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November 19, 2010 Vol. 7/Issue 47

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Bighorns finish second in football league By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff The Columbia Valley Bighorns are celebrating a successful first season in the Southern Interior Midget Football League, where they finished second in the championship game on Sunday, November 7th. The team, coached by Bruce Marlow, had a challenging start to the season but fought back to claim their second place finish against the Vernon Magnums in a game that ended 47 to 7. “I’m extremely proud of all of the boys,” said Coach Marlow. “They kept their heads up against a good team who have been playing together for years

and they didn’t give up until the game was over.” Throughout the three-month season the team has travelled far and wide for games, playing against teams from Kamloops, Penticton and Salmon Arm. The weekend before the championship game, the Bighorns took a celebratory trip to Calgary, watching four football games in two days. The Bighorns will now take a hiatus over winter and will resume practices and games in the spring. “Football is fun for the boys; they are a brotherhood now after a season together,” Coach Marlow added. “The boys have been exceptional in their conduct all season. They have done an awesome job of representing the valley.”

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Ktunaxa demonstrate against Jumbo By Kelsey Verboom Pioneer Staff Representatives of the Ktunaxa Nation Council traveled to Victoria earlier this week to formally deliver a declaration to the British Columbia legislature that calls for the provincial government to reject the proposed Jumbo Glacier Resort. About 50 Ktunaxa members comprised of youth, elders, and representatives from Ktunaxa communities gathered at the legislature on November 15th and held a ceremony to deliver their statement, labelled the Qat’muk Declaration after the name the Ktunaxa use to refer to the Toby-Jumbo watershed. “The Qat’muk Declaration is a clear expression of Ktunaxa interest in the Jumbo-Toby Creek watershed,” said Kathryn Teneese, Ktunaxa Nation Council Chair. “The declaration clearly prohibits the development of the Qat’muk area by the proposed Jumbo Glacier Resort. “The provincial government process of engagement with the Ktunaxa has not heard our voice,” Ms. Teneese added. “After today, no one can mistake the Ktunaxa position on the proposed Jumbo Glacier Resort.” The two-page declaration describes the Ktunaxa’s “deep spiritual connection to the animal world and, in particular, the grizzly bear.” The declaration states, “Qat’muk is a very special place where Klawla Tuklulak?is, the Grizzly Bear Spirit, was born, goes to heal itself, and returns to the spirit world ... the Ktunaxa have a stewardship obligation and duty to the Grizzly Bear Spirit and Qat’muk.” Among other points, the declaration goes on to state, “The Ktunaxa have never consented to the developments and desecrations that have occurred within Qat’muk.” The document proposes the creation of a refuge area in the upper part of the Jumbo Valley, and a buf-

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fer area for the remainder of the Jumbo watershed. The Ktunaxa propose that both the refuge and buffer areas be outlined in a management plan to be developed by the Ktunaxa Nation Council in conjunction with other governments and stakeholders. “The Ktunaxa Nation will share Qat’muk with non-Ktunaxa when such use is respectful of Ktunaxa spiritual values and consistent with our Qat’muk Stewardship Principles,” reads the document. The declaration by the Ktunaxa Nation falls one month after they signed an engagement agreement with the province to guide ongoing government-togovernment discussions on natural resource decisions and strengthen the relationship between the two governments. The agreement provided the Ktunaxa with $1.65 million over a three-year period to engage with the provincial government on land and resource development decisions. Shortly after the agreement was signed, Ms. Teneese commented, “The Ktunaxa Nation would like to commend the province for their commitment in developing this approach for land and resource management, and we look forward to demonstrating a cooperative relationship that can be a model for others to follow.” After learning of the Ktunaxa Nation’s Qat’muk Declaration, Chief Paul Sam of the Shuswap Indian Band, which has negotiated with the provincial government and reached an agreement to support Jumbo Glacier Resort, wrote to Premier Gordon Campbell to express his concern. “I am deeply concerned with the representations that have been made by the Ktunaxa Nation in relation to the pending approval of the Jumbo Glacier Resort,” Chief Paul Sam said in the letter, listing a number of reasons the land in and around the Toby Creek drainage is of primary concern to the Shuswap. “Jumbo Glacier is placed solidly within the tradi-

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tional territory of the Shuswap Indian Band and not the Ktunaxa,” he said. “The Shuswap Indian Band has a very strong historical tradition associated with the region that is supporting the project. That is why the Shuswap Indian Band and its Kinbasket Group of Companies have worked very closely with the Resort proponent and the province in reaching a fair and reasonable agreement on the sharing of the project’s economic benefits. “We supported the provincial approval process and committed resources to come to a very extensive and precedent-setting economic agreement. The Ktunaxa have not worked in good faith through the provincial process, even though they had every opportunity to do so.” Grant Costello, vice-president of Jumbo Glacier Resort Ltd., shared Chief Paul Sam’s discontent that the Ktunaxa have not followed the provincial process in place. “It’s disappointing that the Ktunaxa, after all the years we’ve spent in discussion and negotiations, would choose to go outside the process at this time,” Mr. Costello said. “As well, they are bringing up issues that are new at the end of a 20-year process.” At this stage in the approval process, the numberone issue is the land claim disagreement between the Shuswap and the Ktunaxa, Mr. Costello said. Despite the Ktunaxa Nation’s Qat’muk Declaration, the approval process will continue forward as before, Mr. Costello said, calling the process “on track.” “We’re working with people in ministries to complete the process,” he said, referring to the Ministry of Natural Resource Operations and the Ministry of Community, Sport, and Cultural Development. “The thing is, there is no change in policy,” Mr. Costello said. “We’ve earned this agreement. “We will start planning for operations on Farnham Glacier next summer once we get through this stage.”


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RCMP Report Submitted by Staff Sgt. Marko Shehovac Columbia Valley RCMP • On November 12th, at 6:30 p.m., Columbia Valley Detachment were advised of a firewood theft from the 5000 block of Mountainview Drive, Fairmont. The suspect vehicle is a dark-grey Dodge pickup truck. Possible numbers on the B.C. plate are 669. Contact the detachment with information. • On November 12th, the detachment received a complaint of a disturbance on the tracks in Invermere. A number of youths near a bonfire ran from the area when police arrived. Three were located; two were reunited with their guardians. The third youth, due to the state of intoxication and inability to contact a relative or guardian, spent the night at the detachment. • On November 13th, at 9:40 a.m., after being clocked at 134 kilometres per hour in a 90 kilometre per hour zone, a 34-year-old man from Invermere was charged with excessive speed under the Motor Vehicle Act and the vehicle he was driving was impounded for seven days. • On November 13th at 9:45 p.m., police responded to a disturbance complaint in the 5700 block of Columbia Road, Edgewater. An intoxicated male was convinced to go to a relative’s house to sleep it off. • On November 13th, Columbia Valley detachment members responded to a complaint of disturbance and vandalism. A 22-year-old man from Invermere was arrested for mischief and lodged in cells. No charges were made against him by the victim. • On November 14th, the detachment received

a complaint of tires and rims stolen from the 1900 block of Gierlitch Road between November 7th and 13th. Contact the detachment with any information. I have sinned Due to recent events, I found myself at confession and it went like this: “Forgive me Father for I have sinned, I partook (Par, ha!), of golf and liked it. I mingled with golfers, drank and broke bread with them. And, it’s in my mind to do it again. I need help.” On the other side I heard: “That you, Marko? I read your words and saw your picture plastered all over the paper and shocked at what I saw.” I was advised in order to redeem myself the following must be done: 1. Volunteer more time with the Rockies. No problem. 2. Go to three more Kootenay Ice Games than I normally would attend. No problem. I asked the priest to make it four more games and put it in writing to provide proof of this healing process for the wife. 3. Donate a prize to Canal Flats Minor Hockey who may phone and request something for one of their tournaments. No problem. They may also want you to attend in Red Serge to help hand out awards. No problem, if I still fit in it (C.F., call me). 4. Finally, no more jabs at Golf in your write-ups — problem, no can do. 5. Then, be nicer with your jabs — no problem. (My fingers were crossed!) Many people expressed their concern for me and I just want to let everyone know that my mind is back in the right place.

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Restorative Justice Program reaches one-year anniversary By Kelsey Verboom Pioneer Staff An innovative volunteer-run program that brings the offender and victim of a crime together to discuss the outcome has concluded its first year of operations, and deemed it a success. The Columbia Valley Restorative Justice Program, a cooperative effort with the Columbia Valley RCMP and a group of six trained volunteers, gives offenders of relatively minor crimes and their victims the chance to sit together, discuss how the crime affected each of them, and reach a resolution that suits both parties. If the victim refuses to participate in the program, the RCMP proceed with the normal legal course of action, but reaching a compromise through restorative justice is a way to prevent the offender from having to go to court, and often satisfies the victim in a way normal legal action doesn’t, said Staff Sgt. Marko Shehovac. “The offender has to hear how their crime affected the victim. You don’t get that in court.” A similar program has existed locally since the

1990s, but the Restorative Justice Program in its current form has only been in place for the past year. During that time, the program dealt with eight cases involving 18 different offenders: seven breakand-enters and one case of vandalism. Although youths were mostly recipients of the program, two adult offenders were also helped. “We’ve had some that were very successful, and others that weren’t as successful as we would have liked to see, but that’s the way it goes,” said Restorative Justice Program chairman Stan Markham. “Certainly one of the main goals is that the offenders don’t re-offend, and only time will tell.” In one success case in particular, a victim was initially reluctant to have the offender working in his place of business as a form of reparation, but later agreed, said Mr. Markham. “It was a very positive experience for everyone involved.” Mr. Markham added that restorative justice is positive for the offender and victim, but also for the community as a whole. November 14th-21st is Restorative Justice Week.

