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Wasa Outdoor Rink Official Opening

December 16, 2014 - 5:25pm

A number of community members and dignitaries were on hand for the first “official” puck drop at the newly completed Wasa and District Lion’s Pete Vereshagen Memorial Rink. The Wasa and District Lion’s Club has always maintained a rink in Wasa and it has been a popular winter fixture in the community; however, without a proper concrete pad at the facility, it was difficult to retain a quality ice surface.  The Lions Club and Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) applied for funding through the Provincial Community Recreation Program and received $70,482 in 2012. Kootenay East MLA…
RDEK Chair and Vice Chair Named

December 12, 2014 - 5:14pm

Electoral Area C Director Rob Gay will continue on as Chair of the Regional District of East Kootenay for 2015. “I am honoured to be re-elected as Chair,” says Gay.  “I look forward to working with our new and returning directors on our current priorities and identifying new opportunities during our strategic priorities planning session in April.”  This will be the Electoral Area C Director’s fourth term as RDEK Chair.  He has been on the Board since 2005.…
Lakeview Meadows Fire Contained

November 23, 2014 - 3:23pm

Members of the Windermere Fire Department, with assistance from both Invermere and Panorama Fire Departments, responded to a residential house fire in Lakeview Meadows yesterday morning. Approximately 25 firefighters arrived on scene and spent five hours fighting the fire. “This was a deep seated structure fire, so although the home was not fully engulfed in flames, there was substantial damage,” explains Columbia Valley Rural Fire and Rescue Service Fire Chief, Jim Miller. There was no one home when the fire broke out and there were no injuries. “The crew did a great job containing the fire and…
Area A Director Announces Lilac Terrace Funding

November 13, 2014 - 6:04pm

The RDEK Board of Directors has approved $200,000 in funding for the Lilac Terrace expansion in Sparwood. “This facility is an important asset for the community and our seniors and it’s an honour on behalf of all Area A residents to be able to support it,” says Electoral Area A Director Mike Sosnowski. “This funding will not only help ensure the project itself moves forward, but will also contribute to a palliative care unit which will provide much needed comfort for residents.”  The funding comes from the Electoral Area A Discretionary Grant in Aid account and Electoral…
Thousands of Dollars In Funding Announced for Elk Valley Projects

November 13, 2014 - 2:49pm

Three Elk Valley projects have received a big boost after being awarded funding through the Elk Valley Community Directed Funds (EVCDF) Program. ““Earlier this year the Elk Valley Community Directed Funds Program adopted its Community Priorities Plan, which identifies ten priorities,” explains EVCDF Committee Chair Mary Giuliano. “The goal of the program is to support projects that meet one or more of these priorities and demonstrate valley-wide benefits. We are proud to support these three initiatives and encouraged to see other groups coming forward seeking funding.” The three projects that the Committee has announced it will be…
Mosquitoes to be Discussed at Community Meeting

November 13, 2014 - 2:43pm

The results of a preliminary assessment into mosquito populations and breeding grounds in the Wardner, Mayook, Bull River, Fort Steele area will be unveiled in early November. “There has been a great deal of work behind the scenes by a group of residents to gather historical data regarding mosquitoes and the next step was to have a formal assessment done so we have a baseline understanding,” explains RDEK Electoral Area C Director Rob Gay. “Culex Environmental Ltd. completed that assessment earlier this year and will be bringing the results of their initial fieldwork to the community at the…
Elk Valley Official Community Plan Adopted

October 03, 2014 - 2:52pm

The Elk Valley Official Community Plan (OCP) has been adopted by the RDEK Board of Directors. “This OCP balances land management, community growth and the environment and I would like to thank the community for its participation and feedback over the last 13 months,” says Electoral Area A Director Mike Sosnowski. “I would also like to acknowledge the many hours of work put in by RDEK staff. These plans are comprehensive and complex documents that require a lot of time and effort to prepare, both on the part of the staff and the communities involved. I appreciate the…
Household Hazardous Waste Round Up

September 11, 2014 - 5:54pm

Over 450 people took part in the RDEK’s Household Hazardous Waste Round Ups around the region over the weekend. “It was great to see the participation in the event and even better to know that we were able to get some of these toxic materials out of people’s basements and off for proper disposal and recycling,” says RDEK Communications Manager, Loree Duczek.  “From a jar of mercury that had been kicking around since the mid 60’s to more common paints and household cleaners, we had a steady stream of people dropping off items over the weekend.” Round…
Energy Smart, Penny Wise Energy Diet Encore

August 29, 2014 - 7:34pm

The East Kootenay Energy Diet (EKED) has been officially launched for another year! The EKED is a program that helps residents of the East Kootenay save energy, emissions and money through home renovations. Home owners in the East Kootenay have a second chance to sign up for an EnerGuide Home Evaluation* at a reduced cost, and receive one-on-one assistance to access rebates and incentives for eligible energy efficient home renovations. Almost 200 homeowners in the East Kootenay took advantage of this opportunity in 2013. New this year, East Kootenay residents that heat with propane or heating oil…
West Fernie Petition Official Results Released

July 29, 2014 - 7:41pm

The official results of the West Fernie Servicing and Restructure petition have been released and the project has received the required support to proceed. The official results of the petition are: Petitions accepted:  132 (56%) Assessed value of accepted petitions:  $35,098,673 (54%) “This is an exciting step for West Fernie and we wouldn’t be where we are without the hard work of a number of different people,” says Area A Director Mike Sosnowski. “I would like to thank the Honourable Coralee Oakes Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development and Kootenay…
East Kootenay Residents Get Exclusive $1500 Bonus for Energy Retrofits

November 14, 2013 - 12:54pm

With the cold winter months just around the corner, East Kootenay local governments and utilities are offering $1500 more in rebates to residents for keeping their homes warm in the winter. “We are pleased to work with FortisBC/BC Hydro to pilot this bonus incentive in the East Kootenays. The bonus offers a great opportunity for East Kootenay residents to access up to $5000 in total incentives this year. By including windows, heating systems, and heat recovery ventilators in the bonus, we hope that East Kootenay residents will be able to complete additional energy upgrades to help reduce energy…
Elk Valley Community Directed Funds Committee Seeks Input

November 14, 2013 - 12:39pm

“Think Elk Valley” is the name of the game for the Elk Valley Community Directed Funds Committee and it is seeking your input on how to best allocate $600,000 from Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) to create social and economic benefits across the region. During the month of October Elk Valley residents and stakeholders will have a number of opportunities to give the Committee feedback on how to spend the funds by identifying projects and priorities that will create benefits for all communities in the Elk Valley. These opportunities include giving input online, participating in upcoming open houses…
IH Moves to Next Phase of Regional Hospital ICU/Electrical Design

December 31, 2011 - 3:53pm

Interior Health has completed the initial design phase for the East Kootenay Regional Hospital’s new intensive care unit and upgraded electrical system, and was pleased to share preliminary design drawings with the Kootenay East Regional Hospital District during a meeting today. "An incredible amount of dedication and effort went into to making this project a reality and it is rewarding for the community to have the opportunity to get a look at what the new intensive care unit will actually look like once complete," said Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett. “The new ICU will not only increase capacity,…

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