YEAR IN REVIEW: The Star’s most read letters

Our readers had plenty to say in 2018

1. Alarm bells need to sound about the Trail hospital (5,941 local readers)

Following the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital’s postponement of surgeries due to increased infection rates, Winlaw resident Moe Lyons’s letter claimed the problem was worse than the hospital realized, and that there were many unreported infections following surgeries there.

2. International student left Nelson after just three weeks (5,891 local readers)

Nelson resident Tamara Mickel’s letter alleged that her international homestay student suffered racist attitudes at L.V. Rogers Secondary School.

3. It might happen to you (4,470 local readers)

Bernie Brown, also known as Bubbles the Clown, called for more understanding of people with mental illness in language that was both poetic and direct.

4. A fine balance in Nelson’s downtown (4,353 local readers)

Mari Plamondon, co-owner of Waits News, referring to some of the people who spend time on the sidewalk outside her store, said she tries to treat everyone with respect and without judgment.

5. A memorial for Mary Jane (2,339 local readers)

Glade resident Rod Retzlaff penned this mock obituary for Mary Jane, personifying the marijuana of yesteryear, who is survived by her son Cannabis, who has different priorities.

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Fundraiser set for Fastlane to Paradise

The new local show’s fundraiser is Sept. 21 at Finley’s

Don Currie, local athletes win medal haul at 55-plus B.C. Games

Slocan’s Currie took home seven gold medals in track and field

Local runners tackle Toad Mountain

The 25 kilometre and 50 km event took runners over the top of Toad Mountain

VIDEO: Grad classes separated by 65 years find shared hopes, fears

The Nelson High School class of 1954 met with current L.V. Rogers Grade 12 students

B.C. party bus company to be monitored after 40 intoxicated teens found onboard

Police received tip teens and young adults were drinking on party buses and limousines in Surrey

Rick Mercer calls out Conservative candidate in B.C. for fake meme

‘Not true. All fake. Please Stop,’ tweeted Rick Mercer in response

Bear killed in Kimberley after chasing girl, wreaking havoc on town

This particular brown-coloured bear has been the subject of many calls this summer; very food habituated, CO says

Police investigate after intoxicated teens clash with security at B.C. fair

18-year-old woman arrested and RCMP looking at possible assault in Victoria-area fall fair incident

BC SPCA investigating after three dogs found shot dead in Prince George ditch

The three adult dogs appeared to be well cared for before being found with gunshot wounds, BC SPCA says

Boy overdosed on illicit anti-anxiety drug found on Kelowna classroom floor, RCMP say

Noah Mills, 8, ingested a pink powdery substance off his Kelowna classroom floor

Psychiatric assessment ordered for man accused in Salmon Arm church shooting

Lawyer tells court accused was diagnosed with psychosis hours after his arrest

Surrey mom allegedly paid $400,000 for son in U.S. college bribery scam

Xiaoning Sui, 48, was arrested in Spain on Monday night

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