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September 7, 2012 Vol. 9/Issue 36

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By Pioneer Staff Local members of the British Columbia Government Employees’ Union (BCGEU) staged a one-day strike Wednesday, September 5th, along with 27,000 of their fellow union members across B.C. to protest for higher wages over the next two years. The union is seek-

ing an increase of 3.5 per cent for members within the first year of the collective bargaining contract and a cost of living wage increase within the second year. The union rejected the provincial government’s offer of a wage increase of 2 per cent in the first year and a cost of living increase of 1.5 per cent in the second. continued on page 4 . . .


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Local teens heading for Kenyan adventure The 18 teens will face a an 18-hour hop by plane from Calgary to Toronto to England to Africa, landing in Nairobi, the A group of teens from David Thompcapital city of Kenya. After a first night in son Secondary School is raising funds for the capital, the group and their chaperones an 11-day trip to a Kenya to help Maasai must travel eight hours by bus into the community workers build a school. Kootecountryside to reach the isolated village. nay Youth for Kenya will involve 10 local Leaving behind the comforts of home students from Grades 11 and 12, and eight for a total immersion in another culture from Sparwood, who will visit the Maasai is a little nerve-wracking, admitted Sarah Mara region in March 2013. Miller, also from Grade 12. To raise money toward the trip, the “The things I’m most nervous about local teens are holding bake and T-shirt are snakes, spiders and bugs, I’m definitely sales, sorting and recycling bottles, runnot a fan of bugs … We’ll get showers evning stands at local events, and coming up ery other day — and showers mean we’ll be with new fundraising ideas all the time to given a bucket of water every other day to hit the $43,000 total needed for the 10 of wash with. I think it’ll make us really come them to travel. together, forget our differences and get to “There are a lot of things we have to do know each other.” in preparation for the trip,” said Makayla Fellow trip-goer Aleshia MacLean agreed. AFRICAN DREAM — Makayla Wilder, Sarah Miller and Aleshia MacLean (left to Wilder, one of the Grade 12 students in“It’ll give us a totally different view on right) are fundraising for a trip to Kenya to help build a school with seven fellow David volved. “It’s definitely been an amazing life. Doing something for somebody else is Thompson Secondary students.  Photo by Kate Irwin adventure so far, especially finding out we what it’s all about. It will really be worth it have less than 200 days until the trip … it to see the difference we can make and to will take part in Swahili lessons, help with construction was June when our group leader told us we were going.” of a school for the village, participate in Maasai Mara see all the kids so happy.” The Kenya excursion is being offered through a part- warrior training, join villagers for the one-mile trek to Each teen has to raise approximately $4,300 to pay for nership between the high school and Education First Ed- get water, and join a safari. their trip, which includes immunizations, visas, air ambuucational Tours and Me to We, which offers leadership “I’m so excited, it’s something we will all remember lance fees, flights, accommodations and transfers. training and volunteer trips to developing communities. for the rest of our lives,” Makayla added. “It is a little To donate, support the Kootenay Youth for Kenya During their trip, the teens will be staying in tents in scary, but it helps to go with other kids from our school. booths popping up at local events during the fall or contact the small, remote village of Shule Ya Bogani. There they It will be a real learning experience.” Toril Wilder at 250-270-0306 or . By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff

Fire departments suffering from volunteer shortages By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff Volunteers are the lifeblood of rural fire departments, and without enough stepping forward, the valley’s fire coverage and road rescue is falling to a handful of dedicated individuals, local fire chiefs report. The valley’s seven fire departments keep roads and homes safe from Edgewater to Canal Flats, operating with crews of on-call firefighters, who drop everything at their regular jobs to respond to 911 calls. But the semi-voluntary nature of firefighting and the ever-changing local population make staffing departments a constant challenge, said Jim Miller, Fire Chief for Windermere, Fairmont, Panorama and Edgewater. “We need as many people as we can get; all the fire departments do,” he explained. “Getting people in hasn’t

been as much of a problem as keeping them is. People sign up and start basic training and then their jobs don’t last and they’re gone.” While the situations faced by firefighters can be gruelling, the camaraderie of the crews, wide range of training offered and chance to help the local community are the things drawing most volunteers in, he added. “People are proud to be part of the department: they gain a lot of respect from the community ... I find it’s a really gratifying line of work, to see people who want to help others grow into the job and enjoy it and really feel like they’re doing some good.” Every single one of the seven departments, which cover Edgewater, Radium, Invermere, Panorama, Windermere, Fairmont and Canal Flats, would benefit from a boost in membership, their fire chiefs report. Rural firefighting is no longer the totally volun-

tary activity of years gone by, explained Roger Ekman, fire chief for Invermere Fire Rescue. Although individuals have to use their own initiative to contact the department, once they’re signed up, compensation is offered for attending weekly practices and any training courses, and members are paid for calls responded to, Chief Ekman said. While the recruitment process varies for each department, the easiest way to test the waters is to attend one of the weekly, two-hour fire practices held at each town and village fire hall. There, new recruits have a chance to meet the fire chief and crew and can get stuck in immediately, assisting with that evening’s activities. While a limited level of physical fitness is needed, fire departments have jobs for a wide range of ages, physiques and interests, said Dave Dixon, fire chief for Radium Hot Springs. . . . Continued on page 12

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• On August 31st, at 1:41 a.m., a 911 call was received from a local pub in Invermere reporting a bar fight. An unknown caller advised that seven suspects were fighting with one individual. Upon arriving, police learned that a local man had been punched in the left eye by a known individual. The injured man stated that it was only a bar fight and that police were not needed because he did not wish to press assault charges. He refused to provide information on what happened. An unknown witness told police that the two men had been ‘trash talking’ one another when one punched the other in the face. The injured man was checked out by BC Ambulance Service for a cut above his left eye. The man who did the punching had departed before police arrived. • On August 31st at 2:46 a.m., Columbia Valley RCMP received a report of a fight in progress on 8th Avenue, Invermere. By the time police arrived, those fighting could not be located. Police were told by the complainant that the injured man from earlier had found the guy who had punched him and wanted to go another round. He ended up losing and being walked home by another unknown group of men. Clearly this was a consensual fight and alcohol was a factor in our local man’s judgement! • On August 31st, an employee called from the Greyhound Bus Depot in Windermere regarding a suspicious package that smelt like marijuana. The caller had already contacted the recipient and left a message to pick the package up. Police attended and learned that the employee had already opened the package, which contained a small baggie of suspected marijuana inside a small box wrapped in shopping bags and tinfoil. The sender and recipient were added to the ban list at Greyhound. The drugs were seized as evidence while the investigation continues. . . .’Strike’ continued from page 2 “Our members are frontline public service workers,” said Evan Stewart, BCGEU communications officer. “These members haven’t had a wage increase since April 2009. The offer from the government would see our workers fall behind the rate of inflation alone.” The BCGEU brought a proposal to the B.C. government to offset the costs of the wage increase by opening government liquor stores on Sundays and using deputy sheriffs for traffic enforcement, Mr. Stewart added. “We came to the table with revenue proposals

• On September 1st, police were conducting a bar watch at a local pub in Invermere. Two men were observed fighting on the street outside the bar. A local man was observed feeding punches to another local man. The aggressor was arrested and taken away from the fight. It was determined that the consensual fight was due to hard feelings that had been brewing for a couple of weeks whereas a friend of the aggressor, who was not present, had been beaten up. Though intoxicated, all parties were sent on their way as there was no real victim or assaulter. • On September 3rd at 1:40 a.m., police spoke to a local man in front of a liquor establishment in Invermere. He was heavily intoxicated, could not walk straight, was yelling and screaming, could not focus on a conversation, was acting unpredictably, and reeked of alcohol. He decided to walk home and left. But near the intersection of 13th Street and 8th Avenue, he started to scream at pedestrians. Police attended and arrested him for causing a disturbance and being intoxicated in a public place. The man was verbally aggressive, but physically cooperative. He was lodged in the drunk tank until sober. Upon his release he was issued a violation ticket for being intoxicated in public, which carries a $115 fine. • On September 3rd, police were standing outside a local liquor establishment at bar closing time. Police watched as a man started yelling at a second man for no apparent reason and calling him names. Police approached the aggressor and asked why he was trying to cause problems. He replied by explaining to police what the laws are in Canada. After the man had educated police, he was advised to start walking home. He then spoke about his rights to police. Police believed that the he would try to start a fight, seeing that everyone in front of the bar was looking at him while he was yelling and causing a disturbance. He was placed under arrest. The man pulled away from police, which resulted in a minor scuffle. He was placed in cells until sober and released in the morning, when sober, with a violation ticket for being intoxicated in a public place. to fund the wage increases to create revenue for other government services and they were both rejected out of hand. The B.C. provincial government is not budging on their position. “What we have been saying is that the current economic and fiscal situation is within a challenging time in the global economy and that is having its effect on British Columbia,” said Jamie Edwardson, Ministry of Finance communications director. “The government and the finance minister have said we are not prepared to ask taxpayers to put more money on the table for this.”

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By Greg Amos Pioneer Staff After competing in the biggest cycling races of his life in front of thousands of screaming fans, Invermere cyclist and Paralympic athlete Jaye Milley characterizes his experience thus far at the London 2012 Games as “pretty much the coolest thing ever.” With two cycling events under his belt and two more to go when interviewed by The Pioneer on the morning of Monday, September 3rd, the 21-year-old was fired up with visions of a possible podium finish in the men’s individual C1 time trial, the road race he considers to be his forte. “I’m going to leave nothing on the course,” said Jaye, who was born with underdeveloped arms and legs and is classified as a C1 category (equivalent to a quadruple amputee) cyclist for the games. “If I have the race of my life, which is quite possible, I might be able to pull off a medal.” (Editor’s note: by the time this paper is available, Jaye’s race results will be posted online at .) Thanks to various technical innovations on his Cannondale road bike and a rigorous training schedule, Jaye said he felt well prepared for the C1 time trial finals held on Wednesday, September 5, and the C1-3 Road Race held on Thursday, September 6th. “It’s super hard and very technical; it’s almost like riding a roller coaster,” said Jaye of the 60-kilometre course. Both road races were held at Brands Hatch cycling course, where riders completed hilly eight kilometre laps. Jaye set his sights on the C1 time trials, as the C1-3 race pits riders of varying categories of ability against each other, without staggered start times to level the playing field. At press time, Jaye had already completed his first two races, both in track cycling. In the men’s individual C1-3 one-kilometre time trial final held on Thursday, August 30th, Milley finished 26th, in a time of 1:17.63. Jaye had a better result in the men’s individual C1 pursuit finals on Friday, August 31st, where he finished seventh. His final time was 4:24.67, behind winner Mark Lee Colbourne from Great Britain, who won in a time of 3:53.97, a new world record. “I did a technically perfect race, and I’m happy with my time,” said Jaye of the C1 pursuit, a race he’d had limited exposure to prior to the Paralympics. The London velodrome track was like no other track he’s been on, especially due to the roar from the enthusiastic crowd of about 6,000 spectators that left his ears ringing after the races. Jaye’s Paralympic experience began on August 7th, when he traveled to Quebec to train with the Canadian

