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Fairmont garbage a crying shame

Posted on July 24th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
I took this photo of the Fairmont dump (recycling area) on the Wednesday following the Canada Day long weekend. I was hoping you could run an article that would direct tourists to the Windermere landfill in the future. Perhaps it would help to save any considered closures of our local disposal areas due to disgraces such as this one. Never in my 20 years as a resident have I witnessed this site in this state.
Thanks,
Kim Stange
Fairmont Hot Springs

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LIBERAL LEADER — Accompanied by East Kootenay MLA and Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett, Premier Christy Clark met with members of the Kimberley Chamber of Commerce at Chateau Kimberley on July 11th. Photo by Dan Walton

Premier Clark drops in on East Kootenay riding

Posted on July 18th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
Premier Christy Clark dipped into the Columbia River-Revelstoke riding last week, meeting with local business owners and party supporters in Kimberley on Friday, July 11th. After joining Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett for a funding announcement in Cranbrook the day before, Premier Clark was invited to a round table discussion with the Kimberley Chamber of Commerce, and made time to attend a BC Liberal party barbecue before returning to the coast.
Her trip was initially planned for the announcement of two incentive programs at the Cranbrook …

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Pickups collide head-on on Highway 93/95

Posted on July 18th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
A head-on collision between two pickup trucks in Invermere required an airlift to Calgary for one man.
The accident was reported to East Kootenay Traffic Services at 1:22 p.m. on Monday, July 14th. The crash was caused by a pickup truck travelling northbound on Highway 93/93 near Juniper Heights Road, when it crossed the centre lane of traffic and collided into a larger pickup truck travelling southbound.
“From the witness accounts, people couldn’t understand why the vehicle entered the oncoming lane,” said Staff Sgt. Marko Shehovac of the …

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Public hearing date set for Jumbo ski area bylaw

Posted on July 18th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
During its most recent council meeting, Jumbo Glacier Mountain Resort Municipality council gave first and second readings to a zoning bylaw allowing for the construction of ski lifts and lodges.
The bylaw received the initial readings at the Tuesday, July 15th council meeting and applies to the controlled recreation area in the higher alpine areas of the municipality, with the exception of the Farnham Glacier. It allows for the land to be developed as a ski area, including the construction of ski lifts and other typical ski …

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SURGERY SUPPORT - A fundraiser to help with Zoey Shagar-Massie's medical bills is taking place at the Whitehouse Pub on Saturday, July 19th. Photo submitted

Pub holds fundraiser for local girl

Posted on July 18th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
The Whitehouse Pub in Windermere is holding a fundraiser this weekend to help a former Canal Flats girl who suffers from a rare genetic, bone-growth disorder.
Zoey Shagar-Massie was diagnosed with Jeune Syndrome, or Asphyxiating Thoracic Dystrophy, not long after being born in November 2010 to parents Shaylene Sagar and Glen Massie.
The couple, who have since had a second daughter, used to live in Canal Flats, but now live in Cranbrook to be closer to the East Kootenay Regional Hospital, and say Zoey always wakes up with …

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Cowboys competing in Columbia Valley

Posted on July 18th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
Tonight, Friday, July 18th, will be remembered as one of the pinnacles of the summer thanks to the 16th annual Bull Riding in the Rockies.
The event is hosted every year by the Columbia Valley Rockies, who offer a Cowboy Dinner before the riding, and throw a Country-western dance after the action.
“Bull riding is an extreme sport and it gets everybody pumped up really good, so we always count on a good band to play quality, up-to-date rock and roll,” said Al Miller, president of the Columbia Valley …

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Valley Appreciation Day ready for 27th bash

Posted on July 18th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
Invermere will be showcasing Valley Appreciation Day this weekend — one of the most exciting days of the year in the Columbia Valley.
Between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. tomorrow (on Saturday, July 19th), the streets of downtown Invermere will be closed to vehicles to accommodate the 27th annual celebration of the Columbia Valley lifestyle.
Between Lordco and CIBC, and from CIBC to the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena, roads will block traffic, giving pedestrians free reign through the heart of Invermere.
Four local service clubs — the Fairmont …

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Valley hosting two stages of six-tier race

