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Creston police seeking missing woman

Posted on August 24th, 2015 by


Missing Person Katherine McAdam
Creston
2015-08-24 15:09 PDT
File # 2015-2383
Creston RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in locating 57 year old Katherine McAdam, who was last seen at her residence in the early morning hours of August 15, 2015.

McAdam is described as;
5’1 (157cm) tall
122 lbs (55kg)
Blue eyes
Dyed Red, shoulder length hair
No clothing description
McAdam has a valid driver’s licence but no known access to a vehicle.
At this point in the investigation, there is no reason to suspect foul play, however police and family are concerned for her well being.
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Local RCMP fight spread of fentanyl in valley

Posted on August 21st, 2015 by


Use of the dangerously lethal drug fentanyl has been rising lately across the country, throughout the province and even here in the valley.
A recent report issued by the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse pointed to a marked increase in fentanyl-detected deaths across Canada in the last several years, a trend Columbia Valley RCMP Corporal Grant Simpson said he’s witnessed locally in the Upper Columbia Valley.
“There are quite a number of people using it,” said Cpl. Simpson. “I wouldn’t say it’s rampant, but it’s fairly widespread. It’s quite a dangerous drug …

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Kootenay-Columbia moves to level three drought conditions

Posted on August 21st, 2015 by


Water conservation is being urged in the East Kootenay, with the provincial government having recently declared the region to be in level three drought conditions.
Warm and dry conditions have been persistent across B.C. for much of the summer, but have so far been affecting the lower mainland, Vancouver Island and the Okanagan (which are on level four drought conditions, the highest level possible) much more than the Kootenay region. The entire Kootenay-Columbia area, however, was bumped up by the Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO) on August …

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Canal Flats man missing after accident

Posted on August 21st, 2015 by


A Canal Flats man is missing after falling off a bridge on the Skookumchuk Forest Servide Road last weekend, with search and rescue efforts ongoing since.
The 51-year old man crashed his vehicle into the guard rail of the bridge, not far off the Findlay Creek Forest Service Road, after coming around a corner. He got out and attempted to free the vehicle and while go doing so, fell into the creek 150 feet (45 metres) below. The RCMP received a call about the incident on midnight of Friday, August 14th …

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HEALTH CHECK — Every Tuesday morning on Lake Windermere, Pulse Check trips take volunteers on a scientific journey. Photos by Kevin Nimmock

Taking the pulse of our living lake

Posted on August 21st, 2015 by


It was a bright, warm Tuesday morning as I stepped out of my car, groggy-eyed and confused, looking for the public boat launch in Athalmer. As a newbie in the area, I naturally had no idea where I was going, but I decided to confidently stride in one direction and hope I had guessed right.
I had not. As I looked around hopelessly, I saw an arm waving out of the corner of my eye. Sure enough, there was my group, standing beside a beautiful looking boat on the other side …

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THE FOOD LIFE­ — Peter Panneton has learned a lot about managing a restaurant during his 14 years at The Bistro Family Restaurant in Invermere.         Photo by Kevin Nimmock

Lifelong chef reflects on his 14 years in Invermere

Posted on August 21st, 2015 by


The Bistro Family Restaurant has been serving guests for 14 years in Invermere under the management of Peter Panneton.
The food industry has grasped Mr. Panneton’s attention from a young age, and he consistently worked his way up. As a teenager, he was a McDonald’s All-Star, earning accolades for the speed, quality and presentation of his french fries.
“I was the Eastern Champion for french fries,” Mr. Panneton said. “I was flown to Winnipeg for the Canadian Championships.”
Thereupon, the match was lit. Mr. Panneton became a brasserie cook in Montreal, …

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Cultivating community with gardening

Posted on August 21st, 2015 by


Gardeners, families and green-thumbed enthusiasts came together for the grand opening ceremony of the Rotary Gardens in Radium Hot Springs on Saturday, August 15th.
People came to express their joy and satisfaction about the completion of a project that took nearly two summers to complete, and thank the volunteers for donating their time and money to launch a project that benefits everybody in the community.
“Last year, we searched for a new project for Rotary to back,” explained Sunrise Rotary Club of Radium president Dale Shundra to the crowd. “The need for …

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DIFFERENT DIMENSION — The Oculus Rift works with computer software to support a variety of programs for entertainment and education. Photo by Dan Lewis.

