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Draft Panorama Official Community Plan Open for Comment

January 02, 2020 - 4:32pm

Over 50 people participated in an open house Monday to get their first look at the draft Panorama and Area Official Community Plan (OCP). “Having the participation and feedback from the community is pivotal to this project’s success, so it was wonderful to have such a strong turnout from the community throughout the day,” says Electoral Area F Director Susan Clovechok.   The draft OCP, associated maps, copies of the poster boards from the open house and more have been posted on the Panorama & Area OCP project page on engage.rdek.bc.ca. A public comment period on the draft plan is now...
2020 RDEK Board Chair and Vice Chair Elected

December 06, 2019 - 4:16pm

The annual election of RDEK Chair and Vice Chair was held at the Regional District of East Kootenay this morning and Electoral Area C Director Rob Gay will continue on as Chair for 2020. This will be the Electoral Area C Director’s ninth term as RDEK Chair. He has served on the Board since 2005. “I’d like to thank my fellow Directors for their ongoing support. It is an honour to serve as Chair of this organization and I look forward to another rewarding year,” says Gay. Village of Radium Hot Springs Mayor Clara Reinhardt was elected Vice Chair for her second term.  “I have thoroughly...
New Recycling Depot Set to Open in Cranbrook

November 29, 2019 - 3:08pm

The Cranbrook Transfer Station will soon be home to a host of new recycling options as the RDEK opens a Recycle BC Depot on the site. “This will be our third Recycle BC Depot to open at our facilities and we are excited to provide residents with an opportunity to easily recycle so many more items than are accepted in the yellow bin system,” says RDEK Board Chair Rob Gay. Some of the items that will be accepted at the new Depot include Styrofoam, #7 plastics, milk cartons, tetra containers for soup and milk substitutes, zippered bags like Ziplocs and pet food bags, aerosol cans and...
Draft Panorama Official Community Plan to be Presented in December

November 29, 2019 - 1:27pm

After several months of consultation, the RDEK will be presenting the draft Panorama and Area Official Community Plan (OCP) to the public next month. “We have received feedback from the community from our open houses, two surveys, workshops and online engagement tools and all of the feedback provided has been compiled and considered in the preparation of the draft OCP,” says Electoral Area F Director Susan Clovechok. A summary of the recent survey results is posted on engage.rdek.bc.ca. The next step in the process will be a third open house, where the draft Official Community Plan will...
RDEK Yellow Bin Contract Renewed

November 18, 2019 - 4:56pm

The RDEK’s Yellow Bin Recycling Program has been renewed for another five years. “We have had the yellow bin program for the last 20 years and the contract generally is signed in five-year increments. We are pleased to have reached another five-year agreement with our contractor Green For Life to continue with this service,” explains RDEK Environmental Services Manager Kevin Paterson. “There are over 700 yellow bins located throughout the region and all of the materials collected in the yellow bins are sorted in Cranbrook and sold to market.” The yellow bins and curbside recycling...
Interruption in Water Service - Edgewater

November 14, 2019 - 1:54pm

UPDATE: Nov. 14 - 9pm - Water service has been restored. ORIGINAL POST: November 14 - RDEK Operators are currently working on a water main break in Edgewater.  As a result of the break, water has been shut off to areas on Riverview, Selkirk, Sinclair and Cordillera.  We also have someone going door to door to let people in the affected area know.  At this time, we do not know how long the water will be off for; however, we will provide updates as we know more.
Unit Fire in Panorama Quickly Contained

November 06, 2019 - 12:20pm

Members of the Panorama Fire Department remain on scene following a single-unit fire in Taynton Lodge in Panorama this morning. “We had 14 firefighters and all four trucks respond to the call and the crew was able to keep the fire contained to the single unit,” says Columbia Valley Rural Fire and Rescue Service Chief, Jim MIller.  “The quick action of our crew made the difference between an isolated fire and a potentially much larger situation. They did an outstanding job.” The fire was confined to the vacant unit and has been completely extinguished. The Lodge did not have full...
Lake Windermere Official Community Plan Adopted

November 01, 2019 - 5:23pm

The RDEK Board has adopted the Lake Windermere Official Community Plan (OCP). “This has been an extensive process that spans over two years,” says RDEK Electoral Area F Director Susan Clovechok. “One of our goals was to create a document that will guide development for the next five to ten years while balancing diverse community interests and I believe we have done that with this Plan.” There were numerous community meetings and open houses throughout the process and Clovechok says they’ve worked closely with a community based advisory committee from early on. “I want to thank the...
Annual Windermere Fire Halloween Haunted House Will be Bigger Than Ever

October 17, 2019 - 9:46am

Members of the Windermere Fire Department are once again hard at work preparing props for their annual Haunted House and they have some exciting new tricks in store. “As we continue to try to offer up a frighteningly fun experience for all ages, this year we will have two separate timeframes for the Open House,” explains Columbia Valley Rural Fire and Rescue Service Chief, Jim Miller. “We will open the Haunted House for the youngest trick or treaters from 5pm to 6:30pm. The full-scare experience for older ages will run from 7pm to 9pm.”  Firefighters will be on hand to guide people. The...
Open Houses Scheduled as SWMP Review Consultation Continues

October 16, 2019 - 6:31pm

The RDEK has scheduled three open houses as part of its ongoing public consultation on the Draft Solid Waste Management Plan. Because of the varied geography and combination of full time and seasonal residents, the consultation has been centered largely around the online platform at engage.rdek.bc.ca. This allows residents, regardless of geographic location, to have the ability to access the same information and provide the same feedback. “We do recognizing there is still a portion of the population that does not have access to computers, or that prefer face-to-face discussion, and we...
Columbia Valley Transit Cancelled

September 26, 2019 - 3:36pm

Attention riders of the Columbia Valley Transit System. Due to an ongoing mechanical issue with the bus, Columbia Valley public transit will not be running between Canal Flats, Invermere, Radium and Edgewater on Friday, September 27th. This does NOT affect the Health Connections bus which will be running on schedule. Please contact the Transit Service Operator for more information or visit www.bctransit.com .
Columbia Valley RDEK Office Closed September 23, 2019

September 23, 2019 - 10:20am

The Columbia Valley office will be closed today, September 23, 2019.  We apologize for any inconvenience. The office will re-open at 8:30 am Tuesday, September 24, 2019.
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...

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