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Communities around the region are benefitting from access to new or improved high-speed Internet.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Technology Better equipped for connecting to the world

Over 12,000 Basin-Boundary households have better high-speed Internet access

The Cranbrook Tourism Board of Directors.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Cranbrook Tourism launches new website and announces board of directors

The 10-member board of the Cranbrook and Region Tourism Society is comprised of local accommodators, business owners and tourism stakeholders

Scenic view of Cranbrook.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, West Kootenay, Nelson Cranbrook drops to 39th in BC Business Ranking of “Best Cities for Work” – Nelson at 45th

BC Business magazine recently published their 5th Annual “Best Cities for Work in B.C.” ranking

Fish-eye lens view of the Rossland Library.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial, Technology Bringing the latest technology to communities

The Trust’s new Community Technology Program helps create tech-enabled spaces

NDP MP Wayne Stetski.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Agriculture, Cuisine MP Stetski’s bill to establish a national local food day moves on to Senate

The bill would establish a National Local Food Day, which would designate the Friday before Thanksgiving of each year as National Local Food Day

Carolyn Bennett, federal Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, Kathryn Teneese, Ktunaxa Nation Council Chair, and Scott Fraser, B.C.'s Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, along with their respective negotiators, sign the Ktunaxa Nation Rights Recognition and Core Treaty Memorandum of Understanding. The agreement will guide the parties in the development of a rights recognition approach to a treaty, and lead to the recognition of the Ktunaxa Nation Council as the legal government and rights-holder of the Ktunaxa Nation.
East Kootenay, First Nations Canada, B.C., Ktunaxa move closer to treaty with signing of MOU

The new agreement will significantly advance reconciliation and treaty negotiations

Sharon Silvaggio is one of the partners and owners of Cranbrook Yarn and Gifts
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business New yarn and knitting shop now open in Cranbrook

Cranbrook Yarn and Gifts remains Cranbrook's one and only local yarn outlet serving knitters and fibre-lovers throughout the district

Sandwich board advertising the Treehouse Toy Co.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Cuisine, Retail, Small Business Business news from Kimberley’s Platzl

There have been some recent additions and changes to the scene on Kimberley's Platzl

Darkwoods and Next Creek are located along Kootenay Lake, between Nelson and Creston.
East Kootenay, Creston, West Kootenay, Nelson, Environment Governments of Canada and British Columbia invest in expansion of Darkwoods Conservation Area

Funding kick-starts Nature Conservancy of Canada campaign for conservation in the Canadian Rockies

Line up of large mining trucks.
West Kootenay, Trail, Mining Teck named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers

Canada’s Top Employers program recognizes companies for exceptional human resources programs and forward-thinking workplace policies

Cans of
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Mining, Small Business, Tourism “Pan In A Can Paydirt” harkens back to Wild Horse Creek’s Gold Rush heyday

A new venture called "Pan In A Can Paydirt" has been launched by Stephen Lathem of Fort Steele, the owner of the Nip and Tuck Gold Mine

The Selkirk College Faculty Association Standing Committee on Professional Excellence (SCOPE) Awards recognized outstanding contributions to post-secondary education in the region at the annual event. From left to right are Allyson Perrott, Muditha Heenkenda and Doug Henderson.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Education Selkirk College Awards Excellence in Instruction

The learning journey at Selkirk College hinges on dedicated instructors who inspire students to advance their lives through education.

Fortis BC logo.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Energy Natural gas supply still limited despite completed Enbridge pipeline repair

Until both Enbridge-owned pipelines are back at full operating pressure, FortisBC will have a constrained supply of natural gas

Fernie's Inclusive trail through the forest.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial, Health & Wellness, Tourism Enhancing recreational opportunities on Basin trails

Columbia Basin Trust supports physical well-being through new granting program

Picture of Rider Express bus.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Transportation Saskatchewan-based Rider Express fills Greyhound void with stops in Golden and Revelstoke

Routes from Calgary to Vancouver and back as well as Calgary to Winnipeg and back started running on Monday, October 29

Picture of newly-rebranded beer cans.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail Fernie Brewing Co. Launches Fresh New Look

In this new world of craft beer, where trends change, categories evolve, and beer-styles take off, it was time for a fresh new look

Mike Adams
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Financial, Small Business Taylor Adams now Apex Accounting

Following the retirement of Trent Taylor, founder of Taylor Adams, the accounting firm has been rebranded as Apex Accounting

Christine Cooper.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Invermere, Financial Christine Cooper appointed Senior Relationship Manager at BMO

Christine has been with the BMO Financial Group since 2009.

