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NATURAL CONNECTION — British filmaker David Bond takes on the job of marketing Mother Nature to his kids in the documentary Project Wild Thing, which will screen at Wildsight Invermere’s AGM on March 31st. Photo submitted

Film shows a father’s fight to connect kids to nature

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By James Rose
Special to The Pioneer
Wildsight Invermere is having an exciting night on Tuesday, March 31st as the organization is hosting both its AGM and presenting the recently released British documentary, Project Wild Thing.
The feature-length film takes an interesting look at the fragile connection between children and nature. Already, it has received rave reviews, with The Telegraph commenting “… this film will change your life.”  Wildsight Invermere has chosen to screen this film because it supports its environmental mission. Wildsight Invermere president Baiba Morrow hopes the film will “spark conversation about the benefits to our entire …

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SPRINGTIME FUN — The end of the ski season at Panorama is always a good time — the resort is hosting multiple events before closing on April 12th. Above, skiers enjoy the sun on last year’s closing day. File photo

Panorama action-packed until closing day

Posted on March 27th, 2015 by


By James Rose
Special to The Pioneer
As the days get longer, we march into spring and the temperatures steadily rise, Panorama Mountain Resort’s ski season is, alas, coming to a close. With recent fresh powder, one might think a season extension may be in the cards. This, however, is not the case — as George Harrison once said: “All things must pass.” This is not to say, though, that all good things involving Panorama’s 2014/15 ski season have come and gone… yet.
In the upcoming two weeks, the hill has …

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FIRST FOUR — The first Invermere curling team (pictured here in the Banff Curling Club)  to head to the BC Club Challenge consists of (from left to right) Skip Kindry Luyendyk, Third Trish Phillips, Second Holly Jones and Lead Laurie Klassen. Alternate Kari Saunders is missing from the photo. Photo submitted

Taking it to the next level

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Four local curlers have won the right to represent the Kootenay Region in the BC Club Challenge scheduled for April 15th to 19th in the Lower Mainland, in Richmond.
Over the weekend of March 14th and 15th, the Invermere & District Curling Club sent a ladies club team to the Traveller Curling Club East/West Kootenay play-downs and Invermere came out the winner.
The team of Kindry Luyendyk, Trish Phillips, Holly Jones and Laurie Klassen are the first Invermere curling team to win the regional zone playdowns in this provincial championship event.
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Cheers

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Cheers to a competent young lady (Erica), that taught a yoga/aqua fit class at the Fairmont Hot Springs Pool on Sunday morning. I am a regular swimmer and really enjoyed her class.

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Cheers

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Cheers to the wonderful person who donated a Dyson Vacuum to the W.V.C.C.S.

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Fairmont ski day gives library a boost

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Dear Editor:
 
On behalf of the Invermere Public Library staff and volunteer trustees, I’d like to extend a warm thank you to everyone who was a part of the Fairmont Resort Charity Ski Day. The funds that were raised on March 7th for the library will be a great boost for our programming and services. 
Thank you to the staff at Fairmont Resort for the time that was put into organizing the details for the day as well as for the prizes for the raffle table. Thank you as well to the Columbia …

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That’s my boy!

Posted on March 27th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
I must place a pin in the info balloon about the postcard identity of the boy on the bike (Letters to the Editor, Pioneer, March 20th). That is my son, Paul Matsalla. He was 9 years old on his oversized bike. The picture was not from the seventies as clearly indicated by street redevelopment. For some reason I did not see the Historical Lens you published, otherwise I would have informed you sooner. If you look closely, one can see the trailer he used to deliver the daily paper.
Gene …

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2015, March 27 – Online edition

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Bighorn sheep herding a bad idea

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Dear Editor:
The Radium mayor, town council and Parks Canada have decided to try an experiment. Unfortunately, the experiment is with bighorn sheep.
In their infinite wisdom, they have decided to bring herding dogs to town and herd all the sheep up to the pre-cut pasturelands by Redstreak campgrounds.
When I inquired about the reasoning behind this idea, I was told they did not want sheep giving birth in town. I asked how many gave birth in town last year — the answer was one. I was told another reason was that about …

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Cheers

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Cheers to the anti biker for letting us know who is in charge of Crown Land. You need to get out into the environment more.

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Cheers

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Cheers to the Oriental Palace for inviting the Day Care Children from W.V.C.C.S. for a scrumptious lunch. What a treat.

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Jeers

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Jeers to the Oxford comma. How dare you make me pause in mid-sentence!

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Cheers

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Cheers to Janice at Fairmont Ski School. All you do over the season is appreciated.

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Cheers

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Cheers to the two police officers playing pick up hockey with some kids near Pothole Park! So great to see!

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Cheers

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A huge cheers to Herb Weller for donating all of his time volunteering at the JA Laird climbing wall. The Valley needs more people like him. YOU ROCK!!

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In this image dated 1989, a much younger-looking Staff Sgt. Marko Shehovac and Corporal Grant Simpson give the thumbs up after arresting several members of the public who were apprehended for unlawfully appearing in public in their pyjamas. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com.
File photo courtesy of the Columbia Valley Pioneer

Pyjama pat down at the cop shop

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Kudos from Alpine Canada

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Dear Editor:
Thank you so much for such wonderful coverage of the IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships! We’ve had many comments about the support of your newspaper. The athletes, volunteers and Alpine Canada really appreciate all the work you put into this. It was great working with you, hope to be able to do it again in the future!
 
Lisa Thomson
Alpine Canada

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2015, March 27 – Out & About

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Friday, March 27th
• Canadian Cancer Society Spring Daffodil sale March 27th and 28th at Mountainside Market (Radium), Valley Foods and Sobeys (Invermere). Fundraising for life-saving research, patient support and public education.
• March 27th and 28th Rink-to-Link competition. Golf and curling competition. $240/team. Call 250-342-3315 or email invermerecurling@shaw.ca to register.
• 9 a.m.: Bean there, Packed That with Kicking Horse Coffee. $15. A full facility tour of Kicking Horse Coffee. See their roasting and packaging facility, learn about sustainable coffee production from a fairtrade and organic approach. Visit InvermereCoffeeFest.com to register.
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Jeers

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Jeers to the folks that spent time enjoying the view at the old foundation. The ornamental legs to the small table left with you and I hope it’s to put a new top on. Then of course it would be a cheers. You are on the trail camera!

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Cheers

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Cheers to my neighbour who cleaned up the doggie doodoo in our area’s green space. I do not pick up my dog’s business 100% of the time but I do go out in the spring with the shovel. You beat me to it this year! My bad!

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