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Graphic showing the recreation grants that Columbia Basin Trust will be funding.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Developments, Environment, Financial, Health & Wellness Improving rec spaces keeps residents active

Columbia Basin Trust provides $3 million for 53 new recreation infrastructure projects

Wayne Stetski in standing in front of the Columbia River near its headwaters.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Environment Kootenay-Columbia lakes and rivers win protections

The government’s new Bill C-69 provides a new environmental assessment process and includes a new mechanism for protecting navigable waters.

(L to R) Evan Kleindienst, David Struthers and Shawn Vokey, owners of Vast Resource Solutions in Cranbrook.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Cranbrook, Environment, Mining VAST Resource Solutions goes big

Six years of work by VAST Resource has enabled CertainTeed Gypsum Canada to receive provincial approval for a new gypsum mine near Canal Flats

Volunteers with the North Kootenay Lake Water Monitoring Program measure the snowpack.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Nelson, Environment Special equipment helps researchers discover secrets in the snowpack

FortisBC’s Community Investment program has helped to fund a snowtube, a specialized piece of equipment used to collect core samples from snowpacks.

by Tanya Laing Gahr
Dana DiPonio and Kevin Hagel are shown in a health food store. They are co-owners of Nelson Naturals, producing a natural toothpaste.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Environment, Health & Wellness, Small Business, 40 Under 40 Think outside the tube

Kevin Hagel and Dana DiPonio of Nelson Naturals create natural toothpaste. But don’t expect to find any tacky, distasteful plastic tubes in their business.

A Madden Timber Construction interior staircase is the backdrop for company owner David Madden and his beautiful baby.
West Kootenay, Nakusp, Environment, 40 Under 40 Dave Madden

Dave Madden of Madden Timber Construction Inc. is a local leader in his industry and a champion of regional prosperity.

Natasha Benson (L) and Julie Taylor, owners of The Raw House, are standing in a field of beets.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Environment, Health & Wellness, Small Business Drink your plants!

The Raw House in Cranbrook, B.C., offers unique, healthy cold-pressed juices and nut mylks

Biologist Penny Ohanjanian will be working to reintroduce northern leopard frogs to the Columbia marshes thanks to an Environment Grant from Columbia Basin Trust.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Environment, Financial 32 projects to improve our natural environment

Columbia Basin Trust approves $870,000 in Environment Grants

A headshot of Forrest Campbell, owner of Freewheeling Energy in Invermere, B.C.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Energy, Environment, Small Business Sun-kissed lemons and buckets of optimism

Based in Invermere, B.C., Forrest Campbell formed Freewheeling Energy

Michelle Mungall, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Environment, Mining Kootenay West gypsum mine granted an environmental assessment certificate

CertainTeed proposes a 135-hectare open-pit gypsum mine, located approximately 12 kilometres northeast of Canal Flats.

The Trust’s Ecosystem Enhancement Program will help maintain and improve ecological health and native biodiversity in a variety of ecosystems, such as wetlands, fish habitat, forests and grasslands.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Environment, Financial Significant boost for Basin ecosystems

Columbia Basin Trust announces new five-year, $10-million program.

A headshot of Monica Swagar with snow in the background
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Environment, Health & Wellness, Small Business Monica Swagar thrives on growth

The Swag Hair Studio won a green award from the Kimberley and District Chamber of Commerce

Two pilots stand in front of a small aircraft owned by ELT Aviation, based in Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Environment, Forestry, Health & Wellness, Mining, Small Business, Tourism, Transportation Eclipse Helicopters, Cranbrook

A small aviation company is providing important support to the Kootenay region.

With three years as Cranbrook's mayor behind him, Lee Pratt talked with us about his team, their accomplishments and their future focus.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Environment Developing Cranbrook

The vision and energy at Cranbrook City Hall is focused on local and outside sources of support for long-term, sustainable economic development.

