2009 - Windermere resident Norm Turley was one of over 20 participants in the Whitehouse Fishing Derby on Lake Windermere.

2009 - Windermere resident Norm Turley was one of over 20 participants in the Whitehouse Fishing Derby on Lake Windermere.

Remember When? (March 12, 2014)

A look back through The Valley Echo's archives
over the last 55 years

55 years ago (1959):

The Annual Invermere Curling Club Bonspiel was held on March 28th and 29th. Forty rinks were expected that year. Many prizes were planned to be  given out with the prizes valued at $500.


50 years ago (1964):

An all-time record was set in February 1964: eighteen births were registered for the hospital that month, including 11 girls and seven boys. Occupancy at the hospital continued at a high rate.


45 years ago (1969):

Crestbrook Forest Industries lost their machine shop in a fire. The fire was believed to have been started by a spark from the welder and quickly spread throughout the buiding. The Canal Flats volunteer fire department did a good job keeping the fire under control.


40 years ago (1974):

A select few DTSS students were learning to speak Russian for their trip to Moscow and Leningrad  in March 1974. They had the opportunity to attend the famous Moscow Circus or a hockey game. They also got to enjoy many scenic places and to take part in all sorts of fun activities during their trip.


30 years ago (1984):

Panorama officials were learing how to run the World Cup men’s downhill ski race. They seemed confident they could handle it.Panorama officials filed a bid with the Canadian Ski Association over that weekend to hold a downhill race in 1985.


20 years ago (1994):

More than 5,000 commercial and private vehicles were checked and 177 charges were laid for everything from driving without insurance to possesions of narcotics. Multiple cars were towed to get repaired, and some had roadside repairs done.


15 years ago (1999):

Three local youths were charged for breaking and entering a home on Westside Road. They were ordered to pay $1,000 to the owner of the home. Two of the youths were put on probation for one year and they had to perform 60 hours of community service. The other was just ordered to pay the restitution.


10 years ago (2004):

The B.C. Enviromental Assesment Office  was seeking public input on Jumbo Glacier Resort (JGR) until April 13th. The Valley Echo had asked  JGR and the Jumbo Creek Conservation Society a few questions, attempting to get both sides of the story.


5 years ago (2009):

Despite a $4 million decrease in the 2009 budget, rural Regional District of East Kootenays taxpayers noticed a two percent increase on their taxes that year. Even thought there was an overall decrease in the 2009 budget, rural REDK residents saw their taxes go up.