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CP grants Lower Canyon access

Posted on April 29th, 2016 by


Canadian Pacific Railway and rafting companies using the Kicking Horse River near Golden have agreed to a temporary solution, allowing the rafters access to an iconic stretch of whitewater just before the summer season begins.
For decades, rafting companies running the Kicking Horse River had accessed the river’s famed Lower Canyon by simply walking across the Canadian Pacific tracks to the put-in — a practice the rail company indicated in March would no longer be allowed.
That resulted in a hue and cry from the rafting companies on river, the business …

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Creston contractor to build new multi-use centre

Posted on April 29th, 2016 by


Invermere council has chosen a company to build the planned new multi-use centre.
At a special council meeting on Friday, April 22nd, council members voted to award the contract for the work to Creston-based T.A. Rendek and Associates Ltd. for $7.45 million.
“This has been a really long process,” said Invermere mayor Gerry Taft, pointing out that the site of centre (the old David Thompson Secondary School location) was purchased 22 years ago and discussion on building a new community centre of some sort has been ongoing ever since.
“It’s really exciting to …

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Information of Mecoprop spraying in Radium clarified

Posted on April 29th, 2016 by


The son and spokesperson of a herbicide contractor based in Wilmer is responding to a story in last week’s Pioneer about use of Mecoprop around a Radium Hot Springs condominium, clarifying some of the information brought forward by the couple quoted in the story.
The herbicide contractor Wayne Frater is currently away in Montreal for several weeks and unable to speak to The Pioneer, but his son Everett told The Pioneer that while he understands the concern of Radium residents William Nolin and Susan Oddy, some of their points may have …

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Music education without instruments

Posted on April 29th, 2016 by


A 61-year-old Invermere woman is encouraging tots and toddlers to learn about music literacy without instruments.
Loreen Jacobs, a former Calgary-based teacher who now lives in Invermere, will be using the Kodaly method, which was developed by Hungarian composer Zolton Kodaly, to educate children between the ages of two and seven years old about music.
“I have a Bachelor of Education, taught in Calgary and I took a one-year practicum from Lois Choksy,” said Ms. Jacobs, while explaining that Ms. Choksy helped develop and refine the Kodaly method. “The Koday method is musical …

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John Jenkins releases Small Town Revival CD at concert

Posted on April 29th, 2016 by


John Jenkins will be releasing his fourth and latest album in the Upper Columbia Valley this weekend.
The Golden-based entertainer will be performing live at the CD Release Concert at 8 p.m. in Pynelogs Cultural Centre on Saturday, May 7th for a $20 cover fee, which includes a copy of the Small Town Revival album as well as a 15 per cent discount off dinner at Safta’s.
“I had done an album a year for three years, then I had a son (who is now three years old) so my focus shifted,” …

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Seven year contract for road and bridge repairs awarded locally

Posted on April 29th, 2016 by


Road maintenance in the East Kootenay region has been considered rocky by some in the past, but Mainroad East Kootenay Contracting LP will be doing its best to smooth out the pavement with a new contract.
The $16.7 million contract is geared toward having Mainroad East Kootenay Contracting LP make improvements to the quality of service for maintenance occurring in the East Kootenay region during a seven-year term after being awarded the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure contract after a competitive tender process was completed.
“This new contract increases the amount spent …

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Improv evening raises money for drama workshop this spring

Posted on April 29th, 2016 by


David Thompson Secondary Students (DTSS) theatre students are eager to perform an interactive improvisational theatre show to raise money for eight students to travel to Summerland this May for the Good Will Shakespeare Festival.
The improv performance will feature a mixture of Grade 9, 10, 11 and 12 students starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 6th at the DTSS Theatre.
“We have a number of very funny actors who regularly play theatre sports or improv games similar to what you’d see on a show like ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway’ and …

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Art by Kids silent auction raises money for microcredit loan

Posted on April 22nd, 2016 by


By Breanne Massey
Pioneer Staff
A community-minded classroom and their teacher are hoping to raise money for a microcredit loan to tackle social issues in the Columbia Valley.
Alyssan Gauthier’s Grade 5 students at J.A. Laird Elementary School will be selling their handmade canvas paintings from the Art by Kids program in a silent auction held in the main foyer of the school between April 25th and 28th to create the second interest-free Building Beginning Microcredit Loan to help someone from the community pursue their dream.
“My hope is that starting a business shouldn’t …

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Smokin’ Ray and the Detectors return to valley

Posted on April 22nd, 2016 by


By Breanne Massey
Pioneer Staff
The strong sounds of blues and rock music will set the mood in Fairmont for ladies night which begins with an open air market featuring home-based business vendors at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 28th.
Smokin’ Ray and the Detectors will be performing and hosting a jam night at 8:30 p.m. at the Hoodoo Lounge and Grill on the 28th.
“One of our staff members (Lisa Weppler) has a little, home-based business called Unique Make-up,” explained Rory Sinclair, Hoodoo Lounge and Grill owner. “She was asking if we would …

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Bike swap offers good deals for good cause

Posted on April 22nd, 2016 by


The Columbia Valley Cycling Society’s annual bike swap is just around the corner.
The highly anticipated event is one of the society’s major fundraisers and always offers great bargains on the 40 to 50 used bikes that the swap typically elicits.
“It’s for a good cause as the cycling society uses the funds raised to maintain and build (bike) trails for everybody to enjoy,” said organizer Darcy Martin. “There are usually a lot of good deals as well as a really good selection of kids’ bikes.”
The swap will be held Saturday, April …

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Swing band comes to Strand’s

