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NOT ENOUGH FEAR — The cougar that was the subject of last week’s lead news story was killed by Conservation Officers on January 22nd after it showed signs of becoming too habituated to humans. 
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Conservation officers kill cougar on the prowl in Invermere

Posted on January 30th, 2015 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
A cougar that became too comfortable with close proximity to humans was killed in CastleRock on Thursday, January 22nd, but another was spotted in the area the day after the first one was killed.
The cougar that was killed was blind in one eye, and exhibited much bolder behaviour and appeared less fearful of human presence than most cougars, according to local conservation officer Greg Kruger.
“It had become far too comfortable up there. It’s a residential area with a lot of young families with small kids,” he said. …

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Whitetail Lake project prompts new bylaw

Posted on January 30th, 2015 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
A proposed bylaw driven by the development currently taking place at Whitetail Lake has reached the public hearing stage. On Monday, February 2nd at the Columbia Ridge Community Centre in Fairmont, the Columbia Valley directors of the Regional District of East Kootenay will hold the hearing to receive public comment on new regulations that, if adopted, will specifically target the provincial legislation that allowed the Whitetail Lake development to proceed despite the RDEK’s refusal to approve the project’s rezoning application in 2010.
“If the provincial regulation wasn’t there, …

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MISSING METEORITE — A geoscience professor from the University of Calgary is hoping valley locals can provide him with clues as to where pieces of a meteorite landed in the early house of Saturday, December 20th. Photo submitted

Meteorite lands east of Columbia Valley

Posted on January 30th, 2015 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
Science has received a gift from the heavens, but geographic and climate challenges have locked it away in the rugged Rocky Mountains.
A small asteroid was spotted above the valley during the early hours of Saturday, December 20th. It became visible between Canal Flats and Fairmont Hot Springs to the east of Highway 93/95. Upon entering the atmosphere, it made a fireball, which increased its illumination for the majority of the 80-kilometre trail that it left before fading above Height of the Rockies Provincial Park.
A security camera at …

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Jumbo Official Community Plan, petition gaining speed

Posted on January 30th, 2015 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
The first reading of Jumbo Glacier Resort’s official community plan was carried at the municipality’s regular council meeting on Tuesday, January 27th while an online petition opposing the resort is also gaining traction.
Council had the option of going ahead with second reading, but decided to pursue community consultation before moving forward. The draft plan proposes how the resort’s development will be carried out. The official community plan can be seen online at www.tinyurl.com/qe6sapp.
As of Wednesday, January 28th, the online petition — titled “Save Endangered Grizzly Bears from Jumbo …

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Local teen skier set to hit the slopes at Canada Winter Games

Posted on January 28th, 2015 by


An Invermere teen will line up at the start gate for the alpine skiing events at the Canada Winter Games in a few weeks.
Grade 10 David Thompson Secondary School student Liam Haynes will be racing down the slopes in slalom, GS (giant slalom), super G (super giant slalom) and skier cross at the Games, which will be held in Prince George from February 13th to March 1st, competing for team Alberta.
“I’m really excited and it’ll be a lot of fun,” said Liam, who has never raced before in the Canada …

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EMP EMERGENCY — Students, parents and traffic mesh haphazardly on 20th Street, where the Eileen Madson Primary School Parents’ Advisory Committee is asking the district to consider building a dedicated walkway for students. Since these photos were taken, the district has put up temporary No Parking signs on the north side of the street. Photo submitted

Parents’ group presses council to include student pathway in budget

Posted on January 27th, 2015 by


The Eileen Madson Primary school Parents Advisory Committee (PAC) is pushing hard for a designated walkway along 20th Street to be included in the district of Invermere’s 2015 budget, even as time to do so runs short.
The PAC had presented their safe concerns about students walking to and from the primary school along congested 20th Street, and proposed a walkway as a solution, at a council meeting this past November. Council resolved at the meeting to put up temporary No Parking signs to relieve congestion on the street (which was …

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Local youth taught how to save in pilot program

Posted on January 27th, 2015 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff

Saving money is a habit that’s easy to procrastinate, and since the importance of financial reserves isn’t driven home through public education, the Family Resource Centre decided to host a free workshop for youngsters on the subject.
In conjunction with FrogskinU — a not-for-profit educational foundation from Calgary — local Grade 5 and 6 students were invited to take part in a financial literacy program at the Women’s Resource Centre in Frater Landing ind downtown Invermere on Saturday, January 17th.
For the past three years, FrogskinU educators have been …

