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Andrew Crozier in front of Christmas trees.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education, Tourism College of the Rockies Business Management student completing semester in Andorra

Agreement between College and University of Andorra adds to international exchange opportunities for College students

A student looking through a pair of binoculars.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Environment Students “Do and Learn” in their wild backyards

Environmental education programs have immediate and long-lasting effects

View of lake.
West Kootenay, Environment, Financial Darkwoods conservation area to grow

The Nature Conservancy of Canada receives $650,000 from Columbia Basin Trust

Gillian Sanders with a tranquilized grizzly bear
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Environment, Financial Reptiles, grizzlies and more to benefit from $1 million

29 projects receive Environment Grants from Columbia Basin Trust

Following a tour of the new dam, RDEK Electoral Area B Director Stan Doehle (right) congratulates project lead Brian De Paoli, RDEK Engineering Technician (left) on the substantial completion of the project.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Developments Tie Lake Dam Project largely complete

Construction started this fall and included raising the height of the dam to allow for more freeboard, installation of seepage control and a new spillway

Seamus Damstrom accepting scholarship award.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education, Financial Twelve College of the Rockies alumni receive Ike Barber Transfer Scholarships

The $5,000 awards aim to increase educational opportunities for BC students

Kootenay East Regional Hospital District Chair Dean McKerracher (left) has been re-elected Chair for this fifth term, while David Wilks (right) has been elected as Vice Chair.
East Kootenay, Health & Wellness McKerracher re-elected Hospital District Chair

The Kootenay East Regional Hospital District provides up to 40 percent capital funding for acute care facilities in the region

Students moved into the new Silver King Campus carpentry shop in September where the workspace has been enhanced to feature high ceilings, natural light, more floor space and a leading edge dust collection system.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Education, Financial Selkirk College opens new carpentry shop at Silver King Campus

The $23 million refresh at Nelson's Silver King Campus has reached another milestone with the opening of its new carpentry shop

Ed Attridge, new executive director for the Trail Chamber of Commerce.
West Kootenay, Trail Ed Attridge new Executive Director at Trail Chamber of Commerce

Ed Attridge replaces recently retired Audry Durham as the new Executive Director

Nurse looking after patient.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Creston, Education, Health & Wellness College of the Rockies News and Notes

Expanding cannabis training and first-ever student-led conference focuses on unique challenges of navigating change in rural health systems

Research completed by College of the Rockies instructor, Shawna Ryan, highlights the vital role played by Cranbrook Family Connections. Pictured (l-r) Tracy Pound (Homeless Outreach Program), Kim Levie (Cranbrook Family Connections), Erin Pan (Homeless Outreach Program), Gwen Noble (Executive Director, Community Connections Society of BC).
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education, Health & Wellness College of the Rockies research shows the vital role Cranbrook Family Connections (CFC) has in area

CFC’s integrated service delivery better supports client needs, helps decrease social isolation, and diverts clients from congested health care system

Kelsey Hyggen
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education Cranbrook’s Kelsey Hyggen excels in National CPA Exam

The Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia is the training, governing, and regulatory body for over 36,000 members and students

i4C Innovation Center
West Kootenay, Trail, Financial, Technology Carl Data receives $225K in funding for further growth of sensor development laboratory

Funding from the Columbia Basin Trust Impact Investment Fund will be used to continue development of a new water and wastewater sensor testing lab facility

Erin Robertson, new Lands Project Officer for the Ktunaxa Nation.
East Kootenay, First Nations Ktunaxa Nation hires Erin Robertson as Land’s Project Officer in the Elk Valley

Erin Robertson leads the review minor and major Teck Coal applications and supports related stewardship initiatives in Qukin ʔamakʔis

Prestige Radium Hot Springs Resort.
East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs, Developments, Tourism Prestige Radium Hot Springs Resort, BW Premier Collection

Newly Renovated Prestige Radium Hot Springs Resort In Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia

Birdhouse covered in snow, sun setting behind mountain in background.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay Kootenay Biz Blog takes a winter break

