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Radium elects new councillor, votes in favour of new community centre

Posted on January 16th, 2017 by


Voters in the village of Radium Hot Spring elected a new councillor and gave the go-ahead to borrow money to build a new community centre last weekend.
On Saturday, January 14th Radium residents went to polls for a by-election to replace councillor Karen Larsen, who has left the Upper Columbia Valley for Vancouver Island along with her family, and elected Mike Gray by a narrow margin.
Mr. Gray garnered 115 votes, compared with Dale Shudra’s 109 and Tamara Olson’s 14. All three were well-known in the community, Mr. Gray as the owner …

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Locals can enjoy day of leisure at Fairmont ski area

Posted on January 13th, 2017 by


By James Rose
Special to The Pioneer
For the third consecutive year, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Ski Area is pleased to offer Local’s Day this Saturday, January 14th.
For one single Toonie per person, guests can enjoy a day on the slopes or in the tube park with same-day access to the hot springs included as well (same-day access to the hot springs is only valid with a same-day ski lift ticket — not tubing). And with the recent fresh snow, in addition to the ski hill’s manmade snow, the ski conditions …

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New Columbia Valley website launched

Posted on January 13th, 2017 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
A new website promoting the Columbia Valley has been recently launched by the Columbia Valley Co-op Marketing Project, which is gearing up for an important stakeholder meeting later this month.
The website — www.travelcolumbiavalley.com — went live last week on Thursday, January 5th and features the valley’s new logo and brand, including the catchphrase “Columbia Valley: Relax. It’s time to unwind.”, along with a bevy of eye-catching photos and visuals, and a wealth of information on things to do in the valley, complete with plenty of links to …

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Columbia Valley home assessment values remain consistent

Posted on January 13th, 2017 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
Property assessments will soon be mailed out, and although staggering rises in assessed property values may be grabbing attention in coastal and urban parts of B.C., local homeowners can expect to see things here in Upper Columbia Valley stay more or less the same as the previous year.
The increase in assessed value in urban areas of the province is reportedly as high as 50 per cent in some cases, but the deputy provincial assessor based in the Kootenay region says housing prices here are a different story.
“There’s …

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Snowflake Festival returns for 8th year

Posted on January 13th, 2017 by


By Eric Elliott
Pioneer Staff
After weeks of chilling cold weather in the Columbia Valley, the highly anticipated Snowflake Festival will be making its return to Invermere on Friday, January 20th at Kinsmen Beach in Invermere.
A free event planned for the whole community, the 8th Annual Snowflake Festival will coincide with the widely popular Taste of the Valley event and the 34th annual Bonspiel on the Lake that will start on Friday evening and carry on into the weekend.
This year, food connoisseurs will be able to enjoy dishes from nine …

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Bonspiel on the Lake ready to rock

Posted on January 13th, 2017 by


By Eric Elliott
Pioneer Staff
In addition to the delectable dishes being served as part of the Taste of the Valley and the 8th Annual Snowflake Festival, curlers from across the continent will be throwing their rocks outdoors to kick off Invermere’s annual Bonspiel on the Lake on Friday, January 20th.
Running in its 34th year, the annual Bonspiel on the Lake will be bringing in 64 teams of curlers this year to compete on eight sheets of ice located on the frozen lake just off Kinsmen Beach. If the weather remains …

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Panorama opens its slopes to National Ski Day

Posted on January 13th, 2017 by


By Eric Elliott
Pioneer Staff
Skiers and snowboarders looking to catch a great deal on a thrilling ride will have the perfect chance this weekend at Panorama Mountain Resort as part of National Ski Day on Saturday, January 14th.
This will be the third annual CIBC National Ski Day with 17 resorts including Panorama participating across the country.
Panorama has participated for all three years and the day has been wildly successful each year said Laura Matthew, media relations at Panorama Mountain Resort.
“Panorama has a proud ski racing history and as a …

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Fairmont family lucks out with Ellen

Posted on January 13th, 2017 by


By Eric Elliott
Pioneer Staff
There are few people who are able to say that they’ve seen Ellen DeGeneres, one of the most famous television hosts in the world, on her show in person. Fewer still are in the lucky group of people who are a part of her 12 Days of Giveaways show.
The Walstrom family of Fairmont Hot Springs can check off both of those boxes, though.
“It was Kirby’s birthday weekend getaway for us so ultimately it was just to go to the show,” Kym said. “Who knew it would …

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