Karen Kornelsen writer profile

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After getting her degree in journalism in 2009, Karen Kornelsen spent the last few years tackling breaking news and in-depth issues. She worked in TV, radio and print and can be found uncovering the latest news wherever she happens to be in the East Kootenay. Karen's passion for new experiences brought her to Kimberley, B.C., to pursue her career in writing and seek inspiration from daily adventures including hiking, kayaking, snowboarding and backcountry camping.

Most recent articles by Karen Kornelsen

Sharpen your senses with an acoustic and musical forest walk in early morning with the Acoustic Walk, First Light tour.
West Kootenay, Kaslo Between a Lake and a High Place is the place to be in Kaslo, B.C.

François and Dana Blouin brought their love of travel to Kaslo and opened a new and exciting experiential tourism company, Between a Lake and a High Place.

Syringa Creek Wildfire on September 7, 2018.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Environment, Forestry After the smoke

Here in the Kootenays, we were all affected by this year’s wildfire season in some way

Drilling at Wapiti East near Tumbler Ridge in August of 2013. Les Szonyi is in the foreground. The Marten project will be Fertoz's fifth Canadian project.
Sparwood, Mining Australian company buys old phosphate mine site near Sparwood

Fertoz Limited acquired the Marten property on February 3, 2014.

Mining Person of the Year 2012 (Karina Briño, Pierre Lebel, Scott Broughton).
Education, Mining Preview of BC Mining Week 2014

BC Mining Week will take place from May 11 to 17 and will involve great events happening across the province.

Tracey Halladay owns Nightcrawler 4X4 along with her husband, Darren.
Small Business Meet the supplier: Nightcrawler 4x4

Tracey Halladay, co-owner of NIghtcrawler 4x4, appreciates her customers and loves her job.

The Kootenay Lake Medical Clinic was revamped at the beginning of February of 2014.
Nelson Kootenay Lake Medical Clinic switches to electronic medical records

The Kootenay Lake Medical Clinic has undergone some renovations and has made the switch to electronic medical records.

The Shambhala team inside the old Savoy Inn where the demolition and construction is now underway for it's new development.
Nelson, Developments Shambhala starts work on new development in Nelson

In 2013, Shambhala Music Festival purchased the old Savoy Inn in Nelson to develop its own nightclub, restaurant and accommodations.

Nelson Civic Theatre.
Nelson, Developments Nelson Civic Theatre redesign project underway

The Nelson Civic Theatre Society has hired an architectural team in the hopes of adding two more screens and much needed upgrades to the theatre.

Kootenay Career Development Society – Castlegar Employment Services Centre Staff. From Left to right, back row: Bob Wright, Susan Deadmarsh, Tara Thom, Jessica Lunn.
Front Row: Joanna Swanson-Kutasewich, Jan Wright, Leni Normington, Katt Britton.
Castlegar, Education, Small Business Putting the West Kootenay to work

The Kootenay Career Development Society supports employers and job seekers and helps people gain access to skills training.

Model photo of the south side of the building showing the entrance to the new Co-op under the covered arcade.
Developments Nelson Commons development reaches another milestone

The Nelson Commons development is the largest project in Nelson to occur in several decades.

Leadercast, a leadership training webcast put on by JCI Kootenay.
Cranbrook Networking in the Kootenays

Mike Matejka, chapter president of JCI Kootenay, discusses the role of networking and how it's supporting positive change within the community and the world.

The construction sector in the Kootenays has many opportunities.
Golden, Developments Construction and development in the Kootenays

Roger Smith, president of Olson Construction in Golden, speaks about the challenges and opportunities of the construction industry in the region.

Congratulations! An international student from Korea celebrates his success at Selkirk Secondary School’s graduation ceremony in Kimberley in June, 2013.
Invermere, Kimberley, Education Attracting international students to the Kootenays

BC has a target of a 50 per cent increase in the number of international students studying in the province by 2016.

The Kuskanax Creek Footbridge is an important part of the landscape in Nakusp.
Nakusp, Developments, Forestry New Kuskanax Creek Footbridge in Nakusp wins award

At the UBCM conference in Vancouver in September, Wood Works! BC announced the winners of the 2013 Community Recognition Awards.

