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Little girl taking a bundle of lettuce from a farmer's market vendor.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Cuisine, Financial, Health & Wellness Increasing access to locally grown food

Columbia Basin Trust increases its support for farmers’ markets coupon program

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East Kootenay, West Kootenay Career BUZZ: Top Jobs in the Kootenays - July 12

Kootenay Business is pleased to present a snapshot of the top jobs available in the region.

After months of consultation and careful committee work, Selkirk College has released Building Remarkable Futures: Strategic Plan 2019-2024. Some of the college employees involved in putting the document together include: (L-R) Tessa Stark, Tiffany Snauwaert, Gordon Rein, Gail Crockford, Shana Rablah, Barb Ihlen, Angus Graeme and Bob Hall.
West Kootenay, Education Selkirk College cements strategic roadmap for future

Selkirk College pledges to enhance the lives of both students and members of the community with their mission statement: "Together we build remarkable futures."

Lilina Lysenko holds a congratulatory bouquet and a xcertificate recognizing her as a 2019 influential woman in business
West Kootenay, Rossland, Trail, Small Business, Influential Women in Business Everyday law, exceptional lawyer

Through her law firm, Lilina Lysenko helps West Kootenay residents solve everyday—and sometimes exceptional—legal questions and issues.

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Elizabeth Sutton from Cranbrook.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Invermere, West Kootenay, Education, Financial Neil Muth Memorial Scholarship recipients announced

The scholarship awarded $3,300 to each of the students who have overcome adversity to pursue their educational dreams

Mickey and Sharon Tarasoff, along with daughter Shawna.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Castlegar businesses reap the rewards at the annual Chamber of Commerce Excellence awards

Castlegar businesses came together on Saturday, June 8 to celebrate their achievements at the annual Excellence awards

Two children sit on a small orange tractor with sunshine piercing through a tree.
East Kootenay, Creston, Agriculture, Cuisine, Small Business Cardinals flock to Creston to build their nest at Red Bird Estate Winery

Remi and Shannon Cardinal, owners of Red Bird Estate Winery in Creston, B.C., have started a ma ’n’ pa winery

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A computer-generated rendering of the new Kootenay Lake ferry.
East Kootenay, Creston, West Kootenay, Nelson, Transportation A new electric-ready ferry is set to arrive on Kootenay Lake in 2022

Michelle Mungall, MLA of Nelson-Creston, highlights some of the features of the new ferry set to arrive on Kootenay Lake in 2022

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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

Imogen Whale of Revelstoke
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers Imogen Whale informs and influences

Imogen Whale, publisher of The Revelstoke Current, is a lover of reading, writing, Revelstoke and her family—not in that order, of course.

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Group shot of Eagle Graphite employees.
West Kootenay, Technology Kootenay-based technology could expand clean vehicle range

Eagle Graphite will produce silicon/graphite battery anodes using its quarry in Passmore

Colourful storefront of Kootenay Virtual Reality
East Kootenay, Creston, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Virtual reality has a home in Creston

The virtual reality experience is a new entertainment option in the Kootenay region thanks to Kootenay Virtual Reality in Creston, B.C.

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Bee sitting on clump of yellow flowers.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Kimberley, West Kootenay, Golden, 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

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West Kootenay, Rossland Crafting in the Kootenays

Sarah Elizabeth Fibreworks is an integral part of Rossland’s arts and culture community.

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Front of Columbia Auto & Radiator Service in Castlegar.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business, Transportation Auto repair shop takes old-fashioned approach with “treat your customers right” motto

"We want to be a good, old-fashioned automotive shop that treats people fair,” said Brandon Black, head of the Powerstroke Diesel division

Sign in window advertising the opening of Sushi Wood restaurant.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Fernie, West Kootenay, Nelson, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality Sushi Wood now open in Nelson

The new restaurant is located at 702 Vernon Street, next to the Kootenay Co-op building

Students lined up in front of computers.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Education, Technology Selkirk College responds to need in Tech Sector with new program

A new Selkirk College program aims to prepare learners for a rewarding career vital in the foundation of tech

Wildfire in forest.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial, Tourism $25K to Kootenay Rockies Tourism for emergency prep and communication

The tourism sector can play a critical role in keeping people safe, especially in rural and remote areas

Julie MacPhee, Controller, at the Jack Carter Elk Valley dealership.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Retail, Transportation Calgary’s Jack Carter buys GM dealership in Fernie

One of Calgary’s oldest and biggest General Motors dealerships, Jack Carter GM, has recently purchased Denham GM in Fernie

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East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Transportation Make safe driving part of long weekend plans

Some advance planning and preparation can make long weekend travel easier and safer for everyone on the road

Attila Lepsis standing in front of distillery.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine Elderberry Bros. Farms sells schnapps and more

The Elderberry Bros. Farms in Cranbrook, B.C., sells many elderberry delights, including schnapps

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Cover of Summer issue of Corporate Knights
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Mining Teck named to 2019 Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada

The Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada are each evaluated on a set of up to 21 environmental, social and governance indicators

Interior of a library.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Entertainment and Hospitality A community library is an unsung treasure

A place dedicated to lifelong learning, social connections, entertainment and imagination - libraries are more than just a repository for books

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Rob Gay, RDEK Board Chair.
East Kootenay, Financial 2019/2020 Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiatives and Affected Areas programs funding approved

One hundred and forty-four projects around the region will receive funding over the coming year

Honor Neve, chief curator, and Valerie Bourne, business manager, Cranbrook History Centre
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Status boost for Cranbrook History Centre

The railcar collection at the Cranbrook History Centre has attracted recognition from the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.

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Lucas Roach drawing on a piece of paper
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Small Business Making the magic happen in Kimberley, B.C.

