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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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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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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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.

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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

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A woman is one of the many volunteers planting tulip bulbs last October.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Agriculture Fernie is coming up tulips

The EcoGarden in Fernie was awarded 1,000 red and white tulip bulbs to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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The retreat centre has a large circular deck with trees close by.
Nelson, Education, Environment Retreating for artistic or business creativity

The Hidden Creek Art & Ecology Centre is a secluded retreat centre across the water from Nelson, B.C.

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Shrubs and trees in pots are lined up for sale at the Morris Flowers Garden Centre in Creston, B.C.
Agriculture, Environment, Forestry One tree does make a difference

Canada has committed to planting 35 million trees by 2020, one for each Canadian

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An aerial view of the Mulvehill Creek Eco-Retreat on the shore of the Upper Arrow Lakes
Revelstoke, Developments, Environment, Real Estate, Tourism Green investment opportunity in Mulvehill Creek Eco-Retreat, Revelstoke, B.C.

Located on the shores of the Upper Arrow Lakes, the Mulvehill Creek Eco-Retreat is looking for residents, partners or investors

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Several beeswax candles are burning with a soft golden glow. These candles are from Honey Candles near Kaslo, B.C.
Kaslo, Energy, Environment Earth Hour: What are you doing on March 19th at 8:30 p.m.?

Earth Hour encourages you to have a lights-off hour.

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Workers at Emco in Cranbrook are lined up and holding a green pipe made by Aquatherm.
Cranbrook, Fernie, Energy, Environment Greening your infrastructure pays off

Emco in Cranbrook has plumbing and heating solutions that reduce the carbon footprint of your home and business.

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(L) MP Richard Cannings (South Okanagan-West Kootenay) and MP Wayne Stetski (Kootenay-Columbia)
Environment, Small Business A snapshot of the Kootenays’ MPs

Kootenay MPs Richard Cannings and Wayne Stetski talk about their hopes to help our region environmentally and economically

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A rendering of street tree plantings along a boulevard with a multi-use pathway within Castlegar's Columbia Avenue Residential District
Castlegar, Environment, Forestry, Transportation On the shady side of the street

Castlegar's newly released Street Tree Master Plan makes trees top priority

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The exterior of an energy-efficient home built by Tyee Custom Homes in Kimberley, B.C.
Invermere, Kimberley, Sparwood, Energy, Environment Rewarding greener buildings

Three East Kootenay communities have rebate programs to encourage energy-efficient buildings

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A photo of the Earth from space.
Nelson, Environment Who will be the first Kootenay community to go blue?

Communities across Canada are promoting the basic human right to clean air, fresh water and healthy food

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An Observe tire on a Subaru in the snow
Invermere, Environment, Technology, Transportation Black tires go green

Turning nut waste into tires is an example of upcycling for environmental benefits

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A highway sign with an elk on it that is part of a wildlife detection system in the Elk Valley, B.C.
Elkford, Sparwood, Environment, Transportation Elk radar will keep humans and elk safer

A pilot project of a wildlife detection system in the Elk Valley, B.C., may save lives—both human and wild

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Trees covered in snow along an alpine ski run.
Fernie, Kimberley, Golden, Environment, Tourism More trees, less paper

Three Kootenay ski resorts are part of a campaign to reduce their environmental footprints

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Owner Alan Bowler stands in front of his store, Root For Me, in Marysville, B.C.
Kimberley, Agriculture, Environment, Health & Wellness, Small Business Marysville store wins environmental award from the Kimberley Chamber of Commerce

Root For Me in Marysville, B.C., won an Environmental Stewardship Excellence Award from the Kimberley Chamber of Commerce

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An incandescent lightbulb with two green leaves inside of it
Greening your business

Businesses should act now to protect the environment and strengthen our economy.

