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The Valemount Senior Citizens Housing Society’s Golden Years Lodge will be upgraded to become more energy efficient thanks to support from Columbia Basin Trust’s Energy Retrofit Program.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Energy, Financial 25 buildings to receive energy retrofits

Columbia Basin Trust provides $900,000 this year through its new Energy Retrofit Program.

Sacha and Tyler from Cutter Ranch located in Fort Steele, in the East Kootenay, raise heritage pork, pasture chicken and beef.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Agriculture, Education New program helps agriculture grow

Services include expert advice on topics such as irrigation, pest control, production, water, soil, climate change and research.

Construction site, home of the new Fitness Inc. building.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Health & Wellness Fitness Inc. on the move to Cranbrook industrial park

The new, two-story facility will be 12,500 square feet—some 3,800 square feet larger than its previous space.

Members of the SMARTS project team at Selkirk College’s Applied Research & Innovation Centre in Castlegar.
West Kootenay, Education, Technology Selkirk College partners with local businesses to enhance innovation

The goal of this project was to promote the development, adaptation and/or adoption of technologies and integrate them into business models.

Andras Lukacs
West Kootenay, Rossland, Tourism Meet Rossland Tourism’s new Executive Director

Andras fills the position that was vacated by Deanne Stevens, who left to take a position at Selkirk College.

Overview of Columbia Valley Classic Car Show.
East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism, Transportation Classic Car Show stays in Radium Hot Springs: “positive resolution” says Chamber

The annual Classic Car Show & Shine will be held on Friday, September 15th and Saturday, September 16th, 2017.

A timber frame pavillion that was installed earlier this year at Idlewild Park by College Carpentry students.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education College partners in three community projects

College of the Rockies Timber Frame and Carpentry students have been involved in a number of community-based projects over the past several months.

The taphouse in downtown Trail has become a bustling gathering place that has brought a new life to the core of the community.
West Kootenay, Trail, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Selkirk College Instructor Delivers a Refined Beer Taste

With a taste for exciting business ventures, Selkirk College instructor Mike Konkin is the engine driving the West Kootenay's latest success story.

Castlegar’s Crumbs Bakery Café is one of the businesses that benefited last year from Columbia Basin Trust’s School Works program. Left to right: Susanne Thomas (owner) and Cameran Millar (student).
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Financial, Small Business Apply for a wage subsidy: Hire a student

The program provides a wage subsidy to help employers provide part-time employment to full-time high school and post-secondary students.

David Rooney.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke Revelstoke Current publisher David Rooney passes away

David was well-known in Revelstoke as a respected journalist, talented artist and active volunteer of many community initiatives.

View of the Waneta Dam.
Energy Fortis issues statement on Waneta Dam purchase by BC Hydro

Fortis is a leader in the North American regulated electric and gas utility industry with total assets of approximately $48 billion.

The Waneta Dam.
West Kootenay, Trail, Financial Deal with Fortis off as Teck opts to sell Waneta Dam to BC Hydro—$28 million breakup fee

BC Hydro has exercised its right of first offer to purchase Teck’s two-thirds interest in the Waneta Dam in British Columbia, Canada, for $1.2 billion cash.

Waneta Dam in Trail, B.C.
West Kootenay, Trail, Financial BC Hydro plan to purchase remaining two-third interest in Waneta Dam will keep rates affordable

The purchase is forecast to have a beneficial financial impact each year, helping to keep rates affordable for BC Hydro’s customers.

Kelsey and Brenda Taylor, co-owners of MJ's Floral Boutique in Cranbrook.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business MJs Floral Boutique finds new home on Cranbrook’s Tenth Avenue

The floral business is blooming for MJ's Floral Boutique with a new storefront, walk-in cooler and private office for consultations.

The Calgary Connector bus.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Transportation “Calgary Connector” brings bus service connecting Invermere and Calgary

The new transit service is scheduled to run every other week Wednesdays and Thursdays starting on August 2nd.

Metal Fabricator Foundation Program student Daniel Secor works on a year-end project in the new welding shop at Nelson’s Silver King Campus.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Education Students Spark New Era at Selkirk College’s Silver King Campus

The first group of students to test out the future of the Silver King Campus got busy in the freshly completed welding shop.

College of the Rockies’ Mind Over Metal Camp participants.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education, Technology College hosts Mind Over Metal Camp

From July 10 to 14, eighteen youth aged 12 to 14 took part in a Mind Over Metal camp at College of the Rockies.

Selkirk College Ceramics Studio students Sierra Kelly (right) and Marita Manson (middle) chat with an Amazing Race Canada producer prior to the contestants coming through Kootenay Studio Arts.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Education, Entertainment and Hospitality Selkirk College featured in Amazing Race Canada

Selkirk College’s Kootenay Studio Arts (KSA) was one of the featured stops for the popular reality television show.

Ralph and Debbie Koerber sitting beside a river.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Tourism Revelstoke’s Apex Rafting Company is celebrating 25th anniversary

A family-run rafting company, Apex Rafting is owned by Ralph and Debbie Koerber.

Longtime Community Futures volunteer Rob Schwieger with Community Futures Self-Employment Program Manager, Wade Sather, Executive Director, Andrea Wilkey, and Board Director, Bob Wright.
West Kootenay Community Futures Central Kootenay recognizes Rob Schwieger as our 2016 Volunteer of the Year

Community Futures Central Kootenay is a not-for-profit community economic development organization with offices in Nelson, Nakusp, and Creston.

