Bill Metcalfe

Downtown Sandpoint, Idaho is picturesque, but has recently been the site of some tense confrontations. Photo courtesy of SandpointOnline.com

Nelson’s American sister city faces COVID-19 culture war

In Sandpoint, Idaho, wearing a mask is about Black Lives Matter, gun rights, and COVID-19

Downtown Sandpoint, Idaho is picturesque, but has recently been the site of some tense confrontations. Photo courtesy of SandpointOnline.com
The B.C. Centre for Disease Control publishes some basic COVID-19 information for areas smaller than the Interior Health region as a whole. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

No new COVID cases in Kootenay-Boundary

As of July 30, there were no additional cases in the previous two weeks

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control publishes some basic COVID-19 information for areas smaller than the Interior Health region as a whole. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
The pilot of this plane, which that crashed Monday morning in the Wholesale Club parking lot in Nelson, was taken to hospital with minor injuries. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Plane crashes into Nelson supermarket parking lot

Pilot and passenger have minor injuries

The pilot of this plane, which that crashed Monday morning in the Wholesale Club parking lot in Nelson, was taken to hospital with minor injuries. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
A B.C. Supreme Court judge ruled in Nelson court that Fiona Coyle, suffering from psychosis and paranoid delusions, was not criminally responsible in a downtown stabbing in September. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

UPDATED: Woman found not criminally responsible in 2019 Nelson stabbing

The assailant thought pedestrians all around her on the street wanted to kill her

A B.C. Supreme Court judge ruled in Nelson court that Fiona Coyle, suffering from psychosis and paranoid delusions, was not criminally responsible in a downtown stabbing in September. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Sgt. Rupert Sutherland of the CP Rail police was in Nelson this week enforcing trespassing laws on the rail tracks. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

CP Rail ticketing track walkers in Nelson

Crossing the tracks other than at a traffic crossing is trespassing, company says

Sgt. Rupert Sutherland of the CP Rail police was in Nelson this week enforcing trespassing laws on the rail tracks. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
From left, Nelson Innovation Centre manager Karen Kornelsen, KAST interim executive director Kailyn Skuban, and community engagement co-ordinator Laura Vaché. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson Innovation Centre opens in Railtown

Centre will provide networking, training and workspace for all things tech

From left, Nelson Innovation Centre manager Karen Kornelsen, KAST interim executive director Kailyn Skuban, and community engagement co-ordinator Laura Vaché. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Sébastien De Marre with his foster daughters Rosena and Amaika at the Vancouver airport on June 20. Photo: Elaine Briére.

Haitian foster children arrive in Nelson after months-long lobbying effort

Marie-Paule Brisson and Sebastien De Marre have parented girls age 12 and 8 since they were babies

Sébastien De Marre with his foster daughters Rosena and Amaika at the Vancouver airport on June 20. Photo: Elaine Briére.
After being run over by a pick-up last week, Christoph Martens has surprisingly few injuries, considers himself lucky, and wants drivers to wake up. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson cyclist run over by truck

Driver ticketed for failing to yield right of way on left turn

After being run over by a pick-up last week, Christoph Martens has surprisingly few injuries, considers himself lucky, and wants drivers to wake up. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Residents launched boats from this site, owned by Teck Metals Ltd., for years until the company closed it in 2014. (Bill Metcalfe photo)

Taghum-Blewett boat launch plans are dead in the water

Teck Metals Ltd. owns all potential sites, says they are all unsuitable

Residents launched boats from this site, owned by Teck Metals Ltd., for years until the company closed it in 2014. (Bill Metcalfe photo)
Jessica Ogden, who blocked several logging roads in 2019, is seen in January. She calls herself a water protector, not a protester. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

