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Single Vehicle Incident Results in Small Grass Fires and Power Outage

May 08, 2019 - 4:52pm

Members of the Edgewater Fire Department responded to two small grass fires this afternoon. “The first fire was sparked after a vehicle being driven by a lone occupant left the highway, striking a power pole,” explains Columbia Valley Rural Fire & Rescue Chief Jim Miller.  “Once the lines went down, there was power surge along the line about 1.5km north of the original scene, which resulted in a second grass fire.”   Seven firefighters from Edgewater responded to the two calls along with assistance from an additional six members of the Radium Fire Department.  The driver sustained minor...
RDEK Opens Follow-Up Waste/Recycling Survey Focused on Costs & Options

May 08, 2019 - 4:50pm

The RDEK has just released a second survey as part of its Solid Waste Management Plan Review, and is now encouraging the public to participate. “We had over 3200 people participate in our first survey and we would love to hear from them, and anyone who did not participate previously, as we seek additional information from the public on costs and potential future options for our solid waste and recycling service,” explains RDEK Environmental Services Manager Kevin Paterson. “The more feedback we receive from the public, the more it will help inform the Advisory Committee and RDEK Board as...
Firefighter Recruits Get Real World Example As Fire Breaks Out During Practice

April 06, 2019 - 5:54pm

New recruits with the Columbia Valley Rural Fire & Rescue Service got more than they bargained for during their training session today as a fire broke out during their practice. “We were in the middle of training when the call came in, so the new recruits were able to head out into the field and watch our crew go through an actual response. It gave them a really great example of the principles they’ve been learning about and see those principles in action,” says Columbia Valley Rural Fire & Rescue Chief Jim Miller.  The fire broke out in a large single detached garage on Ridge Crescent...
New OCP Planning Process Soon to be Underway in Area G

April 05, 2019 - 11:17am

The RDEK Board of Directors has approved a new planning process to review and update the Steamboat – Jubilee Mountain Official Community Plan in Electoral Area G. “The current Official Community Plan (OCP) was adopted in 2006 and this process will provide us with an opportunity to check-in with residents to determine what is still relevant and where changes may be required to the plan,” says RDEK Electoral Area G Director Gerry Wilkie.  “One aspect of the OCP review that many residents of Edgewater will be eager to learn more about will be working on the community’s vision for the old...
RDEK Fire Crews Respond to Second Grass Fire of the Day

April 02, 2019 - 8:17pm

Just hours after the RDEK issued a plea to residents to use extreme caution when doing outdoor burning, another grass fire broke out in the region. The first fire of the day occurred near Jaffray, while this evening it was a crew from the Fairmont Fire Department that responded to an out of control grass fire near Columbia Ridge. “The fire appears to have been lit and left before escaping. When we arrived neighbours were working on the fire with hoses and rakes and did a good job of containing it,” says Columbia Valley Rural Fire & Rescue Chief Jim Miller.  Miller and six other...
Escaped Grass Fire in Jaffray Prompts General Fire Safety Reminder

April 02, 2019 - 1:24pm

Members of the Jaffray Fire Department responded to a small escaped grass fire in the Jaffray area this morning, preventing what could have been a much more serious situation. “We see this kind of thing each spring and it is so frustrating because it is preventable. We are urging the public to be smart when burning,” says Elk Valley & South Country Rural Fire & Rescue Chief Dave Boreen.  “The fire today was out of control and travelling toward neighbouring structures when it was discovered. We were very lucky it wasn’t worse.”   Boreen, who was first on the scene, was able to knock back...
Overwhelming Response to Solid Waste / Recycling Services Survey

April 02, 2019 - 9:19am

Over 3200 people participated in the RDEK’s recent Solid Waste and Recycling Services Survey, providing valuable information and ideas as the RDEK works to review its Solid Waste Management Plan. “We are ecstatic with both the participation and the feedback,” says RDEK Environmental Services Supervisor Kevin Paterson. “We were hoping to get a good cross-section of feedback from around the region, and we certainly achieved that goal. We had 54.7% of respondents in municipal areas, 45.3% in rural areas and there were responses from every electoral area and municipality in the RDEK.” The...
Over 350 Years of Service Recognized at Annual Fire Department Banquet

March 29, 2019 - 3:01pm

The Columbia Valley Rural Fire & Rescue Service (CVRFS) hosted its annual appreciation banquet Wednesday night and presented a number of service awards. “It was a special evening, not only because we were able to honour and thank all of the men and women who give of their time to protect our communities, but also to recognize those members who have reached service milestones,” says CVRFS Fire Chief Jim Miller.  “When you add up the years of service just for those people receiving awards, it accounted for over 350 years of selflessness and volunteerism. That is a staggering...
Panorama Residents Introduced to New Community Planning Process

March 28, 2019 - 4:37pm

Over 70 people participated in the introductory Open House for the Panorama Official Community Plan (OCP) process on Saturday. “The main purpose of the event was to explain what an OCP is and what this planning process involves, while being able to meet directly with residents and open those lines of communication,” explains RDEK Area F Director Susan Clovechok.  “I can’t emphasize enough the importance of community involvement, so I was pleased to see so many people in attendance.” In addition to the general overview, the RDEK’s lead planner on the project, Karen MacLeod, explained how...
RDEK Establishes Self-Fill Sandbag Stations

March 28, 2019 - 12:19pm

With the arrival of warmer temperatures, the low-elevation snow is quickly disappearing and the RDEK is encouraging residents in flood-prone areas to take steps now to be aware and prepare. “It is important for people to protect their homes and properties early,” stresses Protective Services Supervisor Terry Balan. “We have established numerous sandbag stations around the region and they are available to anyone wanting to be proactive in sandbagging on their properties.” Sandbag stations are located at Cranbrook Public Works Yard, Jaffray Community Centre, The Hoz parking lot in Hosmer,...
Local Emergency Responders Brave Frigid Waters for Rescue Training

