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Building spotted floating down the Fraser River past Maple Ridge. (Facebook/Special to The News)
Building spotted floating down the Fraser River past Maple Ridge. (Facebook/Special to The News)
Delgamuukw (Earl Muldon), right, cuts a cake during a 2017 celebration at Hagwilget Hall of the 20th Anniversary of the Supreme Court of Canada Delgamuukw decision. (Taylor Bachrach photo)

Legendary Gitxsan Indigenous rights leader dies at age 85

Delgamuukw (Earl Muldon) was the named plaintiff in the landmark court case and a renowned artist

Delgamuukw (Earl Muldon), right, cuts a cake during a 2017 celebration at Hagwilget Hall of the 20th Anniversary of the Supreme Court of Canada Delgamuukw decision. (Taylor Bachrach photo)
Melonie Eva is the primary complainant in the human rights case against the owner of Spruce Hills Resort and Spa. File photo.

South Cariboo resort owner’s discrimination appeal dismissed

Kin Wa Chan, owner of Spruce Hills Resort, will have to pay out $173,000 to seven former employees

Melonie Eva is the primary complainant in the human rights case against the owner of Spruce Hills Resort and Spa. File photo.
Phased in school openings have been announced by provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, in background, and education minister Jennifer Whiteside. (File photo)

Limited opening for schools in Bulkley Valley this week

Province seeks to limit and assess Omicron virus impact with staggered school start

Phased in school openings have been announced by provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, in background, and education minister Jennifer Whiteside. (File photo)
A cow that allegedly succumbed to starvation. (Submitted photo)

Welfare of two Hazelton area cattle herds under investigation

Neighbours have jumped in to help feed and water 2 cattle herds allegedly in distress

A cow that allegedly succumbed to starvation. (Submitted photo)
A makeshift blockade on the tracks at New Hazelton in February 2020. (Interior News file photo)

CN wins right to pursue criminal prosecution of Hazelton blockaders

Court rules availability of criminal contempt is in the interest of the administration of justice

A makeshift blockade on the tracks at New Hazelton in February 2020. (Interior News file photo)
Director Niki Caro (left) with ‘The Mother’ star Jennifer Lopez on set in Vancouver. (Twitter/@FilmUpdates)

Top 10 most-viewed stories on interior-news.com 2021

Jennifer Lopez being in Smithers captured more page views than any other single story

  • Dec 30, 2021
Director Niki Caro (left) with ‘The Mother’ star Jennifer Lopez on set in Vancouver. (Twitter/@FilmUpdates)
Dze L K’ant executive director Annette Morgan, right, discusses the issue of Goodacre Place deaths via video chat at Bovill Square April 23. (Thom Barker photo)

Top 10 news stories of 2021

As is tradition at the end of one year and the beginning…

Dze L K’ant executive director Annette Morgan, right, discusses the issue of Goodacre Place deaths via video chat at Bovill Square April 23. (Thom Barker photo)
Northern Men’s Open 2021 champion Scott Rigler of Terrace poses with the trophy in front of the 18th green at Smithers Golf and Country club after winning the tournament by three strokes with a three-round total of 220 on Sept. 6. (Thom Barker photo)

Top 10 sports stories of 2021

Smithers Secondary named campus of elite sports school

Northern Men’s Open 2021 champion Scott Rigler of Terrace poses with the trophy in front of the 18th green at Smithers Golf and Country club after winning the tournament by three strokes with a three-round total of 220 on Sept. 6. (Thom Barker photo)
Volunteers and organizers who make up the AssistList website group gather for a photo. (Photo courtesy AssistList)

Website establishes online marketplace for medical equipment in northwest B.C.

