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FOREIGN EXCHANGES­ — Members of chamber, local business operators and citizens joined voices with MP David Wilks and Costas Menegakis, Parliament Secretary to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, on the foreign worker program. Photo by Erin Knutson

Bureaucracy an issue for workforce

Posted on August 29th, 2014 by


By Erin Knutson
Special to The Pioneer
Kootenay-Columbia MP David Wilks and Costas Menegakis, Parliament Secretary to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, hosted a roundtable discussion on changes to the temporary foreign worker program at the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, August 21st.
Members of chamber, local business operators and concerned citizens voiced their opinions during the heated discussion concerning recent changes to the federal employment program. Changes to the program have created bureaucratic red tape resulting in the Columbia Valley’s exclusion from the program (as a high unemployment …

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Local range patrol hits three-decade milestone

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By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
The Windermere Valley Rural Range Resource Patrol recently marked its status as the longest continually serving range patrol in the province by recently celebrating its 30th anniversary.
The range patrol is a co-operative effort involving the Columbia Valley RCMP, Invermere conservation officers, local ranchers and farmers, hunters, loggers, miners, and concerned citizens.
“We started it because things were getting so bad with cattle rustling, poaching, and logging and mining equipment getting vandalized and stolen,” said patrol president Franz Feldmann.
The local patrol held a barbecue (it regularly holds an annual …

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Boogie with the butterflies

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By Joshua Estabrooks
Special to The Pioneer
Butterflies, barn dance, country fair; if those words don’t peak your interest and inspire your harvest spirit then you should probably stay home on Saturday October 4th while the rest of the valley attends the Hospice Society of the Columbia Valley’s 2nd Annual Butterfly Barn Dance and Old Fashioned Country Fair.
This stand-out event will be held up at K2 Ranch and kicks off with a country fair complete with vendors, games, blacksmith tours, a food canteen and much much more. The fair is open …

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LIGHT MY FIRE — Shane McKay breathes life into a fire created with a bow drill, grass and the stem of a desert plant outside his Westside Road home on Sunday, August 24th. The seasoned Spartan race competitor is focused on an upcoming 50-kilometre plus Hunter Gatherer Survival Run, which takes place on October 4th near Rocksprings, Texas. Photo by Greg Amos

Back to the Stone Age for Spartan racer

Posted on August 29th, 2014 by


By Greg Amos
Special to The Pioneer
Time might be trying to catch up with Invermere’s best known Spartan racer, but the globe-trotting owner of TXN Installations is intent on defying the odds by going back to the stone age.
Since 2011, Shane McKay, 54, has dedicated himself to Spartan racing — long-distance runs that involve many gruelling obstacles and strength-sapping challenges. But he is delving into a new desert-based outlet for his physically-demanding addiction: the upcoming second annual Hunter Gatherer Survival Run, which takes place on October 4th near Rocksprings, Texas.
“It …

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Cheers

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to Sean from Telus for your excellent customer service. Helping the library get the new phone line sorted out is greatly appreciated!

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Cheers

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to Danny for being such a kind neighbour on your lawnmower. Yours and Lisa’s friendship means the world to me.

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2014, August 29 – Online edition

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Cheers

Posted on August 29th, 2014 by


to all the drivers on the road to Panorama who actually read and respect the ‘cyclists and motorists share the road’ signs and drive with due care and caution.

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Cheers

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to all the children who joined the “’Summer Reading Club’ sponsored by their local libraries. A great successful program to promote the love of reading.

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Cheers

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to Jo-El and Mark for all their generous donations. You are amazing!

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Interior Health defends permitting process

Posted on August 29th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
I wanted to clarify Interior Health’s temporary food event permitting process in light of recent coverage in The Pioneer.
Interior Health recognizes that temporary food events like fundraising barbecues are an important and valuable part of our communities. Our role is to assist people to minimize the risk of illnesses associated with food so that the food served at these events is safe. Our approach and the guidelines we use have not changed from last year. In fact, we have issued more than twice the number of permits this summer …

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Cheers

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to everyone who supported the Lorne Rowe Memorial Golf Tournament

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Cheers

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to an extended summer!

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Cheers

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to Alicia at Pharmasave for going above and beyond after store hours to be sure my visiting friend got her prescription filled. You saved her a very expensive trip to the ER. Got to love small towns!

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Jeers

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to those who use the entry to our beautiful village to try and sell used vehicles.

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Cheers

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to Barb Cote and Terry Nicholas for all your hard work and dedication on the Shuswap Band Land Code. Good Job!

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2014, August 29 – Out & About

Posted on August 29th, 2014 by


Toby Theatre
• August 29th – 30th, 8 p.m.: Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue. Also showing September 1st – 6th.
Friday, August 29th
• 8:30 a.m.: Lake Windermere District Rod & Gun Club Bugaboo Blast. 120 target prelim (non-registered) August 29th, 220 targets August 30th, 120 targets August 31st. CNSCA rules in effect, plus additional hunter class. Registration opens 8:30 a.m., safety briefing 9:45 a.m. For more info and to pre-register, visit lwdrodgun.com.
• 4 – 9 p.m.: Market on Main, Radium.
• 5 – 8 p.m.: Bayot …

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Cheers

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to the wonderful people that stopped to help us when we hit a deer by Dry Gulch. They were so concerned, helpful and gave us some great advice. Kudos to Linda at the RCMP detachment for her efficiency, understanding and kindness to us. Cheers to Deb for rescuing us, and to Ross and Mom for always being there for us. We are most grateful.

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Cheers

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to Flower Town, what our kids call Radium.

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Tree talk

Posted on August 29th, 2014 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
When the decision was made to fell the beautiful tree that’s been the centrepiece of downtown Invermere for upwards of five decades, district council and staff expected some public backlash — and indeed, they got it.
Several upset residents confronted the arborists during the tree’s removal on Tuesday morning, while more walked into The Pioneer’s office, visibly distressed at the scene taking place at Cenotaph Park. We received calls too, from grieving locals convinced the tree was needlessly being cut down.
The beloved Russian olive tree has been …

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