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Scheduled Water Service Interruption Tuesday on Holland Creek Water System 

October 23, 2021 - 1:46pm

Residents in the Lakeview Meadows area will be without water for much of the day Tuesday due to scheduled repairs. “The Holland Creek Water System gets its water from the Kinbasket Water and Sewer Company,” explains RDEK Engineering Services Manager Brian Funke. “There are a number of valves within their system that are being replaced along Arrow Road on Tuesday, which will require them to shut down a large portion of their system. That shutdown will also affect our Holland Creek system.” The water service outage on the Holland Creek Water System is expected to begin at 8am and it could...
2021 RDEK Volunteers of the Year Celebrated

October 12, 2021 - 3:18pm

The RDEK is celebrating its 2021 Electoral Area Volunteer of the Year award recipients. “Year upon year we are constantly impressed with the level of volunteerism shown in our region,” says RDEK Board Chair Rob Gay. “The 2021 award recipients have contributed to our rural communities in so many ways. Publicly thanking them for their efforts, and generosity is our way off recognizing  the impact they have made to make the East Kootenay such a great place to live.” This year’s award recipients are: Area A – Kristina Bursey Area B – Walter Semeniuk Area C – Al Freeze Area E – Sharon...
Good Turnout to Proposed Wasa Recreation Contribution Service Open House

October 08, 2021 - 1:00pm

Just over 30 people participated in an Open House in Wasa Wednesday night to learn more the proposed Wasa Recreation Contribution Service. “We were pleased to see such a strong turnout,” says RDEK Electoral Area E Director Jane Walter. “We recognize not everyone has access to a computer, so it was important for us to be able to have an opportunity for people to come and get information or ask questions about the proposed service.” The display boards from the Open House have now been posted on the Wasa Recreation Contribution Service project page on:...
East Kootenay Residents Encouraged to Participate in Regional Evacuation Survey

October 05, 2021 - 9:47am

As part of its ongoing emergency preparedness efforts, the RDEK is coordinating Regional Evacuation Route Planning in partnership with all East Kootenay communities.  A consultant has been retained to develop scenarios, a regional evacuation plan and specific evacuation routes.  “To help the consultants with the data-gathering phase of the project, a resident survey is now open,” explains RDEK Protective Services Manager Fiona Dercole. “The more widespread participation we have, the better the data will be, which will make for a stronger plan.” All East Kootenay residents in...
The RDEK’s Offices Closed September 30th in Honour of National Day for Truth and Reconcilation

September 29, 2021 - 8:00pm

The Regional District of East Kootenay’s offices will be closed September 30, 2021 for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. “As part of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, September 30 allows us to formally honour Survivors of the residential school system, their families, their communities, and those who didn’t make it home,” says RDEK Board Chair Rob Gay. “This is not a tragedy of the past. The loss and intergenerational trauma experienced as a result of the residential school system is part of our present.  We each have a responsibility to be...
Open House Set to Go Next Week for Proposed Wasa Recreation Contribution Service and Alternative Approval Process

September 29, 2021 - 2:55pm

The RDEK is hoping for a good turnout to an upcoming Open House regarding the proposed Wasa Recreation Contribution Service and upcoming elector assent process. “While a project page has been set up online with detailed information about the proposal and elector assent process, we know there are some people who don’t have access to computers or who prefer in-person discussions,” says RDEK Electoral Area E Director Jane Walter. “We felt it was important to provide that more personal opportunity and are encouraging residents within the proposed service area to join us at the Open House next...
RDEK Board Supports Sustained Levels in Koocanusa Reservoir

September 23, 2021 - 3:56pm

The Regional District of East Kootenay’s Board of Directors continues to advocate for consistent water levels on Lake Koocanusa during the summer months and is hoping to see this issue be a key part of the negotiations and renewal of the Columbia River Treaty. “We recognize the important environmental, economic and recreational impacts that having sustained water level creates and if an agreement can’t be reached around how to cooperatively manage water levels on both sides of the Libby Dam, Canada needs to pursue construction of its own dam at the border to protect these critical...
Recycle BC Depot at Cranbrook Transfer Station to be Closed Tues-Friday for Paving

