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Nelson Star reporter Will Johnson took an introductory meditation class from the Shambhala Meditation Centre’s Dale Cedar.

COLUMN: Making room for meditation

Star reporter Will Johnson investigates out how to cope when your mind is a dumpster fire.

 

An event called Stories Inspire Passion last year featured (back row

COLUMN: On recognizing female role models

It’s more important now than ever to celebrate female accomplishments.

 

Will Johnson competed in the second Power By You Classic this weekend. He successfully snatched 135 pounds and clean and jerked 185 pounds

COLUMN: I love the way you lift

Will Johnson competed in his second Olympic weightlifting competition this weekend.

 

Nelson resident Ryan Evans married Kate Arnold in Gyro Park this weekend. His great grandfather’s oldest brother “Jake” Loewen was one of the Nelson soldiers killed in a World War I military offensive at Vimy Ridge in 1917.

COLUMN: When Ryan met Kate, a Nelson Love Story

Star reporter Will Johnson attended a quintessentially Kootenay wedding in Gyro Park this weekend.

Nelson resident Ryan Evans married Kate Arnold in Gyro Park this weekend. His great grandfather’s oldest brother “Jake” Loewen was one of the Nelson soldiers killed in a World War I military offensive at Vimy Ridge in 1917.
Nelson welcomed a new resident about two weeks ago when former Star reporter Sam Van Schie gave birth to her daughter Bergen

COLUMN: An open letter to Bergen Geddis, the mountain dweller

Will Johnson addresses former Star reporter Sam Van Schie’s newborn daughter.

Nelson welcomed a new resident about two weeks ago when former Star reporter Sam Van Schie gave birth to her daughter Bergen
Nelson's Mooves was one of over 300 artists who performed at this year's Shambhala Music Festival.

COLUMN: Three days at the Shambhala Music Festival

Reporter Will Johnson drove out to the Salmo River ranch for the 19th annual bacchanal.

Nelson's Mooves was one of over 300 artists who performed at this year's Shambhala Music Festival.
The Michael Franti concert on Friday evening of Kaslo Jazz Etc Festival was a highlight of the weekend.

COLUMN: Three days at the Kaslo Jazz Etc Festival

Star reporter Will Johnson attended the sold-out extravaganza last weekend.

The Michael Franti concert on Friday evening of Kaslo Jazz Etc Festival was a highlight of the weekend.
This painting was created by Star reporter Will Johnson during Rotary's Corks and Canvas fundraiser at Finley's last week.

COLUMN: Perfecting my psychedelic poppies, Zaslove-style

Reporter Will Johnson participated in Rotary’s Corks and Canvas fundraiser this week.

This painting was created by Star reporter Will Johnson during Rotary's Corks and Canvas fundraiser at Finley's last week.
Star reporter Will Johnson participated in a roller derby scrimmage with (L-R) Red Zeppelin

COLUMN: Half an hour with the Nelson Killjoys

Reporter Will Johnson learned firsthand what it takes to be a derby girl.

Star reporter Will Johnson participated in a roller derby scrimmage with (L-R) Red Zeppelin
This piece of tin was embossed during last weekend’s Tiny Lights Festival. Axe-wielding reporter Will Johnson is seen here enjoying the festivities with Zaynab Mohammed (left) and Leesa Dean (right).

COLUMN: Three days at the Tiny Lights Festival

Reporter Will Johnson met musicians, danced with a baby and was immortalized in tin at this year’s Ymir festival.

This piece of tin was embossed during last weekend’s Tiny Lights Festival. Axe-wielding reporter Will Johnson is seen here enjoying the festivities with Zaynab Mohammed (left) and Leesa Dean (right).
The local production of Rock of Ages involved over 100 people

COLUMN: Don’t stop believin’, hold on to that feeling

Star reporter Will Johnson got the ensemble experience as part of the Capitol’s Rock of Ages.

The local production of Rock of Ages involved over 100 people
It took Will Johnson approximately ten minutes to figure out how to achieve ascension with a flyboard

COLUMN: The art of ascension

Star reporter Will Johnson checks in on the local flyboard company hoping to operate out of Kootenay Lake.

It took Will Johnson approximately ten minutes to figure out how to achieve ascension with a flyboard
Star reporter Will Johnson's friend Malcolm Ross (seen here as a young man) passed away at the age of 58 in January.

COLUMN: ‘I’m Anglican, I drink beer!’

The recent loss of a close friend inspired Star reporter Will Johnson to contemplate the things money can’t buy.

Star reporter Will Johnson's friend Malcolm Ross (seen here as a young man) passed away at the age of 58 in January.
Star reporter Will Johnson picks his favourite stories from 2015

COLUMN: My top 10 favourite stories of 2015

This year I've covered everything from forest fires to music festivals.

Star reporter Will Johnson picks his favourite stories from 2015
Star reporter Will Johnson shares some of his thoughts on climate disruption.

COLUMN: Challenging my climate apathy

The Vancouver oil spill has brought some urgency to my half-hearted environmentalism.

Star reporter Will Johnson shares some of his thoughts on climate disruption.
When I grow up

COLUMN: My eight favourite stories of 2014

When my colleague Greg Nesteroff asked me to compile a list of my favourite stories of 2014, I was initially stumped.

When I grow up