Posted on July 18th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
A six-legged series of cycling races has been co-ordinated to test bikers in the most extreme terrain across Western Canada, and two stages will occur in the Columbia Valley.
The Singletrack Six will be making its inaugural rounds through Alberta and British Columbia later this month, arriving at the Nipika Mountain Resort for stage two on Sunday, July 27th, before taking their bikes to the Johnson Trail for stage three on Monday, July 28th. Competitors will be recharging in Radium Hot Springs before heading to Golden for stage …

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Local RCMP officer heads to Nunavut

Posted on July 18th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
The longest-serving constable in the local Columbia Valley RCMP detachment is heading north next week for a three-year posting to Nunavut.
Constable Tim Harper is heading to the Nunavut community of Kugluktuk today (Friday, July18th) — just nine days after Canada marks Nunavut Day — along with his wife Ali and their black lab Lucy and yellow lab Oakley, after six and half years here in the valley, trading cranking the pedals on the valley’s mountain bike trails and ripping down Taynton Bowl for the chance to live …

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Tame temperatures result in reasonable runoff

Posted on July 14th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
An intense spring runoff was expected after the winter season accumulated a heavy snowpack, but favourable conditions have brought about a gradual drain of the seasonal currents.
“The snow pack is currently sitting at about 135 per cent of normal, and we haven’t yet hit our spring freshet,” read a May 15th press release from the Regional District of East Kootenay. “But it’s important to understand that the level of the snow pack is less significant than the way the melting occurs.”
And the melt occurred at a favourable …

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Co-operative community effort helps fix up Swansea Road

Posted on July 14th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
The drive up to the top of Mt. Swansea will be a little smoother this summer, thanks to a co-operative effort to repair the gravel road up there.
Several user groups, organized by local paraglider Max Fanderl, banded together to raise the $5,500 and considerable donations of time and money needed to retrench and touch up the road. Mr. Fanderl has been going up the Swansea road for 20 years and said that in the past five years he’s noticed that the road tends to deteriorate much more …

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Geoffrey Melvill-Jones worked on the development of aircrafts for the British Army during the Second World War, measured the effects of gravitational force during the advent of the jet engine, and assisted with NASA in its infancy; and the 91-year-old pilot recently completed a week of training at the Invermere Soaring Centre. Photo submitted.

Pioneering pilot visits valley

Posted on July 14th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
Few pilots can claim a bigger stake in the marvel of human flight than Geoffrey Melvill-Jones, but, even at 91 years old, he is still learning about it — which is why he was training at the Invermere Soaring Centre last week.
Born during the infancy of airplanes, Geoffrey’s been involved in aviation since he was a twinkle in his father’s eye.
In the early 1910s, Geoffrey’s dad, Sir Bennett Melvill-Jones, left the steady field of mechanical engineering to take a leap into what then seemed like science-fiction — …

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Fraser Smith and his sister Kyla manned the Windermere Valley Musicians Who Care booth at the festival, selling copies of the group’s newly released Songwriters in the Valley double-CD (Photo by Nicole Trigg)

Local songwriters’ CD on sale now

Posted on July 14th, 2014 by


By Erin Knutson
Special to The Pioneer
Windermere Valley Musicians Who Care have released a new album called Songwriters In the Valley, which promises to inspire, surprise and entertain all who listen. The success of the non-profit’s first album, Christmas in the Valley, from which the proceeds went to the local Food Bank as its first charitable recipient, spurred the philanthropic-minded group to create a new masterpiece.
All sale profits are divided and delegated to various charitable organizations around the valley.
“Fifty per cent of the proceeds from the new album, which …

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INDIE SUMMER — The Boom Booms are based out of Vancouver and describe themselves as an alternative funk or indie soul group. They will be performing live on stage at the Kinsmen Beach greenspace on Sunday, August 3rd. Photo Submitted

Surrender to the sounds of indie soul

Posted on July 14th, 2014 by


By Joshua Estabrooks
Special to The Pioneer
The Invermere Music Festival is just around the corner, and if you haven’t already familiarized yourself with the myriad of acts ready to burst out onto the main and side stages down at Kinsmen Beach on Sunday, August 3rd, allow us to make a couple of introductions.
For those who have either heard of, or in person, the headlining act The Boom Booms, you will know that their name reflects the way they take to the stage at 9:15 p.m. Based in Vancouver and formed …

