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Province further cracks down on distracted driving

Posted on October 17th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
Stiffer penalties are in effect against those who are caught driving distracted in British Columbia.
The $167 fine now carries three demerit points, which lingers on a drivers’ ICBC record for five years.
The change to the law came into effect on Friday, October 10th. Repercussions will have more of a compounding effect, as drivers with multiple offences will be subject to insurance premiums and could face restrictions against driving privileges.
“[Before the changes,] if they kept paying the fines, they didn’t lose their licence,” said Columbia Valley RCMP Cpl. …

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DOWN AND OUT — Gabe Charron from Calgary works diligently to erect his sleeping quarters for the night. Photos by Dan Walton

Pothole Park becomes Box City for Summit Youth

Posted on October 17th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
Fifteen members of the Summit Youth Centre had a first-hand experience with one of the most detrimental effects of poverty last weekend.
On the evening of Friday, October 10th, Box City was erected in Pothole Park in Invermere to serve as the temporary shelter for those willing to spend a night sleeping under a cardboard roof.
“If each kid at one point during the night thinks: ‘I really want to go home’, that’s kind of the point,” said Summit co-ordinator Kelsey Prichard. “It’ll give them a little bit …

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GREEN MACHINE — Aaron Van de Kemp with Cleanline Automotive in Invermere is one of three Canadian mechanics up for a Canadian Technician of the Year award. The winner will be announced next month. Photo by Steph Van de Kemp

Local automotive technician up for national award

Posted on October 17th, 2014 by


By Joshua Estabrooks
Special to The Pioneer
What could be better than operating a one-of-a-kind environmentally conscious automotive service centre in Invermere with your lovely wife and two good friends? How about being featured in a multi-page spread in an automotive trade magazine that goes to all shops throughout the country, and being one of three mechanics up for a Canadian Technician of the Year award from Canadian Technician Magazine?
Well, if you are Cleanline Automotive’s head wrench turner (no grease monkeys in this shop), Aaron Van de Kemp, then all of …

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Questioning the public value of Jumbo

Posted on October 17th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
I spent this past Saturday (October 4th) at the Jumbo Wild Rally at kilometre 0.0 on the Jumbo Creek Forest Service Road. I was a participant in the rally, but I was also an observer, and three things in particular were of real concern to me, as a resident, elected official, and taxpayer of Invermere.  
I noted that four of our local RCMP force were also attending the rally — this means 40 per cent of our region’s police detachment were, literally, detached from the valley and were instead …

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Cheers

Posted on October 17th, 2014 by


to the Post Office staff for their excellent service! Your help was very much appreciated.

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Cheers

Posted on October 17th, 2014 by


to the man in the truck who stopped to warn me I was about to pass a grizzly on my run on highway 95, and for driving closely until I was safely past! Double cheers to the couple who stopped to check if I was okay when they saw a truck “following” me!

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Cheers

Posted on October 17th, 2014 by


to Sandy and Brenda for providing the Welcome Wagon in our community. Also, to all the businesses that contribute. The kindness in this town is wonderful and much appreciated.

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CHEERS

Posted on October 17th, 2014 by


to all of the wonderful ladies at the Options Clinic. Volunteering your time every first and third Tuesday of the month is greatly appreciated. I feel so welcome and comfortable when I am there!

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Cheers

Posted on October 17th, 2014 by


to Sobeys for fresh quality produce, low prices and great selection. Hooray for Air Miles.

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In this image dated 1949 are the oldest children of Lewis Kelly at their home at the centre of the bay on Cemetery Street in Windermere. From left to right are Ralph, 6, Shirley, 8, and Bobby, 10 and Bruce, 1. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com. Photo courtesy of Shirley Stewart

Windermere kids, 1949

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Jumbo is a pie-in-the-sky resort

Posted on October 17th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
What a magnificent day last Saturday (September 27th) was for a trip up to Jumbo! There were an awful lot of people up there and all seemed to be enjoying the beautiful surroundings and marvelling at the fall colours! 
I was there to have a look first-hand (yet again) at what was going on at Jumbo Glacier Resort (JGR) and, as I travelled by one avalanche slope after another, I marvelled, yet again, at the enormous amount of water pouring out of the mountains, ready to wreak havoc during the next …

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Cheers

Posted on October 17th, 2014 by


to Turkey day. The food was so good. Jeers to the turkey coma that always comes afterwards.

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Cheers

Posted on October 17th, 2014 by


Great Big Cheers to Mike and the boys (men) at Mister Tire in Invermere for the outstanding customer service. Their responsiveness displays another good reason for shopping local.

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Local photographer Joe Lucas holds the August 22nd issue of The Pioneer under the Milky Way as seen from Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Another noteworthy travel contest photo to make the front cover, one made even more special as Mr. Lucas’ own photography of Farnham Creek is what graces the cover he’s holding. Photo by Joe Lucas

Pioneer space travel

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Cheers

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A BIG delicious cheers to Kicking Horse Coffee for catering our lunch meeting. I’m pretty sure more people attended knowing there was great food!

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Jeers

Posted on October 17th, 2014 by


to the person who picked up the mountain bikes on the side of the highway near Settlers Rd. on Sunday Oct 5th. Someone lost their bikes off their trailer; we tracked down the owners and left them for the owners to retrieve them. When they got there – the bikes were gone. If it’s not yours – it’s stealing! Do the right thing and turn them into the police.

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Jeers

Posted on October 17th, 2014 by


to the dead black fly in my soup at my favorite lunch spot. Why did you have to go ruin a good thing?

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Cheers

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to Mountainside clubhouse staff for a great smorg and dance with Billy Kulyk. Well done!

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2014, October 17 – Out & About

Posted on October 17th, 2014 by


Friday, October 17th
• 6 p.m.: Stage Fright at DTSS. Advanced tickets $30 family pass (4 people), Adults $10, child/students $8. No family passes available at the door. Tickets available at Glacier Peaks Gymnastics, 250-270-0273, Sobeys and Main Street Fun and Games.
Saturday, October 18th
• 7 -10 p.m.: Pynelogs time Capsule launch party. Live music, dancing, ghost tours, silent auction and cash bar. Be part of the auspicious event to send a message to the next century. For more information visit columbiavalleyarts.com or call 250-342-4423.
Sunday, October …

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Cheers

Posted on October 17th, 2014 by


to Kim who made two delicious pumpkin pies for us on short notice. As she put it, “Paying it forward”.

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