Bill Metcalfe

The proposed library building would be on city property next door to City Hall. Map: City of Nelson

Nelson considering new library building as part of COVID-19 economic stimulus plan

Six storeys would house an expanded library and residential housing

The proposed library building would be on city property next door to City Hall. Map: City of Nelson
The RDCK’s mask requirement begins Sept. 14. Photo: Nelson Star file photo

Masks to be required in all RDCK recreation facilities

The new rule takes effect Sept. 14

The RDCK’s mask requirement begins Sept. 14. Photo: Nelson Star file photo
Nelson council has decided to ramp up the energy efficiency requirements for new residential building in the city. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Nelson council has decided to ramp up the energy efficiency requirements for new residential building in the city. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Bruce Blackwell: “The system doesn’t move fast enough for this issue.” Photo submitted

Nelson at highest risk for wildfire, expert says

Bruce Blackwell says situation has not improved since 2018, Bob Gray says it’s gotten worse

Bruce Blackwell: “The system doesn’t move fast enough for this issue.” Photo submitted
Crown and police have nothing to report on the incident that led to the death of an off-duty police officer in Nelson in July. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Still no charges in Nelson death of Abbotsford police officer

Police and Crown say the investigation is still underway

Crown and police have nothing to report on the incident that led to the death of an off-duty police officer in Nelson in July. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
The orange marker shows the location of the Selous Creek fire, 3.3 km from Nelson. Map: B.C. Wildfire Service

Wildfire burning at Selous Creek near Nelson

The fire is reported to be contained at 0.5 hectare

The orange marker shows the location of the Selous Creek fire, 3.3 km from Nelson. Map: B.C. Wildfire Service
Ginger Osecki (left) and Calypso Blackman have stood on the Ward Street sidewalk outside city hall for climate action every Friday for a year. Fridays for Future is planning a public climate strike on Sept. 25 at Lakeside Park at 12:30 p.m. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson youth climate strikers reach 53 weeks, plan public event Sept. 25

A COVID-safe Sept. 25 climate event will line the Orange Bridge from end to end, two metres apart

Ginger Osecki (left) and Calypso Blackman have stood on the Ward Street sidewalk outside city hall for climate action every Friday for a year. Fridays for Future is planning a public climate strike on Sept. 25 at Lakeside Park at 12:30 p.m. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
From left: Joel Hamilton of the RDCK, Amanda Weber-Roy of BC Parks, and Scott Jeffery of the Nelson Fire Department. “We think this partnership is pretty unique in the province.” Photo: Bill Metcalfe

New wildfire fuel mitigation work planned for Nelson area

Forests will be treated at Queens Bay, West Arm Park, Selous Creek, and within the city

From left: Joel Hamilton of the RDCK, Amanda Weber-Roy of BC Parks, and Scott Jeffery of the Nelson Fire Department. “We think this partnership is pretty unique in the province.” Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Laird Creek water users in 2018 hike along re-contoured section of deactivated road above 2011 landslide location. Photo: Al Walters

Consultant says logging road plan near Balfour is safe, residents disagree

Company plans to re-open road residents say caused 2011 Laird Creek landslide

Laird Creek water users in 2018 hike along re-contoured section of deactivated road above 2011 landslide location. Photo: Al Walters
The Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa. Photo: The Canadian Press

City of Nelson appeals sidewalk injury case to Supreme Court of Canada

Appeal decision was advised by insurers, city says

The Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa. Photo: The Canadian Press
Customers and vendors at the Cottonwood Market, August 2020. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Artisans return to Nelson farmers’ markets

Markets will still follow COVID-19 guidelines

Customers and vendors at the Cottonwood Market, August 2020. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
The B.C. Centre for Disease Control publishes some basic COVID-19 information for areas smaller than the Interior Health region as a whole. Photo: Photo: Pille-Riin Priske/ Unsplash                                The B.C. Centre for Disease Control publishes some basic COVID-19 information for areas smaller than the Interior Health region as a whole. Photo: Pille-Riin Priske/ Unsplash

No new COVID-19 cases in Kootenay Boundary in first half of August

As of Aug. 13, no new cases in the previous two weeks

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control publishes some basic COVID-19 information for areas smaller than the Interior Health region as a whole. Photo: Photo: Pille-Riin Priske/ Unsplash                                The B.C. Centre for Disease Control publishes some basic COVID-19 information for areas smaller than the Interior Health region as a whole. Photo: Pille-Riin Priske/ Unsplash
The BC Wildfire Service map as it appeared at 10:00 a.m. on Aug. 19. Source: BC Wildfire Service

More than a dozen new lightning-caused fires in West Kootenay

The Slocan Valley area is especially hard hit

The BC Wildfire Service map as it appeared at 10:00 a.m. on Aug. 19. Source: BC Wildfire Service
The alley behind the residence of Judy O’Leary, before and after the city trimmed it. Photo: Judy O’Leary

City responds to Nelson residents’ anger over alley trimming

City says trimming was not on residents’ property, but it could have communicated better

The alley behind the residence of Judy O’Leary, before and after the city trimmed it. Photo: Judy O’Leary
A wildfire at Woodbury Creek is seen on Sunday. Photo: B.C. Wildfire Service
A wildfire at Woodbury Creek is seen on Sunday. Photo: B.C. Wildfire Service
A fire at the PRT nursery in Harrop on Aug. 13 sent up black smoke created by burning Styrofoam and other chemicals. Photo: Regional District of Central Kootenay

Fire damages Harrop nursery

The cause of the blaze is under investigation

A fire at the PRT nursery in Harrop on Aug. 13 sent up black smoke created by burning Styrofoam and other chemicals. Photo: Regional District of Central Kootenay
About 180 members of the national Climate Caucus, which was founded in Nelson, met online for a conference last week. Photo submitted

Municipal climate caucus, founded in Nelson, meets for national online conference

The group consists of 294 mayors, councillors and regional directors from across the country

About 180 members of the national Climate Caucus, which was founded in Nelson, met online for a conference last week. Photo submitted
Downtown Sandpoint, Idaho is picturesque, but has recently been the site of some tense confrontations. Photo courtesy of SandpointOnline.com

Nelson’s American sister city faces COVID-19 culture war

In Sandpoint, Idaho, wearing a mask is about Black Lives Matter, gun rights, and COVID-19

Downtown Sandpoint, Idaho is picturesque, but has recently been the site of some tense confrontations. Photo courtesy of SandpointOnline.com
The person arrested after Allan Young was assaulted has not yet appeared in court. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

No charges yet in death of Abbotsford officer Allan Young

Police and Crown say the investigation is still underway

The person arrested after Allan Young was assaulted has not yet appeared in court. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
The B.C. Centre for Disease Control publishes some basic COVID-19 information for areas smaller than the Interior Health region as a whole. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

No new COVID cases in Kootenay-Boundary

As of July 30, there were no additional cases in the previous two weeks

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control publishes some basic COVID-19 information for areas smaller than the Interior Health region as a whole. Photo: Bill Metcalfe