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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.

A snowplow in winter.
West Kootenay, Transportation Yellowhead Road and Bridge to take over highway maintenance in West Kootenay/Boundary region

Yellowhead Road and Bridge is also is the current contractor for the neighbouring Central Kootenay region.

Sienna Estes Jewelry Design – Series of 5 rings.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Columbia Basin Culture Tour – August 11 & 12, 2018

The Columbia Basin Culture Tour allows you to explore artists' studios, museums, art galleries and heritage sites during this free, self-guided event.

Lucas Pitts.
West Kootenay, Castlegar Lucas Pitts Castlegar’s New Director of Public Works & Development Services

Lucas Pitts, the current Director of Public Works, has been appointed to take over both the Director of Public Works and Director of Development Services jobs.

Sign announcing construction of hostel.
West Kootenay, Rossland, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism RED Mountain constructing a new modern hostel

RED Mountain Ventures and Columbia Basin Trust announce their partnership to construct a new modern hostel at the base of RED Mountain Resort

City projects on 9th Street South and 12th Avenue South are nearing completion.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Transportation Two of City’s major 2018 road projects set to wrap up with paving next week

Curbs and sidewalks have been poured, with landscaping, driveway and pathway restoration to take place in the coming weeks.

Trail's Cominco Arena is undergoing an upgrade to the light fixtures in the facility.
West Kootenay, Trail, Developments Trail’s Cominco Arena lighting project awarded to Power Tech Electric — now nearing completion

The City of Trail has awarded the Cominco Arena Lighting Project to a local contractor, Power Tech Electric Ltd.

The Midway/Kettle Valley fire truck.
West Kootenay, Developments First steps toward construction of new Kettle Valley Fire Hall

The Midway/Kettle Valley Fire Services Advisory Committee held its inaugural meeting in June to begin work toward building a new fire hall.

Fernie Brewing Company is at the top of the list with beer sales hitting just over $4 million and up over $1 million or 41% from the 2016.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality Kootenay Craft Beer and Wine Sectors Generates $10.92 million in sales in 2017

The craft beer and estate wine market is continuing to show impressive growth in the Kootenays.

Pink makes a big statement and opens up the lines of communication on some big issues to boot.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Mining Mining truck makeovers drive important conversations

SMS Equipment Inc. and KMC Mining have partnered to make big statements in support of prostate cancer research, breast cancer research & mental health awareness

Selkirk College President Angus Graeme (right) and International Academic Pathways Officer Cyril Gavaghan of the Institute of Technology Tralee sign a Memorandum of Understanding.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Education Ireland added to study abroad options at Selkirk College

Traveling abroad to study helps build on skills that post-secondary students can utilize in a rapidly changing world.

Event Associate Seamus Damstorm displays the United Way banner during a recent fundraising campaign.
East Kootenay, Financial East Kootenay United Way invests $149,605 in three community-based programs

When you support the United Way East Kootenay you help make positive things happen in your community.

2018 marks the twelfth consecutive year Teck has been named to the Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada ranking.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Mining Teck named to 2018 Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada

The Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada transparently measures a diverse range of Canadian enterprises on sustainability metrics.

Michael Graeme, working in Peru.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Education Selkirk College alumnus secures prestigious national award

Michael Graeme was recently announced as one of ten 3M National Student Fellowship Award winners

Greg Eaton, Tamara Mercandelli, Caitlin Berkhiem and Christel Hagn, outside Cranbrook’s Historic Baker Hotel.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Soulfood relocating to historic Baker Hotel this fall

In the new location, Soulfood plans to highlight their gourmet coffee bar as well as their organic wine and craft cocktail bar.

Chasse Holding’s Jacques and Shelly Chasse plus Brady and Krystle Chasse receive their prestigious award from Canfor management.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Forestry Columbia Valley Logging Contractor is Canfor’s Top Canadian 2018 Contractor

Congratulations to the owners and staff at Chasse Holdings in Invermere.

A scenic view of the poolside at the Copper Point Resort in Invermere, BC.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Entertainment and Hospitality, Financial Invermere’s Copper Point Resort changes hands

Copper Point Resort, located just off busy Highway 95/93, caters to golfers, skiers, business meetings, conferences and the independent traveler.

Kootenay Savings Kimberley Branch employees Dawn Marchi, Leanne Perrault and Susan Cleverly present Neal Weisenberg and John Lyon of the Kimberley Camera Club with a $750 cheque to help the Club purchase new equipment.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial Making the Kootenays an even better place to live, work and play

The Kootenay Savings Community Foundation is excited to announce the distribution of $67,755 in new grants.

Remi Cardinal, owner of Red Bird Estate Winery in Creston.
East Kootenay, Creston, Agriculture, Entertainment and Hospitality Red Bird Estate Winery — Creston’s newest Vineyard and Winery

Red Bird Estate Winery is owned and operated by Shannon and Remi Cardinal.

Virtual Reality demonstration at i4C Innovation's grand opening in June of 2017
West Kootenay, Trail, Technology i4C Innovation congratulates Astra Smart Systems for their acquisition by Carl Data Solutions

Astra is a powerful augmented business intelligence system that uses artificial intelligence for performing analytics of industrial data.

Picture of Freedom Mobile logo/picture of cell tower.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Technology Wireless company applies to build new cell tower near Cranbrook

Freedom Mobile has been pitching new cell service sites in smaller regions this year – including Cranbrook and East Kootenay area.

Mackenzie Adams-Sedrovic from Sparwood.
West Kootenay, Education, Financial Neil Muth Scholarship recipients announced

Four students receive $3,000 to pursue educational dreams

College of the Rockies’ new trades building will be named Patterson Hall, in honour of James Patterson, whose vision for trades training and post-secondary education in the East Kootenays led to the opening of College of the Rockies more than 40 years ago.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Education College of the Rockies honours founder

Patterson Hall will house the Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) and Electrical programs and provide work space.

