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HOVER HELPERS — Pictured, from left to right; Windermere Fire chief Jim Miller, fundraising coordinator Danny Osborne, Windermere firefighters Dave Oaks and Steve Mantyka, Liberal MLA Bill Bennett, Area F Director Wendy Booth and Liberal candidate Doug Clovechok celebrate the announcement of a $65,000 provincial grant for a rescue hovercraft. 
Photo by Dan Walton

Provincial grant brings hovercraft home

Posted on March 29th, 2013 by


By Dan Walton,
Pioneer Staff
After a big boost from the provincial government, the hovercraft that was expected to arrive before next winter is now going to become a part of Windermere Fire Department’s fleet before the summer.
While he was anticipating a much longer campaign, Danny Osborne, who spearheaded the fundraiser for a hovercraft, says he’s blown away with the outcome.
“I’m absolutely thrilled. It was truly a community effort,” he told The Pioneer.
“The fire department is greatly indebted to his work,” said Windermere Fire Chief Jim Miller. “He went to meetings all …

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Leanne Tegart (left) and Jenn Roberts of Invermere’s Arrowhead Brewery are among the team fighting a 30 per cent tax hike proposed by the provincial government on their 64-ounce “growler” beer container. They and other small breweries argue the  
tax hike will cripple the craft beer sector.

Arrowhead fighting to save growler

Posted on March 29th, 2013 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
A local craft brewery is fighting back against a 30 per cent tax hike on refillable beer bottles that’s set to take effect on April 1st.
The tax increase being implemented by the province will apply to all refillable beer bottles. The most popular product to take a hit will be growlers, 64-ounce bottles which craft breweries typically use as cost-effective vessels for their beer.
The discount on growlers, which can be attributed to less transportation, delivery and packaging, will be challenging for breweries to offer once the “growler” …

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Inquest into fatal 2011 crash concludes

Posted on March 29th, 2013 by


By Pioneer Staff
Seeking answers after a Highway 95 crash that killed three men near Brisco in early 2011, a three-day BC Coroners Service inquest wrapped up in Invermere on Wednesday, March 29th.
Nearly 20 witnesses were called over the course of the inquest, which produced four recommendations:
• In the future, if the Trans Canada Highway is closed for any length of time and Highway 95 is used as the alternate route, Highway 95 should be deemed a Class A highway.
• An acceleration and deceleration lane should be built at the Spillimacheen …

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ALIEN EFFECTS — This image of Mat the Alien was taken with an exposure time of three seconds, starting with a wide shot followed by a flash from the side at the end. Photo submitted by Marc Lefebvre

Mat the Alien coming to Bud’s

Posted on March 29th, 2013 by


Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
A West Coast DJ with an international reputation will be making an appearance at Bud’s Bar and Lounge in Invermere on Saturday, March 30th. The weekly resident DJ for one of Whistler’s top night clubs, Mat the Alien has also held down a bi-weekly club residency in Las Vegas and toured the globe, performing at two Olympic Games, the X Games, and many of Canada’s and the world’s largest festivals.
“It’s been a long awaited return for him and we’re stoked to have him back,” said Marc Lefebvre with …

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KING OF THE HILL — A new off-road club, focusing on jeep owners, has been started in the valley to explore the many backcountry roads that line the area. 
Photo submitted

New club gets wheels rolling

Posted on March 29th, 2013 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
There’s no more excuses to own a clean 4×4 after the recent formation of the East Kootenay Jeep Club.
While Jeeps are well-suited for the club’s activities, any owner of a rugged four-wheel-drive vehicle is welcome to join. During a conversation with The Pioneer, club founder and organizer Nate Camilli spoke about the benefits of offroading in a group.
“It’s a good way for people to get out there and be with others who are into offroading as well, and also for safety reasons – it’s nice to be …

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PACKING A PREHISTORIC PUNCH — Members of the Lake Windermere & District Rod and Gun Club check their arrows during the Jurassic portion of play held at the Rauch Homestead Range in April 2011. Photo submitted by Bob Walker

Local conservation group ready to unleash a volley of fun

Posted on March 29th, 2013 by


By Kristian Rasmussen
Pioneer Staff
The oldest conservation club in the Columbia Valley is readying a quivers-worth of camaraderie, adventure and fun as this year’s outdoor archery season is set to begin in April.
The Lake Windermere District Rod and Gun Club, who hold two-hour archery sessions on Wednesday nights at the Invermere Community Hall, are ready to shake the gloom of the indoor season for a bright spring of target shooting at their Homestead Range property.
Evenings spent practising indoors paid off for member Alan Tenta and his son Davis, who represented …

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CLASSY CLASSROOM — The intermediate grades of the Edgewater school pose here during a photo taken in the mid 1950s. Photo submitted

Alumna recalls early school

Posted on March 29th, 2013 by


By Kristian Rasmussen
Pioneer Staff
While the landscape of education becomes increasingly framed by the amplified lights of computer screens and digital technology, a
pupil at one of the Columbia Valley’s original one-room schoolhouses remembers a time when information in the classroom travelled only as far as your voice could carry it.
In 1950, Margaret Christensen began her studies as a Grade Five student at Edgewater’s single classroom schoolhouse. The school was built in 1935 and housed the intermediate grades from 5-8 in a single classroom, while primary students were taught at the Legion …

