Virginia Rasch writer profile

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Virginia is a writer and copy editor with Koocanusa Publications. She is an avid outdoor recreationist in all seasons and has lived in the Kootenays for 10 years. With degrees in the natural sciences, she has worked as a tour guide, an environmentalist, a writer, and a copy editor of scientific publications. Virginia now brings her passion for everything green to Kootenay Business.

Most recent articles by Virginia Rasch

Hairstylist Kellie Wolf styling a client's hair.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Health & Wellness, Small Business Wolfy’s Hair Den is open and fixing COVID hairdos in Kimberley

Pandemic bad haircuts and lessons learned by Kellie Wolf, owner of Wolfy’s Hair Den in Kimberley

Family sitting on steps outside their home.
East Kootenay, Real Estate, Featured Stories Two Cranbrook homeowners share their stories and tips about selling their homes

Two Cranbrook homeowners sold their homes easily and quickly with the assistance of Sandy Smith Personal Real Estate Corporation

Joel Godbee, smiling into camera.
West Kootenay, Kaslo, Nelson, Salmo, Trail, Small Business Trendy colours through the paintbrush of Paradise Painters

Joel Godbee of Paradise Painters in Nelson summarizes the latest trends in the paint industry

The Happy Hills Farm booth at a market.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Agriculture, Environment Here’s a list of Kootenay farmers markets to help with local food security

Here’s a list of all Kootenay farmers markets to help us increase our local food security

Large house in background with 'For Sale' sign in foreground.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Kimberley, Real Estate Can I buy or sell a home in British Columbia during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Buying or selling a home during the COVID-19 pandemic in British Columbia? Yes you can!

Trevor and Jessica Shulist and family standing in front of their business.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Kimberley, Cuisine, Small Business Business is brisk with a COVID twist at Meat Matters in Kimberley

Meat Matters in Kimberley is open for business with their mouth-watering tagline: Meat. Fire. Flavour.

Virginia Rasch sitting in garden with dog.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Agriculture, Environment, Health & Wellness 14 benefits of a Pandemic Garden

This year plant a Pandemic Garden to help the dual crises of coronavirus and climate change

AGM of the West Kootenay Boundary Community Investment Co-op.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial Rethinking your investment portfolio? Investing locally in the Kootenays just got easy

What investors need to know about the West Kootenay Boundary Community Investment Co-op and the East Kootenay Columbia Community Investment Co-op

Staff at the Trail WorkBC Centre.
West Kootenay, Trail The WorkBC Centre in Trail is ready to help, just not face-to-face

The WorkBC Centre in Trail opened at an opportune time—rising unemployment in the COVID-19 epoch

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 28th starting at 8:30 p.m.

Distant view of Wandering Fern mobile cafe.
East Kootenay, Golden, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Caffeine meets adventure at the Wandering Fern Café

The Wandering Fern Café in Golden can help make your event memorable and fun

Owners of Fernie Distillers standing in their distillery room.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Invermere, Kimberley, West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Health & Wellness Kootenay distilleries are doing their part to help us in the COVID-19 pandemic

Four Kootenay distilleries are turning an alcoholic byproduct into a critically short commodity: Hand sanitizer for FREE!

Owners of Pealow's Your Independent Grocer, Brian and Julia Pealow
East Kootenay, Creston, Agriculture, Small Business Did Creston’s foodies pick the Creston Chamber awards?

The Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce handed out 11 awards at its annual Business Awards gala

Two scarecrows, an old man standing and an old woman sitting. Staff at Lilac Terrace created the town’s winning scarecrows, which were displayed at the mall and voted on by viewers.
East Kootenay, Sparwood A Business Scarecrow Award was handed out by the Sparwood Chamber of Commerce

The Sparwood Chamber of Commerce handed out 9 awards at its annual Business Awards gala.

Students studying an observation bee hive in class.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Environment, Financial Funding available for bee projects

The Bee BC Program has funding available to support bee health throughout the province.

