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A new long-term seniors care facility will be built on the site of Mount St. Francis, which has been empty since 2005. Photo: Tyler Harper

New seniors care facility in Nelson to be built at Mount St. Francis site

Mount St. Francis hasn't been in use since 2005

A new long-term seniors care facility will be built on the site of Mount St. Francis, which has been empty since 2005. Photo: Tyler Harper
Nelson’s Mountain Lake Seniors Community is one of two seniors care facilities in the city. Interior Health announced Monday that 495 new long-term seniors care beds will be added to Nelson, Kelowna, Kamloops and Penticton. Photo: Tyler Harper/Nelson Star

UPDATED: Interior Health to add 495 long-term seniors care beds

Nelson, Kelowna, Kamloops, Vernon and Penticton to receive new facilities

Nelson’s Mountain Lake Seniors Community is one of two seniors care facilities in the city. Interior Health announced Monday that 495 new long-term seniors care beds will be added to Nelson, Kelowna, Kamloops and Penticton. Photo: Tyler Harper/Nelson Star
There have been 50 fatal overdoses in the Nelson, Castlegar and Trail areas since 2010. Photo: Phil McLaughlan/Black Press

BC Coroners Service: 50 people have died of overdoses in Nelson, Castlegar, Trail since 2010

Nelson has already had three fatal overdoses in 2020

There have been 50 fatal overdoses in the Nelson, Castlegar and Trail areas since 2010. Photo: Phil McLaughlan/Black Press
Only a quarter of local students returned to schools for classes in June. Photo: Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner

School District 8: about 25% of students returned to schools last month

The number of students who participated in part-time classes was below the provincial average

Only a quarter of local students returned to schools for classes in June. Photo: Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner
Nelson author Roz Nay will release her second novel Hurry Home on July 7. Nay’s first novel Our Little Secret was an international success. Photo: Tyler Harper

Thriller Queen: Roz Nay gets personal in Hurry Home

Nay's new novel launches July 7

Nelson author Roz Nay will release her second novel Hurry Home on July 7. Nay’s first novel Our Little Secret was an international success. Photo: Tyler Harper
School District 8 has approved a plan to increase spending by nearly $5 million on facilities upgrades over the next five years. File photo

School District 8 adds $5 million in facility upgrades over five years

The district projects to have a total of $20 million to spend on its buildings through 2025

School District 8 has approved a plan to increase spending by nearly $5 million on facilities upgrades over the next five years. File photo

Gymnastics, soccer tentatively resume in Nelson

Glacier Gymnastics and Nelson Soccer Association have begun offering some programming

Alexandra Sereda (left) is an Austrian student in Nelson. She’s stuck it out with her homestay parent Marion Hunter through the lockdown. Photo: Tyler Harper
Alexandra Sereda (left) is an Austrian student in Nelson. She’s stuck it out with her homestay parent Marion Hunter through the lockdown. Photo: Tyler Harper
Pilots Sarah Fehr and Douglas Noblet stand near the plane they used to take a woman from Nelson to Kelowna for a medical appointment. The round trip Thursday was the first offered out of Nelson’s airport by Angel Flight East Kootenay. Photo: Tyler Harper

Two wings and no prayers required: Angel Flight East Kootenay begins trips from Nelson

Charity offers free flights from Nelson to Kelowna for passengers with medical needs

Pilots Sarah Fehr and Douglas Noblet stand near the plane they used to take a woman from Nelson to Kelowna for a medical appointment. The round trip Thursday was the first offered out of Nelson’s airport by Angel Flight East Kootenay. Photo: Tyler Harper
Carrie Branstetter is a teacher with Nelson-based CHEK ABC, and also a parent of students who take part in independent online education. She’s concerned by upcoming provincial cuts to funding for 16 online only schools in B.C. Photo submitted

Independent online schools criticize provincial funding cuts

The education ministry is changing funding for 16 schools

Carrie Branstetter is a teacher with Nelson-based CHEK ABC, and also a parent of students who take part in independent online education. She’s concerned by upcoming provincial cuts to funding for 16 online only schools in B.C. Photo submitted
A Tiny Lights performance is seen here at Hotel Ymir in 2017. An online scam is selling a live stream of the festival, despite it being postponed this year. Photo: Tyler Harper

