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Windermere Fire Department Responds to Residential House Fire

December 06, 2016 - 12:15pm

Members of the Windermere Fire Department, with assistance from the Invermere Fire Department, responded to a residential house fire in Windermere yesterday afternoon. Approximately 14 firefighters arrived on scene and spent four hours fighting the fire. “The house itself will be a total loss, but thanks to the quick action of the firefighters we were able to isolate the fire and the residents will be able to save many of their belongings,” explains Columbia Valley Rural Fire and Rescue Service Fire Chief, Jim…
Latest Draft of the Kimberley Rural OCP Unveiled to the Public

December 01, 2016 - 9:48am

After months of consultation, the draft of the updated Kimberley Rural Official Community Plan (OCP) is now available for review and comment. “For the past year we have been working with residents and other stakeholders to review the OCP and get input about their future vision for their community,” says RDEK Planner Michele Bates.  “It is always exciting to be able to present the draft and I am now looking forward to receiving comments on it.” The draft OCP was unveiled at an Open House Tuesday evening, which was attended by 35 people.  It will be posted…
Jaffray Fire Department - Recruits from Wardner Area Welcome

November 30, 2016 - 4:04pm

The Jaffray Fire Department is in need of some new recruits.  You don’t have to live in Jaffray or within the Fire Protection Area to be a part of the department and we are taking new recruits from as far away as Wardner.   No experience is required and all the training is provided (for free).  There is a weekly training night in Jaffray along with some online training.  If you live in the Wardner area and are interested in becoming a paid-on-call firefighter with the Jaffray Department, we’d love to hear from you! Click Here to…
RDEK Seeks Help Identifying Illegal Dumper

November 28, 2016 - 2:43pm

The RDEK is hoping someone may have seen an act of illegal dumping at the Canal Flats Transfer Station last week. “We believe between late afternoon Monday and sometime Tuesday morning someone with a dump trailer disposed of 40 black plastic bags in the wood pile at the Transfer Station,” explains RDEK Solid Waste Superintendent Jim Penson. “The bags were filled with insulation, brown cellulose and vermiculite, which likely contains asbestos.” What makes this incident of illegal dumping so perplexing is that the asbestos…
Emergency Exercise Hailed a Success

October 21, 2016 - 9:19am

A large-scale fuel leak in the Elk River, motor vehicles incidents involving hazardous materials and multiple injuries were all part of the mock-scenarios yesterday as part of the RDEK’s full-scale emergency exercise in the Elk Valley and South Country. “Between emergency responders, participating agencies, volunteers and emergency program personnel, we had over one hundred people participating in the exercise,” says Elk Valley and South Country Emergency Program Coordinator Marianne Stone.  “It presented so many learning opportunities for everyone who took part.” The exercise was designed to test inter-agency cooperation and response, procedures, information systems, communications and coordination. …
Regional RDEK Firefighter Recruitment Drive Underway

October 18, 2016 - 10:22am

A region wide firefighter recruitment drive is underway in the Regional District of East Kootenay. “Our fire departments play a pivotal role in our rural communities,” explains Elk Valley & South Country Fire Chief Dave Boreen. “To keep these departments running and able to answer the call, we need to have a dedicated core of firefighters and are looking to bolster our numbers in every department.” The RDEK has fire departments in Jaffray, Baynes Lake, Elko, Hosmer, Fairmont, Windermere, Edgewater and Panorama and the goal of the campaign is to recruit 10 new members to each department…
RDEK to Provide Update on Windermere Water

August 12, 2016 - 2:31pm

The RDEK is encouraging residents and property owners in Windermere to attend one of the two upcoming Open Houses they have scheduled regarding the status of the Windermere Treated Water Project. "The goal of the Open Houses is to provide residents with an update on where things are at, including the current options for treated water,” says RDEK Project Supervisor Elizabeth Ahlgren. “Another important aspect for us is the feedback. We are looking for input from residents as we move closer to bringing an option out to the community through a formal assent process.”
Road Construction May Lead to Delays for Elk Valley Transit

August 09, 2016 - 8:46am

The current road construction between Sparwood and Fernie may add an additional 1/2 hour to your trip in both directions. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. For up to date information on issues that may effect the Elk Valley Transit System, please visit https://bctransit.com/elk-valley/home
New Composting Pilot Project Underway

