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Work on Jumbo resort on hold pending decision

Posted on October 24th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
As construction work in the Jumbo Valley winds down while the province reviews and decides whether or not the Jumbo Glacier Resort project is substantially started — and correspondingly whether or not Glacier Resorts Ltd.’s environmental assessment certificate will expire — the project continues to pique attention throughout the valley and beyond.
Last week the assessment office sent a letter to Glacier Resorts Ltd. addressing the company’s non-compliance with three conditions of its environmental assessment certificate, but the office clarified to The Pioneer that this does not …

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Mail-in voting still unavailable to Invermere residents

Posted on October 24th, 2014 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
An Invermere couple who was hoping to vote in this year’s local government election will have to wait until 2018 to exercise their democratic right at the municipal level.
John and Joan Rouse initially inquired about mail-in voting for the District of Invermere shortly before the 2011 election. Some jurisdictions in B.C. allow mail ballot voting for those eligible voters who cannot physically attend a voting place or are unable to vote on advance and general voting days. The Rouses, who are eligible B.C. voters, leave the valley …

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Local teenager lives out soccer dream in England

Posted on October 24th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
An Invermere teenager is living out his athletic dream, trying out with three top-flight English soccer clubs this month.
Henrik Regitnig has been spending a week to a week and a half training with each of the U18 squads of Aston Villa, Ipswich and Crystal Palace in the U.K. this October, a program arranged by the goalkeeping academy in Vancouver that Henrik has been attending for more than a year.
“I grew up living in a small town — Invermere — and I’ve always dreamed of making something out …

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Kootenay hikers safe amid Himalayan disaster

Posted on October 24th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
Five Invermere hikers were among a group trekking together in Nepal during a series of deadly disasters last week, and all of whom have since been confirmed alive.
Through Happy Feet Mountaineering — a Nepalese Sherpa guiding company — the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was told that the members of the group were all alive.
The news came as a relief after a series of blizzards and avalanches in the Himalayas claimed the lives at least 43, four of whom were Canadian, earlier in October. The event has been …

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SHOWING THEY CARE — Local non-profit Windermere Valley Musicians Who Care (represented here by Kurt Reichel, Ben Cameron, Fraser Smith, Bill Cropper and Mike Smith) delivered a new set of percussion instruments as well as a new MP3 system to the Mountain Ridge Early Learning Program, paid for by proceeds from the sales of the group’s two CDs.  Photo by Dan Walton

Caring crew amplifies music program

Posted on October 24th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
The Windermere Valley Musicians Who Care made a very special visit to the Mountain Ridge Early Learning Program last week to beef up the youngsters’ musical assemblage. Through sales from their two albums — Songwriters in the Valley and Christmas in the Valley — Musicians Who Care were at Mountain Ridge on Tuesday, October 21st to donate a new set of percussion-based instruments, as well as a new MP3 system. The early learning program bases a large portion of its curriculum around music.
“Music is healthy for anyone to …

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A fisherman’s friend - Jim Huey, the host of The Dimestore Fishermen, is coming to the Columbia Valley to film a segment for his TV show and locals interested in rubbing elbows with the famous angler will have a chance to do so. Photo submitted

Famous fisherman casting in Columbia Valley

Posted on October 24th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
One of Canada’s most famous anglers will be casting his rods in the Columbia Valley over the next week.
Beginning on Sunday, October 26th, The Dimestore Fishermen will spend three days on the local waterways to reel in some footage for its fishing program.
“I am The Dimestore Fisherman, the one and only,” producer and host Jim Huey told The Pioneer.
“When I was a kid, you could drive to a local store here in Calgary, and you could get all your fishing stuff — maybe four bobbers or your …

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Zombie attacks imminent

Posted on October 24th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
With Halloween approaching, residents of the valley are being warned of zombies swarming about.
Real Storage in Windermere will be reinforcing its headquarters in preparation for an attack on Saturday, October 25th.
“We want to show the Columbia Valley that we are their best defence in the event of a zombie apocalypse, and inviting a whole lot of zombies over is the best way to show that,” said Kim Baker, the manager of Real Storage.
Zombies are to show up at Real Storage in Windermere by 2 p.m., where first-timers …

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GYM JAM — Glacier Peaks Gymnastics owner and head coach TC Rogers (front row, centre) is preparing a roster of young gymnasts to compete in the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympics next year. Photo by Dan Walton

Glacier Peaks Gymnastics adds second home

Posted on October 24th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
Glacier Peaks Gymnastics has grown to include a second location in the valley.
With the addition of its newest location in the Industrial Park, local gymnasts can now practice in both Invermere and Radium Hot Springs.
At the location in Radium, “things are going really well as far as training goes and the kids are learning some really cool skills and tricks,” said head coach TC Rogers. “But to keep the club’s longevity going and to grow a bigger base, Radium alone wasn’t working.”
Glacier Peaks was founded two years …

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Cheers

Posted on October 24th, 2014 by


22 BIG CHEERS to Main Street Fun and Games for their generous donation to the Kindergarten Grade 1 Class at EMP. The toys you have shared with us have brought many smiles and laughs. You have made our play so much fun!

