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PANO PAVE — The southern portion of Panorama Drive will benefit from $400,000 worth of re-paving and improved stormwater drainage work being carried out this fall. Photo by Greg Amos

Two projects underway near Panorama Drive

Posted on September 19th, 2014 by


By Greg Amos
Special to The Pioneer
The District of Invermere is spending more than $750,000 on two major projects near the intersection of 7th Avenue and Panorama Drive this fall, with both expected to be substantially complete by the end of October.
In mid-August, Max Helmer Construction was awarded a $429,243 (including GST) contract to carry out the Industrial Business Park Road Improvement project, which involves re-paving and improving the stormwater drainage at the southern-most section of Panorama Drive.
“We’re trying to deal with groundwater and storm water, and deal with the …

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CertainTeed Gypsum mine moving to Canal Flats in 2017

Posted on September 19th, 2014 by


By Erin Knutson
Special to The Pioneer
The new gypsum mine proposed for the Canal Flats area looks promising as an environmentally sound and important addition to the terminal lifespan of the existing Windermere operation. CertainTeed Gypsum is following necessary protocol to manifest the Kootenay West Mine for its projected 2017 start date.
“We’ve been doing this for generations,” said Amy Lee, manager of marketing communications and sustainability at CertainTeed Gypsum. CertainTeed Gypsum has been around since the 1950s and has created a solid reputation spanning over five decades. The presence of …

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CENOTAPH COMMOTION — Any disruption Cenotaph Park construction is causing local businesses will not be compensated financially by the District of Invermere. Photo by Dan Walton

No compensation near cenotaph

Posted on September 19th, 2014 by


By Greg Amos
Special to The Pioneer
Council is denying a request for compensation from one Invermere business property owner who will be affected by this fall’s re-development of Cenotaph Park, the triangle-shaped park found at the intersection of 12th Street and 7th Avenue in downtown Invermere.
After receiving the letter from Pierre Delesalle, the landlord of the Consign It Store and the Rockies Dollar Shop, and landlord and owner of the Canterbury Inn, council unanimously agreed to respond and explain compensation would not be given. The decision came after the District of …

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Grasic makes national ski team

Posted on September 19th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff

One of the valley’s most promising downhill skiers — Martin Grasic — has been called to represent the nation as a member of Alpine Canada.
“Once you get to the national team, it really becomes everyone’s full-time job,” he said. “I really like the team; it’s a good dynamic. We really push each other.”
He’ll be joining four other skiers on Alpine Canada’s development team. Earning a role with the national squad is major progress in Martin’s professional career, after spending the past three winters competing for the provincial …

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BOWLING BUDDIES — From left to right are Bess Spark,  George Bicknell, Myrtle Holden, Arnold Wassing and Herta Tacha wearing their Seniors Games silver medals. Photo submitted

Valley seniors take silver

Posted on September 19th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
A group of valley seniors recently returned home from this year’s BC Seniors Games with a silver medal in carpet bowling.
The team — which consisted of skip (captain) Myrtle Holden, Herta Tacha, Bess Spark, Arnold Wassing and George Bicknell (filling in for Aly Mederer) — represented East Kootenay Zone Seven and earned the silver during the September 9th to September 13th games in Langley, coming just one point shy of the gold-medal winning team in the final standings.
“That’s the luck of the game,” said Mrs. Holden, speaking …

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TOO BLUE — Tribute artists the Blues Brothers Too will be on the roster at this year’s classic car Show and Shine in Radium Hot Springs. Photo submitted

Blues Brothers Too joining car show fleet

Posted on September 19th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
In Radium Hot Springs this weekend, the Blues Brothers Too will be behind the wheel of the Blues Mobile Too – which will be joining the fleet at the 25th annual Columbia Valley Classics Autumn Show and Shine car show.
The Blues Brothers came to fame in the late 1970s, serving out a mission from God. The duo used entertainment to raise enough money to save the orphanage where they were raised. After succeeding in their campaign, the brothers made a career out of their musical showmanship. The …

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JUNGLE LOVE — Lucky valley students and residents will have a chance to head to the Ecuadorian Amazon (shown above) this coming spring break.  Photo submitted

Travel to the Amazon on a volunteer trip

Posted on September 19th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
Valley students will have the chance to head to Ecuador next spring as part of a volunteer trip led by an East Kootenay teacher.
Elk Valley teacher Kerrie Purdy, with the help of local Columbia Valley teacher Debra Fisher, will be taking a group of students and adults to help build schools or other needed infrastructure in the South American country during the 2015 spring break through an EF Educational Tours and Me to We partnership trip.
“It’s amazing for students to get out of the classroom. They learn …

