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No stopping restriction for Kootenay National Park lifted

Posted on June 24th, 2016 by


Motorists driving through Kootenay National Park in need of a break from driving, or simply wanting to pull over, now can with Parks Canada having officially lifted the temporary “No Stopping Zone” for an 11-kilometre stretch of Highway 93 South.
The restriction on pulling over during this stretch has been put in place for the last four years on an annual seasonal basis as a safety precaution to keep both motorists safe as well as bears coming out of hibernation safe so they feel undisturbed. This year, the restriction was put …

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David Thompson Secondary School 2016 graduate Amelia Smart   competing during the Ladies Alpine Combined Super-G Hafjell Olympic Slope during the Winter Youth Olympic Games, Lillehammer Norway. Photo: Arnt Folvik for YIS/IOC

From the local slopes to the international circuit

Posted on June 24th, 2016 by


From competing at the Winter Youth Olympics in Norway to training internationally and holding a part-time job, David Thompson Secondary School graduate Amelia Smart has accomplished a tremendous amount during her 12 years at school. And she shows no signs of slowing down her alpine ski career upon her high school graduation.
After attending the Canadian selection camp at Sunshine Village in May 2015, Amelia was selected for the team and began training.
“I was named to the team (Canadian National Development Team) last July, so July 2015; it was just …

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David Thompson Secondary School 2016 graduates Japhy Hunt (left) and Matty Helmer (right) will be working on a full-length feature film this summer after graduation. Photo by Nikki Fredrikson

Setting their sights on the big screen

Posted on June 24th, 2016 by


It all began with a film project in a Grade 10 gym class where Japhy Hunt and Matty Helmer opted to explore their creativity through film instead of making a poster for a class assignment. The pair began to integrate filmmaking into more of their assignments with the support of the staff at David Thompson Secondary School, and were able to expand on their filmmaking skills to the point where they’re at today, graduating Grade 12 with skills they will use this summer to create a three-hour feature film.
“Last …

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Graham Norquay with Invermere Judo Club head coach Hermann Mauthner after receiving his silver medal. Photo submitted.

Norquay wins silver at judo nationals in Calgary

Posted on June 24th, 2016 by


While most high school kids are spending weekends playing video games, hanging out with friends and exploring the outdoors, some are training for their sport. Graham Norquay, 13, has been busy keeping active to be able to compete at the national level in judo.
“Before nationals, it was about four times a week, so I would practice once on Monday, once on Wednesday, and then Friday and Sunday were either going for runs or going for bike rides or swimming just to keep active,” said Graham.
This year, Graham has …

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FAB DAD — Top: Kendyl Hart with his sons Wyatt, left, and Trystan, right (photo by Nikki Fredrikson)

Hart of Gold: one father shares his passion with his children

Posted on June 17th, 2016 by


He’s your biggest fan, he’s the one who motivates you when you’re down, he goes out of his way to see you’re successful and, if you’re really lucky, he’ll share his knowledge. He’s your dad. Not everyone has a great relationship with theirs, but if you’re one of the four Hart children, you’ve probably learned a thing or two about dirt biking from him.
For Wyatt and Trystan Hart, they can both agree that their dad Kendyl Hart is their number one fan when it comes to them and their …

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Merv Kirker was one of several guests "captured" during the Run, Ride, Rock the Ranch, helping raise an additional $4,000 for the Westside Legacy Trail. Photo by Nikki Fredrikson

Legacy Trail fundraiser a huge success

Posted on June 17th, 2016 by


Cow patty catapults, blacksmith demonstrations, bike and hike tours, and a pig roast — the Run, Ride, Rock the Ranch event was a success. The Columbia Valley Greenways Trail Alliance held Run, Ride, Rock the Ranch at the K2 Ranch on Saturday, May 21st, with family fun games and activities from 2:30 to 5 p.m. and a ticketed dinner and dance in the evening.
“We were happy to raise $50,000 dollars,” said Greenways events co-ordinator Kim Turgeon. “It was a huge success. It was contributed to by a little more …

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Rusty the Moose celebrates five years in the Columbia Valley

Posted on June 17th, 2016 by


Drive through the town of Invermere and there are a number of different things that you could stop and point out that are unique to the area. No doubt there are the picturesque mountains or the two beaches in the community that you will remember, but another image you’ll leave with, no doubt, is Rusty the Moose located just out front of The Artym Gallery in downtown Invermere.
Believe it or not, it’s been just over five years since Rusty arrived in Invermere on April 18th, 2011, looking over traffic …

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MEETING OF MINDS —The first meeting at the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce to discuss the need for a public transportation route from the valley to Calgary took place in early May and attracted a sizeable group that included local seniors who shared their concerns. Photo submitted

Public transportation from Invermere to Calgary eyed

Posted on June 17th, 2016 by


For those looking for public transportation between the Columbia Valley and Calgary, good news may be on its way. Members from around the valley have been meeting at the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce in hopes of finding a reasonable solution to bring back a bus line in order to get to the closest metropolitan area.
Up until last fall, Greyhound had been running a public bus from Cranbrook all the way to Calgary that made several stops in neighbouring communities such as Invermere, Windermere, Canal Flats and Fairmont Hot …

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