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Christa Ford, a senior chemist at Teck Trail Operations, stands beside e-waste that will be recycled.
Elkford, Sparwood, Mining Teck recycles 44K tonnes of hazardous waste in 2013

A dramatic increase by Teck in hazardous waste recycling and a decline of greenhouse gas emissions

Teck worker kneeling in a creek taking samples
Elkford, Sparwood, Mining Teck recognized in two separate sustainability rankings

Teck was recognized as one of the top corporations in Canada for both corporate citizenship and social responsibility in two separate sustainability rankings.

(L to R): Tom Tobin, Branch Manager-Finning; Clayton Podrasky, Superintendent Mine Operations–Teck EVO; Tracey Valin, equipment operator–Teck EVO; Ernie Canlas, Acting General Manager–Teck EVO; and Bob Arnott, Account Manager-Finning
Elkford, Sparwood, Health & Wellness, Mining Teck jumps in to help Bulldoze Breast Cancer with PINK Cat

Teck is helping to raise awareness of breast cancer and its impact on the local community.

From the ground level, a bulldozer sits at Line Creek mine in the Elk Valley.
Elkford, Sparwood, Mining Discovering Teck

One writer sets out to learn and share about coal mining in the Elk Valley’s Line Creek operations with Teck Resources.

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Man wading in a stream
Elkford, Fernie, Sparwood Teck Coal offers public consultation on Elk Valley Water Quality Plan

The Elk Valley Water Quality Plan includes three phases of public consultation.

Sue Foraie, haul truck driver, at Fording River Operations, stands on the deck of a yellow haul truck.
Elkford, Sparwood, Mining Mining Week with Teck

Teck Coal is once again offering free mine tours in Sparwood and Elkford in southeastern B.C. in conjunction with Mining Week in May 2014.

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Mining dump truck at Green Hills
Elkford, Sparwood, Mining Mining week brings free tours to Teck’s Elk Valley Coal Operations

Get a close up look at Teck Coal's mining operations at any one of their tours during May's mining week.

A woman standing beside a black pickup truck carrying a white camper with a sign saying Treatment Centre Guardian First Aid
Elkford, Mining Meet the supplier: Guardian First Aid Service

With solid training and a well-stocked mobile unit, Debby Tomich and her staff provide first aid service in the field.

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Senior man at a podium, speaking into a microphone to people sitting around tables
Elkford, Fernie, Sparwood, Financial Setting the economic compass

A forum led by the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism & Skills Training was held in Sparwood, focusing on economic development in the Elk Valley.

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Senior man in a suit and tie standing in front of a windowed brick wall
Elkford, Financial Elkford’s unique idea

Elkford, B.C., hopes to set a precedent for isolated communities with regard to land management and economic development.

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Two young men standing side by side on a mountain slope on a sunny summer day
Elkford, Developments Continuing the family business

Clarkson Contracting in Elkford, B.C., is owned by brothers Daks and Tate Clarkson; the business has had a hand in building projects in the area since 1983.

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Elkford, Fernie, Sparwood, Education, Mining Teck and college team up to train women in mining

Perception has changed greatly with women working in all aspects of mining.

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Elkford, Environment, Mining Teck receives National Environmental & Social Responsibility Award

Teck has been recognized with the PDAC 2014 Environmental and Social Responsibility Award.

Skiers at the base of a ski run
Elkford, Tourism Happy 40th, Wapiti

Wapiti ski hill in Elkford, B.C., is 40 years old and looking at expansion and development into a year-round attraction.

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A man stands overlooking a valley with mountains in the background.
Elkford, Sparwood, Trail, Environment, Mining Teck awarded for environmental responsibility

Teck has been the recipient of an Environmental & Social Responsibility Award from the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada.

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The off-white and blue front of a large corrugated building reads SMS Equipment with the company's logo.
Elkford, Developments, Mining Expanding safety and quality at SMS

SMS Equipment in Elkford has recently moved into an expanded facility that provides a safer, greener work environment and the ability to better serve clients.

