2006 —  Local resident Franz Grassegger shows the response his song about choosing a pope received from the then-newly elected Pope Benedict.

2006 — Local resident Franz Grassegger shows the response his song about choosing a pope received from the then-newly elected Pope Benedict.

Remember when (January 13. 2016

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

50 years ago (1965):

New Years baby Roger Edward was born in Calgary. Roger was the fourth baby born to proud Radium Hot Springs parents Mr. and Mrs. William Fika.


45  years ago (1971):

The wonder of modern urban technology brought a brighter glow to Bruce Avenue in Invermere, as eight new 450-watt mercury vapour street lamps were added to the street. The 16 foot  (five metre) high new lamps replaced old 300-watt lamps, which were mounted on four foot (1.2 metre) high arms. Accroding to local residents the new lamps greatly increased the illumination of Bruch Avenue.


40 years ago (1976):

The Windermere District Historical Society received input at a meeting from several valley organizations on potential uses and the subsequent interior design of the old the Canadian Pacific Rail station. The station was being repurposed as a public community building.


30 years ago (1986):

Radium Hot Springs resident reacted strongly to the rumoured closure of Radium Elementary School.  The school district received 45 letters of strident opposition to such a move.


25  years ago (1991):

The race to be the Upper Columbia Valley New Year’s baby was a close one, with Tiffany Darlene Strayer (born to parents Bill and Joanne) arriving just 10 seconds before Ashley Dawn, (born to Bernadette Mohan). Both births occured on the afternoon of January 1st.


20 years ago (1996):

The Upper Columbia Valley New Year’s baby Layla Chouchene, born January 2nd to Fairmont Hot Springs parents Karen and Abdel carried a family tradition into a third generation. Dad Abdel was a New Year’s baby in 1955, in Tunisia, and Layla’s maternal grandfather was born on New Year’s Eve.


15 years ago (2001):

The Valley Echo reported on the lack of medical praticioners qualified to deal with people with mental health issues in the East Kootenay. The target ratio was one such professional for every 10,000 people. But, as The Echo pointed out, the East Kootenay Mental Health Unit at the time served 90,000 people and had only two qualified professionals to do so.


10     years ago (2006):

Approximately 200 people attended an open house meeting to learn more about plans for the proposed Jumbo Glacier Resort. The Valley Echo recorded opinions at the meeting from local residents both in support of the project and against it. The Echo said the resort proposal had been the subject of controversy for more than 15 years, but said that the long-running issue was finally closer to conclusion.

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