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Deadline to Apply for Provincial Disaster Financial Assistance Quickly Approaching

September 25, 2020 - 2:13pm

This Monday is the deadline for residents and business owners to apply for Provincial Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) as a result of damages from the flood and debris flow events around the region earlier this year. “We are encouraging eligible applicants who sustained uninsurable losses due to damage as a result of flooding or debris flows between May 18 and June 1 to submit an application to Emergency Management BC,” says Information Officer Loree Duczek. Application forms can be downloaded from the Emergency Info page on http://www.rdek.bc.ca and are available through the RDEK on...
Kootenay and Boundary Farm Advisors Services Extended Through July 2021

September 25, 2020 - 2:10pm

Farmers and producers in the Columbia Basin will continue to be supported by the Kootenay Boundary Farm Advisors (KBFA) program for another year after the program’s contract was extended through July 2021. “We are proud of what KBFA has accomplished over the past three years and are looking forward to seeing them continue to support producers and promote agriculture throughout the Basin in the year ahead,” says RDEK Board Chair, Rob Gay. Since June 2018, KBFA has engaged with 850 producers from 563 farms. Over 40 events have been held with approximately 900 producers attending. KBFA...
Comment Period Opens on Draft Steamboat Jubilee Mountain OCP

September 23, 2020 - 10:44am

Approximately 50 people participated in a series of Open Houses to get their first look at the draft Steamboat Jubilee Mountain Official Community Plan (OCP). “Public input is a critical piece in any OCP planning process, so it was wonderful to have the community’s participation at the Open Houses,” says Planner Michele Bates. “Having said that, we recognize a number of people within the plan area were not able to attend in person, and have made all of the materials and documentation available on the OCP project page so everyone, no matter their circumstance, has access to the same...
Generous Donation Provides Life Saving Equipment for South Country Fire

September 16, 2020 - 1:10pm

A new Jaws of Life apparatus will soon be arriving in the South Country thanks to the generous support of TC Energy. “We can’t thank TC Energy enough for their grant,” says Elk Valley and South Country Rural Fire and Rescue Service Chief Dave Boreen. “In small, rural communities having access to life-saving equipment is critical, but raising funds can be challenging due to our sparse population.  Receiving this grant allows us to upgrade our equipment and add a vital tool to our arsenal.” In total, TC Energy has provided $10,500 in funding through its Build Strong program for the new...
Recycle BC Depot Moving to More Accessible Location in Columbia Valley

September 16, 2020 - 12:31pm

The Recycle BC Depot at the Columbia Valley Landfill is on the move later this month to help improve public access to the expanded recycling services this program offers. “We have had support from the public on the opening of the Recycle BC Depot in the Columbia Valley; however, we have had feedback from users and through our recent Solid Waste & Recycling Services Survey that people would like to see a more accessible location closer to Invermere,” explains Environmental Services Manager Kevin Paterson. “As a result, we have been working with the District of Invemere to incorporate the...
Kootenay Regional Districts Win 2020 Sustainable Communities Award

September 15, 2020 - 10:48am

The Regional Districts of East Kootenay, Kootenay Boundary and Central Kootenay have been selected as a winner of a 2020 Sustainable Communities Award for exceptional work in the Visionary Award category for their Accelerate Kootenays project. The awards honour and celebrate the most innovative environmental initiatives in cities and communities across Canada. Accelerate Kootenays is Canada's first community-driven, collaborative strategy to build a clean transportation network. It was a 2-year, $1.5 million initiative of the Regional Districts of East Kootenay, Central Kootenay and...
RDEK Electoral Area A Contributes Thousands to Effort to Bring Ultrasound Technology to the Elk Valley

September 14, 2020 - 2:08pm

The East Kootenay Foundation for Health’s (EKFH) “Beneath the Surface” campaign just got a significant boost with a $20,000 grant from the RDEK Electoral Area A Discretionary Grant in Aid account. The campaign’s goal is to raise $300,000 to bring a brand new ultrasound service to the Elk Valley Hospital, including a state of the art ultrasound machine, renovations to the room, and all of the accessories to run the service. “Currently residents of the Elk Valley have to travel to Cranbrook or Alberta to get an ultrasound done, and it goes without saying that having an at-home option will...
Evacuation Alert Lifted on Doctor Creek Wildfire