Thanks to all our readers for following the Kootenay Biz Blog on a daily basis in 2018

Kootenay Savings Community Foundation Chair Keith Smyth and Kootenay Savings’ mascot Super Saver Sam celebrate the good news.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial The Kootenay Savings Community Foundation helps fund 19 Kootenay-area non-profits & service clubs

The Kootenay Savings Community Foundation is helping Christmas come a little early this year for nineteen Kootenay-area non-profit organizations

Summit 107 radio station in Cranbrook.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality Cranbrook’s Summit 107 sold to Vista Radio chain

Vista Radio has announced its plans to acquire the shares of Clear Sky Radio, which operates stations in Cranbrook and Lethbridge

A picture of a tiny home with cedar siding.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Developments, Tourism Fernie “Tiny Homes” development coming on stream

Hummingbird Micro Homes, also a Fernie-based company, constructed and supplied the units for the development.

Members of the Cranbrook Lions are pictured in front of one of the four wheelchair-accessible outhouses they recently constructed for Wycliffe Regional Park.
East Kootenay, Developments Lions Club crafts new washrooms for Wycliffe Regional Park

The crew of eight Lions used materials purchased by the RDEK and the old Tembec mill as their workshop.

Cranbrook Aquatic Centre
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Financial, Technology Nearly $35 thousand dollars in energy savings thanks to pool dehumidification project at WFP

Last year’s retrofit of the pool dehumidification system at Western Financial Place (WFP) continues to produce significant energy and cost savings for the City.

MP Wayne Stetski.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial MP Wayne Stetski encourages students and employers to look to Canada Summer Jobs 2019 funding

Service Canada will be accepting applications for the 2019 Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program starting Monday, December 17th, 2018.

Winter scene.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Technology, Transportation Winter is coming - city launches PlowCRANBROOK, a real-time plow tracker

The City has a solid fleet of trucks and plows in place, with operations ready to run around the clock during any major snow event

Communities around the region are benefitting from access to new or improved high-speed Internet.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Technology Better equipped for connecting to the world

Over 12,000 Basin-Boundary households have better high-speed Internet access

The Cranbrook Tourism Board of Directors.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Cranbrook Tourism launches new website and announces board of directors

The 10-member board of the Cranbrook and Region Tourism Society is comprised of local accommodators, business owners and tourism stakeholders

Scenic view of Cranbrook.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, West Kootenay, Nelson Cranbrook drops to 39th in BC Business Ranking of “Best Cities for Work” – Nelson at 45th

BC Business magazine recently published their 5th Annual “Best Cities for Work in B.C.” ranking

Fish-eye lens view of the Rossland Library.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial, Technology Bringing the latest technology to communities

The Trust’s new Community Technology Program helps create tech-enabled spaces

NDP MP Wayne Stetski.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Agriculture, Cuisine MP Stetski’s bill to establish a national local food day moves on to Senate

The bill would establish a National Local Food Day, which would designate the Friday before Thanksgiving of each year as National Local Food Day

Carolyn Bennett, federal Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, Kathryn Teneese, Ktunaxa Nation Council Chair, and Scott Fraser, B.C.'s Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, along with their respective negotiators, sign the Ktunaxa Nation Rights Recognition and Core Treaty Memorandum of Understanding. The agreement will guide the parties in the development of a rights recognition approach to a treaty, and lead to the recognition of the Ktunaxa Nation Council as the legal government and rights-holder of the Ktunaxa Nation.
East Kootenay, First Nations Canada, B.C., Ktunaxa move closer to treaty with signing of MOU

The new agreement will significantly advance reconciliation and treaty negotiations

Sharon Silvaggio is one of the partners and owners of Cranbrook Yarn and Gifts
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business New yarn and knitting shop now open in Cranbrook

Cranbrook Yarn and Gifts remains Cranbrook's one and only local yarn outlet serving knitters and fibre-lovers throughout the district

Sandwich board advertising the Treehouse Toy Co.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Cuisine, Retail, Small Business Business news from Kimberley’s Platzl

