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Nikki Fredrikson
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Nikki Fredrikson joined the the Columbia Valley Pioneer in May 2016 as a summer intern. Nikki is in her final year of a Bachelor of Journalism degree with a major in public relations at Thompson Rivers University in her home town of Kamloops B.C.. Growing up on a farm, she has a passion for animals and adventure. Nikki is excited about exploring the valley and the hiking trails as well as kayaking on the lake.

Local Freeride Club sends three athletes to Jr. Nationals

Posted on March 24th, 2017 by


For the first time in the history of the Panorama Mountain Freeride Club, three young athletes were sent to compete at the Junior Nationals at Le Relais in Lac-Beauport, Quebec. Olivia Gibson, 14, from Calgary; Thomas Burnyeat, 14, also from Calgary; and local Avery Gerle, 17, all competed in the Mogul competition from March 6th to 12th.
“They did fairly well; it’s a completely different field for them, so they actually did very well, they put down good clean runs. They don’t have the same degree of difficulty as, for …

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Valley Zipline Adventures breaking ground

Posted on March 24th, 2017 by


Adventure awaits for those daring enough to take on the Valley’s first zipline course just three kilometres from the Village of Radium Hot Springs. Valley Zipline Adventures is three months away from their grand opening in mid-July, however, co-owners Krista Berg and Patrick Tolchard confirmed to The Pioneer that construction official begins next week.
“The parking lot is next week and then the property cleanup will happen right after, and then June 6th is when the builders come in to put the lines in,” explained Mr. Tolchard.
Ms. Berg and …

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Manny Osborne-Paradis ends his season on a high

Posted on March 24th, 2017 by


A lifestyle change and new equipment are what Invermere’s Manny Osborne-Paradis is crediting for his jump from his 28th ranking in the world to 11th this ski season.
Finishing up his season in Aspen at the AUDI FIS Ski World Cup finals, Mr. Osbrone-Paradis just missed the podium in the downhill competition by 0.07 second to end the race fourth.
“Bittersweet, getting the last three races 4th, 5th, then 4th. It would be nice to be getting podiums and such, but that’s how the cookie crumbles sometimes,” said Mr. Osborne-Paradis. …

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Art from the Heart poster winner chosen

Posted on March 24th, 2017 by


This year marks the 12th annual Art From the Heart art show, with a theme of Canada: Our Perspective. For the show, five elementary schools will showcase their student’s creations — over 700 pieces of artwork from students across the Columbia Valley will be on display at Pynelogs Cultural Centre.
Each year, one student’s art is chosen as the poster image for the show, the winner’s work selected from works submitted by all five schools. This year, Anna Thompson, a Grade 6 student at Windermere Elementary School, had her painting selected …

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All Candidates Forum date announced

Posted on March 24th, 2017 by


As the provincial election nears, Valley residents will have the opportunity to hear each candidate’s opinions at the All Candidates Forum set for Thursday, April 27th at the David Thompson Secondary School theatre. Dean Midyette, chairman of the All Candidates Forum Committee, spoke to The Pioneer about the format of the event.
“Eight questions will be asked and each candidate has two minutes for prepared statements. Once each candidate has spoken to the question, then a five minute open debate will take place. Speaking order will be rotated through the candidates,” …

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B.C. premier meets with local Chamber

Posted on March 17th, 2017 by


This year marks the fifth consecutive balanced budget the province of British Columbia has announced and on Friday, March 10th, B.C. Premier Christy Clark joined East Kootenay MLA Bill Bennett at the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce building at the Invermere Crossroads to discuss the budget and its impact on rural B.C.
The Premier started her speech by discussing the importance of job creation, stating that when her government introduced the BC Jobs Plan, the province was ninth in jobs creation in Canada, but “today we’re number one in job …

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Errant trailbuilder’s court case begins

Posted on March 17th, 2017 by


The Honourable Judge L. Doerksen heard arguments from Crown Prosecutor Rebecca Smyth in Invermere Court on Thursday, March 9th regarding the David Pacey case. Mr. Pacey is facing two counts of damaging flora, fauna or a natural object, which is a contravention of the Canada National Parks Act.
Mr. Pacey was found, on April 20th, 2016, using a Swede saw to remove a sapling tree from the path on the Kindersley Pass Trail in Kootenay National Park. The Crown brought forward four instances where Mr. Pacey engaged in conversation with …

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East Kootenay MLA Bill Bennett announces provincial budget

Posted on March 17th, 2017 by


On Friday, March 10th, MLA of East Kootenay Bill Bennett presented the B.C. provincial budget at the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce. The event was a chance for Chamber members to hear from both Mr. Bennett and Premier Christy Clark on how the budget will affect rural communities.
Mr. Bennett emphasized to the crowd that the province will continue to have a provincial debt, but the government is working hard to pay off the operating debt.
“What we’re trying to do in B.C. is we’re trying to pay the operating debt …

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Lake Windermere Ambassadors launch video

Posted on March 17th, 2017 by


As Canada Water Week approaches, the Lake Windermere Ambassadors have been planning an official release of their new video. The film is 3.5 minutes long and seeks to appeal to the connection between humans and the lake. As the Lake Windermere Ambassadors program coordinator, Megan Peloso sees the opportunity that visual technologies offer as a way to reach a broader audience; in turn, allowing for further literacy around the lake.
“Water has a message on its own, and it is a great deal more resonating when an audience can actually …

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$1 million grant presented to The Westside Legacy Trail

