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Jason Wheeldon is a successful Realtor in Cranbrook, and a tireless community volunteer.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers Cranbrook influencers

Successful in their busy day-jobs, these are people who find time and energy to enrich their community.

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Ange Qualizza, mayor of Fernie
East Kootenay, Fernie Ange Qualizza talks about priorities

“Economic development is about turning community visions into plans and implementing them to achieve goals.” — Ange Qualizza, mayor of Fernie

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Karl Sterzer, mayor of Canal Flats, B.C.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats Karl Sterzer is a man with a mission

After years of struggling with its image and its economy, Canal Flats is on the threshold of becoming “Village Beautiful, Village Prosperous.”

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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

BC Transit passengers relax and take in the sights on a stress-free journey/commute.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Transportation For an easy ride, take the bus

Convenient, affordable transportation is key to a community’s livability, and BC Transit is providing that key in many small communities.

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East Kootenay, West Kootenay Career BUZZ: Top Jobs in the Kootenays - January 11

Kootenay Business is pleased to present a snapshot of the top jobs available in the region.

Milena Huebener (L) and Kyla Gent are the owners of Glow Decor Rentals in Invermere.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Small Business Furniture that Glows

Kyla Gent and Milena Huebener, owners of Glow Decor Rentals in Invermere, B.C., rent vintage and modern lounge furniture for idyllic weddings and events

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Al Miller, owner of Home Hardware in Invermere, was elected mayor of the District of Invermere in October 2018.
East Kootenay, Invermere Al Miller wins the mayor’s job in Invermere

Al Miller, a 30-year resident of Invermere, is a business owner and the district’s new mayor.

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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

David Wilks is the mayor of Sparwood, B.C.
East Kootenay, Sparwood David Wilks maintains a clean community during his 2nd stint as mayor of Sparwood, B.C.

David Wilks, mayor of Sparwood, B.C., utilizes his diverse background of professions to better serve his municipality

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Ron Toyota, mayor of Creston, wearing his chain of office
East Kootenay, Creston Ron Toyota returns

Ron Toyota talks about his 10 years as mayor and the accomplishments of the team at Creston’s Town Hall.

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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

North Coal’s Michel Coal Project is in the works in the Elk Valley.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Mining Sparwood: There’s (even more) coal in them hills

John Pumphrey, president of North Coal in Sparwood, B.C., discusses what his company is up to with regards to the Michel Coal Project

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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

Lee Pratt is serving his second term as the mayor of Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook Lee Pratt looks ahead

Lee Pratt likes to get things done, with good results for the people affected. “We’re regular people, doing a job,” he said.

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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

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.

CBK-X Winter Blitzville will take place in downtown Cranbrook on Baker Street from 4:30 to 8:30, culminating with a massive fireworks extravaganza.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality Welcome to Cranbrook—a.k.a. Winter Blitzville

The best X Games snowmobilers in the world are coming to Cranbrook, B.C., on Family Day weekend for CBK-X Winter Blitzville

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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.

Theresa Kostiuk of Lane & Meadow, and Caitlin Berkhiem and Christel Hagn of Soulfood in their new space at the Mount Baker Hotel. (Missing Soulfood co-founder Tamara Mercandelli)
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Health & Wellness, Tourism Soulfood launches Little Soul Café & Market as part of relocation and expansion plan

Welcomes lifestyle retailer, Lane & Meadow, to newly-renovated space at the Mount Baker Hotel

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.

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East Kootenay, West Kootenay Career BUZZ: ‘Best of’ Top Jobs in the Kootenays - December 14 issue

Kootenay Business is pleased to present a snapshot of the top jobs available in the region.

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

Artist's rendering of the ?aq?am Community Health & Wellness Facility
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, First Nations , Health & Wellness ʔaq̓am Community health

In partnership with the First Nations Health Authority, the ʔaq̓am Community has undertaken the construction of another significant project.

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Shown are Angela and Perry Symes, who opened Black Dog Cycle and Ski in Kimberley's Platzl this summer.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Retail, Small Business Black Dog Cycle and Ski in Kimberley, B.C., will fuel your fitness goals

Black Dog Cycle and Ski is contributing to the small-business climate thriving in Kimberley’s Platzl

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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

Kristy Jahn-Smith became the first executive director of Cranbrook Tourism on September 4, 2018
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Small Business, Tourism A leader for Cranbrook Tourism

As the first executive director of Cranbrook Tourism, Kristy Jahn-Smith aims to put Cranbrook on the map as a tourism destination.

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Zoe Ferguson, co-owner of Treehouse Toy Co., holds a stack of games in her newly opened store in Kimberley's Platzl.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Retail, Small Business Kimberley welcomes the Treehouse Toy Co.

With perfect timing for the holidays, Zoe and Sheldon Ferguson opened the Treehouse Toy Co. in Kimberley, B.C., in November

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Alicia and Nicola Herman stand in front of their storefront, Grow Tea & Elixir Corner in Kimberley, B.C.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Environment, Health & Wellness, Small Business Growing a sustainable business in Kimberley, B.C.

Grow Tea & Elixir Corner won the Kimberley chamber’s Environmental Stewardship Excellence Award in 2018

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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

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East Kootenay, West Kootenay Career BUZZ: Top Jobs in the Kootenays - December 7 issue

Kootenay Business is pleased to present a snapshot of the top jobs available in the region.

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

Poster for the Kootenay Authors Book Fair
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality 7th Annual Kootenay Authors Book Fair and Open House on December 9 at Lotus Books

Lotus Books in downtown Cranbrook will host the 7th Annual Book Fair, featuring eight local area authors

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

Steven Droste hiking near Sparwood, B.C.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Kootenay Influencers Sparwood influencers

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

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East Kootenay, West Kootenay Career BUZZ: Top Jobs in the Kootenays - November 30 issue

Kootenay Business is pleased to present a snapshot of the top jobs available in the region.

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