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Seasonal regulations announced

Posted on September 30th, 2016 by


With the cold air starting to make its way into the homes of British Columbians and winter weather soon following it, the government would like to remind people of several important seasonal regulations.
First, as the evenings get cooler and more British Columbians begin using their fireplaces and woodstoves as a source of heat in their homes, they’re reminded that people who cut, collect or use firewood must ensure that it is harvested legally.
Before any members of the public collect any firewood, they must first obtain a “Free Use …

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ALL THE WAY UP--Looking up at the summit of Mt. Goldie. One of three available hikes for those fortunate to attend Parorama's Ridge Walk. 
Photo by Stephan Malette

Peak mountain experience

Posted on September 30th, 2016 by


I’m from Ontario, born and raised. That should be out there in the open before talking about how incredibly breathtaking, inspiring and momentous the feeling is of climbing to the top of a mountain.
To many, the first question they ask, is well how big was the mountain? and I get it, size matters. Mount Swansea is no Everest. But when I reached the summit of Mt. Goldie on the cool morning of September 17th as part of Panorama Mountain Resort’s Ridge Walk, a distance nearly 9,000 ft (2,700 metres) …

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Chamber director says sensible balance must be struck on minimum wage

Posted on September 30th, 2016 by


As announced earlier this year, the British Columbia government has taken the first step in increasing the minimum wage in efforts to better reflect the province’s overall economic growth and ensure all workers benefit from B.C.’s thriving job market.
The first planned increase became effective on September 15th of this year, jumping up 40 cents, bringing the general minimum wage up to $10.85 per hour, with the liquor server minimum wage also increasing to $9.60. According to the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labour, this …

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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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Breastfeeding challenge returns

Posted on September 30th, 2016 by


By James Rose
Special to the Pioneer
On Saturday October 1st, the second annual world-wide Quintessence Breastfeeding Challenge is set to take place at the Invermere Public Library from 10:30 a.m. to noon. This free event is open to the whole family and is part of a challenge to see which geographic area (province, state or territory) has the most breastfeeding babies, as a percentage of the birthrate, “latched on” at 11a.m. local time.
“We are gearing up for another great breastfeeding week here in Canada and we have three breastfeeding challenges planned …

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Aqua Van comes to EMP

Posted on September 30th, 2016 by


By James Rose
Special to the Pioneer
The Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre’s mobile education program, AquaVan, presented by BC Hydro, will be visiting Eileen Madson Primary School on Wednesday, October 6th. 
“The AquaVan will be delivering fully interactive and immersive educational programming with the goal of inspiring students to make positive changes in aquatic conservation,” said program manager Catriona Wilson. “Now more than ever, it’s vitally important that we help students make connections to our oceans. The oceans need our help. The AquaVan does that through our live animals and education programming,” …

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CYCLING FOR A CAUSE-- Jaimie Cote pictured on her 500 km ride in the Jumpstart Pedal For Kids that started in Red Deer Alberta. 
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Jaimie Cote bikes 500 km for Jumpstart

Posted on September 23rd, 2016 by


After some 500 kilometres of gruelling hills and unforgiving weather, Jaimie Cote and some 79 other riders accomplished the goal they had when they left Red Deer on September 8th. Not only had they biked 100 km per day for five long days, each had raised more than $5,000 in hopes of getting more families into sports throughout the country.
A Jumpstart initiative, Jumpstart Pedal For Kids, was started in 2011 as a way to help raise additional funds for Jumpstart each year. Canadian Tire originally launched Jumpstart in …

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Valley curlers gear up for another season

Posted on September 23rd, 2016 by


With the hockey season well underway at the Eddie in downtown Invermere, it’s getting to be that time of year for action to pick up across the street at the Invermere Curling Club.
The Curling Club will be hosting its annual general meeting on Thursday, September 29th at 7 p.m. It’s open to the public to sign up for any of the leagues or activities going on at the club.
This year there will be a variety of leagues for interested curlers to register for that will keep the Curling Club …

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Ferguson disappointed in performance

Posted on September 23rd, 2016 by


After winning the British Columbia Senior Men’s title earlier this summer, Invermere’s Harry Ferguson came up short in his quest for a national title at the 2016 Canadian Men’s Senior Championship in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Mr. Ferguson finished in a tie for 36th place with a score of 14 over par through four rounds held from September 6th to 9th at the Grand Niagara Golf Course.
“I’m bitterly disappointed that I finished where I did only because I’ve seen the level that those guys are at and I’m at the …

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Radium community hall gets more green lights

Posted on September 23rd, 2016 by


Development of the new community hall in Radium Hot Springs continued to push forward last week after several information and public consultation sessions were held, aimed at helping with the design of the hall in the future.
A new community hall for the village has been a topic of discussion for Radium council for the better part of a decade now with it officially being a part of the five-year plan for the last several years.
Starting on Monday, September 12th, the village worked in conjunction with the building committee …

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University group visits little-known valley heritage trail

Posted on September 23rd, 2016 by


A group of Edgewater volunteers has been busy for some time now restoring an old heritage trail leading to Kootenay National Park, and a few weeks ago played host on the trail to a group of University of Calgary students, archeologist and geologists.
The Luxor Trail extends from Edgewater, over the Little Vermillion Pass (Luxor Pass), down to Kootenay Crossing (in the national park) before continuing onto the Paint Pots area.
It was originally used by local First Nations as a trade route, and then later by European-descendant settlers, before falling …

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College launches hospitality program

