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2015/2016 Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs Funding Approved

June 04, 2015 - 10:09am

The Regional District of East Kootenay Board of Directors has approved funding for 140 projects around the region over the coming year. The funding comes from Columbia Basin Trust’s Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs, which are administered by the RDEK.  “We approved a total of $1,063,163 for 2015/2016. The approved projects cover everything from education programs to community hall upgrades, sports programs and history projects,” says RDEK Board Chair Rob Gay.  “On behalf of the RDEK Board and our residents, I want to thank the Trust for providing this funding for so...
Off-Road Vehicle Registration Deferred to November

May 29, 2015 - 4:20pm

NOTE: The following information is being REPOSTED from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations / BC Government Newsroom.  With a number of ORV owners in the East Kootenay, we thought it was relevant to pass along. Mandatory off-road vehicle registration is being deferred from June 1 to November 1, 2015. The extra time provides additional time for off-road users to prepare for the mandatory registration, while the regulatory details are finalized on both registration and safety. These links provide additional information for ORV...
Emergency Preparedness Fair Set to Go in Columbia Valley

April 23, 2015 - 4:03pm

The old Windermere Fire Hall will be the hub of activity May 2nd as the Emergency Preparedness Fair gets underway. “The focus of the day will be on helping people prepare for an emergency, but we will have all kinds of fun and activities as well,” explains Columbia Valley Emergency Support Services Director / Deputy Emergency Program Coordinator Sharon Pasowisty. “There will be demonstrations, draw prizes, activities for the kids.  It’s going to be a fantastic day and we hope to see a strong turn out.” Representatives from BC Ambulance, the RCMP, Columbia Valley Search & Rescue,...
Smoke From Pile Burning Could be Visible in South Country

March 20, 2015 - 3:00pm

The following information was released by the Southeast Fire Centre on Friday, March 20, 2015. We have posted it as the burn is taking place in Electoral Area B and will be of interest to our residents. CRANBROOK – Crews from the Southeast Fire Centre plan to burn piles of waste wood near Baynes Lake from March 23 to April 30, weather conditions permitting. Smoke may be visible in the area during this period. The Wildfire Management Branch intends to burn slash piles that accumulated last fall during fuels management work. This is part of a two-year project to reduce forest fuels...
Three Projects to Receive Funding

March 06, 2015 - 1:50pm

Three projects in the RDEK’s Central Subregion have received a big boost after being awarded funding through the Central East Kootenay Community Directed Funds (CEKCDF) Program. “Our Committee has been refining its focus, reviewing funding ideas and prioritizing possible projects.  At our last meeting we made the first of what will hopefully be several funding decisions in 2015,” explains CEKCDF Committee Chair Rob Gay.  “The projects we have decided to fund will help sustain the economy and protect the environment in the Central Subregion.” The three projects that the Committee...
Elko Fire Recruitment Drive a Big Success

March 02, 2015 - 2:39pm

The momentum continues to build in Elko as the RDEK works to establish a new fire service for the community this fall. “We had a fantastic response to the Volunteer Recruitment drive, which just wrapped up,” says RDEK South Country Fire Chief Dave Boreen. “In total, we received 37 applications and we will begin training the new recruits within the next few weeks. I am so encouraged by the number of people who are interested in joining the new department and being part of our team.” As part of the Recruitment Drive, the RDEK hosted a community dinner and information session, a second...
Taking Columbia Valley Tourism Marketing to the Next Level

February 25, 2015 - 2:07pm

Local governments and industry are working together to explore new ways to promote the Columbia Valley to visitors.  The Columbia Valley Community Directed Funds Committee and the Columbia Valley Tourism Marketing Committee are working on an action plan for tourism marketing and branding in the Columbia Valley. The idea and consensus for the plan came out of a forum of valley tourism industry players held on January 15 and 16, 2015 where participants explored the concept of collaborating on tourism marketing and branding. An important first step in creating the plan involves...
Galloway Mill Fire Prompts Multi-Department Response

February 07, 2015 - 9:08am

Crews from both the Jaffray and Baynes Lake Fire Departments responded to an early morning fire at the Galloway Mill this morning.  “We got the call just before 7:00am and nine firefighters responded,” says Fire Chief Dave Boreen. “The fire was in the Control Room for the Kiln and caused extensive damage to both the structure and the computers and other equipment within the Control Room.” Crews quickly managed to get the fire under control and will remain on scene for much of the day today mopping up hot spots. There were no injuries and the cause of the fire is under...
Elko Fire Volunteer Recruitment Drive Kicks Off

January 29, 2015 - 2:35pm

Members of the South Country Fire Service will be in the community of Elko Tuesday evening as the “Elko Fire Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment Drive” gets underway. “We will have some of our volunteers from the Jaffray and Baynes Lake Departments out in the community doing a door to door awareness campaign, answering questions and providing information,” explains RDEK South Country Fire Services Fire Chief Dave Boreen. “We also have two community presentations lined up at the Elko Community Hall – one on Wednesday evening and one on Saturday morning to help get the word out and...
New Official Community Planning Process for Toby Benches Area

January 13, 2015 - 9:45am

Work will soon begin on a new planning process for the Toby Benches area in the Columbia Valley. “The Toby Benches Land Use Strategy is the Regional District of East Kootenay’s oldest land use plan and will be replaced by a new Official Community Plan” explains RDEK Electoral Area G Director Gerry Wilkie. “Land use issues change over time. It’s important that the residents of the Toby Benches have a Plan that is based on current information and reflects their vision for the future.”  One of the first steps in the OCP process will be encouraging the community to get involved. “The...
Elk Valley Transit Cancelled - January 7, 2015

