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Picture of group of Teck employees standing in front of large machine.
Mining Teck Resources updates steelmaking coal guidance

Teck projects a price of US $165 to $170 per tonne.

Logo for metaltechalley.
West Kootenay, Trail, Technology MTA welcomes new companies

Metal Tech Alley is a cluster of great minds and opportunities that is leading the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

A timberframe home for sale in Fernie currently listed at $1,275,000
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial, Real Estate Fernie Leads the Way with Highest Property Assessments in Kootenays

BC Assessment's Kootenay Columbia region covers the southeast portion of the province from Fernie to Grand Forks and from Revelstoke to Cranbrook.

Whitewater Ski Resort sign.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Evolution of Nelson’s Whitewater Resort Continues

The big news at Nelson's Whitewater Resort is the installation and operation of their new Summit Chairlift, which is a Leitner-Poma fixed-grip quad.

This typical Revelstoke heritage home is listed by Remax at $369,000, assessment values in Revelstoke went up 21% last year.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial, Real Estate Top 10 Communities: Residential Property Assessments Jump

Overall, the Kootenay Columbia region's total assessments increased from $38.6 billion in 2017 to $40.87 billion this year.

?Cranbrook Kimberley Hospice Society board members and volunteers with the two prize bikes featured in the 2017 Harley Davidson Fundraising Raffle.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Kimberley 2017 Harley-Davidson bike draw raises over $28,000 for hospice

It is the fifth consecutive year Harley-Davidson of the Kootenays has held a raffle of their iconic motorcycles with proceeds benefiting the hospice.

Columbia Basin Trust logo.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial, Small Business, Technology REMINDER: Get $1,000 to go to #BCTECH Summit

The #BCTECH Summit is the place for connecting industry, government and research under one roof to do business.

The Windsor Hotel, located in the Fort Steele Heritage Town.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Update: The Restoration is Complete at Fort Steele’s Windsor Hotel

The Windsor stands to this day on its original location and is classified as an official heritage building.

Don Macdonald (left) and Allison Girvan (right) create the sound of a 20-voice choir in the new release of choral music title breaTH. The 10-track album was recorded in the couple’s home studio in Nelson.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Entertainment and Hospitality Selkirk College music program instructor releases breaTH

Selkirk College Contemporary Music & Technology Program instructor Don Macdonald and his wife Allison Girvan provide all the vocals on the 10-track album

Miriam Needoba
West Kootenay, Nelson, Entertainment and Hospitality Executive director leaving post

Oxygen Art Centre’s Executive Director Miriam Needoba will be leaving her role at the end of the year after six years of service.

Regional Manager, Tony Maida, Area Manager of Selkirk Paving based in South Slocan  is presented the Excellence in Paving award at the  Deputy Minister’s Contractor of the Year Awards held recently in Victoria.
West Kootenay, Transportation Selkirk Paving wins Deputy Minister Excellence Award 2017

The Deputy Minister’s Contractor of the Year Awards recognizes excellence in the delivery of transportation infrastructure projects.

Winter scene, forest in background, stump covered in snow in foreground.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay Biz Blog takes a winter break!

Kootenay Biz Blog will return on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018.

The Ktunaxa Nation Council, housed in this government building, is one of the recipients of a Social Grant from Columbia Basin Trust.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial 16 social projects to receive $1 million

Columbia Basin Trust announces its most recent Social Grants recipients

An affordable housing development in the Elk Valley that was built in recent years, CBT looking to expand program.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial, Real Estate Province partners with Columbia Basin Trust for new affordable housing

The Province and the trust will each provide $14 million over the next three years with a target to create 225 affordable rental housing units.

Picture of casino with slot machines.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, West Kootenay, Castlegar, Entertainment and Hospitality, Financial Casino revenue in the Kootenays tops $20 million annually

Gambling revenue at the two provincially licensed casinos in the Kootenays generated a combined revenue of over $20 million in 2015/2016.

The Village of Canal Flats sign
East Kootenay, Canal Flats Canal Flats hires new CAO – Adrian Bergles

Adrian Bergles most recently was the lands manager for the Akisqnuk First Nation in the Columbia Valley

The Trust’s Ecosystem Enhancement Program will help maintain and improve ecological health and native biodiversity in a variety of ecosystems, such as wetlands, fish habitat, forests and grasslands.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Environment, Financial Significant boost for Basin ecosystems

Columbia Basin Trust announces new five-year, $10-million program.

