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INDUSTRY LEADER — Don Bilodeau, a former VP of Sales and Marketing for Panorama and General Manager for Fairmont Hot Springs Resort ski area, has left behind a legacy. Photo submitted

Don Bilodeau: August 16th, 1950 – July 13th, 2013

Posted on July 26th, 2013 by


Editor’s note: Canadian ski school legend Don Bilodeau passed away on July 13th. This article by freelance writer Dorothy Isted is in honour of his life and the tremendous contribution he made to Panorama Mountain Village and the Columbia Valley community.
By Dorothy Isted
Special to The Pioneer
Don Bilodeau ended his days as he had lived them, with honour and concern for the dignity of others. Diagnosed with cancer 18 months earlier, daughter Hannah says her dad “was never a complainer. Always optimistic, could always find the fun or the laughter …

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June firearm amnesty tallied up

Posted on July 26th, 2013 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
Firearms are rarely misused in the region, and the Columbia Valley RCMP, in collaboration with police units throughout B.C., have taken a proactive measure to prevent the possibility of future misuse.
The month of June offered B.C. gun owners a chance to turn in unwanted weapons during a 30-day gun amnesty.
According to a press release from the Ministry of Justice, “1,801 firearms, 155 other weapons and approximately 30,700 rounds of ammunition [were] turned in for destruction.”
The number of weapons collected is roughly half that was turned …

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Life insurance policy gifted to foundation

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By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
The Columbia Valley Community Foundation recently received an anonymous donation after being named as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy.
“This was a person who really believed in leaving something for their community,” Columbia Valley Community Foundation director Seona Helmer told The Pioneer. “They committed to this donation years ago when the foundation was quite young.”
The money will accumulate in the foundation’s general fund, which is a growing endowment fund, so the interest it generates is the only money that is spent.
“To the family please know we …

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AMAZING COUPLE — Kristen Idiens and Darren Trapp from Fairmont Hot Springs make their hometown proud during intense competitions around the country while starring in The Amazing Race Canada. Photo submitted

Kristen and Darren persevering through Amazing Race Canada

Posted on July 26th, 2013 by


By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
If you’ve been watching The Amazing Race Canada, then you know to root for Kristen Idiens and Darren Trapp from Fairmont Hot Springs.
Hometown viewers rejoiced after witnessing Kristen and Darren dominate their competition and take first place on day one, which awarded the couple with a trip to Sydney, Australia and a head start on the next challenge.
“That was a good feeling,” Kristen told The Pioneer. “We had no idea that there would be prizes for each leg — it was so exciting.”
But since, their strong …

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AUTHOR READING — Author Bruce Kirkby, an OBOK finalist with his book The Dolphin’s Tooth: a Decade in Search of Adventure, gave a talk at the CPR Lodge on July 12th hosted by the Invermere Public Library. Photo submitted

One Book, One Kootenay vote deadline looms

Posted on July 26th, 2013 by


By Joanne Richards
Kootenay Library Federation
The popular Kootenay-wide book club One Book, One Kootenay has kept regional readers busy trying to decide which of the three shortlisted books should get the nod. Each year, booklovers read, discuss and vote on the book they think all Kootenay folk should read. The deadline for voting for the 2013 One Book, One Kootenay selection is Friday, August 2nd.
This year’s shortlist is comprised of Never Going Back by Antonia Banyard, Confined Space by Deryn Collier and The Dolphin’s Tooth: a Decade in Search of Adventure …

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Valley fitness sisters shine in sport

Posted on July 26th, 2013 by


By Joshua Estabrooks
Special to The Pioneer
For sisters Luraina Oddy and Jolaine Bloom, the last few years of their fitness-focused lifestyle have been impressively successful, as each woman has excelled in the body building/CrossFit world as of late.
Both Luraina and Jolene have a strong competitive streak, but as fate would have it they have never competed against each other, as each woman has explored similar events and exercises at different times of their lives.
Luraina’s journey began watching her sister excel at sports while spending her time on the sidelines with mobility …

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Penalty cripples Flying Max in X-Alps