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New cougar spotted in CastleRock area

Posted on January 23rd, 2015 by


The cougar that had become too comfortable with close proximity to humans was killed in CastleRock yesterday, but another has been spotted in the area today.
Local conservation officer Greg Kruger said there have been two calls this morning reporting a cougar walking through the CastleRock area, adding both reports said the cougar appeared to be just passing through and left quickly as soon as it became aware of humans being present.
“We’re going to monitor this cougar’s activity and if there a public safety issue we’ll respond accordingly again,” said Mr. …

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Village of Radium weighs urban deer management options

Posted on January 23rd, 2015 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
As the District of Invermere continues to be challenged to manage its deer population, the Village of Radium Hot Springs is also considering dealing with a select few.
“Mule deer numbers in Radium are not a huge issue,” said Radium mayor Clara Reinhardt in an email. “(But) we do have a problem with a couple of does who are aggressive with people walking dogs.”
Earlier this month, Village of Radium Hot Springs chief administrative officer Mark Read attended an Urban Deer Management Workshop that was held in Vancouver by …

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BIGGER BREW — Arrowhead's new vats are going to allow the brewery to almost double its production. Photo submitted

Arrowhead brewing doubles up

Posted on January 23rd, 2015 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
Invermere’s Arrowhead Brewery continues to expand at a fast rate, having recently set up four of its five new vats at the brewery and growing its distribution across B.C. and into Alberta.
“(The new vats) will almost double our capacity for fermenting and storage of beer,” said Arrowhead co-owner Shawn Tegart.
Arrowhead’s four new vats, which were custom-built to fit into the brewery, are already installed and the fifth will likely be arriving sometime in the spring. The five vats will be in addition to the 10 the brewery …

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‘THE DEAN’ — Above: Loverboy guitarist Paul Dean on tour in 1986. 
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Loverboy’s guitar star returning home

Posted on January 23rd, 2015 by


By Erin Knutson
Special to The Pioneer
Local boy and ‘64 David Thompson Secondary School graduate turned international pop-metal sensation Paul Dean — guitar star of the prolific band Loverboy — spoke candidly to The Pioneer about the creative process and inspiration behind the band’s recently released album “Unfinished Business.” The compilation of decades of incomplete work came together when Paul uncovered thirty-five years worth of tracks in various stages.
“It turned out really good. I’m really happy with it. I’d been carrying around all these tapes from ‘79 — demos, lyrics, just …

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Columbia Valley engulfed by endless events

Posted on January 23rd, 2015 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
The valley is going to be jam-packed full of events during the final weekend of January.
On the frozen Lake Windermere, outdoor enthusiasts will have to choose between an ice fishing derby, organized pond hockey, and an ugly sweater curling bonspiel. Up at Nipika Mountain Resort, the annual Nipika/Toby Creek Nordic Loppet Weekend will be contesting the valley’s Nordic ski racers.
The Kinsmen Ice Fishing Derby takes place for the 15th year on Saturday, January 31st. The fisherman to net the longest sucker or pike minnow has the chance …

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Cougar on the prowl in CastleRock killed

Posted on January 22nd, 2015 by


UPDATE: The cougar mentioned in the story below was killed earlier today, after conservation officers say had grown too comfortable with hanging around residential parts of Invermere in the past few days. The Pioneer will be following up with the full story.

By Erin Knutson
Special to The Pioneer
A cougar has been identified as the predator in the second deer mauling on residential property that’s been reported to officials since the start of the new year.
The attack occurred at the home of Leo and Dianne Kienitz on Friday January, …

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New Official Community Plan process set to begin for Toby Benches

Posted on January 19th, 2015 by


Regional District of East Kootenay
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Work will soon begin on a new planning process for the Toby Benches area in the Columbia Valley.
“The Toby Benches Land Use Strategy is the Regional District of East Kootenay’s oldest land use plan and will be replaced by a new Official Community Plan” explains RDEK Electoral Area G Director Gerry Wilkie. “Land use issues change over time. It’s important that the residents of the Toby Benches have a Plan that is based on current information and reflects their vision for the future.”
One of the first …

