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SOCIAL SUPPORT — Jade Tardif, 16, and Three Voices of Healing Society intake worker Gladys Sam recently spent time working at Smokie Signals Concession at Kinsmen Beach in Invermere. Photo by Breanne Massey

Concession stand helping heal

Posted on September 1st, 2015 by


The burdens of recovering from drug and alcohol addictions have been made easier to cope with thanks to a new program offered through the Three Voices of Healing Society.
The society’s three-year term contract with the District of Invermere to operate the Smokie Signals concession stand at Kinsmen Beach has not only helped tourism in the area, but has improved treatment options for First Nations in the process of getting help.
Invermere council unanimously approved the decision to award a three-year contract to the Three Voices of Healing Society on May 12th …

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Shehovac presents policing stats to valley

Posted on September 1st, 2015 by


Staff Sgt. Marko Shehovac recently provided information about community policing to the councils of the three municipalities in the Columbia Valley.
In total, there were 815 calls for service recorded at the Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment this quarter, which accounts for April to June.
Last year, during the same time period, there were 631 calls for service recorded by the Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment.
There were 231 in the District of Invermere this quarter as opposed to 203 at the same time last quarter; there were 26 calls in Canal Flats this …

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Photographer brings Icelandic journey to Pynelogs

Posted on August 28th, 2015 by


Local photographer Cheryl Goodwin’s latest gallery show, featuring stunning images from her recent trip to Iceland, will soon be on display at Pynelogs.
In conjunction with the photo display, which runs from Tuesday, September 1st through to Saturday, September 12th, Ms. Goodwin will be presenting a slideshow, entitled “An Icelandic Saga: A trekker’s journey through a land of fire and ice”, on Sunday, September 6th.
“I’m an outdoor enthusiast and I’ve always been entranced by volcanoes, so Iceland was a logical place to go before it gets too popular,” said Ms. …

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New radio station comes to Invermere

Posted on August 28th, 2015 by


The Upper Columbia Valley’s radio dial is about to get a whole lot more exciting in coming weeks with the launch of a new radio station here in the East Kootenay.
Lethbridge-based Clear Sky Radio Inc. started up 107 Summit FM, which has headquarters in Cranbrook, earlier this month and it has been testing, with music only programming, for about a week. The station broadcasts throughout the East Kootenay and here in Invermere the frequencey is 107.7 FM.
“We’re really excited to be here,” said station manager Melissa Hamm. “We play adult …

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Smoke and haze paint the Columbia Valley skies an eerie purple

Massive Washington state fire creates smoky skies in the valley

Posted on August 28th, 2015 by


The thick smoky haze hanging over the Upper Columbia Valley, and almost the entire Kootenay region, throughout the past week is the result of the enormous Stickpin wildfire in northern Washington state.
The fire, which has been burning just south of B.C’s Boundary region (Grand Forks), is almost 20,000 hectares and is the biggest Washington state has ever recorded. Initially the fire had little effect on the Kootenay region (which lies immediately east of the Boundary region,) but that changed last weekend, as the wind began pushing the smoke this way.
“Winds …

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PARK PROGRESS — Tilley Memorial Park in Canal Flats has received substantial funding for upgrades. File photo

Major upgrades in store for Tilley Memorial Park

Posted on August 28th, 2015 by


Thanks to funding from local and federal organizations, the Village of Canal Flats is now in the process of planning a variety of major upgrades to Tilley Memorial Park.
On July 29th, Western Economic Diversification Canada, a branch of the Government of Canada, announced it would be providing $85,000 for Tilley Memorial Park upgrades as part of the Canada 150 Infrastructure Program.
Days later, Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) announced $42,500 worth of funding, leaving the village with $72,500 to pay from tax dollars to foot the budgeted $200,000 bill.
“Tilley …

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BLOOMING BLOSSOMS — Frequent rain this summer has kept Kassie Colonna (left) and Olivia Rad busy maintaining Invermere’s sidewalk flowers. Photo by Breanne Massey

Invermere flower beds flourish

Posted on August 28th, 2015 by


The budding blossoms of annual and perennial flowers around town have brightened up the summer in Invermere with a flurry of colours from the rainbow.
“I think a lot of our success is determined by the weather,” said Kassie Colonna, who helps maintain the flower beds with other District of Invermere staff for the summer. “We’ve had a really good season this year. It’s been hot and it’s been raining a lot. And you can only fertilize after it rains because it doesn’t burn the plants. And then we’ll get a …

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LANGUAGE LEADER — Audrey Eugene is the Shuswap Indian Band  cultural and heritage co-ordinator and wants to offer language lessons during the first week of November. Photo by Breanne Massey

Shuswap fight to keep ancient language alive

Posted on August 28th, 2015 by


Audrey Eugene is brainstorming about how to help the future generation of Shuswap First Nation keep the ancient Secwepemc language alive.
She is researching how to preserve the culture of the nation’s 17 bands, which exclusively reside within the south-central corridor of B.C., by providing opportunities for community members and non-members to learn the Secwepemc language, culture and history this winter.
“I think preserving the language is really important because it will instill pride and self-esteem within our community members because they will understand their language, which goes hand in hand with …

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