Bill Metcalfe

Scott Jeffery of Nelson Fire and Rescue and firefighter Gerry Schmidtke standing amongst downed woody debris and ladder fuels only a few hundred metres above Mountain Lakes Seniors Community in Nelson. This untreated forest is representative of the publicly owned lands that City of Nelson has been targeting for clean up. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson fire department cleans up urban wildfire fuel on city property

Work will be done near Mountain Lakes, at the Mountain Station water intake, and in Art Gibbon Park

Scott Jeffery of Nelson Fire and Rescue and firefighter Gerry Schmidtke standing amongst downed woody debris and ladder fuels only a few hundred metres above Mountain Lakes Seniors Community in Nelson. This untreated forest is representative of the publicly owned lands that City of Nelson has been targeting for clean up. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
L-R, the Kootenay-Columbia federal election candidates: Sarah Bennett (People’s Party of Canada), Rob Morrison (Conservative), Wayne Stetski (New Democratic Party), Robin Goldsbury (Liberal), and Rana Nelson (Green Party). File photos

Kootenay-Columbia candidates discuss economic and social issues in online forum

The Nelson-based event was attended by about 60 people

L-R, the Kootenay-Columbia federal election candidates: Sarah Bennett (People’s Party of Canada), Rob Morrison (Conservative), Wayne Stetski (New Democratic Party), Robin Goldsbury (Liberal), and Rana Nelson (Green Party). File photos
Amanda Weber-Roy of BC Parks with Scott Jeffery of Nelson’s fire department in a forest in West Arm Provincial Park near Nelson that was cleared of dry wildfire fuel last year to create a shaded fuel break. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

BC Parks creates shaded fuel breaks in forests next to Nelson

The work is part of extensive wildfire fuel mitigation underway

Amanda Weber-Roy of BC Parks with Scott Jeffery of Nelson’s fire department in a forest in West Arm Provincial Park near Nelson that was cleared of dry wildfire fuel last year to create a shaded fuel break. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
It has been seven years since the death of Peter de Groot. File photo

Inquest into death of Peter de Groot set for Sept. 27 in Nelson

De Groot died in a 2014 altercation with RCMP

It has been seven years since the death of Peter de Groot. File photo
Nelson council has agreed to spend some time and money to explore, but not necessarily take on, a new idea that could add density and affordability to residential areas. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson council to explore new housing density proposal

‘Permanently affordable housing’ is a program of Small Housing BC

Nelson council has agreed to spend some time and money to explore, but not necessarily take on, a new idea that could add density and affordability to residential areas. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
L-R: Rob Morrison (Conservative), Robin Goldsbury (Liberal), Wayne Stetski (NDP), and Rana Nelson (Green) participated in an online forum for Kootenay-Columbia election candidates about climate change on Sept. 8. File photos

Kootenay-Columbia candidates talk climate change in online forum

160 people attended event hosted by youth members of Fridays for Future

L-R: Rob Morrison (Conservative), Robin Goldsbury (Liberal), Wayne Stetski (NDP), and Rana Nelson (Green) participated in an online forum for Kootenay-Columbia election candidates about climate change on Sept. 8. File photos
A view of the proposed additions to the Nelson Daily News building. Illustration: Thomas Loh Architect

Redevelopment of Nelson Daily News building sparks affordability discussion at council

The project will add residential and commercial space to the west end of Baker Steet

A view of the proposed additions to the Nelson Daily News building. Illustration: Thomas Loh Architect
Smokii Sumac with Alone Time 9 by JJ Levine at the Touchstones Nelson gallery. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Ktunaxa poet reads at Touchstones Nelson for parade-less Pride week

Smokii Sumac describes himself as two-spirit, transmasculine, and a member of the Ktunaxa Nation

Smokii Sumac with Alone Time 9 by JJ Levine at the Touchstones Nelson gallery. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
At the Nelson airport, Genevieve Sauviat, left, whose family has benefitted from the medical charity Hope Air, with pilot and Nelson native Dave McElroy, Hope Air’s founder. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Hope Air touches down in Nelson

The charity raises money for medical flights for those in need

At the Nelson airport, Genevieve Sauviat, left, whose family has benefitted from the medical charity Hope Air, with pilot and Nelson native Dave McElroy, Hope Air’s founder. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce executive director Tom Thomson says the group has many questions for the province about how a vaccine passport will work. Photo: Tyler Harper

Vaccine card plan leaves too many unanswered questions, says Nelson Chamber of Commerce

