55 years ago (1959): A.R. Fletcher was appointed district commissioner for Windermere District. Mr. Fletcher held the Gillwell Wood badge for two Canadian Jamborees. His first official appearence was at the father-son banquet in Invermere. Cubs and Mineral King scouts were present.
50 years ago (1964): Ellard Bjorkman was entombed for six hours at the White family well after it caved in on him while he was working on it 14 feet down. Ellard was burried in layers of sand and gravel. He was taken 35 miles to the hospital suffering shock and multiple bruises. Jimmie White was unsure of how it happened.
45 years ago (1969): The Windermere Ice Carnival was held at the Windermere ice rink. Costumes were judged and there was skating races and broom ball. There was also plenty of food and games at the community hall for all of the skaters.
40 years ago (1974): Allen Jones shot a two-year-old female cougar due to the fact that it had attacked his dog. His dog was bitten badly but recovered. After a look at the contents of the cougar’s stomach, he made the conclusion that the attack was not provoked by hunger.
30 years ago (1984): An alchohol and drug meeting was held by the Windermere District school board. Drug use seemed to be limited to a minority of students, yet most of the questions asked at the meeting indicated a need for more information on the matter to be taught to younger classes.
20 years ago (1994): Canadian National Alpine Ski Team member Willy Raine was travelling to Kimberly from Calgary with his custom Rossignol 7S slalom skis. After arriving in Kimberly, Willy realized his skis were missing and had most likely fallen off the roof of his van somewhere along the way. Willy was offering a $1,000 reward to whoever found them due to the fact he would not be able to get a new pair before the races began.
15 years ago (1999): District of Invermere council got its way with the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) and stopped the company’s trains from whistling horns at the Borden Street and Kinsmen Beach crossing. However, a $1,000-peryear insurance policy was needed to protect the CPR and the district from liability. The whistling was to stop on March 1st.
10 years ago (2004): The final project report review process by the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) for Jumbo Glacier resort began after being submitted 10 years earlier. A final decision was expected by mid-September of 2004. The EAO was allowing public input from February 13th to April 13th, 2004.