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Perfect day for the third annual Invermere Musicfest

Posted on August 28th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
The third annual Invermere MusicFest (IMF) was held last Saturday at the Kinsmen Beach Greenspace… and what a festival it was!
The beautiful sunny day impressed the nine bands from across the country that performed throughout the day and into the evening.
I heard one of the band members say this was his favourite festival and was so impressed by the beauty of the Columbia Valley!
CV Arts and the IMF Committee, which organized the festival, are very pleased with the variety and talent of the musicians, the number …

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Grandfather golfing stokes memories

Posted on August 28th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
With respect to the historical picture on page 6 of the April 3rd issue, I wish to advise that the person putting on the green is my grandfather, William Walter Taynton. This picture was taken by Ernie Fisher and it would be almost on the sight of where the old CPR building is now.
I never did ask him if he made the putt, but am sure he did. I am impressed with the “dress code” of golfers in that time.
Really enjoy these old photos in the …

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RCMP Staff Sgt. responds to Jeers

Posted on August 21st, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
I would like to respond to the Jeers comments (August 7th Pioneer) by the person complaining that traffic enforcement in Kootenay National Park and not having a police officer manning the four-way stop in Radium during the Friday of the August long weekend caused him/her a great deal of frustration and, as stated, resulted in being plus or minus 30 minutes late. Also, to the suggestion that the detachment should, rather, focus more on community service.
First of all, I would say to the author that if you are plus …

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Why you must vote

Posted on August 21st, 2015 by


Submitted by
Jessica Ray Bell
Editor’s note: Wilmer resident Jessica Ray Bell, after listening to guest speaker Mr. Harry Leslie Smith during a Broadbent Institute event in Calgary on July 13th, was so inspired by Mr. Smith’s support of democracy which crossed all party lines, that she felt inspired to share his wisdom with Pioneer readers.
Mr. Harry Leslie Smith is 92 years old. He recently toured the United Kingdom (England) in light of the last election, encouraging the young to vote. Mr. Smith is a witness to the last century, with respect to …

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Volunteer quits in protest

Posted on August 14th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
Re: Volunteering for the Columere Park Community Association (CPCA) in Fairmont Hot Springs.
The CPCA board of directors came up with the idea to collect membership dues through the property tax, or to explore the possibilities of how to do it, and posted, on the publicly accessed website, minutes from the November 16th, 2014 meeting.
In the presentation by Wendy Booth, RDEK director of Area F, on dues/tax assessments to homeowners, there are only two ways RDEK can direct the vote on the issue: 1) by referendum for B.C. …

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Photographer correctly identified

Posted on August 7th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
(Re: Historical Lens, July 31st Pioneer in which the photographer was identified as Dorothy Barbour) Marguerite Anne Kreutter Barbour, wife to John Smith (Jack) Barbour, more than likely was the photographer. They had four sons: John Edward (born 1903), James Albert (b. 1905), Henry Theodore (b. 1907), and George Gilbert Grey (b. 1909). All were born in Wilmer, B.C. Dorothy Barbour was a daughter to James Albert. She was born in 1929.  The Barbour family arrived in Wilmer in 1901.
Aunt Dorothy donated copies of our family pictures to the Windermere Valley Museum …

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Conservation officers are assisting

Posted on August 7th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
It was disappointing to read the “Huge Jeers to our Local Conservation Officers” write up in last week’s edition of The Pioneer.
For clarification, every report that was received by our office regarding illegal campfires has been actioned since the campfire ban was initiated on July 3rd. Although fire bans do not fall within our primary mandate of responsibilities, we have been requested to assist the provincial Wildfire Management Branch during this time of extreme fire hazard.
The main concerns are for the protection of the forest and …

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Misuse of transfer station could lead to its closure

Posted on August 7th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
It is sad that so many people in Invermere are illiterate.
Once again the transfer station has been a drop off spot for: one fridge, a washer, three TVs, a shopping cart, a bike carrier, six pails of paint, two car batteries, construction waste, old clothes, car parts and tires.
This is just over the long weekend — wake up (we can lose this transfer station)! Take your big junk to the dump!
Mark Toplift
Invermere Bylaw Officer

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All debates lead to Jumbo

Posted on July 31st, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
Firstly, I commend the paper for printing Jamie Fisher’s letter criticizing your perceived political bias, although the 200-word-plus Editor’s Note bespokes “thou doesn’t protest too much!”
I don’t really notice a political bias, but that may be as I hold the same views (left wing).
I do, however, see a huge anti-Jumbo bias, as do all my friends who own businesses, create jobs and want Invermere to prosper after the 20 or so recent business closures.
A prime example is the past issue where the ONLY decision in 12 …

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Political bias in editorials critiqued

Posted on July 31st, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
You can make all the excuses you want, but us out here in readerland are aware of your editorial political bias. Election time is nearing so why not have a more balanced approach?
I think it is incumbent on a small town newspaper to let both sides in. Especially when your company has a media monopoly.
And I don’t mean just publishing letters — I’m talking about full-blown editorials.
Monroe Hunsicker
Dry Gulch

