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The 1,000 Peaks Lodge blaze was captured early on Wednesday morning in this photo snapped by Phil Marshall of the Earl Grey Lodge at Panorama.

Fire rips through popular Panorama lodge

Posted on February 28th, 2013 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
Panorama’s 1000 Peaks Lodge suffered major damage after a fifth-floor fire burned through the top of the building.
The Columbia Valley Rural Fire & Rescue Service became aware of the blaze shortly after 1 a.m. on Wednesday, February 27th. They responded with emergency workers from Panorama, Windermere and Invermere.
“The fire originated on the top (fifth) floor in one unit, which spread through the roof and virtually burnt through the whole top floor,” Windermere Fire Department Chief Jim Miller told The Pioneer. “That portion is destroyed.”
Between 10 and 12 …

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A CP Rail locomotive. Pioneer file photo

Woman struck and killed by train in Athalmer

Posted on February 22nd, 2013 by


* UPDATED: 11:30 a.m. on Friday, February 22nd *
By Kristian Rasmussen
Pioneer Staff
An Invermere woman was killed as a result of being struck by a train while trying to cross the tracks with a friend near 4th Avenue and Borden Street in Athalmer just before 6:50 p.m. on Tuesday, February 20th.
The victim, who has now been identified as Carmen Denise Salazar, age 50, of Invermere, was heading from one friend’s home to another home when she tried to cross the tracks in front of an approaching train, which was estimated to …

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JUMBO JUMPSTART — An agreement now being forged with the Village of Radium Hot Springs will allow the new Jumbo Glacier mountain resort municipality to share key staff members with the village. Jumbo's first council meeting was held  at the Radium municipal office on the afternoon of Tuesday, February 19th, amidst chant from more than 100 protesters  outside the building. Photo by Kristian Rasmussen

Radium and Jumbo to buddy up

Posted on February 22nd, 2013 by


By Greg Amos
Pioneer Staff
Key staff members at the Village of Radium Hot Springs will soon be filling double roles by also working for the new Jumbo Glacier mountain resort municipality.
Against a backdrop of more than 100 anti-Jumbo protesters from across the Kootenays chanting outside Radium’s village offices, the municipality’s inaugural meeting on Tuesday, February 19th solidified several
aspects of how Jumbo Glacier will work.
All meetings will be held at the Radium office on the third Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m., a time that’s convenient for both Radium staff and …

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CARNIVOROUS KITTEN — This cougar fled from a backyard in Timber Ridge on Wednesday, February 13th after it was spotted eating a deer carcass. Photo by Greg Kruger

Local cougar sightings prompt warning

Posted on February 22nd, 2013 by


By Greg Amos
Pioneer Staff
The local conservation officer service is urging vigilance for valley residents, after two cougars were found take their prey within urban neighbourhoods and sticking around to enjoy their meal.
Responding to a Wednesday, February 13th report of a cougar bedded down in the backyard of a residence in Timber Heights, a local conservation officer responding shortly after 9 a.m. found the cougar still in the backyard, and was able to get a picture of the predator as it fled. Shortly after, a search of the area revealed a …

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CELL SOLUTION - The addition of cell phone towers in Kootenay National Park is being touted as a safety measure to ensure swift responses to traffic accidents in the park. Photo by Greg Amos

Six cell towers slated for national park

Posted on February 22nd, 2013 by


By Kristian Rasmussen
Pioneer Staff
Parks Canada is considering a proposal from Telus to install six cell phone service towers throughout Kootenay National Park.
“Construction will be a year and a half from now at the earliest,” explained Trevor Kinley, wildlife crossing project manager for Parks Canada, during the Radium Hot Springs council meeting on Wednesday, February 13th. “Telus has got a preliminary proposal in and Parks Canada will review that proposal and go through the environmental assessment process.”
The completion of the towers will likely mean cell phone coverage through 80 kilometres of …

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A LASTING LEGACY— John Nicholson, who passed away on January 31st, is being remembered for his zest for life and loving nature. 
Photo submitted

