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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.



Local nurse practitioner Donna Gibbons honored as Health Care Hero

Donna Gibbons has been honoured as Interior Health’s Health Care Hero for 2019. She is a nurse practitioner at the Slocan Community Health Centre and the Village of Slocan. Donna is described as the beating heart of health care in … Continue reading


The Lift Cowork ~ Expressions of Interest for Pre-memberships

The Silverton Cowork Society recently formed to create and manage the future Lift cowork in the the old Silverton General Store building at 222 Lake Ave. The space will utilize 1000 square feet for a shared office, board room, small … Continue reading


Slocan Valley business receives funding to build batteries for clean energy vehicles

Eagle Graphite will receive $290,000 to further develop B.C.’s clean energy vehicle (CEV) sector, create jobs and support low-carbon innovation. “Under our CleanBC plan, we are building a low-carbon economy that will reduce climate pollution and create good jobs across … Continue reading


Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Program Funding

Wondering how your community will be determining how funds are distributed? Here is a complete list including New Denver, Silverton, Slocan and Area H. PUBLIC PROCESS INFORMATION FORM Dot Day in Winlaw is Saturday April 6, 2019 from 1-3 pm … Continue reading


Improved high-speed internet is on the way in the Slocan Valley!

Improved high-speed internet is on the way for 26 communities in the Kootenays, bringing people opportunities to learn, connect and better expand their businesses. * Communities benefiting from this work include Appledale, Brouse, Crescent Valley, Hills, Lebahdo, Lemon Creek, Nakusp, … Continue reading


Slocan Valley Economic Development update

The following update from Ron LeBlanc, Slocan Valley Economic Development Coordinator, was originally published in the Valley Voice on March 14, 2019. Valley residents often ask me about my new role of Slocan Valley Economic Development Coordinator.  What does that mean? What … Continue reading


Rural Media, Kootenay Style

In the summer of 2018, Angela Long embarked on a 22,000-kilometre journey, traversing eight provinces and a territory – from Dawson City, Yukon, to Cape Breton, N.S. – to learn from residents, reporters and experts about journalism’s importance in rural communities. In the … Continue reading


Rural Evidence Health Care Review project

Local evidence for health service planning through a rural lens The RER aims to collaborate with rural citizens to provide robust, comprehensive and rural-relevant evidence to inform rural health service planning in British Columbia. The activities involved to achieve this … Continue reading


RDI Community Profiles 2018

Selkirk College’s Rural Development Institute (RDI) has updated and published comprehensive community profiles for the Slocan Valley region. http://cbrdi.ca/Communities/Central-Kootenay/Slocan-Valley


Proposed broadband from Playmor junction to Nakusp: update

Aimee Ambrosone, Director, Delivery of Benefits for Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) who also works on broadband and  high-speed connectivity projects told Nakusp council that the CBT is setting up and supporting a broadband backbone in  the region. The “last mile” … Continue reading