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By Dan Walton
Pioneer Staff
Pioneer readers may be familiar with Max Fanderl, the local paraglider who has competed in the Red Bull X-Alps four times, with the most recent race taking place earlier this month.
The X-Alps is an extreme competition held bi-annually between paragliders, challenging them to a race track spanning hundreds of kilometres in length through the Alps mountain range in Europe. To celebrate the X-Alps tenth anniversary, the 2013 race increased its route by 200 kilometres to 1,031 through the mountains of Austria, Switzerland, France and Italy. With aid …

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Teen program returns to the Bugaboos

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By Pat Morrow
Conrad Kain Centennial Society
“For the fifth consecutive year, teens from the Columbia and Kootenay valleys have realized the satisfaction of self-propelled sport and discovered the thrill of mountaineering in the world famous Bugaboo Provincial Park. This climbing initiative was begun by the Conrad Kain Centennial Society in 2009 as a tribute to mountain guide Conrad Kain,” said CKCS chairman Pat Morrow.
Six students from Cranbrook’s excellent high school outdoor program at Mt Baker Secondary School, two from the equally excellent outdoor program at Kimberley’s Selkirk Secondary School and two …

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Okanagan College reunion planned

Posted on July 26th, 2013 by


Dear Editor:
Okanagan College is reaching out to former students and employees of the B.C. Vocational School, Okanagan College and Okanagan University College as we prepare to celebrate our 50th birthday.
Just as Beatlemania was sweeping the shores of North America, then-Premier of British Columbia W.A.C. Bennett officially opened the doors to the B.C. Vocational School on September 28th, 1963.
Since then, through amalgamations, growth, development and constant change, our institution has delivered valuable training to tens of thousands of students and helped communities throughout the region with economic, social and …

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Cheers

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An awesome cheers to the maintenance crews at Copper Point and The Springs for having the courses in championship shape for the BC amateur, job well done, you all desserve a few cold ones.

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Cheers

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to all who got the Information Kiosk for Fairmont.  Well done!

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Jeers

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to the put-down humour at the Bull Riding. Other than that Cheers to an excellent event.

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Cheers

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to Dan & Lisa for a GREAT time on the lake. Thank you both so much. G & A.

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Cheers

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to the couple from Radium who picked me up on Westside Road after a mechanical rendered my bike unrideable.  Your kindness is appreciated.

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Conservation Office reaction to doe’s death criticized

Posted on July 26th, 2013 by


Dear Editor:
Sticks and stones will break a deer’s bones and faulty claims of “hazing” won’t do justice for her. Did you know that a well-placed stone that measures about five to six centimetres wide by four centimetres long — the size described by Mr. Kruger — to a mule deer’s skull by a normal human male would not kill her, but more than likely would stun her. If the claims that “one misguided stone” happened to hit just right, it would have to be thrown at least at a rate …

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Jeers

Posted on July 26th, 2013 by


to the drivers who drink while driving.  It is pretty obvious that this is a serious growing problem in the valley with the volume of empty cans and bottles found in the ditches.  RCMP, time for random weekly Check Stops to keep our families safe.

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Cheers

Posted on July 26th, 2013 by


to Ms. Decosse and her grade 5/6 students from J.A.Laird, on your arbour day planting party at Copper Point golf course. The highway beds you planted are a colorful display of your creativity and enthusiasm, well done, simply awesome!

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Cheers

Posted on July 26th, 2013 by


to Kristin & Darren!  You are Amazing Racers! You have great spirit and energy – Enjoy the ride!  I will think of you when I see a deer cross the road!

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Jeers

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to my wife for putting me on a diet.  I feel like I’m in a Stephen King novel.

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Local resident Donna Deschenes enjoys The Pioneer near the ocean on Salt Spring Island.

Pioneer posing

Posted on July 26th, 2013 by


Travel World, our local travel agency in Invermere, has generously donated a night at a Calgary hotel and two tickets to a Calgary Flames game to the winner of our annual Pioneer Travel Photo Contest.
Simply have a copy of The Pioneer with you when you are away on holidays, take a snapshot and send us a copy to have it published in The Pioneer. At the end of the year, we will draw the winning name. Submit your photos online at www.columbiavalleypioneer.com, email them to info@cv-pioneer.com, or drop by our …

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