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Elkford, Fernie, Developments, Environment Teck agrees to buy Tembec lands in Elk Valley and Flathead Valley

Approximately 7,150 hectares of private lands located in British Columbia’s Elk Valley and Flathead River Valley will be sold.

An attractive row of wood-lined garden beds grow vegetables.
Elkford, Agriculture, Environment Creating a community garden

Elkford, B.C., has realized the dream of establishing a community garden two years after the idea was first brainstormed.

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Elkford, Developments, Mining SMS Equipment Inc.: Canada’s largest Komatsu dealer expand operations in Elkford, BC

SMS Equipment Inc. new addition to their existing location in Elkford, officially opens on October 3rd 2013.

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Cranbrook, Elkford, Fernie, Sparwood, Grand Forks EKCFS announces partnership with MWX

Expanded wealth management services are available through a new partnership.

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Elkford, Sparwood, Mining Ktunaxa’s Kathryn Teneese touts benefits of resource agreements

Recent First Nation agreements will improve communications between Ktunaxa and the province and open the door for future agreements.

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Elkford Elkford mayor receives Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

Mayor Dean McKerracher was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of the contributions he has made to the District of Elkford.

A man wearing a hard hat and safety vest outdoors measuring the top of a small coniferous tree
Elkford, Environment, Mining Keeping it green at Greenhills

Dan Charest, environment officer at Teck's Greenhills Operations, describes his role researching ways to return the land to a sustainable end state.

by Rebecca Edwards
A man wearing a hard hat operating a complex control board with a monitor
Elkford, Mining Greenhills at 30

Thirty years after Teck's Greenhills Operations began shipping steelmaking coal, the focus remains on safe, responsible mining of a global product.

by Rebecca Edwards
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Elkford, Developments, Tourism Award-winning District of Elkford has big plans for 2013

The District of Elkford has been recognized over the last few years for many accomplishments, and has set out some new major projects for 2013.

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Elkford, Mining Teck announces new vice-president appointments

Teck is pleased to announce the appointment of new vice-presidents, Keith Stein, Bill Fleming, Robin Sheremeta and Bob Kelly.

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Elkford, Sparwood, Developments New commercial building takes shape on Sparwood’s strip

Realtor Rick Pater, of Elk Valley Remax, is building a new commercial building on Sparwood's busy commercial strip, just off Highway #3.

People gathered in the interior of a banquet hall.
Elkford, Developments A centre of excellence

The Elkford Community Conference Centre won two awards at the 2012 Union of British Columbia Municipalities Convention.

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Group of people on a tour at one of Teck Coal's Elk Valley mines.
Elkford, Sparwood, Mining B.C.’s biggest mines found in the East Kootenay

According to a list recently published by Business in Vancouver newspaper, five of the top six mines in B.C., ranked by revenue, are located in the Elk Valley.

The front of the new Elkford Community Conference Centre
Elkford, Developments, Forestry Elkford Community Conference Centre is a showpiece for green building

Elkford's conference centre is a prime example of leading-edge B.C. design concepts and green building protocol.

Photo of a group of people posing for a photo. Three women are sitting on a ledge and below are three men.
Elkford District of Elkford hires new CAO

Curtis Helgesen is the new chief administrative officer (CAO) for the District of Elkford. Helgesen has been with the district since 2006, and he was the director of financial services and deputy chief administrative office before he became the new CAO on June 29, 2012.

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Two haul trucks driving down a road at the mine.
Elkford, Mining A milestone for Fording River

It was 40 years ago on March 15, 1972 when Fording River Operations put the first load of coal on rail cars bound for seaports in Vancouver.

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Photo of a man with a dogsled team at the start of a race.
Elkford, Mining The mine’s main man

In a recent interview, Kootenay Business got personal with Richard Tremblay, who is the general manager of mine operations at Teck’s Fording River Operations in Elkford.

