Greg Nesteroff

Alan Ramsden devised a bomb as a teenager that earned him attention from newspapers — and the department of defence.

The bomb, the bunker, and the broadcaster: The life of Nelson’s Alan Ramsden

Ramsden, who has died at 95, was instrumental in establishing the city’s museum.

Alan Ramsden devised a bomb as a teenager that earned him attention from newspapers — and the department of defence.
Ron Welwood is seen at a Touchstones Nelson gala in 2017. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

The man who saved (and coined) Kootenaiana dies at 81

Ron Welwood was a noted local historian

Ron Welwood is seen at a Touchstones Nelson gala in 2017. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
After decades in the Gora family and many years on the market, the Salmo Hotel has been sold to a mining industry executive who plans to keep it going without any major changes. Photo: Greg Nesteroff

After decades in the same family, a Salmo landmark changes hands

Mining executive John Mirko has bought the historic Salmo Hotel from Marion Gora

After decades in the Gora family and many years on the market, the Salmo Hotel has been sold to a mining industry executive who plans to keep it going without any major changes. Photo: Greg Nesteroff
Touchstones Nelson archivist J.P. Stienne holds one of about 650 plans recently donated by Fairbank Architects Ltd. Photo: Tyler Harper

Fairbank Architects donates old plans to Touchstones Nelson

Drawings date back to the 1930s and include many significant buildings

Touchstones Nelson archivist J.P. Stienne holds one of about 650 plans recently donated by Fairbank Architects Ltd. Photo: Tyler Harper
George Kamitakahara sips coffee aboard his sailboat, the <em>Amoreena</em>, at an unknown location, sometime in the 1980s. Photo submitted

Cruise of the Amoreena: A former Slocan man’s journey across the Pacific

George Kamitakahara was three years into a round-the-world voyage when his sailboat hit a reef

George Kamitakahara sips coffee aboard his sailboat, the <em>Amoreena</em>, at an unknown location, sometime in the 1980s. Photo submitted
Creston Town Hall is seen in 2021. Photo: Greg Nesteroff

West Kootenay municipalities mull mandatory employee vaccinations

Nelson, Trail, Rossland, and RDCK still deciding whether to follow lead of Creston, Vancouver

Creston Town Hall is seen in 2021. Photo: Greg Nesteroff
The former home of Pacific Insight, west of Nelson, has been listed for sale for $5.5 million. File photo

Former Pacific Insight building listed for sale

The 67,000-square foot facility has been mostly vacant for more than two years.

The former home of Pacific Insight, west of Nelson, has been listed for sale for $5.5 million. File photo
Cemetary headstone

Headstone repairs planned at Rossland’s Columbia Cemetery

Heritage commission also discussing how to commemorate Chinese section.

Cemetary headstone
The Blaylock Mansion, a.k.a. Lakewood, was built in the 1930s for Cominco boss Selwyn Blaylock. Now a bed and breakfast, it’s probably the most famous home in West Kootenay. Photo: Tyler Harper

Ghost tales: The storied history of Kootenay Lake’s most famous home

Lost Souls of Lakewood explores the history of Nelson’s Blaylock Mansion

The Blaylock Mansion, a.k.a. Lakewood, was built in the 1930s for Cominco boss Selwyn Blaylock. Now a bed and breakfast, it’s probably the most famous home in West Kootenay. Photo: Tyler Harper
Work is seen on the Midtown mixed-use project in Rossland. Photo: CitySpaces Consulting

Soil removal eats up $400,000 of contingency in Rossland mixed-use project

City says overrun was not unexpected, and no further major issues are anticipated.

Work is seen on the Midtown mixed-use project in Rossland. Photo: CitySpaces Consulting
Cezary Ksiazek wanted to build a seniors housing project on the former Cook Avenue school site, but was denied a rezoning application. Rossland News file photo

UPDATED: Developer blasts Rossland council over ‘double standard’

Cezary Ksiazek is frustrated that two large residential developments are going ahead while his isn’t.

Cezary Ksiazek wanted to build a seniors housing project on the former Cook Avenue school site, but was denied a rezoning application. Rossland News file photo
It rained on all but five days in June in West Kootenay, but the total amount was less than normal. Photo: Pixabay                                (Pixabay)
It rained on all but five days in June in West Kootenay, but the total amount was less than normal. Photo: Pixabay                                (Pixabay)
Nelson firefighters tackled a blaze at the corner of Josephine and Victoria on Thursday evening. Photo: Tyler Harper

VIDEO: Nelson firefighters battle fire at Victoria and Josephine

Building home to several businesses, including restaurant and dry cleaner

Nelson firefighters tackled a blaze at the corner of Josephine and Victoria on Thursday evening. Photo: Tyler Harper
Edward Lindsay and the Selkirk College Saints have completed the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season in fourth place, earning the final playoff spot.                                 Photo submitted

Selkirk Saints lock up playoff spot

Saints headed for BC Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) playoffs

Edward Lindsay and the Selkirk College Saints have completed the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season in fourth place, earning the final playoff spot.                                 Photo submitted
The Selkirk Saints enjoy a six-point cushion on the University of Victoria for the final BCIHL playoff spot, but UVic has two games in hand. Photo: Jennifer Small

Selkirk College Saints split final home series against Simon Fraser

UVic has two games in hand on the Saints.

The Selkirk Saints enjoy a six-point cushion on the University of Victoria for the final BCIHL playoff spot, but UVic has two games in hand. Photo: Jennifer Small
Fairview Heights is one of Nelson’s newer neighbourhoods, developed in 2003 in a former gravel pit. Photo: Greg Nesteroff

PLACE NAMES: Nelson neighbourhoods, Part 5

Nelson city limits expanded 10 times after incorporation

Fairview Heights is one of Nelson’s newer neighbourhoods, developed in 2003 in a former gravel pit. Photo: Greg Nesteroff
The punctuation on this sign might look unusual, but there’s nothing wrong with the singular possessive Kootenay. Photo: Greg Nesteroff

PLACE NAMES: Kootenay(s)

How the Kootenay became the Kootenays is complicated and often confusing

The punctuation on this sign might look unusual, but there’s nothing wrong with the singular possessive Kootenay. Photo: Greg Nesteroff
Sour Dough Alley in Rossland, looking east, 1895. City of Vancouver Archives/Major Matthews collection/AM54-S4

PLACE NAMES: Sourdough Alley

Rossland’s earliest thoroughfare was once derided as a ‘muddy collection of shacks’

Sour Dough Alley in Rossland, looking east, 1895. City of Vancouver Archives/Major Matthews collection/AM54-S4
MLA Katrine Conroy looks back at 2019 in Kootenay West

MLA Katrine Conroy looks back at 2019 in Kootenay West

BC Minister of Children and Family Development looks at last year’s accomplishments.

MLA Katrine Conroy looks back at 2019 in Kootenay West