Bill Metcalfe

L-R: Indigenous elders Ann-Marie Smith and Donna Wright with participants from Kootenay Kids and the Lalin choir at the drum awakening event in Nelson on April 10. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Awakening the drum: Nelson community groups gather for Indigenous ceremony

Nelson choir and Indigenous family group shared drum-making and ceremony

L-R: Indigenous elders Ann-Marie Smith and Donna Wright with participants from Kootenay Kids and the Lalin choir at the drum awakening event in Nelson on April 10. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Nelson’s sewage treatment plant is located at Grohman Narrows, and treats sewage through primary treatment (filtering and settling of solids) and secondary treatment (biological processes to break down organic matter). The resulting effluent is then released into the Kootenay River. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Nelson’s sewage treatment plant is located at Grohman Narrows, and treats sewage through primary treatment (filtering and settling of solids) and secondary treatment (biological processes to break down organic matter). The resulting effluent is then released into the Kootenay River. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
The current boundaries of the Nelson-Creston riding. Map: Elections BC

Nelson-Creston riding boundary could change following provincial review

Independent commission will analyse population distribution

The current boundaries of the Nelson-Creston riding. Map: Elections BC
Josh Young is the Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce’s business climate advisor. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

‘I’m not here to preach to them’: Climate change advisor hired to help Nelson small businesses

Josh Young will assist local business owners concerned about climate change

Josh Young is the Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce’s business climate advisor. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
All SD8 staff and contractors can now continue to work as they normally would, in keeping with provincial and federal health and safety guidelines. File photo

UPDATE: School District 8 board pauses planned staff vaccine requirement

The requirement could be reinstated or cancelled later, depending on health orders

All SD8 staff and contractors can now continue to work as they normally would, in keeping with provincial and federal health and safety guidelines. File photo
Provincial housing minister David Eby says it is the fault of municipalities that BC does not have enough housing. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson mayor disputes provincial minister’s views on housing supply

Mayor John Dooley says David Eby didn’t do his homework before blaming cities for housing shortage

Provincial housing minister David Eby says it is the fault of municipalities that BC does not have enough housing. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
The West Kootenay Cycling Coalition wants to study the feasibility of a low-carbon mix of walking, cycling, bus and passenger rail modes of transport between Nelson and Castlegar. Photo: Submitted

Cycling group unveils plan for low-carbon West Kootenay travel

West Kootenay Cycling Coalition envisions Nelson-Castlegar bike route

The West Kootenay Cycling Coalition wants to study the feasibility of a low-carbon mix of walking, cycling, bus and passenger rail modes of transport between Nelson and Castlegar. Photo: Submitted
B.C.’s Forest Practices Board recently completed an audit of Kalesnikoff Lumber Co. Ltd.’s activities on forest licence A20194. File photo

Kalesnikoff passes random audit of operations in Arrow Lakes area

The company was found to have generally complied with legislative requirements

B.C.’s Forest Practices Board recently completed an audit of Kalesnikoff Lumber Co. Ltd.’s activities on forest licence A20194. File photo
The Kaslo Jazz Etc. Festival has become a wildly popular cultural event in the West Kootenay. Photo: Louis Bockner

Kaslo Jazz Etc. Festival is back, with changes

First batch of tickets has sold out, a second will be offered later in the spring

The Kaslo Jazz Etc. Festival has become a wildly popular cultural event in the West Kootenay. Photo: Louis Bockner
David Restivo’s album Arancina has been nominated for a Juno Award as best jazz group album of the year. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson pianist nominated for Juno Award

David Restivo’s Arancina nominated as the best jazz group album of the year

David Restivo’s album Arancina has been nominated for a Juno Award as best jazz group album of the year. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Alecia Maslechko, who grew up in Nelson, at a Vancouver gathering in solidarity with Ukraine on Feb 24. Photo: Submitted

Amid acts of war, Nelson woman reflects on Ukraine in the eyes of her grandparents

Alecia Maslechko’s grandfather says he’s proud of her knowledge of his culture

Alecia Maslechko, who grew up in Nelson, at a Vancouver gathering in solidarity with Ukraine on Feb 24. Photo: Submitted
L-R, back: Kat Zaworonok, Tina Coletti, Bob Hall, and Brent Holowaychuk, all Nelsonites of Ukrainian descent, got together on Feb. 27 for a dinner in solidarity with the people of Ukraine. Also present was Janice Hall (not pictured). Front: Michael Holowaychuk and Ben Holowaychuk. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelsonites of Ukrainian descent meet for dinner, bonded by the war

