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FireSmart Information Session Planned for Hosmer

July 04, 2022 - 11:34am

An introductory information session will be held in Hosmer in early July and the East Kootenay FireSmart Program is hoping for a strong turnout. “Given the back-to-back fire seasons we’ve seen in the last couple of years, it’s important for residents to look for ways to make their homes and properties more fire resilient. FireSmart can help come communities come together and work toward that goal” says RDEK Interface Fire Prevention Officer Thomas Dobbin. “This session is open to everyone, and we encourage you to come and learn more about how we can support you in your efforts to be...
RDEK Fax Machine Line Outage

July 03, 2022 - 12:48pm

The RDEK's fax line is experiencing issues and technicians are working to get it restored.  Incoming faxes are NOT being received and it appears it has been several days since the outage occurred.  If you have documents you need to send to the RDEK, you can scan and send them via email to info@rdek.bc.ca or contact our office directly to make other arrangements.
2022/2023 Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs Funding Approved

June 28, 2022 - 1:25pm

The Regional District of East Kootenay Board of Directors has approved funding for 100 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.   “The approved 2022/2023 projects represent $1,235,802.53 in funding for everything from awareness, outreach and support initiatives to recreation programs, history projects, stewardship programs and facility upgrades,” says RDEK Board Chair Rob Gay. “The Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs make an incredible...
Property Tax Notices Arriving in Mailboxes

June 27, 2022 - 1:38pm

As the deadline to pay property tax notices approaches, the Regional District of East Kootenay is sharing information with residents on how to interpret their notice and where to pay. “The RDEK is not a taxing authority, so for all rural properties in the East Kootenay, your tax notices are sent from the Surveyor of Taxes in Victoria,” explains RDEK Chief Financial Officer Holly Ronnquist.  “The Province collects the provincial-rural, police, school and regional district taxes and then sends the regional district its portion on behalf of the rural residents.” The RDEK’s portion of the...
Residents Reminded of Changes to East Side Lake Windermere Watering Schedule

June 24, 2022 - 3:02pm

As the Canada Day long weekend approaches, the RDEK is reminding East Side Water System users that there is no watering of lawns and gardens over the long weekend. “Outdoor watering accounts for the largest water use, and on the East Side Water System, the July and August long weekends are the two times of the year where we see peak demand being placed on the system,” says RDEK Utilities Superintendent Tom Altmann.  “As a result, we have updated our watering hours for 2022 and are asking residents to adjust their watering habits and sprinklers to abide by the new guidelines.” Watering...
Overnight Structure Fire in Edgewater Confined to Basement

June 16, 2022 - 9:38am

Overnight Structure Fire in Edgewater Confined to Basement Members of the Edgewater Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the 5700 block of Vermillion Street in Edgewater overnight. “When we arrived, it was determined the fire originated in the basement. Thanks to the quick and coordinated efforts of the firefighters, they were able to confine the fire to the basement and save the structure,” says Columbia Valley Rural Fire and Rescue Duty Chief Joss Advocaat.  Eight firefighters from Edgewater responded to the scene and were joined by five firefighters and an Engine from Radium and four firefighters and an engine from the Windermere...
Caution, Awareness and Preparedness Urged as Flood Watch is Issued for East Kootenay

June 12, 2022 - 8:42pm

The BC River Forecast Centre has issued a Flood Watch for the East Kootenay with three days of heavy, prolonged rain in the forecast over the next 72 hours and rivers already swollen in the midst of spring freshet. “While we are encouraging residents across the East Kootenay, particularly those with flood-prone properties or those situated near waterways, to use extreme caution and take steps to prepare now in the event of flooding, there are a few key areas that could be susceptible to debris floods or flows if the forecasted rain materializes,” says Regional Information Officer Loree...
Final Draft of Columbia Lake Management Plan to be Presented

