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Letter to editor clarifies All Candidates Forum

Posted on April 21st, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
As president of the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce (CVCC) and a member of the All Candidates Forum Committee I would like to provide some clarifications regarding the upcoming All Candidates forum on April 27, 2017.
· The Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce feels it is important to have an organized forum for political elections for its members and the public to have an opportunity to hear from all the candidates.
·The Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce does not hold the exclusive rights to one single event in the region for …

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Couple’s dream house burns to the ground

Posted on April 13th, 2017 by


After living in your home for 30 years, having built it with your own two hands, it’s hard to imagine anything more devastating than watching it burn to the ground. For Brisco residents Vern and Candice Snively this awful scenario became their reality last weekend, as the two were forced to try to douse their flaming log home alone — firefighters not able to attend since the couple’s home lies outside of any municipal or regional fire district.
“It was a log structure there when they moved in. =There were no …

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DOI council hears community concerns at the Westside Park public hearing

Posted on April 13th, 2017 by


The District of Invermere heard from local residents on the proposed Westside Park gas bar development plan at a public hearing on Monday, April 10th.
Developer Barry Brown- John presented his plans for the property, if council grants amendments necessary for the gas station to be built on the already commercially zoned property. The Westside Park property currently has C-3 zoning, which allows uses such as video store, beauty salon and barber shop and a convenience store. The amendments would change the zoning to allow for a gas bar. …

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Unsanctioned Kindersley trailbuilder loses court case

Posted on April 13th, 2017 by


On Wednesday, April 5th the Honourable Judge L. Doerksen came to a verdict in the David Pacey versus Parks Canada legal case.
Mr. Pacey took the stand earlier that day to make his case, fighting two counts of damaging flora, fauna, or a natural object, a contravention of the Canada National Parks Act. Mr. Pacey used the defence of due diligence and the defence of necessity to justify his actions of working on and altering the Kindersley Pass Trail without the requisite permission.
In attempting to use due diligence as a defence, …

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Greenways Trail Alliance announces 2017 Trail Vision

Posted on April 13th, 2017 by


On Friday, April 7th Greenways Trail Alliance held a public meeting to present their trail vision and recommendations to the community. The event had 100 community members in attendance to hear what plans Greenways has for the future of trails in the Columbia Valley.
“The Trail Vision document is the ‘beginning’ and it does not make decisions on trails. It is the initial point of discussion and to get the decision makers involved at a planning level. Which trails get developed and when is the next step,” said Greenways Trail …

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Wolf fatality in Dutch Creek-Findlay Creek prompts warning

Posted on April 13th, 2017 by


A suspicious wolf fatality in the Dutch Creek-Findlay Creek has conservation issuing a further warning to recreational users of the area to watch for strychnine poison. Conservation had issued a warning after the poison was found in the area in early march. The poison is a fatally toxic colourless crystalline powder that was found in white cupcake wrappers.
Conservation responded to a call on Monday, April 10th to the area after a concerned member of the community had discovered the animal. The carcass of a mature wolf was found dead …

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Cougar sighting on lower Johnston Road

Posted on April 13th, 2017 by


Residents are being reminded that Invermere is cougar country and to be mindful of that when out and about in the outlying areas of town. The public should be aware that a mother cougar and two young kittens have been spotted on lower Johnston Road. Conservation services have not had any formal reports made regarding the cats and conservation officer Greg Kruger says their is no public safety concern regarding the family.
“For the most, a cougar is going to be shy and allusive and avoid humans, she will be …

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Parks Canada lights fire in Kootenay National Park

Posted on April 7th, 2017 by


Kootenay National Park staff have been working hard over the past three years to prepare for a fire lit earlier this week in Sinclair Canyon. The prescribed burn, which was underway as the Pioneer went to press, will have crews burning from Tuesday, April 4th to Thursday, April 6th or Friday, April 7th depending on conditions, to help restore the natural habitat in the area.
“Essentially (there are) three main objectives, one is enhanced protection of the community of Radium Hot Springs by building a fire guard between it and …

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Canal Flats seeking more volunteer firefighters

Posted on April 7th, 2017 by


Not many will drop everything at a moments notice to go cover a fire or assist a community member in medical distress, however, Canal Flats Fire Department is hoping to find more people interested in getting involved. The fire department operates as a volunteer-run department relies on their 12 volunteer firefighters and seven volunteer first aid attendants to respond to emergencies within the community.
“We average two to six fire calls a year is our max but we get some months we get 10 first aid calls the average is …

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Al Miller celebrity lunch raises funds for youth centre

Posted on April 7th, 2017 by


The Windermere Valley Youth Centre Society is preparing for its second annual celebrity luncheon with special guest star Al Miller. The event raises funds for the Summit Youth Centre, an organization that supports local youth from all over the Columbia Valley.
“The Summit Youth Centre is a drop-in centre for youth age 12 to 18 from the Valley, from Canal Flats, Spillimacheen. Any youth is welcome to walk through our doors membership is free,” said president and board chair for the Windermere Valley Youth Centre Society Sherry Doerr.
The youth …

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Creative residents seek to create makerspace in Invermere

