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Graphic showing the recreation grants that Columbia Basin Trust will be funding.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Developments, Environment, Financial, Health & Wellness Improving rec spaces keeps residents active

Columbia Basin Trust provides $3 million for 53 new recreation infrastructure projects

Wayne Stetski in standing in front of the Columbia River near its headwaters.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Environment Kootenay-Columbia lakes and rivers win protections

The government’s new Bill C-69 provides a new environmental assessment process and includes a new mechanism for protecting navigable waters.

Four College of the Rockies nursing students participated in a College-sponsored educational opportunity in Kenya in 2016.
East Kootenay, Education College of the Rockies offering international internships

The International Youth Internship program aims to provide eligible Canadian youth with international experience, skills and knowledge.

Michelle Mungall
Mining Government takes action to create and sustain exploration and mining jobs

The Mining Jobs Task Force will look at all aspects of mineral exploration and mining, and provide recommendations to strengthen ties in the province.

The Overwaitea Store in Kimberley is one of the stores which recently re-branded as a Save-On-Foods.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality Overwaitea stores in the Kootenays re-brand as Save-On-Foods

As Save-On-Foods, the newly re-branded stores will offer the same great products at amazing value from the same familiar team.

Photo of Dragons Den banner.
Education, Financial, Small Business Community Futures Thompson Country to host Junior Dragons Den in 2019

Junior Dragons Den is a Community Futures led business competition open to students from Grade 7 to University in four different regions of British Columbia.

FortisBC new app by Two Tall Totems
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Technology New FortisBC app built by Two Tall Totems gives greater access to online accounts

FortisBC recently released a new mobile application that allows British Columbians to access their utilities account from their mobile devices.

Photographer Ursula Abresch is one of the artists who has had a show at New Denver’s Hidden Garden Gallery. The gallery will be renovating a new space with help from a Columbia Basin Trust Arts and Culture Venue Grant.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial 12 projects across the East and West Kootenay awarded funding through Arts & Culture Venue Grants

The Columbia Basin Trust is helping 12 facilities renovate, relocate or upgrade with nearly $830,000 in support through its new Arts and Culture Venue Grants.

Dr. Vikramaditya G. Yadav
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education, Technology College of the Rockies hosting Genome BC presentation

In addition to his work as an Assistant Professor at UBC, Dr. Yadav is the Vice Chair of the Biotechnical Division of the Chemical Institute of Canada.

The performance artists Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret put on a show at the Golden Civic Centre. The centre’s Great Hall will get new flooring with help from a Columbia Basin Trust Arts and Culture Venue Grant.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial Basin Arts and Culture venues to see upgrades

12 projects receive $830,000 from Trust’s new venue grants program

Log cabin-type house, lit up at dusk.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Real Estate BC’s “speculation tax” does not apply to Kootenays, with high percentage of out-of-province buyers

According to a Globe and Mail article, the Kootenay region is heavily dependent on Alberta home buyers.

The Trust’s new Career Internship Program provides up to $25,000 to hire a post-secondary grad.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial New internship program helps employers hire post-secondary grads

Columbia Basin Trust program creates and retains jobs in the Basin

Collage of photos depicting people across rural BC.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Developments, Financial BC Rural Dividend grants support projects in Kootenays

The Government of British Columbia is providing over $103,000 for cultural, social and infrastructure projects in the Kootenay region.

Don Freschi.
West Kootenay New Executive Director at KAST: Don Freschi

Accomplished entrepreneur and fly-fishing enthusiast, Don Freschi, joins the team at KAST.

Smiling couple signing papers while realtor looks on.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Real Estate Have you hugged your Kootenay Realtor lately? RBC shows some love!

To celebrate the partnership between Realtors and the bank, RBC launched the first annual National Realtor Appreciation Week from February 26 to March 2, 2018.

