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September 30, 2011 Vol. 8/Issue 39

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The Columbia


The Columbia Valley Pioneer • 1 September 30, 2011

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FULL STEAM AHEAD – This homemade replica of a paddle wheeler boat has captured the interest of valley residents since it appeared last week near the Athalmer bridge at the mouth of the Columbia River.  Photo by Joshua Estabrooks

Paddle wheeler is local man’s creation By Kelsey Verboom Pioneer Staff For years during the late 19th century and early 20th century, paddle steamers chugged their way up and down the Columbia River, providing a vital transportation and supply link to settlers pre-railway. Settlers along the river also sold the boats lumber as fuel, which was an important source of income for many early settlers. This week valley residents were transported back in time to the colourful steamboat era with the arrival of a replica paddle wheeler, which is now parked by the Athalmer bridge for the winter. The homemade vessel is the creation of Windermere resident and all-around handyman, Hank Pronk. Hank, who has lived in the valley since 1977, spent three years measuring, hammering together, and painting the boat (which is currently unnamed) before launching it in Lake Windermere two years ago. The 40-foot long steel-hulled boat is normally

moored in Windermere, but Frank has brought it downstream to open water for the winter. The boat attracts a lot of attention, Hank said, with people often photographing or videotaping its voyages across the lake. The vessel — complete with an antique engine — functions just as an old paddle wheeler would, Hank said. Hank, who also constructed and launched a homemade submarine in the lake earlier this summer, has never built a boat before; he constructed the paddle wheeler using photographs of old vessels. “I built it because I just like them [paddle wheelers],” he said. “It’s a pretty appropriate boat for the lake given the history of the area.” Hank is currently working to restore an antique boat, Vivian, which he purchased from Frank Blakely. “I’m not handsome, just handy,” he said, laughing. Hank is also known for being the local mover of large buildings: he moved the CPR Lodge and the Invermere Dental Clinic, among others.

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Illegal hunting suspected in Windermere By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff Windermere residents are being urged to take caution after several reports to the local Conservation Officer Service about possible illegal hunting activity within the town’s boundaries. The potential illicit hunting, which it is thought may involve stalking and killing of trophy buck deer, could be of danger to residents, warned Greg Kruger, Invermere Conservation Officer, as even one stray bullet or arrow has the potential to be lethal. During the past two weeks the Invermere conservation officers have received multiple calls from the public about unusual activity in the no-hunting and no-shooting areas around Windermere, particularly around dusk and after dark. Also under investigation is the apparently suspicious death of a trophy male deer, which was found dead last week in the area behind the Windermere Fire Hall — a spot where hunting is not permitted.

“We think we may have one or a couple of trophy buck hunters around Windermere,” Mr. Kruger said. “With the deer staying within the municipal boundaries people have started hunting them in no hunting areas. It can be quite dangerous; the main issue being public safety.” As well as the obvious illegality of hunting in prohibited areas, the Conservation Service is also concerned about the harm that a stray projectile could do to persons or property in its path, Mr. Kruger said. Discharging a firearm such as a gun or crossbow within 100 metres of a dwelling is prohibited by the Wildlife Act, as is discharging any firearm in a residential area like Windermere. “Whether people are in their houses or not, arrows or bullets travel a considerable distance and are lethal,” Mr. Kruger said. “There are no safe backdrops in town, especially around dusk or in the dark when you don’t know who is there … you could hit someone out for a walk. Designated no-shooting areas are just not safe to hunt in.”

Those living in Windermere are advised to report any suspicious activity to the 24-hour Report All Poachers and Polluters tip-line as soon as possible after the sighting. Signs to watch out for include vehicles driving slowly back and forth, individuals or groups using flashlights or car headlights to search through green spaces at dusk or after dark, and anyone spotted out with firearms. “We ask people to observe, record and report as much information as possible without putting themselves in danger or confronting anybody,” Mr. Kruger added. “Descriptions of people, vehicles and vehicle licence plate numbers are particularly important.” Anybody caught illegally hunting in Windermere could find themselves issued a fine or summons to appear in court. A conviction for discharging a firearm in a no shooting area or unlawful possession of dead wildlife can result in a maximum of a $50,000 fine and six months in prison under the Wildlife Act. To report a wildlife conflict or any suspicious hunting activity in Windermere, call 1-877-952-7277.

Second cougar trapped and killed in Edgewater By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff The series of cougar attacks on pets which has been plaguing the village of Edgewater since midAugust is hopefully over, said a local conservation officer, after the capture and disposal of a second cougar in the village last week. Discovered by a resident, the cougar was caught and put down by Conservation Officer Lawrence Umsonst on Tuesday, September 20th. “We received a call of a cougar under a school bus on private property in Edgewater,” said Greg Kruger, Invermere Conservation Officer. “Lawrence attended

and found a young, juvenile cougar, which was emaciated and starving. It did have a domestic cat in its mouth that it was eating.” The cougar and its suspected counterpart — an aggressive, young male which was euthanized on August 19th — first came to public attention when house cats and dogs started going missing from peoples’ yards during August. A Jack Russell Terrier, several cats and a number of deer fawns are believed to have been killed and eaten by the pair, which were spotted together several times. They are also the chief suspects in an attack on two horses in a rural area near the village. The horses received claw and bite marks but no serious injuries.

With the capture of the second big cat last week, the Conservation Service are hopeful that the pet and human populations of Edgewater are safe once again. “Since the second cougar was taken our calls have dropped off and we are hopeful that’s it,” Mr. Krugar said. “We ask that people please continue to report any cougar activity or wildlife conflicts. Safety is a priority.” The past week has been a busy one for the Conservation Service, who were also called to deal with a black bear roaming the Wilder subdivision of Invermere on September 22nd. The bear, an adult female, was found going from bin to bin hunting for food. As it was habituated to non-natural food sources, it was put down.

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• On September 23rd at 1 a.m., Columbia Valley detachment members received a report of the theft of a homemade trailer near the takeout area at Riverside in Canal Flats. The trailer had black, red and white tape at the back and is described as 4’x8’ flat deck with an extra long neck. • On September 23rd, a citizen reported damage to a residence in the 8000 block of Shaughnessy Street in Canal Flats. A group of youths were observed in the area. Police attended and identified the group. A couple of windows were discovered damaged, but no entry was gained to the residence. Parents were contacted and restorative justice will be requested for one of the youths. • On September 23rd, the detachment responded to a single-vehicle accident with downed power lines on Panorama Drive. A 36-year-old man from Golden was operating a 2005 Western Star semi-trailer carrying equipment on the flat deck. The clearance the driver had for the equipment was legal, however it appears that the ground was higher than expected in the area where he attempted to turn. B.C. Hydro attended to ensure the safety of the driver and emergency personnel. • On September 23rd at 10:44 p.m., police were notified of a possible impaired driver in the downtown Invemere area. Police located the vehicle and identified an elderly female driver at the wheel. Police were relieved to learn that the person was not impaired. The driver stated that she had not been drinking, but that she can’t see at night. When questioned as to why she was not wearing her glasses as stipulated in her driving restrictions she responded that a nice optometrist said she didn’t have to wear the glasses. The nice policeman told her to wear her glasses or ensure she is retested regarding restrictions. • On September 24th at 1:45 a.m., police attended a complaint of a disturbance in the 400 block of Stanley Street in Radium. Three men explained to the police that a group of men had been confrontational to them and wanted to fight. This second group was nowhere to be found in the area when police arrived and made patrols. • On September 24th at 5:30 p.m., an elderly woman with dementia walked away from Columbia House. Search and Rescue were mobilized. The woman was located by a resident who spotted the woman and returned her to Columbia House. Our thanks to this citizen for being alert. • On September 24th at 10:35 p.m., detachment members responded to a driving complaint on Kootenay Road #3. A 22-year-old woman from Invermere was checked while operating a 1998 Ford Explorer. The driver displayed signs of having consumed liquor. A roadside breath demand was given and the driver blew a fail. Her licence was suspended for 90 days and the vehicle was

impounded for 30 days. • On September 25th at 1:15 a.m., the detachment received a complaint of an intoxicated person in the 4000 block of Fairmont Frontage Road. Police located an 18-year-old man from Invermere intoxicated to the state that he could not take care of himself. The man was lodged in cells and released in the morning. • During the weekend of September 24th and 25th, an adult woman and man from Invermere were reported overdue from a hike in the Jumbo area. The report was received at approximately 1 a.m. on Monday, September 26th. Their vehicle was located in the backcountry but nobody was in the area. Police activated lights and sirens to see whether there was a response. Search and Rescue were activated and responded from Invermere and Kimberly. A flyover located the two people moving downhill. Poor weather caused the two to stay overnight in a cabin. Both were unprepared for an overnight stay and were not properly clothed. Not fair One of the common complaints or pleas we hear from the public is, “It’s just not fair.” I’ve heard this so many times during the last 35 years, I chalk it up to the public overusing this term. One really has to have some perspective on what constitutes “unfair.” Given my recent holiday and fishing expeditions, I can now provide you with a true example of what is not fair. Following my explanation, hopefully at least the people here in the valley will think twice before complaining that “It’s just not fair.” I fished on five lakes during my recent holidays and caught two fish. Total expenditure: • Boat and trailer - $6,000 • Extra boat gadgets - $300 (saw them on fishing shows, so they must be good) • Fishing rods - $1,000 (I have 14 — three fly rods. I carry four on the boat like they do on the fishing shows) • Tackle - $400, although wife would state higher (You name it, I’ve got it — mainly influenced by fishing shows) • Hummingbird fish finder - $150 (programmed to show fish when really, there are no fish there) • 50-pound thrust electric motor - $550 (to sneak up on the fish) • Deep cycle battery - $100 • Nylon breathable light shirts - $30 • Special hat with back of the neck protector - $20 A total of $8,550 divided by two fish = $4,275 each. Joyce, a public servant I worked with in Golden, goes up to Susan Lake with her probably $50 rod and reel, using cooked Kraft Dinner as bait, fishes from shore and constantly catches six or seven fish. She then takes a picture and ensures she shoves it in my face. Truly, this is not fair.

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Public inquest Missing man found deceased near Jumbo Creek will go forward By Joshua Estabrooks Pioneer Staff An 85-year-old Invermere resident who went missing in the Jumbo Creek area on Tuesday, September 20th was found deceased in the early morning of Wednesday, September 21st. The man has been identified as Bogomir Rutar. Columbia Valley RCMP were contacted around 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 20th, after Mr. Rutar failed to return from the Jumbo Creek area. According to RCMP Sergeant Marko Shehovac, Mr. Rutar was due back at 2:00 p.m. “He drove up to the area with his pick up truck to obtain firewood and hunt if the opportunity came up,” said Staff Sgt. Shehovac. “When he failed to return a family member attempted to search for him prior to contacting police for assistance.” Mr. Rutar was described to be in good physical condition, and often made trips into the backcountry to hunt or gather firewood. Invermere Search and Rescue were activated for an

immediate search of the area that evening, but had no results, so at first light on September 21st, personnel from Invermere, Golden and Kimberley continued the search along with RCMP members. “An RCMP helicopter from Kamloops was dispatched to the area and volunteers with Civil Air Search and Rescue who fly and work hand-in-hand with search and rescue also assisted in the operation,” said Staff Sgt. Shehovac. One of the volunteer pilots spotted Mr. Rutar’s white, overturned vehicle quite a distance from the road, and was able to provide direction for police and search and rescue, who were on the ground in the area, to attend. An RCMP helicopter also provided assistance. Mr. Rutar was located outside the vehicle and determined to be deceased. The B.C. Coroners office is now continuing the investigation to determine the cause of death, with the assistance of the RCMP. So far, the circumstances that caused Mr. Rutar to leave his vehicle are unclear, as the doors were closed, said Staff Sgt. Shehovac.

By Pioneer Staff

The B.C. Coroners Service have announced they will hold a public inquest into the deaths of three people who were killed in a collision on Highway 95 north of Brisco this past January. On January 19th, 2011, Chul Lee, Kwang Cha and Chungjic Koh were traveling southbound on Highway 95 near Brisco when the vehicle, driven by Mr. Lee, was struck on two occasions by two separate trucks. The inquest, which will be held on June 25th29th, 2012, at the Invermere Provincial Court, is being called as it is believed these deaths may have resulted from a dangerous circumstance, and a coroner’s jury could offer recommendations to prevent future similar deaths. Presiding coroner T. E. Chico Newell and a jury will hear evidence from subpoenaed witnesses to determine the facts surrounding these deaths. The jury will have the opportunity to make recommendations aimed at preventing future deaths under similar circumstances.

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Government’s threat is shameful By Kelsey Verboom Pioneer Staff

It was with a great shake of my head that I read about the recent threat by the federal government to pull Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) services in British Columbia if negotiations for a new RCMP contract are not reached by November. Hopefully the government wouldn’t be stupid enough to spend millions of dollars (probably much more than what the contact negotiations are worth) to make the switch to a provincially-run police force, which would include such a colossal re-branding, re-structuring, and retraining that to even think of it is intimidating. Since some sort of police force could not be eliminated all together, the likelihood of the government actually following through with their threat is so incredibly miniscule that they should be embarrassed by their own words. Instead of appearing receptive to work with the very organization that helps protect their rights and safety, the federal goverment’s egotistical, power-wielding ultimatum will only serve to move them further from a successful negotiation. As a reality check, the government officials in Ottawa responsible for delivering the ultimatum should be sent to visit small B.C. detachments like our own Columbia Valley Detachment, and meet the men and women who work with limited staff and resources to serve our area. They should tag along with the RCMP members who volunteer in the community during their time off, and be present at events like the RCMP vs. David Thompson Secondary School hockey game. Being an RCMP member means much more than just putting on the uniform and going to work. I hope all of Canada’s RCMP are shown the respect they deserve from the federal government and that they come out with a successful and reasonable negotiation result so they can move forward with their jobs, without the threat of losing them.

