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2018/2019 Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs Funding Approved

June 08, 2018 - 1:58pm

The Regional District of East Kootenay Board of Directors has approved funding for 156 projects around the region over the coming year. The funding comes from Columbia Basin Trust’s Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs, which are administered by the RDEK.  “We approved a total of $1,084,126 for 2018/2019. The approved projects cover everything from environmental education initiatives to health & safety programs, community enhancement, and youth related projects,” says RDEK Board Chair Rob Gay.  “Without this funding, so many important community-based projects would not be possible and we are deeply grateful to Columbia Basin Trust for…
Electoral Area G Volunteer of the Year Recognized

June 05, 2018 - 10:37am

Michael Hutchinson was officially recognized as the 2018 Electoral Area G Volunteer of the Year at a Town Hall Meeting last night. Hutchinson and his wife Karel own Pips Country Store in Edgewater and are both known for their kindness and cheerful dispositions. “Michael is always willing to help, no matter what time of day. He goes above and beyond to help anyone in need,” says RDEK Electoral Area G Director Gerry Wilkie. One of the nominators spoke to Hutchinson’s kindness sharing examples of seeing him give gas and food to those down on their luck or having…
RDEK Purchase of Parr Utilities to be Delayed

May 30, 2018 - 12:33am

Just days before the RDEK was set to finalize the purchase of Parr Utilities' assets, the purchase has been delayed due to a possible historical, unsurveyed road on the property where the water treatment plant is located. “This is an unanticipated hurdle,” says Area F Director Wendy Booth. “This is an extremely complex process and staff have been working diligently through every step, focused on our May 31st goal. Staff and the property owner have been working on amending the agreements and negotiating the required leases to gain final approvals. Every step of the way, we have remained…
Strong Turnout to Moyie Meeting

May 28, 2018 - 2:21pm

Over 150 people turned out to a meeting in Moyie Saturday afternoon to learn more about the various options available to preserve the Narrows on Moyie Lake. “Through the early stages of the Moyie & Area Official Community Plan (OCP) process, the community has been very clear that the preservation of the Narrows is a high priority.  With the combination of private land, Crown land and the waterway itself, there are a number of different options and jurisdictions to consider. Our goal with the meeting was to bring all those parties together and provide the community…
RDEK Monitoring Flood Conditions as Melt Continues

May 17, 2018 - 1:10pm

On the heels of another warm week followed by a thunderstorm system, the BC River Forecast Centre has upgraded its High Streamflow Advisory to a Flood Watch for the Kootenays. While the biggest impact is expected in the Kootenay Boundary and West Kootenay, RDEK staff are continuing to monitor local conditions and are prepared to respond in the event we experience wide-scale flooding. “We are seeing an expected rise in local streams and tributaries as the mid and higher elevation snow melts and are urging residents who are in flood-prone locations to be proactive in protecting their…
BC Parks Land Acquisition Announcement Includes Special Baynes Lake Property

May 03, 2018 - 9:07pm

Summary of a news release from the Provincial Government: The B.C. Government has announced more than 190-hectares of ecologically sensitive land on six different parcels around the Province has been acquired as new parks or additions to existing parks, including one very special piece of property in the Baynes Lake area. “Parks benefit our environment, our economy, and make life better for people in B.C. every day,” said Premier John Horgan. “By protecting these lands today, we’re expanding the beautiful parks B.C. is known for around the world, and making sure this land will be here for…
RDEK Encouraged by Strong Turnout to Planning Process Meeting

April 30, 2018 - 9:47am

Over 100 people filled the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, April 21 to take part in a community planning workshop for the review and update of the Lake Windermere Official Community Plan (OCP). “The main purpose of the workshop was to gather comments on proposed policies and questions around various land use topics and to allow people to share their thoughts on where preservation or changes could occur,” says RDEK Area F Director Wendy Booth.  “We have really been trying to emphasize the importance of community involvement, so I was very pleased to see so many…
Grass Fire in Baynes Lake a Reminder of the Dry Conditions

April 22, 2018 - 11:54pm

UPDATED: The BC Wildfire Service is on site and will continue with mop up following yesterday's grass fire in the Baynes Lake area. There are still a number of hot spots in some of the driftwood, which is generating some smoke. A big thank you to all of the responders who answered the call - and to our fire watch team who spent the night on scene. We are so lucky to have such dedicated members of our community serving as firefighters. ORIGINAL RELEASE: Crews remain on fire watch tonight after a grass fire burned…
Home Involved in Jaffray Area House Fire a Total Loss

April 12, 2018 - 2:14pm

The flames have cooled and the focus will now turn to investigating the cause of an overnight house fire in Jaffray. The fire broke out just before 11:00 pm Wednesday night in the Rosen Lake area and Elk Valley & South Country Rural Fire and Rescue Chief, Dave Boreen says crews focused on keeping the blaze contained. “When we arrived on scene, the home was fully engulfed and our efforts throughout the night were on controlling the fire and keeping it from spreading beyond the structure. Our crews did an excellent job.” A total of 19 firefighters…
RDEK Staff Don Jerseys in Support of #HumboldtStong

April 12, 2018 - 1:00pm

The sticks are out front. The jerseys are on. The RDEK's employees joined thousands of Canadians in showing our support today. #HumboldtStrong #JerseysForHumboldt
Crews on Scene of House Fire in Jaffray Area

April 12, 2018 - 12:31am

Crews are on the scene of an overnight house fire in Jaffray. Members from the Jaffray, Baynes Lake and Elko Fire Departments responded to the call just before 11:00 pm Wednesday night. “The house was fully engulfed when we arrived on scene and is a total loss,” says Elk Valley & South Country Rural Fire and Rescue Service Chief, Dave Boreen. “Fortunately, there were no occupants in the home and there are no injuries.” The original call came in at 10:48 pm and a total of 19 firefighters from the three departments answered the call.  “The crew…
RDEK Board Gives Green Light to Negotiation with Recycle BC

April 09, 2018 - 11:53am

The RDEK Board of Directors has asked staff to begin negotiations on an agreement with Recycle BC to establish and operate Recycle BC depots at six of its staffed locations. “Recycle BC has reached out to see if the RDEK would be interested in becoming a contracted collection partner. As a Board we are looking at options to create value for our taxpayers and increase the access to additional recycling opportunities,” explains RDEK Board Chair Rob Gay.  Currently, the only Recycle BC depot in the East Kootenay is at the Cranbrook Bottle Depot.  RDEK Environmental Services Manager…
New Alert System Does Not Include Local Governments At This Time A new wireless alert system announ

April 05, 2018 - 12:18pm