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Baynes Lake Fire Receives Meaningful Donation

July 20, 2017 - 12:25pm

A unique and memorable training experience unfolded in Baynes Lake last week as six members of the Lacombe Fire Department arrived to donate and personally deliver new rescue tools and a pump for the Fire Department. “The driving force behind this donation was Zach Walker, who started with the Baynes Lake Fire Department as soon as he was old enough to join before moving on to become a member of the Lacombe Department. Zach’s brother Ethan is currently a part of our Junior Program in…
Fire Chief Salutes Local Volunteer Firefighters

July 10, 2017 - 1:57pm

A fatal motor vehicle incident is the latest in several serious calls over the past few weeks for the volunteer firefighters of the South Country Rural Fire and Rescue Service and their Chief is saluting his entire team. “Early Sunday morning members of the Jaffray, Baynes Lake and Elko Fire Departments responded to a serious motor vehicle incident that left one woman dead, a young girl and others injured.  These calls are never easy and our volunteer firefighters once again did an exceptional job on a very difficult call,” says Fire Chief Dave Boreen.  “Our small rural departments…
Extreme Fire Danger has RDEK Pleading with Public to be Smart

July 10, 2017 - 1:56pm

The RDEK is applauding the efforts of the BC Wildfire Service and City of Cranbrook Fire and Emergency Services for their quick action in dousing an interface wildfire Sunday afternoon north of Jim Smith Lake. “The fire broke out in a forested area heavily used by residents for recreating,” says RDEK Emergency Services Coordinator Travis Abbey. “There was certainly the potential for that situation to be extremely serious and we are very grateful for the immediate and effective response of all involved.” Ten structural firefighters from the City of Cranbrook Fire Department and one piece of apparatus…
Campfire Ban Issued for Southeast Fire Centre (Including RDEK)

July 07, 2017 - 2:39pm

REPOST from: Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations BC Wildfire Service Effective at 1:00 PM Mountain Time on Friday, July 7, 2017, campfires will be prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety. This campfire ban will remain in place until the public is otherwise notified. The Southeast Fire Centre is currently experiencing dry conditions and fire danger ratings are generally "high" or "extreme" throughout the region. With forest fuels drying out and lightning storms in the weather forecast, it is crucial to decrease the risk…
Jaffray and Elko Area OCP Scope to be Revised Following Public Consultation

July 07, 2017 - 2:28pm

After reviewing the results of the public feedback on the draft Official Community Plan and zoning bylaw, the Board has decided to proceed with a revised plan area boundary that excludes the communities of Galloway and Elko. “Following our Open Houses, we met with a number of groups and individuals and the message has been loud and clear that the Elko and Galloway areas do not want land use regulations at this time,” says RDEK Electoral Area B Director Stan Doehle. “We will continue to move forward with the planning process for the rest of the plan area.…
Area F Volunteers of the Year to be Honoured at Upcoming Town Hall Meeting

July 04, 2017 - 2:27pm

The Regional District of East Kootenay will be honouring its Electoral Area F Volunteer of the Year the Area F Town Hall Meeting and Volunteer of the Year Celebration July 10th at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. “I am excited to formally recognize our Electoral Area F Volunteers of the Year George and Stella Gray. They are outstanding contributors to the community and this is a special opportunity for us to thank them for all they do,” says Area F Director Wendy Booth.  The Volunteer of the Year celebration gets underway at 7:00 PM and will include a presentation…
RDEK Board to Determine Next Steps in Jaffray and Elko Area OCP Process

July 04, 2017 - 8:33am

The RDEK Board of Directors will be determining the next steps in the Jaffray & Elko Area Official Community Plan (OCP) and South Country Zoning Bylaw process at its July Board Meeting. In April, the RDEK presented the first draft of the OCP and zoning bylaw during Open Houses in Jaffray and Elko and held an eight week comment period to gather community feedback.  “We received a wide range of input on the first draft, including verbal and written submissions, comment forms, and two petitions,” says Planning & Development Services Manager Andrew McLeod. “Staff have been compiling that…
Electoral Area E Volunteer of the Year Recognized

June 29, 2017 - 1:20pm

Naomi Miller was officially recognized as the 2017 Electoral Area E Volunteer of the Year at a Town Hall Meeting Tuesday night. Miller has been a volunteer in the Wasa area for over 35 years. “It is difficult to summarize Naomi’s contributions to our community and to preserving our history,” says Area E Director Jane Walter. “Even now in her 90th year, she gives in so many ways.” She has worked tirelessly rejuvenating the Fort Steele Graveyard with a committee she organized and works with; is…
Fernie Transfer Station Closed Early Today (June 23/17)

June 23, 2017 - 2:55pm

The Fernie Transfer Station has been closed early today.  We received a mixed load that may contain hazardous materials and want to ensure the load is examined and properly handled.  In the interest of safety, we have decided to close the Transfer Station early so that we can get the load properly assessed and cleaned up.  We hope to have the Transfer Station open for regular hours tomorrow morning but will continue to keep the public advised if we are not able to open on time for any reason.
2017/2018 CBT Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Program Funds Approved

June 12, 2017 - 8:16am

The Regional District of East Kootenay Board of Directors has approved funding for 138 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 $1,235,971 for 2017/2018. The approved projects cover everything from education programs to playground and facility upgrades, community programs and tourism related projects,” says RDEK Board Chair Rob Gay.  “On behalf of the RDEK Board and our residents, I want to thank the Trust for providing this funding for so many different…
Several Self-Fill Sandbag Stations Established Around RDEK

