Will Johnson

Lisel Forst will be performing her stand up at the Front Room and Torchlight Brewing. Photo: Will Johnson

VIDEO: Lisel Forst isn’t normal

Wacky thespian busting out her stand up comedy chops

Lisel Forst will be performing her stand up at the Front Room and Torchlight Brewing. Photo: Will Johnson
Will Johnson was inspired to examine his personal complicity in rape culture by the recent #MeToo social media campaign. Photo: Jennifer Cowan

COLUMN: From #MeToo to #HowIWillChange

Reporter Will Johnson examines his complicity in rape culture

Will Johnson was inspired to examine his personal complicity in rape culture by the recent #MeToo social media campaign. Photo: Jennifer Cowan
Visiting speaker David Hatfield is seen earlier this year at Trafalgar Middle School. He returned to the Kootenays for a second time last week, hitting schools such as L.V. Rogers, Salmo and Waldorf to talk about rites of passage, gender issues and contemporary issues facing teens. Photo: Will Johnson

SD8 reflects on #MeToo social media campaign

Educators aim to help students have positive conversations

Visiting speaker David Hatfield is seen earlier this year at Trafalgar Middle School. He returned to the Kootenays for a second time last week, hitting schools such as L.V. Rogers, Salmo and Waldorf to talk about rites of passage, gender issues and contemporary issues facing teens. Photo: Will Johnson
Const. Alain Therrien (foreground) of the Nelson Police Department is seen here with three of the reserve officers on the force.                                Photo: Will Johnson

Nelson cops recruiting reserves

Local force currently has six volunteer constables

Const. Alain Therrien (foreground) of the Nelson Police Department is seen here with three of the reserve officers on the force.                                Photo: Will Johnson
Nelson Mayor Deb Kozak addressed a delegation from the Okanagan Nation Alliance at the most recent meeting of the Regional District of Central Kootenay board.Photo: Will Johnson

Restoring salmon to the Columbia River system

Okanagan Nation Alliance sent a delegation to the RDCK last week

Nelson Mayor Deb Kozak addressed a delegation from the Okanagan Nation Alliance at the most recent meeting of the Regional District of Central Kootenay board.Photo: Will Johnson
Selkirk College president Angus Graeme participated in an affordable housing panel last week as part of Homelessness Action Week. He believes the current housing shortage is affecting both his student and teacher populations. The institution aspires to add 50 beds to their local residence.  Photo: Will Johnson

Selkirk College faces housing crunch

Nelson campus aims to add 50 new units for students

Selkirk College president Angus Graeme participated in an affordable housing panel last week as part of Homelessness Action Week. He believes the current housing shortage is affecting both his student and teacher populations. The institution aspires to add 50 beds to their local residence.  Photo: Will Johnson
Touchstones executive director Astrid Heyerdahl (centre) worked alongside muralist Amber Santos (second from right) and other youth to create the temporary mural currently installed outside the Capitol Theatre. Artists involved include Tyler Wright, Reyna Brown, Brittany Barkhouse (second from left), Mikaela Rubak-Mazur and Abigail Cole. The plans are to ultimately mount it at L.V. Rogers. Photo: Will Johnson

Nelson mural movement picks up momentum

Art advocates call for international mural festival next year

Touchstones executive director Astrid Heyerdahl (centre) worked alongside muralist Amber Santos (second from right) and other youth to create the temporary mural currently installed outside the Capitol Theatre. Artists involved include Tyler Wright, Reyna Brown, Brittany Barkhouse (second from left), Mikaela Rubak-Mazur and Abigail Cole. The plans are to ultimately mount it at L.V. Rogers. Photo: Will Johnson
A toppled tree temporarily blocked Baker Street in downtown Nelson on Tuesday. Photo: Tyler Harper

Windstorm rocks Baker Street, downs trees across Nelson

Power was knocked out Tuesday afternoon as trees toppled across town

A toppled tree temporarily blocked Baker Street in downtown Nelson on Tuesday. Photo: Tyler Harper
SD8 treasurer: ‘We need to talk about L.V. Rogers’

SD8 treasurer: ‘We need to talk about L.V. Rogers’

Superintendent Christine Perkins is looking into situation at Nelson’s only high school

SD8 treasurer: ‘We need to talk about L.V. Rogers’
Kristi Rivait of Ready to Rent B.C. addressed a packed board room at the Nelson and District Credit Union during Homelessness Action Week. Photo: Will Johnson

