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Council listens as Carlisle Group developers Doug McIntosh and Gordon Mross explain their bid to develop 11 waterfront homes on a parcel of land adjacent to Pete’s Marina at a committee of the whole meeting on Tuesday, April 8th. Photo by Steve Hubrecht

Council hears latest on Athalmer lakeshore development bid

Posted on April 11th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
The Carlisle Group (owners of the Pointe of View condos) updated council on their plans for developing what is often called the Windermere Resort property in Athalmer (the area behind the old Lakeside pub, near Pete’s Marina).
The development plan was first floated 20 years ago and the would-be developers have talked with Invermere council in the ensuing years, but no building progress has been made. At the April 8th committee of the whole meeting, representatives Gordon Mross and Doug McIntosh presented conceptual designs of their latest plans, …

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HOT OTTERS — Otters are aiming for the regional finals in the CBC Searchlight Contest. The valley-based band has until Sunday afternoon to garner enough votes to advance to the top 10 in the Kelowna region. From the left is drummer Ryan Stimming, frontman Al Fraser, bassist Andrew Turgeon, and guitarist Nick King. Photo by Dan Walton

Otters trying to attract CBC’s Searchlight

Posted on April 11th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
Local band Otters are looking to make a splash on radio, as the valley-based band is competing in the CBC’s annual Searchlight Contest.
The East Kootenay region got great exposure from the contest last year, as Cranbrook’s Good Ol’ Goats placed second in the nation-wide contest. This year, Otters are taking a swing, but first, they have to advance through the Kelowna (Radio West) region of CBC Radio – one of 24 in Canada. So far, the band has qualified as one of the top 25 in the …

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Skiers enjoy a run down the Jumbo Glacier in years past.
Pioneer file photo

MLAs, mayors debate Jumbo funding B.C.-wide

Posted on April 11th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
Public funding for Jumbo Glacier Mountain Resort Municipality leapt to provincial attention last week, sparking combative commentary in the B.C. legislature and on provincial radio shows.
Jumbo municipality’s recently released five-year financial plan shows a projected $200,000 a year in funding, mainly from provincial and federal grant money, the Small Community Grant in particular. That revelation prompted strong rhetoric from Columbia-River Revelstoke MLA Norm Macdonald, Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungal and Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Coralee Oakes during question period in the legislature on Monday, March …

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WAITING FOR CHANGE — Cindy and John Howard hope to see improvements to highway safety after losing family members in a July 2011 accident on Highway 93 in Kootenay National Park.  Photo  by Greg Amos

California family awaits verdict in local trial

Posted on April 11th, 2014 by


By Greg Amos
Pioneer Staff
With a judge’s decision expected at the end of April in the trial of the man accused of dangerous driving causing a horrific accident in Kootenay National Park in July 2011, a long wait is coming to an end for relatives of the California family killed.
John and Cindy Howard, the brother and sister-in-law of one of the victims, spoke to The Pioneer outside of Invermere Provincial court after the four-day hearing wrapped up in late March, and emphasized the need for changes to make highways in the …

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Invermere coffee lovers had the chance to learn how to produce their own gourmet coffee, when more than a dozen enthusiasts joined Jeremy Ho, as the 2012 Canadian Barista Champion put on a coffee-making clinic Manual Brew Methods for Home Brewers at Eagle Ranch on the afternoon of Saturday, April 5th. It was one of several events in a successful debut of the Invermere Coffee Fest.
Photo by  Erin Knutson

First Coffee Fest brews success

Posted on April 11th, 2014 by


Submitted by Lizzie Midyette
Coffee is the perfect beverage to wake up with, a great reading buddy for the afternoon, and a wonderful way to end a dinner out or in with loved ones. Last weekend, coffee aficionados, business owners, and those who are simply coffee-curious attended the very well-received first annual Invermere Coffee Fest, where the Columbia Valley’s thriving coffee culture was celebrated in style.
Everything from the production of coffee and our relationship as consumers with the farmers who grow the delicious beans, to brewing the perfect cup of coffee …

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COURAGEOUS CREW - Courageous Hearts board members (left to right) Kim Baker, Tiffany Gulbe, Cori Gadomski and France Andestad (missing is Heather Pryndik) are spearheading a new fundraising society in the Columbia Valley that allows individuals to “pay it forward” by helping people in the community.  Photo submitted