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GOING FOR IT — Jaye Milley, seen here in the men’s individual time trial event, competes in his first Paralympics. Photo by Phillip MacCallum / Canadian Paralympic Committee cycling team at an outdoor track in Quebec. On August 15th, he and the team went to France to train on a new world-class track. The team arrived in London on August 25th to begin training on the actual Olympic velodrome. When contacted by The Pioneer, Jaye was relaxing after dinner in the athletes’ village, and planned on resting and mentally preparing for his final two races. “I’m now at the stage of complete maintenance, where I’m trying to keep up what I’ve built up over the last days, weeks, months and years,” he explained. Regardless of the outcome, the Paralympic experience has been a huge thrill and a chance to be counted among the best athletes on the planet, he said. “The athleticism that was shown, the raw ability that was shown was absolutely phenomenal,” said Jaye, who noted he’s been seeing world records broken in almost every event at the Paralympics. “This is the top competition, and it’s great because everybody’s getting faster and everybody’s getting stronger.” “When I walk from my building to the mess hall, I’m walking alongside the top athletes in any sport,” he said. He recalls sharing an elevator with Canadian swimmer Benoit Huot, who won gold in the men’s swimming 200-metre individual medley on August 30th. “With the Paralympic movement, it’s still a bit behind as far as audiences go,” he added. “But there’s almost a bubble that’s been broken for these games in the U.K. People are starting to watch the Paralympics more and realize that we train just as hard as Olympic athletes.” While the 2012 games allowed all events to be streamed live on the Internet, Jaye said he’d still like to see more TV coverage on for the next Paralympic Games set for in Brazil in 2016. Among the many who’ve helped make his Paralympic dream possible, Jaye said he especially thanks Byron Grey, owner of Bicycle Works in Invermere, for the sponsorship and support he’s received on his journey to the Games.

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Friendly faces By Greg Amos

It’s Tuesday evening here at The Pioneer news office, and after a full day of writing, editing, laying out stories ­­— and occasionally feeding the neighbourhood cat after some insistent meowing ­­­­­­— it appears we have a paper nearly ready for public consumption. One week in, and I’m starting to get a sense of the flow to life in this valley. After meeting a few faces who’ve stopped by the office to say ‘hi’, the common thread between them has been a friendly and relaxed demeanour. These are the kind of people I want to know, and I’ve got a feeling the valley is full of them. Early on, I can see that one of the few issues that does provoke a rise in blood pressure amongst locals is how to deal with the surrounding mountains, rivers, and other natural spots. Leave them alone and let everyone enjoy them as they see fit, or manage the areas to minimize conflict? Come to agreements in a democratic way, or allow squeaky wheels to get the grease? Five years into my journalism career, I’ve seen my fair share of people who can’t get along in a meeting. Too many times, those wanting to hash out an issue arrive in the spirit of conflict, having already steeled themselves for a fight. I can only echo the words of our outgoing editor in suggesting that those engaged in some of these fights take a minute to relax, smile, look around at the place where they live, and realize that it’s all going to work out, as long as everyone works together. These are first world problems; ones we have the luxury of discussing because we live in Canada. Those who care enough about our local conflicts to show up at meetings and try to figure out a solution are good citizens, and their efforts are to be respected. As the mayor of one B.C. town once mentioned to me, the world is run by those who show up. Local issues matter, and by understanding how to solve problems in our own communities, we’re better equipped to tackle the bigger problems. Climate change, for instance, is one global problem we can’t afford to throw on the back burner. With a friendly and thoughtful approach, local people can reach agreement on backyard issues and move on to the ones that matter most.

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Plan hardly a travesty Dear Editor: In your August 24th issue, you printed a letter from Cheryl Willard of the Kootenay Snowsports Society. It is obvious from her letter that Ms. Willard and her society are totally against a recreational backcountry management plan of any kind for the Invermere area. That is regrettable because the mountains make up one of British Columbia’s greatest assets and must be protected from degradation. Ms. Willard also stated in her letter that some backcountry enthusiasts in the Golden area have described the Golden area management plan as a

“travesty.” I have serious concerns about that statement so I tracked down Darcy Monchak, who was the government-appointed chairperson and facilitator of the process that led to the creation of the plan. He was completely surprised by Ms. Willard’s “travesty” statement. He said that he was unaware of any specific complaints. I think that because Ms. Willard’s statement is so inflammatory she should name these “backcountry enthusiasts” and give us their specific reasons why they think the Golden area plan is a “travesty.” Jim Galloway Brisco

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Special interest meetings Dear Editor: It is unfortunate that Joseph Hildes can’t understand and accept that there may be people living in the valley who hold opinions which differ from his own. Given that he put several questions forward, I thought it may be helpful to offer some answers. 1) Why all the fuss with the Columbia Valley Recreational Access Coalition (CVRAC)? A fundamental pillar of democratic society is that we agree to accept the decisions made by governments elected by a majority of our citizens. The CVRAC are not an elected group, and it is reasonable to assume that there are people in the valley who do not share the “well-intentioned” views of these “like-minded” people. 2) Who are Kootenay Snow Sports Society (KSSS)? KSSS is a group of individuals who came together to discuss and communicate their views. As such, they hold the same rights to express opinions as Wildsight or any other independent group. I would add that Ms. Willard should consider changing their group’s name to Kootenay Ice & Snow Sports Society (it makes a great acronym). 3) Why should journalists be allowed to attend CVRAC meetings? Open access and transparency are important aspects of any public process. As odd as it may seem, there are many of us who believe that any group seeking to

proclaim itself as speaking for the majority should be happy to engage the media to ensure that all opinions and views are considered. By all means, CVRAC has the right to bar journalists, but let’s then recognize the group for what it represents — special interests. 4) Should it be a surprise that people don’t want the media in the room? Speaking for myself, I’d suggest that the majority of people who don’t want the media at the CVRAC meetings are the people in the CVRAC meetings. Kelsey Verboom should be commended for the diligence and fairness that she brought to this and all other matters she reported on in the valley. 5) Pat Morrow’s use of the term “jackass.” I don’t know what Mr. Morrow’s true intent was in using the phrase. I suspect, though, that the work of CVRAC is targeted at restricting the behaviour of more than just “people who deliberately and knowingly go off trail to leave tracks in ecologically sensitive areas.” I would suggest that someone who claims to know with certainty what another is thinking and doing is, well, a donkey. The backcountry is a shared resource. We have institutions and processes in place that allow all people, as a society, to manage it. Respecting the views of others is a good first step towards ensuring we are all able to continue to enjoy the valley’s resources for generations to come.

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Wildsight clarifies cleanup effort

Dear Editor: This letter is to clarify the Wildsight application for the Lake Enid clean-up. Two weeks ago, The Pioneer printed a reader’s letter regarding a fall 2011 application from Wildsight’s Invermere branch to the Regional District of East Kootenay / Columbia Basin Trust community initiative fund. The application requested support to clean up and restore the Lake Enid recreation area behind Wilmer with the intention of using the Lake Enid area for public education regarding the potential damage that irresponsible recreation can have on our fragile soils, grasslands and wetland habitat. During the initial Columbia Valley Responsible Use Coalition meeting, it was agreed that cleaning up Lake Enid would be a good idea. An application was later submitted to support the clean-up and restoration efforts. Subsequently, the Responsible Use Coalition expanded to include more organizations and morphed into the Recreation Access Management process. Due to the change in focus, there was no longer consensus to partner with Wildsight for the Lake Enid clean-up. The application to the regional district / Columbia Basin Trust fund was amended and submitted as an application from the Wildsight Invermere Branch only. The reader’s concern regarding the application was addressed by the Recreation Access Management Planning Process steering


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committee in early spring 2012. In June 2012, Wildsight Invermere branch volunteers and members of the Columbia Valley Dirtbike Club worked to pick up and haul away a large truckload of garbage from the Lake Enid area. The area will still require an invasive weed pull and reseeding of areas that have damaged grasslands, a pervasive issue in the trench. For more information regarding invasive weeds and their impact on grasslands and riparian zones, check out the recently available B.C. government Report-a-Weed BC app available free of charge for iPhone and Android platforms. The Report-a-Weed website notes that “invasive plants, often called weeds, are plants that are not native to British Columbia, and cause lasting environmental and economic harm. Some are toxic, or otherwise harmful to humans or animals. These plants can establish and spread quickly, and outcompete our native vegetation. Eradication and control efforts cost B.C. taxpayers millions of dollars every year!” If you are interested to volunteer for the continued clean-up and restoration of the Lake Enid area, please contact the Invermere branch of Wildsight at Box 2741 Invermere BC. V0A 1KO, or leave a message at 250342-5445. Kat Hartwig Invermere Branch volunteer, Wildsight

Introducing ThinkTwice Dear Editor: When you think of registered charities, you think of food banks, community living groups, church operations and other well-intentioned groups. There are also well-known environmental or social watchdogs that operate as registered charities but their activities are not always of a charitable nature. Many of these well-organized and connected environmental groups use their charitable status to raise funds that are then used to apply political pressure on local governments in support of special interests. Very often the message of these special interests dominates the local political landscape. A diverse group with representation from the Kootenays has been formed to ensure that balance is returned to discussions on these issues that impact our region and our families: ThinkTwice. Our goal is to bring balance to discussions regarding important topics and ensure that facts and science will trump fear and emotion in decisions that affect us all. ThinkTwice’s mission is to bring common sense back into the debate leading to decisions about the environ-

ment and our economy at the local and provincial levels. Municipal and provincial politicians are continually pressured by special interest groups and non-governmental organizations which try and create a world based on their perceptions and ideologies. There is factual, science-based information that counters many of the popular themes touted by environmentalists and preservationists. We are constantly bombarded with messages about “climate change, toxins in the environment, habitat destruction and species on the brink of extinction,” and while we acknowledge these topics are important it is also our belief that currently only one side of the story is being told. In the coming months you will read letters from us about specific topics that will no doubt bring jeers and cheers from both sides of the issue. ThinkTwice believes our environment and our economy are vitally important to us all and we can all benefit from a little balance. We just need to ThinkTwice and consider all of the facts to make appropriate decisions. Paul Visentin, Cranbrook Letters continued on page 23 . . .

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Captivating carver Jack Olson of Windermere entertains onlookers with his Haida-style carving at the Invermere Farmers Market. The final day of the season for the market is September 8th. See more on page 23.





