Greg Nesteroff

Paterson

PLACE NAMES: Paterson

The border crossing southwest of Rossland was named for Archibald Neil Paterson (1865-1935).

Paterson
Crown seeks 5 years for Kalmikoff

Crown seeks 5 years for Kalmikoff

A woman convicted in a series of local armed robberies should serve five years in prison, Crown counsel argued last week.

Crown seeks 5 years for Kalmikoff
The old Passmore railway siding sign was tacked to the side of the Carson store in the early 2000s.

PLACE NAMES: Passmore

The Slocan Valley community of Passmore has a confusing naming history, including two or three possible namesakes.

The old Passmore railway siding sign was tacked to the side of the Carson store in the early 2000s.
Kaslo Logger Sports

Reality TV series to capture Kaslo Logger Sports

Video cameras and logs will both roll during the annual Kaslo May Days Logger Sports this month.

Kaslo Logger Sports
Greenwood city hall

A look at West Kootenay/Boundary’s local government landscape

Ahead of Local Government Awareness Week in BC, we study the complicated history of municipalities in our area.

Greenwood city hall
ABOVE and BELOW INSET: The original Park Siding school

PLACE NAMES: Park Siding and Pass Creek

Park Siding, on the Nelson and Fort Sheppard Railway, a few kilometers northeast of Fruitvale, was named for nearby landowner Andrew Park.

ABOVE and BELOW INSET: The original Park Siding school
Nelson badminton king adds more hardware

Nelson badminton king adds more hardware

Roger Kerby recently returned from the Canadian Masters badminton championship in Halifax with three medals.

Nelson badminton king adds more hardware
The Oro townsite on Lemon Creek had many lots that were probably never cleared much less built upon.

PLACE NAMES: Oro

Oro, which means gold in Italian and Spanish, was a townsite at the junction of Lemon and Crusader Creeks in the Slocan Valley.

The Oro townsite on Lemon Creek had many lots that were probably never cleared much less built upon.
This photo of Nelson

COLUMN: Langmann collection of early BC images exhibited

A photo collection that has produced some incredible historic images of West Kootenay is now the subject of an exhibit in North Vancouver.

This photo of Nelson
A Doukhobor village in Ootischenia is seen ca. 1940s.

PLACE NAMES: Ootischenia

Ootischenia is one of two Doukhobor place names that remain widely used in West Kootenay.

A Doukhobor village in Ootischenia is seen ca. 1940s.
RCMP Sgt. John Ferguson is urging drivers not to take the nice weather as a license to speed.

Nice weather no excuse to speed, West Kootenay RCMP say

Local traffic police are urging motorists to slow down after catching more than a dozen vehicles going at least 40 km/h over the limit.

RCMP Sgt. John Ferguson is urging drivers not to take the nice weather as a license to speed.
Crockettville Service is seen in the 1940s. From far left

PLACE NAMES: Oasis and Oatescott

Oasis, just north of Trail, was originally called Crockettville after Harrison (Shorty) Crockett (1903-90) and his wife Kathleen (Kate).

Crockettville Service is seen in the 1940s. From far left
The former mill site of Meadow Creek Cedar is now being used to produce medical marijuana rather than lumber.

Meadow Creek Cedar owner growing medical pot

The owner of Meadow Creek Cedar is growing medicinal marijuana on the company’s former mill site.

The former mill site of Meadow Creek Cedar is now being used to produce medical marijuana rather than lumber.
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Centenarians of West Kootenay/Boundary

It’s not as uncommon as it used to be, but it’s still a big deal when someone turns 100.

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The name Niagara survives in a street sign where the townsite used to be.

PLACE NAMES: Niagara

Niagara was a railway boom town in the Boundary at the confluence of Fisherman Creek and the North Fork of the Kettle River.

The name Niagara survives in a street sign where the townsite used to be.
The New Denver wharf is seen in a ca. 1910s postcard. It’s not clear what occasion brought everyone out in their finest

PLACE NAMES: New Denver, part 2

There’s no mystery about New Denver’s origin: it comes from Denver, Col.

The New Denver wharf is seen in a ca. 1910s postcard. It’s not clear what occasion brought everyone out in their finest
Bernie Swendson

Sculpting symposium coming to Nelson

Several international artists are expected in Nelson late this summer to create stone pieces at the foot of Baker St.

Bernie Swendson
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Freemen and freewomen of West Kootenay/Boundary

Since 1947, at least 65 people in West Kootenay/Boundary have received freedom of the city or village.

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The ad at left for Hunter and McKinnon at Eldorado City first appeared in the Nelson Miner of Jan. 9

PLACE NAMES: New Denver

New Denver was formerly called Eldorado. And before that, it was briefly called Slocan City.

The ad at left for Hunter and McKinnon at Eldorado City first appeared in the Nelson Miner of Jan. 9
COLUMN: West Kootenay’s sporadic Supreme Court history

COLUMN: West Kootenay’s sporadic Supreme Court history

When was the last time a matter concerning the Kootenays ended up before the country’s high court?

COLUMN: West Kootenay’s sporadic Supreme Court history