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Councillor defends farmers’ market move

Posted on May 22nd, 2015 by


Invermere councillor Justin Atterbury has submitted the following opinion piece in light of the criticism and controversy stemming from council’s recent decision to go with a different operator for the downtown farmers’ market this summer:
Re: Market Mayhem
There’s been some controversy since the last Invermere council meeting regarding council’s decision to approve the special events application by the local Legion to run the downtown farmers’ market. Ill be honest and say I have pushed the concerns of the farmers’ market and its financial transparency. I realize this doesn’t make me a …

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Leave market organizer alone

Posted on May 22nd, 2015 by


Dear Editor,
Does anybody know how many visitors come to Invermere just for the farmers’ market? And how many of them shop and eat at our local establishments while they are here? We don’t have that many attractions. Well we have the lake, a few deer and now the Max Helmer “make work” project. Like the old Lady said, “every little bit helps.” Whoever has been running the market for years did a good job. Leave them alone.
Gunner Jorgensen

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Historical Lens correction

Posted on May 22nd, 2015 by


Dear Editor,
I have a small correction to make to a Historical Lens letter by Florence Quaife on May 15th. It was the Second World War not the First in which Elmer Howard and Lloyd served their country and Elmer sadly lost his life. All the Palmer children attended (as did I) the Althamer – Invermere consolidated school. Elmer was about my age. I was in Beech a few years ago with his granddaughter Ann Wagstaff, who lives in Cranbrook.
Joy Bond

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Why every vote counts in the 2015 election

Posted on May 15th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
If you care about Canada, and you don’t like what Stephen Harper is doing to our country, you need to know how important it is to get out and vote in the upcoming October 19th, 2015
Federal Election.
That seems like a long time away, but what I find as I travel throughout this region is that people are talking about how best to ensure that we stop the Harper Conservatives. People are trying to decide which party Kootenay Columbia voters should support in order to unseat the current Conservative MP.
It’s …

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Info on the Fried Chicken Cafe

Posted on May 8th, 2015 by


Dear Editor: 
(Re: Pioneer’s April 17th Historical Lens) Ken and Nora Lea built the Fried Chicken Café in 1948. They specialized in fried chicken dinners and homemade ice cream. It was later called the Little Red Barn. They raised their own chickens and served only farm fresh vegetables. They lived here from 1946 to 1953.
Lynda Goalder (daughter of Ken and Nora Lea)
Calgary
Editor’s note: Check next week’s Pioneer for a special Historical Lens section.

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Improperly placed slabs means no substantial start

Posted on May 8th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
In the last couple of weeks, there has been very significant news out of Victoria regarding the proposed Jumbo Glacier Resort.
On April 24th, 2015, the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) advised Glacier Resorts Ltd. (GRL) that the two concrete slabs they installed in the Jumbo Valley to support a day lodge and a service building are in non compliance of legally binding condition #36 because they are located in an avalanche hazard zone.
The EAO further stated that in its view, it is not possible for GRL to …

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A praiseworthy fellow

Posted on May 8th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
 
I would like to add my accolades to an old fellow office co-worker.  I was advised of Doug’s recognition by another fellow office employee, Mr. Jack Purkis, who lives in Victoria.
Doug was always kind and giving to everyone and, as a retiree, he can also now say “I don’t know how I ever had time to work.”
Well done, Doug. You are deserving of the front page coverage and the great article written by Breanne Massey.
 
Joan Slater
Duncan

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Resort will move ahead

Posted on May 1st, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
In November 2014, the Environmental Assessment Office received a complaint alleging the new Day Lodge at Jumbo Glacier Resort was in the middle of an avalanche hazard zone. Subsequent studies conducted by Alan Jones, M.Sc. P.Eng. at Dynamic Avalanche Consulting in Revelstoke, found the Day Lodge to be 180 metres and 90 degrees away from the “middle of the avalanche path.”
Peter Schaerer of Chris Stetham and Associates, one of Canada’s leading avalanche scientists, mapped the hazard zones during the nine year Environmental Assessment review and the buildings as …

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Child care staff stand by their centre

Posted on May 1st, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
As the staff of Windermere Valley Child Care, we would like to speak on our behalf and clear up any negative conceptions, rumours or assumptions that have been going on about the centre.
Last week’s write up (see April 17th Letter to the Editor, “Childcare board acts in a disgraceful manner”) was true; there have been changes in management, but this has not changed us or the relationships that we have with the children and their families. We still have the same passion and dedication to our jobs as …

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Bighorn herding in Radium is no joke

Posted on April 24th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
I am writing this letter in reference to the letter I wrote about the herding of the bighorn sheep up to Redstreak in the March 27th issue of The Pioneer. I was dismayed to learn that many people thought it was one of the April Fool’s jokes.
Sadly, it is true and definitely not a joke. The Radium mayor, the town council and Parks Canada are planning to go ahead with this experiment. I would like to remind the residents of Radium that the mayor and town council are …

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E-Plus Hydro customer concerned

Posted on April 24th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
Some twenty years ago, like many other aged customers of BC Hydro, my late wife and I spent a lot of money to have installed a back-up wood fired heating system to comply with the terms of a contract with BC Hydro which provided a saving in our electricity bills.  
    
