Tyler Harper

SMRT1 Technologies founder Brad Pommen (right) has entered into an agreement to supply smart vending machines technology to Vancouver-based UpMeals. Photo submitted

Nelson’s SMRT1 Technologies to provide vending tech to Vancouver company

UpMeals will launch 22 machines across Canada using SMRT1’s personalized machines

SMRT1 Technologies founder Brad Pommen (right) has entered into an agreement to supply smart vending machines technology to Vancouver-based UpMeals. Photo submitted
Dr. Karen Lee (left) and certified dental assistant Lana Healey model the surgical gowns made by burlesque star Judith Stein for Dr. Matthew Osepchook’s office. Photo: Tyler Harper

Practical fashion: Local designers make supplies for Nelson dentists

Surgical caps and gowns have been in short supply for dentists during the pandemic

Dr. Karen Lee (left) and certified dental assistant Lana Healey model the surgical gowns made by burlesque star Judith Stein for Dr. Matthew Osepchook’s office. Photo: Tyler Harper
A server wears a face mask while cleaning a table on the patio at an Earls restaurant in Vancouver in May. A group of doctors and dentists are calling on the B.C. government to make masks mandatory. Photo: Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press

Kootenay doctor among 82 physicians, dentists calling on province for mandatory mask rule

Open letter says masks should be worn in indoor public spaces, public transportation or in crowds

A server wears a face mask while cleaning a table on the patio at an Earls restaurant in Vancouver in May. A group of doctors and dentists are calling on the B.C. government to make masks mandatory. Photo: Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press
ICBC has released new stats that show the number of vehicle accidents throughout the province, including this one that occurred in October near Genelle. Photo courtesy Castlegar Fire Department.

New ICBC data shows number of West Kootenay crashes

Nelson had 972 accidents in 2019

ICBC has released new stats that show the number of vehicle accidents throughout the province, including this one that occurred in October near Genelle. Photo courtesy Castlegar Fire Department.
Yana Woods (right) is this year’s recipient of the Bev LaPointe Memorial Scholarship for Women in Trades. She accepted the award Thursday with her mother Holly (left). Photo: Tyler Harper

Yana Woods named recipient of Bev LaPointe Scholarship

Woods will attend Selkirk College for welding in the fall

Yana Woods (right) is this year’s recipient of the Bev LaPointe Memorial Scholarship for Women in Trades. She accepted the award Thursday with her mother Holly (left). Photo: Tyler Harper
Lorraine McGregor (left) and Betty Millar hold up an honour quilt they made for Nelson Jubilee Manor. Photo: Tyler Harper

One final comfort: Group makes honour quilt for Nelson Jubilee Manor

The quilt will be draped over deceased patients as they leave the facility

Lorraine McGregor (left) and Betty Millar hold up an honour quilt they made for Nelson Jubilee Manor. Photo: Tyler Harper
Matt Reeder is seen here with his child in a 2009 picture. Reeder was killed by Miles Halverson in downtown Nelson in 2018. Photo courtesy Ken Reeder

Miles Halverson sentenced 5 years for manslaughter

Halverson had plead guilty to the 2018 death of Matt Reeder in downtown Nelson

Matt Reeder is seen here with his child in a 2009 picture. Reeder was killed by Miles Halverson in downtown Nelson in 2018. Photo courtesy Ken Reeder
John Boulanger was one of many Nelson residents to leave a candle lit Wednesday evening in memory of Cpl. Allan Young. The Abbotsford officer died following an altercation on Baker Street last week. Photo: John Boulanger

Nelson residents leave a light on for deceased Abbotsford officer

Candles were left in windows to remember Const. Allan Young

John Boulanger was one of many Nelson residents to leave a candle lit Wednesday evening in memory of Cpl. Allan Young. The Abbotsford officer died following an altercation on Baker Street last week. Photo: John Boulanger
A woman holds a sign during a Black Lives Matter protest in front of Nelson City Hall in June. The West Kootenay People for Racial Justice have asked the Nelson Police Board to acknowledge systemic racism exists. Photo: Tyler Harper

Nelson Police Board asked to acknowledge systemic racism

The West Kootenay People for Racial Justice spoke to the board Tuesday

A woman holds a sign during a Black Lives Matter protest in front of Nelson City Hall in June. The West Kootenay People for Racial Justice have asked the Nelson Police Board to acknowledge systemic racism exists. Photo: Tyler Harper
A man died Saturday at the Six Mile beach, a popular spot for swimmers just north of Nelson. Photo: Google Earth

UPDATED: Body recovered after man drowns at Six Mile beach north of Nelson

The body of a 23-year-old man was found by RCMP

A man died Saturday at the Six Mile beach, a popular spot for swimmers just north of Nelson. Photo: Google Earth
A memorial for Matt Reeder is seeing here on Baker Street in June 2018. The sentencing trial for Miles Halverson, who pled guilty to manslaughter in Reeder’s death, is this week in Nelson Supreme Court. Photo: Tyler Harper

