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Fording River Operations, located in the Elk Valley, is one of five steelmaking coal operations owned by Teck.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Mining Celebrating Mining Week in British Columbia and across Canada

BC Mining Week is held from May 14 to 20, 2017

Eagle Plains Resources Ltd., a Cranbrook, B.C.-based mineral exploration company, was founded in 1992 by Bob Termuende and his son, Tim.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, West Kootenay, Mining, Small Business Seeking paydirt

Mineral exploration is a long-shot game with a high expectation of failure—so what attracts people to it?

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East Kootenay, West Kootenay Career BUZZ: Top Jobs in the Kootenays - May 12 issue

Kootenay Business is pleased to present a weekly snapshot of the top jobs available in the region.

College of the Rockies Kimberley Campus Business Development Manager, Jeff Cooper, looks forward to meeting members of the Kimberley community at the May 16 Open House.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Education College of the Rockies—Kimberley hosting open house

College of the Rockies’ Kimberley campus is hosting an Open House on Tuesday, May 16 from 4 pm to 6 pm.

Co-owner Wendy Lyn holds out a two-scoop ice cream cone while standing in front of the Happy Cow Ice Cream's logo.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Fernie, Cuisine, Small Business Happy cows and happy eaters

Taste the delicious, decadent difference when indulging in premium Happy Cow ice cream in Fernie and now Cranbrook.

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College of the Rockies Executive Director, International and Regional Development, Patricia Bowron and President David Walls joined Columbia Kootenay Member of Parliament, Wayne Stetski and College Board of Governors Chair Wilda Schab at the Colleges and Institutes Canada conference in Ottawa, May 1 and 2.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education College leadership connects with MP Wayne Stetski in Ottawa

The Colleges and Institutes Canada conference was recently held in Ottawa, May 1 and 2.

Ashley Pederson is a farrier with clients throughout the East Kootenay region.
East Kootenay, Elkford, Invermere, Radium Hot Springs, Animal Care, Small Business Ashley Pederson, farrier

Ashley Pederson is a horse/donkey/mule-loving farrier who works with equines throughout the East Kootenay.

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Sherry Jackson and Jill Bentley-Lobban celebrate the installation of a new [stoke] juice outlet at Cranbrook's Hot Shots Cafe.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Cuisine, Health & Wellness, Small Business Kimberley’s [Stoke] Cold Pressed Juices expanding distribution network

The company recently transitioned all their cold-pressed juices into sustainable, recyclable glass bottles.

(L to R) Roberta Hall, Kent Kebe and Kara Cassidy welcome people to the Radium Hot Springs Visitor Centre.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Radium Hot Springs, Small Business, Tourism Radium Hot Springs chamber, 2017

In this, Canada’s 150th anniversary year, the visitor centre in Radium Hot Springs is welcoming an unprecedented number of tourists.

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Picture of Pacific Coastal airplane.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Transportation Pacific Coastal adds one-stop (Kelowna) same plane service between Cranbrook and Victoria

Pacific Coastal is a privately owned, British Columbia-based regional airline operating from Vancouver International Airport’s South Terminal.

Mike Gray is a village councillor and the owner/operator of the Horsethief Creek Pub & Eatery in Radium Hot Springs, B.C.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Radium Hot Springs, Entertainment and Hospitality, Health & Wellness, Kootenay Influencers Hospitality and hope in Radium Hot Springs

“I don’t want anyone to fall through the cracks. If there’s someone in need, I want the community to be able to help.” —Mike Gray

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Graphic of 'What's your rush?' ad campaign.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism New microsite launched for “What’s Your Rush” campaign from Kootenay Rockies Tourism

Focusing on the phrase, 'What's Your Rush?', this campaign is designed to excite the consumer with an array of activities.

Kimberley City Bakery owners Michelle and Eric Forbes
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Cuisine, Small Business Forbes bakery is best

Kimberley City Bakery owners Eric and Michelle Forbes have been awarded Canada’s most prestigious bakery award

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Elkford Search and Rescue group.
East Kootenay, Financial Community Cash Awards amounts to over $7,718 for Elk Valley organizations

Unlike other funding initiatives, the Community Cash Awards provide EKC members, and the community, the opportunity to ‘invest in’ and select the award winners.

