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A home at night
East Kootenay, Elkford, Sparwood, Real Estate Is it worth owning a second property and renting it out?

Tammie Davy is the owner of Custom Real Estate Property Management in the Elk Valley and has some advice on how to invest in a second property

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Kurt Huebert’s carpentry companion is a Krüsimatic G1 CNC robot.
East Kootenay, Elkford, Sparwood, West Kootenay, Golden, Forestry, Technology Carpentry for robots

Kurt Huebert of HübertHaus Timberframes in Golden, B.C., has created a company based on hard work, ingenuity and a sophisticated million dollar robot

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The unveiling of the memorial statue was attended by local area dignitaries and representatives.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Mining Miner’s sculpture unveiled in Sparwood to commemorate lives lost in the coal industry

On April 3, a ceremony commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Balmer North Mine Explosion in British Columbia's Elk Valley took place in Sparwood

An aerial view of the District of Sparwood.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Developments, Financial, Transportation Sparwood to receive infrastructure funding

The grant will go toward new construction and modern safety improvements to the Middletown Crossing—Highway 3/43 intersection.

Cayle Pasiechnyk has created a legacy with his Sparwood business.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, 40 Under 40 Cayle Pasiechnyk: Building a business from the ground up

Cayle Pasiechnyk started his landscaping work when he was young, and used his impressive skill set to build Elk Valley Greenhouse & Landscaping in Sparwood.

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Manager Mike Miller proudly shows off the new Cummins facility in Sparwood.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Developments, Transportation Cummins opens state-of-the-art facility in Sparwood

The new, 10,000 square-foot shop features dedicated space for maintenance and repairs, offices, tool storage and a customer conference room.

Sarina Beran, owner of Remedy's Rx in Sparwood, B.C., balances her work with her enjoyment of outdoor activity
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Health & Wellness, Small Business, 40 Under 40 Sarina Beran’s remedy works

Sarina Beran of Sparwood, B.C., loves the independence that comes with entrepreneurship.

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Bobby Hutchinson of Sparwood, B.C., is a successful and prolific writer of romance novels.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Technology Bobby Hutchinson, romance writer

Bobby Hutchinson loves books so much that she’s made a career of writing them.

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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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Cal McDougall has been Sparwood's mayor for about 12 years—from 1996 to 2005 and from 2014 to the present.
East Kootenay, Sparwood Transition year for Sparwood

District of Sparwood mayor, Cal McDougall, admires the resilience of his community.

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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

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Picture of the Mission Mountain Railroad.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Mining, Transportation Magnetite to be shipped by truck from Montana to Elk Valley coal mines

The Elk Valley Teck coal mines use magnetite in the coal-washing process.

Sarina Beran loves her active, outdoors lifestyle in Sparwood, B.C.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Health & Wellness, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers Sparwood influencers 2016

Among the best of the natural resources in Sparwood, B.C., are the citizens who love and support the community.

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Picture of construction in Sparwood on the new Cummins building.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Developments, Retail Project Update: Cummins Sparwood building progressing nicely

Cummins Western Canada in Sparwood is a field-service branch with a total of 29 employees.

The 2016 Business Excellence Awards in Sparwood were presented on October 26
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Small Business, Tourism Sparwood chamber update 2016

There’s nothing like an economic downturn to show you who your friends are.

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Rayco Steel Ltd. services the mining industry in the vicinity of Sparwood, B.C.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Mining, Small Business Rayco Steel rallies

The need for metallurgical coal is on the rise, and that’s good news for southeastern British Columbia communities.

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Group of people sitting at tables, watching a presentation on a screen at the front of the room.
Elkford, Fernie, Sparwood, Retail, Small Business, Tourism Who’s who of Elk Valley business and industry turn out for Economic Initiatives Conference

The conference offered an ideal venue for discussing current and future economic opportunities and initiatives throughout the Elk Valley.

Sparwood's Next Level Fitness, gym
Sparwood, Health & Wellness Taking Sparwood to the next level

Next Level Fitness is Sparwood's newest gym, and owner Katie Jackson couldn't be happier.

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Dean McKerracher, mayor of Elkford, offers congratulations to RDEK CAO Lee-Ann Crane, on her retirement after 37 years with the organization.
Canal Flats, Cranbrook, Elkford, Fairmont Hot Springs, Fernie, Invermere, Kimberley, Radium Hot Springs, Sparwood Crane takes a bow

Cranbrook’s Lee-Ann Crane had a 37-year career with the RDEK, working for the betterment of this community.

