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Change not in the cards, valley votes back incumbents

Posted on November 21st, 2014 by


Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
Unofficial results are in for this past weekend’s municipal elections, and the valley has voted resoundingly to keep things the way they are, with incumbents returning to office in every race.
In the only mayoral race in the valley, incumbent Canal Flats mayor Ute Juras beat challenger Dean Midyette 200 votes to 83 votes. For Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Area F, incumbent director Wendy Booth held off newcomer Andrea Dunlop, 396 votes to 252.
“It’s a great feeling to be able to continue representing the residents of Area …

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Heat hindrances

Posted on November 21st, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
As the colder months renew seasonal heating habits, homeowners are reminded to demonstrate caution.
The Invermere Fire Department has attended to two fires so far this month. On Sunday, November 2nd, the attic in an abandoned house on 10th Avenue caught fire. The cause is under investigation and appears suspicious, said Invermere fire chief Roger Ekman.
The Invermere Fire Department was busy again on Monday, November 11th, when a storage shed on 12th Avenue went up in flames. No injuries were reported from either incident.
While chimney fires …

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Mixed reaction to Swansea trail work

Posted on November 21st, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
With considerable progress in recent months, work on upgrades to the Mt. Swansea trail is almost complete. Those vounteers involved are calling the project a big success. The changes, however, have upset some hikers, with complaints centred around sections of the old trail being decommissioned.
“There are few easily-accessible challenging hiking trails and this one (the old hiking route up Swansea) was one of the best. I find it really sad that it has to be decommissioned. I don’t see why the old trail and new trail can’t …

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Wild and scenic films to roll

Posted on November 21st, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
The Invermere Community Hall will become a cinema for the Wild and Scenic Film Festival next weekend.
The event has been organized by Wildsight, and will project 15 films onto a big screen on Friday, November 28th and Saturday, November 29th. On the latter date, alpinist Barry Blanchard from Canmore — who’s spent nearly 3,000 days of his life mountain guiding — will be presenting as the guest of honour. Based on his new book, The Calling: A Life Rocked by Mountains, Mr. Blanchard will offer a multi-media …

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Invermere lights up for the holidays

Posted on November 21st, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
Invermere’s about to get its glow on for the holiday season.
The annual Light Up Night is happening on Saturday, November 22nd, when the streets of downtown will be lined with families watching the annual Santa Claus Parade, which will lead to seasonal festivities at Pothole Park.
“As a a family festival, it’s a nice kickoff to the holiday season,” said District of Invermere events co-ordinator Theresa Wood.
And in the spirit of the season, families will have the chance to help out the Columbia Valley Food Bank, …

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Local youth centre to benefit from artists’ creativity

Posted on November 21st, 2014 by


By Stephen Lebovits
Effusion Art Gallery
Light Up is upon us and with that comes Effusion’s annual Christmas fundraiser.
Now in its fifth year, gallery owner and resident artist Heather Cuell has gathered a contingent of her creatives to hand paint one-of-a-kind Christmas ornaments for the holiday season. Selling for $35 per bauble, each piece is unique, coming from artists across Canada.
This year’s proceeds are again being donated to the Invermere Summit Youth Centre, whose raison d’être is to offer the valley’s younger residents a safe, fun place to meet and hang out, …

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Flood of new volunteers stops Christmas Bureau from folding

Posted on November 21st, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
Christmas cheer will continue in the valley well into the future, thanks to an outpouring of volunteer support in recent weeks for the Christmas Bureau.
“The board of the Christmas Bureau of the Columbia Valley would like to thank the community for answering our call for help,” said bureau chair Helen Wynder. “We managed to have 14 new volunteers join our society so we can once again supply gift food cards and angel gifts along with gift boxes to those in need in our communities.”
The charitable society has …

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Thrift Shop goes up a size

Posted on November 21st, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
After shutting down for three weeks to prepare for its big move, the Invermere Thrift Shop has opened new doors to offer a bigger and better facility.
Operating out of the space formerly used by Selkirk TV and Appliance, the popular second-hand store will operate at ground level with about twice as much space as before.
More volunteers and prep space will allow for a larger inventory as well as restocking each day, rather than weekly, and prices will not increase.
“We’re very proud of the new space,” said …

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