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SURVIVALIST STAR — Canal Flats resident Greg Ovens was selected to survive in Patagonia for the reality TV show Alone. Image submitted

Canal Flats local to star on survivalist TV show Thursday

Posted on December 6th, 2016 by


By Eric Elliott
Pioneer Staff
Local backwoods lifer Greg Ovens has made his way back from Patagonia and will be airing on televisions screens this Thursday in the premier episode of season three of Alone.
Broadcast on the History Channel, Alone is a survivalist-like reality TV show where 10 contestants are shipped off to Patagonia, located in the southern end of South America, by themselves with one mission: staying alive. With no camera crews, no teams and no gimmicks, contestants are equipped with limited gear, their wilderness experience and cameras to self-document …

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WHAT A WASTE — Forty black plastic bags filled with asbestos-containing materials that were illegally dumped in Canal Flats have cost local taxpayers $2,000 in cleanup costs. Photo submitted

RDEK seeks public’s assistance in identifying illegal dumpers

Posted on December 2nd, 2016 by


Submitted by Regional District of East Kootenay
The RDEK is hoping someone may have seen an act of illegal dumping at the Canal Flats Transfer Station earlier this week.
“We believe between late afternoon Monday and sometime Tuesday morning someone with a dump trailer disposed of 40 black plastic bags in the wood pile at the Transfer Station,” explains RDEK Solid Waste Superintendent Jim Penson. “The bags were filled with insulation, brown cellulose and vermiculite, which likely contains asbestos.”
What makes this incident of illegal dumping so perplexing is that the asbestos containing …

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Liberal candidate: ‘time to move on’ from Jumbo

Posted on December 2nd, 2016 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
The B.C. Liberal candidate for Columbia River-Revelstoke is clarifying his stance on a major Upper Columbia Valley issue.
In its Columbia River-Revelstoke riding profile (part of a weekly series leading up to next spring’s provincial election), the CBC summarized Liberal candidate Doug Clovechok’s campaign — compared with his 2013 provincial election campaign — as “a new stance against a new candidate in a new election.” The new stance was in reference to the proposed Jumbo Glacier Resort project, which the CBC said Mr. Clovechok is “no longer for.”
Mr. …

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TRADES TEAM — The Discovery Trades program is a unique and incredible opportunity for high school students to attend College of the Rockies Invermere Campus and learn about a variety of trades. Pictured are Doug Clovechok (COTR Campus Manager); Al Miller (Home Hardware sponsor and Rockies representative); Mark Knudsgaard (COTR Trades Instructor); Carolyn Kurtz (COTR Trades Coordinator); Students: Kyle Holubec, Vonn Devlin, Nathan Evanoff, Dawson Ragan, Jackson Hollick, Cole Campbell, AJ Bruce, Brandon Fuller; Barb Cote (Shuswap Band sponsor), Scott Postlethwaite (Instructor); Matt Fulton (Instructor); and Dave Dafoe (Canfor sponsor). Photo by Dean Midyette

Trades’ program success continues

Posted on December 2nd, 2016 by


By Eric Elliott
Pioneer Staff
After 12 weeks and more than 336 hours of instruction, 12 students from David Thompson Secondary School are graduating from the Discovery Trades Program held at the College of the Rockies.
The program has been running for more than half a decade now delivered in conjunction by Canfor, the College of the Rockies, the Rocky Mountain School District and the local Shuswap Indian Band. The program provides high school students the chance to get their feet wet in the trades industry, learning about trades such as plumbing, …

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Valley-born police officer earns Order of Merit

Posted on December 2nd, 2016 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
A valley local who has spent decades working for the Calgary police force is about to receive one of the highest honours possible.
Calgary Police Association president Howard Burns was born and grew up in Invermere before joining the Calgary police force two and a half decades ago. Next week, Mr. Burns will be recognized in a ceremony in Edmonton on Thursday, December 8th for his service by being awarded an Order of Merit medal by Canada’s Governor General.
“It’s certainly an honour. I was surprised to learn I’d …

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Father and daughter blues musicians head to Invermere

Posted on December 2nd, 2016 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
Slocan-based father-daughter duo Holly and Jon will make their way to Invermere this weekend to give the Upper Columbia Valley a blast of the blues.
Holly Hyatt has been making music with her dad, Jon Burden, since before she was in kindergarten, and what started as family fun time eventually blossomed into a professional occupation, with the pair having recorded albums together for more than a decade now.
They will be playing at Pynelogs on Saturday, December 3rd.
“We do traditional blues and some of our own original blues, …

