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Remember When? (May 11)

A look back at what's happened in the Columbia Valley over the past 50 years for the week of May 11.

50 years ago: Brenda Byman first disappeared in the Columbia Valley when she did not return home to her parents in Wilmer. Family, friends, and the RCMP lit bonfires and did searches for her for four days straight and then some after the disappearance was reported.

45 years ago: Despite some rain, the first Fairmont Golf Tournament was a huge success, with 30 entries in the men’s 45-hole medal play total score competition. It was won by Earl Wilder Jr. of Invermere.

40 years ago: The Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 71 club room in Invermere was broken into some time after midnight. Around $300 was missing from the safe and some liquor was taken. Entry had been gained by prying open the front door. This was the second break-in within a short time span.

35 years ago: The DTSS Junior Badminton team travelled to Fernie in order to compete in the annual Junior Badminton tournament for schools in the East Kootenay. DTSS came in third overall, with Golden’s team finishing first.

30 years ago: The Western Canadian White Water Championships was announced to be held on Toby Creek. The kayaking competition was to provide excellent waters and even better viewpoints for spectators of the race.

25 years ago: People from Golden to Cranbrook filed into the Invermere Community Centre to pay tribute to Jim and Grace Chabot for Jim Chabot’s 23 years of continuous service as MLA for Columbia River. Jim Chabot had announced that he would not seek reelection.

20 years ago: Nicole Pandachuck was featured on the front page of The Valley Echo pushing her brother Cameron around their yard in a wheelbarrow on a warm spring day.

Unfortunately, a sharp turn caused them both to fall over and crash.

15 years ago: The Columbia Valley Rockies unveiled their new logo, which featured a mean-looking Sasquatch creature bearing its teeth, holding a hockey stick. Sound familiar?

10 years ago: The Village of Radium Hot Springs opened its new Radium Community Policing Station. The station shared space with the Radium Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Kootenay National Park information centre.

5 years ago: Invermere residents Audrey Mantyka, Marg Christensen and Sandy McKay volunteered their time to touch up the Windermere Valley Museum sign. The sign had looked quite weathered before the touch-up effort.