Greg Nesteroff

Nelson’s fire hall as it appeared in Roxanne, with the ambulance station redecorated as a false-fronted building. Interiors were actually shot in Vancouver. Photo: Al Peterson

When Hollywood came to Nelson in 1986

Movie-making provided an ego boost for a town down on its luck

Nelson’s fire hall as it appeared in Roxanne, with the ambulance station redecorated as a false-fronted building. Interiors were actually shot in Vancouver. Photo: Al Peterson
Alan Ramsden devised a bomb as a teenager that earned him attention from newspapers — and the department of defence.

The bomb, the bunker, and the broadcaster: The life of Nelson’s Alan Ramsden

Ramsden, who has died at 95, was instrumental in establishing the city’s museum.

Alan Ramsden devised a bomb as a teenager that earned him attention from newspapers — and the department of defence.
Ron Welwood is seen at a Touchstones Nelson gala in 2017. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

The man who saved (and coined) Kootenaiana dies at 81

Ron Welwood was a noted local historian

Ron Welwood is seen at a Touchstones Nelson gala in 2017. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
After decades in the Gora family and many years on the market, the Salmo Hotel has been sold to a mining industry executive who plans to keep it going without any major changes. Photo: Greg Nesteroff

After decades in the same family, a Salmo landmark changes hands

Mining executive John Mirko has bought the historic Salmo Hotel from Marion Gora

After decades in the Gora family and many years on the market, the Salmo Hotel has been sold to a mining industry executive who plans to keep it going without any major changes. Photo: Greg Nesteroff
Touchstones Nelson archivist J.P. Stienne holds one of about 650 plans recently donated by Fairbank Architects Ltd. Photo: Tyler Harper

Fairbank Architects donates old plans to Touchstones Nelson

Drawings date back to the 1930s and include many significant buildings

Touchstones Nelson archivist J.P. Stienne holds one of about 650 plans recently donated by Fairbank Architects Ltd. Photo: Tyler Harper
George Kamitakahara sips coffee aboard his sailboat, the <em>Amoreena</em>, at an unknown location, sometime in the 1980s. Photo submitted

Cruise of the Amoreena: A former Slocan man’s journey across the Pacific

George Kamitakahara was three years into a round-the-world voyage when his sailboat hit a reef

George Kamitakahara sips coffee aboard his sailboat, the <em>Amoreena</em>, at an unknown location, sometime in the 1980s. Photo submitted
Creston Town Hall is seen in 2021. Photo: Greg Nesteroff

West Kootenay municipalities mull mandatory employee vaccinations

Nelson, Trail, Rossland, and RDCK still deciding whether to follow lead of Creston, Vancouver

Creston Town Hall is seen in 2021. Photo: Greg Nesteroff
The former home of Pacific Insight, west of Nelson, has been listed for sale for $5.5 million. File photo

Former Pacific Insight building listed for sale

The 67,000-square foot facility has been mostly vacant for more than two years.

The former home of Pacific Insight, west of Nelson, has been listed for sale for $5.5 million. File photo
A phoenix sculpture, created by Argenta artists Spring Shine, Christopher Petersen, and Yvonne Boyd is set ablaze in 2019.

Castlegar Sculpturewalk plans First Night celebration

Event will see a sculpture commissioned and then burned to mark the winter solstice.

A phoenix sculpture, created by Argenta artists Spring Shine, Christopher Petersen, and Yvonne Boyd is set ablaze in 2019.
Castlegar RCMP have been running short-staffed lately, with 10 officers doing the work of 16. Photo: Google Street View

Staffing shortage continues for Castlegar Mounties

Vacancies, sick leave, and temporary closure of training academy all contribute to woes.

Castlegar RCMP have been running short-staffed lately, with 10 officers doing the work of 16. Photo: Google Street View
A program to provide residents with bear-smart garbage bins to deposit household waste between pick-up days hasn’t panned out the way city council hoped. Black Press File photo

Castlegar cancels community dumpster program

Bins at the Pioneer Arena and civic works yard will be removed Oct. 1 due to ongoing abuse.

A program to provide residents with bear-smart garbage bins to deposit household waste between pick-up days hasn’t panned out the way city council hoped. Black Press File photo
A rendition of a proposed six-storey apartment complex called The Highmark, to be built on 11th Avenue in Castlegar (seen at centre, on the hill). City council has given its blessing to the building’s height.

Six-storey apartment building gets go ahead in Castlegar

Council unanimously agrees to let project on 11th Avenue be taller than normally allowed.

A rendition of a proposed six-storey apartment complex called The Highmark, to be built on 11th Avenue in Castlegar (seen at centre, on the hill). City council has given its blessing to the building’s height.
The Blaylock Mansion, a.k.a. Lakewood, was built in the 1930s for Cominco boss Selwyn Blaylock. Now a bed and breakfast, it’s probably the most famous home in West Kootenay. Photo: Tyler Harper

Ghost tales: The storied history of Kootenay Lake’s most famous home

Lost Souls of Lakewood explores the history of Nelson’s Blaylock Mansion

The Blaylock Mansion, a.k.a. Lakewood, was built in the 1930s for Cominco boss Selwyn Blaylock. Now a bed and breakfast, it’s probably the most famous home in West Kootenay. Photo: Tyler Harper
Garbage remains key attractant for bears in Castlegar

Garbage remains key attractant for bears in Castlegar

Since March 1, there have been 41 black bear reports to the Conservation Officer Service.

Garbage remains key attractant for bears in Castlegar
Police seek suspect in rash of Castlegar thefts

Police seek suspect in rash of Castlegar thefts

There have been a number of thefts over the last two weeks in Castlegar.

Police seek suspect in rash of Castlegar thefts
It rained on all but five days in June in West Kootenay, but the total amount was less than normal. Photo: Pixabay                                (Pixabay)
It rained on all but five days in June in West Kootenay, but the total amount was less than normal. Photo: Pixabay                                (Pixabay)
Nelson firefighters tackled a blaze at the corner of Josephine and Victoria on Thursday evening. Photo: Tyler Harper

VIDEO: Nelson firefighters battle fire at Victoria and Josephine

Building home to several businesses, including restaurant and dry cleaner

Nelson firefighters tackled a blaze at the corner of Josephine and Victoria on Thursday evening. Photo: Tyler Harper
PHOTOS: A day in the life of the Castlegar food bank

PHOTOS: A day in the life of the Castlegar food bank

A busy day for Community Harvest Food Bank volunteers

PHOTOS: A day in the life of the Castlegar food bank
Online engagement tool coming for Columbia Basin Trust grants

Online engagement tool coming for Columbia Basin Trust grants

Tool will allow the public to give feedback on proposed projects for the area in which they live.

Online engagement tool coming for Columbia Basin Trust grants
City of Castlegar offers more time to pay property taxes

City of Castlegar offers more time to pay property taxes

Delaying property taxes gives those who need more time until Oct. 1 to pay.

City of Castlegar offers more time to pay property taxes