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The Happy Hills Farm booth at a market.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Agriculture, Environment Here’s a list of Kootenay farmers markets to help with local food security

Here’s a list of all Kootenay farmers markets to help us increase our local food security

by Virginia Rasch and Julie Matchett
Virginia Rasch sitting in garden with dog.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Agriculture, Environment, Health & Wellness 14 benefits of a Pandemic Garden

This year plant a Pandemic Garden to help the dual crises of coronavirus and climate change

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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 28th starting at 8:30 p.m.

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Students studying an observation bee hive in class.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Environment, Financial Funding available for bee projects

The Bee BC Program has funding available to support bee health throughout the province.

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Parents are standing with their three kids on their farm.
West Kootenay, Rossland, Agriculture, Environment Macro-success with microgreens on the Happy Hills Farm

The Happy Hills Farm in Rossland is growing super healthy food year-round

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Stacey Goldade, owner of Sparrow Hair in Fernie.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Environment, Small Business Salute to an environmentally sustainable salon in Fernie

Sparrow Hair in Fernie joins forces with Green Circle Salons, a North American-wide recycling and sustainability program that aims to reduce salon waste

by Julie Matchett
Community members discuss Koocanusa recreation at the Grasmere open house.
East Kootenay, Developments, Environment Have your say on the Koocanusa Recreation Strategy

Four open houses were recently held to discuss the Koocanusa Recreation Strategy; if you missed them, the deadline for online feedback is December 15

by Julie Matchett
A solar array installed on the rooftop of Castlegar City Hall.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Environment Castlegar is committed to energy conservation

The City of Castlegar is dedicated to sustainability and renewable energy generation

by Julie Matchett
Shade Sails Canada staff is passing out bags from their second company at their Dragons’ Den appearance in October.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Environment, Retail, Small Business Vibrant and stylish bags are created by the Green Bag Company in Revelstoke, B.C.

The Green Bag Company in Revelstoke, B.C., is creating upscale, upcycled bags of all sizes and shapes

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Crawford Bay Park.
West Kootenay, Environment, Financial Partnerships allow purchase of key lands

Columbia Basin Trust contributes $800,000 for purchase of recreational land in Crawford Bay

CFO Krystle Seed, CEO and president Ken Kalesnikoff, and COO Chris Kalesnikoff visit Kallesoe Machinery in Denmark to see their new state-of-the-art glulam line in action.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Environment, Forestry Kudos to the Kalesnikoff Lumber Company

The fourth generation keeps Kalesnikoff Lumber Company a proud and successful enterprise with its forward-thinking approach to forestry

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Four young girls in high-visibility vests sit on a wooden staircase with bags of trash
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Kimberley, Environment Cranbrook and Kimberley clean up

On September 20, Cranbrook and Kimberley volunteers joined a world-wide effort to clean up our communities and raise awareness about protecting our environment.

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Tablet being held between two hands, screen shows Climate Change website.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Environment Climate change info centralized online

There’s a new online source for people seeking easy-to-understand information on climate change specific to local communities

Noemie Roy, owner of Thread the Needle, is a professionally trained seamstress who works to repair customers’ well-loved items to their former glory.
East Kootenay, Golden, Environment, Small Business Thread the Needle in Golden, B.C., gives your gear a second life

Noemie Roy, owner of Thread the Needle in Golden, B.C., offers clients a chance to repair and restore their well-loved outdoor gear.

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Close-up of two helicopters at low altitude
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Environment Cranbrook floodplain mapping underway

The City of Cranbrook had a busy summer, upgrading infrastructure and undertaking floodplain mapping to inform land use planning and future protective measures.

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View of towering mountains, with alpine slopes below.
Environment, First Nations MP Wayne Stetksi congratulates the Ktunaxa on approval of project to protect Qat’muk

To the Ktunaxa, Qat’muk is home to the Grizzly Bear Spirit which is a source of protection, guidance and strength

A group of Silverton citizens hold up signs in support of the 100% Renewable Kootenays campaign.
West Kootenay, Nelson, New Denver, Rossland, Salmo, Slocan, Energy, Environment Five West Kootenay communities are leading the way in renewable energy

Five West Kootenay communities have signed on to the EcoSociety’s 100% Renewable Kootenays campaign. Meet the early adopters of change.

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Kate Letizia standing in front of bushes.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Energy, Environment City of Nelson hires Climate Change Coordinator

The Climate Change Coordinator position will implement initiatives to increase Nelson's capacity to reduce its climate impact

Darcy Wanuk is wearing one of her creations, a jean jacket with swaths of added cloth.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Environment, Small Business Darcy Wanuk repurposes old textiles into funky, fun clothes for women

Darcy Wanuk started stitch + cloth Ecodesigns in Kimberley, B.C., to reconstruct old textiles into funky women’s clothing

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People at an museum exhibit.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Environment, First Nations Showcasing Arts and Culture of the Columbia River Basin

Poets, performers, visual art displays included at international conference

Close-up of huckleberries.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Agriculture, Environment Huckleberry harvesting restricted to protect grizzly habitat

The recent increase in commercial-scale huckleberry harvesting in the Kootenays has resulted in conflicts with grizzly bear foraging areas and damaged habitat

Magnified piece of flake graphite
West Kootenay, Nelson, Energy, Environment, Mining, Small Business, Transportation Clean energy from Eagle Graphite

Eagle Graphite, near Nelson, has been granted $290,000 from the Province of B.C. to support the development of improved electric vehicle batteries.

