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Endangered northern leopard frog tadpoles released into wetlands near Brisco

Posted on August 18th, 2017 by


In the marshy waters of interior B.C., 400 Northern leopard frog tadpoles were released yesterday as part of ongoing conservation efforts to boost the endangered species’ wild population. Northern leopard frogs are among the most at-risk amphibian species in the world. For the past five years, Vancouver Aquarium, an Ocean Wise initiative, has successfully bred and released thousands of healthy tadpoles as part of the Northern Leopard Frog Recovery Team.
“We’re beginning to see the impact of our efforts to repopulate B.C.’s most at-risk amphibian, and have found animals that …

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Canal Flats starts new music festival

Posted on August 16th, 2017 by


Canal Flats is set to launch its own musical festival in a few weeks.
Flats Fest, as the event has been named, was nothing more than an idea a couple months ago, but community members have embraced the plan with fervour and it will become a reality on Saturday, August 19th.
“I’d done a lot of private parties, as a country musician, over the last year and a half or two years, ever since moving to Canal Flats, and it occurred to me that maybe a music festival would be a good …

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RAMP not moving ahead without First Nations consultation

Posted on August 16th, 2017 by


It’s a plan that will help backcountry enthusiasts find balance while providing enforceable regulations to protect the terrain. As the only area in the East Kootenay without a Recreational Access Management Plan (RAMP), members of different community groups including Summit Trail Makers, Windermere Valley Snowmobile Club, Wildsight and local government officials have been meeting to get started on the process to create a Columbia Valley RAMP.
Noticeably missing from the previous RAMP meeting held in May was representation from local First Nations Bands, Shuswap Band and Akisqnuk First Nation (part of …

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Volunteering on the front lines

Posted on August 16th, 2017 by


During a time of uncertainty, hardship, and natural disasters, there are few who would drop everything to go assist total strangers in their time of need. Lana Banham is one of those few who left the safety of the Valley to enter some of the most-affected areas of the province from wildfires, to care for displaced animals.
Ms. Banham took training with the Canadian Disaster Animal Response Team last year in order to prepare for any disaster that may occur in Canada. Responding to the fires in the Cariboo region of …

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Canal Flats residents reject RV resort proposal

Posted on August 16th, 2017 by


Residents expressed outrage and frustration over the re-emergence of a development proposal in Canal Flats at a public hearing held last week.
More than 130 people gathered in the stifling heat of the Canal Flats Civic Centre Wednesday, Aug. 2nd for a public hearing on the matter of a proposed RV resort project, submitted by Benny Boyz Ventures Ltd.
The proposal is for 12 single family lots abutting the existing Bighorn Estates development and approximately 152 RV sites for recreational vehicles and park model trailers, to be leased on a yearly basis.
Speakers …

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Obituary

Posted on August 8th, 2017 by


Elenko, Jack
1926 – 2017
It is with sadness and sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved Husband, Father and Grandfather, Jack Elenko on August 6th, 2017. Jack passed peacefully after his last day was spent surrounded by family at Invermere Hospital. Jack is predeceased by his daughter Iris Brown of Unity, Saskatchewan, 2 grandchildren, and his 9 siblings.
Jack grew up near Biggar, SK, and spent most of his prairie life working at farming, logging and construction. He married his sweetheart, Olga and they celebrated their 67th anniversary this summer. …

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Obituary

Posted on August 8th, 2017 by


NORMAN JEFFERSON
June 19 1921 to July 23 2017
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Norman Jefferson at the age of 96 years. Norman leaves behind his sons Garry (Rosalie), Marvin (Donna); Daughters Jean (Ken), Jane (Randy); 11 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Plus many, many nieces and newphews.
He is predeceased by his wife Margaret, mother, father, brother and 2 sisters, sons Jimmy and Bryan, and daughter-in law Sheila
Norman was born in Kennedy Saskatchewan where he grew up, married the love of his life, Margaret, had three sons. …

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Off-road vehicle restriction in the back country

Posted on August 4th, 2017 by


BC Wildfire Service has placed a ban on the use of an off-road vehicle for recreational purposes on Crown land. The prohibition includes the Southeast Fire Centre, Cariboo Fire Centre and Kamloops Fire Centre to help prevent human caused wildfires.
“The ban includes all of the southeast fire centre which includes the Elk Valley all the way to the Alberta border and all the way up to Revelstoke. This is a complete ban,” said Doug Clovechok, MLA for the Columbia River-Revelstoke riding.
Mr. Clovechok and fellow Kootenay East MLA …

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Evacuation Alert Issued

Posted on July 31st, 2017 by


A precautionary evacuation alert has been issued for 51 properties in the Island Pond / Premier Lake area as a wildfire continues to burn between Skookumchuck and Canal Flats.
“An evacuation alert informs residents of the threat of a potential or impending danger. It is intended to give people time to gather things and prepare themselves so that they are ready to go should the situation worsen and an Evacuation Order be issued,” explains Information Officer Loree Duczek. “We encourage people within the evacuation alert area to put together important papers …

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Controversial RV resort proposal is back on in Canal Flats

Posted on July 28th, 2017 by


A proposal to build an RV resort in Canal Flats is once again on the table.
Upper Columbia Valley developer Barry Benson had put forward a plan to create an RV resort in the village back in 2015, but withdrew the application for rezoning after a stew of unfounded rumours circulated throughout the Flats and stirred up a flurry of controversy and opposition. Indeed the Echo reported Canal Flats residents against the proposal, tromping out a summer 2015 council meeting shouting in triumph after the application was pulled.
Mr. Benson is revisiting …

