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Traditional Teachings

Arts, Heritage + Community, For Locals, Job + Opportunities Bulletin, News, Recreation / Attraction

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Round Table with MLA Anderson

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Lardeau Valley Museum is Open

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July LVMF Call for Vendors

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Building Community with Art and Music

Arts, Heritage + Community, Featured, For Locals, Job + Opportunities Bulletin, News, Recreation / Attraction

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Lardeau Field Tour

Environment + Forestry, For Locals, News

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Community Garage Sale

Arts, Heritage + Community, Featured, For Locals, Job + Opportunities Bulletin, News, Recreation / Attraction

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Saturday Special

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Strong Start Resumes In Meadow Creek

For Locals, Job + Opportunities Bulletin, News

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LINKS AGM

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LVCC AGM

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Swim Lessons

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S100 Course 2024

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Work, Play, Love: Reciprocal Community Work Party Revival

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LV Marketfest & Emergency Preparedness Schedule

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Mosquito Control Program Public Meeting

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Lardeau Valley Historical Society AGM

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Kids Camp Subsidy

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LVCC Freezer Meals & Meals on Wheels

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Jewett Future Student Information Session

Arts, Heritage + Community, For Locals, News

Are you interested in sending your child to Jewett as a new student in September? If so, come out to an information session on Tuesday April 30th at 2:30pm. You’ll learn about what a day of school at Jewett is like, meet Ms. Boomer and the principal Mr. Sherman. If you have any questions please e-mail Ms. Boomer at hannah.boomer@sd8.bc.ca
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LVCC Senior’s Appreciation Dinner

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LVCC All Candidates Meeting

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LVCC is Looking for New Board Members

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April 25th – Director’s Corner

For Locals, News, Political Updates

It is board week at the RDCK.Two items of interest to Area D, the long awaited elector assent process on a First Responder service for all of Area D outside of the fire service boundaries and Climate Action is back in front of the board after an additional year of consultations.The First Responder details, process for elector assent and the program outline, are described in the report on pages 228-245 here.We will have staff from Fire and Emergency Services at the Lardeau Valley Emergency fair on May 12th. The elector assent process will be via alternative approval process with ballots …
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Telus Notice of Removal

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Telus has posted on the payphone at the Meadow Creek Bakery Bar and Grill and at the Store at Cooper Creek that they will be removing the pay phones by June 6th.  Since last year KiN and LINKS have been collaborating on a project to bring emergency communication sites with VoIP phones and wi-fi hotspots to various locations in the Lardeau Valley.  They are already installed at the 3 community halls, and we have plans to install them at both the Meadow Creek Store and the Store at Cooper Creek.  Telus needs to hear from locals that the pay phones …
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Lardeau Valley Marketfest!

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Kids Mini Summer Camps

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JL Retreat Centre Work Party

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Johnson’s Landing Retreat Center Video

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LVCC Quilting Classes

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Freezer Meals on Wheels

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Lardeau Valley Marketfest!

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LVCC General Meeting

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Argenta Hall Maintenance Manager

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Argenta Hall Caretaker

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Join the LINKS board!

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Fill in the application form HERE
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Skills & Opportunity Gaps Survey

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Fill out the survey HERE!
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Skills and Opportunity Gaps Survey

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Fill out the survey HERE!
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Argenta Community Workshop Is Looking for Donations

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LINKS Community Generator Program

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Grid Stability Rebate Program

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Creation of First Responder Service – Board Report

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Argenta Library

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Permanent Fish Weir at Duncan Dam

Environment + Forestry, For Locals

This spring, BC Hydro will begin work to install a new permanent fish weir at Duncan Dam. The new permanent fish weir will be installed in the same location as the old weir to improve upstream migration of bull trout and avoid manual annual weir installation, which will be both safer and more efficient. This will be a permanent structure constructed using a concrete foundation and steel plates that will withstand the full discharge of the low-level outlet gate. We are aiming to complete construction during one season – from May 1 to August 1, 2023.This is an extension of …
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2022 Christmas Bird Count Report

Environment + Forestry, For Locals

It was a Wet and Windy Christmas Bird Count but not a Washout! Despite the wet weather and treacherous road conditions, 18 participants in Lardeau’s 26th Christmas Bird Count (CBC) on December 27th found 29 species, mostly by walking. An additional 8 species were seen during count week. The week leading up to count day was challenging for birds and humans; very cold temperatures were followed by at least 18” of new snow which closed the highway on Christmas Eve, which was then followed by rain on ice. A big thank you to the dedicated and enthusiastic team leaders, field …
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Transportation Options

For Locals, Information + Articles, Transportation

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 …
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Mosquito Updates from Director Watson – July 8th

