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Pioneer gets gold at provincial newspaper awards

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Rocky Mountain School District board holds off on adopting social media policy

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By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
The third reading and adoption of the proposed social media policy for Rocky Mountain School District No. 6 has been delayed until mid-May.
“The board decided to table it to allow for further opportunity for input,” said school district superintendent Paul Carriere. “There had been some feedback coming in right at the time of the last meeting (Tuesday, April 14th). That may have been one of the reasons the board decided to push it back.”
The policy had been given second reading at a prior school board meeting …

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Sexual health researchers visit Invermere

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By Breanne Massey
Pioneer Staff

The anatomy of sexual health could be changing across B.C. as researchers collect information about family planning.
Healthcare professionals have been conducting voluntary surveys with eligible participants between the ages of 14 and 49 since 2014.
Surveyor Jess Wishart recently arrived in Invermere to continue collecting information about sexual health and family planning methods for the Canadian Sexual Health Survey (CSHS), which is a provincial study from the BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre.
“The Ministry of Health and BC Women’s Hospital join me in our great hope that the …

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Deer sterilization concerns Province

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By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
The provincial Ministry of Forests, Land and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO) is not opposed to immuno-contraception as a method to help control urban deer populations, but does have some concerns.
The Pioneer reported last week on efforts by a Victoria-based group to promote using a contraceptive called SpayVac on does in Oay Bay (a Victoria suburb with urban deer problems) to help limit the population. The group had suggested the method could be used in other communities across the province to deal with urban deer.
“The ministry (FLNRO) …

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Doug Leibel

Rotary Club of Invermere awards Citizen of the Year

Posted on May 1st, 2015 by


By Breanne Massey
Pioneer Staff
After a busy career as an engineer and raising five children, Doug Leibel decided to give back his time to the community as a Good Samaritan.
The 74-year-old Calgary resident retired to Invermere 19 years ago and immediately began paying it forward as a volunteer in 1996.
Mr. Leibel spent time volunteering at the Columbia House, the Canadian Martyrs Catholic Church Council, the Mountain Friends, the Lake Windermere Lions Club, the Lakeview Manor, the Columbia Valley Food Bank and the Hospice Society. His dedication to helping out as …

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WARDENS IN THE WILD — Entertainers Bradley Bischoff, Scott Ward and Ray Schmidt will be performing at Pynelogs Cultural Centre at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6th and again at 9:15 p.m.
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Wardens’ tales come to Invermere

Posted on May 1st, 2015 by


By Breanne Massey
Pioneer Staff
The Wardens are calling on their life’s work for musical inspiration.
Entertainers Bradley Bischoff, Scott Ward and Ray Schmidt will be performing at Pynelogs Cultural Centre at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6th and again at 9:15 p.m.
“We just started playing in B.C.,” said Mr. Bischoff with a hint of excitement in his voice, “and we’re pretty excited about coming to Invermere for the first time.”
The three-piece country band from the Bow Valley in Calgary was formed five years ago when a mutual passion was realized. Mr. Bischoff …

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JUNGLE JAUNT — Eagle Eye Tours operator Cam Gillies will be screening highlights from a recent trip to Costa Rica for one of the evening presentations during the Wings Over the Rockies festival. Photo submitted

Wings Over the Rockies evening presentations go beyond

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By Wings Over the Rockies

While the Wings Over the Rockies Festival focuses mainly on the Rocky Mountain Trench, the interests of local scientists and naturalists extend far beyond the bird life of the Columbia Valley.
In evening presentations at Pynelogs Cultural Centre, they will share pictures, stories and music about their studies and travels from the forest floor to the life of minerals, from Patagonia to the Arctic and from Costa Rica to Himalaya.
On Monday, May 4th, Bryan Kelly-McArthur, naturalist and photographer from the northern end of the …

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SITE SURVEILLANCE — The snow avalanche risk zoning map for the Jumbo Glacier Resort day lodge and service building, the foundations of which were poured last fall. White Zone indicates low risk, Blue Zone indicates Moderate Risk, and Red Zone indicates high risk.  Image submitted

Province finds first foundations at Jumbo Glacier Resort not compliant

Posted on May 1st, 2015 by


The provincial Environmental Assessment Office has determined the locations of day lodge and service building foundations at Jumbo Glacier Resort, laid by developers last fall, are not in compliance with Glacier Resort Ltd.’s environmental assessment certificate for the project, and ordered the developers to halt construction at those sites.
In a letter addressed to Glacier Resorts Ltd. and Pheidias Project Management Corp. president Oberto Oberti, assessment office compliance manager Autumn Cousins said the foundations do not meet condition 36 of the assessment certificate, which reads “the proponent has committed that the …

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