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MP Wayne Stetski
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial, Retail, Small Business MP Stetski allocates more than $774,000 for summer jobs in Kootenay-Columbia

The Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) Program provides wage subsidies to aid employers in creating quality summer work experiences for youth aged 15 to 30.

Hand holding a can of West Coast Pale Ale.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality Fernie Brewing Co.’s Campout™ wins gold at Canadian Brewing Awards

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

Rendition of new ferry vessel.
West Kootenay, Financial, Transportation New vessel and terminal upgrades on deck for inland ferry route

The Government of Canada is contributing up to $17,176,667 to this project through the New Building Canada Plan

Group of graduating college students.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education, Financial College of the Rockies celebrates annual Awards Ceremony

Over $89,000 in scholarships, bursaries, and awards presented to students in the 2018/19 academic year

Two cans of Mt. Begbie Brewing Company's Stoked Winter Ale.
East Kootenay, Fernie, West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality Two Kootenay-based craft breweries bring home National Beer Awards

The 17th Annual Canadian Brewing Awards were recently held in Toronto at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel.

Two women sitting down and talking.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Environment, Financial Transboundary Conference scholarships available

The scholarships are made possible thanks to conference sponsors and co-hosts Columbia Basin Trust and Northwest Power and Conservation Council.

(from left) Kathy Cloutier, Paper Excellence Canada; Brenna Baker, East Kootenay
Health Foundation, Gavin Baxter, Skookumchuck Pulp Mill
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Financial, Health & Wellness Paper Excellence donates to East Kootenay Foundation for Health

Paper Excellence Canada has contributed a $25,000 donation to the East Kootenay Foundation for Health

WildSafe BC employee Johanne Lamoureux educates the public at a Bear Smart Community workshop.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Environment Keeping Wild Things Wild

Columbia Basin Trust has been partnering with the British Columbia Conservation Foundation since 2009

Eight College of the Rockies students have earned eligibility to be certified as Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology Personal Trainers. Pictured (l-r) Shady Shafik, Jani Vogell (instructor/examiner), Bradley Spurge, Jacqueline Adkins, Jessica Derheim, Andrea Older, Kat Wilkinson, Reanna Bonomo, Jireh Lastimosa.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education, Health & Wellness Eight Kinesiology students eligible for CSEP personal training certification

College of the Rockies students have access to certification earlier than at many institutions

The Aqanttanam Housing Society in Cranbrook will be developing a new apartment building that will include 39 units.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Fernie, West Kootenay, Nelson, Trail, Developments, Financial More affordable housing options coming soon

The Trust supports five projects with $1.5 million to build 118 new units

Community Futures Central Kootenay named Charlotte Ferreux its 2019 Volunteer of the Year.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business Charlotte Ferreux awarded Community Futures Volunteer of the Year

Ferreux was first introduced to Community Futures as a client of the Self Employment Program, which helps aspiring entrepreneurs to start their own business.

Students wearing orange and yellow vests pose in front of heavy machinery for Worksafe BC
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Education Elk Valley High-School Students to be Hands-On with Heavy Machinery during Project Heavy Duty

Project Heavy Duty will introduce 24 School District No. 5 high school students to the variety of jobs available in the road building and construction industry

A big blue letter G is the logo for Galloway Lumber
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Forestry Sources say: Galloway Lumber Sold to Entrepreneur Brian Fehr

Sources are telling Kootenay Business that Canal Flats entrepreneur and head of The Bid Group, Brian Fehr, has purchased the Galloway Lumber Company

An Air Canada Express airplane on tarmac at airport.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Developments, Financial, Transportation Government of Canada investing in safety at the West Kootenay Regional Airport

The West Kootenay Regional Airport in Castlegar will receive funding to rehabilitate the airside lighting and electrical systems

From L to R: Bruce Smith, Brian Kostiuk, Karen Dietrich and Eileen Braaten.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Transportation Sad End to SADD

Members are shutting down the SADD organization, but still hope that some individual, organization or group will take up the cause.

