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By Eric Elliott
Municipality leaders from across the Columbia Valley have made their way back from the annual Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) Conference held in Victoria from September 26th to 30th. Accompanying them home were a host of potential changes for their respective communities.
For Radium Hot Springs, one of these potential changes involves various traffic concerns. Mayor Clara Reinhardt, who attended the UBCM Conference along with Councillor Tyler McCauley, said that they were able to meet with staff from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to talk …
By Steve Hubrecht
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 …
By Steve Hubrecht
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 …
By Steve Hubrecht
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 …
By Steve Hubrecht
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, …
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 …
Newly appointed NDP candidate and Invermere mayor Gerry Taft has revealed to The Pioneer in an exclusive interview that he claimed minority status as a bisexual during the NDP nomination process. He was successful in his bid to become the NDP candidate for the Columbia River-Revelstoke riding on Saturday, October 15th.
The news that he had declared minority status but was wanting to keep the reason why private hit provincial headlines late yesterday. The BC NDP’s gender equity policy requires that an NDP MLA who is stepping down must be …
District of Invermere Mayor and small business owner Gerry Taft has been named as the representative of the BC NDP to represent Columbia River Revelstoke in the upcoming 2017 provincial election.
“I am very grateful for the support I received from members across the constituency,” he said, following the vote count. “It’s very exciting and a little bit scary. A lot of work has gone into working on this and I’ve kind of indicated that the next step is working on the provincial election and trying to ensure that the …
The province is marking October as Small Business Month once again, and here in Invermere there is no shortage of small business success stories.
Invermere’s main street features plenty of bustling storefronts, not a few of which began existence as a table in the farmers market or as a small food cart — a clear sign of the valley’s thriving entrepreneurial creativity.
The owners of a couple of these businesses say growing slowly from their modest beginnings has been critical to their success.
“It’s all been baby steps and that’s worked really well …
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 …
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 …
Last week, a group of 40 concerned residents made their way to David Thompson Secondary School (DTSS) to voice their questions and concerns over the Rocky Mountain School District’s new Long Term Facility Plan that was released last month.
The School Board released the long-term plan on September 15th, detailing many of the potential changes they have in mind for the various zones within the Rocky Mountain School District. On Wednesday, October 5th, members of the school board held their second of three community meetings to discuss the implications of the …
After months of planning while waiting for the Main Street Boost program to be revealed by the National Trust of Canada, the District of Invermere is looking ahead to the downtown of the future.
In June this year, the National Trust of Canada made their way to Invermere to work with the community in establishing a program that aims to enhance the downtown core of the community, entitling the project “Main Street Boost.”
Their approach at the time was to drive up interest in contributing ideas for what the downtown needs. …
A female RCMP officer was shot while conducting a police stop near Golden in the afternoon of Tuesday, October 11th.
The shooting occurred during a traffic stop near the weigh scales in Golden in connection with a possible vehicle theft. The suspect in the stopped vehicle, later identified as Sheldon Kyle Thunderblanket, failed to comply with police direction, shot the female officer, who reportedly experienced non-life threatening injuries, before Mr. Thunderblanket fled westbound in another stolen vehicle. The officer was taken to hospital to be treated for her injuries.
A warrant …
By Alex Cooper
Revelstoke Times Review
A man wanted in connection with a murder in Saskatchewan and a shooting that left a police officer injured near Golden was found dead near Revelstoke Wednesday morning, the RCMP reports.
Sheldon Kyle Thunderblanket was found dead east of Revelstoke following an overnight manhunt that began near Golden on Tuesday afternoon.
“The RCMP can now confirm that we have located the body of the suspect we were searching for. He was found deceased,” wrote Cpl. Dan Moskaluk, an RCMP spokesperson in a news release. “A positive confirmation …
UPDATE: Revelstoke mayor Mark McKee has confirmed Mr. Thunderblanket was apprehended near Revelstoke and is in police custody. Check www.columbiavalleypioneer.com for updates during the coming week.
UPDATE 11:20 a.m. Wednesday: RCMP have confirmed a suspect in the officer shooting case has been located. No further details have been provided yet.
Original story below:
The search continues in Revelstoke on Wednesday for a man wanted in connection with the shooting of an RCMP officer near Golden on Tuesday, and who police say is a suspect in a murder in Saskatchewan.
RCMP said on Wednesday …
By Steve Hubrecht
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 …
By Steve Hubrecht
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 …
Submitted by the Columbia Valley
You probably have a sense of the pulse of your community — but do you ever wonder just how we’re doing overall, here in the Columbia Valley?
Wonder no more. The Columbia Valley Community Foundation (CVCF) has just released its 2016 Vital Signs report — the first one for this region — published as part of a national program led by Community Foundations of Canada. The report brings together local data and knowledge on a wide range of interconnected topics from health and housing to education …
By James Rose
Special to the Pioneer
As we say hello to October, so, too, do we start looking forward to the winter season and all of the wonderful holiday activities and events planned for the Columbia Valley. However, not until the Invermere area celebrates its annual community Light Up event on November 19th does the local holiday season officially kick into high gear.
But that doesn’t mean the planning process hasn’t already begun.
“The theme of this year’s Light Up is ‘A Traditional Mountain Christmas’,” said organizer Jocelyn Brunner. “We did …