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OFFICIALLY OPEN — Residents, Family Resource Centre members and politicians join scissors to cut the ribbon on the affordable housing project. Photo by Steve Hubrecht

Affordable housing project opens

Posted on August 15th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
The Family Resource Centre, politicians from governments of all levels, and local residents gathered earlier this week to celebrate the official opening of the centre’s first affordable housing project.
Kootenay Columbia MP David Wilks, East Kootenay MLA Bill Bennett, Invermere mayor Gerry Taft, Regional District of East Kootenay Area F director Wendy Booth (representing the Columbia Basin Trust), Invermere Family Resource Centre vice president Sue-Rose Read and local resident Hannah Capilo cut the ribbon on the 18-unit apartment complex at 218 10th Avenue on Monday, August 11th in …

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Permanent foreign worker mess for MP

Posted on August 15th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
Reports of severe abuses within the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program have resulted in thick new layers of red tape enacted by the Conservatives. The reception has been cold in the Kootenay-Columbia riding where Tory MP David Wilks carries the unenviable task of toeing the party line. Defending the recent changes to the program is a tough sell in many parts of the country, but the Conservative Party knows how to pick its battles.
Since the changes were announced in July, the costs of hiring a TFW, …

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EcoSociety amends petition against Jumbo

Posted on August 15th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
The Jumbo issue is set to start heating up again, with the West Kootenay EcoSociety having made amendments to its petition challenging the incorporation of Jumbo Glacier Mountain Resort Municipality, and then calling for people to set up a watchdog camp up in Jumbo Creek to monitor Glacier Resorts Ltd. activities this summer.
“It’s not so much changed as developed,” said West Kootenay EcoSociety executive director David Reid, speaking about the amendments to the petition. “It’s a complex case, with constitutional issues, so there’s a lot of research …

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Calgary resident killed in crash

Posted on August 15th, 2014 by


By Pioneer Staff
A Calgary resident died in a motorcycle crash in Kootenay National Park during the B.C. Day long weekend.
The 56-year-old motorcyclist, David Mackenzie, was heading south on Highway 93 on a Kawasaki ZX 1000 about 12 kilometres north of Radium when he lost control of the motorcycle, going though a series of sharp curves down an eight per cent grade, at a few minutes past 1 p.m. on Sunday, August 3rd. Mr. Mackenzie was wearing a helmet and full leathers, but died from injuries sustained during the crash. …

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ANGELIC ART ­— Patrick Yesh, embodies a higher spiritual consciousness in his paintings. Inspired by his life experiences and love of beauty, the impressive collection of Art Heart and Soul translates to the audience. Photo by Erin Knutson

Art Heart and Soul, a visionary inspired

Posted on August 15th, 2014 by


By Erin Knutson
Special to the Pioneer
Art Heart and Soul welcomed its patrons with open arms during the Columbia Basin Culture Tour on Sunday, August 10th. Patrick Yesh, greeted me with a wide smile and a twinkle in his kind blue eyes at the beautiful studio location on the Dell Road in Windermere. The distinguished spiritual painter lit up the room as he gave a tour of his inspired paintings.
Patrick discussed a level of spiritual consciousness in his art; the myriad of angelic faces and ethereal symbolism is …

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EDIBLE CREATIONS — Produce prepared by over 10 local chefs will be offered at the eat all you can Pig Out 2014 event at Edible Acres. Photo by Greg Amos
                                                                     Photo by Greg Amos

Pig Out participants encouraged to saunter and savour

Posted on August 15th, 2014 by


By Greg Amos
Special to the Pioneer
Whether one takes the opportunity to enjoy local food on valley time or pursue a three-hour all-you-can-eat extravaganza, the Pig Out 2014 event at Edible Acres is a worthy late August outing in Windermere.
The event, which offers a taste of the Columbia Valley through local produce prepared by more than 10 local chefs, and two bands to provide the mood, happens just once every two years. Since the first Pig Out in 2010, the popular event has kept to a maximum of 200 tickets to …

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Strands makes home for No Island

Posted on August 15th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer staff
No Island has spent five years defining its modern vintage rock sound, and while their first full-length album awaits the final stage of production, the Vancouver based band will be stopping into Strands Old House Restaurant to show it off on Sunday, August 17th.
“We’ve figured out how to make that big studio sound come alive on stage,” said keyboarder and vocalist Andy Rice. “We don’t have any prerecorded tracks or fancy pedals, we’re just five guys playing raw instruments.”
The band recorded their album Better Days late in …

