Bill Metcalfe

Dr. Marian Berry, back in Nelson after attending a week at the COP27 U.N. climate summit in Egypt in November. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

‘It was transformative’: Nelson residents reflect on attending COP27

Gideon Berry and mother Marian Berry spent a week at the U.N. climate summit in November

Dr. Marian Berry, back in Nelson after attending a week at the COP27 U.N. climate summit in Egypt in November. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Nelson police chief Donovan Fisher (right) with deputy chief Raj Saini at Nelson City Council’s Nov. 22 meeting. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson Police Department asks city council for 6.8% increase for 2023

Chief Donovan Fisher admitted to officer issues with stress, mental health, and job performance

Nelson police chief Donovan Fisher (right) with deputy chief Raj Saini at Nelson City Council’s Nov. 22 meeting. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
The Glade Watershed Preservation Society, along with the Laird Creek Water Users Association, have both expressed concerns about logging in forests from which they get their drinking water. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Preserve first, log second, says West Kootenay rural watershed report

Watershed groups in Laird and Glade produce ‘nature-directed stewardship’ plan

The Glade Watershed Preservation Society, along with the Laird Creek Water Users Association, have both expressed concerns about logging in forests from which they get their drinking water. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
This is only a portion of the crowd at the Remembrance Day ceremony on Nov. 11 in Nelson. There were also many more people behind and on both sides of the photographer. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Hundreds attend Remembrance Day ceremony in Nelson

Legion president says it was even larger than pre-pandemic crowds

This is only a portion of the crowd at the Remembrance Day ceremony on Nov. 11 in Nelson. There were also many more people behind and on both sides of the photographer. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Biologist Rosie Wijenberg at a grove of eight western red cedars in the Russell Creek area of the West Kootenay. These trees are temporarily protected from logging because they are in an old growth deferral area. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Finding the Kootenays’ biggest trees: Biologist mapping the region’s forest giants

But only timber companies may nominate trees for a new provincial list of protected trees

Biologist Rosie Wijenberg at a grove of eight western red cedars in the Russell Creek area of the West Kootenay. These trees are temporarily protected from logging because they are in an old growth deferral area. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
The City of Nelson’s organic waste co-ordinator Emily Mask at home with her FoodCycler. Compostable waste generally makes up 40 per cent of total household garbage. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson to launch countertop food waste treatment pilot in January

Compostable organic waste makes up 40% of municipal garbage

The City of Nelson’s organic waste co-ordinator Emily Mask at home with her FoodCycler. Compostable waste generally makes up 40 per cent of total household garbage. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
L-R: Sai Batta from India, Shanique Eldemire from Jamaica, and Guilherme Alano from Brazil, all say they are pleased about the federal government’s decision to allow them to work full time while studying. They are students in the culinary management diploma program at Selkirk College’s Tenth Street Campus. The program is for people who already have a culinary or hospitality credential from outside of Canada. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson’s international students applaud change to allowable employment hours

Students can now work full time while studying

L-R: Sai Batta from India, Shanique Eldemire from Jamaica, and Guilherme Alano from Brazil, all say they are pleased about the federal government’s decision to allow them to work full time while studying. They are students in the culinary management diploma program at Selkirk College’s Tenth Street Campus. The program is for people who already have a culinary or hospitality credential from outside of Canada. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
The Back on Track exhibit features a speeder from the Nakusp Rail Society that operated as early as the 1940s out of Nelson. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Train enthusiasts roll into Nelson for convention, exhibit

International conference coincided with Nelson museum’s history exhibit on trains in the Kootenays

The Back on Track exhibit features a speeder from the Nakusp Rail Society that operated as early as the 1940s out of Nelson. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Some of the intense smoke in Nelson is partly from fires in the West Kootenay, and much of it is blown in from fires to the south and west. Photo: Tyler Harper

Creston, Nelson have worst air quality in B.C.