Indoor view of the Cranbrook Winter Market
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Agriculture, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Special Winter Markets — November 24 and 25

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

Cheers! Owner of Elder Bro's Farm and Distillery, Attila Lepsis, holds up a glass of produced-on-the-farm Schnapps.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Kimberley, Agriculture, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality Elder Bro’s Farm and Distillery opens in Wycliffe

In the coming years, Elder Bro's Farm plans to supply fresh and ripe elderberries to all of BC for delicious wines, juices, jams, and of course, schnapps.

Erinn Pinkerton.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Transportation New CEO appointed by BC Transit Board

BC Transit’s Chair of the Board announced that Erinn Pinkerton has been appointed as the organization’s President and CEO.

Indoor view of Pacific Insight facility.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Technology Layoffs hit Nelson’s Pacific Insight Electronics

Local West Kootenay employment agencies are holding job workshops to assist laid off workers

Trail-based Silver City Stagelines bus.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Grand Forks, Nelson, Trail, Transportation Trail’s Silver City Stagelines now running from Nelson/Trail to Kelowna

Trail-based Silver City Stagelines Ltd. (SCSL) applied and was approved to operate a new bus service between Nelson/Trail and Kelowna

Graphic for East Kootenay Columbia Community Investment Co-op
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Financial Kimberley Chamber part of new East Kootenay Columbia Community Investment Co-op launch

The new EKCCI is seeking founding members and investors who wish to make an impact in their community

A new Centex gas bar has opened at the ?aq'am Trading Centre.
East Kootenay, Developments, First Nations , Small Business, Transportation ʔaq’am Trading Centre opens Centex Gas Bar

Officials such as Chief Joe Pierre and ʔaq'am Community Enterprises CEO Christopher McCurry were on hand for the occasion.

Flagger holding up stop sign.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, First Nations , Transportation Ktunaxa-owned businesses acquire largest traffic control company in the East Kootenays

The business has been purchased from local owners who will continue to support the new ownership in an advisory role

Jennifer Roberts (School District 5) and Cheryl Lenardon (School District 6) receive a Canadian Award of Excellence on behalf of the Kootenay-Boundary Environmental Education Committee (KBEE), representing school districts 5, 6, 8, 10, 20 and 51.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Environment Local educators take home awards at Canadian conference

The EECOM Awards recognizes both classroom teachers and community educators who demonstrate excellence in encouraging stewardship and sustainability

An artist's rendition of the
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Developments, Real Estate, Small Business Castlegar Chamber offers commercial spaces in new “Hub” building

The Hub will be the centre for tourism and economic development and is expected to draw 20,000+ people annually for hub occupants.

Jordan Aasland and Rusty Cox of Fisher Peak Brewing Company at the BC Beer Awards.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, West Kootenay, Golden, Nelson, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality Three Kootenay-based craft breweries win at BC Beer Awards

Golden’s Whitetooth captured two first place awards and Cranbrook’s Fisher Brewing Company and Nelson Brewing Company won one each.

Nicole Fricot, new Chief Executive Officer for Mica Heliskiing.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Entertainment and Hospitality Nicole Fricot new CEO of Revelstoke’s Mica Heliskiing

Mica Heliskiing is a backcountry heliskiing lodge located on Kinbasket Lake across from Mica Dam in British Columbia, Canada.

Keynotes were greeted by a packed house with 300 educators across Canada participating.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education Canadian conference connects classrooms to communities in the Columbia Basin

Participants learn from the land and people of the Ktunaxa Nation

A new program from the Trust supports alternative energy generation at community buildings.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Technology New energy grant targets community buildings

The program provides funding for community buildings that will generate their own energy using alternative and renewable methods

Pictured, left to right: Virginia Rasch, editor, Koocanusa Publications; Chantel DeLaney, Vice-President, Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce; Mike Guarnery, manager, Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Retail, Small Business 2018 Business Excellence Awards at Kimberley Chamber of Commerce

Under the banner, “Kimberley is a good place to be…Doing Business” ten awards were handed out to a variety of businesses.

