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Nelson Police responded to 802 calls last year they say had an element of mental health. File photo

Nelson Police: 802 mental-health related calls in 2020

That accounts for 12 per cent of total calls for service

Nelson Police responded to 802 calls last year they say had an element of mental health. File photo
Robbie Campbell lost his livelihood when the pandemic shut down Shambhala Music Festival. Instead, he spent part of 2020 working on a children’s book called Tulip that is now available. Photo: Submitted

In a lousy year, a Kootenay man was saved by a pink T-rex

Robbie Campbell became a children’s author after the pandemic cost him his livelihood

Robbie Campbell lost his livelihood when the pandemic shut down Shambhala Music Festival. Instead, he spent part of 2020 working on a children’s book called Tulip that is now available. Photo: Submitted
School District 8 is asking the education ministry to stop making the Foundation Skills Assessment data public. File photo

Kootenay Lake School District requests education ministry make annual student assessments private

The district is concerned the data is being misused by the Fraser Institute

School District 8 is asking the education ministry to stop making the Foundation Skills Assessment data public. File photo
A tree fell on this Rosemont home during Wednesday’s wind storm. Nelson Hydro crews expect to be working on restoring power to communities north of Nelson through the weekend. Photo: City of Nelson

UPDATED: Nelson Hydro: Wind storm caused unprecedented damage to infrastructure

We’ve added updated timelines from Nelson Hydro

A tree fell on this Rosemont home during Wednesday’s wind storm. Nelson Hydro crews expect to be working on restoring power to communities north of Nelson through the weekend. Photo: City of Nelson
School District 8 is piloting tracking cards that students will use when they enter and exit buses. Photo: Mike Chouinard

School District 8 schools to pilot student tracking cards for buses

Students in Salmo and Crawford Bay will be issued the tech

School District 8 is piloting tracking cards that students will use when they enter and exit buses. Photo: Mike Chouinard
Patricia Smuga is the founder and editor of Freya, a new magazine featuring non-fiction work by women writers in the Kootenays. Photo: Tyler Harper

New Kootenay magazine provides spotlight for women writers

Freya launched last month across the region

Patricia Smuga is the founder and editor of Freya, a new magazine featuring non-fiction work by women writers in the Kootenays. Photo: Tyler Harper
Nelson Legion president Bill Andreaschuk (left) met with Kootenay-Columbia MP Rob Morrison to receive $10,000 in federal assistance. Photo: Submitted

Nelson Legion receives $10,000 in federal COVID-19 assistance

The funds will help the Legion pay its bills during the pandemic

Nelson Legion president Bill Andreaschuk (left) met with Kootenay-Columbia MP Rob Morrison to receive $10,000 in federal assistance. Photo: Submitted
Edmund Bodine is seen here at the military tribunal in Shanghai, 1946, when he was tasked with acting as defence counsel for four Japanese officers accused of the unlawful deaths of American pilots. Standing, L-R: Bodine, Shigeru Sawada, Yusei Wako, Ruyhei Okada, Sotojiro Tatsuta, co-counsel Charles Fellows. Photo courtesy of Natalie Bodine

The trials of Edmund Bodine: How a Kootenay woman’s parents defended Japanese officers during the Second World War

The forgotten details of the Doolittle Trial resurfaced in a book published last year

Edmund Bodine is seen here at the military tribunal in Shanghai, 1946, when he was tasked with acting as defence counsel for four Japanese officers accused of the unlawful deaths of American pilots. Standing, L-R: Bodine, Shigeru Sawada, Yusei Wako, Ruyhei Okada, Sotojiro Tatsuta, co-counsel Charles Fellows. Photo courtesy of Natalie Bodine
Single-family residential properties in Nelson rose seven per cent in value to an average of $504,000, according to BC Assessment. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

BC Assessment: Residential property values rise across West Kootenay

Single-family homes in Slocan and Salmo saw the biggest increases

Single-family residential properties in Nelson rose seven per cent in value to an average of $504,000, according to BC Assessment. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Readers wanted to know how this plane crashed into a Nelson parking lot in August. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