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CHALLENGE HEATS UP — Radium mayor Dee Conklin (centre) works with Ryan Bavin (left), Leah Duperrault (right) and Pat Bavin (missing) on May 27th to design a vibrant vase, which will serve both as Dee’s entry into the CV Arts Celebrity Artist Challenge, as well as a heartfelt gift for an ill friend. Photo by Dan Walton

Celebrity Artist Challenge: competitor no. 2

Posted on July 14th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
For the next round in the Celebrity Artist Challenge, Radium Hot Springs mayor Dee Conklin has teamed up with the glass blowers at Bavin Glassworks in Invermere.
“There’s such a strong element of artism,” Dee said. “You can express so much through glass blowing.”
In collaboration with glassblowers Ryan Bavin, Pat Bavin and Leah Duperrault, Dee created a handblown glass vase. It’s a combination of magenta and cyan, and was named “The Delphine” after a close friend of hers.
Through a consultation at the glass studio, the team at Bavin …

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ONE GEAR — Invermere riders Steve O’Shaughnessy and Jordie Kirk will head to Alaska next week for the Single Speed World Championship. Photo by Steve Hubrecht

Local riders get set for wild ride in Alaska

Posted on July 14th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
Two local mountain bikers are heading to Alaska next week to take part in the Single Speed World Championship, with the hopes of not just winning the race, but also earning the right for Invermere to host the event next year.
Steve O’Shaughnessy and Jordie Kirk fly up to Anchorage on Thursday, July 17th for the three-day championship running from Friday, July 18th through Sunday, July 20th. The multi-day event includes the championship race, a separate as-yet-to-be determined competition to decide who will play host to next year’s …

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ROLLBOTS KILL IT — Invermere’s roller derby team is back on top after winning the league championship bout on July 5th. Photo by Ryan Mckenzie

Killer Rollbots reclaim championship title

Posted on July 14th, 2014 by


Pioneer Staff
The Invermere Killer Rollbots took charge when it counted in a nail-biting season finale against the Kimberley Bavarian Barbarians last weekend.
Their victory gives them the title of East Kootenay Roller Derby League champions once again, reclaiming the top spot after losing it to the Avalanche City Roller Girls last year.
The Rollbots held the title after the league’s inaugural season in 2012, and brought it home again on Saturday, July 5th by besting the Barbarians in Kimberley 166 to 153.
“We never gave up, we just kept doing what …

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MINISTERIAL MATTERS — Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone (left), Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Coralee Oakes and Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Benett pose for a quick photo during their visit to the valley on Thursday, June 26th. Photo by Steve Hubrecht

Provincial ministers visit Invermere, tour Jumbo

Posted on July 4th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
Three provincial ministers visited the Upper Columbia Valley last week, attending a BC Liberal party event followed by a helicopter tour to the Jumbo area.
The three ministers — Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Coralee Oakes and Minister of Energy and Mines (and Kootenay-East MLA) Bill Bennett — took part in a private BC Liberal breakfast fundraiser at Copper Point Resort on Thursday, June 26th after Ms. Oakes met with Jumbo Glacier Mountain Resort Municipality council. Bighorn helicopters …

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Urban planners seeking feedback

Posted on July 4th, 2014 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
The old Lake Auto building in downtown Invermere may no longer be in the business of aligning tires, but it was recently the site of some important community outreach that aims to align the District of Invermere’s Official Community Plan with its Integrated Community Sustainability Plan — commonly referred to as Imagine Invermere 2030.
From Monday, June 16th to Friday, June 20th, community planners with Calgary-based Urban Systems were based in and around the old garage on 13th Avenue, explaining their project and inviting feedback from Invermere residents using …

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Possibility of Deja Vu studied

Posted on July 4th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
Mountain bikers might be one step closer to having a new trail network near Radium Hot Springs.
The Village of Radium Hot Springs has approved $4,000 in funding to tackle a large portion of a $5,500 ecological study, positive results from which will allow for the Columbia Valley Greenways Trail Alliance to begin the approval process of the Deja Vu trail — an unpaved trail to be located on Crown land south of the village.
“The study is needed to begin the sanctioning process for the Deja Vu trail,” said …

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