All Castlegar articles

A Nissan Leaf is recharging at a unique electric car charging station at the Kettle River Museum Society in Midway. The charging station is located on the back of an old gasoline pump.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Castlegar, Nelson, Energy, Environment, Transportation Filling in the geographic gap for electric car charging stations in the Kootenays

Shifting to electric cars is needed in the Kootenays as our current transportation accounts for 60 per cent of our total greenhouse gas emissions

John Belland, HR manager at Zellstoff Celgar.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Nelson, Developments, Forestry Homegrown skilled labour

A variety of programs are filling the need for skilled labour in the Kootenays, with both high schools and colleges offering ways into the trades.

by Galadriel Watson
Wayne Postnikoff
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business Feeling at home

Wayne Postnikoff: home matchmaker.

General manager Chris Sapriken stands outside the store.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Nelson, Small Business Taking advantage of opportunity

Focusing on people yields results.

Jim Bradbury stands outside his store Playmor Power Products in Crescent Valley, B.C.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business Mixing work and pleasure

Jim Bradbury of Playmor Power Products turned his passion for snowmobiling into a business.

Group of people standing with banner.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Education, Financial, Technology New chemistry labs at Selkirk College a catalyst for learning

The two old chemistry labs on the Castlegar Campus were well-maintained and functional, but dated back 50 years to the original construction of the college.

The Zellstoff Celgar pulp mill in Castlegar, B.C.
East Kootenay, Fernie, West Kootenay, Castlegar, Forestry Predictions for the pulp industry

Experts agree that there is likely to be a shift in pulp prices due to capacity exceeding demand.

A comfortable conversation bench is featured on the grounds of the Mir Centre for Peace, located on the Castlegar campus of Selkirk College.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Trail, Education Selkirk College at 50 years

For five decades, this college has served the West Kootenay well

Outside of the Selkirk College Geospatial Research Centre.
Castlegar, Technology Exciting updates from Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre

There are exciting updates on two major applied research and innovation initiatives of the Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre (SGRC): Open Data and UAVs.

Whitewater rafting is one of many activities available through Get Lost Adventure Centre in Rossland, B.C.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Nelson, Rossland, Trail, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism The Get Lost adventure

If you’re looking for adventure, Get Lost Adventure Centre in Rossland, B.C., can hook you up with exciting outdoor activities year round.

Chris and Andrea of Endless Adventures pose with their daughter Raddison, showing how to be safe while on the water.  Always wear a life jacket!
Castlegar, Education, Financial, Health & Wellness, Tourism Volunteering to Rescue: The West Kootenay Search and Rescue training weekend can use your help

To help raise awareness and funds Endless Adventure is hosting an online photo contest and an endless fundraising campaign.

FortisBC management, local dignitaries, civil officials and representatives from area First Nations groups were all on hand at the offical sod-turning ceremony for the FortisBC Kootenay Operation Centre.
Castlegar, Developments, Energy, Technology Ground breaking at new FortisBC Operation Centre in Castlegar

The new Kootenay Operation Centre near Castlegar's airport will centralize many of FortisBC's key operations.

Mike Balance, Dale Donaldson, Christina Champlin and Cassandra Urbshas of Mallard's Source for Sports in Nelson, B.C.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Nelson, Rossland, Salmo, Trail, Financial, Health & Wellness, Retail, Tourism Influencing Nelson

Our research rewarded us with information about a few of Nelson’s most influential business people.

Group of Excellence Award winners.
Castlegar Castlegar Chamber hands out the hardware

Deserving Castlegar businesses, individuals and organizations were recognized at the recent Excellence Awards banquet.

Action shot of man riding bicycle through forest.
Castlegar, Rossland, Financial, Transportation Three Kootenay communities receive BikeBC funding

Rossland, Castlegar and the South Slocan will be receiving funding for projects in their communities.

Tom and Kathy Frauley, owners and cooks at Dawn's Early Rising Cafe in Castlegar, stand outside their restaurant.
Castlegar, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality Sunshine and flavour

Come sit down at Dawn's Early Rising Sunshine Cafe for a family meal

Eric Lawson, new regional Black Press publisher for the company's West Kootenay/Boundary area.
Creston, Grand Forks, Castlegar, Nelson, Rossland, Trail West Kootenay Black Press papers get new regional publisher

Eric Lawson replaces Chuck Bennett, who had been group publisher since 2007.

