Water bomber lands at Smithers Regional Airport. (Josh Casey photo)

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The top stories for the first half of 2017 as viewed by you.

#1

VIDEO: Security camera captures deer taking out man in Smithers

Cary McCook was just trying to get to his Smithers hotel. A Smithers deer was just trying to run away from a dog.

Unfortunately, they butted heads.

McCook, who is from the Kwadacha First Nation and part of a hip-hop group called Reka-NatioN, was in Smithers to take an environmental training course when he got out of a coworker’s truck near the Stork’s Inn. He had only taken a few steps when a deer galloped right into him.

“I heard three gallops and I turned to my left and before I could make out what it was, I see a deer coming towards me and it hits me and I’m on the ground,” said McCook.

#2

We are Smithers, not Vancouver

Reporter Josh Casey was here a short time, but he sure made an impression quickly with an opinion column on the Portland Loo.

“It’s fancy and a complete waste of taxpayers dollars. ‘The Portland Loo’ came with a whopping near-$200,000 price tag — and no, it’s not made of gold.”

#3

Smithers Alpenhorn Man celebrates 4-20

Unfortunately a lost link in the changing of the websites, at least the photo lives on of the Alpenhorn Man showing his support for upcoming legalization of recreational marijuana on April 20.

#4

Trivago names Smithers third-best value destination

Travel website Trivago named its top 10 best value cities and small towns to visit for 2017. Smithers was number three in the small town category. Smithers was also the top value small town destination in B.C.

#5

Fire crews battling wildfire south of Houston

While nothing in the Northwest compared to the wildfires that ravaged the Cariboo region, the summer was a dry one for all of B.C. Fire bans were in place for the entire province, and smaller fires had to be contained in the Bulkey Valley. Smithers airport served as a base of operations for aircraft during the effort.

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Dust advisory from Smithers to Burns Lake

Smithers, Houston and Burns Lake dusty enough to warrant an air quality advisory.

SD54’s new superintendent talks opportunities

‘I decided I wanted to teach as a way to give back’ says Bulkley Valley’s new top school administrator

Leaving a legacy at Lakes District Festival of the Performing Arts

Performance results from Legacy Music Studio and Wolfgang Loschberger’s Music Studio Vienna.

Striking the right chord

Smithers’ Broadway Music Studio students collect ribbons at Lakes District Music Festival.

Aussies buy majority stake in Red Chris mine

Company looks forward to relationship with Tahltan Nation

After mosque attacks, New Zealand bans ‘military-style’ guns

The gunman killed 50 in a Christchurch mosque

Teen girl accused in plot to attack Kamloops school with weapons out on bail

Judge warned the girl she would be back in jail if she threatened to shoot anyone

Crown drops one assault charge against B.C. man linked to human remains probe

Curtis Wayne Sagmoen will still stand trial on one count of assault causing bodily harm in December.

POLICE: ‘Don’t leave children unattended in vehicles’

Williams Lake RCMP issue warning after attending complaint at Walmart Wednesday

ICBC shifts to Alberta model, with higher rates, private insurers say

Minor injury cap, court restrictions take effect April 1 in B.C.

Trans woman hopes funding cut will send message to B.C. rape crisis group

Rape Relief does not turn transgender women away and often connects them to other services, group says

B.C. sees fourth straight day of record-breaking warmth

Bob Marley said it best: The sun is shining and the weather is sweet

UPDATE: Two avalanches confirmed at Okanagan ski resort, one in hospital

A man has been sent to hospital after an isothermal avalanche at SilverStar March 20

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