2006 — Bavin Glassworks crew Sheenah Lindsay

2006 — Bavin Glassworks crew Sheenah Lindsay

Remember When? (February 17)

A look back through The Valley Echo's archives over the last 50 years

50 years ago (1966):

The Invermere Garage took out an advertisment in The Echo detailing its selection of used automobiles for sale. A 1964 Econoline pickup with 16,000 kilometres on the odometer was selling for $1,850.


40 years ago (1976):

The valley saw a successful cat-to-cat blood transfusion. Mr. and Mrs. Lund’s cat Ginger was anemic, but Ginger’s condition was at least partially alleviated by a blood donation from Mr. and Mrs. Bill Hemmelgarn’s cat Felix.


25 years ago (1991):

Panorama Mountain Resort was offering a special downhill instructional class led by professional skier Tom Holland. The weekend-long class featured backcountry skills.


20 years ago (1996):

The East Kootenay economy was looking strong. Then-Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce Karl Conway told The Echo a strong Calgary ecnomy was playing a big role in that.


15 years ago (2001):

The Regional District of East Kootenay board of directors voted to support the Shuswap Indian Band’s Invermere Airport development proposal. The proposal was driven by the Kinbasket Development Corp.


10 years ago (2006):

The Invermere Fire Deaprtment quenched a  fire at Don and Betty Kilpatrick’s home on Lanac Road, near Lake Lillian. Then-Invermere mayor Mark Smigelsky pointed out that if the District of Invermere had not just recently expanded its fire protection boundaries (a controversial process), the situation might not have turned out as well as it did.