A group of business women all standing together.
Cranbrook, Golden, Castlegar, Kaslo, Nelson, Revelstoke, Trail, Financial, Health & Wellness, Real Estate, Small Business, Influential Women in Business Kootenay Business Magazine presents the 2016 list of Women in Business nominations

Kootenay Business Magazine will announce the winners of the 2016 Women in Business awards at luncheons in the East Kootenay and West Kootenay

Sylvia Caldwell, Food Industry Specialist of Foundtree Product Design.
Castlegar, Nelson, Small Business, Influential Women in Business Sylvia Caldwell

Sylvia Caldwell wants to actively grow a vibrant food industry in the Kootenays.

Nathan Staplin has the MC of Junior Dragon's Den, Glen Hicks, try on a Black Dust Apparel jacket.
Cranbrook, Grand Forks, Castlegar, Nakusp, Nelson, Trail, Developments, Financial, Small Business Junior Dragons take the stage at Kootenay-wide Championships

Students from all over the Kootenays took the stage to compete in the Junior Dragons Den championship held at the Charles Bailey Theatre in Trail.

Cali Olleck is engaging in conversations about sustainability with people throughout Selkirk College as part of the work she’s conducting with the help of a grant from FortisBC.
Castlegar, Nelson, Education, Financial FortisBC grant energizes Selkirk College’s Sustainability Project

A grant from FortisBC will help the college take a closer look at energy use and setting new goals for reduction.

The new Applied Research and Innovation Centre in Castlegar provides Selkirk College students a learning environment equipped with the latest technology.
Castlegar, Education Selkirk College opens new Applied Research & Innovation Centre

The new Applied Research and Innovation Centre in Castlegar provides Selkirk College students a learning environment equipped with the latest technology.

Dylan Peil, a Grade 9 student at LV Rogers Secondary School,  designed and prototyped an Active Solar Tracker using a satellite dish covered with mirrors.
Castlegar, Nakusp, Nelson, Trail, Education, Technology Student scientists win big at the regional Science Fair

The fair was open to students from across the Kootenay Boundary region and featured 95 projects in experiments, innovation, and research.

An artist's rendition of the new Fortis BC Kootenay Operations Centre in Castlegar, B.C.
Castlegar, Developments, Energy FortisBC receives approval to build new Kootenay facility

New location supports better customer service for regional electricity customers

Graphic of Imagine Kootenay website.
Golden, Fernie, Kimberley, Sparwood, Castlegar, 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.

Windermere Valley Golf Course, on the sunny east side of the Columbia Valley is always one of the region's first golf courses to open.
Cranbrook, Creston, Golden, Fairmont Hot Springs, Fernie, Invermere, Kimberley, Radium Hot Springs, Castlegar, Christina Lake, Revelstoke, Rossland, Trail Projected 2016 opening dates for Kootenay golf courses

Here's a list of Kootenay Golf Course opening dates we have been able to track down.

Picture of Gord McArthur, world-class ice climber from Cranbrook.
Cranbrook, Golden, Creston, Grand Forks, Fernie, Invermere, Kimberley, Castlegar, Kaslo, Nakusp, Nelson, Revelstoke, Rossland, Trail, Small Business Don’t miss world-class climber, Gord McArthur, guest speaker at 40 under 40 luncheon

Kootenay Business sought out the top 40 young business leaders in the Kootenay/Boundary/ Revelstoke areas to honour this group of under-40-year-old rising stars

Andrea Ryman is SUP river surfing in Trail, B.C.
Castlegar Andrea Ryman

Andrea Ryman has made a career out of doing what she loves

Florio Vassilakakis of Castlegar, B.C., owns V Squared Development Co.
Castlegar Florio Vassilakakis

His family, his business and his community are top priorities for Florio Vassilakakis of Castlegar, B.C.

Jordan Perkins, Boston Pizza franchise owner, prepares the restaurant's bar for service in Castlegar, B.C.
Castlegar Jordan Perkins

Jordan Perkins of Castlegar's Boston Pizza is empowering his community and his staff.

Revelstoke Credit Union's recently constructed new building.
Cranbrook, Creston, Grand Forks, Castlegar, Nelson, Revelstoke, Trail, Financial Biggest credit unions in the Kootenays – ranked by assets

According to a list published by Business in Vancouver newspaper these are the largest credit unions in the Kootenays.

The Ryman family enjoys a kayak/paddleboard adventure.
Castlegar, Tourism Living Endless Adventure

Chris and Andrea Ryman brought their love of paddling and the great outdoors to the Kootenays 10 years ago, and they haven’t looked back

Derrek Kittson is a staunch advocate for business in dowtown Castlegar, B.C.
Castlegar Castlegar’s current movers and shakers

If you live in Castlegar and you’ve had contact with any of the people on this list, your life is likely richer than it was before.