A woman sits in front of her computer
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Environment, Technology Experience the Columbia Basin Symposium live online

Attend the Columbia Basin Trust event, SHIFT! Thriving in Change, from anywhere in the Basin

East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Environment City of Cranbrook awarded CEA honourable mention for WFP heat recovery project at UBCM

The Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy presented the Climate & Energy Action Awards. The City of Cranbrook received an Honourable Mention

Aaron Cosbey, internationally recognized development economist, took part in the Golden City Days Parade in his role as city councillor for Rossland, B.C.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, West Kootenay, Rossland, Environment, Kootenay Influencers Little Rossland’s big-time influencer

Aaron Cosbey is a Rossland city councillor and an advisor on national and international boards for sustainable economic development.

Caleb Willems owns and operates East Kootenay Outdoor Specialist in Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Environment, Small Business East Kootenay Outdoor Specialist keeps it simple

Caleb Willems’s goal for his clients is “more garden, less gardening.”

Darrel Fry is a third-generation Rosslander who is on a mission to disrupt climate change.
West Kootenay, Rossland, Trail, Environment, Small Business, Technology, Kootenay Influencers Replacing petro-plastic

Breakthrough technology from Advanced BioCarbon 3D of Rossland will create biodegradable, high performance, good-for-the-earth plastic.

A water bomber is flying over Moyie Lake with the sun filtered by smoke.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Environment, Forestry Historic B.C. wildfire season

The unprecedented wildfire season in B.C. will affect the forest industry

A photo of the moon covering most of the sun during a solar eclipse
Environment Where will you be during Monday’s eclipse?

Watch wild animals during the solar eclipse on Monday, August 21 and become part of the citizen scientist project.

Kathy Moore, mayor of Rossland, B.C., loves the city's heritage character.
West Kootenay, Rossland, Environment Roadmapping Rossland’s future

“Once you know what you’re going after, you can tie it to your financial plan, and then it’s like a road map.” —Kathy Moore, mayor of Rossland.

Sarah Osadetz, WildSafeBC community co-ordinator for Golden, is standing next to a bear-resistant garbage bin.
East Kootenay, Environment Saving bears . . . one garbage bin at a time

Golden, B.C., is distributing bear-resistant garbage bins to decrease bear destruction

The Bolter family (parents and two kids) stand in a pasture with their beef cows in the background.
East Kootenay, Agriculture, Cuisine, Environment A celebration of citizenship—of Canada and food

It’s a great time to be a food citizen in Canada

Ornamental kale is in the foreground of a traditional flower garden. The green, purple and pink kale is edible.
Agriculture, Environment Edimentals: edible, ornamental plants

Landscape your yard for beauty and for food with edimentals—edible, ornamental plants

The author is sitting on top of Mount Brewer near Invermere with a sea of mountains in the background.
Environment, Health & Wellness Time to play . . . on Earth Day!

This year’s theme for Earth Day—April 22nd—is EarthPlay

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

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

A mother is reading a book to her young son.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Energy, Environment Celebrate Earth Hour by reading aloud by candlelight

Revive the lost art of reading aloud during Earth Hour—Saturday, March 25th starting at 8:30 p.m.

Steven Thomson enjoys the challenges and diversity of his career, even sitting in the office, as he is here
West Kootenay, Nelson, Developments, Energy, Environment, Small Business, 40 Under 40 Steven Thomson: Meet this maverick engineer

9dot Engineering Inc., based in Nelson, B.C., has talented innovators such as CEO Steven Thomson

Slocan campground
West Kootenay, Slocan, Environment, Tourism The Village of Slocan is on the cusp of an eco-tourism boom

Once focused on forestry, Slocan is now evolving into an eco-tourism hot spot.

Cover of report: Water Monitoring and Climate Change in the Upper Columbia Basin
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Environment Learn more about water resources in the Basin

New Trust report highlights status of water resources and future opportunities.

A herd of big-horn sheep are running across a road.
East Kootenay, Elkford, Fernie, Sparwood, Environment, Transportation Here’s a wild idea: Grab your phone and report wildlife

Road Watch BC is recruiting citizen scientists to gather data that will reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions

Forty-nine projects were approved for funding in 2016 with a combined total of $1.07 million from Columbia Basin Trust's Environment Grants program.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Developments, Education, Environment, Financial Environment Projects to benefit Basin

Columbia Basin Trust program helps strengthen environmental well-being.

