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Kitimat to replace culturally inappropriate totem pole

The raising of a new totem pole later this year in Kitimat, on British Columbia’s North Coast could finally remove an irritant between the local First Nation and the district. The current totem pole in Centennial Park is reaching the end of its life, but Haisla First Nation master carver Sammy Robinson says the pole wasn’t carved according to their ... Read More »

Deer knocks man over in a hit and run

Cary McCook was getting ready for a quiet night last Saturday, but the local wildlife in Smithers had different plans for the 25-year-old. McCook explains what happened after he got out of his friend’s truck at 9 p.m. that evening. He says he told his friends and family about what happened, but being April 1st, they didn’t believe him. In ... Read More »

National warrant issued for man in Prince George

RCMP are on the lookout for a wanted man in Prince George. Police say a national wide warrant was issued to 32-year-old Dustin Fagen Plourde for being unlawfully at large. Mounties say he has an extensive record in communities including Calgary and Cranbrook. Some convictions involved weapons and violence. He’s described as Caucasian, 5’7″, weighs 205 pounds, has brown hair, ... Read More »

Heiltsuk Nation says better marine response needed following diesel spill last fall

The Heiltsuk Nation is criticizing the federal government’s response to the tug that went aground west of Bella Bella last October. They say their independent report shows a poor response during the first 48-hours that eventually saw 110,000 litres of diesel spill in the waters. Chief Marilyn Slett says the lack of communication and endless delays hindered the response. Chief Slett ... Read More »

Carrier-Sekani signs agreement with province on forestry economy

The province has come to an agreement with the Carrier-Sekani relating to the forestry economy. Officials says the agreement will allow them to improve their business development and partnerships and deeper participation in forest-resource management and environmental stewardship. The province says the agreement will also allow them to move ahead in the reconciliation process. The agreement will last for a ... Read More »

Tse Keh Nay signs mineral tax revenue-sharing agreements with province

Tse Keh Nay has signed mineral tax revenue-sharing agreements with the province. The agreements with the alliance of three First Nation communities relate to a underground gold-copper mining project north of Smithers. The Kemess Underground Project is located 250 kilometres north of Smithers and is expected to have a life span of at least 12 years. The agreements include getting ... Read More »

Illegal dumping on the rise in the Terrace area

The BC Conservation Officer Service is noting an increase in illegal dumping in the Terrace area. Sergeant Tracy Walbauer says the increase in the Terrace, Kitimat, and Thornhill area has brought in daily complaints since the new transfer station opened. There’s been a variety of items dumped including mattresses, deep freezers, and various household items. Sergeant Walbauer says many of ... Read More »

Kootenay-area First Nation still exists according to provincial judge

In what could be a precedent-setting case, a B.C. judge has ruled a First Nation as “not extinct.” The ruling came over an illegal hunting charge against American Richard Desautel who is a member of the Colville Confederated Tribes in Washington. In 2010 he was charged with hunting without a license and as a non-resident in the west Kootenays. His ... Read More »

Video of bike theft prompts warning from Prince George RCMP

Mounties in Prince George are reminding cyclists how fast and easy it is to have a bike stolen. RCMP say a video shows a man stealing a bike in front of the court house during the day in about 20 seconds. Police are urging owners to record their serial number as it makes it more likely the bike will be recovered. ... Read More »

Lynn Beyak removed from Senate committee over residential school comments

Conservative Sen. Lynn Beyak, who famously declared “some good” came out of Canada’s residential schools, has been removed from the Senate’s committee on Aboriginal peoples. A spokesperson for interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose says the senator’s controversial comments do not reflect the party’s position on residential schools. Earlier this week, an Indigenous senator who sits on the committee said she ... Read More »