2008. While Mr. Watson helped establish telecommunications lines in various communities, Ms. Watson volunteered at schools and also had a chance to visit the Kazuri factory, falling for the goods and the women who produce them. “It’s just exquisite, each piece is so unique,” she said, emphasizing how every item is made by hand without the use of any machinery in the process.

When she puts on a necklace, Ms. Watson said she “can feel the fingers of the women” at work. For the women employed at the Kazuri factory, it means a new life for them and their families. Generally raising multiple children, often by themselves, many of the local women live with HIV and AIDS, which was inspiring for Ms. Watson to see first-hand. “It’s very emotional when you see how little some of them have,” she said. The approximately 340 women at the factory have now empowered themselves and gained skills they can use anywhere. Ms. Watson is a member of the Valley Go-Go Sisters, which are hosting the event to raise money for the Stephen Lewis Foundation, a charitable group that assists and helps orphans, grandmothers and people living with HIV and AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. The Go-Go Sisters — who formed in Invermere in October 2006 — are working through a Canadian distributor out of Ottawa to bring the beads into the valley. The group will be selling the beadwork at Pynelogs Cultural Centre on Saturday, May 22nd, from 1 to 4 p.m. with prices ranging from $14 to $48.

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OUT NOW – Sarah Lapointe with Valley Foods Favourite Recipes, a new cookbook to aid cancer research.

Sales of cookbook to raise money for cancer research By Trevor Bacque Pioneer Staff Sarah Lapointe has concocted a new creation that isn’t half-baked – a cookbook she is selling to help raise money for cancer research. “I do love to cook, so it was a natural match for me,” said the mother of two. Sarah is married to Eric Lapointe, a manager at AG Valley Foods in Invermere. Ms. Lapointe filled the book with recipe after recipe, including a number of family favourites. “I used family (recipes) to sort of pad it a bit,” she said with a laugh and joked that she had to hold back the really good ones. After pestering staff at AG Valley Foods for recipes, she quickly realized she was being flooded with submissions, but made sure to include every single one, even finding a place for the odds-and-ends such as making play-doh and a recipe on “how to preserve a husband.” The cover art was done by Will McKenzie of Pixel Planet Design and Ms. Lapointe said his “awesome” work added to the books’ appeal. “It’s our way of giving back,” Ms. Lapointe said. “As a family we all feel really blessed and lucky to be together and healthy.”

Her father, Don Flatt, is a brain cancer survivor of seven years and she is happy to be contributing to such a worthy cause. AG Valley Foods owner, Sydney-Anne Porter, was very supportive of her daughter-in-law and her cookbook. “It was very exciting to see the first copy,” said Ms. Porter. “It’s not just a cookbook, it’s what the cookbook represents.” Ms. Porter said the project had an energy wrapped around it which was key to the books’ success. Ms. Lapointe and Ms. Porter, along with Susan Kelly and Diane Lapointe, will be shaving their heads at this year’s Relay for Life event so their long locks can be made into wigs for cancer patients. Other than a brush cut many years ago, this will be a first for Ms. Lapointe. “Everyone has been touched by cancer, I don’t think you’d find anyone that hasn’t been,” she said. Ms. Lapointe said she has plans to make the cookbook an annual event to support a variety of causes in the future. The book, Valley Foods Favourite Recipes, is available for $10 at AG Valley Foods and Details by JoAnne. Relay for Life will take place at David Thompson Secondary School on June 12th.

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Home Renovation Centre gives back to College of the Rockies David Ridge of Invermere’s Home Renovation Centre presented a $4,600 cheque to College of the Rockies representative Colleen Shaw on Thursday, May 13th. Mr. Ridge decided to return funding the college awarded his business under its Introduction to the Trades program. The startup project allows businesses such as the Home Renovation Centre to hire and train college students, giving them practical work experience that they might not have otherwise been able to accrue on their own. In support of the program, Mr. Ridge has decided to pay the wages without assistance and return the funds. The donation from the Home Renovation Centre is enough to pay for the tuition of two student health-care assistants. Doug Clovechok, manager of College of the Rockies, has initiated a challenge to all businesses in the project to give back money paid to them so the college can develop a fund to help students with tuition fees. Pictured here, from left to right, are student healthcare assistants Maxine Jones, Geo Reiss, Lindsay Detta and Neha Raval with Colleen Shaw and David Ridge. Photo by Trevor Bacque



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CRAZY SOUL — Beva Kirk of Crazy Soles Running/Yoga Store in Invermere is looking forward to the third annual Crazy Soles Nipika Trail Run. Runners can choose from three, 10 or 25-kilometre distances. Photo submitted

Trail run turns three By Trevor Bacque Pioneer Staff Crazy Soles will hit the trails on Saturday, May 29th for its third annual Crazy Soles Nipika Trail Run, with more racers than ever before. Last year 158 competitors from Alberta and British Columbia participated in the event. This year the store has 86 pre-registered runners and is anticipating between 200 and 300 runners on the day. Owner of Crazy Soles Running/ Yoga Store Beva Kirk called last year’s run “inspiring” and said she is looking forward to this year’s event. Racers can choose from three, 10 or 25-kilometre trails, so Ms. Kirk said the race has something for everyone. Trailing running, she said, is “the fastest growing sport in North America.” “You are going to see more and more events involving trails,” she said. The idea for the event came when Ms. Kirk began to brainstorm on a ski trip to Silver Star, near Kelowna, with her long-time friend Lyle Wilson, the owner of Nipika Mountain Resort. She approached Mr. Wilson with the idea and it turned out he had been wanting

to initiate a similar event. “The whole concept of Nipika is outdoor lifestyle-oriented sports,” said 60-year-old Mr. Wilson, who has been running competitively for 46 years. The former Olympic cross-country ski coach said trail running is more esthetically pleasing, adding that highway runners are stupid if they prefer pavement to natural paths. Both Ms. Kirk and Mr. Wilson prefer running on trails over highways because your brain is more engaged with the activity. “Trail running is so much more healthy than regular running,” Mr. Wilson said. Making quick decisions on the trail when navigating a corner, or jumping over a branch are factors you never consider on a highway. Nipika Mountain Resort is located off Settlers Road, accessed through Kootenay National Park. It has fully prepared trails for mountain biking and running in summer, and cross country ski paths in winter. The Crazy Soles Nipika Trail Run on May 29th begins with bib pick-up at 8 a.m. and costs between $35 and $50 depending on your age.



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INVERMERE HOUSING CORPORATION LOOKING FOR A DIRECTOR With the recent resignation of one of our Directors, Invermere Council is looking for a dedicated and engaged citizen with a desire to commit to an opportunity to be involved within the development of our Housing Corporation. The opportunity to become a Director in this new and exciting Corporation involves partnering with the community to sustain a range and supply of perpetually attainable housing options for Invermere’s permanent residents.

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HOW TO GET INVOLVED: Be a Director in the Invermere Housing Corporation. The Invermere Housing Corporation oversees the creation, administration and management of resident restricted housing with long term success as a vibrant resort community and its contingency upon retaining a stable resident workforce. It is an interim position with the possibility of a long term commitment to the community.