Mum’s the word In this image, dated 1914, several Ktunaxa women and children enjoy the sun outside the home of Dominic Nicholas, near Fairmont Hot Springs. If you have any more information, e-mail us at  Photo (A168) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Lake Ambassadors are autonomous Dear Editor, Thank you for your article on the Lake Windermere Management Plan and water surface zoning. However, there are some inaccuracies about the Lake Windermere Ambassadors that I would like to correct. The Lake Windermere Ambassadors were formed in 2009, not 2005, and were formed by a diverse group of citizens concerned about the lake, not through Wildsight. Also, the statement, “The Ambassadors have applied for non-charitable status to become an autonomous entity,” is confusing and incorrect. While we have recently started the process to achieve our own charitable status, the Ambassadors became a registered society in B.C. in September 2010, at which point we became completely autonomous. We do have a working relationship with Wild-

sight, just as we do with the District of Invermere and the Regional District, but while we have signed an agency agreement with Wildsight to gain access to certain funding streams, in no way does this make us a part of, or controlled by, Wildsight. These types of agreements are common partnerships amongst nonprofit organizations. Our next board meeting is Wednesday, October 26th at 9 a.m. Please join us to meet our board, a great mix of permanent and part-time residents, environmentalists, boat enthusiasts, both motorized and non, and local business people. We would also be happy to provide any information on our history and goals, and our role as the Lake Management Committee. Paul Christy Chair, Lake Windermere Ambassadors

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Resident questions democratic process at work Dear Editor: The Lake Windermere Management Plan open house offered a good first review of what government is moving towards, as a result of many months of public input. I came away with the thought it is not a bad start except in one area — the Lake Windermere Management Committee. The Regional District of East Kootenay and the District of Invermere have decided for the first five years of the plan to allow one group act as the sole committee — the Lake Windermere Ambassadors Society. I bear no malice towards the group but do question the democratic process at work here. A lot can change in both the lead-

ership and membership makeup of any group in a five year period, regardless of all good intentions in the beginning. For the last couple of years both levels of government have encouraged and requested the public to come out to discuss the management of Lake Windermere. They appear satisfied to have received enough good and thoughtful information from the public; yet when it comes to forming a management committee we failed the test. With a resident area population of 10,000 surely there are enough people, representing several walks of life, to select from. Richard Hoar Invermere

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and individuals who have donated funds, services and time. We’ve had a very dedicated board and a very reliable core of volunteers, some who are retiring or moving on. Thank you all for your commitment. Wings is now looking for volunteers for the positions of Secretary, Registration Coordinator and Silent Auction Coordinator. We also welcome anyone wishing to volunteer in any other capacity. If you are interested in volunteering or want to learn more about these positions, please contact me at 250-342-3457. We look forward to having new individuals join us so we can continue to provide this traditional festival in our valley.

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Residents of Brisco and Spillimacheen without a cable or satellite television package have recently found their analog link to CBC severed during the nationwide switchover to digital broadcasting. Since 1976, Brisco had been served by an analog repeater in Spillimacheen, which rebroadcast the CBC signal throughout the two communities. This meant that even those without a digital or satellite package received this single channel free of charge. However, new Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) regulations mean the frequency band Spillimacheens’s analog signal was operating on can no longer be used to rebroadcast CBC, and since August 31st that frequency has been switched off. “This is mandated by the CRTC in order to free up some frequency spectrum for mobile communications such as cellphones,” explained Ron Verboom, the local CBC technician. “It’s also respecting an FCC (Federal Communications Commission) mandate from the U.S.A. in respect to border noise.” Under that mandate, all transmitters within 300 kilometres of the U.S. border using channels 52 to 69 had to cease operations at 11:59 p.m. on August 31st. As Spillimacheen and Brisco were using channel 69 for their rebroadcasting, since the end of August, any resident in those communities without cable or satellite found themselves switching on to static. But despite public services notices about the switch, which Mr. Verboom reported were broadcast regularly,

some residents were still caught by surprise. “One of our neighbours, when they said they were shutting down the analog signal, went out to buy a converter box,” explained one concerned Spillimacheen resident who asked not to be named. “She asked me to help set it up and once we did we set it to scan through the channels, but nothing came up.” Thinking that maybe her television was too old to process the signal, the elderly woman returned to Cranbrook to buy a more modern television set. Despite her efforts she was still unable to receive a signal. This is because Brisco and Spillimacheen fall into an area that cannot pick up digital signals, so anyone wanting to connect needs to invest in a satellite dish. “It is very unfortunate that this took people by surprise and I do feel bad for the local viewers there,” Mr. Verboom said, adding the CBC will provide any technical support the community needs. “People in rural areas such as this can purchase satellite services, but there is a monthly fee.” The Brisco and District Recreation Commission is currently investigating all options to restore the local CBC signal. For now, the most viable solution is for the community to band together to buy a satellite receiver package and then pay a satellite station for the specific signal they wish to rebroadcast. To do so the community would need the money for a satellite dish and receiver, along with the unknown cost of purchasing the CBC channel to rebroadcast. If the Recreation Commission does choose to go down this route, those with older televisions would not need an analog-to-digital converter box and would again receive their signal from the Brisco transmitter.

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Wilson makes historical win with BBC writing prize By Kelsey Verboom Pioneer Staff At 26, Invermere born-and-raised author and David Thompson Secondary School graduate, David Wilson, has made history by becoming the youngest-ever winner of the BBC’s prestigious National Short Story Award. Mr. Wilson, who D.W. Wilson writes under the pseudonym D.W. Wilson, nabbed the £15,000 (about $24,000 Canadian) prize for his short story ‘The Dead Roads’. The story is part of the young author’s recently released collection of short stories, Once You Break a Knuckle. Mr. Wilson received the award at a gala in London on September 26th, while “Holding his breath with 149 other people.” Immediately after his win was announced,

Mr. Wilson was interviewed for BBC Radio. The national writing award, which is in its 6th year, is one of the most sought-after prizes for short story writers and is open to any author published in the U.K. Mr. Wilson moved to England as the recipient of the inaugural MAN Booker Prize Scholarship for the Creative Writing MA at the University of East Anglia, where he is now a PhD candidate in Creative and Critical Writing. Broadcaster Sue MacGregor, chair of the judging panel, said Mr. Wilson’s story stood out above the rest. “The judges were unanimous in their choice of David Wilson’s story as the winner: a beautifully crafted and involving tale set in the Canadian Rockies,” Ms. MacGregor said. “His offbeat, slightly wayward quartet of characters stays with you long after your first reading. The plot is tightly controlled and builds the tension perfectly. A rattling good read.” Mr. Wilson wasn’t phased about becoming the youngest winner. “There was a youngest-ever before me, and odds are there will be another youngest-ever in years to come,” he said. “It’s absolutely perfect timing in my career though, and it hopefully provides the ideal launch pad for a publishing deal in the UK. Fingers crossed.”

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Working towards a spotless shoreline Christine Vidalin, Anne Keely and John Pitcher help make Lake Windermere’s shoreline a little bit cleaner. They and 15 other volunteers took part in the annual Lake Windermere Shoreline Cleanup event hosted by the Lake Windermere Ambassadors on Saturday, September 24th. The group collected over 595 pounds of trash, including a full cyclist’s uniform, car parts, tires and an alarming amount of Styrofoam from damaged docks. Heather


Leschied, of the Lake Windermere Ambassadors, said that Styrofoam can take 50 years to decompose and is dangerous because it can leach toxins into the water. The Ambassadors have a lot of good information about best practices for building docks, she added, for those who are interested to learn about how to ensure they don’t lose their dock during the next big storm.  Photo by Joshua Estabrooks

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Chisel Peak Medical Clinic To ensure accuracy and efficiency in maintaining your health care records both clinics require ALL patients to provide their medical card when checking in for any appointment. We thank you for your cooperation.

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Ready for the Freezer & Thanksgiving Pre-order before September 30th. Call Louise Collier to place your order, 250-342-6044.

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Pick-up at the Legion October 1st from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Invermere District


Registration and AGM Thursday, October 6th • 7:30 p.m. at the Invermere & District Curling Club. Refreshments will be served.

Link to Rink Tournament Friday, (evening) October 14th and Saturday, October 15th

Each team must have one member of the opposite gender.

Scramble Format – $50 per person

Curling and 9 holes of golf, plus dinner at Windermere Golf Course To register call Vic, 250-342-3315 or e-mail: Curling Clinics – Call 250-342-3315 for information.

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

Fancy florals

Taoya Schaefer from Invermere gets swept up in the District of Invermere’s Flower Picking Day on Tuesday, September 27th. At the end of each summer season residents are invited to help themselves to the colourful blooms which fill the flowerbeds downtown.





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Photo by Kate Irwin

Last chance for a Scotty Burger Pynelogs Café open until October 1st, 11 to 4 pm What does ART mean to you?

Marc Atkinson Quartet Concert

Thur., Oct. 6th - 8 pm at Christ Church Trinity Visit for our current events calendar, or call 250-342-4423.

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

Movie Review: Transformers: Dark of the Moon replaced by the even more stunning Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as Sam Witwicky’s love interest. The story starts out with a little revisionist history. It turns out that the American space race of the 1960s was precipitated by the crash of a Transformer spacecraft on the dark side of the moon. The space craft, The Ark, was piloted by great Autobot leader Sentinel Prime (Leonard Nimoy) and contained technology that could help the Autobots win the war over the Decepticons. Flashing back to the present day it’s a race between the Autobots and Decepticons to unlock the rediscovered spacecraft’s secrets, and of course Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf ) is in the thick of the action. Along with the series regulars, veteran actors Patrick

Reviewed by Kathy Sutherland The third in Michael Bay’s blockbuster movie franchise, Transformers Dark of the Moon is a big movie in every way. It’s a mega-budgeted, special effects laden, sci-fi epic, with an amazing cast. Once again it’s Autobots and their human allies versus Decepticons, and this time there are Cybertron nasties to deal with as well. Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, and John Turturro return from the previous epic. Megan Fox is out this time, having been

Dempsey, Francis McDormand, and John Malkovich round out the cast this time. Dempsey plays an ultrarich playboy who aids the Decepticons. McDormand plays Charlotte Mearing, the severe and humourless Secretary of Defense and John Malkovich is Witwicky’s eccentric boss. All three seem to be playing their roles with a nudge and a wink. Of course it’s all way over the top but if you were a fan of the first two Transformer movies you’ll be thrilled with the sequel. Once the action starts it doesn’t let up and the special effects are as impressive as ever. Your action-fix will be more than satisfied.


to all the volunteers for helping pull together the Classic Car Show Dance that was hosted by the Village of Radium.

Performing Live

• BC Hydro • Floyd, Bucky and friends – Verge for Youth • MB7 Tent Rentals Radium Hot Springs • Leanne and the girls from Higher Ground Coffee Shop • Debbie James and Kristin McCauley – Crystal Springs Motel • Rockies Pizza • Mark Smith – Current Edge Electric • Ken, Bruce and Norm from Radium Public Works

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Music • visual arts • dining • Bar Scene • entertainment • performance ARTS must pre-register. Free event, everyone is welcome. Limited to 50 participants. Info and registration:

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

Submissions must be received by the Monday prior to publication. We may only run an entry for two weeks prior to the event. Please limit your submission to 30 words. Priority is given to one-off events, so weekly events may run rarely.

Toby Theatre • October 7th - 8th, 10th - 15th, 7:30 p.m.: Spy Kids 4: All The Time In The World. Due to a restructuring of movie film distribution in Canada, the Toby Theatre will only be open for 1 movie per month this fall and winter. For info:

Friday, September 30th: • 10:30 a.m.: Drop-in Story Time for preschoolers at Invermere Public Library. For info: 250-342-6416. • 12 noon - 6 p.m.: Columbia Salmon Festival Charity Golf Tournament at Riverside Golf Course at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. Registration opens at 11 a.m. Texas scramble. Teams of four. $100 per person includes green fee, power cart, buffet dinner, gratuity and tax. To register: 250-345-6346, ext. 2.

Saturday, October 1st: • 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Salmon Monument Celebrations at James Chabot Provincial Park. Ceremony, speeches and unveiling of monument. Salmon BBQ , PowWow, dancing and stick games for everyone to enjoy. • 6 - 10 p.m.: Salmon gala dinner at Fairmont Resort. with celebrity chef David Wolfman. Cooking demos and silent auction. Music by Charles Desvent. $60 per person, tickets available at the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce. 250-342-2844.

Sunday, October 2nd: • 1 p.m.: Bighorns vs. Vernon at Bighorns football field in Invermere. • Worldwide Photowalk in Invermere. Photographers

the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. For info: www.

Monday, October 10th:

Tuesday, October 4th: • 11:00 a.m.: Registration starts for the 9th annual Turn Copper into Gold Golf Tournament at the Ridge at Copper Point Golf Course. Shotgun start at 12 noon. Limited spots available to golf or come for dinner and silent auction only. Sponsorships welcome. To register: 250-342-2844. • 7:30 p.m.: Columbia Valley Rockies versus Fernie at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. For info: www.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING, Columbia Valley visitors and residents! From The Pioneer staff. • 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.: Annual Thanksgiving feast at Rocky River Grill. Fundraiser for the Columbia Valley Food Bank. Come enjoy a hot meal, by monetary or food donation, if possible.

Wednesday, October 5th:

Friday, October 14th:

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

• Link to Rink Tournament. Curling at Invermere District Curling Club, 9 holes of golf and dinner at Windermere Valley Golf Course. $50 per person. For info and registration call Vic at 250-342-3315 or e-mail • 7:30 p.m.: Columbia Valley Rockies versus Revelstoke at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. For info: •Saturday, October 15th:

Thursday, October 6th: • 7 - 8:30 p.m.: Free Bear Aware workshop at College of The Rockies. Interactive and fun for the whole family. Learn all about bears and ways to reduce human-bear conflicts. To register: 250-342-3210. • 7:30 p.m.: Registration and AGM at Invermere District Curling Club. Refreshments will be served. For info: 250-342-3315. • 8 p.m.: Marc Atkinson Quartet Concert at Christ Church Trinity. Tickets available at The Book Bar, Essentials, One Hour Photo, Pynelogs, Radium Video/ Furry Companions and Fairmont Village Gift Shop.

