Thom Barker

Smithers music lovers will once again be able to congregate for a pared-down version of the Midsummer Festival this September. (Archive photo)

Midsummer is back at the end of summer

A pared-down version of the annual Midsummer Music Festival is scheduled for Sept. 10 and 11

Smithers music lovers will once again be able to congregate for a pared-down version of the Midsummer Festival this September. (Archive photo)
The Kinsmen have a full slate of events planned for the 2021 Telkwa BBQ including the ever-popular demolition derby. (File photo)

Full slate of events planned for Telkwa BBQ

The 109th Telkwa BBQ is scheduled for Sept. 4 - 6

The Kinsmen have a full slate of events planned for the 2021 Telkwa BBQ including the ever-popular demolition derby. (File photo)
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Smithers lags behind Northwest and rest of B.C. in vaccine uptake

65% of residents 12+ in the local health area have had one dose compared to 80% for B.C. as a whole

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People’s Pary of Canada leader Maxime Bernier, left, and local PPC candidate Jody Craven take a private tour of the Pacific Inland Resources (PIR) sawmill during a visit to Smithers on Bernier’s “Mad Max B.C. Summer Freedom Tour” July 21. (Thom Barker photo)

PPC leader Maxime Bernier stops in Smithers during B.C. pre-campaign tour

Bernier attends a number of private events with Skeena-Bulkley Valley candidate Jody Craven

People’s Pary of Canada leader Maxime Bernier, left, and local PPC candidate Jody Craven take a private tour of the Pacific Inland Resources (PIR) sawmill during a visit to Smithers on Bernier’s “Mad Max B.C. Summer Freedom Tour” July 21. (Thom Barker photo)
Former Smithers and Telkwa mayor Carman Graf (left) in a vintage fire department cruiser at the annual parade held on Main Street August 21 to kick off the 100th Bulkley Valley Exhibition held in Smithers from August 22 to 25. (Trevor Hewitt photo)

Fall Fair returns to normal with addition of parade

With B.C. now in Step 3 of its Restart Plan, fairs and festivals are back on track

Former Smithers and Telkwa mayor Carman Graf (left) in a vintage fire department cruiser at the annual parade held on Main Street August 21 to kick off the 100th Bulkley Valley Exhibition held in Smithers from August 22 to 25. (Trevor Hewitt photo)
Kale after harvesting. (Erik Jacobsen photo)

Food for thought and for the belly

Erik starts to harvest the fruits of his labour

Kale after harvesting. (Erik Jacobsen photo)
Artists Michelle and Alex Stoney with the help of community volunteers created this 100-foot salmon on the bank of the Skeena River at Anderson Flats (South Hazelton) July 16 and 17. (Alex Stoney photo)

Gitxsan artist creates giant driftwood salmon

The artwork on the bank of the Skeena River is Michelle Stoney’s largest installation to date

Artists Michelle and Alex Stoney with the help of community volunteers created this 100-foot salmon on the bank of the Skeena River at Anderson Flats (South Hazelton) July 16 and 17. (Alex Stoney photo)
For Your Consideration

Grocery bag dilemma; behaviour versus composition

Thom argues there’s more to the grocery bag issue than doing away with plastic

For Your Consideration
From left, Ladies Northern Open winners Hellen Slaney, Loraine Halfe, Dallas Edwards and Lillian Kelly celebrate their Ladies Northern Open victory on the 18th hole at the Smithers Golf and Country Club July 18. (Thom Barker photo)

Houston team eclipses field at Smithers Ladies Northern Open

The women from Houston shot 134 (10 under par) over two rounds July 17 and 18

From left, Ladies Northern Open winners Hellen Slaney, Loraine Halfe, Dallas Edwards and Lillian Kelly celebrate their Ladies Northern Open victory on the 18th hole at the Smithers Golf and Country Club July 18. (Thom Barker photo)
Jordie Hutchinson, left, and Philippe Bernier founded the Bulkley Valley Youth Sport Foundation on the philosophy that no child should be denied access to sport based on financial barriers. (Thom Barker photo)

