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The snow avalanche risk zoning map for the Jumbo Glacier Resort day lodge and service building, the foundations of which were poured last fall. White Zone indicates low risk, Blue Zone indicates Moderate Risk, and Red Zone indicates high risk.  Image submitted

Report finds Jumbo resort building foundations in avalanche risk zones

Posted on April 17th, 2015 by


By Nicole Trigg, Pioneer Staff

An assessment of the potential avalanche risk from two avalanche paths in Jumbo Valley has determined that the majority of Jumbo Glacier Resort’s Service Building foundation is in a high risk zone.
“Dense flow impacts were observed with 10 to 15 metres of the building site,” states the report prepared by Dynamic Avalanche Consulting Inc. dated March 19th.
In the report, high risk is indicated by the term “Red Zone” while moderate risk is labelled “Blue Zone” and low risk labelled “White Zone.”
The remainder of the Service …

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HAPPY EMPLOYEES — Kicking Horse Coffee staff pose with their certificate of recognition for being named the 15th best place to work in Canada. Photo by Breanne Massey

Kick ass coffee crew love what they do

Posted on April 17th, 2015 by


By Breanne Massey, Pioneer Staff

Kicking Horse Coffee has brewed up a warming success story in the heart of the Columbia Valley.
The Invermere-based business has recently been named #15 on the Best Workplaces in Canada list created by the Great Place to Work Institute Canada for 2015.
This year’s list received over 200 nominations and lured out over 60,000 employees to compete in employee feedback sessions and an in-depth review about the organization’s culture, including credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie.
“Our team kicks ass,” said Elana Rosenfeld, chief executive officer at Kicking …

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Invermere OCP bylaw receives second and third reading

Posted on April 17th, 2015 by


By Steve Hubrecht, Pioneer Staff

A proposed bylaw melding Invermere’s Official Community Plan (OCP) with its Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (better known as Imagine Invermere) received second and third reading at the most recent Invermere council meeting.
The bylaw has been the subject of considerable discussion in recent weeks, having drawn 38 people to a public hearing in mid March and prior to that, a delegation of 15 concerned citizens to an early March council meeting. Most of the concern centred around agriculture land preservation and boundary expansion. In response to this …

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FOSSIL FIND — A panorama shot of the Marble Canyon quarry where the new fossil species was found. Photo submitted

New fossil species discovered at Marble Canyon site

Posted on April 17th, 2015 by


By Breanne Massey, Pioneer Staff
A newly discovered predator located at Marble Canyon in Kootenay National Park has brought history to life, according to Cedric Aria, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Toronto.
The marine creature that has been found is commonly known as Yawunik kootenayi and has yielded results about animal evolution that date back 508 million years ago — more than 250 million years before dinosaurs roamed the Earth.
“Yawunik is part of this black and white movie that tells us our past and that constitutes the only true and …

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Proposed RV resort for Canal Flats in the works

Posted on April 17th, 2015 by


By Steve Hubrecht, Pioneer Staff

A rezoning bylaw for a proposed new RV resort development in Canal Flats will see some changes before coming back before village council next month.
A proposed bylaw had appeared before Canal Flats council at its meeting earlier this week, on Monday, April 13th, for first and second reading, but got as far as first reading before council recommended staff adjust it.
“We postponed it because there are some issues in the bylaw that staff will need to do some research on and then make some changes,” said …

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Valley community comes out to clean up

Posted on April 17th, 2015 by


By Breanne Massey, Pioneer Staff

It’s a test of endurance for some and a simple act of philanthropy for others.
The sixth annual Valley Pride clean up day is coming back to the Columbia Valley at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 25th this spring with a healthy concern for the environment.
“Since the first clean up, when we cleaned up years of accumulated refuse, we have seen a reduction in the amount of litter we gather,” said Milt Deck, spokesperson for community service clubs behind Valley Pride. “But, there is still a large …

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Relocation reduces Invermere rail crew

