2007 — A group of Christmas Elves cheerfully seold Chrismas gifts at the Elf Craft Sale at the Invermere Community Hall

Remember When (November 25, 2015)

A look back through The Valley Echo's archives over the last 50 years

50    years ago (1965):

Printing press problems left the Valley Echo unable to print the television schedule, much to the dismay of many local residents. A front page apology from the paper laid the blame on invisible printer gremlins.


45     years ago (1970):

Radium Hot Springs residents sent a petition, containing the signature of 90 per cent of community’s taxpayers, to the provincial Ministry of Municipal Affairs, asking the ministry to incorporate the community. Radium had a population of 225 at the time. Minister Dan Campbell visited the community shortly after to explain the logistics of the process, but it would end up being another 20 years before Radium was officially incorporated.


40    years ago (1975):

An Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) was spotted in the Upper Columbia Valley. Local resident Vern Sattman was enjoying a soak in the Fairmont Hot Springs pools when he saw what he said was an egg-shaped object with pulsating red, green and blue light soaring through the sky. Having been in the airforce, Sattman knew it was not any aircraft known to humans. He went into the Fairmont Lodge and brought out five others, some of them with binoculars, to observe and confirm the strange phenomenon.


30     years ago (1985):

The Radium Hot Springs sawmill was sold by  Revelstoke Sawmills ltd. to Slocan Forest Products Ltd. General manager Frank Fortin said there would be no change in personnel or mill operations.


25     years ago (1990):

In the first-ever municipal election in the just-incorporated Village of Radium Hot Springs, Greg Deck was elected mayor by a vote of 97 to 68 over his challenger Metro Tomlyn. Ron Verboom, Kent Kebe, Phyllis Jackson and Brent Fredrickson were voted in as councillors.


20     years ago (1995):

The David Thompson Secondary School boys’ volleyball team won the provincial championship. Graham Gillies was named Most Valuable Player.


15     years ago (2000):

Alliance Party incumbent Jim Abbott was handily re-elected as Kootenay-Columbia MP, capturing 67 per cent of the vote. Other candidates included Liberal Delvin Chatterson (14.9 per cent), NDP Andrea Dunlop (8.7 per cent) and Progressive Conservative Jim Pirie (5.7 per cent)


10     years ago (2005):

Invermere council approved rezoning to allow for Quiniscoe Homes’s Canyon View development. The development planned for higher density and smaller lots, with the aim of making housing more affordable. Opponents of the development likened its high density to “slums”.

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