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DEVELOPING CHAMPIONS — Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club has hired Ted Bigelow as its ski coach ahead of the upcoming season, who hopes to build a top-calibre program for years to come. Photo by Eric Elliott

Nordic Ski Club hires Ted Bigelow

Posted on December 2nd, 2016 by


By Eric Elliott
Pioneer Staff
After spending the better part of four decades working in high performance sports, Ted Bigelow is going back to his roots by becoming the newest coach for the Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club.
Coming from his last position in Manitoba where he worked for more than 30 years, Mr. Bigelow is mostly happy to be escaping the frigid winters of Winnipeg.
“It’s (the Columbia Valley) got great skiing, has fantastic scenery with log cabins and it’s a lot warmer than Winnipeg,” he said. “It’s really cold and …

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A MOUNTAIN OF FILMS — A scene from ‘Devotion: Libby Peter’, one of the films that make up this year’s World Tour, but local organizers have yet to make any picks for the January 8th film fest in Invermere.Photo courtesy of Banff Centre

Banff World Tour returning to Invermere

Posted on December 2nd, 2016 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is returning to Invermere in 2017 thanks to the Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club.
The annual screening is the local Nordic club’s biggest fundraiser of the year with proceeds going toward the grooming and maintenance of the Lake Windermere Whiteway and the club’s junior programs. Tickets to the tour cost $25 each and are available for purchase at either Crazy Soles in downtown Invermere or Lusti’s Ski Shop and Cappuccino Bar at Panorama Mountain Resort.
The evening event — which is …

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New brand available to use

Posted on December 2nd, 2016 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
Collaborative work on marketing the Upper Columbia Valley continues, with the valley’s Co-op Marketing Project team working hard to formally launch the new Columbia Valley destination brand that was developed earlier this year.
The team announced a few weeks ago that brand guidelines and logos are now ready for Columbia Valley tourism industry stakeholders to use. The new brand was unveiled this summer, after several months of consultation with help from branding specialists CULT Collective.
Although the official launch won’t begin until the new year, the brand’s eye-catching logo …

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CV Arts seek new artist-in-residence

Posted on November 25th, 2016 by


The Columbia Valley Arts Council (CV Arts) is seeking applicants for its artist-in-residence program.
The program has run for the better part of a decade, providing opportunities for local artists by giving them studio space in the uppermost story of Pynelogs, and usually running over the course of the winter with the artists then typically holding a show at Pynelogs in the spring.
“Columbia Valley Arts Council is dedicated to fostering the growth, awareness and appreciation of the arts in the Columbia Valley,” said CV Arts executive director Jami Scheffer. “As …

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Successful MLA candidate will leave local job vacancy

Posted on November 25th, 2016 by


Election results are anything but certain and the upcoming provincial election in May is no exception, but no matter which of the two major local Columbia River-Revelstoke candidates wins, one thing is clear: the victor will likely resign from his current occupation, leaving a prominent job opening in Invermere.
Ever since the current Columbia River-Revelstoke riding boundaries were established before the 1991 election, only the NDP and BC Liberals have managed to win the riding. Barring a major shock upset by either the BC Conservatives or the provincial Green Party (neither …

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Meet the Rockies night at last Saturday's Rockies game versus Nelson. 
Photo by Katie Watt

Rockies fundraising efforts forges community solidarity

Posted on November 25th, 2016 by


If there’s something unique about the Columbia Valley Rockies, it’s that their fundraising is nearly unrivalled across the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.
Before the puck even drops on the season — before training camp even opens its doors to incoming players — the Rockies as an organization are making the diligent effort to raise the money required to support a Junior B team in the KIJHL, said team president Graeme Anderson.
“We do more fundraising than most teams,” he said. “If you look at our division, Golden is in a …

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Free feast supports Columbia Valley Food Bank

Posted on November 25th, 2016 by


By James Rose
Special to The Pioneer
Copper Point Golf Club is getting ready for the 13th Annual Feed the Town Event on Sunday, December 4th from noon till 7 p.m. at the Copper Point Clubhouse in support of the Columbia Valley Food Bank.
Feed the Town is a community initiative by Copper Point and partners (Gordon Food Service, Sysco, and Kootenay Paving-Skandia Concrete) that provides a free Christmas feast to the Columbia Valley.
“Everyone is invited to this traditional dinner, and we ask for those attending to try and donate at least …

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ESSENCE OF HOCKEY— Scene from the 2016 Rockies Pond Hockey Championships on Lake Windermere

