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No Columbia Valley Transit Service Sept.20-23, 2019

September 20, 2019 - 2:09pm

Due to an unforeseen mechanical issue with the bus, Columbia Valley public transit will not be running Friday September 20 or Monday, September 23 between Canal Flats, Invermere, Radium and Edgewater. This does NOT affect the Health Connections bus, which will be running on schedule. For more informaiton, contact the Transit Service Operator for more information or check BC transit.com.
New Online Portal Seeks to Test Internet Connectivity Performance Across the Basin and Boundary

September 17, 2019 - 11:27am

Residents in the Columbia Basin and Boundary regions are being urged to try a new online testing portal which is designed to measure internet connection speeds. “The Regional Broadband Committee has been working to get a better understanding of current broadband services and to advocate for high-speed internet for residents and businesses within the Columbia Basin and Boundary regions,” explains Regional Broadband Committee Chair Rob Gay. “This online portal will provide us with specific data and give us a much clearer picture of the true state of our current connectivity.” Residents can...
Kimberley Transfer Station Biulding Reopens Monday

September 12, 2019 - 1:35pm

With the construction on the main building of the Kimberley Transfer Station nearly complete, the facility will begin accepting garbage on Monday. “Getting the main building re-opened to the public has been our goal all along and it feels great to be at the point in the reconstruction process that we can do that,” says RDEK Environmental Services Manager Kevin Paterson. “Our contractor will remain on site to complete construction on the adjoining staff facilities; however, that will not impact the public access to the site.” The Transfer Station was destroyed in a fire just over a year...
RDEK Columbia Valley Office Closed Today

September 12, 2019 - 8:58am

The RDEK's Columbia Valley Office is closed today, September 12/19.  It will re-open tomorrow Friday, September 13th at 8:30am for regular hours.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
South Country Fire Departments’ Boot Drive Returns

August 28, 2019 - 2:27pm

If you find yourself in the Kikomun/Koocanusa area this weekend, make sure to bring a little extra cash as the South Country Firefighters kick off their annual Boot Drive. “This is always a great day for our team,” says Elk Valley and South Country Rural Fire Chief Dave Boreen. “It is amazing to see how the community and visitors support this cause each year.” Starting at 9:30 am Saturday August 31 the South Country Fire Departments will be accepting donations for their annual Boot Drive to raise funds for Muscular Dystrophy Canada. Members of the fire departments will be stationed at...
Recently Completed Debris Flow Project Put to Test During Recent Rain Event

August 21, 2019 - 1:14pm

The recently completed Fairmont Creek Debris Flow Mitigation Project was just put through its first real test following a heavy downpour in Fairmont As part of the Project, a series of debris traps were installed at various points along Fairmont creek and the channel was widened in spots. “The debris traps were designed to collect and hold debris and all collected varying amounts of material during heavy rains on the weekend of August 12,” explains RDEK Engineering Services Manager Brian Funke. “Although there was some localized water in a few areas, the debris traps did their job.” The...
Crews to Remain on the Scene of Fire in Jaffray Area

August 21, 2019 - 12:11pm

South Country firefighters remain on the scene of an overnight fire on a rural property on Rosicky Road near Jaffray and are now expecting it could be several days before the fire is fully extinguished. “We had two barns of hay fully engulfed in the fire. While we have been able to contain both fires, they remain active within the perimeter in the hay and are generating a lot of smoke which can be seen for quite some distance,” explains Elk Valley & South Country Rural Fire Chief Dave Boreen.  “We expect the fires could continue to generate smoke for quite some time.” Firefighters have...
South Country Firefighters Respond to Large Overnight Structure Fire

August 21, 2019 - 7:22am

Over 20 firefighters have been working through the night after two hay barns ignited on a rural property near Jaffray overnight. “We got the call just after midnight and when we arrived on scene both large hay barns were fully involved,” says Elk Valley and South Country Rural Fire Chief Dave Boreen. “We have firefighters from Jaffray, Elko and Baynes Lake on scene along with a tender and three firefighters from the City of Fernie who were called in to assist.  The homeowners also played a key role in containing the fire as they used an on site excavator to put in a guard around the...
New Evacuation Notification System Launched for East Kootenay

August 06, 2019 - 2:17pm

The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) is introducing a new Evacuation Notification System (ENS) powered by Voyent Alert! to keep residents and property owners informed in case of evacuation orders or alerts during critical events such as wildfires, floods or hazardous materials incidents. “The notification system will only be used for evacuation alerts or orders and has been implemented as an additional tool to help us get the word out as quickly as possible to affected areas when time is of the essence,” explains RDEK Communications Manager Loree Duczek. “People have to register...
Fire Quickly Contained in Rock Lake Area

July 15, 2019 - 8:32pm

A quick response by the South Country Fire Departments today helped contain a small structure fire and prevent it from spreading. “We received a call late this afternoon of a structure fire and upon arrival on scene found a children’s play fort on fire,” explains Elk Valley & South Country Rural Fire & Rescue Chief Dave Boreen. “The crews did an excellent job of getting on the fire and were able to prevent it from spreading to the nearby Rock Lake campground.” In total, 13 firefighters responded to the call. There were no injuries and no property damage. While the cause of the fire is...
Moyie & Area Official Community Plan Adopted

