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November 30, 2012 Vol. 9/Issue 48


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The Pioneer hit the streets of downtown Invermere on Thursday, November 22nd to ask six locals what they thought of the provincial government’s decision to create a mountain resort municipality for Jumbo Glacier.

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I am against it 100 per cent because I just don’t want this for this valley. I have lived here for 38 years and I think they should keep Jumbo Wild I love going outside my door and seeing and not put a ski resort in there. I am the beauty of this area. If I want to see just against it. crowds and business I will go to Calgary.

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I don’t know whether it is a good thing or a bad thing. I do agree with the idea that it has been formed and there are no people there. How do you run a municipality without people?

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Valley NEWS

Jumbo Glacier governance taking shape By Greg Amos, Pioneer Staff With a new municipality set to launch in the mountains 55 kilometres west of Invermere in less than three months, a flurry of planning activity is now underway across the valley. The 15-member Regional District of East Kootenay board is preparing to welcome a sixteenth, non-voting member early next year: the Jumbo Glacier mountain resort municipality, which itself is holding an incorporation and first council meeting on February 19th, 2013. “We are actually meeting staff-to-staff this afternoon with the interim corporate officer of Jumbo,” regional district chief administrative officer Lee-Ann Crane told The Pioneer on November 28th. “It is the same with any municipality; it takes time to figure out the technical details.” A copy of the letters patent — the paperwork behind

the salary of interim corporate officer Phil Taylor. The municipality won’t initially be allowed any long term or capital borrowing that would require elector approval, such as an alternative approval process or a referendum. Like all other towns and cities in B.C., Jumbo Glacier will be required to have an official community plan (OCP) – but unlike other municipalities, the Jumbo Glacier master development agreement will take precedence over the community plan. The letters patent dictate the plan must be in place by February 28, 2015. Three advisory councils will be set up for the municipality: a resort advisory council, an environmental advisory body, and a First Nations advisory body including a member of the Shuswap Indian Band or the Ktunaxa Nation. All the advisory bodies must be in place by June 18, 2013, and stay in place until the first election, or until 15 years after the date of incorporation.

the provincial order-in-council that created the Jumbo Glacier municipality — obtained by The Pioneer lays out the details of how the new municipality will be set up. The Jumbo Glacier regional district board member could be any one of appointed Jumbo mayor Greg Deck, or councillors Steve Ostrander and Nancy Huganin. That board member will gain a vote at the regional table either on January 1, 2017, or on the first day of the year after the new municipality’s property assessment roll reaches a value of $30 million. The area of the municipality consists of 6,131 hectares (61 square kilometres), with the ski resort’s value pegged at anywhere between $400 and $900 million once fully built. The municipality is launching with $200,000 from the province to assist with the setup and organization of the local government, as well as $60,000 to fund

Invermere Thrift Shop targeted twice by thieves By Kristian Rasmussen Pioneer Staff








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A beacon of charity and goodwill in the Invermere community has found itself victim of dual acts of theft and vandalism within a 10 day period. Workers at the Invermere Health Care Auxiliary Thrift Shop arrived on the morning of Thursday, November 22nd to find two large holes cut into the chain link fence at the rear loading dock of the building. Bags of clothing were torn into with items scattered on the ground. Three young adults were filmed in the act by the store’s surveillance camera. “I get so frustrated,” said Evelyn Baertschi, Thrift Shop vice president. “It is more damage than anything else. It could be another $2,000 to fix the fence and the camera because I don’t know if it has been damaged.” 180cm total snowfall 80cm summit base

Ripping apart the rear fence was the second of two acts of theft and vandalism at the facility. On the morning of Tuesday, November 13th, volunteers were greeted by a mess of donation clothing bags torn into with donated items spread everywhere around the drop off site at the rear parking lot behind the building. “I was surprised and not surprised,” said Debi Nichol, a Thrift Shop volunteer. “We have been vandalized before, but not to this extent.” Volunteers at the Invermere Health Care Thrift Shop have donated over 10,000 hours of their personal time to raise money for equipment to improve patient care at the Invermere and District Hospital, added Jo Anne Myers in a letter to The Pioneer. “There is no reason for this vandalism and theft to occur. We need the public’s help to stop this.”

BRAZEN BANDITS — Pictured, left, a female shoplifter is caught on camera. Right: a Trespasser is observed rifling through donations while an accomplice stands watch at the Invermere Thrift Shop during the morning hours of November 13th. Anyone with any information on the Thrift Shop thefts and vandalism is asked to contact the Columbia Valley RCMP detachment at 250-342-9292.

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• On November 23rd at 8:10 a.m., the Columbia Valley detachment received a complaint of a damaged fence at the Thrift Store. It appears that items left for donation are being stolen. Anyone with information is requested to contact the detachment. The money raised at the Thrift Store goes to our local hospital. • On November 23rd, the Detachment received a complaint of a severely injured deer on Merlo Road. Members attended the scene, and due to the deer’s injuries, it was put down by the responding member. • On November 24th at 1:19 a.m., the Columbia Valley detachment received a complaint of a hit and run. A 2001 Ford pickup truck hit a light standard in Radium Hot Springs at McKay and Main Street. The direction of travel was provided to the police, who located the vehicle within five minutes of the complaint on Highway 93/95. The 24-year-old driver from Vanderhoof displayed signs of impairment and was given an ASD demand. The driver blew a fail. The vehicle was impounded for 30 days, his licence was suspended for 90 days and he was issued a ticket for failing to remain at the scene of an accident. • On November 26th at 1:22 a.m., Columbia Valley detachment members attended to a complaint of domestic abuse assault in the 1300 block of 8th Avenue in Invermere. A 23-year-old male was assaulted and observed to have a number of marks on him to indicate an assault had taken place. As a result of the investigation, a 20-year-old female was arrested and charged with assault. The female will be appearing in Invermere Provincial Court on February 12th.

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of money be sent to this company in order to obtain a loan insurance. Money was sent, but no contact could be made. Purple Light Nights Campaign From November 21st through December 7th, the annual Purple Light Night campaign goes on to bring awareness of domestic abuse to the forefront. The detachment unfortunately responds to a number of such calls. In many instances, the anger that is displayed is often fueled by alcohol and drugs. Mix this with children involved in the house and it becomes much more tragic. The detachment has engaged with numerous partners in the community to provide not only education and assistance to both parties but also to become more active in assisting victims of domestic violence. You will observe purple lights throughout the community, as the detachment members and our community partners will continue to work and assist all involved in domestic violence. As community members, you can show your support by contributing to the Purple Light campaign when volunteers come around, and by attending a candlelight vigil on December 6th at 4:45 p.m. at the cenotaph. A crisis diverted • On November 24th at 8:30 a.m., the Columbia Valley detachment received a 911 emergency hang up within 10 metres of the Kicking Horse Cafe. The owner of the cell was immediately identified and well known to police. The male has been known to act irrationally if he does not receive his morning coffee in a timely manner; this was confirmed with family members. Once the male and the location of the 911 call was identified, there was an immediate fear for the safety of staff and patrons. An immediate response was made by Const. Tim Harper, who advised that he had a good relationship with the suspect male, who is a large man, and was able to calm him down should he be found to be in coffee withdrawal. On attendance, the male appeared to be quite content. When quietly approached so as to not cause an embarrassing scene, the male was asked if everything was fine. “Then maybe you want to explain why you called 911?” Const. Harper asked. Somehow, he must have hit a pocket dial by mistake. Const. Harper was then provided a bribe to keep his prominent name out of the story.

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By Greg Amos Pioneer Staff A new 230-kilovolt power line BC Hydro calls “the most significant electricity investment in the region in almost 50 years” is now up and running in the Columbia Valley, after consultation with locals resulted in changes to its route. The Crown utility energized the $114-million line on October 23rd, after construction of the line and a new substation was completed in mid-August. The 112-kilometre line runs from Invermere to Golden, and promises improved power reliability over that area. “People in the valley provided us with input at the right time, and we needed it,” said BC Hydro senior project manager Deepak Anand. VALUABLE VOLTAGE — The Columbia Valley’s new $114 million, “We had discussions with the Ministry of Natu- 230-Kilovolt power line stretches from Invermere to Golden. ral Resource Operations and other stakeholders,  Map submitted by BC Hydro. and we were told there’s a herd of goats that go accommodation, and other expenditures. to this important mineral lick in the area.” The new 230-kilovolt line is in addition to the existing That part of Toby Creek is “an area we have protected for quite a few years already,” said former Lake Windermere 69 kilovolt line that runs from Cranbrook to Golden along District Rod and Gun Club president Norm Hendricks, Highway 93/95. To improve reliability, BC Hydro designed whose efforts at sparing that area from power line construc- the line using a single pole auto reclose system – which tion was supported by both the District of Invermere and means “if lightning strikes a wire, not the entire line is taken the Regional District of East Kootenay. “We were fighting out, only that span of wire,” said Mr. Anand. “It automatically re-synchronizes the system, so there’s no impact.” to keep them away from goats.” BC Hydro had looked at bringing power down from The Barbour cliffs were also avoided due to some stakeholder concerns, which added to the challenge of finding a the Mica Dam rather than extending the line up from Cranbrook, but ruled it out due to costs and access barriers. route that would work, said Mr. Anand. “We examined alternatives, but if you look at the area “Technically, it was challenging to figure out the route, but our transmission designers did a great job,” between Revelstoke and the Mica Dam, there are two nahe said. Though final surveys are not yet complete, the tional parks in between, plus the Selkirk Mountains, where project is likely to come in far under its $154 million there are heavy winter conditions,” said Mr. Anand. “Access budget, thanks in part to design work being completed for construction is an issue, and looking at operational and for the project well before construction got underway long-term maintenance, there’s a real cost impact.” The line is one of a spate of BC Hydro transmission in January 2011. “When we went out for bidding, the contractors came projects, which are underway again after a 20-year gap in way lower than our budget prices,” said Mr. Anand, in construction. The Crown utility has recently put up who noted the project also resulted in a $35 million eco- more than 700 kilometres of high-voltage transmission nomic boost to the valley through construction contracts, lines in B.C.

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Historical Lens

The spirit of giving

By Greg Amos

It’s easy to get lost in all the hype and speculation surrounding last week’s announcement about the Jumbo Glacier municipality. Buried beneath the headlines was another major news story for the valley: one Canal Flats man’s posthumous donation of more than $2 million to the local community foundation. That’s a staggering amount for one person to leave behind for the benefit of their community. Former logger, forester, prospector and investor Arnold Ellis deserves a lot of thanks — through his contribution and the scholarship fund in his name, many valley high school graduates will get a head start on some great post-secondary programs running the gamut from academics to trades. I’m impressed by men like Ellis, who define what humility is all about. It’s not about being seen to make the big donation; it’s about actually helping build the community, whether you are recognized for it or not. Then there are those like Syd Belzberg, a prominent businessman and owner of many Vancouver-area Budget car rental franchises. While he’s an award-winning philanthropist, recent news suggests that his wealth is partly a result of charging exorbitant repair fees for minor damage on rental vehicles. That’s obviously not where philanthropy should come from. There are many famous philanthropists who’ve succeeded in business and are now focused on how to put the wealth to good use. Warren Buffett and Bill Gates are two good examples: in 2006, Mr. Buffett agreed to the biggest donation ever, promising the bulk of his fortune (more than $30 billion) to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation aimed at enhancing healthcare and reducing poverty. Nothing wrong with that, but in a way, I’m more impressed by Mr. Ellis’ work. His gift alone now makes up more than 70 per cent of the funds the Columbia Valley Community Foundation has to work with, and that’s an endowment that’s guaranteed to benefit the valley for a long time to come.

