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Nelson students enrolled in the ATLAS outdoor education program relax during a backcountry trip in early 2022. School District 8 is moving the avalanche training part of the program out of what it deems is dangerous terrain. Photo: Sam Kitch

Changes to Nelson high school’s avalanche training course criticized

The district says moving the course out of dangerous terrain complies with WorkSafeBC regulations

Nelson students enrolled in the ATLAS outdoor education program relax during a backcountry trip in early 2022. School District 8 is moving the avalanche training part of the program out of what it deems is dangerous terrain. Photo: Sam Kitch
Blaine Cook, who lives in Nelson, was Twitter’s original engineer when it launched in 2006. He believes the social media app should have been directed down a different path. Photo: Tyler Harper

Nelson’s Blaine Cook helped build Twitter – and he has a few ideas on what should come next

Cook was Twitter’s founding engineer, and is now advocating for decentralized social networks

Blaine Cook, who lives in Nelson, was Twitter’s original engineer when it launched in 2006. He believes the social media app should have been directed down a different path. Photo: Tyler Harper
Kokanee Glacier, a geographic icon that has environmental and cultural significance to the Kootenays, is melting rapidly and will likely be gone within 50 years. Photo: Petra Hekkenberg

Kokanee Glacier can’t be saved

Within 50 years, one of Canada’s most famous glaciers will have melted away

Kokanee Glacier, a geographic icon that has environmental and cultural significance to the Kootenays, is melting rapidly and will likely be gone within 50 years. Photo: Petra Hekkenberg
This photo of Highway 3 near the Paulson Summit was taken in February 2022. The camera was vandalized in July and hasn’t been fixed. Photo: DriveBC

Paulson Summit webcam vandalized, replacement delayed

The DriveBC camera shows how snowy Highway 3 typically gets

This photo of Highway 3 near the Paulson Summit was taken in February 2022. The camera was vandalized in July and hasn’t been fixed. Photo: DriveBC
Harsha Paladugu was last seen after attending Shambhala Music Festival. Photo: Submitted

RCMP still searching for man who went missing after Shambhala

Harsha Paladugu has not been seen since July

Harsha Paladugu was last seen after attending Shambhala Music Festival. Photo: Submitted
Ron Bendle posted this image of his face in a Facebook post on Nov. 7, and alleged he was assaulted by a Nelson police officer. Photo: Facebook

UPDATED: Nelson man posts video of bruised face, alleges assault by police officer

The Nelson Police Department says an investigation is underway

Ron Bendle posted this image of his face in a Facebook post on Nov. 7, and alleged he was assaulted by a Nelson police officer. Photo: Facebook
Darla Smith, then 11 years old, receives her first COVID-19 vaccination in 2021 in Vernon. Child vaccine rates in Interior Health are among the lowest in B.C. Photo: Jennifer Smith

After one year of child COVID-19 vaccines, most kids in Interior Health remain unprotected

The region has the second-lowest rate of child vaccinations in B.C.

Darla Smith, then 11 years old, receives her first COVID-19 vaccination in 2021 in Vernon. Child vaccine rates in Interior Health are among the lowest in B.C. Photo: Jennifer Smith
Donald MacPherson is executive director of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition. He was in Nelson participating in community discussions about safe supply options. Photo: Tyler Harper

Safe supply issues, solutions discussed at Nelson event

The Canadian Drug Policy Coalition held a two-day dialogue with local user groups

Donald MacPherson is executive director of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition. He was in Nelson participating in community discussions about safe supply options. Photo: Tyler Harper
Stepping Stones shelter in Nelson. In 2021, 219 people were turned away from Nelson shelters due to capacity. Photo: Tyler Harper

Nelson has 2nd highest rate of homelessness in B.C. interior: report

Only Quesnel has more homeless people per 1,000 residents than Nelson in the region

Stepping Stones shelter in Nelson. In 2021, 219 people were turned away from Nelson shelters due to capacity. Photo: Tyler Harper
Jessica Michalofsky on the lawn in front of the Ministry of Health building in Victoria. Her son Aubrey Michalofsky died from drug overdose in Beasley, B.C., west of Nelson. Jessica is completing a marathon a day around the block every weekday in the hopes of getting a meeting with someone to discuss action for safe supply. Photo: Arnold Lim/Black Press Media

B.C. mom runs daily marathon in front of health ministry office after son dies of drug poisoning

Jessica Michalofsky wants change after her son died of drug poisoning

Jessica Michalofsky on the lawn in front of the Ministry of Health building in Victoria. Her son Aubrey Michalofsky died from drug overdose in Beasley, B.C., west of Nelson. Jessica is completing a marathon a day around the block every weekday in the hopes of getting a meeting with someone to discuss action for safe supply. Photo: Arnold Lim/Black Press Media
The City of Nelson isn’t offering mail-in ballots for the Oct. 15 election. Photo: Tyler Harper