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Elkford, Sparwood, Developments, Mining Meeting the demands

To keep up with the growth of the mines and its other customers, the branch is currently building a 50,000-square-foot facility at a new location on Intata Road.

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Photo of a coal train driving across a large bridge in the mountains.
Elkford, Fernie, Sparwood, Mining The coal connection

Teck is the Canadian Pacific (CP) railway's largest bulk customer and most of CP's coal business is generated from the five mines owned by Teck in the Elk Valley.

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Elkford, Mining Community investment

The histories of Elkford and Fording River Operations are closely intertwined.

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Photo of a large community centre building under blue skies.
Elkford, Developments Elkford welcomes new community centre

Business owners, dignitaries, media reps and residents of Elkford celebrated the grand opening of the town’s new $6.4-million community and conference centre on June 21, 2012.

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Corien Speaker, the new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the District of Squamish.
Elkford, Financial Elkford’s CAO Corien Speaker moving on to Squamish

We join in wishing Elkford’s Corien Speaker the very best of luck on her new position as she prepares to become the new chief administrative officer (CAO) for the District of Squamish.

Mayor Dean McKerracher and Fire Chief Bernie Van Tighem stand on the second level of the new fire training facility in Elkford on May 15, 2012.
Elkford, Developments A brand new place to train emergency crews

Emergency workers from the Elk Valley and beyond will benefit from the new Elkford fire training centre.

by Brielle Will
Elkford, Mining Teck’s Fording River shipped first rail car of coal 40 years ago

March 15, 2012, marked a special anniversary for the more than 1,200 employees at Teck’s Fording River Operations near Elkford, B.C. It was 40 years ago—March 15, 1972—that the first rail car loaded with coal left Fording River and headed west for Vancouver ports.

man and a woman in a coffee roastery in BC
Elkford, Sparwood, Revelstoke, Cuisine The origins of Zaltana

Zaltana Coffee Roasters contribute to the Elk Valley's cultural identity.

by Brielle Will
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Elkford Elkford has everything to offer

We asked local business people why they enjoy living and working in Elkford, and got some interesting responses.

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Elkford, Developments Elkford chamber stays on track with local business values

In large part, the role of the Elkford Chamber of Commerce is about supporting and promoting the business community and encouraging new businesses to come to Elkford.

by Brielle Will
four of the staff at Indigo Spa in Fernie, BC
Elkford, Fernie, Sparwood, Health & Wellness, Retail Unwind at Indigo

It has been nearly two months since the grand reopening of Indigo Spa in Fernie, B.C. After three years in business, the spa burst through the walls into the neighbouring space (formerly home to Re/Max offices) and added a host of new services to the menu.

Elkford, Developments, Mining Bingay mine site is a possibility

Bingay mine site is a possibility for Elkford; the project is entering the feasibility stage.

A man, woman, and child look at the camera while sitting on a mountain trail.
Cranbrook, Elkford, Kimberley, Cuisine, Health & Wellness Who is cooking for you tonight?

The Mountain Range provides healthy gourmet meals and baked goods in reusable, recyclable containers. The meals are frozen, easy to prepare, and delicious.

by Lisa Crane
A man in a hard-hat stands proudly in  the construction of the Elkford CommunityCentre project.
Elkford, Developments A source of pride in Elkford

Elkford's new community centre is currently being constructed using innovative new technologies, incorporating unique panels and cross-laminated timber.

by Breanne Massey
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Elkford New facilities welcomed by Elkford mayor

Mayor Dean McKerracher said a community centre and firefighter training facility will open soon.

by Gerald Vander Pyl
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Cranbrook, Elkford, Health & Wellness Wellness is close to home

This naturopathic doctor has joined forces with other reputable practitioners to bring holistic healing to the Cranbrook community.

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Elkford, Tourism District of Elkford social media launch

The District of Elkford mayor, council and staff are very excited to announce the district’s entrance into the realm of social media.

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