Pictured left to right:  Douglas McIntosh, Janice Alpine, Mike McPhee, Charmaine Richter, Barry Zwueste, Mike Smith, Andrea Tubbs  Absent:  Tom Rosner, Tyler Beckley
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Kootenay Rockies Tourism - a successful 41st AGM & conference

Over the course of two days, the 130 delegates heard many inspirational and informative sessions on a variety of industry topics

Recruitment Officer, Jennifer Inglis, invites community members to learn more about the advantages of attending College of the Rockies at the annual Open House.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education College of the Rockies hosting annual Open House

Potential students, parents and community members invited to learn more about what the College has to offer

A 3D printed structure model of a dam - the model is set up on a shake table to represent how dams respond during an earthquake.
West Kootenay, Trail, Education, Technology Kootenay innovation on display at national conference

For testing, the company used a 3D printed model of a FortisBC dam developed with existing research partners Selkirk College and FortisBC Inc.

Janeen Mather, Community Futures Central Kootenay Small Business Training Centre Coordinator with the CFBC 2018 Award for Excellence and Innovation.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Small Business Community Futures Small Business Training Centre Wins Award for Excellence and Innovation

The Small Business Training Centre, a service unique to CFCK, was recognized as a program that could benefit other Community Futures offices across the province

Picture of lumber stacked in yard, covered with Interfor logo.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Forestry Interfor to Take Downtime in BC Interior

Interfor has three sawmills in the BC Interior, with total annual capacity of approximately 750 million board feet.

Fifteen Health Care Assistant students at College of the Rockies’ Golden campus are preparing to help fill the demand for HCAs in the region.
West Kootenay, Golden, Education, Health & Wellness College Health Care Students Gain Valuable Skills

Three academic programs are being offered at the Golden campus in 2018/2019

A modern and spacious room in The Josie, Rossland's newest destination hotel located at the base of Red Mountain.
West Kootenay, Rossland, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Rossland’s newest ski-in, ski-out hotel set to open

Boutique accommodations meet authentic Red Mountain adventure at The Josie

DMG Blockchain Solutions Inc. building.
West Kootenay, Christina Lake, Technology DMG provides flagship mining facility update

DMG Blockchain Solutions Inc. is a diversified blockchain and cryptocurrency company.

The Trust is supporting community sport groups and schools to get kids active. Attend an upcoming meeting to learn more.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Financial, Health & Wellness New program helps kids and youth be active

Columbia Basin Trust launches $3-million Basin PLAYS initiative

Lane and Meadow storefront.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Lane and Meadow comes to Cranbrook

An exciting new home decor store is set to open in downtown Cranbrook

The 4th Annual Business Excellence Awards gala was held by the Trail and District Chamber of Commerce.
West Kootenay, Trail, Retail, Small Business Trail and District Chamber of Commerce 2018 Business Excellence award winners

Congratulations to the winners and nominees of the recent 2018 Business Excellence awards

Kootenay Orchards Elementary students learn to identify grassland wildflowers with Wild Voices “The Buttes in Bloom” program, Spring 2017.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Environment Wild Voices deepens students understanding of the natural world

For ten years, Wild Voices presentations and field studies have helped Basin students to better understand their natural environment

Guy Santucci, Cranbrook History Centre Board Chair, and Jason Jacob, President of East Kootenay Chamber of Mines, with one of the dino prints.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education, Mining, Tourism Local dinosaur prints on display at Cranbrook History Centre

Teck loans museum 140 million-year-old meat-eating raptor tracks found in local mines

The Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort in Cranbrook.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism KR Tourism to hold AGM in Cranbrook

Kootenay Rockies Tourism Association will hold their annual Tourism Industry Conference in Cranbrook at the Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort October 15th and 16th

Titan mining machine in Sparwood, B.C.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Developments, Mining Teck announces new Sparwood office

Teck is pleased to announce the development of a new centralized office building in Sparwood, B.C.

Karen and Doug Barraclough recently won the Kootenay Livestock Association's 2018 Agriculturalist of the Year award.
East Kootenay, Agriculture, Animal Care Local Kootenay Ranchers inspire the Next Generation

Karen travels all over the East Kootenays teaching elementary students about farming and where their food comes from

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