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Tammy Bessant sits near a water fountain in front of her house in Cranbrook from which she runs her business, EarthWear.
Cranbrook, Health & Wellness, Retail EarthWear is all about skin care . . . naturally

EarthWear in Cranbrook has a complete line of natural skin care products

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The de Vries family—Jeremy, Keely and their three daughters—stand in a field of their organic dairy farm.
Grand Forks, Agriculture, Environment, Health & Wellness Reduce your foodprint deliciously

Choosing to support farms that responsibly caretake the environment and their animals is a very positive way to spend your food dollar.

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Margeaux Bauman, co-owner of Kootenay Valley Water & Spas, is standing with the Big Green Egg barbecue and a big bag of natural charcoal.
Castlegar, Cuisine, Environment The Big Green Egg is a very green barbecue

The versatile Big Green Egg is a barbecue, smoker, grill and oven

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Owner Zabrina Nelson of Revival Boutique stands behind a desk made of over 1,000 recycled books glued together.
Rossland, Retail In with the old

Revival Boutique in Rossland is a resale shop and an innovative recycler

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A pedestrian, timber-frame wooden bridge with a metal roof spans Mark Creek in Kimberley, B.C.
Developments, Forestry Community awards for excellence in building with wood

Do you know of a Kootenay community in which the local government is a wood champion?

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A man is taking off his runners to stand in a lawn of grass and white flowers.
Environment, Health & Wellness Naked and grounded

Earthing is a recent health trend with numerous purported benefits

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A worker stands next to a forestry road in the bush in British Columbia with heavy equipment in the background.
Forestry, Tourism, Transportation Managing B.C.‘s resource roads

British Columbia's resource roads need more funding for maintenance

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A black-capped chickadee sits on a bird feeder.
Animal Care, Environment “Green” windows save birds

Bird-friendly windows from Walker Glass Co. prevent birds flying to their deaths

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Volunteers build the raised planters for the Rotary Gardens in Radium Hot Springs.
Radium Hot Springs, Castlegar, Grand Forks, Kaslo, Trail, Agriculture, Environment Community gardens are greening up the Kootenays

Five community gardens across the Kootenays grow social capital as well as plants

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Environment, Small Business Looking for eco-heroes

Earth Day Canada will award $5,000 for its Small Business Hometown Heroes Award

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Three workers in safety gear are at their work site on a recently built resource road.
Environment, Forestry, Mining, Transportation Leadership needed for B.C.‘s resource roads

B.C.'s resource roads are a multi-billion dollar asset that needs inventorying and active management

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Elk graze in a snow-covered pasture with the Rocky Mountains in the background.
An elk-filled essay for Earth Day

The elk and I were on our morning commutes this lovely morning, Earth Day 2015

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Rane Wardwell oversees the lifting of a panel for a prefab home.
Invermere Building with green foresight

Collective Carpentry in Invermere builds healthier and greener houses by fabricating the homes in its shop.

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Stacey Chartres is the manager of the Luca Hair Studio in Trail.
Trail Greening the hair industry

Luca Hair Studio in Trail is joining a movement to green up hair salons across Canada.

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Michael Dean (L) and his son Andrés spread two types of rock dust on the Learning Garden in Grand Forks. Andrés is now general manager of Gaia Green Products.
Grand Forks, Agriculture, Environment Michael Dean: He makes plants even greener

Gaia Green Products in Grand Forks has been selling organic fertilizers for 25 years and just keeps growing

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Mike Hambalek by Soleco's second generation solar and wind-powered light tower
Cranbrook, Environment, Mining A “green” light tower

This new solar- and wind-powered LED light tower is designed for use in remote industrial locations

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Virginia Rasch
Environment A second-generation voice for the wild

Wildsight appoints a new executive director.

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Shauna Teare is in her garden. She's headed up the Kootenay Food website initiative.
Agriculture, Environment, Technology An online resource for a food community

Local farmers and locavores have a new resource—a place to connect and engage with the Kootenay food system.

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A honey bee hovers near a blossom.
Environment Day of the Honey Bee

In recognition of the 156 years that honey bees have been a part of agriculture and economy in B.C., May 29 will be declared Day of the Honey Bee.

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