JUSTICE FOR ALL — Restorative Justice Program chairman Stan Markham (left) and Columbia Valley RCMP Staff Sgt. Marko Shehovac (right) work together to run the program. Photo by Kelsey Verboom

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Our valley gives, and gives ... and gives some more By Kelsey Verboom Pioneer Staff

Over the past few weeks, The Pioneer inbox has been overflowing with emails from various businesses and groups organizing charitable events; notices of food and gift drives, craft fair fundraisers, book sales, private dinners, and generous cheque-writing have filed through our office. Reading through them is simultaneously overwhelming and heartening. People seem flush with holiday spirit at this time of year, which accentuates our valley’s already-generous attitude towards giving. As a country, Canada is notably philanthropic. According to Statistics Canada, Canadians donated about $8.2 billion in 2009 — more than the annual revenue of Tim Horton’s ­— making charitable giving somewhat of an industry of its own. Those numbers mostly refer to registered charities, but in our valley, much of the giving that occurs is to non-registered causes. People here donate their money and time when a fellow resident needs a little help, without necessarily receiving a tax-refundable receipt. This year, a fundraiser for Lynda Kirkpatrick raised $29,000 and made news on CBC Radio, and another for Marianne Hollingsworth raised $27,000. I’m sure if anyone could calculate how much money is raised annually in our valley for local fundraisers, the total would be staggering. Simply put, our relatively small area is bursting at the seams with charitable intentions, and most are executed with simple good faith that the money will be used appropriately. We step forward over and over to give something of ourselves when the need arises. What an encouraging occurrence.

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Garbage fees miff Fort Point resident Dear Editor: I am voicing my concern about an ongoing issue ­— the fact that my house in the town of Invermere (Fort Point) does not receive garbage pickup, yet I am charged a fee for curbside garbage pickup and curbside recycling. I have been told that we are one of many households in Invermere with the same issue. I am expected to accept this, and pay my bills for services that are not received. The garbage and recycling bins that used to be behind the arena have been moved, as council did not like the “look” of the area. Other large garbage bins have also been removed from other locations

within the town. I am now expected to make a 6.5kilometre round trip drive to get rid of my garbage and cardboard, yet I am still being charged for curbside garbage pickup. For a town so concerned about the environment, that is a lot of exhaust emissions for a better looking parking lot! I have failed to mention that I am handicapped, and hauling garbage is not really an easy thing. But I get to pay $156 annually for the pleasure. The semiannual bill I have to pay in “fairness to all residents” is a very tough pill to swallow. Leslie Edwards Invermere

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Jumbo is not a decision: it’s completing a process Dear Editor: “Why would they [the government] want to jump in the middle of a very controversial question?” asked Bob Campsall in Kelsey Verboom’s November 13th article about Jumbo Resort. Well Bob, first of all, they are in the middle of this. Secondly, because they have an obligation to the proponent to complete the process started with a proposal call nearly twenty years ago. The All Seasons Resort Policy One guides the approval process. The process for Jumbo or any other ski resort is an incremental process that starts with the Interim Agreement. Each step is earned and additional legal agreements are made along the way. Once the process is complete, as it is for Jumbo and the project has a Master Plan approval, the proponent has not only legal standing, but also the right to a Master Development Agreement. The policy states in part: Section 3. Principles and Goals Provincial employees act in accordance with applicable legal requirements when making decisions. The Guiding Principles are a summary of key administrative and contract law principles which guide provincial employees. Section 11.2.2 Interim Agreement Upon Approval of a Formal Proposal, the successful proponent will sign an interim agreement with the Province, making a commitment to prepare a Resort Master Plan on the basis of the approved Formal Proposal. If a review under the Environmental Assessment Act is required, then that review occurs during the term of the interim agreement. Implementation of Land Allocation Decision If the Resort Master Plan is approved, a Master Development Agreement will be offered to the proponent. The offer will contain all commitments and conditions that must be satisfied (e.g. payment of fees, rent, proof of security/insurance... etc.) before the appropriate agreement is executed. In 1994, following the Formal Proposal, Glacier Resorts Ltd., the successful proponent, signed an interim agreement with the Province. In 2004 Glacier Resorts Ltd was granted an Environmental Certificate. In 2007 the Jumbo Glacier Resort Master Plan was approved by the Province.

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As your readers know from a November 12th article by Pioneer writer Kate Irwin, the District of Invermere Council voted unanimously to table our request to remove the phasing order on our development called Vista Del Lago. The issue will now go to a future Committee of the Whole meeting. While we are disappointed with the delay, we respect council’s wish to hear more before making a final decision. Just to remind you, Vista Del Lago consists of a 144-room hotel and convention centre, 570 condominiums in 12 buildings and 45,000 square feet of commercial space with a total development value of $200 million. It was to be built in phases over seven years, with the hotel and convention centre as the first phase. That all made economic sense when the economy was healthy before the recession of 2008/2009. Given the shaky economy we all face now, Stoneset commissioned an independent study on the entire complex and it concluded that building the hotel/convention centre first would be economic folly.

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That study by a respected Vancouver consulting firm recommended constructing the two building complexes closest to the Invermere town centre first. That has four distinct advantages: • It makes economic sense. • It will beautify the town by revitalizing this area. • It will help to create needed momentum for the planned hotel. • It will improve 13th Street and 4th Avenue and upgrade aging infrastructure. One of council’s expressed concerns in tabling a re-phasing decision was that the hotel may never be built. On the contrary, our request to remove the phasing order of the project is just that, a change in order; it in no way removes or cancels any other part of the development. It simply allows us to recognize that B.C.’s economy has changed since the original zoning bylaw was drawn up. We continue to be excited about the entire development, including the hotel/convention centre.

It really gets me going when I read the letters from people bashing Radium for putting down problem bears, or our Mayor Gerry Taft for recognizing that we have a serious problem with the deer in town. Face it, you like your flush toilets and nice lawn chairs to relax on. You love your yards and you pay dearly in taxes for them. We have made the choice to live in town and therefore the choice has been made that it is not a wilderness or wildlife area. Yes, it’s very cute when the odd deer wanders into town, a thrill if a bear happens to cross your path from afar, but things are now out of hand. These animals don’t live in the wild; they aren’t even born in the wild. They are losing their natural survival instincts. This is an injustice. It is also unfair to those who have chosen to live in town (not the bush) that we must be afraid of these animals taking over. Before you write in to retaliate, I’ll challenge any

of you to come for a walk three feet from my back door after dark. I have a herd of about 15 deer with two huge bucks that run at me and my dog. Unfortunately, being run at so many times and confronting them when they chased my dog has totally changed my attitude. Some day, someone walking along the path at night will be trampled. Since the province is responsible for these animals are they liable? Also shouldn’t the province be responsible for half of our property taxes if we must share our property with their animals? One of our valley pioneers told me of the struggle when they first came to our beautiful valley. The first day they were moving in a deer wandered into their backyard. They thanked God for their good fortune, shot it and fed their family for months. Christmas is coming, I’m sure the food bank could use some meat. Laurie Lesmeister Invermere

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Child Health and Development Centre pushes forward By Kelsey Verboom Pioneer Staff Valley parents may soon have a shorter distance to drive to receive health-related services for their children. A Child Health and Development Centre in Cranbrook has received unanimous support from all 10 Early Childhood Development Teams in the region, and is working toward their fundraising goal to make the centre a reality. The centre will combine a number of different health and development services in the region, including the services of two resident pediatricians. “It would be a central location for all kids who need extra help,” said Lisa Lehr, coordinator for the Windermere Valley Early Childhood Development Team. “A lot of our families here in the valley go to Canmore or to the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary if they need extra help. This centre will create

more opportunities and less traveling time for sure,” she added. The centre is being spearheaded by the Community Connections Society of Southeast B.C. They have raised over $300,000, but require about $800,000 to complete the project. They currently have enough money to start renovations on the slated building, but they were turned down after applying for provincial and federal funding, and are consequently seeking further donations. “We really believe in it,” said Gwen Noble, executive director of the Community Connections Society. ‘We are one of the few cities in the province that doesn’t have a childhood development centre.” Ms. Noble stressed that the centre is a regional project to serve all families in the area. To learn more, visit the project’s Facebook page by searching “Kootenay Child Health and Development Centre” on


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By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff A new Aboriginal language program at the Little Badger Early Learning Centre is helping to teach children about the ancient Ktunaxa language and culture. Following the completion of the first series of sessions, positive results Chelsea Nicholas can already be seen among the under-fives at the centre, said Paq’mi Nuq’yuk Aboriginal Early Years employee, Chelsea Nichols, who helped develop the program. The Ktunaxa language is an isolate — a unique language spoken only in this particular part of the world. There is a danger that the language could become extinct without new generations of speakers. The eight-week Ktunaxa for Tots sessions are designed to teach elements of the ancient Ktunaxa culture and language, which is only spoken fluently by a handful of people. Using her language skills gained as a young child, Ms. Nichols is hoping to pass along part of her heritage to all the day care’s children, helping to foster greater cultural understanding and acceptance from a young age. “The kids are at a perfect age when they are between zero and five,” Ms. Nichols said. “They are capable of really amazing things. Their brains are building the necessary pathways and what they learn at this age will stay with them throughout their lives.” Her eight-week program is already in place at


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

Fashionista Debbie Mustard struts her stuff on the runway of the Invermere Health Care Auxiliary’s Sensational Seconds fashion show on Saturday, November 13th. Hundreds of women (and a few lucky men) filled Invermere’s community hall to view the latest thrift store fashions offered at a low price.



