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New Shuswap chief determined to make a difference

Posted on December 19th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
New Shuswap Indian Band chief Barb Cote and first-time councillors Timothy Eugene and Rosalita Pascal have been busy since the band’s early November election.
“We have so much going on at this time, “ said Ms. Cote. “For me, the learning curve, it’s been the equivalent of taking a PhD in a whole range of subjects all at the same time.”
Ms. Cote said she’s treating the position of chief as a full-time job, and she and the councillors are wrapping their heads around not just band administration and …

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HOCKEY HIGH ROLLER — Kelsey Petersen with Trevor Linden, former Canuck captain and current president of hockey operations and alternate governor of the Vancouver Canucks.     Photo submitted

Invermere grad making bid as Canada’s first female NHL agent

Posted on December 19th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
A young woman from Invermere might one day help aspiring hockey players enter the NHL. And if her career plans pan out, Kelsey Petersen will be the only female NHL agent in Canada.
The 26-year-old Invermere native is finishing up her law degree at the Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Law in Kamloops, and recently completed an internship with the Vancouver Canucks, for which she beat out more than 600 other applicants.
Her journey started in the Columbia Valley. Kelsey graduated from David Thompson Secondary School in 2006, …

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Low oil prices slowly trickle into valley

Posted on December 19th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
Oil prices may have taken a nosedive around the globe, but have only declined modestly at gas stations throughout the valley.
As of The Pioneer’s press time (Wednesday, December 17th), gas in Calgary could be found as cheap as 81.9 cents per litre, and averaging around 91 cents per litre. Yet gas at Petro-Canada in Invermere on that same day was 115.9 cents per litre, while gas stations in Golden and Cranbrook were pricing it at 109.9 cents a litre.
Back in September, oil was selling for about …

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Gone Baby Gone: The end of a legacy

Posted on December 19th, 2014 by


By Erin Knutson
Special to the Pioneer
Interpersonal experiences have been slowly phased out for the new world of digital, which isn’t so new anymore. With the advent of digitizing, Netflicking, video on demand, the emergence of Redbox, and the various streaming channels of entertainment content, the last of an old tradition is disappearing.
Invermere’s Gone Hollywood is sadly closing its doors after 24 years in business.
Jason and Thora Harvey have been in the film business for over two decades, and value the loyal customers they’ve had over the years. Currently packing …

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RENO’D AND READY — The new Invermere location for Bishop’s Book Cafe has undergone weeks of renovations.  Photo by Greg Amos

Bishop’s turns the page on old thrift store location

Posted on December 19th, 2014 by


By Greg Amos
Special to the Pioneer
An established book store is following the flow of the Columbia River to a new home in Invermere, and putting an elegant new lustre on a well-loved retail space.
After several weeks of extensive renovations, Bishop’s Book Cafe is set to open at the former Invermere Hospital Auxiliary thrift store space at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 20th.
“The renovations took six weeks; the many people who used to shop at the thrift store won’t recognize it,” said owner Andrew Watt. “Most people in Invermere have …

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Cobblestone issues Christmas Bureau challenge

Posted on December 19th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer staff
A local business owner has recently given the Columbia Valley Christmas Burea a big boost, and he’s asking others in the business community to do the same.
Cobblestone Creek Cottage and Lodging Co. donated $2,000 to the Christmas Bureau for its annual drive. The Christmas Bureau uses its resources to provide low-income households with traditional holiday celebrations.
“It’s important that families do have the necessary food and gifts for the kids to open,” said Cobblestone president Matt Semler.
Because the valley’s tourism businesses profit off sharing the valley with …

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UPDATED: “Substantially started” decision for Jumbo Glacier Resort delayed

Posted on December 19th, 2014 by


The province’s decision as to whether or not Jumbo Glacier Resort was substantially started by the potential October 12th expiry date of its Environmental Assessment Certificate has been delayed as the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) is requesting additional information regarding the location of Jumbo Glacier Resort’s day lodge.
In a letter addressed to Glacier Resorts Ltd. president Oberto Oberti dated December 11th, EAO manager of policy and compliance Autumn Cousins writes: “Based on the recent complaints and information reviewed through compliance oversight, Environmental Assessment Office Compliance and Enforcement is assessing whether …

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Local family celebrates victory over cancer

