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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.

Information of Mecoprop spraying in Radium clarified

Posted on April 29th, 2016 by


The son and spokesperson of a herbicide contractor based in Wilmer is responding to a story in last week’s Pioneer about use of Mecoprop around a Radium Hot Springs condominium, clarifying some of the information brought forward by the couple quoted in the story.
The herbicide contractor Wayne Frater is currently away in Montreal for several weeks and unable to speak to The Pioneer, but his son Everett told The Pioneer that while he understands the concern of Radium residents William Nolin and Susan Oddy, some of their points may have …

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Bike swap offers good deals for good cause

Posted on April 22nd, 2016 by


The Columbia Valley Cycling Society’s annual bike swap is just around the corner.
The highly anticipated event is one of the society’s major fundraisers and always offers great bargains on the 40 to 50 used bikes that the swap typically elicits.
“It’s for a good cause as the cycling society uses the funds raised to maintain and build (bike) trails for everybody to enjoy,” said organizer Darcy Martin. “There are usually a lot of good deals as well as a really good selection of kids’ bikes.”
The swap will be held Saturday, April …

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Swing band comes to Strand’s

Posted on April 22nd, 2016 by


A stripped down version of band with a long history of valley shows will make another appearance here this weekend, with half the members of the Alberta-based Polyjesters taking to the stage at Strand’s Old House Restaurant.
Polyjester lead vocalist Sheldon Valleau and lead guitarist Adam Young are playing the show, going under the name Half Polyjesters, as the other two members of the band are unable to attend, but Mr. Valleau vows concertgoers will enjoy the duo as much as the full four-man band.
“It’s going to be a unique show, …

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RDEK directors ask province to delay Jumbo’s voting seat

Posted on April 22nd, 2016 by


The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) board of directors voted at its most recent meeting to ask the province to amend the letters patent for Jumbo Glacier Mountain Resort Municipality in order to push back the time when the Jumbo is scheduled to take a seat at the RDEK table to January 2020. Furthermore, the board is encouraging the government to further amend the letter patent to link a voting RDEK seat for Jumbo municipality to a minimum permanent population and assessment value.
The motion was initially put forward by …

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Riverstone Villas residents expressed concern about the effect of pesticides on wildlife

Radium residents question pesticide use

Posted on April 22nd, 2016 by


A pair of Radium Hot Springs residents are expressing concern about pesticide use at their condominium complex.
Susan Oddy and William Nolin live in the Riverstone Villas condominiums near The Springs Golf Course and recently noticed warning signs posted around the property saying that pesticides were being used to control weeds such as dandelions. Alarm bells started ringing for Mr. Nolin and Ms. Oddy when they read that Mecoprop was among the pesticides used.
“It’s one of the most common pesticides used, but also one of the most controversial,” Mr. Nolin told …

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Public input sought on horsepower limit for Columbia

Posted on April 8th, 2016 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
The federal government is seeking feedback on a long-discussed proposed regulation to keep high-powered motorized boats off the main stem of the Columbia River between Invermere and Golden, as well as the main stem of the river near Fairmont Hot Springs.
As previously reported in The Echo on March 16th, the idea of such regulation was first floated more than 10 years ago and was then the subject of discussion among municipal officials and various stakeholder groups for a period of several years, before a consensus on a …

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New mine south of Golden eyed

Posted on April 8th, 2016 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
A proposed mine and the related silica processing plant near Golden became the subject of an exchange of letters between local Columbia River-Revelstoke MLA Norm Macdonald and Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett.
The points of disagreement between the two are well-covered in Mr. Bennett’s letter in the April 1st edition of The Pioneer and Mr. Macdonald’s response in this edition, but neither letter contained a detailed background of the planned Horse Creek Hi-Test Sand silica mine plant for those unfamiliar with it.
The Horse Creek project has been the …

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Retired RCMP sergeant gets send-off party

Posted on April 8th, 2016 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
Former Columbia Valley RCMP Staff Sergeant Marko Shehovac has been retired for almost a month, but his formal sendoff will happen next weekend.
Mr. Shehovac’s official retirement party will be held on Saturday, April 16th at Copper Point Resort and organizers say it will be a fitting occasion for a man who has served the Columbia Valley so well for the past six-plus years.
“In the past six years, I have had the unique experience of seeing the Columbia Valley’s Marko in action. From racing kids on the track …

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Brothers take Zelda to legendary heights

Posted on April 1st, 2016 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
A pair of valley brothers have earned national recognition for being hardcore fans of the classic video game Zelda.
The original Nintendo game “Legend of Zelda” was launched in 1986 and grew to become one of the company’s most successful video game franchises, with 17 other Zelda video games following in the next 30 years. At the end of February, Nintendo announced a Canada-wide Ultimate Zelda fan contest, asking Zelda fans to create and submit short videos showing why they are the games’ foremost fans.
Invermere residents Landon and …

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Tax season delivers surplus of scams to valley

Posted on April 1st, 2016 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
A number of Upper Columbia Valley residents have been on the receiving end of attempted scams in recent weeks, and the acting commander of the local RCMP detachment says such fraud incidents always increase a bit when the deadline to file income tax returns approaches.
“There does seem to be a bit of a jump around tax season, with people phoning and claiming to be Revenue Canada. They tend to use scare tactics to try to pressure people,” said Columbia Valley RCMP Corporal Grant Simpson. “Common sense dictates …

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Take care during tick season