2019 Environmental Education Awards of Excellence graphic.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Environment Recognize a deserving educator

Nominations open for 2019 Environmental Education Awards of Excellence

Aerial view of flooding in the community of Grand Forks, B.C.
West Kootenay, Education, Environment, Technology RDKB launches new emergency alerting system

Residents can register for emergency alerts delivered by smartphone app, email and voice or text to landline or cell

Jessica Nordlander, new Vice President of Operations at Thoughtexchange.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Technology Sweden’s most innovative leader joins Thoughtexchange as VP of Operations

Jessica Nordlander joined Thoughtexchange to scale her passion for innovating leadership and find work-life balance a small mountain town

Galadriel Watson
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality Kootenay authors provide warm up for Convergence Writers’ weekend

The three free “Coffee with a Writer” sessions in New Denver and Nakusp offer a chance for local readers and writers to interact informally with area authors.

Picture of Paulson Bridge.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Developments, Transportation Highway 3 bridge enhancements to improve safety

The Paulson Bridge crosses over McRae Creek and the Kettle Valley Rail Trail on the Crowsnest Highway, approximately 50 kilometres west of Castlegar

The Burton Community Assocation Community Hall.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial, Technology Community buildings get energized

16 energy-wise projects are supported with over $650,000 from Columbia Basin Trust

East Kootenay Teacher Education program students at College of the Rockies’ Cranbrook
campus host bake sales as one way to raise funds for local schools. Pictured (back row l-r Martha
Palmer, Nicole Hare, Josie Ruoss, EdSA President, Erin Kaldstad. Seated l-r Brooke Leyenhorst, Carly Trinder)
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Creston, Kimberley, Education East Kootenay Teacher Education students give back to local schools

Program, held in partnership with UVic, fundraises to thank local schools for support

A Centex gas and convenience store is being built along Highway 3 in Creston.
East Kootenay, Creston, Developments, Transportation New Centex gas station coming to Creston

The high profile location should be ideal to capture Highway 3 traffic, especially being situated across from the busy Tim Horton's store

Chris Thom of Dunlop Truck Centre is presented with the Business Person of the Year award at the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce Award night.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Retail, Small Business Cranbrook Chamber 2019 Business Excellence Awards Gala

The sold out gala dinner attracted an audience of over 250 people and was held at the St. Eugene Golf Resort

Renovations on the famous hot spring pools are underway with new concrete finishing.
East Kootenay, Fairmont Hot Springs, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Financial, Tourism $5M upgrade to Fairmont Hot Springs Resort well underway

Most of the projects will be wrapped up before Fairmont's busy summer season arrives

Beach cleaning machine on sandy beach.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business Nelson company will clean up your beach

If you're looking for a cleaner beach full of soft, silky sand this summer, then you may want to check out Nelson’s Better Lawn and Garden

Southern mountain caribou.
West Kootenay, Nakusp, Nelson, Revelstoke, Animal Care, Education Caribou conservation engagement scheduled for April 15-17 in Kootenays

The public is invited to community engagement sessions to provide feedback on two draft agreements to conserve southern mountain caribou populations

View of St. Eugene Resort.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Nature inspires redesign and renovation of Casino of the Rockies at St. Eugene Resort in Cranbrook

Work for the redesign is set to begin in early April, and is expected to take under three months, wrapping up in June

Dick Griffith, owner of Interior Trophy and Engraving.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business Interior Trophy and Engraving moves to new premises in Cranbrook

Interior Trophy and Engraving, owned by Dick Griffith, has served Cranbrook and the East Kootenay since 1978.

Fort Steele Heritage Town.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Education, Tourism Fort Steele builds on its success

Fort Steele Heritage Town is a significant draw to the Kootenay region as the attraction continues to grow and expand.

New Harrop ferry moored in lake.
West Kootenay, Transportation Harrop II makes its debut in the Kootenays

These new ferries are larger and able to carry more vehicles than the ferries they replace, with capacity increased to handle commercial vehicles.

Little girl dressed in pink using a computer.
East Kootenay, Fernie, West Kootenay, Golden, Slocan, Financial, Technology Public spaces add state-of-the-art technology

Nine communities receive over $613,000 from the Trust’s Community Technology Program

Graham Knipfel, Director, Donor and Alumni Engagement.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education College of the Rockies hires new Director, Donor and Alumni Engagement

Newly-established Donor and Alumni Engagement Office aims to foster connections with former students and industry stakeholders

Sign advertising Secondhand Heaven's new location in Creston.
East Kootenay, Creston, Small Business Creston’s Second Hand Heaven finds new home

The new location gives the store a new high visibility location fronting busy Highway #3

From left, RDCK Area H director Walter Popoff, Silverton Coun. Leah Main, Minister of Citizens’ Services Jinny Sims, Minister of Children and Family Development Katrine Conroy, Slocan Mayor Jessica Lunn and Nakusp Mayor Tom Zeleznik.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial, Technology Improving internet access for people in the Kootenays

26 rural communities in the Kootenays will be getting improved high-speed access to the internet

Barry Graham, new Cranbrook RCMP Detachment Commander
East Kootenay, Cranbrook Cranbrook RCMP welcomes new detachment commander

Sergeant Graham will formally be promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant once he assumes the role and responsibilities at the Cranbrook Detachment.

