Greg Nesteroff

Nelson’s fire hall as it appeared in Roxanne, with the ambulance station redecorated as a false-fronted building. Interiors were actually shot in Vancouver. Photo: Al Peterson

When Hollywood came to Nelson in 1986

Movie-making provided an ego boost for a town down on its luck

Nelson’s fire hall as it appeared in Roxanne, with the ambulance station redecorated as a false-fronted building. Interiors were actually shot in Vancouver. Photo: Al Peterson
Alan Ramsden devised a bomb as a teenager that earned him attention from newspapers — and the department of defence.

The bomb, the bunker, and the broadcaster: The life of Nelson’s Alan Ramsden

Ramsden, who has died at 95, was instrumental in establishing the city’s museum.

Alan Ramsden devised a bomb as a teenager that earned him attention from newspapers — and the department of defence.
Ron Welwood is seen at a Touchstones Nelson gala in 2017. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

The man who saved (and coined) Kootenaiana dies at 81

Ron Welwood was a noted local historian

Ron Welwood is seen at a Touchstones Nelson gala in 2017. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
After decades in the Gora family and many years on the market, the Salmo Hotel has been sold to a mining industry executive who plans to keep it going without any major changes. Photo: Greg Nesteroff

After decades in the same family, a Salmo landmark changes hands

Mining executive John Mirko has bought the historic Salmo Hotel from Marion Gora

After decades in the Gora family and many years on the market, the Salmo Hotel has been sold to a mining industry executive who plans to keep it going without any major changes. Photo: Greg Nesteroff
Touchstones Nelson archivist J.P. Stienne holds one of about 650 plans recently donated by Fairbank Architects Ltd. Photo: Tyler Harper

Fairbank Architects donates old plans to Touchstones Nelson

Drawings date back to the 1930s and include many significant buildings

Touchstones Nelson archivist J.P. Stienne holds one of about 650 plans recently donated by Fairbank Architects Ltd. Photo: Tyler Harper
George Kamitakahara sips coffee aboard his sailboat, the <em>Amoreena</em>, at an unknown location, sometime in the 1980s. Photo submitted

Cruise of the Amoreena: A former Slocan man’s journey across the Pacific

George Kamitakahara was three years into a round-the-world voyage when his sailboat hit a reef

George Kamitakahara sips coffee aboard his sailboat, the <em>Amoreena</em>, at an unknown location, sometime in the 1980s. Photo submitted
Creston Town Hall is seen in 2021. Photo: Greg Nesteroff

West Kootenay municipalities mull mandatory employee vaccinations

Nelson, Trail, Rossland, and RDCK still deciding whether to follow lead of Creston, Vancouver

Creston Town Hall is seen in 2021. Photo: Greg Nesteroff
The former home of Pacific Insight, west of Nelson, has been listed for sale for $5.5 million. File photo

Former Pacific Insight building listed for sale

The 67,000-square foot facility has been mostly vacant for more than two years.

The former home of Pacific Insight, west of Nelson, has been listed for sale for $5.5 million. File photo
Cemetary headstone

Headstone repairs planned at Rossland’s Columbia Cemetery

Heritage commission also discussing how to commemorate Chinese section.

Cemetary headstone
The Blaylock Mansion, a.k.a. Lakewood, was built in the 1930s for Cominco boss Selwyn Blaylock. Now a bed and breakfast, it’s probably the most famous home in West Kootenay. Photo: Tyler Harper

Ghost tales: The storied history of Kootenay Lake’s most famous home

Lost Souls of Lakewood explores the history of Nelson’s Blaylock Mansion

The Blaylock Mansion, a.k.a. Lakewood, was built in the 1930s for Cominco boss Selwyn Blaylock. Now a bed and breakfast, it’s probably the most famous home in West Kootenay. Photo: Tyler Harper
Work is seen on the Midtown mixed-use project in Rossland. Photo: CitySpaces Consulting

Soil removal eats up $400,000 of contingency in Rossland mixed-use project

City says overrun was not unexpected, and no further major issues are anticipated.

Work is seen on the Midtown mixed-use project in Rossland. Photo: CitySpaces Consulting
Cezary Ksiazek wanted to build a seniors housing project on the former Cook Avenue school site, but was denied a rezoning application. Rossland News file photo

UPDATED: Developer blasts Rossland council over ‘double standard’

Cezary Ksiazek is frustrated that two large residential developments are going ahead while his isn’t.

Cezary Ksiazek wanted to build a seniors housing project on the former Cook Avenue school site, but was denied a rezoning application. Rossland News file photo
New book reappraises Silvery Slocan mining rush

New book reappraises Silvery Slocan mining rush

Peter Smith has published Silver Rush: British Columbia’s Silvery Slocan 1891-1900

New book reappraises Silvery Slocan mining rush
David Hesson captured this image of angry storm clouds hovering over Trail in late June. (David Hesson photo)

Total West Kootenay rainfall 23% below average in June

Monthly summary provided by the Southeast Fire Centre weather office

David Hesson captured this image of angry storm clouds hovering over Trail in late June. (David Hesson photo)
It rained on all but five days in June in West Kootenay, but the total amount was less than normal. Photo: Pixabay                                (Pixabay)
It rained on all but five days in June in West Kootenay, but the total amount was less than normal. Photo: Pixabay                                (Pixabay)
Sour Dough Alley in Rossland. City of Vancouver Archives/Edwards Bros. photo/AM7353-S1-F2

Rossland’s Sourdough Alley a ‘muddy collection of shacks’

Rossland’s earliest thoroughfare was once derided as a ‘muddy collection of shacks’

Sour Dough Alley in Rossland. City of Vancouver Archives/Edwards Bros. photo/AM7353-S1-F2
(Photo by Ümit Bulut on Unsplash)

Thinking today about the histories of tomorrow

Robert Malcolmson is professor emeritus of history at Queen’s University. He now lives in Nelson.

(Photo by Ümit Bulut on Unsplash)
Nelson firefighters tackled a blaze at the corner of Josephine and Victoria on Thursday evening. Photo: Tyler Harper

VIDEO: Nelson firefighters battle fire at Victoria and Josephine

Building home to several businesses, including restaurant and dry cleaner

Nelson firefighters tackled a blaze at the corner of Josephine and Victoria on Thursday evening. Photo: Tyler Harper
Selkirk College student Emily Markholm has been an important leader over her three-year learning journey at the Castlegar campus. Photo submitted

Selkirk College recognizes environmental leadership

Awards presented for dedication

Selkirk College student Emily Markholm has been an important leader over her three-year learning journey at the Castlegar campus. Photo submitted
(Photo by Edward Howell on Unsplash)

A spark of hope on Earth Day’s golden anniversary

Laura Sacks and Judy O’Leary lead the Nelson–West Kootenay chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby

(Photo by Edward Howell on Unsplash)