Kirsten Armleder’s writer profile

Photo of Kirsten Armleder

Kirsten Armleder is a staff writer and photographer for Kootenay Business. She also writes for SnoRiders, RidersWestRVwest and Mining & Exploration magazines. Kirsten was raised in the Kootenays and she enjoys learning more about the region, its people and the industries that sustain it. She takes a keen interest in the region’s agriculture, forestry and mining industries. Like many of the people she interviews, Kirsten enjoys fishing, hiking, ATVing, snowmobiling and horseback riding. She currently resides in Cranbrook with a loving husband, two dogs and three horses.

Favourite articles by Kirsten Armleder

Photo of a man in a blue shirt and a woman in a pink shirt standing together in front of a semi truck.
Forty years for Fox’s

This year is special for Jerry and Diana Walker, who are the owners of Fox’s Transport Ltd. in Cranbrook, as it marks their company’s 40th anniversary.

Photo of a coal train driving across a large bridge in the mountains.
The coal connection

Teck is the Canadian Pacific (CP) railway's largest bulk customer and most of CP's coal business is generated from the five mines owned by Teck in the Elk Valley.

Two haul trucks driving down a road at the mine.
A milestone for Fording River

It was 40 years ago on March 15, 1972 when Fording River Operations put the first load of coal on rail cars bound for seaports in Vancouver.

An aerial view of lush farmland with a pond and the mountains in the photo.
Cranbrook wins on wastewater management

The second phase of a multimillion-dollar infrastructure project to upgrade the City of Cranbrook’s existing wastewater treatment and spray-irrigation system is nearing completion.

Most recent articles by Kirsten Armleder

A Cranbrook home with engineered wood, cultured stone and cedar shakes.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Fernie, Kimberley, Developments, Real Estate Modern ways to finish your home

Here are some of the latest and most popular exterior siding products on the market that will add curb appeal and value to your home.

Jeanne Shaw with her three border collies.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Kaslo, Nelson, Slocan, Trail, Animal Care, Small Business Making a connection with man’s best friend

Jeanne Shaw uses her experience as a teacher and her passion for pets to help people understand what their dogs are trying to tell them.

A border collie performing agility.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Nelson, Slocan, Animal Care Fun things to do with your dog that you’ve probably never heard of

Here are some ways you can have fun with your dog that will be of benefit to both you and your canine friend.

A young, brown haired woman.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Health & Wellness, Retail, 40 Under 40 Kari Asselin found her niche in the “green” beauty world

OM Organics Boutique Apothecary is a successful Invermere-based business that is run by nature lover Kari Asselin.

A young man and woman on snowmobiles in the mountains.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Tourism, 40 Under 40 Enjoying the ride

Like any outdoor sport, there’s a lot to learn about snowmobiling in the backcountry—and that’s where Andy and Shantelle Weir come in.

A young couple in the outdoors.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business, 40 Under 40 Cranbrook’s Corduroy Life

Aaron and Sharon Shuttleworth are the owners of Corduroy Life, an independant sales agency that celebrates the outdoor lifestyle.

A young man sitting on a trials motorcycle.
West Kootenay, Golden, Entertainment and Hospitality, 40 Under 40 The business of backflipping a motorcycle

Professional motorcycle trials rider Sam King is the owner of Ride The Vibe in Golden, a unique business based on the lifestyle of action sports athletes.

Greg Hoffart, owner of Tree Construction.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Developments, 40 Under 40 Leading Revelstoke’s green building revolution

Greg Hoffart is the owner of Tree Construction and his focus is on building homes that are healthy, efficient and environmentally sustainable.

Jill Bentley-Lobban in a blue Stoke shirt.
East Kootenay, Kimberley Jill Bentley-Lobban

Jill Bentley-Lobban, manager of Kimberley Centex, is a people person who loves good food and locally sourced products.

Elana Rosenfeld, CEO of Kicking Horse Coffee in Inveremere.
East Kootenay, Invermere Elana Rosenfeld

The co-founder and CEO of Invermere’s Kicking Horse Coffee is a visionary with a love of the outdoors and a great appreciation for the Columbia Valley.

