Greg Nesteroff

Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall

Mungall blasts throne speech

Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall denounced Tuesday’s throne speech in the BC legislature as “one of the most partisan I’ve ever heard.”

Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall
Nelson was known to First Nations as kaia’mElEp or k’iyá’mlup and to early prospectors as Toad Mountain camp. This postcard shows Baker St. ca. 1900.

PLACE NAMES: Nelson, Part 1

Nelson was named after BC Lt.-Gov. Hugh Nelson (1830-93), but had several other names first.

Nelson was known to First Nations as kaia’mElEp or k’iyá’mlup and to early prospectors as Toad Mountain camp. This postcard shows Baker St. ca. 1900.
George Craft is seen in front of the Needles Hotel

PLACE NAMES: Needles

Needles, the western terminal of the Lower Arrow Lake ferry, was formerly known as The Needles and was first mentioned in 1895.

George Craft is seen in front of the Needles Hotel
This ad for the auction of Nashville City lots appeared in the Nelson Miner of Oct. 15

PLACE NAMES: Nashville

Nashville, also known as Nashville City and Nashton, was a phantom town at the confluence of the Kaslo River and its south fork.

This ad for the auction of Nashville City lots appeared in the Nelson Miner of Oct. 15
Nakusp is famous for its hot springs (seen here in a ca. 1940s postcard) but in 2005

PLACE NAMES: Adding ‘hot springs’ was a non-starter in Nakusp

In the 1980s and mid-2000s, there were movements afoot to change the name of Nakusp to Nakusp Hot Springs.

Nakusp is famous for its hot springs (seen here in a ca. 1940s postcard) but in 2005
This envelope from West Transfer

COLUMN: What came before Nelson Commons, revisited

I recently wrote about what used to stand on the Nelson Commons site. However, I neglected to check the 1913 and 1914 civic directories.

This envelope from West Transfer
Nakusp is seen in a ca. 1910s postcard. The name comes from a Sinixt word

PLACE NAMES: Nakusp

Nakusp is among the few surviving local place names derived from a Sinixt First Nation word, but there’s some doubt about its meaning.

Nakusp is seen in a ca. 1910s postcard. The name comes from a Sinixt word
RCMP Sgt. John Ferguson is the top traffic cop for the region. He is concerned about what some of his statistics for 2015 show.

Fatal crashes down, impaired driving up on West Kootenay roads

Local traffic police saw one encouraging trend in 2015, but lots of others that have them concerned.

RCMP Sgt. John Ferguson is the top traffic cop for the region. He is concerned about what some of his statistics for 2015 show.
The Kootenay Co-op turned 40 this year. In 2016

Year in review: Anniversaries we celebrated in 2015

The Kootenay Co-op, Save-On-Foods, the Aimee Beaulieu Transition House and Georama Growers were among those marking milestones this year.

The Kootenay Co-op turned 40 this year. In 2016
Dal Richards was a Vancouver fixture

Bandleader Dal Richards was Playmor Hall regular

Legendary bandleader Dal Richards, who has died at 97, was a semi-regular performer at West Kootenay dance venues of the 1940s and ‘50s.

Dal Richards was a Vancouver fixture
Montrose was named for a resort town in Scotland. It was formerly known as Wood’s Flats.

PLACE NAMES: Montrose and Myncaster

Montrose was named for a place in Scotland, but its origin isn’t completely straightforward.

Montrose was named for a resort town in Scotland. It was formerly known as Wood’s Flats.
Selkirk College grad and pop superstar Kiesza came back this year to perform with music program students and raise money for a scholarship.

Year in review: Celebrities who visited us in 2015

Kiesza, Judith Guichon, Brent Butt, and Tamara Taggart were among the notable people who graced us with their presence this year.

Selkirk College grad and pop superstar Kiesza came back this year to perform with music program students and raise money for a scholarship.
The Tomfi

Year in review: The most unusual stories of 2015

The Hume Hotel’s time capsule and old elevator make our list along with an iconic photo, a mystery boom, and a ship built in a garage.

The Tomfi
Izzy the cat is a Baker St. fixture

Year in review: The most interesting animals of 2015

Izzy the cat, Exie the rescue dog, and Boris the boxer all earned their own stories in the Nelson Star this year.

Izzy the cat is a Baker St. fixture
Nelson Commons is seen under construction this year.

2015’s top stories No. 1: Nelson’s building boom

Nelson isn’t known for having a lot of construction activity going on at once. But in 2015, several major projects got underway.

Nelson Commons is seen under construction this year.
The front page of the Dec. 30

Newsmaker of the Year: The Kootenay Co-op

The Nelson Star has named the Kootenay Country Store Co-operative its 2015 Newsmaker of the Year.

The front page of the Dec. 30
Pet owners held a rally on Baker St. in March to celebrate the end of the downtown dog ban.

2015’s top stories No. 6: Dogs back on Baker

Nelson city council rescinded a 20-year-old ban on downtown pooches.

Pet owners held a rally on Baker St. in March to celebrate the end of the downtown dog ban.
Nelson resident Jerry Arsenault's letter to the editor following an emergency parent meeting at L.V. Rogers (pictured above) had more than 21

Year in review: The most read stories of 2015

What were the most popular stories this year at nelsonstar.com? The top item will surprise you (it certainly surprised us).

Nelson resident Jerry Arsenault's letter to the editor following an emergency parent meeting at L.V. Rogers (pictured above) had more than 21
The Calgary Herald ran several stories about our area this year

Year in review: As they saw us in 2015

There was no shortage of positive media attention paid to our region this year.

The Calgary Herald ran several stories about our area this year
Waterloo Rd. and Waterloo Eddy remember a short-lived mining town on the Columbia River.

PLACE NAMES: Montgomery and Monte Carlo, part 2

Last week we started looking at Montgomery, Monte Carlo, and Waterloo, short-lived mining towns on the east side of the Columbia River.

Waterloo Rd. and Waterloo Eddy remember a short-lived mining town on the Columbia River.