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Two of valley’s three mayors acclaimed pre-election

Posted on October 17th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
Candidate lists are out for this November’s municipal election, and many current incumbent officials are seeking re-election.
Invermere mayor Gerry Taft, Canal Flats mayor Ute Juras, Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Area F director Wendy Booth and RDEK Area G director Gerry Wilkie all declared their intent to run again, and with nobody else wanting to run for the position of Invermere mayor or Area G director, Mr. Taft and Mr. Wilkie are in by acclamation.
Ms. Juras is being challenged for the Canal Flats mayor position by …

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Rancher leaves large legacy to valley’s food bank

Posted on October 17th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff

A local rancher, Albert Cooper, who died in 2012, has left more than $650,000 of his estate as a legacy fund donated to the Columbia Valley Food Bank.
“We are honoured and pleased to say the least. We consider it to be a great responsibility and a great opportunity to better things in the valley,” said food bank chair Ron Stainthorpe. “We’re going to do some strategic planning to take a hard look at what we can do with the money. In the meantime, we want to keep …

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Province further cracks down on distracted driving

Posted on October 17th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
Stiffer penalties are in effect against those who are caught driving distracted in British Columbia.
The $167 fine now carries three demerit points, which lingers on a drivers’ ICBC record for five years.
The change to the law came into effect on Friday, October 10th. Repercussions will have more of a compounding effect, as drivers with multiple offences will be subject to insurance premiums and could face restrictions against driving privileges.
“[Before the changes,] if they kept paying the fines, they didn’t lose their licence,” said Columbia Valley RCMP Cpl. …

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Orphaned grizzly cubs relocated to Smithers

Posted on October 17th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff

Two grizzly bear cubs orphaned when their mother was struck and killed by a vehicle on the highway near Canal Flats have successfully been transfered to a bear rehabilitation centre in Smithers.
“It’s a sad story with a happy ending,” said local conservation officer Greg Kruger, speaking to the fact that the cubs were taken in by the Northern Lights Wildlife Society, which is the only wildlife shelter in the province legally allowed to rehabilitate bears.
Conservation officers received reports on the afternoon of Saturday, October 11th of bear …

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WOOD WINNER — Mayor Ute Juras accepts the WoodWorks Community Award of Merit from Bill Billups, Technical Advisor for Canadian Wood Council/Wood WORKS! BC. Photo submitted

Discovery Centre wins award for Canal Flats

Posted on October 17th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
The Columbia Discovery Centre has won Canal Flats the WoodWorks Community Award of Merit for its support of the B.C. wood industry and its commitment to use wood for the Columbia Discovery Centre.
The Union of BC Municipalities presents the award at its annual convention each year during a luncheon with the Association of Kootenay Boundary Local Government.
“The Columbia Discovery Centre is a log cabin that’s been refurbished,” said Canal Flats mayor Ute Juras. “One thing that qualifies you for the award is an innovative way to put
wood …

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Valley songwriters packing Pynelogs to party

Posted on October 17th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff

The songwriters of the valley are about to celebrate the release of their latest record. The 20-or-so musicians will be at Pynelogs Cultural Centre to be part of the CD release party on Saturday, November 1st.
After the huge success of last year’s Christmas in the Valley CD, Windermere Valley Musicians Who Care put together an album which can be enjoyed all year round — Songwriters in the Valley.
And most of those songwriters will be stepping out of the record and onto the stage for their first full …

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DOWN AND OUT — Gabe Charron from Calgary works diligently to erect his sleeping quarters for the night. Photos by Dan Walton

Pothole Park becomes Box City for Summit Youth

Posted on October 17th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
Fifteen members of the Summit Youth Centre had a first-hand experience with one of the most detrimental effects of poverty last weekend.
On the evening of Friday, October 10th, Box City was erected in Pothole Park in Invermere to serve as the temporary shelter for those willing to spend a night sleeping under a cardboard roof.
“If each kid at one point during the night thinks: ‘I really want to go home’, that’s kind of the point,” said Summit co-ordinator Kelsey Prichard. “It’ll give them a little bit …

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GREEN MACHINE — Aaron Van de Kemp with Cleanline Automotive in Invermere is one of three Canadian mechanics up for a Canadian Technician of the Year award. The winner will be announced next month. Photo by Steph Van de Kemp

Local automotive technician up for national award

Posted on October 17th, 2014 by


By Joshua Estabrooks
Special to The Pioneer
What could be better than operating a one-of-a-kind environmentally conscious automotive service centre in Invermere with your lovely wife and two good friends? How about being featured in a multi-page spread in an automotive trade magazine that goes to all shops throughout the country, and being one of three mechanics up for a Canadian Technician of the Year award from Canadian Technician Magazine?
Well, if you are Cleanline Automotive’s head wrench turner (no grease monkeys in this shop), Aaron Van de Kemp, then all of …

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