Celebrating the David Thompson Memorial Fort, 1922 In this image, dated 1922, nine local men raise the paddles of their war canoe in salute as part of the pageant of the official opening of the David Thompson Memorial Fort on Lake Windermere.  Photo (A997) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society.

Donor’s generosity will be remembered Dear Editor: I had a conversation the other day with Emile Morin, a director with the Columbia Valley Community Foundation. Emile is currently a resident of Calgary, but lived in Canal Flats for 12 years. The subject of our conversation was the Arnold Ellis Scholarship Fund, which both local papers ran a story on recently. I have been working in connection with public schools since 1985, and I have seen many young people, full of promise, cross the graduation stage. I have very much admired, in all the communities I have worked, the generosity of friends, families, businesses and organizations that seem to go out of their way to ensure that our youth pursuing further opportunity

have the help they need to get started. The students in the Columbia Valley have traditionally had access to over $50,000 of assistance because of this generosity. Now, because of the expanded endowment fund created from Mr. Ellis’ estate, the opportunities for assistance for local youth to pursue higher education will be greatly enhanced. Mr. Ellis leaves an incredible legacy to our communities, and on behalf of the Board of Education and staff of School District 6, we wish to express our gratitude for this and also to the Community Foundation for its work in administering the fund. This is great news for the students and families of the valley. Paul Carriere, Superintendent School District No. 6 (Rocky Mountain)

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The evolution of a dream Dear Editor: The opportunity to design the best ski resort in North America is a dream project that I was hoping would crown my professional career when I started it, more than twenty years ago. It was the best project I was ever given. It also became a much more challenging job than I and many other people ever anticipated, taking a very long time, with controversies that seemed to go beyond reasonable proportions, but I feel that with the final approval, the goal has been achieved. We will be able to bring people to the highest point in Canada to ski year round and to comfortably look at a mountain scenery that anywhere else would only be available by helicopter. This will match and surpass the Eagle’s Eye restaurant that has become so popular near Golden, where I was able to create a similar project (Kicking Horse Mountain Resort) on a smaller mountain in a much shorter time. Like in that project (and for that matter, like in the example of Blackcomb after Whistler was created), we know that the success of providing access to Glacier Dome and to Jumbo Mountain will not take anything away from the success of the other destinations. I am pleased that the design team is still focused on the project and ready to bring it to the construction stage. The creation of the Jumbo Glacier Mountain Resort Municipality completes the process started in

1991, in accordance with the land use designation of the East Kootenay Commission on Resources and Environment (CORE) table endorsed by the province in 1995 and by the East Kootenay Regional District by unanimous vote and request in 1996. The municipality allows us to move forward according to the mandate of the Environmental Assessment certificate (2004) and on the basis of the approved Master Plan (2007). We have been incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to develop a great relationship with the Shuswap Band of Invermere and to move forward on the basis of a trend setting Impact Management and Benefits Agreement. I was fortunate also to meet Grant Costello, the visionary proponent of Farnham Glacier skiing, who gave us incredible support in the local community. To him and to all those who helped bring the project to this point, I wish to convey my deepest feelings of gratitude. To those who disagreed, I wish to say that I hope we can persuade them with facts that their fears were not necessary, and that at some point we will agree that this is a very good project. We look with confidence at the cooperation with Panorama Mountain Village as a vital step for this project to become, with local support, the iconic destination for North American skiers, skiing year round, in British Columbia.

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Dear Editor: People in the area are talking about the need for local involvement in decision making on the land base. Many people feel that the government is making decisions without considering local opinion. This feeling is valid Norm Macdonald considering that over the last 11 years, the BC Liberal government has very deliberately taken legislative steps which removed previous requirements for local participation in decision making. In 2003, the government passed the Significant Projects Streamlining Act which allows the government to override local jurisdiction on projects they deem to be provincially significant. Bill 30, also known as the Ashlu River bill, removed the power of local governments to make decisions on whether or not private power river-diversion projects

should go ahead on public lands. And community land use planning groups which have developed Integrated Resource Plans have been disbanded and the need for community consultation on land use has been eliminated. These are only a few examples of the ways that this government has taken you out of the decision-making process. We’ve seen that the quality of decisions being made has been lessened as local wisdom has been ignored. I believe that we need to build resiliency in rural communities and that means that local residents must have a say on how our land base is used. I believe that those who rely on the land base for employment, recreation and the protection of environmental values will make the best decisions. And I believe that local involvement ensures that the public interest is always at the forefront of policy decisions, something that has been lacking for too long in British Columbia. Norm Macdonald MLA Columbia River - Revelstoke Letters continued on page 19 . . .

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Movie Review: ParaNorman Reviewed by Kristian Rasmussen ParaNorman, The latest release from stop motion animation company, LAIKA, is a great ghoulish gift poised to warm the heart with a little radioactive zombie ooze. The film begins by introducing the town of Blithe Hollow, Massachusetts, and Norman Babcock (Kodi Smit-McPhee), an 11-year-old high school outcast with an uncanny gift — the ability to see and converse with the dead. Norman’s family and community are skeptical of his gift and often belittle him for his apparent dialogues with the deceased. Although he finds himself about as welcome as the walking dead around his hometown, Norman eventually finds an ally in an equally bullied classmate, Neil Downe (Tucker Albrizzi). The two form a kinship that will help prepare them for the wicked witchery soon to be un-

leashed upon their town. Although his interactions with the dead are generally of a friendly nature, Norman begins to have increasingly dark visions of an ancient curse forming over Blithe Hollow. The young medium and his new sidekick eventually stumble into his crazed uncle, Mr. Prenderghast (John Goodman), who explains that the community is haunted by a witch who has laid a curse upon the town in revenge for her execution over a hundred years earlier. In order to break the curse, Norman learns that he must read a special book upon the gravesite of the witch before sundown on the anniversary of her death. Running into high school bullies along the way, Norman is tardy for his task and unwittingly unleashes a horde of zombies upon his town. The young medium finds himself quickly outnumbered by the gang of apparently furious fiends, and recruits an unlikely group

of friends and former enemies to save their hamlet from certain doom. What ParaNorman executes perfectly is the tying together of characters that appear to be diametrically opposed to each other. The film teaches that perhaps we are all just one zombie apocalypse away from finally finding understanding with each other. Unlike many young adult films of its category that tend to get stuck in a lifeless rigor mortis of stale plot lines, rotten dialogue and soggy endings, ParaNorman expands the genre by adding enough subtle adult humour, beautiful visuals and dynamic characters to bring the dead to life.









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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 • Closed from October 28th to December 26th.

Friday, November 30th • 12 p.m.: Soup, bun and dessert at Edgewater Legion $6. For info, call Joyce Longe at 250-347-9388. • 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.: The 19th annual Big Christmas Craft Sale at Invermere Community Hall. Many new artisans as well as returning favourites. Entry fee: $2 to the Windermere Childcare Society or a donation to the Columbia Valley Food Bank. • 10:30 p.m.: Movember Party at Bud’s Bar. Prizes for Best and Worst. Sign up is at 10:30 p.m. Contest will be held at 12:30 a.m.

Saturday, December 1st • 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Visits with Santa at Brewer’s Christmas Market in Fairmont Hot Springs. • 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.: The 19th annual Big Christmas Craft Sale at Invermere Community Hall. Entry fee: $2 or a donation to the Columbia Valley Food Bank. • 2 p.m.: Windermere Community Association sponsored Talent Show for all ages. Cash Prizes, admission by donation. Call 250-341-3383 or email to register.

Sunday, December 2nd • Super Sunday in Invermere. Local businesses offering big Christmas specials. For more information, call Alita Bentley at 250-341- 3775. • 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.: 9th annual Feed the Town at Copper Point Golf Club. Free Christmas feast. Everyone is

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9331, 250-688-0658 or email kara@radiumhotsprings. com . • 10 a.m. - 1p.m.: Christmas Tea and Bake Sale at Windermere Hall. Admission $5 with Christmas entertainment and raffles. • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Christmas Market at Columbia Ridge Community Hall (10 minutes south of Fairmont). Quilts, paintings, pottery, baking, Christmas boughs/ trees, Gourmet food items and crafts. For more information, contact or 250-3456673. • 10: 30 a.m.: The Radium Public Library will be presening Crafts with Trudy. For more info, call 250-347-2434. • 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.: Pictures with Santa at Copper Point Resort. $15 with proceeds donated to the Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club and Invermere Companion Animal Network. Donation to the Columbia Valley Food Bank also accepted.

Wednesday, December 5th • 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Christmas Craft Night at the Invermere Public Library. • 6 p.m.: Windermere Community Association Bingo. Call 250-341-3383 or email for more info.

Thursday December 6th • 10 p.m.: World renowned DJ Featurecast from Southhampton, England spinning hip-hop, funk, breaks, drum and bass and dubstep. Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Please call 250-342-2965 for more information. • 4:45 p.m.: Candlelight vigil to remember the 1989 victims of the Montreal EcÓle Polytechnique massacre. All encouraged to attend. For more information, call Rachel King at 250-341-3963.

Friday, December 7th • 4 - 8 p.m.: All Signs Point to Christmas Shopping Night in Fairmont Hot Springs. An evening of special deals and features. Christmas light switch-on at 4 p.m. • 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Cross Roads Collective hosting an open house. Arts and crafts for kids. 10% savings on Christmas trees. Free refreshments. Doug Goodwin will be doing an educational segment on the sustainability of Christmas Treeing. Kyle Burley will be doing a chain saw carving that will be raffled off at the end of the evening. Matthew Chapman, acoustic guitar player, will lead the Christmas carols. Majestic U Brew and Wine will supply brewed apple cider for adults at no cost. For more information, call Jessie Blakley at 250-341-6983. • 7:30 p.m.: Sing for Joy Valley Voices in Concert with specials guests Voices of EMP at Christ Church Trinity. Tickets $5 for students and $10 for adults. Tickets available at Essentials, Picture This, Meet on Higher Ground and the Fairmont Gift Shop.