March 15, 2019 - 1:22pm

While many people turned up the furnace and stayed indoors during the recent cold snap, a group of local emergency responders jumped into the frigid waters of Rosen Lake for ice rescue training. “We had 13 participants this year, with some taking the training for the first time and others doing their required re-certification,” explains Elk Valley & South Country Rural Fire & Rescue Service Fire Chief Dave Boreen, who coordinated the training. “From learning vital assessment skills to understanding how to undertake self-rescue and group rescues, the two-day course is an intensive,...
Elko Firefighter Receives Prestigious Provincial Recognition

March 14, 2019 - 8:40am

A member of the Elko Fire Department has been selected as the Road Rescue Public Safety Lifeline Volunteer of the Year for 2019. Dale Hark is currently a Battalion Chief with the Department and Elk Valley and South Country Rural Fire & Rescue Service Fire Chief Dave Boreen says he is most deserving of this honour. “Dale is a trusted member of our Elko Fire Department who has earned tremendous respect for his commitment to volunteerism, his skill and his professionalism.” In addition to being a paid-on-call volunteer with the Elko Fire Department, where he responds and trains with members...
New Official Community Plan Process Gets Underway for Panorama Area

March 12, 2019 - 7:56pm

A new planning process will soon be underway for the Panorama Area. “The current Official Community Plan (OCP) was adopted in 1999 and was based heavily on a Concept Development Plan prepared by the previous owner of Panorama Mountain Resort,” explains RDEK Electoral Area F Director Susan Clovechok.  “Over the past twenty years there has been significant growth and change in the area, much of which is not recognized in the current OCP, so it is time to update it.” Recognizing the varied ownership, and that many property owners live outside the area, the RDEK will be adding a new online...
RDEK Approves 5-Year Financial Plan

March 12, 2019 - 7:54pm

The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Board of Directors has adopted its 2019-2023 Financial Plan. The 2019 operating budget totals $32,436,112, which results in a 3% increase in taxation over last year; however, with a 1.3% increase in new assessment, the net effect is an overall 1.7% increase.  “This budget is the result of a lot of hard work by staff, the Board and other stakeholders,” says RDEK Chair Rob Gay. “We are committed to providing the region with needed services while being mindful of the impact to taxpayers and we’ve worked hard to maintain that balance in this...
RDEK Opens Its First Recycle BC Depot

March 04, 2019 - 3:05pm

The Regional District of East Kootenay opened its new Recycle BC Depot at the Kimberley Transfer Station today (March 4, 2019).  The Depot provides local residents with the ability to recycle a wide range of items that are not accepted in the local yellow bin program.  Some of the items that are accepted at the new Depot at the Kimberley Transfer Station include Styrofoam, #7 plastics, milk substitutes, zippered bags like Ziplocs and pet food bags, aerosol cans and more. CLICK HERE to view the specifics. Pictured Left to Right: RDEK Board Chair Rob Gay and City of Kimberley Mayor Don...
Regional District of East Kootenay Draft 5-Year Financial Plan Open for Review

February 21, 2019 - 12:10pm

The Regional District of East Kootenay Board of Directors is seeking public comment on its draft five-year financial plan. “The budget process at the RDEK is a detailed one and was started by staff back in October,” explains RDEK Board Chair Rob Gay.  “The RDEK Board has had its first review and staff will continue to meet with Directors, other municipalities, and various commissions over the coming weeks.  As part of this wider consultation, we want to hear from residents and property owners and encourage them to get a copy or contact our Financial Services Department to ask questions...
New Recycling Program to Be Piloted at Kimberley Transfer Station

February 14, 2019 - 5:17pm

The RDEK has reached an agreement with Recycle BC to operate a designated Recycle BC Depot, which will open up dozens of new recycling opportunities for Kimberley and area residents starting early next month. “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 we are establishing in Kimberley will provide local residents with the ability to recycle a wide range...
Windermere Fire Responds to Garage Fire

December 10, 2018 - 10:19am

It was an early start for members of the Windermere Fire Department as they responded to a structure fire call just after 5:00 this morning.   “When we arrived on scene, there was a fully involved fire in a detached garage,” explains Columbia Valley Fire & Rescue Deputy Chief Drew Sinclair. “Our firefighters did a great job of keeping the fire isolated to the garage so it didn’t spread to the nearby home or other structures.”   Seven firefighters and two pieces of apparatus responded to the blaze, along with support from BC Hydro, the RCMP and BC Ambulance Service.  There were no...
Lions Club Crafts New Washrooms for Wycliffe Park

November 23, 2018 - 3:46pm

Wycliffe Regional Park is now more accessible than ever thanks to the hard work of volunteers from the Cranbrook Lions Club who teamed up to build new wheelchair accessible outhouses. “Having these units allows all residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy the park and not worry about needing to use the washroom”, says Jamie Davies, RDEK Recreation & Control Services Supervisor. The crew of eight Lions used materials purchased by the RDEK and the old Tembec mill as their workshop. In total, they spent about 40 hours crafting the structures, which are seven feet tall and six...
Tie Lake Dam Project Substantially Complete

November 20, 2018 - 11:39am

The Tie Lake Dam project is substantially complete and the new dam structure is in place. Construction started earlier this fall and included raising the height of the dam to allow for more freeboard; installation of seepage control and a new spillway. “The larger size of the dam has reduced the risk of the dam being overtopped by high water as has nearly happened a couple of times in the past few years,” explains Engineering Technician Brian De Paoli. As part of the project, the weir, known as a Cippoletti weir due to the v-shaped notch in its design, has been fenced. Although the...

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