Photo by Kelsey Verboom


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Movie Review: The Kids Are Alright recently graduated and preparing for university, while Laser is struggling with the hormonal and peer pressure issues of the average 15-year-old boy. The biological father of the kids is a single, laid-back, hippie-ish restaurateur, and when the half-siblings decide to bring him into their lives, the complications that ensue turn the family dynamic on its head. The Kids Are Alright benefits from strong performances by all of the principal players; Julianne Moore as Jules, Mia Wasakowska and Josh Hutcherson as Joni and Laser, and Mark Ruffalo as Paul. But, Annette Bening is the real stand-

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The Kids Are Alright is a comedy drama about the ups and downs of an unconventional family. Nic and Jules are a lesbian, yet surprisingly conservative, couple whose long-term relationship has hit a bit of a rut. Nic is an acerbic, workaholic doctor with a taste for too much wine. Jules is mellower, with a string of failed, small businesses behind her. They have each had a child by the same sperm donor, and the kids, Joni and Laser, are fairly typical teenagers. Joni’s


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Friday, November 19th: • 7 - 8 p.m.: AGM for Invermere’s Tennis Club at College of The Rockies, room #112. For info: 250342-9082. Saturday, November 20th: • 12 noon - 8 p.m.: DTSS Winter Craft Fair at Invermere Community Hall. Bake sale for anyone willing to donate. To book a table contact Faith: 250-342-9213 ext. 110. • 5 - 9 p.m.: Fairmont Firehall Open House. Get pictures with the new firetruck, equipment tours and truck rides. For info: 250-342-0063. • 5 p.m.: Christmas Parade through downtown Invermere to Pothole Park. Christmas Cheer, hot food and drinks. Santa Claus will visit. . • 6 p.m.: Christmas Movie at Pothole Park, sponsored by Invermere Business Committee. • 7:30 p.m. -1 a.m.: Fall Fever Dance at Radium Seniors’ Hall. Billy Jive and The Funktastics. $10 per person. Licensed. No Minors. Purchase tickets in advance at Meet on Higher Ground Coffee House or Radium Esso. For info: 347-6567.

Tuesday, November 23rd: • 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Drop off coats at Mom’s Upholstery. The Coats for Families program is ready to receive and give out coats, Tuesday to Thursday. To arrange alternate time call Julie: 250-342-0355. • 7 p.m.: Highways Maintenance Community Information Session at Lake Windermere Memorial Community Hall. Presented by Mainroad East

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Wednesday, November 24th: • 6 - 8 p.m.: Christmas crafts at the Invermere Library. Materials are available or bring with you. Goodies will be supplied. For info: 250-342-6416.

• 6 - 8 p.m.: Scrabble Night at the Invermere Public Library. For info: 250-342-6416.

Thursday, November 25th:

• The 17th Annual Big Christmas Craft Sale at Invermere Community Hall. • 4 p.m. - closing: Artisan Craft Sale at Bliss. Fundraiser for David Thompson Secondary School Food Bank. Collecting breakfast items. For info: 250-342-6507. • 7:30 p.m.: Columbia Valley Rockies versus Revelstoke Grizzlies at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. For info:

• 4:30 p.m.: Family Resource Centre moves from #122-4th Street. Volunteers needed. For info: 250342-4242. • 5 - 9 p.m.: PJ party and Columbia Valley Food Bank fund-raiser at Fusion Wellness Spa. For info: 250-341-3511 or • 7 p.m.: Myths for Profit, a Canadian film subtitled Canada’s Role in Industries of War and Peace. Presented by Council of Canadians in cooperation with the College of the Rockies at David Thompson Secondary School Theatre. Admission by donation. For info: 250-342-7252.

Friday, November 26th: • 2 - 4p.m.: Lego at the Invermere Public Library. Special event for children Grades 1-5. Free event, must be registered, space is limited. For info: 250342-6416 or • 7:30 p.m.: Columbia Valley Rockies versus Fernie Ghostriders at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. For info:

Saturday, November 27th: • 8:30 a.m.: Family Resource Centre’s BIG move from #122-4th Street. Volunteers needed. For info: 250-342-4242. • 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Hoodoo Quilters Annual Christmas Craft Sale at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. For info: • 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Edgewater Recreation Society Christmas Fair at the Edgewater Community Hall. For info and interested vendors call Tammy: 250270-0340.

Sunday, November 28th: •11 a.m.- 3 p.m.: Christmas Craft Bazaar at Royal Canadian Legion Branch #199 Edgewater. For info: 250-347-9550. • 1 p.m.: Columbia Valley Rockies versus Beaver Valley Nitehawks at the Eddie Mountain Memorial

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Leadership class hosts craft fair By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff Students at David Thompson Secondary school are helping to fundraise this week for vulnerable children and the local Food Bank by holding a craft fair at Invermere Community Hall. The event, on Saturday, November 20th, is being put on by the high school’s leadership class and for the first time will be held downtown rather than at the school. The craft fair is now in its seventh year and has grown from a handful of tables in the school gym to almost 40 stalls packed with a variety of crafts, preserves and baked goods. “All of the proceeds are going to charity so it’s strictly a fundraiser,” said Faith Saunders, who works at the school and has helped to organize the event alongside Bev McEwen, Leadership teacher. “We have vendors coming in from as far as Creston, and there are even two vendors coming in from Calgary. There is such a range of stalls … anything from Christmas cards to jalapeño jelly.” The fair will feature various nibbles and refreshments including chili on a bun, prepared by the students. Those with a sweet tooth will be well catered for

by the bake sale with a selection of cakes and pastries. Jams, jellies and chutneys will also be abundant. “We will have some Christmas cards and art prints from a wonderful artist from Canal Flats — Paula Cravens,” Ms. Saunders added. “There are some ladies making all-natural bath products for us and then there are the knitters, who are making scarves and hats and other items that would make great Christmas gifts.” With prices comparable to the Farmer’s Market, getting ahead on your gift shopping for Christmas at the craft sale could also help you save a few pennies. On the crafts side there will be a variety of goods including handmade jewelry, knitted goods, artwork, festive cards, glassware and more. All of the money raised will go to one of the charities currently supported by the leadership class, including the Stephen Lewis Foundation, the Vulnerable Children Society, and the valley’s Food Bank. “I would really encourage anyone to come along to the craft fair this weekend,” Ms. Saunders said. “It is going to be a really good event and the stallholders are all really excited about having their table.” The craft fair, co-sponsored by the District of Invermere, is taking place at Invermere Community Hall from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, November 20th.

CRAFTY — Members of the DTSS leadership class are helping to fundraise for the Columbia Valley Food Bank with a craft sale on Saturday, November 20th. Back, left to right: Darren Danyluk, principal, Blake Beggs, Riley Von Niessen, Kyron Weller, Rob Minhas, Faith Saunders. Middle: Gracy Jones, Caoimhe Anderson, Holly Glassford, Madison Ukass. Front: Melissa Kashuba, Tannis Hemmelgarn, Elizabeth Arif. Photo by Kate Irwin

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Oodles of noodles now at McToogle’s By Kelsey Verboom Pioneer Staff For the first time ever, a Vietnamese restaurant is bringing culinary kung fu to the valley. McToogle’s Restaurant has devoted the upstairs area of their Scottish-style pub and restaurant to Vietnamese food like Pho noodle soups and lemongrass chicken. Noodles at McToogle’s has been open for only a few weeks, but the French and Chinese influenced food has already attracted quite a following, said owner Mike Smith. “It’s been really popular. People are reacting really well to this type of food,” he said. The decision to diversify McToogle’s culinary offerings came as a result of unused floor space, Mr. Smith said. “This time of year during the wintertime, we really weren’t utilizing our upstairs area that much.” Intrigued by the trendy cuisine, and having a chef on-hand who is familiar with the style of food, Mr. Smith decided to test the taste buds of valley residents and see what happened.

