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World record attempt at Pano

Posted on February 5th, 2016 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
The Columbia Valley community is being presented with another chance to break a Guinness World Record. This time, it’s part of a Canada-wide effort — to make the most snow angels simultaneously in multiple locations on the 75th anniversary of Canadian Ski Patrol Day, taking place this Saturday, February 6th.
The snow angel record (which currently stands at 15,851 snow angels) was selected as the one to break on Canadian Ski Patrol Day because ski patrollers are viewed as the guardians on the snow — the effort to …

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Invermere resident Amelia Smart, 18, made the Canadian National Development Team last June and has competed in two European races so far this season. Photo submitted

Up-and-coming local skier grows her racing career

Posted on February 5th, 2016 by


By Breanne Massey
Pioneer Staff
An 18-year-old Invermere inhabitant joined the ranks of the Canadian National Development Team this past June.
Amelia Smart, who now focuses on the technical slalom and giant slalom skiing events, began skiing at the mere age of four. In 2015, Ms. Smart began competing nationally and internationally.
“I started a ski racing program when I was 10, but it wasn’t very competitive until U14, which is ages 13 and 14,” she explained by email.
The allure of competing as a racer first appealed to Ms. Smart when she discovered the …

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Home care for seniors coming soon

Posted on February 5th, 2016 by


By Breanne Massey
Pioneer Staff
The goal of reducing isolation and building strong relationships for seniors living within the Columbia Valley could become a reality for those in need of help coping with the daunting realities of daily life.
The provincially-funded Better at Home program will be offered in the Columbia Valley through its host organization, Family Dynamix, to help seniors with simple day-to-day tasks so that they can continue to live independently in their own homes and remain connected to the community.
“The valley brought the program to the community,” said Eirikka Brandson, …

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Summit Program Co-ordinator Kelsey Prichard

A safe Summit for inspiring youth

Posted on February 5th, 2016 by


By Dorothy Isted
Special to The Pioneer
It is likely a surprise to some that the Summit Youth Centre has operated in the valley for 21 years. Another interesting aspect of the centre is the high quality of staff employed there. Summit seeks to be a safe place where teens aged 12 to 18 can come six days a week, either to just hang out or to learn something beneficial. The centre’s goal is for the youth of the Columbia Valley to get actively engaged in their own future, by supporting, inspiring …

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Michael Van Horne

Ovation for Van Horne

Posted on February 5th, 2016 by


By Breanne Massey
Pioneer Staff
Editor’s note: This is the third story in a series of six featuring local golf pros who made the Professional Golfers’ Association of BC Top 100 list for 2015.
Michael Van Horne was ranked #41 by the 2015 Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) of BC for his efforts at the Fernie Golf and Country Club.
The 36-year-old, who lives in both Invermere and Fernie, felt “honoured” by his recognition in the third annual Order of Merit offered through the PGA of BC and hosted by Sunice.
“I’ve been playing golf for …

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GET YOUR RACE ON! — The Starlight Challenge course at the Fairmont Hot Springs Ski Area awaits those skiers and snowboarders with a need for speed looking for fun times every Friday night in February. Photo submitted

Recreational racing returns to Fairmont ski slopes

Posted on February 5th, 2016 by


By Breanne Massey
Pioneer Staff
The 33rd Annual Starlight Challenge has returned to the Fairmont Hot Springs Ski Area this winter.
Recreational snowboarding and ski racing between adults (19+) will commence tonight (February 5th) at 7 p.m. and runs every Friday night until the end of February. Each competitor will have the opportunity to take two runs before 9 p.m. A staff person will record both of their times (with electronic timing) and determine the difference in time between both runs — the goal is to have the time recorded for the second …

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In honour of Puppy Love 5, Fire Vixen Tattoo owner and artist Sarah Eastick showcases the five dogs she has acquired and the Bull Mastiff she is currently fostering — all through GALS. She hopes to raise over $10,000 for the local animal rescue group at this year’s Puppy  Love fundraiser.  Photo by Breanne Massey

Rescued animals assisted with Puppy Love

Posted on February 5th, 2016 by


By Breanne Massey
Pioneer Staff
Sarah Eastick is using the power of art to make a mark on a Columbia Valley cause that is dear to her heart.
The Invermere resident, who owns and operates Fire Vixen Tattoos in both Invermere and Golden, will be raising proceeds for Invermere-based animal rescue group Global Animal Lovers (GALS) at this year’s annual community fundraiser, Puppy Love 5.
She, along with several other tattoo artists, will be offering fresh ink to animal lovers and tattoo enthusiasts between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. at the Invermere Community …

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Historic guide identified

Posted on February 5th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
Thank you for your great little paper and all the historical photos.
I recognize this photo (January 29th Historical Lens) of the Lake of the Hanging Glaciers from our family collection because of the unique boat.
Can’t identify anyone with any certainty, though the man on the right could be my great-grandfather Walter Nixon, a local guide and outfitter in the early part of the 20th century.
I know he loved to build raft/boats anytime he set up his base camp near a lake or pond so he could get to the …

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