Bill Metcalfe

Chuck Clarkson, 97, is Nelson’s oldest war veteran. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson’s oldest veteran remembers Second World War

Chuck Clarkson, 97, joined the Canadian military at 16

Chuck Clarkson, 97, is Nelson’s oldest war veteran. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Candace Green learned her trade at Selkirk College and now works as an apprentice welder on the new Kootenay Lake ferry. “It is nice to work locally and know that I get to improve myself every day. I’m really fortunate, super grateful, especially being straight out of school.” Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Kootenay Lake ferry construction on schedule, new ferry by 2023

The lake shore site employs 30 tradespeople, all from the Kootenays

Candace Green learned her trade at Selkirk College and now works as an apprentice welder on the new Kootenay Lake ferry. “It is nice to work locally and know that I get to improve myself every day. I’m really fortunate, super grateful, especially being straight out of school.” Photo: Bill Metcalfe
The Grow Show opened at Touchstones on Nov. 26. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Gallery exhibit chronicles Nelson’s cannabis history

The Grow Show runs at Touchstones until Feb. 27

The Grow Show opened at Touchstones on Nov. 26. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Linn Murray (left) and Jamie Hunter, both of Nelson, attended the Cop26 climate conference in Glasgow. Photo: Submitted

Nelson youth activists find optimism, frustration at COP26

Jamie Hunter and Linn Murray attended the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Glasgow

Linn Murray (left) and Jamie Hunter, both of Nelson, attended the Cop26 climate conference in Glasgow. Photo: Submitted
The Regional District of Central Kootenay has approved a staff vaccination policy, which it describes as an enhanced safety protocol that is not punitive. File photo

RDCK announces staff vaccination policy

Employees will not lose their jobs if they are not vaccinated

The Regional District of Central Kootenay has approved a staff vaccination policy, which it describes as an enhanced safety protocol that is not punitive. File photo
Youth Climate Corps worker Poppy Herbison studies a solar pathfinder, an instrument used to determine the percentage of solar radiation blocked by permanent local features in the landscape like trees, hills, and buildings. Photo: Submitted

West Kootenay project blends agriculture and forestry

Bannock in Bloom planned for forest south of Silverton

Youth Climate Corps worker Poppy Herbison studies a solar pathfinder, an instrument used to determine the percentage of solar radiation blocked by permanent local features in the landscape like trees, hills, and buildings. Photo: Submitted
The lower slopes of the Taite Creek watershed following the Octopus Creek fire. Photo: Submitted

Lower Arrow Lake wildfires caused future water quality and flooding hazards: report

Forests ministry releases assessment of Michaud and Octopus Creek fires

The lower slopes of the Taite Creek watershed following the Octopus Creek fire. Photo: Submitted
This group of about 20 nurses and doctors, all members of the group Doctors and Nurses for Planetary Health, met in front of Nelson City Hall in a demonstration to urge governments for action on climate change and environmental degradation on Nov. 4. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson doctors and nurses demonstrate for climate action

Medical practitioners can see the health effects of climate change in some of their patients

This group of about 20 nurses and doctors, all members of the group Doctors and Nurses for Planetary Health, met in front of Nelson City Hall in a demonstration to urge governments for action on climate change and environmental degradation on Nov. 4. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Friends of Kootenay Lake volunteers with a sign raised by divers from the bottom of the lake. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Divers pull garbage from floor of Kootenay Lake in annual lakebed cleanup

A shopping cart, bikes, a hobby horse, assorted plastic, and lots of scrap metal were found

Friends of Kootenay Lake volunteers with a sign raised by divers from the bottom of the lake. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
The two white pines with flagging hold three blue heron nests almost 50 metres above the ground in the forest near Granite Pointe golf course. The logging in the background on golf course land extends to the base of the trees. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson golf club logs in protected heron nesting site

Buffer at Granite Pointe Golf Club should have been left around two nest trees, says biologist

The two white pines with flagging hold three blue heron nests almost 50 metres above the ground in the forest near Granite Pointe golf course. The logging in the background on golf course land extends to the base of the trees. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
The jury in the inquest into the death of Peter de Groot delivered its verdict at the Nelson courthouse on Oct. 13. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

