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The still-under construction building in Nelson at 45 Government Rd. was supposed to be home to Nelson Cannabis Collective. Now it will be leased out to tenants after the building is completed. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson cannabis company scraps plans for processing facility

Nelson Cannabis Collective says it will pivot to leasing out its still-under construction building

Pharmacist Ron Turk hands off a prescription to Jody Kuntz at the new drive-thru window at T.H.E. Pharmacy in Castlegar. Photo: submitted

Castlegar pharmacy offering drive-thru service

First drive-thru pharmacy in the area

Ernie’s Used Auto Parts won the Lifetime Achievement Award at Saturday’s Business Excellence Awards. L-R: Owners Stuart Ady, Maryann Ady, Christopher Ady and Castlegar Mayor Kirk Duff. Photo: Etelka Mihaly

Business Excellence awards handed out in Castlegar

Ernie’s Used Auto Parts won the Lifetime Achievement Award

Anita’s Organic Mill co-owner Taylor Gemmel outside the Chilliwack location. (Michelle Gemmel submitted file photo)

Nature’s Path acquires majority interest in Chilliwack organic food business

Largest organic cereal and snack maker buys into Anita’s Organic Mill

Anita’s Organic Mill co-owner Taylor Gemmel outside the Chilliwack location. (Michelle Gemmel submitted file photo)
Baldface Lodge founder and CEO Jeff Pensiero. Photo: Darren Davidson

Baldface Lodge expands operations into Valhallas

Baldface purchased the Valhalla Powdercat ski operation before the pandemic

Baldface Lodge founder and CEO Jeff Pensiero. Photo: Darren Davidson
Castlegar City Hall. Photo: Kristen Lawson
Castlegar City Hall. Photo: Kristen Lawson
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Report shows Kootenay tech sector is growing

The Kootenay Technology Sector Assessment 2020 is the first of its kind in the region

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Students from the three schools may be bussed to Stanley Humphries next year. Photo by John Boivin

UPDATE: Two positive COVID-19 cases reported at Castlegar’s high school, more at Brent Kennedy

Exposure at Stanley Humphries Secondary School occurred April 19 - 20, 22

Students from the three schools may be bussed to Stanley Humphries next year. Photo by John Boivin
The first cruise ship of the 2019 season – the Celebrity Eclipse – docks in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)

Tourism spending in Canada dropped by almost 50 per cent in 2020

Tourism-related jobs dropped by almost 29 per cent

The first cruise ship of the 2019 season – the Celebrity Eclipse – docks in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria’s Fairmont Empress hotel closed for three months in late 2020, early 2021, to undergo renovations in leveraging slower hotel traffic because of COVID-19 restrictions. A new report from Statistics Canada find many businesses in the accommodation and food services sector are bracing for another tough year. (Courtesy of Fairmont Empress hotel)

Survey finds Canada’s hospitality industry has low expectations for year ahead

Almost 87 per cent of businesses in accommodation and food services report lower revenues in 2020

Victoria’s Fairmont Empress hotel closed for three months in late 2020, early 2021, to undergo renovations in leveraging slower hotel traffic because of COVID-19 restrictions. A new report from Statistics Canada find many businesses in the accommodation and food services sector are bracing for another tough year. (Courtesy of Fairmont Empress hotel)
Dr. Sandy Battista has renovated an old downtown building for her chiropractic practice. Photo: Betsy Kline

New life for old building in Castlegar’s downtown

Head 2 Toe Chiropractic has renovated an older building on 3rd Street

Dr. Sandy Battista has renovated an old downtown building for her chiropractic practice. Photo: Betsy Kline
Sam Baio, owner of Nelson’s Valhalla Pure Outfitters, says he’s keeping his store closed on Boxing Day due to COVID-19 crowd concerns. Photo: Tyler Harper

Wary of the pandemic, Nelson businesses opt to stay closed on Boxing Day

They say the profit isn’t worth the potential of infection

Sam Baio, owner of Nelson’s Valhalla Pure Outfitters, says he’s keeping his store closed on Boxing Day due to COVID-19 crowd concerns. Photo: Tyler Harper
The Castlegar Fire Department’s annual toy drive helps bring Christmas cheer to Castlegar kids. Photo: Castlegar Fire Department

Fire Department’s toy drive helps bring Christmas cheer to Castlegar kids

Raising $2,800 and a trailer full of toys made for a successful fundraiser

The Castlegar Fire Department’s annual toy drive helps bring Christmas cheer to Castlegar kids. Photo: Castlegar Fire Department
Consider shopping local this Christmas. Photo: Betsy Kline

Castlegar Chamber launches Love Where You Live campaign

Shop local campaign will feature a guide and contests.

Consider shopping local this Christmas. Photo: Betsy Kline
L-R: Kootenay Co-op general manager Ari Derfel, grocery manager Erin Morrison, and security guard Akshay Sharma. The Kootenay Co-op has hired a security company to protect staff from abusive customers who don’t wish to wear masks. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Mask acceptance varies between different business outlets in Nelson

A small percentage of shoppers have tried flouting the rule, and Kootenay Co-op has hired a security guard.

L-R: Kootenay Co-op general manager Ari Derfel, grocery manager Erin Morrison, and security guard Akshay Sharma. The Kootenay Co-op has hired a security company to protect staff from abusive customers who don’t wish to wear masks. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Applications for the first of three pitch competition events at the Nelson Innovation Centre must be submitted by Sept. 24. Photo: Nelson Innovation Centre

Nelson Innovation Centre to host pitch competition

Deadline to apply for the first of three events is Sept. 24

Applications for the first of three pitch competition events at the Nelson Innovation Centre must be submitted by Sept. 24. Photo: Nelson Innovation Centre
SMRT1 Technologies founder Brad Pommen (right) has entered into an agreement to supply smart vending machines technology to Vancouver-based UpMeals. Photo submitted

Nelson’s SMRT1 Technologies to provide vending tech to Vancouver company

UpMeals will launch 22 machines across Canada using SMRT1’s personalized machines

SMRT1 Technologies founder Brad Pommen (right) has entered into an agreement to supply smart vending machines technology to Vancouver-based UpMeals. Photo submitted
The man was swimming near Winlaw before he disappeared in the water. Photo: Google Maps

UPDATE: Body of Slocan River drowning victim recovered

The man was swimming near Winlaw on Wednesday.

The man was swimming near Winlaw before he disappeared in the water. Photo: Google Maps
Enderby’s Starlight Drive In Theatre hasn’t yet decided if it will open for the summer season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Starlight photo)

Drive-in theatre proposed for Grand Forks

City councillors will vote next month on whether to permit the use of the private property

Enderby’s Starlight Drive In Theatre hasn’t yet decided if it will open for the summer season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Starlight photo)
The Kootenay Gallery has moved a couple of exhibitions online as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Facebook photo

Kootenay Gallery of Art changes operations during COVID-19 crisis

Putting exhibitions online and creating new virtual gift store some ways the gallery is coping

The Kootenay Gallery has moved a couple of exhibitions online as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Facebook photo