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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
Laurel Conley (left) of Nelson and Veronica Holman from the East Shore are stuck in Peru in the midst of the pandemic. They went to learn about the culture and language of the Indigenous people. “The Amazon is an incredible place full of knowledge and biodiversity,” Conley says. “We have many beloved friends here.” Photo submitted

UPDATE: West Kootenay residents stranded in Peru seek a way home

Two West Kootenay residents are being evacuated by the federal government, others are still waiting

Laurel Conley (left) of Nelson and Veronica Holman from the East Shore are stuck in Peru in the midst of the pandemic. They went to learn about the culture and language of the Indigenous people. “The Amazon is an incredible place full of knowledge and biodiversity,” Conley says. “We have many beloved friends here.” Photo submitted
The Nelson Courthouse is idle during the COVID-19 pandemic. The B.C. Supreme Court has suspended entirely until further notice while the closest sitting provincial court is in Kelowna. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

West Kootenay lawyers weigh in on province-wide court shutdown

The nearest location will be Kelowna, and only for urgent matters during COVID-19

The Nelson Courthouse is idle during the COVID-19 pandemic. The B.C. Supreme Court has suspended entirely until further notice while the closest sitting provincial court is in Kelowna. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Dr. Daniel Shoop works with another volunteer dentist pictured in Guatemala in 2013. Photo courtesy of Dr. Shoop

Nelson dentist petitions province to order shut-down of all dental offices

David Alfaro says current COVID-19 recommendation doesn’t go far enough

Dr. Daniel Shoop works with another volunteer dentist pictured in Guatemala in 2013. Photo courtesy of Dr. Shoop
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Nelson medical trainee disciplined for unprofessional conduct

College of Physicians and Surgeons has reprimanded Vincent Zenarosa for practising without a licence

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British Columbia provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Number of COVID-19 cases in Interior Health region remains at two

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry addressed the media today

British Columbia provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Nelson woman pulled over for being impaired passenger sues police officer, province

Nelson woman pulled over for being impaired passenger sues police officer, province

Sarah Coghill was detained and her vehicle impounded for being an impaired passenger

Nelson woman pulled over for being impaired passenger sues police officer, province
Nina Sylvester of Nelson has planted trees and run crews in B.C. and Alberta for seven years. She says it is easy for youthful planters to accept sexist workplace culture as the status quo. Photo submitted

Sexual assault stories from treeplanting camps ‘shocking but not surprising’

Contractors’ association is working with trainers to create respectful culture

Nina Sylvester of Nelson has planted trees and run crews in B.C. and Alberta for seven years. She says it is easy for youthful planters to accept sexist workplace culture as the status quo. Photo submitted
Richard Desautel, a Sinixt man from Washington state, won his case at the provincial court level. The province has since appealed it through several levels to the Supreme Court of Canada. File photo

Supreme Court of Canada will hear Sinixt appeal May 12

B.C. has appealed Indigenous hunting case through several levels of court starting in Nelson in 2016

Richard Desautel, a Sinixt man from Washington state, won his case at the provincial court level. The province has since appealed it through several levels to the Supreme Court of Canada. File photo
Organic material is seen in aerated windrows. The RDCK system to be installed at the former Canex landfill will use a loader to move material (not the unit pictured). Photo submitted

Organic waste pick-up expected by 2022 in RDCK

But there are many unanswered questions in Nelson about cost and details

Organic material is seen in aerated windrows. The RDCK system to be installed at the former Canex landfill will use a loader to move material (not the unit pictured). Photo submitted