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Kootenay National Park flush with $44 million

Posted on July 24th, 2015 by


By Breanne Massey
Pioneer Staff
The Government of Canada announced infrastructure investments totalling more than $44 million for several Parks Canada sites located within Kootenay National Park on Parks Day 2015.
David Wilks, MP of Kootenay-Columbia, declared on the July 18th celebration, that visitors from all over Canada and the world would be better connected to the heart of the Rockies through improvements on Highway 93 South, repair and rehabilitation at the Radium Hot Springs, and emergency flood response work to bridges, campgrounds and day-use areas within the park. Canada’s Parks Day is …

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Court hears case against creation of Jumbo municipality

Posted on July 24th, 2015 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
The West Kootenay EcoSociety’s petition against the B.C. government’s decision to incorporate Jumbo Glacier Mountain Resort Municipality was heard in court last week, although a decision will not likely come for weeks.
The petition was heard in the B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver on Wednesday, July 15th , nearly two and a half years after it was first filed, with lawyers representing both the EcoSociety and the province present in court. Lawyers representing the municipality were not present.
“We’re basically saying that the minister (of Community, Sport and …

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Court hears case against creation of Jumbo municipality

Posted on July 24th, 2015 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
The West Kootenay EcoSociety’s petition against the B.C. government’s decision to incorporate Jumbo Glacier Mountain Resort Municipality was heard in court last week, although a decision will not likely come for weeks.
The petition was heard in the B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver on Wednesday, July 15th , nearly two and a half years after it was first filed, with lawyers representing both the EcoSociety and the province present in court. Lawyers representing the municipality were not present.
“We’re basically saying that the minister (of Community, Sport and …

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Invermere library asks for money to address budget shortfall

Posted on July 24th, 2015 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
Representatives of the Invermere Public Library attended the most recent Invermere council meeting, asking for increased funding to help deal with a consistent budget shortfall.
Library board chair Norm Funnell and library director Nicole Pawluk told council members at the July 14th meeting that each year the library’s board passes a budget that is technically $20,000 in deficit.
“It’s an ongoing problem,” said Mr. Funnell, adding that the annual shortfall stems from the library’s decision to increase its hours (and correspondingly add staff) several years ago.
Mr. Funnell …

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Rural areas set for high-speed internet

Posted on July 24th, 2015 by


By Kevin Nimmock
Pioneer Staff
Residents from remote communities across the Columbia Valley are about to get the chance to conveniently shop, learn, bank and communicate online.
Kootenay-Columbia MP David Wilks recently announced the Government of Canada will be providing $3.34 million to Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) to bring high-speed internet to 11,000 homes in southeastern B.C.
“CBT is committed to bringing better broadband to the Columbia Basin–Boundary region, and this funding is an important step forward in giving over 11,000 households the ability to participate fully in the digital world,” said Neil …

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Creativity unites artisans

Posted on July 24th, 2015 by


By Breanne Massey
Pioneer Staff
Artisans are rebranding the Tour of the Arts on the British Columbia Day long weekend this August after a lack of volunteerism shuttered the annual event.
Painter Susan Fahrni decided to use the opportunity to help the arts and entertainment community branch out with Art in the Park.
Art in the Park will highlight the Columbia Valley’s creativity with an outdoors exhibition of 16 artisan booths at Pothole Park between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 2nd.
“I was annoyed the fastest and wanted to do something,” said …

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Cat’s leg amputated after being severed by trap

Posted on July 24th, 2015 by


By Breanne Massey
Pioneer Staff
After a cat spent approximately 10 days stuck in an illegal leg trap in Canal Flats, the orange and white feline’s leg was nearly severed.
The cat, who was later named Trapper by the Invermere Companion Animal Network (ICAN), was found by a Canal Flats resident who reported the injury to ICAN before noon on June 24th and delivered Trapper to an Invermere veterinarian.  
“We had a call from some people who had a cat in distress that appeared on their doorstep looking for food,” said Sylvia Schulz, …

