Tyler Harper

The roof of the Salmo Hotel caught fire Friday afternoon. Salmo RCMP say the fire is now out and no one was injured, although the building has sustained significant damage. Photo: Submitted

UPDATED: Fire destroys roof of Salmo Hotel

Response crews quickly put out the fire

The roof of the Salmo Hotel caught fire Friday afternoon. Salmo RCMP say the fire is now out and no one was injured, although the building has sustained significant damage. Photo: Submitted
A man has been found not guilty of assault for allegedly spitting on a woman at Nelson’s Empire Coffee during the COVID-19 pandemic in November 2020. File photo

Nelson man found not guilty of COVID-19 spitting incident

Jeremy Undershute was acquitted in a Castlegar courtroom

A man has been found not guilty of assault for allegedly spitting on a woman at Nelson’s Empire Coffee during the COVID-19 pandemic in November 2020. File photo
George Chandler shows off Hall Street Plaza, which is car-free during Nelson’s weekly Wednesday farmers’ market but is typically a parking lot. Chandler has co-organized a downtown block to be closed to vehicles on Aug. 20. Photo: Tyler Harper

UPDATE: Smoke cancels planned closure of Nelson downtown block to traffic

A group wants to see how residents use Baker Street without cars

George Chandler shows off Hall Street Plaza, which is car-free during Nelson’s weekly Wednesday farmers’ market but is typically a parking lot. Chandler has co-organized a downtown block to be closed to vehicles on Aug. 20. Photo: Tyler Harper
Nelson-Creston MLA Brittny Anderson (left) and Jennifer Whiteside, B.C. Minister of Mental Health and Addictions. Whiteside was in Nelson on July 13 for a series of community meetings. Photo: Tyler Harper

UPDATE: No evidence decriminalization has led to increase in public drug use: B.C. addictions minister

Jennifer Whiteside addressed concerns during meetings in Nelson

Nelson-Creston MLA Brittny Anderson (left) and Jennifer Whiteside, B.C. Minister of Mental Health and Addictions. Whiteside was in Nelson on July 13 for a series of community meetings. Photo: Tyler Harper
A group holds signs up outside Nelson City Hall in April during an event to mark the seventh anniversary of the toxic drug crisis. Photo: Tyler Harper

3 people die of drug poisonings within 1 week in Nelson

Paramedics responded to 10 calls for service between June 25 and July 1

A group holds signs up outside Nelson City Hall in April during an event to mark the seventh anniversary of the toxic drug crisis. Photo: Tyler Harper
Nouran Salah is the founder of Cycling Geckos, the first female cycling movement in Egypt. Salah is featured in the B.C.-produced documentary The Engine Inside. Photo: Omar Zain/The Engine Inside

‘Story of the bike is global’: B.C. film documents rising importance of cycling

The Engine Inside argues the world is better off on two wheels

Nouran Salah is the founder of Cycling Geckos, the first female cycling movement in Egypt. Salah is featured in the B.C.-produced documentary The Engine Inside. Photo: Omar Zain/The Engine Inside
Muhammad Ali is seen here training at a North Vancouver boxing club in 1972 ahead of his fight against George Chuvalo. The punching bag Ali used is now hung in a Nelson dojang. Photo courtesy John Ius

In Nelson, a punching bag once used by Muhammad Ali hangs in place of honour

Here’s how the bag ended up at Yom Chi Martial Arts

Muhammad Ali is seen here training at a North Vancouver boxing club in 1972 ahead of his fight against George Chuvalo. The punching bag Ali used is now hung in a Nelson dojang. Photo courtesy John Ius
The first recommended changes to B.C.’s Police Act will be brought at the legislative assembly in the fall of 2023, according to the public safety ministry. Photo: Shane MacKichan

First Police Act reforms to be tabled in fall: Public Safety Ministry

The ministry is acting on 11 recommended changes to law enforcement in B.C.

The first recommended changes to B.C.’s Police Act will be brought at the legislative assembly in the fall of 2023, according to the public safety ministry. Photo: Shane MacKichan
Orange Shirt Society founder Phyllis Webstad is seen here attending a ceremony to launch the ground search at the former St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School near Williams Lake on Aug. 30, 2021. The idea for Orange Shirt Day started in April 2013. Photo: Monica Lamb-Yorski

‘I’m still not comfortable with it’: Orange Shirt Day founder reflects on decade of reconciliation work

Phyllis Webstad has been telling her story for 10 years. It’s taken a toll

Orange Shirt Society founder Phyllis Webstad is seen here attending a ceremony to launch the ground search at the former St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School near Williams Lake on Aug. 30, 2021. The idea for Orange Shirt Day started in April 2013. Photo: Monica Lamb-Yorski
Alex Willness struck Allan Young with his skateboard at this spot on Nelson’s Baker Street on the night of July 16, 2020. A B.C. Supreme Court judge is weighing a manslaughter charge against Willness. Photo: Tyler Harper

Manslaughter or self-defence? Nelson judge weighs death of Abbotsford police officer

Final arguments have been made in the trial of Alex Willness

Alex Willness struck Allan Young with his skateboard at this spot on Nelson’s Baker Street on the night of July 16, 2020. A B.C. Supreme Court judge is weighing a manslaughter charge against Willness. Photo: Tyler Harper
New artificial intelligence tools are being used by West Kootenay residents to write, teach and make art. This image was generated by the AI tool Midjourney using original art by Nelson Star designer Katelyn Hurley.

