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New Fire Hall Planned for Hosmer Fire Department

September 20, 2022 - 3:31pm

A new fire hall is in the works for the community of Hosmer. “I recognize the critical role the fire department plays for Hosmer and the surrounding areas in supporting our residents,” says RDEK Electoral Area A Director Mike Sosnowski. “Securing funding for the project has been a key priority for me this year and I’m grateful for the support of the Board in making it happen.” A total of $4 million dollars in funding has been approved by the RDEK Board of Directors including $2.5 million from the Electoral Area A portion of the Elk Valley Mine Tax Sharing Fund and $1.5 million from the...
South Country Firefighters Demonstrate Vehicle Extrication

September 16, 2022 - 2:52pm

South Country Firefighters Demonstrate Vehicle Extrication South Country Firefighters Demonstrate Vehicle Extrication Members of our South Country Fire Departments successfully carried out a training exercise on vehicle extrication Thursday evening at the Baynes Lake Fire Hall.  “Having the opportunity for our departments to come together for an exercise like this not only builds teamwork but gives us a chance to continue to practice those skills,” says Elk Valley and South Country Rural Fire Services Chief, Mike Hockley. “It’s critical that we practice elements like using hydraulic rescue tools to remove doors and roofs, as well as manipulating...
RDEK Electoral Areas A and G to Hold Community Meetings

September 15, 2022 - 1:40pm

RDEK Electoral Areas A and G to Hold Community Meetings The Regional District of East Kootenay will be holding community meetings in both Electoral Areas A and G later this month. “With two of our longtime Area Directors retiring from office this fall, these meetings will be a final opportunity for them to meet with their constituents and provide both an overview of the accomplishments during their tenures and an update on current projects of note,” says RDEK Communications Manager, Loree Duczek. “The community meetings will also feature presentations on our regional firefighter...
Baynes Lake Fire Hall Set to Demonstrate Vehicle Extrication

September 13, 2022 - 10:35am

Baynes Lake Fire Hall Set to Demonstrate Vehicle Extrication Members of our South Country Fire Departments will be taking part in a vehicle extrication exercise this Thursday. “This is a great chance to see our firefighters in action and to learn more about the services we provide to our communities,” says Elk Valley and South Country Rural Fire Services Chief, Mike Hockley. “We are in search of new recruits at our Baynes Lake, Jaffray, and Elko Fire Departments right now. This type of exercise can really show the kind of impact on the community that joining our team can make. If you’ve...
Indian Beach Estates to Hold FireSmart Work Bee and Chipping Event

September 12, 2022 - 9:39am

Indian Beach Estates to Hold FireSmart Work Bee and Chipping Event Residents of Indian Beach Estates are holding a FireSmart work bee and chipping event on September 24th and those in that community are encouraged to take part. “Homes should be prepared to survive a wildfire without the help of active suppression efforts. This means preparing before there is smoke on the horizon,” says Local FireSmart Representative, Yvan Kathriner. “By prioritizing FireSmart principles, you are giving your home its best chance at survival. We are excited to see Indian Beach Estates residents working...
Auction Items Posted on Gov Deals

September 09, 2022 - 4:42pm

The RDEK has posted a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Work Truck 4WD on GovDeals up for auction.  To view the items and bidding process: https://www.govdeals.com/eastkootenayrdbc Auction closes September 15, 2022 at 8:00pm ET (6:00pm Mountain)
Electoral Area C Volunteer of the Year Recognized

September 07, 2022 - 11:18am

Electoral Area C Volunteer of the Year Recognized Electoral Area C Volunteer of the Year Honoured Don Flowers has been officially recognized as the 2022 Electoral Area C Volunteer of the Year. “Don has taken a hands-on approach to helping his community. He has freely given his time, use of his equipment, and even homegrown veggies to his neighbours up and down the valley,” says Electoral Area C Director, Rob Gay. “Don has been actively engaged in this area for many years and his community spirit is boundless. He has been a longtime supporter of the Mayook Community Association and has made significant contributions to the maintenance...
Electoral Area F Volunteer of the Year Recognized

