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    Wednesday, November 28, 2012 Vol. 56 Issue 48

    Celebrating kids through crafts

    Page A13

    PHOTO BY NICOLE TRIGG/THE ECHOInvermere's Benjamin Thomsen competed in the Lake Louise Winterstart World Cup in Alberta on Saturday (November 24) and Sunday (November 25), tying for 34th place. Up-and-coming skier Martin Grasic, also from Invermere, was a forerunner at the event. For more sports, turn to page A17.

    WinterstartNew Jumbo councilaiming high

    Its the beginning of a new chapter for the Jumbo Gla-cier Resort project, and the Province of British Colum-bia has chosen three valley residents to lead the way.

    Former Village of Radium Hot Springs mayor Greg Deck will serve as mayor and Nancy Hugunin and Steve Ostrander will serve as councillors, while former town of Golden chief administrative o cer Phil Taylor will be the municipalitys interim corporate o cer.

    Ive been urging the province to nish this process for a long time, and when the province says, Were ready to take the next step, are you ready to be part of that and help?, its hard not to contribute when youre asking people to do something as well, Deck told e Valley Echo.

    e inaugural council will have a number of responsibili-ties when they rst convene on February 19, 2013. Aside from attempting to develop a resort that focuses on the needs of a population that has yet to arrive, council will also have to give strong consideration to the environmental and aboriginal concerns that have held the project back for so many years.

    Mayor, two councillors want to work for most positive outcome for entire region

    CONTINUES TO 'I HAVE' ON PAGE A2

    STEVE [email protected]

    Nancy Hugunin

    Steve Ostrander

    Greg Deck

    Vol. 56 Issue 48

    Martin Grasic makes BC Alpine team

    Page A18

  • A2 www.invermerevalleyecho.com Wednesday, November 28, 2012 The Valley Echo

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    Christmas BureauThe Christmas Bureau of the Columbia Valley is now ready to accept applications for FOOD HAMPERS AND ANGEL GIFTS for Christmas 2012, to be distributed Thursday, December 20, 2012. Application forms are available at The Family Resource Centre, Columbia Valley Employment Centre, Akisqnuk Health Centre, Shuswap Band Office, Canal Flats Headwaters Centre or 250-342-6752. Deadline for requests is Wednesday December 12. To sponsor a family hamper, call Gail at 250-342-6752 or Helen at 250-342-6789; or email Gail at [email protected] Helen at [email protected] to register your commitment by Wednesday, December 12. To donate an Angel Gift, visit the childrens and seniors Angel tree in Essentials Shop (516 13 street) after November 23, or the childrens Angel Tree in Dairy Queen after Friday November 30. Return wrapped and labelled gifts to the stores by the December 15 deadline.

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    I think that its very, very important that the mayor and the two council-lors who I have appointed have noth-ing to do with the resort development, they have no business ties to the resort proponent, and they will not be al-lowed to do business with this project on a personal level, said Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural De-velopment Bill Bennett. They will be under the same restrictions and limitations that any other mayor and council would be under based on our legislation in this province.

    Selection of council members was based on several suitability factors in-cluding local government experience and knowledge of the region, and the term of the appointments is from Feb-ruary 19, 2013 to November 30, 2014.

    The background of each of the coun-cil members varies, although they all share the common thread of being long-time East Kootenay residents. Deck was the first mayor of Radium Hot Springs when it was incorporated in December of 1990, and served for 18 years until retiring in 2008. Deck has also served as the chair for the Regional District of East Kootenay for six years, and continues to sit on the board of the Columbia Basin Trust. A long-time supporter of the project since his days as Radium mayor, Deck said no one benefits from the project being rushed along, and that his job

    as mayor will be to respect the issues and aspirations of his future residents.

    Deck likened any potential develop-ments to a cruise ship, where the envi-ronment flows by with the least possi-ble amount of interaction by humans.

    There are a whole bunch of require-ments, more than any other munici-pality I know, that will have to be met that come from the environmental assessment certificate, Deck said. Those have to be carefully adhered to, and I think adhering to those care-fully will minimize what is one of the most controversial issues up there, which is human-wildlife conflict. Its important to try and design a community from the very start that minimizes those conflicts, and if you build that into the original design youll be saving every-body a lot of grief for a very long time.

    Deck acknowledges that without any constituents needs to address, the focus of the council will be almost entirely on long-term planning, and said it was important that council bal-ance the needs of the short-term with long-term efficiency. He said that by no means does he want to see sprawl-ing suburbs in Jumbo, but would in-stead aim for something akin to the walled villages of northern Italy and southern France.

    I think that a really well-run, value-

    added high quality tourism resource is important to the province, Deck said. I have very high hopes that a resort as unusual as Jumbo that has that kind of profile, and has the ability to attract people from much farther than our traditional markets to this region, and I see that as a relatively virtuous circle.

    Hugunin, a Columbia Valley resi-dent for the past 35 years, feels her experience in the business world is part of the reason she was selected to join council. Hugunin is the co-owner

    and operator of a construction com-pany and two res-taurants, and is a former president of the Windermere Valley Ski Club.

    For the last five years Hugunin has

    also worked with regional and provin-cial agencies regarding subdivision consulting and infrastructure approv-als. She said shes always been sup-portive of the concept of a ski resort in Jumbo, and would like to play a posi-tive role in any future developments.

    I really feel like a strong economy here is what helps us pay for all the other things we want, said Hugunin. Ive had lots of people support me in my life, and I just wanted to support free enterprise.

    Former David Thompson Secondary

    photo by Steve JeSSel/the echoThe Invermere Business Committee's annual window decorating contest had a number of local businesses enter this year that revamped their storefronts with a winter holiday theme. Secret judges from the Columbia Valley Arts Council decided on winners in three categories Three Bears Gift Shop won Most Flashy, Black Star came out on top of Most Christmassy, and Details by JoAnne walked away with Most Awesome. From now until the start of the holidays, The Valley Echo and the Columbia Valley Pioneer will be showcasing a business a week from those that took part just to demonstrate how truly awesome our local business community is. This week in The Valley Echo is Summit Footwear, located at 1209 7th Avenue in Invermere.

    Window wonderland

    'I have very high hopes': Mayor Deckcontinued from page a1

    One of the most controversial issues up there... is human-wildlife conflict.greg deckjumbo glacier resort mayor

    continueS to 'councillor' on page a4

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