Kootenay Haven
East Kootenay, Fernie, Developments, Small Business Two talented builders unveil the top trends in home design

LWE’s Ian Larsen and Steve Whelan share their insight about how to design a functional and creative home

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(L to R) Steve Whelan and Ian Larsen, owners of LWE in Fernie.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Developments, Small Business Two of Fernie’s longest tenured creative builders divulge what makes them tick

LWE’s Steve Whelan and Ian Larsen came to Fernie, B.C., to ski, but stayed to build some of the most elegant homes on Earth

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Georgie Award winners (L to R) Andre Bloemink (LWE), Steve Whelan (LWE - owner), Marcelain Blancette (LWE), Ian Larsen (LWE - owner).
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Developments, Small Business LWE’s Kootenay Haven secures two coveted Georgie Awards

LWE in Fernie is the undisputed champ when it comes to custom homes in B.C. They have the photos and awards to prove it

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East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Developments, Mining New proposed Kootenay West Gypsum mine

A new mine proposed by CertainTeed Gypsum near Canal Flats projects a 43 year life span and would mine 400,000 ton of gypsum annually.

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East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality Exciting new look for Kootenay Ice unveiled

The new ownership group has promised a fresh start for the community and is excited to unveil a new look for the 2017-2018 season.

Long-time hearing specialist Garth Brears has opened his own audiology centre, Burntwood Hearing, in Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Health & Wellness, Small Business Burntwood Hearing health

Education to maximize hearing health and capacity are specialties at beautiful Burntwood Hearing in Cranbrook.

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Picture of group of people standing in front of semi-trucks.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Transportation Over 80% of truckers want improved parking and access to Cranbrook—finds truck survey

The roadside survey of long-haul trucks was conducted in October of 2016.

College of the Rockies’ Director of Student Affairs, Doris Silva.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education, Health & Wellness College of the Rockies Board approves sexual misconduct protocols

Events aimed at awareness of sexual violence and the College’s new policy and protocol will continue with each new intake of students.

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East Kootenay, West Kootenay Career BUZZ: Top Jobs in the Kootenays - April 28 issue

Kootenay Business is pleased to present a weekly snapshot of the top jobs available in the region.

The Columbia Valley is looking to hire an Economic Development officer for the region.
East Kootenay, Invermere Request for Columbia Valley Economic Development Officer issued

The Columbia Valley is looking to hire an Economic Development officer for the region.

Columbia River Skywalk—Trail
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Trail, Developments, Transportation Two Kootenay projects receive awards of merit

The Association of Consulting Engineering Companies of British Columbia (ACEC-BC) recently handed out their annual awards for a variety of projects in B.C.

Mineral Mountain Ziplines and Fairmont Hot Springs Resort team up for construction of a new 6-track zipline course. Left-Right: Brad Haga, Rachel Dick, Jay Manton, Mike Lamberton, Justin Keitch.
East Kootenay, Fairmont Hot Springs, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Mineral Mountain Ziplines breaks ground at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort

Owners of BC ziplining company & Fairmont Hot Springs Resort work together to bring high-flying fun to the East Kootenays.

The Sterzer family enjoys a panoramic view of Canal Flats and the Columbia Valley from the top of Mount Sabine.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Health & Wellness, Kootenay Influencers Canal Flats champion

“I know I can’t change the whole world, but I can make a positive difference in the small world around me.” — Karl Sterzer

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Susan Clovechok (right), executive director of the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce, checks out a coach that should soon be engaged to shuttle Columbia Valley residents between the valley and Calgary.
East Kootenay, Fairmont Hot Springs, Invermere, Radium Hot Springs, Small Business, Tourism Columbia Valley chamber 2017

Susan Clovechok supports the vision of the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce to have a thriving economy and an engaged business community.

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A retro cereal box.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Retail, Small Business How to pull off that vintage look with ease

Janet Mueller, owner of Olde Koots Vintage in Kimberley, gives her expertise on what works and what doesn’t when it comes to antiques

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East Kootenay, Kimberley, Cuisine, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality Kimberley’s heartbeet bistro is closing its doors

Heartbeet bistro on Howard Street in Kimberley will permanently close its doors on April 30th, 2017

Lee Pratt (left), mayor of Cranbrook, with David Kim, Cranbrook CAO, at the April 19 chamber of commerce luncheon
East Kootenay, Cranbrook Cranbrook CAO addresses chamber

The City of Cranbrook’s administration has adopted a mindset that focuses on results rather than bureaucratic process.

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From left to right: Michael Hoher, Export Advisor, Andrea Wilkey, Executive Director Community Futures Central Kootenay, Allison Boulton, Program Manager, Export Navigator Program, and David Coburn, Manager of Strategy and Policy, Ministry of International Trade.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education Export Navigator pilot program launched in the Kootenays

Export Navigator is a one-year pilot developed by the Province and administered through partnerships with Small Business BC and Community Futures offices.