A young man and woman in the backcountry.
East Kootenay, Elkford, Fernie, Sparwood, Small Business, Tourism An Elk Valley snowmobiler with an eye for detail

Callan Senyk is capturing the Elk Valley’s snowmobiling scene with his new business, Throttle Ops Photography

Cranbrook, Developments Silverado Construction and KD Electric on the move

It's been a busy year for Chase Thielen, president of Silverado Construction and KD Electric.

Fernie, Tourism Fernie Wilderness Adventures plans to expand

FWA founders Kim and Deb Sedrovic are ready to see their company's dream become a reality.

Steve Langevin snow biking
Invermere, Radium Hot Springs, Tourism Invermere’s new snowbiking business

Steve Langevin is a former professional dirt bike rider and snowmobile racer who has started Radium Snowbike and Snowmobile Rentals.

Dawn Torgerson in the vitamin aisle at Nutter's Bulk & Natural Foods.
Cranbrook Dawn Torgerson

The owner of Nutter’s Bulk & Natural Foods and co-owner of Home Hardware Building Centre in Cranbrook is a bit of a risk-taker.

A middle-aged man standing beside a brown chocolate lab.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Small Business Home improvements with the Brown Dog

Re-finishing a home or building a new one? Contact Brown Dog Contracting Ltd. for home improvements in Cranbrook, B.C.

Alan Mason, Mark McKee and Daniel Kellie in front of new greeting centre for snowmobilers.
Revelstoke, Developments, Tourism The future of having fun in Revelstoke

Revelstoke bolsters its economy by investing in a snowmobile greeting centre and other local tourism infrastructure projects.

David Walls, president and CEO of College of the Rockies stands in front of the main campus in Cranbrook.
Cranbrook, Creston, Fernie, Invermere, Golden, Education Realizing the sense of identity and pride in COTR

College of the Rockies forges ahead with a new vision and brand promise for the future.

Brian Riemer standing at the front desk in the office.
Trail, Health & Wellness The business of body movement

Brian Riemer is a physiotherapist and the owner of Evergreen Sports and Physical Therapy in Trail, B.C.

Minn Benedict and Bryan Beaudry sitting on a chair in the gym.
Nelson, Health & Wellness Fit for the West Kootenay

Bryan Beaudry and Minn Benedict help fellow West Kootenay residents achieve their fitness goals at REV Strength and Conditioning.

The staff at M&K Plumbing in the office.
Cranbrook, Energy Cold weather heating tips from the experts

The new owners of M&K Plumbing and Heating share some cold weather heating tips for businesses and homeowners.

The new owners of M&K standing at a drawing board.
Cranbrook New owners at M&K

Roy Needham and Jim Larson are experienced tradesmen, and as of May 1, 2015, the new owners of M&K Plumbing & Heating in Cranbrook.

Grant Hill standing in front of a vineyard.
Grand Forks, Small Business From winemaker to business owner

Grant Hill turned his passion for making homemade wine into a thriving Grand Forks business

Lee Tengum and Nathan Troxel standing in front of 1710 Workspace in Cranbrook.
Cranbrook, Small Business Co-working in Cranbrook at 1710 Workspace

Local entrepreneurs Nathan Troxel and Lee Tengum have opened 1710 Workspace for working professionals to rent private desks and offices.

People milling around at the grand opening.
Elkford, Retail Elkford’s Kootenay Market expands

Kootenay Market in Elkford, B.C., celebrated the grand opening of its new store on May 22, 2015.

D'Arcy Giberson standing in front of Signal Collision in Cranbrook.
Cranbrook, Small Business Signal Collision wins excellence award

Kootenay Business magazine sits down with the owner, D’Arcy Giberson, to find out why.

John Walker, VP of western canadian operations for Fortis Inc stands in front of the Waneta Expansion Project.
Trail, Developments, Technology John Walker on the Waneta Expansion Project

Kootenay Business magazine talks to the vice-president of Fortis Inc. about the Waneta Expansion Project.

Audrey Repin talking to Keith Powell.
Trail, Developments, Technology Communication was key for Waneta

Communication with the community contributed to the success of the Waneta Expansion Project near Trail.

Wally Penner with a white hard hat on and high vis gear at the Waneta Expansion.
Developments, Tourism The end of an era for Wally Penner

The Waneta Expansion Project near Trail signals the end of an era for regional project manager Wally Penner.

A group of officials standing in front of the Waneta Expansion Project.
Trail, Developments, Technology A powerful source of pride

The Waneta Expansion Project is now a state-of-the-art hydroelectric facility capable of powering 60,000 homes annually.

