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Council approves car wash in Althamer

Posted on July 26th, 2017 by


The District of Invermere will see a new carwash operating in Althamer after council approved a three-year temporary permit at their council meeting on Tuesday, July 11th.
“We’ve given it for three years. He only asked for the summer but the thought was if the permanent plans get delayed or he runs into delays with engineering, instead of making him come back again, and going through it all over again next summer, let’s just give it for three years,” said Mayor Gerry Taft.
With the three-year permit, proponent Daniel Smith will …

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Weekly Pulse Check July 18th

Posted on July 26th, 2017 by


Avg. water temp: 19.9°C
Avg. site depth: 4.4 m
Avg. pH: 8.2
Avg. D.O: 8 mg/L
Avg. turbidity: 2.3 NTU
Avg. conductivity: 213.5 µs/cm
Citizen Scientist of the Week: Emma Norquay, Invermere, B.C.
Our volunteer of the week, Emma, is a local student from the high school with an interest in science, a good sense of humour, and a talent for learning. Besides discovering that “Betty Crocker measuring cups work well for bailing a boat” when the water began to splash up from the boat’s motor, she was also pleased to gain a more …

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Report from the Legislature (in a nut shell)

Posted on July 21st, 2017 by


By Doug Clovechok
MLA, Columbia River-Revelstoke
My first two and a half weeks in Victoria were eventful and historic. Aside from getting lost numerous times in the Legislative Buildings I discovered quickly how helpful the Legislature staff are with the rookies.
Minister of Forest Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson was named Speaker of the House.
We tabled our Throne Speech and then the debates on the speech began. During this process I had the opportunity to rise and speak four times. I offered an opening prayer, gave a two minute speech on …

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District not implementing tobacco bylaw anytime soon

Posted on July 20th, 2017 by


No resolution was made to make the District of Invermere a smoke-free environment after council heard a presentation from Interior Health on the Kootenay Smoke-Free Coalition. While it is something council may discussion in the future it’s not an issue of importance for the community at this time, according to Mayor Gerry Taft.
“My own opinion is it’s sorta nice to have. It’s not the most pressing issue so I wouldn’t want to see another issue drop off the list because we’re going to spend a lot of time and energy …

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Autumn Show & Shine back in Radium

Posted on July 17th, 2017 by


The Columbia Valley Classics club has opted to move the Autumn Show & Shine event back to Radium Hot Springs.
The decision comes after a week of uncertainty with the club, as the executive had made the decision to move the event to Copper Point Golf Club. However, talks resumed and over the weekend the announcement was made that the show was back at its usual location of the Springs golf course in Radium.
“Between the Radium Golf Group, ourselves as a club, the Chamber and the Village of Radium, we all …

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Pioneer email issues

Posted on July 17th, 2017 by


The Columbia Valley Pioneer email servers are facing issues with delayed or lost emails. This issue has been occurring since Thursday, July 13th. If you need to reach Pioneer staff members, please do so by phone. For the main Pioneer line, call 250-341-6299. For publisher Dean Midyette, dial extension 107; for sales Amanda Nason extension 108, for office administrator / classified sales Amanda Murray dial 101; for acting editor Steve Hubrecht dial 104; for reporter Nikki Fredrikson extension 105; for reporter Lorene Keitch 110.

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Lake Ambassadors Weekly Pulse Check

Posted on July 13th, 2017 by


Kaori Maruyama was the volunteer of the week. She said, “It was great to learn more about Lake Windermere and a little bit of its history. I enjoyed the view, the wildlife, and the company. It was almost like a tour with an added science experiment,” reports our volunteer of the week , Kaori Maruyama. While waters were a little choppy this morning, our crew managed to take samples at all stations on the lake. Noteworthy results from today’s trip include an increased temperature of the lake. As summer and …

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Columbia Valley Classic Autumn Show & Shine gets new location

Posted on July 7th, 2017 by


After six years of being held at The Springs Golf Course in Radium B.C., the Columbia Valley Classic Autumn Show & Shine will be moving to a new location. The decision to move venues came after a misunderstanding during a planning meeting between the course and car club organizers. The Columbia Valley Classics decided after their planning meeting it was best for the event to move to Copper Point Golf Club.
“The club doesn’t want to feel like they’re being bullied into anything or pressured into things that …

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