Tyler Harper

Canada’s top doctor says new mothers should continue breastfeeding even if they have COVID-19. Photo Paul Henderson/Chilliwack Progress

New mothers with COVID-19 should still breastfeed: Canada’s top doctor

Dr. Theresa Tam made the recommendation during World Breastfeeding Awareness Week

Canada’s top doctor says new mothers should continue breastfeeding even if they have COVID-19. Photo Paul Henderson/Chilliwack Progress
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
Kootenay-Columbia MP Rob Morrison had the biggest campaign pot to use in the last federal election. 
(Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
Kootenay-Columbia MP Rob Morrison had the biggest campaign pot to use in the last federal election. 
(Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
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

B.C. man gets 5 years behind bars for kicking death in Nelson

Miles Halverson had plead guilty to manslaughter in the 2018 death of Matt Reeder

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
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
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
Only a quarter of local students returned to schools for classes in June. Photo: Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner

School District 8: about 25% of students returned to schools last month

The number of students who participated in part-time classes was below the provincial average

Only a quarter of local students returned to schools for classes in June. Photo: Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner
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
School District 8 has approved a plan to increase spending by nearly $5 million on facilities upgrades over the next five years. File photo

School District 8 adds $5 million in facility upgrades over five years

The district projects to have a total of $20 million to spend on its buildings through 2025

School District 8 has approved a plan to increase spending by nearly $5 million on facilities upgrades over the next five years. File photo
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
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
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
Hume School’s Andi Silva (seen here) and her classmate Kiko Pinzon each won second-place prizes in a national cursive writing contest. Photo submitted

National cursive contest honours pair of Nelson students

Kiko Pinzon and Andi Silva have award-winning flow

Hume School’s Andi Silva (seen here) and her classmate Kiko Pinzon each won second-place prizes in a national cursive writing contest. Photo submitted
School District 8 has released its back-to-school plan for students who voluntarily return to class June 1. File photo

UPDATED: School District 8 releases back-to-school plan

Here’s what families need to know

School District 8 has released its back-to-school plan for students who voluntarily return to class June 1. File photo
School District 8 trustees, seen here during a meeting in December, will see a raise to their annual stipends. Photo: Tyler Harper

School District 8 trustees vote in favour of raises

Six of the nine trustees backed the increase in pay

School District 8 trustees, seen here during a meeting in December, will see a raise to their annual stipends. Photo: Tyler Harper