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Editorial applauded

Posted on July 31st, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
Your editorial “The Party in Power” was right on! Also, what a classy and well-researched reply you made to Jamie Fisher’s “Crossing the Line” letter. Keep up the great work. Those people need to pull their heads out of the sand or ‘”wake up and smell the coffee” as some would say. It is pretty obvious that the Harper government is pushing hard to buy votes. Don’t forget that this is taxpayers’ money. The recent ‘“child care cheques” are another example. The following segment is copied from an email …

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Crossing the line

Posted on July 24th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
Re: “Debate dissent” editorial in the July 17th Pioneer.
It has been brewing at the Columbia Valley Pioneer (CVP) for some time, but today’s editorial really lays bare the political bias that has crept into your paper. Claiming that reluctance by our Prime Minister to participate in debates “is another non-surprise since journalists have essentially been banned from Stephen Harper’s events” is a personal view, and marks a significant swing away from the traditional high level of objectivity that CVP writers brought to issues in the valley and beyond. There’s a …

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Motorist fears for cyclists on highway

Posted on July 17th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
In response to Kate Bennett’s letter to the editor in the July 10th edition of the Columbia Valley Pioneer regarding cycling Highway 95: although it is great to see people active with cycling, jogging, whatever the sport may be… doing these activities on Highway 95 on the first long weekend after a long, long winter is not the place to be.
Motorists respect the bicyclists because we have to. I would love to see a bicycle/walking path put in place on that pass so we can all travel safely and …

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Clarification appreciated

Posted on July 17th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
On page 10 of your July 10th, 2015 issue, you published a detailed clarification that was written by your reporter Steve Hubrecht concerning the proposed Jumbo Resort project.
In his clarification, Mr. Hubrecht stated that the Jumbo Resort was not approved by the East Kootenay Committee on Resources and the Environment (CORE) in 1994. Mr. Hubrecht is absolutely correct. It was not approved despite what the resort’s promoters have been claiming for 20 years.
Thank you for doing such a thorough job of searching out the truth and making it …

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Columere board is out of line

Posted on July 10th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
I find it amazing that the Columere Park board of directors do not seem to understand that they are completely out of line. They are a volunteer bunch of people in a community association. They are not the Government of Canada. Asking the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) to collect their dues via property taxes is causing so much stress and upset that is unnecessary.
What they are doing is forcing people to cough up community dues because they pay thousands of dollars in insurance toward the CP …

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Jumbo resort not derailed, only side-stepping

Posted on July 10th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
Where is the feedback from Jumbo Glacier Resort (JGR) proponents? With the substantial start determination going against further development of this highly controversial project, opponents feel like we’ve won a huge battle in the war against Jumbo. But, hang on.
It seems to me that the proponent is quite happy to roll over silently and take it. What follows is purely speculation, but the more I think this over, the expiry of the Environmental Assessment (EA) certificate could be the best thing to happen to the resort.
When the …

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Roadie pleased with drivers’ respect

Posted on July 10th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
Every day, I find another thing to like about this place.
When I moved to Brisco six years ago, a bumper sticker on my car read: “Same Rights, Same Rules, Same Roads.”
I cycled up and down Highway 95 only a few times before deciding I didn’t think of myself as suicidal, and I switched to mountain biking up and down and across the valley.
My clunky Trek kept me on a bike and brought me more options in terms of where to ride, but I’m a “roadie” …

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Weighing in on Jumbo resort

Posted on July 3rd, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
On June 16th, I had the ignominious pleasure to attend a public hearing which was held in Radium Hot Springs municipal offices for input to a Official Community Plan cobbled together by unelected politicians for a zero population community, miles from nowhere, in B.C. wilderness — the Jumbo Glacier “Ski Resort” Development, ostensibly the brainchild of an architect, Oberto Oberti of Vancouver, B.C. that has been wasting our precious time for decades.
While thinking about what I would be able to contribute to the public hearing without giving credence to …

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Happy library has a new home

Posted on July 3rd, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
We were so pleased to hear that council is now considering the inclusion of the public library in the new community centre. The library was our very first stop back in 1996 when we moved here, and our entire four-generation family has used and supported the library ever since.
The community centre is exactly the right place for a facility that offers much, much more than reading materials. Over the years, I have observed the library provide companionship and outreach for seniors; a welcome haven for stay-at-home mothers with toddlers; …

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Democracy is in danger

Posted on July 3rd, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
Informed citizenry is essential to democracy. Are we as Canadians “informed?” Who is informing us? Steven Harper? Certainly not! MPs are gagged. Scientists and public servants have all been muzzled. Research libraries have been closed.
If our own government colludes to blind its own citizens, who is left to inform them? Mainstream media? TV, radio, and newspapers?
Our media has been allowed to become, with few exceptions, a privately-owned billionaire’s club monopoly. Today, every major English-language newspaper, outside the Star and the Globe, is owned by one company, Postmedia. It’s largely owned by …

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