Picture of two people looking at paintings in an art gallery.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Financial Trust expands support for arts, culture and heritage

Columbia Basin Trust is expanding its support for arts, culture and heritage with $11.6 million over three years.

Roger Dall'Antonia
East Kootenay, West Kootenay FortisBC announces appointment of Roger Dall’Antonia as new President and CEO

Mr. Dall'Antonia has more than 20 years of experience in the energy sector and joined FortisBC in 2004.

Michael Hoher, Export Advisor for the Kootenay Boundary, facilitates an workshop for West Kootenay manufacturers on November 29.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Education, Small Business Export Navigator: Expanding Markets for Kootenay Manufacturers

Manufacturers attended a free Export Navigator workshop to learn about growing their businesses through exporting.

The new blue and white Diabetes Canada 'Clothesline' bins.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook Diabetes Canada’s “clothesline” recycling bins come to Cranbrook

With new easy-to-access drop-off bins it makes it convenient to donate reusable clothing at five Cranbrook locations.

Worker at ATCO Wood Products, working in saw mill.
West Kootenay, Small Business ATCO Wood Products wins 2017 BC Export Award

The BC Export Awards annual awards program occurs in either Vancouver every fall and hosted by Business In Vancouver.

Picture of person using typewriter at top of picture, with laptop user below.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial, Technology Supporting tech needs for non-profits

$1 million for non-profit organizations to upgrade critical office technology

The Sears store in Nelson.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Retail, Small Business Sears to Bears—Nelson’s newest furniture/appliance retailer

Bears Furniture and Appliances will also operate under the BrandSource label, with an extensive selection of appliances, furniture and electronics.

Picture of the front door and window of the new Kootenay Columbia College location.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Education Nelson’s College of Integrative Health Sciences set to open third location

Unique to the area, the college offers courses in Chinese medicine, Registered Massage Therapy and Holistic Nutrition.

Tasy Strouzas stands inside Cole's Bookstore next to a collection of books
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Retail Cranbrook’s Coles Bookstore has new manager—Tasy Strouzas

Well-known Cranbrook resident Tasy Strouzas is the new manager of the Coles bookstore in Tamarack Centre in Cranbrook

Aerial view of Bingay Hill.
East Kootenay, Elkford, Sparwood, Mining Centremount Coal calls for public comment on proposed new mine in Elk Valley

Bingay Coal licences cover 1,157 hectares near the confluence of the Bingay Creek and Elk River.

Map of potential 12 premium development sites of multi family for pre-sale.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Developments, Real Estate Nelson Landing waterfront property goes up for sale

The owners of Nelson Landing are reaching out to developers and builders in Nelson to invite them to express their creative ideas on the lakefront property

An intersection in Nelson at nighttime.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, West Kootenay, Nelson Nelson and Cranbrook ranked in Top 10 Best Places to Retire in Canada list

Earlier this year, MoneySense magazine ranked the Top 100 Best Places to Retire in Canada—two Kootenay towns made the Top 10.

Line up of BC Transit buses.
West Kootenay, Transportation Online trip planner comes to West Kootenay

The BC Transit Trip Planner is a public transportation planning tool that combines the latest BC Transit schedule with Google Maps.

Picture of front of the new Independent Grocer in Creston.
East Kootenay, Creston, Cuisine, Retail Re-branded Extra Foods now Pealow’s Independent Grocer in Creston

Brian and Julie Pealow are the new owners of the Loblaw’s franchise in Creston, now called Pealow’s Independent Grocer.

Tristen Chernove, CEO of Elevate Airports, cuts celebratory cake at announcement that WestJet and Pacific Coastal Airlines have partnered to bring jet service (Calgary to Cranbrook) to Canadian Rockies International Airport.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Tourism, Transportation WestJet link operated by Pacific Coastal to fly Cranbrook to Calgary route—3 times a day

WestJet has introduced WestJet Link, a new regional air service operating under a capacity purchase agreement with Pacific Coastal Airlines

Overhead view of pool at Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort.
West Kootenay, Ainsworth Hot Springs, Developments Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort looks to build 10-unit staff housing

The resort, owned and operated by the Lower Kootenay Band, is requesting approval to build a 10-unit, two-storey housing structure.