“This style of food is very health-conscious, but still tasty,” Mr. Smith said. “It seems to cross all age boundaries. It’s received a warm reception.” Mr. Smith said he’s lucky to have chef Hung Khuu, who lived in Vietnam during his childhood and learned to prepare the food, working for him. “He’s very passionate about his food,” Mr. Smith said. Mr. Khuu is allergic to MSG, so the dishes are prepared with natural ingredients. “It’s very healthy,” Mr. Khuu said. “I use the leanest meat and the most low-fat ingredients as possible.” Although the trendy cuisine may be intimidating to those who usually stick to meat and potatoes, Mr. Smith encourages everyone to give it a try. “I wouldn’t say that there are any ingredients out of the ordinary. The way they are prepared is different maybe.” “Most people think Vietnamese food is spicy, but it’s not” added Mr. Khuu. “It’s up to them to make it as spicy as they like.” Noodles at McToogle’s is currently open from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Tuesday thru Saturday, and 5 p.m. SLURP — Mardi Elliott from Radium tastes a bowl of - 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Pho noodle soup. Photo by Kelsey Verboom

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ROLLING — Local photographer and cinematographer Pat Morrow filming in the Wilmer Wetlands near his home. Photo by Kelsey Verboom

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By Kelsey Verboom Pioneer Staff A film featuring the cinematography of local photographer and mountaineer Pat Morrow took home three awards at this year’s Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival. After receiving a standing ovation at the renowned film festival, A Life Ascending — the only film to win multiple awards — won Best Film on Mountain Culture, the People’s Choice Award, and the Audio PostProduction Scholarship. The film follows the inner-workings of Ruedi Beglinger, a well-known mountain guide from the Revelstoke area, and his family as they work together to operate a remote ski-touring lodge in the Selkirks, and explores how the family pulled together to overcome an avalanche tragedy in 2003 that took the lives of seven of their guests and lodge family. For two winters in a row, Mr. Morrow traveled to the family’s ski-touring lodge for one week to film the family and their guests skiing and living at the lodge. The film’s producer Stephen Grynberg spent an additional week at the lodge gathering footage. Working on this film was exceptional, said Mr. Morrow. “This one was very special. While shooting, I was very curious to know how it was all going to fit together. The end result was beautiful.” Mr. Grynberg first learned of Mr. Morrow’s work when he saw a film of his called Mountain Magic at the

Banff Mountain Film Festival four years ago. “I found that film very intimate and real, and I liked the way it looked and the way it felt,” Mr. Grynberg said. “I also knew from reading a bit about him that he was someone who was going to be comfortable in that environment working with people in a remote mountain area.” Mr. Morrow traveled to Banff to watch the film’s screening and participate in a question-and-answer period alongside Mr. Grynberg, fellow cinematographer Roger Vernon, and the Beglinger family. Mr. Grynberg first approached Rudi Beglinger about the project at the Banff Film Festival, so the screening represented a full-circle moment, Mr. Morrow said. “It felt like there were so many layers to it,” Mr. Grynberg agreed. “It felt like it was about the film, but also about the courage of Rudi and his family, and about honouring Pat and Roger’s work. It was just very satisfying to be able to share that with Pat, with whom I’ve spent so much time, and who helped so much with the making of the film,” he said. A Life Ascending includes several other local connections, like quotes from Ben Gadd’s book Raven’s End peppered throughout the story, and an appearance by Kimberley-based telemark world champion Monte Paynter. “There were a lot of local people involved. I think that’s why it resonated with the audience,” Mr. Morrow said. For more information:

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By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff The team at Fusion Wellness Spa are gearing up for their fourth annual pajama party on Thursday, November 25th. This year’s event will be extra-special as it will include a sprinkling of charitable Christmas giving with a drive to collect donations for the Columbia Valley Food Bank. On offer on the night will be a full range of beauty and spa treatments, free mini-treatments, and goodie bags for the first 60 people through the door. “Plus, everyone who shows up in their PJs and brings a donation for the food bank will get a $10 discount voucher for their next spa treatment,” said Jeanette Riches, spa owner. Dreamed up by the spa’s staff shortly after opening four years ago, the pajama party has become an event to look forward to for customers and staff alike. “It has been such a well-received event and is lots of fun so we just decided to keep it going after the first year,” Ms. Riches added. “Some come for a night out with their girlfriends,

PAJAMA QUEENS — The ladies of Fusion Wellness Spa step into character for their party. Photo submitted. others to pick up some Christmas presents, and everyone can join us with helping out a really worthy local cause.” Entry to the pajama party is free, with donations for the Food Bank welcomed. Nibbles and wine will be provided. The party runs from 5 - 9 p.m.

Movie in Pothole Park turns festive By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff The popular Movie in Pothole Park event will make a festive return on Saturday, November 20th, as part of the Light Up night in Invermere. Following the Santa Claus Parade at 5 p.m., the Light Up festivities will kick off at about 6 p.m. with Christmas music, hot food and drinks and entertainment. Rather than showing a single film — as was done at the summer Movie in Pothole Park — a series of shorter Christmas cartoons will be on offer, along with freshly-made popcorn, hot chocolate and a visit from a special, seasonal guest. “The movie over the summer was certainly a big success and very popular,” said Paul Christy, Chair of the Invermere Business Committee, who have organized Light Up. “After moving the Light Up evening to Pothole Park we were trying to think what to do there and one of the first suggestions was a Christmas movie in the park.” To allow for the colder weather, the committee have decided to show 20-minute seasonal cartoons, offering the crowds a chance to move around and stay warm without missing any of the action. The cartoons will be shown on an inflatable screen provided by Calgary’s Movie In the Park

Company, who were involved with the summer event. Alongside this, the Business Committee are planning to have Christmas music from a local band, bonfires and a visit from Santa Claus himself. “We phoned the North Pole and Santa Claus has agreed to come down to see us,” Mr. Christy said. “He mentioned that the Columbia Valley is his favourite place to come and pay a visit to at this time of year.” The movie is being put on at a cost of around $2,700, funded by the District of Invermere and the Invermere Business Committee. A number of local charitable groups, including the Summit Youth Centre and Special Olympics Invermere, will be raising funds at the event by selling refreshments. There will also be Light Up savings and offers from stores in Invermere throughout the weekend, which traditionally marks the start of the festive season in the valley. “We had such a great response from the summer event,” said Kindry Dalke, District of Invermere Corporate Officer. “IBC approached us to ask about incorporating a movie into Light Up. We are going to give it a try. I know they do a Christmas outdoor movie in Lethbridge which is really successful, so I don’t doubt that people will love it.”

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The effects of rising interest rates By now, most people realize that we are in an extremely low interest rate environment. Today’s low interest rates have led to very low borrowing rates on mortgages and lines of credit. As a result, Canadian households have borrowed record amounts of money and, if interest rates rise, may be at more risk than they think.

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Firm adds warmth to a cold season INVESTMENTS | RETIREMENT PLANNING | INSURANCE

By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff

Jason A. Elford, CFP

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An Edgewater heating firm is offering the opportunity to keep warm and stay eco-friendly with a range of heating solutions for the winter. Glen Krushel of Glen Fireplace and Woodstove has been installing and inspecting heating and decorative appliances throughout the valley for over a year. Glen moved to the area in 2007 as project supervisor for a log home company, falling for the natural beauty, peaceful lifestyle and sense of community in the valley. In 2009 he opened his own fireplace and wood stove installation and inspection company. “I’ve been wearing a number of different hats since moving here, and now I have this one to keep me warm,” he said. Glen started in the appliance business in 1995 and studied Gas Fitting at both the Northern and Southern Alberta Institutes of Technology. He received his journeyman certificate in 2002. Glen is also a licensed and bonded gas contractor. Over the past decade and a half, he has installed thousands of appliances in the western provinces, under all kinds of circumstances. “Every situation can be different and usually some problem solving is involved,” Glen said. “That’s where I am thankful to have a lot of construction experience to draw on as well.” Glen renewed his Wood Energy Technical Training in spring of 2009, noting that the Columbia Valley relies heavily on solid fuel for heating. “With the higher temperatures involved in burning wood, it is important that all components are installed and used according to the manufactures specifications,” he explained. Glen’s business is also on the cutting edge when it


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Final month for Travel Contest Our adventuring Pioneer readers have sent in their pictures from around the globe for the Pioneer Travel Photo Contest. There is just one month to go until entries close and a winner is chosen to receive the grand prize: a trip for two to Calgary, with tickets to see a Flames game and one night’s accommodation, courtesy of Travel World. Pictured, clockwise from top left: Linda Bradshaw (far left) and Jill Hall (far right), both from Invermere, with their new friends from Calgary, Bill, Judy and Marilyn, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; (left to right) Tysen Krebs, Blake Krebs, Goofy, Deanna Krebs and Donna Murray, enjoy their family trip to Disneyland, California; Dalton and Marg Siebrasse, Gerry and George Baresco, and Cathy and Bob Goldie enjoy the sunshine in Cinque Terre, Italy; Shawn and Susie Murray, Ken Oglestone, Fern Oglestone, Tanya and Jason Roe at the Hoover Dam, Colorado; Clive and Bev Overton enjoy the spectacular Grand Canal in Venice, Italy; The Kloos and Hromadnik families at the Seattle vs. Texas game, (left to right) Harald, Sam, Sarah, Julie and Rory, front, Jessie and Maddie. To send in your entries to the travel contest e-mail your high resolution photos to, or drop them off at #8, 1008-8th Avenue, Invermere.

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Top: a group trip to Silverwood Theme Park, Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho. Pictured, left to right, back row: Bryce Wolfenden, Daryl Goldsmith, Jay Morsette, Dexter Morsette, Matt Krebs, Ang Krebs, Joyce McMurray, Michelle Cleverley, Scott Cleverley, Dale and Caden McMurray. Middle: Frankie Ronacher, Trina Wolfenden, Griffin Morsette, Dylan Morsette, Connor Krebs, Courtenay Krebs. Front: Daven McMurray, Kayla Wolfenden, Ben Morsette, Sharon McMurray, Spencer Goldsmith, Leslie Goldsmith, Hannah Goldsmith, Callie Krebs, Teanna Cleverley, Camryn Cleverley, Nolan Cleverley. Clockwise from mid-left: Rod and Judy Christensen in Summer Bay, Las Vegas. Callum and Lynda MacGregor of Spillimacheen on their vacation in Edinburgh, Scotland; a group outing to Las Vegas, Nevada. Pictured, left to right, back: Kim Frocklage, Tammy Mytopher, Nicole Pawlak, Tina Brunner, Nancy Smith, Teena Godlien, Leanne Beddie. Front: Nicole Barsby, Larissa Dutcher, Shauna Sillem, and Pamela Frocklage.

