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Change not in the cards, valley votes back incumbents

Posted on November 21st, 2014 by


Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
Unofficial results are in for this past weekend’s municipal elections, and the valley has voted resoundingly to keep things the way they are, with incumbents returning to office in every race.
In the only mayoral race in the valley, incumbent Canal Flats mayor Ute Juras beat challenger Dean Midyette 200 votes to 83 votes. For Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Area F, incumbent director Wendy Booth held off newcomer Andrea Dunlop, 396 votes to 252.
“It’s a great feeling to be able to continue representing the residents of Area …

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Heat hindrances

Posted on November 21st, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
As the colder months renew seasonal heating habits, homeowners are reminded to demonstrate caution.
The Invermere Fire Department has attended to two fires so far this month. On Sunday, November 2nd, the attic in an abandoned house on 10th Avenue caught fire. The cause is under investigation and appears suspicious, said Invermere fire chief Roger Ekman.
The Invermere Fire Department was busy again on Monday, November 11th, when a storage shed on 12th Avenue went up in flames. No injuries were reported from either incident.
While chimney fires …

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Mixed reaction to Swansea trail work

Posted on November 21st, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
With considerable progress in recent months, work on upgrades to the Mt. Swansea trail is almost complete. Those vounteers involved are calling the project a big success. The changes, however, have upset some hikers, with complaints centred around sections of the old trail being decommissioned.
“There are few easily-accessible challenging hiking trails and this one (the old hiking route up Swansea) was one of the best. I find it really sad that it has to be decommissioned. I don’t see why the old trail and new trail can’t …

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Wild and scenic films to roll

Posted on November 21st, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
The Invermere Community Hall will become a cinema for the Wild and Scenic Film Festival next weekend.
The event has been organized by Wildsight, and will project 15 films onto a big screen on Friday, November 28th and Saturday, November 29th. On the latter date, alpinist Barry Blanchard from Canmore — who’s spent nearly 3,000 days of his life mountain guiding — will be presenting as the guest of honour. Based on his new book, The Calling: A Life Rocked by Mountains, Mr. Blanchard will offer a multi-media …

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Invermere lights up for the holidays

Posted on November 21st, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
Invermere’s about to get its glow on for the holiday season.
The annual Light Up Night is happening on Saturday, November 22nd, when the streets of downtown will be lined with families watching the annual Santa Claus Parade, which will lead to seasonal festivities at Pothole Park.
“As a a family festival, it’s a nice kickoff to the holiday season,” said District of Invermere events co-ordinator Theresa Wood.
And in the spirit of the season, families will have the chance to help out the Columbia Valley Food Bank, …

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Local youth centre to benefit from artists’ creativity

Posted on November 21st, 2014 by


By Stephen Lebovits
Effusion Art Gallery
Light Up is upon us and with that comes Effusion’s annual Christmas fundraiser.
Now in its fifth year, gallery owner and resident artist Heather Cuell has gathered a contingent of her creatives to hand paint one-of-a-kind Christmas ornaments for the holiday season. Selling for $35 per bauble, each piece is unique, coming from artists across Canada.
This year’s proceeds are again being donated to the Invermere Summit Youth Centre, whose raison d’être is to offer the valley’s younger residents a safe, fun place to meet and hang out, …

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Flood of new volunteers stops Christmas Bureau from folding

Posted on November 21st, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
Christmas cheer will continue in the valley well into the future, thanks to an outpouring of volunteer support in recent weeks for the Christmas Bureau.
“The board of the Christmas Bureau of the Columbia Valley would like to thank the community for answering our call for help,” said bureau chair Helen Wynder. “We managed to have 14 new volunteers join our society so we can once again supply gift food cards and angel gifts along with gift boxes to those in need in our communities.”
The charitable society has …

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Thrift Shop goes up a size

Posted on November 21st, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
After shutting down for three weeks to prepare for its big move, the Invermere Thrift Shop has opened new doors to offer a bigger and better facility.
Operating out of the space formerly used by Selkirk TV and Appliance, the popular second-hand store will operate at ground level with about twice as much space as before.
More volunteers and prep space will allow for a larger inventory as well as restocking each day, rather than weekly, and prices will not increase.
“We’re very proud of the new space,” said …

