Picture of the First Meadow Creek Store

Roy Collier and his daughter Merle out front of Larry Greenlaw’s Meadow Creek Store after he closed his Howser Store. This is the original store at Meadow Creek before it was renovated later on.

Thanks to Merle Collier Dyck.

Update on Police Incident – November 18th, 2022

Post copied from Kootenay Scoop Facebook Page

Meadow Creek BC Man charged with a number of Criminal Code Offences after RCMP, Kaslo Fire Department, Ministry of Environment HAZMAT recovery crew & Kaslo Leadership required at local incident

RCMP RELEASE KASLO BC – In the early morning hours of November 18th, 2022. Members of the Kaslo RCMP detachment were dispatched to a report of Mischief in the Community of Kaslo. A local couple reported observing a figure on a surveillance camera pouring a substance from a jerry can into vehicles parked in their driveway. The suspect appeared to be wearing a respirator and HAZMAT suit in the surveillance footage.

Evidence at scene led officers to other evidence in a nearby field and wooded area. Further investigation and evidence revealed the strong likelihood the suspect had combined two precursor chemicals on scene that when combined created a dangerous and hazardous gas.

The investigation rapidly expanded. A suspect was identified and further surveillance footage of a male purchasing the precursor chemicals at a store in a nearby community were obtained. This male is also on conditions to not have contact with the victims after being convicted for assaulting one of them earlier this year.

Kaslo RCMP formed a partnership with Kaslo Community Leadership, Kaslo Fire department, Ministry of Environment and a Contracted Chemist. After consultation, a plan was formulated to mitigate the immediate risk to the public by removing the vehicles involved from the community to a safe location to be dealt with by a properly trained HAZMAT recovery Team.

Kaslo RCMP officers continued the Criminal Code investigation by obtaining Search Warrants for a Residence, Outbuildings and a Vehicle that they believed would afford further evidence of the offences.

A plan was formulated to safely take the suspect into custody. On November 21, 2022 at approximately 5:00 p.m. Members of the South East District (SED) Emergency Response Team (ERT) and The SED Containment Team executed the warrants at a Property in Meadow Creek, B.C. The suspect attempted to flee and after deploying a spike belt to disable his vehicle his attempts continued on foot for another 3 hours.

The suspect was taken into custody without further incident and transported to Nelson, B.C. for further processing.

A search of his residence led to further offence related property listed in the Search Warrant. Officers also seized several weapons including a loaded semi auto hand gun and a loaded rifle.

Benjamin John VELT of Meadow Creek, B.C has been charged with a number of Criminal Code Offences

VELT is scheduled to next appear in Provincial Court on November 29, 2022

Harland Venema (Corporal)

NCO i/c Kaslo Detachment RCMP

Transportation Options

Transportation Options:

There is a BC transit bus that runs Thursday from Meadow Creek, Cooper Creek and Argenta to Kaslo, with a connection to Nelson.  Click the link for schedule.  Fares are $2 from up the lake to Kaslo, and $3.50 more from Kaslo to Nelson, pay the bus driver at boarding.  That is definitely cheaper than gas!   

Helping hands trust is a wonderful, discrete option for adults needing support to get to medical appointments or treatment.  

For trips further afield, Mountain Man Mike’s biodiesel bus picks up in Kaslo and has routes to Vancouver and Calgary.  

While there is a local Facebook rideshare page, for those who are not on Facebook or are looking for something a bit more user friendly, the Kootenay Rideshare platform is free to use for drivers and riders (riders can contribute to gas with a donation). You can view ratings other people have left from past rides before deciding who to travel with and chat with potential drivers/riders about details.  We briefly had a local rideshare for the Lardeau Valley in 2018.  I am curious about the interest in the broader community about setting it up again so there would be a local Kootenay Rideshare page focusing on local rides – within the Lardeau Valley and to surrounding areas.  The main Kootenay Rideshare page leans towards longer distance travel, but the platform would work more locally if there was enough interest.  Please email me your thoughts at links@lardeauvalley.ca

Director’s Report – November 2022

If you are seeking information, or would like to connect with me, please always email me at awatson@rdck.bc.ca

A Directors report on our RDCK board agenda is linked below. I will list a few other items of interest for this months agenda with item and page number.

This board meeting is also our inauguration board meeting for the 2022-2028 local government term, and, when the board elects the Chair and Vice Chair position. I have been the Chair for the past 4 years and will be seeking re-election.

Items of interest in the agenda:

Area D Advisory Planning and Heritage Commission minutes

Item 10.1.8 pg 70-73

Columbia Basin Trust Appointment

I have been the appointee from the RDCK to the CBT and will seek re-election

Item 10.4.2 pg 123-127

Director Reports

This is where we post our Director reports including any committees/boards we are appointed to by the RDCK. I am currently on the following external agencies:

Columbia River Treaty Local Government Committee (CRT-LGC)

Columbia Basin Trust (CBT)

Kootenay Cannabis Council

This months report touches on community planning needs, neighborhood concerns, some forestry.

Item 10.5.2

Directors report pgs 139-143

CBT highlights pgs 162

CRT-LGC pgs 163-339

CRT negotiation update pgs 340-341

Youth Parliament Opportunity

An opportunity to support youth to attend a parliament session in Victoria. If there are youth in Area D interested, please reach out and I would be happy to sponsor through a non profit entity.

Item 11.1 pgs 345-349

TO see the full agenda: https://www.rdck.ca/assets/Government/Documents/2022-11-17-BRD_Agenda.pdf?fbclid=IwAR348qU2SCydEfNhR9sGJD2pPAM_IfGEFr8-mMgJ9QdR8IUNpnYpmo63YEA

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