Friday, October 7th: • 12 noon - 6 p.m.: Thanksgiving Ski and Board Sale at Final Gate at Panorama Mountain Village. Sale runs all weekend. • 2:30 - 4 p.m.: 17th Annual Seniors Harvest Tea at DTSS, hosted by the Cook Training class. All seniors welcome to enjoy complimentary tea and coffee, delicious food and great conversation. For info and to reserve seat call Cindy at: 250-342-9313 ext. 110 by October 6th. Saturday, October 8th: • 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.: Gals Global Animal Lovers Canada fundraiser BBQ at Invermere Home Hardware. For info visit • 7:30 p.m.: Columbia Valley Rockies versus Golden at

Wednesday, October 12th: • Seniors’ Day at Invermere Public Library. For info: 250-342-6416.

• Pavlo Simtikidis, Canadian-born, World Music Artist of the Year performs at Key City Theatre. Mediterranean guitar style. For info and tickets: 250-426-7006 or • 7:30 p.m.: Columbia Valley Rockies versus Kamloops at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. For info:

Invermere Library hours: • Tuesday to Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. • Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. .Radium Library hours: • Tuesday: 6 - 8 p.m. • Wednesday and Thursday: 1 - 4 p.m. • Saturday: 10 a.m. - 12 noon. • Sunday: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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Local cadets look to form their own corps By Joshua Estabrooks Pioneer Staff A small group of Royal Canadian Army Cadets has been operating in the Invermere area for just over three years. The group is a satellite platoon of the 1813 Cadet Corps, based in Cranbrook, but they are on the threshold of becoming autonomous once enough adult officers are in place to supervise the program. Currently there are seven youths in the local platoon, and one local adult officer is in place. Three more adults are going through the rigorous approval process, and will learn the ropes from current Commanding Officer, Captain Dina Gri, from the 1813 corps. Captain Gri said that she looks forward to adding another self sufficient corps to the area. “We come up from Cranbrook to assist in the training for specific skills and activities,” she said. The local leaders carry out much of the community service work.” Some of the training young cadets learn includes map and compass work, drills, marksmanship, drum and pipe marching band, sports and healthy living. The cadet program is free, as it is funded by the Federal Government. Captain Gri said that some of the community work the platoon has done includes providing jack-o-lanterns to the seniors at Columbia House for Halloween and flowers they planted from seed in the spring.

For parents like Amber Coggins, who has a son in the program, cadets provides some much-needed structure and discipline for youths, but at the same time teaches them important life skills in ways that are exciting and fun. Cadets can also use what they learn to receive school credits, which can allow them to graduate early. “It’s an amazing program and it keeps him out of trouble.” Ms. Coggins said. “My son is a lot more structured now.” For future officer and local resident, John Restemeyer, cadets is a unique opportunity that a lot of people in the area aren’t aware of. “I’ve been involved in a lot of different sports programs, and so many times they are cost prohibitive for the parents and there is no direct correlation between the child and the program and the community as a whole,” Mr. Restemeyer said. “These kids give back to their community in so many ways.” When asked whether the cadet program puts any pressure on the youths involved to eventually join the military, Captain Gri said that it is her policy, if asked about the military by a cadet, to set up a meeting with them and their parents when they turn 17. It is not discussed as part of the regular cadet program or activities, she said. For more information, call Amber Coggins at 250342-5787.

STANDING PROUD — Pictured, left to right, back row: Invermere cadets Corporal Dale Verge, Corporal Jayme Renaud, Corporal Davin VanUrk, Cadet Tasha Bjorgan. Front row: Corporal Garett Robinson, Corporal Jacob Larsen, and L.Corporal C.J. Nadon.  Photo by Joshua Estabrooks

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Eclectic mix of local talent on display at Pynelogs By Montana Cameron Student, Pynelogs Cultural Centre The work of a group of about thirty local artists will be on display at Pynelongs Cultural Centre, as the Purcell Mountain Painters take to the gallery to host their fourth annual art show. The Purcell Mountain Painters, who have been a group for the past decade, have been a part of the Tour of the Arts each year. They paint together every Tuesday morning, offer support to one another, give advice and critique each others’ work, share their materials, and help one another in whatever ways that they can. The group’s members include every range of skill levels, from true beginners to experienced and accomplished painters. One of the special aspects of this group is being able to watch the amazing progress of its members as time goes on. About half of the group are planning to display pieces in the show and the artists so far confirmed include Elizabeth Stuart, Gwen Pratt, Barry Garbett, Sandra Howard, Sandra Brown, Rowena Sinha, Victoria Gordon, Laila Jensen, Wolfgang Kunze, Sherry Mallach, Tony Valentine, Erla Mottram, and Mary Webster. The paintings will range from oils, to acrylics, to watercolours, and will consist of a broad scope of subject matter. This exciting show will run from October 4th-16th, and the The Purcell Mountain Painters will hold their artist opening on Wednesday, October 5th. This will be an opportunity to view the show and ask the artists questions. The group is planning to have demonstrations taking place during the second week of the show, where the public can view some of the artists at work and see their techniques in action. Having a time to watch and converse with the artists like this is an incredible experience. This show is something a bit different from the usual


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THANK YOU COMMITTEE MEMBERS! On behalf of the District of Invermere and Council, we would like to thank the members of the Urban Deer Management Advisory Committee for all the hard work and time that was put into the preparation of their recommendations to Council. Your time and dedication to this committee was greatly appreciated and did not go unnoticed. • Rick Hoar • Kalista Pruden • Eric Rasmussen • Al Miller • Stan Markham • Ray Brydon

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Chisel Peak Medical Clinic PAINTED BEAUTY — Works like this oil painting by Invermere’s Sherry Mallach will be on display at the Purcell Mountain Painters exhibit.  Submitted gallery shows and will be a fantastic opportunity to get out and support true local talent. You will be blown away by what these artists have created! If The Purcell Mountain Painters sounds like a group you are interested in being a part of, anyone who is interested in painting, in any medium, can join. Membership is $25per year and $15 is given to the Seniors’ Centre for the use of their facility. So if you are a bit bored and lonely painting on your own, this may be the perfect opportunity for you. For questions regarding the show contact Pynelogs Cultural Centre at 250-342-4423.

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Big Sugar and Wide Mouth Mason to play Invermere By Joshua Estabrooks Pioneer Staff One of the loudest bands in Canada will be giving local eardrums a workout next month, as Big Sugar hits the stage at Bud’s Bar and Lounge for a night of musical entertainment on October 30th. For local music promoter, Deb Fenton, being able to present a Big Sugar show in the Columbia Valley has been a dream for the past ten years. When she first got into the booking game, she said she was challenged by a friend that she would never be able to get a band like Big Sugar to play locally; so when an e-mail came out of the blue announcing the band had re-formed and were taking offers on smaller gigs as part of their upcoming tour with Wide Mouth Mason, Ms. Fenton said she sent in a bid, but wasn’t holding her breath. “I was blown away that they took the offer. They aren’t going to be playing Banff, Golden, Canmore, or anywhere around here,” she said. “This is going to be a once-in-a- lifetime show. It’s something I have wanted to

do for a long time and I just never gave up hope.” Tickets will be available next week at Bud’s and the Book Bar. Advance sales will cost $40 but only 200 tickets are available and it is expected they will sell out. “The sound man coming out of Cranbrook is bringing his best equipment. He said this show would have crystal clear sound. It is going to be loud, but people are definitely in for a treat,” Ms. Fenton said. Big Sugar and Wide Mouth Mason announced their national tour earlier this month and added Invermere on September 27th. Bud’s is one of the smallest venues on the tour, Ms. Fenton said, so people are encouraged to get their tickets early. And remember, this band is “L-OU-D,” she said. This will be the first major national tour for Big Sugar since 2003. They are crossing the country in support of their latest studio album, Revolution Per Minute, which was released in June of this year. Wide Mouth Mason are also touring in support of their new album, No Bad Days, released in July of this year. For more information about the show, please contact Deb Fenton at 250-342-5873, or find her on Facebook.


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Pioneer Playlist Pioneer Playlist

Pioneer Playlist Discussing music, musicians and muses

The Pioneer Playlist is a new monthly feature providing a place to engage with music lovers and musicians throughout the region. It will include reviews and stories of artists/bands and topics that are either food for thought or inspirational. If you have an album or idea you’d like us to consider, contact By Joshua Estabrooks Pioneer Staff He has written and recorded over 350 songs, released 39 albums, performed in more than 20 bands, and played more than 1,000 shows in 25 countries across all four continents, so why haven’t you heard of him yet? Karl Blau is hands down one of the most prolific songwriters in the Pacific Northwest, and he has done it all completely “off-grid” in terms of regular music industry standards. To listen to Karl Blau’s albums and make descriptions of what is heard is to walk through a farmers’ market and describe all the vegetables grown in that area. It is the love that Blau feels for music that shines through; and almost anyone can sense the passion this cultivator has for his trade. Blau hails from Anacortes, Washington, where he was on his way to becoming a fourth generation oyster farmer until he traded his pearls for music notes and began recording and performing in and around his community. His sound is definitely low-fi, as he has doesn’t use digital recording methods, preferring the warmth and honesty that analogue recording provides. There is a distinct buzz to his sound, a blanket of slight distortion that delicately covers every track he births from his creative mind. His music is about the ocean, nature, travel, love, loss and everything in between. He delivers it all with ease, creating a unique style dripping with familiarity. Each album he produces has a different theme, a different angle, encouraging us, as listeners, to look at our world in a slightly different way. Some are heavy, and others are incredibly light. He even released a reggae inspired reinterpretation of the Nutcracker Suite, so there is definitely something for everyone in his massive musical

catalogue. To make it as an independent artist in this flash-bang modern world of sensory overload and profit-hoarding demons, it is hard to stay genuine and pure and still make a living, but Blau has come up with some unique ways to allow him to continue to create. Blau tours like a banshee, for up to a year at a time, while his family holds down the fort in Anacortes. When he is not touring, he is creating, constantly, either for himself or on behalf of others, which is why he set up K Records. He also has a free online radio station that streams his massive music archive at random, which is a great way to sample his various musical manifestations. In 2003, Blau embarked on one of the more imaginative and ambitious projects the music world has ever seen. He set up the Kelp Lunacy Advanced Plagiarism Society (KLAPS), which is an online subscription service, not unlike a cake of the month club. But instead of receiving a scrumptious cake in the mail every month, those lucky enough to be subscribers periodically receive a completely hand crafted, one of a kind audio offering. It could be the next full length Karl Blau release one month, an amazing show he happened to record the next, or even a band he has produced and wants to share with you. It’s truly an incredible concept, and one that has led Blau in all sorts of musical directions. Blau has released 30 albums under the KLAPS system, and he is currently engaged in a fundraising initiative through Kickstarter, an online fundraising site for those with creative projects that need financial support. Blau’s goal is to raise $16,000, which will allow him to stick around his studio for a year so he can complete 12 more albums and be present for his family. So if you’re looking for a truly unique audio experience, and have an open mind, I highly recommend exploring Karl Blau’s world. You can find Karl Blau’s music here: K records: KLAPS: Kickstarter fundraiser:

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YOUR MONEY Let’s do the Twist

The Twist was a dance craze that sprang to life back in the summer of 1960 when Chubby Checker covered a song originally created one year earlier by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters. The dance was immensely popular with young people but was widely criticized by the older crowd who thought it was too provocative. Fast forward to the fall of 2011, and the Twist has made a comeback. This time however, instead of a being popular dance craze, the Twist has come back as a monetary policy enacted by Ben Bernake and the Federal Reserve. What is the Twist? The modern day Twist is a dance of sorts involving the forced movement of money in the economy. Rather than letting the free markets decide where interest rates should English be, the Federal Reserve is embarking on a program where they will sell short-term U.S. Treasury bonds three years or less) and use the money to buy long-term US Treasury bonds3/16" (six toMinimum 30 years).size to be used on business cards This move will likely have the effect of lowering longterm interest rates in the U.S. by increasing the demand for long-term bonds and driving those bond prices higher and their effective yields lower.

Why are they doing the Twist? money invest large sums into the U.S. Treasury bond The Federal Reserve has two reasons for performing markets due to the safety and stability of returns. The the Twist. The first reason is to increase the average ma- Twist will make it harder for these programs to earn a turity of its bond portfolio. The Federal Reserve has been decent long-term rate of return through their bond puractively buying bonds for the past two-and-a-half years chases. In an environment where many government proin an attempt to keep interest rates low through pro- grams are already under-funded, it seems a bit odd that grams referred to as Quantitative Easing I and II. While the Federal Reserve would engage in a program that will this has worked quite effectively, it has left the Federal only make it harder to become properly funded. Reserve with many bonds that mature in the short-term. Manulife Securities Incorporated IDA By performing the Twist, the Federal Reserve will be Lets Twist=again Manulife Securities Services inc.Federal = MFDA exchanging their short-term bonds for long-term bonds The TwistInvestment has been enacted by the Reserve and thereby not have as many bonds mature in theManulife next before. Back inInsurance 1961, the Inc. Federal Reserve was concerned Securities = INSURANCE few years. This should reduce the amount of interest the about the slowing economy and too many imports enU.S. Treasury will have to pay to the Federal Reserve over tering the country and not enough exports leaving the the long-term and help keep Congress’s cost of running country. The Federal Reserve performed the Twist from French a federal deficit as low as possible. 1961 to 1965 and the result was lower long-term interThe second reason the Twist is being performed is to est rates and a strengthening economy. It’s been debated help the U.S. mortgage market. By keeping long-term whether or not the Twist had much of an impact on the interest rates low, and possibly lowering them further, economy or if it strengthened on its own. the Federal Reserve is helping those with mortgage debt in the U.S. refinance their mortgages at lower interest Twisting forward rates. This should also help stimulate new home purchasHow this modern day version of the Twist will play es with extremely low mortgage interest rates for new out is left to be seen. It is likely that the Federal Reserve home buyers. will be successful in lowering long-term interest rates as How big is the Twist? Who will the Twist hurt? many bond investors may mimic the actions of the Twist Operation Twist, as it has become to be known, will Pension plans, Insurance companies and govern- and earn some capital gains on their long-term bonds. see the Federal Reserve sell $400 billion of short-term ment entitlements such as Social Security and Medicare Other than that, it’s very hard to say whether the Twist 1/4" size to be used on the standard bonds andMinimum purchase $400 billion of long-term bonds. sized willbrochures not initially benefit from the Twist. These pools of will be enough to strengthen the U.S. economy.

