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News Reporter/ Anchor. Originally from Hamilton, Ontario, Jeff has a background in sports journalism, and radio hosting. He comes most recently from his post as a morning show host in Chetwynd.

MP Nathan Cullen stresses importance of certainty in Smithers remains investigation

MP Nathan Cullen took time today to address public concerns on the handling of an RCMP investigation in to human remains found near Smithers. Cullen went on to stress the importance of certainty before releasing information, citing the Humboldt tragedy where a body was originally misidentified. Plenty of speculation over the investigation and the identity of the remains has been ... Read More »

Northwest Fire Centre area restrictions to be rescinded at noon today

As of noon today, all area restrictions relating to wildfire activity that had been in place in the Northwest Fire Centre will be lifted. The restrictions had been in place in order to keep the public safe and away from wildfire control activities. Residents heading in to backcountry areas are reminded that many hazards still persist due to the charred ... Read More »

Eight candidates for six Council seats in Terrace

Eight candidates will be vying for six City Council positions in Terrace as the race gets underway. Current councillors Sean Bujtas, Lynne Christiansen, James Cordeiro, and Brian Downie will all be seeking re-election, while Councillors Micheal Prevost and Stacey Tyers will vacate their seats. Four new candidates are seeking election: Martin Holzbauer, Jessica McCallum-Miller, Evan Ramsay, and David Try will ... Read More »

Mayoral races in the northwest begin to take shape

With last week’s deadline for municipal election nominations come and gone, the election picture in the northwest has begun to take shape. A withdrawl announcement from Terrace mayoral candidate Danny Nunes means incumbent Carol Leclerc will be running unopposed. Nunes has also withdrawn his candidacy for the Kitimat position, meaning only activist David Johnston sits between Mayor Phil Germuth and ... Read More »

Improved intersections coming to parts of Prince Rupert this fall

Improved visibility and safety is on the way for Prince Rupert intersections this fall. Upgrades are on the way for the provincially controlled McBride Street and second Avenue thanks to the Ministry of Highways. 89 street lights along the streets will be replaced with LED lights over the course of the next two months, with countdown timers and audible signals ... Read More »

Support funding on the way for Historic Barkerville

Support for Historic Barkerville Town and Park staff is on the way via a 500 thousand dollar provincial grant. The money comes by way of the Rural Dividend Fund’s special circumstances provision and looks to provide assistance to licensees and independant businesses impacted by wildfires. Historic Barkerville brings in nearly 70 thousand tourists per year and, according to Minister of ... Read More »

Province sends $500,000 in agricultural support to Cariboo

500 thousand dollars in provincial funding is on the way to help the agriculture industry in the Cariboo recover from the last two wildfire seasons. The funding will come from the Rural Dividend Fund and will see additional agricultural courses added to the College of New Caledonia’s roster, support for agriculture related tourism, and the upgrading of the Alex Fraser ... Read More »

Pacific Salmon Commission recommends 12.5 percent cut for BC Chinook fisheries

In an effort to preserve salmon stocks, the Pacific Salmon Commission has recommended a conservation plan that would see a 12.5 percent reduction in BC chinook fisheries. Two years of intense negotiations with First Nations, the Federal government, and Provincial government helped structure the agreement, which must still be approved by both Canada and the U.S. If approved, the plan ... Read More »

Grounded barge in Haida Gwaii still leaking dangerous fumes

Crews are continuing to make progress in their efforts to move a barge that ran aground in Haida Gwaii two weeks ago. A strong presence of dangerous gas vapours both in and around the barge makes the process of moving the barge a difficult and lengthy one. While the vapours are a strong indicator of a possible fuel leak, environmental ... Read More »

Open fire ban in Coastal Fire Centre to be lifted tomorrow

As of noon tomorrow, the burning of all types of open fires will once again be allowed within the Coastal Fire centre’s jurisdiction, which includes Haida Gwaii. Following the rescinding of the order, all levels of fires will be allowed, including both category 2 and 3 fires. Anyone wishing to start a fire larger than 2 thousand square metres must ... Read More »

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