Bill Metcalfe

Some of the residents of the Grohman Creek community on their dock with Nelson in the background across Kootenay Lake. L-R: Yvette Jolivet, Jesse Bertrand, Sierra Peddie, Megan McTague, Stella Muldoon, Jodie Muldoon, and Jeff Muldoon. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Grohman Creek residents press for better emergency access

Road access is risky and boat access is threatened

Some of the residents of the Grohman Creek community on their dock with Nelson in the background across Kootenay Lake. L-R: Yvette Jolivet, Jesse Bertrand, Sierra Peddie, Megan McTague, Stella Muldoon, Jodie Muldoon, and Jeff Muldoon. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Cory Westcott disappeared in the Nelson area in the summer of 2020. Photo: Submitted

Charismatic, troubled and still missing: What happened to Nelson’s Cory Westcott?

Friends and family continue to search for Westcott, who has been missing since 2020

Cory Westcott disappeared in the Nelson area in the summer of 2020. Photo: Submitted
Forest at the Argenta-Johnsons Landing Face, with Kootenay Lake in the distance. Photo: Wilderness Committee

Lower Kootenay Band demands halt to Argenta-Johnsons Landing logging

Chief Jason Louie has sent a ‘cease and desist’ letter to logging company and the province

Forest at the Argenta-Johnsons Landing Face, with Kootenay Lake in the distance. Photo: Wilderness Committee
Nelson CARES is running a medical transportation service between Nelson and Trail three days weekly. Photo: Submitted

Nelson CARES launches medical bus service to Trail

The bus runs one trip per day, three days per week, and needs more passengers to be viable long term

Nelson CARES is running a medical transportation service between Nelson and Trail three days weekly. Photo: Submitted
The City of Nelson’s climate resilience planner says new research at the city is creating a buzz in other towns. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson publishes unique guide on low-carbon building materials

The pioneering research was funded by FortisBC

The City of Nelson’s climate resilience planner says new research at the city is creating a buzz in other towns. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Nelson residents are invited to come to the E-Bike Expo and to take part in a study of the effectiveness of promoting e-bikes. Photo: Unsplash/ KBO Bike

City of Nelson to host E-bike Expo on June 24

City also plans to research the effectiveness of its e-bike financing program

Nelson residents are invited to come to the E-Bike Expo and to take part in a study of the effectiveness of promoting e-bikes. Photo: Unsplash/ KBO Bike
Oleksandra and Serhii with a piece of artwork made for them at school by their sons. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

‘All we had was our children’: A Ukrainian family’s harrowing escape from the war to Nelson

After being on the run for two months, the family is now resting and healing

Oleksandra and Serhii with a piece of artwork made for them at school by their sons. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Nelson resident Owen Nakamura, whose grandfather was interned in the West Kootenay by the federal government in the Second World War, attended and spoke at the the George Floyd memorial in Nelson on May 25. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

‘It was a teaching moment’: Nelson gathering remembers George Floyd

George Floyd was murdered by Minneapolis police on May 25, 2020

Nelson resident Owen Nakamura, whose grandfather was interned in the West Kootenay by the federal government in the Second World War, attended and spoke at the the George Floyd memorial in Nelson on May 25. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Keiko Devaux is a contemporary classical music composer raised in Nelson and based in Montreal. Photo: Juno Awards

West Kootenay-born composer wins Juno Award for classical composition

Keiko Devaux attended Mount Sentinel Secondary and Selkirk College

Keiko Devaux is a contemporary classical music composer raised in Nelson and based in Montreal. Photo: Juno Awards
UBC forestry student Liam Jones of Nelson takes an inventory of carbon stocks and biodiversity in a clear-cut near Argenta in 2022. Photo: Arianna Murphy-Steed

Stop clear-cutting, says forestry professor after research in West Kootenay

Dr. Suzanne Simard, author of Finding the Mother Tree, worked with students in forest near Argenta

UBC forestry student Liam Jones of Nelson takes an inventory of carbon stocks and biodiversity in a clear-cut near Argenta in 2022. Photo: Arianna Murphy-Steed
RCMP are seen here making arrests May 17 near Argenta, B.C., north of Nelson. A group had been camped out protesting a logging company’s plans for the area. Photo: Louis Bockner