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Movie Review: SAFE Reviewed by Kristian Rasmussen Pioneer Staff While Hollywood tough guy, Jason Statham, spends the majority of his time dodging bullets and lightning fast punches in Boaz Yakin’s latest film Safe, the plot and dialogue are left full of holes. The film acts as a pulpit for the punch preacher, Statham, to rain down a world of pain on stereotypical bad guys. The film begins in a frenetically fast series of cut scenes that begin to lay the groundwork for the story. Beginning in China, 10-year-old Mei is a student with an uncanny ability to decode extreme mathematical sequences with a photographic memory. The Chinese mafia learns of Mei’s unique ability and kidnaps the young girl. She becomes a slave of the gang, travels to New York and is forced to use her memory

to accurately remember all Triad business transactions without leaving a computer or paper trail. The mafia eventually use Mei’s mind to stash a secret code to a treasure hidden in a triad-controlled casino safe. The film jumps to Luke Wright (Jason Statham) who is introduced as an honest cop and part-time maniac who is used as a pawn to take out New York City’s most violent criminals by corrupt mayor, Chris Sarandon. After he learns that his employers are no less evil than the criminals he leaves outlined in chalk throughout the city, Wright turns to cage fighting. His gritty career in the octagon goes well until he fails to throw a rigged fight for Russian mobster, Docheski. Losing the malevolent mafioso millions lands Wright in a den of destruction. He arrives home to find his wife brutally murdered at the hands of the kingpin. The film appears to be going in the right direction at

this point. Director Boaz Yakin captures Wright negotiating a soggy concrete vignette of New York City. His days are spent clutching brown paper liquor bags with scabbed knuckles. He stumbles through men’s shelters in exactly the way one would expect someone as extreme as Wright to deal with loss. But, alas, before the movie becomes too realistic, Hollywood intervenes. Statham randomly crosses paths with Mei and the two bond over fighting off an army of bad guys together in a typical redemption story. Safe is an excellent action movie and very entertaining. With proper dialogue and a more realistic story it could have been a lot more.





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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 Theatre is closed until September 11th, 2012. • September 12th - 15th, 8 p.m.: Men In Black 3. • September 21st - 22nd, September 26th - 29th, 8 p.m.: The Bourne Legacy.

Friday, September 7th: • 8 p.m.: Mainstream square dance at the Radium Community Hall. Callers are Rick Utter from Moyie Springs, Idaho and John Cruzon from High River, Alberta. For info, contact Albert: 250-347-6573.

Saturday, September 8th: • 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Farmers Market in Invermere. Last one of the 2012 summer season. • 12 p.m. : First free Fairmont Hot Springs Airport Fly In. Free BBQ and camping at site for fliers. Public viewing is welcome. For info: 250-345-2121 or e-mail . • 7:30 p.m.: Columbia Valley Rockies versus Creston Valley Thundercats at the Eddie Mountain MemorialArena. A KIJHL exhibition game. . • 7:30 p.m.: Mainstream square dance at the Radium Community Hall. Callers are Rick Utter from Moyie Springs, Idaho and John Cruzon from High River, Alberta. For info, contact Albert: 250-347-6573.

Sunday, September 9th: • 9:30 a.m.: The Motorcycle Toy Run starts at Meet on Higher Ground Coffee Shop in Radium Hot Springs. Organized by Ladies Born to Ride. Ride to Lake Louise, Golden and back to Invermere Lakeside Pub for dinner. Donated toys or money go to the Christmas Bureau. For info, contact Angelle: 250-341-5646.

Tuesday, September 11th: • 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Featured Artist Show at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. Featuring Jim McElroy, Pam Williamson, Rita Rankin, Cat McDiarmid, Kathleen Turnbull, Nancy Sorensen. Continues until September 23rd. For info, call: 250-342-4423. • 5:30 p.m.: Shuswap Bingo at the big white tent on Capilo Way, old Eagle Ranch entrance. Early Bird at 7 p.m. For info, call: 250-342-6361.

Wednesday September 12th: • Columbia Valley Life Sports Fall Running Clinic’s six week session start. For info and registration visit www. or call : 250-342-8737. • 1 - 2:15 p.m.: Seniors’ Day at the Invermere Public Library. The community bus will pick up and drop off at Columbia Garden and the Manor. For info: 250342-6416.

Friday, September 14th: • 4 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.: Market on Main in Radium Hot Springs. • 6 - 9 p.m.: Rockin’ on Main with the Dry Gulch Ramblers in Radium Hot Springs. For info, call 250347-9331. • 10 p.m.: DJ Krafty Kutz with special guest B-Ron plays at Bud’s Bar and Lounge. Tickets are for sale at Bud’s and The Syndicate Boardshop. $20 in advance and $25 at the door. •

Saturday, September 15th:

• 9 a.m.: Columbia Valley Rockies first annual 3km and 5 km run. All age groups are welcome. To register by September 13th visit . • 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Columbia Valley Classics Car Club annual Show n’ Shine. Radium Springs Golf course. A donation to the Columbia Valley Food Bank would be appreciated. • 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Lake Windermere Shoreline Cleanup. Meet at Kinsmen Beach. All materials will be provided . To sign up call Lake Windermere Ambassadors: 250-341-6898. • 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Global Animal Lovers Society BBQ fundraiser at Home Hardware. • 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.: Open House at Bella Vista Estates new community centre. 6012 Rose Terrace. Free BBQ. • 1 p.m.: Essential’s First Quilt Race. Sew a quilt top in the store in one hour. $10. To pre-register, call 250342-9313.

• 2 p.m.: Columbia Valley Rockies Day BBQ and tailgate party at the east end of Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. • 3 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.: Market on Main, Radium Hot Springs. For info: 250-347-9331. • 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.: Rockin’ on Main with Marty and Eli in Radium Hot Springs. For info, call 250-347-9331. • 4 p.m.: Alumni Challenge Game at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena as part of the Columbia Valley Rockies Day. • 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.: Rockin’ on Main with 60 Hertz in Radium Hot Springs. For info, call 250-347-9331. • 7:30 p.m.: Home opener for the Columbia Valley Rockies versus Golden Rockets at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. . •

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• 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.: 13th annual Windermere Community Association Fall Fair and Scarecrow festival at the Windermere Community Hall. Adults $5, six 16 year olds $3, children under six free. For info, call 250-341-3383. • 1 p.m.: Registration starts for Parkinson SuperWalk at Pothole Park in Invermere. Fundraiser taking place in 40 communities in B.C. for Parkinson’s research. For info, call Grace: 250-342-6764. • 5:30 p.m.: European Dinner at the Edgewater Legion. Adults $17, Seniors 55+ $15, under 12 $15 and under 6 free.

Tuesday, September 18th: • 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.: Options for Sexual Health clinic at Invermere Health Unit. For info: 250342-OPTS (6787). • 7:30 p.m.: Columbia Valley Rockies versus Kimberley at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. www. .

Wednesday, September 19th: • 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.: Communication Skills course at College of the Rockies, Invermere Campus. Free. A refresher for front line and service industry staff. To register call: 250-342-3210. •

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12 • The Columbia Valley Pioneer . . .’Fire’ continued from page 3 “There are lots of different jobs you can do. You can be involved with safety, accountability, manning the hoses — you don’t have to be right in the middle of a scene,” he explained. Stuart Moore, chief of the Canal Flats Fire Department, said the job is about much more than fighting fires. “It’s less about fires nowadays and more about people,” he explained. “It’s a chance to expand your horizons and helping people is something that always has its rewards, even if they’re not monetary. You’re helping your neighbours and really that’s what living in a small community is all about.” Along with firefighting, most of the local fire departments also have dedicated road rescue vehicles and interested volunteers can choose to go beyond basic first aid

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September 7, 2012 training and learn to be a first responder, carry out road rescues and help extract those trapped in vehicle accidents. “We assist BC Ambulance Service, we’ve helped Search and Rescue, we’ve helped rescue ice climbers — it’s really a varied profession,” Chief Moore added. All prospective firefighters must pass a criminal record check and medical assessment, along with passing through each department’s basic training program. To find out more about the work of the local fire departments or to sign up, contact your nearest fire hall. For residents in Edgewater, Panorama, Windermere and Fairmont, the contact is Jim Miller: 250-688-0136. For Invermere: 250-342-3200; for Radium, leave a message for Dave Dixon at 250-347-6455; for Canal Flats, leave a message for Stuart Moore at 250-349-5462 or call 250-421-1494.

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Matching smiles to styles When a customer walks into Teresa Rogal’s combined state-of-the-art salon and clothing boutique, Hair Tricks and My Girlfriend’s Closet, they are instantly greeted with a friendliness as warm as the lighting that highlights this fashionista’s retreat. Teresa has combined her love of people, 20 years of hairdressing talent, and expert fashion knowledge to create a truly unique experience. Beginning with her clothing boutique, My Girlfriend’s Closet, Teresa uses her keen hunting skills and a personal connection to her clients to bring the best of women’s fashion to the valley. She travels to shopping centres in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, in Montana, and in Spokane, Washington, to stalk the best deals on designer duds for bargain prices. “I will go searching through racks above and beyond the average bear,” she said. “I absolutely love finding the best deals.” Like the name of her business suggests, Teresa uses her friendship and personal connection with clients to seek out fashion that

suits them perfectly. She returns with her trophies and quickly alerts happy customers that the closet is full. “You are really making someone’s day a little brighter when you find them a great deal,” Teresa said. “My Girlfriend’s Closet is fashion and fun and helps people feel better about themselves and makes my day.” Combining her second business, Hair Tricks Salon, Teresa rounds off her perfect combination of a one-stop shop. “You can get a gel polish mini-manicure and mini-pedicure and find that perfect outfit for the night at the same time,” she added. After a successful spinal surgery to correct an issue with her hands, Teresa is back hairdressing with more energy than ever. She has been busy updating her cutting and colouring skills with the latest salon trends. Backing up her creative cutting and colouring talent, Teresa is proud to offer Surface Hair products, which is a salon exclusive line that respects personal health and the earth, she added.

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STRONG SWIMMER — Morgan Bird competes in the 400-metre freestyle relay final at the 2012 Paralympic Games. Photo by Matthew Murnaghan

Bird swims in pool By Kristian Rasmussen Pioneer Staff Radium swimmer Morgan Bird is stacking up achievements as she competes at the Paralympic Games in London. Morgan, who has cerebral palsy, has already achieved a fourth-place finish in the women’s 400-metre freestyle, seventh place in the women’s 100-metre medley relay and an eighth place in the women’s 50-metre freestyle swim. “The competition was intense because we are all out there to represent our countries,” she said. “The crowd is overwhelming at times, but having my friends and family here in London to cheer me on is incredible.” The first event for Morgan was the women’s 100-metre butterfly, which is one of her favourite races, on the opening day of the Paralympics. The excitement of the 17,500-person crowd and the anxiety to perform was powerful, she told The Pioneer, but Morgan stuck to her training and came very close to her best time ever in the event. The plan was to swim hard, but controlled, in the first 50 metres of the race and turn around even harder for the end. “I overcome any nerves I have by getting in the zone,” she added. “I listen to my pump-up music, swing out my arms and legs, go over my race plan in my head, and

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History uncovered during church renovation By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff Local First Nation volunteers are helping to preserve a piece of Shuswap Band history, with the restoration of a late 19th century church just north of Invermere. St. Paul’s Catholic Church, which was built in 1893, was one of the earliest churches constructed in the Columbia Valley. Since falling out of use by the Shuswap Indian Band, the building, which is located on the east side of Highway 93/95, has been crumbling into disrepair. Now, thanks to volunteer efforts, the historical church will remain standing for years to come. “My mom and dad got married in this church in 1972,” said Basil Stevens, who is part of the restoration project and has a lifelong connection to the building. “I remember painting and cleaning inside this building 20 years or more ago ... it’s very significant to us; it’s something we’re very proud of.” The project is a family affair for Basil, with sister Clarissa spearheading fundraising for the project and his brother-in-law, Wesley Black Rabbit, working as the carpenter. Along with a small group of volunteers, the two men have spent the past two months fixing up the roof, shoring up the building and constructing a new deck. Work on the church — with an estimated restoration cost of about $20,000 — began with the distinctive red roof. “A big part of the work was to get a new roof on because the old one was leaking,” Basil said. “When we took off the old roof we found it hadn’t even been stabilized, we had to reinforce it to hold it together, then put the new roof on.”