Posted on March 10th, 2017 by


The Westside Legacy Trail received $1 million of funding from BikeBC, the announcement came from Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett on behalf of Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone. The funding was announced at the Provincial Budget overview with Premier Christy Clark at the Chamber of Commerce.
“It’s very very exciting never expected it to come like this often you get a comment or call back from the ministry providing the funds, it’s pretty rare when you get the premier to come and deliver that news. Really happy, very …

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Top ranked local triathlete fundraising for Worlds

Posted on March 10th, 2017 by


To be one of the top triathlon athletes in Canada, you need to train like one. That’s why Invermere’s Lindsay Glassford wakes up every day at 5 a.m. to train. Currently, she’s ranked second in Canada and 35th in the world for her age group, and is preparing to compete at two separate World Championships.
“At the end of 2016, I was second in Canada so I would like to bump into the top spot if I could and my goal for World Championships is to be on the podium …

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Small Business owners meet with Wayne Stetski to discuss local issues

Posted on March 10th, 2017 by


Nine members of the business community had the opportunity to sit down with Member of Parliament Wayne Stetski and District of Invermere’s Mayor Gerry Taft to discuss concerns and challenges they’re facing on Wednesday, March 1st at Circle Café in Invermere. The small business forum was the second of three forums Mr. Stetski is hosting in the Kootenay-Columbia riding.
One of the larger topics covered at the forum in Invermere was surrounding agriculture in the area, and the challenges with transportation of goods, regulations on herbicides and pesticides, and lack …

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Invermere Library offering tax help

Posted on March 10th, 2017 by


The Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) at the Invermere Public library has received the software to begin taking on clients for the 2016 tax season.
The CVITP allows for the public to access help by trained volunteers to assist them in filing their tax returns.
“It is a program that has been put together by the Canada Revenue Agency and they’ve reached out to community groups across the country for groups such as ours to host the CVITP locally. This will be our third year being an access point for the …

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Local businesses take steps to combat fentanyl overdoes in the Valley

Posted on March 3rd, 2017 by


Over the past year, the deadly drug fentanyl has been the root cause of many fatal opioid drug overdoses, wreaking havoc over metropolitan cities across the country.
In Surrey, RCMP found a new strain of fentanyl during a December raid. According to Health Canada, that strain of fentanyl had not yet been seen in that jurisdiction.
“These lab results are once again prompting us to warn illicit drug users that it doesn’t matter where you buy your drugs, or who you get them from. The danger is the same, if …

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Meisha & The Spanks set to perform at Shakmans Bar and Lounge

Posted on March 3rd, 2017 by


Invermere’s very own Meisha Louie will be returning to the Valley for a performance at Shakman’s Bar and Lounge with her band Meisha & The Spanks. The band is a two-piece garage rock band based out of Calgary that plays a punky, pop-rock style of music.
“Really excited to be coming home and bringing some rock and roll to a bar. I don’t think there’s been a lot of bar rock and roll shows in the Valley. I’ve been trying to get put there for a bit and I finally …

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Columbia Valley Football Club seeks community supports

Posted on February 24th, 2017 by


The Columbia Valley’s soccer program has been increasing their participants vastly over the past two years, approaching 400 players aged five through 18 enrolled. The increase in athletes has the club in need of sponsors for team jerseys.
“Our club is growing. Every time we have enough kids, we build a new team and we’ve already had to expand. This year we’re anticipating two full new teams. That means they need jerseys. So (for) the jersey sponsorship, you can either do half the team, so just the white set or …

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Ken Fowler owner of Fairmont Hot Springs Passes away

Posted on February 24th, 2017 by


The Fairmont Hot Springs Resort community is mourning the loss of Ken Fowler, owner of Ken Fowler Enterprises and shareholder of the resort. Mr. Fowler passed away Monday, February 13th at the age of 90. According to the Muskoka News Watch, he was on a Caribbean cruise with family.
Mr. Fowler was born and raised in St. Catharines, Ontario. The entrepreneur never went further than Grade 10, but would go on to become a millionaire with investments primarily in real estate, restaurants and retail stores. In 2006, he purchased Fairmont Hot …

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Manny Osborne-Paradis gets bronze at World Championship in Super G

Posted on February 24th, 2017 by


For some, celebrating your birthday may be exciting enough, but for Invermere resident and pro downhill skier Manny Osborne- Paradis, his 33rd birthday fell on the day he won bronze in the men’s Super-G at the 2017 Alpine Skiing World Championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland on February 8th.
“Pretty special day. My mom was over there and to have 40,000 people sing happy birthday and to do well,” Mr. Osborne- Paradis told The Pioneer, recounting the experience. “I switched ski companies the year prior and to be able to get a …

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Radium CAO recognized

Posted on August 26th, 2016 by


The chief administrative officer for the Village of Radium Hot Springs has been honoured by the Local Government Management Association (LGMA) for his service in municipal work. Mark Read was recognized at the Radium Hot Springs council meeting on Wednesday, August 17th with Radium mayor Clara Reinhardt presenting him with a pin from the LGMA commemorating his 25 years working in the industry.
When Mr. Read graduated from York University with a political science and international relations degree, he never dreamed he’d end up working in municipalities.
His original intention was to …

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Nine local veterans featured in Florence’s new book

Posted on August 26th, 2016 by


The Columbia Valley is home to many veterans and for some, their contributions by serving the country are being recognized. Elinor Florence’s latest book, My Favourite Veterans, features true stories from Canadian men and women serving in the armed forces during the Second World War, including nine veterans from the Columbia Valley with two of them still living to see the book. My Favourite Veterans is Ms. Florence’s second book (the first being Canadian bestselling novel Bird’s Eye View), which she chose to self-publish, allowing her control over the creation …

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