RCMP make arrests at logging protest north of Nelson

Last Stand West Kootenay was camped out on a road near Argenta

RCMP are seen here making arrests May 17 near Argenta, B.C., north of Nelson. A group had been camped out protesting a logging company’s plans for the area. Photo: Louis Bockner
Some of the participants in a tenants’ rights workshop held in Nelson on May 7 at the Civic Theatre. Spokesperson James Barbeiro is back right, with plaid shirt. City councillor Keith Page, bottom right, was there as the chair of the city’s housing committee. Photo: Submitted

Nelson tenants form union to learn rights, bargain with landlords

Group wants to correct ‘power imbalance’ between landlords and tenants

Some of the participants in a tenants’ rights workshop held in Nelson on May 7 at the Civic Theatre. Spokesperson James Barbeiro is back right, with plaid shirt. City councillor Keith Page, bottom right, was there as the chair of the city’s housing committee. Photo: Submitted
Environmental microbiologist Dr. Natalie Prystajecky with some of her staff members at the BC Centre for Disease Control. Photo: Submitted

Wastewater testing for COVID-19 coming to Interior Health

Testing can tell whether cases are rising or falling in a community

Environmental microbiologist Dr. Natalie Prystajecky with some of her staff members at the BC Centre for Disease Control. Photo: Submitted
A heron in a nest tree on Granite Pointe Golf Club property on May 3, 2022. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson golf club president denies existence of threatened heron nests at course

But the Nelson Star has confirmed the nests, and herons, exist at Granite Pointe

A heron in a nest tree on Granite Pointe Golf Club property on May 3, 2022. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
The long-vacant building at 561 Josephine St. has been purchased by the BC General Employees’ Union. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

B.C. union buys downtown Nelson heritage building

The former furniture store has been vacant for 11 years

The long-vacant building at 561 Josephine St. has been purchased by the BC General Employees’ Union. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Nelson resident Catherine Williams was one of 40 volunteers who helped clean flammable material from the forest beside the Rail Trail on April 30. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Community volunteers remove wildfire fuel from Nelson’s Rail Trail

About 40 residents came out May 30 to help the the fire department remove debris from the forest

Nelson resident Catherine Williams was one of 40 volunteers who helped clean flammable material from the forest beside the Rail Trail on April 30. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
The camp set up on the Salisbury Creek forest road by the group Last Stand West Kootenay. Photo: Submitted

Blockade set up by protesters ahead of contested logging in Argenta area

Logging in the Argenta-Johnsons Landing Face has been planned and discussed for several years

The camp set up on the Salisbury Creek forest road by the group Last Stand West Kootenay. Photo: Submitted
Frances Myers Lynch won the UBC Okanagan short story contest in the high school category with her story Bird Bones. Photo: Wild ARC

Nelson teen wins UBC Okanagan short story contest

Frances Myers Lynch is a Grade 10 student at L.V. Rogers Secondary

Frances Myers Lynch won the UBC Okanagan short story contest in the high school category with her story Bird Bones. Photo: Wild ARC
Bruce Hunter built his ‘Nelectricar’ with all locally purchased parts and materials. He designed the shell of the vehicle to resemble Nelson’s historic streetcars. A video of Hunter driving his car down Baker Street is included in the online version of this story. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson man builds electric mini-car in his garage

Bruce Hunter says his ‘Nelectricar’ is the car of the future

Bruce Hunter built his ‘Nelectricar’ with all locally purchased parts and materials. He designed the shell of the vehicle to resemble Nelson’s historic streetcars. A video of Hunter driving his car down Baker Street is included in the online version of this story. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
L-R: Yohann Gandevia, Juliana Kopp, Grace Clark and Sapphire Guthrie will each perform half-hour concerts at the Capitol Theatre on April 23. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Emerging Nelson talent to be showcased at Sojourn concerts April 23

Sapphire Guthrie, Grace Clark, Juliana Kopp and Yohaan Gandevia will perform half-hour sets

L-R: Yohann Gandevia, Juliana Kopp, Grace Clark and Sapphire Guthrie will each perform half-hour concerts at the Capitol Theatre on April 23. Photo: Bill Metcalfe