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BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATERS — Flood waters and debris push against the destroyed footbridge at the Paint Pots in Kootenay National Park. Photo by Alan Dibb

High floodwaters destroy bridges in park

Posted on June 29th, 2012 by


By Kelsey Verboom
Pioneer Staff
Rapidly rising waters in Kootenay National Park this month have caused significant damage to four of the park’s bridges, almost entirely washing away three.
The flooding events are unprecedented in recent years, said Marc Ledwidge, head of Parks Canada’s Visitor Safety Program in Kootenay, Yoho and Banff national parks.
“Anecdotally, in my 31 years in the area, I’ve never seen or experienced high water levels or flood conditions of that magnitude before.”
At a popular stop along Highway 93, about 85 kilometres from Radium, the pedestrian bridge at the …

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WASHOUT — Horsethief Creek Road near Radium, a second road near John Blakely and Monita Gauvin’s ranch, was also swamped by rising waters on June 26th. The water measured more than three feet deep in places. Photo by Ron Verboom

Ranchers cut off by floodwaters

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By Kelsey Verboom
Pioneer Staff
Unrelenting rainstorms have caused the Columbia River and the Columbia River Wetlands to swell and spills their banks in places, which this week left one valley ranching couple cut off from land and surrounded by rising waters.
John Blakely and Monita Gauvin live on a 188-acre ranch near Radium. Their property is mostly near the wetlands, and the 10-acre circle of land where their house sits (commonly known as Barbour’s Island) is normally close to the water. However, on June 25th water levels rose so high they breached …

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Canal Flats beating leads to double convictions

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By Kristian Rasmussen,
Pioneer Staff
Two valley men have each been found guilty of one count of assault causing bodily harm, after a 2010 altercation at the Columbia Inn in Canal Flats led to an early morning beating. The men appeared in Invermere Provincial Court on June 20th, in front of the Honourable Judge William G. Sheard.

The court heard that Michael Krebs, 50, and David Burgoyne, 47, attacked 20-year-old Canal Flats local, Justin Gertner, outside his home August 14th, 2010, after they believed that Mr. Gertner assaulted Mr. Krebs and smashed …

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WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD? — The details of how the Lake Windermere Management Plan is implemented will help determine how the lake’s valuable lakeshore is developed in years to come. Photo by Kelsey Verboom

Draft regulations for Lake Windermere released

Posted on June 29th, 2012 by


By Kate Irwin
Pioneer Staff
Draft regulations to control in-water structures on Lake Windermere and development along the northeastern shoreline are up for public review after being released by the Regional District of East Kootenay earlier this month.
The pair of draft regulations — created as a result of recommendations in the Lake Windermere Management Plan — aim to guide new development in the lake and along the areas of shoreline under regional district jurisdiction.
Managing the number and scale of new in-water structures — docks, buoys, boat launches, swimming platforms, groynes and moorings …

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Akisqnuk band elects two new councillors

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By Kristian Rasmussen,
Pioneer Staff
The Akisqnuk First Nation expanded its political circle Monday, June 18th, when Lucille Shovar and Stephen Nicholas were elected to the band’s five-person council.
The two want to introduce a cultural renaissance within the Akisqnuk Nation to bring back a culture that, without due care and attention, will be lost, they said.
“What keeps me going is the potential that the community can attain and develop,” said Ms. Shovar, whose son, Lorne Shovar, is the current Akisqnuk Chief. “The things that we can do in our community are …

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TURNING BACK THE CLOCK — One of Edgewater’s first buildings was the home of W. Herbert Gaddes, who was an integral part of the growth of the small ranching and farming community. The building doubled as offices for Gaddes’ company, Columbia Valley Ranches. Photos courtesy of the Windermere Valley Museum

Pop the champagne, Edgewater’s turning 100!

Posted on June 29th, 2012 by


By Dorothy Isted
Special to The Pioneer
The village of Edgewater is turning 100 this month and with anniversary celebrations beckoning on July 7th and 8th, The Pioneer decided to look back on the humble beginnings of this indomitable community.
The seeds of inspiration for the tranquil village, which sits 10 kilometres north of Radium Hot Springs, germinated in the mind of James Lorenzo McKay, a young Scottish immigrant to the area.
After returning from service in the Army in 1885, James travelled to the valley and went back to his family at …

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2012, June 29 – Read Online

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Cheers

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to Fairmont Hot Springs Resort! Your ongoing support to Special Olympics Athletes in the valley by hosting our spring & fall swim program at your pool is greatly appreciated.

