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Unauthorized trail builder faces charges

Posted on August 19th, 2016 by

A Radium Hot Springs resident with a passion for trail building is preparing for a court appearance on charges of contravening the National Park Act.
In April, David Pacey was caught by Parks Canada wardens in Kootenay National Park using a Swede saw to clear trees on the Kindersley Trail without Parks Canada’s knowledge or consent. He was escorted by the wardens down the trail and out of the park.
“They said, ‘David, you’re not allowed to do that’,” Mr. Pacey told The Pioneer, adding one of the wardens already knew his …

Celebrating life—Friends gathered to celebrate the healthy recovery ahead for Katie Milligen and Matt Bach who had a tree fall on them while camping on July 30th. From left to right:
Spencer Cotie, Kaelin Hyllestad, Jess Wall, Joe Davis, Anya Milligen, Katie Milligen, Matt Bach, Jordan McElroy, Jackie Miller, Carson Charrois, Mitchell Beggs, and Adam Torma.

Life changes in the crack of a tree

Posted on August 19th, 2016 by

Sometimes, in the blink of an eye, your life can change. For Katie Milligen, Matt Bach and their friends, that blink of an eye will always be remembered with the crack of a 70-foot tall tree coming crashing to the ground.
It was while camping at Hall Lake just north of Radium that Katie and Matt had their lives flash before their eyes when the top of half of a tree collapsed on top of the two of them in a moment’s notice without the possibility of escape.
From what …

PUSHING FOR THE PODIUM--Invermere's Jolaine Undershute finished eighth at her third Reebok CrossFit Games held in Carson, California in late July. 
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Undershute unsatisfied with top 10 finish at CrossFit Games in California

Posted on August 19th, 2016 by

For most people, holding the title of the 8th fittest woman on earth between the ages of 40 and 44 would be fulfilling. Invermere’s Jolaine Undershute, who recently finished in that position at the 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games held July 19th to 24th, is not most people.
“People are like, ‘You’re eighth in the entire world out of 12,000 women who entered this competition,’ and a lot of people would be happy with that, but I was second in the qualifier and I know that what I’m capable of so, …


Valley Residents celebrate as Canadian citizens

Posted on August 19th, 2016 by

On August 10th, a group of 108 individuals from 24 different countries gathered in Cranbrook to celebrate a feeling and a fact that was both unique and permanent for the rest of their lives. They became Canadian citizens.
Coming from countries as close as the United States and Mexico but as far as the Switzerland and Israel, the group gathered at the Royal Alexandra Hall to take their oath of Canadian citizenship and sing the national anthem as Canadian citizens for the first time.
Of the 108 in attendance, 34 …

Dedicated Firefighter--Pictured left to right: Shawn Tomlin, RDEK Chief Administrative Officer (CAO); Fire Chief Jim Miller; Rob Gay RDEK Board Chair and Director Area C.

Fire Chief awarded for decade of Service

Posted on August 19th, 2016 by

It may not feel like it, he says, but Jim Miller is celebrating 10 years of service as fire chief of the Columbia Valley Rural Fire and Rescue Service.
Mr. Miller was recently congratulated by the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) and presented a 10-year Service Award for exemplifying outstanding dedication and leadership at the RDEK board meeting on August 5th.
“I was quite impressed that they went out of their way to recognize 10 years of service,” he said. “We’ve taken the fire department a long ways …

Players with the Canal Flats Minor Hockey Association receive coaching at the Columbia Valley Hockey School summer camp. Photo submitted

Canal Flats mom fighting to save local hockey program

Posted on August 19th, 2016 by

The Canal Flats Minor Hockey Association has been operating with two parents and two volunteer coaches to offer the only organized sport to kids in the community. The hockey program has seen a decrease in excitement for the game in the kids leading to a lack of attendance at practices.
“The end of last season I noticed pretty much all kids were not even showing up to practice. They were dropping out, there was very little interest and I was like, ‘What can we do? I don’t want to lose this, …

Artist Kimberly Olson depicts different emotions in reaction to sexual assault in her art show ‘The Emotional Journey through Sexual Assault’ that she will now be touring with after her recent exhibit at the Pynelogs Art Gallery. Photo by Jami Scheffer

Sparking conversation with art

Posted on August 19th, 2016 by

Every day, people throughout the world become victims of sexual assault. Many of these victims never report the incidents to police. Sexual assault is a crime that is rarely talked about in society because it’s deemed shameful. Kimberly Olson is breaking down the social fear of speaking of sexual assault by bringing her own experiences and healing journey to canvas. Her art show, Emotional Journey through Sexual Assault, features herself as the subject to get people talking.
“The whole purpose essentially, for me, the most important aspect, is getting people talking …


Driver in fatal accident failed to respond to changing conditions

Posted on August 15th, 2016 by

An Ontario woman lost her life in a traffic accident near Dry Gulch last weekend.
The two-vehicle collision occurred at the turn off to Dry Gulch Provincial Park at 11:40 a.m. on Sunday, August 14th when a Toyota Rav4 heading south on Highway 93/95 was struck by a Chrysler 200 heading north.
The male driver of the Rav4 “failed to respond to changing conditions,” said RCMP East Kootenay Traffic Services Sergeant Don Erichsen in a press release.
The Rav4 was carrying six people and was travelling in a line of several …