Ingrid Hope, president/owner of Hall Printing, stands beside an environmentally friendly, energy-efficient printer that uses no processing chemicals or water.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Trail, Environment, Forestry Lightening its print on the planet

Hall Printing in Trail, B.C., won the Go Green Award from the local chamber of commerce

As a dedicated arborist, Chris Nicholson goes to great heights in the course of his workday.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Environment, Small Business Black Bear Tree Care, Fernie

Chris Nicholson is a highly qualified, tree-loving arborist who owns and operates Black Bear Tree Care in Fernie, B.C.

Kaslo discovered and repaired a major leak in 2013, which resulted in a 39 per cent reduction in water use.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Environment Innovative water conservation model proves successful

Communities reduce water use from 2 to 39 per cent.

The newly completed Smelter Recycle building at Teck's Trail operation.
West Kootenay, Trail, Developments, Environment Teck Trail operations completes $35 million investment to improve community air quality

Teck Trail Operations has completed construction on the Smelter Recycle Building, a $35-million investment that will reduce fugitive dust emissions by up to 25%

Kayte Rock’s soups meet the health and  nutritional demands of today’s educated consumers. Here, she stands in her kitchen.
West Kootenay, New Denver, Cuisine, Environment, Health & Wellness, Small Business Follow the seasons with soups made in New Denver, B.C.

Soup du Jar in New Denver, B.C., is Kayte Rock’s pride and joy

Custom jeweler Kara Clarke has won several chamber awards from the Kimberley Chamber of Commerce including Home Business of the Year. She stands in front of a wall full of hanging necklaces.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Environment, Retail, Small Business Analyzing the accolades

A summary of the similarities and differences among all of the Kootenay chambers of commerce Business Excellence Awards

Idlewild looks a little different these days.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Environment, Technology A big dam project

Idlewild’s dam restoration project is nearing completion

Scientist conducting water quality study in woodland stream.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Environment, Technology Website Launch: Columbia Basin Water Quality Project

Project data includes water chemistry, velocity, flow, temperature and Environment Canada Analytical Reports.

A Nissan Leaf is recharging at a unique electric car charging station at the Kettle River Museum Society in Midway. The charging station is located on the back of an old gasoline pump.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Castlegar, Nelson, Energy, Environment, Transportation Filling in the geographic gap for electric car charging stations in the Kootenays

Shifting to electric cars is needed in the Kootenays as our current transportation accounts for 60 per cent of our total greenhouse gas emissions

Picture of bulldozer and Idlewild Park in the background.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Environment, Financial Cranbrook’s $2.8M Idlewild Dam restoration project well underway

The Idlewild Park Draft Master Plan Open House will be held at the Manual Training School beside the Cranbrook library on September 20—the public is invited.

Taken by a drone, this aerial shot of Nelson Hydro’s Bonnington generating station also shows the clearcut (upper right) where the solar garden will be located.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Energy, Environment A successful sunny garden

Nelson, B.C., grew a solar garden in a year and a half with the help of its citizens

Elko Mill in Elko, B.C.
Environment, Forestry State of the forest industry

The good, the bad and the unknown.

Aerial view of Hopkins Harvest
East Kootenay, Invermere, Cuisine, Environment, Small Business Harvesting the sun

Produce isn’t the only thing the Hopkins are harvesting—sunlight is next on their agenda.

John Managh, co-owner of Hellbent Geothermal, stands in front of a large piece of machinery.
West Kootenay, Golden, Energy, Environment The Kootenays are a potential hot zone for geothermal energy

Hellbent Geothermal is a leading-edge company offering geothermal systems in the East Kootenay, where the potential for this green energy is overflowing

Heddlestone Village has a pedestrian common path with homes on both sides. A woman is using a community cart and a boy is playing roller hockey.
Nelson, Developments, Energy, Environment Intentional community in Nelson, B.C., wins efficiency award

FortisBC awarded Nelson’s Heddlestone Village an Efficiency in Action award


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