55 years ago (1961):
The heritage building that is now Pynelogs was repurposed from a hospital into a home for the elderly. The first resident, Sabina Ackerman, told The Valley Echo she had worked for a cook for the Walt Disney family in Hollywood many years prior.
50 years ago (1966):
Invermere resident Allen Tegart won the Kinsmen Club and BC Hydro holiday decorating contest again. It was his fourth year in a row taking top honours in the competition.
45 years ago (1971):
The Christmas spirit shone especially brightly in the Village of Radium Hot Springs. Judges in the Kinsmen Club and BC Hydro’s holiday decorating contest unanimously voted to give the top individual home decorating award to Radium resident Toby Dennis and the top business decorating award to the Radium Hot Springs Crescent Motel.
45 years ago (1976):
The Windermere District Historical Society’s efforts to save the old Canadian Pacific Rail station seemed to pay off after the station building was successfully moved to a new location opposite the then-site of David Thompson Secondary School. An intial attempt to move the building failed, after a pin in the moving truck broke.
35 years ago (1981):
A new Invermere council was sworn in. Roy Lake was the new mayor and George Eacrett, George Dalke, Joe Conroy and John Hetherington were the councillors.
25 years ago (1991):
The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) closed its Radium Hot Springs branch, leaving the newly incorporated village without any kind of financial institution. Radium council quickly began efforts to lure another bank to town.
20 years ago (1996):
Conflict among winter backcountry user groups was rife enough that local forestry officials felt the need to intervene and designate cerain parts of the Upper Columbia Valley backcountry for certain user groups. Snowmobilers were banned from Catamount Glacier and North Star Glacier as well as parts of the Upper Jumbo Valley.
15 years ago (2001):
A successful fundraiser at the Farside Pub managed to raise more than $1,000 for the Mikkelson family. The family had lost all its possessions in a house fire two weeks earlier.
10 years ago (2006):
The federal government denied a request from the Jumbo Creek Conservation Society to review the proposed Jumbo Glacier Resort project. The national goverment of the time said it saw no reason to get involved in a matter of provincial jurisdiction.