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The old Firehall, located on 11th Ave S. in downtown Cranbrook.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality Old Cranbrook Firehall reportedly to be brew-pub style restaurant

The former Firehall, built in 1931 or so, was on the market for several years and was listed with Philip Jones, of Royal LePage East Kootenay Realty, Cranbrook.

Dr. Nathan Goodale (left) and Alissa Nauman (right) are the Hamilton College educators heading up the project excavating and documenting the pithouses found along the Slocan River.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Slocan, Education, First Nations Slocan Narrows Archaeological Project gets students hands-on with history

Hamilton College’s Slocan Narrows Archaeological Project brings post-secondary students together to excavate history uncovered in First Nations pithouses.

Warfield’s Jinjoe Construction is one of the West Kootenay companies that helps Selkirk College trades students earn their Red Seal ticket. (L-R) Apprentice Levi Schwarzer, company owner Jonathan Jinjoe and carpentry Journeyperson James Benson are currently working on a residential retrofit in Rossland.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Education Selkirk College builds the foundation for carpenters

A trade that has a multitude of career paths, carpentry is key to building a stronger province.

Samonte Cruz working on his final projects for the upcoming KSA Year End Show & Sale that takes place in Nelson on June 23-24.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Education Kootenay Studio Arts at Selkirk College hosts year-end show

On June 23 and 24, students from five studios will showcase their concepts, designs and skill-sets at the annual KSA Year End Show & Sale.

College of the Rockies Board of Governors member Jesse Nicholas (l) along with College President David Walls (r) presented academic medals to Shelley Bergeron (2nd from left) and Darcie Musil (2nd from right).
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education College of the Rockies celebrates annual convocation

Walls encouraged graduates to, in contrast to some world events, approach each other with kindness and a caring for our future and the future of our communities

Bill Bennett
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Mining Eagle Plains Resources: former BC Mines Minister Bill Bennett appointed to the Board of Directors

Based in Cranbrook, B.C., Eagle Plains continues to conduct research, acquire and explore mineral projects throughout western Canada.

Julie Taylor and Natasha Benson.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Retail, Small Business Juice goes raw at Cranbrook’s new juicery

Co-founders Julie Taylor and Natasha Benson recently opened Cranbrook's first dedicated cold-pressed juicery called The Raw House.

The new Angry Hen Brewing Company location
West Kootenay, Kaslo, Developments, Small Business Kaslo’s Angry Hen Brewing Co. nears completion, set to open this summer

Kaslo's new Angry Hen Brewing Co. is expected to open for the 2017 summer season

Cranbrook
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Financial Cranbrook Tourism continues to make progress

Foundational work of the Cranbrook Tourism Society continues to move forward in the Key City

Chris Hadfield
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Entertainment and Hospitality Colonel Chris Hadfield’s star will shine on region

Chris Hadfield is the keynote speaker for Columbia Basin Symposium

Trail Regional Airport rendering
West Kootenay, Trail, Developments Trail’s YZZ to get a new terminal building in $2.5 million project

The Trail Airport (YZZ) is a busy place these days with the start of construction on a new terminal building with substantial completion slated December 2017.

Riverfront Centre
West Kootenay, Trail, Developments Construction of Trail’s Riverfront Centre Well Underway

Construction on the City of Trail’s new $8.3 million Riverfront Centre is well underway

James Patrick
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality James Patrick signed as new head coach of Kootenay Ice, Jon Klemm as associate coach

The Kootenay ICE Hockey Club have signed James Patrick to a three-year contract as the new head coach of the team and 8th in Franchise history.

Patrick Gauvreau, new Utilities Superintendent for the City of Trail Public Works department.
West Kootenay, Trail City appoints new Utilities Superintendent

Patrick Gauvreau, the City’s Roads and Ground Superintendent, has been appointed the new Utilities Superintendent of the City’s Public Works Department.

Cover story from June 1998 issue of Kootenay Business magazine.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Looking back on the Kicking Horse Coffee story: From a backyard shack to a $215 million deal

When news broke that Invermere’s Kicking Horse Coffee had sold in a $215 million deal to Italy's Lavazza Group, it reminded us of the company’s humble beginning

Plane taking off at YZZ
West Kootenay, Trail, Developments, Financial Trail Regional Airport receives $4.6 million in grant funding for Runway Rehabilitation Project

The City of Trail is pleased to announce it has received a $4.6 million grant from the Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP)

Selection of Mt. Begbie beers.
East Kootenay, Fernie, West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Brewery of the Year goes to Revelstoke’s Mt. Begbie

The 15th annual Canadian Brewing Awards and Conference was held in Ottawa recently at the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre.

