Mountain Man Mikes Bus Service riders guide, May 28th 2020

Effective immediately Mountain Man Mikes has re launched booking for Highway 3 Nelson to Calgary bus run. The first run will be on July 2nd 2020 and will run on a weekly basis. We have moved the Calgary run to allow continued service between the East and West runs. This link in service will allow access between many large cities including Vancouver, Osoyoos, Nelson, Creston, Cranbrook, Lethbridge and Calgary. We also service many smaller towns along this run.

We have also brought back mid week runs to Vancouver, this means we will now offer 2 busses a week between nelson and Vancouver. The first Mid week Vancouver run will open Wednesday June 10th

To purchase tickets visit 
https://mountainmanmikes.ca , 
email julia@mountainmanmikes.ca ,
or call (778) 382- 7729.

Free FireSmart home assessments, schedule yours! May 2020

The RDCK’s FireSmart season is open!
Schedule your FREE FireSmart home assessment today by visiting 
www.rdck.ca/FireSmart

A Wildfire Mitigation Specialist will come to your home, and make a detailed report including specific mitigation actions to help protect your home from wildfire. During the assessment, they will discuss wildfire behavior dynamics and the ways a wildfire could affect your home. Our six Wildfire Mitigation Specialists are specially trained to recognize wildfire risks to your home and property.

Note for COVID-19: Assessments are done entirely outside, around the perimeter of the homes. 

For more information call 250-352-1539 or email firesmart@rdck.bc.ca

Kaslo Front Street Market grocery store, new hours, May 31st 2020

We are happy to announce the return to our normal store hours effective Sunday, May 31st.

New Store Hours, effective Sunday, May 31st.
Sunday 10am – 6pm
Monday – Saturday 9am – 7pm

Please note as a result of our new store hours, we will no longer be offering a designated shopping hour for seniors and those with immune compromised systems.  
We do encourage our seniors and those with immune compromised systems to take advantage of the new store hours to shop early (or late) as these are generally the times when there are fewer customers in the store.

Thank You

Changes coming to our recycling programs, 2020

MEDIA RELEASE – RDCK RECYCLING DEPOTS TO JOIN RECYCLE BC PROGRAM – New program will expand recycling options for residents

Nelson, BC: The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) is excited to announce a new partnership with RecycleBC (RBC). A non-profit organization, RBC’s mandate is to collect and recycle residential printed paper and packaging (PPP) in British Columbia in accordance with a government-approved stewardship plan. Over 98% of BC households receive RBC recycling service. Several communities in the RDCK already operate curbside recycling programs through RBC, adding depots to the service will improve compatibility and consistency for users. For residents of the RDCK this will mean new recycling containers at depots and a wider variety of accepted materials including plastic bags and Styrofoam. 

“Recycling services are important to RDCK residents,” said RDCK Chair, Aimee Watson. “The new depot program will bring a lot of changes to the depots we operate and ultimately a lot of benefits for users. Our recycling depots will receive improved staff supervision, accept a greater range of materials and be consistent with other programs in the district and around the province.” 

Unfortunately, because of RBC’s strict regulations, five depots in the RDCK’s East Resource Recovery Sub Region will not join the new program. The depots at Gray Creek, Wynndel, West Creston, the Lower Kootenay Band Office and Kitchener will close at the end of June. The current RDCK depot recycling program utilizing bins to collect mixed recycling allowed small sites such as these to be operated effectively; however, new collection equipment, security and staffing requirements will make maintaining these sites incompatible with the RBC service. 

Follow the link to read more on the RDCK website: http://ow.ly/BZrZ50zPuOs

Mountain Man Mike’s needs public support of new run to Kelowna.

Proposed Kelowna bus 

Mountain Man Mike’s, an intercity bus provider servicing Vancouver to Calgary has recently applied for an amendment of our license. Our goal is to gain the right to service Highway 97 connecting Kelowna to Osoyoos. Mountain Man Mike’s plan is to link this new proposed route to our other 2 approved runs to create a twice weekly service between major cities including Vancouver, Kelowna, Nelson, Cranbrook, Lethbridge and Calgary. We will also be servicing a long list of smaller communities along the run, 34 to be exact. We will also be expanding the list of airports we service over the next 3 months.
We are currently in need of the public’s help to prove a public need for this service. The best way a member of the public can help the bus service is to write a Public Service Indicator. These indicators must be received before June 1st 2020. Please find requirements of letters below.

All letters must include:
– why, when and how often the writer needs
the inter-city bus service or route along the
corridor you want to serve.
-whether the writer uses any other inter-city
bus services now
-why the writer would use the proposed
service rather than one that is currently operating.
-the writer’s name, signature, and contact information
Email letters to julia@mountainmanmikes.ca
Deadline June 1st 2020
Letters missing name, signature, and contact information are not admissible. 
Kind regards, 

Michael Hathaway
Mountain Man Mike’s

NOTE: letter or e-mail may be treated as a public document as part of the Passenger Transportation Board’s licence

Kaslo Food Hub, Nutrition coupons available!

Farmer’s Market Nutrition Coupon Program Applications Available
The Kaslo Food Hub is able to offer weekly coupons to the farmer’s market. These coupons are intended to assist people with accessing nutritious food and our target recipients are:pregnant womenfamilies with children under 19 in the homeseniorsanyone financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are able to offer $21 in coupons per week over the 16-week farmer’s market season. Please note that they are accepted at the Kaslo market but not the Meadow Creek market. For anyone who would like to participate, please fill out the attached form and email it back to Patrick Steiner at patricksteiner@nklcss.org, or drop it off at the Food Hub, or in the mailbox at the NKLCSS office. Forms can also be mailed to Kaslo Food Hub, Attn: Patrick Steiner, Box 546, Kaslo, BC, V0G 1M0.
If you don’t have a way to print out the form, or send it back electronically, a hard copy can be picked up at the Food Hub at the following times:
Mondays 2pm-5pmTuesdays 10am-1pmThursdays 5pm-7pmThe Kaslo Saturday Market will be running this year, but in a modified format.
Food vendors will be there, we just won’t be allowed to have artisans or musicians. But, luckily this means that people will have a good selection of local farmers to purchase food from. We even have some new farmers and food vendors coming to the market this year.
The market starts on June 13th. Please click on the link below to fill out and return the application found on our website asap to ensure a spot. Spaces are limited, so when applicants fill out an enrollment form Patrick will contact them afterwards to confirm that they are in
https://nklcss.org/home/article/farmers-market-nutrition-coupon-program-applications-now-available
North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society
336 B Avenue,
Box 546Kaslo, BC, Canada
V0G 1M0
250-353-7691
office@nklcss.org
www.nklcss.org