Saturday, December 8th • 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Tourism Radium’s Holiday Market at the Prestige Inn in Radium Hot Springs. Photos with Santa (furry family members welcome). For more information, contact Kara at Tourism Radium at 250-347-

Sunday, December 9th • 3 p.m.: Radium Volunteer Fire Department hosting a Children’s Christmas Party. Please phone the Village office at 250-347-6455 to RSVP. • 5: 30 p.m.: Rotary Seniors’ Christmas Dinner at the Best Western Invermere Inn. Call 250-342-5566 Monday – Thursday, between 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. to register prior to December 6th. • 7 p.m.: Blue Christmas at Christ Church Trinity for those who have lost loved ones.

Wednesday, December 12th • 4 p.m.: Annual General Meeting for Wings Over the Rockies birding festival at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. • 11 p.m.: Kytami, Strings and Beats Tour at Bud’s Bar. Two electric violinists (Kytami and Michael Fraser) supported by DJ Joshua James. Tickets $8 at the door.

Thursday, December 13th • 7 p.m.: DTSS Bands in Concert at the DTSS Gym Band 9, Band 8, Sr. Concert Band, Sr. Stage Band. Silver collection at door.

Monday, December 24th • 8 p.m.: Christmas Eve Fireworks, Conrad Kain Park, Wilmer. For more info, please call 250-342-9470.

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What’s your reaction to the new mountain resort municipality being created for the proposed Jumbo Glacier Resort? “For several years, the Columbia Valley directors have met with the Minister responsible for Jumbo at our annual UBCM convention. We have consistently asked for a decision. This past year, we were told that a decision was very close, so this comes as no surprise. After 22 years on the books, we have a decision.” - Wendy Booth, regional district Area F director

“Taxpayers beware! A ‘pretend’ municipality and a ‘pretend’ Mayor and Council without a referendum or even a public hearing is totally irresponsible. Has B.C. become a “pretend” democracy? The huge financial liability to taxpayers is the best kept secret since the B.C. Rail fiasco and the HST disaster.” - Bob Campsall, Jumbo Creek Conservation Society

“I am very pleased that a due and democratic process has brought a final decision to the 22-year saga called Jumbo Glacier Resort. It is my sincere hope that our communities can begin to heal and that friends, polarized, can again be friends working together towards a bright and prosperous Columbia Valley future.” - Doug Clovechok, local BC Liberal party candidate

“The Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce is pleased that a project which has met all the criteria set forth by five provincial governments over 22 years continues to move forward through the legislated process.” - Susan Clovechok, executive director, Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce

“Jumbo Mountain Resort Municipality will put us on the International stage while providing jobs for years to come to help rebuild our slumping economy. Once built, we will be able to boast of having the most environmentally sound ski resort in the world right in our back yard. Tourism and outdoor pursuits is what we do best.” - Dee Conklin, Mayor of Radium Hot Springs

“In short, I think it’s a bad idea. It seems the instant creation of “Bennett-ville” is the putting the cart before the horse. Now, we taxpayers all over B.C. have to spend money on this non-existent municipality. Stacking bad ideas on top of one another, it doesn’t make a good one.” - Rod Gibbons, operations manager, RK Heliski

“It’s a shame that one person’s dream has been our community’s nightmare for twenty-plus years. It appears that some government officials are still asleep. It’s time to wake up and face the economic, social and environmental reality of our planet. Jumbo will never be built. - Kat Hartwig, director, water and climate, Wildsight

“I am excited about the impact that Jumbo resort will have on our local economy. It will certainly broaden our reach as a tourism destination area, and it will create a large number of good-paying full-time jobs as well as many construction jobs and supply for our region.” - Rick Jensen, owner, Panorama Mountain Village

“I was under the naive belief that a government is supposed to represent the people, not a developer. Sadly, I was proven wrong in this case. The fundamental purpose of a municipal government is to represent the constituents through public consultations. Who do you consult if there is no public?” - Ute Juras, Mayor of Canal Flats

“When I was Mayor of Golden, we built Kicking Horse Mountain Resort because we had the support of local residents. We knew we had support because the referendum on the project passed. Before a municipality was created, the government had an obligation to ensure that Jumbo had the support of the people.” - Norm Macdonald, MLA for Columbia River Revelstoke riding Continued on page 24 . . .

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Giving back at Copper Point Resort Copper Point Resort, along with The Christmas Bureau of the Columbia Valley, will be sponsoring a family this holiday season and will be collecting non-perishable food to go in the hamper to be delivered just before Christmas. If anyone in the community would like to support us, you can drop your food item off in our hamper located in the lobby of the resort.

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Pooled Retirement Pension Plans? It is widely recognized that the ideal retirement savings plans in Canada are those which incorporate three components: government programs like the Canada Pension Plan, personal savings and workplace savings programs. According to an Environics study conducted in 2010, only four out of every 10 Canadians have a workplace savings plan. These statistics, coupled with record low savings rates among Canadians, have prompted the federal government to pass Bill C-25, the Pooled Registered Pension Plans Act. The object is to help replace some of the pension deficiency in this country by providing a simplified, cost-effective pension alternative to owners of small to mid-size companies, which do not currently have a pension plan in place for their employees. The current pension landscape The most desirable type of pension plan in Canada is the defined benefit pension plan, which promises a specific dollar amount payable monthly to a plan member upon retirement at a certain age, usually for the rest of their life. Other types of pension plans include defined contribution or money purchase plans, both of which do not promise specific income payments. Defined benefit pension plans in Canada have grown scarcer over time. In fact, those who enjoy these types of pensions are generally current or former employees of federal, provincial and municipal governments or select large corporations.

In recent years, many large corporations have scaled back their pension offerings to new employees. This decision is in direct response to increasing uncertainty of the present and future ability to fund defined benefit pension liabilities. According to a study published in 2010 by the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada, pension funding deficits climbed from $160 billion in 2003 to an estimated $350 billion in 2008. These deficiencies in employer-sponsored pension plans, coupled with the general lack of personal retirement savings in Canada, are the factors which prompted the proposal of Pooled Registered Pension Plans. Structure A Pooled Retirement Pension Plan would be offered by various financial institutions, such as insurance or mutual fund companies, known as administrators. Due to pooling assets into specific investment products, the fees would theoretically be lower than many traditional products. Contributions would be made by the employee, the employer, or both. Similar to a traditional pension plan, all contributions, whether made by an employee or employer, are deducted from the employee’s Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) contribution room. Advantages to employers Participation in a Pooled Retirement Pension Plan may be completely voluntary, depending on how each province

ultimately decides to implement the program. Due to their proposed structure, if an employer decides to participate in a Pooled Retirement Pension Plan, the often onerous administrative duties associated with pension plans should be greatly reduced compared with traditional offerings. Bill C-25 also includes some financial sweeteners for employers. Employer contributions will not be subject to payroll taxes, and the contributions can be deducted from an employee’s income as a salary expense for tax purposes. Advantages to employees Perhaps the biggest advantage to employees will be that they will not be able to take money out of their Pooled Retirement Pension Plans until retirement. Current group RRSP plans set up by employers for their employees can be accessed at any time by the employee. Unfortunately for the future financial health of the country, this happens far too often. Outlook Pooled Retirement Pension Plans have been met with some criticism. Some opponents have indicated that a pension system that is voluntary and marketdriven is not a viable option, and that a better plan would be to expand the Canada Pension Plan. Others argue that there are enough defined benefit pensions in the country that are already underfunded and there is no need to put extra burden on the Canada Pension Plan.

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Kicking Horse Coffee geared to grow By Greg Amos Pioneer Staff From humble beginnings to its current status as the top organic fair trade coffee company in Canada, Invermere’s Kicking Horse Coffee has built a brand around quality and consistent character over the last 16 years. And despite making a multi-million dollar private equity deal with a U.S. partner in August, opening doors to new markets and products, the company has no plans to bolt from the place it calls home. “We’re geared to grow,” said CEO Elana Rosenfeld in a Thursday, November 22nd interview with The Pioneer. “Nothing will change, except now we have more opportunities, and more contacts and resources to access.” Branch Brook Holdings, a new American partnership between Swander Pace Capital, Jefferson Capital Partners, and natural foods distributor United Natural Foods, made Kicking Horse Coffee its first investment in a deal that’s resulted in a five-member board being set up to oversee the company. According to the Vancouver Sun, the deal was among the largest private equity investments in B.C. this year. “I’m still the CEO and still running the company,” said Ms. Rosenfeld, who has one seat on the board. Branch Brook personnel have three seats, while one independent member with expertise in U.S. markets rounds out the board. Ms. Rosenfeld’s former partner, Leo Johnson, sold his interest in the transaction and is no longer involved with the company, which now boasts about 40

employees but is geared up to double its workforce. “We have the production capacity, and now we’re just building the sales force for Canada and the U.S.,” said Ms. Rosenfeld, 43, who in 2011 was ranked fifth in PROFIT magazine’s ranking of Canada’s top female entrepreneurs. The magazine noted Kicking Horse Coffee has shown three-year revenue growth of 75 per cent, and Ms. Rosenfeld said she plans to veer little from the course the company has charted so far. “You have to maintain that integrity, stay quite focused and not get swayed by pressures and opportunities,” she said. “As we move forward, that’s the fun of it, to maintain our integrity and our quality.” “People spend $15.99 on a pound of our Kick Ass Coffee, and we don’t want to disappoint them — we want to make sure they’re wowed every time they open up the bag,” she added. As to the question of how one of B.C.’s most successful businesses has made it in a far-flung place like Invermere, Ms. Rosenfeld maintains that sense of place is a key ingredient in the company’s success. “In a vacuum, you are forced to be creative,” she said. “Even within the first year, we saw the energy and the reaction to it and from there, we doubled every year. There’s so much opportunity here; it’s open season. A lot of our creativity and our branding came from that vacuum; we are fed by our environment.” “Some marketing dude in New York isn’t going to come up with Bugaboo blend or Kootenay Crossing,” she added. Continued on page 16 . . .

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. . . ‘Kicking Horse ’ from page 15 Of the company’s 18 different varieties of coffee now sold, many bear locally-relevant names. There’s Z-Wrangler, named for local organic rancher Chris Zehnder, who helped conceive the company’s name. Hoodoo Jo is named for Joe Lucas, a math teacher at the high school who had a noteworthy mountain bike crash in the Hoodoos near Fairmont. And there’s 454 Horsepower, a name coined by Cecilia Archer, the company’s first female coffee roaster. Other varieties are named after local geographic features, but all are bound for new points on the map – not only as whole KICKING BACK - Kicking Horse Coffee CEO Elana Rosenfeld still holds the reins of roasted beans, but potentially her company. Despite selling a controlling interest to U.S. equity firm Branch Brook, as ground coffee as well. That’s the local company plans to stay firmly rooted in Invermere. an option, as long as product  Photo by Stephanie Van De Kemp / quality can be maintained, said Ms. Rosenfeld. fair trade and has never looked back. Despite a slightly “We still have tremendous opportunity in Canada, more expensive product, retailers embraced the change. particularly Quebec – we’re going to be doing more of “We had a lot of naysayers — our brokers and peoa push there,” she said. “We’re going to maintain and ple in the coffee industry said ‘You’re not going to be able defend our sales in Canada, but we’re also going to do a to sustain that, you won’t be able to get supply,’” said push into the States.” Ms. Rosenfeld. “We source our beans from all over the Asked about the temptation to veer away from fair world, and we’ve dealt with the same brokers, the same trade coffee towards a more profitable approach, Ms. growers, and the same grow-ops for many, many years.” Rosenfeld said the company has actually moved in the It’s that spirit that should keep Invermere’s most faopposite direction: in 2008, company went 100 per cent mous business kicking for a long time to come.