September 21, 2021 - 4:43pm

The Recycle BC Depot at the Cranbrook Transfer Station will be closed over the next few days as crews work to complete paving of the recycling area. “We have just been notified by the contactor that the paving crew is ready to begin, so the recycling area will be closed Tuesday through Friday,” explains Environmental Services Manager, Kevin Paterson.   The Transfer Station itself will remain open and there are no interruptions in service anticipated as a result of the paving, which will only affect the Recycle BC residential recycling area. While the yellow commercial recycling bins...
Area B Director Applauds Elko Overhead Replacement 

September 20, 2021 - 10:04am

Area B Director Applauds Elko Overhead Replacement  The Regional District of East Kootenay’s Electoral Area B Director is applauding last week’s announcement by the province that a new bridge will soon be constructed in Elko. “This is a project that many of us have been working on for a long time and I want to thank the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure for making it a reality,” says Electoral Area B Director Stan Doehle. “Not only will this replace the aging bridge over the railway tracks, it will also significantly increase public safety by adding a turning lane off the highway, widening shoulders and improving visibility and...
Wasa Recreation Contribution Service AAP Project Page Launched

September 17, 2021 - 12:01pm

The RDEK has launched a new project page for the proposed Wasa Recreation Contribution Service and elector assent process. “The RDEK has been asked to investigate the feasibility of establishing a new service to assist with costs associated with the operation and maintenance of the Wasa Community Hall, outdoor kitchen area, tennis courts, outdoor ice arena, public washroom facility, softball fields, Wasa Lions Trail and playground,” explains RDEK Corporate Officer Tina Hlushak.  “We have now received the required regulatory approvals and have compiled the information needed to provide...
Local Firefighters Respond to Structure Fire in Fairmont

September 16, 2021 - 4:44pm

Local Firefighters Respond to Structure Fire in Fairmont Members of the Fairmont and Windermere Fire Departments responded to a structure fire on Wilder Road in Fairmont Hot Springs this afternoon. “When we arrived, the home was fully engulfed, and the fire was moving into the surrounding grass and trees.  Our firefighters did an excellent job of stopping the flames from spreading to nearby homes and containing the fire to the one structure,” says Columbia Valley Rural Fire & Rescue Chief Jim Miller.   In total, 12 firefighters from both the Fairmont and Windermere Fire Departments responded to the fire, which destroyed the home and two...
RDEK Seeks Input from Tourism/Hospitality Workers as Part of Housing Needs Assessment

September 09, 2021 - 4:48pm

The RDEK is seeking input from anyone working in the tourism and hospitality sector regarding their housing needs within the rural parts of the RDEK.   “As part of the Housing Needs Assessment project, we are collecting specific information on the housing needs of workers in the tourism and hospitality sector to better understand quantity of need and price points, and prioritize design elements and locations,” says RDEK Planning Coordinator Karen MacLeod.  “To help capture this important data, we have developed a sector-specific survey and are urging anyone within the tourism and...
Hill Road Dike Project Given Green Light After Lengthy Delays

September 03, 2021 - 4:00pm

After two years, the Hill Road Dike Project has received the required approvals, including the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) authorization, and construction is set to begin next week. “In the summer of 2019, the project was delayed as additional information was required by the DFO related to the design and potential impacts to fish habitat,” says Engineering and Water Resource Technician Kara Zandbergen.  “We have been working with them ever since and are pleased to have received the green light to proceed.” The project will involve the installation of erosion...
Plumbob Fire Classified as Being Held – Evacuation Alert Rescinded

August 19, 2021 - 2:29pm

Thanks to the cooler temperatures, rain and tireless work of the BC Wildfire Service crews, Plumbob fire west of Koocanusa is now classified as Being Held. On recommendation from the BC Wildfire Service the RDEK has RESCINDED the Evacuation ALERT for 4 properties near Plumbob Mountain as of 2:00pm August 19. “The quick response of the BC Wildfire Service coupled with the recent change in weather worked together to bring about this great news today, we would like to extended our thanks to all those involved,” says Regional Emergency Operations Centre Information Officer Loree Duczek. The...
Highway 3/93 Being Reopened Following Tanker Truck Fire

