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PASS helps host adaptive ski camp at Panorama

Posted on February 24th, 2017 by


The Panorama Adaptive SnowSports Society (PASS) continues to go from strength to strength, having just recently helped host the first-ever B.C. Adaptive Snowsports (BCASS) all mountain freeride and ski race camp at Panorama Mountain Resort.
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The camp ran from Friday, February 3rd to Sunday, February 5th; was a co-operative effort by PASS, BCASS (which operates as an umbrella organization for the dozen or so local adaptive snowsport or ski society across the province), Canmore-based Rocky Mountain Adaptive and Alpine Canada; and it drew 12 adaptive athletes from across B.C. and Alberta, …

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Annual lake floods Arrow Road near Home Hardware

Posted on February 24th, 2017 by


Rapidly melting snow created a mini-lake on the road leading into Invermere Home Hardware last week, in what could be a portent of spring flooding to come elsewhere in the Upper Columbia Valley following record snowfalls this past winter.
Every year, at some point in late winter or early spring, people heading to Home Hardware encounter a mini lake formed at a low spot on Arrow Road in between the store and Kicking Horse Coffee.
This year, the lake was back again, from Thursday, February 16th through to Sunday, February 18th, …

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Federal and provincial governments promise Trans Canada twinning

Posted on February 24th, 2017 by


The federal and provincial governments recently jointly announced a project that will see twinning of sections of the Trans-Canada Highway near Golden.
On Friday, February 17th, Canadian Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet Sohi and B.C. Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone said together that $469 million will be spent upgrading two parts of the Trans Canada — $450 million to improve the notorious Kicking Horse Canyon section of the road, which runs from the Alberta border to Golden, and more than $19 million for the Donald to Forde Station section …

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Conservation officers bring starving bobcat to vet

Posted on February 24th, 2017 by


A bobcat struggling to deal with tough winter conditions was captured by Invermere conservation officers near Windermere last week, but later passed away at the Invermere veterinarian clinic.
Prior to being caught, the bobcat had been the subject of a couple calls to the conservations officers from the Windermere area.
On Monday, February 13th, a report came in from a homeowner on Dell Road in Windermere that “a bobcat had been on their property and killed their domestic cat over the previous night, and had then come back into their dog run …

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Locals featured in Panorama music festival lineup

Posted on February 24th, 2017 by


By James Rose
Special to The Pioneer
Panorama Mountain Resort’s High Notes Music Festival is coming up on March 17th to 19th, and this is the second of four weekly articles shining a spotlight on the artists that festival goers can look forward to seeing.
Elk Run & Riot, L8, and Small Town Dirtbags are three bands that pack a punch when it comes to putting on a great show. Each band has a distinctive style resonating with their audience in sonically satisfying ways each time they grace the stage. The Dirtbags and …

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Don Fossberg Obituary

Posted on February 23rd, 2017 by


This short obituary was placed on The Pioneer’s website as a special service to the family of Don Fossberg to provide advance notice for a March 3rd Memorial Gathering.
DON FOSSBERG
Peacefully on February 21, 2017 Don passed away at the Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg, MB at the age of 47 years.
A Memorial Gathering will be held on Friday, March 3, 2017 at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main Street, Winnipeg, MB from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Avalanche Canada issues special public warning

Posted on February 17th, 2017 by


Avalanche Canada has issued a special public avalanche warning last week that covers much of southeastern part of the Kootenay region.
The warning was issue on Thursday, February 9th and applies a large swath of roughly triangle-shaped territory running from west of Nelson to just south of Canal Flats and on and diagonally up, in eastward direction, from there to the Alberta border, stretching to encompass Kanaskis country and Waterton Lakes National Park and the mountainous areas between those two spots on the other side of the provincial border.
The massive snowstorm …

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Independent candidate enters Columbia River-Revelstoke race

Posted on February 17th, 2017 by


The upcoming provincial election taking place this spring just got a little more interesting on a local level, with the entry of a new independent candidate into the race here in Columbia River-Revelstoke.
Longtime Kimberley resident Justin Hooles had been eyeing up the possibility of running as an independent since the start of the new year, and formally announced his candidacy last week, citing his distaste for party politics as the reason he’s choosing to run on his own.
“I’d thought about politics as a long-term future plan for a while, but …

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Wildly successful Invermere Coffee Fest grows even bigger

Posted on February 17th, 2017 by


The Invermere Coffee Fest is just around the corner, having burgeoned into an even-larger event this year.
The fourth annual edition of the festival will be held over the first weekend of March, from Friday, March 3rd to Sunday, March 5th, and this year comprises 16 workshops — explosive growth when compared with the three workshops held during the first-ever Coffee Fest in 2013.
“It has really grown since we started, especially for visitors. So far only one-third of the registrations are local. So second homeowners or people who are otherwise from …

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Panorama music festival is around the corner

Posted on February 17th, 2017 by


By James Rose
Special to The Pioneer
Music lovers take note: Panorama Mountain Resort’s High Notes Music Festival is just around the corner. The festival’s organizing team has packed the lineup with some of Canada’s best independent artists that will fill the resort with two days and nights of blues, folk, rock and pop.
Over the next few weeks, The Pioneer is going to shine a spotlight on some of the artists who are set to play March 17th and 18th. This week it is all about Edmonton-based folk duo 100 Mile …

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Fentanyl concerns continue in the Columbia Valley

