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SMART START — Smart meter installations in the Columbia Valley kicked off this summer with this July 31st installation at Radium Hot Springs’ CasaVino Wine & Tapas Bar. Pictured, left to right: Cindy Verschoor, BC Hydro’s smart meter program communications manager; Dee Conklin, Radium’s mayor and the owner of CasaVino; and Graham Johnson, Corix meter installer. Submitted by BC Hydro

Opinions mixed on valley’s new smart meters

Posted on September 28th, 2012 by


By Kristian Rasmussen
Pioneer Staff
A group of residents is speaking out against smart meters as a $930-million upgrade program sweeps through the valley and the rest of the province.
The installation of electrical smart meters across the Columbia Valley has been ongoing since July, and is now more than halfway complete. But some residents object to the compulsory installation of the devices at their homes, going to far as to put up signs forbidding workmen to place a meter there.
“An installer came by and I told him that I didn’t want the …

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VOLUNTEER VISIONARY ­— Invermere’s Christy Tallman is volunteering across Uganda for eight weeks. Photo by Kristian Rasmussen

Teen volunteer embarks on African adventure

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By Kristian Rasmussen
Pioneer Staff
While many youth her age are concerned with plotting out their weekend, one Invermere teen is setting out on an humanitarian mission to Uganda.
Christy Tallman, 19, has personally raised over $2,000 to take the 36-hour flight to join volunteer group International Volunteer HQ in the African country. Christy left the Columbia Valley on September 27th to begin working on construction projects, teaching English, and helping out at orphanages.
“I really like kids and I really like working with them,” Christy said. “I am going to give this …

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Invermere break-and-enter groper sentenced

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By Kristian Rasmussen
Pioneer Staff
An Invermere man who broke into one woman’s home, sexually assaulted her and was caught secretly observing another woman while she was nude, was sentenced to 10 months jail time at Golden Supreme Court on September 24th.
Winston Ott, who was 19 at the time of the December 2nd, 2011 assault, pleaded guilty to the charges of breaking and entering and observing or recording nudity in a private place. A charge of sexual assault was stayed.
“[Mr. Ott] had no previous criminal record,” Crown counsel Swanson said. “During …

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Fitness instructor dances to national podium

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By Kristian Rasmussen
Pioneer Staff
One woman’s dream, built on sweat, iron, and determination, has been realized at the 2012 Canadian Bodybuilding Federation Nationals.
After 10 months of training, Jolaine Bloom, co-owner of Invermere’s Endeavour Fitness, earned a close second place finish in the fitness category at the August 11th event in New Westminster. She lost by just two points to Manitoba’s Shelley Paton, and finished 20 points ahead of the third-place contestant.
“I started my conditioning in October of last year,” said Jolaine, whose daily routine includes waking up at 4:30 a.m., rowing …

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Cheers

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to Irvin and Lawrence for all of the firewood. It is well appreciated.

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Cheers

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to the two thoughtful girls from Laird who brought us flowers simply to brighten up our day. You did a great job and your good deed was very much appreciated. Thank you! ~ From everyone at Kootenay Savings.

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Cheers

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Big Cheers to the organizers and volunteers of Art from the Attic! You put on a great event for the community and undoubtedly raised some good money for the hospital! Looking forward to next year.

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Cheers

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to everyone who was swindled into moving a hot tub with the offer of beers and a BBQ. Thanks so much, you guys rock!

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Y2Y is a money pit

Posted on September 28th, 2012 by


Dear Editor:
There is a U.S.-based initiative creeping quietly through the Canadian Rockies titled the Yukon to Yellowstone Initiative (Y2Y). The Wilburforce Foundation, based out of Seattle, wants to lock away Crown land from use and development from the Arctic Ocean to Yellowstone. Since 2009, they alone have doled out over $10 million to the Y2Y strategy spread amongst 56 groups in the U.S. and Canada.
Groups such as Wildsight, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, the Sierra Club of B.C., Tides Canada and West Coast Environmental Law have collectively garnered millions …

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Cheers

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to Brian, Darren and the staff at Copper Point Golf Resort for a season of spectacular Sundays!

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Cheers

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Big cheers to the ladies at the Spilli Bean Café, who know how to bake and cook and care about quality. Jeers to cafés that cook with cheap GMO and plastic molecular ingredients and call it food.

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Cheers

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to the students of Laird Elementary who brought us a beautiful bouquet of flowers, Thank you so much, you made our day! ~ From all of us at Selkirk T.V.

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Cheers

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to Mike and the Luxor Creek Cantina staff for every dish they served this season. It’s going to be a long winter.

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Cheers

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to Jane and Barb at Selkirk TV for their wonderful kindness and gift in helping us with our office file holders.

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Pictured, left: members of the Ruault family pose for a photo at Ruault Lake. The Ruault clan, composed of 40 members, hiked and camped at Ruault Mountain and Lake, which is northeast of Cranbrook, on August 18th. Ruault Mountain and Lake are named after Ernest and Severe Ruault, who were brothers killed months apart in 1944, while serving during the Second World War.

Ruault assault

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Enter The Pioneer’s annual Travel Contest for your chance to win two Calgary Flames tickets and one night of accommodations, courtesy of Invermere’s Travel World. Send your photos to info@cv-pioneer.com or drop by 8 – 1008 8th Avenue, Invermere.

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Jeers

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to the dump truck and cement truck drivers who insist on using their air brakes or jake brakes while going down the Althamer bridge throughout the day, starting at 5 a.m. There are people who live in those condos and it is very disrupting, not to mention illegal within city limits!

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In this image, dated 1942, Charlie Watkins, (left) and Lloyd Watkins work together to fell a tree near Brisco with one of the first chain saws in the Columbia Valley. If you have any more information about this photo, e-mail us at info@cv-pioneer.com . Photo C-18 courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Cutting edge chainsaw

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Cheers

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to the very friendly group of hunters who drove us all the way home after we were stranded 30 kilometres past Panorama.

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Cheers

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to Tracey L for the beautiful flowers throughout the season at WVGC. Thank you ~ Sam

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Cheers

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to Cheri Hann for another very successful Windermere Fall Fair and Scarecrow Festival. Cheers to Ken, Jake, Luke and Angela for all the work you do behind the scenes and for all the time you give up with Cheri from the planning to the clean up. You guys rock!

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