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Police ready for protests on road to Jumbo

Posted on July 25th, 2014 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
Columbia Valley RCMP are anticipating anti-Jumbo Glacier Resort protests will once again require their police presence in the Jumbo Valley when construction on the new highway gets underway.
“I’ve explained to the people who are developing that project that I expect the same type of protests to happen (as last summer), but it might be a little bit more intense because of the deadlines that each side knows,” said Staff Sgt. Marko Shehovac. “However, our tactic is not going to change. We will continue to respond to any …

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Street closures spark kerfuffle

Posted on July 25th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
Blocking off downtown streets for market-type events became a hot topic of discussion at the most recent Invermere council meeting, with talk on the issue prompted by two different items on the agenda.
During the July 22nd meeting, Consign-It owner Mary Lou Delesalle, who is a co-ower of The Book Bar, blasted the district’s decision to block off 12th Avenue around Cenotaph Park from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. in order to set up and run the Thursday night evening markets from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., saying …

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Devon Coyote hit the street on Thursday, July 17th for a free outdoor performance during the District of Invermere's new initiative, the Downtown Get Down and Evening Market.

Downtown Invermere takes dynamic new approach

Posted on July 25th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
The District of Invermere’s downtown is evolving to stay relevant as the Invermere Crossroads undergo significant development.
“When Home Hardware originally moved out of downtown, people said that would be the end,” said Justin Atterbury, District of Invermere councillor and owner of Rocky River Grill (located at the crossroads). “But downtown is still doing well — that space was almost completely filled by other businesses.”
Mr. Atterbury said the district most notably beautifies the downtown through its many flowerbeds, but the bulk of responsibility lies upon the store owners …

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AGRI-REVIVAL — The sign marking the site of the Agri Park is visible from Highway 93/95 next to the entrance of the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce and Lions’ Club hall. Photo by Nicole Trigg

Summer Fair set to mark Farmers’ Institute centenary

Posted on July 25th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
The valley’s long-standing agricultural organization, the Windermere District Farmers’ Institute, is set to turn 100 in style this weekend, with a centenary celebration and summer fair to mark the occasion.
The fair and celebration will be at the location of the new agri-park at the Crossroads on Sunday, July 27th and will feature a host of agricultural-themed events, as well as a series of speeches and presentations to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Farmers’ Institute and a ceremonial groundbreaking for the institute’s micro-abattoir project.
Provincial Ministry of …

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HEAVENLY EVANS — Kellylee Evans from Toronto will be performing live at the Invermere MusicFest. Photo Submitted

Shiny roster for Invermere MusicFest

Posted on July 25th, 2014 by


By Joshua Estabrooks
Special to The Pioneer
As if you needed any more reasons to attend the Invermere Music Festival on Sunday, August 3rd, right? Well, here are a few more, if you haven’t already purchased your ticket. Take a minute and picture the venue, for instance.
Yes, Kinsmen Beach is a public greenspace within the District of Invermere’s boundaries, but where else can you find rolling grassy hills, hot sandy beaches and old growth trees alongside one of the most stunning mountain lakes in the province, all within a hop, skip …

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CRAFTY TAFT — Invermere mayor Gerry Taft collaborated with Jessie Blakley and Kyle Burley of The Cross Roads Collective to create a mule deer out of wood for the CV Arts’ Celebrity Artist Challenge. Photo by Beverly Aitchison

Celebrity Artist Challenge: competitor no. 3

Posted on July 25th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
The Celebrity Artist Challenge is in full swing and contender Gerry Taft, mayor of Invermere, teamed up with The Cross Roads Collective for a woodcrafting project in his bid against his political counterparts.
Showing him the woodworking ropes were Jessie Blakley and Kyle Burley from the Invermere wood artisan collective. With direction from the pros, Gerry applied his artistic abilities to create a deer figure out of wood.
Asked about his choice of specimen, Gerry said it was a little tongue-in-cheek, offering a refreshing attitude upon ever-lasting controversy.
“If …

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HOSPICE HELP — Pictured during the declaration at the Hospice office on Friday, July 18th (clockwise from top left) were Brad Bromley of Sobeys, board member Catrien Dainard, executive director Maria Kliavkoff and Andrew Rutledge of Pharmasave Cranbrook. Absent are Keith Irwin from Pharmasave Invermere and Adrienne Turner of the Ivy House and Columbia Garden Village. Photo by Dan Walton

Hospice status heightened

Posted on July 25th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
The Hospice Society of the Columbia Valley hasn’t lost any steam since its strong start last September.
There were two major announcements on Friday, July 18th at their Frater Landing headquarters — the Hospice Society has been granted Charitable Status by the Canada Revenue Agency, and they’ve teamed with two new corporate partners.
The new status shows that Canada Revenue Agency recognizes the Hospice dedicates its resources to charitable purposes, which will make the society’s donors eligible for tax receipts. Before it was recognized as a charity, the Hospice …

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WEEDED OUT— Volunteers are coming out with guns blazing and a healthy desire for weed pulling to help yank out invasive plants from endangered sights at Sinclair Creek. Photo submitted

Siege on invading plants

Posted on July 25th, 2014 by


By Erin Knutson
Special to The Pioneer
The local ecology of the Columbia Valley is under attack from attractive but deadly alien species — invasive plants. Invasives, as they are commonly referred to, are a stubborn nuisance and pose serious issues to the balance and maintenance of a healthy ecological system.
The most pervasive issues involve aquatic areas. “Once these plants have made it to the water— they’re here for good,” commented Todd Larsen, program co-ordinator at the East Kootenay Invasive Plants Council. Importance on treatment, prevention, and early detection are key to combatting …

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