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Unauthorized trail builder faces charges

Posted on August 19th, 2016 by


A Radium Hot Springs resident with a passion for trail building is preparing for a court appearance on charges of contravening the National Park Act.
In April, David Pacey was caught by Parks Canada wardens in Kootenay National Park using a Swede saw to clear trees on the Kindersley Trail without Parks Canada’s knowledge or consent. He was escorted by the wardens down the trail and out of the park.
“They said, ‘David, you’re not allowed to do that’,” Mr. Pacey told The Pioneer, adding one of the wardens already knew his …

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Celebrating life—Friends gathered to celebrate the healthy recovery ahead for Katie Milligen and Matt Bach who had a tree fall on them while camping on July 30th. From left to right:
Spencer Cotie, Kaelin Hyllestad, Jess Wall, Joe Davis, Anya Milligen, Katie Milligen, Matt Bach, Jordan McElroy, Jackie Miller, Carson Charrois, Mitchell Beggs, and Adam Torma.

Life changes in the crack of a tree

Posted on August 19th, 2016 by


Sometimes, in the blink of an eye, your life can change. For Katie Milligen, Matt Bach and their friends, that blink of an eye will always be remembered with the crack of a 70-foot tall tree coming crashing to the ground.
It was while camping at Hall Lake just north of Radium that Katie and Matt had their lives flash before their eyes when the top of half of a tree collapsed on top of the two of them in a moment’s notice without the possibility of escape.
From what …

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PUSHING FOR THE PODIUM--Invermere's Jolaine Undershute finished eighth at her third Reebok CrossFit Games held in Carson, California in late July. 
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Undershute unsatisfied with top 10 finish at CrossFit Games in California

Posted on August 19th, 2016 by


For most people, holding the title of the 8th fittest woman on earth between the ages of 40 and 44 would be fulfilling. Invermere’s Jolaine Undershute, who recently finished in that position at the 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games held July 19th to 24th, is not most people.
“People are like, ‘You’re eighth in the entire world out of 12,000 women who entered this competition,’ and a lot of people would be happy with that, but I was second in the qualifier and I know that what I’m capable of so, …

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Valley Residents celebrate as Canadian citizens

Posted on August 19th, 2016 by


On August 10th, a group of 108 individuals from 24 different countries gathered in Cranbrook to celebrate a feeling and a fact that was both unique and permanent for the rest of their lives. They became Canadian citizens.
Coming from countries as close as the United States and Mexico but as far as the Switzerland and Israel, the group gathered at the Royal Alexandra Hall to take their oath of Canadian citizenship and sing the national anthem as Canadian citizens for the first time.
Of the 108 in attendance, 34 …

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Dedicated Firefighter--Pictured left to right: Shawn Tomlin, RDEK Chief Administrative Officer (CAO); Fire Chief Jim Miller; Rob Gay RDEK Board Chair and Director Area C.

Fire Chief awarded for decade of Service

Posted on August 19th, 2016 by


It may not feel like it, he says, but Jim Miller is celebrating 10 years of service as fire chief of the Columbia Valley Rural Fire and Rescue Service.
Mr. Miller was recently congratulated by the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) and presented a 10-year Service Award for exemplifying outstanding dedication and leadership at the RDEK board meeting on August 5th.
“I was quite impressed that they went out of their way to recognize 10 years of service,” he said. “We’ve taken the fire department a long ways …

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Players with the Canal Flats Minor Hockey Association receive coaching at the Columbia Valley Hockey School summer camp. Photo submitted

Canal Flats mom fighting to save local hockey program

Posted on August 19th, 2016 by


The Canal Flats Minor Hockey Association has been operating with two parents and two volunteer coaches to offer the only organized sport to kids in the community. The hockey program has seen a decrease in excitement for the game in the kids leading to a lack of attendance at practices.
“The end of last season I noticed pretty much all kids were not even showing up to practice. They were dropping out, there was very little interest and I was like, ‘What can we do? I don’t want to lose this, …

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De Bruces a Mi, a reggae-hip hop-R&B-World Music band from Columbia, is performing at the Kinsmen Beach Greenspace tonight for the kick-off of the Invermere MusicFest as part of their 2016 Canada tour. Photo submitted

