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Adapting to fatherhood: Forrest Campbell’s journey

Posted on June 16th, 2017 by


Little boys are often high energy, spending most of their free time outside riding their bikes, playing at the skate park, and skiing, with their family. As a father you’re often the one taking the boys out to wear off some of that energy, and for local dad Forrest Campbell over the past two years he’s learned how to adapt the way he plays with his boys Owen and Taylor.
Two years ago Forrest was in a skiing accident that left him quadriplegic but he has never let his road to …

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A father-daughter perspective on hiking the Hoodoos

Posted on June 16th, 2017 by


To celebrate Father’s Day, reporter Nikki Fredrikson and her dad Neil, each wrote their own account of hike here in the Columbia Valley:
Neil – the dad:
During one of my visits in early spring to see my daughter in Invermere, she convinced me to come for a hike at the Hoodoos in Fairmont. Now I let her pick the hike but before she even got out of the truck. I took charge of the route we were going to take up the hill.
Luckily we somehow managed to get up to …

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Lake Ambassadors get new program coordinator

Posted on June 16th, 2017 by


By James Rose
Special to the Pioneer
The Lake Windermere Ambassadors are pleased to welcome Thea Rodgers as the new program coordinator. The role, previously held by Megan Peloso, involves coordinating the organization’s many different programs, activities, and community outreach.
Ms. Rodgers spent the last three years working as a research assistant at the University of British Columbia on projects pertaining to soil science, agriculture, and physical limnology. “These positions developed my skills and understanding of research methods in the fields of land use and hydrology,” she said.
And she grew up not far …

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The Fenimores leave the Valley

Posted on June 16th, 2017 by


By Lorene Keitch
Pioneer Staff
The Columbia Valley is losing arguably one of its most unique families with the departure of Bob and MaryAnn Fenimore.
The Fenimores have a long and interesting history here. Many may know Bob from his years as veterinarian in the valley. Perhaps others know MaryAnn from her time as a substitute teacher at the high school, alternate school and college.
But what drew most people’s attention was the couple’s unusual way of living. The Fenimores live in an off-grid cabin, planted in middle of their idyllic six-acre property …

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Budding entrepreneurs sell native plants for micorloan

Posted on June 16th, 2017 by


By Lorene Keitch
Pioneer Staff
Students in Mrs. Gauthier’s grade 4/5 class are inviting the public to buy a plant and help a good cause.
The class has created a native plant business to raise funds for a Building Beginnings Microloan. The students chose native plants as a business idea because they liked how it will help the environment.
“We looked at what native plants do and we learned about native plants,” said student Owen Christy.
Student Kayla Wolfenden explained why native plants are important to our ecosystem.
“If native plants stopped growing, the …

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Trio of bears destroyed in CastleRock

Posted on June 9th, 2017 by


It’s easy to forget to bring in your garbage, it’s even easier to leave your barbecue uncleaned, and if you’re living in the Castle Rock community it seems especially easy to attract bears. Following a series of unfortunate events and an apparent switch to a non-bear-resistant garbage bin, three black bears were destroyed within 48 hours in the subdivision.
“Over the last week, I noticed that the bin in CastleRock was not a bear-resistant one; I believe both bins used to be bear-resistant. We asked Southeast (Disposal) to switch the …

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Lack of qualified staff at heart of valley’s daycare crisis

Posted on June 9th, 2017 by


By Lorene Keitch
Pioneer Staff
Area daycare managers agree: staffing shortages are the cause of childcare concerns in the Columbia Valley.
Many local families have expressed frustration that there are not enough spots or hours available for their needs. However, for the local daycares, it is not simply a matter of opening up more spaces.
“Unless you have educated teachers, you can’t fill those spaces,” said Carrie Rickards, general manager of Eva Joseph Cultural Centre’s Little Badgers daycare in Windermere. “The focus needs to be on education for teachers.”
Ms. Rickards has been able to …

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Old community hall to be torn down

Posted on June 9th, 2017 by


Not long the after almost-completed new multi-use centre officially opens its doors — indeed, depending on the new centre’s exact opening date, it may be a matter of weeks — wrecking balls will be smashing into the current Invermere Community Hall.
The current hall — formally known as the Lake Windermere Memorial Hall — was built decades ago as a memorial to those who lost their lives fighting overseas for Canada, but owing to substantial structural issues will be torn down as early as this September.
The district is already seeking public …

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Young families caught in the Columbia Valley’s day care crunch

Posted on June 2nd, 2017 by


By Lorene Keitch
Pioneer Staff
The running joke in town is that when you are pregnant, you phone all the daycares and only then do you phone your mother.
Daycare shortages are a problem for many families in the community, whether it is not enough hours at a family’s preferred daycare, not enough spaces for all a family’s children or waiting lists longer than families can afford to wait.
Jodi Wilt is a single mother of two. When she first moved back to Invermere with two young daughters, she had trouble accessing daycare for …

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Charges laid after visitor feeds Kootenay National Park bear french fries

Posted on June 2nd, 2017 by


A person who fed french fries to a grizzly bear along Highway 93 in the south end of Kootenay National Park last weekend will face charges.
The incident, which occurred in the stretch of the national park just up from Radium Hot Springs, happened on Sunday, May 28th, on a part of the highway that for years has seen bears lounging by the roadside in late spring and early summer, grazing on dandelions and other natural edibles.
The fast food addition to the typical dandelion diet was not a welcome one, and …

