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Community meets multi-use centre architects

Posted on February 27th, 2015 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
As the Invermere Community Hall continues to serve its purpose, it was the setting of a meeting to discuss the building that’s going to replace it.
The District of Invermere (DOI) and SHAPE Architecture, which will be designing the new Columbia Valley Multi Use-Centre, invited the community out to a Meet the Architect event on Tuesday, February 17th. A presentation was done by architect Alec Smith to share his team’s initial observations. They laid out the possibilities that can be realized through the resources available, which was followed …

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The IPC World Championship is set to take Invermere by storm this weekend. Canadian paralympic athlete Mac Marcoux and his guide  Robin Femy shred the slopes (above). Photo by Marcus Hartmann

Valley prepares to host IPC World Championships

Posted on February 27th, 2015 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
The valley is getting ready to welcome the world.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Championship is coming to Panorama Mountain Resort and Invermere with ten days of celebrations and ski racing, kicking off this weekend.
“It’s a really big event. It’s the second most important event for athletes next to the Olympics,” said Alpine Canada marketing and communications director Brianne Fodor. “It’s awesome to be able to host such an incredible event (in the valley). Panorama is such a great hill and it’s kind of a second home …

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Jumbo legal challenge adjourned until May

Posted on February 27th, 2015 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
The West Kootenay EcoSociety’s petition for judicial review of the province’s decision to incorporate Jumbo Glacier Mountain Resort municipality has been adjourned.
The case had been scheduled to be in court on Monday, February 23rd and Tuesday, February 24th but was adjourned on Friday, February 20th and will now likely be heard in late May.
The adjournment, which was requested by the West Kootenay EcoSociety’s lawyers, came after lawyers representing Jumbo Glacier Mountain Resort Municipality and the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development filed an amended response to …

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Local athletes capture six medals

Posted on February 27th, 2015 by


by Mike Fairhart
Special to The Pioneer
Invermere Special Olympics athletes Marlow Feldmann and Brandon Cote captured three medals each in alpine skiing events at the B.C. Special Olympics Provincial Winter Games held Thursday, February 19th to Saturday, February 21st in Kamloops. Marlow won silver medals in women’s slalom, giant slalom and super G with Brandon, one of the youngest competitors at the event, capturing bronze medals in the same events in the men’s category.
More than 50 competitors participated in the alpine skiing events held at Sun Peaks. This year’s games featured …

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Rapid response to massive layoffs

Posted on February 27th, 2015 by


by Greg Amos
Special to the Pioneer
With a looming shift layoff of more than 80 workers at Canfor’s Canal Flats sawmill — more than half of the mill’s employees — effective May 4th, provincial resources are flooding into the village to assist in the transition.
On the morning of Monday, February 23rd, Canal Flats mayor Ute Juras and other councillors met with a representative from the Ministry of Jobs Tourism and Skills Training to work on an inventory of available industrial land in Canal Flats to entice other industries to the …

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EASY EXERCISE – Hiker Grace Sander decided to share the secrets to serenity by authoring 31 Easy Hikes in Invermere and the Surrounding Area, which was released late last year. Photo by Dan Walton

New book highlights valley’s milder hikes

Posted on February 27th, 2015 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
With the combined knowledge of a lifetime of local friends, a curious outdoorsman for a husband, and an ambition to be outdoors – 70-year-old (as of next week) Grace Sander wrote and edited a book which highlights the most peaceful trails in the valley.
This upcoming springtime will be the first that the book can be put to use, as 31 Easy Hikes in Invermere and the Surrounding Area was just released in December.
As her hiking memories were being collected for decades, Grace was encouraged by …

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Artist-in-residence at Pynelogs ships paintings off to Europe

Posted on February 27th, 2015 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
Valley-made fine paintings are on their way to London, England for the artist’s first international showing.
Chloe Marson is the artist in residence at Pynelogs Cultural Centre, and earlier this year, her abstract style was noticed by a scout from the Brick Lane Gallery in London, England.
“An international stage and presence is vital as an artist,” she said. “You have the potential to reach a broader client base, but whatever the intention of your work is, you still want to reach them; get inside them and help …

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ROCK WRANGLERS — Left to right are skip Zane Bartlett (Grand Forks), third Sam Gaspar (Invermere), second Logan Powell (Invermere) and lead Jordan Geiger (Grand Forks). Photo submitted

Local curlers taking on B.C.’s best

Posted on February 27th, 2015 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
A team of young, local curlers have dominated the Kootenay region, and they’ve advanced to the competition against their provincial counterparts in Vancouver Island.
Representing the local region will be Sam Gaspar and Logan Powell from Invermere, and Zane Bartlett and Jordan Geiger from Grand Forks. To determine the province’s top team, they’ll be competing in the 2015 Tim Hortons B.C. Juvenile Curling Championships from March 5th through 8th in Lake Cowichan.
“They’re a confident crew,” said coach Joe Evanoff. “They’re not going to be as experienced as some …

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