Most Kootenay cities offering mail-in ballots, but not Nelson, Grand Forks

Chief elections officers say the ballots are too costly, in low demand

The City of Nelson isn’t offering mail-in ballots for the Oct. 15 election. Photo: Tyler Harper
Moontricks, which includes Nathan Gurley (left) and Sean Rodman, has released their debut album Currents. Photo: Louis Bockner

Moontricks shoot for the stars

The Nelson-area band has released their debut album Currents

Moontricks, which includes Nathan Gurley (left) and Sean Rodman, has released their debut album Currents. Photo: Louis Bockner
Kaetlyn Osmond, one of the most successful figure skaters in Canadian history, is spending a week coaching athletes in Nelson. Photo: Tyler Harper

World and Olympic champion Kaetlyn Osmond coaching Nelson figure skaters

Osmond is leading a week-long camp at the city’s rec centre

Kaetlyn Osmond, one of the most successful figure skaters in Canadian history, is spending a week coaching athletes in Nelson. Photo: Tyler Harper
ANKORS executive director Cheryl Dowden speaks during a vigil in Nelson marking International Overdose Awareness Day. Photo: Tyler Harper
ANKORS executive director Cheryl Dowden speaks during a vigil in Nelson marking International Overdose Awareness Day. Photo: Tyler Harper
A skimmer plane flies by the Nelson Bridge before reloading water out of Kootenay Lake. Planes are fighting a fire southwest of Nelson. Photo: Tyler Harper

UPDATE: Lightning starts 7 small fires south of Nelson

The fires are currently no danger to the city

A skimmer plane flies by the Nelson Bridge before reloading water out of Kootenay Lake. Planes are fighting a fire southwest of Nelson. Photo: Tyler Harper
Love in the Time of Fentanyl, which won an award at this year’s DOXA Documentary Film Festival, screens at Nelson’s Civic Theatre on Aug. 29. Admission is free. Photo: Love in the Time of Fentanyl

Breaking the law to provide safe drugs? Nelson advocate says it should be considered

Dylan Griffith of Kootenay Insurrection for Safe Supply wants distribution of tested illicit drugs

Love in the Time of Fentanyl, which won an award at this year’s DOXA Documentary Film Festival, screens at Nelson’s Civic Theatre on Aug. 29. Admission is free. Photo: Love in the Time of Fentanyl
Love in the Time of Fentanyl, which won an award at this year’s DOXA Documentary Film Festival, screens at Nelson’s Civic Theatre on Aug. 29. Admission is free. Photo: Love in the Time of Fentanyl

Breaking the law to provide safe drugs? Nelson advocate says it should be considered

Dylan Marshall of Kootenay Insurrection for Safe Supply wants distribution of tested illicit drugs

Love in the Time of Fentanyl, which won an award at this year’s DOXA Documentary Film Festival, screens at Nelson’s Civic Theatre on Aug. 29. Admission is free. Photo: Love in the Time of Fentanyl
David Eby takes a selfie with two supporters during a campaign event in Nelson on Saturday. Eby is one of two NDP candidates running to replace John Horgan as the party’s leader and B.C.’s premier. Photo: Tyler Harper

At campaign stop in Nelson, David Eby says all-party committee should implement changes to Police Act

Eby spoke about law enforcement and forestry on Saturday during a tour in the Kootenays

David Eby takes a selfie with two supporters during a campaign event in Nelson on Saturday. Eby is one of two NDP candidates running to replace John Horgan as the party’s leader and B.C.’s premier. Photo: Tyler Harper
The Filipino language Tagalog is the mother tongue of a growing population of residents in Nelson. Those include (L-R) Arcel Mapa, his children Symon and Sydelle and wife Juliet Mapa, along with Themis Silva and Jecelyn Calvo. The Mapas and Silva co-own KC Restaurant in Nelson. Photo: Tyler Harper

Tagalog and Punjabi are Nelson’s fastest growing languages

New data from Statistics Canada shows how residents are communicating

The Filipino language Tagalog is the mother tongue of a growing population of residents in Nelson. Those include (L-R) Arcel Mapa, his children Symon and Sydelle and wife Juliet Mapa, along with Themis Silva and Jecelyn Calvo. The Mapas and Silva co-own KC Restaurant in Nelson. Photo: Tyler Harper
The Nelson Police Department’s stats for 2021 show a significant drop in crime. File photo

UPDATE: Crime in Nelson drops to lowest rate in over 20 years

Statistics Canada shows the number of incidents and overall crime rating are at record lows

The Nelson Police Department’s stats for 2021 show a significant drop in crime. File photo