Parents are standing with their three kids on their farm.
West Kootenay, Rossland, Agriculture, Environment Macro-success with microgreens on the Happy Hills Farm

The Happy Hills Farm in Rossland is growing super healthy food year-round

A large crew of men and one dog are lined up in a large vee in front of a shop. Rexxy, the dog, is the most distracting crew member. He shows true professionalism when welcoming people to the shop.
East Kootenay, Golden A pop-up café and helicopter elopements were commended at the Kicking Horse Chamber

The Kicking Horse Chamber of Commerce handed out 16 awards at its annual Community Excellence Awards ceremony.

Two people, owners of Ullr's Bar, are wearing Viking hats and holding swords.
East Kootenay, Fairmont Hot Springs, Invermere, Radium Hot Springs Vikings, yurts and ziplines were lauded at the Columbia Valley Business Excellence Awards

The Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce handed out 12 awards at its annual Business Awards gala.

An aerial photo of the city of Trail, showing the bridge over the river in the centre of the city.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Radium Hot Springs, Sparwood, West Kootenay, Rossland Kootenays are courting foreign entrepreneurs

The Entrepreneur Immigration Regional Pilot aims to attract businesses to rural regions of B.C.

Ainsworth Hot Springs pool on a snowy winter night.
West Kootenay, Ainsworth Hot Springs, Castlegar, Nelson, Revelstoke Top 4 Businesses of the Year 2019 as awarded by the West Kootenay chambers of commerce

What were the Top 4 Businesses of the Year as awarded by the West Kootenay chambers of commerce in 2019?

A head shot of Tammy Darough, CEO and CFO of RHC
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Small Business Improving your insurance options at RHC

With 9 branches in the Kootenays, RHC Insurance is going wide by joining Hub International Insurance Brokers

Jillian Rutherford and Andrew Hayden, owners of Fernie Distillers, won Entrepreneurs of the Year.
East Kootenay, Fernie Fernie Chamber awards Entrepreneur of the Year to a beary-friendly business

The Fernie Chamber of Commerce handed out 13 awards at its annual Business Awards gala

Classic Blue paint sample
East Kootenay, West Kootenay Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2020 is a classic

Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2020 reflects our desire for a stable and dependable foundation

The West Kootenay EcoSociety accepts the award for Business of the Year. Pictured are (L to R) Audry Durham, board member; Alyssa Taburiaux, Trail outreach co-ordinator; Natasha Edmunds, community organizer; and Trail councillor Paul Butler.
West Kootenay, Trail, Retail, Small Business Sustainability—and beer—were on tap at the Trail chamber Business Excellence Awards

The Trail and District Chamber of Commerce handed out 11 awards at its annual Business Excellence Awards ceremony

Group of people smiling and celebrating.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Kaslo Three more West Kootenay communities vote to go green

Three more West Kootenay communities have signed on to the EcoSociety’s 100% Renewable Kootenays campaign: Castlegar, Warfield and Kaslo

Close-up shot of Ahmed Elmaddah
East Kootenay, Elkford, Retail, Small Business Why a pharmacist immigrated to Canada and how he ended up in Elkford

An open storefront and a pharmacist’s calling leads to the award-winning Elkford Drug Store

Ian Benson of Bears Paw Contracting
East Kootenay, Elkford, Small Business Elkford chamber appreciates its own during Business Awards 2019

The Elkford Chamber of Commerce handed out five awards at its annual Business Awards gala

Owners Mari Plamondon and  Alyx Graham-Taylor are standing in front of their restaurant counter, a new location for Wait's on Nelson.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Cuisine Big-hearted Wait’s diner in Nelson beats a kindness tempo

The iconic Wait’s News in Nelson, B.C., moved but hasn’t changed its generous heart

Shade Sails Canada staff is passing out bags from their second company at their Dragons’ Den appearance in October.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Environment, Retail, Small Business Vibrant and stylish bags are created by the Green Bag Company in Revelstoke, B.C.