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NEW PRESIDENT ­— Pascal Van Dijk brings some Dutch flair to the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, as the new president and chief executive. Photo submitted

Going Dutch in Fairmont

Posted on August 15th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort’s new president and chief executive officer brings a Dutch twist to the role.
Pascal Van Dijk, who took over the top job in Fairmont this July after serving as the resort’s chief financial officer for the past two years, is originally from the Netherlands.
As part of his past career with Dutch industrial construction company Ballast Nedam, Mr. Van Dijk was chief financial officer at Kicking Horse Resort in Golden (which was then owned by Ballast Nedam) for three and a half years. When his …

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GLOWING HORIZON — Courtney Taylor snapped this photo on Monday, July 28th of pink clouds looming over the Fairmont Range, likely caused by the White Tail Brook wildfire burning near Canal Flats. The shot was taken from Petro-Canada in Invermere. Photo submitted

Large wildfire keeps burning

Posted on August 8th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
The White Tail Brook wildfire continues to burn near Canal Flats along with several other smaller spot fires in the area, keeping Whiteswan Provincial Park and its forest service road access closed.
Firefighters are still working to get the active White Tail Brook fire, which is now 1,550 hectares, under control. According to the B.C. Southeast Fire Centre, they have it about 50 per cent contained.
“That means that crews have got a fuel-free area or some other kind of fire break around half of the fire,” said Southeast …

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Accusations of Singletrack 6 sabotage misdirected

Posted on August 8th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
An honest mistake was falsely reported as sabotage in last week’s Pioneer, says the woman accused.
Refuting claims made in last week’s article “Sabotage strikes Singletrack 6,” Doloris, the person at the centre of the sabotage accusation, said she had not interfered with any signage or markers, and denies intentionally misguiding cyclists. “I saw a whole slew of bikes going past and I thought nothing of it,” she said. “Why would I?”
She said that another group of cyclists then approached, and one asked for directions, to which Doloris …

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Invermere couple has decades of sewer fees refunded

Posted on August 8th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
Invermere council agreed during its most recent regular council meeting to refund 20 years’ worth of sewer fees to a local couple, after the couple learned in unfortunate fashion that their home had never been connected to the district’s sewer system.
“It doesn’t make sense that a house in town, purchased in 1994, for which a sewer fee is being collected is not connected, and no record of connection seems to exist,” wrote George and Marla Oliver in a letter to council on the matter.
The couple have lived …

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Lid closed on fundraising barbecues

Posted on August 8th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
Threats of repercussions from the Interior Health Authority have prevented non-profits in the valley from fundraising with barbecues.
“Unfortunately, regulations are at the point where you pretty much need a commercial kitchen to follow the rules,” said Home Hardware owner Al Miller.
For the past 12 years, Mr. Miller has assisted many non-profits by hosting fundraiser barbecues out front of his store, but the May-long weekend was the last barbecue held at his store.
Norm Macdonald, MLA for Columbia River-Revelstoke, said that his office has received complaints about …

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Function and fashion

Posted on August 8th, 2014 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
Sandpiper Studio’s glass blowing team of Gordon Webster and Julie Gibb are opening up their workshop this weekend to anyone curious about their creative technique.
“You can stand relatively close,” said Julie. “There are a couple of angles where people can stand and watch; we’ll be doing 20 to 30-minute long demonstrations just making a vase from start to finish so people can get an idea of the process.”
The studio, which is home to a 200-pound furnace that melts the glass, is situated in a picturesque forest …

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CULTIVATING ART IN CANAL FLATS — The Headwaters Art Society display at the Summer Agri Fair on July 27th. Photo by Nicole Trigg

Headwaters Art Society opens its doors

Posted on August 8th, 2014 by


By Erin Knutson
Special to The Pioneer
An exciting peek into the Headwaters Art Society will be open to the public during the Columbia Basin Culture Tour on Saturday August 9th through Sunday, August 10th.
The Canal Flats-based organization will be opening its doors at their temporary venue for the weekend — the Lions Den in Fairmont Hot Springs.
The exciting exhibition will host a myriad of art and artists, including a diverse collection of painters, tin-work, jewelry, mixed media and a host of impressive demonstrations.
“We’ve been incorporated for over three …