July 11, 2019 - 9:37pm

The RDEK Board has adopted the Moyie and Area Official Community Plan (OCP). “Our goal was to produce an OCP that reflects the community’s vision and that will guide land use conservation and change in the plan area over the next 10-15 years,” says RDEK Electoral Area C Director Rob Gay. There were numerous community meetings and open houses throughout the process, which started in 2017. “Having strong engagement from the community is key in any planning process,” adds Gay. “From day one we had thoughtful, engaged participation from residents and property owners and I would like to thank...
Electoral Area C Volunteer of the Year Honoured

July 10, 2019 - 1:38pm

Kevin Higgins has been officially recognized as the 2019 Electoral Area C Volunteer of the Year. “Since moving to Area C from Ontario 13 years ago, Kevin has made an incredible impact in his community, across the East Kootenay and beyond,” says RDEK Electoral Area C Director Rob Gay. Recognizing the fire hazard and potential for wildfire in his rural community, Higgins visited all of his neighbours within a five-kilometre radius introducing himself, gathering contact information and creating a list of available firefighting equipment, along with personal information that may be critical...
RDEK Hosts Open House as Panorama OCP Process Continues

July 10, 2019 - 11:24am

The RDEK hosted its second Open House at the Panorama Mountain Resort Tuesday evening to provide an update on the planning process to date and explain the next steps. “RDEK staff provided an overview of the results of the recent Issues & Ideas Survey and attendees had the opportunity to begin providing feedback on potential policies and direction that could be included in the plan,” explains RDEK Area F Director Susan Clovechok. For those unable to attend the Open House, a second survey is now available to gather input on some of these policy areas. The survey can be found on the...
Electoral Area F Volunteer of the Year Honoured

July 10, 2019 - 9:03am

Cam Gillies has been officially recognized as the 2019 Electoral Area F Volunteer of the Year. “Cam is a tireless volunteer and a wonderful example of what a difference one person can make,” says RDEK Electoral Area F Director Susan Clovechok. “One of his nominators summed it up best when they said that Cam exemplifies volunteerism as he puts in over 1000 hours of his time each year to support countless community efforts.  What makes his contribution that much more incredible is that he gives so much while operating a small business and raising a young family.” Some of the activities and...
Solid Waste Management Plan Review Process Public Consultation to Begin

July 05, 2019 - 12:17pm

The RDEK Board of Directors has received the draft Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP) and the next step in the process is public consultation on the draft. “The Board has had an opportunity to review the draft plan and we will now be making the plan available for the public,” explains Environmental Services Manager Kevin Paterson. “The public’s engagement and feedback has been so important to the Solid Waste Management Plan Review process since we started last fall. As we enter the last few steps in the process, that feedback continues to be important. We encourage residents to review the...
RDEK Adopts Strategic Goals as First Step in New Strategic Plan

July 05, 2019 - 11:22am

The RDEK Board of Directors has established a series of organizational goals as the first step in the creation of a new Strategic Plan for the corporation. “Today we adopted a set of key focus areas which will not only help provide overall direction for us as an organization, but also provides us with a valuable tool to help guide and prioritize projects as they come forward for consideration,” explains RDEK Board Chair Rob Gay. “These goals are the result of a strategic planning session we undertook earlier this spring and will guide us over the remainder of this term.” In addition to...
BC Transit Launches Service Surveys - Elk Valley & Columbia Valley Transit

June 28, 2019 - 6:44pm

BC Transit is seeking input from the public that will help form a report outlining options to improve transit in the Columbia Valley and Elk Valley. Residents and transit users are invited to provide feedback on potential transit expansion options including: Columbia Valley: weekend service, Edgewater and Radium commuter and Invermere local service in the Columbia Valley; and, Elk Valley: increased service between Elkford and Cranbrook, an Elkford to Cranbrook commuter service, weekend service, increased service between Fernie and Sparwood, and expanded local service within...
Results Released for RDEK Solid Waste & Recycling Costs Survey

June 27, 2019 - 3:37pm

The survey results are in on the RDEK’s second public survey connected to its ongoing Solid Waste Management Plan Review and it was another overwhelming response with over 1200 surveys filled out. “While the intention of the first survey was to find out how people are using the current system and what ideas they may have that they’d like the RDEK to look into further, this follow-up survey was aimed at delving a little deeper into some of the areas identified in the first survey,” explains RDEK Environmental Services Manager Kevin Paterson.  “For example, in the first survey over 88% of...
2019 Area G Volunteer of the Year Named

June 27, 2019 - 2:27pm

Anne Jardine has been officially recognized as the 2019 Electoral Area G Volunteer of the Year. “Anne is a dedicated and tireless volunteer. From the arts to the environment, youth programs, recreation and historical projects, Anne has enriched the social and cultural infrastructure of the Columbia Valley and the community of Edgewater in so many ways,” says RDEK Electoral Area G Director Gerry Wilkie. Jardine came to the Valley in 1979 and taught at David Thompson Senior Secondary for 31 years.  She built her home in Edgewater in 1993 and has been an active volunteer in the community...
RDEK Opens Recycle BC Depot at its Columbia Valley Landfill

June 25, 2019 - 9:39am

The RDEK has opened a new Recycle BC Depot at the Columbia Valley Landfill, opening up dozens of new recycling opportunities for Valley residents and visitors. “Over the years, the recycling regulations in the Province have evolved to require producers of recyclable products to be responsible for the recycling and end-of-life management of those products,” explains Environmental Services Manager Kevin Paterson. “The new Recycle BC Depot at the Columbia Valley Landfill provides residents with the ability to recycle a wide range of items that are not accepted in the local yellow bin...

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