Grandmas get crafty for Africa By Kristian Rasmussen, Pioneer Staff A group of generous grandmothers are combining heart and art to send a very special Christmas gift to Africa at the 19th annual Big Christmas Craft Sale at the Invermere Community Hall on November 30th and December 1st. The Valley Go-Go Sisters are a group of 40 local grandmothers selling handcrafted African AIDS Angel dolls. All proceeds from the sale of the angels raise money for the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s initiative to help African grandmothers care for children orphaned by AIDS. “Many of the grandmothers in Africa are raising their own grandchildren because there is a whole generation that has been lost because of AIDS,” said Connie Watson of the Valley Go-Go Sisters. “Often times they are raising other orphan children who have nobody to look after them.” The Go-Go Sisters take their name from the Zulu word for Grandmother ‘gogo’, and are one of

250 different grandmother groups across Canada raising money for AIDS-based initiatives in Africa. Collectively, the grandmother groups have raised $16.5 million since 2006, Ms. Watson added. “We put an African name on each angel and we tell you what it means in English,” said Wendy Drezet of the Valley Go-Go Sisters. “Each angel gets named after a child who has died of AIDS because lots of children are born HIV positive.” The dolls cost $7 and come in dozens of creative colour combos. The African AIDS Angels began as a charity item in 2000 when a group of Canadian women travelled to South Africa to attend an International AIDS Conference. Witnessing derelict poverty and the effects of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the women decided to lend a hand by designing dolls to sell in Canada for donations. “The first year I remember that people were so touched to look at a tag and say, ‘Oh my goodness, this is the name of an African child,’” Ms. Drezet added. “It really touches your heart strings.”

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Decadent displays Three Invermere businesses took home top honours at this year’s Light Up Night Window Decorating Competition in Invermere on Saturday, November 17th. Three Bears Gift shop was awarded the

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Whiteway aiming for record By Kristian Rasmussen Pioneer Staff The wonder that weaves across Lake Windermere’s frozen shoreline is returning to the Columbia Valley in its fourth year with renewed ambition to break a Guinness World Record. The Whiteway, a groomed skating and cross country skiing track completed in partnership with the Invermere Business Committee and the Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club, is poised to cover 175,000 square metres and to run just over 17 kilometres this year. “Our goal is to make the Whiteway the largest skating surface in the world, which is currently held by the Rideau Canal in Ottawa,” said Justin Atterbury of the Invermere Business Committee. Attempting to break the world record of 170,000 square metres of ice is a massive effort that begins with a volunteer from the Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club plowing all of the snow along the 17-kilometre Whiteway, a task that usually requires two to three passes in a special truck outfitted with a plow attachment, said Lyle Wilson, Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club president. Next, the group uses a snowmobile with a special trail grooming attachment to go over the course and

Shopping Night in Fairmont Friday, December 7 , 4-8 p.m. An evening of fantastic specials and features. th

Pick up a passport at any of these locations. Fill your passport and enter to win one of the 5 Grand Prizes. Bring a food bank item and get an extra stamp from any vendor. La Galeria II

A friendly and unique shopping experience. Pottery to jam, we’ve got it all! LOTS of in-store specials and draws.

Fairmont Pizza & Ice Cream

Fresh Professional Salon & Beauty Outlet Hair, esthetics, hair removal and massage. All-natural products available. 2 for 1 on selected natural products. We will also be doing mini-demo’s of our services.

The best of both world’s. FREE pizza samples and hot From Scratch ~ A Mountain Kitchen Eat, drink and be merry! Receive the gift of chocolate for the evening. stress-less holiday entertaining! Our elves are here to Fairmont Village Gift Shop help you with your gift list, share recipes and showSpecials in every department. off some winter entertaining ideas!

Fairmont Mountainside Market

Fairmont Hot Springs Resort

Wine tasting and spiced rum eggnog. Samples and snacks. Hot deals in store, mandarins, coffee, Grade A Turkeys 99/lbs., Happy Hours - 10% off all beer, wine and spirits.

Experience endless opportunities for fun – including three resort owned golf courses, a ski resort, trail riding operations, a spa, mini golf, a professional recreation program, and a deluxe RV park.

Smoking Water Café

Unique, handmade pottery created by local artisans.

Coffee and tea gift ideas. We will be serving complimentary hot apple cider and sweets.

Tranquille Escapes

smooth over any rough patches or imperfections. The club has to repeat the grooming process every time that it snows. Last year’s season was cut short due to warm weather melting the track by mid-January. Typically, the course opens for winter holidays and runs until the middle of February. “We are a lake community, and the lake adds so much to the town in summer,” Mr. Wilson said. “The Whiteway makes the beauty of Lake Windermere equally valuable in the winter months. I encourage everybody in the area to get out and enjoy the Whiteway on cross country skis, skates and walking, but please try to keep your vehicles off the trail — it means so much to so many people.” Although the Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club does not monitor track use, Mr. Wilson estimates that the Whiteway was accessed at least 10,000 times over the last winter, with as many as 500 enthusiasts on the track in a single day. The Whiteway course has been featured on the Discovery channel’s Daily Planet, as well as in articles in the Toronto Star. For more information on the upcoming Whiteway, please visit the Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club at .

Super Sunday Storewide Sale 15% off Surpise door crashers deals! • Boutique, sports, and rentals

Columbia Ridge Pottery

Fairmont Outdoors (at Fairmont Car Wash) 20% off all vintage cottage signs.

Complete esthetician and massage

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November 30, 2012 . . . ‘Letters’ continued from page 8

A valley worth fighting for

Dear Editor: Let me get this straight folks: the B.C. provincial government has appointed, at taxpayers’ cost, a mayor and two councillors to run a district with no residents. I thought mayors and councillors had to be voted in by their constituents — silly me! This process has not happened before in B.C. The Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, Bill Bennett, was in Europe last summer colluding with interested Jumbo investors. The Jumbo area is a pristine back country of Crown land. What a cozy deal! I guess this is a plum for future

investors. Do not worry about opposition from lowly local area residents. They obviously do not count. Investment money from outside Canada for dubious causes is supported by the current B.C. government. We homo sapiens have been here for about 150,000 years. The problem is we are gradually wrecking our living space. Let’s keep the backcountry as backcountry. Join the 1,500 Jumbo Wild citizens and their thousands of supporters and fight to preserve our precious wilderness before it is sold off. Jim Fisher Windermere

holiday helpings


Thrift Store Shopping Extravaganza Saturday, December 1st • 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Lots of new and specialty items, gold and silver jewellery. Just in time for Christmas shopping. See you there!

Christmas Cookies, Candies and Chocolates have arrived! Christmas Stuffed Pork Belly 1210 7th Avenue, Invermere Phone: 250-342-9661 • Toll Free: 1-866-342-9661

Meet your new store owners

Brad & Andrea Bromley

Gourmet Foods – Affordable!

and family

The Bromley’s are very excited to be a part of the community of Invermere. Brad has been in the grocery business his whole life, working his way up through the family business which was established in Leduc in 1978. Since they met Andrea has also worked in the family business. They both believe that serving the community with the freshest food and best service is what they were meant to do. The Bromley Family looks forward to forming many relationships and supporting their community wherever possible.

SUPER SUNDAY! Valid Sunday, December 2 ONLY

PLU 14239


*Save 10% on minimum $50.00 purchase. Limit one minimum spend/receive offer in the same transaction. Not including tobacco, gift cards, bus passes, lottery purchases, postal services, custom cut freezer orders, Tim Hortons® coffee, prescriptions, taxes, deposits or enviro charges where applicable.

Cheques can be mailed to Box 2141, Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0 (tax receipt issued). Food can be put in drop boxes at local grocery stores. Most needed items are canned fruit and vegetables, tuna and salmon, tomatoes and spaghetti sauce; soup and peanut butter. Please check the expiry dates of your donation. Thank you for sharing!


December 4, 2012

Save 10% on a minimum $50 purchase*


Golf Course

All clothing

50% off


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Limit one same coupon per person. Limit of FOUR (4). Coupon must be presented at time of purchase and cannot be combined with any other same coupon offer on this product in the same transaction. No reproductions or photocopies accepted. Deposit, tax and/or enviro charges will be added where applicable. No refunds or exchanges or time extensions of expired offers. Offer valid at Sobeys Invermere only.

All golf equipment

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2012 Adams rental sets. Reg. $899, now


Book of 10 tickets 18 holes (anytime)


Book of 10 tickets 9 holes (anytime)


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Canada’s garden expert in attendance Saturday, 11 a.m. It’s a great time to ask all those tough gardening questions. Arrowhead brewery will be in house sampling beer.

Enjoy hot cider punch while at the store. We will have a gift wrapping service available.

Pepsi 710ml

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2 for $5

8678-656, half price while stock lasts. $3.85


laundry soap 4527-391, reg. $8.99, sale $4.49

reg $8.99 sale $4.89

The paint department will be

DECORATING COOKIES with any interested children from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Up to 50% off selected merchandise. Too many to list.

Sleeping bags

Snow brushes

Gloves - Cat 90585



our in-house chef will be featuring many of Anna Olson’s recipes for the entertaining season both Saturday and Sunday. Come check out the tastiest demo in the valley.


Six pack of

Jessie Simpkins,

Tape measure 1048-967 reg. $9.99, sale $3.97

Paper towels

4661-382 Reg. $5.69 Holiday clean up price $3.79

Different varieties 50% off For example 6365-106 Reg $34.99 sale $17.49

Selected Tents –50% off For example, 6370-020 reg. $139.99 sale $69.99 6370-465 reg $69.99 sale $34.99

Woods party cooler Rod and Reel kits wocp75005 reg. $59.99 sale $29.99

save 50% off. Kit 6559-048 reg. $28.99 sale $14.49

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Sleds 7471-274

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Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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HERE TO SERVE YOU From Framing to Finishing Al Tallman

Call Al at

We Do It All!

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Beside the Petro Canada Car Wash – Find our classified ad for discounts.