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Acclaimed jazz artists to kick off concert series Submitted by Alec Flemming Columbia Valley Arts Council The Columbia Valley Arts Council leads off its 2011/2012 concert series with two exciting presentations in October. First, the guitar stylings of the Marc Atkinson Quartet will return to Christ Trinity Church for a concert on October 6th. Jurgen Goethe of CBC Radio ranks this dynamic group in the world’s top ten. The four accomplished musicians who make up this group have garnered many awards while performing around the world, from Glasgow, Scotland, to California, and were featured at the Montreal Jazz Festival. You can get a taste of their music at Later in October, on Saturday the 29th, the Pynelogs Cultural Centre will feature an “Irish Isle” evening with Mary Murphy. Ms. Murphy, along with guitarist Paul Keim, will present an evening of music guaranteed to keep your feet tapping and your eyes smiling. She can be heard on her website, More concerts, some featuring local artists, are being planned for November and December, and the Cheesecake Burlesque team will be returning this spring.


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EXCAVATING — Archaeologists are carrying out carbon-dating on material removed from a traditional Shuswap kekuli house near Invermere last weekend to help determine the length of time the nomadic people have been passing through the area. Pictured, clockwise from top left: Brett Watson, Audrey Eugene and Brad Himour (left to right) at the kekuli site; Mr. Watson carefully separates bone fragments from some excavated soil; a large fragment of bone is packaged to be sent away for carbon dating. Photos by Kate Irwin

Key piece of Shuswap history explored By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff An archaeological exploration of a traditional kekuli pit house near Invermere could be the key to unlocking the history of the Secwepemc, or Shuswap, people in the upper Columbia Valley. For the first time ever, material from a locally-discovered kekuli has been taken away for carbon dating, which should help to indicate the length of time the traditionally-nomadic Shuswap people have been passing through the region. The kekuli, which was discovered last year by Xavier and Marge Eugene on their property near the Setetkwa Golf Course, provides a fascinating link to the nomadic past of the Shuswap people, who settled down in this resource-rich area during the winter months. With a history in the interior of British Columbia of 10,000 or more years, it is unknown exactly when the Secwepemc first began using the valley for their seasonal dwellings. “The kekuli are winter houses that are unique to the Shuswap people,” said Audrey Eugene, Mr. Eugene’s daughter. “These underground pit houses have been found as far away as Saskatchewan and into the U.S. states … They were four or five-fire communal homes which are always found near or overlooking water.” Located on a bluff right above a bend in the Columbia River, the kekuli on the Eugenes’ property is per-

fectly situated for hunting and fishing the Chinook salmon which used to fill the river, and provides a good vantage point to see anyone or anything approaching. When built, the traditional winter house would have been mostly underground, with a large, circular single room which was shared by an extended family or several families, dug into the soil. Inside were several fires with smaller areas partitioned off with animal hides. All that would have been visible from the outside was a mound of earth with a ladder sticking from it, with the soil, grass and cedar bark roof above the dug-out room supported by wooden branches. Commonly a group of kekulis are found in one area, with food caches — pits used to keep food cool — spread around them. “Some of the most interesting items you find on sites like this are original things like bone and charcoal, anything which helps to do testing to find out the age of the site,” said Brad Himour, an archaeologist from Parks Canada who volunteered to help excavate part of the kekuli’s hearth for carbon dating. “We’re hoping to have enough material for three exact dates.”

During the dig on September 23rd and 24th, Mr. Himour, along with fellow volunteer, consulting archaeologist Brett Watson, excavated a half-metre of soil from an area right on the edge of the cliff overlooking the river, which is being threatened by erosion. They painstakingly excavated the small patch of land, working layer by layer to remove and catalogue stones, fire-broken rock, bone fragments and tiny pieces of charcoal. This will allow them to reconstruct the depth at which items were found. “Within a few weeks to a month we should find out the results of the carbon dating,” Mr. Himour added. “The samples we’ve taken allow us to understand the activities at the site. Erosion will soon destroy the hearth feature, so we really wanted to preserve it while we still can.” The Shuswap Nation is formed of 17 sister bands, who began to migrate to the valley approximately 200 years ago. The move was prompted by the rich hunting and fishing available locally, which caused twin brothers Pierre and Charlie Kinbasket to bring a small group to try and settle the area.

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Invermere water tower house has rich history By Kelsey Verboom Pioneer Staff No one can accuse Bob Garies and Rachel King of being square. The Invermere couple owns an unusually round home that has been converted from an old valley water tower once used to service steam engines on the Canadian Pacific Railway line. The wooden water tower originally stood beside the train tracks in Spillimacheen, where it held the water that helped fuel the steam engines that chugged along the valley’s railway. When steam engines fell out of use and the tower was no longer needed, it was purchased by the District of Invermere and moved to the property where David Thompson Secondary School now stands, which at the time was the highest point in Invermere. The water tower helped supply the town with water for a short while, before its capacity could no longer keep up with Invermere’s growing population. Longtime Invermere resident Ken Mitchell has fond memories of sneaking into the tower for a quick illicit dip with his friends when he was in high school. “We used to jump in the odd time during the summer when it was dark out,” Ken said. “It was always full, and there was a ladder up the outside, so you could just climb up the top and jump in. More or less you did it just to do it, not because you wanted to swim.” The District of Invermere put the out-of-use tower up for sale, and Werner Rombach, who had immigrated to Canada in 1956, bought it from the town. Werner had close ties to the railway: when he moved to the valley, his first job was with Zehnder/Trescher logging, unloading on his back railroad ties that were traveling from the mill to the train. “Werner has always loved steam trains. It’s kind of his trademark,” his wife of 32 years, Mary-Ann Rombach said. “He wanted that old water tower, so he bought it, disassembled it, and hauled it across the lake to where Lakeview Meadows is now.” In a picturesque setting on 110 acres overlooking the lake, Werner and his brother Art re-erected the water tower and lovingly converted it into a spherical house. Known locally at the time as “Werner’s Round House” the structure was more than just a house, Mary-Ann said. “That round house is quite the symbolic thing. That was the first house he ever built. He was a mechanic by trade and had never really built anything. It’s also indicative of what he loved the most as a person, and how he started out with very humble origins and worked hard.” Captivated by the house, Mary-Ann commissioned an artist to paint it (see photo on page 38). The painting


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Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund Request for Proposals CIRCULAR LIVING — Rachel King and Bob Garies in front of their unique Invermere home made from a water tower. Photo by Kelsey Verboom still hangs in the Rombach’s home, where they look at it often and fondly, Mary-Ann said. “The painting really captured how the house felt, and how it looked in the natural environment out there. It was a really neat thing, sitting out there by itself.” Mary-Ann and Werner had plans to live in the round house, but their dreams were squelched when they discovered the water supply to the house was inadequate. When the property was sold and turned into Lakeview Meadows, the water tower remained on the land as the company’s sales centre. Rachel King, who now owns the house, often visited the sales centre for her job at the time, and was quickly drawn to the quirky and quaint structure. “As soon as I walked into it I just fell in love with it,” Rachel said. “It’s just so unique.” Story continued on page 38 . . .

The East Kootenay Conservation Program and Regional District of East Kootenay are seeking proposals for projects that will benefit conservation in the area from Canal Flats to Spillimacheen utilizing the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund. To apply for funding go to and click on Local Conservation Fund. Review the Terms of Reference paying particular attention to Section 8 – Fund Design and then apply using the Application Form provided as a download. Up to $255,000 is available for conservation projects that result in reduction to a known threat to biodiversity. Proposals that are technically sound and effective, and provide value for money through partnerships with other funders, will have priority. Proponents must be a registered non-profit organization, local government, or First Nations band. Unqualified groups or organizations may partner with a qualified organization. Multi-year projects are acceptable to a maximum of three years. A Technical Review Committee will review submissions and make recommendations to the RDEK Board of Directors for final funding approval. Closing date for project submissions is midnight, October 31, 2011. Projects specific to land acquisition or conservation covenants may be submitted at any time during the year. Proposals must be submitted in writing and delivered by mail, email or fax to: David Hillary, Manager East Kootenay Conservation Program PO Box 2767 Invermere, BC V0A 1K0

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Pushing the limits The Columbia Valley’s sportsmen and women have been exerting themselves lately in the host of sporting events and races spread throughout the summer months. As the season draws to a close, two of the valley’s newer events, The Kootenay Krusher Bike Race and the Headbanger Trail Challenge, made the most of the fading summer sun over the weekend of September 24th-25th. Locals placed strongly in both events, with two local ladies, Nadiya Fry (front page) and Invermere’s Beva Kirk taking home first place prizes in the Headbanger Trail Challenge and Kootenay Krusher, respectively. Pictured, left to right, opposite page: Kootenay Krusher participants set off at a fast pace.; Cyndee Norton crosses the finish line at the end of the 11 kilometre Headbanger loop. This page, clockwise from top left: Haley Qualizza enjoys the citrusy taste of victory after completing the three kilometre loop of the Headbanger; the 66 runners taking part in the 11 kilometre Headbanger loop set off; the U14 Columbia Valley Titans soccer team with their silver medals won during the Little Bear Soccer Tournament in Revelstoke on September 11th and 12th (Left to right, back row: Coach Jurgen Striegel, Koeye McAllister-Hart, Aidan Knuckey, Hadrian Trask, Devin Dutcher, Reece Williams, Dane Veldboom, Jacob Zehnder, Kyle Pitt. Front row: Chase Striegel, Henrik Regitnig, John Downey, Montanna McIlwain, Jane Mouly.); Trish Grajczyk takes a corner on the Kootenay Krusher 50 kilometres category.  Kootenay Krusher photos by Joe Lucas;  Headbanger Trail Challenge photos by Kelsey Verboom; soccer photo submitted

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Invermere woman climbing referee ranks as female hockey official By Kelsey Verboom Pioneer Staff 21-year-old Cydnie Rice has been playing hockey for more than half of her life. Now, she’s swapped her game jersey for a striped ref ’s shirt, and has quickly become the only female referee in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) officiating Junior B hockey. Cydnie grew up in Invermere, and was surrounded by hockey through her family. Her hockey-enthusiast dad, Rob Rice, coached the Columbia Valley Rockies, and her younger siblings, brother Robert-Tye, and sisters Braydi and Wasyn also all play hockey, resulting in a natural love for the game, Cydnie said. After playing minor hockey locally on both female and male teams for a number of years, Cydnie played on the U18 Team Kootenay for two years, one as assistant captain, and was later invited to the Team B.C. tryouts. She then went to Calgary to try out for the Mt. Royal hockey team and gained experience by practising with the team. Three years ago, Cydnie decided to switch perspectives on the ice and took the training necessary to

become a ref. “Learning all the rules from the handbook was a big eye-opener in the beginning,” she said of the switch. “As a player, you think you know all the rules, but the handbook is pretty complex.” But having been a player first helps Cydnie anticipate plays and follow the puck, she said. And follow the puck she has; Cydnie has done well enough on the ice to be invited to ref the first place game at the U16 B.C. Cup in April, and went on to the U18 B.C. Games as ref where she was awarded the third place game to ref and the first place game as a linesman. Refs are watched and evaluated, and awarded top games based on their performance, Cydnie explained. As the only female currently officiating Junior B hockey in the KIJHL, Cydnie doesn’t feel out of place on the ice. “It’s something I’ve gotten used to over the years because I’ve played a lot of men’s hockey,” she said, adding that she’s never heard of a female ref officiating games at a level higher than she is now. “I’d like to just keep going further and further. I’d love to do Nationals and Olympics one day. I’ll keep pushing the guys reffing as far as they’ll let me.”

ICE QUEEN — Cydnie keeps her eye on the puck during a September 27th game between the Columbia Valley Rockies and the Kimberly Dynamite. Photo by Kate Irwin



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Weather permitting, Parks Canada fire managers may begin prescribed burning operations as early as September 25th on Redstreak Mountain in Kootenay National Park approximately 3 km east of the Village of Radium Hot Springs.

Si la météo le permet, les gestionnaires du feu de Parcs Canada pourront entreprendre des opérations de brûlage dirigé dès le 25 septembre au mont Redstreak, dans le parc national Kootenay, à environ 3 km à l’est du village de Radium Hot Springs.

The goals of the Redstreak Mountain prescribed burn include helping to protect people and property from catastrophic wildfires by reducing forest fuel loads in the vicinity of Radium Hot Springs and to restore wildlife habitats. By re-establishing the ecological role of fire in the Columbia Valley, grasslands and associated habitat traditionally used by Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep and other wildlife will be restored.

Le brûlage dirigé au mont Redstreak vise tant à protéger les gens et les propriétés contre les incendies dévastateurs en réduisant le combustible forestier aux environs de Radium Hot Springs, qu’à restaurer les habitats de la faune. Ce n’est qu’en rétablissant le rôle que joue le feu dans l’écologie de la vallée du Columbia que les prairies et l’habitat connexe que fréquentent normalement le mouflon d’Amérique des Rocheuses et d’autres animaux sauvages seront restaurés.

Kootenay National Park has a Smoke Notification List for those who are sensitive to smoke and would like advance warning of prescribed burn operations. We are currently updating this list in preparation for the planned Redstreak Mountain prescribed burn. To be added to this list or for more information, please call Julia Millen, Fire Communications Officer at 403-522-1256 or email For more information on KNP’s Fire Management Program, check the website at www.parkscanada. or contact the Fire Communications Officer.