Outdoor dance party kicks off MusicFest

Posted on August 19th, 2016 by


The 2016 Invermere MusicFest is making sure it has something to offer everyone by including a Friday night dance party. Tonight (Friday, August 19th) kicks off the waterfront festival at the Kinsmen Beach Greenspace with performances from Love You Miss You, HighKicks and De Bruces a Mi.
“We wanted to offer a Friday night for the locals who have to work on Saturday… we also thought a dance party for the younger crowd would give them an opportunity to see what the Invermere MusicFest is all about,” said festival executive …

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Driver in fatal accident failed to respond to changing conditions

Posted on August 15th, 2016 by


An Ontario woman lost her life in a traffic accident near Dry Gulch last weekend.
The two-vehicle collision occurred at the turn off to Dry Gulch Provincial Park at 11:40 a.m. on Sunday, August 14th when a Toyota Rav4 heading south on Highway 93/95 was struck by a Chrysler 200 heading north.
The male driver of the Rav4 “failed to respond to changing conditions,” said RCMP East Kootenay Traffic Services Sergeant Don Erichsen in a press release.
The Rav4 was carrying six people and was travelling in a line of several …

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One dead in Dry Gulch car accident

Posted on August 14th, 2016 by


A woman from Ontario lost her life in a two-vehicle collision earlier today (Sunday, August 14th) on Highway 93/95 at the turn off to the Dry Gulch Provincial Park campground.
According to Cpl. Grant Simpson with the Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment, the accident took place at roughly 11:40 a.m. and involved two vehicles: the non-offending with four passengers and six in the other — all individuals are a mix of visitors from Ontario and Alberta.
The Ontario woman who lost her life is in her late 50s. STARS has been making multiple …

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Sean Isaac and Julie Chang are bringing their musical  act, The Raven & The Fox, to Saftas for the second time this year on August 13thPhoto by  Joel Abrahamson/
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Raven and Fox return to Saftas

Posted on August 12th, 2016 by


What do a raven and a fox have in common? Not a whole lot, but for Julie Chang and Sean Isaac, their common love of music and performing created a commonality for their band, The Raven & The Fox. The duo have been performing their acoustic originals for the past three years and will be stopping in Invermere for a performance.
“We’re actually a couple, I met Julie three years ago. Her sister who she also sings with lives in Canmore and she was visiting. We were just playing music and …

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MOVING UP — Former Rockies player Scott Jacklin of Kimberley has his eye on the NHL after signing a professional contract with 
the ECHL. Photo by John Warren/Brampton Beast Hockey Club

Former Rockies player signs with ECHL

Posted on August 12th, 2016 by


A decade ago, the Columbia Valley Rockies welcomed 15-year-old Scott Jacklin to their roster where he spent two years developing his skills. Since then, Jacklin has gone on to play for Cowichan Valley, Trail and Robert Morris University. The former Rockies player has just signed a one-year professional contract with ECHL Brampton Beasts.
“It’s a challenge to get to every level. Each level up is that much better, the skill is that much higher, you have to work that much harder. It’s just the challenge of whether you want to …

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Precautionary boil water advisory issued for Athalmer Road area

Posted on August 12th, 2016 by


A boil water advisory has been issued for the Kinbasket Sewer & Water Company Ltd service area, including Black Forest Heights, Canadian Tire and the commercial businesses along Athalmer Road. The advisory was issued on Friday, August 5th and will remain in effect until further notice.
“Due to a mechanical issue with the chlorinator, the First Nations Health Authority Environmental Health Officer recommended Shuswap First Nation Chief and Council place a precautionary boil water advisory on the system until the issue is resolved. The Band’s water operation and maintenance team …

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Music at the Market--Anyone wanting a taste of what the 2016 Invermere MusicFest will be offering up next weekend should mosey on down to the Invermere Farmers and Artists Market on Saturday, August 13th for some raw blues/rock delivered by local act Big Eli B Blues Band. 
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Gearing up for Invermere MusicFest

Posted on August 12th, 2016 by


With only a week remaining before the Invermere MusicFest kicks off, interested music lovers have little time to purchase tickets, volunteer for the event or sign up for one of — or all — the available workshops available to the public Sunday afternoon.
Those interested in the festival (August 19th to 21st at the Kinsmen Beach Greenspace) will get their first taste of the action at the Invermere Farmers and Artists Market tomorrow (Saturday, August 13th) when Big Eli B Blues Band performs for those in attendance. Big Eli B …

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Safety in Numbers--This family group, pictured with Conservation Officer Greg Kruger on the far left, was stalked by a cougar along the Columbia River in Fairmont. 
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Cougar euthanized in Fairmont after close calls