Nicholson’s smile remembered

Posted on February 22nd, 2013 by


By Kristian Rasmussen
Pioneer Staff
The Columbia Valley has lost a beacon of goodwill and friendship. John Norman Nicholson, the oldest senior in the province supported by Community Living BC, passed away from pneumonia at the age of 92 on Thursday, January 31st.
“John’s longevity is surely a reflection of his being embraced by his community, the supports he received and his feeling of being included, which are key factors to a good quality of life for all people,” said Jennifer Terwood, the Kootenay Region manager of Community Living BC. John’s life story …

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Rick Hoar, president of the Lake Windermere District Rod and Gun Club (left) holds two arrows fused 
together by a perfect bull’s-eye shot made by Eric Leibel (right) during archery practice at the Invermere Community Hall on Wednesday, February 13th.
“Once a week we are out shooting with 10 to 20 
archers, and I have seen this happen twice in my lifetime,” said Bob Walker, the archery organizor and vice-president of the Lake Windermere District Rod and Gun Club. “When you get a bull’s-eye and another bull’s-eye, it really is the holy grail of shots.” 
Eric made the perfect shot with a brand new compound bow he received for Christmas. Although the arrows used to make the awe-inspiring double bullseye retail for $12 each, Eric plans to keep them as trophies of his perfect shot and mount them on his wall.  Photo submitted by Bob Walker

One in a million shot

Posted on February 22nd, 2013 by


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Panache Interiors owner Pam Nairn. Photo submitted

Red carpet rolled out for interior designer

Posted on February 22nd, 2013 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
An Invermere interior designer has accepted her invitation to a film industry event most viewers can only experience through their television screen.
Panache
Interiors owner Pam Nairn and her husband John will be taking their
orchestra seats at The Oscars on Sunday, February 24th, after being invited as guests of a new film museum being established in Hollywood. Pam’s interior design experience led to her being involved in decorating the new facility.
“It’s 100,00 square feet, and they’re turning it into a state-of-the-art museum of motion pictures,and they’ve asked me …

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2013, February 22 – Online edition

Posted on February 22nd, 2013 by


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Cheers

Posted on February 22nd, 2013 by


to the Hoodoo Gas Station for staying strong and not be coerced into price gouging.

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Cheers

Posted on February 22nd, 2013 by


A big bear-hug cheers to my neighbours Matt and Donna for keeping my van cleared of snow for me all winter. Your gracious thoughtfulness has been truly appreciated. You are both my heroes. Bless You.

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Cheers

Posted on February 22nd, 2013 by


Four cheers to Bear, Cougar, Coyote and Wolf. Without your dedication, ungulates everywhere would be mangy and overpopulated. A heartfelt thanks to predation and natural selection!

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Cheers

Posted on February 22nd, 2013 by


to Lizzie for the fabulous cupcakes!

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Jeers

Posted on February 22nd, 2013 by


to Parks Canada for handing over our natural hot springs to the private sector. How can you forget that the hot springs are the only reason why our first national park was ever created? Shame on you!

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Cheers

Posted on February 22nd, 2013 by


to my wonderful dad for the flowers at work! AD.

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Cheers

Posted on February 22nd, 2013 by


to my husband for his TLC!

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Cheers

Posted on February 22nd, 2013 by


and a million bouquets of flowers to not only our favorite, but also the best florists in town. Each week you impress us more with your talent and creativity. Not only are you always a pleasure to deal with but your flowers are always impeccable. We appreciate you so much! Thanks for the always-fabulous job! From The Koffee Kweens.

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Cheers

Posted on February 22nd, 2013 by


to that Rasmussen! Your great photos light up the pages of newspapers in the valley!

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Cheers

Posted on February 22nd, 2013 by


to Chrisanna and Julie for stopping to help me when I hit ice! Very much appreciated. Thank you both!

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Cheers

Posted on February 22nd, 2013 by


to the woman in the Post Office last Saturday who loaned a dollar to a stranger. The offering was greatly appreciated as the money order was for a job! There are great people out there in our town. I will pay it forward.

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