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Smoke rises as six kilns burn at the Canfor sawmill in Houston yesterday.

UPDATE: Canfor blaze among biggest Houston fire chief has seen

Nobody was injured in the fire, which destroyed six of the sawmill's kilns.

Smoke rises as six kilns burn at the Canfor sawmill in Houston yesterday.
A group of First Nations leaders from northwest B.C. at Parliament Hill to send the message that not all First Nations support LNG.

Chiefs take no-LNG message to the Hill

Two months after Premier Clark was in Ottawa to promote LNG, Northwest First Nations leaders visited Parliament with the opposite message.

A group of First Nations leaders from northwest B.C. at Parliament Hill to send the message that not all First Nations support LNG.
Buying coffee for strangers and giving gifts are among the random acts of kindness taking place in Smithers for Pay It Forward Day today.

Smithers ‘Pay It Forward Day’ encourages random acts of kindness

Bulkley Valley residents challenged to do 3,000 good deeds today.

Buying coffee for strangers and giving gifts are among the random acts of kindness taking place in Smithers for Pay It Forward Day today.
Joanne Tsung (left) and Meghan Brady talk about gender

Rainbow discussion reaches local schools

Since the rainbow crosswalk controversy began, Smithers Secondary's Gender Sexuality Alliance bulletin board has been defaced several times.

Joanne Tsung (left) and Meghan Brady talk about gender
Elevated lead levels have been found in the drinking water at two Bulkley Valley School District buildings in Smithers and Houston.

Lead levels too high in Bulkley Valley school drinking water

Tests have found too much lead in the drinking water at Twain Sullivan Elementary in Houston, B.C.

Elevated lead levels have been found in the drinking water at two Bulkley Valley School District buildings in Smithers and Houston.
Jennifer Derbyshire has been missing from Smithers since about 8 a.m. on April 13.

RCMP search for missing Smithers woman Jennifer Derbyshire turns to the Okanagan

Police are investigating a reported sighting of Jennifer Derbyshire in Vernon at about 6 a.m. this morning.

Jennifer Derbyshire has been missing from Smithers since about 8 a.m. on April 13.
The Town of Smithers gave the public a rundown of its 2016 budget at an information session at Town Hall last night.

Council tackles 2016 budget, Smithers preschool closure, $2M airport loan

An overview of last night's Smithers town council meeting, covering the 2016 budget, Ranger Park Preschool, and a $2M loan.

The Town of Smithers gave the public a rundown of its 2016 budget at an information session at Town Hall last night.
Former Wrinch Memorial Hospital advisory committee chairperson Alf Brady and United Church Health Services Society (UCHSS) chairperson Rev. Michael Hare celebrate 115 years of service by UCHSS

Wrinch hospital transfer marks end of an era for United Church

Past and present Wrinch Memorial Hospital staff shared fond memories at an event held when it changed hands in March.

Former Wrinch Memorial Hospital advisory committee chairperson Alf Brady and United Church Health Services Society (UCHSS) chairperson Rev. Michael Hare celebrate 115 years of service by UCHSS
Elizabeth Norton was well-known in Smithers for her generosity and sense of humour.

Elizabeth Norton leaves final gift to Smithers community

Well-known in Smithers for her generosity, Elizabeth Norton left a parting gift for the homeless.

Elizabeth Norton was well-known in Smithers for her generosity and sense of humour.
As warm weather brings more traffic to the Bulkley Valley

Smithers RCMP reminds drivers about rules for approaching emergency vehicles

As warm weather brings more traffic to the Bulkley Valley, police are urging motorists to slow down and make room for emergency vehicles.

As warm weather brings more traffic to the Bulkley Valley
A 13 kilometre stretch of Highway 16

Telkwa covered by new Highway 16 cell service

Telkwa residents now have cell and wireless Internet access after a new Telus site went live.

A 13 kilometre stretch of Highway 16
Smithers' iconic alpenhorn man

Smithers icon ‘Alpine Al’ needs retreat from the elements

The famous Main Street alpenhorn statue will be taken down for repairs this fall.

Smithers' iconic alpenhorn man
Smithers RCMP is warning the public about phone scammers pretending to be from the Canada Revenue Agency.

Tax season phone scams target Bulkley Valley

Smithers RCMP is reminding the public about a common phone scam where the caller claims to be from the Canada Revenue Agency.

Smithers RCMP is warning the public about phone scammers pretending to be from the Canada Revenue Agency.
Boston Pizza staff Daniela Miller

St. Patrick’s Day gives Smithers a tinge of green

Smithers residents are among Canadians across the nation celebrating St. Patrick's Day today.

Boston Pizza staff Daniela Miller
Seven-week-old black bear cub Nutmeg drinks electrolytes at the Northern Lights Wildlife Shelter near Smithers.

Second chance for tiny cubs

Orphaned cubs are being nursed at the Bulkley Valley's Northern Lights Wildlife Society after being rescued.

Seven-week-old black bear cub Nutmeg drinks electrolytes at the Northern Lights Wildlife Shelter near Smithers.
Smithers town council last night voted to oppose the Lelu Island location of the proposed Pacific Northwest LNG facility near Prince Rupert.

Smithers council opposes Lelu Island LNG site

Town councillors last night voted to oppose the location of the Pacific Northwest LNG processing facility in a letter to the CEAA.

Smithers town council last night voted to oppose the Lelu Island location of the proposed Pacific Northwest LNG facility near Prince Rupert.
Former BC Lion J.R. LaRose is touring the Smithers and Hazelton areas this week to raise awareness about violence against women.

Former BC Lion calls for courage to speak out against violence

J.R. LaRose will urge the public not to stay silent about violence against women at public events in Moricetown and Gitsegukla this week.

Former BC Lion J.R. LaRose is touring the Smithers and Hazelton areas this week to raise awareness about violence against women.
Smithers RCMP will not pursue charges against a teen who allegedly shot a pellet gun at his classmates.

Smithers high school students suspended over pellet gun shooting

A teenager who allegedly shot at his classmates with a BB gun is one of three who have been suspended from Smithers Secondary School.

Smithers RCMP will not pursue charges against a teen who allegedly shot a pellet gun at his classmates.
SAGA member Nicole Oud and president Joanne Voss read over their report into homelessness in Smithers last year.

Smithers affordable housing project aborted due to lack of resources

The Smithers Action Group Association has shut down, ending its decade-long push to build an affordable housing complex in Smithers.

SAGA member Nicole Oud and president Joanne Voss read over their report into homelessness in Smithers last year.
Ewk Hiyah Hozdli dancers perform a Wet'suwet'en welcome song at Stories in the Snow in Smithers last Friday.

First Nations dance group sharing culture with a beat

The Ewk Hiyah Hozdli Dance Group in Smithers is performing traditional Wet'suwet'en songs and dances to keep their culture strong.

Ewk Hiyah Hozdli dancers perform a Wet'suwet'en welcome song at Stories in the Snow in Smithers last Friday.