Greg Nesteroff

The plaque on the Houston memorial on Vernon St.

COLUMN: John Houston is missing

Nelson’s first mayor had a habit of disappearing in the night without leaving a forwarding address.

The plaque on the Houston memorial on Vernon St.
Kootenay Lake church celebrates 100 years

Kootenay Lake church celebrates 100 years

Queens Bay marked the centennial of St. Francis-in-the-Woods, a former Anglican church, with a tea Saturday.

Kootenay Lake church celebrates 100 years
Paddling the Kettle River at Grand Forks. It was so named by 1860.

Kettle River was first known as Nehoialpitku

The Kettle River was named by 1860. There are a couple of theories about its origin.

Paddling the Kettle River at Grand Forks. It was so named by 1860.
John Houston is seen in 1897 at the time he became Nelson’s first mayor. Prior to that

COLUMN: Young John Houston cheated death

Twenty years before he was elected Nelson’s first mayor, John Houston nearly died in a Texas saloon brawl.

John Houston is seen in 1897 at the time he became Nelson’s first mayor. Prior to that
Doris Bradshaw

Longtime Nelson Daily News staffer dies at 94

Doris Bradshaw wasn’t the first woman to work in the editorial department of the Nelson Daily News, but she was easily the longest serving.

Doris Bradshaw
In the 1950s

Nelson machinist and pilot dies at 99

Henry Stevenson was known as a history buff, an aviator, and the second-generation proprietor of Stevenson Machine Shop.

In the 1950s
Kane’s Landing was the name of a whole foods store in Kaslo in the 1970s as well as an antique store in the 2000s

Kaslo, the place where blackberries grow

The prevailing theory has always been that Kaslo is derived from a First Nations word, but whether Ktunaxa or Sinixt isn’t well established.

Kane’s Landing was the name of a whole foods store in Kaslo in the 1970s as well as an antique store in the 2000s
Nelson phantom signs converge

Nelson phantom signs converge

A recent photo spurred a historical reflection of two businesses from decades past in Nelson.

Nelson phantom signs converge
Silverton Lakeshore Inn

Silverton Inn looted

The owner of the Silverton Lakeshore Inn is appealing for the return of artifacts and equipment recently stolen from the historic building.

Silverton Lakeshore Inn
This postcard of Baker St. in the 1930s shows just how barren Elephant Mountain still was following the great forest fire of 1883.

COLUMN: Literary debates and catastrophic fires

A story about the University of BC offering a writing course in Nelson this fall sparked a few unexpected debates on Facebook.

This postcard of Baker St. in the 1930s shows just how barren Elephant Mountain still was following the great forest fire of 1883.
Johnny Kasleau

In search of Johnny Kasleau

Was Kaslo really named after a placer miner?

Johnny Kasleau
A pole derrick — also known as a gin pole — was used to build the Civic Centre. The facility was erected in the midst of the Great Depression.

Nelson’s cranes of yore

No, the Nelson Commons crane is not the first to have been used in Nelson.

A pole derrick — also known as a gin pole — was used to build the Civic Centre. The facility was erected in the midst of the Great Depression.
Kaslo was one of several places in West Kootenay where Japanese Canadians were interned during the Second World War. When they arrived in 1942

COLUMN: The mystery of Kaslo’s first Japanese Canadian

When Japanese Canadians were forced from their Lower Mainland homes and interned in Kaslo in 1942, there was already one living there.

Kaslo was one of several places in West Kootenay where Japanese Canadians were interned during the Second World War. When they arrived in 1942
Some theories say Kaslo comes from a First Nations word to do with berries. Others say it’s after John Kaslo or Kasleau

Kaslo’s origin and spelling always controversial

Some theories say Kaslo comes from a First Nations word to do with berries. Others say it’s after placer miner John Kaslo or Kasleau.

Some theories say Kaslo comes from a First Nations word to do with berries. Others say it’s after John Kaslo or Kasleau
Meadow Creek Cedar license to be cancelled

Meadow Creek Cedar license to be cancelled

For the second time in little over a year, the Meadow Creek Cedar forest license is on the brink of being cancelled.

Meadow Creek Cedar license to be cancelled
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Kaslo’s earliest mention was in 1889

Kaslo is either a corruption of a French name or a First Nations word, with the odds favouring the latter theory.

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Jon Townsend lit candles for Ymir’s Clements and Bernette Grotkowski

COLUMN: Ymir couple’s headstone unearthed

Nelson’s Jon Townsend got a surprise recently while rebuilding a staircase. The piece of marble holding up the stairs was a headstone.

Jon Townsend lit candles for Ymir’s Clements and Bernette Grotkowski
Nancy Corrin of the Queens Bay Residents Association says the upkeep of St. Francis-in-the-Woods is a big job

Queens Bay church marks centennial

One of West Kootenay’s most picturesque churches is turning 100. St. Francis-in-the-Woods is tucked in the trees in Queens Bay.

Nancy Corrin of the Queens Bay Residents Association says the upkeep of St. Francis-in-the-Woods is a big job
Is it Johnson’s or Johnsons Landing?

Is it Johnson’s or Johnsons Landing?

Johnsons Landing presents us with an opportunity to address a vexing subject: the lack of apostrophes in Canadian place names.

Is it Johnson’s or Johnsons Landing?
Rock bluff

Inonoaklin versus Fire Valley

The Inonoaklin or Fire Valley, on the west side of Lower Arrow Lake, above Edgewood, has a complicated naming history.

Rock bluff