Phone: 250-342-6614 •

Snow Removal • Sanding • Spring Clean-up 250.270.0821 or 780-970-7040 Kari Kari&&John JohnMason Mason250-270-0821 Invermere • Panorama Invermere • Panorama

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

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

Bruce Dehart 250.347.9803 or 250.342.5357


• Weekly Home Checks • Full Yard Services • Maintenance Services

David Gulbe • Mike Bernicot

Box 1020 • Invermere B.C. V0A 1K0 •

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

Phone: 250-342-6452 • 250-342-3773 • Cell: 250-270-9444 All products are available at 9120, Hwy 93/95 which is five kilometres north of Tim Hortons • FURNACES • HEAT PUMPS • AIR CONDITIONING • FIREPLACES • HOT TUBS • CHEMICALS • SERVICE & MAINTENANCE • GAS FITTING 385 Laurier Street, Invermere, BC Phone: PO Box 86, Athalmer, BC V0A 1A0 email: Fax:

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Myth: Change your ads all the time. Readers get tired of the same thing. Reality: Develop a good campaign, or theme for your ads. Stick with that one campaign, and only make small changes of headlines or details. Call Dean at 250-341-6299 to find out more.

VACATION HOMES REQUIRED TO MEET OUR GUEST DEMANDS. Are you happy with the care, attention and number of rentals your current vacation home management company is offering you? Allow us to introduce you to our “Boutique” Vacation Rental Management services that produce results.

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

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Interior World

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Call Bill Cropper (250) 342 4406

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• • • •

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window fashions

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• • • • • • • • •

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Vac Truck Services



P H A R M A C Y LT D .

Come in and browse our giftware

J. Douglas Kipp, B. Sc. (Pharm.) Laura Kipp, Pharm D., Irena Sedlakova, B.Sc. (Pharm.) Your Compounding Pharmacy Open Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. 1301 - 7th Avenue, Invermere


• New Homes • Renovations • Framing • Roofing • Custom Finishing • Timber Framing





1265A Sunridge rd., Hwy 93/95 Windermere, BC •

Kootenay Cribbing, Ltd.

Interior World

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Ph: 250-342-5024 Cell: 250-688-5594 24 hour service

Need Blinds? window fashions

Sales • Warranty • Repairs

Equity Repair & Maintenance Ltd.

window fashions

Call Bill Cropper (250) 342 4406

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


Licensed Residential Builder 401 Westridge View Invermere BC V0A 1K4

Cell: (250) 342-1078 Tel/Fax: (250) 342-7076 E-mail:

Established 1976

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

Lake Auto Services

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

Radium Hot Springs Esso

250-347-9726 7507 Main St. West, Radium Hot Springs



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

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

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

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HERE TO SERVE YOU Patryk Jagiello STAIN/LACQUER/PAINT INTERIOR/EXTERIOR Your search for quality and dependability ends with us. Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Specialists Truck Mounted System • Customer Satisfaction Guaranteed

Dean Hubman

Toll Free: 877-342-3052

Certified Technician

Invermere, BC V0A 1K3


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

Patco Developments Ltd.

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Radermacher Chiropractic

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RFE ALARMS Rick Flowitt

Plumbing • Heating • Electrical

Rigid Plumbing Ltd. Andy Charette

Local company, local service.



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

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GAS • PROPANE • DIESEL Freight & Passenger Depot

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(250) 347-9726

ROSS‛S POOLS & SPAS Commercial – Residential Installation – Maintenance – Repairs

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

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


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

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

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

250-342-6700 •

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JUMBO OPINION What’s your reaction to the new mountain resort municipality being created for the proposed Jumbo Glacier Resort? “It fills me with a great deal of pride that last week’s announcement paves the way for us to be home to one of the planet’s greatest ski areas! It’s time for our community to heal, unite, embrace our mountain culture and roll out the welcome mat for the world!� - Dave McGrath, program director, Panorama Mountain Freeride Club

“We hope now to build on a cooperative spirit and to create not only the best ski area in North America, but also something that will be recognized and supported as the pride of the communities in the Columbia Valley and in the ski region of the Kootenays.� - Oberto Oberti, proponent, Jumbo Glacier Resort

“It’s undemocratic. I’m fully in support of developing businesses, and I can understand the dream of doing something like that; however, if we value wildlife and wild spaces, we can’t be putting ski resorts in the backcountry. I don’t think it’s financially viable.� - Elana Rosenfeld, CEO, Kicking Horse Coffee

“No people, no elections, no meetings within its boundaries, no tax revenue, another level of government telling it what to do, and a seat at the RDEK board. $200,000 in costs and violating local wishes — to avoid meaningful public process, and land use decisions being made by elected people. Ridiculous.� - Gerry Taft, Mayor of Invermere

“Qat’muk, as Ktunaxa call that area, is sacred. Ktunaxa will not allow anybody to damage us as a people, and we will continue to do everything in our power to protect it from development. We will proceed with the judicial review of the original approval, regardless of any designation the B.C. government grants.� - Kathryn Teneese, Ktunaxa Nation chair

“The same B.C. government forces that manipulated the regional district, that rammed through legislation to accomodate this land grab, have now given Jumbo Glacier Resort fifteen years and taxpayers money to designate the headwaters of the valley as the Municipality of White Elephant.� - Gerry Wilkie, regional district Area G representative

Total number of stakeholders asked to submit a comment of 50 words or less to The Pioneer: 25 Did not respond: Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Bill Bennett, regional district board chair Rob Gay, Kinbasket Development Corporation CEO Dean Martin, Toby Creek Adventures owner Scott Barsby, Premier Christy Clark, Opposition Leader Adrian Dix Declined to comment: Jumbo Glacier Resorts senior vice president Grant Costello, Home Hardware owner Al Miller

Your Local COLUMBIA VALLEY REAL ESTATE Professionals Paul Glassford Sales Consultant $FMMt

Invermere, Windermere, Panorama, Fairmont and Radium Hot Springs


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


492 Highway 93/95 Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0

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CELL: 250-342-5889 TOLL FREE: 1-877-347-6838 FAX: 1-866-788-4966

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

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

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


â– Lockout Service â–  Lake Recovery â–  24 Hour Towing â–  Prompt Service

Also offering FREE year-round pickup of unwanted vehicles

Warbrick Towing & Salvage • Cell: 250-342-5851

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Pioneer Classifieds

• • • •

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

s In Memoriam s


thank you

cheers & jeers

cheers & jeers

commercial space

Rob Daniels

Windy Café . . .

The Penner family would like to thank everyone for all their kind and loving support in our time of sorrow. Your flowers, food, calls, hugs and tears have meant so much to us as we said goodbye to Vic - husband, dad, grandpa and our beloved friend. We will miss him more than words can say. We would also like to send out a special thank you to Steve Mantyka. Your support, love, and guidance through all of this was absolutely amazing. Thank you for stepping into our dad’s shoes and helping our family through this difficult time.

Cheers to the cute girl who got a ticket for not wearing a seat belt. What? The seatbelt didn’t match your outfit?

A major jeers to the Jumbo supporter who phoned into the CBC radio station after Norm MacDonald’s comments. You may not agree with what was said, but we live in a democratic society, and to call someone stupid just shows your level of immaturity and your lack of a spine. Very childish.

For lease: 1,200 sq. ft. finished office space. Available immediately. Call Scott at 250-342-5758.

Cheers to Bev in Golden. I think Marko maybe, just maybe, might have enough points by now for that boat he has so longed for. But how to get it under the tree? Forever Young.

1,200 sq. ft. commercial space. Excellent highway location, adjacent to Canadian Tire. 250342-3790.

Cheers to the gals at the Windermere landfill. Your sleigh and reindeers are very, very beautiful. Forever Young.

Private room with cable, phone, laundry access, internet, and all utilities included, $400/month + $200 D.D., N/P. 1-866-222-0325.

Cheers to TC, her family and coaches for creating and providing such a fantastic gymnastic and dance facility. The kids and adults are loving it!

Invermere: furnished room for rent in Westside Park. Available immediately. Call 250-688-7787.

1965 – 2004 Since you left to journey on, our lives are filled with sadness and tears remembering how you made our lives so full and happy. We know you’re near. Missing you always. Love mom, dad, brothers, and sisters.

announcement 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.

is now open for lunch from 11:30 a.m - 2:30 p.m. and dinner as always from 5 - 9 p.m. Enjoy 10% off all orders. Narcotics Anonymous meeting now available. Thursdays at 8 p.m. Call 250-342-1071 for more info. Alcoholics Anonymous. If alcohol is causing problems or conflict in your life, AA can help. All meetings are at 8 p.m. For more information, please call 250-342-2424. Columbia United AA, Invermere: Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday (closed), and Wednesday at the BC Service Building, South End – 624 4th St., Invermere. Radium Friendship Group: Friday at the Catholic Church, East Side of Main St. With the exception of Tuesday, all meetings are open.


Valley Voices In Concert

Sing for


with special guests ~ Voices of EMP

Friday & Saturday December 7th & 8th, 7:30 p.m.

Christ Church Trinity Adults $10 ~ Students $5 Tickets available at:

INVERMERE - Essentials, Picture This RADIUM - Meet on Higher Ground Coffee Shop FAIRMONT - Fairmont Gift Shop

cheers & jeers Jeers to those who went south for Black Friday shopping. That is no way to support local business. Jeers to the selfish person who stole the red card stock at the National Children’s Day craft event! Shame on you, stealing from kids! And a huge cheers to all the event volunteers who put on such a fun night for our children. Can’t wait to do it again next year! Cheers to Mo-vember! Jeers to not having a Larry-vember or a Curlyvember. Cheers to Doug, Trevor, and Howard for giving me space. And to Rob for putting my night-light back after all the work. Rusty the Moose. Cheers to Kara at Sobeys! You offer great customer service and were so polite when I forgot to take my bouquet of flowers. You made my day! Cheers to my Boyfriend Adam who always knows how to cheer me up. Jeers to the gross mullet and moustache you have grown for Movember. December cannot come soon enough!

Cheers to my Snowflake Princess and the wonderful ski season to come! Cheers to the lady in the blue car who stopped to get our dogs off the highway. Thank you so much. It is greatly appreciated. Cheers to Brenda at All Things Beautiful. Thank you for the word stone. You are very thoughtful and kind. The world needs more people like you! Namaste. Jeers to the guy who lives in Copper Horn Towne in Radium for being the loudest neighbor I’ve ever had and blaring music at 3 a.m. Please have some respect. Big cheers to the young girl who lives below them. I don’t know how you do it. Sincerely, over-tired neighbour who would love to sleep. Cheers to Selkirk TV and Appliance. Your store looks wonderful. We are local and shop local. Jeers to the Bass. Why must you always refuse all of my lures? I miss you so. What have I done to make you treat me so unkind and swim out on me. I can change — I swear! Fishing has just not been the same without you. Sincerely, the Lone Fisherman. Cheers to my neighbour for showing your true colours. Disheartening to learn what you repeatedly tell others! Cheers to the Invermere Bottle Depot for taking donations of bottles and cans on behalf of the Special Olympics B.C. branch. Thank you for supporting us! Cheers to Chris Z. for being the best landlord in BC!

storage NEWHOUSE MULTI STORAGE Various sizes available. Now with climate-controlled units. Call 250-342-3637. STORAGE SPACE – assorted sizes, easy access, immediate availability, long-term or short-term. Deck Properties Warehouse, Industrial Park: 250-342-3166.

