Nelson Star story nominated for Ma Murray Award

A Nelson Star feature about a woman who survived the Frank Slide as a child has been nominated for a provincial award.

Sam McBride’s story about Marion McPhail

A Nelson Star feature about a woman who survived the Frank Slide as a child and spent the rest of her life trying to escape the notoriety it brought her has been nominated for a Ma Murray Award.

Sam McBride, who took piano lessons from Marion Leitch McPhail, is up for the Neville Shanks Memorial Award for Historical Writing.

His story, entitled “The Nelson woman who HATED being famous,” was published in the Star on May 1, 2015.

“I enjoyed telling Marion McPhail`s extraordinary story, and I really appreciated the online feedback, particularly comments from other former piano students of Marion,” said McBride, a Castlegar resident.

Star editor Greg Nesteroff said he “knew immediately” that McBride’s story was a potential award-winner and “we’re very pleased that the judges agreed.”

Award winners will be announced at a gala in Richmond on May 7.

Other nominees in the category are Frank Peebles of the Prince George Citizen and Alison Taylor, Clare Ogilvie, and Jon Parris of Whistler’s Pique news magazine.

The Ma Murray Awards recognize excellence in BC and Yukon community newspapers. They’re named for legendary editor and publisher Margaret Murray, who ran the Bridge River-Lillooet News.

 

Just Posted

Wait’s News lives! Iconic Nelson diner to relocate

Wait’s will set up shop on Nelson Avenue later this year

MS Bike Challenge raises over $81,000

The annual event in Nelson included over 60 cyclists

Nelson’s Maglio hired by Spokane Chiefs

Adam Maglio will serve as an assistant coach with the WHL team

COLUMN: Working together on climate action with our MLAs

Katherine Oldfield writes about the Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s trip to Victoria

Buddhist monument to be dedicated in Slocan cemetery

A new post has been created to mark the site where at least nine Japanese Canadians were cremated

VIDEO: Young couple found dead in northern B.C. had been shot, police say

Chynna Noelle Deese of the U.S. and Lucas Robertson Fowler of Australia were found along Highway 97

VIDEO: Man found dead near B.C. teens’ truck could be linked to a double homicide

RCMP said they are looking for Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, of Port Alberni

Latest plan is to fly trapped fish by helicopter over Big Bar slide

Multi-pronged plan set in motion to freesalmon blocked by landslide in the Fraser River

Family of missing B.C. senior with dementia frustrated with situation, heartened by community support

Nine days since Grace was last seen the question remains: ‘How can an 86-year-old just disappear?’

B.C. removes personal limits for bringing home out-of-province alcohol

Previous relgulations placed limits on the amount of liquor that B.C. residents could bring home

Unsealed record suggests U.S. man convicted of murdering Vancouver Island couple left DNA on zip tie in 1987

William Talbott is set to be sentenced Wednesday in the murders of Jay Cook and Tanya Van Cuylenborg

Okanagan Air Cadet challenges gender-exclusive haircut policy

Haircut regulation inspires challenge around gender identity

VIDEO: Bystander training gains traction as tool to prevent sexual harassment, violence

Julia Gartley was sexually assaulted after an event, and no one stepped in to help

Two brands of ice cream sandwiches recalled due to presence of metal

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued a recall on Iceberg and Originale Augustin brands

Most Read