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SCENIC — Paul Friesen, Parks Canada Warden,  hikes the Rockwall Trail in Kootenay National Park. Invermere RCMP officer, Tim Harper, and Warden Friesen recently completed a   four day patrol through the park together. Photo by Cst. Tim Harper

Backcountry policing offers adventure

Posted on August 31st, 2012 by


By Kristian Rasmussen
Pioneer Staff
The Columbia Valley RCMP detachment is a small beacon of law enforcement surrounded by towering mountains, vast lakes and looming forests on every side.
To police a tough wilderness requires officers as rugged as their environment, as their jurisdiction stretches from the Alberta border in the east to Kaslo in the west, and from Canal Flats in the south to Spillimacheen in the north.
To cope with this varied terrain, the force relies on equipment that might be unfamiliar to urban police officers, including ATVs, snowmobiles, mountain …

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FITNESS FAMILY ­— Left to right: Eric Rogers, 4-month-old Lacey Rogers, TC Rogers, and Kelty Edwards have moved their business, Glacier Peaks Gymnastics, into the large white tent near Invermere. Photo by Kristian Rasmussen

New sports facility springs into area

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By Kristian Rasmussen
Pioneer Staff
A gymnastics company has arrived in the Columbia Valley and is looking to execute a perfect roundoff of private business and not-for-profit community sport.
The all-new Glacier Peaks Gymnastics Centre is opening the large white tent just north of Invermere on Capilo Way, September 24th. It will feature a brand-new 7,800 square foot gymnastics hub, which will occupy one third of the facility. The remaining space is currently open as a non-profit multi-sport facility.
“This really is the best location because it is centrally located in …

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Firefighters use more than water to put out flames

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By Kristian Rasmussen
Pioneer Staff
Fighting flaming infernos and clearing the smoke between the facts and fiction are two tasks that Parks Canada incident commander Darren Quinn and fire communications officer Dani McIntosh face on a daily basis.
Currently stationed at Kootenay Crossing’s Banff, Yoho, Kootenay Field Unit, the duo have most recently been working monitoring a 676 hectare blaze burning in Kootenay National Park at Octopus Mountain, near the Simpson monument along Highway 93.
Twelve-year firefighting veteran, Darren Quinn, who lives north of Spillimacheen, has battled between 30-50 blazes during his …

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CERTIFIED ­­— Invermere’s Jim Ashworth holds his 1934 high school entrance certificate to the Athalmer-Invermere School. Photo by Kristian Rasmussen

Seniors remember early school days

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By Kristian Rasmussen
Pioneer Staff
As fall approaches and the leaves on the trees of Columbia Valley playgrounds begin to change colour, students are returning to classrooms with technological landscapes that evolve as quickly as the seasons. Fun and excitement comes at the convenience of a mouse click for many students beginning their elementary and secondary school studies in 2012.
Two of Invermere’s pioneering pupils, Jim Ashworth and Joy Bond, had to spend a little more time cultivating their fun and education when they attended the Athalmer-Invermere school from 1925-1936.
The duo, …

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TINY TARANTULA ­— The Microhexura Idahoana is a tiny tarantuloid spider that, in Canada, is found only at Kootenay Pass. Photo by Marshall Hedin

Arachnid experts creep through town

Posted on August 31st, 2012 by


By Kristian Rasmussen
Pioneer Staff
A scientific researcher and his team have spent the last month creeping and crawling through the Columbia Valley looking for elusive eight-legged specimens.
Dr. Robb Bennett has spent a lifetime researching the arachnid world and, during the last month, has been working his way through the alpine and sub-alpine areas of the valley, particularly the Purcell Mountains near Golden.
The biologist is on a ten-year mission to create a field guide to the various spiders of British Columbia.
While scouring the alpine regions near Kicking Horse Mountain Resort …

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Amble to the origins of the Columbia River

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By Kate Irwin
Pioneer Staff
The mighty Columbia River’s humble beginnings in Canal Flats make for a pleasant stroll suitable for all ages and fitness levels. The 1.5 kilometre trail is part of the Columbia River Greenways Alliance and can be easily accessed from the village of Canal Flats, 45 minutes south of Invermere.
Paired with the hike up the Dutch Creek Hoodoos, accessed moments south of Fairmont Hot Springs along Westside Road, this walk can be turned into a half-day excursion that takes in scenic wetlands, the tranquil beauty of Columbia Lake …

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Cheers

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to the Rotary Club and all of the volunteers for the Loop the Lake Walk 2012. Excellent organization!