For lease: 2,000 sq. ft. office and warehouse space. Located at #2 – 108 Industrial Road #2. $1,350/ month + HST and utilities. Phone Leo at 250-342-1177.


Are you newly retired? Perhaps looking to downsize? Tired of the worries of home ownership? Here’s a great opportunity for an individual who would appreciate shared accommodation in a spacious home without the headaches of home ownership. For more information call 250-3417711. Invermere: roommate needed to share large, 3-bdrm house on the lake. Fully furnished. 250-3421791.

commercial space

suite for rent

Rent/sell: Approx. 2,400 sq. ft. between Home Renovation Centre & Fitz Flooring. For more information please call Lorne at 250-270-0102.

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.

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.

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suite for rent

suite for rent

2-bdrm, 2-bath near Kinsmen beach. Walk to downtown. Fully furnished, 6 appliances, $1,000/ month includes utilities. N/S, N/P. 250-342-8787.

Radium: 1-bdrm with utilities included. $600/month. Call Michelle, 778-527-0020 (local number).

Radium: modern 2-bdrm, lowerlevel suite. W/D, D/W. $850/month, utilities included. 250-342-3790. Radium: 2-bdrm apartment, F/S, W/D, dishwasher, real fireplace. $850/month, utilities included. 778-527-0020 (local). Furnished basement suite with private entrance. W/D, N/P, N/S. $750/month, utilities included. 2134 13th Avenue, Invermere. Call 250-342-6534. 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. 2-bdrm apartment, close to downtown Invermere. Fullyfurnished, balcony, shared laundry, N/S, pets negotiable, storage space available. $850/month, utilities included. Available immediately. 250-426-5454. Radium: 4-bdrm, 2-bath basement suite. W/D, N/P, N/S, no partiers. $1,100/month, utilities included. References required. 250-3426010. 120 - 12th Avenue: 2-bdrm apartment. F/S, W/D, N/P. $700/ month + utilities and $350 D.D. 403-932-3006 or 250-342-6558. Upper Lakeview: 1-bdrm basement, private entrance. $500/ month, utilities included. N/S, N/P. Available January 1st. 250-6881244. Invermere Centre: 1-bdrm apartment available immediately. Central location, parking at your door, laundry on site. 1-year lease, N/P, N/S. Call Sharon, 250-6881365.

house for rent 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. Westridge: 5-bdrm, 3-bath, large deck, fenced yard, double garage. F/S, D/W, microwave. N/S, N/P. $1,500/month + utilities. Available immediately. 604-935-7519. Windermere: 1-bdrm house. Cozy and clean, $750/month + utilities. 250-342-3790. Near Invermere: 1-bdrm upperlevel suite situated on an acreage. Private, with beautiful views overlooking the lake and Rockies. D/W and great wood stove for cozy heat. $750 month. References please. 250-342-3790. Windermere: newer 2-bdrm, 2-bath with garage on 11 acres. $1,000/month. Mark, 403-5190252. Large, bright, 5-bdrm, 2-bath home located in Wilder subdivision. N/S, pets negotiable. Large yard with fruit trees. Great incentives with long-term lease. $1,400/ month + utilities. cameronoliver@, 250-341-7167, or 250-341-8924. Radium: 3-bdrm spacious house. N/P, N/S. $850/month + utilities. Available immediately. For more info call 250-347-9915. Invermere: fully-furnished, wonderful, clean, bright 5-bdrm, 2-bath home for responsible family or joint tenants. Near high school and Kinsmen beach. 2 living rooms, walkout basement, attached garage, large deck, high-efficiency furnace, fireplace, D/W, F/S, W/D, microwave. N/S, N/P. Available immediately, $1,400/month + utilities, D.D., and propane deposit. References required. 403-6187486.

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2 bedroom + den, 2 bathroom Sable Ridge Condo. Furnished and equipped. $1,000 + utilities.


Beautiful executive home. Spectacular views and creek in back yard. $1,500 + utilities.


1 bedroom + den Akiskinook Resort Condo. Seasonal rental, furnished and equipped. $750 includes utilities.


3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom Westside Park family home, close to schools. $1,300 + utilities.


Fully furnished and equipped 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condos in Lake Windermere Pointe and Heron Point from $1,250 inclusive. or call Ben Green at 250-688-0362 for more info.

Fairmont: 1,200 sq. ft. bright, 3-bdrm, 1.5-bath, large yard. 6 appliances, N/P, N/S. $900/month + hydro. References required. 250345-6100 or 250-341-8177. Large 4-bdrm, 2-bath house with large yard in downtown Invermere. W/D, DW, microwave, N/S, fireplace, internet. $1,200 + utilities or $1,500 all included. Available immediately. 250-3411650 or helmimagic@uniserve. com . Invermere: 3-bdrm house close to hospital and downtown. Quiet location suitable for families. Available immediately until May 2013. $1,200/month. 250-3423790. Edgewater: 3-bdrm mobile, 1 full + 1 ensuite bath. W/D, double carport, shed, 2 decks, very clean, quiet. $700/month + hydro. N/S, pets negotiable. 403-230-1903 to view. Newly renovated clean, bright, 3-bdrm, 2-bath home with attached in-law suite. Fenced back yard. Walking distance to James Chabot beach. W/D, D/W, partially furnished, or unfurnished. N/S, N/P. $1,100/month. Available December 15th. 250-342-1597.

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Homes for sale

Cozy 2-bdrm home by Columbia Lake. $500/month + utilities. N/S, N/P 250-342-5215.

2-bdrm condo near Sobeys. N/S, N/P, with washer and dryer. Quiet folks only need apply. $700/month. 250-342-6255.

4-bdrm, 2-bath home with 2 legal suites. Great location in Invermere. 250-409-9801.

Downtown Invermere: 2-bdrm, 1-bath, W/D, N/S, N/P. $700/month + utilities. Available immediately. 250-341-6080.

condo for rent Radium: 1-bdrm, 1-bath, furnished. N/S, kenneled dog OK. Shaw internet, storage, parking, play area. $550/month + utilities. References and D.D. required. 403-870-2805.

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. 250-3422536. Canal Flats: 2-bdrm, 1.5-bath condo with in-suite laundry. 1,000 sq. ft. of beautiful, comfortable, living space in quiet neighbourhood. $700/month + utilities. Available immediately. Call 403-873-8158 or e-mail . Serious inquiries only. Sable Ridge Resort, Radium: 1-bdrm luxury condo for long term rent. Fully-furnished and stocked with amenities. Just move in! Furnished with penthouse furnishings, gourmet kitchen, ensuite laundry, queen bed, flat screen TV, 3rd floor view. Fireplace, BBQ, underground parking, outdoor hot tubs, clubhouse, seasonal pool. Long-term rental. Available December or January 1st. $ 795/ month, includes utilities except cable. Joe, 403-830-0799. Akiskinook Resort: 1-bdrm condo, fully furnished, 6-appliances, equipped indoor pool and hot tub. $700/month includes cable. 403281-3991.

Invermere: large, 3-bdrm, 2-bath condo. W/D, lots of storage space, pet friendly. Lease and D.D. required. $ 1000/month + utilities. Available immediately. 250-3415017.

Homes for sale Trade my home in Calgary (MLS C3542937) plus a prime lot in Bella Vista for your home in Panorama or Columbia Valley. Call Ray 403-4733359 or 403-890-4950. Manufactured mobile home situated at #2 Green Acres Mobile Home Park. 8628 - Eacrett Road, Radium. 250-347-6007 for details.

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Mercer & Company Lighting store & complete custom framing shop. Visit http://canada. and enter Invermere in the search box for full details on sale. Serious inquiries only. Call 250-342-5440.

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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Recipe Of The Week TURTLES

50 caramels, unwrapped 2 tblsps Half & Half Cream

1 ½ pounds Milk Chocolate, good quality 150 Pecans, whole

Melt caramels over low heat and add cream. In a double boiler, melt chocolate to a smooth consistency. To make each turtle, place 3 pecans on a cookie sheet in a "Y" shape or if the pecans are large, 2 on the bottom and 1 on top. Spoon 1 teaspoon of caramel mixture on the top of the pecans. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes. Pick up a turtle with a fork and submerge in melted chocolate. Hold above pan until it stops dripping and replace on the cookie sheet. Let turtles set in the refrigerator. Store in an air-tight container and keep in a cool place. Makes 50 turtles – great for gifts! See all my recipes at

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Great bungalow floor plan offers 10’ ceilings, laminate flooring, raised eating bar and cozy fireplace. The fully finished walk-out level provides extra room for guests.




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November 30, 2012


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ROCKY MOUNTAIN FIBER is currently seeking timber/land purchase, standing timber, timber harvesting and purchasing opportunities (all species, including Douglas Fir) in the Golden, Radium Hot Springs, Invermere and Cranbrook/ Kimberly areas (Rocky Mountain and surrounding forest districts). Please contact 250-688-1651 or email rockymountainfiber@gmail. com for details.

Wood burning stove with fan, $250. Phone 250-342-9582.

Autowyze Services

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

misc. for sale

Kidz Outlet Consignment December sale. 20% off second hand clothing. Bring in a donation item for the local food bank and receive an additional 10% off. Open Tuesday Saturday. Located below Lambert and Kipp. Starting December 1st. Warwick Cabinets. Small quantities of hardwood flooring for sale. 20 sq. ft. - 100 sq. ft. All species, all colors. $20/box. Please call 250342-6264 for more information. Exterior Smart Trim: factoryfinished in black. 36 pieces, 1” x 4” x 16 ft. + flashing etc., $350. CanExel Dutch Lap siding: factory-finished in Granite, 525 sq. ft., $750. Kenmore dishwasher, stove, and fridge. $50 each. Go-Pro Hero video camera, new, $125. Snowboard gear: men’s and women’s. Tons of stuff, priced to sell. Call and ask. 250-341-6287. Electric scooter, needs 2 batteries, $400. 8-person Nahanni hot tub, like new. 2 water pumps/air pump. AM/FM stereo and CD player. Builtin 100’ electrical cable and GFI breaker. 27 large jets, 35 small jets. Deep seat, 2 recliner seats. $3,500. Phone 250-342-5905 or 250-6880176. Hay and Greenfeed, round bales. $30 - $80/bale depending on quality. Elkhorn Ranch, 250-3420617.

Regency wood burning, airtight stove. Gold door, excellent condition, with fan kit. $800. 250342-0554.

FIREWOOD Support Rockies Hockey! Pine, fir, larch, dry and split. To order call 250-342-6908. Fir firewood, split and delivered $200/cord. 250-342-5413. Firewood, split and delivered. Dry fir, $200. Pine, $180. Seasoned birch, $350. 250-341-6241.