Posted on February 17th, 2017 by


By Eric Elliott
Pioneer Staff
Questions to Columbia Valley RCMP Sgt. Bob Vatamaniuck about the ongoing fentanyl crisis continued to surface at the recent Radium Hot Springs town council meeting held on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017.
Councillor Mike Gray was the second councillor from a Columbia Valley council to bring the issue to Sgt. Vatamaniuck’s attention after Coun. Al Miller of the District of Invermere brought it up to him during their council meeting on January 24th.
“My nightmare scenario for us as a village is that we have people in the …

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Invermere musician makes live music debut

Posted on February 17th, 2017 by


By Eric Elliott
Pioneer Staff
Bryce Huston will be making his live music debut at Shakman’s Bar and Grill on Friday, February 24th, premiering his first album, Best I Can Be, at 6 p.m.
For 22-year-old Mr. Huston, creating and producing an album on his own has been a large endeavour and one that’s been years in the making.
“It definitely feels good,” he said of seeing his first album come to fruition. “I also thought maybe this album wouldn’t turn out 100 per cent, but it’s a stepping stone and a …

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Glow in the Dark curling night returns to Invermere

Posted on February 17th, 2017 by


By Eric Elliott
Pioneer Staff
For the third year in a row, The Station Neighborhood Pub will be partnering with the Invermere Curling Club to host the “Glow in the Dark Curling” on Saturday, February 25th.
With a sell-out event last year, they will be bringing in DJ Will C to blast the music under the black lights hoping curlers and spectators in attendance will be dressing bright and tight for an exciting evening of curling and fun.
“It’s honestly a lot of fun, Will C has some awesome music, the prizes …

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Endeavour Fitness athletes excel during Okanagan competition

Posted on February 17th, 2017 by


By Eric Elliott
Pioneer Staff
For many, fitness is something focused on for an hour a day at the gym as a standard practice of staying healthy. But for five members of Endeavour Fitness in Invermere, it’s a lifestyle culminating in a competition that keeps them going everyday.
Coach and owner Jolaine Undershute, Stephen McIntosh, Lainey Wilson, Greg Nyuli and Kris Newman all traveled to Penticton, B.C. to compete in the Okanagan Valley Throwdown on Saturday, January 28th and Sunday, January 29th.
Ms. Undershute, a four-time CrossFit Games competitor herself, entered the …

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Chasing the pro soccer dream

Posted on February 10th, 2017 by


Playing competitive sports can be expensive for a family. Travel — hotel rooms, gas, wear and tear on the family vehicle — combined with registration for tournaments and scouting appearances can add up into the thousands for each season.
It’s a stressful headache and opportunity that local soccer player Jack Crook and his father Ed know all too well. Jack has been playing soccer since he was six years old, starting his career on the fields at Windermere Elementary where he spent hours playing by himself before having friends join …

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Columbia Valley hit with record-breaking snow

Posted on February 10th, 2017 by


Communities across the Columbia Valley, East Kootenay and Interior B.C. are still shovelling their way out of one of the biggest downfalls the area has seen in the last 20 years.
Starting last Friday afternoon, snowflakes began making their way to the ground, continuing all the way until Monday morning. Although snowfall varied based on location in the Valley, Al Sander, general manager for Mainroad East Kootenay Contracting, estimates between 30 and 36 inches (76.2 to 91.44 centimetres) fell to the ground over the course of the weekend.
“All I know is …

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Proposed residential development sparks debate

Posted on February 10th, 2017 by


By Eric Elliot
Pioneer Staff
The Regional Distrct of East Kooteany board of directors will be voting today (Friday, February 10th) during its monthly meeting on the application to amend two bylaws in order to move forward on a new development along Westside road on the east side of Lake Windermere in Area F.
The bylaw amendment application, submitted by Haworth Development Consulting, requests to amend the Lake Windermere Official Community Plan (OCP) designation from rural resource to small holdings, and amend the Columbia Valley Zoning bylaw designation from rural resource zone …

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Puppy Love returns for sixth year

Posted on February 10th, 2017 by


Lovers of puppies, tattoos or — better yet — both, should make their way to Puppy Love this weekend as Fire Vixen Tattoos gears up for another edition of its ever-popular fundraiser.
This year marks the sixth edition of the annual event, which raises money for the Invermere-based animal rescue group Global Animals Lovers Society (GALS), and according to organizer and Fire Vixen owner Sarah Eastick, it promises to be bigger and better than ever.
Fire Vixen tattoo artists as well as several guest tattoo artists — seven tattoo artists in total …

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Nelson country-folk musician prepares for Pynelogs show with son

Posted on February 10th, 2017 by


Kootenay folk music lovers will be pleased to learn Nelson-based singer-songwriter Johnny P. Johnson will be playing at Pynelogs later this month as part of the ongoing Love It Live concert series.
Although Johnny P. has played in Invermere before, this will be his first show at Pynelogs and he’s looking forward to playing in the intimate, historical venue — a location ideally suited to his unique and ever-evolving sound.
“We play what I call ranch rock. There’s no drummer or electric guitar, but it’s still got a rock sound, with heavy …

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Windermere Valley Child Care kicks up fundraising for new playground

Posted on February 10th, 2017 by


The Windermere Valley Child Care Society has been hard at work fundraising for a new playground for its daycare, and over the next few weeks will be gearing up those efforts with the aim of starting construction this spring.
To that end, the society has once again started selling the popular Little Ceasar’s pizza kits, and is planning on hosting a family fun dance at the Invermere Community Hall in early March.
“We’ve been fundraising for a few years (for the new playground),” society member Brigitte Perrault told The Pioneer. “We’d really …

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