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Keep a leash handy when letting your dog roam

Posted on February 12th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
Not all dogs play well with others!
I am a fairly new resident to Edgewater and, like many, have a family dog that I love with all my heart and enjoy walking him in this beautiful country. I am not against dogs being off leash. I personally do not allow my dog off leash in the township for a variety of reasons; others seem to feel differently. If you’re going to allow your dog to run or walk off leash in the township, please carry a leash in case …

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Concerned about Canada

Posted on February 12th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
Canada should be building refineries at the oil sands, instead of pipelines. Why make a product dirtier by pushing millions of tons thousands of miles to a refinery?
Refineries aren’t discussed because foreign corporations aren’t willing to invest into Alberta, just what they can get out of Alberta.
Foreign companies pack a lot of clout in Alberta. StatsCan reports the oil sands are, at the blink of an eye, somehow, 50 per cent foreign controlled.
USA’s Koch brothers lease between one and two million acres of oil sands — …

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Youth soccer deadline looming

Posted on February 12th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
This is a letter to all parents who will be registering their children in either the Rep (competitive) or House (non-competitive) soccer leagues.
The Columbia Valley Youth Soccer Association is run completely by volunteers. These volunteers put in many hours organizing the teams for the start dates. In order to make creating the teams a less time-intensive process, it was decided to have firm deadlines for registration.
The deadline for Rep is Monday, February 15th and for House it is Monday, March 14th. There will be absolutely no registrations …

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Patagonia hypocrisy

Posted on February 5th, 2016 by


Dear Ms. Agonia:
May I call you Pat? I have written you in the past with my complaint regarding your company’s interference in our valley’s ongoing dispute surrounding a glacier mountain resort in southeastern British Columbia. I informed you I would be coming to your head office this winter to protest your company’s position.
Pat, my protest signs were made. My vintage polyester Patagonia fleece was prepared for sacrifice. I, myself, was prepared for incarceration if necessary. Countdown to protest was finalized. My completely innocent and anonymous driver readied the vehicle …

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Invermere Seniors Club in peril

Posted on February 5th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
I am a senior of considerable age and I have enjoyed sports activity all my life.
I live in Radium and am a member of the Seniors Club and enjoy carpet bowling every Thursday and Sunday. We all enjoy the camaraderie and social gathering after the games with coffee and dessert.
We have members from Edgewater and surrounding towns. Some members from Invermere are also coming out every time. We are blessed to have the Seniors Hall to use for free.
The members from Invermere ask us to come …

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Humans and natural world struggle

Posted on January 29th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
There are many different ways for environmental concerns to be expressed in an effort to discover a workable balance in the relations between humans and natural systems. The Mike Harcourt NDP government of the early 1990’s introduced British Columbians to public planning processes through social contract where citizens successfully participated in conflict resolution methodology in combination with judicial review, commissions, inquiries, a free press and public gatherings to open a reasonable path for social change.
Another way to express concern is through the tactical approaches of the American activism industry. …

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Rebuttle to McGrath’s opinion

Posted on January 29th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
I find it hard to believe Dave McGrath really believes what he wrote in his letter to the editor Jan 22nd. His assertions would be laughable if they were not so spectacularly ill-informed. Where does the assumption “that far too many Canadian organizations, and their American partners have designs to cut a sans-humans swath directly up the gut of our region” come from? Who is “driving us out of our mountain homes and herding us back into stacked-up human settlements in cities”? A quick Google search would enlighten …

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Dear Editor:

In response to the Historical Lens photo in the Pioneer on Friday, January 15th (below): My father, Fil Coy, was a player on the historical hockey team. Team members (left to right) were Hans Brathin, Carl Jones, Sandy Dobie, Fil Coy, Jack Jones and Bud Lee. Joe Petrosky was their coach. Dad was born in 1922 so I am guessing the photo would be from  1937 or 1938.

Jim Coy
Columbia Valley

Historical team named

Posted on January 22nd, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
In response to the Historical Lens photo in the Pioneer on Friday, January 15th (below): My father, Fil Coy, was a player on the historical hockey team. Team members (left to right) were Hans Brathin, Carl Jones, Sandy Dobie, Fil Coy, Jack Jones and Bud Lee. Joe Petrosky was their coach. Dad was born in 1922 so I am guessing the photo would be from 1937 or 1938.
Jim Coy
Columbia Valley

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Time to connect the dots

Posted on January 22nd, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
I would like to commend Peter Christensen for his well-expressed thoughts shared by many in our community regarding Patagonia’s interference with our economy. I would also like to commend Sweetgrass Productions on their visual masterpiece that made me drool with anticipation for one of the world’s finest lift-accessed spiritual experiences!
However, my main reason for writing is to respond to Steve Tersmette’s letter headlined, “Call for boycott rife with hypocrisy,” which appeared in The Pioneer.
In it, Steve chastises a group that traveled to Europe — the delegation of …

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A report from Parliament Hill

Posted on January 15th, 2016 by


Editor’s note: Newly elected Kootenay-Columbia MP Wayne Stetski submitted this update on the opening of Canada’s 42nd Parliament for publication.
Parliament is made up of the House of Commons (338 Members: 184 Liberal, 99 Conservative, 44 NDP, 10 Bloc Quebecois, 1 Green), the Senate (105 Senators: currently 47 Conservative, 29 Liberal, 6 Independent, 1 Independent Conservative and 22 Vacant Seats), Queen Elizabeth II and Governor General David Johnston. The House of Commons is an interesting mix of history, law making and theatre. When we took our seats on December 3rd …

