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Veterinary Health Care

One of the most difficult aspects in being a pet owner is facing the challenge in our animals not being able to tell us how they’re feeling when they aren’t well. It doesn’t take long for us to feel lost and helpless. Most of us will do just about anything to help them and there is no better way to achieve that than by working with the right veterinarian. 

Posted by Val Lanthier on Sep 07, 2020 in Health

The Serial Doodler

“Michael, put down your pencil and pay attention!” was a phrase commonly directed at me in elementary school. Being an obedient kid I would lay my pencil down and, my mind untethered, would quickly drift off into another realm. Stopping doodling was like letting go of the string of a balloon—the balloon being my ability to focus on the moment. 

Posted by Michael Hepher on Sep 06, 2020 in Art and Entertainment

September 2020 Editor’s Fix

EDUCATION. I, like many of you and, as you’ll soon find, many of our writers, have been working through what this means to me. 

Posted by Krista Turcasso on Sep 05, 2020 in Community

The New Normal

In the local government world, we are missing two very important annual conferences due to Covid-19. These conferences allow us to come together in camaraderie, learn from each other and return to our respective communities energized.

Posted by admin on Sep 04, 2020 in Community

Gabriela Escobar Ari

I have been practicing photography for around twelve years, and I wanted to redirect my ‘visual culture’ to the context I am in, but it is not always easy to change focus.

Posted by admin on Sep 04, 2020 in Art and Entertainment


The Fernie Fox Hotel has demonstrated its ongoing support and commitment to the Elk Valley with a donation of $5,000 to the East Kootenay Foundation for Health “Beneath the Surface” campaign. The “Beneath the Surface” campaign is a fundraising effort to purchase an ultrasound machine for use in the Elk Valley Hospital.

Posted by admin on Sep 03, 2020 in Business

Fernie Virtual Business Excellence Awards Nominations Close September 7th

Nominations for the 2020 Fernie Virtual Business Excellence Awards close at 5pm this Monday September 7th. This is your last chance to nominate a business or individual in the various awards categories.

Posted by admin on Sep 03, 2020 in Business

Giving Back to the Local Community. One Beer at a Time.

Fernie, BC (September 1, 2020) – After a brief hiatus, it is official, Fernie Brewing Co.’s (FBC) “Cheers to Charity!” (CTC) Donation Program is back. With a slight COVID-appropriate difference.

Posted by admin on Sep 02, 2020 in Business

The Trust Invites Feedback on Draft Strategic Plan

Since June 2020, Columbia Basin Trust has been engaging with a variety of stakeholders in the Basin to develop a short-term strategic plan to guide its activities over the next 18 to 24 months. The Trust is now seeking public feedback on the draft plan from all people in the Basin.

Posted by admin on Aug 23, 2020 in Community

Joni Laberge

This spring I was testing a distance art program for my day job in teen recreation. I found a set of watercolours I’d kept in a box since I went to Kootenay School of the Arts in Nelson in 2002.

Posted by admin on Aug 21, 2020 in Art and Entertainment

First Ever Kootenay Pitch Competition to be Held at Nelson Innovation Centre

The competition is made up of three pitch events and a grand finale pitch event. The first pitch event will take place on November 5, 2020 with applications due on September 24, 2020. Each pitch event will see four entrepreneurs pitching their businesses in front of a panel of judges that includes investors, technology experts, funding agencies and experienced entrepreneurs who have global connections to both markets and investment capital. 

Posted by admin on Aug 21, 2020 in Community

A Simple Rebirth

Let’s not forget that the things we make are tools to connect us to ourselves and to our community. When we start looking at the tool as an end point, we start losing the human part. 

Posted by Michael Hepher on Aug 21, 2020 in Art and Entertainment

Restoration and Relationships

The job of parenting is constantly demanding that we bring to life new parts of ourselves. We master feats of strength like labour, childbirth, and sleep deprivation. We try to creatively handle tantrums, lying, and driving lessons.

Posted by Kerri Wall on Aug 18, 2020 in Community