Nelson landlords needed to address housing crisis

Landlords cram into Homelessness Action Week event

Kristi Rivait of Ready to Rent B.C. addressed a packed board room at the Nelson and District Credit Union during Homelessness Action Week. Photo: Will Johnson
Nelson composer Robert Neufeld has been named the 2017 Nature Photographer of the Year by the International Photography Awards, taking home the top prize over 14,000 other worldwide entrants, for this image “Cusp of Winter.” It was taken from the deck of his home downtown. Photo: Robert Neufeld

Nelson nature photographer lauded

Robert Neufeld takes home International Photography Award for “Cusp of Winter”

Nelson composer Robert Neufeld has been named the 2017 Nature Photographer of the Year by the International Photography Awards, taking home the top prize over 14,000 other worldwide entrants, for this image “Cusp of Winter.” It was taken from the deck of his home downtown. Photo: Robert Neufeld
Dr. Nick Sparrow has a full-time job as an emergency doctor at the Kootenay Lake Hospital, but he still volunteers his time assisting emergency services.   Photo: Will Johnson

Dr. Nick Sparrow flies into action

Nelson physician volunteers to back up emergency services

Dr. Nick Sparrow has a full-time job as an emergency doctor at the Kootenay Lake Hospital, but he still volunteers his time assisting emergency services.   Photo: Will Johnson
Chamber boss Tom Thomson hosted an event aimed at connecting local employers with apprentices, which was attended by representatives of Selkirk College and SD8, among others.  Photo: Will Johnson

Nelson chamber mobilizes to promote apprenticeships

Industry Training Authority hosted interactive lunch for local employers

Chamber boss Tom Thomson hosted an event aimed at connecting local employers with apprentices, which was attended by representatives of Selkirk College and SD8, among others.  Photo: Will Johnson
Nelson dance teacher Maria Schuh helped teach residents salsa moves during a fundraiser for Mexico on Thursday evening at the Rod and Gun Club. Photo: Will Johnson

From Nelson to Mexico, with love

Community fundraiser aims to help earthquake victims rebuild homes

Nelson dance teacher Maria Schuh helped teach residents salsa moves during a fundraiser for Mexico on Thursday evening at the Rod and Gun Club. Photo: Will Johnson
Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth announced a public consultation process for B.C. residents and municipal governments ahead of marijuana legalization in July 2017. (Katya Slepian/Black Press)                                Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth announced a public consultation process for B.C. residents and municipal governments ahead of marijuana legalization in July 2017. (Katya Slepian/Black Press)

Nelson receives provincial recognition for cannabis, short-term rentals

Mayor Deb Kozak reflects on Union of BC Municipalities conference

Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth announced a public consultation process for B.C. residents and municipal governments ahead of marijuana legalization in July 2017. (Katya Slepian/Black Press)                                Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth announced a public consultation process for B.C. residents and municipal governments ahead of marijuana legalization in July 2017. (Katya Slepian/Black Press)
Pacific Insight is one of the largest manufacturing employers in the Nelson area. Photo courtesy of the Chamber of Commerce

Housing shortage hampers local manufacturers

Report outlines challenges for growing local industry

Pacific Insight is one of the largest manufacturing employers in the Nelson area. Photo courtesy of the Chamber of Commerce
The most recent hazardous waste roundup was so successful that the RDCK is planning a 
second one.  Photo courtesy of the RDCK

RDCK plans another hazardous waste roundup

Contractor was overwhelmed by Nelson residents’ materials

The most recent hazardous waste roundup was so successful that the RDCK is planning a 
second one.  Photo courtesy of the RDCK
L.V. Rogers student Soren Hvenegaard (centre) was busy rehearsing with some of the members of his Thelonius Monk octet this week. Photo: Will Johnson

Happy 100th birthday, Thelonious Monk!

L.V. Rogers student spearheads ambitious jazz tribute

L.V. Rogers student Soren Hvenegaard (centre) was busy rehearsing with some of the members of his Thelonius Monk octet this week. Photo: Will Johnson
Minister Michelle Mungall attended a community meeting about the Ymir watershed before she was successfully re-elected earlier this year. According to her, she continues to advocate on their behalf. Photo: Will Johnson

Ymir watershed delegation headed to Victoria

Water advocates hope to sway Minister Doug Donaldson

Minister Michelle Mungall attended a community meeting about the Ymir watershed before she was successfully re-elected earlier this year. According to her, she continues to advocate on their behalf. Photo: Will Johnson
Nelsonites Karen and John Belland are safe following a mass shooting in Las Vegas. Photo courtesy of Karen Belland

Nelson couple unharmed following Vegas mass shooting

Karen Belland spoke to the Star on Monday morning

Nelsonites Karen and John Belland are safe following a mass shooting in Las Vegas. Photo courtesy of Karen Belland