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Local teen skier set to hit the slopes at Canada Winter Games

Posted on January 28th, 2015 by


An Invermere teen will line up at the start gate for the alpine skiing events at the Canada Winter Games in a few weeks.
Grade 10 David Thompson Secondary School student Liam Haynes will be racing down the slopes in slalom, GS (giant slalom), super G (super giant slalom) and skier cross at the Games, which will be held in Prince George from February 13th to March 1st, competing for team Alberta.
“I’m really excited and it’ll be a lot of fun,” said Liam, who has never raced before in the Canada …

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EMP EMERGENCY — Students, parents and traffic mesh haphazardly on 20th Street, where the Eileen Madson Primary School Parents’ Advisory Committee is asking the district to consider building a dedicated walkway for students. Since these photos were taken, the district has put up temporary No Parking signs on the north side of the street. Photo submitted

Parents’ group presses council to include student pathway in budget

Posted on January 27th, 2015 by


The Eileen Madson Primary school Parents Advisory Committee (PAC) is pushing hard for a designated walkway along 20th Street to be included in the district of Invermere’s 2015 budget, even as time to do so runs short.
The PAC had presented their safe concerns about students walking to and from the primary school along congested 20th Street, and proposed a walkway as a solution, at a council meeting this past November. Council resolved at the meeting to put up temporary No Parking signs to relieve congestion on the street (which was …

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Local youth taught how to save in pilot program

Posted on January 27th, 2015 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff

Saving money is a habit that’s easy to procrastinate, and since the importance of financial reserves isn’t driven home through public education, the Family Resource Centre decided to host a free workshop for youngsters on the subject.
In conjunction with FrogskinU — a not-for-profit educational foundation from Calgary — local Grade 5 and 6 students were invited to take part in a financial literacy program at the Women’s Resource Centre in Frater Landing ind downtown Invermere on Saturday, January 17th.
For the past three years, FrogskinU educators have been …

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New cougar spotted in CastleRock area

Posted on January 23rd, 2015 by


The cougar that had become too comfortable with close proximity to humans was killed in CastleRock yesterday, but another has been spotted in the area today.
Local conservation officer Greg Kruger said there have been two calls this morning reporting a cougar walking through the CastleRock area, adding both reports said the cougar appeared to be just passing through and left quickly as soon as it became aware of humans being present.
“We’re going to monitor this cougar’s activity and if there a public safety issue we’ll respond accordingly again,” said Mr. …

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Village of Radium weighs urban deer management options

Posted on January 23rd, 2015 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
As the District of Invermere continues to be challenged to manage its deer population, the Village of Radium Hot Springs is also considering dealing with a select few.
“Mule deer numbers in Radium are not a huge issue,” said Radium mayor Clara Reinhardt in an email. “(But) we do have a problem with a couple of does who are aggressive with people walking dogs.”
Earlier this month, Village of Radium Hot Springs chief administrative officer Mark Read attended an Urban Deer Management Workshop that was held in Vancouver by …

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BIGGER BREW — Arrowhead's new vats are going to allow the brewery to almost double its production. Photo submitted

Arrowhead brewing doubles up

Posted on January 23rd, 2015 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
Invermere’s Arrowhead Brewery continues to expand at a fast rate, having recently set up four of its five new vats at the brewery and growing its distribution across B.C. and into Alberta.
“(The new vats) will almost double our capacity for fermenting and storage of beer,” said Arrowhead co-owner Shawn Tegart.
Arrowhead’s four new vats, which were custom-built to fit into the brewery, are already installed and the fifth will likely be arriving sometime in the spring. The five vats will be in addition to the 10 the brewery …

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‘THE DEAN’ — Above: Loverboy guitarist Paul Dean on tour in 1986. 
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Loverboy’s guitar star returning home

Posted on January 23rd, 2015 by


By Erin Knutson
Special to The Pioneer
Local boy and ‘64 David Thompson Secondary School graduate turned international pop-metal sensation Paul Dean — guitar star of the prolific band Loverboy — spoke candidly to The Pioneer about the creative process and inspiration behind the band’s recently released album “Unfinished Business.” The compilation of decades of incomplete work came together when Paul uncovered thirty-five years worth of tracks in various stages.
“It turned out really good. I’m really happy with it. I’d been carrying around all these tapes from ‘79 — demos, lyrics, just …

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Columbia Valley engulfed by endless events

Posted on January 23rd, 2015 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
The valley is going to be jam-packed full of events during the final weekend of January.
On the frozen Lake Windermere, outdoor enthusiasts will have to choose between an ice fishing derby, organized pond hockey, and an ugly sweater curling bonspiel. Up at Nipika Mountain Resort, the annual Nipika/Toby Creek Nordic Loppet Weekend will be contesting the valley’s Nordic ski racers.
The Kinsmen Ice Fishing Derby takes place for the 15th year on Saturday, January 31st. The fisherman to net the longest sucker or pike minnow has the chance …

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