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LIBERAL LEADER — Accompanied by East Kootenay MLA and Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett, Premier Christy Clark met with members of the Kimberley Chamber of Commerce at Chateau Kimberley on July 11th. Photo by Dan Walton

Premier Clark drops in on East Kootenay riding

Posted on July 18th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
Premier Christy Clark dipped into the Columbia River-Revelstoke riding last week, meeting with local business owners and party supporters in Kimberley on Friday, July 11th. After joining Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett for a funding announcement in Cranbrook the day before, Premier Clark was invited to a round table discussion with the Kimberley Chamber of Commerce, and made time to attend a BC Liberal party barbecue before returning to the coast.
Her trip was initially planned for the announcement of two incentive programs at the Cranbrook …

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Pickups collide head-on on Highway 93/95

Posted on July 18th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
A head-on collision between two pickup trucks in Invermere required an airlift to Calgary for one man.
The accident was reported to East Kootenay Traffic Services at 1:22 p.m. on Monday, July 14th. The crash was caused by a pickup truck travelling northbound on Highway 93/93 near Juniper Heights Road, when it crossed the centre lane of traffic and collided into a larger pickup truck travelling southbound.
“From the witness accounts, people couldn’t understand why the vehicle entered the oncoming lane,” said Staff Sgt. Marko Shehovac of the …

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Public hearing date set for Jumbo ski area bylaw

Posted on July 18th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
During its most recent council meeting, Jumbo Glacier Mountain Resort Municipality council gave first and second readings to a zoning bylaw allowing for the construction of ski lifts and lodges.
The bylaw received the initial readings at the Tuesday, July 15th council meeting and applies to the controlled recreation area in the higher alpine areas of the municipality, with the exception of the Farnham Glacier. It allows for the land to be developed as a ski area, including the construction of ski lifts and other typical ski …

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SURGERY SUPPORT - A fundraiser to help with Zoey Shagar-Massie's medical bills is taking place at the Whitehouse Pub on Saturday, July 19th. Photo submitted

Pub holds fundraiser for local girl

Posted on July 18th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
The Whitehouse Pub in Windermere is holding a fundraiser this weekend to help a former Canal Flats girl who suffers from a rare genetic, bone-growth disorder.
Zoey Shagar-Massie was diagnosed with Jeune Syndrome, or Asphyxiating Thoracic Dystrophy, not long after being born in November 2010 to parents Shaylene Sagar and Glen Massie.
The couple, who have since had a second daughter, used to live in Canal Flats, but now live in Cranbrook to be closer to the East Kootenay Regional Hospital, and say Zoey always wakes up with …

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Cowboys competing in Columbia Valley

Posted on July 18th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
Tonight, Friday, July 18th, will be remembered as one of the pinnacles of the summer thanks to the 16th annual Bull Riding in the Rockies.
The event is hosted every year by the Columbia Valley Rockies, who offer a Cowboy Dinner before the riding, and throw a Country-western dance after the action.
“Bull riding is an extreme sport and it gets everybody pumped up really good, so we always count on a good band to play quality, up-to-date rock and roll,” said Al Miller, president of the Columbia Valley …

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Valley Appreciation Day ready for 27th bash

Posted on July 18th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
Invermere will be showcasing Valley Appreciation Day this weekend — one of the most exciting days of the year in the Columbia Valley.
Between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. tomorrow (on Saturday, July 19th), the streets of downtown Invermere will be closed to vehicles to accommodate the 27th annual celebration of the Columbia Valley lifestyle.
Between Lordco and CIBC, and from CIBC to the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena, roads will block traffic, giving pedestrians free reign through the heart of Invermere.
Four local service clubs — the Fairmont …

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Valley hosting two stages of six-tier race

Posted on July 18th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
A six-legged series of cycling races has been co-ordinated to test bikers in the most extreme terrain across Western Canada, and two stages will occur in the Columbia Valley.
The Singletrack Six will be making its inaugural rounds through Alberta and British Columbia later this month, arriving at the Nipika Mountain Resort for stage two on Sunday, July 27th, before taking their bikes to the Johnson Trail for stage three on Monday, July 28th. Competitors will be recharging in Radium Hot Springs before heading to Golden for stage …

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Local RCMP officer heads to Nunavut

Posted on July 18th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
The longest-serving constable in the local Columbia Valley RCMP detachment is heading north next week for a three-year posting to Nunavut.
Constable Tim Harper is heading to the Nunavut community of Kugluktuk today (Friday, July18th) — just nine days after Canada marks Nunavut Day — along with his wife Ali and their black lab Lucy and yellow lab Oakley, after six and half years here in the valley, trading cranking the pedals on the valley’s mountain bike trails and ripping down Taynton Bowl for the chance to live …

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