Posted on December 19th, 2014 by


Christmas spirit is shining brightly in the valley this year, even more so for one family that has come triumphantly through a battle with cancer.
As reported four years ago in The Valley Echo, Crisanna McLeod’s daughter Crisdon Chaisson struggled with a rare form of cancer called ameloblastoma in her jaw. Thanks to surgery in Vancouver General Hospital, Crisdon has beaten the cancer and, three years later, life is back to normal for her, her mother and her two kids, Ataya and Rythom.
“It’s just this year that I’ve finally let …

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New Shuswap chief charges ahead

Posted on December 18th, 2014 by


New Shuswap Indian Band chief Barb Cote and first-time councillors Timothy Eugene and Rosalita Pascal have been busy since the band’s early November election.
“We have so much going on at this time, “ said Ms. Cote. “For me, the learning curve, it’s been the equivalent of taking a PhD in a whole range of subjects all at the same time.”
Ms. Cote said she’s treating the position of chief as a full-time job, and she and the councillors are wrapping their heads around not just band administration and Aboriginal Affairs and …

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Volunteer group of students makes its mark on the community

Posted on December 16th, 2014 by


A group of volunteer students from David Thompson Secondary School (DTSS) is making a positive difference in the community.
The high school’s Interac Club is sponsored by the local Rotary Club of Invermere and this year is made up of 11 students, most of them in Grade 11.
“It’s (the Interac Club) about doing things in the community to help out, and also to help us develop leadership skills,” said club president and DTSS student Blake Glassford. “We as students choose what we want to do to help the community, we fundraise …

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The Environment Assessment Office has delayed a decision on Jumbo Glacier Resort's substantial start due to concerns that the day lodge is located in a dangerous avalanche path. File photo

“Substantially started” decision for Jumbo Glacier Resort delayed

Posted on December 12th, 2014 by


The province’s decision whether Jumbo Glacier Resort was substantially started by the potential expiry date of its Environmental Assessment Certificate has been delayed as the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) is requesting additional information on the location of Jumbo Glacier Resort’s day lodge.
In the letter dated December 11th, 2014 and addressed to Glacier Resorts Ltd. president Oberto Oberti, Manager of Policy and Compliance Autumn Cousins writes: “based on the recent complaints and information reviewed through compliance oversight, Environmental Assessment Office Compliance and Enforcement is assessing whether the Day Lodge and service …

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STERLING STATUS — Proudly displaying the Three Voices of Healing Society’s accreditation certificate are, from left to right, Three Voices Executive Director Delena Tikk; Alice Sam, President; Monica Fisher, Counsellor; Glady Sam, Intake Worker. Photo submitted

Highest accreditation awarded to Shuswap centre

Posted on December 12th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
The Three Voices of Healing Society Wellness Centre on the Shuswap Indian Band reservation has earned the highest accreditation possible for a health treatment centre in Canada.
“We received our accreditation with exemplary status, passing with a score of 98.9 per cent, so we’re pretty happy about that,” said Three Voices executive director Delena Tikk. “Only two other places in Canada have ever gotten a higher score, and one of them was Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto.”
Three Voices is a non-profit society that runs a 43-bed residential, alcohol …

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Farside Pub fundraising for Canal Flats couple with cancer

Posted on December 12th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
The Farside Pub in Fairmont Hot Springs is inviting the valley to its fundraiser this Sunday, December 14th to help out a local couple in need.
Connie and Doc Lang from Canal Flats are both undergoing treatment for cancer. Connie is scheduled for surgery on Tuesday, December 16th after her second diagnosis. Doc was told four years ago that he had just three months to live and continues to defy his medical prognosis. It’s for them that the Farside will be hosting the Jam Night Fundraiser, where guests …

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Cross-Canada comedy - A trio of hardy comedic Canucks are stopping to deliver a load of laughs on Wednesday, December 17th at Panorama’s Great Hall as part of their cross-Canada “Weather Permitting” winter comedy tour.  Photo submitted

Trio making puns at Pano

Posted on December 12th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
Three Torontonian comics are touring across Canada this winter, and they’ve appropriately titled their show the “Weather Permitting Tour”, attempting to navigate their way in an imported sedan.
The trio is made up of Michelle Christine, Andrew Barr and Michael Flakmank. They’ll be bringing their jokes to the Great Hall at Panorama Mountain Resort on Wednesday, December 17th.
“You can find a funny thought on just about anything. What makes a comic unique is that they have an interesting perspective on life,” Michelle said. “Which is why you …