Sentencing begins for man guilty of manslaughter in Nelson death

Miles Halverson killed Matt Reeder in 2018

A memorial for Matt Reeder is seeing here on Baker Street in June 2018. The sentencing trial for Miles Halverson, who pled guilty to manslaughter in Reeder’s death, is this week in Nelson Supreme Court. Photo: Tyler Harper
A new long-term seniors care facility will be built on the site of Mount St. Francis, which has been empty since 2005. Photo: Tyler Harper

New seniors care facility in Nelson to be built at Mount St. Francis site

Mount St. Francis hasn’t been in use since 2005

A new long-term seniors care facility will be built on the site of Mount St. Francis, which has been empty since 2005. Photo: Tyler Harper
Nelson’s Mountain Lake Seniors Community is one of two seniors care facilities in the city. Interior Health announced Monday that 495 new long-term seniors care beds will be added to Nelson, Kelowna, Kamloops and Penticton. Photo: Tyler Harper/Nelson Star

UPDATED: Interior Health to add 495 long-term seniors care beds

Nelson, Kelowna, Kamloops, Vernon and Penticton to receive new facilities

Nelson’s Mountain Lake Seniors Community is one of two seniors care facilities in the city. Interior Health announced Monday that 495 new long-term seniors care beds will be added to Nelson, Kelowna, Kamloops and Penticton. Photo: Tyler Harper/Nelson Star
Nelson author Roz Nay will release her second novel Hurry Home on July 7. Nay’s first novel Our Little Secret was an international success. Photo: Tyler Harper
Nelson author Roz Nay will release her second novel Hurry Home on July 7. Nay’s first novel Our Little Secret was an international success. Photo: Tyler Harper
Artist Tyler Toews stands by his mural that now adorns Nelson City Hall. Photo: Tyler Harper

VIDEO: Nelson shows its heart with new city hall mural

The piece is now a highlight of Nelson’s landscape

Artist Tyler Toews stands by his mural that now adorns Nelson City Hall. Photo: Tyler Harper
Alexandra Sereda (left) is an Austrian student in Nelson. She’s stuck it out with her homestay parent Marion Hunter through the lockdown. Photo: Tyler Harper

International students, Kootenay homestay families learn to live together during the pandemic

The experience hasn’t been exactly what they signed up for

Alexandra Sereda (left) is an Austrian student in Nelson. She’s stuck it out with her homestay parent Marion Hunter through the lockdown. Photo: Tyler Harper
Pilots Sarah Fehr and Douglas Noblet stand near the plane they used to take a woman from Nelson to Kelowna for a medical appointment. The round trip Thursday was the first offered out of Nelson’s airport by Angel Flight East Kootenay. Photo: Tyler Harper

Two wings and no prayers required: Angel Flight East Kootenay begins trips from Nelson

Charity offers free flights from Nelson to Kelowna for passengers with medical needs

Pilots Sarah Fehr and Douglas Noblet stand near the plane they used to take a woman from Nelson to Kelowna for a medical appointment. The round trip Thursday was the first offered out of Nelson’s airport by Angel Flight East Kootenay. Photo: Tyler Harper
Carrie Branstetter is a teacher with Nelson-based CHEK ABC, and also a parent of students who take part in independent online education. She’s concerned by upcoming provincial cuts to funding for 16 online only schools in B.C. Photo submitted

Independent online schools criticize provincial funding cuts

The education ministry is changing funding for 16 schools

Carrie Branstetter is a teacher with Nelson-based CHEK ABC, and also a parent of students who take part in independent online education. She’s concerned by upcoming provincial cuts to funding for 16 online only schools in B.C. Photo submitted
School District 8 manager of human resource services Theresa Montpellier shows off one of the free dresses Grade 12 students can choose from Cinderella’s Closet. Parents Shannon Barnhart, Yvonne Vulcano, Karen Loewen and students Alicia Montpellier, Teigan Barnhart and Abby Jackson are among the volunteers who made the closet a reality. Photo: Tyler Harper

VIDEO: Cinderella’s Closet offers free outfits for grads in Nelson

The confidential service is for students who can’t afford grad clothes

School District 8 manager of human resource services Theresa Montpellier shows off one of the free dresses Grade 12 students can choose from Cinderella’s Closet. Parents Shannon Barnhart, Yvonne Vulcano, Karen Loewen and students Alicia Montpellier, Teigan Barnhart and Abby Jackson are among the volunteers who made the closet a reality. Photo: Tyler Harper
A Tiny Lights performance is seen here at Hotel Ymir in 2017. An online scam is selling a live stream of the festival, despite it being postponed this year. Photo: Tyler Harper

Tiny Lights Festival warns of online scam

A website is trying to sell viewers on a stream of the postponed event

A Tiny Lights performance is seen here at Hotel Ymir in 2017. An online scam is selling a live stream of the festival, despite it being postponed this year. Photo: Tyler Harper