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Kootenay Orchards Elementary students learn to identify grassland wildflowers with Wild Voices “The Buttes in Bloom” program, Spring 2017.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Environment Wild Voices deepens students understanding of the natural world

For ten years, Wild Voices presentations and field studies have helped Basin students to better understand their natural environment

Guy Santucci, Cranbrook History Centre Board Chair, and Jason Jacob, President of East Kootenay Chamber of Mines, with one of the dino prints.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education, Mining, Tourism Local dinosaur prints on display at Cranbrook History Centre

Teck loans museum 140 million-year-old meat-eating raptor tracks found in local mines

The Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort in Cranbrook.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism KR Tourism to hold AGM in Cranbrook

Kootenay Rockies Tourism Association will hold their annual Tourism Industry Conference in Cranbrook at the Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort October 15th and 16th

Titan mining machine in Sparwood, B.C.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Developments, Mining Teck announces new Sparwood office

Teck is pleased to announce the development of a new centralized office building in Sparwood, B.C.

Karen and Doug Barraclough recently won the Kootenay Livestock Association's 2018 Agriculturalist of the Year award.
East Kootenay, Agriculture, Animal Care Local Kootenay Ranchers inspire the Next Generation

Karen travels all over the East Kootenays teaching elementary students about farming and where their food comes from

Vince Tucker from Hypertherm demonstrates the design capabilities of a plasma cutter.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Kimberley, Education, Entertainment and Hospitality, Technology College of the Rockies News and Notes

The College of the Rockies recently held a Trade Expo at the new Patterson Hall facility, and hosted an alumni weekend for former athletes

Starbelly Jam Performance from 2018 summer event.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Financial Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance announces 2018-2019 funded projects

Over 150 arts and culture projects—including the Columbia Basin Culture Tour—have received a total of $751,000 in funding support for the 2018-19 season

Group of smiling children in India.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Health & Wellness UNICEF Canada and Teck partner to save the lives of children in India

Over the past five years, the partnership has saved the lives of 62,000 children in India.

Two men talking together.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Small Business Basin businesses get support to grow

Trust seeking motivated companies for customized support and mentorship program

Tamara Mercandelli, Christel Hagn, and Caitlin Berkhiem have given Soulfood to the community.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Developments, Financial, Small Business Soulfood restructures to become co-operative

New business model turns over Soulfood’s ownership to staff and community

Hailey Troock is the dedicated land matcher for the Columbia Basin.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Agriculture B.C. Land Matching Program supports new farmers in Columbia Basin

This program connects farmers looking for land with landowners wanting to lease their land for farming.

Aerial view of valley with river meandering along valley bottom.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial Basin sees increased support from the Trust

$57 million in benefits delivered through 65 programs and initiatives last year

The outside facade of the new Kimberley Family Dental Clinic.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Health & Wellness New state-of-the-art dental clinic opens in Kimberley

The new Kimberley Family Dental Clinic utilizes the latest in dental technology and incorporates the best of the mountain lifestyle of Kimberley.

An aerial view of Koocanusa Village.
East Kootenay, Developments, Financial, Tourism KV Properties Inc. acquires Koocanusa Village

Koocanusa Village is the only lakeside community with vacation properties on Koocanusa Lake.

Fernie’s Busy Bees Family Daycare will be upgrading its equipment thanks to a Child Care Capital Grant from Columbia Basin Trust.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial 122 new child care spaces, plus 722 spaces improved

The Trust’s Child Care Capital Grants support 42 child care centres

Graphic rendering of proposed development in Nelson.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Developments, Real Estate New 38-unit development slated for Nelson

Kelowna-based developer Culos Development has been given tentative approval to build a new 38-unit residential/commercial building on Front Street.

Picture of sculptor Paul Reimer.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality New Paul Reimer metal and rock sculpture slated for Idlewild Park

The new hand-forged iron sculpture will be inspired by Joseph Creek flowing through the City of Cranbrook

Photo of newly paved road in photo.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Developments Regional District of East Kootenay and City of Fernie celebrate completion of West Fernie servicing

The completion of the largest construction project in the history of the Regional District of East Kootenay was officially celebrated in West Fernie today.

Picture of former Tembec buildings.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Financial City buys former Tembec lands; opens doors to attracting industrial development, business

This purchase adds approximately 100 acres of properly zoned land supply to the City

Interior view of a Highland Crossing townhouse.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Developments, Real Estate New Highland Crossing townhomes in Invermere complete for show

Few remaining units available in this sought-after development

Picture of construction equipment working.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Developments Tyee’s Kimberley development underway

This is the second development for Tyee Homes along Rotary Drive in Kimberley.

Schaun Goodeve, new Economic Development Officer for the City of Kimberley.
East Kootenay, Kimberley New Kimberley EDO Comes On Board

Schaun is known for his "roll up your sleeves" work ethic for accomplishing big picture strategic thinking.

Group of people planting a tree in the ground.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Kimberley Skookumchuk Pulp Mill Celebrates 50-Year Milestone

As part of the celebrations a new sign for the pulp mill entrance was revealed and two commemorative trees were planted in front of the mill office.s

Kristin Parsons, new Executive Director for the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook Cranbrook Chamber announces new Executive Director

The Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce is working to be a valued and respected champion of business and a positive contributor to the Cranbrook community.

