Bill Metcalfe

Nelson-Creston provincial Green Party candidate Nicole Charlwood (left) with party leader Sonia Furstenau at a party event at the Taghum Hall on Jan. 28. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Green Party leader launches Nelson-Creston candidate at local event

Sonia Furstenau travelled to Nelson to officially announce candidacy of Nicole Charlwood

Nelson-Creston provincial Green Party candidate Nicole Charlwood (left) with party leader Sonia Furstenau at a party event at the Taghum Hall on Jan. 28. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
This truck, parked at the foot of Giveout Creek Road on the Jan. 21 weekend, contained unopened mail that the RCMP says was stolen. Photo: Julie-Ann Chapman

RCMP investigating after stolen Slocan Park mail found in parked truck

Police are also investigating a break-in at Ymir post office

This truck, parked at the foot of Giveout Creek Road on the Jan. 21 weekend, contained unopened mail that the RCMP says was stolen. Photo: Julie-Ann Chapman
Lemon Creek entering the Slocan River from the left. Photo: Lucas Jmieff

Lemon Creek class action lawsuit can proceed, says appeal court

Trial could happen within a year, lawyer says

Lemon Creek entering the Slocan River from the left. Photo: Lucas Jmieff
Designer David Dobie with his upcoming exhibit, Shifting Design, that runs at the Capitol Theatre until Jan. 10. There will be an opening gala and artist talk on Jan. 7. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson designer David Dobie presents unique exhibit at Capitol Theatre

Installation entitled Shifting Design runs at the Capitol Theatre Jan. 3 to 10

Designer David Dobie with his upcoming exhibit, Shifting Design, that runs at the Capitol Theatre until Jan. 10. There will be an opening gala and artist talk on Jan. 7. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Paul Prappas and Carolee Colter: “Birding is an activity that we build our life around.” Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson birders walk the lakeshore for Christmas bird count

The annual event has continued across North America for more than a century.

Paul Prappas and Carolee Colter: “Birding is an activity that we build our life around.” Photo: Bill Metcalfe
The Mobil station on Lakeside Drive in Nelson, along with other gas stations in the province, has some of the highest gas prices in the province. The station’s owner says the prices are set by his company’s head office, not by him. Photo: Tyler Harper

Gas prices in Nelson are ‘a license to print money’ expert says

The city’s prices are some of the highest in B.C.

The Mobil station on Lakeside Drive in Nelson, along with other gas stations in the province, has some of the highest gas prices in the province. The station’s owner says the prices are set by his company’s head office, not by him. Photo: Tyler Harper
Susan Faye took this photo of a mother bear with cubs in her yard in Uphill in Nelson on Sept. 7.

Bear Smart status helps, but two West Kootenay communities still struggled last summer

Nelson council will decide in the new year whether to join the provincial program

Susan Faye took this photo of a mother bear with cubs in her yard in Uphill in Nelson on Sept. 7.
Dr. Marian Berry, back in Nelson after attending a week at the COP27 U.N. climate summit in Egypt in November. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

‘It was transformative’: Nelson residents reflect on attending COP27

Gideon Berry and mother Marian Berry spent a week at the U.N. climate summit in November

Dr. Marian Berry, back in Nelson after attending a week at the COP27 U.N. climate summit in Egypt in November. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Nelson police chief Donovan Fisher (right) with deputy chief Raj Saini at Nelson City Council’s Nov. 22 meeting. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson Police Department asks city council for 6.8% increase for 2023

Chief Donovan Fisher admitted to officer issues with stress, mental health, and job performance

Nelson police chief Donovan Fisher (right) with deputy chief Raj Saini at Nelson City Council’s Nov. 22 meeting. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
The Kootenay Carshare Co-op’s new low-speed electric vehicle does well in the snow, says executive director Colleen Doyle, shown here with her daughter Aven and son Oden. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Low-speed electric vehicle hits the road in Nelson

Kootenay Carshare’s vehicle has top speed of 40 km/h, range of 90 km, and plugs into a wall socket

The Kootenay Carshare Co-op’s new low-speed electric vehicle does well in the snow, says executive director Colleen Doyle, shown here with her daughter Aven and son Oden. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
The Glade Watershed Preservation Society, along with the Laird Creek Water Users Association, have both expressed concerns about logging in forests from which they get their drinking water. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Preserve first, log second, says West Kootenay rural watershed report

