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Cheers

Posted on July 28th, 2012 by


to Wade for bombing the Lions’ building. ~ W.D.

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A RICH HISTORY — Martina Shovar of the Akisqnuk First Nation looks out over Lot 48, a plot of land in Fairmont with spiritual and cultural significance to the Ktunaxa people. The lot has just been successfully purchased by the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Photo by Kate Irwin

Conservation of Lot 48 celebrated by many

Posted on July 27th, 2012 by


By Kate Irwin
Pioneer Staff
A pristine piece of wilderness on the eastern side of Columbia Lake will be preserved for generations to come, thanks to the efforts of the Nature Conservancy of Canada and partners. Before its purchase, the $7.2 million plot of land, known simply as Lot 48, was the only area on the east side of the lake not turned over to conservation.
Now, the ecologically sensitive land, which is of deep spiritual significance to the Ktunaxa First Nation, will be designated a protected area, preventing future development.
On Monday, July …

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Ktunaxa to take province to court over Jumbo decision

Posted on July 27th, 2012 by


By Kate Irwin, Pioneer Staff
With files from Kelsey Verboom
The Ktunaxa Nation has announced plans to take the Province of British Columbia to court over the approval issued on March 20th allowing development of Jumbo Glacier Resort to move ahead.
On Tuesday, July 24th, the Ktunaxa Nation, of which the local Akisqnuk Band are part, made a formal announcement of their plans to seek a judicial review into the process by which the Jumbo decision was made.
The First Nation group says that the development will allow desecration of a sacred site, as …

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PLENTY OF HART — Wyatt Hart recently won the title of Western Canadian Champion in the Canadian Enduro Dirt Biking Championships. Pictured, left to right: Pamela, Trystan, Kendyl and Wyatt Hart. Photo by Kate Irwin

Dirt biker wins championship title

Posted on July 27th, 2012 by


By Kate Irwin
Pioneer Staff
A local dirt biker has won the title of Western Canadian Champion in his racing category after a second-place and three first-place finishes in championship races throughout July.
Wyatt Hart, 16, has won three out of four endurance dirt bike races this month as part of the Canadian Enduro Championships.
“It feels pretty confidence-boosting; it’s a great feeling,” said Wyatt, who competed alongside his brother Trystan in two races. “It’s cool because the best guys in Canada were there. To be able to ride the same track as …

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FORCE OF NATURE ­— A culvert pipe that used to sit just above the water line was pulled out of position by extreme rainfall and water flow. Photo by Kristian Rasmussen

Creek erodes bank

Posted on July 27th, 2012 by


By Kristian Rasmussen
Pioneer Staff
Troubled waters in Windermere continue to cause damage to infrastructure in the area.
Windermere creek ripped a culvert pipe out of position during recent heavy rainfall on the east side of Highway 93/95, and eroded a section of the highway bank within a 24 hour period.
“During periods of high risk, creek crossings through culverts and bridges are monitored with increased frequency,” said Kate Trotter, public affairs officer with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.
“The culvert is currently being monitored daily and the maintenance contractor is …

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Budding businesswomen — Zoe McGrath  (left) and business partner, Abby Wagner, have started up their own lemonade business, from which they donate half of the profits of to charity. Photo by Kristian Rasmussen

Invermere girls pouring lemonade for charity

Posted on July 27th, 2012 by


By Kristian Rasmussen
Pioneer Staff
The valley business world just got a little sweeter. Invermere friends, Zoe McGrath, 11, and Abby Wagner, 10, have started their own lemonade stand, complete with stamp cards, menu items, and a charitable twist, before even starting Grade 6.
The girls decided to donate half of their profits to Invermere Companion Animal Network (ICAN), because they don’t need all of the money they earn through the stand, they said.
“When somebody buys one lemonade for 50 cents, 25 cents goes to charity, and 25 cents goes …

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2012, July 27 – Read Online

Posted on July 27th, 2012 by


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CHAFF CHAP — Residential Wilmer property owner Fritz Reisle has taken urban gardening to a new level by redesigning a drying machine to thresh wheat. Photo by Kristian Rasmussen

Wilmer man invents urban wheat thresher

Posted on July 27th, 2012 by


By Kristian Rasmussen
Pioneer Staff
A few handfuls of recycled golf balls, a dryer, and a whole lot of creative ingenuity led a Wilmer man to create an ingenious piece of urban farming equipment.
Fritz Reisle, who is a chef by trade and teaches the culinary arts program at David Thompson Secondary, has lived in the valley for 31 years and has raised four children with his wife, Karen. The idea for the threshing machine began when he was teaching a class of students how to thresh wheat by hand at the …

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Cheers

Posted on July 27th, 2012 by


to Marko. You continue to be an authority figure we all respect and appreciate! Thank you for all that you do, especially when it comes to dealing with us teenagers in an understanding and respectful way.

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Cheers

Posted on July 27th, 2012 by


to Vic Briar. An ace on 8!

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Cheers

Posted on July 27th, 2012 by


to all the incredible people who helped out the vendors at the stormy farmers market in Radium. You went above-and-beyond and I don’t know what we would have done without you. Thank you!

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Cheers

Posted on July 27th, 2012 by


to the Althalmer Bottle Depot for donating all my bottles and cans to the food bank.

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Cheers

Posted on July 27th, 2012 by


to Carol and Barry Mack for their superb organization and hard work for the highly-successful Fairmont Lions Garage Sale. Thank you!

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Cheers

Posted on July 27th, 2012 by


to Coy’s Par 3 for the great food and great time had by all.
~ The North Star crew.

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Jeers

Posted on July 27th, 2012 by


to the dog owner in Radium whose dog attacked our dog. The situation could have been a lot worse. Your dog needs a muzzle and proper training, minus the spike collar, and you need a reality check!

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Cheers

Posted on July 27th, 2012 by


to the Fairmont staff for their excellent support for the people who were stranded during the mudslide. It brings good will to the valley.

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When is enough?

Posted on July 27th, 2012 by


By Kelsey Verboom, Pioneer Staff
I don’t often borrow from the writing of others, but today I will quote Dave Barry, Pulitzer Prize-winning American author and humourist.
“Congress, after years of stalling, finally got around to clearing the way for informal discussions that might lead to possible formal talks that could potentially produce some kind of tentative agreements.”
Because of the exhaustive talks that have occurred during the ongoing saga of Jumbo Glacier Resort, this clever observation popped into my mind this week when the Ktunaxa First Nation announced it will request that …

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Jeers

Posted on July 27th, 2012 by


to the employers who do not providing parking for their staff.

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Cheers

Posted on July 27th, 2012 by


to the volunteers in Fairmont for defining your community. Your selflessness and compassion did not go unnoticed. Jeers to the word “debris” — how can smelly, unwanted crap sound so sensuous.

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Course condition is fine

Posted on July 27th, 2012 by


Dear Editor:
Windermere Valley Golf Course is in good mid-season condition. This is largely due to the hard work of our grounds crew and our wonderful neighbors. And I guess that we have to thank Mother Nature for all the early season moisture. Talk about a double-edged sword.
Our business is definitely at risk if Windermere Creek continues to move huge quantities of material. This mobilization is the result of the creek cutting a new path away from a wetlands area that slowed the creek and acted as a natural filter. …

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