January 06, 2015 - 4:55pm

Attention riders of the Elk Valley Transit System. Due to mechanical problems with the bus, Elk Valley public transit will not be running between Fernie, Sparwood and Elkford on Wednesday, January 7, 2015.  This does not affect the Health Connections bus which will be running on schedule. Once again, there will be no busses running on the Elk Valley route between Fernie, Sparwood and Elkford Wednesday. Please contact the Transit Service Operator at 855-417-4636 for more information.
Holiday Hours - RDEK Transfer Stations, Landfills and Offices

December 29, 2014 - 10:18am

The RDEK's Transfer Stations and Landfills will be open most days through the holiday season.
Wasa Outdoor Rink Official Opening

December 16, 2014 - 5:25pm

A number of community members and dignitaries were on hand for the first “official” puck drop at the newly completed Wasa and District Lion’s Pete Vereshagen Memorial Rink. The Wasa and District Lion’s Club has always maintained a rink in Wasa and it has been a popular winter fixture in the community; however, without a proper concrete pad at the facility, it was difficult to retain a quality ice surface.  The Lions Club and Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) applied for funding through the Provincial Community Recreation Program and received $70,482 in 2012. Kootenay East MLA...
RDEK Chair and Vice Chair Named

December 12, 2014 - 5:14pm

Electoral Area C Director Rob Gay will continue on as Chair of the Regional District of East Kootenay for 2015. “I am honoured to be re-elected as Chair,” says Gay.  “I look forward to working with our new and returning directors on our current priorities and identifying new opportunities during our strategic priorities planning session in April.”  This will be the Electoral Area C Director’s fourth term as RDEK Chair.  He has been on the Board since 2005. Electoral Area F Director Wendy Booth was re-elected as Vice Chair for a third term.  “I want to thank the Board for its...
Lakeview Meadows Fire Contained

November 23, 2014 - 3:23pm

Members of the Windermere Fire Department, with assistance from both Invermere and Panorama Fire Departments, responded to a residential house fire in Lakeview Meadows yesterday morning. Approximately 25 firefighters arrived on scene and spent five hours fighting the fire. “This was a deep seated structure fire, so although the home was not fully engulfed in flames, there was substantial damage,” explains Columbia Valley Rural Fire and Rescue Service Fire Chief, Jim Miller. There was no one home when the fire broke out and there were no injuries. “The crew did a great job containing...
Area A Director Announces Lilac Terrace Funding

November 13, 2014 - 6:04pm

The RDEK Board of Directors has approved $200,000 in funding for the Lilac Terrace expansion in Sparwood. “This facility is an important asset for the community and our seniors and it’s an honour on behalf of all Area A residents to be able to support it,” says Electoral Area A Director Mike Sosnowski. “This funding will not only help ensure the project itself moves forward, but will also contribute to a palliative care unit which will provide much needed comfort for residents.”  The funding comes from the Electoral Area A Discretionary Grant in Aid account and Electoral Area A...
Thousands of Dollars In Funding Announced for Elk Valley Projects

November 13, 2014 - 2:49pm

Three Elk Valley projects have received a big boost after being awarded funding through the Elk Valley Community Directed Funds (EVCDF) Program. ““Earlier this year the Elk Valley Community Directed Funds Program adopted its Community Priorities Plan, which identifies ten priorities,” explains EVCDF Committee Chair Mary Giuliano. “The goal of the program is to support projects that meet one or more of these priorities and demonstrate valley-wide benefits. We are proud to support these three initiatives and encouraged to see other groups coming forward seeking funding.” The three...
Mosquitoes to be Discussed at Community Meeting

November 13, 2014 - 2:43pm

The results of a preliminary assessment into mosquito populations and breeding grounds in the Wardner, Mayook, Bull River, Fort Steele area will be unveiled in early November. “There has been a great deal of work behind the scenes by a group of residents to gather historical data regarding mosquitoes and the next step was to have a formal assessment done so we have a baseline understanding,” explains RDEK Electoral Area C Director Rob Gay. “Culex Environmental Ltd. completed that assessment earlier this year and will be bringing the results of their initial fieldwork to the community...
Elk Valley Official Community Plan Adopted

October 03, 2014 - 3:52pm

The Elk Valley Official Community Plan (OCP) has been adopted by the RDEK Board of Directors. “This OCP balances land management, community growth and the environment and I would like to thank the community for its participation and feedback over the last 13 months,” says Electoral Area A Director Mike Sosnowski. “I would also like to acknowledge the many hours of work put in by RDEK staff. These plans are comprehensive and complex documents that require a lot of time and effort to prepare, both on the part of the staff and the communities involved. I appreciate the time and energy...
West Fernie Petition Official Results Released

July 29, 2014 - 8:41pm

The official results of the West Fernie Servicing and Restructure petition have been released and the project has received the required support to proceed. The official results of the petition are: Petitions accepted:  132 (56%) Assessed value of accepted petitions:  $35,098,673 (54%) “This is an exciting step for West Fernie and we wouldn’t be where we are without the hard work of a number of different people,” says Area A Director Mike Sosnowski. “I would like to thank the Honourable Coralee Oakes Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development and Kootenay East...

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