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PASS helps host adaptive ski camp at Panorama

Posted on February 24th, 2017 by


The Panorama Adaptive SnowSports Society (PASS) continues to go from strength to strength, having just recently helped host the first-ever B.C. Adaptive Snowsports (BCASS) all mountain freeride and ski race camp at Panorama Mountain Resort.
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The camp ran from Friday, February 3rd to Sunday, February 5th; was a co-operative effort by PASS, BCASS (which operates as an umbrella organization for the dozen or so local adaptive snowsport or ski society across the province), Canmore-based Rocky Mountain Adaptive and Alpine Canada; and it drew 12 adaptive athletes from across B.C. and Alberta, …

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Annual lake floods Arrow Road near Home Hardware

Posted on February 24th, 2017 by


Rapidly melting snow created a mini-lake on the road leading into Invermere Home Hardware last week, in what could be a portent of spring flooding to come elsewhere in the Upper Columbia Valley following record snowfalls this past winter.
Every year, at some point in late winter or early spring, people heading to Home Hardware encounter a mini lake formed at a low spot on Arrow Road in between the store and Kicking Horse Coffee.
This year, the lake was back again, from Thursday, February 16th through to Sunday, February 18th, …

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Federal and provincial governments promise Trans Canada twinning

Posted on February 24th, 2017 by


The federal and provincial governments recently jointly announced a project that will see twinning of sections of the Trans-Canada Highway near Golden.
On Friday, February 17th, Canadian Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet Sohi and B.C. Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone said together that $469 million will be spent upgrading two parts of the Trans Canada — $450 million to improve the notorious Kicking Horse Canyon section of the road, which runs from the Alberta border to Golden, and more than $19 million for the Donald to Forde Station section …

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Conservation officers bring starving bobcat to vet

Posted on February 24th, 2017 by


A bobcat struggling to deal with tough winter conditions was captured by Invermere conservation officers near Windermere last week, but later passed away at the Invermere veterinarian clinic.
Prior to being caught, the bobcat had been the subject of a couple calls to the conservations officers from the Windermere area.
On Monday, February 13th, a report came in from a homeowner on Dell Road in Windermere that “a bobcat had been on their property and killed their domestic cat over the previous night, and had then come back into their dog run …

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Columbia Valley Football Club seeks community supports

Posted on February 24th, 2017 by


The Columbia Valley’s soccer program has been increasing their participants vastly over the past two years, approaching 400 players aged five through 18 enrolled. The increase in athletes has the club in need of sponsors for team jerseys.
“Our club is growing. Every time we have enough kids, we build a new team and we’ve already had to expand. This year we’re anticipating two full new teams. That means they need jerseys. So (for) the jersey sponsorship, you can either do half the team, so just the white set or …

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Ken Fowler owner of Fairmont Hot Springs Passes away

Posted on February 24th, 2017 by


The Fairmont Hot Springs Resort community is mourning the loss of Ken Fowler, owner of Ken Fowler Enterprises and shareholder of the resort. Mr. Fowler passed away Monday, February 13th at the age of 90. According to the Muskoka News Watch, he was on a Caribbean cruise with family.
Mr. Fowler was born and raised in St. Catharines, Ontario. The entrepreneur never went further than Grade 10, but would go on to become a millionaire with investments primarily in real estate, restaurants and retail stores. In 2006, he purchased Fairmont Hot …

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Manny Osborne-Paradis gets bronze at World Championship in Super G

Posted on February 24th, 2017 by


For some, celebrating your birthday may be exciting enough, but for Invermere resident and pro downhill skier Manny Osborne- Paradis, his 33rd birthday fell on the day he won bronze in the men’s Super-G at the 2017 Alpine Skiing World Championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland on February 8th.
“Pretty special day. My mom was over there and to have 40,000 people sing happy birthday and to do well,” Mr. Osborne- Paradis told The Pioneer, recounting the experience. “I switched ski companies the year prior and to be able to get a …

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Locals featured in Panorama music festival lineup

Posted on February 24th, 2017 by


By James Rose
Special to The Pioneer
Panorama Mountain Resort’s High Notes Music Festival is coming up on March 17th to 19th, and this is the second of four weekly articles shining a spotlight on the artists that festival goers can look forward to seeing.
Elk Run & Riot, L8, and Small Town Dirtbags are three bands that pack a punch when it comes to putting on a great show. Each band has a distinctive style resonating with their audience in sonically satisfying ways each time they grace the stage. The Dirtbags and …

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