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Fundraising required by multi-use centre user groups

Posted on September 12th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
Moving forward with the Community Hall Advisory Committee seems like a Catch-22 for some of the user groups involved.
The committee met at the Invermere Municipal Office on Tuesday, September 9th.
Many of the building’s features will be contingent upon fundraising results conducted by different organizations, but District of Invermere councillors won’t be able to gauge the success of each fundraising initiative before having to inform the architect of certain specifications.
The performing arts consortium hired Don Parman of Evan-Par Productions for a consultation on their portion of the project. …

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FUNDING PIONEERS — A new alliance bodes well for future gains at the Invermere Public Library. From left to right: Foundation chair Roberta Hall, Friends president Lynda Tutty, Pat Conway, Joan Rouse, library board member Tom Symington, and Nancy Ballard. Photo by Erin Knutson

New library Fund promises to care for future generations

Posted on September 12th, 2014 by


By Erin Knutson
Special to the Pioneer
A binding agreement between the Friends of Invermere Public Library and the Columbia Valley Community Foundation was successfully completed to launch the first-ever Invermere Public Library Endowment Fund on Wednesday, September 3rd at Pynelogs.
“We’re so excited about this initiative,” said Tom Symington, a member of the Invermere Public Library Board, who initiated the establishment of an endowment fund with the assistance of the Friends.
The Friends of the Invermere Public Library are a group of people dedicated to enhancing and preserving the library’s programs and its …

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SCHOOLING SKIRMISH — Teachers’ rallies took place in each school district across British Columbia on Friday, September 5th. In School District 6, dozens of members of the Windermere Teachers’ Association met at Kinsmen Beach for a rabble-rousing assembly led by local president Doug Murray. Photo by Dan Walton

Adjusting to life without school

Posted on September 12th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
Parents and students of B.C. are managing to occupy the unexpected free time that’s come as a result of the B.C. teachers’ strike by making alternative arrangements to the regular school year.
The younger students don’t seem to be struggling as the kids’ camp offered through the College of the Rockies Invermere — a non-instructional weekday program for kids as a response to the situation — only garnered limited interest, said Invermere campus manager Doug Clovechok.
“It was an opportunity for parents to get their kids involved with …

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SOUPED-UP SIGNAGE  — The Crystal Springs Motel is the first business in Radium to update backlit signage in more than ten years. Photo by Kristin McCauley

Signage suffrage softens in Radium

Posted on September 12th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer staff
For the first time in over ten years, an exception has been made to the restrictive signage bylaws in Radium Hot Springs.
The Crystal Springs Motel is now marketing itself with Radium’s only freestanding sign to have been modified in the past decade.
Deb James, co-owner of Crystal Springs Motel, said the new sign looks fresh and beautiful, compared to the “eye sore”, which had its name and logo peeling off.
“We heard that council might be receptive to applications for variance, so we went to a [council] meeting …

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FISH FANS — “Salmon nerd” shirts and plush toys will be on sale at this year’s Columbia Salmon Festival with proceeds going direcly to salmon restoration projects Photo submitted

Salmon nerds head to Kinsmen

Posted on September 12th, 2014 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
A fish-friendly festival is taking over Kinsmen Beach tomorrow when the 4th annual Columbia Salmon Festival returns on Saturday, September 13th.
“It’s a mix of musical acts, local groups, story telling, and people speaking on the importance of salmon to the region, to First Nations, and the way — with the dams that were built with the Columbia River Treaty — that the salmon lifestyle was impacted,” Ktunaxa Nation Council communications manager Jesse Nicholas told The Pioneer.
The mission of the festival is to inform people about the …

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LANCASTER LEO — The fascinating war time memoirs of past Windermere resident Leo Richer are now available in a newly recreated book available both in paperback and online. Photo submitted

Bomber pilot’s memoirs brought back to life

Posted on September 12th, 2014 by


By Elinor Florence
Contributed
Seventy-five years ago, on September 10th, 1939, Canada declared war against the Third Reich, so it’s fitting that a book of memoirs written in 1998 by a local veteran is now available for purchase once again.
Leo Richer of Windermere, who passed away in 2000, wrote and self-published his 76-page book of memoirs called I Flew the Lancaster Bomber two years before his death. It was printed and bound by Palliser Printing in Invermere, and all the copies were snapped up by family and friends.
Last year, his son …

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PELOSO TAKEOVER — Megan Peloso was born to take the helm as the new program coordinator for the Lake Windermere Ambassadors.   Photo submitted

