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This image of summer swimmers relaxing on Lake Windermere (circa 1920) ran as the first Historical Lens photo in The Pioneer’s inaugural issue dated September 16th, 2004. Photo courtesy of the Ede Collection

The original Historical Lens photograph

Posted on September 12th, 2014 by


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The Pioneer celebrates 10 years in print on Tuesday, September 16th. In recognition of this milestone, Pioneer staff — past and present — share their favourite memories in this special anniversary issue.

Photo by Nicole Trigg

Delivering news for a decade

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Missy the dog in Markham, Ontario, clearly saddened to learn about the removal of Invermere’s Russian olive tree

Take a moment to smile

Posted on September 5th, 2014 by


Travel World, our local travel agency in Invermere, has generously donated a night at a Calgary hotel and two tickets to a Calgary Flames game to the winner of our annual Pioneer Travel Photo Contest.
Simply take a copy of The Pioneer with you when you are away on holidays, take a photo and send us a copy to have it published in The Pioneer. At the end of the year, we will draw the winning name. Submit your photos online at www.columbiavalleypioneer.com, email them to info@columbiavalleypioneer.com, or drop by our …

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Columbia Valley teachers were back on the picket line on the morning of Tuesday, September 2nd, which normally would have marked the start of the school year , but the continuing labour dispute between the B.C. government and  teachers ‘ union  is keeping public schools throughout the province closed. 
Photo by Dan Walton

Education Impasse

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In this image, dated 1935, five curious men sit on a bench amongst a large crowd near Athalmer — Harry Peters, Bert Rutherford, Pat McGrath, Howard Cleland and Mr. Weir. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com .	      
Photo (A1428) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Cross legged on the bench, 1935

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Imperial Esso, 1950s

Posted on August 29th, 2014 by


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Farewell Friend

Posted on August 28th, 2014 by


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In this image taken in the 1950s, Dodge De Soto was the service garage on Invermere’s Main Street, located where up until recently Lake Auto Service was situated. If you have any more information, e-mail us at info@cv-pioneer.com . Photo (C295) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Downtown Invermere service station

Posted on August 22nd, 2014 by


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This beautiful vista was taken just below the toe of Farnham Glacier.  The visible stream is one of many that come off of the Glacier and help start Farnham Creek.  The three large peaks to the right are Mt. Hammond, Mt. Farnham and Mt. Peter.  

Photo by Joe Lucas

FARNHAM CREEK FLOWERS

Posted on August 22nd, 2014 by


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In this image, dated in the early 1930s, from back row left to right; Bill Hiller, Marion Frater, Marion Tunnacliffe, Winifred Harrop, Annie Hillier, Hal, Ted and John Bavin, relax on a couple of logs in Invermere. If you have any more information, e-mail us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com . Photo (A1418) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Eight people sitting on a log, 1930s

Posted on August 15th, 2014 by


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Orange crush

Posted on August 15th, 2014 by


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In this image, dated 1928, two men accompany a dump truck on a remote forest road in Kootenay National Park.The international truck is labelled  “Department of Mines and Resources.” If you have any more information, e-mail us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com Photo (A1407) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

A dump truck remembered, 1928

Posted on August 8th, 2014 by


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Achim Purschwitz of Radium took this striking family portrait of Mergansers in the Columbia River wetlands at Athalmer, winning a Look Outside photo contest prize for July. Visit www.wildlookoutside.com to learn more about the year-long contest and different ways to participate through social media at #wildlookoutside. 

Photo by Achim Purschwitz

Meandering merganers

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A day at the beach, 1955

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Rest in peace

Posted on August 1st, 2014 by


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Invermere-born mountaineer, photographer and filmmaker Pat Morrow, snapped this Pioneer travel contest photo at 4,700 metres in a Wakhi shepherd’s yak corral after a mid-summer snowstorm in the Shimshal Pass in the Karakoram Range in Pakistan earlier this month. 
Photo by Pat Morrow

A pioneer in high places

Posted on July 25th, 2014 by


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In this image, dated 1941, the Canadian Women’s Training Corp. stand at attention in their classic attire, in front   of a field just south of Christ Church Anglican. If you have any more information, e-mail us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com . Photo (A1449) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Women in uniform, 1941

Posted on July 25th, 2014 by


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Youthful hearts

Posted on July 18th, 2014 by


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In this image, dated 1926, a group of school children have their class photos taken on the steps of their school in Athalmer, Invermere. If you have any more information, e-mail us at info@cv-pioneer.com . Photo (1873) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

The school children of Athalmer, 1926

Posted on July 18th, 2014 by


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In this image dated 1959, Maud Rumsey (owner of the Skookum Inn) enjoys an old fashioned cup of tea in her kitchen at the Skookum Inn, which is currently located in Windermere. If you have any more information, please email us at info@cv-pioneer.com . Photo courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Just a cup of tea at the Skookum Inn

Posted on July 11th, 2014 by


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