The Green Bag Company in Revelstoke, B.C., is creating upscale, upcycled bags of all sizes and shapes

Revelstoke's bear statue creates people to the downtown.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce awards are truly unique for 2019

The Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce handed out 13 awards at its annual Business Excellence Awards ceremony.

Four staff of Alopex Couriers stand in front of one of their fleet vehicles, a black car with the company's name in white letters on the side of the car.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business, Transportation Foxy Alopex Couriers trotting into the Kootenays

Expect swift service from Alopex Couriers, named after the Arctic fox and expanding with more trucks in the Kootenays and a new warehouse in Castlegar

Brydon Roe, Anne Murphy and Graham Harper are holding a black shade with an image of a dragon on it on Dragons’ Den on October 17.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Health & Wellness, Retail, Small Business Kootenay company sails to victory on Dragons’ Den

Shade Sails Canada is making waves and lots of shade sails in Revelstoke

Scenic view of Kimberley, BC.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Retail, Small Business Kimberley chamber awards excellence for 2019

The Kimberley and District Chamber of Commerce handed out 16 awards at its annual Business Excellence Awards ceremony.

CFO Krystle Seed, CEO and president Ken Kalesnikoff, and COO Chris Kalesnikoff visit Kallesoe Machinery in Denmark to see their new state-of-the-art glulam line in action.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Environment, Forestry Kudos to the Kalesnikoff Lumber Company

The fourth generation keeps Kalesnikoff Lumber Company a proud and successful enterprise with its forward-thinking approach to forestry

A group of Silverton citizens hold up signs in support of the 100% Renewable Kootenays campaign.
West Kootenay, Nelson, New Denver, Rossland, Salmo, Slocan, Energy, Environment Five West Kootenay communities are leading the way in renewable energy

Five West Kootenay communities have signed on to the EcoSociety’s 100% Renewable Kootenays campaign. Meet the early adopters of change.

Darcy Wanuk is wearing one of her creations, a jean jacket with swaths of added cloth.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Environment, Small Business Darcy Wanuk repurposes old textiles into funky, fun clothes for women

Darcy Wanuk started stitch + cloth Ecodesigns in Kimberley, B.C., to reconstruct old textiles into funky women’s clothing

As manager of Cominco Gardens, Dan Matheson spends a lot of time in the gardens. Here, he is standing next to tall purple delphiniums.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Tourism Cominco Gardens: A floral work of art

While checking out Kimberley’s visitor attractions, don’t forget the flowerful Cominco Gardens

A headshot of Christina Chalifour with a blue knitted scarf around her neck.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Retail, Small Business Knitting is the new yoga

The Knitty Gritty shop in Kimberley can get you started on a new, healthy hobby

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

Paul Denchuk and Meredith Hamstead are standing together in front of a home.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Energy, Environment, Small Business thinkBright Homes: A lighter touch on the planet

thinkBright Homes, based in Invermere, B.C., is at the cutting edge of the green building industry

The two owners, Petra and Tiffany Ware, are standing in their store with body care products on shelves behind them.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Health & Wellness, Retail, Small Business Your nose knows the difference in natural body care products

Petra Naturally in Cranbrook, B.C., expanded to offer even more natural bath and body products and loose teas

Rod and Tamara Duggan are standing behind the counter of Cobs Bread Bakery and Tamara is holding a loaf of bread.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Retail Cranbrook welcomes Cobs Bread with open mouths

Rod and Tamara Duggan are the franchisees of the newly opened Cobs Bread Bakery in Cranbrook, B.C.

Fred Searle is standing in the crafts store near a row of paints and stretched canvases.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Retail, Small Business Put down your phone and pick up a paintbrush

Kootenay Arts and Crafts opens on Baker Street in Cranbrook, B.C.

Shown is the interior of a tiny house, showing the kitchen in the foreground with lots of wood everywhere.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Environment, Small Business Nelson Tiny Houses are big on charm

Nelson Tiny Houses in Nelson, B.C., proves that downsizing can mean upgrading