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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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Jumbo municipality dependent on public funds

Posted on February 27th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
I am writing to comment on Steve Hubrecht’s very interesting Feb. 20th article about the West Kootenay EcoSociety’s legal action against the province because of the creation of the Municipality of Jumbo.
The article’s last four paragraphs were especially interesting because they dealt with the municipality’s 2014 audited financial statements. At the end of the statements the auditors (BDO Canada LLP Chartered Accountants) wrote a paragraph that called into question the municipality’s ability to continue as a going concern.
This of course has put Mayor Greg Deck’s nose out of joint. …

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Build Jumbo and they will come

Posted on February 27th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
Greetings from Jasper Park, Alberta.
I have recently been thinking more and more about the Jumbo Glacier Resort development and a process that seems to still be in a state of inching forward with real resistance.
For those of you that oppose any development in the area, I say that you are depriving your region and community of a great future economic benefit while climate indication is telling us all that the best days of skiing in already established resorts at lower altitudes are past.
Study the past 30 years of climate …

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Deer society distraught over cull

Posted on February 20th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
The Pioneer story “Deer cull resumes, court costs compromised” (February 13th Pioneer) is shocking for so many reasons.
IDPS does NOT owe money to the District of Invermere. The words used – recoup, bad debt, owes the remainder, what is owed, and bad debt – are not accurate. The petitioners were to pay “costs at Scale B.” The district submitted their bill to the Registrar Judge requesting payment of $14,656.61. The judge reduced the cost to $12,000 and IDPS paid in full.
The paper failed to read online documentation …

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Cougar actions commended

Posted on February 19th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
This is a detailed response to Mr. Stephen Lebovits’ letter to the editor in the February 6th Pioneer, “Killing Cougars is not Conservation.”
We are the Invermere residents under whose deck the cougar met its untimely demise. This cougar had been in the CastleRock area for a number of weeks. Sightings occurred daily, with pictures taken and tracks everywhere. We were a community on high alert!
On the morning of January 22nd, I called the conservation officers to our home as I had just seen the cougar.
They did NOT, …

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Conservation concern for cougars

Posted on February 19th, 2015 by


I am writing this letter in response to the letter written by Mr. Stephen Lebovits in last week’s paper (“Killing cougars isn’t conservation,” February 6th Pioneer). His first three paragraphs in regards to the Conservation Officer Service Program Plan were bang on — to the point.
This is exactly what my husband and I witnessed in the unfortunate put down of our resident cougar. We live in CastleRock and were firsthand witnesses to this disappointing outcome.Three officers attended the call that was made by our neighbours. They were most efficient, responsible …

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Latest attack on freedom

Posted on February 6th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
While the rest of the world moves steadily towards more democracies and fewer autocracies, under Stephen Harper Canada bucks the trend. With the introduction of the new security bill C-51, the “Anti-Terrorism Act” now heading through Parliament, Harper has taken his move towards an authoritarian state to a much higher and much more frightening level.
Under this proposed legislation, CSIS, Canada’s security and intelligence gathering service, will be given new powers. These powers will effectively make CSIS a secret police force.
Harper claims the bill is necessary to fight …

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Killing cougars is not conservation

Posted on February 6th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
According to the Ministry of Environment’s Conservation Officer Service Program Plan (see page 18 at www.env.gov.bc.ca/cos/COS_program_plan.pdf): “Conservation Officers are the first responder to human-wildlife conflicts. (They) possess the necessary training, experience and equipment to deal with threats to public safety that may arise from human-wildlife conflicts.
To reduce the instances of human-wildlife conflict over the long term, (they) participate in numerous outreach and stewardship activities.
Reducing these conflicts is essential to preserving public safety, conserving biodiversity, reducing property damage, improving animal welfare and expending public resources more effectively and …

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Canada proud and free

Posted on February 6th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
I have lived and worked in three countries and seven provinces. This country, no matter what Kim Baker says (see last week’s letter to editor: “What version of Canada do you want?”), has an admirable history and present. We are a free enterprise and democratic society. We all have the opportunity for choices in education, career, employment and, yes, political leadership. Yes, these opportunities may require work and effort, even more for some than others but our society is mobile and they are obtainable.
Democracy is not just about voting, …

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