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CP grants Lower Canyon access

Posted on April 29th, 2016 by


Canadian Pacific Railway and rafting companies using the Kicking Horse River near Golden have agreed to a temporary solution, allowing the rafters access to an iconic stretch of whitewater just before the summer season begins.
For decades, rafting companies running the Kicking Horse River had accessed the river’s famed Lower Canyon by simply walking across the Canadian Pacific tracks to the put-in — a practice the rail company indicated in March would no longer be allowed.
That resulted in a hue and cry from the rafting companies on river, the business …

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Creston contractor to build new multi-use centre

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Invermere council has chosen a company to build the planned new multi-use centre.
At a special council meeting on Friday, April 22nd, council members voted to award the contract for the work to Creston-based T.A. Rendek and Associates Ltd. for $7.45 million.
“This has been a really long process,” said Invermere mayor Gerry Taft, pointing out that the site of centre (the old David Thompson Secondary School location) was purchased 22 years ago and discussion on building a new community centre of some sort has been ongoing ever since.
“It’s really exciting to …

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Information of Mecoprop spraying in Radium clarified

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The son and spokesperson of a herbicide contractor based in Wilmer is responding to a story in last week’s Pioneer about use of Mecoprop around a Radium Hot Springs condominium, clarifying some of the information brought forward by the couple quoted in the story.
The herbicide contractor Wayne Frater is currently away in Montreal for several weeks and unable to speak to The Pioneer, but his son Everett told The Pioneer that while he understands the concern of Radium residents William Nolin and Susan Oddy, some of their points may have …

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Music education without instruments

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A 61-year-old Invermere woman is encouraging tots and toddlers to learn about music literacy without instruments.
Loreen Jacobs, a former Calgary-based teacher who now lives in Invermere, will be using the Kodaly method, which was developed by Hungarian composer Zolton Kodaly, to educate children between the ages of two and seven years old about music.
“I have a Bachelor of Education, taught in Calgary and I took a one-year practicum from Lois Choksy,” said Ms. Jacobs, while explaining that Ms. Choksy helped develop and refine the Kodaly method. “The Koday method is musical …

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John Jenkins releases Small Town Revival CD at concert

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John Jenkins will be releasing his fourth and latest album in the Upper Columbia Valley this weekend.
The Golden-based entertainer will be performing live at the CD Release Concert at 8 p.m. in Pynelogs Cultural Centre on Saturday, May 7th for a $20 cover fee, which includes a copy of the Small Town Revival album as well as a 15 per cent discount off dinner at Safta’s.
“I had done an album a year for three years, then I had a son (who is now three years old) so my focus shifted,” …

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Seven year contract for road and bridge repairs awarded locally

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Road maintenance in the East Kootenay region has been considered rocky by some in the past, but Mainroad East Kootenay Contracting LP will be doing its best to smooth out the pavement with a new contract.
The $16.7 million contract is geared toward having Mainroad East Kootenay Contracting LP make improvements to the quality of service for maintenance occurring in the East Kootenay region during a seven-year term after being awarded the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure contract after a competitive tender process was completed.
“This new contract increases the amount spent …

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Improv evening raises money for drama workshop this spring

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David Thompson Secondary Students (DTSS) theatre students are eager to perform an interactive improvisational theatre show to raise money for eight students to travel to Summerland this May for the Good Will Shakespeare Festival.
The improv performance will feature a mixture of Grade 9, 10, 11 and 12 students starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 6th at the DTSS Theatre.
“We have a number of very funny actors who regularly play theatre sports or improv games similar to what you’d see on a show like ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway’ and …

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New Arts and Culture Fund assists Columbia Valley Arts community

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By Greg Amos
Special to The Pioneer
Creating a lasting legacy to support visual arts, music, performance and much more is now possible in the valley, thanks to the establishment of the new Columbia Valley Arts and Culture Fund.
Rather than donations to the Columbia Valley Arts Council (CV Arts) being spent directly on projects and programs, the new endowment fund, managed by the Columbia Valley Community Foundation (CVCF), allows gifts to the arts to keep giving through the power of investment vehicles including stock markets, mutual funds, and more.
“The purpose of this …

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Jeers

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to noisy neighbours who use their leaf blower multiple times a week at all hours. So much for enjoying some quiet time outside.

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Cheers

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The Westside Park Community Garden sends a Cheers to Al Miller and his team at Invermere Home Hardware for delivering our new-to-us garden shed. We are grateful for your time and generosity!

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Cheers

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BIG Cheers to Casey Johnson and Bryan Armstrong from Copper Point for bringing golf to the students at Eileen Madson Primary School. It was a wonderful introduction to the sport. You guys are true pros!

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Cheers

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to Cleanline Automotive who honoured the warranty on my Malibu and helped me out with a tow truck and a quick fix. Cheers to Aaron and his crew for their integrity.

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CHEERS

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to all those who supported the EMP Bike Rodeo: DOI’s Bylaw Officer Mark, the four on/off duty RCMP members, the many parent volunteers, organizer Nadine Hale, and the exceptional team from Bicycle Works (who performed safety checks on over 200 bike, scooters and helmets).

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Cheers

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to the staff of Columbia Gardens and Ivy House for the wonderful lunch and gifts for volunteers, and Cheers to the lovely girl who played the piano so beautifully.

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Cheers

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to Toni and Gord for your continued support of Wilmer and the Community Club. Cheers for the dog treats too!

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Cheers

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to Pharmasave who gave every lady who attended Ladies Night Out a gift!

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Cheers

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to Gerry’s exquisite maple walnut gelati.

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Cheers

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to the Invermere Vets for always being there when we need you! We are very lucky to have so many caring, knowledgeable vets in such a small town.

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Cheers

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to the Kinsmen Club of Windermere Valley. For a small group, you do amazing work and make our community a better place to live.

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Cheers

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Huge huge Cheers to all the wonderful people who come out each year to do a fantastic job of Cleaning the Cemetery and Church Yard of All Saints Church, Edgewater. You all give so generously of your time and energy. Much appreciated!

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