Co-owners Barry Jones and his sister Betty Peterson both have a passion for their business.
Nelson, Retail Nelson’s friendly neighbourhood meat shop

Railway Station Specialty Meats & Deli in Nelson, B.C., is a family-operated business that specializes in quality products.

The NDCC used new technologies to make the space more energy efficient.
Nelson, Developments The newly renovated pool in Nelson is back to regular programming

After a six-month closure, renovations to the pool area at Nelson's community complex are being enjoyed by the community.

Kim Wasylowich, owner of Riemann Painting.
Cranbrook The owner of Riemann Painting loves working with people

Kim Wasylowich of Riemann Painting, based in Cranbrook, B.C., appreciates his clients and staff and has become a great success serving the East Kootenay.

Travis and Clayton Fahselt, owners of Ram Creek Log Homes.
Developments Building dream homes

The two brothers who own Ram Creek Log Homes, based in Jaffray, love making people's dream homes come to life.

Maren Esch and her dog Rebel at Barkside Pets.
Fernie A passion for pets

Maren Esch, owner of Barkside Pets, has a passion for animals and her business.

Overall view of the powerplant at Waneta.
Developments Waneta expansion project reaches the halfway mark

The Waneta Dam expansion project is on time and on budget and has reached its halfway mark.

John Billwiller, owner of Snowball Ventures, has lived in Grand Forks for 36 years.
Grand Forks John Billwiller loves to give back

The owner of Snowball Ventures has volunteered with the local fire department for over 33 years.

The embroidery room at Creative Custom Embroidery.
Grand Forks Meet the owner of Creative Custom Embroidery

Owner Amber Esovoloff was lucky enough to have her hobby turn into a business.

Owners of Jogas, Roger and Donna Soviskov, put customer service at the forefront.
Grand Forks Good coffee and good people at Jogas in Grand Forks

Owners Roger and Donna Soviskov of Jogas Espresso Cafe always go the extra mile for their customers.

Owners Diane and Stephen love what they do and love the freedom it gives them to spend time with their two children.
Revelstoke The owners of Style Trend Clothiers put family first

Style Trend Clothiers in Revelstoke is run by two people who have a passion for clothing and spending time with their two kids.

Paula Kiss, owner of The Building Tree, loves giving back to her community.
Nelson Building Tree offers green building solutions

Paula Kiss, owner of The Building Tree in Nelson, has a unique world perspective and loves to give back to her community.

In his time away from his business, Dave McGuire loves to ride his motorcycle.
Kimberley, Small Business Dave McGuire is happy to help

Dave McGuire, owner of No Shorts Electronics in Kimberley, B.C., loves passing on his knowledge to his customers.

Deli 2 Dublin, an Irish Indian fusion band, playing at the 2011 Kaslo Jazz Etc. Summer Music Festival
Kaslo, Tourism Kaslo’s festival scene is earning Canada-wide recognition

Kaslo May Days and the Kaslo Jazz Etc. Summer Music Festival—both held in the village of Kaslo, B.C.—are two of the top celebrations in Canada.

Chris and Laurie Weitzel, owners of Cherry Creek Property Services in Kimberley, B.C.
Cranbrook, Kimberley, Real Estate, Small Business An East Kootenay property services company is experiencing growth

Cherry Creek Property Services in Kimberley, B.C., has doubled its business in the past year, said owners Chris and Laurie Weitzel.

exterior of a timber frame garage with 3 garage doors
Small Business Golden’s International Timberframes celebrates its 10th anniversary

Master timber framer Sigi Liebmann has built a reputation for quality work on jobs big or small, traditional or modern.

a grizzly bear coming out of a large corrugated steel pipe underpass
Radium Hot Springs, Environment, Tourism Kootenay National Park wants to reduce wildlife collisions

In summer 2013, work will be underway in Kootenay National Park to add wildlife fencing and underpasses in order to reduce wildlife/vehicle collisions.

a young man and woman with two young boys
Fernie, Health & Wellness Fernie welcomes two new doctors

Two new doctors, Mike Stuckey and Deena Case, arrived in Fernie, B.C., from Australia to help relieve the doctor shortage in the Elk Valley.