The group then moved on to stabilizing the building, which was not placed on proper foundations when it was moved from its original site, about four kilometres northwest of the present location. The church’s quirky construction and weather-damaged timber has given its rescuers some unexpected challenges along the way. “The measurements weren’t very standard back then, so they’re all over the place,” Wesley said. “Trying to keep everything as is and not change too much is pretty tough because of the way it was constructed. I can see why no other carpenter took on the project.” St. Paul’s was constructed near the Shuswap band’s original village site, but when the village was relocated due to water problems, the building had to be laboriously dragged on wooden rollers to its new spot. “It took about 30 days to move it by man and horse,” said Basil’s father, Louie Stevens, recalling the stories of the move passed down by older generations. “I remember when I was growing up Mass was held here every Sunday. I used to come with my mom and after church

we would sit on the steps visiting with one another to then retire to the Chief ’s house and play Rummy.” Shuswap Band land was also home to the valley’s very first church, a humble log building constructed on the farm of Charlie Kinbasket, twin brother to the band’s last hereditary Chief, Pierre Kinbasket. The first church was built in 1845 and was used by the entire Shuswap community, as well as some of the European settlers to the area. Remnants of the original church remain within the walls of St. Paul’s, which holds the original cross from the very first church site. The cross was erected by early missionary Father PierreJean De Smet, on September 8th, 1845 to commemorate the Shuswap village’s first service, and to bless the marriage of Babtiste and Koolate Kinbasket, and the baptism of their seven children. When St. Paul’s and its twin, the Sacred Heart Church on the Akisqnuk Band’s Columbia Lake Indian Reserve No. 3, were constructed in 1893, the first church was torn down. “In the meantime, the Indians, being Catholic, were visited by travelling missionaries and at the turn of the century Fr. Coccola built the churches on the two Indian Reserves: St Paul’s on the Shuswap and Sacred Heart Church on the Columbia River,” said an excerpt from Churches of the Columbia Valley, an historical document contained in the Windermere Valley Museum’s archives. “Both churches were also gifted with a bell to call the people together for worship.” . . . continued on page 15

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HISTORICAL DISCOVERIES — Opposite page: St. Paul’s Church, just north of Invermere on Highway 93/95, is being renovated and restored thanks to a team of volunteers. Above: Basil Stevens (left) and Wesley Black Rabbit have spent the Past two months fixing up the tiny church including fitting a new roof and deck, fixing up the building’s foundations and preparing to install a new floor. Photos by Kate Irwin

Above: St. Paul’s Church, pictured here in 1936, has been used over the years for weddings, anniversaries, funerals, baptisms and church services. Photo C2048  Courtesy of Windermere District Historical Society

. . . Continued from page 14 churches on both reserves throughout her life. While the bell from the Sacred Heart church was sto“The really interesting thing about this church is the len decades ago, the original bell, still inscribed with the history and preserving that and the stories that go along name of Reverend Father Nicolas Coccola, the driving with it,” Louie said. “People might be interested to know force behind St. Paul’s, remains in the church’s bell tower. where it came from. Plus, I like to have a nice-looking “We used to hear it ring from our place,” Louie re- church in our community.” called. “When something While St. Paul’s has not happened on the reserve been used for Mass for over they’d ring the bell and peo- “It feels good to come back and help rebuild a part of a decade, and was last used the community.” ple would all gather so they in 2005 for a funeral, those could be told what was going involved with the restoration Basil Stevens, on. If a woman died it would hope to see the building in Volunteer ring nine times; a man, eight use again once it has been times; and a kid, five times.” restored to its former glory. Throughout the resto“We’re not looking to ration project, Basil and Wesley have uncovered some change or completely redo it, just to fix it up and make it fascinating snippets of history, from the old fashioned ready for use again,” Basil added. “It feels good to come square-cut nails holding on the roof to 1950s A&W soda back and help rebuild a part of the community. I’ve been bottles under the building. working on it since I was a teenager and used to come and Hidden beneath the original steps the duo discovered help them paint. It gives me a real sense of pride to do this.” an old plastic token for a former valley business, Edgewater Diary Ltd., which reads, “good for 1 quart milk.” This historical Croix de la Nativiti (Cross of the Nativ“We had the dairy for years. It sold milk from a place ity), preserved inside St. Paul’s Church, was hand-carved near Edgewater during the 1940s and fifties,” recalled in 1845 by missionary Father Pierre-Jean De Smet to celSam Paul, of the Akisqnuk First Nation. ebrate the first service at the valley’s first church. Basil also discovered some old-time grafitti on the Years later, the cross was left behind when the Shuswap small church’s nine original pews, which have been village was moved from its original site, near the Shuswap scratched with names of some Shuswap elders and forIndian Burial Ground, due to lack of water. mer Band members. It ended up lost for more than 50 years until a group A weathered Bell organ found in the church’s backroom set out to find it using a detailed topographical map, handmay well have been used by Florence Paul, a student at St. drawn by Father De Smet, which showed its location. Mary’s Mission School who played organ for the Catholic

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Buy bonds for a safer way to save There are many good reasons to buy bonds. They’re generally lower risk than stocks, pay interest and carry the opportunity for capital gains. Though bonds have long been considered a safe haven, investing in bonds is not a risk-free undertaking, and may not be suitable for everyone. Interest rate risk Bond prices are negatively correlated with interest rates. This means that when interest rates rise, bond prices fall, and conversely when interest rates fall, bond prices rise. Interest rate risk is the danger that bondholders might rapidly sell off their positions in a certain bond or class of bonds in order to buy higher yielding ones. For example, if an investor purchased a bond at par value that paid a five per cent interest coupon and the market suddenly decided that seven per cent was more acceptable, many investors would sell their lower interest bonds in favour of higher yielding ones. This would force bond prices downwards. The person left holding the five per cent bond would either have to keep the bond until maturity and accept a lower rate of interest or sell the bond at a discount or loss in order to purchase a higher yielding one. Inflation risk Inflation risk refers to the purchasing power of a bond. For example, if a person purchases a bond that yields five per cent annually and inflation rises to eight per cent per

year, that person would lose money on the investment because its purchasing power has been weakened. Reinvestment risk Reinvestment risk is the danger of having to reinvest proceeds of an investment or its interest coupons at a lower rate than they were previously earning. Many people who have recently reinvested long-term guaranteed investment certificates at current interest rates may be familiar with this predicament. For example, say a person bought a $10,000 bond with a 10 per cent annual coupon, earning $1,000 per year in interest. However, when the bond matures, the prevailing interest rates are only five per cent, for a yield of just $500 per year. Call risk Hand-in-hand with reinvestment risk is call risk. When a bond is callable, that means it may be bought back by its issuer. This is done so the bond issuer can retire expensive high-rate debt and issue lower cost, low-rate debt in its place. Call provisions are usually exercised when interest rates have fallen considerably since the bond was issued, and can be avoided by not buying bonds with call provisions. Liquidity risk The safest and most liquid bonds in the Canadian marketplace are Government of Canada bonds. Liquid-

ity risk refers to the inability to sell a bond, and is most often prevalent among low-yielding bonds in the corporate market. Often, this can be due to an individual corporation or their segment of the marketplace falling out of favour with investors. Much like a thinly traded stock, investors may have to take a lower price than expected on these bonds in order to sell their positions. Creditor or Default risk A bond certificate is a certificate of debt. The issuer of that debt is responsible for paying it back over time, plus interest. Default risk is the risk that a bond issuer won’t be able to meet those obligations. If a default occurs, a bondholder could lose some or all of their investment. In order to minimize default risk, always buy investment-grade bonds. Federal governments generally carry the highest credit ratings, followed by provincial governments and blue chip corporations. However, the issuers with the highest credit ratings usually yield the smallest coupons so care must be taken to achieve the best balance of risk and reward in a portfolio. Seek advice The bond markets are several times larger than the stock markets, and just as complicated to navigate. Always seek advice from a financial advisor to determine if an investment suits your needs and risk tolerance.

Investments, Insurance & Financial Planning Brendan Donahue BCOMM, CIM, FCSI

Senior Investment Advisor Insurance Agent

Offering the valley… Investments

Stocks, Bonds, GICs, Income Trusts, Preferred Shares, ETFs, Mutual Funds and more.


RRSPs, RRIFs, TFSAs, LIRAs, RESPs, Corporate Accounts, Cash Accounts


Estate Planning, Financial Planning, Insurance Planning, Retirement Planning Sara Worley Investment Advisor Insurance Agent


19 GIC Companies, 15 Insurance Companies, 100 Mutual Fund Companies


TD Newcrest, Credit Suisse First Boston, First Energy Capital Corp, MFC Global Investment Management

GIC Rates*

as of September 4th.

Cashable 90 day 1 year 2 year 3 year 4 year 5 year

1.20% 1.45% 1.95% 2.15% 2.35% 2.40% 2.55%

*Rates subject to change without notice.

Manulife Securities Incorporated is a Member of the Canadian Investor Protection Fund. Insurance products and services are offered through Manulife Securities Insurance Agency (a licensed life insurance agency and affiliate of Manulife Securities) by Manulife Securities Advisors licensed as life agents. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company is the sole issuer of the Manulife GIF Select insurance contract which offers the IncomePlus benefit and the guarantor of any guarantee provision therein.

Call us for professional, free consultations! • Ph: 250-342-2112 • Fax: 250-342-2113 • 712-10th Street, Invermere

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Jason A. Elford, CFP®

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Thank you!


School’s in session

hank you to all of the people who attended our surprise 50th birthday party. We would like to express how overwhelmed we were to see all of our good friends and family who were able to participate in this special event for the both of us. We would also like to give a special thank you to Bob, Dixie and all the staff at Coys Par 3 for all they have done to make this party a success. Also, thank you Krystle, Deb, Barb, Judy, Marlene Chabot for your photography, the girls behind the bar, the band and our husbands Gary and Phil. To our sister Shelly, thank you, for all your hard work to make our 50th birthday unforgettable. Mack, Joelle, Gary and Phil. Your speeches came from the heart and tears of endearment were felt by many. We feel very special to have you all in our lives. What a perfect day it was for the both of us and we will surely always remember and cherish our memories of that day. The only thing we can say at this point is, “We hope you will all be able to attend our surprise 60th Party”. Ha! Many thanks to all.

