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PANO PAVE — The southern portion of Panorama Drive will benefit from $400,000 worth of re-paving and improved stormwater drainage work being carried out this fall. Photo by Greg Amos

Two projects underway near Panorama Drive

Posted on September 19th, 2014 by


By Greg Amos
Special to The Pioneer
The District of Invermere is spending more than $750,000 on two major projects near the intersection of 7th Avenue and Panorama Drive this fall, with both expected to be substantially complete by the end of October.
In mid-August, Max Helmer Construction was awarded a $429,243 (including GST) contract to carry out the Industrial Business Park Road Improvement project, which involves re-paving and improving the stormwater drainage at the southern-most section of Panorama Drive.
“We’re trying to deal with groundwater and storm water, and deal with the …

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CertainTeed Gypsum mine moving to Canal Flats in 2017

Posted on September 19th, 2014 by


By Erin Knutson
Special to The Pioneer
The new gypsum mine proposed for the Canal Flats area looks promising as an environmentally sound and important addition to the terminal lifespan of the existing Windermere operation. CertainTeed Gypsum is following necessary protocol to manifest the Kootenay West Mine for its projected 2017 start date.
“We’ve been doing this for generations,” said Amy Lee, manager of marketing communications and sustainability at CertainTeed Gypsum. CertainTeed Gypsum has been around since the 1950s and has created a solid reputation spanning over five decades. The presence of …

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CENOTAPH COMMOTION — Any disruption Cenotaph Park construction is causing local businesses will not be compensated financially by the District of Invermere. Photo by Dan Walton

No compensation near cenotaph

Posted on September 19th, 2014 by


By Greg Amos
Special to The Pioneer
Council is denying a request for compensation from one Invermere business property owner who will be affected by this fall’s re-development of Cenotaph Park, the triangle-shaped park found at the intersection of 12th Street and 7th Avenue in downtown Invermere.
After receiving the letter from Pierre Delesalle, the landlord of the Consign It Store and the Rockies Dollar Shop, and landlord and owner of the Canterbury Inn, council unanimously agreed to respond and explain compensation would not be given. The decision came after the District of …

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Grasic makes national ski team

Posted on September 19th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff

One of the valley’s most promising downhill skiers — Martin Grasic — has been called to represent the nation as a member of Alpine Canada.
“Once you get to the national team, it really becomes everyone’s full-time job,” he said. “I really like the team; it’s a good dynamic. We really push each other.”
He’ll be joining four other skiers on Alpine Canada’s development team. Earning a role with the national squad is major progress in Martin’s professional career, after spending the past three winters competing for the provincial …

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BOWLING BUDDIES — From left to right are Bess Spark,  George Bicknell, Myrtle Holden, Arnold Wassing and Herta Tacha wearing their Seniors Games silver medals. Photo submitted

Valley seniors take silver

Posted on September 19th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
A group of valley seniors recently returned home from this year’s BC Seniors Games with a silver medal in carpet bowling.
The team — which consisted of skip (captain) Myrtle Holden, Herta Tacha, Bess Spark, Arnold Wassing and George Bicknell (filling in for Aly Mederer) — represented East Kootenay Zone Seven and earned the silver during the September 9th to September 13th games in Langley, coming just one point shy of the gold-medal winning team in the final standings.
“That’s the luck of the game,” said Mrs. Holden, speaking …

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TOO BLUE — Tribute artists the Blues Brothers Too will be on the roster at this year’s classic car Show and Shine in Radium Hot Springs. Photo submitted

Blues Brothers Too joining car show fleet

Posted on September 19th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
In Radium Hot Springs this weekend, the Blues Brothers Too will be behind the wheel of the Blues Mobile Too – which will be joining the fleet at the 25th annual Columbia Valley Classics Autumn Show and Shine car show.
The Blues Brothers came to fame in the late 1970s, serving out a mission from God. The duo used entertainment to raise enough money to save the orphanage where they were raised. After succeeding in their campaign, the brothers made a career out of their musical showmanship. The …

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JUNGLE LOVE — Lucky valley students and residents will have a chance to head to the Ecuadorian Amazon (shown above) this coming spring break.  Photo submitted

Travel to the Amazon on a volunteer trip

Posted on September 19th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
Valley students will have the chance to head to Ecuador next spring as part of a volunteer trip led by an East Kootenay teacher.
Elk Valley teacher Kerrie Purdy, with the help of local Columbia Valley teacher Debra Fisher, will be taking a group of students and adults to help build schools or other needed infrastructure in the South American country during the 2015 spring break through an EF Educational Tours and Me to We partnership trip.
“It’s amazing for students to get out of the classroom. They learn …

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Fundraising required by multi-use centre user groups

Posted on September 12th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
Moving forward with the Community Hall Advisory Committee seems like a Catch-22 for some of the user groups involved.
The committee met at the Invermere Municipal Office on Tuesday, September 9th.
Many of the building’s features will be contingent upon fundraising results conducted by different organizations, but District of Invermere councillors won’t be able to gauge the success of each fundraising initiative before having to inform the architect of certain specifications.
The performing arts consortium hired Don Parman of Evan-Par Productions for a consultation on their portion of the project. …

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