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Cheers

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to Moon’s birthday. Have a wonderful day and I’ll celebrate with you soon. ~ Love, Glenny

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Cheers

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to all of the people who responded to the community energy system survey in Canal Flats. I greatly enjoyed your candid comments and fun conversations!

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Leave the backcountry coalition alone

Posted on August 31st, 2012 by


Dear Editor:
I am perplexed by the recent caterwauling in the local papers about the Columbia Valley Recreational Access Coalition (CVRAC), as well as some of your recent editorials that pertain to community cohesiveness, environmentalism versus business opportunities and journalistic privilege. So here are a few quick questions for you:
1) Why all the fuss with the CVRAC? To me it appears that some well-intentioned, like-minded folks initiated a group to try to prevent unnecessary environmental damage in the backcountry and then all hell breaks loose when a few other groups get …

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Cheers

Posted on August 31st, 2012 by


to the staff at Lambert Insurance, especially Jade and Ashley. Your smiles, friendly attitude, and helpful advice made our vehicle transitions from Alberta to B.C. much easier than expected. From the office in Radium to the office in Invermere, we found the customer service to be extraordinary and very much appreciated.

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Students of the first Brisco School sit outside the schoolhouse on a fence with their teacher, Miss Watt (long skirt). The school, which is now on the grounds of the Windermere Valley Museum, was located between the Watkins’ and Atchison’s property. The class of 1910 was made up of Celeste, Ang, Steve, and Miles Atchison; Charley and Joe Watkins; and Pete Paul. If you have any more information, email us at info@cv-pioneer.com. Photo C44 courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Back to school, 1910

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Cheers

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A great big heartfelt Cheers to The Black Forest restaurant for the amazing support, delightful staff and fabulous cabbage. ~ Love, the “German” belly dancers.

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Invermere’s Joy Bond, 94, is one of a half-dozen students who attended the former Athalmer-Invermere School starting in 1925.  Turn to page 26 to read her historical perspective and advice for young valley students returning to school this fall.

BACK TO SCHOOL

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Farewell

Posted on August 31st, 2012 by


By Kelsey Verboom
This editorial column will be my last at The Pioneer, where I have spent a wonderful few years learning and writing about the many newsworthy things that happen in our beautiful valley.
It has been a true pleasure working as editor in the same community in which I grew up. I have learned so much more than I thought possible about the valley’s fascinating history, about the plethora of interesting people who live here, and about the issues that make residents passionate about local news.
I thank everyone who has …

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2012, August 31st – Out & About

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Toby Theatre
• August 27th – 31st and September 1st, 8 p.m.: The Amazing Spider-Man.
• September 12th – 15th, 8 p.m.: Men In Black 3.
• September 21st – 22nd, September 26th – 29th, 8 p.m.: The Bourne Legacy.
Friday, August 31st:
• 10 a.m.: Bugaboo Blast 2012, hosted by Lake Windermere Rod and Gun Club. A weekend of fun at the Radium Shooting Range (5.3 kilometre point on Horsethief Forest Service Road).
• 4 – 9 p.m.: Market on Main, Radium Hot Springs. For info: 250-347-9331.
• 5 – 8 p.m.: Public …

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Coalition is a valuable local process

Posted on August 31st, 2012 by


Dear Editor:
When interviewed a while ago, Richard Bronson was asked about ethics and business. His reply was, “Business is just business: a scramble for profit. Right? Well that might describe crime; it certainly doesn’t describe business. Ethics aren’t just important in business. They are the whole point of business.”
I have been involved with the Columbia Valley Recreation Advisory Council (CVRAC) Steering Committee to help administer and offer guidance for the process. The reason I started with the quote at the beginning of this letter is it points to what has …

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Aidan and Dylan Guest in front of the Terry Fox monument in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

WANDERERS

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Jeers

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to the neighbor who parks two rusting vehicles right near a fresh water creek.

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Cheers

Posted on August 31st, 2012 by


to everyone who picks their fruit trees.

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