Tyler Harper

The Nelson Friendship Outreach Clubhouse is seen here at the red pin. Its proximity to youth facilities and residences has raised concerns about its use as an inhalation site. Image: Google Maps

UPDATE: Proposed Nelson inhalation site opening delayed by city, resident concerns

Interior Health has planned to set up the service at a downtown facility

The Nelson Friendship Outreach Clubhouse is seen here at the red pin. Its proximity to youth facilities and residences has raised concerns about its use as an inhalation site. Image: Google Maps
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
Starbelly Jam Music Festival will return in July. The East Shore event hasn’t been held since 2019. Photo: Louis Bockner/Starbelly Jam

After 4-year hiatus, Starbelly Jam Music Festival returns in July

The East Shore event was put on pause during the COVID-19 pandemic

Starbelly Jam Music Festival will return in July. The East Shore event hasn’t been held since 2019. Photo: Louis Bockner/Starbelly Jam
Fern Sabo shows off a bucket with polystyrene pieces she picked out of a beach at Kokanee Creek Provincial Park on Earth Day. The use of Styrofoam to build docks has led to Kootenay Lake’s shores being littered by the material. Photo: Tyler Harper

On the shores of Kootenay Lake, beaches are littered with Styrofoam

The foam comes from its use as a flotation material for docks

Fern Sabo shows off a bucket with polystyrene pieces she picked out of a beach at Kokanee Creek Provincial Park on Earth Day. The use of Styrofoam to build docks has led to Kootenay Lake’s shores being littered by the material. Photo: Tyler Harper
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
SMRT1 Technologies CEO Brad Pommen celebrates March 16 after his company won $225,000 in funding from Accelerate Okanagan’s 2023 OKGN Angel Summit investment competition. Photo: Submitted

Big investment for Nelson’s SMRT1 Technologies after winning Okanagan competition

The interactive vending machine company earned $225,000 at the OKGN Angel Summit

SMRT1 Technologies CEO Brad Pommen celebrates March 16 after his company won $225,000 in funding from Accelerate Okanagan’s 2023 OKGN Angel Summit investment competition. Photo: Submitted
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
Birkley Valks reads a children’s book during a drag story time outside Nelson City Hall on Saturday. Valks was scheduled to read at the Nelson Public Library before online threats postponed the event. Instead, Valks read at an impromptu event organized in support of the library. Photo: Tyler Harper

PHOTOS: Supporters hold drag story time outside Nelson City Hall following backlash

The grassroots gathering was held after another event at the library was postponed due to threats

Birkley Valks reads a children’s book during a drag story time outside Nelson City Hall on Saturday. Valks was scheduled to read at the Nelson Public Library before online threats postponed the event. Instead, Valks read at an impromptu event organized in support of the library. 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
The Polka Dot Dragon Lantern Festival entranced visitors Saturday in Nelson. Photo: Tyler Harper

PHOTOS: Lantern festival lights up Nelson

The Polka Dot Dragon Lantern Festival took place Saturday at Lakeside Park

The Polka Dot Dragon Lantern Festival entranced visitors Saturday in Nelson. Photo: Tyler Harper