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Chilliwack’s Aaron Tschritter died in a car crash in the early hours of Nov. 25 in Texas. (Melissa Tschritter/ Facebook photo)

UPDATE: Chilliwack man reported missing dies in car crash in Texas

Chilliwack Realtor Aaron Tschritter died in an early-morning crash on expressway in Dallas

Christa LaFontain, Kindergarten teacher at Bulkley Valley Christian School, seen here during the 2020 reverse graduation parade, is a 2021 recipient of a Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence. (Tom Grasmeyer photo)

Christian school’s Kindergarten teacher honoured with Prime Minister’s Award

Christa LaFontain is the recipient of an award for her relationship-based approach to learning

Proposed expansion at Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge in Smithers includes waterpark. (File photo)
Proposed expansion at Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge in Smithers includes waterpark. (File photo)
Ceremonies at the brother Pole Raising in Smithers. (Deb Meissner photo)

Friendship centre raises totem pole in honour of missing boys and men

Artist Mike Dangeli explains the symbolism of the new Brother Pole

Ceremonies at the brother Pole Raising in Smithers. (Deb Meissner photo)
Sleydo’ (Molly Wickham) relays a video message after being released on Nov. 23. ( Gidimt’en Checkpoint/Facebook)

All arrested CGL pipeline opponents released with conditions

Arrests and injunction a violation of human rights, says Gidimt’en Checkpoint leader upon release

Sleydo’ (Molly Wickham) relays a video message after being released on Nov. 23. ( Gidimt’en Checkpoint/Facebook)
The Smithers ski hill will open Dec. 4 with reduced hours due to a staff shortage. (File photo)

Smithers ski hill short on staff; reduces December hours

The hill opens Dec. 4, Saturday to Monday only, until Christmas

The Smithers ski hill will open Dec. 4 with reduced hours due to a staff shortage. (File photo)
A photo of the RCMP deployed at Morice Forest Service Road last week . (Gidimt’en Checkpoint Facebook photo)
A photo of the RCMP deployed at Morice Forest Service Road last week . (Gidimt’en Checkpoint Facebook photo)
RCMP deployed at Morice Forest Service Road. (Gidimt’en Checkpoint Facebook photo)

RCMP arrest 15 more opponents of Coastal GasLink pipeline

A total of 29 arrests have been made since enforcement of a court injunction started Nov. 18

RCMP deployed at Morice Forest Service Road. (Gidimt’en Checkpoint Facebook photo)
Members from the Haisla Nation stood in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en First Nation as a blockade was cleared earlier today (Nov. 19) by RCMP. (Christian Apostolovski/Black Press Media)

Members of the Haisla Nation walk out in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en

29 people have been arrested since RCMP enforcement of a Coastal GasLink injunction started Nov. 18

Members from the Haisla Nation stood in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en First Nation as a blockade was cleared earlier today (Nov. 19) by RCMP. (Christian Apostolovski/Black Press Media)
Smithers Secondary production of All That Jazz in 2018. The school’s drama department lost years worth of costumes and jewellery in a theft Nov. 18.

Smithers Secondary drama department ransacked and robbed

Thieves made off with the school’s costume and jewelry collections Nov. 18

Smithers Secondary production of All That Jazz in 2018. The school’s drama department lost years worth of costumes and jewellery in a theft Nov. 18.
Dozens of trucks participated in a rally through the streets of Smithers Nov. 18 to raise awareness of potential impacts of old-growth logging deferrals. (Thom Barker photo)

VIDEO: Bulkley Valley forestry workers rally over concern about old-growth deferrals

MLA Cullen says all concerns will be addressed and government ‘will be there for folks’

Dozens of trucks participated in a rally through the streets of Smithers Nov. 18 to raise awareness of potential impacts of old-growth logging deferrals. (Thom Barker photo)
Wet’suwet’en solidarity demonstrators stand outside of RCMP headquarters in Victoria. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Wet’suwet’en solidarity protest hits the streets in Victoria

Demonstrators throw support behind Indigenous land defenders in northern B.C.

Wet’suwet’en solidarity demonstrators stand outside of RCMP headquarters in Victoria. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Kitwanga and area residents want to construct an emergency services building to replace an older structure now housing the community's ambulance. (Photo courtesy Kitwanga Community Association)
Kitwanga and area residents want to construct an emergency services building to replace an older structure now housing the community's ambulance. (Photo courtesy Kitwanga Community Association)
The CRCC parking lot is nearly full in Agassiz as abandoned vehicles stand ready to be picked up following the Highway 7 mudslides. (Adam Louis/Observer)

Vehicles abandoned in Hwy 7 mudslides available for pickup in Agassiz: MOTI

Pickup is available between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m., call in advance

The CRCC parking lot is nearly full in Agassiz as abandoned vehicles stand ready to be picked up following the Highway 7 mudslides. (Adam Louis/Observer)
Bunkhouse for people living in tents in Veterans Park in Smithers. (Deb Meissner photo)

VIDEO: Bunkhouse for unsheltered people replaces tents in Veterans Peace Park

The temporary shelter is being funded by BC Housing pending a more permanent solution

Bunkhouse for people living in tents in Veterans Park in Smithers. (Deb Meissner photo)
The Trout Creek Bridge near Sasquatch Provincial Park has been destroyed by floods along Rockwell Drive this past week. Residents along the District of Kent road have been evacuated as recovery begins there and along Highway 7 outside of Agassiz. (Photo/John Coles)

Crews clear vehicles stranded on Hwy 7 early Friday morning

Dozens of vehicles towed from landslide zone remain parked in Agassiz

The Trout Creek Bridge near Sasquatch Provincial Park has been destroyed by floods along Rockwell Drive this past week. Residents along the District of Kent road have been evacuated as recovery begins there and along Highway 7 outside of Agassiz. (Photo/John Coles)
The Kitwanga ambulance station is now in a former and inadequate forest service building. (Photo courtesy Kitwanga Community Association)
Kitwanga and area residents want to construct an emergency services building to replace an older structure now housing the community’s ambulance. (Photo courtesy Kitwanga Community Association)
The Kitwanga ambulance station is now in a former and inadequate forest service building. (Photo courtesy Kitwanga Community Association)
Kitwanga and area residents want to construct an emergency services building to replace an older structure now housing the community’s ambulance. (Photo courtesy Kitwanga Community Association)
Northern Health continues to report high amounts of COVID-19 throughout the region. (BC Centre for Disease Control)

Northern Health enhanced restrictions extended indefinitely

Areas to the west of Kitwanga are not included in the orders

Northern Health continues to report high amounts of COVID-19 throughout the region. (BC Centre for Disease Control)
A casting call has been announced in Prince Rupert and the region for the first feature movie to be filmed in the city. Cameras will roll in March 2022. (Image: supplied)

Casting call is amplified across Prince Rupert and region

Hollywood north moves to coastal city for filming gothic fantasy

A casting call has been announced in Prince Rupert and the region for the first feature movie to be filmed in the city. Cameras will roll in March 2022. (Image: supplied)