Three search and rescue teams in the Columbia Basin have new helicopter rescue equipment thanks to support from Columbia Basin Trust.
East Kootenay, Fernie, West Kootenay, Golden, Nelson, Financial Safer and quicker access to lost or injured

Columbia Basin Trust helps SAR teams purchase rescue equipment

The FortisBC Kootenay Operations Centre is nearing completion and slated to be finished towards the end of 2017.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Developments $23 million FortisBC Kootenay Operations Centre at Castlegar is nearing completion

The facility will be approximately 30,000 square feet and will contain office and crew space, material storage and a dedicated Emergency Operations Centre.

Golf pro Doug Schneider with proof of his hole-in-one shot at the Springs Golf Course in Radium Hot Springs.
East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs, Entertainment and Hospitality Albatross and Hole-in-One highlight of Radium’s Kootenay Pro Series Event

Golf pros Byran Armstrong and Doug Schneider defied the odds by carding an albatross (2 on a par 5) and hole-in-one.

Upgrading roof insulation is a good example of an energy retrofit that will help save money on heating costs and improve the comfort level of a home.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Energy, Financial Affordable Housing Energy Retrofit Program now open

Trust providing $2M for energy conservation upgrades.

The Lower Columbia Initiatives Corporation (LCIC) this week launched a new game-changing economic development marketing program in Trail.
West Kootenay, Trail, Financial Metal Tech Alley celebrates grand opening in Trail

Metal Tech Alley has been created with the input and engagement of multiple stakeholders, citizens, business leaders and community officials.

Real estate sign announcing new home of Wildhorse Surgical.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Real Estate Wildhorse Surgical to build new offices in Cranbrook

Called Wildhorse Surgical, the new professional offices will be home to Dr. Robert Mondin and Dr. Ryan Cain.

The Kicking Horse Coffee manufacturing facility, based in Invermere, B.C.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Cuisine, Financial, Retail Italy’s Lavazza Group buys Kicking Horse Coffee in $215 million deal

Kicking Horse Coffee is one of the Kootenay’s largest employers with over 110 people working out of the company's Invermere manufacturing facility.

Jim Barr, owner of Skynet and Kinetic Wireless.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Retail, Technology New wireless company coming to the Kootenays

Skynet and Kinetic Wireless, which owns 25 Rogers & Fido stores in B.C., is expanding to serve the Kootenays.

Heavy equipment breaking ground for the new Trade Building at the College of the Rockies.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments Work begins for College of the Rockies’ Trades Building

The facility is expected to be completed in April 2018 and ready to welcome students for the fall 2018 semester.

Kampgrounds of America (KOA) and the St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino have teamed up to create the St. Eugene RV Park, opening Summer 2017.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism St. Eugene Mission Resort to open luxury RV Park

The folks at the St. Eugene Mission near Cranbrook have teamed up with KOA (Kampgrounds of America) to construct a new luxury RV park at the resort.

College of the Rockies Tourism and Recreation Management instructor, Grant Unger.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education College of the Rockies tourism students conduct research for Community Forest

The research was conducted in collaboration with the Cranbrook Community Forest Society (CCFS).

The 2017 Dragons Den competitors.
West Kootenay, Trail, Education, Financial, Small Business Audience vote helps to determine winners at Junior Dragons Den Championship

The Junior Dragons Den Championship was held on May 6th at the Charles Bailey theatre in Trail, B.C.

Windermere's Saunders Family Farm members at the Grocery & Speciality Food West exhibition.
East Kootenay, Cuisine, Retail, Small Business Windermere jams and jellies maker recognized at major trade show

The company made the Top 10 Most Innovative Products appearing on shelves of B.C. grocery stores, as selected by a panel of food experts.

Waneta Dam
West Kootenay, Energy, Financial Fortis buys Teck’s interest in Waneta Dam for $1.2 Billion

Under the agreement, Teck Metals Ltd. will be granted a 20-year lease to use Fortis' interest in Waneta to produce power for its industrial operations in Trail

College of the Rockies Kimberley Campus Business Development Manager, Jeff Cooper, looks forward to meeting members of the Kimberley community at the May 16 Open House.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Education College of the Rockies—Kimberley hosting open house

College of the Rockies’ Kimberley campus is hosting an Open House on Tuesday, May 16 from 4 pm to 6 pm.

