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Gareth Manderson, general manager BC Works, and Bandstra’s Zach Runions and Steve Collins. Photo supplied

Smithers family-owned business institution sold to publicly-traded company

Bandstra Transportation and Babine Trucking acquired by Mullen Group

Joudelie King wants to get out and live life to the fullest, but there are places she can’t go because they don’t meet her accessibility needs. (submitted photo)

New online tool provides accessibility map for people with disabilities

The myCommunity BC map provides accessibility info for nearly 1,000 locations in the province

The Quesnel RCMP Detachment is one of seven northern police buildings which can now connect directly to Prince George for daily bail hearings. (Observer File Photo)

Bail hearings going virtual in B.C.’s north

A court pilot project will see virtual courtroom cameras set up in seven RCMP detatchments

The road to Telegraph Creek (Hwy 51) is closed due to a washout. There is no timeline to reopen the road and no detour is available.(BC Transportation and Infrastructure/Facebook)
The road to Telegraph Creek (Hwy 51) is closed due to a washout. There is no timeline to reopen the road and no detour is available.(BC Transportation and Infrastructure/Facebook)
A driver stopped by Saanich police following a road rage incident on April 15 was found to be impaired, in violation of a license restriction and in a damaged vehicle. They received a 90-day driving prohibition and a 30-day vehicle impound. (Saanich Police Traffic Safety Unit/Twitter)

Road rager fails breathalyzer on busy B.C. highway in vehicle he shouldn’t be driving

Saanich police say man was operating vehicle without required ignition lock

A driver stopped by Saanich police following a road rage incident on April 15 was found to be impaired, in violation of a license restriction and in a damaged vehicle. They received a 90-day driving prohibition and a 30-day vehicle impound. (Saanich Police Traffic Safety Unit/Twitter)
The property on which a residential school (pictured) that was torn down years ago in Lower Post is to be the location of a cultural centre. (Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre photo)

Lower Post residential school building to be demolished, replaced with cultural centre

Project to be funded by federal and provincial governments, Daylu Dena Council

The property on which a residential school (pictured) that was torn down years ago in Lower Post is to be the location of a cultural centre. (Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre photo)
The Dease Lake Airport is receiving $11-million in upgrades funded by the province, Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine and mining companies. (British Columbia Aviation Council)

Major upgrades coming to Dease Lake Airport

Airport to receive $11-million from the province, regional district and mining companies

The Dease Lake Airport is receiving $11-million in upgrades funded by the province, Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine and mining companies. (British Columbia Aviation Council)
Dr. Bruce Archibald of Simon Frasier University at Driftwood Canyon where he found a species of snakefly that raises interesting questions about their evolution. (SFU photo)

Driftwood Canyon fossil raises snakefly mystery

A cold winter insect today, snakeflies used to survive in much warmer climates, study shows

Dr. Bruce Archibald of Simon Frasier University at Driftwood Canyon where he found a species of snakefly that raises interesting questions about their evolution. (SFU photo)
Andy Thompson, co-owner of Seaton Forest Products worries that a shortfall of timber and government bureaucracy is going to shut the mill down for six to eight weeks. (Thom Barker photo)

Witset mill’s wood supply problem solution hampered by red tape

Regulations only allow transfers of fibre from primary harvesters to secondary manufacturers

Andy Thompson, co-owner of Seaton Forest Products worries that a shortfall of timber and government bureaucracy is going to shut the mill down for six to eight weeks. (Thom Barker photo)
Bulkley Valley Search and Rescue is now fundraising for equipment that was stolen April 7, 2021 (Facebook photo)

Bulkley Valley Search and Rescue fundraising after vital equipment was stolen

Equipment and important communication electronics stolen from Bulkley Valley Search and Rescue

Bulkley Valley Search and Rescue is now fundraising for equipment that was stolen April 7, 2021 (Facebook photo)
The Bulkley Valley Community Foundation coordinates funds for and distributes money to numerous community organizations as well as giving out annual learning awards. (LaShaina Blair-White Photo)
The Bulkley Valley Community Foundation coordinates funds for and distributes money to numerous community organizations as well as giving out annual learning awards. (LaShaina Blair-White Photo)
Dianna Plouffe, right, with Mayor Gladys Atrill in front of Town Hall following the announcement she will be the new CAO> (Facebook photo)

Director of corporate services named Smithers CAO

Dianna Plouffe replaces Alan Harris who is retiring at the end of April

Dianna Plouffe, right, with Mayor Gladys Atrill in front of Town Hall following the announcement she will be the new CAO> (Facebook photo)
Spice of Life

Community columnist Brenda Mallory calls it quits after more than 30 years

Mallory cites a slip in health and confusion about what the world has come to as reasons

  • Apr 14, 2021
Spice of Life
Pembina Prince Rupert Terminal shipped its first vessel full of liquefied petroleum gas on April 9, just less than three years after breaking ground at the re-purposed pulp mill site on Watson Island.

Pembina ships first vessel of LPG out of Prince Rupert

More than $12 million spent to repurpose Watson Island for the LPG export facility

Pembina Prince Rupert Terminal shipped its first vessel full of liquefied petroleum gas on April 9, just less than three years after breaking ground at the re-purposed pulp mill site on Watson Island.
Styrofoam burning at the Woodmere Tree Nursery in Telka created billowing black smoke over Tyhee Lake and resulted in air quality advisory for Bulkley Valley. (Contributed photo)

VIDEO: Telkwa styrofoam fire air quality advisory lifted

A woodpile fire at Woodmere Tree Nursery spread to styrofoam blocks causing air quality concerns

Styrofoam burning at the Woodmere Tree Nursery in Telka created billowing black smoke over Tyhee Lake and resulted in air quality advisory for Bulkley Valley. (Contributed photo)
Volunteer Robbie McKnight works the screening table at the Coast Mountain College COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Smithers. (Deb Meissner photo)

UPDATE Smithers clinic expands vaccine eligibility to ages 55+

Community members born in 1966 or earlier can now register and will be notified when they can book

Volunteer Robbie McKnight works the screening table at the Coast Mountain College COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Smithers. (Deb Meissner photo)
The new 3,500 hectare conservancy in Tahltan territory is located next to Mount Edziza Provincial Park. (BC Parks Photo)

New conservancy protects sacred Tahltan land near Mount Edziza Provincial Park

Project is a collaboration between Skeena Resources, conservation groups and the TCG

The new 3,500 hectare conservancy in Tahltan territory is located next to Mount Edziza Provincial Park. (BC Parks Photo)
The Smithers Local Health Area reported just six new cases of COVID-19 for the week of March 21 - 27. (BC CDC graphic)

Weekly COVID cases decline in Smithers and Northwest

Smithers community members born in 1951 or before (70 years old) now eligible for vaccination

The Smithers Local Health Area reported just six new cases of COVID-19 for the week of March 21 - 27. (BC CDC graphic)
Nurse Sandra Stanley administers a Pfizer shot to Lennette Desjarlais, Pharmacy Assistant at Shoppers Drug Mart in Smithers.

Smithers vaccinations running ahead of schedule

It’s a positive place to be working says health workers administering shots to prevent COVID-19

Nurse Sandra Stanley administers a Pfizer shot to Lennette Desjarlais, Pharmacy Assistant at Shoppers Drug Mart in Smithers.
Blotter bug

Smithers Weekly Police Blotter March 25 – 31

Smithers RCMP open 93 new files including eight mental health calls

  • Apr 8, 2021
Blotter bug