HOW TO APPLY: Citizens interested in becoming a Director are invited to submit a resume to: Kindry Dalke, Corporate Officer District of Invermere 914 8th Avenue, Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 Any questions can be directed to Chris Prosser, Chief Administrative Officer, at 250-342-9281 or The deadline for the submission of all resumes to the municipal office is May 21st, 2010.


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LOOKING FOR A GREAT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE YOUR COMMUNITY? Invermere Council is looking for citizens with a history of community involvement and a desire to participate within the community development process. Three excellent opportunities are available to serve your community for a three year term.

WHAT DOES A BOARD OF VARIANCE DO? The Board of Variance is a citizen appeal body consisting of three appointed members who hear and then decide upon variances to the Zoning Bylaws of the District of Invermere that cannot be considered by Council. The Board of Variance provides citizens with an avenue for appeal on the interpretation and the strict application of local government Zoning Bylaws and regulations in specific circumstances as defined in the legislation. The Board of Variance functions independently from District Council and has its own authority under the Local Government Act.

HOW TO APPLY: Citizens interested in participating on this Board are invited to submit a resume to: Kindry Dalke, Corporate Officer District of Invermere 914 8th Avenue, Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 The deadline for the submission of all resumes to the municipal office is May 21st, 2010. A copy of the bylaw can be picked up at the municipal office or found on our website at for more information.

HIT THE ROAD – Pictured, clockwise from top left: Taylor Ruault in Kenya; Kira Steen and Jennifer McKay in Las Vegas; Wally, Ken, Angela and Cheri Hann with Jake and Luke Persson at Disneyland, California; Carole and Nicole Dalke in the Mayan Riviera, Mexico; and Bob and Rita Walker in Mexico. Enter your photo in The Pioneer’s Travel Contest by e-mailing it to

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LUXURY LIVING YOU CAN AFFORD! “Columbia Garden Village is a wonderful place to live. The 24hr emergency monitoring makes be feel safe and gives me peace of mind. The food here is great and so are all the people but what I really enjoy is all the games and activities that there are. Columbia Garden Village was exactly what I was looking for from the first moment I walked in the front doors.”

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OCP Amendment NOTICE is given of a Public Hearing to be held at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, June 1, 2010, in the Council Chambers at the District of Invermere Office, 914 - 8th Ave., , to amend the Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1085, 2001.

OUT OF TOWN – Pictured, clockwise from top left: Karly, Tony, Erika and Myra Sieweke with Jim and Ann Hopkins at the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy; Doug and Sharon Schmidt with Cecil and Lorraine Ross in Port Charlotte, Florida; Al Caron with Taytum, Ty, Kim, Pam and Shirley Frocklage and Taylor, Kendyl, Trystan, Wyatt and Quintynn Hart in Maui, Hawaii; in Whitefish, Montana, Lindsay Johnston, Sean Wilde, Laura Chartrand, Alana Jackson, Glen McKenzie, Scott Sauermann and Andrew Mackle; and Tracy, Justen and Teagan Burns with Judy, Kate and Natalie Gibbs at the Paralympics.

Council is considering amending the Officical Community Plan by adding a new Section 2.11(a), entitled “Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction and Climate Change”. The new section will include greenhouse gas reduction targets for corporate and community wide emissions and establish objectives and polices that will be used to meet our targets by 2020. Bylaw No. 1419, 2010 is cited as “District of Invermere Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 1416, 2010” The above synopsis is not intended to be, nor should it be interpreted as the full text and content of the proposed “Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 1419, 2010”. A copy of the proposed bylaws and relevant background documents may be inspected at the District of Invermere municipal office at 914 - 8th Ave., Invermere from May 19, 2010 to June 1, 2010. Office hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. All persons who believe that their interest in the property is affected by the proposed “Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 1419, 2010” may: • • •

Send written briefs to the District of Invermere prior to the hearing; Fax written briefs to the District of Invermere prior to the hearing; or Present verbal or written briefs at the hearing.

NOTICE is also given that the Council will not accept any written or verbal presentations after the close of the public hearing. Chris Prosser Chief Administrative Officer

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BUSY TIMES — From left to right: Don Reynolds of D.R. Sports, Audrey Mantyka, Steve Mantyka, Renice Oaks and Dave Oaks all from The Local View, and locksmith Robert Francoeur from Columbia Locksmith. This group of friends will now share a commercial spot under The Bargain! Shop at #2, 755 – 13th Street, Invermere. Photo by Trevor Bacque

Invermere’s Local View revived in shared space By Trevor Bacque Pioneer Staff Steve Mantyka and business partner Dave Oaks have officially set up shop and begun their new printing business. Only a month old, this business start-up came from Mr. Mantyka’s roots as a designer. He used to own The Valley Peak, which was then known as The Local View. After selling the newsletter to Rob Dunn, Mr. Mantyka retained the name and is now getting back into business under that same moniker. The project is unique and that is how he likes it. “It’s very cool because there are screen printers around . . . this is quite a bit similar, but different,” said Mr. Mantyka, referring to special work such as lithography on shirts. Learning tricks of the trade is important when it comes to putting out a product people wear and Mr. Mantyka doled out a small secret. “The key to black shirts is printing white on top of it, then printing your colour,” he said.

This crucial step will ensure colour will pop out to get true, natural hues. “We’re still learning as we go,” said Mr. Mantyka, who was operating out of his home until one month ago. Mr. Mantyka and Mr. Oaks are part of a larger operation run by Don Reynolds, owner of D.R. Sports. “I didn’t need this much space anymore,” he said, referencing his store that now has more faces to fill it. Mr. Reynolds designs trophies, repairs bicycles and restrings racquets. As if having a printing outfit and sport repair shop under one roof isn’t enough, a locksmith is also joining the fray. Robert Francoeur of Columbia Locksmith will be the third business in the store, due to move in later this month. All the business owners agree the crossover and variety of services will give people a good reason to come into the store. Generally everyone “keeps out of each other’s hair,” Mr. Mantyka said, but they always make time to talk about big sports events the day after they occur.

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CO LU M B I A VA L L E Y P I O N E E R S P E C I A L P R OJ E C T READY – Lee Klas will play in the B.C. and U.S. Amateurs this summer.