September 06, 2022 - 4:40pm

Electoral Area F Volunteer of the Year Recognized Electoral Area F Volunteer of the Year Honoured Tex Deagnon has been officially recognized as the 2022 Electoral Area F Volunteer of the Year. “Tex has been a tireless and enthusiastic volunteer, visionary and advocate for the community and residents of Fairmont Hot Springs. His commitment to serving our area has bettered the lives of all that work and play here in the Columbia Valley,” says RDEK Electoral Area F Director Susan Clovechok. Deagnon served as President of the Fairmont Community Association for the years 2013 to 2019. He recently stepped down from his position as President...
RDEK Donates $25,000 towards New Wildlife Platform at Confederation Park

August 30, 2022 - 10:40am

RDEK Donates $25,000 towards New Wildlife Platform at Confederation Park Photo: The new wildlife viewing platform will be constructed just to the right of this existing concrete wildlife blind at Confederation Park this fall. City of Cranbrook. Shared from the City of Cranbrook RDEK Contributes $25,000 towards New Wildlife Viewing Platform at Confederation Park A wildlife-viewing platform will grace Confederation Park in the near future, thanks to an important contribution of $25,000 by the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) toward the revitalization of Confederation Park. Construction of the wildlife-viewing platform will begin this fall, and is to...
Electoral Area B Volunteer of Year Celebration

August 25, 2022 - 11:01am

Electoral Area B Volunteer of Year Celebration Electoral Area B Volunteer of the Year Honoured Heather Serafini has been officially recognized as the 2022 Electoral Area B Volunteer of the Year. “Heather truly gives her whole heart to her community and has been instrumental in organizing dozens of programs for youth and their families in our area. There are few who have been untouched by her kindness” says Area B Director, Stan Doehle.  An outstanding 4-H leader and administrator for the 4-H program, Heather has devoted countless hours at the provincial and federal levels, the local South Country Craft and Critters 4-H Club, as well...
Colombo Lodge Celebrates Completion of Solar Project

August 23, 2022 - 11:31am

Colombo Lodge Celebrates Completion of Solar Project Pictured (L to R): Columbia Basin Trust Senior Manager, Delivery of Benefits - Will Nixon; Colombo Lodge Directors – Harvey Vernier, Giacomo Scavo, Lorne DeRosa; RDEK Chair Rob Gay. Members of the Colombo Lodge recently toured representatives from Columbia Basin Trust and the RDEK through their new solar panel project, which included the purchase and installation of solar electricity panels and an LED lighting upgrade at the Lodge. The new equipment will significantly reduce operating costs and increase the efficiency of the facility’s electrical services. The $100,000 project was...
Evacuation Alert RESCINDED for Connell Ridge Fire

August 20, 2022 - 4:30pm

As BC Wildfire Service crews continue to make progress on the Connell Ridge fire, the Evacuation Alert that was issued on August 2 has been rescinded. As of 4:30 pm August 20 six properties south of Mount Baker on the Gold Creek Forest Service Road will no longer be under an Evacuation Alert.   “With the hard work of the BC Wildfire crews and the favourable weather conditions, the BC Wildfire Service have determined it is safe to lift the Alert for these six properties” says Regional Emergency Operations Centre Information Officer Nathan Siemens. “We are grateful to all the individuals on...
Electoral Area G Volunteers of the Year Recognized

August 15, 2022 - 11:36am

Electoral Area G Volunteers of the Year Recognized Electoral Area G Volunteer of the Year Honoured Sue and Tom Hoyne have been officially recognized as the 2022 Electoral Area G Volunteers of the Year. “Sue and Tom are remarkable assets to the community. Their unwavering support of so many local initiatives in Wilmer and the Valley has truly made a difference. We are proud and grateful to have such dedicated residents in our area” says RDEK Electoral Area G Director Gerry Wilkie. The Hoynes have been pillars of the Wilmer Community Club for over 15 years, with Tom as President and Sue as the Secretary Treasurer. Their dedication and...
Moyie Water System Back to Regular Operations Following Leak Repair

