Nelson Star Staff

Poultry at a West Kootenay property have been infected by avian influenza. File photo

B.C. avian flu outbreak extends to West Kootenay

The virus has been discovered in a small flock

Poultry at a West Kootenay property have been infected by avian influenza. File photo
Nelson’s Jazmine Lowther is seen here running at the Canyons 100 on April 23 in California. Photo: Submitted

Nelson’s Jazmine Lowther wins California ultramarathon

Lowther set a new record at the Canyons 100

Nelson’s Jazmine Lowther is seen here running at the Canyons 100 on April 23 in California. Photo: Submitted
A mix of fentanyl, seen here, and other ingredients found in a methamphetamine sample in Nelson has forced Interior Health to issue a drug alert. File photo

Interior Health issues drug alert for Nelson area

Down, a mix of fentanyl, benzos and stimulants, is being found in meth

A mix of fentanyl, seen here, and other ingredients found in a methamphetamine sample in Nelson has forced Interior Health to issue a drug alert. File photo
The Slocan Park Community Hall Society will improve its ice rink with support from the Columbia Basin Trust. Photo: Submitted

Columbia Basin Trust funds $1.4 million for outdoor projects

Slocan is getting $208K to rebuild its multi-sport court

The Slocan Park Community Hall Society will improve its ice rink with support from the Columbia Basin Trust. Photo: Submitted
Whitewater Ski Resort has announced a new quad chair lift, which will begin operating for the 2023-24 season. Illustration: Whitewater

Whitewater Ski Resort to add new chairlift in 2023

The lift will provide access to a new part of the mountain

Whitewater Ski Resort has announced a new quad chair lift, which will begin operating for the 2023-24 season. Illustration: Whitewater
Trail RCMP are asking anyone who can identify this man, a 38-year-old Nelson native, to come forward with information about his whereabouts. Photo: Submitted

Trail RCMP searching for Nelson man who threatened business

The 38-year-old made the threats on Feb. 16

Trail RCMP are asking anyone who can identify this man, a 38-year-old Nelson native, to come forward with information about his whereabouts. Photo: Submitted
A blockade will take place at the Paterson border crossing from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday. File photo
A blockade will take place at the Paterson border crossing from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday. File photo
New COVID-19 cases for the week of Jan. 23 to 29. Illustration: B.C. Centre for Disease Control

Nelson tops West Kootenay with 144 new COVID-19 cases

Trail also remains a COVID hotspot with 124 cases

New COVID-19 cases for the week of Jan. 23 to 29. Illustration: B.C. Centre for Disease Control
Dr. Maggie Matear will be Selkirk College’s tenth president beginning May 30. Currently a vice-president at Yukon University in Whitehorse, she is seen here at that school’s 2021 virtual convocation. Photo: Submitted

Selkirk College selects new president

Dr. Maggie Matear takes over from Angus Graeme

Dr. Maggie Matear will be Selkirk College’s tenth president beginning May 30. Currently a vice-president at Yukon University in Whitehorse, she is seen here at that school’s 2021 virtual convocation. Photo: Submitted
COVID-19 cases for the week of Jan. 16 to 22. Illustration: B.C. Centre for Disease Control

204 new COVID-19 cases in Nelson area

Nelson has now had 620 cases during January

COVID-19 cases for the week of Jan. 16 to 22. Illustration: B.C. Centre for Disease Control
Heather Lyon (centre) celebrates with her family after cutting the ribbon on Lyon’s Bluff, a new trail first conceived of by Don Lyon in 2009 that opened on Sept. 25, 2021. A new Columbia Basin Trust grant will help complete the trail’s construction. Photo: Tyler Harper

West Kootenay trail projects receive Columbia Basin Trust grants

The money will help enhance current trail networks

Heather Lyon (centre) celebrates with her family after cutting the ribbon on Lyon’s Bluff, a new trail first conceived of by Don Lyon in 2009 that opened on Sept. 25, 2021. A new Columbia Basin Trust grant will help complete the trail’s construction. Photo: Tyler Harper
The Nelson Police Department. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

UPDATED: Six overdoses over 24 hours in Nelson

All six people were successfully revived, but police fear more will occur

The Nelson Police Department. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
West Kootenay areas continue to set high COVID-19 case numbers. Illustration: B.C. Centre for Disease Control

Nelson area sets yet another COVID-19 case record

Trail and Castlegar are also showing high numbers

West Kootenay areas continue to set high COVID-19 case numbers. Illustration: B.C. Centre for Disease Control
Tariq Hussain is a Juno-nominated singer-songwriter who presented an online workshop for Tiny Lights Festival in 2021. Photo: Mary Matheson
Tariq Hussain is a Juno-nominated singer-songwriter who presented an online workshop for Tiny Lights Festival in 2021. Photo: Mary Matheson
New cases of COVID-19 in southeastern BC during the week of Aug. 8 to 14. Map: BC Centre for Disease Control

2 new COVID-19 cases in Kettle Valley Aug. 8-14

Only five cases total within the last six weeks.

New cases of COVID-19 in southeastern BC during the week of Aug. 8 to 14. Map: BC Centre for Disease Control
A small fire burns near Salmo’s welcome sign on Saturday. RCMP are investigating a series of fires that may have been deliberately set near the village. Photo: Jessica Brown

Arson suspected as series of fires set around Salmo

RCMP say they are investigating seven different small blazes

A small fire burns near Salmo’s welcome sign on Saturday. RCMP are investigating a series of fires that may have been deliberately set near the village. Photo: Jessica Brown
The Octopus Creek Fire on July 20. Photo: BC Wildfire Service

Octopus Creek fire forces evacuation of Fauquier on Lower Arrow Lake

Evacuation order includes 168 properties

The Octopus Creek Fire on July 20. Photo: BC Wildfire Service
No fireworks are allowed this Canada Day in the Kootenays as rising temperatures raise concerns about fires. File photo

No fireworks allowed in Kootenays as new restrictions announced

The Southeast Fire Centre says there is increased fire danger in the region

No fireworks are allowed this Canada Day in the Kootenays as rising temperatures raise concerns about fires. File photo
Three masked suspects allegedly smashed windows at a residence near Salmo on early Tuesday morning. File photo

Police searching for suspects after attempted armed break-in in Salmo

RCMP say three suspects were wearing masks when the incident occurred

Three masked suspects allegedly smashed windows at a residence near Salmo on early Tuesday morning. File photo
Pharmacist Barbara Violo shows off a vile of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the Junction Chemist, an independent pharmacy in Toronto, Friday, March 12, 2021. A national advisory committee recommends people 30 and older can get a shot of the AstraZeneca vaccine if they do not want to wait for an mRNA alternative. Photo: Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press

Pharmacies in Cranbrook, Castlegar receive AstraZeneca vaccine

It’s the first time the vaccine has been made available in the Kootenays

Pharmacist Barbara Violo shows off a vile of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the Junction Chemist, an independent pharmacy in Toronto, Friday, March 12, 2021. A national advisory committee recommends people 30 and older can get a shot of the AstraZeneca vaccine if they do not want to wait for an mRNA alternative. Photo: Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press