About ingrid

Ingrid has been the owner and editor of The East Shore Mainstreet newspaper since 2002. She lives and works out of her home in Gray Creek alongside her husband Juergen and children Zoe and Luka.

Bringing Local History to Life!

The Boswell Historical Society Presents:


Strategies to discover, document, and share the formative stories of our community

Presenter:  Tammy Bradford, Creston Museum’s manager, curator, archivist and historian

Saturday, May 25

Boswell Memorial Hall

Join us for coffee and muffins at 9:30 a.m., Tammy’s presentation at 10:00, followed by lunch at 12:00.  Attendance by donation.

Supported by the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance

PARKS & REC MASTER PLAN – Open House May 14 in Riondel


Notice of public open houses

Parks & Recreation Master Plan for Creston and Areas A, B, C

View on the RDCK website: https://rdck.ca/EN/meta/news/news-archives/2019-news-archive/notice-of-public-open-houses-parks-recreation-master-plan-for-creston-and-areas-a-b-c.html

Creston, BC:  The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) is developing a Parks and Recreation Master Plan that encompasses the Town of Creston and the Electoral Areas A, B, and C.  The Master Plan will guide the RDCK’s provision of parks and recreation opportunities and services to meet the needs of residents over the next 25 years.

Last summer, the public and stakeholders were invited to provide their input as part of a consultation process. A draft of the Master Plan has been developed and will be ready for review.  Two open houses will be held during which key elements of the Parks and Recreation Master Plan will be displayed. A feedback form will be available for attendees to provide comment.

The draft Master Plan will be posted on the RDCK website following the open houses to allow the public and groups to review and provide feedback on the draft document.

Open House 1

Place:        Riondel Community Centre (Seniors Room)

Date:         Tuesday May 14th

Time:         7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Format:    Drop in, come and go

Open House 2

Place:        Creston & District Community Complex (Erickson Room)

Date:         Wednesday May 15th

Time:         7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Format:    Drop in, come and go

“The draft Master Plan is the product of community consultation and research, and it’s important for the public to know how their feedback has guided the process so far,” said Tanya Wall, Director of RDCK Electoral Area B and Chair of the Creston valley Services Committee. “I encourage community members to attend one of the open houses and review components of the plan.”

For more information, visit https://rdck.ca/EN/main/services/rdck-recreation-master-plans.html.

Incorporated in 1965, the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) is a local government that serves 60,000 residents in 11 electoral areas and nine member municipalities. The RDCK provides more than 160 services, including community facilities, fire protection and emergency services, grants, planning and land use, regional parks, resource recovery and handling, transit, water services and much more. For more information about the RDCK, visitwww.rdck.ca.

Ground Squirrel Control Statement by Hall Board

Public Statement: Regarding Columbian Ground Squirrels, aka ‘gophers’, at the Crawford Bay Community Park.

After more than a decade of attempts to control the ever-increasing gopher population in our park, the Crawford Bay & District Hall & Park Association chose to take a new approach this spring. Previous efforts included trapping, asphyxia, drowning, and shooting which we could not legally do because of Crawford Bay’s official, designated ‘No Shooting’ area.

Over the past few years there have been more and more issues arising from the gophers’ expanding population. There are now a dangerously large number of holes and that has become a liability concern for the Park. These holes can cause twisted ankles, and possibly worse, to humans, domestic animals, and wild animals. Gopher holes also pose a potential threat to the Park board’s ability to maintain liability insurance for public events held at our park.

On occasion the potential danger has also precluded new activities, such as the formation of a women’s softball team, from being successful.

The gophers now have extensive tunnels UNDER the pavilion, kitchen, Community Corner, outhouse and the tennis courts, where there are 31 gopher tunnels alone! If this situation is not remedied the gophers will continue to cause massive damage to the structural integrity of this public space and this could affect local taxpayers.

To add to our challenge, the gopher colony continues to expand their territory. Now they are causing damage to the park’s neighbours including: Kokanee Chalets, the Medical Clinic, the Credit Union, Sunny Woods Garden Centre, Crawford Creek RV Park as well as several adjoining private properties.

Our goal was not to eradicate the gopher population but to reduce it to a level where other solutions such as live trapping, might be practical and effective. We chose to work with Cranbrook Pest Control, who are government-certified, professionally trained, insured and bonded. We asked many questions of them about our concerns with kids, pets, and our local wildlife prior to hiring them. We were informed that they would use Rozol RTU, putting it deep below ground into the holes. We were also told this would not affect preditors and that the ground squirrels would die underground.