Excited students poured back into classrooms all over the Columbia Valley as the school year resumed on September 4th. Pictured, above (left to right): Steven Clark, Jack MacSteven, and Kyler Shmigelsky reunite for another year of fun at J.A. Laird Elementary. Bottom: David Thompson Secondary student, Julia Hoobanoff, finds her locker for the 2012/2013 school year. Photos by Kristian Rasmussen

Nor & Cor Ruault

Regional District of East Kootenay WATER SYSTEM FLUSHING

Windermere, Holland Creek, Timber Ridge and Edgewater The Regional District of East Kootenay will be doing its annual water system flushing between now and the end of October. Users in Windermere, Holland Creek, Timber Ridge and Edgewater may notice temporary water discolouration for a short period of time. If there is any discolouration of water, please run your cold water taps until the water is clear. For more information on the flushing program, contact: Brian Funke, RDEK Engineering Services Manager 250-489-2791 or toll free 1-888-478-7335 or REGIONAL DISTRICT OF EAST KOOTENAY

Main Office Phone: 250-489-2791 Toll Free: 1-888-478-7335 Columbia Valley Office Phone: 250-342-0063 Email: Website:

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Invermere Farmers Market closes shop for season

By Kristian Rasmussen Pioneer Staff

The coming of fall will soon mean that lovers of local products will have only one more day to savour some valley staples. Saturday, September 8th marks the end of the 2012 season for the Invermere Farmers Market. “This is your last chance to get the best fresh fruit, veggies, and goods to start up your Christmas shopping,” said Julia Oaks, market organizer. This year’s market was a massive success, Ms. Oaks added. The B.C. Farmers Market Association completed a survey on the increasingly popular celebration of everything local. On August 25th the market hosted 4,000 customers shuffling through the busy attraction. “Some people say that it is too busy downtown,” Ms. Oaks said. “I am not taking that as a complaint.” To service the large amount of sightseers scanning stalls, the event organizer had the task of managing an equally large number of applications for this year. More than 200 vendors applied for a coveted spot in the popular local event, which was a new record for the market. While lack of patronage was not an

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issue, a lack of space was. Ms. Oaks was tasked with offering equal coverage for all vendors, while not duplicating the products offered at the market, and keeping the number of stalls between 50 and 60. “The biggest challenge is working with the politics of having so many applications,” she said. “To make things fair for everybody is a pretty big challenge.” To keep the market’s vendors as fresh as the produce they sell required Ms. Oaks to create a rotation system where stalls that sell a particular item would alternate week-to-week. Even with a series of rotating vendors, the market still had a waiting list of merchants almost every week, she added. The Invermere organizer counted this year as a standout, which she credits to the quality of the items offered by sellers. “I like how our local people are able to be a part of this and show off their awesome stuff, from food to jewelry,” she said. “I am really proud of my vendors.” The Farmers Market will be held for the very last time this season on September 8th between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on 12th street in downtown Invermere. For more information, contact

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Your Local COLUMBIA VALLEY REAL ESTATE Professionals Geoff Hill

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HERE TO SERVE YOU a Building Science Company

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

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The Columbia Valley Pioneer • 21 Wood Blinds

September 7, 2012

Interior World

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Gel N More Nails by Leanne

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HERE TO SERVE YOU Hourly or Contract Rates Available • Excavator • Mini-Excavator • Bobcats • Dump Truck • Compaction Equipment • Street Sweeping • Underground Services • Site Prep • Road Building • Land Clearing • Landscaping • Basements

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

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September 7, 2012 . . . Letters continued from page 8

Wilmer water trustees not aiming to veto development Dear Editor: After reading Mr. Farmer’s letter regarding the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Official Community Plan (OCP) for area G, I feel I must comment on his statement that “Wilmer also has the Wilmer Waterworks District, without whose approval any kind of development is impossible.” The Wilmer Waterworks Improvement District (WWID) is comprised of five trustees who are elected by the residents of Wilmer to oversee the operation and maintenance of the town’s water system. The trustees do not decide what kind of development happens in the area of Wilmer. If a developer of a neighbouring property outside Wilmer town boundaries approaches the improvement district about accessing the Wilmer water system, the trustees do not make the decision to say yes or no. The trustees bring the proposal to the homeowners of Wilmer for a decision. The trustees then relay the town’s decision to the developer. Turning down a developer does

not mean that development can never take place; it just means that it will not take place using Wilmer water. This brings me to the official community plan questionnaire that has been sent to the residents of Area G. We have not been told to participate, but asked to. Zoning of property is in the hands of the regional district who represent the residents of Area G. The regional district board is asking the residents what development they want to see in their area in the future. This does not mean that there is a “hidden agenda” or even a proposal in the works, but that the regional district would like to know how people feel in advance of any proposals that may be put forward. I would encourage everyone who received a questionnaire to read it thoughtfully, fill it out and return it. It is your chance to have your opinion heard. If you do not respond when asked, the natural assumption is that you do not care one way or the other. Karen Reisle, Wilmer Wilmer Waterworks Improvement District trustee

European Dinner Edgewater Legion

September 16th, 2012 Cocktails – 5:30 p.m. Dinner – 6:30 p.m.

Adults $1$7 • Seniors (55+) $15 6 FREE Under 12 15 • Under (Must be with adult)

Vision To encourage and teach participants how to improve their quality of life through walking, running and other life sports.

FALL RUNNING CLINIC Six-week Session Wednesday evenings starting September 12th. Beginner and intermediate/advanced class.

To register call Michelle Taylor at 250-342-8737 or go to

HERE TO SERVE YOU VJ (Butch) Bishop Owner/Operator

Judy: (250) 341-1903

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



• House Checking • Cleaning • Complications • Details

■ Lockout Service ■ Lake Recovery ■ 24 Hour Towing ■ Prompt Service

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Pioneer Classifieds

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lost & found

cheers & Jeers

cheers & Jeers


Multi-family garage sale. Saturday, September 8th, 9 a.m - 1 p.m. Baby clothes, toys, jewelry, hair products, household items, fabric, blinds, Lulu Lemon clothes, skis, rollerblades, books and more. 905 13th Street, Invermere.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Lost: September long weekend, 2010. Silver crucifix around the hockey arena. Sentimental value, reward offered. 403-615-9873.

Cheers to all the drivers who are following our makeshift sign in front of our house! It’s good to know once my kids start riding their bikes farther and farther. Thank you!

Jeers for the hole in my head, Gingerman! Why do you hate me?

You own it, we can store it! Secure, fenced compounds any size up to one acre. Secure containers available. Would also build building to suit for long-term tenant. Zoned heavy industrial. Invermere Industrial Park. Phone 250-3425297, 250-346-3011 or 250-3422100.

Great Garage Sale! Lots of items to be had. Tool bench, sports equipment, household items and more! Saturday, September 8th, 9:30 a.m., 501 13th Ave., Invermere. Multi-family garage sale and estate sale. September 8th, 9 a.m. 1004 11th Ave., Invermere. Friday, September 7th, 1 p.m. - 7 p.m. and Saturday, September 8th, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Entertainment unit, coffee table, new bike in box still, lots of books, mystery and Danielle Steele, kids/comedy VHS movies, skates, lots of women’s clothes size S-M, 5-7, baby items, dodge fiberglass tonneau cover, big speakers and lots of other goodies! My junk may be your treasure! All priced to sell. 9185 Fairview Ave., Wilmer, (2nd right down Smith Street). Moving sale. 4840 Borrego Ridge Road #21. Saturday, September 8th, 8 a.m. - noon. Lots of great stuff.

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. on Fridays 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 p.m. - 9 p.m. Enjoy 10% off all orders.

Lost: two pieces of EZ dock, joined together to make one 10’ x 10’ dock. Reward offered! Call Drew at 403861-5299.

cheers & Jeers Jeers to people who think they can set their own hours and still collect a paycheque for full days! We need dedicated employees in order to keep this area alive. Time for “valley time” to stop. Cheers to the Mount Nelson Skate and Bike Park. Seems to keep a lot of people active and away from their TVs!

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 250-3428255.

Cheers to Valley Foods for stocking lots of locally produced, organic, healthy foods!

Narcotics Anonymous meeting now available. Thursdays at 8 p.m. Call 250-342-1071 for more info.

Cheers to Hung at AG Valley Foods for making the most delicious sandwiches. You sir, are awesome!

s Memoriam s Jacob (Jake) Mosimann July 21st, 1919 - August 24th, 2012.

Jake passed away peacefully in Nanaimo, B.C. on August 24th, 2012 at the age of 93. John & Vivian Carson (step-daughter) would like everyone to join them at the Invermere Legion on September 13th, 2012 at 12 p.m. for a lunch and a celebration of life.

Cheers to Herb Weller for providing such an awesome adventure for us at the Reaching Higher Invermere Climbing Wall. It was the highlight of our vacation week! ~ Ethan and Riley of Onoway, Alberta.

Cheers to all the kids who attended the Children’s Program at the museum. It was fun and a real experience for us; we hope you can come again next year and bring your friends too. We were all blessed by you being there. Cheers to From Scratch A Mountain Kitchen for being so accommodating and providing such appetizing food for our recent event. Thank you so much. Much appreciated. Jeers to people who continue to complain, but don’t step up to volunteer. Shame on you.

Cheers to Sophie of Sophie’s Original Choice for going out of your way with all of your acts of kindness and selfless giving! You bring more joy than you realize and your smile lights up any room. Thanks again. Jeers to the inconsiderate person cutting their lawn at 11 p.m. on a Thursday night in Radium. Some of us value our sleep. Cheers to Jeff at Sobeys for a great smile and the BEST customer service. Huge cheers to Brian Stade for dedicating nearly 40 years of his life to public education as a school administrator, teacher, counsellor. Brian made such an incredibly positive impact on thousands of young people and his dedication, hard work, positive energy and good humour will be missed. Congratulations on your wellearned retirement. Shucks darn, you deserve the biggest hero cookie of them all! Cheers to Darrin at Radium Resort Restaurant for the outstanding customer service. Cheers to the wonderful team at The Pioneer paper. It’s hard to find something of good quality that is still free. Keep up the phenomenal work!

A very big cheers to Tom, Shane, Collin and the entire Mountainside Golf Course crew for bringing our beloved course back. Cheers to Jackie and Colleen for all your help on August 17th. It wouldn’t have been the same without your special touches and your discerning eyes. You are amazing co-workers and special friends. Cheers to all the workers at Rainbow International. Excellent job of restoring a basement with “water problems”. Thank you very much for all the hard work you guys did on a Friday night just before the long weekend! Cheers to Sally and Larry for their never-ending supply of delicious desserts. Our waistlines don’t need them but they are so good. You are the best. Thank you! Cheers to the man in the little office across from Tim Hortons who contributed to our family’s green fees and saved us money on the weekend. ~ Calgary family Cheers to Craig Smith at the Valley Fitness Centre. I am out of pain. Thank you. Jeers to local government for allowing a used car lot to be on the road leading into town. Tacky!


A big cheers to Phyllis Jackson and Anne Picton for their well-deserved honours. Congrats.

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

Cheers to the piper west of Windermere. You make our evenings on the lake just that much more special. Thank you from the family in the green and white boat.