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Change not in the cards as valley votes back incumbents

Posted on November 18th, 2014 by


Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
Unofficial results are in for this past weekend’s municipal elections, and the valley has voted resoundingly to keep things the way they are, with incumbents returning to office in every race.
In the only mayoral race in the valley, incumbent Canal Flats mayor Ute Juras beat challenger Dean Midyette 200 votes to 83 votes.
All three Invermere councillors seeking re-election succeeded and the fourth councillor, Al Miller, is again a familiar face, having previously served on council from 2008 to 2011. The only true newcomer to the Invermere council …

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DISTRICT DEBATE — The District of Invermere All-Candidates Forum took place at the DTSS theatre on Monday, November 10th. From left to right at the table are District of Invermere councillor candidates Paul Denchuk, Kayja Becker, Justin Atterbury, Al Miller and Greg Anderson. On the far right, moderator Craig Knapp. Photo by Dan Walton

Invermere candidates make their pitch

Posted on November 14th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
Five candidates are vying for four council positions at the District of Invermere, and voters had the opportunity to compare those in the running at the all-candidates forum last week. Those in the running are incumbents Greg Anderson, Justin Atterbury and Paul Denchuk, as well as newcomer Kayja Becker and former councillor Al Miller. Around 75 people were in the theatre at David Thompson Secondary School on Monday, November 10th for the event moderated by Craig Knapp.
Candidates were able to prepare answers as they were given notice …

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IN THE RUNNING — The All-Candidates Forum for Area F director for the Regional District of East Kootenay took place at the Lions Hall on Wednesday, November 5th with incumbent Wendy Booth (left) and her challenger Andrea Duncan.

Area F director candidates square off

Posted on November 14th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
In their campaigns to serve as the Area F director for the Regional District of East Kootenay, incumbent Wendy Booth and newcomer Andrea Dunlop both made a pitch for votes during the all-candidates’ forum at the Lions Hall in Windermere on Wednesday, November 5th. Questions throughout the evening largely centred around water, including runoffs, safe drinking water, and lake access. In providing Windermere with potable water to meet Interior Health’s standards, Ms. Booth said that test drilling has been planned by the RDEK over the next few …

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DISTRICT DEBATE — The District of Invermere All-Candidates Forum took place at the DTSS theatre on Monday, November 10th. From left to right at the table are District of Invermere councillor candidates Paul Denchuk, Kayja Becker, Justin Atterbury, Al Miller and Greg Anderson. On the far right, moderator Craig Knapp. Photo by Dan Walton

School board seat contested

Posted on November 14th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
In the fight for the only contested school board seat in the valley, two candidates differentiated themselves at last week’s all-candidates forum.
Cory Stanbury is challenging incumbent Amber Byklum as the Area 4 School District Trustee for Rocky Mountain School District 6. One defining factor between the two contenders is how they hope to divvy up the boards’s resources.
Mr. Stanbury said the quality of rural schools’ core programming suffers at the expense of the hockey and intensive French programs.
“Hockey and the intensive French program artificially decrease the student …

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SEWER SAVIOUR — Newly elected Shuswap chief Barbara Cote said that hooking up the Rivers’ residence with water and sewer will be the new council’s first order of business. Photo by Dan Walton

Chief Barbara Cote to lead new Shuswap council

Posted on November 14th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
Barbara Cote was named the new chief of the Shuswap Band at the new council’s first meeting on Monday, November 10th.
After winning one of three seats on council in the band’s November 7th election — alongside Timothy Eugene and Rosalita Pascal — Ms. Cote was elevated to the position of chief at the new council’s first meeting. With the greatest number of votes among any of the candidates, Ms. Cote was also the only councillor to win re-election.
“I’m really pleased to be working with the other two …

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Much-loved science teacher remembered by community