College of the Rockies math instructor, Leslie Molnar, is very happy with the pilot of her gamified calculus course.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education College of the Rockies pilots innovative course

The Winter 2017 Differential Calculus (MATH 103) online course had two types of gamification elements incorporated into the curriculum.

Photo of young girl on zipline.
East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Financial, Tourism New Radium Valley Zipline looks for $20K in investment

The Valley Zip Line Adventures site is in an ideal location, situated just off of Highway 93/95 and a major route for tourism.

When completed the project will include a combination of six ziplines crossing Fairmont Creek in several locations.
East Kootenay, Fairmont Hot Springs, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Mineral Mountain Zipline coming to Fairmont Hot Springs

The zip line course design will give riders spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains, Columbia Lake and the adjacent Fairmont Hoodoos.

A home at night
East Kootenay, Elkford, Sparwood, Real Estate Is it worth owning a second property and renting it out?

Tammie Davy is the owner of Custom Real Estate Property Management in the Elk Valley and has some advice on how to invest in a second property

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Kurt Huebert’s carpentry companion is a Krüsimatic G1 CNC robot.
East Kootenay, Elkford, Sparwood, West Kootenay, Golden, Forestry, Technology Carpentry for robots

Kurt Huebert of HübertHaus Timberframes in Golden, B.C., has created a company based on hard work, ingenuity and a sophisticated million dollar robot

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Lisa Schulz and France Andestad are sisters who own and operate Avenue, a women's wear shop in Invermere, B.C.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Retail, Small Business Invermere’s fashionistas

“We want every single client who walks out of the store to be in love with the clothing they’re taking home,” said France Andestad.

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The unveiling of the memorial statue was attended by local area dignitaries and representatives.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Mining Miner’s sculpture unveiled in Sparwood to commemorate lives lost in the coal industry

On April 3, a ceremony commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Balmer North Mine Explosion in British Columbia's Elk Valley took place in Sparwood

Popular Fernie Brewing Company is undergoing renovations starting in early April.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality Fernie Brewing Company announces major expansion: closed to public during renovations

Fernie Brewing Company is in expansion mode and plans to close their store and tasting room during the renovations.

Heli-skiing operation.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Financial, Tourism Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH) sold along with Intrawest in $1.5 billion deal

Intrawest is a North American mountain resort and adventure company, delivering distinctive vacation and travel experiences to its customers.

Logos of BC government.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Technology Completed web project helps local businesses reach new markets

Imagine Kootenay has introduced a new live feed into B.C.'s main trade and investment website.

Guests of The Flats RV & Campground launch their canoe onto the adjacent Kootenay River
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Developments, Small Business, Tourism Embracing Canal Flats

Canal Flats is a new field of dreams for former Calgary entrepreneurs Kate McLean and Kelly Kask.

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East Kootenay, West Kootenay Career BUZZ: ‘Best Of’ Top Jobs in the Kootenays - April 7 issue

Kootenay Business is pleased to present a weekly snapshot of the top jobs available in the region.

A Chevy Bolt is parked next to the newly unveiled DC fast-charging station in Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Energy, Environment, Tourism, Transportation Accelerating the future of electric vehicles in the Kootenays

Accelerate Kootenay is a two-year $1.5-million project to install over 50 electric vehicle chargers along Highway 3

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Koocanusa Lake.
East Kootenay, Environment, Financial Koocanusa strategy to address recreation issues

The actions outlined in the strategy will begin this spring, and will be funded in part by $750,000 over three to five years from Columbia Basin Trust.

The pot is into a plastic bag that is inside the solar collector.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Cuisine, Energy, Environment Faisal Jhandir of Fernie, B.C., has invented a portable solar kitchen

Retired physician Faisal Jhandir is on a mission to save the planet with solar cooking

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People using a SUPSquatch.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism, Transportation Fernie company introduces Canada’s first and only SUPSquatch river tour

The SUPSquatch river tour ride is unique in Canada, as it is the first and only adventure tour being offered across the country.

The Columbia Valley has received $159,600 from B.C.'s Rural Dividend Fund to address economic development.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Financial, Small Business New money for the Columbia Valley

A provincial grant of $159,600 will be used to establish and staff an economic development office for the Columbia Valley.

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Steve Mercandelli (left), sales manager at Cranbrook Dodge is congratulated on being Cranbrook's Business Person of the Year by Brent Jossy of Scotia Bank and a representative of the Bankers Association of Cranbrook.
East Kootenay, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Small Business Business Excellence Awards handed out by Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce

"From vibrant non-profits to young entrepreneurs and successful businesses, we have a lot to celebrate and recognize," stated the Chamber of Commerce.

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