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Roaming readers Our bumper travel photo spread continues with more entries for the Pioneer’s Travel Photo Contest. The closing date for entries is December 31st, with all photos going forward for the chance to win the grand prize: a trip for two to Calgary, with tickets to see a Flames game and one night’s accommodation, courtesy of Travel World. If you would like to enter the contest send your photos to us via e-mail at or drop by our offices at #8, 1008-8th Avenue, Invermere. Pictured, clockwise from top left: Harry Van Zeist at the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania; Gerry and Jody Raby in front of the Acropolis Parthenon in Athens, Greece after running to raise over $13,000 for the Arthritis Society; Julien and Barb Morris tour the Charles Darwin Research station, as part of their adventure tour in the Galapagos Islands; Tanya, Paul, and Kyle Gillard in Machu Picchu, on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley in Peru.

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Soccer team fundraises for provincials The David Thompson Secondary School senior boys’ soccer team man the grill outside Sobeys in Invermere on Saturday, November 13th. The boys are fundraising to travel to the provincial soccer championships in Burnaby on November 22nd. To make a donation call Scott at 250-342-5889 or drop by the next barbecue outside Sobeys on Saturday, November 20th. Pictured, left to right: Daniel Jeong, Thorsten Koellen, Adam Elwakeel, Jordan Downey, Jared Livingstone, Simon Schoppmann, Hayden Becker and Henry Smith. Photo by Kate Irwin

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Light Up Saturday

Rockies fight a Brave fight By Kelsey Verboom Pioneer Staff After ploughing back from a rough first period, The Columbia Valley Rockies came up just short against the Spokane Braves in an overtime home game on Saturday, November 13th. The Braves hammered the Rockies with 26 shots on net in the first period, and managed to squeeze in two goals before the start of the second.

The Rockies re-grouped and fought back impressively, scoring three goals in the second period to tie the game 3-3 after Spokane scored one more goal. A goal by strong offensive player Kory Movold in the third put the Rockies ahead, but the Braves snuck one past with 2:30 to play, for a 4-4 score going into overtime. The crowd was anxious as overtime began, but they didn’t have long to wait — Spokane scored just 22 seconds in, ending the game at 5-4.

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Walter James Broadfoot March 3rd, 1934 – November 17th, 2009

It is so hard to believe that its been a year since you’ve been gone;

We haven’t had anyone tell us “You know what you should do”. And follow it up with some advise about a job or project.

Nothing seems the same, nothing works like it’s suppose to. All the batteries have died and oil is dripping everywhere. The salt shaker sits quiet, no one is calling for coffee or asking what are we having for dinner.

For all these things and more we miss you. Your loving wife Isla, all your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Dramatic documentary showing at high school Submitted by Arnor Larson Is Canada the global good guy? A Canadian film, made by Amy Miller, which explores this question will be shown in the David Thompson Secondary School Theatre in Invermere on Thursday, November 25th at 7 p.m. Having won the People’s Choice Award at the Bay Street Film Festival, Myths for Profit is a dramatic documentary which explores Canada’s role in industries of war and peace. Through diverse interviews and case studies this documentary unveils the specific interests and profits that are made by certain corporations, individuals and agencies within Canada. The Canadian Government and military would like us to believe that we are altruistic peacekeepers helping people globally. But is this accurate? This film examines these stories and the motivations behind them. It inves-

tigates how these misconceptions are maintained and who stands to gain. Filmed in Serbia, Bulgaria, Croatia, England and Canada, it includes interviews with, among others, Michael Mandel, Professor of International Law, York University; Patricia Adams, author of In the Name of Progress: The Underside of Foreign Aid; Sherene Razack, Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto and author of Race, Space and the Law; and Scott Taylor, author of Diary of an Uncivil War. From the perpetual war in Afghanistan to Kosovo, where 10 percent of the so-called humanitarian bombing was done by Canadian aircraft, this film examines why these events happen and who benefits. Being the last of three film nights offered jointly by the Council of Canadians and the College of the Rockies, it is a film that should be seen by all Canadians. Admission is by donation.

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firm is operated by Dave and Doris Penner, who pride themselves on building exceptional, healthy homes. “Quiniscoe has proven that highend design and sophisticated homes aren’t just for the city,” said Scott Whitemarsh, Executive Producer of the Georgie Awards. The award winners will be announced in the spring.

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Regional District of East Kootenay IMPORTANT MEETING

Windermere Water System Upgrade The public is invited to attend an important information sharing meeting to discuss options for providing treated water to the community of Windermere and lifting the water quality advisory that has been in place since 2006.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010 Windermere Community Hall Session 1: 1:00 - 2:15pm Session 2: 3:00 - 4.15pm Session 3: 6:00 - 7:15pm Each session will begin with a brief overview by the Regional District. Those in attendance will then break out into working groups to share ideas and discuss options. We encourage the community of Windermere to attend one of the three sessions and participate in this important information exchange.

You Are Invited! Fairmont Fire Open House Saturday, November 20, 2010 5:00pm - 9:00pm The hockey game will be on the big TV, the pool table will be racked and ready, and we’ll even have poker. Bring the kids too! There will be pictures with the new re truck, equipment tours, balloons and truck rides. Meet your Fairmont Fire Department and consider joining our team. See you tomorrow at the Fairmont Fire Hall.


Bylaw 2270 Bylaw Amendment - Luxor Spur Valley

Bylaw 2271 Bylaw Amendment - Panorama

The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Board of Directors is considering an application by Erla Mottram to amend the Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw. If approved, the amendment will amend the text of Section 7.16, A-2, Rural Residential (Country) Zone, by adding as a permitted accessory use an auxiliary dwelling unit on Lot 1, District Lot 351, Kootenay District, Plan NEP66484 only. The subject property is located at 3774 Highway 95 in the Luxor / Spur Valley area as shown on the attached map.

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Bylaw No. 2270 is cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw No. 900, 1992 – Amendment Bylaw No. 254, 2010 (Luxor Spur Valley / Mottram).”

The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Board of Directors is considering an application by Philip Marshall to amend the Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw. If approved, the amendment will amend the text of Section 7.20(A), Resort Tourist Pension Zone, subsection (4)(b) by increasing the maximum square metres and oor area ratio of a building to permit an addition to the Earl Grey Lodge pension. The property is located at 2069 Summit Drive in Panorama as shown on the attached map.


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The Board has delegated the holding of this hearing to the Directors for Electoral Area F, and Electoral Area G. If you believe that your interest in property is affected by the proposed Bylaws, you may prior to the hearing: • inspect the Bylaw and supporting information at the RDEK ofce in Cranbrook from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, excluding statutory holidays; • mail, fax or email written submissions to the addresses/ numbers shown below; or • present written and/or verbal submissions at the hearing. • Submissions cannot be accepted after the public hearing.


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This notice is not an interpretation of the Bylaw. For more information, contact Jean Terpsma, Planning Technician, at 250-489-0314 or toll free at 1-888-478-7335.

A public hearing will be held at: Windermere Community Hall 4726 North Street Windermere, BC Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at 7:00 pm The Board has delegated the holding of this hearing to the Directors for Electoral Area F, Electoral Area G, and the District of Invermere. If you believe that your interest in property is affected by the proposed Bylaws, you may prior to the hearing: • inspect the Bylaw and supporting information at the RDEK ofce in Cranbrook from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, excluding statutory holidays; • mail, fax or email written submissions to the addresses/numbers shown below; or • present written and/or verbal submissions at the hearing. • Submissions cannot be accepted after the public hearing.


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All written submissions are public information pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This notice is not an interpretation of the Bylaws. For more information, contact Jean Terpsma, Planning Technician, at 250-489-0314 or toll free at 1-888-478-7335.

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REFLECTION — People of all ages and backgrounds gathered at Invermere’s Cenotaph Park last Thursday, November 11th to honour those who have served for our country’s Armed Forces and the Merchant Marine.

Photos by Kelsey Verboom

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A sweeping view of the wetlands The Columbia Valley wetlands, as viewed from a hillside near Wilmer, just as the first thin layers of ice develop atop the water’s surface on Saturday, November 13th. From this vantage point, a family of otters was spotted dutifully poking breathing holes through the ice in preparation for winter. Photo by Kelsey Verboom

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

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Pioneer Classifieds s obituary s Janet Alice (Jean) Warner September 30, 1916 – November 10, 2010 Born on September 30, 1916 in the Alberni Valley, B.C. to Issac & Agnes Somers. Jean passed away at the age of 94 on November 10, 2010 at Columbia House, Invermere, B.C. Jean was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, Syd Warner. She is survived by daughters, Lorraine (Bud) Ruault, Doreen (Willy) Ruault, son, Leonard (Evelyn) Warner, 9 grandchildren, 14 greatgrandchildren, & 2 great-great-grandchildren. The family would like to Thank the nurses and staff of Columbia House for their excellent care of their mother over the last 4 years.

s In Memoriam s Leonard Hemmelgarn July 12, 1930 – November 20, 2005 A million times we needed you, A million times we cried. If love alone would have saved you, You would have never died. In life we loved you dearly, In death we love you still. In our hearts you hold a place, No one can ever fill. A light from our household is gone, A voice from our love is stilled. A place in our vacant home, Which never can be filled. Some may think you are forgotten, Though on earth you are no more. But in our memory you are with us, As you always were before. It broke our hearts to lose you, But you did not go alone. A part of us went with you, The day God called you home. Your precious memories are for keepsakes, With which we never part. God has you safely in his keeping, But we have you forever in our hearts. We miss you, Love Jo-Ann, Arno, Tyler, Farris, Austin, Christopher, & Garrett.



