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Upcoming FireSmart Session to Focus on Farms, Ranches and Rural Properties

February 03, 2023 - 10:39am

FireSmarting on farms and rural properties will be the focus of an upcoming information session on February 25. “Clear Sky Retreat Centre has been a leader when it comes to the FireSmart Program and is hosting this information session as a way for friends and community neighbours learn more about how they can protect their properties from wildfire,” says Local FireSmart Representative Carla Hayday.  The information session will get underway at 3pm on Saturday, February 25 at the Clear Sky Retreat Centre on Cockell Road in Bull River. It will include a brief introduction to the FireSmart...
Applications Being Taken for 2023/2024 CBT Resident Directed Grants Funding

January 25, 2023 - 9:59pm

Applications for Resident Directed Grants (ReDi Grants) are now being accepted for 2023/2024.  “Now that the application window is open, we want to ensure eligible applicants are aware of the program guidelines and the application deadline, as late applications will not be accepted,” says Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Deputy Corporate Officer Nikki Bradshaw.  Applications must be submitted online at https://engage.rdek.bc.ca/redi. The application deadline is Wednesday, February 15 at 4:00pm.   ReDi Grants support projects that benefit the broad community and are open to...
Changes Made to Recycle BC Depots Expand Recycling Options

January 10, 2023 - 3:13pm

New changes to the Recycle BC Depots throughout the Regional District of East Kootenay will simplify sorting and expand the list of items accepted for recycling. “Many materials that were unable to be recycled previously can now be accepted and sorting of the items has been simplified.” says RDEK Environmental Services Manager Kevin Paterson. Starting January 1, 2023, Recycle BC Depots began accepting single-use products and packaging-like products. Some examples of the new items that can be dropped off at a Recycle BC Depot include single-use plastic straws, stir sticks, plastic...
Used Oil Depot New to Kimberley Transfer Station

January 10, 2023 - 3:11pm

Used Oil Depot New to Kimberley Transfer Station Kimberley area residents now have a new option to safely dispose of used motor oils and antifreeze, with the addition of a used oil depot at the Kimberley Transfer Station. “This new depot will be a more convenient option for residents to dispose of those products that should not be going into our landfills,” says RDEK Environmental Services Manager Kevin Paterson. “Used motor oil is highly recyclable. If it’s collected and returned properly, it can be reused again and again.” Products accepted at the new used oil depot include used...
Electoral Area Volunteer of the Year Nominations Now Open

January 06, 2023 - 8:58am

RDEK Seeks Nominations for Electoral Area Volunteers of the Year The RDEK is seeking nominations for outstanding volunteers throughout the rural areas of our region for the 2023 Electoral Area Volunteer of the Year award. Nomination forms are now available and, as it has in past years, the Regional District will be honouring one outstanding volunteer or couple from each of its six Electoral Areas.   “This is an important recognition program for us,” explains RDEK Board Chair Rob Gay. “At a time when volunteering is seeing lower turnout numbers, it’s imperative to say to those that...
RDEK Encouraging Residents to Know Holiday Hours at its offices, Transfer Stations and Landfills as Holiday Rush Approaches

December 21, 2022 - 11:10am

When it comes to the amount of waste and recycling being disposed of, the next two weeks are the busiest of the year at area landfills, transfer stations and recycling depots. “While Sparwood and Elkford Transfer Stations are closed on all Sundays, for the rest of our facilities Christmas and New Year’s Day are two of only five days out of the entire year that they are closed,” says Regional District of East Kootenay Communications Manager Loree Duczek. “Over the holidays, it can be extremely busy. While our contractors and staff work incredibly hard to keep up with the volume, it is...
Scheduled Water Service Outage and Boil Water Notice for Holland Creek Water System 