Enforcement and implementation are big issues for small business

Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce executive director Tom Thomson says the group has many questions for the province about how a vaccine passport will work. Photo: Tyler Harper
Hundreds of people gathered at the intersection of Ward and Vernon on Wednesday to protest the provincial government’s planned vaccine passport program. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

VIDEO: Hundreds in Nelson protest against provincial vaccine passport

The event took place as cases surge in the city

Hundreds of people gathered at the intersection of Ward and Vernon on Wednesday to protest the provincial government’s planned vaccine passport program. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Fred Rosenberg's book Anecdotal Evidence, which contains 116 of his photographs of Nelson people over the past four decades, will be launched at Touchstones on Sept. 10. Photo: Jeremy Addington

Legendary Nelson photographer publishes new book

Fred Rosenberg has been photographing the people of Nelson for 40 years

Fred Rosenberg's book Anecdotal Evidence, which contains 116 of his photographs of Nelson people over the past four decades, will be launched at Touchstones on Sept. 10. Photo: Jeremy Addington
The Climate Caucus, founded in Nelson, has 400 municipal councillor members across the country. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

‘We knew it was coming’: Climate Caucus responds to dire climate change report

The Climate Caucus is made up of 400 municipal councillors and regional directors

The Climate Caucus, founded in Nelson, has 400 municipal councillor members across the country. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
The pier at the foot of Hall Street will be demolished this fall, and new pilings installed. A new pier will be built in the spring. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Hall Street pier reconstruction to start this fall

The first stage is to remove old pilings and deck

The pier at the foot of Hall Street will be demolished this fall, and new pilings installed. A new pier will be built in the spring. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
The Rural Empowered Drug Users Network, a support group for current and former drug users, presented two requests to Nelson council in June, and a decision was made on Aug. 17. File photo.

Nelson council to write to federal government on overdose deaths

But council declined to fund local drug user support group

The Rural Empowered Drug Users Network, a support group for current and former drug users, presented two requests to Nelson council in June, and a decision was made on Aug. 17. File photo.
Mel Reasoner has a PhD in earth and atmospheric sciences and his company, Climatic Resources Consulting, provides climate change information to the Columbia Basin Trust, the City of Edmonton, and communities in Nova Scotia, among others. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson climate scientist responds to dire new IPCC report

Mel Reasoner says climate predictions are more certain and more urgent than before

Mel Reasoner has a PhD in earth and atmospheric sciences and his company, Climatic Resources Consulting, provides climate change information to the Columbia Basin Trust, the City of Edmonton, and communities in Nova Scotia, among others. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
BC Transit buses would probably be available if transportation is needed in a wildfire evacuation, but only for the very vulnerable who can’t find any other transportation, says the head of Nelson’s Emergency Operations Centre. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

BC Transit and SD8 could provide buses for possible Nelson wildfire evacuation

But the head of emergency management for Nelson says only the very vulnerable should depend on this

BC Transit buses would probably be available if transportation is needed in a wildfire evacuation, but only for the very vulnerable who can’t find any other transportation, says the head of Nelson’s Emergency Operations Centre. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Mayor John Dooley and MLA Brittny Anderson cut the ribbon for Nelson’s new bike route at the re-designed of Nelson Avenue and Anderson Street, with, L-R: Nelson police officer Wade Tittemore, chief financial officer Colin McCLure, planner Pam Mierau, fire chief Len MacCharles, Staff Sgt. Brian Weber and planner Sebastien Arcand. Photo: Anthony Sanna

Nelson officially opens new bike route

The goal is to make it easier for families to cycle, not just expert cyclists

Mayor John Dooley and MLA Brittny Anderson cut the ribbon for Nelson’s new bike route at the re-designed of Nelson Avenue and Anderson Street, with, L-R: Nelson police officer Wade Tittemore, chief financial officer Colin McCLure, planner Pam Mierau, fire chief Len MacCharles, Staff Sgt. Brian Weber and planner Sebastien Arcand. Photo: Anthony Sanna
The Michaud Creek, Octopus Creek, Mt. Ruppel and Trozzo Creek fires. Evacuation alerts are shaded in orange. Map: BCWS/Nelson Star

Evacuation order for Fauquier lifted, two Lower Arrow Lake fires merge

Rain pauses West Kootenay fires, but more hot weather forecast

The Michaud Creek, Octopus Creek, Mt. Ruppel and Trozzo Creek fires. Evacuation alerts are shaded in orange. Map: BCWS/Nelson Star
Several record temperatures and precipitation far below normal were seen in the West Kootenay in July. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Several record temperatures and precipitation far below normal were seen in the West Kootenay in July. Photo: Bill Metcalfe