Le parc national Kootenay tient une liste d’avis de brûlage dirigé à l’intention des personnes qui sont incommodées par la fumée et qui aimeraient être prévenues de ces opérations. Nous sommes à mettre cette liste de diffusion à jour en prévision du brûlage dirigé au mont Redstreak. Pour vous faire inscrire sur la liste ou pour obtenir de plus amples renseignements, veuillez téléphoner à l’agent des communications sur le feu en composant le 403-522-1256 ou en écrivant à l’adresse Pour obtenir plus d’information sur le programme de gestion du feu du parc national Kootenay, consultez le site Web du parc, à www. ou communiquez avec l’agent des communications sur le feu.

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Well-known hockey personality and former NHL goaltender, Kelly Hrudey, was at Invermere’s Copper Point Resort on Tuesday, September 27th to announce a brand-new charity golf tournament that will take place on August 15th and 16th next year. Mr. Hrudey was joined by Canadian gold medal winning speed skater, Catriona Le May Doan, who endorsed the event, which will include 36 celebrity players, 108 tournament participants and a public concert. The two-day event will raise awareness and funds for a number of youth organizations, including the Alberta

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SWINGING FOR A CAUSE — Above, NHL Goaltender, Kelly Hrudey, takes a swing at Copper Point Resort. Right, GM of Copper Point Golf Club, Brian Schaal, Kelley Hrudey, Canadian speed skater Catriona Le May Doan, and Executive Director of the Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre, Dr. Dean Vause announce the Kelly Hrudey and Friends Charity Golf Classic. Photos by Joshua Estabrooks


Adolescent recovery Centre (AARC) in Calgary, the Invermere Summit Youth Centre and the local elementary school and high school Hockey Academy which runs at J.A. Laird Elementary and David Thompson Secondary School. “The Columbia Valley is well known for spectacular golf and is the perfect place to bring a group of friends together to celebrate our beautiful surroundings and support organizations focused on helping young people succeed,” Mr. Hrudey said. “These organizations are changing lives in their communities, and we’re honoured to support them.” The event was an idea hatched by both Mr. Hrudey and General Manager of the Copper Point Golf Club, Brian Schaal.


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By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff The Rocky River Grill is getting ready to hold its annual Thanksgiving Feed The Town Dinner — a bydonation turkey feast with all the trimmings — on Monday, October 10th. This is the third year in the row that the staff at the Grill are donating their time to put on a delicious Thanksgiving meal as a fundraiser for the Columbia Valley Food Bank, with the support of a number of local businesses, but this time around they’re also asking for help from some keen valley cooks. “The biggest thing we need help with is cooking the turkeys,” said Justin Atterbury, one of the Rocky River Grill’s owners. “There will be 25 turkeys and we’re asking

people to sign one out, cook and carve it and return it to the Grill to be frozen for the big day.” With 25 turkeys and hundreds of pounds of vegetables and mashed potatoes, plus Thanksgiving-themed desserts from Gerry’s Gelati, diners can enjoy lunch or dinner for a donation of money or non-perishable food. Donation are anonymous, and even those who cannot donate are more than welcome to come and join in. Last year the event raised three pickup trucks of food, and $5,000 in donations for the food bank. “We’re a tight-knit community and we all need to do what we can to make life easier for everyone,” Mr. Atterbury added. Anyone who can help cook turkeys should contact 250-342-8885. Feed The Town takes place from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Rocky River Grill on October 10th.

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of Watermain Flushing The municipality will be flushing its community water system during the months of September and October. This program, carried out twice yearly, is necessary to maintain the quality of our water supply. There may be some short interruptions in the water service and temporary discoloration of water as a result of the sediment and organic materials that are being flushed from the water mains. During this period, disinfection by chlorination will be continued. To assist the Public Works Department during the flushing operation, users are advised that if they are experiencing persistent discoloration problems with the water, to immediately notify the Municipal Office and explain the nature of the problem. The District apologizes for any inconvenience caused by this operation. For further information, please telephone the municipal office at 250-342-9281.

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Please call Cindy Stevenson at DTSS 342-9213 ext. 4521 by October 6 to reserve your seat. This event is hosted by the Cook Training Class and is complimentary to Seniors of the Columbia Valley

Legion helps out firefighters Louise Collier and Howie Williams, right, present a cheque from the Royal Canadian Legion’s Poppy Fund for $558 to the Invermere Volunteer Fire Department. The money will be used for the purchase of new Niosh respirator equipment, which the fire department uses when entering smoke-filled buildings.  Photo by Kate Irwin

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Invermere, Windermere, Panorama, Fairmont and Radium Hot Springs


Bernie Raven

MaxWell Realty Invermere 926-7th Avenue, Invermere, BC

Cell: (250) 342-7415 Office: (250) 341-6044

Wende Brash Broker/Owner

RE/MAX Invermere Independently Owned and Operated 1022B - 7th Avenue, Box 459 Invermere BC V0A 1K0 E-mail: Fax: 250-342-9611

Office: 250-342-6505 • Cell: 250-342-1300

Glenn Pomeroy

MaxWell Realty Invermere 926-7th Avenue, Invermere, BC

Cell: (250) 270-0666 Office: (250) 341-6044 Fax: (250) 341-6046

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HERE TO SERVE YOU From Framing to Finishing

Kyle Moll

HTH Contracting Ltd. 250-341-5603

New Construction





Al Tallman

Call Al at

We Do It All!


THE WATER YOU DRINK – Reverse Osmosis, Whole House Filtration, UV Disinfection & Softeners THE AIR YOU BREATHE – Furnace & Duct Cleaning Call (250) 342-5089 385 Laurier Street Invermere, BC V0A 1K0



1422 12A Avenue, Invermere B.C.

Complete Automotive Repairs


(Beside the Petro Canada Car Wash)


Phone: 250-342-6614 •

Septic Tank Pumping Portable Toilet Rentals • PROPERTY MAINTENANCE • Trucking • Mini Excavator • Residential/Commercial

Kari & John Mason

• LANDSCAPING & DESIGN • Skidsteer Services • Mini Track Hoe


Invermere • Panorama

Bruce Dehart 250.347.9803 or 250.342.5357


Serving The Valley for over 15 Years

Complete sewer/drain repairs • Reasonable rates – Seniors’ discount • Speedy service – 7 days a week

A well maintained septic system should be pumped every 2-3 years Avoid costly repairs


Dunlop Contracting • Bobcat • Mini Hoe • Dump Truck • Rock Walls • Top Soil • Sand • Gravel

Bruce Dunlop Cell: (250) 342-1793 Home: (250) 342-9081 E-mail:

Box 75 Athalmer, BC V0A 1A0

LUMBIA ROOFING COQuality Roofing and Repairs

Our vacation rental inquiries outnumber the homes we have available. Let us introduce you to our “Boutique” style management services and show you how your vacation home can pay for itself.

Allan Gauthier

Tel: (250) 349-7586

Call or visit online

Cell: (250) 489-8685 • Fax: (250) 349-7586

PH: 1-888-711-ESCAPE (3722) • WEB:

Cranbrook Pest Control We use the most successful products available. Environmentally-friendly integrated pest management. Ask about our maintenance programs ALL WORK PEST QUESTIONS? Visit our website:



FREE ESTIMATES Chimney and Eavestrough Cleaning and Repair Specialists Why wait for Winter? Book your chimney cleaning now and save! Fully Insured & WCB Covered

OVER • Pruning and Removal of All Trees and Shrubs • Stump Grinding YEARS • Fully Insured & WCB Covered EXPERIENCE


Now’s the time to book your pruning and hazardous tree removal!

Please call Steve ~ a real local you can trust! 250-342-1791

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DCS Plumbing & Heating


Interior World

• Plumbing, Repair

w i n d o w f aand s h i oInstallation ns

• Drain Lines • Hot Water Tanks

Call Bill Cropper (250) 342 4406

24 hour emergency service

250-341-8501 Seniors’ Discount

385 Laurier Street, Invermere, BC Phone: PO Box 86, Athalmer, BC V0A 1A0 email: Fax:

Wood Blinds Interior World

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Doors Windows Flooring Painting/ Interior/Exterior • Kitchen Renovations

w i n d o w f a s h i oCommercial ns Residential

Jesse Vader Ken Johnson 250.341.5426 250.341.5427 Call Bill Cropper (250) 342 4406


(250) 342-7100 (250) 342-7103


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


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

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

• Renovations Inside & Out • Custom Decks • Design & Build • Finish Carpentry • Doors & Window Replacement Experts

ree Homes In c. iF eldt Ph 250.341.5900 Bernie Veldboom • Invermere, BC

Top Quality Interior World window fashions

Sales • Warranty • Repairs


Call Bill Cropper (250) 342 4406 1265A Sunridge rd., Hwy 93/95 Windermere, BC •

Need Blinds?

Kootenay Cribbing, Ltd.

Interior World

window fashions

Call Bill Cropper (250) 342 4406

Scott Postlethwaite

CVCC Contractor/ Trade Builder of the Year 2008

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

1710 10 Avenue – Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 th



JOHN WOOD PH: 250-345-2188 • CELL: 250-342-1289 FAX: 250-345-2189 • E-mail: 5026 Riverview Road, Fairmont, B.C. V0A 1L1

• Ready Mix Concrete • Commercial concrete sealer • Concrete Pumping retarder for exposed • Over 50 colours available aggregate and in stock • DELIVERED ON TIME • Concrete stamps for rent at a fair price • Full range of coloured release • Full range of sand and agents for stamping gravel products.

Phone: 250-342-6452 • 250-342-3773 • Cell: 250-270-9444 All products are available at 9120, Hwy 93/95 which is five kilometres north of Tim Hortons

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HERE TO SERVE YOU ■ Lockout Service ■ Lake Recovery ■ 24 Hour Towing ■ Prompt Service

Also offering FREE year-round pickup of unwanted vehicles

Lake Auto Services

250-342-9310 Same great team, same great service.

Radium Hot Springs Esso

Warbrick Towing & Salvage

250-347-9726 7507 Main St. West, Radium Hot Springs • Cell: 250-342-5851


Hourly or Contract Rates Available

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

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


• Excavator • Mini-Excavator • Bobcats • Dump Truck • Compaction Equipment • Street Sweeping • Underground Services • Site Prep • Road Building • Land Clearing • Landscaping • Basements

Trevor Hayward (Owner/Operator)


Excavating Bobcat, Hoe, Mini Hoe Daren Noble 250-341-5886 250-349-5882

Landscaping, Sprinkler Systems, Post Holes Serving the entire Valley

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

Dean Hubman

Certified Technician


Toll Free: 877-342-3052

Invermere, BC V0A 1K3

30 Years of Tax & Business Consulting

• Personal Tax Preparation • Corporate Tax Preparation • Financial Statement Preparation

• Accounting • Business Consulting • Income Tax & Estate Planning

#302, 1313 • 7th Avenue, Invermere BC PHONE: 250-342-9285 • FAX: 250-342-0192

Commercial – Residential Installation – Maintenance – Repairs

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

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

Delicious Sushi

for a Healthy Lifestyle - and always fresh!

• Brown Rice Sushi • Wild Caught Salmon • Naturally Pickled Sushi Ginger

Located in Parkside Place Downtown Invermere

Open Monday - Saturday 10:30 am to 5:00 pm Our freshly made Sushi also available at AG Valley Foods 7 am - 10 pm Your search for quality and dependability ends with us.

Robert D. Harvey, Tax Specialist




Quality Work Hauling of Sand, Gravel, Top Soil and Drain Rock


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

(250) 270-0345 (403) 870-7558 in Calgary since 2002 in Invermere since 2004


RADIUM HOT SPRINGS ESSO Automotive Repairs 7 days a week

GAS • PROPANE • DIESEL Freight & Passenger Depot

7507 Main St. West, Radium Hot Springs

(250) 347-9726

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

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

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Septic Systems Installed ~ Pumped ~ Repaired Prefab Cement Tanks Installed Water Lines Dug and Installed Basements Dug

NOW TAKING ORDERS! • $1000/lb.

“Serving the Columbia Valley”

• Gel & Acrylic Nails • Coloured Gel • Nail Art Call Judy ~ 250-341-5245 • Days, Evenings, Weekends


After Hours Call: 250-342-3830 Email:

WINDERMERE 250-342-6805

The Deck Guy • Decks • Fences • Home Renovations

Invermere (250) 342-4498 Calgary (403) 477-2411

• Furnaces • Heat Pumps • Fireplaces • Full Heating and Ventilation Systems Call for your FREE consultation and estimate

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

250-342-6700 • VJ (Butch) Bishop Owner/Operator

Judy: (250) 341-1903

SOLUTIONS FOR THE VACATION HOME OWNER • House Checking • Cleaning • Complications • Details

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

• Excavators • Mini-Excavators • Bobcats • Dump Trucks • Water Trucks • Compaction Equipment • Snow Plow • Sanding Equipment • Crane Truck • Mobile Pressure Washing & Steam Cleaning • Underground Services • Site Prep & Demolition • Road Building • Land Clearing • Controlled Burning • Rock Walls • Rip Rap • Top Soil • Sand & Gravel


SERVING SMALL BUSINESSES IN THE COLUMBIA VALLEY Call 250-341-6299 to discuss your advertising needs. N E W S PA P E R • E-mail:

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In Memoriam


In loving memory of

Mike Boburczak August 12th, 1920 – September 25th, 1996. Always in our hearts, thoughts and prayers.

garage sales Multi-family garage sale. Saturday, October 1st. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. 4909 Hewitt Road, Edgewater. Saturday, October 1st., 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. 1101-6th Street. Will also be taking orders for Cub Scout Popcorn! Saturday, October 1st, 9 a.m. – 12 noon. Absolutely no early birds please. 445B 4th Avenue, Athalmer. Household items, sports, clothes and size 9 shoes. Moving Sale 2205 Westside Park Ave., Invermere. 9:30 a.m. – 12 noon. No early birds please.


