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HERON TODAY, GONE TOMORROW — A strong effort to conserve declining populations of Great Blue Herons is being captured through an ongoing inventory for breeding sightings of the species across the Columbia Basin. 
Photo by Phil Payne

Great Blue Herons in decline

Posted on May 6th, 2016 by


By Breanne Massey
Pioneer Staff
The Great Blue Heron populations are declining in the Upper Columbia Valley, according to Marlene Machmer, Pandion Ecological Research Ltd. Nelson-based spokesperson and Inventory for Breeding Sightings project lead.
She will be collecting information about heron nest sites, active breeding colonies or any large groups of herons that frequent the area in the East and West Kootenay regions as well as the North Columbia region, which is a sponsored breeding inventory and habitat assessment of Great Blue Herons with funding from the Columbia Basin Trust and the Fish …

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Timeshare owners file appeal

Posted on May 6th, 2016 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
The long-running Sunchaser Vacation Villas case is still a long way from its final conclusion, despite a ruling against the timeshare owners in March, with the owners now appealing this most recent decision.
In her March 8th ruling in a test case for a class-action lawsuit involving more than 3,200 individual timeshare owners at the Sunchaser Villas in Fairmont Hot Springs, B.C. Supreme Court judge Shelley Fitzpatrick dismissed the claims of plaintiffs James and Elsie Belfry (represented through their real estate holding company JEKE Enterprises Ltd.) against Northmont …

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The Invermere Killer Rollbots derby team celebrated its 5th birthday party at The Station Neighbourhood Pub on Saturday, April 30th. The Rollbots’ first and possibly only home game of the year is happening at the Eddie on May 7th. 
Photo by Breanne Massey

Invermere Killer Rollbots to open season this Saturday

Posted on May 6th, 2016 by


By Eric Elliott
Pioneer Staff
The Invermere Killer Rollbots are back in action this weekend in what could be their only home game of the season at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena.
The Rollbots upcoming game on Saturday, May 7th will feature the Deathbridge Derby Dames out of Lethbridge, Alberta. To date, the two teams have yet to face one another but team captain Jess de Groot says she expects a closely fought game.
“According to the statistics predictions, it should be a pretty even game so it should be really tough …

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MATRIARCH MEMORIES — Top: Marj Stringer surrounded by her family on her 101st birthday party at Lakeshore Resort and Campground in 2015 (photo submitted). Bottom left: As a young nursing graduate (photo submitted). Bottom right: In her Columbia Garden Village apartment on her 102nd birthday, on May 3rd, 2016 (photo by Dorothy Isted).

Celebrating Mother’s Day at 102 years old

Posted on May 6th, 2016 by


By Dorothy Isted
Special to The Pioneer
One hundred and two year old Marjorie Stringer began life in a resort community. With few roads, holidaymakers took a train to one point and boated the rest of the way to the Muskoka, Ontario lake area. Her Irish immigrant great-grandfather had pioneered near Baysville, Ontario in 1870.
Born on May 3rd, 1914, Marjorie (affectionately known as Marj) Langford had one younger sister, Margaret. Their father Henry built homes, transporting the lumber in his boat — the ML, named for his daughters — to …

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Crazy Soles and cycling club launch Toonie Tuesdays

Posted on May 6th, 2016 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
Mountain bikers, trail runners or those who just want to get outdoors for a bit of fun and exercise now have a new monthly event to look forward to this summer.
Invermere’s Crazy Soles store is teaming up with the Columbia Valley Cycling Society to hold a Toonie Tuesday running and biking event next week, and is hoping other local businesses jump on board and to help organize similar events on the second Tuesday of each month right through until the fall.
“We’re trying to get people together, to …

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HIGH HONOUR — Mr. Jones displays his award in front of an Invermere Fire Rescue truck on May 3rd (photo by Eric Elliott).

Jones recognized with Road Rescue award

Posted on May 6th, 2016 by


By Eric Elliott
Pioneer Staff
Firefighting can be a grueling job. A normal day spending time with family can be turned upside down once the pager goes off, summoning volunteers to put their lives on the line to save others from fires and car accidents, or to find a missing person. At times, the work may even go unrecognized.
Last week, though, Invermere resident Edward Jones had his work recognized when he was awarded the Public Safety Lifeline Volunteer Award for his work in road rescue with Invermere Fire Rescue. Once a …

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DERBY DAMES

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Deal with the dandelions properly

Posted on May 6th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
In response to recent articles in The Pioneer (April 22nd and 29th) regarding lawn spraying at Riverstone Villas in Radium, I would like to clarify some of the conflicting information.
There was more than one herbicide used to spray the grounds. The combination was Mecoprop-P and 2,4-D and Dicamba. These are all herbicides, not pesticides. If any resident wants to know more about these herbicides, information is available online.
An article appearing in the April 29th Pioneer quotes Everett Frater as saying that “he’s spraying it close to …

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2016, May 6 – Online edition

Posted on May 6th, 2016 by


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Au Revoir! Auf Wiedershen!