Virtual reality in action at Summit Youth Centre

Posted on August 21st, 2015 by


The Summit Youth Centre, located on the upper level of the Invermere Community Hall, may seem like an unlikely place for cutting-edge technology, but that is where I found myself on a stormy Friday afternoon, enamoured by the possibilities of virtual reality.
Upon climbing the stairs up to the youth centre for the first time, I met Dan Lewis, who teaches an Introduction to Computer Graphics after-school program for kids and teenagers, beaming from ear to ear. It was immediately evident Dan loves his job.
Dan teaches his young students …

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Donations sought for student drug prevention program

Posted on August 21st, 2015 by


There’s a new plan in place to help empower students to choose a drug-free life.
The Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) keepin’ it REAL (kiR) Program recently received a total of $500 from the Royal Canadian Legion Windermere District Branch #71 and the Rotary Club of Invermere to help 56 Grade 5 students avoid using recreational drugs.
“From the Legion’s perspective, we’re supporting the development of youth in the community and we do it through a number of programs,” said Royal Canadian Legion Windermere District Branch #71 president Ken Carlow. “In a …

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In this image, dated 1939, a monument is unveiled in David Thompson’s honour by Dr. Mary Crawford near Wilmer. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com . Photo (A274) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Unveiling of a historic monument for David Thompson, 1939

Posted on August 21st, 2015 by


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Ktunaxa lose appeal in case against approval of Jumbo Resort

Posted on August 14th, 2015 by


The B.C. Court of Appeals has dismissed the Ktunaxa First Nation’s appeal of the B.C. Supreme Court’s previous ruling in favour of the provincial government in the Ktunaxa’s legal case against the approval of Jumbo Glacier Resort.
Resort proponents Glacier Resorts Ltd. and the Jumbo project’s lead consultant Phedias Project Management Corp. welcomed the appeal ruling, which was issued in Vancouver on Thursday, August 6th, in a press release and vowed to push ahead with scaled-back resort construction. “The project can now continue under the terms of its Master Development Agreement,” …

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Panorama novelist launches ski resort murder mystery

Posted on August 14th, 2015 by


A local author has just released her first-ever novel, a chilling murder mystery set in a fictitious B.C. ski resort.
Panorama resident Kristina Stanley’s novel “Descent” came out on Saturday, July 25th and draws heavily on her experience working at Panorama Mountain Resort as a director of human resources, security and guest services.
“It was the best job of my life and I missed it when I left, so when I decided to write a novel, I thought I’d write about a mystery happening at a ski resort in B.C.,” said …

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Iconic tribute band gears up for Invermere show

Posted on August 14th, 2015 by


For those about to rock, famed AC/DC tribute band BC/DC will be in town next weekend.
BC/DC last rocked Invermere six or seven years ago, and will be appearing on Saturday, August 22nd at Bud’s Bar and Lounge.
“It’ll be loud, it’ll rock and your ears won’t forget it the next morning. We’re looking forward to being back in Invermere,” said lead singer Brendan Raferty, better known by his stage name Brian “Bon” Johnscottson (yes, that stage is a combination of both legendary AC/DC singers, Bon Scott and Brian Johnson).
The …

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STARRY NIGHT — Outdoor moviegoers took to Eagle Ranch on July 22nd to watch Cinderella. Photo by Kevin Nimmock

Theatre Under the Stars returns to Eagle Ranch

Posted on August 14th, 2015 by


Theatre Under the Stars is coming back to Eagle Ranch Resort with a film that is sure to thrill superhero junkies.
On August 19th, Eagle Ranch will host a free outdoor screening of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Guests are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to donate to the food bank.
“Obviously, the big winner of this is the Columbia Valley Food Bank,” said Eric Thorsteinson, the resort’s general manager. “We collected an entire half-ton truck full of non-perishable food items during our screening of Cinderella on July 22nd.”
At the …

