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Electoral Area F Volunteers of the Year Recognized

May 31, 2016 - 5:25pm

Graeme and Noelene Anderson have been officially recognized as the 2016 Electoral Area F Volunteers of the Year. The Andersons are passionate and caring volunteers and are well known to hockey enthusiasts in the Valley. “Graeme and Noelene spend countless hours fundraising and organizing volunteers for every Columbia Valley Rockies game, in addition to the hours they spend personally volunteering,” says Area F Director Wendy Booth. Graeme is currently the President of the Rockies. In the past year he has organized the annual golf…
Category 3 Open Fires to be Banned Effective Friday at Noon (PST)

May 31, 2016 - 3:36pm

Category 3 open fires to be prohibited within the Southeast Fire Centre (REPOSTED)   CASTLEGAR– Effective at noon PDT on Friday, June 3, 2016, Category 3 open fires will be prohibited in the Southeast Fire Centre to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety. Anyone conducting a Category 3 open fire anywhere in the Southeast Fire Centre must extinguish any such fire by noon on June 3, 2016. This prohibition will remain in place until the public is otherwise notified. A map of the affected area is available online at: http://bit.ly/20RD4QZ Specifically,…
$1.47 Million in Funding Announced for Fairmont Flood/Debris Flow Mitigation

May 20, 2016 - 4:03pm

Fairmont Hot Springs - As part of the public-safety funding announced in the 2016 provincial budget, the Province is committing $1.47 million in funding toward a flood-mitigation project near Fairmont Hot Springs that will protect the important economic area from flood damage. The project builds on earlier work done by the Regional District of East Kootenay to widen the Fairmont Creek channel following significant debris flow events in 2012 and 2013 triggered by high water levels and which impacted residences and businesses. The 2012 event forced the closure of the highway and Fairmont Hot Springs Resort and cut…
Small Grassfire Quickly Contained

May 04, 2016 - 10:04am

A small grassfire at the Fort Steele Transfer Station was quickly contained yesterday afternoon. “We had a grass fire on our transfer station property yesterday afternoon when a controlled burn of a small brush pile got away,” says RDEK Solid Waste Superintendent Jim Penson. “Thanks to the swift action of a BC Wildfire Service crew, staff, contractors and a neighbour we were able to extinguish the fire very quickly and prevent the situation from becoming more serious.” The fire was just over a hectare in size and is a good reminder about the dry conditions so early…
Construction Begins on West Fernie Servicing Project

April 08, 2016 - 6:01pm

The largest construction project in the history of the Regional District of East Kootenay officially broke ground today. The $16,412,291 two-phase project will provide West Fernie residents and businesses with an upgraded water system and new storm water and sanitary sewer systems.  “The Government of Canada is pleased to invest to improve the safety, quality and reliability of water services to West Fernie residents and businesses, while also upgrading the community’s wastewater management systems,” said the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “Our infrastructure plan in…
Ecosystem Restoration Burn in Elko Area Friday (REPOST)

April 06, 2016 - 5:08pm

Reposted from: Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations BC Wildfire Service The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, with the support of its Rocky Mountain Trench Ecosystem Restoration Program partners, will be conducting an ecosystem restoration burn on Rabbit Mountain on Friday, April 8, 2016, weather permitting. Smoke from this controlled burn will be visible from the community of Elko and surrounding areas, and from Highway 3 and Highway 93. Trained BC Wildfire Service personnel will carefully monitor this burn at all times. Rabbit Mountain, southwest of Elko: * The 80-hectare…
Elko Firefighters Respond to First Fire Call

April 05, 2016 - 2:55pm

Members of the Elko Fire Department responded to their first fire call over the weekend. “We had a small grass fire in the Burton Lake Estates area,” says Elk Valley & South Country Rural Fire Service Chief Dave Boreen. “This was a good reminder about the dry conditions already this spring. Thanks to the swift action of the crew, they were able to extinguish the fire very quickly and prevent the situation from becoming more serious.” It is a big week for the Elko Department.  Aside from responding to its first fire call, eight of the Department’s…
Long Time Arena Manager Recognized for Years of Service

April 01, 2016 - 2:24pm

After more than 16 years at the helm of the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena, Arena Manager Phyllis Dubielewicz has retired. “Phyllis has spent over 25 years dedicated to recreation in the Columbia Valley,” says RDEK Environmental Services Manager Kevin Paterson.  “She started with the Eddie Mountain Recreation Society as a Secretary in 1990 and has been a driving force ever since.” Dubielewicz was Office Manager for the Society for many years, managed the Lions and Rotary ballparks for 9 years and has been the Manager of the Eddie Mountain Memorial…
Open House in West Fernie to Introduce Construction Contractor

March 29, 2016 - 2:17pm

The RDEK will be hosting an Open House this Thursday to introduce the construction contractor that will be completing the first phase of construction on the West Fernie Servicing & Restructure Project. “Dawson Construction Ltd. will be mobilizing in West Fernie over the next week or so and we wanted to provide residents with an opportunity to meet representatives from the company. In addition, RDEK staff and our engineering consultant Kerr Wood Leidal will be providing information on the construction schedule and answering questions,” says RDEK Project Supervisor Elizabeth Ahlgren. “Having information sessions like the ones…
Burning of Slash Piles Begins as Fuel Management Treatment Program Wraps Up

March 02, 2016 - 8:49am

The RDEK is continuing with our fuel management project in Baynes Lake along Jaffray-Baynes Lake Road near the Strawberry Hill area. We will begin burning the remaining slash piles today as we have a good venting index. There will be smoke visible during the burn. The goal of this project is to reduce the fuel load in the area and reduce the risk of wildfires. If there are questions about the project please feel free to contact our Emergency Services Coordinator Travis Abbey at 1-888-478-7335 or tabbey@rdek.bc.ca.
RDEK and Kelowna Sign Fire Dispatch Contract

