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Steve Hubrecht
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Reporter Steve Hubrecht arrived in the Columbia Valley after working for newspapers in Fernie, B.C., and Beijing, China. He spends as much time outside as possible – if he's not at the Pioneer and Echo office, he's probably out telemarking or hiking. He grew up in southern Ontario and graduated with an MA in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario in 2006.

CV Arts seek new artist-in-residence

Posted on November 25th, 2016 by


The Columbia Valley Arts Council (CV Arts) is seeking applicants for its artist-in-residence program.
The program has run for the better part of a decade, providing opportunities for local artists by giving them studio space in the uppermost story of Pynelogs, and usually running over the course of the winter with the artists then typically holding a show at Pynelogs in the spring.
“Columbia Valley Arts Council is dedicated to fostering the growth, awareness and appreciation of the arts in the Columbia Valley,” said CV Arts executive director Jami Scheffer. “As …

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Successful MLA candidate will leave local job vacancy

Posted on November 25th, 2016 by


Election results are anything but certain and the upcoming provincial election in May is no exception, but no matter which of the two major local Columbia River-Revelstoke candidates wins, one thing is clear: the victor will likely resign from his current occupation, leaving a prominent job opening in Invermere.
Ever since the current Columbia River-Revelstoke riding boundaries were established before the 1991 election, only the NDP and BC Liberals have managed to win the riding. Barring a major shock upset by either the BC Conservatives or the provincial Green Party (neither …

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Grizzly caught in trap freed

Posted on November 4th, 2016 by


A grizzly bear was caught in a wolf trap east of Invermere last week, but was set free by conservation officers and is in good shape.
A trapper working his registered trap line in the Palliser Road area, south of Nipika Mountain Resort, set leg-hold traps for wolves on Sunday, October 22nd. When he came back the next day to check the traps, he found one had set off and was missing.
“He followed the trail (on October 23rd), expecting to find a wolf, but was surprised to find a grizzly …

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Panorama earns North American Resort of the Year

Posted on November 4th, 2016 by


Panorama Mountain Resort has won the North American Resort of the Year at the World Snow Awards, one of the most prestigious awards in the ski industry.
The local ski hill earned the award on Thursday, October 27th during the Telegraph Ski and Snowboard Show in London, UK, one of the largest ski shows of the season, beating out three other shortlisted candidates — Whistler, Mt. Tremblant and Breckenridge.
“Certainly the resort and all the employees are pleased and proud to be the recipient of this award,” said Panorama chief executive officer …

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Expanded terrain planned for Panorama

Posted on November 4th, 2016 by


Valley residents and visiting skiers heading up to Panorama Mountain Resort will find even more terrain waiting for them this year, with the resort opening up several new acres in Taynton Bowl, all part of the resort’s ambitious future expansion plans.
The resort has brought in bounds 16.2 acres (6.5 hectares) of previously just-out-of-bounds terrain in Taynton Bowl and, in addition, has spent $120,000 on new glading to open up parts of both the frontside and backside (Taynton Bowl) of the mountain.
The new terrain is part of even larger expansion plans …

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Columbia Valley RCMP investigate Shuswap finances

Posted on October 28th, 2016 by


Local RCMP are formally investigating the finances of the former Shuswap Indian Band leadership.
As reported in The Vancouver Sun and National Post earlier this week, a federal-government funded Ernst & Young audit report on the money managed between 2011 and 2014 by the previous Shuswap council led by former chief Paul Sam was sent to band members and the RCMP in July, prompting the police to delve into the matter.
The audit report has been made public by an anonymous Shuswap Indian Band member just as the First Nation gears up …

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Transport Canada limits horsepower on Columbia River

Posted on October 28th, 2016 by


The federal government has formally adopted a 20-horsepower limit for boats on the main stem of the Columbia River between Invermere and Donald (north of Golden), and around Fairmont Hot Springs.
The horsepower limit has been subject of discussion for almost two decades, and the issue was brought to renewed attention earlier this year, when the federal Ministry of Transport sought public input on the long-proposed idea. The regulation does not apply to Columbia Lake or Lake Windermere.
The regulation was published in The Canada Gazette, the government’s official newspaper, on Wednesday, …

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Options for Sexual Health volunteers and staff Brenda Marsman, Darcy Martin, Kim Parsons,
Ruth Kelly and Maxine Jones mark the 10th anniversary of the clinic. Absent was volunteer Gee De Ruyter.

Options for Sexual Health – A decade of difference

Posted on October 28th, 2016 by


Invermere’s Options for Sexual Health organization is celebrating a decade of operation as of this month.
The clinic first opened in October 2006, based out of the Public Health Unit next to the Invermere Hospital, and 10 years later it’s still in the same spot, having helped countless clients during that time.
“People think of us as just birth control, but we focus on a whole range of sexual health topics. We do education and counselling on sexual health. We have birth control options at low cost. We do pregnancy tests, we …

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RDEK looks closely at buying Parr Utilities

Posted on October 21st, 2016 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) will examine in more depth the option of purchasing the private Parr Utilities company to provide treated water to Windermere.
The RDEK has been searching for a way to bring potable water to Windermere since the community was put under a water quality advisory a decade ago, and the movement to consider buying Parr Utilities comes after several years of consultation, including recent consultation this past August.
“We went out to the community in August to provide an update on where we …

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Dog park request discussed by district council

Posted on October 21st, 2016 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
Invermere council discussed the idea of an off-leash dog park at its most recent meeting, prompted by an anonymous letter.
Council members received the letter at their Tuesday, October 11th meeting, and in it, a female Invermere dog owner offered to help create such a park.
“I have been looking for an area to go to let my dog swim as well as a fenced area to let her run safely away from vehicles and also in a fenced area so she does not run away like she could …

