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Wildlife feed stations worth a try

Posted on January 13th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
No matter how much fur or feathers they wear, those bitterly cold nights have got to be miserable for our wildlife. Mortality is high. Especially if they can’t find enough to eat. In this land of plenty where we waste 40 percent of our food, you’d think communities could organize food banks for wildlife.
Urban wildlife… is it that they moved into town, or they always lived here, and we just stuffed more houses, condos and golf courses around them? Regardless, I think wildlife can be conditioned to move out …

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Trails are needed in digital age

Posted on January 13th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
In response to the letter submitted by Norm Hendricks and published in the January 6th issue: Anyone purporting to know what others think is the height of arrogance. Further, one opinion is not representative of a group.
I bike; does this make me a biker and what does this mean? My entire family rides bicycles as a favorite pastime. Most people I know engage in this wonderful activity. In most areas of the world, bicycling is encouraged. It is a mode of transportation and a pleasurable recreational exercise.
Public …

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Local roads need more attention

Posted on January 13th, 2017 by


Dear Editor,
In response to the January 6th article about “Mainroad CEO visits East Kootenay in wake of complaints”: I have been meaning to write and complain for some time about winter road clearing and care in this immediate area of the RDEK.
I drive the Panorama Road daily. It is not cleared on a timely basis after a snowfall and it does not receive adequate sanding at all.
Access to Lower Lakeview Road from Athalmer Road is a hazard all winter long, in spite of two vehicles going over the …

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Benches resident supports trail system

Posted on January 13th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
After the latest comments about the Barbour area trail proposal, I have to respond. As a Toby Bench resident, professional trail builder, avid mountain biker and horseback rider, I am excited about the proposal and have talked to other residents who are as well.
I am upset another resident feels my profession and recreation of choice is to rip up the Crown land when the exact opposite is true. We choose terrain that will have the least impact, but will provide the best experience. The proof is in the …

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Resident reacts to Barbour letter

Posted on January 6th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
In reply to the December 6th letter to the editor “Is Barbour Rock the next Jumbo?”
“If the area can’t be ripped up with 50 kilometres of new bike trails then no one should use it.”
This is exactly how the bikers think, with no respect to wildlife, the local residents, other tenure holders, or the environment. Only 53 kilometres of legal trails? Must be a lot of illegal trails. Mountain bikes are allowed legally on all Christmas tree access roads and trails that exist here on the benches, …

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Peeved with polarizing politics

Posted on December 30th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
B.C. is a diverse province and rarely is a one-size-fits-all approach to social or environmental issues fair or wanted. For instance, recently the NDP announced they would, if elected, shut down the grizzly bear hunt. This activist agenda was put into action by NDP politicos to polarize individuals and to garner an emotional vote response. It is also the front end of an activist-driven anti-hunting campaign to shut down hunting province-wide, with trapping to follow.
Some folks are against hunting period; others are against trophy hunting. Yet others …

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Looking back at Lakeside Inn

Posted on December 23rd, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
Re: Historical Lens in the July 1st Pioneer.
I lived in the Lakeside Inn with my mother (1959-1960) when it was John Kroepfel’s property. He was an Austrian friend of my parents. At the time, my father worked at the Mineral King Mine. My mother helped him out as a nanny/housekeeper with his three daughters: Deedee, Patti and Peggy.
I once drew a mural on a wall in the sitting or dining room with those little Avon sample lipsticks. “Uncle John”, needless to say, was NOT impressed. Rumour has it …

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Debating divergent views essential

Posted on December 23rd, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
Thank you to Arnold Malone for your thought-provoking writing in last week’s paper. As human beings, we rely on communication for our species to thrive. Yet, far too frequently, many of us are forming quick opinions on topics we have little experience with.
Furthermore, we have the arrogance to stubbornly dispute these issues with such savage demeanour.
For instance, whenever anyone references Donald Trump, there is an instant swarm of negative rage. However, how many of us have sought Trump’s platform, or have spoken to a Trump advocate? Is …

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More memories of trees

Posted on December 23rd, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
In reading your article in the issue this week (Letters section in December 2nd Pioneer), I noticed “Tales of trees from the Valley”.
Historically speaking, my Grandfather Fritz Trachsel for a time would go to Calgary yearly with Christmas trees that he cultured on his own land by horse and buggy.
In 1932, his family and four other families came to Canada from Switzerland to begin anew. My Grandad did some amazing things and subsequently my father accomplished as well.
Speaking little or no English, they learned broken English …

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Challenge met and raised – again!

Posted on December 16th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
Cobblestone Creek Cottage and Lodging Co. and our Vacation Homeowners would like to seriously answer the challenge by Kanata Inn as we would like to donate the funds for 30, 15-pound turkeys.
We all feel very fortunate to be a part of the Columbia Valley community and caring for our neighbours is what this community is all about!
As this time of the year can be a difficult season for many families, our hope is that this small gift would be a blessing to those who might be struggling, especially over …

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Is Barbour the new Jumbo?

