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District will cut down iconic Russian olive tree

Posted on August 1st, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
An iconic tree in the middle of Invermere will get the axe later this summer.
The Russian olive tree in Cenotaph Park at the junction of the main street (7th Avenue) and 12th Street will be chopped down during renovations to the park, slated to begin sometime in August.
“Of all the looming things we’ve needed to do for the last few years, this is the one we’re dreading the most,” said Invermere mayor Gerry Taft.
The district’s contracting arborist, Green Leaf Tree Service, has deemed the tree — which …

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Stage 3 of the Singletrack 6 mountain bike event took place on the Toby Benches along the Johnson Trail, where riders were misdirected off course by a local unhappy about the event taking place. Photo by Gibson Pictures

Sabotage strikes Singletrack 6

Posted on August 1st, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
Professional cyclists from around the world had their race at the Toby Benches sabotaged last weekend, when a local resident misdirected competitors along the Johnson Trail during Stage 3 of the Singletrack 6 mountain bike event.
“Everything was going along great until this idiot plugged in her own agenda,” said Lyle Wilson, race director of the event. “Either she thinks it’s a joke, or she’s vindictive that there’s so much mountain biking going on up at the benches that she tried to screw up the whole event.”
Stage 3 …

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DREAM DONATION — Calgary Flames player Mason Raymond is surrounded by local minor hockey players who have just geared up in brand new equipment. The donation came through the NHLPA’s Goals and Dreams Fund, which Mr. Raymond helped disburse at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena on Tuesday, July 22nd.   Photo by Dan Walton

Raymond suits up youngsters with his work attire

Posted on August 1st, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer staff
It’s not cheap to play the most popular sport in Canada, but many families in the valley were able to have the cost of their kids’ hockey equipment covered by the NHL Players Association (NHLPA).
Thanks to the NHLPA Goals and Dreams Fund, the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena was packed with boxes full of hockey equipment on Tuesday, July 22nd. An abundance of brand new equipment was stocked to outfit the young athletes with everything from skates to helmets. And helping the little hockey players suit up was …

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Council says no street party

Posted on August 1st, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
Invermere council voted to shoot down a proposal to close main street (7th Avenue) for a street party on three consecutive Saturdays this August at a special council meeting earlier this week.
The proposal, brought to council by Columbia Valley Arts (CV Arts) representative Victoria Page, was to block the main street, so that CV Arts could organize a street party, replete with buskers and street artists, and businesses spilling out into the street, in an attempt to draw people from the farmers’ market once the farmers’ market …

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SCORCHED SUMMIT — The White Tail Brook fire as seen from Canal Flats  on Tuesday (July 29th) night. Photo by Lizzie Midyette

Wildfire near Canal Flats grows

Posted on August 1st, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
Firefighters are working to get a growing wildfire near Canal Flats under control.
The White Tail Brook blaze was 150 hectares when discovered about 10 kilometres due east of Canal Flats, northwest of Whiteswan Provincial Park, on Sunday, June 27th, had grown to 250 hectares a few days later, and by Pioneer press time on Wednesday, July 30th was 400 hectares, making it the largest such fire in the B.C.’s Southeast Fire Centre (which includes the entire Kootenay region).
“Currently we are working to contain the fire, keep it …

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Tour of the Arts concentrating talent at CPR Lodge

Posted on August 1st, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
The Columbia Valley Arts Council has arranged a beautiful cultural tapestry at the CPR Lodge in Invermere this Sunday, August 3rd.
Each year, the Tour of the Arts invites local and second home-owning artists to celebrate the creativity of the Columbia Valley. The tour had previously consisted of a driving exhibit throughout the valley, and last year evolved into a walking tour around the heart of Invermere. A new approach has been taken this year, as organizers will be concentrating all of this year’s creativity within a stone’s …

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AND MY HEART GOES BOOM BOOM ­­— Vancouver group The Boom Booms are part of this year’s impressive lineup for the Invermere MusicFest at Kinsmen Beach. Photo submitted

Invermere MusicFest is here!

