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SURVIVALIST STAR — Canal Flats resident Greg Ovens was selected to survive in Patagonia for the reality TV show Alone. Image submitted

Canal Flats local to star on survivalist TV show Thursday

Posted on December 6th, 2016 by


By Eric Elliott
Pioneer Staff
Local backwoods lifer Greg Ovens has made his way back from Patagonia and will be airing on televisions screens this Thursday in the premier episode of season three of Alone.
Broadcast on the History Channel, Alone is a survivalist-like reality TV show where 10 contestants are shipped off to Patagonia, located in the southern end of South America, by themselves with one mission: staying alive. With no camera crews, no teams and no gimmicks, contestants are equipped with limited gear, their wilderness experience and cameras to self-document …

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WHAT A WASTE — Forty black plastic bags filled with asbestos-containing materials that were illegally dumped in Canal Flats have cost local taxpayers $2,000 in cleanup costs. Photo submitted

RDEK seeks public’s assistance in identifying illegal dumpers

Posted on December 2nd, 2016 by


Submitted by Regional District of East Kootenay
The RDEK is hoping someone may have seen an act of illegal dumping at the Canal Flats Transfer Station earlier this week.
“We believe between late afternoon Monday and sometime Tuesday morning someone with a dump trailer disposed of 40 black plastic bags in the wood pile at the Transfer Station,” explains RDEK Solid Waste Superintendent Jim Penson. “The bags were filled with insulation, brown cellulose and vermiculite, which likely contains asbestos.”
What makes this incident of illegal dumping so perplexing is that the asbestos containing …

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Liberal candidate: ‘time to move on’ from Jumbo

Posted on December 2nd, 2016 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
The B.C. Liberal candidate for Columbia River-Revelstoke is clarifying his stance on a major Upper Columbia Valley issue.
In its Columbia River-Revelstoke riding profile (part of a weekly series leading up to next spring’s provincial election), the CBC summarized Liberal candidate Doug Clovechok’s campaign — compared with his 2013 provincial election campaign — as “a new stance against a new candidate in a new election.” The new stance was in reference to the proposed Jumbo Glacier Resort project, which the CBC said Mr. Clovechok is “no longer for.”
Mr. …

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TRADES TEAM — The Discovery Trades program is a unique and incredible opportunity for high school students to attend College of the Rockies Invermere Campus and learn about a variety of trades. Pictured are Doug Clovechok (COTR Campus Manager); Al Miller (Home Hardware sponsor and Rockies representative); Mark Knudsgaard (COTR Trades Instructor); Carolyn Kurtz (COTR Trades Coordinator); Students: Kyle Holubec, Vonn Devlin, Nathan Evanoff, Dawson Ragan, Jackson Hollick, Cole Campbell, AJ Bruce, Brandon Fuller; Barb Cote (Shuswap Band sponsor), Scott Postlethwaite (Instructor); Matt Fulton (Instructor); and Dave Dafoe (Canfor sponsor). Photo by Dean Midyette

Trades’ program success continues

Posted on December 2nd, 2016 by


By Eric Elliott
Pioneer Staff
After 12 weeks and more than 336 hours of instruction, 12 students from David Thompson Secondary School are graduating from the Discovery Trades Program held at the College of the Rockies.
The program has been running for more than half a decade now delivered in conjunction by Canfor, the College of the Rockies, the Rocky Mountain School District and the local Shuswap Indian Band. The program provides high school students the chance to get their feet wet in the trades industry, learning about trades such as plumbing, …

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Valley-born police officer earns Order of Merit

Posted on December 2nd, 2016 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
A valley local who has spent decades working for the Calgary police force is about to receive one of the highest honours possible.
Calgary Police Association president Howard Burns was born and grew up in Invermere before joining the Calgary police force two and a half decades ago. Next week, Mr. Burns will be recognized in a ceremony in Edmonton on Thursday, December 8th for his service by being awarded an Order of Merit medal by Canada’s Governor General.
“It’s certainly an honour. I was surprised to learn I’d …

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Father and daughter blues musicians head to Invermere

Posted on December 2nd, 2016 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
Slocan-based father-daughter duo Holly and Jon will make their way to Invermere this weekend to give the Upper Columbia Valley a blast of the blues.
Holly Hyatt has been making music with her dad, Jon Burden, since before she was in kindergarten, and what started as family fun time eventually blossomed into a professional occupation, with the pair having recorded albums together for more than a decade now.
They will be playing at Pynelogs on Saturday, December 3rd.
“We do traditional blues and some of our own original blues, …

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DEVELOPING CHAMPIONS — Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club has hired Ted Bigelow as its ski coach ahead of the upcoming season, who hopes to build a top-calibre program for years to come. Photo by Eric Elliott

Nordic Ski Club hires Ted Bigelow

Posted on December 2nd, 2016 by


By Eric Elliott
Pioneer Staff
After spending the better part of four decades working in high performance sports, Ted Bigelow is going back to his roots by becoming the newest coach for the Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club.
Coming from his last position in Manitoba where he worked for more than 30 years, Mr. Bigelow is mostly happy to be escaping the frigid winters of Winnipeg.
“It’s (the Columbia Valley) got great skiing, has fantastic scenery with log cabins and it’s a lot warmer than Winnipeg,” he said. “It’s really cold and …

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A MOUNTAIN OF FILMS — A scene from ‘Devotion: Libby Peter’, one of the films that make up this year’s World Tour, but local organizers have yet to make any picks for the January 8th film fest in Invermere.Photo courtesy of Banff Centre

Banff World Tour returning to Invermere

Posted on December 2nd, 2016 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is returning to Invermere in 2017 thanks to the Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club.
The annual screening is the local Nordic club’s biggest fundraiser of the year with proceeds going toward the grooming and maintenance of the Lake Windermere Whiteway and the club’s junior programs. Tickets to the tour cost $25 each and are available for purchase at either Crazy Soles in downtown Invermere or Lusti’s Ski Shop and Cappuccino Bar at Panorama Mountain Resort.
The evening event — which is …

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