Rockies’ BC Pond Hockey Championships return for its seventh year

Posted on November 25th, 2016 by


For the seventh year in a row, hockey players from across Western Canada will be gathering and lacing up on Lake Windermere for the annual BC Pond Hockey Championships that will be held from January 27th to 29th, 2017.
This will be the third year in a row now that the Columbia Valley Rockies will be running the four-on-four tournament, according to Rockies president Graeme Anderson. The tournament was initially run by an out-of-town resident before the Rockies took over in 2015. Mr. Anderson said that despite not having the …

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CENTURY-OLD FASHION — The  crew of climbers who copied Conrad 
Kain’s famous ascent. Photo by Ivan Petrov

Re-enactment film of Bugaboo climb screening at DTSS

Posted on November 25th, 2016 by


Submitted by Pat Morrow
A new outdoor adventure documentary takes on a quirky and unusual subject: a group of friends who set out to re-enact a celebrated mountain climb in the Purcells.
The 25-minute long film, Hobnails and Hemp Rope, which is previewing on Tuesday, November 29th at 7 p.m. at the Jumbo Creek Conservation Society’s AGM in the DTSS theatre (admission by donation), follows the story of four amateur climbers from the Toronto section of the Alpine Club of Canada as they attempt to reproduce the ground-breaking 1916 ascent of Bugaboo …

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TIRE TREND — The fat bike craze has inspired Nipika Mountain Resort to develop a new fat bike trail system that will be unveiled on Global Fat Bike Day on December 3rd. File photo

Fat tire fever hits Nipika

Posted on November 25th, 2016 by


By James Rose
Special to The Pioneer
For those interested in the growing sport of fat biking, Crazy Soles and Nipika Mountain Resort are celebrating Global Fat Bike Day on December 2nd and 3rd.
The two-day celebration gets underway at the Crazy Soles storefront on Friday (December 2nd) at 6:30 p.m. with the Fat Biking 101 event. Fat Biking 101 will serve as a primer on key information everyone needs to know to get into the sport and, more importantly, enjoy it. Drinks and appetizers will also be served and so people …

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FIRE AFTERMATH —Invermere fire chief Roger Ekman stands before the shed that caught fire the morning of November 23rd. Firefighters extinguished the fire quickly, but not before it destroyed the shed and all the contents inside. 
Photo by Nicole Trigg

Athalmer shed fire destroys man’s belongings

Posted on November 25th, 2016 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
At about 7:50 a.m. on Wednesday, November 23rd, Invermere Fire Rescue received a call alerting them about a shed fire in Athalmer. Firefighters quickly arrived on scene and extinguished the fire by 8:30 a.m., but not before the shed and all its contents were destroyed.
“This is my fault,” said Ian Mohan, holding back tears as he gazed at the charred ruins of what he estimates to be $10,000 worth of his personal possessions, including a workshop full of woodworking tools, floor-laying tools with which he earns his …

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The proposed Barbour Rock Trail Development.

Barbour Rock trails generate discussion

Posted on November 18th, 2016 by


The proposed Barbour Rock biking and hiking trail network is currently under the formal referral process of the Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO’s) but that isn’t stopping discussion amongst the public of the future for the area.
The trail proposal was jointly put forward by the Columbia Valley Cycling Society and Greenways Trail Alliance as a multi-purpose non-motorized trail for bikers, hikers and runners that will feature three loops of varying degrees of difficulty.
A letter to the editor was published in the Pioneer on October …

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The Rocky Mountain School District 6 steering committee pictured at the Invermere community information session held earlier this fall. 
Photo by Eric Elliott

School district seeks more information for facility plan

Posted on November 18th, 2016 by


After holding several public information meetings throughout the local Rocky Mountain School District Six regarding the long-term facility plan, the school board steering committee is taking next steps to gather more information.
According to superintendant Paul Carriere, the board made decisions regarding some of the next steps which include directing staff to gather more information such as educational benefits for students including special needs and vulnerable students, costs and timelines, defining catchment areas and transportation implications, and costs of physical accessibility changes.
One of the more notable announcements from the …

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Music trivia fundraiser for Biddy

Posted on November 18th, 2016 by


Music enthusiasts get ready: The Station Neighbourhood Pub will be hosting an evening of music based trivia in support of local community member Heather Bibby who is currently battling her second round of cancer on Saturday, November 26th.
Ms. Bibby was first diagnosed with colon cancer that she was able to beat through a surgical procedure to remove half of her colon but unfortunately had the cancer return only a few months afterward, then appearing in her liver. In October she underwent surgery to remove half of her liver and …

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