Bill Metcalfe

UBC forestry student Liam Jones of Nelson takes an inventory of carbon stocks and biodiversity in a clear-cut near Argenta in 2022. Photo: Arianna Murphy-Steed

Stop clear-cutting, says forestry professor after research in West Kootenay

Dr. Suzanne Simard, author of Finding the Mother Tree, worked with students in forest near Argenta

UBC forestry student Liam Jones of Nelson takes an inventory of carbon stocks and biodiversity in a clear-cut near Argenta in 2022. Photo: Arianna Murphy-Steed
RCMP are seen here making arrests May 17 near Argenta, B.C., north of Nelson. A group had been camped out protesting a logging company’s plans for the area. Photo: Louis Bockner

RCMP make arrests at logging protest north of Nelson

Last Stand West Kootenay was camped out on a road near Argenta

RCMP are seen here making arrests May 17 near Argenta, B.C., north of Nelson. A group had been camped out protesting a logging company’s plans for the area. Photo: Louis Bockner
Some of the participants in a tenants’ rights workshop held in Nelson on May 7 at the Civic Theatre. Spokesperson James Barbeiro is back right, with plaid shirt. City councillor Keith Page, bottom right, was there as the chair of the city’s housing committee. Photo: Submitted

Nelson tenants form union to learn rights, bargain with landlords

Group wants to correct ‘power imbalance’ between landlords and tenants

Some of the participants in a tenants’ rights workshop held in Nelson on May 7 at the Civic Theatre. Spokesperson James Barbeiro is back right, with plaid shirt. City councillor Keith Page, bottom right, was there as the chair of the city’s housing committee. Photo: Submitted
Environmental microbiologist Dr. Natalie Prystajecky with some of her staff members at the BC Centre for Disease Control. Photo: Submitted

Wastewater testing for COVID-19 coming to Interior Health

Testing can tell whether cases are rising or falling in a community

Environmental microbiologist Dr. Natalie Prystajecky with some of her staff members at the BC Centre for Disease Control. Photo: Submitted
Jim Sawada, right, has recently handed off his job as head gardener at the Friendship Garden to Bernie Zimmer. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Blosson-viewing at Friendship Garden celebrates the arrival of spring

Guests enjoyed Japanese tea, treats, and workshops on calligraphy, kite-making, haiku, and origami

Jim Sawada, right, has recently handed off his job as head gardener at the Friendship Garden to Bernie Zimmer. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Tia Holt, age 9, the youngest runner in the Run Like a Mother event, with her mother Kirsty Holt. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

PHOTOS: Nelson runs like mothers for Kootenay Kids

The fundraising event attracted 225 runners Saturday

Tia Holt, age 9, the youngest runner in the Run Like a Mother event, with her mother Kirsty Holt. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
A heron in a nest tree on Granite Pointe Golf Club property on May 3, 2022. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson golf club president denies existence of threatened heron nests at course

But the Nelson Star has confirmed the nests, and herons, exist at Granite Pointe

A heron in a nest tree on Granite Pointe Golf Club property on May 3, 2022. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
The long-vacant building at 561 Josephine St. has been purchased by the BC General Employees’ Union. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

B.C. union buys downtown Nelson heritage building

The former furniture store has been vacant for 11 years

The long-vacant building at 561 Josephine St. has been purchased by the BC General Employees’ Union. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Nelson resident Catherine Williams was one of 40 volunteers who helped clean flammable material from the forest beside the Rail Trail on April 30. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Community volunteers remove wildfire fuel from Nelson’s Rail Trail

About 40 residents came out May 30 to help the the fire department remove debris from the forest

Nelson resident Catherine Williams was one of 40 volunteers who helped clean flammable material from the forest beside the Rail Trail on April 30. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
The camp set up on the Salisbury Creek forest road by the group Last Stand West Kootenay. Photo: Submitted

Blockade set up by protesters ahead of contested logging in Argenta area

Logging in the Argenta-Johnsons Landing Face has been planned and discussed for several years

The camp set up on the Salisbury Creek forest road by the group Last Stand West Kootenay. Photo: Submitted
Colin McClure will become the City of Trail’s manager and chief financial officer. File photo