August 11, 2022 - 1:09pm

A significant leak has been identified and isolated on the Moyie Water System and the system has resumed regular operations. Yesterday, the RDEK asked all water system users to restrict their water use to essential purposes only as the water leak was so substantial, the pump was not able to re-fill the reservoir. “We isolated various sections of the water system and were able to narrow down the source of the problem. Upon further investigation, we found and isolated a leaking curbstop and have determined that was the cause of the significant water loss we were seeing,” says Engineering...
Essential Water Use Only on Moyie Water System as RDEK Tries to Isolate Possible Leak

August 10, 2022 - 11:43am

Users on the Moyie Water System are being asked to limit their water use to essential uses only as the RDEK works to identify the cause of significant water loss within the system. “We are currently dealing with an unknown and substantial water loss within the water system and are trying to isolate the cause of the water loss, which may be a large leak,” says Engineering Services Manager, Brian Funke.  “At this time, the water is flowing out faster than the pumps can keep up and the reservoir cannot refill fast enough.” As a result, users on the system are being asked to limit all...
Firefighters Gain Upper Hand on Wildfire South of Fairmont

August 10, 2022 - 9:42am

Firefighters Gain Upper Hand on Wildfire South of Fairmont Highway 93/95 has been re-opened after being temporarily closed overnight due to a wildfire south of Fairmont. “Our team did an amazing job, and with support from the Resource Office and an initial attack crew from the BC Wildfire Service, were able to contain the fire early this morning,” explains Columbia Valley Rural Fire & Rescue Chief Drew Sinclair.   The fire is burning on Crown land on the west side of Highway 93/95 near the Columbia Lake viewpoint.  13 firefighters and five pieces of apparatus responded to the call at approximately 11:30am last night.  “Once the fire was...
Firefighters Respond to Wildfire South of Fairmont

August 10, 2022 - 1:20am

Firefighters Respond to Wildfire South of Fairmont Members of the Fairmont, Windermere and Canal Flats fire departments are currently on the scene of a wildfire south of Fairmont. “We have a total of 13 firefighters on scene along with five pieces of apparatus, and everyone is focused on getting the upper hand on the fire, which was reported at about 11:30pm this evening,” explains Columbia Valley Rural Fire & Rescue Chief Drew Sinclair.  A Response Officer and Initial Attack crew from the BC Wildfire Service are also now on scene. The fire is burning on Crown land on the west side of Highway 93/95 near the Columbia Lake viewpoint.  RCMP...
Public Information Meeting Scheduled for Cummings Creek Wildfire

August 07, 2022 - 8:48pm

A public information meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, August 9th regarding the Cummings Creek Wildfire near Sparwood. Representatives from the BC Wildfire Service will be in attendance to provide residents with an update on the Cummings Creek fire. The meeting will kick off at 8:00pm at the Sparwood Recreation & Leisure Centre – Community Hall.  Following the operational update, and time permitting, there will be an opportunity for questions and answers until 8:45pm. For those not able to attend the meeting in person, there will be a Zoom option available (and the recording will...
Fairmont Fire Responds to Second RV Fire in Two Days

August 03, 2022 - 7:17pm

Fairmont Fire Responds to Second RV Fire in Two Days Members of Fairmont Fire responded to another structure fire involving a travel trailer this afternoon. “Not even 24 hours after a similar call-out yesterday, we arrived on scene today to find a single travel trailer fully engulfed,” says Columbia Valley Rural Fire & Rescue Deputy Chief Jon Tames. “The fire did get into some of the surrounding grass; however, our team did an exceptional job of preventing it from spreading into the nearby trees.” 10 Fairmont firefighters and four apparatus from Fairmont along with two firefighters and an apparatus from Windermere responded to the call...
High-Speed Backbone Expanded in the South Country

August 03, 2022 - 10:10am

High-Speed Backbone Expanded in the South Country Shared from Columbia Basin Trust HIGH-SPEED BACKBONE EXPANDED IN THE SOUTH COUNTRY Columbia Basin Trust has successfully added 60 kilometres of high-speed fibre optic cable to its broadband network in the South Country, between Jaffray and Roosville. Internet service providers can now connect to this regional backbone, receive a higher-quality connection, and in turn improve the services they offer to customers. “Affordable, reliable and high-speed internet connectivity is no longer a luxury; it is a basic requirement to access information and services in today’s world,” said Johnny...

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