RECREATIONAL VEHICLES 2001 Mountain Cat D+D 1010 Mod Sled. 200 HP, CR racing tunnel, M10 suspension. Light-weight seat. New shafts and drivers. Many new, upgraded parts. $3,700. Ian, 250342-9629. 2007 Summit X Skidoo. 5,000 kms. 159” track. New engine in 2011 with less than 1,000 kms. $5,900. 250-342-2898.

VEHICLES for sale 2008 Mazda B4000 4x4 truck. Low mileage, only 43,000 kms. Automatic, 6-cylinder, loaded. $13,900. 250-341-5971. 2004 Cavalier. 2-door, black, 5-speed. 185,000 kms, alloy rims, winter tires, 2 extra rims with tires. Great commuter, 40+ MPG. $3,500 OBO. 250-341-8578. 1999 Toyota Corolla. White, 4-door sedan, 269,000 kms. 2011 new winter tires, windshield and wipers new car-starter battery. Regular maintenance, in good running condition. $2,350 OBO. 250-3426829. 2005 Ford Taurus station wagon. 150,000 km, moon roof, keyless entry, Toyo tires. $4,999 OBO Phone 250-341-1940.

Pioneer Classified Advertising 250-341-6299

250-342-6614 Monday – Saturday Here for all your Automotive needs! Leaks, squeaks, or rattles? Check engine light, running rough, or perhaps not running at all? We’re here to help! .

Autowyze Services Business OF The Month DISCOUNT FAT BOYS PIZZA Find us on Facebook or call for full details. Need work done? Shop local and get discounts up to 20%!

fitness ZUMBA FITNESS HAVE YOU TRIED ZUMBA TONING WITH JULIE? Enjoy a great cardio and toning workout with a Latin flavour. Julie’s December class schedule is as follows: Monday – Zumba toning at 7 p.m. Wednesday – Zumba toning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday – Regular Zumba at 5:30 p.m. All classes are now located at J.A. Laird School Gymnasium. Class Cancelled Wednesday, December 12th due to school function. December Special - enjoy unlimited classes for only $25/ month or $10 drop-in. For more information or class times, please contact Julie Parent at 250-341-5474. Email her at Website: www.julieparent.zumba. com or like her on Facebook at Zumba Fitness – Julie Parent.

FITNESS PROGRAMS FOR STAY AT HOME MOMS. Personal Training in your home. Lose the baby weight during naptime! FREE Fitness assessments and consults. Hayley: 250-688-0024 Kate: 250-688-0221 Small Group Fitness also available.

Custom Picture Framing Professional Photography Camera Classes ~ Gift Certificates Available ~ 250-342-5102 ...look for the Red Door behind the Invermere Dry Cleaners! Vacuums Parts, repairs & accessories, All makes & model Central Vacuums – sales and installations Bonded & licensed

Fine Homeservices 250-342-9207, . Dryer Vent and Furnace Cleaning & inspections. Call AQUAIR today! 250-342-5089. 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 . Shannon’s Blinds & Designs Free Draw – Pick your discount and receive before Christmas “ We are very happy with Shannon’s service; very dependable, accurate, technical and color advice. She was wonderful to deal with. She matched the product perfectly and the house became even better as a result of her work.” Henry and Shirley, Cranbrook Shannon’s Blinds & Designs 250-342-5749 Covering the Valley – One Window At A Time

The Valley Shine Shop Have your vehicle detailed. Basic – deluxe packages available. Winter hours: Monday – Wednesday, 9 – 5. #35 109 Industrial Rd #2, 250342-9696.


help wanted

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 (local).

ROCKY MOUNTAIN FIBER is currently seeking logging contractors for stump-to-dump and phase logging/road building in the Kootenays. Various contract opportunities exist in the Golden, Radium Hot Springs, Invermere and Cranbrook/Kimberly areas (Rocky Mountain and surrounding forest districts). Please contact 250-688-1651 or email for details.

Guitar lessons. Available most evenings and weekends. Call Emily at 250-409-4104 ( local). Licensed family daycare has spots available. Subsidized children welcome. Hot lunch and nutritious snacks provided. 250-342-9348 or 250-341-1455. Cleaning available. Residential, commercial, or seasonal. For rates and info call Nikki, 250-342-5189. Windermere Valley Childcare has permanent spaces in the 3 - 5 year old group daycare. Available immediately! Please call 250-3423168. Ask for Arlee, Silvia, or Pat.

help wanted Have Fun and Earn Extra Income. What’s better than extra money? FREE JEWELLERY! As a Silpada Representative selling Sterling Silver Jewellery, you can earn 30% commission on your sales, expensepaid trips and free jewellery. Why not get paid to party for a living? Call 341-5956 and start your jewellery business now. Black Forest Restaurant is looking for a F/T server. Call, email or drop off resume. careers@ or 250342-9417.

BEST WESTERN INVERMERE INN, INVERMERE, BC. Wanted: 4 full-time, light-duty cleaners/ housekeepers. $13.75/hour, flexible hours. Some high school if possible, but not required. Will train. Speak English, read English, write English. Work setting: hotel. Housekeeper/light-duty cleaners perform some, or all of the following duties: sweep, mop, wash, wax and polish floors; dust furniture and vacuum carpeting and area rugs, draperies and upholstered furniture; make beds, change sheets and distribute clean towels and toiletries; attend to guest’s requests for extra supplies; stock linen closet and supplies area; clean, disinfect and polish kitchen and bathroom fixtures and appliances; clean and disinfect public areas such as changing rooms, showers and elevators; disinfect rooms and other hotel areas; pick up debris and empty trash containers; wash windows, walls and ceilings; report and store lost and found items; may provide basic information on facilities; may handle complaints. Email resume to, Attn: M. Mitchell

health & wellness

QI GONG AND TAI CHI • Chinese exercises to promote healing, fitness and anti-aging • Practices of moving meditation to promote good health and well being • Classes are on-going and beginners are welcome • Ask about the new year schedule and register. For more information please contact: Betty Newton 250-342-6343 or

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Peppi’s is now hiring cooks and servers for the winter season. All applicants must be able to work weekends. Please forward resumes to .

BEST WESTERN INVERMERE INN, INVERMERE, BC. 2 Cooks wanted: $12.50/hour, fulltime, flexible hours. Description: completed high school or college. Experience an asset. Food safe/ preparation certificate essential, but not required. Work with others under pressure with minimum supervision. Job Duties: prepare and cook complete meals or individual dishes and foods; schedule and supervise kitchen helpers; oversee kitchen operations; maintain inventory and records of food, supplies and equipment; may set up and oversee buffets; may clean kitchen and work area; may plan menus, determine size of food portions, estimate food requirements and costs, and monitor and order supplies; train kitchen staff. Cooks may specialize in preparing and cooking ethnic cuisine or special dishes. Email resume: m.mitchell@, Attn: M. Mitchell.

Helna’s Stube is looking for an evening part-time server. Please call 250-347-0047 or email mail@ .

Administrative Assistant, Kootenay Employment Services, Invermere. Wage: TBD on Experience. Parttime, 20 hours/week, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Monday Friday. 6-month term contract with potential for extension. Job Description; General: incumbent will be responsible for administrative assistance for the manager, data entry, phone calls, faxing, emailing, tracking spreadsheets and promotions. Major duties: research funding opportunities and assist with proposal writing, respond to enquiries from the public, including employers, job seekers, community representatives and funders, promote current programs to Kootenay businesses via telephone coldcalling, emailing and faxing. Maintain concise records of contacts with employers and clients, accurately enter date into online and offline systems, write professional reports, communicate clearly and efficiently with centre manager. Qualifications: computer proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook), above average interpersonal, organization and communication skills, professional and clear telephone voice. Preference will be given to candidates with relevant post-secondary education and/or previous administrative experience. Resumes can be emailed or mailed to: Eden Yesh, Regional Employment Coordinator, Kootenay Employment Services Society, PO Box 2435, Invermere, B.C., V0A 1K0, or .


Start off the new year FRESH AND LOCAL as one of our resident Kicking Horse Café FOOD GURUS! Your creation of exceptional baked goods and pastries, lunch items and seasonal specialties will be showcased daily in the Kicking Horse Café. Ideally, you will have some formal cooking/baking experience and/or training.

BARISTA (Part-Time) HEAVY DUTY JOURNEYMAN DIESEL MECHANIC required in Invermere, B.C. Permanent full-time position. Wage based on experience. $30 – $38. Benefit package available. Please fax or email resume to 250-342-0212

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Wanted: A Beancounter with Attitude Good attitude, that is! You hold an accounting designation (or very close to it or equivalent experience), but your friends and coworkers don’t really think of you as an “accountant”. You know your numbers instinctively, but are keenly interested in being a part of the business’ operations. You always take personal pride in the quality of the information you produce and you can effectively keep many balls in the air at one time in a busy, multiorganization entity. Those are the critical success factors for the Group Controller who will join our team – along with a great sense of humor and the ability to laugh at yourself. You are an accountant, after all. We are a group of companies located in the Invermere area that includes Windermere Water & Sewer, Parr Utilities Ltd. and Point Developments. We are involved in everything from water and sewer utilities to residential and commercial land development and every day puts a different challenge on the desk. Your attention to detail and passion for doing things right the to dive into research whenever required and be knowledgeable a private company environment. If you’re interested in being part of our team, please get that resume into our hands. This requires a commitment to meeting the deadlines related to our businesses.

As a Kicking Horse Café BARISTA, pulling the perfect shot, sharing your latte art with the masses, and providing a level of service that is second to none, will not so much be a job as it will be a vocation. The only requirement… ya gotta be crazy about coffee; think it, drink it, love it, dream it! Both these opportunities will be available, starting in January 2013. Candidates must be willing to work weekends and some holidays. We will supply the tools and training – you will work the magic. If you’ve got what it tastes…, fire us off your resume to lianne@ or fax 250-342-4450. We will contact successful applicants.

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The role This full-time, permanent position involves content gathering, writing and editing for six annual magazine publications including a local visitor guide, homes & lifestyle magazine and wedding magazine. As the driving force behind all magazines, creative flair and the ability to self-motivate and work independently are integral. When not working on magazines, the successful applicant will be 1/3 of a smalltown newspaper’s editorial team, working alongside a reporter and editor to take photos, write stories, and lay out and edit

pages in InDesign. A passion for smalltown news and unearthing interesting features is key. Around 50 per cent of the role is as a reporter, with occasional cover of the newspaper editor’s position. The other six months are dedicated to magazines. Some weekend and evening work is required.

Qualifications • Degree or diploma in journalism • A minimum 2 years’ newsroom experience • Proficiency with InDesign and Adobe Photoshop • Mac platform experience • A reliable vehicle and a valid driver’s licence • Strong organizational, editing and journalistic skills.

To apply, send a copy of your resume, along with writing samples, cover letter and references to Rose-Marie Regitnig, Publisher.


