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From L to R: Bruce Smith, Brian Kostiuk, Karen Dietrich and Eileen Braaten.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Transportation Sad End to SADD

Members are shutting down the SADD organization, but still hope that some individual, organization or group will take up the cause.

2019 Environmental Education Awards of Excellence graphic.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Environment Recognize a deserving educator

Nominations open for 2019 Environmental Education Awards of Excellence

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East Kootenay, West Kootenay Career BUZZ: Top Jobs in the Kootenays - April 26

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

Galadriel Watson
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality Kootenay authors provide warm up for Convergence Writers’ weekend

The three free “Coffee with a Writer” sessions in New Denver and Nakusp offer a chance for local readers and writers to interact informally with area authors.

The Burton Community Assocation Community Hall.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial, Technology Community buildings get energized

16 energy-wise projects are supported with over $650,000 from Columbia Basin Trust

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East Kootenay, West Kootenay Career BUZZ: Top Jobs in the Kootenays - April 18

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

East Kootenay Teacher Education program students at College of the Rockies’ Cranbrook
campus host bake sales as one way to raise funds for local schools. Pictured (back row l-r Martha
Palmer, Nicole Hare, Josie Ruoss, EdSA President, Erin Kaldstad. Seated l-r Brooke Leyenhorst, Carly Trinder)
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Creston, Kimberley, Education East Kootenay Teacher Education students give back to local schools

Program, held in partnership with UVic, fundraises to thank local schools for support

A Centex gas and convenience store is being built along Highway 3 in Creston.
East Kootenay, Creston, Developments, Transportation New Centex gas station coming to Creston

The high profile location should be ideal to capture Highway 3 traffic, especially being situated across from the busy Tim Horton's store

Chris Thom of Dunlop Truck Centre is presented with the Business Person of the Year award at the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce Award night.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Retail, Small Business Cranbrook Chamber 2019 Business Excellence Awards Gala

The sold out gala dinner attracted an audience of over 250 people and was held at the St. Eugene Golf Resort

Renovations on the famous hot spring pools are underway with new concrete finishing.
East Kootenay, Fairmont Hot Springs, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Financial, Tourism $5M upgrade to Fairmont Hot Springs Resort well underway

Most of the projects will be wrapped up before Fairmont's busy summer season arrives

Brad Parsell became the executive director of the Fernie Chamber of Commerce on April 8, 2019
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business Fernie chamber’s new exec

Oz transplant Brad Parsell takes on a big job in Fernie.

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Darren Brewer has joined the staff at Cranbrook City Hall as the business development co-ordinator
East Kootenay, Cranbrook New member for Team Cranbrook

Darren Brewer is the City of Cranbrook’s new business development co-ordinator.

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East Kootenay, West Kootenay Career BUZZ: Top Jobs in the Kootenays - April 12

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

Jan Skiber, posing in front of distant mountains.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Agriculture Keep those pesky weeds at bay

Chem-Free Weed Control in Cranbrook aims to provide a safe, organic way to control unwanted vegetation

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View of St. Eugene Resort.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Nature inspires redesign and renovation of Casino of the Rockies at St. Eugene Resort in Cranbrook

Work for the redesign is set to begin in early April, and is expected to take under three months, wrapping up in June

Dick Griffith, owner of Interior Trophy and Engraving.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business Interior Trophy and Engraving moves to new premises in Cranbrook

Interior Trophy and Engraving, owned by Dick Griffith, has served Cranbrook and the East Kootenay since 1978.

Fort Steele Heritage Town.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Education, Tourism Fort Steele builds on its success

Fort Steele Heritage Town is a significant draw to the Kootenay region as the attraction continues to grow and expand.

