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Juno-awarding winning musician coming to Valley

Posted on March 24th, 2017 by


A veteran roots musician is making his way to Invermere for a pair of showS the first weekend in April, drawn here by his past as a snowboarding trailblazer.
Lester Quitzau spent much of his time in the late 1980s helping develop what eventually became the sport of snowboarding, and the friendships he formed then are bringing him to the Easy Rider Snowboard Cup at Panorama Mountain Resort where he will play during the awards ceremony on Sunday, April 2nd, preceded by a more intimate show at Safta’s in Invermere on …

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Valley business community wary of propane takeover deal

Posted on March 24th, 2017 by


Concerns about a takeover deal between a pair of Canada’s largest propane companies continue to reverberate through the Columbia Valley.
As reported in the March 10th edition of The Pioneer, the $412 million deal signed in mid-February by Superior Plus Corp. to take over Canwest Propane from its parent company Gibson Engery Inc. — a deal that is scheduled to close later this year — is raising some wary eyebrows here in the Upper Columbia Valley since these are currently the only two major propane companies in the area.
Local politicians have …

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Locals push for cell phone coverage in Kootenay Park

Posted on March 24th, 2017 by


A group of valley residents are lobbying to get cell phone coverage established in Kootenay National Park.
The idea of extending cell coverage had first been discussed as early as 2011, and eventually grew into a tentative proposal to build six cell towers in the park, but the plan ultimately never went through, with Telus citing, in 2014, the expense and lack of power sources for the towers as the main reasons it chose not to proceed.
Now, however, efforts — led by Invermere resident Tracy Litchfield — are underway to get …

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Local Freeride Club sends three athletes to Jr. Nationals

Posted on March 24th, 2017 by


For the first time in the history of the Panorama Mountain Freeride Club, three young athletes were sent to compete at the Junior Nationals at Le Relais in Lac-Beauport, Quebec. Olivia Gibson, 14, from Calgary; Thomas Burnyeat, 14, also from Calgary; and local Avery Gerle, 17, all competed in the Mogul competition from March 6th to 12th.
“They did fairly well; it’s a completely different field for them, so they actually did very well, they put down good clean runs. They don’t have the same degree of difficulty as, for …

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Valley Zipline Adventures breaking ground

Posted on March 24th, 2017 by


Adventure awaits for those daring enough to take on the Valley’s first zipline course just three kilometres from the Village of Radium Hot Springs. Valley Zipline Adventures is three months away from their grand opening in mid-July, however, co-owners Krista Berg and Patrick Tolchard confirmed to The Pioneer that construction official begins next week.
“The parking lot is next week and then the property cleanup will happen right after, and then June 6th is when the builders come in to put the lines in,” explained Mr. Tolchard.
Ms. Berg and …

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Manny Osborne-Paradis ends his season on a high

Posted on March 24th, 2017 by


A lifestyle change and new equipment are what Invermere’s Manny Osborne-Paradis is crediting for his jump from his 28th ranking in the world to 11th this ski season.
Finishing up his season in Aspen at the AUDI FIS Ski World Cup finals, Mr. Osbrone-Paradis just missed the podium in the downhill competition by 0.07 second to end the race fourth.
“Bittersweet, getting the last three races 4th, 5th, then 4th. It would be nice to be getting podiums and such, but that’s how the cookie crumbles sometimes,” said Mr. Osborne-Paradis. …

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Art from the Heart poster winner chosen

Posted on March 24th, 2017 by


This year marks the 12th annual Art From the Heart art show, with a theme of Canada: Our Perspective. For the show, five elementary schools will showcase their student’s creations — over 700 pieces of artwork from students across the Columbia Valley will be on display at Pynelogs Cultural Centre.
Each year, one student’s art is chosen as the poster image for the show, the winner’s work selected from works submitted by all five schools. This year, Anna Thompson, a Grade 6 student at Windermere Elementary School, had her painting selected …

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All Candidates Forum date announced

Posted on March 24th, 2017 by


As the provincial election nears, Valley residents will have the opportunity to hear each candidate’s opinions at the All Candidates Forum set for Thursday, April 27th at the David Thompson Secondary School theatre. Dean Midyette, chairman of the All Candidates Forum Committee, spoke to The Pioneer about the format of the event.
“Eight questions will be asked and each candidate has two minutes for prepared statements. Once each candidate has spoken to the question, then a five minute open debate will take place. Speaking order will be rotated through the candidates,” …

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Pretty as a postcard

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Cheers

Posted on March 24th, 2017 by


to all the hardworking volunteers that installed a new floor in the Legion Veteran’s Hall on the weekend. It would not have been possible without funding from the Columbia Basin Trust.

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Bentall ‘n’ Byrnes

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Cheers

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to all those who attended and donated to the Invermere GoGo Sisters’ annual St Patrick’s Tea on March 18th. We are always appreciative of your support. The money raised will directly support African grandmothers who are raising large families of children orphaned by AIDS.

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Cheers

Posted on March 24th, 2017 by


to the Fairmont RV Staff of summer 2016 – we from Ontario miss you very much and hope all is well and that you are enjoying the mountains for us. Lee, Janice, Nikki, Doug and Judy. Always looking for a reason to come back!

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Errant trailbuilder versus Parks Canada

Posted on March 24th, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
It was with interest that I read the article regarding David Pacey’s legal problems associated with his trailbuilding efforts. It was unfortunate that the article was not complete and I hope to see the full article in the next edition (Editor’s note: See adjacent “Correction” ).
Regardless, why is Parks Canada wasting so much time and money on something so trivial? You would think Parks Canada couldn’t afford to waste money after all the free passes they are handing out this year. I wonder how many trails could have …

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Cheers

Posted on March 24th, 2017 by


to John and Kerry Nason and the Balance Bobcat crew for plowing our driveway while we were in Mexico for an extended period, so that our house sitter could make it up our driveway. Without being asked it was nice to come home with relief to see our driveway plowed. You guys rock and are pretty good neighbours too!

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Jeers

Posted on March 24th, 2017 by


to inconsiderate people who donate CDs or video cassettes that do not work to the Thrift Shop. It’s not fair to the people who buy them.

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Cheers

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to the small and locally owned coffee shops in the Valley. Kicking Horse, Edibles Cafe in Windermere, and Circle Cafe – you brought a new love for coffee during our time in the Valley.

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Cheers

Posted on March 24th, 2017 by


to all my family and friends who gathered together to celebrate my going away and birthday. Special Cheers to Justin and the staff at the Rocky River Grill for making the evening a very positive memorable experience, and for Jon Bon Jovi for his appearance at the celebration.

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Cheers

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to Shelly and Valley Foods for the flowers. They made my day.

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Cheers

Posted on March 24th, 2017 by


to the WVCCS for taking such good care of our kids. A special Cheer to the ladies at the infant/toddler room for making our girl so happy ever since she started daycare.

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