Lower Kootenay Band councillor Jared Basil poses with Ymir residents to protest plans to log in their watershed. Photo: Will Johnson

The Star’s best photos of 2017

Here are our favourite images of the past year

It wasn’t easy trimming down a list from hundreds of pictures that appeared in the Nelson Star this year.

Below you’ll find a selection of what the editorial team believes were the best published images, each of which showed a story just as well as any printed word could do.

Let us know what you think of our selections in the comments section and tell us which photo should be the picture of the year. We’ll publish the results at a later date.


Nelson Brewing Company owner Matt Walker poses where the suds get made. Photo: Tyler Harper

Sam Weber (left) and Dale Howell embrace after their final game with the Nelson Leafs. Photo: Tyler Harper

James Hamilton, known locally as Cowboy Jim, pushes his buggy up a downtown street. Photo: Tyler Harper

Madeline Holitzki of the Nelson Neptunes takes a quick breath en route to her victory. The race was part of the Neptunes’ first home meet in three years. Photo: Tyler Harper

Baker Street Blues frontman Stelio Calagias leads spectators through an impromptu dance during a Canada Day performance at Lakeside Park. Photo: Tyler Harper

About 200 cyclists, only one of whom appeared to be in costume, competed in the Single Track 6 race in August. Photo: Tyler Harper

The party was on at this year’s Pride Parade. Photo: Tyler Harper

Leafs fan Ashlee Debnam compares jerseys with Nelson captain Sawyer Hunt. Photo: Tyler Harper

Sol Butler, seen here practising at Whitewater, took part in the Freeride Junior Tour’s event in Grandvalira, Andorra. Photo: Sean Armstrong

Wally Penner grew up in a tiny hamlet called Renata that was submerged following the Columbia River Treaty and has devoted his life to working on issues related to Columbia Power and the Columbia Basin Trust. Photo: Will Johnson

The Msatat family from left: Tasneem with her pet rabbit (“It’s the first pet I ever had.”) and Mohammed, with their children Jameel (left) and Leen. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

The staff of the Hume Hotel recreated a historical photo from the 1930s to help hype their upcoming signature event Grapes and Grains. Photo: Adrian Wagner

Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall poses with supporters after winning her third term in May. Photo: Will Johnson

David Suzuki was surrounded by fans during his Kootenay Co-op visit in May while campaigning for the Green Party. Photo: Tyler Harper

Retired surgeon Ken Muth chainsaw carved this monolithic visage on his friend Hugh Croxall’s Taghum property for kicks. Photo: Will Johnson

Andrea Legg and Joy Weick performed in a Discover Circus’ show in June. Photo: Will Johnson

Tekoa Predika has been taking tintype portraits of Kootenay residents since 2013. Photo: Will Johnson

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was put on by the Summer Youth Theatre at the Capitol in July. Photo: Will Johnson

A couple dances at Crawford Bay’s Starbelly Jam, which returned from a yearlong hiatus in July. Photo: Will Johnson

Mayors Yutaka Kikuchi and Deb Kozak, flanked by Mira Belle Kolmel and Minami Suzuki, cut the ribbon to the new gate at Cottonwood Falls as part of the Izu-shi, Japan, delegation’s trip to Nelson. Photo: Tyler Harper

Kurt Sorge’s winning run at the Red Bull Rampage in November included two backflips, one of which is seen here. Photo courtesy of Red Bull

Ray Burgess, who served in the Army Reserve, and his grandson Sam Orasuk took in Nelson’s Remembrance Day. Photo: Jake Sherman

Hundreds turned out to see the CP holiday train in December. Photo: Jake Sherman

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