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Picture of chain-link fence, with construction sign.
Sparwood, Mining, Retail Cummins Sparwood embarks on constructing new building

To meet the growing demands of the Elk Valley mining industry, the company has had plans to expand the branch in Sparwood for the last couple of years.

The Elk Valley Economic Initiative (EVEI) has announced that it is hosting its first economic development conference June 16 to 18 in Fernie, BC.
Elkford, Fernie, Sparwood, Developments, Financial, Real Estate, Retail, Small Business, Tourism BC communities hosting conference to attract entrepreneurs to the Elk Valley

The Elk Valley provides a diverse economy built around outdoor recreation and adventure tourism, forestry and metallurgical coal mining.

Greg and Janny of Cranbrook Search and Rescue were on hand to accept their cash award.
Cranbrook, Elkford, Fernie, Sparwood, Financial Over $7,000 awarded to community groups at EKC’s AGM

Members and guests joined East Kootenay Community Credit Union (EKC) for the financial institution’s Annual General Meeting April 22 at the Heritage Inn.

FR Rentals in Sparwood has received an award for its contribution to the mining industry.
Sparwood, Mining An award-worthy business in Sparwood

FR Rentals in Sparwood has received an award for its contribution to the mining industry.

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Outside of Cranbrook's Key City Theatre.
Cranbrook, Fernie, Sparwood, Education Next stop for Junior Dragon’s Den—Cranbrook’s Key City Theatre

Each team will be presenting a short promotional video, then pitching their ideas to the judges in front of a live audience.

Janice Alpine is the business development officer for the Kootenay Aboriginal Business Development Agency based in Cranbrook, B.C.
Cranbrook, Elkford, Invermere, Sparwood, Christina Lake, First Nations , Small Business Support for Aboriginal businesses

KABDA guides Aboriginal entrepreneurs through the stages of business from startup to expansion and succession.

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Graphic of Imagine Kootenay website.
Fernie, Kimberley, Sparwood, Castlegar, Golden, Nakusp, Nelson, Revelstoke, Rossland, Trail, Developments, Financial, Real Estate, Small Business New partnership launched to attract investment and a diversified workforce to the Kootenays

Imagine Kootenay (IK) focuses on highlighting the region as a great place to work, and excellent area to invest and an amazing place to live.

Corey Kortmeyer is the acting chief of the fire department in Elkford, B.C.
Elkford, Fernie, Sparwood Elkford’s movers and shakers

Here’s a sampling of the many Elkford citizens who are making a positive difference in Elkford and throughout the Elk Valley.

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Fiorentino Bros. Contracting (FBC) has added a new building to their equipment yard near Sparwood.
Cranbrook, Sparwood, Developments, Retail Cranbrook-based Fiorentino Bros. adds new building in Sparwood

Fiorentino Bros. Contracting (FBC) Ltd. is a full service provider of heavy construction equipment to the logging, mining and earthmoving industries.

Pierre Gratton, president and CEO of the Mining Association of Canada, spoke at the chamber of commerce luncheon in Cranbrook, B.C., on March 1.
Cranbrook, Fernie, Sparwood, Trail, Mining Mining: down but not out

“Canada’s mining sector, while going through difficult times, remains strong and has a bright future.”—Pierre Gratton

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Sherry Benko owns and operates Buds & Blooms in Sparwood and Fernie, B.C.
Fernie, Sparwood, Retail, Small Business Buds and blooms for Fernie

Photographic and floral artistry are the trademarks of Sherry Benko, owner of Buds & Blooms in Sparwood and Fernie, B.C.

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Picture of Teck's Trail operations.
Cranbrook, Sparwood, Trail, Financial, Mining Teck ekes out profit despite challenging times

Faced with challenging economic times, Teck managed to produce a profit in its fourth quarter report.

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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Graphic for the 40 Under 40 Rising Stars of Business.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Creston, Elkford, Fairmont Hot Springs, Fernie, Invermere, Kimberley, Radium Hot Springs, Sparwood, West Kootenay, Castlegar, Golden, Grand Forks, Nelson, Revelstoke, Rossland, Salmo, Trail, Retail, Small Business Call for nominations 40 Under 40—Rising Stars in Business

We invite your business to join in supporting and saluting these young business professionals (under 40) who deserve to be recognized.