Courageous Hearts starts with auction action

Posted on April 11th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
The valley’s newest not-for-profit group is making a powerful start, as Courageous Hearts will be hosting a Storage Wars-style auction as its debut event.
In partnership with Real Storage in Windermere, Courageous Hearts will be hosting the event on Saturday, April 19th, before a silent auction and dance later that night.
The auction takes place at 1 p.m. at Real Storage in Windermere. The fundraiser will feature five storage units loaded with valuables that have been donated by local sponsors. In a fashion similar to the reality television program, …

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Concert goers enjoy dancing to the Good Ol' Goats at the Steamboat Mountain Music Festival last summer. Pioneer file photo

Free concert offered for Steamboat early birds

Posted on April 11th, 2014 by


Early bird tickets for the third annual Steamboat Mountain Music Festival will soon be on sale! The festival is set for Saturday, July 5th at the Edgewater Elementary School field. A special ticket launch party is being held on Friday, April 18th at the Edgewater Hall, with free admission for early bird ticket buyers and festival volunteers. Come and enjoy a great evening of free entertainment, coffee and dessert, all while saving yourself some money!
The launch party, a coffeehouse evening with dessert, will feature some of the local artists already …

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Two events replacing Relay for Life

Posted on April 11th, 2014 by


Submitted by Canadian Cancer Society, B.C. and Yukon
The Canadian Cancer Society is inviting all Columbia Valley residents to join us as we bring two new and exciting fundraising events to the valley. The society, along with its unit and Relay For Life volunteers from around the area, looked at declining relay participation and decided it was time for something new.
“We are excited to be beginning a new chapter of Canadian Cancer Society support in the area,” said Sheila Tutty, Canadian Cancer Society unit volunteer and past leadership chair for …

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2014, April 4 – Online edition

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Norm Gagatek and his son Braeden prior to Norm's stroke in 2008. Pioneer file photo

Gagatek continues rousing recovery at home

Posted on March 28th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
Invermere resident Norm Gagetek’s incredible recovery will continue in the valley, after the stroke survivor spent the last six months at a care facility in the Okanagan re-learning how to live independently.
“He’s now at 80 per cent self-dependant,” said his wife, Kimberley Harris. “He was at about 60 per cent before.”
Norm spent the two-and-a-half years prior with his family at home in the valley, but plateaued in his recovery because of limited local resources available, Kimberley said.
However, even before his time in the Okanagan, Norm came a …

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Singin’ the blues in church

Posted on March 28th, 2014 by


Jazz and blues singer Melissa Lauren performed live at the Christ Church Trinity in Invermere on Tuesday, March 25th. Ms. Lauren is currently promoting her new album, The Other Side, and is making her mark on the Toronto music scene.Photos by Erin Knutson

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Dan Poirier, owner of DA Poirer Productions Inc., films a scene for the "Take Me There" promotional video. Submitted photo

‘Take Me There’ video a valley-wide collaboration

Posted on March 28th, 2014 by


By Erin Knutson
Pioneer Intern
The Whiteway “Take Me There” promotional video was an undertaking of passion, inspiration and creativity that helped unite the Columbia Valley community.
A year ago, $13,000 in funds were secured by various organizations and backed by the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Tourism Marketing
Committee to help create a promotional video for the Lake Windermere Whiteway.
The video was a labour of love for Andrea Tubbs, project manager at Swansea Communications, which headed up the project, eventually partnering with Dan Poirer of DA Poirer Productions Inc.
“Dan took it outside the box …

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An aerial view of Jumbo Mountain. Pioneer file photo

Invermere council balks at $1 million for Jumbo

Posted on March 28th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
Jumbo Glacier Mountain Resort Municipality provoked a torrent of discussion at Invermere’s most recent council meeting, as council passed a resolution to ask the province to reallocate funding for the resort municipality.
Invermere mayor Gerry Taft said he put forward the motion for the Tuesday, March 25th Invermere council meeting after reading the Jumbo municipality’s five-year plan online (posted following Jumbo council’s most recent council meeting in mid-February) and learning Jumbo municipality will get $200,000 a year in provincial funding from 2014 through 2018, for a total of …

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The Easy Rider Cup has drawn big crowds of participants in the recent past. Pioneer file photo

Creative competitions planned at Panorama Mountain Village

Posted on March 28th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
Spring may be in season, but Panorama Mountain Village is about to host some of the most exciting winter events of the year.
As the weather warms up, skiers and boarders will be able to shed some layers – and Panorama is encouraging them to shred on the hill in festive attire.
With the Superhero Sunfest on the weekend of April 4th to 6th, and the Hawaiian Luau celebration happening this weekend, Saturday, March 29th and Sunday, March 30th, costumes are becoming the norm at Panorama.
As capes become an …

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Pioneer columnist Arnold Malone.