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Local has high hopes By Trevor Bacque Pioneer Staff Life is simple for Lee Klas. Work, golf, workout, sleep, repeat. “I play every single day,” said the 19-year-old, whose deep tan proves he isn’t a liar. On average, the David Thompson Secondary School graduate spends eight hours a day honing his game, coached by his caddy, Dairy Queen owner Michael Richards. “He has been a really big help. He is willing to be with me for a long time,” said Mr. Klas, who enlisted Mr. Richards’ help last December to prepare for a tournament. Splitting his time between training and working at Radium Resort’s pro shop, Mr. Klas enjoys hitting the links at Copper Point, Riverside Golf Course, Eagle Ranch and Radium Resort. On May 13th, he participated in a qualifying event at Banbury Golf Club in Eagle, Idaho. The USGA-sanctioned event consisted of 47 men and Mr. Klas was one of five amateurs. Mr. Klas was lucky enough to be paired with PGA

golfer Nick Travers and the Idaho state champion, Jon van Dyk. Although he did not make the cut to the next round, Mr. Klas gained valuable experience and managed to score lower than Mr. Van Dyk to place in the top 20. “It was intimidating, teeing off with tour pros watching you,” he said. Now, Mr. Klas is poised to strike big at both the upcoming B.C. Amateur in July and the U.S. Amateur in August. He said winning the U.S. Amateur is a guaranteed bye into the hallowed Masters tournament, where winners receive a green jacket. Mr. Klas, originally from Texas, moved to Fairmont Hot Springs as a child and lived with his grandparents from junior high until high school graduation. After grade 12, he moved down to San Diego, California where he still lives and trains at a golfing school. It was there he met his current swing coach, Steve Adamiak, who sought out the young golfer. Golfing since the age of six, the right-handed golfer got serious about the sport at age 11.

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COUNCIL AGENDA REVIEW for the May 11th Council Meeting During the regular meeting of Council on May 11th, 2010, the following items were adopted: -

A public hearing is scheduled for June 1st for the Greenhouse Gas Target Bylaw at 7pm. A public hearing is scheduled for June 15th for the liquor license amendment at Bud’s Bar & Lounge at 7 pm. 5 year contract for Gordon Fraser to operate his kiosk on the Bank of Montreal corner during the summer months. Council has approved to waive the noise bylaw for the Columbia Valley Relay for Life on June 12th, 2010. Council is sending a letter to the Ministry of Environment regarding the growing number of wild deer inside the community boundaries. Council requested staff to review the sidewalks downtown and ensure that they are compliant with our Sidewalk Inspection and Maintenance Policy. Council approved the following Special Events to be held in Invermere in 2010: • • • • • • • • •

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WRITERLY – Kristopher Ede, left, pictured with Kimberley Demenick, is a finalist in a regional writing contest.

Teen writer earns way to finals with relationship-based short By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff An Invermere teenager has made it into the top 10 in the Columbia Basin Trust’s creative writing challenge. Kristopher Ede, 18, who graduated from David Thompson Secondary School last year, wrote a 3,000word short story for the contest. His fictional piece, entitled “The girl with the plastic pirate hat and the boy who loved her so”, was chosen as a finalist out of 44 competition entries. “I like creating this whole world with all these characters and the relationships between them,” Kristopher said. “I’m really interested in human interaction and I really like to write human connection stories.” His fictional piece is written as a conversation between two teens while they walk along the train tracks. It looks at the moment when they realize that their relationship isn’t working anymore. “A lot of youth fiction is very dramatic and not that realistic,” Kristopher said. “I didn’t want big dramatic moments with people cheating on one another; I wanted it to be more like real life.”

Kristopher took three years of writing courses at secondary school, which encouraged him to try a range of styles. This included poetry, fiction and scripting a radio play. The young writer’s process for creating stories is different each time, but he said that short stories are usually written in one sitting. The piece for Columbia Basin Trust’s writing challenge took two hours to get to the final draft stage. “With short stories you have to get the beginning, middle and end in such a short space of time,” Kristopher said. “It can be harder to keep the impact of the story in so few words.” Kristopher’s story, along with those by nine other finalists, will be featured in the summer edition of Scratch Magazine, out in June. The magazine, created by and for local young people, is distributed across the Columbia Basin. You can pick up a copy at the Book Bar and Quality Bakery in Invermere. The contest winner, decided by a team of local writers and teachers, will receive $1,000. If he wins, Kristopher said he hopes to save the money for college later this year. He plans to attend the University of Victoria, majoring in writing.

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Invermere Avalanche begin summer T-ball

Fitz Flooring wins Better Business Bureau award Invermere’s Fitz Flooring sales team from left to right: Mike Mesenchuck, Manager Andrew Kazakoff and Jake Bergen. Their award from the Better Business Bureau is for a medium size company, 26 to 75 employees, in the category of ethics in Alberta and East Kootenays region. Photo by Trevor Bacque

The Invermere Avalanche from left to right: Aiden Guest, Wyatt Armstrong, Cassia Riches, Tristan Miller-Young, Erika Serhan, Cameron Dickson, Emma Postlethwaite, Paddy Donahue and Ty Frocklage and Coach Brendan Donahue. Emma Postlethwaite was the MVP from their game versus CF Family Pantry and Teagan Dubois was MVP for their team. In the majors division, the Electric beat the Crushers 11-9 with Logan Powell as the winning pitcher. Jonathan Postlethwaite was Electric’s MVP and Even Mosquito-Clowers for the Crushers. On May 12th the Crushers tied Canal Flats at 16 and MVP’s were Tannia Tallis for the Crushers and Kyle Holubec for Canal Flats. Photo by Diane Armstrong

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cheers & jeers

Moving Sale, 5264 Columbia River Road in Fairmont, Saturday, May 22nd , 1 pm-5 pm, Sunday, May 23rd , 10 am-4 pm, Monday, May 24th 10 am-2 pm.

Saturday, May 22nd , 8 am – 1 pm, assorted stuff with some hidden gems, 1151 13th Ave, Invermere.

Timber Ridge I, Saturday, May 22nd , 9 am – 3 pm, 4935 Timber Way, collectibles, household items, books, chairs.

Garage and art sale, Saturday, May 22nd , 9 am – 4 pm, Sunday, May 23rd , 10 am – 3 pm. Household items, antiques, tools, canoe with electric motor, electrical welder, new 26 speed bike. Too many items to list, 250 18th St, Fort Point, Invermere.

Rotary Garage Sale Saturday, May 22nd 8 am – noon Next to Court House Proceeds go towards sponsoring Invermere’s International Student Exchange Program.

Radium, Saturday, May 22nd , in the Old Salzburg Restaurant attic, 9am – 1 pm. Various household items, kids stuff, clothes, shoes, sporting equipment.

Lovely community center available at Bella Vista Estates (Fairmont), for weddings, clubs, reunions, up to 60 ppl. Call Bob 250-345-6668.

Jeers to the poor excuse of parents who not only didn’t discipline their child, but made jokes about him urinating on main street on another vehicles tire – shame on you!

Huge Garage Sale and Fabric Blowout, 1201 Hilltop Road, Saturday, May 22, 7am to 1pm, household and home decorating items, furniture, sewing supplies, yards and yards of fabric, craft supplies, books and much much more. Garage salers and people who love to sew should not miss this sale. Saturday, May 22nd and Sunday, 23rd , 8 am – noon. Well working T.V. with control, numerous kitchen items, hanging basket chair, printer, lamps, books, large assortment of golf clubs, including ladies set of Cobra clubs with bag. 4870 Glen Eagle Drive, Fairmont. Saturday, May 22nd , 9 am – 2 pm, quilting fabric, $5/M, fat quarters, $1.50 ea., other assorted items, 7500 Jackson Ave. Radium. Annual garage sale in Dutch Creek, May 22nd , 9 am – 2 pm.