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2012, June 29 – Out & About

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Toby Theatre
• June 26th – 29th, 8 p.m.: Mirror, Mirror.
• June 30th, July 2nd – 6th, 8 p.m.: The Avengers.
For info: www.tobytheatre.com.
Friday, June 29th:
• Panorama Summer Operations Opening Day. Mountain biking, sightseeing, fun zone activities. For info: www.panoramaresort.com.
• 4 – 9 p.m.: Market on Main and Music on Main at the Radium Visitor Centre. Every Friday until September 1st. This week featuring Marty & Eli.
• 6 – 9 p.m.: Rod Charlesworth and Jeff Fleming exhibition at The Artym Gallery. For info: 250-342-7566.
Saturday, June …

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Cheers

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to Doug Murray, President of the Windermere Teachers’ Association, for so strongly advocating for public education in British Columbia.

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Jeers

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to the local businesses who think they can charge extortionate prices because we are a small tourist town, and then complain when locals buy their goods elsewhere. I love to support local business but I can’t afford to here!

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Cheers

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to the U18 boys soccer team, coach Ian and helper Mark, and team manager Louise. You were awesome at the Sam Steele tournament in Cranbrook. Wow, gold again!

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Making secondary suites illegal snubs residents

Posted on June 29th, 2012 by


Dear Editor:
Snubbing secondary suites in communities like Windermere or Fairmont is a shortsighted and, I would even argue, prejudiced move.
By narrowing the scope of the Regional District of East Kooteany’s proposed secondary suites bylaw, you’re limiting the options for people seeking affordable accommodations.
Essentially you’re suggesting sectors of the population like young people, families or single parents, who can’t necessarily afford to rent whole houses, are not welcome in some Columbia Valley communities.
Strong communities are composed from all sectors of the population, let’s not limit ourselves here.
Bram Rossman
Windermere

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Cheers

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to the DTSS teacher who donated a good used bicycle to a girl in Canal Flats whom she had never met, just because she heard that a child needed a bike. This spontaneous gesture of good will was greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Privatization of resources is not the answer

Posted on June 29th, 2012 by


Dear Editor:
Private corporations now dominate our planet. Already 55 of the top 100 world economies are corporations, and they all want more. Has this rise of private corporate power done the world good?
Oddly, throughout the world, countries which harbour this fabulous private wealth are all broke. Privatization is a parasite that bankrupts its host country.
Yet privatizing all of Canada’s resources is exactly what Harper — and Christy Clark — are up to.
Parks Canada, BC Hydro, Jumbo Glacier, BC Ferries, our roads, our water, our vast natural resources, are …

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Prepare paddles, or we’ll be up the creek

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By Kelsey Verboom
The Columbia Valley’s waterways burst their banks in many areas this week, causing more than just sodden feet.
Places close to Lake Windermere’s shoreline, like Pete’s Marina, were completely surrounded by water. Roadways near CastleRock and on Lower Lakeview Drive collapsed in places, as muddy runoff loosened rock and pavement. Some who dwell close to the water’s edge, like John Blakely and Monita Gauvin (see story, page 2), had to get creative and paddle themselves via canoe to and from their home.
Historical photos from the Windermere Valley Museum show …

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Cheers

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to Verna and Basil Stevens and family. Great performance at the National Aboriginal day.

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Jeers

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to everyone flying a tattered and torn Canadian flag in the valley. I appreciate your patriotism, but a ratty flag looks worse than no flag at all. Maintain it or take it down.

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In this image, dated 1929, four intrepid travellers stop for a breath of fresh air at Castle Junction, at the junction of Highway 93 and the Trans Canada. Castle Mountain is in the background. Edith Brown, A. Ashworth’s sister, stands at far left, and Commander Powles at far right. The names of the two people in the middle are unknown.  If you have any more information or memories about this photo, email us at news@cv-pioneer.com. Photo C514 courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Castle in the clouds

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Cheers

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to the Windemere Health Care Auxiliary and the Grade 5 students for planting the flowers at Columbia House. They are awesome!

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