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WHAT A WASTE — Forty black plastic bags filled with asbestos-containing materials that were illegally dumped in Canal Flats have cost local taxpayers $2,000 in cleanup costs. Photo submitted

RDEK seeks public’s assistance in identifying illegal dumpers

Posted on December 2nd, 2016 by


Submitted by Regional District of East Kootenay
The RDEK is hoping someone may have seen an act of illegal dumping at the Canal Flats Transfer Station earlier this week.
“We believe between late afternoon Monday and sometime Tuesday morning someone with a dump trailer disposed of 40 black plastic bags in the wood pile at the Transfer Station,” explains RDEK Solid Waste Superintendent Jim Penson. “The bags were filled with insulation, brown cellulose and vermiculite, which likely contains asbestos.”
What makes this incident of illegal dumping so perplexing is that the asbestos containing …

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Liberal candidate: ‘time to move on’ from Jumbo

Posted on December 2nd, 2016 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
The B.C. Liberal candidate for Columbia River-Revelstoke is clarifying his stance on a major Upper Columbia Valley issue.
In its Columbia River-Revelstoke riding profile (part of a weekly series leading up to next spring’s provincial election), the CBC summarized Liberal candidate Doug Clovechok’s campaign — compared with his 2013 provincial election campaign — as “a new stance against a new candidate in a new election.” The new stance was in reference to the proposed Jumbo Glacier Resort project, which the CBC said Mr. Clovechok is “no longer for.”
Mr. …

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TRADES TEAM — The Discovery Trades program is a unique and incredible opportunity for high school students to attend College of the Rockies Invermere Campus and learn about a variety of trades. Pictured are Doug Clovechok (COTR Campus Manager); Al Miller (Home Hardware sponsor and Rockies representative); Mark Knudsgaard (COTR Trades Instructor); Carolyn Kurtz (COTR Trades Coordinator); Students: Kyle Holubec, Vonn Devlin, Nathan Evanoff, Dawson Ragan, Jackson Hollick, Cole Campbell, AJ Bruce, Brandon Fuller; Barb Cote (Shuswap Band sponsor), Scott Postlethwaite (Instructor); Matt Fulton (Instructor); and Dave Dafoe (Canfor sponsor). Photo by Dean Midyette

Trades’ program success continues

Posted on December 2nd, 2016 by


By Eric Elliott
Pioneer Staff
After 12 weeks and more than 336 hours of instruction, 12 students from David Thompson Secondary School are graduating from the Discovery Trades Program held at the College of the Rockies.
The program has been running for more than half a decade now delivered in conjunction by Canfor, the College of the Rockies, the Rocky Mountain School District and the local Shuswap Indian Band. The program provides high school students the chance to get their feet wet in the trades industry, learning about trades such as plumbing, …

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Valley-born police officer earns Order of Merit

Posted on December 2nd, 2016 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
A valley local who has spent decades working for the Calgary police force is about to receive one of the highest honours possible.
Calgary Police Association president Howard Burns was born and grew up in Invermere before joining the Calgary police force two and a half decades ago. Next week, Mr. Burns will be recognized in a ceremony in Edmonton on Thursday, December 8th for his service by being awarded an Order of Merit medal by Canada’s Governor General.
“It’s certainly an honour. I was surprised to learn I’d …

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Father and daughter blues musicians head to Invermere

Posted on December 2nd, 2016 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
Slocan-based father-daughter duo Holly and Jon will make their way to Invermere this weekend to give the Upper Columbia Valley a blast of the blues.
Holly Hyatt has been making music with her dad, Jon Burden, since before she was in kindergarten, and what started as family fun time eventually blossomed into a professional occupation, with the pair having recorded albums together for more than a decade now.
They will be playing at Pynelogs on Saturday, December 3rd.
“We do traditional blues and some of our own original blues, …

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DEVELOPING CHAMPIONS — Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club has hired Ted Bigelow as its ski coach ahead of the upcoming season, who hopes to build a top-calibre program for years to come. Photo by Eric Elliott

Nordic Ski Club hires Ted Bigelow

Posted on December 2nd, 2016 by


By Eric Elliott
Pioneer Staff
After spending the better part of four decades working in high performance sports, Ted Bigelow is going back to his roots by becoming the newest coach for the Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club.
Coming from his last position in Manitoba where he worked for more than 30 years, Mr. Bigelow is mostly happy to be escaping the frigid winters of Winnipeg.
“It’s (the Columbia Valley) got great skiing, has fantastic scenery with log cabins and it’s a lot warmer than Winnipeg,” he said. “It’s really cold and …

