Ace It is a dual-credit program for high school students who wish to begin training for a career in the trades.
Cranbrook, Education Ace It: An early start to a career in the trades

Changing approaches to education mean earlier starts for apprenticeships and shorter-term commitments for employers.

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(L) MP Richard Cannings (South Okanagan-West Kootenay) and MP Wayne Stetski (Kootenay-Columbia)
Green Scene, Environment, Small Business A snapshot of the Kootenays’ MPs

Kootenay MPs Richard Cannings and Wayne Stetski talk about their hopes to help our region environmentally and economically

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COTR's Dean of Business and University Studies Darrell Bethune.
Kootenay BizBlog, Cranbrook, Education College of the Rockies signs new transfer agreement with UFV

College of the Rockies Criminal and Social Justice students have new transfer options, thanks to a new agreement the College has signed with UFV.

Lathem whirls the gold pan in water to remove the larger stones, leaving only a sandy sludge.
Cranbrook, Mining Gold panning is still alive and well on the Wild Horse River near Fort Steele, B.C.

You've got the fever and you want to be a gold miner. Here's a man who actually did it–Stephen Lathem.

by Nowell Berg
A rendering of street tree plantings along a boulevard with a multi-use pathway within Castlegar's Columbia Avenue Residential District
Green Scene, Castlegar, Environment, Forestry, Transportation On the shady side of the street

Castlegar's newly released Street Tree Master Plan makes trees top priority

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In early January 2016, Shane Warman became the manager at Save-On-Foods in Cranbrook, B.C.
Business Beat, Cranbrook, Retail New manager for Save-On-Foods Cranbrook

Kootenay-raised Shane Warman has come back to his roots as the new manager of Cranbrook’s Save-On-Foods.

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Outside of Burger King restaurant, in Cranbrook, BC.
Kootenay BizBlog, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Retail Cranbrook’s Burger King restaurant undergoes major renovations

The franchise was closed for two months, which allowed for a complete interior and exterior renovation.

Cranbrook's newest Citizen of the Year, Frank Vanden Broek, was presented with a gift by Mayor
Lee Pratt.
At Work, Cranbrook, Small Business Citizen of the Year celebrated

Frank Vanden Broek is recognized as Cranbrook's 2015 Citizen of the Year

by Sandra Warner
As of January 2016, Barry Zwueste is the new CEO at the St. Eugene Mission Resort & Casino near Cranbrook, B.C.
Business Beat, Cranbrook, Tourism New CEO at St. Eugene

The new CEO at St. Eugene has experience to back him up and a plan to carry him forward.

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Chris Earle and Crystal Dillabough in their downtown Cranbrook location of The Baker Street Café
Business Beat, Cranbrook, Small Business The Baker Street Café is opening a second location

Same great homemade taste—now available in a second location

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The exterior of an energy-efficient home built by Tyee Custom Homes in Kimberley, B.C.
Green Scene, Invermere, Kimberley, Sparwood, Energy, Environment Rewarding greener buildings

Three East Kootenay communities have rebate programs to encourage energy-efficient buildings

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Jori Adank on the roof of his net zero energy (NZE) home in Kimberley, B.C.
Kootenay Homes, Kimberley, Energy, Environment, Technology Net zero energy construction is catching on in the Kootenays

A net zero energy home produces as much energy as it consumes.

by Kevin Miller
A modern office with only a laptop computer and flowers on top of the desk.
Kootenay Homes, Cranbrook, Real Estate Space planning for your business

Having a relaxed, calm atmosphere to welcome your clients is crucial

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A photo of the Earth from space.
Green Scene, Nelson, Environment Who will be the first Kootenay community to go blue?

Communities across Canada are promoting the basic human right to clean air, fresh water and healthy food

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A living room with a white corner sofa, black book shelf and coffee table, and red cushions and accessories
Kootenay Homes, Cranbrook, Real Estate Make your space work for you

How can you make the best possible use of space in your home?

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Graphic for the 40 Under 40 Rising Stars of Business.
Castlegar, Cranbrook, Creston, Elkford, Fairmont Hot Springs, Fernie, Golden, Grand Forks, Invermere, Kimberley, Nelson, Radium Hot Springs, Revelstoke, Rossland, Salmo, Sparwood, Trail, Retail, Small Business Call for nominations 40 Under 40—Rising Stars in Business

We invite your business to join in supporting and saluting these young business professionals (under 40) who deserve to be recognized.

A directional compass and map are basic navigational tools.
Education From the minds of our mayors

Kootenay region mayors share valuable advice that guides and inspires them in their work and their lives.

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The board of directors for the Regional District of Central Kootenay consists of one representative from each of 11 electoral areas and nine municipalities.
Castlegar, Creston, Kaslo, Nakusp, Nelson, New Denver, Riondel, Salmo 50 years of RDCK

Central Kootenay has a 50-year history of co-operation between the municipalities and the electoral districts.

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The board of directors of the Regional District of East Kootenay is made up of representatives from eight municipalities and six electoral areas.
Canal Flats, Cranbrook, Elkford, Fairmont Hot Springs, Fernie, Invermere, Kimberley, Radium Hot Springs, Sparwood RDEK at the half-century mark

Residents of rural B.C. have a voice in the administration of their areas, thanks to the province’s system of regional districts.

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Nominate your favourite for the 40 Under 40 Rising Stars of Business Awards

Kootenay Business is pleased to salute young entrepreneurs with the Rising Stars of Business Awards.