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REPOST: Prescribed Burn Aids Fire Suppression Activities on Baynes Lake Area Fire

July 08, 2015 - 3:26pm

REPOST from SE Fire Centre CASTLEGAR - The wildfire east of Lake Kookanusa and south of Cutts Road toward the Elk River is now 100% contained. This fire was discovered on July 4, 2015 and grew quickly and aggressively, prompting the evacuation of 200 people near Kragmont and further evacuation alerts in nearby communities. All evacuation alerts or evacuation orders issued by the Regional District of East Kootenay for areas around this wildfire have now been lifted. For more information, visit: [url=https://www.rdek.bc.ca]https://www.rdek.bc.ca[/url] Wildfire suppression efforts...
Crews Thanked as Evacuation Alert Lifted

July 08, 2015 - 2:31pm

The BC Wildfire Service is being thanked for its efforts on the Baynes Lake area wildfire. The fire has been contained and an evacuation alert that has been in place since Sunday has been lifted. “This is a good day,” says RDEK Board Chair Rob Gay. “Things escalated very quickly on Saturday night when the fire broke out, and we are grateful for the tireless efforts of the crews, who have worked around the clock in trying conditions to bring the fire under control and protect our residents.  I would also like to acknowledge the efforts of our Emergency Social Services team, our...
Erratic Winds Fuel Fires

July 05, 2015 - 4:40am

An Evacuation ORDER has been issued for the community of Kragmont and a surrounding area to the south due to a wildland fire that broke out yesterday afternoon. The Evacuation Order covers properties south of 1347 Waldo Road, including Conroy Road, Tranquility Road, Gavin Road, Fitzpatrick Road, Canyon Cut Off, Grasmere-Dorr Road, Dorr Cut Off Road, and Elko Grasmere Road. “Everyone in the affected area should evacuate immediately. This order has been issued to protect the safety of the public,” says Information Officer, Loree Duczek.  A reception centre has been set up at the...
Two Fires of Note Burning in SE Fire Centre

July 04, 2015 - 10:04pm

The Jaffray and Baynes Lake Fire Departments and BC Wildfire Service are actioning a fire south of Baynes Lake. Earlier today,  air tankers were used on the blaze which is burning near the Elk River.  Helicopters are continuing to drop water, and ground crews and heavy equipment are on site.  In the Columbia Valley, BC Wildfire Service crews are actioning a fire in the Spillimacheen area. Two Initial Attack crews, two helicopters and a water tender responded to that fire earlier today.  To get the latest information on forest fires and fire bans in the East Kootenay, visit the BC...
Phase 1 of West Fernie Servicing Project Launched

June 26, 2015 - 2:27pm

The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) officially launched the first phase of the West Fernie Servicing & Restructure Project with about 40 residents at an information session June 23rd at the Fernie Stanford Resort. Attendees were introduced to the project team and GroundWorks branding, and learned about project history, objectives, timelines, contacts, and information sources. “This is an important milestone,” says RDEK Electoral Area A Director, Mike Sosnowski. “The project team is in place, we’ve introduced the GroundWorks campaign, and the engineering work is underway....
Discussion Begins on Future of Selkirk Park in Wilmer

June 26, 2015 - 9:05am

20 people turned out to a community meeting in Wilmer Wednesday night to discuss their vision for the future of the parcel of land historically known as Selkirk Park. “We started the night off with an overview of the RDEK parks system, followed by a history of the Selkirk Park property,” explains RDEK Electoral Area G Director Gerry Wilkie. “We then opened the floor up and had a really good community discussion about the future of the park and what people would like to see done with the property.”  The community meeting was the first step in seeking the community’s input on the...
ADVISORY - Fire in Wood Piles at Wasa Transfer Station

June 25, 2015 - 8:09pm

There is a fire burning in the wood piles at the Wasa Transfer Station.  The fire is currently contained to the three or four piles on west side, which have good road buffers around them. We have a water truck en route as well as the contractor who has his machine on site from unrelated work in the area. He can use the hoe to provide additional guarding if we need it.  So, at the moment, things are looking good – and we continue to ask everyone to stay away so we can get the situation fully dealt with. The fire may cause some additional smoke in the air this evening (there is also a...
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...

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