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Rows of cupcakes in a clear container.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Small Business Crumbs Cakery & Cafe cruises down the highway to Sparwood

A fixture in Fernie for the past four years, popular eatery Crumbs Cakery has relocated to Sparwood

by Julie Matchett
Two men walk along a path in nature.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Mining North Coal is climbing closer to construction in the Elk Valley

North Coal, an emerging steel-coal producer in Sparwood, B.C., is bringing the Michel Coal Project into reality

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Sparwood Mayor and Council at Komatsu Mining groundbreaking ceremony. Left to right: Councillor Brad Bowen, Councillor Ron Saad, Councillor John Baher, Councillor Joe Jarina, Mayor David Wilks, Councillor Amy Cardozo and Councillor Jason Christensen.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Creston, Sparwood, West Kootenay, Castlegar, Nelson, Revelstoke, Trail, Developments Seven major projects are in the works around the Kootenays

The Kootenays sees growth and expansion across the region

by Julie Matchett
Komatsu sign in Sparwood.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Developments Komatsu Mining to construct new 85,000 sq. ft. sales and service facility in Sparwood

Komatsu plans to break ground at the new site in early August, with construction to conclude by the end of 2020

Group of North Coal employees celebrating and holding a cake.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Developments, Mining Sparwood’s North Coal celebrates sixth anniversary

North Coal has been active since 2012 and is currently completing federal and provincial environmental assessments and consulting with local stakeholders.

Students wearing orange and yellow vests pose in front of heavy machinery for Worksafe BC
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Education Elk Valley High-School Students to be Hands-On with Heavy Machinery during Project Heavy Duty

Project Heavy Duty will introduce 24 School District No. 5 high school students to the variety of jobs available in the road building and construction industry

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.

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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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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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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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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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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The Middletown Crossing site map shows the improvements that have been done at the intersection of Highways 3 and 43 in Sparwood.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Transportation Sparwood builds a better crossing

Middletown Crossing’s design and sensor-controlled traffic lights result in a smooth flow of traffic at the intersection of Highways 3 and 43.

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Titan mining machine in Sparwood, B.C.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Developments, Mining Teck announces new Sparwood office

Teck is pleased to announce the development of a new centralized office building in Sparwood, B.C.

Beverley MacNaughton loves her job as executive director of the Sparwood & District Chamber of Commerce.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Small Business Sparwood chamber strategizes

Bev MacNaughton, executive director of the Sparwood & District Chamber of Commerce, is eager to apply what she learned at the annual BCCEC.

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Flags fly over the Sparwood municipal building that is home to the District of Sparwood's administrative team
East Kootenay, Sparwood Sparwood mayor’s perspective, 2018

Cal McDougall served Sparwood through smooth and rough times, and the improved economy is allowing him to leave City Hall with an easy heart.

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L-R: Megan Lohmann, Community Energy Association; Rob Gay, Chair, Regional District of East Kootenay; Kaylyn Gervais Manager, Community Relationships East, Columbia Basin Trust; Lois Halko, Councillor District of Sparwood; Larry Davey, Vice President, Planning & Development, Teck; Diane Tammen, Community Relations Manager East Kootenay, BC Hydro.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Technology, Transportation Sparwood charging station completes Highway 3 Accelerate Kootenays network

The Sparwood DC Fast Charging stations completes the planned installation of fast charging stations across the Highway 3 corridor in the Kootenays.

WestJet Link aircraft at Canadian Rockies International Airport on June 20, 2018.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Creston, Fernie, Invermere, Sparwood, Small Business, Tourism, Transportation WestJet touchdown in Cranbrook

WestJet Link is a new, three-times-a-weekday travel option at the Canadian Rockies International Airport.

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New high visibility signage greets Komatsu customers in Sparwood.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Developments, Mining A peek inside Komatsu’s new Sparwood facility

Komatsu in Sparwood has successfully merged four separate operations and buildings into one newly updated, modern facility.