STORAGE SPACE – assorted sizes, easy access, immediate availability, long-term or short-term. Deck Properties Warehouse, Industrial Park: 250-342-3166.

commercial space Rent/sell: approx 2,400 sq. ft. between Home Renovation Centre & Fitz Flooring. For more information please call Lorne at 250-270-0102. For lease: 1,200 sq. ft. office space. Available immediately. Call Scott at 250-342-5758. For lease: 2,000 sq. ft. office and warehouse space. Located at #2 108 Industrial Road #2. Phone Leo at 250-342-1177. For Lease: newly renovated, beautiful office spaces. Street level. From 250 sq. ft. to 1,200 sq. ft., air-conditioned. Available immediately. Panache Building across from the A&W. Call 250-3425805.

shared accommodation Private room with cable, phone, laundry access, internet, and all utilities included, $400/month + $200 D.D., N/P, 250-342-4020. 2 bedrooms available, $400-500/ month per room. Looking for sporty, health-minded roommates. 250-342-5937.

suite for rent Radium: bachelor – 1-bdrm – 2-bdrm fully furnished units. 1-3 bdrm unfurnished apt. Rent includes heat, hydro, cable, and parking. D.D. required. N/S, pets possible. Call Joan at 250-3427517 for more information and availability.

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CARRIAGE COURT APARTMENTS! Conveniently located behind Sobeys within walking distance to downtown. 2-bdrm townhouse units, outside entrance. Sliding glass doors open onto balcony, overlooking private courtyard. Fireplace and W/D included in each unit. Long-term preferred, N/P. Utilities not included. $750/month. Available immediately. 250-2700729.

Downtown Invermere: 2-bdrm, unfurnished suite. Laundry facilities, N/S, N/P. Call 250-3423155 between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

2-bdrm apartments across from hospital on 10th Ave. Clean, quiet units. Some with washer, dryer and dishwasher. $744/month, utilities extra. N/S, N/P. Denis: 250-3426912. 2-bdrm apartment close to schools and hospital. Large yard, N/S. $775/month. 250-342-3790. 2-bdrm (upper floor) deluxe apartment. Available immediately for long-term rental in Canal Flats. Newly renovated, fridge, stove, W/D, perfect for couples or 2 roommates, N/P, N/S. $650/month + utilities + D.D. Call after 6 p.m. 250-342-3345. Clean, quiet, bright, large, 1-bdrm upstairs suite for rent in Columere Park. $600/month + hydro. Call 250-345-6524. Lovely, large 2-bdrm suite in Invermere with private entrance. Very close to downtown and schools. W/D, F/S, $675/month + utilities. Available immediately. Jeff 250-688-1105.

Large 2-bdrm, main floor, 4-plex unit in Windermere, near the beach. 5 appliances incl. washer/ dryer. $800/month. Call or text 403-836-6059. Radium: bachelor suite for rent, utilities included, $350/month. 250-347-6420. 2-bdrm basement suite + den. Private yard, wood stove, $700/ month + utilities. Available immediately. 250-342-5332. Fairmont: furnished/unfurnished, very bright and very clean 1-bdrm, 1-bath ground-level suite with separate entrance. In-suite laundry, laminate and ceramic flooring, end unit, quiet complex, private patio area. Fridge, stove, dishwasher, and microwave in kitchen. N/S, N/P, $650/month, includes water and cable. Call 250-345-9118, text or call 780-945-0508, or email .

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1-bdrm, above-ground suite. Separate entrance, quiet location in Windermere. $550/month + 1/2 utilities. N/P, N/S. 250-342-2082.

Radium: bright, open plan, 3-bdrm, 2-bath mountain home for rent. $1,375/month + utilities. Interested in the details and photos? Contact us by email at rentalsradium@ or call 250-341-1454 or 250-342-1524.

Invermere: clean, modern, 2-bdrm suite. Very short walk to downtown. W/D, dishwasher, N/S. $950/month, utilities included. 250-342-3790.

3-bdrm, 1-bath home for rent in downtown Invermere with nice yard, N/S, N/P. Available immediately. $1,350/month + utilities. Call 250-341-1182.

Newly renovated, main floor and upper 2-bdrm + den. Large kitchen, 5-appliances (all new), deck, private storage compartment, downtown Invermere. $900/month + utilities. Available immediately. 403-874-0483.

Completely furnished 4-bdrm Fort Point home with outstanding views and lake access. N/S, N/P. References required. $1,200/ month + utilities. Available from August 23rd until June 15th, 2013. Call 250-342-0477.

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3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, large family home. $1,375 +utilities. 3 bedroom + den, 1.5 bath townhome with garage. $900 + utilities.


5 bedroom, 3.5 bath family home in West Side Park, $1,400 +utilities. 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom fully furnished family home, great location. $1,500 + utilities. 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom family home in Wilder subdivision. $1,295 +utilities. 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom newly renovated family home, close to schools. $1,400, inclusive of Hydro. Newly renovated 1 bedroom suite, downtown. Furnished. $700 +utilities.


5 bedroom executive home. $1,650 + utilities. 2 bedroom, 3 bathroom town home with large garage. $1,300 + utilities.


2 bedroom + den, 1.5 bath, fully furnished and equipped townhome with garage. $1,250 + utilities.


2 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom townhome with garage. $895 +utilities.


Fully furnished and equipped 2 bedroom 2 bathroom condos in Lake Windermere Point and Heron Point from $1,250.

Call Ben Green 250-688-0362 or visit Townhouse for rent at Cedarwood Glen Estates. 3-bdrm, 1.5 baths, garage. $1,200/month + utilities. N/S, N/P. Available immediately. 250-341-1182. Invermere: 3-bdrm semi-detached. Close to all schools and downtown. Available now. Pets negotiable. $850/month + utilities. Call Joan 250-342-7517 for viewing. Edgewater house: 4-bdrm, 3-bath, large fenced yard, wood stove. $1,100/month + utilities. For more info call 250-688-0228. For rent in Edgewater: older 3-bdrm, 1-bath home. 5 appliances, wood/propane heat, pets negotiable. Available August 1st, $750/month with D.D. Call or leave message, 250-347-6453. Fairmont: 2-bdrm, 2-bath house on a large lot. 6 appliances and vacuflo. N/S, pets negotiable. Available immediately. References and D.D. required. $800/month + utilities. Phone 250-345-6194.

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Condo for rent

Invermere: 3 + bedroom home in Pine Ridge. Close to schools and walking trails. 5 appliances, large deck, large family room and 3 bathrooms. $1,400/moth + utilities and D.D. Available October 1st. Call 250-347-7775 to arrange a viewing.

Invermere: 2-bdrm, pet friendly house with fenced yard, W/D, wood stove. $1,050/month. Available September 15th. Call 250-341-5427.

Akiskinook 1-bdrm furnished town home. Dishwasher, plasma TV/ cable, pool, spa, beach. September 15th to June 1st. N/S, N/P, $749/ month + utilities. Payments by credit card. 403-293-3870.

Walk to downtown and Kinsmen beach. 3-bdrm, main floor of house, separate entrance, 5 appliances, deck, view. Shed, yard, N/P, N/S, no partiers. References and D.D. required. Rent negotiable, water, hydro, heat included. Available October 1st. 250-342-7590. 2-bdrm farm house in Fairmont Hot Springs, adjacent to Funtasia. Available until April. Rent $650/ month + utilities. Rental is conditional to caring about animals, in the park, and light snow removal. Remuneration available. Please call Funtasia, 250-345-4511 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. or 250345-4558 evenings. Small 3-bdrm house in Windermere on 5 acres. $900/month + utilities. 250-342-6255. Windermere: 3-bdrm, 1-bath, 5 appliances, mobile on large lot, newly redecorated. Quiet residential street, N/P, N/S, $800/ month + utilities. October 1st. 403286-1132. Very large 4-bdrm house in downtown Invermere near schools. W/D, dishwasher, N/S, pets negotiable, $1,350 + utilities, October 1st. 250-341-1650, . Westside Park in Invermere: close to schools. 5-bdrm, 3.5 baths, lots of storage. Deck, HE W/D, deepfreeze, dishwasher. $1,400 + utilities, and $700 D.D. N/S, pets ok with $700 pet deposit. Available October 1st negotiable. Looking for long-term lease. 250-341-7171. Invermere: 3-bdrm, 2.5-bath, newly renovated, full yard, walk to amenities and bus. W/D, D/W, $1,200/month plus utilities and D.D. Available now. Call DK 250342-5935.

Fairmont, on Riverside Golf Course: 2-bdrm, bright walkout. Fully furnished, includes utilities, cable internet, W/D, dishwasher. Backs onto 1st tee box. $700/month + utilities. 403-710-1275. Very contemporary 3-bdrm, 2-bath, 1/2 duplex. Loft-like master bedroom with ensuite and heated, tile floor. Fully furnished and nice artwork for a 6-month period, or unfurnished for a lease over 1 year. $1,200/month + utilities. Please contact by email, giselle.jigsaw@ .

Condo for rent Hillcrest Apartments have 2-bdrms at $800/month, 1-bdrms at $600/ month. Fully furnished, including utilities, TV and Internet. 250-3411182. Available immediately: 1,700 sq. ft. 3-bdrm, 2.5-bath condo in Copperside. $1,400/month, includes heat, air, water, sewer, propane, underground parking, storage locker. Also includes membership in Lake View Meadows Community Association - private beach access, indoor pool, hot tub, fitness room and tennis court. Small pets welcome, must sign a one-year lease. 250-342-2536. Fairmont: 2-bdrm condo, 1.5-bath, available immediately. Double garage, W/D, N/S, pets negotiable. $1,000/month, water included. References and D.D. required. Prefer lease. 780-914-8342. Available immediately: 2-bdrm, 2 full-bath condo. Furnished in Fairmont Riverside Resort, overlooking golf course, great mountain views. Laundry and storage in unit. 1-year lease, N/S, N/P. Call Sharon at 250-688-1365. 1-bdrm condo near Sobeys. N/P, N/S, very quiet building/ $600/ month + utilities. 250-342-6255.

Akiskinook Resort: 1-bdrm condo, fully furnished, 6-appliances, equipped indoor pool and hot tub. $700/month includes cable. 403281-3991. Radium: Pinewood condo available immediately. 2-bdrm, 2 full bath, fireplace, underground parking. N/P, N/S. $875/month includes utilities. 403-690-3166. Available October 1st: 3-bdrm town home corner unit in Invermere, Cedarwood Glen complex. $1,200/ month + utilities. Call Andrea at 250-341-1692 to view. Invermere: 2-bdrm, 1-bath behind hospital and next to playground. Clean, N/S, N/P. Laundry, secure building. $700/month + D.D., includes utilities but not electricity. Available immediately. Call 250342-7547.

Condo for rent Acreages

homes for Sale

Mountain Home For Sale

INVERMERE DUPLEX FOR SALE. Newer, good materials, great location! 2-bdrm, 2.5 baths, air, partially finished, basement, attached garage. You own the land! NO CONDO FEES! Phone 250-3476469 or 250-341-5905.

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.

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250 US gallon tanks for sale. Very versatile, plastic w/ metal 6” opening, 2’ discharge, 125 lbs. $200 for 1 or $300 for 2. Call George. 250347-9500. Hot tub rentals. Week or weekend rates. Valley Spas: 250-342-3922. Quality Top Soil and Manure Topsoil, $160 per dump truck load, $90 per pick-up load. Well-aged cow manure, $120 per pickup load. Delivery extra. Call 250-342-1268.