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

garage sales


cheers & Jeers

cheers & Jeers


Moving Sale. Saturday, October 1st. 1233-6th Street, Invermere. Starts at 9 a.m. Ikea cabinets, slot wall, patio sets, desks, shelving, household items, etc.

Al-Anon. Are you concerned about or affected by someone else’s drinking? If so, please join us. Al-Anon meets EVERY Monday in Invermere at 7:15 p.m. at the Canadian Martyrs Catholic Church, 712 – 12th Ave (behind the Invermere hospital). For information, please call Carol at 250-347-9841.

Jeers to the workers who swear a lot on the job.

Cheers to the Tony & Vivian at Tony’s Greek Grill. Thank you for the great food and fabulous service. Enjoy the winter and see you again next spring. Opa!

Radium: room in 4-bdrm house on two acres. Available October – May. Lower bdrm with ensuite, living room, storage and separate entrance. Kitchen & shared laundry with upstairs tenant. $650/month utilities included. 403-807-1960.

Saturday, October 1st, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 1070 Baltac Road, Windermere. Huge sale. Furniture, sports equipment and household goods.

ANNOUNCEMENT Alcoholics Anonymous. Open to all. Regular meetings of the Columbia Valley A.A. are held at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the 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.

Windy Café . . . is now open for lunch from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and dinner as always from 5-9 p.m. Enjoy 10% off all orders.



Colleen PhYllis FynN On Friday, September 23rd, 2011 Colleen Phyllis Fynn wife, mother, daughter and sister passed away suddenly at the age of 51. Colleen will be forever remembered by her husband and best friend Peter; their children Jessica, Janine, and Karla; by her parents Bill and Phyllis; by her brothers Mark (Wendy), Todd (Leanne), Kirk (Debbie). Colleen will be forever remembered by her numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends. Colleen dedicated her working life to help with people overcome their struggles in their lives. Colleen was a Registered Psychiatric Nurse for over 30 years in Dawson Creek, Invermere, and Cranbrook B.C. She will be greatly missed by all of her teammates at work. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, October 1st, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at the Bond Residence. 8140 hwy 93/95. (8 km. North of Canal Flats.) Friends wishing to remember Colleen may make donations in her memory to the Canadian Cancer Society in lieu of flowers.

Summit Youth Centre is looking for new learning opportunities. If you have a skill or hobby you feel youth would enjoy, we would love to host you. If interested please call 250342-3033.

cheers & Jeers Cheers to the Radium Fire Department for their quick response in the early morning hours on September 18th. A smiley crew of six responded to our call of concern regarding a beeping CO2 detector. The team assessed the situation and kindly reassured us the CO2 alarm was not sounding, rather it was our propane detector. We felt safe going to bed knowing a thorough job was done by the Fire Department. Thanks for the excellent and important work you do. T&G Zembiak. Cheers to the local Classic Car owners who came to Columbia House and shared your beautiful cars with us! Cheers to the people who support the Columbia Valley Bighorns Football. Many thanks from the boys!

Cheers to Everett Frater & Brianna Seel for doing a great job looking after our yard this year. Well done! Cheers to Lila Fodchuk for bringing her floral cheer not only to all the folks at Columbia House and Garden Village, but also all those who are unwell around Invermere. Jeers to the deer who ate my wife’s sunflowers. You know who you are and will have to live with it for the rest of your flea-bitten existence. Karma baby! Cheers to the person who found my wife’s wallet beside her car on Lakeview Road on September 24th and put it on the hood. We found it the next day still full of cash and credit cards. A big thank you for your honesty. Cheers to Ron and his army of volunteers for making the Headbanger Trail Challenge such an amazing event. Thank you so much; it was a great day. To those who didn’t run, you missed a fun day. See you next year! Jeers to my housemate who thinks he can get away with smoking in his room. Some of us have asthma. Second hand smoke kills. Cheers to the dedicated employees to who go the extra mile. It makes such a difference! D.C.

Cheers to Stan in Radium for allowing us to park in his driveway during the car show. Much appreciated! The Spirys.

Cheers to Chelsea at Kootenay Insurance for her excellent customer service and for helping me shop for my home policy. Much appreciated!

Cheers to Wayne & Brandon Shaw at OK Tire and Rick Lake of OK Tire for the friendly, efficient service they give to our cars. You also have the cleanest reception area & your coffee machine is great! Thank You.

Jeers to the truck driver who just about hit us head on by Sinclair Canyon on the afternoon of September 20th. By the looks of it, he was talking on his cell phone!

storage 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 250-342-2100.

COMMERCIAL SPACE Rent/Sell approx 2400 sq. ft. between Home Renovation Centre & Fitz Flooring. For more information please call Lorne at 250-270-0102. 864 sq. ft. warehouse space with loading dock, unheated, $625/ month. Available immediately. Call 250-342-3637. For lease – approx. 3,000 sq. ft. 503-7th Ave, below Gone Hollywood and Valley Spas, and beside Back Door Wine Cellar. Overhead door/heated. $5.00/per sq. ft. triple net. Call 250-342-0603 or 250-341-5845.

Upstairs room for rent with private bath & shared kitchen facilities in Columere Park. $350/month. Available immediately until the end of December. 250-345-6524.


Bright, new walkout 1-bdrm basement suite in Radium. Furnished, W/D in-suite, full kitchen, wireless Internet, N/S, N/P. Available Oct. 1st. $700/month includes utilities and furniture rental. Call 250-341-1454 or 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, NP. Utilities not included. $850/month. Available immediately, 250-3420838.


2-bdrm apartments, D/T Invermere, clean, quiet units, parking, walk to everything, Start at $775/month, N/S, references required, D/W, W/D hookups. Call Dennis, 250-3426912.

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

Radium, 2-bdrm, 2-bath, unfurnished condo, includes utilities. N/S, N/P. Available October 1st. Contact 403-285-3417.

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RADIUM – Bachelor – 1-bdrm – 2-bdrm fully furnished units. 1-3 bdrm unfurnished apt. Rent includes heat, hydro, cable, and parking. DD required. N/S, pets possible. Call Joan at 250-3427517 for more information and availability.

2-bdrm, walkout, basement suite in Invermere. Year round rental, close to beach and shared laundry. $650/month + partial utilities. N/S, references required, available October 1st. Call 250-342-9605 (evening) & 250-341-8754 (day).

Central location in Invermere. 2-bdrm, furnished suites. Available Oct. 1st for long term rental. $699 + utilities. 403-678-3087. E-mail

Invermere 2-bdrm/office bright walkout suite. All inclusive: Hydro, utilities, W/D, Internet, south facing, huge yard, new appliances, large windows, tile floor, yard maintenance included. Cat or dog possible. Large fenced dog run. Close to amenities, quiet person or couple, working or retired. $875/ month. Available Oct 1st. 250-3426899. 2-bdrm, 1.5-bath upper suite in Radium. Shared laundry and large back yard. $600/month + hydro + DD. Call 250-347-9970. Invermere 2-bdrm suite near schools in log home with laminate & tile floors. Includes W/D, fridge, stove, free cable & wireless Internet. Private entrance with lots of parking, N/S, N/P. $750/month + utilities + DD. Available October 1st. Call 250-342-1010. Fully furnished, 1-bdrm basement suite in Invermere. Close to all amenities. $600/month, DD required, N/S, N/P, utilities included. Would like long-term tenant. Available immediately. Call 250-342-3832. Fairmont - 1-bdrm walkout suite. Large kitchen, bay window, dining room, large living room, large bdrm with walk-in closet. 4 appliances in kitchen, W/D in-suite, blinds, private patio with walk around deck. $650/month including water, high speed Internet and cable. Contact or call or text 780-945-0508. Quiet, clean, partially-furnished 1-bdrm basement suite in Invermere. Responsible single person (N/S). $600/month includes utilities & cable. 250-342-0337. 2-bdrm apartment N/S, N/P in Radium. Available now! $700/ month. 250-342-5919.

Newly renovated 2-bdrm basement suite for rent. D/T Invermere, walking distance to beach and schools. Large backyard, pets OK, DD required. $850/month + utilities. Call 250-342-8954 or 250688-1224. Available now! 1-bdrm suite for rent in Windermere. Available October 1st. $600/month includes hydro & satellite TV. Furnished if desired. N/S, N/P, quiet individuals only. Contact Doug or Tracy at 250-3423047. Bright 1-bdrm basement suite in Invermere. $600/month + DD, all-inclusive, N/S, N/P, shared W/D. 250-342-3595. New 1800 sq. ft. bright and sunny, beautifully furnished walkout apartment in Windermere. 5 mins. to Hwy/bus/beach. Large windows, 2-bdrm, F/P, W/D, N/S, N/P, references required, N/P. $775/ month includes utilities. lindarod@ 250-342-6162. 250-3421100. Renovated 2-bdrm, 1-bath apartment in Invermere. Furnished & equipped. Hydro & cable included. Shared laundry. $875/ month. Call Ben Green, Green Door Property Management at 250-6880362. AD ID 3309800996. 3-bdrm, 1-bath large upper suite in Black Forest Heights. $1,050/ month includes utilities W/D, D/W. DD and references required. N/S preferred. Available immediately. Call 250-342-9025. Unfurnished, modern, sunny, 1-bdrm basement suite. 4 appliances, bath, personal W/D. Must be mature, have good references. $625/month includes utilities, Internet. N/S, N/P. Available October 1st. Phone 250-341-7246 or westsideparkinvermere@gmail. com.

D/T Invermere 2-bdrm, 1-bath, W/D, N/S, N/P. Available October 1st. $650/month includes utilities. 250-341-6080. 2-bdrm, 1-bath suite in Athalmer. Upper level, W/D, large deck & yard, electric heat, N/S, quiet pets negotiable, references required. $750/month + utilities + DD. Call 250-342-8933. Fairmont, 2-bdrm, 1-bath suite. W/D, fully-furnished, excellent location, N/P, N/S. $750/month + wireless Internet, water, power & cable included. 250-270-0043.



INVERMERE: Lake Windermere Pointe starting at $900/month; furnished or not; pool, underground parking, elevator and much more. WINDERMERE: Furnished 2 bdrm. cottage for October 1. Nice yard! $900 plus utilities. INVERMERE: 2 bdrm. furnished condo, storage room, central location at $800 plus utilities. BLACK FOREST VILLAGE: 2 bdrm. unfurnished town home, long-term at $900 plus utilities. RADIUM: 4 bdrm. home, unfurnished long-term, no pets or smoking at $1350 plus utilities. CANAL FLATS: Newer 2 bdrm. town home $850 plus utilities.

Contact Dave or Eric


Windermere 4-bdrm, 3-bath home. Fully furnished, available SeptMay. $920/month + utilities. Call 250-342-2135. Weekly vacation rental Sayulita Riviera Nayarit. Traditional 2-bdrm, 2-bath Mexican house. Very private, secure, large garden with pool. Contact Giselle, 250-688-1004. 3-bdrm, 1-bath, 4 appliances, N/S, available Oct. 15th. $900/month. Call 250-342-3195.

HOMES FOR RENT 1757 Fort Point Close. 3-bdrm, 3-bath, executive home. Fabulous location, steps to everything. Mature + responsible only! Available immediately. $1,350/month. Call 250-342-6577. New Invermere 3-bdrm townhouse 3-full bath, 5 appliances, hardwood floors, large deck, developed basement. Beautiful views, near Sobeys. Available August 1st, N/P. $1,140/month + utilities. Call 403-703-0930 for more info. Open house every Saturday! 10 mins south of Fairmont, unique 3-bdrm home, 3 years old, 1817 sq. ft. Semi-detached, hardwood, granite counter tops, 5-appliances, garage, carport, geothermal heating and A/C beach house. BBQ, fireplace, 5 star accommodation, low utilities. $1,500/month + utilities. Kijiji Ad #294873160. 780446-3575. Invermere, 4000 sq. ft. 5-bdrm, 4-bath home. W/D, A/C, dbl garage, 2 decks. Walking distance to town and schools. N/S, no dogs. $1,800/ month + utilities. Available Nov. 1st. 403-609-0870. Wilmer: 2-bdrm log home, large fenced yard and detached workshop, perfect for couple or 2 singles. Small pets welcome. Wood heat on main + basement oil furnace and W/D. $1,000/month. Available Oct.1st. Call to submit application with references. Ed English: 250-3421194 or Jan Klimek: 250-342-1195. Large newly-renovated 4-bdrm, 3-bath home in Edgewater with beautiful mountain views. Hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, wood F/P, large deck, large fenced yard. 800 sq. ft. shop, N/S, N/P. $1,200/month + utilities. Available immediately. 250-3479532. 2-year-old Invermere T/H for rent. 3-bdrm, 3-bath, 5 appliances, developed basement, 2 F/P, large deck with spectacular views. Beautiful kitchen with h/w floors. $1,050/month + utilities. Open house every Saturday. Call 403703-0930.



Black Forest Heights 3-bdrm, 3-bath, single car garage, and large lawn. Available immediately & references required. $1,200/month + utilities. Call 250-342-1322.

