Greg Nesteroff

The Kootenay Pass summit, seen here not long after the highway opened in 1963, is viewed by some as a dividing line between East Kootenay and West Kootenay. Photo: Art Stevens
The Kootenay Pass summit, seen here not long after the highway opened in 1963, is viewed by some as a dividing line between East Kootenay and West Kootenay. Photo: Art Stevens
Nelson’s fire hall as it appeared in Roxanne, with the ambulance station redecorated as a false-fronted building. Interiors were actually shot in Vancouver. Photo: Al Peterson

When Hollywood came to Nelson in 1986

Movie-making provided an ego boost for a town down on its luck

Nelson’s fire hall as it appeared in Roxanne, with the ambulance station redecorated as a false-fronted building. Interiors were actually shot in Vancouver. Photo: Al Peterson
Alan Ramsden is seen in the Touchstones Nelson archives in 2008. He was involved with the institution, in several locations and by several names, for more than 50 years. Photo: Greg Scott

The bomb, the bunker and the broadcaster: the life of Alan Ramsden

The prominent Nelsonite, who has died at 95, was instrumental in establishing the city’s museum

Alan Ramsden is seen in the Touchstones Nelson archives in 2008. He was involved with the institution, in several locations and by several names, for more than 50 years. Photo: Greg Scott
Ron Welwood is seen at a Touchstones Nelson gala in 2017. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

The man who saved (and coined) Kootenaiana dies at 81

Ron Welwood was a noted local historian

Ron Welwood is seen at a Touchstones Nelson gala in 2017. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
After decades in the Gora family and many years on the market, the Salmo Hotel has been sold to a mining industry executive who plans to keep it going without any major changes. Photo: Greg Nesteroff

After decades in the same family, a Salmo landmark changes hands

Mining executive John Mirko has bought the historic Salmo Hotel from Marion Gora

After decades in the Gora family and many years on the market, the Salmo Hotel has been sold to a mining industry executive who plans to keep it going without any major changes. Photo: Greg Nesteroff
Touchstones Nelson archivist J.P. Stienne holds one of about 650 plans recently donated by Fairbank Architects Ltd. Photo: Tyler Harper

Fairbank Architects donates old plans to Touchstones Nelson

Drawings date back to the 1930s and include many significant buildings

Touchstones Nelson archivist J.P. Stienne holds one of about 650 plans recently donated by Fairbank Architects Ltd. Photo: Tyler Harper
George Kamitakahara sips coffee aboard his sailboat, the <em>Amoreena</em>, at an unknown location, sometime in the 1980s. Photo submitted

Cruise of the Amoreena: A former Slocan man’s journey across the Pacific

George Kamitakahara was three years into a round-the-world voyage when his sailboat hit a reef

George Kamitakahara sips coffee aboard his sailboat, the <em>Amoreena</em>, at an unknown location, sometime in the 1980s. Photo submitted
Kootenay Kids has operated programs out of 804 Stanley St. since 2013, but given the high cost of upkeep, they have opted to sell the building. Photo: Tyler Harper

Kootenay Kids sells Stanley Street heritage home

Family services organization will relocate programs over the coming weeks

Kootenay Kids has operated programs out of 804 Stanley St. since 2013, but given the high cost of upkeep, they have opted to sell the building. Photo: Tyler Harper
Longtime Nelson museum curator and archivist Shawn Lamb examines the contents of a 100-year-old time capsule at Central School in 2009. Lamb died on Oct. 20 at 83. Photo: Greg Nesteroff

The heart of the Nelson Museum: remembering Shawn Lamb

For decades, she was the museum’s curator, archivist — and everything else

Longtime Nelson museum curator and archivist Shawn Lamb examines the contents of a 100-year-old time capsule at Central School in 2009. Lamb died on Oct. 20 at 83. Photo: Greg Nesteroff
Creston Town Hall is seen in 2021. Photo: Greg Nesteroff

West Kootenay municipalities mull mandatory employee vaccinations

Nelson, Trail, Rossland, and RDCK still deciding whether to follow lead of Creston, Vancouver

Creston Town Hall is seen in 2021. Photo: Greg Nesteroff
The former home of Pacific Insight, west of Nelson, has been listed for sale for $5.5 million. File photo

Former Pacific Insight building listed for sale

The 67,000-square foot facility has been mostly vacant for more than two years.

