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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...
Volunteers of the Year Recognized by the RDEK

June 14, 2019 - 4:39pm

Two of the RDEK’s 2019 Electoral Area Volunteers of the Year were formally announced this week as the RDEK’s Volunteer Celebrations and Town Hall Meetings continue around the region. Pat Gilmar was recognized as the Area A Volunteer of the Year after devoting over 30 years to the development, improvement and expansion the community trail network in the Fernie area.  “Pat’s contribution to the recreation culture in our area is astounding and it is an honour to be able to acknowledge his tireless volunteerism,” says RDEK Electoral Area A Director Mike Sosnowski. For the last several years,...
Draft Lake Windermere Official Community Plan Presented and Open For Comment

June 10, 2019 - 4:13pm

Over 60 people attended an Open House Sunday June 9 as the draft Lake Windermere Official Community Plan (OCP) was presented. “The main purpose of the Open House was to introduce the draft OCP, provide copies of the plan and associated maps, and be available to provide clarification, answer questions and receive feedback,” says RDEK Area F Director Susan Clovechok.  “Community involvement is key in this process, so I was pleased to see so many people in attendance.” The RDEK’s lead planner on the project, Kris Belanger, provided an overview of the draft and says all of the information...
Hill Road Dike Project Delayed

June 10, 2019 - 9:59am

The Hill Road Dike Project has been delayed following notification from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) that additional authorizations and design modifications would be required before they would allow the project to move forward. “The DFO is a federal agency and is responsible for reviewing projects like this to determine how they may affect fish and fish habitat while ensuring compliance with the Fisheries Act and Species at Risk Act,” explains RDEK Engineering Technician Kara Zandbergen. “They have informed us that due to the potential impacts to fish habitat that...
Kimberley Transfer Station Re-Construction Moves Ahead

June 07, 2019 - 2:35pm

This week marks a significant step forward in the replacement of the main building of the Kimberley Transfer Station, which was destroyed in a fire in July. “The new building components have arrived and are on site,” says RDEK Environmental Services Manager Kevin Paterson. “Our priority is getting the main building rebuilt as quickly as possible so that we can return to the full-use of the site.” The Transfer Station was partially re-opened three days after the fire; however, the temporary bins are only able to accept small loads.  Anyone with larger loads, including the City’s municipal...
Wendy Davis recognized as the 2019 Electoral Area E Volunteer of the Year

June 04, 2019 - 2:12pm

Wendy Davis has been officially recognized as the 2019 Electoral Area E Volunteer of the Year. “Wendy is well known for her many years of involvement in the development and distribution of the Tri Village Buzz newsletter in Wasa, Ta Ta Creek and Skookumchuck,” says RDEK Electoral Area E Director Jane Walter. “She was the editor for eight years, and during that time volunteered over 60 hours each month to organize and produce the newsletter, coordinate contributors and reach out to the community.” Under her leadership, the Buzz grew and continues to be an important tool for keeping the...
Emergency Responders Participate in Training Event

May 25, 2019 - 2:21pm

Over 80 first responders, local and regional emergency personnel participated in a safety training event at the CP Cranbrook Yard on Friday, May 24.  The event was facilitated by TransCAER (Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response initiative) with the support of CP.  Throughout the day, participants visited a variety of different stations to learn about everything from how to safely approach a rail-related accident scene, to using different valves, and identifying loads, to the resources available for clean up, mitigation and response in the event of major...
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...

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