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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.

Aerial view of the Interfor Sawmill in Grand Forks, B.C.
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Forestry Interfor resumes operations at Grand Forks sawmill

The sawmill was temporarily curtailed on May 10, 2018 as a precautionary measure due to the escalating flooding in the region.

Wayne Stetski
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial MP Stetski announces call for applications for Seniors’ Grants

In order for a project to be eligible for a New Horizons grant, it must be led or inspired by seniors.

A new building being built in Nelson.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Developments New multi-story building rises in Nelson with commercial opportunities

The new building, currently under construction in Nelson, comes with two open concept units.

Sign showing new home of Rite-Way RV Services.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business Cranbrook’s Rite-Way R.V. Services moves and expands

The company has moved to a larger 4-acre yard and a more spacious repair facility as well as a bigger office and parts department.

East Kootenay, West Kootenay, First Nations Columbia River Treaty negotiations underway

The meetings will provide an update on Columbia River Treaty negotiations between Canada and the United States

The Cranbrook Garden Club being presented with a cheque.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Financial 2018 Community EKC Cash award winners collect a total of $7,773

The Community Cash Awards, which aimed to develop healthy and diverse communities, offered local community groups an opportunity to apply for funding.

College of the Rockies’ educational partners from Tanzania visited the city recently.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Invermere, Education News and Notes: College of the Rockies

Educational partners visit from Tanzania, and a new course offering at both the Invermere and Fernie campuses.

Youth gather for the opening ice breakers at the Basin Youth Network Leadership Summit.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education Basin youth inspired and equipped to make a difference

100 youth attended the recent Basin Youth Network 2018 Leadership Summit in Kimberley.

Side-by-side pictures of Logan Melville and Val Wright.
West Kootenay, Grand Forks See a Grand Forks real estate leader today!

Talk to one of these real estate leaders today if you are looking for property in the Grand Forks and Boundary region of B.C.

An artist's rendition of the proposed Fairfield Inn in Revelstoke.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism New 87-room Fairfield Inn proposed for Revelstoke

According the development application to the City of Revelstoke, the six-storey structure would be built along the Trans-Canada Highway, next to the Ramada.

The Columbia River Skywalk in Trail.
West Kootenay, Trail, Developments Award of Excellence handed out to Trail’s Columbia River Skywalk

The City of Trail has won a prestigious award for their new Columbia River Skywalk from the BC Recreation and Parks Association.

Graphic for Historical Federation Conference.
West Kootenay, Education, Entertainment and Hospitality History conference at Nakusp features speakers

The annual 3-day B.C. Historical Federation Conference takes place this year May 24 - 26 at Nakusp.

Picture of Samurai Hardwoood's new showroom.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business Samurai Hardwood Flooring has new showroom in Nelson

Niki and Sunny Wood are the owners/operators of Samurai Hardwood Flooring in Nelson.

An artist's rendition of the new Neapolitan-style pizzeria.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality New Neapolitan style pizzeria coming to Nelson’s Baker Street

A complete floor-to-ceiling renovation of the space is currently underway as it is transformed into a new Neapolitan-inspired pizzeria.

Social Room Interiors storefront.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business Social Room Interior relocates to Vernon Street in Nelson

Nelson’s Social Room Interiors has moved to 619 Vernon Street in the Queen City.

From left: Jan Morton (president, Lower Columbia Affordable Housing Society), Johnny Strilaeff (CEO, Columbia Basin Trust), Minister of Children and Family Development and MLA for Kootenay West Katrine Conroy and Mayor of Rossland Kathy Moore break ground at a new affordable housing development in Rossland on May 1, 2018.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Developments, Financial Affordable housing for Columbia Basin residents

The Government of British Columbia is working with the Columbia Basin Trust to build 167 new homes for people in the region struggling to find housing.

A concept design of the new Elkford District office building.
East Kootenay, Elkford, Developments Scott Builders awarded design/build contract for $2.1 Million district building in Elkford

Council and staff at the District of Elkford recently discussed the layout, placement and footprint of the new Elkford District office and building.

The former Kootenay Co-op building in Nelson.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Developments Former Kootenay Co-Op building in Nelson sold

Word on the street is that Shambhala Festival owner and operator Jimmy Bundschuh has purchased the former Kootenay Co-Op building in Nelson.

Girl and man using a Smart touch-based vending machine.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Technology Smart Vending Machines dispense school projects—or any type of product—in retail locations

Smrt1 Technologies is debuting its Brain STEM Toolbox at BC Technology show May 14 - 16 in Vancouver BC.

The Colours of Nelson Mural Project was created through a collaborative design process by 16 artists, ages 15-39.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Financial Art goes public thanks to new Trust program

Columbia Basin Trust commits $750,000 to help communities increase public art

Wayne Stetski, standing with two young people.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial Stetski allocates more than $625,000 for Kootenay-Columbia student jobs

The Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) Initiative contributes annually to aid in creating jobs for secondary and post-secondary students.

Patrick Tolchard
East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs, Developments, Financial, Small Business, Tourism Radium Hot Springs adventure entrepreneur recognized by BC Business magazine

A Radium Hot Springs entrepreneur, Patrick Tolchard, has been recognized by BC Business magazine as one of the province’s Top 30 Under 30 business people.

Little Nieve Thomas standing in front of a NABS construction sign.
West Kootenay, Nakusp, Developments, Health & Wellness, Transportation World-class mountain biking coming to Nakusp, BC

Mountain bikers looking to explore what BC has to offer will now want to add Nakusp, BC as a destination.

by Janis Neufeld, Project Manager for the Nakusp and Area Bike Society
Eagle Graphite has also operated a graphite operation in the Slocan region for a number of years.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, West Kootenay, Nelson, Mining Eagle Plains acquires high-grade B.C. graphite property

The 711 ha, road-accessible Slocan Graphite Project is located 32 km northeast of Nelson, British Columbia and is owned 100% by Eagle Plains.

