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Council listens as Carlisle Group developers Doug McIntosh and Gordon Mross explain their bid to develop 11 waterfront homes on a parcel of land adjacent to Pete’s Marina at a committee of the whole meeting on Tuesday, April 8th. Photo by Steve Hubrecht

Council hears latest on Athalmer lakeshore development bid

Posted on April 11th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
The Carlisle Group (owners of the Pointe of View condos) updated council on their plans for developing what is often called the Windermere Resort property in Athalmer (the area behind the old Lakeside pub, near Pete’s Marina).
The development plan was first floated 20 years ago and the would-be developers have talked with Invermere council in the ensuing years, but no building progress has been made. At the April 8th committee of the whole meeting, representatives Gordon Mross and Doug McIntosh presented conceptual designs of their latest plans, …

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HOT OTTERS — Otters are aiming for the regional finals in the CBC Searchlight Contest. The valley-based band has until Sunday afternoon to garner enough votes to advance to the top 10 in the Kelowna region. From the left is drummer Ryan Stimming, frontman Al Fraser, bassist Andrew Turgeon, and guitarist Nick King. Photo by Dan Walton

Otters trying to attract CBC’s Searchlight

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By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
Local band Otters are looking to make a splash on radio, as the valley-based band is competing in the CBC’s annual Searchlight Contest.
The East Kootenay region got great exposure from the contest last year, as Cranbrook’s Good Ol’ Goats placed second in the nation-wide contest. This year, Otters are taking a swing, but first, they have to advance through the Kelowna (Radio West) region of CBC Radio – one of 24 in Canada. So far, the band has qualified as one of the top 25 in the …

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Skiers enjoy a run down the Jumbo Glacier in years past.
Pioneer file photo

MLAs, mayors debate Jumbo funding B.C.-wide

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By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
Public funding for Jumbo Glacier Mountain Resort Municipality leapt to provincial attention last week, sparking combative commentary in the B.C. legislature and on provincial radio shows.
Jumbo municipality’s recently released five-year financial plan shows a projected $200,000 a year in funding, mainly from provincial and federal grant money, the Small Community Grant in particular. That revelation prompted strong rhetoric from Columbia-River Revelstoke MLA Norm Macdonald, Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungal and Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Coralee Oakes during question period in the legislature on Monday, March …

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WAITING FOR CHANGE — Cindy and John Howard hope to see improvements to highway safety after losing family members in a July 2011 accident on Highway 93 in Kootenay National Park.  Photo  by Greg Amos

California family awaits verdict in local trial

Posted on April 11th, 2014 by


By Greg Amos
Pioneer Staff
With a judge’s decision expected at the end of April in the trial of the man accused of dangerous driving causing a horrific accident in Kootenay National Park in July 2011, a long wait is coming to an end for relatives of the California family killed.
John and Cindy Howard, the brother and sister-in-law of one of the victims, spoke to The Pioneer outside of Invermere Provincial court after the four-day hearing wrapped up in late March, and emphasized the need for changes to make highways in the …

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Invermere coffee lovers had the chance to learn how to produce their own gourmet coffee, when more than a dozen enthusiasts joined Jeremy Ho, as the 2012 Canadian Barista Champion put on a coffee-making clinic Manual Brew Methods for Home Brewers at Eagle Ranch on the afternoon of Saturday, April 5th. It was one of several events in a successful debut of the Invermere Coffee Fest.
Photo by  Erin Knutson

First Coffee Fest brews success

Posted on April 11th, 2014 by


Submitted by Lizzie Midyette
Coffee is the perfect beverage to wake up with, a great reading buddy for the afternoon, and a wonderful way to end a dinner out or in with loved ones. Last weekend, coffee aficionados, business owners, and those who are simply coffee-curious attended the very well-received first annual Invermere Coffee Fest, where the Columbia Valley’s thriving coffee culture was celebrated in style.
Everything from the production of coffee and our relationship as consumers with the farmers who grow the delicious beans, to brewing the perfect cup of coffee …

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COURAGEOUS CREW - Courageous Hearts board members (left to right) Kim Baker, Tiffany Gulbe, Cori Gadomski and France Andestad (missing is Heather Pryndik) are spearheading a new fundraising society in the Columbia Valley that allows individuals to “pay it forward” by helping people in the community.  Photo submitted

Courageous Hearts starts with auction action

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By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
The valley’s newest not-for-profit group is making a powerful start, as Courageous Hearts will be hosting a Storage Wars-style auction as its debut event.
In partnership with Real Storage in Windermere, Courageous Hearts will be hosting the event on Saturday, April 19th, before a silent auction and dance later that night.
The auction takes place at 1 p.m. at Real Storage in Windermere. The fundraiser will feature five storage units loaded with valuables that have been donated by local sponsors. In a fashion similar to the reality television program, …

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Concert goers enjoy dancing to the Good Ol' Goats at the Steamboat Mountain Music Festival last summer. Pioneer file photo

Free concert offered for Steamboat early birds

Posted on April 11th, 2014 by


Early bird tickets for the third annual Steamboat Mountain Music Festival will soon be on sale! The festival is set for Saturday, July 5th at the Edgewater Elementary School field. A special ticket launch party is being held on Friday, April 18th at the Edgewater Hall, with free admission for early bird ticket buyers and festival volunteers. Come and enjoy a great evening of free entertainment, coffee and dessert, all while saving yourself some money!
The launch party, a coffeehouse evening with dessert, will feature some of the local artists already …

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Two events replacing Relay for Life

Posted on April 11th, 2014 by


Submitted by Canadian Cancer Society, B.C. and Yukon
The Canadian Cancer Society is inviting all Columbia Valley residents to join us as we bring two new and exciting fundraising events to the valley. The society, along with its unit and Relay For Life volunteers from around the area, looked at declining relay participation and decided it was time for something new.
“We are excited to be beginning a new chapter of Canadian Cancer Society support in the area,” said Sheila Tutty, Canadian Cancer Society unit volunteer and past leadership chair for …

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