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Creative residents seek to create makerspace in Invermere

Posted on March 31st, 2017 by


A group of local residents has banded together to bring a creative new enterprise to life, with a plan to create a “makerspace” in Invermere.
A makerspace is a collaborative, member-owned physical location, usually a large building, in which group members as well as the public can come together to share tools and resources to facilitate learning and creative projects.
“Essentially, the concept is one of an open, volunteer-run workshop that has different areas for, say, electronics, metal working, wood working or textiles,” Columbia Valley Makerspace Society member Brian McIntosh told The …

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Deer cull opponent sues mayor

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Long-standing division in Invermere over how to deal with urban deer has now reached a new, much more personal level with Invermere mayor and Columbia River-Revelstoke NDP candidate Gerry Taft being sued for defamation.
The lawsuit was filed months ago by Invermere resident and BC Deer Protection Society member Devin Kazakoff and is scheduled to be heard by the B.C. Supreme Court in Cranbrook in about two weeks time.
In the lawsuit, Mr. Kazakoff references an online comment by Mr. Taft, made in January 2016, in which Mr. Taft labelled Mr. Kazakoff …

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NDP candidate challenges debate forum format

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The four Columbia River-Revelstoke riding MLA candidates running for the upcoming provincial election are gearing up for All Candidates Forums in Invermere, Golden, Kimberley and Revelstoke, but one candidate — NDP nominee Gerry Taft — has been pushing for a change in format.
The forums in each community are usually organized by that town’s Chamber of Commerce, and although the format is slightly different in each town, up until a week ago they all involved questions picked ahead of time by the forum’s organizing committee.
Mr. Taft in recent weeks has …

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Easy Rider Snowboard Cup Celebrates 30 years

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As the snowboard and ski season winds to a close, Panorama Mountain Resort will host the 30th annual Easy Rider Snowboard Cup April 1st and 2nd. The event is a fun way for snowboarders of all ages and abilities to get out on the hill for one last competition.
“It is a banked slalom event; it’s a snowboard event too, by the way. There are no skiers allowed and basically the run is built with lots of banked turns around gates and in a couple cases trees,” said event founder …

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MLA candidates react to new wildlife management model

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B.C. Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson has announced a new wildlife management system — the province will be re-investing all revenue from hunting licences into the enhancement of wildlife activities.
The government will form a new agency in the fall of 2017 with $5 million as start-up funds and will ultimately operate off of $9 to $10 million in hunting licence revenues. The BC Wildlife Federation congratulated the province on their commitment to wildlife; this new agency has been something the BCWF has been advocating …

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Commercial development being considered again for Westside Park

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It has been years since owners of Westside Park, Barry and Pat Brown-John, have applied to changed the zoning on their property to allow for commercial development.
Now, the Brown-Johns are reapplying to make changes to the C-3 Zoning and amendments to Bylaw 1520. If successful in their rezoning application, the Brown-Johns plan to develop a convenience store with a gas bar adjacent to the Westside Park neighbourhood. The changes would also allow for a small restaurant, personal care services, and a health facility.
“The major gist of the rezoning turns around …

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World music closes out Invermere’s Love it Live series

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By James Rose
Special to The Pioneer
The Sultans of Swing will celebrate their 2017 Juno nomination for World Music Album of the Year with a show at the Pynelogs Cultural Centre on Thursday, April 6th, the final performance in CV Arts’ Love it Live concert series. Joining them on stage is special guest/sitar player Anwar Khurshid (whose music is featured in the Oscar-winning feature film Life of Pi).
Being nominated for a Juno for their latest album was certainly a big deal for the band.
“We are honoured to receive a Juno …

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Fairmont distillery festival stands out for 2017

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By James Rose
Special to The Pioneer
With the increasing popularity of craft distilling, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort will be hosting the second annual East Kootenay Distillery Festival on Saturday, April 22nd.
“With the success we’ve had with our East Kootenay Beer and Wine Festivals, we thought that a Distillery Festival might capture a brand new group of people and further expand our Resort offering,” said Fairmont Resort marketing coordinator Rachel Dick.
The festival will feature unlimited spirit tasting showcasing unique spirits from some of B.C.’s best craft distilleries. Gourmet hors d’oeuvres will …

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Sasquatch Centennial

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By Dean Midyette
Pioneer Staff
July 1st, 1917 marked the first official sighting of a sasquatch (also known locally as Bigfoot) by settlers in the West Kootenays, about 60 kilometres north of Creston.
The legend of the sasquatch, or local variants, began hundreds of years ago, passed along through oral history from Aboriginal peoples throughout the world, with the North American stories centered in the Pacific Northwest.
Some of the mythology describes the beasts as powerful and huge while others, like the Ebu Gogo in Indonesia, are described as short and wiry. …

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Old park entrance

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Cheers

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to the Windermere Valley Kinsmen Club and the District of Invermere for your donations to the Midget Rockies for our trip to Provincials. Cheers as well to everyone in town who supported our other fundraising efforts. Our valley community is second to none.

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2017, March 31 – Out & About

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Friday, March 31st
• 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Volunteers from the Canadian Cancer Society will be selling fresh daffodils at Sobeys, AG Valley Foods and in Radium at Mountainside Market. Put a little spring in your home and help the CCS in its research, patient support and public education.
• 12 p.m.: Seniors soup lunch at the Edgewater Legion. $6. Last Friday of each month.
• 1 p.m.: Duplicate Bridge at Invermere Seniors Hall, $2. Everyone welcome. Every Friday.
• 1 p.m.: Canasta cards at Canal Flats Seniors Hall every Friday.
• 6 p.m.: …

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Cheers

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A tremendous and most appreciative CHEERS to the Hessel family. The Coquihalla tried to beat us, but because of your help, we came out winners!

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Cheers

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to Russell for coming to our rescue, going above and beyond to help restore our computer. Your efforts were greatly appreciated by our staff and patients as we quickly resumed business as usual! Thumbs up “Little Shop of Computer Horrors”.

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Half-Pipe Pizzazz

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2017, March 31 – Online edition

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Cheers

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to Susan Clovechok for trying so hard to arrange bus transportation for valley seniors so that they can travel to Calgary and back to the valley. It was a successful endeavour.

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Jeers

Posted on March 31st, 2017 by


to the huge white SUV that runs your dogs behind the vehicle on Windermere Loop Road on a daily basis. If you’re too lazy to get outside and walk your dog, you shouldn’t have one! And running your dog that hard on pavement is really hard on their body. There’s many people who would take that beautiful dog off your hands and give it the time it deserves!

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Cheers

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to Radium Hot Springs mayor, Clara Reinhardt, for her statements regarding cell phone coverage throughout Kootenay National Park!

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Candidates and committee don’t properly represent

Posted on March 31st, 2017 by


Dear Editor:
I read the announcement about the All Candidate’s Forum in last week’s Pioneer. This forum is one of the only opportunities voters have to hear each candidate speak publicly, and potentially have the candidates address issues that are important to them. I appreciate the time and effort the committee puts in to organizing the event, but there is a big problem.
All four candidates are men, and the organizers are also all men — all from similar socio-economic backgrounds. And this is a problem because it doesn’t reflect …

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