June 07, 2022 - 8:38am

The final draft of the Columbia Lake Management Plan will be presented to the RDEK Board of Directors for consideration and adoption this week. “This has been an extensive planning process and we are looking forward to presenting it to both the RDEK Board and Canal Flats Council over the next few weeks” says RDEK Planning Supervisor Karen MacLeod. “I want to thank everyone who participated in the process over the past two years as all of the feedback and engagement we have had throughout the process has helped shape the plan.” The Plan can be found on engage.rdek.bc.ca/columbialake and...
Area A Director Presents Local CO with Gift of Appreciation

June 03, 2022 - 11:42am

Area A Director Presents Local CO with Gift of Appreciation RDEK Electoral Area A Director Mike Sosnowski recently presented Conservation Officer Patricia Burley (right) with a limited-edition print by local artist Sam Millard in recognition of Officer Burley's extraordinary dedication and service to the RDEK Access Guardian Program. Officer Burley has been the face of our Access Guardian Program since its inception.  In making the presentation, Director Sosnowski noted that the moose symbolizes strength, solidarity and togetherness - all traits that Officer Burley brings to the Program and that have contributed to its success.
RDEK Seeking Election Officials

May 27, 2022 - 2:25pm

As it begins to prepare for the General Local Elections this fall, the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) is hoping to hear from residents interested in acting as Election Officials. “We have had a number of our long-time Election Officials retire or move away and, as a result, we are hoping to recruit a number of new Election Officials in advance of the fall election,” explains RDEK Chief Election Officer Tina Hlushak. Duties include directing voters and providing information on the process, registering new voters and supervising ballot boxes and voting booths.  “While previous...
Galloway Lands Public Hearing Cancelled 

May 27, 2022 - 10:33am

A public hearing regarding bylaw amendments to permit new residential development on private property known as the Galloway Lands adjacent to Fernie Alpine Resort has been cancelled. “We have received notification from the developer that following comments and concerns received from the public and RDEK Board, they are withdrawing the current application,” says RDEK Board Chair Rob Gay.  “As a result, the public hearing scheduled for mid-June has been cancelled.”   The public hearing had been scheduled to run over the course of three nights on June 14, 15 and 16.   “We understand that...
Self-Fill Sandbag Stations Set Up in Preparation for Spring Melt

May 26, 2022 - 12:55pm

With warmer temperatures in the long term forecast, delayed high-elevation snowmelt and the anticipated start of spring freshet, the RDEK has set up two self-fill sandbag stations and is reminding residents about the need to be prepared and cautious around all waterways. “The cool temperatures we’ve had through May mean the spring melt has been somewhat delayed and we are expecting to see water levels rise in the coming weeks,” says Information Officer, Loree Duczek. “We encourage people to stay clear of creek banks and rivers during spring run-off and urge anyone who lives in an area...
Area A Director Presents Cheque for $500,000 to Elkford Housing Society

May 24, 2022 - 3:16pm

Area A Director Presents Cheque for $500,000 to Elkford Housing Society RDEK Electoral Area A Director Mike Sosnowski recently presented the cheque for $500,000 to the Elkford Housing Society for the Elkford Senior’s Housing Project. “It is an honour to support a project that will make such a lasting and positive impact for seniors and the whole community,” says Sosnowski. The grant is from Electoral Area A’s portion of the Elk Valley Property Tax Sharing Agreement funds. Located in the downtown core, the facility will provide 25 separate apartments for seniors. Pictured left to right: Mayor Dean McKerracher (District of Elkford), Director Mike Sosnowski...
Galloway Lands Proposal Goes to Public Hearing

May 17, 2022 - 8:56am

A proposal in Electoral Area A to amend the Official Community Plan and zoning designation of multiple properties known as the Galloway Lands to permit increased residential development on a piece of private property adjacent to Fernie Alpine Resort will be going to public hearing. “During our Planning and Development Services Committee Meetings on Thursday, we heard from the applicant and several delegations who spoke to a number of items that are important to the Board and the wider community when considering this application. I’d like to acknowledge and thank everyone who participated...
RDEK Seasonal Sale of Fireworks Prohibition Now in Effect