Posted on May 6th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
After 20 years of living in this village, in one of the most beautiful valleys in the country, I am off to the West Coast.
Remembering over the years: the volunteers with the Thrift Shop, the Columbia Valley Arts Council and the Windermere Players, Rotary (because of Claude).
Also, at the Community Greenhouse, Wildsight, the Go Go Grannies, Friends of Kootenay Park and Friends of Columbia Wetlands, Jumbo Wild and the creative women of the Piecemakers Quilt Guild, volunteers with the ESL Program.
Accolades to the front of house …

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In this image with no date,  a group of Girl Guides appear to be sitting in a wagon. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com.Photo (A295) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

A group of gals

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2016, May 6 – Out & About

Posted on May 6th, 2016 by


Friday, May 6
• 5 – 7 p.m.: Summit Youth Centre (SYC) YCC Challenges program.
• 6:30 p.m.: Mexican Dinner at Branch 71 Legion in Invermere. $17.50. Reservations Recommended. Call 250-342-9517. Meat Draw and 50/50.
• 7 p.m.: An evening of entertaining Improv at DTSS Theatre. Watch the hilarious antics of talented students in a number of improv games. Entry by donation as a fundraiser for an upcoming theatre festival trip.
• 7 – 10 p.m.: Fresh Fridays Open Mic at Pynelogs. Showcasing young talent from the valley. All ages, licensed bar. First Friday …

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In defence of dandelions

Posted on May 6th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
I wanted to respond to a letter last week written by Doug Tyson regarding this issue of Mecoprop being used in our community.
There was some interesting information presented in his letter that left me feeling more alarmed than ever before. To know that this chemical treatment being applied to our weeds is tested on animals, causing death to half (the animals) and likely severe problems and prolonged suffering to the rest, makes me wish such products were never invented or certainly not used because some people don’t like a …

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Public tax dollars should not fund private schools

Posted on May 6th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
With the latest revelations about the corruptness of the Liberal regime and the Vancouver School Board’s refusal to present a balanced budget, it is high time to revisit the funding of private schools by public tax dollars. If parents wish their children to go to a private school, that’s fine. But by doing so, they give up their right to any funding from the public.
There is not enough money to properly fund the public school system. How can this Liberal government possibly justify funding private schools? Is it …

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HAPPY ENDING — Isaac Leuenberger with parents Matt and Shelly Leuenberger, after two year old Isaac was found safe Sunday morning. Photo by Mike Turner.

Two-year old missing boy found near Yankee Lake

Posted on May 2nd, 2016 by


By Eric Elliott, Pioneer Staff
A family’s worst nightmare was put to rest after their two-year-old missing son was found Sunday morning near Premier Lake Provincial Campground.
The boy, Isaac Leuenberger, first went missing Saturday evening around 7 p.m. while on a walk with his mother and two siblings through the campground. After searching for 45 minutes to find Isaac, the family decided to contact the police.
Columbia Valley Search and Rescue arrived on the scene around 9 p.m., searching with other Search and Rescue teams from Kimberley, Cranbrook, Fernie and …

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CP grants Lower Canyon access

Posted on April 29th, 2016 by


Canadian Pacific Railway and rafting companies using the Kicking Horse River near Golden have agreed to a temporary solution, allowing the rafters access to an iconic stretch of whitewater just before the summer season begins.
For decades, rafting companies running the Kicking Horse River had accessed the river’s famed Lower Canyon by simply walking across the Canadian Pacific tracks to the put-in — a practice the rail company indicated in March would no longer be allowed.
That resulted in a hue and cry from the rafting companies on river, the business …

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Creston contractor to build new multi-use centre

Posted on April 29th, 2016 by


Invermere council has chosen a company to build the planned new multi-use centre.
At a special council meeting on Friday, April 22nd, council members voted to award the contract for the work to Creston-based T.A. Rendek and Associates Ltd. for $7.45 million.
“This has been a really long process,” said Invermere mayor Gerry Taft, pointing out that the site of centre (the old David Thompson Secondary School location) was purchased 22 years ago and discussion on building a new community centre of some sort has been ongoing ever since.
“It’s really exciting to …

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Arts in perpetuity — Pictured, left to right, are CVCF board chair Roberta Hall, CV Arts executive director Jami Scheffer, and CVCF executive director Laurie Klassen holding the new donation agreement between CV Arts and the CVCF. Photo by Greg Amos

New Arts and Culture Fund assists Columbia Valley Arts community

Posted on April 29th, 2016 by


By Greg Amos
Special to The Pioneer
Creating a lasting legacy to support visual arts, music, performance and much more is now possible in the valley, thanks to the establishment of the new Columbia Valley Arts and Culture Fund.
Rather than donations to the Columbia Valley Arts Council (CV Arts) being spent directly on projects and programs, the new endowment fund, managed by the Columbia Valley Community Foundation (CVCF), allows gifts to the arts to keep giving through the power of investment vehicles including stock markets, mutual funds, and more.
“The purpose of this …

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Jeers

Posted on April 29th, 2016 by


to noisy neighbours who use their leaf blower multiple times a week at all hours. So much for enjoying some quiet time outside.

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Cheers

Posted on April 29th, 2016 by


The Westside Park Community Garden sends a Cheers to Al Miller and his team at Invermere Home Hardware for delivering our new-to-us garden shed. We are grateful for your time and generosity!

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