August 2009 — (l-r) Rick Dendy

Remember When? (August 1)

A look back at what's happened in the valley over the last 50 years.

50 years ago: Invermere was abuzz after a local businessman confirmed that TV signals from the newly installed relay tower near Cranbrook were coming in loud and clear, meaning Invermere was that much closer to having television. The new tower was part of a CBC program to gradually extend TV service to as many Canadians as possible.

45 years ago: Spillimacheen held their centennial celebration with a day of sports and family activities. First, the Radium baseball team bested a team from Parson, before bingo and similar games kept people busy throughout the day until a free barbecue supper.

23 years ago: The Radium Hot Pools were potentially being forced to close after a case of vandalism. Sometime overnight someone had spray painted “Grad 89 — We Rule” across the back wall of one of the area’s biggest tourist attractions.

35 years ago: The Canadian Cross Country hang gliding record of 17 miles, set by John Duthie on Mt Swansea was broken by Bruce Robinson of Radium. Robinson launched his Eagle Cloud craft from Mt Swansea, travelling downward for almost a half an hour before hooking into a passing thermal. On route to Edgewater he ran into some turbulence, and was finally forced to land south of Brisco after two hours and 24.7 miles.

20 years ago: The public was asking to ponder the fate of the Pothole dumping site in Invermere. Nobody seemed to know for sure how long clean fill had been being dumped into the hole, but Invermere Mayor Ron Halverson felt that it was time to decide what was to be done with the hole.

10 years ago: The RCMP bike patrol was set to focus on safety and education in the coming season. All the detachment members were trained in bike patrol, and wanted to focus on educating kids on bike and road safety.

5 years ago: A lone female hiker scared off a cougar that was stalking her in Kootenay National Park. Upon noticing the cougar approaching her in a predatory fashion, when the cougar came within six feet of her the hiker swung her backpack in an attempt to scare it off.

 

Just Posted

The end of an Echo

Invermere Valley Echo shuts down operations in Columbia Valley

Creating a new narrative for Canal Flats

Economic development consultant hired, lists vision for next 90 days

UPDATE: Crews battle as wildfires rage in B.C. Interior

Crews brace for another day on B.C. firelines as no let up is likely

VIDEO: B.C. wildfires by the numbers

Wildfires continue to engulf regions of B.C.’s forests and communities.

VIDEO: More than 180 wildfires burning across B.C.

Firefighters from other provinces called in to assist

DTSS Grad March 2017

DTSS Grad March 2017

59 cats seized in Chase

59 neglected and injured cats were seized from a property in Chase

Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell dead at age 52

The singer/songwriter passed away early Thursday morning in Detroit

Paying tribute to a primeval passage

Uninterrupted celebrates the Adams River sockeye run in an extraordinary way.

UPDATE: Pemberton Music Festival cancelled, no automatic refunds

In the past, the music festival located in Pemberton drew large crowds last year of 180,000 fans

Medical wait times cost B.C. patients $2,300 each

New Fraser Institute report places B.C. at second worst in costs associated with long wait times

UPDATE: 22 killed at Ariana Grande concert

Witnesses reported hearing two loud bangs coming from near the arena’s bars at about 10:35 p.m.

One in three Canadian high school students have rode with drinking drivers, study reveals

Nearly one in five rode with a driver who’d been smoking pot

Top court to hear federal government’s appeal on residential school records

A lower court judge ruled to destroy the stories after 15 years unless consent is given to preserve

Most Read