New youth sport charity seeks to eliminate barriers

The Bulkley Valley Youth Sport Foundation ramps up for fundraising

Jordie Hutchinson, left, and Philippe Bernier founded the Bulkley Valley Youth Sport Foundation on the philosophy that no child should be denied access to sport based on financial barriers. (Thom Barker photo)
The Salvation Army Thrift Store on Main Street in Smithers will be permanently closed July 31. (Thom Barker photo)

Sally Ann to shutter Thrift Store

The Salvation Army’s store on Main Street will permanently close July 31

The Salvation Army Thrift Store on Main Street in Smithers will be permanently closed July 31. (Thom Barker photo)
Letters to the Editor

An objection to new coal mine

Smithers group thinks Telkwa Coal project should be stopped

Letters to the Editor
The Bulkley Valley Regional Pool and Recreation Centre is looking for public input on its future direction. (Facebook photo)

BV pool seeks public input on future

Consultants will conduct surveys, interview and assessment of the rec centre for upgrades

The Bulkley Valley Regional Pool and Recreation Centre is looking for public input on its future direction. (Facebook photo)
The Bulkley Valley Community Foundation is offering a $200,000 grant made possible by an undisclosed donor.

Charities eligible for $200K grant from community foundation

An undisclosed donor made the grant for a community impact project possible

The Bulkley Valley Community Foundation is offering a $200,000 grant made possible by an undisclosed donor.
Dr. M. Jane Smith’s latest book contains prayers in both Gitxsanimx and English.

Dr. M. Jane Smith release book of Gitxsan prayers

The book is written in Gitxsanimx and English and illustrated by Gitxsan master carver Ken Mowatt

Dr. M. Jane Smith’s latest book contains prayers in both Gitxsanimx and English.
John Currie, second from right, with the staff of Ski Smithers in 1985. From left: Beth Stranga, Kelly Jones, Sherman Jaycox, Leslie Milton, Linda (Allan) Jones, Currie and Diane Stahl. (Beth Stranga photo)

First Ski Smithers manager dies at age 77

John Currie managed the ski hill from 1980 to 1993

John Currie, second from right, with the staff of Ski Smithers in 1985. From left: Beth Stranga, Kelly Jones, Sherman Jaycox, Leslie Milton, Linda (Allan) Jones, Currie and Diane Stahl. (Beth Stranga photo)
Members of Harold Palmer’s family pose with the Harold Palmer President’s Cup trophy following the second round of the inaugural tournament June 24. (Tanner Olson photo)

Inaugural Harold Palmer President’s Cup

Phil Lickers and David Hawkins win the inaugural 2021 Harold Palmer President’s Cup

Members of Harold Palmer’s family pose with the Harold Palmer President’s Cup trophy following the second round of the inaugural tournament June 24. (Tanner Olson photo)
Muheim Elementary School students sing to Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre staff on National Indigenous Peoples Day June 21. (Thom Barker photo)

Indigenous housing project announced on National Indigenous Peoples Day

The Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre Society will be building a 23-unit development at Main and 10th

Muheim Elementary School students sing to Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre staff on National Indigenous Peoples Day June 21. (Thom Barker photo)
Marie-Eve Arsenault holds a fresh batch of oyster mushrooms on the Smithereens Mushroom farm on Ebenezer Flats. (Thom Barker photo)

A personal medicinal search births a new food business

Smithereens Mushroom hopes to be in full production of a variety of products by the fall

Marie-Eve Arsenault holds a fresh batch of oyster mushrooms on the Smithereens Mushroom farm on Ebenezer Flats. (Thom Barker photo)
The Gardener’s Corner

Garden creeps toward full bloom

Erik writes about watering, controlling bugs and training clematis

The Gardener’s Corner