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Flood waters surround an Athalmer house. Photo by Dan Walton.

Valley escapes worst of flooding, rain

Posted on June 28th, 2013 by


By Steve Hubrecht,
Pioneer Staff
The Upper Columbia Valley is on its way back to being normal after torrential rainfall on Thursday, June 20th and Friday, June 21st caused flooding, blocked most highways in and out of the valley and prompted two local states of emergency and one local evacuation order.
The rainfall hammered the West Kootenay, the southeastern part of the East Kootenay and much of southern Alberta much harder than here, wreaking havoc in those places while largely sparing the valley.
“What’s happened in the Columbia Valley is certainly manageable compared with …

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A SIGN OF THE TIMES — Invermere residents can expect to see a new highway sign at the crossroads sometime in July. Image submitted

New welcome sign for Invermere

Posted on June 28th, 2013 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
It’s been a long-awaited development, but Invermere will finally have a new sign at the crossroads, replacing the current entrance sign on Highway 93/95.
“It took two years for Ministry of Transport approval,” said District of Invermere (DOI) mayor Gerry Taft. “It’s taken a really long time, but we’re finally ready to go. It took forever to get approved.”
Setting up the sign will affect some of the beautification efforts the Rotary Club has made in the crossroads area, but the district will replace anything affected, according to Mr. …

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Dispute results in gym closure

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By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
A user-group conflict between the owner of Glacier Peaks Gymnastic Centre and the chief of the Shuswap Band has left the gymnastics centre without a home.
TC Rogers is the current leaseholder of the white multi-purpose complex north of Invermere on Highway 93/95, which — up until Friday, June 21st — housed her gymnastics business and a whole host of gymnastics equipment, from mats, vaults and bars to a state-of-the-art competitive trampoline.
Part of her lease agreement is to allow the Shuswap Band use of the facility on …

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LIONS DEN — The Fairmont and District Lions Club celebrate the opening of its new community centre on June 24th. Photo submitted

Fairmont Lions find their den

Posted on June 28th, 2013 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
The community of Fairmont Hot Springs experiences ongoing benefits thanks to the efforts and fundraisers delivered by the Fairmont and District Lions’ Club, which up until recently has been without a den.
“Up until now, Fairmont was the only community that didn’t have a community centre between Brisco and Canal Flats,” said Norbert Schab, Fairmont Lions’ member and new hall project chair.
Following a first attempt by the retired group “Club 50”, years of patience found the Fairmont Lions a new home at 5003 Hot Springs Road, between …

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Celebrate Canada Day with Mountain Mosaic Festival

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By Matthew Brummitt
Columbia Valley Arts
The summer is upon us, which can mean only one thing: the long-awaited return of the Mountain Mosaic Festival of the Arts. The ninth annual festival, put on by the Columbia Valley Arts Council, is a Canada Day tradition and will be happening around the Pynelogs Art Gallery and Cultural Centre down at Kinsmen beach.
The Mountain Mosaic Festival, presented by Columbia Valley Arts (CV Arts), will take place after the Royal Canadian Legion-sponsored Canada Day Parade in downtown Invermere. The parade will commence at 11 a.m. …

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EAST KOOTENAY TALENT — Cranbrook’s The Good Ol’ Goats stepped onto the national music scene via last year’s CBC Searchlight Talent Contest. They will be performing at this year’s Steamboat Mountain Music Festival on July 6th. Photo submitted

Steamboat performers deliver virtuosity

Posted on June 28th, 2013 by


Submitted by Anne Jardine
There are some great performers booked for the July 6th Steamboat Mountain Music Festival in Edgewater. Their talent and energy are sure to spark a musical day to remember.
The Good Ol’ Goats are a high energy young band from Cranbrook who burst on the scene last fall when they were voted as runners up in the nationwide CBC Searchlight Talent Contest. They earned strong regional support that carried them through several elimination rounds to the finals. Then, to affirm their regional popularity, this spring the Goats …

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Podium finish for Hart’s first competition

Posted on June 28th, 2013 by


By Lindsay McPherson
Special to the Pioneer
Fitness and well-being was always an important part of Tamela Hart’s life, but it wasn’t until last year that she decided to take her passion to the next level. After months of weight training and dedication, the 49-year-old Invermere resident placed second in the 2013 Natural Physique & Athletics Association Canada (NPAA) Canada Classic Masters Figure category held on May 19th in Calgary, Alberta.
Her first-ever physique competition, Ms. Hart is an admitted late bloomer to the sport.
“I came into it accidentally,” explained Hart, a certified …

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Heart of the Rockies beats again

Posted on June 28th, 2013 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
The Heart of the Rockies triathlon is set to go for the second weekend in July.
This year’s edition of the race will be the first to feature a participant who has come all the way from South America.
Pablo Tejera Cuesta is originally from Spain, but now lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and will be on the start line here in Invermere in two weeks time.
“To make a long story short, I am married to a woman from Calgary who I met six years ago when …

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Cheers

Posted on June 28th, 2013 by


to all the professional pilots who stay away from town and know how much noise their motors and props make in such a small valley. Thank you. The rest can go fly someplace else, please.

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Jeers

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A BIG jeers to whom ever stole the chair from one of our patio sets at the Crystal Springs Motel in Radium during the night of June 21st. It saddens me to think that you needed it that badly.

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Jeers

Posted on June 28th, 2013 by


to the fellow who blew the red light. Cheers to you for recognizing what you had done and apologizing for it. It’s appreciated.

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2013, June 28 – Online edition

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Cheers

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to Columbia River Canoe & Kayak! Thanks for starting up ladies’ night again this summer. Last Wednesday was good fun. Hope to see more ladies take advantage of this great event. 

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Cheers

Posted on June 28th, 2013 by


to Dee & the Monkey’s Uncle for a fun night of games!! I look forward to the next one!! Oh, and double cheers for the twizzlers!

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The  International Mountain Bicycling Association  (IMBA) Canada Trail Care Crew conducted a Trail Building School on Johnson-Kloosifier trail network on the Toby Bench on Saturday, June 22nd that was attended by over a dozen mountain biking enthusiasts keen to learn  about sustainable trail building. This was the IMBA Trail Crew ‘s visit to the Columbia Valley, and one of more than 20 stops on their 2013 schedule. Photo courtesy of IMBA

Trailblazers

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Cheers

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Big cheers to the Columbia Valley Cycling Association and all it’s members and volunteers for all the work they do promoting and maintaining the local trails. Especially the Kloosifier and The Johnson. Erwin and Brian would be proud! Have you Kloosified the Johnson lately? Epic! Steve O

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‘The Selkirk’ steamboat, 1911

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CHEERS

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to everyone involved in organizing Aboriginal days at Shuswap! Very good job. See you again next year!

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Cheers

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to Brad Logan at Home Hardware for going above and beyond to help his customers.

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Cheers

Posted on June 28th, 2013 by


to the nice man from Edgewater who gave me and my old Cocker Spaniel a ride home last week.

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