Posted on December 16th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
Are we the only ones who are confused by all the letters and articles opposing trails at Barbour Rock? If the Barbour Rock area has so many endangered species and environmental concerns, shouldn’t it be closed to everyone including ATVs, hunting, Christmas tree harvesting and rock climbing? The province hasn’t identified the Barbour Rock area as a wildlife habitat area and it was assessed by a professional biologist… let’s call it like it is. This has nothing to do with environmental concerns; it is all about how recreation …

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Pioneer piece nails survey

Posted on December 16th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
I am writing to congratulate Eric Elliot on his article “Dumb and Dumber” on the Perspective page of The Pioneer in the Friday, December 9th issue. I, too, filled in the survey but could not believe how largely unrelated to what they were supposedly wanting input on the questions were. It rephrased and asked the same questions time and again. Towards the end of the survey, where one was given only two choices and no other and no room anywhere to explain or clarify why one chose a particular …

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Is the Canadian Blood Services missing the point?

Posted on December 16th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
On a recent visit to my doctor, I had a few questions for her about blood work. The conversation progressed to blood donations in the East Kootenays. I was surprised to hear that the closest donation facility is located in Calgary, Alberta. We often hear about the lack of blood supplies available for our hospitals. Why wouldn’t they take advantage of the population of the East Kootenay to hold a blood drive or even have a permanent Blood Services donation point located in a central location. I was told …

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Offer French at both schools

Posted on December 16th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
Since our SD6 Zone Trustees circulated a two-question survey at the end of the last school year regarding the future location of the Intensive French Program (currently at Windermere Elementary School), a contentious divide has been opened in the valley. This issue has been interpreted as a “winners and losers” conversation where one school will “win” the Intensive French Program for a maximum of 30 students. Unfortunately, this has proven to be highly inflammatory and led to a visceral response from parents, caregivers and students. Despite the negative framework …

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Survey is extremely suspect

Posted on December 15th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
Here we go again. WARNING: Be careful if/when filling out the My Democracy “voting” survey on https://www.mydemocracy.ca/. It is very deceitful because it slants the questions, using “even if” statements to steer people toward a response that is UN-favorable to Proportional Representation. Both Liberals and Conservatives see a democratic proportional system as a threat. They love a USA-style two-party system… so undemocratic and so UN-Canadian!! Also note… the survey does NOT work on all browsers.
Eric Peter
Invermere

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A little insight on the Laird log home

Posted on December 9th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
Re: Historical Lens request in the November 25th edition for more information on the Laird home (Photo C957).

In 2002, my husband Roger Madson and I purchased the Lake Lillian property with the derelict Laird home still standing (previous owner was Peter Kelly).
In addition, we found a stone boat used to clear the rocky fields, a homemade rowboat (the Lairds used to take people out on the lake), a few interesting bottles in the dump and caught several pack rats on site.
The house was recently dismantled. Remnants of …

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Thanks for Thrift Store support

Posted on December 9th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
I wish to acknowledge and thank all the part-time residents, visitors and others who so generously donate fine articles to our thrift shop and to the team of dedicated volunteers who run it so efficiently.
We all know that money raised goes toward funding so many worthwhile endeavours that benefit the whole community.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all.
Sincerely,
Margaret O’Sullivan
Invermere

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This community should be proud

Posted on December 9th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
WOW! This valley deserves a HUGE pat on the back after the Christmas Craft Sale this past weekend. The generosity from locals, especially in these trying financial times, is nothing short of extraordinary. We’d never thought to share the amount of funds raised at this event, but it’s time.
The Sonshine Daycare Centre is in desperate need of insulation for their lovely old house that is home to many of our tots. They took a donation at the door to get into the sale, sold a ton of fabulous …

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No more trails in the Benches, please

Posted on December 2nd, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
We grew up on a mixed farm near Kamloops, B.C. and our family always respected the wildlife and the environment. As a child, I learned from my father to look after the wildlife; he would throw hay over the fence where the cattle couldn’t get it for the more than 50 mule deer and a few moose that wintered at our place.
We grew up always supporting clubs that protected wildlife and the environment. Yes, we were and still are hunters, but we respect the laws of hunting and …

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Wild reception for film fest

Posted on December 2nd, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
When community comes together, great things happen. Wildsight would like to thank RK Heliski and all the other sponsors, supporters and volunteers for helping to make our 3rd Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival so successful.
It’s our annual fundraiser and Saturday’s event was sold out. We couldn’t be happier. But more than that, the films are meant to instill inspiration and motivation for positive social change, and there was a noticeable buzz in the audience.
We look forward to 2017 when we can make the Festival even bigger …

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