Posted on April 17th, 2015 by


By Steve Hubrecht, Pioneer Staff
The Invermere-based Canadian Pacific rail crew has been reduced by one third, with a pair of Maintenance of Way employees having recently been transferred out of the Invermere area.
The two employees are now based out of Parson (south of Golden). The move comes as part of a larger shuffle by the company and drops the number of Canadian Pacific staff at the Invermere detachment from six to four.
“We have done a recent reorganization of our maintenance of way employees. No jobs were lost in the area; …

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RUNNING FOR A REASON — The valley’s first Daffodil Dash is being held on Sunday, April 26th and runners are encouraged to register now. From left to right, Sheila Tutty, president of the CV unit of the Canadian Cancer Society and Dash organizer thanks event sponsors Beva Kirk of Crazy Soles, and Rhiannon and Stuart Tutty of Stuart Tutty Financial Services. 
Photo contributed

Daffodil Dash makes Invermere debut

Posted on April 17th, 2015 by


By Sheila Tutty
Canadian Cancer Society, Columbia Valley Unit
The Columbia Valley unit of the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) is launching its inaugural Daffodil Dash. The unit is one of four locations in B.C. taking part.
This event is a one-kilometre walk, five-kilometre or ten-kilometre run fundraiser which replaces the Relay for Life.
Our first Daffodil Dash will be held on Sunday, April 26th at Mount Nelson Athletic Park in Invermere. This event is geared for walkers and runners of all ages, and is a perfect opportunity for the whole family to participate.
The race …

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REGIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS — Shilo and Ben Cameron (top photo - band name Dandelions) and Pioneer/Valley Echo editor Nicole Trigg (songwriting name Niki Trigger) have been voted into the second round in the CBC Searchlight contest. Both are aiming to make the top 10 in the Kelowna Radio West region and move on to the national round.

Columbia Valley songwriters make CBC’s regional semifinals

Posted on April 15th, 2015 by


By Steve Hubrecht, Pioneer Staff

Upper Columbia Valley musicians are making waves in the CBC Searchlight competition.
In this year’s version of the annual Canada-wide contest, entries from two local musicians — In the Mountains by Pioneer/Valley Echo editor Nicole Trigg (a.k.a. Niki Trigger, her songwriting pseudonym) and Take Me There by Ben and Shilo Cameron (their band name is Dandelions) — have survived the first round of voting to move into the regional semifinals.
“I’m blown away. Clearly I have a really supportive community of friends, family and co-workers who …

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EERIE CALM — The grounds outside the Canal Flats mill on Tuesday, April 7th. With layoffs coming on May 4th, production at the mill is set to be cut in half. Photo by Lizzie Midyette

Canal Flats mill employee airs grievances against Canfor

Posted on April 10th, 2015 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
With the previously announced mass layoffs at Canal Flats mill less than a month away, one Canfor employee at the mill has come forward saying the company’s promises to make the transition as smooth as possible are not as great as they were initially made out to be.
When Canfor made the announcement about the layoffs back on February 5th, company public affairs director Corinne Stavness said the reduction would be from two shifts to one, affecting 81 Canal Flats mill employees, all of whom would be offered …

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No criminal record for IDPS president in trap tampering

Posted on April 10th, 2015 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
An Invermere resident charged with mischief and with disguising his face (wearing a balaclava) with intent to commit an offense will not be getting a permanent criminal record after being given a conditional discharge and ordered to pay fines in court in Cranbrook last week.
Invermere Deer Protection Society (IDPS) president Devin Kazakoff had been charged with offences following a clover trap tampering incident in Kimberley in February 2014, and the case had been in Cranbrook Provincial Court ever since. Clover traps are used to catch deer and …

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A GOLDEN EXPERIENCE —The Windermere Valley Bantam Rockies hockey team had an amazing string of wins in the B.C. Hockey Provincial Playdowns in March. Photo submitted

Bantam Rockies return with silver

Posted on April 10th, 2015 by


By Breanne Massey
Pioneer Staff
The quest for a provincial title came to a heartbreaking end when the Windermere Valley Bantam Rockies returned to the Columbia Valley with silver.
At the Tier 4 BC Hockey Provincial Playdowns in Fraser Lake, the team —  made up of 14- and 15-year-old boys from Invermere and Golden — lost 9-5 against Whistler during the semi-final game on March 18th.
“I knew the final was going to be tough and I am very proud of the effort and compete level of our boys,” said coach Darryl Turner. “To …