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, 6254th 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.

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s obituary s Dorothy Margaret Cameron (Blake) August 19, 1925 - November 8, 2010 Dorothy Margaret Cameron passed away peacefully to be with her Lord on November 8, 2010 at the age of 85. Dorothy leaves to celebrate her life, daughters, Gwen (John Stead) and Sandra, grandchildren Ryan Bryde (Sue) and Kylah Bryde, great grandchildren, Jessica and Lucas; and many dear nieces and nephews, sisters and friends. Dorothy joins in heaven her husband Don, sons Donald, Glenn and Charles (Chuck), her parents, sisters, and brother. Dorothy was born in Rapid City, Manitoba on August 19, 1925. Moving to Invermere at the age of 7 and living in the Columbia Valley – Edgewater – until 1964. From there the family moved to Abbotsford, then to Westbank in 1969. She established and managed the Edgewater Credit Union, and went on to own several businesses, including Westbank Market. Retiring at the age of 50, she went on to leadership positions in Toastmistresses and Aglow. Playing hockey as a teen, Dorothy, in retirement, became an avid downhill skier and skied until she was 76. She and Papa especially loved teaching their grandchildren to ski. Dorothy dearly loved her family, friends, and her Lord and Saviour. Dorothy loved well and was well loved. She was truly one of God’s angels on earth. The family would like to extend a thank you to Hospice House for their wonderful care. A Graveside Service was held on Saturday, November 13th at 10:00 a.m. at the Westbank Cemetery, after which a celebration of Dorothy’s life was held at 1:00 p.m. at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC with Pastor Dotti Thiessen officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Central Okanagan Hospice Association – Hospice House, #202-1456 St. Paul Street, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 2E6 or to Gideons, c/o 593 Spruceview Place South, Kelowna, BC, V1V 1S8 or the Canadian Cancer Society, 1633 Pandosy Street, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 1P6. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting, 250-8607077.

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Valley Girls Consignment store now open Friday, Saturday, & Sunday. Office furniture, sports equipment, clothes, house wares. Highway 93/95 and North Street, Windermere. Accepting consignment items. For more info, 250-342-1677.

Cheers to Christine, thank you for the free Ping-Pong table.

Al-Anon. Are you concerned about or affected by someone else’s drinking? If so, please join us. AlAnon meets EVERY Monday in Invermere at 7 p.m. at the Canadian Martyrs Catholic Church, 712 – 12th Ave (behind the Invermere hospital). For information, please call Carol at 250-347-9841.

thank you Edgewater/Radium Hospital Auxiliary wishes to thank all those who attended our Halloween Tea and the wonderful workers. Our Money Board was won by Dano Saunders, Invermere, $100 2nd prize won by Tom Elliot, Radium.

CHEERS & JEERS Cheers to the fine folks at AG Foods for your never ending efforts and year round support at the Food Bank. You deserve a standing ovation. You guys are awesome! Cheers to the RCMP officers in and around Invermere. Despite the case load they remain professional, compassionate, and caring. We are so lucky!

Cheers to Randy Martin for becoming the newest member of Council for the Shuswap Indian Band. Cheers to our local taxi driver, Doug Hawes, who goes above and beyond for his elderly customers!! Jeers to the inconsiderate people who use Mt. Swansea as a dumping ground. Leave the forest as you found it, clean. Cheers to Jan Klimek and Ed English for helping me purchase my new home in your lovely valley. You BOTH went above and beyond for me! Thanks, Lorraine. Cheers to the lady in Dry Gulch who decorates for every occasion. Cheers to Endeavor Fitness for getting my butt in shape, if you think you can’t shed those pounds think again. Cheers to the Rockies Hockey Team for a job well done against Spokane! You played hard, you worked hard, and it was a great game! Cheers to the Rockies Hockey players for their help at the Tailgate Party! Jeers to the senseless person who left a bug-and-dust-ridden couch at Lake Enid, shame on you.

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house FOR RENT

house FOR RENT

iPhone lost at Bud’s on September 24, reward offered, 250-688-0334.

Private room w/ cable, phone, laundry access, internet, and all utilities included, $400/month + $200 DD, N/P, 250-342-4020.

The Sunset Motel is offering Discounted daily, weekly, or monthly rates. Contact Darren or Heidi, 250-347-0021.

Spacious 1400 sq.ft suite in Invermere, 2 bdrm, full bath, W/D, private entrance, fenced yard, $750/month + ½ utilities, 250342-9650.


Large 1 bdrm furnished suite in quiet, private home, utilities and cable included, $725/month + DD, 250-342-9404.

Small 2 bdrm house with walkout basement near Radium, 4 appliances, pets considered, N/S, no drugs, no party animals, great for working couple, single or 2 roommates, rent $750/ month, includes utilities, willing to negotiate rent with proven responsible people. Phone John, 250-347-9877.

storage Secure self storage, call Suzanne, 403-390-4513. 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 250-3425297, 250-346-3011 or 250-3422100.

COMMERCIAL SPACE 864 sq.ft. Warehouse space with loading dock, unheated, $656.25/ month includes GST, available immediately. Call 250-342-3637. New, commercial office, and/or retail space for rent. Prime location, D/T Invermere, excellent monthly rates, furnished, kitchen, available now. 250-341-5788. 2nd floor commercial space in Radium, 800 to 3200 sq.ft., 403559-9625.

ACCOMMODATION Motel Bavaria is offering offseason low room rates, daily, weekly, and monthly. Please call 250-347-9915.

ACCOMMODATION wanted 1 bdrm, studio, or room for rent in Fairmont, Columere Park, or Windermere. Must have W/D, parking, and internet, $600/month max. Call Kate at 250-341-6299.

Room in Invermere with own bathroom, shared kitchen and laundry, $500/month, includes all utilities, 250-342-0358, leave message. Large 3 bdrm house on the lake in Invermere, Sharing with 1 other, furnished 1 bdrm available, own bath, all appliances, $500/month, cable, internet, and utilities included, 250-342-1791.

SUITE FOR RENT Radium, furnished apartments available Oct 1. 1-2 bdrm, 1-1 bdrm, and 2 –bachelors. Includes all utilities, parking and cable. N/S, pet possible, DD required. 2 bdrm - $800/month, 1 bdrm - $650/ month, Bachelor - $550/month. Contact Joan at 250-342-7517 for viewing. CARRIAGE COURT APARTMENTS. Conveniently located behind Sobeys 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. 1 and 2 bdrm apartments, D/T Invermere, clean, quiet units, parking, walk to everything, 1 bdrms start at $550/month and 2 bdrms start at $725/month. Pets okay, N/S, references required, D/W, W/D hookups. Call Dennis, 250-342-6912. Apartment for rent, 1800 sq.ft., 3 bdrm, 2 bath, huge balcony with view, utilities included, $1250/ month, 403-519-0447. HILLCREST Furnished Apartments, utilities included, 1 bdrm units $600/month, 2 bdrm units $800/ month, 250-341-1182.

Windermere, newly renovated 3 bdrm, close to school, $1175/ month, includes utilities. Call 250342-8662. Fairmont 2 bdrm suite, 1 full bath, W/D, fully furnished, excellent location, wireless internet, water, power, cable included, $950/ month, N/S, N/P, 250-270-0043. Invermere, spacious, 3 bdrm apartment, laundry, close to D/T, 1 ½ baths, utilities included, $900/ month, N/S, N/P, DD and references required, available December 1st, 250-342-7100. 2 bdrm, N/S, N/P, walking distance to D/T Invermere, $985/month + DD, F/S, W/D, D/W, and utilities included, 250-342-1584 or 250342-8679. 2 bdrm main floor suite, clean and bright, large windows, ext., D/T location, D/W, W/D, N/S, carport, $1050/month, 250-342-3790. Columere Park, bright 1 bdrm, furnished, upstairs, large suite, clean and quiet, $650/month, 250345-6524. Beautiful house for rent, basement or top floor available. Basement newly renovated, new flooring, new exotic kitchen, 2 bdrm, F/P, nice and bright, 5 minutes from Invermere, $850/month + utilities. Top floor, beautiful house, nicely renovated, 3 bdrm, new flooring, nice yard, large deck, W/D, 3 parking stalls, $1100/month + utilities. Combine for better price. Please call Derek, 250-341-7781. Walkout basement suite, Fort Point, Invermere, 1420 sq.ft., fully furnished, 2 bdrm, W/D, D/W, cable, utilities all included, very clean, lots of light, modern, $1000/ month, private driveway, N/S, available December 1. 250-3415211 or 250-688-3746.

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2 bdrm apartment with yard, heat included, $550/month; 1 bdrm apartment, $450/month; 2 bdrm, $600/month, heat included. 250342-2898. Invermere, 2 furnished, 1 bdrm apartments, laundry, cable TV, utilities included, N/S, N/P, DD, 250341-6096.



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Comfortable home available in Indian Beach, 2 minute walk to lake, uninterrupted views, 2 bdrm + Den, newly carpeted, $1000/ month, great neighbors, 250-3423236.

Radium, large, bright 1 bdrm apartment, $650/month, includes utilities, DD, call 250-342-3790 to view.

