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Invermere coffee lovers had the chance to learn how to produce their own gourmet coffee, when more than a dozen enthusiasts joined Jeremy Ho, as the 2012 Canadian Barista Champion put on a coffee-making clinic Manual Brew Methods for Home Brewers at Eagle Ranch on the afternoon of Saturday, April 5th. It was one of several events in a successful debut of the Invermere Coffee Fest. 
Photo by  Erin Knutson

Caffeine king

Posted on April 11th, 2014 by


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Sit-skier Emma Befus, 14, and Panorama Adaptive Sports Society volunteer Catrien Dainard greet  Emma’s family with  a beaming grin and high fives at the bottom of the beginner slope at Panorama last weekend. It was Emma‘s first time ever skiing, a huge thrill for both her and the large crowd of her extended family who cheered her every turn on the way down. 

Photo by Steve Hubrecht

MIRACLE IN MOTION

Posted on April 4th, 2014 by


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With little more than a month to go until the 18th Annual Wings Over The Rockies festival in the Columbia Valley, avian visitors are making their presence known. During their northward spring journey to the Arctic, tundra swans (the specks on the ice in this shot) enjoyed an icy stopover in the Wilmer Wetlands on Tuesday, March 11th. The swans, not to be confused with the similar-looking trumpeter swan, are enjoying the remaining ice patches and the open water in the wetlands. Inset photo: a songbird,  also captured in a shot from Wilmer on February 24th, can be seen as a sign of spring.

Photo by Pat Morrow/www.patmorrow.com; inset photo by  Kim Hutton

FEATHERED FIESTA

Posted on March 28th, 2014 by


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ALL EYES ON THE PRIZE

Posted on March 21st, 2014 by


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NOW STARRING IN SOCHI

Posted on March 14th, 2014 by


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Rockies forward Ryan Henderson empties the tank in a second-period rush up the ice in the Rockies’ final playoff game against Creston Valley last Saturday, March 1st - but it was a case of too little, too late as the Rockies fell 9-2 in the game and were swept in four straight by the Thunder Cats. For Henderson and two other 20-year-old teammates, it was their final game in a Rockies uniform, and the second straight post-season appearance for the team after years of futility.

ROCKIES’ LAST STAND

Posted on March 7th, 2014 by


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From the left, Don McBlain, Matt Krebs, and Dan McLaughlin were awarded with plaques after winning the category of  Mule Deer Typical during the Lake Windermere Rod and Gun Club’s annual Wild Game Banquet at the Invermere Community Hall. The building was at capacity on Saturday, February 22nd, as those in attendance were eager to take a bite of everything from cougar meatballs to moose meatloaf during the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year.
Photo by Dan Walton

Wild game gurus

Posted on February 28th, 2014 by


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Emergency service crews from around the valley were invited to the Invermere Hospital on Tuesday, February 18th, when one of the teams from Calgary’s Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society, better known as STARS, was showing off the single AgustaWestland AW139 in their fleet, which can travel at speeds over 300 kilometres per hour. The air ambulance can reach Calgary from Invermere in roughly 45 minutes. In 2013 alone, 14 missions were carried out in Invermere and one in Canal Flats.  

Photo by Dan Walton

AIR AMBULANCE AUTHORITY

Posted on February 21st, 2014 by


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Summit, an avalanche rescue dog in training, digs for buried victims during an avalanche scenario held by Columbia Valley Search and Rescue and other teams in the region on Saturday, February 8th. The practice, held on the Elmo run at Panorama Mountain Village, was co-ordinated by the ski resort’s own avalanche professional, Scott McClain. Photos by Dan Walton

DOWNWARD DOG

Posted on February 14th, 2014 by


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A kilt-wearing power forward from Invermere’s Badgers team attempts to skate around a defender from Spokane’s Dishman Dodge team during Pond Hockey tournament action near KInsmen Beach on Saturday, February 1st. A total of 22 teams, including seven from the valley, competed  for glory in the third annual two-day tournament amidst  sunny skies and chilly temperatures on Lake Windermere. Photo by Kim Hutton

POND PUCK POWER

Posted on February 7th, 2014 by


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Thanks to a gutsy, all-or-nothing performance in a World Cup downhill race last weekend in  Kitzbühel, Austria, Invermere’s Ben Thomsen has punched his ticket to Sochi, where he’ll meet a course that ‘s built exactly to his liking.  Pentaphoto / Alpine Canada photo

SOCHI-BOUND!

Posted on January 31st, 2014 by


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MAKING MAGIC ON ICE

Posted on January 24th, 2014 by


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Racing down the Skyline run at Panorama Mountain Village, Terrace, B.C.’s Caleb Brousseau placed 11th at the Super-G competition at the IPC World Cup on Tuesday, January 14th.  Caleb posted a combined time of 1:19.38 after two runs, clocking in just 3.36 seconds shy of first place. Athletes came from 20 different countries to compete at the pre-Paralympic event in the valley between January 8th and 14th.
Photo by Malcolm Carmichael / Alpine Canada

PODIUM PURSUITS AT PANORAMA

Posted on January 17th, 2014 by


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FUR AND FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER

Posted on January 10th, 2014 by


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This northern flicker is just one of the 1,550 birds counted around the Columbia Valley on Boxing Day (Thursday, December 26th) in this year’s version  of the Christmas Bird Count. The valley tradition, which just wrapped up its 36th year, sheds light on changes in bird populations while giving local birders  and photographers a chance to capture some great shots 
over the holidays.  Photo by Larry Halverson

Boxing Day Bird Business

Posted on January 3rd, 2014 by


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Edgewater Elementary Grade 1 student Zachary Campbell and friends had a blast singing “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” at the school’s Christmas Live: CBC National News Christmas play on Wednesday, December 18th. The school drew rave reviews from parents as well as congratulations from CBC’s Daybreak South radio program, and even CBC news anchor Peter Mansbridge himself . 
Photo by Greg Amos

LIKE A LIGHT BULB

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Budding young performers from Eileen Madson Primary school in Invermere wowed a packed house of parents and relatives at their Helping Out at the North Pole performance on Wednesday, December 11th. Left to right: Rebecqa Clarke, Jack Andruschuk, and 
Kaedynce McKay share a moment in the limelight at the 
David Thompson Secondary school gym.

Photo by Greg Amos

NATIVITY NATURALS

Posted on December 20th, 2013 by


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Despite the frigid weather, not all grizzly bears in the valley have settled in for the winter. Here, Mark Zehnder takes a close look at fresh grizzly bear tracks along the BC Hydro transmission line near the Toby Benches on Sunday, December 8th.  The bear was still active despite temperatures that were colder than at any point last year. Below: a detailed zoom shows claw drag marks seen in the snow.

Photos by George  Oliver

GRIZZLY GREETING

Posted on December 13th, 2013 by


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SKATING ON A SURREAL SURFACE

Posted on December 6th, 2013 by


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Calgary kids Duncan Seigel, 4, and sister Norah Seigel, 7, paid a visit to Santa during Invermere’s Light Up Night festivities on Saturday, November 23rd. (Norah is hoping Santa will bring her a microscope.) Photo by Greg Amos

Kris Kringle kickoff

Posted on November 29th, 2013 by


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