The group ate Ukrainian food and shared family stories

L-R, back: Kat Zaworonok, Tina Coletti, Bob Hall, and Brent Holowaychuk, all Nelsonites of Ukrainian descent, got together on Feb. 27 for a dinner in solidarity with the people of Ukraine. Also present was Janice Hall (not pictured). Front: Michael Holowaychuk and Ben Holowaychuk. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
A volunteer with the Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society works on a species inventory on City of Nelson land in the summer of 2021, with knotweed on the right and tansy in the centre of the photo. Photo: Submitted

Invasive species: Nelson to increase penalties and education

New bylaw will be ready later this year to combat destructive species

A volunteer with the Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society works on a species inventory on City of Nelson land in the summer of 2021, with knotweed on the right and tansy in the centre of the photo. Photo: Submitted
Const. Allan Young died five days after being attacked on Baker Street in Nelson in the summer of 2020. Photo: Abbotsford Police Department

Trial date set for accused killer of off-duty police officer in Nelson

Alex Willness will be tried for manslaughter on Feb. 28, 2023

Const. Allan Young died five days after being attacked on Baker Street in Nelson in the summer of 2020. Photo: Abbotsford Police Department
Rob Wood says travel to Trail in the winter three times per week is too onerous for him, and wants dialysis treatment at Kootenay Lake Hospital in Nelson. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

UPDATE: Nelson man launches petition for local dialysis machine

Rob Wood travels to Trail three times per week for treatment

Rob Wood says travel to Trail in the winter three times per week is too onerous for him, and wants dialysis treatment at Kootenay Lake Hospital in Nelson. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
The full cast of a public reading of A Door to be Kicked in 2019 in Nelson: L-R: Don Gordon, Jason Xiao, Marya Follinsbee, Tashi Higgs, Clement Lam, and Brahm Taylor. In a new recording for the podcast, Fred Wah replaces Clement Lam. Photo: Bessie Wapp

New podcast dramatizes history of Chinese culture in Nelson

A Door to be Kicked by Fred Wah will launch on Feb. 21

The full cast of a public reading of A Door to be Kicked in 2019 in Nelson: L-R: Don Gordon, Jason Xiao, Marya Follinsbee, Tashi Higgs, Clement Lam, and Brahm Taylor. In a new recording for the podcast, Fred Wah replaces Clement Lam. Photo: Bessie Wapp
L-R: Cellist Rufus Cappadocia, spoken word artist Shayna Jones, and body painter Yvonne Bond have created What Do You See?, a cross-disciplinary collaboration filmed by Carlo Alcos. Photo: Carlo Alcos

What Do You See? Nelson artists create cross-disciplinary video

New video combines body painting, spoken word performance and improvised cello music

L-R: Cellist Rufus Cappadocia, spoken word artist Shayna Jones, and body painter Yvonne Bond have created What Do You See?, a cross-disciplinary collaboration filmed by Carlo Alcos. Photo: Carlo Alcos
Ariana Malara (left) and Elsa Troutet, both students at École des Sentiers-Alpins near Nelson, were two of the winners in KAST’s Kootenay-wide Contraption Contest. Photos: Submitted

Kootenay kids create climate contraptions

Results of KAST’s contraption contest are in

Ariana Malara (left) and Elsa Troutet, both students at École des Sentiers-Alpins near Nelson, were two of the winners in KAST’s Kootenay-wide Contraption Contest. Photos: Submitted
The streetcar car barn at Lakeside Park contains a maintenance workshop, two streetcars, and the Walt Laurie streetcar museum. The men who volunteer for the tramway society are retired, with technical, mechanical or trades backgrounds. Volunteers at the site on Jan. 20, L-R: Rod Harris, Dave McMichael, Al Walker, Charlie Bunce, Jim Robertson, and Bob Rollick. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson’s streetcar needs donations for urgent track repairs

Nelson Electric Tramway Society needs funding and the permission of the Chahko Mika Mall

The streetcar car barn at Lakeside Park contains a maintenance workshop, two streetcars, and the Walt Laurie streetcar museum. The men who volunteer for the tramway society are retired, with technical, mechanical or trades backgrounds. Volunteers at the site on Jan. 20, L-R: Rod Harris, Dave McMichael, Al Walker, Charlie Bunce, Jim Robertson, and Bob Rollick. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Construction continues on the 46-unit, five-storey building located on Victoria Street. The building is expected to be completed by August. Photo: Tyler Harper

Nelson issued record number of building permits in 2021

Construction association concerned about increasing building costs

Construction continues on the 46-unit, five-storey building located on Victoria Street. The building is expected to be completed by August. Photo: Tyler Harper