Yard sale, original native art, jewellery, tools, sports, household and garden items – lots of treasures! 1205 9th St. (across from Lion’s Park), Saturday, 8 am – noon. HUGE garage sale at 3 homes, 1601, 1603, 1605 15th Ave, Invermere, May 22nd only, 8 am – noon, no early birds.

Legion Branch #71

garage sale and breakfast, downtown Invermere, Saturday, May 22nd , 7:30 am. Start early with breakfast to go. Inside, rain or shine. Everyone welcome.



Dr. J. Arthur Keith May 1st, 1934 – May 17th, 2010 It is with great sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of Art Keith at his home on May 17th, 2010. A Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Teacher, Builder, Mentor, Coach and Friend. Memorial Service 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 22, 2010 Christ Church Trinity, 110 7th Avenue, Invermere, BC The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Columbia Valley Community Foundation.

Saturday and Sunday, May 22nd and 23rd , 9 am – 1 pm. Multi family, misc. items, TV cabinets, desk, exercise equipment, 1709 10th Ave. Invermere Multi-family sale, Saturday, May 22nd , 9 am – 3 pm, furniture, housewares, appliances, new assorted bedding/quilts, office equipment, office chairs, horse stuff, ladies new & gently used quality clothing, mens & ladies golf clubs & bags, golf clothing & much more. 474 Lakeview Road, (just off Athalmer Road) on acreage named Deer Ridge B&B. Moving Sale in Edgewater, Saturday, May 22nd , 9 am – 1 pm. Variety of household items & furniture, 4792 Selkirk Ave. Children’s Yard Sale, Saturday, May 22nd , 9 am – 12 pm. Proceeds go t Water for Haiti, 1710 – 7th Ave. Invermere. Saturday, May 22nd , 9 am. sharp, until 1 pm. Early birds pay double. Once-every-decade sale with gift items, jewellery, handbags, clothing, 2 bar stools, chrome kitchen table, painted wooden table, picture frames, sewing fabric, bedding, kitchenware, 2 older TVs, small appliances. 1229-7th Street, Invermere, behind Catholic Church.

Borrego Ridge, Radium, multfamily sale, Saturday, May 22nd , 9 am – 2 pm. Follow the yellow signs.

Options for Sexual Health Clinic is open the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Invermere Health Centre.


cheers & jeers

Once again with sincere thanks and appreciation for countless kind words, cards and prayers extended by our wonderful community in the loss of our son, brother and uncle, Erwin Kloos. A special thank you to Franz, Pat and George for fulfilling Steve and Maria’s request by sending Erwin off with their rendition of “The Happy Wanderer”. Time will ease the pain but memories will remain forever. The Kloos and LaBrie families.

Cheers to Staff Sgt. Marko Shehovac for making me laugh every week with your witty stories. You have a wonderful sense of humour.


Amazing Vito Las Vegas

Elvis entertainer & water witcher From Nakusp. Available for public and private shows. Call 250-341-2154 for pricing and schedule. 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.

Cheers to Tracy and her walk for health supporters for the work they did to make the grand opening to the fitness walking path at Mt. Nelson Athletic Park. Cheers to the Kinsmen Club for being such a great help volunteering as helpers to the Columbia Valley Food Co-op. Cheers to the district of Invermere for supplying us with a space to hold our Columbia Valley Food Co-op distribution each month. Cheers to AG Foods for taking part in the Columbia Valley Food Co-op. Jeers to the driver of the car that hit the deer on 13th Ave. at 10:30 pm on Tuesday and didn’t stop or slow down. Cheers to those that travel the Athalmer Rd. hill at the correct speed of 50km/hr, jeers to those who don’t. Jeers to those trucking companies that use their engine retarder brakes on the Athalmer Rd. hill, cheers to those who don’t.”

Jeers to the unprofessional individual who is taking down other businesses fliers around the valley. I know who you are! Jeers to all the high school students that couldn’t stay back away from the house fire on May 18th. You put people’s lives in danger. Cheers to you my love! Life would not be the same without you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!


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

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

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house FOR RENT

condo FOR RENT

condo FOR RENT

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

Hillcrest furnished apartments utilities included. 1 bdrm units, $600/month, 2 bdrm units, $800/month. 250-341-1182.

Invermere, bright, furnished, 1 bdrm suite, N/S, N/P, utilities, internet, W/D, separate entry included, $600/month, available July 1st, 250-3415096 or 250-341-5520.

1 bdrm cabin for rent in Edgewater, $550/month + Hydro, looking for a long term renter, N/S, N/P, references, DD, 250-342-5912.

Panorama, 1 bdrm condo in Horsethief. This unit has been completely renovated and comes with all the furnishings. Please email keithc@blueskys. ca.

1 bdrm condo, Ski Tip, Panorama, fully furnished, everything included, $850/month, available immediately, until Dec. 15, 2010, 250-342-6369.

864 sq.ft. warehouse space with loading dock, unheated, $656.25/month includes GST, available immediately. Call 250342-3637. Invermere, approximately 870 sq.ft., behind dry cleaners, $380/month + GST/HST, heat and utilities. available July 1st . Call 250-342-6790 to view.

SHARED ACCOMMODATION $400.00/month, includes utilities, cable and internet, 250-341-2068.

SUITE FOR RENT CARRIAGE COURT APARTMENTS. Conveniently located behind Sobey’s within walking distance to downtown. 2 bdrm townhouse units, outside entrance Sliding glass doors open onto balcony, overlooking private courtyard. Fireplace and W/D included in each unit. Long term preferred, N/P, $750 - $850/month + DD. Utilities not included. Available immediately, 250-342-8781. 3 bdrm, 2 bath, in Radium, stove, fridge, D/W, W/D, $1000 + utilities, 250-347-9345.

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, 1 ½ baths, private entrance, shared laundry, references required, $800/ month + DD + Hydro, 250-3479970. Radium, 2 bdrm, 1 bath, upper suite, $900/month including utilities, N/S, Donna, 250-3426010. Invermere, large 1 bdrm, partially furnished lower level walk-out in Wilder subdivision. Clean, bright, large windows, lots of storage, close to beach and downtown, D/W, W/D, N/S, N/P, available immediately, references required, $650/ month including utilities, 403287-7630. Large 2 bdrm main floor unit in Windermere, five appliances incl., W/D, walk to beach, $900/ month + utilities, term incentive offered, 403-239-2017.

June 1st, upper level of house, 2 bdrm, fully furnished, sunny, large deck, 5 mins. to town/ beach, couple preferred, long term, no partiers, references, $1095/month, utilities included, cat lovers, no dogs. Also 1 room shared, 250-342-8651,

house FOR RENT

FOR RENT Contact


Windermere lovely 1 bdrm bungalow, N/S, pets considered, great yard, 403-851-2043. New 2 bdrm, with garage on Windermere acreage, 2 bath, furnished, $1100/month. Call Linda 403-244-8402. 3 bdrm, 2 bath, 5 appliance log home in Wilder Subdivision with separate 2 bdrm, 1 bath basement suite. Available June 1st , N/S, $2200 + utilities + DD, 1 year lease, references required, 403-819-8121.

