Bill Metcalfe

Trumpet player Nico Bucher of Nelson was last year’s winner in the brass instruments category at the Kootenay Festival of the Arts. Photo: Madeleine Guenette

Kootenay Festival of the Arts invites applications

The festival is celebrating its 92nd year

Trumpet player Nico Bucher of Nelson was last year’s winner in the brass instruments category at the Kootenay Festival of the Arts. Photo: Madeleine Guenette
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
Nelson’s water reservoir at Mountain Station. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Kootenay Lake re-considered as drinking water source for Nelson

Climate change prompts city to study pumping water from lake to reservoir

Nelson’s water reservoir at Mountain Station. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
The assessed value of a typical Nelson single family home is now 646,000. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson has highest housing value in West Kootenay

A typical single family home in Nelson is now assessed at $646,000

The assessed value of a typical Nelson single family home is now 646,000. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Only the bottom two floors and part of the basement level parking would covered by the city’s grant application for a new library. The financing and status of the top four floors of housing would still need to be financed by a public-private partnership. Illustration: Stanley Office of Architecture and City of Nelson

City of Nelson still waiting for money to fund 3 projects, including new pier

New library, Hall Street pier, Civic Centre upgrades were intended to create jobs in the pandemic

Only the bottom two floors and part of the basement level parking would covered by the city’s grant application for a new library. The financing and status of the top four floors of housing would still need to be financed by a public-private partnership. Illustration: Stanley Office of Architecture and City of Nelson
Downtown on the early morning of Jan. 3, just as the City of Nelson was starting to test out its new snow clearing policies. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson approves new snow clearing policy following Supreme Court decision

The policy sets out priority routes, standards, and maps

Downtown on the early morning of Jan. 3, just as the City of Nelson was starting to test out its new snow clearing policies. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Sgt. Paul Bayes of the Nelson Police Department with Restorative Justice Program manager Kathy Centrone. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

New life for Nelson’s restorative justice program

Program aims to reconcile offender and victim in property offences

Sgt. Paul Bayes of the Nelson Police Department with Restorative Justice Program manager Kathy Centrone. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Dr. Rachel Holt at a Dec. 1 video press conference on old growth forests held by the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs. Photo: Video screenshot, Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs

Nelson ecologist questions B.C.’s roll-out of old growth strategy

Rachel Holt was part of a technical panel that mapped old growth

Dr. Rachel Holt at a Dec. 1 video press conference on old growth forests held by the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs. Photo: Video screenshot, Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs
Chuck Clarkson, 97, is Nelson’s oldest war veteran. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

UPDATE: Nelson veteran remembers Second World War

Chuck Clarkson, 97, joined the Canadian military at 16

Chuck Clarkson, 97, is Nelson’s oldest war veteran. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Candace Green learned her trade at Selkirk College and now works as an apprentice welder on the new Kootenay Lake ferry. “It is nice to work locally and know that I get to improve myself every day. I’m really fortunate, super grateful, especially being straight out of school.” Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Kootenay Lake ferry construction on schedule, new ferry by 2023

The lake shore site employs 30 tradespeople, all from the Kootenays

Candace Green learned her trade at Selkirk College and now works as an apprentice welder on the new Kootenay Lake ferry. “It is nice to work locally and know that I get to improve myself every day. I’m really fortunate, super grateful, especially being straight out of school.” Photo: Bill Metcalfe
The Grow Show opened at Touchstones on Nov. 26. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Gallery exhibit chronicles Nelson’s cannabis history

The Grow Show runs at Touchstones until Feb. 27

The Grow Show opened at Touchstones on Nov. 26. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Linn Murray (left) and Jamie Hunter, both of Nelson, attended the Cop26 climate conference in Glasgow. Photo: Submitted

Nelson youth activists find optimism, frustration at COP26

Jamie Hunter and Linn Murray attended the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Glasgow

Linn Murray (left) and Jamie Hunter, both of Nelson, attended the Cop26 climate conference in Glasgow. Photo: Submitted
The Regional District of Central Kootenay has approved a staff vaccination policy, which it describes as an enhanced safety protocol that is not punitive. File photo

RDCK announces staff vaccination policy

Employees will not lose their jobs if they are not vaccinated

The Regional District of Central Kootenay has approved a staff vaccination policy, which it describes as an enhanced safety protocol that is not punitive. File photo
Youth Climate Corps worker Poppy Herbison studies a solar pathfinder, an instrument used to determine the percentage of solar radiation blocked by permanent local features in the landscape like trees, hills, and buildings. Photo: Submitted

West Kootenay project blends agriculture and forestry

Bannock in Bloom planned for forest south of Silverton

Youth Climate Corps worker Poppy Herbison studies a solar pathfinder, an instrument used to determine the percentage of solar radiation blocked by permanent local features in the landscape like trees, hills, and buildings. Photo: Submitted
The lower slopes of the Taite Creek watershed following the Octopus Creek fire. Photo: Submitted

Lower Arrow Lake wildfires caused future water quality and flooding hazards: report

Forests ministry releases assessment of Michaud and Octopus Creek fires

The lower slopes of the Taite Creek watershed following the Octopus Creek fire. Photo: Submitted
This group of about 20 nurses and doctors, all members of the group Doctors and Nurses for Planetary Health, met in front of Nelson City Hall in a demonstration to urge governments for action on climate change and environmental degradation on Nov. 4. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson doctors and nurses demonstrate for climate action

Medical practitioners can see the health effects of climate change in some of their patients

This group of about 20 nurses and doctors, all members of the group Doctors and Nurses for Planetary Health, met in front of Nelson City Hall in a demonstration to urge governments for action on climate change and environmental degradation on Nov. 4. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Bill Townsend, pictured in the display case, was a lacrosse player in Nelson in the 1930s. Members of his family attended the opening of the sports displays at Touchstones in Nelson on Oct. 29.
L-R: Bill Townsend’s son-in-law and daughter Jack and Pat McConachie of Trail, with grandson and granddaughter Murray McConachie and Christine DeRosa. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Lacrosse history is first sports exhibit at Touchstones museum

Museum collection adds to sports collections at the NDCC and Civic Centre

Bill Townsend, pictured in the display case, was a lacrosse player in Nelson in the 1930s. Members of his family attended the opening of the sports displays at Touchstones in Nelson on Oct. 29.
L-R: Bill Townsend’s son-in-law and daughter Jack and Pat McConachie of Trail, with grandson and granddaughter Murray McConachie and Christine DeRosa. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Friends of Kootenay Lake volunteers with a sign raised by divers from the bottom of the lake. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Divers pull garbage from floor of Kootenay Lake in annual lakebed cleanup

A shopping cart, bikes, a hobby horse, assorted plastic, and lots of scrap metal were found

Friends of Kootenay Lake volunteers with a sign raised by divers from the bottom of the lake. Photo: Bill Metcalfe