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Avalanche Canada issues special public warning

Posted on February 17th, 2017 by


Avalanche Canada has issued a special public avalanche warning last week that covers much of southeastern part of the Kootenay region.
The warning was issue on Thursday, February 9th and applies a large swath of roughly triangle-shaped territory running from west of Nelson to just south of Canal Flats and on and diagonally up, in eastward direction, from there to the Alberta border, stretching to encompass Kanaskis country and Waterton Lakes National Park and the mountainous areas between those two spots on the other side of the provincial border.
The massive snowstorm …

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Independent candidate enters Columbia River-Revelstoke race

Posted on February 17th, 2017 by


The upcoming provincial election taking place this spring just got a little more interesting on a local level, with the entry of a new independent candidate into the race here in Columbia River-Revelstoke.
Longtime Kimberley resident Justin Hooles had been eyeing up the possibility of running as an independent since the start of the new year, and formally announced his candidacy last week, citing his distaste for party politics as the reason he’s choosing to run on his own.
“I’d thought about politics as a long-term future plan for a while, but …

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Wildly successful Invermere Coffee Fest grows even bigger

Posted on February 17th, 2017 by


The Invermere Coffee Fest is just around the corner, having burgeoned into an even-larger event this year.
The fourth annual edition of the festival will be held over the first weekend of March, from Friday, March 3rd to Sunday, March 5th, and this year comprises 16 workshops — explosive growth when compared with the three workshops held during the first-ever Coffee Fest in 2013.
“It has really grown since we started, especially for visitors. So far only one-third of the registrations are local. So second homeowners or people who are otherwise from …

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Panorama music festival is around the corner

Posted on February 17th, 2017 by


By James Rose
Special to The Pioneer
Music lovers take note: Panorama Mountain Resort’s High Notes Music Festival is just around the corner. The festival’s organizing team has packed the lineup with some of Canada’s best independent artists that will fill the resort with two days and nights of blues, folk, rock and pop.
Over the next few weeks, The Pioneer is going to shine a spotlight on some of the artists who are set to play March 17th and 18th. This week it is all about Edmonton-based folk duo 100 Mile …

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Fentanyl concerns continue in the Columbia Valley

Posted on February 17th, 2017 by


By Eric Elliott
Pioneer Staff
Questions to Columbia Valley RCMP Sgt. Bob Vatamaniuck about the ongoing fentanyl crisis continued to surface at the recent Radium Hot Springs town council meeting held on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017.
Councillor Mike Gray was the second councillor from a Columbia Valley council to bring the issue to Sgt. Vatamaniuck’s attention after Coun. Al Miller of the District of Invermere brought it up to him during their council meeting on January 24th.
“My nightmare scenario for us as a village is that we have people in the …

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Invermere musician makes live music debut

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By Eric Elliott
Pioneer Staff
Bryce Huston will be making his live music debut at Shakman’s Bar and Grill on Friday, February 24th, premiering his first album, Best I Can Be, at 6 p.m.
For 22-year-old Mr. Huston, creating and producing an album on his own has been a large endeavour and one that’s been years in the making.
“It definitely feels good,” he said of seeing his first album come to fruition. “I also thought maybe this album wouldn’t turn out 100 per cent, but it’s a stepping stone and a …

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Glow in the Dark curling night returns to Invermere

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By Eric Elliott
Pioneer Staff
For the third year in a row, The Station Neighborhood Pub will be partnering with the Invermere Curling Club to host the “Glow in the Dark Curling” on Saturday, February 25th.
With a sell-out event last year, they will be bringing in DJ Will C to blast the music under the black lights hoping curlers and spectators in attendance will be dressing bright and tight for an exciting evening of curling and fun.
“It’s honestly a lot of fun, Will C has some awesome music, the prizes …

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Endeavour Fitness athletes excel during Okanagan competition

Posted on February 17th, 2017 by


By Eric Elliott
Pioneer Staff
For many, fitness is something focused on for an hour a day at the gym as a standard practice of staying healthy. But for five members of Endeavour Fitness in Invermere, it’s a lifestyle culminating in a competition that keeps them going everyday.
Coach and owner Jolaine Undershute, Stephen McIntosh, Lainey Wilson, Greg Nyuli and Kris Newman all traveled to Penticton, B.C. to compete in the Okanagan Valley Throwdown on Saturday, January 28th and Sunday, January 29th.
Ms. Undershute, a four-time CrossFit Games competitor herself, entered the …

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