August 18, 2021 - 11:29pm

Highway 3/93 Being Reopened Following Tanker Truck Fire POSTED: Aug.18.21 at 11:26pm Highway 3 at Elko is being re-opened after it was closed earlier this evening due to a commercial vehicle fire. 23 firefighters from the Jaffray, Baynes Lake and Elko Fire Departments responded with 8 pieces of apparatus and mutual aid support from Fernie Fire and Emergency Services after a Super-B fuel hauler’s truck cab ignited while it was refueling a tank at the Canco Hilltop Service Station. “Thanks to the incredible work of our firefighters we were able to quickly get the fire knocked down and prevent what could have been a much more serious...
Continued Progress and Favourable Conditions Lead to Changes in Status of Evacuation Alert and Order in Koocanusa Area

August 17, 2021 - 3:55pm

Stellar work by the BC Wildfire Service crews and cooler, wetter conditions on the fire front have prompted the RDEK to RESCIND the Evacuation ALERT for 254 properties on the west side of Lake Koocanusa and DOWNGRADE the Evacuation Order to an ALERT for 4 properties near Plumbob Mountain.  “For the 4 properties who remain on Alert, it is important to continue to be prepared and ready to leave again on a moment’s notice should conditions worsen and an Order needs to be re-issued,” stresses Regional Emergency Operations Centre Information Officer Loree Duczek. The Plumbob Mountain Fire...
Evacuation Alert LIFTED for Lazy Lake Area as Crews Gain Upper Hand on Bill Nye Mountain Fire

August 17, 2021 - 1:23pm

Effective 1:30pm local time, the Evacuation Alert for 40 properties in the Lazy Lake area has been lifted.  The Bill Nye Mountain Fire has now been classified as BEING HELD by the BC Wildfire Service, which means it is not expected to grow further.  “We’d like to thank the BC Wildfire Service and everyone who worked on this fire – from the ground to the air – for their tireless efforts. Today is a good day,” says Regional Emergency Operations Centre Information Officer Loree Duczek. The Area Restriction for the vicinity of the fire is still in effect, reflecting the need to protect the...
Evacuation Alert Issued for West Side of Lake Koocanusa Due to Growing Plumbob Mountain Fire

August 15, 2021 - 9:18pm

Effective 9:00pm, an Evacuation ALERT has been issued for 254 properties on the west side of Lake Koocanusa from the Bailey Bridge south to the US border. “We are urging residents and campers within the Alert area to prepare and gather personal supplies should conditions worsen and an evacuation order be issued,” says Information Officer Loree Duczek. “If you have not yet registered for the Evacuation Notification System, we urge you to do so.  It will take RCMP and Search and Rescue several hours to deliver notifications throughout an Alert area of this size. By contrast those who are...
Evacuation Alert Upgraded to ORDER for 4 Properties Near Plumbob Mountain Fire

August 15, 2021 - 8:20pm

Gusting winds and tinder dry conditions have contributed to continued growth on the Plumbob Mountain Fire west of Lake Koocanusa, and an earlier Evacuation ALERT for 4 properties in the area of the fire has now been upgraded to an Evacuation ORDER effective 8:00pm.  “A Reception Centre has been established at the Heritage Inn and the affected property owners are asked to register with the Emergency Support Services team at the Reception Centre,” says Information Officer, Loree Duczek. The fire is now estimated at 360 hectares in size.  BC Wildfire crews continue to action the fire this...
Evacuation Alert Issued South of Plumbob Mountain

August 15, 2021 - 5:36pm

With recommendations from the BC Wildfire Service, the RDEK has issued an Evacuation Alert for four properties as well as the Caven/Gold Creek Recreation Site south of Plumbob Mountain at 5:30 pm, Sunday August 15. “An Evacuation Alert is intended to give people time to prepare themselves so that they are ready to leave immediately if an Evacuation Order is issued,” explains East Kootenay Regional Emergency Operation Centre Information Officer, Nathan Siemens. People within the Evacuation Alert area are encouraged to prepare now: Make a family reunification plan Gather important...

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