50 years ago: Windermere district athletes collected two cups, broke three records and won an individual championship at the East Kootenay High School Track Meet. Some 65 area athletes from across the region participated in the meet, held in Creston, and star athlete John Holmlund of Canal Flats won the shot put event and broke the East Kootenay record for high jump with a leap of 4’10”.
35 years ago: Eileen Madson obtained the highest position that a school trustee could receive: president of the Canadian School Trustees Association. Madson had first become a trustee 12 years prior, Madson was elected via acclamation, which reflected the high esteem her colleagues across Canada held her in.
20 years ago: The Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce was lobbying against clearcutting on the slopes of Windermere Valley. The Chamber passed a unanimous motion to ban clearcut logging and prescribed burns that would have a negative visual impact on the valley, as tourism was quick becoming the number one industry in the valley.
15 years ago: A Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce luncheon was held to discuss the possibility of joining Alberta. Dissonance with lower mainland policies was cited as a reason.
10 years ago: Christopher Swain of Portland was looking to be the first man to swim the length of the Columbia River. He was set to begin his swim at the headwaters at Canal Flats, and swim all the way to Oregon: a swim of 1,988 km. Along his way he was was expected to meet all kids of pesticides, heavy metals and human waste.