Bill Metcalfe

This map covers numbers from January to Nov. 30. A separate map showing additional numbers between Nov. 30 and Dec. 10 is linked in the story. Map: BC Centre for Disease Control

Seventy-one cases of COVID-19 to Nov. 30 in Nelson, Castlegar and Trail

New data from the BC Centre for Disease Control shows numbers of cases for local areas

This map covers numbers from January to Nov. 30. A separate map showing additional numbers between Nov. 30 and Dec. 10 is linked in the story. Map: BC Centre for Disease Control
The courthouse in Nelson. Off-duty police officer Allan Young died after an incident on a downtown Nelson street in July. File photo

Still no word on charges in death of police officer Allan Young

Abbotsford off-duty police officer died in Nelson in July

The courthouse in Nelson. Off-duty police officer Allan Young died after an incident on a downtown Nelson street in July. File photo
City hall staff person Sandy Kobe with a FoodCycler used in a city staff room. Photo: City of Nelson

Nelson will use unique technology to reduce composting costs

Program will provide a processing machine to countertops in every household

City hall staff person Sandy Kobe with a FoodCycler used in a city staff room. Photo: City of Nelson
In November, Aimee Watson was acclaimed as the chair for another year at the Regional District of Central Kootenay. File photo

Aimee Watson acclaimed as RDCK chair for third one-year term

Watson outlines eight of the most pressing issues for the RDCK in 2021

In November, Aimee Watson was acclaimed as the chair for another year at the Regional District of Central Kootenay. File photo
Buddy’s wants council to expand its downtown maximum from two businesses to three cannabis businesses. Photo: Tyler Harper

Buddy’s Place to apply to Nelson council for permanent downtown status

Online presentation and survey will take place Thursday, Dec. 10

Buddy’s wants council to expand its downtown maximum from two businesses to three cannabis businesses. Photo: Tyler Harper
Brian McArthur is one of the founders of the West Arm Woodworking Co-op, which is looking for a building. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Woodwork co-op seeks space in Nelson

The West Arm Woodwork Co-op is ready to go, but needs minimum 3,000 square feet

Brian McArthur is one of the founders of the West Arm Woodworking Co-op, which is looking for a building. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Nelson schools have stopped recycling anything except cardboard because they are unable to separate recycling to the satisfaction of Waste Management Inc., the contractor that picks up and ships recycling. Photo: School District 8

Nelson schools cut back on recycling

Recycling pick-up contractor says there is too much contamination in the bins

Nelson schools have stopped recycling anything except cardboard because they are unable to separate recycling to the satisfaction of Waste Management Inc., the contractor that picks up and ships recycling. Photo: School District 8
Youth Climate Corps members April Gariepy, Summer Monkman and Linn Murray at work in West Arm Provincial Park, fall 2020. Photo: Submitted
Youth Climate Corps members April Gariepy, Summer Monkman and Linn Murray at work in West Arm Provincial Park. fall 2020. Photo submitted

VIDEO: Kootenay youth climate group works to protect Nelson’s water supply

Youth Climate Corps members spent five weeks thinning forest in West Arm Park

Youth Climate Corps members April Gariepy, Summer Monkman and Linn Murray at work in West Arm Provincial Park, fall 2020. Photo: Submitted
Youth Climate Corps members April Gariepy, Summer Monkman and Linn Murray at work in West Arm Provincial Park. fall 2020. Photo submitted
Jessica Ogden, who calls herself a water protector, not a protester, has lost an internal police complaint following several interactions with the RCMP and the legal system in 2019. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Kootenay logging blockader loses police complaint, files counterclaim against company

Court actions and police complaints stem from blockades in the Balfour and Argenta areas in 2019

Jessica Ogden, who calls herself a water protector, not a protester, has lost an internal police complaint following several interactions with the RCMP and the legal system in 2019. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Nelson city council conducted an online resident survey about patios and food trucks and got over a thousand responses. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson council hears results of survey on patios and food trucks

A city’s online survey got 1,130 responses

Nelson city council conducted an online resident survey about patios and food trucks and got over a thousand responses. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Regional and local governments will eventually be required by the province to follow the BC Energy Step Code, which aims to reduce greenhouse gases from buildings. Some governments, now including the RDCK, have decided to phase it in voluntarily ahead of provincial deadlines. File photo

