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.

Crawford Bay Transfer Station Closed

Crawford Bay Transfer Station Closed Indefinitely

Click here to view on the RDCK website

Nelson, BC: The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) Crawford Bay Transfer Station, located at 16798 Crawford Creek Road will be closed indefinitely. Recent weather events, and flooding of Preacher Creek have washed out portions of Crawford Creek Road, currently leaving the transfer station inaccessible.

Residents are being asked to take their waste and recycling to the Boswell Transfer station, currently open Wednesday and Saturday – 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, located at 12575 Hepher Road. More details on the Boswell Transfer Station can be found here. The RDCK will consider extending the hours of operation at the Boswell Transfer Station, pending demand and available resources. Details surrounding the re-opening of the Crawford Bay Transfer station will be posted on our website, here.

An evacuation order was issued for the Crawford Creek drainage area Saturday May 30 due to flooding and rescinded Monday June 1. However, despite residents being allowed back to their homes, the RDCK is still trying to assess the area for damage or any other issues due to flooding.

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, visit www.rdck.ca.


UPDATE, JUNE 1, 2020, 10AM:

Evacuation order rescinded for Crawford Creek, Duhamel Creek, and Salmo/Ymir. Please exercise extreme caution around rivers and creeks when returning home. For more info, visit www.rdck.ca/eocinfo

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June Mainstreet is Printing!

Deadline is May 27, 2020

Deadline for the June 2020 Mainstreet is Weds, May 27! Don’t miss it!

Also, please note that we now have a Donate button on the website – just look up, on the menu bar below the logo. If you click that button, it will take you to a page where you can show your support for Mainstreet by making a recurring monthly donation, or a one-time donation! Corporate/Business donations can qualify to be listed on the website with a link (via logo or image) to their own website and a grateful thanks for the help.

Every little bit helps, and the next month or two will help determine if Mainstreet can continue to print.

Please give if you can, and accept our understanding thanks for considering if you can’t. Pick up your copy of the Mainstreet at local stores on June 3/4 to read more about this campaign to support locally-owned, independent news.

Cell Tower in Riondel – Citizens Sound Alarm

submitted by Blanche Tanner and members of the Relocation Group

Telus has announced a plan to put a cell tower right in the middle of Riondel. There is a committed, passionate group of residents that have been busy informing the various levels of government, Tech resources and Telus.

This is a very hot topic right now, and all residents of the East Shore need to be aware of it, because Riondel is only one of many towers that could potentially dot the whole East Shore. Even though the site is being developed in Riondel as we speak, cell towers and the dangers of EMF radiation should be everyone’s concern.

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BC’s Restart Plan

BC’s Restart Plan lays out a series of steps that we will take together to protect people and ensure that our province can come back from COVID-19 stronger than before.

Last updated: May 6, 2020


As of May 1, 2020, more than 2,100 British Columbians have tested positive for COVID-19 and more than 100 people have died.

As the pandemic hit B.C., we asked British Columbians to do their part and they took action to stay home and help flatten the curve. With each day, the rate of growth in COVID-19 cases has steadily declined and more than 1,350 people have recovered. And we have the lowest mortality of any jurisdiction in North America with a population of more than five million.

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Virtual Focus on Health Workshop – April 27/2020

You are invited to participate in our April Virtual Focus on Health Workshop.  Please take a look at the following poster/notice and send it on to any others who might be interested.  On Monday morning, we will be delivering soup from our kitchen, so please sign up (by email or phone) for a quart of Barb Basaraba’s favorite recipe!  On Monday afternoon, we will send you an email with a message on the health benefits of helping others – such an important topic right now, and an excellent follow-up to the March workshop provided by our Selkirk College students. 

In preparation for Monday, please send your ONE BEST STRATEGY for coping during the COVID-19 restrictions to me at margaret.crossley@usask.ca, and I will summarize and circulate these to our email list on Monday along with Natasha’s message.  You might also consider sending the ONE BIGGEST CHALLENGE you have faced during the past month. We are looking forward to hearing from you and to meeting virtually next Monday for our April Focus on Health Virtual Workshop. 



by The Starbelly Jam Board and Management Team

On behalf of our Starbelly team, and in the context of recent world events, it is with a heavy heart we must announce Starbelly Jam will not be taking place this July and will be postponed to the summer of 2021, tentative dates July 16-18. We are making efforts at this time to retain a similar format and lineup of artists and children’s performers at next year’s show.

Current ticket holders will be contacted by email with our proposed options going forward. Thank you to our Starbelly fans, artists, volunteers, managers, vendors, suppliers, and other stakeholders for your understanding.

These are challenging times, but with love and support, we will get through this together.

NOTE: Other Kootenay events for 2020 have also been cancelled in recent days: Kootenay Pride cancelled the always-popular Pride Parade held on the Sunday of Labour Day weekend. That decision was joined by the Kaslo Jazz Etc Festival postponing its 29th annual event and Shambhala Music Festival, hosted near Salmo, hoisting up the white flag.

Osprey Ferry Maintenance


Kootenay Lake Ferry – Effective April 16th, 2020, the Kootenay Lake Ferry will be out of service for the 1:10 pm sailing out of Balfour, and the 2:00 pm sailing out of Kootenay Bay. This is a safety precaution due to COVID-19, to ensure the safety of crew and passengers.All other regular sailings on the winter schedule will remain in service.We appreciate your patience and understanding during these difficult times. At Western Pacific Marine, we strive to provide the best possible service to all travelers and are looking at keeping everyone safe.

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April (No Fool’s Joke) Mainstreet Digital Version

Click here to read the April edition of The East Shore Mainstreet – in digital format only for the first time ever! Due to Covid-19 and our choice to reduce exposure and stay at home, the paper is only available online for April 2020. We hope you take advantage of it (it’s free this month after all!) and read it cover to cover. There’s all sorts of good information from local health experts, some armchair theorizing, some good opinion pieces and so much more. This world will go on… we may just have to bend a bit. Thanks for your understanding and patience!