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The Columbia Valley Pioneer • 29

November 30, 2012

Local racer ranked second in the world

By Kristian Rasmussen Pioneer Staff

While many of us may enjoy a leisurely jog around the block to stay in shape, one Invermere man catches his stride by descending into a filthy maze of blood, fire and barbed wire. Shane McKay is currently ranked second in the world in Spartan racing — a series of back breaking running races across obstacle courses that span the globe. “When you are standing at the starting line, you know you are going to suffer,” he said. “It is talked about that if you can walk the next day you haven’t done enough during the race.” Shane, 52, was born and raised in the Columbia Valley and is owner of TXN Installations metal fabrication in Invermere. The Spartan athlete has competed in 15 races this year, ranging from five kilometre sprints that usually hold over 15 obstacles, all the way up to the Spartan Beast, which begins with over 25 obstacles on courses starting at 20 kilometres. Shane's top finishes include his recent backto-back third place results in Marseille, Illinois, on October 27th and 28th. The athlete is leaving for Malibu, California, to compete in a five kilometre sprint race on December 1st, and will immediately travel to Glen Rose, Texas, where he will take on a Beast race on December 8th. The Glen Rose Beast lumbers through 22 kilometres of single track running paths and a host of military and geography-inspired obstacles, which will likely include Shane's nemesis, the Tyrolean Traverse. The Traverse is a 150-foot (46 metres) length of rope suspended above a body of water. Participants are allowed to use the rope any way they wish, but they are given just three attempts to get across, after which they are disqualified. The last time Shane's hands gripped the rope of the traverse, during the Spartan World Championships in Vermont, he wasn't sure if he would make it. The race required the athlete to complete three grueling obstacles leading up to the traverse. Beginning with an Atlas block carry, Shane had to carry a 75 pound block

40 feet, put it down, pick up another block and carry it back. Next, a Chariots of Fire obstacle required the Invermere man to drag a wooden skid full of rocks around a marked course. Finally, Shane's aching forearms had to complete the sandbag carry, which involved carrying a 40 pound sandbag up a portion of a ski hill and back down. After fighting his way through three brutal challenges, Shane found himself on the precipice of the traverse. “I got about three quarters of the way out on the WANDERING WARRIOR — Invermere’s Shane McKay practices his grip on the chin up traverse and realized that I bar at his home gym, Endeavour Fitness, who have helped him train for the15 races that Photo by Kristian Rasmussen was hanging on with my el- he has competed in this year across North America.  bows. I realized that if I fell ‘I am not going to finish this race and I thought I was off I was not going to do it in three tries. I just had to stay going to do so well’.” with it, and it was the hardest thing I had ever done.” The majority of Spartan racers found their hopes of After reaching the end of his rope, literally and figufinishing the Vermont race dashed upon the shore of the ratively, Shane dropped into the water at the end of the obstacle and was required to complete the challenge by Tyrolean Traverse. Only 39 per cent of competitors comswimming another 75 feet to shore. His extreme fatigue pleted the race. Although many aspiring Spartans don’t finand exertion attracted the attention of a waiting lifeguard ish an event, a defiant attitude and unwillingness of giving the body the option to quit until reaching absolute failure is in a nearby boat. “I looked up out of the water and the guy in the boat common, Shane said. “Everybody has pride and wants to finish the race. looked at me. From the look on my face the guy said, 'You can't touch the boat and I can't help you. You are going to I rarely have seen anybody who can still walk say, ‘I be OK. I am here for you. I am a great swimmer and good have had enough.’” Spartan racers pay the cost of competition in sweat, lifeguard. If you get into trouble I am right here, but you tears and exertion, but the payoffs are always worth it, have to make it to the shore by yourself!'” Shane swam to shore, where he collapsed on the ground the racer added. “I think the biggest rewards are the friendships that I from the exertion. “I laid there for about 2-3 minutes and then got up to have gained through Spartan racing and the different peothe finish the race and the back of my legs started to cramp ple that I have met. There seem to be a lot of people that are up. I was pretty upset and I had tears in my eyes. I was like, at a point in their life where they are looking for a change.”

Spur Valley contemplates water system upgrades By Pioneer Staff After a series of resident-led drinkable water initiatives dating back to 2005 came up dry in Dry Gulch, Spur Valley is next in line to receive some local and provincial government assistance in establishing an upgrade to its water system. After the Regional District of East Kootenay approved spending $100,000 in community works funds for the Spur Valley improvement district at the board’s November 5th meeting, an information package is being compiled to inform area homeowners of the pros and cons involved in the change.

Spur Valley, located about 20 minutes north of Radium Hot Springs, currently draws its drinking water from a surface source, Luxor Creek. The proposed upgrade would change the source to well water, and the system would be operated by the regional district. A test well drilled over the summer has shown promising results thus far, said Spur Valley improvement district secretary treasurer Sharon Osterling. “We’ve been actively pursuing this for a number of years; we see a lot of advantages to having this,” she said. “We have relatively few B.C. residents in the improvement district, and only B.C. residents are allowed to stand as trustees.”

That makes for low turnover among the board, which must oversee the water system that services 85 lots, 75 of which are currently developed. Homeowners can expect to receive an information package in early January, said Mrs. Osterling. In 2005, the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development approved nearly $1.8 million in funding for a $2,697,000 community water system in Dry Gulch. In November 2011, the regional district asked that money be re-allocated in two parts: $500,000 towards the Spur Valley Water System Upgrade Project, and $1,298,000 towards the Wilmer Water System Upgrade Project.

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November 30, 2012

Valley mom wins big at bodybuilding event By Kristian Rasmussen Pioneer Staff A Brisco woman, renowned for her knockout power in the ring, has proven that adding a little punch to pageantry can go a long way. Luraina Oddy beat out ten competitors in the physique category for a third place finish at the Sandra Wickham Fall Classic Bodybuilding competition at New Westminster’s Massey Theatre on Saturday, November 10th. Originally ranked first in the world as an International Sport of Kickboxing league champion for five consecutive years with a professional record of 17 wins, no losses and nine knockouts, Luraina traded her boxing shorts for a bikini to join 300 other women competing in multiple categories at the event. “Kickboxing really helped me with my anger issues growing up,” Luraina said. “It was a good focus and a really good avenue to keep me a good person. As a fighter, winning my title was my biggest accomplishment, but once I

had babies the fighting wasn’t there anymore. You have this fire inside of you and this killer instinct. Once I had kids, it was gone. I tried to pursue the kickboxing afterwards and I just didn’t have it anymore.” Luraina, who is the owner of Invermere’s Rocky Mountain Martial Arts, grew up in Victoria and moved to the Columbia Valley ten years ago after meeting husband, Eric Oddy, on a summer holiday. The two have four children: Odin, 3, Sephira, 5, Nevaeh, 6, and Bella Vee, 9. Luraina’s children, whom she home schools while training for events, have acted as not only her cheering squad, but as nutrition and fitness watchdogs. “My kids were on my case. If I ate a chip they would ask ‘Can you have that mom? You are going to lose your competition if you eat that chocolate bar mom!’ I told them if you see mummy eating something, you make sure you give mommy heck!” The mother of four needed all the extra help she could get in order to prepare for competition. She had to complete weight, cardio and Crossfit training every day, while

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MATERNAL MUSCLE — Pictured, from left to right: Bellavee, 9, Nevaeh, 6, Sephira, 5, Luraina and Odin, 3, show off mom’s third place trophy.  Photo by Kristian Rasmussen sticking to an extreme diet regime. Although she wasn’t kickboxing against a competitor this time, the judges at the Sandra Wickham classic were equally unforgiving. The panel of bodybuilding experts were looking for perfect muscle symmetry from every competitor. “They really pick you apart for everything,” Luraina added. “They are basically looking for a ten inch difference between your shoulders, waist and hips.” If a competitor is not naturally blessed with a perfect body type, posing correctly can mean the difference between first place and not placing. Luraina trained with experts in Calgary and with her sister, Jolaine Bloom, co-owner of Invermere’s Endeavour Fitness, to perfect her muscle tone and posing routine for her big moment. “It was nerve racking, but I stuck with my poses,” she said. “At the end of the day I achieved my goal. I got down to my fight weight again after four kids, which I think is huge.” Despite the anxiety associated with competition, the Sandra Wickham Fall Classic did come with its rewards. “You are treated like a princess — you get your hair, makeup, nails done and your bikini is like your wedding dress,” she joked. “It is like getting married without the baggage of a husband.”

Rotary Seniors’ Christmas Dinner

Sunday, December 9th, 2012 Best Western Invermere Inn, 5:30 p.m.

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Valley Churches


Ministerial meditation By Laura Hermakin Reverend Christ Church Trinity “I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live.” (Deuteronomy 30:19) We hear a great deal of talk these days about the footprint that we leave on our environment. I find myself thinking about this question in so many aspects of my life. It impacts the way that I do almost everything now from how and where I shop, the car I drive, how I treat my body, and most definitely my faith life. My Christian story tells me that God gave humans power over life and death, that is to say, our own life and death; the way we choose to exercise that power means everything! A great experiment is to take time and think about how you respond to the situations you find yourself in,

in everyday life. Ask yourself what choices you make and how you respond, even in the simplest circumstances. Do you choose life or death? Would you say that you are prone to melancholy or joy? Where do you turn to care for yourself: destructive or beneficial behaviour? Do you find yourself sniping out a negative answer or response to things or do you strive to find the positive? Do you more often find yourself afraid or proclaiming hope? Most of us would like to say that we find ourselves generally in the latter place, offering encouragement to our friends, neighbours, and communities; yet so often we give into fear. We live in a time of instant connectedness around the world and the stories of our friends and neighbours in the global village touch us as instantly and deeply as those who live within our immediate community. Amazingly, our choices in day to day things impact things globally. So how do we choose life? Are we even aware that there is a choice? Do we always have to be right, or can we maybe see things from another’s perspective today? Taking time to be aware of yourself and of God’s hopes and dreams for your life is a great place to start. God gave us life and death, blessings and curses (as it says in the book of Deuteronomy) — choose life!

Volleyball victors The David Thompson Senior Girls Volleyball team won the honor of being Kootenay Champions on the weekend of November 17th and 18th. On November 27th, the team headed to Nanaimo for their shot at the provincial championship title. Pictured, back row, left to right: Jessica Hromadnik, Kelsey Frank, Jasmine Montgomery, Barbara Jenkinson, Josephine Mouly and coach Bob Karras. Pictured, bottom row, left to right: Tiara Livingston, Natasha Hul and Stephanie Seaman. Photo submitted by David Thompson Secondary School

LAKE WINDERMERE ALLIANCE CHURCH Sunday, December 2nd, 10:30 a.m.. First Sunday of Advent. Worship and Life Instruction. Guest speaker: Rev. Dr. Melvyn Sylvester “K.I.D.S.” Church for children age 3 to Grade 1 and Grade 2 to 5 during the morning service. Pastor Trevor Hagan • 326 - 10th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-9535 • Windermere Valley Shared Ministry ANGLICAN-UNITED 9 a.m.: Worship at All Saint’s, Edgewater. 10:30 a.m.: Worship at Christ Church Trinity, Invermere. 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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