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

Invest in Edgewater Seiler grand piano., 250347-9668.

Defining Yoga

The Valley Shine Shop

Mallard drake male and female ducks and 8 offspring. 250-3463275.

recreational vehicles

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 .

Bought a new electric stove. Old one still works. Yours if you give me $25 and take it off my front deck! Leave a message at 250-342-0580. Well water pump Grundfos 0.5HP with 100’ electric wire and potable water drop tube, used once $1,000. 250-342-5760. Stihl 8T121 one-man power auger with 6’ of 8” and 2” auger attachments $1,000 OBO. 250-3425760. 120 bags Lignetic Wood Pellets for sale. $4/bag. Delivery not available. Phone 250-341-3754.

Rockies West Realty Independently Owned and Operated

492 Highway 93/95, Invermere, BC

Kim Collens


toll free: 1.877.342.3427 cell: 250.342.1671


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boats for Sale Lund 12’ aluminum fishing boat with trailer, seats, oars, 9.8HP. $2,000 OBO. 250-342-5760.

vehicles for Sale 1998 Ford Explorer Limited. Fully loaded, 199,000 kms., very good condition. $4,800. 250-345-0356. 2005 Ford Freestyle AWD. 51,000 kms., excellent condition. One owner with records, new tires, $7,000 250-342-5760. 1997 Nissan Pathfinder SE. 257,000 kms, black with grey leather interior, good condition, good tires and windshield. Ski and bike racks included. $5,200. Call 250-3422649. 1999 4x4 Chevy Tracker. 5-speed standard. 200,000 kms. 1-year old mud and snow tires with extra rims. Good condition, $3,000. 250341-5530.


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

~ Advancing Your Practice ~ Thursdays, 8:00 - 9:15 p.m., September 13th - October 25th, $84. ~ Senior Yoga ~ Tuesdays, 10:30 - 11:45 a.m., September 11 - October 23, $70. Students must pre-register by September 10th. Call 250-270-0056. All prices are subject to HST. For additional information visit: .



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. Home Building and Renos Chuck Newhouse Builders 250-342-3637 .

Vacuums Parts, repairs & accessories, All makes & models Central Vacuums – sales and installations Bonded & licensed Fine Homeservices 250-342-9207, .

Shannon’s Blinds & Designs Buy Three – Get One Free “Friendly, prompt, reliable, and professional service. She paid attention to the details and it shows!” Tracy & Glen Shannon’s Blinds & Designs 250-342-5749 “Covering the Valley – One Window At A Time”

Dryer Vent and Furnace Cleaning & inspections. Call AQUAIR today! 250-342-5089.

Guitar lessons. Available most evenings and weekends. Call Emily at 250-409-4104.

Water treatment & purification, includes drinking water systems, softeners & conditioners, iron filters. Call AQUAIR, 250-342-5089. Heaven’s Best Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning. Environmentally friendly products. Dry in 1 hour! Call 250-688-0213 or visit .

Keep your vehicle free of salt & road grime. Have it detailed. Basic – deluxe packages available. #35 109 Industrial Rd #2, 250-342-9696. Flooring installations, lino, carpet, laminate and hardwood. 30 years experience. Call 250-347-9192 or 250-341-1235.

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.

Local Website Design Designer seeking new clients, specializing in small to medium websites, blogs or portfolios. Initial meeting and quotes are free. www. . Have you purchased a Mac computer and need a tutor to learn the basics? Making the move to a Mac can be an intimidating experience. I will show you the basics and show you how to get more value from your system. Basic tutoring session, $30/hour. Call Emily at 250-409-4104.


“We don’t cut corners, we clean them!”

Dust-Bunnies Cleaning Residential cleaning and property management. Combine once-a-month cleaning and house checking thru the winter months.

Bonnie Barr, Owner

Health & wellness

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Deluxe top floor 3 bedroom condo at Bighorn Meadows Resort. Premier golf course development with luxurious surroundings and amenities for all to enjoy! ®

1982 Ford Vanguard motorhome. New front tires, new batteries. 50,000 kms, mechanically sound, runs great. $7,000 OBO. 250-3495436.

~ Beginner Yoga ~ Wednesdays 9:30 - 10:45 a.m., September 12th - October 25th, $84. Thursdays, 6:45 - 7:45 p.m., September 13th - October 25th, $77.

BEGIN SEPTEMBER 10TH = REGISTER NOW! Contact Betty Newton at 250-342-6343

25% DISCOUNT on wood or faux wood blinds and pleated shade cleaning.

For all your blind cleaning, installation and repairs call Doug or Cathy Cowan.


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Custom Art Framing. Canvas Printing & Stretching. Photography Classes. 250-342-5102. Look for the red door behind the Invermere Dry Cleaners!

Invermere Petro-Can is currently accepting resumes for F/T and P/T employment. Apply in person to 185 Laurier Street, Invermere between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Pleiades Spa requires certified practitioners or therapist for permanent, part time. Please call 250-347-2100.

Great homemade food at reasonable prices. Luxor Creek Restaurant & Cantina, Spur Valley Greens. 250-347-9051. See us on . RedRock Contracting Installation of bricks, blocks, natural and cultured stones, glass blocks, etc. Plus repairs. Custom slate and tile setting. Interlocking paving stones. Retaining wall systems. For estimates, call 250341-6869, or cell, 250-341-1220. Counter tops and affordable kitchen renovations. Call Darren: 250-341-7024. ODD JOBS ENT HAULING. Garbage, brush and construction disposal. Mulch deliveries. Call Dale Hunt at 250-342-3569.

HELP WANTED Kool Country Towing is looking for a Tow Truck Operator. Experience an asset or will train the right individual. Class 5 with air brakes. Full-time. Start immediately. Wages depend upon experience. Apply in person with resume at Kool Country in the Industrial Park or call Ivan: 250-342-1700.

Strand’s Old House Restaurant is looking for a student returning to school, who is interested in cooking, to fill a part-time, evening position. Also looking for part-time evening kitchen help. Apply in person to Tony Wood. Have fun and earn extra income What’s better than extra money? FREE JEWELRY! As a Silpada representative selling sterling silver jewelry, you can earn 30% commission on your sales, expensepaid trips and free jewelry. Why not get paid to party for a living? Call 341-5956 and start your jewelry business now.

HVAC INSTALLER/ SHEET METAL WORKER Required by a well-established local business. A full-time position is available for a responsible, self-motivated individual with a professional appearance. Knowledge of sheet metal is an asset however training and/or apprenticeship training will be provided to the right applicant. Must have a valid B.C. driver’s licence.

Please send resume complete with references to: Diamond Heating & Spas Ltd. 385 Laurier St., Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K7 Fax: (250) 342-7103 • Email:

Journeyman Electrician for residential and service work. $26 – $32/hour depending on experience. Benefit package. Service van. Send resume to or fax to 1-866-673-5175.

Help wanted

Store Manager / Storage Consultant Real Storage, one of Western Canada’s fastest growing self storage providers is seeking business minded trendsetters to join our team. Our success begins with and endures because of our people. At Real Storage, we seek out talented people and are committed to meeting their career needs as well as offering an environment of empowerment and innovation. Our current operation in Windermere has opportunities for the following positions: Store Manager: A dynamic self motivated individual with proven leadership qualities and a passion for team building, you will be challenged with overseeing daily operations in accordance to established organizational and budgetary objectives. Storage Consultant: A customer services and sales driven professional who enjoys a team environment, you will be challenged with delivering products and services that consistently exceed our customer’s expectations.

Employment Opportunity

These challenging positions require an enthusiastic individual who possesses great organizational and communication skills in addition to being team oriented.

The College of the Rockies is a learner-centered institution. We invite all qualified applicants who value high quality program delivery and customer service excellence to apply for…

Real Storage offers excellent compensation package, uniform allowance, flexible hours and ongoing training for your professional development. Real Storage in an equal opportunity employer.

Program Coordinator

Helna’s Stube is looking for a parttime server and kitchen help/ dishwasher. Please call 250-3470047 or email Looking for housekeeper/nanny for 20-30 hours per week. Starting at $20/hour. Willing to have a criminal record check. Please call 250-3427206.

Please call 250-341-6299 to place your classified ad.

Invermere Campus, Term Full Time

Please submit your resume and salary expectations to: Real Storage LP Attention: Human Resources Email: or

Please quote competition numbers: 12-CU-29 For a full description of these job postings and instructions on how to apply visit: 1 877 489-2687 • 250 489-8208 •

Join the team at Radium ResoRt! Radium Resort offers year-round accommodation with over 100 guest rooms including condominiums and villas and is the proud home of The Springs and The Resort Golf Courses. Amenities include superb banquet and dining facilities, swimming pool, hot tub, squash, racquetball and tennis courts, fitness center and spa. Employees of Radium Resort are team-oriented and have a genuine desire to provide outstanding guest service in a progressive work environment. We offer employees an opportunity to work and play at one of Canada’s premier resorts, while enjoying a Rocky Mountain lifestyle.

The Pioneer can take your dollar farther! With triple the circulation of other local newspapers, your advertising is really going somewhere.

We are currently accepting applications for the following full and part-time positions:

Accounting Assistant A full-time Accounting Assistant is required for a high paced property management company. The ideal candidate would possess the following qualifications: • Accounting experience including Accounts Payable/ Receivable and Payroll • Excellent computer skills: Excel, Word and Outlook • Detail oriented and highly organized • Energetic team player, familiar with working in an office environment If you wish to work with a company that offers potential for your own growth, please email your resume to

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Golf Outside Service Attendant Server Beverage Cart Server Halfway House Server Room Attendant Front Desk Agent Bell Person Cook

Please submit resumes to or apply in person to the front desk. 250.347.9311


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

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Moving up in the world Mark BraundRead, CAO for the Village of Radium Hot Springs, scales a rock face at Barbour Rock near Lake Lillian during an afterwork group climbing session.

Blast brothers Ron Nemecek from Golden (left) and Bill Campbell from Calgary share a fist bump during the skeet shooting section of the Bugaboo Blast weekend. The event, from September 1st2nd, was hosted by the Lake Windermere District Rod & Gun Club. Photo by Kate Irwin

Photo by Kristian Rasmussen


Scaling new heights The Pioneer’s annual Travel Contest takes our intrepid readers across the globe to snap pics with their favourite paper. To enter, send your photos to or drop by #8-1008 8th Avenue, Invermere to have your photo scanned. You can win two tickets to a Calgary Flames game, plus one night’s accommodation in Calgary, courtesy of Invermere’s Travel World. Pictured, left to right: Kaleigh Shoemaker of Dry Gulch climbs at Kila Crag near Kalispell, Montana; Norm Hendricks, with grandson Ben Wiegert and wife Jeannette in front of the Matterhorn in the Alps, on the border between Switzerland and Italy.