Sparwood, Mining The new Elk Valley Safety Association

The new Elk Valley Safety Association was created to deal with common issues in the mining sector.

a poster with a heart.
Mining B.C. Mining Week 2013 is all about communities

B.C. Mining Week 2013 involves mining events in communities across the province; these are designed to educate the public on the importance of the industry.

the outside of a building
Elkford, Developments, Tourism Award-winning District of Elkford has big plans for 2013

The District of Elkford has been recognized over the last few years for many accomplishments, and has set out some new major projects for 2013.

A man with glasses sitting with a beer in a mug
Fernie Gord Demaniuk

Fernie Brewing Company's head brewmaster, Gord Demaniuk, has a passion for brewing.

a man on a pontoon raft on in the middle of rough rapids
Golden Ryan Johannesen

Ryan Johannesen—with his business, Glacier Raft Company—has found success by focusing on all aspects of the customer experience.

Kootenay Co-op staff from left to right: Andrew Duff, Julia Hamilton, Alexa Cramton.
Nelson, Cuisine, Environment, Health & Wellness, Retail Kootenay Co-op: more than just food

Kootenay Co-op's assistant front-end manager, Julia Hamilton, is passionate about local, organic and fairly traded food and products.

a large white screen with people seated at a table underneath and a man standing at a lecturn
Kimberley, Small Business, Tourism Planning a corporate business event

Event co-ordinator Meta Yee-Lim offers five tips on how to plan a great corporate business event.

a balding man with a suit and a medal around his neck
Castlegar, Developments, Tourism Castlegar: a thriving hub of the West Kootenay

The City of Castlegar has big plans for the community in 2013.

a balding man smiling wearing a suit and tie
Kimberley, Developments, Environment, Tourism Paving the way for a thriving business climate

The City of Kimberley has made huge steps in improving its business climate and is working at becoming a leader in solar energy.

a young-looking woman with brunette hair smiling
Nelson, Retail, Small Business, Technology Bumblebee Toys is pleasing kids and parents throughout the Kootenays

The online toy shop based out of Nelson, B.C., has a unique product with an engaging online presence.

District of Sparwood mayor, Lois Halko.
Sparwood, Developments, Real Estate The District of Sparwood is ahead of the game

Sparwood experienced great success in 2012 and looks forward to special projects in 2013.

a man with glasses smiling.
Technology E-KNOW: harnessing the power of social media

East Kootenay News Online Weekly (e-KNOW) has a savvy online presence and utilizes Facebook and Twitter to reach out to its readers.

two men and a woman hold up a large round sign for PropertyGuys.com that says Private Sale: Sold
Technology PropertyGuys.com uses powerful leading-edge media to stay on top

Co-owners Dennis Staples and Thomas Leggott use their tech knowledge and skills to serve customers.

Photo of the new RCMP building in Golden, B.C
Golden, Developments The Golden RCMP detachment has a much-needed new home

In October 2012, the Golden RCMP moved into its new $5.3-million building, which will help them better serve their community.

A man and young boy stand together on top of a mountain in summer
Fernie, Health & Wellness, Tourism A new book provides inspiration from a Kootenay adventurer

Matt Mosteller, a resident of Fernie, B.C., just released his first book, "The Adventurer's Guide to Living a Happy Life."

Photo of Canfor's new planer mill
Radium Hot Springs, Forestry, Tourism New hope for a resilient B.C. village

With Canfor's sawmill reopening in the village of Radium Hot Springs, B.C., the community is celebrating new hope and perseverance through tough times.

Photo of inside Canfor's completely upgraded sawmill
Radium Hot Springs, Forestry Canfor reopens its Radium sawmill after a $38.5-million investment

The community of Radium Hot Springs is celebrating the return of a vital economic presence.

Photo of a guy with his kids at Kimberley Alpine Resort
Kimberley, Tourism Kimberley Alpine Resort is gearing up for another powder-filled season

There are lots of new and exciting things for skiers and riders to look forward to at Kimberley Alpine Resort in Kimberley, B.C., this season.

an airstrip as viewed from inside the terminal building with mountains in the distance
Cranbrook, Environment, Technology, Tourism Riding a new high

The Canadian Rockies International Airport is recognized for its environmental, marketing and community outreach efforts.