An older gentleman and a women standing above the turbines inside Waneta.
Castlegar, Trail, Developments, Energy, Environment, Technology Inside the $900-million Waneta Expansion Project

Kootenay Business magazine went on a tour of the Waneta Expansion Project near Trail, B.C.

Faceshots of a man and  women with the mountains in the background.
Fernie, Small Business, Tourism Elk Valley Snow Shepherds finding success

Justin Boehm and Nicole Matei have carved out a niche for themselves by providing authentic snowmobiling experiences in Fernie, B.C.

A man holding a glass of beer up and a women standing beside him.
Invermere Shawn and Leanne Tegart

Starting Arrowhead Brewing Company has opened a way for Shawn and Leanne Tegart to explore their creativity

A man in a blue shirt.
Tourism A lifelong dream fulfilled in Revelstoke

Daniel Kellie is the new owner of Glacier House Resort and a relatively new face in Revelstoke.

A father, his daughter, son and grandchildren standing by a red truck.
Castlegar, Forestry 75 years of sawdust in their blood

From horses and handsaws to logging trucks and high-speed lumber stackers, the Kalesnikoffs have kept the family business going strong since 1939.

Two men standing beside a fuel truck.
Castlegar, Trail Carrying on the Benson family business

Sixty-eight years and three generations later, B A Benson & Son Ltd. is still being driven by its strong customer relationships.

A group of trucking students standing between two big semi-trucks.
Castlegar The business of training truckers

Mountain Transport Institute, a driving school in Castlegar, B.C., is doing its part to put more professional truck drivers on the road.

A pretty woman in her 60s holding an award.
Cranbrook, Small Business, Influential Women in Business Denise Pallesen

The former owner of Nutter’s Bulk & Natural Foods in Cranbrook, B.C., talks to Kootenay Business about getting out of your comfort zone.

A hacker trying to steal information from a laptop.
Small Business, Technology Cyber security tips for small businesses

Ivo Georgiev with Detecta Systems Inc. suggests some ways you can prevent the cyber thieves from attacking your business.

RCMP officers with their police service dogs.
Cranbrook Kootenay dogs with very important jobs

This writer spends an afternoon with six canine members of the RCMP.

A man in a black jacket and blue jeans standing in front of a plumbing and heating van.
Cranbrook, Small Business High Point Plumbing & Heating Ltd.

High Point Plumbing & Heating Ltd. is a fast-growing company that offers residential, commercial and industrial services throughout the East Kootenay.

A welder working on a giant shovel head.
Cranbrook, Forestry, Mining Caliper Machine & Hydraulics

Mike Hambalek's business is attracting international attention with its innovative products for the mining industry.

Forestry Work is progressing at the Elko sawmill

Several upgrades are now complete at Canfor’s Elko sawmill and the project should wrap up in late spring of 2014.

Looking through the trees at a logging truck getting loaded with sawlogs.
Forestry Renewing a renewable industry

Through the toughest of times, B.C.’s forest industry has managed to sustain itself and it is now poised for growth.

A driver sitting in a loaded logging truck.
Cranbrook, Forestry It’s a good time to get into forestry

The industry is expected to need at least 60,000 new recruits by 2020.

A logging truck getting loaded in the dark.
Forestry A day in the life of a Kootenay log hauler

S.M. Quennell Trucking takes one of Kootenay Business magazine’s staff writers on a ride-along

A red and white car surrounded by other classic cars in a parking lot.
Cranbrook Classic cars converge on Cranbrook

Enthusiasts of all ages flocked to Western Financial Place for the Brothers Insurance Agency Charity Car Show.

A woman with dark hair sitting at the end of a massage table.
New massage therapist at Cranbrook’s Kootenay Health Centre

The Kootenay Health Centre in Cranbrook recently welcomed Heidi Wood to its team of highly trained massage therapists.

A yellow piece equipment in front of a large shop with the mountains in the background.
Cranbrook, Sparwood, Mining Growing and expanding

Fab Rite Services Ltd. builds upon its history of outstanding service with a new facility in Sparwood, B.C.

A grey heritage building with lots of windows.
Nelson, Developments A Nelson heritage building gets a new lease on life

After six months of renovations, Berg Lehmann Chartered Accountants has breathed new life into a 104-year-old building in Nelson.