Nelson’s financial officer to become Trail’s city manager

Colin McClure will also be Trail’s chief financial officer

Colin McClure will become the City of Trail’s manager and chief financial officer. File photo
Colin McClure, Nelson’s chief financial officer and deputy city manager, presented a proposed 2022 budget to city council on April 14. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson budget 2022: Taxes up by 4%

Increase due to inflation, new deputy police chief position, wage increases for unionized staff

Colin McClure, Nelson’s chief financial officer and deputy city manager, presented a proposed 2022 budget to city council on April 14. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Frances Myers Lynch won the UBC Okanagan short story contest in the high school category with her story Bird Bones. Photo: Wild ARC

Nelson teen wins UBC Okanagan short story contest

Frances Myers Lynch is a Grade 10 student at L.V. Rogers Secondary

Frances Myers Lynch won the UBC Okanagan short story contest in the high school category with her story Bird Bones. Photo: Wild ARC
Bruce Hunter built his ‘Nelectricar’ with all locally purchased parts and materials. He designed the shell of the vehicle to resemble Nelson’s historic streetcars. A video of Hunter driving his car down Baker Street is included in the online version of this story. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson man builds electric mini-car in his garage

Bruce Hunter says his ‘Nelectricar’ is the car of the future

Bruce Hunter built his ‘Nelectricar’ with all locally purchased parts and materials. He designed the shell of the vehicle to resemble Nelson’s historic streetcars. A video of Hunter driving his car down Baker Street is included in the online version of this story. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
L-R: Yohann Gandevia, Juliana Kopp, Grace Clark and Sapphire Guthrie will each perform half-hour concerts at the Capitol Theatre on April 23. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Emerging Nelson talent to be showcased at Sojourn concerts April 23

Sapphire Guthrie, Grace Clark, Juliana Kopp and Yohaan Gandevia will perform half-hour sets

L-R: Yohann Gandevia, Juliana Kopp, Grace Clark and Sapphire Guthrie will each perform half-hour concerts at the Capitol Theatre on April 23. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Advocates for decriminalization and safe supply of drugs stood outside Nelson’s city hall on April 14th. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson rally asks for decriminalization and safe supply of drugs

9,400 people have died in BC from toxic drugs since 2016 when BC declared an opioid crisis emergency

Advocates for decriminalization and safe supply of drugs stood outside Nelson’s city hall on April 14th. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
L-R: Indigenous elders Ann-Marie Smith and Donna Wright with participants from Kootenay Kids and the Lalin choir at the drum awakening event in Nelson on April 10. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Awakening the drum: Nelson community groups gather for Indigenous ceremony

Nelson choir and Indigenous family group shared drum-making and ceremony

L-R: Indigenous elders Ann-Marie Smith and Donna Wright with participants from Kootenay Kids and the Lalin choir at the drum awakening event in Nelson on April 10. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
The streetcar tracks await new pavement after repairs at the east end of the mall parking lot. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson streetcar track repairs underway, new season starts May 20

Nelson Electric Tramway society raised $35,000 of its $80,000 fundraising goal

The streetcar tracks await new pavement after repairs at the east end of the mall parking lot. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Nelson’s sewage treatment plant is located at Grohman Narrows, and treats sewage through primary treatment (filtering and settling of solids) and secondary treatment (biological processes to break down organic matter). The resulting effluent is then released into the Kootenay River. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Nelson’s sewage treatment plant is located at Grohman Narrows, and treats sewage through primary treatment (filtering and settling of solids) and secondary treatment (biological processes to break down organic matter). The resulting effluent is then released into the Kootenay River. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Sculptor Denis Kleine, second from left, with siblings (L-R) Kevin Kardos, Gwen Padur, and Mark Kardos, with Kleine’s sculpture entitled Dawn, contributed to Mountain Lakes by the family. A fourth sibling, Gail Kardos, a resident at Mountain Lakes, is not shown in the photo. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Family donates sculpture to Mountain Lakes

The piece was created by local artist Denis Kleine

Sculptor Denis Kleine, second from left, with siblings (L-R) Kevin Kardos, Gwen Padur, and Mark Kardos, with Kleine’s sculpture entitled Dawn, contributed to Mountain Lakes by the family. A fourth sibling, Gail Kardos, a resident at Mountain Lakes, is not shown in the photo. Photo: Bill Metcalfe