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The Columbia Valley Pioneer is a locally operated newspaper serving Radium, Invermere, Fairmont and Edgewater & Canal Flats.

SITE PREP — Construction on the new Columbia Valley Centre has officially begun, with an expected completion date of spring 2017. Photo by Eric Elliott

Construction begins on new community centre in Invermere

Posted on May 24th, 2016 by


On Friday, May 20th, work began on the new community centre in Invermere. Once completed, the new facility will be able to accommodate functions and small conventions of up to 500 people; house the Invermere Public Library; and provide a gathering place for residents. The building is projected to open to the public in fall 2017, replacing the previous Community Hall which first opened in 1946.
The $7.9 million project will receive $2 million through the federal Gas Tax Fund. In addition, the Columbia Basin Trust will provide $500,000; the Regional …

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BEAR JAM — A grizzly family crosses Highway 93  north of Olive Lake in June 2014. Apart from allowing bears to cross, a no stopping rule is now in effect. File photo by Brian Spreadbury

No stopping zone in place for Kootenay National Park

Posted on May 20th, 2016 by


By Eric Elliott
Pioneer Staff
It’s that time of year again when bears emerge from hibernation up in the mountains to look for food at lower elevations.
While this may seem like an opportune moment to catch a glimpse of bears, it can actually be more dangerous than you think.
“I think a lot of people don’t necessarily understand that if a bear is roadside, it’s still a wild animal,” said Jon Stuart-Smith, Human-Wildlife Conflict Specialist with Parks Canada. “People start to think that it’s more like a zoo situation and the animal doesn’t …

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Jumbo valley is seeing more skiers

Posted on May 20th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
The Ktunaxa First Nation has petitioned the Supreme Court of Canada for a Judicial Review requesting that no resort development will be in their sacred place, Qat’Muk, by keeping the Jumbo Valley area naturally wild. This is an appeal as the B.C. Supreme Court decided the Jumbo Glacier resort development would not impact the area negatively. The federal court has agreed to take the case.
The proponents of the resort development have petitioned the B.C. Courts for a Judicial Review claiming B.C. Minister of Environment Mary Polak’s October 4th decision …

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2016, May 20 – Out & About

Posted on May 20th, 2016 by


Friday, May 20
• Copper Point Resort 5th Anniversary Celebration. Enjoy a weekend filled with family friendly activities. Visit the Adventure Centre for a detailed schedule of weekend events.
• 10 a.m.: The Purcell Mountain Painters are celebrating the Grand Opening of their studio located at 503 – 7th Ave, Invermere. Just up the stairs at the north end of the building next to Grant’s Foods. The studio will be open from May 20th thru May 29th. No admission; everyone welcome.
• 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Grand opening of The Fire Vixen …

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CHEERS

Posted on May 20th, 2016 by


to the community of Invermere and Cranbrook for all the help in our moment of need. Our family lost our home in Fort McMurray and we left with only the minimum. We were fortunate enough to get our fur babies out safe. An extra Cheer to Tony and Gord Broadfoot, Dallas of the public library, Laura from the Food Bank, Joyce and Rick from Choppers for all your donations. Also the Invermere Vet for taking such great care of our babies. An extra special Cheers to the Cranbrook Superstore for …

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CHEERS

Posted on May 20th, 2016 by


A very big CHEERS to the gentleman with the ponytail (I can’t remember his name) working at the Creekside course in Fairmont the other day. He took time away from what he was doing to explain to my 6 and 7 year old about the larger holes in the greens and got the kids very excited about golfing with dad. Oh and also for explaining to the boys after golf the one with the lowest score buys pizza and ice cream. I hope Fairmont realizes what a gem of a …

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Cheers

Posted on May 20th, 2016 by


to valley businesses who supported the Ladies Night Out event in April. A special Cheers going out to the team at Pharmasave, Smoking Waters Coffee Co. and Home Made Perfect.

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Jeers

Posted on May 20th, 2016 by


to the deer that drank my beer.

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GETTING LITERAL FOR THE LEGACY TRAIL

Posted on May 20th, 2016 by


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Cheers

Posted on May 20th, 2016 by


to the Windermere Valley Men’s Club for a fabulous donation and challenge!

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Cheers

Posted on May 20th, 2016 by


to all volunteers who cleaned the highway in the Fairmont area!

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Cheers

Posted on May 20th, 2016 by


to Noelene and Graeme Anderson for volunteering countless hours and taking great care of the Rockies players — you are AWESOME!

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In this image with no date is the store and gas pump at Coldstream Campground. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com.Photo (A350) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Camping convenience

Posted on May 20th, 2016 by


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Cheers

Posted on May 20th, 2016 by


to Larry Newman. Another fabulous evening of music, fun, kibitzing at Horsethief Creek Pub & Eatery. Your sound management is very professional; audience and musicians so fortunate to have you in our Valley. Rock on.

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Cheers

Posted on May 20th, 2016 by


to Windermere Valley Saddle Club and all the helpers for such a successful Riding Clinic. It couldn’t be done without you. Greatly appreciated!

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No to Jumbo seat at RDEK

Posted on May 20th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
The following letter was sent to Premier Clark. We urge all concerned citizens to voice their opposition and outrage to the Premier:
We support the Regional District of East Kootenay’s motion to prevent the Jumbo Glacier Mountain Resort Municipality from having a full voting seat at the RDEK table. It would be undemocratic to allow a voting seat at the regional district table for an appointed mayor from a non-existent town with no people, no infrastructure and no apparent financial support for the development for over 20 years, other than …

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2016, May 20 – Online edition

Posted on May 20th, 2016 by


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Cheers

Posted on May 20th, 2016 by


A gala full of Cheers to Chef Steve Root at the Radium Resort for the wonderful meals he prepared.

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Jeers

Posted on May 20th, 2016 by


to whomever stole my compound bow. You are not man enough to shoot it. In fact, if there is any humanity in you, you would check into rehab and take care of your addictions or bring the bow back and I may help out with your rehab.

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Cheers

Posted on May 20th, 2016 by


to the girl at the coffee shop in Radium for going out of her way to steam the half & half for my coffee — it was delicious!

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