We were NOT told that the pale green, rice-sized grains of poison would be found above ground. After the application of Rozol RTU on Monday, April 27th, some community members shared information that we had brought in Cranbrook Pest Control to help us. As soon as we heard their concerns we immediately put up warning signs around the park and cancelled the planned second visit from Cranbrook Pest Control.

On Friday May 3rd, we were contacted by our local area Conservation Officer, C. Haslehurst. The discussion was very informative and the board was assured that what we did to control the gopher population WAS legal. He also also confirmed that there are only two legal ways to reduce the population – poison administered by a licensed and provincially registered company or trapping by hiring a licensed trapper.

Our initiative did not work out the way we expected. Unfortunately, likely due to the extraordinary number of gophers in our park, a small number of gophers made their way out of the tunnels before dying. As soon as we became aware of this board members and community volunteers began walking around the park numerous times each day to check for dead gophers above ground. These patrols will be on-going for some time.

We would like to thank those generous community members and volunteers for taking the time and initiative to help us over the past week or so and who have communicated their concerns and ideas. We are all in this together and your caring is so appreciated.

We are actively investigating trapping options and others suggestions by local residents. However the the optimum time for doing this, which is before the females have their young, will soon have passed and it might be that we can’t initiate any other controls until the spring of 2020.

Of course anything that we do in the park will ONLY be effective if our neighbours – landowners adjoining the park – choose to work with us and we have already begun contacting them about this.

At present the Crawford Bay & District Hall & Park Association has only seven directors. We have responsibility to manage the eight-acre park, our community hall and the eight acres surrounding it, as well as the Kootenay Bay Boat Launch. This is too much for so few volunteers to take on. The best way for community members to have input into the management of these facilities is to become involved by participating in park work days, volunteering to actively help with park upkeep, boat launch maintenance and hall renovations as well as attending Annual General Meetings and standing for election to the board. We welcome new volunteer board members at any time of the year.

Board of Directors – Crawford Bay & District Hall & Park Association Box 71, Crawford Bay, BC, V0B 1E0 info@cbhall.ca

Positive Role-Modelling: Supporting Youth on Their Path to Adulthood

Crawford Bay CBESS May 10, 2019
with David Hatfield, M.Ed., M.A. (C)

For: Parents, educators, youth workers, care givers, and people working with youth. Research shows that young people are more likely to exhibit positive, responsible behaviour when they have parents and other adults in their lives who model positive, responsible behaviour.

Role models show young people how to live with integrity, optimism, hope, determination, and compassion. They play an essential part in a child’s positive development. As parents we worry about young people’s attraction to risk and intensity however this can be seen as a natural adolescent desire for wider experiences and a construction of a young adult identity. We can assist our youth and children in the important search for their unique gifts and purpose. There are many ways to be a positive role model for our young people and as a community we can work together to cocreate this kind of leadership.

This presentation and discussion is suitable for any person who has involvement with children and youth. Let’s work together to help positively support the next generation of adults.

David Hatfield is an educational facilitator and leadership consultant focusing on rites of passage, conflict, and masculinity. He has designed and led contemporary rites of passage programming since 2000 in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Spain and the USA.

David holds an M.Ed. in social ecology and an M.A. in process oriented facilitation and conflict studies. www.davidhatfield.ca

WHEN: May 10/ 2019 at 7pm

AT: Crawford Bay Elementary and Secondary School performance spaces- Crawford Bay

FEES: $5-$10 suggested donation

Childcare available: Please phone Lisa 250-777-2855 to book childcare

Event Generously Sponsored by NDCU and Dancing Bear Inn

Prescribed Burn Scheduled for Crawford Creek Area (and amended ferry schedule – wrong schedule in May Mainstreet)

May 1, 2019 – Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development – BC Wildfire Service


CASTLEGAR – The BC Wildfire Service plans to conduct a 12-hectare prescribed burn in the Crawford Creek area as early as Thursday, May 2, 2019, to help reduce wildfire threats and prepare the area for replanting.

The burn site is about 10 kilometres east of Crawford Bay, and smoke may be visible from Crawford Bay, Queens Bay, Balfour, Ainsworth and surrounding communities. Smoke may also be visible to motorists travelling along Highway 3A and Highway 31.

