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A small tornado touched down briefly the afternoon of July 4 in Houston. (Image courtesy of Jordan Porth)

Tornado touches down in Houston B.C.

VIDEO: Tornado briefly touches down in Houston, B.C.

A small tornado touched down briefly the afternoon of July 4 in Houston. (Image courtesy of Jordan Porth)
Theresa Tait-Day is seeking the Conservative Party nomination for Skeena-Bulkley Valley. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese)
Theresa Tait-Day is seeking the Conservative Party nomination for Skeena-Bulkley Valley. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese)
St. Paul’s Anglican Church, which is abandoned and not used by the community, was burnt down late at night on July 1. (Ivan Terri-Lynn Milton/Facebook)

VIDEO: Fire levels historic Anglican church in northwest B.C. on Canada Day

St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Gitwangak was destroyed late at night on July 1

St. Paul’s Anglican Church, which is abandoned and not used by the community, was burnt down late at night on July 1. (Ivan Terri-Lynn Milton/Facebook)
Better at Home program offers help to seniors. (File photo)

Advice for helping seniors through hot weather.

Hot weather puts seniors at high risk.

Better at Home program offers help to seniors. (File photo)
Smithers town council, from left: John Buikema, Mika Meyer, Greg Brown, Mayor Gladys Atrill, Frank Wray, Casda Thomas and Lorne Benson. (file photo)

Smithers council briefs: Regular Meeting, June 22, 2021

Junior hockey denied, pedicab approved, Home Hardware remediation done, new airport cafe

Smithers town council, from left: John Buikema, Mika Meyer, Greg Brown, Mayor Gladys Atrill, Frank Wray, Casda Thomas and Lorne Benson. (file photo)
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)
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)
Smithers Wastewater Treatment Plant (Deb Meissner photo)

Town of Smithers given Written Warning after violations at the Wastewater Treatment Plant

Town of Smithers violates Wastewater Regulations over several years

Smithers Wastewater Treatment Plant (Deb Meissner photo)
Alfred Avenue resident would like to create a 30x30 shop. (Deb Meissner photo)

Smithers council approves new workshop

Development Variance Permit allows for new larger shop and laneway residence

Alfred Avenue resident would like to create a 30x30 shop. (Deb Meissner 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.
Subsea fibre optics running from Prince Rupert to Haida Gwaii and and then south to Vancouver will improve high-speed internet connection options for Coastal Communities, CityWest said on Oct. 13, 2020.

CityWest acquires West Island Cable in Bamfield, BC

To be connected to the Connected Coast project

Subsea fibre optics running from Prince Rupert to Haida Gwaii and and then south to Vancouver will improve high-speed internet connection options for Coastal Communities, CityWest said on Oct. 13, 2020.
Cemetery Walk with the BV Museum in Smithers July 1. (Submitted photo)

Cemetery Walk in Smithers July 1, at 11 am and 2 pm

Cemetery Walk in Smithers July 1 offered

Cemetery Walk with the BV Museum in Smithers July 1. (Submitted photo)
Flags and lights are seen as a vigil takes place where ground-penetrating radar recorded hits of what are believed to be 751 unmarked graves near the grounds of the former Marieval Indian Residential School on the Cowessess First Nation, Sask. on Saturday, June 26, 2021. The board of trustees of Edmonton Catholic Schools has voted unanimously to rename an elementary school bearing the name of a bishop who helped set up residential schools. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Taylor

Trustees vote to remove Catholic bishop’s name from Edmonton elementary school

Officials decide to remove part of a mural depicting Vital-Justin Grandin from the school’s exterior

Flags and lights are seen as a vigil takes place where ground-penetrating radar recorded hits of what are believed to be 751 unmarked graves near the grounds of the former Marieval Indian Residential School on the Cowessess First Nation, Sask. on Saturday, June 26, 2021. The board of trustees of Edmonton Catholic Schools has voted unanimously to rename an elementary school bearing the name of a bishop who helped set up residential schools. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Taylor
A fire caused some damage to the entrance of St. Paul's Anglican Church on Gitwangak Indian Band land on June 26, 2021. Police say the fire is suspicious. (Facebook/Gitwangak Band Office)

RCMP investigating suspicious church fire in northwest B.C.

St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Gitwangak remains intact after June 26 suspicious fire

A fire caused some damage to the entrance of St. Paul's Anglican Church on Gitwangak Indian Band land on June 26, 2021. Police say the fire is suspicious. (Facebook/Gitwangak Band Office)
High temperatures are expected in the Northwest for next few days and Northern Health is warning people to stay safe. (File photo)

Northern Health issues guidelines ahead of expected heat wave

The health authority encourages safe enjoyment of summer weather

  • Jun 25, 2021
High temperatures are expected in the Northwest for next few days and Northern Health is warning people to stay safe. (File photo)
The Red Chris open pit mine approximately 80 km south of Dease Lake. The province and Tahltan will start negotiations on the first consent-based decision-making agreement ever to be negotiated under DRIPA with regards to two mining projects in northern B.C. (Newcrest Mining photo)

B.C. to begin DRIPA-based negotiations with Tahltan First Nation on two northwest mining projects

Negotiations on Red Chris and Eskay Creek mines to commence soon in accordance with Section 7 of DRIPA

The Red Chris open pit mine approximately 80 km south of Dease Lake. The province and Tahltan will start negotiations on the first consent-based decision-making agreement ever to be negotiated under DRIPA with regards to two mining projects in northern B.C. (Newcrest Mining photo)
”Wanted and extremely dangerous,” Mayor Atrill being carted off to “jail.” Jail and Bail Fundraiser for Skateboard Park Extension project. (Contributed photo)

Jail and Bail skatepark event raises $36K

Jake Daly’s Facebook post encapsulates the fun and good humour everyone had…

”Wanted and extremely dangerous,” Mayor Atrill being carted off to “jail.” Jail and Bail Fundraiser for Skateboard Park Extension project. (Contributed photo)
Nechako White Sturgeon Recovery Initiative selected Ts’eketi as the name for the largest Nechako white sturgeon in recent history. (Nechako White Sturgeon Recovery Initative/Facebook)
Nechako White Sturgeon Recovery Initiative selected Ts’eketi as the name for the largest Nechako white sturgeon in recent history. (Nechako White Sturgeon Recovery Initative/Facebook)
SFU paleontologist Bruce Archibald shares his research with the Bonaparte First Nation near Cache Creek B.C. (Contributed photo)

B.C. paleontologist confers with Wet’suwet’en to name new species

Driftwood Canyon fossil takes Wet’suwet’en name sanikwa, signifying connection to land, life, history

  • Jun 24, 2021
SFU paleontologist Bruce Archibald shares his research with the Bonaparte First Nation near Cache Creek B.C. (Contributed photo)
Participants of the Indigenous-led agricultural training program pose for a photograph with the staff at Tea Creek Farm in Kitwanga. (Photo courtesy, Alex Stoney)

Indigenous-led food sovereignity program trains first cohort in Kitwanga

Tea Creek Farm trained participants from northwest B.C. First Nations

Participants of the Indigenous-led agricultural training program pose for a photograph with the staff at Tea Creek Farm in Kitwanga. (Photo courtesy, Alex Stoney)