Little girl dressed in pink using a computer.
East Kootenay, Fernie, West Kootenay, Golden, Slocan, Financial, Technology Public spaces add state-of-the-art technology

Nine communities receive over $613,000 from the Trust’s Community Technology Program

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East Kootenay, West Kootenay Career BUZZ: Top Jobs in the Kootenays - April 5

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

East Indian girls, dressed in colourful embroidered saris, dancing with hands in the air.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education, Entertainment and Hospitality College of the Rockies hosts International Day Celebration

Community invited to enjoy cultural display booths and performances

Graham Knipfel, Director, Donor and Alumni Engagement.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education College of the Rockies hires new Director, Donor and Alumni Engagement

Newly-established Donor and Alumni Engagement Office aims to foster connections with former students and industry stakeholders

Sign advertising Secondhand Heaven's new location in Creston.
East Kootenay, Creston, Small Business Creston’s Second Hand Heaven finds new home

The new location gives the store a new high visibility location fronting busy Highway #3

From left, RDCK Area H director Walter Popoff, Silverton Coun. Leah Main, Minister of Citizens’ Services Jinny Sims, Minister of Children and Family Development Katrine Conroy, Slocan Mayor Jessica Lunn and Nakusp Mayor Tom Zeleznik.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial, Technology Improving internet access for people in the Kootenays

26 rural communities in the Kootenays will be getting improved high-speed access to the internet

Barry Graham, new Cranbrook RCMP Detachment Commander
East Kootenay, Cranbrook Cranbrook RCMP welcomes new detachment commander

Sergeant Graham will formally be promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant once he assumes the role and responsibilities at the Cranbrook Detachment.

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East Kootenay, West Kootenay Career BUZZ: Top Jobs in the Kootenays - March 29

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

Yellow sandbag location sign.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Environment RDEK establishes self-fill sandbag stations as snow melt continues

In cases of localized flooding or high-water, the primary responsibility for protection of property lies with the property owner.

Columbia Basin Trust President and CEO Johnny Strilaeff (middle left) and Selkirk College President and CEO Angus Graeme (middle right) gather in front of Selkirk College’s Castlegar Campus with students from a variety of programs to recognize the new partnership that will innovate and enhance the college experience.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Financial $6 million to innovate and enhance college experience

The Trust will provide colleges with $3 million over three years and work collaboratively to develop project plans to grow program offerings and diversify

logo for the 40 under 40 list, with Rising Stars written in orange writings
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Creston, Fernie, Invermere, Kimberley, Radium Hot Springs, Sparwood 40 under 40: The East Kootenay list

Introducing the East Kootenay nominees for our 40 under 40 list.

International students at the College of the Rockies welcome the announcement of provincial funding to double the amount of on-campus housing.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Education, Real Estate College welcomes funding for student housing

The provincial government is providing $11.6 million for construction of more student accommodations at College of the Rockies in Cranbrook.

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The Summit Trail Makers Society will be improving access to Azure Lake with support from Columbia Basin Trust’s Trail Enhancement Grants.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Developments, Environment, Health & Wellness, Tourism Get outside! Basin trails to see improvements

The Trust increases recreation opportunities with $484,000 for 29 trail projects

Katie Jackson is the owner of Next Level Fitness in Sparwood, B.C.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Health & Wellness Next Level Fitness has upped its game

Katie Jackson, owner of Next Level Fitness in Sparwood, B.C., has a bright new studio and fun, unique classes

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The conference will leverage local subject-matter experts, researchers, policy-makers and traditional knowledge keepers to deliver fresh perspectives on the Columbia River’s future.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, West Kootenay, Education, Environment, First Nations Discuss the future of the Columbia River

The One River, One Future conference will take place in Kimberley, B.C. from September 12-14, 2019

Johnny Strilaeff is the president and CEO of Columbia Basin Trust, and acting president and CEO of Columbia Power Corporation.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, West Kootenay, Energy, Financial The Trust is fulfilling its purpose

“Our mandate is set by the people of the Columbia Basin, and it’s our job to execute on it.” — Johnny Strilaeff, president and CEO, the Trust.