Posted on August 1st, 2014 by


By Joshua Estabrooks
Special to The Pioneer
Holy jumpin’ jiminy cricket! The Invermere MusicFest is only days away! Have you got your tickets yet?
If you like music, listen to music, know what music is, or know someone who likes music, this is the festival for you! Occurring down on Kinsmen Beach, surrounded by mountain lake splendour, this event is sure to please everyone, no matter how old or young.
This year’s lineup has been fine-tuned and honed to appeal to a wide array of tastes. In addition to our main acts …

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IN GOOD HANDS — Melinda Tugade (left) and Emelisa Ombing are excited to take ownership of Invermere Dry Cleaning. Photo by Greg Amos

Cleaning pros taking over Invermere Dry Cleaners

Posted on August 1st, 2014 by


By Greg Amos
Special to The Pioneer
The Columbia Valley’s only dry cleaner and coin laundry will be getting longer hours, more services and some new energy when two new owners take the helm today (Friday, August 1st).
After working for J. Benedict Cleaning Services for the past two years, longtime friends Emelisa Ombing and Melinda Tugade are excited to bring their skills and enthusiasm to Invermere Dry Cleaning and Coin Laundry, a business that has been in Invermere for more than 30 years.
“We see a lot of opportunity, because this is the …

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Panorama adds new chairlift

Posted on August 1st, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
Panorama Mountain Village is adding a new quad chairlift this summer, helping make more terrain at the ski hill accessible to novice skiers.
The new Doppelmayr lift, part of more than $10 million the resort is spending on upgrades this summer, will take skiers and riders up to beginner-friendly terrain below Founder’s Ridge next season.
The liftline for the chair lift has been graded and most of the towers installed. Much work remains, but the resort expects to be able to start load testing this August.
“It …

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Police ready for protests on road to Jumbo

Posted on July 25th, 2014 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
Columbia Valley RCMP are anticipating anti-Jumbo Glacier Resort protests will once again require their police presence in the Jumbo Valley when construction on the new highway gets underway.
“I’ve explained to the people who are developing that project that I expect the same type of protests to happen (as last summer), but it might be a little bit more intense because of the deadlines that each side knows,” said Staff Sgt. Marko Shehovac. “However, our tactic is not going to change. We will continue to respond to any …

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Street closures spark kerfuffle

Posted on July 25th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
Blocking off downtown streets for market-type events became a hot topic of discussion at the most recent Invermere council meeting, with talk on the issue prompted by two different items on the agenda.
During the July 22nd meeting, Consign-It owner Mary Lou Delesalle, who is a co-ower of The Book Bar, blasted the district’s decision to block off 12th Avenue around Cenotaph Park from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. in order to set up and run the Thursday night evening markets from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., saying …

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Devon Coyote hit the street on Thursday, July 17th for a free outdoor performance during the District of Invermere's new initiative, the Downtown Get Down and Evening Market.

Downtown Invermere takes dynamic new approach

Posted on July 25th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
The District of Invermere’s downtown is evolving to stay relevant as the Invermere Crossroads undergo significant development.
“When Home Hardware originally moved out of downtown, people said that would be the end,” said Justin Atterbury, District of Invermere councillor and owner of Rocky River Grill (located at the crossroads). “But downtown is still doing well — that space was almost completely filled by other businesses.”
Mr. Atterbury said the district most notably beautifies the downtown through its many flowerbeds, but the bulk of responsibility lies upon the store owners …

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AGRI-REVIVAL — The sign marking the site of the Agri Park is visible from Highway 93/95 next to the entrance of the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce and Lions’ Club hall. Photo by Nicole Trigg

Summer Fair set to mark Farmers’ Institute centenary

Posted on July 25th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
The valley’s long-standing agricultural organization, the Windermere District Farmers’ Institute, is set to turn 100 in style this weekend, with a centenary celebration and summer fair to mark the occasion.
The fair and celebration will be at the location of the new agri-park at the Crossroads on Sunday, July 27th and will feature a host of agricultural-themed events, as well as a series of speeches and presentations to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Farmers’ Institute and a ceremonial groundbreaking for the institute’s micro-abattoir project.
Provincial Ministry of …

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HEAVENLY EVANS — Kellylee Evans from Toronto will be performing live at the Invermere MusicFest. Photo Submitted

Shiny roster for Invermere MusicFest

Posted on July 25th, 2014 by


By Joshua Estabrooks
Special to The Pioneer
As if you needed any more reasons to attend the Invermere Music Festival on Sunday, August 3rd, right? Well, here are a few more, if you haven’t already purchased your ticket. Take a minute and picture the venue, for instance.
Yes, Kinsmen Beach is a public greenspace within the District of Invermere’s boundaries, but where else can you find rolling grassy hills, hot sandy beaches and old growth trees alongside one of the most stunning mountain lakes in the province, all within a hop, skip …

