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Most desired big city amenity

SWIMMING POOL

The most desired thing last year is the same this year. Swimming pool, swimming pool, swimming pool, the people of Pemberton say now and forever. Also desired — a skating rink. Alternatively, there was a small vote for not having either of these things because "We're not a big city."

Number one reason Pemberton is not like Whistler

SENSE OF COMMUNITY

It's the sense of community and a small-town feel that contrasts with the resort and its millions of visitors. Go to buy groceries or gas in Pemberton and you're going to know everyone there. As a kind of twin to this reason is number two, Pemberton is more relaxed with fewer crowds and tourists. The attraction of local produce came third.

Biggest news story of 2013

Pique's John French covered what was chosen as the main news story of 2013, the terrible plane crash at Nairn Falls in June in which Rudy Rozsypalek, owner and operator of the Pemberton Soaring Centre, was killed, along with three other people and a dog. French said the biggest sense of shock was waiting to find out who the casualties were. "There was a real sadness in the community," he said. "The fact that people weren't hurt at the campground where the planes fell... it could have been a far greater tragedy."

Other stories of importance for 2013 included the Slow Food Cycle, the Ironman Canada Race and the election of Mayor Jordan Sturdy as provincial MLA for the Sea to Sky region.

Most dubious decision made by council

IPPs

Independent Power Projects/Hydroelectricity/Innergex were all wrapped up into the category of most dubious decision by the Village of Pemberton council. Ironman Canada was another topic that got Pembertonians going, as was West Vancouver-Sea to Sky MLA Jordan Sturdy's Pemberton mayoralty, which he intends to hang onto until the 2014 local government elections.

Best decision made by council

The responses were all over the map, and interestingly included all of the "Most dubious decisions made council." Some were happy that the council shelved the Pemberton Creek IPP concept, others liked Ironman, and Jordon Sturdy staying on as mayor was seen as a plus. More applause went to the community centre being completed, the recreational facilities consultation and the Friendship Trail plans.

Best example of wild west attitude

HORSES EVERYWHERE

Hitching posts around town, especially at The Pony Restaurant are the number one indication that Pemberton likes a bit of "Yeehaw!" So what does that tell you? There be horses and there be cowboys and girls.

Which brings us to two and three. The second example of the Wild West attitude is the number of horses wandering through the community and Bob Menzel. Menzel may not be the only cowboy in Pemberton but he's respected enough to get be named into third place all on his own. Yeehaw!

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