Lucas Roach of Big Magic Design is proud to serve Kimberley clients.

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Laurie Calverley, new Executive Director, Human Resources and Payroll at College of the Rockies.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education College of the Rockies announces new Executive Director, HR and Payroll

Laurie Calverley brings 15 years of Human Resources experience to role

Smiling Megan Lescanec at Bumble Tree Baby and Children Essentials
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Retail, Small Business Bumble Tree puts down new roots

Bumble Tree Baby and Children Essentials has found its forever home in a bright new location on 10th Avenue in Cranbrook, B.C.

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Man measuring a roof truss.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay CPA: Kootenays’ labour market stumbled in 2018

The Kootenays’ labour market contracted by 700 jobs or one percent to 71,200 jobs in 2018.

(L to R) Kristy Jahn-Smith of Cranbrook Tourism, Kathy Cooper of Kootenay Rockies Tourism, Paula Amos of Indigenous Tourism BC and Richard Porges, Destination BC.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism A wide-angle look at tourism

A four-member tourism panel presented information about trends, opportunities and challenges in the Kootenay tourism industry.

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East Kootenay, West Kootenay Career BUZZ: ‘Best of’ Top Jobs in the Kootenays - June 21

Kootenay Business is pleased to present a snapshot of the top jobs available in the region.

Man wearing a puffy vest and checkered shirt using a tablet.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, West Kootenay, Nelson, Trail, Education, Small Business Growing your business with FTAs — Presentation & Networking event

Join us to hear how to boost your export opportunities - free events held in Cranbrook, Trail and Nelson

Part of a 52-unit affordable  housing project being constructed by B.C. Housing in Grand Forks, B.C
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Developments, Real Estate Grand Forks housing projects

New, affordable apartments and townhouses—the first of their kind in Grand Forks—will be ready for occupancy in the fall of 2019.

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College of the Rockies President and CEO, David Walls, congratulates Lieutenant Governor’s Medal recipient, Brenda Cortes Vargas, at the 43rd annual commencement ceremony on Friday, June 7.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education College of the Rockies celebrates Annual Convocation

One hundred eighty-four graduates were able to attend the June 7th ceremony, the highest number to attend in the ceremony’s 43 years.

Three women looking at fresh produce at a market stall.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Agriculture, Entertainment and Hospitality Summer season kick-off for Cranbrook Farmer’s Market

Saturday, June 22 marks the first market of the summer season in downtown Cranbrook

Local dignitaries on hand for the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Save-On-Foods store in Kimberley.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Developments Save-On-Foods announces new 28,000 square foot store for Kimberley

Construction is expected to start in September 2019

Group of ten interns standing in front of College of the Rockies.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education, Tourism College of the Rockies interns depart for overseas placements

Participants will gain professional experience through international development work

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East Kootenay, West Kootenay Career BUZZ: Top Jobs in the Kootenays - June 14

Kootenay Business is pleased to present a snapshot of the top jobs available in the region.

Braveheart Resources’ mill at the Bull River Mine is near Cranbrook, B.C. .
East Kootenay, Mining Braveheart Resources to bring Bull River Mine into production

Braveheart president Ian Berzins calls purchase of Bull River Mine “transformational”

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Large crane removing a mobile home from plot of land.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Developments, Financial, First Nations , Health & Wellness More affordable housing options for First Nations

The Trust provides $2.9M to build 43 new units, improve 88 existing ones

Brad Parsell, executive director of the Fernie Chamber of Commerce, at his desk
East Kootenay, Fernie Fernie chamber’s new exec

Oz transplant Brad Parsell takes on a big job in Fernie.

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Slocan Lake and Valhalla Provincial Park in Slocan, B.C.
West Kootenay, Slocan, Tourism The Slocan Trifecta

The Village of Slocan, South Slocan and Slocan Park thrive on the area’s tourism and outdoor adventure opportunities.

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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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A blind golf competitor uses the assistance of a coach as he sets up a shot.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Creston, Kimberley, Tourism The Kootenays: a destination for blind golf this summer

With three events planned for July, the East Kootenay is a busy location for the sport of blind golf thanks to local advocate and competitor, Darren Douma

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View of Radium Golf Course, with photo of Nawaz Hirji.
East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs, Entertainment and Hospitality Radium Resort Limited Partnership Purchase

The Radium Golf Course, The Springs Golf Course and surrounding lands have been purchased by Eaglequest Golf Centres Inc. based in Vancouver, BC.

David Gandossi (left), president and CEO of Mercer International Inc., and Brian Merwin , vice-president of corporate development at Mercer International Inc.at the Forest Products Association of Canada awards ceremony (May 9, 2019, Vancouver, B.C.)
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Forestry, Transportation Mercer Celgar wins at innovation

Award-winning new trailer design from Mercer Celgar creates more efficient transport of wood chips and pulp.

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Woman holding a cup of coffee and smiling into camera.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business New Coffee House and Bookstore Opens in Cranbrook

Kootenay Grounds Cafe and Bookstore is open Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and is located at 16D 11th Avenue South in Cranbrook.

Jessica Nordlander, the new vice president of operations at Thoughtexchange in Nelson, B.C.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Rossland, Technology Welcome to the Kootenays, Jessica Nordlander

An ex-Googler with an MSc in Applied IT has taken the reins of Rossland's Thoughtexchange.

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Kaslo Jazz Etc. Festival on the shore of Kootenay Lake, backed by the Purcell mountains
West Kootenay, Kaslo, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism, Kootenay Influencers Kaslo makes music

Kaslo Bay Park, Kootenay Lake and the Purcell mountains create a gorgeous natural amphitheatre for Kaslo’s summer music festival.

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