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Tablet being held between two hands, screen shows Climate Change website.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Environment Climate change info centralized online

There’s a new online source for people seeking easy-to-understand information on climate change specific to local communities

Robin Hicks, new Vice President, Academic and Applied Research, at College of the Rockies.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education College of the Rockies welcomes new Vice President

Hicks takes over the Vice President role from Heather Hepworth who filled the position, on an interim basis, for the previous two years.

The Josie Hotel at RED Mountain Resort in Rossland, B.C.
West Kootenay, Rossland, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism The Josie Hotel in Rossland in the running for the 2019 Best New Ski Hotel in the World

The World Ski Awards is the only global initiative to recognize, reward and celebrate excellence in ski tourism

The official ribbon cutting for the Silver King Campus Refresh project was handled by (middle L-R) Selkirk College President Angus Graeme, Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall, Millwright/Machinist Program student Kai Roenspiess, Elder Anne Jimmie, AEST Minister Melanie Mark and Kootenay West MLA Katrine Conroy.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Developments, Education Selkirk College officially opens refreshed Silver King Campus

A project that began in 2015 to bring new life to a campus was celebrated recently with the official opening in Nelson

Airplane taxiing on tarmac, with airport worker marshalling plane.
West Kootenay, Trail, Financial, Tourism, Transportation Government of Canada investing in safety at the Trail Regional Airport

Well-maintained runways, taxiways and aprons ensures safe usage by aircraft, passengers, and crews, and helps protect costly airport safety assets

Kids holding up a French Immersion sign.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education French Immersion enrolment sets new record in Southeast Kootenay School District

Province-wide, French immersion enrolment has been increasing for 21 consecutive years

View of towering mountains, with alpine slopes below.
Environment, First Nations MP Wayne Stetksi congratulates the Ktunaxa on approval of project to protect Qat’muk

To the Ktunaxa, Qat’muk is home to the Grizzly Bear Spirit which is a source of protection, guidance and strength

A white water rafting trip down the Elk River is the culminating event organized for College of the Rockies’ Orientation Week.
East Kootenay, Education College of the Rockies prepares for new academic year

Jumpstart and Community Showcase events help kick-off the semester

Gundula Hirn presenting collection at Vancouver Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2020
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality Gundula Hirn, Cranbrook-raised designer, to debut bridal collection at Vancouver Fashion Week

2009 Mount Baker Secondary School graduate amongst designers presenting at Vancouver Fashion Week

Old Frank's Restaurant building.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Retail Cranbrook’s Andre’s Electronics is headed for “the strip”

Andre's Electronics is expected to be open in their new location at some point in the fall

BC Wildfire personnel working at clearing dead brush in forest.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Forestry Helping Basin communities prepare for wildfire

Trust supports nine communities with Community Wildfire Education Grants

Doris Hausleitner, with snowy mountain in background.
West Kootenay, Education Selkirk College Ecology instructor explores the world of wolverines

At home in the mountains, Selkirk College instructor Doris Hausleitner pursues her passion for wildlife research on the trail of the elusive wolverine

Crews with Mackay Contracting working on the storm trunk upgrade project on Kootenay Street.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Transportation Capital Roads program moving ahead well with several key projects coming online

The City would like to thank the public and affected property owners for their patience and understanding as the work progresses

Location of Cranbrook Townsman - office building with steps leading up to front door.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook Cranbrook Townsman moves to downtown office and relocates mailroom

The new front office location will house the advertising, circulation, subscription and editorial departments of Cranbrook's Townsman newspaper

Small one-storey office building.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Health & Wellness Cranbrook Society for Community Living moves to new premises

The Cranbrook Society for Community Living has been busy - a new move, a new logo, a new website and a retirement

Kate Letizia standing in front of bushes.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Energy, Environment City of Nelson hires Climate Change Coordinator

The Climate Change Coordinator position will implement initiatives to increase Nelson's capacity to reduce its climate impact

Artist's rendition of Boston Pizza franchise.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality Boston Pizza and DQ added to Fairfield Inn proposal in Revelstoke

The developers are planning to utilize a 'quick-build' construction method using modular, pre-fabricated units that are assembled on site

The Nelson Hydro dam.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay BCUC establishes process for inquiry into the regulation of municipal energy utilities

The BCUC is a regulatory agency responsible for the oversight of energy utilities and compulsory auto insurance in British Columbia

Brian McManus.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay Brian McManus to step down as president and CEO of Stella-Jones

Stella-Jones Inc. is a leading producer and marketer of pressure treated wood products, with operations in several B.C. communities

Sepia-coloured photo of heritage house on city street.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Developments, Real Estate City launches 2019 Laneway House Design Competition

The City of Nelson is launching an open, two-round laneway house design competition