Tiny Lights Festival warns of online scam

A website is trying to sell viewers on a stream of the postponed event

A Tiny Lights performance is seen here at Hotel Ymir in 2017. An online scam is selling a live stream of the festival, despite it being postponed this year. Photo: Tyler Harper
Brent Malysh, a co-owner of Backroads Brewing Company, is one of many entrepreneurs attempting to reopen their business in Nelson. Photo: Tyler Harper

VIDEO: Not business as usual as Nelson slowly reopens

Local owners talk about the pandemic has changed how they operate

Brent Malysh, a co-owner of Backroads Brewing Company, is one of many entrepreneurs attempting to reopen their business in Nelson. Photo: Tyler Harper
Queen Elizabeth Park will sit vacant this season after the Nelson Baseball Association cancelled little league play in 2020. Photo: Tyler Harper

Game on? Nelson sports organizations wait and see

Nelson Baseball Association has already scrapped its season

Queen Elizabeth Park will sit vacant this season after the Nelson Baseball Association cancelled little league play in 2020. Photo: Tyler Harper
A protest at city hall was held Monday afternoon in solidarity with similar demonstrations across the United States and Canada against police brutality and systemic racism. Photos: Tyler Harper

PHOTOS: Nelson joins protests against racism, police brutality

The protest was similar to those being held throughout Canada and the United States

A protest at city hall was held Monday afternoon in solidarity with similar demonstrations across the United States and Canada against police brutality and systemic racism. Photos: Tyler Harper
A groundbreaking ceremony was held to mark Nelson’s latest affordable housing project Friday. (L-R) Pastor Jim Reimer, Mayor John Dooley, Columbia Basin Trust chair Jocelyn Carver, and Cover Architecture’s Robert Stacey were on hand to announce the construction of a 39-unit building. Photo: Tyler Harper

Work begins on new affordable housing building in Nelson

The 39-unit project is expected to be complete by July 2021

A groundbreaking ceremony was held to mark Nelson’s latest affordable housing project Friday. (L-R) Pastor Jim Reimer, Mayor John Dooley, Columbia Basin Trust chair Jocelyn Carver, and Cover Architecture’s Robert Stacey were on hand to announce the construction of a 39-unit building. Photo: Tyler Harper
L.V. Rogers grads will once again parade through town during the annual cavalcade, which will run June 13. Photo: Tyler Harper

UPDATED: Cavalcade is on! L.V. Rogers grads to parade through city next month

The annual event has been given the green light to run June 13

L.V. Rogers grads will once again parade through town during the annual cavalcade, which will run June 13. Photo: Tyler Harper
School District 8 has released its back-to-school plan for students who voluntarily return to class June 1. File photo

UPDATED: School District 8 releases back-to-school plan

Here's what families need to know

School District 8 has released its back-to-school plan for students who voluntarily return to class June 1. File photo
The union president for Nelson’s teachers has concerns about plans to re-open schools in June. File photo

UPDATED: Nelson teachers union president worried about members ahead of return to classes

Carla Wilson says there are a lot of questions remaining

The union president for Nelson’s teachers has concerns about plans to re-open schools in June. File photo
School District 8 trustees, seen here during a meeting in December, will see a raise to their annual stipends. Photo: Tyler Harper

School District 8 trustees vote in favour of raises

Six of the nine trustees backed the increase in pay

School District 8 trustees, seen here during a meeting in December, will see a raise to their annual stipends. Photo: Tyler Harper
Protesters showed their opposition last week to a planned cell phone tower Telus wants to build in Riondel. Residents have been staging demonstrations to keep the company from going ahead with construction. Photo submitted

Riondel protests proposed cell phone tower

Telus wants to construct a new tower within the village

Protesters showed their opposition last week to a planned cell phone tower Telus wants to build in Riondel. Residents have been staging demonstrations to keep the company from going ahead with construction. Photo submitted