December 20, 2022 - 12:27pm

Scheduled Water Service Outage and Boil Water Notice for Holland Creek Water System  Residents in the Holland Creek and Lakeview Meadows areas, as well as the Cottages at Copper Point can expect to be without water for much of the day on Wednesday, January 4th, due to work being done on the system. “We will be tying the new Prairie Wind Development into the Holland Creek water system,” explains RDEK Utility Superintendent Tom Altmann. “As a result of the outage, there will be a Boil Water Notice in effect at the time the work is completed, until the required lab results are confirmed....
Fire at Edgewater Transfer Station Quickly Extinguished

December 09, 2022 - 9:51pm

Members of the Edgewater Fire Department responded to a small fire at the Edgewater Transfer Station Friday night. “Upon arrival, crews found a chair and pile of books on fire on the apron near the transfer station bin,” says Columbia Valley Rural Fire and Rescue Chief Drew Sinclair.  “There was a noticeable smell of accelerant at the scene and we believe the fire was deliberately set.” An RCMP file has been opened and anyone who may have seen anything suspicious at the Edgewater Transfer Station early Friday evening, particularly between 6:30pm and 6:50pm is asked to report it to the...
Wildfire Risk Reduction Project to Begin in Hidden Valley South

December 02, 2022 - 1:26pm

Wildfire Risk Reduction Project to Begin in Hidden Valley South The Provincial Wildfire Risk Reduction Program will begin fuel reduction treatments in Hidden Valley South this week.  “We wanted to let residents and users of this area know they can expect to see an increase in activity in and around Hidden Valley over the next few months as this work is undertaken,” says RDEK Wildfire Resiliency Supervisor Terry Balan. The Provincial Wildfire Risk Reduction Program is running the project and will be starting this week with an estimated completion date of March 2023. Mechanical treatment,...
One Injured Following Structure Fire in Edgewater 

November 20, 2022 - 11:39pm

One Injured Following Structure Fire in Edgewater  One person has been transported to hospital following a structure fire on Highway 95 in Edgewater Sunday night.  “We received multiple calls regarding a mobile home fire just after 9pm this evening,” says  Columbia Valley Rural Fire & Rescue Chief Drew Sinclair. “One person was in the home at the time of the fire and sustained burns. They have been transported via BC Ambulance to hospital for further assessment and treatment.” A total of seven firefighters and three apparatus from Edgewater responded to the fire, along with an engine and five firefighters from Radium.  “The firefighters...
New Development Application Fee Schedule to Take Effect January 1, 2023

November 17, 2022 - 4:28pm

Effective January 1, 2023 the Regional District of East Kootenay will be implementing a restructured development application fee schedule. “The new fee structure was determined after in-depth consideration of the current direct costs to process applications such as staff time and the price of advertising. The RDEK’s Planning Service operates on a fee-for-service model and as a result, we have had to raise fees on most of our applications,” explains RDEK Planning Supervisor Karen MacLeod. “Our fee schedule had not been reviewed since 2012 and the costs associated with of processing...
Auction Item: 2011 Ford F-150

November 16, 2022 - 2:58pm

The RDEK is auctioning off a 2011 F-150.  Auction closes: December 5, 2022 at 7:30pm ET CLICK HERE to view GovDeals Auction Page
Firefighters Respond to Structure Fire in Hosmer

November 13, 2022 - 8:03pm

Firefighters Respond to Structure Fire in Hosmer Members of the Hosmer Fire Department responded to a structure fire this evening. “Five pieces of apparatus and five firefighters responded to the call, which came in just after 6pm,” says Elk Valley & South Country Rural Fire & Rescue Chief Michael Hockley. “The homeowner did a good job of knocking down the flames until our team arrived and we remained on scene until all the hot spots were fully extinguished and cooled.”  The fire originated in an exterior wood burning unit, and while the exact cause is under investigation, it is not considered suspicious in nature. Fortunately, there...
Emergency Crews Respond Following Alarm at Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena Friday

