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A group shot of the Minister's Tourism Engagement Council.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Tourism B.C.‘s Tourism Minister forms New Tourism Engagement Council (MTEC)

The Minister’s Tourism Engagement Council was formed to help guide government's tourism policy, strategy and program implementation.

The former Kootenay Hotel in Creston has been transformed, from top to bottom, into Casey's Community House.
East Kootenay, Creston, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality Casey’s Community House brings the “wow” factor to Creston

Casey’s Community House is a new restaurant in a beautifully refurbished heritage building in downtown Creston.

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Teck’s $1 million donation to College of the Rockies will support construction of the new trades training facility at the College’s Cranbrook campus, in addition to establishing a scholarship fund for trades students and helping to revitalize the Fernie campus. Classes in the new trades facility are scheduled to start in early August.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Financial Teck Donates $1 Million to College of the Rockies

College of the Rockies students throughout the region will benefit from improved access to training

Louis Nelson is the new owner/operator at Domino’s new Cranbrook location.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine Domino’s: New location, new owner

Louis Nelson, new owner/operator at Domino’s in Cranbrook, B.C., emphasizes community involvement at company’s new location

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Chris Holt of Lakewood Landscaping
West Kootenay, Nelson, Agriculture, Education, Environment Xeriscaping: You, me and the blue, part two

Xeriscapic landscaping uses plants that thrive in our natural environment. Here are seven tips for creating a low-maintenance yard.

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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.

Canal Flats, B.C., rolled out the welcome mat to a new employer—the Columbia Lake Technology Center—who promises to replace the jobs lost when the 100-year-old sawmill shut down in 2015.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Technology From sawdust to silicon—why Canal Flats is now the envy of every rural community in B.C.

A new data centre has taken over the former sawmill land and promises to bring jobs and hope to Canal Flats and other rural communities throughout B.C.

by Kerry Shellborn
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.

Fisher Peak Brewing Company’s brewmaster, Jordon Aasland, earned a gold medal for his creation, Hellroaring Scottish Ale, at the Canadian Brewing Awards.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Small Business Fisher Peak strikes gold

Fisher Peak Brewing Company in Cranbrook, B.C., has won a gold medal at Canadian Brewing Awards for its Hellroaring Scottish Ale

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(L to R) Co-owner warriors Vuk, Ruk and Wuk—a.k.a.—Victoria Lang, Richard Matthews and Josh Wall.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Cuisine, Small Business “Glory” to Invermere’s Viking bar

Richard Matthews, co-owner of Ullr Bar in Invermere, B.C., has opened a new Viking bar in the Columbia Valley

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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.

Tim Termunde, president and CEO, Eagle Plains Resources Ltd.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Creston, West Kootenay, Mining, Small Business Eagle Plains goes solo on Iron Range

At the Iron Range property, where Eagle Plains Resources has exclusive ownership interest, the company is breaking with precedent.

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Bob Hellman, paddling on Kootenay Lake in one of his own canoes
West Kootenay, Nelson, Retail, Small Business, Tourism Hellman Canoe & Kayak—a passion project

Bob Hellman has an enduring love for paddling and for Canada’s wilderness, and his business keeps him connected to that passion.

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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.

Tom Thomson , executive director of the Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce, appreciates the upgrades  to the chamber's new home in the former CP Rail station.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business Meeting needs for Nelson’s businesses

Tom Thomson is dedicated to learning about the needs of the business community in Nelson and advocating to get those needs met.

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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.

A family participating in one of Columbia River Paddle's adventures.
East Kootenay, Invermere, West Kootenay, Tourism Take to the water, and don’t forget to bring a paddle

Whether you’re planning on taking your family—or your work family—on a paddling adventure, here are some important tips to keep in mind

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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.

New high visibility signage greets Komatsu customers in Sparwood.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Developments, Mining A peek inside Komatsu’s new Sparwood facility

Komatsu in Sparwood has successfully merged four separate operations and buildings into one newly updated, modern facility.

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