Jill Bentley-Lobban at her new store in Kimberley, Fullfill Market.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Health & Wellness, Small Business Waste Not, Want Not at zero waste fullfill market in Kimberley

The Fullfill Market in Kimberley was inspired by the zero waste movement

Storefront of Circle Health Food in Invermere.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Kimberley, Entertainment and Hospitality, Health & Wellness, Retail, Small Business Invermere’s Circle Health Food and Café purchased by Kimberley’s Jill Bentley

Stoke Cold Pressed Juice has been a regular supplier to Circle Health Food & Café and owner Jill Bentley see this as a natural gateway to expand their business

A sign for a potential development called MounView
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments Coming soon…MounView condos and commercial development

The proposed development is called the MounView and would feature office and retail space on the ground floor

Residences at Fairmont Ridge.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial, Tourism 5% of BC’s co-op marketing funds goes to Kootenay Rockies region

The total received in the region is $195,978 or .049% of the total $4 million awarded throughout the province.

Sign for Old Crow Emporium and interior picture of shop.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Small Business, Tourism Kimberley’s Old Crow Emporium sells a lot of “Fabulous Crap”

Kimberley's only indoor market, Old Crow Emporium, is chock full of vintage finds, timeless treasures, art and handicrafts

The Revelstoke Visual Arts Society will install artworks in alleyways, like this concept photo.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Elkford, Fernie, West Kootenay, Nelson, Revelstoke, Rossland, Salmo, Trail, Entertainment and Hospitality New basin art coming to communities

Columbia Basin Trust provides over $244,000 to 13 public art projects in 11 communities

Susan Brown, newly appointed President and Chief Executive Officer for Interior Health.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Health & Wellness Interior Health Board announces new CEO

Susan Brown has worked for over 30 years in health care in Canada and the United Kingdom.

Sign for the custom log sort and reload centre in Yahk.
East Kootenay, Forestry Major log sort and re-load centre springs up in Yahk

If you have driven through Yahk recently, you can’t help but notice the major log sorting and re-load centre situated on the north side of the community.

Former Can-Filters building.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Real Estate, Retail Nelson’s Can-Filters closes and commercial building listed for sale

Can-Filters was purchased in October 2017 by international garden products giant, Hawthorne, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Scott’s Miracle-Gro.

Kimberley Mayor Don McCormick says, Teck is the perfect partner (to purchase the Sunmine) for many reasons.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Developments, Financial, Technology City of Kimberley and Teck agree on Letter of Intent to purchase SunMine

The City will conduct a referendum in conjunction with the municipal election in October.

Marc Ramis, manager of the Anytime Fitness Centre in Cranbrook.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Health & Wellness Anytime Fitness opens in Cranbrook

One of the biggest names in the worldwide fitness business is set to open in Cranbrook.

The interior of new Radium Hot Springs Public Library is spacious, with a dedicated area for children and a cozy reading space for adults.
East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality Radium celebrates grand opening of Community Centre/Library

Radium holds the official grand opening of its new Community Centre and Library this Saturday, August 25th, 2018

A sign advertising the future opening of Black Metal Storage.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments Black Metal Storage slated to open September 1 in Cranbrook

The new company is called Black Metal Storage and is located at 1950 Theatre Road in Cranbrook.

The Cranbrook Boys and Girls Club will offer after school care that encourages outdoor play.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial Improving the well-being of basin residents

Columbia Basin Trust commits nearly $965,000 to 17 projects that address social issues

MP Wayne Stetski stands at Glacier National Park.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Environment On Canada Parks Day, Stetski calls for stronger leadership

NDP National Parks Critic Wayne Stetski echoes environmental groups, Indigenous leaders and stakeholders on the need for stronger protection for our parks.

The Waneta Dam.
West Kootenay, Trail, Energy, Financial Teck announces closing of Waneta Dam sale

As part of the sale, Teck Metals Ltd. holds a 20-year lease to use the two-thirds interest in Waneta to produce power for its industrial operations in Trail

Group shot of four people, in front of doors at Halycon House in Nakusp.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Developments, Financial Energy retrofits for 32 affordable housing buildings

$1.6 million in Trust grants will help improve over 600 units across the Basin

Two students getting off bus.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Nelson, Transportation New trips added to Kootenay Connector transit route

Bus riders in the West Kootenay Regional Transit System will soon be able to choose new weekday trips between Nelson and Selkirk College in Castlegar.

Employer and apprentice in mechanic's shop.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Financial Wage subsidy boosts Basin student job opportunities

School Works provides funding for apprenticeships and career-related positions

Wayne Stetski, MP for Kootenay Columbia.
Transportation Stetski calls on Minister of Transportation to fill gap left in rural communities by Greyhound

The Greyhound Canada service closure is a crisis for rural Canada, and one that must be addressed as soon as possible.

Kristy Jahn-Smith and her family on bikes on sunny day.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Tourism Cranbrook Tourism welcomes new Executive Director

Kristy Jahn-Smith has been chosen to lead Cranbrook Tourism, the board of the Cranbrook & Region Tourism Society recently announced.

Volunteers with the third annual Business Walk in Cranbrook.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Retail, Small Business Cranbrook Business Walk Survey: 87.4% rate business as good or very good

The annual Business Walk captures the pulse of businesses throughout Cranbrook.

Pollinator inventories have been part of the WTCP Program.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Environment Seven years of success – Waneta Terrestrial Compensation Program

The Waneta Terrestrial Compensation Program (WTCP) has selected five projects for funding as part of a mandate to support habitat restoration & conservation.

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