Tom Best

Smithers Gryphons senior girls basketball team finish their season with a 14th place at the provincial championships in Langley. Coach Chris Van der Mark moves on to a new position in Williams Lake.

Gryphons girls graduate as coach moves on

Bulkley Valley SD54 van der Mark on his time as coach and education administrator.

Smithers Gryphons senior girls basketball team finish their season with a 14th place at the provincial championships in Langley. Coach Chris Van der Mark moves on to a new position in Williams Lake.
A way for Bulkley Valley seniors to Choose to Move

A way for Bulkley Valley seniors to Choose to Move

Free information session in Smithers scheduled for Friday, March 15.

A way for Bulkley Valley seniors to Choose to Move
Luke Smith skiing (Contributed photo)

A bagful of medals for Smithers Special Olympians

Snowshoers and skiers of the Smithers Special Olympics squad in top ranks of B.C.

Luke Smith skiing (Contributed photo)
Briana Belisle in the snowboard cross event at the Canada Winter Games. She finished 10th overall. (Contributed photo)

Belisle scores 2 top 10s at Canada Games

Briana Belisle snowboards to strong finishes in Red Deer Canada Winter Games.

Briana Belisle in the snowboard cross event at the Canada Winter Games. She finished 10th overall. (Contributed photo)
Facility manager Tamara Gillis shows the new case which displays Jonathon Dieleman’s medal and gear from the 2015 Para Pan American Games. (Tom Best photo)

Rompin’ stompin’ paralympian’s silver medal on display

Quick’s Jonathon Dieleman donated his silver medal for all to see at the Smithers pool.

Facility manager Tamara Gillis shows the new case which displays Jonathon Dieleman’s medal and gear from the 2015 Para Pan American Games. (Tom Best photo)
Smithers Par 3 and RV (Facebook photo)

Smithers Par 3 course closed

Owner speaks of all the interesting people who used the course as he focuses on RV park.

Smithers Par 3 and RV (Facebook photo)
Curling has great targets that might seem hard to miss but are actually difficult to hit with accuracy on a regular basis. (Tom Best photo)

Steelhead bonspiel sweeps into Smithers

24 teams from northern B.C. take over Smithers Curling Rink

Curling has great targets that might seem hard to miss but are actually difficult to hit with accuracy on a regular basis. (Tom Best photo)
Coach Chris Van der Mark and the members of the champion senior girls basketball squad. (Tom Best photo)

Gryphons girls dominate in zone win

It’s a bittersweet moment for Smithers basketball team as players graduate and coach moves on.

Coach Chris Van der Mark and the members of the champion senior girls basketball squad. (Tom Best photo)
Jay Myers, aka The Alkemist, has been developing a fan base in northern BC. He particularly enjoys performing in Terrace, Prince Rupert and Smithers.                                 (Contributed photo)

Alkemist conjures one-man band shows

A unique performance is coming to Smithers, Williams Lake, Terrace and Prince Rupert.

Jay Myers, aka The Alkemist, has been developing a fan base in northern BC. He particularly enjoys performing in Terrace, Prince Rupert and Smithers.                                 (Contributed photo)
Marley and Amelie Telles were winners at the BC Lego League Robotics Championships recently held in Victoria. (Tom Best Photo)

Lego League provincial champions

Smithers’ Marley and Amelie are B.C. Lego League champions, and are fundraising to compete in Texas.

Marley and Amelie Telles were winners at the BC Lego League Robotics Championships recently held in Victoria. (Tom Best Photo)
A chance to sing in Italy

A chance to sing in Italy

After Carnegie Hall, recruitment is on for Smithers choir trip to Florence, Verona and Venice

A chance to sing in Italy
Left to right: Head coach Matthew Monkman, Exauce Bukeii and Brett Walker. (Tom Best photo)

Smithers Secondary settles for silver

Exauce Buleli named basketball tournament all star

Left to right: Head coach Matthew Monkman, Exauce Bukeii and Brett Walker. (Tom Best photo)
While some may consider dance less demanding than traditional sport, it requires all the athleticism and training that any sport at a high level needs. Throw in creativity and you have all the same demands that those sports show. Just ask Olivia Nixon.                                 (Tom Best photo)

Creative Roots showcase their art and athleticism

Creative Roots Performing Arts dance group Showcase ahead of Quesnel competition.

While some may consider dance less demanding than traditional sport, it requires all the athleticism and training that any sport at a high level needs. Throw in creativity and you have all the same demands that those sports show. Just ask Olivia Nixon.                                 (Tom Best photo)
Bulkley Valley Otters Liam (left) and Jean-Luc Belanger take off on the start of a race at the Rio Tinto Invitational meet in Kitimat. (Contributed photo)

Otters post top swims in Kitimat

Kurihara and Durnin take top honours as Bulkley Valley Otters swim to top finishes

Bulkley Valley Otters Liam (left) and Jean-Luc Belanger take off on the start of a race at the Rio Tinto Invitational meet in Kitimat. (Contributed photo)
Brother-sister duo enjoy concert as much as their audience

Brother-sister duo enjoy concert as much as their audience

Cheng2Duo’s classic performance in Smithers wows hundreds in attendance.

Brother-sister duo enjoy concert as much as their audience
Upper Skeena Rec Centre now aiming for summer opening

Upper Skeena Rec Centre now aiming for summer opening

Now-$20-million year-round rec centre has pilot program expanding Indigenous programs

Upper Skeena Rec Centre now aiming for summer opening
Photos: Triple win weekend

Photos: Triple win weekend

Smithers Gryphons look forward to some recovery time after their three-win homestand last weekend.

Photos: Triple win weekend
Racers make a jump at the Mega X snow cross competition on Hudson Bay Mtn. Saturday. (Contributed photo)

Everything we need to enjoy all seasons

Tom insists on taking advantage of what the Bulkley Valley has to offer.

Racers make a jump at the Mega X snow cross competition on Hudson Bay Mtn. Saturday. (Contributed photo)
Left to Right: Dan Quinn, Pete Zedlacher, Paul Myrehaug, Debra Digiovanni.                                Tom Best photo

Evening full of chuckles, sniggers and belly laughs

Tom checks out the Snowed In Comedy Tour.

Left to Right: Dan Quinn, Pete Zedlacher, Paul Myrehaug, Debra Digiovanni.                                Tom Best photo
Steelheads alumni charity game

Steelheads alumni charity game

One youngster in between periods even lost a tooth, looking like a Broadstreet Bully.

Steelheads alumni charity game