Posted on April 22nd, 2016 by


A stripped down version of band with a long history of valley shows will make another appearance here this weekend, with half the members of the Alberta-based Polyjesters taking to the stage at Strand’s Old House Restaurant.
Polyjester lead vocalist Sheldon Valleau and lead guitarist Adam Young are playing the show, going under the name Half Polyjesters, as the other two members of the band are unable to attend, but Mr. Valleau vows concertgoers will enjoy the duo as much as the full four-man band.
“It’s going to be a unique show, …

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RDEK directors ask province to delay Jumbo’s voting seat

Posted on April 22nd, 2016 by


The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) board of directors voted at its most recent meeting to ask the province to amend the letters patent for Jumbo Glacier Mountain Resort Municipality in order to push back the time when the Jumbo is scheduled to take a seat at the RDEK table to January 2020. Furthermore, the board is encouraging the government to further amend the letter patent to link a voting RDEK seat for Jumbo municipality to a minimum permanent population and assessment value.
The motion was initially put forward by …

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Riverstone Villas residents expressed concern about the effect of pesticides on wildlife

Radium residents question pesticide use

Posted on April 22nd, 2016 by


A pair of Radium Hot Springs residents are expressing concern about pesticide use at their condominium complex.
Susan Oddy and William Nolin live in the Riverstone Villas condominiums near The Springs Golf Course and recently noticed warning signs posted around the property saying that pesticides were being used to control weeds such as dandelions. Alarm bells started ringing for Mr. Nolin and Ms. Oddy when they read that Mecoprop was among the pesticides used.
“It’s one of the most common pesticides used, but also one of the most controversial,” Mr. Nolin told …

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NEW DIGS — Kinsmen Beach’s resident ospreys settle back into their nest within five minutes of the crew leaving the area. Photo by Sherry Dewey

Resident ospreys at Kinsmen Beach receive new platform

Posted on April 22nd, 2016 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
The osprey platform at Kinsmen Beach has been upgraded and its residents are now enjoying their refurbished room with a view overlooking Lake Windermere.
On Wednesday, April 13th, crowds gathered to watch as a BC Hydro crew, using a bucket truck, dramatically lifted the nest occupying the raised platform at the entrance of the Kinsmen Beach parking lot in order to replace both it and the pole.
“The poles are checked for structural integrity approximately every five years,” Ava Boehringer told The Pioneer. Ms. Boehringer is a registered professional …

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Grants approved for valley’s multi-use centre

Posted on April 8th, 2016 by


By Breanne Massey
Pioneer Staff
District of Invermere mayor Gerry Taft informed the Multi-Use Facility Advisory Committee there would be two substantial cash injections to help with the projected cost of the Columbia Valley Centre early last week.
The Strategic Priorities Fund, which is administered through the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM), has agreed to provide a $2 million grant for the Columbia Valley Community Facility, which will be constructed at the old location of the David Thompson Secondary School that was knocked down more than a year ago. The Columbia Basin Trust …

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Public input sought on horsepower limit for Columbia

Posted on April 8th, 2016 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
The federal government is seeking feedback on a long-discussed proposed regulation to keep high-powered motorized boats off the main stem of the Columbia River between Invermere and Golden, as well as the main stem of the river near Fairmont Hot Springs.
As previously reported in The Echo on March 16th, the idea of such regulation was first floated more than 10 years ago and was then the subject of discussion among municipal officials and various stakeholder groups for a period of several years, before a consensus on a …

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New mine south of Golden eyed

Posted on April 8th, 2016 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
A proposed mine and the related silica processing plant near Golden became the subject of an exchange of letters between local Columbia River-Revelstoke MLA Norm Macdonald and Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett.
The points of disagreement between the two are well-covered in Mr. Bennett’s letter in the April 1st edition of The Pioneer and Mr. Macdonald’s response in this edition, but neither letter contained a detailed background of the planned Horse Creek Hi-Test Sand silica mine plant for those unfamiliar with it.
The Horse Creek project has been the …

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Overdose reversal drug now available in B.C. without a prescription

Posted on April 8th, 2016 by


By Breanne Massey
Pioneer Staff
The goal of reducing the fatal effects of an opioid overdose among the B.C. drug-using community has recently gained momentum.
Health Canada revised the Federal Prescription Drug List on March 22nd to make a non-prescription version of naloxone, which is the life-saving antidote commonly being used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, more accessible to Canadians to improve the province’s efforts to address the growing number of opioid overdoses.
“It was important to make this life-saving drug more widely available in British Columbia,” said Blake Reynolds, College …

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Get hip to Invermere’s first old-time dance

Posted on April 8th, 2016 by


By Breanne Massey
Pioneer Staff
The tradition of an old-time barn dance will soon be revived in the Columbia Valley.
Invermere’s first ever old-time dance entitled “It’s Hip to be Square” will be taking place starting at 7 p.m. in the Lions Hall at the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, April 16th.
“It’s Hip To Be Square, Invermere,” is part of an all-ages series of old-time barn dances that started in Fernie three years ago and has grown to include communities such as Kimberley, Wardner and Canmore.
“People of all ages love …

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Retired RCMP sergeant gets send-off party

Posted on April 8th, 2016 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
Former Columbia Valley RCMP Staff Sergeant Marko Shehovac has been retired for almost a month, but his formal sendoff will happen next weekend.
Mr. Shehovac’s official retirement party will be held on Saturday, April 16th at Copper Point Resort and organizers say it will be a fitting occasion for a man who has served the Columbia Valley so well for the past six-plus years.
“In the past six years, I have had the unique experience of seeing the Columbia Valley’s Marko in action. From racing kids on the track …

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