Lake ambassador takes over the helm

Posted on September 12th, 2014 by


By Erin Knutson
Special to the Pioneer
The Lake Windermere Ambassadors have given the reins of one of its most important roles to a new water woman at the helm of the not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the lake.Deserving candidate Megan Peloso has taken over the position of program co-ordinator from former representative Kirstin Harma.“I’m very grateful for the warm welcome I have received since arriving just a few weeks ago,” Ms. Peloso said.
Parts of the responsibilities integral to Ms. Peloso’s exciting new role include managing the diverse needs of …

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Rockies round up roster before season starter

Posted on September 12th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
With several staffers shredding the sophomore status at the same time as the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) lifts its restriction on importing players from outside B.C., the Columbia Valley Rockies are expecting to bring more weight to the rink this season.
The Columbia Valley Rockies saw a large staffing turnover midway through the 2012-2013 season, with the Dubielewicz brothers — coaches Wade, Scott and Kirk — along with general manager Ross Bidinger taking over the club. As they begin their second full season at the helm, …

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FOSSIL FINDER — Dr. Jean-Bernard Caron holds up a small slab containing a fossil from the Marble Canyon site on August 20th. 
Photo by Nicole Trigg

Hoping to find an ancient fish with fins

Posted on September 6th, 2014 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
Burgess Shale — a rock formation containing fossils from the early Cambrian Period — was first discovered above Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park in 1909 by palaeontologist Charles Walcott. The Walcott Quarry, as it became known, has since provided an invaluable window to prehistoric life on Earth from roughly 505 million years ago. Having yielded roughly 200,000 incredibly detailed fossil specimens of early marine life since it was first discovered, the site has been the best known Burgess Shale site in the world — until a Royal …

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Columbia Valley teachers were back on the picket line on the morning of Tuesday, September 2nd, which normally would have marked the start of the school year , but the continuing labour dispute between the B.C. government and  teachers ‘ union  is keeping public schools throughout the province closed. 
Photo by Dan Walton

Neither teachers nor province backing down

Posted on September 6th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
With Labour Day over, and the teachers and the B.C. provincial government still at a stalemate, the looming threat of a strike to start off the 2014-2015 school year has been realized.
The teachers’ union and the government share a toxic history together, and they’ve recently entered unchartered legal territory, leaving both sides under the impression that holding out is their best strategy.
“We’re all going to go back to work; we just don’t know when or how,” said Doug Murray, president of the Windermere Teachers’ Association.
Jim Iker, president …

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TEMPORARY TRANSIT — A temporary bridge was installed on Saturday, August 30th at 15.8 kilometres up Jumbo Creek Forest Service Road, just before the designated entrance to the Jumbo Glacier Mountain Resort Municipality. 	
Photo submitted by Glacier Resorts Ltd.

Glacier Resorts Ltd. prepares for construction

Posted on September 6th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
Glacier Resorts Ltd., the developer behind Jumbo Glacier Resort, is ready to begin construction amid ongoing scrutiny presented by opposition groups.
Watchdogs are calling foul at the same time as the Ktunaxa First Nation appeals a B.C. Supreme Court decision made in April that favours the provincial government’s approval of the year-round ski resort in Jumbo Valley.
In a September 2nd press release, the West Kootenay EcoSociety posted three allegations made by the Jumbo Citizens Monitoring Camp — that Glacier Resorts Ltd. failed to properly notify of a road …

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TIGHT SQUEEZE — The Invermere Public Library has the third smallest size-to-population served ratio out of all of B.C.'s 72 public libraries.

Patron survey shows Invermere library squeezed for space

Posted on September 6th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
The Invermere Public Library’s most recent patron survey underscored a desire for more space, while the most recent audit of the library highlighted problems with the building’s roofing, exterior windows and heating system.
“We heard over and over again; needs more space, needs more space, space, space,” said chief librarian Nicole Pawlak, speaking about the 2014 patron survey.
The library did the survey this past spring, after the library board voted during a strategic planning session to undertake more public consultation. The last time the library did a patron …

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STEAMBOAT SKILLS — The Sunday Music Workshop at the Edgewater All Saints Churchyard the day after the 2014 Steamboat Mountain Music Festival.  Photos submitted

Steamboat music bursaries now available

Posted on September 6th, 2014 by


By Anne Jardine
Steamboat Mountain Music Society
Duncan Bedford attended the July 5th Steamboat Festival with his artist wife Lee, helping her pack and unpack her wares for her Canyon Creek Pottery vendor display, and assisting her with sales all day. They left the festival grounds at twilight, skipping the last couple of acts because they had a long drive home to Nicholson, just south of Golden. Meanwhile, back at the festival, the Yamaha Guitar Raffle draw was made, and Duncan’s name was announced as the winner of the beautiful mahogany electric-acoustic …

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