Yellow sandbag location sign.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Environment RDEK establishes self-fill sandbag stations as snow melt continues

In cases of localized flooding or high-water, the primary responsibility for protection of property lies with the property owner.

Columbia Basin Trust President and CEO Johnny Strilaeff (middle left) and Selkirk College President and CEO Angus Graeme (middle right) gather in front of Selkirk College’s Castlegar Campus with students from a variety of programs to recognize the new partnership that will innovate and enhance the college experience.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Financial $6 million to innovate and enhance college experience

The Trust will provide colleges with $3 million over three years and work collaboratively to develop project plans to grow program offerings and diversify

The Summit Trail Makers Society will be improving access to Azure Lake with support from Columbia Basin Trust’s Trail Enhancement Grants.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Developments, Environment, Health & Wellness, Tourism Get outside! Basin trails to see improvements

The Trust increases recreation opportunities with $484,000 for 29 trail projects

The conference will leverage local subject-matter experts, researchers, policy-makers and traditional knowledge keepers to deliver fresh perspectives on the Columbia River’s future.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, West Kootenay, Education, Environment, First Nations Discuss the future of the Columbia River

The One River, One Future conference will take place in Kimberley, B.C. from September 12-14, 2019

College of the Rockies Mountain Adventure Skills Training students conducted applied research on tree well extraction techniques under the supervision of instructor Brian Bell (front, second from right) and Rob Whelan from CHM Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures (far right)
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education, Health & Wellness Student-led research helps improve safety protocols in backcountry

College of the Rockies and CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures release research results on best practices for tree-well rescues

College of the Rockies Business students (l-r) Curtis Lutzke, Tyler Epp, Luis Galdamez, Matt Kitt, coach Butch Butalid, Bradley Schmidt, Gitanjali, Jordan Lydell, and Navjeet Vasudeva brought home four awards from the Western Canadian Business Competition held at Okanagan College in Kelowna.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education College of the Rockies business students win at Western Canadian Business Competition

Teams from across Western Canada took part in the competition and were tasked with running a simulated business that produces cameras and drones.

Nurses looking after patients in a mock hospital ward.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Kimberley, Health & Wellness College of the Rockies — News and Notes

Bachelor of Science nursing students busy with mock mass casualty simulation; latest Fire Services certificate graduating class in Kimberley

Six Mile Slough near Creston will provide better habitat for many species once it’s restored with support from Columbia Basin Trust’s Ecosystem Enhancement Program.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Environment, Forestry Improving health and biodiversity in local ecosystems

Trust gives five projects over $3 million through Ecosystem Enhancement Program

A branch of Kootenay Savings.
West Kootenay, Trail, Financial Trail-based Kootenay Savings issues $746K in profit sharing dividends to members

With corporate offices in Trail, Kootenay Savings is a member-owned financial co-operative with eleven branches throughout the Kootenays

Wayne Stetski, NDP Member of Parliament for Kootenay – Columbia.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial, Technology MP Wayne Stetski calls for more funding for rural internet and wireless

Stetski called on the government to substantially increase its investment in rural connectivity in the 2019 budget saying, “rural Canadians deserve no less.”

Logo for Innov8 Digital Solutions Inc., with picture of small town in Kootenays.
West Kootenay, Retail, Small Business, Technology Innov8 Digital Solutions Inc. acquires Lang Business Systems

Innov8 Digital Solutions Inc. is B.C.’s largest independently owned and operated office equipment sales and service organization

Selkirk College alumnus Alexandre Landry
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Education, Technology Selkirk College GIS Alumnus soars in new career

A geospatial analyst for Nelson’s Harrier Aerial Surveys, Landry is part of a team that provides high-precision surveying

Picture of ski scene, with word REVELSTOKE in large plain font.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Revelstoke reveals a new visual identity: REVELSTOKE.

The new look was designed by C&B Advertising of Calgary, under the guidance of the Revelstoke Tourism Advisory Committee.

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