Farmer feeding pigs.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Agriculture Agriculture businesses get specialized advice

Columbia Basin Trust’s Basin Business Advisors now offers a full-time Agriculture Specialist

The Export Navigator workshop teaches manufacturers about growing their businesses through exporting.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education Sales Beyond BC - Export Navigator Workshop

East Kootenay manufacturers with an interest in export will have the opportunity to explore their options at the Export Navigator - Sales Beyond BC workshop.

College of the Rockies Invermere sign.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Education, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism College of the Rockies launches first-ever Diploma Program in Invermere

The Hospitality Management diploma program was developed in direct response to needs voiced during community and industry consultations in Invermere.

Smitty's Family Restaurant sign.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality New Smitty’s Restaurant opening soon in Cranbrook

Smitty's Restaurant is a Canada-wide chain of family-friendly restaurants.

Kimberley Conference and Athlete Training Centre (KCATC)
East Kootenay, Kimberley RCR News: takes over Kimberley Conference Centre & renames Montana’s Restaurant

RCR began operating the KCATC in January 2018, and will continue to attract alpine events, weddings, conferences, and other visitation to Kimberley.

Picture of Don Lindsay.
Financial, Mining Teck predicts strong demand for steelmaking coal – “feeling pretty good about 2018”

CEO of Teck, Don Lindsay, believes the company is well positioned to benefit from continued strength in commodity prices.

In photo: Chief Alfred Joseph, ?akisq’nuk First Nation and Wendy Booth, Vice-Chair, Columbia Basin Trust Board of Directors.
East Kootenay, Developments, Financial, First Nations Ɂakisq’nuk to build new rec centre

Columbia Basin Trust provides $500,000 to help realize a community dream

A view of The Springs golf course in Radium Hot Springs, B.C.
East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs, Entertainment and Hospitality True Key Hotels & Resorts enters Management Agreement with Radium Golf Group

True Key Hotels & Resorts is pleased to announce a new agreement with Radium Golf Group for the management of the Radium and Springs Golf courses.

Celgar BE SEEN campaign team members (L-R) Sandy Hinter, Mark Goebel and Rose Leslie visited the Selkirk College Castlegar Campus at the end of October to talk to students and staff about safety on area roadways.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Education, Health & Wellness Selkirk College partners with Celgar for BE SEEN campaign

In an effort to avoid tragedy and make Castlegar's streets safer for everyone, Celgar has launched a fantastic campaign that has received great response so far

Biologist Penny Ohanjanian will be working to reintroduce northern leopard frogs to the Columbia marshes thanks to an Environment Grant from Columbia Basin Trust.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Environment, Financial 32 projects to improve our natural environment

Columbia Basin Trust approves $870,000 in Environment Grants

Michelle Mungall, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Environment, Mining Kootenay West gypsum mine granted an environmental assessment certificate

CertainTeed proposes a 135-hectare open-pit gypsum mine, located approximately 12 kilometres northeast of Canal Flats.

Rick Jensen
East Kootenay, West Kootenay Columbia Basin Trust announces board changes

Jensen reappointed Chair, Booth new Vice-Chair, plus four new directors.

Selkirk College Millwright/Machinist Foundation Program students (L-R) Darren Mederios, Greyson Kozakevich and Guy Vercillo are members of the first cohort to use the newly renovated shop spaces at Nelson’s Silver King Campus.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Education, Technology Selkirk College Trades students settle into renovated shop spaces

Selkirk College is now accepting applications for the upcoming February start in three different programs.

Clayton Murrell
East Kootenay, Cranbrook Condolences to the Murrell family

Kootenay Business and Koocanusa Publications extend their deepest condolences to Clayton Murrell’s family, friends and the firefighting fraternity.

Luna Festival: Nocturnal Art and Wonder 2017
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality Arts and culture grants now available

Over the next three years, the Trust is expanding its support for arts, culture and heritage with $11.6 million. \

In May 2016, youth from around the Basin participated in a summit organized by Columbia Basin Trust’s Basin Youth Network.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, West Kootenay, Education Youth: Apply now for free leadership event

Youth Leadership Summit takes place in Kimberley this May

Eden Yesh smiles for a photo
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education Mobilizing local capital—community investment co-ops in rural B.C.