College of the Rockies Executive Director, International and Regional Development, Patricia Bowron and President David Walls joined Columbia Kootenay Member of Parliament, Wayne Stetski and College Board of Governors Chair Wilda Schab at the Colleges and Institutes Canada conference in Ottawa, May 1 and 2.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education College leadership connects with MP Wayne Stetski in Ottawa

The Colleges and Institutes Canada conference was recently held in Ottawa, May 1 and 2.

Sarah Peterson
West Kootenay, Revelstoke Sarah Peterson new Marketing Coordinator at Revelstoke Chamber

Sarah will be replacing Meghan Tabor, who recently moved into a new position at Tourism Revelstoke.

Sherry Jackson and Jill Bentley-Lobban celebrate the installation of a new [stoke] juice outlet at Cranbrook's Hot Shots Cafe.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Cuisine, Health & Wellness, Small Business Kimberley’s [Stoke] Cold Pressed Juices expanding distribution network

The company recently transitioned all their cold-pressed juices into sustainable, recyclable glass bottles.

Picture of Pacific Coastal airplane.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Transportation Pacific Coastal adds one-stop (Kelowna) same plane service between Cranbrook and Victoria

Pacific Coastal is a privately owned, British Columbia-based regional airline operating from Vancouver International Airport’s South Terminal.

Graphic of 'What's your rush?' ad campaign.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism New microsite launched for “What’s Your Rush” campaign from Kootenay Rockies Tourism

Focusing on the phrase, 'What's Your Rush?', this campaign is designed to excite the consumer with an array of activities.

Elkford Search and Rescue group.
East Kootenay, Financial Community Cash Awards amounts to over $7,718 for Elk Valley organizations

Unlike other funding initiatives, the Community Cash Awards provide EKC members, and the community, the opportunity to ‘invest in’ and select the award winners.

Picture of heavy equipment truck.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Developments, Mining New proposed Kootenay West Gypsum mine

A new mine proposed by CertainTeed Gypsum near Canal Flats projects a 43 year life span and would mine 400,000 ton of gypsum annually.

Graphic for Kootenay Ice.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality Exciting new look for Kootenay Ice unveiled

The new ownership group has promised a fresh start for the community and is excited to unveil a new look for the 2017-2018 season.

College of the Rockies’ Director of Student Affairs, Doris Silva.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education, Health & Wellness College of the Rockies Board approves sexual misconduct protocols

Events aimed at awareness of sexual violence and the College’s new policy and protocol will continue with each new intake of students.

The Columbia Valley is looking to hire an Economic Development officer for the region.
East Kootenay, Invermere Request for Columbia Valley Economic Development Officer issued

The Columbia Valley is looking to hire an Economic Development officer for the region.

Columbia River Skywalk—Trail
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Trail, Developments, Transportation Two Kootenay projects receive awards of merit

The Association of Consulting Engineering Companies of British Columbia (ACEC-BC) recently handed out their annual awards for a variety of projects in B.C.

A grassroots group is looking to build connections between entrepreneurs and innovators in the community to strengthen
Castlegar’s entrepreneurial culture. Pictured from left to right are: Gregg Neelin, Consultant; Andrea Wilkey, Community Futures; Dan
Salekin, Columbia Networks Inc; Jason Taylor, Selkirk College; Arry
Dhillon, City of Castlegar and Ron Perepolkin, Community Futures.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Developments, Education Building Castlegar’s culture of entrepreneurship & innovation

A grassroots group of entrepreneurs and likeminded community individuals are working together to build an engaged network to support innovation in Castlegar

Picture of heartbeet Bistro.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Cuisine, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality Kimberley’s heartbeet bistro is closing its doors

Heartbeet bistro on Howard Street in Kimberley will permanently close its doors on April 30th, 2017

From left to right: Michael Hoher, Export Advisor, Andrea Wilkey, Executive Director Community Futures Central Kootenay, Allison Boulton, Program Manager, Export Navigator Program, and David Coburn, Manager of Strategy and Policy, Ministry of International Trade.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education Export Navigator pilot program launched in the Kootenays

Export Navigator is a one-year pilot developed by the Province and administered through partnerships with Small Business BC and Community Futures offices.

College of the Rockies math instructor, Leslie Molnar, is very happy with the pilot of her gamified calculus course.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education College of the Rockies pilots innovative course

The Winter 2017 Differential Calculus (MATH 103) online course had two types of gamification elements incorporated into the curriculum.

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