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Big-rig driver earns even bigger award 300 hours to fully restore his vehicle. Among his additions were LED lights to the roof, a large polished aluminum drop visor for the cab and a custom grill. “There's a lot of work and time that I put into that truck, but the whole thing came out exactly how I pictured it,” he added. Braden was the only contestant from B.C. His main competitor was a Peterbilt dump truck pulling a freshlypolished quad axle dump box, which took first place. The Invermere trucker began driving when he was 19 after his girlfriend's dad, Harry Ferguson, owner of H & D Contracting, trained him how to drive and set him up with a job. Since then, through the help of his mother, Camille, and father-in-law, Rick Fiddis, he estimates that he has already driven 1,400,000 kilometres during his 10-year career. “I really enjoy being able to get up and do this job and have a nice clean shiny truck that is working all the time,” he said. “This is a part of me that will never go away.”

By Kristian Rasmussen Pioneer Staff While many of us struggle some days to parallel park a subcompact car on paved streets, an Invermere man must negotiate up to 50 tonnes of logs off-road. Ice, rain, and snow, are sometimes his only companions while driving tight backcountry roads in a logging truck that has proven it can still look good when it hits the pavement. Braden Howie, 29, is a professional driver and the recipient of Pro-Trucker Magazine's Big-Rig Weekend specialty class second-place trophy. He received the award for the complete restoration of his prized 2001 Western Star logging truck in Red Deer, Aberta, August 18th. The specialty class that Braden competed in was made up of rigs set up to go a notch above the average truck, including oilfield vehicles and specialty dump trucks. Cleaning and restoring his rig to compete against the shiniest chrome that the industry has to offer was a long task. “I worked two months non-stop on it sandblasting,” he said “I went right through the whole truck and painted the top half and fenders and added all new chrome. I also added a whole whack of new lights.” The Invermere driver estimates that he spent close to

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Drive-in delights locals By Pioneer Staff Radium Hot Springs’ third annual drive-in movie night was a sold-out success, setting the stage for another drive-in to take place next year, for a fourth year in a row. “It went really well,” said treasurer Karen Sharp from the Radium Events Committee, who put on the movie night. With 145 vehicles packing the field and an estimated average of four people per vehicle, the event drew around 600 people. The $25 fee per vehicle helped balance out the event and licensing fee required to play the animated movie Brave, which was a hit with adults and youngsters alike. An inflatable screen set up by Fresh

Air Cinema, a mobile movie events crew, and sound provided from both external speakers and a radio broadcast to vehicles parked in the Radium Resort field just off Highway 93/95, ensured movie goers had a good experience, said Ms. Sharp. Concession sales were carried out by the David Thompson Secondary School junior girls volleyball team and Kootenay Youth for Kenya 2013, a group of local students fundraising for a trip to Africa in March to help build a school. UPPER DECK — Lukas Grieve, 4, of Invermere, enjoys the view from his family’s minivan. Lukas and his family arrived two-and-a-half hours early to get front row seats for the film.  Photo by Greg Amos

Environmental Assessment of the Proposed Fording River Operations Swift Project

Open House and Invitation to Comment Teck Coal Limited (Proponent) is proposing an extension to its existing Fording River Operations located north of Elkford, within the East Kootenay region of southeastern B.C., referred to as the Swift Project (proposed Project). The proposed Project would maintain the existing production capacity of the Fording River Operations and would extend overall mine life by approximately 20 years.

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

EAO accepts public comments through the following ways: The Proponent must obtain an environmental assessment certificate • By online form: (Certificate) before any work can be undertaken on the proposed Project. • By mail: Tracy James However, prior to submission of an application for a Certificate (Application) Project Assessment Manager by the Proponent, Environmental Assessment Office of British Columbia (EAO) Environmental Assessment Office must first approve Application Information Requirements. P.O. Box 9426 Stn. Prov. Govt.

The Application Information Requirements will specify the studies to be Victoria, B.C. V8W 9V1 conducted and the detailed information to be provided by the Proponent • By fax: 250-387-2208 in its Application. EAO has now received draft Application Information EAO invites the public to attend an Open House about the purpose and content Requirements from the Proponent and invites comments on this draft. of the draft Application Information Requirements. The Open House will be The intention of seeking public comments is to ensure that all potential effects held – environmental, economic, social, heritage and health – that might result at: Elkford Community Conference Centre (Teck Room) from the Project are identified for consideration as part of the environmental 818 Michel Road assessment process. Elkford, B.C.

There are 30 days for the submission of written comments by the public in on: September 19, 2012 relation to the draft Application Information Requirements. The comment from: 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. period will begin on September 19, 2012 and end on October 19, 2012. EAO, the Proponent and the Proponent’s environmental assessment An electronic copy of the draft Application Information Requirements and consultants will be present to provide information and respond to questions information regarding the environmental assessment process will be available about the Application Information Requirements at the Open House. All at on September 19, 2012. written comments received during the 30-day public comment period in Copies of the Draft Application Information Requirements are also available relation to the draft Application Information Requirements will be considered. After taking public comments into account, EAO will finalize the Application for viewing at these locations during the comment period: Information Requirements and issue them to the Proponent. • District of Elkford Municipal Office (816 Michel Rd., Elkford, B.C.) If you are unable to participate at this time, there will be an additional • District of Sparwood Municipal Office (136 Spruce Ave, Sparwood, B.C.) comment period during the Application review stage when you will also be • Fernie City Hall (501-3rd Ave, Fernie, B.C.) able to provide comments to the EAO on the proposed Project. NOTE: All written submissions received by EAO during the comment period in relation to the proposed. Project are considered public and will be posted to the EAO website.

Fire scorches 1,000 hectares By Kristian Rasmussen Pioneer Staff A fire on Octopus Mountain has spread its tentacles over an additional 256 hectares of Kootenay National Park. Since The Pioneer reported on the forest fire on August 31st, the blaze has grown from 676 hectares to 932 hectares, as of September 4th. “The plan for the fire is to continue monitoring the growth and forecasting potential growth,” said Dani McIntosh, fire communications officer for Parks Canada. “As long as the fire continues to burn within the containment area, fire personnel will continue to let it play out on the landscape,” There are still two fire crews actively monitoring the blaze from the Lake Louise-Yoho-Kootenay field unit. The fire received a sprinkling of 10 millimetres of rain over the September long weekend, which has helped to reduce the risk of it spreading and lessened the amount of smoke billowing from the area. The fire danger warning for the field unit remains at moderate. Under moderate conditions fires spread along the surface of the ground with the occasional tree or clump of trees igniting, Ms. McIntosh added. Backcountry explorers are asked to carry out activities in the area with vigilance. For more information on safely enjoying the backcountry while preventing forest fires please visit

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Getting back to worship By Pastor Rev. Fraser Coltman, St. Peter’s Lutheran Mission of Invermere “Hello, Pastor,” said Jim. The two men chatted amiably for a few minutes, and then Jim said, “You’ve probably wondered why you don’t see me at church anymore.” The pastor admitted that he had. “Well,” Jim continued, “my life has just grown so busy; I’ve so much to do at the office and at home with my family, and Sunday morning is my only little oasis of rest. It’s the only time I can sleep in a little, make a leisurely breakfast, look over the newspaper and then get out on the course for 18 holes.” Jim’s story is easy to relate to, even for me as a pastor. Life is filled with activity these days (especially at this time of year). It feels like “everybody wants a piece of us.” Our calendars are covered with appointments. Our to-do lists never seem to end. It’s no wonder that people don’t feel as if they have the time to commit themselves to practices like church-going worship. After all, what do we really accomplish there? Admittedly, we do very little when we gather for worship, and that may be a big part of the point. Left to ourselves, we become caught up in so many

things (often very good things), that we work ourselves from sun-up until we finally turn out the lights and call it a day. In this day of mobile computers and smartphones, the line between work and home life has been erased. Strong, culturally approved desires for prosperity move us to get ahead, even at the expense of time with our families. We all work so hard; so hard that we have little time to reflect on the direction our lives are taking. When life is centered on our work, we are really centered on ourselves. If we are successful, our work is like a powerful drug delivering us a steady high. If we run into trouble of some kind, that same work becomes a burden that can spiral us into a deep pit. Is the sum of our lives just our work? No, we are more than drones, and that is actually where a life of worship does help us. The true focus of a Christian worship service is not us. We don’t get seated in church in order of our accomplishments or according to our financial worth. As we join in songs, hymns and prayers, as we listen to Scripture readings and sermons, and as we receive the Lord’s Supper, we are drawn into an attentive posture, paying attention to God and His thoughts and acts in our lives. If we stick with it, we’ll grow in the conviction that God’s presence and work in our lives is the foundation for any work we do. Our focus will move from selfcenteredness to an emphasis on God and other people, and we will grow less obsessed with our work and freer to work out of faith and love.

Mudslide masters The Fairmont Mountainside Ladies Golf Club eight woman team — a.k.a. the Mountainside Mudslide Mamas — won the East Kootenay Ladies Team Challenge low net tournament held on Thursday, August 23rd. Pictured (clockwise from top left) are Pat Slack, Joan Selzer, Sharron Taillieu, Bev Maye, Nancy Clarke, Dolores Neilson, Karen Knight, and Barb McDonald. Submitted photo

LAKE WINDERMERE ALLIANCE CHURCH Sunday, September 9th, 10:30 a.m. Worship and Life Instruction,“Truth For Today From The Old Testament: God’s Greatest Dream” Pastor Trevor ministering. “K.I.D.S.” Church, for children age 3 to Grade 1; and Grade 2 to Grade 5, during the Morning Service. 7 p.m.: “SING and CELEBRATE” L.W.A.C. Pastor Trevor Hagan • 326 - 10th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-9535 • Windermere Valley Shared Ministry ANGLICAN-UNITED 9:30 a.m.: God’s Breakfast Club. 10:30 a.m.: Worship at Christ Church Trinity, Invermere. Reverend Laura Hermakin 110 - 7th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-6644 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. Saturday: 7 p.m. and Sunday: 9 a.m. at Canadian Martyrs’ Church in Invermere. Sunday: 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church in Radium. Father Gabriel • 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. • Relief Society, 11:15 a.m. President Barry Pratt • Columbia Valley Branch 5014 Fairway, Fairmont Hot Springs • 250-341-5792

You can remember someone special with your gift to the Canadian Cancer Society To donate In Memory or In Honour: | 250-426-8916 or call toll-free 1-800-656-6426 or mail to: P. O. Box 102 Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 Please include: Your name an address for tax receipt Name of the person being remembered Name and address to send card to

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Strong Start is back!

Strong Start is a parent-and-child program that focuses on healthy early childhood development and school readiness for children from birth to school age. Caregivers and kids are invited for facilitated crafts, games, gym time, songs, stories and snack. Strong Start is funded by the B.C. Ministry of Education, provided in partnership with district schools and the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy. Strong Start runs daily 9:00 – 11:00am in the Windermere Zone of School District 6, beginning Monday September 10. Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at Eileen Madson Primary 2001 – 15th Avenue, Invermere Wednesdays and Fridays at Edgewater Elementary 5813 Sinclair Road, Edgewater Mondays and Thursdays at Martin Morigeau Elementary (beginning Thursday September 13) 4891 Beatty Avenue, Canal Flats

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