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CULTURE QUEENS — CastleRock Art Group painters Laila Jensen, Donna Deschenes and Trich Gaul will display their paintings as part of the Columbia Basin Culture Tour. Photo by Steve Hubrecht

CastleRock trio readies for first show

Posted on August 8th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
A trio of artists from the CastleRock subdivision are gearing up for their first group show at this weekend’s Columbia Basin Culture Tour.
Painters Donna Deschenes, Laila Jensen and Trich Gaul, all from CastleRock and going by the name CastleRock Art Group, will be displaying their paintings at the Heritage House Arts Center, located in one of Invermere’s oldest homes. The paintings on show will be a mix of styles, with Ms. Deschenes presenting mostly oil-based painting, Ms. Gaul exhibiting all acrylic paintings, and Ms. Jensen showing mainly …

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INSPIRED POTTERY — Alice Hale demonstrates her technique in front of her Invermere studio.   Photo by Dan Walton

Caraway Pottery opens doors

Posted on August 8th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
Those taking part in the Columbia Basin Culture Tour won’t want to miss the stop at Caraway Pottery in Invermere.
In 1985, Potter Alice Hale had her studio built right beside her home on Westside Road, and this weekend, her workshop will be open to anyone on the tour.
Between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 9th and Sunday, August 10th, Caraway Pottery’s doors will be open to allow an intimate look inside.
“I’ll have it arranged as nicely as I can,” said Alice. “I’ll be spending two …

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Committee dishes out multi-use centre dimensions

Posted on August 6th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
The Community Hall Advisory Committee was back in action on Tuesday, July 22nd, when the layout and building approach of the new multi-use facility were further planned out.
Floor plans were amended for the multi-purpose building to measure 7,000 square feet (in addition to a 1,500 square foot stage) rather than 6,000, reducing the size of the two multipurpose rooms from 1,000 square feet to 750 each. The entire building will span 16,500 to 17,000 square feet — an increase over the original plan of 15,000.
Invermere mayor Gerry Taft, …

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District will cut down iconic Russian olive tree

Posted on August 1st, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
An iconic tree in the middle of Invermere will get the axe later this summer.
The Russian olive tree in Cenotaph Park at the junction of the main street (7th Avenue) and 12th Street will be chopped down during renovations to the park, slated to begin sometime in August.
“Of all the looming things we’ve needed to do for the last few years, this is the one we’re dreading the most,” said Invermere mayor Gerry Taft.
The district’s contracting arborist, Green Leaf Tree Service, has deemed the tree — which …

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Stage 3 of the Singletrack 6 mountain bike event took place on the Toby Benches along the Johnson Trail, where riders were misdirected off course by a local unhappy about the event taking place. Photo by Gibson Pictures

Sabotage strikes Singletrack 6

Posted on August 1st, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
Professional cyclists from around the world had their race at the Toby Benches sabotaged last weekend, when a local resident misdirected competitors along the Johnson Trail during Stage 3 of the Singletrack 6 mountain bike event.
“Everything was going along great until this idiot plugged in her own agenda,” said Lyle Wilson, race director of the event. “Either she thinks it’s a joke, or she’s vindictive that there’s so much mountain biking going on up at the benches that she tried to screw up the whole event.”
Stage 3 …

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DREAM DONATION — Calgary Flames player Mason Raymond is surrounded by local minor hockey players who have just geared up in brand new equipment. The donation came through the NHLPA’s Goals and Dreams Fund, which Mr. Raymond helped disburse at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena on Tuesday, July 22nd.   Photo by Dan Walton

Raymond suits up youngsters with his work attire

Posted on August 1st, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer staff
It’s not cheap to play the most popular sport in Canada, but many families in the valley were able to have the cost of their kids’ hockey equipment covered by the NHL Players Association (NHLPA).
Thanks to the NHLPA Goals and Dreams Fund, the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena was packed with boxes full of hockey equipment on Tuesday, July 22nd. An abundance of brand new equipment was stocked to outfit the young athletes with everything from skates to helmets. And helping the little hockey players suit up was …

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