The Old Marysville Schoolhouse near Kimberley will get a new coat of paint thanks
to a Columbia Basin Trust grant.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial Basin Heritage gains ground on many fronts

Columbia Basin Trust supports 42 heritage projects with over $2 million

Community markets begin accepting Nutrition Coupons June 15.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Agriculture, Financial Farmers’ Market Nutrition Coupon Program gets $100,000 boost

Trust support reduces wait lists, adds five new markets, feeds 225 more families

(l-r) College of the Rockies’ Board of Governors Chair, Jesse Nicholas, Lieutenant Governor’s Medal recipient, Skyla Gronen, and Governor General’s Bronze Medal and President’s Award of Excellence recipient, Bradley Schmidt joined College President and CEO David Walls at the June 8 Convocation ceremony.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education College of the Rockies celebrates annual Convocation

One hundred fifty-two graduates were able to attend the June 8th ceremony.

Wayne Stetski.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay Stetski rallies unanimous support for local food in Parliament

The Friday before Thanksgiving of each year would be designated as National Local Food Day.

Kootenay Trout Hatchery sign.
East Kootenay, Financial Top 20 of the CBT/RDEK Community Projects approved and funded

The Columbia Basin Trust and the Regional District of East Kootenay recently announced the approval of programs for the community initiatives and affected area

L-R: Megan Lohmann, Community Energy Association; Rob Gay, Chair, Regional District of East Kootenay; Kaylyn Gervais Manager, Community Relationships East, Columbia Basin Trust; Lois Halko, Councillor District of Sparwood; Larry Davey, Vice President, Planning & Development, Teck; Diane Tammen, Community Relations Manager East Kootenay, BC Hydro.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Technology, Transportation Sparwood charging station completes Highway 3 Accelerate Kootenays network

The Sparwood DC Fast Charging stations completes the planned installation of fast charging stations across the Highway 3 corridor in the Kootenays.

Celebrating the 50% completion of the Trail Operations No.2 Acid Plant with Minister Michelle Mungall and Minister Katrine Conroy. The new plant is an important investment to further improve operational and environmental performance.
West Kootenay, Trail, Developments, Mining Teck Trail’s new state-of-the-art acid plant hits the halfway mark of construction

Trail Operations houses one of the world’s largest smelting and refining complexes.

A group shot of the Minister's Tourism Engagement Council.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Tourism B.C.‘s Tourism Minister forms New Tourism Engagement Council (MTEC)

The Minister’s Tourism Engagement Council was formed to help guide government's tourism policy, strategy and program implementation.

Columbia Basin Trust Board of Directors group photo.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay Columbia Basin Trust announces board changes

The Trust thanks a departing director and welcomes a new one

Teck’s $1 million donation to College of the Rockies will support construction of the new trades training facility at the College’s Cranbrook campus, in addition to establishing a scholarship fund for trades students and helping to revitalize the Fernie campus. Classes in the new trades facility are scheduled to start in early August.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Financial Teck Donates $1 Million to College of the Rockies

College of the Rockies students throughout the region will benefit from improved access to training

Picture of Golden's Whitetooth Brewing Company beer.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, West Kootenay, Golden, Nelson, Cuisine Kootenay craft breweries capture medals at the Canadian Brewing Awards

The Canadian Brewing Awards is Canada’s national competition for judging the quality of Canadian manufactured beer.

A picture of the window of Zinnia Textiles.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business Nelson welcomes Zinnia Textiles — a shop honouring makers and materials

A few of the lines available at Zinnia include the internationally renowned Nomads Hempwear, based in the Slocan Valley and Smoking Lily from Victoria.

Full Curl is the first book in the Jenny Willson Mystery Series by Cranbrook author, Dave Butler.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality Full Curl by Cranbrook’s Dave Butler wins the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Crime Novel

Published in September 2017, Full Curl is the first book in the Jenny Willson Mystery Series that features park warden Jenny Willson.

Congratulations to Executive Director Tammy Verigin-Burk (centre), her staff, and all the members of the Chamber.
West Kootenay, Castlegar Castlegar Chamber wins BC Chamber of the Year Award – and $2,500 in prize money

The Chamber of Year award recognized the innovative efforts that the Chamber has put into play with the Castlegar Economic Development Plan.

Over 40 delegates joined Hon. Michelle Mungall, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, in the Town of Creston to celebrate the Accelerate Kootenays electric vehicle charging network.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Technology, Transportation Accelerate Kootenays gives electric vehicles a boost in a Canada-first initiative

The Accelerate Kootenays project is facilitated by Community Energy Association.

Amber (Wood) Granter (left) and Sherry Devlin.
East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs, West Kootenay, Golden, Real Estate C21 Rockies Realty welcome two new realtors

Both new realtors can be contacted through the Rockies Realty Century 21 office in Radium Hot Springs.

Morrissey Meadows, the former homestead of the Fitzen family.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Environment Old homestead near Fernie now protected for grizzly bears

The former homestead of the Fitzen family was acquired by the Nature Conservancy of Canada as a partial donation and partial land purchase.

Main entrance at the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort.
East Kootenay, Fairmont Hot Springs, Developments, Financial $5M in BDC Financing helps Fairmont Hot Springs Resort do extensive upgrades

$5-million financing from BDC to go into enhancing guest experiences at the year-round B.C. resort.

Aerial view of the recent Grand Forks flooding.
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Financial Grand Forks flood relief supported by local Credit Unions - surpasses $50K

Seven credit unions from the Boundary, Kootenay, and Columbia Valley have collaborated in their efforts to provide financial relief for Grand Forks.

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