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KICKING BACK - Kicking Horse Coffee CEO Elana Rosenfeld still holds the reins of her company. Despite selling a controlling interest to U.S. equity firm Branch Brook, the local company plans to stay firmly rooted in Invermere. Photo by Stephanie Van De Kemp / www.stephvandekemp.com

Kicking Horse Coffee geared to grow

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By Greg Amos
Pioneer Staff
From humble beginnings to its current status as the top organic fair trade coffee company in Canada, Invermere’s Kicking Horse Coffee has built a brand around quality and consistent character over the last 16 years.
And despite making a multi-million dollar private equity deal with a U.S. partner in August, opening doors to new markets and products, the company has no plans to bolt from the place it calls home.
“We’re geared to grow,” said CEO Elana Rosenfeld in a Thursday, November 22nd interview with The Pioneer. “Nothing will …

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Jumbo Glacier governance taking shape

Posted on November 30th, 2012 by


By Greg Amos, Pioneer Staff
With a new municipality set to launch in the mountains 55 kilometres west of Invermere in less than three months, a flurry of planning activity is now underway across the valley.
The 15-member Regional District of East Kootenay board is preparing to welcome a sixteenth, non-voting member early next year: the Jumbo Glacier mountain resort municipality, which itself is holding an incorporation and first council meeting on February 19th, 2013.
“We are actually meeting staff-to-staff this afternoon with the interim corporate officer of Jumbo,” regional district chief administrative …

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BRAZEN BANDITS — Pictured, left, a female shoplifter is caught on camera. Right: a Trespasser is observed  rifling through donations while an accomplice stands watch at the Invermere Thrift Shop during the morning hours of November 13th. Anyone with any information on the Thrift Shop thefts and vandalism is asked to contact the Columbia Valley RCMP detachment at 250-342-9292.

Invermere Thrift Shop targeted twice by thieves

Posted on November 30th, 2012 by


By Kristian Rasmussen
Pioneer Staff
A beacon of charity and goodwill in the Invermere community has found itself victim of dual acts of theft and vandalism within a 10 day period.
Workers at the Invermere Health Care Auxiliary Thrift Shop arrived on the morning of Thursday,
November 22nd to find two large holes cut into the chain link fence at the rear loading dock of the building. Bags of clothing were torn into with items scattered on the ground. Three young adults were filmed in the act by the store’s surveillance camera. …

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VALUABLE VOLTAGE — The Columbia Valley’s new $114 million, 230-Kilovolt power line stretches from Invermere to Golden. Map submitted by BC Hydro.

New power line complete

Posted on November 30th, 2012 by


By Greg Amos
Pioneer Staff
A new 230-kilovolt power line BC Hydro calls “the most significant electricity investment in the region in almost 50 years” is now up and running in the Columbia Valley, after consultation with locals resulted in changes to its route.
The Crown utility energized the $114-million line on October 23rd, after construction of the line and a new substation was completed in mid-August. The 112-kilometre line runs from Invermere to Golden, and promises improved power reliability over that area.
“People in the valley provided us with input at the right …

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Grandmas get crafty for Africa

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By Kristian Rasmussen, Pioneer Staff
A group of generous grandmothers are combining heart and art to send a very special Christmas gift to Africa at the 19th annual Big Christmas Craft Sale at the Invermere Community Hall on November 30th and December 1st.
The Valley Go-Go Sisters are a group of 40 local grandmothers selling handcrafted African AIDS Angel dolls. All proceeds from the sale of the angels raise money for the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s initiative to help African grandmothers care for children orphaned by AIDS.
“Many of the grandmothers in …

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WANDERING WARRIOR — Invermere’s Shane McKay practices his grip on the chin up bar at his home gym, Endeavour Fitness, who have helped him train for the15 races that he has competed in this year across North America. Photo by Kristian Rasmussen

Local racer ranked second in the world

Posted on November 30th, 2012 by


By Kristian Rasmussen
Pioneer Staff
While many of us may enjoy a leisurely jog around the block to stay in shape, one Invermere man catches his stride by descending into a filthy maze of blood, fire and barbed wire.
Shane McKay is currently ranked second in the world in Spartan racing — a series of back breaking running races across obstacle courses that span the globe.
“When you are standing at the starting line, you know you are going to suffer,” he said. “It is talked about that if you can …

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Cheers

Posted on November 30th, 2012 by


to Brenda at All Things Beautiful. Thank you for the word stone. You are very thoughtful and kind. The world needs more people like you! Namaste.

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Province must begin tapping into local knowledge

Posted on November 30th, 2012 by


Dear Editor:
People in the area are talking about the need for local involvement in decision making on the land base. Many people feel that the government is making decisions without considering local opinion.
This feeling is valid considering that over the last 11 years, the BC Liberal government has very deliberately taken legislative steps which removed previous requirements for local participation in decision making.
In 2003, the government passed the Significant Projects Streamlining Act which allows the government to override local jurisdiction on projects they deem to be provincially significant.
Bill 30, …

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Cheers

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to my Snowflake Princess and the wonderful ski season to come!

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Jeers

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Jeers to those who went south for Black Friday shopping. That is no way to support local business.

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Cheers

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to Kara at Sobeys! You offer great customer service and were so polite when I forgot to take my bouquet of flowers. You made my day!

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Cheers

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to Selkirk TV and Appliance. Your store looks wonderful. We are local and shop local.

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2012, November 30 – Online Edition

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Open publication – Free publishing – More invermere

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Cheers

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to Bev in Golden. I think Marko maybe, just maybe, might have enough points by now for that boat he has so longed for. But how to get it under the tree? Forever Young.

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Cheers

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to Chris Z. for being the best landlord in BC!

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In this image, dated 1922, nine local men raise the paddles of their war canoe in salute as part of the pageant of the official opening of the David Thompson Memorial Fort on Lake Windermere. Photo (A997) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society.

Celebrating the David Thompson Memorial Fort, 1922

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Cheers

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to my neighbour for showing your true colours. Disheartening to learn what you repeatedly tell others!

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Cheers

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to Mo-vember! Jeers to not having a Larry-vember or a Curly-vember.

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Cheers

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to my Boyfriend Adam who always knows how to cheer me up. Jeers to the gross mullet and moustache you have grown for Movember. December cannot come soon enough!

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Cheers

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to the lady in the blue car who stopped to get our dogs off the highway. Thank you so much. It is greatly appreciated.

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