The former home of Pacific Insight, west of Nelson, has been listed for sale for $5.5 million. File photo
The Blaylock Mansion, a.k.a. Lakewood, was built in the 1930s for Cominco boss Selwyn Blaylock. Now a bed and breakfast, it’s probably the most famous home in West Kootenay. Photo: Tyler Harper

Ghost tales: The storied history of Kootenay Lake’s most famous home

Lost Souls of Lakewood explores the history of Nelson’s Blaylock Mansion

The Blaylock Mansion, a.k.a. Lakewood, was built in the 1930s for Cominco boss Selwyn Blaylock. Now a bed and breakfast, it’s probably the most famous home in West Kootenay. Photo: Tyler Harper
Nelson Electric Tramway Society volunteers were on hand to celebrate Mike Culham’s contribution to the society at a surprise party at the end of his last shift on Sunday. Culham is pictured at centre. Photo submitted

Streetcar 23’s driving force honoured on last run

Mike Culham was thanked for his long service with the Nelson streetcar society

Nelson Electric Tramway Society volunteers were on hand to celebrate Mike Culham’s contribution to the society at a surprise party at the end of his last shift on Sunday. Culham is pictured at centre. Photo submitted
The family of James Earl Hoover, a Nelson man killed in World War II, recently placed a plaque on the local mountain that now bears his name. Photo: Jim Hoover

Challenge issued to commemorate Nelson-area soldiers

Residents asked to climb local peaks as part of Canadian Remembrance Torch challenge

The family of James Earl Hoover, a Nelson man killed in World War II, recently placed a plaque on the local mountain that now bears his name. Photo: Jim Hoover
Peter Smith holds a copy of Silver Rush: British Columbia’s Silvery Slocan 1891-1900 outside the Silvery Slocan Museum in New Denver. The book has been years in the making. Photo: Judith Maltz

New book reappraises Silvery Slocan mining rush

Peter Smith has published Silver Rush: British Columbia’s Silvery Slocan 1891-1900

Peter Smith holds a copy of Silver Rush: British Columbia’s Silvery Slocan 1891-1900 outside the Silvery Slocan Museum in New Denver. The book has been years in the making. Photo: Judith Maltz
It rained on all but five days in June in West Kootenay, but the total amount was less than normal. Photo: Pixabay                                (Pixabay)
It rained on all but five days in June in West Kootenay, but the total amount was less than normal. Photo: Pixabay                                (Pixabay)
The Nelson Izu-shi Friendship Society, which cares for a garden at Cottonwood Falls Park, will be hosting a virtual event on Canada Day. Photos: Chris Kölmel

LETTER: Join friendship society’s virtual tent on Canada Day

The Nelson Izu-shi Friendship Society will share information about its sister city activities online

The Nelson Izu-shi Friendship Society, which cares for a garden at Cottonwood Falls Park, will be hosting a virtual event on Canada Day. Photos: Chris Kölmel
Nelson firefighters tackled a blaze at the corner of Josephine and Victoria on Thursday evening. Photo: Tyler Harper

VIDEO: Nelson firefighters battle fire at Victoria and Josephine

Building home to several businesses, including restaurant and dry cleaner

Nelson firefighters tackled a blaze at the corner of Josephine and Victoria on Thursday evening. Photo: Tyler Harper
Users of the Duhamel water system will have to boil their water beginning May 27. Black Press Media file photo

Boil notice issued for Duhamel water system

RDCK institutes measure during leak detection work

Users of the Duhamel water system will have to boil their water beginning May 27. Black Press Media file photo
Ad from the Nelson Daily News, May 5, 1920.

GREG SCOTT: Work begins on new garage, Gilker Block

In 1920, two new buildings were underway and a boat owner was ‘sinfully puffed up’ over his new craft

Ad from the Nelson Daily News, May 5, 1920.