Eden Yesh will host Community Investment sessions in most communities throughout the Kootenays

Photo of Golden Installations building.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Golden, Retail, Small Business Golden Installations on the move

Golden Installations has been in business for over 47 years in the Upper Columbia Valley.

The Kootenay Columbia region's total property assessments increased from $38.6 billion in 2017 to $40.87 billion this year.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Fernie, Invermere, West Kootenay, Golden, Nelson, Real Estate Top 25 most expensive residential properties in the Kootenays (by assessed value)

Invermere leads the way with the highest assessed value for a property in the Kootenay Columbia region.

Students in Selkirk College’s Carpentry Foundation Program have been busy putting together the pieces of a pair of ice rinks for the Blewett Conservation Society which will be assembled at the Morning Mountain Recreational Area just west of Nelson in December.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Developments, Education Selkirk College Carpentry class helps Blewett outdoor rink project

A new winter recreation amenity will soon be available in the region when the Blewett Conservation Society's outdoor rink project is completed.

Brandi O’Neil, owner of the Paper and Cup bookstore in Kimberley.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Read All About It: Paper and Cup Opens New Page in Kimberley

Brandi O’Neill is the owner and operator of Kimberley’s new boutique bookstore and cafe called Paper and Cup.

The Trust’s Child Care Capital Grants provide over $1 million to 41 child care facilities.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial 100 new child care spaces, improvements to 41 facilities

Columbia Basin Trust provides over $1M for 41 projects.

The Kootenay East Youth Soccer Association is gathering funds and support to build an indoor soccer & sports facility.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Financial, Health & Wellness RDEK Gives KEYSA $130K for new indoor soccer facility

The youth soccer organization is currently gathering funds and support to build a $1.7 million indoor soccer/sports facility in Cranbrook.

West Fernie restructure work as been ongoing. This is a picture of Phase 1 completed last year.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Developments 115 more West Fernie properties are now officially part of the City of Fernie

Approximately 115 properties on the north side of Highway 3 in West Fernie are now officially part of the City of Fernie.

Marvin Perry
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Fernie, Entertainment and Hospitality New general manager—Cranbrook/Fernie division Jim Pattison Broadcast Group

Former GM at The Drive/B-104 Leo Biggio recently took a transfer back to the Kamloops market, after being in Cranbrook since 2012.

L-R (Jean-Ann Debreceni EKC Board Chair, Gerry Oviatt, Cranbrook Food Bank, Brian Smith Cranbrook Food Bank, Mindy Atti, EKC Branch Manager, Lana Sheppard, EKC Manager Commercial Services and
Diane Byford, EKC Board)
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Financial East Kootenay Community Credit Union (EKC) helps Cranbrook Foodbank get started in 2018

EKC encourages the community to keep the needs of the Cranbrook Food Bank top of mind throughout the year.

The Whitetooth Brewery in Golden, B.C.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Golden, Entertainment and Hospitality Golden’s Whitetooth Brewery expands

Described as a modest expansion, Whitetooth added two new tanks in November 2017.

A graphic of the City of Cranbrook's new 311 app.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Technology Cranbrook’s 311 app has seen 571 downloads and 1,800 connects

The City of Cranbrook's 311 app is designed to improve customer service between the public and city management/staff.

A group of student entrepreneurs from the 2017 Junior Dragons Den competition.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Financial Win cash for tuition! Junior Dragons Den seeks student entrepreneurs

Modelled after CBC’s “The Dragons’ Den,” students in Grades 7 to University will pitch their business idea to a panel of local judges.

Andrew Hayden and Jillian Rutherford, Fernie Distillers.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Entertainment and Hospitality Fernie Distillers set to open this winter

Fernie Distillers will be the first licensed craft distillery situated in Fernie, East Kootenays.

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.

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