Vulnerable population should reduce or reschedule strenuous activities outdoors

Some of the intense smoke in Nelson is partly from fires in the West Kootenay, and much of it is blown in from fires to the south and west. Photo: Tyler Harper
New construction of a 120-unit seniors housing project at 611 Vernon St. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Residential construction booming in Nelson

The number of new apartments and condos in multi-unit buildings is unprecedented, say city staff

New construction of a 120-unit seniors housing project at 611 Vernon St. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Anjali Appadurai of Vancouver is campaigning for the leadership of the provincial NDP. She met with a crowd of several dozen people at Nelson’s Lakeside Park on Aug. 30. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

B.C. NDP leadership candidate says party is too comfortable, needs a shake-up

Anjali Appadurai says the NDP is not taking climate change seriously

Anjali Appadurai of Vancouver is campaigning for the leadership of the provincial NDP. She met with a crowd of several dozen people at Nelson’s Lakeside Park on Aug. 30. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Macton Milton Gomez (left) and Harigaranraj Ramakichenin are both employees of Kootenay Tamil Kitchen in Nelson under the Rural and Northern Immigration Program. This employment puts them on track to permanent resident status, and helps the employer with the local labour shortage. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson employers depend on foreign workers, want increased immigration

Many depend on Selkirk College international students and a local immigration program

Macton Milton Gomez (left) and Harigaranraj Ramakichenin are both employees of Kootenay Tamil Kitchen in Nelson under the Rural and Northern Immigration Program. This employment puts them on track to permanent resident status, and helps the employer with the local labour shortage. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
The new Kootenay Lake ferry is being built in a dry dock in Nelson. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

New Kootenay Lake ferry completion delayed to 2024

The ferry’s engines are taking longer than expected

The new Kootenay Lake ferry is being built in a dry dock in Nelson. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Nelson-Creston MLA Brittny Anderson spoke at a grand opening for the new Balfour ferry terminal improvements on Aug. 25. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Renovated Kootenay Lake ferry terminals open, receive mixed reviews

The changes include more lanes for traffic queues

Nelson-Creston MLA Brittny Anderson spoke at a grand opening for the new Balfour ferry terminal improvements on Aug. 25. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Ecologist Greg Utzig in an area of old growth cedar-hemlock forest near Nelson that is not in an Old Growth Management Area and which therefore could be logged any time. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Kootenay forest management ignores old growth protection, two experts say

Some younger forest is protected as old growth, while much actual old growth is not protected

Ecologist Greg Utzig in an area of old growth cedar-hemlock forest near Nelson that is not in an Old Growth Management Area and which therefore could be logged any time. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
RCMP are seen here making arrests May 17 near Argenta, B.C., north of Nelson. A group had been camped out protesting a logging company’s plans for the area. Photo: Louis Bockner

Complaint filed against RCMP for alleged ‘unlawful’ arrest tactics at Argenta protest

A coalition of eight groups wants police actions reviewed

RCMP are seen here making arrests May 17 near Argenta, B.C., north of Nelson. A group had been camped out protesting a logging company’s plans for the area. Photo: Louis Bockner
Bob Keating (left) writes and edits The Headwaters podcast, and Mitchell Scott is its producer and host. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

‘Tell them something unique in a unique way’: The Headwaters podcast tells surprising Kootenay stories

With 4,000 downloads since May, producers say success is about sound, pacing, and unexpected stories

Bob Keating (left) writes and edits The Headwaters podcast, and Mitchell Scott is its producer and host. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
The pithouse at the Vallican heritage site. Photo: Louis Bockner

Indigenous woman occupies Vallican heritage site in West Kootenay after province revokes her caretaker role

Colville Confederated Tribes say Marilyn James has no authority over the site

The pithouse at the Vallican heritage site. Photo: Louis Bockner
The proposed cedar grove protected area is outlined in red. It is located at the north end of the Duncan Lake reservoir. Map: Valhalla Wilderness Society

Petition asks for protection of ancient cedars at Duncan Lake

Some of the trees are over 1,000 years old and one is 2,100 years old

The proposed cedar grove protected area is outlined in red. It is located at the north end of the Duncan Lake reservoir. Map: Valhalla Wilderness Society
Some of the residents of the Grohman Creek community on their dock with Nelson in the background across Kootenay Lake. L-R: Yvette Jolivet, Jesse Bertrand, Sierra Peddie, Megan McTague, Stella Muldoon, Jodie Muldoon, and Jeff Muldoon. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Grohman Creek residents press for better emergency access

Road access is risky and boat access is threatened

Some of the residents of the Grohman Creek community on their dock with Nelson in the background across Kootenay Lake. L-R: Yvette Jolivet, Jesse Bertrand, Sierra Peddie, Megan McTague, Stella Muldoon, Jodie Muldoon, and Jeff Muldoon. Photo: Bill Metcalfe