February 24, 2016 - 2:30pm

Starting May 30, the City of Kelowna will provide fire dispatch and records management for the 16 fire departments located in the Regional District of East Kootenay.  The Kelowna Fire Department already provides dispatch service to the Regional Districts of Central Okanagan and Okanagan Similkameen. “We are able to provide the new service within our existing capacity,” said Travis Whiting, Deputy Chief of the City of Kelowna. “The selection of Kelowna Fire to dispatch for the RDEK is a reflection of the professional and efficient work of our dispatchers in support…
Rushmere Achieves FireSmart Status

February 10, 2016 - 10:20pm

Reposted from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations The small community of Rushmere has taken some big steps to protect residents from harm, using FireSmart principles to proactively reduce wildfire threats on private land on the west shore of Windermere Lake. FireSmart Canada acknowledged all that hard work on Feb. 9, 2016, with the official presentation of a Community Protection Achievement Award and the installation of a FireSmart sign at the entrance road to Rushmere. The award presentation was attended by BC Wildfire Service staff, a provincial FireSmart Canada representative, Regional District of…
No Water Use Day in Windermere Feb 9th

February 03, 2016 - 2:32pm

The reservoir project is nearing completion in Windermere.  On Tuesday, our contractor (Border Holdings Ltd) will be installing secondary chlorination for the Windermere Water System.  As a result, there will be one more “no water use” day for anyone on the Windermere Water System Tuesday, February 9, 2016 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. During this time, residents are asked to use as little water as possible from the system.  As with the work in late January, we need to have all the water in the system during this process, and the water system cannot be fully shut…
Draft Toby Benches OCP Unveiled

January 04, 2016 - 5:01pm

Almost exactly one year ago, the RDEK started working on an Official Community Plan (OCP) planning process for the Toby Benches area. The draft OCP is now available for review and comment. “We have been working with residents and other stakeholders every step of the way and are excited to be at this point in the process,” says RDEK Planner Kris Belanger.  The draft OCP and map schedules are posted on the RDEK’s website and Belanger says they have an Open House planned for mid-January to provide more information to the community. “At the Open House we…
New Funding Announced for Elk Valley Trail Project

December 17, 2015 - 10:07am

The Elk Valley Community Directed Funds (EVCDF) Committee has allocated $430,000 to the Elk Valley Community Trail project.  Efforts are now underway to secure matching funds through Trans Canada Trail, which if approved, would bring the total value of the project to almost $900,000. “From the very beginning our Committee was hopeful that we could use the Community Directed Funds to support a single project that would have a lasting and notable impact on the Elk Valley.  With the ability to receive matching funding from the Trans Canada Trail to develop this route through the Elk valley, we…
Chair Elected as RDEK Celebrates 50th Anniversary

December 04, 2015 - 12:54pm

The annual election of RDEK Chair and Vice Chair was held at the Regional District of East Kootenay this morning and Electoral Area C Director Rob Gay will continue on as Chair for 2016. “I appreciate the confidence of my fellow Directors in re-electing me as Chair and I look forward to another productive year,” says Gay. This will be the Electoral Area C Director’s fifth term as RDEK Chair.  He has been on the Board since 2005. Electoral Area F Director Wendy Booth was re-elected as Vice Chair for a fourth term.  “I have really enjoyed…
Baynes Lake Area Fuel Treatment Slash Piles to be Burned if Conditions Permit

November 18, 2015 - 3:24pm

The RDEK recently completed an interface fuel treatment project on Crown land in the Baynes Lake Area. The last step in the process is to pile the slash and burn it.  Contractors will be on site to begin building the piles November 19th.  If the conditions are right and the venting index is good, we will begin burning the piles November 19th. The work is expected to take approximately two weeks to complete. The piles are located along the Jaffray-Baynes Lake Road near the Strawberry Hill area. The goal of this project was to reduce the fuel…
Good Turnout to West Fernie Servicing Open House

October 30, 2015 - 3:08pm

Over 50 people took in the West Fernie Servicing Project Open House Thursday. “It was great to see so many people come out and participate in the Open House,” says RDEK Engineering Services Manager Brian Funke. “We know there is a lot of information to share and our goal is to make sure residents feel informed every step along the way. Having information sessions like the ones this week allows us the opportunity to be able to meet directly with the community, answer questions and also hear their ideas about the project.”  At the meeting, the Project…
Strong Turnout to Initial Area B OCP Meeting

October 16, 2015 - 2:50pm

Approximately 90 people took in the introductory meeting for the Electoral Area B Official Community Plan planning process in Jaffray on Wednesday night. “It was a great turnout and I would like to thank everyone for taking the time to participate in our first meeting,” says RDEK Electoral Area B Director Stan Doehle. “Having strong participation from the community is a critical part of this process, so it was fantastic to see so many people come out to share their values, concerns and vision for the area.”  At the meeting, RDEK Planner Karen MacLeod provided an overview…
RDEK Directors Elected to UBCM Board

September 28, 2015 - 12:12pm

The East Kootenay will have representation on a Provincial level after two RDEK Directors were elected to positions on the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) Executive this week. “On behalf of the RDEK, I want to congratulate Electoral Area F Director Wendy Booth on being elected Second Vice President and Invermere Mayor Gerry Taft for his election as Director at Large,” says RDEK Board Chair Rob Gay. “It is going to be an exciting year for both of them, and we are so fortunate to have them representing us at the UBCM level as they work on policy-making…

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