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Improperly Disposed Needles Cause Concern

February 02, 2018 - 10:13am

The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) is appealing to the public to properly and safely dispose of needles and other bio-medical waste. “Over the past few months, we have noticed a marked increase in the number of needles being dumped in our yellow recycling bins,” says RDEK Solid Waste Superintendent Jim Penson. “These needles are not from one source – they are single needles, needles used for medical purposes, insulin needles in jars, you name it.  No matter where they come from, the message is the same: they do not belong in the yellow bins.” Most…
Funding Application Deadline Nears: CBT Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs

January 12, 2018 - 8:20am

Applications are now available for the 2018/2019 Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs. The Programs are funded by CBT and administered by the RDEK. “The Programs are open to registered non-profit organizations.  Any private sector proposals must be sponsored by a registered non-profit organization and must clearly demonstrate community benefits”, says RDEK Deputy Corporate Officer Tina Hlushak. “These Programs are intended to be flexible and provide funding to local projects that benefit the communities of the RDEK.” The funding application deadline is earlier than it has been in past years and is quickly…
City Restructure Approved for Phase 2 of West Fernie Project

December 20, 2017 - 11:03am

The City of Fernie and Regional District of East Kootenay have received notification from the Province that the City’s boundary restructure has been approved for Phase 2 of the West Fernie Servicing & Restructure project. “This is an exciting day,” says City of Fernie Mayor Mary Giuliano. “We are pleased to welcome the Phase 2 residents into the City of Fernie and look forward to officially celebrating the conclusion of the project in 2018.” With the approval, approximately 115 properties on the north side of Highway 3 in West Fernie are officially part of the City of…
Area G Volunteer of the Year Celebrated

December 20, 2017 - 9:33am

Hermann Mauthner has been officially recognized as the 2017 Electoral Area G Volunteer of the Year. Miller has been a dedicated volunteer in the Columbia Valley for many years. “Hermann is truly remarkable,” says Area G Director Gerry Wilkie. “His volunteer contributions have had a tremendous impact on the Columbia Valley for over 50 years. Beyond that, he and his wife Ursel have also instilled this love of community service in their children and grandchildren.” Mauthner started and continues to run the Judo club, is a member of the Columbia Valley Hut Society and Conrad Kain Society…
Area A Volunteer of the Year Formally Recognized

December 20, 2017 - 9:18am

Johnny Shaw has been officially recognized as the 2017 Electoral Area A Volunteer of the Year. “Johnny is well known for his work on local trails, where he has devoted years to improving access for children and families as well as experienced bikers, hikers and skiers,” says RDEK Electoral Area A Director Mike Sosnowski. “He has contributed countless hours as a Board Member of both the Fernie Trails Alliance and Fernie Nordic Society and is a member of the Fernie Mountain Bike Club.” In addition, Shaw was the liaison with community groups, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure…
Jaffray Area OCP and South Country Zoning Bylaw Will Not Proceed

December 01, 2017 - 4:12pm