Environment + Forestry, For Locals

Confirmed- they are BAD this year. No debating that fact. Several factors but first some of the solutions: • More crews are on their way to the Lardeau Valley to assist in the heavy water flows • Several large properties that are private have lots of standing water on them, tires, buckets, anything holding water still is prime breeding territory. PLEASE ensure you have no standing water anywhere and if you have neighbors that do, in the most respectful way, encourage them to dump it or at least have it aerated so it keeps it moving. • The program is …
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Clarifications about the RDCK Mosquito Program

Environment + Forestry, For Locals

From Director Watson Mosquito Hotline- PLEASE USE THIS NUMBER!(250) 352-1525 / 1-844-313-1913 Yes, its a high flow year. We have increased aerials to address earlier and more releases from Duncan Dam and the high river flows. Freshet is still coming down. The annual report for 2021 indicated there were no calls or concerns received which we know is not true given I do pay attention to Facebook and see them. If the right people who are managing the program do not hear about missing areas of concerns, issues with the application and other questions, then they do not get addressed. …
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Johnsons Landing Culinary Tool Library Updates

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Processing and preserving the abundance to come: The Culinary Tool Lending Library at the Johnsons Landing Hall is open Mondays from 11 am – noon. From canners (both pressure and regular water bath) and dehydrators to smokers and fermentation crocks to juicers and ice-cream makers, we’ve got it available. For a copy of the inventory, or to reserve any item, please email culinary_tools@mail.com.Bringing culinary tools to Argenta: For folks who live in Argenta and surrounding area, if you email CTLL item requests to culinary_tools@mail.com by tuesday 6pm, Karen will bring things to the Argenta Hall on Wednesday at noon.Regular sign-out period is one …
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Report from Birding Walk

Environment + Forestry, For Locals

Eight intrepid people showed up for LINKS’ “Morning of Birding” led byMarlene Johnston and Peter Jonker on Saturday the 21st through the Wasden property at the north end of Kootenay Lake. Although the weather was a bit cool, we spotted and listened to songs of 32 species. The Wasdenproperty ecosystem is characterized by a mix of wetland meadows borderedby willow and dogwood thickets and, in slightly elevated areas, coveredin towering old growth cottonwood. So, we encountered various waterfowland shorebirds as well as warblers, sparrows, vireos, thrushes,woodpecker-family species, grouse, members of the jay family, and more.We were hoping to hear and …
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Results for Lardeau’s 25th Christmas Bird Count (2021)

Environment + Forestry, For Locals

Lardeau’s 25th annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) on December 27th was a low key brutal day which broke a couple records; the coldest and the least number of species. Despite the day starting at -18C with a strong north wind, 26 loyal and enthusiastic participants from Meadow Creek, Cooper Creek, Argenta, Johnsons Landing, Lardeau and Shutty Bench braced the cold (or watched from the warm side of their window) to search for birds. Participants counted a mere 25 species with only 368 birds; wild turkeys being the highest species count at 75. The highlights include a flock of Red-winged blackbirds …
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Results for the RDCK Land Use Planning Survey

Environment + Forestry, For Locals, Political Updates

Results are in! Thank you to everyone who participated in RDCK’s Community Survey about Land Use Planning in  Electoral Area D This questionnaire was part of the Electoral Area D Community Land Use Planning Conversations, which will be used by the Regional District of Central Kootenay to better understand different community’s needs and their level of desire for land use planning. Find the survey results on our project website: https://www.rdck.ca/EN/main/services/community-planning.html Any next steps will be posted here as well.
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Emergency Preparedness Links from Area D Director, Aimee Watson

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How do I know if I am under an evacuation alert or order?https://www.rdck.ca/…/emergency…/emergency-alerts.htmlWhere do I find what evacuation alerts and orders are in place?https://www.rdck.ca/…/evacuation-order-and-alert-page.htmlWhat is an alert vs an order?https://www.rdck.ca/…/emergency…/emergency-response.htmlWildfire live dashboard:https://www2.gov.bc.ca/…/wildfire…/wildfire-situationWhat to have in your grab n go bag and how to plan for an evacuation:https://www.rdck.ca/…/emerg…/emergency-preparedness.htmlhttps://www.rdck.ca/…/Emergency%20preparedness%20…What to do with animals in an emergency:https://www2.gov.bc.ca/…/emergency…/livestock-relocationWho do I contact if I see a fire or flood?https://www.rdck.ca/…/emergency…/emergency-contacts.htmlWhat can families and households do to prepare?https://www.rdck.ca/…/household-family-preparedness.html
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Grizzly Bear Coexistence Solutions Tips for Coexisting with Bears

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Coexistence: n. Existence together or at the same time.It’s totally possible that we coexist with bears that live in the same habitat as we do. The main thing to keep them away from people and homes is to secure all attractants, manage garbage, and use properly installed and maintained electric fencing that is designed for bear deterrence. Properly installed and maintained electric fencing WORKS. Improperly installed and unmaintained fences DO NOT WORK. Fencing needs to be maintained at 7,000 volts with good grounding and multiple hot wires.We moved the free-range chicken killers out last week, and August 2nd morning a separate …
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Lardeau Valley Power Assessment Report

