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Apparent suicide stuns residents of Fairmont Hot Springs

Posted on January 25th, 2013 by


* Updated at 2:10 p.m. on Friday, January 25th. *
By Greg Amos
Pioneer Staff
Staff at the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort are reeling after the apparent suicide of a female coworker, 20, who was found dead behind a home on Riverview Drive last night with a rifle beside her body.
At about 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 24th, Columbia Valley RCMP members were contacted by concerned friends stating that the young woman had made threats to harm herself, said Staff Sergeant Marko Shehovac.
While en route to the scene, police were contacted and advised …

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Fairmont firefighters battle the pre-Christmas blaze. Photo by Kate Irwin

Two charged with arson after Fairmont blaze

Posted on January 25th, 2013 by


By Greg Amos
Pioneer Staff
Two young adults from the Columbia Valley have been arrested and could soon be charged with arson relating to a fire that destroyed five uninhabited buildings in Columbia Eagle condominium block in Fairmont Hot Springs on December 22nd.
After what Columbia Valley RCMP Corporal Grant Simpson called a “very complex investigation”, police were able to identify two suspects: a 20-year-old woman from Fairmont and a 25-year-old man from Invermere.
Crown Counsel in Cranbrook will now consider whether arson charges can be laid against the pair to bring the case …

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The community dialysis unit at the Invermere and District Hospital is closed with equipment slated to be moved to Sparwood. Photo by Kristian Rasmussen

Interior Health pulls community dialysis unit

Posted on January 25th, 2013 by


By Greg Amos
Pioneer Staff
The planned removal of a recently-renovated blood hemodialysis unit from the Invermere and District Hospital is prompting an uproar that many community members hope will be enough to make Interior Health reconsider the change.
While the District of Invermere passed a motion on Tuesday, January 22nd to send a strongly-worded letter of opposition to the plan, some of the strongest criticism is coming from an Interior Health employee — environmental health inspector Kirt Sellers, an Invermere resident who must now travel three times each week to Cranbrook to …

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Const. Tim Harper on a backcountry RCMP patrol. Submitted photo

Fully-staffed RCMP ready to take on 2013

Posted on January 25th, 2013 by


By Greg Amos
Pioneer Staff
A fully-trained staff of 10 police officers means more patrols at Kinsmen Beach and continued
community engagement are on the agenda this year for the Columbia Valley RCMP, Staff Sergeant Marko
Shehovac revealed during an end-of-year presentation to District of Invermere council on Tuesday, January 22nd.
By the end of April, the detachment’s two cadets will have completed their training, bringing staff to one commander, two corporal supervisors, and eight constables.
The RCMP can expect to face the equivalent of roughly one call for every person in Invermere over the year, …

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RAMBLING ROWER — Frank Rad rows the Columbia River during a beaver trapping expedition last March. The trapper has thoroughly explored the valley and can be found in the wilderness at any time of the year. Photo submitted

Trainer reveals trapping secrets

Posted on January 25th, 2013 by


By Kristian Rasmussen
Pioneer Staff
With much of Canada’s past built upon the fur trade, one Columbia Valley trapper weaves history and pioneering pride into every square mile of his trap line.
Frank Rad, a trapper training instructor based out of Cranbrook, can trace a family lineage of outdoorsmen dating back to his grandfather, who came to the Columbia Valley in 1944 and leased traplines along Jumbo Creek and Toby Creek, which the family trapped for decades. The Pioneer caught up with Mr. Rad to learn about the often hidden world of fur …

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Ski racers Amelia Smart and Keegan Sharp. Submitted photo

Local skiers carve out wins

Posted on January 25th, 2013 by


By Pioneer Staff
A pair of Invermere ski racers laid some of the leanest lines at the Marmot Basin U-16 racing competition in Jasper on January 18th-20th.
Keegan Sharp and Amelia Smart, both 15, came first place in five out of their six races.
Although he took top spot in giant slalom and slalom, beating out 93 other competitors in each race, Keegan remains humble about the win.
“It isn’t a World Cup or World Junior win, but it is still good,” he said. “It is good to get it in there and to …

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Cheers

Posted on January 25th, 2013 by


to Dr. Thiessen for seeing my dog Saturday evening, and for being so nice about the late hour. The valley is lucky to have you!

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Jeers

Posted on January 25th, 2013 by


to Nickleback. Your music is wretched. Jess & Will.

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Cheers

Posted on January 25th, 2013 by


to the fellow businesses that continue to bad-mouth mine. You do nothing but drive work in my door. Thank you!

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Jeers

Posted on January 25th, 2013 by


to the slippery spots on my hardwood floor. It was funny for a while watching the kids, but I’m going to break a hip.

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Cheers

Posted on January 25th, 2013 by


to all the volunteers at the Legion Snack Shack on the front lines and behind the scenes. Awesome weekend!

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Cheers

Posted on January 25th, 2013 by


to John Wolfe Construction for your support of local minor sports. Your generosity is noticed and appreciated. The van made our long road trip very fun.

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2013, January 25 – Out & About

Posted on January 25th, 2013 by


Toby Theatre
• January 24th – 26th and January 31st – February 2nd 7:30 p.m.: Rise of the Guardians.
Friday, January 25th
• 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Robbie Burns Lunch at Smoking Waters Coffee Company with traditional bagpiper. For more information, please call 250-345-4008.
• 12 p.m.: Soup, bun and dessert at the Edgewater Legion. Tickets are $6.
• 8:30 p.m.: Folk duo Broken Down Suitcase plays at the Station Pub in Invermere. No cover charge. For more information, contact 250-342-5557.
• 8 – 11 …

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Jeers

Posted on January 25th, 2013 by


to people who spell clients’ names incorrectly in business correspondence.

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Auditor general is effective

Posted on January 25th, 2013 by


Dear Editor:
The public depends on institutional watchdogs to keep government accountable. Offices like the Ombudsperson or Auditor General are critical to ensuring the government behaves in the public interest regardless of the political cost.
When government actively weakens or undermines these institutional checks and balances, you can be sure that the public interest is being compromised.
One of the biggest provincial news stories of 2013 has been the removal, by the BC Liberals, of the current Auditor General. Instead of choosing to have John Doyle stay on as Auditor General, the …

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Jeers

Posted on January 25th, 2013 by


for not feeding me your food. Who wants to live forever? The Dog.

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Jeers

Posted on January 25th, 2013 by


to anyone who wants deer dead. They are far more deserving of life than the likes of you! If you can’t learn to co-exist, then leave!

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Cheers

Posted on January 25th, 2013 by


to all the businesses who refrain from littering the sides of our roads with billboards and other sign advertising.

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Cheers

Posted on January 25th, 2013 by


Fifty Cheers to my wonderful wife for planning such a fantastic ‘mystery’ celebration tour! I am “over the moon” on this!

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Albertans also want a valley voice

Posted on January 25th, 2013 by


Dear Editor:
Some of our neighbors who pay taxes in our constituency, spend money in local businesses, contributing to the overall success of our economy won’t be able to vote in the May provincial election. They want to have a voice in Victoria.
That’s why BC Liberal candidate Doug Clovechok finds it gratifying that not only permanent B.C. constituents feel he is that voice, but is pleased that many residents who are “dual citizens” feel the same way.
Recently Doug was invited to a fundraiser in Calgary supported by people who spend a …

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