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Otters find their flow in the Wood Shop - guitarist Nick King records a track last week for the band's full-length debut album. Photo submitted

Songwriters in the Valley CD set for June release

Posted on April 19th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
There was no shortage of success to come from Christmas in the Valley album released in December 2013 by the Windermere Valley Musicians Who Care, and a few of the same artists will be joined by many more valley musicians for a new album this summer.
From now through May, the valley’s finest musicians are booking themselves in at Wood Shop Productions, Ben Cameron’s recording studio in Windermere.
“There’s about a third crossover with groups that were on the (Christmas) album; there’s a lot of fresh stuff and a …

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COUNCIL CONTEMPLATION — Councillor Nancy 
Hugunin and Mayor Greg Deck mull over financial numbers at a council meeting on Tuesday, April 15th. Photo by Steve Hubrecht

First three readings given for Jumbo financial plan bylaw

Posted on April 19th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
The Mountain Resort Municipality of Jumbo Glacier gave three readings to its financial plan bylaw at its most recent council meeting, and will likely adopt it at next month’s council meeting.
The five-year financial plan — which projects revenues of $200,000 per year from 2014 to 2018, mostly stemming from the provincial Small Communities Grant — has sparked considerable commentary across the province and generated discussion, although not debate, at the April 15th council meeting.
Council voted unanimously to give the bylaw three readings and direct staff to reconcile …

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TOURISM TEAM — Tourism association board members, seen here last spring, were successful in gaining a community directed funds grant. Pioneer file photo

Cultural Tourism group granted $37,000 per year

Posted on April 19th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
The Columbia Valley Directed Funds committee voted at its most recent meeting to give a big funding boost for the next three years to the Columbia Cultural Tourism Association, a move that will help the association hire a full-time research coordinator.
The committee voted unanimously to give the association $37,000 a year from 2014 through to 2016, conditional to the association raising an additional $20,000 from other sources. The association will report quarterly to the committee and the third year of funding is pending the renewal of the …

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PRICY POOCH — Pitbull breeds are 
subject to a $1,000 dog licensing fee in the Columbia Valley, a far higher fee than for any other breed.       Photo submitted

Killer dogs to be deemed dangerous

Posted on April 19th, 2014 by


By Greg Amos
Pioneer Staff
Two dogs that killed a small dog and injured its owner in Fairmont Hot Springs on Tuesday, April 8th will be put on a very short leash, if their Albertan owners ever bring them back to the Columbia Valley.
“We will be deeming the dogs as dangerous dogs as per our bylaw; the awkward part is the owners of the dogs are from out of province,” said Dan McNeill, the Regional District of East Kootenay manager of building and protective services. “We’d be just as happy if they …

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CHASING KUBOTA - The Kubota L3560 would make an excellent Whiteway maintenance machine, says the Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club. Photo submitted

Nordic club pursuing Kubota machine for Whiteway

Posted on April 18th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
The Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club presented to Invermere council its plans to purchase a piece of maintenance equipment that will boost its capacity to maintain the Whiteway, but which comes with a much lower price tag than the previously talked about LayMor 400 Sweepmaster, at the most recent committee of the whole meeting.
The plan now is to raise funds for a Kubota L3560, which will allow the club to plow and sweep at the same time, much as the LayMor would, but will cost the nordic …

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Lorne Elliott performed his latest production, Chasing the Big Silly, for a packed house at Christ Church Trinity on the evening of Tuesday, April 15th. Early that morning, North Americans were exposed to a lunar eclipse, giving the moon a rare shadow before changing its colour to a brownish red. 

Photo by Dan Walton

Lorne Elliott and the lunar eclipse

Posted on April 18th, 2014 by


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Cod Gone Wild meld various musical backgrounds into a modern Celtic sound. Photo submitted

Celtic cod ambling towards Edgewater

Posted on April 18th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
The valley will get a taste of modern Celtic music when B.C. band Cod Gone Wild comes to Edgewater later this month.
“Modern Celtic is really a brand we’ve created,” said lead singer Andrew Mercer. “It’s an exciting twist on traditional songs, basically we modernize them with non-traditional instrumentation.”
The Vernon-based band took form when lead singer Andrew Mercer moved west from his native Newfoundland in 2009, eventually settling in the Okanagan. Mr. Mercer had been in bands performing traditional Newfoundland folk and Celtic music since he was in …

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UPDATED: Orders-in-council overturned; would have exempted ski resorts from environmental assessments

Posted on April 18th, 2014 by


NOTE: the two orders-in-council referred to in this story were announced on Monday and rescinded on Wednesday.
By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
A provincial order-in-council signed late last week may smooth the path to development for Jumbo Glacier Resort and other ski resorts in B.C.
The order, which was approved and ordered on Friday, April 11th and deposited on Monday, April 14th, will exempt new ski resorts yet to be built and existing ski resort wishing to expand from the environmental assessment process, starting on January 1st next year.
B.C. Minister of Environment Mary Polak …

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