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GOODBYE OLD SCHOOL — This was DTSS in 1957 when it was newly opened. It served as a school until 1994. Since then parts of it have been re-commissioned for fire department, school board and day care services, but sometime recently - at the end of November, the main part of the school was demolished to make way for a new Invermere community recreation complex. Photo courtesy of the Retired Teachers’ Association

Demolished high school in Invermere closes half-century chapter

Posted on January 16th, 2015 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
The past year was the final one that the old David Thompson Secondary School (DTSS) building stood sentinel at the entrance to Invermere.
The building was opened in 1957 and was actively used as a school until the current David Thompson Secondary School building was opened in 1994. Parts of the old school still remain in use as a firehall, school district office and a day care, but the main part of the school was demolished in late November 2014, to make room for the new multi-use community …

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Elderly man found dead in local coffee shop

Posted on January 16th, 2015 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
Employees at a local coffee shop made the tragic discovery of a man’s lifeless body during the weekend.
On the morning of Sunday, January 11th, the staff at Kicking Horse Coffee entered the public washroom after a patron had been inside for an abnormally long time.
The man was unresponsive, and CPR was administered immediately, said Columbia Valley RCMP Corporal Brent Ayers.
“There were no signs whatsoever (of foul play),” and the death is not deemed suspicious, he said.
However, the name of the deceased cannot be released as the BC …

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Avalanche Canada introduces new public safety tool

Posted on January 16th, 2015 by


Avalanche Canada
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Avalanche Canada is pleased to announce a new tool for backcountry users that brings real-time information sharing to recreational users. The Mountain Information Network (MIN) offers an easy and effective method for backcountry users to submit weather, snowpack and avalanche observations. This data can then be viewed on the main map of Avalanche Canada’s website and mobile app.
“The MIN is fully integrated with our website at avalanche.ca,” explains Karl Klassen, Manager of Avalanche Canada’s Public Avalanche Warning Service. “Submissions to the network are geo-tagged, so others can easily …

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REIGNING CHAMPIONS — Lef to right, Brandon Cote, Marlow Feldmann and last season’s coach Blair McFarlane were at their best during the regional competition in Kelowna in February 2014. Brandon and Marlow qualified for the B.C. Winter Games after solid performances.                                                                                        Photo submitted

Invermere Special Olympic athletes head to B.C. Winter Games

Posted on January 16th, 2015 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
The Invermere Special Olympic group is proud to be sending athletes to the B.C. Special Olympic Winter Games for the first time. Brandon Cote and Marlow Feldmann will be joining the rest of the 60 Region One (the Kootenay Region) team athletes for the Winter Games in Kamloops on February 20th and 21st, with both Invermere residents participating in all the alpine skiing events — slalom, GS (giant slalom), and Super G (super giant slalom).
“I think they (the athletes) are pretty excited. For us (the local …

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HEALTHY BUSINESS — Invermere Health Care Auxiliary Thrift Shop volunteers are as happy with the store’s new location as the public. Sales have escalated since the Thrift Shop opened its doors at the new location on 7th Avenue. Photo by Erin Knutson

Columbia Valley cared for by profitable Thrift Shop

Posted on January 16th, 2015 by


By Erin Knutson
Special to The Pioneer
The new location of Invermere’s very own state-of-the-art Health Care Auxiliary Thrift Shop promises an adventure for all curious vintage connoisseurs and its myriad of hard-working volunteers, while making various charitable donations to some important organizations.
The word on the street is that the new location is beautifully organized, easily accessible and the product is top notch. And according to anonymous shoppers, the items at the store are better than at other second-hand locations, and donating goods is a great way to justify adding to their …

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Food, curling and Snowflake Festival fun planned for Kinsmen Beach

Posted on January 16th, 2015 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff

The biggest reminder of winter comes to the valley each year in the middle of January, when Kinsmen Beach becomes the home of the Snowflake Festival, Taste of the Valley, and the Bonspiel on the Lake.
This year, the sixth annual Snowflake Festival will coincide with the 32nd annual Bonspiel on the Lake. And there’s more cuisine than ever before – nine local restaurants have signed up to share their finest cuts at Taste of the Valley. The event begins at 4 p.m. on Friday, January 23rd with …

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