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IN MEMORY OF — At the Invermere A&W, a memorial marks the table regularly used by Earl Hanson. Photo by Kevin Nimmock

A&W mourns loss of longtime regular

Posted on July 24th, 2015 by


By Kevin Nimmock
Pioneer Staff
The valley has lost an old friend. Earl Hanson was well-known by staff members and regular customers alike at the A&W in Athalmer.
On July 9th, he passed away at the age of 75. Less than a week before, he visited A&W as part of his daily routine, telling the staff he would not be back at his regular table by the window, but that he truly appreciated his time around the restaurant.
“We are grieving part of our family,” said Pam Nielsen, who works at A&W. …

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THREE GENERATIONS — Jim and Judy Thompson, their four kids and eight grandchildren recently returned to the valley to celebrate the couple’s 50th anniversary in style at Heron Point in Invermere. Photo courtesy of www.kylabrownphotography.com

Couple reminisces on a long history in the valley

Posted on July 24th, 2015 by


By Kevin Nimmock
Pioneer Staff
In May of 1965, Jim and Judy Thompson said their vows. For their honeymoon, they wanted to stop off at the place that meant the most to them: the Columbia Valley.
Fifty years later, the couple returned to celebrate the half-century mark of their marriage. This time, they brought 12 members of the family who were not around in 1965, but that have grown up with Jim and Judy’s love of the valley instilled in their hearts.
The couple’s four kids and their collective eight children came …

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CLOSE CALL — Emergency personnel attend to a scene at the Canfor mill in Radium Hot Springs on Tuesday (July 14th)  night after a pilot flying a small Cessna was forced to make an emergency landing. Photo by Amanda Nason

Pilot walks away from emergency landing unscathed

Posted on July 20th, 2015 by


By Breanne Massey
Pioneer Staff
A single engine Cessna made an emergency landing at Canfor mill yard in Radium Hot Springs due to a low fuel tank.
The pilot walked away from the accident unscathed in spite of clipping the plane’s left wing on a tree during the 8:32 p.m. landing on Tuesday, July 14th.
“He was running low on fuel and I think he would’ve had enough to make it to the Invermere airport, but I don’t think (the pilot) was aware of the airport in Invermere so he circled the mill a …

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Swimmer in triathlon suffers heart attack

Posted on July 20th, 2015 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
A Calgary resident passed away last weekend after suffering a heart attack during the swim portion of the Heart of the Rockies triathlon.
The 53-year old was rescued from Lake Windermere at about 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 12th by the Windermere Fire Department’s rescue boat, rushed to shore and taken by ambulance to the Invermere & District Hospital.
“He was doing the Olympic length swim and he was in the middle of the pack. The safety spotters had their eyes on him because he was struggling. At first …

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Former Flames player advocates for safe trails

Posted on July 20th, 2015 by


By Breanne Massey
Pioneer Staff
Canadian ice hockey defenceman, Cory Sarich, has become the face of the Columbia Valley’s campaign to advocate for safe biking and hiking trails near his family’s vacation home.
Mr. Sarich, a former Calgary Flames player, suffered a life-threatening bicycling accident on Windermere Loop Road on July 21st, 2014.
After taking his hybrid bike along the challenging 40-minute valley workout, an oncoming grey Ford F-350 truck made a left-hand turn in front of him without signalling. Mr. Sarich tried to brake, but ultimately lost control of the bike and …

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Demand for local food bank services on the rise

Posted on July 20th, 2015 by


By Breanne Massey
Pioneer Staff
The generally low wages in the Columbia Valley coupled with the typically high cost of living has prompted a surge of people to take refuge in Columbia Valley Food Bank hampers.
There was a 10.6 per cent increase in hampers collected from the Columbia Valley Food Bank between January to June 2015 — jumping up from 347 last year to 384.
“June of 2015 saw more people assisted than in any other year, except 2010,” said Ron Stainthorpe, board chair of the Columbia Valley Food Bank.
“It just so happens …

