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The Valley VOICE is a biweekly regional BC community newspaper serving the Slocan, Arrow Lakes and North Kootenay Lake Valleys. It is 100% independently and locally owned.



Helping Businesses through the COVID-19 Pandemic

Community Futures brings resources, financing, and support to small businesses in the Kootenay region. Central Kootenay, BC – With businesses closing their doors in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the need for business supports is urgent. As a non-profit community … Continue reading


COVID-19 Quick Sheet for West Kootenay

COVID-19 Quick Sheet: Public Health Orders () & Government Announcements (Current as of: March 24, 2020) EMERGENCY STATUS  Public Health Emergency declared, effective March 17, 2020.  Provincial State of Emergency declared, effective March 18, 2020. SOCIAL DISTANCING ORDERS !! – Mandatory orders on this page … Continue reading


Permitting process pushes back completion for Slocan fibre-optic line

Work may not be done until summer 2021, more than a year after initial completion date. Fibre optic cable may carry internet signals at the speed of light — but getting that cable installed is a considerably slower process. With … Continue reading


Research project looking into the health effects of the Lemon Creek fuel spill

A local study to  investigate the health effects of the spill is underway. Seven years after the notorious fuel spill into Lemon Creek in the Slocan Valley, students  from the Rural Pre-Medicine Program (RPM) at Selkirk College are undertaking a study to  investigate the health effects of … Continue reading


Have your say: creating good jobs, more opportunities with Clean BC

British Columbians are invited to give input on the wide range of training and job opportunities driven by CleanBC. CleanBC  aims to reduce climate pollution and boost energy-efficient solutions, while creating more jobs and opportunities for people thought the province. … Continue reading


Slocan Valley celebrates Small Business Month

It’s Small Business Month and we at the Slocan Valley Economic Development Partnership and Slocan Valley Economic Development Commission would like to honour all the storefront and home-based small businesses out there. Those of us who are self-employed and have … Continue reading


Two new physicians at Slocan Community Health Centre in New Denver

The Slocan Community Health Centre in New Denver has two new physicians as of October 1, 2019. Dr. Sean Wachtel and Dr. Svet Gueordjev join long-time New Denver physician Dr. Chuck Burkholder, stabilizing primary care and 24/7 emergency services at … Continue reading


Small Business Fall 2019 Training Schedule-Community Futures

Available in Nelson, Castlegar and Nakusp Nelson: October 10 Bookkeeping Lab (9-12) 17 Google Lens – Free (12-1) 19 Intro to Cannabis Business – Free (9-3) 22 BBA – Buying A Business – Free (8:30-11) 22 BBA – Succession Planning … Continue reading


Online portal to test internet connectivity

Residents in the Columbia Basin and Boundary regions are being urged to try out a new online testing portal which is designed to test internet connection speeds. The Regional Broadband Committee has been working to get a better understanding of … Continue reading


Request for Proposals for Slocan Valley Digital Media Development

The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) on behalf of the Slocan Valley Economic Development Partnership (SVEDP) is requesting proposals from qualified individuals or firms to provide professional services focused on developing web, app and social media (digital) platforms. With … Continue reading