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July 20, 2018 - 2:34pm
The Hill Road Dike south of Fernie will be getting some additional erosion protection after the Province announced it was providing nearly $750,000 in funding through the Community Emergency Fund (CEPF).
The Dike was damaged during flooding in 2013 and has been repaired; however, this project will complete erosion protection in front of the dike. “I’d like to thank the Province and Union of BC Municipalities for supporting this important project,” says Electoral Area A Director Mike Sosnowski. “The RDEK will also be contributing approximately $350,000 to the project from the Electoral...
July 17, 2018 - 4:37pm
Five days after a fire tore through the building at the Kimberley Transfer Station, the site will partially re-open tomorrow on a limited basis.
“We are re-opening the recycling and reuse areas and will have a small area for the disposal of household garbage,” says Environmental Services Manager Kevin Paterson. “The garbage disposal area has limited capacity, so we are asking residents to bring only small household loads. Any larger or commercial loads will have to be taken to the Cranbrook Transfer Station or Central Subregion Landfill until further notice.”
The Reuse Shed will be...
July 17, 2018 - 9:27am
A residential house fire in the Rosen Lake area was extinguished by firefighters last night.
“The crews did an excellent job of getting on the fire and were able to keep it confined to the one room of origin. The homeowner had closed the door to the room and his quick thinking also made a big difference in the outcome of the call,” says Elk Valley & South Country Rural Fire & Rescue Chief Dave Boreen. “Once the fire was out, the crew worked on ventilating the structure to lessen the effects of smoke damage.”
The occupants were home at the time of the fire and were able to escape...
July 16, 2018 - 12:40pm
Insurance investigators are sifting through the ashes and debris at the Kimberley Transfer Station today as the focus moves to securing and partially re-opening the site following Friday night’s fire.
“There are a number of steps we have to complete before we can look at a partial re-opening,” explains RDEK Environmental Services Manager Kevin Paterson. “Once the investigators have completed their work, we will have a structural engineer assess the building structure and begin moving out the rubble and burned debris and securing that area of the site.”
The RDEK then hopes to...
July 13, 2018 - 2:17pm
Highway 3/93 was temporarily shut down this afternoon after a truck hauling a fifth wheel trailer burst into flames.
“The vehicle and trailer are both a total loss,” says Elk Valley & South Country Rural Fire & Rescue Chief Dave Boreen. “We closed the highway to allow our crews to safely access the scene and work to prevent the spread of the fire to the ditch and beyond.”
The occupants of the vehicle were all able to escape safely and there were no injuries.
At the same time, a call came in about a grass fire in the Dicken Road area near Hosmer. Members of the Hosmer department...
July 12, 2018 - 7:40pm
The Chief of the Elk Valley & South Country Rural Fire and Rescue Service is crediting the quick actions by campground staff and campers for controlling a wildfire at Aye’s Ranch Campground near Baynes Lake this afternoon.
“The campground had done some preparedness planning and the staff and campers did a good job of controlling the fire until we arrived on scene,” says Chief Dave Boreen. “Our firefighters were then able to complete a guard around the perimeter of the fire and extinguish hot spots. There were no injuries and we couldn’t have asked for a better outcome today.”
July 10, 2018 - 12:50pm
St. Mary Lake Regional Park will soon become the newest park in the RDEK following a new agreement between the local government and a private property owner.
“St. Mary Lake is a beautiful and popular recreation spot for residents and visitors and I am so pleased that we have been able to reach an agreement with the property owner to allow for continued public use of this area,” says RDEK Electoral Area E Director Jane Walter.
The property, which is located on the east end of St. Mary Lake, was sold by Tembec to Mt. Evans Land Company Ltd. in 2017. Prior to the sale, the land had...
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...
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 a hard time.
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...
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 with information on...
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...
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...
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 people...
April 22, 2018 - 11:54pm
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.
Crews remain on fire watch tonight after a grass fire burned 30 acres of grassland in the Baynes Lake area this afternoon.
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 from the Jaffray, Baynes Lake and Elko...
April 12, 2018 - 1:00pm
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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 has done a great job of keeping the fire...
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...
April 05, 2018 - 12:18pm
A new wireless alert system announced by the Provincial government this week does not apply to local governments at this time and the RDEK wants to get the word out so people are aware of the system’s current limitations.
“Emergency Management BC will be utilizing the national Alert Ready program to send messages to wireless phones; however, it’s important for people to understand that these alerts currently only apply to tsunami warnings and are not available for any other local emergency at this time,” explains RDEK Communications Manager, Loree Duczek. “We have long been...
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