Picture of mother and child getting on bus.
West Kootenay, Transportation Coming soon: expanded bus service and a new single multi-zone fare in the West Kootenay

Starting August 1, 2017, bus riders in the West Kootenay Transit System will benefit from extended service on several routes.

Picture of Columbia Valley Pioneer and the Invermere Valley Echo newspapers.
East Kootenay, Invermere Invermere’s Valley Echo shuts down after 64 years

The Invermere Valley Echo was founded in 1953.

Picture of wildfire.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay Top 10 steps to prepare your business for evacuation

If you are on evacuation alert or think you will be put on evacuation alert, there are some important steps you will want to consider.

Strategic Doing 301 is being offered in partnership with Agile Strategy Lab
West Kootenay, Education Selkirk College hosts strategic Doing Training

Selkirk College is partnering with Purdue University’s Agile Strategy Lab to offer a three-day training course that helps people lead complex collaborations.

(L to R) Michelle Mungall and Katrine Conroy
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Mining New B.C. government sworn in—two cabinet ministers from the Kootenays

The cabinet consists of 20 ministers and two ministers of state. Two ministers are from the Kootenays

The Windsor Hotel in Fort Steele.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Fort Steele’s Windsor Hotel will once again be a “hotel”

A major construction project is underway at Fort Steele Heritage Town, near Cranbrook, with the historic Windsor Hotel undergoing sweeping interior renovations.

Newly renovated Tasting Room at the Fernie Brewing Company.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Fernie Brewing Co. Tasting Room now open!

With the FBC Tasting Room proving increasingly popular over the past couple of years, it became clear that a revamped and larger space was required.

Kathy Cooper, CEO, Kootenay Rockies Tourism
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality Kootenay Rockies Tourism CEO Kathy Cooper issues statement on BC wildfires

Kootenay Rockies Tourism Association would like to extend our support to our communities and industry in this time of need.

East Kootenay, Creston Rockies Law expands to Creston with purchase of Graham Temple’s law firm

Rockies Law offers a wide variety of services to individuals, small business, national and multi-national corporations and government.

An aerial view of the Columbia Valley Classics Autumn Show & Shine event.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Radium Hot Springs, Entertainment and Hospitality, Transportation Radium officials express disappointment that Classic Car Show is moving venues

The Show & Shine portion of the event will be moving from the Springs Course Driving Range to the Copper Point Golf Club's driving range.

Cole Hoodicoff, from Castlegar, one of three recipients of the Neil Muth Memorial Scholarship.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Financial Neil Muth Memorial Scholarship recipients announced

First time scholarship awards three students around the Basin.

Stephen Wik (left) toasts to new beginnings with Don Wik. In early June, Stephen bought Don's 44-year old business Rocky Mountain Print Solutions and merged it with Murray's Office Plus.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Retail RM Office Solutions—the new business you already know

Stephen Wik buys print business from father Don Wik, merges it with Murray's Office Plus.

A man and child are dwarfed by the giant mining machine that is parked beside them.
Mining Teck updates Steelmaking Coal Guidance

Teck is a diversified resource company committed to responsible mining and mineral development.

A scenic view of the St. Eugene Golf Resort and Casino.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, First Nations Ktunaxa Nation communities regain sole ownership of St. Eugene Resort

The Ktunaxa Nation announces that as of June 20, 2017 the St. Eugene Golf Resort and Casino is once again solely owned by the four Ktunaxa communities.

by Jesse Nicholas, Communications Manager, Ktunaxa Nation Council
Dustin Denham, dealer principal/manager at Denham Chevrolet GMC Buick in Fernie.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Retail, Transportation Denham Auto Group purchases Fernie GM dealership

The Elk Valley's Coal Valley Motor Products, based in Fernie and owned by Ralph Will for many years, has been purchased by the Denham Automotive Group.

An overhead view of Nelson Hydro power plant.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Developments, Technology Nelson Hydro celebrates Grand Opening of Nelson Community Solar Garden

The Community Solar Garden is now operational and supplying power to the Nelson Hydro power grid.

An aerial view of Koocanusa Village.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Fernie, Developments, Real Estate, Tourism New direction at Koocanusa Village

Koocanusa Village is launching with new ownership and management

Participants of the Cranbrook Business Walk, held on June 28th.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education, Retail, Small Business Business Walk surveys 94 Cranbrook businesses

The purpose of the Cranbrook Business Walk is to help foster a prosperous business climate in the area.

Renovations are underway at Fernie Brewing Company
East Kootenay, Fernie, Developments, Retail Fernie Brewing launches new brew during renovations and expansion

Amid an extensive renovation and expansion at the Fernie Brewing Company, they have also launched a new seasonal Ale called Base Camp, West Coast Pale Ale

Cinch Homes' new location in Fernie
East Kootenay, Fernie, Developments Making it a “Cinch” to own a home in Fernie

Cinch Homes is a new, full-service modular and manufactured home dealer in Fernie

Joy Global has a new property in Sparwood
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Developments, Mining Sparwood’s Joy Global Moving Into Former Finning Facility

Joy Global Canada is now in the process of moving into Sparwood's old Finning facilities

Fernie’s Home Bank building was built in 1910, at the height of the area’s coal production.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial Heritage structures face the future

Columbia Basin Trust’s Built Heritage Grants fund 16 projects with $1.4 million.

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.

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