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Local kickboxer brings home bronze

Posted on October 21st, 2016 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
A local J.A. Laird Elementary School student recently earned a bronze medal at the World Kickboxing and Karate Union (WKU) Championships.
Grade 7 student Summer Dixon went to the world championship in Orlando, Florida from September 26th to 29th and finished in third place in the 12 and Under continuous kickboxing category.
“It felt so good to be fighting there and I had so much support from my coach, my community and everybody around me,” said Summer. “It was amazing.”
Summer said the trip to Orlando was the first …

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Stripes launches new charitable program

Posted on October 21st, 2016 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
Local Invermere business Stripes is back as a temporary pop-up store, and is bringing with it a whole new focus on charitable giving.
The Stripes story in Invermere began about two years ago when owner Cassy Campbell purchased the company — which was then based in Revelstoke — from its previous owner, revamped it, and relaunched in the Columbia Valley.
She quickly gained attention here for the signature striped look of the company’s line of high-performance, itch-free polypropylene base layers.
As many valley residents already know, in March 2015, …

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SPOOKY STORIES — Anyone who loves ghost stories is in for a special treat on Wednesday, October 26th when the Invermere Public Library hosts a Bookcatular Halloween event. Photo submitted

Spooky fun coming up at Invermere library

Posted on October 20th, 2016 by


The Invermere library has a bunch of Hallowe’en fun lined up for next week, to help build up excitement for both kids and teenagers in advance of the actual Hallowe’en day.
The library will hold two events on the evening of Wednesday, October 26th — a Bookcatular Hallowe’en event inside the library and a Ghostly Stories event outside.
The Booktacular event is for all ages and will include craft making and some Hallowe’en treat nibbles.
“As well we will have some special singing pumpkins that will be set up so kids can sit …

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Edmonton gallery to feature wetlands paintings

Posted on October 14th, 2016 by


A Columbia Valley artist will help Edmontonians become a little bit more familiar with the local landscape here, when his show of works featuring the Columbia Wetlands kicks off at a major gallery in the Alberta capital next weekend.
Mike Matthews has lived in Harrogate (just north of Spillimacheen) for 35 years and has found painting inspiration in the section of the Columbia Wetlands just outside his home ever since he moved there.
“This show is entirely based on paintings of the Columba Valley wetlands, and it’s a big show,” Mr. Matthews …

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Victoria folk band comes to Invermere for Love It Live concert series

Posted on October 14th, 2016 by


The Love It Live music series at Pynelogs will soon kick off, starting with a show from one of Victoria’s hottest folk music bands.
West My Friends have been making waves for seven years in the provincial capital and across B.C., but the band’s Love It Live show will be its first-ever stop in Invermere.
The band began playing its unique brand of indie folk (which it labels Cascadian third-wave indie-prog chamber folk-roots music) in 2009 and has since gone on to play more than 400 show and release three albums …

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NDP nominees ready for crunch time

Posted on October 7th, 2016 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
The NDP will chose its Columbia River-Revelstoke candidate in Golden next weekend, and the two competing nominees — both from Invermere — are excited to see which of them will be running in next spring’s provincial election.
Former Invermere councillor Spring Hawes and current Invermere mayor Gerry Taft have both been campaigning for the candidacy for several months now, trying to reach out to as many NDP party members in the riding as possible. On Saturday, October 15th, one of them will emerge from the NDP’s nomination meeting …

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BC Parks begins upgrades to Columbia Lake Park

Posted on October 7th, 2016 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
More than two years after beginning public consultation, a decision on exactly what kind of upgrades will be made in Columbia Lake Provincial Park — particularly around lakeshore access — has yet to be finalized, but in the meantime BC Parks is moving ahead with some preliminary improvements, which have resulted in the temporary closure of the park.
The small provincial park is on the northeast shore of Columbia Lake, a short distance south of Fairmont Hot Springs. BC Parks has started work on initial road improvements and …

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Valley gets ready for Poutine Palooza

Posted on October 7th, 2016 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
Those with a penchant for gravy and cheese curd-laden French fries will be delighted, and perhaps hungry, to know Invermere is preparing to climb aboard the gravy (and curd) train by holding its first ever Poutine Palooza next week.
The event will run from Sunday, October 9th to Saturday, October 15th at participating Columbia Valley restaurants, capped with a Poutine Palooza Party at the Invermere Legion on the 15th.
“There are 10 participating restaurants. People can eat at each of them all week and fill out judging cards for …

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Station launches ‘Cheers to the Arts’ fundraiser for Columbia Valley Centre

Posted on October 7th, 2016 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
For the rest of this year, and for a couple of weeks into the new year, every pint downed at The Station Pub will help purchase arts equipment for the Columbia Valley’s new multi-use centre in Invermere.
The fundraiser event, called Cheers to the Arts, is running at The Station Pub from October 15th to January 15th, and will see one dollar from every pint of beer sold during that time go toward buying lighting, sound and audio-visual equipment that will enhance the new centre’s ability to host …

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School board releases draft of long term facility plan

Posted on September 30th, 2016 by


Local Rocky Mountain School District Six recently publicly released a draft version of its long term facility plan, and the public is now able to give input on it, starting with an information meeting next week.
A steering committee comprised of senior school district staff and a consultant have been at work on the plan since January, resulting in the draft that was approved by the local school board at the board’s Tuesday, September 13th meeting.
“Long term facility plans are a requirement of the Ministry of Education. A school …

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