Black Forest Heights, totally renovated, 2 bdrm, 1 ½ bath, upper floor, 6 new appliances, large deck, yard, N/S, N/P, $1050/month, includes water and Satellite T.V., available December 1, 780-7184922 or

Radium, top level, 3 bdrm apartment with 5 appliances, $600/month, DD required, 250342-3790 or 250-342-5159.

Large 2 bdrm main floor 4 plex unit in Windermere, 5 appliances included, W/D, near beach, $700/ month, 403-239-2017.

1 bdrm condo suite, laundry, vehicle outside plug-in, quiet building, pets negotiable, location behind Sobeys, walk to town, asking $650/ month + DD, 250-342-2287.

Invermere, charming home next to Kinsmen beach, 4 bdrm, 2 bath, 2 F/P, N/P, N/S, available immediately, $1400/month, references + DD required, 403-246-6680.

2 bdrm, clean, furnished apartment, utilities & cable included, $850/ month, DD, references, N/P, close to schools, available soon, 250-3429636.

3 bdrm, 1 ½ bath, mobile home in Juniper Heights, $1000/month, includes utilities, DD, no dogs, 250341-7861.

house FOR RENT Beautiful Windermere acreage, 2 bdrm, 2 bath, w/garage on 24 acres less than 5 minutes from Windermere. Newer home, $1050/ month. Linda 403-244-8402. Large 2 bdrm Mobile Home, 14’ wide , new deck, siding, yard, island in kitchen, 5 appliances, No Dogs allowed, $800/month + utilities, 250-342-1700. 1 bdrm cabin for rent in Windermere, available November 15, $850/month, including utilities and satellite, pets welcome. Please call Rene at 250-342-6813.

3 bdrm house, 2 bath, wood stove, garage, large fenced yard and productive garden, green house, close walk to D/T, $1250/month, 250-342-3790. ½ Duplex in Radium Hot Springs, 3 bdrm, 3 full baths, beautiful patio, BBQ, patio furniture, available immediately. Contact 403-2883743 or email for information and pictures. Home with 2 upper bedrooms and 1 lower level, comes with all amenities, fully furnished, looking for quiet renters for the downtown location, available December 1 to April 30, N/P, N/S, DD. 250-3426605.

Available December 1st, furnished house, 2 suites. Upper: 2 bedrooms, 2-3 people $1095/ month, including utilities. Down: 2 bedrooms, 2-3 people, $995/ month. Includes internet & cable, 5 minutes to town, great for Panorama staff, mjjbug88@yahoo. com, 403 678-3087. 1000 sq.ft. home, 2 bdrm, 1 ½ bath near Columbia Lake, N/S, $800/ month + utilities, 250-347-2503. In Radium, cozy 2 bdrm trailer on large private lot, 2 out buildings for lots of storage, $950/month + utilities. In Invermere, bright, partially furnished 2 bdrm house, great location for Panorama bus, W/D included, $1250/month, includes all utilities. N/S, DD, 250342-3841. Invermere, incredible lake and mountain view, 3 minute walk to D/T, 3 bdrm, 2 bath, all major appliances, $1100/month + utilities, 250-342-3688. 3 bdrm house in Invermere, cozy, N/S, N/P, great location, F/S, D/W, W/D, available November 21. $835/month + utilities, 250-3426842. 4 bdrm house, D/T Invermere, available Dec and January, $1600/ month + $100 for utilities, fully furnished, cable TV, Wifi, W/D, all included, 250-341-1650 or Newly renovated, furnished, detached home, available for year round rental, walk to D/T Invermere and Kinsmen Beach. Rent at 5 bdrm home or separate 3 bdrm suite up and 2 bdrm suite down. Great location, great home, call for more info 250-688-0244.

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condo FOR RENT

condo FOR RENT

Windermere Lakeview Meadows Spacious luxury, 3 bdrm, 2 ½ bath, 2 storey, premium finishing, large decks, bright, open views, major appliances, elevator access, secured underground double parking and storage, recreation centre w/indoor pools, fitness, games rooms, private beach, boat dock, sports courts, playgrounds N/S, N/P, DD, references, $1800/ month, includes Heat/AC, + basic utilities. Rent to own options. Avail immediately, 250-688-0512.

Radium Pinewood condo, 2 bdrm with loft, 2 bath, F/P, $1100/ month, utilities, N/P, N/S, 403-6159989.

New townhome for rent, 3 bdrm, 2 bath + garage, in Cedarwood Glen Estates, D/T Invermere, N/S, N/P, $1100/month, available October 1, 250-341-1182. 2 bdrm luxury condo for long term rent in Sable Ridge Resort, fully furnished and stocked with amenities. Just move in! Furnished with Penthouse furnishings, gourmet kitchen, ensuite laundry, queen bed, flat screen TV, 1st floor, F/P, BBQ, underground parking, outdoor hot tubs, clubhouse, seasonal pool. Long term rental, available December 1, $950/ month, includes heat, Kelly, 403975-8204. 2 bdrm, 2 bath in The Point, underground parking, W/D, $1000/ month, 403-519-0447. The Peaks in Radium, 1 bdrm + Den, 800 sq.ft., $825/month, includes all utilities, F/P, underground parking, storage, long term lease, 403-8166007.

1 bdrm condo, N/P, N/S, close to D/T Invermere, $650/month, available immediately, 250-342-6226, ask for Leo, call during day time. For rent or rent to own, 2 bdrm condo in Invermere, $850/month + utilities, excellent condition, garage, references. Phone Ken Becker, 250-342-1161. Black Forest Village, 2 bdrm, south facing unit, new flooring, upgraded appliances, deck, laundry, storage, single car garage, N/S, N/P, $1000/ month + Hydro. Call Lindsay, 403251-6947. Akiskinook Resort, 1 bdrm condo, fully furnished and equipped, pool and spa, $675/month, includes cable, 403-281-3991. Invermere townhouse for rent, available immediately, December 1st, 2 bdrm + office/bdrm space, N/S, Pets on approval, single car garage, F/S, W/D, D/W, backing onto green space, nice mountain views, $1000/month + DD + some utilities. Please contact Cynthia at 250-341-5602. 2 bdrm, 2 bath, new luxury furnished condo in D/T Invermere, awesome lake view, hot tub access, in-suite laundry, $1200/month, 250-688-0244.

house FOR sale

Mortgage paid for one year, Located in Columbia Ridge, New 3 bdrm, 2 bath, Walkout basement, $379,000, 250-345-2104. Reduced!! Newer 4 bdrm home with fenced yard, large deck, and shed, asking $215,000. Can be viewed on, ID# 166007 or cal 250-347-9989 or 250-409-9226. For sale in Edgwater, revenue/ income property. Renovated fourplex plus separate 2 bdrm house with yard and workshop, $350,000, 250-342-2898.




8ft. Canopy for Chevy truck, 250688-0415.

Two woodstoves, cast iron, air tight, pedestal standing, glass door fronts, $550 and $400, 250-3418755 after 6 p.m.

1995 Mercedes SL500, ragtop, hardtop, two sets of wheels, new tires on both, $9500 OBO. 250270-0379.

Winter tires, Nokian 185/65 R14, $400, used one season, 250-2700077.

2002 Explorer XLT, 4L, 283,535 km, $4700 OBO, call 250-342-9636 to view.

Ibanez Guitar, includes 15 watt amp, headphones, extra strings, tuner, case, and picks. $350 OBO, 250-347-2288.


MISC. FOR SALE Phones! Uniden 420ic, 4 station phones and 4 cordless phones, 4 lines, station to station intercom, Rocket Dial, 10 memory dial locations, $50. 250-341-6299. Panasonic KX-FHD332, plain paper fax and photocopier, $40 OBO, 250341-6299. Support Rockies Hockey! Pine, Fir, dry and split. To order call 250342-6908.

condo FOR sale

Floor Model Blowout!! 2 person hot tub, regular $5500, sale $4500. Valley Spas, 250-342-3922.

Affordable condo downtown Invermere, fully furnished, 2 bdrm, 1 bath, $139,900, 250-341-1182.

Firewood, Pine, Birch, and Fir timbers, 250-346-3247 or 250342-1509.

Brand new 1600 sq.ft. D/T Invermere, 3 bdrm, 2 bath + garage, $299,900 +HST, reduced to $259,900, www.cedarwoodglen. com, 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, includes 2 person infrared sauna and deluxe massage chair. Great view! Like new! $209,900, No agents please. 250-341-5170.

420 4th Ave., Invermere, 3 bdrm, 3 bath, newly renovated, shop/shed, deck, fenced yard, all appliances, 3 blocks to beach, $320,000, 250342-1698, house.

Alfalfa/grass round bales. Call Elkhorn Ranch, 250-342-0617.

VEHICLES FOR SALE 2004 Sierra HD, 2500 Diesel, great shape, well maintained, 220,000 km, $12,000 OBO, 250-270-0379.

Firewood, Fir & Pine mix, $235 Larch $300, Pine $180. All wood split and delivered. 250-341-5551. Ladies’ Rossignol, 146 cm, Attraxion 6 skis with binding, used 1 ½ seasons, $420, 250-342-6846.

1996 Jeep, 6 cylinder, 4x4, 286,000 km, ready for winter, $2900, 250342-8386.

English top load Washer and Dryer, new 2007, lightly used, good condition, $400, 250-341-6100. Firewood, cut, split, and delivered. Birch half cord, $275, full cord, $400. Larch half cord, $240, full cord, $350. Fir and Pine half cord, $180, full cord, $275. 250-6880143.