Posted on March 31st, 2017 by


A group of local residents has banded together to bring a creative new enterprise to life, with a plan to create a “makerspace” in Invermere.
A makerspace is a collaborative, member-owned physical location, usually a large building, in which group members as well as the public can come together to share tools and resources to facilitate learning and creative projects.
“Essentially, the concept is one of an open, volunteer-run workshop that has different areas for, say, electronics, metal working, wood working or textiles,” Columbia Valley Makerspace Society member Brian McIntosh told The …

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Deer cull opponent sues mayor

Posted on March 31st, 2017 by


Long-standing division in Invermere over how to deal with urban deer has now reached a new, much more personal level with Invermere mayor and Columbia River-Revelstoke NDP candidate Gerry Taft being sued for defamation.
The lawsuit was filed months ago by Invermere resident and BC Deer Protection Society member Devin Kazakoff and is scheduled to be heard by the B.C. Supreme Court in Cranbrook in about two weeks time.
In the lawsuit, Mr. Kazakoff references an online comment by Mr. Taft, made in January 2016, in which Mr. Taft labelled Mr. Kazakoff …

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NDP candidate challenges debate forum format

Posted on March 31st, 2017 by


The four Columbia River-Revelstoke riding MLA candidates running for the upcoming provincial election are gearing up for All Candidates Forums in Invermere, Golden, Kimberley and Revelstoke, but one candidate — NDP nominee Gerry Taft — has been pushing for a change in format.
The forums in each community are usually organized by that town’s Chamber of Commerce, and although the format is slightly different in each town, up until a week ago they all involved questions picked ahead of time by the forum’s organizing committee.
Mr. Taft in recent weeks has …

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MLA candidates react to new wildlife management model

Posted on March 31st, 2017 by


B.C. Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson has announced a new wildlife management system — the province will be re-investing all revenue from hunting licences into the enhancement of wildlife activities.
The government will form a new agency in the fall of 2017 with $5 million as start-up funds and will ultimately operate off of $9 to $10 million in hunting licence revenues. The BC Wildlife Federation congratulated the province on their commitment to wildlife; this new agency has been something the BCWF has been advocating …

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Commercial development being considered again for Westside Park

Posted on March 31st, 2017 by


It has been years since owners of Westside Park, Barry and Pat Brown-John, have applied to changed the zoning on their property to allow for commercial development.
Now, the Brown-Johns are reapplying to make changes to the C-3 Zoning and amendments to Bylaw 1520. If successful in their rezoning application, the Brown-Johns plan to develop a convenience store with a gas bar adjacent to the Westside Park neighbourhood. The changes would also allow for a small restaurant, personal care services, and a health facility.
“The major gist of the rezoning turns around …

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World music closes out Invermere’s Love it Live series

Posted on March 31st, 2017 by


By James Rose
Special to The Pioneer
The Sultans of Swing will celebrate their 2017 Juno nomination for World Music Album of the Year with a show at the Pynelogs Cultural Centre on Thursday, April 6th, the final performance in CV Arts’ Love it Live concert series. Joining them on stage is special guest/sitar player Anwar Khurshid (whose music is featured in the Oscar-winning feature film Life of Pi).
Being nominated for a Juno for their latest album was certainly a big deal for the band.
“We are honoured to receive a Juno …

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Fairmont distillery festival stands out for 2017

Posted on March 31st, 2017 by


By James Rose
Special to The Pioneer
With the increasing popularity of craft distilling, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort will be hosting the second annual East Kootenay Distillery Festival on Saturday, April 22nd.
“With the success we’ve had with our East Kootenay Beer and Wine Festivals, we thought that a Distillery Festival might capture a brand new group of people and further expand our Resort offering,” said Fairmont Resort marketing coordinator Rachel Dick.
The festival will feature unlimited spirit tasting showcasing unique spirits from some of B.C.’s best craft distilleries. Gourmet hors d’oeuvres will …

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Conservation officers warn public to stay out of Dutch Creek-Findlay Creek following discovery of deliberately laid fatal poison

Posted on March 24th, 2017 by


Local conservation officers are warning the public to stay away from Dutch Creek-Findlay Creek area after confirming that somebody has been laying a lethal poison there.
Officers have confirmed and removed at least two batches of strychnine — a fatally toxic colourless, odorless, crystalline powder (which in this case was in solid format, sitting in white cupcake wrappers) — from area, which lies immediately to the west of Canal Flats, and have launched an ongoing investigation with assistance from the Columbia Valley RCMP.
“The area of concern is what is known locally …

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Juno-awarding winning musician coming to Valley

Posted on March 24th, 2017 by


A veteran roots musician is making his way to Invermere for a pair of showS the first weekend in April, drawn here by his past as a snowboarding trailblazer.
Lester Quitzau spent much of his time in the late 1980s helping develop what eventually became the sport of snowboarding, and the friendships he formed then are bringing him to the Easy Rider Snowboard Cup at Panorama Mountain Resort where he will play during the awards ceremony on Sunday, April 2nd, preceded by a more intimate show at Safta’s in Invermere on …

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Valley business community wary of propane takeover deal

Posted on March 24th, 2017 by


Concerns about a takeover deal between a pair of Canada’s largest propane companies continue to reverberate through the Columbia Valley.
As reported in the March 10th edition of The Pioneer, the $412 million deal signed in mid-February by Superior Plus Corp. to take over Canwest Propane from its parent company Gibson Engery Inc. — a deal that is scheduled to close later this year — is raising some wary eyebrows here in the Upper Columbia Valley since these are currently the only two major propane companies in the area.
Local politicians have …

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