Our Town

From left: BVCU director Harry Oevering, building contractor John Vandergaag, BVCU president Theo Bandstra, BVCU co-founder Ray Oulton and credit union manager Walter Boissevain break ground for the new headquarters of the Bulkley Valley Credit Union on First Avenue at Queen Street on April 29, 1983. (BV Museum archives)

Bulkley Valley Credit Union celebrates 80 years of “people helping people”

The credit union has grown from 14 members in 1941 to 14,000 and has surpassed $500M in assets

Jill, husband Lance and their furry pals on a hike in South Africa (Submitted photo)

Finding home: A South African couple puts down roots in the valley

It’s been an adventure tempered by COVID for Jill and Lance Barrowman, but they are loving it

On any given day, Brenda Mallory can be found holding court in her front yard on her acreage near Tyhee Lake. (Thom Barker photo)

Spice of Brenda: Our long-time columnist gets frank (when wasn’t she?)

Brenda Mallory has packed a lot of creativity into her life

The reactor room at Chernobyl three days before the explosion and subsequent meltdown.

‘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

The reactor room at Chernobyl three days before the explosion and subsequent meltdown.
Carol and Dan Young in 1971 when the founded Bulkley Valley Glass. (Contributed photo)

Dan Young looks back on 50 years of All-West Glass

Dan and Carol Young founded the company as Bulkley Valley Glass on April 15, 1971

Carol and Dan Young in 1971 when the founded Bulkley Valley Glass. (Contributed photo)
Atrill Pioneer plaque, three kilometres west of Witset on Hwy 16. (Deb Meissner photo)

Atrill children reminisce about family pioneer history

During the “Hungry 30s” the Atrill farm outside Witset was a haven for travellers

Atrill Pioneer plaque, three kilometres west of Witset on Hwy 16. (Deb Meissner photo)
Elena publicity shot for single “Build a Ship.” (photo Lillian Maslen, New York, NY)
Elena publicity shot for single “Build a Ship.” (photo Lillian Maslen, New York, NY)
Harry and Audrey Kruisselbrink (Deb Meissner photo)

A tale of two journeys: Couple united by fate in the Bulkley Valley

Harry and Audrey Kruisselbrink came from different parts of Holland and landed on opposite coasts

Harry and Audrey Kruisselbrink (Deb Meissner photo)
Mark Thibeault in his backyard in Telkwa with his painting “Confluence,” which is featured in the coffee table book Art Folio Annual 2021. (Thom Barker photo)
Mark Thibeault in his backyard in Telkwa with his painting “Confluence,” which is featured in the coffee table book Art Folio Annual 2021. (Thom Barker photo)
Barbara and Bruce Campbell at Tyhee Lake circa 1998. (Contributed photo)

Love at 30-below

Barbara Campbell recounts the story of her honeymoon on a trapline

  • Mar 11, 2021
Barbara and Bruce Campbell at Tyhee Lake circa 1998. (Contributed photo)
Chelsie McCutcheon (Vincent L. Chan Invisionation Photography)

Chelsie McCutcheon a mentor, leader and role-model

Chelsie McCutcheon is a powerful woman, and an extremely busy one. She…

Chelsie McCutcheon (Vincent L. Chan Invisionation Photography)
Bernadette Ferguson, third from left, with five of her six children on the Kispiox River. From left: Sheila Ferguson, Timothy Ferguson, Colleen Kern, Kathleen Jones and Sean Ferguson. Missing Jim Ferguson. (Contributed photo)

From Ireland to northwest B.C. via London, Alberta, Newfoundland and Saskatchewan

Hazelton’s Bernadette Ferguson reminisces about her long, wonderful life

Bernadette Ferguson, third from left, with five of her six children on the Kispiox River. From left: Sheila Ferguson, Timothy Ferguson, Colleen Kern, Kathleen Jones and Sean Ferguson. Missing Jim Ferguson. (Contributed photo)
Betty Chapman turns 100 March 10, 2021 (Deb Meissner photo)

100 years young: A ranch mother recalls the early days of Smithers

Betty Chapman came to the Bulkley Valley as an infant and has been here most of her life

Betty Chapman turns 100 March 10, 2021 (Deb Meissner photo)
Win Hobson retired in Telkwa after travelling the world doing engineering projects (Watershed Resources Ltd. photo)

Telkwa’s Win Hobson’s amazing career started with the Avro Arrow

Engineering took Hobson around the world to eventually settling in the Bulkley Valley

Win Hobson retired in Telkwa after travelling the world doing engineering projects (Watershed Resources Ltd. photo)
Ismail Alismail has embraced the Bulkley Valley since arriving here in September 2016 from a refugee camp in Lebanon. (Contributed photo)

Smithereen and former Syrian refugee hopes to be reunited with sister

Ismail Alismail has not seen sister Aisha, now a refugee in Turkey, for seven years

Ismail Alismail has embraced the Bulkley Valley since arriving here in September 2016 from a refugee camp in Lebanon. (Contributed photo)
Jane Hoek, right, and Debbie Courtliff from the Canadian Cancer Society during the first Daffodil Dash (File)
Jane Hoek and Debbie Courtliff from the Canadian Cancer Society during the first Daffodil Dash (file photo)

After 50 years in the Bulkley Valley, Jane Hoek is saying farewell

After 50 years in the Bulkley Valley, Jane Hoek is saying farewell

Jane Hoek, right, and Debbie Courtliff from the Canadian Cancer Society during the first Daffodil Dash (File)
Jane Hoek and Debbie Courtliff from the Canadian Cancer Society during the first Daffodil Dash (file photo)
Traffic controllers Hayley Stevens (left) and Hector Blackwater (right) have been recognized by drivers for their friendly waves, smiles and dance moves while working south of Terrace. (Ben Bogstie/Terrace Standard)

Skeena Voices| Positivity is just part of being a flagger

Hector Blackwater and Hayley Stevens have been drawing attention on social media

Traffic controllers Hayley Stevens (left) and Hector Blackwater (right) have been recognized by drivers for their friendly waves, smiles and dance moves while working south of Terrace. (Ben Bogstie/Terrace Standard)
Luke Smith, centre, presents cheque to the Bulkley Valley Cancer Care Team. (photo Deb Meissner)

How Luke Smith became the 2020 Citizen/Volunteer of the Year

Smith raised more than $14,500 for Community Cancer Care Team and donated his hair to Wigs for Kids

Luke Smith, centre, presents cheque to the Bulkley Valley Cancer Care Team. (photo Deb Meissner)
In his later years, Andy Howard loved to ride the Harley he bought himself for a retirement present. (Facebook photo)

Smithers mourns the loss of two community stalwarts

Andy Howard died Oct. 9 followed by Dale Chartrand Oct. 13

In his later years, Andy Howard loved to ride the Harley he bought himself for a retirement present. (Facebook photo)
Laurie Cooper (Contributed photo)

Smithers resident honoured with human rights award

Laurie Cooper was inspired by publication of a picture of a dead Kurdish boy on a beach in Turkey

  • Nov 5, 2020
Laurie Cooper (Contributed photo)