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New brand available to use

Posted on December 2nd, 2016 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
Collaborative work on marketing the Upper Columbia Valley continues, with the valley’s Co-op Marketing Project team working hard to formally launch the new Columbia Valley destination brand that was developed earlier this year.
The team announced a few weeks ago that brand guidelines and logos are now ready for Columbia Valley tourism industry stakeholders to use. The new brand was unveiled this summer, after several months of consultation with help from branding specialists CULT Collective.
Although the official launch won’t begin until the new year, the brand’s eye-catching logo …

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Jeers

Posted on December 2nd, 2016 by


to the people who remove the flyers from the Pioneer and leave them on top of the pile for the next person to deal with. It’s the advertisers who enable the Pioneer to be free to us. If you don’t want to read the flyers, then recycle them. Don’t leave them for the next reader to deal with. Show some consideration for your neighbor.

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No more trails in the Benches, please

Posted on December 2nd, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
We grew up on a mixed farm near Kamloops, B.C. and our family always respected the wildlife and the environment. As a child, I learned from my father to look after the wildlife; he would throw hay over the fence where the cattle couldn’t get it for the more than 50 mule deer and a few moose that wintered at our place.
We grew up always supporting clubs that protected wildlife and the environment. Yes, we were and still are hunters, but we respect the laws of hunting and …

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Cheers

Posted on December 2nd, 2016 by


to Richard Mathews for being the incredibly entertaining voice of Music Trivia, hosting one of the best parties of the year…and helping to raise a ton of money to help kick cancer’s butt!!! I can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciated your incredible support throughout the entire process of this fundraising event! Cheers to you my friend!

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Wild reception for film fest

Posted on December 2nd, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
When community comes together, great things happen. Wildsight would like to thank RK Heliski and all the other sponsors, supporters and volunteers for helping to make our 3rd Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival so successful.
It’s our annual fundraiser and Saturday’s event was sold out. We couldn’t be happier. But more than that, the films are meant to instill inspiration and motivation for positive social change, and there was a noticeable buzz in the audience.
We look forward to 2017 when we can make the Festival even bigger …

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2016, December 2 – Out & About

Posted on December 2nd, 2016 by


Friday, December 2nd
• 4 p.m.: Elinor Florence will greet old and new friends, and sign copies of her bestselling Canadian novel, ‘Bird’s Eye View’ at the Invermere Community Hall.
• 4 – 8 p.m.: The 23rd Big Christmas Community Craft Sale at Invermere Community Hall. Also Saturday December 3rd, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• 4 – 8 p.m.: The Valley GoGo Sisters will be selling home baked goodies, African beads, suet bird feeders, sock monkeys and more at the BIG Christmas Craft Sale with all proceeds going directly to the Stephen …

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Cheers

Posted on December 2nd, 2016 by


to the countless hours put in by volunteers at the Thrift Store. The Thrift Store is a fun place to find treasures while serving many needs in this valley. Cheers to everyone who gives their time to make it so wonderful.

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Jeers

Posted on December 2nd, 2016 by


to all those who ignore the responsibility of removing their dog’s “business”, during their daily walk. This beautiful valley depends on visitors to Invermere and Panorama, and who wants to live or come to a town/resort and be faced with dog droppings all over the place? You are out with your dog knowing full well that they either crap in your house or outside so come prepared and CLEAN UP after your pet. Bags for handling this duty are available at many stores and dispensers in the valley.

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Cheers

Posted on December 2nd, 2016 by


to the homes in the Dry Gulch area with such amazing holiday light displays! My family and I look forward to them every year and we are never disappointed!

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Cheers

Posted on December 2nd, 2016 by


to organizations and event planners who have choices for special diet needs. Very well done DTSS, Legion and to regular eaters who leave the labeled “glutin free/ vegetarian/diabetic” foods for us.

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Cheers

Posted on December 2nd, 2016 by


to Valley Foods and Home Hardware for having Table Top Christmas Trees for sale and supporting the Christmas Bureau.

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2016, December 2 – Online edition

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Cheers

Posted on December 2nd, 2016 by


to Aunty “D” I appreciate everything you do for others including myself. I don’t know what I would do without you!

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Cheers

Posted on December 2nd, 2016 by


to the old Tyme Candy shope, Higher Ground Coffee Shop and Wild Side Pizza in Radium! All of the owners and their employees at these business have gone above and beyond simple kindnesses when it comes to my children who are always stuck at work with Mommy. Whether you give them a job to do or just let them come over for a chat the break is just what they need to not feel so bored.

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