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An exterior aspect of the process shows the unbleached pulp storage tower (centre), along with the maintenance, power and recovery, and pulping process offices (lower right). Excess thermal energy is released to the environment in the form of steam energy.
East Kootenay, Forestry Skookumchuck Pulp Inc. celebrates 50 years in operation

Despite being one of the smallest mills in B.C., Skookumchuck Pulp Inc. has survived and thrived for the past 50 years

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The tall vessel in the centre is the continuous Kamyr digester in which wood chips are surrounded by alkaline liquor and “cooked” at high temperature for a couple of hours. This cooking process digests (breaks down) the lignin (or glue) which holds the cellulose fibres together. Pulp is then blown out at the bottom of the digester.
East Kootenay, Forestry An exclusive look inside Skookumchuck Pulp Inc.

Take a peek at the inner workings of a pulp mill with this photo essay of Skookumchuck Pulp Inc.

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Taken on a cold winter day, this photo shows the wood chip piles in the background. In the centre, we see chlorine dioxide storage towers. Above these is the inclined “long belt,” which transports screened wood chips to the chip bin.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Forestry The timeline: 50 years at Skookumchuck Pulp Inc.

Skookumchuck Pulp Inc. has undergone several significant changes over the past half-century

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Picture of Don Lindsay.
Financial, Mining Teck predicts strong demand for steelmaking coal – “feeling pretty good about 2018”

CEO of Teck, Don Lindsay, believes the company is well positioned to benefit from continued strength in commodity prices.

In photo: Chief Alfred Joseph, ?akisq’nuk First Nation and Wendy Booth, Vice-Chair, Columbia Basin Trust Board of Directors.
East Kootenay, Developments, Financial, First Nations Ɂakisq’nuk to build new rec centre

Columbia Basin Trust provides $500,000 to help realize a community dream

A view of The Springs golf course in Radium Hot Springs, B.C.
East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs, Entertainment and Hospitality True Key Hotels & Resorts enters Management Agreement with Radium Golf Group

True Key Hotels & Resorts is pleased to announce a new agreement with Radium Golf Group for the management of the Radium and Springs Golf courses.

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

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Celgar BE SEEN campaign team members (L-R) Sandy Hinter, Mark Goebel and Rose Leslie visited the Selkirk College Castlegar Campus at the end of October to talk to students and staff about safety on area roadways.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Education, Health & Wellness Selkirk College partners with Celgar for BE SEEN campaign

In an effort to avoid tragedy and make Castlegar's streets safer for everyone, Celgar has launched a fantastic campaign that has received great response so far

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

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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.

(L to R) Graeme Nunn (Rockies Law), president, Fernie chamber board; Patty Vadnais, Fernie chamber executive director; Anita Palmer (College of the Rockies, Fernie campus), Fernie chamber board vice-president
East Kootenay, Fernie, Small Business Fernie chamber, 2018 report

Patty Vadnais, executive director of the Fernie chamber of commerce, applauds Fernie as a community of doers and problem solvers.

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Selkirk College Millwright/Machinist Foundation Program students (L-R) Darren Mederios, Greyson Kozakevich and Guy Vercillo are members of the first cohort to use the newly renovated shop spaces at Nelson’s Silver King Campus.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Education, Technology Selkirk College Trades students settle into renovated shop spaces

Selkirk College is now accepting applications for the upcoming February start in three different programs.

Luna Festival: Nocturnal Art and Wonder 2017
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality Arts and culture grants now available

Over the next three years, the Trust is expanding its support for arts, culture and heritage with $11.6 million. \

In May 2016, youth from around the Basin participated in a summit organized by Columbia Basin Trust’s Basin Youth Network.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, West Kootenay, Education Youth: Apply now for free leadership event

Youth Leadership Summit takes place in Kimberley this May

Eden Yesh smiles for a photo
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education Mobilizing local capital—community investment co-ops in rural B.C.

Eden Yesh will host Community Investment sessions in most communities throughout the Kootenays

40 under 40.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Small Business, 40 Under 40 Nominations are open for Kootenay Business’s 3rd annual 40 under 40 list

Kootenay Business is shining a spotlight on the young entrepreneurs of the Kootenays with our latest 40 under 40 list

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Photo of Golden Installations building.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Golden, Retail, Small Business Golden Installations on the move

Golden Installations has been in business for over 47 years in the Upper Columbia Valley.

The Kootenay Columbia region's total property assessments increased from $38.6 billion in 2017 to $40.87 billion this year.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Fernie, Invermere, West Kootenay, Golden, Nelson, Real Estate Top 25 most expensive residential properties in the Kootenays (by assessed value)

Invermere leads the way with the highest assessed value for a property in the Kootenay Columbia region.

John Pumphrey is COO with North Coal Limited, an emerging metallurgical coal mining company situated in British Columbia's Elk Valley.
East Kootenay, Elkford, Sparwood, Mining New name, new beginning

Formerly known as CanAus Coal Limited, the company rebranded itself as North Coal Limited in late November 2017.

by Gerry Warner