Posted on April 1st, 2016 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
Tick season is back in the Upper Columbia Valley.
A recent press release from Interior Health warned B.C. residents that warmer conditions across the province mean that ticks — which can carry Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and other diseases — are active once again. The press release said ticks are most often found in tall grass and wooded areas, and advised covering up before heading outdoors as well as checking for ticks, especially on younger kids (who are less likely to be aware of tick bites) …

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Support sought for senior athletes

Posted on April 1st, 2016 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
The local BC Seniors Games Zone 7 (East Kootenay) organization has a new executive that is aiming to ramp up participation in the event.
The organization has been sending out letters recently to East Kootenay businesses seeking financial support, so that the Zone 7 team has a bit more money to help with travel expenses.
“From what I understand, there’s typically been about 25 to 30 East Kootenay participants in the Games (which are for people 55 or older),” new Zone 7 president John Boucher told The Pioneer, …

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REHOMED — Two Invermere deer leave the transport trailer at the release point, west of Canal Flats.  Photo by Ian Adams

Deer relocation study moves to monitoring phase

Posted on March 25th, 2016 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
The urban deer relocation trial study being conducted in several East Kootenay communities, including Invermere, has completed the capturing and moving of deer and is now monitoring the progress of them in their new, more natural habitat.
The relocation study team was in Invermere on Monday, February 22nd through to Wednesday, February 24th, during which time the biologists and volunteers involved managed to catch 13 deer and then release them into the backcountry west of Canal Flats.
“Our capture work has wrapped up. Overall, it went fairly well,” lead …

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Local Legion disperses donations

Posted on March 25th, 2016 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
The Invermere branch of the Royal Canadian Legion announced several generous donations at a dinner last week.
During the dinner, Royal Canadian Legion Windermere District Branch #71 president Ken Carlow also formally announced on Friday, March 18th that the Legion has again been successful in its application to run the downtown Invermere Farmers and Artists market.
“This is significant in that it enables us to continue to support community events and activities,” he said, adding that last year the Legion raised more than $15,000 through the market, which it …

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Jumbo Wild documentary launches on Netflix

Posted on March 25th, 2016 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
The Jumbo Wild documentary was released on Netflix earlier this month and, according to Instantwatcher.com, quickly became one of the most watched programs south of the border.
“For one day in that first week (following the film’s Tuesday, March 8th release on Netflix), it was the ninth most watched program on Netflix USA and it hovered in that top 15 all week,” said Wildsight executive director Robyn Duncan. “Jumbo Wild was released on Netflix Canada, USA and others.”
Ms. Duncan said she did not know how the film had …

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Jumbo municipality plans to defer joining RDEK board

Posted on March 18th, 2016 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
Jumbo Glacier Mountain Resort Municipality is making it clear that it doesn’t plan to take a seat at the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) board of directors table any time soon — Jumbo council passed a resolution at its most recent council meeting to push back the time when it is scheduled to do just that.
The resolution was proposed by Jumbo mayor Greg Deck at the Tuesday, March 15th council meeting, requesting the provincial government amend the part of the municipality’s letters patent (the provincial legislation …

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Student earns poster spot with garden-themed art

Posted on March 18th, 2016 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
Art connoisseurs and parents may find their stomachs rumbling with anticipation for this year’s edition of Art from the Heart.
The annual display of student artwork has a “Food for Thought” theme this year — a tie in with the national Slow Food conference being held in Invermere this April. This year’s poster winner and Grade 3 Eileen Madson Primary School student Rebecqa Clarke has captured this theme perfectly with her “Tops and Bottoms” piece.
“I’m so excited to have this as the poster,” said Rebecqa, adding the inspiration …

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Radium debris fire gets debated in provincial legislature

Posted on March 11th, 2016 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
The debris fire at Radium Resort was extinguished on Sunday, February 28th, with Conservation Officers and Radium firefighters on hand to ensure all the remaining hot spots were dealt with. But the larger issue of how and why the fire began in the first place has continued to smoulder, and came to provincial attention last week, when it was the subject of debate in the provincial legislature in Victoria.
On Tuesday, March 1st Columbia River-Revelstoke MLA Norm Macdonald brought up the issue in the legislative chambers, saying …

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Invermere teen wins silver in judo

Posted on March 11th, 2016 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
A local teen has returned from the BC Winter Games in Penticton with a silver medal.
Graham Norquay went to the Games (held from February 25th to 28th) to participate in the Under-42 kilogram male weight class in judo, with the primary aim of doing his best. He says he’s mildly surprised and quite happy that his best turned out to be worthy of second place in whole province.
“It feels pretty good. I am a little surprised, and I really feel I have accomplished something by winning the …

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PASSIONATE PROMOTER — Amanda Robinson (in the Russian-style hat) was instrumental in helping raise the profile of the Columbia Valley during her time here. Along with her husband Dave and dog Rundle, she’s pictured here in front of Copper Point Resort with the Weather Network team that she was instrumental in bringing to the valley back in December. File photo by Steve Hubrecht

Former Chamber president retires to Powell River

Posted on March 11th, 2016 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
The valley’s tourism industry is now without one of its strongest driving forces, as former Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce president and Copper Point Resort general manager Amanda Robinson has left her roles to retire back to her farm in Powell River.
Mrs. Robinson, who was also the head of the Tourism Marketing Committee while she was in the valley, came to Invermere in 2012 to run Copper Point Resort and immediately joined efforts to get tourism businesses in the valley to collaborate.
“I spent 20 years in the …

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