50 years ago (1966):
The Valley Echo promoted a ski film by Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH) founder and local heliski pioneer Hans Gmoser. The film was titled “Roving Skis.”
40 years ago (1976):
Debate raged among local citizens about banning motorized boats from Lake Lillian. Those against the move said it was unfair to senior citizens who enjoyed fishing at the lake and would not be able to so easily access other lakes with their motor boats.
30 years ago (1986):
Long-time Columbia River MLA James Chabot announced he would retire from politics during the next provincial election. At the time Chabot had served as the local MLA for 23 consecutive years.
25 years ago (1991):
Local heliski company Radium Hot Springs Glacier Skiing Ltd. (run by Roger Madson) submitted an application to build a helicopter access lodge near Jumbo Pass to the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) board of directors. All the directors except one said they supported the move.
20 years ago (1996):
The RDEK signed a contract with a local environmental group to help promote recycling. The group was the East Kootenay Environmental Society (now Wildsight).
10 years ago (2005):
A front page Valley Echo story reported on increasing use of the Family Resouce Centre (now the Family Dynamix Association). At the time the centre was receiving about 6,000 visits a year and was providing assisstance of one sort or another to 20 per cent of the valley’s families. The annual dragon boat races were one of the centre’s major funraising sources.