Bill Metcalfe

West Kootenay resident Rena Zacher with a photo of her son Cory Westcott, missing since Sept. 1. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

West Kootenay mother searching for son missing since Sept. 1

Police are investigating the disappearance of Cory Westcott

West Kootenay resident Rena Zacher with a photo of her son Cory Westcott, missing since Sept. 1. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
High elevation old growth forest in the Babine Mountains near Smithers. Photo: Al Gorley from A New Future for Old Forests

Province’s response to old growth forest report falls short, says Nelson scientist

Rachel Holt says province is saving areas that don’t need protection, ignoring those that do

High elevation old growth forest in the Babine Mountains near Smithers. Photo: Al Gorley from A New Future for Old Forests
Nelson and Kootenay Lake from Gyro Park on Sept. 14. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

UPDATE: West Kootenay air pollution 12 times safe level

Levels reached 20 times the safe level over the weekend

Nelson and Kootenay Lake from Gyro Park on Sept. 14. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Ginger Osecki (left) and Calypso Blackman have stood on the Ward Street sidewalk outside city hall for climate action every Friday for a year. Fridays for Future is planning a public climate strike on Sept. 25 at Lakeside Park at 12:30 p.m. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson youth climate strikers reach 53 weeks, plan public event Sept. 25

A COVID-safe Sept. 25 climate event will line the Orange Bridge from end to end, two metres apart

Ginger Osecki (left) and Calypso Blackman have stood on the Ward Street sidewalk outside city hall for climate action every Friday for a year. Fridays for Future is planning a public climate strike on Sept. 25 at Lakeside Park at 12:30 p.m. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Laird Creek water users in 2018 hike along re-contoured section of deactivated road above 2011 landslide location. (Al Walters photo)

Consultant says logging road plan near Balfour is safe, residents disagree

Company plans to re-open road residents say caused 2011 Laird Creek landslide

Laird Creek water users in 2018 hike along re-contoured section of deactivated road above 2011 landslide location. (Al Walters photo)
Mia Noblet highlines across Cottonwood Lake. A local group has been trying to buy nearby land to prevent it from being logged. (Vince Hempsall photo)

Cottonwood Lake society $80K away from Aug. 31 goal

The preservation group is attempting to buy 49 hectares of land slated for logging

Mia Noblet highlines across Cottonwood Lake. A local group has been trying to buy nearby land to prevent it from being logged. (Vince Hempsall photo)
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: Photo: Pille-Riin Priske/ Unsplash                                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: Pille-Riin Priske/ Unsplash

No new COVID-19 cases in Kootenay Boundary in first half of August

As of Aug. 13, no new 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: Photo: Pille-Riin Priske/ Unsplash                                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: Pille-Riin Priske/ Unsplash
The BC Wildfire Service map as it appeared at 10:00 a.m. on Aug. 19. Source: BC Wildfire Service

More than a dozen new lightning-caused fires in West Kootenay

The Slocan Valley area is especially hard hit

The BC Wildfire Service map as it appeared at 10:00 a.m. on Aug. 19. Source: BC Wildfire Service
A wildfire at Woodbury Creek is seen on Sunday. Photo: B.C. Wildfire Service
A wildfire at Woodbury Creek is seen on Sunday. Photo: B.C. Wildfire Service
About 180 members of the national Climate Caucus, which was founded in Nelson, met online for a conference last week. Photo submitted

Municipal climate caucus, founded in Nelson, meets for national online conference

The group consists of 294 mayors, councillors and regional directors from across the country

About 180 members of the national Climate Caucus, which was founded in Nelson, met online for a conference last week. Photo submitted
The person arrested after Allan Young was assaulted has not yet appeared in Nelson court. (Bill Metcalfe photo)

No charges yet in death of B.C. officer Allan Young

Police and Crown say the investigation is still underway

The person arrested after Allan Young was assaulted has not yet appeared in Nelson court. (Bill Metcalfe photo)
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)