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Candidates debate debates

Posted on July 20th, 2015 by


By Kevin Nimmock
Pioneer Staff
Kootenay-Columbia NDP candidate Wayne Stetski sent out a challenge to the riding’s other candidates on July 3rd, announcing his intention to make debates across the riding a priority.
Stetski challenged the candidates to join him in forming a debate committee, composed of a representative from every candidate’s team. According to Mr. Stetski, the end goal of the committee would be to ensure all the candidates are available to attend eight debates.
“We are all asking the people of this area to choose us to be their representative,” he …

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Orphaned cubs successfully released back into wild

Posted on July 20th, 2015 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
A pair of grizzly cubs orphaned near Canal Flats last fall have now been reintroduced to the wild.
“It’s been a successful operation,” said local conservation officer Greg Kruger.
The cubs were initially found hanging around the body of their mother, who had been hit by a vehicle just off Highway 93/95. Conservation officers tranquilized the cubs and then transported them to the Northern Lights Wildlife Shelter in Smithers, B.C. The cubs — one male and one female — spent the winter there and then were brought back down …

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AGRITOURISM — Just like at last year’s inaugural Summer Fair at the Agri Park at the Invermere Crossroads, youngsters will be able to enjoy pony rides around the fair grounds on July 26th. File photo by Nicole Trigg

Farmers get ready for Summer Fair

Posted on July 20th, 2015 by


By Kevin Nimmock
Pioneer Staff
Come one, come all. It is almost time for the fair.
The second annual Windermere District Farmer’s Institute (WDFI) Summer Fair is set to return to the Agri Park on July 26th for a day packed with family fun
and learning.
“We wanted to have an event that demonstrates the good will of the farmers and showcases agriculture,” WDFI project co-ordinator Hedi Trescher said.
The fair runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring information and demonstrations from WDFI members about what is produced on a daily basis …

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T-Bar to host FunnyFest

Posted on July 20th, 2015 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
If you’re feeling like it’s time to let loose and laugh until tears roll down your cheeks, then FunnyFest on Tour has got you covered.
The 15th annual FunnyFest Calgary Comedy Festival favourites are coming to the T-Bar & Grill at Panorama Mountain Resort for two hilarious nights and tickets are just $10.
“We normally charge $25 for a show like this,” FunnyFest executive and artistic director Stu Hughes told The Pioneer. “$10 is extremely good for a one-time opportunity like this.”
The comedy nights will take place on …

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2015, July 17 – Online edition

Posted on July 17th, 2015 by


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Swimmer in Heart of the Rockies suffers heart attack

Posted on July 15th, 2015 by


A Calgary resident passed away last weekend after suffering a heart attack during the swim portion of the Heart of the Rockies triathlon.
The 53-year old was rescued from Lake Windermere at about 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 12th by the Windermere Fire Department’s rescue boat, rushed to shore and taken by ambulance to the Invermere & District Hospital.
“He was doing the Olympic length swim and he was in the middle of the pack. The safety spotters had their eyes on him because he was struggling. At first he told …

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Invermere MusicFest 2014 brought out heaps of people to enjoy catchy tunes at Kinsmen Beach.
Photo by Andy Byballa

Big acts prepared for Invermere MusicFest

Posted on July 10th, 2015 by


Jay Malinowski, the frontman of iconic Canadian reggae and ska band Bedouin Soundclash, is preparing to take the stage in Invermere with his newest musical project.
Jay Malinowski and the Dead Coast are the headlining act for Invermere MusicFest. On August 22nd, valley residents and visitors alike will get the chance to see Malinowski and a variety of other Canadian musicians play at Kinsmen Beach.
“Part of the reason I created this three years ago was that I believed this valley could handle a big music festival,” said Invermere MusicFest Executive …

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