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SOUND SWIRL — Toronto’s Eric St. Laurent Trio, who are known to take risks with their audiences, will be jazzing up the local nightlife in Invermere with their creative take on popular songs. Photo submitted

Toronto jazz trio arrive at Station

Posted on March 29th, 2013 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
Heading to Invermere from multi-cultural Toronto, the Eric St. Laurent Trio is bringing sounds from the city to The Station Pub on Wednesday, April 3rd.
“First time listeners usually get it,” guitarist and frontman Eric St. Laurent told The Pioneer.
“They’re more likely to get it seeing it live than hearing it on a recording, because by seeing us move, noticing where we place emphasis, how we play live — they generally understand the vibe, which is filled with warmth and good feelings, with a little bit of dancing.”
“How …

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Cheers

Posted on March 29th, 2013 by


and a great big hug to the “Anonymous Friend” who surprised us with a wonderful gift certificate for dinner at the Birchwood Restaurant. We are very grateful and will enjoy every bite. Thank you so much. Mary and Steve.

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Cheers

Posted on March 29th, 2013 by


We are moving out of the valley and we want to say a big cheers to our neighbors. You were great, and we will really miss you all. Cheers to a fabulous sister who helped me clean and move. Also, cheers to Ben at Green Door Properties for a great place to stay. Thank you.

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An election full of opportunity

Posted on March 29th, 2013 by


Dear Editor:
On the near horizon is another election in British Columbia. May 14th should be seen by constituents here in our valley as a chance to review our needs and dreams for this amazing place we call home.
It will be an opportunity to vote for what is really important to our future and make certain we are moving forward with positive opportunities for growth and success; opportunities that will create a prosperous future for our children and grandchildren.
For eight long years we have come to know and understand what …

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2013, March 29 – Out & About

Posted on March 29th, 2013 by


Toby Theatre
• 7:30 p.m.: March 29th-30th and April 4th-6th showing Escape from Planet Earth.
Friday, March 29th
• 12 p.m.: Soup lunch hosted by Edgewater Seniors at the Edgewater Legion. Soup, bun and dessert for $6. For more info call Joyce at 250-347-9388.
• 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Public Way of The Cross journey at the out door Life Size Shrine on the hillside behind St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on Main St.,
Radium Hot Springs. All welcome.
• 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: Art from the Heart artwork made by …

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Cheers

Posted on March 29th, 2013 by


to the police department for their quick response time and assistance on a late Sunday night. Also, cheers for not coming in sirens and lights blazing. Thank you!

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In this image, dated from the mid 1940s, John Murray Gibbons, surveys his farmlands, located near Toby Creek Bridge in an area known as Peter’s Hill. The farm was managed by the Peters family and later sold to George Deck. If you have any additional information on this photo, please email The Pioneer at info@cv-pioneer.comPhoto (A1266) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society.

Field of dreams

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NDP has a poor talent pool

Posted on March 29th, 2013 by


Dear Editor:
On Saturday, March 23rd, NDP House Leader and Energy Critic John Horgan was on CKNW radio talking about the Kitimat refinery proposal being put forward by businessman David Black.
“It’s irresponsible to assume because the guy has an idea that it’s going to be successful, because that’s not the track record of private sector investment,” said Mr. Horgan.
“Everybody’s got a good idea; there’s a sucker born every minute.”
And this, more than any single utterance by any in the NDP, shows their complete misunderstanding of the real world of life and …

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Cheers

Posted on March 29th, 2013 by


to the STARS team, EMTs, ER staff, nurses and physicians who serve our community. We live close enough to the hospital to see the helicopter landing and leaving. Each time it’s a reminder of how quick the critical incident response is and how well the team works.

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Cheers

Posted on March 29th, 2013 by


to Ruault Mechanical for being such an awesome company and an asset to the community. You’re always there to lend a helping hand to anyone who needs it and are so fair with prices, including doing work for people who really can’t afford it and sometimes not even taking payment. Don’t know what I would have done without you. Thanks from your Columbia Valley friends.

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Cheers

Posted on March 29th, 2013 by


to Bob at the rifle range in Radium for sharing your skills and expertise with the ladies. We had a rootin’, tootin’, shootin’ good time!

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Cheers

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A house full of cheers to Wende Brash for taking the time to show us a house. Thank you! Sam.

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Entrenched in silly season

Posted on March 29th, 2013 by


By Greg Amos
As of today, the May 14th provincial election is exactly 45 days away. This means, of course, that from here on in, there will be no avoiding the partisan preachings of political hopefuls, desperate to turn their foe’s smallest discrepancy into the largest advantage.
Every election season, media pundits like me decry this predatory activity to the same utter lack of effect: politics does not change based on our notions of how noble our elected officials should aspire to be.
Politics is a bloodsport, and even those in it …

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