The board of directors of the Regional District of East Kootenay is made up of representatives from eight municipalities and six electoral areas.
Canal Flats, Cranbrook, Elkford, Fairmont Hot Springs, Fernie, Invermere, Kimberley, Radium Hot Springs, Sparwood RDEK at the half-century mark

Residents of rural B.C. have a voice in the administration of their areas, thanks to the province’s system of regional districts.

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The outside of the new Tim Hortons in Sparwood, B.C.
Sparwood, Small Business

Sparwood residents can now enjoy their double-doubles as the Canadian franchise opens shop

by Nowell Berg
Picture of the Sparwood Tim Hortons.
Sparwood, Cuisine, Developments, Retail Sparwood’s Tim Hortons now open

The 24-hour location employs over 30 people, most of them residents of the Sparwood area.

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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Cal McDougall, mayor of Sparwood, B.C.
Sparwood, Developments, Small Business Spinning the positive in Sparwood

Sparwood’s mayor and council focus on the community’s strengths and inner resources.

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Pic of large industrial truck.
Fernie, Sparwood, Mining Teck’s Coal Mountain operations to close by end of 2017—340 employees affected

Mining will be concluded at Coal Mountain Operation’s by the end of fourth quarter of 2017.

Kelly Smith, Cummins Western Canada's new branch manager.
Sparwood Attracted to the Kootenay lifestyle

Meet Kelly Smith, the new branch manager at Cummins Western Canada in Sparwood.

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(L to R) Katrin Taylor, Kathy Letasy and Carol Walmsley head up the three non-profit groups nominated for Business Excellence in Sparwood for 2015.
Sparwood, Small Business Sparwood’s movers & shakers

When we asked, “Who are the people Sparwood couldn’t do without?” we were given the following names, and more.

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Norma McDougall, manager of the Sparwood & District Chamber of Commerce, with chamber board members
Sparwood, Small Business Sparwood chamber review 2015

Direct communication, teamwork and new, interactive technology are effective tools for the Sparwood Chamber of Commerce.

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Brisco Manufacturing
Cranbrook, Sparwood, Golden, Nelson, Salmo Top manufacturing companies in the Kootenays

These Kootenay businesses represent the peak of excellence in the manufacturing industry.

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Picture of the outside of Summit 107 FM, Cranbrook's new radio station.
Cranbrook, Elkford, Fernie, Invermere, Kimberley, Sparwood, Developments Summit 107 Cranbrook’s new radio station gearing up for on-air debut

The Summit 107 hopes to be operational by the end of August or early September.

(From left to right) Sparwood Councillors Jenna Jensen and Lois Halko, Mark Nelson, Tim Horton's franchise owner, Sparwood Mayor Cal McDougall, Shickedanz West's  Roland Kraemer  and Ken Willimont, Construction Manager and Sparwood Councillor Brad Bowen.
Sparwood, Developments, Retail, Small Business New Tim Horton’s breaks ground in Sparwood

Sparwood sees new franchise with the opening of the new Tim Horton's later this year.

Exterior view of Fab-Rite building in Sparwood, BC
Sparwood, Small Business Fab-Rite Sparwood takes on equipment rentals

One company’s demise is another company’s opportunity.

Drilling activity on-site at Crown Mountain during the summer of 2014
Elkford, Fernie, Sparwood, Mining Positive economic update on Crown Mountain Coking Coal Project

The company has released an updated report on their junior venture-backed Crown Mountain project in the Elk Valley.

Teck's smelter at Trail, B.C.
Elkford, Sparwood, Trail, Mining Teck’s stock goes on wild ride on merger speculation

Teck Resources stock soared 11% on rumours of possible merger.

MiddleTown Crossing signage
Sparwood, Developments Initial ground work underway at Sparwood’s MiddleTown development

Sparwood's new MiddleTown Crossing development progressing.

First group of rescue team members to receive underground training - Front row (L-R) Preston Engel, Steve Kallies, Cory Robinson, Collin Kilford, Matt Peterson Back row (L-R)  Brent Roberts (Staff), Josh
 Kendrick, Miles Potter.
Sparwood, Mining Underground mine rescue training returns to Teck’s Elkview operations

After 30 years, teams at the coal mine go back to their roots and practice underground rescue.

by Nowell Berg

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