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Athalmer boat launch in need of upgrade

Posted on May 27th, 2016 by


Invermere council will look at the possibility of improvements to the Athalmer boat launch, after getting a report at its most recent council meeting suggesting some upgrades need to be done.
Aquaparian Environmental Consulting Ltd. completed an assessment of both of Invermere’s boat launches (Athalmer and Bayshore), which was received by council at its Tuesday, May 10th meeting, and voted to integrate boat launch improvements details into the review process for the 2017 budget.
The report outlines multiple problems with the Athalmer boat launch, reading that “the existing concrete boat ramp is …

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Radium course debris trucked to Alberta

Posted on May 27th, 2016 by


The demolition debris pile at the Radium Course that came to provincial attention when it caught fire earlier this year is being hauled away to Alberta, a move that one of contractors doing the work has pointed out means a substantial chunk of lost revenue for the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK).
Valley resident Glenn Findlay is helping to haul the waste material. He told The Pioneer that initially it was heading to the landfill in Windermere, run by the RDEK, but that the Radium Course switched to dumping …

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Breaking Ground

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River Passage

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Clovechok selected as candidate for 2017 provincial election

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After coming up short on his bid to become an MLA in the 2013 provincial election, Fairmont Hot Springs resident Doug Clovechok is taking aim once more at becoming the elected member of the legislative assembly for the Columbia River-Revelstoke riding in 2017.
Mr. Clovechok previously ran for office as the riding’s Liberal candidate in 2013 but came up 1,616 votes short of usurping incumbent NDP Norm Macdonald’s seat in Victoria, earning 36.19 per cent of the vote.
He said from the moment he knew he was mathematically eliminated in 2013, he’s …

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Invermere Companion Animal Network Looking for Volunteers

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Helping Invermere’s smallest furry companions, the Invermere Companion Animal Network (ICAN) works hard to provide animals with the best care. That care is provided by ICAN president Lana Banham and her team of 25 volunteers. However, the animal rescue group is in need of more volunteers and will be holding an open house on Sunday, May 29th from 2 to 5 p.m. at the ICAN headquarters at 455 Panorama Drive to recruit them.
“It’s a volunteer fair, a recruitment open house. We’re having a barbecue with snacks and drinks to show …

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Third annual Clash of the Titans kicks off

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For the third time in as many years, the Columbia Valley Football Club will be hosting the Clash of the Titans Soccer tournament from May 27th to 29th.
The tournament first started in 2014, drawing in approximately 30 teams in the U12 and U14-U18 age groups from Alberta and British Columbia to play in the tournament. The following year, the tournament swelled to include 45 teams. This year, the tournament maxxed out, said club chair Cheryl Maybuck, with 67 teams coming from places as far as Edmonton to compete in the …

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Conservation Investigating Illegal Mature Cow Moose Poaching

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On Saturday, May 7th, conservation officers received information of a potential wildlife act violation of an animal being poached out of season. The violation took place on Bruce Creek Forestry Road west of Lake Enid.
“On May 8th, officers responded and located the remains of a moose, a moose gut pile. So we determined that it was a mature cow moose,” said Invermere conservation officer Greg Kruger.
Upon further investigation, conservation officers were able to identify three individuals involved in the Wildlife Act violation. Two of the three individuals are B.C. residents …

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Rotary Club of Invermere Names Citizen of the Year

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The Citizen of the Year award is given to a person or — in this year’s case — persons dedicated to the Columbia Valley community.
“We’re looking for people who contribute to the betterment of the community here in the valley,” said Milt Deck, president of the Rotary Club of Invermere.
Each year, the club asks for nominations of people they believe fit the criteria of this award, which includes work that is not related to the person’s business, and Rotary Club members are not allowed to be nominated. This year, …

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Province provides help in Fairmont Flood Mitigation Project

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After experiencing two devastating floods back-to-back in 2012 and 2013, the Fairmont Hot Springs area will receive the funding it needs to ensure such a vital economic area is protected against future flood damage.
As part of the public safety funding announced in the 2016 provincial budget, the Province is committing $1.47 million in funding toward a flood mitigation project near Fairmont Hot Springs that will protect it from flood damage caused by debris. In both 2012 and 2013, debris flow in the area caused considerable damage with the earlier …

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Cheers

Posted on May 27th, 2016 by


Although I was never a Social Credit supporter, I must compliment Duane Crandall’s common sense letter last week. Like the anti Jumbo letter writers, very few contain real world facts.

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Jeers

Posted on May 27th, 2016 by


to whoever smashed into our Volvo behind the Kootenay Motel on May 20th. You broke the tail light, ripped the bumper halfway off, and left like a coward without admitting what you did and arranging for the repairs to be paid for.

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Leave the locals alone

Posted on May 27th, 2016 by


Re: “Jumbo Valley is seeing more skiers” Letter to the Editor, May 20th Pioneer
Message to Rowena Eloise, please leave MY town alone. Write letters to YOUR paper. Like the “anti deer removal” leaders who don’t even live here and cost us ridiculous monies for stupid lawsuits, I’m so tired of hearing your views! One person, one vote! Live globally and act locally. Not your town!
Cheers,
John Nairn (45 years here)
Invermere

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Jarred by taxation jeers

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“Taxation is theft” read a Cheers & Jeers entry in the May 13th Pioneer.

I am staggered at such a display of ignorance.
 Might I suggest that the person responsible for that submission no longer have available the services of fire, police or ambulance. They should be prohibited from driving on any maintained road, their children excluded from school and any and all government services withheld.
Our taxes of all types, generally, come back to us in many beneficial ways, and to deny authorities of a legal tax revenue would be to …

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Cheers

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to Jane and the staff at Lambert Insurance. You are the definition of great customer service. It (almost) makes paying for insurance a pleasure!

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Cheers

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to Francine at Spruce Grove Campground for her happy and welcoming personality. She is always so helpful and goes the extra mile for the guests. She is one great lady!

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Jeers

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to Justin Trudeau for his inappropriate conduct in the House. Cheers for apologizing more in two days than Stephen Harper did in ten years.

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Cheers

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and congratulations to Sydney Demmon, Graham Norquay and Amelia Smart for their recent accomplishments in the art, judo and alpine skiing worlds.  You do DTSS proud!

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Cheers

Posted on May 27th, 2016 by


to the McPherson Funeral Services for the wonderful workshop presented by Dr. Alan D. Wolflet. It was very informative and humorous, with participants coming away with many learning’s such as a better understanding of the importance of ceremony when someone you love passes. Cheers to Maria Kliavkoff and the Hospice Society of the Columbia Valley for supporting this opportunity

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Cheers

Posted on May 27th, 2016 by


to all my coaches, sparring partners and teammates who helped me train for Judo Nationals.  Your support all this time has made me the fighter that I am today.  See you next season.

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