Greg Nesteroff

This postcard of Lemon Creek was mailed from Slocan to a T.J. Fowle of Vernon. The message

Lemon Creek townsite went missing

In 1901, the government agent tried to auction off the unsold lots in the Lemon Creek townsite — but couldn’t find the place.

This postcard of Lemon Creek was mailed from Slocan to a T.J. Fowle of Vernon. The message
Kidney Foundation recognizes Nelson ServiceBC

Kidney Foundation recognizes Nelson ServiceBC

More than 200 people in the Nelson area have registered to become organ donors in recent months.

Kidney Foundation recognizes Nelson ServiceBC
Nelson laundry workers protest privatization plans

Nelson laundry workers protest privatization plans

Members of the Hospital Employees Union held a street-side demonstration Tuesday in front of the Nelson courthouse.

Nelson laundry workers protest privatization plans
An ad by McGregor and Co. for the Lemon Creek townsite in The Ledge of Sept. 23

Lemon Creek townsites hard to sort out

Several townsites popped up along Lemon Creek, and it’s not always easy to keep them straight.

An ad by McGregor and Co. for the Lemon Creek townsite in The Ledge of Sept. 23
Salmo council is seen shortly after being sworn in last year. From left

Former Salmo councillors break silence

Several months after the fact, two former Salmo village councillors have spoken out on their reasons for resigning.

Salmo council is seen shortly after being sworn in last year. From left
Grant Roeland

Former RDCK treasurer jailed for child porn offences

Grant Roeland is serving a 19½-month prison sentence after admitting to possession and distribution of child pornography.

Grant Roeland
Larry Madden has turned room key No. 5 from his family’s namesake Nelson hotel into a display piece.

COLUMN: The Maddens: West Kootenay’s first family of hoteliers

Although West Kootenay had many similarly-named hotels in its mining boom days, none was actually part of a chain.

Larry Madden has turned room key No. 5 from his family’s namesake Nelson hotel into a display piece.
New Democrat Wayne Stetski won a nailbiter on Monday night that came down to the last two polls.

COLUMN: Stetski! No, Wilks! No, Stetski! No, Wilks! No …

Election night in Kootenay-Columbia was incredibly exciting but also incredibly long.

New Democrat Wayne Stetski won a nailbiter on Monday night that came down to the last two polls.
There are no lemons in Lemon Creek. The name comes from Robert E. Lemon

Lemon Creek honours pioneer merchant

Lemon Creek is a prominent waterway and a community in the Slocan Valley named for Robert E. Lemon (1855-1907).

There are no lemons in Lemon Creek. The name comes from Robert E. Lemon
This was how Green Party leader Elizabeth May appeared in the program for the 1989 Get High on Nature conference in Nelson.

The federal leaders’ Kootenay connections

Elizabeth May, Justin Trudeau, and Stephen Harper have all visited West Kootenay for reasons political and otherwise.

This was how Green Party leader Elizabeth May appeared in the program for the 1989 Get High on Nature conference in Nelson.
Lebahdo is misspelled on the street sign that perpetuates the name. It means shingle in Chinook jargon.

Lebahdo comes from Chinook jargon

Lebahdo, just south of Winlaw in the Slocan Valley, means ‘shingle’ and is derived from the French le bardeau.

Lebahdo is misspelled on the street sign that perpetuates the name. It means shingle in Chinook jargon.
This photo was taken in 1898 near present-day Wynndel. The boat is the SS Marion.

COLUMN: Kootenay Lake then and now

You’ve seen then-and-now pictures. But probably nothing quite like what Howard Boyle has done recently.

This photo was taken in 1898 near present-day Wynndel. The boat is the SS Marion.
From left

CIBC Wood Gundy celebrates new Nelson office

The Nelson branch of CIBC Wood Gundy marked the grand opening of its new office Tuesday at 502 Victoria St.

From left
The Ymir post office has been in the Endless Harvest building since February 2006. With the recent closure of the business

Ymir post office closes

The Ymir post office has closed at least temporarily, but Canada Post is hoping it will re-open soon at a new location.

The Ymir post office has been in the Endless Harvest building since February 2006. With the recent closure of the business
This ad appeared in Revelstoke’s Kootenay Star on April 1

Lardo also found in Idaho

The origin of the US town of Lardo is just as mysterious as its Canadian counterparts.

This ad appeared in Revelstoke’s Kootenay Star on April 1
This ad for the Lardo townsite appeared in the Nelson Tribune of May 18

Lardo vs. Lardeau: battle of the townsites

While the origin of Lardo/Lardeau is shrouded in mystery, there was a battle for the right to use it between two similarly named towns.

This ad for the Lardo townsite appeared in the Nelson Tribune of May 18
The town of Lardo near the north end of Kootenay Lake is today known as Lardeau. Although the present spelling received official approval in 1902

Lardeau may owe spelling to French Canadians

The origin of Lardeau, also spelled Lardo, which has perplexed historians for generations. Does it come from French?

The town of Lardo near the north end of Kootenay Lake is today known as Lardeau. Although the present spelling received official approval in 1902
Kuskonook

COLUMN: Another (!) old photo of Kuskonook appears

Less than two years ago, only one old photo was known to exist of the Kootenay Lake boomtown of Kuskonook. Now there are at least three.

Kuskonook
This postcard

Lardeau’s origin remains undetermined

Lardeau — or Lardo — is one of the most puzzling and complicated place names in West Kootenay.

This postcard
Nelson's early city councils were exclusively male and predominantly middle-aged.

COLUMN: Nelson’s mayors in profile

For fun, I made a list of the places of birth and death of Nelson’s mayors.

Nelson's early city councils were exclusively male and predominantly middle-aged.