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Local athletes capture six medals

Posted on February 27th, 2015 by


by Mike Fairhart
Special to The Pioneer
Invermere Special Olympics athletes Marlow Feldmann and Brandon Cote captured three medals each in alpine skiing events at the B.C. Special Olympics Provincial Winter Games held Thursday, February 19th to Saturday, February 21st in Kamloops. Marlow won silver medals in women’s slalom, giant slalom and super G with Brandon, one of the youngest competitors at the event, capturing bronze medals in the same events in the men’s category.
More than 50 competitors participated in the alpine skiing events held at Sun Peaks. This year’s games featured …

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Rapid response to massive layoffs

Posted on February 27th, 2015 by


by Greg Amos
Special to the Pioneer
With a looming shift layoff of more than 80 workers at Canfor’s Canal Flats sawmill — more than half of the mill’s employees — effective May 4th, provincial resources are flooding into the village to assist in the transition.
On the morning of Monday, February 23rd, Canal Flats mayor Ute Juras and other councillors met with a representative from the Ministry of Jobs Tourism and Skills Training to work on an inventory of available industrial land in Canal Flats to entice other industries to the …

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EASY EXERCISE – Hiker Grace Sander decided to share the secrets to serenity by authoring 31 Easy Hikes in Invermere and the Surrounding Area, which was released late last year. Photo by Dan Walton

New book highlights valley’s milder hikes

Posted on February 27th, 2015 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
With the combined knowledge of a lifetime of local friends, a curious outdoorsman for a husband, and an ambition to be outdoors – 70-year-old (as of next week) Grace Sander wrote and edited a book which highlights the most peaceful trails in the valley.
This upcoming springtime will be the first that the book can be put to use, as 31 Easy Hikes in Invermere and the Surrounding Area was just released in December.
As her hiking memories were being collected for decades, Grace was encouraged by …

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Fairmont ski hill holds charity day

Posted on February 27th, 2015 by


by Erin Knutson
Special to The Pioneer
Canada’s favourite family resort and The Columbia Valley Pioneer will be hosting the first Charity Ski Day event at the Fairmont Hot Springs ski hill on March 7th from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All ski fanatics are cordially invited for a day of fun, games and the chance to win some amazing door prizes. The event is a fundraiser for the Invermere Public Library.
“We wanted to give back to the community and we felt the Invermere Public Library was a perfect fit, it’s …

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TRAIL DUO —Tania Halik and Summit enjoy a quick snuggle. The pair have become the Ministry of Forests, Land and Natural Resource operations first ever Forster Creek trail hosts. Photo by Dan Walton

Forster Creek gets trail host

Posted on February 27th, 2015 by


by Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
To keep one of the valley’s favourite spots in the backcountry functional for all user groups, a reasonable set of rules have taken a stronger effect after the hiring of a trail host.
The many groups which enjoy the Forster Creek drainage have come together to implement user guidelines, which offer a balanced compromise for any flavour of glacial enjoyment. The drainage is located about 45 kilometres northwest of the Village of Radium Hot Springs, and has found common ground among its regular users and affected governments – …

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2015, February 27 – Online edition

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Cheers

Posted on February 27th, 2015 by


to Al at Total Heating for the unbelievable customer service.

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Cheers

Posted on February 27th, 2015 by


to my wonderful, beautiful and loving wife for putting up with me for 44 years. She has stuck by me through thick and thin and good and bad. Honey Bunch you are the best and most definitely, my better half. LUV YA!

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Cheers

Posted on February 27th, 2015 by


to the lovely woman, who, upon receiving her lost cell phone from us, contributed generously to our dinner out at the Oriental Palace. May good karma and beautiful days follow you!

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Jumbo municipality dependent on public funds

Posted on February 27th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
I am writing to comment on Steve Hubrecht’s very interesting Feb. 20th article about the West Kootenay EcoSociety’s legal action against the province because of the creation of the Municipality of Jumbo.
The article’s last four paragraphs were especially interesting because they dealt with the municipality’s 2014 audited financial statements. At the end of the statements the auditors (BDO Canada LLP Chartered Accountants) wrote a paragraph that called into question the municipality’s ability to continue as a going concern.
This of course has put Mayor Greg Deck’s nose out of joint. …

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The IPC World Championship is set to take Invermere by storm this weekend. Canadian paralympic athlete Mac Marcoux and his guide  Robin Femy shred the slopes (above). Photo by Marcus Hartmann

When the whole world comes to town

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Cheers

Posted on February 27th, 2015 by


to Steve at the Local View Print Shop – You always come through! A BIG appreciation from the Minions Of Mojo.

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Parading south on Invermere’s main street

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Cheers

Posted on February 27th, 2015 by


and Happy 90th Birthday to Laura B. Palamson!

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Cheers

Posted on February 27th, 2015 by


77 Cheers to George Gray of Fairmont. Sorry it’s a week late. Happy Birthday Dad & Grandpa!

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Jeers

Posted on February 27th, 2015 by


to those people who call RCMP faster than their shadow!

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Build Jumbo and they will come

Posted on February 27th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
Greetings from Jasper Park, Alberta.
I have recently been thinking more and more about the Jumbo Glacier Resort development and a process that seems to still be in a state of inching forward with real resistance.
For those of you that oppose any development in the area, I say that you are depriving your region and community of a great future economic benefit while climate indication is telling us all that the best days of skiing in already established resorts at lower altitudes are past.
Study the past 30 years of climate …

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Cheers

Posted on February 27th, 2015 by


to my husband for 27 great years. I hope we have another 27. I love you, Frog!

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Cheers

Posted on February 27th, 2015 by


to the Lordco staff, my car is running fantastic now!

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Cheers

Posted on February 27th, 2015 by


to my lovely wife Maureen, we would not be able to operate our Goldsmith shops without her!

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