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LOTS OF LAND — After a meeting on Tuesday, October 29th, Shuswap Chief Sam Paul and councillor Alice Paul emphasize the scale of their Nation's traditional territory. Photo by Dan Walton

Transparency Act reveals Shuswap council earnings

Posted on October 31st, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
An audit has revealed that the chief and one councillor at the Shuswap Indian Band are among the highest paid in the province.
The First Nations Financial Transparency Act was enacted earlier in 2014, which now requires First Nations to post online their audited financial statements for the last fiscal year. Among the new figures listed are the salaries of chief and council.
The numbers submitted by the Shuswap Band show Chief Paul Sam to have earned $202,413 over the period of 12 months, followed closely by councillor Alice Sam …

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Work on Jumbo resort on hold pending decision

Posted on October 24th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
As construction work in the Jumbo Valley winds down while the province reviews and decides whether or not the Jumbo Glacier Resort project is substantially started — and correspondingly whether or not Glacier Resorts Ltd.’s environmental assessment certificate will expire — the project continues to pique attention throughout the valley and beyond.
Last week the assessment office sent a letter to Glacier Resorts Ltd. addressing the company’s non-compliance with three conditions of its environmental assessment certificate, but the office clarified to The Pioneer that this does not …

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Mail-in voting still unavailable to Invermere residents

Posted on October 24th, 2014 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
An Invermere couple who was hoping to vote in this year’s local government election will have to wait until 2018 to exercise their democratic right at the municipal level.
John and Joan Rouse initially inquired about mail-in voting for the District of Invermere shortly before the 2011 election. Some jurisdictions in B.C. allow mail ballot voting for those eligible voters who cannot physically attend a voting place or are unable to vote on advance and general voting days. The Rouses, who are eligible B.C. voters, leave the valley …

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Henrik Regitnig

Local teenager lives out soccer dream in England

Posted on October 24th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
An Invermere teenager is living out his athletic dream, trying out with three top-flight English soccer clubs this month.
Henrik Regitnig has been spending a week to a week and a half training with each of the U18 squads of Aston Villa, Ipswich and Crystal Palace in the U.K. this October, a program arranged by the goalkeeping academy in Vancouver that Henrik has been attending for more than a year.
“I grew up living in a small town — Invermere — and I’ve always dreamed of making something out …

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Kootenay hikers safe amid Himalayan disaster

Posted on October 24th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
Five Invermere hikers were among a group trekking together in Nepal during a series of deadly disasters last week, and all of whom have since been confirmed alive.
Through Happy Feet Mountaineering — a Nepalese Sherpa guiding company — the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was told that the members of the group were all alive.
The news came as a relief after a series of blizzards and avalanches in the Himalayas claimed the lives at least 43, four of whom were Canadian, earlier in October. The event has been …

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SHOWING THEY CARE — Local non-profit Windermere Valley Musicians Who Care (represented here by Kurt Reichel, Ben Cameron, Fraser Smith, Bill Cropper and Mike Smith) delivered a new set of percussion instruments as well as a new MP3 system to the Mountain Ridge Early Learning Program, paid for by proceeds from the sales of the group’s two CDs.  Photo by Dan Walton

Caring crew amplifies music program

Posted on October 24th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
The Windermere Valley Musicians Who Care made a very special visit to the Mountain Ridge Early Learning Program last week to beef up the youngsters’ musical assemblage. Through sales from their two albums — Songwriters in the Valley and Christmas in the Valley — Musicians Who Care were at Mountain Ridge on Tuesday, October 21st to donate a new set of percussion-based instruments, as well as a new MP3 system. The early learning program bases a large portion of its curriculum around music.
“Music is healthy for anyone to …

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A fisherman’s friend - Jim Huey, the host of The Dimestore Fishermen, is coming to the Columbia Valley to film a segment for his TV show and locals interested in rubbing elbows with the famous angler will have a chance to do so. Photo submitted

Famous fisherman casting in Columbia Valley

Posted on October 24th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
One of Canada’s most famous anglers will be casting his rods in the Columbia Valley over the next week.
Beginning on Sunday, October 26th, The Dimestore Fishermen will spend three days on the local waterways to reel in some footage for its fishing program.
“I am The Dimestore Fisherman, the one and only,” producer and host Jim Huey told The Pioneer.
“When I was a kid, you could drive to a local store here in Calgary, and you could get all your fishing stuff — maybe four bobbers or your …

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Zombie attacks imminent

Posted on October 24th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
With Halloween approaching, residents of the valley are being warned of zombies swarming about.
Real Storage in Windermere will be reinforcing its headquarters in preparation for an attack on Saturday, October 25th.
“We want to show the Columbia Valley that we are their best defence in the event of a zombie apocalypse, and inviting a whole lot of zombies over is the best way to show that,” said Kim Baker, the manager of Real Storage.
Zombies are to show up at Real Storage in Windermere by 2 p.m., where first-timers …

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