Ad for Export Advisor workshop.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Education Kootenay Export Navigator Workshop slated for Nelson

The Export Navigator workshop is specifically for manufacturers in the West Kootenay, hosted by advisor Michael Hoher.

Erin Gawne, new Executive Director, Public Relations.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education College of the Rockies announces new Executive Director, Public Relations

College of the Rockies’ President and CEO, David Walls, is pleased to announce the appointment of Erin Gawne as Executive Director, Public Relations.

Picture of people shopping in an indoor market.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Cranbrook Farmers’ Winter Market November 25 and 26

Festive market celebration brings together more than 70 local producers and artisans

Photo of Tervita building.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, West Kootenay, Trail Tervita buys Columbia Recycle in Kimberley and Trail

Tervita is a leading environmental services company with nearly 40 years of industry experience.

The Whitetooth Brewing Co., in Golden was recognized as the New Business of the Year in the Chamber's Business Excellence awards, along with 13 other businesses or individuals.
West Kootenay, Golden, Retail, Small Business Golden Chamber presents Business Excellence Awards

The Kicking Horse Chamber of Commerce hosted a gala dinner event and presented 14 awards in a variety of categories.

Picture of worker in wood factory.
East Kootenay, Creston, West Kootenay, Agriculture, Forestry, Small Business Two Kootenay companies finalists in BC Export Awards

The BC Export Awards annually seeks out BC’s Top Exporters and honours companies for their excellence and achievements in 9 categories.

Picture of white golf ball in foreground, with Revelstoke Golf Club in background.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial BC Rural Dividend grants over $10 million for rural projects—$1.2 million in Kootenays

The B.C. government is distributing $10.1 million in new grants to help rural communities stabilize their economies and create long-term local employment.

Picture of shelf filled with empty bottles.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Fernie, Kimberley, Cuisine, Health & Wellness Fernie Alpine Springs expands with self-serve Kombucha

Fernie Alpine Springs is brewing a favourful line of kombucha and they are expanding the availability of the product throughout the Kootenays.

Picture of author Jody Jacob
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail Local resident Jody Jacob publishes children’s book

Writer Jody Jacob, born and raised in Cranbrook, has published a children’s book called The Man & the Bear, created for kids between the ages of birth to seven.

Kimberley Mayor Don McCormick.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Developments, Real Estate Kimberley’s Mayor highlights many positives happening in city

At the recent Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards, Kimberley’s Mayor Don McCormick was one of the guest speakers.

Ryan Doehle of Isoceles IT (pictured here with his family) was named Fernie Chamber of Commerce's Entrepreneur of the Year for 2017.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Retail, Small Business Fernie holds annual Business Awards Banquet

The Fernie Chamber of Commerce recently gave out their Community and Business Excellence Awards for 2017.

West Kootenay, Rossland, Mining Massive $750 million deal for magnesium deposit near Rossland

Calgary-based West High Yield Resources sells their mineral properties near Rossland to Maryland-based Gryphon Enterprises for US$750 million

Jamie Mayes, interim program manager at Imagine Kootenay.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Tourism Revelstoke’s Jamie Mayes now Imagine Kootenay interim program manager

Former executive director of the Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce, Jamie Mayes, has joined Nelson-based Imagine Kootenay initiative as interim program manager.

The Minerals South Conference runs from November 7 to 9, and is held at the Heritage Inn Hotel and Convention Centre in Cranbrook.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education, Mining, Technology Minerals South conference in Cranbrook November 7 to 9

The conference is organized by East Kootenay Chamber of Mines (EKCM), a non-profit organization actively promoting sustainable exploration, mining and education

(L to R) (back row) Douglas McIntosh, Andrea Tubbs, Barry Zwueste, Tom Rosner, Nicholas (Nico) Leenders, (front row) Nancy Hetherington, Mike Smith, Ken Wilder
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Tourism Kootenay Rockies Tourism Introduces 2017/18 Board

The Kootenay Rockies have selected a new board of directors

Jana Thompson is Revelstoke's new Chamber of Commerce executive director
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Tourism New executive director at Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce

Jana Thompson is Revelstoke's new Chamber of Commerce executive director

Both Nelson and Kimberley (pictured) have solar projects that are producing power.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Developments, Energy, Technology FortisBC looking to build B.C.’s largest utility-led solar project in Kelowna

The proposed Ellison Community Solar Pilot Project, if approved, would be B.C.’s largest utility-led community solar project to date.

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