Greg Nesteroff

PLACE NAMES: Silverton

Silverton was originally known as Four Mile or Four Mile City, after Four Mile Creek.

PLACE NAMES: Shutty Bench and Six Mile

Shutty Bench, a few kilometers north of Kaslo, was founded by Andrew Shutty and his son.

PLACE NAMES: Shoreacres

Shoreacres, the wide flat at the confluence of the Slocan and Kootenay rivers, was previously known as Slocan Crossing and Lancasters.

PLACE NAMES: Shields, Shirley, and Shoreholme

Was Shields named for a railway contractor or for the Shiell brothers?

PLACE NAMES: Robson and Rock Creek

Robson honors BC’s ninth premier, John Robson (1824-92), although he never saw his namesake town.

PLACE NAMES: Rhone and Rideau

Rhone, a former railway siding four miles west of Westbridge, was first mentioned in the Kelowna Record of June 10, 1915.

PLACE NAMES: Phoenix

Phoenix turned out to be a prophetic name for the Boundary’s greatest ghost town.

A look at West Kootenay/Boundary’s local government landscape

Ahead of Local Government Awareness Week in BC, we study the complicated history of municipalities in our area.

Nice weather no excuse to speed, West Kootenay RCMP say

Local traffic police are urging motorists to slow down after catching more than a dozen vehicles going at least 40 km/h over the limit.

Centenarians of West Kootenay/Boundary

It’s not as uncommon as it used to be, but it’s still a big deal when someone turns 100.

Freemen and freewomen of West Kootenay/Boundary

Since 1947, at least 65 people in West Kootenay/Boundary have received freedom of the city or village.

Fatal crashes down, impaired driving up on West Kootenay roads

Local traffic police saw one encouraging trend in 2015, but lots of others that have them concerned.

PLACE NAMES: Midway between what and what?

Many theories exist about how Midway got its name.

Boundary Creek marks spot where survey teams crossed

The Boundary is named after Boundary Creek, but why isn’t it named instead after the Kettle River?

Kettle River was first known as Nehoialpitku

The Kettle River was named by 1860. There are a couple of theories about its origin.

Verdant timber: the naming of Greenwood

Greenwood gets its name either from a combination of its green wooded hillside and the surname of its founder, or after a Denver suburb.

Number of women elected in West Kootenay holds steady

The number of women elected to local office in West Kootenay/Boundary on Saturday was about the same as three years ago.

Renaming Grand Forks proved impossible

In 1901, Grand Forks was expected to change its name after agreeing to amalgamate with the rival city of Columbia, but it didn’t happen.

How Grande Prairie became Grand Forks

Although Grand Forks’ name isn’t mysterious or unusual, its origin is convoluted.

KOOTENAY DAY TRIPS: Historic Greenwood

Most of us zip through Greenwood bound for elsewhere, but it is well worth spending a day in this Boundary mining centre.