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Two Golden rafting companies are using helicopters to lift customers, guides, rafts and equipment into the Lower Canyon of the Kicking Horse River

Rafting companies take to the air to access Lower Canyon

Posted on July 22nd, 2016 by


Rafting companies running the Lower Canyon of the Kicking Horse River have come up with a creative solution to their loss of access to the iconic stretch of whitewater and are now using helicopters to airlift clients, boats and guides up and over Canadian Pacific railway tracks paralleling the river.
The rail company had earlier this springs told the rafting companies using the river, including Radium Hot Springs-based Kootenay River Runners, that they would not longer be allowed to simply walk across the tracks, as they had done for decades, because …

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Composting program on trail at Windermere landfill

Posted on July 22nd, 2016 by


The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) is launching a new pilot composting system.
The project, which has come with the support and encouragement of the Groundswell Network Society, will run this summer in certain parts of the RDEK— one of which is the Upper Columbia Valley — and will accommodate nearly all kitchen scraps.
“Residents are now able to drop off their household kitchen waste at the Columbia Valley landfill (in Windermere),” said RDEK environmental services manager Kevin Paterson in a press release. “The composting bins for the public are specially …

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Hobnail and Hemp Rope team that re-enacted Conrad Kain's first ascent of Bugaboo Spire on its centennial in 2016.

Climbers re-enact famous Bugaboo Spire climb with antique equipment

Posted on July 22nd, 2016 by


Climbing a mountain is an arduous process in and of itself. Facing the environment, you’re scaling an unpredictable and life-threatening obstacle for the sake of saying you did it. Add in the fact that you’re climbing with equipment that’s been out of date for a century and the danger multiplies.
That’s what a group of four mountain climbers did last week, though, re-creating the climb of Bugaboo Spire that was first climbed by one of the legendary figures of Canadian climbing, Conrad Kain, in 1916.
Bryan Thompson, Rob LeBlanc, Garry Reiss …

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New 'N' Improved Network--Cyclists from the valley and beyond have been enjoying the expanded Lillian Lake Recreation Trails network that has almost doubled in size.

Cycling Club seeing the benefits of trail additions

Posted on July 22nd, 2016 by


Mountain bikers in the Columbia Valley are making the most of new trails created at Lake Lillian this year, with that success resulting in a push for even further additions to the cycling trail network in the not-to-distant future.
Starting this spring, the Columbia Valley Cycling Society (CVCS) unveiled an additional 13.8 kilometres of trails to the network at Lake Lillian for mountain bikers from within the valley as well as visitors to utilize. Originally, the trail network at Lake Lillian was only approximately 10 kilometres long, containing several difficult …

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Live it up Latino Style--Music lovers in the Columbia Valley are in for a treat when the famous Cuban band El Grupo Cubano plays at the Invermere Community Hall on Wednesday, July 27th.

El Grupo Cubano to make stop in Invermere

Posted on July 22nd, 2016 by


For the third time since 2013, El Grupo Cubano will be stopping in Invermere on Wednesday, July 27th as part of their tour across Western Canada performing their award-winning music.
Since 1999, the famous Cuban five-person ensemble has been performing their music while being featured daily on Cuban National Radio. They’ve even had the opportunity to perform for former Pope Benedict.
In 2003, the group first began coming to Canada as both a quartet and a quintet until 2007. After taking several years off from travelling north of the 49th parallel, …

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Gardener Mark Cullen wearing his Order of Canada pin.

Garden columnist Mark Cullen receives Order of Canada

Posted on July 22nd, 2016 by


Garden columnist Mark Cullen, who has his writing featured in The Pioneer and 30 other newspapers across Canada, has recently been announced as one of this year’s recipients of the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest civilian honours.
Mr. Cullen is being appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada to recognize “his contributions to promoting and developing horticulture education in Canada and for his ability to explain how Canadians can protect the environment,” said the office of Governor General David Johnston.
For Mr. Cullen, his life has …

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Quality Control - Kent Shoemaker and the rest of the organizing committee for this year's Invermere MusicFest have organized a stellar lineup for this year's fest Photo by Nikki Fredrikson

Invermere MusicFest bringing the best to Kinsmen Beach

Posted on July 22nd, 2016 by


Editor’s note: This is Part 2 of the story that ran in last week’s Pioneer featuring local music festival aficionado Kent Shoemaker.
With decades of experience behind him, Kent Shoemaker is excited to help bring such a diverse lineup to this year’s Invermere MusicFest. As a member of the organizing committee for this year’s festival, Kent, along with the festival committee, has been working hard to find the best artists to perform at the Kinsmen Beach Greenspace August 19th and 20th.
“The variety of music is so wonderful. You look …

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Community Foundation delivers 51 student awards

Posted on July 22nd, 2016 by


For 51 students from the Columbia Valley, post-secondary education fees will be less of a financial burden thanks to the Arnold Ellis Scholarship Fund. The scholarships offered through the Columbia Valley Community Foundation (CVCF) are annual awards that Columbia Valley students are able to apply for and receive twice during their post-secondary education.
“Arnold Ellis left a gift to the community when he died in 2012 through the community foundation. His gift was just under a million and a half dollars. It’s because of that gift we’re able to help …

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