We won! Bill Metcalfe and Tyler Harper were among the journalists honoured at the Ma Murray awards in Richmond on Saturday. Photo: Rosie Metcalfe

We won! Bill Metcalfe and Tyler Harper were among the journalists honoured at the Ma Murray awards in Richmond on Saturday. Photo: Rosie Metcalfe

Nelson Star wins 3 golds, two bronze at Ma Murray awards

Reporters Bill Metcalfe and Tyler Harper were among the nominees

The Nelson Star captured three gold awards at the 100th annual BC and Yukon Community Newspaper Awards’ Ma Murrays on Saturday in Richmond.

Reporter Bill Metcalfe won his first gold in the Portrait/Personality Photo award for papers with a circulation under 10,000. Metcalfe’s picture was of apprentice welder Candace Green at work on the new Kootenay Lake ferry.

Editor-Reporter Tyler Harper also won two gold.

He took first place in Arts and Culture Writing for his story Internet famous: Abbotsford’s Kris Collins is a TikTok comedy queen. Harper also won gold in Outdoor Recreation Writing for the story In Nelson’s forests, trail building becomes an art.

Two other stories, both by Harper, won bronze medals including The dogs of Al Magaw in the Feature Article under 10,000 circulation category, as well as The trials of Edmund Bodine: How a Kootenay woman’s parents defended Japanese officers during the Second World War in the Historical Writing category.