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Posted below is the full Lardeau Valley Power Assessment Report. Below the report, are the responses from BC Hydro and Fortis. To flip between pages, hover over the page and press the down or up arrow in the bottom left corner to move up or down.
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Emergency Response Resources 2021

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How do I know if I am under an evacuation alert or order? Emergency Alerts | Regional District of Central Kootenay (rdck.ca) Where do I find what evacuation Alerts and Orders are in place? Evacuation Order and Alert Page | Regional District of Central Kootenay (rdck.ca) What is an alert vs an order? Emergency Response1 | Regional District of Central Kootenay (rdck.ca) Wildfire live dashboard: Current Wildfire Activity – Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca) What to have in your grab n go bag and how to plan for an evacuation: Emergency preparedness – Grab-and-go kit.pdf (rdck.ca) Who supports me and …
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Lardeau Valley Community Development Final Report

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Wendy Booth, a consultant working in conjunction with the Columbia Basin Trust, has been connecting with residents of the Lardeau Valley over the course of the past year and from those discussions, Wendy has compiled the Lardeau Valley Community Development Report. Many residents may have met Wendy during one of her visits to the valley, others may have attended one of her virtual talks last month where she shared a draft of the report with Lardeau Valley residents. The final report is now available and the full report is included below.
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Lardeau Valley Power Feasibility Study

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A note from Aimee Watson, Area D Director: The Lardeau Valley Power Feasibility Study is complete. You can read it on page 136 of the Board agenda. Linked below. I have sent the report to BC Hydro, Fortis and Ministry Energy and Mines requesting response on what, if any, recommendations may be feasible to explore. Once we have those responses, I will coordinate a community conversation to determine next steps. Enjoy the read! https://rdck.ca/…/Documents/2021-04-15-BRD_Agenda-lr.pdf
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Mosquito Control Program Consultation

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CONSULTATION FOR A PEST MANAGEMENT PLAN Pest Management Plan Number RDCK-PMP-2021/2026 The RDCK is renewing a Pest Management Plan and will submit the plan for approval under the Integrated Pest Management Act. This Plan will describe a Mosquito Control Program using Integrated Pest Management, including the use of insecticides. Purpose:  Mosquito Control for the purpose of nuisance control. Application Method:  Treatment of mosquito larva development sites by hand and aerial application.  Location:    The areas to be included in this Pest Management Plan application are limited to public and private lands within the following existing program areas: – The floodplain area …
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Emergency Coordination contact number provided by Aimee Watson, June 2020

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Emergency Coordination Center/Flood and Debris Line: 1800-663-3456 If you are concerned about a creek/river flooding or a landslide/debris flow- call! This is a provincial hotline that triggers all necessary actions to investigate and if needed, act.
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North Kootenay Lake Water Monitoring Project

Environment + Forestry, For Locals, Information + Articles

The flow monitoring portion the North Kootenay Lake Water Monitoring Project (NKLWMP) monitors 7 small to medium sized creeks located around the north end of Kootenay Lake. The stations on Davis, Bjerkness, Carlyle, Ben Hur and MacDonald creeks were originally installed by the Kaslo and District Community Forest. They were then taken over by the Area D Water Monitoring Committee and then by NKLWMP in May 2016. In 2016 and 2017 NKLWMP completed the current network by installing stations on Gar and Kootenay Joe creeks both located near Argenta. By monitoring these smaller watersheds, we are building an in depth …
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Update from Aimee Watson, on power instability in the LV, attached minutes and BC Hydro’s response. Jan 9th, 2020

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Dear LV Residents, I started a conversation in the summer with various residents regarding the power instability in the LV- please see that attached minutes and BC Hydro’s initial response to our questions. Obviously, as you have all experienced, the issues are not resolved and we need to continue the discussion. I will be coordinating another meeting for community members to explore the options highlighted from the first meeting, most notably community survey and assessing options to improve services from lobbying to potential for off grid supports.  I will post to LINKS and Facebook when we have set a date. …
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Lardeau Valley Power Stability- minutes from Aug. 2019 meeting. Updated Oct. 29th

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Lardeau Valley Power Stability Community meeting- August 2019 Purpose: to hear residents concerns regarding utility grid vulnerability Opening remarks: –       Unreliable power in north Kootenay Lake Valley and very long power outages: affects local industry & economic activity.  Telephone service is lost after as little as 12 hours.  Water service and refrigeration is lost. Elderly residents placed at risk. Many forced to use backup generators; there is a safety risk if they are not properly isolated from the Hydro meter. This is due to the community being on a dead-end line with no redundant power source.  It is compounded by the long delay time …
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