Our Town

Naomi and one of her lambs that she had to bottle feed this spring. (Marisca Bakker photo)

Using lavender to cultivate a calmer life

Naomi Nyuli finds peace in growing her own lavendar and raising lambs

Leroy and Trix Dekens relax in their living room in Telkwa. (Deb Meissner photo)

Family, business and service to the community drive the Dekens family

Small towns have a reputation for being both good and bad. On…

Joe Hug celebrates the land in his garden plot at Healthy Hugs Organics farm just east of Smithers. (Thom Barker photo)

Back to the land: Organic farmer reconnects with his roots

Joe Hug turned his land inheritance into a thriving organic veggie business

Dee Read. (Deb Meissner photo)

Too young to be so old: Dee Read turns 90

At the pace she keeps, one would never guess Dee Read’s age.…

Dee Read. (Deb Meissner photo)
Team Canada Mountain Village in Beijing, China 2022. (Submitted photo)

Jamie McCartney brings Olympic experience to new Smithers business

A new chapter with a new business, Olympian Jamie McCartney comes home to Smithers

Team Canada Mountain Village in Beijing, China 2022. (Submitted photo)
Bruce Hobson works with a Spruce burl. (Deb Meissner photo)

Woodworker turns beautiful burls into beautiful objects

Bruce Hobson turned to woodworking following a career in mining

Bruce Hobson works with a Spruce burl. (Deb Meissner photo)
Lorna Thornton of the Daffodil Dash committee accepts a generous donation from the Bulkley Valley Credit Union toward this month’s fundraiser. (Contributed photo)
Lorna Thornton of the Daffodil Dash committee accepts a generous donation from the Bulkley Valley Credit Union toward this month’s fundraiser. (Contributed photo)
A young Erwin Stege. (Submitted photo)

The Erwin Stege story

Our Town: The Erwin Stege story

  • Apr 7, 2022
A young Erwin Stege. (Submitted photo)
Main Street, Smithers, 1960s. The town had a very different feel to it prior to the adoption of the Alpine Theme resolution. (Bulkley Valley Museum collection)

An Our Town about our town: Part II: Diesel and patchouli

In July 2019, Smithers town council declared a climate emergency. It was,…

Main Street, Smithers, 1960s. The town had a very different feel to it prior to the adoption of the Alpine Theme resolution. (Bulkley Valley Museum collection)
Photo showing the devastation of a 1945 fire that would lead to the installation of Smithers’ municipal water system. (Bulkley Valley Museum)

An Our Town about our town: Part I: A start and stop beginning

One of the most popular activities for tourists to our nation’s capital…

Photo showing the devastation of a 1945 fire that would lead to the installation of Smithers’ municipal water system. (Bulkley Valley Museum)
Marie-Lou Lefrancois paints at home near Lake Seymour. (Thom Barker photo)

Forester/Artist reluctantly finds her way out of the forest into the limelight

Marie-Lou Lefrancois picked up a brush three years ago and hasn’t looked back

Marie-Lou Lefrancois paints at home near Lake Seymour. (Thom Barker photo)
Afghan parents carry their children, as they leave the malnutrition ward floor, at the Indira Gandhi Children’s Hospital, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Blood drive to mark Women’s Day halted, Afghan activists say

Organizers say the event was viewed as a protest by Taliban authorities

Afghan parents carry their children, as they leave the malnutrition ward floor, at the Indira Gandhi Children’s Hospital, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
Witsuwit’en language in-class instruction has resumed at the Witsuwit’en Language and Culture Society’s facility in Witset. (Thom Barker photo)

Witsuwit’en language society resumes language and cultural revitalization activities

Language is not merely a communication tool. It is culture, knowledge, art,…

Witsuwit’en language in-class instruction has resumed at the Witsuwit’en Language and Culture Society’s facility in Witset. (Thom Barker photo)
Curt and wife Betsey enjoy time around their farm. (Submitted photo)

The valley holds hidden talent, and one is Curt Gesch

Author, agriculturalist, teacher, a man of many talents, Curt Gesch talks about his latest publication

Curt and wife Betsey enjoy time around their farm. (Submitted photo)
Thousands filled the grounds of the B.C. Legislature Saturday afternoon for a demonstration against pandemic-related mandates in front of the B.C. Legislature. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Local truck convoys draw crowds across B.C.

Several communities saw turnouts in the hundreds for convoys in solidarity with those in Ottawa

Thousands filled the grounds of the B.C. Legislature Saturday afternoon for a demonstration against pandemic-related mandates in front of the B.C. Legislature. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Shirley Wright (neé Robinson) celebrated her 90th birthday on Saturday, Jan. 15. (Thom Barker photo)

Once and always a Smithereen: 90 years and counting

Shirley Wright (neé Robinson) was born in 1932 at the old Bulkley Valley District Hospital

Shirley Wright (neé Robinson) celebrated her 90th birthday on Saturday, Jan. 15. (Thom Barker photo)
Winter in Teal and Pink, by Mark Tworow, 40 X 48, oil on canvas. (Submitted photo)

Balancing act: Smithers artist paints the line between making art and doing business

Mark Tworow made the transition to being full-time artist three years ago

Winter in Teal and Pink, by Mark Tworow, 40 X 48, oil on canvas. (Submitted photo)
Harold Kerr sits at his desk at the stockyards in Quick where he was headquartered as a brand inspector for many years. (Submitted photo)

What’s in a brand? Ask the expert of 50 years in the inspection game

Harold Kerr spent five decades inspecting livestock, has seen it all and put it in a book

  • Jan 13, 2022
Harold Kerr sits at his desk at the stockyards in Quick where he was headquartered as a brand inspector for many years. (Submitted photo)
Dr. Clare Moisey examines a boy at the pediatric centre in Kiev’s Hospital No.1 (Ed Struzik, photo)

‘Just Clare’: How a local doctor ended up helping the children of Chernobyl

Clare Moisey spent many years travelling back and forth to Ukraine following the nuclear disaster

Dr. Clare Moisey examines a boy at the pediatric centre in Kiev’s Hospital No.1 (Ed Struzik, photo)
Copy of ship’s ticket for passage from Italy to the United States for the Greco family. (Submitted photo)

A murder mystery in the Hazeltons and the search for truth: Part II

The facts in Lorenzo Greco’s murder are not in dispute; somewhere shortly…

Copy of ship’s ticket for passage from Italy to the United States for the Greco family. (Submitted photo)