July 22, 2016 - 2:22pm

Residents of the Columbia Valley and Elk Valley are being encouraged to take part in a new pilot composting project being coordinated by the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) this summer.  “Residents are now able to drop off their household kitchen waste at the Columbia Valley Landfill, and Sparwood and Fernie Transfer Stations,” explains RDEK Environmental Services Manager Kevin Paterson. “The composting bins for the public are specially marked and will be available through the end of October.” The program accepts nearly all kitchen scraps. While many residents in the East Kootenay already compost fruits and…
Public a Key Part of Identifying 9-1-1 Service Concerns

July 20, 2016 - 10:34am

Recent follow-up by a Kimberley resident with concerns about a 9-1-1 call he placed has helped the RDEK identify and correct an issue with dispatch terminology. “We had a resident contact one of our South Country Rural Fire Departments recently after he called to report a vehicle fire on a rural road and the local fire department didn’t respond,” explains RDEK Emergency Services Coordinator Travis Abbey. “We have a system in place to follow up on questions or concerns regarding both 9-1-1 and fire dispatch, and during the investigation into this complaint, it was discovered that there was…
Quick Action by Fire Department and Neighbours in Suzanne Lake Area

July 18, 2016 - 8:40pm

Jaffray firefighters are currently on the scene of a small lightning caused fire in the Suzanne Lake area.  The fire was first reported at approximately 7:00pm and was initially actioned by local residents until fire crews arrived.  We have six Jaffray firefighters on scene and a BC Wildfire Service crew is en route. The fire is not threatening any structures and is guarded and under control. A big thanks to the residents and firefighters for their quick action this evening!  Pictured: …
Idle Wild Dam Rehabilitation Project Made Possible Thanks to Federal Gas Tax Fund

July 05, 2016 - 4:37pm

Reposted from the City of Cranbrook Enjoying Canada’s vast green spaces and parks is a favourite pastime for Canadian families as a way to meet with relatives and neighbours, appreciate nature and share some quiet time. Residents and visitors to the City of Cranbrook area will soon be able to enjoy the restored and enhanced Idlewild Lake and park areas thanks to a project that will rehabilitate the Idlewild Dam. The work is being completed thanks to $2.8 million provided through the federal Gas…
Cherry Creek Falls Regional Park Officially Opened

June 15, 2016 - 9:09am

Cherry Creek Falls Regional Park Officially Opened Over 100 people attended the official opening of the Cherry Creek Falls Regional Park over the weekend. “It was wonderful to see so many people come out to celebrate. The number of people who came out to mark the grand opening speaks to how much this landmark is treasured,” says Electoral Area E Director Jane Walter. The evolution of the park from a landmark known and used by locals to a protected regional park occurred over a five year period and involved the community and all levels of government. In April 2011, an application was submitted to…
Funding Secured for Completion of Cranbrook to Wardner Trans Canada Trail

June 10, 2016 - 10:46am

REPOSTED FROM TRAILS BC Trails BC is pleased to announce that funding has been secured for Phase 3 and the completion of the Cranbrook to Wardner Trans Canada Trail project. At a ceremony on Wednesday, June 8th at one of the current work sites off Ha Ha Road, an announcement was made by multiple funding partners. The Trans Canada Trail (TCT) -- represented by Sarah Meunier, TCT Trail Coordinator, British Columbia -- confirmed that TCT will provide $263, 000 in…
49 Years of Volunteerism Celebrated

May 31, 2016 - 5:28pm

Dorothy Durham was recognized as the 2016 Electoral Area B Volunteer of the Year at a Town Hall Meeting in Jaffray Monday night. Durham is an outstanding leader who has been volunteering in the South Country since 1967. “It is difficult to summarize Dorothy’s contributions to our community,” says Area B Director Stan Doehle. “Her impact on the people of Area B can’t be measured by a specific position or time given to an organization because she has given so much to so many.” …
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…
Household Hazardous Waste Round Ups Coming to RDEK!

May 16, 2016 - 10:28am

East Kootenay residents are encouraged to dig deep into their basements and garages in search of old cleaners, oils, pesticides and other toxic materials as the RDEK prepares to host three Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Round Ups the last weekend of May. “We will be holding one round up in each of our three Subregions,” explains RDEK Environmental Services Manager, Kevin Paterson. “There will be no charge for drop off and this is the best way for residents to get rid of aerosols, flammable liquids, poisonous products, corrosives, oils, antifreeze, paints, pesticides, herbicides, solvents, nail polish remover, furniture…
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…

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