At that time, there existed a surplus of electricity, but in the event that a shortage developed, Hydro could give a 24-hour notice and then cut off through the second meter, the separately connected heating load.
We also paid to …

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Childcare board acts in a disgraceful manner

Posted on April 17th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
Last week, the Windermere Valley Childcare Society (WVCCS) Board of Directors terminated the manager of 30 years, Ms. Arlee Romane. The directors who chose to do this have permanently damaged the reputation of the WVCCS and have destroyed the trust and morale of the staff and parents. Even if dismissing her was the right choice, it could have been done with some class, dignity and respect. The board made the choice to act unethically, immorally and, I’ll go as far to say, inhumanely. The board also chose to withhold …

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Complaint completely wrong

Posted on April 17th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
Despite the conviction and passion of Mr. and Mrs. Nairn (see “Complaint still stands” letter to the editor in April 10th Pioneer), the suggestion that the District of Invermere (DOI) shut down a business, Fuze or any other, is factually incorrect.
In 2013, some concerns were raised by nearby businesses about the permitting and zoning of the former Fuze location. Upon further research, it was determined that the property was actually zoned residential and public institution. The business was allowed to continue operating through the 2014 season and DOI staff worked with the land owner to try to find a solution to …

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Shocked about social media policy

Posted on April 10th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
Though I have no expectation of privacy as I pen my words for the public eye, I do have a right to privacy in my personal electronic communications. A right most people would expect.
Not so, if you read the current Rocky Mountain School District (SD6) proposed Social Media Policy (Policy 6200). As I understand, it gives the school district the right to review any and all personal electronic communications of educators. It prevents parental supervision of social media, if that parent is also a teacher. It states that …

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Dollar in, dollar out

Posted on April 10th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
Re: “Fraudulent finances control world debt,” Letter to the Editor, April 3rd Pioneer Dollar in, dollar out — that’s the way it works. If your dollar out obligations are more than your dollar in, then you have a problem. This problem can be addressed either by not paying your bills or by borrowing money. The situation is the same whether you are an individual, an organization or government. What is money?
Money is simply the mechanism by which we exchange goods, assets  and services. It is not, Mr. Stawychny, an …

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Complaint still stands despite clarification

Posted on April 10th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
If I may clarify a couple points in Steve Hubrecht’s kind article on the new Fuze location (see page 35 in the April 3rd Pioneer).
Firstly, Pam and I told the owner several times over the winter of our intention to try and help them with the cause of their eviction by bringing the information to the public. Unfortunately, by the time we booked the ad, they had already moved forward with their new plans. Our support was always received with their thanks as we have always supported …

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Memories of the RCMP Musical Ride

Posted on April 3rd, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
As a retired member of the RCMP, I have performed with the Musical Ride in 1956 (touring northeastern Canada and USA in such places as New York, Chicago, Toronto and Ottawa), and in 1957 (performing six months in England, including three performances for the Queen in Windsor, and in Scotland at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and in other cities in both countries).
When the RCMP was formed in 1873, its members patrolled on horseback — the Great Trek West was done on horseback. The Musical Ride was always part …

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Fairmont ski day gives library a boost

Posted on March 27th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
 
On behalf of the Invermere Public Library staff and volunteer trustees, I’d like to extend a warm thank you to everyone who was a part of the Fairmont Resort Charity Ski Day. The funds that were raised on March 7th for the library will be a great boost for our programming and services. 
Thank you to the staff at Fairmont Resort for the time that was put into organizing the details for the day as well as for the prizes for the raffle table. Thank you as well to the Columbia …

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That’s my boy!

Posted on March 27th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
I must place a pin in the info balloon about the postcard identity of the boy on the bike (Letters to the Editor, Pioneer, March 20th). That is my son, Paul Matsalla. He was 9 years old on his oversized bike. The picture was not from the seventies as clearly indicated by street redevelopment. For some reason I did not see the Historical Lens you published, otherwise I would have informed you sooner. If you look closely, one can see the trailer he used to deliver the daily paper.
Gene …

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Bighorn sheep herding a bad idea

Posted on March 27th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
The Radium mayor, town council and Parks Canada have decided to try an experiment. Unfortunately, the experiment is with bighorn sheep.
In their infinite wisdom, they have decided to bring herding dogs to town and herd all the sheep up to the pre-cut pasturelands by Redstreak campgrounds.
When I inquired about the reasoning behind this idea, I was told they did not want sheep giving birth in town. I asked how many gave birth in town last year — the answer was one. I was told another reason was that about …

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