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Fairmont readies for Lorne Rowe Memorial Tournament

Posted on August 14th, 2015 by


An annual tradition for a special cause is returning to Mountainside Golf Course in Fairmont.
The Lorne Rowe Memorial Tournament is set for August 31st. Now in its seventh year, the tournament has raised a total of $33,500 to support diabetes research, making it one of B.C.’s largest fundraisers for the Canadian Diabetes Association.
“It has maintained over the years,” said Jeremy Johnson, the head golf pro at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. “This would be something Lorne would really want to participate in. We figure if Lorne would enjoy it, …

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Dr. Karolina Maslowska will be joining the Invermere Medical Clinic full-time this fall starting on Sept.r 1st. The Maslowska family will be joining her Invermere.
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New doctor joins Invermere Medical Clinic

Posted on August 14th, 2015 by


After four years of life as Haligonians imported from Poland, the Maslowska family is coming to Invermere.
Dr. Karolina Maslowska will be joining the Invermere Medical Clinic full-time this fall starting on September 1st after leaving Halifax, N.S.
“When we decided to move to Canada, we wanted to move to B.C. because of the beauty of the province that is so well-known around the world,” said Dr. Maslowska with a grin. “But my husband got a work offer… in Halifax, (then) when I read about the Practice Readiness Assessment program for internationally …

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The trend of Sexting has raised alarm bells for parents who are raising teens.
Photo by Kevin Nimmock

Keep teens safe from Sexting

Posted on August 14th, 2015 by


As children embrace technology to troll the Cyber World, the dangers of sexting are merely a click away.
TeenSafe CEO Rawdon Messenger is urging parents to be empowered and talk to their children about staying safe after plugging in to text messages, calls and social media.
“The first challenge is to try to explain to your children what it means to send, receive or request an explicit image,” said Mr. Messenger, who is based in California and is the creator of an advanced iPhone and Android monitoring software. “And how, even though …

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Frontrunners in the 20th annual Loop the Lake on Saturday, August 8th set off from the start line in Windermere. Around 650 people signed up for the anniversary event.  Photo by Breanne Massey

Loop the Lakers wrap up 20th anniversary

Posted on August 14th, 2015 by


From the far flung corners of the Columbia Valley and beyond, sprinters came together to dash away from the Windermere Community Hall for a community cause that’s become a longstanding tradition.
The Rotary Club of Invermere hosted the 20th Annual Loop the Lake half-marathon and 10-kilometre race on August 8th to raise money for community-based projects that revitalize and brighten ol’ Copper City (now known as Invermere).
Colourful contestants came from Kamloops to Calgary, and everywhere in between, to honour the return of a landmark running event.
“It’s been wonderful,” said Yvonne Redeker, …

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Cartoonist reflects on career

Posted on August 7th, 2015 by


A lifelong editorial cartoonist, who made his living taking humourous pokes at high and mighty politicians in the pages of the Calgary Herald, is now making his home in the valley.
Vance Rodewalt worked for The Albertan, the Calgary Sun and, for 25 years, the Calgary Herald, as well as Peterman Publishing, Cracked magazine (Marvel Comics), and Crazy magazine in a career stretching from 1970 until 2010, when he retired and moved to the valley.
“I was always a visual person, I actually won a Grade 4 scholarship for fine art, but …

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Organic farmers get certified

Posted on August 7th, 2015 by


Local Winderberry Farms and Edible Acres farmers Oliver and Lin Egan recently became the first certified organic farm in the East Kootenay.
The final stamp of approval came two weeks ago, capping an official certification process the Egans began three years ago.
“It’s good. We’ve been practicing organic methods for eight years now, so it’s not a big change for us, but it’s official now,” said Oliver.
The certification is through the Kootenay Organic Growers’ Society (KOGS) which uses the provincial Certified Organic Association of B.C. (COABC) standards.
“It feels awesome, it’s great. …

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