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NLG lifts fire ban

The Nisga’a Lisims Government has lifted its campfire ban. The NLG put the prohibition in place July 26th because tinder dry conditions in Nisga’a territory. Officials are reminding people to build a fire guard, keep tools and water on hand, and to extinguish the blaze completely before leaving the site. Read More »

Northern Health moving patients back to Fort St. James

With Fort St. James now no longer under evacuation alert from the Shovel Lake wildfire, things are getting back to normal. Northern Health says it plans to repatriate patients who were moved from Fort St. James to Vanderhoof as a precaution during the fire. The health authority says in-patients, long-term care, and community services clients are being moved back to ... Read More »

Brain to seek second term

Lee Brain says he’ll be seeking a second term as Prince Rupert mayor. Brain made it official on his Facebook page Tuesday afternoon, saying he made the decision to run again after some “careful consideration”. Brain touted the work to clean up and redevelop Watson Island and attract new investment, but he adds there are more challenges ahead for the ... Read More »

Prince Rupert to draft letter over Ridley Terminals sale

The City of Prince Rupert will be sending a letter to Ottawa over the federal government’s plan to put Ridley Terminals up for sale. Council passed a motionTuesday evening to have city staff draft a letter indicating the City’s opposition to the sale. Mayor Lee Brain summed up the motion before council voted unanimously in favour of it. The federal ... Read More »

Province picks Lakes District road maintenance contractor

The BC government says better winter highway conditions are ahead with a new 10-year maintenance contract in the Lakes District. The province has awarded the contract to current operator Lakes District Maintenance Ltd. with an optional five-year extension. The company will continue to be responsible for provincial highways in the Burns Lake, Houston, Granisle, and Topley areas. The government says ... Read More »

Forest Practices Board to audit McLeod Lake Mackenzie Community Forest

BC’s independent forestry watchdog will be auditing a community forest near Mackenzie. The Forest Practices Board will examine the McLeod Lake Mackenzie Community Forest for planning, harvesting, replanting, and roads and bridges under the Forest and Range Practices Act and Wildfire Act. The forest is a joint partnership between the District of Mackenzie and the McLeod Lake Band which allows ... Read More »

Bulkley Valley French immersion enrolment “stable” says group

A group advocating French as a second language says French immersion enrolment in the Bulkley Valley remains high and stable. Canadian Parents for French says as of the 2017-2018 year, 186 School District 54 students registered in the program, or 9.4% of the entire student body. The organization says the growing popularity and climbing enrolment BC-wide has left many district ... Read More »

RCMP arrest one person after Williams Lake home hit with bullet

Williams Lake RCMP are asking for more information after a house was shot at early this (Thursday) morning. Investigators say a resident called in at about 1:20 a.m. to say that their home in the 300 block of 9th Avenue had been hit by a bullet. While the home was occupied at the time of the incident, there were no ... Read More »

First Nations Leadership Council calls on BC to halt mining work

First Nations groups want the BC Government to intervene after a court decision last week cleared the way for investigative mining work in Tsilhqot’in territory. The BC First Nations Leadership Council says it strongly supports the Tsilhqot’in nation’s call for the province to put an end to Taseko Mine Limited’s drilling plans in culturally and spiritually sensitive areas. The BC ... Read More »

Quesnel RCMP make an arrest in connection with Walmart robbery

Quesnel RCMP have made an arrest after two police officers were bear-sprayed during a Friday night robbery. Mounties arrested 23 year-old Aaron Stone Smart Saturday in connection with a robbery at Wal Mart the night before which saw two off-duty officers assaulted with bear spray. Investigators are recommending charges of robbery and assaulting a peace officer with a weapon. Smart ... Read More »

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