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A new report shows residents need to be making more than minimum wage to afford to live in Nelson. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
A new report shows residents need to be making more than minimum wage to afford to live in Nelson. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Nelson police are searching for Rain Shields, who hasn’t been seen since Oct. 31. Photo courtesy Nelson Police Department

UPDATE: Nelson Police ask for help in search for missing woman

Rain Shields was last seen in the Marsden Road area

Nelson police are searching for Rain Shields, who hasn’t been seen since Oct. 31. Photo courtesy Nelson Police Department
COVID-19 cases for the week of Oct. 24 to 30. Illustration: BC Centre for Disease Control

Low COVID-19 cases reported again in West Kootenay

Creston led the region with 11 over one week

COVID-19 cases for the week of Oct. 24 to 30. Illustration: BC Centre for Disease Control
Deep snow at Forbidden Peak in the Selkirk Mountains. This location is not part of the She Shreds snowmobile tenure application. Photo: Madeleine Martin-Preney

Snowmobile company applies for tenures in West Kootenay

She Shreds Mountain Adventures wants to operate training courses in eight separate locations

Deep snow at Forbidden Peak in the Selkirk Mountains. This location is not part of the She Shreds snowmobile tenure application. Photo: Madeleine Martin-Preney
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
Nelson City Council gives full or partial property tax exemptions to non-profit organizations that benefit the social and cultural life of the community. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson gives property tax exemptions to 12 churches, 12 other non-profits

Exemptions are given for multiple years to recognize valuable community work

Nelson City Council gives full or partial property tax exemptions to non-profit organizations that benefit the social and cultural life of the community. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
L-R: Jill Peacock and Christine DeMarco of the West Kootenay Friends of Refugees visited the Rossland Gallery to admire the lovely Tyler Toews painting donated by group member Ivy Miller. Gallery owner Fletcher Quince barely had time to put the artwork on display before it sold. He has generously donated his usual commission to help support the group’s efforts. Photo: Nicole Coenen

Painting proceeds help West Kootenay group prepare for newcomers

Ivy Miller donated $3,000 from the sale of a Tyler Toews piece to West Kootenay Friends of Refugees

L-R: Jill Peacock and Christine DeMarco of the West Kootenay Friends of Refugees visited the Rossland Gallery to admire the lovely Tyler Toews painting donated by group member Ivy Miller. Gallery owner Fletcher Quince barely had time to put the artwork on display before it sold. He has generously donated his usual commission to help support the group’s efforts. Photo: Nicole Coenen
Sporting and other indoor events in the Interior Health region are limited to half capacity, while elsewhere in B.C. this COVID-19 safety measure has been lifted. (Photo: Pixabay)

Interior Health remains mum on capacity restrictions

Many businesses in the region are demanding answers from the health authority

Sporting and other indoor events in the Interior Health region are limited to half capacity, while elsewhere in B.C. this COVID-19 safety measure has been lifted. (Photo: Pixabay)
Bill Townsend, pictured in the display case, was a lacrosse player in Nelson in the 1930s. Members of his family attended the opening of the sports displays at Touchstones in Nelson on Oct. 29.
L-R: Bill Townsend’s son-in-law and daughter Jack and Pat McConachie of Trail, with grandson and granddaughter Murray McConachie and Christine DeRosa. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Lacrosse history is first sports exhibit at Touchstones museum

Museum collection adds to sports collections at the NDCC and Civic Centre

Bill Townsend, pictured in the display case, was a lacrosse player in Nelson in the 1930s. Members of his family attended the opening of the sports displays at Touchstones in Nelson on Oct. 29.
L-R: Bill Townsend’s son-in-law and daughter Jack and Pat McConachie of Trail, with grandson and granddaughter Murray McConachie and Christine DeRosa. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Anthony Cortez and Danielle “DeeDee” Charlton are seen in these undated Facebook images. Cortez was sentenced on Oct. 29, 2021 two 23 months jail for dangerous driving causing death for the crash that killed Charlton near Hope on Sept. 11, 2017. (Facebook)

23 months jail for 2017 crash that killed woman near Hope

Anthony Cortez’s crime spree went from Nelson to Hope to Revelstoke

Anthony Cortez and Danielle “DeeDee” Charlton are seen in these undated Facebook images. Cortez was sentenced on Oct. 29, 2021 two 23 months jail for dangerous driving causing death for the crash that killed Charlton near Hope on Sept. 11, 2017. (Facebook)
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
Friends of Kootenay Lake volunteers with a sign raised by divers from the bottom of the lake. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Divers pull garbage from floor of Kootenay Lake in annual lakebed cleanup

A shopping cart, bikes, a hobby horse, assorted plastic, and lots of scrap metal were found

Friends of Kootenay Lake volunteers with a sign raised by divers from the bottom of the lake. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
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
The abandoned Mount St. Francis will be torn down over the next six months, according to Interior Health. File photo

Work begins on teardown of Nelson’s Mount St. Francis

A new seniors health facility will be built on the property

The abandoned Mount St. Francis will be torn down over the next six months, according to Interior Health. File photo
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Murder-suicide behind 2 bodies found in Osoyoos: RCMP

One body was found in an abandoned vehicle and another in a home

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Midway Fire and Rescue volunteers held the diesel spill before the fuel could enter a nearby culvert, according to Chief Mike Daloise. Photo: Submitted
Midway Fire and Rescue volunteers held the diesel spill before the fuel could enter a nearby culvert, according to Chief Mike Daloise. Photo: Submitted
The 300 block of Victoria Street will be the site of Nelson’s transit hub. BC Transit reported to city council on Oct. 26 about small changes to the original plan. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson tweaks plans for Victoria Street transit hub

Location remains the same, but changes to parking, loading zones, and public washroom

The 300 block of Victoria Street will be the site of Nelson’s transit hub. BC Transit reported to city council on Oct. 26 about small changes to the original plan. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
The REN Energy solution says it employs commercially proven technologies to generate Renewable Natural Gas (RNG). Image: RenCorp.ca

Energy company purchases more land for Fruitvale plant

Construction was originally scheduled for fall 2020, then postponed until spring of 2021.

The REN Energy solution says it employs commercially proven technologies to generate Renewable Natural Gas (RNG). Image: RenCorp.ca
Plans to shore up the banks of the Kaslo River are on hold again after bids on the project came in over budget. Photo: Greg Nesteroff
Plans to shore up the banks of the Kaslo River are on hold again after bids on the project came in over budget. Photo: Greg Nesteroff
This map from the B.C Centre for Disease Control shows new COVID-19 cases for the week of Oct. 17 to 23.

COVID-19 cases continue to decline across West Kootenay

The region saw 29 new cases from Oct. 17 to 23

This map from the B.C Centre for Disease Control shows new COVID-19 cases for the week of Oct. 17 to 23.