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May Queen Edna Olson identified

Posted on January 8th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
Re: 1938 May Queen Ceremony photo in The Pioneer’s December 18th Historical Lens.
Edna Olson is my mother. She passed away January 15th, 1991. She was 15 years old when the picture was taken, but went on and did great things with her life. She was in the Canadian Women’s Army Corp during the Second World War, where she met her first husband (who was American, but joined the Canadian army before the United States entered the war because he was anxious to fight) and moved to California after the …

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Request to come forward

Posted on January 8th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
I was very disappointed to come out to my truck after having a wonderful lunch at Kicking Horse Coffee on December 28th at around 2 p.m. only to find that someone had sideswiped my truck and did not take the time to come and tell me or leave me a note. I would hope they read this and come forward and give their insurance information, as this is over $1,500 in damage.
Caroline Oja
Invermere

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Photo taken on ‘Settlers Trail’

Posted on January 8th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
Re: The Pioneer’s January 1st Historical Lens photo.
The photo of the team of horses and sleigh are Frank Richter, his wife Helen and their kids bundled up under the blankets. It is taken on the “Settlers Trail,” now known as Settlers Road. Mitchell Ridge is in the background because they are parked along side the Kootenay River near the south end of Kootenay Park. They are travelling into their homestead, which is now Nipika Mountain Resort.
All the best,

Lyle Wilson
Nipika Mountain Resort
Editor’s note: Sanda Taylor called The Pioneer to say …

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Call for boycott rife with hypocrisy

Posted on January 1st, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
Re: “Peeved with Patagonia,” Letter to the Editor, December 25th, Pioneer
Cue the Jumbo resort proponents and ye olde soapbox. Let’s all cry foul over and boycott “evil” Patagonia for funding the “evil propaganda” piece that was Sweetgrass’ Jumbo Wild film. The “evil” corporation that backed a film with a bias for conservation and self-propelled activity. All this in the wake of equally “evil” Wildsight, funding a campaign against one of the most controversial and dividing land use issues of this generation. The proponent is completely taken aback by funding …

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Busy highway needs more police presence

Posted on January 1st, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
On December 27th at around 2 p.m., I came across a two-vehicle accident east of Marble Canyon. I stopped to offer assistance, however, there were adequate number of persons attending to the injured, so I continued on to Invermere, flashing my headlights trying to warn drivers of a situation. Some drivers coming toward me were way over the speed limits. Driving was a little scary, to say the least!
The traffic through the park was the heaviest I have seen in my 36 years of travelling from our home in …

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Residence offers thanks

Posted on January 1st, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
Columbia Garden Village seniors, residents, their family members, and staff would like to express appreciation to the hamlet of the DOI (District of Invermere) for the beautiful Christmas lights display on Monday, December 13th, and Friday, December 18th. We would also like to thank Tim Hortons for the hot chocolate that made our evenings extra special. We are fortunate to live in a lovely and caring community.
Darla Spiry
Ivy House Recreation Aide at Columbia Garden Village
Invermere

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More history in response to hospital photo

Posted on December 24th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
(Re: The Pioneer’s November 27th Historical Lens.) I was raised in Radium and graduated from David Thompson Secondary School in 1958. My mother was the chairman of the hospital board when the Windermere District Hospital was built in 1957. Before that, the hospital was Pynelogs and then they built the new one. Back then, women were rarely on the board, let alone as chairman. Eileen Madson Primary School was named after her.
I remember many of the people in this photograph. From left to right (question marks mean I’m …

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FUN FACT — When shown this photograph of the first hospital in Invermere (which was submitted to The Pioneer by Ray Crook), Diane Madson (author of the letter to editor on page 6) was also able to identify the building as the Madson Apartments, as her father had converted it into apartments long after it served as the community’s hospital.   Photo submitted

Hospital history continues

Posted on December 24th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
Thank you for printing a picture of the opening of an addition to Invermere’s Hospital. Perhaps you would like to print a picture of the first hospital in Invermere. I don’t know when it was taken, but I was born there in September of 1918.
Ray Crook
Invermere

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More hospital history

Posted on December 18th, 2015 by


Dear Editor,
In a recent edition of your paper, which I read online, there is a photo of people at the opening of an addition to the Windermere District Hospital (Historical Lens in the November 27th Pioneer). I only can recognize one person — the man on the far left, with a microphone in front of him, was the mayor at that time. He is my uncle, Mr. Roy Lake.
Carol Hoffert
Leduc, Alberta

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Best place in the world

Posted on December 18th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
It is December 9th, 2015, and today it is possible to do many outdoor activities that would be impossible in most places in the world. With the warm weather lately, the early snow in the valley has melted away, leaving lawns, school playing fields, and golf courses green and inviting.
Children will be playing soccer and softball at lunchtime and recess today and tomorrow, and skiing deep powder snow at Panorama on the weekend.
Some of us older folks will be swinging golf clubs on the fairways at local golf courses, …

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