September 14, 2020 - 12:39pm

With the Doctor Creek fire now classified as Being Held, and on the recommendation this morning of the BC Wildfire Service, the RDEK has lifted the Evacuation ALERT affecting 5 properties in the vicinity of the fire. “We want to thank residents, recreationalists and visitors for their cooperation and understanding over the past few weeks and are happy to see things on the fire front at a point where we are able to lift the remaining Evacuation Alert,” says EK Emergency Management Program Information Officer Loree Duczek. The Provincial Area Restriction that applies to all Crown land...
Bear Sighting at Tie Lake Transfer Station

September 11, 2020 - 5:14pm

The Regional District of East Kootenay is encouraging residents and visitors in the Jaffray area to use caution in and around the Tie Lake Transfer Station after a bear sighting this afternoon. “We have had a report of a bear on site and know there have been bears in the area, so are asking users of the transfer station to be aware of their surroundings and be diligent with the way they dispose of their garbage,” says Communications Manager Loree Duczek. “All garbage must go in the bins on site, and the bin doors should be securely closed and locked before leaving. There should never been...
Province Contributes Thousands to Local Food Banks and Salvation Army

September 10, 2020 - 11:02am

The RDEK is providing a total of $75,000 to the Cranbrook and Fernie Food Banks and local Salvation Army to help provide much needed resources and support in the region. “The funding comes from a Provincial program aimed at providing support to areas impacted by recent downturns in the forestry sector,” explains Electoral Area B Director Stan Doehle. “In this region, Galloway Lumber Co. was impacted by layoffs in 2019 and as such, this funding will need to be used within Area B and the immediate surrounding communities of Cranbrook and Fernie.”   $45,000 will be provided to the Salvation...
Evacuation Order Downgraded to Evacuation Alert on Doctor Creek Wildfire

September 10, 2020 - 9:54am

The Evacuation ORDER affecting 5 properties in the vicinity of the Doctor Creek wildfire has been rescinded and downgraded to an Evacuation ALERT as crews continue to make progress on the fire.   Although the Evacuation ALERT on the south side of the fire remains in effect, the Evacuation ALERT on the north side of the fire has been lifted. “This is a great day and reflects the tireless efforts of the firefighters, pilots, contractors, equipment operators and personnel who’ve been working on the Doctor Creek Fire. We can’t thank them enough for their efforts,” says EK Emergency...
Draft Steamboat Jubilee Mountain Official Community Plan to be Presented at Upcoming Open Houses

September 08, 2020 - 4:50pm

The RDEK will present the draft Steamboat Jubilee Mountain Official Community Plan (OCP) during Open Houses scheduled to be held over two days next week. “Running an Official Community Plan process during a pandemic has pushed back our timelines a bit, but staff has been working hard on the plan for several months and we are excited to be at the point where we can share the draft OCP with residents,” says Electoral Area G Director Gerry Wilkie.   The Open Houses will be held at the Prestige Radium Hot Springs Resort in Radium September 16 and 17 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm and 7:00pm – 9:00pm...
Forecasted Strong Winds Prompt Expansion of Evacuation Alert Area on Doctor Creek Wildfire

September 06, 2020 - 6:22pm

With wind gusts of up to 80 kilometres per hour forecasted tonight and the potential for increased fire behaviour and growth, the RDEK has expanded the EVACUATION ALERT area on the Doctor Creek Fire to include an area of mostly Crown land on the south side of the fire. A map of the alert area is available on the RDEK’s Evacuation Alerts & Orders page. The Alert area includes: •    Buhl Creek Recreation Site •    Doctor Creek Cabin Rec Site •    Skookumchuck Forest Service Road Today’s expanded alert area does not include any residential properties and closely aligns with the Crown land...
Evacuation Order Partially Rescinded on Doctor Creek Wildfire