Troy Pyett and Carly Hadfield of the Lion's Head Smoke & Brew Pub in Castlegar, B.C.
Castlegar, Cuisine, Small Business, Tourism Honours to the Lion’s Head

Leadership and determined teamwork took the Lion’s Head Pub from a state of mouldering decay to one of vibrant significance in Castlegar.

Mayor of Castlegar, Lawrence Chernoff
Castlegar, Environment Sensible and sustainable

The city of Castlegar has several green initiatives underway that are good for the city, for the environment and for the people who call the area home.

Jordan Perkins knows his way around the Boston Pizza kitchen.
Castlegar, Cuisine, Small Business Castlegar’s enterprising entrepreneur

“I knew I wanted to own a restaurant by the time I was 25, and I almost made it—it took me until I was 26.” —Jordan Perkins

Eric Van Hoogevest owns and operates In Gear Mechanical in Castlegar, B.C.
Castlegar, Transportation Castlegar’s In Gear Mechanical Services

In Gear Mechanical Services offers special consideration for the ladies.

Gordon Malcolm (not shown) and Darcy Bell own and operate Big Grizzly Online Solutions in Castlegar, B.C.
Castlegar, Small Business, Technology Big Grizzly Online Solutions

Big Grizzly is a new player in the field of tech support in Castlegar, B.C.

Tammy Verigin-Burk is the executive director of the Castlegar & District Chamber of Commerce.
Castlegar, Small Business, Tourism Chamber update in charming Castlegar

The Castlegar & District Chamber of Commerce holds the beautification of the city at least partly responsible for its thriving economy.

Castlegar, Education, Tourism Art as economic driver

Art lovers from the Kootenay region and much farther afield are making Castlegar’s Sculpturewalk an annual destination.

A rendering of street tree plantings along a boulevard with a multi-use pathway within Castlegar's Columbia Avenue Residential District
Castlegar, Environment, Forestry, Transportation On the shady side of the street

Castlegar's newly released Street Tree Master Plan makes trees top priority

Members of the Selkirk College 50th Anniversary Committee stand in front of the Castlegar Campus with a new logo that recognizes five decades of post-secondary in the West Kootenay-Boundary.
Castlegar, Nelson, Education Selkirk College builds momentum for 50th anniversary celebration

With the arrival of 2016, Selkirk College is preparing for a year-long golden anniversary celebration.

Graphic for the 40 Under 40 Rising Stars of Business.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Golden, Creston, Elkford, Grand Forks, Fairmont Hot Springs, Fernie, Invermere, Kimberley, Radium Hot Springs, Sparwood, West Kootenay, Castlegar, 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 for the Regional District of Central Kootenay consists of one representative from each of 11 electoral areas and nine municipalities.
Creston, Castlegar, Kaslo, Nakusp, Nelson, New Denver, Riondel, Salmo 50 years of RDCK

Central Kootenay has a 50-year history of co-operation between the municipalities and the electoral districts.

Rauni Naud – Co-owner Naud Lester Insurance and Investment Solutions Inc.
Castlegar Rauni Naud

Rauni Naud stays on top of financial trends so her clients can secure their financial futures

by Nowell Berg
Financial security begins with some basic steps, like filling your piggybank.
Cranbrook, Golden, Castlegar, Nelson, Trail, Financial Take it to the bank

According to the people who know, achieving financial security begins with some simple, basic steps.

Castlegar KCDS staff
Castlegar, Nelson, Education

Kootenay Career Development Society (KCDS) is a centre of excellence that empowers the community through career development

by Nowell Berg
A young florist reading a book in a flower shop.
Cranbrook, Creston, Golden, Fernie, Invermere, Castlegar, Nelson, Small Business Who’s reading what?

Books, pod casts, magazines or blogs? What is the go-to for Kootenay Business people?

Lawrence Chernoff began his fourth term as mayor of Castlegar, B.C., in December 2014.
Castlegar A passion for Castlegar

Patience and perseverance are watchwords for Lawrence Chernoff, who is in his 11th year as the mayor of Castlegar, B.C.

Lisa Nicole, a Kootenay country talent.
Castlegar Kootenay fresh: Lisa Nicole is a rising country artist

Lisa Nicole won the BCCMA Artist Development Project in September 2015


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