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Cullen to seek financial help for Skeena fishery impact

Nathan Cullen says many were expecting bad news about salmon returns in the Skeena, but yesterday’s DFO recreational closure announcement is as bad as it gets. The Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP says he plans to meet with the federal fisheries minister regarding possible of compensation for those affected by the closure. Local fishery and lodge experts are also speaking out about ... Read More »

Stellat’en Nation comes to new forestry agreement

The Stellat’en First Nation and the BC government have moved closer to reconciliation thanks to a new forestry agreement. The 25 year agreement grants the nation a woodland license to sustainably harvest 32,500 cubic metres of timber for each of the first five years, and at mid-forecasting levels for the remainder. The license covers over 10 thousand hectares of land ... Read More »

Quesnel hosts forestry think tank event

Fifty experts from accross BC gathered in Quesnel last week to discuss the future of forestry in the north. The Future of Forestry Think Tank session was put together by UNBC, CNC, and the City of Quesnel to explore the idea of using the city and surrounding forests to generate ideas on how to adapt forest management in BC. Focusing ... Read More »

Wireless Emergency Alert System to be tested in BC today

Testing of the new Wireless Emergency Alert system has been taking place accross the country the past few days and today is BC’s turn. The National Alert Ready Program and Emergency Management BC will a test emergency alert to all wireless devices in the province at 1:55 this afternoon. The government believes the text message alert system is a large ... Read More »

More help in battle with first large wildfire of the season

A slew of new firefighters will be joining efforts to quell the first large fire of the wildfire season. 34 fresh responders have been added to the original 12 person crew already battling the blaze 70 kilometres southwest of Dease Lake. The fire began on Saturday and has since spread to cover about 3 square kilometres of land. The fire ... Read More »

BC Flooding update

Special weather statements have been issued accross the province as flooding continues to threaten communities. The sped up melting of deep snowpacks is of particular concer to those in low-lying areas. New weather statements will cover the Bulkley Valley, Prince George, the Cariboo Region, and most of the southern portions of the province. 20 plus millimetres of rain is expected ... Read More »

New funding for two BC student programs

More money will be added to the coffers for two student programs thanks to the provincial government. The Take a Hike Foundation and Right to Play foundation will each recieve 150 thousand in funding for the work they do in improving students’ well-being. Both foundations focus on stimulating students both mentally and physically in order to improve their outlook and ... Read More »

Smithers and CUPE Local 1570 reach five-year deal

The Town of Smithers has reached a labour agreement with its unionized employees. The new five-year collective agreeent with CUPE Local 1570 includes wage increases of two percent a year in each of the first four years and 1.5 percent in the fifth year. Mayor Taylor Bachrach says the pact provides certainty for CUPE workers, the town, and the community ... Read More »

RCMP officer helps save newborn’s life

An RCMP officer was in the right place at the right time when a woman unexpectedly gave birth in a remote northern B.C. community Sunday. A constable from the Fort Saint James detachment was called out to assist paramedics at a home in Tachie when the newborn baby did not appear to be breathing. The officer was first on scene ... Read More »

Wildfire southwest of Dease Lake grows to 150 hectares

A wildfire burning 70 kilometres southwest of Dease Lake has grown significantly since it was first discovered Monday. The BC Wildfire Service says the Muddy Lake fire on the northeast side of the Tahltan River is now estimated at 150 hectares compared to 25 hectares when it was first mapped. There are ten firefighters, two officers, and a helicopter at ... Read More »

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