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RECOVERED RESCUE — Oliver, a rescue dog seized from the Alberta property where more than 200 abused dogs were discovered earlier this year, has found health and a home in Invermere. Photo submitted

Residents reach out to rescued dog

Posted on April 10th, 2015 by


By James Rose
Special to The Pioneer
“The first time we let him off the leash, like a thoroughbred, he just ran and ran and ran.”
Such was the time when Oliver, an Irish Wolfhound, likely felt his first rush of freedom. Jocelyn Brunner recounted this story when discussing the most recent addition to her already large family. With a husband, three daughters (aged 7, 5 and 3), 25 chickens, two cats, and a golden-aged Airedale, Oliver was nonetheless welcomed with wide-open arms.
Oliver was among the 201 distressed dogs removed from April …

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Breanne Massey

An introduction to Invermere

Posted on April 10th, 2015 by


By Breanne Massey
Pioneer Staff
I artfully packed up my car with the clutter of daily necessities — books, clothes, notepads, a camera and a computer, sports equipment, appliances for the kitchen and an obscene amount of shoes.
Then, I smiled instinctively about the 11 hour and 20 minute journey from Fort Qu’Appelle, SK to Invermere, B.C. to start working at the newspaper.
The nomadic lifestyle of being a reporter pleases me greatly and I settled into the driver’s seat, ready to open the next chapter of my career.
My soul was immediately happy as …

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Student brings art to life

Posted on April 10th, 2015 by


By Breanne Massey
Pioneer Staff
Bryce Nicholas-Hall is still astonished his artwork will be framed and displayed at Pynelogs Cultural Centre in honour of the 10th annual Art From The Heart exhibition.
The eight-year-old Columbia Valley boy, who is a Grade 3 student at Eileen Madson Primary School, was handpicked as the selected poster artist for this year’s exhibit by the Columbia Valley Arts council and Pixel Planet graphic designer, Will McKenzie from 20 applicants at five competing schools.
But Bryce says the most important part of the competition was working with his classmates …

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SPRING FUN — The valley is well and truly in its shoulder season, with snowboarders such as these two at Panorama Mountain Resort on Saturday, April 4th still on the hills and golfers already on the fairways and greens. Photo by Nicole Trigg

Panorama and Fairmont team up for spring deal

Posted on April 10th, 2015 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
Panorama Mountain Resort and Fairmont Hot Springs Resort are teaming up to help season pass holders from both resorts beat the shoulder season blues with some great cross-promotional perks.
Under a deal between the two resorts, Fairmont ski hill season’s pass holders will be able to ski free on Panorama’s Discovery Zone quad chairlift, Silver Platter lift and its carpet lifts, as well as getting a 50 per cent discount on lift tickets for the rest of the mountain until Panorama closes on Sunday, April 12th.
In return, Panorama …

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Ice Out winners announced

Posted on April 10th, 2015 by


By Breanne Massey
Pioneer Staff
Betting on a horse is not a complicated wager, but the quirks of long-standing residents in the Columbia Valley have put an interesting spin on gambling. Avid gamblers, environmental stewards and lake lovers have recently wrapped up an annual competition to guess when the ice on Lake Windermere would melt.
The lauded community wager has presented a unique opportunity for bets to be made and participants to compete for a purse of $200 each.
“We’ve been doing it for many years — I don’t even know how many, but …

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Cheers

Posted on April 10th, 2015 by


to judge Ron Webb in Cranbrook for being a fair and compassionate judge.

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Cheers

Posted on April 10th, 2015 by


BIG Cheers to Loretto Keenan of Fairmont Sports Physiotherapy & Acupuncture Clinic. You are simply the best physiotherapist around! Your vast knowledge, dedication, and attitude is amazing. My knee thanks you, too.

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Cheers

Posted on April 10th, 2015 by


to all the great people who have helped and who are helping Forest. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

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