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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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Kudos from Alpine Canada

Posted on March 27th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
Thank you so much for such wonderful coverage of the IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships! We’ve had many comments about the support of your newspaper. The athletes, volunteers and Alpine Canada really appreciate all the work you put into this. It was great working with you, hope to be able to do it again in the future!
 
Lisa Thomson
Alpine Canada

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Expansion needed so Invermere can prosper

Posted on March 27th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
I think increasing Invermere boundaries to include the existing communities on the north and east sides of the lake is a great idea. This will increase the tax base significantly.
Certainly there will be costs to accompany this expansion, but I’m sure there would be positive cash flow. More mixed land use should be made available as well in appropriate locations. Some of this increase in revenue could be utilized to market Invermere as a good place to locate certain types of business and assist the downtown business association with …

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Urban deer are not natural

Posted on March 20th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
In response to Mr. Kazakoff’s letter re: accounting (March 13th Pioneer), I’m guessing he hasn’t lost thousands of dollars in landscaping trying to make our town more beautiful, as we have at Panache (yes, they were “deer proof”). We had an unfenced garden in the centre of town in the ‘70s and ‘80s without any deer problems. They are not natural in town. Has anyone mentioned Lyme disease in the conversation?
Thanks,
John Nairn
Invermere

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A postcard from the past

Posted on March 20th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
The picture that you have put in the Historical Lens today (February 20th Pioneer) was taken in the mid 1980s. The person on the left wearing the light coloured shirt and holding the garden hose is Audra Messerschmidt.
This was made into a postcard — I was sent one in 1988 when I was a Rotary Exchange student from Invermere in Tokyo, Japan. It was a great pick-me-up memory of home!
Thanks for reprinting it,

Owen Picton
Invermere

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Brisco in dire need of volunteers too

Posted on March 13th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
The Brisco and District Recreation Commission is suffering the same fate as the Windermere Community Association. For some years now, volunteerism has dropped off so rapidly that virtually all Brisco and District community-based functions have been dropped due to lack of volunteers stepping up to help.
There is only a small dedicated group currently overseeing the Community Hall, Brisco Church, Galena Cemetery and the historic church. Since we committed to dropping events like the St. Patrick’s Day Tea and Bake Sale, Cribbage, Father’s Day Barbecue, Halloween, Christmas Play and …

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Invermere council criticized for privately changing OCP

Posted on March 6th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
As you and many residents of Invermere are aware, the District of Invermere is currently updating our Official Community Plan (OCP). Legally, this needs to be done so that the OCP agrees with the new Imagine Invermere plan. A volunteer committee representing the interests and values of the residents of Invermere developed Imagine Invermere. You or someone you know may well have put time and energy into this work.
It is quite possible that you also visited the Imagine Invermere pop-up display downtown last summer to share your …

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Your Money column is off the mark

Posted on March 6th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
What were you thinking? The Your Money article of February 20th, 2015 (“Which sectors benefit from low oil prices?”) missed the mark for the Columbia Valley. Thomas Mulcair might have been pleased.
Chamber maids, construction contractors, real estate brokers, ski hill operators, and adventure tourism all are dependent on a strong crude oil price. Any layoffs in the oil sands, conventional oil or gas sectors, or technologies have a direct effect on the economy of this valley. Just look what is happening to our downtown retail in Invermere! The sawmills and …

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Are developers driving OCP changes?

Posted on March 6th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
Invermere community residents need to know that there is an open house on Wednesday, March 11th at the District Council Chambers (914-8th Avenue) to look at the newest version of the Official Community Plan (OCP). It can be viewed online as well as at the District office.
In the original draft, which was presented to the public in the fall of 2014, there was strong support for preserving the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR), supporting local food production, protecting the natural environment and minimizing urban sprawl. There have, however, been …

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Community group in danger of folding

Posted on March 6th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
 
Windermere residents, listen up! This is a cry for help! Your community association will soon fold without new volunteers to take it over.
For the last few years, the WCA (Windermere Community Association) has been operated by only six or seven people who managed to successfully stage the two major events — the Easter Egg Hunt and the Fall Fair — but several other events did not happen or did not go well simply because there were not enough helpers leading up to the event itself.
Three of those Board …

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