June 03, 2017 - 7:35pm

With rising waters across the Province as spring run-off begins, the RDEK is encouraging residents living near waterways or in flood-prone areas to take steps now to be aware and prepare. “It is so important for people to protect their homes and properties early,” stresses Emergency Services Coordinator Travis Abbey. “We have established numerous sandbag stations around the region so they are available to anyone wishing to be proactive in sandbagging if they wish.” Sandbag stations are located at Centennial Centre in Kimberley, the City of Cranbrook Public Works Yard, Wasa Community Hall, Hosmer Pub, Jaffray Community…
RDEK Offices Closed Wednesday, May 10, 2017

May 09, 2017 - 4:23pm

The RDEK offices in Cranbrook and the Columbia Valley will be closed on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 for our annual Staff Meeting.  We will reopen on Thursday, May 11, 2017 for regular office hours.
Gas Leak Repaired in West Fernie

May 09, 2017 - 2:18pm

(updated: May 9/17 3:10 PM) Big thanks to Fortis and Fernie Fire & Emergency Services for their quick action on a gas leak in West Fernie today. Fernie Emergency Services responded to the call after an unmarked gas service was hit earlier this morning. The leak prompted the precautionary evacuation of six homes and closed Beach Avenue to traffic. The leak has now been fully repaired. The evacuation order has been lifted and the road has been reopened. Fortis is on route to repair the problem, which should be done early this afternoon. Everyone is…
Gas Leak in West Fernie

May 09, 2017 - 11:19am

An unmarked gas service in the Beaver Street area of West Fernie was hit this morning, causing a gas leak. Fernie Fire and Emergency Services are on scene and six homes on Beaver St. have been evacuated. In addition, Beach Ave. is closed to all traffic. Fortis is on route to repair the problem, which should be done early this afternoon. Everyone is requested to stay away from the Beaver Street area for the next few hours. Updated: May 9, 2017 - 12:50 PM
NO WAKE Zone Requested for Tie Lake

May 04, 2017 - 7:52am

With continued high water at Tie Lake and expected warming trends, the RDEK is making a plea to boaters to obey a voluntary no-wake zone on the lake until the water has dropped to a more seasonal level. “We know Tie Lake is often the first lake people head to in early spring as it traditionally has warmer temperatures for the early spring rides; however, the water is still extremely high and the dam remains at risk, especially if heavy waves start pounding the shoreline and sandbag berm,” explains RDEK Electoral Area B Stan Doehle. “Beyond the infrastructure,…
Localized Flooding Leads to Coordinated Response

April 11, 2017 - 2:30pm

The Regional District of East Kootenay and City of Cranbrook, with support from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, are working cooperatively in response to localized flooding in the Hospital Creek and Jim Smith Creek drainages. “We are currently experiencing ponding and localized flooding, particularly in the 3rd Street NW area and Leask,” says RDEK Emergency Services Director Travis Abbey.  “The residents have been working together with the City and RDEK to create a dirt berm and have been actively sandbagging as water pools in Pop Price park.” A dirt berm was constructed over the weekend and…
Provincial Disaster Financial Assistance Now Available For Those Affected By Flooding

March 30, 2017 - 2:23pm

**Joint RDEK and City of Cranbrook News Release** Following the flooding across the region mid-March, Emergency Management BC (EMBC) has authorized disaster financial assistance (DFA) for those affected right across the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) including the City of Cranbrook, as a result of the damages. Those who may qualify for this assistance include: home owners, residential tenants, small business owners, farmers, charitable organizations and local government bodies, who were unable to obtain insurance to cover these disaster-related losses. All applicants should first check with their insurance agent to determine if their current insurance…
New Official Community Plan Process Set to Begin for Windermere Area

March 21, 2017 - 3:16pm

Work will soon begin on a new planning process for the Windermere area. “The Board has authorized staff to proceed with a review and update of the Lake Windermere Official Community Plan (OCP),” explains RDEK Electoral Area F Director Wendy Booth.  “Land uses change over time and the current Lake Windermere OCP was adopted in 2008.  This new planning process will ensure we have an OCP that is based on current information and reflects the community’s vision for the future.” As part of the planning process, the RDEK is hoping to appoint a public advisory group. “The…
RDEK Asking for Community Input on Expanded Fire Service for Wardner and portions of Bull River and

March 13, 2017 - 9:22pm

The RDEK is urging residents of Wardner, Bull River and Mayook to attend an important Open House and community dinner April 5 to provide feedback on whether they would like to see a fire service expanded into their area. “We have had many inquiries from residents asking for some kind of fire protection service in that area but we need to hear from the wider community about whether this is something they would be interested in the RDEK pursuing,” explains Building & Protective Services Manager, Sanford Brown. “This meeting is the first step and we would really like…
Regional District of East Kootenay Approves 5-Year Financial Plan

March 09, 2017 - 9:38pm

The Regional District of East Kootenay has adopted its Financial Plan for the years 2017 - 2021. The 2017 operating budget is $28.1 million, which represents an overall decrease of $1,383 from last year. This includes a number of grant-funded items and items that are specific to certain service areas. When those items are set aside, the 2017 operating budget for services shared by most municipalities and electoral areas in the region, represents a 1.8% decrease from 2016. “Our Board and staff recognize the importance of balancing the provision of services with keeping taxes in line. We have…

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