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condo FOR RENT

Brand New 3 bdrm, single garage, townhouse with insuit laundry, in Borrego Ridge, Radium. 1400 sq. ft. Available June 1st . $1300 + Utilities. Call 403-875-0214.

Radium, 3 bdrm home, N/S, N/P, $900/month + utilities + DD, references required, 250-3423841. Invermere, 2 bdrm home, centrally located, minutes to grocery store, large yard, storage shed, view of Mt. Nelson. F/S/W/D, N/S, N/P, available immediately, $1000/month + utilities + DD, references required, 250-347-9086.

New 3 bdrm Invermere Townhouse for rent; hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, 3.5 baths, fully developed bsmt, single car garage, ideal quiet location close to downtown and the beach; $1475/month including utilities, references appreciated; 403-536-8953.

House For Sale #4 4775 Wood Lane, Windermere


Why are you renting? Picture yourself as a home owner in this well cared for 4 bedroom home in Windermere. Beautiful treed yard, loads of storage and a short stroll to the school and the beach. MLS# K193535

Radium, Stanley Street, 2 bdrm, 2 bath + den, insuite laundry, laminate flooring, fireplace, A/C, 2 underground parking stalls, N/P, N/S, available immediately, $1100/month + DD, utilities included, 403-472-8992. Castlerock, spacious, clean, 1 bdrm + loft bdrm condo with double garage, W/D, available June 1st , $1350/month, utilities included, N/S, N/P, 250-3421314. 3 bdrm, 2 ½ bath, townhouse in Riverstone Villas, Radium, 5 appliances, gas F/P, air conditioning, single car garage, N/S, N/P, excellent condition, $1150/month + utilities, Sean 403-688-6869. Invermere, new furnished 2 bdrm, 2 bath condo, underground parking, available immediately, long or short term, $1100/month + DD, 403650-1238.

VACATION RENTALS Invermere, 4 bdrm executive home. Radium 3 bdrm home. Akiskinook/Radium Resort condos, 1 -4 bdrms. Weekly/ daily rentals, 403-293-5659. New! Beautiful Lakeview Gardens RV Park, 5 acres with mountains, pond, creek, gardens, and partial lake view, minutes to beach and golf. Rental of 2 RV’s by day, week, or month, also 2 RV sites with full hook ups. Windermere, phone message, 250-342-6162.

HOUSE FOR SALE Duplex, 3 bdrm, 1 ½ bath, detached 24’ new garage, renovated kitchen, new windows, hardwood floors up, immaculate condition, $350,000, 250-342-7077. Spur Valley cabin/home for sale by owner, cozy, 1471 sq.ft., A-frame, completely renovated, 3 bdrm, 2 bath, F/P, new/no maintenance huge deck, 12’x 20’ shed, lot size 100’x 200’, quiet serene area across from golf course, $389,900, 403-6873296 or 403-816-5035.

Lot For Sale

#5A Lambert Road, Juniper Heights


Quiet setting on the end location with incredible views! Newly renovated 3 bdr home with addition and deck. Enjoy ownership now.

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Condo for rent in Aspen building in Radium, 2 bdrm, 2 full baths, available June 1st , $1000/month, 403-690-3166. Bold 1st 8 words

Youcre! Choi

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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. Brand new 1600 sq.ft. D/T Invermere, 3 bdrm, 2 bath + garage. Reduced to $299,900 + GST,, 250-341-1182. Spacious 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo at the Peaks in Radium. Swimming pool, hot tubs, underground heated parking, a/c, fireplace, appliances and window coverings. Great view! Like new! $234,900, No agents please. 250-341-5170.

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

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 Westside Road, Rushmere Community, 1.32 acres, power and water at property line, approved for septic field. Quiet area with lake access, 2 excellent building sites, privately owned. Asking $235,000, 1-877-2338883.

8 acres of hay meadow, beautiful mountain views with great building opportunity, on town water, near Wilmer, Toby Hill Road. Price reduced $395,000, on town water. Call 250-342-2802. 1.6 acre lake view lot for sale in quiet Rushmere community, 14 kms south of Invermere, 4584 Rushmere Road, 403-238-7723. 7 choice house lots on Cordillera Avenue Ridge, views to North and to South, unserviced but in Water and Sewer Service Districts, inclusion fees paid, prices starting $50,000’s. Never built-on commercial/residential lot in “Town Square”, 60’ X 120’, W&S on frontage, $82,500. Plateau above ¼ Mile River frontage, 88 acres, sites for airstrips and canoe landing. Municipal Water/sewer, 3-phase-power available, Extra access to Highway 95 possible. In Edgewater Fire Protection District. Info: RedWillow Enterprises Ltd. 250-347-9660,

wanted Wanted, truck Cap for 2001 Tundra, 78” x 68”, 250-3416287. Wanted, boat slip on Lake Windermere for the summer. Call Brad, 403-512-1754 or 403241-2669.

Misc. For Sale

2 fully serviced lots, 82’ X 100’ each, north end of 12th Ave. in Acrylic tub/shower, 2 clawfoot Invermere. Call 250-342-6157. tubs. Call 250-341-2154.

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Misc. For Sale


boat for sale


Quality Top Soil & Manure

1990 Travelmate 5th Wheel, 22’, fridge, stove, oven, furnace, sleeps 6, excellent condition, $8500, 250-342-9079.

Tournament Tow Boat, 1997 MB Sports Boss 210 direct drive, 5.7 litre/310 hp/approx 500hr, open bow, heater& shower, bare foot boom,2 tarps, always stored inside, $19,500 OBO, 403-5100875 (Cochrane AB). See Kijiji Calgary.

Mei Mei’s Asian Market FOR SALE, excellent business for a couple or family to run together and share responsibilities, great location, in the new Parkside place development on 7th Ave. downtown Invermere, with our unique and health friendly sushi we have a consistent well established clientele at the store and a great contract with AG Valley Foods keeping us busy in the on and off season. Mei Mei’s also has two rooms which have been used as treatment rooms, and are great for someone to start a new practice, or to contract practioners to work for the store (ie. Shiatsu, Thai Massage, Reiki etc.) or rooms can be used for different purpose (ie. expansion, additional storage, office) Mei Mei’s is currently licensed with BC Interior Health and the District of Invermere as: grocery store, food service and alternative medicine facility, current owner will provide training for all aspects of the business; ordering and receiving supplies, how to operate all equipment, will train how to make Mei Mei’s specific kind of sushi, labeling and distributing. Over $120,000 worth of building improvements, equipment, fridges, freezers, sushi equipment, office equipment, current stock and merchandise, cash register and debit machine (nteract, visa, mastercard) and contract with AG Valley Foods all included in asking price. 3 yr lease left on space @ $1580/ month. Owner Asking $19,900. Summer is just around the corner so act now and get a great start! 250-688-0364.

Top Soil $160/dump truck load, $70/pick-up load. Manure $100/ pick-up load, delivery extra. Call, 250-342-1268.