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Columbia Valley Centre donors get first look

Posted on July 28th, 2017 by


Donors of the new Columbia Valley Centre were dazzled as they toured the new facility during the donor appreciation event on Saturday, July 22nd. The four tour leaders recalled many donors were excited about the new modern space and the events it will attract. The common first impression of the space was surprise surrounding the size, natural light and elegance of the building.
“I think it’s a wonderful building with so much potential and it’s so versatile and I think it’s going to bring so much more into the building. So, …

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Stopping future debris flow in Fairmont

Posted on July 28th, 2017 by


After a flood of debris swept through Fairmont Hot Springs five years ago officials have been hard at work to ensure a similar incident never happens again.
The debris flow triggered a series of studies and steps to mitigate future disaster. The next phase of that work is scheduled for this fall.
The Fairmont Debris Flow Mitigation project is a response to a significant event in 2012 that forced the closure of the highway and Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, affecting multiple businesses and residences. There was a further event in 2013, …

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A Summer Bouquet of Reading

Posted on July 27th, 2017 by


Libraries are about fun. Libraries are about learning. Libraries are about discovery. At the Radium Library, we add a few hundred new titles to our shelves each year. And I’ve noticed over my few years of serving as a volunteer at our little library that many of our visitors will come in the door and make a beeline for our “New Releases” section. Without a doubt, these recently published works are the most popular choices amongst our adult readers. And I must admit that I, too, enjoy checking to see …

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Council approves car wash in Althamer

Posted on July 26th, 2017 by


The District of Invermere will see a new carwash operating in Althamer after council approved a three-year temporary permit at their council meeting on Tuesday, July 11th.
“We’ve given it for three years. He only asked for the summer but the thought was if the permanent plans get delayed or he runs into delays with engineering, instead of making him come back again, and going through it all over again next summer, let’s just give it for three years,” said Mayor Gerry Taft.
With the three-year permit, proponent Daniel Smith will …

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Weekly Pulse Check July 18th

Posted on July 26th, 2017 by


Avg. water temp: 19.9°C
Avg. site depth: 4.4 m
Avg. pH: 8.2
Avg. D.O: 8 mg/L
Avg. turbidity: 2.3 NTU
Avg. conductivity: 213.5 µs/cm
Citizen Scientist of the Week: Emma Norquay, Invermere, B.C.
Our volunteer of the week, Emma, is a local student from the high school with an interest in science, a good sense of humour, and a talent for learning. Besides discovering that “Betty Crocker measuring cups work well for bailing a boat” when the water began to splash up from the boat’s motor, she was also pleased to gain a more …

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Report from the Legislature (in a nut shell)

Posted on July 21st, 2017 by


By Doug Clovechok
MLA, Columbia River-Revelstoke
My first two and a half weeks in Victoria were eventful and historic. Aside from getting lost numerous times in the Legislative Buildings I discovered quickly how helpful the Legislature staff are with the rookies.
Minister of Forest Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson was named Speaker of the House.
We tabled our Throne Speech and then the debates on the speech began. During this process I had the opportunity to rise and speak four times. I offered an opening prayer, gave a two minute speech on …

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District not implementing tobacco bylaw anytime soon

Posted on July 20th, 2017 by


No resolution was made to make the District of Invermere a smoke-free environment after council heard a presentation from Interior Health on the Kootenay Smoke-Free Coalition. While it is something council may discussion in the future it’s not an issue of importance for the community at this time, according to Mayor Gerry Taft.
“My own opinion is it’s sorta nice to have. It’s not the most pressing issue so I wouldn’t want to see another issue drop off the list because we’re going to spend a lot of time and energy …

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Autumn Show & Shine back in Radium

Posted on July 17th, 2017 by


The Columbia Valley Classics club has opted to move the Autumn Show & Shine event back to Radium Hot Springs.
The decision comes after a week of uncertainty with the club, as the executive had made the decision to move the event to Copper Point Golf Club. However, talks resumed and over the weekend the announcement was made that the show was back at its usual location of the Springs golf course in Radium.
“Between the Radium Golf Group, ourselves as a club, the Chamber and the Village of Radium, we all …

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Pioneer email issues

Posted on July 17th, 2017 by


The Columbia Valley Pioneer email servers are facing issues with delayed or lost emails. This issue has been occurring since Thursday, July 13th. If you need to reach Pioneer staff members, please do so by phone. For the main Pioneer line, call 250-341-6299. For publisher Dean Midyette, dial extension 107; for sales Amanda Nason extension 108, for office administrator / classified sales Amanda Murray dial 101; for acting editor Steve Hubrecht dial 104; for reporter Nikki Fredrikson extension 105; for reporter Lorene Keitch 110.

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Lake Ambassadors Weekly Pulse Check

Posted on July 13th, 2017 by


Kaori Maruyama was the volunteer of the week. She said, “It was great to learn more about Lake Windermere and a little bit of its history. I enjoyed the view, the wildlife, and the company. It was almost like a tour with an added science experiment,” reports our volunteer of the week , Kaori Maruyama. While waters were a little choppy this morning, our crew managed to take samples at all stations on the lake. Noteworthy results from today’s trip include an increased temperature of the lake. As summer and …

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