How to read a magazine

Posted on March 28th, 2014 by


Fresh old ideas
By Arnold Malone
Pioneer Columnist
One day in Grade 5, Mrs. Schweer asked her students to bring magazines to school. Days later she proceeded to show us how to read a magazine.
She asked us to open the cover page and there, on the inside, on the left-hand edge of page two, was a column of fine print that indicated where the magazine was printed, who the publisher was, and the list of staff with their titles along with the headquarters’ address.
When we turned to the next page, she pointed out …

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CULTURE CREW —The Columbia Cultural Tourism Association directors: (front to back)Tony Berryman, Pat Bavin, Jessica Fairhart, Julie Brown, John Rouse, Alec Fleming, Jami Scheffer, and Chris Evans. Missing are Andi Dzilums and Al Miller. Photo by Ryan Bavin

Cultural tourism ‘tapestry of place’ takes shape

Posted on March 28th, 2014 by


By Greg Amos
Pioneer Staff
With its abundance of small attractions, historic stories, art products, culinary experiences and one-of-a-kind memories, the Columbia Valley has the ability to attract tourists who seek more than completing a checklist of attractions seen.
With that place-based approach in mind, the Columbia Cultural Tourism Association sought a new way to represent the valley to potential visitors — and now has a blueprint, with the recently-completed “A Tapestry of Place” study completed and being broadcast around the valley.
The 83-page study, prepared by Canada-renowned cultural tourism consultant Steven Thorne, was …

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BEAMING BOARD — Pictured, from left to right: Catrien Dainard, Maxine Jones, Maria Kliavkoff, Donna Power, Karen Arif and Dr. Chris Gooch. Pioneer file photo

Hospice open house set to mark dual milestones

Posted on March 28th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
The Hospice Society of the Columbia Valley is set to celebrate both the opening of its new office space and the end of its first fiscal year with an open house next week.
The April 1st open house will be an opportunity to show the community the new office, which the society opened just a month ago, said the society’s executive director Maria Kliavkoff.
“Every day it looks different and we get more set up; we should have our computers in before the open house,” said Ms. Kliavkoff. “It’s …

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NOT TOO SHABBY, ANNY — With her replica of  the painting “Strange things done in the midnight sun,” by Ted Harrison, J.A. Laird Grade 7 student Abby Wagner was the winner of this year’s poster contest for Art from the Heart, which will see her work featured on the series’ promotional poster. The pre-show for Art from the Heart begins at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort on Friday, March 28th and lasts until Sunday, April 6th, then goes on display at the Pynelogs Cultural Centre from Tuesday, April 8th to Sunday, April 27th. Photo by Dan Walton

Wagner’s work woos Art from the Heart

Posted on March 21st, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
Attracting audiences to the 2014 Art from the Heart show at Pynelogs will be a centrepiece by Grade 7 student Abby Wagner, whose pastel picture was chosen to be featured on the event poster.
As a project through her language arts class at J.A. Laird, Abby used pastels to recreate an image from the poem of Robert Service’s “The Cremation of Sam McGee,” which was illustrated by Ted Harrison.
Each student in her class chose a picture from the book, and Abby decided upon “Strange things done in the …

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FATAL CRASH — Firefighters deal with the aftermath of the crash in July 2011, for which Mr. Bagri is now on trial. Pioneer file photo

Collision analyst takes stand at Bagri trial

Posted on March 21st, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
The trial stemming from a fatal crash in Kootenay National Park in 2011 got underway in Invermere provincial court earlier this week, with a Vancouver man facing four counts of dangerous driving causing death.
Jaswinder Singh Bagri, the driver of a semi involved in the collision, has pleaded not guilty to all charges and was in court, more than two and a half years after the crash occurred, for the first four days of the multi-day trial this past week.
Mr. Bagri was driving his unloaded flatdeck B-train commercial …

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SEE AND SKI — Robbi Weldon and her guide Phil Wood compete in Cross Country Skiing Women’s five-kilometre free, visually impaired event at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Photo by Matthew Murnaghan/Canadian Paralympic Committee

Panorama product and Nipika newcomer shine in Sochi

Posted on March 21st, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
It wasn’t until one week before the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi that ski guide Nick Brush from Panorama found out he would be part of the world-class competition.
Nick retired as a ski guide after barely missing the podium four years ago, leading visually impaired skier Chris Williamson to two fourth place and two sixth place finishes at the 2010 Winter Paralympics in Vancouver .
But when the team underwent a lineup shuffle just one week before the games, Chris found himself without a guide.
Thankfully, Nick was able …

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