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ROCK STARS — Left to right are skip Zane Bartlett (Grand Forks), third Sam Gaspar (Invermere), second Logan Powell (Invermere) and lead Jordan Geiger (Grand Forks). Photo submitted

Local junior curlers eyeing B.C. championship

Posted on December 12th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
Two of the valley’s most promising young curlers, Sam Gaspar and Logan Powell, are looking to take the province by storm after assembling a foursome with two of Grand Forks’ best.
While the two pairs have to practise apart, they’ll be coming together between Sunday, December 28th and Saturday, January 3rd to compete for the Junior Men’s Provincial Curling Championship in Parksville. The winning team will represent the province as Team BC.
Sam and Logan’s Grand Forks counterparts are Zane Bartlett and Jordan Field. Before they reached the Junior …

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CHILI TIME — J.A. Laird students (clockwise from back) Summer Dixon Ingham, Kylee Farrell, Brylee Hutchinson, Desiree Barnhardt and Pressly Irons help fix up some delicious quinoa chili during the J.A. Laird Cooking Program on Friday, December 5th. Photo by Steve Hubrecht

Valley food bank helps get J. A. Laird students cooking

Posted on December 12th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
Students at J.A. Laird Elementary School are cooking up a storm, with help from the Columbia Valley Food Bank.
The Cooking Program is now in its third year, and has been a smash success, according to those involved.
“It’s been absolutely great and it grows every year,” said J.A. Laird teacher Kyler Gauthier. “The program is a great way to engage students in school and help to build a sense of community within our classrooms.”
The program, which is funded by the local food bank, runs every Thursday and Friday …

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New mentorship program launched for Columbia Valley businesses

Posted on December 12th, 2014 by


In an effort to create a stronger, more resilient local business community, the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce is planning to launch an ambitious new program that aims to pair business owners with experienced mentors.
The first Business Mentorship Program event will be organized to connect like-minded individuals as soon as ten local businesses and ten mentors have registered.
“Once we have that number, we’re going to organize an event that’s like speed dating,” said Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce executive director Susan Clovechok. “During the speed dating event we’ll explain how …

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HIMALAYAN SCENE — Villagers in Kinnaur district in the Indian Himalayas dance during the Festival of the Flowers in this 1993 photograph, one of 170 spellbinding images in Pat and Baiba Morrow’s new e-book ‘Heart of the Himalaya’.                                                             Photo by Pat Morrow

Wilmer couple release new e-book of Himalayan photos

Posted on December 10th, 2014 by


A local couple has just released a book on their three decades’ worth of trips to the Himalayas.
Wilmer residents Pat and Baiba Morrow have been climbing in, hiking in and experiencing the culture of the Himalayas since 1982, and have put together some of their best images and memories of the region in an e-book Heart of the Himalaya.
“Here in Canada we go into the mountains when we feel we need to get away from people,” said Mr. Morrow. “But the Himalayas we go to in order to meet people, …

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Winter in Motion

New winter festival announced for the Columbia Valley

Posted on December 10th, 2014 by


The Columbia Valley (Radium, Invermere, Panorama, Windermere & Fairmont Hot Springs) is kicking off winter with the launch of its Winter in Motion Festival and celebration of their World Record win for the World’s Longest Ice Skating Trail, known as The Whiteway. The World Record was awarded to the Lake Windermere Whiteway trail in the spring of 2014; the trail will be opening at the end of December, as soon is the ice is thick enough to be safe – the perfect time to celebrate the prestigious title win.
The Winter …

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Propane Tanks stolen from Canal Flats: 09/12/14 news release

Posted on December 9th, 2014 by


Submitted by Staff Sgt. Marko Shehovac
Columbia Valley RCMP
Faithful advice: I read with interest Pastor Trevor Hagan’s article (The Pioneer, Nov. 28th) “A gift of expectancy” where he questions when it is appropriate, or the rule of when, Christmas decorations and music should be played. The answer is clear: 7:30 p.m., November 11th after the Remembrance Day dinner is completed at the Edgewater Legion. Glad I was able to be of assistance.
Fraud alert: The Columbia Valley detachment has received information that a male identifying himself as Mr. Watson from Canada …

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