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Two of valley’s three mayors acclaimed pre-election

Posted on October 17th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
Candidate lists are out for this November’s municipal election, and many current incumbent officials are seeking re-election.
Invermere mayor Gerry Taft, Canal Flats mayor Ute Juras, Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Area F director Wendy Booth and RDEK Area G director Gerry Wilkie all declared their intent to run again, and with nobody else wanting to run for the position of Invermere mayor or Area G director, Mr. Taft and Mr. Wilkie are in by acclamation.
Ms. Juras is being challenged for the Canal Flats mayor position by …

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Rancher leaves large legacy to valley’s food bank

Posted on October 17th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff

A local rancher, Albert Cooper, who died in 2012, has left more than $650,000 of his estate as a legacy fund donated to the Columbia Valley Food Bank.
“We are honoured and pleased to say the least. We consider it to be a great responsibility and a great opportunity to better things in the valley,” said food bank chair Ron Stainthorpe. “We’re going to do some strategic planning to take a hard look at what we can do with the money. In the meantime, we want to keep …

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Province further cracks down on distracted driving

Posted on October 17th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
Stiffer penalties are in effect against those who are caught driving distracted in British Columbia.
The $167 fine now carries three demerit points, which lingers on a drivers’ ICBC record for five years.
The change to the law came into effect on Friday, October 10th. Repercussions will have more of a compounding effect, as drivers with multiple offences will be subject to insurance premiums and could face restrictions against driving privileges.
“[Before the changes,] if they kept paying the fines, they didn’t lose their licence,” said Columbia Valley RCMP Cpl. …

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Orphaned grizzly cubs relocated to Smithers

Posted on October 17th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff

Two grizzly bear cubs orphaned when their mother was struck and killed by a vehicle on the highway near Canal Flats have successfully been transfered to a bear rehabilitation centre in Smithers.
“It’s a sad story with a happy ending,” said local conservation officer Greg Kruger, speaking to the fact that the cubs were taken in by the Northern Lights Wildlife Society, which is the only wildlife shelter in the province legally allowed to rehabilitate bears.
Conservation officers received reports on the afternoon of Saturday, October 11th of bear …

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WOOD WINNER — Mayor Ute Juras accepts the WoodWorks Community Award of Merit from Bill Billups, Technical Advisor for Canadian Wood Council/Wood WORKS! BC. Photo submitted

Discovery Centre wins award for Canal Flats

Posted on October 17th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
The Columbia Discovery Centre has won Canal Flats the WoodWorks Community Award of Merit for its support of the B.C. wood industry and its commitment to use wood for the Columbia Discovery Centre.
The Union of BC Municipalities presents the award at its annual convention each year during a luncheon with the Association of Kootenay Boundary Local Government.
“The Columbia Discovery Centre is a log cabin that’s been refurbished,” said Canal Flats mayor Ute Juras. “One thing that qualifies you for the award is an innovative way to put
wood …

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Valley songwriters packing Pynelogs to party

Posted on October 17th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff

The songwriters of the valley are about to celebrate the release of their latest record. The 20-or-so musicians will be at Pynelogs Cultural Centre to be part of the CD release party on Saturday, November 1st.
After the huge success of last year’s Christmas in the Valley CD, Windermere Valley Musicians Who Care put together an album which can be enjoyed all year round — Songwriters in the Valley.
And most of those songwriters will be stepping out of the record and onto the stage for their first full …

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DOWN AND OUT — Gabe Charron from Calgary works diligently to erect his sleeping quarters for the night. Photos by Dan Walton

Pothole Park becomes Box City for Summit Youth

Posted on October 17th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
Fifteen members of the Summit Youth Centre had a first-hand experience with one of the most detrimental effects of poverty last weekend.
On the evening of Friday, October 10th, Box City was erected in Pothole Park in Invermere to serve as the temporary shelter for those willing to spend a night sleeping under a cardboard roof.
“If each kid at one point during the night thinks: ‘I really want to go home’, that’s kind of the point,” said Summit co-ordinator Kelsey Prichard. “It’ll give them a little bit …

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GREEN MACHINE — Aaron Van de Kemp with Cleanline Automotive in Invermere is one of three Canadian mechanics up for a Canadian Technician of the Year award. The winner will be announced next month. Photo by Steph Van de Kemp

Local automotive technician up for national award

Posted on October 17th, 2014 by


By Joshua Estabrooks
Special to The Pioneer
What could be better than operating a one-of-a-kind environmentally conscious automotive service centre in Invermere with your lovely wife and two good friends? How about being featured in a multi-page spread in an automotive trade magazine that goes to all shops throughout the country, and being one of three mechanics up for a Canadian Technician of the Year award from Canadian Technician Magazine?
Well, if you are Cleanline Automotive’s head wrench turner (no grease monkeys in this shop), Aaron Van de Kemp, then all of …

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2014, October 17 – Online edition

Posted on October 17th, 2014 by


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Canadian chamber recognizes issue hurting valley

Posted on October 14th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
The Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce is in sync with its counterparts around the country, as the Canadian Chamber of Commerce annual general meeting amplified a call for the federal government to review the recent changes made to the temporary foreign worker (TFW) program.
“We’re very pleased because this is a big issue for the country, but in particular, it’s a very big issue for us,” said Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce executive director Susan Clovechok. “The feds are going to have to do something.”
The national assembly of …

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DECISION TIME - With a B.C. Environmental Assessment Office decision on renewing Glacier Resort Ltd.’s environmental assessment certificate looming soon (the project must be ‘substantially started’ by October 12th to keep the certificate, but exactly what constitutes ‘substantially started’ is unclear), opponents of the Jumbo Glacier Resort project make their opinions known during a Saturday, October 4th rally at kilometre 0 of the Jumbo Forest Service Road. Photo by Pat Morrow

