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MARKETING MAVENS — From left to right, the Steering Committee for the new Regional DMO is made up of Steve Paccagnan, John Rouse, Michael Anderson, Penny Powers, Wendy Booth, Dee Conklin, Andrea Tubbs, Pat Bavin, Pascal van Dijk, Rick Thompson and Mark Halwa (who is missing from the photograph). Photo by Dorothy Isted

Voting on new Regional DMO ends next month

Posted on February 12th, 2016 by


By Dorothy Isted and Pioneer Staff
On January 27th at Copper Point Resort, over 80 people attended a meeting held by the Regional DMO (Destination Marketing Organization) steering committee. Moderated by Pascal van Dijk, president and CEO of Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, committee members presented a detailed picture including the background of the committee, the work that has been done since 2013, and the recommendations that have resulted.
Currently, marketing for the Columbia Valley is undertaken by individual stakeholders and two DMOs — Tourism Radium and the Invermere-Panorama DMO. Guests renting within …

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Legacy Trail fundraising thunders ahead

Posted on February 12th, 2016 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
The Greenways Trail Alliance is charging ahead with its fundraising efforts for the Westside Legacy Trail, which have been such a success so far that the group is hopeful construction on the project might begin this year.
“The fundraising has been going well. We recently had a $50,000 donation from the Panorama Foundation, which puts us at just under $1.2 million raised,” said Greenways executive director Mark Halwa. “We’re really pleased with that, especially given that we’ve only been fundraising for about seven months now; and given the …

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Fire and Ice Festival offers irresistible lineup

Posted on February 12th, 2016 by


By Breanne Massey
Pioneer Staff
As the days get colder and the nights stay long, the winter blues affect some people in the valley.
But Fairmont Hot Springs Resort is teaching locals and tourists alike how to embrace the last of the winter doldrums with this year’s 7th Annual Fire and Ice Festival activities for adults and children held between Thursday, February 25th and Sunday, February 28th.
“This is another one of those events that was created as a way to fight the potential mid-winter blues that can happen in the valley and celebrate …

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LOCAL 11 — Former Rockies captain Reid Mitchell (pictured here as assistant captain) was the last of three locals in a row (all who went on to become captain) to wear number 11 for the Columbia Valley Rockies Junior B hockey team. Photo submitted

Looking back at the ‘Local 11’ tradition

Posted on February 12th, 2016 by


By James Rose
Special to The Pioneer
Among many things, great leaders inspire others. Take legendary hockey player Mark Messier for example. During the 1994 playoffs, Messier made a Joe Namath-like prediction that his New York Rangers would come back from a 3-2 series deficit against New Jersey. Messier, of course, scored three times in the sixth game as the Rangers won 4-2 to tie the series.
Shortly thereafter, the team went on to eliminate the Devils in Game 7 in double overtime, and then defeat Vancouver in another seven-game battle. For …

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Jeers

Posted on February 12th, 2016 by


to the District of Invermere and the RDEK for being two of only a few jurisdictions in BC and Alberta that do NOT have heat pump noise by-laws. Get with the program! People need a good night’s sleep in order to maintain good health.

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Cheers

Posted on February 12th, 2016 by


to Shalayne at No Frills grocery store for greeting with a lovely smile and being so helpful. You are a real asset to Joe’s No Frills. Much appreciated.

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Cheers

Posted on February 12th, 2016 by


to Igie for your wonderful leadership in our church choir. We sing for you and all.

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Keep a leash handy when letting your dog roam

Posted on February 12th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
Not all dogs play well with others!
I am a fairly new resident to Edgewater and, like many, have a family dog that I love with all my heart and enjoy walking him in this beautiful country. I am not against dogs being off leash. I personally do not allow my dog off leash in the township for a variety of reasons; others seem to feel differently. If you’re going to allow your dog to run or walk off leash in the township, please carry a leash in case …

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CHEERS

Posted on February 12th, 2016 by


The biggest CHEERS ever to Monica, Jed, their fabulous team of volunteers, Bill C, the musicians and Panorama Resort for pulling together such a fantastic fundraiser for Tim so quickly. Cheers to all who donated, contributed, purchased and partied. Tim will kick cancer’s ass!!

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Snow angel heaven

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Jeers

Posted on February 12th, 2016 by


to the people who don’t have their dogs on a leash. I don’t know you or your dog, so just because you say your dog is friendly does not make it ok. When your dog isn’t on a leash walking, heck, running down the road into my yard, don’t be surprised when you don’t get a sympathetic, friendly, or cute ‘can I pet your dog’ type response from me. It’s not ok. Keep your dogs on a leash people! Some people, and children especially, are afraid of dogs, particularly larger …

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Concerned about Canada

Posted on February 12th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
Canada should be building refineries at the oil sands, instead of pipelines. Why make a product dirtier by pushing millions of tons thousands of miles to a refinery?
Refineries aren’t discussed because foreign corporations aren’t willing to invest into Alberta, just what they can get out of Alberta.
Foreign companies pack a lot of clout in Alberta. StatsCan reports the oil sands are, at the blink of an eye, somehow, 50 per cent foreign controlled.
USA’s Koch brothers lease between one and two million acres of oil sands — …

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Cheers

Posted on February 12th, 2016 by


to the wonderful staff at Invermere Glass. I brought my busted fireplace door glass to you on a Friday morning and you had me fixed before lunch. The price was fair and the service was exceptional. My family and I appreciate it very much!

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Cheers

Posted on February 12th, 2016 by


to the wonderful people who supported my family when my father passed away. Most of all to Terri, Barry, Bev, Ozzy, Ted, Bieno, Marty, Dustin, Melissa, Ian, Larry, Shawn, Mel, Rob, Brian, Linda, Hennie, Dave, Kirby and Connie. As well as Christina at Palliser Printing and Bonnie at Peacock Printing. Please excuse if I forgot anyone as we have received so much love and support. A huge Cheers to all the people who showed up and participated in celebrating my dad’s life on Saturday Jan. 23rd, you are going to …

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Cheers

Posted on February 12th, 2016 by


A big Cheers to all my neighbors in Elk Park Ranch. I’m grateful to have built wonderful friendships and to have the community support in such a new area. Here is to many more gatherings this year! Luv you all!

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Cheers

Posted on February 12th, 2016 by


to Rona for her wonderful housekeeping and excellent service.

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Youth soccer deadline looming

Posted on February 12th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
This is a letter to all parents who will be registering their children in either the Rep (competitive) or House (non-competitive) soccer leagues.
The Columbia Valley Youth Soccer Association is run completely by volunteers. These volunteers put in many hours organizing the teams for the start dates. In order to make creating the teams a less time-intensive process, it was decided to have firm deadlines for registration.
The deadline for Rep is Monday, February 15th and for House it is Monday, March 14th. There will be absolutely no registrations …

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Cheers

Posted on February 12th, 2016 by


to my heat pump. Because of you I can no longer hear my neighbours complaining about everything.

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Cheers

Posted on February 12th, 2016 by


A late Cheers to Fairmont Hot Springs Ski Hill for Local’s Day. The $2 tubing was so much fun, I’m still thinking about it. It’s very encouraging and lovely to feel special as a local.

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In this image dating back to 1923, an airplane lands in Paradise Basin. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com. Photo (C876) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Paradise Basin

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