Posted on August 12th, 2016 by


After three encounters in as many weeks, Conservation Officers were forced to euthanize a cougar in the Fairmont area that had become too comfortable with close proximity to humans.
The first incident occurred with the cougar on July 23rd in the late afternoon when a woman and her younger daughter were walking through Columbia Lake Provincial Park to the hiking location on Lot 48 known as the Spirit Trail. It was at this point that a cougar approached them in a crouched position and they tried to scare it off. …

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Eric Foster – producer
Leanne Tegart –co owner of Arrowhead
Amanda Rikard –TV Host
Shawn Tegart – co owner of Arrowhead
Adam Taylor –broadcast tech

Weekend Getaways TV show features the Columbia Valley

Posted on August 12th, 2016 by


Those looking to see the Columbia Valley recognized for the many vibrant locations it has to offer will get the chance as the American TV show Weekend Getaways recently featured a number of businesses throughout the region on their trip to Canada earlier this month.
Weekend Getaways is a travelling TV show broadcast south of the border on Dish and Direct TV networks that features new locations every episode, showing viewers unique places to stay, things to do and where to eat. The show airs every Monday night on the Altitude …

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Windermere water under discussion

Posted on August 12th, 2016 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
Windermere residents are once again being asked for feedback on how to upgrade the community’s water system in order to meet B.C.’s new water standards. Open houses are being held on Saturday, August 20th and Tuesday, August 23rd to update the public on the Windermere Treated Water project and discuss the current options on the table intended to lift the water quality advisory that’s been in place for years.
“We would like to receive feedback from (the community) on the options. RDEK staff will be doing the presentations,” …

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Jumbo’s voting seat in RDEK delayed

Posted on August 12th, 2016 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
With no progress made on Jumbo Glacier Resort since the project lost its environmental certificate, the Province has agreed the fledgling mountain resort municipality should not assume a voting seat at the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) board table on January 1st, 2017, the timeframe originally stipulated in the provincial legislation that created and incorporated Jumbo Glacier Mountain Resort Municipality (JGMRM).
In a letter addressed to RDEK chair Rob Gay, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Peter Fassbender concurred that because a residential population has not …

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The Tayntons at Bunyan Mine in front of the cook shack. Jack (John) is on the far right, with Bill (William) next to him. On the far left is Bill’s wife Edith Taynton. Lydia Taynton, Jack’s wife, is one of the two women in front of the car. Photo submitted

Taynton pioneers left their mark

Posted on August 5th, 2016 by


By Dorothy Isted
Special to The Pioneer
There are a number of Taynton landmarks throughout the Columbia Valley named for early pioneers to the valley, whose descendants are alive and well today.
People enjoying Kinsmen Beach and Pynelogs facilities would be surprised to know a thriving brickyard once occupied the shoreline, starting at the waterpark and going west.
John Hopkins Griffiths (Jack) Taynton and William Walter (Bill) Taynton immigrated to Winnipeg with their parents in 1882 from England, near Wales. Their father was a brickmaker and mason.
Jack married Lydia Masters in Manitoba …

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Hockey school brings NHL experience to young players

Posted on August 5th, 2016 by


Columbia Valley Hockey School owners Chris Bruton,Kevin Noble and Brett Ponich are working hard to instill young athletes in the community with a passion for hockey. The trio first took over as owners of the hockey school last year and have transformed it into a full-service hockey camp.
“We want the parents to be able to come here, drop their kids off, know they’re taken care of, they’re always looked after. They’re fed, hydrated and when they pick them up, the kids all have a smile and they’re ready to …

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Cleanline Automotive is making use of a well-known Boler for their temporary office while the company’s building in the Industrial Park gets renovated. Photos by Steph van de Kemp

Reduce, Re-use, Re-Boler: Cleanline’s unique office

Posted on August 5th, 2016 by


Over the years, residents of the Columbia Valley have owned, ordered coffee, or even worked out of the Boler trailer now parked out front of Cleanline Automotive. The Boler, which is on loan from Ray Schnerch, is currently repurposed as an office space for Cleanline as the company goes through a renovation.
Aaron and Stephanie Van de Kemp, owners of Cleanline Automotive, realized they needed to get creative with what to use as an office space while the shop received an expansion. Stephanie had previously worked in the Boler, selling Kicking …

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