Artist's rendition of Fairfield Inn and Suites.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Golden, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality Proposed 87-unit Fairfield Inn for Golden

The proposed hotel development is described as a six story building with 87 units, located on the Golden Donald Upper Road

People at an museum exhibit.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Environment, First Nations Showcasing Arts and Culture of the Columbia River Basin

Poets, performers, visual art displays included at international conference

Jann Schmidt, new District Principal of International Education.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education School District 8 announces New District Principal International

The Board of Education of School District No. 8 provides educational services to numerous diverse communities in the East & West Kootenays

Outside of Golden's Whitetooth Brewery.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality Kootenay craft beer, wine and distilled products now worth $13.2 million (+21%)

Craft beer, estate wineries and craft distilleries continue to grow rapidly throughout the Kootenay/Columbia region

Bryan Fraser, new head coach of the Avalanche volleyball team.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook College of the Rockies welcomes new women’s volleyball coach

Bryan Fraser brings years of playing and coaching experience to the role

Komatsu sign in Sparwood.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Developments Komatsu Mining to construct new 85,000 sq. ft. sales and service facility in Sparwood

Komatsu plans to break ground at the new site in early August, with construction to conclude by the end of 2020

College of the Rockies’ Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) instructor, Daniel Wiens, presented at a prestigious Bioethics Conference held at Oxford University.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education, Health & Wellness College of the Rockies Nursing instructor presents at Oxford

Presentation focused on inequities in health care around the world

Close-up of huckleberries.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Agriculture, Environment Huckleberry harvesting restricted to protect grizzly habitat

The recent increase in commercial-scale huckleberry harvesting in the Kootenays has resulted in conflicts with grizzly bear foraging areas and damaged habitat

B&W picture of the Ward Street building in Nelson.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Developments Nelson CARES Society - Ward Street Place (Annable Block) heritage conservation underway

Renovating and restoring a building that is over 100 years old takes a team of skilled trades people

Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce building, with classic and vintage cars in parking lot.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality Columbia Basin Culture Tour – August 10 & 11, 2019

The eleventh annual Columbia Basin Culture Tour is a fun weekend that combines a road trip with a customized cultural experience like no other

Artist rendition of new affordable housing.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Real Estate Affordable housing in the works for Cranbrook

The project is in the design development stage, with construction anticipated to start by spring 2020.

Small passenger bus on highway.
West Kootenay, Transportation New Highway #3 bus service gets rolling

Mountain Man Mike’s has received approval from the B.C. Passenger Transportation Board to operate a pair of routes hubbed out of Kaslo to Vancouver and Edmonton

The RDEK Board of Directors.
East Kootenay RDEK adopts strategic goals as first step in new strategic plan

In addition to adopting the goals, the Board amended its project rating matrix to reflect these priority areas

Group of Columbia Valley region recipients.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Kimberley, West Kootenay, Castlegar, Kaslo, Salmo, Slocan, Trail, Financial Strong, vibrant communities are good for everyone

The Kootenay Savings Community Foundation is excited to announce the distribution of more than $57,000 in new grants

Brian Harvey with a donation of compressors and components.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education College News and Notes

Generous donations enhance learning opportunities at the College of the Rockies

Emplyees from D-Pace.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Financial, Technology Nelson’s D-Pace picks up $1 million contract and congrats from BC Minister of Technology

Owner and founder Morgan Dehnel started his D-Pace company more than two decades ago, in 1995.

Anne Jardine, preparing to cut cake.
East Kootenay Electoral Area G Volunteer of the Year honoured

Anne Jardine was honoured at a volunteer celebration in connection with the Area G Town Hall Meeting in Edgewater

Cover of RDEK's survey on solid waste and recycling.
East Kootenay, Environment Results released for RDEK Solid Waste & Recycling Costs Survey

Survey respondents indicated they were in favour of setting waste reduction goals that move the region closer to reaching the Provincial waste generation goals

A woman with a hat leans on her car at a EV-charging station.
West Kootenay, Kaslo, Nakusp, Nelson, New Denver, Rossland, Transportation Five Kootenay destinations will soon be more accessible for electric vehicle drivers

FortisBC is adding new Direct Current Fast Charge (DCFC) stations to its EV charging network in Rossland, Nelson, Kaslo, New Denver and Nakusp

Flooding in downtown Grand Forks, B.C.
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Developments, Financial Canada and BC work in partnership to help protect residents and businesses of Grand Forks

Nearly $50 million is allocated for an important flood mitigation project in the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary community of Grand Forks

Laura Kennedy.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook Chamber’s Laura Kennedy steps into retirement

Office manager Laura Kennedy has been a key member of the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce for 37 years

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

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."

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

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

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

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