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Letter to editor clarifies All Candidates Forum

Posted on April 21st, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
As president of the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce (CVCC) and a member of the All Candidates Forum Committee I would like to provide some clarifications regarding the upcoming All Candidates forum on April 27, 2017.
· The Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce feels it is important to have an organized forum for political elections for its members and the public to have an opportunity to hear from all the candidates.
·The Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce does not hold the exclusive rights to one single event in the region for …

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Couple’s dream house burns to the ground

Posted on April 13th, 2017 by


After living in your home for 30 years, having built it with your own two hands, it’s hard to imagine anything more devastating than watching it burn to the ground. For Brisco residents Vern and Candice Snively this awful scenario became their reality last weekend, as the two were forced to try to douse their flaming log home alone — firefighters not able to attend since the couple’s home lies outside of any municipal or regional fire district.
“It was a log structure there when they moved in. =There were no …

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DOI council hears community concerns at the Westside Park public hearing

Posted on April 13th, 2017 by


The District of Invermere heard from local residents on the proposed Westside Park gas bar development plan at a public hearing on Monday, April 10th.
Developer Barry Brown- John presented his plans for the property, if council grants amendments necessary for the gas station to be built on the already commercially zoned property. The Westside Park property currently has C-3 zoning, which allows uses such as video store, beauty salon and barber shop and a convenience store. The amendments would change the zoning to allow for a gas bar. …

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Unsanctioned Kindersley trailbuilder loses court case

Posted on April 13th, 2017 by


On Wednesday, April 5th the Honourable Judge L. Doerksen came to a verdict in the David Pacey versus Parks Canada legal case.
Mr. Pacey took the stand earlier that day to make his case, fighting two counts of damaging flora, fauna, or a natural object, a contravention of the Canada National Parks Act. Mr. Pacey used the defence of due diligence and the defence of necessity to justify his actions of working on and altering the Kindersley Pass Trail without the requisite permission.
In attempting to use due diligence as a defence, …

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Greenways Trail Alliance announces 2017 Trail Vision

Posted on April 13th, 2017 by


On Friday, April 7th Greenways Trail Alliance held a public meeting to present their trail vision and recommendations to the community. The event had 100 community members in attendance to hear what plans Greenways has for the future of trails in the Columbia Valley.
“The Trail Vision document is the ‘beginning’ and it does not make decisions on trails. It is the initial point of discussion and to get the decision makers involved at a planning level. Which trails get developed and when is the next step,” said Greenways Trail …

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JA Laird plans ‘Amazing Day’ to celebrate Earth Day

Posted on April 13th, 2017 by


By James Rose
On Tuesday, April 25th, JA Laird will be hosting a fundraising event for the revitalization of the school garden and is part the school’s Earth Day activities. The name of the event is Amazing Day, and it is an all-day event that involves a series of 14 team challenges. It will take place at Kinsmen Beach
Students will be on inter-grade teams ranging from Grades 4 to 7 and the focus for the day is on co-operation, team building and inclusion.
“Students are collecting pledges for completing all 14 challenges,” …

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Wolf fatality in Dutch Creek-Findlay Creek prompts warning

Posted on April 13th, 2017 by


A suspicious wolf fatality in the Dutch Creek-Findlay Creek has conservation issuing a further warning to recreational users of the area to watch for strychnine poison. Conservation had issued a warning after the poison was found in the area in early march. The poison is a fatally toxic colourless crystalline powder that was found in white cupcake wrappers.
Conservation responded to a call on Monday, April 10th to the area after a concerned member of the community had discovered the animal. The carcass of a mature wolf was found dead …

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Cougar sighting on lower Johnston Road

Posted on April 13th, 2017 by


Residents are being reminded that Invermere is cougar country and to be mindful of that when out and about in the outlying areas of town. The public should be aware that a mother cougar and two young kittens have been spotted on lower Johnston Road. Conservation services have not had any formal reports made regarding the cats and conservation officer Greg Kruger says their is no public safety concern regarding the family.
“For the most, a cougar is going to be shy and allusive and avoid humans, she will be …

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