Non-profit AssistList expanded into northwest B.C. late last year

Volunteers and organizers who make up the AssistList website group gather for a photo. (Photo courtesy AssistList)
Ice jam on the Bulkley River at Ebenezer Flats. Dec.28, 2021 (Deb Meissner photo)
Ice jam on the Bulkley River at Ebenezer Flats. Dec.28, 2021 (Deb Meissner photo)
A hungry gull picks away at a dead salmon on the banks of the Goldstream River. The Goldstream Hatchery saw far fewer chum salmon than exected this year due to weather extremes, experts say. (Black Press Media file photo)

Goldstream Hatchery salmon program hit hard by ‘perfect storm’

First drought, then flooding decimate chum numbers in West Shore spawning river

A hungry gull picks away at a dead salmon on the banks of the Goldstream River. The Goldstream Hatchery saw far fewer chum salmon than exected this year due to weather extremes, experts say. (Black Press Media file photo)
Rallies against COVID-19 restrictions in Smithers, such as this one of approximately 60 people in downtown March 20, started early in January and became a regular feature of the second year of the pandemic. (Deb Meissner photo)

Year in review: COVID dominates 2021

Separate from our traditional TOP 10 news stories, the one story that trumped all others

Rallies against COVID-19 restrictions in Smithers, such as this one of approximately 60 people in downtown March 20, started early in January and became a regular feature of the second year of the pandemic. (Deb Meissner photo)
Daycare program operated by the Burnaby school district, March 2021. The B.C. government has shifted its emphasis to public and non-profit child care as it enters Ottawa’s national child care program. (B.C. government photo)

Child care crisis in Smithers worsens; working parents seek help from town council

Shortage of qualified early childhood educators partially responsible for lack of childcare spaces

Daycare program operated by the Burnaby school district, March 2021. The B.C. government has shifted its emphasis to public and non-profit child care as it enters Ottawa’s national child care program. (B.C. government photo)
Houston trustee Les Kearns is returning as vice chair of the Bulkley Valley School District 54 board and Jennifer Williams, also a Houston trustee, is returning as chair. (File photo)

Houston school trustees named to top board positions

Jennifer Williams is chair and Les Kearns is vice chair

Houston trustee Les Kearns is returning as vice chair of the Bulkley Valley School District 54 board and Jennifer Williams, also a Houston trustee, is returning as chair. (File photo)
Aerial view of ice jam on the Bulkley River that caused flooding and an evacuation alert for some Smithers residents. (Eric Becker photo)

UPDATE: Evacuation alert expanded due to flooding hazard caused by ice jam

Alert now encompasses 2100 blocks of Main St. and Riverside Dr. and 2700 block of Pacific Avenue

Aerial view of ice jam on the Bulkley River that caused flooding and an evacuation alert for some Smithers residents. (Eric Becker photo)
Samuel Olmeda, pictured here, was last seen on Nov.10 and was reported missing on Dec. 17. (RCMP photo)

UPDATE: Terrace RCMP confirms death of man reported missing yesterday

Samuel Olmeda’s family notified the police that he passed away in Prince George

Samuel Olmeda, pictured here, was last seen on Nov.10 and was reported missing on Dec. 17. (RCMP photo)
Gidimt’en Checkpoint, a Wet’suwet’en group opposing the construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline, released this photo with a statement in which they claim to have reoccupied the pipeline site near Houston from where they were ousted last month by the RCMP. ( Gidimt’en Checkpoint/Facebook)

Pipeline opposition group reoccupies Houston worksite a month after police action

Gidimt’en Checkpoint once again issues eviction notice to CGL workers from key pipeline drill site

Gidimt’en Checkpoint, a Wet’suwet’en group opposing the construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline, released this photo with a statement in which they claim to have reoccupied the pipeline site near Houston from where they were ousted last month by the RCMP. ( Gidimt’en Checkpoint/Facebook)
The Iskut Band and Tahltan Band continue to govern Tahltan interests with respect to the Indian Act in the communities of Iskut, Dease Lake, and Telegraph Creek, says the Tahltan Central Government (TCG). (TCG photo)

Tahltan Central Government launches new website for its stewardship initiative

Tahltan Stewardship Initiative forges a new path for the First Nation in decision making

The Iskut Band and Tahltan Band continue to govern Tahltan interests with respect to the Indian Act in the communities of Iskut, Dease Lake, and Telegraph Creek, says the Tahltan Central Government (TCG). (TCG photo)
Snow accumulations could be as much as 30 centimetres through Saturday on Highway 3 between Hope and Princeton. (file photo)

Heavy snowfall expected on Highway 3 between Hope and Princeton

A snowfall warning has also been issued for the Central and Eastern Fraser Valley

Snow accumulations could be as much as 30 centimetres through Saturday on Highway 3 between Hope and Princeton. (file photo)