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CRAFTY TAFT — Invermere mayor Gerry Taft collaborated with Jessie Blakley and Kyle Burley of The Cross Roads Collective to create a mule deer out of wood for the CV Arts’ Celebrity Artist Challenge. Photo by Beverly Aitchison

Celebrity Artist Challenge: competitor no. 3

Posted on July 25th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
The Celebrity Artist Challenge is in full swing and contender Gerry Taft, mayor of Invermere, teamed up with The Cross Roads Collective for a woodcrafting project in his bid against his political counterparts.
Showing him the woodworking ropes were Jessie Blakley and Kyle Burley from the Invermere wood artisan collective. With direction from the pros, Gerry applied his artistic abilities to create a deer figure out of wood.
Asked about his choice of specimen, Gerry said it was a little tongue-in-cheek, offering a refreshing attitude upon ever-lasting controversy.
“If …

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HOSPICE HELP — Pictured during the declaration at the Hospice office on Friday, July 18th (clockwise from top left) were Brad Bromley of Sobeys, board member Catrien Dainard, executive director Maria Kliavkoff and Andrew Rutledge of Pharmasave Cranbrook. Absent are Keith Irwin from Pharmasave Invermere and Adrienne Turner of the Ivy House and Columbia Garden Village. Photo by Dan Walton

Hospice status heightened

Posted on July 25th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
The Hospice Society of the Columbia Valley hasn’t lost any steam since its strong start last September.
There were two major announcements on Friday, July 18th at their Frater Landing headquarters — the Hospice Society has been granted Charitable Status by the Canada Revenue Agency, and they’ve teamed with two new corporate partners.
The new status shows that Canada Revenue Agency recognizes the Hospice dedicates its resources to charitable purposes, which will make the society’s donors eligible for tax receipts. Before it was recognized as a charity, the Hospice …

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WEEDED OUT— Volunteers are coming out with guns blazing and a healthy desire for weed pulling to help yank out invasive plants from endangered sights at Sinclair Creek. Photo submitted

Siege on invading plants

Posted on July 25th, 2014 by


By Erin Knutson
Special to The Pioneer
The local ecology of the Columbia Valley is under attack from attractive but deadly alien species — invasive plants. Invasives, as they are commonly referred to, are a stubborn nuisance and pose serious issues to the balance and maintenance of a healthy ecological system.
The most pervasive issues involve aquatic areas. “Once these plants have made it to the water— they’re here for good,” commented Todd Larsen, program co-ordinator at the East Kootenay Invasive Plants Council. Importance on treatment, prevention, and early detection are key to combatting …

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LETTER---Stange

Fairmont garbage a crying shame

Posted on July 24th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
I took this photo of the Fairmont dump (recycling area) on the Wednesday following the Canada Day long weekend. I was hoping you could run an article that would direct tourists to the Windermere landfill in the future. Perhaps it would help to save any considered closures of our local disposal areas due to disgraces such as this one. Never in my 20 years as a resident have I witnessed this site in this state.
Thanks,
Kim Stange
Fairmont Hot Springs

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LIBERAL LEADER — Accompanied by East Kootenay MLA and Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett, Premier Christy Clark met with members of the Kimberley Chamber of Commerce at Chateau Kimberley on July 11th. Photo by Dan Walton

Premier Clark drops in on East Kootenay riding

Posted on July 18th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
Premier Christy Clark dipped into the Columbia River-Revelstoke riding last week, meeting with local business owners and party supporters in Kimberley on Friday, July 11th. After joining Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett for a funding announcement in Cranbrook the day before, Premier Clark was invited to a round table discussion with the Kimberley Chamber of Commerce, and made time to attend a BC Liberal party barbecue before returning to the coast.
Her trip was initially planned for the announcement of two incentive programs at the Cranbrook …

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Pickups collide head-on on Highway 93/95

Posted on July 18th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
A head-on collision between two pickup trucks in Invermere required an airlift to Calgary for one man.
The accident was reported to East Kootenay Traffic Services at 1:22 p.m. on Monday, July 14th. The crash was caused by a pickup truck travelling northbound on Highway 93/93 near Juniper Heights Road, when it crossed the centre lane of traffic and collided into a larger pickup truck travelling southbound.
“From the witness accounts, people couldn’t understand why the vehicle entered the oncoming lane,” said Staff Sgt. Marko Shehovac of the …

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