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PANO PAVE — The southern portion of Panorama Drive will benefit from $400,000 worth of re-paving and improved stormwater drainage work being carried out this fall. Photo by Greg Amos

Two projects underway near Panorama Drive

Posted on September 19th, 2014 by


By Greg Amos
Special to The Pioneer
The District of Invermere is spending more than $750,000 on two major projects near the intersection of 7th Avenue and Panorama Drive this fall, with both expected to be substantially complete by the end of October.
In mid-August, Max Helmer Construction was awarded a $429,243 (including GST) contract to carry out the Industrial Business Park Road Improvement project, which involves re-paving and improving the stormwater drainage at the southern-most section of Panorama Drive.
“We’re trying to deal with groundwater and storm water, and deal with the …

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CertainTeed Gypsum mine moving to Canal Flats in 2017

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By Erin Knutson
Special to The Pioneer
The new gypsum mine proposed for the Canal Flats area looks promising as an environmentally sound and important addition to the terminal lifespan of the existing Windermere operation. CertainTeed Gypsum is following necessary protocol to manifest the Kootenay West Mine for its projected 2017 start date.
“We’ve been doing this for generations,” said Amy Lee, manager of marketing communications and sustainability at CertainTeed Gypsum. CertainTeed Gypsum has been around since the 1950s and has created a solid reputation spanning over five decades. The presence of …

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CENOTAPH COMMOTION — Any disruption Cenotaph Park construction is causing local businesses will not be compensated financially by the District of Invermere. Photo by Dan Walton

No compensation near cenotaph

Posted on September 19th, 2014 by


By Greg Amos
Special to The Pioneer
Council is denying a request for compensation from one Invermere business property owner who will be affected by this fall’s re-development of Cenotaph Park, the triangle-shaped park found at the intersection of 12th Street and 7th Avenue in downtown Invermere.
After receiving the letter from Pierre Delesalle, the landlord of the Consign It Store and the Rockies Dollar Shop, and landlord and owner of the Canterbury Inn, council unanimously agreed to respond and explain compensation would not be given. The decision came after the District of …

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Cheers

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to Kim, owner of a Café in Windermere for finding and returning lost personal ID and cards to the owner from Calgary.

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Cheers

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to The Invermere Bakery for all their tasty treats, gluten free snacks and friendly service!

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The Columbia Salmon Festival on Saturday, September 13th was a feast for the senses with live music, kids’ activities and First Nations storytelling and dancing at Kinsmen Beach followed by a wild salmon barbecue and pow wow in Windermere at the Akisqnuk band office facility. This young dancer was one of many who entranced spectators with their traditional 
head-to-toe regalia. Photo by Erin Knutson

SALMON SOLDIER

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Dismal behaviour by motor boater

Posted on September 19th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
On Sunday, August 31st,  my family and I were paddling at the south end of the lake and up into the river channel when a motor boater came charging from the lake into the river channel at full speed. He then came within a few feet of my son in his kayak before racing past us.
Not surprisingly, within minutes, he was stuck in the mud — the river is only eight to 10 inches deep at this point. He proceeded to spend the next 90 minutes trying to …

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Cheers

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to the B.C. Government and the BCTF for finally coming to an agreement and putting our kids back in school where they belong.

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Cheers

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to Shirley and Sharon (owners of the SpilliBean Coffee Shop) for the delicious, healthy food you prepare and serve at your friendly shop. We always look forward to our weekly luncheons. Keep up the good work.

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Cheers

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to the young man who bought my groceries at Sobeys. It was greatly appreciated!

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Cheers

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to Anne Jardine for being such a supportive and community-oriented neighbor! Thank you for your timely and generous gifts. Your consideration is deeply appreciated during this challenging time.

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Cheers

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to International Talk-Like-a-Pirate Day on Friday Sept. 19th. Yaaaarrrrrr matey!

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2014, September 19 – Online edition

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Jeers

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to people who dump fridges, dryers, hot water heaters, etc. at the Edgewater dump. Take it to the landfill.

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Cheers

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to Mary Frances Shaw and Colleen Weller for being awesome sisters!

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2014, September 19 – Out & About

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Friday, September 19th
• 4 – 8 p.m.: Rockin’ on Main at the Radium Visitor Information Centre. Market and live entertainment by 60 Hertz (5 – 8 p.m.).
• 6 – 11 p.m.: Tight & Bright (No white after Labour Day) Party at the Summit Youth Centre.
• 7 – 9 p.m.: Registration for the Columbia Valley Classics 25th annual Autumn Car Show & Shine at the Radium Seniors Hall. Live entertainment by Blues Brothers Too. Visit radiumcarshow.com.
• 7:30 p.m.: Jake’s Gift, the moving story of a WW2 veteran’s …

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Jeers

Posted on September 19th, 2014 by


A big fat stinking JEERS to whoever owns the golden retriever that takes a dump on my lawn by Kinsmen, every morning! Put your dog on a leash, and pick it up! My dog doesn’t have all of her shots and she doesn’t need to be eating your strange dog’s poop.

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Cheers

Posted on September 19th, 2014 by


Huge Cheers to the best of the best renovation team Jane, Doug, Cam, Pat, Don and Kathryn. You made my house a home, it is beautiful and perfect!

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Cheers

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to everyone who has been so welcoming in our move to the valley!

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Toby Theatre owners say goodbye

Posted on September 19th, 2014 by


Editor’s note: The Pioneer will not be running a news story on the closing of the Toby Theatre at this time. After serving the valley for almost 43 years, the owners have requested time to mourn the loss of their beloved Toby. The following statement is their message to the community. 
After operating for more than half a century, Toby Theatre closed its doors for the final time on Saturday,  September 6th, 2014. For more than 62 years, it provided 35mm movie entertainment to Invermere and the surrounding communities, which makes …

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