This story about AI was written by a human: How Nelson tech experts are using new artificial intelligence tools

ChatGPT and Midjourney are brand new but already changing how Nelson residents work and live

New artificial intelligence tools are being used by West Kootenay residents to write, teach and make art. This image was generated by the AI tool Midjourney using original art by Nelson Star designer Katelyn Hurley.
RCMP are seen here making arrests May 17, 2022 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

B.C. Supreme Court throws out logging company’s request for protester’s social media identities

Cooper Creek Cedar had asked for the disclosure of Last Stand West Kootenay’s accounts

RCMP are seen here making arrests May 17, 2022 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
Meet the Mama Bears of Baker Street. L-R: Dan Nolan, Cat Spears and Skye Spears were on Nelson’s streets during St. Patrick’s Day celebrations to check on intoxicated women, provide supplies and chat about consent. Photo: Tyler Harper

‘Their safety is important’: Group checks on women, talks consent at Nelson bars

The Mama Bears of Baker Street have received Interior Health funding to patrol the party scene

Meet the Mama Bears of Baker Street. L-R: Dan Nolan, Cat Spears and Skye Spears were on Nelson’s streets during St. Patrick’s Day celebrations to check on intoxicated women, provide supplies and chat about consent. Photo: Tyler Harper
Positive Apparel Thrift Store employees load a semi-trailer with bags of old clothes, which every three weeks makes deliveries from Nelson to a recycling facility in Vancouver. There is nowhere in the Kootenays to recycle textiles. Photo: Tyler Harper

Where do your old clothes go? Nelson thrift store struggling to keep donations out of landfill

Positive Apparel sends a semi-trailer packed with clothing every month to be recycled on the coast

Positive Apparel Thrift Store employees load a semi-trailer with bags of old clothes, which every three weeks makes deliveries from Nelson to a recycling facility in Vancouver. There is nowhere in the Kootenays to recycle textiles. Photo: Tyler Harper
Dr. Nicholas Sparrow is Nelson’s 2022 Citizen of the Year. Sparrow, an ER doctor at Kootenay Lake Hospital, also volunteers his time responding to emergency calls after founding the Kootenay Emergency Response Physicians Association. Photo: Tyler Harper

‘If I can go, I go’: Nelson ER doctor saves lives in his spare time

Dr. Nicholas Sparrow is Nelson’s Citizen of the Year

Dr. Nicholas Sparrow is Nelson’s 2022 Citizen of the Year. Sparrow, an ER doctor at Kootenay Lake Hospital, also volunteers his time responding to emergency calls after founding the Kootenay Emergency Response Physicians Association. Photo: Tyler Harper
Nelson’s Chase Adams reads to a child during a drag story time at Kootenay Kids in 2018. A similar event has been postponed by the Nelson Public Library due to online backlash. Photo: Tyler Harper

Online backlash forces Nelson library to postpone drag story time event

The library says it will now consider how else it can support the 2SLGTBQIA+ community

Nelson’s Chase Adams reads to a child during a drag story time at Kootenay Kids in 2018. A similar event has been postponed by the Nelson Public Library due to online backlash. Photo: Tyler Harper
Nelson’s Dryden Hunt, seen here playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs, was traded to the Calgary Flames on Friday. Photo: David Zalubowski/AP

Nelson’s Dryden Hunt to join 4th NHL franchise in single season

Hunt was traded by Toronto to Calgary at the deadline

Nelson’s Dryden Hunt, seen here playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs, was traded to the Calgary Flames on Friday. Photo: David Zalubowski/AP
Nelson Police Department members are being investigated for allegedly sharing racist messages over a private group chat. File photo

6 current, former Nelson police officers face discipline in racism case

An investigation into racist messages shared over a group chat has substantiated allegations

Nelson Police Department members are being investigated for allegedly sharing racist messages over a private group chat. File photo
Nelson’s Tenne Bird Andersen died in an avalanche on Feb. 11 in B.C.’s Chilcotin region. Photo courtesy Wendy Allen

‘She was unstoppable’: Tenne Andersen identified as Nelson’s latest avalanche victim

Andersen died in an avalanche on Feb. 11 in the Chilcotin

Nelson’s Tenne Bird Andersen died in an avalanche on Feb. 11 in B.C.’s Chilcotin region. Photo courtesy Wendy Allen
Ruth Krulitsky (left) and Shelby Sanford perform a Brooks & Dunn song during Intuit Studio’s Lip Sync Battle and Variety Show at The Capitol Theatre in Nelson on Saturday. Photo: Tyler Harper

VIDEO: At this B.C. lip sync competition, the best performers fake it until they make it

Intuit Studio hosted the event Saturday at The Capitol Theatre in Nelson

Ruth Krulitsky (left) and Shelby Sanford perform a Brooks & Dunn song during Intuit Studio’s Lip Sync Battle and Variety Show at The Capitol Theatre in Nelson on Saturday. Photo: Tyler Harper
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