RCMP crisis intervention improvements among de Groot inquest recommendations

Jury suggestions are to improve services, not find fault

The jury in the inquest into the death of Peter de Groot delivered its verdict at the Nelson courthouse on Oct. 13. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Danna de Groot of Vancouver, sister of Peter de Groot, testified on Oct. 8 at the inquest into her brother’s death at the hands of the RCMP near Slocan, B.C. in 2014. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Sister of West Kootenay man killed by RCMP testifies at inquest

Danna de Groot recounts events leading to Peter de Groot’s death

Danna de Groot of Vancouver, sister of Peter de Groot, testified on Oct. 8 at the inquest into her brother’s death at the hands of the RCMP near Slocan, B.C. in 2014. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
A Coroner’s inquest into the death of Peter de Groot heard medical evidence on Oct. 5 and 6 at the Nelson courthouse. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Weapons experts, pathologists testify on path of bullet in Peter de Groot inquest

Four pathologists and two weapons experts testified on Oct. 5 and 6

A Coroner’s inquest into the death of Peter de Groot heard medical evidence on Oct. 5 and 6 at the Nelson courthouse. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
L-R, Peter de Groot’s sisters Danna de Groot, Shannon de Groot, and Michelle de Groot, with father Peter de Groot, brother Miles de Groot and sister Kristen de Groot, at the courthouse in Nelson for the inquest into the death Peter de Groot in 2014 near Slocan. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

RCMP officer who shot Peter de Groot testifies at inquest

Retired officers Brian Burke and Robert Courcelles recalled the events of Oct. 13, 2014, near Slocan

L-R, Peter de Groot’s sisters Danna de Groot, Shannon de Groot, and Michelle de Groot, with father Peter de Groot, brother Miles de Groot and sister Kristen de Groot, at the courthouse in Nelson for the inquest into the death Peter de Groot in 2014 near Slocan. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
The City of Nelson says it is ahead of most municipalities in the province other than Vancouver with its research into the carbon footprint of new houses. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson council does ‘ground-breaking’ research on carbon footprint of buildings

Pilot project studied 35 new homes in Nelson and Castlegar

The City of Nelson says it is ahead of most municipalities in the province other than Vancouver with its research into the carbon footprint of new houses. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
The inquest into the death of Peter de Groot is expected to run until Oct. 6 at the Nelson courthouse. File photo

Inquest in death of Peter de Groot begins in Nelson

De Groot was killed by an RCMP officer near Slocan in 2014

The inquest into the death of Peter de Groot is expected to run until Oct. 6 at the Nelson courthouse. File photo
A low-speed electric vehicle, with all safety features approved by Transport Canada, and a maximum speed of 40 km/hr on roads posted with a maximum 50 km/hr speed limit. Photo: SC Carts

Nelson group planning for low-speed electric vehicles on city streets

Climate-friendly Transport Canada-approved vehicles would have a maximum speed of 40 km/hr

A low-speed electric vehicle, with all safety features approved by Transport Canada, and a maximum speed of 40 km/hr on roads posted with a maximum 50 km/hr speed limit. Photo: SC Carts
Logging activity beside the rail trail and the Apex nordic ski area on Sept. 22. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Logging begins near Nelson Nordic Ski Club trails

One ski trail will close, and the rail trail might sometimes be closed to ensure safety

Logging activity beside the rail trail and the Apex nordic ski area on Sept. 22. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Ron Sherman, vice principal at L.V. Rogers Secondary, is well on his way to his goal of walking 500,000 steps in the month of September. Photo submitted

Nelson high school vice-principal walking 400 km in September for diabetes research

Ron Sherman gets up at 5 a.m. every day and walks for two hours before work

Ron Sherman, vice principal at L.V. Rogers Secondary, is well on his way to his goal of walking 500,000 steps in the month of September. Photo submitted
Scott Jeffery of Nelson Fire and Rescue and firefighter Gerry Schmidtke standing amongst downed woody debris and ladder fuels only a few hundred metres above Mountain Lakes Seniors Community in Nelson. This untreated forest is representative of the publicly owned lands that City of Nelson has been targeting for clean up. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson fire department cleans up urban wildfire fuel on city property

Work will be done near Mountain Lakes, at the Mountain Station water intake, and in Art Gibbon Park

Scott Jeffery of Nelson Fire and Rescue and firefighter Gerry Schmidtke standing amongst downed woody debris and ladder fuels only a few hundred metres above Mountain Lakes Seniors Community in Nelson. This untreated forest is representative of the publicly owned lands that City of Nelson has been targeting for clean up. Photo: Bill Metcalfe