West Kootenay logging blockader files police complaint, is sued by company

Jessica Ogden had multiple confrontations with RCMP and with loggers in 2019

Jessica Ogden, who blocked several logging roads in 2019, is seen in January. She calls herself a water protector, not a protester. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Farmers with a Class D license in the north Kootenay Lake may now slaughter their own or other people’s animals to a maximum of 12 animals per year. Photo submitted                                Farmers with a Class D license in the north Kootenay Lake may now slaughter their own or other people’s animals to a maximum of 12 animals per year. Photo submitted

Province relaxes meat sale rules for Lardeau area farmers

Changes will help local food security and the north Kootenay Lake economy, RDCK chair says

Farmers with a Class D license in the north Kootenay Lake may now slaughter their own or other people’s animals to a maximum of 12 animals per year. Photo submitted                                Farmers with a Class D license in the north Kootenay Lake may now slaughter their own or other people’s animals to a maximum of 12 animals per year. Photo submitted
Rachel Holt, a Nelson ecologist who has worked on forestry and old growth issues for decades, is the co-author of a paper that looks at loss of old growth forest in B.C. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Province ignoring need to preserve old growth forests, says Nelson scientist

Report says more resources are given to harvesting old growth than protecting it

Rachel Holt, a Nelson ecologist who has worked on forestry and old growth issues for decades, is the co-author of a paper that looks at loss of old growth forest in B.C. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Nelson’s farmers’ markets will take place Wednesdays and Saturdays starting June 13 at Cottonwood Park. Photo: West Kootenay EcoSociety

City of Nelson takes over farmers’ markets from EcoSociety

Markets start June 13 and will be run by the Nelson and District Youth Centre

Nelson’s farmers’ markets will take place Wednesdays and Saturdays starting June 13 at Cottonwood Park. Photo: West Kootenay EcoSociety
Robin Higgins in the mountains of central Asia. Photo submitted

Nelson counsellor works online with university students in central Asia during pandemic

Robin Higgins is home from her job in Tajikistan because of COVID-19

Robin Higgins in the mountains of central Asia. Photo submitted
Springer Creek Campground in Slocan on Sunday. Photo submitted

Flooding: Why the RDCK ordered hundreds of properties evacuated

All evacuation orders have now been rescinded

Springer Creek Campground in Slocan on Sunday. Photo submitted
Krista Robson, shown here with her two kids Sawyer and Madyson, has leased farmland in Harrop thanks to the Young Agrarians land matching program. Photo: Ursula Heller

Young farmers find a home through land-matching program

Young Agrarians links would-be farmers with landowners who have land to spare

Krista Robson, shown here with her two kids Sawyer and Madyson, has leased farmland in Harrop thanks to the Young Agrarians land matching program. Photo: Ursula Heller
Claudia and Ben Herrera on their organic farm in the Creston Valley. Photo submitted.

Creston flour mills overwhelmed by COVID-19 demand

Flour shortage highlights region’s grain insecurity

Claudia and Ben Herrera on their organic farm in the Creston Valley. Photo submitted.
Jon Steinman pours wheat into the flour mill owned by members of the Nelson Flour Milling Co-op. Photo submitted

Nelson flour mill co-op looking for new members

COVID-19 highlights relevance of decade-old milling project

Jon Steinman pours wheat into the flour mill owned by members of the Nelson Flour Milling Co-op. Photo submitted
Danka Merunka and her husband Chuck Payne are seen at the spot where their dog Ryder was killed last month. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Rural dog enters city, kills Nelson resident’s dog in back yard

Nelson resident is now afraid to go into her yard

Danka Merunka and her husband Chuck Payne are seen at the spot where their dog Ryder was killed last month. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Sebastien De Marre and Marie-Paule Brisson in Haiti with their foster daughters Rosena and Amaika. Photo submitted

COVID-19 leaves Nelson couple with devastating choice

Sebastien De Marre and Marie-Paule Brisson won’t leave their foster children behind in Haiti

Sebastien De Marre and Marie-Paule Brisson in Haiti with their foster daughters Rosena and Amaika. Photo submitted