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Two of valley’s three mayors acclaimed pre-election

Posted on October 17th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
Candidate lists are out for this November’s municipal election, and many current incumbent officials are seeking re-election.
Invermere mayor Gerry Taft, Canal Flats mayor Ute Juras, Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Area F director Wendy Booth and RDEK Area G director Gerry Wilkie all declared their intent to run again, and with nobody else wanting to run for the position of Invermere mayor or Area G director, Mr. Taft and Mr. Wilkie are in by acclamation.
Ms. Juras is being challenged for the Canal Flats mayor position by …

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Rancher leaves large legacy to valley’s food bank

Posted on October 17th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff

A local rancher, Albert Cooper, who died in 2012, has left more than $650,000 of his estate as a legacy fund donated to the Columbia Valley Food Bank.
“We are honoured and pleased to say the least. We consider it to be a great responsibility and a great opportunity to better things in the valley,” said food bank chair Ron Stainthorpe. “We’re going to do some strategic planning to take a hard look at what we can do with the money. In the meantime, we want to keep …

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Province further cracks down on distracted driving

Posted on October 17th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
Stiffer penalties are in effect against those who are caught driving distracted in British Columbia.
The $167 fine now carries three demerit points, which lingers on a drivers’ ICBC record for five years.
The change to the law came into effect on Friday, October 10th. Repercussions will have more of a compounding effect, as drivers with multiple offences will be subject to insurance premiums and could face restrictions against driving privileges.
“[Before the changes,] if they kept paying the fines, they didn’t lose their licence,” said Columbia Valley RCMP Cpl. …

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Orphaned grizzly cubs relocated to Smithers

Posted on October 17th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff

Two grizzly bear cubs orphaned when their mother was struck and killed by a vehicle on the highway near Canal Flats have successfully been transfered to a bear rehabilitation centre in Smithers.
“It’s a sad story with a happy ending,” said local conservation officer Greg Kruger, speaking to the fact that the cubs were taken in by the Northern Lights Wildlife Society, which is the only wildlife shelter in the province legally allowed to rehabilitate bears.
Conservation officers received reports on the afternoon of Saturday, October 11th of bear …

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WOOD WINNER — Mayor Ute Juras accepts the WoodWorks Community Award of Merit from Bill Billups, Technical Advisor for Canadian Wood Council/Wood WORKS! BC. Photo submitted

Discovery Centre wins award for Canal Flats

Posted on October 17th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
The Columbia Discovery Centre has won Canal Flats the WoodWorks Community Award of Merit for its support of the B.C. wood industry and its commitment to use wood for the Columbia Discovery Centre.
The Union of BC Municipalities presents the award at its annual convention each year during a luncheon with the Association of Kootenay Boundary Local Government.
“The Columbia Discovery Centre is a log cabin that’s been refurbished,” said Canal Flats mayor Ute Juras. “One thing that qualifies you for the award is an innovative way to put
wood …

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Valley songwriters packing Pynelogs to party

Posted on October 17th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff

The songwriters of the valley are about to celebrate the release of their latest record. The 20-or-so musicians will be at Pynelogs Cultural Centre to be part of the CD release party on Saturday, November 1st.
After the huge success of last year’s Christmas in the Valley CD, Windermere Valley Musicians Who Care put together an album which can be enjoyed all year round — Songwriters in the Valley.
And most of those songwriters will be stepping out of the record and onto the stage for their first full …

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DOWN AND OUT — Gabe Charron from Calgary works diligently to erect his sleeping quarters for the night. Photos by Dan Walton

Pothole Park becomes Box City for Summit Youth

Posted on October 17th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
Fifteen members of the Summit Youth Centre had a first-hand experience with one of the most detrimental effects of poverty last weekend.
On the evening of Friday, October 10th, Box City was erected in Pothole Park in Invermere to serve as the temporary shelter for those willing to spend a night sleeping under a cardboard roof.
“If each kid at one point during the night thinks: ‘I really want to go home’, that’s kind of the point,” said Summit co-ordinator Kelsey Prichard. “It’ll give them a little bit …

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GREEN MACHINE — Aaron Van de Kemp with Cleanline Automotive in Invermere is one of three Canadian mechanics up for a Canadian Technician of the Year award. The winner will be announced next month. Photo by Steph Van de Kemp

Local automotive technician up for national award

Posted on October 17th, 2014 by


By Joshua Estabrooks
Special to The Pioneer
What could be better than operating a one-of-a-kind environmentally conscious automotive service centre in Invermere with your lovely wife and two good friends? How about being featured in a multi-page spread in an automotive trade magazine that goes to all shops throughout the country, and being one of three mechanics up for a Canadian Technician of the Year award from Canadian Technician Magazine?
Well, if you are Cleanline Automotive’s head wrench turner (no grease monkeys in this shop), Aaron Van de Kemp, then all of …

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2014, October 17 – Online edition

Posted on October 17th, 2014 by


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Canadian chamber recognizes issue hurting valley

Posted on October 14th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
The Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce is in sync with its counterparts around the country, as the Canadian Chamber of Commerce annual general meeting amplified a call for the federal government to review the recent changes made to the temporary foreign worker (TFW) program.
“We’re very pleased because this is a big issue for the country, but in particular, it’s a very big issue for us,” said Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce executive director Susan Clovechok. “The feds are going to have to do something.”
The national assembly of …

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DECISION TIME - With a B.C. Environmental Assessment Office decision on renewing Glacier Resort Ltd.’s environmental assessment certificate looming soon (the project must be ‘substantially started’ by October 12th to keep the certificate, but exactly what constitutes ‘substantially started’ is unclear), opponents of the Jumbo Glacier Resort project make their opinions known during a Saturday, October 4th rally at kilometre 0 of the Jumbo Forest Service Road. Photo by Pat Morrow

Jumbo decision looms for assessment office

Posted on October 14th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
As the deadline approaches for Jumbo Glacier Resort to have its environmental certificate renewed, the Ministry of Environment further explained some of the deadline’s intricacies.
In making its decision to renew the certificate, the ministry will consult with three parties.
“[The] Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) will be inviting Glacier Resorts Ltd. (GRL), Ktunaxa Nation Council and the Shuswap Indian Bands to provide any relevant information they wish EAO to consider in its determination as to whether the project has been substantially started as of October 12, 2014,” said Ministry …

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