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John Pumphrey is COO with North Coal Limited, an emerging metallurgical coal mining company situated in British Columbia's Elk Valley.
East Kootenay, Elkford, Sparwood, Mining New name, new beginning

Formerly known as CanAus Coal Limited, the company rebranded itself as North Coal Limited in late November 2017.

by Gerry Warner
Aerial view of Bingay Hill.
East Kootenay, Elkford, Sparwood, Mining Centremount Coal calls for public comment on proposed new mine in Elk Valley

Bingay Coal licences cover 1,157 hectares near the confluence of the Bingay Creek and Elk River.

A yellow Teck truck shovel in front of a large coal pile
East Kootenay, Elkford, Fernie, Sparwood, Mining 45 years of coal mining leadership

Celebrating a milestone at Teck's Fording River Operations

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A large Komatsu dump truck works in a quarry
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Mining Japanese equipment giant Komatsu acquires Joy Global

Joy Global in Sparwood, B.C., has been acquired by Komatsu

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East Kootenay, Elkford, Fairmont Hot Springs, Fernie, Sparwood, West Kootenay Call for the Top 25 Fastest Growing Companies in the Kootenays

Simply fill out this form and you could be recognized as one of the Top 25 Fastest Growing Companies in Kootenays.

Beverly MacNaughton is the new executive director for the Sparwood Chamber of Commerce.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Tourism A changing of the guard in Sparwood’s yard

Beverly MacNaughton is the new executive director for the Sparwood Chamber of Commerce

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Aaron Cosbey, internationally recognized development economist, took part in the Golden City Days Parade in his role as city councillor for Rossland, B.C.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, West Kootenay, Rossland, Environment, Kootenay Influencers Little Rossland’s big-time influencer

Aaron Cosbey is a Rossland city councillor and an advisor on national and international boards for sustainable economic development.

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Joy Global has a new property in Sparwood
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Developments, Mining Sparwood’s Joy Global Moving Into Former Finning Facility

Joy Global Canada is now in the process of moving into Sparwood's old Finning facilities

A home at night
East Kootenay, Elkford, Sparwood, Real Estate Is it worth owning a second property and renting it out?

Tammie Davy is the owner of Custom Real Estate Property Management in the Elk Valley and has some advice on how to invest in a second property

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Kurt Huebert’s carpentry companion is a Krüsimatic G1 CNC robot.
East Kootenay, Elkford, Sparwood, West Kootenay, Golden, Forestry, Technology Carpentry for robots

Kurt Huebert of HübertHaus Timberframes in Golden, B.C., has created a company based on hard work, ingenuity and a sophisticated million dollar robot

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The unveiling of the memorial statue was attended by local area dignitaries and representatives.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Mining Miner’s sculpture unveiled in Sparwood to commemorate lives lost in the coal industry

On April 3, a ceremony commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Balmer North Mine Explosion in British Columbia's Elk Valley took place in Sparwood

An aerial view of the District of Sparwood.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Developments, Financial, Transportation Sparwood to receive infrastructure funding

The grant will go toward new construction and modern safety improvements to the Middletown Crossing—Highway 3/43 intersection.

Cayle Pasiechnyk has created a legacy with his Sparwood business.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, 40 Under 40 Cayle Pasiechnyk: Building a business from the ground up

Cayle Pasiechnyk started his landscaping work when he was young, and used his impressive skill set to build Elk Valley Greenhouse & Landscaping in Sparwood.

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Manager Mike Miller proudly shows off the new Cummins facility in Sparwood.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Developments, Transportation Cummins opens state-of-the-art facility in Sparwood

The new, 10,000 square-foot shop features dedicated space for maintenance and repairs, offices, tool storage and a customer conference room.

Sarina Beran, owner of Remedy's Rx in Sparwood, B.C., balances her work with her enjoyment of outdoor activity
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Health & Wellness, Small Business, 40 Under 40 Sarina Beran’s remedy works

Sarina Beran of Sparwood, B.C., loves the independence that comes with entrepreneurship.

