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Kootenay National Park flush with $44 million

Posted on July 24th, 2015 by


By Breanne Massey
Pioneer Staff
The Government of Canada announced infrastructure investments totalling more than $44 million for several Parks Canada sites located within Kootenay National Park on Parks Day 2015.
David Wilks, MP of Kootenay-Columbia, declared on the July 18th celebration, that visitors from all over Canada and the world would be better connected to the heart of the Rockies through improvements on Highway 93 South, repair and rehabilitation at the Radium Hot Springs, and emergency flood response work to bridges, campgrounds and day-use areas within the park. Canada’s Parks Day is …

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Court hears case against creation of Jumbo municipality

Posted on July 24th, 2015 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
The West Kootenay EcoSociety’s petition against the B.C. government’s decision to incorporate Jumbo Glacier Mountain Resort Municipality was heard in court last week, although a decision will not likely come for weeks.
The petition was heard in the B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver on Wednesday, July 15th , nearly two and a half years after it was first filed, with lawyers representing both the EcoSociety and the province present in court. Lawyers representing the municipality were not present.
“We’re basically saying that the minister (of Community, Sport and …

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Court hears case against creation of Jumbo municipality

Posted on July 24th, 2015 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
The West Kootenay EcoSociety’s petition against the B.C. government’s decision to incorporate Jumbo Glacier Mountain Resort Municipality was heard in court last week, although a decision will not likely come for weeks.
The petition was heard in the B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver on Wednesday, July 15th , nearly two and a half years after it was first filed, with lawyers representing both the EcoSociety and the province present in court. Lawyers representing the municipality were not present.
“We’re basically saying that the minister (of Community, Sport and …

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Invermere library asks for money to address budget shortfall

Posted on July 24th, 2015 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
Representatives of the Invermere Public Library attended the most recent Invermere council meeting, asking for increased funding to help deal with a consistent budget shortfall.
Library board chair Norm Funnell and library director Nicole Pawluk told council members at the July 14th meeting that each year the library’s board passes a budget that is technically $20,000 in deficit.
“It’s an ongoing problem,” said Mr. Funnell, adding that the annual shortfall stems from the library’s decision to increase its hours (and correspondingly add staff) several years ago.
Mr. Funnell …

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Rural areas set for high-speed internet

Posted on July 24th, 2015 by


By Kevin Nimmock
Pioneer Staff
Residents from remote communities across the Columbia Valley are about to get the chance to conveniently shop, learn, bank and communicate online.
Kootenay-Columbia MP David Wilks recently announced the Government of Canada will be providing $3.34 million to Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) to bring high-speed internet to 11,000 homes in southeastern B.C.
“CBT is committed to bringing better broadband to the Columbia Basin–Boundary region, and this funding is an important step forward in giving over 11,000 households the ability to participate fully in the digital world,” said Neil …

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Creativity unites artisans

Posted on July 24th, 2015 by


By Breanne Massey
Pioneer Staff
Artisans are rebranding the Tour of the Arts on the British Columbia Day long weekend this August after a lack of volunteerism shuttered the annual event.
Painter Susan Fahrni decided to use the opportunity to help the arts and entertainment community branch out with Art in the Park.
Art in the Park will highlight the Columbia Valley’s creativity with an outdoors exhibition of 16 artisan booths at Pothole Park between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 2nd.
“I was annoyed the fastest and wanted to do something,” said …

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Cat’s leg amputated after being severed by trap

Posted on July 24th, 2015 by


By Breanne Massey
Pioneer Staff
After a cat spent approximately 10 days stuck in an illegal leg trap in Canal Flats, the orange and white feline’s leg was nearly severed.
The cat, who was later named Trapper by the Invermere Companion Animal Network (ICAN), was found by a Canal Flats resident who reported the injury to ICAN before noon on June 24th and delivered Trapper to an Invermere veterinarian.  
“We had a call from some people who had a cat in distress that appeared on their doorstep looking for food,” said Sylvia Schulz, …

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IN MEMORY OF — At the Invermere A&W, a memorial marks the table regularly used by Earl Hanson. Photo by Kevin Nimmock

A&W mourns loss of longtime regular

Posted on July 24th, 2015 by


By Kevin Nimmock
Pioneer Staff
The valley has lost an old friend. Earl Hanson was well-known by staff members and regular customers alike at the A&W in Athalmer.
On July 9th, he passed away at the age of 75. Less than a week before, he visited A&W as part of his daily routine, telling the staff he would not be back at his regular table by the window, but that he truly appreciated his time around the restaurant.
“We are grieving part of our family,” said Pam Nielsen, who works at A&W. …

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