A drowning, COVID-19 and bears: The Star’s most-read stories of 2020

Here’s what you read, shared and talked about this year

Readers wanted to know how this plane crashed into a Nelson parking lot in August. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
A group of concerned residents gathered in May 2020 to protest the planned location of a Telus cellphone tower in Riondel. Telus has since backed off the plan. Photo: Submitted

Telus backs off planned cellphone tower in Riondel

A spokesman for the company said the project is ‘on indefinite hold’

A group of concerned residents gathered in May 2020 to protest the planned location of a Telus cellphone tower in Riondel. Telus has since backed off the plan. Photo: Submitted
Sam Baio, owner of Nelson’s Valhalla Pure Outfitters, says he’s keeping his store closed on Boxing Day due to COVID-19 crowd concerns. Photo: Tyler Harper

Wary of the pandemic, Nelson businesses opt to stay closed on Boxing Day

They say the profit isn’t worth the potential of infection

Sam Baio, owner of Nelson’s Valhalla Pure Outfitters, says he’s keeping his store closed on Boxing Day due to COVID-19 crowd concerns. Photo: Tyler Harper
Nelson’s Matti Erickson will attend University of Oregon next year. Photo: Kari Medig

Nelson’s Matti Erickson to race for University of Oregon

Erickson is the city’s current sports ambassador

Nelson’s Matti Erickson will attend University of Oregon next year. Photo: Kari Medig
A pedestrian looks over a vigil set up in Nelson on Friday to mark National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, which is held Dec. 6 to commemorate the 1989 École Polytechnique massacre that killed 14 women and injured 10 others. Photo: Tyler Harper

Demand for safe space increases in the fall at Nelson’s transition house

The eight-bed service for women and children fleeing domestic violence has been full since Oct. 1

A pedestrian looks over a vigil set up in Nelson on Friday to mark National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, which is held Dec. 6 to commemorate the 1989 École Polytechnique massacre that killed 14 women and injured 10 others. Photo: Tyler Harper
Interior Health says Salmo’s COVID-19 cases have been contained. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Interior Health: Salmo’s COVID-19 cases are contained

Every person who tested positive has recovered

Interior Health says Salmo’s COVID-19 cases have been contained. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Interior Health says Salmo’s COVID-19 cases have been contained. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Interior Health: Salmo’s COVID-19 cases are contained

Every person who tested positive has recovered

Interior Health says Salmo’s COVID-19 cases have been contained. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
The Village of Salmo has told Cody Puckett and Ashley Nelson that clearing land at this property doesn’t constitute building a property according to a bylaw. Photo: Submitted

Work in progress? Salmo family, village at odds over property construction

Cody Puckett says he’s being evicted from his own land, which the village disputes

The Village of Salmo has told Cody Puckett and Ashley Nelson that clearing land at this property doesn’t constitute building a property according to a bylaw. Photo: Submitted
Glacier Gymnastics head coach Sandra Long says she doesn’t understand why her sport is currently shut down while others are allowed to operate. Photo: Tyler Harper

‘It is bewildering’: Nelson sports leaders call out provincial shut down

Indoor group classes for activities such as gymnastics and dance are on hold

Glacier Gymnastics head coach Sandra Long says she doesn’t understand why her sport is currently shut down while others are allowed to operate. Photo: Tyler Harper
This picture of Taghum resident Marc Savard was taken in February when he first spoke to the Nelson Star and little was known about the virus that had shut him out of his job in Wuhan, China. Photo: Tyler Harper

VIDEO: Once an outlier, Nelson man’s COVID-19 experience now typical

Savard was living in Wuhan, China, when the pandemic began

This picture of Taghum resident Marc Savard was taken in February when he first spoke to the Nelson Star and little was known about the virus that had shut him out of his job in Wuhan, China. Photo: Tyler Harper
Interior Health says there have been 24 cases of COVID-19 in Salmo in November. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

UPDATED: COVID-19 cases rise to 24 in Salmo

The cases are connected to social events in the village

Interior Health says there have been 24 cases of COVID-19 in Salmo in November. Photo: Wikimedia Commons