The exact timing of this burn will depend on weather and site conditions. Trained BC Wildfire Service personnel will monitor this fire at all times.

Key goals of this prescribed burn include:

* reducing accumulations of dead and combustible material;

* delaying the growth of competing vegetation; and

* decreasing the risk of future catastrophic wildfires in the area.

Burning will proceed only if conditions are suitable and allow for low- to moderate-intensity fire. All prescribed burns must comply with the Environmental Management Act and the Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation. This will help to minimize the amount of smoke generated.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.

For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air-quality advisories, visit: http://www.bcwildfire.ca

Follow the latest wildfire news:

* on Twitter: http://twitter.com/BCGovFireInfo

* on Facebook: http://facebook.com/BCForestFireInfo

Learn More:

A fact sheet about prescribed burns and ecosystem restoration burns is available online: http://ow.ly/E8Ue30br7OY

Contact: Ashley Davidoff, Information Officer – BC Wildfire Service, Southeast Fire Centre: 250 365-4014

Amended Ferry Schedule

ALSO: Please note that the ferry schedule printed in the May Mainstreet is not accurate. The schedule printed is the winter times schedule. All departure times should read as one hour earlier. The correct schedule is here:

New electric vessel coming to world’s longest scenic free ferry route in BC

Kenneth Chan Apr 29, 2019 6:40 pm – Daily Hive

A ferry route operating in a freshwater lake deep in the Interior of British Columbia is getting a complete overhaul.

The federal and provincial governments announced today a joint $55-million investment to provide the Kootenay Lake ferry service with a new larger electric-ready vessel with the capability to handle up to 60 vehicles. It will be used in tandem with the larger MV Osprey 2000 to significantly lower wait times during the peak travel seasons.

The use of a new electric-ready vessel aligns with the provincial government’s CleanBC plan of electrifying the inland ferry fleet by 2040. This new vessel will replace the existing MV Balfour beginning in 2022.

Additionally, the investment will also go towards major upgrades to the route’s Balfour and Kootenway Bay terminals, such as new washrooms, sheltered waiting areas, public parking spaces, and better terminal access for drivers along both Highway 31 and Highway 3A.

Kootenay Lake ferry terminal

Artistic rendering of the upgraded Kootenay Lake ferry terminal. (Government of BC)

The federal government is providing $17.2 million in funding, while the provincial government is contributing $37.5 million.

Separate from BC Ferries, the Kootenay Lake ferry route is operated by the BC Ministry of Transportation and is a free service without any fares or tolls.

According to the Kootenay Lake Chamber of Commerce, it is the world’s longest scenic free ferry crossing.

Kootenay Lake, one of the largest lakes in BC, located near the town of Nelson, is a popular summertime tourist destination.

Gopher Population Control at Crawford Bay Park – A Closer Look

Many will have seen a video on Facebook today of a gopher hemorrhaging and dying in spasms above ground at the Crawford Bay Park. Mainstreet very recently wrote and published an article (coming up in the May paper) after hearing about the application of Rozol RTU to suppress the gopher population at the park, but only spoke to the pest control operator, and didn’t get a thorough investigation of the poison and its ramifications done in time for print.

Con Murphy from Cranbrook Pest Control spoke to Mainstreet about the safety of the chemicals, how they break down and are not dangerous to secondary and non-target animals, how the target animals die after “going to sleep” below ground and it is the most humane way to deal with them.

Photo of dying gopher (also known as ground squirrel) by Lea Belcourt. Belcourt was alerted to the situation by two birds of prey (raven and vulture) being attracted to the dying animal.

The video posted by Lea Belcourt from this morning (April 29, 2019) seems to show otherwise. As the gopher was dying, there were, reportedly, two birds of prey waiting and watching. Can anyone say with certainty that they would not have been impacted by the ingested poisons?

What are your thoughts about this? What other methods might have been better used? How do you feel about the inherent damage caused by these animals to infrastructure and green space versus eliminating or decreasing their population through such means?

In a phone interview with Mainstreet, John Edwards of the Hall and Parks board expressed great concern about the situation and said that the board is in conversation as how to deal with the fact that these animals are dying above ground and the ramifications of the poisoning. He said that they have been removing some of these chemical pellets from surface level (where the animals have likely pulled it up with them when they emerged from their tunnels) as well as removing carcasses as they appeared. He stated that they intend to put signage up around the impacted area to inform the public of the risks. The hall and parks board will likely issue a public statement soon.