Posted on September 23rd, 2016 by


The Invermere College of the Rockies campus is introducing a new course that it hopes will help fill in some of the gaps in the labour shortage hindering the Columbia Valley’s seasonal tourism industry.
The college will launch a six-week Mountain Hospitality program this fall, with the course beginning in late October and running through early December.
“We are in the process of developing a two-year Hospitality diploma program to start in the fall of 2017, which would include a co-op placement with regional employers during the spring and summer season. Extensive …

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Kimberley teenage band The Inferiors will rock DTSS in late September

Teen band tours stops at DTSS

Posted on September 23rd, 2016 by


An up-and-coming teenage band from Kimberley is getting ready to rock David Thompson Secondary School (DTSS) later this month.
The Inferiors have been playing together for about a year and a half now, and have quickly developed a reputation in the East Kootenay as a band of no small repute.
The band is comprised of four students from the Kimberley Rock Academy and initially went by the name 145, playing their first shows at Kimberley open mic nights. After switching their name, the students, who range in age from 13 to 18, …

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TACKLE THE TRASH - People from around the valley will be taking two hours out of their Sunday morning on September 25th to pick up the garbage left on the Lake Windermere shoreline after the busy summer season. File photo

Columbia Valley shore cleanup set for September 25th

Posted on September 23rd, 2016 by


By James Rose
Special to The Pioneer
On Sunday, September 25th, the Lake Windermere Amabassadors are hosting their twice-per-year Shoreline Cleanup around the shores of Lake Windermere and Dorothy Lake. Taking place from 10 a.m. to noon, the cleanup will be followed by a waste-free (plates and cutlery provided) appreciation picnic provided by sponsor Rocky River Grill.
“Specifically, our efforts will be targeting the shoreline at James Chabot Provincial Park, Windermere Beach, Dorothy Lake, Kinsmen Beach, and the water’s edge along the Invermere public boat launch,” said Megan Peloso, program co-ordinator for …

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Sgt. Bob Vatamaniuk

New RCMP commander imitates inimitable predecessor

Posted on September 16th, 2016 by


The Upper Columbia Valley has a new commander for its RCMP detachment.
Last week, Sergeant Bob Vatamaniuk stepped into the role vacated by former Columbia Valley Staff Sergeant Marko Shehovac in March, and although Mr. Shehovac (or Marko, as he was affectionately called up and down the valley) was an inimitable presence here, Mr. Vatamaniuk is doing is utmost to fill the large shoes left by his predecessor.
Sgt. Vatamaniuk made clear last week, during a visit to The Pioneer, just how seriously (and how literally) he takes this quest — …

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A map of the proposed Barbour Rock Recreation Trails

Posted on September 16th, 2016 by


The proposed Barbour Rock biking and hiking trail network is now in the formal referral process of the Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operation’s (FLNRO’s) Recreation Sites and Trails B.C. division.
The trail proposal was jointly put forward by the Columbia Valley Cycling Society and Greenways Trail Alliance.
“We are hoping that once it is completed, it will be 35 kilometres to 40 kilometres of trail. We are describing it as a multi-purpose, non-motorized recreational trail for bikers, hikers and runners,” said cycling society director of trail development Dave Lammerse, …

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New bear-proof bins at the Invermere transfer station

Invermere gets bear-proof bins

Posted on September 16th, 2016 by


The Invermere transfer station’s new bear-proof bins arrived and were installed last week, and district staff are currently busy electrifying the fence around the transfer station.
According to local authorities the moves couldn’t have come at a better time, as Invermere is experiencing one of its busiest years for bears.
“We’ve heard of a lot of reports of black bears, in every segment and every corner of town,” said Invermere chief administrative officer Chris Prosser, adding much of the activity has been reported around the Westridge subdivision, Eileen Madson Primary School and …

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AFFORDABLE ABODES--TRC Projects Ltd. is the development company behind six new homes in Radium that are being built by Invermere-based Kris Newman Contracting.

New housing development breaks ground in Invermere

Posted on September 16th, 2016 by


Those looking for new affordable housing, look no further as TRC Projects Ltd. broke ground on Monday, September 12th for their six-home development project located in the heart of Radium Hot Springs.
TRC Projects Ltd. is owned by Kevin Blackwell, who said they have been working in the Radium area since 2001 and he owns property there with his family. He said part of what makes Radium an attractive option for prospective homeowners is the peace and tranquility that’s absent from a city atmosphere.
“I live in Calgary myself, but …

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IN STRIDE--Runners in the 2015 Headbanger Trail Challenge sprint across the Radium Ball Diamond. This year's race takes place on Saturday, September 24th. 
Pioneer file photo

Headbanger Trail Challenge back for ninth year

Posted on September 16th, 2016 by


For the ninth consecutive year, runners from around the Columbia Valley will be gathering in Radium for the annual Crazy Soles Headbanger Trail Challenge, which manifests as one of the last chances for athletes to get out and enjoy the challenge of a race.
Originally started in 2007, the Headbanger Trail Challenge represents a way for runners to take part in a unique running race through one of the most picturesque areas in the valley.
Ron Verboom, one of the creators of the Challenge and a volunteer this year, said …

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Paranormal activity--The cast from the tv show The other Side who was in the Valley to shoot an episode in June earlier this year.

TV show investigates paranormal activity in the valley

Posted on September 16th, 2016 by


Nestled among the mountains, rivers, lakes and other scenery that makes the Columbia Valley famous lies a paranormal story that needed unearthing. Thankfully, the team from The Other Side TV show made their way to the valley to feature this story of an active spirit who they believe died nearly 100 years ago.
For those who haven’t heard of the show, The Other Side is a thrilling TV series that seeks to find the most haunted corners of Canada. Led by intuitive Jeff Richards, the paranormal team investigates various locations …

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