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New project to take stock of viable land

Posted on May 25th, 2012 by


By Kelsey Verboom
Pioneer Staff
Until now, the Kootenay-Boundary area has lacked a comprehensive, region-wide land inventory to help with planning economic growth and future development.
Thanks to a new program called the Basin-Boundary Employment Lands Inventory Project, that is all about to change.
The newly-launched project will gather information about and create an inventory of regional land labelled as “employment lands.”
Essentially, employment lands are lands that generate economic wealth. They include agricultural lands; lands zoned or designated for heavy industry, light industry and commercial (non-retail); First Nations designated employment lands; brown …

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SPOTTED — Wolverines are rarely seen. The sloth-like critters typically eat vegetation, and meat from rodents or carcasses. Photo by Keith Webb

Wolverine killed in park: a first in 3 decades

Posted on May 25th, 2012 by


By Kelsey Verboom
Pioneer Staff
A lone female wolverine was found lifeless in a ditch in Kootenay National Park during the May long weekend. Park staff believe the furry creature was struck by a vehicle, making it only the second such incident in the park since 1979.
Notoriously elusive, wolverines are rarely spotted. They slightly resemble a small bear, but are actually the largest members of the weasel family.
Between 2001-2010, there were 556 vehicle-caused large mammal deaths in Kootenay National Park. But because of the wolverines’ ephemeral quality, they are not usually …

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SMASH — Canal Flats Fire Rescue attends the accident scene, where a lone semi-truck flipped on its side on Highway 93/95. Photo by Ed English

Semi-truck flip shuts down highway

Posted on May 25th, 2012 by


By Pioneer Staff
Long weekend drivers were brought to a halt near Canal Flats on May 18th, when a semi-truck hauling black tar flipped on its side, spilling its content all over the highway.
The semi flipped while travelling north on Highway 93/95, five kilometres from the Whiteswan Lake turnoff.
Invermere’s Ed English was driving behind the semi and watched with horror as the scene unfolded before him.
“It blew me away,” Ed said. “He just all of a sudden veered off onto the right onto the shoulder, and it was like a …

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WALL OF FLAME­— Invermere Fire Rescue members pose for a photo during a live burn exercise earlier this month. The fire department is looking to prevent unsafe fires this summer with a ban on open burning. Photo by Kate Irwin

Fire department imposes summer fire restrictions

Posted on May 25th, 2012 by


By Kristian Rasmussen
Pioneer Staff
A ban on open fires will have Invermere residents holding off on family bonfires this summer. Invermere’s fire department has announced restrictions on campfire sizes and a ban all open burning without a permit within the Invermere township.
The restrictions, which came into effect on May 15th, will limit campfires to one square metre in size, and prevent burning of garbage or slash piles in residents’ yards.
“We want residents to have their fires in an enclosed pit that is made with proper blocks, not just rocks on the …

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Gabriella DeRose, 6, of Calgary hangs out at the Kinsmen Beach playground.

A slice of valley life

Posted on May 25th, 2012 by


The May long weekend was filled to the brim with events and activities across the valley. From a day at the beach to a scenic hike, The Pioneer team was out snapping the action. Photos by Kristian Rasmussen and Kate Irwin.

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SOARING — Young mountaineers will explore the snow-capped peaks of Bugaboo Provincial Park.  Photo by Steph Abegg

Teens invited to scale Bugaboo peaks

Posted on May 25th, 2012 by


Submitted by Pat Morrow
Conrad Kain Centennial Society
Local teens will be given the unique opportunity to lace up hiking boots and ascend one of the most spectacular areas in the world for hiking and climbing.
Following on the heels of last year’s successful Bugaboos Teens Mountaineering Program, the unique outdoor adventure is set to continue as an annual event. The program is hosted by the local Conrad Kain Centennial Society and Canadian Mountain Holidays, with support from BC Parks.
The July 20th-22nd camp is based out of the spectacularly located Alpine Club …

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Cheers

Posted on May 25th, 2012 by


to the person I cannot jeers. All the poop on my head lately is really no excuse for forgetting to pick up after my German Shepherd in Chabot Park last Thursday. My apologies.

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Jeers

Posted on May 25th, 2012 by


to those who spread rumours about our deceased loved one. It’s malicious, callous, and down-right rude. You should be ashamed! You know who you are and we know too!

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Henry and Eileen Bilodeau on holidays in Mazatlan, Mexico.

Here, there and everywhere

Posted on May 25th, 2012 by


Enter The Pioneer’s annual travel contest for your chance to win two tickets to a Calgary Flames game plus one night of accommodation in Calgary, courtesy of Invermere’s Travel World. Send your high resolution photos to info@cv-pioneer.com or stop by to have them scanned at 8-1008 8th Avenue, Invermere.

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Jeers

Posted on May 25th, 2012 by


to the driver of the silver Echo up by the crossroads for cutting me off. If you’re in such a rush, leave a little earlier next time!

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In this image, dated 1935, Mrs. Gibbon sits atop a trusty steed in front of the Svendson Store on Invermere’s main street. If you have any more information or memories about this photograph, email us at news@cv-pioneer.com Photo (C584) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Saddled up

Posted on May 25th, 2012 by


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Cheers

Posted on May 25th, 2012 by


to those who donated their change to the coin boxes at AG Valley Foods. $385 was collected for the Food Bank.

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Cheers

Posted on May 25th, 2012 by


to Bev Deck and Deck Properties Ltd. for the donation of 5 storage lockers for ICAN’s upcoming garage sale! Hugely appreciated!

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Cheers

Posted on May 25th, 2012 by


to all valley residents who set an example to visitors about how to treat our valley. Thank you for driving with care, not littering, cleaning up ditches and the water’s bottoms and edges. Showing pride in where we live sends a message!

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Valley visitor Mitch Tyler  manoeuvres his way in for a catch during a game of football in the sun at Kinsmen Beach on Saturday, May 19th.  Photo by Kristian Rasmussen

FOOTBALL FUN

Posted on May 25th, 2012 by


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Cheers

Posted on May 25th, 2012 by


to Ken from RFE Alarm and Sound for doing such a great job setting up our home theater and harmony remote. Great job!

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Cheers

Posted on May 25th, 2012 by


to everyone who helped make the Windermere Health Care Auxiliary Mother’s Day luncheon and bake sale a success on May 5th. Congratulations to the three Raffle winners. Your continued generosity helps us with our ongoing support of the Invermere Hospital, Columbia House and the Palliative Care Suite.

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Jeers

Posted on May 25th, 2012 by


to those who Jeer anonymously. How bored you must be to “Jeer” a traffic light or mountain sheep, or cast a shadow of incompetence on all bus drivers. Shame on you all!

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Cheers

Posted on May 25th, 2012 by


to Ralph for the hole in one. It only took you 52 years! Way to go, Mr. Hole In One.

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Cheers

Posted on May 25th, 2012 by


to the sweet lady with the chocolate bar at Patty’s Greenhouse.

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