T/H in Radium Hot Springs. 1st month free with 1 year lease. 3-bdrm, 3 full bath, 6 appliances, F/P, available immediately. $995/ month + utilities. 403-220-1423 or

3-bdrm, 1.5-bath + den and sunny deck. Quiet street, close to D/T and beach. $925/month + DD, N/S, N/P. Call 250-342-3948. 4-bdrm home in upper Wilder subdivision. Close to everything. Great views, fenced yard, 1 pet OK, ref. required, N/S. $1,300/ month + utilities + DD. Occupancy negotiable. Call 250-342-5686. Large, clean, unfurnished cabin in Fairmont. 3-bdrm, 2 renovated baths, great deck, lots of storage $1,250/month. Call Ben Green, Green Door Property Management at 250-688-0362. AD ID 315455509. 3-bdrm newer townhome in D/T Invermere, 2.5 bath, garage, unfinished basement. $1,200/ month. Call Ben Green, Green Door Property Management at 250-6880362. AD ID 304127213. Invermere, 2-bdrm, 1-bath duplex with large yard. Storage space, unfurnished or furnished. Laundry, wood F/P. $850/month+ utilities. Call Ben Green, Green Door Property Management at 250-6880362. AD ID 308870828. Large house in Radium on acreage. 3-bdrm, 2-bath, garden, patio, N/S, DD required, pets negotiable. Yard maintenance required. Available immediately for long-term rental. $900/month + utilities. Call 250341-1099. 3-bdrm, 1-bath home for rent in D/T Invermere with nice yard, N/S, N/P. Available immediately. $1,350/month + utilities. Call 250341-1182. Log home on acreage and lake on Toby Bench. 2-bdrm, 2-bath, 5 appliances, 2 F/P, woodstove. Some pets OK, smokers welcome. Available October 1st. $1,000/ month + DD + utilities. 250-3420848.

Available October 1st – May 31st 3-bdrm fully furnished home in Windermere. $1,000/month + utilities. If interested, please call Susan at 403-540-6858. Luxury Chalet of Canyon View – 3 minutes to D/T Invermere, close to schools, 1,700 sq. ft., 3-bdrm, 2 ½ -bath, fully furnished, 5-appliances, patio and BBQ, underground parking, great views, private area. Minimum 4 month lease. $1,500 + utilities. Call Sherry 250-688-1247. Large, centrally located 4-bdrm house for rent. Furnished or unfurnished. Walk to schools and downtown. References, no pets or partiers, rent to own possible, long term, 403 678-3087 or mjjbug88@

condo FOR RENT Windermere Lakeview Meadows Spacious, luxury, 3-bdrm, 2½-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, $1,800/ month, includes heat/AC, + basic utilities. Rent to own options. Available immediately. 250-688-0512. Hillcrest Apartments has 2-bdrm apartments, $800/month, utilities included, fully furnished, all in. 250-341-1182. Invermere Parkside Condo, 2-bdrm, 2-bath, 6 appliances. Central location. Available Sept. 1st. $900/ month, N/S, small pets negotiable. 1-year lease. DD & references required. 250-342-0853 or info@

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business for sale

Radium 2-bdrm, 2-bath unfurnished condo. Includes utilities, N/S, N/P. Available Oct. 1st. Contact 403-285-3417.

1-bdrm + den condo in Akiskinook. 10 min. drive to Invermere. Renovated, fully-furnished & equipped with indoor pool. $750/ month hydro, cable & Internet included. Call Ben Green, Green Door Property Management at 250-688-0362.

2002 Winfield Mobile Home occupied for 4 years. Good condition. Must be moved! Porch and propane tank included. $50,000. 250-342-6188.


D6C10K CAT power shift with winch & big brush blade. $15,000 OBO. Also, seasoned birch firewood for sale. Call Peter 250-341-1255. Dbl. sled/quad trailer, flat deck trailer. $450 OBO. 250-342-7666.

Hippi Chic Boutique for sale. Everything you need to open and run your own clothing boutique. Includes inventory, displays, tills, signs and much more. $8,000 includes taxes. Call Shelley: 250342-7518.

VEHICLES for sale


1986 CHEVY ½ TON, no motor, LOTS OF ACCESSORIES. Best Offer. MUST GO! 250-341-7393.

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

3-bdrm, 2-bath condo in Pinewood Complex in Radium. $900/month includes utilities. N/S, N/P, and available immediately. 403-4728992. 2-year-old, 3-bdrm, T/H for rent in Radium. Single car garage, ensuite, W/D, 1400 sq. ft. $1,200/month excluding gas & electricity. 403875-0214. 3-bdrm, spotless, fully-furnished villa in Radium. 2 blocks from main street includes A/C, F/P, gas BBQ. Available for short or long-term rental. $895/month. 403-6171122. Condo for rent in Radium, Copper Horne Towne. Newly renovated, 2-bdrm, 1 bath, A/C, F/P, 2 patios. $750/month. 403-702-3002. Invermere condo, 2 blocks from D/T fully-furnished, 2 levels, 2-bdrm, 2-bath & carport. $1,050/month includes utilities. N/S, N/P, no partiers, references required. Call 403-978-4559 or 250-342-6440. Executive 2-bdrm, 2-bath, open concept R2000 condo, fullyfurnished in downtown Invermere. Includes all appliances, heated floors in bathrooms, electric fireplace and top of the line BBQ. $1,200/month + utilities. Available immediately. Please e-mail or call 416709-4590. 2-bdrm, 2-bath condo in Radium, beautifully-furnished, only $850/month, hydro included. Jenny Buekert, Maxwell Realty Invermere. 250-342-5711. Newer 2-bdrm, 2-bath ground floor condo in Radium. Partfurnished or unfurnished with W/D, A/C, underground parking & hydro included. $845/month. Call Ben Green, Green Door Property Management at 250-688-0362. AD ID 308857664.

1-bdrm, 1-bath condo with den in Pinewood, Radium. Amazing mountain views. Includes utilities, propane, and Internet. A/C, underground parking with storage locker, N/S, N/P. $625/month. 250202-9654.


Lake & Mountain Views Location: Wilder subdivision, end of cul-de-sac road. Very private. NO BUILDING COMMITMENT. OPTIONS: BUILD A HOME/COTTAGE 2/3 OR 4-PLEX. Zoned R2. Photos: Ad# 303457072. $249,900 O.B.O. No HST. 910-15A Crescent. Call Bonnie-Lou: 250-342-6899 or e-mail: For sale in Edgewater, 11.254 acres with older home, 3 connections for town water. Asking $500,000. 250845-2566.

mobile home FOR SALE 3-bdrm, 3-bath — modern, open concept, architecturally designed, hardwood & tile floors, vaulted ceilings, garage and family room. Built in 2002; no updating required. 1800-15th Ave., Invermere. $359,000. Phone 250-342-7329. Affordable home for sale in Canal Flats! 3-bdrm, 1250 sq. ft. beautifully decorated, newly-renovated main bathroom, 6 appliances, ensuite. Unfinished basement with toilet & wash basin. Detached 2-car garage, large fenced yard, new propane furnace. Asking $269,000. Call 250421-3126 or email dcmarchand@ for photos or more info.

Quaint 1100 sq. ft. home for sale in Edgewater. Close to elementary school & river. Large 80 ft. x 200 ft. lot with mature trees. Excellent access with both side and back alleys. Fully renovated & new electrical. Asking $283,000. Call Gayle at 250-4099130.

condo FOR SALE Ski to your door, fully-furnished 1-bdrm condo, F/P, deck, heated parking, swimming pool, and hot tubs. Tamarack Lodge, Panorama, BC, $115,000 Firm. Call 250-3426858 after 6 p.m. 3-bdrm, nearly new Radium Town Home. Fully developed with walkout basement, garage, heat pump, wood trim throughout, custom window coverings. Indoor/ outdoor pool and fitness centre nearby. $299,900 Phone: 250-3420183.

Too many extras to list. Best Offer. 250-341-7393. 700R Chevy Transmission, custom-built, originally paid $3,000. Best Offer. 250-341-7393. Firewood! Cut, split, and delivered. Pine, Fir & Larch. ½ cords and full cords. Starting at $150. Call 250688-0143. Support Rockies Hockey! Pine, Fir, dry and split. To order call 250342-6908.

2003 Poniac Sunfire in mint condition. Includes winter & summer tires. $3,500. Call 250347-9629. 1985 Chevy 1-ton dually with flat deck. Nice work truck. $3,000 OBO. Call 250-342-5676.

horse FOR SALE

250 U.S. Gallon tanks for sale. Very versatile, plastic w/ metal cage 6” opening, 2’ discharge, 125lbs. $200 for 1 or $300 for 2. Call George: 250-347-9500.

Winter Horse Boarding! Available November-May. Call 250342-5700 or 250-342-5297.

Top quality hay and straw, alfalfa/grass round bales. Call Elkhorn Ranch. 250-342-0617.

12-year-old quarter horse/paint mare. Rides, packs, loads, shoes. $1,000. Call 250-349-5478.

2 new vinyl windows (64”w x 38” h) or (48”w x 38”h) both are 4.5” thick, low e. Craftsman table saw and Delta scroll saw. Call 250-3477726.

Horse pasture for up to 6 horses with water and shelter, close to town. Call Leo: 250-342-6226 (day) 250-347-9934 (night).

wanted Used ride-on lawn mower in good condition. Call 250-342-3264.

misc. FOR SALE Quality Top Soil and Manure. Top soil $160/dump truck load, $70/pick-up load. Manure $100/ pick-up load, delivery extra. Call 250-342-1268. Hot tub rentals. Week or weekend rates. Valley Spas: 250-342-3922.

2002 Olds Silhouette Van. Air, cruise, auto rear leveling suspension, 2 sets rims & tires. $2,800 OBO. Phone: 250-347-9508 (H) or 250-341-1509 (W).

Refrigerator and newer stove for sale. $200 or best offer. Can be delivered. Call 250-341-8187. Washer & dryer for sale. $150 (both) OBO. Call 250-342-6134.

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Two 1989 Nissan Sentras for sale. Both do not run, but have lots of usable parts. Tires on both cars are like new. Take both cars for $500. Call 250-342-9503.

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, 250-342-5089.

misc. for sale Major items include: Hot tub, pool table, patio furniture, sofas, chairs, dining room table (6 chairs), bedroom furnishings, TVs, wall units, accessories, kitchen items, coffee and end tables, and much much more!

Sorry… no appliances.

They’re staying with the house!

Saturday & Sunday, October 1st & 2nd 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 4966 Mountainside Place Fairmont Hot Springs, B.C.

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help wanted

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Renew & Restore Professional tile and grout cleaning, re-grouting, repair and sealing of tile, grout, slate, and stone. Commercial and residential. 35 years experience. New installations also available. 250-341-5645

Cleaning Service

Local Website Design: Designer seeking new clients, specializing in small to medium websites, blogs or portfolios. Initial meeting and quotes are free. www.

Part-time job, full-time income potential. It’s true! Work as much or as little as you like. Earn 30% commission as an independent representative selling sterling silver jewelry. Along with the trips and free jewelry, being an independent representative is also a fun way to earn some extra money. Call me to find out how 250-341-5956.

Private in-home caregiver needed for man in 40s. Casual, P/T, mostly afternoons & early evenings. Call 250-688-0950 for more info.

Working mother seeking P/T nanny to care for 2 ½ year old & 10 month old. Please contact Jessie for interview. 250-688-0061.

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. Heaven’s Best Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning. Dry in one hour! Serving the valley since 2006. Call 250-688-0213. LBO Autobody Your Fender Bender Mender & The Valley Shine Shop Keep your vehicle free of salt & road grime. Have it detailed. Basic – deluxe packages available. Drop in for a free estimate on paint and body work to #35 109 Industrial Rd. #2, 250-342-9696.

Commercial & Residential Free! From chemicals. Free! From viruses & germs. Call 250-342-2509

“Shannon and her crew installed a Phantom screen door while we were away. Perfect! Installed seamlessly and they left no mess. Very professional. Highly recommended.” James Le Mare, Castle Rock. FREE Installation! Phantom retractable screens for doors, windows & large openings Shannon’s Blinds & Designs Call a professional today Free in-home consultation 250-342-5749 “Covering the Valley – One Window At A Time” Red Rock Contracting Masonry Work, river rock walls, glass blocks, etc. . . Tile and slate, installations, interlocking paving stones, retaining wall systems, repairs, etc. . . For estimates call 250-341-6869.

recreation vehicles

DIRT BIKE & ATV SERVICE SPECIALS All makes and Models - Snow Plows, Klim Clothing, Avalanche Gear • SERVICE • PARTS • SALES • RENTALS

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

250-342-3350 •

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

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! 250-2700254. K&C Pickup will pick up all your recyclable cans and bottles, free at your location between Radium and Fairmont, including Panorama. Call 250-342-9503. Invermere Sharpening Carbide and steel sharpening services. Carbide saw re-tipping. Saw blades, router bits, planer knives, hole saws, ice auger blades, knives, scissors, and much more. 250-341-5447, 345 Blair St. Athalmer.

ODD JOBS ENT. HAULING Garbage, brush and construction disposal. Mulch deliveries. Call Dale Hunt 250-342-3569 Chinook handyman services specializing in decks, garages and small renos. Please call Doug at 250-345-2164 or 250-341-1619. Boat & small engine winterizing & maintenance. Experienced Marine Technician. Call Todd: 250-2700323. Foundations Family Child Care! Specializing in providing quality care and education for children 6 months – 9 years. After school pickup from E.M.P. (snack included) ECE certified, 13 years experience, first aid and CPR, references available, clean criminal reference check. Ask about special drop in hourly rate for October. Please contact Tanya 250-341-3224 or foundationsfamilychildcare@

Love the mountains? Ski to work! F/T Barista/Food Service Worker for the Summit Hut and the Mile One Hut at Panorama Resort. Must be a strong skier/boarder. Duties include specialty coffee and food preparation and customer service and light cleaning in a busy alpine hut. Hours of work: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily. We offer a great working environment, fantastic views, and a daily ski home. Starting wages is $11/hour. Send resumes to or call 250341-1399 for more information.

Fairmont Creek Property Rentals Looking to hire a full-time

Maintenance Person to run our maintenance division - Start immediately!

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Electrical issues Furnaces A/C units Finishing Wall repair

Must have knowledge with: • Electronics • Minimal computer skills (outlook) • Lawn care maintenance

Individual must also be a self motivated team player who is organized and able to communicate with the public and work with office and housekeeping staff. Must be able to manage a small team when necessary. Fuel allowance - must have own vehicle. Experience will determine wages. Benefits available. Only qualified applicants apply. Send resume to Call to enquire with any questions: 877-646-5890.

