54 years ago (1961):
Local girl Brenda Byman, 12, went missing in the Lake Enid area after leaving her companions during a hike to Barbour’s Field. Brenda had been hiking with Vivian Barrett, John and Edward Carson and Eldwood Godlein, but left them sometime after 2 p.m. to go home to Wilmer. Search efforts were launched when Brenda had not returned by 8 p.m. and continued for days after. Mills were shut so that every available person could join the search, in which more than 400 men, 70 horses, a helicopter and a police dog combed the area.
40 years ago (1975):
Invermere Judo Club member Marion Kloos won the senior girls’ 130 pounds (59 kilograms) and over division B.C. championship in Kamloops. Coach Hermann Mauthner said that in her final fight she was graceful and elegant.
30 years ago (1985):
The provincial government moved to freeze teachers’ salaries in areas in which layoffs were imminent. The Windermere District Teachers’ Association criticized the move, calling it ludicrous.
20 years ago (1995):
Fees for entry into national parks and national park amenities increased, with the cost of visiting the Radium Hot Springs pools jumping to $4 per person. Day pass rates for Kootenay National Park (as well as Banff, Jasper and Yoho National Parks) went from $5 to $8. Season passes went from $30 to $50.
10 years ago (2005):
The District of Invermere was preparing to host the Association of Kootenay and Boundary Local Governments (AKBLG) meeting. The theme for the convention that year was “Balancing Commerce and Nature.”