There have been some recent additions and changes to the scene on Kimberley's Platzl

Darkwoods and Next Creek are located along Kootenay Lake, between Nelson and Creston.
East Kootenay, Creston, West Kootenay, Nelson, Environment Governments of Canada and British Columbia invest in expansion of Darkwoods Conservation Area

Funding kick-starts Nature Conservancy of Canada campaign for conservation in the Canadian Rockies

Line up of large mining trucks.
West Kootenay, Trail, Mining Teck named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers

Canada’s Top Employers program recognizes companies for exceptional human resources programs and forward-thinking workplace policies

Cans of
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Mining, Small Business, Tourism “Pan In A Can Paydirt” harkens back to Wild Horse Creek’s Gold Rush heyday

A new venture called "Pan In A Can Paydirt" has been launched by Stephen Lathem of Fort Steele, the owner of the Nip and Tuck Gold Mine

The Selkirk College Faculty Association Standing Committee on Professional Excellence (SCOPE) Awards recognized outstanding contributions to post-secondary education in the region at the annual event. From left to right are Allyson Perrott, Muditha Heenkenda and Doug Henderson.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Education Selkirk College Awards Excellence in Instruction

The learning journey at Selkirk College hinges on dedicated instructors who inspire students to advance their lives through education.

Fortis BC logo.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Energy Natural gas supply still limited despite completed Enbridge pipeline repair

Until both Enbridge-owned pipelines are back at full operating pressure, FortisBC will have a constrained supply of natural gas

Fernie's Inclusive trail through the forest.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial, Health & Wellness, Tourism Enhancing recreational opportunities on Basin trails

Columbia Basin Trust supports physical well-being through new granting program

Picture of Rider Express bus.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Transportation Saskatchewan-based Rider Express fills Greyhound void with stops in Golden and Revelstoke

Routes from Calgary to Vancouver and back as well as Calgary to Winnipeg and back started running on Monday, October 29

Picture of newly-rebranded beer cans.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail Fernie Brewing Co. Launches Fresh New Look

In this new world of craft beer, where trends change, categories evolve, and beer-styles take off, it was time for a fresh new look

Mike Adams
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Financial, Small Business Taylor Adams now Apex Accounting

Following the retirement of Trent Taylor, founder of Taylor Adams, the accounting firm has been rebranded as Apex Accounting

Christine Cooper.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Invermere, Financial Christine Cooper appointed Senior Relationship Manager at BMO

Christine has been with the BMO Financial Group since 2009.

Indoor view of the Cranbrook Winter Market
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Agriculture, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Special Winter Markets — November 24 and 25

Festive market celebration brings together more than 70 local producers and artisans

Cheers! Owner of Elder Bro's Farm and Distillery, Attila Lepsis, holds up a glass of produced-on-the-farm Schnapps.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Kimberley, Agriculture, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality Elder Bro’s Farm and Distillery opens in Wycliffe

In the coming years, Elder Bro's Farm plans to supply fresh and ripe elderberries to all of BC for delicious wines, juices, jams, and of course, schnapps.

Erinn Pinkerton.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Transportation New CEO appointed by BC Transit Board

BC Transit’s Chair of the Board announced that Erinn Pinkerton has been appointed as the organization’s President and CEO.

Indoor view of Pacific Insight facility.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Technology Layoffs hit Nelson’s Pacific Insight Electronics

Local West Kootenay employment agencies are holding job workshops to assist laid off workers

Trail-based Silver City Stagelines bus.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Grand Forks, Nelson, Trail, Transportation Trail’s Silver City Stagelines now running from Nelson/Trail to Kelowna

Trail-based Silver City Stagelines Ltd. (SCSL) applied and was approved to operate a new bus service between Nelson/Trail and Kelowna

Graphic for East Kootenay Columbia Community Investment Co-op
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Financial Kimberley Chamber part of new East Kootenay Columbia Community Investment Co-op launch

The new EKCCI is seeking founding members and investors who wish to make an impact in their community

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