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Cover of RDEK's survey on solid waste and recycling.
East Kootenay, Environment Results released for RDEK Solid Waste & Recycling Costs Survey

Survey respondents indicated they were in favour of setting waste reduction goals that move the region closer to reaching the Provincial waste generation goals

Students in the Selkirk College Integrated Environmental Planning and Forestry Programs restore reptile habitat at the Silver City Trap Club.
West Kootenay, Trail, Education, Environment Selkirk College students participate in community-based restoration

A group of 50 students spent two days restoring habitat on the banks of the Columbia River for the Silver City Trap Club

Bee sitting on clump of yellow flowers.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Golden, Kimberley, West Kootenay, Nelson, Rossland, Environment Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute to help municipalities adapt to climate change

Municipalities are on the front lines of climate change, so it is important they are developing plans and implementing actions to become more resilient

Emmeline Marshall-Hill, Graham Watt and Brian Taylor, on the shore of the Granby River, Grand Forks, B.C.
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Environment, Real Estate Changing the face of Grand Forks

Driven by the forces of nature and the community’s needs, Grand Forks is in the process of transforming itself.

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Paul Denchuk and Meredith Hamstead are standing together in front of a home.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Energy, Environment, Small Business thinkBright Homes: A lighter touch on the planet

thinkBright Homes, based in Invermere, B.C., is at the cutting edge of the green building industry

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CEBC is BC’s clean energy industry association that represents 135 members.
West Kootenay, Trail, Environment Clean Energy BC delves into the Kootenays

The Clean Energy Association of BC (CEBC) is hosting their spring conference Powering Generations: Legacy to the Future in Trail, BC from June 4th – 6th.

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.

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

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

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.

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

Cover Architectural Collaborative Inc. of Nelson, B.C., produced this concept rendering of the proposed District office for Elkford, B.C.
East Kootenay, Elkford, Environment Pride of Elkford

“Elkford has been a leader in climate change awareness, so it was important to make the district office a green building.” — Scott Beeching

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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

Members of the Selkirk College facilities team—(L-R) Mike Geisler, Melanie Perepolkin, Ron Zaitsoff and Pauline de Grandpre—check out the new Chevrolet Bolt which has been added to the college fleet.
West Kootenay, Education, Environment, Technology, Transportation Selkirk College ushers in electric vehicle age

The new Chevrolet Bolt is 100 per cent electric and the estimated cost for operating the vehicle annually is less than $500.

Shown is the interior of a tiny house, showing the kitchen in the foreground with lots of wood everywhere.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Environment, Small Business Nelson Tiny Houses are big on charm

Nelson Tiny Houses in Nelson, B.C., proves that downsizing can mean upgrading

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Green Roads Recycling asphalt machine.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Environment, Technology, Transportation Green Roads Recycling is an industry leader in road recycling—celebrating 30 years in business

Using Green Road innovative technology, HIPAR roads cost less, last the same amount of time and reduce our carbon footprint by more than 50 per cent.

MP Wayne Stetski in his Cranbrook Office.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Environment, Small Business, Tourism MP Wayne Stetski looks behind and ahead

After serving as Cranbrook’s Mayor from 2011 to 2014, MP Wayne Stetski continues to serve the Kootenays on a grander, federal scale in 2019.

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Two female students are wearing warm layers of clothes and are holding a sign that says
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Nelson, Energy, Environment A Cool Challenge

Selkirk College is participating in the BC Cool Campus Challenge to lower its environmental footprint

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A Teck employee crouched beside a river.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Environment Teck named to 2019 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations list

Teck was the top-ranked company in the Metals and Mining category, as rated by media and investment research company, Corporate Knights.

Helicopters fighting forest fires in Kootenays, B.C. in August, 2018.
East Kootenay, Elkford, West Kootenay, Kaslo, Education, Environment, Financial, Real Estate, Retail Is your business prepared for a fire or flood?

Here is a (relatively) comprehensive guide to make sure your business is covered in emergency situations.

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A student looking through a pair of binoculars.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Environment Students “Do and Learn” in their wild backyards

Environmental education programs have immediate and long-lasting effects

View of lake.
West Kootenay, Environment, Financial Darkwoods conservation area to grow

The Nature Conservancy of Canada receives $650,000 from Columbia Basin Trust

Gillian Sanders with a tranquilized grizzly bear
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Environment, Financial Reptiles, grizzlies and more to benefit from $1 million

29 projects receive Environment Grants from Columbia Basin Trust

The two owners of The Purist Pantry are shown seated: Todd and Melinda Kopet.
West Kootenay, Rossland, Cuisine, Environment, Small Business The Purist Pantry in Rossland offers healthy foods from scratch

Melinda and Todd Kopet create healthy foods from scratch out of The Purist Pantry in Rossland, B.C.

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Alicia and Nicola Herman stand in front of their storefront, Grow Tea & Elixir Corner in Kimberley, B.C.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Environment, Health & Wellness, Small Business Growing a sustainable business in Kimberley, B.C.

Grow Tea & Elixir Corner won the Kimberley chamber’s Environmental Stewardship Excellence Award in 2018

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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

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