Elk Valley

Members of the Jaffray and Elko Fire Departments responded to two spot fires early this afternoon. 

“Two spot fires were discovered next to Highway 3 just east of the Wardner Bridge over the  Kootenay River this afternoon,” says Elk Valley and South Country Rural Fire & Rescue Deputy Chief Ben Goertzen. “Upon suppression of the fires the scene was handed off to the BC  Wildfire Service for monitoring.” 

In the Columbia Basin, there's no denying the presence of exceptional campsites and recreational trail networks, which are among the best in the province, if not the entire country. But what's the secret behind their upkeep and management? It's not by chance. The recreation crews formed through a partnership between Columbia Basin Trust and Recreation Sites and Trails BC are one of several such entities making a difference in the region.

Congrats! You’re considering working in the environmental sector, but don’t know where to start. The good news is that green jobs are on the rise; according to EcoCanada, environmental jobs are expected to increase by 8.1% between 2019 and 2029. But before committing yourself to 2-10 years of education, it’s important to understand the many different career paths within the environmental system.

At dawn’s first light, a rooster crows from high on a fence post at Brodey Bolen’s ranch, announcing the arrival of a new day and awakening the rural community of Jaffray, BC. Cows join in, their mooing reverberating across the calm pastures: a sound Bolen has heard all his life as a third-generation rancher.

(Columbia Basin) – Wildfires can sweep in at any moment. To make sure that they’re prepared, small, rural communities and First Nations around the Columbia Basin are taking steps like completing planning assessments related to wildfire resiliency, purchasing wildfire prevention and protection equipment and training their firefighters. Currently, 43 such projects are receiving support from Columbia Basin Trust.

(Columbia Basin) – In its aim to support people and communities in the Columbia Basin, Columbia Basin Trust is celebrating the release of its new Columbia Basin Management Plan 2024–2034. The overall focus is on health and resilience, with the intention for the plan to guide the Trust’s activities over the coming decade.

Generous residents and visitors of the Elk Valley donated over $3,500 in December to provide local food to community members in need. Wildsight Elk Valley’s “Feed the Need” fundraiser is now nearing its $5,000 goal, which would provide Local Store gift cards to 50 low-income households in the Elk Valley in 2024, enabling low-income families and individuals to purchase fresh, local food from the Local Store.

Start 2024 off on the right foot, tire, ski or snowshoe by joining the Elk Valley Streak! The goal is to get active outside for as many days in the month of January for a minimum of 30 minutes. Remember, while we all likely endeavour to participate all 31 days, life happens! If you miss a day or can only squeeze in 10 minutes, that’s okay. Get as many days in as works for you and be proud of your efforts.

Teck Resources Limited (Teck) has been awarded the 2023 Mine Reclamation Award – Coal Mine Category by the British Columbia Technical and Research Committee on Reclamation (TRCR) for its use of an innovative reclamation technique at the Coal Mountain mine site near Sparwood, B.C. which is in the care and maintenance phase.

Funding has been announced for rural communities and areas in the Columbia Basin—encompassing 5,429 homes—to create access to high-speed Internet. This new multi-year, $82-million project is being funded by the federal and provincial governments, the regional districts of Central Kootenay, Columbia Shuswap, Kootenay Boundary, East Kootenay and Columbia Basin Trust.