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Remember When (October 26)

A look back at events in the Columbia Valley from the past 50 years for the week of October 26.

50 years ago: Extensive improvements were underway at the Radium Saw Mill. The improvements included 90 per cent new machinery. At the time , the mill employed around 60 employees.

45 years ago: A proposed centennial library was scrapped in favour of a Lake Dorothy Park. The park was to cost significantly less, and was to encompass three acres of land east of the lake.

40 years ago: The autumn conference of the East Kootenay Recreation Commission was held in Invermere. The conference urged less organization for children’s sports, as at the time they had 7 year-old athletes travelling across the country, “being exploited by competitive parents.”

35 years ago: During a game with the Harlem Clowns at David Thompson Secondary School someone tossed a cherry bomb — a ping-pong ball stuffed with salt-peter, matches and pellets — on to the floor of the gym. No one was hurt, but DTSS principal Dave Harrison offered a $50 reward for information.

32 years ago: Local RCMP nabbed a man wanted in a Vancouver murder of a 4-year-old girl. A Canada-wide warrant had been issued for his arrest, and he was picked up near the CPR tracks following a CPR report that a man was riding a coal train coming from Golden.

25 years ago: Twenty-three cyclists from B.C. and Alberta took part in Panorama’s first annual Cycling Classic. Riders faced 65 km of steep hills in the Windermere Valley in what was only the first stage of the Classic, and followed with a time trial stage and another 65 km stage in the following days.

20 years ago: The first deadline regarding the Jumbo Creek Valley was met. However, the outcome of the analysis whether or not the valley should become a ski resort still wouldn’t be known until at least December of that year. Before the call to make the proposals public a new ministry official was required.

15 years ago: Vancouver-based Intrawest Corporation pledged to invest $50 million into Panorama Resort over the following five years. Plans included the building of three new neighbourhoods, a new day lodge, and the $4 million Greywolf Golf Course.

10 years ago: Concerns continued to be raised regarding the proposed Jumbo ski resort. Stan Hagen, Minister of Sustainable Resource management took a tour of the area and told The Valley Echo that, “there would not be a rubber stamp” for Jumbo or any other proposed projects.

5 years ago: Panorama was set to host the World Cup ski season for the first time since 1992. “The return of World Cup racing to the valley is long overdue,” then Panorama Mountain Village vice-president Mark Woodburn said. He said it was a great opportunity to showcase Panorama and Invermere to the world.