Our Town

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

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
Shawn Bradford Photo by Deb Meissner

Telkwa Volunteer Fireman Shawn Bradford

Shawn Bradford’s dedicated service to his community

Some of Collins preparations from her Riverside Kitchen Co.

Brandi Collins: A world-renowned, hidden gem in the Bulkley Valley

Local chef and business owner keeps her focus in a very busy life

Some of Collins preparations from her Riverside Kitchen Co.
Loraine Hartley, author, former Smithers resident. (Contributed photo)

Former Smithers resident authors first book

Loraine Hartley will be in Smithers Oct 10-20 signing copies of My Delightfully Dysfunctional Family

Loraine Hartley, author, former Smithers resident. (Contributed photo)
Lorraine Doiron sits on a bench outside the Smithers Public Library, her main passion since she arrived in Smithers in 2003. After 17 years in the valley, Doiron is moving to Prince George to be closer to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. (Thom Barker photo)

A fond farewell to a our long time community columnist and Smithers booster extraordinaire

Lorraine Doiron is moving to Prince George after 17 years in the valley to be closer to family

Lorraine Doiron sits on a bench outside the Smithers Public Library, her main passion since she arrived in Smithers in 2003. After 17 years in the valley, Doiron is moving to Prince George to be closer to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. (Thom Barker photo)
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One of the first changes new owners, Steve and Angie Westgate, made to Canadian Tire in Smithers is expand the hours. (Marisca Bakker photo)

New Canadian Tire owners expand opening hours

Steve and Angie Westgate are loving the mountain town

One of the first changes new owners, Steve and Angie Westgate, made to Canadian Tire in Smithers is expand the hours. (Marisca Bakker photo)
Jennifer and DJ Mio, the new owners of Calderwood Realty. (Contributed photo)

Young owners breathe new life into an almost century old brokerage

DJ and Jennifer Mio have taken over Calderwood Realty

Jennifer and DJ Mio, the new owners of Calderwood Realty. (Contributed photo)
Sam Raven, president of the Terrace Kitimat District Labour Council (TDLC), says labour activism is her way of strengthening the community around her. (Photo courtesy Sam Raven)

The reluctant activist: Smithers woman follows in dad’s union footsteps

Sam Raven could never understand why her father spent so much time helping others; now she does

Sam Raven, president of the Terrace Kitimat District Labour Council (TDLC), says labour activism is her way of strengthening the community around her. (Photo courtesy Sam Raven)
Cache, left, and Carter Harris discuss what they’re going to do with a travel trailer they just found out they are getting from the Make-a-Wish Foundation. (Thom Barker photo)

Raising Carter: A family’s journey of healing

Smithers eight-year-old brims with joy and optimism despite severe medical issues

Cache, left, and Carter Harris discuss what they’re going to do with a travel trailer they just found out they are getting from the Make-a-Wish Foundation. (Thom Barker photo)
The deck of the “Obsession” which Ron Smith plans to sail through the Northwest Passage in 2021 or 2022. (Thom Barker photo)

Smithers contractor refurbishes sailboat for Northwest Passage adventure

Ron Smith, who has been working on the “Obsession” for 12 years, will put her in the water this week

The deck of the “Obsession” which Ron Smith plans to sail through the Northwest Passage in 2021 or 2022. (Thom Barker photo)
Members of the Patrick family, whose loved one Jessica Patrick (Balczer) was found dead near Smithers in 2018 participate in a trauma-informed healing workshop two weeks ago. (Thomas Camus photo)

Friendship Centre optimistic MMIWG mural will be painted this year

Following trauma-informed healing workshops, project is now in the design phase

Members of the Patrick family, whose loved one Jessica Patrick (Balczer) was found dead near Smithers in 2018 participate in a trauma-informed healing workshop two weeks ago. (Thomas Camus photo)
Richard Darko is the new economic development officer for the Village of Telkwa. (Marisca Bakker photo)
Richard Darko is the new economic development officer for the Village of Telkwa. (Marisca Bakker photo)
Alex Schell competed with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies for five years racking up three individual national titles and a Canada West team championship. (GetMyPhoto.ca)

Schell retires from wrestling with three national titles

Smithers wrestler competed for University of Saskatchewan Huskies while excelling in academics

Alex Schell competed with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies for five years racking up three individual national titles and a Canada West team championship. (GetMyPhoto.ca)
Anna Gauthier, right, sells fresh cut flowers to customers outside Illyria on Main Street July 10. (Thom Barker photo)

A dairy and beef farm expands into cut flowers

After 11 years in farming Lindsay Heer returns to her passion

Anna Gauthier, right, sells fresh cut flowers to customers outside Illyria on Main Street July 10. (Thom Barker photo)
Charlotte Apperloo volunteers at New to You. (Contributed photo)

Member of the local hospital auxiliary recognized for 50 years of service

Charlotte Apperloo is the only volunteer to be awarded a lifetime membership pin

Charlotte Apperloo volunteers at New to You. (Contributed photo)
Fifteen year old Ana Stavast makes and sells lip balm at the Out of Hand store in Smithers. (Marisca Bakker photo)

Young entrepreneur sells honey products at local coop store

Ana Stavast helps manage a hive for honey and is now being creative with the ‘waste’

Fifteen year old Ana Stavast makes and sells lip balm at the Out of Hand store in Smithers. (Marisca Bakker photo)
Caroline Marko sits on an antique monk’s bed in her new shop on Main Street. (Thom Barker photo)                                Caroline Marko sits on an antique monk’s bed in her new shop on Main Street. (Thom Barker photo)

New Salt Boutique the realization of a vision for owner Caroline Marko

Marko combines the rough and the soft in a minimalist, clean airy space

Caroline Marko sits on an antique monk’s bed in her new shop on Main Street. (Thom Barker photo)                                Caroline Marko sits on an antique monk’s bed in her new shop on Main Street. (Thom Barker photo)
Fr. Wilfred delivers a sermon during Sunday service at St. James Anglican Church March 15. (Thom Barker photo)

From Kenya to Smithers on a mission from God

Meet Fr. Wilfred Alero, the new parish priest at St. James Anglican Church

Fr. Wilfred delivers a sermon during Sunday service at St. James Anglican Church March 15. (Thom Barker photo)
(Left to right): Adin Bennett, brewmaster Cam McKeigan and Blaine Estby pose in the brewing section of Smithers Brewing Company. (Trevor Hewitt photo).

A tale of two breweries: How Smithers got its brew back

How two different breweries stepped in to fill the void for one thirsty mountain town

(Left to right): Adin Bennett, brewmaster Cam McKeigan and Blaine Estby pose in the brewing section of Smithers Brewing Company. (Trevor Hewitt photo).