Jumbo decision looms for assessment office

Posted on October 14th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
As the deadline approaches for Jumbo Glacier Resort to have its environmental certificate renewed, the Ministry of Environment further explained some of the deadline’s intricacies.
In making its decision to renew the certificate, the ministry will consult with three parties.
“[The] Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) will be inviting Glacier Resorts Ltd. (GRL), Ktunaxa Nation Council and the Shuswap Indian Bands to provide any relevant information they wish EAO to consider in its determination as to whether the project has been substantially started as of October 12, 2014,” said Ministry …

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Christmas Bureau in dire straits, urgently seeks new volunteers

Posted on October 14th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
The Columbia Valley Christmas Bureau is in dire straits, and may fold after this season if new volunteers do not join soon.
“We are in desperate need of new volunteers who are ready and willing to work on this year’s and continuing years’ campaigns of providing Christmas hampers of food cards and ‘angel gifts’ (which are presents for kids ranging in age from infants up to 12). I can’t emphasize strongly enough the situation we are in,” said Christmas Bureau chair Helen Wynder. “We need people and hours …

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TOURISM TALK —The CEO of Destination BC, Marsha Walden, had some encouraging statistics to share about the province’s tourism sector at a special presentation at Copper Point Resort this past week. Photo by Dean Midyette

Top executive talks tourism dollars

Posted on October 14th, 2014 by


By Pioneer Staff
A recent presentation at Copper Point Resort highlighted the economic importance of tourism in British Columbia and brought attendees up to speed on the most recent industry statistics.
The event, which ran over Tuesday, October 7th and Wednesday, October 8th, featured Marsha Walden who, as the CEO of Destination British Columbia, is responsible for attracting more tourism dollars to the province.
According to Ms. Walden, tourism is number three in terms of the industries in B.C. that create “good-paying” jobs. The B.C. tourism industry creates 127,000 jobs and supports …

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Konig takes sausage awards

Posted on October 14th, 2014 by


By Joshua Estabrooks
Special to the Pioneer
For the second year in a row, the lads at Konig Meat and Sausage Company have come away from the Fraser Valley Food Show’s Great Canadian Sausage Making Competition (October 2nd to 5th) with a number of awards for their outstanding products.
Co-owner Craig McGowan said the team took home two first place finishes, two second place finishes and a third place finish this year. Their first place sausages included a beer sausage and their Boerewors, which is a South African farmers’ sausage, while their …

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Help send a message to 2114

Posted on October 14th, 2014 by


By Jami Scheffer
CV Arts
Ever wondered what you’d say to the residents of Invermere in 2114? You can imagine what it was like on the shores of Lake Windermere back in 1914, but what will it look like in 2114?
You’ll have your chance to scribe a note to 2114 at the Message to the Next Century event at Pynelogs on Saturday, October 18th. Pynelogs celebrated it’s 100 birthday this year, and in honour of its grand history and continued importance in our community, we are hosting the launching of the Pynelogs …

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Local slow foodies bound for Italy

Posted on October 14th, 2014 by


By Erin Knutson
Special to The Pioneer
Invermere councillor Spring Hawes and Bill Swan of the Groundswell Community Greenhouse have been selected to attend the Terra Madre Slow Food Conference in Torino, Italy from October 23rd to 27th.
The local delegates are foodies and members of an international slow food movement that promises to maintain the integrity of local food production and fair labour practices, while celebrating food biodiversity.
“Over 5,000 people will be attending the conference — all interested in the values of slow food,” said Mr. Swan, executive director for Groundswell. …

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ALPINE PALETTE — Limestone bedrock, a teal-blue lake and golden larches form a striking colour contrast in the alpine southeast of Mt. Assiniboine. Photo by Greg Amos

Larches abound at Talus Lodge

Posted on October 14th, 2014 by


By Greg Amos
Special to the Pioneer
As the nights get colder and traces of snowfall begin to accumulate, something special happens in the alpine environment exactly halfway between Invermere and Canmore. From the summit of Mount Queen Mary in Height of the Rockies Provincial Park, follow an imaginary straight line nine kilometres to the northwest. Fly over folded mountains and glaciers, over the Albert River, and past the stunning Sharkfin Peak — a.k.a. Talon Peak — to arrive at one of the most beautiful autumn displays possible in the Canadian Rockies: …

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2014, October 10 – Online edition

Posted on October 10th, 2014 by


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Kpokl dog beach blocked by fencing

Posted on October 9th, 2014 by


By Greg Amos
Special to the Pioneer
Access to Invermere’s so-called dog beach just got a little more difficult. With new fencing being installed on both sides of the railway tracks near Taynton Bay Estates, dog owners are no longer able to drive down Kpokl Road to within a few steps of the dog-friendly section of Lake Windermere.
But access to that beach is still available by walking about a kilometre south of the Kinsmen Beach parking lot.
“CPR required that I fence off their property from everybody in my subdivision,” explained Bryon …

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Recycling, roads and reports resonate at UBCM

Posted on October 9th, 2014 by


By Greg Amos
Special to the Pioneer
The Union of B.C. Municipalities’ annual convention last week (September 22nd to September 26th) produced plenty of direction and ideas for rural B.C. communities, including the Columbia Valley.
While many valley residents may already be familiar with Invermere mayor Gerry Taft’s unanimously-supported resolution to oppose provincial funding of municipalities without residents (see the October 1st, 2014 Valley Echo), the conference was also an opportunity to advance agendas on other issues that resonate locally.
In 15-minute meetings with provincial ministers and through panel discussions and workshops, …

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