50 years ago (1965):
Six people were hospitalized after a head-on collision due to poor road conditions. The collision occurred on Stoddart Creek Hill and involved three cars. Two families were involved, both with members seriously injured. Multiple concussions were sustained, along with one member with both legs fractured. The families were removed from Windermere District Hospital and moved to larger hospitals later on.
45 years ago (1970):
M.E. Tunncliffe retired as mayor, allowing James Warne to take up the position and be mayor in his place. Tuncliffe’s address as retiring mayor congratulated the new council members that would be taking up office with Warne and thanked the old ones for their valuable assistance while he was mayor.
40 years ago (1975):
There had yet to be a New Year’s Baby born at the Windermere District Hospital for that year. Shops were offering a number of gifts and prizes to the family of the New Year’s Baby, with gifts ranging from baby blankets to a $10 savings account from Bank of Montreal. The hospital was patiently waiting for the first baby of the year to make its appearance.
30 years ago (1985):
Dale Steedman, a member of the Windermere Valley Ski Club, was chosen to lead the Kootenay Zone Alpine Ski Team’s six-man racing team at the 1985 BC Winter Games. That year, the Games were taking place at Mount Baldy in the Okanagan area.
20 years ago (1995):
The Rockies were on the brink of bankruptcy. Fan attendance that year had been at an all-time low, and the team didn’t think they would make it to the 1996/97 season with such low funds available. The team budget was well over what they had to spend and therefore the team had to plan functions to raise money for the following seasons.
15 years ago (2000):
Canfor sawmill worker Paul Borho was trying to thaw frozen pipes at his mobile home in Radium when a release valve on a propane furnace vented some gas. This resulted in a fire starting. He managed to get his three young children out of the home safely, but the home was totally destroyed. The family was astounded by the generosity of the community for all the calls and donations of clothing, food and anything else they needed.
10 years ago (2005):
Two valley youths captured top prizes in Columbia Basin Trust’s “People of the Basin” photo contest. Heather Halverson of Radium Hot Springs won $250 for best photo in the youth category and younger sister Linnea Halverson won $250 for the best photo under 14 years of age category.