Posted on November 14th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
A celebrated David Thompson Secondary School teacher passed away last weekend, leaving family, friends, and former students and colleagues recalling him with fondness.
Bill Thompson, who passed away on Saturday, November 8th, taught science and biology at the local high school from 1970 to 2005. He was affectionately know as “Mr. T” and “Biology Bill” and his teaching style and legendary field trips made a big impression on those around him. He had recently celebrated his 70th birthday in October.
“He loved this valley. He taught students how …

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Foodies bring home Italian ideas

Posted on November 14th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
Several local Columbia Valley delegates recently attended the global Terra Madre slow food conference in Italy, and returned inspired about family farming.
Spring Hawes, Byron Leinor, Bill Swan, Ally Candy and Shannon Swan went to the conference in Turin from October 23rd to October 27th. The conference is held once every two years and this year the theme was “Celebrating Family Farms”.
“It was a really big gathering of people from all around the world. There were literally thousands of people getting together to talk about the values …

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New figure skating club coach comes full circle

Posted on November 14th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
The Columbia Valley Figure Skating Club is delighted with its newest coach Marni Kreutzer.
“It’s great for us. It can be tricky to get high-level coaches in a small town,” said club president Leanne Beddie. “We are so pleased to have Marni come coach at our club. It has been a smooth transition.”
Mrs. Kreutzer is a valley local and was a member of the club as a kid — it was at the club that she first began figure skating.
“Marni started her skating right here in Invermere at …

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LUCKY GUESS — Former LWA program co-ordinator Kirsten Harma presents the T-shirt prize to the 2013 Catch the Freeze winner, Steve Levitt. File photo

Catch the freeze before it’s too late!

Posted on November 14th, 2014 by


By Megan Peloso
Lake Windermere Ambassadors
Enter the “Catch the Freeze” Contest to win a Gerry’s Gelati gift certificate and an “I Love My Lake” T-shirt!
Only $2 per guess — all you have to do is guess when Lake Windermere will freeze over this year. The lake is officially frozen when edge-to-edge ice is judged from Rushmere, Windermere, and Fort Point to Lower Lakeview Road. Invermere Mayor Gerry Taft will make the final call. The first to guess the correct date will be deemed the contest winner, and will be featured …

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SCHOOL’S SET —The school in Ghana that a group of local volunteers helped build in 2013 has been completed, much to the group’s delight.

One more school for Ghana

Posted on November 7th, 2014 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
Local students who helped to start constructing a school in Ghana a year and a half ago are delighted that the building is now finished.
The David Thompson Secondary School (DTSS) students, eight in total, went to Nyameyekrom in Ghana during their March break in 2013 as part of a Me to We and EF Educational Tours volunteer trip, and during their time there helped begin what would turn out to be the year-long process of building a more permanent school for the community.
The village sent the volunteers …

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Local author to hold B.C. book launch at Pynelogs

Posted on November 7th, 2014 by


Pioneer Staff
Valley residents are combing their closets for vintage outfits to wear to the B.C. launch of local author Elinor Florence’s debut wartime novel, Bird’s Eye View.
Sponsored jointly by the Invermere Public Library and the Columbia Valley Arts Council, the event will start at 7 p.m. Friday, November 14th at Pynelogs Cultural Centre.
The author, Elinor Florence, grew up on a former wartime airfield near North Battleford, Saskatchewan, worked for newspapers in all four western provinces, and was a regular contributor to Reader’s Digest. She moved to the valley with her …

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Shuswap spending to be tested at the polls

Posted on November 7th, 2014 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
As the Shuswap Band office and Kinbasket Development Corporation (KDC) reaffirm the justification of their top earners’ salaries, other band members are doubling down on claims of corruption and incompetence.
In a Tuesday, November 4th press release, the band reiterated the substantial economic growth that’s been overseen by the incumbent government.
“The development of lands from zero property tax base in 1998, to a development tax base in excess of $70 million in 2014.”
However, claims are being made that there is no fair distribution of that money. According …

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