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Special Olympics athletes training hard at Valley Fitness Centre

Posted on June 2nd, 2017 by


Every Friday afternoon at the Valley Fitness Centre a group of dedicated volunteers and athletes get together to workout as part of the Special Olympics Club Fit program. The program typically has anywhere from three to six athletes coming to workout together to build healthy habits and friendships between the athletes.
“Club Fit was designed as one of the programs for Special Olympics to help the athletes not only stay in shape, but help them perform better and improve their performance in any of their activities that they’re doing,” said …

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Edgewater residents battle to get crumbling road fixed

Posted on June 2nd, 2017 by


Residents of Hewitt Road in Edgewater are raising concerns over unsafe road conditions after a spring flood in early May has left their road with large ditches and portions of the road missing. Their concerns have been growing as the residents have been dealing with a lack of road maintenance over the past two years.
On May 19th, 2015 the residents were told via email that a survey would be done on the road to look at fixing damaged culverts, erosion, and potential widening of the road but, according to residents, …

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Kicking Horse Coffee gets new majority owner

Posted on June 2nd, 2017 by


Kicking Horse Coffee promises to stay true to its Kootenay roots following the announcement of a major shift in ownership.
Kicking Horse Coffee assures that with the sale of 80 per cent ownership to an Italian company, the company will not change its focus or its brand, but will continue to be a locally based company.
“There’s no merger of the companies. Kicking Horse will continue to exist as an independent brand, but now it’s going to have this global partner / owner,” explained David Gordon, communications representative for Kicking Horse …

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Snowmobile club gets new groomer

Posted on June 2nd, 2017 by


After 15 years of actively fundraising, working with the Columbia Basin Trust, and the Village of Radium Hot Springs the Windermere Valley Snowmobile Club raised enough to purchase a $85,000 groomer.
“We got to the point now when we had enough funds available, that we went out to tender through four, or five businesses to find a groomer that met our stipulations, based on year and the amount of hours that were on the groomer. Once we found the location and the person selling one, we made the arrangements to …

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Motorcyclist survives rock wall crash at Sinclair Canyon

Posted on June 2nd, 2017 by


Inexperience and unfamiliarity with the area are to blame for a single-vehicle accident on Sunday, May 21st which resulted in the hospitalization of a 53-year-old male. The accident occurred at 11:45 a.m. when a motorcyclist lost control of his vehicle heading east near Sinclair Canyon. The driver overcorrected his motorcycle according to RCMP Sergeant Bob Vatamaniuck, which resulted in the driver hitting a rock face one kilometre from the Kootenay National Park entrance.
“When people are unfamiliar with typography and the geography of the area certainly we do see a high …

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Coroner investigates fatality at music festival near Wilmer

Posted on June 2nd, 2017 by


By Lorene Keitch
Pioneer Staff
An Alberta resident died at a Columbia Valley event last weekend.
The 32-year old male died at the Vibrant Music Festival, an event touted as an “intimate party to kickstart your festival season.”
The event was held on private property by Munn Lake near Wilmer.
“When police arrived they noted medical professionals trying to revive a 32 year old male in the campsite,” reported Sgt. Bob Vatamaniuck. “Unfortunately the male could not be resuscitated and was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Currently, the death is not believed to be suspicious.”
The Columbia Valley …

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Retiring music teacher to give away “vintage” car

Posted on May 26th, 2017 by


By Lorene Keitch
Pioneer Staff
Her metallic blue body, touched with Tremclad once or twice in her years, glistens in the sunshine. She’s an honest, unpretentious dame. She runs like a dream even if her body is aging.
She is a 35-year old Toyota Corolla, built in the days of boxy cars. Don’t hold that against her though: she might be over the hill, but she’s functional and, at the end of the day, that’s what a car should be.
Greg Constable bought her brand new in 1982 and drove it to his first …

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DTSS production of “Spy School” takes to the stage

Posted on May 26th, 2017 by


Since spring break students in the senior theatre class at David Thompson Secondary School have been spending their free time memorizing lines, researching the 1960s, and rehearsing during their free blocks at school to put together their production Spy School.
The play is set in 1961 where Jane Doe — played by Grade 12 student Melissa Weber — is drafted by the CIA to infiltrate a high school and locate a Russian spy.
“Jane Doe, she’s an ordinary teenage girl. But she is, as it says in the play, destined …

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Trio of Columbia Valley alpine racers eye Olympics

Posted on May 26th, 2017 by


With the Winter Olympics coming up this February three local skiers — Amelia Smart, Manny Osborne-Paradis, and Benjamin Thomsen — are one step closer to the Games. The trio of skiers have been nominated to the 2017-2018 Alpine Canada team after meeting criteria this past season.
For Ms. Smart, the nomination takes her from the development team and skiing on the North American Circuit (NorAm) to the World Cup level.
“Training wise it will definitely stay the same, but it might be a bit different during the season because I’ll …

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Report outlines access options for rafters

Posted on May 26th, 2017 by


By Lorene Keitch
Pioneer Staff
The town of Golden is looking to bypass CP Rail in an effort to get rafters back on the Kicking Horse River.
Rafting is an economic driver in the community of Golden, a tourist-based centre much like Invermere. Rafting companies — including one based in Radium Hot Springs — were blocked from access to the wildly popular lower canyon by CP Rail, which stated safety concerns over crossing its railroad tracks.
The town of Golden commissioned a report to investigate alternative access options to the lower canyon of the …

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