VIDEO: RDCK adopts Step 1 of provincial home energy efficiency plan

New buildings must comply with first level of the BC Energy Step Code

Regional and local governments will eventually be required by the province to follow the BC Energy Step Code, which aims to reduce greenhouse gases from buildings. Some governments, now including the RDCK, have decided to phase it in voluntarily ahead of provincial deadlines. File photo
Chief Paul Burkart presented Nelson Police Department budget numbers to city council on Nov. 23. Photo submitted

Nelson police ask council for 1.9 per cent budget increase for 2021

Almost 90 per cent of police budget is for wages

Chief Paul Burkart presented Nelson Police Department budget numbers to city council on Nov. 23. Photo submitted
An employee of the Adventure Hotel was taken to hospital on Nov. 20 after she confronted a customer of Empire Coffee about not wearing a mask. File photo.

UPDATE: Nelson hotel employee suffers heart attack after being assaulted in anti-mask incident

This update includes the present condition of the victim and a comment from the police department

An employee of the Adventure Hotel was taken to hospital on Nov. 20 after she confronted a customer of Empire Coffee about not wearing a mask. File photo.
L-R: Kootenay Co-op general manager Ari Derfel, grocery manager Erin Morrison, and security guard Akshay Sharma. The Kootenay Co-op has hired a security company to protect staff from abusive customers who don’t wish to wear masks. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Mask acceptance varies between different business outlets in Nelson

A small percentage of shoppers have tried flouting the rule, and Kootenay Co-op has hired a security guard.

L-R: Kootenay Co-op general manager Ari Derfel, grocery manager Erin Morrison, and security guard Akshay Sharma. The Kootenay Co-op has hired a security company to protect staff from abusive customers who don’t wish to wear masks. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Marty Horswill, March 14, 1944 – November 9, 2020. File photo

Seventy years of song: Marty Horswill’s legacy remembered

The third-generation Nelson resident and vocalist died on Nov. 9

Marty Horswill, March 14, 1944 – November 9, 2020. File photo
Nelson’s chief financial officer told council on Nov. 6 that its special COVID-19 budget has resulted in a surplus so far this year. File photo

Nelson budget shows third-quarter surplus despite COVID-19

Results are based on a special pandemic budget prepared in the spring

Nelson’s chief financial officer told council on Nov. 6 that its special COVID-19 budget has resulted in a surplus so far this year. File photo
Sami Majadla has won the first round of KAST’s pitch competition. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson tech entrepreneur wins Kootenay pitch competition

Sami Majadla has designed software to help craft cannabis growers

Sami Majadla has won the first round of KAST’s pitch competition. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
The trial of Jason Tait was not held at the Nelson courthouse because of COVID-19 restrictions but at Nelson’s Capitol Theatre. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Jason Tait trial: Investigating agency defends decision to prosecute

Independent Investigations Office and Crown say there was enough evidence to go to trial

The trial of Jason Tait was not held at the Nelson courthouse because of COVID-19 restrictions but at Nelson’s Capitol Theatre. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Trevor Jenkinson (left) of the West Kootenay Landlord’s Society with Mike McGaw, who advocates for renters at Nelson Community Services. Jenkinson: “Mike and I are not adversaries. We actually work together and we solve issues regarding tenancy problems if they come up.” McGaw: “Yeah, it’s a community.” Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson landlords and tenants both face challenges

Rental manager and tenant advocate mostly agree on the stresses facing landlords and tenants

Trevor Jenkinson (left) of the West Kootenay Landlord’s Society with Mike McGaw, who advocates for renters at Nelson Community Services. Jenkinson: “Mike and I are not adversaries. We actually work together and we solve issues regarding tenancy problems if they come up.” McGaw: “Yeah, it’s a community.” Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Customers and vendors at Nelson’s Cottonwood Market, summer 2020. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson farmers’ market ends summer with surplus

Low income customers spent $41,000 worth of coupons from a provincial program

Customers and vendors at Nelson’s Cottonwood Market, summer 2020. Photo: Bill Metcalfe