BLADERUNNERS – Potential Free Training Program For East Shore Youth

East Shore youth ages 15 to 30 years are invited to an Information Meeting on Tuesday, April 23 at 3 pm in the library at Crawford Bay School with Ktunaxa youth worker Selby Aquila.

Bladerunners is a fully funded program that works to meet the interests of local youth.  If you could be trained next summer with job skills- what would you be interested in? 

We would like to get input and feedback and explore possible opportunities with the Bladerunner program.  Some Eligibility Requirements apply. 

Don’t miss out on this opportunity!

More info: Laverne Booth: 250-551-6020 

Open Call to Artists

  • The celebration has a theme base but, the call to artists is AN OPEN THEME.
  • Submission deadline: July 15th, 2019

Exhibit date: September 26th to 28th, 2019

Juried Exhibition/Auction Open to all artists of Creston Valley and surrounding areas

Qualifying exhibition for    “Phantom of the Gallery Art Auction”

Guidelines Specific to this Exhibit:

Jurors: Donna Baspaly SFCA, Terry Isaac and Angela Fehr. Images will be reviewed independently online by each juror. Successful images are considered by the panel as a group for acceptance to the art auction. All artists will receive emailed notifications of their results. Artists may not submit artwork to the auction that has not been juried into the exhibit.


Media: Acrylic, graphite, ink, mixed media, oil, pastel, pen, pencil, water media. All artwork must be 2D for this call to artists and signed.

Excluded Media: Photography, digital photography, digital prints, digital art, posters, pyrography, giclee and mechanical reproductions. Watch for additonal calls/invitational offers for these medias.

Substrates: Paper, illustration board, rising museum board, canvas are all accepted supports. All paper substrates must be framed or mounted for display – loose sheets of paper will not be accepted. Work must be either framed or finished to an archival standard and mounted to a gallery wrapped canvas or cradled wood panel. Any artwork not protected by glass or plexiglass must be finished to an archival standard. All works must be ready to hang with coated wire.

Size: All artwork must not be any larger than 96” tall by 48” wide. All styles and subject matter are welcome.

Delivery: Costs of shipping/delivering of artwork to and from the exhibit are the responsibility of the artist.

Pricing: All submitted artworks must be available for sale at the “Phantom of the Gallery” auction. C.V.A.C. has undertaken the promotion and advertising for the venue and will charge a 30% commission of the sale price. Artist will be able to discuss and agree to a reserve price after jurying and prior to submission of their work for auction.

Insurance: C.V.A.C. does not provide insurance for artwork. Artists are responsible for arranging their own insurance during transit and the exhibit/auction.

Auction Parameters: Work that fails to reach the minimum price set by the artist and jury committee will not be auctioned without the express consent of the artist. Pre-bids will be accepted in person, by phone or email until noon September 27th. At time of printing we are in consultation regarding an on-line bidding system. Watch our website/Facebook for further details.

Entry: Submission is open. Submissions are accepted by email only at:    phantomartshow@gmail.com   Submission forms are available on the Council’s website.

Submissions should be low resolution no larger than 16mb in jpg format. Submission of an entry to this exhibit automatically constitutes the entrants acceptance of the guidelines and rules outlined. The jurors’ decisions are final and submission marks your acceptance of their decision. Artists cannot change details on their submissions after the deadline for the entries has passed. Artists are responsible for ensuring that the information, at the time of submission, is correct.

Event Schedule

February 1, 2019: Submissions open

July 15, 2019: Deadline for submissions

September 13, 2019: Deadline for delivery of works to CVA

September 26 and 27, 2019: Open viewing from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

September 28, 2019:

“Phantom of the Gallery” Celebration 5:00pm, Art Auction 7:00pm

Location:  Casey’s Community House – upper floor. 1136 Canyon Street, Creston, BC

Contact Information:   phantomartshow@ gmail.com

Sharon Svanda – Committee Chair – 1.780.518.5502

Alison Szpak – Co-chair/Finance – 250.428.2120

Brenda Brucker – Communications/Funding

Margaux Allard – Graphic Design

Carole Francis – Promotion/Advertising

About C.V.A.C: The Creston Valley Arts Council (CV.A.C.) is an non-profit organization that is committed to supporting, enabling and promoting arts and culture within the Creston Valley and surrounding areas. The “Phantom of the Gallery” Exhibit and Art Auction will provide a unique experience for artists and buyers alike and provide a much needed platform for the artists of our region.