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Darrell Kemle is the second-generation owner of Kemlee Equipment in Creston.
East Kootenay, Creston, Agriculture, Developments Kemlee Equipment and Kubota expands with new facility in Creston

Kemlee Equipment in Creston, B.C., is investing in a new spacious facility for its Kubota dealership

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College of the Rockies Mountain Adventure Skills Training students conducted applied research on tree well extraction techniques under the supervision of instructor Brian Bell (front, second from right) and Rob Whelan from CHM Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures (far right)
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education, Health & Wellness Student-led research helps improve safety protocols in backcountry

College of the Rockies and CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures release research results on best practices for tree-well rescues

College of the Rockies Business students (l-r) Curtis Lutzke, Tyler Epp, Luis Galdamez, Matt Kitt, coach Butch Butalid, Bradley Schmidt, Gitanjali, Jordan Lydell, and Navjeet Vasudeva brought home four awards from the Western Canadian Business Competition held at Okanagan College in Kelowna.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education College of the Rockies business students win at Western Canadian Business Competition

Teams from across Western Canada took part in the competition and were tasked with running a simulated business that produces cameras and drones.

Trucker crossing bridge in B.C., Highway 16, (Robson River Bridge),  and uses ELD.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Technology, Transportation Electronic Logging Devices add efficiency to Hours of Service compliance

Electronic Logging Devices allow drivers to track their hours of service easily while out on the road.

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East Kootenay, West Kootenay Career BUZZ: Top Jobs in the Kootenays - March 22

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

DCT Chambers truck on an elevated stretch of highway built on a mountainside
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Castlegar, Forestry, Transportation The Chambers Group: Trucking at its most innovative

DCT Chambers Trucking presents the DCT or dump-clean trailer—another innovation in a long line of firsts.

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Rod and Tamara Duggan are standing behind the counter of Cobs Bread Bakery and Tamara is holding a loaf of bread.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Retail Cranbrook welcomes Cobs Bread with open mouths

Rod and Tamara Duggan are the franchisees of the newly opened Cobs Bread Bakery in Cranbrook, B.C.

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Nurses looking after patients in a mock hospital ward.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Kimberley, Health & Wellness College of the Rockies — News and Notes

Bachelor of Science nursing students busy with mock mass casualty simulation; latest Fire Services certificate graduating class in Kimberley

Lee Pratt (L) is the mayor of Cranbrook and David Kim is the city's CAO.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook Cranbrook courts development

The City of Cranbrook is developing and applying its strategies in the realm of economic development.

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Jinny Sims is the Minister of Citizens’ Services.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, First Nations , Technology Connectivity is key in the Kootenays

Jinny Sims, Minister of Citizens’ Services, details how the provincial government’s $50-million grant will benefit rural and Indigenous communities through B.C.

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Cover Architectural Collaborative Inc. of Nelson, B.C., produced this concept rendering of the proposed District office for Elkford, B.C.
East Kootenay, Elkford, Environment Pride of Elkford

“Elkford has been a leader in climate change awareness, so it was important to make the district office a green building.” — Scott Beeching

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Six Mile Slough near Creston will provide better habitat for many species once it’s restored with support from Columbia Basin Trust’s Ecosystem Enhancement Program.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Environment, Forestry Improving health and biodiversity in local ecosystems

Trust gives five projects over $3 million through Ecosystem Enhancement Program

Haul Truck and Digger at Elkview mine near Sparwood, B.C.
East Kootenay, Elkford, Sparwood, Education, Energy, Mining The Elkview Coal Mine celebrates a milestone

This year marks the 50th anniversary of surface mining at Elkview mine near Sparwood, B.C.

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Wayne Stetski, NDP Member of Parliament for Kootenay – Columbia.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial, Technology MP Wayne Stetski calls for more funding for rural internet and wireless

Stetski called on the government to substantially increase its investment in rural connectivity in the 2019 budget saying, “rural Canadians deserve no less.”

Hailey Troock is a Young Agrarian and land matcher for the Columbia Basin.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Nelson, Agriculture, Small Business Missed connections: Farmer seeking farm

Hailey Troock, Young Agrarian and land matcher for the Columbia Basin in Nelson, B.C., connects farmers to farms across the Kootenays

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East Kootenay, West Kootenay Career BUZZ: ‘Best of’ Top Jobs in the Kootenays - March 15

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

Brittany's Flower Farm in Creston, B.C.
East Kootenay, Creston, Agriculture, Retail, Small Business Brittany’s Flower Farm has opened in Creston, B.C.

Brittany Tilling has a green thumb and a love of plants and flowers. She is now ready to share her love with the town of Creston and surrounding Kootenays.

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