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Roller skating culture has been revived in Invermere.
Photo by Kevin Nimmock

Trend of roller skating may be revived soon

Posted on July 2nd, 2015 by


By Breanne Massey
Pioneer Staff
Strap on some roller skates and step back into the 1940s with friends, families and visitors this summer.
Jason Stevens, who works as the ice technician at the Invermere District Curling Centre during the winter, has begun a quest to bring a retro trend back to life.
He purchased 270 pairs of roller skates from John and Janie Wainwright in southern Washington last week and filled up his Mazda CX4 to the brim to bring a blast from the past back to Invermere.
“We actually had to close the doors …

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Cenotaph Park completion temporarily postponed

Posted on July 2nd, 2015 by


By Breanne Massey
Pioneer Staff
A thunderstorm in the Columbia Valley late Monday night left some of Invermere’s downtown venues with a dark reality.
A shroud of dark clouds with a light rainfall quickly turned into loud cracks of thunder and bright white glimpses of lightning around 10 p.m. during the June 29th storm.
“We’ve had flooding all through town this morning,” said Chris Prosser, District of Invermere (DOI) chief administrative officer, on June 30th. “We are looking at the drainage aspect of things, talking to the contractor (for the Cenotaph Plaza), see what …

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Ryan Bjolverud and a friend paddled 200 metres offshore in a canoe at 4 p.m. to take in the natural surroundings and to do some fishing.  Photo by Dan Walton

Two horses die in Lake Enid accident

Posted on July 2nd, 2015 by


This past Father’s Day, two horses drowned in a tragic accident at Lake Enid.
The horses belonged to Invermere local Gerard Paagman. Mr. Paagman and his family were on a short ride with their horses to celebrate Father’s Day.
According to RCMP Cpl. Grant Simpson, the two horses were pulling a buggy and drowned after they slipped on uneven ground in the lake.
“They were trying to cool the horses and give them some water,” Mr. Simpson said. “One of the horses stepped over a bit of a ledge and …

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Calgary man drowns in Columbia Lake

Posted on July 2nd, 2015 by


A 32-year-old Calgary man drowned in the north-west end of Columbia Lake on June 28th after his canoe capsized.
Ryan Bjolverud, a third year firefighter, had been camping with family and friends near Fairmont Hot Springs. Mr Bjolverud and a friend decided to go fishing at 4 a.m, paddling approximately 200 metres offshore before their canoe suddenly turned over.
“As the firefighter was not a strong swimmer, his friend attempted to swim back in with the canoe and him in tow,” RCMP Cpl. Grant Simpson said. “When the friend noticed the …

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Campfire ban takes effect

Posted on July 2nd, 2015 by


Campfires of any kind will be banned across B.C.’s Southeast Fire Centre (which includes the East Kootenay region) starting today.
The ban takes effect on 1 p.m. on Friday, July 3rd and comes after several weeks of hot and dry conditions, in a effort to prevent human-caused wildfires. It applies to all kinds of campfires; waste burning; stubble or grass fires of any size over any area; the use of fireworks, sky lanterns, tiki torches, chimineas, burning barrels or burning cages of any size or description; the use of binary exploding …

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Wildsight offers Earl Grey Pass trip

Posted on July 2nd, 2015 by


Local East Kootenay environmental group Wildsight will be leading a trip for local students over the Earl Grey pass and through the heart of the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy this summer.
The five-day trip, which tackles one of the wildest routes in the entire Kootenay region, is open to students aged 14 to 18 and is being made to help mark the conservancy’s 40th anniversary. Organizers Dave Quinn and Tamara Dykshoorn are tentatively planning to start near Toby Creek (just west of Invermere) and proceed across alpine and old-growth forest landscapes to …

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Couple celebrates seven decades of marriage

Posted on July 2nd, 2015 by


A valley couple is preparing to mark an exceptional milestone of longevity, with their 70th wedding anniversary coming up next week.
John and Laura Ronacher married on July 7th, 1945, and have been living happily in the Upper Columbia Valley ever since.
“We laugh a lot and have a good sense of humour. You can’t live without that,” Laura told the Pioneer earlier this week, speaking on the secrets of making a marriage last seven decades. “It’s about give and take. My husband, for instance, just learned to do the dishes …

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The Environment Assessment Office has delayed a decision on Jumbo Glacier Resort's substantial start due to concerns that the day lodge is located in a dangerous avalanche path. File photo

Glacier Resorts Ltd. examines options to proceed with Jumbo

Posted on July 1st, 2015 by


The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations has clarified some of the conditions under which Glacier Resorts Ltd. could proceed with a scaled-back version of its Jumbo Glacier Resort project without triggering another environmental assessment review process.
Spokesperson Greig Bethel told the Pioneer that the ministry is currently investigating what options are available to the resort’s proponents to revise and resubmit a resort proposal.
“If a project of reduced scope is accepted, it would still be subject to a regulatory review and approval process undertaken by the ministry’s Mountain Resorts …

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