1994 and 2000 Dodge Caravans for sale, as is or for parts, phone Architectural Shingles, 3000 250-688-1172 or 250-342sq.ft., dark green, used 16”x36” 5262. panels, $3650 OBO. Bob, 250345-6668, Fairmont. 2007 Ford Focus Wagon, 58000 kms, fully loaded, 4 winter tires 1980 JD690B, 2 buckets and on rims, $12,500, 250-341rigid thumb, low hours, second 5740. owner, good condition, perfect acreage machine, $14,000, 250Consumer reports top van of 341-1960. 2002, 180,000 km, loner, nonsmoker, remote start, 6 seats, 1979 CAT931 crawler loader, summer and winter wheels and very good condition, perfect tires, well maintained. Fairmont acreage machine, $14,000, 250- vehicle, $6700, 403-607-2813. 341-1960. Juniors full set of left handed golf clubs and bag, 250-3456576. Saris 4-bike hitch rack for 2” receiver, only used twice, $100, 250-342-3595. HP Laptop, 6715B, 2GHz, 1G Ram, $250, 250-409-9230 or

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

1985 GMC 3 ton, single axle dump truck, 366 engine, $4500 OBO, 250-688-0143.

boat for sale


Fridge, white, 4 years old, $200, dishwasher, white, portable, $50. Air hockey table, $50, 403397-1746, Columere. Norwood band saw mill for sale, like new with extra blades, $4000 OBO, 250-342-6309.

13’ Aluminum fishing boat, swivel seats and ores, holds up to 15hp motor, 250-342-9079.

Three electronic golf caddy carts; 2 Lectronic Kaddy, $125 each; 1 Wildcat, $70. 250-3429703.


Barber Shop for sale in Invermere, B.C., nice sized clientele, for inquiries phone 250-341-3240 before 6pm or 250-342-0655 after 6pm.

SAILBOAT for sale, MacGregor 26, purchased new in 1995 and in excellent condition. Four sails, including spinnaker and furling genoa, easy to transport with water ballast system, full cabin with head, sink, and sleeping accommodation, interior lighting and exterior navigation lights, Nissan 8HP motor and trailer with surge brakes. Comes complete with cushions, swim ladder and GPS and orange float ball. Located in Windermere. Price $16,500, 250-342-9436.

Fertilizer, Money’s sterile mushroom compost, $60/cubic yard, 250-342-5224.

1998 Sea Rayder FX 16, 185 HP, 16’ jet boat, very fast, easy to drive, load and unload. Excellent condition, only 149 hours, $8,500 OBO, 403-540-1332.

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.

services Heaven’s Best Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning. Dry in one hour! Call 250-688-0213.

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help wanted



Budget Blinds Customized to fit any window “No Questions Asked Lifetime Warranty!” Commercial or residential Call a professional covering the Kootenays Free In-Home Consultations 250-342-5749 “We have a blind for any budget”

Red Rock Contracting, Custom installations of interlocking paving-stones, for your patio, driveway, etc. Retaining wall systems. For estimate call 250341-6869.

ODD JOBS ENT HAULING Garbage, brush, and construction disposal. Mulch deliveries. Call Dale Hunt at 250-342-3569.

Summer nanny needed in Radium for 2 girls, ages 7 and 14. Start end of June, Monday/ Friday, 10 am – 6 pm, Tuesday/ Wednesday/Thursday, 2 pm – 6 pm, plus some evenings, 250347-2110 or ronfevig@gmail. com.

Horsethief Creek Pub & Eatery is now accepting applications for a FT/PT experienced line cook, must be available for all shifts. Apply in person with resume, email or fax (250) 347-9987.

Shawn’s LBO Autobody, Your Fender Bender Mender & The Valley Shine Shop Auto detailing, power polishing, rock chip repair, and more... Get your boat detailed for summer. Call Jodi 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.

Funtasia in Fairmont Hot Springs is offering great job opportunities for fun loving, outgoing, high energy team members with great people skills. Sales and till experience preferred, good communication skills are essential. Full and part-time positions open for customer service and Spin-N-Bump car attendants. Variety of tasks include; servicing costumers, keeping environment tidy & clean, some food prep, light gardening, some animal care, light maintenance, etc. Please fax resume to 250-345-4542 or email

36” wide Ditchwitch SK500 for hire w/ stump grinder, Auger (6”, 10”, 24”) 6 way blade, 2 buckets, 14’ dump trailer for clean-up or moving needs, call Dean at 250347-9678.

Rocky Mountain Resurfacing. Specializing in bath tub and shower resurfacing, and bathroom, kitchen renovations. Call Curtis, 250-341-2154. Need a gardener? Flexible schedule. Contact Tamara, 250342-5035.

help wanted Peppi’s Pizza is hiring summer positions, send or drop resume off, 250-342-3421, p.fuel@

Farside Inn in Fairmont is accepting applications for experienced servers/bartenders. Fax resumes to 250-342-8884.

Lakeside Pub is looking for a cook, prep cook, and servers. Please apply in person and drop off resume. 250-342-6866.

Faites un choix de carrière inspiré!

PARKS CANADA AGENCY PUBLIC OUTREACH EDUCATION OFFICER III Lake Louise, Yoho & Kootenay Field Unit & Banff Field Unit June 2010 – March 2011 • $54,676 to $58,912 per year

AGENCE PARCS CANADA Agent ou agente d’éducation et de diffusion externe iII

Canadian studies or other discipline relevant to this position, or an acceptable combination of education, training and experience relevant to this position.

This position develops and implements fire program public outreach education programs, products and events to increase Canadians’ understanding and appreciation, and to encourage support and engagement with respect to the natural and cultural heritage places managed by Parks Canada.

For a complete copy of the job poster and statement of qualifications visit pm-mp/ne/ne6.aspx

You must be proficient in English with demonstrated experience in:

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

Make an Inspired Career Choice!

Live and work in one of Canada’s beautiful mountain playgrounds. Parks Canada is seeking two Public Outreach Education Officer III for the Lake Louise, Yoho & Kootenay Field Unit and the Banff Field Unit. Join more than 5000 colleagues who do amazing things ever day, so that Canadians can discover the historic and national treasures protected and presented by Parks Canada to ensure our special places are preserved for future generations. We offer an attractive pension and benefits package.


Firlands Ranch, located in Radium Hot Springs, is looking for a suitable candidate to assist full time on the Ranch this summer. Qualifications: University student returning to University in the fall, a valid driver’s license, ability to handle general repairs, comfortable around animals, knowledge of a working ranch and luxury resort is an asset. Please e-mail resume to 1-403-831-3290

The research, development, delivery and evaluation of public outreach education programs; Working within a multidisciplinary team environment; Maintaining collaborations with networks and partners; Contributing to contracted initiatives and related budgets.

You must possess a degree or diploma from a recognized university or college with specialization in education, communications, natural sciences, environmental sciences, Canadian history or

Send your application to: Human Resources by email: Please quote selection process number 10-PKS-LLYK-OC-014 on your application. Applications must be received by May 31, 2010.

