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RCMP cruiser with lights flashing. (File photo)

Smithers crime severity index drops 18 per cent

New stats from StatCan mark the first decline in crime severity in four years for the town

RCMP cruiser with lights flashing. (File photo)
Roxi Dykstra, artistic director, Spirit of the North Classicial Music Festival Director. (File photo)

Classical music festival returns to the Bulkley Valley

Spirit of the North Classical Music Festival runs Aug. 10 - 14 in Smithers and Prince George

Roxi Dykstra, artistic director, Spirit of the North Classicial Music Festival Director. (File photo)
For your consideration - Thom Barker

Pope’s apology an improvement, but still falls short

If Francis wanted to do something concrete he should have rescinded the Doctrine of Discovery

For your consideration - Thom Barker
Bob Olsen, Pacific Inland Resources’ longest-serving employee (49 years) at the planer mill outfeed and trimmer, July 21, 2022. (Thom Barker photo)

Pacific Inland Resources Smithers mill celebrates 50th anniversary

West Fraser to hold party at Bovill Square August 5 plus mill tours

Bob Olsen, Pacific Inland Resources’ longest-serving employee (49 years) at the planer mill outfeed and trimmer, July 21, 2022. (Thom Barker photo)
BC Hydro will be doing planned maintenance on equipment on the ski hill and will shut down power Aug. 9 and 10 during the day. (Contributed photo)

Hydro to shut down power on mountain for two days

The affected area is the ski hill and residences around the ski hill

BC Hydro will be doing planned maintenance on equipment on the ski hill and will shut down power Aug. 9 and 10 during the day. (Contributed photo)
The Salvation Army’s cooling station at Main Street and Aldous Avenue is open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Facebook photo)

Sally Ann opens cooling station to help people beat the heat

Environment and Climate Change Canada predicts daytime highs of 29 - 34C through Sunday

The Salvation Army’s cooling station at Main Street and Aldous Avenue is open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Facebook photo)
Sgt. Mark Smaill will be the new staff sergeant in Smithers starting Aug. 8. (File photo)

Houston sergeant promoted to staff sergeant to lead Smithers RCMP

Mark Smaill takes over as detachment commander in Smithers August 8

Sgt. Mark Smaill will be the new staff sergeant in Smithers starting Aug. 8. (File photo)
Recent encounters between grizzlies and people have the Conservation Officer Service warning residents and visitors to the Kitimat area to be bear smart particularly along the lower portion of the Kitimat River. (File photo)

Grizzly encounters in Kitimat prompt warning from Conservation Officer Service

Bears are common particularly on the lower portion of the Kitimat River

Recent encounters between grizzlies and people have the Conservation Officer Service warning residents and visitors to the Kitimat area to be bear smart particularly along the lower portion of the Kitimat River. (File photo)
Colin Lyons, owner of Lyons Landscaping out of Kamloops, plants a tree at the corner of Main Street and Third Avenue on July 22. (Thom Barker photo)

Main Street re-landscaping gets back on track

Favourable weather has allowed crews to start catching up

Colin Lyons, owner of Lyons Landscaping out of Kamloops, plants a tree at the corner of Main Street and Third Avenue on July 22. (Thom Barker photo)
Dan Hamhuis of the NHL’s Nashville Predators, and Smithers resident, tees off at the second hole during the Par 3 contest at the Smithers Celebrity Golf Tournament on Friday afternoon. Thom Barker photo

Anticipation grows for return of Smithers Celebrity Golf Tournament

Among the celebrities are hometown favourites Joe Watson, Dan Hamhuis and Rachel Brown

Dan Hamhuis of the NHL’s Nashville Predators, and Smithers resident, tees off at the second hole during the Par 3 contest at the Smithers Celebrity Golf Tournament on Friday afternoon. Thom Barker photo
On the Ropes - Tom Roper

Donald E. Green, a.k.a Herb – Outdoorsman of the Bulkley Valley

Tom catches up with a guy who has done it all

On the Ropes - Tom Roper
For Your Consideration - Thom Barker

Liberals should have fixed streaming bill before passing it

Thom argues user-generated content should have been exempted from Broadcasting Act update

For Your Consideration - Thom Barker
Gladys Atrill, left, takes the mayor’s oath of office during a special meeting of town council at the municipal office on Aldous St. Nov.3 with Judge Wendy Bernt presiding. (Deb Meissner photo)

Atrill seeks reelection as Smithers mayor

Mayor says she would not have run in byelection had she not intended to run again

Gladys Atrill, left, takes the mayor’s oath of office during a special meeting of town council at the municipal office on Aldous St. Nov.3 with Judge Wendy Bernt presiding. (Deb Meissner photo)
Artist James Madam explains his new carving unveiled July 15 in the foyer at the Bulkley Valley District Hospital. (Thom Barker photo)

Bulkley Valley District Hospital unveils new Wet’suwet’en artwork

James Madam’s carving now adorns the foyer at the main entrance to the hospital

Artist James Madam explains his new carving unveiled July 15 in the foyer at the Bulkley Valley District Hospital. (Thom Barker photo)
ICBC data shows 31 crashes at the intersection of Hwy 16 and King St. between 2017 and 2021. (File photo)

Hwy 16 and King Street flagged as most dangerous intersection in Smithers

ICBC data shows 31 crashes at the intersection between 2017 and 2021

ICBC data shows 31 crashes at the intersection of Hwy 16 and King St. between 2017 and 2021. (File photo)
Natasha Seymour wearing a pair of bead earrings she made. She said learning the traditional art form has been transformational in her healing journey. (Contributed photo)

Court awards sexual battery victim $322K

Natasha Seymour’s civil suit confirms women’s sexual consensual rights

Natasha Seymour wearing a pair of bead earrings she made. She said learning the traditional art form has been transformational in her healing journey. (Contributed photo)
For your consideration - Thom Barker

A great nation, yes, but with a lot of work to do

Something really struck me about what Mel Bazil said at the Dze…

For your consideration - Thom Barker
On the Ropes - Tom Roper

Apparently, 160 ukulele players are better than one

Tom overcomes his reluctance to take part in ukulele festival

On the Ropes - Tom Roper
Marcel Dubroy during his time as Smithers gymnastics coach. (Tom Best photo)

Trial of former Smithers gymnastics coach for sexual assault of a minor underway in Saskatchewan

Marcel Dubroy denies having inappropriate contact with former gymnast; trial to resume Sept. 1

Marcel Dubroy during his time as Smithers gymnastics coach. (Tom Best photo)
The new Hampton Lumber sawmill in Fort St. James started to take shape during the winter. (Hampton Lumber Facebook photo)
The new Hampton Lumber sawmill in Fort St. James started to take shape during the winter. (Hampton Lumber Facebook photo)