Invermere Fire Rescue is seeking to enlarge its complement of volunteers. Invermere Fire Rescue is an active unit of community volunteers, operating on a paid on-call basis. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, these volunteers are ready to help in any emergency. On average, there are 100 calls a year; ranging from fire suppression to road rescue. As well as responding to calls, every Tuesday night between 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. these volunteers train at the Invermere Fire Hall and the Invermere Fire Training Facility. Training is set to industry standards and is an on-going, continuing process. Every fifth Sunday, volunteers have call-out duty at the fire hall and inspect equipment to ensure it is ready to go. Volunteers also have opportunities to gain further education in the field of fire fighting, urban fire suppression and rescue techniques by attending outside courses. Several of our volunteers have moved on to careers in full-time departments. If you live in our service area, are of legal age, are physically fit, want a challenge and have a desire to help your neighbour, drop by the fire hall and see if we’re an organization to which you would like to belong.

Roger Ekman, Fire Chief Invermere Fire Rescue 626 – 4th Ave, Box 1042 Invermere BC V0A 1K0 Ph: 250-342-3200 Fax: 250-342-6642 • Email:

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Win concert tickets in new Pioneer contest For your chance to win, simply email your answers to info@cv-pioneer. com, or write them on a slip of paper and bring them into our office at 8-1008, 8th Avenue, Invermere, along with your first and last name and a daytime

By Pioneer Staff

Invermere B.C., April 13th, 2012

Sign up to be medal bearers by going to the Rick Hansen Relay 2011 website. To nominate a Difference Maker from the Community contact the A.C.E. Committee at by November 1, 2011.

The Pioneer is holding a brand-new contest, for one week only, to win tickets to see Pavlo at the Key City Theatre in Cranbrook on October 15th. Pavlo will bring his unique, Mediterranean sound to Cranbrook for one night only. The Pioneer has a pair of tickets up for grabs if you can answer these three trivia questions: 1. What is the name of Pavlo’s latest album, released earlier this year? 2. When was Pavlo named World Artist of the Year? 3. What item is Pavlo known for giving away at every concert?

East Kootenay Addiction Services Society

Fairmont Creek Property Rentals


Career Opportunity


Front Desk Coordinator

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required • Must have excellent communication skills. • Ability to understand and carry out instructions. • Must be able to type 30+ wpm. • Must be able to maintain a professional manner under stress. • Must be able to answer questions concerning the Resort and the area. • Initiative, multi-tasking and motivated is a MUST.

Competitive wages. Email Resume to: Fax # 250-345-0078

Outreach Addiction Counsellor - Casual Part-time (0.5 FTE) Addiction Counsellor - Casual Part-time (0.5 FTE) Addiction Counsellor – Casual Full-time (Maternity Leave)


Not just a front desk job... there is so much more Full-time – 40 hours per week (wages vary on experience)

Principle Duties and Responsibilities • Answering a multi-line phone system, greeting and directing guests. • Issues door codes, pamphlets, discount cards, etc. • Answers various questions from guests and complaints. • Computes bills, collects payment and makes changes for guests. • May be required to provide some concierge services for guests when requested. • Runs various reports on the computer for management. • General filing, mail distribution.

telephone number. All correct answers will be entered into a random draw to determine the winner of the tickets. The contest deadline is Monday, October 10th at noon. Winners will be notified by telephone and the trivia answers and winner’s name printed in our October 14th edition.

Youth Addiction Counsellor – Casual Part-time (0.8) FTE (Maternity Leave)

Job Summary:

Under the clinical direction of the Administrator, and as part of a multi-disciplinary team, the Addiction Counsellors provide screening, assessment, treatment planning and individual, group and family counselling to individuals affected by their own or someone else’s substance misuse. Addiction Counsellors also participate in the planning and delivering of treatment programs in the East Kootenay area; develop and deliver educational and prevention programs to youth, families, schools and other community groups; and provide outreach services in non-traditional settings.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS BASIN STORIES CBT is seeking (a) qualified contractor(s) to conduct and videotape interviews to capture the transformation of the Columbia Basin as a result of the Columbia River Treaty. Request for Proposals can be viewed online at or by contacting Twitter CBT at 1.800.505.8998 or Deadline is October 21, 2011 3:00 PM PST/ 4:00 PM MST. • 1.800.505.8998


Qualifications: • • • •

Bachelors Degree in an appropriate discipline suitable for addictions work within the health care field Experience and training working with individuals, groups and families Three years direct experience in the addictions field Experience working with clients with concurrent disorders

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Join us:

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Able to work with minimal supervision Able to provide therapeutic counselling services to individuals, groups and families Able to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing Able to develop and implement public education and prevention activities Able to work with an inter-disciplinary team approach Demonstrate adherence to professional ethical values Maintain valid driver’s license. Must have own vehicle When required, maintain valid first aid/CPR certification


Commensurate with HEABC Paramedical Agreement, Social Worker I, Grid Level 8

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Submit letter of application to: Dean Nicholson, Administrator East Kootenay Addiction Services Society 202, 1617 Baker Street Cranbrook, BC V1C 1B4 Fax: 250-489-1020

Email: Closing Date: 4:30 p.m. October 14, 2011 – No phone calls please Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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MYSTERIOUS MATERIAL — Above left: Canal Flats resident, John Tawse, displays some of the material he retrieved from a mountain (above right) in the Findley Creek area. Inset right: a closer look at the strange material Mr. Tawse discovered “splattered” on the steep flat rock face of the mountain.  Photos by Joshua Estabrooks

Canal Flats resident possesses material that is out of this world

By Joshua Estabrooks Pioneer Staff Longtime Canal Flats resident, John Tawse, has been sitting on a remarkable secret for more than 30 years. In the late summer of 1979, Mr. Tawse, a former bar manager from Calgary, said he witnessed a meteor-like object sail over his cabin up Findley Creek. He was reminded of this event when he read a story in The Pioneer this summer about another explorer looking for a meteor strike from the same time frame in the Purcell Mountains. The similarities between the two stories’ time frame and date are astonishing, but Mr. Tawse’s description of the event, and the fact that he was able to retrieve some material along the object’s flight path over a mountain behind his cabin, distinguish the two sightings significantly. Mr. Tawse, who is now 72, said that he was enjoying a relaxing evening at his cabin when he saw a large object sail overhead. He said it was traveling in an arc from the southeast to the northwest, and had a greenish glow. “The best way to describe it is the sparks that come off of fireworks when they shoot them off. That’s what it looked like. It looked like a really low shooting star,” he described. Two of Mr. Tawse’s neighbours immediately radioed him and asked if he had seen it, to which he replied that he had. The next day, a wilderness-savvy neighbour boy took Mr. Tawse, Mr. Tawse’s wife, and one of his neighbours

to where he thought he saw it, which is where they made an unusual discovery. A long track of a freshly splattered tar-like substance was visible along a trajectory similar to that of the meteor Mr. Tawse said he witnessed the night before. The path of the splatter was approximately 75-80 feet in length and no more than two feet wide, Mr. Tawse said. “It was like someone had thrown it onto the rocks. It wasn’t seeping out of the rock, that’s for sure. It had adhered to it, and was giving off a pungent, gas like odour.” Mr. Tawse gathered up some of the strange material, and went back to work in Calgary for about a year before he was urged by his friends to have it analyzed. He gave some samples to a professor at the Kananaskis Centre for Environmental Research (part of the University of Calgary) and was shocked when a Dr. Hodgson called him up asking for more. In a letter Mr. Tawse received from Dr. Hodgson, it confirms that the solid, asphaltic material contained sulphur, carbon and hydrogen, as well as porphyrin compounds that led the researchers to believe it was not from this world. Porphyrins are a group of organic compounds, many naturally occurring. Chlorophyll and heme, the pigment in red blood cells, are both porphyrins. What the researchers found was a presence of metal complexes of porphyrins, which occur in ancient sedimentary rocks of the earth, carbonaceous meteorites and possibly in lunar soils.

Further research, using fluorescence to help distinguish between the pigments of terrestrial and extraterrestrial porphyrins, indicated that the sample Mr. Tawse possessed resembled extraterrestrial pigments, but a great deal of further research would be needed to confirm this. Dr. Hodgson took the sample to a number of conferences, including an international gathering of experts in Canberra, Australia, but eventually returned the material to Mr. Tawse citing an inability to continue the research past the initial work done a year earlier. Dr. Hodgson did keep a small sample in case the opportunity to do further testing arose, but that was the last Mr. Tawse heard from him. In his own tests, Mr. Tawse has found that the material responds strangely to almost everything he has done to it, and remains a mystery in terms of confirming its origin. He said he believes that if there in fact was a meteor that deposited it on the rock face, it may have landed in behind the mountain where he found the splatters. “All signs indicate that this is not from this galaxy,” he said. “Hypothetically, if a meteor was coming through space this material could have randomly synthesized on the surface of the meteor as it picked up particles, and as it entered the atmosphere this material broke loose and the core of the meteor crashed further into the mountains. “I still believe there is a meteor over the top of the mountain, but I’m not a kid anymore so I can’t do the hike.”

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. . . ‘Water tower house has rich history’ continued from page 21 Rachel and her husband Bob were offered the house for free, with the condition that they would pay for the expensive cost of moving it to its current location on the Garies’ property kitty-corner to The Bargain Shop! in Invermere. The move was a logistical nightmare, and had to be done in the middle of the night. The roof of the house was taken off and loaded onto a separate semi-truck, and the main cylinder was secured to another. At 1 a.m., a crew from Prince George specializing in moving large structures, contractor Chuck Newhouse, and workers from the Regional District of East Kootenay, the District of Invermere, and B.C. Hydro began a slow crawl from Lakeview Meadows to downtown Invermere. Along the route, which took seven hours to complete, the crews carefully lifted power lines and manoeuvred down main street. “They jusssssst squeaked through when they went downtown, because the summer patios were set up,” remembered Bob.

Just as the sun began to rise, the crew lowered the historical water tower house onto its new foundation in downtown Invermere, where it now sits and continues to attract endless attention from passersby. Bob and Rachel, who originally planned to open a cafe or store on the main floor of the now three-storey home, currently rent out the structure, with plans to live in it themselves one day. Despite the challenges that come with owning a round house — like maintaining the cedar exterior, fitting square furniture into a curved space, and designing a functional kitchen and shower stall along concave walls — Bob and Rachel are still in love with the unique space and say they look forward to their future in it. NATURAL SETTING — A commissioned painting of the water tower home when it sat on an acreage where Lakeview Meadows is now. To place your Community Classified call The Pioneer at 250-341-6299 or toll free 1-866-669-9222

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PHARMACY TECH trainees needed! Retail Pharmacies & hospitals need certified techs & assistants! No experience? Need training? Local training & job placement is available! 1-888778-0461.

KODIAK WIRELINE SERVICES PARTNERSHIP is hiring experienced operators/drivers for Slave Lake, Edson, Morinville branches with a signing bonus up to $5000. (dependent on experience). Apply to: tboddez@ or fax to 780-418-0834.

ALBERTA BASED COMPANY looking to hire experienced mulcher, feller buncher and processor operators. Requires drivers licence, work in Northern Alberta including camp jobs. Please email resume to: jobs@ or fax to 780-488-3002.

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If you own a home or real estate, ALPINE CREDITS can lend you money: It’s That Simple. Your Credit / Age / Income is NOT an issue. 1.800.587.2161. $500 Loan and +. No Credit Refused. Fast, Easy, 100% Secure. 1-877-7761660. For Sale SAWMILLS from only $3997 MAKE MONEY & SAVE MONEY with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. FREE Info & DVD: www.NorwoodSawmills. com/400OT 1-800-566-6899 Ext:400OT.

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Song stuck in your head By Pastor Trevor Hagan, Lake Windermere Alliance Church Do you ever get a song stuck in your head? Sometimes it is a good thing and sometimes I am not too sure. I have a song that has been going through my mind and heart for a while now. It goes like this: In the morning Lord we look to you For the strength we need just to make it through

Have Mercy, Feed us Lord. In the evening Lord we look back and say It was in your strength that we made our way Have Mercy, Lead us Lord. For You are everything we need. Heal us Lord. The song is ‘Everything We Need’ with music and lyrics by Gord Johnson (there is also a great version by Steve Bell that can be found on YouTube). It’s not the catchy tune that sticks in my mind but the haunting conclusion that I have come to that I cannot live this life alone: I need help. The God who made me cares for me! He cares for me like a parent cares for their child. Some people say that Christianity is just a crutch for the weak minded, but I have discovered that He is there for me when I lean on Him and when I don’t. I found that God.

Valley Churches

Lake Windermere Alliance Church Sunday, October 2nd 10:30 a.m.: Worship and Life Instruction,“Fearless Prayer: Solemn Assembly”... Pastor Trevor ministering. “K.I.D.S” Church, for ages 3 - 5 and 6 - 10, during the Morning Service. 7 p.m.: PRAYER AND WORSHIP. Pastor Trevor Hagan • 326 - 10th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-9535 • Windermere Valley Shared Ministry ANGLICAN-UNITED 9 a.m.: Worship at All Saint’s, Edgewater 10:30 a.m.: Worship at Christ Church Trinity, Invermere Interim Priest In Charge, Katherine Hough 110 - 7th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-6644 • or Valley Christian Assembly Sunday, 10 a.m.: Worship and Word Kids’ Church provided. Pastor Murray Wittke 4814 Highway 93/95, Windermere 250-342-9511 • Roman Catholic Church Saturday: 4:30 p.m. at St.Anthony’s, Canal Flats. Father John Kellogg Saturday: 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 Fraser Coltman • 1-866-426-7564 Radium Christian Fellowship Sunday 10 a.m. Worship service Thursday 7 p.m. Fun Night 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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Story time Virginia Denchuk, 5, Meredith Hamstead and Maya Denotter, 4, (left to right) decorate shoe cut-outs during Preschool Story Time at the Invermere Public Library on Friday, September 23rd. Story Time is held every Friday at 10:30 a.m. and is filled with stories, games and crafts for toddlers and preschoolers. Photo by Kate Irwin

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