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Bobby Hutchinson of Sparwood, B.C., is a successful and prolific writer of romance novels.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Technology Bobby Hutchinson, romance writer

Bobby Hutchinson loves books so much that she’s made a career of writing them.

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A herd of big-horn sheep are running across a road.
East Kootenay, Elkford, Fernie, Sparwood, Environment, Transportation Here’s a wild idea: Grab your phone and report wildlife

Road Watch BC is recruiting citizen scientists to gather data that will reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions

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Cal McDougall has been Sparwood's mayor for about 12 years—from 1996 to 2005 and from 2014 to the present.
East Kootenay, Sparwood Transition year for Sparwood

District of Sparwood mayor, Cal McDougall, admires the resilience of his community.

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A young man and woman in the backcountry.
East Kootenay, Elkford, Fernie, Sparwood, Small Business, Tourism An Elk Valley snowmobiler with an eye for detail

Callan Senyk is capturing the Elk Valley’s snowmobiling scene with his new business, Throttle Ops Photography

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Picture of the Mission Mountain Railroad.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Mining, Transportation Magnetite to be shipped by truck from Montana to Elk Valley coal mines

The Elk Valley Teck coal mines use magnetite in the coal-washing process.

Picture of construction in Sparwood on the new Cummins building.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Developments, Retail Project Update: Cummins Sparwood building progressing nicely

Cummins Western Canada in Sparwood is a field-service branch with a total of 29 employees.

The 2016 Business Excellence Awards in Sparwood were presented on October 26
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Small Business, Tourism Sparwood chamber update 2016

There’s nothing like an economic downturn to show you who your friends are.

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Rayco Steel Ltd. services the mining industry in the vicinity of Sparwood, B.C.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Mining, Small Business Rayco Steel rallies

The need for metallurgical coal is on the rise, and that’s good news for southeastern British Columbia communities.

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Group of people sitting at tables, watching a presentation on a screen at the front of the room.
Elkford, Fernie, Sparwood, Retail, Small Business, Tourism Who’s who of Elk Valley business and industry turn out for Economic Initiatives Conference

The conference offered an ideal venue for discussing current and future economic opportunities and initiatives throughout the Elk Valley.

Sparwood's Next Level Fitness, gym
Sparwood, Health & Wellness Taking Sparwood to the next level

Next Level Fitness is Sparwood's newest gym, and owner Katie Jackson couldn't be happier.

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Dean McKerracher, mayor of Elkford, offers congratulations to RDEK CAO Lee-Ann Crane, on her retirement after 37 years with the organization.
Canal Flats, Cranbrook, Elkford, Fairmont Hot Springs, Fernie, Invermere, Kimberley, Radium Hot Springs, Sparwood Crane takes a bow

Cranbrook’s Lee-Ann Crane had a 37-year career with the RDEK, working for the betterment of this community.

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Picture of chain-link fence, with construction sign.
Sparwood, Mining, Retail Cummins Sparwood embarks on constructing new building

To meet the growing demands of the Elk Valley mining industry, the company has had plans to expand the branch in Sparwood for the last couple of years.

The Elk Valley Economic Initiative (EVEI) has announced that it is hosting its first economic development conference June 16 to 18 in Fernie, BC.
Elkford, Fernie, Sparwood, Developments, Financial, Real Estate, Retail, Small Business, Tourism BC communities hosting conference to attract entrepreneurs to the Elk Valley

The Elk Valley provides a diverse economy built around outdoor recreation and adventure tourism, forestry and metallurgical coal mining.

Greg and Janny of Cranbrook Search and Rescue were on hand to accept their cash award.
Cranbrook, Elkford, Fernie, Sparwood, Financial Over $7,000 awarded to community groups at EKC’s AGM

Members and guests joined East Kootenay Community Credit Union (EKC) for the financial institution’s Annual General Meeting April 22 at the Heritage Inn.

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