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Shuswap chief Barb Cote

New Shuswap chief determined to make a difference

Posted on December 19th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
New Shuswap Indian Band chief Barb Cote and first-time councillors Timothy Eugene and Rosalita Pascal have been busy since the band’s early November election.
“We have so much going on at this time, “ said Ms. Cote. “For me, the learning curve, it’s been the equivalent of taking a PhD in a whole range of subjects all at the same time.”
Ms. Cote said she’s treating the position of chief as a full-time job, and she and the councillors are wrapping their heads around not just band administration and …

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HOCKEY HIGH ROLLER — Kelsey Petersen with Trevor Linden, former Canuck captain and current president of hockey operations and alternate governor of the Vancouver Canucks.     Photo submitted

Invermere grad making bid as Canada’s first female NHL agent

Posted on December 19th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
A young woman from Invermere might one day help aspiring hockey players enter the NHL. And if her career plans pan out, Kelsey Petersen will be the only female NHL agent in Canada.
The 26-year-old Invermere native is finishing up her law degree at the Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Law in Kamloops, and recently completed an internship with the Vancouver Canucks, for which she beat out more than 600 other applicants.
Her journey started in the Columbia Valley. Kelsey graduated from David Thompson Secondary School in 2006, …

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Low oil prices slowly trickle into valley

Posted on December 19th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
Oil prices may have taken a nosedive around the globe, but have only declined modestly at gas stations throughout the valley.
As of The Pioneer’s press time (Wednesday, December 17th), gas in Calgary could be found as cheap as 81.9 cents per litre, and averaging around 91 cents per litre. Yet gas at Petro-Canada in Invermere on that same day was 115.9 cents per litre, while gas stations in Golden and Cranbrook were pricing it at 109.9 cents a litre.
Back in September, oil was selling for about …

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Gone Baby Gone: The end of a legacy

Posted on December 19th, 2014 by


By Erin Knutson
Special to the Pioneer
Interpersonal experiences have been slowly phased out for the new world of digital, which isn’t so new anymore. With the advent of digitizing, Netflicking, video on demand, the emergence of Redbox, and the various streaming channels of entertainment content, the last of an old tradition is disappearing.
Invermere’s Gone Hollywood is sadly closing its doors after 24 years in business.
Jason and Thora Harvey have been in the film business for over two decades, and value the loyal customers they’ve had over the years. Currently packing …

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RENO’D AND READY — The new Invermere location for Bishop’s Book Cafe has undergone weeks of renovations.  Photo by Greg Amos

Bishop’s turns the page on old thrift store location

Posted on December 19th, 2014 by


By Greg Amos
Special to the Pioneer
An established book store is following the flow of the Columbia River to a new home in Invermere, and putting an elegant new lustre on a well-loved retail space.
After several weeks of extensive renovations, Bishop’s Book Cafe is set to open at the former Invermere Hospital Auxiliary thrift store space at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 20th.
“The renovations took six weeks; the many people who used to shop at the thrift store won’t recognize it,” said owner Andrew Watt. “Most people in Invermere have …

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Cobblestone issues Christmas Bureau challenge

Posted on December 19th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer staff
A local business owner has recently given the Columbia Valley Christmas Burea a big boost, and he’s asking others in the business community to do the same.
Cobblestone Creek Cottage and Lodging Co. donated $2,000 to the Christmas Bureau for its annual drive. The Christmas Bureau uses its resources to provide low-income households with traditional holiday celebrations.
“It’s important that families do have the necessary food and gifts for the kids to open,” said Cobblestone president Matt Semler.
Because the valley’s tourism businesses profit off sharing the valley with …

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UPDATED: “Substantially started” decision for Jumbo Glacier Resort delayed

Posted on December 19th, 2014 by


The province’s decision as to whether or not Jumbo Glacier Resort was substantially started by the potential October 12th expiry date of its Environmental Assessment Certificate has been delayed as the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) is requesting additional information regarding the location of Jumbo Glacier Resort’s day lodge.
In a letter addressed to Glacier Resorts Ltd. president Oberto Oberti dated December 11th, EAO manager of policy and compliance Autumn Cousins writes: “Based on the recent complaints and information reviewed through compliance oversight, Environmental Assessment Office Compliance and Enforcement is assessing whether …

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Local family celebrates victory over cancer

Posted on December 19th, 2014 by


Christmas spirit is shining brightly in the valley this year, even more so for one family that has come triumphantly through a battle with cancer.
As reported four years ago in The Valley Echo, Crisanna McLeod’s daughter Crisdon Chaisson struggled with a rare form of cancer called ameloblastoma in her jaw. Thanks to surgery in Vancouver General Hospital, Crisdon has beaten the cancer and, three years later, life is back to normal for her, her mother and her two kids, Ataya and Rythom.
“It’s just this year that I’ve finally let …

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