Columbia Basin Broadband Corporation Chief Operating Officer, Dave Lampron, Kaslo Infonet Society (KiN) President Don Scarlett, KiN Board Member Tim Ryan together with Robert Abbey, Assistant Manager of the Kaslo Hotel, showcase a section of fibre optik cable similar to the one used in this project. (Left to right: Don, Robert, Dave, Tim)
West Kootenay, Developments, Technology Northern Kootenay Lake ramps up its high-speed internet

The northern Kootenay Lake area is mountainous and thickly forested, which made traditional Internet infrastructure difficult and expensive.

Community Futures Central Kootenay Volunteer of the Year, Chris Bell and CFCK Executive Director, Andrea Wilkey.
West Kootenay, Castlegar Chris Bell awarded Community Futures Volunteer of the Year

Chris has been involved in a variety of organizations, lending his good-natured expertise to many projects.

The new Glade Ferry, built by Waterbridge Steel in Nakusp.
West Kootenay, Developments, Tourism, Transportation Nakusp’s Waterbridge Steel constructs and launches new ferry at Glade

Waterbridge was awarded a $27.9-million contract in 2016 to design and build the four new cable ferries.

Amanda Savage and Amanda Landry, new owners of Kootenay Cycling in Castlegar.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Health & Wellness, Small Business Kootenay Cycling is now part of Castlegar’s Columbia Functional Fitness

The new owners plan to expand the schedule and offer a variety of classes like Spin, Tabata, Bootcamps and Functional Training.

The Selkirk College Health Care Assistant Program trains people for a solid career in the health care profession that appeals to many eager to make a difference in senior's care.
West Kootenay, Education, Health & Wellness Selkirk College training in-demand health care professionals

Frontline health care workers are in high demand in our region and Selkirk College’s Health Care Assistant (HCA) Program is training to fill that gap.

Automotive Service Technician (AST) students Roger Blackmore and Cameron Birch practice their skills on a 2010 Jeep Compass SUV.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook College of the Rockies: News and Notes

Community participation and donations assist in College of the Rockies events.

Students at Castlegar’s Stanley Humphries Secondary School participate in JA British Columbia’s Be Entrepreneurial program.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Education, Small Business Mentors inspire youth to be entrepreneurial

Business professionals give back to their community by investing their time in young learners.

Tom Wayman
West Kootenay, Nelson, Entertainment and Hospitality Noted author Tom Wayman launches new book “34 Years Later”

The launch of a collection of essays by West Kootenay author Tom Wayman on Tuesday, May 1 will feature readings and a musical performance.

Esi Edugyan and Steven Price.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Entertainment and Hospitality Elephant Mountain Literary Festival virtual box office opens

Tickets are now on sale for the 7th annual Elephant Mountain Literary Festival, July 12 – 15 in Nelson.

Genevieve Robertson, new Executive Director at the Oxygen Art Centre in Nelson.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Entertainment and Hospitality New executive director at Oxygen Art Centre in Nelson

Robertson is excited to build on the momentum generated from Oxygen’s twelve-year span as the only rural artist run centre in the region.

Myles Peterson, first place winner in the Junior Division at the recent Junior Dragon Den West Kootenay Championships.
West Kootenay, Trail, Education, Financial, Small Business Junior Dragon Den West Kootenay champions announced

The Junior Dragon Den Provincial Championships will be held on May 5th at the Charles Bailey Theatre in Trail.

Group photo of ground-breaking ceremony.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Education, Tourism, Transportation The Cranbrook History Centre announces 1st phase of a 4-million-dollar heritage railcar preservation

The Heritage Railcar Preservation building will ultimately provide a complete building to enclose and preserve the Museum’s collection of heritage railcars.

Jean-Ann Debreceni, EKC Board Chair at a previous Community Cash Awards event
East Kootenay, Financial Community Cash Award finalists announced by EKC

The Community Cash Award is aimed to develop healthy and diverse communities.

Murray Shellborn (left) of Koocanusa Publications/Kootenay Business magazine presents Con Murphy of Cranbrook Pest Control with the 2018 Business-to-Business excellence award.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Cranbrook Chamber hands out the award hardware at gala event

The Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce held their annual awards gala celebrating the best in the Cranbrook business community on Saturday, April 14th, 2018.

One of the courses features chainsaw Vancouver Island artist Kevin Lewis who will spend three days teaching skills on the Tenth Street Campus.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Education, Entertainment and Hospitality Selkirk College introduces Nelson Summer Arts Series

There are 13 courses included in the Nelson Summer Art Series that span a range of disciplines which are taught by working artists from around the province.

MLA Michelle Mungall presents Community Futures Development Corporation of Central Kootenay with a $100,000 grant from the BC Rural Dividend Program.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Financial BC Rural Dividend Program Grants boost to Kootenays & Nelson Innovation Centre

The rural dividend encourages economic diversification, innovation, sustainability and collaboration, and recognizes the diverse needs of individual communities

Michelle Mungall, MLA for Nelson-Creston, announces the extension of the Export Navigator Pilot Project. Also pictured, Andrea Wilkey, Executive Director, Community Futures Central Kootenay, Liz Cohoe, owner, Lillie and Cohoe, and Michael Hoher, Export Navigator advisor.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education Export Navigator pilot extended to support rural exporters

The Export Navigator pilot helps B.C. businesses in six B.C. regions become export ready, by providing access to community-based export advisors.

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