For further information on working for Parks Canada or on living in the Field Units, please visit our Career sites: Lake Louise, Yoho & Kootenay Field Unit Banff Field Unit Parks Canada is committed to the principles of diversity and employment equity under the Employment Equity Act and strives to ensure our workforce reflects the diverse nature of Canadian Society. Parks Canada encourages members of Aboriginal, disabled, visible minority groups and women in non-traditional occupations to please self identify on your application.

Unité de gestion du secteur de Lake Louise et des parcs nationaux Yoho et Kootenay et Unité de gestion du parc national Banff De juin 2010 à mars 2011 • De 54 676 $ à 58 912 $ par année Venez vivre et travailler dans l’un des magnifiques terrains de jeux de montagne du Canada. Parcs Canada est à la recherche de deux agents ou agentes d’éducation et de diffusion externe pour l’unité de gestion du secteur de Lake Louise et des parcs nationaux Yoho et Kootenay et pour l’unité de gestion du parc Banff. Joignez-vous à une équipe de plus de 5 000 collègues dont le travail exceptionnel au quotidien permet aux Canadiennes et aux Canadiens de découvrir les trésors historiques et nationaux placés sous la protection de Parcs Canada pour le bénéfice des générations à venir. Nous offrons un régime de retraite et des avantages sociaux intéressants. La personne retenue devra concevoir et mettre en œuvre des produits, des programmes et des activités d’éducation et de diffusion externe sur le feu afin de favoriser la connaissance et l’appréciation, et d’encourager le soutien et la participation des Canadiens et des Canadiennes en matière de conservation du patrimoine naturel et culturel des lieux administrés par Parcs Canada.. Vous devez maîtriser l’anglais et posséder une expérience manifeste dans les domaines suivants : • Expérience de l’étude, de l’élaboration, de la mise en œuvre et de l’évaluation de programmes d’éducation du public en diffusion externe; • Expérience du travail au sein d’équipes pluridisciplinaires; • Expérience du maintien de liens de collaboration avec les réseaux et les partenaires; • Expérience de contribuer aux initiatives contractuelles ainsi qu’aux budgets connexes. Vous devez détenir un diplôme d’études postsecondaires d’une université

reconnue avec spécialisation en éducation, en communications, en sciences naturelles, en sciences de l’environnement, en histoire ou en études canadiennes ou dans d’autres disciplines liées au poste ou un agencement acceptable d’études, de formation et d’expérience en lien avec le poste. Veuillez envoyer votre demande aux : Ressources humaines, à l’adresse suivante : Veuillez citer le numéro de processus de sélection 10-PKS-LLYKOC-014. Vous devez soumettre votre demande au plus tard le 31 mai 2010. Pour consulter l’affiche du concours et l’énoncé de qualité, visitez le site Pour en savoir davantage sur les carrières à Parcs Canada ou sur le style de vie dans les unités de gestion, veuillez visiter nos sites carrières aux adresses suivantes : Unité de gestion du secteur de Lake Louise et des parcs nationaux Yoho et Kootenay Unité de gestion du parc national Banff Parcs Canada souscrit aux principes de diversité et d’équité en matière d’emploi de la Loi sur l’équité en matière d’emploi, et il cherche à se doter d’une main-d’œuvre qui reflète la diversité de la société canadienne. Nous invitons les Autochtones, les personnes handicapées, les membres des minorités visibles et les femmes travaillant dans des groupes d’emploi non traditionnellement féminins à s’identifier comme tels sur leur demande.

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May 21, 2010

Pioneer Classifieds careers


Village Country Inn is now looking for summer help to work in both the hotel and the tea shop. Apply in person to 7557 Canyon Ave, Radium.

Tile & Slate Installs

Summit Youth Centre is currently looking for a treasurer to join our board of directors, please contact Betty Knight, 250-3463248.

Journeyman Tilesetter 30+ years experience Custom Steam Rooms, Showers and Floors All work Guaranteed Competitive rates. Call 250-341-5645.

WANTED: FACILITY MAINTENANCE/FIELD TECH Able to leap from building to building in a single bound wearing only a hairnet, cape and tool belt (no tights required). As Facility Maintenance/Field Tech, you will be tasked with two missions. First, you will ensure our buildings look and run great; this includes scheduling and executing facility maintenance tasks including minor carpentry, painting, basic electrical, and grounds keeping work, in addition to monitoring HVAC and sprinkler systems and providing input into a facility PM plan. Secondly, you will be the eyes and ears for Kicking Horse in the field; installing, diagnosing, troubleshooting and repairing a variety of coffee brewing equipment for many of our commercial customers. You may also be asked to hop on the occasional forklift or hoist a bag of beans if required. Your superpowers will include a strong mechanical and technical aptitude with related work experience, exceptional problem solving/ troubleshooting skills, a strong service orientation with excellent verbal and written communication skills and finally a good level of fitness and a clean driving abstract. Email us at or fax 250-342-4450. We will contact successful superhero wannabes.

Brilliance in Packaging… We Got it in the Bag! Without question, our Packaging Team Members are the best baggers in the biz! Focusing on the safe and efficient operation of machinery to package, box, prepare and ship the best coffee in the country, their duties also include daily clean-up, room staging and relentless quality control. It is tough work in a team setting demanding a high set of standards.

Pulling the perfect shot, sharing your latte art with the masses, and providing a level of service that is second to none will not so much be a job as it will be a vocation. The only requirement… ya gotta be crazy about coffee; think it, drink it, love it, dream it! Shifts may vary, but coverage is primarily required on weekends. Along with offering the chance to work in other departments, Kicking Horse Coffee provides a stable work environment, lots of great benefits, competitive wages, and the chance to work with an exceptional, dedicated group of people! If you think you’ve got what it tastes… drop us a line: jobs@ kickinghorse or fax 250-342-4450.

Public Relations Specialist If you are a pleasant, energetic and reliable team player, then feel free to submit your resume to True Key Resort’s Call Center. The position is a part-time position that could work into fulltime and includes booking reservations for Bighorn Meadows Resort in Radium and Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort in Parksville, Vancouver Island. Computer and friendly customer service phone skills are necessary. Please email resume to or call Valerie direct at 250-347-6907.

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

MARKETING COORDINATOR Reporting to the Marketing Manager, this entry-level position is the gateway to a career in resort sales and marketing. This role requires an organized, articulate English speaker with strong writing, communication, presentation, teamwork and interpersonal skills to: • Work with print, broadcast and web-based media • Assist with writing and production of news releases, media kits, brochures and sales material • Assist with website, social media, email blasts, InResort information screens and media tours Experience and requirements preferably include a postsecondary education with a marketing/communication focus or equivalent experience, a demonstrated ability to capture quality still and video imagery, and proven knowledge of graphic production software, web authoring tools, database management and Microsoft Office. Fairmont Hot Springs offers a competitive salary and benefit package with access to all resort amenities. Interested? Please forward your resume with references to the attention of: David Sheedy: or call 250.345.6004

Work best in a fast paced, ever-changing environment Are a positive team player with a “glass half full” outlook on life Hate complacency, mediocrity and possess a critical eye Are physically fit, high energy (while on your feet for an 8 hour period) and can maintain a sense of humor while wearing a hairnet

Drop us a line: jobs@kickinghorse or fax 250-342-4450.