November 12, 2022 - 2:04pm

Emergency crews responded to the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena Friday evening in response to an ammonia alarm inside the refrigeration plant. “We have an emergency response plan that was immediately activated, the building was cleared and the fire department and chief engineer assessed the source of the alarm,” explains RDEK Environmental Services Manager Kevin Paterson.  There was one minute to play in a Columbia Valley Rockies game when the alarm went off and the building was evacuated.   “We have an emergency response plan that lays out our response any time we have an alarm. Our...
Chair and Vice Chair Acclaimed as RDEK Board Welcomes New Directors

November 10, 2022 - 4:01pm

Chair and Vice Chair Acclaimed as RDEK Board Welcomes New Directors The annual election of Chair and Vice Chair was held at the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) today, the first meeting of the Board since the October General Local Elections. Electoral Area C Director Rob Gay was elected Chair by acclamation and this will be his 12th year serving as Chair. “I am honoured to have been re-elected as Chair and look forward to working with the Board and staff as we continue to move this region forward,” says Gay. “With over 50% of the Directors around the table being newly elected or appointed, this is an exciting time for our Board.  Watching us come...
FireSmart Neighbourhood Champions Workshop

October 27, 2022 - 10:27am

FireSmart Neighbourhood Champions Workshop The East Kootenay FireSmart Program will be holding an educational networking day for Neighbourhood Champions of the program on November 19th.   “There are dozens of people across the Regional District who have stepped up to lead their communities toward making their homes and properties more resilient to wildfire,” says RDEK Wildfire Resiliency Supervisor Terry Balan. “We not only want to provide our Champions with further learning opportunities, but also the chance to network and learn more about the successes and challenges their fellow...
Upcoming Telus Service Outage in Hosmer

October 20, 2022 - 10:03am

We have been advised of an interruption in TELUS phone and 9-1-1 service affecting the community of Hosmer from 2:00am – 6:00am on October 26, 2022. The outage will affect all residential and business phones beginning with an area code 250 and a local exchange of 423, and the following services will be unavailable during the outage: All local calling within the Hosmer area, including inbound and outbound calls; 9-1-1 from a landline; Dialing the 10-digit local non-emergency numbers; The following services will remain available: Dialing 9-1-1 from a Telus mobility cellular...
Wildfire Risk Reduction Meeting to Be Held in Wasa

October 20, 2022 - 8:12am

Wildfire Risk Reduction Meeting to Be Held in Wasa Wasa area residents are invited to attend a public meeting October 27 regarding a fuel reduction project in the community. “The Wasa Wildfire Risk Reduction Project is underway on the south and east sides of Wasa and this meeting will provide residents with an update on the work being done,” says RDEK Wildfire Resilience Supervisor, Terry Balan. “Residents will have the opportunity to ask questions, learn more about the goals and objectives of the project, and provide input on the preliminary fuel reduction treatment plans.”  The meeting...
Columbia Valley Rural Fire & Rescue Service Offering Free CPR Courses

October 19, 2022 - 9:49am

Columbia Valley Rural Fire & Rescue Service Offering Free CPR Courses November is CPR Month, and the Columbia Valley Rural Fire & Rescue Service (CVRFRS) is offering two free CPR courses to residents of the area. “Our goal is to have as many CPR-trained community members as possible. Whether it’s a loved one, co-worker, or complete stranger, we want to make sure you are prepared to help save a life,” says CVRFRS Assistant Fire Chief Joss Advocaat. “The skills learned will give students the vital knowledge and confidence needed to act decisively when an emergency occurs. No certificate...
Invermere Transfer Station Temporary Paving Closure

October 18, 2022 - 11:22am

The Invermere Transfer Station will be temporarily closed for three days next week as the RDEK paves the site. “The entire site will be closed beginning Tuesday morning and we hope to have the paving wrapped up by Thursday evening so that we can open for regular hours on Friday,” says RDEK Solid Waste Superintendent, Jim Penson. “Having the site paved will improve the experience for all users of the site. We appreciate the public’s understanding as we make this upgrade with as minimal an impact on services as possible.”  The RDEK will be removing all bins from the facility to assist in...

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