Greg Nesteroff

PLACE NAMES: Poupore, Powder Point, and Power’s Camp

Of the few remaining railway siding signs in this area, Poupore surely ranks as the oddest.

PLACE NAMES: Porto Rico and Pottersville

Porto Rico is an anglicized spelling of Puerto Rico. It was also the name of a mine at the head of Barrett Creek north of Ymir.

PLACE NAMES: Poplar and Porcupine

The Lardeau ghost town of Poplar Creek was the site of a short-lived gold rush that began in 1903.

15,000 attended Castlegar airport’s opening

Castlegar’s airport appears to have been designated the regional facility for West Kootenay around 1951.

PLACE NAMES: Playmor Junction

Playmor Junction, at the intersection of Highway 6 and 3A, is one of the more recent additions to local toponymy, dating to 1968.

Pingston named for early steamboat captain

Pingston Creek, and the locality of Pingston, on the west side of Upper Arrow Lake, were named for Alfred Thomas Pingston (1840-86).

Antique prop led to Nelson takedown, filmmaker says

One of two local men arrested in a gun scare Sunday afternoon says the weapon involved was actually an antique film prop.

COLUMN: Government makes trustees’ jobs even harder

As the Kootenay Lake district nears a decision on closing six schools, I thought about how many I’ve seen shuttered since 1998.

Turn Queens Bay beach into regional park, residents say

Queens Bay residents would rather see their beach turned into a park than a parking lot.

PLACE NAMES: Pilot Bay

When James White of the Geographic Survey of Canada inquired about how Pilot Bay got its name, he received an intriguing reply.

The early Castlegar airport story

West Kootenay’s chief landing strip was born out of both collaboration and controversy.

PLACE NAMES: Phoenix

Phoenix turned out to be a prophetic name for the Boundary’s greatest ghost town.

Residents pack Kootenay Lake ferry meeting

The Ministry of Transportation insists that moving the Balfour ferry terminal to Queens Bay isn’t a done deal.

Queens Bay ferry move would cost $25 million, study says

A study concludes that constructing a new ferry terminal on the north side of Queens Bay would cost $25 million.

The virtues of a Nelson boyhood

A Nelson native who covered Latin America for United Press International has died at 81.

Battle brewing over Balfour ferry terminal

Queens Bay residents are preparing to oppose any plans to relocate the Kootenay Lake ferry’s western terminal to their neighbourhood.

PLACE NAMES: Perry Siding

The Slocan Valley community of Perry Siding was likely named for Charles Edward Perry (1843-1906), a civil engineer and land surveyor.

New book recounts early New Denver

When Henning and Judy von Krogh bought their heritage house on 5th Ave. in New Denver in 1978, they made a few discoveries.

PLACE NAMES: Paulson and Petersbury

Today Paulson is a bridge, a backroad, and a highway, but originally it was a siding on the Columbia and Western Railway.

Window opens on Kaslo pioneer families

A cache of early Kaslo photos has turned up, providing new insight into some of West Kootenay’s black pioneers.