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Canfor announces plan to reopen Radium mill

Posted on April 27th, 2012 by


Canfor will pour nearly $40 million into Radium’s currently shut-down sawmill, prepping it for an anticipated reopening by fall/winter.
The Radium facility has been shuttered since 2009, when Canfor Corporation laid off 167 workers indefinitely.
The forestry company announced today it will invest $38.5 million into the mill for a new planer facility, the installation of a biomass energy system, and modifications to the existing mill.
The biomass energy system will allow the mill to operate using thermal energy instead of propane energy, which the sawmill currently operates with. The move to …

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TEACHERS UNITED— Valley educators voted to remove themselves from extracurricular activities. Pictured from left to right, back row: Lizzie Midyette, Werner Kopp, Doug Murray, Bruce Childs; Front row Michelle Tremblay, Robyn Oliver, Maggie Milligen, Barb Stewart-Frank, Jen Tagg, Cayle Kashuba, Barb Gagatek. By Kristian Rasmussen

Teachers pull out of voluntary duties

Posted on April 27th, 2012 by


By Kristian Rasmussen
Pioneer Staff
Local teachers will no longer help out with extracurricular activities for students, following a province-wide vote for action against Bill 22.
Columbia Valley teachers joined their colleagues across British Columbia on April 19th to vote 73 per cent in favour of action against the Liberal government’s controversial Education Improvement Act, which was passed last month. The decision removes all teacher participation in school sports, clubs, activities, and graduation ceremonies outside working hours, and is already in effect. It also opens up the possibility of full strike action in …

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Helipad

Hospital helipad could reopen by June

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By Lauren Gagatek
Special to The Pioneer
As you pass by the Invermere & District Hospital you might notice the upturned dirt and newly erected posts in the parking lot, visible signs that work on the helipad is approaching completion.
It has been almost two years since Invermere lost the use of its hospital helipad, which was shut down in June 2010 after failing a Transport Canada safety inspection. Since then, air ambulances have been forced to land at the Invermere airport, except in incidents where lives may be at risk.
But now …

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CPRLODGE

$50,000 cash boost will allow completion of CPR Lodge

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By Kate Irwin
Pioneer Staff
After a cash injection from the District of Invermere this week, Invermere’s historic Canadian Pacific Railway Lodge is on schedule for completion by the end of May.
A further $50,000 will be poured into the project by the District of Invermere after council voted at a meeting on Tuesday, April 25th, to approve the funding.
But despite controversy at the project’s outset as to whether it was something Invermere should be funding, many of the detractors have been won over as the lodge nears completion, said Invermere’s mayor, …

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SMOKING — Fire broke out early in the morning of Tuesday, April 24th in the 800 block of Baker Street in downtown Cranbrook. No injuries were reported, but two occupants had to be rescued from a downtown rooftop. Four businesses, including OJ’s Antiques, were destroyed by flames. Photo by Dave Sutherland

Fire tears through Cranbrook

Posted on April 27th, 2012 by


By Kristian Rasmussen
Pioneer Staff
An early morning blaze in the 800 block of Baker Street in Cranbrook on Tuesday claimed four buildings and forced a rooftop evacuation of two residents.
A routine police patrol downtown led to the discovery of smoke billowing from behind 806 Baker Street at around 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 24th, Sergeant Laurie Jalbert of the Cranbrook RCMP reported.
“The police officers were not able to gain access to the building and were driven back by erupting flames, but they were successful in making enough noise to …

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Wildlife expert Larry Halverson will be joining hundreds of bird watchers converging upon the Columbia Valley for the Wings Over the Rockies Festival May 7th to 13th. This year’s theme is “Our backyard:The envy of the world.” Photo by Kristian Rasmussen

Wings festival swooping into valley

Posted on April 27th, 2012 by


By Kristian Rasmussen
Pioneer Staff
They will be arriving in flocks, united by three things: birds, binoculars and bug spray. They are the bird watchers soon to swoop in for the Wings over the Rockies Festival, May 7th to 13th.
Veteran wildlife expert and long-time Wings participant, Larry Halverson, has already begun his adventures into the wetlands surrounding Invermere in preparation for the annual birding extravaganza.
“I love the outdoors,” Larry said. “Everything can be so new. It is a never ending process on learning about things.”
The avian aficionado is elated about the …

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Cheers

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to Rod Miles at Home Hardware for providing exceptional customer service. You always go above and beyond to help a damsel in distress. Thank you!

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Cheers

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to the Columbia Valley Community Foundation for the awesome grant to purchase Nordic ski equipment for the new Ski S’kool program. The kids loved it!

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Cheers

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to The Pioneer’s Kate Irwin for her amazing front-page photo, “Hero’s Welcome”. If that doesn’t put a little love in your heart, nothing will.

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Cheers

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to Jan Leslie for going above and beyond and returning my glove. Thanks a ton. ~ B.C.

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Historical Lens facts revealed

Posted on April 27th, 2012 by


Dear Editor:
Regarding the Historical Lens photograph of your March 30th edition; here is a little information about the family pictured.
Jessica Alice Webster came to Canada with her parents Charles and Kate Webster and brother William in 1915. After several years living and working in the Prairie provinces, they found their way to Invermere to seek employment at the K2 Ranch.
Thomas Cletus Lewis was born and raised in Prince Edward Island and somehow found his way to Invermere and the K2 Ranch. It was there Jessie and Tom met and married …

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Cheers

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to the highway maintenance crew for keeping the sidewalk up Athalmer hill clean. Keep up the good work!

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CPR Lodge pushing forward

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By Kate Irwin
Pioneer Staff
By the end of next month, the renovations of Invermere’s controversial Canadian Pacific Railway Lodge are scheduled to be completed.
This two-year journey, agree with it or not, has been a testament to the work of local volunteers, the lodge’s former owners, the heritage building society, donors (of money, time and materials) and the unsquashable enthusiasm of project manager Bob Kelly and Invermere’s mayor, Gerry Taft.
It was back in 2009 when the District of Invermere council voted against getting involved with financing the CPR Lodge project, citing …

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Cheers

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to Inside Edge for supporting the CORE program!

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Cheers

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to Matt, Jesson, Heather, and John for making my Soulage Massage room possible in the Creamery.

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Jeers

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to all the parents who did not show up for the parent-teacher interviews. Who isn’t communicating now?

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Cheers

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to someone special who bought my purse from the “thrift store” and returned my belongings. Thank you.

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Cheers

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to Linda M. and Linda D. for helping the housekeepers at R.R. on the 14th. It was greatly appreciated. ~ From C. & I.

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Cheers

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to the Rotary Club members responsible for having the Flags of Our Nation up and ready for the Rick Hansen weekend event.

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CHEERS,

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MEOW & WOOF to GALs (Global Animal Lovers). You are wonderful people doing wonderful things! Your selfless work does not go unnoticed. Just wanted to let you know.

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