May 12, 2022 - 7:13am

The sale of fireworks is currently prohibited in the rural parts of the RDEK. “Our seasonal prohibition on the sale of Fireworks runs between May and October each year, and we want to remind both business owners and the general public that the sale of fireworks in the rural parts of the RDEK is now prohibited,” says RDEK Development Services Manager Andrew McLeod.  As a regional district, the RDEK is not able to regulate the use of fireworks as a municipality might. The use of fireworks in rural areas is governed by Provincial restrictions, which prohibit the use of fireworks anytime...
Emergency Responders Praised for Their Efforts Following Serious MVI

May 09, 2022 - 11:46am

Emergency Responders Praised for Their Efforts Following Serious MVI Emergency personnel and first responders are being praised for their efforts following a serious motor vehicle incident Sunday. The three-vehicle collision, which involved a transport truck, occurred near the intersection of Columbia Road and Highway 95. “Ten members of our Edgewater Fire Department and three pieces of apparatus responded to the call, along with Invermere Fire Rescue, multiple BC Ambulance members, RCMP and STARS Air Ambulance,” explains Columbia Valley Rural Fire and Rescue Chief Drew Sinclair.   Two patients required extrication, and one was airlifted by STARS. Two...
Household Hazardous Waste Depot Temporarily Closed Following Vandalism

May 06, 2022 - 9:31am

The Household Hazardous Waste Depot at the Cranbrook Transfer Station is closed until further notice following a break-in and vandalism Wednesday night. “Vandals cut through the fence, stole items from the site, kicked in the doors on the Hazardous Waste Depot and caused extensive damage inside the building,” explains Environmental Services Manager Kevin Paterson.  “While the rest of the Transfer Station remains open, we have had to close the Hazardous Waste Depot until clean up and repairs are complete and new doors can be installed.” The Transfer Station has been repeatedly targeted in...
Crews Gain Upper Hand on Wildland Fire in Baynes Lake Area

May 03, 2022 - 7:33pm

Crews Gain Upper Hand on Wildland Fire in Baynes Lake Area Members of the South Country Fire Departments have gained the upper hand on a wildfire burning in Baynes Lake this evening. “We have firefighters from Baynes Lake, Elko and Jaffray on scene and they’ve done an excellent job getting the fire contained before it spread further,” explains Elk Valley & South Country Rural Fire & Rescue Chief Michael Hockley.  “With the winds picking up this evening, this could easily have been a much more serious situation and I can’t say enough about the work of our team tonight.” 15 RDEK firefighters and eight pieces of apparatus are on the fire, which is...
South Country Firefighters Assist on Grass Fire

April 29, 2022 - 5:23pm

South Country Firefighters Assist on Grass Fire Members of the Jaffray and Baynes Lake Fire Departments assisted the BC Wildfire Service this afternoon in fighting a small wildfire in the Bull River area. “A number of our firefighters recently completed a wildland firefighting course, and this is a good example of why we take that training,” explains Elk Valley & South Country Rural Fire & Rescue Chief Michael Hockley. In addition to the BC Wildfire Service personnel, there were 7 RDEK firefighters and five pieces of apparatus on the fire, which is located on Wardner Fort Steele Road approximately 1.5km north of the junction with...
New Approach to Columbia Valley Transit Service Expansion

April 20, 2022 - 2:24pm

The RDEK Board of Directors is taking a new approach to the proposed Columbia Valley Transit service expansion. “We recognize the current service levels aren’t meeting the needs of residents and we remain committed to looking at ways to both improve access to the service and increase ridership,” says RDEK Columbia Valley Services Committee Chair Clara Reinhardt.   The original service expansion proposal would have required a bylaw amendment to increase the tax rate for the service, thereby allowing for increased revenues to offset the cost of a proposed expansion. This would have...

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