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CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER The Village of Canal Flats became an incorporated municipality in June 2004. Located in the scenic Columbia Valley in the southeast corner of British Columbia, one hour north of the City of Cranbrook, the Village is seeking a dynamic and experienced individual who will assume the position of Chief Administrative Officer. This position also includes the responsibilities of the Corporate Officer, Financial Officer and the Approving Officer. Working closely with the Mayor and Council, you will have overall responsibility for managing the day to day operations and associated functions of the Village, in accordance with the Local Government Act, the Community Charter and other related legislation. The Village currently employs 5 full time and 3 part-time/ casual staff. A hands-on approach will be necessary in performing the duties and requirements in a municipality poised to experience substantial growth and development. The CAO will provide guidance to Council, leadership to staff and cooperative interaction with the community and its organizations. Leader, motivator, facilitator, communicator and mentor are the attributes that describe the person we are seeking. You will have demonstrated your capabilities as both a leader and a manager in previous local government positions in one or more of the officer positions. A wide range of educational and professional backgrounds will be considered but preference will be given to those with a degree or diploma in public/ business administration and those applicants with previous experience in a B.C. local government setting. A senior certificate given by the provincial Board of Examiners and recent ongoing professional development work are also assets. The Village offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Interested individuals are encouraged to submit a cover letter, resume and references, in confidence no later than 4:30 p.m., May 28, 2010. We thank all applicants, however, only those being considered will be contacted. Village of Canal Flats P.O. Box 159 Canal Flats, B.C. V0B 1B0 Fax: 250-349-5460 • e-mail:

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Otters swim team competes in Fernie Submitted by Karen Fahrni Columbia Valley Otters coach

SUITS YOU: Columbia Valley Otters show off their customised swimsuits at the Fernie Aquatic Centre.

The Columbia Valley Otters Swim Club traveled to Fernie last month to compete in the Elk Valley Dolphins Invitational swim meet. The competition consisted of teams from the East and West Kootenays as well as from Calgary. The Otters had been training towards this competition for the past few months and the effort paid off. “I was very impressed with the number of best times,” said Coach Sonia Otis.

Four Otters smashed their personal best swim times and 6-year-olds Meghara Walsh and Olivia Fitzsimmons participated in their first competition. The Otters’ next competition will be at home on June 12th at the Radium Hot Springs pool. The competition, not sanctioned by Swim Canada, will be a fun meet for the kids to end the season. Anyone who has swum with the Otters in 20092010 is invited to compete. “The goal is to give the kids a fun opportunity to have a chance to race at home,” said aquatic program director Shelly Kochorek.

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Love is an act of will, not a feeling or an action By Father Jim McHugh Canadian Martyrs Catholic Church On Tuesday I had the grace to celebrate my twelfth anniversary of ordination to the priesthood. Like many, I was happy for the time to reflect on the meaning of the commitment that I made all those years ago. For married people, an anniversary is a time to celebrate the love they vowed to each other before God and the community of believers; for a priest it is a time to do the same — to reflect on the promises he made at his ordination. I remember the most important question my bishop asked me before my ordination: “Will you love the people I send you to?” Love is often misrepresented in our world. We limit it and we devalue it by making it a “feeling” or an “action”. It goes so much beyond mere feelings and actions. Love is a conscious choice, an act of the will. Therefore we choose to love others in spite of our feelings and desires. Sometimes we make mistakes regarding what we think is love, falling into believing society’s definition of love rather than recognizing the truth about love. Love is not based in feelings, or in chemistry, or in

desire. Love is based in God. Feelings, chemistry, and desire are all good things, but they are not love. They are what they are — feelings that help us to like being around another. Chemistry — well, that can blow up! Desire is also good, if it is oriented to the wellbeing of the person who is loved. True, Holy love is a choice that is made for the good of others. It is selfless and desires the good of the beloved, at times even at the depravation or suffering of the one who loves. Over the past 12 years, I have striven to love as God calls me to, without limit and without price. Have I done it well enough? No, I have not, not by a long shot. I have struggled, and I have even failed to love authentically from time to time. Does that mean that I stop striving to love as God calls us to? No, it means that in spite of my failures, I have to get up and keep trying! This weekend is Pentecost, the birthday of the church. The alternate gospel is John 14:15-16, 23-26 (NRSV). I find Christ’s message to the disciples very comforting. The call to love is truly keeping His commandments. The best part is that the Holy Spirit continues to teach the church how to love authentically. I was asked, “Will you love the people I send you to?” The only answer I could give in love was and is, “Yes. With the help of God.” God bless you all.

Windermere Ladies Golf winners Submitted by Ann Way Windermere Valley Ladies Golf Club We had warm weather at last this past session. Twenty-six ladies came out to play a “pin round” and the winners were: In the first flight, Corinne Ruault took first

and Susan Nikirk took second. In the second flight, Sandra Howard came first and Helga Boker came second. In the third flight, Betty Hope was first and Nora Efford was second. Susan Nikirk, Lorraine Ross and Ruth Gordon had deuces and Diane Kochorek won the putting.

Valley Churches Lake Windermere Alliance Church Sunday, May 23rd, 10:30 a.m.: Worship and Life Instruction, “Public Relations: Patience.” Pastor Trevor ministering K.I.D.S. church for children aged 3 to 12 during the service. Pastor Trevor Hagan • 326 - 10th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-9535 • Windermere Valley Shared Ministry ANGLICAN-UNITED Sunday 8:30 a.m.: Worship at All Saints, Edgewater 10:30 a.m.: Worship at Christ Church Trinity, Invermere Rev. Sandy Ferguson • 110 - 7th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-6644 • or Valley Christian Assembly Sharing Truth, Showing Love Sunday 10 a.m.: Worship and Word Kids’ Church provided. Pastor T. Scott Peterson 4814 Highway 93/95, Windermere 250-342-9511 • Roman Catholic Church Sunday: 9 a.m. at Canadian Martyrs Church in Invermere 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church in Radium 11:30 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Church in Canal Flats Father Jim McHugh 712 -12th Ave., Invermere • 250-342-6167 ST. PETER’S LUTHERAN MISSION OF INVERMERE Worship services every Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Christ Church Trinity, 110 - 7th Ave., Invermere Pastor Rev. Fraser Coltman • 1-866-426-7564 Radium Christian Fellowship Sunday 10 a.m. Worship service 7 p.m. Special Praise, Special Prayer and Especially the Love of God Pastor Wayne and Linda Frater • 250-342-6633 No. 4, 7553 Main St. Radium • 250-347-9937 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Worship Service, Sunday 10 a.m. • Sunday School, 11 a.m. • Relief Society, Noon. President Barry Pratt • Columbia Valley Branch 5014 Fairway, Fairmont Hot Springs • 250-341-5792

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The first in a series of Winemaker’s Dinners to celebrate the very best wines produced in British Columbia. Our Winemaker’s Dinner features the acclaimed Hillside Estate Winery, with each specially prepared dinner course expertly paired with a selected Hillside Estate Wine. Tickets are just $69 per person (plus applicable taxes and gratuities).

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