August. 2006 — One of many young east side and Windermere residents who gathered at a private residence on Baltac Road Saturday

August. 2006 — One of many young east side and Windermere residents who gathered at a private residence on Baltac Road Saturday

Remember When? (August 22)

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

50 years ago: Attendance figures at Radium Hot Springs continued to soar with July traffic entering the western gateway to Kootenay National Park recording 50,000 vehicles and 168,000 passengers. The excellent condition of the Banff-Windermere highway and the influx of visitors to British Columbia for the World Fair were given as reasons.

45 years ago: Heather Nelson won the title of new Miss Windermere Valley, giving her community their second consecutive win. The 16 year-old grade 11 DTSS student  enjoyed swimming and horseback riding, in what must have been a slow newsweek.

35 years ago: A Junior Forest Wardens Camp opened at Blue Lake, much to the delight of everyone involved. The camp, northwest of Canal Flats, was opened by a chainsaw-wielding Minister of Forests cut through a pole being held on one end by the president of Crestbrook Forest Industries, and the other by Smokey the Bear.

25 years ago: Invermere was assured that fears of the Public Health Nurse would be left unfilled were unfounded, said the public health director for the East Kootenay. After the previous nurse retired rumours began to fly that the position would remain unfilled, but the director said it would be filled by fall. In other news, The Canal Flats junior secondary school received a serious facelift to change what was described as a bleak vanacat building into a cheerful and bright learning environment. Both the interior and exterior of the school were set to receive some much-needed TLC.

20 years ago: A three-week crackdown on parking violators in Radium Hot Springs was called off early thanks to its overwhelming success. The bulk of the tickets were given out to people parking facing against traffic on the frontage roads in an attempt to educate the community.

15 years ago: It had been over a month since a surgery had been performed at the Invermere and District Hospital, as according to the anesthesiologist a nurse accused him of assaulting her during an argument. The hospital administrator disputed that as the reason why the doctor was suspended, and lawyers were being consulted for both sides.

5 years ago: Over 500 people took part in the 12th annual Loop the Lake event, raising over $20,000 for the Invermere Rotary Club. Runners finished the race with a free pancake breakfast and warm congratulations all around.