Our Town

Local Smithereen and Photographer Thomas Camus a “wanted criminal” in the Smithers Skatepark Extension project fundraiser on June 18 and 19. (Facebook photo)

Living the dream with an extrodinary eye

From weddings to scenery to animals, Thomas Camus “shoots” it all.

On the Ropes - Tom Roper

More than just an art gallery

The gallery has three commitments: exhibitions, artist support and education

  • Aug 4, 2022
Bob Olsen, Pacific Inland Resources’ longest-serving employee (49 years) at the planer mill outfeed and trimmer, July 21, 2022. (Thom Barker photo)

Pacific Inland Resources Smithers mill celebrates 50th anniversary

West Fraser to hold party at Bovill Square August 5 plus mill tours

Jackie Lindsay in her workshop she recently renovated. (Marisca Bakker photo)

From small town crafter to instagram influencer

Jackie Lindsay is constructing a new creative outlet in creating online content

Jackie Lindsay in her workshop she recently renovated. (Marisca Bakker photo)
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

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

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

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