September 02, 2020 - 10:55am

As crews continue to make progress on the Doctor Creek Fire southwest of Canal Flats, the Evacuation ORDER has been partially rescinded and downgraded to an Evacuation ALERT for 5 properties located on the northern and eastern sides of the fire. The Evacuation ORDER remains in place for 5 properties closest to the fire. “Today, a portion of the area, including Whitetail Lake and Blue Lake, has been downgraded to an Evacuation Alert; however, we want to stress to people within the Alert area that this is a large, active fire and they need to remain prepared and ready to leave again on a...
Construction Underway on New Septage Receiving Ponds for South Country

August 29, 2020 - 12:16pm

Construction is underway on new septage receiving ponds in the South Country. “This project has been a long time in the making and I’m pleased to see it moving forward,” explains RDEK Electoral Area B Director Stan Doehle. “A great deal of work and thought has gone into the design of these ponds to ensure they meet modern standards and provide an environmentally responsible option for dealing with the large volume of material generated in our area.” The previous South Country septage ponds were closed in 2014 after the site conditions were deemed unsuitable for continued operations by...
Evacuation ORDER Issued for 10 Properties in Findlay Creek Area

August 19, 2020 - 9:45pm

The Regional District of East Kootenay has issued an evacuation ORDER for 10 properties in Electoral Area F in the Findlay Creek Area. This is in result of the Doctor Creek Fire (N21257). “An increase in fire behaviour has prompted the BC Wildfire Service to recommend the RDEK issue an Evacuation Order,” explains EOC Director Terry Balan. “Our first priority is public safety. These decisions are not made lightly and everyone within the evacuation order area needs to leave immediately.” The evacuation ORDER includes: Findlay Creek Area: North of Whitetail Lake up to Dutch Creek; West to...
RDEK to Provide Grant to City of Cranbrook for Purchase of Curbside Recycling Carts

July 07, 2020 - 9:35am

The RDEK has approved a grant to the City of Cranbrook for the purchase of recycling carts to support the implementation of a Recycle BC curbside recycling program in the city. “Through the Solid Waste Management Plan process there was a very clear desire from City of Cranbrook residents for curbside recycling and the City has been working on a plan to bring this service forward; however, we know that comes with a significant initial cost for the infrastructure,” explains RDEK Board Chair Rob Gay. “This grant will offset the start-up costs for the City and once curbside recycling is...
State of Local Emergency Lifted in Fairmont

July 03, 2020 - 6:18pm

Effective 4:00pm today, the State of Local Emergency in Fairmont has been lifted. “We have restored sufficient capacity within the Cold Spring Creek and Fairmont Creek debris trap systems that the State of Local Emergency is no longer required,” says Information Officer, Loree Duczek. For the past week, the work has focused primarily on the three uppermost debris traps on Fairmont Creek, with two of the three now back to 100% available capacity and the third scheduled to be at 100% capacity by end of day today. “There will be additional minor clean up and work required next week;...
Provincial Disaster Financial Assistance Now Available For Those Affected By Flooding

July 02, 2020 - 11:19am

Emergency Management BC (EMBC) has authorized disaster financial assistance (DFA) for those who experienced damage as a result of the flooding and debris flows triggered by the May 31 heavy rainfall event. 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. Applicants should first check with their insurance agent to determine if their insurance policy provides coverage for the resulting damage....
Milestone Moment in Windermere as Long-Standing Water Quality Advisory is Lifted

June 29, 2020 - 6:42pm

It is a big day for the community of Windermere today as the Water Quality Advisory has been officially lifted following the community’s connection to the East Side Water Service. “This day has been over 15 years in the making and is the result of an incredible amount of work and commitment by so many: from the RDEK Board and staff, to the members of our Utility Advisory Commissions, the community, the contractors and consultants, and the provincial and federal governments who provided funding,” says RDEK Area F Director Susan Clovechok. “We also share this milestone with former Electoral...

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