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2006 Hyundai Accent, excellent condition, low mileage, includes 4 new winter tires, $7500 OBO, 250342-0020.

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Invermere, 2 bdrm, 1 bath, behind Hospital, next to playground, clean, N/S, N/P, laundry, secure building, $750/month + DD, includes utilities but not electricity, available December 1. 250-342-7547. Lake view, 2 bdrm, 2 bath condo for rent, hardwood, granite, stainless steel appliances, W/D, pool, fitness facility, underground parking $1150/month including all utilities, available December 15 or January 1, 403-257-2984, cogrady6@shaw. ca.

house FOR sale

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

SERVICES Phil’s Carpentry, Everything from roofs to decks, completion of basement and bathrooms. Phone 250-341-8033 (cell) – 24/7. Not on valley time.


Parts, repairs & accessories, All makes & models Central Vacuums – sales and installations Bonded & licensed

Fine Homeservices


recreational vehicles

NEW & USED SALES Starting at $2,00000


Supplying Parts and Service for all makes and models. Located Invermere Cross Roads beside Tim Hortons

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We supply parts and service FOR ALL MAKES of: • snowmobiles • motorcycles • quads

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SERVICES Tile & Slate Installs Journeyman tile setter 30+ years experience Custom Steam Rooms, Showers, Floors, and Cultured Stone All work Guaranteed Competitive rates. Call 250-341-5645. 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, 250-342-5089. Get 25% off Free In-Home Consultation, Customized, high quality BLINDS with lifetime warranty, Commercial or residential. Shannon’s Blinds & Designs, Call a professional today; 250-342-5749 “Covering the Valley - One Window At A Time” Offer expires December 15th, 2010 Heaven’s Best Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning. Dry in 1 hour! Serving the Valley since 2006. Call 250-688-0213.

November 19, 2010



help wanted

help wanted

K&C Pick-up will pick-up all your recyclable cans and bottles, free at your location between Radium and Fairmont, including Panorama, call 250-342-9503.

Kootenay Home Maintenance. For all your home and property needs, inspection, construction, maintenance, hot tub maintenance, and snow removal, 250-688-1335 (cell)


Dusk Building Systems has an opening for a Delivery Truck Operator, a class 1 licence is necessary, picker operating experience, and a clean abstract is an asset. Please forward resumes to or fax 250-341-3427.

Dusk Building Systems has an opening for a Delivery Truck Operator. A class 1 drivers licence is necessary, pricker operating experience and a clean abstract is an asset. Please forward resumes to or fax 250-341-3427.

Want to set your own schedule? Then selling .925 sterling silver jewellery is for you! Work parttime or full-time selling beautiful jewellery and having fun! Work as little or as much as you like. Earn 30% on your sales along with opportunities for trips and free jewellery. Fastest-growing sterling silver jewellery company. Interested? Call 250-342-0399.

Water System Operator. Contract water system operator required to operate/maintain potable water supply and distribution system for 17 homeslocated at Larch Point, Invermere. Must have Small Water Systems Operator designation. Contact Larch Point Industries, Bob Shaunessy, 403-815-3225 or forward resume to bshaunessy@

Casual part-time help, $10/hour. For reception in local flooring store, 250-342-9044.

LBO Autobody Your Fender Bender Mender & The Valley Shine Shop Auto detailing, power polishing, rock chip repair, and more… Prepare your boat for storage with an interior detail and exterior polish. Call Shawn or Jodi at 250342-9696. Flooring installations, lino, carpet, laminate and hardwood. 30 years experience. Call 250-347-9192 or 250-341-1235. Executive Typing Services, Over 20 years word processing experience. Resumes, manuals, data entry, and more. Accurate and fast! 250-270-0254. Headed South or New to Town? Private Spanish & English Lessons, Translations, & Text Revisions. 100% Personalized Language Solutions. ColumbiaValleySpanish., 250-342-1116.

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careers CMH Heli-Skiing Our focus is on giving people room to grow, room to impact, room to make a significant contribution and room to make a difference in the lives of others. Invermere Home Support is accepting applications for:

Casual Community Health Workers Competition #261368

By combining your education and experience you can begin advancing your skills on our team. For detailed qualifications, more information and to apply online visit:

We have an immediate opening for a skilled worker to join our Maintenance team at Bobbie Burns Lodge. This year-round position involves supervising the day-to-day upkeep of the lodge, as well as long term preventative maintenance. Preferred skills and experience • • • • • • • •

diesel engine maintenance small engine repair electrical, plumbing or a ticket/degree in a related field ability to do some heavy lifting OH&S Level 1 First Aid and Transportation Endorsement self motivated and hands-on multi-tasker committed to delivering outstanding guest services skier/boarder/hiker

If you have the right skills and experience and are willing to meet the demands of a complex high-end tourism operation, please send your resume to:

Bud Wenzel

Canadian Mountain Holidays Box 1660, Banff AB T1L 1J6

Interviews will be on-going. Deadline for applications Nov. 30, 2010.

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS CBT is inviting interested individuals or firms to submit responses describing their expertise and experience in performing one or more types of the following consulting services: • • • • • •

Policy, Planning and Program Development Financial and Business Management Information Technology Communications and Design Public Engagement Event Management

The RFQ is intended to assist CBT in identifying a list of qualified contractors that CBT may contact on an as needed basis. Additional details can be viewed at or requested from Rina Gresiuk at or 250.265.9935. Please forward submissions to by 4:30p.m. (Pacific), December 20, 2010 for consideration.

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November 19, 2010

Books needed for Christmas program

Victims Matter.

Submitted by April Chruszcz Community Literacy Coordinator The Windermere Valley branch of the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy is partnering once again with the Christmas Bureau and the Invermere Rotary Club to provide a Book Under Every Tree this Christmas. “We are collecting new and gently used books for readers of all ages,” said April Chruszcz, Community Literacy Coordinator. “Our goal is to ensure that there is a book included for every child in the hampers that the Christmas Bureau provides. We also set-up a table filled with books for adults to choose from as they come to pick up their hampers.” Books are needed for children of all ages including ones of interest for pre-teen and teenage boys and girls. “Last year, the Invermere Rotary Club donated funds that were used to purchase children’s books to fill in the gaps for the books that were not collected in the bins,” said Ms. Chruszcz. “We are very pleased that Rotary has offered to do the same again this year,” The Book Under Every Tree project placed over 200 children’s books into Christmas hampers last year and it is expected that even more books will be required this year. New and gently used books for all age groups can be placed in bins located at AG Valley Foods and Sobeys until December 14th. Please contact April Chruszcz at 250-342-7668 or achruszcz@ for more information.

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Library to host Christmas craft evening

November 19, 2010 Submitted by Leah Shoemaker Invermere Library The Invermere Public Library will be ramping up their festive spirit by hosting an evening of holiday craft making. The event is open to anyone who would like to join. Among the crafts to choose from are a holiday

wreath, a family of Santas, willow star decorations, or a picture box. The Library will be supplying most of the crafting material, but extra scraps of fabric, greeting cards, or Christmas paper would be welcomed. In true holiday spirit, the library will provide goodies to feed participants’ artistic bellies. Call 250-342-6416 for more information.

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November 19, 2010

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God’s love, God’s grace, God’s gift By Pastor Wayne Frater Radium Christian Fellowship Only 35 more shopping days until Christmas and already we see Christmas decorations and lights in the stores. Already the kids are making their lists and checking them twice. There is over a month to go and already, with anticipation, we are looking forward to one of the greatest days of the year. The day we set aside to remember the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Our God is a giving God, His very nature is giving, John 3:16 tells us: “For God so loved the world that He gave.” Who did He give? “ His only begotten Son.” Why did He give? “[So] that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” We believe in Jesus, we are saved. What happens

next? Ephesians 2:4-10 New Living Translation: “But God is so rich in mercy, and He loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, He gave us life when He raised Christ from the dead.(It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For He raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. “So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of His grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all He has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus. “God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things planned for us long ago.” Christmas is a time to reflect on Christmas past, a time to plan for Christmas future, but most important to do the good things God has planned for us for Christmas present.

Birds of a feather

Invermere resident Ray Crook captured these two downy woodpeckers with his camera as they perched on the side of a tree stump in his yard, pecking for tasty morsels beneath the bark. Photo by Ray Crook

Lake Windermere Alliance Church Sunday, November 21st, 10:30 a.m.: Worship and Life Instruction, “VISION...For The Church”. Pastor Trevor ministering. “K.I.D.S.” Church for Children aged 3 to 12 during the Morning 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 110 - 7th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-6644 • or Valley Christian Assembly Sunday 10 a.m.: Worship and Word Kids’ Church provided. Interim Pastor Joe Martinsen 4814 Highway 93/95, Windermere 250-342-9511 • Roman Catholic Church Saturday: 5 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Mission in Canal Flats and 7 p.m. at Canadian Martyrs’ Church in Invermere Sunday: 9 a.m. at Canadian Martyrs’ Church in Invermere 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church in Radium Father James 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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You can remember someone special with your gift to the Canadian Cancer Society To donate In Memory or In Honour: | 250-426-8916 or call toll-free 1-800-656-6426 or mail to: P. O. Box 102 Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 Please include: Your name an address for tax receipt Name of the person being remembered Name and address to send card to

Let’s Make Cancer History

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November 19, 2010

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