Watershed groups in Laird and Glade produce ‘nature-directed stewardship’ plan

The Glade Watershed Preservation Society, along with the Laird Creek Water Users Association, have both expressed concerns about logging in forests from which they get their drinking water. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
This is only a portion of the crowd at the Remembrance Day ceremony on Nov. 11 in Nelson. There were also many more people behind and on both sides of the photographer. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Hundreds attend Remembrance Day ceremony in Nelson

Legion president says it was even larger than pre-pandemic crowds

This is only a portion of the crowd at the Remembrance Day ceremony on Nov. 11 in Nelson. There were also many more people behind and on both sides of the photographer. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Biologist Rosie Wijenberg at a grove of eight western red cedars in the Russell Creek area of the West Kootenay. These trees are temporarily protected from logging because they are in an old growth deferral area. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Finding the Kootenays’ biggest trees: Biologist mapping the region’s forest giants

But only timber companies may nominate trees for a new provincial list of protected trees

Biologist Rosie Wijenberg at a grove of eight western red cedars in the Russell Creek area of the West Kootenay. These trees are temporarily protected from logging because they are in an old growth deferral area. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
The City of Nelson’s organic waste co-ordinator Emily Mask at home with her FoodCycler. Compostable waste generally makes up 40 per cent of total household garbage. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson to launch countertop food waste treatment pilot in spring

Compostable organic waste makes up 40% of municipal garbage

The City of Nelson’s organic waste co-ordinator Emily Mask at home with her FoodCycler. Compostable waste generally makes up 40 per cent of total household garbage. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
L-R: Sai Batta from India, Shanique Eldemire from Jamaica, and Guilherme Alano from Brazil, all say they are pleased about the federal government’s decision to allow them to work full time while studying. They are students in the culinary management diploma program at Selkirk College’s Tenth Street Campus. The program is for people who already have a culinary or hospitality credential from outside of Canada. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson’s international students applaud change to allowable employment hours

Students can now work full time while studying

L-R: Sai Batta from India, Shanique Eldemire from Jamaica, and Guilherme Alano from Brazil, all say they are pleased about the federal government’s decision to allow them to work full time while studying. They are students in the culinary management diploma program at Selkirk College’s Tenth Street Campus. The program is for people who already have a culinary or hospitality credential from outside of Canada. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
The Children’s Heartbeat Parade on Sept. 29 in Nelson recognized Orange Shirt Day. Many students wore orange shirts and many sang and played drums. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

PHOTOS: Hundreds of students gather in downtown Nelson for Orange Shirt Day

The event was a prelude to National Truth and Reconciliation Day on Sept. 30

The Children’s Heartbeat Parade on Sept. 29 in Nelson recognized Orange Shirt Day. Many students wore orange shirts and many sang and played drums. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
The Touchstones Museum exhibit Back on Track features a working model train from the Creston Museum from the 1980s. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Train enthusiasts roll into Nelson for convention, exhibit

International conference coincided with Nelson museum’s history exhibit on trains in the Kootenays

The Touchstones Museum exhibit Back on Track features a working model train from the Creston Museum from the 1980s. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Susan Faye took this photo of a mother bear with cubs in her yard in Uphill on Sept. 7.

Seven bears euthanized in Nelson this year

Conservation officers and WildSafe BC say number of bears in the city is ‘far beyond normal’

Susan Faye took this photo of a mother bear with cubs in her yard in Uphill on Sept. 7.
West Kootenay wildlife photographer Jim Lawrence contributed this photo of the Fry Creek wildfire taken on Sept. 8.

Three major fires burning in West Kootenay

Many smaller, remote fires are still out of control

West Kootenay wildlife photographer Jim Lawrence contributed this photo of the Fry Creek wildfire taken on Sept. 8.
Some of the intense smoke in Nelson is partly from fires in the West Kootenay, and much of it is blown in from fires to the south and west. Photo: Tyler Harper

Creston, Nelson have worst air quality in B.C.

Vulnerable population should reduce or reschedule strenuous activities outdoors

Some of the intense smoke in Nelson is partly from fires in the West Kootenay, and much of it is blown in from fires to the south and west. Photo: Tyler Harper