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Guests and residents alike got to enjoy beautiful sunny weather during the Victoria Day long weekend. Temperatures rose above 20 degrees, bringing many people to the  beaches, golf courses and parks. Photo by Kevin Nimmock

Sunny May Long weekend

Posted on May 22nd, 2015 by


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This undated image shows a man tilling up a garden near Pynelogs, an old-fashioned counterpart to reporter Kevin Nimmock’s shot of the Pynelogs heritage garden taken earlier this week (see page 2). If you have any information, please contact us. Photo courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Tilling the soil

Posted on May 22nd, 2015 by


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Historical Lens

Posted on May 15th, 2015 by


The Pioneer’s Historical Lens feature on page 6 continues to generate regular feedback and historical facts from our readership. The information provided to us is recorded by the WindermereValley Museum and added to the archives, so thanks to everyone who is able to contribute to this ever-evolving community history project.

October 3rd Historical Lens
I am sending information about the photo in the October 3rd edition of the Columbia Valley Pioneer.
This is a picture of my great-grandmother Beulah Palmer (Nee: Sherman). She was born in March of 1856. She was married to Ezra …

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A paddler basks in the late afternoon sun on a guided evening Columbia River trip from Radium to Edgewater on Monday, May 4th as part of the Wings Over the Rockies bird festival. For more festival coverage, see pages 20 and 21. 
Photo by Kristin McCauley

Padding Paradise

Posted on May 15th, 2015 by


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Although this submitted historical photo isn’t local to the Columbia Valley, it does shed some light on Columbia River history that is relevant to everyone living in the Columbia Basin region. Jim Hearn (left) and John Walbeizer (right) hold up giant Chinook salmon caught in the Salmo River in the late 1930s. Many Kootenay streams boasted spawning salmon like these prior to completion of the Grand Coulee Dam in Washington State in 1941, which blocked the huge salmon from swimming further up the Columbia River into Canada. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com. Photo courtesy of the The Columbia River Round Table

When salmon swam the Salmo River

Posted on May 15th, 2015 by


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Two groups of men in cars stop for a fun photo on the Horsethief Creek Bridge. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com. Photo (A118) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Bridge barricade

Posted on May 8th, 2015 by


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Budding builders

Posted on May 8th, 2015 by


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Every year, the Rotary Club of Invermere names a Citizen of the Year, and this year the honour has been bestowed upon Doug Leibel, whose tremendous community volunteer efforts are outlined in the story on page 10. 
Photo by Breanne Massey

ROTARY RECOGNITION

Posted on May 1st, 2015 by


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On a horse with no name

Posted on May 1st, 2015 by


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Ernie Schneider (holding the sign) listens as Federal NDP candidate Wayne Stetski (left) speaks out against Bill C-51 at a protest at Pothole Park on Saturday, April 18th, claiming it’s excessive and unncessary. According to Conservative MP David Wilks, he’s wrong.  Photo by Nicole Trigg

BUTTING HEADS OVER BILL C-51

Posted on April 24th, 2015 by


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Fried Chicken Cafe

Posted on April 17th, 2015 by


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In an effort to be proactive and prevent uncontrolled summer fires caused by smokers, management of the Green Acres Mobile Home Park on Highway 93/95 north of Invermere asked the Radium Hot Springs Volunteer Fire Department to do controlled burning on the weeds in a nearby ditch that runs alongside the highway on Monday, April 13th.

Photo by Breanne Massey/Inset by Nicole Trigg

Orderly inferno

Posted on April 17th, 2015 by


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Art from the heart

Posted on April 10th, 2015 by


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There is no information on file about this photo of the Royal Canadian Legion Windermere District Branch building with the Cenotaph nearby. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com. Photo (A2) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Legion log cabin

Posted on April 10th, 2015 by


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CAFFEINE CREATIVITY

Posted on April 3rd, 2015 by


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Invermere golf course

Posted on April 3rd, 2015 by


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In this image dated 1989, a much younger-looking Staff Sgt. Marko Shehovac and Corporal Grant Simpson give the thumbs up after arresting several members of the public who were apprehended for unlawfully appearing in public in their pyjamas. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com.
File photo courtesy of the Columbia Valley Pioneer

Pyjama pat down at the cop shop

Posted on March 27th, 2015 by


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RCMP Corporal Shaun Begg and his old timers hockey team, the Kaslo AfterBurners, captured the attention of national media with their helihockey photos — taken here in the valley. 
Photo by Rick Wiltse

As Canadian as it Gets

Posted on March 27th, 2015 by


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This isn’t the first time an
owl has claimed the coveted Pioneer cover. Hans Furher captured this beautiful bird of prey poking its head out of a tree on Founder’s Ridge at Panorama Mountain Resort,
winning the prize of an Alpine Club of Canada overnight hut stay for the February Look
Outside photo contest.
Find out more about the
contest by visiting
www.wildlookoutside.com.
Photo by Hans Furher

Owl spotted

Posted on March 20th, 2015 by


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The Invermere Hotel in 1935 with the old liquor store on the right. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com.	      Photo (A287) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Historic hotel

Posted on March 13th, 2015 by


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