Bill Metcalfe

Wildfires in the West Kootenay. To enlarge, click on the map at the bottom of the story. Map: BC Wildfire Dashboard screenshot

Controlled burn planned for Trozzo Creek fire near Winlaw

To begin July 27 or later, depending on conditions

Wildfires in the West Kootenay. To enlarge, click on the map at the bottom of the story. Map: BC Wildfire Dashboard screenshot
The Octopus Creek fire seen from Edgewood on July 18. Photo: Jeannie Little

Edgewood evacuation order lifted, 184 property owners can go home

Lower Arrow Lake wildfires cover more than 220 square kilometres

The Octopus Creek fire seen from Edgewood on July 18. Photo: Jeannie Little
Isabel McAleer as Jo March in the Capitol Theatre youth program production of Little Women, with 28 cast members age 12 to 18, opening July 29. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Isabel McAleer as Jo March in the Capitol Theatre youth program production of Little Women, with 28 cast members age 12 to 18, opening July 29. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
The Trozzo Creek fire near Winlaw. Photo: BC Wildfire Service

Trozzo Creek wildfire near Winlaw grows to 125 hectares

Six other out-of-control wildfires are burning in the northern West Kootenay

The Trozzo Creek fire near Winlaw. Photo: BC Wildfire Service
The four out of control fires listed in this article are indicated by red dots. Screenshot: B.C. Wildfire Service website

Four out-of-control fires in Nelson region

Three are far from settlements, one is near Winlaw

The four out of control fires listed in this article are indicated by red dots. Screenshot: B.C. Wildfire Service website
Avie Waterfall in her father’s metalwork shop, working on a product for her artisan business, which is just one of many activities that won her a dozen scholarships as she leaves Grade 12 at L.V. Rogers Secondary. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

‘She makes big things happen’: Nelson student Avie Waterfall wins multiple scholarships

17-year-old scholar and blacksmith plans to study affordable housing

Avie Waterfall in her father’s metalwork shop, working on a product for her artisan business, which is just one of many activities that won her a dozen scholarships as she leaves Grade 12 at L.V. Rogers Secondary. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Discussing what pet supplies should go in a wildfire evacuation grab-and-go bag, Nelson fire chief and emergency management director Len MacCharles (left) and emergency management coordinator Lindsay Eastwood. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Wildfire evacuation: plan to be self-sufficient says Nelson’s fire chief

Prepare a grab-and-go bag for three days on the road

Discussing what pet supplies should go in a wildfire evacuation grab-and-go bag, Nelson fire chief and emergency management director Len MacCharles (left) and emergency management coordinator Lindsay Eastwood. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
At the St. Saviours Anglican Food Pantry, (L-R) volunteer food bank manager Nora Nitz with volunteers Cindy Gimness and Susan Warren. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Surviving the pandemic at Nelson’s food banks

Numbers stayed the same but clientele changed

At the St. Saviours Anglican Food Pantry, (L-R) volunteer food bank manager Nora Nitz with volunteers Cindy Gimness and Susan Warren. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Mel Reasoner (left) and Greg Utzig. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

How to think about the Kootenay heatwave

Two local scientists discuss the weather and the climate

Mel Reasoner (left) and Greg Utzig. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Bat researcher Emily de Freitas and habitat enhancement specialist Todd Manning at their research project in the forest above Beasley, B.C. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

In a West Kootenay forest, scientists create habitat for bats

Bat habitats are threatened by logging and agriculture worldwide

Bat researcher Emily de Freitas and habitat enhancement specialist Todd Manning at their research project in the forest above Beasley, B.C. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Bat researcher Emily de Freitas in the forest near Nelson. In the background, arborist Dylan Neilson installs an artificial bat roost. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

In a West Kootenay forest, scientists create habitat for bats

Bat habitats are threatened by logging and agriculture worldwide

Bat researcher Emily de Freitas in the forest near Nelson. In the background, arborist Dylan Neilson installs an artificial bat roost. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Rachel Holt of Nelson is one of five members of a technical panel that will advise the provincial government on its decisions about old growth logging. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson ecologist named to provincial old growth technical panel

Rachel Holt will provide maps, analysis and detailed information on the status of B.C.’s old growth

Rachel Holt of Nelson is one of five members of a technical panel that will advise the provincial government on its decisions about old growth logging. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Trees blown over by a windstorm in forest owned by Anderson Creek Timber. Photo: Anderson Creek Timber

Timber company logging near Nelson raises local concerns

Anderson Creek Timber owns 600 hectares of forest adjacent to the city

Trees blown over by a windstorm in forest owned by Anderson Creek Timber. Photo: Anderson Creek Timber
Daryl Jolly, his wife Kerry Pagdin, their sons Cole Jolly (left) and Graeme Jolly, and their dogs Gracie and Clover. Photo: Submitted

Selkirk College arts chair diagnosed with lung cancer, family launches fund drive

Daryl Jolly co-founded the college’s digital arts program

Daryl Jolly, his wife Kerry Pagdin, their sons Cole Jolly (left) and Graeme Jolly, and their dogs Gracie and Clover. Photo: Submitted
Empire Coffee, part of the Adventure Hotel, was the scene of an incident in November in which a man reportedly spat on an employee after yelling at staff about masks. File photo

Arrest warrant issued for man charged with spitting on Nelson hotel employee after COVID tirade

Jeremy Undershute has left Nelson and his whereabouts are unknown, police say

Empire Coffee, part of the Adventure Hotel, was the scene of an incident in November in which a man reportedly spat on an employee after yelling at staff about masks. File photo
Conceptual drawing of the proposed New Denver affordable housing project: Illustration: Zigloo Studio Inc.

Kaslo and New Denver get $1 million each for affordable housing projects from BC Housing

The housing projects will each cost a total of $3.5 million

Conceptual drawing of the proposed New Denver affordable housing project: Illustration: Zigloo Studio Inc.
Nakusp and Area Community Forest intends to do selective logging on Box Mountain as part of wildfire mitigation work. Photo: Nakusp and Area Community Forest

Nakusp community forest answers citizen concerns about wildfire mitigation

Residents of Box Mountain watershed are concerned about planned selective logging

Nakusp and Area Community Forest intends to do selective logging on Box Mountain as part of wildfire mitigation work. Photo: Nakusp and Area Community Forest
Ryall Giuliano at the corner of Baker and Hall Streets. He is one of Nelson’s street outreach workers employed by Nelson Community Services. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

People who use Nelson public washrooms say city needs more

At-risk people on the street are most affected

Ryall Giuliano at the corner of Baker and Hall Streets. He is one of Nelson’s street outreach workers employed by Nelson Community Services. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Old growth in the Lardeau Valley. “There is basically nothing left like this anywhere, but most valley bottoms in the Kootenays were once like this,” says Rachel Holt of Veridian Ecological Consulting. Photo: Rachel Holt

Nelson scientists release maps of old growth forests, urge province to stop cutting

The report contains detailed maps of 2.6 per cent of the forested land in B.C.

Old growth in the Lardeau Valley. “There is basically nothing left like this anywhere, but most valley bottoms in the Kootenays were once like this,” says Rachel Holt of Veridian Ecological Consulting. Photo: Rachel Holt
Dr. Suzanne Simard of Nelson, a professor of forest ecology at UBC, is the author of Finding the Mother Tree. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

In the forest, a Nelson scientist discovers trees take care of their own

UBC professor Dr. Suzanne Simard’s book describes research into fungal networks’ role in forest health

Dr. Suzanne Simard of Nelson, a professor of forest ecology at UBC, is the author of Finding the Mother Tree. Photo: Bill Metcalfe